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The Guide to Getting Into Joni Mitchell, the Blueprint for Human Experience | Noisey.

[Nov 8 2018, 9:48am]

Katie Bain writes:

Mitchell, in all her incarnations, remains a chief cartographer of American music and the female experience. Regardless of who you are, her map is made for you.

When she was nine years old, Joni Mitchell gave her first public performance in a Canadian polio ward. It was the holidays, and Mitchell, one of thousands of children stricken during the country’s polio epidemic of the early 1950s, couldn’t be at home to celebrate with her family. So, laid up in bed, she sang Christmas carols, loudly.

“The boy in the bed next to me, you know, used to complain. And I discovered I was a ham,” Mitchell told Cameron Crowe in 1979. “That was the first time I started to sing for people.”

It was an inauspicious but telling beginning for one of the most prolific musicians of the twentieth century. With 19 studio albums released since her 1968 debutSong to a Seagull, Mitchell – who turns 75 this week – never really stopped singing, with pain and hard circumstance catalysing some of her most beloved output. The public would sit captivated as she forged an uncharted route through the folk scene of her youth, into pop mega-stardom, to avant-garde jazz, to an 80s rock incarnation for which she embraced the sound and technology of the era – all on her own, distinctly Joni Mitchell terms.

In this way, Mitchell’s body of work manifests the progression of American music since the late 1960s. But hers is also a path that could never have been schemed up by the star-maker machinery Mitchell often lamented. Supremely self-possessed and embodying a fierce, unapologetic artistic vision, Joni Mitchell’s musical storytelling, experimental song structures, and social critiques were every bit as mould-breaking as her male counterparts of the era – Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Neil Young, and Crosby Stills & Nash among them.

But Joni Mitchell is also peerless, with her open guitar tuning – ”I don’t know the name of it,” she once responded when asked what chord she was playing, “I tune my guitar this way, to make myself stupid,” that is, to not fall into predetermined patterns – and her unmistakable three-octave voice seeming to emanate from both her guts and her third eye. Perhaps most crucially, it’s Mitchell’s words that captivate, with her lyrical poetry creating vivid scenes – the river to skate away on, the big yellow taxi, a lurking coyote, a case of you to imbibe – in which lived emotions and dormant ideas are freely rekindled. Whether traversing or defying genres, Mitchell’s catalog is connected by the essential spirit – contemplative, cool, vivid, sensual, funny, frustrated, honest – she delivered to each, obvious and unmistakable.

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Pacific Syndromic Surveillance System Weekly Bulletin / Système de Surveillance Syndromique dans le Pacifique - Bulletin Hebdomadaire: W44 2018 (Oct 29-Nov 04) | WHO via ReliefWeb.

[Published on 08 Nov 2018]

The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Federal States of Micronesia, French Polynesia

Other Update:

Invasive Meningococcal Disease

  • Fiji: As of 21 October there have been 8 cases since 1 January 2018. There have been 6 deaths; 90% of the cases are less than 19 years of age. The most recent case confirmed case was on Week ending 23 September. Of the 28 samples sent to Microbiological Diagnostic unit Public Health Laboratory, Melbourne, Australia for serogrouping; 22(79%) were Meningococcal group C and 6 (21.%) were Meningococcal group B. Mass vaccination of all those aged 1- 19 years is ongoing. Source: Fiji Meningococcal Disease update 2 Nov 2018.


  • Wallis and Futuna has ongoing dengue serotype-2. As of 6 November there have been 222 cases since November 2017. The weekly number of cases is decreasing. For further updates please refer to Dr Patrick Lambruschini’s PacNet post on 6 November 2018.


  • Three cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) were reported from Jiwaka province, Gulf province and Southern Highlands province in PNG, with dates of onset of paralysis on 20 August, 29 August and 8 September , respectively.

  • As of 30 October the total number of cases 21 since June 2018.

  • Three new cVDPV1 positive environmental samples were reported from the Capital city, Port Moresby, all collected on 1 October. Source: Polio Global Eradiaction Initiative


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Papua New Guinea: Three Wardstrip students rewarded | Post Courier.

[November 7, 2018]

Grace Auka Salmang writes:

THREE Grade 5 aspiring artists from Wardstrip Primary School were awarded yesterday for expressing their opinions on how they can make Papua New Guinea polio-free again through art and paintings.

Aron Micah, Pepena Aniula and Georgina Koss were given awards and certificates by country representatives from the World Health Organisation, Dr Luo Dapeng, and UNICEF David Mcloughlin for their outstanding paintings and participating in the painting activity for World Polio Day on October 24.

“With the current polio outbreak in the country, Papua New Guinea joined the global community in rallying for support in eradicating polio, with a series of activities on World Polio Day last month including Painting a Polio-free Again Papua New Guinea,” Dr Luo said.

“The awards are for students who participated in October’s painting activity for World Polio Day and thank you for participating in such an activity as your paintings mean a lot as I saw all your paintings.”

Mr Mcloughlin encouraged the children to take such health issues and bring awareness to their friends in a form of arts and paintings to make them understand the basic hygine practices to avoid being infacted by the polio virus.

“Your paintings are an influence to your family and friends so they are reminded to help stop polio in your school, homes and in the country,” he said.

“This is not the end of the polio conversation and let’s stop polio in PNG as it does not belong here.”

Taking bold steps to end polio was the theme given to selected students from Waigani Primary School and Wards Strip Demonstration School to participate in the painting activity.

Head teacher Mrs Emily Tamate Ricky thanked the Health Department, WHO and UNICEF for selecting her school, as such intervention programs in schools is vital, and as long as any department or organisation wants to create awareness on health prgorams, the school is there.

“It is always important that the school always responds and Wardstrip School is one of those schools that does not say no to such programs,” she said.

“We thank you for recognising these students.”

Students from Waigani Primary School received awards and certificates of participation were also given to those who took part.

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Papua New Guinea: Polio virus detection prompts health authorities to boost vaccination program | Post Courier.

[November 6, 2018]

THE polio virus detected in Port Moresby’s sewerage system in Waigani has prompted health authorities about the importance of vaccinations.

World Health Organisation (WHO) Country representative Dr Luo Dapeng said where there is a sewer, drain, septic tank, open drain, gutter, culvert that a child uses to excrete or (pekpek) the polio virus can be found here and it is possible to get infected from contaminated water and vegetable surfaces.

“In areas where there is poor sanitation, there is a risk people can acquire polio through the excreted vaccine,” he said.

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Whole Body Vibration Methods with Survivors of Polio | JoVE.

[Open Access] [PUBLISHED:10/17/2018] [Includes 4:16 video]


The purpose of the original study was to examine the use of whole body vibration (WBV) on polio survivors with and without post-polio syndrome as a form of weight bearing exercise. The goal of this article is to highlight the strengths, limitations, and applications of the method used. Fifteen participants completed two intervention blocks with a wash-out period in between the blocks. Each block consisted of twice a week (four weeks) WBV interventions, progressing from 10 to 20 min per session. Low intensity (peak to peak displacement 4.53 mm, frequency 24 Hz, g force 2.21) and higher intensity (peak to peak displacement 8.82 mm, frequency 35 Hz, g force 2.76) WBV blocks were used. Pain severity significantly improved in both groups following higher intensity vibration. Walking speed significantly improved in the group who participated in higher intensity intervention first. No study-related adverse events occurred. Even though this population can be at risk of developing overuse-related muscle weakness, fatigue, or pain from excessive physical activity or exercise, the vibration intensity levels utilized did not cause significant muscle weakness, pain, fatigue, or sleep disturbances. Therefore, WBV appears to provide a safe method of weight bearing exercise for this population. Limitations included the lack of measurement of reflexes, muscular activity, or circulation, the difficulty in participant recruitment, and insufficient strength of some participants to stand in recommended position. Strengths included a standard, safe protocol with intentional monitoring of symptoms and the heterogeneity of the participants in their physical abilities. An application of the methods is the home use of WBV to reduce the barriers associated with going to a facility for weight bearing exercise for longer term interventions, and benefits for conditions such as osteoporosis, particularly for aging adults with mobility difficulties due to paralysis or weakness. Presented method may serve as a starting point in future studies.

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