A “black box”: What is it? How is it designed? Can it be destroyed?


When a plane crashes, it can take many months or years to find the black box that can provide clues as to what happened. Just what are these devices, how do they work, and why can they be so hard to find? We contacted the recorders division of the National Transportation and Safety Board to find out.

What is a "black box"?
An airplane actually has two black boxes: a flight data recorder, which stores information on specific parameters such as flight control and engine performance, and a cockpit voice recorder, which records background sound and conversations between crew members and air traffic control. The "black box" isn't actually black at all. It is painted bright orange in order for it to be more easily spotted in wreckage.

How is the black box designed?

[infographic] 13 benefits of a mango fruit

The Most Fabulous Mango Infographic
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5 Life lessons in life we learn too late

1. This moment is your life. – Your life is not between the moments of your birth and death. Your life is the present – the here and now – is all the life you ever get. So live each moment in full, in kindness and peace, without fear and regret. And do the best you can with what you have in this moment; because that is all you can ever expect of anyone, including yourself.

2. A lifetime isn’t very long. – This is your life, and you’ve got to fight for it. Fight for what’s right. Fight for what you believe in. Fight for what’s important to you. Fight for the people you love, and never forget to tell them how much they mean to you. Realize that right now you’re lucky because you

Breaking News: Two women dead in New York City building collapse - Police

(photo: www.onenewspage.us)

Two women were killed in a building collapse in Upper Manhattan on Wednesday, New York City Police said. "Two people are dead, both females," said police spokesman Martin Speechley -- Reuters

The Fire Department of New York first tweeted that it was responding to the collapse at East 114 th Street, other

Fly-SAX appoints Brown Francis as Head of new airline SAX-Tanzania

Fly-SAX, Kenya’s premier safari and private charter airline, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brown Francis, a veteran of the airline industry in Tanzania, as General Manager of SAX-Tanzania, a new airline established in Tanzania. Subject to receiving regulatory approvals from Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, the new airline’s maiden flight is expected to occur in the second half of 2014.

“We are launching a new airline to meet the ever-increasing demand for low-cost, efficient and safe air travel within Tanzania from the country’s own citizens as well as international tourists visiting the country,” said Don Smith, CEO & Founder of Fly-SAX and Fly540 Kenya. “I am delighted to be working again with Brown Francis. Having previously headed up Fly540’s and Fastjet’s operations in Tanzania, he brings a wealth of experience and local knowledge to SAX-Tanzania. I look forward to him making it a great success.”

Mr Brown Francis, 49 years, is a veteran of the airline industry with over 25 years experience. He joins SAX-Tanzania from Fastjet, where he held the position of Director for Industry Affairs for Tanzania since late 2012. Prior to that, Mr Francis was General Manager of Fly540 Tanzania, where he worked closely with Don Smith from 2009 until 2012. Additionally, Mr Francis worked as Operations Manager for Regional Air Services Arusha for 12 years. Read more

Taarifa ya CUF: Zanzibar ilimtegemea nani kabla ya kuungana na Tanganyika?

THE CIVIC UNITED FRONT (CUF- Chama Cha Wananchi)
Office of the Secretary General
Party Headquarters,
P.O. Box 3637, Zanzibar, Tanzania
E - mail: cufhabari.co.uk
Homepage: www.cuftz.org

Our Ref:
CU/HQ/KR/HUM/181

Date: 11/03/2014

TAARIFA KWA VYOMBO VYA HABARI

Ukweli utaendelea kubaki ulimwenguni kwamba Zanzibar ni Nchi iliyokuwa huru tangu asili na zama, ambayo ikitegemea raslimali zake za ndani kwa kujiendesha katika nyanja zote za kimaisha.

Ukweli huu katu hauwezi kuondoshwa na uoni au uelewa finyu wa watu, ambao baadhi yao wanajiita wasomi, kwa sababu ya kuchunga utashi binafsi, maslahi, itikadi, ubabaishaji, upotoshaji wa makusudi na matakwa ya taasisi wanazozitumikia.

Si sahihi hata kidogo na pia ni upotofu uliodhahiri kudai ati Uchumi wa Zanzibar unategemea Bara na kwamba

How to hide/disable Google+ notification bell, number in Google Chrome on Windows



On your Windows desk/laptop in Google Chrome browser: 
  1. Type the following in the address bar: chrome://flags and disable it ‘Enable rich notifications’
  2. If the above trick doesn't work, click here to install Google+ Notifications Remover

[update] Taarifa ya kukamilika kwa zoezi la uteuzi wa Mwenyekiti wa Bunge la Katiba

Msimamizi wa Uchaguzi wa Spika wa Bunge maalumu la Katiba hivi punde tu ametoka kumtangaza rasmi Mhe. Samuel Sita kuwa ndiye mshindi kwa kupata kura 487 dhidi ya kura 69 za Mhe. Hashim Rungwe. Kura zilizoharibika zilikuwa 7 kati ya kura zote 563 zilizopigwa.

Baada ya tangazo hilo, Sitta na Rungwe walikumbatiana na kutakiana heri huku wajumbe wakishangilia kwa vifijo, nderemo na nyimbo za "tuna imani na Sitta..." (hata hivyo, penye wengi pana mengi, kwani wapo waliochomeka "tuna imani na Lowassa") oyaa oyaa oya! kabla ya Mwenyekiti wa Muda wa Bunge hilo, Mhe. Pandu Ameir Kificho kukatisha kwa kuwashukuru wajumbe kwa kupiga kura na wote waliojitokeza kugombea kiti hicho, kisha kuwaalika Mhe. Hashim S. Rungwe na Mhe. Samuel Sita kutoa maneno ya shukurani.




Kanisa Anglikana Mara lamsaidia aliyekatwa mkono na sehemu za siri na mumewe

Simanzi miongoni mwa wanawake baada ya kusikia mkasa wa mwenzao aliyefanyiwa ukatili (picha: Sommy B.)

Afisa TAKUKURU mkoani Mara akimsaidia mwanamke aliyefanyiwa ukatili (picha: Sommy B.)

Na Shommi B., MARA -- KANISA la Anglicana Jimbo la Mara kupitia Kitengo cha Maendeleo ya Jamii wameahidi kusaidia kuchangia gharama za matibabu za Sumayi Girandi ambaye ni Mwanamke aliyefanyiwa ukatili wa kukatwa mkono na sehemu za siri na aliyedaiwa kuwa ni mume wake.

Meneja mradi wa Maendeleo ya Jamii wa Kanisa hilo Dk Theophil Kayombo alitoa ahadi hiyo siku chache baada ya Mwanamke huyo kutoa ushuhuda wake katika maadhimisho ya siku ya Wanawake duniani iliyofanyika kimkoa wilayani Bunda.

Alisema Kanisa liliguswa na ukatili mbaya aliofanyiwa Mwanamke huyo kwa

JhikoMan: "No more bloodshed for our liberation…freeing our own minds is last, permanent solution!" Europe Tour 2014! Needs your Support, Sponsor



Jhikoman, Tanzania´s great Reggae Ambassador to represent Africa…SUNDAY MAGAZINE - Nairobi, KENYA

Having internationally toured, Jhikoman and the Afrikabisa band has performed in well-known international music festivals such Mela in Oslo, Norway, World Village festival / Maalma Kylassa in Helsinki, Finland; Exeter Respect Festival in Exeter City-Devon UK and locally at ZIFF- Zanzibar International Film Festival, and Sauti za

Chochea Mabadiliko; Clarah asimulia alivyopambana mahakamani

Mojawapo ya vipindi katika Wanawake Live kilikuwa kile chenye taarifa ya mwanamke aitwaye Clarah ambaye alijitoa kimasomaso kupambana mahakamani na hatimaye kupata haki yake.

Je, unajua ni haki gani aliyokuwa akiitafuta na ilikuwaje? Tizama video iliyopachikwa hapo chini umsikie akisimulia. Unaweza kujifunza mengi kutoka kwake.

British HC visits "Connecting Classrooms Programme" at Kisutu Secondary School

British High Commissioner visits "Connecting Classrooms Programme" at Kisutu Secondary School to mark Commonwealth week. Below are the photos...

A group photo with students, teachers and coordinators of Connecting Classrooms Programme at Kisutu Secondary School after her visits
A group photo with students, teachers and coordinators of Connecting Classrooms Programme at Kisutu Secondary School after her visits

Review of African Political Economy: Conferences and Events

Review of African Political Economy
Conferences and Events, Updated MARCH, 2014
Review of African Political Economy 1974-2014: RoAPE Anniversary Year


2014



11 March
Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Senate House (London)
Decolonisation Conference
If you want to attend please contact [email protected]. Ac.uk
12 March
LUCAS (workshop)
The Michael Sadler Building, Leeds University
The Post-2015 Development Challenges in Africa: What does it mean for health?
Please register at [email protected]
15 March
The Centre of African Studies (symposium),
SOAS
South Africa @ 20
Contact email: [email protected]
23-26 March
University of Oxford

26-9 March
Toronto
International Studies Association conference

27-29 March
Wits University,
Johannesburg
Southern Africa City Conference
Enquiries should be submitted to [email protected]
27-30 March
Philadelphia
The 2014  Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference ‘China and the Shifting of Development Paradigms’

2 April
LUCAS (Symposium)
The Michael Sadler Building, Leeds University
France in Mali: a Multidisciplinary Symposium: Translating colonial legacy into postcolonial conflict
Please register at [email protected]
3-6 April
University of Texas, Austin
The University of Texas Africa Conference, ‘African Diasporas: Old and New’

Deadline for paper proposals 30 November
4-5 April
LSE (University of London)
LSE Africa Summit – Emerging trends in African Entrepreneurship
Deadline for full papers: 10 December 2013
11-12 April
Cuba
First International Conference on Socialism for the 21st Century, Mining
Metallurgical Higher Institute of Moa, province of Holguin
Deadline for abstracts: 1 February
14-16 April
University of Manchester
19th Annual Alternative Futures and Popular Protest Conference, Social Movement

24-25 April
Centre of African Studies,
University of Edinburgh
Mining and Political Transformations in Africa
Enquiries:  [email protected]
25-6 April
University of Oxford
On 20 years of South African Democracy – St Antony’s College and African Studies Centre


1 May
Institute of Commonwealth Studies,
Senate House
12.30 – 20.00
RoAPE Anniversary Events:
Violence, Protests and Democracy in Africa (with Mahmood Mamdani)
Ruth First Special Issue launch, with Alan Wieder, Janet Bujra and Gary Littlejohn
Enquiries:

1-3 May
University of Bradford
Peace Studies International Conference (as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Division of Peace Studies, UoB).
Deadline for abstract submission: 14 February
2-3 May
SOAS, Brunei Lecture Theatre
The 3rd Annual Igbo Conference: Production, Diffusion and Legacy (Centre of African Studies Conferences)
Deadline for abstract submission: 7 February
8-10 May
York University, Toronto, Canada
Confronting Crisis: Left Praxis in the Face of Austerity, War and Revolution
Deadline for all submissions is January 10, 2014
28 -30 May
TBD
Canadian Association of African Studies annual conference

15 – 17 May
AEGIS Thematic Conference – Frankfurt, Germany
‘Africa in the Global South: biographies of mobility and aspirations of success’
22-23 May
Birkbeck, University of London
THE CARNATION REVOLUTION
BETWEEN AFRICAN ANTICOLONIALISM AND EUROPEAN REBELLION
Please contact: [email protected]
27-30 May
Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Society and Politics in Africa: Traditional, Transitional, and New’. 13th International African Studies Conference.

11-14 June
The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Accra, Ghana (tbc)

Symposium – The Regional Dynamics of Peace and Security in West Africa

Proposals, which should be sent to the Organising Committee to arrive by 31 March 2014, in English or French. Please send your abstract to: [email protected]
11-14 June
Bayreuth
‘Future Africa’. VAD Congress 2014

17 June
Dublin
BISA Postgraduate Network Annual Conference (the Africa and IS working group are seeking to put on a panel on ‘Conflict and Africa’ at this conference)
18-20 June
Dublin

30 June – 2 July
University of Sheffield
The Third SPERI Annual Conference
‘The Global Contours of Growth and Development beyond the Crisis’

6 July
Malawi
50th anniversary of independence

8-10 July
U. of Dodoma, Tanzania
Green Economy in the South. PLAAS, IDPM, ISS, CBS

14-15 August
Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Reflections on South Africa’s Agrarian Questions after 20 years of Democracy

Sept. 2014
Pretoria, South Africa
National Conference of the South African Association of Political Studies -  South Africa’s democracy at 20: Diagnosis and Prognosis
9-11 Sept.
U. Sussex
ASAUK 2014
RoAPE  Anniversary Event: panel and events
For RoAPE events : [email protected]
17-19 Oct
California State University, San Bernardino, Vermont, USA
12th North Eastern Workshop on Southern Africa (NEWSA)
24 October
Zambia
50th anniversary of independence

20-23 November
JW Marriott Indianapolis Hotel
Indianapolis
57th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association   
RETHINKING VIOLENCE, RECONSTRUCTION, AND RECONCILIATION
Deadline for abstract submissions: 15 March
22- 23 November
The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. 
The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) annual meeting
Contact:
2015



18 Feb.
Gambia
50th anniversary of independence

25 June
Mozambique
40th anniversary of independence

7-10 June
Journal of Southern African Studies
Livingstone, Zambia
Southern Africa beyond the West: Political, Economic and Cultural Relationships with the BRICS Countries and the Global South
Contact:
[email protected]
 (Deadline proposals 1 August)
July
Durban, SA
World Social Science Forum 2015
Contact CODESRIA
7-10 August
Livingstone, Zambia
Journal of Southern African Studies 1st Biennial Conference: Southern Africa beyond the West: Political, Economic & Cultural Relationships with the BRICS & the Global South
Deadline for paper proposals:  1st August 2014
Final paper deadline: 1st May 2015
Lyn Schumaker: 
[email protected]
11 Nov.
Angola
40th anniversary of independence

2016



5 July
Cape Verde
40th anniversary of independence

30 Sept.
Botswana
50th anniversary of independence