By BRIAN YONGAMore by this AuthorKenya is set to host the Zone 4.2 Africa Individual Chess Championship next month, the local federation revealed on Wednesday. The five-day event will run from May 5 to 10 at the Shaza Beach Hotel in Mombasa. According to Chess Kenya chairman Benard Wanjala, 40 players from nine federations had registered for the event as of Wednesday. In the Ladies section, reigning national champion Gloria Jumba and Kenya Open winner Joyce Nyaruai will fly the country’s flag. The Open winner will also be awarded the prestigious International Masters title, the second highest title in chess after the Grand Master and cash award of Sh100,000.
April 25, 2019 03:00 UTC
Dysfunctional systems will continue frustrating our quest for building future cities in Kenya. Our cities are facing huge planning challenges, and many are barely able to support a decent life for residents. Because we abandoned planning, we are seeing the growth of cities that have become uncontrolled and ungovernable. It will take a huge policy shift and way of doing things to make them attract dwellers. That our cities have refused to grow into people's cities is clearly seen on our roads; a number of people working in our major cities live in rural areas or outskirts and commute daily.
As farmers countrywide waited for the first drops of rain to fall belatedly this week, beneficiaries of a water pan project in Nyeri were already counting their earnings from farming. Kiduya is the manager of Kids Alive Children's Home, a beneficiary of one such water pan, which was set up less than a year ago. The home is located in Richardson village, Githunga ward, Kieni East subcounty. The government, through the National Irrigation Board, has been helping farmers set up water pans to irrigate their farms with when there is no rain. In Nyeri county, farmers expressed relief because they were able to farm even during the prolonged drought around the country.
In the Under-20 championships, Kenya bagged a total of 13 gold, 10 silver and five bronze medals while in the Under-18, Kenya bagged six gold, six silver and five bronze medals. These are good results especially for the Under-18 athletes who will represent the country at the World Under-20 Championships in Nairobi next year. Nonetheless, we still need to do more as a country to build on these performances if we are to do well in next year’s Under-20 world event. For the Under-20 team, who won even more medals, it’s time to up their preparations in readiness for the big stage. At the moment, preparing Team Kenya for next year’s Under-20 show is the priority and the authorities concerned must act immediately.
April 25, 2019 03:00 UTC
Governor Wycliffe Oparanya in Kakamega has hired 16 MCAs who lost elections as community administrators (see P28). In 2017, 45 out of 60 MCAs lost their seats. So his opponents have criticised Oparanya for rewarding political losers. But Oparanya has also created posts for 12 subcounty administrators, 60 ward administrators and 400 community unit administrators. Creating jobs for stranded former MCAs in Kakamega is not the right way to convince us that he can do it.
By DAVID KWALIMWAMore by this AuthorFormer Harambee Stars defender George Owino Audi says he intends to appeal the 10-year ban from all football activities that world governing body Fifa slapped on him Wednesday. Majani’s rebuttal came hours after Fifa slapped the former Mathare United defender with a 10-year ban from all football activities after an ‘extensive investigation’ found him guilty of manipulating the outcome of football matches for betting purposes. Owino, whom Nation Sport exclusively called out in an exclusive expose in February, was officially informed of the punishment Wednesday morning. The ban prohibits him from coaching or getting involved in managing football at an administrative level. Perumal thus used Owino to identify several Harambee Stars players for the task in which unspecified amount of money exchanged money between 2009 and 2011.
April 25, 2019 02:48 UTC
US white supremacist who lynched black man is executedJohn William King (C) is pictured in 1999 after being sentenced to death for the brutal murder of a black man. Byrd was alive for some two miles (3.2 kilometers) while being dragged along the road, a pathologist testified during King's trial. During the sentencing phase of King's trial, his attorneys argued that prison violence had compelled him to hook up with a white prison gang. One tattoo is of a black man hanging from a noose. The 1999 death sentence for King was the first in Texas since the 1970s handed to a white man for killing a black man.
April 25, 2019 02:15 UTC
"I took long before dating him because I wanted a relationship that would lead to marriage," she said. Justus adds that him taking long to give her the photos was only a ploy to get closer to her. Having her photos gave me a chance because she kept asking for them," he said. At some point, he gave up and even deleted her phone number, but things worked out along the way. "She was beautiful and I wanted us to be friends but it was an uphill task winning her over," Justus said.
The Football Association are to scrap the tradition of awarding a case of champagne to the FA Cup winners out of respect for players’ religious beliefs. English football’s governing body have a long-held tradition of placing a case of bubbly in the winning dressing room on cup final day as a congratulatory gesture to the victors. Jubilant scenes of euphoric players spraying champagne around the winning dressing room following victory in the final have become the norm over the years. The FA will instead put a case of an alcohol-free champagne substitute in the winning dressing room so players can replicate those spraying celebrations. Watford face Manchester City in this year’s cup final on May 18.
Economists now want the government to consider debt reorganisation to save manage Kenya's ballooning debt. Of the external debt composition, China has lent 70 per cent at Sh634.4 billion. Japan has lent Sh104.7 billion or 11.7 per cent while France is third having lent seven per cent, or Sh62.6 billion. Noah Wamalwa, IEA's assistant programme officer said 34 per cent of the external debt mix came from banks as at June 2018. Journalist Jaindi Kisero put the think-tank to task to explain the economic figures and jargon, saying the issue of debt has now gone beyond being discussed as a business issue to a crisis of national proportions.
A solid goal-keeping department is an area Harambee Stars will heavily look at as they seek to register positive results in the Africa Cup of Nations. Under the Frenchman, Stars leaked one goal in four qualifier matches. The former Ulinzi Stars goalkeeper is hopeful that with good defence and teamwork, the selected goalkeepers can give a good account of themselves. “The goalkeepers who will be selected and the entire team will be making their maiden appearance at the Cup of Nations and there can be an element of stage fright. I can advise them to rise above fright and approach the matches like normal league matches.
Allocation of homes under the affordable housing programme will be based on a raffle, according to a senior official. To participate, one must have registered in the housing portal known ay Boma Yangu, which by yesterday had 214,000 people. Housing secretary Patrick Bucha said the portal is used to capture personal data including preferred house type, size, and location among other information. “There is no other way, the demand is bigger than the supply and we have to use a lottery process which is the fair most way,” Bucha said. The portal will soon be linked to KRA, e-citizen and relevant personal information portals which will be used in the allocation criteria.
Kenya spends at least Sh500 million in defending a single case filed by investors at international courts under the Bilateral Investment Treaties, according to a regional trade negotiation institute. The Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) and EcoNews Africa said the provisions under the treaties are very risky. However, according to the institutions, BITs have increasingly protected foreign investors, with the capital-exporting countries using the agreements to further their market liberalisation. SEATINI's Uganda country director Jane Naluga said there is need to adopt the recently approved East Africa Community model investment treaty to redefine the bilateral agreements. The disputes involved a service and trade company, World Duty free company limited and an electric power and energy company, WaIAM Energy.
Garissa’s Berlin beat Al-Ansar from Wajir 4-3 on post-match penalties after a goalless draw regulation time to win the 2019 Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom North Eastern region finals yesterday at Garissa Teachers College. I owe this to the team support,” said Abdallah Marro, the MVP and Berlin FC player. I am glad to be crowned the best keeper in the overall tournament,” said Yahya Mohamed, Berlin keeper, who won the Golden Gloves award. The competition aims at scouting for youth talent, developing grassroots football and ultimately propelling gifted players to the national team. This year, an All-Star team will be selected to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.
Untitled players have an opportunity to acquire World Chess Federation (FIDE) title at the Africa Chess Zone 4.2 Individual Championships set for between May 4 and 12 at Shaza Hotel, Mombasa. Chess Kenya (CK) president Bernard Wanjala indicated that if the winner of the regional championships in untitled, he or she will automatically earn the International Master title. Each zone member country has a quota of five players but Kenya as the hosts can field seven. The event has attracted three Grandmasters from Egypt- Adly Ahmed, El Gindy Essam and Hesham Abdelrahman, the highly celebrated Ugandan International Master Arthur Ssengwanyi among others. Other titled players who will feature are Ugandan Fide Master duo of Patrick Kawuma and Haruna Nsubuga, their compatriot CM Bod Bobasa, CM Ramesh and Eritrean CM Beraki Weldegebriel.