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GSU Menacing Innocent Kenyan Kuria Citizens

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     HAWA WATU GSU SI WAWACHANE NA WAKURIA WETU
 

Villagers took to their heels and hid behind shops as our car rolled into Ntimaru market in Kuria District. They mistook it for a police car because in this dusty outpost, every drone of a motor vehicle spells terror.
A few brave men walked back to confirm who we were. 

"Ooh, we thought you were GSU (General Service Unit)," said Mr Mwita Marwa, a tinsmith who has closed his workshop for fear of attack by the security officers.

The previous night, a contingent of GSU officers had raided the market in search of suspected criminals.
Mr Paul Moseti at his empty shop in Wangira Bose, Kuria District. He alleged that GSU officers looted his stock. [PHOTO: TITUS MUNALA /STANDARD]
Dreaded unit


Officers of the dreaded para-military unit had been brought into Kuria East District a few weeks before to flush out cattle rustlers after Internal Security Minister George Saitoti toured the area. There had been tension along the Kuria East/Trans-Mara border.
Cattle rustling in the district had sparked inter-clan battles that have spilled into the neighbouring Trans Mara and even Tanzania.

Observers claim politicians have fuelled inter-clan differences.
"Some politicians can only survive when clans fight," said Mr Chacha Maoga, a Kuria resident who works in Kisumu.

Villagers now say that the GSU personnel, who were brought in to restore peace and root out criminals, have turned against innocent people.

Many villagers had fled their homes by last week to seek refuge in Tanzania. Markets were deserted and some villagers said they were starving because they feared venturing out to look for food.
In Wangira Bose centre, the GSU men allegedly broke into shops and raped three women.Others bear bruises allegedly inflicted by the officers. 

Women said they were beaten to force them to reveal their husbands’ whereabouts.
According to Mrs Beatrice Maroa, a resident, the operation should have targeted suspects, not the entire district.
When the officers drove through the villages to Tharakagai chief’s camp where they put up a tent, locals believed they would provide a lasting solution to insecurity and cattle rustling.


But they turned into a nightmare when they started their operation by causing fear and panic among residents. Shops remained closed and parents could not let their children go to school for fear of the officers.

Area OCPD Paul Wanjama said the officers were deployed to the area to deal with cattle rustling.
"Police have not received complains of rape. We will act if such cases are reported," he added.

He advised those who feared reporting to the local police stations to do so at any other station.
He defended GSU officers’ decision to break doors, saying criminals used such premises as hideouts.
Prof Saitoti who visited the area on January 30 ordered the deployment of the officers after residents complained about cattle rustling and other criminal activities. Saitoti reiterated the Government’s commitment to provide security to citizens.

Broke into shops

On February 2 the officers started the operation at Kwitembe shopping centre in broad daylight where they broke into shops and beat up owners claiming they were searching for firearms. The following day, residents claim they moved to Mashagwe market and subjected residents to similar treatment. They allegedly robbed traders of more than Sh450,000.
Women narrated terrifying ordeals at the hands of the GSU personnel to The Standard and KTN team, who visited the area. Three women were allegedly raped at Wangira Bose, five at Kwitembe and one at Mashangwe trading centres. A 12-year-old schoolgirl, who was treated at a Migori hospital, is among those who were allegedly raped. 

Another victim, a woman, claimed she was raped as her six-year-old son watched. They then robbed her of some Sh2,000.

Raped in broad daylight

Some said they were ambushed along the road in broad daylight and ordered to remove their clothes before the officers raped them in turns. Others were raped as their family members watched.

Mr Paul Moseti, the chairman of Wangira Bose Traders Association who operates a butchery claimed he lost Sh200,000.
"I had closed the shop, but they broke the door and gained entry ," he claimed.

Moseti added that his worker who was beaten up has gone missing since then. Mrs Robby Chuma and Mr Baringe Philemon claimed they lost Sh100,000 each to the officers.

He added that although they welcomed Government’s intervention, residents’ rights should not be violated in the process.
But the OCPD said residents should not expect the security personnel to laugh with them when they harboured known criminals.

"They host the criminals who they know well. They should not complain," he added. According to DC Hamman Mshambi, it is the area residents who asked the Government to carry out the operation.

"They gave us the names of the suspects and we are going after them. The operation was not a blanket one, but was specific on the names given to us," Mshambi told The Standard.

He ruled out the possibility that some names could have been given by their enemies.
"It is true some could just give the names due to personal vendetta," Mshambi acknowledged when asked, but added that when a name appeared more than 20 times, then the man definitely had a case to answer.

Residents against idea

Kehancha Mayor Sigano Murimi, however, disputes the DC’s sentiments.
"No civilian can ask for GSU operation in their area," Mr Sigano said, adding that the Government decided on the operation and residents had nothing to do with it.
Most victims said they had not reported to the police for fear of being arrested.
"The rape victims in Wangira Bose have vowed never to report to the police. Last year, we asked for a police post to provide security, but if one was built today, nobody will remain here," said Pastor William Mwita of Deliverance Church. Standard













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We are world renowned not only for our prowess in running the long distance and producing American Presidents, Barack Obama, but also for our love of reading books, books and more books.Hence it follows that when you are making that life altering decision to go to a university your choices need to be informed by the best information "intelligence" on your prospective school/university that you can find out there.

The following list below shows the rankings of the worlds top 200 universities, I sincerely hope the list is not too long and comely. In any event the larger the list the better equipped you will be to make a better comparison between competing Universities.NB-The Number on the extreme left represents the universities rank as of October 2008. And the second number to the left represents the ranking as of 2007. The other rankings proceed onwards from left to right following the headers.

The list is the work of Times Higher Learning a United Kingdom firm that employees the largest set of objective statistical criteria to come up with this rankings that are respected world over as the best and most objective measure of a universities Academic ranking. In their own words they are, "The number one destination for higher education jobs, news and resources for university professionals in teaching and research".

I will keep you posted on the top 50 universities categorized with respect to their strengths in each discipline i.e The Arts, Medicine, Engineering And Such Like.

The World University Rankings 2008/2009.


1.2008 RANK 2. 2007 RANK 3.NAME 4.COUNTRY 5.PEER REVIEW SCORE 6.EMPLOYER REVIEW SCORE 7.STAFF/STUDENT SCORE 8.CITATIONS/STAFF SCORE 9.INTERNATIONAL STAFF SCORE 10. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SCORE
11.OVERALL SCORE

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1 1 Harvard University US 100 100 96 100 87 81 100
2 2= Yale University US 100 100 100 98 89 71 99.8
3 2= University of Cambridge UK 100 100 99 89 98 95 99.5
4 2= University of Oxford UK 100 100 100 85 96 96 98.9
5 7= California Institute of Technology US 100 74 98 100 100 93 98.6
6 5 Imperial College London UK 99 100 100 83 98 100 98.4
7 9 University College London UK 96 99 100 89 96 100 98.1
8 7= University of Chicago US 100 99 98 91 78 83 98.0
9 10 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US 100 100 90 100 33 94 96.7
10 11 Columbia University US 100 99 98 94 29 89 96.3
11 14 University of Pennsylvania US 97 98 88 99 83 79 96.1
12 6 Princeton University US 100 98 75 100 91 82 95.7
13= 13 Duke University US 97 98 100 94 30 66 94.4
13= 15 Johns Hopkins University US 99 78 100 100 30 68 94.4
15 20= Cornell University US 100 99 90 96 28 76 94.3
16 16 Australian National University Australia 100 93 82 74 99 91 92.0
17 19 Stanford University US 100 100 67 100 26 87 91.2
18 38= University of Michigan US 99 99 85 84 59 51 91.0
19 17 University of Tokyo Japan 100 94 98 78 27 40 90.0
20 12 McGill University Canada 100 97 99 51 62 95 89.7.
21 20= Carnegie Mellon University US 95 97 82 79 50 97 89.6
22 24 King's College London UK 93 98 89 70 91 85 89.5
23 23 University of Edinburgh UK 96 99 82 70 91 82 89.3
24 42 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Switzerland 95 82 56 99 100 94 89.1
25 25 Kyoto University Japan 99 87 80 91 30 26 87.4
26 18 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 94 90 86 59 100 92 87.1
27 32 Brown University US 92 83 64 99 56 58 85.2
28 26 Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris France 93 72 68 99 29 69 84.8
29 30 University of Manchester UK 91 100 82 56 91 84 84.4
30= 41 University of California, Los Angeles US 100 98 48 100 23 36 84.3
30= 33= National University of Singapore Singapore 100 98 39 75 100 100 84.3
32 37 University of Bristol UK 83 99 82 74 85 74 84.1
33 29 Northwestern University US 88 97 78 82 30 61 83.3
34= 33= University of British Columbia Canada 100 93 69 67 33 61 83.0
34= 28 Ecole Polytechnique France 80 96 100 58 62 93 83.0
36 22 University of California, Berkeley US 100 100 24 100 88 36 82.9
37 31 University of Sydney Australia 99 97 55 54 97 93 82.4
38 27 University of Melbourne Australia 100 100 59 56 54 96 82.3
39 53= Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong 86 90 60 72 100 97 81.4
40 49 New York University US 96 96 83 54 28 56 81.3
41 45 University of Toronto Canada 100 94 18 100 80 46 81.1
42 38= Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 85 84 80 57 98 86 81.0
43 33= University of Queensland Australia 95 97 49 63 100 78 80.7
44 46 Osaka University Japan 90 69 93 70 25 28 80.1
45 44 University of New South Wales Australia 97 99 35 68 83 91 79.8
46 47 Boston University US 91 85 66 73 26 59 79.1
47 43 Monash University Australia 98 99 52 37 99 99 78.7
48 93= University of Copenhagen Denmark 88 59 100 45 67 69 78.5
49 53= Trinity College Dublin Ireland 90 96 68 42 99 76 78.2
50= 117= Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland 63 71 93 77 100 100 78.1
50= 36 Peking University China 100 97 84 34 27 36 78.1
50= 51= Seoul National University South Korea 97 65 87 54 23 37 78.1
53 48 University of Amsterdam Netherlands 88 77 80 61 73 32 78.0
54 71= Dartmouth College US 64 93 88 95 28 57 77.8
55 55= University of Wisconsin-Madison US 93 79 48 89 31 36 77.7
56 40 Tsinghua University China 97 90 94 31 23 24 77.0
57 60 Heidelberg University Germany 87 59 81 58 54 81 76.9
58 58 University of California, San Diego US 98 58 35 100 20 29 76.3
59 55= University of Washington US 84 54 62 99 25 36 75.8
60 161= Washington University in St Louis US 64 55 100 95 24 54 75.7
61 90= Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan 77 76 70 87 25 45 75.3
62 74= Emory University US 62 67 96 91 43 47 75.0
63 71= Uppsala University Sweden 91 60 43 85 70 41 74.9
64 84 Leiden University Netherlands 87 61 35 97 74 41 74.8
65 50 University of Auckland New Zealand 95 94 36 42 94 99 74.5
66 59 London School of Economics UK 88 100 59 26 100 100 74.2



67 89 Utrecht University Netherlands 89 66 62 72 45 24 74.0
68 105 University of Geneva Switzerland 69 36 58 98 97 100 73.9
69 57 University of Warwick UK 83 100 60 38 92 97 73.8
70 51 University of Texas at Austin US 95 95 26 69 60 43 73.3
71 73 University of Illinois US 94 67 43 72 37 51 73.2
72 61 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Belgium 92 83 34 72 52 51 73.1
73 83 University of Glasgow UK 72 78 67 69 95 60 73.0
74 97= University of Alberta Canada 91 48 56 55 92 64 72.9
75 65= University of Birmingham UK 73 94 57 65 82 72 72.3
76 68 University of Sheffield UK 69 97 68 60 81 72 72.2
77 69 Nanyang Technological University Singapore 87 87 47 38 100 99 72.1
78= 63 Delft University of Technology Netherlands 78 87 66 49 80 66 71.8
78= 67 Technical University of Munich Germany 73 59 86 57 54 77 71.8
78= 92 Rice University US 62 55 76 95 42 73 71.8
81= 114= University of Aarhus Denmark 76 38 72 74 67 58 71.5
81= 74= University of York UK 62 93 77 57 95 84 71.5
83= 97= Georgia Institute of Technology US 78 83 22 99 39 78 71.3
83= 76 University of St Andrews UK 59 95 74 62 92 99 71.3
83= 64 University of Western Australia Australia 72 88 52 65 92 83 71.3
86 70 University of Nottingham UK 72 98 64 46 90 89 71.0
87 142= University of Minnesota US 79 54 38 94 72 33 70.2
88 106 Lund University Sweden 82 68 45 68 68 52 70.0
89 96 University of California, Davis US 84 46 42 96 28 26 69.9
90 85= Case Western Reserve University US 60 42 95 88 21 51 69.8
91= 100 University of Helsinki Finland 88 43 55 71 51 21 69.6
91= 93= Université de Montréal Canada 89 36 36 70 83 74 69.6
93= 128 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel 89 25 35 89 70 33 69.5
93= 65= Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munchen (Munich) Germany 84 45 69 51 51 70 69.5
95 132= Korea Advanced Inst of Science & Technology South Korea 76 53 61 79 48 36 69.3
96 110 University of Virginia US 66 93 61 82 24 38 69.2
97 77= University of Pittsburgh US 62 40 95 79 42 34 69.1
98 117= University of California, Santa Barbara US 88 50 21 99 39 22 68.8
99= 77= Purdue University US 85 82 34 60 60 57 68.6
99= 80= University of Southampton UK 63 90 61 61 87 83 68.6
101 82 Vanderbilt University US 53 84 100 60 57 45 68.5
102= 151= University of North Carolina US 74 87 61 71 22 21 68.4
102= 119 University of Southern California US 65 73 49 80 71 88 68.4
104 80= University of Leeds UK 72 98 57 50 71 64 68.3
105 90= Pennsylvania State University US 78 79 39 81 35 36 68.2
106= 62 University of Adelaide Australia 72 89 39 61 87 95 68.1
106= 140= University of Zurich Switzerland 76 38 21 99 99 68 68.1
108 177= University College Dublin Ireland 72 91 67 33 95 82 68.0
109 231= Technion— Israel Institute of Technology Israel 84 58 48 79 18 18 67.9
110 102= Georgetown University US 69 94 65 62 26 52 67.6
111 111 Maastricht University Netherlands 51 72 80 72 61 100 67.4
112 102= Tohoku University Japan 63 49 98 63 38 31 67.2
113 85= Fudan University China 89 91 49 39 31 32 67.1
114 151= Tel Aviv University Israel 85 47 24 98 17 19 66.7
115 85= University of Vienna Austria 89 67 10 67 64 85 66.6
116 123 Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium 85 63 19 74 49 73 66.4
117= 108 McMaster University Canada 86 42 26 91 27 32 66.2
117= 88 Queen's University Canada 77 82 45 55 79 34 66.2
119 101 University of Rochester US 53 33 100 67 63 71 66.1
120 112= Nagoya University Japan 62 58 84 71 26 32 65.9
121 120 Ohio State University US 73 80 40 70 59 41 65.8
122= 109 Durham University UK 60 99 50 65 84 62 65.4
122= 79 University of Maryland US 68 56 55 78 48 39 65.4
124= 114= University of Otago New Zealand 73 75 36 53 100 88 65.3
124= 102= National Taiwan University Taiwan 87 73 40 54 31 25 65.3
126 163= Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands 58 98 46 81 57 50 65.2
127 224 Stony Brook University US 71 35 47 75 63 81 65.1
128 130= Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands 57 55 100 41 98 42 64.8
129 112= University of Waterloo Canada 86 69 18 62 60 54 64.6
130 121 University of Sussex UK 60 54 51 72 92 79 64.1
131 114= University of Basel Switzerland 62 32 98 34 84 80 63.9
132 140= University of California, Irvine US 80 30 30 94 24 29 63.8
133 140= Cardiff University UK 61 89 66 39 71 77 63.4
133= 130= Technical University of Denmark Denmark 45 42 99 63 90 56 63.4
133 101= University of Liverpool UK 54 81 69 55 80 67 63.4
136 124 University of Ghent Belgium 68 47 84 43 40 43 63.1
137= 146 Free University of Berlin Germany 85 22 24 72 47 68 62.6
137= 122 Texas A&M University US 77 74 23 73 34 40 62.6
139 126= Humboldt University of Berlin Germany 79 43 64 36 42 56 62.5
140 157 Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon France 41 57 100 68 47 56 62.4
141 155= University of Science and Technology of China China 76 67 56 56 19 13 62.3
142 148 Wageningen University Netherlands 41 35 90 80 42 97 62.0
143 125 Nanjing University China 76 68 66 33 54 18 61.9
144= 173= University of Groningen Netherlands 63 49 67 60 61 34 61.8
144= 163= Shanghai Jiao Tong University China 75 83 69 28 34 20 61.8
146 134 University of Arizona US 69 55 42 81 24 30 61.5
147= 149= City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 68 58 44 54 100 43 61.2
147= 144 Freiburg University Germany 64 30 91 42 26 67 61.2
149 132= Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie,Paris VI France 66 17 89 40 24 90 61.0
150 192= National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico 81 86 59 20 42 15 60.9
151 177= Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey US 79 42 47 51 52 29 60.7
152 145 University of Bath UK 49 98 46 55 92 93 60.4
153 137= University of Aberdeen UK 44 71 78 51 91 80 60.3
154 307= Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India 64 84 69 47 16 14 60.1
155= 304= VU University Amsterdam Netherlands 64 50 84 38 37 31 59.8
155= 142= Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen Germany 61 30 71 58 55 51 59.8
157 159= Tufts University US 40 64 62 95 37 49 59.6
158 136 Kyushu University Japan 59 44 74 64 20 31 59.5
159 126= University of Western Ontario Canada 67 61 26 77 63 31 59.4
160 149= Queen Mary, University of London UK 55 66 77 23 96 92 59.1
161 217 University of Lausanne Switzerland 52 51 41 85 85 82 59.0
162= 197= Chalmers University of Technology Sweden 64 48 40 70 42 60 58.7
162= 129 Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne UK 40 88 68 55 82 79 58.7
164 139 Simon Fraser University Canada 76 57 19 51 93 48 58.5
165 135 University of Florida US 65 56 37 73 33 34 58.4
166= 223 Chulalongkorn University Thailand 79 77 59 21 23 14 58.3
166= 168= Göttingen University Germany 69 25 65 46 39 52 58.3
168 155= University of Notre Dame US 56 83 44 72 26 35 58.1
169 209= University of Frankfurt am Main Germany 54 51 66 57 30 80 58.0
170= 166= University of Calgary Canada 70 52 41 63 24 29 57.9
170= 137= Indiana University Bloomington US 70 70 27 58 49 45 57.9
170= 147 University of Lancaster UK 52 77 60 37 90 80 57.9
173= 192= KTH, Royal Institute of Technology Sweden 59 58 47 46 70 98 57.8
174= 151= Hokkaido University Japan 54 52 74 63 20 24 57.6
174= 269 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) India 74 76 44 43 23 13 57.6
174= 191 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute US 52 46 34 92 62 48 57.6
177= 185= University of Leicester UK 37 59 63 71 77 95 57.5
177= 188= University of Oslo Norway 67 41 57 43 46 60 57.5
179 200= University of Cape Town South Africa 61 66 15 68 86 82 57.4
180= 107 University of Colorado US 56 24 52 90 37 20 57.3
180= 180= Waseda University Japan 79 89 36 23 43 30 57.3
182 168= Macquarie University Australia 65 87 18 41 88 100 57.1
183= 154 Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium 63 62 19 65 50 96 56.9
183= 231= Lomonosov Moscow State University Russia 80 72 39 31 17 25 56.9
185 208 Brandeis University US 54 34 47 80 28 74 56.8
186= 194 University of Barcelona Spain 77 52 19 60 24 38 56.4
186= 188= University of Canterbury New Zealand 62 86 24 37 99 93 56.4
188= 203= Technical University of Berlin Germany 62 50 46 39 71 85 56.1
188= 233 Pohang University of Science and Technology South Korea 37 34 67 99 52 19 56.1
190 165 Stuttgart University Germany 52 58 77 28 46 89 55.9
191 175= University of Massachusetts, Amherst US 65 54 28 68 53 26 55.8
192= 214 University of Bern Switzerland 40 28 59 83 93 45 55.4
192= 173= University of Bologna Italy 81 69 21 40 26 28 55.4
194 180= University of Reading UK 44 76 56 49 80 77 55.3
195 187 University of Antwerp Belgium 43 37 99 37 56 59 55.1
196 175= University of São Paulo Brazil 77 61 38 32 34 19 55.0
197= 264= University of Buenos Aires Argentina 66 91 56 19 31 34 54.8
197= 221= Dalhousie University Canada 59 26 43 69 61 40 54.8
199 197= Kobe University Japan 57 61 71 36 24 30 54.5
200= 248= University of Athens Greece 40 47 67 72 - 92 54.3
200= 185= University of Twente Netherlands 52 48 57 51 68 50 54.3

You can find the entire list here , Happy Schooling.
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This post has generated a lot of responses, including from Facebook. Check them out here. Facebook's terms of service (TOS) used to say that when you closed an account on their network, any rights they claimed to the original content you uploaded would expire. Not anymore.
Now, anything you upload to Facebook can be used by Facebook in any way they deem fit, forever, no matter what you do later.* Want to close your account? Good for you, but Facebook still has the right to do whatever it wants with your old content. They can even sublicense it if they want.

You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.
That language is the same as in the old TOS, but there was an important couple of lines at the end of that section that have been removed:

You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.
Furthermore, the "Termination" section near the end of the TOS states:

The following sections will survive any termination of your use of the Facebook Service: Prohibited Conduct, User Content, Your Privacy Practices, Gift Credits, Ownership; Proprietary Rights, Licenses, Submissions, User Disputes; Complaints, Indemnity, General Disclaimers, Limitation on Liability, Termination and Changes to the Facebook Service, Arbitration, Governing Law; Venue and Jurisdiction and Other.
Make sure you never upload anything you don't feel comfortable giving away forever, because it's Facebook's now.
(Note that as several readers have pointed out, this seems to be subject to your privacy settings, so anything you've protected from full public view doesn't seem to be usable in other ways regardless.)
Oh, you also agree to arbitration, naturally. Have fun with that.

Update: Several Facebook groups have formed to protest the new TOS:
"People Against the new Terms of Service (TOS)"
"FACEBOOK OWNS YOU: Protest the New Changes to the TOS!"
"Those against Facebook's new TOS!"



Update 2: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has posted a response on the Facebook blog. A crude summary: "trust us, we're not doing this to profit from you, it's so we are legally protected as we enable you to share content with other users and services." His point, I think, is that there are interesting issues of ownership and rights clearance when you're dealing with content shared in a social network:
Still, the interesting thing about this change in our terms is that it highlights the importance of these issues and their complexity. People want full ownership and control of their information so they can turn off access to it at any time. At the same time, people also want to be able to bring the information others have shared with them-like email addresses, phone numbers, photos and so on-to other services and grant those services access to those people's information. These two positions are at odds with each other. There is no system today that enables me to share my email address with you and then simultaneously lets me control who you share it with and also lets you control what services you share it with.


Update 3: I just found this clarification posted earlier this afternoon on The Industry Standard. It was emailed to them by a Facebook representative and seems to confirm that your privacy settings trump all else:
We are not claiming and have never claimed ownership of material that users upload. The new Terms were clarified to be more consistent with the behavior of the site. That is, if you send a message to another user (or post to their wall, etc...), that content might not be removed by Facebook if you delete your account (but can be deleted by your friend). Furthermore, it is important to note that this license is made subject to the user's privacy settings. So any limitations that a user puts on display of the relevant content (e.g. To specific friends) are respected by Facebook. Also, the license only allows us to use the info "in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof." Users generally expect and understand this behavior as it has been a common practice for web services since the advent of webmail. For example, if you send a message to a friend on a webmail service, that service will not delete that message from your friend's inbox if you delete your account.
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INFORMATION FOR UNIVERSITY APPLICATIONS, THE COMMON APPLICATION AND UCAS

I thought of making this post to give you some information as regards to making applications for tertiary /university in the United States of America and the United Kingdom, being as it is that we are in a new year so if your resolution was to go back to school this is meant to ease that process . Think of it as resource that will vastly simplify the sometimes tedious process of choosing a school where you want to probably spend the next 4-5 years studying and living. To make such a momentous decision you need all the information you can get so that you can make choices based on thorough and up to date information.
So I guess your next question is what are the Common Application and UCAS respectively. Simply put the common application is a system that serves students, member institutions, and secondary schools by providing applications—online and in print—that students and school officials may submit to any of our
In a nutshell all you need to do is just to fill out one application form send it to any of 350 member schools that use the system as opposed to filling out individual forms for each member university.
Here Is An Overview of The FAQ/Answers About The Common Application.
WHAT IS THE COMMON APPLICATION


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The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership organization that, since its founding over 30 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 nearly 350 members. Membership is open to colleges and universities that promote access by evaluating students using a holistic selection process.

WHY USE IT?

The Common Application simplifies the college admission process by saving time and eliminating duplication of effort. Once completed online or in print, copies of the Application for Undergraduate Admission and associated secondary school forms may be sent to any of the participating colleges and universities. This allows students to spend less time on the busywork of applying for admission, and more time on what’s really important: college research, campus visits, essay writing, and senior year coursework.

IS IT WIDELY USED?

Yes! Last year,2008, roughly 400,000 students submitted approximately 1.4 million applications via the Common App Online, and hundreds of thousands more were submitted on paper.
IS IT TREATED FAIRLY?

ABSOLUTELY! Our college and university members have worked together for more than 30 years to develop this application. All members fully support its use, and all give equal consideration to the Common Application and the college’s own forms. Many of our members use the Common Application as their only undergraduate admission application.

MAY ALL COLLEGES PARTICIPATE?

Membership is open to colleges and universities that evaluate students using a holistic selection process. A holistic process includes subjective as well as objective criteria, including at least one academic recommendation form, at least one untimed writing sample, and broader campus diversity considerations. If a college or university is not listed in this booklet and on our website, they are not members of the consortium. Sending the Common Application to non-members is prohibited..For More Information on the common application click here . Good Luck Good People, Go Forth and Acquire Knowledge in 2009.
Here Is An Overview of The FAQ/Answers About UCAS Apply.
Apply is an application system that allows you to apply online for full-time undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the UK.”
So I’m sure you are mightily curious to find out what UCAS stands for, UCAS stands for Universities and College Admission Services
It is a system that allows one to make applications to all the universities in the United Kingdom, UK, using one standardized application form that you then submit online to all the universities within the UK that you aspire to enroll in. In effect just like the common application provides a similar service for +some 350 universities in the USA, UCAS strives to provide a similar service for undergraduate entry into universities in the UK. In light of the numbers of Kenyans whose numbers are swelling annually in a bid to go for further studies in the UK, this information is designed to help you make an informed choice without going to all manner of bureaus that are mushrooming all over Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, purporting to offer “Direct entry to UK Universities” often at exorbitant fees.

How to apply - 2009 entry

Applying for university or college online

If you wish to apply for a full-time undergraduate course at university or college, you can use our online service, Apply. Apply is a secure, web-based application system which is available 24 hours a day. It can be used anywhere where there is access to the internet, which gives you the flexibility to fill in your application where and when it suits you.
Here you can find an overview of Apply, information about how to register and pay for your application, guidance for the personal statement and reference, and a list of frequently asked questions, all of which should help you to find the answers that you are looking for.
Overview
An overview of the online application system.
Registration
A step-by-step guide to registering to use Apply.
Personal details
Advice about completing the 'Personal details' section.
Additional information
Details of further information requested (UK applicants only).
Choices
Guidance about the number of courses allowed and some specific deadlines.
Education
How to enter your qualifications and a list of examination results that we receive.
Employment
How to enter your employment history.
Your personal statement
Useful advice to help you create a winning personal statement.
Your reference
Advice and guidance about how to obtain a reference.
Cost of applying
How to pay for your application and how much it will cost.
Data protection
How the Data Protection Act 1998 is relevant to your online application.
FAQs
Frequently asked questions about using Apply.
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UN official to probe Claims of Police Killings

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By Maseme Machuka

Kenya is on the spot over extra judicial killings.

A United Nations team is in the country to investigate the extent of "reports of increased arbitrary killings by law enforcers".

The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Philip Alston, will investigate from February 16 to 25.

Alston’s trip comes as the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and the Oscar Foundation called on the Government to come clean on the killings.




Commission Vice-Chairman Hassan Omar told the State to explain deaths and disappearance of youth in Central and Nairobi provinces.

Mr Omar said independent investigation put the dead and disappearances at more than 1,500.

Oscar Foundation put the number at 8,000. Alston will meet Government officials, the Provincial Administration and MPs.

"His visit will also include meetings with survivors of torture and witnesses to killings, NGOs, academics and other civil society," read a statement from the UN.

Alston will report on alleged killings and reasons that may have prevented prosecution of those responsible.

"Based on information got during the visit, the Special Rapporteur will present a report on his conclusions and recommendations to the Human Rights Council," said the UN.

In a recent interview on KTN, Police Spokesman Eric Kiraithe placed the number of those who have disappeared at 3,000.

Last week, Justice Minister Martha Karua faulted the police and accused them of killing suspects instead of sending them to courts to stand trial.


















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You don't need yet another box under your TV in the living room to enjoy your digital music and videos. If you own a game console or TiVo box, you're ready to start streaming media from your PC today--no Apple TV or set-top media box needed. Find out how to get started.

Microsoft also recently announced that, by this holiday season, Xbox 360 owners who are also Netflix subscribers will be able to stream "thousands of movies" using just their game console. In the meantime, you can stream Netflix movies from your PC to your Xbox 360 with the vmcNetFlix plug-in.pcworld













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Galaxy has 'billions of Earths'

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There could be one hundred billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy, a US conference has heard.


Dr Alan Boss of the Carnegie Institution of Science said many of these worlds could be inhabited by simple lifeforms.

He was speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago.




So far, telescopes have been able to detect just over 300 planets outside our Solar System.

Very few of these would be capable of supporting life, however. Most are gas giants like our Jupiter; and many orbit so close to their parent stars that any microbes would have to survive roasting temperatures.

But, based on the limited numbers of planets found so far, Dr Boss has estimated that each Sun-like star has on average one "Earth-like" planet.

This simple calculation means there would be huge numbers capable of supporting life.

"Not only are they probably habitable but they probably are also going to be inhabited," Dr Boss told BBC News. "But I think that most likely the nearby 'Earths' are going to be inhabited with things which are perhaps more common to what Earth was like three or four billion years ago." That means bacterial lifeforms.

Dr Boss estimates that Nasa's Kepler mission, due for launch in March, should begin finding some of these Earth-like planets within the next few years.

Recent work at Edinburgh University tried to quantify how many intelligent civilisations might be out there. The research suggested there could be thousands of them. BBC














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Jakes' Son Charged With Indecent Exposure

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Jermaine Jakes, son of The Potter's House pastor T.D. Jakes, has been arrested and charged with indecent exposure.

According to a Dallas Police Department arrest warrant affidavit obtained by CBS 11 News, Jakes exposed himself to two undercover vice detectives at Keist Park on Jan. 3.

The affidavit says Jakes walked up to one of the detectives at the park with his pants unzipped.  Jakes then began to masturbate while making eye contact with the detective, according to the affidavit.

The detectives arrested Jakes on a charge of indecent exposure.

Late Wednesday evening, CBS 11 News received a statement from Faith Johnson, an attorney for Jermaine Jakes.  The statement read:


"We are aware of potential allegations involving Jermaine Jakes and are undertaking our own investigation of these allegations at this time.  Given an apparent government investigation, we have no further comment at this time."

Thursday morning, Dallas County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Kimberlee Leach said Jermaine Jakes surrendered to law enforcement authorities earlier in the day.  Jakes turned himself in at a local jail, Leach said, but she did not know which jail. 

After his surrender Thursday morning, a judge released Jakes on a personal recognizance bond.

Various reports have identified Jermaine Jakes as the son of T.D. Jakes and also as his step-son.  Faith Johnson, the attorney, told CBS 11 News he was T.D. Jakes' step-son.  But on Thursday afternoon we talked to Curtis Coats III, who is the Chief of Communications for The Potter's House.  Coats said at various times T.D. Jakes has identified Jermaine using both terms, and told us either is acceptable.cbs














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