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ICC 6 ruling for Uhuru, Ruto raises tension in Kenya

January 21, 2012 Leave a comment

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Kenyans are anxious to know the fate of the ICC 6, the people accused by International Criminal Court prosecutor of having criminal responsibility for the violence following elections of 2007.

Kenya’s shilling and stocks both have been on downward trend as fears over possible ramifications of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) announcement that it would rule on Monday on Kenya’s 2007-08 post-election violence.

Some traders had predicted the ICC proceeding would have little impact on the market, adding that political risk from the case against six high profile Kenyans had already been factored into the shilling’s price.

Fact is that the finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta is one of the ICC suspects awaiting ruling on the 23rd January that would be delivered from The Hague in Netherlands.

The ICC will announce on Jan. 23 whether it has confirmed charges of crimes against humanity levelled against the six, including the finance minister and a former cabinet member.

The 6 suspects were either in PNU government or affiliated to ODM whose leader is current Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Some terms associated with the trial have become well known even in the remotest villages: Ocampo 6, ICC justice and The Hague trials have become common words in Kenya.

The International Criminal Court will decide on January 23 whether six high-profile Kenyans, including presidential contenders Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto, should be tried for crimes against humanity, it said on Friday.

The decision by the Hague-based court – whose proceedings have been closely followed in Kenya – could have far-reaching political consequences for the biggest economy in east Africa.

The six politicians and officials are suspected of orchestrating the violence that followed a disputed election in December 2007, in which at least 1,200 people died and hundreds of thousands were forced from their homes.

They were accused by former ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo of being the masterminds of the violence that almost turned into outright civil war.

Other suspects in the case are Henry Kosgey, Joshua Sang, Francis Muthaura and Mohammed Hussein Ali.
Kosgey is a long serving MP for Tinderet and cabinet minister. Muthaura is the head of civil service while Ali is former police commissioner. Sang is a radio broadcaster with KASS fm, a Kalenjin language station.

Most focus has been on Uhuru and Ruto because they are still in contention to become Kenyan president during elections slated for later this year.

Steve Jobs Remembered

October 6, 2011 Leave a comment

apple founder steve jobsApple founder Steve Jobs was an extraordinary man.

Large crowds have been showing up at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., to remember Steve Jobs who died from cancer at 56. On the company’s campus a memorial has been set up, where the public has been stopping by to leave flowers and light candles.

Jobs will be remembered for his technological innovations including iPad and iPhone.

Google has included a link to Apple website where the following message appears.

Apple message on steve jobs

Global Tourism

October 4, 2011 Leave a comment

visiting melbourne australia as touristMelbourne, one of the biggest cities in Australia, is known as the country’s sporting capital. It has a number of huge stadiums due to the people’s love for sports, but Melbourne is also visited by many tourists because a lot of Australia’s cultural activities are seen here.

Heritage buildings as well as museums and galleries situated in Melbourne make the city an interesting mix of modern life and culture. Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens boasts of its seven galleries showing the country’s colorful history. It also houses an IMAX theater and exhibits showcasing dinosaurs that originated from China and Egyptian mummies.

The National Gallery of Victoria, meanwhile, holds more than 60, 000 art pieces made by arts masters. It is Australia’s biggest and oldest public art gallery. Built in 1861, tourists—both foreign and local—love visiting this structure as it tells the region’s history and promotes the local art scene.

Tourists participate in various Melbourne activities depending on their personal interests.

The night life is also one of the things that people rave about Melbourne city. Night life here is filled with live performances, making this city always fun and lively. St. Kilda’s seaside suburb is packed at night because of its creative reputation and bohemian atmosphere. Its pubs and streets have musicians playing to entertain customers and tourists.

Melbourne is likewise known for its restaurants that serve an array of food. It has bistros and cafes that offer exotic dishes as well as classic English dishes. People of Melbourne enjoy fine dining coupled with white or red wine that is why many restaurants here serve various kinds of wine.

When it comes to sporting events, it is best to experience watching a live game or match. The Rod Laver Arena becomes crowded during the Australian Tennis Open, while people also go crazy over watching the Australian Football League. The most notable stadium in Melbourne is probably the Melbourne Cricket Ground where athletics meet and cricket matches are held. This sports ground also has the Cricketers Hall of Fame, featuring the outstanding players of the sport.

And due to the huge number of tourists that visit Melbourne, the city offers a myriad of accommodations. There are luxurious hotels with top-rated facilities and services and there are affordable inns as well. You can surely find an accommodation in Melbourne that matches your budget.

Tourists also love getting close to nature when visiting Melbourne. The Great Ocean Road with extraordinary geological features and majestic views as well as the Mornington Peninsula and Dandenong Ranges are among the top destinations of tourists.
No matter what your interests are, you can surely find something that you will enjoy in Melbourne and make your vacation more special.

Social networks, Microblogging and Online Spam

October 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Microblogging platforms that use open source software have the advantage that you “own your network”, you own your tweets and can go with them to twitter or share them easily with other social groups.

Social networking is popular because of the ease of using smartphone apps to participate in various activities including music, excursion, games and other social forums.

One major disadvantages of such open source social network like status.net is that you are on your own and will have to find a way to fight spam.

Anyone who has ever run a forum knows the challenges brought by persistent online spammers.

In the open source microblogging platforms, spam is ten times worse because of absence of effective plugins.

Should we abandon Twitter and Facebook and concentrate on our small social online communities?

Hardly a solution to finding our own unique identity online. But belonging to a microblogging network has its plus,including being able to decide the rules of engagement and generally being able to control how the css design and general appearance of the social platform looks like.

The Modern Energy Challenge

August 15, 2011 Leave a comment

energy, industrial development, environmentPlenty of energy is consumed in the process of producing machines and other equipment we need to live easier and happier lives.

Industrial development makes life easier and more comfortable. Imagine living in a world without cars, TVs, computers, trains and planes. That is how life was only 200 years ago.

Industrial development would not have happened without concurrent discovery of ways to produce huge amounts of electrical energy.

Technological advancement has been accompanied by a huge environmental cost. There are two main problems regarding energy sources.

1. Most energy sources in the world like oil, coal and gas are finite and will one day become totally depleted.

2. Most energy sources (fossil fuels) produce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases during combustion. Scientific research shows that these gases are responsible for climate changes that threaten life on earth.

Some scientists have argued that nuclear power could be used instead of fossil fuels as the main source of energy for electricity production. They argue that nuclear power plants are carbon friendly and they produce a lot of electricity using very little fuel.

Opponents of nuclear power say that disposal of spent fuel rods pose serious environmental problems. They also argue that technical problems in nuclear plants either due to human error or natural disasters could put lives of millions of people at risk.

The recent Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident on 11 March 2011 as a result of a massive tsunami has brought into focus the dangers posed by nuclear power stations.

A recent Lowy 2011 poll found 62% of Australians against nuclear power and 35% for. Germany has said it will shut all its nuclear reactors by 2022.

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Fossil fuels and nuclear reactors pose unique dangers to life on earth. However, it will take many years of investment in alternative energy sources like solar and wind before the world can become less dependent on dangerous energy sources.

Plenty of investment is required if we want to accelerate education and development of more clean energy sources.

Google+ Features Set to Dominate Social Media

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Google+ is like an entity that sits above the web and brings all of Google’s existing technologies into one place to theoretically make it easier, faster, and more fun to share what you’re doing online with just about anyone else, as long as they’re also on Plus.

Google plus is not meant to be used by anyone who loves privacy, it is for the socialites, the very outgoing folks. At the heart of the new Google service is a new organisation feature called “Circles” with which you throw your friends and contacts into different groups. Eventually all Google properties will carry a black toolbox that houses your different groups. Sharing content should be as easy as clicking on the group you want to share with.

The “Instant Upload” will share photo and videos uploaded from a mobile phone.

Google Plus Features

Google+ social network has some interesting web features.

Circles: Share content with your friends, only you don’t have to share everything with everybody at once. You can pick and choose specific groups.

Sparks: Subscribe to news and information sources and get a constantly updated feed.

Hangouts: Live video conversations with multiple friends at once.

Instant Uploads: Take photos with your phone and they are automatically uploaded to an online storage spot on Google Plus.

Is the Google plus social network going to be too intrusive? Some have already called it the Android anti-social network Google+.

Libya set to be like Iraq

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Libya civil war newsThe war in Libya has exposed the complex tribal and regional divisions in the country that threaten to create a long lasting civil war as happened in Iraq.

Experts are predicting a long drawn out civil war because the sides currently pitted in conflict are not motivated by any major ideological differences but are fighting for the control of the country’s vast natural resources.

The Wall Street Journal reports that: “The feud between Misrata and Tawergha offers a stark example of the challenges Libya will face in reconciling communities that found themselves on opposite sides of the conflict when Col. Muammar Gaddafi leaves power”.

The Tawerghans are people who hail from Tawergha, a small town 25 miles to the south inhabited mostly by black Libyans, a legacy of its 19th-century origins as a transit town in the slave trade.

Meanwhile, Britain is calling for a “politically inclusive settlement” in post-Gaddafi Libya that will take heed of the mistakes made in Iraq after the 2003 US-led invasion.

The problem is that tribal divisions run deep in the country and there is no way of preventing all out anarchy if rebels manage to enter Tripoli.

The Libyan civil war does not appear to be coming to an end soon.