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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Hackers trash Kenya's Mobile Phone Service Provider web access code

In a story that verges on a movie scene, hackers have trashed IT systems of two leading service companies in Kenya. Nerds, whose identity remains mysterious, successfully found their way into the IT systems of Safaricom, Kenya’s leading mobile phone service provider exposing their secret that they are on unsecured servers despite its huge profits

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Thumbs up to the King of African Bloggers:Benin Mwangi

Benin Mwangi. (picture: http://africareadyfor

I dedicate this post to someone I very highly respect and consider King of African Bloggers, given his influence on the African continent's blogging scene. At first he created "The Benin Epilogue Part I: Africa-Ready for Business" A business blogspot that has been enjoying very high hits compared to any other. If you read posts on this blog you will realize that we have individuals with genuine interest of improving the African image to the external world. The posts give a true down to earth and well thought out picture of this wonderful continent.

He took it further and created a much more customized blog to drive the point home that 'Africa is ready for business; in fact it has been for many, many centuries now. But while the emerging markets outside of Africa are generating tons business investment buzz, Africa has received little attention and has still boasted some of the highest returns imaginable. Come journey.....'
True to his words, Benin Mwangi has spearheaded and collaborated projects with other bloggers in his quest to bring business back to Africa. He will move the strongest of hearts to join him with action not just words. I am not blowing any trumpets Benin Mwangi and I welcome you to experience The King of African Bloggers by reading his posts on HERE and HERE

I am truly inspired by his dedication to Africa.
Keep it up, A journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step.

Safari on the prowl to oust Windows Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox and Opera

SAFARI on the prowl!

Boasting of blazing performance, net brwoser Safari is now available for windows and is set to oust all the other top perfomers within no time.
The fastest web browser on any platform, Safari loads pages up to 2 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2.
And it executes JavaScript up to 2.8 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2.
What does all that mean for you? Less time loading pages and more time enjoying them.
It will give you a whole new business experience you can find nowhere else.
This Performance was measured in seconds. Testing conducted by Apple in June 2007 on a 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo-based iMac system running Windows XP Professional SP2, configured with 1GB of RAM and an ATI Radeon X1600 with 128MB of VRAM. HTML and JavaScript benchmarks based on VeriTest’s iBench Version 5.0 using default settings. Testing conducted with a beta version of Safari; all other browsers were shipping versions. Performance will vary based on system configuration, network connection, and other factors

The cry of a 13 year old Kenyan Boy to his Government.

On 14th June 2007 East African governments announced their 2007/8 budget expenditure programmes. In Kenya a young boy, Trevor Kibet had his version of the budget and this is what he had to say to the Kenyan Government.

"I have been watching the economy grow from 0.3% to 6%. But sometimes I ask myself why Kenya can’t be like Singapore or South Africa. I went for Young People Conference in South Africa in February and I was amazed by the infrastructure. Is Kenya ever going to build such roads? Kenya definitely has the potential to become a world class economy. I watch CNBC (Cable Network Business Channel). When I am of age, I will create a business Channel that will engage politicians to talk about business and economic activities of the people of Kenya. I think it is time that we have professional political leaders. We could make Kenya not only a huge economic country
but also make Kenya a business centre. Kenya will one time be a huge economy and I will support the Government, but I will not just simply talk of how bad or good the Government is, I will take action and build Kenya even in the smallest way possible. I think it is time for me to take action and it is also time for all Kenyans to take actions. I have taken risk to write to you. I believe the biggest risk is not to take risk"
Trevor Kibet

Friday, June 15, 2007

Esther Pasaris: woman's fight to save advertising firm

This is a story about one woman's fight to keep her ambition of lighting up the streets of Nairobi alive. She has beaten all odd, including abuses from city management, corruption, and now only the sky is the limit for her. She has plans to start the first ever real Kenyan talk-show and at present she is running a project to fight poverty in Africa. Click here to read more about Esther Pasaris........

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Louisiana town bans saggy pants and plans fines / jail terms for violators

It soon will be a crime in this Cajun-country town to let the waistband of your pants sag too low in public. Mayor Carol Broussard has said he will sign an ordinance the town council approved this week setting penalties of up to six months in jail and a $500 fine for being caught in pants that show undergarments or certain private parts.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Explosion in Nairobi - Update

It has now been confirmed that only one person died in yesterday's attack that brought Nairobi to a standstill. The Kenyan police have played down this as a 'minor normal criminal act'.
What is more puzzling is that there were literature at the scene that pointed to some rather famous quarters regarding terror. More still a manager with CITI HOPPA, bus company that was almost hit say that he saw some 'Arabic Guy' who apparently died in the blast. We leave it to the police to unearth all the mystery.
What do you think, is this just a 'minor normal criminal act' or real terrorism?

Monday, June 11, 2007

Developing Story: Explosion in Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya
Monday June 11 2007

There has been an explosion today in Nairobi in what is suspected to be a suicide bomber attack. Apparently, this was carried out by a man carrying explosives in a bag along the city's Moi Avenue (which is near a very busy commuter bus stop and two major international Hotels - Ambasadeur Hotel and Hilton Hotel Nairobi)
Only one person has been confirmed dead at the moment but sources at the scene say that there may be more than 10 casualties.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that the suicide bomber timer settings were wrong and that the bomb exploded prematurely. All possible scenarios based on the location and the timing of the explotion suggest several targets most likely the city's transport vehicles branded CITY HOPPA. The man may have been headed to board one of the buses but did not succeed as the bomb exploded before he reached the target. The area has been sealed off for more investigation.

Police arrest taxi driver over blast

Following the blast in Nairobi on Monday 11th June 2007, Kenyan police are questioning a taxi driver who ferried three men to the scene of the explosion where one person was killed and 31 injured. The driver was arrested moments after the 8am explosion that occurred outside City Gate Restaurant on the busy Moi Avenue in Nairobi.

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Nairobi Explosion Update

By Dan Okoth

Updated at 08:49 GMT (From The Standard, Nairobi)

There has been an explosion near the Ambassadeur Hotel, Nairobi, this morning. Police have cordoned off the area as rescue teams try to get the injured to hospital. Sources at the scene say there have been some fatalities and injuries.

Police Commissioner Maj Gen Hussein Ali said at least one person is confirmed dead and at least 10 seriously injured. They have been rushed to various city hospitals.

The area has been cordoned off as police investigate. Witnesses said a person with what looked like grenades was seen trying to jump into a bus when the explosion occurred.

The witnesses said he attempted to detonate the grenade and was killed in the explosion.

The explosion occurred next to City Gate restaurant a few metres from the Ambassadeur Hotel. The hotel located in the city centre, has a major bus stage right next to it. It is about 100 metres from the former US embassy where a bomb exploded in 1998 killing 213.

At the time of the explosion, there were scores of pedestrians and workers waiting for buses to their offices.

Latest reports indicate that at least 31 casualties have been admitted to the Kenyatta National Hospital . A team of doctors and nursesA had been mobilised. Sources said seven people with serious injuries were undergoing an operatiom.

Maj Gen Ali who spoke at the scene of the explosion warned the public against speculating on the cause of the explosion.

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