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Minnesota to observe African World AIDS Day

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Monica Pitta is the chairperson of the Minnesota 2005 African World’s AIDS Day (AWAD). This year’s event will take place at the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis on 10 December (See calendar on Page 3 for time and address). To find out what will transpire on the said date, Mshale Senior Staff Writer, Swallehe Msuya, interviewed Monica who discusses a number of issues related to HIV-AIDS education and eradication.

 

National Geographic Society Honors Kenyan Marine Conservationist

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Kenyan conservationist, Dr. Nyawira Muthiga, has been awarded the prestigious 2005 National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in Conservation. Dr. Muthiga, who is the coordinator of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Western Indian Ocean Marine Program, won the award for leadership in African conservation.

 

Somali Educator receives Virginia McKnight Binger Award

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Said Salah Ahmed of Minneapolis was among eleven Minnesotans awarded the 2005 Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service. The McKnight Foundation presented the awards on Friday, November 18,  at a private ceremony in Minneapolis and described Mr. Ahmed as a Somali community builder.

 

Professor Joseph Mbele is First in ‘Meet The Author’ Series

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Joseph Mbele, professor of English at St. Olaf College in Northfield featured in the first event of “Meet the Author” series organized by Mshale on Sunday, November 13 at Profile Café in Southeast Minneapolis . He introduced his latest book titled Africans and Americans – Embracing Cultural Differences - to an enthusiastic audience that attended the inaugural event

Somali Contributions in the Workplace

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The Itasca Project, a group of about 40 Twin Cities business leaders, academics and public officials in late October released a report called, "Mind the Gap," that it had commissioned. The report showed the seriousness top business leaders in the area attach to the influx of new immigrants that have come to the area. The report noted that Minnesota has the largest Hmong, Somali, and Liberian communities in the , a fact well known by recent census numbers. Immigrants from 160 countries came to Minnesota in 2002, the report noted.

 

Minnesota Muslims Hold Eid-El-Fitr Celebrations

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Minnesota Muslims on Thursday November 3 joined an estimated 1.2 billion Muslims across the globe in celebrations to mark the end of the month-long fast of Ramadhan. Muslim men and women clad in Islamic regalia were visible in many mosques and designated prayer centers celebrating EID-EL-FITR by prayers, feasting and religious sermons.

 

Mshale Publisher Speaks at Channel Afrique

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Upcoming African immigrant professionals and entrepreneurs under the banner of Channel Afrique in Minnesota meet every last Friday of the month to network and co-ordinate their activities for greater shared gains. On Friday October 28, they met at the Double Tree Hotel where Tom Gitaa, Editor and Publisher of Mshale – The African Community Newspaper, gave an invigorating talk on how he has worked his way in reaching out to the reading public and now his paper is regarded by many as a leader in the Minnesota African community media circles. 

Former President Clinton uses Ghana experience to make case for alternate US foreign policy

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Former President Bill Clinton told of an experience he had in to illustrate the strategies the can take to combat terrorism. He talked of a Ghanaian woman who ran after him to hand him a shirt as a present to thank the former president for his African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) that provided economic opportunities for her. Mr. Clinton signed into law the AGOA Act in his final year of office.

 

Martha Sinoe is the new OLM President

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Twin Cities entrepreneur and community advocate, Martha Sinoe, staved off a stiff challenge from her former campaign manager, Henry Fahnbulleh, to emerge victorious as the new president of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM).

Africa’s First Elected Woman President

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Liberian voters have become the first Africans to elect a female head of state. Liberians on November 8 elected Harvard-educated economist and former World Bank official, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to be president of that country.

Smart Year-End Tax Maneuvers

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Some financial maneuvering before year-end can save you considerable money. Here are a few year-end tax avoidance tactics:

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