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Dar lacks bankable projects, experts say

Tanzania is awash with cash, but no credible projects to finance, stock...

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Sudan court convicts Ethiopian woman over ‘gang-rape’

An Ethiopian woman who says she was gang-raped in Sudan has been convicted of “indecent acts”. The woman of 18 was three months’ pregnant at the time of the alleged attack. She was arrested after video of her allegedly being sexually abused was circulated on social media. Three men who admitted having sex with the woman and two who distributed the video were reportedly sentenced to being whipped. The three were each sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery, while two got 40 lashes for distributing indecent material, according to women’s rights group Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA). ‘Brutal’ The woman was sentenced to a one-month jail term but this was suspended because she is pregnant, her lawyer, Samia al-Hashmi, told the AFP news agency. She was also fined 5,000 Sudanese pounds ($880; £530). She had also faced charges of adultery and prostitution, which could have led to a penalty of death by stoning, but these were dropped after she convinced the court she was divorced, reports SIHA. The campaign group says the woman was house-hunting when she was lured to an empty property and attacked in Omdurman, just across the River Nile from Khartoum. It says she now faces deportation.

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How WhatsApp founder Jan Koum became co-founder of $19bn messenger service

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters): WhatsApp grew up in Silicon Valley, but its founder’s background in Eastern Europe gave it its DNA. The messaging company bought by Facebook for $19 billion in a deal announced on Wednesday has become a global force, with 450 million customers who find it an easy way to send messages across borders and between different brands of mobile devices. Founder and chief executive officer Jan Koum, 37, grew up mostly in the Ukraine, and moved to Mountain View, California, as a teenager, an immigrant path reminiscent of other Silicon Valley successes such as Max Levchin, the Ukrainian-born co-founder of Paypal, and Google’s Russian-born co-founder, Sergey Brin. Like technology titans Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, Koum dropped out of college, but in his case, it was San Jose State rather than Harvard. Koum’s eastern European background was key to WhatsApp’s creation, according to Jim Goetz, the partner at Sequoia Capital who backed the company. Unlike companies such as Google and Facebook, which try to learn as much as possible about each user, WhatsApp does not collect personal information such as name, gender, or age, Goetz wrote in a blog post, and messages are deleted from servers once delivered. “It’s a decidedly contrarian approach shaped by Jan’s experience growing up in a communist country with a secret police,” Goetz wrote. “Jan’s childhood made him appreciate communication that was not bugged or taped.” Similarly, Brin’s early childhood in Russia contributed to its “Don’t Be Evil” motto. Koum’s view was evident in a tweet he wrote last year about Iran and Turkmenistan blocking WhatsApp. “When government gets in the way, consumers and freedom to communicate suffers,” he wrote. He also sees advertising as an imposition. “When advertising is involved, you the user are the product,” Koum wrote in a 2012 blog post, disparaging the effort other companies make to collect personal data. That same year, he quoted singer Kanye West in a tweet, writing, “You think you free but you a slave to the funds, baby.” WhatsApp charges 99 cents a year, and that bargain-basement approach extends to the WhatsApp’s original office, according to Yoav Leitersdorf of YL Ventures, who visited in 2010 in an attempt to invest in the young company. He’s still impressed by both the founders and what he saw. “It was like a car dealership with no cars inside and hardly any furniture at all for that matter,” Leitersdorf recalled. “I remember parking my car and walking around the building for about five minutes or more, looking for the office door.” The office contained a handful of desks atop a stained wall-to-wall carpet, he said. At the time, Koum mentioned that many of the engineers worked remotely; today he provides recommendations for some on his LinkedIn page

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Russian women protest ban on lace underwear

Russian women will in the near future be bereft of skimping about in your bedroom in frilly lacy underwear. A notion that has many of them visibly upset. How economic mismanagement has now brought ruin to women’s desire for lace underwear So upset that women from the affected regions of Kazakhstan, Russia, and Belarus took to the streets to protest the ban on synthetic lace underwear beginning in July. One group of women protesting in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Sunday, waved pairs of lacy undergarments in the air as part of a “Panties for the President” protest. One protestor told anyone who would listen that her protest panties were the only pair she had left. ‘It irritates me the most that the authorities want to decide what I should wear,‘ Iryna Davydenko, a bank manager, who travels regularly between Kazakhstan, Russian and Ukraine, told Al Arabiya English. ‘As if all other issues in the country are solved and the only outstanding issue is ladies panties.’ Eventually three of the protesters were reportedly arrested and escorted away. The law, which is intended to protect consumers from cheap materials, in essence bans the import, production, and sale of all synthetic lace undies in the Eurasian Union. According to officials, that’s because the banned undergarments don’t absorb enough moisture. Under the law, which was introduced in 2012, underwear made of non-natural material is required to absorb at least six percent of moisture and will need to contain no less than 6 % cotton. According to the Russian Textile Businesses Union more than US$4bn worth of underwear is sold in Russia annually and 80% of the goods sold are foreign-made. Analysts have estimated that 90% of products would disappear from shelves if the ban goes into effect this summer as planned, forcing many women to return to Soviet era cotton underwear, best described as a close cousin to window drapery.

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$60m supersonic private jet where the entire cabin WALL is a giant screen

It is the plane that could finally end the argument over who gets the window seat. The spike S-512 is a supersonic jet that will enable travelers to reach destinations in half the time it currently takes. A firm attempting to build a private supersonic jet has revealed a radical new design where the entire cabin wall is a screen that can be turned into a giant window. Live video from outside the plane can create a panoramic image – or the passengers of the $60m jet can opt to have their family snaps shown or even watch a movie on the walls. The supersonic jet has a revolutionary windowless passenger cabin. Instead, the interior walls will be covered with a thin display screen. Spike Aerospace’s S-512 supersonic jet project is far from being a real thing, but when the plane arrives and is actually sold for $60 million dollars a pop, one thing buyers won’t be getting are windows — at least in the cabin. To complete the illusion, the plane will use an array of exterior cameras, or offer passengers the option to replace it with prerecorded footage or static images. Spike Aerospace explained the decision to go windowless in a blog post, saying windows typically require extra structural support, something that adds weight. That’s not desirable for a plane that’s been designed to hit speeds of 1,370 mph, more than twice the cruising speed of long-distance commercial passenger flights. The S-512 was announced in December, and comes from a team of former engineers at Airbus, Boeing, and Gulfstream. The 18-passenger craft promises trips between New York and London in three hours, or LA to Tokyo in about six hours, something that requires breaking the speed of sound. Of course that’s when the plane hits its manufacturing phase, something Spike projects for 2018. In the meantime, the company is still retooling the design for the craft, and plans to spend two years prototyping and testing after that.

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Nyangenya Bwomanga From Texas With VISION 2020

When an 18-wheeler truck parked outside his apartment in Coronado, Texas and was quickly loaded with more than 50 desktop computers destined for Kisii and Nyamira counties, many people in the neighbourhood were left asking, who is this man Nyangeya Bwomanga? “I’m telling them that I’m just a humble Kenyan who is blessed to live in the US, a country full of opportunities to make a difference not just in ones life but also in the lives of others. I’ve therefore committed myself to equipping my rural home schools with computers.” says Job Nyangeya Bwomanga. Last Sunday, Mr Nyangenya held a small ceremony at his home where scores of his close friends and relatives prayed for the safe shipping of the computers to Kenya. Among the invited guests who spoke at the event were community leaders like ‘ambassador’ Walter Omwenga, the Abagusii Global radio CEO and Founder Orina Ontiri, Pr. Ayonga and Pastor Mwebi of Metro Community Church Arlington. Others were the President of Kenya Youths Abroad Dominic Mangere, his deputy Evans Nyakundi and engineer James Ongera from Austin Texas. There was also Nyamari Barongo from MN, Former KYA presidents Felix Nyangate, Boss Nyangau “Akaminginchi” Charles Nyambuka who was acted as the Master of Ceremonies. But with poverty stalking most rural areas in Kenya and reports that people can barely scrape a meal a day, why computers, which could be classified as a luxury in Kenya? “I believe education and modern day technology are the only weapons to fight against the widespread poverty and the magic of removing the condition of insecurity, powerlessness and exclusion of individuals and household communities from fully participating in the social economic and development matters touching on their everyday life,” Mr Nyangenya says during an interview. FIGHTING POVERTY Born 29 years ago in the larger Kisii County in the current Bomachoge Chache constituency to parents he refers to as ‘peasant farmers’, Mr Nyangenya says this in more ways than he cares to remember informed the way he looks at poverty. “I always pray for the strength, wisdom and man power to take education and the spirit of enlightenment to my people of all ages at the grass-root level, for this noble idea resonates with the old adage that charity begins at home,” he says. Mr Nyangenya says the idea of computers for schools came during his 2010 visit to Kenya. “I met with people in the village at Nyakoiba Primary School and in that meeting we discussed on how we can help our community by coming up with projects that alleviate poverty and make our society self-sufficient. In my address, I proposed that we start two projects: the One Shilling A Day Scholarship and the Community Information and Resource Centre.” The one shilling a day was a donation each member of the community was encouraged to give so that they could start to give as scholarship to those pupils who did well academically but who could not raise school fees or tuition. “Not everybody has full participated on this project, but I have been networking with people from home and we have at least managed to give a partial scholarship to 5 pupils so far,” says Mr Nyangenya. The Community Information and Resource Centre is a place people go to read newspapers and any other books. “I gave Sh3,000 to start the project off and while in college in the US, I learned about Books for Africa, which is an organization that gives free books to anybody in need. When I had the opportunity to peruse through the books, I realized they are indeed good reference books and a good source of knowledge,” says Mr Nyangenya. The idea of a resource centre picked up and soon he was talking computers. “I spoke to a colleague of mine who is a nurse and she told me if I wrote a proposal, I could be able to get computers at a very cheap price from the county government.” He duly wrote the proposal and gave it to the Director of Technology of Howard County. The director promised to give him 30 computers. “But when I went to pick the computers, He handed me 60 of them,” Mr Nyangenya says. The immediate challenge of course was how to get the computers to Kenya. It is easy in America to collect used computers, books or clothes but the enduring challenge has always been the cost of shipping stuff home. “I contacted various shipping companies through Abagusii Global Radio and received different quotes. I settled on the quote of $3000 to have the computers shipped home. ...

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Kristin Cavallari shares one more pregnant selfie as she works out in the gym with son Camden

She recently revealed that she is expecting another boy. Kristin Cavallari shared another snap on Instagram documenting her growing baby bump on Saturday as she took a break from working out in her gym with her son Camden in the background And on Friday, Kristin Cavallari eagerly shared yet more pictures of her burgeoning baby bump with the world via Instagram, as she took a break from working out to focus on a well-posed mirror ‘selfie’. The 27-year-old was hanging out in her gym with her one-year-old son Camden playing in the background when she put her camera phone to good use. The 27-year-old reality star showed off her cooking skills as she revealed on Instagram that she was making ‘wild mushroom and asparagus risotto’ The reality star was dressed in a very tight exercise ensemble consisting of a white belly-hugging tank top pulled over the top of black leggings. Her lengthy blonde tresses were pulled back into a comfortable ponytail and there were no accessories to be seen on Kristin’s body as she appeared to be engaging in a gym session. Apparently unable to decide which was the hotter photo, The Hills star created a side-by-side collage featuring two minutely different shots, then uploaded her artwork to the internet and captioned it ‘Baby bump getting BIG.’ As Kristin formulated Instagram-worthy poses, her cute son Camden – who she had with her husband Jay Cutler, Chicago Bulls quarterback – looked to be enjoying a little playtime in the background. Kristin and Jay announced they were expecting their second child in October of 2013. Last month the beauty told E! she wouldn’t mind either a boy or a girl: ‘There’s great things about both. Another boy would be fun: Cam would have a little buddy and then I’d be the woman of the house.’ She added: ‘But of course I want a little girl, so I don’t know. Either one would be great.’ On top of the exciting baby news, the couple received even more good fortune in early January as Jay re-signed a seven-year contract with his football team that is reportedly worth over $100m. Kristin and Jay started dating in 2010, became engaged in April of 2011, called it off three months later, then reconciled and got married last June after Kristin got pregnant.

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