Players rally around skull-fracture victim Mason

By AFPMore by this AuthorLONDONThe football world rallied around Ryan Mason on Monday after the Hull City midfielder fractured his skull and underwent surgery following a nasty clash of heads with Chelsea's Gary Cahill. Several hours after the final whistle, a Hull statement said: "The club can confirm that Ryan Mason sustained a skull fracture in our fixture at Chelsea this afternoon. Clubs and players from across England and beyond sent messages of support for Mason, among them former Manchester United and Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao, who tweeted: "My thoughts and pray for Ryan Mason. The England team's Twitter account posted a message reading: "Stay strong, Ryan" alongside a picture of Mason earning his sole England cap to date. Immediately after the match Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said all those connected with the London club hoped Mason enjoyed a speedy recovery.

January 23, 2017 14:06 UTC

Kenya: DP William Ruto's Bungoma tour met with hostility

| Updated Mon, January 23rd 2017 at 20:49 GMT +3Deputy President William Ruto and Bungoma governor Ken Lusaka were forced take another route to Kanduyi stage skipping Bungoma town where Jubilee brigade had been scheduled to address the public at Bus Park after the town became hostile. They vowed that DP Ruto and Lusaka will not address them saying they had swindled public funds. The angry residents of Bungoma town vented their frustrations by burning Jubilee T-shirt. Governor Lusaka confirmed the incident saying,” We did not get to Bungoma, we used Mateka route to Kanduyi, we were not chased.”But in a quick rejoinder, Bungoma County Communications Director Mark Kapchanga said the leaders were not scheduled to go through Bungoma town. The said crowd was waiting for Cord leader Raila Odinga who had planned to tour Bungoma town.”“I can confirm the two leaders' meetings were success based on the huge attendance in Kakamega, Bungoma and Uasin Gishu Counties.”

January 23, 2017 14:03 UTC

Shell Gabon employees end strike after deal

"Work has resumed at all sites operated by Shell Gabon," after the government helped mediate a deal regarding workers' compensation, said the ONEP union which had originally organised the open-ended strike. Royal Dutch Shell, one of the two historic operators alongside French group Total, is selling its Gabon oil assets. The planned sale, worth an estimated $700 million, is part of a drive by Shell to spin off a total of $30 billion worth of assets to cut debt. Shell is expected to sign a deal to sell the Gabon operations to US fund Carlyle this month, a source close to the talks said last week. French group Perenco, present in Gabon since 1960, was also in the running to buy the Shell assets.

January 23, 2017 14:02 UTC

Did Uhuru wear a Sh2.1m wrist watch during his Nyeri tour?

LEFT: President Uhuru Kenyatta. RIGHT: The Arnold & Son HM Perpetual MoonPresident Uhuru Kenyatta has distinguished himself for his choice of wrist watches during his reign. And it is not surprising that President Kenyatta is now the centre of speculation over a possible new addition to his collection. Over the weekend, he was at Sagana State Lodge, Nyeri, where he was sighted wearing a watch that had a striking resemblance to the Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon estimated to be worth Sh2.1 million. The Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon is a 18-carat red gold watch with a diameter 42 mm and has anti-reflective coating on both sides.

January 23, 2017 13:45 UTC

Egypt's military takes shot at pharmaceuticals

By AFPMore by this AuthorCAIROThe Egyptian government has given the military the go-ahead to establish a pharmaceuticals company in a market hit by shortages and a dollar crunch that has driven up prices. Ismail "authorises the National Authority for Military Production to participate in the establishment of a joint-stock company" under the name of the Egyptian National Company for Pharmaceutical Products, the decree read. Egypt's foreign currency reserves have plummeted since the 2011 uprising that toppled long time president Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian military has for decades played a key though opaque economic role, producing everything from washing machines to pasta, alongside building roads and operating gas stations. It also impacted some medicines used to treat heart disease, cancer, and solutions used in dialysis.

January 23, 2017 13:42 UTC

Togo fans attack keeper's home after Cup loss

By AFPMore by this AuthorPORT-GENTILAngry fans attacked the home of Togo's Kossi Agassa and the "scarred" goalkeeper is now a major doubt for the decisive Africa Cup of Nations clash against DR Congo on Tuesday. "Agassa is very upset and it has had an impact on the morale of the whole team," said Togo coach Claude Le Roy at a press conference ahead of the DR Congo game in the Gabonese port city of Port-Gentil. His mum has so far found it difficult to talk about it, it was so stressful and a cause of panic for her. Le Roy added: "The solidarity of the team is such that we will find calmer waters and not let ourselves be affected by a small minority in what is a country of peace." Togo, who have one point from two matches, have to win the game against DR Congo — a side formerly coached by Le Roy — if they are to stand a chance of going through to the quarter-finals from Group C.

January 23, 2017 13:40 UTC

How Kenya will benefit from Amina’s AU win

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, who chaired the Cabinet sub-committee, says her victory will place the country on the forefront of implementing a prosperity vision for Africa. “In today’s world, the reality is that many of our challenges and opportunities cannot be addressed by individual countries,” Dr Matiang’i told reporters at Harambee House on Monday. “With an effective African Union Commission, we see Kenyans benefitting with the rest of the continent from employment and business opportunities derived from a more integrated continent and a bigger market,” he said. It was the first time the sub-committee attempted to answer the persistent question of how Kenya will gain from her election into the continental body. On Monday, Dr Matiang’i was not specific about how many of those countries will support Kenya or how many of the expected jobs Kenya will expect, but he argued the Kenyan candidate will also bring honour and efficiency to the African Union.

January 23, 2017 13:39 UTC

Kenya: New EACC Chair Wabukala vows to crush graft cartels

| Updated Mon, January 23rd 2017 at 16:37 GMT +3Retired Archbishop Eliud Wabukala sworn in as the new Chair of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. (Photo: Beverlyne Musili/Standard)New anti-corruption boss Archbishop Eliud Wabukala has vowed to crush graft cartels and warned public officers to prepare to take personal responsibility for their actions. ALSO READ: Wabukala, Chebukati have their work cut out“I am aware that I am joining the EACC when perception of corruption is extremely high. He reminded Wabukala that the position of EACC chairman has become like a cursed office, but that the commission must have a head to steer it despite the influence and power wielded by graft cartels. I am committed to cultivate more collaboration to add value to the fight against corruption,” he said.

January 23, 2017 13:38 UTC

Kalonzo no longer playing diplomat, demands Cord presidential ticket

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has said that he will not play diplomat in the contest for Cord coalition’s presidential ticket. Kalonzo said co-principals Raila Odinga and Moses Wetang'ula should allow him to send the Jubilee administration home in the August 8 polls. Read: Raila asked to honour Cord MoU, support Kalonzo bid for presidentAlso read: Kalonzo: I will defeat Uhuru, Ruto next yearNoting he was ready and determined to take Jubilee head-on, Kalonzo asked residents to register in large numbers so they can vote. More on this: Bomas rally: I am ready to sacrifice presidency again, Kalonzo saysMuthama warned Jubilee against rigging the election. Kalonzo and Muthama were accompanied by Machakos Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala and woman representative Susan Musyoka.

January 23, 2017 13:33 UTC

Clean up your act, Ruto tells opposition in Mumias

The opposition should spell out its agenda and stop frustrating IEBC programmes for the August poll, DP William Ruto has said. Ruto, who addressed at least 3,000 Jubilee Party aspirants in Mumias on Monday, accused the opposition of blocking the cleaning of the register. We have Jubilee Party as our vehicle to the elections. Ruto noted that he and President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee administration was committed to making Kenyans live comfortable lives. He said Ruto will meet the company's management before addressing aspirants at Mumias Sugar Complex.

January 23, 2017 13:22 UTC

Congo's Catholic church urge Kabila to sign election deal as mandate expires

A deal struck last month requiring Congo President Joseph Kabila to step down after elections this year risks unravelling if politicians do not quickly reach compromises on implementing the accord, Catholic bishops mediating the talks said on Monday. The accord, signed by representatives of Kabila's ruling coalition and the main opposition bloc, bars Kabila from trying to change the constitution to stand for a third term in an election to be held by the end of this year. But talks this month on implementing components of the deal have stalled, Congo's Catholic Bishops Conference (CENCO) said in a statement. The main obstacles include a disagreement over the composition of a council to monitor progress towards elections and whether the main opposition bloc must allow Kabila to choose from multiple prime ministerial candidates. Congo has never experienced a peaceful transition of power and millions have died in conflicts in the country's east since 1996, most from hunger and disease.

January 23, 2017 13:18 UTC

Kenya: KWS fits lion with tracking device to stop it straying into town

| Updated Mon, January 23rd 2017 at 16:17 GMT +3Kenyan authorities have fitted a tracking device a onto one of the 36 lions that live in a wildlife park on the outskirts of the capital city, aiming to stop the animals coming into unwanted contact with people. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the it now had six lions in the park fitted with satellite tracking devices inserted into special collars, in a project that began in 2014. "The information is collected by the lion collars in real time and transmitted to park management to guide problem animal control teams whenever collared individuals are observed to be headed to areas inhabited by people, thus averting conflicts," KWS said in a statement. Last year rangers shot and killed a male lion after it strayed out of the park. There are about 2,000 lions left in the whole of Kenya.

January 23, 2017 13:17 UTC

Mombasa Nominated MCA Nyamvula dies of cancer

Nominated MCA Sarah Nyamvula died of cancer at a hospital in India on Monday. Saada Rajab died that year and Amina Zuberi in 2014. When Zuberi and Rajab died, ODM could not decide who would take over from them. Mombasa ODM chairman and nominated MCA Mohamed Hatimi said Nyamvula was second to none. Port Reitz MCA Fadhili Mwalimu said Nyamvula was a caring and loving memberr of the speaker's panel.

January 23, 2017 13:15 UTC

Big Brother Naija makes a comeback after 10-year hiatus

Big Brother Naija house host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu. PHOTO | COURTESYReality show The Big Brother Naija is back after taking a ten year break. The show will have 12 housemates, with a lineup of top Nigerian musicians and performers set to make visits to the Big Brother Naija house. The show is hosted by Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, a former housemate in the Big Brother Nigeria in 2006. The lawyer turned media personality will take up the task of announcing the evictees week after week.

January 23, 2017 13:00 UTC

Kenya should recognise Indians and Pakistanis

The Indians and Pakistanis (Indo-Paks) in Kenya, many who are naturalised Kenyans, would like to be formally recognised as a tribe. The last time this happened, the Makonde from Mozambique and Malawi had to trek from Kwale to Nairobi, to plead with the President. The Indo-Paks are therefore the biggest employers in Kenya, by far, if this measure is taken per community or tribe. The reparations can include giving up of numerous disused temples in Nairobi, which are suspected to be conduits for human trafficking into Kenyan job market. The temples can be used to house street families or offer drought-relief services like water provision and food to many afflicted.

January 23, 2017 12:43 UTC

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