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Should heroic death of a spouse automatically garantee permanent residency? Discus

Posted by African Press International on September 8, 2007

Publication Date: 9/7/2007

A Kenyan woman whose American husband died heroically is fighting immigration officials attempts to deport her from the United States.

Ms Jacqueline Coats, who once worked at Nation TV , lost her husband, Mr Marlin Coats, in May 2006. He drowned off the coast of California while trying to rescue two boys.

Mr and Mrs Coats in happier times. There is no let-up in trouble for Jacqueline who drowned on Sunday while rescuing two boys at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Formerly Jacqueline Muhoro, from Muranga in Central Province, she now faces deportation to Kenya after her husbands death. Photos/ THE CHRONICLE

Mr Coats had been dining with his mother at a seaside restaurant in San Francisco on Mothers Day when he heard the boys screaming for help.

A former lifeguard, he immediately plunged into the turbulent Pacific Ocean in a bid to save the children but in vain. A rescue crew eventually saved the boys but could not reach Mr Coats in time.

He has been memorialised by the US Coast Guard, which last month posthumously awarded him one of its highest honours, the Gold Lifesaving Medal.

Despite this, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is trying to send Ms Coats back to Kenya.

It is an outrage and an injustice to the memory of this courageous hero that his wife should suffer the loss of family and livelihood once again, says Mary Hayashi, a member of the California Legislature who is circulating a petition in support of Ms Coats efforts to remain in the US.

The former Jacqueline Muhoro, from Muranga in Central Province, had entered the US on a student visa in 2001. She studied mass communications at San Jose State University in California.

She had earlier attended the Kenya Institute of Mass Communications while working as an assistant producer for the Nation TV show Up Close and Candid.

Ms Coats says she never got to live independently in Kenya, and has made a life for herself in the United States. She currently works as a bus dispatcher for a county transportation agency in California.

My friends and parts of my family are here now, Ms Coats adds. This is where my life is.

She says she remains close to her husbands siblings and parents.

The former Ms Muhoro, now 27, married Mr Coats in 2004.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Jacqueline Muhoro met Marlin Coats, a San Francisco native and cellular phone salesman, in February 2004 when the two spotted each other on the Bay Bridge while driving with friends.

Months later, they were married at San Francisco City Hall Marlin Coats identical twin brother, Markell, served as a witness.

Dream of children

The couple lived in San Leandro, and both husband and wife worked and were dreaming of having children soon.

While her parents and two siblings remain in Kenya, Jacqueline said her husbands large family has become like her own.

At the time of Mr Coats death, he was preparing to file an application for permanent residency status for his wife because she is no longer covered by her US student visa.

Another online magazine, the Socialist Worker stated that immediately after their marriage, Mr Coats, signed a petition stating that he and Jacqueline were married and that she was seeking permanent residency.

Although they were married a week after the ICE deportation hearings began, the petition should have protected her, says the magazine. But the petition was never filed.

Ms Muhoro told Socialist Worker: We had signed everything [but] the immigration office didnt have the documents with them at the time [of Marlins death]. We were putting everything together that they needed instead of going back and forth. We were in the process of meeting the lawyer to submit everything.

She added, My life has suddenly taken a twist. Four months ago, I never thought it would be like this. Before Marlin passed away, I was so happy.

Ms Coats lost her student status when she dropped three credits under a full-time course load, after dropping a class that conflicted with courses required of international students.

I actually applied for reinstatement and explained to them why I fell out of status, and they denied my reinstatement, she said.

And she described the particular challenges faced by students from African countries seeking to study in the US.

You could be accepted to a very good college, and they could say, We dont think your parents have enough money, so you cant come, she told the online magazine.

Ms Coats, her lawyer and her union, ATU Local 192, are hoping California legislators will help pass a private Bill that would allow her to stay in the US.

The Bill filed by US Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, is asking the US Congress to normalise Ms Coats immigration status.

Bills seeking to assist specific individuals generally have slim chances of success. In the past six years, the US Congress approved only 36 of 495 private Bills that lawmakers had introduced. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors as well as the San Francisco and Alameda Labor Councils have come out in support of her.

Organisers of a rally planned before her hearing at the San Francisco ICE office on September 28 say that building a visible public support and pressure for her case is the best chance for allowing her and millions more like her who have built their lives in the US, to be able to stay legally.

Speaking later on to the Nation from the US, Ms Coats vowed never to give up until her quest for permanent residence was granted.

She appealed to the US Congress to pass the private members Bill. I hope that they will grant me the green card which guarantees me permanent residence in this country because this is where I belong now, she told the Nation.

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Kenya MPs are lazy – earning more than MPs from developed countries

Posted by African Press International on September 8, 2007

Letter to the Kenyan people!

Is this the KENYA You are talking about ?? Why dont you change tactics people go to “ARMED STRUGGLE”

Kenyans are angered as Kenya MPs get huge bonus

The protesters say MPs do not deserve such a huge pay-off
Kenyan MPs have voted to award themselves a $22,000 bonus each at the end of their five-year term in December despite a wave of public condemnation.
The move has been condemned by lawyers and human rights activists who say it is “highly immoral”. They held a protest against the proposal in July.

The bill also legalises huge perks that ministers have been receiving.

MPs had originally wanted a bonus of $98,000 each but the finance minister said the country could not afford this.

Kenya’s 222 MPs already earn more than $10,000 a month in salaries and expenses, much of which is tax-free, in a country where most people live on less than $1 a day.

Many Kenyans see MPs as lazy and self-interested, who often skip parliamentary sessions unless it concerns a pay rise for themselves.

By Mtachaamabhi

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The dangers of drinking alcohol

Posted by African Press International on September 8, 2007

Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for teenagers.
Alcohol-related car crashes are the number one killer of teenagers. Alcohol is the number one drug problem.
If you think it can’t happen to you, look around. How many were dedicated to a friend who was killed in a drunk driving crash?

Ask your friends how many people they know who have had bad things happen to them when they or someone else was drinking.
You don’t even have to be the one doing the drinking, most passenger deaths are the result of crashes caused by alcohol-impaired drivers. No matter what the situation, drinking alcohol under the age of 18 is illegal.

How Does Alcohol Affect You?

You see double, slur your speech, you lose your sense of distance.Alcohol loosens your inhibitions; you make bad judgments that can result in car crashes, violence, unwanted pregnancy, sexual transmission of diseases, or rape.
A significant portion of violent crimes and vandalism among and people involve use of alcohol. Using alcohol can cost you your freedom. lose your driver’s license, or end up in jail.
You can get sick or die from alcohol poisoning.

You can loose your job from drinking not to mention go broke.

Different brands of beer and other alcoholic beverages are slipped into the movies you watch. They think if you see your favorite actor drinking it, you will too.

The models on the beer commercials are always young, fit, and beautiful. But alcohol has plenty of calories and little nutritional value. Drinking it will not make you fitter or more attractive.
Advertisements feature celebrities and sports figures, but drinking will not make you famous or athletic.
Alcohol advertisers are now reminding people not to drink and drive. But drunk driving is not the only way alcohol can mess up your life.
Advertisers hope you won’t stop and think when you see their ads. Don’t be conned. Use your own judgment, not theirs, and learn the facts.

The earlier young people start drinking and using drugs, the more likely they are to become addicted. Drinking coffee, taking a cold shower, exercising, or breathing fresh air will not sober you up. The only thing that sobers you up is time at least several hours.
One beer, one shot of whiskey, and one glass of wine all have the same amount of alcohol. Don’t fall for the myth that beer and wine are less intoxicating than hard liquor. Only 3 to 5 percent of alcoholics are what we think of as bums. Most alcoholics are just like people you know. Anyone can become an alcoholic young, old, rich, poor, single, married, employed, or out-of-work. Drinking alcohol does not quench your thirst; it causes dehydration.

Alcohol interferes with your central nervous system. You lose balance, coordination, and judgment. Alcohol ages and damages the brain. Alcoholism is hereditary. Eight young people a day die in alcohol related crashes. Teens who drink alcohol are 7.5 times more likely to use any illicit drug, and 50 times more likely to use cocaine than young people who never drink alcohol.
You are breaking the law by buying or using alcohol before you are 18 years old.

Take Action

Make a pledge with your friends that you will help each other avoid alcohol and other drugs. Leave parties where kids are drinking. If a friend, or someone you know, has passed out from drinking too much alcohol, turn the person on his or her side and calllocal emergency number for help. Too much alcohol can cause the central nervous system, which controls breathing, to shut down. Death can result.
Don’t ride with someone who has been drinking. Call a taxi, your parents, or another relative or friend for a ride. Encourage someone you think has a drinking problem to get help. Go with them to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings or to meet with a counselor. Suggest that members of any club or youth group you belong to organize an anti-drinking project an alcohol-free post-prom, graduation, or New Year’s Eve party.

Ask for help if someone is pressuring you to try alcohol or other drugs. Talk to someone you trust. Avoid sitting with hookers or any one who has a manipulative attitude ! Avoid cheap booze ! avoid drinking in Bums holes !! avoid going to places where your so called friends go ! Buy your own beer, dont accept offers !!
Don’t do it the african way, “kama tulivyo” it does no good to you !

Avoid Home parties !! they are dangerous !!

Written by Mtachaamabhi !!!

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Holmenkollen: Copenhagen-based JDS Architects won the unanimous support of the jury as best designers

Posted by African Press International on September 8, 2007

A jury formed to select the winning design for Oslo’s new ski jump at Holmenkollen recommended on Tuesday that the city award the job to a Danish architectural firm. It beat out a long list of other candidates to build what’s considered one of Norway’s leading landmarks.

Oslo’s new ski jump at Holmenkollen will be partially built into the hill behind it and feature an outdoor observation platform at the top.

Copenhagen-based JDS Architects won the unanimous support of the jury set up by the city to choose the design of the new ski jump. It was praised for the “purity” of its lines, and public space at the top of the jump that will allow visitors to experience much the same as the ski jumpers do themselves.

JDS bills itself as a “multidisciplinary office” that focuses on architecture and design from large-scale planning to furniture. The firm was founded and is directed by Julien de Smedt, a Belgian architect now living in Copenhagen.

JDS’ proposed ski jump, called “Nye Holmenkollen Fyr,” features an open terrace at the top, which will offer a 360-degree view of the city, the fjord, and the surrounding hills and forests known as marka. The terrace will be heated, keeping it free of snow and open year-round.

The building under the jump will be pushed back into the hill, giving more room for the arena and landing area.

The new ski jump has had a budget of around NOK 500 million. The state has offered NOK 100 million to help foot the bill, much less than the city had wanted. Oslo officials hoped the state would at least pay half the cost.

It’s now up to the City Council to approve JDS’ design, before construction can begin as soon as the existing ski jump is torn down, probably late next spring. The new jump needs to be ready in 2010, a year before the Nordic World Championships are to be held in Oslo in 2011.

The ski museum at Holmenkollen, meanwhile, will remain open during the entire construction process. The state and private interests are funding an addition to the museum and the building of a new entrance, to receive visitors who make the trek up the hill from town.

The ski museum has been attracting more than 300,000 visitors a year, while the ski jump itself also has long ranked as among Norway’s top 10 tourist attractions.

By Nina Berglund

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Norwegian diplomats urge their government to investigate Israeli torture

Posted by African Press International on September 8, 2007

Diplomatic staff at Norway’s embassy in Tel Aviv is urging Foreign Ministry officials in Oslo to address claims of torture in Israeli prisons.

Raymond Johansen of Norway’s foreign ministry confirmed concerns about alleged torture in Israeli prisons.


The Norwegian embassy staff is worried about how the Israelis treat Palestinian prisoners, reported Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Thursday.

In a report stamped “secret” and sent to ministry officials back home, they’re asking ministry officials in Oslo to take up torture concerns with their Israeli counterparts. NRK obtained a copy of the report.

The embassy report is in turn based on two independent reports compiled by a organizations that have interviewed Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons. The reports cite “severe pain” inflicted upon the prisoners through beatings during questioning.

The Israelis also are said to have used isolation, threats and humiliating strip searches to extract information from Palestinian prisoners viewed as being possible terrorists.

Raymond Johansen, state secretary in the Foreign Ministry, confirmed that the ministry has received a report from its embassy but that ministry staff as yet hasn’t taken up the issue with representatives from Israel.

He said Norwegian authorities do make efforts to halt torture and other inhumane treatment. “As recently as June, we expressed our concern over the arrests of Palestinian politicians… and said we were worried about conditions for Palestinian prisoners, including the use of torture,” he said.

The Israeli embassy in Oslo hasnt wanted to comment on the alleged torture, reported NRK.

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