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World Vision: giving Ghanaian women a second chance

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The Witches’ Camp at Kpatinga provides sanctuary for women who have been forced to flee their homes because of accusations of witchcraft. World Vision Ghana provides support for these women in an effort to help them improve their lot. (more…)

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The serial killer as star

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The era of the Serial-Killer-As-Star coincided almost perfectly with my formative years, which may explain a lot. (more…)

“Our tragedies often start before we are born”

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Our tragedies often start before we are born” – Joan Bennett, in character as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard from Dark Shadows

 CHAPTER ONE

 Over 40 years ago, a no-good punk and would-be grave robber named Willie Loomis pried open a coffin, a hand reached out and grabbed him by the throat — and a pop culture icon was born. (more…)

Return to Molé National Park

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Tuesday 13 March 2012: We departed at the ungodly hour of five AM and drove all day long, stopping at Kintampo Falls to take in the scenery. (more…)

Bully for you

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Noted philosopher and humanitarian Lady Gaga recently appeared at Harvard to kick off her anti-bullying foundation Born This Way, whose website describes its mission: “To foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.” The website further states “The Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world.”

Lady Gaga has added her voice to a growing chorus calling for the elimination of bullying in our schools. This chorus includes both Barack and Michelle Obama, who last year hosted a Conference on Bullying Prevention at which the First Lady declared “We all need to play a role – as teachers, coaches, as faith leaders, elected officials, and anyone who’s involved in our children’s lives,” while the President noted that “A third of middle and high school students have reported being bullied during the school year,” and added “We also have to make sure we’re doing everything we can to make sure no child is in that position in the first place.”

All this raises some questions. (more…)

In search of Aboatia Part 2

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After we had finished our would-be whale-watching excursion, I ran two miles along the beach in fourteen minutes and five seconds. Daniel accompanied me on the way out, but he got tuckered out and had to walk back. Then, after a refreshing dip in the Gulf of Guinea to cool off, we were on our way. (more…)

The flying fish of Nzema

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The flying fish constitute the family Exocoetidae, which contains over 50 species. They are gliders rather than true flyers, although a Japanese film crew recorded one specimen taking to the air for forty-five seconds, which is pretty good for a fish. They are found in warm and temperate waters all over the world, including the Gulf of Guinea. (more…)