™ Houston News and Breaking World News 2015-06-27T22:52:07Z WordPress Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[The rise of alternative medicine as a solution to illness]]> 2015-06-27T02:44:14Z 2015-06-27T02:44:14Z

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.


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[Barack Obama: Affordable Care Act is here to stay]]> 2015-06-25T21:17:03Z 2015-06-25T21:14:05Z

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>>


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[SEC charges 36 financial institutions for fraudulent securities]]> 2015-06-19T20:23:01Z 2015-06-19T20:18:20Z 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

Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[FTC fines man over 100k for breaking Kickstarter promises]]> 2015-06-11T21:55:29Z 2015-06-11T21:55:29Z

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.


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[The U.S. States warns Nkurunziza not to seek a third term]]> 2015-05-16T18:17:26Z 2015-05-16T18:17:26Z

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>>


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[Burundi protesters push on to phase II–What went wrong?]]> 2015-05-16T02:48:49Z 2015-05-16T02:47:08Z

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>>


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[Top general declares Burundi’s president persona non grata in mutiny]]> 2015-05-13T17:01:32Z 2015-05-13T16:59:58Z

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>>


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[Dr. Kiyingi vs. Museveni: The new Federation of Uganda after Museveni exits]]> 2015-05-11T20:52:37Z 2015-05-11T20:48:58Z

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


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[Part II: Kiyingi-How Museveni violated the Uganda Constitution and compromised the 2016 election]]> 2015-05-11T20:55:35Z 2015-05-11T20:39:10Z

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>>


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[Part I: Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni lock horns]]> 2015-05-11T20:57:45Z 2015-05-11T20:01:27Z

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>>


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[South African businesses face boycotts due to Afrophobic attacks]]> 2015-04-21T20:54:51Z 2015-04-21T20:54:51Z 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>>


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[Scientists reverse pancreatic cancer cells to normal cells]]> 2015-04-20T22:14:14Z 2015-04-20T22:14:14Z 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>>


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[Report: World Bank failed to protect poor from land eviction]]> 2015-04-17T01:18:21Z 2015-04-17T01:17:26Z

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>>


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[It’s official–Rand Paul announces his 2016 White House bid]]> 2015-04-07T18:32:18Z 2015-04-07T18:32:18Z

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.


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[Behind the scenes in the media industry with its journalists]]> 2015-04-05T01:53:52Z 2015-04-05T01:53:52Z

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>>


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[UK: Iran nuclear negotiators have reached broad understanding]]> 2015-04-01T21:31:32Z 2015-04-01T21:31:32Z 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>>

Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[Joan Kagezi shot dead–US Embassy terror alert becomes self-fulfilling prophecy in Uganda]]> 2015-04-01T21:28:46Z 2015-03-30T21:28:05Z

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>>

Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[Part II: Evolution of cultural trends in society–subcultures]]> 2015-03-30T19:57:07Z 2015-03-30T19:57:07Z

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>>


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[Pentagon declassifies documents confirming Israel has nukes]]> 2015-03-26T19:13:20Z 2015-03-26T19:13:20Z 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.”


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[The evolution of cultural trends and their impact on society]]> 2015-03-23T03:20:21Z 2015-03-23T03:19:24Z

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>>


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[Photos: Highlights of the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo]]> 2015-03-07T22:27:13Z 2015-03-07T22:27:13Z >          ]]>

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.


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[Islamic State releases 19 Christians, 200 still held captive]]> 2015-03-02T20:27:15Z 2015-03-02T20:27:15Z 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

Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[Ex-lesbian artist gives birth and tells how God turned her life around]]> 2015-02-26T17:58:09Z 2015-02-26T17:58:09Z by Nicola Menzie

Newscast Media VIRGINIA BEACH—Jackie Hill-Perry, a spoken word and hip-hop artist
whose talents and unique testimony have garnered her popularity and praise, recently
shared her story of leaving the gay lifestyle with televangelist Pat Robertson’s Christian
Broadcasting Network.

“Growing up, Jackie was molested by a family friend, bullied in school, and fatherless,
which accompanied with (an) inherent separation from God, led her into a lifestyle of
rebellion, homosexuality, drug use, porn addiction, and everything wicked,” according to
her online biography. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


Joseph Earnest <![CDATA[Texas wins “Round I” White House promises “Round II” on immigration]]> 2015-02-18T17:11:46Z 2015-02-17T21:45:06Z

Governor Greg Abbott surrounded by relatives as he graces the stage at Moody Theater. Voters were in a celebratory mood on election night.—Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—Last year, Governor Gregg Abbott who at the time was the Texas attorney general filed a lawsuit, together with 25 other states against the Obama administration, challenging the government’s authority to protect illegal immigrants. Just 24 hours ago, a Texas federal judge granted an injunction to the Plaintiffs, that will stop Obama’s program from being implemented.

The question the Court was faced with was, “Do the laws of the United States or the Constitution give the Department of Homeland Security the power to defer action against illegal aliens?” FULL STORY>>