Monthly Archives: July 2011

Bread now a luxury in Kenya as cost of living soars

Civil society members demonstrate over high cost of food in Nairobi. Hunger has hit part of Kenya

Kenyans have ranked high cost of living as the most pressing problem facing them in the latest survey released by Synovate research company yesterday.

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Kenya doesnt need famine relief,she needs smart food policies

Women line up for food after famine in Northern Kenya

Every year we read the same story of hunger in the horn of Africa. Two things have always made Kenya hit international headlines: Famine and post-election violence.

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News of the World close shop over ethics

Nes of the World was forced to close down over ethics

James Murdoch full statement:

News International today announces that this Sunday, 10 July 2011, will be the last issue of the News of the World.

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Facebook adds Skype video chat feature-BBC

Facebook has announced a partnership with Skype to add video chat to the social networking site.

The move is likely to be seen as a shot across the bow of Google, which recently launched a Facebook rival, Google+, also featuring video calling.

This is not the first time Facebook and Skype have teamed up – they already share some instant messaging tools.

Skype is in the process of being bought by Microsoft, which is a major shareholder in Facebook.

The new video-call service was launched by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who also revealed that the site now had more than 750 million users.

However, he said that the total number of active users was no longer a useful measure of the site’s success.

Instead, the amount of sharing – of photographs, videos and web links – was a better indication of how people engaged with the site, explained Mr Zuckerberg.

Coming hard on the heels of Google+, Facebook’s Skype offering is likely to be compared to its rival’s Hangout feature. That product allows up to ten people to chat at any one time, while the Facebook/Skype video chat feature facilitates just one-on-one video chatting.Skype did hint that there will be added features in future, but Google has stolen the lion’s share of the headlines and Facebook will not enjoy being seen as following in its footsteps.At the launch in California, Mark Zuckerberg was reluctant to get involved in a tit for tat comparison but he did say that he saw such products as part of the narrative that in future companies which have not traditionally looked at social networking will be layering it on top of all their products.

One to one

At launch, Facebook’s video chat service will only be able to connect two users face-to-face, whereas Google’s+ system allows group video calls, known as Huddles.

Mr Zuckerberg said that it was likely that other “premium” Skype functions would be added in future.

He also appeared to offer a back-handed compliment to Google+, saying that its creation was a vindication of Facebook’s vision for the social web.

Skype chief executive Tony Bates welcomed the partnership, calling it a “long-term relationship” that could benefit both companies.

At one point he had to correct Mr Zuckerberg on the subject of Skype’s ownership, reminding him that the Microsoft deal was not yet complete and still had to be cleared by regulators.

Kenya Lawyers,Judges to wear studs and dreadlocks in court-CJ

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and his stud,he has said Judges and Lawyers can wear studs and dreadlocks in court

Kenyan new Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga now says lawyers and judges may wear studs and dreadlocks in court.

Mutunga posted his statement on his official Facebook page following questions on strict dress code for judicial officers.

“Over the last week, I have received questions on Facebook and Twitter by young lawyers about my position on studs and the dress code in Kenyan courts,” the CJ posts in his Facebook page.

“At this point, I can say that the Judges of the Supreme Court have agreed that we have no issues with anyone appearing before the Supreme Court, wearing their studs. Our position is that as long as officers of the court – both lawyers and judges can appear smart, a stud – or indeed dreadlocks – should not hinder the administration of justice,” Mutunga further says.

The CJ said that at the  Supreme Court wearing the colonial wigs and robes will be dropped.

“We will encourage the Court of Appeal and the High Court to review the dress code there. We will dialogue with them and the LSK and we expect the public to participate in the debate,” says Mutunga.

The move is set to put the new CJ in the spotlight from conservative groups in Kenya that are against the stud. The church was very critical when Judicial Service Commission forwarded Mutuga’s name for appointment. The church was opposed to the stud.

The new move will set Mutunga apart as a CJ who treads in murky waters and set Kenyans mindset beyond dresscode to matters of reforming the judiciary.

Fox news admits hackers attack on Twitter page

FoxNews.com has admitted that its  Twitter feed for political news, FoxNewspolitics, was hacked early Monday morning.

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Hackers report Obama dead in Fox Twitter page

Internet hackers have attacked respected US news channel Foxnews.com and claimed that President Obama has been shot dead.

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