Times' Russia report is 'virtual treason,' Trump saysNew York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger has said President Donald Trump's attacks on the press are "dangerous". SEE ALSO :Trump cuts aid to Central American countries"Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia," he wrote. "This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country." Mueller detailed a disturbing number of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia ahead of the 2016 poll. The New York Times, Washington Post and other publications have issued numerous investigative reports into Trump and his administration, with probes also under way by Congressional committees.
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Memo to Uhuru, Raila: Graft is no cancer, it’s a way of lifePresident Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga during the National Anti-Corruption Conference in January 2019. These institutions will not make a dent on the looting that is now part of our national values and culture. Calling it State capture expresses the enormity of the systemic problem afflicting us and exposes the fragility of this country. State capture explains why our elections will persistently be fraudulent, divisive and violent — they are just moot exercises with pre-determined conclusions. State capture means protecting even those who steal even when they are caught red-handed.
Budget: Uhuru pumps billions to recover millions in graft warNational Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich when he presented the Budget estimates last week. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]President Uhuru Kenyatta’s second term in office has been characterised by his zeal and commitment to fighting graft. Haji, the DPP also said the Government has so far recovered over Sh16 billion in the ongoing corruption purge. Conservative estimates by non-state agencies state that at least a third of the national budget is embezzled. This means that this financial year, Kenyans stand to lose more that Sh1 trillion to graft lords from their Sh3 trillion budget.
Mohamed Salah rejects £150million Liverpool exit - but will review situation next summer404 Sunday, June 16th 2019 at 10:09 GMT +3 | Sunday, June 16th 2019 at 10:09 GMT +3 | Football By Mirror:Salah is staying put...for now [Courtesy]Mo Salah has rejected a shock move away from Anfield following Liverpool's Champions League triumph. However, the Egyptian king has put club top brass on red alert by declaring that he will review his situation next summer. But after helping Liverpool win the Champions League and being feted as an Anfield hero, he feels the timing is wrong to leave Merseyside. Salah lifts the Champions League trophy [Courtesy]There have also been enquiries from leading continental clubs for Salah’s strike partner Sadio Mane. Salah though has indicated that he will review his situation next summer as he looks for one big final payday.
DNA: Identical strangers who are twin sistersWilson Lutah, Angeline Mathias, Sharon Mitekwa, Mevies Imbaya, Melon Lutenyo, Rosemary Khaveleli and Richard Olukhakha when Lancet Kenya released DNA results of the twins yesterday. Completely identical.” As Dr Ahmed Kalebi from Lancet read the results, Mevies gently dabbed tears from her eyes and stared. Her biological daughter was Mevies, the one she only met this year after the identical twins found one aother on social media. As Melon and Mevies had lived as fraternal twins for 19 years, the test has now illuminated a reality that they had feared: the hospital had swapped the babies at birth. Lutah said before the results were revealed, the twins underwent a series of counselling sessions.
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Varsities job cuts, mergers in fresh funding changesGrandaunts at Maseno University in 2018. The import of this is looming reorganisation in higher education sector that will also result in job cuts as the government implements an ambitious reforms plan that would lead to serious rationalisation by the universities. Broadly, Magoha said the ministry would strive to push for sustainable higher education financing, strengthen TVET sub-sector, and oversee the set up of the Open University of Kenya and expansion of private higher education. Part of the reforms, he said, would entail resource mobilisation for higher education, improving quality of education, access and relevance and strengthening research and technology transfer. Another Sh12.6 billion was allocated to Higher Education Loans Board (Helb).
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Resorting to physical, verbal, psychological or any other form of violence during an argument is simply gross. By EDITORIALMore by this AuthorThe alleged physical assault on Wajir Woman Representative Fatuma Gedi is the latest such attack on a woman leader by a male colleague. Watching footage of the exchange, the city boss seems to have responded to Ms Passaris’ grievances with sound arguments until he went completely off-track. Telling a fellow leader that he is not her husband was both uncouth and uncalled-for and we have already condemned Mr Sonko’s verbal attack on Ms Passaris in an earlier editorial. Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero slapping of then Woman Representative Rachel Shebesh in 2013 followed a similar pattern.
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Suicide now a huge challenge crying out for national debatePublic discussion of suicide shouldn’t be taboo. Some countries have legalised euthanasia or assisted suicide where a person can seek the assistance of a family member or a physician. Rather than allow the person to endure demonic suffering, some societies deem it morally justifiable to permit assisted suicide. This is different from a suicide pact where two or more people conspire to simultaneously end their own lives. A person who commits suicide may kill their loved ones first, such as children, to prevent them from being orphaned.
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FATHERS DAY: Corporate dads open up on relationship with their kidsWe are used to seeing them in suits and ties, after all, that is the embodiment of a businessman. We talked to some business leaders about how they plan to spend father’s day and here is what they had to say:Since this year’s Father’s Day falls on a Sunday I intend to go to church with my family. SEE ALSO :Father’s day gifts every woman can afford to give-We work out every day from Monday to Friday at our Gym with my daughter. They've been on a trip to Colombia over the past few weeks and get back to Nairobi the evening before Father’s Day. We’ll also find time to Skype with my dad who lives near London to wish him a Happy Father’s Day.
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It’s a big salute to all of you working hard at being good fathersToday is Fathers’ Day and we can safely say fathers are beginning to receive some recognition for the work they do. The slow pace in embracing Fathers’ Day could be that fatherhood especially in this part of the world remains a complex issue. Things get hairier because modern day fatherhood is different from what they are accustomed to. Yet today, men have the option of testing and confirming if they really are fathers, thanks to DNA. At the end of the day, fathers are judged by the effort they put in, the material sacrifices and how “present” they are.
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No hope for farmers as rival sugar reports outFarmer Daniel Mmang’ale inspects his sugarcane plantation at Handidi village in Shinyalu, Kakamega County, on August 19, 2015. Their fears have been lent credence by a protest letter to Kiunjuri from the sole farmers’ representative in the committee, Francis Waswa, formerly of Nzoia Outgrowers Company (NOCO), who claimed that farmers views were not captured in the final report. SEE ALSO :Sugar task force starts work despite warningIn October 2017, Justice Chacha Mwita suspended a notice issued by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich allowing the importation of duty-free sugar from outside the Comesa market, a move that was hailed by farmers. Although the Kiunjuri report has not been officially released by the President, it recommends banning of millers from importing sugar and cane poaching by sugar factories. It says: “We need clearly defined guidelines and regulations for sugar imports and exports to curb excessive importation and ensure a stable market.
One must then ask: should the state regulate churches or the proper solution is self-regulation by church umbrella bodies? Article 8 provides that, “There shall be no state religion.” Freedom of religion has ensured that churches enjoy relative autonomy. In January 2016, then Attorney General Githu Muigai unveiled the proposed Religious Societies Rules, 2015 calling for their public debate prior gazettement. ERRANT LEADERSHIPFor Kenya’s protestant churches, this could be the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya; and the Organisation of African Instituted Churches. The practice of life tenure church leadership should be discouraged.
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Here, farmers were not sure what roles and programmes sugar research stations like Kenya Sugar Research Foundation, now part of Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation, play. Some sugarcane varieties developed by the South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI) exhibit pronounced differences in their suitability to different harvest ages, with faster maturing varieties being more popular. The global market is oversupplied with sugar, a situation that will continue for the foreseeable future because global production is now 185 million tonnes for 2019. India and Brazil are the largest producers, with 35 and 30 million tonnes, respectively, while the global demand stands at 176 tonnes. Government policy decisions regarding taxes and duties, import tariffs, excise duty, and VAT has a huge impact on the domestic market.
Kenya can overcome all health challenges facing us, here’s howIn a particularly inspiring and heartbreaking scene from the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody”, rock legend Freddie Mercury is told “he’s got it”. With Africa’s booming population growth rates and with travel becoming easier than ever, our youth must remain informed about the risks of HIV transmission. It must grant the legislative and budgetary support that it needs so our country can overcome many more health challenges. By 2022 it must be implemented properly nationwide – as Uhuru Kenyatta’s two governments have proved able to do with the AIDS targets. The 90-90-90 AIDS targets would never have been met without the engagement of civil society.
President Uhuru ministers train sights on county seats in 2022 pollAs President Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidency hurtles into its midterm, almost a half of his Cabinet Secretaries have started preparing for the next elections. Already, CSs fished from the political pool have started showing interest in political seats and some have already declared the seats they want. SEE ALSO :Leave Uhuru out of fake gold saga, say leadersApart from Kiunjuri, Balala and Peter Munya (Trade) have come out to show their interest in politics after the Uhuru era. “CSs like Kiunjuri, Balala and Wamalwa are actively involved in politics. All the four were dropped from the Cabinet but found their way to the top county seats.