13 May 2008

Stories from 13 May 2008

Armenia: Sirusho Soundcheck

All Kinds of Everything comments on the soundcheck by Armenia's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, Sirusho. Although reporting that her initial soundcheck was “absolutely dreadful,” the blogger says that it improved although the young singer still had problems with the high notes.

Malawi: Several arrested over allegations to remove president

  13 May 2008

It has been reported that several senior security and opposition political officials have been arrested in Malawi on allegations of coup plot. Malawian journalist and blogger Kondwani Munthali says that the politics in Malawi is undergoing interesting developments and political temperatures have reached a boiling point. Writing from Lilongwe where...

Zimbabwe: Government newspaper website hacked?

  13 May 2008

Did someone hack the website of Zimbabwe's Herald newspaper?: “The Herald newspaper's website has been down since it was hacked over the weekend. Currently the website will re-direct you to the Sunday Mail website another arm of the government's propaganda machine. The state run Herald's website had all it's links...

Africa: African Fashion News

  13 May 2008

Ladybrille African Fashion News: “A weekly collection of fashion news relating to or about Africa. Some quick highlights from this week's news: a) Ghana prepares for its first ever fashion week with Coca-Cola Accra Fashion Week; b) South Africa forges fashion relationships with Asia, South Africa based Nigerian Designer Fred...

Zimbabwe: Destruction of property and food

  13 May 2008

Post-election violence continues in Zimbabwe: “It is well known now that the homes and possessions of many people in the rural areas have been destroyed. These images were uploaded to our flickr account yesterday and show some of the destruction (for more, visit this set here).”

Ethiopia: Ethiopians for Obama

  13 May 2008

Teddy writes about Ethiopians supporting Barack Obama: “What started off with Maeza Siraj over a year ago when she created Ethiopians for Obama on barackobama.com has blossomed into thousands of Ethiopian-Americans working in multiple states to be a part of a historical moment.”

Kenya: AfriGadget Innovator Series

  13 May 2008

Ntwiga interviews Simon Mwacharo, a Kenyan entrepreneur: “Simon owns and runs CraftSkills, a small business based in Nairobi, Kenya that focuses on designing and building self-sustaining renewable energy projects in places not accessible to the electric grid. Craftskills had to date undertaken challenging projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Cameroon and...

Uganda: Gagging the press

  13 May 2008

Moses Sserwanga writes discusses the link between media freedom and democracy in Uganda: “At Daily Monitor, no less than 10 journalists including senior editors are at various stages of prosecution for alleged publication of false news, criminal libel and sedition. This is irrespective of the fact that all the highlighted...

Armenia: Royal Visit to Turkey

Unzipped covers the Queen and Prince Philip's first visit to Turkey since 1971. As the official state visit has been taken as signifying the importance of Anglo-Turkish relations, the blog makes reference to concerns that it could also impact on the international campaign to have the 1915 massacre and deportation...

China: “Strolling” for the Environment

  13 May 2008

Earlier this month, before an earthquake killed thousands, about 400 to 500 people in Chengdu, China took to the streets to protest the construction of a proposed petrochemical plant, calling their outing a “stroll” to get around applying for a permit to protest. The event was organized through cell phones,...

Japan: Menu items on DoCoMo mobile phones up for bidding

  13 May 2008

Blogger smashmedia comments [ja] on a CNET article [ja] explaining that mobile carrier DoCoMo is planning to change the ordering of certain “i-menu” items on mobile phones to reflect the size of monetary bids from companies, rather than reflect preferences of users.

Bahamas, Cuba: RSVP

  13 May 2008

As an email exchange with the Cuban Ambassador gets heated, Rick Lowe at WeblogBahamas.com says: “I guess my hopes of returning to Cuba are now done.”

Puerto Rico: E-Waste

  13 May 2008

Blogging from Puerto Rico, Dondequiera reports that the results from an e-waste recycling drive have been encouraging: “105,629 pounds (52.8 tons) of electronic waste was collected, or as we say in the industry a lot of reasons to go out and buy new computers.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Principles of Business

  13 May 2008

As Trinidadian blogger Gillian Goddard faces “a frontal attack from an entrepreneur” intending to start a similar business, she stands firm in the belief that “environmental healing and social justice are two of the largest markers of a truly successful business.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Maxi-ing Out

  13 May 2008

“Like politics, maxi travel has a morality of its own”: Ramblings and Reason provides a few tips on surviving travel by “maxi-taxi” in Trinidad and Tobago.

Bermuda: Media Spend

  13 May 2008

As the electronic media pool in Bermuda gets smaller, Politics.bm says: “I think it's safe to say that the most visited electronic medium for locals is The Royal Gazette‘s website. I'm yet to see any Government ads there, which…reinforces what everyone knows but Government can't admit: it's about shutting down...

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