The great panties blast!

Did you know that for many girls in Kenya, sanitary pads are an unaffordable luxury?

Many girls miss many days of school because without pads, their monthly periods immobilise them. Others resort to recycling disposable pads or using handkerchiefs, or tissues or pieces of mattress.

As if this is not bad enough,even where they can get their hands on disposable pads, some girls do not have panties to hold the pads in place!

With availability of sanitary pads and panties, young girls all over Kenya can attend school every day and restore their dignity.

The Iddi Achieng Trust is working with the PadBank, a NairobiVIP Parties initiative, to collect pads for young girls in Kenya. The trust has already secured 8068 panties from Maridadi.

Through the Great PnP Blast Concert in Nairobi, sanitary pads will be collected to match the panties. The event will be held at Alliance Francaise on Friday, 30th September, 2011 from 7pm.

Iddi Achieng will perform at this concert. There will also be performances from Makadem, Asali, Judith Bwire, and Kevo among others. The event will be MC’eed by Phelix Odiwuor (Jalang’o) and Jacquey Nyaminde (Wilbroda).

All you have to do to support this cause is show up with a pack of pads and enjoy great music! You can also buy pads and panties at the door.

Support this cause on twitter using #PadBank

You can read more about this cause on VibeWeekly and on Beauty Cocoon.

Everything you need to know about the Facebook updates you hate

someecards.com - I'm appalled that the free service that I am in no way obligated to use keeps making changes that mildy inconvenience me.

Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote at the fourth f8 conference introduced some major updates to Facebook, which many people seem to dislike.

Timeline
The timeline has been described as the heart of the Facebook experience. It provides a space for all your stories, all your apps and a new way to express who you are. It is a stream of information about you containing your photos, your status updates and even has places that you have visited shown on a world map.

The timeline allows you to tell all the important stories of your life on a single page. It allows you to control what you show, how you display it and who can see it.

Check out the new timeline here.

Timeline is in beta and Facebook users will have to opt in to start. Eventually though, it will become the new default profile page. If you would like to use the new timeline right now follow these instructions.

I have already changed mine.

Facebook gestures
You will now be able to connect to anything you want in anyway you want other than just ‘liking’ it. You can now read a book, or eat a meal, or listen to a song. Facebook will roll out the “watched” “listened” and “read” buttons. Developers will also be able to make their own actions.

Ticker
You can now share stuff without annoying your friends. The ticker will provide an avenue for all ‘lightweight’ information. There is a lightweight stream on the side of your screen, which provides a real time update of what your friends are posting on their Facebook pages.

Things like change in relationship status or photos from your wedding will still appear in your newsfeed, but the new level that your friend has reached in Cityville, or Mafia Wars or what you planted in Farmville will now only appear in your ticker.

Here is some advice from Beth Kanter for anyone concerned with privacy and new changes on Facebook.

Apps
Remember how apps had to ask you every time they wanted to share information about you on your timeline? Now they’ll only have to ask once.

The first time you authorise the app, a new Facebook permissions screen explains exactly what type of stories will be shared. Once completed, it will no longer have to ask for permission.

You should be sure what you’re signing up for; know exactly what you’re giving Facebook access to.

Movies, Music and News
You can watch a show on Hulu (in USA and Japan), listen to a song on Spotify ( in Finland, France, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States), or check out a story on Yahoo News .

The ticker will tell you what your friends are watching, listening to or reading, allowing you to share the experience with them by clicking on a link.

Here are some FAQs about the new Facebook that may help answer some of the questions that I have not already answered in this post.

I really like the new features on Facebook. I’m just disappointed that some of the services like Hulu and Spotify are not available in Kenya. What do you think of the new changes?