NEWS/OPINIONS

Jan. 17, 2022

Martin Luther King was born by a Baptist Minister and activist father and inspired by the non violence liberation activism of Ghandi of the nation of. India and also became a model of other civil rights leaders of yesterday and today .
To say and or think African American fight for civil rights and equity in the USA started with King is to disrespect the contributions of those who came before King like Dubois and the NAACP.
Martin Luther King jn followed the examples before him ,preaching and participating in civil rights activities.
He was one of the leaders of the Southern Christian leadership conference working with a senior friend who mentored him he n the person of Ralph Abernathy, treasurer of the same organization.
Martin preached freedoms and equality of all , believing the Creed and ideals of the founders of the American government ,calling out for the spication of those ideals in the lives of all men and women created equal in the image of God irrespective of the color of their skin .
King was jailed many times and while in jail he addressed his people in letters like the one from the Birmingham jail .
King organized and addressed marches like the Washington DC March during which he gave his I have a dream speech .
For his non violence protests,he was awarded the Novel peace prize.
.King was killed in the Lorain Motel in Memphis Tennessee.
The are many parades across America to honor the life and legacy of Dr Martin Luther King jn day .
King never wanted to be celebrated but to serve ,calling his fellow brothers and sisters of America to follow his examples.
Inside you are the ideals and values of King you have repressed because of manipulative and deceptive others and persons by you .
King never went to Harvard University and Harvard graduation is a criteria to live the ideals and values of King ,because lots of Harvard graduates are not doing as much as you and king to better the lot of mankind.
.King did not need a government political office or elected office to be life government office holder like they do in uncivilized nations to make a difference.
King never held political office of any kind any where but is the most celebrated politician of his time from his race .
King spoke his mind about the issues of the day and was hated by some of his own and those of other races .
Stop and celebrate the King in you. The is injustice and inequity all around you and you are speaking out ,making politicians uncomfortable and like King hated and talked bad about , go on King.
You are marching demanding reforms making politicians uncomfortable ,go on King .
King believed in himself and was never bothered about the faces of his ditractors.
Celebrate the drum majors for peace and justice around you, for in them you smell, touch and hear the King's around you ,so Martin may rest in peace after so much hard work on Earth .
Those who oppose the King in you and those around you are the government officials in King,s day and they are many even in the black communities today ,who think King's are only Democratic party members .
Those who stop the King's from participating in public offices they must occupy for life are similar people King spoke against, who were not ready to share power and offices with others .
.So much is done today ,using the names of King to have political and material riches.
Justice calls for term limits in political offices . Equity makes room for all parties not only ours .
King careless about the expression on their faces and went along dying for his ideals and values, which are celebrated today .
Celebrate those values and ideals or King on you and in those around you .
By
Dr Ntuba Thompson Akwo. International politician physician and communicator. Certified professional and expert Global health USA. Adviser of prime ministers and presidents.

Jan. 16, 2022

The 50th anniversary of the Houston Marathon 2022 had participants from multiple countries including the USA .
D'Amato broke the Houston and USA national record in the female section ' breaking the dominance that African women mostly from Kenya and Ethopia have had over the last decade.
It is possible that the weather may have contributed in the poor performance of the African women athletes who are not use to competing in very very cold climate conditions as was experienced in Houston on Sunday the 16th of January 2022.
The main winner of the race is a Kenyan male from Africa .
It was great to see so many thousands of participants take part in a race that was cancelled in the last two previous years because of the Covid19 pandemic.
City of Houston mayor ' Honorable Sylvester Turner addressed the participants at the start line ' welcoming them heartily to his city 'state and nation ' acknowledging the in person race in 2022 after the absence in the last previous 2 years .
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Jan. 14, 2022

 

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Vaccine protects, even when vaccine virus and circulating viruses are different

 

 

A new CDC study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID) shows that flu vaccination protected children against serious flu illness even when they were infected with a flu virus that was antigenically different from the vaccine virus. This reinforces the benefit of flu vaccination, even when circulating flu viruses have drifted and are different from the virus used in vaccine production.

 

This study highlights that flu can cause serious illness in children, but flu vaccines can be lifesaving.  This is very good news” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H. “It’s especially important that children get a flu vaccine in addition to their recommended COVID-19 vaccines this season. Flu season has started and currently flu vaccination is down in children, so now is the best time to get your child vaccinated, if you have not already.”

 

A hallmark of flu viruses is that they are constantly changing through a process called antigenic drift, especially H3N2 viruses, which are often associated with more severe flu seasons. How well flu vaccines work is determined in part by the similarity between the viruses chosen for vaccine production and viruses circulating in populations. While the composition of flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated to match evolving viruses, even then, changes in the virus can outpace vaccine production.

 

The CDC study reports that flu vaccination reduced the risk of severe flu in children by 78% against similar flu A viruses and 47% against flu A viruses that had drifted from the vaccine virus. Further, the vaccine was 76% effective at preventing life-threatening influenza, which included invasive mechanical ventilation, CPR, and other severe complications including death. This study adds to evidence showing that some people who are vaccinated still get sick, but the vaccination can decrease illness severity.

 

This large CDC study summarizes findings from a CDC vaccine effectiveness network that looks at how well flu vaccines work at preventing serious flu illness in children. This network is now called the Overcoming COVID-19 Network and will investigate how well COVID-19 vaccines work to prevent COVID-19 hospitalizations in children in addition to how well flu vaccines protect children against flu hospitalization during 2022.

 

Researchers looked at data from the 2019–2020 flu season, during which a record-breaking 199 flu deaths in children were reported to CDC and when most flu activity was caused by two viruses that were antigenically different from their corresponding vaccine viruses.

 

According to CDC flu surveillance systems, flu season has started in many parts of the country with continued flu activity expected over the coming weeks. Most flu detected so far has been H3N2 flu found in children and young adults. These circulating H3N2 flu viruses are genetically closely related to the H3N2 vaccine virus, but have some differences that may result in reduced protection against those viruses from the vaccine. As this study highlights, however, vaccination can still have important benefits even when this happens. It is also important to note that usually many flu viruses spread over any one season and flu vaccines protect against four different viruses.

 

Flu illness can be dangerous for children. Each year, millions of children get sick with seasonal flu, thousands of children are hospitalized, and some children die from flu. Two flu deaths in children have been reported to CDC already this season. Flu can be especially dangerous for children younger than 5 years old because they are at higher risk of getting very sick from flu because of their age.

 

With flu activity just getting started, that means there’s still time to benefit from flu vaccination this season. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. The U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended annual vaccination for all persons aged 6 months or older since 2010. Despite this recommendation, during the 2020–2021 flu season U.S. flu vaccination coverage remained between 50.8%–68% for children younger than 18 years old.

 

Jan. 14, 2022

REP. JEFFRIES: YOU BETTER BACK UP OFF OF US. WE WILL END THE ERA OF VOTER SUPPRESSION IN AMERICA ONCE AND FOR ALL.

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives prior to the House sending the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act to the Senate. The legislation will restore critical protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and counter GOP-led voter suppression efforts to restrict early voting, vote-by-mail and ballot drop boxes.

 

 

 

 

WATCH

 

Remarks as Delivered:

 

“We are here today defending our democracy for one reason, and one reason alone.

 

It’s because the radical right has decided that the only way they can consistently win elections is to engage in massive voter suppression.

 

The right to vote is sacred.

 

The right to vote is special.

 

The right to vote is sacrosanct and central to the integrity of our democracy.

 

There are people who died, lost their lives, shed blood to make sure that Black people and everyone in America could vote.

 

We’re not going backward.

 

We’re only going to go forward.

 

You better back up off of us.

 

We will pass the John Robert Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

 

We will pass the Joe Manchin Freedom to Vote Act.

 

We will get it to Joe Biden’s desk, and we will end the era of voter suppression in America once and for all.”