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Howard Jacobson on Mariam Mirzakhani

Howard Jacobson on the death of Mariam Mirzakhani:

It is a sad story for other reasons, too, not least the intensity of Mirzakhani's expression in the photograph most of the papers used. There is a beauty that can only be described as that of the mind's migration to the face, the transfiguring beauty of exceptional intelligence. So it's a double loss: the premature loss of a person and the premature loss of her genius.

Sadiq Khan and Donald Trump

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said

I'm a reluctant participant in this dialogue with Donald Trump, because I'm trying to be a full-time mayor doing my job, and I'm not sure what he and hls son have against me.
It's obvious why: He's an easy target -a left-leaning muslim in a position of power in in the U.K. That's all that's needed.

Web Chat

Looking through the widgets on my blog and I found a widget for which describes itself as a simple web chat. There's a plugin in the WordPress repository for use on a self-hosted site, but the plugin hasn't been updated for a couple of years so might be flaky.

Quick start Create new chat rooms in seconds. No invite or signup necessary. — Simple! Privacy is yours You can use a nickname without login. Or use Twitter to get your name and avatar. — Simple! Easy to share Share the URL anywhere you like. No need in forcing people to install the right app for just a quick chat. — Simple! On the go Chat in a browser tab at your desk or take it with you on your tablet or phone. You can even embed a chat on your own site. — Simple!

Ebola and Politics

During the fallout from the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which killed more than 11,000 people, one of the questions asked of the World Health Organisation (WHO) was why it hadn’t reacted more quickly. The four-month delay in pinning down the cause of the disease that erupted in Guinea’s remote Guéckédou province in December 2013 allowed what might have been a localised event in a single village to turn into the biggest infectious disease crisis of recent times.

The above is the first paragraph from the story of how Ebola went unrecognised is discussed in a long and detailed article under the title, Africa's Missing Ebola Outbreaks