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Oprah Winfrey’s school in South Africa!

Posted by African Press International on January 2, 2007

Oprah Winfrey< Oprah Winfrey

TV host Oprah Winfrey opens a school for girls in South Africa. About 450 girls will be accommodated. Those admitted to the school, the underprivileged girls will get everything free.

BBC reports that, “the school – in the small town of Henley-on-Klip south of Johannesburg – cost $40m (£20m) to build. Ms Winfrey herself interviewed many of the 3,500 South African girls from low income families who applied for an initial 150 places at the school.”

The school will admit girls whose parents do not make more than $700 a month.

“The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy will eventually cater for 450 girls who show outstanding promise but whose families cannot support their education. The school incorporates 28 buildings, across a 20 hectare (50 acre) site, with hi-tech classrooms, computers and science laboratories.”

The idea of the school came about during a meeting between Oprah and former South African President Nelson Mandela. “Ms Winfrey had promised to build the school six years ago, while visiting South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela.”

Oprah tells the media, “When I first started making a lot of money, I really became frustrated with the fact that all I did was write cheque after cheque to this or that charity without really feeling like it was a part of me,” she told America’s Newsweek magazine”, adding, “At a certain point, you want to feel that connection,” she added.”

Her story is unique. “Winfrey, whose own background was disadvantaged, says she regards education as the door to freedom and she hopes these girls will be among South Africa’s future leaders. The BBC’s Peter Biles in Johannesburg says that nearly all South African children now enjoy some form of schooling, but there is concern about the standard of education in some quarters.”

The growth of the South African economy is held back due to few leaders with skills. Training the girls as leaders will uplift the economy in future when they start to join the work force. “It is reported that around half of all university under-graduates fail to complete their courses, and a serious skills shortage in the country continues to hold back the growth of the economy.”

She has done what many stars have not thought of doing and that is one way to help Africa to grow and become very independent.

By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN

africanpress@chello.no

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UK Deputy Prime Minister characterises the scenes during Saddam’s execution “deplorable!”

Posted by African Press International on January 2, 2007

The UK Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is disappointed about the circumstances surrounding Saddam Hussein’s execution calling it “deplorable.”

Those who attended the execution used mobile phones to film the execution. Some went as far as shouting at Saddam as he was dangling roped by the neck telling him to, “go to hell”, and this has been characterised as very shameful.

BBC reports, “Mobile phone footage showed Saddam being told to “go to hell” by people attending the hanging, while the ex-leader mocks their “bravery”.

Prescott has said, “those responsible for the scenes should be “ashamed”, without saying if that included the Iraqi government which organised the hanging.”

The Iraqi government will investigate what really happened and who organised the filming using the mobile private phones. 

Prime Minister Tony Blair, is reported to be on holiday in Florida. Labour criticises him for keeping quiet and refusing to make any official statement about Saddam’s hanging.

By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN

africanpress@chello.no

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US soldiers killed in Iraq

Posted by African Press International on January 2, 2007

Despite Saddam Hussein’s execution, there are still explosions going on in Iraq.

Two US soldier died in an explosion in the province of Diyala, the US military reports Monday.

Two others were badly injured in another explosion Sunday in the Northern Provincial region.

US soldiers killed in December 2006 totals 110. The highest number of deaths in a month.  

By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN

africanpress@chello.no

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Saddam Husseins daughter joins demonstration in Jordan yesterday!

Posted by African Press International on January 2, 2007

Saddam Hussein's daughter Raghad, protesting in Jordan <Raghad Hussein – Saddam’s daughter. 

There was a demonstration yesterday in Jordan against the execution of Saddam Hussein.

It has been reported that his daughter Raghad Hussein attended the demonstration.

Her status as a refugee in Jordan is conditioned. She is not allowed to be politically active.

Therefore, her attendace raised eyebrows. She attended in order to thank the people. She thanked them for all the support and asked God to bless them.

The demonstrators were swearing revenge for Saddam Hussein’s excution.

The new leaders of Iraq did not like to hear that she was party to the demonstration.

They have accused her, and the rest of the remaining family members for using millions of stolen money to fund the uprising in Iraq.

By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN

africanpress@chello.no

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