April 27, 2015

New security app “Kaarada “developed in Kenya as a result of Garissa killings


A new app has been developed in Kenya to help crowdsource information on security around the country. The app “Kaarada” was designed by Makeshift, a subsidiary of Nairobi-based Nailab. The app was developed to enable  Kenyans to crowdsource security information. According to the product description information on Play Store by the app’s developers “the app was built as a result of the killing of 147 Students in the Garissa University attack,” Kaarada, which means “stay alert” in Swahili allows users to reports suspicious activities by posting photos as well as videos of the events they capture. The contact lines of the Kenya…

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Kenyan owned business named 2015 Massachusetts Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year


A Kenyan owned business in Massachusetts has been named the winner of the 2015 Massachusetts Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year award. In an announcement made by the Massachusetts SBA District Director Robert Nelson, the business, Ace Medical Services owned by Michael Chege and Raphael Bibiu was commended for their hard work and dedication. “I am very honored that the SBA will recognize Michael and Raphael with this significant award” said Robert Nelson.   “Their hard work and dedication truly is exemplary and all of us at the SBA applaud the Ace Medical team and leadership for never giving up and…

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Alphonse Kioko: From Airline Executive to owner of Machakos first five star hotel


It is just over two years ago that Alphonse Kioko left Precision Air and returned to his native Kenya. He did not waste any time, and what was a retirement from the aviation sector made way to turning himself into a hotel owner. This coming week will see the official opening of the Gelian Hotel in Machakos, seat of one of Kenya’s major counties. The ten-storied building will offer visitors 89 rooms and 6 suites and claims a four-star ranking, though it has not been officially graded and rated as yet by the relevant hotel authority. The new hotel is…

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US CEO takes 90% pay cut to give workers huge raise to $70,000 minimum


CEO Dan Price took a 90% pay cut and slashed his company’s profits just so he could give his employees a raise. Price, who heads up the Seattle payment processing firm Gravity Payments that he founded, has pledged to make sure all of his staffers make at least $70,000 annually in the next three years. To do that he’s cutting his $1 million salary to $70,000, and dipping into the firm’s annual $2 million in profits. This will double the pay of about 30 of his workers and will mean significant raises for an additional 40. Price told employees of the…

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Long-awaited direct flights from Kenya to the US could take off by August


Long-awaited direct flights from Kenya to the United States of America could take off by August. Kenya Civil Aviation (KCAA) acting director general Joseph Chebungei on Tuesday said the final technical audit by American regulators would be done in July, after which Kenya is likely to have met all the conditions for establishing direct flights between the two countries. “Direct flights to the USA was a target for us this financial year. We have had to review our aviation laws in line with recommendations of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of America. What…

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Meet the man police link to Safaricom, NIC Bank frauds

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The 26-year-old Information Technology expert at the centre of ongoing investigations into airtime theft at Safaricom is also facing separate criminal charges for his role in last December’s hacking of a bank’s system, it emerged on Thursday. Alex Mutungi Mutuku acknowledged that he is the same person who was charged with hacking into NIC Bank in January, adding that he believed Safaricom has singled him out from among the other suspects because of that case. “I was arrested in early January for allegedly hacking into NIC Bank. The case is ongoing. Now when Safaricom was hacked and it found that I, like other subscribers,…

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US chewing gum manufacturer Wrigley, sets up Sh6 billion factory in Machakos


An American gum manufacturing company has started construction of a Sh6 billion factory in Machakos County as it seeks to increase its Africa business. Wrigley — manufacturer of Big G, PK, Doublemint, Juicy Fruit, and Orbit — said the new plant would help satisfy growing demand in the East African region that the Nairobi-based factory has been serving since 1972. “We have had a vibrant business in East Africa and this factory is expected to meet the production demands that can satisfy the market. It also demonstrates our long-term commitment to driving sustainable growth here in East Africa, as well…

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Nairobi’s new craze: Freshly squeezed sugarcane juice making Sh10,000 a day


There has been a craze over sugarcane juice in the last few weeks as more and more vendors set up what has come to be known as the most lucrative business in town. The juice that is said to possess more health benefits than other fruit juices and has gotten people queuing to get a glass. In Nairobi’s Kasarani area, a businessman, Jotham Kanja became the first person to sell the famous juice in the area five months ago. “It all started when I saw the sugarcane juice making machine being sold online and I researched on how it works,”…

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Broke Kenya Airways sinks deeper into debt to pay staff


Cash-strapped national flag carrier Kenya Airways has turned to debt to pay its workforce as it flies under the weight of liquidity problems that have seen its debt burden hit Sh70 billion. Chief executive officer Mbuvi Ngunze said the airline was experiencing tough financial times that had left it with no option but to rely on debt to sustain its nearly 4,000-strong workforce. “…So how am I paying my staff? I am paying them through debt,” Mr Ngunze said when he appeared on a local TV station’s business show on Wednesday night to address issues swirling around the airline. The…

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WhatsApp voice calling is now available for Android users


WhatsApp first hinted it would let users make free calls to each other early last year. Now Android users can make voice calls and the feature will come to iOS soon. The latest version of the popular messaging app also has a cleaner layout with three tabs for contacts, chats and calls. +7 The latest version of WhatsApp has a cleaner layout with three tabs for contacts, chats and calls. Users simply have to click on the ‘Calls’ tab and choose a contact to phone a friend at no cost. The screenshot on the left shows a call in progress,…

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