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McDonald’s calls cops on teens rapping their order

Posted by Administrator on November 2, 2009

(AP) SALT LAKE CITY — A rap by four teenagers at a McDonald’s has gotten them a bad rap in one Utah city. The teens were cited by American Fork police earlier this week for disorderly conduct after they rapped their order at a McDonald’s drive-through.

The teens said they were imitating a popular video on YouTube. They rapped their order, which begins with, “I need a double cheeseburger and hold the lettuce …” once quickly before repeating it more slowly.

Spenser Dauwalder said employees at the restaurant told him and his friends they were holding up the line and needed to order or leave.

The 18-year-old said nobody was in line. He and his three 17-year-old friends left without buying anything.

American Fork Police Sgt. Gregg Ludlow says a manager wrote down the car’s license plate number and called police. The teens were later cited by officers at a high school parking lot outside a volleyball match.

“We thought, you know, just teenagers out having fun,” Dauwalder told KSL Newsradio. “We didn’t think it would escalate to that.”

Disorderly conduct citations are issued when someone does something to cause annoyance or alarm, Ludlow said. The citation is an infraction similar to a speeding ticket, Ludlow said.

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was not just that they were rapping, they continued to hold things up,” Ludlow said.

Ludlow said the teens were asked several times to speak plainly and that ultimately the manager came outside.

The owner-operator of the McDonald’s said in a statement that the issue was about employees’ safety at the restaurant in American Fork, about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City.

“The employee in question felt that her safety was at risk as a result of the alleged actions of these individuals in the drive-thru, not as a result of them rapping their order,” franchisee Conny Kramer said in the statement. “As such, she contacted the local authorities.”

But Sharon Dauwalder, Spenser’s mother, said they will fight it nonetheless.

“We have to,” she told The Associated Press on Thursday. “The citation is there.”

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Kenya vampire case pushed again

Posted by Administrator on November 2, 2009

NAIVASHA, Kenya, Nov 2 – The case against a Naivasha man who is accused of sucking his victims’ blood before killing them failed to kick off on Monday after the prosecution asked for an adjournment.

High Court judge David Maraga granted the last adjournment after State Counsel Timothy Njogu said the prosecution was yet to receive some blood samples from the government chemist.

Geoffrey Njoroge Matheri alias Fongo has been charged with the murder of Miriam Wairimu in August last year at Kihoto village in Naivasha.

Mr Njogu told the court that samples sent to the government chemist for analysis were yet to be returned to them and the results verified and as such the hearing could not kick off.

Justice Maraga had granted numerous other adjournments since December 2, 2008 when the hearing of the matter had been scheduled to kick off.

 Mr Njogu told the court that though the investigating officer in the matter was present in court, the missing samples could not allow him to present his evidence.

This was refuted by counsel for the accused who complained that the state has been dragging its feet in the matter for close to a year.

Justice Maraga allowed the adjournment but warned that it was the last one that would be allowed. The case is now scheduled for hearing on February 2, 2010.

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Kenyans abroad should also vote

Posted by Administrator on November 2, 2009

By RAYMOND MUHULAPosted Monday, November 2 2009 at 18:30

 

Kenyans abroad eagerly await the granting of dual citizenship status to those who hold citizenship of the countries in which they are domiciled.

 Dual Citizenship dominated campaign rhetoric within the diaspora in the run-up to the 2007 General Election, especially in conversations with visiting Kenyan politicians. More recently, some MPs have taken the matter to the floor of the House.

 

Nevertheless, the right of Kenyans to vote outside the country would be one of the most important outcomes of this reform dialogue.

 

The population of Kenyans abroad has risen in recent years. Many went as students, while others went as expatriate workers or joined their families.

 While there is no solid estimate on the population of Kenyans abroad, the amount of money these patriots remit to Kenya each year is an indication not only of their numerical strength, but also of their industry and continued engagement with their motherland.

 It is estimated that in 2008 alone, Kenyans abroad sent $2 billion. Additionally, they continue to engage in various charitable causes, building schools, organising health camps, exchange programmes, and even more importantly, marketing Kenya abroad in their interactions with citizens of their adopted countries. Many tourists visit Kenya after hearing enchanting stories from those patriots.

 Kenyans abroad also invest in the country — in real estate, in the stock market, and in transportation. A good portion works for international development agencies, universities and multinational corporations, some in very influential positions.

 Others have been engaged, on temporary duties, to work for the government and share best practices. They have married citizens of the countries where their children are now citizens while their parents are merely visitors. This provides a major conundrum which the dual citizenship provision would cure.

 IT MUST BE RECOGNISED THAT THE right to vote is a fundamental right that Kenyans abroad have been denied since independence. Kenya is among the remaining few countries that do not permit her citizens to vote outside the country.

In its last elections, in the middle of a debilitating war, Iraq made provisions for her citizens abroad to vote. The US allows her citizens to send their ballots by mail, if they cannot vote in person.

 We are not at war, and Kenya has diplomatic posts in many countries. With a little planning, there would be several Kenyans volunteering to work as polls officials at our embassies. The Interim Independent Electoral Commission should make this one of its most important recommendations to Parliament.

As the debate on constituency boundaries, electoral and constitutional reforms continue, Kenyans abroad need to be identified as an important stakeholder that should be engaged in the debate. It is no longer prudent to view this group of bona fide citizens as outsiders with no stake in the future of the country.

 It would be asking too much to create a special seat for Kenyans outside the country. But suffice it to say that, at a minimum, the Constitution needs to be amended to accommodate voting rights.

 Whether this is done as part of the minimum reforms being advocated by various stakeholders or through the broader constitutional reforms that the Committee of Experts is working on, this time around, Kenyans outside the country should not be left out. They deserve the right to take part in the governance of their country.

 Dr Muhula, a political scientist, writes on governance, security, and African politics. (raymuhula@yahoo.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KPLC explains power failure

Posted by Administrator on November 2, 2009

By JOHN NGIRACHUPosted Monday, November 2 2009 at 15:26

 

Motorists drive on a dark road in Nairobi on November 01, 2009 night as the city experienced blackout for close to four hours. PHOEBE OKALL

The following is a simplified version of the cause of the power blackout as explained by the Kenya Power and Lighting Company.

6.34 p.m.- A temporary fault occurs in the transmission line between the two major substations at Kamburu Dam and the substation at Dandora, which is one of the biggest substations in Kenya. Nairobi and surrounding towns- Kiambu, Nyeri, Thika Machakos and Athi River go dark.

The fault is described as transient/temporary, meaning that it would not be easy to tell what it is since it is not evident from looking at the line itself.

The equivalent is lightning striking a line or an animal causing a short circuit and then dropping to the ground as compared to a tree falling on a line, which would have to be removed physically.

The fault causes equipment that protects the line from damage to shut down the system automatically. It senses that the fault was temporary and switches on again.

The disturbance in the system has however been felt by the generation system, which is connected to that of transmission, and the protective equipment for the emergency power generators at Embakasi, Nairobi South and Gitaru shut them down.

The rest of the power generators cannot handle the increased load and they too shut down in quick succession.

KPLC engineers at the National Control Centre in Nairobi have been on the job, trying to restart the system, and in the meantime have to depend on power from Uganda to restart the machines.

Some parts of Kenya get electricity back in one hour due to the Uganda connection but it takes four hours for everyone to be back on line.

 Source: Daily Nation

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As usual, Kenyan Innovators Continue To Be Shunned

Posted by Administrator on November 2, 2009

(Jambonewspot)-Meet Morris Mbetsa, a young Kenyan Man who has come up with a couple of unique innovations. At 18 years old, Morris invented a way of using one’s cell phone as an anti-car theft device. According to the East African Standard, the Government turned a blind eye to his innovation. Morris however did not lose hope and he continued making good use of his brains and he subsequently came up with technology that would help the Kenya Traffic Police in monitoring traffic, help the Ministry of Health in handling Patient Accounts and also one that would assist the Kenya Bureau of Standards. These have also gone unnoticed but a certain permanent secretary is using the young man’s innovations for his own gains. Now he has come up with another innovation which involves starting and turning off your car using your cellphone. It also notifies a car owner whe his/her car is stolen and can actually overhear conversations from inside the car to the owner’s cellphone. It is dumbfounding to see how Kenyan Government Officials can ignore such a brilliant man and many others and always be in a dazzling hurry to issue tenders for companies overseas to provide services to Kenyans. It will not be a wonder if this Morris Mbetsa is scooped by a company in Europe or even in the US and the rush will be on to claim the young man as being of Kenyan heritage and has done well to put Kenya on the map and a whole host of chest thumping antics. Oh..don’t forget we might even declare a public holiday and eventually erect a monument in his honor for doing wonders in ANOTHER COUNTRY yet the government could not get the time to acknowledge his feats in Kenya. Bravo Morris Mbetsa and keep up the good work.

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