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General Board / Kanooline Get2Gether-Myth or Legend?
« on: November 24, 2010, 09:54:10 AM »
What is the future of this site and the vis-a-vis programe? Last year the program was not carried out due to excuses by some members, this year everybody is silent? Does that mean this is the end of the programme? Is there a way forward? What about all the promises we made the 2 years ago? Are we going to let this happen to Kanoonline? This is the only reasonable online community for the north on the verge of extinction, let's do something, December is here!

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chit-chat / MOVED: MAGANA JARICE.........................
« on: April 02, 2010, 08:31:35 PM »

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General Board / Danborno Has Lost His Dad.
« on: June 21, 2009, 06:10:52 PM »
This to inform the members of the forum that our favorite member Danborno has lost his Dad on Wednesday. I want to express my deepest regretr, may Allah grant him with Aljannatul Firddausi.

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chit-chat / Sweden Legalises Same-sex Marriage!
« on: April 11, 2009, 04:21:09 PM »
A sign planted outside the Vermont capitol read, "Let Love Win." For gays and lesbians seeking the right to marry, it did.

The state House on Tuesday narrowly achieved the votes necessary to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of a bill that allowing gays and lesbians to marry beginning Sept. 1.

The vote unleashed cheers and whistles from the ban's opponents and capped a bitter battle that revisited the pain and division preceding Vermont's first-in-the-nation civil unions law nine years ago.

"We've shown that truth and fairness and justice and love are more powerful than one man's veto pen," said Beth Robinson, chairwoman of the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force.

With the 100-49 vote, Vermont became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage and the first to do so with a legislature's vote. The override passed the House by the slimmest possible margin — it needed 100 votes.

Robinson sat in the packed House chamber, keeping a tally as lawmakers called out "yes" or "no." When the last vote was recorded, she took off her glasses and wiped away tears.

"It's amazing to be a part of a civil rights movement and it's amazing to realize the power that people have to make a better world," she said later.

Gay marriage supporters outnumbered opponents at the Statehouse. A sea of yellow buttons that read "From legal rights to equal rights" were visible in the gallery.

Craig Bensen, a gay marriage opponent who had lobbied unsuccessfully for a nonbinding referendum on the question, listened to the voting from outside the chamber. He said he and his fellow opponents were massively outspent in their lobbying effort.

"Given everything that was marshaled against us and all the advantages that the other side had it's not necessary a resounding victory that the other side squeaked by like this," he said.

Both opponents and proponents of gay marriage predicted the measure would embolden activists in other states, particularly since it came from a popularly elected legislature. The three other states that currently allow same-sex marriage — Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa — were all moved to do so through the courts.

"What may give courage to other legislatures is that this legislature managed to do it," said Boston University law professor Linda McClain, an expert on family law and policy.

Bills to allow same-sex marriage are currently before lawmakers in New Hampshire, Maine, New York and New Jersey.

The District of Columbia City Council on Tuesday moved toward recognizing gay marriages performed in other states, although the measure is subject to a review by Congress.

Overseas, Sweden last week became the fifth European country to allow gay marriages, by a 261-22 vote in Parliament. They are also legal in the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium and Spain.

On Friday, Iowa's Supreme Court unanimously struck down that state's gay marriage ban, allowing same-sex couples to file for licenses beginning April 27 and wed as soon as April 30.

Bensen said he expected some Vermont lawmakers who supported gay marriage to be voted out, like in 2000 after the civil unions debate.

"We're hoping to change the character of the House and the Senate," he said.

Douglas called override "not unexpected." He had called the issue of gay marriage a distraction during a time when economic and budget issues were more important.

"What really disappoints me is that we have spent some time on an issue during which another thousand Vermonters have lost their jobs," the governor said Tuesday. "We need to turn out attention to balancing a budget without raising taxes, growing the economy, putting more people to work."

The Senate easily overrode the veto, 23-5, but it was a nail-biter in the House. The bill only had only 95 "yea" votes when it passed on Friday, but some changed their votes Tuesday.

Among those celebrating Tuesday were former state lawmaker Robert Dostis and his longtime partner, Chuck Kletecka. Dostis recalled efforts to expand gay rights dating to an anti-discrimination law passed in 1992.

"It's been a very long battle. It's been almost 20 years to get to this point," Dostis said. "I think finally, most people in Vermont understand that we're a couple like any other couple. We're as good and as bad as any other group of people."

Dostis said he and Kletecka would celebrate their 25th year together in September.

"Is that a proposal?" Kletecka asked.

"Yeah," Dostis replied. "Twenty-five years together, I think it's time we finally got married.

Horribly Disgusting"

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AUTOMOTIVE / Dream Car!
« on: April 11, 2009, 03:39:33 PM »
When i was a kid i have had tones of favourite cars, from Benzes to Lexuses and so on. Sometimes it kept on changing with time and new productions being released, that made me realise that that was just a kids fantasy dreams on cars. Recently, (not really few weeks recently i'm talking about one year and half recently), i got this nitch for pegeut cars, and from the fleet i was able to get hooked mystically by the none other but the 307. i know it sounds crazy considering all the new futuristic cars rolling the streets nowadays, I dont know why i'm just so down for that particular car, its really a beauty in my eyes ofcourse. The love for the car has stuck up with me for a considerable amount of time now, and that made me reasilise that its has finally taking the spot for my dream car Insha Allah, i love it, my breath stops when i see one passing on the streets...especially a brand new black one, what can i do but to keep dreaming till i arrive and can afford one....lol!

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Science and Technology / Kanoonline Mobile
« on: August 18, 2008, 12:03:56 PM »
Of recent, i have been able to browse kanoonline.com/smf on my mobile phone, its wap supported, and i use an mtn sim which has internet facility. Its cheap too, you know how GPRS/WAP charges. I know can check post online but before i post anything, my credit balance will be exhausted, you have to keep on opening the pages all the time, for instance if you want to go to reach the Chit-Chat, you have to go to the third page and there is no last page button except next page button. The angry thing is this, for each page you veiw you are charged, and by the time you reach a post you want to reply, your balance is finished, i do it a lot of times.

HINT
All you gotta do to start is to go to your wap settings whatever network you are using, as long as it supports internet connection, go to settings, then go to appearance settings and disable images by setting it to No. That way your credit balance will be maintained, you can then browse a lot of pages before it goes of, i think a page cost something in the neighbourhood of 2 to 3 Naira thereabout. But its cool, you can even check wikipedia, yahoomail, hotmail, gmail, google search and facebook, very cheap!


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With its lace curtain bungalows and steepled Anglican church, the once tranquil town of Camden in New South Wales seems the most improbable of settings for a row that combines race and religion.

Proud of its rich history, the town promotes itself as "the birthplace of the nation's wealth", for it was here, in the early 19th Century, that the sheep and dairy industries first began to flourish.

Now the town, which lies on south-west fringes of Sydney, is confronting a very 21st Century issue: the proposal to construct an Islamic school for some 1,200 Muslim pupils.

Behind the proposal is the Sydney-based Quranic Society, which has purchased 15 acres of land on the fringes of town, and produced detailed plans and designs.

None of them reference any obvious Islamic influences. Functional and non-descript, the two-storey school could easily be a light industrial development.

Camden council is currently deciding whether to grant planning permission and allow the controversial development to go ahead.

'Wrecking Australia'

At the council's headquarters, 12 bulging ring-binders hold more than 3,200 submissions from the public. Only 100 are in favour of the development.

The council will deliver its verdict either later this month or early next.

 
 This is not a nationalistic issue, it's not a religious issue, it's a planning issue, and it will be addressed on those merits

Chris Patterson,
Camden mayor

Twice the town has managed to rebuff the fast food giant McDonald's. Now it has mobilised to block the construction of the Islamic school.

Back in November, more than 1,000 local people took part in a public meeting. Many participants expressed themselves with little regard for political correctness.

"This has to be one of the nicest places in New South Wales," said one woman, who has lived in Camden for the past nine years.

"Everywhere is being destroyed. Why don't we tell the truth. They're wrecking Australia. They're taking us over," she said.

"Why hasn't anyone got any guts? They've got terrorists amongst 'em... They want to be here so they can go and hide in all the farm houses... This town has every nationality... but Muslims do not fit in this town. We are Aussies, OK."

Some of the loudest cheers of the night greeted a speech from a local man in his late 70s.

"Can I just say this without being racist or political?" he said. "In 1983, in the streets of London a parade by Muslims chanted incessantly 'If we can take London, we can take the world'. Don't let them take Camden."

Some speakers focused solely on the environmental impact of locating an urban-scale school in such a bucolic setting; and, in particular, on the traffic congestion it would bring.

 
Some of the protesters wore anti-Islamic immigration slogans 
One speaker implored the crowd to stick to planning issues, and not let the campaign be contaminated by racism or xenophobia.

When the chair of the meeting invited anyone in favour of the development to speak up, no one stepped forward.

Camden does not harbour a large Muslim community - census figures suggest about 150 families.

Most of the pupils at the proposed school would therefore be bussed in from Sydney, a journey that takes about an hour each way.

'Planning issue'

Andrew Wynnet of the Camden/Macarthur Residents' Group showed me the site of the proposed school, and focused on its unsuitability and undesirability.

"When you have no Muslims living in Camden, why have a Muslim school here?" he asked.

He was also concerned about its long-term, demographic impact.

"The character of the town will change. When you have a large facility like this, the parents will follow. That amount of parents will change the character of the town."

If you introduce 1,500 Muslim people to the town they'd be a majority. And that's not what this town is about."

Bravely, given that local council elections are due later in the year, Mayor Chris Patterson has adopted a neutral stance.

Presumably, it would have been more politically expedient to veer towards populism.

"This is not a nationalistic issue, it's not a religious issue, it's a planning issue, and it will be addressed on those merits," he says.

Determined that the planning process should be allowed to play out, Mr Patterson does not want to prejudge it.

Acrimonious

Many locals fear that the campaign is being hijacked by right-wing, nationalist groups with their own agendas.

The Australia First organisation has been advertising for members in Camden, and says it plans to field a candidate in September's local elections.

Pauline Hanson, the former leader of the One Nation Party, has also paid a visit to the town, though the local paper, the Camden Advertiser, reported that she mistakenly thought the proposal was for a mosque rather than a school.

 
Camden residents vow they will not give up easily

The increasingly acrimonious and race-charged debate has also crossed into mainstream politics.

Camden is part of a Liberal-held parliamentary constituency which was high on Labor's target list at last November's federal election.

Campaigning in nearby Campbeltown, the then opposition leader Kevin Rudd said that the local infrastructure could not support such a large school, and that he therefore opposed it on "planning grounds".

The Quranic Society has kept a low public profile and was not available for comment.

But its position has been that Australian parents have the right to educate Australian children wherever they wish, regardless of race or religion. If the council rejects its planning application, it could appeal to the Land and Environment Court.

Camden residents will not give up easily.

"This town has fought all sorts of developments," Andrew Wynnet. "It will take on all-comers regardless of religion."

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General Board / TURKS SET TO EASE HEADSCARF BAN
« on: February 09, 2008, 11:02:19 AM »
The Turkish parliament is expected to amend the country's constitution to ease the ban on women wearing Islamic headscarves in universities.
The issue is deeply divisive in Turkey, where the state is strictly secular, and protests are expected.

The government says the ban means many girls are denied an education.

But the secular establishment, including generals and academics, sees this as a first step to allowing Islam to figure more largely in public life.

Opposition parties have vowed to challenge the changes in the constitutional court if, as is expected, they are passed on Saturday.

Burka ban

The Islamist-rooted AK Party has a safe majority in the Turkish parliament and the proposals were passed in an initial parliamentary vote on Wednesday, carried by 401 in favour to 110 against.

A strict headscarf ban has been in force in Turkish universities since 1997. The ban came after the staunchly secularist military had exerted pressure to oust a government it saw as too Islamist.

The proposed changes state that only traditional scarves will be permitted in universities, tied loosely under the chin. Headscarves that cover the neck will still be banned, as will the all-enveloping burka, or chador.

Ural Akbulut, rector of the Middle East Technical University, in Ankara, says the changes represent the imposition of religious beliefs into the constitution.

"We say it will damage secularity," he told the BBC. "Once you do that - we believe you damage democracy."

Personal expression

The BBC's Sarah Rainsford says those who wear the headscarf dismiss that as paranoia.

They say the scarf is simply an expression of their personal religious belief.

As Turkey's population is predominantly Muslim, two-thirds of all Turkish women cover their heads, meaning thousands miss out on the opportunity to attend college. Many Turks argue that is unfair and there is widespread public support for the move.

But tens of thousands of people against lifting the ban are expected to join protest rallies in the capital on Saturday.

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chit-chat / KANO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2008 (KAMFEST 2008)
« on: January 25, 2008, 07:24:34 PM »

Programme Of Events

Frieday, 25th January – Day One

7:00 PM    Onpening and Get together (Cocktail)
8:00 PM   1st Music Concert   Traditional Hausa Group (Nasiru Garba Sufa)
9:00 PM   2nd Music Concert   Music from Cabo Verde (Tcheka)

Saturday 26th January – Day Two

3:00 PM   On Stage:      French “Café-Concerts”
      On the Floor      Stands for traditional arts and crafts
               Refreshment with local foods
8:00 PM   1st Musical Concert   French Classic Guitarist (Thibault CAUVIN)
9:00 PM   2nd Musical Concert   Hausa Hip-Hop (Eedris Abdulkareem)

Sunday 27th January – Day Three

7:00 PM   On Stage:      French “Café-Concerts”
      On The Floor      Stands for traditional arts and crafts
               Refreshment with local foods
7:00 PM   Best wishes Drink Closure
8:00 PM   1st Show      Hausa Traditional Music (Shantu)
9:00 PM   2nd Show      French Jazz Concert (Mezcal Jazz Unit)

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Announcements / KANO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2008 (KAMFEST 2008)
« on: January 25, 2008, 07:05:15 PM »
Programme Of Events

Friday, 25th January – Day One

7:00 PM    Onpening and Get together (Cocktail)
8:00 PM   1st Music Concert   Traditional Hausa Group (Nasiru Garba Sufa)
9:00 PM   2nd Music Concert   Music from Cabo Verde (Tcheka)

Saturday 26th January – Day Two
3:00 PM   On Stage:      French “Café-Concerts”
      On the Floor      Stands for traditional arts and crafts
               Refreshment with local foods
8:00 PM   1st Musical Concert   French Classic Guitarist (Thibault CAUVIN)
9:00 PM   2nd Musical Concert   Hausa Hip-Hop (Eedris Abdulkareem)

Sunday 27th January – Day Three

7:00 PM   On Stage:      French “Café-Concerts”
      On The Floor      Stands for traditional arts and crafts
               Refreshment with local foods
7:00 PM   Best wishes Drink Closure
8:00 PM   1st Show      Hausa Traditional Music (Shantu)
9:00 PM   2nd Show      French Jazz Concert (Mezcal Jazz Unit)

All events to hold at:
Alliance francais Of Kano,
22 Magajin Rumfa road, 
Nassarawa,
Kano

Hope to see you there

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General Board / KANO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2008 (KAMFEST 2008)
« on: January 25, 2008, 06:47:22 PM »
Programme Of Events

Friday, 25th January – Day One

7:00 PM    Onpening and Get together (Cocktail)
8:00 PM   1st Music Concert   Traditional Hausa Group (Nasiru Garba Sufa)
9:00 PM   2nd Music Concert   Music from Cabo Verde (Tcheka)

Saturday 26th January – Day Two
3:00 PM   On Stage:      French “Café-Concerts”
      On the Floor      Stands for traditional arts and crafts
               Refreshment with local foods
8:00 PM   1st Musical Concert   French Classic Guitarist (Thibault CAUVIN)
9:00 PM   2nd Musical Concert   Hausa Hip-Hop (Eedris Abdulkareem)

Sunday 27th January – Day Three

7:00 PM   On Stage:      French “Café-Concerts”
      On The Floor      Stands for traditional arts and crafts
               Refreshment with local foods
7:00 PM   Best wishes Drink Closure
8:00 PM   1st Show      Hausa Traditional Music (Shantu)
9:00 PM   2nd Show      French Jazz Concert (Mezcal Jazz Unit)

All events to hold at:
Alliance francais Of Kano,
22 Magajin Rumfa road, 
Nassarawa,
Kano

Hope to see you there

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chit-chat / If I had My Way...
« on: January 12, 2008, 03:55:10 PM »
Hello guys,

I was thinking we could use this thread to bare our minds on some things that are really disturbing us but we dont have a solution to it, you know...it could be something sorrowful, intriguing, funny and may be very wise and intellectual. Its also like some kind of game because it can extend on and on according to the worldly affairs because we are free to challenge and question and discuss about each feelings.

So I begin....

If I have my way...

I will scrap off "Gara" from the list of our traditional marriage rights.

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Kano Forum / Kano State Is Suing Pfizer For More Than $2 Billion
« on: December 10, 2007, 01:05:05 PM »
The U.S. pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, has confirmed in a statement that out of court talks with the Kano State government in northern Nigeria have broken down. Kano State is suing Pfizer for more than $2 billion for a 1996 clinical drug trial that it says killed 11 children. Sarah Simpson has more from Lagos.

In the statement, Pfizer described as "unfortunate" a decision by Kano State officials to call off talks over an alleged illegal clinical drug test.

Kano state officials had previously said discussions intended to reach an out of court settlement with the drug company ended because they were dissatisfied with the way the talks were going. However, in the Pfizer statement, Spokesman Chris Loder said efforts to try the case in the media and intimidate the company and the courts had impeded the process.

Kano State is suing Pfizer for over $2 billion for what it says was an unauthorized clinical trial of a meningitis treatment on children in 1996. They say the trials left 11 children dead, and seriously disabled others.

Pfizer says the 11 children died of meningitis. It says those left disabled display symptoms associated with meningitis survivors.

Pfizer has rigorously maintained that it had the full authorization of the Nigerian federal and state governments before conducting the trial, and that consent was obtained from parents or guardians of all 200 children involved.

Kano State Attorney General Aliyu Umar disputes this. He says the drug company took advantage of poor, illiterate Nigerians to carry out tests amid the panic of an epidemic.

More than 12,000 Nigerian children died in the 1996 epidemic of meningitis, an infection of the nervous system that can kill a victim within hours.

Umar says any money paid to Kano State by Pfizer will go to help the children and families of those involved in the trial. But to date, the families of the children who died and those left seriously disabled say they have not received any money or assistance from their government, and even if a payout is awarded to Kano State, few of the families expect any of the cash to reach them.

Some groups that monitor governmental accountability say Nigeria is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. The country earns billions of dollars each year from oil exports, yet the majority of Nigerians live in poverty.

The Kano civil case against Pfizer continues, with the next hearing scheduled for January 28.

The federal government is also seeking several billion dollars in compensation through federal courts

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chit-chat / Arranged Marriages: A Gift or A Curse
« on: August 29, 2007, 12:52:09 PM »
hi guys,

I havent been around for a while, i just wanted to express some thoughts on the topic of discussion and to here what u have to say, i was on a trip to Benin city, i passed through several naija towns and i saw several naija cultures that were intriguing. so the idea kinda popped out from somehwere and i thought it the best to share it with u guys.

Arranged marriages, what do u have to say about that? In some societies especially in the past poeple only meet their wives on their first matrimonial night? Some met their wives ages ago, some gashi nan dai, we all know about that, what do u think are the advantages, and the shortcommings? Would you rather know ur lifepartner habbits and characters earlier b4 marriage, will you trust ur parents word by accepting a wive or husband of their choice, can you take the risks of venturing into a life time affair blindly?

People pls let me hear what u have to say....as una know se many of us are yet to be married so we are eager to learn. That does not mean i have been bethroted o! Ehen.

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Science and Technology / ETranzact
« on: July 01, 2007, 10:53:37 AM »
Yo have you guys heard of eTranzact yet? its your easaiest way to pay ur bills and make transaction using your mobile phones, u can recharge your ur phone by purchasing a voucher of the network of ur choice and send and receive money throught bank accounts while lying on your bed.

check http://www.etranzact.com

and hola back, coz i don already register since!

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