“Jasmine Revolution”
Symbol of peace: Flowers placed on the barrel of a tank
in very much calmer protests than in recent days in Tunisia

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011
Mannoubia Bouazizi, the mother of Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi. "Mohammed suffered a lot. He worked hard. but when he set fire to himself, it wasn’t about his scales being confiscated. It was about his dignity." (Peter Hapak for TIME)

1 - TUNISIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

How eyepatches became a symbol of Egypt's revolution - Graffiti depicting a high ranking army officer with an eye patch Photograph: Nasser Nasser/ASSOCIATED PRESS

2 - EGYPT Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

''17 February Revolution"

3 - LIBYA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

5 - SYRIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

"25 January Youth Revolution"
Muslim and Christian shoulder-to-shoulder in Tahrir Square
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
(Subjects: Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" (without a manager hierarchy) managed Businesses, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)
"The End of History" – Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)
(Subjects:Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Muhammad, Jesus, God, Jews, Arabs, EU, US, Israel, Iran, Russia, Africa, South America, Global Unity,..... etc.) (Text version)

"If an Arab and a Jew can look at one another and see the Akashic lineage and see the one family, there is hope. If they can see that their differences no longer require that they kill one another, then there is a beginning of a change in history. And that's what is happening now. All of humanity, no matter what the spiritual belief, has been guilty of falling into the historic trap of separating instead of unifying. Now it's starting to change. There's a shift happening."

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

African Union (AU)

African Union (AU)
African Heads of State pose for a group photo ahead of the start of the 28th African Union summit in Addis Ababa on January 30, 2017 (AFP Photo/ Zacharias ABUBEKER)

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
Few words can describe Nelson Mandela, so we let him speak for himself. Happy birthday, Madiba.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A mobile app to combat armed robbery in Ghana

Deutsche Welle, 5 September 2012

Armed robbery in Ghanaian cities is on the increase. The capital city Accra tops the list. Now a software company has developed an SMS-triggered alert system to reduce the number of robberies in the country.

All that is required is a blank text message and the rest will be taken care of by a security system called "Hei Julor". In the local dialect "Hei Julor" means "Hey thief!"

It is a mobile phone based security system developed by leading Ghanaian software engineer Herman Chinery-Hesse and his company SOFTribe.

By sending a blank SMS to the server, a security team will be dispatched and up to ten friends and neighbors will be notified of the user's plight.

Chinery-Hesse's invention was launched a year ago. He was inspired by the increasing use of the Internet and mobile phones around the globe.

He was impressed by the way these tools played a role in the Arab Spring and he decided to make use of the technology to protect his countrymen against armed attacks and robberies.

A neighbor's keeper 

"Africa's Bill Gates" - Herman
"We are having armed robbery problems in our country. If they could coordinate in Egypt and suddenly get thousands of people to show up, this is in line with our culture," said Chinery-Hesse.

"In our culture everyone is a neighbor's keeper. If your neighbor is attacked and you know about it, the very least you can do is to shout"Hei Julor!" and the robbers will run away."

Herman Chinery-Hesse is known as Africa's Bill Gates. Putting the Hei Julor concept into practice was not a problem for him and his colleagues.

"We had all the tools we needed, so we sat down and thought what it would take to have a cheap product that everyone could afford," he told DW.

The service costs 10 cedis (4 euros / $5) per month.

A warning sticker

To subscribe to the service, customers must first buy a starter kit which provides them with a code. The code must be sent to the SOFTribe company via SMS. The customer then receives a phone call from the company for confirmation. 

A Hei Julor sticker serves as a
warning to potential robbers
In the starter kit, there is also a sticker that can be attached to a house or garden wall as a warning to potential burglars.

If someone does try to break into the house, the customer only needs to send a blank SMS to "Hei Julor" and the team will be on its way to help.

"We want to protect Ghana from becoming a rogue state full of crime," said Chinery-Hesse.

Some people have been saved through this service confirmed the company owner. One old man who suffered a stroke was taken to hospital after he sent a blank SMS to Hei Julor. He survived.

In another case, the wife of a Hei Julor customer contacted the company who rescued her from her intoxicated husband who was beating her up.

"When the team came, the drunkard started kicking and shouting. He said he was the one who has signed up and that he should be left alone. The neighbors came and it was quite embarrassing," Chinery-Hesse said.

"Unfortunately he unsubscribed. But that is OK if we lose him. His wife was safe, that's what's important."

A growing company 

The Hey Julor's call center facility is small with servers spread across the world. By using their laptops, workers are mobile and connected all the time.

Because of its automated character, the system can sometimes trigger false alarms. But the big advantage is that people who need the service receive a swift response.

"There is no human intervention in this system. It is background machines that carry out the messages. So once you trigger it, no one can stop it," Anthonio Tettey, the CEO of SOFTribe, told DW.

Since its launch a year ago, more than a thousand customers have subscribed to the service, and the number is on the increase, Tettey says.

"We just signed on security partners which have country-wide reach and I am sure in the next couple of weeks we will be able to roll out into other regions."

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