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The King is Dead: The news that hit the Queen while in Kenya

Posted by Administrator on January 8, 2012

The first day of the Queen’s reign dawned a trifle oddly

The first day of the Queen’s reign dawned a trifle oddly

THE  first day of the Queen’s reign dawned quietly enough, if a trifle oddly, as it found her 30ft up a tree. The then Princess Elizabeth was at Treetops, the famous hotel in Kenya where guests stay in cabins carved out of wild fig trees overlooking the water holes where the big game come to drink.

It was a stopover on the long-haul journey to Australia and New Zealand for a royal tour that her father, King George VI, was not well enough to undertake.

Along with her husband Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Elizabeth had been relaxing for a few days at the nearby Sagana Royal Lodge, a wedding gift from the Kenyan people, before travelling the 17 miles to Treetops to see the wildlife.

Dressed in slacks and an apricot-coloured blouse she was soon busy with her cine-camera and before sunset had filmed baboons in the branches, elephants and the clash of horns between two rival water buck.

She had slept in the cabin and was up at dawn to film rhino. By then she had become Queen, although she did not know it until the day was more than half gone.

As the Queen left Treetops, Britain was three hours behind. At Sandringham, the royal country home in Norfolk where the King had been staying since before Christmas, it was 7.30am and valet James McDonald began preparing the King’s morning bath.

The job finished, McDonald went through to the bedroom with the King’s morning tea.

Having had drastic surgery for lung cancer the previous September, the King seemed to be recovering. He had made the brief return trip to see his daughter fly off from London and only the day before had been out shooting on royal estate land near the village of Flitcham with his friend and neighbour, Lord Fermoy.

Wearing battery-heated boots and gloves, he was out in the wintry sunshine from half-past nine until dusk, bagging nine hares and a wood pigeon. “He was at the top of his form,” Lord Fermoy would report the next day. “He ate a hearty lunch, talking and laughing the whole time.”

The King himself called it: “The best day’s shooting I’ve had in a long time.” and told Fermoy: “We’ll go out again on Thursday.”

Back at Sandringham, the King rested for a while in his ground-floor bedroom before going to the nursery to spend time with his grandchildren Charles, three, and Anne, a toddler of 18 months. He had dinner with his wife and younger daughter, Princess Margaret, listened to the BBC 9 o’clock news on the wireless and strolled for a short time on the terrace before going to bed.

He was alive and awake at around midnight when a police constable patrolling the grounds heard him either opening or closing his bedroom window.

 

USUALLY the small sounds his valet made drawing the bath were sufficient to rouse the King but not this morning. McDonald went back into the bathroom and made more splashing sounds with the water but the King still did not stir. Alarmed, he sought help and together with royal page Maurice Watts, they went back to the King’s bedroom. When their joint efforts failed to wake him, they knew something was terribly wrong.

A telephone call summoned doctor James Ansell from his home at Wolferton, three miles away. The King, he confirmed, had died in his sleep.

In Kenya with only a single telephone line linking Royal Lodge to the outside world, the Queen knew nothing of this, nor would she know for several more hours yet and then only by word of mouth.

At 1.45pm Kenyan time, with storm clouds brewing over Nyeri, a small township a few miles from Sagana, the telephone rang in one of the two booths in the Outspan Hotel. Granville Roberts, a journalist covering the royal visit for the East African Standard, answered, to find his own office calling. He felt “a strange tingling in my scalp” as he was told: “A flash has just come in from Reuters. It reads: The King is Dead.”

“Hold on a moment,” Roberts said. Calling to the receptionist, he said: “Fetch Colonel Charteris, please. He’s in the dining room. Tell him to hurry.”

Lieutenant Colonel, the Honourable Martin Charteris, was private secretary to the young woman he still thought of as Princess Elizabeth. Roberts spoke again into the telephone. “Are you sure the message is correct?”

“Quite sure,” was the reply. “There’s more. The King died in his sleep. Message ends.”

Charteris appeared and Roberts beckoned him into the booth, closing the door before delivering the news. Charteris, according to Roberts, “seemed to sag visibly and murmured, ‘My poor dear lady.’ ”

The call to Royal Lodge was made initially by Roberts and was answered by Commander Michael Parker, Philip’s wartime friend and now his private secretary. “Good God,” was his response. Charteris took the phone and Parker told him they must have official confirmation before breaking it to the Queen.

Switching on the wireless was all it took. Parker finally received confirmation from the BBC, which had interrupted its scheduled programme for the solemn voice of John Snagge to make the official announcement of the King’s death at 11.15am, British time.

With no longer any cause for doubt, he hurried to where the Duke of Edinburgh was taking an after-lunch nap, roused him and broke the news.

So it was afternoon in Kenya when Philip told his wife of her father’s death and the realisation dawned on her that she was now Queen. She went into her bedroom and closed the door behind her. It was nearly an hour before she was seen again.

When she emerged her face was pale and it was clear she had been crying. However, her sorrow had to give way to royal duty as Queen of the United Kingdom and several other nations around the world, head of the Commonwealth, Supreme Governor of the Church of England and much else besides.

All this had descended on her totally unexpectedly and years earlier than she had anticipated. It was an awesome burden for a woman of 25.

Huge though the responsibility was, it was a role to which she had been trained from the age of 10. Her father had been so unprepared for the role, that he once declared: “I have never even seen a state paper.” As a result, he resolved that his daughter should be better prepared.

The Queen sat at her desk to compose messages of condolence to be cabled to her mother and grandmother.

Incoming calls clogged the single telephone line and when London finally called, one of the questions asked was in what name she would reign. “My own, of course,” said the Queen. “What else?”

Parker had the task of arranging the flight back to London. Luckily the Argonaut, in which the party had flown to Kenya, was on stand-by at Entebbe, waiting to take back any surplus luggage. A call to East Africa Airlines saw a Dakota airborne to Nanyuki, the nearest airfield to Royal Lodge, to take the royal party to the aircraft.

Even amid all this activity, the new Queen still found time for the smaller courtesies of royalty. She sent for the District Commissioner and presented him with a pair of cufflinks bearing her personal cypher.

The packing was done in an hour, although in the rush one or two things were overlooked. Philip’s field glasses were later found in a drawer of the bureau.

Just before 6pm, Kenyan time, they were ready to leave. Daylight was fading and another storm brewing as they reached Nanyuki to board the Dakota.

The storm broke as they landed at Entebbe, so violent that the Argonaut couldn’t take off. If was nearly midnight before the weather eased sufficiently for them to become airborne on the 4,000 mile flight back to London.

 

ON BOARD, there was a problem. The Queen’s mourning outfit, without which members of the Royal Family never travel, had gone on ahead of her and was in the luggage already aboard the liner Gothic. She was flying home in a light summer frock, ideal for Kenya but hardly suitable for her arrival in London.

The problem was solved by landing at a staging post in North Africa. From there a wireless message was sent to London and a second mourning outfit was hastily packed and taken to London Airport.

Arriving in London the Argonaut landed briefly, well away from the dignitaries waiting to greet her. The mourning outfit was smuggled aboard and the Queen made a quick change as the pilot taxied.

The line-up waiting to welcome her was headed by her uncle, the Duke of Gloucester, Philip’s uncle, Earl Mountbatten, and prime minister Winston Churchill, tears streaming unashamedly down his cheeks.

“This is a very tragic homecoming,” said the Queen. Tragic indeed but also the start of a reign that may yet turn out to be the longest in British history.

 

Adapted in part from Elizabeth, Queen & Mother by Graham and Heather Fisher, published 1964.

Source: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/294207/The-King-is-dead-long-live-the-Queen

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The trials of Omar, Obama’s uncle

Posted by Administrator on January 8, 2012

For almost 50 years, the president’s uncle has lived in relative obscurity. Now – facing possible deportation – he may wish for a less-famous name.

Onyango Obama, once known as Omar, faced a drunken driving charge in Framingham.

Onyango Obama, once known as Omar, faced a drunken driving charge in Framingham.

Stephen “Hummer’’ Holmes, the soccer coach at the former Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, was standing on a wind-whipped field in 1963 when he met the most talented soccer player he would ever work with. A new student at school, that young man had loped on to the field barefoot and without shin guards, ready to play just as he did back home in Kenya.

His name was Omar Okech Obama.

“He had been playing without shoes for so long that the bottoms of his feet were so deeply calloused they were like shoe leather. And his feet were so wide that he had to have special shoes constructed for him,’’ recalled Holmes. “But he never liked the shoes. He’d say, ‘Coach, I need to take the shoes off. Please, coach, I can’t feel the ball.’ ’’

Onyango Obama played soccer and joined the debate and newspaper clubs at the former Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge.

Onyango Obama played soccer and joined the debate and newspaper clubs at the former Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge.

That same Obama is now more famously known as the uncle of President Obama. He is an enigmatic presidential relative who rocketed into the news in August when he was arrested on charges of drunken driving in Framingham, and told the booking officer, “I think I will call the White House.’’ As immigration officials consider whether to deport him, Obama, 67, finds his life in the United States the subject of intense curiosity not just by government officials and the media but among some family members and his old Cambridge classmates as well.

That spotlight has found him in the twilight of a meager life, nearly 50 years after he joined his older half-brother, Barack Obama Sr., the president’s late father, in Cambridge to seek an education. Notwithstanding the now-famous surname, his life here has mirrored that of countless others who have immigrated legally, but then simply stayed on, barely making do at the margins of American life.

Obama, who assumed his father’s name, Onyango, when he was a young man, seemed destined for much more. One of a hand-picked group of young Kenyans dispatched to the United States at the time their country achieved independence, Obama had the potential to be a key player in his country’s unfolding story. But when their homeland became riven by political infighting in the late 1960s and the great promise of independence appeared to founder, some Kenyans grew bitter. Like Obama, more than a few of those who left to further their education never returned home.

As the decades passed, Obama gradually lost contact with many of his childhood friends and family members. For the past twenty years, he has ignored a deportation order, living quietly under the radar until he allegedly ran a stop sign in front of a Framingham police officer. Obama, who works in a Framingham liquor store, now faces the possibility of an abrupt return to the country he left as a teenager, a place radically altered in most every respect. It is something he distinctly does not want.

A solemn figure as he strides into his court appearances, Obama never married or had children during the years he has been in the United States, according to his lawyer, P. Scott Bratton. He lives with a Kenyan family in Framingham near the liquor store where he has worked as a clerk for 10 years. Although he has a vast number of relatives living near Lake Victoria in western Kenya, many know nothing of him. He has never met his famous nephew, according to the White House.

In the spotlight

While the White House says it has taken no action in the matter, the elder Obama’s link to the president means that he has lost all hope of anonymity. Ironically, his prospects of remaining in the United States, of being given a second chance, might have been far greater if he did not have such a world-famous last name. While his case inches through the courts, talk show hosts and opinion makers periodically weigh in on his fate. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, for example, declared in a radio interview last month that Onyango Obama should be deported.

That’s not what happened to the last Obama relative found to be living in the country illegally. When the president’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, was granted asylum in 2010 after she was found to have been living in the country illegally for several years, many objected that she had received preferential treatment due to her relationship to the president. Her lawyers, who are also representing Onyango Obama on immigration matters, will not discuss his case. It is conceivable that they could argue that the president’s uncle should be eligible for the same treatment as his aunt. But immigration experts believe that they are more likely to emphasize the unusually long duration of Onyango Obama’s stay in the United States.

Federal immigration law includes a little-used provision that allows immigrants who have been in the country continuously since before 1972 to be considered for permanent residence even if they are here illegally. But they must also be of “good moral character.’’ If Obama is convicted of the drunken driving charge and the two related driving offenses he is charged with, he could be disqualified due to character issues. But if he has not been convicted of any other criminal charges, immigration experts say authorities are more likely to take stock of the larger arc of his life in the United States in deciding whether he can remain. Bratton, of Lowell, said Obama does not have a criminal record.

“The question becomes, is he an upstanding citizen? Is he somebody who will not do harm in the US, someone you want to remain here,’’ said Crystal L. Williams, executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington, D.C. “It becomes a subjective inquiry.’’

A promising beginning

Some Obama family members, closely watching the progress of his court case in their local newspapers, say they would welcome their long-lost brother back. But they wonder if they would recognize him.

“When my brother left he was a young man with large hopes, but he has never come back,’’ his half-sister, Hawa Auma, said in Dholuo, the language of her Luo tribe, as she sold coal at the side of the road in the Kenyan village of Oyugis. “Even when his brother Barack died, he did not come back. His mother, Sarah, used to blame Barack for throwing Omar away to the whites. She has been mourning for him for years.’’

One of seven children born to the president’s grandfather, Hussein Onyango, Omar Obama arrived in the United States with the help of his half-brother Barack, who was working toward his doctorate in economics at Harvard University and paid $300 towards his traveling expenses. Omar was directed to Browne & Nichols, a prestigious private boys school, by Ellen Frost, a friend of the elder Barack’s whose father was the preparatory school’s treasurer.

Frost recalls the 19-year-old Omar on his arrival in Cambridge as, “a happy, bubbly outgoing boy. He loved to tell stories about lions and the wild animals of his youth. I don’t know if they were true, but the other boys were completely fascinated by him; he was so completely different from everyone else at the school.’’

The only African student at the school, Obama stood out in a number of other respects. Not only was he three years older than most of the boys in the sophomore class, his arch colonial accent immediately marked him as different. That he initially lived with his brother in a rented apartment in Cambridge, a place often churning with visiting Kenyan students, added to his exoticism. But within a few weeks the normally reserved Obama had made a large number of close friends, many of whom remember his sunny disposition nearly half a century later.

“Omar was great, friendly and very open,’’ recalled classmate Robert Krim, an assistant professor of management at Clark University in Worcester. “This was a time of civil rights and I was a white kid from Newton. So here comes Omar, black and African. I found this fellow completely exciting. It was as though he dropped in from somewhere completely different, which I guess he had.’’

Nonetheless, Obama seemed to fit right in. He joined the debate and newspaper clubs. He posed for class photographs of the Class of 1966 in his crisp white shirt and tweed blazer. And when the varsity soccer team headed to the field, with Obama as its lead striker, many on campus flocked to watch him.

“People were fascinated to see him play: students, faculty, everyone,’’ said Stephen Burgard, a classmate and now the director of the School of Journalism at Northeastern University. “They would sort of divert on campus if they had a moment to go watch him handle the ball.’’

An unrecognizable Omar

By the time Obama was pulled over by the Framingham police, some members of the Class of 1966 had largely forgotten their old classmate. The Obama in the newspapers had a different first name, and the dour mug shot looked little like the amiable young man they once knew. But they soon realized it was indeed their Omar.

“We are still waiting. If my brother returns I would welcome him with love. I have missed him,” said Hawa Auma, who lives in Kenya.

“We are still waiting. If my brother returns I would welcome him with love. I have missed him,” said Hawa Auma, who lives in Kenya.

As e-mails flew among a group of his classmates keeping abreast of the matter, they debated whether to step forward to help their friend of years past. A couple of lawyers in the class expressed concern that Obama be provided good legal representation. Another lawyer in the group raised a flag of caution, pointing out that none of them had any idea what sort of life Obama had led or if he had any criminal involvement. In the end, classmate Ben Bradlee Jr., a former editor and reporter for The Boston Globe, spoke with Bratton.

“I was not offering help but just telling him that some of his former classmates were asking about Omar,’’ said Bradlee. “Bratton seemed interested and happy that people were inquiring and said he would pass the message along. And that was that.’’

Bratton said that Obama is considering talking with some of his classmates whom he remembers fondly. But for the moment, he is focused on matters in court and has been given permission to return to his job as a clerk at Conti Liquors. Obama has been granted a temporary stay of deportation, according to Bratton, and has a hearing before US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Bratton has said that he intends to challenge the legality of the traffic stop that resulted in Obama’s arrest on the drunken driving charge.

For Obama, the call from Bradlee must have triggered memories of a very different phase of his life. Despite his initial success at the Browne & Nichols School, Obama’s star did not shine long. His brother returned to Kenya in the summer of 1964, leaving Omar to be hosted by a Newton family. For reasons that are unclear, Obama withdrew from Browne & Nichols in the summer of 1965 and enrolled in what was then Newton High School, according to Beth Jacobson, director of alumni programs for the Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School. Obama stayed at the Newton school for barely a year. He left abruptly in 1966, apparently because his host family moved out of state, and did not graduate, according to a school spokesperson.

Times of struggle

Obama returned to Cambridge to live with Kenyan friends and remained there for many years. Then in his early 20s, he told others that he was enrolled in what was then Boston State College. Obama, like his older brother, was an acquaintance of the prominent Kenyan political leader Tom Mboya, a member of the Luo tribe like the Obamas. Mboya was an ardent advocate of education and the organizer of the famed airlifts of young Kenyans to the United States that had brought Obama to Boston, according to a list of the 1963 airlift participants in Mboya’s records at the Hoover Institution in Stanford, Calif.

In a 1968 letter to Mboya, Obama asked for help in finding a financial sponsor for his continued education. Referring to an earlier conversation between the two of them, Obama wrote, “I am just finishing my first year at Boston State College . . . I would really appreciate it if you can find or suggest a way possible for my next academic year sponsorship.’’

It is unclear whether Mboya, who was assassinated the following year, responded. But, according to the University of Massachusetts Boston, which merged with Boston State, there is no record that Obama graduated.

Obama moved to another Cambridge building occupied by Kenyan friends in the early 1970s, but his path during the decade is unclear. By the late 1980s, he began to encounter multiple problems, most of them financial. In 1987 and 1988, “Omar H. Obama’’ failed to pay the IRS $3,876, according to a lien filed at the Registry of Deeds for Southern Middlesex County. The agency later filed another lien against Obama, identified as Obama O. Onyango, saying he failed to pay $971 in taxes for 1990. The court has no record that Obama paid either debt.

At the same time, immigration officials were also looking askance at Obama. In 1989, an immigration judge ordered Obama to leave the country voluntarily. It is unclear if the judge issued the order in response to Obama’s tax debts or for some other reason. Obama appealed the order to the Board of Immigration Appeals but lost and was ordered deported in 1992.

He never left.

As the years passed, Obama’s contact with family members back home began to diminish. Hawa Auma said her brother wrote to her regularly after he left Kenya and sometimes sent her money after he got out of school. Auma keeps the e-mail address of the family her brother lives with on a tiny piece of folded paper, but she said she has not heard from him in more than a year.

Once, in the early 1990s, Obama’s mother, Sarah Ogwel, traveled to the United States and tried to get her son to return to Kenya with her.

“Omar told her to go back home,’’ said Auma. “He lied to his mum that he would follow her after two weeks but of course he did not come. We waited and waited for Omar’s return. And we are still waiting. If my brother returns I would welcome him with love. I have missed him.’’

Keeping Mass. as home

By the early 1990s, Obama Onyango had became the treasurer of a small convenience store in Dorchester called The Wells Market, according to state corporations records. Despite his immigration problems, Obama often worked there as a clerk and in 1994 he was attacked during an armed robbery. According to a police report, two masked males wearing black hoodies and armed with a sawed-off rifle assaulted Obama and robbed the store before taking off on foot. Obama, then 50, was treated for a head wound at the hospital and released.

In the same year as the assault, Obama got a new landlady when Gail Greenberger bought the four-story Roslindale building where he rented an apartment. In an interview with the British Times Online, Greenberger said she remembered Obama as “being decent but then I think he lost his job.’’ When Obama failed to pay his rent, Greenberger attempted to evict him and ultimately filed for unpaid rent of $2,200 in Boston Housing Court in 1999. Obama fled from the apartment, and when he did not appear in court a judge ordered him to pay the outstanding sum.

At some point, Obama moved into a small house in Framingham with another Kenyan family. For the past decade he has quietly worked the afternoon shift at the Conti liquor store on busy Route 126 six days a week, according to his lawyer. Even as the name Obama became internationally known in recent years, no one in the small store ever linked the weathered clerk with the man at the helm of world power. When reporters flocked to the store after Obama’s arrest, staffers there were shocked.

“We call him Obama,’’ said one clerk who asked not to be identified. “But we didn’t know that this Obama was related to that Obama.’’

This Obama is staying quiet for now. He declines to speak with the reporters who trail him when he shows up in court. And his lawyers have refused all requests for interviews. But every now and then he calls his old friend in Nairobi, Moses Wasonga, with whom he shared an apartment in Cambridge in the late 1960s, to discuss the situation.

Wasonga, who arrived in the United States a year before Obama, has closely monitored developments in Obama’s case in the Kenyan newspapers. He would like nothing more than to have his old friend back in Nairobi. But, like some Obama family members, Wasonga wonders what sort of life he would have as an old man returning to the country of his childhood.

“What does he have here?’’ asked Wasonga, a retired computer programmer. “He has few friends and only his old mother here. Why after 48 years in America does someone decide you must suddenly leave? It makes no sense.’’

Source: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2012/01/08/the-trials-omar-obama-uncle/BjUXimCcTG5ScgvTlQMKSM/story.html

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Success is like music to his ears

Posted by Administrator on January 8, 2012

Bernsoft CEO Bernard Kioko at the company’s research and development lab in Nairobi. DIANA NGILA

Bernsoft CEO Bernard Kioko at the company’s research and development lab in Nairobi. DIANA NGILA

In Summary

Age: 35 Company: Bernsoft Interactive

Marital status: Married

Number of children: None

Educational qualification: Pursuing a degree in IT

What he drives: Nissan X-Trail

Favourite gadgets: Six laptops, two iPads and many other gizmos

Major achievement: Interactive SMS service that connected radio and television stations with their listeners and viewers

Unique attribute: He started his company while he was still a secondary school student

Bernard Kioko is what you would call a software guru. He founded his company, Bernsoft Interactive, back in 1992 while still a student at Starehe Boys Centre, but his claim to fame could be the fact that he owns six laptops, two iPads, an iPhone, a Samsung Galaxy and eh… a host of other tech gadgets.  Nine years after he founded his company, Bernsoft developed the first SMS Software that enabled Capital FM to receive SMSs on a computer.

The technology was quickly deployed in almost all radio stations and went on to power the BIG QUESTION interactive poll of viewers on KTN as well as the VIEWERS’ COMMENT on NTV.

In 2005, in partnership with Uchumi Supermarkets, Bernsoft made it possible for Kenyans to download music under a project named mymusic, which was in partnership with EasyFM (then Nation FM).

A year later, in partnership with East African Safari, Bernsoft rolled out the first electronic ticketing system, enabling over 250 travel agents to sell air tickets online. Today, Bernsoft Group has investments in travel, music, movie production and telecommunications and is also operational in the United Kingdom.

Its latest initiative has seen the company create a system named BestNgoma.com, which enables Kenyan artistes to sell music online and track their sales in real time.

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Tell us something about the Internet that we don’t already know? The first cyber café in Kenya was on Koinange Street. I am proud to have worked there! Did you also know Netscape Navigator was the first Internet browsing software available in Kenya?

What did you do over the festive season that doesn’t befit a CEO?

(Grins) Most CEOs take a vacation over the festive season and I have done this previously.

However, this year, I stayed indoors and was at work even on January 1. I am still unable to believe this myself, but I also had a great time working to achieve a personal deadline I had set.

So you are saying you stayed sober throughout the festivities because that would be, uhm, different?

I drank once, a Johnny Walker, Black Label.  However, my regular drink is Martel. I like it because it seems to have no hangover effect on me.

What was the last place you travelled to and why? The last visit was to South Africa. I had to attend the Channel O music awards as well as attend several business meetings. We are also opening a Bernsoft office in South Africa so I had a bit of work to do.

The IT crowd is known for long hours and disheveled personalities. What quirky thing do you do that is unique to your profession? Sometimes I work nonstop for 48 hours and then I head out for a drink!

You want to have a bite, where do you head out?

I like different places for different reasons. I hang out a lot at Galileos for my clubbing. Galileos recently won an award as the best overnight club. When I want to be in the city centre, I hang out at the new Tribeka. I go to the Carnivore  every now and then. Then again, I am an IT person, we dine with our laptops!

What car do you drive and why do you like it?

I drive a Nissan X-Trail. It’s a reasonably affordable on-road/off road car with very low maintenance requirements in my view. Also, I’m not really a fan of cars. Although I am extremely in love with technology gadgets, cars haven’t really made it to my list.

So, then what is the coolest gadget you have ever owned?

I am a gadgets person… and this question leaves me very confused… I have all kinds of gadgets and I purchase them as soon as they come out. I have a 19-inch Laptop with full HD, Latest Mac Book Pro, iPad 1 and 2, Galaxy Tab, iPhone 4, HTC Desire, Chacha, DSTV Walka, Mobile/Solar charge that can charge almost anything, Blackberry Bold Torch, 27-inch iMac. Oh, and I should mention that I have over six laptops.

Yes, all mine. Personal! I am currently playing around with a device that enables me to programme TV interactivity to another level. I hope Kenyans will experience this on their TV screens soon.

What do you spend most on?

Gadgets. I love gadgets and I specifically love that I can work around adding value to gadgets. My love for gadgets, however, has turned to be the most expensive.

Are you a twit and what was the last thing you twitted?

On a personal level, I hardly use social media. I tweet and update my Facebook profile once in a while. Bernsoft, however, is a digital agency for several companies and we have a team dedicated to Twitter and Facebook providing services to companies.

Shock us with some pearl of wisdom to carry us through this year?

People don’t change no matter how much time and space. 2012 you will be the same! I think one should build on who one is already.

Source: http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Success+is+like+music+to+his+ears+/-/1248928/1300536/-/tq5olj/-/index.html

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Jury selection begins for man charged with the murder of his Kenyan wife

Posted by Administrator on January 8, 2012

 

Jury selection in the trial of a Lansford man charged with homicide is  scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Monday in Carbon County court, according to a  court official.

Ernest Troy Freeby, 36, is charged with killing his estranged wife, Edwina Atieno Onyango. Her body was never located but investigators found a “large  quantity of blood” in Freeby’s basement and DNA testing showed a biological  match to Onyango’s personal items, court papers say.

Edwina (Edwine) Atieno Onyango

Edwina (Edwine) Atieno Onyango

Freeby was charged with murder in 2009, about a year and a half after Onyango  went missing. He has been lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility  without bail since his arrest. State police at Lehighton filed the charges after  taking the case from Lansford police.

Onyango, 34, moved to the United States in 1998 from her native Kenya and  married Freeby in 2001.

Her brother reported her missing in December 2007, and investigators say she  has not used her bank account, email or credit card since then.

Source: http://standardspeaker.com/news/jury-selection-begins-monday-for-lansford-man-accused-of-killing-wife-1.1254692#ixzz1isyDeN5O

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