With quick and coordinated action by some of its top doctors, Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, appears to have contained its first Ebola outbreak, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
As the epidemic rages out of control in three nations only a few hundred miles away, Nigeria is the only country to have beaten back an outbreak with the potential to harm many victims in a city with vast, teeming slums.
Three Kenyan diplomats are battling vicious multimillion law suits filed against them by the house helps (workers)they allegedly lured and conscripted into slavish service in the US.
A former Kenyan diplomat to the UN is facing charges of luring, human-trafficking and enslaving a countrywoman in the US for over a year.
Former legal adviser at Kenya’s Mission to the UN, Stella Kerubo Orina, is also accused of subjecting Ms Beatrice Awuor Oluoch to forced labor for 14 months, between July 10, 2006 and September 4, 2007.
Telegraph The Living Planet report provides shocking proof that humans have to change our behavior
Five times in the past 440 million years, life on earth has suffered a great dying – a mass extinction eliminating between half and 97 per cent of species. In the words of the palaeontologist and conservationist Richard Leakey, such events “restructure the biosphere”. Life takes millions of years to recover – and only does so by undergoing fundamental changes, such as mammals succeeding dinosaurs.
Yesterday a report demonstrated how we are now, as Lord May, the former President of the Royal Society once put it, “on the breaking tip of a sixth great wave of extinction”. And while past ones have been blamed on intense warming or cooling of the climate, or asteroid impact, this is in danger of being the first to have been brought about by one of the very species ultimately at risk – ourselves. Continue reading Life on earth is dying, thanks to one species→
I have just spent five months in Rome where I came for a course at the Angelicum University in order to deepen my understanding of the Catholic perspective on Inter-religious Dialogue and on Christianity in general. This experience has exposed me to new insights and perspectives about the work of justice and peace. My stay with the Missionaries of Africa has been another learning experience. I have been blessed to be their guest and associate. Yes, I am a practicing Muslim and they are committed Catholics, yet I saw the common humanity and the common mission of working for a just, fair, peaceful and better society for all people of God.
I was born in a devoted Muslim family in the city of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. I started attending Qur’anic school and learning about other Islamic traditions at the age of four. My primary, secondary, polytechnic and university studies were in Jos. My father had no formal schooling but gave me the opportunity that shaped my life. He died in 1985 and my mother continued from where he stopped. Continue reading My Journey as a Muslim in Christian-Muslim J&P work→
“The 2030 timeline would allow deforestation to continue for a decade and a half. By then the declaration could be self-fulfilling, as there might not be much forest left to save.” — Susanne Breitkopf of Greenpeace
WASHINGTON, Oct 3 2014 (IPS) – Heads of state, civil society groups and the leaders of some of the world’s largest companies this week urged their peers to sign on to a landmark new global agreement aimed at halting deforestation by 2030, even as others are warning the accord is too lax.
Last night, Pope Francis had a private meeting with a group representing survivors of the migrant boat which capsized off the coast of Lampedusa island one year ago. At least 370 people lost their lives in the tragic accident. Pope Francis has called on the men and women of Europe to ‘open the doors of their hearts’ and welcome migrants who risk their lives at sea to flee war and poverty. About 50 survivors mostly living in northern Europe, will travel to Lampedusa today. They are calling for an international memorial day for the thousands who perish at sea each year trying to reach Europe. Continue reading After meeting Lampedusa survivors Pope tells Europe: Open the doors of your heart’→