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    Reggae music added to global cultural list by UNESCO
    Posted on: 2018-11-29 23:23:39

    NOBODY CAN STOP REGGAE: Reggae music, whose chill, lilting grooves found fame thanks to artistes like Bob Marley, wins a spot on UN list of global cultural treasures.

    Reggae music, whose calm, lilting grooves found international fame thanks to artists like Bob Marley, on Thursday won a spot on the United Nations' list of global cultural treasures. UNESCO, the world body's cultural and scientific agency, added the genre that originated in Jamaica to its collection of "intangible cultural heritage" deemed worthy of protection and promotion. Reggae music's "contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual," UNESCO said. The musical style joined a list of cultural traditions that includes the horsemanship of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, a Mongolian camel-coaxing ritual and Czech puppetry, and more than 300 other traditional practices that range from boat-building, pilgrimages and cooking. Reggae emerged in the late 1960s out of Jamaica's ska and rocksteady genres, also drawing influence from American jazz and blues. The style quickly became popular in the United States as well as in Britain, where many Jamaican immigrants had moved in the post-WWII years.

    Your opinion is valuable. Take this quick survey to help us improve the website and content It was often championed as a music of the oppressed, with lyrics addressing sociopolitical issues, imprisonment and inequality. Reggae also became associated with Rastafarianism, which deified the former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie and promoted the sacramental use of ganja, or marijuana. The 1968 single "Do the Reggay" by Toots and the Maytals was the first popular song to use the name, and Marley and his group the Wailers produced classic hits such as "No Woman, No Cry" and "Stir It Up." ALSO READ: Home 'most dangerous place' for women, new study shows Jamaica applied for reggae's inclusion on the list this year at a meeting of the UN agency on the island of Mauritius, where 40 proposals were under consideration. "Reggae is uniquely Jamaican," said Olivia Grange, the Caribbean island nation's culture minister, before the vote. "It is a music that we have created that has penetrated all corners of the world."
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    Tech giants warn Australia against law to break encryption
    Posted on: 2018-11-29 23:12:23

    Digital giants led by Google, Facebook and Amazon have warned Australia against passing a "fundamentally flawed" law allowing security services to spy on encrypted communications among suspected criminals and terrorists. In a submission sent to parliament this week and made available to AFP Thursday, the Digital Industry Group Inc (DIGI) said the legislation proposed by Australia's government would undermine rather than enhance the nation's security. ALSO READ: Tech giants warn Australia against law to break encryption The bill, currently under consideration by a parliamentary committee, would give security agencies wide powers to force telecommunications and technology companies to give them access to encrypted devices and messaging apps. The conservative government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison has demanded the bill be passed into law before parliament goes into recess on December 6, saying a number of ongoing counter-terrorism investigations were being hindered by plotters' use of encrypted messaging. Authorities stepped up pressure for the bill's urgent adoption after three men were arrested and charged two weeks ago for allegedly plotting an Islamist-inspired mass shooting attack in Melbourne using encrypted messaging applications to communicate. The DIGI alliance, which also includes Twitter and Verizon's Oath platforms, said the bill as written would force them to create vulnerabilities in their operations which could be exploited by bad actors. "Deliberately creating a means of access to otherwise secure data will create weaknesses and vulnerabilities that, regardless of the good intentions at the time, will give an opportunity for other actors –- including malicious ones -– to access that same data," they said. Your opinion is valuable. Take this quick survey to help us improve the website and content Firms reject the notion that encryption can be both effective and broken when needed. "That is a needle that cannot be threaded -- you cannot break encryption without introducing a vulnerability into the whole system," the alliance said. The technology firms further complained that the proposed law did not include enough judicial safeguards against possible abuse by security agencies, and could force them to "take actions in Australia that violate laws of other countries in which they operate or have customers." ALSO READ: On Sale: Get the most out of the best deals The group suggested a series of amendments, including the need for all security agency demands to be approved by an independent judge; that they do not require providers to build weaknesses into their systems or products; or impose "new data retention and interception capabilities". It also said the demands could not require technology providers to do anything in Australia that would breach laws of other countries. The DIGI submission noted that the proposed Australian law went significantly further than existing security legislation in the United States or Britain, and would clash with data privacy laws recently adopted in the European Union. Australia is a member of the so-called "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance along with the US, Britain, Canada and New Zealand, and critics have suggested the new surveillance law could be a test case for toughening anti-encryption efforts in other countries. The firms issued a veiled warning that adoption of the proposed law could lead major technology companies to end or restrict their activities in Australia. "Australians may not have access to the best technology, because technology providers may choose not to sell to Australians and submit to this legislation," they said.

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    Meet Ugandan male prostitute who gets paid for sleeping with women in South Africa
    Posted on: 2018-11-29 23:09:09

    A Ugandan man based in South Africa has opened up on how he earns a living by sleeping with women.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Paul Zuluka spoke exclusively to the Daily Sun, and also confessed on how he loved his job.

    He was even all too willing to share the rates at his workstation, disclosing he charges upto R400 (about Sh3,000) to sleep with one woman for one ’round’ R2,000 (about Sh15,000) to spend the night with a female client.


    Terming his career ‘the best idea’ he has ever had, Zuluka also revealed how has waved away plans to engage in homosexuality.

    “This is the best idea I’ve ever had. I love sleeping with women and I am great at it. I enjoy every moment. I get money for doing something I love. I help women keep their relationships going and reduce their stress,” Zuluka said during the interview.

    “I’m a Ugandan. I came to South Africa to get a job that that didn’t happen so I had to do something. I also get calls from me who offer me a lot of money (for sex). But I’m a man and only available to women,” he further explained.


    Some of the challenges he says he faces in his line of duty include women who book him for ‘one round’ but change their mind and ask for ‘three or four’.

    “It messes up my work schedule, they forget there are other women who want a piece of me as well.”

    The newspaper also seemed to have received glowing tributes from Zuluka’s clients.

    “No boyfriend, no stress. I have Paul to satisfy me. I’m a businesswoman. Paul’s the best in the game.” she said.



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    Ronaldinho’s three luxurious rides seized by Brazilian authorities
    Posted on: 2018-11-28 02:35:10

    Former Barcelona playmaker has had his three cars seized by authorities to guarantee payment of a fine relating to damages caused to a forest by his projects.


    Legendary Brazilian footballer, Ronaldinho, who was recently in Kenya, returned back home in Brazil to find his luxurious cars worth 13 million pounds (Sh1.7 billion) seized by the authorities over debt.

    According to media reports, the former Barcelona playmaker has had his three cars seized by authorities to guarantee the payment of a fine relating to damages caused to a forest by his projects.


    It is understood that the authorities reached the decision after they found out that the former Selecao only had 5 pounds (Sh655) in his back account.

    The cars which were seized are two BMWs and a Mercedes which were taken from his family home.

    The damage in question is said to have been caused by the construction of the Ronaldinho Gaucho Institute back in 2013.

    Ronaldinho was accused of cutting down the native forest where the institute was put up, and also carrying out drainage and land movement without a license.


    A court in Rio de Janeiro found Ronaldinho guilty of environmental degradation and ordered him to pay a fine of 1.75 million pounds (Sh229 million).

    However, the authorities claim it has been impossible to contact the footballer concerning the payment.

    Ronaldhino was in Kenya two weeks ago for a three day visit courtesy of betting firm Betika.

    During his visit he conducted football clinics and took part in exhibition matches in Kisumu and Nairobi.



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    Trump says he may cancel Putin meeting at G20 over Ukraine conflict
    Posted on: 2018-11-28 02:29:54

    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he may cancel his scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Argentina because of Russia's maritime clash with Ukraine.

    In an interview with the Washington Post, Trump said he was awaiting a "full report" from his national security team about Russia's capture of three Ukrainian naval ships and their crews.

    "That will be very determinative," Trump told the Post, adding that "Maybe I won't have the meeting. Maybe I won't even have the meeting ... I don't like that aggression. I don't want that aggression at all."

    Trump is due to meet Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, which convenes on November 30. The Trump-Putin meeting will cover security issues, arms control, and issues in the Middle East and Ukraine, White House national security adviser John Bolton told reporters.

    Russia opened fire on the Ukrainian boats and then seized them and their crews on Sunday near Crimea. Moscow and Kiev have tried to pin the blame on each other for the incident.

    The U.S. State Department urged European nations on Tuesday to do more to assist Ukraine in its standoff with Russia.


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    'SpongeBob SquarePants' creator dies at 57
    Posted on: 2018-11-28 02:27:32

    Stephen Hillenburg, whose "SpongeBob SquarePants" series "brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere," has died at the age of 57.

    Nickelodeon announced the news on Tuesday, a day after the biology teacher turned creative genius behind the wildly successful children's animation series passed away.

    He had been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

    Hillenburg created the hit Nickelodeon series, launched in 1999, which recounted the adventures of a yellow sponge and his friends in the make-believe city of Bikini Bottom in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

    Instantly appealing to young children, their families and college students, it turned into a global licensing and merchandising phenomenon, winning awards and being aired in more than 60 languages, including Azerbaijani.

    Stephen Hillenburg, creator of the popular animated series Spongebob Squarepants /Reuters File Photo

    "He was a beloved friend and longtime creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family," the network said.

    "Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere.

    "His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination," it added.

    "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" from 2004 went on to gross more than 140 million U.S. dollars worldwide with voiceovers from Scarlett Johansson and Alec Baldwin.

    Bikini Bottom

    Hillenburg announced last year that he had been diagnosed with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease.

    He was nominated for nine primetime Emmys, the highest award in American television.

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    Hillenburg was born on a U.S. Army post in Lawton, Oklahoma to a father in the military, who went on to become a draftsman and designer for aerospace companies, and a mother who taught visually impaired students.

    The family moved to California and Hillenburg graduated from Humboldt State University in 1984 with a degree in natural resource planning and interpretation, with an emphasis on marine resources.

    He began his career as a marine biology teacher at what is today known as the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California, offering courses to children from kindergarten to high school, and their teachers.

    Even in those days, he used his artistic talent and love of the ocean to write and illustrate stories to help teach his students, creating colorful characters that would later become the denizens of Bikini Bottom.

    In 1987, he embarked on a degree in experimental animation at the California Institute of Arts, earning a master of fine arts in 1992, and winning an award at an Ottawa international festival for an animated short, "Wormholes."

    From 1993 to 1996, he worked as a director and writer on Nickelodeon's "Rocko's Modern Life" before devoting himself to writing, producing and directing what would turn into "SpongeBob SquarePants."

    He also wrote, produced and directed the 2004 movie, and wrote and executive produced the 2015 sequel, "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water."

    Steve, as he was known to family and friends, is survived by his wife Karen, son Clay, mother, brother, a sister-in-law and two nieces.