Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Little Mosque on the Prairie

I have not watched the film yet but I feel that this buzz would not come for free. I like and respect the courage of the producer to tackle such issues. However, I am still afraid that the film would have a lot of hidden messages.

new sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie, about a fictional Muslim family living in rural Saskatchewan. But instead of hoisting pitchforks, rolling down hills and selling eggs at Oleson's General store like Michael Landon's Ingalls family, this transplanted clan will be trying to interact with the denizens of a little Prairie town in a post Sept. 11 world.

Muslims in Canada (or the west in general) needs to show themselves and expose their backyards to show that they are really like any other human in the upper hemisphere. However, Muslims do not have to over-punish themselves and try to assimilate any difference they might have in order to attrack the praise of the Southern Neighbour. Whatever you do, you would always receive some negative comments. A film would help to clarify some ideas and clear some thoughts. However, what is needed is to really approach the OTHER in this society and build a trust relationship.

One comment from G&M article:

Lorraine M from Canada writes: I am looking forward to seeing this show.
Right now, Muslim and terrorist are synonymous in many people's minds. I think
the show will allow people to see that not all Muslims are extremists - any more
than all Christians are the extremist religious right.

or this one

Phil Morris from Canada writes: As Mark Steyn put it, "Muslim"
is the new "Gay." In other words, only uptight squares fret bout Islam.

At the end of the day, I would not like to comment on all the negative comments that I have seen on the internet but I would like to thank every logical writer and I am proud of the Canadian society that is so open and franc to appraise what is good and to refuse what is bad even it was home-made.

The series would be fun and as Jeff Keay, a CBC spokesman, said:

The producers recognize that this is a potentially sensitive topic. But the show is a comedy. We hope people will laugh"

Monday, January 08, 2007

Finally some serious hope for HIV positive patients

Gatineau vaccine maker lands $35.7-million cash injection
This is a brand new approach to build vaccine and hopefully it would yield better results than previous approaches.

Variation Biotechnologies has landed $35.7 million U.S. in the biggest
financing for a new company in the region in more than 18 months.

Over the next three years, the company will use the money from U.S. venture
capital firms to complete development of new vaccines for the treatment of
influenza and HIV.

It seems that the family got the IT talent at the father and son level without being in IT even. I met Francisco (the son) a while ago and he got a brilliant new idea for the internet world. I expect that Francisco would delve into the world of young entrepreneurs very soon and maybe reap some millions. From time to time, I meet entrepreneurs in Concordia -JMSB to help them with their startups and rarely did I see such match in a family.

Back to the vaccine issue, the company is planning to launch

A cocktail of Variosite vaccine designed to treat viruses as they change
with human exposure and escape detection by the immune system.
The company believes the vaccines will eventually treat a wide variety of
viruses including HIV, hepatitis C, influenza and SARS.

Finally, I wish Dr. Diaz all the best in the business jungle.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

A couple forgets their baby in the hotel?

"Travel Lodge" declared that they found a baby within the leftover stuff after a couple checked out.

It is weird right?
However, this shows the importance of the children for the 21st century's families.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Every Child needs a FAMILY

When u look at such child? What can you say?
How many chidlren are left in the dark without a father or a mother because of the current political conflict all over the world?

Can we do something?
YES. Let strive to make an END for all WARS.