Students Protest In London Over Tuition Fees

Police officers today formed a line in front of the Houses of Parliament as student protesters gathered nearby in central London. The students were protesting against a rise in tuition fees.

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told MPs in the house of commons today, under the coalition’s plans a care worker on £21,000 would pay back £7 a month on average, compared with £81 under the current scheme or £36 under a graduate tax. However, Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman told the Deputy Prime Minister, it would be a “cop out” to abstain on the vote.

The event had started with a short rally in Trafalgar Square but a planned march to Parliament did not take place. Labour MP John McDonnell and Green MP Caroline Lucas were among speakers at the rally in Trafalgar Square today.



Snow Hits London


Snow has swept across most parts of Britain with London getting its first covering of snow today. Blizzards that have hit parts of the country are now spreading South East.

Last night 2-5 cm of snow fell across England and Wales as temperatures dropped well below freezing.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for almost every part of the UK.

Deep snow has settled in many parts of the UK and today London is on high alert for heavy snow showers.

Makamu Wa Rais Akutana Na Mawaziri Wa Ofisi Yake Leo


Makamu wa Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania Mhe. Dk. Mohamed Gharib Bilal katikati, akiwa katika picha ya pamoja na Mawaziri wa Ofisi yake wakati Mawaziri hao walipokwenda Ofisini kwa Makamu wa Rais Ikulu Dar es Salaam leo, kwa ajali ya kujitambulisha rasmi. kushoto Waziri wa Nchi Ofisi ya Makamu wa Rais Mazingira Mhe. Dk. Teresya Luoga Hovisa, katikati Waziri wa Nchi Ofisi ya Makamu wa Rais Muungano Mhe. Samia Hassan Suluhu.

Michuzi Atoa Somo Kwa Wasanii Tanzania


Gwiji la Blogs za Kiswahili Michuzi (Issa Michuzi) ambaye ni mmoja wa waasisi wa mitandao ya habari ya jamii (blogs) nchini Tanzania, amewashauri wasanii kuanza kuingia kwa kasi kwenye matumizi ya teknolojia hiyo kwa kusambaza kazi zao.

Katika kuonesha kwamba, teknolojia hiyo ni muhimu, Michuzi ameahidi kuwapa mafunzo ya bure wadau wa Jukwaa la Sanaa juu ya kufungua na kumiliki blog ambayo yataendeshwa Ijumaa ya Desemba 10, 2010 kwenye Ukumbi wa BASATA.

Edgar Mueller – 3D Artist

Edgar Mueller is responsible for these illusions. An apocalyptic scene of the floor bursts, and lava flows into a raging sea. If one looks from right point of view, Muellers three-dimensional (3D) painting becomes perfect disaster illusion. If you noticed, there is a water flowing in the center of the street.


New Nissan Leaf – Electric Car

Nissan will be putting a lithium ion battery into the Leaf. Nissan is cutting the size in half while also increasing power and range twice.  Pretty impressive. The batteries will take around 16 hours to recharge, unless you are doing a higher power charge, like the video demonstration. It cuts carbon emission of upto 40% compare to a normal petrol car.

Nissan Leaf will be built in Sunderland, UK and will be sold in the UK with a price tag of £24,000.


Beginning Of The End Of WWW?


UK High Court ruling implies headlines are copyright – we are one step away from links.

The UK’s High Court has ruled that news monitoring agencies will have to pay publishing companies to use their web content, effectively re-classifying headlines as separate literary works subject to copyright.

The moves follows a legal battle between the Newspaper Licensing Agency, owned by eight of the UK’s largest newspaper groups, and Meltwater, a news monitoring agency. Although cutting agencies like Meltwater pay the NLA a fee for reproducing full-length articles, this case was supposed to clarify the limits of the NLA’s licensing scheme. Meltwater didn’t like its clients needing to have a licence from the NLA for the use of mere headlines and short extracts from its service. Instead the case has ruled that similar aggregation sites that charge for a service will have to pay for those headlines.

Meltwater plans to appeal against the decision, but if it’s upheld, you can expect a wave of more legal actions. And thus the fabric of the UK’s online publishing industry will start to break down. Well done High Court.

Technically, that won’t affect blogs or search sites since they don’t charge. But it’s not far away from some publishers claiming that because those links are monetised in some other way, that they can charge for their use since the headlines and, therefore the links to those, are copyright.

Meltwater makes the point that the ruling will mean that “simply browsing copyright-protected content made freely available on the internet will infringe copyright if it is read without a rightsholder licence.” Quite.

Needless to say the NLA is very happy as the total UK market for online news monitoring is worth around £10 million and “publishers should earn a fair share of revenues from paid-for monitoring.” This is all they are arguing over? A measly £10m? How pathetic. It shows how desparate some newspaper publishers are.

If this has to go ahead, not far away you can expect a wave of legal actions which will result the beginning of the end of World Wide Web and majority of the society will be left out who can’t afford a penny a site.

I hope the courts see sense in this.

For Every Baby You Conceive, I Will Give You KSh 500 Cash


Councillor Habel Kijana Mutahi of Giathugu Ward in Kenya believes in numbers, but today he is a worried man. Women in his village no longer get pregnant, the men are neck-deep in illicit liquor, and the elderly offer no answers to his queries. Councillor Habel Kijana Mutahi believes the only way he can help re-populate his ward is through financial incentives to women.

To most people, this would be good enough information to call a press conference and announce that the country is facing a human resource problem. But for councillor Habel Kijana Mutahi of Giathugu Ward in Mukurwe-ini, this was an opportunity to stand up and change the dynamics affecting his people.

When Mr Mutahi realised that the youths of his ward were no longer getting married or bearing children, he decided that the only way to reverse the trend was through incentives to encourage his fellow villagers to get babies. That is how he came up with a scheme to award Sh500 to every woman who fell pregnant, and Sh2,000 for every birth.

Lowest growth

His initiative, he says, does not just target the re-population of his ward, but also that of the entire Central region, which has been in the news for all the wrong reasons since the publishing of the results of the 2009 national population census survey, which indicated that Central Province had the lowest population growth rate in 10 years.

The region registered a total number of 4,383,743 people, compared to 3,724,159 in 1999, which translates to an increase of one million persons in the period under survey.

Mukurwe-ini Constituency, according to statistics gathered from the provincial commissioner’s office, registered a total of 83,932 persons, compared to 87,447 people in the 1999 census, and it was that decrease of 3,515 persons that captured Mr Mutahi’s attention.

While the rest of the country grew, Mukurwe-ini’s human resource shrunk! What could have happened?

“The high rate of poverty here, coupled with rural-urban migration and the consumption of illicit liquor, has decimated our numbers,” Mr Mutahi says. And, sadly, he may be right.

Mukurwe-ini residents used to rely on coffee farming before the sector went to the dogs, taking with it their livelihoods. Left with nothing to live for, and with the cost of living rising every day, the youths of the region took to their heels, leaving behind a largely elderly population that could do little to balance the population equation.

Enter Kijana Mutahi, and all that is about to change. Even though the Sh500 with which he rewards every woman who falls pregnant in his ward is not much, it goes a long way in appreciating the fact that the re-population of his sleepy hamlet will have to be done by the residents.

Reward for the little trouble

That is why, after every small village gathering he organises, he requests every woman who is pregnant — or thinks she is — to remain behind as the rest leave so that she can get her reward for the trouble. Pregnancies, no doubt, are a valued asset here.

Valued and rare. According to Mr Mutahi, there are four public health facilities in his ward, and records indicate that less than 10 pregnant women visit them in a month.

The civic leader recalls a meeting held in May this year in which an administrator announced that only one child had been born in Giathugu Ward in the month of March. And from January to August this year, the ward had celebrated the birth of only 17 babies.

His cash-for-pregnancy programme is still in its infancy stage, and Mr Mutahi says he has managed to convert nine women so far. Not a bad start, he says.
“I do this out of the love that I have towards my constituents,” he says, adding that the money he dishes out comes from his salary.

Change fortunes

One of the beneficiaries of the project is 22-year-old Florence Wairimu, a mother of three who says her councillor’s programme is likely to change, in more ways than one, the fortunes of Giathugu.

“I like the direction this programme is taking. It may not be worth much, but I believe it will greatly change the demographics of this area,” she says as she cuddles her last-born daughter Tracy Wambura, the little girl whose birth earned her mother a Sh2,000 shopping voucher.