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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DAYLIGHT ROBBERY IN BUENOS AIRES (ARGENTINA): Attempted robbery at gunpoint caught on GoPro!!!



I was on a bike tour in a rough part of Buenos Aires (Argentina) in broad daylight when a thief attempted to steal my camera gear at gunpoint. I miraculously happened to be recording with a gopro on my forehead and captured this amazing piece of footage!!

But this won't stop us from visiting all 195 countries and getting that Global Degree! 

Watch: man films attempted gunpoint robbery on GoPro

A tourist travelling to every country in the world captures the terrifying moment an alleged robber points a gun at him in Buenos Aires, Argentina

A traveller on a quest to visit 195 countries was stopped in his tracks by a man who appeared to be robbing him at gunpoint.
YouTube user "Mike Graziano" was riding a bicycle in what he called a "rough part" of Buenos Aires, Argentina when a man on a motorbike pulled out in front of his path.
Swerving to avoid a crash, the tourist continued his journey but was soon approached by the motorcyclist who held a gun and demanded he give him his "mochila" ("backpack" in English).
Despite not being able to speak Spanish,"Mike Graziano" managed to placate the man's anger by calling him an "amigo" ("friend"). In his confusion, he handed over his bike instead of his backpack.
He then made his escape by running down the street and hitching a ride with other cyclists to safety.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/argentina/11101406/Watch-man-films-attempted-gunpoint-robbery-on-GoPro.html

WASHIRIKA WA MAENDELEO WARIDHISHWA NA MRADI WA UMEME KINYEREZI

Baadhi ya Washirika wa Maendeleo wakipita jirani na unapojengwa moja ya mitambo ya kupokea gesi katika eneo la Kinyerezi, Jijini Dar es Salaam, walipotembelea maendeleo ya ujenzi wa kituo cha kupokea gesi.
Pichani ni moja ya Mtambo wa kuzalisha umeme ambao ni miongoni mwa mitambo itakayotumiwa katika kuzalisha kiasi cha megawati 150 za umeme katika Mradi wa Kinyerezi I.
Meneja Mradi wa Ujenzi wa Kituo cha kuzalisha Umeme cha Kinyerezi I kutoka Shirika la Umeme Tanzania (TANESCO), Mhandisi, Saimoni akiuleza jambo ujumbe wa Washirika wa Maendeleo wakati walipotembelea kuona maendeleo ya ujenzi wa mradi huo.
Katibu Mkuu Wizara ya Nishati na Madini Eliakim Maswi, akiwaongoza Washirika wa Maendelo kuangalia namna utekelezaji wa Miradi ya Ujenzi wa Kituo cha Kuzalisha Umeme na kituo cha kupokea Gesi unavyoendelea katika eneo la Kinyerezi Jijini Dar es Salaam. Pembeni ni mojawapo ya mapipa yatakayotumika kuhifadhi mafuta ambayo yatatumika wakati wa dharura.
Washirika wa Maendeleo kutoka taasisi mbalimbali nchini waliotembelea Mradi wa kuzalisha Umeme  wa Kinyerezi I na kituo cha kupokea Gesi  wameeleza kufurahishwa na kuridhika na kasi ya ujenzi wa miradi hiyo.
Mkurugenzi Mkaazi wa Benki ya Dunia anayesimamia nchi za Tanzania, Uganda na Burundi, Philippe Dongier, akiongea kwa niaba ya washirika hao ameeleza kuwa, wameridhishwa na hatua ambazo miradi hiyo imefikia na kupongeza jitihada za Serikali kuhakikisha kwamba inafanyia kazi changamoto ya upatikanaji umeme wa uhakika Tanzania.

Zuma: 67 South Africans dead in Nigeria church collapse

Mail & Guardian
Photo of: President Jacob Zuma
President Zuma of South Africa.
Sixty-seven South Africans have died in a building collapse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.
Sixty-seven South Africans have died in a building collapse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday. (Youtube)
Sixty-seven South Africans have been killed in a building collapse that occurred at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Nigeria,  President Jacob Zuma said in a statement on Tuesday.
Scores more sustained injuries when the multi-storey guesthouse belonging to the church collapsed on Friday. 
“This is a particularly difficult time for South Africa. Not in the recent history of our country have we had this large number of our people die in one incident outside the country,” said Zuma. 
“Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues that have lost their loved ones in this heart-breaking tragedy. 
“The whole nation shares the pain of the mothers, fathers, daughters and sons who have lost their loved ones.

Do 40 000 whites own 80% of South Africa?



Mail & Guardian

ANIM VAN WYK

Land ownership in SA remains heavily skewed across racial lines 20 years after apartheid. But is 80% of it in the hands of 40 000 white families?
Africa Check verifies whether or not the claim that 40 000 white families own 80% of South African land is true. (Reuters)
The claim that 40 000 white families own 80% of the land in South Africa has been widely circulated since Andile Mngxitama, an MP and “commissar for land and agrarian revolution” with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), raised the issue in an open letter to business tycoon Richard Branson in May this year.
In Mngxitama’s letter – written after the Virgin founder purchased a 40-hectare farm near Franschhoek in the Western Cape province – Branson’s acquisition was described as “stolen land”.
‘Native majority are landless’
“The dominant idiom since 1652 is that of the settler, who imposed it upon the native majority through force of arms,” Mngxitama wrote. “The result of this conquest is that, about 350 years later, the native majority is landless and only about 40 000 white families own up to 80% of our land.” Mngxitama later repeated the claim on Twitter, writing: “?#Land101 SA is constituted by 123-million hectares. 80% of SA land owned by only 40,000 white families.

Giant dinosaurs and super galaxies


SARAH WILD

Scientists turned to digital modelling to study the Dreadnoughtus dinosaur and have finally defined where our galaxy is in the universe.
'Dreadnoughtus schrani' weighed more than seven Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs. (John McCann, M&G)
It weighed more than seven Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs, making Dreadnoughtus schrani the largest known accurately measured land animal. Excavated over four years in Argentina, this 26m-long herbivore weighed nearly 60 000kg, more than a Boeing 737. One of its femurs is longer than a tall man, at almost two metres.
“Shockingly, skeletal evidence shows that, when this 65-tonne specimen died, it was not yet full grown,” said Kenneth Lacovara, a professor at Drexel University in the US who headed up the research that was published in the journal Scientific Reports.
Even though it was a herbivore, scientists have named the dinosaur after the fearsome battleship of the early 20th century. “With a body the size of a house, the weight of a herd of elephants and a weaponised tail,Dreadnoughtus would have feared nothing,” he said.

Would you've known? Hiccups led researchers to Ebola in Guinea

Ebola patient

"Most of us think of Ebola as sort of the cinematic portrayal of it — you know, bleeding out of the eyes and ears," Stern tells NPR's Audie Cornish in an interview on Morning Edition. "That happens, but it doesn't always happen, and it doesn't happen until the later stages of the virus."

In the early stages, he says, symptoms can look a lot like cholera and malaria. And since Guinea had never experienced Ebola, no one knew to look for it — not even people in the medical community.

"We tend to think of Ebola as a generally African scourge, but the last real outbreak had been more than 2,000 miles away," he stresses. "And it might as well have been another world for the people in the forest region of Guinea."

It wasn't until Dr. Michel Van Herp, an epidemiologist with Doctors Without Borders, noticed that half the patients listed on a medical report from Guinea had the hiccups that a light bulb went off.

"Hiccups is something that's associated — for reasons we're still not entirely sure of — with hemorrhagic fever, but especially with Ebola," Stern says.

Once they pinpointed the culprit, he says, aid organizations like MSF and the World Health Organization had an incredibly fast response — almost too fast. Health care volunteers were immediately sent in to track contacts and set up isolation wards, but public communication couldn't keep up with the efforts.

NPR: Hiccups Were The Clue That Led Researchers To Ebola

Source: WAVUTI

Uganda air service back on track

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Uganda air service back on track

BY PROF. WOLFGANG H. THOME, PH.D., ETN AFRICA CORRESPONDENT |

A fourth international destination out of Dar es Salaam will launch today, when one of Africa’s low-cost carriers makes its maiden flight to Entebbe in Uganda.
After Johannesburg, Lusaka and Harare are flights to Entebbe of particular importance, as the double-daily nonstop flights by Air Uganda came to an abrupt halt on June 17 when the Ugandan regulators pulled all air operator certificates for international flights to escape ICAO’s citation for significant safety concerns. Ever since, travelers have been forced to fly between the two airports via third countries at considerably greater expense and having to suffer much longer journey times.
Fastjet will for the first two weeks fly twice a week before upping flights on September 29 to four per week, which in terms of seats, though not in terms of departures, almost restores the status quo pre-June 17.