@BusinessDaily

Farmer threatens to slap Google with suit over balloon crash

8 months ago, 3 Jan 18:28

By: David Muchui

A farmer in Meru County is seeking compensation for destruction of crops after curious villagers flocked to his farm last week to view a crashed internet balloon. Hundreds of locals swarmed to Mr Joseph Nguthari’s property in Nthambiro, Igembe Central on Friday last week to catch a glimpse of the high altitude device that is part of Google's Project Loon programme. Mr Nguthari says curious residents trampled on his maize, beans and green grams crop while some helped themselves to his miraa trees causing ‘massive’ damage. “The device was emitting a lot of light and people came in droves from far to see it. Some came in vehicles and motorbikes and entered my farm without caution. About seven acres were trampled on. Google experts who collected the device did not care to assess the damage on my farm and those of neighbours,” Mr Nguthari said Wednesday. He now says he wants an agricultural expert to assess the damage to his crops so that his lawyer can file a suit against the US-based tech giant. “The damage was made worse after police officers shot in the air to disperse the crowd that was keen to see the device. People were running in all directions destroying my farm produce. My farmhand also left on that day,” he added. The device was one of 10 balloons deployed for testing in Nakuru, Nanyuki, Nyeri and Marsabit in July last year. It was being navigated remotely to land in a less populated area but strong winds led it to Mr Nguthari’s farm. Google X, in a statement sent on Saturday, however said the balloon’s descent wasn't a crash but a safe and coordinated landing. “I can confirm this was a Project Loon balloon. Our hope with Project Loon is to beam Internet access to rural, remote, and underserved parts of the world. Following a routine research and testing flight, we coordinated with local air traffic control to manage this balloon’s safe and slow descent to an area in Meru,” the statement said. “A trained recovery team is on their way to pick up the balloon and bring it back to our labs so that our engineers can learn more about its flight. We appreciate the hospitality and support of the local authorities and community.”
Read More


Category: business news corporate economy lifestyle opinion markets

Suggested

15 hours ago, 13:32
@TheEastAfrican - By: Bernard Busuulwa
Ugandan pharmaceutical injects life into stockmarket

Investor responses mute while analysts offer a cautious endorsement. ...

Category: business news topnews
1 day ago, 00:00
@StandardMedia - By: Roselyne Obala And ...
Investigators flag 5000 bank accounts as government intensifies graft purge

Agencies extend investigations to suspects’ friends, close kin, businessmen dealing directly with government entities ...

Category: business news
15 hours ago, 13:10
@BusinessDaily - By: Constant Munda
Airtel takes 4G beyond Nairobi, Mombasa

he network investments is part of the strategy that saw the firm this month cut its call rate to all other networks by 50 per cent ...

Category: business news
13 hours ago, 15:50
@CapitalFMNews - By: Rob Jillo
Kenya’s Eddy Njoroge nominated for global standards body

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 18 - Kenya's Edward Njoroge is seeking backing from 161 member countries of the International Organization for Standardizations (ISO) Kenya breaking news | Kenya news today | ...

Category: business
17 hours ago, 11:29
@BusinessDaily - By: Kabale Nasibo
Patients pay 50 times more with insurance than by cash

Health ministry should come up with a plan to streamline how fees ought to be charged, says EACC chief Halakhe Waqo ...

Category: business news
18 hours ago, 10:41
@BusinessDaily - By: Bbc Joel Muinde
Former UN chief Kofi Annan dies - VIDEO

Annan serving two terms as United Nations secretary-general from 1997 to 2006. ...

Category: business lifestyle news economy corporate

@BusinessDaily

Farmer threatens to slap Google with suit over balloon crash

8 months ago, 3 Jan 18:28

By: David Muchui
A farmer in Meru County is seeking compensation for destruction of crops after curious villagers flocked to his farm last week to view a crashed internet balloon. Hundreds of locals swarmed to Mr Joseph Nguthari’s property in Nthambiro, Igembe Central on Friday last week to catch a glimpse of the high altitude device that is part of Google's Project Loon programme. Mr Nguthari says curious residents trampled on his maize, beans and green grams crop while some helped themselves to his miraa trees causing ‘massive’ damage. “The device was emitting a lot of light and people came in droves from far to see it. Some came in vehicles and motorbikes and entered my farm without caution. About seven acres were trampled on. Google experts who collected the device did not care to assess the damage on my farm and those of neighbours,” Mr Nguthari said Wednesday. He now says he wants an agricultural expert to assess the damage to his crops so that his lawyer can file a suit against the US-based tech giant. “The damage was made worse after police officers shot in the air to disperse the crowd that was keen to see the device. People were running in all directions destroying my farm produce. My farmhand also left on that day,” he added. The device was one of 10 balloons deployed for testing in Nakuru, Nanyuki, Nyeri and Marsabit in July last year. It was being navigated remotely to land in a less populated area but strong winds led it to Mr Nguthari’s farm. Google X, in a statement sent on Saturday, however said the balloon’s descent wasn't a crash but a safe and coordinated landing. “I can confirm this was a Project Loon balloon. Our hope with Project Loon is to beam Internet access to rural, remote, and underserved parts of the world. Following a routine research and testing flight, we coordinated with local air traffic control to manage this balloon’s safe and slow descent to an area in Meru,” the statement said. “A trained recovery team is on their way to pick up the balloon and bring it back to our labs so that our engineers can learn more about its flight. We appreciate the hospitality and support of the local authorities and community.”
Read More

Category: business news corporate economy lifestyle opinion markets

Suggested

15 hours ago, 13:32
@TheEastAfrican - By: Bernard Busuulwa
Ugandan pharmaceutical injects life into stockmarket

Investor responses mute while analysts offer a cautious endorsement. ...

Category: business news topnews
1 day ago, 00:00
@StandardMedia - By: Roselyne Obala And ...
Investigators flag 5000 bank accounts as government intensifies graft purge

Agencies extend investigations to suspects’ friends, close kin, businessmen dealing directly with government entities ...

Category: business news
15 hours ago, 13:10
@BusinessDaily - By: Constant Munda
Airtel takes 4G beyond Nairobi, Mombasa

he network investments is part of the strategy that saw the firm this month cut its call rate to all other networks by 50 per cent ...

Category: business news
13 hours ago, 15:50
@CapitalFMNews - By: Rob Jillo
Kenya’s Eddy Njoroge nominated for global standards body

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 18 - Kenya's Edward Njoroge is seeking backing from 161 member countries of the International Organization for Standardizations (ISO) Kenya breaking news | Kenya news today | ...

Category: business
17 hours ago, 11:29
@BusinessDaily - By: Kabale Nasibo
Patients pay 50 times more with insurance than by cash

Health ministry should come up with a plan to streamline how fees ought to be charged, says EACC chief Halakhe Waqo ...

Category: business news
18 hours ago, 10:41
@BusinessDaily - By: Bbc Joel Muinde
Former UN chief Kofi Annan dies - VIDEO

Annan serving two terms as United Nations secretary-general from 1997 to 2006. ...

Category: business lifestyle news economy corporate
Our App