Wednesday, April 30, 2008

$17, 000 a month job ... in Kenya!

My new Hero

This girl falls in a race, gets spiked in the head (and is all bloody) ... gets up and runs a gutsy race. Very few can do this. Much props to her.

Japan to Build 1, 000 schools in Africa

Here is the link to the story.

Interesting statistics:

- 1 in 3 kids will never see the inside of a classroom.
- UNESCO plans to have free primary education and gender equality by 2015! I wonder how many other African countries provide free primary education besides Kenya.

Thanks Japan. You rock.

Doping Loophole

Read this interesting article in NYTimes entitled "Some Athletes' Genes Help Outwit Doping Test". The title is self-explanatory, but I should point out that the research reported has shown that some people have the ability to pass the doping test despite having high levels of exogenous testosterone (implicated in 43% of doping cases).

Whats up with Africa and its leaders?

The world should know, by now, that there are different definitions of democracy in different continents. Sure, some countries may share the same definitions even though they might be seas and oceans apart. I also vividly remember in 1992 Kenyan elections when democracy meant "picking someone from your own tribe". I am sure you heard what went on with Kenyan elections which eventually spiraled to war between tribes? The same exact thing is happening in Zimbabwe, who knows what that is going to bring. The point is, African old men were given a different dictionary that allows them to rig elections and NEVER want to give up power, despite what the constitutions of their own countries dictate!

Are there some exceptions? Have there ever been peaceful elections in Africa? Yea, of course, but why would the media chose to write "peace" and "Africa" in the same sentence if it is not preceded by "lack of"?

Should anyone care about such stubborn leaders? What is the whole point of having an international elections observers anyway? The international observers reported that Kenyan elections were flawed (duh, 4 year old kids knew that). They have also reported that Zimbabwean elections were flawed (Isnt that obvious? Everyone knew it before the elections even started. And, since when does it take 2+ weeks to release presidential results when parliamentary results were finished within 2 days?). Despite all these "reportings" and "observations" ... NO ONE LISTENS!! Or is it that no one does anything about it?

Its 3am, thats all I got. Thanks to all the adrenaline I am getting from running too much.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Imbaya Festival - Striking Images

One of my favorite sections in the BBC News Website - Day in Pictures (Striking images from around the world) - carried an image from a celebration in a Filipino town or Banaue. An Igorot tribesman, Robert Duyugan (above), was photographed riding his wooden scooter in a race. Awesome!