No matter the challenges we can still do it

10 Mar

kibera life:

may God bless the work of our hands

Originally posted on kevinaloo:

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How the global banana industry is killing the world’s favorite fruit

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Originally posted on Quartz:

During harvest last year, banana farmers in Jordan and Mozambique made a chilling discovery. Their plants were no longer bearing the soft, creamy fruits they’d been growing for decades. When they cut open the roots of their banana plants, they saw something that looked like this :
A Cavendish ravaged by Tropical Race 4.

A banana plant ravaged by Tropical Race 4.

Scientists first discovered the fungus that is turning banana plants into this rotting, fibrous mass in Southeast Asia in the 1990s. Since then the pathogen, known as the Tropical Race 4 strain of Panama disease, has slowly but steadily ravaged export crops throughout Asia. The fact that this vicious soil-borne fungus has now made the leap to Mozambique and Jordan is frightening. One reason is that it’s getting closer to Latin America, where at least 70% of the world’s $8.9-billion-a-year worth of exported bananas is grown.

Randy Ploetz, professor of plant pathology at University of Florida who discovered Tropical…

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China is now India’s top trading partner and one of its least liked

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kibera life:

thats so funny

Originally posted on Quartz:

India and China—two massive, neighboring Asian emerging economies, each home to over a billion people—are on the way to forming one of the world’s largest trade relationships. According to a study by the PHD Chamber of Commerce, an industry trade group in New Delhi, China has become  India’s largest trading partner , with Sino-Indian trade reaching $49.5 billion during the first nine months of the current fiscal year.

According to the study, China has edged out the United Arab Emirates—India’s previous top trading partner—and is comfortably ahead of the US and Saudi Arabia.

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China’s newfound role as India’s top trading partner is a sign of growing “south to south” trade. Both China and India are among the world’s top trading countries, with 35 countries naming China as their top trading partner and six countries naming India as theirs.

But Sino-Indian experts say economic cooperation between the two Asian giants is still hampered…

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HTC employees indicted for leaking upcoming smartphone secrets

27 Dec

kibera life:

thats the problem of trusting employees with information

Originally posted on Gigaom:

HTC vice president for design Thomas Chien, along with several other HTC employees, were indicted on Friday for allegedly leaking company secrets, accepting kickbacks and misreporting expenses, reports the Wall Street Journal. This isn’t exactly a surprise: Chien and others were arrested in August after an internal probe incited by complaints from HTC chairwoman Cher Wang.

Chien is alleged to have leaked upcoming phone design reference – reportedly for HTC Sense 6.0 – to a partner he was planning to begin a new business with. In addition to this, Chien and five other employees have also been charged with receiving 33.57 million New Taiwan dollars ($1.12 million USD) through kickbacks from suppliers and misreporting expenses.

The report doesn’t name any other employees outside of Chien, but HTC research and development director Bill Wu and design team senior manager Justin Huang were named as part of the probe over the…

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No matter the challenges we can still do it

23 Dec

Stop Politicizing the (fill in the blank)

14 Sep

Originally posted on TheTwoNinetyOneTracker:

President Uhuru Kenyatta has told his nemesis Raila Odinga to “stop politicizing” the land issue. http://www.news24.co.ke/National/News/Uhuru-tells-off-Raila-on-land-issue-20130902 The senior half of the digital duo also lambasted the vanquished head of CORD to stop politicizing the value-added Tax (VAT) recently implemented by Jubilee government. http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/business/2013/09/stop-politicizing-vat-law-uhuru-tells-raila/. And if that was not enough, The Hague-bound Son of Jomo may as well accuse Son of Jaramogi, his father’s chief rival, of engineering his summons, along with his deputy’s, to The Hague! http://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/How+ICC+and+Raila+created+coalition+of+the+accused/-/1064/1634576/-/2r1hjxz/-/index.html Frankly I am waiting for Mr. Kenyatta and his sycophants to call on Mr. Odinga to “stop politicizing” the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons against the rebels!

The glaring irony is that the same man accusing his chief political enemy of politicizing land ownership, bread-and-butter/economic issues and the on-going trials at The Hague is in point of fact doing the very same thing: Talk about huevos or chutzpah!

Mr. Kenyatta…

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Kibera – views from the truck

7 Sep

kibera life:

iam happy to see the work you do in kibera

Originally posted on michaelhynds:

English: Slum Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya.

English: Slum Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The new school term starts on Monday. Yesterday, I visited the headmaster at our school in Kibera, believed to be Africa’s largest urban slum. Here are some photographs that I took as the driver and I made our way back.  Click on the first of  my pictures below to view the ‘gallery’ – larger versions of the pictures, complete with captions.

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