UK police say Dominic Cummings committed a "minor" breach and closed the politically explosive case. A Bali zoo has named a baby giraffe Corona in honour of her birth during the global pandemic. WHO has warned European governments against cutting healthcare spending during the current economic crisis sparked by the coronavirus and lockdowns. UK police close case against Cummings over 'minor' lockdown breachUK police on Thursday said Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top aide Dominic Cummings committed a "minor" breach by driving to a beauty spot at the height of the coronavirus lockdown and closed the politically explosive case. AFPBali zoo's newborn baby giraffe named CoronaA Bali zoo has named a baby giraffe Corona in honour of her birth during the global pandemic.
May 28, 2020 12:56 UTC
Amiens, 19th in the table and also relegated, and Lyon, who were seventh and missed European football, have already lodged appeals. Toulouse, bottom for many months and with only three wins and 13 points from 28 games, were 14 points from potential safety. Amiens were 10 points better off, but still four points away from the lifeline of a playoff spot. "Amiens are still fighting against this decision which we find unfair, incoherent and unfounded," Amiens president Bernard Joannin told AFP. The Corsican club responded by saying: "We maintain that AC Ajaccio are destined to play in Ligue 1 next season."
May 28, 2020 12:53 UTC
The stabilization measures for the economy are welcome75 per cent of Kenya's Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are likely to face closure by the end of June according to Central Bank of Kenya Governor Patrick Njoroge. In a virtual press briefing on Thursday, the Governor gave an update on the status of the economy and announced that something needs to be done to ensure the survival of Kenya's MSMEs. "Three-quarters of MSMEs, according to a survey, would be in a critical state by the end of June. Whatever policy action is put in place to help MSMEs needs to go beyond finance, into ‘finance plus’, including linkages to other markets," he stated. A 30 per cent decline in supply chain for key inputs in machinery and chemicals, decline in imports, less tourism activities in the country and a decline in government spending in different sectors.
May 28, 2020 12:46 UTC
SUMMARY The CS said out of the 147 cases, Kibra had 35, Langata 15, Makadara 9, Westlands 8, Kamkunji, 2 and Mathare 1. Three more people also died in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of deaths to 58. COVID-19 cases in the country have jumped to 1,618 after 147 more people tested positive. Out of the 147, Nairobi is leading with 90, Mombasa 41, Kiambu 3, Busia 3, Uasin Gishu 2, Nyeri 2, Murang'a 1 among others. Three more people also died in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of deaths to 58 as 13 patients got discharged.
May 28, 2020 12:36 UTC
President Uhuru Kenyatta has chided his son for breaking the curfew directive and consequently putting his grandmother, Mama Ngina Kenyatta, at risk. In an interview with NTV, Uhuru revealed that one of his sons sneaked out during curfew hours. The president said that his son was in the company of his grandmother in the coastal region when he sneaked out. “Cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa shall be extended for 21 days. The nationwide curfew shall be extended for 21 days,” Uhuru said.
May 28, 2020 12:11 UTC
This has affected a lot of businesses, including the clean cooking sector. The introduction of VAT will have a significant negative implication on the clean cooking sector and will make –clean cookstoves out of reach of ordinary “mwananchi”. The vision of the Clean Cooking Association of Kenya (CCAK) is to see universal access and adoption of clean and efficient cooking solutions and practices in Kenya, through a sustainable market environment. Clean cooking solutions create thousands of jobs and income opportunities to the manufacturers, distributors, retailers, sales, artisans among others. This is according to the statistics from the Kenya Cooking Sector Study 2019 commissioned by the Ministry of Energy and the Clean Cooking Association of Kenya in November 2019.
May 28, 2020 12:00 UTC
By JEFF KINYANJUI More by this AuthorMwamba RFC has partnered with international kit supplier Samurai Sportswear who are now their official technical partner for the 2020/21 season. The deal will see all Mwamba playing and coaching technical wear kits designed and manufactured by Samurai. Club president Alvas Onguru thanked the UK-based kit manufacturer for delivering quality kits. “Working with Samurai is an incredible opportunity for the club to create an amazing identity amongst players, staff and supporters,” he said. The home replica jersey will be sold at Sh4,000 and fans can pre-order the merchandise online via the club’s portal.
May 28, 2020 11:48 UTC
Kenyan entrepreneur Catherine Wanjoya () of Genesis Care has taken a challenge by the Royal Academy for Engineering in the UK to help in the fight against Covid-19. The Academy's increasing level of influence – in policy, research and education – was recognised when it was granted a royal title and became The Royal Academy of Engineering in 1992. It reached out to its fellows from Africa to have them work on innovations that would boost the fight against coronavirus. The domestic incinerator can be used at home or quarantine centres, where the bulk is not too heavy. Wanjoya received Sh665,000 from the UK through the RAE's Leadership in Innovation, an amount she says is appreciated but more needs to be done.
May 28, 2020 11:36 UTC
The order, a draft copy of which was seen by Reuters, could change before it is finalized. On Wednesday, officials said Trump will sign an executive order on social media companies on Thursday. The draft order also states that the White House Office of Digital Strategy will re-establish a tool to help citizens report cases of online censorship. The working group will also monitor or create watch-lists of users based on their interactions with content or other users. SEE ALSO: Trump's executive order targets political bias at Twitter and Facebook
May 28, 2020 11:26 UTC
East African E-commerce platform for women’s health, personal care and beauty products, Kasha, is taking great steps to combat the spread of Coronavirus in Kenya and Rwanda where it operates. For Kasha, as a social enterprise, purpose driven collaboration is key in this period to ensure that essential products and information get to the most at risk communities in the safest way possible. Here are the Steps Kasha has taken to support the fight against COVID-19:Kasha has launched a nurse-supported community forum, kashacommunity.com, to provide information on contraceptives. “At Kasha, we strongly believe we have a role to play in helping people around the country protect themselves from COVID. We are focused on ensuring that people in urban and rural areas get access to quality health and personal care products.” - Joanna Bichsel, Founder and CEO at Kasha.
May 28, 2020 11:14 UTC
By MAUREEN KAKAH More by this AuthorA former Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) senior manager was Wednesday fined Sh2 million for soliciting and receiving a Sh15 million bribe from a businesswoman in order to lower her tax arrears by Sh420 million. Mr Ngumi was found guilty of soliciting and receiving the bribe from the businesswoman six years ago to facilitate the reduction of tax arrears owed to KRA from Sh439.9 million to Sh18.6 million. He was convicted of the first count of corruptly soliciting a benefit and receiving a bribe while he was acquitted on the other counts. He received the bribe from Winfrida Wanjiku Ngumi as an inducement to issue a letter reducing her tax arrears by Sh420 million. AdvertisementThe court heard that Mr Ngumi sought a secret meeting with the businesswoman to review her tax arrears ahead of a visit to her firm by KRA auditors.
May 28, 2020 11:03 UTC
To date, however, none of the innovations made by university students in the country has made it past the initial analysis stage, Mr Owino said. They are only used for demonstration of functionality and proof of concept,” Mr Owino further explained in a phone interview. SUPPORTING FRAMEWORKAccording to Mr Owino, so far, the ideas are good but there ought to be a framework to support these ideas into actualisation. ESTIMATED CASES“Based on mathematical projection and disease progression, we estimated that based on 10,000 cases, a third will require mechanical ventilators. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe Wednesday said that there are seven Covid-19 patients in critical condition, with four on ventilators while three are receiving oxygen supply.
May 28, 2020 10:58 UTC
“Covid-19 is a widow-maker,” Karol Boudreaux, Chief Programme Officer at the land rights charity Landesa told a webinar organised by the Land Portal platform. “The virus exacerbates an already unequal situation for men and women,” Boudreaux said, citing a Tanzanian widow who was unable to stop the illegal sale of her property in another city due to limited land rights and Covid-19 travel restrictions. Although most African and Asian farmers are women, only 15 per cent of the world’s farmland is owned by women, according to Landesa. And this inequality is set to worsen with the coronavirus, land experts said. SEE ALSO: Dealing with lockdown loneliness - from keeping active to coping without hugs“Widows depend on their (deceased) husbands for their property rights.
May 28, 2020 10:46 UTC
Haroun and Hussein, who held top government positions under Bashir, are wanted by the International Criminal Court over their role in the Darfur conflict. Taha served as vice president under Bashir between 1998-2013, and was previously Sudan's foreign minister. Hussein served in several positions including defence and interior minister. Haroun served as minister of state for the interior, minister of state for humanitarian affairs, and governor of the conflict-ridden South Kordofan. In February, Sudan's transitional authorities, who took power in August, agreed that Bashir and his aides should stand trial before the ICC.
May 28, 2020 10:40 UTC
SEE ALSO: The peculiar habits of Kenyan home buyersDumping the stand-alone bungalow that was accompanied by a garden, new home owners prefer to share a wall with their neighbour and share amenities such as a common playground for their children. Still, the real estate sector struggled to shed the sustained high prices that have weighed down the industry for long. Overall, house prices decreased in the first three months of the year. “By the KBA-HPI measure, house prices have remained in the deceleration path for the fifth consecutive quarter,” said the report. Developers in the sector will have something to smile about as house prices are expected to decelerate at a slower rate in the coming months as demand increases.
May 28, 2020 10:18 UTC