Battery defects caused Note 7 fires, Samsung says, working to restore trust

"Samsung Electronics will be working hard to regain consumer trust." Instead, manufacturing and design defects in Note 7 batteries caused short-circuiting, Koh said. Samsung Electronics did not name the battery suppliers on Monday but previously identified them as affiliate Samsung SDI Co and China's Amperex Technology (ATL). Samsung said it accepted responsibility for asking battery suppliers to meet certain specifications and did not plan to take legal action against them. Samsung Electronics shares ended up 2.3 per cent in the flat wider market, buoyed by hopes the firm had been able to draw a line under the Note 7 fiasco.

January 23, 2017 08:59 UTC

Faster SGR trains poised to overhaul transport industry

By JAMES KARIUKIMore by this AuthorThe arrival of high-speed and high-capacity passenger locomotives next month is expected to drastically change Kenya’s railway history. The initial five passenger locomotives will have higher speeds than the recently docked freight engines — at a recommended 120kph to a maximum 158kph. The passenger locomotives have a capacity to haul 1,096 travellers on a single trip. “These passenger locomotives will usher Kenya into a new era. A single passenger train trip will take 52 buses off the Nairobi-Mombasa route as each locomotive can ferry 1,096 travellers.

January 23, 2017 08:58 UTC

Kenya: Building Global leaders starts with taking them out of comfort zone

For this reason, GE has strategically selected certain employees to participate in the Accelerated Leadership Programme, which aims to build global leaders at GE. A few months ago, we spoke to XLP participant, Mary Arende, who took us through the first year of the programme. This week, we take a look at how Feyi Okungbowa has settled into the programme and what her key learnings have been. She is originally from Lagos, Nigeria and started in GE’s finance department 10 years ago, building the credit control function. “I am currently in my third month of the XLP programme and it has been a real eye-opener for me as an individual, professional and GE staff member.

January 23, 2017 08:48 UTC

Trump faces lawsuit over foreign payments

By AFPMore by this AuthorWASHINGTONA Washington group of lawyers and researchers plans to file a federal lawsuit against Donald Trump on Monday, alleging that the US president is violating a constitutional ban on accepting payments from foreign governments. The US Constitution states that no federal official can receive a gift or "emolument" from a foreign government. "It was our hope that President Trump would take the necessary steps to avoid violating the Constitution before he took office." The group cited payments from guests at his hotels and golf courses and space leased in his properties by foreign governments as examples of "getting cash and favors." "President Trump has made his slogan 'America First'," Bookbinder said.

January 23, 2017 08:43 UTC

Kenya : Arsene Wenger faces touchline ban after Burnley misconduct

Arsene Wenger faces touchline ban after Burnley misconductBy Game YetuShare this story:[PHOTO: COURTESY]Arsene Wenger is facing a touchline ban despite his apology for pushing fourth official Anthony Taylor after he had already been sent off for a furious verbal outburst, according to the Telegraph. The Football Association will today review referee Jonathan Moss's report into the emotional ending of Arsenal's 2-1 win against Burnley but, amid the prospect of a misconduct charge, Wenger instantly conceded that he was in the wrong. With Arsenal leading 1-0 and already down to 10 men following the earlier dismissal of Granit Xhaka, Wenger lamented angrily to Taylor when Moss awarded a penalty against Francis Coquelin that allowed Burnley to equalise in added time. The Arsenal boss was sent off for his bad language but then, as he stood at the edge of the tunnel and Taylor motioned for him to leave the side of the pitch completely, he twice put his hands on the fourth official. Share this story:

January 23, 2017 08:37 UTC



Lawyer who vanished vows to get Mark Too's body exhumed

Simon Lilan, who had gone into hiding soon after Mr Too's burial two weeks ago, resurfaced over the weekend and vowed to move to court to obtain orders and have the body exhumed. This does not mean that I was opposed to his burial,” said Mr Lilan during a press conference in Eldoret on Monday. “After Mark Too died, I moved to court and obtained orders stopping his burial. He said he is seeking the orders as of Mr Too's friend and legal adviser and that he has no malice by instituting the exhumation suit. Mr Too’s two wives, Mary and Sophie, have sworn an affidavit expressing satisfaction with the cause of his death.

January 23, 2017 08:24 UTC

Kenya: Motorists blame illegal bumps for rise in accidents on Eldoret-Kabarnet road

| Updated Mon, January 23rd 2017 at 11:17 GMT +3The bumps have been haphazardly erected by locals reacting to speeding vehicles that occasionally knock down pedestrians. (Photo: Collins Oduor/Standard)Motorists plying the Eldoret-Kabarnet road have complained of numerous bumps erected along the 30km stretch between Iten and Eldoret towns. The bumps have been haphazardly erected by locals reacting to speeding vehicles that occasionally knock down pedestrians. "The motorists were oblivious of the bumps and were driving at high speed, they lost control hitting the barricade. Vincent Kiptoo, a boda boda rider, sustained fatal head injuries after hitting an illegal bump erected along the road.

January 23, 2017 08:18 UTC

Syria rebels, regime to launch talks in Astana

Just before the talks were set to begin, opposition spokesman Yehya al-Aridi told AFP that the opposition will "participate in the talks but the first negotiating session will likely be in separate rooms". "The issue is putting monitoring, investigation, and accountability mechanisms in place," he told AFP. COMMON GROUNDThe 10-member government delegation, headed by UN ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari, also arrived on Sunday, Syrian state television reported. The regime's objectives include reaching "common ground" with other participants, Syrian state news agency SANA quoted Jaafari as saying. "Nearly six years of war demonstrates there is no shortcut to ending it," a Western diplomat told AFP.

January 23, 2017 08:14 UTC

Ethics lawyers to sue Trump over foreign payments

A group including former White House ethics attorneys will file a lawsuit on Monday accusing President Donald Trump of allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments, in violation of the US Constitution. The lawsuit, brought by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, will allege that the Constitution's emoluments clause forbids payments to Trump's businesses. It will seek a court order forbidding Trump from accepting such payments, said Deepak Gupta, one of the lawyers working on the case. A Trump representative referred questions to a law firm representing the president on ethics matters. "This is purely harassment for political gain," Trump told the newspaper.

January 23, 2017 08:13 UTC

Kenya: Sarah Obama to retain Government protection

| Updated Mon, January 23rd 2017 at 11:04 GMT +3Former US President Barack Obama’s grandmother Sarah Obama will continue to enjoy 24-hour police protection, the Government has said. Siaya County Administration Police Commandant Ben Abuga said Mama Sarah would retain the security unless his bosses ordered him to redeploy the officers. Mama Sarah’s home was secured after Obama won the US presidency in 2008. Villagers visiting her to buy household goods from her semi-permanent house walked in and out at will. But things changed suddenly after Obama won the Illinois Senate seat and began exhibiting signs of running for the top seat in the world’s most powerful country.

January 23, 2017 08:08 UTC

Kenya is proud of you, First Lady tells Amina ahead of AUC elections

The First Lady has termed Ambassador Amina Mohamed, one of five candidates for the AUC chair post, an inspiration and mentor to many Kenyans. Margaret Kenyatta also said the Foreign Affairs CS is smart, intelligent and bold. She spoke in Nairobi on Sunday during a well-wishing luncheon ahead of the African Union Commission elections next week. First Lady Margaret Kenyatta during a well-wishing luncheon for Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed ahead of the African Union Commission elections next week, January 22, 2017. Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed during a well-wishing luncheon ahead of the African Union Commission elections next week, January 22, 2017.

January 23, 2017 08:06 UTC

MasterCard regional platform to boost smallholder farmers

Global payment technology firm MasterCard has launched a digital platform that connects smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The phone-based platform dubbed 2KUZE, enables farmers to buy, sell and receive payments for agricultural goods via their feature phones. MasterCard Division President for Sub-Saharan Africa Daniel Monehin said the platform will improve financial access to the smallholder farmers spread in many parts of the continent. “Eighty per cent of farmers in Africa are classified as smallholder farmers having less than 1-2 acres of farming land, making it extremely difficult to drive growth and prosperity within this community. In the initial pilot, 2KUZE is being launched in partnership with Cafédirect Producers Foundation, a non-profit organisation working with 300,000 smallholder farmers globally.

January 23, 2017 08:01 UTC

Trump invites Israel's Netanyahu to February talks

The statement also said that President Trump invited Mr Netanyahu "to an early February meeting at the White House." But a potentially explosive plan to annex a large West Bank Jewish settlement unilaterally was shelved until after Mr Netanyahu and Mr Trump meet. "The prime minister expressed his desire to work closely with President Trump," Mr Netanyahu's office said in a statement. "We are at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject," White House press secretary Sean Spicer told AFP. During the phone call on Sunday, Mr Trump also stressed the need for direct talks between Palestinians and Israelis.

January 23, 2017 07:46 UTC

Gritty Arsenal impress Wenger

By AFPMore by this AuthorLONDONArsene Wenger hailed Arsenal's dramatic 2-1 win over Burnley as proof they have the character to catch runaway leaders Chelsea in the Premier League title race. Wenger was sent off for rowing with fourth official Anthony Taylor, an argument that included the Frenchman pushing Taylor. "We got an unlikely win, when it is 10 against 11 with two minutes to go it is difficult to win," Wenger said. Blaming Xhaka for failing to follow instructions to stay on his feet, Wenger warned the midfielder to curb his over-zealous challenges. "He was the second penalty taker today, but as long as he scores you have to say well done."

January 23, 2017 07:44 UTC

Cop shot in head during MP's rally in Nairobi

A police officer was shot in the head by an unknown gunman during an MP's rally in Kayole, Nairobi. The unidentified officer had responded to MP Henry Ndirangu's call for the arrest of a suspect at the rally. The attacker, who was part of the crowd, shot him as he pinned down the suspect. The gunman fled amid the chaos that followed while police re-arrested the suspect. The injured officer is in stable condition.

January 23, 2017 07:37 UTC



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