5 Injured As Explosion Rocks The Eastleigh Somali Area of Nairobi, Kenya Police Chief Moses Nyakwama Confirms.

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An explosion has rocked a mainly Somali neighbourhood in Kenya's capital Nairobi, police say.

Nairobi police chief Moses Nyakwama told AFP news agency that at least five people were reportedly injured in the blast in the Eastleigh neighbourhood.
Last month, a grenade blast in Eastleigh left seven people dead.
Kenya accuses neighbouring Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group of trying to destabilise the country.
Reuters news agency reports that its correspondent at the explosion site has seen pools of blood on the ground, as the wounded were swiftly moved away.
Ambulance sirens have wailed through Nairobi's congested streets, it reports.
Mr Nyakwama said details about the latest explosion were still sketchy, AFP reports.
"We do not know exactly what happened... Police are currently heading to the scene to get more details," he is quoted as saying.
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The Common Application- The Standardised Undergraduate Application Process For Over 400 US Colleges.

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The Common Application- The Standardised Undergraduate Application Process For Over 400 US Colleges.

The Common Application A Brief History

The Common Application is a Membership Association that was mooted way back in in 1975 by 15 private colleges that wished to provide a common, standardized first-year application form for use at any member institution. With the administrative support of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the organization grew steadily throughout its first 30 years.

Now in our fourth decade, the Common Application currently provides both online and print versions of its First-year and Transfer Applications. Our membership of more than 400 institutions now represents the full range of higher education institutions in the US: public and private, large and small, highly selective and modestly selective, and East Coast, West Coast, and every region in between. We have also welcomed our first two international members.

The Common Application – Mission

The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership organization that, since its founding over 35 years ago, has been committed to providing reliable services that promote equity, access, and integrity in the college application process. We serve students, member institutions, and secondary schools by providing applications - online and in print - that students and school officials may submit to any of our more than 450 members. Membership is open to colleges and universities that promote access by evaluating students using a holistic selection process.

The Common Application- Members.

There are now 456 Common Application members in 46 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in France, Germany, Italy, Scotland, and Switzerland. They represent an enormously diverse variety of institutions: small and large, public and private, coed and single-sex, highly selective and relatively open enrolment. However, they all share a commitment to the mission of promoting access through holistic admission.

The Common Application- Needs- Blind Based Application.

Since most of the members of the Common Application including the Ivy League Schools of Amherst, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) , Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Vanderbilt University and Yale among others. Practically all of these Schools recruit students on a needs blind basis. The process represents an excellent opportunity to apply and be admitted to these top schools without any regard to your financial situation.

The Common App is therefore ideal for students from Africa, from Countries like Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Whose only constraint in pursuit of a higher education is often a lack of fund. You can find out all that you need to know by checking out their website below.

Mojatu the Top Portal for All Types Of Scholarship Information From The US, UK, Australia, Canada, Europe The Commonwealth and China In Kenya.

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Mojatu the Top Portal for All Types Of Scholarship Information From The US, 

UK, Australia, Canada, Europe The Commonwealth and China In Kenya.

It is yet again that time of the year in which we are all concerned with looking for schools from which we can enhance our academic credentials in a bid to make ourselves more attractive and useful in the ever changing job market. The Kenya Mojatu Scholarship, 2012 list is a one stop source for all your higher education aspirations.

The schools you choose for your certificate, diploma or degree are largely a function of the information that you lay your hands on. If you are searching for a Kenyan Full Scholarship in 2012 then you need not look any further, the Social Networking Portal Mojatu Scholarship 2012 has over 500 links to the latest relevant scholarship information for the top universities in the world.

On the Mojatu Scholarship 2012 portal you will find information that is tailored specifically for Kenyan’s interested in pursuing overseas education in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Europe, The Commonwealth and China. This comprehensive Kenya Full Scholarship 2012list is as function of carefully culling and curating by the expert editors and educational consultants.

Here is a rundown on what you need to bear in mind as begin the process of application for higher learning. The most common scholarships may be classified as:

Merit-based :These awards are based on a student's academic, artistic, athletic or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant's extracurricular activities and community service record. The most common merit-based scholarships, awarded by either private organizations or directly by a student's intended college, recognize academic achievement or high scores on standardized tests.

Need-based : These awards are common in the United States and are based on the student and family's financial record and require applicants to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify if the scholarship is a federal award. Private need-based scholarships also often require the results of a FAFSA, which calculates a student's financial need through a formula that looks at the expected family contribution and cost of attendance at the intended college.

Student-specific: These are scholarships where applicants must initially qualify by gender, race, religion, family and medical history, or many other student-specific factors. Minority scholarships are the most common awards in this category. For example, students in Canada may qualify for a number of aboriginal scholarships, whether they study at home or abroad.

Career-specific: These are scholarships a college or university awards to students who plan to pursue a specific field of study. Often, the most generous awards go to students who pursue careers in high-need areas such as education or nursing. Many schools in the United States give future nurses full scholarships to enter the field, especially if the student intends to work in a high-need community.

College-specific: College-specific scholarships are offered by individual colleges and universities to highly qualified applicants. These scholarships, given on the basis of academic and personal achievement, usually result in either a full-ride to the college, or for a reduced rate of tuition.

 You can check out this useful directory that is constantly being updated with the latest information on both local and international scholarships The Kenya Mojatu Scholarship, 2012 for useful information that is sure to have an impact on your future career direction.

Mojatu Dot Com- A Social Networking Giant By Kenyan's For Kenyan's Creating A Stir In The SN Landscape In Kenya and the Diaspora.

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Mojatu Dot Com- A Social Networking Giant By Kenyan's For Kenyan's Creating A Stir In The SN Landscape In Kenya and the Diaspora.

Notice is hereby given on a new and innovative web based platform, mojatu dot com, that will enable all of you to not only socialize on a platform that was specifically built for you, but one that will allow you to network more easily with like minded individuals/Kenyan's in the Diaspora. 

The website is basically a highly specialized SN in which you can interact with a whole host of people meaningfully and actually conduct some worthwhile e-trading while you are it. 

The website http://www.mojatu.com  is imbued with a whole host of intuitive categories that will enable quick collaboration and sharing of information quickly and efficiently.  You can shop, classifieds, get the latest information on available scholarships, daily deals, jobs and freebies like free hosting and free courses and most importantly you can advertise your business to the rest of the world.

In terms of sheer scope and reach the website reaches an estimated 50,000 daily from all over the world. That is a sufficiently large number of random surfers to elicit a second look at the website http://www.mojatu.com

The Mojatu website's slogan says it all, inspire dreams, deliver results. A look at this locally driven initiative, by Kenyan's for Kenyan's  Mojatu  gives you a good idea about what we can collectively achieve as Kenyan's if only we put our minds to it.

Opinion: Is the social web an asteroid for the Google dinosaur?

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Opinion: Is the social web an asteroid for the Google dinosaur?

(CNN) -- For all the creative destruction that the Internet has wrought over the last decade, there has been one constant: Google's remarkable dominance of the internet economy.
In a "Web 2.0" world dominated by search and by the link, Google and its artificial algorithm have reigned supreme ever since the company's much vaunted IPO in August, 2004.
But now, as we go from a Web 2.0 to a Web 3.0 economy, even the once invulnerable Google might be in trouble.
Yes, for the first time in a decade, Google's global dominance of the Internet economy appears in jeopardy. This challenge to Google is twofold -- from both the market and from the government.
Andrew Keen
Andrew Keen
The market threat comes from the increasing ubiquity of social media. The link economy is being replaced by the "like" economy in a Web 3.0 world described by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman as "real identities generating massive amounts of data."
And the rise of social media with its avalanche of personal data is, of course, being primarily driven by Facebook, the locomotive of the like economy, with its near billion members and its expected $100 billion IPO later this year.

Employers asking for Facebook passwords

What to do about Google privacy worries
The dramatic shift from traditional search to social media was underlined last week in a speech by Tanya Corduroy the London Guardian's director for digital development. Eighteen months ago, Corduroy revealed, search made up 40% of the Guardian's traffic and social only made up 2%. Last month, however, she acknowledged a "seismic shift" in the Guardian's referral traffic, with Facebook driving more traffic than Google and making up more than 30% of the newspaper's referrals.
Of course, Google hasn't stood still in the face of the Facebook tsunami. First there were the social products Buzz and Wave, both of which were embarrassing failures. And then last year, Google launched the "quasi Facebook competitor" Google +, a product that one ex Google employee believes has "ruined the company" by trying to transform all Google products into social services. Indeed, Google has even launched a new search product called Search Plus Your World (SPYW), perhaps the company's most "radical" move in its history, which determines search results according to social rather than algorithmic criteria.
While the jury is still out on the success of Google +, with datashowing that users spent an average of only 3.3 minutes on the network last month, there is no doubt that Google is relentless about its desire to make itself the center of Web 3.0's social world. Larry Page, Google's new CEO, has even tied 25% of all bonuses to the success of the company's social strategy.
Indeed, the problem might be that Google is trying too hard to transform itself into a social company. Google's announcement in late January, that it intended to consolidate personal data across its different products and services -- from Gmail to YouTube to Google + to SPYW to Google maps to traditional search - had one concerned technology writer suggest that Google will now know more about us than our wives.
And while senior Google executives like Google + supremo Vic Gundotra promise that they won't break users' trust, more and more pundits fear that Google's obsession with keeping up with Facebook is making a mockery of its "Do No Evil" corporate mantra.
In my view, Google is no more or less evil than a multi-national bank or oil company. But there is good reason to fear the company's insatiable appetite for our personal data in today's Web 3.0 world. That's because Google's business model remains primarily the sale of advertising around its free consumer products. Thus, Google's desire to intimately know us is primarily driven by its core business objective of -- one way or the other - selling that knowledge to advertisers.
This threat was laid out chillingly by the Center for Digital Democracy in a complaint about its new privacy policy to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC): "In particular, Google fails to inform its users that the new privacy regime is based on its own business imperatives: To address competition from Facebook, to grow its capacity to finely profile and target through audience buying; to collect, integrate, and utilize a user's information in order to expand its social media, social search, and mobile marketing activities ..."
Governments around the world are, however, waking up to this threat. A number of U.S. lawmakers, for example, questioned the impact of this new policy on users' privacy.
While earlier this week, the FTC published a 57-page report of privacy recommendations which included the addition of a "do not track" system intended to give us more control over our online data. And last month, the White House proposed its own "Privacy bill of rights" that depends on voluntary commitments by both Google and Facebook.
But Google, driven by its Facebook envy, is in no mood to voluntarily commit to protecting our privacy. In spite of overt U.S. and European government pressure not to implement a policy that consolidates all our personal data across the company's many products and services, Google did indeed, on March 1, unilaterally move ahead with this controversial new privacy policy.
And herein, I suspect, lies Google's greatest vulnerability. Late last month, France's data protection authority, the Commission Nationale de l'Information et des Libertes (CNIL) wrote to Larry Page warning him that Google's new privacy policy might be unlawful in the EU. The CNIL letter was strongly supported by EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, who also requested that Google delayed the implementation of the policy.
Next month, European Union regulators, led by Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, will announce their plans for pursuing an antitrust investigation into Google's broad business practices, particularly accusations by a number of companies including Microsoft, Travelocity, Expedia and Kayak that it has abused its dominant position in search.
Given all the controversy surrounding the company's new privacy policy, don't be surprised if this contributes to Almunia formalizing the antitrust charges against Google.
I suspect that 2012 will be remembered as the year when Google's fortunes began to wane. The company won't disappear, of course. But with an inexperienced new CEO, a badly botched new privacy policy, a marked decline in public trust and a looming EU antitrust investigation, it is hard to see Google dominating today's Web 3.0 world from the same unchallenged position as it once controlled the Web 2.0 economy.
Editor's note: Andrew Keen is a British-American entrepreneur and professional skeptic. He is the author of "The Cult of the Amateur," and the upcoming (June 2012) "Digital Vertigo." This is the latest in a series of commentaries for CNN looking at how internet trends are influencing social culture. Follow @ajkeen on Twitter.
Courtesy : CNN

Africa Oil Corp.: Oil Discovery at Ngamia-1 Well in Kenya

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Africa Oil Corp.: Oil Discovery at Ngamia-1 Well in Kenya

Africa Oil Corp. ("Africa Oil" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:AOI)(OMX:AOI) is pleased to announce an oil discovery on the Ngamia-1 well on Block 10BB, Kenya. Tullow Oil plc ("Tullow") is the operator with a 50% working interest and Africa Oil holds the remaining 50%.
The Ngamia-1 exploration well in Kenya has encountered over 20 metres of net oil pay. The well, located in the Lokichar Basin of Kenya Block 10BB, was drilled to an intermediate depth of 1,041 metres and has been successfully logged and sampled. Moveable oil with API gravity in excess of 30 degrees, with similar properties to the light waxy crude discovered in Uganda, has been recovered to surface. The reservoirs in this section are composed of good quality Tertiary age sandstones. The Lokichar Basin, where the Ngamia discovery has been made, is one of seven basins mapped in Africa Oil's acreage and is similar in size to the 9,000 square kilometre Lake Albert Rift basin in Uganda.
The Ngamia structure is the first prospect to be tested as part of a multi-well drilling campaign in the Tertiary Rift Basin in Kenya and Ethiopia. Many similar leads and prospects to Ngamia have been identified and following this discovery the outlook for further success has been significantly improved.
The well will now be drilled to a depth of approximately 2,700 metres to explore further potential. On completion of operations, the Weatherford 804 rig will move to the Tullow operated Kenya Block 10A where the Paipai-1 wildcat will spud in the second half of 2012. Africa Oil holds a 30% working interest in Block 10A.
Keith Hill, President and CEO of Africa Oil, commented, "We are extremely pleased that the first well in the drilling program has resulted in an oil discovery. These results will significantly de-risk nearby prospects and give encouragement for the remainder of the Tertiary rift basin. We look forward to an aggressive drilling program in next 18 months which will also test the potential of our other rift basin plays in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia."
Africa Oil Corp. is a Canadian oil and gas company with assets in Kenya, Ethiopia and Mali as well as Puntland (Somalia) through its 51% equity interest in Horn Petroleum Corporation. Africa Oil's East African holdings are in within a world-class exploration play fairway with a total gross land package in this prolific region in excess of 300,000 square kilometers. 
The East African Rift Basin system is one of the last of the great rift basins to be explored. New discoveries have been announced on all sides of Africa Oil's virtually unexplored land position including the major Albert Graben oil discovery in neighbouring Uganda. The Company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and on First North at NASDAQ OMX-Stockholm under the symbol "AOI".
Compiled by  Marcel Masaga,
Courtesy of MSNBC