Thursday, April 30, 2009
Subject: From US Embassy on explosions in Dar es Salaam (28 April 2009)
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 5:30 AM
Before noon today (28 April 2009), bombs stored at a munitions storagefacility in Mbagala, Dar es Salaam, accidently exploded. We have beentold that the situation is not yet contained and there could be furtherexplosions.We have been told that the authorities are evacuating the downtown area.The British High Commission, located downtown, has closed. The UnitedStates Government Center for Disease Control offices downtown are alsoclosing. The Embassy compound in Msasani remains open.
We have varying reports as to what extent flight operations at the airport may beaffected.American citizens are advised to avoid downtown and the area aroundMbagala. Americans should follow news reports closely. We will updateas we get more information.Updated information on travel and security in Tanzania may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in theUnited States and Canada, or for callers outside the United States andCanada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. For further informationplease consult the Country Specific Information for Tanzania, the East Africa Travel Alert, and the Worldwide Caution Travel Alert, which areavailable on the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website athttp://travel.state.gov <http://travel.state.gov/> .
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania can be contacted bytelephone (22) 266-8001 x 4122 and fax (22) 266-8238. You may also contact the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania via email firstname.lastname@example.org.After hours American Citizen emergencies should call (22) 266-8001.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
BREKING NYUZZZZZZ: GHALA LA SILAHA LALIPUKA MBAGALA, DAR
GHALA LA SILAHA LA JESHI LIMELIPUKA NA KUSHIKA MOTO KWENYE KAMBI YA JESHI ILIYOKO MBAGALA KIZUIANI NA KUSABABISHA MILIPUKO MIKUBWA YA MABOMU NA KULETA KIZAAZAA JIJI ZIMA.
GLOBU YA JAMII ILIYO KATIKA ENEO LA TUKIO IMESHUHUDIA ASKARI WA JESHI LA ULINZIM POLISI NA ZIMAMOTO WAKIWA WAMEJAZANA NJIA PANDA KUELEKEA KAMBINI HUKO AMBAKO MOSHI MZITO NA MILIPUKO IMEKUWA IKISIKIKA TOKA ASUBUHI.
KUNA HABARI KWAMBA BAADHI YA MABOMU YANARUKA MAZIMA MAZIMA NA KUTUA KILOMETA KADHAA TOKA MBAGALA NA KULIPUKA. KATIKATI YA JIJI TAYARI WATU WAMETANGAZIWA WASHUKE MAGHOROFANI.
HABARI ZINASEMA KWAMBA MOTO HUO WA AINA YAKE UNAWEZA KUZIMIKA KWA UTAALAMU WA HALI YA JUU ILA USALAMA DHIDI YA MLIPUKO WA MABOMU NI MDOGO. WAKAZI WENGI WA MBAGALA WAMESHAONOLEWA SEHEMU HIYO WAKATI JUHUDI ZA KUTHIBITI MOTO NA MILIPUKO IKENDELEA.
GLOBU YA JAMII INAENDELEA KUWA ENEO LA TUKIO NA INAAHIDI PICHA NA HABARI KEDEKEDE BAADAYE KIDOOOOO....
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the new count includes "a number of hospitalizations." CDC officials had previously said just one person had been hospitalized.
The CDC said there were 17 new cases in New York City, four more in Texas and three additional cases in California. That brings the total numbers of cases confirmed by federal officials to 45 in New York City, 10 in California, six in Texas, two in Kansas and one in Ohio.
State health officials in California have confirmed three other cases, and Indiana authorities have confirmed one.
The increase is not surprising. For days, CDC officials have said they expected to see more confirmed cases — and more severe illnesses. Health officials across the country have stepped up efforts to look for cases, especially among people with flu-like illness who had traveled to Mexico.
CDC officials also warned that updates in the number of confirmed cases would at time be disjointed, as different states announce new information before the CDC's national count is updated.
Monday, April 27, 2009
TWO AFRICAS IN AMERICA...One African...One American...
This is our upcoming documentary currently in production. We hope to have it completed by the end of this summer. SEE THE TRAILER HERE
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Bongoland II screening in KC a success
Thank you again for working with me, the Sister Cities Association of Kansas City (SCAKC) and The KC Film Jubilee to bring your film Bongoland II to our movie market. Our annual international film festival is being held from April 22nd – 26th. Bongoland II was shown Thursday night at 7:45 PM in our new AMC Main Street theater in downtown KC. It ran with English subtitles, and was well attended by a diverse audience which included Tanzanian immigrants. From 6:00 – 7:30 PM, we also hosted a reception for the Bongoland opening - attended by the mayor, members of our city council and other supporters in the beautiful Marquee Bar & Grill located in the theater.
On a personal note, I had a great experience watching Bongoland II! It was the first movie by an African filmmaker that I have seen. I loved the scenery, the drama and the complexity of modern day issues confronted by people living and working in Tanzania today. For those who can understand Swahili, I’m sure the movie experience would have been even better – not having to read English subtitles. I wish you great success as an up and coming filmmaker.
I hope we can work with you again in the future, and invite you to visit our lovely city one day. In June we are hosting a visit by the Tanzanian ambassador. FilmFest is a film extravaganza that includes a juried film show and is held here every year. For more information about FilmFest and the KC Filmmakers Jubilee got to www.kcfilmfest.org and www.kcjubilee.org.
All the best!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Mnaweza kupata habari zaidi hapa:
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Basi nacho taka kusema ni kuwa yule mwanamke alivyouawawa watu wakawa wanasema, "Mambo kama haya, hayawezi kutokea hapa!" Maana yao ilikuwa Copley siyo kama ghetto. Walisema mambo kama hayo yanatokea Ghetto! Kukaa kidogo, polisi walitoa picha ya mwuaji...dume wa kizungu! Aibu kwao! Sisi weusi tulipumua maana tulijua wote tuliopita hapo hotelini ni masuspect namba wani kabla hawajamfikiria mtu mwingine.
Mwuaji kakamatwa jana. Ni Philip Markoff (23). Jamaa alikuwa anasomea udaktari, Boston University. Alikuwa mwanafunzi mwaka wa pili. Cha kuchekesha watu wanamwita 'All American'. Nyie, mweusi au asiye mzungu haitwi All American hata siku moja! All American ni kijana safi, asiyewahi kuwa na matatizo na polisi, mtiifu, boy scout, anapendwa na majirani, shuleni ana maksi za juu. etc. etc. etc. au na nilisahau...mzungu! Wanaomfahamu wanashangaa hata mchumba wake katokea kumtetea kuwa eti jamaa ni mpole hata nzi hawezi kuua!
Haya, wazungu wanashangaa nini kilimfanya huyo kijana mzuri aharibike hivyo. Baba yake ni daktari kalelewa katika maisha ya juu....nini kilimfanya aaue! Haya!
Kwa habari zaidi za Craigslist killer someni:
BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- Friends and acquaintances of Philip Markoff, a medical student accused of killing a woman he may have met through a Craigslist online ad, described the 23-year-old as a model student.
"My girlfriend actually rode the elevator with him a lot alone; it's kind of freaking her out now," said Patrick Sullivan, who lived in the same apartment building as Markoff in Quincy, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb.
"She thought he was kind of the all-American, good-looking guy," Sullivan said. "When she saw him on TV yesterday, she even remarked, 'I can't believe it's him. I always thought he had such a great smile, and he was so nice to me.'"
James Kehoe, a friend of Markoff's from the State University of New York at Albany, where both attended college, said Markoff was "one of the best students I've probably ever encountered."
"He would never put anything in front of his work," he said. "He had great aspirations to be a doctor."
Markoff, a second-year student at Boston University's School of Medicine, is charged with killing 26-year-old Julissa Brisman of New York on April 14 at Boston's Copley Marriott Hotel. Watch acquaintances describe a smart, good-looking guy »
Markoff was arraigned Tuesday and is being held without bail.
His attorney, John Salsberg, told reporters after the hearing that Markoff is "not guilty of the charges. He has his family's support. I have not received any document or report or piece of evidence other than what I heard in the courtroom. All I have at the moment are words -- no proof of anything."
A Boston University spokeswoman said the school suspended Markoff, who has no criminal record, when it learned of the charges on Monday.
"This was a brutal, vicious crime. Savage," Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley told reporters. "And it shows that Philip Markoff is a man who's willing to take advantage of women -- to hurt them, to beat them, to rob them."
A procedural not-guilty plea was entered on Markoff's behalf, Conley said.
Evidence from the scene suggests that Brisman "put up a fight," prosecutor Jennifer Hickman said during the hearing Tuesday. Police have said that Brisman, a model, advertised as a masseuse on Craigslist, a popular online classifieds service.
She suffered blunt head trauma, Hickman said, and was shot three times at close range. One of the bullets passed through her heart, killing her, she said.
Markoff is also charged in connection with the April 10 robbery of a woman at a Westin Hotel in Boston. In that case, the woman made arrangements to meet a man through Craigslist for a massage at the hotel, but was held at gunpoint and bound, Hickman said. She was robbed of $800 and personal items and left tied to a door handle with duct tape over her mouth, the prosecutor said in court Tuesday. The victim was not identified.
Megan McAllister, who identified herself as Markoff's fiancee, maintained his innocence in an e-mail sent to ABC News. McAllister said Markoff "is the wrong man" and "was set up."
"Unfortunately, you were given wrong information as was the public," she wrote. "All I have to say to you is Philip is a beautiful person inside and out and could not hurt a fly!"
She accused Boston police of "trying to make big bucks by selling this false story to the TV stations. What else is new??"
Authorities believe the motive in Brisman's death was robbery, Conley told reporters. In executing a search warrant at Markoff's home, police found a firearm, along with restraints and duct tape, he said.
Surveillance videos from the hotel where Brisman was killed showed a tall, clean-cut young blond man in a black windbreaker leaving the property, according to Boston police, who had sought public assistance in identifying the man.
Police traced the Internet communications with Brisman to an e-mail account that had been opened the day before her death, Conley said. Using Internet provider information, they found the computer was at Markoff's residence in Quincy. Authorities put the home under surveillance, Conley said, and "the case just begins to build from there."
Markoff, meanwhile, is "bearing up," Salsberg said. "It's obviously a difficult time for anybody in these circumstances with the charges that have been brought against him. ... He's pleaded not guilty. He is not guilty."
Authorities in Boston are working with police in Warwick, Rhode Island, on what could be a related case. On April 16 at a Holiday Inn Express in Warwick, a man tied up and demanded money from a 26-year-old dancer who had posted a Craigslist advertisement, Warwick Police Chief Col. Stephen McCartney said.
The robbery was interrupted when the woman's husband entered the room. After pointing his gun at the husband, the suspect fled, McCartney said. He said the incident "may be related to similar crimes occurring in the Boston area," but that had not been determined.
Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster told CNN the company is "horrified and deeply saddened that our community services have been associated in any way whatsoever with a crime of violence." He promised that Craigslist will evaluate the incident to see whether additional measures could be introduced to protect users.
Kwa maana yao, kama nchi ina barabara mbovu, rushwa, ujambazi na wezi, ufisadi, chama kimoja kushika hatamu, basi hiyo nchi imezidi uafrika! Maana yao hasa ni kuwa waafrika wameharibu nchi hiyo iliyotawaliwa na makaburu.
Nimesikia watu wakisema ukienda Afrika Kusini ni kama unaenda California. Sijawahi kufika huko lakini nasikia pazuri. Na zamani Zimbabwe palikuwa pazuri kweli.
Is South Africa about to become more 'African'?
April 22, 2009. South … By Scott Baldauf
Johannesburg – Rising crime, crumbling roads, pernicious corruption, and landslide victories for the ruling party in charge: these are the signs that South Africa – so "First World" at first appearance – is now on the decline.
But the one complaint that seems to top them all here these days is that the country is becoming more "African."
That particular gripe usually comes from well-to-do South Africans – white and black – who are worried about the trajectory of the country once populist leader Jacob Zuma takes power after he wins Wednesday's presidential election, which he is all but certain to do.
It's a statement that conjures the frenzied dysfunction of Nigeria, the brutal despotism of Zimbabwe, the power-madness of Kenyan politicians, and the genocidal civil wars that strike Rwanda and Sudan's Darfur.
Indeed, with Mr. Zuma – a man with a grade-school education, a polygamist, who has definitely tilted his party away from the monied suburbs and toward the black African masses – many South Africans are finally coming to grips with what it means to live on the African continent.
Yet a closer look at the values that South African blacks practice at home, and the expectations they have of their leaders, suggests that some of this pessimism – exemplified by Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio's sour explanation, "This is Africa," in the movie "Blood Diamond" – is a bit overdone. A truly majority-run South Africa may not operate the way a foreigner or European immigrant would expect, but it is also a culture with its own well-defined approach to culture and justice.
The 'ubuntu' spirit
A central concept in southern African cultures is the notion of ubuntu, which literally means "being a human being."
"If you look at ubuntu, that is the way in which people look after those who are vulnerable and weak," says Dumiso Matshazi, a political analyst in Tshwane, as Pretoria is now called. Ubuntu is a collective compassion that holds people together, that won't allow someone to starve or to remain homeless; it is the glue that can hold society together, he adds.
Ubuntu, seen in the many families who take in AIDS orphans, and in voluntary township soup kitchens, has been weakened significantly in recent years, anthropologist Pearl Sithole says, as blacks move from tightly knit rural areas to the cities in search for jobs, and as politically connected Africans use their personal connections to achieve personal wealth.
"The idea of ubuntu survives, but it has been contravened by the current economic consensus," says Ms. Sithole, a researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council in Durban. "But most communities in South Africa are bound by ubuntu, the notion that if your brother dies, you are obliged to engulf his family as your own."
Ubuntu is what South African black voters expect to hear from their leaders at election time – a reassurance that common sense and decency will prevail. Those black politicians who talk in abstract terms of economic growth may reassure white South Africans and educated members of the black middle class, but they leave many African voters cold, Sithole says.
Jacob Zuma's common touch
"People look from a point of view of what a leader can do for them," she says, and while "educated South Africans might appreciate what [former President Thabo Mbeki] has done, you hear people talk of his coldness and his abstract achievements." By comparison, "people like Zuma because he tends to spend time locally. He observes local traditions. He listens. He is sympathetic, and he can say, 'I have gone through the same thing.' "
Many white South Africans see in Zuma the stereotype of the African Big Man politician – a man who uses political power to build up himself and his cronies. But many Zuma supporters say he will be the exact opposite.
Rather than looting the national treasuries and natural resources, in the mode of Zaire's Mobutu Sese Seko, Uganda's Idi Amin, or Nigeria's Sani Abacha, they say, he will be more keen to ensure that national services like education, hospitals, clean drinking water, and electricity are shared more equitably, especially among the poor.
"The Ndebele people have a saying 'Indla muva yi nkosi,' which means 'the king eats last,' " says Matshazi, referring to an ethnic group living in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Africans expect their kings to share the largesse in a trickle-down fashion, holding massive feasts for the elders of the tribe and making decisions only after the elders have formed a consensus, he says. "An African leader who feeds himself first, like [Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe], would be seen as a useless leader, because he doesn't share."
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Asante sana Da Subi.
Maskini naona hao wana jet lag!
Kwa picha zaidi mtebelee Da Subi:
Monday, April 20, 2009
Semina hii itafanyika siku ya jumatano tarehe 05.22.09 kuanzia saa moja kamili jioni katika ukumbi wa kanisa la DaySpring Church lililopo katika anuani hii;2505 Texas Drive, Irving Tx 75062.
Mtumishi wa Mungu amejiandaa kuwaombea watu wote wenyeshida mbali mbali. Ninaomba kila atakaesoma tangazo hili amkaribishe mwingine.
Kwa mawasiliano zaidi:Pastor Abisalom Nasuwa 214 554 7381,Pastor Emiliana Ntwina 214 8685151.
* MwiEithiopia alizimia mara baada yakupita finish line. Walimtoa kwenye stretcher. MMarekani Kara Goucher kalia kweli kwa vile hakuwa wa kwanza!!
Kwe upande wa wanaume, MwiEithiopia wa kwanza, MKenya wa pili, MMarekani wa tatu.
Mwaka huu waKenya wametuangusha. Tumezoea kuwawaona wanakimbia kama saba mfululizo na nafasi zote za juu wanasherekea wao. Nadhani walikuwa wanasherekea ushindi wa Rais Obama na wakasahau kufanya mazoezi.
EBO! WATANZANIA HEBU MECHANGAMKIE HIZO PESA!
WASHINDI UPANDE WA WANAWAKE (WOMEN):
1. Salina Kosgei (KEN) - 2:32:16 ($150,000)
2. Dire Tune (ETH) - 2:32:17 ($75,000)
3. Kara Goucher (USA) - 2:32:25 ($40,000)
4. Bezunesh Bekele (ETH) - 2:33:08 ($25,000)
5. Helena Kirop (KEN) - 2:33:24 ($15,000)
6. Lidiya Grigoryeva (RUS) - 2:34:20 ($12,000)
7. Atsede Habtamu (ETH) - 2:35:34 ($9,000)
8. Colleen De Reuck (USA) - 2:35:37 ($7,400)
WASHINGI UPANDE WA WANAUME (MEN):
1. Deriba Merga (ETH) 2:08:42, $150,000
2. Daniel Rono (KEN) 2:09:32, $75,000
3. Ryan Hall (USA) 2:09:40, $40,000
4. Tekeste Kebede (ETH) 2:09:49, $25,000
5. Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot (KEN) 2:10:06, $15,000
6. Gashaw Asfaw (ETH) 2:10:44, $12,000
7. Solomon Molla (ETH) 2:12:02, $9000
8. Evans Cheruiyot (KEN) 2:12:45, $7400
Sunday, April 19, 2009
When: Friday, April 24, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: 1250 U Street NW, 3rd floor conference room (Department of Mental Health’s Multicultural Services) Washington DC, 2009
Cost: FREE and open to the public
The Workshop will feature:
*Information on college and university admissions
*Admissions representatives from area colleges speaking on undergraduate and graduate opportunities at their schools
*Information on available scholarships for international students
*Information on immigration laws and how they impact international students
*Information on services for Africans in the Washington, DC area
For more information contact Msia 202-486-9536 or email@example.com
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Hasheem, Hongera kwa kuwa Pro Basketball player!
GOOD LUCK HASHEEM!
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut junior men’s basketball player Hasheem Thabeet (Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania) has chosen to give up his final season of eligibility and enter his name into the 2009 NBA Draft, it was announced Tuesday.
“After spending time with my family and friends and speaking with Coach Calhoun, I have decided to give up my final year at UConn and enter my name in the 2009 NBA Draft,” said Thabeet. “I have had a great experience at Connecticut and cannot thank my coaches and teammates enough. I look forward to the challenge of playing professionally and know that my time here at UConn has prepared me to be successful in the future. I also want to thank all of the fans in Husky Nation that have followed my career, especially those from my homeland of Tanzania, and hope they will all be as supportive of me at the professional level as they have been to this point.”“Hasheem is more than ready to make the move to the next level,” said head coach Jim Calhoun. “He has been one of the most dominant defensive players in the history of college basketball and I am certain that where ever he ends up in the NBA, he is ready to be equally successful. He is a special player and even more special as a person. He will truly be remembered as one of the great players in UConn history, not only for his accomplishments, but also because of the type of person he is.”
Thabeet was named First Team All-American in 2008-09 by the NABC and the John R. Wooden Award. He was the NABC National Defensive Player of the Year and BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons and was the 2008-09 BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year. He averaged 13.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.2 blocked shots per game (No. 2 nationally) in 2008-09 and helped lead the Huskies the 2009 NCAA Final Four and a 31-5 final record.Thabeet is the 11th player at UConn to declare early for the NBA Draft and nine of the previous ten were drafted in the first round. Eight of the ten were taken in the lottery portion of the first round
I’m not surprised at this. Thabeet is definitely a lottery pick and could be one of the top three picks. I’d expect Blake Griffin from Oklahoma to go No. 1 overall.
It could now be a long season for the Huskies as they will now need to replace Thabeet as well as A.J. Price, Craig Austrie and Jeff Adrien. Kemba Walker should fill-in nicely at the point and will need Stanley Robinson to play consistently like he did throughout the NCAA Tournament - soxanddawgs.com/2009-04-14 Thabeet is heading to the NBA.
Asante Da Subi kwa kuniletea Press Release.
Kwa habari zaidi soma:
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Nadhani Bongo atalishwa samaki nchanga na supu ya utumbo wa mbuzi!
Edward Moringe Sokoine: The Prime Minister people loved
By Mangengesa Mdimi
Twenty-three years ago today, this nation lost treasure, a true son of our soil, the greatest patriot this country has ever produced, a man of great character, a leader dedicated to the development of his people and country. Edward Moringe Sokoine. May God Almighty rest his soul in eternal bliss. Amen.
Edward Moringe Sokoine was then Prime Minister, and what a Prime Minister he was. He commanded and won respect from over 98 per cent of all Tanzanians.
He deservedly won the respect of the then President, the late Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere.
Edward Moringe Sokoine was a darling to all patriots because he was a great patriot, to all honest people because he was the most honest man, to all hard working people because he was himself the epitome of hard work, to all practical people because he was a man of few words. He was action-oriented. He wanted to see things done and done now, not tomorrow.
But Edward Moringe Sokoine was a terror to majambazi (bandits) because he hated them like poison, he was poison itself to embezzlers; and saboteurs feared him like death.
He was no friend to lazy indecisive workers and managers alike. He was a man of the people, indeed.
Sokoine died in a horrible road accident in mysterious circumstances at Dakawa area on the Dodoma - Morogoro Road that dark April day in 1984 at the tender age of 56 short years.
The news of his death stunned the country; people talked in subdued voices as if death was breathing down their own necks.
Because he was hard working, Mwalimu loved him. Those who had the opportunity to work with him told mourners at his funeral how many hours he was in his office and wondered whether he had any time for his family and private matters.
Because he was honest, Mwalimu trusted him with the management and administration of the government, and he passed with flying colours.
We were told no minister would take any issue to the President without consulting the Prime Minister first, and that Prime Minister was Edward Moringe Sokoine. He was, indeed, head of government. And the ministers respected him.
Sokoine was a darling of the people because he listened to them. He did not only sympathise with them, but he also fought hard to find solutions to their problems. One of the nagging problems in Dar es Salaam, for example, was and still is public and private transport.
Maybe we cannot talk of public transport these days because it is virtually non-existent. During his time, there was UDA (Usafiri Dar es Salalam), which could not cope with the growing population of the city.
It was Edward Moringe Sokoine, the Prime Minister (then) who allowed private minibuses (daladala), which were operating illegally, to operate officially.
These minibuses were charging five shillings per trip, no matter the distance in the city and the five shilling coin was nicknamed dala (I don?t know why), hence, daladala.
But then Sokoine directed that the vehicles ferrying people should be properly designed and the first vehicles to come out following the directive were named chai maharage (city people know why). He was a practical man. Daladala owners and Dar residents have a debt to pay to Sokoine.
Before he was appointed Prime Minister, Sokoine excelled himself as Minister for Defence and National Service.
He served as Prime Minister for a time and resigned to attend to his health during which time he pursued studies in Bulgaria. When he came back he was appointed Prime Minister again, which showed Mwalimu?s trust and confidence in him.
Edward Moringe Sokoine was dismayed at the way the government was being run. It was the time when corruption and all sorts of vices were at their peak.
It was the time when a few young men and women went about with stacks of currency notes tucked under their socks because there was no room in their pockets, but the majority went about with half empty bellies.
Sokoine came to the people`s rescue. ``The government has not gone to sleep,`` he said and launched the all famous Operation economic saboteurs (oparesheni wahujumu uchumi).
It was hard to believe what we saw, huge stocks of various consumer goods, including huge sums of hard cash, were thrown away on the roadsides or dumped into the ocean. The name Sokoine meant terror to them.
One of the areas of his priority was agriculture; Sokoine had vowed to improve this sector to modern standards. He worked hard against the removal of government subsidies to farmers and peasants.
His reward was the establishment of a University of Agriculture in his name - Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA).
Edward Moringe Sokoine was a soft spoken man and you could have mistaken him for a soft man. But his soft-spokenness was deceptive, because he meant every word that came out his mouth.
He was a man of his word and he made close follow ups to every directive he issued to ensure that it was carried out the way he wanted it.
A day before his death, he had promised people from his constituency, Monduli, who had gone to visit him during a Bunge session in Dodoma, that he would be in Monduli in two weeks time and that was when they should see him.
That was the one public promise he never fulfilled, because he died the following day when his car was involved in that fatal accident in Morogoro.
He surely must have made other promises and directives during the previous days or weeks, promises that he never fulfilled, and directives that might have died with him.
Sokoine`s death touched many a heart in Tanzania. But, apart from his family, I doubt if there was anyone more devastated by the sudden death of Edward Moringe Sokoine than Mwalimu Nyerere.
The only time I saw Mwalimu cry was at the death of Edward Moringe Sokoine. Those who did not see Mwalimu announcing the death of Sokoine, must have noticed the tremour in his voice.
Shall we ever have another Edward Moringe Sokoine in our country? Let us be guided by what he stood for and what he fought for. That is the best way to remember him.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Dear friends, concerned members of the community and esteemed colleagues,
On Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 6pm an official press conference will be held at the Chez Vous Roller Skating Rink regarding the impending closure of the iconic venue. Currently owned by community activist Greer Toney, the Dorchester landmark has been an important area landmark since 1932. The city's only roller skating and entertainment center not only provides an alternative to the violence that plagues the surrounding neighborhoods it has been an external family to its loyal patrons for decades.
Chez Vous has hosted several anti-violence functions over the years, notably last year's "P.E.A.C.E. Night @ Chez Vous" which received positive reviews from The Boston Herald (Chris Faraone), and The Banner (Tierney McAfee). The event featured a video shoot by recording artist Blue Chip and focused on alternatives to gang violence and drug peddling through community empowerment. P.E.A.C.E. Night attracted the attention of many community leaders such as Cindy Diggs of PeaceBoston and Tina Cherry of the Louis D. Brown Institute for Peace.
The success of that event provided the foundation for "Another P.E.A.C.E Night @ Chez Vous" which was planned to expand on the positive theme of the original P.E.A.C.E. Night. Recording artist/actor Bow Wow, who was scheduled to appear as the event's celebrity guest and speaker, arrived at Chez Vous but left without making a public appearance at the direction of his road manager who, despite the presence of three hired security teams, both the City and State police and in-house security staff, deemed the venue "unsafe" for the artist's entry. Hundreds of fans, many who had waited hours to see their beloved star shine, left Chez Vous with tears and a general feeling of having been let down by their idol.
Greer Toney, in her commitment to bringing the Atlanta-based star to Boston to speak about the importance of education and unity, used the skating rink's mortgage allotment to secure Bow Wow's appearance. As a result of his absence Ms Toney was forced to refund the patron's fees, ultimately resulting in Chez Vous' fate. The 77-year old venue will be auctioned off on April 15, 2009 and Boston will lose one of its finest resources.
A day prior and the day after the event, in unrelated instances, two young men were killed on Boston 's streets. One of the dead, an aspiring NBA star, was a Chez Vous regular before relocating to California to pursue his dreams. He was, ironically, in the city briefly to assist his family with moving out west. The potential for increased violence on Boston 's troubled streets if Chez Vous' doors are closed are great. The skating rink not only provides a safe environment for its patrons who have few alternatives, its staff are active mentors and mediators in the gang infested Roxbury, Dorchester , and Mattapan neighborhoods.
I encourage you to come out to the planned press conference and voice your concerns. Your attendance is welcomed and needed. Frankly, this issue is larger than keeping a business open. It is about the future of the community and its children. Your voice ushered in the presidency of this nation's first Black Commander In Chief. Your voice elected the state's first Black governor. Your voice is powerful and, once again, must be heard. Your community MUST be protected! I look forward to seeing you at this very important forum.
For additional information, please call; (617) 825-6877
Chez Vous Roller Skating Rink
11 Rhoades Street
Dorchester , MA 02124
Obama to ease Cuba travel restrictions
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Obama administration has decided to loosen restrictions on travel and remittances to Cuba for Cuban-Americans, senior administration officials said Monday.
The changes in Cuban policy will be unveiled before President Obama's trip to the Summit of the Americas.
The White House plans to announce the change later Monday.
The decision represents a significant shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba.
It comes days before Obama leaves for the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago.
Before he was elected, Obama promised to lower some of the barriers in Cuban-American relations.
Provisions attached to a $410 billion supplemental budget Obama signed in March also made it easier for Cuban-Americans to travel to Cuba and to send money to family members on the island. In addition, they facilitated the sale of agricultural and pharmaceutical products to Cuba.
The provisions loosened restrictions enacted by President Bush after he came to office in 2001.
Several members of Congress see broader relations with Cuba as vital to U.S. interests. A group of senators and other supporters unveiled a bill March 31 to lift the 47-year-old travel ban to Cuba.
"I think that we finally reached a new watermark here on this issue," said Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-North Dakota, one of the bill's sponsors.
Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, another sponsor of the bill, issued a draft report in February that said it was time to reconsider the economic sanctions. Lugar is the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus also said it is time to change U.S. policy toward Cuba after returning from a meeting in Havana last week with both Fidel Castro and Cuban President Raul Castro.
Other lawmakers, however, remain adamantly opposed to easing sanctions on Cuba, arguing that such a move would only reward and strengthen the Castro regime.
Reps. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, and Frank Wolf, R-Virginia, last week urged Obama to refrain from easing the trade embargo or travel restrictions until the Cuban government releases all "prisoners of conscience," shows greater respect for freedom of religion and speech and holds "free and fair" elections.
"Over the past 50 years, the Castros and their secret police have been directly responsible for killing thousands of nonviolent, courageous pro-democracy activists and for jailing and torturing tens of thousands of others. And they continue to this day to perpetrate their brutal crimes," Smith said.
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-California, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said it makes no sense to continue what she characterized as a failed policy.
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but by any objective standard our current policy toward Cuba just hasn't worked. Simply put, it's time to open dialogue and discussion with Cuba," Lee said in a statement
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Kumbe kuna madai kuwa hiyo shule inawatenga wasichana wanaosoma pale na jamii yao. Hiyo suala niliongelea kutoka mwanzo shule ilipofunguliwa. Nilisema kuwa hao wasichana wanaishi maisha ya kifahari mno halafu wanarudi kwenye maisha ya dhiki huko kwao wakati wa likizo. Wakimaliza shule watashindwa maisha ya huko South Africa na itabidi wapelekwe kukaa nje ya nchi. Tatizo lingine Oprah aliwachagua hao wanafunzi mwenyewe (handpicked). Ingekuwa vizuri angepata 'input' kutoka kwenye jamii pia. Tutaona.
Namsifu Oprah kwa kuanzisha hiyo shule, lakini pia bado nasema kuwa hiyo hela ingetosha kujenga hata shule kumi nzuri na kuweza kuelimisha maelefu ya wasichana.
Oprah defends record of South African school
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Oprah Winfrey acknowledged in a newspaper interview published Saturday that she has made several mistakes at her elite South African school, but said she remains proud of its success.
The recent expulsion of four girls and suspension of three others was the second scandal to hit the Leadership Academy for Girls, which opened in 2007 to groom bright children from deprived backgrounds for a brilliant career. A dorm matron is currently on trial accused of abuse and sexual assault.
"I have made several mistakes and one of them was being overprotective of the girls, which has led to an impression that the school is isolating them from society," Winfrey was quoted as saying in the Weekend Argus.
She said she had also underestimated the extent of homesickness among girls at the boarding school.
Last month, four students were expelled and three others suspended. South African media at the time said they were accused of trying to force students into relationships and to engage in sexual contact.
Winfrey herself hasn't given details of the misconduct. But she said in the newspaper interview that it was "insulting" that the family of one of the expelled girls had complained to the press even though she had been warned before about her behavior.
"Those girls in their own testimony during the (disciplinary) hearing said they knew they were breaking the rules and that they deliberately broke the rules," the talk show queen was quoted as saying.
The institution just outside Johannesburg opened with a blaze of publicity in January 2007 with about 150 girls in 7th and 8th grades. The Academy is expected to grow by one grade each year until it reaches full capacity in 2011, with approximately 450 girls in grades 7 through 12.
Winfrey poured $40 million into the 28-building campus, which is spread across 22 lush acres. It has computer and science labs, a library, theater and wellness center, all protected by strict privacy. Each girl lives in a two-bedroom suite - a far cry from their humble surroundings at home.
It's the fulfillment of a promise Winfrey made to former South African President Nelson Mandela and aims to give poor girls a quality education and prepare them for leadership positions in a country where state schools are struggling to overcome the legacy of white-minority rule.
"The majority of girls are thriving, really fulfilling the dream and vision I had," Winfrey told the newspaper. "They really have exceeded any expectations I had for them."
"In spite of everything that's happened, what keeps me inspired and hopeful is the heart of every girl, because they are wonderful, they are magnificent."
Friday, April 10, 2009
Sasa maabara ya mkemia mkuu Tanzania anasema kuwa karibu asilimia sitini ya sampuli testi zilithibitisha kuwa watoto si wa baba zao! Mmmhh! Kwa kweli hiyo takwimu inatisha na zinasikitisha.
Akina dada wengi hawaelewi biology ya uzazi. Kitu kikuu ni kuwa mbegu inaweza kukaa ukeni siku tatu. Hivyo mtu anadhani akitembea na mtu mwingine siku fulani na mume wake siku nyingine mimba itaiingia ya mume. Ni ushamba.
Pia kuna kesi za mapacha ambazo wamegundua kila pacha ana baba yake! Mnafanya mchezo na shahawa! Hata jamaa akimwaga nje mimba unaweza kupata! Mbegu zinakimbia!
DNA proof: 60pc of male parents not biological fathers
By Austin Beyadi
The Government Chemist Laboratory Agency has said that among the 250 deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) samples it received for disputed parentage cases in the year 2005/2006, at least 60 per cent of the cases proved that the male parents were not the biological fathers of the children.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam on Friday, the Chief Government Chemist, Ernest Mashimba, said that the agency receives samples from the department of Social Welfare and registered lawyers and not from individuals.
He said that in 2005/6 it received 250 cases for DNA testing on parentage dispute whereby 150 fathers were proved to be only custodians and not biological fathers.
Only 100 fathers were proved to have biological linkage with the children.
Mashimba said in 2006/07 the agency received another 209 samples for DNA testing on disputed parentage cases. The result were that 53 per cent were biological fathers against 47 per cent, who were not.
``We also use DNA samples in criminal investigations, identification of victims of mass disasters, verifying the identity of human disorders, determining whether a biological material is of human origin, etc ,`` he said.
He said in criminal cases the agency received 28 samples in 2006/7 and that among them 21 percent of the samples involved the suspects with the incidents while 79 percent were not involved with the case.
He further said that during the same period, the agency also received 31 samples of rape cases and that after conducting the DNA test it was discovered that only 3 per cent of the samples were involved with the cases while 97 per cent were not involved with the criminal offences.
He said that every person is genetically unique and genetic compositions do not change through life.
Expounding, he said an individual inherits genetic compositions from both parents.
Mashimba said that in rape cases, semen samples can be used to link the suspect to the samples provided.
He said that in essence, DNA evidence is in principal becoming an irrefutable identification proof and it is useful for excluding the innocent from the case in question.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
"This is the most powerful photo in the series. Remember they are not supposed to shake hands, but the two brothers couldn't resist the historic moment. The black royal cop never imagined in his wildest dream that he would usher a black American president into the British corridors of power. Nice."
Wadau, huko Uingereza ni mwiko kwa hao askari kushikana mikono na watu. Cheki Bobby (askari) anavyoshikana mkono na Rais Obama. Hatujasikia kelele! Lakini Michelle alivyomshika malkia utadhani walitaka kumnyonga! Nafurahi kuona Rais Obama anavunja miiko ya kule. sijui kama huyo Bobby bado ana kazi lakini.
Asante mdau NT wa UK kwa kuniletea hii picha.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
Stelingi mwingine ni Lucian Msamati, ambaye ana asili ya Tanzania ingawa ni MZimbabwe. Wazazi wake ni waTanzania. Alizaliwa Uingereza na alipelekwa Zimbabwe akiwa mdogo.
Je, Tanzania tuko tayari kuwa na show ambayo inapigwa huko? Je, serikali itawaunga mkono watengeneza TV show wakiomba kupiga nchini Tanzania?
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Da Chemi pole na kazi. Tumeona kuna umuhimu wa kuwaunganisha watanzania wote wanoishi nje ya Tanzania ili tuweze kuzungumza, kuumiza vichwa, na kadhalika kuhusu maisha abroad na maisha Tanzania. Kuna mambo mengi ya kuongea kati ya watanzania hawa. Vile vile kuna nafasi ya kujuana na kusaidiana. Wenzetu wa mataifa mbalimbali tayari wao wana network kama hizi. Basi naomba msaada tutani uibandike hii network katika blog yako: www.tanzaniadiaspora.ning.com
Ahsante na kazi njema.
Friday, April 03, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Pia wamesikitishwa mno na suala ya marehemu kanyimwa uraia wa Tanzania na wanauliza nini kinaweza kufanyika ili apewe posthumously . Wanasema kuwa Tanzania ilikuwa maisha yake, moyo wake ulikuwa Tanzania ingawa alizaliwa Jamaica na kwa sababu hiyo wao walimkosa kwa miaka mingi. Mama yake mzazi yu hai na ana miaka 84. Wanasema ana huzuni kubwa. Wangependa kusikia habari kama, jinsi alivyomtetea mnyonge enzi zile za mambo kwa kaya, na jinsi alivyosaidia ile timu ya mpira ya vijana.
Wadau wenye story na picha wanaweza kutumia mpwa wa marehemu, Michael Gardner firstname.lastname@example.org au wanaweza kanitumia mimi email@example.com na nitazafikisha kwao.
The family of the late Prof. Ken Edwards (Prof. Joshua Mkhululi) residing in Canada and Jamaica would like people to share their stories and memories of the deceased. If anyone has photos, they are also asked to share them.
Prof. Edwards mother is 84 years old and desparately wants to hear as much as she can about her son's life in Africa. He also has brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews who want to hear about their uncle.
Anyone who would like to share can e-mail his nephew, Michael Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org or they can e-mail me at email@example.com.
Please let's share with the family the tales of their beloved who died ocean's away in a land that he loved.
Rais Obama na mke wake Michelle wako kwenye ziara rasmi Uingereza. Mke wake alipokutana na malkia walikumbatiana. Kwa watu wasiojua kuna protocol kali kuhusu malkia wa Uingereza. Jinsi ya kumtazama na kusalimiana naye, jinsi ya kuingia na kutoka ndani ya chumba alipo, jinsi ya kumpigia magoti nk.
Leo kuna mzozo kwa vile Michelle alimkumbatia malkia. Heh bwana, watu weusi wamefika! Hebu hao waache mambo ya 'stiff upper lip, blue blood' na sijui upumbavu gani tena. Tumechoka. Malkia ni binadamu kama watu wengine na si mungu.
Kwa habari na maoni zaidi BOFYA HAPA!
Kwa habari zaidi someni:
Albamu mpya ya Ashimba “NURU NYIKANI” sasa hivi inapatikana katika maeneo mbalimbali ya Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo na Zanzibar. Albamu hii ni yenye vionjo vya pekee na inajumuisha nyimbo mbalimbali zenye usikivu wa kuvutia. Kazi hii imetayarishwa na Jakob Poll ambaye ni mtayarishaji aliyebobea katika fani kutoka Denmark, na ni mseto wa ladha asili na vionjo vya kielektoniki..
Muda si mrefu albamu hii itapatikana katika mitandao mbalimbali pamoja na maduka ya muziki Ulaya……. Tutawajulisha muda ukiwadia!
Kama aumfahamu Asimba basi unaweza kusikiliza kazi zake na taarifa zaidi katika www.maishamusic.com na www.myspace.com/ashimba.
“NURU NYIKANI” inapatikana kwa mauzo katika maeneo yafuatayo:
Maduka ya vitabu ya Novel Idea (mtaa wa Ohio (Steers), Slipway, Shopers Plaza na Mji Mkongwe Zanzibar.
Mawazo Gallery ( Jengo la YMCA)
Dar Alive (zamani Malaika, barabara ya zamani ya bagamoyo)
Maduka ya One Way (Slipway, Sothern Sun Hotel na mji Mkongwe Zanzibar)
ASHIMBA Ndani ya 41 Boom Shack
Ashimba atafanya onyesho akiwa na bendi kamili siku ya Jumamosi tarehe 4 Aprili 2009 katika ukumbi waa Alliance Francaise. Hili ni onyesho la kwanza akiwa na bendi tangu alipofanya lile la uzinduzi wa albamu yake uliofana.
Usikose nafasi hii ya kumwona na kumsikiliza Ashimba.
Onyesho hili litapigwa picha (video) kwa ajili ya maandalizi ya DVD ya matangazo, jiandae kwa maajabu mbalimbali siku hiyo…
Onyesho hili limeandaliwa na 41 Records kwa ushirikiano na Maisha Music. Huu pia utakuwa ni mwanzo wa mwendelezo wa maonyesho yya yatakayojulikana kama “41 Boom Shack – Mobile Sound System” ambayo yatakuwa yakifanyika kila Jumamosi katika ukumbi wa Alliance Francaise. Burudani itakuwa ni ya muziki wa Reggae, Dancehall na Hip Hop/RnB kutoka kwa wasanii na nyimbo ambazo ni ngeni masikioni na machoni mwa wengi katika klabu za hapa Dar es Salaam.
Kutakuwa na burudani kutoka kwa ma-DJ kama vile DJ Niki wa East African Radio ambaye atakuwa pia ni mwenyeji wa ma-DJ na wasanii mbalimbali waalikwa.
Nini: 41 Boom Shack – Mobile Sound System
Nani: Ashimba na DJ Niki
Lini: Jumamosi tarehe 4 Aprili, kuanzia saa 2 Usiku mpaka usiku mkubwa
Wapi: Alliance Francaise
Kiingilio: Shilingi 5000/ tu
Ashimba kwenda kufanya maonyesho Scandinavia
Kwa mara ya kwanza Ashimba atafanya maonyesho mbalimbali katika nchi za Scandinavia mwezi wa Mei na Juni 2009. Ingawa ni mara ya kwanza kwake kutembelea nchi hizi zenye hali ya hewa ya baridi kali kwa kipindi kirefu, ziara hii itafanyika katika kipindi kizuri zaidi kwa mwaka!!! Atafanya maonyesho katika kanivo ya Copenhagen na sehemu mbalimbali za nchi za Scandinavia. Ratiba kamili ya ziara hii itatolewa baada ya muda si mrefu.
Hatimaye ile tovuti yetu ipo hewani www.maishamusic.com inapatikana kwenye mtandao. Shukrani za pekee kwa wajenzi Ravn na Kristianna Matras Nordoy kwa kazi kubwa ya kuiandaa. Inapendeza!! Ingawa kwa sasa bado haijakamilika kabisa lakini taratibu itakuwaa tayari. Taarifa zaidi kwa waandishi wa habari, gulio, muziki na picha zinapatikana. Vile vile kuna kitabu cha wageni, hivyo tafadhali wasiliana nasi kama kuna maoni au maswali.. tunakutegemea kwa ajili ya kutusaidia katika ujenzi na maendeleo ya taasisi yetu katika firstname.lastname@example.org. Kumbuka kuwa tumabadilisha anuani yetu ya myspace na sasa inajulikana kama www.myspace.com/maishamusictz.
Kwame Mchauru – Sura mpya ndani ya Maisha Music
Maisha Musici imeungana na meneja wa mradi Kwame Mchauru. Sasa hivi Kwame anafanya kazi kubwa ya kuratibu na kuitangaza albamu mpya ya Ashimba “Nuru Nyikani”. Kwame amewahi kufanya kazi kama mkurugenzi msaidzi wa Busara Promotions ya Zanzibar na kwa sasa anafanya kazi kwa mkataba na British Council kama mratibu wa tamasha la WaPi Zanzibar na pia ni meneja wa muda wa mradi wa wasanii wa sanaa za mikono unaofadhiliwa na ubalozi wa Denmark. Kwame pia ni meneja wa makundi ya Jagwa Music (Mchiriku) na Splendid Theatre zote kutoka Dar es Salaam. Ni matarajio yetu kuwa Kwame atakuwa nasi kwa muda mrefu kwani ni mmoja wa wachache wanaofaa kwa kazi hii. Karibu sana…
Maisha Music ipo katika hatua za mwisho wa maandalizi ya kurekodi mseto wa nyimbo kutoka kwa wasanii mbalimbali utakaojulikana kama Maisha Lounge Vol. 1. Mchanganyiko huu utajumuisha nyimbo za taratibu za kitanzania na vionjo vya kielektroniki.
Albamu hii inatarajiwa kuzinduliwa mwezi wa Septemba 2009.
Likizo ya uzazi
Jakob Poll atasafiri kuelekea nchini Denmark kuanzia tarehe 7 aprili kwa ajili ya kuwa na mama watoto wake ambaye anatarajia kujifungua “wa pili” mwanzoni mwa mwezi wa Agosti. Kwame Mchauru ataratibu shughuli zote za Maisha Music kwa hapa Tanzania na Jakob atafanya kazi zinazohusu maslahi ya Ulaya akiwa Denmark. Jakob ataratibu uzinduzi na usambazaji wa “Nuru Nyikani” kwa nchi za Ulaya.
Maisha Music kwa sasa inafanya kazi na kampuni ya Reel 2 Reel katika upigaji picha na utengenezaji wa video ya kwanza ya Ashimba. Wimbo uliotumika katika kazi hii ni kutoka katika albamu ya “Nuru Nyikani na unajulikana kama “Yaya” na imepigwa picha katika maeneo mbalimbali ya Mwananyamala. Shukrani kwa wale wote walioshiriki katika kuifanikisha.