A MOTHER OF 14 CHILDREN IN UK
Mum of Britain's biggest family Joanne Watson, 40, left, stands at the head of her 14 children at their family home in St Martin, Guernsey: From left to right, Indianna, three; Tallulah, four; Armani (known as Arnie), five; Nerilly-Jade, seven; Lilly-Arna eight; Charlie, nine; Febrianne, 10; Brittany, 11; Caitlin, 12; Georgia, 15; Mariah, 16; Shanice, 19; Bradley, 21; and Natasha 22.
I'm a figure of hate': Single mother of 14 slams critics who brand her a scrounge
Squeezed into a four-bedroom council house in Guernsey lives a woman branded the UK's most prolific single mother. Joanne Watson, 40, has 14 children, ranging in age from three to 22 and survives largely on state benefits after the breakdown of her marriage in 2010. Once celebrated in endless articles in the press for her clan of immaculately turned-out blonde children, who were then supported entirely by the salary of her hardworking husband John, Joanne Watson and her family have now become figures of ridicule - and even hate. The family's bubble was burst four years ago when an accident meant John, 46, had to give up work as a lorry driver. The financial pressure of caring for his 14 children meant John made a decision he will forever regret. As his health improved and with bills mounting, John claimed benefits while simultaneously taking some earnings. He was caught, and the man who for two decades had been seen as the model father was sent to prison. The couple, who Joanne says had been arguing for years, separated and divorced.
CATCH UP WITH NJIIRIS JUAKALI TV - CLICK HERE
Capital Talk_Kenneth Matiba Part 1- 4
WORD OF TODAY
The right side of the boat
John 21:6 reads: “He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.” You make decisions based on doubt and unbelief, they never turn out right. After hearing Jesus promise to rise from the dead, and actually seeing Him alive, the disciples went back to what they were doing before they met Him: fishing. Now God will use our past experiences to teach us, but He always leads us forward; never back. When fear and uncertainty make us want to go back to the security of what we know, we end up like the disciples: '...They went out and... got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing' (John 21:3 NKJV). But there's good news: If God called you, you're still called. Notice how Jesus addresses them: '..."Children, have you any food?"...' (John 21:5 NKJV). In spite of your lacklustre performance, you're still His child! Next, He tells them: '..."Throw your net on the right side of the boat...". When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "...It is the Lord!..."' (John 21:7 NIV). That morning Jesus ate breakfast with them, renewed fellowship, removed their doubts and sent them out to change the world. What's the lesson here? When we work outside God's will it is like fishing on the wrong side of the boat; we wear ourselves out and in the end have nothing to show for our efforts. Are you succeeding in life? No? Maybe you're fishing on the wrong side of the boat! Things aren't going to work out right until you submit to Christ, renew your fellowship with Him and allow Him to direct your steps.
I take this opportunity to invite you in our Prayer Conference every Morning (Monday to Friday) from 6.00-7.00a.m. call this local number in UK Tel 02030042084 pin No.67299# and you will be able to join us for prayers. It is a free number with landline in UK.
Our Guest Singer today is Mary Wambui from Kenya - CLICK HERE
A Kenyan man passes away in Dallas, Texas, USA
A Kenyan man passes away in Dallas, Texas, USA. The late Julius Githinji passed away at the Presbyterian Hospital in Plano on Saturday 4th February, 2012 after a short illness. Mr. Githinji worked with the Red Cross in Dallas TX. As a Mobile Unit Assistant. He was uncle to Mike and Martin Muturi and brother in law to Nancy Kinyua and Margaret Wangechi of Dallas, TX. Mr. Githinji was admitted in hospital on January 4th 2012 after complaining of back pain. After examination, 2 tumors were found in his back and immediate surgery was performed. Mr. Githinji was discharged after 10 days and was staying with his nephew Martin Muturi in Dallas. On Tuesday, 31st January, 2012, he fell ill again and was re-admitted in the same hospital with Pneumonia. His condition deteriorated over the last few days and he passed away on 4th February, 2012 at 3pm. Family and friends are meeting daily from 7pm at 13100 Pandora Dr, apt 1019 Dallas, Tx, 75238. (Pace’s Cove Apartments) A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, Sunday 12th February 2012 at Upendo Baptist Church–916 N. Jupiter Rd.Garland TX 75042. Your presence and financial support will be much appreciated. Contact Information: Mike Muturi - 214-676-5833, Martin Muturi - 972-740-6467, Mercy Muturi - 214-909-8076, Pastor John Mugo - 817-323-9493, Daniel Ndogo - 469-688-1657 or David Tuni - 972-408-8175. - Diasporamessenger.com
PM meets central Kenya delegation
Prime Minister Raila Odinga said Tuesday he has nothing against any community in Kenya and would have no reason to visit revenge on people of Central Kenya because they have never wronged him. Raila said allegations that he would particularly victimize the people of Central Province if he becomes president were empty propaganda that was initiated by the State when he was struggling for change. He said some of his political opponents and those keen to preserve the status quo were still spreading the propaganda, even as they enjoy the fruits of the change that came with the struggle. Addressing a delegation from Central Kenya led by the head of Change Associates Ngunjiri Wambugu during a breakfast meeting, Raila said his dream is to see Kenyans positively exploiting the ethnic diversity to realize the aspirations of the country's founding fathers at independence. The delegation included community leaders, former MPs, members of the clergy and business people.
Former MP Moses Muihia and Mike Rubia, son of former MP Charles Rubia, was in the delegation. He said the perceived enmity between the Luo and the Kikuyu was planted by the colonial authorities to weaken the nationalist movement that sought independence. The perception was later revived by "opportunists" who painted the differences that emerged between the founding leaders President Kenyatta and his deputy Jaramogi Oginga Odinga after independence. The PM said Jaramogi and Kenyatta parted ways because of differences of opinion on what directions the country was to take after independence and not because of their tribes. "The main difference was on the issue of land. Jaramogi opposed the idea that Kenyans who fought for independence should buy land from departing colonialists who had got it for free. Kenyatta on the other hand said there would be nothing for free". He explained that Jaramogi felt strongly that the Mau Mau fighters coming from the bush would not satisfy the conditions attached to getting loans to buy the farms. "The differences were never tribal. They were purely ideological. That is why Jaramogi's key lieutenant was Bildad Kaggia while Kenyatta's ally was Tom Mboya. But some people sought to portray this as a war between Kikuyu and Luo. He said that for long, the country has been unable to achieve the Kenyan dream because the post independence regime propagated negative ethnicity at the expense of unity in diversity.
"We must be able to find the Kenya that our founding fathers wanted. As a nation, we should be able to celebrate our varied cultures and use them as source our strength and pride''. The PM thanked the team for their effort to widen dialogue between Kenyans and foster peaceful co-existence between communities. The Premier said that his interest was to unite the people of Kenya to enable the country achieve the aspirations of vision 2030 aimed at transforming the country into a middle income economy in the next two decades. At the same time, the PM said he will endeavor to use his position to preach unity in an effort to have a united Kenya. ‘'My mission is to unite the people of Kenya because I believe that in so doing we can achieve faster economic development''. He regretted that 50 years after the independence, some Kenyans still live in camps as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) because of ethnic animosity adding that the principle of unity in diversity that this nation has pursued with mixed fortunes is achievable. Ministers Dalmas Otieno and Professor Anyang Nyong'o said that the forthcoming general elections will be crucial for the future well being of the country and called on all Kenyans to be wary of all politicians out to divide them. In his remarks, Wambugu pledged his support for the PM and encouraged him to seek votes in the vote rich central Kenya noting that most voters in the area are now a lot wise and will vote for him because of his firm stand on development issues.
The myth about interest rates & inflation
By Peter Kahoro FCCA - MD www.valleyhill.co.ke
Many Kenyans who live in diaspora are not taking advantage of investments in Kenya by utilising available loans because they are afraid of high interest rates. This article is to prove to them that the interest rates in UK and USA are higher than those in Kenya. This is when you take into account what we call “time value for money”. I will use the simplest language for anyone to understand.
Inflation eats into your money when you are asleep and awake. When you put Ksh 100 into a bank account that does not pay interest like most current account, these money reduces each day by the value of inflation even though the actual number 100 still remains in the bank. So inflation reduces the value of your money.
Interest rates are charged to maintain the value of money. For money to retain value, interest rates charged has to be above the rate of inflation. So far so good.
Central Bank of Kenya published annualised inflation for November 2011 was 19.12% December 2011 18.93%. In reality, you need to get interest of over 19% for your money to retain its value. Now think that you are a borrower.
Borrower point of view:
When you borrow money, you pay an annual interest and a small amount of principle in the early years. The unpaid principle is paid for you by inflation. The win situation is. Assume that you have taken a mortgage to buy a property on an interest rate of 19% per year. In reality, you are paying 0% interest when you take into account 19% inflation rate.
Mortgage Interest rate 19.00% (S&L (KCB) December 2011)
Inflation Rate 19.00% (Kenya Central Bank December 2011)
Effective interest rate -0.00%
If your asset is gaining value at the rate of 20% per year, you are effectively growing money using borrowed money.
If you live in Europe, North America or Australia, you earn in hard currency. The deflation of your currency is almost negligible. Kenya shilling loses in value on average by 7 – 10% year on year in the last 10 years. So you gain even further by the shear fact that you earn in hard currency to service a loan in Kenya Shillings.
So do not be afraid of taking a mortgage in Kenya as it is a win win situation at the moment. Obviously, if inflation adjusts downward, the interest rates will adjust downward.
You can write to me on firstname.lastname@example.org in case of any queries.
www.valleyhill.co.ke Selling at Ksh 16m
Kitengera EPZ houses – Selling at Ksh 9.5m.
Travel chaos as big freeze goes on
Freezing temperatures have continued to cause travel chaos, with police already dealing with a series of accidents in North Yorkshire caused by "treacherous" conditions. No-one is thought to have been hurt but a 25-mile (40km) long section of the A1 northbound was shut this morning after a number of collisions between Allerton Park, near York, and the Catterick area. A police spokesman said the incidents involved jack-knifed lorries and other vehicles which had taken evasive action. He said it was not known how long the clear-up operation would take. North Yorkshire Fire Service said the multiple incidents started at about 2.15am and advised motorists not to travel on the A1 until further notice from the police. Nine severe weather alerts are in place as the Met Office warned that ice could be a hazard on roads and pavements across much of England and south-east Wales. Issuing yellow alerts, which urge people to "be aware", it warned of "risk of disruption to travel".
Some rail services continued to suffer following the weekend's big freeze. Southeastern hoped to operate a normal timetable, but said icy conditions and frozen snow cancellations and delays were "very likely". Heathrow Airport axed half of all flights on Sunday night but the airport, which had 2.4in (6cm) of snow, hoped to resume normal services. With only 50% of the 1,300 scheduled flights going ahead, there were scenes of confusion and frustration for travellers who faced a night sleeping on terminal floors. But Heathrow insisted its "snow plan" had worked "far better" than in previous years, saying the move was designed to minimise disruption as staff worked to clear a backlog of flights. Forecasters warned of icy conditions, as temperatures hovered around freezing in most areas, although Church Fenton in Yorkshire recorded minus 8.6C (16.5F) with visibility less than 100 metres. Billy Payne, forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said the worst of the weather was over, although ice had formed overnight and there was a risk of freezing fog.
BE CAREFUL - YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
If those under eye circles are looking a little darker than usual, our usual response is to reach for the light reflecting concealer. If our lips are feeling a little dry, we blame it on the weather and slick on an extra layer of lip balm. However it's often worth taking a closer look - our bodies might just be trying to tell us something.
If your lips are constantly dry, you're probably not drinking enough water, but it can also be a sign that you're not getting enough vitamin E, which can be found in peanuts, leafy greens and seeds. Dry lips might also indicate a lack of vitamin B, which helps to maintain the health of your cells, and in turn, the condition of your skin. In extreme cases, cracked, dry skin at the corner of the mouth can indicate a B-6 deficiency. Beans, peanuts, squash, beef and leafy vegetables are all rich in B vitamins. Few people look their best after a night on the town, but a severe case of bed head and morning breath bad enough to clear whole rooms are often just the tip of the iceberg. When we drink alcohol, our bodies divert oxygen and blood to the liver and other crucial organs to help our bodies process the alcohol more effectively. As a result, our skin inevitably suffers due to decreased circulation, leaving us looking pale and washed out.
Another side effect is the widening of blood vessels. "If you've ever observed a person who has consumed several drinks, you may have noticed a flushing across their face," points out Amanda Griggs, director of health programmes at Chelsea's Balance Clinic. "This is due to the widening of blood vessels and broken capillaries throughout the skin. Alcohol can also worsen the symptoms of rosacea, and lead to the dilation of blood vessels. Repeated overindulgence can cause the vessels to dilate permanently, causing red, spidery veins." Alcohol also depletes our body's ability to fight free radicals. "Free radicals accelerate the deterioration of collagen and elastin, which eventually leads to the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles," warns Angela. Free radical damage is also caused by smoking, most notably in the form of dull and dehydrated skin. Smoking dehydrates skin and deprives it of oxygen, meaning your skin will quickly lose its radiance as the blood vessels on the upper layers of the skin constrict.
Fast food contains high levels of fat and sodium along with refined carbohydrates, which dry out the skin and can also increase the prominence of wrinkles, due to their tendency to break down our skin's natural elastin supplies. The rancid fats within fast food can also react with the protein molecules within our cell tissue and cause inflammation leading to swelling and puffiness. When it comes to sugar, those with a sweet tooth aren't just putting their teeth at risk, but their skin, too. Too much sugar can speed up the degradation of the collagen and elastin supplies which keep our skin strong and supple. This happens because eating sugar triggers a process known as glycation, which sees the sugar molecules bind to our collagen and elastin fibres, leaving them brittle and more likely to break. This is when wrinkles and fine lines appear.
So, we've established what not to do, but what are the things we need to incorporate into our diet in order to look our best? Vitamin C is the ultimate weapon for those waging war on wrinkles. It helps boost the production of collagen, which keeps our skin firm, and also helps our skin to repair itself. It's also great at protecting skin from the damage caused by free radicals - free radicals being the unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. Heavy drinkers often find vitamin B (found in whole grains such as millet, buckwheat, rye, barley, quinoa, corn and barley) especially beneficial, because alcohol depletes the B vitamins which are especially important for healthy hair, skin and nails. If you haven't heard of Alpha lipoic acid, it's high time you found out more. It's an antioxidant which occurs naturally in our bodies and can help to generate the cellular energy required to keep our skin looking radiant. Small quantities can be found in sardines, beef, spinach and peanuts and it can also be taken in supplement form.
The properties of zinc are also often underrated. Zinc supplements are often prescribed to patients with bedsores, burns or skin ulcers due to its ability to heal wounds, which it does by boosting the production of collagen. Zinc can also help improve our body's ability to absorb vitamin A, which is thought to slow down the skin's ageing process. Zinc can be found in Shellfish, pecan nuts, turkey, wheat germ, and also as a supplement. However, it's best to avoid taking zinc in supplement form for extended periods of time. Vitamins B and C aren't the only ones which can work wonders on our skin. Vitamin E has anti inflammatory properties, and can be found in olives, avocados, nuts and seeds. If you're a heavy smoker or drinker, a spicy curry might not do much for your breath, but the sulphur in foods such as onions, garlic, leeks and eggs can stimulate the production of an antioxidant called glutathione. This antioxidant enhances the elimination of toxins produced by cigarettes and can also boost collagen production, which is especially important for smokers. Although you could just makes things significantly easier and ditch the cigarettes altogether.
Because he cleaves to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him my salvation. (Psalms 91:14-16)
Finally-Team to decide how Kenyans abroad will vote
A team has been set up to determine how Kenyans living abroad will vote in the coming General Election. The decision to form the taskforce arose at a meeting involving more than nine ministries and government agencies on Wednesday. The meeting was chaired by Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo. The team is made up of representatives from the Justice, Finance and Immigration ministries, and the Offices of the President and Prime Minister. Other agencies represented in the taskforce are the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Gender and Equality Commission, Kenya National Human Rights Commission and the Commission for the Administration of Justice.
The Office of the Attorney-General and organisations representing Kenyans abroad will also be part of the team. Kenyans abroad, under the banner of Diaspora Voting Action Committee (DVAC), want the government to ensure that there will be an electronic voting system for them before the end of this month. “We demand the selection of the electronic voting provider be overseen and decided upon by a joint committee comprising DVAC, acting in liaison with the Diaspora Voting Advisory Councils in various countries and the Kenyan Government,” they said.
NEC urged to resolve ODM wrangles
ODM legislators now want the party's National Executive Council to intervene and resolve the differences between the party leader Raila Odinga and his deputy Musalia Mudavadi on the mode of electing its presidential candidate. While Raila prefers a national delegates conference to decide ODM's flag bearer, Mudavadi has opted for primaries at the counties. At an ODM rally attended by Raila in Kajiado on Sunday, ODM MPs in attendance said the differences between the party's top leaders does not augur well for its grassroot support and its future plans. Several ODM legislators in Kajiado Sunday called on the party national executive council to arbitrate between the two leaders and reach a compromise on the row that is causing a crack in the party. While addressing delegates in kajiado, Raila expressed confidence that the current tussle with his deputy will not play into the hands of their enemies. The premier also moved to discount the notion that he was using the forum to popularize himself to the party delegates ahead of the party primaries. The premier has scheduled a countrywide tour of the 47 counties to meet the newly elected grass root leaders.
Travellers expressed disbelief as Britain's busiest airport axed half of all flights amid forecasts of dry weather following a nationwide blanket of snow. The decision to ground planes at Heathrow for the second day running came as wintry showers ceased across the country.
"The best riches in the world is the richness of a good health." - Lawson, London.
Are things falling apart?
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is to hold a Parliamentary Group meeting to discuss the potentially destructive rivalry building up between supporters of party leader Mr Raila Odinga and his deputy Mr Musalia Mudavadi. They are also expected to come up with an official party position on plans by Attorney General Githu Muigai and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mr Keriako Tobiko to re-open 5,000 post election violence case files for domestic trials. Sources told The Standard on Sunday that due to the perception Raila and Mudavadi are pulling apart, something that could split the party; an urgent Parliamentary Group meeting is to be convened this week. – The Standard.
PRIME LAND FOR SALE
PRIME 1.25 ACRES FOR SALE AT RUIRU – RUAI BYPASS @ 10M (Opposite Kenyatta Family land)
PLOTS AT RUIRU – 40ft x 80ft WITH TITLE DEED @ 850,000 (800mtrs from Ruai by-pass)
PLOTS AT KAMULU (KBC area) 40ft x 80ft @ 300,000 (Near JKUAT polytechnic project and
1 km from upcoming Police Housing project – Very promising area).
Contact Golden gate housing co.
UK: Esther Mwangi 07732182809
Kenya: Ken Mwangi 00 254 728 299 570 or Zeph Boro 00 254 712 914 589
Ruiru Land Ruiru Plots Ruai Plots
ALSO AVAILABLE ULTRA-PRIME LAND FOR SALE IN LOWER KABETE. 50 X 100 PLOTS
Located in the ultra-prime suburb of Lower Kabete (Kibichiku) past Kitusuru for sale
are 50 x 100 plots ideal for residential settlement and construction of commercial apartments.
For more information please contact:
KENYA CONTACT - MR. MBUGUA – 00 254 722 783 365
UK CONTACT GEORGE - 07961827535
Diaspora cash hurts economy, study shows
Kenyans received Sh75.7 billion in remittances from abroad last year, but experts warn that if not managed properly, such income could end up harming the country’s economy. Studies conducted over the last five years indicate that in certain circumstances remittances can have a degenerative effect on economies of developing countries. “Generally, remittances are very good. However, they do have the potential of increasing the poverty gap,” said University of Nairobi economist Joy Kiiru. In her 2010 paper titled Remittances and Poverty in Kenya, Dr Kiiru states that contrary to popular perception, the poor are often not the direct beneficiaries of remittances. Quoting a study conducted in Pakistan, she points out that most impoverished households cannot afford to send a family member abroad. It is the middle class and the wealthy who can afford to pay for extended educational tours and plane tickets, and more often than not, it is they who receive remittances.
Therefore, money remitted can end up making the rich richer without improving the plight of the poor. “Remittances, unlike other sources of foreign exchange, are targeted at the individual. Although this can be an advantage, it also means that there will be imbalances in the level of development if we rely extensively on them,” Dr Kiiru said. Additionally, many families that receive money are not motivated to remain productive. Studies on remittance-receiving communities in Asia by an IMF research team indicate that steady remittance flows can act as disincentive for young people to look for jobs. “Remittance-receiving households work fewer hours and invest less in economic ventures that are productive in the short-term,” said the 2010 paper by David Grigoria. Another possible negative effect of remittances is the so-called Dutch disease, a term coined by The Economist in 1977 to describe what happens when large inflows from natural resources or foreign aid lead to the decline of a country’s manufacturing sector.
The inflow of cash generates demand for non-tradable goods, which in turn leads to an increase in prices and induces appreciation of the real exchange rate. In the long-term, the demand for non-tradables can lead to re-allocation of labour and resources away from the tradable sector while domestic manufacturing industries become less competitive. A 2010 study on 34 sub-Saharan African countries conducted by the University of Pretoria validated this Dutch disease theory. However, it noted that the impact in sub-Saharan Africa was yet to become as pronounced as has been observed in some Eastern European countries. In the same way that aid can diminish incentives for governments to implement welfare reforms, a remittance glut can create the illusion of well-being and lead to poorly developed systems. “Remittances are external sources of funds. Overdependence could lead to the same institutional weaknesses that have resulted from aid,” said international relations scholar Prof Macharia Munene.
As the General Election approaches, members of the diaspora are gaining more clout as politicians seek their financial support. But they may be disappointed. “The people in the diaspora might be uninformed about what is going on in he country, but that does not mean they are politically detached. Essentially, they are giving money to people whose real objective they don’t understand,” said Dr Kiiru. Her paper notes that 80 per cent of remittances go towards short-term household consumption while 5-10 per cent is invested in human capital like education and health. Some say the country needs to develop better remittance flow channels to distribute resources more equitably while investing in more sustainable ventures. Stakeholders have floated the idea of a diaspora bond for a while now, but the venture is yet to take off. - Daily Nation.
Heavy snow disrupts travel across much of Britain
Heavy snow has brought disruption to many parts of Britain, with road closures and flight cancellations. Up to 16cm (6in) of snow fell in some areas, and icy conditions have prompted warnings from the Met Office. as the skies clear during the day. Scores of road accidents were reported overnight, and on the M40 about 100 vehicles were stranded. A third of flights from Heathrow have been cancelled and some trains and Tube services disrupted. Snow fell over parts of Scotland, Wales, northern England and the Midlands on Saturday before sweeping down to London and East Anglia. Church Fenton, in North Yorkshire, reported 16cm (6in) of snow, contributing to more than 60 accidents on the region's roads. Rain or sleet is forecast once the snowfall eases on Sunday morning, but then clear skies will lead to widespread icy patches forming across much of England and Wales, the Met Office said, advising people to "be prepared".
In other developments:
Heathrow operator BAA said on Saturday it was cancelling one-third of Sunday's approximate 1,200 flights to "minimise disruption". Air passengers at London's Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports have been advised to contact their airline for more information about flights on Sunday. At Luton Airport 10cm of snow fell overnight and its runway was closed for a period, causing three departing flights to be cancelled. But so far there have been no cancellations for Sunday, although the majority of flights are delayed for an hour or more.
British Airways said it would allow passengers scheduled to fly on Sunday to re-book for journeys between Monday and Thursday. Stansted airport in Essex closed on Saturday night for a period to clear snow from its runway, while Birmingham Airport said it had been clearing snow from the airfield and runway. Leeds Bradford Airport has warned of delays or cancellations. Richard Scott, from BAA, said because Heathrow operated at capacity, there was no slack in the system to deal with the reduced number of flights that could take off and land in bad weather.
He added: "If you can imagine you're driving, you have to drive slower, leave more space for the car in front in fog, strong winds, snow. It's the same with aircraft. "If we don't proactively cancel flights, the delays build and build and build and it's much worse for passengers." Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander said it seemed a sensible precaution. "There are circumstances in which it is better for the airlines to act proactively rather than, as we have seen in the past, apparently being caught unawares and then the level of delays being experienced by passengers goes up, not down."
On the roads, Thames Valley Police said as many as 100 vehicles were stationary on the M40 between Junction 4 High Wycombe and Junction 9 Bicester for several hours and snow ploughs were brought in to help clear the roads. Motorist Katie Jones told BBC News she had spent hours sitting in her car on the M25 in Hertfordshire. "We were stationary for about seven and a half hours. We passed cars abandoned in the side of the road, having crashed off. We passed lorries jack knifed across two, three lanes of the motorway and it's been impassable in large part." Transport for London said several Tube lines were hit by suspensions or delays because of the weather late on Saturday. This included the Central Line, where passengers became stuck on a train that broke down between Snaresbrook and South Woodford and say they were asked to walk 15 minutes down the tracks to the next station. The RAC's Kevin Andrews said heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures would create "a dangerous cocktail of driving conditions" and urged drivers to stay at home where possible. February has seen daytime temperatures plunge four or five degrees lower than average over the past few days, and cold conditions are likely to continue into the early part of next week.
LONDON UNDER SNOW
Greetings from the land of hakuna matata. Mr. Seed arrived this morning from Kenya (Sunday 5th February 2011) to find London under the snow as the temperatures went down to minus 12 degrees. The driver was unable to pick him at the airport but to the bad weather but a good friend was there to help. Many flights has been cancelled in all UK airports including the Kenya Airways scheduled to leave Nairobi on Sunday morning did not make it. The passengers will be travelling tonight if the weather improves. It was difficult for Mr. Seed to trace his car under the blanket of snow. The weather in UK was uncertain like the Kenyan politics. More later.
Kimemia:Njenga Karume is not dead
The Government has denounced rumours that former defence minister and Kiambaa Member of Parliament is dead. In a statement, acting Permanent Secretary in the office of the President and Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia said he had personally seen Karume at his home in Kiambu. A spot check by KBC confirmed that Karume was recuperating at home. Kimemia termed unfortunate and malicious rumours to the effect that Karume had passed on. Karume's daughter Dr. Wanjiku Kahiu said her father had been ill but was now recovering and would soon join other politicians in the campaign trail. Central PC Kiplimo Rugut also sent a statement to newsrooms saying the reports on the social media which were quoted by a section of the media were false. "Hon Njenga Karume is alive. He is indisposed and receiving treatment while resting with his family members at his Kiambu home." the PC has said. The PC added that he had just spoken to the former Kiambaa MP's wife and a close family associate of Mr. Karume's, Mr. Milton Njoroge, at around 12.10 pm. They have assured the PC that the former Kiambaa Legislator was well and was speaking to them. The PC said the rumour may have been fueled by the fact that they (the PC) and President Mwai Kibaki went to visit the former MP on Friday.
UK to kick out poor immigrants
A number of Kenyans living and working in the UK risk being kicked out of the country if the British Government effects a new radical immigration policy. In the tough proposal unveiled on Thursday, foreigners working in the UK will be kicked out after five years if they earn less than Sh4.1 million (£31,000) annually. According to the country’s Immigration minister Damian Green, the move is aimed at weeding out middle managers and those with “unskilled labour” not needed in the country. The policy will mainly affect non-European Union immigrants. “We want people who can benefit Britain, not just benefit from Britain, people who can make a contribution to our economy and to our wider society,” said Mr Green in an article appearing on the Sky News website. The UK further wants to crack down on sham and forced marriages by introducing “a more formal test” to establish whether they are the result of genuine relationships.
Husbands, wives or fiancés who cannot speak English will also be barred from settling in the UK. Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Diplomatic and Political Secretary Patrick Wamoto said they were not aware of the proposal. “We are yet to get official communication from the British Government over the matter. Once we get it, we shall see what next steps to take,” he told the Saturday Nation by telephone. “But if it is there, I suspect that it may affect those whose immigration status is not that okay... we are encouraging all of Kenyans in the UK to register with our embassy.” There are at least 500,000 Kenyans in the UK, according to statistics from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Outlining how the UK Government planned to be more selective in its immigration policies, Mr Green said it was time to move away from the debate over numbers and ask “how we can benefit from immigration?” Ministers have pledged to cut net migration from the current 242,000 to the “tens of thousands” last seen in the 1990s, with the crackdowns on forced and sham marriages, bogus students and an annual cap on immigrants coming from outside the EU. Mr Green said immigrants who would dependent on the State economically were unacceptable. “Everyone who comes here must be selected to make a positive contribution,” he said. New specialist routes will be developed further to improve the visa system for short-term business visitors and entertainers. - Daily Nation.
Europe freeze hits transport hubs
Freezing weather has hit transport hubs across Europe, closing airports, blocking roads and halting trains. Transport hubs in Central and Eastern Europe have been forced to close amid the biggest freeze in decades, which has claimed more than 200 lives. Dozens of flights were delayed at Amsterdam's Schiphol and London's Heathrow cancelled 30% of flights.
Ukraine has been hardest hit, with at least 122 deaths over the past week, most of them homeless people. Hundreds of heated tents have been set up around the country to provide food, drink and shelter as the country suffered temperatures as low as -38C. Poland has lost at least 45 people in temperatures as low as -27C, while Romania's death toll has reached 28.
The cold snap has also killed people in Bosnia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia, France, Austria and Greece, the AFP news agency reports. The Italian capital Rome saw its heaviest snowfall in more than 25 years, which brought transport to a standstill and left some motorists stranded for hours. Some canals in Venice have begun to freeze over. Bosnian officials have declared a state of emergency in the capital Sarajevo, where snow has paralysed the city.
Fist fights between shoppers desperate to stock up on dwindling food supplies were reported. Heavy snowfall has cut off whole communities in Montenegro, Serbia and Croatia. Russian gas supplier Gazprom has warned it is unable to meet Europe's spike in demand as it battles its own problems with the cold weather. Supplies have been reduced "for a few days" before returning to normal levels, Reuters news agency reports.
As the freezing weather moves westwards, most of the UK was hit by snow overnight on Saturday. Up to 16cm (6in) of snow fell in some parts of the country, bring chaos to roads, rail lines and airports. The Netherlands marked temperatures of -21.8C in the town of Lelystad on Saturday, the lowest recorded in the country for 27 years. Motorist associations reported hundreds of miles of traffic jams across Belgium and the Netherlands as the first snow fell on Friday.
Week in pictures
A competitor runs through water during the Tough Guy Challenge endurance race in Telford, England. Every year thousands of people run the eight-mile assault course which involves freezing temperatures, fire and ice. More than 100 people have now died as a result of freezing weather in Ukraine since last Friday, the government has announced in Kiev. Most of the 101 who died were homeless people and 64 of them were found dead on the streets, the emergencies ministry said.
Kenyan shilling now gaining momentum
Kenyans, in the recent past, have witnessed harsh economic times fueled by inflation depriving them of their meager earnings. The shilling has ot behaved well against the dollar falling to a low of 107 which meant that the cost of importation was high. For a country with a liberal market, whose imports exceeds exports; Kenyans could only watch in anticipation for a shift in what was becoming the order of the day. A flicker of hope, however, seems to be in the horizon. The economy appears to be taking a U-turn in favor of the common Mwananchi.
According to the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting held on Wednesday this week, to assess the economy's response to its previous monetary policy decisions, inflation has continued to decline; dropping from 18.93 in December to 18.31 percent in January. This has been attributed to the fall in the fuel prices by a reasonable margin and the subsequent ease in food prices that have been supported by the appreciating value of the shilling against the dollar. The cost of production for our industries is set to go down and consumers expect reduced prices for basic goods. Unemployment which had robbed many of their livelihoods, as employers laid off workers due to high cost of production, is set to ease as companies expand their production owing to improved economic environment.
The Governor of Central Bank, who is also the MPC chairman, Prof. Njuguna Ndung'u, noted, in the press release to the news rooms, that the CBK's base lending rate will be retained at 18 percent. "This will allow time for the policy measures in place to work out and deliver decisive results on inflation and inflation expectations," said Prof. Ndung'u. Though this has had a negative impact on commercial banks' loan books, the MPC considers the banking sector as stable and that the move by the Kenya Banker's association to increase the loan repayment period will serve to cushion the banks against defaulters. The committee however considers the plans by the government to adopt external Commercial financing as part of its domestic borrowing requirement in the 2011/2012 fiscal year as a way to ease upward pressure on the interest rates. According to the MPC, the Private sector Credit growth has declined in response to the tight monetary policy, a factor that will serve to inhibit demand-related inflation pressures.
The diaspora has also continued to demonstrate confidence in the country's economy as evidenced in the continued increase in diaspora remittances. The committee has however noted various hindrances to the growth of the economy. A slug in agricultural production and reduced food supply are expected following the Meteorological Department forecast a dry spell in most parts of the country and the frost that has already caused damage in most Tea Zones and continues to affect other agricultural sub-sectors. "The persistent uncertainty in the global financial markets due to the debt crisis in the Euro zone remains the main risks to the inflation outlook and exchange rate pressure," the press release read in part. Kenyans are already enjoying a reduction in the electricity bills. The positive turn has been attributed to the increase in water levels following the heavy rains that pounded the country towards the end of last year. The reduced fuel prices and the appreciation of the shilling have seen the fuel cost and inflation adjustment components of the bills drop drastically.
Criminal past of thousands may be wiped out by Ken Clarke
Thousands of offenders could have their past convictions cleared from
their record under plans by justice secretary Kenneth Clarke
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke is planning a number of reforms (Picture: PA)
The length of time during which job applicants are required to disclose criminal convictions is set to be reduced. Prison terms of up to six months would be deemed ‘spent’ two years after the end of the sentence, compared with seven years after conviction now. Only jail terms of four years or longer would never be considered spent, compared with all those of 30 months or longer now. Justice minister Lord McNally said: ‘First and foremost, criminals must be suitably punished for their crimes. ‘But it is no good for anyone if they go to jail and come out and then can’t get an honest job and so turn back to crime again.’ He said the reforms will give ex-offenders ‘a fair chance of getting back on the straight and narrow’ while ensuring safeguards protect the public. Paul McDowell, chief executive of the crime reduction charity Nacro, said the amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act were ‘a big step in the right direction’ but called for the government to go further. He added: ‘The act will still present barriers to people who have put their offending behind them, particularly those who have served four or more years in prison.’ Other changes include a fine being spent one year after conviction, instead of after five years as now. Juliet Lyon, head of the Prison Reform Trust, said the government should consider ‘wiping the slate clean’ for young offenders who have committed petty crimes.
Crucify him, crucify them, the crowd shouted, but William is the man
It is my pleasure to invite you to this great recovery conference. The Lord spoke to me that, this year 2012 is the year to Pursue, the year to Overtake, the Appointed year, the year of Fulfilment, the year of Recovery, the year of Discovery, the year of Establishment and the year of Recovering All, 1 Samuel 30:8.
ITS TIME TO CELEBRATE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!
Tenants priced out of their homes by Olympics as landlords cash in
Tenants are being driven out of their homes during the Olympics so their landlords can cash in on soaring rents.
Tenants are being priced out of their homes by the Olympics (Pictures: Reuters)
Even long-term residents have been told they will be evicted because of the shortage of accommodation expected in London in July and August. One east London private tenant has allegedly been told to move out for a month during the Games – or sign a new contract permanently increasing the rent by £500 a month. Antonia Bance. from Housing charity Shelter, told Metro the Olympics were creating a ‘perfect storm’, exacerbating the shortage of homes in east London. She said: ‘It’s a strong possibility that a large number of east London tenants may face eviction, rent hikes and losing their homes as a result of the Olympics.’ Property experts believe the temptation to cash in on the Games boom will be too strong for some landlords. Most could get tenants out legally by giving them notice in April or May. Monthly rent on a two-bedroom flat in Tower Hamlets or Hackney would normally be about £1,400. However, properties are being advertised for the Games at up to £7,500 a week. Shelter has reports of landlords writing clauses into new rental contracts so tenants must be away during the Olympics. Ms Bance added a ‘high number of rogue landlords’ would simply kick out tenants without giving notice. The Department of Communities and Local Government said it had no evidence of the practice and warned landlords would have to operate within the law.
WORD OF TODAY
1 PETER 3:7
Fighting and Praying '...that your prayers may not be hindered.' 1 Peter 3:7 The right environment for answered prayer is one that's free from '...anger or disputing' (1 Timothy 2:8 NIV). God blesses where there's unity. That's why satan works so hard to keep husbands and wives at odds with each other. That way we won't pray together, much less expect our prayers to get God excited. Peter addresses this head-on: 'If you don't treat [your wife] as you should, your prayers will not get ready answers' (1 Peter 3:7 TLB). When a couple's prayers are hindered, the devil has the key to the house and he can come and go at will. James gives us another angle on the foolishness of fighting and praying. Not only do we fight about stuff, but after we fight we still don't get what we want. Why? In some cases, it's because we should have prayed for it instead of fighting about it. In other cases, we don't get it because God isn't about to give it to us so we can blow it on ourselves. James writes, 'What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don't they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don't have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have... so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don't have what you want because you don't ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don't get it because your motives are all wrong...' (James 4:1-3 NLT). You can't fight and pray at the same time - so decide which it's going to be!
Our Guest Singer today is Charles K. Kingori from Kenya- Click here
FEBRUARY 18th and 19th YOUR SET TIME TO RECOVER ALL CONFERENCE. FEBRUARY 19th WE ARE CELEBRATING OUR APOSTLE JOSEPH NJUGUNA'S BIRTHDAY , THERE AREN'T ENOUGH WORDS TO APPRECIATE OUR APOSTLE. WE WELCOME ALL OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO GRACE THE OCCASION FEBRUARY 19th 5pm -8.30pm
'This is not football, this is a war': At least 74 dead after Egypt stadium riot
Three days of national mourning have been declared in Egypt after a pitch invasion at a football match in the seaside city of Port Said left at least 74 people dead and hundreds injured.
Inferno: Fans flee from a burning stand as fire takes hold in Al-Masry’s Port Said Stadium (left) and (right) the visiting Al-Ahly players, who were airlifted from the Stadium, flee from the pitch (Picture: Reuters)
Al-Masry supporters stormed the pitch after their 3-1 home win against top side Al-Ahly last night. Stones, fireworks and bottles were thrown, with fans setting fire to stands and injuring players. Visiting players described ‘an atmosphere of terrorism’ after they were airlifted out of the Port Said ground. ‘This is not football. This is a war and people are dying in front of us,’ Al-Ahly’s Mohamed Abo Treika said. Egypt's state prosecutor ordered an immediate investigation into the incident, and the Egypt Football Association has suspended the annual championship indefinitely. Emergency meetings of the cabinet and parliament have been called, with three days of mourning declared. Egyptian health ministry official Hesham Sheiha said most of the deaths were caused by concussion, deep head wounds and suffocation from the stampede. He added 40 people remain in serious conditions and undergoing surgery. In the capital Cairo, fans angered that another match between Al-Ismaili and Zamalek was halted because of the Port Said violence set fire to the stands at the main stadium but no injuries have so far been reported. The violence at the football grounds yesterday does not appear to be directly linked to the current political turmoil in Egypt but has raised fresh concerns about the ability of state police to manage large crowds and demonstrations in the country.
Facebook Seeks To raise
Creator Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook has filled paperwork to go public, seeking to raise $5bn (£3.1bn) on Wall Street in the largest ever by an internet company.
In its filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook reported a net profit of $668m (£421m) last year on revenue of $3.7bn (£2.3bn).
The world's largest social network had previously been expected to raise $10bn in what would have been the fourth-largest IPO (initial public offering) in US history, after Visa Inc, General Motors, and AT&T Wireless.
But Facebook's hopes of raising $5bn (£3.1bn) would be the most for an internet IPO since Google and its early backers raised $1.9bn (£1bn) in 2004.
The final amount is likely to change during the next three to four months as Facebook's bankers gauge investor demand.
The world's largest social network launched eight years ago and was created by Mark Zuckerberg in his dormitory room at Harvard.
The global internet phenomenon has more than 800 million members worldwide.
In a letter accompanying the documents, Mr Zuckerberg said: "Simply put: we don't build services to make money; we make money to build better services. And we think this is a good way to build something.
"These days I think more and more people want to use services from companies that believe in something beyond simply maximizing profits.
"By focusing on our mission and building great services, we believe we will create the most value for our shareholders and partners over the long term - and this in turn will enable us to keep attracting the best people and building more great services.
"We don't wake up in the morning with the primary goal of making money, but we understand that the best way to achieve our mission is to build a strong and valuable company.
"This is how we think about our IPO as well. We're going public for our employees and our investors. We made a commitment to them when we gave them equity that we'd work hard to make it worth a lot and make it liquid, and this IPO is fulfilling our commitment.
"As we become a public company, we're making a similar commitment to our new investors and we will work just as hard to fulfill it."
Facebook's long-awaited submission kicks off a months-long process that will culminate in Silicon Valley's biggest coming-out party since the heyday of the dotcom boom and bust.
The company has appointed Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan its lead underwriters.
Sky News reporter Hannah Thomas-Peter in New York said: "It is interesting that Facebook's value comes from sharing and knowing a lot about its individual users, but there is a sharing of a different type that is going to have to go now that Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook want to be public.
"They have investors and shareholders that they have obligations to and it means opening the doors to a previously secretive company.
"They will now be under obligation to tell people about their growth, spending, their profits and losses."
Teenager Jailed Over Classmate's Murder
Craig Roy, right, claimed James Frew, left, tried to blackmail him
A Teenager who claimed he killed a classmate after rejecting his sexual advances has been convicted of murder. Craig Roy stabbed 16-year-old Jack Frew 20 times and slit his throat. The killer claimed that, after previously having a sexual liaison with his victim, the 16-year-old had tried to blackmail him by threatening to tell his lover that he had been unfaithful. Roy, aged 19, told the High Court in Glasgow he admitted carrying out the attack but claimed he could not remember it. He said that, on May 6, 2010, he had taken a knife with him to "scare" his classmate when the pair headed into woods at East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire. "Not only has Jack had his life snatched from him but his good name has been tarnished by wicked words and lies which were unfounded", Statement from Jack Frew's family.
He claimed that Jack Frew exposed himself and he recalled pulling out the knife. The next thing he could remember, he said, was Jack Frew lying seriously injured on the ground. In evidence, the court heard that Roy told a psychiatrist he "felt like a monster". Roy was in the same class as his victim at Duncanrig High School in East Kilbride. His defence team had pleaded guilty to culpable homicide due to diminished responsibility, claiming he suffered from a personality disorder, but this was rejected by the jury. In a statement, Jack Frew's family welcomed the verdict. "The verdict could have been none other than murder because that's what it was. Cold, calculating and planned murder. "Not only has Jack had his life snatched from him but his good name has been tarnished by wicked words and lies which were unfounded.
"The family can only take comfort from the fact that those who knew Jack know and remember what he really was like.
Area Procurator Fiscal for Lanarkshire Janet Cameron said: "Craig Roy armed himself with a knife and carried out a violent, sustained and murderous attack on Jack Frew. "Jack Frew died because Craig Roy had a knife and had no hesitation in using it and using it repeatedly. "This crime yet again demonstrates the devastating consequences that can follow from carrying a knife. "The senseless loss of such a young life is tragic and caused shock and concern not just to the local community in East Kilbride but across our country. "Today's conviction should act as a warning to anyone thinking of leaving home with a knife or using a knife that prosecutors, working together with the police, will ensure that those people are caught, prosecuted and brought to justice."
DEATH AND FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Late Steven Kariuki Kinyanjui
It’s with great sadness that we announce promotion to glory of a dear son, husband, dad, brother, uncle and a friend to many, Steve Kinyanjui formerly of London Deptford . He hails from Magumu, South Kinangop, Nyandarua Kenya.
passed away after an alleged shooting in Nairobi on Wednesday 01/02/2012 on his way home. He was son to Jacinta Wangui Kinyanjui and late Charles Kinyanjui Kiriti. Steve leaves behind his dear wife Charity Njagi, and daughter Kelly-Anne Kariuki of London UK.
Steve was brother to the KINYANJUIS, Paul and Timothy of Deptford UK, Peter and the late Harun both formerly of Deptford UK, John, Joseph, Francis and Lucy of Kenya. Family, friends and well wishers will be meeting daily for prayers and support from Thursday 2nd February at his brother’s (Paul) residence from 19:00-21:00 hrs.
Address 6 Mermaid Tower, Deptford, SE8 5ST. Contact Paul 07904705669, Timothy 07940964108 and Charity 07960206881.
The body will leave Lee Funeral Home on friday 10th Feb 2012 for burial which takes place at Magumu location, South Kinangop, Nyandarua Kenya.
2 Tim 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. May his soul Rest in Peace till we meet again.
MARTYNSROSE SOLICITORS OFFICES IN NAIROBI, KENYA
FOR ALL YOUR UK IMMIGRATION, VISA APPLICATIONS, ADVICE AND
ASSISTANCE IN NAIROBI, KENYA AND THE EAST AFRICAN REGION.
Story that moved Kibaki to bears
President Kibaki was moved to tears on February 01, 2012 as beneficiaries of Equity Group Foundation's
'Wings to Fly' scholarships narrated their stories of triumph over adversity. PHOTO / JARED NYATAYA
A woman puts her marriage on hold to return to school...Two girls escape forced marriage to pursue education and better themselves.
These stories of triumph over adversary are what moved President Kibaki to tears on Wednesday during a ceremony to honour recipients of arguably East Africa’s most generous corporate philanthropy. The President Kibaki declared it one of his most joyous occasions. “To see all these students and to hear their stories...The fact that they have returned to school and are pursuing their goals is my most joyous day,” he said at Kasarani Sports Gymnasium in Nairobi.
Guests and an audience watching the live broadcast of the event on NTV were moved by the story of Roseline Nadicho of Nayopong Primary in West Pokot County. According to Equity Bank managing director James Mwangi, Nadicho’s determination to continue with her education had been thwarted by forced marriage. She said during the commissioning of the multi-billion shilling scholarship programme sponsored by Equity Bank, MasterCard Foundation and USaid that she had no father while her mother was jobless. Nadicho who comes from a community where forced marriages are the norm, scored 356 marks in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams and was one of 2,144 students selected to benefit from the Sh6 billion scholarship programme.
Pursuit of education
President Kibaki, who was accompanied by Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Education Minister Sam Ongeri and acting Finance Minister Njeru Githae, could not hold back tears as the girl narrated the difficulties she underwent in pursuit of education.
Ms Naurelia Atiang, 28, from Trans Nzoia County stunned guests, who included US deputy ambassador to Kenya Lee Brudvig and MasterCard Foundation President Reeta Roy, when she said she left her husband with two children and returned to school.
“I was born out of wedlock and stayed with my maternal grandparents because of poverty,” Ms Atiang said, adding that she first sat KCPE examination in 1998 and scored 412 marks but could not join secondary school due to lack of fees. Last year, she returned to school and scored 348 marks. She was admitted to St Joseph’s Girls, Kitale. “I had told myself that even after 50 years I will still go back to school if I get sponsorship. I have now left my husband with two children,” Ms Atiang said. Her dream is study law in the niversity to enable her fight for the rights of destitute children.
Another beneficiary of the scholarship, Douglas Kiptum, boarded a truck in Kitale and was abandoned in Nakuru where he lived as a street boy for years. However, after learning of Equity scholarships Kiptum returned to school and scored 369 marks last year’s KCPE.
Abel Oguchu, who is an orphan and had to fend for himself, overcame all odds and scored 391 marks. Oguchu, however, missed being admitted to Starehe Boys Centre by nine marks. Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru, who is also Housing assistant minister, promised to intervene. “I now have a reason to smile and will be there in Vision 2030,” he said. An orphan and former street girl, Agnes Wanjiku from Kariobangi who eked out a living at Nairobi’s Dandora dumpsite, was all smiles after scoring 363 marks in last year’s KCPE.
Wanjiku is among Equity scholarship beneficiaries.
GOOD NEWS FOR GRADUATES STUDENTS IN UK
On 2nd February 2012 the immigration Minister confirmed the introduction of a new route for international graduate entrepreneurs - international students who have engaged in innovative entrepreneurial activity during their studies and want to stay on afterwards to develop their business ideas.
Flesh-eating bug spread by sneezes and coughs
Deadly flesh-eating strains of MRSA can be caught by sneezing (left) (Picture: PA), and right, USA300:
The deadly MRSA strain which can cause large boils on the skin
The bacteria are more virulent than the infamous hospital MRSA, can affect otherwise healthy people and are spreading across Britain.
They can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and hugging as well as sneezing and coughing. One strain, called USA300, can lead to blood poisoning or a form of pneumonia that eats away at lung tissue. The bacteria are usually resistant to several types of antibiotics and can cause large boils on the skin. Chris Williams, professor of molecular genetics at the University of Birmingham, said: ‘It breaks down tissue. If it gets into your heart, bacteria can get into your bloodstream and take hold of different parts of your body. That could lead to death quite easily.’ The dangers of the ‘community- acquired’ superbugs are raised in a new study, examining the way they spread. Researcher Dr Ruth Massey said USA300 was ‘causing huge problems in America and is being reported here increasingly’.
She added: ‘These community- acquired strains seem to be good at affecting healthy people – they seem to be much better than the hospital ones at causing disease.’ Dr Massey said there were 1,000 cases of so-called PVL-positive community-acquired MRSA in England in the last year, of which 200 were USA300 strains. Prof Williams added: ‘If you’re on a crowded tube or bus and you sneeze you can spread the bacteria. ‘But your sneeze can also land on a metal surface and when someone else gets up from their seat and steadies themselves on the hand rail they can catch it.’ However, MRSA was also prevalent in the nose and the hair so might be spread by scratching the head and then shaking hands, he said.The Health Protection Agency said it had been aware of the strains for more than a decade but it was ‘not a major public health issue in this country’.
UK Today's Newspapers Front Pages
Our today's newspapers front pages start (left) with daily Express whose main is 'Title is Britain Faces A Week of Snow', Daily Mirror,' One Law for the Rich', the guardian, 'Watchdog calls for safeguards on police spies' and The Independent, 'Outcry at student loan boss's tax dodge'.
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF THE LATE MZEE JOHN OTIENO MAGERO
Late Mzee John Otieno Magero (1930 – 2012)
THE MAGERO FAMILY INVITE ALL RELATIVES, FRIENDS,THE CAMBERWELL
COMMUNITY AND KENYAN FRIENDS OF FRIENDS TO A GET TOGETHER TO COME AND CELEBRATE
THE LIFE OF OUR FATHER,UNCLE,HUSBAND,BROTHER, GRANDFATHER ,COUSIN AND FRIEND,
THE LATE JD OTIENO MAGERO( UNCLE JOHN).
SONGS , MUSIC AND DANCE IN HONOUR OF MZEE.
(OFF PECKHAM ROAD AND ST. GILES CHURCH), LONDON SE5 7LL
TIME: FROM 3:00PM TO 11:00PM.
COME ONE COME ALL!!!!!