Friday, 28 February 2014
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Sunday, 23 February 2014
AHMED DUBOW SUBANEA grew up in an arid area,
raised by a widowed father, and walked 20km to school.
He says he was determined to not let the hardship be for naught.
Updated Sunday, February 23rd 2014
|ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda|
Abdullahi Boru Halakhe
Abdullahi Boru Halakhe is a Horn of Africa security analyst.
|William Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta|
The outcome of the ICC case on the electoral violence in Kenya can have important consequences.
Over 1,200 people were killed and some 600,000 displaced in the 2007-2008 electoral violence that featured their respective communities as the principal protagonists. In that election, Kenyatta and Ruto supported opposite political parties.
NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
Saturday, 22 February 2014
Frenchman, who has missed the last two matches, scores twice as Arsenal run riot in the first half
Owning a business is becoming the more feasible option for many unemployed while for some at a time when the unemployment figures in the country stands at a staggering 54 percent. A business also offers the side hustles to be able to earn a decent living.
The bottom line is that the possibility of contributing the Sh21.8 billion, 18 percent of the 2013 Safaricom pre-tax profits is possible so long as one is determined.
Every man has a right to be angry. For an educated Luo man ditched at the level and manner in which Miguna Miguna was sent packing while serving former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the pain and disgust of it all will endure forever.
Yet, even at boiling point; Miguna serves himself well by sticking to the facts. He hates Raila Odinga with a passion. He first relished his hatred in his book, peeling back the mask and has continued, whenever he gets an opportunity, verbally or in writing, to make incendiary comments against Odinga.
However, in recent times, Miguna’s epithets on Odinga – cobbled as opinion articles – have taken an absurd turn.
We don’t expect to hear the last about Whatsapp on a daily basis after its recent high profile acquisition by Facebook for a whopping $19 billion in cash and stock options but we did not anticipate a global downtime just when the popular messaging app has received what every other startup dreams off: celebrity status. You know, the point where the press forgets how many sleepless hours it took some focused minds to get things up and running but all of a sudden have a lot of interest in you due to the splashed cash and future potential.
There’s no formal explanation for the downtime save for a small Twitter posting by a dubious @Whatsapp_RD whose authenticity we can’t ascertain as it is not a verified account nor have we ever heard anything substantial in recent days.
The very word suite suggests privilege and conjures up an image of luxury with a butler at your beck and call. No doubt about it, these suites offer some of the best places to stay in the city.
Here suite does not refer to the junior suites which often offer little more than a few square feet of space and a desk to work on. The reference is the top-end suites in the city; the presidential and executive suites.
There are few presidential suites in the city with most hotels offering executive suites with top of the end amenities and privilege services.
“People are so desperate for money that they just package a string of falsehoods for purposes of selling it to others,” Mr Shah said of the $2000 (Sh176,000) report.
London-based research firm New World Wealth had in a report published early this week ranked Mr Shah as Kenya’s wealthiest man with $1.7 billion (Sh144 billion) to his name.
Mr Shah says most attempts to track, value and rank Kenya’s wealthy are a sham — based on illogical calculations and phony formulas.
|President Uhuru Kenyatta|
- Responding to an earlier accusation by the Cord leader, the President in an uncharacteristic fashion, took on the former premier saying he had allowed himself to be “misguided” by the law.
- In a tough statement sent to the newsrooms Saturday evening, State House said Mr Odinga was deeply mistaken on the impeachment of Embu Governor Martin Wambora.
|Add caRaila Odingaption|
By GITAHI NGUNYI
China has been propelled to No 1 position by the standard gauge railway line project commissioned towards end of last year, for which Chinese government is lending Kenya Sh327 billion. Kenya’s second largest lender is Japan at a Sh91.6 billion mark, just Sh8 billion short of the Chinese. France which has consistently held the second position in Kenya’s public debt registers third at 7.4 per cent of the country external debt stock. Germany comes in fourth with lending portfolio of 2.9 per cent of Kenya’s external debt.
Healthy Holstein dairy cows feed at a farm in central
Washington in this December, 24, 2003 file photo.
- Milk production is a factor of the genetic make-up and the environment, where environment includes housing, feed and health management.
- Whether to buy a cross or a pure breed is subject to a number of factors; but whose outcome set apart commercial from subsistence dairy production.
Friday, 21 February 2014
Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has responded to criticisms from the USA, where President Barrack Obama said passing to the anti-homosexuality law would complicate relations.
“I would like to discourage the USA government from taking the line that passing this law will “complicate our valued relationship” with the USA as President Obama said.
“Countries and Societies should relate with each other on the basis of mutual respect and independence in decision making,” Museveni said in a statement.
He reassured all Ugandans and the international community of its continued commitment and respect for the rule of law.
The pensioners being burned alive as witches by their own FAMILIES...so they can profit from lucrative land
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
By MARK DUELL, PUBLISHED: 4 November 2012 |
- Land owner Sadaka Muruu, 100, 'dragged naked from her home by relatives'
- But councillor arrived in time to save woman and drove her to rescue centre
- Cllr Teddy Mwambire's probe finds relatives can arrange killing for only £30
- Shocking video emerged in 2009 showing five villagers burned in Nyamataro
Growing desires for land along Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline are allegedly causing a rise in ‘witch lynchings’ by residents to intimidate their elderly relatives who own the title deeds of desirable areas.
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Exclusive: The Rags-To-Riches Tale Of How Jan Koum Built WhatsApp IntoFacebook's New $19 Billion Baby
|WhatsApp's Brian Acton and Jan Koum|
I want to point out some of the most annoying behaviors most men exhibit on social networks as a way of enlightening them and discouraging those that would read this to at least grow up and learn good human ethics to avoid humiliation and general belittling of the entire male population.
First, women need men as much as men need women! In fact, women need men more than men need them even though they won’t admit it cos most guys have made it look like it is only men that need women, that’s with the rate at which some idle guys chase girls around on the internet.
1. Commenting and liking every female posts, wall status and picture updates:
Please! don’t u guys have jobs or books to read? Must u guys like or comment on every post or picture updated by a girl on her facebook wall? Why are u guys helping to boost these girls’ egos and making some unworthy girls feel like local celebrities they aren’t?
on Szczesny's red card…
I think these rules are different in every country, basically, in Italy they send off for this kind of foul. I think our keeper went genuinely for the ball, he touched Robben, who made certainly more of it, and I told him. Unfortunately it changed the game completely and didn't just change the game but killed the game. The game was, until then, top quality, and in the second half it was boring for neutral people. It was one-way traffic. The referee made the decision that killed the game.
He has enough experience to know to make more of it. Overall I thought Bayern made a lot of every single contact, we are not used to that in England. There were fouls given today that usually are not given in the Premier League, but it's different rules and we have to accept it.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
- The Bidco brand was established in 1970 in Nyeri, when Mr Shah was only 10 years old, as a garment factory. The company was named after its founder, Mr B.D Shah, who was also Vimal’s father.
- According to Consumer Insight data, Bidco controls 61 per cent of the cooking fat and 54 per cent of the cooking oil market in Kenya. Mr Shah’s vision is to have the company expand to all African countries by 2030. In addition to expanding organically, Bidco has acquired various brands that have given it a competitive edge locally. It bought Kimbo from Unilever and Elianto from Unga Ltd.
- Besides being at the helm of Bidco, Mr Shah wears numerous other hats. He chairs both the East African Business Council (EABC) and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).
- 105 people have more than Sh2.5bn — and control more than half of the wealth in private hands.
- 8,200 Kenyans are dollar millionaires, and the number is expected to rise to 10,700 in four years.
- With jobless rate at 40 per cent, fabulous wealth likely to raise jitters over inequality.
- The Nairobi bourse has proved to be a good grooming ground for Kenya’s billionaires, having been the main source of wealth for Mr Mwangi and Mr Munga and Scangroup chief executive Bharat Thakrar, who made billions with the listing of their companies at the bourse.
Wednesday, February 19th 2014, By CYRUS OMBATI
Nairobi, Kenya: A popular pastor with a protestant church collapsed and died in a woman’s house in mysterious circumstances in Buruburu estate, Nairobi. The body of pastor Geoffrey Maingi of Redeemed Gospel church’s New Life Temple Church in Nairobi was found in the woman’s bedroom after he had died over unknown reasons on Tuesday afternoon, police and witnesses said. Maingi, 70, had driven into the compound of a worshiper for what the woman termed as a prayer session when he died. The woman who is aged 40 told police that Maingi had visited her house for a prayer session when he suddenly collapsed and died. “He has been coming for prayers in my house and apart from him being my pastor, he is my friend and that is why he comes for prayer sessions,” the woman said at the scene. The woman had separated with her husband last year over domestic differences. She was questioned and released as investigations into the death continue. Buruburu OCPD Charles Kerich said they were yet to know the cause of the death. “We will know what caused the death after carrying out a post-mortem exercise on the body. We cannot speculate for now,” he said. He added that they carried several samples of evidence from the house that they will test as part of efforts to establish the cause of his death. The death attracted a huge crowd outside the house amid claims he may have died out of a heart attack caused by sexual enhancement tablets. Other followers from the church arrived at the scene and drove off Maingi’s car to avoid being filmed by journalists.
The People - By GITAHI NGUNYI
The most alarming is a recent about turn in US government about substances used to produce antibacterial soaps and handwash that have become very popular in Kenya. Previously, the US government had given the chemical a clean bill of health until independent research proved that it was cancer causing.
The US Foods and Drugs Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have had to take an about-turn on an earlier decision on Triclosan, a chemical used in the production of antibacterial soaps and toothpaste. FDA said antibacterial soaps (sometimes called antimicrobial or antiseptic soaps) contain certain chemical ingredients that plain soaps do not. These ingredients are added to many consumer products in an effort to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination.
“A large number of liquid soaps labeled “antibacterial” contain triclosan, an ingredient of concern to many environmental and industry groups. Animal studies have shown that triclosan may alter the way hormones work in the body. While data showing effects in animals don’t always predict effects in humans, these studies are of concern to FDA as well, and warrant further investigation to better understand how they might affect humans,” said FDA in a recent update.
One of the studies conducted on rodents showed that regular use of products with triclosan disrupts the flow of oestrogen. Disruption of the oestrogen has been found to be the main cause of breast cancer in both men and women. “Recent data suggest that exposure to these active ingredients is higher than previously thought, raising concerns about the potential risks associated with their use regularly and over time” said FDA in statement.
Apart from the carcinogenic effect of triclosan, FDA also warned that laboratory studies have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. “Such resistance can have a significant impact on the effectiveness of medical treatments,” said FDA. Then there is the chemical that is added to shampoo, shower gels and face cleansers to produce foams.
The chemical is known as Sodium Laureth Sulphate and has been listed by the International Agency for Cancer Research, a UN body as lethal carcinogen. The variant of this lethal chemical which is equally cancer causing, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is used in the manufacture of frangrances, anti-perspirants and deodorants. Both chemicals penetrate the skin and besides its carcinogenic effect, it is poisons the nervous system as well as liver and kidneys.
A casual look at the most shampoos in our supermarkets and beauty outlets shows that most shampoos whether locally manufactured of imported, have a dose of Sodium Laurate Sulphate. Closer home, the indiscriminate use of pesticides in farming has been pointed out as one of the main contributor to the rise of cancer in the country. In the case of Kenya’s favourite vegetable, sukuma wiki, its potential for giving you cancer depends on what pesticides were used by the farmer to keep off pests such as aphids.
The culprit in the case of this popular vegetable is dimethoate, a compound used in most pesticides in the country. Stanley Mruu, a pest control expert told The People that most commonly used pesticides in vegetable and fruits in Kenya are carcinogenic, meaning that they have substances that directly cause cancer. “Their effects may come as an acute poisoning or chronic toxicity.
One of the chronic toxicities of pesticides comes about in form of causing cancer,” he says. Common forms of cancer associated with pesticides include, lymphatic cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer and prostrate cancer But the use of dimethoate stands out because of its effects on human health. In fact, its use in pesticides has been banned in Europe.
“The EU reviewed the maximum residues levels that are accepted to remain on the produce after harvesting to minimise the cancer risk of this chemical,” he says. Unfortunately, it is still used in Kenya to produce vegetables for the local market. Mruu says there are, however, efforts to slowly withdraw the products with dimethoates in Kenyan market. “The withdrawal of dimethoate was brought about by a ban on its use on all fresh produce exported to the European Union,” he says.
And it is not just sukuma wiki that is protected using pesticides. Pesticides are also used for control of pesticides in many other vegetables. What is disturbing in the fact that the chemicals in question have passed through government standards bodies where they are passed as safe for human use. The products containing such cancer causing substances are readily available in the Kenyan market that you can pick them up in the neighbourhood shop or supermarket.
Such products are sold without a clear warning that substances used to produce them can cause cancer. In other parts of the world, such products are clearly labelled to caution users. Asked how accessible the cancer-causing chemicals are in Kenya, Mruu said pesticides are easily accessible all over the country. A visit to any agro-shop near you, will find dimethoates, 2, 4, Ds, Cabaryl, Amitraz, carbendazim, and Alpha-cypermethrin all over,” said the Israel and China trained expert.
Besides the consumers, farmers who use these pestcides are at higher risk of getting cancer because of their long term exposure. Two years ago, the government placed an inconclusive ban on the use of dimethoates on vegetables and fruits. But this ban is only executed by farmers selling their produce to the EU. However, many farmers who sell their produce in the local market still use it.
And there is currently no way of stopping them. For example, the vegetables and fruits sold in Nairobi and other urban centres in Kenya do not go through the inspection process. Mruu says farmers are attracted to the use of the toxic pesticides by many reasons. “In spite of the danger they pose, such toxic pesticides are preferred by farmers because of their easier availability, high-level effectiveness on pest control, and quite a number like dimethoates are the cheapest,” he says.
The Kenya situation of high cancer risks is not helped by the fact that the government is yet to develop to a policy to regulate the use of pesticides. “The ministry of agriculture is yet to come up with an appropriate agrochemical policy,” says Mruu. He says that in today’s pest control strategies on crops and animals, there has been a call to minimize the use of pesticides.
“Indeed, pest and disease control in crops and animals require a new strategy known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This is the integration of all available pest control methods and agronomic practices that are safe to humans and the environment. Pesticides in IPM are used only when necessary and only those that are safe to humans and the environment are selected. Quite a number of the carcinogenic pesticides have safer alternatives,” says Mruu.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
CNN, by The People , January, 2014
Despite a majestic lake stretching through its eastern border that gives way to beautiful beaches, Malawii is the African country less-traveled. But it’s the place to be if you want to enjoy a natural paradise without everybody else. Though it hasn’t become a booming destination like Tanzania, Kenya or South Africa, Malawi has numerous attractions.
Named one of the top 10 places to go in 2014 by Lonely Planet, Malawi is one of the lesser known destinations on the travel guide’s annual list, which includes Brazil, Sweden and the Seychelles. The country is touted for its wildlife and beaches. Malawi is blessed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna and has no less than nine National Parks or Wildlife Reserves.
For six years, Caleb Karuga was known in Kenya’s TV scene as a journalist who would go to any length to profile low income earners, eking a living in difficult circumstances.
But Caleb Karuga always thought even though the job he had was emotionally fulfilling, he was not economically satisfied.
“My job opened doors for me in several African countries that I travelled to. I met the who-is-who, had a good name, but I was not impressed by my bank balance. I decided to venture into my true love; farming. I knew this venture could earn me a handsome income if I put my mind to it” he says.
Like many youths, Caleb’s family had a very small piece of land—quarter an acre. With five beneficiaries to the land, he could not rely on it.