Thursday, September 14, 2006
"The debate about God and wealth is big and it's getting bigger," says David Van Biema, co-author of this week's cover story in Time magazine titled "Does God Want You to Be Rich?" Van Biema says the debate is being propelled, at least in part, by Joel Osteen's book, 'Your Best Life Now.' "That book really took the whole question of what's known as prosperity gospel out of a little subculture of evangelicalism and put it out there for everybody," he says. See complete article:Joel Osteen preaches the gospel of prosperity
LANSING -- A bipartisan group of female state lawmakers is behind a bill that would require all sixth grade girls to be vaccinated in an effort to fight cervical cancer. The vaccine, called Gardasil, prevents infections from some strains of the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus, which has been found to cause cervical cancer and genital warts. If passed, the bill would be the first of its kind in the country. The Food and Drug Administration approved the vaccine in June for girls at least nine years old. Sherry Miedema is one mother who opposed the legislation. "I'm happy to have the experts make recommendations but then leave it up to the parents to make the choice," Miedema said. "I just feel each year there are more things introduced telling us parents what to do with and for our children, and I'm getting a little weary of it."
Sen. Beverly Hammerstrom (R-Monroe County) supports the legislation. "The test that the FDA has done has proven to be so fantastic that everybody is really excited, and they are going to prove safe over time," Hammerstrom said. The American Cancer Society estimates 9,700 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2006, with 3,700 fatal cases. Miedema said cervical cancer in Michigan is on the decline, citing a 48 percent decline in the past 12 years, compared to a 33 percent drop nationwide. She said the vaccine should not replace good parenting. "I feel this particular one we can teach the kids to abstain from pre-marital sex rather than give them a band-aid for something they've done after the fact," Miedema said. The bill, as with other school-required vaccines, has a provision allowing parents to opt out for medical, moral or philosophical reasons. The bill's supporters are hoping it passes the senate before lawmakers break later this month.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
According to the National Academy of Sciences, the Earth's surface temperature has risen by about 1 degree Fahrenheit in the past century, with accelerated warming during the past two decades. There is new and stronger evidence that most of the warming over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities. Human activities have altered the chemical composition of the atmosphere through the buildup of greenhouse gases – primarily carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. The heat-trapping property of these gases is undisputed although uncertainties exist about exactly how earth’s climate responds to them. Go to the Emissions section for much more on greenhouse gases.
Click here to see Gore video on global warming. (note: video quality is poor). Gore speech about the global warming
Yah Chai! Support A Child recived a United State Department of Education Grant to provide fitness education and nutrtion education training to St. Louis public schools and recreation centers. We were the only recipient from the State of Missouri in a very competitive process. The award was $411,417 and the grant is for four years.
The purpose of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program is to provide funds to local educational agencies and community-based organizations (including faith-based organizations) to initiate, expand, and improve physical education programs (including after school programs) for students in one or more grades from kindergarten through 12 in order to make progress toward meeting State standards for physical education by providing funds for equipment, support, and the training and education of teachers and staff. For more information contact, Support A Child International, 5261 Delmar Blvd. Suite 216, St. Louis, MO 63108-1094, Project Director: Linda McClerklin, Email: SACINT@aol.com, (314) 454-9830.
This is another testimony of the blessings of Yah in the Seventh Realm of the Marriage of the Lamb.
By Tovleeyah B. Israel-KNN Staff
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is sounding the alarm about an increase in childhood injuries caused by falling television sets and other furniture. TV and furniture "tip-over" accidents normally cause about five deaths a year, according to statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. But so far this year there have been 10 children killed nationwide. Kristine Biggie, a trauma nurse at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, says her emergency room sees several serious cases a year: "Think how heavy a TV is when you lift it up, or a bookcase that can fall on them. It can cause severe crushing injuries, like severe brain damage, broken bones, internal organ injuries." She urges parents to put heavy TVs on low, well-built furniture, and to secure the cords and bolt rickety furniture to the wall so it can't topple over. And, she adds, make sure inviting toys aren't left on top of the TV, which could entice a young child to climb on top. (Original article written by KYW's Lynne Adkins)
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
WASHINGTON - Where you live, combined with race and income, plays a huge role in the nation's health disparities, differences so stark that a report issued Monday contends it's as if there are eight separate Americas instead of one. Murray analyzed mortality data between 1982 and 2001 by county, race, gender and income. He found some distinct groupings that he named the "eight Americas:"
-Asian-Americans, average per capita income of $21,566, have a life expectancy of 84.9 years.
-Northland low-income rural whites, $17,758, 79 years.
-Middle America (mostly white), $24,640, 77.9 years.
-Low income whites in Appalachia, Mississippi Valley, $16,390, 75 years.
-Western American Indians, $10,029, 72.7 years.
-Black Middle America, $15,412, 72.9 years.
-Southern low-income rural blacks, $10,463, 71.2 years.
-High-risk urban blacks, $14,800, 71.1 years.
-Longevity disparities were most pronounced in young and middle-aged adults.
A 15-year-old urban black man was 3.8 times as likely to die before the age of 60 as an Asian-American, for example. That's key, Murray said, because this age group is left out of many government health programs that focus largely on children and the elderly. See: Where you live can decide how long you live
Monday, September 11, 2006
The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution which historically gives respect, recognition, and endorsement to ACRRA’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and our efforts for reparations from Denmark for the people of the Virgin Islands. For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org