Globalisation will soon lead to crop falure and decrease in diversity food supply

Globalisation continues to touch almost every aspect of life in the modern world and this includes the food on our table. Over the last 50 years, our diets around the world have become more homogeneous,  while the diversity of food supply has decreased, which could mean that the world’s crops will be increasingly vulnerable to climate change and other dangers, according to a new report.
What is new, according to the report by co-author Andy Jarvis, in a press release under the section,  the scale of the risk, and the stakes involved, they stated that, as the global population continues to grow, the need to feed additional billions expands along with it. “International agencies have hammered away in recent years with the message that agriculture must produce more food for over 9 billion people by 2050,” 
If crop failures is to occur with very few dominant crops, the effect could be disastrous in a much more populated world,  Khoury said.
“I have an analogy I like to use about transport systems. Here where I live in Cali, Colombia, people take these microbuses to work, and there’s 20-30 people on a bus, and if any of those buses breaks down, it affects that many people,” he said.
“But if you have a system like the Tokyo metro, where you’re transporting millions of people a day and its efficient and fast and people believe in it and its working, if you have a breakdown in that system, it also affects a lot more people,” he said.

Christopher Fomunyoh (NDI) says "Badly organized elections are sources of conflict "

In his recent visist in Côte d’ Ivoire, Dr Christopher Fomunyoh voiced his honnest opinion at the citizen’s observationon on the biometric voter registration. 
Present in Côte d’ Ivoire as part of the activities of the National Democratic Institute (NDI ), the Africa director of this Institute , Christopher Fomunyoh , emphasized the consequences of poorly organized elections .

“The elections are badly organized sources of conflict,” he said at the opening of the workshop on ” citizen observation of the biometric voter registration . ” Who took place  from the 4th to 6th  March 2014 in Abidjan- Plateau.

 This workshop was followed by a discussion meeting , on Saturday, March 8 around the international evaluation for the  preparations of the  2015 presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire report.  

For her part, Ms. Cheryl Sim, Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of the United States in Côte d’ Ivoire, also stressed the importance of holding transparent elections.
” Transparent elections deemed free and fair by the citizens of a country is the cornerstone of democracy,” she said. For the specific case of Côte d’Ivoire, she said that if this is done, it will ” show the world ” that the country has turned their back to the post-election conflict. This will be the evidence, she continued , the Ivorian political leaders are now committed to democratic ideals.
Leaders of civil society , she says, ” you have an important role to play before and after the current electoral cycle role . “
At the end of this meetings, Dr Christopher Fomunyoh hoped that participants from civil society will benefit a great deal from this event  .

Genevieve wishes a big Happy Birthday to Omotola Via tweeter..How sweet..!!

💃🎉Happy birthday to the beautiful, one and only Omosexy 😘 ✌️❤️💋🎉

Educational: Woman had maggots in her vagina

Posted in wpzoom Odd World on January 31, 2014 10:59 am

News of woman who had maggot in her vagina and got them removed by a doctor suddenly went viral this January and still is.
According to reports,  this woman caught STD after having unprotected sex, this STD is called the ‘sex superbug’ which had caused the growth of live maggots in her vagina.
However some other rumour emerged that, this woman was rather infected with maggots after childbirth at a government hospital in India  and that the infection was as a result of gross medical negligence of the doctors and nurses who performed the delivery after the gauze used to stop bleeding after delivery was left inside the woman by doctors.
The victim, 22-year-old, Reshma Kumar (name changed), 10 days after giving birth to a baby at a government hospital, found flesh eating maggots crawling down her legs.Alarmed at her shocking physical state, Reshma’s husband, Shamlal (name changed), immediately took her to a hospital in Hadapsar.
After examining her, the doctor revealed that a large wad of gauze, used to stop bleeding, had been left inside her vagina after giving birth.And the gauze caused a serious infection, resulting in maggot infestation. hmmmm sad story….this was however removed by the doctor who took upon. 
According to Times of India:

The gauze should be removed immediately after the bleeding stops.It is a fact that gauze invariably gets infected if it is kept for a long time,since it is a foreign body, said Dr Manda Ghorpade,head of the gynecology department in Sane Guruji Arogya Kendra in Hadapsar,where Reshma was treated.
Residents of Mundhwa,Reshma and Shamlal ,who works as a cleaner at a housekeeping company,hail from Bhadrak district in Orissa and moved to Pune two years ago.
“It was very painful.Initially,we thought it was normal to feel sore,but when I saw maggots,we were alarmed and went to the doctor straight away.The reason we did not file a complaint of medical negligence is because we are from a different state and I don’t even know any language other than Oriya.My husband does not have enough time and resources to fight the case, said Reshma”.
Any delay would have made the wound even worse and there were high chances of her contracting septicemia.We immediately removed the gauze swab and put turpentine for clear the wound of maggots,and later applied ointments.We put her on antibiotics,so that the infection gets healed quickly.It was so painful,that she was not even allowing us to touch her, added Dr Ghorpade.
Dr Shubhada Deoskar, a city based gynecologist,was shocked at the medical negligence on display.It is sad that such a thing has happened.Such a mistake is totally unacceptable.Gauze pack is one of the methods used to stop bleeding after delivery. Whenever such a pack is used,we always make a note that it has to be removed after certain period of time. When we go on the rounds,the first question we ask the resident doctors is whether the pack is removed, she said.

Hope she gets better soon enough to finally take care of her new born baby.

The Rohingya people need alot of prayers and Mercies from neighbouring governments

Photo credit:Reuters
Dear readers, please I am requesting for prayers for this group of people (the Rohingya) with the hope that, the neighbouring governments would have Mercy on their existence. The Rohingya are linguistically related to the Indo-Aryan peoples of India and Bangladesh. As of 2012, about 800,000 Rohingya live in Burma. According to the United Nations, they are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Many Rohingya have fled to ghettos and refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh, and to areas along the Thai-Burma border. More than 100,000 Rohingya in Burma continue to live in camps for internally displaced persons, forbidden by authorities from leaving.
According to Human Right Watch January 2014 release, increased numbers of Rohingya, a Muslim minority that is effectively denied citizenship in Burma, have been crossing to Thailand in often-rickety boats. This has included numerous children, many of whom are unaccompanied by parents. 
Thousands of Rohingya have passed through one of at least three “trafficking camps” in southern Thailand, where some have been held for ransom or sold to fishing boats and farms as manual laborers. A high-ranking police official confirmed to journalists the existence of the camps and acknowledged an informal policy called “option two,” which relies on smuggling networks to expel Rohingya migrants, including asylum seekers, from Thailand. All prayer goes to this group of people…

America’s first gay Imam goes public with his reasons why…

Is this really possible? A gay Imam in USA? whos is even allowed to boast openly about it…! Com’on, it is no doubt to everyone that the United State of America is the land of all possibilities, but there is a big BUT here. To the best of my knowledge, the Quran forbids homosexuality. Infact, the traditional belief in Judaism, Christianity and Islam is that God forbids homosexuality, and this translates itself into the same-sex marriages as well. 

According to Linda Ikeji’s blog, Imam Daayiee Abdulah originally was born and raised in Detroit as a  Christian of the Baptist faith.  But somehow while in China for further studies, he got himself converted to Islam .

So what motivated the new Islamic Daayiee Abdulah to become an Iman? the spiritual gap that existed in the Islamic faith for the lesbians, gays & transsexuals was the drive, all in the hope of providing an ideal channel of Islamic support for them, he says. More after the cut…

“Being an openly gay imam and having been identified as such, I do get a lot of feedback and also kickback, but that’s OK,” he said. “I think that when people are unfamiliar with things, they tend to have an emotional knee-jerk reaction to it. Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. And because of the necessity in our community, that’s why I came into this particular role.”

He continue saying…

“They had contacted a number of imams, and no one would go and provide him his janazah services. This pained me. I believe every person, no matter if I disagree with you or not, you have the right as a Muslim to have the proper spiritual rites and rituals provided for you. And whoever judges you, that will be Allah’s decision, not me. The beautiful thing about God is that when you change your attitude, and say, ‘God, I need some help,’ and mean it sincerely, God is always there for you,”

Abdullah is an imam and educational director of the Light of Reform Mosque in Washington, D.C, and reffers to the place as a rare safe space for Muslim LGBT

Well lets recall the Bible and Quran, The International Community of Submitters / Masjid Tucson makes reference to the Old Testament, saying in Genesis 19, we see the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, where Lot implores the people of his town not to act wickedly and to leave his male guests alone. The story goes on to describe the persistence of the townsfolk in wishing to indulge in homosexuality and the subsequent annihilation of the two communities. Other verses in the Old Testament also prohibit homosexuality, e.g. Leviticus 18:22, 20:13. In the New Testament, we see similar proscriptions in I Corinthians 6:9, I Timothy 1:8-10, Romans 1:26-27 (the translation used is the New American Standard Bible).

You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. [Leviticus 18:22] 
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. [1 Corinthians 6:9-10]
For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. [Romans 1:26-27]
In the Quran, we see reference to homosexuality in the story of Lot (the translation used is Quran: The Final Testament, translated by Dr. Rashad Khalifa).
Lot: Homosexuality Condemned 
Lot said to his people, “You commit such an abomination; no one in the world has done it before! You practice sex with the men, instead of the women. Indeed, you are a transgressing people.” His people responded by saying, “Evict them from your town. They are people who wish to be pure.” [7:80-82]
Lot said to his people, “How could you commit such an abomination, publicly, while you see? You practice sex with the men, lustfully, instead of the women. Indeed, you are ignorant people.” The only response from his people was their saying, “Banish Lot’s family from your town; they are people who wish to be pure.” [27:54-56] 

I no doubt believe Abdulah has all these words at hand anyway…

My remarks on my very first visit to Cote d’Ivoire, Abidjan

My very first visit in Cote d’Ivoire, Abidjan. I must say, sometimes in trips like this, it is often a reflex to feel some shame (of my country of origin really). FIRST IMPRESSION: the airport is way advanced (pictures soon). SECOND IMPRESSION: the roads: if I must say…! smooth drive no pot holes, auto-roads all over. THIRD IMPRESSION: air condition in public hospitals…SERIOUSLY…!!!! you know you have to come in contact with public places/offices to really understand the governance culture that exist in the country; well decided to pay the hopital a visit: this was the University hopital of Treichville.

Treichville is a commune of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The commune is known as one of the most lively in the city, specially around the Crossroad France-Amérique. Its name comes from Marcel Treich-Laplène (1860-1890), who was French resident in Côte d’Ivoire. Its current mayor, elected at the municipal election in March 2001 is François Amichia, former minister of tourism.

In this hospital, not only did I notice air condition in every single waiting rooms and wards, I also noticed they had almost all important medical departments; most importantly, the Diabetis ward which is “almost” of none existance in Cameroon despite its steep rise amoung our citizens ( appalling…!). 
With more I have seen so far from this beautiful country just recovering from war, as well as other progresses that have been going on in Cameroon, I honestly and deeply can’t help but feel somehow still betrayed by my own country of origin Cameroon; and begining to wonder if Cameroon is really going to meetup its goal of being an emerging one by 2035 (already long from now)…!! because there is still a longway to go interms of its deep rooted Egoism which has 100% turned to be the norm foundation of morality. <<<Change of mentallity has to be calysed by all cost…>>>
Are you from Cameroon or other national? or have you visited Cameroon or Cote d’Ivore? Please voice your opion if you agree or disagree with my remarks…

The Lost Boy: Arif’s Story; As told by Alice Farmer, children’s rights researcher

This photo shows two asylum-seeking boys standing on a staircase as they are detained at Belawan Immigration Detention Center in September 2012

I was disturbed by this story when reading it on, these boys or rather children are from various nationalities; their story shows they are resilient and brave in finding their path in such  remarkable journeys alone. Read on please….

A story as told by Alice Farmer, children’s rights researcher

I met Arif, a 16-year-old boy from Afghanistan, in a Pizza Hut near Jakarta, Indonesia. He dressed neatly, with his hair carefully slicked back. He held himself with confidence, dressed in a pressed, white t-shirt, but beneath the exterior I saw a boy who lived thousands of miles away from his family, who had risked his life repeatedly for safety and opportunity.
We were meeting to discuss Arif’s experiences while locked up in Indonesia’s immigration detention system. But his story began when, at 15, he borrowed $7,000 from his oldest brother, who lived in Australia, to hire smugglers to sneak him out of Afghanistan and into Indonesia. He ultimately planned to join his brother in Australia, where he hoped to claim asylum, go to school and build a new life.
Over pizza, Arif told me about his first attempt to reach Australia by boat. This part of his story would not go well, I knew. Inevitably, the stories I hear from so many of the boys I interview – my boys, as I think of them – involve harrowing events.
Each year, a growing number of asylum-seeking and refugee children—primarily from Afghanistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Burma— enter Indonesia in search of safer lives. Their numbers have risen each year over the last five years – a total of about 2,000 by this year. The families of some of these children, often teenage boys like Arif, sent them off in the hope they would find a safer place, but it means they take this dangerous journey by themselves. More than 1,000 unaccompanied children like Arif entered Indonesia in 2012. Yet Indonesia does not help these children find safe housing or enter school, and they often end up either in immigration detention – where they can be held for up to 10 years – or fending for themselves.
In detention, children are housed in overcrowded conditions with adults they don’t know, and some aren’t allowed to go outside their building for weeks or months. Some have been beaten by guards or watched others being beaten. They may have one toilet for scores of people, inadequate food, and the buildings may flood during the rainy season. Indonesia has no refugee law, so these children can’t live there legally, which often means they can’t attend school or build a future.
Half-way through the 15-day boat journey to Australia – a voyage on which hundreds of children perish each year – Arif’s ship began to sink in the Indian Ocean. He and the other passengers were rescued by a passing cargo ship and returned to Indonesia, where Arif was locked up in immigration detention. Even though he was 15, he shared a cell with adult men. When he tried to escape, Arif said, the guards beat him in the center’s courtyard, hitting and kicking his back, face, and ribs, while other detainees, including a 7-year-old Iranian boy, watched.
He was moved to another detention facility. Afraid of what could happen to him, he bribed the guard with $400 to let him out.
Once again, Arif paid a smuggler to put him on a boat to Australia. This time, he almost died. The boat slowly sank, and most of the passengers drowned. Arif survived by clinging for three days to the boat’s side, crawling higher as the boat sank lower. Three days without food. Three days without water. He was eventually rescued and returned to Indonesia, where he now lives in a shelter run by a non-governmental organization.
I have interviewed many boys who, like Arif, are traveling alone. They are often their family’s last hope – their parents sell off their last piece of land or borrow money to help them flee the violence or poverty of their homelands. They are resilient and brave, undertaking these remarkable journeys alone. They also carry a heavy weight on their shoulders – they know the sacrifices their family made to send them into safety, and they are desperate to make good on their opportunities, no matter how slim.
I get angry just thinking about the treatment these boys receive in Indonesia. It’s not just that they’re locked up and treated badly. It’s also that these kids have so much riding on finding a home and a job, and so much potential.
It would not cost Indonesia much to give them a couple of years of education and a place to sleep. These boys would do nothing but work hard, pay taxes, and send money home. They would be such an asset to any country.
I grew up living in London with American parents, and have the luxury of being able to work in the United States and the United Kingdom as well as other European Union countries. It’s the opposite experience of so many, who have to struggle for the right to be anywhere.
I began working with refugees in law school. At the time, it was a pragmatic decision. I had a summer grant to do public interest work, and the grant was bigger if I went abroad, so I went to the Balkans. After graduation I took a job with the US Department of Justice, where I worked on asylum and torture cases, then was hired by the UN Refugee Agency.
While at the refugee agency in Liberia, I learned on a deeper level how much someone’s identity is shaped by belonging to a place. Being from two different countries, I was conscious of belonging to two places while also not completely belonging to either. There, I came face-to-face with people who felt forced to flee the places where they were deeply rooted. They left everything behind and were rarely welcomed into any country.
Their kids face the same issues, but at a crucial point in their development. Kids in my own world worry about what schools they’ll attend, but the boys I interview will be lucky if they ever go back to school. I know kids who can’t make it to school without a lift. By comparison, one of my boys, who traveled from Iran to reach the European Union, got frostbite on his feet crossing mountains.
Although he is now living in relative freedom, Arif could be rearrested by Indonesian authorities at any time. He received refugee status from the United Nations, but Indonesia has no asylum laws. This means that although he has this certificate from the United Nations saying he’s a refugee, the Indonesian government doesn’t recognize it. While there, Arif will always be in peril of being locked up, detained, abused, and neglected.
Yet some of my boys have made it to the other side. One went to England from Afghanistan at age 14 knowing little English and having studied only at Koranic schools. Three years later, he was only one year behind his English classmates and taking high-level math classes. Another fled Côte d’Ivoire for Malta. When I asked him about the main issue he had in immigration detention, it was that he couldn’t pursue his métier, French for passion or profession, which was football (soccer). The next time I saw him, Malta’s national football team had offered him a contract to play for them.
Arif told me that he’s going to take another boat to Australia. He feels he has so few options in Indonesia that he needs to try again, despite the dangers of the perilousjourney. I hope he makes it. He’s bound to make a success of himself in Australia if he arrives safely

International Widows’ Day

In Douala, economic capital of Cameroon, it was attended and chaired by the followings: Senators, Eposes of administrative authorities,  Female juries, Dignitaries of many feminine NGOs associations, Governor of the littoral regions represented by his secretary, Delegate of public service littoral region, Civil right society officials. Photo credit: Nadine Tonguem of Empower Success In Africa (ESIA)

International Widows’ Day was introduced to address poverty and injustice faced by widows and their children in many countries. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2010 and is usually observed anually on June 23. 

“No woman should lose her rights when she loses her husband – but an estimated 115 million widows live in poverty, and 81 million have suffered physical abuse. Girls married to much older men are especially vulnerable. Let us use International Widows’ Day to advocate for the rights of all widows so they can enjoy better lives and realize their great potential to contribute to our world.” by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Absent in statistics, unnoticed by researchers, neglected by national and local authorities and mostly overlooked by civil society organizations – the situation of widows is, in effect, invisible.
Yet abuse of widows and their children constitutes one of the most serious violations of human rights and obstacles to development today. Millions of the world’s widows endure extreme poverty, ostracism, violence, homelessness, ill health and discrimination in law and custom.
This event was however celebrated in Douala, Cameroon on the 26th June 2013 . The theme of the day was:“Acting together to end discriminatory practices and customs against widows”.
Quinta Rita Edang reporting for CRTV gave a brief on how this day was commemorated in Yaoundé the political capital of Cameroon saying: the day was highlighted by a ceremony chaired by the Minister of Women`s Empowerment and the Family, Marie Therese Abena. she urge stakeholders and policy makers to work in synergy to enable widows regain their dignity in the society. Her plea is supported by the fact that many widows are deprived of all rights to succession in some communities when their husbands die.
A brief background of this day from International Widows’ Day was initiated by the Loomba Foundation in 2005. The plight of widows world-wide has been the foundation’s focus since it was established in 1997. According to its founder, Raj Loomba, women in many countries experience great hardship after their husbands die. “They are not looked after by governments or NGOs and they are shunned by society.” The observance falls on June 23 because Loomba’s mother became a widow on that date in 1954.

President of the widows plate form

Administrative members of the widows plate form (most are widows themselves) 

Secretary General of the Governor of Littoral Region extending a handshake to the President of the widows plate form

Newly elected Senator in the middle, La Reine Lojio Martine on the left, Mr Desire Dolle who is the assistant to the Regional Delegate (Miniprorf/ut) 

Photo credit: Nadine Tonguem of Empower Success In Africa (ESIA)