Tuesday, 30 June 2009

The oFFICIAL memmorial for Michael Jackson at the 02 Arena in Greenwich
ayoub mzee paying my respects at the O2 Arena where Michael Jachson was supposed to perform the last 'This is it Tour'.He inspired us all at some point or another he will be sadly missed.

Michael, just wanted to say that all through my childhood l grew up with your music, you are my inspiration. Your not just an 'Icon', but a friend to the world and I hope after the last 15 years of torment you can finally look down on the world and see the grief and mourning and just how many hearts of people you have 'touched' of all ages, colours and creed. You did it my friend - you made a global diffence and will continue shaping the world with your music, lyrics, video's for many, many years to come. Luckily for me l saw you in the UK when you toured for Bad, Dangerous and History. Al l can say is perfection. RIP

We loved you but God loved you more AND he took you away

You will live eternally in our hearts!!!!

RIP Michael !! You're always the King Of Pop !!!
Life is eternal, and love is immortal,and death is only a horizon;and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.R.I.P

Legends never die....they just transition to a better place

RIP a very big fan of you!
Photos: Ayoub mzee
Jackson’s kids cry for Ugandan ‘mum’

Rwaramba holding one of Michael Jackson’s masked children in one of her rare public appearances
By Henry Mukasa and Agencies
UGANDAN-born Grace Rwaramba finds herself at the centre of a custody battle for the three children of Michael Jackson, currently being looked after by the singer’s 80-year-old mother. Rwaramba, a 42-year-old Rwandan woman who was born in Uganda, worked for Jackson for 17 years, five years as his secretary and 12 years as a nanny to his children, before she was sacked six months ago. American and British media houses reported yesterday that Jackson’s mother, Katherine, called up Rwaramba in London saying that the inconsolable children were crying out for her. “She said: ‘Grace, the children are crying. They are asking about you. They can’t believe that their father died,” Rwaramba said over the weekend in her first press interview, published in the UK Sunday Times. The former nanny spelled out her fears over the orphaned children. “I’m really distraught for them. Michael had not been eating and the kids had been so scared for him. Now the youngest has been saying, ‘Why daddy? God should have taken me, not him.” She openly wondered why Katherine could not allow her talk to the children, whom she said regard her as their mother. “I asked to speak to the children. She said they were sleeping. But she had just said they were crying. She never let me speak to them.” A family friend was quoted by News of the World, a UK tabloid, as saying: “Katherine wants the kids. But Michael always said he wanted Grace to have them if something happened to him.” Sources said Rwaramba had taken an increasingly central role in the lives of the children, who reportedly call her “Mom”. She and Jackson were even rumoured to be considering marriage in 2006. In the Sunday Times, she narrated her difficult life with the pop star, who she said routinely fired her and then begged her to return. “I was getting phone calls that they were being neglected. Nobody was cleaning the rooms because Michael didn’t pay the housekeeper,” she said. “I was getting calls telling me Michael was in such a bad shape. He wasn’t clean. He hadn’t shaved. He wasn’t eating well. I used to do all this for him and they were trying to get me to go back.” Rwaramba claimed that while she gave the children love and a stable environment, they had a cold and uneasy relationship with their father. “I used to hug and laugh with them. But when Michael was around, they froze.” As for the masks Jackson made the children wear in public, Rwaramba revealed: “They didn’t like them. It was not my idea. I hated it as well. So whenever I had a chance I misplaced the masks or forgot to pack them.” Her account provided a view of the real world of Michael Jackson behind the masks, the wigs, the make-up and the surgery: his running around the world with the three children – to Bahrain, Ireland, Germany, New Jersey – and his drug addiction. She recalled incidents when she had to pump the singer’s stomach many times after a high dose of drugs. “There was one period that it was so bad I did not let the children see him.” She said he was furious with her for calling in the help of his mother and sister. It was one of the times he fired her. Rwaramba is the founder and director of World Accountability for Humanity, a charity that aims to improve the lives of the disadvantaged. On her website, she says her parents, Job Rwaramba and Magdalena Kinyogote, had fled the first troubles in Rwanda in the 1960s and settled in Uganda, where Grace was born. At the age of 13, she went to a multi-ethnic boarding school in Connecticut (US) and later received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Atlantic Union College, a Seventh-day Adventist college in South Lancaster, Massachusetts. Meanwhile, another woman in Jackson’s life, Debbie Rowe, with whom he was married between 1996 and 1999, revealed that she got two of his children through artificial insemination. “Michael was divorced, lonely and wanted children. I was the one who said to him: “I will have your babies,” she said in an interview published over the weekend by London’s News of the World. “I was just the vessel. It wasn’t Michael’s sperm. I got paid for it, and I’ve moved on. I know I will never see my children again.” Blonde Debbie, now 50, spoke out at the ranch in California where she lives a reclusive life surrounded by more than 30 horses. After a difficult second birth, which left her scarred, she said Jackson dumped her. The singer’s third child, Prince Michael Jackson II, nicknamed ‘Blanket’, was said to be born from a surrogate European mother the singer never met. Aides say Blanket is the most similar to Jackson in looks, personality and musical talent. Over the years, several women have come forward to claim they are Blanket’s mother. The most recent was a woman calling herself Billie Jean Jackson, who last year filed a law suit in Los Angeles seeking one billion dollars. Jackson left a debt of $500 million (about sh1,000b). [source : new vision]

Eti na mimi nafanya ka wimbledon kangu

Nakula tizi

Women Against Rape Press Release

Rape: Deprioritised by Southwark police yet again

Two more women have now come forward with complaints about Southwark police force handling of rape cases – the same Sapphire unit that only this March was the subject of a damning report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The report exposed the scandalous and negligent way the police investigated the rape of a 15-year-old in 2005. Basic evidence was not gathered or went missing. The man was acquitted, the girl lives in terror of seeing him again, and other women are in danger as a result – we know of at least one who was attacked by the same man.

The report found that hundreds of rapes and sexual assaults in the Sapphire unit were turned over to untrained, unqualified officers; uncaring supervisors failed to advise, check or monitor them; and while the rape unit was systematically deprioritised and starved of resources, resources were found instead for motor crimes and robbery. As Amerdeep Somal the commissioner of the IPCC said, “The report into this investigation highlights that significant errors were made that compromised the quality of the investigation into a very serious offence. This was not a complex investigation but basic lines of enquiry were not pursued. Sadly the police investigation into this matter fell far short of what the victim had a basic right to expect.”

Yet Southwark’s response to two more reported rapes just two months after this report, has led another two women to complain.

Sally Freeman, the mother of the young girl who made the first complaint, is now a campaigner with Women Against Rape. She says, “What do we have to do to get Southwark police to do their jobs? I was really shocked and distressed to see Southwark are in the news again for not treating rape victims appropriately. We are four years down the line and nothing has changed. What is the point of my whole family going through the process and anguish of making a complaint if nothing ever changes? We made the complaint in order to change things for future victims and it is really distressing to think that victims are still being failed. What is the IPCC there for, is it just a con, to waste our time?”

As a result of her daughter’s complaint, one officer was “disciplined” with “words of advice” and three received written warnings for their failures. That’s all! And this was not even the first time these same officers had been complained about: two of them had only a month earlier received “words of advice” for their failures in the rape case of another young person. Yet they went on immediately to do the same thing again in the 15-year-old’s case.
Now, four years later, the Met say Southwark Sapphire is appropriately staffed, “lessons have been learned” from this case and from the Worboys and Reid fiascos. But the two new complaints indicate that, yet again, nothing has changed.

Sally Freeman says, “This proves what we have been saying. Words of advice and written warnings are water off a duck’s back, just public relations. The man in charge, the Deputy Borough Commander, was allowed to dodge his IPCC interview and to swiftly move elsewhere – to a Centre of Policing Excellence! Officers have to be sacked when they sabotage rape cases, especially the ones at the top who are deprioritising rape. Otherwise, nothing will ever change.”

As WAR’s petition says, “Police officers, prosecutors and judges who have shown themselves to be sexist, racist or otherwise prejudiced against victims of sexual violence, or to be negligent and incompetent in the prosecution of rape cases, should be publicly disciplined, moved off rape cases or sacked, depending on the nature of their offence. We believe that’s the only way those responsible for the criminal justice system will be held to account, so women, children and men are finally protected from the violent crime of rape.”

Women Against Rape
Website: www.womenagainstrape.net
Email: war@womenagainstrape.net
Tel: 020 7482 2496

Monday, 29 June 2009

Jamaican Musician Beenie Man Performing in Dar es sallam

The comonwealth Vision Awards 2009

The Commonwealth Vision Awards promote exellence in filmmaking across the Commonwealth. Open to actual and prospective film-makers from within the Commonwealth. The Vision Awards challenge film-makers to make a short 30-90 seconds long film on developmental theme. The theme of the last awards was 'Changing communities, greening the globe'

The winners are invited to attend the Gala Awards Ceremony held at the Commonwealth Club. The Awards ceremony is attended by senior diplomats, leaders of Commonwealth organisations and media figures. The winning entries are announced and the finalists receive their prizes from the Guest of Honour.

Ayoub mzee with the winner of this year.he is a canadian

All films receive widespread publicity and recognition across the Commonwealth through special events and screenings and through the broadcasting of the award-winning entries on Commonwealth television stations. Full attribution is given to the film-makers.

Summer Barbeque Recipes
With summer in full swing, it’s the ideal time of year to get out in the garden and get barbequing. We’ve chosen a couple of classic recipes to give your barbeque some Japanese flavour – although they’re just as easy on the stove if the weather turns! We’ve also found a brilliantly breezy cocktail recipe for anyone who’s tired of the same old Pimms. Don’t forget that our recipe search has loads of great ideas for all seasons – it’s the perfect place for inspiration for everything from mid-week meals to slap-up dinners!
Click here to search for recipes.

Sake Tasting Dinner at Matsuri St. James’s
Eat-Japan is delight to announce a fabulous Sake Tasting Dinner at Matsuri St. James’s in London on Monday 29th June. A sumptuous six course dinner will showcase some of Matsuri’s most delicious dishes, matched with a selection of six stunning sake blends. Highlights include a seaweed salad matched with a sparkling nigori ginjo and a full-bodied Dobin mushi soup served with a gorgeously refreshing nama ginjo. A must for any sake connoisseur!
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Sunday, 28 June 2009

How Arabs have conguered London

Ayoub mzee testing OUD at a famous oud shop on Edgware road

Edgware road is a street in the Marylebone district of the City of Westminster -London.This is where you can find any thing Arabic

The nearest station to Edgware Road is 'Marble Arch Tube' which is about 3 minutes to the East.Find out about hotels near Edgware Road.

Visiting Edgware Road, W2


Underground Stations
Marble Arch Tube (2 minutes)
Bond Street Tube (11 minutes)
Railway Stations
Marylebone Railway Station (14 minutes)
Paddington Railway Station (17 minutes)

SOAS occupied after cleaners detained and forcibly removed
By Rebecca Wood
18 June 2009, 4:00pm
Students have taken action after nine cleaners, who campaigned for a 'living wage' whilst working at a top London university, were detained in a dawn raid by immigration officers dressed in full riot gear.
Six of the workers have since been forcibly removed to South American countries, including Colombia, where gross human rights abuses against trade unionists are regularly documented. Two workers continue to be held in immigration detention.
Cleaning staff were told to attend an 'emergency staff meeting' at 6.30am on Friday 12 June by their employers, the cleaning contractor ISS. Within minutes the meeting was raided by more than forty immigration officers. The cleaners were locked in the room and escorted one-by-one into another classroom where they were interrogated. They neither had access to union support nor legal representation and many were allegedly unable to fully understand what was happening due to the absence of any interpreters.
Nine cleaners, including five UNISON members, were detained. Reports suggest that one detained individual is six months pregnant and is thought to have collapsed, whilst other reports suggest a worker suffered a heart attack during the raids.
Those detained had been working at SOAS for many years and had settled family lives in London. This workforce of university cleaners was one of the first to campaign for union representation and a 'living wage'.
Students and activists supporting the cleaners have argued that the decision by ISS, the cleaning contractor, to draw the UK Border Agency's attention to employees of long-standing may have been politically motivated. They raise concerns about ISS' use of these tactics as a form of intimidation and to discourage other agency workers from fighting for union representation and a 'living wage'.
Cleaning contractor ISS has previously been embroiled in a similar controversy when cleaners on the London tube made allegations of intimidation, bullying and being threatened with the sack whilst striking for a 'living wage'.
Questions about the degree of SOAS management's complicity in the raids has also been raised by the students and activists, given that two members of management were reportedly present during the raid, directly liaising with the police.
One of the detained cleaners said: 'We're honest people not animals. We are just here to earn an honest living for our families.'
Labour MP John McDonnell said: 'As living wage campaigns are building in strength, we are increasingly seeing the use of immigration statuses to attack workers fighting against poverty wages and breaking trade union organising. The message is that they are happy to employ migrant labour on poverty wages, but if you complain they will send you back home. It is absolutely shameful.'
As a result of the raid and deportations, some sixty students from the University of London's School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) began a three-day occupation of the director's office early on Monday morning. The occupation ended yesterday, with SOAS director Paul Webley agreeing to write to the Home Secretary 'requesting that he grants exceptional leave to remain in the UK [for] those cleaners who are still being detained', 'the immediate return of those who have been deported and exceptional leave to remain for those forced into hiding by Friday's raid'.
Supporters of the campaign include Tony Benn, Green Party MEP Jean Lambert and London Assembly member Jenny Jones, Jeremy Corbyn MP, George Galloway MP and filmmaker Ken Loach.