But thanks to my pal Davie who lent me his apartment till December, rent isn’t an issue for now. So last week, I find an old one-night-stand called Diane on FB, and soon we are chatting on WhatsApp. I remembered her petite frame in a flowery summer beach dress last time I saw her in June, 2016. The woman who came into the suite had grown chubbier, with a rounder face, wore glasses (shock) and a buibui (shocking! In 2017, she had met a ‘serious man,’ she said, in a tone that implied I’m in the ‘joker’ category.
September 18, 2020 06:56 UTC
China began combat drills near the Taiwan Strait on Friday, the same day a senior U.S. official began high-level meetings in Taipei, as Beijing denounced tightening ties between Chinese-claimed Taiwan and the United States. Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said Friday's drills, about which he gave no details, were taking place near the Taiwan Strait and involved the People's Liberation Army's eastern theatre command. "They are a reasonable, necessary action aimed at the current situation in the Taiwan Strait and protecting national sovereignty and territorial integrity," Ren said. Taiwan's Liberty Times newspaper said Taiwan air force jets scrambled 17 times on Friday morning over four hours, warning China's air force to stay away. The United States, like most countries, only has official ties with China, not Taiwan, though is the island's main arms supplier and most important international backer.
September 18, 2020 05:26 UTC
[File]Cotton farmers in Kisumu have a reason to smile after high breed seeds introduced six months ago multiplied production. The department received 12 tonnes of cotton conventional seeds, 140 kilogrammes of biotechnology (BT) high breed seeds and 480 kilogrammes of high breed cotton seeds after the government partially lifted the ban on Genetically Modified Organism (BT) cotton seeds that had been in place since 2012. The new cotton breed has attracted farmers back to cotton growing. Dawo said an acre would produce high yield cotton that could fetch up to Sh130,000, with one kilogramme going for Sh52. Henry Odoyo, a farmer in Kobura area who cultivated five acres of cotton, said for the first time in a long time he was impressed by the cotton yield on his farm.
September 18, 2020 05:26 UTC
It was previously unheard of for women to join the corporate world, let alone head it. But over the years, many have broken the glass ceiling and become the who’s who of corporate Kenya. Below are five Kenyan women who are running corporate Kenya. Stella Aura, Director, Kenya Meteorological DepartmentAs the first female director of the Kenya Meteorological Department, Stella Aura is making strides not only in the meteorological department and Kenya as a whole. She is a three time awardee of the Top 40 Under 40 for the most influential women and is a trustee of the Kenyan Corporate Venture fund for Kenyan entrepreneurs.
September 18, 2020 04:52 UTC
Back home, 1910 the European settlers started what was going to be an enduring event; the Amateur Championship. The youngest of the amateur golfers playing in the US Open is 18-year-old Preston Summerhays from the United States. The youngest of the amateur golfers taking part in the Kenya Amateur Matchplay Championship is 15-year-old Njoroge Kibugu. The 86th edition of the Kenya amateur match-play championship 2018 winner Daniel Nduva at Thika Green golf resort, June 17, 2018. They do not purport to reflect the opinions of Kenya Open Golf Limited or the Kenya Golf Union.
September 18, 2020 04:52 UTC
Barcelona’s demolition is an understatement after German amateur side SG Ripdorf/Molzen II were beaten to a pulp in a 37-0 loss to local rivals SV Holdenstedt II on Thursday. According to Reuters, SG Ripdorf/Molzen II sacrificed a tight defence for social distancing as they fielded only seven players as a Covid-19 precaution. The players tested negative but Ripdorf felt it was unsafe and fielded only seven players - the minimum number required for a match according to FIFA rules. "We are thankful those seven players volunteered, otherwise the club would have faced a 200 euros (Sh26,000) fine for abandoning the match. "The Holdenstedt players did not understand.
September 18, 2020 04:21 UTC
ODM leader Raila Odinga is faced with an uphill task of crafting a winning matrix for the 2022 General Election. Instead, he insists his focus now is on delivering the Building Bridges Initiative report arising from his March 9, 2018, handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta. “It is not easy to market Raila in Mt Kenya. Even the people from Mt Kenya who are saying Raila is their preferred candidate, they can’t dare take him there. That tells you a lot about Mt Kenya and the 2022 politics,” he said.
September 18, 2020 04:07 UTC
Kenya Cup clubs caucus want status quo in the top tier to remain following the cancellation of the 2019-2020 season. In a virtual meeting held yesterday by the top tier clubs, the caucus agreed that with the season now cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020-2021 season should main the clubs that did duty last season. Kenya Cup caucus chairman, Xavier Makuba, said with no league winner last season, there should be no promotion or relegation. The proposal will be a bitter blow to the likes of former Kenya Cup outfit Strathmore Leos, Mean Machine, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, United States International University and Northern Suburbs who had qualified for the championship playoffs and were eyeing the two playoff spots in the Kenya Cup. The clubs have already started planning for the new season ahead and some would like to make additions before the season starts ," added Makuba.
Embu Governor Martin Wambora was on Thursday at pains to explain why his administration missed the own-source revenue target by Sh455 million in 2017-18. In his report, former auditor general Edward Ouko fingered the Embu county executive for collecting Sh532 million against the target of Sh892 million resulting to a revenue shortfall of Sh455 million for the year under review. “The auditors are raising the issue that your own-source revenue collection went down, yet you have annual budget which had costed functions assigned resources. He said over Sh900 million proposed as possible revenue collection is not achievable, saying in the last financial year Embu county raised almost the same figure with Kakamega. “But we don’t benefit from the one per cent fiscal effort in the annual collection because our revenue figures have been exaggerated,” Wambura said.
In June this year, the businessman filed a contempt suit against Kinoti for disrespecting court orders to the police to release the guns to him. Wanjigi told the court that the Director of Criminal Investigations had been given a six months’ suspended jail term for violating court orders by Justice Chacha Mwita that the guns be returned. But the DCI in court papers obtained by the Star says Wanjigi cannot lay claim to the guns as his firearms certificate was revoked. The police are further questioning how Wanjigi renewed his firearms certificate after he was disarmed, then serving as a police reservist. “However, he later under unexplained circumstances, gained his firearm back and has been holding the same alongside other prohibited firearms,” Otieno said.
However, drug addiction drives many women to the streets and takes attention away from their attention. Dorcas Akinyi* (not her real name), 25, an active drug user, said she was introduced to drugs at the age of 12 after the death of her mother. She started using drugs. Mary Kahindi, 38, a mother of three and recovering drug addict, said she was exposed to drugs at the age of 20 years. She started using it for leisure but ended up being addicted, which led to resignation from her job as a government civil worker.
Kisumu All Stars will name a new technical bench after the FKF/KPL relegation/promotion play off. The Kisumu County government-sponsored team, popularly known as the Blue Eagles, are seeking to recruit head coach, assistant coach, physical trainer and goalkeeper trainer. He said the club has started preparations for the play-off and exuded confidence that the team will maintain their top tier league status. With the relegation of Chemelil and Sony Sugar, Kisumu All Stars and Western Stima are the only teams in the top tier league from Nyanza. The team’s head coach Salim Babu also joined Wazito as an assistant coach.
The soothing news is that all that is now over and gone after he secured himself a new abode soon afterwards. Come the new season, he’ll be turning out in the blue, white and red Posta Rangers colours after inking a deal with them late August. “Pamzo has been my long time admirer and I have also always wanted to work with him. He learned his football at Slum Totos, a development outfit that drew players from his neighbourhood. “I can recall very well I wrapped up as top scorer in Phelgona Cup with seven goals,” says Odeka.
Top flight side Kariobangi Sharks have secured the signature of former Nairobi Stima winger Douglas Mokaya for the next four years. Western Stima and National Super League side Coast Stima were also affected by the parastatal's decision to end the partnership. Sharks are understood to have opted for the diminutive winger who prior to joining Stima featured for Bidco United as a replacement for Harrison Mwendwa who left for AFC Leopards. He said the experienced midfielder who has also featured for Gor Mahia and Western Stima is likely to fill in the void left by Sven Yidah who joined league returnees Nairobi City Stars. The club parted ways with two of their defenders; Amani Kyata and Michael Bodo who have since joined Namungo and Sofapaka respectively.
[File]Foreign investors rallied back to the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) with yesterday’s turnover increasing by a record 538 per cent on the back of improved investor confidence. The number of shares traded increased to 123.6 million, more than five-fold from 17 million traded on Wednesday. “The positive performance has been driven by growing foreign investors’ demand for listed equities in the Kenyan market,” said NSE in the statement. By the end of trading, the value of shares bought by foreign investors was worth Sh3.4 billion, a more than five-fold increase from the value traded the previous day. However, six months later, and with 36,576 Covid-19 cases and 642 deaths, most of the foreign investors have been coming back.
September 18, 2020 00:56 UTC