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Blessings,

Santina

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If you spend enough time on line,you get to discover some little gems that no one will tell you about and that make working very easy.

Here are some cool places  that you will benefit from.

1.Browse Happy

Browsehappy.com allows you to get the latest updated versions of browsers .

It has updated versions of most popular browsers and even has alternative browsers that you may not have heard about.

2.Pixlr.com

A photo editing site that allows you to edit and adjust your images and all for free

3.Instagram

A photo sharing site,it allows you to share photos with friends and family and for businesses that wish to promote their brands,allows you to share content.It is available on the apple store and on Google play

KENYANS,WE SHALL NOT BE AFRAID

Cowards have never won wars and Kenyans we will not win war by cowering in our houses,afraid of going shopping,taking our children to school or going to work.

What we should be doing is standing tall and proud ,confident of our men and women in uniform who have gone into Somalia in search of the enemy in “Operation Linda Nchi.”

Watching the news yesterday at 9pm, after the second blast in less than 24 hours ,the fear and the antelope- caught -in -the- headlights of a tour van look  was clearly visible in the eyes of our news anchors.

That is not what we need.

We need to be confident  that we are doing the right thing not only for ourselves but  for our children.

Just think of what Kenya will be like if we let the Al shabaab overrun us with fear and intimidating attacks ?Kenya will cease to exist,all 542,650 square kilometres of it.

Like all terror groups the Al shabaab are thriving on instilling fear in all of us,fear of walking out of our doors of going on with our lives as usual,and who wants that ?

Am sure if the freedom fighters had though for a minute that their home-made guns could not stand up against the British,we would still be a  colony still.

Why should a band of rag-tag militia scare us?

We need to fight for the pride that we had at independence  when so many of our fathers, mothers,brothers and sisters who are not here with us saw the Kenyan flag being hoisted up for the first time.

We need to fight and reclaim the sense of nationalism we had at independence when we were all united together in forging a common future.

We need to fight off the fear that the Al Shabaab are better armed  than our armed forces,ofcourse they are not.

Our men and women in uniform are among the best trained and disciplined forces  in Africa.They can and will win this war.

Media houses need to do away with the me- first mentality when it comes to news reporting.They are quick to tell us when and where the blast was, but how many have bothered to give a face to the men and women in uniform. fighting away so many kilometres away from home?

Or their families who are worried about the safety of their loved ones,praying that they come back home safe and sound when this is all over.

Let news editors not be afraid of raising the national psyche when it comes to this war with great stories of how well our armed forces are doing.

As for politicians lay off the bickering……

We need to see senior government officials rallying Kenyans around the cause of Operation Linda Nchi.

We need to see government officials  visiting  our troops and telling them we are so proud of them,it will do wonders for their pscyhe.

Let religious leaders pray that our men and women in uniform come back home safe and sound

Let them urge their congregations to speak up when things are going wrong in their neighbourhoods.

Granted they may all be marching to heaven but last time i checked our feet whether we are religious or not are still firmy planted on the earth.

Let us make it a better place to live in as we await our heavenly abodes.

I am so proud of the father,mothers,sons and daughters of   Kenya who were not afraid when national duty clalled…they answered.

Dear Kenyans do not be afraid ,we shall win the war against terror and we are already winning.

We shall not be afraid

We have forgotten our tribal tags and for once we are united against one cause and that is protecting our land.

Let us not be afraid of naming suspicious looking people in our estates,at bus stops and other social places

Let us not be afraid to report on suspicious activities that we see taking place in our estates,at  our  work places or even places of worship

Let us not be afraid of asking our politicians to quit the navel gazing and focus on important national security issues.

Let us not be afraid of wearing our national colors when duty calls.  

Once we let fear get to us,they will have won,don’t let them win.

KENYAN SHILLING:Why I am worried,really worried.

The 22nd of September is World Rhino Day,it is in commemoration of this animal facing increasing threat from humans because of its horn or rather what it is believed its horn can  do.Some people believe that the horn has medicinal properties ,what they forget is that its horn is madeup of the same stuff as our nails-Keratin.

But as the conservation world honored these endangered species,another kind of “species” is facing threats of a different kind.

The Kenyan shilling was on a free fall against the dollar and at the close of business today  it missed the 100 shilling mark against the dollar by 80 cents.

Not many people are keenly following the battering our economy is taking from market forces as we are either glued to the confirmation hearings at the ICC,fixated on the never-ending soap operas or keenly following the English football teams.

We are also still  recovering from the tragic events at the Sinai slums where so far 100 lives were lost,and a 100 more are still admitted in hospital recovering from extensive burns.Read the story here.

What is on offer on Kenyan TV today has numbed us to what is happening outside in the real world.In the midst of all the TV shows we seem to be blissfully unaware we are staring at en election barely a year from now.And with the volatile climate that characterises Kenyan politics,only one no,several things will suffer.First will be the economy,then the Kenyan household budgets and the final election outcome will be as a result of several guiding factors other than the economy which at the moment should be in the HDU (High Dependency Unit)of a major private hospital.

We aren’t talking about what is happening on the economic front and a clear sign of our ignorance in matters economic is the way our business news on prime time tv is structured.

Business news is barely given 15 minutes of tv time,politics,tragedies,political sideshows are always headline news in all major news channels.They take up a chunk of the one hour most media houses devote to their prime time news.

Secondly business news is always presented using terms that make no sense to the ordinary Kenyan who is more worried about the price of a litre of fuel than  if the market was “bearish”.Either the news editors think we are ignorant and are not bothered to enlighten us  or maybe they enjoy listening to themselves.

After the President signed the Price Control Bill that is meant to cushion Kenyans against unreasonable pricing of essential commodities  like maize and wheat flour,cooking oil,sugar,rice and fuel we received a rude awakening.A few hours after signing of the bill Kenyans woke up to a rude shock-milk,bread and sugar prices were increased by the dairy companies and millers.

The hydro power distribution company Kenya power also added its weight on the already overburdened Kenyan household by saying that it would be increasing the fuel levy on its monthly electricity bills…again.

Almost half of the Kenyan population either lives on the poverty line or is teetering on the edge of absolute poverty.When the prices of basic commodities like maize flour and paraffin  are increased you are condemning these people to a life of hell.

Our unemployment rate,which no politician ever talks about, stands at about 40% as of 2008,now in 2011 it must be higher.What will happen when manufacturers and other related companies close shop citing difficult economic conditions,rising cost of power and an unfavourable political climate?Already some companies are seeing red over the unpredictable economic climate,just ask Eveready the dry cell battery manufacturers and the flower companies that have moved to Ethiopia.

Companies are having to dig deeper into their pockets to cover payroll cost and other overheads as well as try to stay afloat in the competitive  market.If the trend continues and the shilling continues sliding downwards some will have to choose between letting go of some of their employees or folding up altogether.

And when these employees lose their jobs,crime and insecurity will increase because somehow these men and women with families will have to feed their chidren.Some will join the marauding gangs of carjackers and robbers that give the Kenyan police sleepless nights.

Crime and insecurity remain the dragons our law enforcement officers have been unable to slay.

As surely as the sun will rise tomorrow the Kenyan shilling is going to hit the 100 shilling mark sooner than you can say ICC.Fuel prices will be adjusted upwards,fare on public transport will go up again,  manufacturers will cite rising operations costs and hike the price of basic goods,our power bills will go up and more Kenyans will join the millions already classified as poor.

It is a circle.

I know  paint a gloomy picture but things do not look to rosy or sunny either from where I am sited.

TIME TO END THE KENYAN “SUICIDE WATCH”

A lot of things have happened since  I did my last post on why Kenyans are on a suicide mission.

Over a hundred people now have died as a result of the Sinai fire when some of them succumbed to their injuries while admitted at the Kenyatta Hospital.

It almost seems as if the whole country is on a suicide watch,waiting for the next disaster.We have become a nation of professional mourners and whiners.

But we have done very little n terms of preventing these disasters.

Yesterday evening along the Busia -Bumula highway,4 people were burned beyond recognition while 37 others are admitted at the Busia Hospital in critical condition.An oil tanker overturned and while the driver was trying to disconnect the battery ,people came over to siphon fuel (do we ever learn) and kaboom fire!

The Sinai fire victims aren’t even buried yet and we have another tragedy.

The government has decided to provide a coffin and kshs 60,000 to the families of the deceased from the Sinai tragedy to assist in burial preparations.We need to ask for how long the government is going to assist in burying Its citizens and building monuments and issuing warnings.

Aren’t we all tired of seeing our fellow citizens charred remains and having to condole with families who have lost their loved ones over what can be termed as man-made disasters?

It is time government became more proactive in  deterring such behaviours as siphoning of fuel,and also came up with ways by which we can curb such behaviours as  siphoning of  fuel from  overturned tankers.

Anyone who is caught siphoning fuel should be handcuffed and marched to the nearest police station.Spending a few months as a guest of the state and eating half-cooked meals should hopefully serve as  a deterrent .

We need to hand out such stiff  sentences and penalties for  errant behaviours that endanger the lives of Kenyans such that when a tanker overturns people run for the hills.

Imbibers of illegal brews should also be charged with endangering their lives and robbing the nation of its citzens.When you willingly walk into a dingy bar selling alcoholic beverages with questionable names you are putting your life at risk.

The state  needs to do much  more in stopping these suicide attempts.

As a nation we have shed too many tears,said too many prayers and spent too much money over stupid accidents and incidents.It is time we put  a stop to this.

SOCIAL MEDIA USE IN AFRICA:Charting our own way.

There is a lot of information on social media available on the web today.

From what social media can do, to how to reap the most from social media to dozens of new forms of social media joining existing ones.

But all of it is geared towards more developed countries and democracies and not for Africa

In our attempt to keep up with the changing times , are applying a copy and paste method for Africa especially when it comes to social media use.

All conferences and meet ups on recent technological advances are  being held in posh and plush hotels in the capitals of African countries.

Rarely do you see the laptop carrying,Ipad  and latest tech gizmo’s loving  crowd venture outside the urban centres.

Blame it on poverty,what makes commercial or business sense for the sponsors of these events but i think we need a major paradigm shift in the way Africa is going to use social media.

We all remember the Egyptian revolution that was mainly engineered through Facebook.

Closer home we have the Kenyans for Kenya initiative that saw millions raised through a campaign that was done mainly through the social networks of Facebook,Twitter and Kenyan blogs.

For most African countries they are still treading on the waters of democracy and good governance with increasing poverty levels being the straw  breaking the backs of these nations.

Instead of using social media to ape western nations lifestyles,cultures we need to ensure we are using it to open up the democratic space in African countries.

We need to be discussing our problems and solutions that will  spur development and promote democracy and good governance on the continent.

Home grown solutions will always be best , we do not need to wait for expatriates to come up with  blue prints that will get us out of the muck that is poverty.

We already have the solutions if we are willing to talk to each other,share ideas,experiences and knowledge.

Social media is such a wealth of information,opinions and ideas.

These digital platforms have provided barazas(informal forums) where everyone can be heard regardless of social standing or economic status.

Where else do you have a government permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education engaging Kenyans in a discussion on improving the education sector.

Yesterday we had such a discussion on twitter with Mr James Ole Kiyapi.

Many other stake holders and people in government are engaging their audiences and  not only in Kenya, in discussions that can move the continent forward.

 

I hope the momentum is maintained because Africa is where the rest of the world will want to be in 10 years time.

Some corporates are already aware of this and have already set up African offices.

With a youthful population, a highly educated and the huge potential both in terms of intellectual resources as well as natural resources,we need to prepare for the change that is coming and fast.