NYPD officers detain protesters for violating curfew during demonstrations in reaction to the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S.AmericaLarge marches and rallies also took place in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Seattle. Large marches and rallies also took place in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Seattle. Others gathered outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters downtown, in some cases hugging and shaking hands with a line of officers outside. Hundreds of protesters also gathered in Denver and Seattle but remained peaceful as darkness fell in the West. “I want everybody to know that this is what those officers took from me....,” she said, sobbing.
June 03, 2020 05:06 UTC
OpinionNext time you visit the car kiosks, find out what they are selling. What are the new entrepreneurs better christened ‘new hustlers’ selling? The hustlers in the informal and crowded settlements think Covid-19 is a disease for the rich, the jet set group. Are the foodstuffs sourced from the old markets or are there new suppliers? The city of Nairobi has nowhere to rest except in hotels which welcome you with a big sign “No idling.” Next time you visit the car kiosks, find out what they are selling.
June 03, 2020 05:03 UTC
By GARANG MALAK More by this AuthorSouth Sudan’s Minister for East African Affairs John Luk Jok has died, authorities have confirmed. Mr Jok died Tuesday morning at his home in the capital Juba according to the Fourth Vice President Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior. A family spokesperson confirmed that Mr Luk had been battling an illness for quite some time but did not provide further details. Prior to his appointment as minister for East African Affairs, he had served as the Justice minister from July 2011 until March 2020. He has also previously served minister for transport.
June 03, 2020 03:22 UTC
Dubbed ‘Impossible Games’, the Maurie Plant Memorial Race will see Team Cheruiyot, made up of Cheruiyot, 2017 World 1,500m champion Elijah Manang’oi, 800m runner Edwin Meli, 800m runner Timothy Sein and 1,500m athlete Vincent Keter take on Team Ingebrigtsen made of world-famous Ingebrigtsen brothers Jakob, Henrik and Filip, and two other athletes over 2,000m. Team Cheruiyot will run at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, while Team Ingebrigtsen and two other yet-to-be-named athletes, will run at Bislett Stadium in Norway. “We want to do the last lap in 53 seconds, and it will be great to finish under for four minutes and 50 seconds,” Cheruiyot, the 2018 and 2019 Diamond League champion, said. Cheruiyot said their Norwegian opponents will have a slight advantage over his team owing to difference in altitude and more so because they have been in training longer. The 2020 Diamond League that has been shortened, will end in October and has 11 events.
June 03, 2020 03:00 UTC
Twitter fact-checked the allegations and took the unprecedented action of flagging the tweet with a message that basically indicated Trump was spreading fake news. The President was not going to accept this lying down and he swiftly promised to deal with social media platforms that were suppressing freedoms of speech under the pretext of abiding by their corporate terms and conditions of service. And true enough, Mr Trump unleashed an executive order aimed at bringing Twitter and other like-minded social media giants into line. A publisher is generally a media house and has more restrictions, liabilities or penalties for content appearing on their platforms. Mr Trump’s argument is that by censoring his posts, Tweeter has crossed over and become a media house or publisher.
June 03, 2020 03:00 UTC
By XINHUA More by this AuthorKampalaUganda plans to evacuate over 2,400 nationals stranded in 66 countries abroad due to restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa said on Tuesday. Airport and border closures amid the pandemic, which have been in effect since March 22, have made it difficult for Ugandans to return home. He added that discussions have also been held with the UN, asking the agency to consider placing stranded Ugandans on its humanitarian flights across Africa. He noted that the United Arab Emirates has agreed to arrange at least three flights to bring back home the migrant workers stranded in the Arab country. "Fortunately, many of these migrant workers already have air tickets which were provided by their former employers," he said.
June 03, 2020 02:48 UTC
By BERNARD ROTICH More by this AuthorKenya’s Winnie Kosgey currently leads in her category after Tuesday's pioneering virtual running of the Ottawa 10-kilometre race. The Ottawa virtual run was prompted by the cancellation of travel and on-location competition owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The advantage of a virtual race is that one can run again to improve on timing, but within a specific window of days. “Virtual race is the way to go because my wife managed to run alone monitoring her and we have handed over our results. Japheth Serem a 1,500m, who also gave her support said that he was happy to accompany Kosgey on her historic virtual race.
June 03, 2020 02:26 UTC
This follows the cancellation of the 2020 season by Rugby Africa following regular and consultative online meetings with federations and doctors concerning the health situation in the world. The decision means there will be no Africa Cup for the second year running. "Rugby Africa is also strengthening support for federations and is considering, where financial resources allow, the release of a one-off solidarity fund for rugby team activities and preparations," the statement continued. The Simbas matches were scheduled to commence on May 30 with the side set to host Morocco in Mombasa. They would then warm-up for the semis with Victoria Cup matches pitting Uganda in Kakamega on July 11 and Zimbabwe on July 18 in Nakuru.
Ground and aerial survey and spray campaigns have been mounted, with teams operating round the clock to salvage the country’s economy from the destructive insects. Where is the control centre? These are the questions we sought answers for in our recent tour of Isiolo, Marsabit and Samburu counties — the epicentre of the desert locusts. Stanley says before the actual spraying is done, ground and aerial surveillance must be done the previous evening to locate the swarms. The information is then relayed to the scientists, pilots and the ground team, who will rely on it to spray the insects early the following day.
World soccer’s governing body Fifa has asked competition organisers to use “common sense” with players who display messages of protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in police custody in the United States. Fifa regulations bar players from displaying any “political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images” on their kit. In a statement on Tuesday, Fifa said it “fully understands the depth of sentiment and concerns expressed by many footballers in light of the tragic circumstances of the George Floyd case”. It added that applying the laws of the game was the responsibility of competition organisers, such as domestic leagues, who Fifa said “should use common sense and have in consideration the context surrounding the events”. “Fifa itself has promoted many anti-racism campaigns which frequently carry the anti-racism message at matches organised under its own auspices.”
National basketball team coach Cliff Owuor hopes to introduce a new training schedule for Morans ahead of their Fiba Afro-basket qualifiers in November. Speaking yesterday during an online meeting with his players, Owuor urged the players to intensify their daily Individual training. “I want everyone to be fit and therefore, I have come up with another training schedule for them. All players must be actively engaged so that by the time we start, they will be fit,” he said. Kenya will face off against former African champions Angola, Senegal and Mozambique in the two-leg qualifiers slated for November.
The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has postponed the Afro-Asia Fintech Festival 2020 (AAFF) that was scheduled to be held in Nairobi in July 2020 to July 2021. The festival was the first of its kind in the region, seeking to explore sustainable financial services innovations from emerging Afro-Asian markets. The key outcomes were the signing of a Fintech Co-operation agreement between CBK and MAS and the launch of the Global Fintech Hackcelerator (Hackathon). The Hackathon that attracted 45 fintech from across Africa, Asia and Europe sought to provide a platform for start-ups to showcase sustainable financial services innovations. CBK has continued to monitor the progress of the fintech who participated in the AAFF 2019.
The situation is bad enough, any further damage would strike a rude blow on feeble civilisation. However, the medical aspects of Covid-19 is nothing compared to the economic destruction, which has rolled on for five months now, globally. Job losses, crippled food production systems, destroyed supply chains, stalled global tourist flows, medical chaos, closed schools, and herd responses were unprecedented. Serena hotel sent staff on indefinite leave, with a before tax May pay of Sh10,000. Other five-star hotels that rely on tourism, events, and conferences have since sent staff on unpaid leave.
According to the World Trade Organization, global trade is expected to fall by between 13 and 32 per cent this year. With this kind of downward spiral on business, it is important to rethink your strategy to ensure businesses stay afloat during this pandemic. With the Covid-19 restrictions, his business has been greatly affected by the current import bans. If your business revolves around importing and exporting, this is not the time to close shop or give up on your business. Take this time to familiarise yourself with all the processes and all requirements to import so as to grow your business.
Please don’t open any email titled ‘WHO Covid-19 Report, purportedly from John Hopkins, Microsoft has warned. According to Microsoft, hackers are doing this by sending an email attachment that holds Excel 4.0 macros deemed to be malicious. ''Through opening the Excel file NetSupport Manager—the remote access tool—is downloaded onto the PC and allows hackers to have access to and run them,’’ Microsoft said. The report ranked phishing as the most popular cybersecurity attack on the continent at 70 per cent. He said hackers are now on scam email drives to try entering companies’ backbends via employees’ emails.