Last week, the World Bank unveiled 14 innovators in Kenya as the first cohort of a million farmers expected to benefit from a grant to help them grow. Experts say technology like apps, climate-smart seeds, financial services or data analytics can improve yields and income. Winners were also required to show evidence of impact on productivity, with a focus on smallholder and women farmers; showcase engagement with other players and demonstrate how they could reach at least 10,000 farmers in two years. Digital GreenThis is a video-enabled approach that tries to bridge the gap between extension officers and farmers. The technology, in use since 2018, has reached 10,000 farmers.
April 19, 2019 18:56 UTC
Once you are informed, it's highly unlikely you would make light of mental health disorders. RELUCTANTLYWe teach children everything else, including sexual education, albeit reluctantly, yet mental health has remained neglected. Hard as it is to admit, there are also mental health disorders that affect children. If children are ill informed about mental disorders they become bullies to those they do not consider to be normal or one of them. If we are going to heal as a nation, children must be educated on mental disorders and those affected treated.
By GABRIEL OGUDAMore by this AuthorA hot discussion surrounding the government’s decision to make us poorer than we already are, via the housing fund levy, has been raging. The government did not ask for my views on this housing fund levy because they didn’t deem it necessary, and I agree with them. A quick glance at the list of things the government promised to build, and you will know where your housing fund will end up. The police were promised ultramodern housing but have now been asked to use their house allowance to rent houses. The government wants to kill us with taxes, as if we haven’t already died of empty promises.
“Start an initiative” is as ridiculous as to “begin a beginning” or — as William Shakespeare chuckles in his comedy As You Like It — to “see a sight”. By PHILIP OCHIENGMore by this AuthorTo initiate is to come up with a new idea, a new commodity or a new institution. For to start and to initiate are almost exactly the same thing. To be sure, the word initial also refers to the letter which begins a word, especially a name, and is, in that context, a noun. But, much more properly, the word initial is an adjective.
By AFPMore by this AuthorKINSHASA,A court in DR Congo has scrapped a three-year jail term against opposition leader Moise Katumbi, enabling him to return home from self-imposed exile in Belgium, his lawyer said Friday. One of the Democratic Republic of Congo's political heavyweights, Mr Katumbi, 54, left the country in 2016 after falling out with the then president, Joseph Kabila. PRESIDENCY BIDMr Katumbi, a wealthy businessman born to a Greek businessman father and a Congolese mother, tried to return last August to file his bid for the December presidential elections. Mr Katumbi and fellow opposition heavyweight Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was also barred from running, backed opposition candidate Martin Fayulu. THE ACCUSATIONSMr Katumbi has his power base in the mining province of Katanga, in the southeast of the vast country, where he was previously governor.
April 19, 2019 17:37 UTC
By AFPMore by this AuthorBUTEMBO,A health worker fighting an Ebola outbreak in DR Congo was killed Friday in an attack on a hospital in the eastern city of Butembo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. The attack is the latest in a string of assaults on teams grappling with a near nine-month-old Ebola outbreak that has claimed almost 850 lives. "The @WHO family lost a dear colleague in the hospital attack in Butembo, #DRC, today," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a tweet. On March 9, an attack on a treatment centre at Butemo left a policeman dead and a health worker wounded. On February 24, a treatment centre in Katwa was set ablaze.
April 19, 2019 17:26 UTC
By AFPMore by this AuthorWASHINGTON,President Donald Trump spoke this week with Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan warlord fighting to capture the capital Tripoli, the White House said Friday. President Trump and Mr Haftar spoke on Monday "to discuss ongoing counterterrorism efforts and the need to achieve peace and stability in Libya," according to the White House press office. The statement said that Mr Trump "recognised Field Marshal Haftar's significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya's oil resources". The White House did not say why it delayed giving news of the phone call. A BULWARKMr Haftar launched an offensive on April 4 to seize Tripoli, a move that threatened to plunge the north African country into even deeper turmoil.
April 19, 2019 16:41 UTC
By BERNARD ROTICHMore by this AuthorThe second edition of the Eldoret City Marathon will be run on Sunday and has attracted hundreds of runners. Defending champion in the men’s category, Elkana Yego, told Nation Sport that he will be seeking back-to-back wins. Yego won in Eldoret last year in a time of 2:12:44 ahead of Phillip Kangogo who finished in 2:12:49 and Brian Kipsang, third in 2:12:50. Themed “Climate Action”, the Eldoret City Marathon is mainly sponsored by the Uasin Gishu County government and has shown steady growth. Each edition organisers hope to plant double the number of trees planted in the previous edition.
By AYUMBA AYODIMore by this AuthorYouth Olympics 2,000m steeplechase champion Fancy Cherono and Emmanuel Korir Kiplagat added more gold medals to Kenya’s collection at the ongoing Africa Under-20 and Under-18 Championships at Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Cherono cruised home in 9 minutes and 48.57 seconds for gold to outsmart Chebet, the 2018 World Under-18 2,000m steeplechase champion, who settled second for silver in 9:51.41. Kenya later in the day celebrated a rare triple jump medal when Dennis Kangogo scaled 15.34m in his sixth and last jump to claim silver. Adire Ochalla from Ethiopia carried the day with victory in 15.77m as D. Prosper from Mauritius jumped 15.33m for bronze. The haul of five medals; two gold, two silver and a bronze on the third day brought Kenya’s tally in the two competitions to 22 medals (seven gold, 10 silver and five bronze medals).
By THE CITIZENMore by this AuthorDAR ES SALAAM,Livestock keepers should prepare to exploit the Kenyan milk market as the industry regulator has announced that the country is planning to import 200 million litres from East Africa. The Chinese agency quoted Ms Margaret Kibogy, the Managing Director of Kenya Dairy Board (KDB), as saying Kenya is not self-sufficient in production due to rising consumption fuelled by rising incomes and urbanisation. “We typically rely on the EAC trading bloc, which has a liberalised trading to meet the consumer demand for milk,” Ms Kibogy told Xinhua during the AgriFi Food Safety Programme forum. DROUGHT EFFECTSAccording to the regulator, Kenya processed approximately 648 million litres of milk in 2018. She noted that Kenya’s milk sector is susceptible to changing weather patterns due to over-reliance on rain for pasture for livestock.
By FRANCIS MUREITHIMore by this AuthorAs the 29th edition of the Great Rift 10-a-side rugby extravaganza kicks off at Nakuru Athletics Club on Saturday, hosts Nakuru will be taking every match like a final. And the side, popularly known as “Wanyore”, have every reason to win what they consider their cup and aptly build up for next weekend’s Kenya Cup semi-final play-off against Mwamba RFC. Interestingly, Mwamba and Kenya Cup semi-finalists Kabras Sugar have skipped the popular, annual tournament to concentrate on preparing for the league. Among the young players in the squad who are expected to play a key role are 20-year-old Kelvin Omusebe, half back Anthony Oyugi (22), Edwin Aunda (22) and Hammington Wabwire (21). Order of play Saturday:Impala v Nondies 8am, Home Boys v JKUAT 8.25am, KCB v Egerton Wasps 8.50am, Masinde Muliro v Kiambu 9.15am, Strathmore v University of Eldoret 9.40am, Blak Blad v Moi University 10.05am, Nakuru v Makueni 10.30am, Menengai Oilers v Mean Machine 10.55am, Impala v JKUAT 11.20am, Homeboyz v Nondies 11.45am, KCB v Kiambu 12.10pm, Masinde Muliro v Egerton Wasps 12.35pm,
April 19, 2019 15:22 UTC
Donatus Njoroge scooped the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (Gist Tech-1) 2019 Award, beating 23 other finalists. His innovation adds onto a growing list of MKU research initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life. “We as the MKU fraternity congratulate Donatus Njoroge on his innovation, which has pinned Kenya on the global innovation map. The researcher’s global recognition comes shortly after he won the 2018/2019 National Innovation award organised by the Kenya National Innovation Agency in line with the government’s Big Four agenda. The innovation award under the Agriculture, Food Security and Technologies category attracted Ksh800,000.
April 19, 2019 15:00 UTC
By TITUS MAEROMore by this AuthorAn injury time equaliser from Kakamega Homeboyz striker Allan Wanga denied Gor Mahia maximum points as the sides settled for a 1-1 draw in a tough SportPesa Premier League match at Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega on Friday. K’Ogalo had taken a deserved lead via forward Nicholas Kipkurui after he headed into the net a cross from Samuel Onyango in the 41st minute. The draw was enough to take Gor back on top of the table courtesy of a superior goal difference. Efforts by the hosts' attackers Namanda, Wanga to score were time and again frustrated by the Gor defence that was marshalled by Joachim Olouch. Homeboyz tactician Nicholas Muyoti pulled out Festo Omukoto and Luke Namanda for Peter Thiongo and Ravel Maxwell respectively.
April 19, 2019 14:39 UTC
By NDUNGU GACHANEMore by this AuthorInvestors and Kenyans of goodwill have been urged to always remember the poor from their home areas and help them uplift their lives by assisting them. They have also been urged to comfort the less fortunate in society by showing them love when they face tribulations in life. BASIC NEEDS"The biblical teaching that Christ died for our sins is enough challenge for investors and those who have been blessed to remember the poor and always provide them with basic needs,” she said. Murang'a governor's wife Jane Mwangi (3rd right) on April 19, 2019 when she joined musicians in donating foodstuffs and clothes to children's homes. "The county government assisted us when forming the sacco and we will continue partnering with them in their development and social activities," he said.
April 19, 2019 14:15 UTC
Milan agreed with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on a payment of 86,000 euros -- 33,000 euros per player and 20,000 euros for the club, Gazzetta Dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia reported. The fine was cut by a third as AC Milan agreed to pay it immediately. Acerbi had angered the Milan pair when he said there was "no comparison" between the teams before the game. Meanwhile, a video of racist chants targeting Frenchman Bakayoko by a small group of Lazio fans during Wednesday night's 2-0 win over Udinese has circulated on social media. Lazio fans can be heard in the video singing: "This banana is for Bakayoko".
April 19, 2019 14:15 UTC