Daily Archive: January 1, 2013

    60 Crushed to Death in Ivory Coast Stampede, Minister Says

    (CNN) — A New Year’s Eve fireworks display in Ivory Coast turned from celebration to tragedy early Tuesday when 60 people — most of them women and children — were crushed to death in a stampede, officials said. The horror unfolded in Abidjan, the country’s largest city and former capital. Interior Minister Hamed Bakayoko said that in addition to the deaths, another 49 people were injured, two of them seriously. The country’s president, Alassane Ouattara, came to the scene and ordered “all means possible” to assist in the response, Bakayoko said in a statement issued Tuesday evening. “The government extends its condolences to the families of those deceased and assures them of its solidarity,” Bakayoko said.

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    Physician Launches New Black Health Website, BlackHealthTV.com

    (FinalCall.com) – The glaring realities facing the Black community’s health and well-being are in a state of emergency. Whether it is high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, various forms of cancer or obesity, Blacks in many cases have the unfortunate distinction as the leading sufferers of these health maladies. Dr. Corey Hebert aims to help tackle these dilemmas via cyberspace, with the launch of BlackHealthTV.com, an online social media and video website geared toward a community overwrought with preventable and treatable ailments and diseases.

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    Researchers Find Link Between Childhood Physical Abuse and Asthma in African Americans

    Researchers have made a connection between childhood abuse suffered by African-American women and asthma which develops later in their lives. As part of the Black Women’s Health Study at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University, conducted from 1995 to 2011, a total of 28,456 women gave information on physical and sexual abuse suffered before age 11, as well as between the ages of 12 and 18. The study found that an African-American woman who suffered abuse as a child saw her chances of developing asthma later in life increase 20 percent. The link between physical abuse and asthma was stronger than that seen between sexual abuse and asthma, researchers said. Physical abuse includes actions intended to injure a child, while sexual abuse includes actions intended for the gratification of the abuser.

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    Funeral Arrangements Set for Soul Singer Fontella Bass

    The city of St. Louis will honor the life of “The Queen of St. Louis Soul” Fontella Bass next Friday by way of a musical celebration and memorial service. The service will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2013 at Shalom Church (City of Peace) Church, 5491 North Highway 67, Florissant, MO 63034.

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    NAACP Commends Pardon of Wilmington 10

    The “Wilmington 10,” nine Black men and one white woman convicted of firebombing a grocery store in 1972 in Wilmington, N.C., were formally pardoned, 40 years after they were convicted by a jury. The civil rights activists were pardoned Monday by the state’s outgoing governor. “These convictions were tainted by naked racism and represent an ugly stain on North Carolina’s criminal justice system that cannot be allowed to stand any longer,” said Gov. Beverly Purdue. “Justice demands that this stain finally be removed.” Though their sentences were reduced in 1978 and eventually overturned entirely, the convictions remained.

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    The Biblical Meaning of the Number 13

    Some buildings do not have a thirteenth floor. (Technically, they do have a thirteenth floor. They just don’t number it as such). Some hotels do not have thirteen as a room number. Some people live in fear whenever the thirteenth falls on a Friday because it is a superstition that it is an unlucky day. Here is something to think about. Everyday is the Lord’s Day no matter what date it bears. There were thirteen guests at the Last supper of the Christ. There were twelve disciples, but Jesus, the Christ, made the thirteenth member at the Last Supper. Later, Judas went out and betrayed Jesus. There were twelve who were bonded, but Judas, the thirteenth was apart from them all representing rebellion, sin, and disobedience.

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    Financial Tips To Start 2013

    Balance your finances at the start of 2013 and the year will move smoothly. Manage risks in a portfolio by re-balancing rigorously. As some sectors do better than others, regularly revisiting investments to make sure a portfolio keeps the intended balance is important Review and update your financial plan periodically. Tax law changes, fluctuating markets, major life events and many other factors can require changes or adjustments, which the investor should discuss with their financial adviser.

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    Would Any Blacks Support Tim Scott for President?

    If Sen. Timothy Eugene Scott is the GOP standard bearer in the 2016 presidential elections, will any Black Americans vote for him? The appointment of Scott to a U.S. Senate seat representing South Carolina is the Republicans’ most recent example of doing everything they can to shed the perception that the party is comprised, and run by old, White men. Being anti-Republican, however, is systemic among African Americans. Making Scott the first African-American senator from the South since Reconstruction is a major step forward for the Republicans. The move made Scott the GOP’s most prominent African American. If Scott runs for president, as did Sen. Barack Obama, it’s questionable how Blacks will vote. Some Blacks are calling Scott, “another Clarence Thomas.”