This now brings the total number of positive cases to 150,260, and the cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,592, 484. In terms of recovery, 343 patients have recovered from the disease, with 217 from home-based and isolation care while 126 are from various health facilities. The country has lost 19 patients to the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 2,443. A total of 1,588 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 5,757 patients are on home-based isolation and care. Vaccination wise, on Thursday, 28,234 people were vaccinated countrywide, pushing the total number of those vaccinated in the country to 651,650.
April 16, 2021 15:01 UTC
Ghislaine Maxwell appears via video link during her arraignment hearing in Manhattan Federal Court, New York, US. [Reuters]A lawyer for Ghislaine Maxwell has asked a U.S. judge to delay the July 12 criminal trial of Jeffrey Epstein's former associate by at least 90 days, blaming prosecutors for belatedly adding sex trafficking charges that frustrate her ability to be ready sooner. Maxwell, 59, has now been charged with eight felonies, and could face 80 years in prison if convicted. "The new charges up the ante," Sternheim wrote to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan. "A continuance - the need for which is caused solely by the government - is reasonable and necessary in defense of Ms. Maxwell.
April 16, 2021 14:37 UTC
[George Njunge, Standard]The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has consolidated two tax-related cases against businessman Humphrey Kariuki and seven others. In the consolidated case, the DPP has filed only 11 charges instead of the 19 he had proffered in the two previous cases. Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot acquitted Kariuki and seven others after the DPP failed to present witnesses. The Magistrate said the DPP failed to observe Article 50 of the constitution to avail witnesses within a reasonable time. The consolidated case will now be heard on May 31.
April 16, 2021 14:26 UTC
Vincent Kibet, 40, was arrested on April 14 at Kabartonjo Police Lines. Vincent Kibet was charged at Kabarnet Law Courts with rape and burglary - both against officer Mercy Chebunyei. [Yvonne Chepkwony, Standard]The court heard that the ex-convict was arrested on the night of April 14 while attempting to break into the home of Chebunyei stark naked. According to the prosecution, Kibet stole the clothes he wore in court; a blouse, leggings and a skirt, all worth Sh1,000. [Yvonne Chepkwony, Standard]The case will be mentioned on May 11.
April 16, 2021 14:11 UTC
President Uhuru Kenyatta's latest Covid-19 directives will result in more job losses in key sectors. Chelugui noted that the unemployment rate doubled to 10.4 per cent in the second quarter of 2020. He said Chelugui said reduction was attributed to the partial opening up of the economy between October and December. The pandemic has also affected labour migration management across the globe because of restrictions on travel. Chelugui observed that with the outbreak of the pandemic, Kenyan migrant workers have faced numerous challenges that have affected their livelihoods.
The second best student at the Coast says learning was hard for him at first. He wants to pursue law to become a chief justiceCharo said before he joined the missionary school, he was "very dull in class". "I used to fail a lot but through the grace of God and hard work, I managed to achieve something, " Charo said. He comes from Matsangoni, Kilifi, and enlisted in Bethany School when he was in Class 3. Through the support of his parents and teachers, Charo did extremely great in the years that followed.
The daughter to Jomvu MP Badi Twalib says news of her dad getting Covid almost crushed her performance in the KCSE examination. Zaharia Twalib scored 398 marks. Zaharia was a candidate of Iyale Miritini School in Mombasa where candidates performed well. Five candidates scored 400 marks and above and the school had a mean score of 353, up from 340 previously. Iyale school director Shete Msabaha said the candidates performed better compared to 2019.
Say the name Daniel Kaluuya and many people will likely have a slight frown as they try to recall who it is. The name may not be a household one yet but it’s just a matter of time before it is. Because as anyone who knows anything about these things will tell you: this is a guy whose star is on the rise. Fans will never forget his mesmerising performance in the horror film Get Out nor the film poster of him with eyes wide open, tears rolling down his stricken face.
April 16, 2021 13:41 UTC
Kenya Red Cross has appealed for Sh800 million to help more than 157,000 people facing hunger and those displaced by floods. Dr Mohammed said from the appeal, Sh483 million will go to flood victims while Sh315 million will buy food for drought victims. She said the Sh800 million was based on projections made jointly by Red Cross, relief agencies and county governments in affected areas. “We are also expecting to reach 85,000 people in Mandera, Wajir and Turkana in the next phase of distribution,” she said. The society will also transfer cash assistance of Sh5,400 per month for three months to each of 15,000 families in Mandera, Marsabit, Turkana, Wajir, Isiolo, Samburu and Garissa counties.
April 16, 2021 12:56 UTC
Simba striker Meddie Kagere charges past an opponent during the 2018 Cecafa Kagame Cup match against Rwandan side APR at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam. PHOTO | VINCENT OPIYOSimba striker Meddie Kagere charges past an opponent during the 2018 Cecafa Kagame Cup match against Rwandan side APR at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam. PHOTO | VINCENT OPIYOMichael Olunga has received praise from former Gor Mahia teammate Meddie Kagere after an impressive AFC Champions League debut. Kagere and Olunga were teammates at Gor in 2015 in a lethal attacking formation that helped the Kenyan champions win the Kenyan Premier League title without losing a single game that season. Kagere has also dominated the scoring charts in Tanzania with the Msimbazi street-based side and won the league title on three occasions.
April 16, 2021 12:00 UTC
BRS Director General Kenneth GathumaNAIROBI, KENYA: Businesses registered in 2020 rose by 40 per cent on the back of Kenyans’ search for alternative income streams owing to Covid-19 economic shocks. Data from the Business Registration Service (BRS) shows that 144,502 business entities were registered last year, an increase of 41,080 from 103,422 in 2019 as more people moved to formalise their enterprises. BRS noted that the current restriction measures by government to curb the virus have deepened the woes faced by small and micro businesses, forcing some to close. This has seen BRS reduce time taken to set up a business from 32 days to 14 days, he said. Last year, 94,115 business names were registered, a 56 per cent increase compared to 2019.
April 16, 2021 11:51 UTC
[Kipsang Joseph/Standard]Tour operators are asking the State to offer financial bailouts and lift restrictions for inter-county travel to save the tourism industry from collapse. “All travel agents have been confronted with huge amounts of refund requests for trips that had to be cancelled as a result of lockdowns, border closures and travel restrictions; activities that have left travel agents reeling from unspeakable financial losses,” Wanyoike said. Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics indicates the number of visitors that arrived into the country last year stood at 47,038. Wanyoike said the tour and travel industry, mostly made up of small and medium enterprises, continues to face financial challenges from shrinking revenues, putting thousands of jobs on the line. According to the CBK’s latest Credit Officer Survey, the tourism sector was one of four last year where lenders tightened credit requirements and standards for borrowers.
April 16, 2021 11:35 UTC
He later moved with his mother to Yonkers in New York where his early years would prove to be tumultuous. His father Joe Baker left the family when X was very young. His mother Arnett Simmons beat him badly and was largely negligent. He often got into fights at school and, at the age of seven, was jailed for stealing cakes from a market. He was later arrested for arson for trying to burn the children’s home down.
April 16, 2021 11:15 UTC
A worker weaves a wall carpet from the fibre extracted from the sheaths of banana trunks (PHOTO: Reuters)Ugandans have always eaten a lot of bananas. TexFad is using natural banana fibre to produce environmentally friendly items such as carpets and biodegradable hair extensions. TexFad is experimenting with various uses of banana fibres, producing carpets and market-testing hair extension products, Muturi said. TexFad is also testing a process to make banana fibres as soft as cotton so they can be used to produce clothes. "Banana fibre is the fibre of the future," he said.
April 16, 2021 11:15 UTC
USA's Christian Coleman reacts after winning the Men's 100m final at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Khalifa International stadium in Doha on September 28, 2019. (AFP)World 100 metres champion Christian Coleman had his two-year ban for breaching anti-doping whereabouts rules reduced to 18 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday but will still be ineligible for the Tokyo Olympics. June 20, 2019 Christian Coleman of the USA finishes 2nd in the 200m Men sprint of IAAF Golden Spike 2019 Athletics meeting in Ostrava. He said he would now focus on next year's world championships, which will be staged in the United States for the first time. "I look forward to representing the United States at both world championships in 2022, especially the first ever world championships held in the United States next summer where I plan to defend my world title against a new Olympic champion in the 100 meters."
April 16, 2021 11:03 UTC