Kenya repairs damaged image

first_imgThe new Kenya: President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga are optimistic about the future of the eastAfrican country. (Image:pbs.org)Khanyi MagubaneFollowing the post-election violence in December 2007, Kenya is to host a peace conference in February to help salvage its tainted image.Announcing the plans on 8 January, Prime Minister Raila Odinga said the forum, which will be held in the first week of February, will play a role in bringing together more than 2 000 delegates, including local and international branding and peace experts.The three day conference is scheduled to take place from 2 to 4 February and will be instrumental in charting a way forward for the east African nation.“We have had many occasions to look back in the past, usually through task forces and commissions, the result has largely been to assign blame on who did or did not do what,” he said.  He emphasised that the aim of this conference, however, will be to help the country map a way forward for itself. “We will be meeting to lay the foundation of the nation we want the next generation to build on,” he added.A South African delegation has also been invited. Those attending include; businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, Former Organisation for African Unity Secretary General Dr Salim Salim and former Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi.Themed “One Kenya, One Dream: The Kenya We Want”, Odinga said that among those expected to deliver keynote addresses will be former and current world leaders including former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Bin Mohammed and Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade.Former Mozambican President Joachim Chissano is also expected to address delegates at the conference.The prime minister added that the expected outcomes of the conference, including findings and recommendations, will strengthen on-going efforts in national reconciliation and inter-group harmony, which he said, is the central goal of the grand coalition government.He also said the forum will be used to demonstrate to the world that Kenyans are determined to solve their problems peacefully through open debate.“We want to sit down as a nation and discuss tribalism or negative ethnicity as a problem. The intention will be to create strategies of promoting national unity out of the diverse ethnic groups that make what we call Kenya.”Learning from past mistakesA special tribunal is to be held in the east African country to bring to book those responsible for instigating the violence.The concept of the tribunal came about after one of the recommendations, made by the Commission of Inquiry into the eruption of post-election violence, which rocked the country at the beginning of the year.The commission, led by top legal eagle Justice Philip Waki, gave the Kenyan government a December 2009 deadline to form the tribunal, failing which; the matter would then be taken to the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Netherlands.The United State’s ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger says the American government welcome a request for them to supply investigators for the special tribunal.“We are prepared to commit US$1.5 million (R10-million) to support electoral reform, and we would welcome a request to provide investigative experts for the Special Tribunal.”Ranneberger said Kenya’s reformation should form part of the implementation of both the Waki Report and that of the Kriegler Commission, also set up to investigate the post-election violence.Both the Kriegler and Waki reports recommended that the discredited Electoral Commission of Kenya be replaced and that a special investigative council be set up.Annan has already been handed a secret envelope containing the names of the principal suspects involved in instigating the latest violent outbreak.The envelope is currently being kept at an undisclosed UN office for “safekeeping”.The government has also formed a cabinet sub-committee mandated to work on the implementation of the Waki Report.The violence revisited    The period of violence followed the disputed 27 December 2007 presidential elections in which both presidential candidates at the time, the now President Mwai Kibaki and then opposition candidate Raila Odinga (now prime minister), claimed victory in the elections.The violence which followed the election shambles left over 1 300 people dead and about 350 000 others displaced.The unrest tore apart Kenya’s political parties and ethnic groups as they fiercely disputed the results of the elections in which President Mwai Kibaki allegedly defeated opposition candidate Raila Odinga.Due to the violence, traffic on highways from the port of Mombassa to Nairobi was restricted, causing massive delays in delivery of various goods.The retail sector also took a knock, with commercial shops eventually being forced to close their doors to the public. In some cases shops were plundered or destroyed.The pockets of Kenyans were hardest hit as the price of food across the country sky-rocketed due to insufficient supplies.In smaller towns milk and bread became an expensive luxury and the price of fish (one of Kenya’s staple foods) tripled in the town of Kisumu, while the price of flour doubled.In urban areas, such as Nairobi, fuel prices increased significantly with a litre of petrol costing around £1 (R15) and in some cases £2 (R30).Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com Related articlesKenya on the mendAfrican leaders unite economiesAfrica catches investor’s eyesUseful linksGovernment of KenyaRaila Odinga biographyMwai Kibaki presidentlast_img read more

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Australia to London in four hours!

first_imgAustralia to London in just over 4 hours or New York to London in just over 1 hour.That is the possibility from Airbus which has just registered a patent for a supersonic jet capable of traveling at Mach 4.5.Airbus, whose heritage companies built the Concorde which ceased operations in 2003, proposes an aircraft that use three different types of engine that will propel it at twice the speed of Concorde.Superb Concorde anniversary videoYoutube video on Airbus supersonic patentAccording to the patent the “ultra-rapid air vehicle and related method of aerial locomotion,” is a three stage engine process.First the aircraft would take off using turbojets and after take-off these would retracted.Then – and this is not for faint hearted – a single rocket would propel the aircraft vertically to 100,000ft.Once the aircraft reaches that altitude, which is more thna twice as high as where conventional commercial aircraft cruise, two ramjets would be deployed and speed the aircraft to March 4.5 or 3000mph or 5,372km/hr.According to Sputnicknews.com Airbus has beaten the sonic boom because when the aircraft is travelling vertically to its cruise altitude the boom will travel horizontally across the atmosphere, not downward towards the ground.Concorde’s sonic boom was one its major problems as well as the cost which kept it out of the reach of normal travellers.last_img read more

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Meet The Internet Video Stars: Hak5 & TechnoBuffalo

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App veronica henry 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… There was a time when YouTube – and all of Internet video – was dominated by cat videos. dumb stunts and crotch kicks. And while we’ll never be free of such lowbrow gems, the genre has grown to accommodate decidely more sophisticated content – particularly in the technology arena.While websites have traditionally dominated this space, thanks to YouTube, Revision3 TV and their competitors, a new breed of video content producers are building careers. Though YouTube’s turbulent relationships with talent have been widely publicized, other video makers tell a different story – one that sees the online medium as a critical component to their professional visibility and ultimate success.For more insight, I sat down with a couple of top content creators: Jon Rettinger, known by his legion of followers as TechnoBuffalo, and Shannon Morse, Linux aficionado and co-host of Hak5.Where It All BeganBetween them, their fans number in the millions, but it took years of hard work to get there. Tech geekdom for Morse began at home. The theater and choir club enthusiast grew up watching her father build computers – and he helped her build her first machines. When she didn’t make it into the theater program at college, her love for all things entertainment never waned. On a whim, she traveled with friends to Toronto to watch a live performance of Pure Pwnage, and met the cast and crew. Several return trips later, she met the talented guys at Hak5 and had an epiphany. As Morse puts it, “Talking about tech tied together my entertainment and geeky technology sides.”Shannon MorseFor Rettinger, it was addressing a market niche that wasn’t there. “About 6 years ago, my computer broke and I thought about switching to a Mac. When I couldn’t find any videos on YouTube that talked about how to use a Mac, I figured it was a good excuse for me to document my own experience.” Those initial YouTube videos, produced while he held a full-time job running a marketing department, quickly attracted lots of viewers. He knew a business idea when he saw it.Soon, Rettinger joined the YouTube partner program, at a time when he had about 8,000 subscribers. Still in search of funding, he pitched the idea for TechnoBuffalo to a venture capital firm – and was promptly laughed out of the room. But one of the VCs took pity on him, pointing out that he was inexperienced and suggested he get an MBA. Rettinger signed up for school and during his first semester, he pitched his idea again to a private equity firm and landed the funding he needed to launch the TechnoBuffalo website.Jon RettingerGrowing An AudienceTechnoBuffalo launched in 2010 and focused on strategically incorporating social media as a business tool. Today, the website has seen seven consecutive months of traffic growth – with a combined 15 million page and video views in October. “By trade, I’m a marketing guy, so I was able to quantify social media effectiveness,” Rettinger says. He used social media to get people involved and invested in the content of the site. He gave previews, incorporated feedback and essentially crowd-sourced the launch.Morse grew her audience organically. “When I first started, I didn’t know a thing about growing an audience. I just decided to be myself and talk to people. Being friendly was actually a key component to my growth in Internet media.”Both talk about the importance of maintaining that connection to the audience. But they warn you need a thick skin to deal with some of the trolls.Revision3 TV Enters The PictureHak5 started in 2005, around the same time as Revision3. After three years of operating independently, Hak5 co-host Darren Kitchen ran into Revision3 co-founder Jay Adelson in a Tekzilla IRC chat room. As luck would have it, the pair were invited to a Diggnation taping in NYC.After just a few meetings with CEO Jim Louderback, they had a new distributor and network. Kitchen and Morse still produce the show themselves and it is the longest-running show on the Revision3 TV network.Rettinger’s initial discussion with the Revision3 didn’t end in an immediate deal, but when he ran into Louderback at CES in 2010, things resumed moving forward. “They gave me the freedom I wanted,” he recalls. “Which was a really big deal for me.”The benefits of working with Revision3: their network, industry connections and reputation for growing and nurturing talent. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts What’s On The Backend?In addition to writing and hosting, Morse runs the Hak5 webstore – so if you have any order problems, you know who to turn to.Throughout the day, she’s researching, plugging through emails and writing show notes. In the studio, the co-hosts do a quick rundown of the episode and set up the shot. Paul Tobias – cameraman and editor – handles the technical aspects, using Panasonic cameras and a slew of wireless microphones. Recording takes about an hour and then it’s off to prepare for the next episode while Tobias edits and sends the finals off to Revision3 for distribution.At TechnoBuffalo, the setup is simple. Ralph Liernas does all the filming. They shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II, use a Zoom H1 and Rode microphone for audio. Rettinger does all the video editing himself with Final Cut Pro. He’s got this down to a science: filming to editing to upload in just 1.5 to 2 hours.The Nitty Gritty – CompensationSo how much do these folks make? The compensation model is pretty much what you’d expect. With Revision3 as their exclusive advertising and distribution partner, the Hak5 team gets a cut of ad revenue. Additionally, their fans support the show through their purchases at the Hakshop, where the duo personally make and sell hacking gadgets.For TechnoBuffalo, there is also ad revenue both from the website and videos. So ad clicks, page views and cost-per-action (CPA) deals – where for example, they get a cut if viewers sign up for Netflix (or other partners) using a special code linked to the show. A salary from TechnoBuffalo, sponsored videos and featured content on the website round out the revenue stream.Is there still room to succeed in this crowded field? Rettinger and Morse say yes. While professionalism is important (minimizing the um’s and like’s), Morse says, “Don’t be afraid to make a fool of yourself in front of people. They’ll laugh with you and appreciate your work.”Rettinger, who is a bit miffed that he chose the twitter handle @jon4lakers, adds, “And please, please, pick a good name.” Tags:#Streaming video#YouTube last_img read more

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Class IX girls to get bicycles in Rajasthan

first_imgOver 3.22 lakh girl students of Class IX in Rajasthan will get bicycles during the current academic year with the State government devising new methods to facilitate their access to schools. The government senior secondary schools opened at all panchayat headquarters have reported a large number of admission of girls.State Education Minister Vasudev Devnani, who distributed bicycles to the girl students of the Government Jawahar Higher Secondary School in Ajmer on Saturday, said the dropout rate of girls after the middle school’s education was earlier very high because of lack of resources to continue the studies.“The education scenario in Rajasthan has made a turnaround with the State improving its rank from 26th to second in the country in this field during the last four years,” Mr. Devnani said. The Minister represents the Ajmer North constituency in the Assembly.‘Schools upgraded’Mr. Devnani said as many as 7,000 schools across the State had been upgraded as part of the drive to improve the standard of education. “After the promotion of teachers and an increase in the enrolment of students, the parents want to send their children to the government schools and get benefit of new resources and high standard of education,” he said.last_img read more

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2 teams kick off Maharlika hoops

first_imgKenneth Duremdes. File PhotoThe Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League starts Thursday with its Anta Rajah Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Organized by Sen. Manny Pacquiao, the league is patterned after the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association.ADVERTISEMENT Gritty Lady Red Spikers climb out of two-set hole, frustrate Lady Pirates Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Pacquiao bares disputes over committee chairmanships PLAY LIST 01:30Pacquiao bares disputes over committee chairmanships01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “I’m very humbled and excited at the same time to be working with Sen. Pacquiao for this noble project of him to discover untapped talents across the country and give former pros another chance to prove their worth,” said MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes.Opening rites start at 7 p.m. before the Parañaque Patriots battle the Caloocan Supremos at 8 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA brand new car and 10 motorbikes will also be up for grabs for lucky fans who will watch the opener live.“This league will be a great help to young players, including those in the provinces, aiming to make it to the pro ranks,” said Pacquiao. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

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