Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates with his wife Grace Sugut after busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on October 12, 2019, in Vienna. Kipchoge’s historic INEOS feat, however, was not recognised as an official World Record! Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon in October 2019, in Austria. The World Marathon Record has, for the past 17 years, been contested uniquely between athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia. Viva Eliud Kipchoge!
July 04, 2020 01:41 UTC
While the Kenyan government isn’t the role model in doing exactly that, it has done a fair bit of good work in our fight against Covid-19, despite the economy taking a hit. Churches, being more than all secondary schools in the country, should adhere to their own council's advice and consider encouraging online services. And churches being opened right now seems like a one-way ticket to meet their maker for some of them. Therefore, churches and other places of worship should be the last places to reopen. I would have pointed out political gatherings as well, but since churches also double up as political gatherings, my point still stands.
As the dust settles in the coming months—and I say this advisedly—I offer a few practical ‘prescriptions’ that Kenyan media might find worthwhile. Be serious about ‘digital’: Kenyan media had already ‘pivoted to digital’. Quality content-or quality journalism— will be the cornerstone of a successful business model for Kenyan media in a post-covid era. In a post-covid era, Kenyan journalism should be more visual. Newsroom organisation: In the post-covid era, media must not just change how they tell their stories, they must change who tells those stories.
By EDITORIAL More by this AuthorReports of rising numbers of people disappearing without trace are extremely frightening. That some individuals brazenly went to the children’s homes, enticed, seized and killed them illustrates a society that has lost its soul. INTERVENTIONAs we have reported this week, we have a crisis of monumental proportions that requires urgent and strategic intervention. MISSING INDIVIDUALSThey have failed to trace the missing individuals or their tormentors. The government must bring to an end the rising spate of kidnaps and killings, for it has the sacrosanct duty of protecting citizens.
Therefore, it should be assumed that opening up the country may not make too much of a difference. My humble suggestion is that reopening the economy by easing all travel restrictions may be risky at first, but not necessarily senseless. TRAVEL RESTRICTIONSFor these and other reasons, I say: relax travel restrictions and open up the country. Having said that, whatever the President announces on Monday will not be wrong. This is not a matter of right or wrong; we are in the middle of a global pandemic.
The effects of the new order have been a mass loss of jobs, closure of businesses and mangling of supply chains. With the rise of a contact-free economy, business leaders will need to embrace e-commerce and consumer behaviour created by the pandemic. BUSINESS ENABLERSEmerging technologies, which have been at the forefront of ushering the country to the brave new world, are fast erasing traditional business models and the corporate scene must now treat them as a business enablers. A laissez-faire attitude towards business management can no longer survive but the new order presents a historic opportunity to conduct a truthful appraisal of all systems of operations. In the new decade, any aspect of business that still relies on traditional ways of management can lead to a regrettable, catastrophic crumple of the entire business.
By PHILIP OCHIENG More by this AuthorIf anything that eats is an “eater”, then whatever it eats must be an “eatee”. That, I can tell you, is why those who heeded the preacher Peter Karanja voted to a man against the new Constitution. Who in his right senses can say that the constitution was not a successful votee in its own right? Since it is the product of a drawer, that line is an illustrious drawee. But my friend, the drawer Gado, will affirm that his sketches are drawees.
[Ali Abdi/Standard]The recent killings of young people, mostly students in Saku Constituency, Marsabit Central, has baffled residents. The killers, in jungle fatigue, mostly strike when dusk approaches and disappear under the cover of darkness into the dense Mt Marsabit forest. A day later, three youths riding on a boda boda on Karare-Songa road on the southern section of the forest were ambushed by gunmen at around 7:30pm. In 2005, five children from Karare, going for a Sunday school event at Songa, were gunned down by hit men who later fled into Mt Marsabit forest. Marsabit County Commissioner Evans Achoki said the Government is aware of the trend of conflict and what causes it.
July 03, 2020 21:01 UTC
On top of the table are containers filled with cowpea-sized orange and brown seeds of the endangered Osyris lanceolata (sandalwood) tree. Sandalwood is native to semi-arid lands like Kitui but scientists are having to go farther away in search of seeds. Kefri says sandalwood cultivation will ease pressure on natural populations while providing income to farmers. These are plants that were noticed growing next to sandalwood in what the scientists now know is a symbiotic relationship. The target is to propagate up to 10,000 sandalwood trees a year.
July 03, 2020 21:00 UTC
These are symptoms of clubroot disease, which affects the brassica family. In greenhouse production, methods of soil treatment such as soil solarisation help to kill the fungus. Soil solarisation is done by leaving a clear plastic polythene sheet on the soil surface for four-to-six weeks during the hot season. Soil solarisation should be done before planting. Consider your soil type as this is an important factor in the development and spread of cabbage clubroot.
July 03, 2020 21:00 UTC
Kanu Chairman Gideon Moi (centre) with other officials at the party headquarters in Nairobi yesterday. [Jenipher Wachie, Standard]Kanu chairman Gideon Moi yesterday unveiled a new team to boost the party's nationwide influence as it prepares for the 2022 elections. Other committee members are Elizabeth Kimkung (vice-chairman), nominated Senator Abshiro Halake, party Secretary-General Nick Salat. The move is an indication that Kanu is already in full flight mode ahead of the 2022 elections. Tiaty MP William Kamket said the party chairman will spearhead the initiative.
Still, in children a society sees its future and offer hope of continuity if not prosperity. Without children, there can be no humanity or talk of any kind of progress for any nation. Children are among the most vulnerable during any kind of upheaval, including a pandemic. That is why society must lay down measures to protect the most vulnerable children from unseen effects of life’s challenges. Let all of us protect children from danger.
Education policies on people living with disabilities, girls and refugees have earned Kenya global praise. The country rated highly after implementing the 2018 sector policy for learners and trainees with disabilities, which extends education provision in mainstream schools. The policy recognises special schools’ pivotal role in the transition towards inclusive education and relies on education services provided by existing arrangements as well as home-based education, especially for those with severe disabilities and in vulnerable circumstances. According to the report, 1,882 primary and secondary mainstream schools in Kenya currently provide education for students with special needs. For instance, 64 per cent of low-income countries used this approach for primary education, compared to 42 per cent of upper-middle-income countries.
Standard Group Chairman Robin Sewell. [David Gichuru/Standard]Standard Group PLC is banking on technology and strategic partnerships to create alternative revenue streams to steer the firm through the economic uncertainty arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. During the company’s 102nd Annual General Meeting held yesterday, Standard Group top leadership said the coronavirus pandemic had made it necessary for media companies to re-evaluate traditional revenue streams like advertising. Standard Group CEO Orlado Lyomu said the company’s strategy to steer through the current challenges is to re-invent the organisation into a digital first company. Due to the challenging business environment, the company did not declare any dividend for the year ended December 2019.
The death of Matee Festo (), the artiste who hit national scenes in the 1980s for his hit song Stella evokes golden memories to the lovers of zilizopendwa music. Matee, a former police officer, joined Muema Brothers in 1973 before co-founding AP Utawala band. In a recent video, Matee sets his song in a prison facility detached from the rest of the community. The near replica to Everly Brothers’ prison version Take a Message to Mary takes a similar yet different twist, even a denial. Last week on Wednesday, KBC Sundowner show host Catherine Ndonye played the song during the programme as she joined fans in mourning the star.
July 03, 2020 21:00 UTC