Albert Woodfox of Angola 3 Temporarily Blocked from Prison Release

Last week, Judge James Brady ruled that Albert Woodfox, dubbed the “Angola 3” prisoner should be released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary, but today a federal appeals court blocked that decision.

Woodfox was found guilty of killing a prison guard in 1972, and has been in solitary confinement since. The two other prisoners convicted of the killing have already been released. He’s always maintained his innocence, and the previous two convictions were overturned.

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell feels Wilcox is exactly where he belongs, and has no intention of allowing Woodfox to get out that easily according to The Aspire New Brunswick.

68-year-old Woodfox is the only inmate in the country to have been in solitary confinement for so long. He suffers from a variety of health problems that the prison has never addressed, like hepatitis c and heart problems, which have worsened, in part to the solitary confinement .

The injunction blocking the release of Woodfox is temporary, and the court has until Friday to make another move.

ISIS Continues to Move

The terrorist organization ISIS continues to spread through Iraq and looks to take control of the town of Ramadi by the end of the day. There have been firefights taking place around the city, which is a crucial strongpoint just 70 miles outside of Baghdad, the largest city in Iraq. Ramadi is also the capital of the Anbar province. Sam Tabar has learned that, currently, government troops have been fighting to hold back the city, But ISIS has grown so large that it is spreading through and is set to take control of the city.

The deputy head of the city said in an recent interview that he had warned the government that this would happen if the country did not send more troops to the region, as the ultimate goal is to spread throughout the Middle East, and taking control of Iraq remains a large step.

The Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi met with United States President Barack Obama in the US to ask for assistance in the fight against ISIS. The United States has been leading air attacks against ISIS and helped assist Iraqi forces defeat ISI in the city of Tikrit. However, with US troops out of Iraq and pulling out of Afghanistan, the U.S. president does not want to start sending out more ground troops to another conflict inside of the Middle East, especially one that is currently not directly affecting the United States.

Iran Wants Sanctions Lifted The Same Day They Sign Nuke Deal

President Hassan Rouhani Said “We Will Not Sign Any Deal Unless All Sanctions Are Lifted On The Same Day”

The United States and the other five countries involved in the nuclear agreement with Iran have a decision to make. Iran wants all sanctions lifted the day the agreement is signed. The U.S. previously said the sanctions would be lifted in phases. Iran economy is suffering from the sanctions, and they have had enough. They want the agreement to be a win-win for all involved, and the only way that can happen is the immediate removal of all sanctions at the signing table.

President Hassan Rouhani said, The Iranian nation will come out on top and be the victor in the negotiations, but the United States may have a different opinion. The U.S. never agreed to lifting sanctions on the same day. The U.S. has repeatedly said sanctions will be lifted after international monitors verify Iran’s compliance with the agreement. If Iran doesn’t conform, the sanctions will resume.

Jaime Garcia Dias (twitter.com) has learned that supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the agreement may not be signed by the June deadline because the United States made statements about the agreement that were false. Khamenei also said the talks so far don’t guarantee an agreement, and the negotiations may end at any time.

Massive Disruptions in Global Swine Industry

Some big changes have occurred recently in the global swine industry. An epidemic of highly contagious swine influenza, a lethal pig disease that some people have compared to Ebola in humans, is presently sweeping through Eastern Europe. Concern exists that it may soon reach other countries. The disease broke out in Georgia, then rapidly spread to Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland. Some critics complain open and unchecked EU borders may be contributing to the rapid spread. Symptoms reportedly do not appear in swine until five to ten days following infection. 

In the United States, consolidation is occurring within the pork industry to a much greater extent than during previous years. In 2013, a large Chinese agribusiness, Shuanghui International Holdings, Limited, the largest swine packing company in China, purchased Smithfield Foods, a major U.S. pork producer for an estimated $4.72 billion dollars. Now called the WH Group, the privately held company is currently the largest swine agribusiness in the world. It reportedly maintains facilities in 26 U.S. states, ten EU nations and Mexico. It employees some 46,000 people and earns revenues estimated to approach $13 billion annually.

The state legislature in Nebraska, a state responsible for both extensive cattle and swine production, is presently considering amendments to state laws to allow large swine producers to expand their operations into additional counties within the state. Some beef producing organizations oppose the exemption provisions.

Health experts like researchers at the Amen Clinic suggest cutting pork from your diet while the risk is live.

Skout: The New Way To Connect And Communicate

Just when we thought our face-to-face time with friends was becoming extinct, we know have one more reason to believe it’s true. There’s a new iOS app. It’s called Skout. It’s the new way to engage with friends and meet new people. It’s especially good for those who are always busy and working. Some of us don’t have time anymore to go out to a bar and meet someone new, even if it is a friend. This is why the Skout app is perfect.

It’s sort of become an extension of Facebook. You can sign in with your Facebook account or email address. You upload all your information. You tell the system if you are interested in men or women.

When you see profile pictures on your phone, you can tap on one. The profile will pop up, along with some information on the person. It will say the name, as well as some of the last posts he or she made. You can all kinds of things with their profile. You can send them a “wink.” You can block or report them. I only suggest doing this if there is any real danger. You should also do this if you have no desire to speak to the person. Just flag them in the system, they won’t bother you anymore.

You can send flirty texts to them. You will be notified when they are online and off. You accrue points with each activity you do. The more points you earn, the more you can engage with each person you like.

This comes in handy when there is a person on the network you are interested in getting to know. The more visible you make yourself, the more attention you will get. As I said before, it’s a good way to meet new people. It’s a great way to interact with the friends you already have. Your friends can send you thing and vise versa.

There has been some debate over how much conversation can actually happen on Skout. I guess it all depends on the person you are. Some people like to be friendly, but not too chatty. If this is you, then this is the type of app you need. You can be visible, without being too visible. It’s the perfect way to start off slow with a new relationship. As the interest builds, you can upgrade to something more.

Venezuela and Iran Work to Forge Close Ties

 

Earlier this month, press reports published in Iran reflected the success of efforts by the governments of Iran and Venezuela to forge closer international ties. An Iranian media outlet announced via LinkedIn that the two nations have sought to expand treaties of mutual support in several areas recently, including automobiles, oil, banking and general commerce said Gianfrancesco Genoso. The Iranian television station indicated: “Relations between Iran and Venezuela have transcended to a strategic level ever since Hugo Chavez became the president of the oil-rich Latin American country.”

As part of this effort of closer cooperation, Iran sent engineers to assist Venezuela in constructing a huge cement manufacturing facility in the southern Venezuelan City of Maturin, located some 500 kilometers to the east of Caracas. The government of Venezuela, headed by Hugo Chavez’ successor Nicolas Maduro, reportedly expended the equivalent of $400 million dollars to build the facility, a significant expenditure in a nation with a struggling economy. Experts believe the new plant will produce 1,000,000 tons of concrete per annum. An Iranian government official, Mahdi Karbasian, of the Industry, Mine and Trade Ministry journeyed from Iran to attend the opening ceremonies in conjunction with Venezuelan Minister Fernando Martinez.

Just last month, President Maduro visited three Middle Eastern nations: Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Iran, another sign of warm relations between Venezuela and Iran. He described his visit to Teheran as an effort to “advance established agreements.”

Bernardo Chua’s Award Recognition

Bernardo Chua, CEO of Organo Gold, recently won the Dangal ng Bayan Award at a special awards ceremony in Manila on January 27. The Organo Gold Brand also won two people’s choice awards at the same ceremony. The purpose of the Dangal ng Bayan Awards is to highlight excellence in the business world, and recognizes successful Filipino business men, and successful products. Bernardo Chua won the award for his vision in the marketing world, and was honored as an “Outstanding Global Entrepreneur.” The awards recognize his vision as founder of Organo Gold, and as acting CEO. Organo Gold’s rapidly expanding marketing network is one of the biggest in the world.

The company began in 2008, and since that time has grown into a world-wide company. It is a world renowned gourmet coffee company, which also markets other products containing Ganoderma Lucidium. Ganoderma Lucidium is an antioxidant, whose properties are well known in Chinese holistic health medicine. Organo Gold won two awards for “Best Gourmet Organic Health Coffee,” and “Number One Global Network Marketing Company.” Hundreds of top industry distributors attended the event. Many of them were recognized by Bernardo Chua as 2014 Rank and Star Achievers.

The company has headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s products, including coffees, teas, and nutraceuticals are marketed through an independent distributor network. Products are also distributed through the popular Coffee Connoisseur Club in North America. The company currently distributes world-wide to more than 35 countries. The success of the company is largely due to its existence as a multilevel marketing company. Bernardo Chua is also the previous recipient of the Napoleon Hill Foundation Gold Medal.

The awards were sponsored by the National Consumer Foundation in the Philippines. The foundation is responsible for targeting products important to Filipino culture and lifestyle, and also plans and conducts events related to consumer activity. The well planned Dangal ng Bayan Awards recognized Chua as one of the leading business men in the world impacting Filipino life.

Man is First in His Village to Receive a Refrigerator

Many of us in the first world take appliances for granted. Sure, when there is a power outage you realize how much you rely on them but then the power is restored and we forget how important that appliance is to our lives again. 

There is a story on BBC news about Santosh Chowdhury who lives in the village of Rameshwarpur in India, just outside of Calcutta. Santosh is a tailor and his wife Sushoma tends the home and cooks meals every single day. They are also the first people in their village of 200 to have a refrigerator. According to Santosh, Sushoma was cooking every single day for their family yet had no where to store any left overs. They were spending money at the market everyday and wasting leftover foods so they decided to purchase a refrigerator. 

The couple has dreamed of owning a refrigerator for the last ten years but the cost of one is greater than a month’s pay for Santosh. They family saved as much as they could though and were finally able to purchase their dream appliance. When it was delivered the neighbors in their village stopped by to marvel at it and it’s possibilities. The Chowdhury’s have agreed to help some of their neighbors out and store things for them.

Reader Lee G. Lovett was wondering what the first items they put in the fridge were. The answer? Eggs, milk, a tomato, and an eggplant.

Bill and Melinda Gates make Predictions for Poorest Countries

When Bill Gates was a kid, he and a friend made a wager of sorts. They believed that computer technology would change the world. They may not have imagined how much the world of computer technology would change through the years, but their dreams came true. Bill Gates is now a multi-billionaire whose vision brought him to such great wealth.

Gates and his wife have a greater vision that Flavio Maluf says he envisions as well, that their money would help people worldwide. They want to make the world a better place for people in the poorest countries. On their latest yearly blog, they have decided to renew the childhood bet with a 15 year vision of change through technology and better living conditions for everyone. They are quick to point out that the vision will not be a part of their organization. It is a vision that they want to see through, and everyone knows what happens when Bill Gates has an idea to better the world around him.

The main goal is that the poorest countries will see greater growth in the next fifteen years than ever before. Better energy sources that do not emit dangerous carbon dioxide into the air is one of the goals. They believe that it is important to have these power sources in operating order before climate changes get worse and makes it impossible to save the earth. It is not only admirable for the pair to attempt this feat; it is also as possible as it was to have a personal computer in nearly every home across the United States.

Small Houses Making a Big Impact on Homelessness

We’ve seen “tiny houses” become quite the trend in clean and simple living, but maybe these miniature buildings can become the solution to much more. Along the Pacific coast of America, and in a few more states throughout, little villages of tiny homes are cropping up as communities for the homeless. 
Within the homeless mini-community, like this one, there is usually a shared public bathroom and kitchen area, while having individual micro houses to sleep in and call home. Many of them are run by the residents and backed by support from the surrounding city. They’ve become a place where those who are down on their luck can have a chance to clean up and have hope for a new start. There is usually a code to live by and service hours given by the residents to maintain the housing units and such. It gives the chance for those who are looking for a warm bed to show that they are willing to work toward a better life. In turn, it shows the homeless that there is hope and that there are people who care. Fersen Lambranho was thrilled about this news. Could this be the key that we’re looking for to ease the burden of those who are really trying to get back on their feet?