Friday, November 28, 2008

Sugarless & Live Weeks are back again!

Happy Sugarless & Live Weeks!!!

KNN - Staff

In our continuous pursuit of perfect health and Everlasting Life, the African Hebrew Israelite Community has instituted Sugarless Week and Live Foods Consumption Week four (4) times a year. The adoption of the cycle of these two consecutive weeks was established, in part, to heighten our health awareness regarding the consumption of sweets and live foods for ourselves and our families. Sugarless Week proceeds Live Week and generally commences around the change of seasons.

In conjunction with an internal cleansing program of herbal laxatives, colonic irrigation or other purgative practices, Live Week assists in purifying the body's internal organs of unneeded waste and toxic matter. Additionally, Live Week helps to flush out the old, putrefying foods which are lodged in the intestinal tract and prepares the body for the intake of the incoming season's harvest of fruits and vegetables. It also aids to prepare the body for the variations in weather. For example, winter's harvest of citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables help strengthen the immune system to fight colds and flu just as summer's harvest of honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelons help stave off dehydration and heat-related disorders.

During Sugarless Week, sugar, honey and other sweeteners which have not been approved by the Ministry of Divine Health are not consumed. Instead, other plant-based natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, date syrup, agave nectar and the naturally green-colored Stevia powder are used in moderation as suitable "sugar" substitutions.

During Live Foods Consumption Week consume a balanced live foods diet consisting of an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. To help make this vital dietary transition healthful and enjoyable for all, the inclusion of tofu, bean curds, bean threads, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, sea vegetables, nut butters, natural grains and foods which can be prepared via soaking in water, as well as unleavened breads, pita bread, flatbread (mahtsah) and crackers are permissible for consumption. Likewise, soya or other vegan "milks" and "butters" can be used in preparing veggie mayonnaises, salad dressings, cheeses, etcetera.

Sugarless Week will commence at sunset on Yom Sheshe (Friday) November 28, 2008 and will end at sunset on Mohtsai Shabbat (Saturday evening) December 6, 2008. Live Foods Week will commence on Mohtsai Shabbat (at sunset on Saturday evening) December 6, 2008, and will end at sunset on Yom Sheshe (Friday) December 13, 2008.

Please remember that in Live Food preparation, presentation is as important as taste. Be mindful to avoid using products which contain sugar, honey, cooked and other highly processed ingredients during the respective weeks, be creative and most importantly, ENJOY!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

U.S. in recession, jobless to peak at 7.5%

About 96% forecasters believed that the US was already in recession
Reuter News Service

The U.S. economy is in recession and will contract at a faster pace in the fourth quarter, extending the decline into early 2009 as high unemployment crimps consumer spending, a survey showed.

The National Association of Business Economists' poll of 50 professional forecasters released on Monday found that real gross domestic product was expected to fall 2.6 per cent in the fourth quarter and slump 1.3 per cent in the first three months of 2009.

See: US unemployment hits four-year high

Preliminary government estimates showed GDP contracted 0.3 per cent in the third quarter. The results of the survey, which was conducted between Oct. 28 and Nov. 7 indicated growing pessimism among forecasters.

"Business economists became decidedly more negative on the economic outlook for the next several quarters as a result of the intensification of credit market stresses and evidence of spillover to the real economy," said NABE President Chris Varvares.

See: US unemployment rate at 14-year high

More than a third reckoned the recession began in the third quarter of 2008, and nearly three-quarters believed it could persist beyond the first quarter of 2009. Over 60 per cent expected the depth of the recession to be contained, with the decline in GDP bottoming below 1.5 percent.

Overall GDP growth in 2008 was expected to come in at around 0.2 per cent and top 0.7 per cent next year, according to the survey. This compares with predictions of 1.2 per cent and 2.2 per cent respectively in October's survey.

See Complete Article: US in recession, jobless to peak at 7.5 pct: survey

Monday, November 24, 2008


Soferet Baht Yehuda
KNN-British Isles, London

‘Blossom in the Desert’ has taken on a momentum of its own as the vehicle for the high-profile promotional drive in the European Theatre of the Kingdom of Yah. The driving force behind the ‘Songs of Deliverance’ mission, Atlannta-based Director of KOYMEDIA Ahk Elkadame Ben Shaleahk arrived in London as a follow-up promotional trip to address a Black History Month event co-ordinated, KOYMEDIA U.K Representative.. The theme ‘A Dance of Hope to Songs of Deliverance’ was set by the Founders and Creative Directors and artistically interpreted by Prakeem, the three-month old Dance and Performance Arts Group inspired by Zehorah’s “masterpiece” creation as stated by a reviewer of the production.

In his brief, the Director stated that his mission was to share a special message from Anointed Spiritual Leader Ben Ammi delivered to the members of the Performing Arts Entity on the urgency of this new genre reaching global audiences; participate in Black History Month events, engage targeted media outlets and make contact with record distribution companies in Britain. He was also on a mission to express gratitude to key partners who supported the August launch. The event was co-ordinated by the U K KOYMEDIA Manager who collaborated with the key entities to make this event happen. The two-day trip of 28th and 29th October 2008 was a hectic one but had great significance and opportunities for the drive in Europe.

In his short but incisive message to the audience, Elkadame stressed that, “ Songs of Deliverance is more than just a new genre but that it is a new sound that the nations of the world needed to hear to heal spiritual ailments of a world gone wrong.”
He went on, “ while the genre echoes the journey of sound through the African Diaspora experiences, its unique essence is its driving force in the culture that produced it….the Hebrew Israelite Community of Dimona, Israel.” In her opening track of the CD “ ‘Rhythm Is’ Zehorah used the spoken word to introduce Sound and rhythm as a compatible couple in the African human experience. Prakeem’s Dancers conveyed this well in a small section of their performance to the Director before his leaving for the radio station.

Even on a very tight schedule, the KOYMEDIA Manager based in London managed to put together a schedule that was varied and productive. We accomplished meetings at Woolworths and W H Smiths both high street chain stores and major record-distribution outlets in the United Kingdom. In addition we attended a Black History Month event on ‘The Impact of Music on the Youth-a look at Hip- Hop’ put on by the Marcus Garvey Next Generation Youth Organisation. The MC of the event, Maskelah B. Gavriel, the sixteen-year-old Cultural Officer of the organisation brought a special sense of satisfaction to the visitor as he noted the young daughter’s leadership potential being nurtured by her mentor Afryea Adodo of the adults’ Marcus Garvey Planning Committee. Elkadame was also able to engage in some useful networking at the event.

One of the highpoints of the tour was a two-hour studio discussant participation on Voice of Africa Radio (VOAR) London’s only licensed African Radio Station with Sis Ekua aka Esther Stanford on ‘Africa Speaks’ on 94.3FM. He discussed ‘Songs of Deliverance’ and his promotional drive as well as some commentary on the Obama subject which was hotly topical. His main focus was the significance of Ben Ammi’s message. “ Today the musician is in the union and music is an industry. When music’s strong compelling influence is comprehended, you will better understand why musicians are paid handsomely to create destructive behaviours and moods. It plays a major yet subtle role in the destruction of people and cultures.” Ben Ammi Ben Israel ‘An Imitation of Life: Redefining what constitutes true life and living in the New World…the author of ‘God the Black Man and Truth’.

Corporate Layoffs: The Worst is Yet to Come

American Express announced that it will slash 7,000 positions
By Alex Altman
TIME Magazine

Amid a drumbeat of grim financial updates, two blue-chip companies announced plans for massive layoffs last week, spurring fears that the bloodletting on Wall Street could be just a prelude to deeper job cuts across the nation. American Express announced that it will slash 7,000 positions — some 10% of its staff — as part of an effort to save $1.8 billion next year as a counterweight to the rising number of consumers defaulting on their payments. Within hours of that announcement, communications giant Motorola Inc., which cut some 2,600 jobs in April, said it would trim an additional 3,000 staffers over the next several months after posting a third-quarter loss of nearly $400 million. It will also postpone a planned spin-off of its ailing cell phone division. (See pictures of the global financial crisis.)

A new analysis by Goldman Sachs sounds a similarly somber tone. It suggests that the downturn is still in its incipient phase, and that job losses could surpass 2 million in 2009, with unemployment climbing to 8%. "As the economy slides into a deeper recession, it appears we are closer to the beginning of the labor market downturn than the end," wrote the study's co-author, economist Ed McKelvey. "We anticipate a sharper decline in employment in coming months." Reich also quotes 8% as a likely unemployment figure, though he notes that figure excludes job seekers who have given up searching altogether and part-time workers seeking full-time employment. With those segments of the population added, the figure could skyrocket to 12%, according to Reich.

See: Corporate Layoffs: The Worst is Yet to Come - TIME