When some of us were growing up, headliners in international news were the likes of Boutros- Boutros Ghali, Sani Abacha, Mohamed Farah Aidid, George H.W Bush, Suharto, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, Charles Taylor, Ibrahim Babangida and the Jerry Rawlings. Listening to news those days, one would have been forgiven to ever harbour the thought that these people were immortal and indispensable.
PRESIDENT Peter Mutharika spent some four decades in the US. Four decades is a lifetime especially this corner of the globe where life expectancy is at a depressing low. In the US, F-words are not that much taken as offensive. Actually an F-word can even precede a generous compliment. Likely, by having lived in the US for close to half a century, Peter might have internalised a cool dose of F-words in his lexicon.
FOR 53 years, there have been no serious attempts to change the fortunes of this country for the better. Five presidents have taken turns at State House with too little success stories. We remain a global laughing stock. On Thursday, as has been the case all the years in the past, the president, now Peter Mutharika, led Malawians to a prayer session which we are told is meant to seek divine intervention in our affairs.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".