Browsing Month March, 2011

Family Choice Now Hiring

By , March 30, 2011 | 6:16 am | 0 Comment

Family Choice Now Hiring

NOW HIRING

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We offer:  Competitive pay.

We are:  A locally owned and operated agency, an agency managed by educated, experienced and committed health care professionals and uncompromisingly focused on staff and client satisfaction.

What we are looking for:  Dependability, caring and passionate caregiver and a candidate with unwavering desire to care for seniors and other patients.

To apply, call 614-396-6995 or 614-406-4460 or fax, 614-396-6994 or send resume to:

Family Choice Home Healthcare Services, LLC, 2021 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Suite 136, Columbus, OH 43229

Family Choice is an equal opportunity provider / employer

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Somali woman’s passion for media helps her community

By , March 29, 2011 | 6:49 am | 3 Comments

Somali woman’s passion for media helps her community

Basra Mohamed

ONUMBA.COM – Somali immigrant Basra Mohamed has a deep passion for her Somali community.  She is a part of it.  She often works with a host of Somali groups on community projects. And she has been involved in community work in one way or another since she moved to Columbus from Dallas in 2003.

So, why is Mohamed in the media business, and not a community organizer?

Because her other passion is the media.  She expressed the view that the media plays an important role in any community’s effort to thrive, be informed and be involved.

“I started this media service so I can help the community, because I see the need.  I see there’s no newspaper or radio or newsletter that they can read,” said Mohamed, in an interview with the Call & Post, last week.

But Mohamed isn’t really saying there’s no newspaper in Columbus.   There’s of course the Columbus Dispatch, and others.  What she meant was that most folks in her community don’t read the Dispatch largely because it doesn’t report the kind of news interested to them. 

“So I started these media services so that I can help the people, get them the information firsthand about what’s going on in their community,” said Mohamed.  She spoke about the ‘culture shock’ that often greets newly arrived Somalis overwhelmed by the process of adjusting to their new society. 

Somalis, understandably, are habitually preoccupied with the depressing and tormenting conflict ravaging their already battered homeland.  Of course, Mohamed is tormented by that, too.  But at the same time, she often reminds her fellow Somalis about the importance of being a part of their ‘second home’ that is now Columbus.

Mohamed’s panoply of media services operates under the umbrella moniker ‘Danjir,’ which means “looking after the community’s interest.”   It includes a radio program, a phone program, an online newspaper, and print media, Danjir News, which she closed down last year to focus more on the online news reporting.

So much of what Danjir Media Services is looking to accomplish is fueled by Mohamed’s belief that the Somali community being an integral part of this society ought to be more involved by accessing community resources to improve their families.

But to do that, she maintained that an effective media presence must be a part of the equation, to identify and funnel these resources to the community much more effectively. 

“They don’t even know the resources that are available to them for free,” said Mohamed, who also underscored the importance of educating community service providers to be more effective in providing culturally-sensitive services to the community. 

The seed of Mohamed’s mission was planted back in Dallas where she worked with Somali refugees and immigrants.  When she moved to Columbus, she saw “the same need here,” but expressed shock that there was no newspaper, no TV, no nothing” in terms of media services for the Somali community.

Yet, Columbus, with an estimated “45,000 Somalis,” is home to the second largest Somali community in the nation behind only Minneapolis. 

“Immediately that’s when I started Danjir” in 2004, incorporating a community radio program in 2007.

It wasn’t easy , she conceded, recalling that she and her partners paid for the first edition of ‘Danjir news’ newspaper out of their pocket.  It was bi-lingual, with stories reported in English and Somali. 

Danjir radio airs every Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m.

“We are excited,” said Mohamed, who said she models the pursuit of her passion for the media and community after successes in Minneapolis.

“I like us to be like the people in Minnesota,” where she said the Somali community has a flourishing media presence with newspapers, Radio and TV programs to keep the community plugged into the system.

Mohamed, who came to the United States in 1996, said that her ultimate goal is to establish a TV program for the Somali community in Central Ohio.  She would not say precisely when she plans to roll that out, but noted, “It’s in the works.”

Meanwhile, the conflict in Somalia, which started in 1991 after the ouster of strongman Siad Barre from power, continues to shred the country into rubbles of despair, and continues to displace many as refugees fleeing to Kenya, the United States and elsewhere. 

At the height of the conflict, a stampede of warlords scrimmaging for power littered the scene of a ruptured country carved up into hostile clan-based fiefdoms.

Mgbatogu is a freelance writer and editor of Onumba.com based in Columbus.  He can be reached by email at: Onumbamedia@yahoo.com

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Apotheosis of a bad father

By , March 18, 2011 | 1:12 am | 1 Comments

Apotheosis of a bad father

Man who fatally slammed son to pavement pleaded guilty

Quindell Sherman

Quindell Sherman

ONUMBA.COM – Quindell Sherman, the man who fatally slammed his 3-month old son to the pavement several months ago during a fight with the boy’s mother, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder last week in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Sherman, 20, agreed to plead guilty to the murder of little Jayden Mitchell in exchange for the prosecutors agreeing not to seek the death penalty.

The plea deal kind of worked out because the little boy’s family is opposed to the death penalty.  But Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien noted that Sherman’s “terrible childhood” was also a factor in crafting the plea deal.

It means that the baby killer could be spared of the ultimate penalty when he is sentenced May 3.  But that doesn’t mean the little boy’s mother, Sonia Mitchell, has a modicum of sympathy for her crummy ex-boyfriend.

“I hate you. You took so much away from me. You should have to rot the rest of your life,” said Mitchell, as she emotionally sobbed in court.  “He needs to be put away for life so that he spends his days suffering the way we have to suffer.”

He most likely will.

O’Brien is requesting life without parole for Sherman.  But Common Pleas Judge John P. Bessey could sentence him to life with the possibility of parole after serving multiple decades in prison.

Obviously, putting Sherman away will officially bring to a close the ghastly incident that played out on Nov. 16, at about 9:45 p.m., outside of 1121 E. 16th Ave. in the Linden community on Columbus’ Northeast side.  But it will hardly bring closure to the family of Jayden left reeling from a tragedy that happened after a melee between Sherman and Sonia got out of control.

It was an atrocious rage unleashed on a little boy by his father. 

“I’m going to take my (expletive) son,” barked Sherman, in the maelstrom of  bickering with the baby’s mother, who did not live with him. 

Sure enough, he took the child after assaulting the baby’s great-grandmother Carolynne Holmes and Mitchell.  But no one anticipated what happened next.  The enraged Sherman slammed the child to the pavement, multiple times.

Holmes ’911′ call captured the gruesome incident.

“He threw him on the ground.  He threw him out on the street.  He threw him like he was throwing a piece of trash.  He’s killed his baby.”

And that wasn’t even the end of Sherman’s rampage.

Still engulfed in a rage, he scooped up the baby from the street and scooted off to a nearby trash bin where he dumped the child and hid inside the bin.

Officers who arrived at the scene searched the area and found both Sherman and the battered, lifeless baby inside the trash bin.

Mgbatogu is a freelance writer and editor of Onumba.com based in Columbus.  He can be reached by email at: Onumbamedia@yahoo.com

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Budish concerned that ‘JobsOhio’ will operate in secret

By , March 17, 2011 | 5:43 am | 0 Comment

Budish concerned that ‘JobsOhio’ will operate in secret

ONUMBA.COM – The task of creating jobs in Ohio is no longer the responsibility of the Ohio Department of Development. 

It is now that of a non-profit private corporation after Republican Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 1 into law last week, following its approval in both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate.

It was Kasich’s first major legislative hurrah, coming after withstanding a fierce pushback by House Democrats ferociously opposed to the bill.

Opposition to the orb was led by House Democratic Leader Armond Budish who called it “reckless.” He decried the governor’s ‘JobsOhio’ Initiative, which was created by the law, for lacking ‘transparency’, ‘accountability,’ and partisan involvement.

But more than anything else, Budish called House Bill 1 a bad law, worried that decisions involving job creation and economic development in Ohio will now be made under cloak by private folks.

“House Bill 1 takes a billion dollars of tax payer money and turns it over to a group of private individuals led by the governor, to use those funds for economic development,” Budish said, in an exclusive interview with Onumba.com last week. 

“The problem” he noted, “is that those funds can now be expended in secret.” 

Budish said that House Bill 1 “specifically exempts this new entity ‘JobsOhio’ from the Ohio sunshine laws, from the accountability laws, and from the Ohio ethnics laws.”

“Why in the world would you ever exempt the expenditure of our tax dollars from Ohio’s ethics laws.  To me, that makes no sense.

“I do not understand why anybody would agree to take significant amount of our tax payer dollars and allow it to be spent in private secretly,” said Budish.

He continued:  “Ohio law for years have provided accountability, and he [Kasich] specifically exempted this group from those laws.”

Kasich, for his part, has assured Ohioans that the implementation of House Bill 1 will be “transparent” and that officials carrying out these policies will be held to the same ethical standards as university trustees.

But Budish begged to differ, maintaining that ‘JobsOhio’ is “exempted” from a number of Ohio transparency laws, which is stoking concern among Democrats that taxpayer dollars would be spent outside of required scrutiny of the law.

Some of the concerns raised by Democrats include “providing for more accountability, reducing the chance for pay to play schemes and requiring that actions of the corporation become public records.”

In the end, the final version of the bill that the governor signed into law was reportedly tweaked a bit to address some of these concerns.

But for Budish, it didn’t go far enough to address his caucus’ core concerns.

“The law even as “tweaked” still allows the expenditure of tax payer dollars in secret.”

Meanwhile, as the bill was making its way to passage, House Democrats had offered a volley of amendments to strengthen it and address these concerns, but proposals were all rejected by the Republican leadership. 

Asked what’s next for his caucus, Budish replied:  “There’s still a lot of concerns with the bill, but we don’t have the votes now,” said Budish. 

Of the 99 members of the Ohio House, only 40 are Democrats. 

“Republicans have not included us in any of the discussions about House Bill 1, and for that reason, I believe it is not a very good law.”

Mgbatogu is a freelance writer and editor of Onumba.com based in Columbus.  He can be reached by email at: Onumbamedia@yahoo.com

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Onumba.com editor Ike Mgbatogu interviews House Dem leader Budish

By , March 4, 2011 | 8:53 am | 0 Comment

Onumba.com editor Ike Mgbatogu interviews House Dem leader Budish

 ONUMBA.COM –  On February 24, Onumba.com and Call & Post Political and Community Reporter Ike Mgbatogu interviewed Ohio House Democratic Leader Armond Budish at his Riffe Tower office Downtown Columbus, focusing on a wide panoply of issues that has him at odds with Republican Governor John Kasich. 

Here are excerpts of the interview.  A full story of the conversation will appear in the Call & Post newspaper next week.

On House Bill 1, The HB 1 calls for, ‘JobsOhio’ to usurp the job creation role of the Department of Development to be managed by a small cabal of folks assembled from the business community.  Mark Kvamme, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist The bill passed on straight party line, with all Republicans voting for it while all Democrats opposed it.  Gov. Kasich has called the Department of Development stale and unproductive in terms of job creation, he believes his new ‘Jobs Ohio’ Initiative is the way to go.

“HB1 takes a billion dollar of tax payer money, turns it over to a group of private individuals led by the governor” for economic development.

“The problem is those funds can now be expended in secret.”  Budish said that JobsOhio is “exempted from Ohio Sunshine laws, accountability laws and from Ohio’s ethics laws.  Why in the world would you ever exempt the expenditure of our tax dollars from Ohio’s ethics laws.” 

On Senate Bill 5, “It is extremely unfair.”  “Collective bargaining levels the playing field.  SB 5 is trying to turn back the clock.”

On $400 high speed rail grant: It was ‘no thank you.’  Gov. Kasich turned down the money, returned it back to the Obama administration.  “The money would have benefited freight in the state of Ohio.”

On diversity and cabinet makeup:  “All people in Ohio should be concerned about the makeup of the cabinet.  The strength of Ohio is our diversity.  We are a diverse state and that’s a strong plus.  That is the best way to come up with the best decisions.”

Mgbatogu is a freelance writer and editor of Onumba.com based in Columbus.  He can be reached by email at: Onumbamedia@yahoo.com

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OSU Prof. Dr. Kalu: Arab revolution will not spread to sub-Saharan Africa

By , March 4, 2011 | 7:05 am | 2 Comments

OSU Prof. Dr.  Kalu:  Arab revolution will not spread to sub-Saharan Africa

ONUMBA.COM – When on December 17 in Tunisia, Mohamed Bouazizi decided he’s had enough of his economic despair, he did the unthinkable by setting himself on fire.  That was his masochist response to what he decried as the unwarranted confiscation of his ‘vegetable cart’ by corrupt police officers.

Sadly, Bouazizi died a few days later.

But that little flame he lit quickly fanned into a seismic inferno that’s still smoldering, devouring a pair of tyrannical leaders, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali who ruled Tunisia for 23 years, Hosni Mubarak who was ‘Egypt’s modern Pharoah’ for nearly 30 years, and now taking aim at Libyan Leader Moummar Gaddafi who after a mind-boggling 42 years ruling his fiefdom is clinging on to power against a tide of mutinous protest determined to take him down.  The Tunisian flame has touched off a tidal wave of popular uprising across North Africa and the Middle-East, targeting regimes that for the most part were totally caught flat-footed by the explosive pro-democracy street fury that’s still raging.

The ongoing onslaught on tyranny and corruption is playing out only in the Arab world – for now.  But the rest of Africa is probably keenly watching, and perhaps taking notes. 

Could this happen in the sub-Saharan region of Africa? 

Could this epic inferno spread south to engulf that region, which is a seething gehenna where the restless masses could be quietly swooning for a similar uprising to erupt and flush out a pack of truculent, corrupt and crummy regimes similarly presiding over squalid economic and glum social conditions that have deteriorated to apocalyptic heights.

Obviously, anything is possible.  But Ohio State University Professor of African-American and African studies Dr. Kelechi Kalu, who is originally from Nigeria, said it won’t happen in the sub-Saharan region of Africa, in an exclusive interview with the Call & Post last week.

Why?

Because Arab countries are fundamentally different, he said. 

Though Kalu conceded there are lessons to be learned from the metastasizing revolution in North Africa and in the Arab world, they are “very limited for the entire continent.  If there are lessons, they are largely regional.”

“What makes Egypt and other Arab countries different,” explained Kalu, “is they speak the same language, they are unified by one religion, and they have a long history of nation building.”

“Not in sub-Saharan Africa,” he argued.  He noted that it is a region where “almost all the countries have multiple ethnic groups and religions, with the exception of Botswana and Lesotho,” and nearly all of them are mired in colic and deepening economic morose.

Then there’s the critical matter of whether the sub-Saharan region of Africa, where he noted “poverty level is atrocious,” is really equipped with the kind of infrastructure required to mobilize and sustain a similar mass revolt.

“You don’t have the platform for galvanizing ideas in many sub-Saharan African countries as you have in Egypt,” certainly not developed enough to “challenge autocracy.”  He cited the crumbling educational system in many of these countries as a major shortcoming.

Part of the needed infrastructure, noted Kalu, is the “information technology” which he called “the greatest revolution” – “a borderless infrastructure where kids in Ohio would hold meetings with kids in other countries.” 

Kalu attributed the success of the Arab uprising largely to the “information technology” revolution, and wondered if sub-Saharan region of Africa is capable of unleashing all of the advantages of that phenomenon to similarly bring down autocratic and stubbornly corrupt regimes.

But aside from these reasons, Kalu also saw the revolution in the Arab world as a “continuation of the coming down of the Berlin Wall,” which he noted would not have happened during the ‘Cold War’ largely because the United States propped up and counted on some of these regimes, despite their brutal nature and tyrannical leaders, to maintain its strategic interest in the Middle-East.

Since the coming down of the “Berlin Wall,” the U.S. foreign policy has focused more on pitching the values of democracy around the world.

In general, the collapse of Mubarak was probably a collateral casualty of that, but his final doom, though, noted Kalu, was fueled by a blend of a more recent, potent pitch for democracy, helped immensely by access to all forms of communication technology, such as the internet, Facebook, cell phone and others. 

Kalu gives a generous dose of the credit to former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama for most of that, Bush for his “doctrine of Preemptive Strike and a dogged policy of exporting democracy around the world.  And Obama, for the historic speech he delivered in Egypt titled “A New Beginning” on June 4, 2009, which focused on democracy and improving relationship with Arab and Islamic countries.

Kalu expressed the view that Bush and Obama laid out a “broad vision of Democracy for all,” by articulating a framework of governance that effectively countered the weight of terrorism in nations where leaders practically owned the state, amidst bone-crushing poverty he said created all kinds of incubators for Islamist fundamentalists.   

Mgbatogu is a freelance writer and editor of Onumba.com based in Columbus.  He can be reached by email at: Onumbamedia@yahoo.com

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