THE ARGOSY • NEWS 3NOVEMBER 5, 2009
Tis week in the world
A weekly miscellany compiled by Kristina Mansveld
Afghan run-oﬀ election scrapped
President Hamid Karzai has beendeclared the elected President of Af-ghanistan after oﬃcials decided tocancel the run-oﬀ vote for the posi-tion. Karzai’s only political opponent,Abdullah Abdullah, recently pulledout of the race, stating that the sec-ond round of voting would be no lesscorrupt than the ﬁrst had been. TeObama administration has declaredits support for Karzai, althoughmany senior American oﬃcials con-sider him corrupt and ineﬀective inﬁghting the aliban insurgency.
US-N. Korea negotiations tense
North Korean authorities continue topressure the United States to engagein bilateral negotiations regarding itsnuclear weapons program in orderto end their “hostile relationship”. Te United States (US), however,states that North Korea must ﬁrstinclude South Korea, China, Japan,and Russia at the negotiation table. Te US has also vowed to continueto enforce the sanctions imposed onNorth Korea by the United Nations.A North Korean diplomat warnedthat if the US did not agree to its de-mands, North Koreans were “ready to go our own way” and presumably continue nuclear tests.
Kosovo unveils Clinton statue
A three-metre statue of former USPresident Bill Clinton was unveiledin the Kosovar city of Pristina lastSunday. Kosovo’s Albanian major-ity largely credits US intervention forsaving them from ethnic cleansing by Serbian forces in 1999, when Clintonlaunched NAO air strikes. Kosovarshave dedicated a street to Clinton andanother to George W. Bush. Many have also named their children afterthe American leaders. As the statue was unveiled, Clinton urged Kosovarsto, “build a multi-ethnic country withthe minority Serbs” who still live in thecontested region after the conﬂict.
Nomads suﬀer from climate change
Persistent droughts in Kenya are ruin-ing a way of life for the country’s threemillion nomads. Residents of Dela innorthern Kenya say that the dry spellsare becoming more frequent and moresevere. As a result, they cannot ﬁndsuitable land for their cows to graze. Te nomads have been referred to as‘climate change canaries’ due to theextreme vulnerability of their lifestyleto minute climate ﬂuctuations. Somehave already been forced to sell theirherds and move into settlements, whilethe vast majority increasingly rely oninternational food aid for survival.
Guantanamo detainees sent to Palau
Te US Justice Department revealedSaturday that it had sent six ethnicUighur Chinese formerly detained inGuantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the Paciﬁcisland nation of Palau. Te country isone of only twenty-three countriesthat recognize aiwan over Bejing asChina’s capital, thus the decision tosend former inmates there is likely toinfuriate the Chinese. Te US Govern-ment denied China’s demands that theUighur men be sent to Beijing, statingthat they were likely to face persecu-tion. Te Obama administration mustnow ensure resettlement for the 215detainees left at Guantanamo, as the January 22 deadline to close the facil-ity approaches.
Violence continues in Chechnya
Four separate incidents have left elev-en suspected militants and one policeoﬃcer dead in the volatile southernRussian provinces of Chechnya andDagestan, said oﬃcials on Saturday. Te deaths occurred after a make-shift bomb exploded in a car, and ashootout occurred between policeand militants in Mozdok borderdistrict of Chechnya. Te unstableRussian region has been plagued by two separatist wars in the last ﬁfteen years. Both Chechnya and Dagestanhave experienced an increase in sui-cide bombings and clashes betweenpolice, militants, and criminal gangsover previous months.
H1N1 oﬃcially on campus
Students told to stay away from class when sick and communicate with professors by email
Tere are now three conﬁrmed cases of the H1N1 ﬂu at Mount Allison Uni- versity. However, now that less strin-gent means of identifying cases arebeing used, the numbers are expectedto increase.Students must still inform their pro-fessors if they are going to miss classbecause of being ill. While advised notto go and make arrangements in per-son, communication by email is essen-tial. Te university administration hasinformed all departments that they areto be more lenient with students whoare absent because they are unwell.Currently, students are unable to getthe H1N1 vaccine in Sackville. Clinicsare being held daily in Moncton, butonly for priority groups. General clin-ics are planned for Sackville, but thereare no conﬁrmed dates as of yet. Inresidence, the Dons and staﬀ are care-fully monitoring on-campus studentsfor illness, and can assist with havingmeals provided for those who are sick.Oﬀ-campus students can self-identify and ﬁll out a form on the health ser- vices website. o obtain a doctor’s diagnosis, stu-dents can visit the health centre oncampus or the Sackville MemorialHospital, but may face long waits.Fourth year English major AlixRobinson is concerned about this sys-tem.“If you’re not feeling well and youknow it’s the ﬂu, you’re not goingto want to wait at the hospital forten hours,” she said. However, she isconcerned about losing participationmarks in some of her classes when theprofessors require a note for illness-re-lated absences.“I understand why people would want documentation for us not beingthere, and I understand always thatthere are going to be people who abusethe system,” she acknowledged. Mean- while, she stayed away from class asinstructed by the university, and visitedthe hospital when she was ill, but wasunable to get a note from the doctor, who was apparently concerned thatothers would be requesting them too.“Tere needs to be some leeway for
Rebecca Anne Dixon
Students should not attend classes if experiencing ﬂu symptoms.
those classes [that require written con-ﬁrmation] because we’re not gettingnotes anymore.”It is against university policy forprofessors to require a note for ill-ness-related absences. Students whoare faced with this requirement shouldcontact the SAC to report this.One of the Mt. A students who wenthome because of H1N1 has not hadthe opportunity to be in touch withprofessors about assignments, havingmissed several. Te student also feelsunprepared for midterms happeningshortly after returning to class andhopes that adjustments will be made.Other students are not concernedabout the virus.“It was inevitable,” said Emily Tomas about the outbreak.“If I get sick I get sick. If I don’t, Idon’t.”Others remain concerned, travel-ing home to get the vaccine if neces-sary. Tis is possible for students fromthe Maritimes, but more diﬃcult forthose from other parts of Canada andabroad. At the same time, they wouldalso face greater challenges if they came down with H1N1.“If put into quarantine [...] people who live in Moncton can go home, butpeople who live in Ontario can’t,” saidRobinson. Te university continues to encour-age students to observe the recom-mended health practices including
It is against university policy for professors torequire a note for illness-related absences. Stu-dents who are faced withthis requirement should contact the SAC to report this.
hand washing, using hand sanitizerand coughing into a kleenex or sleeveto avoid spreading germs. Regular up-dates will be sent out over the email toinform students of the progress of theH1N1 ﬂu on campus and of the avail-
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