While the whole event was geared to bid farewell and honor Nelson Mandela, there are two historical handshakes that can’t go unnoticed. First it was Obama’s handshake with Cuban President, Raul Castro and then with Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta. These two handshakes, made possible by the death of an African giant, Nelson Mandela the only person who truly understands the power of forgiveness and reconciliation. Can’t we all just get along?
President Barack Obama and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya shaking hands during Nelson Mandela’s Memorial at FNB Stadium earlier today. It was the first time the two met since Kenyan elections in March.
President Obama shaking hand with President Raul Castro of Cuba during Nelson Mandela’s memorial at FNB Stadium in Soweto earlier today. It was only second time the leaders of these two countries shook hands since the Castros took power in early 60s. Last time there was such a handshake was in 2000 during a UN Assembly when the then US President Bill Clinton shook hand with the then Cuban President, Fidel Castro.Fidel is brother to Raul.
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Since the sudden death of one of Fast And Furious actor, Paul Walker, lots of people have mourned in different ways and form. We didn’t see anything else that could be written over the death of Paul and his friend in that tragic car accident. We stayed mute on the story pretty much.
But here is the official released video from the Fast and Furious franchise as a tribute to Paul Walker that we thought you need to see.
It has now been 16 years since the world [yes the world] said goodbye to Princess Diana who died in Paris, France in one of the most tragic accidents involving the chase with the paparazzi. But everything Diana didn’t die with her. She is still remembered in many means and ways. If it is her engagement ring being passed on to her daughter-in-law, Kate or an auction of some of her belonging etc, the world still goes crazy about it.
Recently it was her one of her “favorite” dresses that caused a newsworthy sensation. It was been auctioned at the Kerry Taylor Auction House in London. It turns out that Diana has geared up this dress in about three major occassions including the premier of James Bond’s The Living Daylights movie in 1987. It is the same dress that she wore when she visited the Germany Embassy a year before.
Now here is the moral of the story…after auction debates and price tagging games, the dress was sold for a total $ 166,963.It was sold to a museum somewhere in this world…
The validity and relevance of these Transparency International reports is questionable… of course. However, as we question and look for escarpment routes, we have to sit down and admit few things[ that is if we are seriously seeking a stepping stone]. Corruption is still a major obstacle for our growth and development. Many factors contributes to our slow motioned approach towards war against corruption. Let’s not dig deeper today.
According to the recently released report from Transparency International, Tanzania is even more corrupt compared to last year.Tanzania has dropped nine places in Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index – from 102 last year to 111 this year. The country scored 33 out of 100 in the organisation’s 2013 index released yesterday, two per cent down from last year.
The index ranks 177 countries by perceived levels of public sector corruption and draws on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and views of businesspeople.
Botswana maintained its global position at number 30, making it the least corrupt in Africa. Rwanda climbed from 50 last year to 49 this year. At 111, Tanzania is the second least corrupt country after Rwanda. It is followed by Kenya at 136, Uganda 140 and Burundi 157.
Additional notes from The Citizen.
There is much to be looked after Jay-Z. There is music, an icon wife Beyonce, businessman and fatherhood. However for someone who wants to look at Jay-Z’s life from a different angle[Like I do] I like to remind myself that he is one good example of coming from almost nothing to becoming who he is today. It is a struggle and a gesture of keep fighting and keep moving. God has different plans than ours.
Today he is celebrating 44th birthday. Happy Birthday…And guess what…he goes vegan as he posted on his blog Life and Times…
“On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!!” Jay Z wrote, citing a theory of psychology that it takes someone 21 days to form or break a habit. “This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a ‘plant-based breakfast’ everyday. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought.”
As you can imagine [and I have said this many times before], in almost every single day,I receive a number of new released songs from established artists and upcoming ones. I usually spend my weekends listening to them. I will listen using Bose Headphones[ high end quality] and then listen from Dr.Dre[Beats] to House Of Marley etc. The idea is just to feel the music from different angles and get the message.
More importantly, you can also imagine how many songs I have to pass because either the beats were off and the message was horrible etc. It is hard to put away someone else’s work. However, I think sometimes we need to do that for the sake of industry. Remember, at BC we don’t take bribes. We only value what we think is worthwhile. And in most cases, when I don’t feature someone’s work, I write them to explain why. It is all for the love of music and what these young men and women are doing.
Here is one from an upcoming artist, Vumbe, that I think deserves a spot. Take a listen to Hali Yangu Featuring Lilian
Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Mheshimiwa Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete amemteua Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro kuwa Mbunge. Hiyo ni kutokana na madaraka aliyonayo Rais wa Jamhuri Ya Muungano wa Tanzania.
Taarifa iliyotolewa Ikulu, Dar es Salaam leo, Jumanne, Desemba 3, 2013, na Kaimu Katibu Mkuu Kiongozi, Dr. Florens Turuka inasema kuwa uteuzi huo umeanza jana, Desemba 2, 2013.
Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro ni Katibu wa Halmashauri Kuu ya Taifa, Idara ya Siasa na Uhusiano wa Kimataifa katika Chama cha Mapinduzi.