On April 14th, a militant group kidnapped around 200 girls from a school in Nigeria. The group, Boko Harem, said they planned to sell the girls.
In early May, a social media campaign, #bringbackourgirls, brought the plight of the girls to international attention. Up to that time, Nigerian military and government agencies had not been able to locate the girls.
Many countries, including the US , the UK and Israel , have offered their help.
Boko Harem, which means “Western education is forbidden,” does not believe the girls should be in school but should instead be married. They have since offered to return the girls in exchange for the release of imprisoned militants.
Here is a timeline of events.
Here are some news reports:
From the BBC
From the NY Times
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The Great War / World War I began 100 years ago. Because of alliances between different European Countries, the war began on different dates as each country declared war on its neighbor. On Monday, August 4th, Great Britain will commemorate their declaration of war on Germany with a “Lights Out” observance. At 10pm the country will go black for one hour and candles will be lit in remembrance.
All throughout Europe, different countries are planning different events. We must remember that the United States did not enter the war until 1918. Millions had lost their lives prior to the Yanks arriving on the scene.
With Ebola still in the spotlight another disease has come to the attention of health care professionals.
According to The Center for Disease Control, Enterovirus D68 was first identified in California in 1962. Until this summer, it was not commonly reported in the United States.
The symptoms are flu-like – sneezing, coughing, fever and body aches. Some patients, especially those with asthma or other respiratory problems, may need to be hospitalized. The enterovirus spreads through contact with respiratory secretions of the infected.
Anyone can get EV-D68 but infants and children are most likely to get ill from it because they are lacking immunity.
According to the CDC, as of Sept. 17, 140 people in 16 states have been infected. The CDC notes that testing samples is a complex process and as the backlog gets processed, there will likely be an increase in cases and states with cases. This does not mean that the enterovirus is now spreading more, just that more current cases are coming to light.
The first Connecticut case was confirmed on the 9/17. The patient, a 6-year-old girl who was treated at Yale/New Haven hospital, has since been released.
To protect yourself from EV-D68: wash your hands often, avoid direct contact with people who are sick and disinfect surfaces often.
photo credit: CBS
Former Governor John Rowland Lisa Wilson-Foley
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A jury found former Connecticut Governor John Rowland guilty of all seven charges stemming from federal election law violations. Rowland previously served 10 months in prison on corruption charges stemming from gifts accepted from contractors. He will see a second term in federal prison.
This time the seven federal charges are related to Rowland’s participation in the 2012 congressional campaign of Lisa Wilson-Foley.
According to testimony, Rowland suggested the campaign hire him and dismiss an expensive consultant from Washington DC.
Mrs. Foley and her husband Brian have already pleaded guilty to misdemeanors for conspiring to make illegal campaign contributions. Those charges involved hiring Rowland but paying him through an attorney for Mr. Foley’s real estate business. Federal law requires that all campaign expenses be reported publicly.
Mr. Foley was a witness for the prosecution.
For all this trouble and a possible five – 20 year sentence, Rowland received $35,ooo.