Saturday, April 07, 2007

Talk show host calls Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos"

Host slurred women's hoops squad on-air
Star-Ledger Staff

Radio talk show host Don Imus offered an apology to the Rutgers women's basketball team and the university for comments he made this week on his program.

During Wednesday's show, which airs on WFAN 660-AM and is simulcast on MSNBC, Imus referred to the Rutgers team as "nappy-headed hos." Executive producer Bernard McGuirk used the terms "jigaboos" and "wan nabes," in referring to the team.

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Over 1,000 people of diverse backgrounds have participated in a health walk

Health walk organized by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the African Hebrew Development Agency (AHDA), an Israeli based organization at Keta

The walk, which was to promote the physical fitness of participants, was also to arouse community consciousness about the need for regular fitness exercises as one of the fundamentals in diseases prevention.

It also formed part of a week’s programme of Regenerative Health and Nutrition Training to promote alternative health care through physical exercise and good nutrition dubbed: "Renew your strength to prevent diseases.

"The 8.5 kilometre walk from the forecourt of the Keta District Assembly premises at 0600 hours went through the main streets of Keta, Dzelukope and Vui, ending at the beach at Tegbi where participants, including health workers, traditional rulers, students and some Israeli nationals underwent drills before retiring for water and fruits.

Mr. Solomon Yaw Fordjour, District Chief Executive of Afram Plains and Mr. Kofi Ahiabor, DCE of Keta took part in the exercise.Mr. Prince Emmanuel Ben-Yehuda, the Project Director of AHDA based in Dimona, Israel, where good health practices were said to have made maternal and child mortality alien to the place in the past 40 years, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that exercising, intake of plant based diets, of fruits and vegetables, drinking of water and eating at the right time are the best means of disease prevention.

He said his association is in the country to assist the Ministry of Health to drum home to the people that most of the diseases in Ghana are preventable if everybody assumed responsibility for his or her own health through disciplined lifestyles rather than relying on hospitals and drugs.Mr. Ben-Yehuda said their presence is to mobilize communities, including the chiefs and health workers to know and lead the way in advancing the regenerative health and nutrition concept in the country.

Mr. Kofi Edusei, Project Manager of the Regenerative and Nutrition Programme (RNP) at the Ministry of Health said the Ministry is shifting health paradigm from the development of hospitals to development of health in homes through good health practices and so limiting the propensity of people becoming sick. See: Ghana Districts

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History of Easter-Part 2

Submitted by MelindaBA
KNN Staff

Easter, a Christian festival, embodies many pre-Christian traditions. Eastre (or "Ostara"), the Anglo-Saxon Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility was often accompanied by a hare when represented. The fertile nature of rabbits and hares is another symbol of new life and the rebirth that occurs during the spring season.

Also, German settlers in America are said to have brought over the tradition of a bunny named "Oschter Haws" who would visit houses on Easter eve, leaving colored eggs for children. Easter eggs were painted different colors to represent the sunlight of spring. Christians later used eggs to symbolize the rebirth of Christ.

Another Easter tradition is the eating of Hot Cross Buns. These cakes were marked by the Saxons to honor Eastre, the fertility goddess. The crosses on the buns are said to represent the moon's quarters, while Christians see the cross as a reference to the crucifixtion.

When is Easter?
According to the New Testament, Christ was crucified on the eve of Passover and shortly afterward rose from the dead. In consequence, the Easter festival commemorated Christ's resurrection. In time, a serious difference over the date of the Easter festival arose among Christians. Those of Jewish origin celebrated the resurrection immediately following the Passover festival, which, according to their Babylonian lunar calendar, fell on the evening of the full moon (the 14th day in the month of Nisan, the first month of the year); by their reckoning, Easter, from year to year, fell on different days of the week.

Christians of Gentile origin, however, wished to commemorate the resurrection on the first day of the week, Sunday; by their method, Easter occurred on the same day of the week, but from year to year it fell on different dates.

Constantine I, Roman emperor, convoked the Council of Nicaea in 325. The council unanimously ruled that the Easter festival should be celebrated throughout the Christian world on the first Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox; and that if the full moon should occur on a Sunday and thereby coincide with the Passover festival, Easter should be commemorated on the Sunday following. Coincidence of the feasts of Easter and Passover was thus avoided.

The Council of Nicaea also decided that the calendar date of Easter was to be calculated at Alexandria, then the principal astronomical center of the world. The accurate determination of the date, however, proved an impossible task in view of the limited knowledge of the 4th-century world. The principal astronomical problem involved was the discrepancy, called the epact, between the solar year and the lunar year. The chief calendric problem was a gradually increasing discrepancy between the true astronomical year and the Julian calendar then in use.

For more info see: Passover

Friday, April 06, 2007

They want to kill the almonds

Starting in August or September of 2007 all almonds including organic must be pasteurized
Jackie & Gideon Graff

Starting in August or September of 2007, raw almonds available in the USA, Canada and Mexico, will no longer be "truly raw" due to a mandate passed by the USDA, FDA and the California Almond Board, announcing that all almonds including organic must be pasteurized.

The problem is the law has been passed with little public input(if any) or notification whatsoever. In addition all pasteurized almonds available in the marketplace will still be labeled as raw almonds. Can this be considered fraudulence or an out right lie? Are you willing to give up your food freedom choices?

The primary reasons for passing this law are two isolated outbreaks of salmonella, in conjunction with conventional almond farms a few years ago. To the best of our knowledge no salmonella outbreaks have EVER been associated with organic almonds.

Within the past 10 years tomatoes, spinach, green onions, peanuts, grapes, melons, lettuce, and sprouts have all been linked to salmonella outbreaks. Does that mean we should eliminate all fresh produce? Absolutely not!!!

Almonds, the heartbeat of all nuts, literally, have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease, a rich source of calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, protein, fiber and antioxidants to name a few . These amazing and life enhancing health benefits, will be devastatingly reduced if not completely eliminated in the pasteurization process. Three of the potential suggested methods of pasteurization are:

-Propylene oxide(PPO) fumigation(propylene oxide was also used as an insecticidal fumigant till 1988 when its registration was terminated. California prop.65 rates PPO as a carcinogen. Cited from

-High heat(which degrades the integrity of the nuts and enzyme structure).

-Steam pasteurization (will also further devalue the nutrients, enzyme activity and antioxidants.)

This is a call to all those who care about their health, we need to join forces by bringing this to the attention of everyone from the mass media to the common consumer before it goes any further than almonds! It is our basic right to choose unprocessed foods! We have created a petition that we will present to the California Almond Board, the FDA and the USDA. Go to and click on the almond pasteurization petition link on the front of our page and sign your name as well as your state, town, and zipcode. E-mail us at with any other questions, media relations, ideas or information you may have relevant to this cause.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Americans still refusing to eat their veggies

Less than one-third of adults eat recommended daily servings, survey shows
Associated Press

ATLANTA - Fewer than a third of American adults eat the amount of fruits and vegetables the government recommends, a trend that’s remained steady for more than a decade, health officials said Thursday.

That’s “well below” the government’s goal of getting 75 percent of Americans to eat two servings of fruits and three of vegetables each day by 2010, said Dr. Larry Cohen of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The telephone survey of more than 305,000 adults in 2005 indicates the country is only about halfway toward meeting the goal three years from now.

The federal agency said it doesn’t know why people aren’t eating more veggies or fruits. Cohen said future surveys will ask people what other foods they are eating.

Susan Krause, a clinical dietitian at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, said people are eating more refined sugars or choosing protein instead of fruits and vegetables.

“There’s so much information out there and people get very confused. When they’re looking at protein, they feel that’s the solution when they’re not looking at long-term health benefits,” she said. “There’s so many fabricated foods now and people are looking at convenience.”

Not only are fruits and vegetables lower-calorie, they also have minerals and fiber that help guard against chronic diseases and cancer, the CDC says. See: Americans still refusing to eat their veggies

Chocolate Jesus exhibit canceled after uproar

Catholics described it as "a sickening display"
Associated Press

NEW YORK - A planned Holy Week exhibition of a nude, anatomically correct chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ was canceled Friday amid a choir of complaining Catholics that included Cardinal Edward Egan.

The "My Sweet Lord" display was shut down by the hotel that houses the Lab Gallery in midtown Manhattan, said Matt Semler, the gallery's creative director. Semler said he submitted his resignation after officials at the Roger Smith Hotel shut down the show.

The six-foot sculpture was the victim of "a strong-arming from people who haven't seen the show, seen what we're doing," Semler said. "They jumped to conclusions completely contrary to our intentions."

But word of the confectionary Christ infuriated Catholics, including Egan, who described it as "a sickening display."

Bill Donohue, head of the watchdog Catholic League, said it was "one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever."

"It’s not just the ugliness of the portrayal, but the timing — to choose Holy Week is astounding," he said. See: Chocolate Jesus exhibit cancelled

FDA urges laxer labeling on irradiated foods

Agency proposes admittedly misleading use of term ‘pasteurized’
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The government proposed Tuesday relaxing its rules on labeling of irradiated foods and suggested it may allow some products zapped with radiation to be called “pasteurized.”

The Food and Drug Administration said the proposed rule would require companies to label irradiated food only when the radiation treatment causes a material change to the product. Examples includes changes to the taste, texture, smell or shelf life of a food, which would be flagged in the new labeling.

The technique kills bacteria but does not cause food to become radioactive. Recent outbreaks of foodborne illness have revived interest in irradiation, even though it is not suitable for all food products. For example, irradiating diced Roma tomatoes makes them mushy, the FDA says. See: FDA urges laxer labeling on irradiated foods

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Strength and Courage runs through our veins

Ahk Bacariel and Ahote Kheelkeeyah’s father is honored in Washington D.C. for his service as a Tuskegee Airman

On March 29, the United States honored the Tuskegee Airmen by awarding the group the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award bestowed by the federal legislature.

A 1925 study by the Army War College titled "The Use of Negro Manpower in War" concluded that African-American "men were cowards and poor technicians and fighters, lacking initiative and resourcefulness." It also called them a "subspecies of the human population."

So the Army Air Corps wasn't expecting much in 1941 when it began training a small group of African-American men to become pilots at Alabama's Tuskegee Institute, a historically black college. What it got was one of the most successful flying squadrons in American military history

Shattering racist stereotypes, they flew more than 15,000 sorties over North Africa and Europe during World War II, destroyed more than 250 enemy aircraft on the ground and 150 in the air, and fiercely protected the American and Allied bombers they escorted on missions.

"We dared not fail," said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charles W. Dryden, 86, who earned his wings at the Tuskegee program in 1942. "We dared not fail because the white folks could say, `See, we knew they couldn't do it.'"

KNN asked Akote Kheelkeeyah why this historical moment was so special for her. She replied, “The reason this is so special for me because this day vindicates my father’s name and exonerates him as the great man he really was and not what he fell prey to because truly he was preyed on by the adversary.

Racism slavery was a terrible thing for us as a people. However our greatness continued to rise to the top; The elect who were placed with the elite, who grew up in the house of pharaoh.

My father knew and told us we were from the ancient biblical Hebrew Israelites. He was told that as a child by the elders in secret. He was from the royal line. This day I’m so proud to be his daughter. I never knew his greatness. But today in the days of Yah’s Kingdom his greatness is known throughout the earth.

And like Joseph, and like Daniel, he grew up in the house of pharaoh and he paid the price for his son and daughter to be here (in Israel) today.”

Thousands homeless after Solomons tsunami

Waves triggered by undersea quake destroyed villages, killed at least 28
Associated Press

HONIARA, Solomon Islands - Some of the thousands left homeless by a tsunami ventured back into the devastated Solomon Islands town of Gizo Tuesday, picking their way through rickety buildings in search of food and water.

But most were still too scared to leave the hillside, where they have been camped out since a powerful undersea earthquake sent waves up to 30 feet high crashing into the South Pacific country’s islands.

At least 28 people had been confirmed dead in the Solomons from Monday’s tsunami and quake, measured at a revised magnitude of 8.1 by the U.S. Geological Survey. The victims included a bishop and three worshippers killed when a wave hit a church on the island of Simbo and a New Zealand man who drowned trying to save his mother, who remains missing. See: Thousands homeless after tsunami

Monday, April 02, 2007

The Mean Judeans Are Back


Dimona Mean Judeans' pitcher Yaron Ben Israel one-hit the Dawgs, and the team's speedy second stringers stole 10 bases in a 23-1 victory on Tuesday. Ben Israel struck out eight, walked four and gave up a hit to Yigal Rozval. Teens Tahby Ben Israel and Tahor Ben Israel each had three hits for Dimona, while Ovade Ben Israel and Emmanuel Ben Israel each hit inside-the-park-homers.