Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Security breach? Kenyan airline official leaks Obama's exact itinerary

In a stunning breach of protocol, the national airline of Kenya, where President Obama will visit later this week, published the arrival and departure times of Air Force One, prompting scrambling by White House security officials.

A Kenyan Airways official sent an e-mail blast with the expected time of arrival and departure of the presidential plane in Nairobi, even though it’s standard White House practice never to publish the 40- to 50-minute window during which Air Force One is scheduled to land or take off. And safeguards are enhanced when the president visits a location which could pose added danger, as is the case in Kenya, where the State Department has issued a travel alert and warned that the summit on entrepreneurship Obama is attending is a likely terrorist target.



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“Jomo Kenyatta and Wilson will be closed as follows,” reads an e-mail marked "high" importance and originally sent July 13 by a Kenyan aviation official to a wide range of aviation officials who work in and around the nation's two major airports. The missive went on to give dates and times for the airports’ closure, which Fox News will not disclose, and states: “This corresponds to the expected arrival and departure time for President Obama.”
The Secret Service, when contacted by Fox News, said it would have no comment.
Airports and airspace around them typically close prior to Air Force One's arrival and remain on lock down until his motorcade departs.
Kenya has been the scene of several attacks by Somali-based Muslim terrorist group Al Shabaab since September 2013, when the terrorist group struck Nairobi's Westgate mall and killed 67 people. The mall only reopened this week after nearly two years of reconstruction. Kenya was also was the site of a surface-to-air missile attack on an Israeli airliner in 2002. Two shoulder-fired missiles missed the plane, in an attack for which Al Qaeda claimed credit. Al-Shabaab is widely believed to have surface-to-air missiles.




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The original email was blasted out to airline customers, "all operators" of both of Nairobi’s airports, including staff, aircraft operators and even flight schools at the general aviation Nairobi Wilson field. But making matters worse, earlier this week a Johannesburg travel agent sent out an email with the sensitive text pasted in to all its customers with the subject line: "Info on Obama visit to Kenya."
The State Department's terror alert stated, "there is the opportunity for criminal elements to target participants and other visitors. Large-scale public events such as this Summit can also be a terror target.”
Even within the last month, Al Shabaab has been active in Kenya, although its efforts have been largely in the northeast, near the Somali border. The Kenyan government has been spending millions of dollars sprucing up the roads and pavements of Nairobi ahead of Obama’s visit. Kenyans have dubbed the clean-up “Obamacare.”

Van Gaal casts fresh doubt over Di Maria

Louis van Gaal has cast fresh doubt over Angel di Maria’s future as Paris St Germain step up their bid for the Manchester United winger.

Di Maria is set to join up with the rest of Van Gaal’s squad in the US this weekend.
But with PSG expected to table a £45m offer for the Argentine international Van Gaal failed to dismiss talk of his potential Old Trafford exit.
Asked about Di Maria’s future, the Dutchman said: “I cannot answer that. You can ask every time, but it’s a process, what I’m always saying, and when we think we shall have to say something I shall say it.”
Van Gaal’s comments had echoes of his response to questions in the build up to Robin van Persie’s departure to Fenerbahce earlier this month.
Just days before the Holland striker completed a move to Turkey, the United manager said: “When we feel he is gone, you will hear from Manchester United. We don’t have that feeling yet.”


Di Maria has vowed to fight for his place at United, but continues to be the subject of speculation following a disappointing first season in the Premier League.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Manchester United vs Arsenal match report: Danny Welbeck comes back to haunt old club as Angel Di Maria season hits new low



The brutal assessment Louis van Gaal offered of Danny Welbeck last September was that he lacked the requisite ability.
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And by the former standards of Manchester United that was certainly right. His strike rate for his home town club was almost one every five games and the misses included the shot he lifted straight into the arms of Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, as the light was last being extinguished on the club’s European status. But the problem for the Dutch manager who is about to preside over a second successive United season minus season for the first time since 1989 is that those former United standards no longer apply.
It wasn’t really a stellar offering from Welbeck on his return home. He hardly set a perishing Manchester alight. But he did a simple thing very well - seizing on Antonio Valencia’s backpass that sold David de Gea short and doing the substantial amount of work still required to slip past the goalkeeper and score.
Radamel Falcao, whom Welbeck made way for, has scored just four goals , assisted three and has – van Gaal assured us last night - stamped his mark and provided some kind of “motivational” support, but regardless of the £265,000 a week you’d certainly still take Welbeck ahead of him.
Van Gaal huffed and puffed when the comparison between the two was put to him last night but who did he have up front as the game finished? Marouane Fellani and Chris Smalling. So much for the master tactician and his famous “philosophy.” His was a deeply unattractive sulk and you just had to like the simple, uncomplicated strategy of Arsene Wenger’s decision to try a counter-attacking game, with Welbeck at the apex of it because of his pace. “There was a psychological consideration. We always want to do well against our former team,” Wenger said of Welbeck.


The striker cast a quick, though unmissable, glance at the United bench after he scored and you fancied he wanted to rub van Gaal’s nose in it after all that had been said. It was only four minutes later that Angel di Maria did just that, when he was dismissed for diving and grabbing at the referee. Another metaphor for a player struggling to make any headway because he is no longer doing the simple things, like running at defenders, having time to cross. The United side is scrambled and tactically confused. He’s suffering the consequences.

Wenger’s side were at it harder from the start. Their record here looked pitiful – just the one win in their last 15 games at Old Trafford, a stadium where there could not even make David Moyes suffer. And though Hector Bellerin was tested early on by the wide player who is running at full backs as we thought di Maria would – Ashley Young – Wenger’s players were the ones with a plan. Nothing titanic from them: sit, allow United possession and strike on the counter-attack. Santi Cazorla was bound the operation together but the regularity with which Van Gaal’s side s passed up easy possession – three times in 20 seconds from Danny Blind at one stage and a di Maria calamity which saw Ander Herrera  booked in the rescued effort - made it a serviceable approach.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the most dangerous player of the first half, found width to operate, too. He had already clipped narrowly over the bar after seizing a slightly undercooked Danny Welbeck pass and driving forward, when he took on Mesut Ozil’s measured ball and embarked on a slalom across the edge of United’s area, beyond Young, Blind and Smalling. He slid the ball left to Nacho Monreal to slide home an opening goal: only his second for Arsenal.


Wenger jigged with delight on the touchline, a lead at Old Trafford being the reward for the same midfield resilience the team had displayed in that win at Manchester City in January and for enterprise in the way that they broke at pace. The goal really was gift wrapped, though: too much space for Ozil, no challenge on Chamberlain and Monreal left unmarked because Antonio Valencia had gone roaming and not made it back.

It was a catalyst for United to find some kind of life. The prime strategies - diagonal crosses to Marouane Fellaini – wasn’t quite what we had always anticipated when they were spending all that money last summer. Any port in a storm though. As things turned out, Rooney was the one jockeying for space when di Maria delivered from the right, only three minutes after United had fallen behind. Laurent Koscielny was at fault but Rooney’s movement was as exquisite as his headed finish.


Van Gaal’s sense of discomfort was clear with two half time substitutions – most significantly Michael Carrick for Ander Herrera, who had been struggling against Cazorla – and though the night ended desperately prematurely for Oxlade-Chamberlain, with a snapped hamstring, Arsenal continued to threaten. Chris Smalling was the weak link. David de Gea made four superlative saves again but, with the exception of one moment’s danger from di Maria, United had nothing.
There was an inevitability about Welbeck’s goal. In hope of some sparkle, Adnan Januzaj arrived but then, within minutes, di Maria was gone – booked for diving in search of foul under barely a challenge from substitute Aaron Ramsey and dismissed after grabbing referee Michael Oliver’s shirt. He was not worthy of the claps from the Stretford End which accompanied his dismissal.
Januzaj’s booking for simulation was more theatrically ridiculous still as the chasing Monreal followed him into the box. But in an assured disaply of refereeing Michael Oliver was unmoved. Even then, there were more chances for Arsenal. Alexis Sanchez sent a ball skimming across the area at the death. For Wenger, joy. For van Gaal, public assuredness but a private struggle to know where things go from here.
All in all we thankyou welbeck.


Friday, March 6, 2015

The Phenomenon that is the Infinix X507

Infinix Hot X507 adds a little bit of color to the budget android market. The 5-inch smartphone is available in a range of jaunty colors to suit different tastes for the young generation. The new Infinix is a budget revision of the Zero, with a textured plastic frame being its distinguishing feature. In case you weren’t a big fan of the Infinix Zero glass body, then this smartphone is a good option to consider especially if your devices are prone to flying off the hands. This device is thicker, giving you a lot more to grab onto while also getting a larger battery inside.
A 50% discount on a phone may lead you to asking. How? Why? Maybe there is something wrong with the phone. Maybe it is a lie.
Well I thought of all that too. But NO. The deal is true. I have seen people buy and get their phones delivered. Plus NO this post is not about the Jumia Deal. This post is about the Infinix Hot itself. So let us jump in to the specs.
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The phone runs on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat. It has a Quad Core processor clocked at 1.3Ghz and I must agree is super fast. RAM is 1GB which is really acceptable. The internal storage of the phone is 16GB but expandable with an external SD card.
The phone is 5 inches in size with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. This may not be impressive on paper but once you take a look at the phone’s clarity you will find nothing to complain about. Text and pictures are sharp and clear and good to look at. (Or maybe I’m just saying this because the phone is still new).
The front camera is 2MP. The selfies are understandable. The back camera is a good 5MP. Images are agreeably sharp and smart. It doesn’t have the bad quality the 8MP F6 camera had. 

Technical specifications
Device type
Smartphone
Dimensions (LxWxD)
142.4 x 73.2 x 10.1 mm
Weight
160 grams
OS
Android OS, 4.4.2 KitKat
Processor
1.3 GHz Quad-core, MediaTek MT6582 chipset
RAM
1GB
GPU
Mali-400MP2
Internal storage
16GB
External storage
Micro SD, up to 32GB
Screen size
5.0 inches
Resolution
480 x 854 pixels
Pixel density
196 ppi
Screen type
IPS capacitive, 16M colors
SIM
Mini SIM, dual SIM
Speed
HSPA+ 21Mbps DL, 5.76Mbps UL
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
4.0
Battery
2,000mAh
Camera
5MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels; 2MP front-facing
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Public Holiday For Ivory Coast After AFCON Win

Ivory Coast announced a public holiday on Monday to celebrate its dramatic win over Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations final.

9-8 victory on penalties on Sunday night gave the Ivorians their second title, in a repeat of the 1992 final.
The game was followed by joyous celebrations on the streets the country's biggest city, Abidjan.
Ivory Coast's win brings to an end a 22-year drought during which they lost twice on penalties.
President Alassane Ouattara announced the paid holiday on public radio and television after the game.



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'Unbelievable'
Celebrations in Abidjan went on late into the night on Sunday.
Gozo Maxime Blessing, a 27-year old student, told the BBC that fans had been waiting 23 years for this moment.
"I'm great. I don't know how to express my joy. But this is a very good performance by the Elephants.
"I am happy. I am voiceless. For 23 years, we were waiting for this trophy and by the grace of God we've got it."
The team are due to arrive back home on Monday afternoon, with a celebration planned at the city's Felix Houphouet-Boigny football stadium.
Announcements on local radio requested that fans stay away from the stadium as its 35,000 capacity had already been reached.
Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry scored the decisive spot-kick to seal the victory against Ghana.
Captain Yaya Toure, who won the Premier League with Manchester City last season, described winning the cup as "unbelievable".
"When you win with your club, it's quite amazing," he said. "With your country, it's unbelievable."
The competition was organised by Equatorial Guinea in just two months after Morocco pulled out over fears of the spread of Ebola.
Morocco was subsequently banned from the 2017 and 2019 tournaments. Its football federation was fined $1m (£650,000) and ordered to pay $9.1m in damages to the Confederation of African Football (Caf).



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Friday, January 9, 2015

Throwing in my two cents

New Laws of the land.
Nothing has brought much bigger debate to the land than the controversial new laws that our president signed into law last year. Apparently these laws infringe on so many of our personal rights that experts claim them to be the worst move by a Kenyan government yet, I mean these laws make mututho likeable.

However that being said, I think we are all concentrating on the wrong things as a nation, we have mps fighting for salaries, MCA's becoming the new pigs on the block, teachers on the other hand are back to their regular intrigues (I mean seriously, why  do they even  go back to work if they know they are going to strike over the same issues each year?!!... this time just don't go back to work unless you  get everything handed to you and not as an "I owe you", if not then do not go back on the streets again). oops, I veered out of topic, sorry for that.
State Of The Nation
I am all for the idea of people working hard and making money, hard work should and needs to be rewarded, humanity cannot be equal....those who study hard deserve better pay and ,  there should be a gap between the rich and the poor. We are a growing nation, oozing with potential, our GDP grows every year, we are the envy of the world, we have room to grow and be the best yet. In all honesty I couldn't be more proud of being Kenyan than I am at this very moment. But I believe with great success comes an even bigger responsibility.

Opinion
 In my personal opinion, I believe there should be a base, a level that no Kenyan should be below, no child should go without a proper meal, nobody should live on less than a dollar a day, we all deserve access to proper healthcare, we deserve and have every right to security, nobody should be living out in the cold. We all see those children malnourished living in poverty stricken areas, not even capable of shedding a tear,with no energy to even cry,completely given up on life. We all see that man who waits for the rest of civilization to retire into their homes and get into their cozy warm beds so that he can pull out his little carton box and sleep in the cold streets of Nairobi,no meal,no warmth and at the mercy of mother nature.We all had that classmate who came to school in torn uniform,hand me down books,chapped lips and a certain smell that clearly indicated their clothes were not completely dry. We need to ensure every Kenyan is above this point, proper meals for everyone, proper shelter and access to affordable healthcare for all Kenyans. If we can dedicate ourselves to ensuring that every single Kenyan is above this cut off point, then we will have achieved a far greater feat than any dual carriage highway, standard gauge railway or port we could ever think of building.
Think about it, it isn't illegal yet.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Your Network Is Your Networth

Networking” the word alone can make introverts break into a cold sweat, while gregarious colleagues stuff their pockets with business cards to hand out to anyone they meet. But what is networking, exactly, and how can it fit into your already-packed schedule?
Networking is an important part of planning for your future. The relationships you make now can last for years to come and help you in your career.It is a well known fact that in Kenya,you are only as great as the people you know and the greater your connections,the higher your chances in advancing in any career.Whether you are doing something as Simple as pulling a hand cart or you are a massive engineer at a tech company,the number of influential people you know really influences the pace at which you grow in your business.

How you look,your body language and how you carry yourself are very important in Networking.
Here are a few tips:

Managing Networking Expectations.
Networking is not about selling your product or service; it should be a conversation.You can’t expect that everyone is automatically going to use you because you’re the person that they met at a networking event. Most people already have longstanding relationships with other business people. But if eventually the work starts to come your way, whether it is directly from the people that you meet or from the referrals that they provide your name to, then you’ll know that it’s working.

Preparations Before An Event
the people putting on the event.
You’re headed to a trade show, conference or seminar, and you’re hoping to make some connections while there. Preparation is key. Here are some ideas of what to do before you leave.
• Let others know you’re going. Use social media to not just promote yourself but to promote others, such as
• See if you know anyone else who’s going. If it’s possible, I like to know who’s going to be there and see if there’s anyone attending who I haven’t seen for a while. Or someone new that I’d like to make a connection with.
• If someone you’d like to meet is going to be there, find out more about them. A quick Google search may lead you to an interesting article they wrote or were mentioned in.

Conversation Starters
  • Smile. It may seem basic, but it's hard not to start a discussion or at least smile back.
  • "Hi, my name is...." It can be intimidating to approach someone (or a group of people), but push yourself to walk over and introduce yourself. Start with your name and follow it up with an easy-to-answer question like "How do you know the host?" or "What brings you here tonight?"
  • "I love your [shoes/shirt/necktie]." You'd be surprised how quickly someone's guard can come down when you dish out a compliment. "That was an interesting presentation you just gave" or "That's one of my favorite books you're reading" can go a long way.
  • "You look familiar." You run into each other at the library,mall or coffee shop several times a week. Why not say hello?
  • Bring up a timely topic. Talk about a book or movie that just came out, or something big that's happening in the news. Try to avoid religion or politics.


Networking Online

Online associations are great ways to connect with a larger number of people.Forums are becoming a part of that, and online chats are great ways to get your name out there and make your presence known without having to put yourself out.
• Use a digital signature – four lines maximum – that acts like a business card on your email and online posts.
• Join LinkedIn and online associations.
• Use your online activities to promote others wherever possible. That includes re-tweeting to build Twitter relationships.

Assess Your Network

You’re probably more connected than you think. Your network includes people you know on a personal and professional level, such as:
• Friends
• Family
• High-school alumni
• Church members
• Fellow volunteers
• Former colleagues
• Fellow club members
• College/university alumni
• Former and current neighbors
• Healthcare professionals you see routinely (doctors, dentists,Lawyers.)
• Service people you go to regularly (auto technicians, dry cleaners,Tailors etc.)
• Fellow association members

Volunteering

Serve on the board of a charitable organization that you truly believe in, and you’ll soon be connecting with like-minded professionals.

Be A Go-Giver, Not A Go-Getter

How can you turn a networking opportunity into a new business relationship? By using the right approach.
• What turns people off is asking, ‘Can you help me?’ right away.In networking, you give before you get.
• Once you’ve helped an individual, that person sees you as someone on their side, part of their professional circle of colleagues, and someone they will one day return the favour to.

The Networking-Don’t List

• Don’t stand by yourself at an event or gathering, waiting for others to approach you.
• Don’t broadcast a sales pitch repeatedly.Most people who believe that they’re networking are trying to sell a product or a service.The only reason that they’re there is for the ‘me’ effect, not the ‘we’ effect.
• Don’t interrupt. If you’re joining a group, don’t just barge in and hand everyone in their circle a business card.Wait for a break in the conversation before introducing yourself.