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In memory of Cecil the Lion: let’s hunt with cameras not guns

The late Cecil the Lion

The late Cecil the Lion

The  brouhaha following the killing of Cecil the Lion by Dr. Walter Palmer, an American dentist, has put a much needed spotlight on so-called trophy hunting, the stalking and killing of wild animals for sport.  

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)  My wife and I were privileged to go on a number of African safaris in Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, and even Zimbabwe.  We watched animals; we did not shoot them except with a camera.  We went on each safari in an open land rover.  The animals in the game reserve are so used to land rovers, we could drive within a few feet of animals with little or no notice.  Viewing wild animals up close in their natural habitat is fascinating and very entertaining.  We watched female elephants with their young.  The babies were cute trying to learn how to maneuver their trunks to put food in their mouths.  We watched a group of lionesses stalking a herd of cape buffalo waiting for one to stray from the herd; a female cheetah stalking and then killing an impala; huge crocodiles sunning themselves; silver-backed gorillas with their families; chimpanzees and all sorts of monkeys and baboons; a wide variety of birds; thousand upon thousands of wildebeests gathering for their annual migration north; giraffes; hyenas; zebras; deer and antelope; hippos; lemurs; and white black rhinos; and much more.

President Obama: support African Civil Society during upcoming visit to Sub-Saharan Africa

obama_nIn April 2014, six Ethiopian bloggers and three journalists associated with the Zone 9 blogging collective were accused of “creating serious risk to the safety or health of the public” and arrested under the country’s vague anti-terrorism law.

William Nicholas Gomes, Global News Centre Human Rights Ambassador

(LONDON) Ethiopia and Kenya face grave and worsening human rights challenges.  In this letter to US President Barack Obama, Wiliam Gomes asks the US political leader to keep these issues at the forefront of your discussions. The longstanding crackdown on human rights groups and journalists in Ethiopia and the use of so-called “anti-terror” laws to stifle the legitimate work of civil society actors in both Kenya and Ethiopia underscore their overall failure to adhere to democratic principles and international human rights standards.

In the world there are now more than 600 million hungry people

clemente_article_43According to the Aladino study, in Spain, 19.1% of children aged between six and nine years are obese and 26.1% are overweight.

Clemente Ferrer Global News Centre

(MADRID)   Manos Unidas, the Catholic  Church Association in Spain  for  aid,  promotion  and  development  of  the Third  World,  has  launched a  campaign  under  the “New World Common Project.”

Moreover  AMREF,  the  largest  international  health organization  completely  of  African  origin  and management,  which  name  is  the  acronym  for African  Medical  and  Research  Foundation,  has launched  another  campaign against  infectious diseases.

Grandparents raising their grandchildren leave trace sin their souls

Capture22Grandparents face a greater mental and physical wear, especially because they deal with difficult children from broken or troubled homes. Stress and fatigue related to work that originates responsibility are the main symptoms of the “slave grandmother” syndrome.

Clemente Ferrer Global News Centre

(MADRID)    A study entitled  The Generation of Transition; between Work and Retirement,  states that  thousands of  years ago, the family model “included not only a father and a mother who took care of good parenting; there was also a grandmother who helped them in this task.”

Grandparents  work  as  health,  guardians  and  teachers  of  their grandchildren. They allow many moms to be integrated into the labor market. Some families are going better, thanks to grandparents. And in  times  of  economic  instability,  these  gestures  are  more important.

Reflection on the measles outbreak

unnamedJust as in West Africa, we see irrational fear, ignorance, and misinformation.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO) I cannot help but reflect on the ongoing ebola epidemic in West Africa when reading about the recent outbreak of measles due in large part to an anti-vaccination sentiment.

Ebola spread rapidly because of poor existing medical infrastructure plus in large part to misinformation and fear about a disease the populace knew little about. And there is no known FDA-approved ebola vaccine or medicine available.  Whereas with measles, we have a safe and cost-effective vaccine that had all but eradicated the disease until the recent outbreak.

Yet, like West Africa, we see irrational fear, ignorance, and misinformation.  Or to put it bluntly, the anti-vaccinators are letting ignorance or just plain stubbornness get in the way of controlling a controllable disease.  And at what cost to public health?

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stone-ralphGlobal News Centre writer Ralph E. Stone was born in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of both Middlebury College and Suffolk Law School. We are very fortunate to have this writer’s talents in this troubling world; Ralph has an eye for detail that others miss. As is the case with many GlobalNewsCentre.com writers, Ralph is an American Veteran who served in war. Ralph served his nation after college as a U.S. Army officer during the Vietnam war. After Vietnam, he went on to have a career with the Federal Trade Commission as an Attorney specializing in Consumer and Antitrust Law. Over the years, Ralph has traveled extensively with his wife Judi, taking in data from all over the world, which today adds to his collective knowledge about extremely important subjects like the economy and taxation. You can send Ralph an email at this address stoneralphe@gmail.com

Monkole wants to lead a new way of doing medicine in Africa

asamiMonkole open 24 hours a day attending gynecological and obstetrics, surgery, internal medicine and pediatrics. It can hospitalize up to 158 patients.

Clemente Ferrer Global News Centre

(MADRID)  Monkole  Hospital Center, based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, has 120 beds and3 operating rooms and aims to lead a new way of doing medicine in Congo and neighboring countries.

Monkole is the first hospital in Kinshasa which, among its services, supplies food to their patients and gives them clean clothes for the beds and grooming. Many other hospitals have imitated Monkole’s  improvements and this is the line that they want to pursue. For example it is one of the two hospitals where people can donate blood and one of the few hospitals that have a social worker who facilitates access to health care for poor families.

A botched execution of death sentence or torture by bullets?

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“It’s cold at six-forty in the morning on a March day in Paris, and seems colder when a man is about to be executed by firing squad.”           – Frederick Forsyth, in ‘The Day of the Jackal”

Kiflu Hussain Global News Centre

(DALLAS)  According to a Jan 14 2015 breaking news on ESATi, Ethiopian Satellite Television, which is banned from viewing in Ethiopia, the regime took out two prisoners on the wee hours from the dungeon it incarcerated them and rained bullets on them. The duo, named Colonel Demesew Anteneh and Colonel Alemu Getnet were convicted of plotting a coup d’état by the notorious Kangaroo court known for churning out harsh sentences on dissidents.  Accordingly, they were condemned to death in 2009.

DRC: Three members of human rights organisation AGAPE Hauts-Plateaux held by rebel group

15867083x2940x627jpg-3356756_p9On 14 August 2014, around 2:00 pm, while the human rights defenders were working, they were intercepted by the leader of one of the armed groups operating in the region, who immediately took them into custody in a lock-up in Burongi.

William Gomes Global News Centre Human Rights Ambassador

(YORK)  AGAPE Hauts-Plateaux is a human rights organisation based in the Minembwe highlands in South Kivu province, which advocates for the demobilisation and welfare of child soldiers who are exploited by various armed groups operating in the region.

Since August 6, 2014, the three defenders have been part of a team that AGAPE Hauts-Plateaux had sent on mission to conduct a follow-up of children who have recently been demobilised from armed groups. The mission was planned for different localities of Hauts-Plateaux, including Minembwe, Itombwe and Bijombo.

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