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Hen gives birth to a chick without an egg in Sri Lanka

Posted by Administrator on April 19, 2012

The "eggless" chick has survived, but the mother has died

The "eggless" chick has survived, but the mother has died

A Sri Lanka hen has given birth to a chick without an egg, in a new twist on the age-old question of whether the chicken or the egg came first.

Instead of passing out of the hen’s body and being incubated outside, the egg was incubated in the hen for 21 days and then hatched inside the hen.

The chick is fully formed and healthy, although the mother has died.

The government veterinary officer in the area said he had never seen anything like it before.

PR Yapa, the chief veterinary officer of Welimada, where it took place, examined the hen’s carcass.

He found that the fertilised egg had developed within the hen’s reproductive system, but stayed inside the hen’s body until it hatched.

A post-mortem conducted on the hen’s body concluded that it died of internal wounds.

The BBC’s Charles Haviland in Colombo says that the story has made headlines in Sri Lanka, with the Sri Lankan Daily Mirror’s concluding: “The chicken came first; not the egg.”

Source: BBC

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Kenya Man in US seeks Sh2bn for exposing bank scam

Posted by Administrator on April 19, 2012

 

By ANTONY KARANJA in DALLAS, TEXAS

A Kenyan who fled to the US after exposing a multi-billion-shilling bank scandal is seeking Sh1.92 billion from the government for whistleblowing.The suit is filed in a US court by Mr Peter George Odhiambo through lawyers Thomas Kipkorir Kirui and Ian P. Alberg.

The suit states that Mr Odhiambo, who was hired by Charterhouse Bank in April 2003, had noted that several accounts were operated in violation of the Income Tax Act, the Economic Crimes Act, the Central Bank Act, the Banking Act and prudential regulations.

He said he came across accounts with suspiciously large transactions in “personal” savings accounts. These transactions were hidden from bank inspectors.

The suit further states that in May 2004, Mr Odhiambo came across a KRA information reward scheme advertised in local print and online newspapers.

The authority was to pay a reward amounting to one per cent of the undisclosed taxes identified up to a maximum of Sh100,000 as well as a reward of three per cent of the taxes collected.

He subsequently made copies of activity reports for more than 800 suspicious Charterhouse customer accounts and forwarded them to KRA.

The suit claims that the KRA did not act on the information and he subsequently forwarded the same to the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission and the Central Bank of Kenya.

In August 2004, Finance minister David Mwiraria and Ethics permanent secretary John Githongo constituted the Joint Task Force Investigating Economic Crimes by Charterhouse Bank and Related Companies.

The taskforce was to carry out investigations on the basis of information provided by Mr Odhiambo.

The taskforce reported its findings on November 30, 2004, and confirmed Mr Odhiambo’s information regarding undisclosed taxes by several of Charterhouse Bank customers.

Analysis of accounts

A full analysis of the bank’s accounts revealed that 604 of them evaded taxes with each avoiding to pay more than Sh10 million, adding to Sh21.1 billion.

The suit alleges that since Mr Odhiambo’s information had been proven to be correct, he became entitled to Sh100,000 for each account for an amount of Sh60.4 million as well as Sh1.26 billion of the amount that KRA collected on the basis of his information.

However, in a letter dated July 26, 2011, KRA acknowledged that they owed him but they included a cap of Sh1 million as reward for his role in the recovery of unassessed duties or taxes.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Man+seeks+Sh2bn+for+exposing+bank+scam/-/1056/1390074/-/trxcrv/-/index.html

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A Kenyan Man Jailed for 7 Years in the UK for Attempted Rape of a 15-Year-Old Girl

Posted by Administrator on April 19, 2012

An HIV-positive man who attempted to rape a 15-year-old girl has been jailed for seven years.

Karino Lekisolish, 38, was found guilty this week of sexually attacking the young girl as she wandered the streets of Royston after arguing with her father.

Lekisolish groped the teenager on September 19, 2010, and then a week later dragged the girl to a park and tried to rape her.

The Kenyan-born street cleaner was convicted by a jury at Southwark Crown Court of two counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted rape.

Judge Michael Bromley-Martin said: “She was a vulnerable young person when you attacked her.

“She was aged only 15 and her troubles led her to wander the streets of Royston at night.

“You realised that she was doing this and you took advantage of her and her situation for your own sexual gratification and what’s more you went on to attempt to rape her.”

Mr Bromley-Martin told Lekisolish, of South Road, Baldock, his sentence was set at seven years in jail because of the young age of his victim and because he knew he was suffering from HIV.

The court heard previously that Lekisolish had not managed to carry out his rape on the girl as, after the defendant tried to undress her and push her against a wall, the girl managed to pull out her mobile phone and turn on the screen’s light.

Isabelle Delamere, prosecuting, said: “This caused the defendant to panic, asking her who she had rung, and during this she was able to run away from him.”

Jurors had also heard how the girl would often wander the streets near her home following arguments with her dad, and that she did not report the first assault to police as she believed her attacker had “special needs.”

Lekisolish, who had pleaded not guilty to the offences and argued the young girl was making the allegations up for attention, was told his name would be placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and that he faces being deported back to Kenya at the end of his sentence.

Source: Cambridge News

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I Am Undocumented: A Face of Legal Immigration Gone Wrong

Posted by Administrator on April 19, 2012

Yes, I am white. Yes, I am highly educated   with a successful business. And yes, I, too, am now an undocumented immigrant.

In July 2001, before the Sept. 11th attacks, my family left our home country of South Africa and came to the United States to open a branch of our international training company. Since my husband and I have advanced degrees, extensive business experience and were able to make a substantial financial investment in America, we were both granted what’s called “L1 visas.”

Our company, specializing in advanced reading & information management training skills, was a mature 25-year-old business that had clients in the banking, transport, education and government sectors. We soon discovered that average reading skills in America are less than competitive with other developed countries, and this strengthened our resolve to make a difference. Volunteering at our children’s schools and at many non-profit organizations in our chosen city of Charlotte, North Carolina, became our new way of life. We totally immersed ourselves in our community, making lifelong friends and feeling more and more like Americans every day.

We established fundraising programs for community shelters and for the arts in Charlotte. We developed multinational cultural understanding and reconciliation awareness programs and programs to support AIDS awareness. And at the same time, we developed a specialist intelligence data analysis training course for the U.S. military and were soon commissioned to present this training at the Pentagon, NASA, Defense Intelligence Agency, US Air Force, Navy SEALs and the intelligence battalions of the US Marine Corps. This unique and exclusive proprietary intelligence data analysis program became essential to the defense of the nation and was described as saving American lives on the battlefield. My husband was awarded a 0205-Tactical Intelligence Officer “plank” by the Warrant
Officers of the Marine Corps for his “contribution to the enhancement of the intelligence analysis capabilities of the USMC.” Navy SEAL teams also benefited from this training and went on to terminate the nation’s greatest enemy, Osama bin Laden, and to stage a series of daring and successful rescues around the world.

Yet today, after 10 years of living legally in America, we have become overstays — “illegal immigrants” in the common derogatory vernacular. After building a successful business, buying a home, immersing ourselves in the community and educating our children to become contributing members of American society, we have been denied permanent residence and the U.S. military has been instructed to terminate our training because we are “illegal.” We have become victims of a dysfunctional legal immigration system that is badly in need of reform.

Mine is the story of a family who did not flee their home country for a better life in the US. Neither are we refugees or destitute, but rather a family of privileged, educated, skilled individuals with two gifted children who believed they could contribute to the American Dream with their advanced reading skills training company and offer their own children a first world educational experience.

Instead, we’ve become victims of a legal immigration horror story of deception, criminal fraud, financial ruin, discrimination, pain, uncertainly, insecurity and devastating implications — not only for this family’s future, but for the future of legal immigration itself.

I am at a loss as to why this country would choose to stop this training, deemed “essential to the analytic capabilities of the US military” and which “is saving lives on the battlefield” rather than simply correcting an immigration injustice. Or why, after 10 years of us paying taxes, buying a home and being exemplary citizens in every conceivable way, we are deemed unsuitable for permanent residence. It can only be described as a spectacular failure of an immigration system that is both dysfunctional and inhumane and in serious and urgent need of complete overhaul reform.  And our story is not unique. There are thousands of entrepreneurial families in this predicament today.  Many have chosen to slink away into the shadows and self-deport, leaving who knows how many U.S. citizens to join the ranks of the unemployed.

What kind of nation tolerates a 4.0-GPA high school student, identified as “talented” by the Duke Talent Identification Program, to be ripped out of a senior year at high school, or a gifted Dean’s-list college senior to be forced into abandoning the last year of university without graduating?  Yet after 10 years
of education in the American education system, at taxpayer expense (yes, mine and yours!), this is the position both my children find themselves in. What sane nation pays to educate people before expelling them?

What humane country asks that a family lose their home, their livelihood, abandon their life-changing business activities and income to support and educate their children, and walk away from everything they’ve invested here over 10 years?  One would think that the most difficult step should be to get into the U.S. in the first place and that permanent residence for contributing, tax-paying, property-owning and business-owning immigrants would be a natural follow- through. Yet it appears to be easier to enter America on a visa than to stay here with permanent residence. Is it a case of fleecing immigrants of their expertise and investment and then rejecting them once they have lesser “value” to the country?

A few months ago, I learned of the story of Jose Antonio Vargas and his media campaign, Define American, which seeks to elevate how we talk about immigration. Elevation and conversation is sorely needed.

Even though I am now an undocumented-documented-immigrant, or if you prefer, an illegal-legal-immigrant, I love this country. It is my home. And I will not stand by and watch an immigration system destroy lives and families. While I still have an ounce of breath in me, it will be to see comprehensive immigration reform in this country — that a more humane and functional system of immigration be introduced to benefit not only the country as a whole, but all immigrants at every level, of all racial and economic backgrounds.

Am I the face of a failed legal immigration system? Or perhaps the reason so many choose to come to AMERICA without papers?

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dianne-e-stewart/immigration-reform-undocumented-immigrants_b_1435199.html?ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#sb=546688,b=facebook

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Fresh Aroma’s 8th Annual Spring Prophetic-April 19th to April 22nd

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FEP Group of Companies UK, USA, Canada tour beginning April 30th to May 28, 2012

Posted by Administrator on April 19, 2012

FEP Group of Companies is a specific Investment Companies mandated to identify and initiate innovative and sustainable investments projects that ultimately generate wealth for its shareholders.  “The power of many” is their slogan and their focus is mainly geared on Banking, Hotels and Tourism, Media and Technology, Schools and Real Estates. http://www.fep-group.com/

 

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Have you seen her? Missing Person Report for Genevieve Linda Kiveu (Atix)- Azusa California

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