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Health ministry, governors to contract nurses as strike bites

KBC - 4 ore 24 min fa

The government is now warning that those nurses who will be fired for taking part in the strike will not get back their jobs.

In a strong worded statement the ministry of health and council of governors say measures have been put in place to ensure nurses who will be dismissed will have their case closed.

The two bodies maintained their commitment to the conciliatory talks to resolve the impasse but only if the strike is first called off.

The two sides have embarked on remedial stop-gap measures to mitigate the impact of the strike including offering new contracts to ensure continued services to the people.

“It is hereby reiterated that the defiant nurses at both levels of Government will face disciplinary action in accordance with existing government regulations. In addition, mechanisms will be put in place to ensure that dismissed officers are not re-hired at any level of Government” reads the statement.

At the same time they plan to amend the law to give them the leeway to hire medical personnel on contract in emergency situations.

“In the medium term period there is need to amend existing laws to provide recruitment of medical personnel on contract in emergency situations” it explained

The statement also cautioned counties that have illegally paid allowances to the striking nurses to be guided by the office of the controller of budgets and constitutional created offices such as SRC saying those who signed the return to work formula should ensure it has no financial implication.

As regards the submission of statutory and third party remittances including loans and union dues, which has been a subject to controversy, the government says it remains committed to submitting the dues in accordance with existing laws.

However, nurses are defiant, maintaining that the work boycott continues until their demands are met.

The court has already ordered union officials to appear in court on the 26th of this month to answer to contempt of court charges.

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Kenya commits to developing data privacy and protection framework

KBC - 5 ore 23 min fa

The Government has committed to work with telecommunications companies and civil society advocates to develop a data privacy and protection framework that will help ensure that data from mobile phone use can be shared for positive social impact.

The measures were announced at a regional forum on ‘Mobile Data for Social Impact’ held in Nairobi and attended by representatives of the governments of Ghana, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania alongside telecommunications industry representatives and non-profits.

The regional forum examined data privacy and protection issues needed to safely harness data for development created by widespread mobile use to improve public services.

More than half the population of Sub-Saharan Africa will be subscribed to a mobile service by 2025, with the region growing fastest globally. This represents an opportunity for transformative impact. Mobile data analysis has multiple uses, with potential to provide real-time data on the everyday challenges associated with health, education, water, and government planning issues of population movements and migration, tracking urban sprawl and more.

Mobiles have already enabled women giving birth outside health facilities to register births, facilitated trainings for community health workers in remote locations, and transferred information on planting cycles and farming subsidies to smallholder farmers.

Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Information, Communication and Innovation, Hon. William Kipkemoi Kisang said: “ Technology has shrunk the world, therefore Africans must remain competitive and embody a global mindset. Together we will work to achieve a seamless transition from old to new data systems including mobile. The Government of Kenya, the private sector and civil society will co-create a data sharing and privacy framework that meets the provisions of Kenya’s soon to be enacted Data Protection Law. “

Dr. Korir Singoei, the Legal Advisor at the Office of the Deputy President said that the Forum is being held a critical moment where Africa is aspiring to take the lead in technology and innovation. Dr. Korir emphasized that “Africa will require to invest in critical data infrastructure, build capacity of public and private sector to harness the power of mobile for development and job creation.”

Davis Adieno, Regional Director for Africa at the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), one of the forum’s co-hosts, noted that despite the great potential of mobile data to support the delivery of the sustainable development agenda across Africa, access to the data remains a challenge. Barriers include the absence of policy and legal frameworks for unlocking and sharing the data, the need to protect citizens’ privacy, and complex data security requirements, creating uncertainties for private sector mobile companies willing to share their data.

Wrapping up the first day’s outcomes Mr Adieno said: “We welcome these plans to connect data supply and demand, to improve the lives of ordinary Kenyans. Many countries are grappling with similar issues, that’s why we are establishing an international working group with representatives of Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania and diverse groups that can inspire collaboration to support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through public-private partnership.”

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Govt dispatches books for learners with Special Needs Education

KBC - 7 ore 36 min fa

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Amb Amina Mohamed has dispatched 21,987 Early Grade Mathematics learners’ books and teachers’ guides adapted for learners with Special Needs Education (SNE) in Public Primary Schools.

The books will cater for learners with Hearing Impairment (HI), learners with Total Blindness (VI) – books transcribed to Braille, learners with Physical Impairment (PI) and learners with Low Vision (LV).

Amb Amina said this during the 2018/2019 Textbook Distribution to Public Schools in Nairobi Wednesday.

She was flanked by the Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Dr. Chris Langat.

The Cabinet Secretary said the books are adapted for Grade 1 and 2 and are fully compliant with the CBC.

She said the books will be distributed to public primary schools for learners with special needs in the country.

At the same time, Amb Amina announced that 18,552,296 text books for Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Biology, Chemistry and Physics for Form 1 to Form 4 were contracted for distribution from January 2019 to March 2019.

She said the distribution process is currently ongoing.

The Cabinet Secretary said the books were in addition to 14,429,224 textbooks for social sciences and elective subjects the government distributed to schools in from October 2018 to January 2019 this year.

Amb Amina said the Ministry of Education will maintain the direct-to-school textbook supply as it has proven to be the best way to achieve the desired teaching and learning objectives for learners in public schools.

She said the direct-to-school textbook supply had the made the government to save  more than KShs.5 Billion annually through the efficient and effective use of resources to achieve desired results.

“Procurement of these materials will be carried out in a transparent and efficient way to guarantee greater satisfaction among stakeholders,” she noted.

Amb Amina said the Ministry will, periodically deploy a watertight monitoring and evaluation system to hamornise the textbook supply process with the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) that is currently in use to allocate resources to learners.

“Any disparities in terms of shortage or oversupply of textbooks caused by learner transfers or attrition will be addressed immediately by the Ministry’s field officers and aligned with National Education Management Information System (NEMIS),” she said.

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EA Tea Trade Auction rolls out Ksh 150M automated system

KBC - 7 ore 48 min fa

The East African Tea Trade Auction says the rollout of its Ksh 150 million automated system at the Mombasa tea auction would improve efficiency to cushion farmers from reduced earnings as a result of surplus production.

Tea traders say good rains have boosted production which has seen the price per kilo of tea reduce by at least 100 shillings when compared to a year ago.

Favorable weather conditions pushed tea production to an all-time high of 493 million kilograms in 2018, a 12 percent increase compared to 2017.

Similarly, tea auction prices took a beating as the price per kilo shrunk to two dollars and 58 cents from two dollars and 98 cents per kilo recorded in a year earlier.

This year alone prices per kilo have dipped 4 percent compared to the same period the previous year, touching a four year low.

KTDA which accounts for 57% of total tea sold at the Mombasa Tea Auction is, however, painting a positive outlook.

This is the Mombasa tea auction, the second largest in the world, with at least 70 buyers daily targeting produce from ten countries.

The East African Tea Trade which runs the trade center is spending Ksh 150 million on automating systems to be concluded this year.

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Nyali MP proposes hospital bill waiver upon death

KBC - 7 ore 50 min fa

Nyali Member of Parliament Mohammed Ali has moved a motion in parliaments seeking to scrap hospital bills for patients who die while receiving treatment in all public hospitals.

According to the Member of Parliament, the move will help relieve the burden on poor Kenyans.

While moving the motion on the floor of the house Wednesday, the Nyali MP termed the refusal by hospitals to release bodies due to pending bills as unconstitutional and cruel.

He also lamented that mortuary fees is also very high for mwananchi.

The young MP has also proposed that health sector reverts back to the National government arguing that county governments have failed to deliver.

He further wants the health commission established to run the health sector in the country.

The legislators supported the motion and faulted detention of patients or even pregnant women due to unpaid hospital bills.

Meanwhile, Laikipia West Member of Parliament Patrick Mariru has petitioned Parliament through the departmental committee of education and research to immediately intervene and unlock the teachers’ delocalization programme stalemate.

Mariru told parliament today that the delocalization process was conducted in a haphazard manner, which has resulted in among others separation and disintegration of families.

The move according to Mariru has demoralized teachers hence affecting service delivery.

The petition received mixed reactions in the National Assembly with a number of members supporting it and others opposing the petition.

Those opposed to the petition argued that delocalization of teachers promotes cohesion and national hood.

They however asked the Teachers Service Commission to consider various important aspects before transferring teachers.

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Green-bond financing investors to adhere to strict CMA rules

KBC - 8 ore 25 min fa

Investors willing to tap into the green-bond financing will have to adhere to strict requirements published on Wednesday by the Capital Markets Authority.

Issuers of the instrument will be required to be a listed company with a clean track record of management.

CMA Chief Paul Muthaura has said the tough regulations are aimed at curbing misuse of the facility by wayward corporates.

In the last ten years, green bonds have become a popular avenue for raising funds for projects that aim to cut carbon emissions funding projects in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, pollution prevention and waste management as well as clean transport.

In Africa, only South Africa and Nigeria that have used the instruments to finance projects in the renewable sector.

Kenya which is a leader in the renewable energy in Africa plans to tap this asset financing option to fund projects in the energy and environment conservation.

However, lack of clear guidelines and hazy policy has hampered the launch of the instruments.

Companies willing to tap green bond will have to undergo serious vetting by various regulators and professional bodies before they can launch an offer.

An issuer must be a listed company that complies with various local as well as international standards.

Directors of issuing companies will also be subjected to serious vetting by various players.

KENGEN and Kenya Power are mulling over the option of raising funds through this financing model, though details remain scanty.

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First Lady trains journalists ahead of Beyond Zero Marathon

KBC - 8 ore 38 min fa

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta Wednesday morning joined by journalists drawn from local and international media houses for a training session as she gears up for the 4th edition of the Beyond Zero Half Marathon slated for March 10.

The training session which started at 6.30 am with a warm up session was led by athletics trainer and former marathon world champion Douglas Wakiihuri and included an over 10km jog around State House Nairobi grounds.

Briefing the press after the training session, Wakiihuri said the First Lady has been training consistently for the last three weeks and, is fit and ready for the marathon.

While urging more people to sign up for the forthcoming run, Wakiihuri said that in order to run the half marathon with ease, one has to be disciplined and observe a strict training regime.

He said that First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has maintained as strict training regime over the years which she has accelerated in recent weeks ahead of the March 10 Beyond Zero marathon.

“You have to do endurance, speed, strength and at the same time take care of the wear and tear of your body,” Mr Wakiihuri said.

“All this, combined with proper nutrition, puts one in a good stead and fit enough to run the half marathon, ” he added.

Peter Gacheru, the CEO of IMG Kenya who are the event managers for the 2019 Beyond Zero Half Marathon, said that besides the traditional 21km, 10km, 5km categories, a special 2km walk for pregnant women has been included so as to raise awareness on maternal health.

The organisers have also incorporated paralympics to take care of athletes living with disabilities.

“We have also incorporated Paralympic games this year. We will have a wheelchair and tricycle 21km race. And for the first time in any of the road races in Kenya, we shall have three categories of the visually impaired – T11, T12 and T13 – participating in the 21km marathon,” Gacheru said.

In addition, Gacheru said there will be a 10km special run for the Beyond Zero sponsors and corporate teams.

He said 25,000 participants are expected to take part in this year’s Beyond Zero marathon.

Beyond Zero coordinator Angella Langat said that the Beyond Zero Half Marathon is the anchor fundraising and resource mobilization platform for the First Lady’s child and maternal health interventions.

She said that the resources raised through the marathon will be used to expand the coverage of Beyond Zero’s health interventions to cover more Kenyans in need especially those in hard to reach parts of the country.

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Blinky Bill’s Mungu Halali a soulful fusion of jazz and funk

KBC - 8 ore 44 min fa
Blinky Bill’s “Mungu Halali” is the perfect soul lifter and a declaration of gratitude

Blinky

Supertalented Kenyan singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Blinky Bill has released “Mungu Halali”—new single and music video, off his highly rated self-produced 2018 international debut album Everyone is Winging it and Other Fly Tales. The gospel themed “Mungu Halali” is the perfect soul lifter and a declaration of gratitude.

Blinky says, “If you’re going through a hard time or have been over the past, this is your song of encouragement. I felt like I wanted to do something like that.”

From the cool soulful fusion of jazz and funk to marshalling Sage, Sarah Mitaru, Wambura Mitaru and Lisa Oduor Noah—his friends in music and Kenya’s top power vocalists – this is Blinky at his best.

Speaking ahead of the release on how personal this is, Blinky says, “A lot of things in my life inspired “Mungu Halali”. Like the times when you feel you are not really going to make it and then somehow you pull through. It’s a song of thanksgiving. I have just seen the hand of the good Lord in my life even when I thought that I didn’t deserve that shot.” He adds that the song was partly inspired by his mother. “She is the most prayerful person in our family and she reminds us to be thankful, grateful and spread the joy and be a light in this world every day.”

Blinky

With scenes switching between the streets to Blinky’s normal chill zone, always surrounded by vinyl records; the music video captures the heart and soul of Nairobi’s diversity—from religion, family, hustle to legend and more.

Speaking of legends, Leonard Mambo Mbotela, the KBC veteran and media guru, of the “Je huu ni ungwana?” fame gives the video its old school opening while Mbithi and Dan Muli of Just A Band – Blinky’s former electronic and funk band – bring the video to a nostalgic close. The video also features Blinky’s parents and plenty of artsy Nairobians like Patricia Kihoro, Lyra Aoko and Wanja Wohoro.

Blinky

On producing “Mungu Halali”, Blinky describes his soulful collaborators as “Some of the best singers in Kenya,” adding, “I wanted to get the contrast between the song’s upbeat tempo, my voice and their voices, and they came through.” The masterpiece follows the success of Blinky’s new album releases: “No Touch Am” featuring Nneka, “Don’t Worry” and “Showdown” featuring MVROE and Kiwango.

Having released his first international album and getting signed to French label, The Garden, 2018 was a good year for Blinky. His successful streak also saw him tour the USA and a couple of European culture spots like London, France and Germany, among others. He also headlined the “Blankets & Wine at 10” and his own concert “Blinky Bill Live 3” —where he officially launched Everyone is Winging it and Other Fly Tales to a Kenyan audience.

 

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Juja taxi driver goes missing since Sunday

KBC - 8 ore 52 min fa

A 25 year old taxi driver Victor Masinde from Highpoint in Juja has gone missing from Sunday after he was hired by a customer to ferry him to Kitengela.

Before venturing into bodaboda business, Victor was a 3rd year student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology perusing Analytical chemistry but deferred his studies due to lack of school fees.

According to his wife, Bibian Wairimu, her husband informed her on Sunday morning that he would not make it to church because there was a customer he was ferrying to Kitengela.

The wife said that after church he tried to call him but his phone was off and he failed to back home that evening.

She later that evening reported the matter to Juja Police for further action.

After visiting the station Tuesday for updates the family was informed that after phone tracking, the signal was detected at Kamulu, this prompted bodaboda riders to embark for search mission up to Kamulu but to no avail.

Juja deputy OCPD Mike Njeru confirmed the incidence via phone but said the detectives are pursuing the matter and hoping to get to the bottom of it soon.

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Four changes to Shujaa Squad traveling to Las Vegas and Vancouver7s

KBC - 8 ore 57 min fa

Shujaa is back on International duty at the Las Vegas 7s on the 1st to 3rd of March and Vancouver 7s on the 9th and 10th.

The team is currently sitting in the 13th position with a total of twelve points: Collecting a single point in Dubai and Sydney, three points in Cape Town and seven points from the Hamilton.

At the conclusion of the Sydney7s, Shujaa was pooled in Pool B of the Las Vegas 7s alongside hosts USA, France and Argentina.

Pools for the HSBC USA sevens in Las Vegas 01 – 03 March #USA7s

Head Coach Paul Murunga has made four changes to the squad heading to squad that was in Hamilton and Sydney7s. Harold Anduvate is out on an injury he picked during the Nakuru derby, Wandeto is also out on injury while Eliakim and Reeve have been rested from International duty.

The four have been replaced by Herman Humwa, Charles Owino, Edmund Anya and Michael Agevi.

Humwa and Owino were last on the traveling squad during the Dubai7s and CapeTown7s legs of the HSBC Series. Edmund Anya is set to debut for Shujaa in this outing while Agevi makes a return to the squad for the first time since the 2014/2015 season.

Shujaa will kick off their Las Vegas 7s campaign on 2nd March against USA at 3:50am, two hours and thirty-nine minutes later, they’ll jog onto the pitch against France at 6:29am. Shujaa will wrap up their day one against Argentina 11:58pm.

Shujaa Squad To Las Vegas and Vancouver 7s.

Jacob Ojee, Vincent Onyala, Daniel Taabu, Johnstone Olindi, Brian Wahinya, Bush Mwale, Brian Wandera, Cyprian Kuto, Edmund Anya*, Herman Humwa, Charles Owino, Michael Agevi.

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EACC probes misappropriation of Ksh2b in Samburu County

KBC - 9 ore 8 min fa

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has Wednesday morning raided the residences and offices of top officers of the Samburu County Government following revelations that the county has lost over Kshs.2 billion in the last four financial years.

According to a statement by Twalib Mbarak, Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the searches were conducted in the residences and offices of among others the Governor Moses Kasaine Lenolkulat, his Personal Assistant Simon Etiene Lelesit, the speaker of Samburu county assembly Solomon Lempere and various County Chief Officers, County    Executive Committee Members and contractors awarded various contracts by the County.

” The investigation revealed gross financial misappropriation, conflict of interest and embezzlement of funds in an organized and systematic pattern involving county officials working in diverse departments. Preliminary investigations have revealed many cases of conflict of interest whereby County Officials have registered companies which have been awarded contracts worth over 700 Million Shillings. No works were done.” Said the statement.

According to the financial investigations conducted, it revealed that most of the money was withdrawn in cash and shared out among various county officials.

And in other cases contractors are said to have been irregularly awarded contracts worth over a billion shillings for works partly done or never done and thereafter paid kickbacks to county officers.

The commission said it has evidence of millions of Shillings in bribes paid to various County employees by companies that were awarded contracts and that investigations further revealed that the officers under investigation invested the embezzled funds in real estate development.

” Therefore, besides filing criminal charges upon completion of the investigations, the Commission has immediately commenced a process of freezing and forfeiture of the assets in order to recover public funds lost at the County.” Added the statement.

 

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First Lady trains with journalists as she gears up for marathon

KBC - 9 ore 46 min fa

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta Wednesday morning joined by journalists drawn from local and international media houses for a training session as she gears up for the 4th edition of the Beyond Zero Half Marathon slated for March 10.

The training session which started at 6.30 a.m with a warm up session was led by athletics  trainer and former marathon world champion Douglas Wakiihuri and included an over 10km jog around State House Nairobi grounds.

Briefing the press after the training session, Wakiihuri said the First Lady has been training consistently for the last three weeks and, is fit and ready for the marathon.

While urging more people to sign up for the forthcoming run, Wakiihuri said that in order to run the half marathon with ease, one has to be disciplined and observe a strict training regime.

He said that First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has maintained as strict training regime over the years which she has accelerated in recent weeks ahead of the March 10 Beyond Zero marathon.

“You have to do endurance, speed, strength and at the same time take care of the wear and tear of your body,” Mr Wakiihuri said.

“All this, combined with proper nutrition, puts one in a good stead and fit enough to run the half marathon, ” he added.

Peter Gacheru, the CEO of IMG Kenya who are the event managers for the  2019 Beyond Zero Half Marathon, said that besides the traditional 21km, 10km, 5km categories, a special 2km walk for pregnant women has been included so as to raise awareness on maternal health.

The organisers have also incorporated paralympics to take care of athletes living with disabilities.

“We have also incorporated Paralympic games this year. We will have a wheelchair and tricycle 21km race. And for the first time in any of the road races in Kenya, we shall have three categories of the visually impaired – T11, T12 and T13 – participating in the 21km marathon,” Gacheru said.

In addition, Gacheru said there will be a 10km special run for the Beyond Zero sponsors and corporate teams.

He said 25,000 participants are expected to take part in this year’s Beyond Zero marathon.

Beyond Zero coordinator Angella Langat said that the Beyond Zero Half Marathon is the anchor fundraising and resource mobilization platform for the First Lady’s child and maternal health interventions.

She said that the resources raised through the marathon will be used to expand the coverage of Beyond Zero’s health interventions to cover more Kenyans in need especially those in hard to reach parts of the country.

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Young people urged to be agents of positive change

KBC - 10 ore 2 min fa

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has encouraged young people to be agents of positive change and progress by adding their voice to addressing problems facing the society.

The First Lady pointed out that the youth hold the key to the future and should proactively contribute to the search for solutions to challenges such as maternal and child mortality, poverty alleviation, hunger, inadequate housing, environmental degradation as well as curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS.

“These are critical issues of our time, and I firmly believe that as young women and men, you hold the keys to our future in your hands,” she said.

The First Lady was speaking on Tuesday when she officially opened the 37th annual East African Model United Nations (EAMUN) Conference at the United Nations Complex at Gigiri in Nairobi.

The EAMUN, whose vision and mission is “Building leadership for tomorrow, is a conference that is designed for high school students aged 15 to 18 years where participants dialogue and interact to formulate solutions to real world problems.

This year’s conference, whose theme is “Tujenge Pamoja”, has drawn participants from 72 schools across nine countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi, South Africa, Congo, Nigeria and Sweden.

The First Lady observed that the Model UN has become an increasingly effective and popular means of educating students about the important work of the United Nations, and the global issues it resolves as part of its institutional mandate.

“This conference has continued to attract thousands of young people from all over the world, eager to immerse themselves in debate, learn the intricacies of diplomacy, lobbying and negotiation,” the First Lady said.

She added that the conference also provides an opportunity for young people to cultivate responsible leadership and gain first-hand appreciation of the dynamics of individuals and cultures.

“You will become more confident, more empathetic. It will make you more aware and attuned to your obligations – to care about each other, to care about other less fortunate citizens,” she told the delegates.

The First Lady welcomed the theme of this year’s conference “Tujenge Pamoja”, saying it promotes collaboration and encourages the young people to overcome their differences, celebrate common opportunities and guard against shared threats.

“Some of you may wonder how this process will make a difference in the real world, or question the impact of all the work you will be doing here over the next few days. I assure you that this experience will not be in vain,” the First Lady advised.

She commended the EAMUN for developing a charity wing  which has helped women in Langata  Women’s prison, self-help groups in Laikipia as well as sponsoring two schools from Kibra in Nairobi to  participate as delegates in the  junior model UN programme.

“This reflects a true spirit of inclusivity that we want the model UN to embrace, where more children from less fortunate backgrounds can experience the exceptional opportunity provided by the Model UN,” she said.

Other speakers included Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, EAMUN Secretary General Elizabeth Kuguru and the programme’s Coordinator Erick Huma.

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Harambee Stars kick off AFCON, CHAN preps

KBC - 10 ore 11 min fa

The Kenya National football team, Harambee Stars, held its first training session of the year on Tuesday at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies grounds.

This is in preparation for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) assignments.

20 local based players took part in the session, which is the first of weekly training sessions that have been lined up. Two foreign-based players, Masud Juma and David Ochieng, also took part.

“We intend to have at least a session every week with the local based players. This way, we will be better prepared for the international matches,” said coach Sébastien Migné.

Kenya is set to play Ghana, away, in the final Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match, despite the Harambee Stars having already booked a place in the continental showpiece. The match will be played in March this year.

Also in line for the Harambee Stars is an African Nations Championships Qualifier against Burundi, set to be played on a date to be announced by CAF in due course.

The tourney is reserved exclusively for players actively featuring in their respective national championships.

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Man City buy stake in third-tier Chinese club

KBC - 10 ore 18 min fa

Manchester City’s owners have bought a stake in Chinese third-tier club Sichuan Jiuniu FC – their seventh football club.

City Football Group purchased the club alongside artificial intelligence and humanoid robotic company UBTECH and China Sports Capital.

They are already majority owners of New York FC and Melbourne City FC.

Other investments include Yokohama F Marinos in Japan, Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay and La Liga side Girona FC.

Based in the Sichuan Province in South West China, China League Two side Jiuniu play at the 27,000-seater Chengdu Longquanyi Football Stadium.

“We believe strongly in the future of football in China,” said City Football Group chief executive Ferran Soriano.

“We are making a long-term, sustainable commitment to grow and develop Sichuan Jiuniu FC and to nurture Chinese footballing talent.”

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Bayern Munich frustrate Liverpool in first leg

KBC - 10 ore 21 min fa

Liverpool’s Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich remains finely poised after a goalless draw in the first leg at Anfield.

The hosts posed the greater threat but were either wasteful in front of goal or kept out by Bayern’s well-marshalled defence.

Sadio Mane missed a handful of first-half chances, most notably dragging a shot on the turn wide from inside the penalty area when unmarked.

Joel Matip also failed to convert Roberto Firmino’s cross from six yards.

Matip almost handed Bayern an away goal early on when his misdirected clearance rebounded to safety off Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.

The German champions were excellent defensively in the second half, with Mane’s 85th-minute header at the near post the closest Liverpool came to scoring.

The second leg at the Allianz Arena will take place on 13 March.

Advantage Bayern? Mohamed Salah Mohamed Salah has scored one goal in his past four games in all competitions

In Champions League history, 31 sides have drawn the first leg of a knockout match at home 0-0 but only 10 have progressed.

Bayern have lost only two of their past 26 home Champions League games, but Liverpool know if they can score it will give them a huge advantage with away goals counting as double in the event of a draw.

If Liverpool are knocked out, they will rue their misfiring performance at Anfield.

Liverpool’s 2018-19 Champions League away form Napoli Lost 1-0 Red Star Belgrade Lost 2-0 Paris St-Germain Lost 2-1

Other than Mane’s late header, which was saved by Manuel Neuer, their only other shot on target came from Mohamed Salah in the first half when he failed to get enough on a brilliant ball over the top by Jordan Henderson to test the Bayern goalkeeper.

There were moments when Liverpool’s trademark one-touch attacking play was evident, but they also failed to make the most of promising opportunities.

Credit must also go to Bayern. They curbed their own attacking instincts to produce a resolute defensive performance, with full-backs Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba and centre-backs Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule impressive.

Makeshift defence does the job

Despite their problems in attack, Liverpool must be pleased that their makeshift defence kept Bayern’s forwards quiet.

The Reds were without Virgil van Dijk, who was suspended, and the injured Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez, meaning midfielder Fabinho had to fill in at centre-back.

There were shaky moments in possession, with Alisson and Andrew Robertson making sloppy touches early on, but Liverpool kept Bayern at arm’s length and prevented their opponents from having a shot on target.

Robert Lewandowski, the Champions League’s top scorer this season, had 34 touches – the fewest of any player in the starting line-ups – including only three in the Liverpool penalty area.

Midfielder Henderson was also excellent for Liverpool, consistently breaking up possession.

Man of the match – Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich) Mats Hummels Mats Hummels complete six clearances, more than any other player

Unbeaten home run goes on – the best stats
  • Each of Bayern Munich’s past three visits to Anfield in European competition have finished 0-0; it is only the second time Liverpool have played out three straight goalless draws in all competitions against the same team at Anfield after Tottenham from 1969-1971 (four straight 0-0s).
  • This was Jurgen Klopp’s 30th managerial meeting with Bayern in all competitions – more than any other opponent in his career – but the first to finish 0-0.
  • Liverpool extended their unbeaten home run in all European competitions to 20 games (W14 D6); this was their 11th clean sheet in that run.
  • Bayern are now unbeaten in nine successive away games in the Champions League (W6 D3).
  • Liverpool have played out a goalless draw in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie for only the second time, and the first since the 2004-05 semi-final against Chelsea.
  • Bayern are one of only three sides who have not been beaten in this season’s Champions League (P7 W4 D3 L0) along with Lyon and Barcelona.
  • Liverpool’s Alisson has kept eight clean sheets in 10 home Champions League appearances since the start of last season (5 for Roma, 3 for Liverpool), at least double the total of any other goalkeeper in that period.
  • Bayern did not have a shot on target in a Champions League game for the first time since the semi-final first leg at Barcelona in 2015.

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Church cardinals urge end of ‘homosexual agenda’

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Two prominent Roman Catholic Church cardinals have called for an end of the “plague of the homosexual agenda”, urging bishops to end their complicity and silence over cases of sexual abuse.

Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller say the Church has wrongly blamed the abuse of power by priests as the main cause of the scandals, its most pressing crisis.

In an open letter, they also issue a rare open criticism of the Pope.

It comes on the eve of a summit of bishops in Rome to discuss the cases.

The extraordinary summit has been called by the Pope as an effort to deal with the sex scandals rocking the Church.

Stories of abuse have emerged in every corner of the world and the Church has been accused of covering up crimes committed by priests.

What are the cardinals saying?

Cardinals Raymond Burke, from the US, and Walter Brandmüller, from Germany, both from the traditionalist wing of the Church, reject that the cases of abuse are a result of “clericalism” – a group of men abusing their power, and protecting each other.

“The plague of the homosexual agenda has been spread within the Church, promoted by organized networks and protected by a climate of complicity and a conspiracy of silence,” they said.

“Sexual abuse is blamed on clericalism. But the first and primary fault of the clergy does not rest in the abuse of power but in having gone away from the truth of the Gospel.

“The even public denial, by words and by acts, of the divine and natural law, is at the root of the evil that corrupts certain circles in the Church.”

Pope Francis gets ready to board the plane for the Vatican at Tocumen Airport after participating in World Youth Day, in Panama CityPope Francis is under pressure over the sexual abuse cases: AFP

They also criticise Pope Francis for not answering questions related to whether the Church should allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion – they are currently barred.

They were posed to him in 2016 by four cardinals, including Burke and Brandmüller.

It is an issue completely unrelated to Thursday’s summit but it has caused controversy in the Church, promoting many clerics to question the direction the Pope is taking the Church.

Its inclusion in this letter, and the challenge to the Pope’s authority, shows that clerics who are unhappy with Pope Francis are growing more confident, observers say.

What’s the summit about?

The summit is to be attended by the heads of all national bishops’ conferences from more than 130 countries.

This is the beginning of an attempt to address a sickness that has been poisoning the Church since at least the 1980s, BBC religion editor Martin Bashir says.

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CS Amina unveils HELB 2019-2023 Strategic plan

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CS Education, Amb. Dr.Amina Mohamed Wednesday launched the Higher Education Loans Board 2019-2023 Strategic Plan at Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi.

“The new Strategic plan dubbed HELB Agenda 2019-2023 is costed at an estimated KES 90.7B over the 5 year period and envisions a reformed, bolder, agile, customer focused, FINTECH enabled and Risk Intelligent organization which accords HELB Employees a great place to work,”said the CS Education, Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed.

“Notably, HELB has anchored this new strategy to 4 [four] key Global, Continental and National development agendas namely; The Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), The Africa Union (AU) Agenda 2063, Vision 2030 and The Big 4 Agenda.” She added.

The pillars in this new plan are: Sustainable Financing Initiatives; FinTech Optimization for Digital Service Delivery; Our People, Governance, Risk & Compliance and Customer Centered Leadership in order to deliver this strategy, the Mission has been defined as Universal financing for Kenyans pursuing Higher Education with the Vision as to provide sustainable finance to Kenyans pursuing Higher Education through mobilization & prudent management of resources and the Values as: Integrity, Innovation, Courtesy and Equity.

The overall promise is Empowering Dreams.

HELB Chairman, Hon. Ekwee Ethuro said, “we think HELB is better position to centralize distribution of all funding to students in institutions of higher learning. Funding whether in form of grants, National Government CDF/County bursaries, scholarships or even Corporates who fund students in institutions of higher learning as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility should be channeled through a centralized mechanism such as HELB that is experienced and has infrastructure built over 24 years.”

Achievements in the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan

The 2013-2018 HELB Strategic Plan came to an end with admirable results of over 90% achievement levels. HELB registered a monumental growth in key strategic performance indicators as follows;

  1. Balance Sheet Growth from 30B to 74B.
  2. Annual loan recovery nearly doubled from 5B Kenya Shillings in 2012 to 4.9B Kenya Shillings in 2018 whilst performing loan portfolio moved from 56% to 72%.
  3. University students under funding program moved grew 109,189 to 248,050 with funding budget moving from 6B Kenya Shillings in 2012 to 13.2B Kenya Shillings in 2018 with the number of universities funded moving from 59 to 78 within Kenya and EAC.
  4. The Product range grew from the mainstay University Undergraduate Loan to include Technical, Vocational Education & Training [TVET] loans, partner products and loans for salaried students.
  5. The 100M Kenya Shillings TVET Bursaries Program benefiting 3,956 students was converted to a revolving loan program amounting to 4B Kenya Shillings benefiting over 60,000 students and TVET colleges under funding program moving from 48 to130.
  6. A new growth area introduced was External Resource mobilization aimed at gradually reducing reliance on the Exchequer. There are now 20 Partner Funds under HELB management valued at 88B Kenya Shillings. The flagship partnership with USAID funded HRH Kenya Mechanism and other private sector funders allowed HELB to start the Afya Elimu Fund now worth over 1B Kenya Shillings supporting over 85 Medical Institutions with student numbers under loan program in those institutions moving from 1,692 to over 21,000.
  7. To take HELB services closer to Mwananchi, the branch network grew from Nil in 2012 to presence in 24 Huduma Centres in 2018.
  8. To improve efficiency and service delivery, Microsoft Enterprise Resource Planning [ERP] and Customer Relationship Management [CRM] systems as well as a modern Contact Centre powered by Cisco Unified Communication System [UCS] were implemented. HELB also leveraged on social media platforms Facebook and Twitter to serve their perpetually youthful customer base.

The HELB CEO reminded students on the need to #TellTheTruth when applying for HELB Loan.

HELB recently embarked on a Means Testing Instrument Compliance & Integrity Test for Undergraduate Loan Applicants. Regrettably, over 27,000 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 First Time UG Loan Applications failed the MTI Compliance & Integrity Test primarily because the Parental Occupation & Family Income stated by these applicants was found to be inconsistent with findings of the data validation process.

These students have since been barred from applying for a Subsequent HELB Loan until they correct the Parental Occupation & Family Income status.

The CS called upon all Kenyans who have benefited from HELB loans and are yet to commence repayment to start repaying their loans immediately so as to assist HELB increase the number of students funded thereby progressively implementing universal funding for all Kenyans enrolled in institutions of higher learning with adequate amount to cater for their financial needs.

Kenya Bureau of Standards [KEBS] also presented HELB with the ISO 9001:2015 Certification.

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Isiolo Women Rep proposes amendment of Sexual Offences Act

KBC - 11 ore 34 min fa

Isiolo County Women Representative Rehema Dida Jaldesa has proposed an amendment of Section 43 of the Sexual Offences Act to introduce tougher punitive measures against sexual offenders, including castration to discourage the vice and protect children against abuse.

Addressing members of public in Isiolo during the launch of a programme dubbed ‘Wajibika’ that seeks to curb gender based violence, female genital mutilation and early marriages, Rehema said that she had already presented the amendment proposal to the speaker of the national assembly.

Rehema argued that it made no sense to hand a rapist a ten year sentence when he has already messed up the entire life of an innocent woman or girl.

She cited few cases where school girls had been abused by people who are supposed to protect them, with the cases being terminated through dialogue to avoid shaming the perpetrators.

The announcement however elicited mixed reactions with the County Governor Mohamed Kuti raising doubt on its support in parliament Isiolo County Women Representative Rehema Jaldesa however said that such matters should always be handled in a court of law.

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