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.
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Nov 1, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Real Salt Lake defender Nedum Onuoha (14) plays the ball during the first half against the Los Angeles FC at Banc of California Stadium. [Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports]SportsFormer Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha has said he never feels completely safe in the United StatesFormer Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha has said he never feels completely safe in the United States, where he has lived since 2018, and has a “fear and distrust” of police in the country. I never go out and feel 100% safe.”SEE ALSO: Former Manchester City defender says he never feels 100% safe in U.S.Onuoha, who spent six years at Queen’s Park Rangers before joining Utah-based Real, said gun laws in the United States had contributed to his fears. “In the UK I’m more comfortable because if something happens it probably will not be deadly. But over here because of their rights it’s more common that altercations become deadly,” the 33-year-old added.
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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.
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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday told Jubilee leaders he will pass the baton to an heir who supports and values his legacy. “I will be happy to know that the person I will be passing the baton to is part of my agenda,” Uhuru told the 212 MPs. The DP's early campaigns have been seen as disruptive to the President's agenda to build an enduring legacy. The President told the lawmakers that he was privileged with daily briefs about the insults they make in their native languages across the country. North Mugirango MP Joash Nyamoko who attended the meeting told the Star that the President told the lawmakers to desist from early campaigns and respect the institution of the Presidency.
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Only a few MPs will be allowed into the main chamber on Thursday next week when Treasury CS Ukur Yatani unveils the 2020-21 budget. National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi said this was part of safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. According to the Covid-19 guidelines he issued in April, only 53 MPs are allowed access to the main chamber. Muturi on Tuesday confirmed that he had received communication from Yatani on his intention to unveil next financial year's budget. The House also agreed to alter its calendar, allowing MPs to sit only two days – Tuesday and Thursday - a week this month.
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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.
In 2005, they were placed fourth in a six-team inaugural World women’s League preliminary round qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal. The other was Sammy Wanjohi, a Fiba Africa Commissioner and Geoffrey “Gus” Shikuku. As a player, Ojukwu was among the squad that travelled to Cairo, Egypt for the Fiba Africa Club Championships in 1992. Last year, he was on the men’s team bench again during the newly introduced Basketball Africa League (BAL) in Kigali, Rwanda. Ojukwu, who holds Fiba Africa coaching certificates, also had stints with the national women’s side.
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.
The government will soon start taxing online businesses once the Value Added Tax (Digital Marketplace supply) Regulations, 2020 is in place. Digital marketplace supply is defined as any supply of a service made over a platform that enables the direct interaction between buyers and sellers of services through electronic means. Taxable supplies made through a digital marketplace shall include electronic services, downloadable digital content including downloading of mobile applications, e-books and movies. Tickets bought for live events, theaters, restaurants purchased through the internet, the supply of digital content, transport hailing platforms and any other digital marketplace supply, as may be determined by the Commissioner KRA, will be taxed. The government is going for digital businesses in the wake of growth in financial inclusion through use of mobile money services.