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Newsletter. Issue 2005-11. May. 27, 2005
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The World Wide [Goan ]Web - It's Genesis in 1995
Reprint of letter sent by Tim de Mello to the PULSE

British Government to Introduce Identity Cards
The Identity Cards Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 29 November 2004, following the Queen’s speech on 23 November 2004. The Bill was introduced to the House of Lords on 21 February 2005, following the completion of the House of Commons stages on 10 February.
In Colonial Times ( Kenya) all males over sixteen were required to carry identity cards. These were known as Kipandes.
These in time became the basis of the Pass Laws the most hated regulations in South Africa, and were created by the South African government to control the movements of blacks and people of mixed decent (Coloreds) under the system of apartheid. The pass laws were only abolished in the late 80's.
To see a picture of a 40+ year Kipande in mint condition is click here

Smoke Study
Breathing the invisible particles in the smoke from fires is a health hazard to asthmatics - and probably also to diabetics, anyone suffering from a heart condition or respiratory problems. That's the warning from a study conducted in Australia's northern city of Darwin that clearly links bushfire smoke over the city to an increase in the number of people suffering from asthma attacks. http://www.abc.net.au/ra/innovations/stories/s1375941.htm

Australia has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world...and it's on the increase. While treatments have improved markedly in recent years, we still don't have a cure. Now an Australian laboratory has gone deep inside the lungs to discover asthmatics are missing a crucial protein. It could be the difference between treating the symptoms and stopping the disease.http://www.abc.net.au/ra/innovations/stories/s1375933.htm

Bats-The Missing Link In Insect Control
An Australian wildlife ecologist's research over the last 25 years has revealed the rich diversity of insect-eating bats across Australia's southern state of Victoria and discovered that bats play a much larger ecological role than anyone had imagined, probably eating more insects than birds do. http://www.abc.net.au/ra/innovations/stories/s1375925.htm

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