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Houston’s community leader, Dr. Gracie Chukwu honored at the ANMA 40th Anniversary Convention

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Houston’s own Hon. Dr/Mrs. Gracie Gboliwe Chukwu was last week honored with ANMA Higher Achievement Award by the American Naturopathic Medical Association (ANMA), at the 2021 ANMA 40th Anniversary Convention and Educational Seminar held at the Westgate Resort in Las Vegas, NV.

A total of twelve professionals were honored at a convention that featured more than 40 natural health speakers and workshops with over 80 natural health exhibitors. This exciting celebration marked 40 years of ANMA’s mission in representing REAL naturopaths and protecting naturopathy for public access in America.

Chukwu, a Doctor of Naturopathy and a Certified Nutrition Counselor is the founder of Houston Holistic Health Clinic – a universal medical facility where patients are offered an alternative solution to conventional medicine. At this facility, through non-invasive tests and anecdotal healing principles, Dr. Chukwu analyzes each individual-health, behavior and, lifestyle to actualize total wellness.

Indeed, her awards last week exemplify her life-saving feat as a board-certified naturopath. According to Dr. Chukwu, “I am extremely pleased, honored and humbled to accept this award–. the ANMA Higher Achievement Award, and to join past recipients who I have long admired and respected. Also, I am earnestly grateful for the recognition I have received for my services and contribution to the medical profession – thanks to my staff and colleagues at the Houston Holistic Health Clinic. I would say that this Award is for us.”

The ANMA 40th Anniversary Convention and Educational Seminar is the largest naturopathic professionals gathering in the US. The convention creates continuing education credits and offer opportunities for members to network with like-minded natural health providers from a variety of different training and schools. AMNA was founded in 1847 and has worked to create a healthier future for patients.

Besides her excellence in the medical field, Dr. Chukwu, also a Registered Naturopathic Diplomat by the National Registry of Naturopathic Practitioners (RND) is a devoted community advocate instrumental to a lot of organizations. For instance, she is the founder of the Houston African Community International, Inc. (HACIUSA) —a global umbrella for all Africans and African heritage groups created to promote, strengthen, empower and unite all Africans in Houston-Texas.

Dr, Chukwu founded and structured HACIUSA as a proactive organization that uses creative social and professional programs to positively promote Africans in the Greater Houston Area. HACIUSA primary targets are Africans, African-Americans, Australian-Aborigines, and Caribbean immigrants of African descent.

According to Dr, Chukwu, “Africans in the Greater Houston Area have not been represented as they should, although HACIUSA is open to all Nationalities and races regardless of sex or creed. We advance international and intercultural understanding and seeks to encourage African-Americans, American-born children, and others to identify with their heritage to gain a full understanding of history.”

Dr. Chukwu is also the International President of the Okwesilieze Women’s Club of Nigeria -OWCN- North America. According to Dr. Chukwu. “This is a Club where women with great ideas can talk to each other about wellness and family prosperity, friendships, sisterhoods ―bringing awareness to issues that concern us such as healthcare, social, political, and economic matters.” The Okwesilieze Women’s Club of Nigeria was founded in 1976 in Enugu, Nigeria with the core mission to promote family values, harness wellness, economics, and community activities, and help the less fortunate women in the society overcome life challenges.

“I have received several awards but the ANMA Higher Achievement Award is personal because it ties to my achievements toward my medical professional vows and objectives. It’s a huge honor to accept this award on behalf of everyone at the Houston Holistic Health Clinic —from the medical crew to our patients and fans all around the world. Thank you, again, to the American Naturopathic Medical Association, and to everyone that attended or watched this event. It’s been such a pleasure to talk to so many of my colleagues all over the country, and I look forward to everything we can accomplish together in the years ahead,” Dr. Chukwu said.

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International Women Conference of Voice of Evangelism Int – spectacular photos

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Photos recorded at the International Women Conference of the Houston-based Voice of Evangelism International (VOEI).  Themed from the Book of Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world…”, the conference featured a lineup of influential speakers from virtually all professional and spiritual capacities. The VOEI is a nondenominational worship center established in 2006 to spread the word, unite persons, families, businesses, as well as galvanize souls for Jesus Christ.

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Court fails to reach final verdict on Otu-Umuokpu Anambra USA Association’s civil lawsuit

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Interlocutory judgement handed down by Judge Mike Engelhart of 151st Judicial District of Harris County last week leaves feuding parties in the “Otu-Umuokpu Anambra USA Association Inc. versus Carol Agu et al” in a seemingly no-victor-no-vanquish positions for now pending a final ruling.

According to court documents retrieved from the office of the District Clerk of Harris County (CAUSE NO. 201951430), the Plaintiffs are incorporated as a nonprofit entity named Otu-Umuokpu Anambra, USA Association, Inc. whereas the defendants are listed as one Carol Agu, Ebele Onwugaje, Otu-Umuokpu Anambra USA, Association Sugarland Branch Texas, Otu Umuokpu Anambra Inc. International, Sugarland and other unnamed stakeholders who may be acting on their behalf or as associates.

Prior to the partial verdict, a non-jury trial had commenced on August 3, 2021 and concluded with a closing arguments on August 12, 2021 to iron out allegations of Breach of contract, fraud, Conversion, threat of imminent harm and continue use of plaintiff’s name and likeness made against the defendant.

“This is a partial judgment. The Court must still consider any additional trademark issues or Texas state law issues or law or fact within its jurisdiction as it indicated it would do prior to the commencement of the non-jury trial.”

Though the court favors the Defendants on all of Plaintiff’s affirmative claims, it emphatically noted, “This is a partial judgment. The Court must still consider any additional trademark issues or Texas state law issues or law or fact within its jurisdiction as it indicated it would do prior to the commencement of the non-jury trial.”

Interlocutory judgement is a non-final decision made by a court between the time of filing and before there is a final judgment made. Interlocutory decrees are not final judgments because they do not settle all of the issues presented in the case. Also, they are only challengeable on appeal once there is a final judgment in the case because only the final judgment in a lawsuit can be appealed.

For complete information about this case, please contact the Office of Harris County District Clerk – Marilyn Burgess (Ref: CAUSE NO. 201951430).

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Texas Gov. Abbott – who recently tested positive for COVID-19 – issues executive order blocking vaccine mandates

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  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued another executive order doubling down on his banning of COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

  • The order blocks the “mandating of any COVID-19 vaccinations by any government entity.”

  • Abbott, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday doubled down his banning of coronavirus vaccine mandates by issuing another executive order “maintaining the current policy prohibiting the mandating of any COVID-19 vaccinations by any government entity” in the Lone Star State.

The new order blocks governments from mandating vaccinations, even if the COVID-19 vaccine is fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week, casting doubt on whether Abbott’s previous July executive order – which said businesses and government entities cannot mandate COVID-19 vaccines under “emergency use authorization” – would apply.

The Republican governor – who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but tested positive for the virus last week – also asked the state legislature’s special session agenda to discuss legislation around vaccine mandates and what exemptions should apply.

“Vaccine requirements and exemptions have historically been determined by the legislature, and their involvement is particularly important to avoid a patchwork of vaccine mandates across Texas,” Abbott said in a statement.

Abbott’s order comes as coronavirus cases, fueled by the highly tranmissible Delta variant, contine to surge across the country, especially in Texas.

The executive order states: “No governmental entity can compel any individual to receive a COVID 19 vaccine.”

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