At Standard Bank Insurance we have focused on online and mobile insurance products to help our clients remain safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March we have seen more and more of our customers using our digital tools to buy insurance online and to log insurance claims via our website and the Standard Bank banking app. “Logging an insurance claim via our Banking App is quick, offers great convenience and is safe,” says Dr Nolwandle Mgoqi-Mbalo, Chief Executive for Standard Insurance in South Africa. One of the first products Standard Bank was able to bring to market using this platform was its standalone cyber insurance product for businesses in SA. Through its Direct Life Insurance Services division, Standard Bank now offers customers the option of purchasing life insurance online.
April 15, 2021 06:33 UTC
The unity at the Nairobi County Assembly is now at stake with the county MCAs seemingly pulling in different directions, a move that could put to test the “handshake” peace. On the part of the county executive, the county legislators have given the acting Governor Ann Kananu seven days to crack the whip on incompetent officers or face the music. Mr Imwatok alleged ethnicisation of the Nairobi County Public Service Board by external forces hell-bent on influencing its processes, particularly in the recruitment process. “Mr Badi must be told that Nairobi County is not just the CBD or three slums. However, Majority Leader Abdi Guyo defended NMS asking his colleagues to concentrate on legislation and allow NMS and the county executive do their work.
April 15, 2021 05:58 UTC
Former Harambee Stars captain Dennis Oliech says he is ready to contest for a top seat during the forthcoming Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections in 2024. While ruling out taking up a full-time coaching job, the celebrated striker also hinted in an interview with MozzartSport it was about the time former footballers assumed a central role in the management of football in the country. “I like to be a shadow,” said Oliech, in an interview with MozzartSport. Football is a lifetime,” Mwendwa told local media. I’m lucky we qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in my first term.
April 15, 2021 05:01 UTC
ONE of South Africa’s oldest schools, La Trobe Moravian Primary School in Enon, will celebrate its 203rd year on Tuesday, 20 April. The oldest school in the country is the L.R. Schmidt Moravian Primary School in Genadendal, which was established in 1738. La Trobe Primary School, which is near Kirkwood, is the ninth oldest school in South Africa with Muir College in Uitenhage the 11th oldest. History of the school
April 15, 2021 04:30 UTC
Algoa FM is calling for non-profit cancer organisations to apply to be the 2021 Big Walk for Cancer beneficiary. The Algoa FM walk for Cancer will take place on Saturday the 30th of October 2021. The success of the first Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer in 2020, has compelled the station to host a hybrid event including a both virtual and physical walk, should Covid-19 regulations permit.
April 15, 2021 04:20 UTC
There have been claims that some of President Uhuru Kenyatta's power brokers prefer a Musalia-Gideon ticket to take over when he retires in 2022Kitui Senator Enock Wambua insisted that the One Kenya alliance is intact and that Kalonzo was comfortable among his co-principals. “Nobody has started this conversation, leave alone the pairing of the 2022 ticket. Those suggesting otherwise are our enemies who fear that if this alliance stands, it will sweep the country,” Wambua, a close Kalonzo ally, stated. “The alliance is strong and the leaders are consulting all the time. The MP said the alliance will reveal its line-up at the appropriate time to avoid exposing their candidate too early to the opponent's artillery.
April 15, 2021 02:03 UTC
National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani has sought a new date with MPs to shed light on the Sh255 IMF loan to Kenya. Treasury Principal Secretary Julius Muia in a letter to Parliament on Wednesday said the CS was engaged in other official matters and requested for a new date. Yatani was to face members of the Budget and Appropriations and the Finance and National Planning committees over the loan. MPs want a comprehensive report on the preconditions agreed upon between the Kenyan government and the IMF for access to the facility. Taxpayers stormed the IMF social media pages demanding for a stop of the disbursement of the Sh255 billion.
This led to a surge in online trolling, which has infected cyberspace like a deadly virus. Internet users, especially women, have as a result become more vulnerable to online violence. Internet trolling is understood as intentional cause of quarrels to humiliate users by posting or commenting on the internet. Online violence includes among others, shaming, blackmailing, rape threats, busting and scorning. Malamuth and Briere in their article 'Sexual violence in the media: Indirect effects on aggression against women' discuss how thought patterns formed by the media can play a role in behavioural change, including sexual violence and discrimination against women.
Locally wheat prices range from between Sh3,600 and Sh3,800 per 90kg bag, as compared to the initially agreed floor price of Sh3,250. “The price of global wheat has moved up due to lower global stocks. On Monday, millers also warned of a maize shortage and increase in prices of the country’s staple food, a catalyst for a possible rise in the prices of maize flour. “The CMA is confident that the proposed immediate measures will protect Kenyan consumers from higher food prices,” it said in a statement. This was mainly attributed to increases in the price of kerosene and electricity by 5.79 and 5.19, respectively.
Unfortunately, historically high fuel prices, combined with the current economic downturn wherein consumer purchasing power is diminished, may spell further woes for the ordinary Mwananchi. As discussed previously on this column, the rise in fuel prices is likely to have a trickle-down effect on the cost of living experienced by the ordinary Mwananchi. Indeed, where fuel prices rise, it is expected that the costs of energy, transportation, consumer goods and services will similarly experience an untick. From a business perspective, increased costs of fuel will likely translate to reduced investments and plateaued growth on the back of increased business costs. An increase in the cost of fuel will have a direct impact on the cost of electricity, thereby increasing the cost of running energy-dependent machinery and equipment.
Constituencies should not become a political football. That could result in votes in some regions becoming more equal than others. To tackle the crisis of blatant 'redistricting', President Biden is reportedly thinking of creating an independent body to be responsible for drawing the maps of political constituencies, although this will be bitterly resisted by Republicans. Do we want political parties actively involved in creating and drawing boundaries of electoral constituencies? The 2010 Constitution set the rules defining how constituencies should be decided.
At the fifth time of asking, Pep Guardiola has guided Manchester City to a Champions League semi-final as they saw off Borussia Dortmund and the demons of previous quarter-final disappointments on Wednesday. Foden's 90th-minute strike in last week's first leg against Dortmund handed City a slender 2-1 lead to take to Germany. However, that was cancelled out by another burgeoning young English star when 17-year-old Jude Bellingham's first Champions League goal gave a Dortmund a 1-0 lead on the night and the advantage in the tie on away goals. By scoring, the 20-year-old also became just the second player under 21 to score in both legs of a Champions League quarter-final after Kylian Mbappe, who he will face in the semi-finals. Foden also provided what City needed as he is a fresh face, unburdened by previous Champions League failures.
April 14, 2021 21:11 UTC
Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Andre Russell bemoaned the failure of their big-hitters to get the team across the line against Mumbai Indians but backed the two-time champions to bounce back in the Indian Premier League. Kolkata, chasing 153, were cruising at 84-1 in the 11th over but Eoin Morgan’s side then paid the price for over-aggression and finished on 142-7 on Tuesday. Russell managed nine runs before giving a return catch to Trent Boult, who bowled a tidy final over. “As a new batter, to come in and hit from ball one is very challenging,” Russell said. “We definitely feel disappointed but at the end of the day it’s not the end of the road,” Russell said.
April 14, 2021 21:00 UTC