not a guarantee by Belsen.

Beauty is not a guarantee to marriage . Falling sick does not mean you are about to die.

 Getting rich is not the definition of prosperity.

 Building a nice house is not enjoying luxury.

 Sleeping on an expensive bed does not bring you sound sleep.

 Driving a new car is not a guarantee that you gonna reach where you are going.

 Wearing best clothes does not mean they are fitting you.

 Owning a family doctor does not guarantee permanent health.

 Being highly educated is not a sign of wisdom.

 Marrying a rich guy does not guarantee happy marriage.

 Winning an argument does not mean that you are correct.

 Whatever is done without the merit of Heaven is fake and temporal.

 He who builds without God is building for nothing ; and he who watches over a city without God, watches in vain.

 Not everything is possible with men, yet everything is possible with God. 

Involve God in everything you do.

Mosiria Mikuro 

Reporter, Photographer: Parker and Ward,Shot Dead On Live TV in virginia

A Virginia TV news reporter and cameraman were shot dead during a live broadcast Wednesday morning, an incident that has made headlines and stunned TV journalists across the country.

Police in Moneta, Va., said they are searching for a male suspect who opened fire on reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward as the pair were delivering a live report at about 6:45 a.m. ET. The two were employees of CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Va.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the suspect was believed to be a disgruntled former employee of WDBJ. CNN and the Associated Press reported that police were searching for Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, of Roanoke. Employees of WDBJ were told to stay inside the building for their safety. “Police have advised us that as long as this person is on the loose, we should stay in the building. We have police protection,” WDBJ president-general manager Jeffrey Marks told the AP.

“Law enforcement personnel have a photo of the suspect. We believe it’s a disgruntled employee of the station, and they’re in pursuit,” McAuliffe told Washington, D.C. news radio station WTOP.

Parker was 24. Ward had just turned 27, according to WDBJ.

The two were reporting from Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Va., a shopping district near Smith Mountain Lake that is about 26 miles east of Roanoke. Parker was delivering a report on the 50th anniversary of the man-made lake. A woman that Parker was interviewing at the time was also injured in the attack and was undergoing surgery, according to WDBJ.

Marks said the gunman was thought to have fired six or seven shots. In an emotional on-air report, Marks called the incident “a terrible crime against two fine journalists.”

Another WDBJ anchor, Jean Jadhon, fought back tears while discussing the pair and noted “you can hear people behind us in the newsroom crying.” She said the shock was magnified by the fact that the two were covering a light local feature story in an area that was not seen as remotely dangerous.

Mike Cavender executive director of the Radio-Television News Directors Assn., said the incident underscores the growing vulnerability for news crews in the field, no matter the situation.

“Tragically, these shootings are the worst example in a continuing series of attacks on live television crews,” Cavender said. “Safety and security of our people is always of paramount concern, but as these attacks show, such violence can occur even in the most unexpected of situations.”

Gordon Smith, president of the National Assn. of Broadcasters, called the deadly shootings “heartbreaking and horrifying.”

Parker and Ward “were two young journalists who were simply trying to serve and inform their communities,” Smith said. WDBJ is owned by South Bend, Ind.-based Schurz Communications, which owns 10 TV stations and a handful of small cable operators serving small markets.

As seen in the video below, Parker was interviewing Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, about the recreation business around the lake when shots rang out. Parker and the interview subject screamed and began to run. Viewers heard continued screams, saw the camera fall and got a very brief glimpse of what are believed to be the legs of the gunman.

There was a glimpse of the gunman on the live TV broadcast captured by the camera when it dropped to the floor.

The station then cut away to a stunned news anchor, Kimberly McBroom, in the studio. “Not sure what happened there,” she said.

Parker had recently celebrated her 24th birthday. She had been dating another WDBJ employee. Ward was engaged to be married to Melissa Ott, a producer of WDBJ’s morning news show. Wednesday marked Ott’s last day of work at WDBJ as she and Ward were preparing to move out of the region for a new job that Ott had accepted, according to WDBJ.

Parker brought balloons to the office early Wednesday as a going-away present for Ott, WDBJ said.

Parker was described by colleagues as a “rock star” reporter who had started at the station about four years ago as an intern. She moved on to work a different station for a few years and then returned to WDBJ as a full-time reporter about a year ago.

Ward was described as a dedicated journalist who had worked for the station for several years. He was remembered as a big fan of Virginia Tech’s football team.

Marks noted that the station’s news team had intended to have meetings this afternoon to salute Ott on her final day and plan for the future of the morning newscast. But the bizarre twist of fate has now turned those meetings into a memorial for two slain colleagues.

“This kind of loss will resonate around these halls for a long, long time,” Marks said.

WARNING: The video below could be disturbing to some viewers.

Here is the on-air tribute the WDBJ team paid to Parker and Ward:


President Barack Obama is the man in the middle, caught between the White House aspirations of two of his closest advisers: Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

For months, White House officials expected Clinton to be the Democratic nominee in the 2016 election. Some of Obama’s top political advisers moved to New York to run her campaign and Obama appeared to give his tacit approval, saying she would be an “excellent president.”

But that bet on Clinton suddenly looks less certain. With Biden weighing his own presidential run more seriously amid signs of weakness in Clinton’s campaign, the White House faces the prospect of a family feud over who will become heir to Obama’s legacy.

“Certainly he’s got something at stake here,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday of Obama’s interest in the 2016 election.

Biden’s recent overtures to donors and Democratic officials have led to palpable awkwardness in the West Wing as aides — many with close ties to Clinton, the vice president or both — try to maintain impartiality.

Earnest raised the prospect that Obama could endorse a candidate in the Democratic primary, though others close to the president say it’s unlikely he’d publicly put his thumb on the scale if Clinton and Biden were locked in a close contest.

In picking between Biden and Clinton, Obama would be making a choice between two of the most influential members of his administration.

Obama and Clinton long ago turned their political rivalry from the 2008 primary into an alliance. Clinton left the administration in early 2013 after four years as Obama’s secretary of state, but she and the president still get together for occasional meetings. They both attended a birthday party in Martha’s Vineyard last week for Democratic powerbroker Vernon Jordan, and Obama played golf on the tony Massachusetts island with former President Bill Clinton.

However, some White House officials were irked by revelations that Clinton sidestepped administration guidelines by using a private email account on her own computer server to do State Department business. Privately, some Obama allies also say they’re miffed at Clinton’s handling of the email controversy, which continues to dog her campaign.

Meanwhile, Obama and Biden appear to have developed a genuine friendship during their six-and-a-half years in the White House. When Biden’s son, Beau, died of brain cancer earlier this year, Obama delivered a moving eulogy in which he referred to the vice president as a “brother.” In the weeks after the younger Biden’s death, Obama made sure the vice president was by his side for high-profile administration announcements.

Earnest said Obama viewed his selection of Biden as a running mate as the smartest decision of his political career.

“I think that should give you some sense of the president’s view of Vice President Biden’s aptitude for the top job,” Earnest said.

On Monday, Obama and Biden met for their weekly lunch in the president’s private dining room. Both men spent much of August on family vacations and their lunch marked their first in-person meeting since Biden stepped up his deliberations and outreach about a possible campaign.

People familiar with Biden’s thinking say he’s yet to make a final decision, but is likely to announce his political future within a month. The vice president is consulting with a close circle of longtime advisers, though there are said to be divisions within that group about whether he should run.

Those close to Obama and Biden insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the vice president’s deliberations or the White House’s view of the 2016 race.

Of course, what’s at stake for Obama in the 2016 election is more than just his personal relationships with Clinton and Biden. Much of his legacy is contingent on a Democratic president maintaining his policies on immigration, health care and climate change, as well as the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Since announcing her candidacy in April, Clinton has largely backed Obama’s policies. However, she’s distanced herself from his decision to approve offshore oil drilling in the Artic and said she would have voted against his bid to get fast-track authority for an Asia-Pacific trade deal if she were still in the Senate.

Clinton has more latitude than Biden in breaking with Obama policies given that her portfolio in the administration was largely limited to foreign affairs. The vice president, however, has been a central figure in wide-ranging administration policies and has been the point person on everything from the economic stimulus to gun control legislation to Ukraine.

“Biden, as the president’s partner, would be closely identified with the Obama legacy,” said David Axelrod, a longtime Obama political adviser. However, he added that “any Democrat will carry the benefits and burdens of Obama into this election.”

Some Democrats say Biden’s strongest campaign strategy would be to cast himself as an economic populist. He met over the weekend with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a favorite of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing whose support would be a major coup for Biden.

Democrats say Biden supporters are also quietly reminding influential operatives and donors that the vice president was ahead of both Obama and Clinton on some issues that are now cornerstones for the party, including gay marriage.

kenya: A big win for Teachers: Supreme Court orders TSC to effect teachers’ pay rise

The Supreme Court has dismissed an application by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) seeking to bar the awarding of 50-60 percent

It was a big win for teachers, when the Supreme Court judges on Monday upheld the ruling by the Employment and Labor Relations Court in July, ordering the government to give teachers a basic salary increment of 50 – 60%.

Speaking outside the Supreme Court, Knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion welcomed the ruling and urged teachers to remain united as they press in for what is rightfully theirs.

He hit out at TSC for paying salaries early, to evade the directive.

TSC moved to the highest court after the Court of Appeal on July 23 ordered the commission to pay the increment to the 288,000 teachers

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Donald Trump would be richer if he’d have invested in index funds

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump Scott Olson / Getty Images

Index funds are friend, not foe.

Trump’s net worth has grown about 300% to an estimated $4 billion since 1987, according to a report by theAssociated Press. But the real estate mogul would have made even more money if he had just invested in index funds. The AP says that, if Trump had invested in an index fund in 1988, his net worth would be as much as $13 billion.

The S&P 500 has grown 1,336% since 1988.

Other billionaires’ net worths have beaten the stock market’s growth in that time. Bill Gates, for example, saw his grow increase 7,173% since 1988 to $80 billion. Warren Buffet’s wealth grew 2,612% in the same time period, to $67.8 billion.

Another recent Associated Press report found that Trump is a much more cautious businessman than he lets on. “He holds few stocks for someone of his wealth and has grown increasingly dependent on making money by lending out his name to others rather than developing real estate himself,” the AP wrote.

Nasa says the world is not going to end in September

Space agency kills off internet rumour by confirming an asteroid strike will not wipe out humanity in the next few weeks, or years, or decades

This large asteroid closing in on Earth is not real and is not going to destroy us all.
This large asteroid closing in on Earth is not real and is not going to destroy us all. Photograph: Alamy

Good news for those with plans for October and beyond: the Earth will still be in existence.

Nasa has confirmed – after rumours swept the internet about an imminent asteroid strike expected between 15 and 28 September – that the two-week period in question will be entirely free of Earth-destroying space attacks.

The likelihood of any known potentially hazardous asteroid striking the planet within the next 100 years stands at 0.01%, the space agency said in a statement.

“There is no scientific basis – not one shred of evidence – that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates,” said Paul Chodas, manager of Nasa’s near-Earth object office at the jet propulsion laboratory in Pasadena, California.

“If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now.”

It is not the first time Nasa has punctured the excitement of doom-mongers. In 2012, it dismissed claims that the comet Elenin was on its way to destroy mankind, calling it a “trail of piffling particles”.

The space agency was also proved right in its assertion that the world would not end on 21 December 2012, as the Mayan calendar came to an end, heralding the apocalypse.

“There is no existing evidence that an asteroid or any other celestial object is on a trajectory that will impact Earth,” Chodas said. “In fact, not a single one of the known objects has any credible chance of hitting our planet over the next century.”

The jet propulsion lab’s asteroid watch website helpfully lists the next five close approaches by asteroids to the Earth. Of these, the riskiest will pass within 1,689,811 km (1,050,000 miles) of our planet on 21 August. Which is today. So be careful out there

message from Gusii Vision 2020

the leadership of Gusii vision 2020 passes a word of thanks to all who made it a success.

“This launch of Gusii Vision 2020 marks a giant leap towards making Information and Communications Technology (ICT) part and parcel of everyday life in the teaching and learning environment. ICT technologies are no longer nice to have but integral tools of learning and teaching in the 21st century.I am heartened by technology gap of our schools in Kenya and the rest of the world. As we understand it the beneficiaries of these grand project are the students and parents alike in Kisii and Nyamira counties (We are planning to go beyond).The starting point obviously will be basic computer and digital literacy.”

“Am also pleased that this initiative also envisages skilling of the youth, the unemployed, women, and people with disabilities, thereby making them employable and alleviating unemployment by networking with recruitment agencies, government agencies and businesses, thus becoming an enabler for job creation. This is truly revolutionary as it literally brings ICT to the communities.”

“Equally ground-breaking is that this is no ordinary computer donation project, but a very noble opportunity for our people to give back to the community”

Nyangenya Bw’Omanga

Donald Trump has transformed GOP politics – no matter what happensThe future of the businessman’s campaign notwithstanding, his run has reframed the debate on key issues as it limits fellow candidates’ exposure
 With nonstop coverage, Trump has overshadowed his rivals.

 With nonstop coverage, Trump has overshadowed his rivals. 

Donald Trump has shaped the Republican presidential primary in his image.                                

Regardless of where his candidacy goes from here, his two months of active campaigning have already placed an irrevocable stamp on the nominating process. The businessman has not just determined the issues that his fellow candidates debate but had a suffocating effect on the race, draining attention from all of his rivals.

The Donald Trump show: 24 hours with the Republican frontrunner
The most dramatic effect that Trump’s campaign has had already is to focus the Republican debate on immigration and dramatically shift the Overton Window – the politically viable spectrum of debate – on the issue. While the Republican base had long been opposed to comprehensive immigration reform and doomed any attempt for such legislation to pass on Capitol Hill, Trump has moved the debate dramatically. Where once Republicans contemplated whether it was appropriate for any illegal immigrant to be put on a path to citizenship, they are now focused on the merits of mass deportation and ending birthright citizenship.

Mark Krikorian, the head of the Center for Immigration Studies, a non-profit which seeks to reduce immigration into the United States, said Trump has had “a significant effect” on the discussion and heralded the candidate’s role.

Krikorian said that Trump had had a huge effect on the national conversation with his announcement speech, in which he gave his “usual Trumpist exaggerations” about “Mexico sending all its rapists to the United States”, in combination with the July murder of Kate Steinle, a 33-year-old San Francisco woman who was allegedly shot by an illegal immigrant with seven felony convictions who had previously been deported five times. In his opinion, the confluence of the two has already forced the House of Representatives to pass a bill cracking down on so-called “sanctuary cities”, where city ordinances prevent police from asking about the immigration status of those they arrest, as well as pushed Jeb Bush to harshly condemn them.

Trump’s immigration plan, unveiled on Sunday, has had further impact. It has already led Wisconsin governor Scott Walker to back a push to end “birthright citizenship”, a principle which almost all constitutional scholars think is enshrined in the 14th amendment. Krikorian noted that while Walker had initially staked out “a hawkish position [on immigration] … he didn’t follow up” until now.
But Trump isn’t just pushing the field to talk about immigration in more strident terms. His presence in the race also changes other topics of debate. Two of the biggest non-Trump political news stories of the summer have been the Obama administration’s controversial nuclear deal with Iran and the emergence of hidden camera videos showing employees of Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of fetal tissue obtained through abortion for medical research. But, as Noah Rothman noted in Commentary last week, both of these issues have been buried by the Trump juggernaut, even though they are of vital concern to the Republican base. After all, these are not comfortable topics of discussion for the formerly pro-choice real estate mogul who gets his military advice from Sunday morning talk shows and they make for far less entertaining stories than Trump’s latest feud with a fellow candidate or television host.
But the rise of Trump to the front of the pack has also frozen the Republican field and prevented many of his rivals from getting their moments in the sun. Since his entry into the race, he has received far more media coverage than any other candidate. The result has meant that with the exceptions of Carly Fiorina, who had a hugely successful performance in the first debate, and John Kasich, who didn’t declare his candidacy until after Trump, every other Republican in the race has flatlined or declined in national polls since Trump’s entry in the race.
His rise to the top has not even yielded any success for candidates with similar views. Rick Santorum, whose emphasis on reducing both legal and illegal immigration and increasing manufacturing jobs makes him perhaps the most similar Republican to Trump (to the extent, of course, that anyone can be like Trump) has continued to poll poorly. Further, fellow outsider Ben Carson has been revived by a strong closing argument at the GOP debate, to inch back up to the same standing he held when Trump first became a candidate.
Ironically, the focus on Trump may help those candidates that he most loathes. The three Republicans long viewed as the most likely standard bearers for their party, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker, have been subject to far less scrutiny than would have otherwise been the case.

In the short term, though, Trump has also whitewashed his reputation among GOP primary voters. The percentage of Republicans who view Trump favorably has dramatically increased during the past few months and unfavorable numbers have declined. While he is still viewed unfavorably by a large swathe of Republican primary voters, opinion of him has swung dramatically in the past few months, with one polling company showing Trump’s approval rating improving by 45 points. And his unfavorable rating dropped from 56% to 35% between April and July. The result is that Trump has established himself as an important figure on the right for the foreseeable future.
It is impossible to predict quite how or even if the Trump phenomenon will end. Every aspect of his campaign has been increasingly unbelievable, from his helicopter to somehow becoming the first Republican ever to pick a fight with Fox News and end up winning. But, regardless of what happens, he has already placed his stamp as firmly on the 2016 Republican primary as he did on the Atlantic City boardwalk.

Deny citizenship to babies of people illegally in US: Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to deny citizenship to the babies of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally as part of an immigration plan that emphasizes border security and deportation for millions.

He would also rescind Obama administration executive orders on immigration.

Trump described his expanded vision of how to secure American borders during a wide-ranging interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” saying that he would push to end the constitutionally protected citizenship rights of children of any family living illegally inside the U.S.

“They have to go,” Trump said, adding: “What they’re doing, they’re having a baby. And then all of a sudden, nobody knows … the baby’s here.”

Native-born children of immigrants — even those living illegally in the U.S. — have been automatically considered American citizens since the adoption of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution in 1868.

The odds of repealing the amendment’s citizenship clause would be steep, requiring the votes of two-thirds of both houses of Congress and support from three-fourths of the nation’s state legislatures. Republicans in Congress have repeatedly failed since 2011 to pass bills aimed at ending “birthright citizenship.” Some conservatives believe that the granting of citizenship in such cases could be changed without amending the Constitution.

“They’re illegal,” Trump said, describing native-born children of people living illegally in the US. “You either have a country or not.”

Trump’s remarks came as his campaign website posted his program for “immigration reform.” Among its details: Making Mexico pay for a permanent border wall. Mandatory deportation of all “criminal aliens.” Tripling the force of immigration officers by eliminating tax credit payments to immigrant families residing illegally in the U.S.

“The wall will work,” Trump declared Monday when he arrived for jury duty in New York and a passer-by at the courthouse asked about that idea.

A day earlier, Trump said a tough deportation policy was needed because “there’s definitely evidence” of crimes linked to immigrants living in the country illegally. He repeated comments he’s made previously, noting that: “The good people can come back.”

The New York businessman also said he would waste little time rescinding President Barack Obama’s executive actions aimed at allowing as many as 3.7 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S. to remain in the country because of their U.S.-born relatives. Obama’s November 2014 actions were halted by temporary injunctions ordered by several federal courts in rulings challenging his executive powers to alter immigration policies without congressional approval. The cases could lead to the Supreme Court.

“We have to make a whole new set of standards,” Trump said. “And when people come in, they have to come in legally.”

Trump’s plan was endorsed by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who chairs a Senate subcommittee on immigration.

“This is exactly the plan America needs,” Sessions said in a statement. “Crucially, this plan includes an emphasis on lifting struggling minority communities, including our immigrant communities, out of poverty, by preventing corporations from bringing in new workers from overseas to replace them and drive down wages.”

Most other GOP candidates also back completing the border wall but differ over how to treat immigrant families already living in the U.S.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush recently released his own immigration plan, which calls for the use of forward bases and drones to guard the border, but also backing an eventual plan to legalize the status of immigrant families.

On Sunday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he would “finish the wall” but would then work to legalize 11 million immigrants now estimated to live in the U.S. illegally. He spoke on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio worked with senators from both parties to develop a comprehensive plan in 2013 that would have legalized the status of many immigrant families. But Congress balked at the idea as tea party Republicans opposed the deal and Rubio has since backed away from his support.


Smelly Water! Collin County Homeowners Complain

Some Collin County residents are turning up their noses at smelly tap water.
Phil Glasgow, of Plano, stopped drinking it. His family switched solely to bottled water after noticing a difference in taste last week.

“It’s been off-tasting enough that we’ve went out and bought the one-gallon jugs of water,” he said.
The taste is coming from an algae bloom in Lavon Lake which is normal for this time of year.

But two things are making matters worse: Heavy spring rain and a water pump that recently broke.
“The pump’s been restored, although as hot as it’s been and with the vegetation that’s now underwater, I do anticipate a very strong algae bloom this summer,” Denise Hickey with the North Texas Municipal Water District said.

Hickey says they’ve stepped up the ozonation process, which disinfects the water and helps minimize the taste and odor.
“The water is safe to drink for use and consumption,” she said.

The NTMWD supplies water to cities in Collin, Denton, Dallas, Kaufman, Rockwall, Hunt, Hopkins and Rains counties.