Showing posts from October, 2012


Amazing Frozen Lemon   Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or   consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted.   How can you use the whole lemon without waste? the lemon in the freezer section of your   refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on   top of your foods. Sprinkle it to your whisky, wine, vegetable   salad, ice cream, soup, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi,   fish dishes. All of the foods will unexpectedly have a   wonderful taste, something that you may have never tasted   before. Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin   C. Not anymore. Now that you've learned this lemon secret, you   can use lemon even in instant cup noodles.   What's the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than   preventing waste and adding new taste to your dishes? Well, you   see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times m

UONGOZI:Donald Trump comes to Kenya.

Last week,  on “The Tonight Show, “ US President Barack Obama joked that his combative relationship with rightwing businessman Donald Trump (who claims Obama wasn’t born in the United States) goes back to their time playing football together in Kenya.  In what is not a joke: Trump—well, more a play on his brand of reality show—is now heading to Kenya. Uongozi  (Swahili for Leadership; the link is to their Facebook page and that’s the trailer above) is an upcoming Kenyan reality TV show that seeks to identify the next generation of young leaders “by challenging the values with which we choose our leaders.” It is sort of like “So you think you can dance” meets Trump’s “The Apprentice

How valuable are Africa's natural resources?

By Bright Simons So let's assume for one moment that you are an international corporate executive responsible for your company's emerging market strategy. You are hearing a lot more about Africa of late, and feel strongly that your organisation needs a well-researched and informed strategy on a continent that has for so long evaded your radar. Be careful though how much store you place on stock wisdom about Africa packaged as authoritative. You may find that such commentary does not always enlighten, so that, in a paradoxical sort of way, the more you read the less truly educated you become. Before you begin to ponder what avenues may be available to your company as it seeks to escape this information trap, let me illustrate what I mean with a classic example. There is a near-universal belief that Africa is the richest continent on Earth from a natural resource point of view. This belief is most strongly associated with mineral wealth, which is the form of natural re

"The World's Poorest President":Uruguay's

   José Mujica, Uruguay's president While the title President is often synonymous with plush living and hefty pay cheques, Uruguay’s head of state is contrasting the norm. José Mujica who is commonly referred to as the “The World’s Poorest President” donates 90 per cent of his salary, taking home approximately Ksh105, 000 of his allotted  Ksh1,050,000. Speaking to a Spanish newspaper, the 77-year-old head of state explained that the amount he takes home is sufficient "I do fine with that amount; I have to do fine because there are many Uruguayans who live with much less," he told the paper. Mujica also refused to live in the presidential residence, opting to reside in a small farmhouse owned by his wife. Like her husband, Mrs. Mujica donates a large sum of her senatorial salary. The president, who was previously a guerilla fighter, has no bank account. When declaring his wealth, Mujica stated that his most valuable possession is his aged Volkswagen Beetle. Known as a man

Intelligence on President Kibaki of Kenya

President Kibaki’s has pulled the rug under the feet of Western and European countries for a number of reasons which intelligence analysts depict as economic-political. Kibaki has ensured his country has put a tight lid on Western investors direct foreign investment plans making it impossible for the West to make headway in the country. The Kenyan presidency hardly engages in any bilateral, diplomatic, and military cooperation talks with European and American diplomats anymore leaving the lesser and keenly audited office of the Prime Minister to deal with the Americans and Europeans. French Ambassador complained to the French government and the Kenyan foreign ministry about the unavailability of the president. Much diplomatic efforts are burdened to the foreign ministry. French ambassador to Kenya Etienne de Poncins postulates that it is virtually impossible to reach the president of the republic of Kenya. Analysis President Kibaki is gradually growing tired of Western influ

Ethiopia Climate Project Receives Africa’s First Forestry Carbon Credits under the CDM

ADDIS ABABA.   In Humbo village, in southwestern Ethiopia, rural communities are benefiting from an innovative carbon reduction project that has successfully restored 2,728 hectares of biodiversity-rich land, bringing cash into their hands in some of the remotest parts of the continent. The project won global recognition last week when it was awarded Africa’s first temporary Certified Emission Reductions, commonly called carbon credits, for reforestation. On October 5, 73,000 credits were issued under the UN’s  Clean Development Mechanism  (CDM), which allows developing countries to sell carbon credits to industrialized nations to help them fulfill their obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. The credits were purchased by the World Bank’s  BioCarbon Fund , creating an important revenue stream for Humbo residents and setting an example for similar projects to be scaled up across the continent. “To fight climate change effectively, we

Mau Mau:Colonised and coloniser : Detention Camps

Ideas that underpinned Britain's imperial project led not only to torture in Kenya, but war and catastrophe in Europe 'The ideology that led to Hitler's war and the Holocaust was developed by the colonial powers.' Illustration by Daniel Pudles Over the gates of the Ngenya detention camp, run by the British in Kenya: "Labour and Freedom". Over the gates of Auschwitz were the words "Work Makes You Free" . Over the gates of the Solovetsky camp in Lenin's gulag: "Through Labour – Freedom!". Dehumanisation appears to follow an almost inexorable course. Last week three elderly Kenyans established the right to sue the British government for the torture that they suffered – castration, beating and rape – in the Kikuyu detention camps it ran in the 1950s.   Many tens of thousands were detained and tortured in the camps. I won't spare you the details: we have been sparing ourselves the

The Mega Bandits and Super Heavy-Duty Looters of Africa’s Wealth

In 2004, the African Union claimed that corruption alone costs Africa $148 billion a year and “Africa experiences capital flight of up to $90 billion a year and the external stock of capital held by Africa's political elites is $700 billion-800 billion” . , Let’s place these figures in perspective. In 2009, Africa’s total foreign debt stood at around $300 billion. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, Africa not only fed itself but exported food as well. Not anymore. Today, it spends over $20 billion a year on food imports. [Nigeria is said to spend $120 billion annually (unsubstantiated) on food imports.] Africa also spends $20 billion a year on its military – importing weapons, maintaining equipment, paying soldiers and service personnel, etc. The military is a colonial institution, introduced into Africa to suppress the aspirations of the people for freedom. Only few traditional African societies – such as Ashanti, Dahomey, Kanuri and Zulu