The ugly: We are reading blogs and pop-up Facebook posts and forwarded WhatsApp messages and searching for the latest profile updates on all social media platforms. ONLINE OXYGENOf late, ‘online oxygen’ has become a life necessity to most individuals with smartphones. ‘Minister’ Chacha and his alleged misdeeds on MPs hit the social media like a tornado and was on most lips. NATIONAL TRAGEDYDown at the counties, Nyandarua has had its share of good and bad stories. Yes, the popularity and immediacy of social media is a good thing, the best of its kind.
May 21, 2018 19:41 UTC
By AFPMore by this AuthorLONDONFormer Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery looks set to become Arsene Wenger's successor after 22 years as Arsenal manager, the BBC reported on Monday. Emery, 46, won Ligue 1 and four domestic cups in two seasons in the French capital before departing earlier this month. However, the Spaniard paid for his failure to get PSG beyond the last 16 of the Champions League in his two seasons at the Parc des Princes. "Emery emerged as the unanimous choice following a recruitment process in which all candidates were spoken to," said the BBC. A sixth-placed finish in the Premier League, the Frenchman's worst-ever return, means the Gunners have failed to qualify for the Champions League for a second straight season.
May 21, 2018 19:07 UTC
Kenyatta and Masinde Muliro have been running adverts asking students to transfer their course to their universities. By FAITH NYAMAIMore by this AuthorThe ongoing transfer of students selected for degree courses could incapacitate universities that did not attract nearly half of their available spaces. BOOST FIGURESIn most of these universities, some courses received less than 10 students. Kenyatta and Masinde Muliro have been running adverts asking students to transfer their course to their universities. Of these, 2,128 did not apply while 3,619 did but could not competitively secure placement.
May 21, 2018 19:07 UTC
By GERALD ANDAEMore by this AuthorThe Agriculture ministry has picked Albin Sang as acting managing director of the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) following Newton Terer’s resignation last week amid irregular purchase and sale of maize and fertiliser. “You are aware and this information is in public domain of incidents of diversion of subsidy fertiliser, which has been entrusted to the NCPB,” he said. The NCPB staff are said to have connived with unscrupulous traders to repackage the subsidised commodity for commercial sale, denying the farmers the subsidised manure. “The ministry commissioned forensic audit to ascertain and validate procedures that have been used to procure maize and manage subsidy fertiliser. These audits have revealed laxity and operational negligence at the top management level of NCPB,” he added.
May 21, 2018 18:45 UTC
Dr Flo, I was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure and sometimes I feel dizzy. What are the adverse effects of high blood pressure and will I be enslaved to medication for the rest of my life? AlnashirDear Alnashir,The blood pressure reading is a measure of the force at which your heart is pumping blood, and the resistance to the blood flow within the blood vessels. For the majority, there are some risk factors associated with high blood pressure, such as age – blood pressure rises with age, and by the time it is detected as high, it has been rising slowly over many years and continues to do so. To prevent the long-term effects of high blood pressure, you are put on medicine to lower it to normal levels.
May 21, 2018 18:22 UTC
By SAMWEL OWINOMore by this AuthorBy COLLINS OMULOMore by this AuthorThe Public Accounts Committee has summoned Public Service Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia and her predecessor Sicily Kariuki over a Sh9 billion scandal at the National Youth Service (NYS). Police also started questioning suspended officers in relation to the scam. The committee chairman and Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi said the two must appear before the team on Friday this week. They are expected to appear alongside suspended Principal Secretary Lillian Mbogo-Omollo, NYS Director-General Richard Ndubai and all other affected officers in the Public Service ministry. A letter written to the committee signed by MW Ojiambo on behalf of the suspended PS indicated the ministry officials were not prepared.
May 21, 2018 18:00 UTC
This is definitely the biggest fight of my career to date, and the atmosphere on fight night should give me the extra 10% I need. I don’t know exactly how the fight is going to unfold on June 23, but I know that it’ll be a Josh Taylor win. There’s no way I’m losing this fight in front of those fans.”VIKTOR POSTOL“It’s a big pleasure to be here. I know that Josh Taylor is confident, otherwise he would not have taken this fight. It’s the final hurdle before we get to fight for the world title, and it’s against a very dangerous opponent.
May 21, 2018 17:26 UTC
By AFPMore by this AuthorBUJUMBURABurundians overwhelmingly backed constitutional reforms that bolster President Pierre Nkurunziza's power and allow him to seek another two terms in office, results showed Monday. Only 19 per cent voted "No" in the vote which scored a turnout of 96 per cent. A presidential decree ruled earlier this month that anyone advising voters to boycott the vote risked up to three years in jail. The constitutional reforms, which include measures that hand more power to Nkurunziza and his ruling CNDD-FDD, change term limits to seven years, meaning he could start again from scratch in 2020. Aside from intimidation, the opposition also accused the government of rigging the vote, with the "Yes" vote winning even in opposition strongholds where the ruling party has never won an election.
May 21, 2018 17:03 UTC
By AFPMore by this AuthorADDIS ABABAFlooding and strong winds caused by a tropical cyclone left at least 18 people dead and thousands homeless across two countries in the Horn of Africa, an aid agency said Monday. DAMAGEThe aid group added that the storm left two people dead in Djibouti's capital and flooded several neighbourhoods, affecting between 20,000 and 30,000 people. "This is the biggest storm to hit the region in years," NRC regional director Nigel Tricks said. RELIEF EFFORTSForty fishermen who were at sea and were not warned about the storm remain unaccounted for, the body added. Relief efforts have been hindered by deadly clashes that erupted last week in a disputed desert region between Somaliland and the semi-autonomous Somali state of Puntland.
May 21, 2018 16:52 UTC
By AFPMore by this AuthorWASHINGTONVeteran CIA officer Gina Haspel was sworn in as the agency's first female director Monday, hailing the "heroines" who had gone before her and expressing hope she and her team would be "role models". TRUMPIn his introductory remarks, Trump largely avoided the controversies swirling around his presidency, including his allegations, just hours earlier, that former CIA director John Brennan was behind the investigation into his campaign's dealings. The president however angered some former CIA officers with his decision to thank "courageous" Congressman Devin Nunes. A Trump supporter, Nunes has demanded documents about the investigation into Team Trump, but which the intelligence community says risks exposing sources. Former intelligence officer David Priess said Trump's comment about Nunes was "disgusting".
May 21, 2018 16:52 UTC
By MAUREEN KAKAHMore by this AuthorA man has moved to court to challenge the new Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act 2018. Mr Geoffrey Maina has sued the National Assembly, the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Inspector General of Police and the National Police Service. Through lawyer Peter Wanyama, Mr Maina argued that fundamental rights and freedoms of Kenyans are now threatened by some provisions of the act. INFORMATION ACCESSAccording to Mr Maina, the laws jeopardise Kenyans' right to privacy, freedom of expression, freedom of the media and the right to fair trial. JUSTICEIn the case documents, he said that the Act falls short of international standards and requirements.
May 21, 2018 16:30 UTC
Roger Glenn Self, of Dallas, North Carolina, is being held on two charges of first-degree murder, the Gaston County Sheriff's Office said. According to the Gaston Gazette, Self was seated with his family at the Surf and Turf Lodge in Bessemer City, near Dallas, on Sunday when he excused himself. VICTIMSSelf went to his car and drove at full speed straight into the table where his family was sitting, it said. "I saw a white Jeep just fly right past my face," a waiter, Brandon Wilson, was quoted as saying. "He was trying to get help," Austin Rammell, the pastor of the church which Self attended, was quoted as saying.
May 21, 2018 15:56 UTC
The town was used by rebels as a key transit point for weapons and fighters from Lebanon. It was also strategic for the regime because it links the capital Damascus to the coast. With Russian help, the regime drove rebels from their strongholds of Salma and Rabia in Latakia province on the Mediterranean coast in January 2016. 2017: HOMSThe regime regained total control of the central city of Homs in May 2017 after the Russian-supervised evacuation of rebels from their last area of control. On April 25, the regime took control of another region outside the capital — Eastern Qalamun, to the northeast of Damascus.
May 21, 2018 15:45 UTC
By STEPHEN ODUORMore by this AuthorNine soldiers have been injured after two Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) trucks collided in Hurara, Tana River County. County Red Cross Coordinator Gerald Bombe on Monday said five soldiers are receiving treatment at a medical camp in Manda, Lamu County, while four others are admitted to Malindi Sub-County Hospital. Mr Bombe said two soldiers are in critical condition. The five soldiers in the truck that was trailing incurred minor injuries while two had deep cuts and the other two suffered serious injuries," he said. This happens to be the second accident at the same spot, barely a week after a van carrying Catholic church officials knocked down a motorcycle rider carrying two pillion passengers.
May 21, 2018 15:33 UTC
By BRIAN OCHAROMore by this AuthorA 33-year-old woman was on Monday charged with killing her three-year-old son after being asked by her husband to return to her rural home in Kakamega. Ms Wandalo is accused of stabbing her child to death on May 10 in Migadini, Changamwe constituency in Mombasa. Preliminary police investigations revealed that the woman killed the child after she refused to go back to Butere in Kakamega. "The couple had disagreed the previous night before the incident and the suspect had promised to kill herself and the son," the report says. On various occasions, the woman is said to have refused to go back to Butere, claiming their house is haunted.
May 21, 2018 14:37 UTC