Wednesday, 13 August 2014 12:49
Although the continent of Africa has 54 countries, the nation that received the most attention at last week's U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington, D.C. was China. That's because the U.S. is trying to catch up with and surpass the Asian superpower.
Africa has six of the top 10 fastest-growing economies: Angola, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Chad, Mozambique, and Rwanda. From 2011-2015, Africa is expected to hold seven of the top 10 spots: Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Congo, Ghana, Zambia and Nigeria.
Suddenly, instead of being viewed through the outdated prism of stereotypes – war, famine, disease, corruption – Africa is an attractive place to do business. That was evident when President Obama announced $33 billion in government and private sector investment in Africa – $12 billion in new commitments.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 12:40
Bishop Minerva Carcaño, the Los Angeles Area Resident Bishop of the United Methodist Church, is acting with urgency. Along with more than 100 other religious leaders and activists, she was arrested for civil disobedience at the White House for protesting the deportation of the unaccompanied children crossing our border after fleeing from the brutal violence and poverty of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
A few days earlier, she visited Port Hueneme Naval Base in Oxnard, California for the second time and met some of the hundreds of migrant children temporarily housed there. Joining her this time were Bishop J. Jon Bruno of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, Robert Ross of the California Endowment, and Fred Ali of the Weingart Foundation.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 12:29
I don't do vacations well. I have to be pushed and prodded, just about guilt-tripped, into taking time off. Sure, I'll take an hour here, an evening there, to read a book or play word games. But it just about takes an act of God to get me to go play.
Yet, when I play, I find a lightness of spirit, rejuvenation, a rush of fresh ideas, a cessation of frustration. I play and remind myself of an 8-year-old me, pigtails (ugh) flying, water fighting, immersed in a careless and carefree world. I like to think that those few days, or maybe weeks in August prepared me for the coming school year. And I always think of September 1 as the new year, the day when many schools open and when we start our academic year over.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:17
This week was the passing of another birthday for me. Ten years ago my brother passed away at 63. This week, I attended a funeral/home-going celebration of the life of a friend, Brenda Marsh Mitchell. My birthday was a day to prepare a project for my youngest son and his family. I have been blessed with three sons and seven grandchildren. Thank you God, thank you God! I am proud that I have been blessed enough to have something to be a blessing to my sons and their families.
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 07:21
A coroner in New York ruled that the death of Eric Garner was murder when they used the chokehold on him for allegedly selling cigarettes. I watched the news as Garner told the police that he was not doing anything wrong, and later after the NYPD grabbed him by the neck, he told them, over and over, that he couldn't breathe. I once heard someone say, "If anyone tells you something believe them." Eric Garner, was a father, a husband, and an American citizen. The New York Police Department officers either didn't believe him or they believed that he shouldn't breath. He died at their hands.
Page 1 of 26
Did you know you can get the Pasadena Journal weekly print publication for more news and information?