>Zooming Through the News

>How can we possibly keep up with what is going on around the world? Minute by minute something is happening, something and someone is altered and affected. Things happen so rapidly so information sharing and social media networking has made it possible to get ever-changing news fast. 

CANADA
Hear about the online dating site for “ugly” people in Canada? No you didn’t read that wrong? Joe DeLuca created the dating site Ugly Schmucks (uglyschmucks.com) for those individuals who have difficulty finding “love” basically because of their looks. It’s initially free to sign-up and then it’s $13.00 per month to maintain a profile. You have the option of looking for a match in Canada or the U.S. 
Wow this is truly a doozy!  

NIGERIA
Another surprise was to find out yesterday that Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan declared his intention to run in elections next year, using an announcement on Facebook to steal the thunder from campaign launch of rival aspirant General Ibrahim Babangida. A presidency spokesman confirmed the Facebook page was genuine, while Information Minister Dora Akunyili said Jonathan had also told the cabinet of his intention to run.       

ZIMBABWE
Some good news or sad news depending how you want to look at it comes from Zimbabwe. Yesterday the Gukurahundi massacres that saw tens of thousands of innocent Zimbabweans killed by soldiers loyal to the Mugabe regime in the mid 1980s, were classified as “genocide” by Genocide Watch, an internationally recognized group based in Washington, DC. Professor Gregory Stanton, the group’s chairperson said in an interview with the Tererai Karimakwenda of SW Radio Africa, that the Mugabe regime has been trying to sweep this atrocious event under the rug for 30 years now but this classification now means the perpetrators can be prosecuted no matter how much time has passed. It appears that the rug is about to be lifted.

SW Radio also reported that next week during the 65th session of the United Nations in New York, the South African government will lobby for the removal of targeted sanctions against Robert Mugabe and his ZANU PF officials. This was confirmed by the International Relations and Co-operation Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

ETHIOPIA
Great news out of Ethiopia in the field of education. Access to education in Ethiopia has improved considerably, with primary school enrollment increasing more than 500% between 1994 and 2009,  according to a new report from the independent British think tank, Overseas Development Institute. The publication is based on research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

LAOS
Some mystical news to entertain you coming from Asia…Laos to be exact…the discovery of a two-horned “unicorn” called a saola, which resembles an African antelope. Unfortunately soon after researchers arrived it had died; most likely the result of being weakened while in captivity for so long.

CHILE
Did you hear about one of the trapped Chilean miners who is now a proud father of a baby girl named Esmerelda? I pray that gives him added hope to live and make it home to his family.

U.S.
Back here in the good ole’ US of A, Newt Gingrich is sinking even lower in his attacks against President Obama. This week he opened his mouth wide and said in an interview with the National Review Online, Web site of the prominent conservative magazine, “What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?” Gingrich asked . “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”

“This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president…I think he worked very hard at being a person who is normal, reasonable, moderate, bipartisan, transparent, accommodating — none of which was true,” Gingrich added. “In the Alinksy tradition, he was being the person he needed to be in order to achieve the position he needed to achieve. … He was authentically dishonest.” I wonder will good ole’ Newt will be his authentic self, showing his ‘true colors’ if and when he runs for President in 2012?

Have you seen CNN reporter, Randy Kaye’s footage on the 2007 Connecticut home invasion that left a mother and two daughters dead, and the husband badly beaten by the two hostage takers? A friend of mine sent me an email the other day but I was too busy to sit still to open the email. Today as I visited the CNN website the caption caught my attention. 

Even after the wife went to the bank and brought back $15,000 hoping it would be enough to convince the men to leave and not harm her and the rest of the family, the men still sexually assaulted the wife and one daughter before strangling and killing the mother; and eventually the two daughters. To make matters worse, there is a possibility that all three could have survived had the police acted upon the 911 call placed by the bank manager who was secretly alerted by the wife when she was withdrawing her money. Maybe you should see this for yourself:  http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/crime/2010/09/17/kaye.home.invasion.cnn

Well that is only a brief look at what’s been in the news around the world this week. Do you have any interesting, shocking, or beautiful news to share? Please do.

Until next time, continuing being a blessing and blessing others.

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved

 

Sources
Unicorn http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/17/rare-asian-unicorn-captured/
Connecticut home invasion http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/crime/2010/09/17/kaye.home.invasion.cnn
Ugly Schmucks Online dating uglyschmucks.com 
Newt Gingrich interview  http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/246302/gingrich-obama-s-kenyan-anti-colonial-worldview-robert-costa
Ethiopia Education Rates http://allafrica.com/stories/201009160877.html
Nigeria Presidential Election- Goodluck Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/jonathangoodluck
Zimbabwe genocide http://www.swradioafrica.com/news160910/guku160910.htm  
Zimbabwe sanctions http://www.swradioafrica.com/news170910/salobby170910.htm
Chilean Miner  http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/

>Haiti Recovery Conference Set for March 31, 2010

>The International Donors’ Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti is scheduled for March 31, 2010 in New York at the UN Headquarters. The conference is being hosted by the government of Haiti, the United States and the United Nations. The focus of the conference is on long-term recovery and reconstruction needs of Haiti, and to provide an opportunity for other nations and international entities who have not already done so to pledge their financial support.

The conference will be co-chaired by Brazil, Canada, France, Spain, and the European Union- all of which are major donors to Haiti’s recovery efforts. The conference will be webcast live with select sessions opened to other media.

For more details visit the U.S. Department of State, U.N. Office of the Special Envoy to Haiti, or the Embassy of Haiti- Washington D.C.