archives : March 2011


United States

One of the surviving shooting victims in the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy said he will not object to Sirhan B. Sirhan’s release if a parole panel OKs it.

Sirhan, who was convicted of the slaying, will appear before a California parole board for the first time in at least nine years on Wednesday, supported by two psychologists’ reports saying he no longer poses a threat to society, his attorney said.

- Wednesday 2 March 2011


Japanese mobile phones are a gadget lover’s dream. They double as credit cards. They can display digital TV broadcasts. Some are even fitted with solar cells.

And yet, for all their innovations, Japanese-made handsets have had little impact overseas. They account for just a sliver of a global mobile phone market dominated by the likes of Apple, Research in Motion and Samsung.

- Wednesday 2 March 2011

Ethiopian lawmakers have approved a new law to impose a mandatory Environmental and Social Friendly regulation on the country’s horticulture producing and exporting enterprises. - Tuesday 1 March 2011

‘Gently in manner, strong in deed’ were the inscriptions sitting atop the Presidential Desk at the oval office when Dwight Eisenhower occupied the White House as President of the United States of America. Inscribed in Latin, the plaque serves as a good guide to political leaders the world over who preside over nations struggling to emancipate from the doldrums of economic hardship. Good political leadership can take a transformational or a transactional form, the initiator or the defender of the initiated; the maverick or the conformist. The German Philosopher Hegel spoke of the evolution of mankind revolving around a synthesis of conflicting ideas. It is therefore imperative for the world to produce an occasional political stalwart who departs from the established order to infuse new ideas into a world jaded by hackneyed beliefs and policies fit for ages past. - Tuesday 1 March 2011

It seems the Iranian National Olympic Committee may be spending a little too much time playing Magic Eye.

Bahram Afsharzadeh, the secretary general of the country’s Olympic committee, told the country’s official news service that he believes logo for the 2012 Olympics spells out "Zion" — a term widely used to refer to Jerusalem.

- Tuesday 1 March 2011


It’s pretty much official: After months of anticipation, Apple on Wednesday sent out invitations to a March 2 press event where the company is expected to unveil the new version of its iPad tablet computer.

The invite, e-mailed to members of the news media at about 11 a.m. ET, features a picture of an iPad-shaped device with a giant "2" in the center, seemingly a sly reference to the date of the San Francisco event and also to the device’s rumored name: "iPad 2."

- Tuesday 1 March 2011

Over the weekend, as most of us were reveling in Academy Awards thrills and chills, the nominations for another major movie award ceremony were announced, many miles, across the Atlantic Ocean; I’m referring to the 7-year old (this year) Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), which will be held in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State (Nigeria) on Saturday, March 26, 2011. - Tuesday 1 March 2011

United States

Former Hollywood actress and sex symbol Jane Russell has died at the age of 89.

The brunette was discovered by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, who cast her in his 1943 Western The Outlaw.

Some of her most memorable films include the The Paleface (1948) with Bob Hope, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Marilyn Monroe.

She died on Monday at her home in California of a respiratory-related illness, her daughter-in-law confirmed.

- Tuesday 1 March 2011

France - United States
The actress Natalie Portman, who has an endorsement contract with Dior for its Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, has strongly condemned its chief designer, John Galliano, for anti-Semitic remarks after a video surfaced of Mr. Galliano appearing to deliver a tirade in a Paris bar. In a separate incident, he was accused of verbally abusing a French couple last week in the bar. He was suspended Friday from Dior. - Tuesday 1 March 2011

Panafrica - Ethiopia
The Experts Meeting on Health and Telemedicine Harmonization in Africa, opened today, Monday 28th February, 2011 at the Headquarter of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to present its outcome to the 5th session of the Conference of the African Union Health Ministers scheduled for April 2011, in Namibia. - Tuesday 1 March 2011

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