Monthly Archives: July 2012
A couple who had sex outside marriage has been stoned to death at the weekend by Islamists in the town of Aguelhok in northern Mali, officials say.
The man and woman were buried up to their necks, then pelted with stones until they died.
Read more at Mali unwed couple stoned to death by Islamists
Visionaries hope for a modern metropolis modelled on Singapore, but pessimists fear the emergence of another dirt-poor city of slums. Dar es Salaam is one of the world’s fastest growing cities, and it has reached its tipping point.
In the dark basement of the cavernous Kariakoo market, dozens of traders gather at tiny makeshift stalls, arranging fruit and vegetables into neat piles. This part of the market has the least sought-after plots, and all of the stallholders have one thing in common: none of them was born in Dar es Salaam.
Rolens Elias arrived seven years ago from a village near Morogoro, about 150km to the west. He had been a farmer but wanted to try his luck as a trader. He now makes about 3,000 shillings ($2; £1.50) each day selling tomatoes in the farthest corner of the basement.
“It has been hard to set up a life here,” he says. “I came here by myself and had to wait until I had enough money to bring my wife and family. We all live in one room, but it’s a better life than in the village.”
As he arranges his tomatoes, a group of his friends gather around and chip in with their own stories. They are all from Morogoro, and all came to Dar es Salaam in the hope of a better life. They all contrast the rural poverty they were born into with the lure of Dar es Salaam and its big-city opportunities.
Their stories are repeated many thousands of times across the city.
Read more at Dar es Salaam: Africa’s next megacity?
Ugandan officials, international experts tackle Ebola outbreak that’s killed 14, By the CNN Wire Staff, 30 July 2012 –
Ugandan president calls on residents to be cautious.Tracing every possible contact with Ebola patients is “very important,” World Health Organisation says. The Ebola virus killed at least 14 people in midwestern Uganda this month. The virus is a highly infectious disease spread through contact with bodily fluids.
Future foods: What will we be eating in 20 years’ time? By Denise Winterman, BBC News Magazine, 29 July 2012
Foods we used to eat
- In ancient Greece breakfast was bread dipped in wine
- In ancient Rome they liked garum, a sauce made out of fish entrails and fermented for a long time in the sun
- In Tudor times spit-roast dolphin was on the menu
- Henry VIII’s banquets would include peacock, heron, porpoise and seagull
It’s not immediately obvious what links Nasa, the price of meat and brass bands, but all three are playing a part in shaping what we will eat in the future and how we will eat it.
Rising food prices, the growing population and environmental concerns are just a few issues that have organisations – including the United Nations and the government – worrying about how we will feed ourselves in the future.
In the UK, meat prices are anticipated to have a huge impact on our diets. Some in the food industry estimate they could double in the next five to seven years, making meat a luxury item.
“In the West many of us have grown up with cheap, abundant meat,” says food futurologist Morgaine Gaye.
“Rising prices mean we are now starting to see the return of meat as a luxury. As a result we are looking for new ways to fill the meat gap.”
So what will fill such gaps and our stomachs – and how will we eat it?
Protest Letter to the Governments and Politicians in Africa, By Lord Aikins Adusei, 11-18 March 2009 [ reposted 30 July 2012]
Dear Presidents/Prime Ministers,
On behalf of the poor people of Africa, I send you this protest letter.
We are angry. Yes, we the people are very angry. We have endured your ill conceived, harsh and austere economic and social policies for quite too long. We have watched silently to see you and your cronies enjoy while we the masses continue to suffer. We have no jobs, no income, no savings and no place to lay our heads while you and your selected few live in mansions at the expense of the very poor you are refusing to take care of. You have consistently ignored all our cry for help even though you know our plights very well.
Are you not appalled by the scale of poverty and the living condition of the people? Are you not appalled to see children selling on the street instead of being in the classroom? Are you not appalled to see children scavenging for food while you and you cronies frequent five star hotels? Don’t you care about the dignity of the people you claim to be serving?
The underground water source is seen in blue.
Geologists have discovered a vast underground water source in Namibia that could turn the deserts of the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa green for centuries to come.
The aquifier, named Ohangwena II, flows between the border of Namibia and her neighbor to the north, Angola. On the Namibian side, it covers an area roughly 70 km by 40 km (43 miles by 25 miles),reports the BBC.
“The amount of stored water would equal the current supply of this area in northern Namibia for 400 years, which has about 40 percent of the nation’s population,” said Martin Quinger, from the German federal institute for geoscience and natural resources (BGR).
Read more at Vast African Water Source Found