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#TodaysReads: China’s Interest in Kenya, Microsoft Bans Google from Conference & more (21.5.14)

COMPLIANT MOA ROLLS OUT CASHLESS PAYMENT “1963 TRAVEL CARD” With the new rules requiring public service vehicles to have cashless systems, Compliant decided to have first mover advantage and launch their own card. Given that Equity has generally failed with it’s Beba card, one has to wonder if they’ll be able to hack it. Finally, no bus company covers the whole of Nairobi, so will that mean we’ll have to carry dozens of cards?

French red faces over trains that are ‘too wide’ “Dude you had one job!!!!” Someone somewhere has lost their job over this. Discovered the problem a bit too late is the understatement of the year.

They measured platforms built less than 30 years ago, overlooking the fact that many of France’s regional platforms were built more than 50 years ago when trains were a little slimmer.
The platform edges are too close to the tracks in some stations which means the trains cannot get in, officials say.
A spokesman for the RFF confirmed they had “discovered the problem a bit late”.

Why China must be interested in Kenya Two very simple reasons. Economics and military. The US would do well to remember just how strategic having a military and navy in this country is.

One must understand the strategic position of our country. Through Kenya, you have access to the whole region from a generally stable standpoint. Both the US and the UK liked to domicile their regional military and naval bases here to monitor the whole region. We are also the doorway to the East African Community.

Microsoft To Google And Other Rivals: Keep Out (Of Our Conference) This made me chuckle. It’s like Microsoft is saying to the whole world “We don’t like these companies, they’re our biggest competitors” I hope one day my own company has such problems and competition.

The following companies and their employees and representatives are excluded from pre-purchasing passes for attending and / or participating in WPC 2014 and affiliated events:AmazonGoogleSalesforce.comVMware 

New legal highs are flooding the market faster than governments can ban them Drugs that are legal only because their specific chemical make up hasn’t been banned yet. This is what the war on drugs has created a new, perhaps even more dangerous, way for people to get high. The problem with these drugs is that their effects haven’t been properly studied yet.

The agency defines new psychoactive substances as drugs that are not controlled under international conventions, but may pose public health risks. Synthetic cannabinoids — drugs designed to mimic the psychoactive effects of cannabis — comprised the majority (28 percent) of such substances reported to the UNODC between 2008 and 2013, followed by synthetic cathinones, including bath salts, at 25 percent.