Although he is worth $88 billion dollars, he still lives in the first house he bought in 1958 and dines on McDonald's at least three times a week – and the same goes for his need for technology. … [Read more...] about Billionaire Warren Buffett FINALLY trades in his $20 Samsung flip phone for Apple’s latest model handset -but says he will only be using it as ‘a phone’
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Dr Williams’s statement means the Prime Minister now knows he will face opposition from the liberal-minded leadership of the Church of England – as well as its determined traditionalists – if he continues on the track towards legalised gay marriage. … [Read more...] about Why it would be wrong to legalise gay marriage, by the Archbishop of Canterbury
This proposition seems implausible. The essence of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, an inspired concept, was that those who had done terrible things in the era of apartheid publicly confessed them to secure forgiveness. McGuinness has staged no such confrontation with his dreadful past, making not the smallest admission of contrition. … [Read more...] about I’m sorry, even in the name of peace, it was wrong to take McGuinness’s bloodsoaked hand
For the first time – in a state where there is estimated to be one police officer for every 40 adults, two thirds of them in plain clothes, and people are afraid of even discussing politics in private for the informers on every corner – people took to the streets today chanting: "Ben Ali out!" and carrying banners saying "Ben Ali murderer!" They railed against his family and that of his loathed wife, Leila Trabelsi, seen as a cross between Imelda Marcos and Catherine de Medici. "Trabelsi thieves!" read one banner, against the woman whose family is reviled for taking tasty slices of state business and contracts, and plundering Tunisia's wealth. Tonight there were reports that some of her family's coastal villas and businesses had been attacked and ransacked. … [Read more...] about Tunisia protests: ‘The fear has gone … I’ve been waiting 20 years for today’
Obstacles to progress But there are buts. Many of them. Parts of Lagos still run on generators for 18 out of 24 hours. Even in tiny, top-down Rwanda, just 25% of households are connected to the grid. Sneha Shah, Thomson Reuters managing director for Africa, says: “It’s not just that they don’t have the ability to generate power; they don’t have the ability to distribute the power.” … [Read more...] about Can the internet reboot Africa?