™ Houston News and Breaking World News Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:58:13 +0000 en hourly 1 Photos: Highlights of the Houston World Series of Dog Shows Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:54:30 +0000 Joseph Earnest

Collie dogs on display at the Houston World Series of Dog Shows.—Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—Newscast Media HOUSTON—The 38th Annual Houston World Series of Dog Shows, the city’s premier canine extravaganza, held July 15-19, 2015, at NRG Center in Houston, Texas is at hand.

Once again, these are just a small fraction of the many breeds being showcased. The show continues until Sunday where breeds like the Akita, Boxer, Dachshund, Greyhound, Doberman, Labrador, Irish Setter, Great Dane, Dalmatian, Bouvier, Cocker Spaniel, Bull Dog, Mastiff, Basenji and many more breeds will compete.

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Tehran: Iran achieved all its goals in nuclear deal Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:20:25 +0000 Joseph Earnest

Barack Obama

Newscast Media TEHRAN—America has today negotiated a nuclear deal with Iran, but
some politicians in Washington are afraid that numerous concessions may have been
made to the Islamic Republic in order to finalize it.

After finalizing the deal, President Barack Obama said, “Today, after two years of
negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved
something that decades of animosity has not…This deal demonstrates that American
diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change — change that makes our
country, and the world, safer and more secure. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>

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The rise of alternative medicine as a solution to illness Sat, 27 Jun 2015 02:44:14 +0000 Joseph Earnest

Natural herbal remedies—Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—The past two decades have experienced a continual
rise in alternative medicine to cure ailments that the medical community has either
been unable to cure, or recommended expensive surgery for particular ailments.

Health practitioners who primarily use nutritional supplements, change in lifestyle and
diet to cure incurable diseases are naturopathic doctors with an “N.D.” at the end of
their names, meaning naturopathic doctor.

The field of naturopathy obviously makes big pharmaceutical companies nervous
because they cannot patent herbs and other remedies that are abundant in nature.


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Barack Obama: Affordable Care Act is here to stay Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:14:05 +0000 Joseph Earnest

United States Supreme Court

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court of the United States gave President
Barack Obama a victory in ruling that federal subsidies that help some Americans pay
for their Obamacare health plans are legal under the Affordable Care Act.

“…After multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court — the Affordable Care
Act is here to stay,” President Barack Obama remarked. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>


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SEC charges 36 financial institutions for fraudulent securities Fri, 19 Jun 2015 20:18:20 +0000 Joseph Earnest Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The Securities and Exchange Commission has
announced enforcement actions against 36 municipal underwriting firms for violations in
municipal bond offerings. The cases are the first brought against underwriters under the
Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative, a voluntary
self-reporting program targeting material misstatements and omissions in municipal
bond offering documents.

The Enforcement Division initiative announced in March 2014, offered favorable
settlement terms to municipal bond underwriters and issuers who self-reported
securities law violations. The first issuer charged under the initiative settled with the

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FTC fines man over 100k for breaking Kickstarter promises Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:55:29 +0000 Joseph Earnest

The mighty dollar

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—In its first case involving crowdfunding, the Federal
Trade Commission has taken legal action against the deceptive tactics of a project
creator who raised money from consumers to produce a board game through a
Kickstarter campaign, but instead used most of the funds on himself.

Crowdfunding involves individuals and businesses funding a project or venture by
raising funds from numerous people, often via dedicated online platforms.

According to the FTC’s complaint, Erik Chevalier, also doing business as The Forking
Path Co., sought money from consumers to produce a board game called The Doom That
Came to Atlantic City that had been created by two prominent board game artists.


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The U.S. States warns Nkurunziza not to seek a third term Sat, 16 May 2015 18:17:26 +0000 Joseph Earnest

President Barack Obama—Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The United States has sent a stern warning to Burundi
President Nkurunziza advising him to give up his ambitions of running for a third term,
and also warned him not to retaliate against coup masterminds like Major General
Godefroid Niyombare, and the opposition movement.

When Nkurunziza made it back to Burundi, the whole world was waiting for him to
announce he was stepping down, and would not seek a third term for the presidency—
just like Congo’s Joseph Kabila announced, to avert further violence in his country.

Instead, Nkurunziza’s mistake is that he is taking faulty advice from his neighboring
fellow presidents, who are encouraging him to deal with protesters with a heavy hand,
and to ignore or violate the Burundian Constitution, by running for president beyond the
limits allowed by the Constitution of his country. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>


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Burundi protesters push on to phase II–What went wrong? Sat, 16 May 2015 02:47:08 +0000 Joseph Earnest

Street riots

Newscast Media BUJUMBURA, Burundi—For a while, Burundi opposition was able to
seize power from Pierre Nkurunziza as crowds celebrated the fall of a dictatorship in
which dozens of lives were lost during the protests.

Many conflicting reports were released about the status of the coup that started with a
mutiny. The government side said the coup was a “joke” while coup leader, Major
General Godefroid Niyombare announced he was in charge. Many people asked how
long it took to engineer a coup, since in other instances coups only took a few hours to
be consummated. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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Top general declares Burundi’s president persona non grata in mutiny Wed, 13 May 2015 16:59:58 +0000 Joseph Earnest

Burundi military takes over government

Newscast Media BUJUMBURA, Burundi—The death toll was rising. The protesters
remained steadfast. The ambition of participating in a meeting on regional stability
was a lure too strong to resist. Little did he know that a mutiny was in the making, and
upon exiting the stage of his country, Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza was
declared persona non grata by his own military generals who turned against him.

The West and European Union had criticized Nkurunziza for deciding to run for a third
term since the announcement has led to the death of dozens of life.

What is curious is, whether the West had a hidden hand in luring Nkurunziza out of his
country, to attend a meeting, knowing that there were generals who would use that
opportunity to pull an “Idi Amin” on him? CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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Dr. Kiyingi vs. Museveni: The new Federation of Uganda after Museveni exits Mon, 11 May 2015 20:48:58 +0000 Joseph Earnest

Above is the inevitable future evolution of the current failed state and colonial experiment called Uganda, which will predictably morph into federalism for 12 regions as shown above within a decade of Museveni's exit. The evolution into federalism is the only way for this East African country to survive as a nation. Region #6 has been referred to as Masaba because the three nation-states Bugisu, Bukedi and Sebei are too small, yet can be combined into one federal state called Masaba with whose descendants they share a common ancestry.

The map above shows the 12 different regions of Uganda which are: West Nile,
Acholiland, Lango, Karamoja, Teso, Masaba, Busoga, Buganda, Kigezi, Ankole, Toro and
Bunyoro. Granting federal status to each of the twelve regions will not only promote
growth and development, but also curb theft and corruption.

A Karamajong leader will find it hard to rob Karamoja’s treasury because the
Karamajong people themselves will hold him accountable, and it would also be
self-defeating for him to sabotage his home region. The same applies to all other


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Part II: Kiyingi-How Museveni violated the Uganda Constitution and compromised the 2016 election Mon, 11 May 2015 20:39:10 +0000 Joseph Earnest

Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi in the early 2000s as he introduces computers and the Internet to schools in Uganda. Screenshot from Australia's Weekend Sunrise television show. (Screen shot)

In his radio interview with Voice of Uganda Radio, Kiyingi said he had evidence that
shows Museveni violated the Constitution, which means he believes Museveni has
rendered himself unfit for command.

“He failed to govern Uganda, based on principles of national interest and common good
enshrined in the national objective and directive principles of state policy, and here he
broke Article 8 section (a) of the Uganda Constitution. Therefore, we have a mandate,
we have a legal basis, even under the Constitution Museveni made himself, to effect a
change in Uganda,” Kiyingi said. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>


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Part I: Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni lock horns Mon, 11 May 2015 20:01:27 +0000 Joseph Earnest

Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi in the early 2000s as he introduces computers and the Internet to schools in Uganda. Screenshot from Australia's Weekend Sunrise television show. (Screen shot)


Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—His is a life that reads like a plot from a James
Bond movie. His arch rival, with 30 years under his belt as the sole contender in the
landlocked East African country, realizes this is no ordinary foe challenging him for the

At the funeral of his late wife Robinah, the Australian-based Ugandan cardiologist, Dr.
Aggrey Kiyingi narrates that he was approached by a state agent, who was armed with a
pistol, and ordered him to enter a car that was parked within the vicinity.

“No, I will not,” an angry Kiyingi cried out, after noticing the car into which the agent
wanted to thrust him, was an unmarked vehicle. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>

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South African businesses face boycotts due to Afrophobic attacks Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:54:51 +0000 Joseph Earnest Newscast Media CAPE TOWN—The memory of South Africans living in neighboring
African countries as refugees isn’t distant because apartheid is still fresh on the
countries that hosted their fellow Africans. Yet South Africans have shown their
gratitude by attacking the same hands that cared for them when they were destitute.

African immigrants have faced a wave of violence against their businesses, families and
personages from South Africans who accuse them of taking their jobs. While the
attacks against people from foreign countries is usually referred to as xenophobia, a
different phrase called “Afrophobia” has been coined since these are Africans
attacking fellow Africans. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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Scientists reverse pancreatic cancer cells to normal cells Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:14:14 +0000 Joseph Earnest Newscast Media WASHINGTON—A new research study by the Sanford-Burnham Medical
Research Institute has shown that pancreatic cancer cells can be coaxed to revert back
toward normal cells by introducing a protein called E47. The E47 binds to specific DNA
sequences and controls genes involved in growth and differentiation. The research
provides hope for a new treatment approach for the more than 40,000 people who die
from the disease each year in the United States.

“For the first time, we have shown that overexpression of a single gene can reduce the
tumor-promoting potential of pancreatic adenocarcinoma cells and reprogram them
toward their original cell type. Thus, pancreatic cancer cells retain a genetic memory
which we hope to exploit,” said Pamela Itkin-Ansari, Ph.D., adjunct professor in the
Development, Aging, and Regeneration Program at Sanford-Burnham and lead author of
the study published in the journal Pancreas. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>


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Report: World Bank failed to protect poor from land eviction Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:17:26 +0000 Joseph Earnest

Protesting against World Bank

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The World Bank often violates its own rules by failing to protect the people whose ancestral lands and livelihoods are in the paths of the project it bankrolls, an investigative report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and other media partners revealed.

According to ICIJ’s team of around 50 journalists, a total of 3,350,449 people were physically or economically displaced by a World Bank project between 2004 and 2013, after a 11-month investigation. FULL STORY>>


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It’s official–Rand Paul announces his 2016 White House bid Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:32:18 +0000 Joseph Earnest

2016 presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul.—Photo by Joseph Earnest.

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Senator Rand Paul has announced today he is running for president to return to restore liberty and prosperity for ourselves and for future generations. He is the second candidate after Sen. Ted Cruz to announce his White House bid.

Both Cruz and Paul are from Texas, and if Gov. Rick Perry and Jeb Bush announce their intentions to run, the GOP field will have four Texas-raised candidates who have their eyes on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.


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Behind the scenes in the media industry with its journalists Sun, 05 Apr 2015 01:53:52 +0000 Joseph Earnest

Media practitioners in the front row ready for news coverage—Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media HOUSTON—In exactly a month from now, graduation will take place, thereafter college graduates will either join the workforce or further their studies. A while back a soon-to-be graduate asked me for advice about landing a job as a journalist. I told him the very first thing he needed to do was buy a camera and cover local events while applying for jobs, and also create and update an electronic portfolio.

The young man was sad, and walked away, perhaps thinking I had withheld valuable information from him. He thought I was going to give him tips on how to create an impressive resumé or to use reference letters from influential college professors. Instead, I told him to go out in the field and refine his skills to prepare him for what lies ahead in his chosen profession. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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UK: Iran nuclear negotiators have reached broad understanding Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:31:32 +0000 Joseph Earnest Newscast Media LAUSANNE, Switzerland—A senior member of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team said on Wednesday that Iran and the six world powers had already resumed drafting ways of resolution of dispute over Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.

Abbas Araqchi told reporters on Wednesday that Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) could issue a final statement on resolution of key issues soon.

The two sides are negotiating a solution to the remaining disagreements and it is expected that they issue a final statement after tying all the loose ends. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>

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Joan Kagezi shot dead–US Embassy terror alert becomes self-fulfilling prophecy in Uganda Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:28:05 +0000 Joseph Earnest

The US Flag—Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media KAMPALA, Uganda—Uganda law enforcement believe the assassination of State Prosecutore Joan Kagezi was pre-planned and methodical, because Kagezi was trailed by motorcycle gunmen, who targeted only her, and sped away after pumping bullets into her body, in a Kiwatule suburb around 7 p.m. local time.

Yet there are very many answered questions, that perhaps investigators, particularly local journalists in Kampala should look at. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>

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Part II: Evolution of cultural trends in society–subcultures Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:57:07 +0000 Joseph Earnest

Members of the Debbie Allen Dance Company at Houston's Theater District—Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media HOUSTON—Last week we presented an article on the evolution of
cultural trends and their influence on society. The article received a tremendous
positive response from the readers. This week we bring you the final installment of the
two-part series, since one cannot talk about a culture without talking about

A subculture is typically a group within a major culture that breaks away from the norm
to create a reality its members can easily relate to and implement in their lives to
achieve a desired effect or goal. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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Pentagon declassifies documents confirming Israel has nukes Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:13:20 +0000 Joseph Earnest Newscast Media WASHINGTON—In the latest example of the strained relationship
between the United States and Israel, the Pentagon has quietly released a previously-
classified document which reveals the extent of Israel’s nuclear program—a
program the Israeli government has long denied even exits.

Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted the
controversial invitation to speak before the US Congress and warn against “a
nuclearized Middle East and the horrific consequences…to all humanity.”


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The evolution of cultural trends and their impact on society Mon, 23 Mar 2015 03:19:24 +0000 Joseph Earnest

Costume festival in Houston. These attendees dressed as Shakespeareans—File photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media HOUSTON—While college life shapes how students adapt to society, it is actually “culture” that plays a determining role in shaping each generation. We will take a break from the Spring Break narrative, and return to it after exploring other aspects of cultural trends and their impact on society.

If we look back to the 50s and 60s, we see an era where society used the little it had to make the best out of every situation. Poor people were able to blend into society without even being aware that they were poor because during that time, the people had a collectivist mindset. Neighbors trusted each other and even though it was a period that highlighted racial tensions, people had time to set their racial differences aside and celebrate their similarities, while attempting to embrace their differences. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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Photos: Highlights of the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Sat, 07 Mar 2015 22:27:13 +0000 Joseph Earnest >          ]]>

Brahman breed of cattle that was showcased at the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo —Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—The 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
kicked off on March 2, and will continue until March 22 at NRG Center.


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Islamic State releases 19 Christians, 200 still held captive Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:27:15 +0000 Joseph Earnest Newscast Media DAMASCUS—The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) takfiri group freed 19 Assyrian Christian captives in Syria on Sunday, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Seventeen men and two women were released after going through an ISIL court, according to the monitoring group.

Over 200 Assyrians still remain captive after being taken hostage during the ISIL’s advance near the northeastern Syrian city of Hasaka, in which a dozen villages occupied by the Christian minority were attacked.

Source: Al Manar TV News

Angel with cross. Vatican City, The Vatican--Photo by Joseph Earnest

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