Kirima family row revived
The controversy surrounding the distribution of the late Gerishon Kirima's wealth continues to unfold after his children engaged in a confrontation outside one of his buildings in the central business district. A section of his family had attempted to gain access into the disputed business premises which allegedly contravenes an agreement reached among the three families that determined who should be allowed to access the premises. It was a family row revived with the level of hostility among Kirima's children once again displayed openly as family members shoved, pushed and called each other unpalatable names in full glare of the media. It is a family with deep mistrusts for each other that only one representative is allowed access to the family's business premises in the Central Business District, fueling a commotion on who should manage the property. According to Maria Kirima one of the tycoon's daughter, there is an agreement that only one representative from the three families should access the building. Her claims are however refuted by Alice Kirima, Kirima's daughter with his youngest wife Teresia Wairimu who says her family has been sidelined in the management following the death of her brother who was the family's representative. According to other family members there have been a series of reconciliation meetings among themselves but nothing considerate has been agreed on. Last week the family was engaged in another public spat over management of the family residential vast estate in Tumaini in nairobi's doonholm estate.
Business booming in the Mara as tourists flock to watch wildebeests
The wildebeest migration, one of the last remaining great mammal migrations in the world, has started in earnest with visitors from all over the world jamming Maasai Mara game reserve. A Nation team that toured the resort at the weekend was met by safari enthusiasts from within and outside the country who scrambled to catch a glimpse of what is one of the world’s truly spectacular scenes. The migration, determined mostly by climatic patterns, has coincided with the sprouting of long lush green and golden grass in the savannah, the result of rains that have recently fallen over the area. Kenya Tourism Board managing director Muriithi Ndegwa says the rise in the water levels in the Mara was as a result of the conservation of the Mau Forest which is the catchment of the river. An estimated 1.5 million wildebeests cross the Mara River in the months of June to August to graze and to mate, before returning to the Serengeti in the late October to November. As many as 500,000 zebra precede them. – Daily Nation.
Children In Need mum’s £55k fraud
Charity chief swindled benefits
Kids at posh schools ... Elizabeth Kayembe
A pastor's wife who runs a charity given £15,000 by Children In Need sent her own kids to private school by swindling the taxpayer out of £55,000. Elizabeth Kayembe, 43, lied that she was out of work to claim Jobseekers' Allowance while employed as a council finance officer. The scam raked in £10,000 - and she pocketed another £45,000 in housing and council tax benefits. At the same time, the Kenya-born mum gave her sons, aged 12 and ten, a top-flight education. One went to £4,000-a-term Chigwell School in Essex, the other to £3,000-a-term Cranbrook School in Ilford, East London. Kayembe admitted fraud when she appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court in East London. Her Essex-based charity - called the Sizanani Africa project - helps black kids living in the UK to stay out of trouble. It won £100,000 in grants, including £15,000 from the BBC's Children In Need appeal. Shamed Kayembe, of Ilford, whose husband Lubwika, 40, is a pastor in a Pentecostal church, told fraudbusters her family was suffering hardship and the swindled cash only went on essentials. She will be sentenced next month. - The Sun
State fails to file response on Okemo, Gichuru extradition
The state has been ordered to file its response in a case where Nambale Member of parliament Chris Okemo and former Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) Chief Executive Samuel Gichuru, have applied to block their extradition to the UK to stand trial on money laundering charges. In the application, the two claim that their intended removal from Kenya would be in breach of their constitutional rights. Through lawyer Fred Ngatia, Okemo and Gichuru claim that only Kenyan courts can try them for the alleged offences. However the state is yet to file a response on the matter. The case will be mentioned on the 22nd of September this year. Subsequently, the two appeared before senior principal magistrate early this month and where they were ordered to deposit their travelling documents. The extradition hearing is set to begin on 4th of next month. The authorities in Jersey had early last month presented to Attorney General Amos Wako 13 voluminous reports indicating how Okemo and Gichuru abused their offices by using proxy companies to squander public funds and receive bribes in excess of 900 million shillings. Okemo and Gichuru had last month lost a bid to oppose the extradition proceedings when the court ruled that their case was premature. Jersey authorities say the pair received up to Sh900 million in bribes from companies interested in contracts in the energy industry.
The money was paid into accounts held by a firm known as Windward Trading Ltd. British detectives say Mr Gichuru owns the firm while Mr Okemo, they say, worked with Mr Gichuru on the fraud while he served in the ministries of Energy and Finance. The offence with which they could be charged in Jersey carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in jail. Interpol issued a red notice against Okemo and Gichuru after a warrant by the Bailiff and Chief Justice of the island of Jersey, United Kingdom in April 2011. The Nambale MP had earlier said he wanted to be spared money laundering charges in Jersey on the grounds that the offence was not a crime in Kenya when it was allegedly committed. Okemo said in the court papers: "Prior to the enactment of the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2009, it was not an offence in Kenya, hence the charges do not satisfy the dual criminality principle." The MP also wants the court to rule that allegations of misconduct in public office made by the Jersey authorities should not be tried there. The MP faces 15 counts of money laundering and misconduct in public office reportedly committed between February 1, 1998 and June 28, 2002, which he denies.
METHALI YA KISWAHILI
Kuzima koleo si mwisho wa uhunzi.
Cooling the tongs is not end of forging.
Eight hacked to death in horror attacks by gang
Kigane village residents in shock after spotting the body of a teacher killed and dumped in a river on Saturday night.
Eight people were killed in a shocking weekend spree of violence, which has left police in Meru baffled. The victims were hacked, stabbed or had their throats slit in a string of attacks that the police say they cannot explain. Two others are fighting for their lives at the Nkubu District Hospital following the Saturday night attacks. The killings occurred in Karindine Village in Imenti Central District and Kigane village of Imenti South district. Six of the eight victims had their throats slit and all of them had stab wounds in the chest. Police said the executions were carried out in a span of two hours. The first raid was carried out in Kigane village where at least four men wielding swords accosted Mr Jacob Mutua M’Ithinji, 40, his brother Mr Lawrence Kirimi, 30, and a primary school teacher Jacob Mutua and Mr James Muthomi. They were stabbed in the chest and head. The gang slit the throats of Mr Mutua and Mr Gatobu in the 9 pm attack while Mr Mutua’s body was thrown into Kambathina River. Villagers said Mr Gatobu and Mr Kirimi were also killed at the same spot. The same gang appears to have moved to the next village, Karindine, where they killed another four people and dumped their bodies on the road.
Imenti Central police boss Silvestre Kithungo, quoting a boda boda rider, said the bodies were scattered within a radius of 50 metres in pools of blood. “A boda boda rider came here at around 11pm and said he had spotted two bodies lying by the roadside. All the bodies had stab wounds on the left side of the chest. What shocked us is that their throats had been slit,” he said. He gave the names of the dead as Joseph Bundi, Geofrey Muchui, Boniface Koome and another one only known as Yussuf, all aged between 20 and 30 years. He said police do not know the motives of the attack nor do they have any idea who was responsible for them. But the victims appeared to have been killed in the same way and there could be a link between the attacks, the police boss said. He said they were unable to piece together the motive or the identity of the gang since nobody had volunteered any information. “The modus operandi in Imenti South is the same as the one here. Maybe it’s the same group,” said Mr Githungo. Imenti South DC Dominic Musyoka said security agents were shocked by the attacks.
Leave no stone unturned
“The attack is still mysterious to us and were are yet to establish the motive. We will leave no stone unturned. If it was some differences between the victims and the attackers, we will unearth what happened,” he promised. The survivors in hospital were identified as Mr Eric Bundi and Mr Phenius Mutugil. “Mr Mutugi said he was accosted by three people who ordered him to surrender his phone and cash. Before he could produce them, the three stabbed him in the stomach but he managed to escape,” said a hospital source. Eastern PC Claire Omollo later visited the area and promised immediate government action. Deputy police spokesman Charles Wahong’o said preliminary investigation showed the killers could have been on a revenge mission. Mr Wahong’o said: “We are getting very good leads from the public. They have given us information and we are hoping to make a breakthrough.” According to Mr Jamleck Kimathi, a brother of Mr Gatobu and Mr Kirimi who were both killed, the killings at Kigane were carried out within 30 minutes. “We heard screams and informed that one of my brothers Gatobu had been killed. On reaching the spot, I was informed that the body of yet another of my brothers Kirimi was about 100metres away,” he told the Nation as mourners gathered and started making burial arrangements. He said Mr Gatobu’s pockets had been turned inside out indicating the thugs stole from him. Mr Kimathi said his brother was a dedicated member of the Nkubu Methodist church choir and had delayed coming home since he had attended a choir practice. - Daily Nation.
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JKIA resumes operations after power failure
National carrier Kenya Airways has announced that its flight operations which had been temporarily disrupted in the early part of Sunday morning 17th July, 2011 have returned to normal. The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) attributed the power failure at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to a generator fault. KAA managing director Mr Stephen Gichuki confirmed that at 3.30am JKIA experienced interruption of power on the main power supply lines. He said preliminary investigations show that during the changeover to generator back-up power, an earth fault occurred. Mr Gichuki said that engineers from KAA and Kenya Power worked tirelessly to restore normal operations at the airport. "By 5.30am, KAA had deployed mobile emergency runway lights at JKIA and landing of flights resumed" he said. He also confirmed that the fourteen flights that had been diverted to Moi International airport in Mombasa, Kigali international airport in Rwanda, Entebbe international airport in Uganda and Julius Nyerere international airport in Tanzania are now landing at JKIA. Earlier, In a statement, Kenya Airways managing director and group CEO Titus Naikuni, said that the disruption was occasioned by prolonged power outage at JKIA forcing the airline to divert its early morning flights to Mombasa, Rwanda and Uganda. Naikuni regretted the incident that had led to a major inconvenience to customers and said that the airline would engage with KAA and other key stakeholders to ensure that such disruptions become a thing of the past. With the situation having returned to normalcy Mr Naikuni assured KQ customers that the airline's flight operations were back on course.
UHURU KENYATTA ON CHURCHILL
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UNHCR begins airlift to aid somalis
The first in a series of UNHCR emergency airlift flights to bring aid to uprooted Somalis in remote refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia began Sunday with the arrival in Nairobi of a giant cargo jet carrying 100 tonnes of tents. The UNHCR-chartered Boeing 747 arrived in Nairobi mid-morning and its cargo was immediately off-loaded for transport by road convoy early inthe week to the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp complex near theKenya-Somalia border. Sunday's flight, bringing 2,300 family tents from a UNHCR stockpilein Kuwait, was the first of five scheduled for Nairobi on alternate days this week. The next is set for Tuesday. The remaining flights, however, will originate in Islamabad, Pakistan, bringing some 6,600 tents from UNHCR's regional stock piles there.
IMF says that huge Greek debt 'on knife edge'
Greece's enormous debts are sustainable but on a "knife's edge," according to the International Monetary Fund. A 110bn-euro (£96bn) rescue package for Greece is being implemented but investors still fear a default. Given the situation, Greece must stick to its reform programme, IMF Athens mission chief Poul Thomsen said. His comments came as UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he was "incredibly worried" about the Greek debt crisis. Greece under Prime Minister George Papandreou has passed several rounds of austerity measures, including tax increases, pay cuts, privatisations and public sector redundancies, to get aid from the IMF and the European Union. Poul Thomsen, the IMF's mission chief to Athens, said that Greece must now implement these reforms. "Policies must be applied as planned, or the sustainability of the debt will be placed in doubt," he told Greek newspaper Ethnos.
New Ford Kenya MPs to partner with Ruto
New Ford Kenya Members of Parliament from Western province have hinted at forming a coalition with Eldoret North MP William Ruto's group. Speaking in Western province, Saboti Member of Parliament Eugene Wamalwa, Malava's Soita Shitanda and their Ikolomani counterpart Bonny Khalwale urged residents to elect leaders who will steer development in the area. Shitanda and Khalwale however said they will support Wamalwa for presidency pointing out that they would convince leaders from other coalition partners to endorse Mr.Wamalwa for presidency because he has a clean as he has never been involved in any form of corruption. They asked the community to support one of their own through a coalition from Rift Valley, Central, Coast and North Eastern provinces. The MPs were addressing hundreds of their supporters at Matunda-Moi's Bridge Trading Centre after officially opening a new Ford Kenya office in the area. The three criticised Prime Minister Raila Odinga for allegedly not undertaking development projects in the area when more than sixty percent of the constituents voted for him.
Obama holds talks with Dalai Lama despite China protest
US President Barack Obama has held private talks with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, despite strong criticism from China. Mr Obama told the Dalai Lama of his "strong support" for human rights in Tibet, a White House statement said. Beijing released an angry statement saying the meeting had damaged relations between the two countries. Mr Obama's last meeting with the Dalai Lama in February 2010 also drew strong condemnation from Beijing. The talks - which lasted about 45 minutes - were held in the Map Room rather than the Oval Office, which is traditionally reserved for visiting heads of state. "The president reiterated his strong support for the preservation of the unique religious, cultural and linguistic traditions of Tibet and the Tibetan people throughout the world," the White House statement said
A Kenyan lady has passed away in New Jersey, USA
A Kenyan lady has passed away in New Jersey, USA. The late Sheila Ruth Kamwele Kioko passed away on Wednesday, July 13th 2011 at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey following a bravely fought battle with Stomach Cancer. Her grandmother passed away a month ago in USA and she had gone to USA to see her. Sheila was 21 years old; a student at Bergen Community College and Secretary to Bergen College Student Government Association (SGA). Beloved daughter to Mr. Jeremiah Kioko Ndunga and Dr. Maria Mwikali Kioko and sister to Paul D. Kioko of Lodi, New Jersey. She is the granddaughter of John Muinde and the late Ruth Nzaumi Munde of Kithyoko, Kenya and Paul & Sara Maive of Kithimani, Kenya. She is niece to: Alfornse Mbithi Kisilu - Barclays Bank; Winrose Mutindi Kisilu - DC Office; Nakuru, Kenya; Raphael Mutuku Kisilu- Gateway Insurance Kenya; Michael Muinde Kisilu – Nairobi, Kenya; Matthew Kioko Kisilu – Eldoret, Kenya; Elizabeth Nthambi Kisilu – B.A.T Kenya; Christine Nyaga - UBA Nairobi; Martin Muli - DC Kangema and Veronica Kioko – Survey Office, Eldoret, Kenya; Mary Wavinya – US Embassy Nairobi, James Kyalo – Matuu , Machakos and Joyce Mwikali – Kyasioni, Machakos. Cousin to: Ken Muli, Abigail Mwende, Trisha Karimi, Taffy Nzaumi, Blessing Mwikali, Mary Nduku (Stella), Samuel Kiilu, Alice Kiilu, Esther Mwikali, Victoria Nduku and Bendict Matiki, all of Kenya.
Your prayers and support for the Kioko family during these trying moments is much appreciated. Fundraising Details will follow as soon as possible. Donations & gifts can be deposited in Bank of America A/C # 381030205329 Routing # for wire transfers 026009593. There will be Viewing of the Body and Paying of Tribute on Friday July 22nd 2011 starting 2 pm. The Celebration of Life Mass will be on Saturday July 23rd 2011 at 2.30 pm: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 4 Spring Street, Lodi, NJ 07764. Family and friends are meeting daily at the Kioko's residence, 87 Garibaldi Ave, Lodi NJ for prayers and support. For more information please contact: George Marucha 201 779 8505, Nellie Nzisa 908 331 1961, Muriithi Nduthu 908 347 0317, Ndunge Mutuku 862 215 0615, Lawrence Omboto 551 208 4788, Alex 201 238 3145, Ayisha Imoro 201 844 4644 and Gina Marie 973 652 5530. You can sign the Guest Book online at http://www.santangelofuneralhome.com/fh/home/home.cfm?fh_id=13106
Bull's-Eye: Wisdom and folly
Welcome to the new members of the GOP and Tea Party - Kenyans - who seem to relish their ignorance and being "led" by Sarah Palin's counterpart - Beth Mugo, "Sonko" and "Dr" Mutua....- VIDEO
'Meteor' crashes at Kilimambogo
An unknown mass believed to be from outer space on Saturday fell near Kilimambogo and Tala towns. Initially, there were reports of an explosion in Kangundo, Tala, Yatta and Kakuzi before an extra-terrestrial rock fell at around 10 am. Area residents say the loud sound was comparable to a bomb explosion or a crashing aircraft while others felt it was an earthquake. Police and military officers from Thika rushed to the scene at Kiumwiri village, Murang’a county. The military later took away the object for expert analysis. The black smooth rock weighing about five kilos fell at a maize plantation, 60 meters from a nearby homestead, but no one was harmed. Lt Col J.N. Vungo, the commanding officer of the 12th Engineers Battalion, said initial assessment indicate that the object was not manmade and was believed to have come from outer space. “We got conflicting reports from Kilimambogo area indicating that an aircraft had crashed or a bomb had exploded in the area and jointly with the police we mobilised our officers to find out what was happening,” he said. On locating the scene, security personnel sealed off the area, which was attracting curious residents. “We believe it is a heavenly body, probably a piece of a meteor that may have disintegrated on entering the earth’s atmosphere,” said Lt Col Vungo, who was accompanied by Thika police boss Paul Leting. - Sunday Nation.
NO TO GMO - We need to get rid of genetically modified foods
By Stephen N. KINUTHIA
Genetic Modifications of our Foods:
- Initiate new food allergies,
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What are Genetically Modified (GM) Foods?
Although "biotechnology" and "genetic modification" commonly are used interchangeably, GM is a special set of technologies that alter the genetic makeup of organisms such as animals, plants, or bacteria. Biotechnology, a more general term, refers to using organisms or their components, such as enzymes, to make products that include wine, cheese, beer, and yogurt. Combining genes from different organisms is known as recombinant DNA technology, and the resulting organism is said to be "genetically modified," "genetically engineered," or "transgenic." GM products (current or those in development) include medicines and vaccines, foods and food ingredients, feeds, and fibers. Locating genes for important traits—such as those conferring insect resistance or desired nutrients—is one of the most limiting steps in the process. However, genome sequencing and discovery programs for hundreds of organisms are generating detailed maps along with data-analyzing technologies to understand and use them.
In 2006, 252 million acres of transgenic crops were planted in 22 countries by 10.3 million farmers. The majority of these crops were herbicide- and insect-resistant soybeans, corn, cotton, canola, and alfalfa. Other crops grown commercially or field-tested are a sweet potato resistant to a virus that could decimate most of the African harvest, rice with increased iron and vitamins that may alleviate chronic malnutrition in Asian countries, and a variety of plants able to survive weather extremes. On the horizon are bananas that produce human vaccines against infectious diseases such as hepatitis B; fish that mature more quickly; cows that are resistant to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease); fruit and nut trees that yield years earlier, and plants that produce new plastics with unique properties.
In 2006, countries that grew 97% of the global transgenic crops were the United States (53%), Argentina (17%), Brazil (11%), Canada (6%), India (4%), China (3%), Paraguay (2%) and South Africa (1%). Although growth is expected to plateau in industrialized nations, it is increasing in developing countries. The next decade will see exponential progress in GM product development as researchers gain increasing and unprecedented access to genomic resources that are applicable to organisms beyond the scope of individual projects. Technologies for genetically modifying foods offer dramatic promise for meeting some of the 21st Century's greatest challenges. Like all new technologies, they also pose some risks, both known and unknown. Controversies surrounding GM foods and crops commonly focus on human and environmental safety, labeling and consumer choice, intellectual property rights, ethics, food security, poverty reduction, and environmental conservation (see GM Products: Benefits and Controversies, below).
GM Products: Benefits and Controversies
Raila says he has no grudge against Kikuyus
Prime Minister Raila Odinga says he has no grudge against the Kikuyu community and termed as propaganda talk that he will revenge against members of the community if he ascended to the country's leadership. Saying it was unfortunate that the propaganda was being spread by a group of elites from the community, the Prime Minister pointed out that he had no issues with the Kikuyu that could precipitate such a grudge. Raila was addressing leaders at Thika's Blue post hotel on Saturday on his way to fund raise for Kiranga secondary school in Kandara constituency, Muranga county. The PM told Kenyans to remain united as a people, noting that even those who fought for independence were not fighting for their tribes. He recalled that in the run up to independence in the 1960s,his father Jaramogi Oginga Odinga declined to be the President of Kenya until Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was released to lead the country and likewise in 2003 he backed President Kibaki for Presidency . The Prime Minister noted that the problems faced by ordinary Kenyans were the same irrespective of their tribal backgrounds, noting that even during Kenyatta's era ordinary Kikuyus did not benefit more than other Kenyans and during retired President Moi's reign ordinary Kalenjins did not benefit more than other ordinary Kenyans either. Raila said he had excellent working relationship with President Kibaki and if there are any differences between them it is only ideological not personal. The leaders led by the Vice Chairman of the Murang'a county council councilor Alex Gathara Mbote and former Minister Joseph Kamotho cautioned members of the Kikuyu community against tribal tendencies that will alienate them against other communities in the country. Noting that the community has always been voting for one of their own for the country's Presidency the leaders said it was time they gave other Kenyan communities opportunity to lead the country. The leaders went on to say that the Kikuyu community should be in the next government and should follow the trend of Kenyan politics which was currently tilted towards ODM and Raila for Presidency.
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Police officer kills two, before he is shot dead
A policeman in Tana North district on Saturday morning 16th July, 2011 shot dead a woman and a colleague before he was gunned down. The officer who is said to have been drunk was reported to have been looking for his wife when he began shooting indiscriminately at his neighbour's house killing the two on the spot and injuring another woman. He was however killed by General Service Unit (GSU) officers who were responding to distress calls. According to Charadende area chief Yunis Jillo Abdille, he heard gunshots at around 1 am in the morning and when he went to find out what was happening, he met a woman running for her safety who informed him that a police officer was shooting at them. The chief confirmed that the dead woman was the officer's neighbor. She had left her house after she heard gunshots only to be confronted by the angry cop who shot her several times after she told him that she had not seen his wife. The officer also shot dead his colleague who was on duty at the Charadende police post when he tried to intervene and calm him down. Jillo said GSU and regular police officers who were at the scene ordered the cop to surrender but he defied orders and started firing at them. He was gunned down after exchanging fire with them.
METHALI YA KISWAHILI
Asifuye mvuwa imemnyea.
He who praises rain has been rained on.
Obama seeks end to debt showdown
President Barack Obama has said he is seeking a "big deal" with Republicans to reduce the budget deficit and keep the US from defaulting on its debt. At the White House, Mr Obama warned time was running out for a bargain, but rejected Republican plans to cut public spending without raising taxes. Cross-party talks between Mr Obama and congressional leaders have failed to make a breakthrough. The US must raise its $14.3tn (£8.9tn) debt limit to borrow beyond 2 August. Failure to reach a deal would rattle a world economy still trying to put the 2008 downturn behind it, analysts say.
Los Angeles prepares for Car-mageddon
Los Angeles is preparing for Car-mageddon. People are staying at home, buying up supplies and hunkering down for the weekend. And all because one stretch of one of the city's motorways - the 405 freeway - is closing for the weekend. People love their cars in LA and it's all they are talking about, but then it is one of the busiest roads in the world, as the BBC's Alastair Leithead reports. - VIDEO
WORD OF TODAY
"My help comes from the Lord...''
If you desire to do God's will but don't draw on His power, you'll fail in spite of your skill, your connections and your resources. You must develop an increasing sense of dependence on God. Now you can't just sit on the sidelines expecting Him to do everything for you. You've been called to step out in faith, obey His instructions - then trust Him for the right results. God-sufficiency should become your goal, not self-sufficiency! This calls for praying, 'Lord, I'm tempted to do things in my own strength, but I don't like the results. Teach me to strive for excellence, not omnipotence; to maximise my talents and minimise my ego. Remind me that You will never give me an assignment that doesn't require obedience, commitment, and Your enabling grace.' The Psalmist cried, 'My help comes from the Lord.' Think: if He's Lord of every situation and He's promised to help you, then your victory is assured. It's when you think you can do it without Him, or with limited input from Him, that you get into trouble. Jesus said, '..."The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do..."' (John 5:19 NKJV). Jesus knew He couldn't do anything apart from the Father, so He never bothered to try. We, on the other hand, quote the verse, '...without Me you can do nothing' (John 15:5 NKJV), then go out and act like it all depends on us. And what happens? We fall flat on our face. So learn to stop regularly and ask yourself, 'Who am I depending on?' Then answer, 'You, Lord!'
FATHERS DAY CELEBRATION AT TRINITY TREE OF LIFE MINISTRY WITH PASTOR JANE NJIIRI
Posing with the Church Members
Last month Pastor Jane Njiiri (Mrs Seed) celebrated Fathers day at Trinity Tree of Life Ministry Seattle with some men of a Mighty God Ministry. Rev Wachira reminded men that they have failed to provide leadership and authority given to them by our heavenly Father. A well balanced (Christ cantered) responsibility will save our families and entire society from collapse. For more information please visit www.trinitytreeoflifeministry.org
Pastor Jane Njiiri posing with men at Trinity Tree of Life Ministry, Seattle after Father's Day Service
MEET CAROLE WACEKE WA RICHARD
Meet Mrs. Carole Waceke wa Richard wife of Richard Mudd of Future School Online Learning Systems. Waceke is currently learning Kikuyu language and she is almost 80 per cent through. This is what she had written on her jacket at the Kenya Society Nyama Choma Party at the Kenya High Commission residence on Wednesday 13th July, 2011 - "Carole Waceke". She made use of the little kikuyu she know talking to Mr. Seed: "Wee niwe Mr. Seed, njitagwo Waceke wa Richard. Ndirenda guthiee kioro....Niwega." Meaning: "Are you Mr. Seed, my name is Waceke wa Richard and want to go to toilet. Thank you." Waceke's father has lived in Kenya for many years and she now want to relocate to Kenya with her husband Mr. Richard Mudd. The are starting an education programme in East Africa - Online Learning Systems which is heading to be the future schools. You can reach them on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them on www.futureschool.com
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Police officer shot in the arm in South Croydon
An unarmed policeman has been shot in the arm while chasing three men in south London. The constable, who has not been named, was hit when one of the men opened fire in Kingsdown Avenue, south Croydon, at about 2200 BST on Friday 15th July, 2011. His injuries are not said to be life-threatening. Two men, aged 21 and 22, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. An 18-year-old was held on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. The teenager has also been arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police (Met) said officers were called when a group of men were seen acting suspiciously but the men ran off when a patrol arrived. He said as the officers chased the suspects on foot, one suspect produced a handgun and shots were fired. Commander Tony Eastaugh said: "I am outstandingly proud of our officers who put themselves in positions of danger on a daily basis to protect the communities of London. "It is sad that an unarmed officer has been shot whilst performing his duty to the public. Our thoughts are with him and his family". The incident is being investigated by Operation Trident, the Met's unit dealing with gun crime in London's black community. The police officer is the second to be seriously injured in Croydon in the past two months. A plain-clothes Pc serving with the Broad Green Safer Neighbourhood Team was stabbed on 19 May when he stopped a gang of youths in Bute Road, Broad Green.
Hurdles abound in global recovery
(Reuters) - A dismal U.S. jobs report. A European debt crisis for which there is no quick fix. Slowing growth in China. There are a number of reasons to be cautious about the prospects for the global economic recovery. It's against this background that U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will step before Congress for his semi-annual testimony on Wednesday. He will likely be barraged with questions about Friday's jobs report -- a report so across-the-board disappointing that JPMorgan economist Michael Feroli called it "worse than Spinal Tap's 'Shark Sandwich.'" The U.S. economy created just 18,000 jobs in June, much less than the 90,000 economists had expected. A U.S. retail sales report may offer a little bit of hope on Thursday if it shows Americans spent money left over from a recent retreat in gasoline prices on other items. "We're in a situation where the data is noisy and choppy," said Michael Hanson, a senior economist at Bank of America. "For a central banker, you're now in risk management mode: 'We want to be ready to calm the markets in case we get more bad data, but we don't want to jump the gun, either.'"
Bernanke has argued that the biggest factors affecting growth in the first half of the year are temporary in nature: supply disruptions due to the Japanese earthquake, inclement weather and a surge in oil prices earlier this year. He is expected to stick to that assessment. "The weak jobs report does not rule out a second half recovery by any means. Employment is something of a lagging indicator," said Dean Maki, economist at Barclays Capital. "It depends on consumer spending and we are focussing intently on retail sales as one of the first signals of how consumers are responding to the decline in gasoline prices." In addition, U.S. industrial production and manufacturing data on Friday may show the Japanese earthquake-induced supply chain disruptions to auto production and sales have eased somewhat. Japan's central bank, which meets on July 11-12, will likely revise up its assessment of the economy next week as companies restore supply chains more quickly than expected. Factory output is seen returning to pre-quake levels in August. The BOJ is expected to hold off easing monetary policy further, though it will likely warn of lingering risks to the global economy.
Lower-rated euro zone government bonds have faced increased pressure since Moody's cut Portugal's credit rating to junk last week. "There is not expected to be much of a resolution, so all together there is a lot of asymmetric risk out there," said Mark McCormick, currency strategist at Brown Brothers Harriman. China raised interest rates for the third time this year on Wednesday as taming inflation remains a top priority even as the pace of growth in its vast economy slows. Risky assets, particularly those with direct links to China's growth, sold off after the announcement on concerns the latest monetary tightening could choke an already sluggish global recovery. On Wednesday, July 13, China will get a read on its second-quarter economic growth data and retail sales for June. Chinese consumer sentiment is expected to have been weighed down by surging inflation and high property prices. "Unlike in Japan and the U.S., where we believe growth has slowed for temporary reasons, policy tightening in the euro area and China seems likely to yield a more persistent slowing in growth," Barclays' Maki wrote in a note to clients.
Health Food? Don’t believe the hype
You'd be forgiven for thinking that once safely within the doors of your local health food store you can shop and eat without a care. Health enhancing claims shout at you from almost every product but what lurks beneath the packaging can be a very different story. A nutritionist Rachael Anne Hill investigates.
One 110g bar provides nearly one third of an average woman's daily fat allowance and over a quarter of her calorie intake. Five different sources of sugar are itemised in the ingredients list along with 16 'E' numbers. Verdict: The large portion size coupled with the amount of fat and sugars this product contains makes it a really calorific snack. Go for a smaller, non coated version or better still, make your own.
The natural sugars in the grape and apple juice combined with the added glucose make this a high sugar drink. There is also very little research to prove the effectiveness of the herbal ingredients such as Bayberry Bark and Prickly Ash Bark.Verdict: The sugars will provide some energy but could send blood sugars soaring and promote dental caries. The drink does contain a small amount of vitamins but there is no magic health formula here. A glass of fresh fruit juice diluted with sparkling water is likely to do much the same job at a fraction of the cost.One small 125g packet contains 570 kcals and with a fat content of 32g it's easy to see where 50% of these calories come from. The majority of the fat these banana chips contain is saturated too which can elevate cholesterol levels and the addition of sugars and honey make them a high sugar snack.
Verdict: Far better to have a fresh banana instead which will contain the same amount of banana with just 125 Kcals and 0.4 grams of fat.
A small 100g packet contains 480 Kcals and at 21grams per 100g it's high in fat too. Anything over 3 grams of saturated fat per 100 grams is considered high. However, these innocent looking treats come in at four times that amount combined with 11 teaspoons of sugar.
Made largely from rice, palm oil, sugar, soy sauce and salt it's perhaps no surprise these are both high in calories, fat, saturated fat and salt. Verdict: Weight for weight these are nutritionally pretty much the same as crisps so although ok now and again, don't be fooled into thinking that because they came from a health food store they are any better for you.
Made purely from coconut and rice syrup one 53 gram bar contains 264 calories, 5 teaspoons of sugar and a whopping 16.9 grams of fat, 15 of which are saturated. Verdict: A great source of fibre (almost 5 grams per bar) but a couple of apples contain the same amount with only a fraction of the calories, sugar and fat you'd find here.
The UK couple who won £161 rottary
A couple from Largs in Ayrshire have been named as the winners of the £161m Euromillions jackpot. Chris Weir says her and her husband Colin were "tickled pink" when they realised they had scooped Tuesday's jackpot. "I even had a glass of white wine which is something I normally only do at Christmas!" laughs Chris. The prize was Europe's biggest ever and was capped after a series of rollovers. On the night of the draw Chris was checking their numbers about midnight on the television in their bedroom. "I started circling the numbers I had matched but wasn't doing very well. Then on the fifth line, all the circles seemed to join up." The telephone line run by Camelot for claims was closed. Chris and husband Colin sat up all night they were so excited. Euro lottery winners Chris and Colin Weir are just underneath the Beckhams on the UK rich list.
IMMIGRATION CONFERENCE JULY 17TH 2011
With a Kenyan Solicitor, Rose Muigai and Paul Corben is a barrister
UK immigration law has changed drastically in the last few years, making immigration law complex and confusing for applicants and sponsors. Revival House brings to you an Immigration Conference to help give an update on all areas of immigration law and update. The Conference will be held on the 17th July 2011at 500 High Street North, Manor Park, London, E12 6QN from 2pm prompt.The conference will be free and together with experienced panel of speakers and complex immigration topics covered we hope that this conference will provide the best advice to anyone needing to keep right up to date on all the latest developments in Immigration and Asylum law.
The speakers who have had success in handling complex and unusual cases will give an overview and update and changes to the following topics:
· Asylum & Immigration Law
· Working in the UK -Tier 1-5
· Studying in the UK - Tier4
· EEA law
· Settling in the UK
· Family Issues
Paul Corben is a barrister practicing at 169, Temple Chambers
Paul Corben is a barrister practicing at 169, Temple Chambers , Temple Avenue , London . He studied for a law degree at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University before being called to the bar in 1979 by Gray’s Inn.
Paul has extensive experience in Immigration and Asylum law cases and been sitting as an Immigration Judge since 1996 considering appeals from claimants from overseas seeking asylum or permission to enter or remain in the United Kingdom on a temporary or permanent basis. He has considered numerous immigration appeals in all areas of immigration law & Asylum and has successfully represented immigration clients at the Tribunal courts, Appeal Courts and Supreme Court.
He was appointed as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1991. His practice involves most areas of civil law and in particular specializes in immigration and asylum law, personal injuries, professional negligence, including medical negligence.
Rose Muigai is a Solicitor practising at MartynsRose Solicitors
Rose Muigai is a Solicitor practising at MartynsRose Solicitors, London . She has over 10 years’ extensive experience on all areas of UK Immigration and Nationality Law specialising in complex immigration cases in, Asylum & nationality, Tier 4 Students, Tier 2-5 work permits, Tier 1 Entrepreneurs and Investor and EEA matters.
She has successfully represented clients with all types of immigration applications, Appeals to the Tribunal, Judicial Review and Entry Clearance application’s, Appeals and Administrative Review including civil claims for damages against unlawful detention. Other areas of law include, Family, Personal Injury, Employment, Wills & Probate.
Councillor Elizabeth Kangethe on 07958612632, Pastor Boniface on 07826854898
500 High Street North, Manor Park, London, E12 6QN
Other conferences will be held across UK:
The next conference will be held in Bristol on 23rd July 2011 at Ceed Conference Room, 97 Wilder Street, Bristol, BS2 8QU, FROM 3PM – 6PM - Contact details: Robert Owino 07947 562 565.
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Juliet, Dominic (Dommy) and Rapho (Maasai Barking) have lost their sister in Kenya
It is with deep and humble acceptances of God's will that we regret to announce the Sudden death of Regina Beloved Sister to Juliet, Dominic (Dommy) and Rapho (Maasai Barking). Friends and family are meeting daily for prayers and comfort at 39 NASEBY ROAD DAGENHAM RM10 7JR from 6 p.m. daily. Contacts: Dommy........07983588890 or Rapho 07412057851.
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THE FLOATING BRIDGE IN SEATTLE
While touring US, Pastor Jane Njiiri came across The Lacy V. Murrow floating bridge in Seattle where she could view the estate of one of the world's richest man - Bill Gate. She could view the house from the bridge and she took a photo of the estate from the bridge. The house is located next to the lake on the right photo across the bridge. - VIDEO
Celebrity Homes: Bill Gates custom hillside house
outside Seattle on the shores of Lake Washington
The 66,000-square-foot home is built into a hillside on the edge of Lake Washington, near Seattle
Have you ever wondered about what kind of house one of the world's most famous computer engineers and one of the world's richest men of all time actually built to live in -- and where it might be located? According to ImpactLab.com, Microsoft Windows inventor and business entrepreneur Bill Gates home is truly a castle fit for a gentleman (or king of all his domains for certain). They write: "Despite phasing out of his day job to focus on his philanthropic foundation, Gates remains true to his roots in [the state of] Washington, where Microsoft is headquartered and where he lives with wife, Melinda. His 66,000-square-foot home is built into a hillside on the edge of Lake Washington, near Seattle. It includes a 60-foot swimming pool with an underwater music system, a domed library with two “secret” bookcase doors and a 1,000-square-foot dining room." Watch the following virtual simulation of the entire Bill Gates home, which has been cited as the video prepared and narrated by the original architects. According to the YouTube.com report, the Gates home integrates green technology features with high tech futuristic amenities. Then, read about the special features of Bill Gates' house and see photos of the home and it's interior in an except from BillGatesMicrosoft.com. After, take a peek at the Google Earth satellite images of the neighborhood and approximate location of the celebrity businessman's home. By looking closely and the home through the eyes of the architect, from the lifestyle taste of one of the most financially successful men in history, and through the use of technology you will be able to catch a glimpse of a life that began as that of any other human being. However, due to hard work and success building an empire, Bill Gates has become a hero of industry -- a man sure to be the stuff of legends. - VIEW THE BRIDGE VIDEO
OVERHEARD BY MR. SEED: "Hi Mr. Seed, I live in Seattle, USA and I am a neighbour of Bill Gates. Guess what, down here he behave ordinary. You would also see him heading to MacDonald. He is a fan of MacD as I am a fun of your website." - A Kenyan living in Seattle.
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300 acres of marijuana has been discovered by Mexican police in Mexico. It is worth about $160 million
Newly appointed military Generals sworn- in
President Mwai Kibaki Friday at State House, Nairobi, witnessed the swearing-in of the new Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), his deputy and service Commanders. The ceremony, also witnessed by the Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, the Minister of Defense Yusuf Haji and the outgoing CDF Gen. Jeremiah Kianga, was conducted by the Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet Amb. Francis Muthaura. Those sworn in included General Julius Karangi CDF, his deputy Lt.Gen Samson Mwathethe, Lt. Gen Joseph Kasaon Army Commander, Maj-Gen. Ngewa Mukala Navy Commander, and Maj. Gen J. Otieno Air Force Commander. General Karangi replaces Gen. Kianga who is due to retire at the end of August on completion of his tenure of office. Congratulating the senior military officers on their new appointments, President Kibaki thanked the Kenya defense forces for their discipline and distinguished service to the nation and during international missions. The Head of State urged the senior military officers to uphold the traditional professionalism that Kenya's defense forces are renowned for worldwide. The President expressed confidence that the newly appointed military Generals were equal to the task as they embarked on serving the nation in their new capacities. The colourful ceremony was attended by the spouses of the newly appointed military Generals and senior government officials.
Ngano (wheat) njega îmenyagwo na magetha
We always recognise a good seed by its produce
Nakumatt opens branch at Ridgeways
Retail chain Nakumatt Holdings is inching closer to hitting its 30 branch milestone in Kenya following the opening of Nakumatt Ridgeways on Friday 15th July, 2011. The new Nakumatt Ridgeways branch located along Kiambu road and the Ridgeways road Junction on the new Ridgeways Mall is valued at more than Sh300 million and covers a shop floor space of more than 25,000 square feet. Speaking during the launch of the new supermarket, Nakumatt Holdings Managing Director Atul Shah said the branch had been opened to cater for the discerning retail clientele residing around Runda, Kiambu town, Ruiru, Thika road, Thika Greens and its environs. The branch, which is the 17th Nakumatt store within Nairobi region, Mr Shah added, is also strategically positioned to cover an expected retail boom once the upcoming property developments such as Tatu City and Migaa are completed in the coming years. With the opening of Nakumatt Ridgeways, Nakumatt Holdings is now firmly entrenched as the leading regional retailer with a total of 33 branches across Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.
Somalis displaced by drought hit by Mogadishu rains
People who have fled the drought in Somalia to camps near the capital Mogadishu have now been hit by days of heavy rain. Aid workers say five people, including three children, had died of exposure. A doctor told the BBC that people could not find shelter from the cold rain. The victims have been displaced by a drought that has devastated large parts of the Horn of Africa. Some 10 million people are said to be affected across the region. Osman Duflay, a Mogadishu doctor, told the BBC's World Update programme that camp residents were facing "disaster".
Rt. Rev. Archbishop Dr. Samson Mwangi Gaitho passes away
Rt. Rev. Archbishop Dr. Samson Mwangi Gaitho
Rt. Rev. Archbishop Dr. Samson Mwangi Gaitho of African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa (A.I.P.C.A) has passed away. The Archbishop, Central Board, Bishop Synod and family regret to announce the death of Rt. Rev. Archbishop Dr. Samson Mwangi Gaitho, which occurred on 13th July 2011 at MP Shah Hospital. He was the National Chairman of A.I.P.C.A. Son of the late Gideon Gaitho and the late Susan Wanja. Husband of Bertha Nyambura Mwangi (National Chairlady A.I.P.C.A Women Council). Brother of the late Cpt. John Ndekei, the late leah Wanjiru, Esther Wambui Mutunga, the late Njeri Gaitho, Ndungu Gaitho. Father of David Maina (Pangani Girls), Susan Wanja (N.C.C), Pauline Wangui, Esther Wambui (Nairobi Water), Diana Njeri (USA), Esther Njambi (UK) Leah Wanjiru (N.C.C), Teresiah Wairimu, Gideon Gaitho (Farmers Choice), Isabel Gathoni (UK), Zephaniah Boro (UK), Patricia Wanjiku, Fredrick Karanja (EABL) and Jane Wanjiku. Grandfather of 27 and great grandfather of 3. Condolence books have been opened at A.I.P.C.A Headquarters Bahati and at His home in Ruiru, Gatong’ora, where prayers and funeral arrangement meetings are being held daily starting at 5:00pm. The funeral service will be held at A.I.P.C.A. Headquaters-Bahati from 9.00am therafter burial at his home in Ruiru on Friday 22nd July 2011.July 2011.
New HIV strategy unveiled in Kenya
A new strategy to prevent HIV infection has been unveiled. The strategy if approved by relevant authorities will reduce the risks of HIV infection among discordant couples and heterosexuals by between 63 percent and 73 percent. Kenyan researchers in collaboration with the International Clinical Research Center, University of Washington (U.S.A) have successfully developed drugs that if well administered can prevent an HIV negative person from getting infected. The pills Tenofovir and FTC which is a combination of Tenofovir and emtricitabine were under research from July 2008 to November 2010. Speaking during the launch of the research findings Thursday, Doctors Nelly Mugo and James Kiarie who were among the chief investigators said the drugs were taken daily by the participants as preventive therapy. However, researchers say the drug is not a 100 percent effective and have appealed to Kenyans to observe safe sexual practices The pre exposure prophylaxis study involved 4,758 sexually active HIV discordant couples this being the largest risk group accounting for over 60% of new infections in Africa. They were enrolled in 9 clinical sites in Uganda and Kenya where the partners who were not infected were put under 3 groups of medication. One group was under Tenofovir, another group took emtricitabine/tenofovir while the third took placebo which is an inactive tablet that contains no medicine. The uninfected participants were tested every month for HIV and until May this year, 78 of them were infected, 13 under TDF, 18 under the combination of TDF/FTC while 47 were those assigned to placebo which was stopped today. The first group had an average of 62% fewer infections while the 2nd group has 73% fewer infections. The combination regime of ARVs suggests that a couple in which one partner is HIV positive stand to live a fulfilling life and bear children without infecting the entire family. Researchers are hoping that this breakthrough will inspire the search for an ultimate vaccine to prevent HIV infections in future.
A COLOUR OF PROSPERITY WEDDING
While in Boston, USA, Mrs. Seed (in red) attended a Kenyan wedding last month where the colours were all green. The colour is regarded by many as a colour of prosperity. A Church in Barking, London - VPA also labels everything in their church in green, carpet, chair and buses among other items.
What is the meaning of Green Colour?
Green is the color of nature, fertility, life. Grass green is the most restful color. Green symbolizes self-respect and well being. Green is the color of balance. It also means learning, growth and harmony. Green is a safe color, if you don't know what color to use anywhere use green.
Green is favored by well balanced people. Green symbolizes the master healer and the life force. It often symbolizes money. It was believed green was healing for the eyes. Egyptians wore green eyeliner. Green eyeshades are still used. You should eat raw green foods for good health. Friday is the day of green. Green jade is a sacred stone of Asia.
STUPID SOLDIERS AND A CHIMPANZEE
Do you Know?
A Kenyan has worn Stand at New Spitafield Market, London becoming the first African to win a store worth £1.5 business of vegetable a year in the biggest vegetable market in Europe. This will now given Kenyan farmers a direct market to UK without passing through the supermarkets. It also creates hundreds of jobs. 5 kg onions for just £1.10, 5 kg tomatoes going for £1.25 and 12.5 kg carrots going for £4. If you have a van, shop, catering for parties, weddings, restaurants, family uses - why pay for more? Contact 07764961489 or 07956408655. An opportunity for everyone. They are also looking for farmers with good farms in Kenya. They will train and support them to grow food for them.
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£161m Euromillions winner claims prize
The UK winner of the £161m Euromillions jackpot has claimed their prize, lottery operator Camelot has confirmed. It is not yet known if the ticket holder is an individual or syndicate - or whether they will go public. If the winner is a single player, they would instantly be placed 430th in this year's Sunday Times Rich List.
UNICEF Executive Director in Kenya
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake arrives in Nairobi Thursday to assist in a concerted push by UN agencies and partners to grapple with the humanitarian crisis, which is threatening to engulf millions of people, many of whom are children. The crisis in the region is being fueled by drought, soaring food prices and conflict in Somalia. An estimated 10 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. Over 500,000 children in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are suffering from imminent, life-threatening malnutrition. In addition, over 2 million children under the age of five are acutely malnourished. In addition to thousands people seeking refuge in Ethiopia and Kenya from Somalia, millions more are living on the brink of extreme poverty and hunger, suffering the consequences of failed rains and the impact of climate change. Mr. Lake will spend two days in intensive meetings with other United Nations agencies, NGO and governmental partners as well as representatives from donor governments. On Saturday, he will travel to Turkana, a district in the Northwest of Kenya with a population of 850,000, most of whom are pastoralists. The drought and the rise in food prices has deepened the chronic poverty in the district to a point of extreme crisis. Over 90 per cent of the population in Turkana is living below the poverty line. A total of 20.5 per cent of children in central Turkana suffered from bloody/watery diarrhoea and 15.5 per cent of children suffered from acute respiratory infections. The average distances to water sources are 1-5 kilometres. Mr. Lake's visit will include a hospital in Lodwar, a boarding school and a traditional settlement. This area, along with other parts of Northern Kenya are in urgent need of additional support. The children's agency has appealed for USD$31.8 million for the next three months to rapidly ramp-up response aimed especially at children, who are suffering the brunt of the crisis. UNICEF says the most urgent needs include therapeutic feeding, vitamin supplementation, water and sanitation measures and immunization.
EuroMillions jackpot winner finally claims £161m... but their identity remains a mystery
Winner catapulted to 418th place in the UK rich list
Sunguh to pay city lawyer Shs. 3 million
The High Court has awarded George Odinga Oraro 3 million shillings in a defamation suit he filed against former Kisumu Town East Member of parliament Eric Gor Sunguh. Oraro had argued that Sunguh had made allegations outside the proceedings in parliament upon which he implicated Oraro of having led to the mysterious disappearance and death of Dr Robert Ouko in an interview with journalists. Robert Ouko while George Odinga Oraro represented Ouko in several legal transactions and proceedings for about 10 years up to the time of Ouko's death in February 1990. The court was told that during the hearings in 2004, the committee received false evidence where lawyer Oraro was named as one of the persons who took the late Robert Ouko from his home on the night he disappeared. The court heard that the committee led by Sunguh refused his oral and written submissions to defend those allegations which sunguh described in his press conference held in 2004. It was Sunguh's statement at the press conference that provoked Oraro into sued Sunguh for sentiments linking him to the murder of former foreign affairs minister Robert Ouko. High court judge Kalpana Rawal while delivering his judgment observed that even during the court proceedings Sunguh refused to tender an apology adding that the remarks were reckless which could impute malice. Oraro was awarded 3 million shillings for defamation. Elsewhere a three judge bench will on Friday rule whether it will disqualify itself form hearing a matter seeking gender equality in the Supreme Court citing conflict of interest.
From right is Pastor Jane Njiiri, Mrs. Naomi Ngugi wife of Kinangop MP Mr. David Ngugi and Mrs. Jane Ngare wife of Kenya High Commissioner in London. This was on Wednesday 13th Juluy, 2011.
Government launches consultation on family migration
Home Office, 13 July 2011
The government has today announced proposals to crack down on sham and forced marriages, as part of a new consultation on better family migration. The consultation also seeks to ensure that family migrants can integrate into society, and opens up debate on Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the circumstances where the public interest in removing someone from the UK should outweigh the right to respect for family life. Immigration minister Damian Green said:
'This consultation is about better family migration - better for migrants, communities, and the UK as a whole.
'We welcome those who want to make a life here with their family, but too often in the past the family route has been abused as a means to bypass our immigration laws.
'That includes too many times when we have seen Article 8 used to place the rights of criminals and illegal migrants above the rights of the British public. That balance must be redressed where there is a clear public interest in removing someone from the UK.
'Our message is clear - we will not tolerate abuses. And if you cannot support your foreign spouse or partner, you cannot expect the taxpayer to do it for you.'
The consultation focuses on stopping abuse, promoting integration and reducing burdens on the taxpayer. Its key proposals include:
In 2010, 48,900 visas were granted to people on the family route. Of these, 40,500 were granted on the basis of a marriage or civil or other partnership, and 8,400 were granted to other dependants. At present, anyone who is refused a family visitor visa has the right of appeal. In 2009/10, these appeals - which were often based on new information which should have been submitted with the original application - made up approximately 40 per cent of all immigration appeals and cost around £40 million. To reduce the financial burden on the taxpayer, and deliver an appropriate system for applicants, the government is reviewing this right of appeal. Appeals based on grounds of race discrimination and the European Convention on Human Rights will continue to be allowed, but the government is inviting views on whether an appeal right should be retained for family visitor visas in other circumstances. To read the consultation document and take part in the family migration consultation, see the Consultations section of this website. The consultation was announced by Damian Green this morning in a written ministerial statement, which you can download from the right side of this page. The consultation is part of the government's major overhaul of the immigration system. It follows the changes that have already been made to the work and study routes, and the ongoing consultation on settlement rights.
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Lorry crash spills 14 million bees
A lorry carrying 400 beehives crashed and unleashed a cloud of 14 million bees, in one of the most bizarre HGV spills ever recorded. The lorry also dumped the entire honey haul onto the road - raising the possibility of a bear attack. The accident happened in Island Creek, Idaho, USA, and resulted in a swarm of bees that according to witnesses looked like a black cloud. Emergency services were called numerous times when nearby residents heard a roaring sound and saw the swarm. “You didn't dare open your window. You didn't dare get out. You didn't dare do anything,” said Island Park Fire Chief Kenny Strandberg. But the crash was just the start of the problem. “I am worried about the bears coming down now - the grizzly bears because there are so many bees that we didn't kill that they will be down,” said Mr Strandberg. The fire crew dispatched to the accident scene began by trying to cool the bees down with water spray. However, a bee expert on the site suggested killing the bees with fire foam so that the remaining hives could be saved and the honey cleaned off the road. According to reports, every one of the rescue crew involved was stung by the bees, though none suffered a serious injury. The bees - worth an estimated £250,000 - were being moved from Bakersfield in California to North Dakota when it veered off the road. The driver was not injured. 'We train for fires and extrication, but we have never trained for bees,” said Mr Strandberg. “Next time it happens, if it happens again, hopefully not, we will know what to do.”
China to hold education exhibition in Kenya
China will open a two-day education exhibition on Friday in the Kenyan capital Nairobi to promote local understanding about the Asian country's higher education and attract more Kenyan students to study in China. The exhibition has attracted 122 representatives from 55 famous Chinese colleges and universities, who will make introductions, distribute brochures and answer questions about education in China. Kenyan college and middle school teachers and students will be among the main beneficiaries of the exhibition that will be graced by both Chinese and Kenyan government officials. China has stepped up cooperation with Kenya in the area of education, offering 40 scholarships to Kenyan students per year to study in Chinese universities since 1982. On average, there are about 300 students studying in Chinese colleges and universities at any given time. Up to now, more than 1,200 Kenyans have received training in China in the areas of agriculture, hydro-electricity, education and finance. Last April, the Ministry of Education of China and Kenya's Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology signed an Agreement on Educational Exchanges and Cooperation for the Period of 2011 to 2015. This year the China Scholarship Council offered 46 scholarships to Kenyan students whereas Beijing Municipal Government granted ten postgraduate scholarships to Kenya. In 2010, the Chinese government initiated the "Africa Hope Project" in Kenya, under which, Chinese entrepreneurs donate 1 million U. S. dollars to the Kenyan government to help build 10 primary schools in Kenya. Presently, three Chinese teachers are teaching the Chinese language in primary and secondary schools in Kisumu and other regions. In 2005, China opened the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi, the first of its kind in Africa. It opened another one in 2008 at Kenyatta University and cumulatively the two institutes have over one thousand students and 17 classes.
A Kenyan man has passed away in Georgia, USA
A 21-year-old Acworth man was killed Tuesday 12th July, 2011 morning when the minivan he was driving ran off the road and struck a utility pole and a tree near Town Center Mall in Kennesaw, police said. Anthony Kuria Muthondu was pronounced dead at the scene on Town Center Drive about 300 yards east of Busbee Parkway, according to the Cobb County Police Department. Muthondu was westbound on Town Center Drive in a red 1997 Plymouth Voyager at about 11 a.m. when for reasons unknown he lost control of the vehicle, police said. Cobb’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program unit is investigating. Anyone with information that could assist investigators in the case is asked to call police at 770-499-3987. Anthony was a brother to Harriet Muthondu and son to Brigid Mugo of Acworth Georgia. Family, Friends and well wishers are meeting at their residence at 412 Park Bridge, Acworth, GA. 30101. For more information contacts Mama Ken: 770-815-5525, Dorcus Githinji: 770-655-7727, Jeremiah Thuku: 404-642-7729 or Rita Wamwea: 678-851-5225. - www.ajc.com/news
UK Ticket Holder Wins £161m (KShs.2.6 billion)
A single UK ticket holder has won the record-breaking £161m EuroMillions jackpot, a National Lottery spokesman has revealed. The lucky person matched all five main numbers and both the lucky stars to scoop the top prize. The jackpot had been capped after a series of rollovers made it the largest ever in Europe. The winning numbers were 17 , 19 , 38 , 42 and 45 , and the lucky stars were 9 and 10 . No details were revealed of the winner and it is not known whether the latest overnight millionaire was an individual or if the jackpot will be shared by a syndicate. A Camelot spokesman described the win as "amazing news". Until Tuesday's draw the largest lottery winner in the UK was an anonymous player who claimed £113m in the EuroMillions in October last year . On that occasion Camelot refused to even reveal the location of the big winner. If the prize of £161,653,000 has been won by a single person, they will become the 430th richest person in the country, according to the Sunday Times rich list. Two other British-bought tickets were successful, each winning £1.7m for matching the five main numbers and one lucky star. People from France, Spain, United Kingdom, Belgium, Austria, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland participate in the European lottery.
NYAMA CHOMA AT HIGH COMMISSIONER RESIDENCE
Kenya High Commissioner in the UK hosted a Summer Barbeque in his residence in London on Wednesday 13th July, 2011. The party was organised by Kenya Society, UK. The party was well attended by the members and invited guests. Among the guest seen above being welcomed by the High Commissioner HE Ephraim Ngare is the MP for Kinangop Hon. David Ngugi. Right photo from right is Mr. Seed, High Commissioner HE Ephraim Ngare, Pastor Jane Njiiri, Mrs. Jane Ngare wife of the High Commissioner, Mrs. Naomi Ngugi wife of Hon. David Ngugi, Councillor Elizabeth Kangethe and Hon. David Ngugi MP for Kinangop.
Stunning images of bubbling frozen lake
A rare phenomenon which appeared on a frozen lake in Canada has been captured by landscape photographer Emmanuel Coupe. Coupe explained that seeing a frozen lake this spectacular is rare as they are usually covered in a thick blanket of snow. In this area, however, there is little precipitation which allowed for stunning views of the frozen surface and beneath.
Caught at the Kenya Society Summer Barbeque at the residence of the Kenya High Commissioner on Wednesday 13th July, 2011 is Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy K. Laibutah, First Councillor at the Kenya High Commissioner and on right a tent at the backyard of the high commissioner residence where the party was held.
Kakamega County: The sleeping giant
Bull fighting, Kenya’s only rain forest and a famous dog market. These are just three unique things about Kakamega county. Practised mostly among the Isukha and Idako people, bull fighting is one of the most important cultural sports in the county. Its popularity has risen so much that special stadia are now being constructed to host it. The sport could be used to swell tourist numbers, earning revenue for the county. Unlike its more internationally famous and controversial Spanish counterpart which pits man versus bull, in Kakamega the fights are between bulls. It is usually held once a month but its commercialisation could see the frequency increase. On the big day, its enthusiasts, big and small, march their prized bulls to Khayega and Malinya grounds for the matches. Thousands of spectators troop to the bullfights to see the spectacle. In fact, bull fighting is now almost at par in popularity with football, another craze in the county. The beasts are bred for battle, fed with molasses-spiked grass and isolated from heifers at age three —when they are ready for the ring — to prevent them from mating and supposedly preserve their energy. - Daily Nation.
Kenyan Gospel singers clinch top awards in London
Emmy Kosgey and (INSET), Daddy Owen, who shook off strong competition in London to emerge tops in the continental awards.
After a two-year domination of the continental gospel charts and awards, top Kenyan gospel stars Emmy Kosgei and Owen Mwatia, better known as Daddy Owen, stormed into international stardom. They won huge accolades during the awards in the United Kingdom recently. Kosgei was crowned the Overall Best Female Artiste during the Africa Gospel Music Awards (AGMA) gala in London last weekend. The gospel songstress known for her energetic stage presence and powerful vocals, largely rendered in her Kalenjin language, beat nine other big names, among them, Diana Hamilton (UK), Lara George (Nigeria), Ohemaa Mercy (Ghana) and Winnie Mashana (South Africa). "The news got me by surprise. This was my first nomination in such a grand event and I had been pitted against very big names in the continental music arena.
It took me two days before I could truly believe I had been crowned the best in Africa," a jubilant Kosgei told The Standard. "The crown is big for me. It is a great honour. Now, I’m wearing the big shoes that come with great challenges and responsibilities. It prepares me and calls upon me to work hard and open new doors. I’m humbled that Kenya and Africa as a whole are supporting me," she added. Daddy Owen who is arguably the most popular singer in Kenya at the moment (commonly known as the King of Kapungala in showbiz) scooped the Best East African Artiste Award. Also awarded was South Africa’s Rebecca Malope, who picked the Lifetime Achievement Award. The glamorous awards ceremony, now in its second edition, seeks to honour gospel music entertainers and industry players and organisations on the continent as well as the African Diaspora. "I didn’t attend the ceremony as I had other commitments in Amsterdam. It was a joyous surprise when my fellow singers and fans from across Africa started calling to congratulate me. I give all the glory to God," Daddy Owen told The Standard on telephone.
TRUE TO YOUR CALL
"God has been good to me. The awards I have been getting are not just my working, but a reflection of what God can do if you remain real to your calling," he added. "My word to gospel artistes is that they should remain true to their calling. It is easy to be swayed away once media attention and celebrity gets into your head. We should never forget that we are in God’s service," said Owen. Since she released her hit song Taunet Nelel (translated as New Beginnings), followed by runway singles Katau Banda and Ololo, Kosgei’s popularity in the entertainment industry has continued to grow in leaps and bounds, picking many accolades along the way, including the 2010 Best Female Gospel Artiste during the Groove Awards. She has also been nominated for the inaugural East Africa Music Awards slated for Nairobi next month. "I’m planning to launch my new video next month, after which I will embark on a countrywide tour to reach out to my fans. I will use the opportunity to preach peace and cohesion as Kenyans celebrate their great diversity," said the singer who embarks on a two-week Nigerian tour next Monday.
Daddy Owen, now ridding high with his 2010 Piga Saluti has had an illustrious career. He is the most decorated artiste in the region, after winning a record 17 awards in two years. This includes the coveted continental MTV-Awards. Kenyan artistes had received a strong showing with her best talents in the gospel scene receiving more nominations than the neighbouring countries.
Leading the pack was Owen with four nominations, while Kosgei and Juliani received nods in two categories. Other nominations include Alice Kamande in the East Africa category and Paul Mwai for Best Gospel Album. The One Voice gospel music show was also nominated in the Best Gospel TV programme while Milele FM’s Gospel Sunday show was nominated for the best radio programme category, and which it went on to win. Sociologists attribute the success of gospel music to its uplifting messages during hardships.
"Watch your actions, they become habits." - Mary Njaramba"
Student, 25, killed in Nairobi lodging
The Mersok Guest House in Ngara, Nairobi, where the body of college student Ruth Wairimu Ng’ang’a was found.
A college girl was killed in a Nairobi lodging house after a night out with friends. The body of Ms Ruth Wairimu Ng’ang’a, 25, a journalism student at Smart Media College, was found in a room at Mersok Guest House in Ngara on Saturday morning. Police are holding her boyfriend, said to be a Tanzanian. In a bizarre twist, detectives also said they were looking for the girl’s mother who is said to have travelled from her rural home to receive money from the boyfriend a day after her daughter was killed. Ms Ng’ang’a’s body had bruises on the neck and she was bleeding from the nose, mouth and ears. Her hand bag was missing but college fee receipts and some substance suspected to be narcotic drugs were in the room. Starehe police boss Aphiod Nyaga said the powdery substance had been taken to the Government Chemist for analysis. A postmortem shall be conducted on Thursday to establish the cause of Ms Ng’ang’as death, he said. Sources said Ms Ng’ang’a went to Ngara’s Super Mambo Club on Friday evening and started drinking with two male friends, one of them a disk jockey at the club. The boyfriend who had travelled from Nakuru arrived later and found her with the men. There was an argument between them before he sat at another table and ordered food.
Accompany him home
After eating he asked her to accompany him home but she refused. The man left but came back after about an hour. At around 4.30 am, she called her roommate to inform her that she had taken a taxi and was heading to the room. However, she was seen leaving with the suspect’s friend. Her body was found later in the morning. Police are also baffled why her mother travelled from Komothai in Githunguri a day after her death to receive Sh44,000 from the suspect. One of the detectives on the case said the two met at a Ngara hotel. Asked why he gave out the money, the suspect said he was repaying a loan the woman had advanced to him. Sources told Nation that a relative of Ms Ng’ang’a had told them the suspect had threatened her with dire consequences if she did not remit proceeds of some things she had been given to sell. Ms Gathombi Muchomba, the director of Smart College, on Tom Mboya Street, said Ms Ng’ang’a had been warned against associating with ‘‘strange people who would come and pick her from college’’. The boyfriend told police that he is a witchdoctor from Tanzania and operates in Nairobi, Nakuru and Eldoret.
Lt. Gen Karangi appointed Chief of General Staff
President Mwai Kibaki has appointed Lt. Gen Julius Karangi as the new Chief of the General Staff replacing General Jeremiah Kianga whose term expires 31st August. The appointment of Karangi who was the Vice Chief of the General Staff takes effect from September 1st. General Kianga has been appointed chairman of the Kenya Railways Corporation. In a statement from Statehouse, President Kibaki said he made the changes following recommendations of the Defense Council which met Wednesday. Maj Gen S. J Mwathathe has been promoted to Lt Gen and becomes Vice Chief of Defence Forces. Other affected by the changes include: Brig P. W. Kameru has been promoted to Maj Gen and appointed Director of Military Intelligence. Brig. N. Mukala has been promoted to Maj Gen and appointed Commander Kenya Navy. Col J. M. Waweru has been promoted to Brigadier and appointed Deputy Commander of Kenya Army. Lt. Gen J. Kasaon is now Kenya Army's Commander, while Lt Gen N. Mwaniki has been appointed Commandant of National Defence College. Maj. Gen J. Otieno has been appointed Commander of Kenya Air Force, while Maj. Gen. H.M. Tangai has been appointed Senior Directing Staff - Air National Defence College. Maj Gen J. N. Waweru has been appointed Commandant, Defence Staff College.
Here is the press statement.
Following recommendations of the Defence Council which met on 13th July, 2011 to consider appointments, postings, promotion and retirements of officers of the Kenya Defence Forces, His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki, who is also the Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces has made the following changes;
Lt. Gen J. W. Karangi- - Promoted to General and appointed Chief of Defence Forces with effect from 1st September, 2011
Maj. Gen S. J. Mwathethe - Promoted to Lt. Gen and appointed vice- Chief of Defence Forces
Brig P. W. Kameru - Promoted to Maj. Gen and appointed Director of Military Intelligence
Brig. N. Mukala - Promoted to Maj Gen and appointed Commander Kenya Navy
Col J. M. Waweru - Promoted to Brigadier and appointed Deputy Commander
Lt. Gen J. Kasaon - Appointed Commander Kenya Army
Lt Gen N. Mwaniki - Appointed Commandant National Defence College
Kenya Air Force
Maj. Gen J. Otieno - Appointed Commander Kenya Air Force
Maj. Gen. H.M. Tangai - Appointed Senior Directing Staff- Air, National Defence College
Maj Gen J. N. Waweru - Appointed Commandant Defence Staff College
Retiring General Officers
Gen. J. M. Kianga - To retire on completion of tenure of office with effect from 31st August, 2011
General Kianga who has had a 40 years distinguished service in the Defence General Kianga who has had a 40 years distinguished service in the Defence Forces has been appointed Chairman of the Kenya Railways Corporation.
From: Drug dealer to Church planter!
Mr. Seed and his wife visiting Republic of Ireland in August, 2011
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Wife Chops Off Husband's Penis, Throws in Garbage Disposal
Catherine Kieu Becker, 48, is under arrest for chopping off her husband's penis and tossing it in the garbage disposal. After she laced her husband's food with an unknown drug or poison, he lay down, believing something was wrong with the food, according to police reports. Her husband then woke up tied to the bed as Becker cut off his penis with a knife. She then threw the genitalia in the garbage disposal and turned the disposal on, Lt. Jeff Nightengale of Garden Grove, Calif. police, said. Nightengale said the couple is going through a divorce, but could not confirm why Becker wanted to cut off her husband's manhood. Becker eventually called 911, asking for medical assistance. When firefighters and police arrived on scene, Becker told officials that her husband "deserved it," said Nightengale. Police found the man, who remains unidentified, tied to the bed and "bleeding profusely." Becker was arrested on several charges, including aggravated mayhem, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon. - VIDEO
The end of the age of excess
British are curbing their spending and paying down debt. This is good news for borrowers, but bad news for retailers, banks and other businesses. In a boom lasting from 1995 to 2007, we underwent the biggest borrowing binge in British history. Fuelled by steeply rising house prices, mortgage debt more than tripled from £390 billion in December 1995 to £1,189 billion in December 2007. However, we didn't just splash our cash on property during this boom. We also increased our non-mortgage debt at an even faster rate, with this burden rocketing from £69 billion to £221 billion, up 219% in a dozen years.
In August 2007, the ticking bomb finally blew up. With banks losing billions on dodgy US mortgages, inter-bank lending froze, causing a credit crunch. A collapse in confidence followed, leading to bank bailouts, falling house prices and a harsh recession. Though it's nearly four years since markets seized up, Brits are still struggling after the worst financial meltdown since the 1930s. Our mortgage mountain, which once grew by almost £10 billion a month, is barely rising. From December 2007 to May 2011, it's grown by under £57 billion — less than 5% in 41 months. Other personal debt — including overdrafts, credit cards and personal loans — has fallen steadily. Since peaking at £237 billion in September 2008, this debt has dived 11% to below £210 billion in May 2011. Thus, personal debt has climbed from £1,407 billion in December 2007 to £1,452 billion in May 2011. This is up £45 billion, or just 3.2%. Indeed, by repaying personal debt and borrowing less to buy houses, our total debt has steadily shrunk since January 2010.
A new age of austerity
After a dozen years of debt-fuelled binging, some British consumers have come to their senses, learning that past excesses have harmed their futures. It could be argued that a major shift in attitudes and actions has taken place among spendthrift Britons. However, is it such a good thing that we Brits are curbing our spending and borrowing sensibly? The answer depends where you fit into the financial jigsaw. The rising cost of living is putting a huge strain on our household budgets. With the Consumer Prices Index measure of inflation at 4.2% in June, £104.20 a year ago is worth just £100 today. Alas, average earnings rose by just 1.8% in the year to April 2011, so pay isn't keeping pace with rising bills. For example, retail sales fell by 1.4% from April to May, collapsing 6% at stores selling household goods. According to the Office for National Statistics, this high-street weakness was caused by rising fuel prices, employment uncertainty and weak pay rises. In the last week of June, retailers such as Habitat, Jane Norman and Moben Kitchens went under, victims of weak trading and consumer cutbacks. British banks are also suffering, with lower lending levels and rising bad debts hitting profits. Similarly, the government's tax revenues are slipping, as businesses become less profitable and take-home pay slips.
Markets volatile on fears eurozone debts may spread
European shares have been volatile on fears that the debt crisis in the eurozone may spread to Italy and Spain. Italy's main index fell 4% at one point, before recovering to rise 1.2%. Spanish shares fell 0.7% and the UK's FTSE 100 shed 1%. The yields on Italian and Spanish bonds also continued to rise as worries over the two countries grew. After the European markets closed, ratings agency Moody's cut the Irish Republic's debt rating to junk status. Moody's said its decision was based on the "growing possibility" that the country would need a second bail-out before it can return to capital markets. The move also sent US stocks lower - they had been trading up prior to the announcement but the Dow Jones fell 0.5% at the close and the Nasdaq dropped 0.7%.
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Holidaymaker’s leaping crocodile photo wows Web
A giant three-legged crocodile has been wowing the Web after a tourist photograph capturing its freakishly large stature emerged online. The striking creature named Brutus - which looks as though he is a special effect in a film - is said to be a starring attraction of a riverboat cruise in the Adelaide River, Australia. Although some photos critics have questioned the legitimacy of the shot, the sightseer and the boat company have claimed that both the monster crocodile and this photo are indeed real. At 80 years old, the 18ft-long saltwater croc can be seen leaping out of the waters of the Adelaide River to retrieve a slab of raw meat. Bystanders in the photo look in awe as Brutus, who is believed to have lost his front right leg during an altercation with a shark, makes the awesome jump. Katrina Bridgeford, who took the amazing snap, told the Northern Territory News: “When it came up out of the water there were a lot of Oos and Ahs. I wasn't expecting anything like this. I couldn't believe how close it got to us. If you had put your hand out you would have been able to touch it - if you'd dared.”
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MPs question deals with US, British forces
MPs are questioning immunity granted to British and US soldiers while in the country and their “unfettered access” to security installations. This arises from several Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) that allow them to dock, fuel, train in Kenyan ports and arid areas. The MoUs, signed in 1980s at the height of the Cold War, were disclosed on Tuesday when Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang’ testified before the Defence and Foreign Relations Parliamentary committee. But some of them were signed or renewed as late as 2002 and last year, evidently against the advice of the National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS). The MoUs also allow the foreigners to engage in military training, duty free importation of goods and they limit the ability of Kenyan authorities to detain and prosecute errant soldiers. The presence of foreign forces training in the country has been a divisive issue especially when they were accused of rape in Samburu and Laikipia where British forces entered a financial settlement with women who accused them of forced sex and exploitation. Besides alleged rape, foreign forces in arid areas have been accused of carelessly disposing or leaving behind unexploded arms that kill and maim pastoralists. On Tuesday, Kajwang’ said the “MoUs are binding” and “we must just follow the agreements” arguing that Kenya derives immense benefits in joint training with foreign forces.
He added the memoranda can only be terminated or amended by mutual consent. But committee chairman Adan Keynan noted “foreigners have unfettered access to the country” through the agreements. Committee member Jeremiah Kioni termed the agreements a “tool of exploitation” with his counterpart George Nyamweya saying the huge tax exemptions do not benefit Kenya. Grave danger “People who negotiated these MoUs must have seen the benefits,” Kajwang said. The minister disclosed that Kenyan forces training in other countries are also exempted from certain taxation. He said immigration officials only capture the identities of soldiers for record purposes but do not require them to declare the armaments they carry along. Nyatike MP Omondi Anyanga said some of the agreements put Kenya and its citizens in “grave danger.” However, Keynan disclosed that NSIS told the committee that he had advised against renewal or signing of some of the agreements. He said there ought to be a full disclosure of the weaponry used by visiting British and American soldiers. He said that some of the armaments used by the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan were tested in Kenya. He also said visiting armies “have left used and unused ordinance after training” and exposed Kenyans to danger.
Germany pledges Ksh.17 B for MDG projects
President Kibaki and Germany's Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in State House, Nairobi
The Federal Government of Germany has pledged 140 million Euros (Ksh. 17.5 billion) during the 2010-2013 period to fund various projects in Kenya covering key social sectors critical to the attainment of Millennium Development Goals, President Mwai Kibaki has said.Briefing the press Tuesday, after the bilateral talks with the German delegation led by the country's Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel at State House, Nairobi, President Kibaki expressed gratitude for the valuable support and looked forward to the next round of Kenya-Germany bilateral negotiations for development cooperation arrangements scheduled for 2012. The Head of State affirmed that the government has created a conducive investment environment in the country and impressed on German investors to take advantage of the investment environment prevailing in the country. President Kibaki recommended to German investors the lucrative infrastructural projects for the construction of the Lamu Port and the Lamu-Ethiopia-South Sudan rail, road and pipeline link. On implementation of the country's constitution, the two leaders also exchanged views on the implementation of Kenya's new Constitution noting the progress made so far including the passage of laws crucial to the implementation process. President Kibaki said the Government has operationalized the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Act, the Independent Offices Act, the Constitution implementation Commission Act, the Vetting of Magistrates and Judges Act and the Judicial Service Commission Act which are now operational.
Saying the task of implementing the Constitution requires massive resources and manpower, the President appealed for financial and capacity building support from the German Government. At the regional level, the two leaders noted that Kenya and Germany were associated with efforts leading to the birth of the newly independent state of South Sudan. Dr. Merkel commended Kenya as an honest broker to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement together with other IGAD member states. The Chancellor observed that Germany remained a committed member of the IGAD Partner's Forum and reaffirmed her government's commitment to the provision of technical and financial support needed for the reconstruction of the new state. On Somalia, the leaders underscored the need for the international community to support the Kampala Accord and strengthen the capacity of the Transitional Federal Government and AMISOM forces to stabilize Somalia. Touching on international issues President Kibaki and Dr. Merkel committed themselves to maintaining a close partnership while consulting on various issues of common concern both at the United Nations and other multilateral fora. In the spirit of the partnership, President Kibaki enlisted Germany's support in strengthening the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and ensuring that the location of its Headquarters remains in Nairobi. During the bilateral talks, President Kibaki and Dr Merkel expressed satisfaction with the existing warm and friendly relations between the two countries and stressed the need to enhance German support to development projects in Kenya. President Kibaki and the German Chancellor witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for establishment of a delegation office for German industry and commerce in Nairobi to give impetus to promoting trade cooperation.
In her remarks, Dr Merkel hailed the longstanding ties between Kenya and Germany noting her country was among the first nations of the world to recognize Kenya upon independence in 1963.Dr Merkel disclosed that Germany would donate One million Euros (€ 1Million) towards intervention programmes on the large numbers of refugees streaming into the Northern Parts of Kenya from Somalia. In this regard she appreciated Kenya's role in brokering peace in the East African region and efforts to stabilize peace and security in both Somalia and South Sudan under very difficult circumstances. She further expressed Germany's willingness and pledged support to strengthen Kenya's electoral system in preparation for next year's general elections so as to avoid the repeat of the post election events and enable the country to continue on its peaceful path.
Others fields of cooperation that Chancellor identified for support to Kenya include agriculture, energy and infrastructural development particularly the building of the Port of Lamu. In order to deepen economic and commercial activities between the two nations, Dr Merkel noted her country would open a delegation office and encouraged the Government to continue creating a secure investment environment. In attendance were Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabinet Ministers Prof George Saitoti, Charity Ngilu, Kiraitu Murungi, Yusuf Haji, Beth Mugo, Mutula Kilonzo, Chirau Mwakwere, Dr Sally Kosgei, Prof Helen Sambili and their respective Permanent Secretaries. On her part the Dr Merkel was accompanied by several German legislators and investors led by Federal Minister for Agriculture Mrs. Ilse Aigner. Kenya is the Chancellor's first stop-over in her three-nation Africa visit which covers Angola and Nigeria. The visit s a sign of recognition in Kenya's role on political and economic development in the region
The late Mrs. Ann M. Wanjiru burial is on
Wednesday 14th July in London
Its with deep regrets that we announce the death and funeral of Mrs Ann M. Wanjiru (Mama Muthoni) of Northolt West London. Mama Muthoni passed away on Friday the 1st of July 2011 after a long illness well borne. She was the wife of James K. Wahome, mother to Brenda Muthoni, Dennis, Tracey, Lynnete and Sabrina, and grandmother to Sharmine Muthoni. She was the daughter of Mrs Jane Gakura and the late Mr Gakura of Maragi village in Muranga District. Mama Muthoni was a sister to Wangeci, Margaret, Wambui, Wakaro, Irungu, late Wamaitha and late Muthoni. Her body will be layed to rest on Wednesday the 13th of July 2011 at Greenford Park Cemetery, Windmill Lane, Greenford, UB6 9DU. Funeral service will be held at the Chapel within the Cemetery grounds as from 11.00hrs prompt. For more information or clarification please contact either Joe - 07931197359, Mama Martin - 07950718438 or Jane Kiguru on 07886785412. More information on funeral arrangements to follow. Its the Lord who give and takes away, blessed be His Name.
Pictures: Pamplona bull run 2011
Revelers run beside a Victoriano del Rio Cortes ranch bull, falling on the Estafeta corner, during the sixth running of the bulls at the San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona northern Spain, Tuesday July 12, 2011. Two people have been gored in the sixth running of the bulls at Spain's famed San Fermin festival. Spanish Red Cross spokesman Jose Aldaba said Tuesday that one person suffered a horn injury to the back and another was hit in the shoulder. It was not immediately known how serious the injuries were. ? At least two other people were treated for injuries sustained in falls in the run. The daily 8 a.m. runs see hundreds of thrill-seekers dashing ahead and alongside six bulls and their guiding steer through the narrow, cobblestoned streets of Pamplona to the city's bull ring.
New requirements for travellers to USA
Kenyans planning to travel to USA may soon be required to prove that they have basic knowledge of how life ‘actually’ is in America before they are issued with travel visas. Proof, to be in the form of some kind of ‘certificate of induction’ issued after attending Basic Information sessions conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be part of a retinue of requirements that must be presented to the US Embassy in Nairobi as part of qualifying documents when one is seeking to travel to America. Currently, one has to show proof that they are financially able to sustain their stay in the USA without becoming a ‘public charge’. For those going to study, they must present financial bank statements from their sponsors either in Kenya or in the USA. The move that is bound to be received with mixed reactions by a public that is wary of the many complications around visa applications for travelling abroad, is being spearheaded by the Kenyan Embassy in the USA, more specifically Ambassador Elkanah Odembo.
Odembo who first proposed the requirement through a letter he sent to his Permanent Secretary in Nairobi, says the move is aimed at protecting the safety and integrity of Kenyans migrating to the USA. In the recent past, the Kenyan embassy in the DC has been inundated by calls and letters from Kenyans living in the USA seeking help for all manner of problems. "We are seeing too much suffering on the part of some Kenyans who came to this country with scanty information about how life actually is. We think part of the solution to this problem can be tackled when someone is still in Kenya and that is why we are proposing this initiative," Odembo said in an exclusive interview with The Standard. He says proper information for those going to America is very key in helping them prepare financially and psychologically for the life they are bound to find there. Odembo, who was himself once a Diaspora student in the USA, said the embassy is in the process of developing a manual containing basic information about America. This will be part of the literature that will be given to those intending to travel to the USA for whatever reasons but especially for those choosing to study in America. "When we came to America to study long time ago, this was part of the requirements. We had to prove that we knew what we were going to do in America. Of late, this is not happening," he said, adding that the manual is a necessity and will contain not just the do’s and don’ts but also basic information about important contacts and help centers managed by the Diaspora in the USA. Odembo said he was working closely with the newly appointed USA ambassador to Kenya, Scott Gration, whom he described as someone who is very ‘conversant’ with these issues.
If approved and implemented by the Kenya government, this will be one of the measures aimed at tackling some of the immense challenges that the Diaspora is currently facing in the face of changing fortunes for USA, following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and the collapse of the financial markets. Many Kenyans living in the USA have not only lost their jobs in the recent past but also their homes and investments as a result of the economic recession. Some of the measures aimed at checking illegal immigrants to the USA include tightening rules for foreign students. Many foreign students can’t find jobs within the campuses and if they drop some classes to find work to supplement their upkeep, their student visas are revoked. Frustrations arising out of this have led to increased social ills such as domestic violence, suicides and drug and alcohol abuse. Hardest hit are those who are migrating on the lottery visa commonly known as Green Card. Many are staying for months on end and sometimes years without finding employment. - The Standard
Gichuru, Okemo released on Shs. IM bail
Nambale MP Chris Okemo and former Kenya Power and Lighting Company Managing Director Samuel Gichuru Monday morning 11th July, 2011 presented themselves in a Nairobi court and were released on a 1 million shillings cash bail each. The two were also ordered to surrender their passports. Senior Principal Magistrate Grace Macharia set August 4th as the date when the extradition case will commence. Last week on Tuesday Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Keriako Tobiko filed the extradition application before principal magistrate Grace Macharia seeking a warrant of arrest for the two, and stated that the government has no objection to the request for surrender of Okemo and Gichuru by a Jersey court. Tobiko, through state counsel Edwin Okello, Victor Mulei and Mungai Warui submitted that the court should issue a warrant for the arrest and detention of Okemo and Gichuru in accordance with the Commonwealth Extradition Act. However the warrant of arrest was not issued after the two appeared in court Monday morning. Through lawyer Fred Ngatia the court heard that the two will be objecting to the planned extradition. State Counsel Warui Mungai told the court that the DPP received 13 bundles of documents from authorities in Jersey and was satisfied that there was sufficient evidence to sustain criminal charges against the two. The DPP believes there is satisfactory evidence to sustain criminal charges against the two. The two are accused by the Island of Jersey in the United Kingdom of abusing their offices by using proxy companies to misuse public funds when they served as Finance minister and KPLC MD respectively in early 1990's.
Last week, in a letter to the chief Magistrate at Milimani law courts the chief Public prosecutor Keriako Tobiko instructed the court to issue warrants of arrest and subsequent extradition of the two stating he had no objection to a request by the UK on behalf of Jersey. In the letter Tobiko stated "I authorize that you proceed and issue a warrant of arrest and detention of the said fugitives in accordance with section 7(1) of the Extradition act, chapter 77 laws of Kenya read together with section 7 of the sixth schedule in the new constitution" This came just a day after British High commissioner Rob Macaire impressed on Attorney General Amos Wako to expedite the extradition proceedings against Okemo and Gichuru saying they have sufficient evidence to nail the duo. The authorities in Jersey had early last month presented to Wako 13 voluminous reports indicating how Okemo and Gichuru abused their offices by using proxy companies to squander public funds and receive bribes in excess of 900 million shillings. Okemo and Gichuru had last month lost a bid to oppose the extradition proceedings when the court ruled that their case was premature. Jersey authorities say the pair received up to Sh900 million in bribes from companies interested in contracts in the energy industry. The money was paid into accounts held by a firm known as Windward Trading Ltd. British detectives say Mr Gichuru owns the firm while Mr Okemo, they say, worked with Mr Gichuru on the fraud while he served in the ministries of Energy and Finance. The offence with which they could be charged in Jersey carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in jail.
Interpol issued a red notice against Okemo and Gichuru after a warrant by the Bailiff and Chief Justice of the island of Jersey, United Kingdom in April 2011. The Nambale MP had earlier said he wanted to be spared money laundering charges in Jersey on the grounds that the offence was not a crime in Kenya when it was allegedly committed. Okemo said in the court papers: "Prior to the enactment of the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2009, it was not an offence in Kenya, hence the charges do not satisfy the dual criminality principle." The MP also wants the court to rule that allegations of misconduct in public office made by the Jersey authorities should not be tried there. The MP faces 15 counts of money laundering and misconduct in public office reportedly committed between February 1, 1998 and June 28, 2002, which he denies. The move has however elicited mixes reaction with the Manyatta Mp Emilio Kathuri saying that the two should take responsibility of their crimes in the Island of Jersey. Subsequently a group calling itself pan African youth movement has petitioned the British embassy, the office of the president and the prime minister. Presenting the petition the group says that Kenya has the power to try the matter locally. They have threatened to call a nationwide condemnation and sit down strike at the entrance of the British embassy if they do not reply to their petition.
East Africa drought: Kenya's empty refugee camp
The head of the United Nations refugee agency has urged Kenya to open its Ifo II camp to refugees escaping drought and war in Somalia. The Kenyan government has so far refused to authorise completion of the camp, which has room for up to 40,000 people, over fears it would encourage refugees to stay in the country permanently. The new facility is close to the Dadaab camp, which has been overwhelmed by the recent influx. - VIDEO
TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING:
* Immigration Advisory Services in UK closes with over 200 staff out of job
* Free Legal Advice is on its knees and heading for closure
* As from 4th July, 2011 foreign students studying below degree level are not suppose to work
* No bringing of the families for students studying below masters
* Croydon offices have skeleton staffs due to staff cuts
* Legacy cases has now been abandoned
* Nursing homes are closing because lack of funds (750 homes closed on Tuesday)
* Pension scheme in problems
Seven ways sex is good for your health
Don’t worry about the calories in those Valentine's Day chocolates – a proper celebration in the bedroom can help keep you in shape. In fact, sex can benefit your health in many ways. Here are seven reasons to give and get a little love – not just this special day, but any time.
Good for the heart
Sex is good for your heart. Like any physical exertion, sex is a form of cardio-exercise, which gets your heart pumping faster and helps it stay in shape. What's more, studies have shown that men who have sex two or more times per week cut their risk of a fatal heart attack by half.
Helps you lose weight
Like any form of exercise, sex helps you lose weight. Having sex for 30 minutes can burn off 85 calories. To put that in perspective: 15 minutes on the treadmill could burn up to 200 calories; 42 of these half-hour sessions, then, could shave a pound off your weight.
Boosts your immune system
While it's possible to contract a wide range of diseases, both from sex and from simple contact with others, safe sex between healthy partners can make you better equipped to fight illness. Those who have sex once or twice a week have been shown to have higher levels of immunoglobulin A or IgA, an antibody which helps protect you from respiratory diseases like the cold and flu. Don’t go overboard, though – in studies, those who had sex three or more times a week had the lowest levels of antibodies.
Reduces the risk of prostate cancer
For younger men, sex reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Researchers have found that men in their 20s who had five or more ejaculations per week were one third less likely to develop the cancer in later life. Although they found no such correlation for older men, you could try to prove them wrong.
There's a medical explanation for the mood boost sex gives you. The brain releases endorphins during and after sex, and these neurotransmitters create a feeling of euphoria while masking the negative effects of stress. Researchers have also found that sex lowers your blood pressure, which is good for your health and allows you to better keep your cool in stressful situations.
It relieves pain
Endorphins and lower blood pressure also mean that sex relieves pain. Endorphins are released during sex because of the heightened levels of the hormone oxytocin in your body. This has been known to alleviate arthritic and menstrual pain, among other things. Lower blood pressure can also help relieve migraines.
It helps you sleep
In addition to relieving stress and pain, the oxytocin generated during sex helps you sleep better. Sex relaxes you, promoting deeper, more restful sleep. What more do you need?
A KENYAN ARTIST IN GEORGIA, USA HAS PRODUCED AN ALBUM
Massachusetts, USA at Rev. Dr. Joseph Kimatu's Tumaini Community Church where Pastor Njiiri was the guest speaker and Naomi was the guest singer. Asked by Pastor Njiiri why the "Muhotoro" Naomi explained that the song, which came from the book of Psalm 18: 32-33 came to her years back in a dream. You can get a copy of her album through email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 001-4043844430. What was the dream about? More later.- VIDEO
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Plan emerges to re-launch News of the World
A plan is underway to re-launch the News of the World newspaper just one day after the title was closed by owner Rupert Murdoch. According to reports in The Independent, Susan Douglas, a former editor of the Sunday Express and deputy editor of The Sunday Times, is at the centre of a consortium of media and business figures attempting to put a rescue package together. “What we are talking about is saving the freedom of the press for ordinary people, who are not going to read the Financial Times, or even The Independent or The Guardian. I think it’s really important and worth doing,” she said. Reports claim that Ms Douglas has already been involved in talks with leading media owners and venture capitalists. She urged that a rescue attempt would need to be made quickly before the opportunity to save the title is lost. Part of Douglas’ plans would involve recruiting former News of the World staff – who have been invited to apply for roles within News International. Speaking to Yahoo! News, William Spencer, former digital editor at the News of the World, said the move was fantastic. “I would absolutely want to continue working on the News of the World publication, whether it’s part of News International or not. It’s a classic, iconic brand and it deserves to live on. “From a personal point of view though I think it’s too soon. We need to know the truth about these allegations and let the dust settle, but if somebody turned round to me tomorrow and asked me if I wanted to still be digital editor and continue working for the title – and if the allegations were untrue - then absolutely.” The consortium would have to convince Rupert Murdoch to sell the News of the World title or face a legal challenge but they argue that public support would play a part in rescuing the paper.
Who is a good wife?
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.
Sad as Immigration Advisory Service goes into administration
The Immigration Advisory Service (IAS) has gone into administration, BBC News has learnt. The IAS, which employs 200 people, has closed its branches across the UK. One employee told the BBC that staff had been told to clear their desks and that administrators were already in the central headquarters in London. The free service is one of the leading charities giving legal advice and representation to immigrants and asylum seekers in the UK. BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw says the reasons why the charity is in administration are unclear, but cuts to the legal aid budget and to fees for doing legally-funded work are thought to be contributory factors.
Girl to sue over facial tattoos
A Belgian teenager is to sue a tattoo artist after she left his parlour with 56 stars on her face, rather than the three she says she asked for. Kimberley Vlaeminck says she fell asleep during the procedure, and only realised what had happened when she woke up. - VIDEO
To attain, you must begin and to begin, you must finish!
Pregnant at 15, daughter of Britain's most prolific single mother
(And, of course, she's on benefits - just like mum)
Tight squeeze: Joanne Watson with the 11 children still living at home. Daughter Mariah, who is 15 and pregnant, is next to her mother
She tells her children to do as she says and not as she does. But the words of mother of 14 Joanne Watson – who receives more than £2,000 a month in state handouts – have fallen on deaf ears. Her 15-year-old daughter Mariah is pregnant, the father has ‘left the scene’, and the youngster is about to start living off benefits. Mrs Watson, 40, is raising her giant brood alone after parting from her husband John, 46, three years ago, and breaking up with subsequent partner Craig le Sauvage, 35, last year. Despite this, she has still managed to squirrel away enough cash for a £1,600 breast enhancement and a sunbed. She claims she has always encouraged her daughters to use contraception – but, inevitably, it seems they would rather follow the family tradition. Mariah’s pregnancy comes after Mrs Watson’s oldest daughter Natasha, 22, got pregnant with her son Branford, now six, when she was 16. Her second eldest daughter Shanice, 19, also got pregnant at 16 with her 22-month-old son Marley.
More children: Mother of Britain's biggest family Joanne Watson, 40, (right), with her pregnant 15-year-old daughter Mariah (left), who is expecting to give birth in October
Mariah says she has no concerns about becoming a teenage mother, as it seems the most natural thing in the world. Initially, she and her child will be supported by the taxpayer. She is expected to move into a housing complex for single mothers and will receive supplementary benefit and child allowance for her baby. The youngster, who is due to have a boy, said: ‘I’m not nervous. I’ve been around babies my whole life so I know what to expect and that I can handle it. The father isn’t involved and I don’t want him to be either. I’m really excited and think I will be a great mum.’ Mrs Watson, who had her first child at 18, said: ‘Of course no one wants their teenage daughters to get pregnant. ‘I’ve always urged them to use contraception – but if they refuse to there’s not much I can do about it. But I don’t believe in abortions, and Mariah wanted to have the baby, so now I just have to do my best to support her. ‘I don’t think she has any idea how hard it will be on her own in a flat.’ Mrs Watson went on: ‘I’m not proud Mariah is pregnant. The father isn’t on the scene and I wanted better than that for my daughter. But my two other daughters have done well for themselves. They both work and have good jobs as well as looking after their children.’ Mariah will be leaving the crowded council house she has shared with her mother and ten sisters and three brothers. Mrs Watson pays only £27 a week rent for the house, a heavily subsidised fraction of the normal cost, receives a total of £160 a week in family allowance for the 11 children still living at home, and another £405 a week in supplementary benefit.
Big shop: Mrs Watson with just some of her weekly groceries and on right feeding time: The family enjoy tea
She also boasts that she finds it easy to run her huge household and has enough spare time to go to the park or the beach near her home in St Martins, Guernsey. ‘As soon as I get up in the morning I help the kids get ready for school and tidy their bedrooms,’ Mrs Watson said. ‘The top of my house needs to be tidy before I will go downstairs. They then have their breakfasts – maybe biscuits or cereal and they go to school together. I then get the younger ones dressed and myself ready and clean the house. ‘Then I can do what I want. I don’t know what everyone finds so extraordinary – it’s easy having 11 children at home, and I love it.’ She added: ‘People accuse me of having loads of kids for the benefits, but I have my children because I love being a mum – not for the money. I also get pregnant very easily.’ Mrs Watson’s relationship with her ex-husband, the father of her numerous children, collapsed in 2008, but two years later she thought she had found a saviour in former next-door neighbour Mr le Sauvage, a leisure centre worker. He soon made her pregnant and they became engaged. Sadly, she lost the child at 20 weeks, and their engagement was called off. Mrs Watson has been pregnant 16 times. Her 15th child Augustina died at just a day old from an infection. The mother admits she still wants to be pregnant again – and that she was even jealous of her daughter’s pregnancy. She said: ‘I would love a baby with dark hair as all my children are blonde.’
Bionic Eyes Unveiled At Science Exhibition
Scientists hope the research could help thousands of people. Picture: Dr Stephen Hicks
Bionic eyes and the latest invisibility experiments are among the exhibits at a science fair in London. Researchers say the bionic eyes, which are on show at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, could be a low-cost way to help tens of thousands of people. The prosthetics are worn like glasses and contain a small camera connected to a tiny powerful computer. The software recognises objects of significance and uses LEDs within the glasses to light them up, allowing users to see nearby items more clearly. Scientists are carrying out a year-long study on the device which it is hoped could provide a non-surgical option those suffering from eye diseases. Dr Stephen Hicks, who worked on the research at the University of Oxford, says making the device appealing to wear is crucial. He said: "We're aiming to design a visual aid that is as discreet and economical as possible. No one really wants to wear a bulky camera or computer headset. "It's very satisfying to think that the relatively low cost of its components should make this device easily available to the people who need it most." Harry Potter fans will also be able to see how close they could be to getting their own invisibility cloak, just like the boy wizard. Professor Ulf Leonhardt from the University of St Andrews will show his attempts to develop a blueprint for a cloaking device. His theory suggests bending light around an object using artificial optical materials in order to provide the ultimate disguise.
Lifestyle: Interior Decoration in Kibera Slums
New gonorrhoea strain resistant to all available antibiotics
An international team of scientists has discovered a new strain of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) gonorrhoea that is resistant to all currently available antibiotics. Gonorrhoea is currently a widespread but easily treatable condition. It is estimated to be one of the most common STIs in the world, with around 700,000 cases annually in the US alone. Scientists successfully identified a previously unknown variant of the bacterium that causes gonorrhoea, Neisseria gonorrhoeae. This new strain, called H041, was found to have extreme resistance to all cephalosporin-class antibiotics, the last remaining drugs still effective in treating gonorrhoea. Commenting on the findings, study leader Dr Makoto Ohnishi said: "This is both an alarming and a predictable discovery - since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhoea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it." He warned that new treatments need to be developed to meet the threat posed by the new bug. "The history of newly emergent resistance in the bacterium suggests that it may spread rapidly unless new drugs and effective treatment programs are developed," Dr Ohnishi said. If left untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to serious and irreversible health complications in both women and men. For instance, in women it can cause chronic pelvic pain and ectopic pregnancy. It can lead to infertility, mostly in women but also in men, and it increases the risk of HIV transmission. In 3 to 4% of cases untreated infections spread to the skin, blood, joints, or even the heart, and can cause potentially mortal lesions. Results of the study will be presented at the 19th conference of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Disease Research (ISSTDR) in Quebec City, Canada.
WORD OF TODAY
Psalm 18:32-40 (King James Version
32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. 33 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places. 34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. 35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. 36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip. 37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed. 38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet. 39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me. 40 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.
A Kenyan student charged with armed robbery in UK
The armed robber from Dagenham, Essex was nabbed by his own diary entry
A mandenied taking part in an armed raid – but was rumbled after he wrote about it in his diary. In a damning entry on the day of the robbery, Jonathan Ochola, 21, had jotted: “Go Portsmouth robbery happens.” His pal Rashad Delawala had already admitted threatening staff at a bookmakers with an imitation firearm. But student Ochola told police he was at home watching football with his brother at the time. In fact he was the getaway driver and the pair had split the £500 takings. Police traced the robbers after Delawala dropped a balaclava with his DNA on it and were amazed when they saw Ochola’s diary. Det Con Mel Sinclair said: “When we found the diary we thought it was unusual. You don’t normally get such a good piece of evidence like that. But he was foolish enough to put it in and he said in his interview that it was stupid.” Faced with the damning evidence, Ochola tried to blame it on his friend. He told the court the two of them had set off from Essex to go clubbing in Bournemouth, but got lost and ended up in Portsmouth. He claimed he had gone into a Co-op convenience shop to buy cigarettes and sweets and when he got back to his car Delawala, 21, had gone to carry out the raid. After his arrest Ochola admitted to police that during the drive Delawala had spoken about robbing a Ladbrokes but insisted he did not take him seriously. Det Con Sinclair said: “These two have shown absolutely no remorse – they did not care about the effect on their victims. The staff in the shop thought it was a real gun and were shaken up.” Ochola, from Dagenham, Essex, was found guilty by a jury at Portsmouth crown court after denying robbery. Delawala, of llford, Essex, pleaded guilty to robbery. He is due to be sentenced with Ochola later this month. Both men were released on bail.
A MEETING WITH AN ELDERLY COUPLE IN ST. LOUIS, USA
While touring USA last month, Pastor Jane Njiiri met an elderly couple in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The couple are Mr. Johana Macharia Kamau (centre) a former Bishop of Independent Church in Coast Province and his wife Mrs. Julia Wanjiru Macharia (left). The couple explained that they originally comes from Makuyu, Muranga and the were excited to hear Pastor Njiiri belongs to Chief Njiiri family. "Twarî rungu rwa Chief Njiiri wa Karanja." the couple explained excitedly. They met at Christ Covenant Church of Pastor M. Macharia. They are the parents of Pastor Paul Macharia and Kenya Gospel Artist Mrs. Mary Njau of St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
No coins please, my pockets are more precious
Kenyans are such coin collectors they keep a total of Sh2.5 billion shillings in coppers and silvers in their office drawers, car glove compartments, piggy banks, purses, old shoes and cracked metal cups. Although this means that Kenyans take care of the coins so that pounds can take care of themselves, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) is not amused. According to CBK, this scenario has led to a shortage of coins forcing the cashier at a supermarket near you to issue sweets, ball gum, and matchboxes instead of coins as change. The Central Bank of Kenya had, as of April this year, distributed 1.2 billion coins worth Sh4.8 billion. That is pretty penny. “Of these coins” said James Teko Lokoyetum, the bank’s Director of Currency Operations, “more than half the pieces are being withheld or hoarded by the public while others are carried away by tourists as souvenirs.” He lamented that “the CBK releases the coins but these never flow back to it.” Money, some wiseacre said, is like manure: It is not worth anything unless you spread it. The Central Bank knows that Sh2.5 billion irritating circular pieces of metal make a difference when injected back into the economy. It is the kind of money that can build a fully-fledged hospital for, instance, just why the bank wants you to change the coins into paper money.
But have you ever wondered where local currency got its name? Ours is called pesa, from Peso the Spanish currency. Our lowest denomination is five cents, also called Ndururu. Or Oruro in street slang. Ndururu is Swahili for “light, small, thin, undersize or weak.” The 10-cent coin, or peni, had a Sheng name, Ng’och, which gradually diminished in use as the value of the shilling nosed south over the years. The earliest currency in Kenya, according to the CBK was the Maria Theresa Thalers which were silver coins used in world trade since they were first minted in 1751. They were named after Empress Maria Theresa of the Austro-Hungarian Empire between 1740 and 1780. The Maria Theresa Thalers found their way to shores of eastern Africa in the 1800s and were similar to the Spanish Peso hence the word pesa. The coins hardly reached the interior despite their popularity at the coast. The Indian Rupees, however, managed to do so since it was used to pay the Asian labourers during the construction of the Uganda Railway. The labourers spent their wages buying ghee and produce from communities along the railroad effectively introducing a cash economy in the interior which would later be boosted by forced taxation that forced adults to seek employment with the colonial government and settler farms. This way, the Rupee became the acceptable legal tender besides earning different names in mother tongue. - Daily Nation.
For Better Or Woof: Dog Couples Tie The Knot
Marriage went to the dogs in Peru's capital Lima as multiple canine couples tied the knot. "For me the dog is important because since I have no children they have become my children," said one owner. The ceremony was made legal when the canine couples put their paw prints on the matrimonial documents. Ingrid Chavarri, the organiser of the event, said: "I did it to be representative and to also let the pet participate in the family and also for me to explain what it is to be a responsible pet owner." And they all lived happily ever after. - VIDEO
Smuggler swallowed 101 packets of cocaine
Home Office, 06 July 2011
A man from south London has admitted swallowing 101 packets of cocaine and attempting to smuggle them through the port of Dover. Kingsley Nwanekwu, a German national living in Greenwich, was jailed for 8 years after pleading guilty to the offences on the first day of his trial at Canterbury Crown Court. Nwanekwu was stopped by officers at Dover's eastern docks on his arrival from Brussels on 26 November 2010. After questioning him, officers conducted a body search and Mr Nwanekwu was arrested as officers suspected he had swallowed drugs. After a day in custody the 47-year-old was found to have swallowed 101 packages, which contained a total of 1.27kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of £280,000. He pleaded guilty on 5 July and was handed an 8 year jail term. Malcolm Bragg, criminal and financial assistant director, UK Border Agency, said:
'The concealment technique used by this individual shows the lengths some people will go to in order to avoid detection.
'The seizure of these drugs reflects the robust controls we have in place at the UK border which are backed by dedicated criminal investigation teams.
'Cocaine is a drug that destroys not only the lives of individual users, but also their families and the wider community.'
Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to drug smuggling should call our hotline on 0800 59 5000. Our officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country. They use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners - as well as visual searches - to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and cigarettes which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.
BISHOP SAMUEL MUYA IS IN USA
Bishop Samuel Muya of Talents Revival Churches in USA. Bishop Muya arrived in US last week. Currently he is in Dallas, Texas before visiting other states. His contact in US is 001-4692357125. More information later.
'No delaying' deadline to lift US debt ceiling
US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says a 2 August 2011 deadline on increasing the US debt limit cannot be extended. He said that if Congress did not agree to raise the ceiling beyond the current $14.3tn (£8.9tn), there would be catastrophic damage to the economy. President Barack Obama is to discuss a debt deal with Congressional leaders. House Speaker John Boehner said he favoured setting a less ambitious target than an earlier proposal of a comprehensive $4tn debt reduction. The US faces running out of money and defaulting if Congress does not allow the government to take on more debt. If no agreement is reached, the government would be unable to pay civil servants, government contractors, pensioners or holders of government debt. Economists and the White House have warned that such a default could push the US back into recession and have a global economic impact. When the Congressionally-set debt limit has been reached in the past, Congress has voted to raise it. This year, however, newly empowered Republicans are determined to prevent any tax increases and want to see aggressive measures to reduce the deficit in exchange for agreeing to raise the debt ceiling. In a round of interviews before Mr Obama's meeting with Congressional leaders on Sunday, Mr Geithner said the US would not default. He said Republicans had "no alternative" to making a budget deal with the White House and urged them not to walk away from efforts to reach a large, comprehensive deal on debt reduction.
The Obama administration wanted "the biggest deal possible" on debt reduction, Mr Geithner told NBC's Meet the Press. Last week, Mr Boehner - the senior Republican in the House of Representatives - and Mr Obama had worked on a massive package of spending cuts and new tax measures that would have reduced the debt by $4tn over 10 years. The proposals included reining in spending on entitlement programmes such as Social Security and Medicare, considered vital by many Democrats. But it also involved tax hikes and closing tax loopholes for the wealthiest Americans, something opposed by many Republicans. In a statement released late on Saturday, Mr Boehner said he was pulling back from the $4tn package because it involved tax increases. "Despite good-faith efforts to find common ground, the White House will not pursue a bigger debt reduction agreement without tax hikes," he said. "I believe the best approach may be to focus on producing a smaller measure, based on the cuts identified in the [Vice-President Joe] Biden-led negotiations, that still meets our call for spending reforms and cuts greater than the amount of any debt limit increase." A group of Republican and Democratic members of Congress led by Mr Biden had identified about $2tn in cuts in talks over May and June but those ended in an impasse.
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A COMPLETE HOUSE ON THE ROAD
While driving from Texas to Missouri last month, Mrs. Seed caught this vehicle transport a complete house on road. The most strange thing about house is that the owners were inside going with their house keeping from toilet kitchen as if nothing is happening.
A KIKUYU PROVERB
Ngûkû îna tûchui ndîthiaga maî-înî
A hen with young chics always avoid running rain water.
Mr. Waiganjo wrote his message in our Message Board a few weeks ago. The message was a talk of Kenyan families in UK, US, Kenya and elsewhere in the diaspora. This time Mr. Karibu has written another piece of his life story in the message board. Karibu bwana Karibu - see below.
HUSBANDS WITH ABUSIVE WIVES/IN ABUSIVE MARRIAGES
July 9 2011 at 9:29 PM KABIRU
I have read in this forum about unhappy marriages and women treating their husbands badly.
Who defaults first: Greece or the US?
President Obama has called for significant spending cuts
Will the US government default on its debt before Greece does? The fact that I can even pose the question tells you we live in peculiar times. With its next tranche of money from the IMF-EU bail-out now assured, we can say with some confidence that the Greek government will not default next month. Incredibly, the same cannot be said of the US Federal Government. Just so we're clear: the world is a lot more dependent on the "full faith and credit" of the US than it is on Greece. A default by the US government - even a temporary, "technical" default - would be a very serious matter, not only for the US but for the global financial system. That is why the smart money has always said it won't happen; that Congress and the White House would come to an agreement in the eleventh hour. I am in Washington today, and I can report that the smart money is still saying this. It is probably right. But we are now getting very close to the eleventh hour and - unlike the battle to authorise the budget back in April - this can't be resolved 20 minutes before the government shuts down. From where we are, default is far from the most likely outcome, but it is certainly conceivable.
WELCOME TO MOGADISHU CITY
Welcome to Mogadishu City - Thousands now camp amid the ruins of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu
Somalis are fleeing the region's worsening drought by going to the capital, Mogadishu, even though it is severely damaged by years of fighting. The government says around 1,500 people arrive in the city every day, but they have little aid to offer them. Ordinary people are providing what help they can, for families sheltered in the ruins of former government buildings. Somalia is at the centre of a drought affecting around 10 million people in four countries in the Horn of Africa.There are daily deaths in Mogadishu, with eight people dying overnight in just one area. The rains have begun and with temperature dropping, children and the elderly are becoming ill. Islamist militants of al-Shabab, who control much of the country except for the capital, have established a camp outside Mogadishu for drought victims. But they are discouraging people from crossing into government held areas, or leaving for camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. There, international organisations have set up tents, food stores and clinics. It is not clear why al-Shabab are doing this, but local leaders of civic organisations coping with the drought say the militants are using radio broadcasts to restrict people's movements. Abdullahi Shirwa told the BBC: "They [al-Shabab] are saying over the radio that you cannot go to either Kenya nor to Mogadishu. The head of the United Nations refugee agency, Antonio Guterres, says he wants aid agencies to go into Somalia to help drought victims, if obstacles of security can be overcome. Delivering aid to many areas would involve deals with al-Shabab, which is listed by the US as "terrorist". "There are very severe obstacles and links to security that need to be removed, but I think it is essential to move in that direction," Mr Guterres said.
THIS WEEK'S BULL'S EYE
If all that one leaves behind are his deeds, then some of our members of parliament are getting dangerously close to scoring a fail in this sphere. The tax man struck with a finality yet there are still those twisting and turning hoping to get out of the snare and now the battle as they are promising moves to the floor of the house. The question is not if our MPs have failed, but whether they are contented with failure, and as Emmanuel Juma reports on Bull's-Eye, in anger their true nature is being revealed. THIS WEEK'S BULL'S EYE - VIDEO
Birth of a new nation: the forgotten heroes
As the world welcomed a new state on Saturday, one group that played a critical role in bringing peace and stability between north and south Sudan appeared to be forgotten. A group of Church leaders under the World Council of Churches, All Africa Conference of Churches and National Council of Churches of Kenya worked behind the scenes to ensure humanitarian assistance and reconciliation in the region. Among the organizations leaders who played a key role are the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, Dr Agnes Abuom and Dr Bethuel Kiplagat who saw it critical for north and south Sudan to engage each other for peace. “Peace is a process. It is something you cannot see the results immediately. It requires resources, commitment and cooperation between church bodies and the government,” Dr Abuom told the Nation on Sunday. Dr Abuom did not however attend south Sudan’s independence celebrations as she had joined Muslims leaders in working for peace in Somalia. - VIDEO
Where are all the good women?
Often, the assertion that good men are scarce comes from women. But on the other side of the divide are men who say that finding a suitable mate is tough luck. If a man were to go by media reports, the logical conclusion would be that a good Kenyan woman is hard to find. The reports paint a grim picture of Kenyan women and one would think that men have to look beyond the Kenyan borders to find good women. Kenyan women have been described variously as gold-digging, materialistic, ego-deflating, competitive and disrespectful beings. - MORE
A KENYAN MAN HAS PASSED AWAY IN LOS ANGELES, USA
A Kenyan man has passed away in in Los Angeles, USA. Death has occurred of Waiyaki Joel Njoroge, 24 years old son of Rev. Dr. Joe Njoroge, and Rev. Wambui Njoroge of Tifton Georgia. He passed away on Saturday morning, July 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. He is brother to Anne Wanjiru Njoroge. His body is still in Los Angeles, and Dr.Njoroge and Rev, Wambui are planning to travel there to bring him home in Georgia for burial. More details will be communicated later. Please Keep the family in your prayers. Job 1:19 says, “... the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Contact Information -you can call: Pastor Jackson Kingori - 469-682-8879, Apostle Zephania Muturi -770-334-0338, Erastus and Naomi Karaya Njenga -404-754-3486, Rev. Ayub and Rev. Nyambura Muthama 717-389-2303, Pastor Karumba Kiroko - 678-656-8446, Rev. James Njoroge - 540-842-1263, Pastor Donald Mwawasi 678-886-9788, Rev. Isaac Kariuki -301-528-4689, Brother Lucas and Martha Kimani – 410-212-3339 or Brother Tony Maima 774-386-4. For any support please send your checks under memo of Waiyaki Njoroge to: Rev. Wambui Njoroge and/or Dr. Joseph Njoroge 819 East 44th Street Tifton, Ga 31794 OR Triumph Christian Ministries, Inc. Bank of America, Tifton, Georgia Account #: 3340-2859-1253, Routing No: 540580103. Keep them in your prayers. Rev. Dr. Joe and Rev. Wambui Njoroge Here is the memorial page- http://www.facebook.com/groups/216756578367868?view=members#!/groups/216756578367868?ap=1
South Sudan's Kiir sworn in as president
"I ... do hereby swear by Almighty God that as the president of the Republic of South Sudan I shall be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of South Sudan," Kiir said, reading out an oath on a podium before tens of thousands of southerners. Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have watched the raising of the country's new flag at an independence ceremony in the capital, Juba. The South Sudanese parliament speaker read out the formal declaration of independence for the Republic of South Sudan on Saturday, the final step in a 2005 deal that followed decades of war between the north and south. "We, the democratically elected representatives of the people, hereby declare Southern Sudan to be an independent and sovereign state," speaker James Wani Igga said, reading the formal proclamation of independence. Meanwhile, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and UN chief Ban Ki-moon are among dignitaries who came for the event. South Sudan became the world's newest nation at midnight, the climax of a process made possible by the 2005 peace deal that ended a long civil war. Sudan earlier became the first state to officially recognise its new neighbour. The south's independence follows decades of conflict with the north in which some 1.5 million people died.
Excitement and relief
Celebrations in Juba began at midnight (2100 GMT). A countdown clock in the city centre reached zero and the new national anthem was played on television. South Sudan became the 193rd country recognised by the UN and the 54th UN member state in Africa. Earlier, Mr Bashir arrived at Juba airport where he was greeted by Mr Kiir. Other attendees include former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, the US permanent representative to the UN, Susan Rice, and the head of the US military's Africa Command, Gen Carter Ham. Under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, a referendum was held on independence, which was approved by more than 99% of voters. The new country is rich in oil, but one of the least developed countries in the world, where one in seven children dies before the age of five. Unresolved disputes between the north and south, particularly over the new border, have also raised the possibility of renewed conflict.
SEVERAL ACCIDENTS AND 11 OPERATIONS IN 7 YEARS
Meet Beth - 11 operations in 7 years and no hope to walk again yet. Beth Chege has had a few accidents in the last 7 years. In her first accident, she had a leg and shoulder fractures where she lost a bone on her upper thigh leading to a K-nail (metal) been inserted. This led to an infection which has seen her have 10 more operations with no success. Her last operation early this year led to her being detained in Kenyatta Hospital for failure to meet her bill. She later left with a pending bill of kshs 190,000.00. Doctors adviced her that the only alternative was to travel to India for treatment. Beth has had a few harambees in the last 7 years with the last one raising only Kshs, 38,000.00. She is in a lot of pain and surviving on pain killers, and is in urgent need of Ksh,800,000.00 to enable her travel to India to save her life. What's worse is that her leg cannot be amputated as one infection is on the hip. Anyone willing to assist, her Mpesa account details are Beth Chege Tel no 0722-766398, Equity Account No. 0010293568140 or deposit in my charity account, Account name LUCK, HSBC Bank, Acc No. 33890619, Sort Code 403418 or call Joyce of IDPs, Newcastle, UK on 07532-358061 for more details. - CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO
At 640000 square km, Southern Sudan is about the size of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Germany and Portugal combined.
DO YOU KNOW?: South Sudan is bigger than Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania combined.
A Kenyan man passes away in his sleep in Ohio, USA
A Kenyan man has passed away in Ohio, USA. The family of Daniel Kuria Mbuthia is in shock and with many question of what happened to him. Daniel was found dead on Monday 4th July, 2011 in his house and his young children had earlier walked into the neighbor’s house saying they were thirsty. According to Daniel’s brother Benson Mbuthia, Daniel had left his house with the children the previous night and after not responding to his phone calls the following day, he went to his house only to find his dead body in the bedroom. They are awaiting the Coroner’s report to know what killed him. Daniel Kuria Mbuthia of Columbus Ohio was the son of the late Geoffrey and Lucy Mbuthia,he was the brother to Benson Mbuthia (Columbus Ohio), Grace Ruguru Mbuthia, Lydia Njeri Mbuthia, Mary Wanjiru Mbuthia and Steven Mburu Mbuthia (Kenya). He leaves behind his wife Cindy Mbuthia, his son Malakhi Mbuthia and two step daughters Haddy Sey and Skyler Simmons. Family and friends are meeting nightly at Benson’s house for prayers and support at: 148 Parklawn Blvd Apt H Columbus OH, 43213 @ 6pm. The family is asking for help and support with funeral expenses to send Daniel’s body back to Kenya for burial. An account has been set up with PNC bank under Benson Mbuthia Acct # 4258748508 Routing # 041000124. Any donations will be highly appreciated. Memorial service arrangements are underway and any updates will be posted on this page. For more details,contact: Eric Mwangi-302 397 4717 or Solomon maina- 614 266 6409. - DiasporaMessenger.
Kinangop MP Hon. D.M. Ngugi new No. in London
The MP for Kinangop Hon. David M. Ngugi and his wife (left) are in London. The couple arrived in London early this week for a short visit to London. While in London the Vice-Chairman of Local Authorities Committee visited Thatched House in Barking, London on Tuesday evening 5th July, 2011 where he met several Kenyans. The MP updated the Kenyans about the current political situation in Kenya among other issues. His contact while in the UK is 07405445563 or his Kenyan number which is roaming 0722207222 or 0737207222.
OVERHEARD BY MR. SEED: "Everyone has a history but some people has more than others." - Rev. Teresia Wairmu, London
What would happen if the US went broke?
Greece may have staved off default for another few months, but as protestors leave the streets of Athens, global attention has moved to the US and its enormous debt problem. The US is the richest country in the world, so it follows that its credit limit is the largest. But Uncle Sam has run up incredibly large bills in recent years and it is now close to the top of its credit limit. But the US has its own central bank and Treasury so it could just mint new coins and notes if it ever ran out of money, right? Well, that is technically correct but US politicians in Congress are supposed to act as the US's bank manager and set its credit limit (they also spend the US's money, so one could argue that it's a fairly lax system). In recent years Congress has raised the debt ceiling because of some exceptional circumstances like the subprime crisis and the financial sector bailout in 2008/2009. But now that the recovery has taken hold the Republicans in Congress want to start paying the debt away. That's all fine except that the US is hitting its latest debt ceiling and needs to borrow more money. But Congress is in deadlock.
The scale of the problem
The US needs an extension on its $14.3 trillion credit limit urgently. As anyone who has racked up debt on multiple credit cards will know, the more you owe the more you need to borrow just to pay back your original debts. This is where the US now finds itself. The biggest economy in the world needs Congress to give it the green light to tap the markets for more cash to pay debt redemptions and coupon payments that are due to be repaid in the coming months. Since these tally up to more than $500 billion, the extension will have to be fairly hefty to ensure the US's finances are sustainable in the future. If Congress says no then expect carnage in the financial markets. Already one of the major credit rating agencies has said it will immediately cut the US's credit rating to default; it is currently rated triple A and considered the safest security in the world to hold in your portfolio. With no money the US government would not be able to pay public sector workers, pensions, disability allowance; schools and hospitals may have to close their doors. Congress has shut down before because the debt ceiling hasn't been extended, but this time is slightly different. Debts have never been this big and credit rating agencies have never threatened to cut the US sovereign debt rating to a D - worse than Greece.
A US debt crisis would also reverberate across the globe. Most of the US's debts are held overseas. Almost a quarter are held by China and 20% is held by Japan. The UK is the next biggest holder with 7% and oil exporters are the fourth largest with nearly 5%. If the US stopped making payments on its obligations then its creditors would suffer. Not only would these countries not receive the money they were due, but this could disrupt their cash flows and impact their economies. If the US's credit rating was slashed then it would most likely send yields sky high and since bond prices move inversely to yields the value of the debt they hold would also tumble. So investors would be hit twice: firstly the value of their investment would fall through the floor and then they wouldn't get the money they expected to receive. It's unlikely there would be many people willing to purchase US debt after this, so Congress needs to put ideological differences aside and look at the practicalities of what defaulting means. If you have $14 trillion in debt, you shouldn't anger your creditors. Even if Congress does raise the debt ceiling in the coming weeks, the wrangle up on Capitol Hill has already eroded the US's debt's status as a risk-free asset. No country is entirely free from the risk of default, even one as rich as the US. From now on investors may start to price in a political premium to US debt, which could make it more expensive for the US to borrow in the future. We are now in a period whereby excessive debt loads will not be tolerated by investors, so the US needs to toe the line and gets its fiscal house in order or else pay the consequences.
WELCOME TO MEN'S SACCO IN UK
PCEA UK Outreach Men Fellowship is very active in London and they always hold a breakfast for men in every first week of the month. The last breakfast took place on Saturday 2nd July, 2011 at their church in Brickfield Christian Centre, Welfare Road, Stratford, London, E15 4HT which starts at 8.00 a.m. They welcome men from other churches to join. During their last meeting the men moved to another step forward when they formed a co-operative - Jitegemea UK Development SACCO. The SACCO will include men from other denominations in order to promote developments in UK and in Kenya. Their main aim is to buy a large piece of land in Kenya and sub-divide it into plots where the investments will keep them together abroad and in Kenya. They are appearing to other men to join the fellowship so that they can work together. The members agreed to break the contributions into shares according to one's ability. One share was fixed at £20 per month and you can buy as many shares as you want. A bank account has been opened and the contributions starts as from the month of July, 2011. If interested you can contact the secretary Mr. Githinji on 07838912852. You don't need to be a member of PCEA to be a member. The next men's breakfast takes place on Saturday 6th August, 2011 as from 8.00 a.m.
DO YOU KNOW?: We all need salt in our diet. But having too much is linked to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
What is Green Tea?
The Miracle of Green Tea
"Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one." (Ancient Chinese Proverb)
Is any other food or drink reported to have as many health benefits as green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. In her book Green Tea: The Natural Secret for a Healthier Life, Nadine Taylor states that green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least 4,000 years.
Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.
To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
· rheumatoid arthritis
· high cholesterol levels
· cariovascular disease
· impaired immune function
What makes green tea so special?
The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.
Links are being made between the effects of drinking green tea and the "French Paradox." For years, researchers were puzzled by the fact that, despite consuming a diet rich in fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. The answer was found to lie in red wine, which contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. In a 1997 study, researchers from the University of Kansas determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, which may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are smokers.
Why don't other Chinese teas have similar health-giving properties? Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed. Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various diseases.
New evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters. In November, 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.
Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea - from deodorants to creams - are starting to appear on the market.
To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee: there are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six - eight ounces of tea, compared to over one-hundred mg. in eight ounces of coffee.
'500 STAFF SACRIFICED FOR ONE PERSON'
NOTW Staff's Shock And Fury At Shutdown
The announcement that the News of the World is to close was met with an audible gasp of shock in the newsroom. Rebekah Brooks and James Murdoch faced a small group of senior management at the tabloid before talking to the rest of the staff. They were flanked by two security men as they delivered the astonishing news that the newspaper with a history dating back nearly 170 years was to publish its final edition this weekend. When they made the announcement, the entire office gasped with disbelief, and many staff burst into tears.
Kenya congratulates South Sudan on independence
President Mwai Kibaki on Friday sent a congratulatory and best wishes message to the Government and people of the Republic of South Sudan as they prepare to celebrate the declaration of their independence Friday. President Kibaki similarly congratulated the Government of the Sudan for remaining committed to the peace process for the benefit of the entire Sudan and Sudanese people. He said Kenya is proud to have served as an honest broker of the CPA and salute all those behind its successful implementation. "Tomorrow will mark the birth of a new nation, the Republic of South Sudan. Indeed the declaration of independence of South Sudan is an important and significant step in the search for durable peace and stability for the people of the Sudan as a whole," President Kibaki said. In this regard, President Kibaki declared that Kenya recognizes the Republic of South Sudan as a fully sovereign State, saying Kenyans look forward to working closely with the new Republic to further enhance the existing cordial relations. The President noted that the independence of South Sudan is unique as it is the culmination of a peaceful albeit protracted process of direct negotiations between the North and the South, mediated by Kenya on behalf of IGAD. Said the President: "It was indeed a process wholly owned by the people of the Sudan and the region."
President Kibaki added that the independence of South Sudan comes as a result of the free expression of the will of the people of Southern Sudan through a referendum as provided in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. "Tomorrow, 9th July 2011, six years since the signing of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Nairobi, and seven months after the successful conclusion of the South Sudan referendum that led to the separation of the latter from the North, the world will witness a truly momentous occasion, not only for South Sudan but for the entire Horn of Africa sub-region," the President said. The Head of State, at the same time, urged both the North and South Sudan to take advantage of the age-old links they have developed as one entity to nurture close bilateral relations even as they assume separate sovereign identities. "This will no doubt contribute immensely to consolidating stability in the region," President Kibaki said. He wished the leadership and people of both the Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of the Sudan prosperity and stability in the years ahead, saying both nations can bank on Kenya's support and solidarity in the common goal to enhance peace, security and development.
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JOINT CRUSADE FOR REV. WAIRIMU AND ALLAN KIUNA
Rev. Teresia Wairimu (above) of FEM UK concluded her conference in London on Sunday 3rd July, 2011 where they had a joint crusade with Pastor Allan Kiuna. The 3 day's conference took place at Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street in Central London. Rev. Wairimu got her scriptures from Luke 30:35 and her message was entitled "When I come back, I will pay". She explained that when God's blesses in you in life, you should also help other people. Rev. explained: "The church has fallen into the hands of thieves. Christianity is the only army that kills its own. We are too busy fighting each other. The church is busy taking offence while the world is watching. The church is half dead - it has lost the authority - but there is a chance. The church is a sleeping giant. It is half dead but the hair is starting to grow again." Rev. Wairimu concluded.
Pastor Allan Kiuna (above) preaching at the conference explained that if you hear of bad news, it is always good to confess positive and tell them that piece of news is not yours. "If your master says come and eat - who else can say otherwise. If God can pick a slum boy like me and make him a million, He can also make you. God want to move you from the land of plenty to the land of more than enough." Pastor Kiuna explained.
DO YOU KNOW?: The US needs an extension on its $14.3 trillion credit limit urgently. Most of the US's debts are held overseas. Almost a quarter are held by China and 20% is held by Japan
Gunman Kills Himself After Shooting Seven
A gunman who killed seven people has shot himself dead after holding three others hostage in a stand-off with US police. Police suspect Rodrick Dantzler shot dead five adults and two children at two different locations in northeast Grand Rapids, Michigan, setting off a manhunt with helicopters. One of the victims was 10 years old, police said, adding that Dantzler had a personal connection to the two houses where he carried out the killings. Officers believe one of the victims was his daughter and one was an ex-girlfriend, Police Chief Kevin Belk said. Dantzler then drove the wrong way on Interstate 96, crashed into a ditch and fled on foot into a neighbourhood. He forced his way into a house and took three hostages, who were believed to be strangers, Mr Belk said. Shots were fired as he entered the house, but the occupants were not injured. The suspect had said he wanted to give himself up, but while he was talking with negotiators about how he could surrender, "we heard a gunshot and it turned out to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head," Mr Belk said. "The hostages are outside. They are safe. The suspect is dead at the scene." In addition to those killed, two other people were injured, including a woman apparently caught in a crossfire and another person he hit with his car. Neither of them suffered from life-threatening injuries. Family members said Dantzler had been released recently from prison, was very distraught, and may have been bipolar and off his medication, according to reports. He is said to have served time for assault, as well as being sentenced for malicious destruction of property, and for breaking and entering as a young offender. - VIDEO
Final Atlantis mission lifts off
The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis is the 135th and final space shuttle launch for NASA. Nasa's Atlantis space shuttle has taken off from Cape Canaveral on her - and the shuttle programme's - final mission. Space shuttle Atlantis was launched into history at 1129 local time (1529 GMT; 1629 BST) on Friday. The 12-day mission will ferry 3.5 tonnes of supplies to the International Space Station. - VIDEO
IMF says Kenya's economy will grow at 5.7 per cent
The country's economy is expected to grow 5.7 per cent in fiscal year ending June next year, from 5.4 per cent in the 2010/2011 financial year, while headline inflation will be within the 8-9 per cent range by end of the year, the International Monetary Fund has said. The projection is in line with Government’s own forecast contained in the finance minister’s Budget speech last year. “A rebound in regional and global demand supports tourism, and a dynamic private sector has spurred investment and an acceleration of growth across all non-agricultural sectors,” the IMF said late on Thursday. “Agriculture growth is expected to decelerate sharply because of delayed rains during the main rainy season (April-June).” The shilling’s depreciation reflected strong domestic demand and high oil prices, it added. The shilling closed trade at Sh89.85/95 against the dollar on Thursday after hitting Sh90.00 earlier, weaker than Wednesday close of Sh89.70/80. Kenya’s year-on-year inflation rate rose for the seventh consecutive month in June to 14.49 per cent, from 12.95 per cent a month before. The IMF said rising inflation rates could hamper economic recovery. “The surge in global commodity prices, the strength of private investment, and mixed rainy seasons have translated into strong pressures on both inflation and the external position that, if not managed, could bring to a halt the ongoing recovery,” it said. IMF added that Central Bank of Kenya needed to keep tightening its monetary policy to account for inflationary expectations. “The ongoing monetary tightening should continue to ensure that the recent inflation burst does not become entrenched,” it said. “There are no doubts that temporary factors have played a key role in boosting food prices, but rapid credit growth has fueled domestic demand and exacerbated inflationary pressures.” It said the bank’s recent action of absorbing liquidity by raising interest rates were also expected to keep the pressure in check. —Reuters
Eat oily fish
Reduce your risk of heart disease
How hard can this be? Oily fish are low in saturated fat, and high in essential vitamins and minerals. Eating them is the best way to get omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. Omega-3 are essential fatty acids which the body cannot make itself. They can only be obtained as part of your diet. Studies have shown they help protect against heart disease, as well as potentially reducing your risk of age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of sight loss in the elderly in the UK. Salmon, mackerel, pilchards, trout kippers, fresh tuna and sardines are all rich in omega-3. It can also be found in some tinned fish, except for tuna which may have the omega-3 removed during processing - so check the label. Oily fish are also a great source of vitamin D, necessary for a healthy immune system and for the body to absorb calcium needed for healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin D levels often fall in the winter months when we need our immune systems to be at their best. No need for fad diets and so called super-foods; just add a portion of oily fish a week to your shopping list. Easy!
All Night of Prayers & Deliverance
Friday & Saturday 8th & 9th July 2011 … @7.30pm & 3.00am
WITCHES SHALL BEG FOR MERCY ::: IT IS PAY BACK TIME
with … Bishop Climate Irungu
The Kingdom Church 2nd Fl. Chatelaine Hse; 186 Walworth Rd London SE17 1JJ :0207 740 6001/2
Somebody from our country begged us to accommodate them just for few days as they look for their own place; Little did we know they were evil. Soon after they left & because of Jealousy they falsely accused us to the
Home Office & Government Agencies. We did not know what to do until I saw Bishop Climate on TV giving a word. That God has anointed him to deliver us. We started coming for Deliverance & soon all the accusation GOT CANCELLED. Today its All Night of Prayers & Deliverance. Special Miracle service @7:30pm & 3am: yes come & receive the Anointing of STONE EZEL, a place in Gods word were you can hide when Trouble Begins (1Sam 20:19) be on time all your enemies are in deep trouble Tonite Friday & Saturday.
South Sudan becomes an independent nation
South Sudan has become the world's newest nation, the climax of a process made possible by the 2005 peace deal that ended a long and bloody civil war. Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon are among international dignitaries attending celebrations in the capital, Juba. Sudan earlier became the first state to officially recognise its new neighbour. The south's independence follows decades of conflict with the north in which some 1.5 million people died. Celebrations in Juba began at midnight (2100 GMT). A countdown clock in the city centre reached zero and the new national anthem was played on television. South Sudan became the 193rd country recognised by the UN and the 54th UN member state in Africa. - VIDEO
WORD OF TODAY
Isaiah 44:3-10 (King James Version)
3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: 4 And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. 5 One shall say, I am the Lord's; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel. 6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. 8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.
President pushes for low Internet connection charges to stir growth
With Kenya hooked up to two fibre optic cables, internet charges for end-users should be lowered for them to enjoy benefits of an online presence, President Mwai Kibaki has said. “Kenyans are not yet enjoying the full benefits of fibre optic connectivity… The optic fibres were meant to deal with these issues (of cost) but that has not happened,” the President said. He directed the ministry of Information and Communication minister, Mr Samuel Poghisio, to move with speed and talk with stakeholders to lower the cost of internet connection. The President was speaking yesterday when he launched a government open data website (www.opendata.go.ke), which aims to boost transparency in governance and empower citizens with relevant information. Kenya is currently hooked to two international marine fibre optic cables (Seacom and Teams), which has seen a 90 per cent drop in connectivity charges for big players, but citizens are yet to enjoy the benefits. - Daily Nation.
South Sudan counts down to split
South Sudan is counting down the hours until it becomes the world's newest nation on Saturday 9 July. Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and dignitaries from around the world will be attending the celebrations in the southern capital, Juba. Sudan has announced its official recognition of its new neighbour - the first country to do so. South Sudan's independence follows decades of conflict with the north, in which some 1.5 million people died. Under the 2005 peace deal, a referendum was held on independence, which was favoured by more than 99% of voters. The new country will be rich in oil, but it will be one of the least developed countries in the world following the long conflict.
The celebrations will begin after midnight local time (2100 GMT) around the countdown clock in the centre of Juba. "The Republic of Sudan announces that it recognises the Republic of South Sudan as an independent state, according to the borders existing on January 1, 1956," Minister of Presidential Affairs Bakri Hassan Saleh said in a statement broadcast on state television. Earlier this week, President Bashir pledged his support to South Sudan and said he wanted the new country to be "secure and stable". "We will bless our brothers in the south over their country and we wish them success," said Mr Bashir, who agreed the 2005 peace deal with the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA). But he warned that "brotherly relations" depended on secure borders and non-interference in each others' affairs. There had been fears that war could resume after recent fighting in two border areas, Abyei and South Kordofan, which has forced some 170,000 people from their homes. But separate deals in recent weeks, and the withdrawal of rival forces from the border, have calmed tensions. Rebecca Garang, the wife of the late John Garang who led the southern rebels in the civil war, told the BBC her people had no quarrel with the people of the north, only with their government. "There are many colleagues and comrades who perished during the war but we are here for their blood," she said. "So we are very happy and grateful for their contribution for this nation."
Meanwhile, the US has called on Mr Bashir's government to allow UN peacekeepers to remain in the north, after Khartoum said the UN mandate would not be renewed. Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, said it was "vital that the United Nations be allowed to maintain a full peacekeeping presence" in the northern states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, where many people backed the SPLA during the war. Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir gestures to supporters during a visit to Diwayaem town in White Nile State in Khartoum, 7 July 2011 President Omar al-Bashir warned 'brotherly relations' depend on non-interference in each others' affairs All eyes will on both the predominately muslim north and the south stable long after the celebratory parties have ended will be a mighty challenge. The two sides must still decide on issues such as drawing up the new border and how to divide Sudan's debts and oil wealth. Analysts say the priority for Khartoum will be to negotiate a favourable deal on oil revenue, as most oilfields lie in the south. At present, the revenues are being shared equally. Khartoum has some leverage, as most of the oil pipelines flow north to Port Sudan on the Red Sea. Citizenship is also a key issue which has not yet been decided. According to the state-run Sudan Radio, the citizenship of South Sudanese living in the north has now been revoked. Earlier this week, thousands of southern Sudanese civil servants working in the north had to leave their jobs ahead of the split.
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Kenya Airports on high alert over terror
Kenya has stepped up security at its airports following a fresh alert on terrorists targeting airlines. At Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, more security officers and sniffer dogs have been sent to screen passengers. According to leaked US intelligence reports published in a British newspaper, The Daily Mail, the terrorists were planning to use bombs, surgically implanted in their bodies to blow up aeroplanes. The terror alert coincided with a military operation along the Kenya/Somalia border. Passenger traffic at JKIA has increased because of the many people using it as a transit point to Juba to attend South Sudan’s independence celebrations on Saturday. Kenyan security agencies have been ordered to heighten border surveillance because of continued attacks by US forces on al Shabaab bases. They are to ensure al Shabaab elements fleeing the attacks, or those wounded do not enter Kenya for treatment. - Daily Nation.
A Kenyans kills his wife in New Jersey, USA
A Bloomfield man was arraigned in court on Wednesday morning 6th July, 2011 for the murder of his estranged wife, who was found slain in her Montclair apartment on the Fourth of July 2011. The arraignment of Khalid Khan, 42, for the murder of Shazmina Khan, 31, will be conducted by Superior Court Judge Peter Vazquez in Newark. An autopsy Tuesday found that the victim’s “preliminary cause of death was sharp force injury to neck,” according to Kathy Carter, the spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Authorities arrested Khalid Khan Monday, the Fourth of July, for the homicide of Shazmina, who was found dead in her bath tub in her apartment on Wheeler Street near Glenfield Park in Montclair. This is believed to be the first murder in Montclair this year. Although there was a history of prior domestic complaints involving Khan and his wife, Carter said Tuesday that Shazmina did not have a restraining order against her husband. The husband had been arrested for simple assault once, but was not convicted. The troubled couple had been separated since 2009. The defendant, who is originally from Kenya, is being held on $1.5 million bail. In addition to murder, Khan has been charged with weapons offenses.
Shazmina Khan reportedly worked at Jefferson’s Café and a laundromat right next to it, both on Maple Avenue, not far from her apartment. The couple’s 8-year-old daughter Samara, who attends the Charles H. Bullock Elementary School, was in the apartment when her mother was killed. She is the one that sought help from the neighbor who discovered the body. The child woke up and couldn’t find her mother, so she went downstairs and told Margo Garrett, who came up and found the corpse in the tub at 12:30 a.m. Monday. Samara is now in the custody of the state Department of Youth and Family Services, according to Carter. The Bullock School will make its school counselor available to meet with any of the second grade classmates of Samara. In an email to Bullock parents, Principal Barbara Weller said the counselor, Linda Lendman, will be available at the Bullock School at 55 Washington St. from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday. Parents who want to bring their child in for either session are asked to email Weller or Lendman in advance at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. “We know it may be difficult for families to talk with children about such a sad and complicated event,” Weller stated in her email, “Even as an adult, you may need help with your own grief and uncertainty.” “While our school-based counseling will be focused on helping our students, Ms. Lendman is available to speak to you about your needs and to provide you with a list of community resources,” Weller stated in her message. - Source: www.northjersey.com/news
Pamplona Bull Run: Five Hurt On First Day
Five people have been injured in the first day of the San Fermin festival, in the race known as the running of the bulls. A Spanish Red Cross spokesman said that a total of four people needed treatment by medical staff and one was hospitalised after falling. Tens of thousands of people packed into Pamplona's main square on Wednesday for the start of the annual event. The bulls charged down the 849m course, from a pen to the city's bull ring, in two and a half minutes. Runners wearing the traditional white clothes, with red cloth around their necks avoided being caught by the animals. The runs take place at 8am every morning until July 14 when the festival ends - and each is televised in Spain. In the afternoons the bulls face matadors in the ring. Since 1924, 15 people have been killed in the running of the bulls - the last person to die was a 27-year-old in 2009.
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News of the World to close amid hacking scandal
This Sunday's edition of the News of the World will be its last, News International chairman James Murdoch has said, after days of increasingly damaging allegations against the paper. The 168-year-old UK tabloid is accused of hacking into the mobile phones of crime victims, celebrities and politicians. On Thursday, the Met Police said it was seeking to contact 4,000 possible targets named in seized documents. Its editor Colin Myler said it was "the saddest day of my professional career". He added that "nothing should diminish everything this great newspaper has achieved". The News of the World, which sells about 2.8million copies a week, is famed for its celebrity scoops and sex scandals, earning it the nickname, the News of the Screws. Downing Street has said it had no role or involvement in the decision to close. Mr Murdoch said no advertisements would run in this weekend's paper - instead any advertising space would be donated to charities and good causes, and proceeds from sales would also go to good causes. News International has refused to comment on rumours that the Sun could now become a seven-day-a-week operation.
"I have come to borrow your spear"
Pastor Patrick Thuku of CCBC Swahili Service made a courtesy call at the Seed's family where his two sons were excited once again when they saw the Maasai items at the Seed's House. His young son Jude Thuku was quick to ask Mr. Seed to led him the spear so that when he goes to Kenya he will use to kill the lion. The boys Jude (2nd right) and Jason (standing with a spear) as they pose for a photo with Maasai items, spear, sword, whisk, gourd and the shield. The wife Mrs. Jackie Thuku graduated a few days ago with International Development.
A KENYA LADY HAS PASSED AWAY IN UK
The late Mrs Ann M. Wanjiru (Mama Muthoni)
A Lady has passed away in UK. The late Mrs Ann M. Wanjiru (Mama Muthoni) a mother of five of Northolt West London. Mama Muthoni passed away on Friday the 1st of July 2011 after a long illness well borne. She was the wife of James K Wahome, mother to Brenda Muthoni, Dennis, Tracey, Lynnete and Sabrina, and grandmother to Sharmine Muthoni. She was the daughter of Mrs Jane Gakura and the late Mr Gakura of Maragi village in Muranga District. Mama Muthoni was a sister to Wangeci, Margaret, Wambui, Wakaro, Irungu, late Wamaitha and late Muthoni. We are appealing to the Kenyan Community and others for financial support to enable us lay Mama Muthoni's body to rest. A fund raising event has therefore been organised and set for Sunday the 10th of July 2011, starting at 15.00hrs. Venue: 14 Beauvais Terrace, Northolt, Middlesex, UB5 6JT. An account has also been provided for those who would like to deposit their contributions: Account name: Dennis Wahome, Account Number: 50605301 (Barclays Bank), Sort Code: 20 27 48. For more information or clarification please contact either Joe - 07931197359, Mama Martin - 07950718438 or Jane Kiguru on 07886785412. More information on funeral arrangements to follow.
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Karomo and Wangari Wedding in London
The wedding of Mr Nick Karomo Kinyanjui and Serah Wangari Karomo will be held on Saturday 6th August, 2011 at St Thomas Church,187 Burnside Road,Dagenham,Essex,RM8 2JN, starting from 9.00am to 12.00pm. and reception will be at The Pavillion Baqueting Suite, 324 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 9PX. Thanks for all those who supported and attended our pre-wedding. For more information contact 0786 9505 481 or 07903658458.
Former Voi MP Mghanga dies in a road accident
Former Voi MP Boniface Mghanga of the National Muungano Choir fame died last night after his car smashed on a lorry on the Nairobi-Mombasa road near Manyani. The former MP was travelling from Nairobi to his Voi home when the accident occurred at around 8pm. According to Taita Police boss Mr Nathaniel Aseneka, the former MP’s vehicle swerved to avoid a head on collision with an oncoming vehicle but rammed into the rear of a trailer that was moving at a snail speed. “We cannot give further details on the cause of the fatal accident that has robbed this county of a prominent leader because there was no one who could give a real story of the happenings since he was alone in the vehicle,” he said. Mr Mghanga had expressed interest to be elected the first Taita Taveta county governor in next year's general elections. - Daily Nation. - VIDEO
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