Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze
Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule have set fire to parliament.
Correspondents say the city hall and ruling party headquarters are also in flames.
A huge crowd is surging towards the presidential palace and the main airport has been shut.
State TV off air
Mr Compaore’s whereabouts are unknown, but he has appealed for calm via Twitter.
He first took power in a coup in 1987, and has won four disputed elections since then. -by BBC.com
Vice President Guy Scott was named the interim leader of Zambia on Wednesday, after Michael Sata succumbed to an undisclosed illness in a London hospital, throwing the Southern African nation into unexpected political turmoil.
According to our statistical election-forecasting machine, the Republicans have a moderate edge, with about a 65% chance of gaining a majority. – by the New York Times.
Oct. 24, 2014
The study, “Holding thermal receipt paper and eating food after using hand sanitizer results in high blood bioactive and urine total levels of bisphenol A (BPA),” appears in the October 22 issue of the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as water bottles, dental composites and resins used to line metal food and beverage containers, and also is used in thermal paper cash register receipts. Now, research conducted at the University of Missouri is providing the first data that BPA from thermal paper used in cash register receipts accounts for high levels of BPA in humans. Subjects studied showed a rapid increase of BPA in their blood after using a skin care product and then touching a store receipt with BPA. (Extracts from article by – Co-authors of the study include Annette Hormann, MS ’13, and Dr. Julia Taylor, Assistant Research Professor of Biological Sciences.)
TB Joshua church disaster: Black lives are very cheap in SA
Bonke Dumisa says our human rights activists are curiously silent on the whole scandal
BLACK LIVES ARE VERY CHEAP IN SOUTH AFRICA
The diplomatic world is full of sensitivities and a lot of cruel bureaucratic red tape that depends on the economic power, military might, race, political clout, and the pure personal whims of the different countries. The fate of different individuals can depend on any one, some, or a combination of all these factors.
It is also on these grounds that some relatively very minor incidents can become big international, national, or local headlines; or, alternatively, some relatively very significant incidents can become non-issues not worthy of any internal, national, or local headlines…..(note: Extracts from Dr. Bonke Dumisa’s article -‘TB Joshua church disaster: Black lives are very cheap in SA’)
Ebola outbreak: Millionaire preacher Prophet TB Joshua ‘sends 4,000 bottles of holy water to Sierra Leone as cure‘
The preacher, also known as Prophet Temitope Joshua, was one of five millionaire Nigerian pastors profiled by Forbes in 2011. The magazine estimated his net worth at $10 million to $15 million.
After all, isn’t TB Joshua a prophet? Then of what use is his prophesy if he couldn’t fore-see this tragedy ahead of time so that he could save his own congregation from their demise? Prophet TB Joshua church collapse: South Africans intend to sue
World’s Richest Pastors and Africa’s Richest Presidents
#1 and #2 World’s Richest Pastors are from the same country in a continent that has the highest poverty in the world, yet the richest in natural wealth.
In fact five of the top ten richest pastors in the world are from the same country – Nigeria.
Africa’s Lost Billions – Illicit Flows Examined at #ADF9
“Illicit financial flows are unrecorded capital flows derived from: (a) proceeds of theft, bribery and other forms of corruption by Government officials; (b) proceeds of criminal activities, including drug trading, racketeering, counterfeiting, contraband and terrorist financing; and (c) proceeds of tax evasion and laundered commercial transactions. Estimates from various recent studies including ‘Financing Africa’s post-2015 development agenda’ reveal that, from 1970 to 2008, Africa lost $854 billion to $1.8 trillion in illicit financial flows…- UNECA.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN SECOND REVOLUTION WILL COME SOONER THAN MANY PEOPLE THINK
South African is in trouble; and we cannot continue deceiving ourselves that things are normal by burying our heads in the sand like ostriches. This country is facing many challenges, with many new pseudo-messiahs cropping up all over the place promising to take South Africans to a new land of milk and honey.
How do you explain the psyche of many millions of South Africans who are excited about Julius Malema, a well-known corrupt politician who made millions of rands through the exploitation of dodgy tenders, being their new messiah for clean government? Can people justify this unjustifiable behaviour on grounds of sending a thief to go catch a thief?….. (note: extracts from ‘The second revolution will come sooner than you think‘ by Dr. Bonke Dumisa)
The Politics of Plastics: The Making and Unmaking of Bisphenol A “Safety”
Sarah A. Vogel, PhD, MPH, MEM
The meeting’s final product, the Chapel Hill Consensus Statement, concluded with certainty, on the basis of several hundred studies, that BPA at concentrations found in the human body is associated with “organizational changes in the prostate, breast, testis, mammary glands, body size, brain structure and chemistry, and behavior of laboratory animals.”67(p134)
- Frederick vom Saal
Curators’ Professor, Division of Biological Sciences
University of Missouri-Columbia
Holding Thermal Receipt Paper and Eating Food after Using Hand Sanitizer Results in High Serum Bioactive and Urine Total Levels of Bisphenol A (BPA)
“The results of the California CPS I cohort do not support a causal relation between exposure to environental tobacco smoke and tobacco related mortality, although they do not rule out a small effect. Given the limitations of the underlying data in this and the other studies of environmental tobacco smoke and the small size of the risk, it seems premature to conclude that environmental tobacco smoke causes death from coronary heart disease and lung cancer.”
The above sums up Geoffrey C. Kabat.
Dr. Geoffrey C. Kabat,
Please feel free to comment, especially in light of the following contradiction to your research findings :
The evidence is sufficient to infer a causal relationship between secondhand smoke exposure and lung cancer among lifetime nonsmokers. This conclusion extends to all secondhand smoke exposure, regardless of location.
The pooled evidence indicates a 20 to 30 percent increase in the risk of lung cancer from secondhand smoke exposure associated with living with a smoker. – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK44330/
Which reminds me of Mark Lynas trying to convince the public that nuclear energy is safer that Solar energy because one can fall off the roof while installing a solar panel, as he defended GM crops; start @ 5:50
And the Big Tobacco-style campaign to bury it.
Paralysed Man Walks Again After Cell Transplant: BREAKING NEWS
Ghetto Kids Dancing Sitya Loss New Ugandan music 2014 DjDinTV
TEDxMasala – Dr Vandana Shiva – Solutions to the food and ecological crisis facing us today.
Author, Activist, Pioneer, Scientific Advisor, Mother
Dr. Vandana Shiva trained as a Physicist at the University of Punjab, and completed her Ph.D. on the ‘Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory’ from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India – by vandanashiva.com/
Dr. Vandan Shiva shoots a straight forward rebuttal at the myth that Bangal’s famine took millions of Indians because of inadequate backward farming methods which GMO could have prevented. She quickly revamps that assertion which has implied connotation – that for India to feed her citizens, she needs Britain or the West; Instead, Dr. Shiva attributes the death of millions of Indians during the Bengal famine of 1943 to the British colonizer who continued to import 50% of India’s rice to feed her people, leaving poor Indians starving to death.
‘Get the hell out of Texas': Grandma of second nurse wants Amber Vinson home
The reign of former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi as the ruling NRM party’s Secretary General (SG), has finally been brought to an end by what officials described as “overwhelming pressure” from the political organisation’s second highest ranking organ – the Central Executive Committee.
While it is the National Delegates Conference that is mandated to remove the SG, Mbabazi on Saturday night agreed to relinquish the position after realising that he was headed for the humiliation of being impeached. - by chimpreports.com
‘Bad Paper’ Explores The Underworld Of Debt Collection (Audio & Text)
In his new book, Jake Halpern looks at the industry, where having a criminal background is no barrier to entry. He explains debt buying and how little regulation gave rise to a chaotic marketplace.
Book Discussion on Bad Paper (Video)
Jake Halpern talked about his book Bad Paper: Chasing Debt From Wall Street to the Underworld.
The interview took place at the 2014 BookExpo America, the publishing industry’s annual trade show, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City – by C-Span.org
After nurse Nina Pham was diagnosed with Ebola, health officials destroyed her belongings so others would be safe from contamination. Her family members had to stop working, but still have to pay for student loans, car payments, rent and meals.
Two days ago, Sarah Strittmatter, a friend who has known her since the third grade, decided to help. She and Brian Roberts, who went to Nolan Catholic High School, which Pham attended in in Fort Worth, Texas, posted on the crowd-funding website GoFundMe, about the hardships the family faces, and as of early afternoon Thursday she has raised nearly $70,00 through 1,460 donations – much higher than her original goal of $20,000. – By Kimberly Leonard Oct. 16, 2014 | 6:16 p.m. EDT
Whoopi Goldberg Goes Off on Stupid Donald Trump for Ebola Tweets
Catholic church opposes tetanus vaccination of women aged 19-49, claim it is a secret government plan to sterilise women:
THE Catholic Church has opposed a tetanus vaccination campaign scheduled to start next week that targets women between the ages of 19-49 years, claiming it is a secret government plan to sterilise women and control population growth.
The Chairman of the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya, the Rt Rev Paul Kariuki Njiru, and his deputy, the Rt Rev Joseph Mbatia, said the Ministry of Health intends to introduce the campaign in a low-key fashion without a big publicity campaign because they know they are up to no good.
The Rev Mbatia claimed that the vaccine has previously been used in the Philippines, Nicaragua and Mexico to vaccinate women against future pregnancy, with the Beta HCG subunit acting as a hormone necessary for pregnancy.
“When injected as a vaccine into a non-pregnant woman, the Beta HCG subunit, combined with tetanus toxoid, develops antibodies against Tetatnus and HCG so that if a woman’s egg becomes fertilised, her own natural HCG will be destroyed, rendering her permanently infertile. Tetanus vaccination has been used as a birth control method,” Mbatia insisted - BY JOHN NALIANYA AND JOHN MUCHANGI
Source: Standard Digital
Updated Friday, October 10th 2014 at 08:12 GMT +3
NAIROBI, KENYA: Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has said the tetanus vaccination drive will be rolled out on Monday as planned, despite opposition from the Catholic Church.
The vaccination has in the past raised a storm, with the Catholic Church alleging it could be a contraceptive.
Catholic bishops in Bungoma opposed the drive that was to be rolled out in the county, terming it a contraceptive drive in disguise.
Speaking at a press conference, Bishop Paul Kariuki, who is the chair of the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya, asked whether there was a tetanus crisis in Kenya.
“If this is so, why has it not been declared? Why does the campaign target women aged between 14 and 49 years?” said Mr Kariuki.
Prof. Ali Mazrui has died in the US at the age of 81
The Africans a look back into the history of Africa with scholar Ali Mazrui to examine major influences on this complex continent: indigenous heritage, Western culture, and religion. This series explores in depth Africa’s geography, history, anthropology, and religions.
Discover the rich diversity of Africa and confront the problems that have resulted from different forms of government.
Five-year-old who pretended her crayon was a gun is forced to sign contract by her kindergarten promising not to kill others or herself
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) A Mobile mother is not happy about a controversial Mobile County School contract her daughter signed without her consent. The contract promises that her daughter will not kill or injure herself and others.
Rebecca is angry.
“This isn’t right. She’s 5-years-old,” said Rebecca.
Ebola virus: Pandemic should be treated ‘the same way’ as threat posed by nuclear weapons, security officials say.
The Ebola virus spreading exponentially across Africa and killing thousands of people “will get worse”, the Government has admitted, amid calls for the full involvement of the international military to contain the disease.
Two months after the White House invited 50 heads of state to Washington for the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on Aug. 4-6, observers on both continents are asking, “What did the summit achieve, and how will any gains made be leveraged?” USIP asked several prominent Africans who have worked with the Institute over the years for their reflections
Opinions are predictably mixed, though they lean postive.
Delphine K. Djiraibe
Human Rights Lawyer
For me the U.S.-Africa Leaders summit was a big storm in a little glass of water. It has given opportunities to African head of states to be welcomed by president Obama, the leader of the world. They expected to get credit, and balance a little bit critiques of their poor record in democracy and good governance in the public opinion.
In Chad it was really “un non evenement” [a non-event] as people are concerned with their daily life (access to food, to clean water, to electricity, to health care, to sanitation…). People see the participation in international summits as a waste of public funds, while the majority of people are dying of poverty.
It was shocking for the Chadian population to see that a president who stayed in power for 23 years over rigged elections, and who did not hesitate to liquidate, arrest and harass opposition leaders, members of the national assembly, human rights activists and journalists, could be invited by a country known as the most democratic in the world.
Country: Chad, Years in Power: 23
Idriss Deby has been the President of Chad since 1990. His net worth is estimated to be $50 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Population below poverty line: 80%.
GNI per capita around $600
Education – Schools, ‘Real of Fiction?’
LUANDA, Angola, June 10 — In a nation whose multibillion-dollar oil boom should arguably make its people rich enough to drink Evian, the water that many in this capital depend on goes by a less fancy name: Bengo. – By SHARON LaFRANIERE
ANGOLA EPA- Extraordinary Progress Achieved; in other words – thanks for civilizing 1% from the jungle life to the city life with extreme haves and have not, at the expense of the 99% indigenous Angolans who still live in poverty.
Angolan president, Jose Eduardo dos Santo, who has ruled Angola for 34 years, topped the list with a net worth of $20 billion. His daughter, Isabel dos Santos, has also been ranked on the Forbes Africa’s billionaires with a net worth of $3.8 billion. She’s currently Africa’s richest woman and also the world’s richest black woman. (extract from Allafrica.com)
A quote in Louise Redvers’ piece cited above is particularly eye opening:
“I remember very clearly one very well-dressed and expensively US-educated Angolan oil worker telling me: “We can’t have these people on our streets anymore, not in the city centre next to places like Sonangol. We need to improve our image, we are a modern country, these people can’t be here like this.”
Angola is currently one of Africa’s strongest economies and is enjoying new-found wealth coming primarily from its oil industry. However, the wealth does not trickle down to the great majority of Angolans, and the country has maintained one of the worst social inequality levels in the world. (extract from Clara Onofre’s post)
Three scientists will share the prize for developing microscopes that can study living cells in fine detail. Working independently, they took on a problem that many had assumed couldn’t be solved.- by RICHARD HARRIS
A team of Harvard scientists said Thursday that they had finally found a way to turn human embryonic stem cells into cells that produce insulin. The long-sought advance could eventually lead to new ways to help millions of people with diabetes.
Why Prophet T.B. Joshua Lost the Power To Raise The Dead -Dr. Damages Show 155
Con artists thriving within African Churches at the expense of the poor needy souls. Criminals getting away with murder in the name of Jesus! It’s high time African governments stepped in and did their duty of protecting the citizens from these greedy criminal elements across Africa!
Nephew Tommy Church Folk Gotta Laugh Too: We Want To Get Married-The Cussing Pastor
It is their potential, after all, which will decide our continent’s future. Let’s not waste it.
“Africa must ask itself why our continent appears so frightened of giving the younger generation a chance.”
The $5m (£3.2m) prize is supposed to be awarded each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office.
This is the fourth time in five years there has been no winner.
Nigerian soldier says army that would face Boko Haram is ill-equipped, underpaid
“They give us just AK47s to go into the bush to fight Boko Haram,” the soldier said. “Our equipment doesn’t work and they give us just two magazines to go into the bush.” Two magazines contain approximately 60 bullets.
The soldier said that many in the Nigerian army have also been discontented by delays in receiving their salaries, sometimes waiting weeks or months to be paid.
“We feel so bad because we … are trying, the soldiers are trying our best,” the soldier told Sky, “but the civilians don’t realize what the Nigerian army is issued with, what they are given to go and fight the Boko Haram.”
President Goodluck Jonathan’s first Child, Faith married her boo, Godswill Osim Edward today in at the Abuja Ecumenical Centre.
The ceremony was broadcast live on NTA, where many state governors and other dignitaries were in attendance.
The phones were packed in white packs with a golden ‘thank you’ for coming note’.
EFF takes on Zuma in Parliament- “We Want Our Money”
Lawmakers from the radical Economic Freedom Fighters party led by Julius Malema caused a political storm on Thursday (21.08.2014), when they hurled chants at President Jacob Zuma.
South Africa’s leader was being grilled over the controversial security upgrades for his private Nkandla residence which had cost the taxpayer $24 million (18 million euros).
Julius Malema: the real leader of the opposition
by Gareth van Onselen, 25 August 2014, 05:25
A Picture is worth a thousand words:
Mzwakhe Mbuli at Madiba’s send-off at Waterkloof:
Interview: A Hormonal Seesaw: The Atrazine and AI Connection
HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
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Marching On Washington: A Photographer, A Minister, A Student, A Ranger
But what if there’s something even worse than trans fat? And it’s not some unique fat that is rare in the American Diet. In fact, it’s often where trans fat often comes from…hydrogenated soybean oil… This time, though it’s not just the hydrogenated part we’re concerned with, however. It’s the soybean oil itself. And while you may not use soybean oil regularly to cook with, trust me, it permeates our food supply.
Americans consume more than 28 billion pounds of edible oils annually, and soybean oil accounts for about 65 percent of it. About half of it is hydrogenated, as soybean oil is too unstable otherwise to be used in food manufacturing. One of the primary reasons for hydrogenating oil is to prolong its shelf life. Raw butter, for example, is likely to go rancid far quicker than margarine.
Durbin, University of Illinois announce $25 million federal grant to increase Africa’s food supply through soybean researchPublished November 1, 2013
The people living in the poverty band in the lower latitudes of Africa struggle with low-productivity crops, isolation from markets, and access to low-cost sources of protein and oil,” said Goldsmith. “There has also been a research void in soy production among developing countries. We’ve already seen soy as an economic engine creating agro-industrial growth in developing countries. That’s the beauty of a highly productive commercial crop such as soybean.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oil is no longer generally recognized as safe for use in food. Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg said in a statement that further reduction would prevent more than 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 new cases of coronary heart disease each year.
The agency’s decision will significantly impact the vegetable oil market, including the soybean oil market. The agency has made a tentative determination to rescind the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status for partially hydrogenated oils (PHO), including partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (PHVO). The process of partially hydrogenating vegetable oils to make them more stable for certain baking, frying, or food applications has taken place since the 1930s, a process that results in the formation of some trans fats. Due to indications that increased consumption of trans fats may negatively affect coronary health, the FDA started requiring in 2006 that food nutrition panels identify the amount of trans fat in food products.WebMD Health NewsReviewed by Louise Chang, MD
March 7, 2008 — Trans fats have long been the bane of dietitians because they raise levels of artery-clogging LDL cholesterol and lower “good” HDL cholesterol levels — which increase the risk of heart disease. Yet two new studies show that not all trans fats are created equal, and natural trans fats don’t appear as harmful to cholesterol levels as artificial trans fats. Trans fats, or “trans fatty acids,” come in two forms:
- Industrial trans fats are artificially created by manufacturers by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils; these are called “partially hydrogenated oils.” This makes the oils more solid to give foods like cookies, pies, and french fries a rich, crispy texture.
- Natural trans fats are found in meat (cow, sheep, goat) and dairy products. These trans fats are made naturally in the stomach of these animals.
Most trans fats from the diet are industrial trans fat. Studies have shown that industrial trans fats contribute to heart disease by raising bad LDL cholesterol — the kind that can lead to hardening of the arteries — and by lowering good HDL cholesterol — the kind that can reduce heart disease risk.
The book follows the individual struggles of these three people over many years, culminating with GlaxoSmithKline finally agreeing in 2004 to settle charges of consumer fraud for $2.5 million (a tiny fraction of the more than $2.7 billion in yearly Paxil sales about that time). Antidepressant drugs approved between 1987 and 1999—Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Serzone, and Effexor.10 They found that on average, placebos were 80 percent as effective as the drugs. The difference between drug and placebo was so small that it was unlikely to be of any clinical significance. We are now in the midst of an apparent epidemic of bipolar disease in children (which seems to be replacing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder as the most publicized condition in childhood), with a forty-fold increase in the diagnosis between 1994 and 2003.
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