At GDC Online 2011, BioWare's Georg Zoeller uses Star Wars: The Old Republic to explain how spatial analysis can be used to support a rapid content iteration process during the late stages of MMO development. ...
Kenyan shares rose on Friday led by telecoms firm Safaricom, while Kenya's shilling was steady but was seen weakening due to importer dollar demand. The Nairobi Securities Exchange's main NSE-20 Share Index added 14.26 points to close at 5,093.00 points, driven higher by Safaricom, which added 2.7 percent to 17.20 shillings. Analysts said Safaricom's shares were buoyed by a favourable outlook for its annual performance and anticipation of solid results due to be announced in early May. The firm's M-Pesa money transfer service and its data business were expected to help increase earnings, analysts said. "If they post good results, there will be much demand for the stock." On the foreign exchange market, the shilling closed at 93.40/50 to the dollar, the same as Thursday's close and near levels last seen in November 2011.
Sudan has taken full ownership of Ariab Mining Company after purchasing a 44 percent stake from Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris in a $100 million deal, the country's minister of mining said on Wednesday. Ahmed Sadiq al-Karouri told Reuters the government had already paid half of the sum and would pay the rest within four months. He said the new shares in the firm, which owns and operates gold mines, would be offered to the private sector to encourage investment in the sector. Gold mining is key to Sudanese government efforts to keep the economy afloat after losing three quarters of its oil production -- the main source of state revenues and dollars needed to pay for imports -- when South Sudan split off in 2011.
By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Candidates backed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc won two key governor elections on Sunday, setting the stage for him to push on with divisive policies to boost defense and restart nuclear reactors shut after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Incumbents backed by Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and smaller coalition partner Komeito defeated opposition rivals in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido and in Oita in the south. Hokkaido and Oita were the only two governor races to pit candidates backed by Abe's camp against major opposition parties including the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), which was ousted by Abe's camp in 2012 after a troubled three-year reign.
Japan's ruling party on Tuesday urged the government to push for a return to nuclear power in deliberations on the best energy mix, which is likely to be opposed by a public wary about atomic energy in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said the government should boost stable "baseload" energy supplies - nuclear, coal, hydroelectric and geothermal - to about 60 percent of the total by 2030 from 40 percent now. "We think restarting nuclear reactors and using nuclear power as a source of supply, after securing its safety, would be favorable for Japan's energy composition," Fukushiro Nukaga, the chief of an LDP panel on energy policy, told reporters after presenting the plan to Abe.