archives : Other News 2011


United States
The Huffington Post, which began in 2005 with a meager $1 million investment and has grown into one of the most heavily visited news Web sites in the country, is being acquired by Aol in a deal that creates an unlikely pairing of two online media giants. - Monday 7 February 2011

Ghana’s population is 24,223,431, according to Government Statistician, Dr. Grace Bediako who announced a provisional results of the 2010 census Thursday afternoon. Of the figure, women constitute 12,421,770, with men at 11,801,661. - Thursday 3 February 2011

Human Rights Watch researcher Daniel Williams was detained by Egyptian security forces in Cairo today. Williams was one of several international and Egyptian human rights activists picked up in a raid on the Hisham Mubarak Law Center, including a researcher for Amnesty International. Human Rights Watch is endeavoring to contact Williams in custody and secure his release. Williams’ detention is part of a clear campaign against independent eyewitnesses of the violence in Egypt, including journalists and civil society activists. Human Rights Watch condemned the crackdown and called on the Egyptian government to release those detained immediately. The offices of the law center were raided by police and army personnel. The human rights monitors were interrogated in the office before being taken away in a microbus. As they were taken away they were insulted by a group, apparently government supporters, who had gathered in the street. Human Rights Watch is currently unaware of the whereabouts of those who were detained. Egyptian authorities should immediately and safely release our colleague and the other human rights monitors detained today. The authorities should immediately halt the arrest and harassment of independent witnesses to the orchestrated attacks on peaceful demonstrators in Egypt.

- Thursday 3 February 2011

Panafrica - United States
Links to articles on Lil Wayne’s and Kanye West’s preferences for light-skin women throughout their lyrics. Earlier this week, we featured two stories from different sources on the admiration that both Lil Wayne and Kanye West have for light-skinned women. Both stories sparked plenty of discussion amongst our Black Planet members. Throughout their careers, as have many rappers, Lil Wayne and Kanye West have professed their love for light-skin women through various tracks. But these “preferences” never reached the boycott level. Earlier this week, wrote a story about a female model claiming that Wayne disrespected dark-skin women in his presence along with his Young Money mates. - Thursday 3 February 2011

Kenya’s mobile-phone users rose at the fastest pace in at least four quarters in the three months through September as tariffs in the East African nation fell, the Communications Commission of Kenya said. The number of users increased 9.5 percent to 22 million in the third quarter of 2010, the Nairobi-based commission said on its website today. In the three months through June, user numbers increased 1 percent, and rose 2.6 percent and 8.4 percent in the two preceding quarters, according to data compiled by the commission. Kenya’s telecommunications regulator in August ordered mobile-phone operators to halve the rates they charge each other to transmit calls across networks. That triggered a round of reductions in call costs by companies to as low as 2 shillings (less than 1 cent) per minute. - Thursday 3 February 2011

The Census Secretariat will release provisional results of the census today. The figures were initially scheduled to be released last Monday but for technical reasons. Speaking to Radio Ghana, the Communications Officer at the Secretariat, Michael Adu-Gyamfi, said all the technical challenges have been resolved. He denied claims that the results from the regions are being manipulated. Meanwhile, the NPP (the country’s main opposition party) has raised flag over the inability of the Secretariat to release the figures. - Thursday 3 February 2011


Egypt’s prime minister has apologised for a fresh wave of violence in Cairo last night, which resulted in the death of a further five people as well as several hundred injuries. PM Ahmed Shafiq described the outbreak as a “fatal error” as anti government protestors clashed with Mubarak supporters in Tahrir Square, which has been the main focus of the protests. Gunfire lasted for two hours as the demonstrators continued to demand that President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled for 30 years, step down immediately. Pro-government supporters retaliated by throwing petrol bombs, wielding sticks and charging on camels and horses.

The Muslim Brotherhood, a formally banned mass movement, issued a statement on Al Jazeera calling for him to be replaced by a national unity government. The Islamist group, whose potential rise to power troubles Mubarak’s Western allies, has so far taken a backseat in the protest movement. It said: “We demand that this regime is overthrown and we demand the formation of a national unity government for all the factions.” Egypt’s Health Minister Ahmed Samih Farid said earlier that five people had died in the fighting, which began on Wednesday, and 836 were injured - mostly as the result of stone throwing and attacks with metal rods and sticks.

- Thursday 3 February 2011

United States

The White House used First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday to roll out word that Charlotte will host the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

"I am thrilled to make sure you are the first to hear some very exciting news," Obama wrote in an email to members of the President’s campaign organization. "North Carolina will host the 46th Democratic National Convention in 2012."

- Wednesday 2 February 2011


The crew of the Mars500 simulated mission to the Red Planet have reached a key milestone.

The six men, sealed since June inside steel containers representing a spacecraft, have "gone into orbit" at their destination.

Three of the group will now "descend" to the planet, don real spacesuits and walk on the "surface" of Mars.

- Wednesday 2 February 2011

United States
The first news "publication" created expressly for Apple Inc.’s hot-selling iPad tablets is due to be unveiled Wednesday — and with it a bold bet that consumers are willing to pay for news and information via the Internet that they have long expected to get for free. - Wednesday 2 February 2011

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