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YES on 522. Newsletter

Posted on 09 October 2013 by admin

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are plants and animals whose genetic materials have been changed using genetic engineering methods. Research in France shown that GMOs have serious Continue Reading

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King County Somali Health Board

King County Somali Health Board

Posted on 23 August 2013 by admin

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Runta News, Seattle—King County Somali Health Board held yesterday its second quarterly meeting at the Neighborhood House of Rainier Vista in South Seattle Continue Reading

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The Affordable Care Act aka “Obama Care” is About to Start!

The Affordable Care Act aka “Obama Care” is About to Start!

Posted on 19 August 2013 by admin

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 Health officials of Public Health of Seattle and King County have met recently members of ethnic media around Seattle area. The

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Beer Huriyaha-B (Holciye) Dillaaga Qarsoon ee Bulshadeena

Beer Huriyaha-B (Holciye) Dillaaga Qarsoon ee Bulshadeena

Posted on 14 January 2013 by admin

Caadiyan waanu naqaan, ama dareenaa calaamadaha uu leeyahay cudurkan beer huriyaha ah marka uu qofka Continue Reading

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Al Uruba Restaurant oo Weji Cusub u Yeeshay Dhaqankii Makhaayadaha Soomaalida!

Al Uruba Restaurant oo Weji Cusub u Yeeshay Dhaqankii Makhaayadaha Soomaalida!

Posted on 31 August 2012 by admin

Maalinta ciidda waxa magaalada Seattle ku soo kordhay Continue Reading

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‘Yunus Was Right,’ SKS Microfinance Founder Says By NEHA THIRANI

Posted on 01 August 2012 by admin

Mahesh Kumar A./Associated PressPetla Narasimhulu and Lakshmi weep in front of their daughter Petla Lalitha’s portrait in Godhumaguda village, Andhra Pradesh. The debt-ridden 18-year-old committed suicide by drinking pesticide.

Vikram Akula, the founder of SKS Microfinance, the for-profit company that is accused of aggressive collection tactics, made an unexpected observation Sunday night at the Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard University.

“Professor Yunus was right,” Mr. Akula said, referring to Muhammad Yunus, the Grameen Bank founder, economist and a frequent critic of Mr. Akula and others who tried to turn microfinance into a for-profit industry. “Bringing private capital into social enterprise was much harder than I anticipated,” he said.

Mr. Akula also told conference attendees that “he had focused on scaling SKS’s model and had not fully anticipated the potential downside of accessing the public market for social enterprise,” a statement from conference organizers said.

The microfinance industry in India came under scrutiny in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh in 2010 after reports were made public that 200 borrowers had committed suicide after being unable to repay microfinance loans. Along with other microfinance companies that operate in Andhra Pradesh, SKS had taken large losses in the state — approximately 90 percent of its borrowers were unable to repay their loans. The company, which was started in 1997 as a nonprofit organization that offered microcredit, eventually turned in a for-profit direction and made a stock offering in 2010.

A recent report by The Associated Press said that the SKS was aware that its own debt collectors were using coercive methods that played a role in some borrowers’ suicides. The report described debt collectors encouraging some borrowers to commit suicide, in some cases after suggesting it as a way to eliminate debt. An “SKS debt collector told a delinquent borrower to drown herself in a pond if she wanted her loan waived. The next day, she did,” the report said.

SKS said in a statement that the report was “irresponsible,” and that the police had exonerated the company in 14 of 15 suicide cases it was investigating which had been filed against the company.

As Vikas Bajaj wrote for The New York Times in May of last year, SKS seemed to reflect the problems faced by the companies hoping to turn their business of making small loans to the impoverished into a larger profit-making enterprise. Mr. Akula, an American, stepped down from his post in November 2011 following criticism about his company’s debt collection tactics.

In an interview with India Ink earlier this month, Mr. Yunus pointed fingers directly at SKS and Mr. Akula, saying: “The key is that the whole thing was triggered by SKS. They were the ones who kind of overdid things in a big way. The aggressiveness that it brought into the picture created all the problems. And then he made personal money out of it.”

In an op-ed for The New York Times in January 2011, Mr. Yunus wrote: “I never imagined that one day microcredit would give rise to its own breed of loan sharks. But it has. And as a result, many borrowers in India have been defaulting on their microloans, which could then result in lenders being driven out of business. India’s crisis points to a clear need to get microcredit back on track.”

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What is Shisha or Hookah?

Posted on 02 May 2012 by admin

By Rolando M. Fuertes Jr.

Shisha is tobacco mixed with molasses and fruit flavors and is smoked in a hookah. It is very light and flavorful with a wonderful fruity aroma. Interestingly, it is smoked for the flavor and not for any kind of effect. Though the most popular flavor is apple, others include strawberry, pineapple, apricot, grape, rose, mint, and even cappuccino! A hookah consists of a hollow glass (sometimes clay or brass) base which is filled with water, a vertical pipe topped with a clay bowl for shisha and coals, and a usually colorful hose.

When one sucks on the hose, the smoke is drawn down the pipe and through the water, which cools and filters it. This also produces a peaceful bubbling sound. This sound is as delightful now as the prospect of blowing bubbles in a glass of milk was to most of us when we were young.

Women enjoy the water pipe just as much as men do. The sight of an Arab woman puffing away at a shisha no longer raises any eyebrows. Many women in the Arab world, however, still tend to smoke at home rather than in public.

Tobacco is soaked in fruit shavings such as strawberry, apples or grapes. This mixture is then smoked through a large water pipe. The hookah uses a small charcoal tablet to gently heat a special, flavor-infused tobacco blend.

The tobacco never burns, but is filtered as it is drawn through the water-filled, hand-blown glass base and inhaled through ornate, embroidered hoses. The vapor is incredibly smooth, sweet and aromatic.

The mouthpiece is attached to a long tube; the water bubbles and gurgles in the pipe as the mouthpiece is passed from hand to hand.

It almost acts as an excuse for people to spend time together. It just happens to be a very pleasurable way of doing so.

There are, however, a few rumors circulating about shisha that make many people wary about trying this fine treat. Shisha detractors claim that it causes pollution and that dirty mouthpieces and pipes are liable to spread infection.

They say that while the shisha mouthpiece may be regularly changed, it’s very difficult to clean the actual pipe, which may harbor infectious diseases.

It’s not tobacco, marijuana or crack cocaine, but this smoking fad has health officials very concerned. They say that since people sit at hookah stations for 30 or 40 or 60 minutes, the amount of nicotine that goes into the smoker during this period is quite significant.

Technically speaking, yes, it’s unhealthy, although only negligibly. The water takes away approximately 90 percent of the harmful chemicals, and so a pipe contains merely 0.5 percent nicotine and 0 percent tar. Also, if its not inhaled, there is no danger of lung cancer.

Since shisha is tobacco, smoking it likely involves some of the same ill effects as other types of smoking. However, whereas cigarette smoke fills one’s chest with a harsh, burning sensation, one can barely feel shisha smoke in the lungs. Because of the smoothness and the fact that it is light, filtered, and cooled, it is very probably the safest form of smoking there is.

And because it takes a few minutes to set up and then a long time to savor (similar to pipes and cigars), shisha smoking is unlikely to entail that psychological addiction for a quick puff that cigarettes can. Shisha outlets claim they always provide a new plastic mouthpiece, hygienically wrapped and sealed. It may not be politically correct, but tobacco and related paraphernalia is still a big part of the Arab culture.

Remember shisha is still tobacco, and that means all the health risks are imminent if one is not responsible. It is better to limit your intake to a few times a month or less. Restrict your shisha smoking to social gatherings and you’ll be fine.

Currently, health watchdogs are looking closely at the smoking of shisha in public places and how it will fit into new guidelines on public health. Specific guidelines will sharpen the fight to protect the environment and protect the health of the public.

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Secret £14million Bible in which ‘Jesus predicts coming of Prophet Muhammad’ unearthed in Turkey

Posted on 02 May 2012 by admin

By Daily Mail Reporter

A secret Bible in which Jesus is believed to predict the coming of the Prophet Muhammad to Earth has sparked serious interest from the Vatican.

Pope Benedict XVI is claimed to want to see the 1,500-year-old book, which many say is the Gospel of Barnabas, that has been hidden by the Turkish state for the last 12 years.

The £14million handwritten gold lettered tome, penned in Jesus’ native Aramaic language, is said to contain his early teachings and a prediction of the Prophet’s coming.

The leather-bound text, written on animal hide, was discovered by Turkish police during an anti-smuggling operation in 2000.

It was closely guarded until 2010, when it was finally handed over to the Ankara Ethnography Museum, and will soon be put back on public display following a minor restoration.

A photocopy of a single page from the handwritten ancient manuscript is thought to be worth £1.5million.

Turkish culture and tourism minister Ertugrul Gunay said the book could be an authentic version of the Gospel, which was suppressed by the Christian Church for its strong parallels with the Islamic view of Jesus.

He also said the Vatican had made an official request to see the scripture – a controversial text which Muslims claim is an addition to the original gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.

In line with Islamic belief, the Gospel treats Jesus as a human being and not a God.

It rejects the ideas of the Holy Trinity and the Crucifixion and reveals that Jesus predicted the coming of the Prophet Muhammad.

In one version of the gospel, he is said to have told a priest: ‘How shall the Messiah be called? Muhammad is his blessed name’.
And in another Jesus denied being the Messiah, claiming that he or she would be Ishmaelite, the term used for an Arab.

Despite the interest in the newly re-discovered book, some believe it is a fake and only dates back to the 16th century.

The oldest copies of the book date back to that time, and are written in Spanish and Italian.

Protestant pastor İhsan Özbek said it was unlikely to be authentic.

This is because St Barnabas lived in the first century and was one of the Apostles of Jesus, in contrast to this version which is said to come from the fifth or sixth century.

He told the Today Zaman newspaper: ‘The copy in Ankara might have been written by one of the followers of St Barnabas.

‘Since there is around 500 years in between St Barnabas and the writing of the Bible copy, Muslims may be disappointed to see that this copy does not include things they would like to see.

‘It might have no relation with the content of the Gospel of Barnabas.’

Theology professor Ömer Faruk Harman said a scientific scan of the bible may be the only way to reveal how old it really is.

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