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Wednesday, August 26, 2015



Relatives of Gugsa Abraham ‘Abe’ Dabela release website, appeal to the public for help

NEW YORK (August 25, 2015)—The family of a young black attorney who was found dead by the roadside in Redding, Connecticut, is continuing its quest for justice. Relatives of Gugsa Abraham “Abe” Dabela, a Redding resident who died last year under suspicious circumstances, have launched a new website,, and issued a public appeal for help in solving the case.

Dabela died after his car rolled over onto its roof after 1 a.m. on April 5, 2014. He was found shot across the back of the head, just minutes after he was, from reports, cheerfully mingling with friends and passing out business cards for his new law practice.

Replete with documentation, the website details just a few of the reasons the family is challenging the Redding Police Department’s investigation and the Office of the Medical Examiner finding of suicide in October of 2014. Among the questions addressed on the website are:

· Why did the Redding Police Department issue a press release within hours of Abe’s death classifying the gunshot as “self-inflicted”?

· Why wasn’t the death scene investigated by either the Major Crime Squad or an investigator from the Office of the Medical Examiner upon discovery of a gunshot victim?

· Why were Abe’s hands not tested for gunshot residue by the Medical Examiner despite the Redding Police Department’s reports stating that this test was requested on multiple occasions prior to the autopsy?

· Why did the Redding Police Department not conduct in-depth interviews with potential witnesses or others who might have relevant information?

· Is there physical evidence inconsistent with a suicide finding?

The family has been steadfast in its pursuit of answers about Dabela’s death, working in conjunction with the authorities and also hiring its own experts. Last week they joined forces with the CT NAACP and the Norwalk NAACP branch for a press conference in Redding, at which the civil rights organization announced the launch of its own investigation of the case.

“Sixteen months of an anguished search for answers have only led to more questions,” said G. Dabela, Abe’s sister. “Now the public can share in the mystery and, hopefully, shed light on this tragedy.”

To find out more about the case or spread the word, visit or follow #Justice4Abe on social networks (Facebook:; Twitter: @Justice4Abe). Members of the public who have a tip about the case can reach out anonymously via the website, send an email to or contact the CT NAACP at 860-523-9962.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ghana Takes Big Step in Health with New Grants

ACCRA, Ghana – In a ceremony hosted by the president of Ghana, the Government of Ghana and the Global Fund today (August 18th, 2015) strengthened their partnership by signing new grants for US$248 million to substantially increase the number of people receiving prevention, treatment and care for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

The financial resources provided through the Global Fund come from many sources and partners, represented today at a signing event held at the presidential palace by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief, the UK Department for International Development, France, Germany, Japan, the European Union, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, Korea, UNICEF, UNAIDS and WHO, among others.

The seven new grants will build resilient and sustainable systems for health, fund HIV treatment for an additional 56,736 peopleincrease malaria treatment coverage for children under five and significantly expand diagnosis and treatment for TB.

“Today's signing is further evidence of our joint commitment to the same cause: reducing the burden of malaria, HIV and tuberculosis in Ghana," said the president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama.
Underlying strong country ownership and commitment for sustainability, Ghana’s domestic financing will cover costs of life-saving antiretroviral drugs to treat 22,000 current patients and 11,000 new patients.
Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund, praised the progress made in Ghana, which was the first country to sign a Global Fund grant in late 2002. Under the Global Fund’s funding model, Ghana has been allocated a total of US$ 300 million for the 2015-2017 cycle, including US$ 24 million for malaria in “incentive funding”, a reserve designed to reward high-impact and well-performing programs.

“Ghana is an example of what partnership and joint responsibility can do to defeat these diseases,” Dr. Dybul said. “Attaining universal access to prevention, treatment and care for people affected by these diseases is no longer the dream it was when we started our partnership back in 2002. By working together we can achieve even greater things.”

With the support of the Global Fund partnership, Ghana has made significant improvements in global health, including a 43 percent decrease of new HIV infections since 2010.
President Mahama said new HIV infections among children declined by 51 percent from 2009 to 2014, and coverage of prevention of mother-to-child transmission coverage has increased to 81 percent from 32 percent. More than 19 million mosquito nets have been distributed, over 76,000 new tuberculosis cases have been detected and treated, and 88,000 Ghanaians are on antiretroviral therapy.
Ghana also announced it will host a regional distribution center for health commodities, demonstrating Ghana's leading role in Africa.

Japan’s ambassador to Ghana, Kaoru Yoshimura, said the grants signed today were very important projects for Ghana and for the international community.

“Japan will host the G-7 next year and I believe the health sector will be one of the most important focus areas that global leaders will discuss. Japan will continuously contribute to improve global health. This is why Japan decided to host the Global Fund’s Replenishment Preparatory Meeting in December 2015 under the leadership of the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe," Yoshimura said.

The chairman of the Country Coordinating Mechanism Collins Agyarko-Nti added: “Global Fund investments in Ghana over the past 12 years have not only contributed to a significant improvement in the health of the Ghanaian people, but also to the strengthening of our health systems. The support for medical procurement and supply chain systems has resulted in the continuous availability of essential medicines and health products in all regions.”

Here are some of the key targets of today’s grants:
  • Secure antiretroviral medication for 140,448 people by 2017.
  • Extend HIV prevention services to reach key affected populations including 65 percent of female sex workers, 88 percent of men who have sex with men, and 80 percent of prison inmates; as well as reaching 20 percent of the general population with testing services annually.
  • Increase antiretroviral coverage for an additional 32,246 pregnant women by 2017, up from 8,299 in 2014.
  • Support Ghana to attain nearly 80 percent of malaria treatment coverage for children under five by 2017 and increase household use of mosquito nets to nearly 70 percent by 2017, up from less than 50 percent in 2014.
  • Intensify TB case notification rates, nearly doubling the notification rate from 60 per 100,000 in 2013 to 103 per 100,000 by 2017, reach 100 percent treatment coverage for identified drug-resistant TB patients on second-line treatment from 42 percent in 2013, and better integrate TB and HIV treatment and prevention in community health clinics.
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Monday, August 17, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Financial Psychologist Anita Renee Johnson Honored as Ladybrille Woman of the Month August

Sacramento, CA (August 17, 2015) -- Ladybrille Magazine, the pioneer digital platform and authority on African fashion in the West’ and voice for the African woman entrepreneur, is pleased to honor Anita Renee Johnson as its Ladybrille Woman of the Month for August 2015.

The Ladybrille ‘Woman of the Month’ is a monthly feature on the magazine’s website and podcast show ‘The Ladybrille Woman Podcast Show,' that celebrates outstanding women, locally and internationally, for their brilliant contributions to society.
Johnson is a financial psychologist with a passion and mission to educate women with wealth building skills, so they can leave a legacy of wealth for their children. A graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Financial Accounting, a Masters in Taxation and a Doctorate in Applied Management and Decision Sciences, specializing in Finance, Johnson is also a radio co-host and founder of ‘Money Wisdom for Women Internet Radio’. She is also the CEO and President of ‘Money Wisdom for Women’ and the author of three books, ‘Financial Management for Small Businesses,’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry-Taking the Emotions of Finance,’ and ‘Bookkeeping for Non-Bookkeepers.’
“Empowering women with financial knowledge is so important to help women feel confident and to take control of their lives. Anita Renee Johnson has shown, through her work, a commitment to help women better their lives. We are proud to celebrate her as our woman of the month," said Uduak Oduok, founder of Ladybrille Magazine.
Johnson's interview is now available on the Ladybrille Woman Podcast show at the following link:

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Call for Nominations: 2015 OWL Awards!

NAWBO Sacramento invites you to nominate an outstanding woman in the Sacramento Valley Region as recipients of our 2015 OWL awards. 
Briefly, this year's event promises to be great. The event will be held on October 15th, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Sacramento. The nationally recognized jazz musician Dave Bass will be performing. Media personality Kitty O'Neal will be our host. We have strong sponsors in the form of CHASE Bank, Niello Volvo of Sacramento,, Party Concierge, Sacramento Business Journal, KFBK News Radio, Comstock Magazine, Barry & Lynda Keller Foundation, among others. 
Featured on Fox40 ( and our local Univision station here in Sacramento.
Go nominate that outstanding woman now and please spread the word. 
The Outstanding Women Leader (OWL) Awards were established in 1997 by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Sacramento Valley chapter to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding women leaders in the Sacramento business community. The event is a tribute to top achievers among women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders who have advanced the status of entrepreneurial excellence and community leadership.
June 22 to August 1
1. Woman on the Way Award
(Up and coming business owner, less than 5 years in business)
2. Woman Innovator Award
(Successful business owner in a non-traditional business)
3. Luminary Award
(An individual lighting the way for others)
4. Executive Woman Award
(Senior level corporate woman)
5. Vision Award
(An organization whose vision provides opportunities for girls or women)
6. Wise Woman Award
(Business Woman of the Year)
7. Achievement Against All Odds
(Success despite unfavorable circumstances)
We look for candidates with outstanding and impactful works in the Sacramento Valley region. We also consider supporting letters submitted in behalf of the nominee by credible and influential names in the community, among other factors.
A. All nominations for the OWL Awards are to be submitted using our OWL online nomination form. Link:
B. Under the ‘Award’ category subheading of the form, please select the category/categories for which you are nominating your candidate.
C. Under the ‘Nominator’ subheading, provide the requested contact information about you the nominator. For example: your name, email address etc. Also indicate how you know the candidate.
D. Under the ‘Nominee’ subheading, please provide the requested contact information about your candidate.
E. Under the ‘Statement’ subheading, please describe, in not more than 500-750words, why you believe this candidate merits the Award you have nominated her for.
F. Under the ‘Supporting Letters’ category submit documentation you believe explains why your candidate merits the nominated award. Examples of supporting letters/documentation include prior honors and awards, newspaper/magazine features, and a CV.
For any questions you may have, please email
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