Thursday, 27 August 2009

Official says racism accusations against him are political ploy

A high-ranking French official accused of racially insulting airport personnel has denied the claim, accusing French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux of orchestrating a biased investigation against him to restore his own image.

A French official charged with overseeing efforts to appease racially-charged tension in a French Indian Ocean territory has accused France's Interior Minister of orchestrating the affair.

Paul Girot de Langlade, coordinator of a political peace process on the island of Reunion, has been suspended pending an inquiry into a charge that he insulted security personnel at Orly airport by using a racial slur.

"I am the victim of a politcal ploy" the official told French daily Le Parisien on Thursday. "The investigation into what was initially a minor incident has been orchestrated by [Interior minister] Brice Hortefeux, who wants to restore his anti-racist image," he said, referring to a series of harsh anti-immigration measures.

"The behaviour and comments that have been attributed to me in the media for the past two days do not come from me and do not reflect reality or my personality," Girot de Langlade told France Inter radio on Saturday.

The prosecutor's office in the Paris suburb of Creteil has opened an investigation into "public insults of a racial character."

According to a judicial official, Girot de Langlade was stopped by security staff and asked to empty his pockets when a metal detector buzzer sounded after he disembarked from a flight at Orly airport outside Paris on July 31.

"You'd think we were in Africa. In any case, there are only blacks here," he is accused of replying, according to the official.


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Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Philip Emeagwali-African inventor

Nigerian born Dr. Philip Emeagwali first entered the limelight in 1989 when he won the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize for his work with massively parallel computers. He programmed the Connection Machine to compute a world record 3.1 billion calculations per second using 65,536 processors to simulate oil reservoirs. With over 41 inventions submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Philip Emeagwali is making big waves in the supercomputer industry, amazing achievements only surpassed by an even more amazing life.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Roxanne shante-Hip Hop artist record deal turned PHD

At the young age of 14, Roxanne Shante had already sealed her spot in Hip Hop history with the smash battle track "Roxanne's Revenge," which was a response to Rap group UTFO's own hit record, "Roxanne, Roxanne." Her involvement in what was labeled the "Roxanne Wars" would eventually see her as one of Hip Hop's first iconic female emcees.

After two albums, however, Shante lost interest in the music industry, particularly the business aspect of it.

"Everybody was cheating with the contracts, stealing and telling lies," she told "And to find out that I was just a commodity was heartbreaking."

By the age of 19, Shante said she remembered a clause in her contract, which stated that Warner Music would fund her education for life. After a short period of negotiation, the record label finally agreed to honor the contract clause, and would eventually pay over $217,000 for Shante's schooling.

Dr. Roxanne Shante has finally earned her Ph.D in psychology from Cornell University.

"This is a story that needs to be told," she said. "I'm an example that you can be a teenage mom, come from the projects, and be raised by a single parent, and you can still come out of it a doctor."

To find out how Shante is using her skills in psychology to help out the African American community, read the entire article [click here].

BBC interview with Former Ghana President John Kufuor

"The interview starts at about 3.20 minutes. Before that, there is some discussion of a recently-released report on how the Congolese Army, Rebel Groups and Western Multinationals are working together to plunder Congo's resources."

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Hunger in Samburu

Days after the government launched the emergency response programme to provide rapid delivery of food, water and medicine to over 10 million Kenyans, another set of people is said to have succumbed to hunger in Samburu. two elderly women in Ndoto location of Samburu north are said to have died from starvation, as many more remain vulnerable.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Chill out

When you had a long day the news always deliver bad news, you may need get to get your partner and take....."A Long Walk" (Soprano's sing!!!)

Jill Scott

"Let's take a long walk around the park after dark
Find a spot for us to spark
Conversation, verbal elation, stimulation
Share our situations, temptations, education, relaxations
Elevations, maybe we can talk about Revelation 3:17"

Nigeria oil rights grab 'illegal'

Nigeria's high court has ruled that its country's government illegally revoked exploration licences granted to a South Korean oil consortium.

The Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) had filed an action demanding the restoration of two offshore licences, granted in 2005.

Nigeria called off the deal in January, alleging that the consortium failed to make agreed payments.

But the court said that President Umaru Yar'Adua did not have such power.

The government has said it will appeal against the court's ruling.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had awarded KNOC rights to the two oil blocks, which which some estimates suggest could hold as much as one billion barrels.

The case has been watched closely by the oil industry, with foreign investors concerned about the security of contracts when administrations change.

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Monday, 17 August 2009

Ethiopian restaurant-UK

Tana Ethiopian Restaurant

2a Lithos Road London, NW3 6EF 07946885037
Tana Ethiopian Restaurant caters for weddings and Christening and private functions. The restaurant can fill 180 people and buffet is available charging £8.00-£10 per head. Why bother to cook at home and have your house messed up when you can hire Tana Ethiopian Restaurant and move your occasion there, while your being served instead of running around making sure your guests are attended to. Let Tana do all the work!

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Friday, 7 August 2009

Quote of the day

"You can't do anything by doing nothing"