HighlightsExperts urged the chancellor to undertake measures to address the sameUK’s cash infrastructure has come under severe strainExperts warn that the cash system of the UK is close to collapse. Owning to it, as part of the March budget, experts have urged Rishi Sunak, the new chancellor, to include measures to protect access to physical money. As per the Ac....
February 20, 2020 04:30 UTC
By FARHIYA HUSSEINMore by this AuthorNational Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale is on the spot for distributing expired foodstuffs at an orphanage in Garissa County. “He (Mr Duale) visited the orphanage on Monday. DENIALYesterday, however, Mr Duale claimed that he had not been summoned by DCI as the whole matter was just “propaganda”. I talked to the DCI himself and he said there is nothing,” Mr Duale told the Nation on the phone. Following revelations that the food was expired, the Bohra community sent a communication of regret to Mr Duale that the food was indeed bad.
February 20, 2020 04:27 UTC
In one stark example, China's women's football team resorted to doing stretching exercises in the corridor of a Brisbane hotel after they were quarantined ahead of an Olympic qualifying tournament. "There will be over 100 Olympic qualifying tournaments around the world between February and April," said Liu Guoyong, a vice-president of the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC), according to the Xinhua news agency. The Olympic qualifying tournament was moved from Wuhan at short notice because of the virus, which has obliterated China's sporting calendar and forced hundreds of millions of people indoors to stop it spreading. Olympic qualifying tournaments in boxing, basketball and sailing have all been moved out of China. Liu, of China's Olympic committee, is confident that athletes will be able to prepare properly for Tokyo and state media has painted an image of them gamely ploughing on with their training routines.
February 20, 2020 03:45 UTC
The daring act happened at around 1pm on Wednesday on a stretch of the Nairobi-Meru highway near Kathageri shopping centre. The witness, who was driving on the stretch when the incident happened, said there were two officers at the spot – male and female. The male officer, he said, attempted to run after the loot grabber but the young man had timed his run well and was well into the thicket. On realising he could not catch the young man, the officer shouted at him many times. The traffic officers were not armed, only carrying the usual batons.
February 20, 2020 03:33 UTC
Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another," Senator Elizabeth Warren, fighting for her campaign survival, said in a fiery attack on Bloomberg. While Sanders and other White House hopefuls have spent months barnstorming early states, billionaire Bloomberg jumped late into the Democratic contest. He is going all in on so-called Super Tuesday on March 3, when 14 states including California and Texas vote on choosing a Democratic nominee. Earlier Wednesday, Bloomberg spokesman Tim O'Brien accused the Sanders campaign of behaving in "Trumpy" fashion by falsely asserting that Bloomberg has had a heart attack. Sanders, in a peace offering of sorts, acknowledged on stage that both men have had stents inserted to open an artery, "one area maybe that mayor Bloomberg and I shared."
February 20, 2020 03:33 UTC
By AFPMore by this AuthorChina reported the biggest drop in new cases from the coronavirus outbreak in nearly a month on Thursday. The National Health Commission said that more than 74,500 people have now been infected nationwide by the virus, which first emerged in central Hubei province in December. Hubei health officials said Thursday there had been 615 new cases in Wuhan and 13 more elsewhere in the province. However, the Hubei health commission said it was reducing the number of previously reported cases in a number of cities in the province by 279. After the adjustment, the number of new cases confirmed nationwide was 394, the National Health Commission said.
February 20, 2020 03:22 UTC
By KEN WAMASEBUMore by this AuthorThe second phase of construction at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County will cost Sh600 million, County Executive for Sports Robert Makhanu has said. The second phase is expected complete by end of the 2020,” said Makhanu. The county official spoke at Bukhungu stadium on Tuesday. AdvertisementThe Kakamega County Assembly approved the allocation of the Sh600 million in a supplementary budget approved last month. Bukhungu stadium is expected to have conference facilities, an indoor fitness centre, media centre, recreational park, health centre and a banking facility.
February 20, 2020 03:11 UTC
NO CENSURE MOTIONThe meeting, which was attended by more than 50 Jubilee MCAs, lasted several hours. He intimated that fear spread when some of the Jubilee MCAs were removed from the House Business Committee on Tuesday. We are here to discuss the issue of the coming notice of motion on the impeachment of Governor Sonko,” Mr Warutere said. By reaching out to the Jubilee MCAs, the governor was sure to scuttle his ouster. True to the plan, only 10 Jubilee MCAs were present in the assembly.
February 20, 2020 03:11 UTC
By PETER NJENGAMore by this AuthorOliver Ciesla, the Managing Director of WRC Promoter GmbH, a German company that promotes the World Rally Championship, will step down from the role in June. He is full of praise for President Uhuru Kenyatta for the head of state’s overwhelming support for Kenya’s bid for WRC status. In an exclusive interview with Nation Sports, Ciesla on Wednesday said he has decided to step down from his role as managing director of WRC Promoter GmbH. He is optimistic that, as part of the WRC, Safari Rally will find a niche in the global television market of more than 800 million viewers who follow the WRC annually. “I have no doubt that the Safari Rally this July will be one of the highlights of this WRC season.
February 20, 2020 03:00 UTC
The stages have heaps of luggage and lots of matatu touts, with hundreds of vehicles picking passengers to various destinations. Touts only entice potential passengers to board the various vehicles plying the route. The reporter visited several of them in Nairobi, including those in downtown. Most of the security guards hired to man the premises belong to the most credible security firms in the city. Nairobi regional police boss Philip Ndolo admitted various stakeholders in security provision let their guard down.
February 20, 2020 01:52 UTC
Kakamega Homeboyz striker Allan Wanga was feted by football fans from the western region under the umbrella of ‘Friends of Wanga’ who recognised him for stellar performances at the club last season. Wanga, who was chasing for the Kenya Premier League (KPL) Golden Boot before he lost to Enosh Ochieng, scored 17 goals and helped Homeboyz finish the league in top five for the very first time. “We want to appreciate Wanga for leading from the front and sacrificing to help Homeboyz finish in a better position. On his part, Wanga thanked the fans for the good gesture and promised to work even harder to help Homeboyz win titles. We want to maintain this good atmosphere and ensure that Homeboyz win the title.”Homeboyz are currently third on the KPL log with 41 points three shy of leaders Gor Mahia.
February 20, 2020 01:52 UTC
The logo for Jägermeister alcohol is not religiously offensive, a Swiss court has ruled. The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property had blocked efforts by the German spirit brand to expand its trademark to cosmetics and entertainment services. It argued that the logo - a stag and a cross - could offend the country's Christians. But Swiss federal judges ruled in favour of Jägermeister. The Federal Administrative Court ruled that the "intensive" use of the logo had "weakened its religious character" over time, making the chance of genuine offence unlikely, Swissinfo reported.
February 20, 2020 01:41 UTC
The Absa Kenya Plc share price dropped marginally at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) on the day it changed its ticker from Barclays Kenya Plc as investors absorbed the new name. The NSE real time stock tracker mapped Absa Kenya's share at Sh13.15 an hour to the close of market, a 0.75 per cent drop compared to Sh3.25 on Tuesday. Even so, the which has maintained level head through the year is expected to return to the gaining gear as investors rush to reap from additional and enhanced financial products announced yesterday.
He spoke when he hosted a delegation of 35 government and private sector officials from Uganda, who are in the country to tour port facilities. “A team comprising KPA and the business community will be formed immediately to streamline all operational issues relating to using Naivasha ICD,” Manduku said. It visited the port of Mombasa and traveled by train from Mombasa to Naivasha ICD. Both Uganda and South Sudan have been given parcels of land by the government withing the proximity of the Naivasha ICD. The government is keen to use the Naivasha dry port to ease cargo movement to Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and parts of DRC and Burundi, key destinations for transit cargo through Mombasa.
The increasing number of stalled government projects has negatively impacted the country’s cement manufacturers. This has been evidenced by the steady decline in cement production over the past four years, from 6.16 million tonnes of cement produced in 2016 to 5.37 million tonnes produced last year. Late last year, East Africa Portland Cement Company also announced it was laying off its entire workforce, highlighting the plight of the cement sector in the country. Some of the incomplete projects include roads, cancer facilities, dams, police stations, special economic zones and fruit processing factories, which all require cement consumption. According to KNBS data, local cement consumption dropped from 5.79 million tonnes in 2016 to 5.37 million in 2017, before rising marginally to5.42 million tonnes in 2018.