(Photo: Courtesy)The popular busaa, a grain based unlicensed beer, has been found to contain cancer-causing poisons. Researchers from the University of Nairobi, Germany and Canada have confirmed worrying levels of aflatoxins in local maize and sorghum-made beers. The researchers collected maize, sorghum and plant sap-based beers, from sugarcane and ‘miti ni dawa,’ from 16 counties in Kenya. However, aflatoxin-contaminated maize grain beers and busaa, were recorded from Bungoma, Samburu and Taita Taveta counties. The researchers warn that aflatoxin levels found in these alcoholic drinks are of a serious public health concern.
Rogue MPs have declared war on the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), which recently scrapped their car grants and other allowances. And this week, the legislators threw moral leadership to the dogs when bribes and vested interests took centre-stage during the formation of House departmental committees. There have also been cases where House committees hold as many as three sittings a day so members can get big allowances yet no substantive issues are discussed. President Kenyatta and Opposition chief Raila Odinga who lead Jubilee and NASA, the main formations in the House, should call their MPs to order. Public interest should supersede personal agenda.
The ended up on the dusty, windy Libyan desert where they were sold for next to nothing, leaving their families in turmoil and concern. With the allure of a renegade life beckoning, they left Nairobi and headed to Busia by road. The Libyan slave markets have been described as some sort of vortex, where time moves backwards to the days of slavery when grown men and women were hawked to the highest bidders. The report of the five Kenyans confirms allegations of Kenyans being sold in Libya that were made made in August this year by a different group of three Kenyan girls who were rescued from the streets in Cairo after escaping from their captors in Libya. They were lucky to get out unlike many other Kenyans in ISIS who are now being auctioned the in slave trade.
207The National Football Team Harambee Stars coach Belgian Paul Put (C), and assistant coaches John Kamau (L) and Stanley Okumbi during team's open media session at Utalii Grounds on November 30, 2017. The islanders shocked champions Uganda 2-1 yesterday to book a slot in the final. Burundi were sure of their qualification after only two games, but we had to wait until the fourth game,” Put said. Burundi is a very good team and I think we were lucky in the first half. “As a coach, you must believe on the changes you make.
| Published Sat, December 16th 2017 at 00:00, Updated December 15th 2017 at 23:25 GMT +3Traders go about their businesses oblivious of the dangers at the Huruma-Dandora junction along Outer Ring road in Nairobi. [Elvis Ogina.Standard)Even before it is officially commissioned, the design variations and challenge of constructing a highway in a densely populated area are likely to haunt users of Outer Ring Road. Since then, all the projects dubbed Missing Link roads constructed after that have sufficient NMT infrastructure apart from Outer Ring road. Apart from that Taj Mall was also spared from being demolished due to a legal battle forcing designers to change the road’s design where it joins the Eastern Bypass. Like at Taj Mall there is no service lane, same to the outbound side of Donholm.
Delays in cargo clearance at border points was responsible for the lost time, piling costs for transporters and traders. “This non-intrusive capability to monitor cargo movement has not only drastically cut down opportunities for diversion but has in addition improved cargo transit times through elimination of driver-initiated delays,” he said. KRA then moved to fixing seals on doors of the containers to ensure that the cargo is not accessed while on transit. “It has given Customs complete visibility over transit cargo operations not just within Kenya but across the entire Northern Corridor,” Njiraini said. Crafty importers have been diverting transit cargo into the local market, in a bid to dodge taxes.
207[PHOTO: COURTESY]After being crowned as 2017 Athlete of the Year at the Athletics Kenya (AK) Golden gala on Thursday night, world 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi is eyeing top prize at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, set for April 5-17. The 24-year-old Manangoi, who took the wooden spoon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, said he longs to compete at the club games before setting out to lower his personal best time of 3:28.80 set in Monaco Diamond league this year. I long for good things at the Commonwealth Games. I know most of my track rivals will line up, but I will give it my best,” said Manangoi. ALSO READ: Hellen Obiri and Elijah Manangoi named 2017 Female and Male athletes of the yearKirui, who won gold in 10,000m at the 2011 Africa Junior Athletics Championships in Botswana, said: “I didn’t expect it.
ICT Cabinet Joseph Mucheru says the Government plans to re-introduce the Kenya ICT Practitioners Bill 2016 following the high-profile debate around the digital failures experienced during this year’s elections. ALSO READ: New portal tips Kenyans on hot property dealsOne of the proposals that has drawn sharp reactions in the Bill is the establishment of an ICT Practitioners Institute charged with registering and licensing ICT practitioners and approving training programmes. At the top of the institute is a council that draws membership from the principal secretaries of the ICT Ministry and National Treasury. Professionals working in the country’s ICT sector have come out to oppose the Bill saying it will result in job losses and reduce competitiveness in the industry while creating an exclusive club of people who can execute Government tenders. This has invited criticism that the Bill overlooks experiential skills over theoretical knowledge and thereby threatens long-term capacity-building in the ICT sector.
IN SUMMARY In the past five years, KAVES has seen farmers increase productivity, income and nutrition through trainingAbout half a million small-scale farmers have benefited from training on how to add value to their produceAbout half a million small-scale farmers have benefited from training on how to add value to their produce. In the past five years, USAID funded Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises (KAVES), has seen farmers increase productivity, income and nutrition through training. “There’s honey in farming through building public private partnerships that enhances competitiveness." Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Willy Bett, said the food processing initiatives started are commendable. “We can only achieve 100 er cent food and nutrition security by building institutions and relationships that are beneficial,” he said.
| Published Sat, December 16th 2017 at 00:00, Updated December 15th 2017 at 23:58 GMT +3CS Adan MohamedIndustrial capacity cooperation between China and Africa is poised to grow stronger, following the opening of the first China-Africa Industrial Capacity Cooperation Exposition in Nairobi, Kenya. The three-day expo will provide a platform for overall exchange as well as intensified cooperation between Chinese and African enterprises. These enterprises are expected to drive the “stage of transformation and upgrading” In the China-Africa industrial capacity cooperation. He says industrial capacity cooperation will help to speed up the pace of infrastructural improvement in Africa and promote regional economic development. Li notes that Kenya is one of the demonstration countries of China-Africa industrial capacity cooperation, with advantages of geography, industrial foundation and legal reforms.
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Leaders and defending champions KCB, Kabras and Homeboyz put their unbeaten records on the line when the Kenya Cup league enters match day four today. KCB face hosts Nakuru while Homeboyz and Kabras encounter debutants Kisii and Mombasa RFC respectively. Nakuru started their campaign with a 45-15 win over Resolution Kisii before succumbing to two heavy defeats, 19-46 to SportPesa Quins and 6-30 to Kabras Sugar. The hosts will be out to stem the tide against a side looking for its second win in Nakuru since 2009. SportPesa Quins have bounced from their opening 39-41 loss to Homeboyz, posting two massive back-to-back wins against Nakuru (46-19) and Mwamba (48-16).
Once again and on home soil, Harambee Stars have the opportunity to assert their status as the region’s top dogs when they battle Zanzibar in the final of this year’s Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup tomorrow. That tag has fallen to Uganda for the better part of the past decade but with Stars having marched the Cranes’ success in the tournament during the last two editions, tomorrow’s final will be an opportunity for them to regain the regional kingpin tag. However, coach Paul Put has been left with a major headache following the match-readiness of three of his key players. Zaznibar defied difficult all odds to reach the final, beating holders Uganda 2-1 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu yesterday. From the ensuing penalty Issa Juma sent Ismael Watenga the wrong way to put Zanzibar back in front and into the final.
Greensharks have a chance to topple second-placed Butali Sugar Warrior when they face Kenya College of Accountancy University in a Kenya Hockey Union Premier League match at the City Park Stadium, tomorrow. However, the 2013 champions recovered to comprehensively whip relegated Technical University of Kenya 7-0 and inch closer to reclaiming the title. Today, Strathmore University play Chase Sailors, before Parkroad Badgers take on visiting Nakuru while in the women’s Premier League, Strathmore cross swords with Sliders. Other matches tomorrow will see Strathmore University welcome Nakuru Hockey Club while run-away leaders in the women’s Premier League, Telkom Orange take on University of Nairobi. Telkom have 48 points from 16 matches, 12 ahead of second-placed Strathmore University.
National women’s volleyball team setter Jane Wacu believes there is a lot to be done if Malkia Strikers are to leave a mark at the 2018 World Championships in Japan. Wacu observes that each of the team players need to re-evaluate their commitment to the team and work harder since the global showpiece will be a different ball game to what they have been exposed to lately. Wacu was reacting following the draw of lots where Kenya has been placed in tricky Pool ‘D’ alongside Serbia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Kazakhstan. Wacu, who is currently at Anse Royale(ARSU) in Seychelles noted that early and intense preparationswill be key if the team is to record good performances at the event. This year we were not at our best and I hope we will be back at our best come next year,” said Wacu.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday mourned the late Prof Caleoustus Juma describing him as a distinguished scholar and patriot. Uhuru said: "I learned of the death of Professor Calestous Juma with profound dismay." For his part, Uhuru said Juma is credited for the founding of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in Nairobi. "We're very sad to learn news of the passing of Harvard professor Calestous Juma @calestous, a great supporter of @qzafrica right from the start. Read: Kenyan Havard professor Calestous Juma is deadClick here for latest political news
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