July 1, 2015

No visa – no entry as Kenya launches new rules

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Come midnight tonight, July 2, 2015, major changes in Kenya’s visa policy will come into place. Unlike in the past when many nationalities were able to get their visa on arrival in Nairobi or Mombasa, intending visitors will now have to apply for an e-Visa in advance, with processing days taking as much as a week. Upon vehement intervention from tourism stakeholders, a grace period has been extended but only for two months, during which time tourists and business travelers arriving at one of the two international airports can still get their visa on arrival, but effective September 1, this…

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Ambassador Robinson Githae to attend Kenya Diaspora Homes Expo in Dallas on July 4 weekend

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Kenya’s ambassador to the United States Robinson Githae will be a guest at this year;s Kenya Diaspora Homes Expo in Dallas Texas scheduled to take place over July 4th weekend. According to the organizers, the Expo introduces  the gateway to building your Kenyan Economic Profile while you don’t have to travel back home. It is the first of a kind in Dallas. The event will be on July 4th and 5th and will be held at 500 West Las Colinas Blvd in Irving, TX, the same venue where H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed Kenyans during his visit of Dallas last year….

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AIB Capital to grace Kenya Diaspora Homes Expo in Dallas TX on July 4th

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Kenya bets big on CNN adverts to woo tourists

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Kenya is set to roll out a multi-million shilling global campaign within the next one month in its latest bid to reverse a two-year drop in tourist numbers. The drive, mainly targeting Europe, America, Asia and Africa, will include a one-year global advertisingcampaign on the Cable News Network (CNN) and the hiring of a public relations firm to promote the country’s image. “The major aim is to ensure quick recovery of the tourism sector to help improve the economy and job creation,” Tourism secretary Phyllis Kandie said in Mombasa on Thursday. The announcement comes just one week after the UK,…

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Brussels Airlines to quit Nairobi route on October 24

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Belgian airline Brussels Airlines will stop its flights to Nairobi beginning October 24, following what it attributed to a change in strategy. “Brussels Airlines would like to inform you that, due to a new strategy within the Lufthansa Group, our service between Nairobi and Brussels will cease as from 24 October 2015,” country manager Pierre Declerck said in a statement. The airline has been flying tourists, businessmen and families to and from Nairobi. The number of tourists travelling from Europe to Kenya has dropped sharply on security concerns. It further advised that passengers can continue to fly between Brussels and…

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[VIDEO] How Kenyan traffic app Ma3Route was born

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The Kenyan government estimates that traffic snarl ups in Nairobi cost the economy up to $600,000 a day. As the middle class grows, so too is the number of cars on the Kenyan capital’s roads. A young Kenyan innovator has made an app that helps motorists navigate their way out the nightmare that is Nairobi traffic.  

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New real estate ventures are reinventing Athi River Town, where villas go for $368,400 (Sh35 million)

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Had you bought a house in Athi River three years ago, the cost would have been about Sh3.9 million. Now, it will cost you a staggering Sh18.4 million. The latter is the current cost for a four-bedroom bungalow sitting on a quarter-acre piece of land. It’s a depiction of how things have changed for the town that is in Machakos County. If the bungalow does not suit your taste, then you can opt for the super bungalow, which will set you back Sh22.6 million. Not long ago, Athi River was just but a rocky plain thatched with shrubs and thorny…

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[VIDEO] Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Gives $5m Scholarship to Undocumented Students to Study in US

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Mark Zuckerberg made a donation of $5 million to a college fund for undocumented immigrants. The Facebook CEO and his wife, Priscilla Chan, gave the money to the “I’m In” campaign launched by TheDream.us, a national scholarship fund for undocumented immigrants. The fund targets students who came to the U.S. as children and received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status, an immigration policy started by President Obama that gives them exemption from deportation and allows them to work. Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page that he sees the fund’s efforts as an important step in educating marginalized youth in America….

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Massive recruitment drive as UN posts 103 jobs in Kenya

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Working as a staff member in the UN Secretariat gives you the opportunity to serve in a dynamic, multicultural environment.  The 41,000 staff of the United Nations, who come from its 193 Member States, are from many backgrounds, and have varied experience.  It is an exciting and unique challenge to be part of such a working environment, because it leads to a broader understanding of all the world’s countries and cultures. The UN welcomes applications from nationals of all of its Member States and strongly encourages women to apply. Here is a list  come of the available Vacancies Programme Management…

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Runda woman to seize Housing Finance property over sh726m

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A Nairobi businesswoman has obtained court orders attaching mortgage lender Housing Finance’s property to recover a Sh722 million compensation that the High Court awarded her in 2009. The orders, issued last week, have seen the businesswoman hit Housing Finance with a Sh726 million demand and a notice attaching equipment in four of the lender’s Nairobi branches. Sharok Ali Hirji gave Housing Finance seven days beginning Tuesday last week to pay the sum that the late Justice Joyce Khaminwa awarded her after finding that the mortgage financier illegally sold her matrimonial home to recover a disputed Sh600,000 loan it had granted the…

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