Oloitokitok

Oloitokitok (Oloy-toki-tok) town which is on the KE-TZ border.
1. Sunrise at 6.30 am (winter).
2. Mt. Kilimanjaro which has lost most of its snow (1, 2), due to global warming.
3. Exploring the beautiful country side.
6. One of the cold and clear mountain stream.
8. Sunflowers always grow pointing towards the Sun (East).
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Kenya bags 14 medals in the Olympics

Gold 5
Women’s 800M, Pamela Jelimo
Men’s 3000M steeplechase, Brimin Kipruto
Men’s 800M, Wilfred Bungei
Women’s 1500M, Nancy Langat
Men’s Marathon, Samuel Wanjiru

Silver 5
Women’s Marathon, Catherine Ndereba
Women’s 3000M steeplechase, Eunice Jepkorir
Women’s 800M, Janeth Jepkosgei
Men’s 1500M, Asbel Kiprop
Men’s 5000M, Eliud Kipchoge

Bronze 4
Men’s 10000M, Micah Kogo
Men’s 3000M steeplechase, Richard Mateelong
Men’s 800M, Alfred Yego
Men’s 5000M, Edwin Soi

Double performances
Women’s 800M, Gold and Silver
Men’s 3000M steeplechase, Gold and Bronze
Men’s 800M, Gold and Bronze
Men’s 5000M, Silver and Bronze

What a day it was yesterday, when Kenya’s Marathon winner, 21-year old Samuel Wanjiru was awarded the last gold of the event by the IOC president in the closing ceremony at the bird’s nest. The Kenya national anthem playing as he stood on the podium, surrounded by all the participating athletes on the ground, 90,000 standing spectators in the stadium, and a billion viewers worldwide as his eyes stung red in the emotion of it all, as I watched live with pride from my home thousand of miles away.

Apart from athletics, Kenya also participated in taekwondo, swimming, rowing and boxing but didn’t pick any medals there. The biggest hope was in swimming when Jason Dunford finished 5th in the 100M butterfly final. Kenya finished as the highest African country, and an impressive 15th overall (by gold) in the tables.

This was also Kenya’s best Olympics as they bettered their Seoul 88 record of 5-2-2 (nine medals).

Daily Nation

Source: Daily Nation

Kenya’s Dunford breaks Olympic record

21-years old Jason Dunford yesterday broke the 100M butterfly Olympic record by clocking a time of 51.14s in heat seven, breaking the record held by sensational American Michael Phelps of 51.25s which he had set in Athens four years back.

For seven minutes the world was Kenya, until Serbian swimmer Milorad Cavic surpassed him in heat nine and set a new record time of 50.76s. In the same heat Phelps bettered his time to 50.87s to finish behind Cavic. The world record of 50.40s is held by American Ian Crocker set in Montreal in 2005 which is most likely to be broken by Phelps.

Checking the Olympic site (its 9.15 am here), Jason studying human physiology at Stanford University has qualified for the finals coming third in semi-final one which Phelps won, and in semi-final two Cavic won. The final is tomorrow.

Go Jason go, you make Kenya proud. 🙂

Jason Dunford

BBC blackout (Georgia-Russia war)

BBC World experienced a sudden signal black out yesterday for about 20 minutes at about 7.20 PM (local time), the timing could be far from coincidental as a Russian diplomat on a live interview tried to justify their deep operations akin to what NATO forces did in Serbia. Originally, Russia stated that its operations were limited to the break away regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia until Georgia pulls back all its forces. Russia has given most of the residents passport and hence their subjects to protect. They later changed their statement on the deep incursion to avoid Georgians from regrouping for further attacks.

The regions are also pro-Russia to avoid Georgia from attacking it and to maintain its autonomous independence. And when Georgia last week entered Tskhinvali they took the bait for a long wanted Russian offensive.

Source: BBC World

Source: BBC World

For the next 10 minutes the screen was black, and for the remaining time a static message from DIGITURK on an orange background with one of the words in Turkish ‘technik’ confirmed that there was a technical problem. May be this was an on purpose off-air command. Sensing what the Russian diplomat would state, it would not be advisable to echo globally, or were there are any security concerns? As counter accusations flew from both states, any misinterpretation could lead to serious escalations.

If this were to be true, such an immediate response may have been from the British higher authorities (highly unlikely) or a deliberate action by the relay station in Turkey. Also modern technologies can jam signals and could have been a military intelligence operation. Or was it a BBC action on its own? BBC World later replayed the interview in full.

Also interesting is that the world’s second largest oil pipeline from neighbouring oil rich Azerbaijan passes Georgia onto Turkey and central Europe. Definitely, Turkey is closely watching the storm-in-the-tea cup of its neighbour, and its own energy worries from further unprecedented developments.

For the Red Army this operation is seen as flexing muscles, and a warning to the west on not to mingle on affairs around its borders. Most of the former USSR break away states are pro-US, and the signing by Czech to deploy US missile shield is seen as a step to far on what Russia sees a ring closing out around it borders. US claims the shield will protect against missile launches from rouge states such as North Korea or Iran, Russia claims the missiles are pointed against them remnant of the cold war.

While as Bush states the “invasion” as “unacceptable in the 21st Century” and a “disproportionate response”, does the world have to be reminded of their invasion of Iraq, destroying a sovereign nation into a worse state than what is previously was?

Day-by-day: Georgia-Russia crisis
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7551576.stm

Q&A: Violence in South Ossetia
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7549736.stm

In pictures: Georgia in crisis
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/7554636.stm

Voices on Georgia-Russia conflict
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7554420.stm

Press weighs conflict in Georgia
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7554065.stm