"It was only the next night when a kind midwife told me Kennedy was beautiful and just like her daughter, who also had the condition, that I felt a glimmer of hope. A girl with Down's syndrome whose mum was once told to give her up for adoption now models for top brands across the US. When 15-year-old Kennedy Garcia was born her mum Renee was advised by doctors she would have no quality of life. But after a kind midwife told Renee she also had a daughter with the condition, she remained hopeful and refused to give up. "It was only the next night when a kind midwife told me Kennedy was beautiful and just like her daughter, who also had the condition, that I felt a glimmer of hope.
February 21, 2020 10:30 UTC
The respiratory and critical illness doctor had planned to get married during the Lunar New Year holiday, but postponed his wedding to help treat coronavirus patients. By AFPMore by this AuthorBeijingA 29-year-old doctor at the epicentre of China's new coronavirus outbreak has died from the disease, one of the youngest known fatalities of the epidemic and the latest among medical workers. The respiratory and critical illness doctor had planned to get married during the Lunar New Year holiday, but postponed his wedding to help treat coronavirus patients. Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, died Tuesday morning. Chinese authorities say more than 1,700 medical workers have been infected, most in central Hubei province, where Wuhan is located.
February 21, 2020 10:18 UTC
By AGNES MAKHANDIAMore by this AuthorKenya's women’s beach volleyball team on Friday started preparations in Mombasa ahead of next month’s second phase of Olympic qualifiers to be held in Nigeria. READYAdvertisementMulinge is optimistic the team will be ready for the event despite having only 12 days left to the qualifiers. We will look at every player's input during the training sessions and settle for best two pairs at the end." The women’s pair of Makokha and Agala qualified for the second round having finished second behind eventual winners Rwanda during the first round of qualifiers held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania last month. Meanwhile, the men’s team is scheduled to start training on Wednesday ahead of the April 12-16 Olympics qualifiers in Banjul, Gambia.
February 21, 2020 10:18 UTC
Kenya Revenue Authority officials in Garissa on Friday morning destroyed assorted contraband worth Sh1.8 million seized from smugglers. “The goods were seized during the ongoing multi-agency crackdown on illicit goods. Most of them were concealed to evade payment of tax (import duty), while some were found to be counterfeit or substandard products,” Mwangi said. Mwangi said stern action would be taken against anyone found smuggling contraband goods into the country to create unnecessary competition in the market. Mwangi said all state agencies will work closely to ensure substandard products that are potentially harmful to Kenyans don’t find their way into the country.
February 21, 2020 10:05 UTC
These countries have a few things in common, one of them is that they have embraced the world economy through trade. But in order to encourage free trade, you need efficient ports (and airports). The most active ports are Shanghai and Singapore, which have an annual throughput of more than 30 million containers. Here are some startling statistics to illustrate the magnitude of the challenge: The volume of goods Mombasa port handles in a year, Shanghai and Singapore ports handle in about a week. For us to be a global player in sea trade, we need efficient ports.
February 21, 2020 09:56 UTC
Mandera leaders have called for a homegrown solution to the current teacher shortage in the region. In a resolution read by Mandera Governor Ali Roba during a one-day education symposium, stakeholders agreed to seek devolution of education in Northeastern region. Roba said it was time county governments sought devolution of education as a permanent solution to teacher shortage. He termed the current teacher shortage a time bomb waiting to explode and the sooner a solution was found the better. Mandera Knut executive secretary Mohamed Sheikh asked MPs to deal with the teacher shortage through Parliament or the courts.
February 21, 2020 09:56 UTC
Tension is high in Baringo South subcounty after bandits shot dead three brothers at Mairo Hills along the Mochongoi-Chemorongion-Marigat road on Friday. National Police Reservist Solomon Keitany and his two brothers Simon Keitany and David Chemjor Kipng'eno were killed in the attack. “They were ambushed and shot dead on the spot at close range by AK47-wielding bandits,” Arabal chief William Koech said. Two weeks ago suspected bandits ambushed and shot dead 22-year-old boda boda rider Sammy Chepkok at Kobol along Kagir-Lemuyek-Loruk-Marigat road in Baringo North subcounty. Last week, Rift Valley regional coordinator Gorge Natembeya said the government will pursue the bandits and arrest them to face justice.
February 21, 2020 09:56 UTC
ALSO READ: How to correctly walk in heelsThe fashion era we are in is mostly about personal style and expression. Here is a list of crazy clothing items the internet will never let us forget. I’m still not sure how people manage to walk around wearing food as clothing, but hey, to each his own. Clear plastic clothesThis is a confusing one because wearing this makes you dressed and exposed at the same time. There have been many images circulating of plastic dresses, jackets, pants, shorts, you name it.
February 21, 2020 09:45 UTC
By DERICK LUVEGAMore by this AuthorA Vihiga businessman, his wife and two children were on Friday morning hacked to death by a gang of seven youths at their Busamu home. Kennedy Ambani - who operated an agrovet at Magada trading centre, Elizabeth Achieng' and their children Gifton Ambani and Ann Ambani suffered several panga cuts. The incident followed the killing of a man and his wife at the neighbouring Ingidi village by a gang which killed four goats and stole chicken. RISING INSECURITYMr Barua said the number of police officers at Magada will be increased and patrols heightened to address insecurity. Mr Ijaika accused security officers of laxity, noting that past meetings to address the matter were yet to bear fruits.
February 21, 2020 09:36 UTC
By JOHN MUTUAMore by this AuthorWorkers will pay higher rates to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) if Health Cabinet Secretary nominee, Mutahi Kagwe, has his way. Mr Kagwe wants all Kenyans compelled to contribute to the NHIF in support of the universal healthcare roll-out, adding that deductions should be made in proportion to income level. Currently, NHIF contribution is mandatory for formal workers, but voluntary for those in the informal sector and the unemployed. “There are many Kenyans who cannot afford to pay for NHIF and the most able must be made to support the less able. It is a principle of social democracy,” Mr Kagwe told the committee chaired by Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi during his vetting.
February 21, 2020 09:33 UTC
Detectives on Friday arrested Nuzrat Sharif, the woman suspected to be the mastermind of a real estate scam dubbed ‘Simple Homes’. Detectives said Nuzrat is married to Yasin Abubakr Kodhek alias Eugene Kodhek who is suspected to have swindled unsuspecting Kenyans over Sh500 million in a scam dubbed “Simple Homes”. According to the detectives, Nuzrat Sharif tricked her mother Nurjahan Mohamed into opening various companies for the scam. Directors of Simple Homes Kenya, which was famous for the “rent as you own” model of homeownership, went missing on February 27, 2017. The sham company had packaged itself as a developer and a commission agency, selling homes on behalf of other builders.
February 21, 2020 09:33 UTC
Dried vegetables stored at room temperature, for instance, can stay for up to two years. Amaranth seeds are gluten-free pseudo cereal, which can be consumed by persons that are allergic to gluten protein. RETARDS ENZYMATIC ACTIONTraditionally, African leafy vegetables were dried, put in clay pots, covered and stored next to the fireplace. Sodium bicarbonate or table salt (sodium chloride) is added to the blanching water. Further, hot water blanching helps retain important nutritious compounds such as beta carotene; a precursor of vitamin A.
February 21, 2020 09:22 UTC
Echesa: The man who became CS without sitting KCPE examRashid Echesabattled claims of lacking the required academic credentials when the National Assembly vetted him in 2018 following his nomination as Sports and Heritage Cabinet secretary. He said he attended Shibale Primary School between 1990 and 1997, and blamed his being a Standard Seven dropout on poverty. SEE ALSO :Former Sports CS Rashid Echesa arrestedHis two-page CV listed a “consistent project execution strategy” as among his key skills, alongside people and leadership skills. Subscribe Now »Back in 2018, Echesa told MPs that he abhorred corruption, and one of his first tasks in office would be to clean up sports federations. It further noted that Echesa had produced bank deposit slips and sales agreements to prove the transfer of the cars.
February 21, 2020 09:14 UTC
Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh smashed the half marathon world record by 20 seconds on Friday to win the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) event in the United Arab Emirates on Friday. Yeshaneh crossed the finish line in one hour, four minutes and 31 seconds at the World Athletics Gold Label road race, eclipsing the previous record of 1:04:51 set by Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei in Valencia in 2017. Marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei finished second, and her time was also two seconds inside Jepkosgei’s mark. “I didn’t imagine this result,” said Yeshaneh, whose previous best of 1:05:46 had stood as the Ethiopian record for five months between 2018 and 2019. Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie won the men’s race in 58:58, 18 seconds clear of compatriot Alexander Mutiso in second place.
February 21, 2020 09:11 UTC
Air Zimbabwe fails to find strategic partners to revive fortunesAir Zimbabwe plane. National airline Air Zimbabwe says its bid to have strategic partners aboard its revival plans has been unsuccessful with bidders failing to measure up to expectations.The airline was placed under reconstruction in October 2018 after plunging into huge debt amounting to more than $300 million (Sh30 billion). Administrator Reggie Saruchera said yesterday the bid to find a strategic partner or investor for the government-owned airline had been unsuccessful. In October last year, the Airports Company of South Africa impounded its only operational aircraft, a Boeing 767-200 ER. There have been queries from aviation experts on why the airline acquired aircraft for which it had no trained personnel to handle.
February 21, 2020 09:00 UTC