Posts Tagged ‘america’

Lagat an Olympian – This Time for America

July 2, 2008

EUGENE, OR – Bernard Lagat said he took every word seriously when he recited the oath that made him a U.S. citizen. Maybe that’s why the smile was so wide when he finally became an U.S. Olympian, as well.

Lagat won the grueling 5,000-meter race Monday night at U.S. Olympic trials, taking the next step on a journey that began in the sands of his native Kenya and reached its high point on a college track in Eugene, Ore.

Make that one high point. The Beijing Olympics are coming next.

”This is a dream come true,” Lagat said. ”This is very special running tonight. Now, I’m part of the USA going to Beijing. I’m very excited.” (more…)

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Lifting the Veil of Depression

June 30, 2008

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 21 million Americans suffer from some kind of depressive disorder. For about 4 million of the most severe cases, no treatment can help. But there is a promising experimental therapy now in clinical trials that, in essence, “rewires” the brain. It is most definitely medicine on the cutting edge.

Diane Hire of Norwalk, Ohio, is 54 years old. For the past 20 years, she has lived with severe, unrelenting depression.

“You felt like a dead person walking. There was just nothing left in me,” Hire told ABC News. “I had no emotion left. I had no energy left. I had nothing. I was an empty shell of a person.”

She was prescribed one anti-depressant after another, as well as psychotherapy. Nothing worked. She tried to commit suicide three times. (more…)

Africans Living Better Lives Through U.S. Development Foundation

June 9, 2008

Washington — Women, youth and the disabled in 18 African nations are living better lives and realizing their dreams of economic self-sufficiency, while also strengthening their countries’ economies, with the help of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF).

USADF President Lloyd Pierson told America.gov recently that the ideas for the foundation’s small and medium-size enterprise development projects come directly from the Africans themselves.

“We don’t go in and say, ‘Here is what you should be doing.’ We want those ideas to come from the local community — for Africans to say, ‘Here is what we want to do.’ Suggestions,” he said, “could come from an entrepreneur within that community” or from a group. It is grassroots, rural-focused development at the community level, he said.

USADF has local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working as business development officers to help it carry out its development programs, Pierson noted.

“They search out for opportunities and are constantly seeking ways to build up from the grassroots level to spur economic growth and development,” he explained.

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