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Is The World Health Organization (WHO) Leveraging the Pandemic (COVID-19) to Boost Funding?

Photo by Anna Shvets . The World Health Organisation (WHO) was first established in 1948 but I'm willing to bet the average citizen in most countries had never heard (or were only vaguely aware) of it until the first quarter of 2020 when the global pandemic, COVID-19, began to emerge as a world wide concern. As you would expect one of the main goals of WHO is to improve the health of world populations, which it does through its Universal Health Coverage target. Its two other major targets are: Better protected people from health emergencies. People enjoying better health and well-being. Each of these three targets aspire to benefiting at least one billion MORE people over a five year period, at which time the strategy is evaluated, reviewed, revised, and reimplemented for the next five years, and so on (I presume). Note that 'more' is important because the overall target is to deliver better health to ALL and not just the same one billion people. The organisation is funde

Keep Calm and Listen to The Australian Prime Minister Rocking the Ukulele with Dragon's April Sun in Cuba

Based on a still from Australian 60 Minutes Interview, our Prime Minister and his ukulele. Say what you will about Australia's current Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, but there are now two things I'll remember him for. The first is stopping the revolving door of leadership change in the nation's top job. I'm hoping he's not going to be so good at that as to win the upcoming election this year. The other is, he can play the ukulele...  ...and, while everyone up to Gen X might think that's a really hokey, 'Dad' trait, ukulele's are actually very popular with the younger demographic because they're extremely affordable, portable, and not too difficult to learn. Just do a search on YouTube. Whether you thought he played Dragon's ' April Sun in Cuba ' well or not (or you're a member of the band Dragon whinging that he played it all), all I know is he can play it better than me. Not that I've tried, but I've been learning the u

What Not to Do When Recording Your Podcast - Reasons for Unsubscribing

Photo by Jason Rosewell on Unsplash I listen to a range of podcasts on a daily basis, mostly business related, as well as a number of 'geek' news, interviews, and movie entertainment shows. Many of these podcasts, particularly the geek themed shows, are just a group of friends, getting together to talk about a common love of all things geek. Unfortunately the 'geek' podcasts can be some of the worst offenders for 'what not to do when recording your podcast'. Admittedly, this post is just my personal pet peeves when trying to connect with a new podcast, ultimately it's your show, do what you want, but hopefully the following list will at least warrant your consideration. 1. Overly Long Pre-Show Banter Between the Hosts If you have more than one host there's no need to spend 15 to 20 minutes recording your pre-show, 'what's everyone been up to?' banter (I don't care if it is your 300th show Absolute Geek Podcast ).  A couple of sentences

The Book of Boba Fett - Why It's Not the Series Fans Wanted to See *Opinion* *Some Spoilers*

While I wouldn't say I was excited for the Disney+ show, The Book of Boba Fett , having lost interest in the character when he returned to the big screen, as a child with a New Zealand accent, in the Star Wars Prequels, I was still looking forward to seeing this new chapter. As of writing this post I've seen the first five episodes, and it's become apparent that the show is not only not what I was expecting but isn't what a lot of fans were expecting either. If you've ever wanted to see, what legend says, is one of the most feared bounty hunters in all of Star Wars have his arse handed to him week after week, while trying to earn respect as an underworld leader through unsuccessful attempts at diplomacy, this is the show for you. It's not the show I expected, or even could have imagined. The problem, in my opinion, is that The Mandalorian already delivered what a Boba Fett series could have been (or should have been). While Din Djarin doesn't quite have the

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