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The transformation and renovation of classrooms at Samuel Njemanze Memorial Primary School Owerri, Imo State continues! The students will be resuming in their new classrooms and they are very excited. New chairs, desks and whiteboards have been installed. WiN Foundation continues to inspire and motivate the entire community. The school’s leadership, students, teachers, parents and entire community are all WINNERS!

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Newly renovated classroom

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A Happy Principal!

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New Whiteboard, Desks and Chairs

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Upstart Label ChiBase Productions Targets Worldwide Audience For African Music

chetachi-ecton-By Patricia Meschino | August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/global/6221868/chibase-productions-profile-african-music-label As the ancestral home of American jazz and the blues, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso, the music of Africa has had a far-reaching influence on genres throughout the world. Yet contemporary African artists, with few exceptions, struggle to impact beyond the continent, or fan bases within African expatriate communities in the U.S. and Europe. The recently formed New York City-based label ChiBase Productions aims to establish a mainstream presence for the diversified sounds emanating from a continent with over a billion people spread over some 50 countries, singing in a wide array of languages and dialects, juxtaposing cutting-edge technology with ancient traditions. ChiBase Productions’ Nigeria-born founder and president Chetachi Ecton was inspired to set up the label three years ago, following a Thanksgiving gathering in her Philadelphia home. “My (American-born) children were listening and dancing to these beautiful Nigerian songs that I had never heard before, so I wondered, if there is such lovely music being made in Africa, why isn’t it played on the radio or on TV here? So I decided to start a label that can take African music to the world and see what kind of difference it can make,” Ecton explained in an interview with Billboard at her midtown Manhattan office. Ecton presides over several successful enterprises, including a Philadelphia-based home healthcare agency and the When In Need (WIN) charitable foundation through which she is currently rebuilding and completely furnishing an elementary school in her hometown of Owerri (referred to as Nigeria’s entertainment capital). Ecton is a recipient of several citations for her achievements in business including the 2011 Entrepreneurship Award from Philadelphia’s African and Caribbean Business Council. Drawing from her business experience, passion for Africa and lifelong love for music, Ecton has structured ChiBase Productions as a one-stop entertainment platform offering artist development, licensing, joint ventures, distribution, marketing, touring and management services. “Somewhere in an African village there is another Alicia Keys, Mary. J Blige, Snoop Dogg or Rihanna; I want to help these struggling artists to flourish and become superstars somewhere else besides their country of origin,” stated Ecton, who recently visited several African nations where she met with artists with whom she is interested in working, although she did not disclose their names nor their (potential) affiliation with ChiBase. ChiBase Productions’ initial release, due early next year, will likely be a themed compilation album featuring African artists collaborating with acts of various backgrounds, offered ChiBase Productions’ senior vice president (and industry veteran) Cristy Barber. “Based on my experience, themed compilations will be the most effective way to break African artists in international markets, especially America,” notes Barber, a Grammy-nominated producer for the 2003 hip-hop/dancehall compilation Red Star Sounds Presents Def Jamaica (Island Def Jam/Def Jamaica), and a producer of the 2011 compilation Reggae’s Gone Country (VP Records/Warner Nashville), the first reggae album to reach the Country Album chart, peaking at no. 65. Barber’s 22 years spent working in the marketing and promotion of reggae at Columbia, Capitol, Elektra, Island/Def Jam, Universal, VP Records and the Marley Brothers’ Ghetto Youths International (where she is currently director of operations), she says, is directly applicable to propelling African artists’ careers beyond the continent. “I have focused my entire professional life on breaking Jamaican reggae acts in America, taking one culture to another, so it is a similar concept working with ChiBase’s African artists,” Barber told Billboard. INgrooves Music Group will handle the global digital distribution for ChiBase Productions, utilizing their complex network of 600 online and mobile destinations worldwide representing more than 100 territories. INgrooves’ senior vice president Olivier Chastan brought the deal to the company, which was finalized by Gregory Mateo, INgrooves’ director of label and artist development. INgrooves will coordinate their efforts with digital stores and streaming platforms with ChiBase’s marketing and promotional strategies. “In the beginning obviously the messaging has to come from the label to say this is what we are doing and why it is important, then as they regularly release music and build catalogue there will be opportunities for doing a label spotlight or a catalogue sale on iTunes, pitching with the priorities that we have for that week or month to get great positioning for them” notes Mateo, who, like Chastan, is eager to work with an African-centric label. “When the World Cup was held in South Africa in 2010, it seemed like African music would be put on a pedestal and people would discover new music, but that didn’t really happen so it’s exciting that now a US based label will curate the sounds coming from territories that you don’t normally hear from,” adds Mateo. The branding of ChiBase Productions begins with the label’s official (invitation-only) launch in midtown Manhattan on Aug. 30. The following evening, the company will co-sponsor the 9th annual Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA), to be held at NYU’s Skirball Center, which honors contributors in various sectors of that West African nation’s immense entertainment industry. Ms. Ecton believes the NEA’s untapped vast international appeal makes it an appropriate initiative for her label. “We want to sell the NEAs to the world and help them expand as part of our global vision for African music,” asserts Ecton. “Great Nigerian musicians like King Sunny Ade and the late Fela Kuti have attracted large audiences around the world and many more Africans can do the same thing if given the opportunities that we intend to provide for them.” Related News • Davido and Tiwa Savage Top Winners at MTV Africa Music Awards • Nigeria: The New Afrobeat • African American Music Museum on Track to Be Built in Nashville

Pro Football Player Duane Brown Tackles Diabetes

As an offensive tackle for the Houston Texans, I know how to work hard to achieve a goal. This is especially true when it comes to raising awareness for a cause I deeply care about.

I was a first-round draft pick in 2008, but now I’ve been drafted into a different role: an Ambassador for the American Diabetes Association. It’s an honor to be a part of this organization, as I understand first-hand how serious diabetes is and why raising awareness is key to helping Stop Diabetes®.

Though I myself don’t have diabetes, the disease is very close to my heart because it has affected my family for a long time. My mom was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when I was six years old. As a consequence of her diabetes, she has had a number of health issues, most importantly kidney failure. She is now fighting to regain her health. My grandmother was also diagnosed with type 2 about eight years ago, and both of them have had strokes within the last three years.

As a child, I remember my mom having to take insulin all the time. Her diabetes became worse as I got older. She would improve her diet, then start to fall off of it. I really got on to her about a year ago—and she’s now lost at least 20 pounds. It’s been very difficult and painful for me to see her struggle with diabetes, and as her son I feel it’s my obligation to help her keep it under control.

I don’t want to see others go through what my mom went through, or deal with diabetes in their later years like my grandmother is doing. So, this is my time to raise awareness about this epidemic, especially for the African American community. You see, diabetes is one of the most serious health problems that the African American community faces today—we are almost two times more likely to have diabetes than others.

So this Black History Month, I’m here to encourage everyone, especially the African American community, to stay disciplined and stay active. You know the drill: lose weight if you need to (just 7 percent of your body weight can help!), watch what you eat and exercise 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Take care of yourself! Learn more about the Association’s program and materials to increase awareness of the seriousness of diabetes and its complications among African Americans.

I thought I’d be prone to type 2 diabetes myself, considering the number of people in my family who have been diagnosed. But I changed my eating habits a long time ago, because I know it can be prevented, or at least delayed. Early in my career, I told myself, “You need to be big.” But now at 305 pounds, I’m probably the leanest I’ve been in my career. I’m also faster and stronger. I feel good.

Get informed and educated about diabetes so you can live a healthy life, then take it one step further. I ask you to also help me and the Association advocate for those who live with diabetes every day. Become a Diabetes Advocate to increase awareness of the seriousness of diabetes and its complications among our community. We also need to raise our voice about increasing vital research funding that will improve the lives of people with diabetes and ultimately lead to a cure.

We can no longer be ignorant of diabetes. It’s our job to advocate for those who need our help. Don’t let diabetes rob our community of our lives ahead of us.

Duane Brown Professional football player and American Diabetes Association Ambassador


HPV AND RELATIONSHIPS

The emotional toll of dealing with HPV is often as difficult as the medical aspects and can be more awkward to address. This may be the area where you feel most vulnerable, and the lack of clear counseling messages can make this even more stressful, especially where relationships are concerned.

We regularly receive questions about what to tell either a current or future sex partner about HPV, for example. The better educated you are about HPV, the easier it is to give partners the information needed to answer common questions. Use the information in this section (and elsewhere on NCCC’s Web site) to give yourself a good foundation of knowledge.

Talking to a Partner

Before discussing things with a partner think about addressing any of your own questions or issues about HPV. This is to help establish your own comfort level and is where knowledge really does equal power. One of the most important aspects of coping with HPV, and helping partners develop a good understanding of the virus, is getting factual information and avoiding myths and hype. It may also be a good idea to have resources to which you can direct a partner, so you know they turn to trustworthy sources for information. In addition to NCCC’s Web pages, see our Resources page for more sites with HPV information.When talking to a partner, first remember that having HPV does not mean you have done anything wrong. As mentioned above, most sexually active people are likely to be exposed to HPV at some point, though most never have visible symptoms and remain unaware. Having HPV simply means you, like so many others, have been exposed to a common virus. It is not a reflection on you, your character, or your values, and conversations with partners should not be viewed as making a “confession” or offering an “apology”. With a new relationship it may be good to date for a while and allow aspects of the relationship besides sex to develop as you get to know one another and become closer.

Most sexually active couples share HPV until the immune response suppresses the infection. Partners who are sexually intimate only with each other are not likely to pass the same virus back and forth. When HPV infection goes away the immune system will remember that HPV type and keep a new infection of the same HPV type from occurring again. However, because there are many different types of HPV, becoming immune to one HPV type may not protect you from getting HPV again if exposed to another HPV type.

Key Points to Share

HPV types: There are over 100 types of HPV, about 30 of which are primarily associated with anogenital skin and sexual transmission. Of these types, some can cause genital warts (“low-risk” HPV) while others may cause abnormal cell changes, most commonly of the cervix (“high-risk” HPV).HPV Latency: It can take weeks, months, or even years after exposure to HPV before symptoms develop or the virus is detected. This is why it is usually impossible to determine when or from whom HPV may have been contracted.

A recent diagnosis of HPV does not necessarily mean anyone has been unfaithful, even in a long-term relationship spanning years.Medical Impact: The medical risks of genital HPV do exist and should not to be overlooked, but a key point is that for most people, HPV is a harmless infection that does not result in visible symptoms or health complications.

Very few cases of “high-risk” HPV will lead to cervical cancer, for example, primarily because the immune response is usually able to suppress the virus before cancer develops. In some cases, HPV may cause cell changes that persist for years, and the cells can eventually become cancerous if not detected in time. However, regular screening (such as Pap tests) can almost always find abnormalities so they can be treated, if needed, before cancer occurs.Some other cancers associated with “high-risk” HPV include those of the anus, penis, vagina, and vulva. These cancers are not common and are very rare in industrialized nations, however. Testing Partners for HPV

Current partners are likely to share HPV, but this may be difficult to prove. Testing options for HPV are limited and most cases are never diagnosed.Pap tests, for example are not specific screening for HPV; they are designed to detect abnormal cell changes of the cervix. HPV DNA testing is not currently approved to test infection status. HPV tests are approved for clinical use with women as 1) follow-up with unclear Pap test results or 2) as primary screening for those over age 30.Screening for men usually consists of a visual inspection to look for lesions (such as warts). Some health care providers apply an acetic wash (vinegar) as a means of highlighting lesions, but this is not a specific test for HPV and may lead to overdiagnosis.Most cases of HPV, in either gender, remain unconfirmed clinically.

Passing on HPV after treatment

Much remains unknown about HPV transmission when symptoms (lesions such as warts or cell changes) aren’t present, so experts cannot fully answer this question. However, studies show that in most cases a healthy immune system will be likely to clear, or suppress, HPV eventually. Some cases may persist for years and result in recurrent lesions, but this is not the norm. The bottom line is that most who have genital HPV DNA detected in research studies eventually test negative, often within a year or two.Many researchers and clinicians do believe “subclinical” HPV (virus may be in skin cells but no lesions are present) is less likely to be transmitted than when warts or cell changes are detected, probably due to a reduced viral load, and subsequently think it is reasonable to say the chances of transmitting virus years after the last clinical episode (where lesions were detected) will become increasingly remote over time. This is not easy to prove and the lack of a solid “yes or no” answer is frustrating. Still, HPV does not seem likely to always be active.


Understanding the New Prevention Guidelines

The newest heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines for doctors urge them to help you avoid heart disease and stroke by prescribing drugs called statins for some of you, treating obesity as a disease, and giving you other resources to stay healthy.

So what does that mean for you? Should you change your medications? Should you see a doctor for obesity treatment? How do you know if you’re healthy? These are among the questions you’ll find answers to here in the Guideline Resource Center.

The new guidelines focus on the very important areas of:

  • Cholesterol
  • Lifestyle
  • Obesity
  • Risk assessment

The cardiovascular prevention guidelines were released in November 2013 by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. These guidelines are basically recommendations for healthcare providers across the nation, created through years of scientific research.


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