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Ethnic Division Peaks as 2012 Elections Approach

by info

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 01:36 AM

If the hate between Kenyans on social media websites; facebook and twitter is anything to go by, then Kenyans are now more divided than ever before. 

This calls for us Kenyans to urgently reconsider why we visit the sites in the first place, to make hate and enemies or to make and keep friends and networks.

This comes as reports from reliable sources indicate tribalism is up and running in all parastatals and indeed the whole of the public sector.

Whenever News Media post updates on facebook that especially mention Raila, or anything related to him and his core supporters, Luo Nyanza, 'tribally charged' comments flow in hundreds, sometimes thousands. It happened after the news of 'alleged death of 2 AFC leopard fans' and ethnic division and hate was evident in most of the comments and Raila's name was thrown in to the storm. Other news that caused stirs online include CJ MUTUNGA censures Raila for remarks on court's decision on election date and Raila maintains Uhuru, Ruto must prove their innocence at The Hague.

Lets stick together

Well, my urge to my fellow Kenyans, don't take politics and politicians too seriously, because in one way or another you will get annoyed and disappointed if you do. Why dont you just go online and make friends from accross all corners of the country, remember the saying that people are not mountains, they meet again from time to time, you never know when you will need that Raila fan or hater, and plz remember its your right to harbour political opinions, as strong as they come, but for the good of the country, think twice before you air them, especially think about your target audience. Its exciting to piss of opponents, I know the feeling, but when the repurcusions at stake are 2007-like, stop and think again, and remember you have a legal political whip, the voters card.

And to the news Media

I know its fun to create, write or announce something that thousands of people react to, it makes you feel powerful and indeed you are, but plz don't deliberately fuel tribalism, you remember 2007, it could be worse in 2012 if this goes on. A time will come when journalists will hesitate to post content, and think about the overall effect on the good of this country.

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Sleep Latency

by simon

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 02:39 AM

Exactly how long does it take you to fall asleep? Dr. William C. Dement in his book, The Promise of Sleep (1999), describes one way to measure the time it takes to fall asleep. Write down the time you get into bed. When you are in bed trying to get to sleep, hold a metal spoon over a plate on the floor. When you fall asleep, your muscles will relax and the spoon will fall out of your hand. The noise of the spoon hitting the plate should wake you up. Write down the time you woke up. The difference between the time you got into bed and time you woke up is your sleep latency.

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NTV is a Scam, they are Desperate and Going Down!

by info

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 12:29 AM

NTV has proved to be the champion of scams on TV, its unbelievable and unimaginable that its management approves these things to go on screen and defraud Kenyans millions of Shillings daily.  You see the screen shot below (taken on 16 March 2012), its a live programme running on NTV where you are supposed to spot the difference between 2 pictures and WIN the cash displayed. NTV Scam

A closer look at the picture and the difference is obvious, the upper tree is smaller than the one below, or in their words 'the trees are different'.

Well, I watched that picture stay on screen for over 30 minutes, with a lady beckoning NTV fans to call the number displayed and say the difference or SMS 'M' to the number (how does that answer anyway?).  Initially the prize was Kes 10,000, and it went up by 10,000 twice as a way of 'encouraging you to try harder'.

Pick up the phone and call and give me the one difference between the 2 images of girrafes going for a tree. I admit, its my mistake, I pressed the wrong button, its a difficult one, am also trying to get what the difference is, we are in this together. I will put it on full screen so that you can see better, zoom in, zoom out, try again.

Those are the words of the host, for over 45 minutes. Does anybody else think she is very boring and lacks even a shade of creativity? Everytime you call, an IVR response (computer voice) tells you to try again without giving you a chance to say a thing, at this point, check your airtime balance and you realize you just spend 60 shillings, the same amount you will lose if you send an SMS to the number. There is a notification on screen that every SMS is charged Kes 60, but nothing is said about the call.

After I watched it and decided to see how it ends, towards the last 5 minutes, there is a countdown timer onscreen to make your blood rush if you haven't tried to answer. Only when the counter times off  does she pick a call and only one person wins.

This is obviously not sustainable since the word is going to spread and spread fast. Please join this campain and share a link of this article with your friends.

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Business Networking and Sex

by simon

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 09:57 PM

Nothing is more important in business than understanding how to build stronger relationships with members of the opposite sex through effective communication, here you'll discover how to form stronger teams and more trusted relationships, close more sales, give better customer service, and negotiate better deals by knowing how our gender opposite thinks differently than we do.

Success is a team sport. When you look for other people to help you achieve your goals, one of the fastest and easiest ways to find them is to be introduced by someone who has already made the connection. In other words, network your way to success.

Business Networking And Sex 

Unfortunately, most people aren't as effective at networking as they would like – or should be based on their efforts. But don't worry ... there's a solution:Business Networking and Sex: Not What You Think, the new book from my dear friend, Dr. Ivan Misner.

One of the world's leading experts on successful networking, Ivan is the visionary founder of BNI, the world's largest networking organization, with more than 5,900 chapters around the world. Business Networking and Sex: Not What You Think presents cutting-edge information about the impact that gender can have on an individual's networking efforts and level of success in business.

Entertaining and insightful, the book is based on the findings from a four-year-long survey that Ivan conducted with his co-authors, Hazel Walker and Frank De Raffele. Participants included more than 12,000 businesspeople from every populated continent of the world.

Here are just some of the points the book brings to light:

     1. Are Transactional, not relational
     2. Network more often, but seem to be less satisfied with their results
     3. Believe self-improvement comes from doing it on their own, not learning from others
     4. Building credibility by stating their credentials, contacts and successes

     1. Are all about the relationship, not the transaction
     2. Network less often, but network longer and are more satisfied with their results
     3. Believe self-improvement comes from a variety of sources and doing it themselves is not one of them
     4. Build credibility by getting to know another's character, family and personal issues

We've know for years that men and women think differently. Finally, here are the specifics about how differently we see things when it comes to relationship building and communication in the work environment (not to mention the non-work environment!).

Relationships are essential to success. If you want to become a master networker and build mutually beneficial relationships with both genders, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Business Networking and Sex. What you'll learn is not only sure to surprise you, it will likely revolutionize the way you interact with the opposite sex.

Written by Jack Canfield:

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Champions League Top Winners of All Times

by simonndunda

Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2012 12:32 PM

Clearly Real Madrid is the most successful team having won 9 times and came second 3 times, but there is a problem: the last time Real Madrid won was in 2002.

Then comes the deputy, Milan, this guys have bagged gold 7 times, most recently in 2007 and came second 4 times.

Barcelona are the defending chambions in 2012 having knocked out Man U in 2011 finals, just like they did in 2009.

Lets look at a summary of winners since UEFA Chambions League hit the ground.

ClubWinnersRunners-upYears wonYears runners-up
SpainReal Madrid 9 3 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002 1962, 1964, 1981
Italy Milan 7 4 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007 1958, 1993, 1995, 2005
England Liverpool 5 2 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005 1985, 2007
Germany Bayern Munich 4 4 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001 1982, 1987, 1999, 2010
Spain Barcelona 4 3 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011 1961, 1986, 1994
Netherlands Ajax 4 2 1971, 1972, 1973, 1995 1969, 1996
England Manchester United
1968, 1999, 2008 2009, 2011
Italy Internazionale 3 2 1964, 1965, 2010 1967, 1972
Portugal Benfica 2 5 1961, 1962 1963, 1965, 1968, 1988, 1990
Italy Juventus 2 5 1985, 1996 1973, 1983, 1997, 1998, 2003
England Nottingham Forest 2 0 1979, 1980  
Portugal Porto 2 0 1987, 2004  
Scotland Celtic 1 1 1967 1970
Germany Hamburg 1 1 1983 1980
Romania Steaua Bucuresti 1 1 1986 1989
France Marseille 1 1 1993 1991
Netherlands Feyenoord 1 0 1970  
England Aston Villa 1 0 1982  
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 1 0 1988  
Serbia Red Star Belgrade 1 0 1991  
Germany Borussia Dortmund 1 0 1997

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Money, Real Quick: The story of M-PESA

by simon

Posted on Friday, March 09, 2012 08:39 AM

This book tells a tale of innovation, disruption, and transformation.

Mobile money, e-money, e-float, e-wallets, mobile banking, however you characterize it, is not just a cool app. It’s a killer app, the first for mobile phones in the developing world. It’s also a disruptive innovation that threatens incumbent businesses and is sparking new business formation and entrepreneurship. 

Nowhere is this mobile money phenomenon more prevalent and successful than in Kenya. In five years, 19 million Kenyans, nearly 70% of the adult population, have signed up for mobile money services. 

Sixteen million are customers of M-PESA (‘M’ for Mobile and pesa means money in Swahili). Now, one out of every two people in the world who sends money over a mobile phone is a Kenyan. Mobile money is the rare case in which a poor African country is the global market leader and an exporter of innovation.

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The Rocket Launch Site in Kenya Which Kenyans Don't Know About

by info

Posted on Monday, March 05, 2012 11:02 PM

This will come as a surprise to most Kenyans, there is a  spaceport near MalindiKenya, by the name Luigi Broglio Space Centre (BSC). The centre comprises a main offshore launch site, known as the San Marco platform (pictured below, San Marco is Italian for St. Mark), as well as two secondary control platforms and a communications ground station on the mainland.

The San Marco Launch Platform

 The San Marco platform was a former oil platform, located to the north of Cape Ras Ngomeni on the coastal sublittoral of Kenya, close to the equator (which is an energetically favourable location for rocket launches). Launches from the platform were controlled from the Santa Rita platform, a second former oil platform located southeast of the San Marco platform, and a smaller Santa Rita II housed the facility's radar. A ground station located on the cape forms the centre's primary telemetry site.

The launch team, trained by NASA, was to first launch a rocket from Wallops Island under NASA supervision and first launch successfully took off on 16 December 1964. The San Marco project was focused on the launching of scientific satellites by Scout rockets from a mobile rigid platform located close to the equator. This station, composed of 3 oil platforms and two logistical support boats, was installed off the Kenya coast, close to the town of Malindi.

The program schedule included three phases:

  • Suborbital launches from Wallops Island and the equatorial platform,
  • Orbital launch of an experimental satellite from Wallops Island,
  • Orbital launches from the equatorial platform.

The San Marco launch platform complex was in use from March 1964 to March 1988, with a total of 27 launches, primarilysounding rockets including the Nike ApacheNike TomahawkArcas and Black Brant launchers. Low payload weight orbital launches were also made, using the solid-propellant Scout rocket (in its B, D and G subvariants). The first satellite specifically for X-ray astronomyUhuru (pictured below), was launched from San Marco on a Scout B rocket on 12 December 1970.

Uhuru Satelite

Uhuru was the first satellite launched specifically for the purpose of X-ray astronomyIt performed the first comprehensive survey of the entire sky for X-ray sources. Uhuru achieved several outstanding scientific advances.

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