We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. — Albert Einstein

Reminiscing the Naming of Heroes National Stadium

  ||    27 May 2014
In whatever pomp, in whatever line of attack or lack thereof, the Heroes National Stadium has finally been opened. Hitherto, we can not completely ignore some ‘disaster’ in the route to its delayed commissioning; talk about delays in connecting electricity, water and access roads.

A Vendetta against Vedanta? – part 2

  ||    21 May 2014
As calls for nationalization or increased taxation of Vedanta’s KCM mine in Zambia grow, it is interesting to find many people who believe that they are actually not being motivated by any sort of envy when they demand that KCM pays more in (backdated) taxes. They tell themselves that they are only demanding “fairness.

A Vendetta against Vedanta?

  ||    21 May 2014
Copper Concentrate “Those who can, do; those who can’t, hate.” — Chanda Chisala, ZOL. A video that recently leaked on Youtube showing Vedanta’s founder, Anil Agarwal, talking about how he bought the KCM mine has infuriated many Zambians, with many calling on the government to nationalize the mine. Mr.

Zambian Elections 2016: Analysis & Perspectives (Part 5)

  ||    6 May 2014
Casting A Vote Every political party uses (and misuses) the results of By-Elections to prove they are getting more popular or that another party is losing ground. Do By-Elections have any predictive value? Are they a reliable indicator of the way things are unfolding on the ground? What else can the results show? This analysis looks at the 33 By-Elections between January 2007 and April 2014.

Zambian Elections 2016: Analysis & Perspectives (Part 4)

  ||    31 March 2014
United Party for National Development (UPND) Logo Some of the feedback I received after making an election forecast in Part Three suggests that I was too "harsh" on the UPND. Many people believe that UPND is increasing in popularity at a very rapid rate that my forecast did not capture. My forecast gives UPND a 7% increase from their last result and gives them two new provinces (Western and North-Western). They even get a seat and increase their tally by 6% in Lusaka.

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NewsdayAlec Baldwin gets off with 'be a good boy' in courtSan Jose Mercury NewsAlec Baldwin apparently landed in the courtroom of Manhattan's most easygoing judge Thursday. Judge John Delury gave the "30 Rock" star a chance to clear his record when he adjourned Baldwin's case for riding his bicyclist the
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National PostWe need to talk about the jeans: Dissecting the 'Fifty Shades' trailerEntertainment WeeklyTurning E. L. James' bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey into a movie has been 50 shades of complicated, with issues ranging from trying to find the perfect Christian Grey—Matt Bomer? Charlie Hunnam?—to deciding what the film should
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Hollywood ReporterBen Affleck's 'Batman V Superman' Suit At Comic-Con: See The PicMTV.comIt's all part of the celebration of Batman's 75th Anniversary, but certainly begs the question of whether Affleck made it with his suit, or is just somewhere in Michigan on set carousing in the nude. At the very least,
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Fox NewsAriana Grande & Brother Mourn Loss Of GrandfatherAccess HollywoodAriana Grande and her brother Frankie Grande are dealing with the loss of their grandfather. The star and her brother, who is currently competing on "Big Brother," lost their grandfather to cancer on Tuesday. "thank you for your continuous love &
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Irish Independent9 Depressing Things You'll Definitely See At Comic-ConMTV.comSan Diego Comic-Con is, by and large, a happy time of the year: All of your favorite stars are together in one (very small) place, major TV and movie news is announced, geeks and nerds from all around the world get to
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
USA TODAYSurprise! Justin Bieber hints at new album, maybeUSA TODAYWouldn't be a nice change of pace to see Justin Bieber making headlines for something music-related? The singer has posted 15-second clips of 11 new tracks on his Instagram, sending his fans into a frenzy over the prospect of a new
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
New York Daily NewsKelsey Grammer, wife welcome baby boy GabrielNew York Daily NewsDr. Crane got another visit from the stork. Actor Kelsey Grammer and wife Kayte welcomed a baby boy named Gabriel on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles, a rep for the couple said. "We are blessed and excited to
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Science FictionThe Avengers Take On Ultron In Massive Comic-Con BannerMTV.comSan Diego Comic-Con is only a few hours old, but already Marvel is making their moves to conquer the Con. Whether it's adorable posters of “Guardians of The Galaxy,” or announcing a new release date, the big Hall H panel may
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
San Francisco ChronicleLondon critics fall for 'Shakespeare in Love'San Francisco ChronicleA June 2014 photo made available by Cornershop PR showing Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola with members of the company. A hit. A very palpable hit. So says a character in the new West End production "Shakespeare in Love," quoting "Hamlet."
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
ReutersVenice film festival to kick off with black comedy 'Birdman'ReutersROME (Reuters) - Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu opens this year's Venice film festival with the premier of "Birdman", a black comedy that heads a 55-strong selection leaning heavily toward war and recession, festival director Alberto Barbera said on ...Venice Film Festival:
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News10.netCalifornia sees IT shifting to IBM-built cloudComputerworldComputerworld - California is moving its IT services to a cloud, on-demand, subscription-based service that state officials believe may meet as much as 80% of its computing needs. IBM has created the cloud-based service, operating in state-run data centers, ...California's state agencies float up
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
9 to 5 GoogleGoogle Maps Engine Gets Workforce Management ToolInformationWeekGoogle Maps Engine Pro customers now have free access to Maps Coordinate to manage workers and share location information in real time. Government Data + Maps: 10 Great Examples. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Businesses and ...Google Coordinate now
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
ReutersThe Fire Phone has a 4.7-in screen with 720p resolutionGizmagApple launched the iPhone seven years ago. The first flagship Android phones hit the scene four and a half years ago. Hell, even Windows Phone has been around for over three years. But now Amazon is launching its first smartphone in
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
Financial ExpressWhite, Asian men rule the roost at TwitterUSA TODAYSAN FRANCISCO -- Succumbing to growing public pressure, Twitter released the gender and ethnic breakdown of its work force Wednesday, showing that it looks like most other major technology companies: overwhelming male, white and Asian. In the U.S. ...Tech companies' diversity
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GigaOMHadoop coop's $50m scoop: Hortonworks takes HP coinRegisterHadoop has become a strategic battleground for three of the world's most influential technology companies, judging by HP's $50m investment into Hadoop company Hortonworks. The injection, which was announced on Thursday, follows Google Capital – the ...HP drops $50M into Hadoop company HortonworksVentureBeatHP
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
Hot HardwareCortana Comes To Nokia Lumia 1520 Via AT&T's Windows Phone 8.1 Software ...Hot HardwareAT&T has some great news for Nokia Lumia 1520 handset owners. Effectively immediately, you can download and install the Windows Phone 8.1 software update for your phone and start enjoying Cortana, a personal virtual assistant. Unlike
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