"For now I can tell you there was nothing new in his speech and it was very unclear," Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban in Afghanistan, told AFP. A senior Taliban commander told AFP that Trump was just perpetuating the "arrogant behaviour" of previous presidents such as George Bush. US PUPPETHe added that the statement proved the current Afghan government "is a US puppet". CRUSADEA commander from the Taliban-allied Haqqani network, long believed to have links to Pakistan's shadowy military establishment, told AFP that Trump "has proved it's a Crusade". "His statement has proved that he wants to eliminate the entire Muslim umma (community)," he said.
August 22, 2017 07:30 UTC
"A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun's, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometers wide," according to Wikipedia. On Monday 21 August 2017 people around the world were treated to an eclipse of the sun. Here are 13 amazing photos of the eclipse that took place yesterday;
August 22, 2017 07:07 UTC
By BRENDA OKOTHMore by this AuthorHi Brenda,I’m in love with this girl whose parents are very rich. It seems like she wants to meet me at her convenience and it leave me feeling used. Her being rich will never cease to be an issue until you stop using it as a crutch! First things first: Talk to your girlfriend about your feelings. If she really loves you as you have indicated, you might be surprised at the results.
August 22, 2017 06:45 UTC
While Trump refused to offer detailed troop numbers, senior White House officials said he had already authorised his defence secretary to deploy up to 3,900 more troops to Afghanistan. "Someday, after an effective military effort, perhaps it will be possible to have a political settlement that includes elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan," he said. In 2010, the United States had upwards of 100,000 US military personnel deployed to Afghanistan. BANNONOne of the main voices arguing for withdrawal, Trump's nationalistic chief strategist Steve Bannon, was removed from his post on Friday. His strategy did however win over national security-focused Republicans with whom he has had strained relations.
August 22, 2017 06:33 UTC
What confused the farmer was that it’s nine siblings were born normal prompting him to immediately call the vet. This strange phenomenon had never been seen before therefore there was a mixture of bewilderment and fascination at the site. The strange piglet, brown in colour, has ears and a face resembling that of a Chimpanzee and residents have been left terrified by its appearance. They show the owner of the piglet up by its front legs as it stands on its back legs – heightening its Chimpanzee-like look. It is believed that this abnormal occurrence was caused by a genetic mutation however, investigations still continue in order to ascertain what the creature really is and how it came to be.
August 22, 2017 06:14 UTC
By DAVID MUCHUIMore by this AuthorBy ALEX NJERUMore by this AuthorFormer Meru Governor Peter Munya and his Tharaka-Nithi colleague Samuel Ragwa snubbed the swearing-in ceremonies of their successors last week. Mr Munya has disputed the election of Mr Kiraitu Murungi. In Tharaka-Nithi, Mr Ragwa and his deputy, Dr Mati Murithi, did not attend the inauguration of Governor Muthomi Njuki although they had been invited. On August 9, Mr Ragwa called Nation and promised to address journalists on some issues that he termed as election malpractices but he has never done so. During the ceremony, Tharaka-Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki and Mr Njuki accused Mr Ragwa of stealing public funds and called for his prosecution.
August 22, 2017 06:11 UTC
PHOTO | COURTESYThe National Environment Management Authority (Nema) says it will allow the manufacture, importation and use of plastic bags for primary industrial packaging and garbage collection. Primary packaging is seen at the point-of-sale and is meant to contain and protect the product, mainly consumables like food, drinks and pharmaceuticals. Nema made the clarification on Monday amid widespread anxiety on the plastic bags ban, which comes into effect on Monday next week. BAN EXEMPTIONNema said the ban exemption also includes disposal bags for handling biomedical, hazardous waste and garbage bin liners. Nema asked all manufacturers, importers and users of the plastic bags for primary industrial packaging to obtain clearance letters allowing them to continue with the manufacture, importation and use of the defined plastic bags.
August 22, 2017 05:37 UTC
Shoppers inside one of the numerous branches of Nakumatt Supermarket, Kenya’s largest retail chain. Thika Road Mall is seeking to recover Sh51 million in rent arrears while Integer’s debt stands at Sh23 million. High Park had listed several goods it wanted to attach and auction from Nakumatt Highridge. “On August 5, 2017 Galaxy Auctioneers moved to Nakumatt’s business premises and proclaimed Nakumatt’s goods in line with High Park Investments and High Port Properties’ instructions. The order has also barred another firm—Highport Properties—from taking the attachment route to recover Sh5 million rent arrears from Nakumatt, which leases godowns from the real estate firm.
August 22, 2017 05:26 UTC
The petition seeks to rewrite the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Control Act, which lists cannabis as a banned substance. Increasingly, because of its use as a medicine for various chronic ailments, bhang is perceived by many as harmless. BHANG FARMSDespite making bhang illegal and a little hard to get a hold of, Kenya is considered one of the more tolerant African countries with a long tradition of cannabis use. “Research has indicated that bhang can be used for medicinal purposes. And so, the big question; since the drug is slowly but surely finding favour in legislative bodies across the world, should Kenya decriminalise it?
August 22, 2017 05:15 UTC
(Photo: David Njaaga/Standard)Nairobians may be forced to spend more on matatu fares should toll stations be introduced along major roads within and outside Nairobi. Matatu owners have warned that introduction of toll stations that require motorists to pay a fee for development and maintenance of roads, will result in increased travel costs. Matatu Welfare Association Chairperson Dickson Mbugua said setting up toll stations would amount to double taxation, hence increased transport charges. "If they want the toll stations to work, they should reduce the Sh15 per litre fuel tax, which already caters for road maintenance," he said. Toll stations will be put up on five major roads in the country.
August 22, 2017 05:15 UTC
ALSO READ: Motorcycle racer dies after accidentThe baby, now named Grace Ajwang' by wellwishers, was orphaned last week after her impoverished and ailing mother died, apparently due to lack of medical attention. Messy situationHer house was in a mess, indicating that Pamela, whose husband died in March this year, may have struggled a great deal before succumbing to her illness. His story is corroborated by another neighbour, Elizabeth Njoga, who said Achieng' lived a deplorable life after her husband died. Sharing bedsAt the children's ward where baby Grace is admitted, beds were empty, save for another baby who was on oxygen. Staula said she was working with the social workers at the hospital and wellwishers to trace Achieng's relatives.
August 22, 2017 05:03 UTC
By PSCUMore by this AuthorBy ANITA CHEPKOECHMore by this AuthorPresident Uhuru Kenyatta has expressed his sadness following the tragic death of Mrs Christabel Ouko, the widow of former Foreign Affairs Minister Robert Ouko. Mrs Ouko died Monday after a car crash at Kipsitet, along the Awasi-Kericho Highway as she left the inauguration ceremony of Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o. President Kenyatta said that during her long life, Mrs Ouko distinguished herself by her dedication to her family, her community and her country. President Kenyatta sent his condolences to the Ouko family and friends. Mrs Ouko's son, who was driving when the car rolled, said he is waiting for his siblings from Nairobi before he gives an account of what happened.
August 22, 2017 04:52 UTC
NASA cannot go on a fishing expedition for discrepancies here and there, hoping to excite and persuade the judges. It has to find discrepancies on such a massively organised scale, amounting to premeditated fraud, as to wipe out Uhuru's 1.4 million vote advantage. Where is the affidavit of the IEBC insider who gave NASA screenshots showing Raila Odinga had 8.2 million votes and Uhuru 7.1 million votes as Mudavadi told us? Mista TimbaIf the petitioner focuses on truncation errors such as 467 versus 461 while looking for 1.4 million votes, they will lose the mark. The game plan should be to look for systematic errors that confirm that there was a bias towards Uhuru.
August 22, 2017 04:52 UTC
Its first stab at this segment was with Linda Jamii, a medical insurance product by Britam and a tech-based medical supplier ChangamkaNAIROBI, KENYA: Early this month, Safaricom shares touched an all-time high of Sh25. Share fluctuationALSO READ: Safaricom simplifies M-Pesa access to businessesThe current rally is good news for shareholders who have patiently watched the share fluctuate in the market. So what is it really about Safaricom that is driving the share price? And a fortnight ago, when Safaricom stock touched its all-time high, the mobile phone services provider waded into e-commerce. Standard Investment Bank head of research Francis Mwangi says the rally in the share price has been mostly due to the impressive financial results for 2016.
August 22, 2017 04:52 UTC
Every time presidential election results are disputed, many tend to think it is all about the candidate questioning the conduct of polls. Raila Odinga, the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, has disputed the past three presidential election results. He then proceeded to declare Mwai Kibaki the winner despite protests from the Raila-led Orange Democratic Movement. In 2013, Raila again expressed disgust at the manner in which Mr Kivuitu’s successor, Issack Hassan, managed the election. Kenyans seem programmed to tell the Opposition to accept poll results and move on for the sake of peace whenever the Opposition protests against an electoral process.
August 22, 2017 04:44 UTC