June 30, 2016

Safaricom to compensate users for dropped calls


Safaricom has promised to compensate its subscribers for dropped calls within its network, raising the quality-of-service bar for rivals in an increasingly competitive sector. Subscribers who suffer dropped calls will get a short message (SMS) notification and thereafter receive airtime compensation worth one minute. Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore Wednesday said the compensation is limited to Safaricom-to-Safaricom calls. The telecommunications firm has also moved to shield its customers from unsolicited subscriptions offered by third parties commonly known as content providers by introducing an app– My Subscriptions– that gives subscribers ability to check which services they are subscribed to and opt out…

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Nairobians poke fun at Kidero’s #MakingNairobiGreat campaign


Nairobi governor Dr Evans Kidero’s effort to champion his development track record in the city through a campaign on social media has backfired with his hashtag going viral for the wrong reasons. On Tuesday the #MakingNairobiGreat was trending on Twitter with most city residents criticizing the governor and asking him to outline his development agenda for the city. A good number of Twitter users were of the opinion that the city boss has failed and that he doesn’t deserve a second term. Uncollected garbage that litter most estates in Nairobi, blocked sewer systems and harassment of hawkers and traders within…

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Former Dallas, Texas resident and real estate mogul Mwenda Thuranira who has changed the face of Mombasa


Decent houses are no longer just simple structures, with time they have evolved to become a status statement; the epitome of affluence, sophistication and class. It is for this reason that the name Mwenda Thuranira, the CEO of Myspace Properties, comes to mind when one thinks of owning a decent house. He went through the normal phase of career indecision’s like most of us do, from working with Air France in customer service, taking an aviation course in Orlando, a construction and real estate course in Texas before eventually making a breakthrough and returning to Kenya in 2008. Nairobi News…

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Ruiru stadium to be named William Samoei Ruto – Kabogo


Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has offered to name the Ruiru Stadium after DP William Ruto. He said the county has allocated Sh30 million in the 2016-17 financial year for its construction. Kabogo said Ruto has made tremendous strides in enhancing cohesion between communities and deserves to be honoured. “We are constructing a stadium here in Ruiru and we would like to name it after you. We will invite you to come and commission it on completion as it will bear the name William Samoei Ruto Stadium,” the governor said. Kabogo spoke on Sunday at the AIPCA church, where he accompanied…

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All electoral chiefs are ready to quit: IEBC Vice-chairperson


All electoral commissioners have expressed their willingness to go home as long as their departure is within the legal framework. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Vice-Chairperson Lilian Mahiri-Zaja said the nine commissioners had made the decision because they “will not let the country disintegrate”. She said: “Tuko tayari, hatuwezi tukaiacha nchi yetu ikawa na shida kwa sababu ya watu tisa (We are ready, we cannot not let our country have a problem because of nine people)”. Ms Mahiri-Zaja was speaking in Kehancha in Migori at an anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) advocacy training. She said since the matter was…

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[VIDEO] Kenyan househelp caught on tape assaulting a Kenyan family’s child in Abu Dhabi


A video has emerged online showing a Kenyan house help assaulting her employer’s child in the United Arab Emirates. The video, captured by a hidden camera, shows the house help approaching a small boy seated on a couch in the living room, inspects the boy’s undergarments and then slaps him thrice. The house help was employed by a fellow Kenyan. She has since been returned to Kenya. The video  was uploaded on a diaspora Facebook page, KEWA- uarabuni, by Hellen Francis whose son was the victim. The three-minute clip shows the child being assaulted in the presence of his terrified elder brother. The…

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28 dead, 60 injured as three suicide bombers attack Istanbul airport with explosive vests and AK-47s


At least 28 people have been killed and 60 injured in an attack by three suicide bombers on Turkey’s largest airport, Istanbul Atatürk, according to senior officials. Vasip Şahin, the governor of Istanbul province told the NTV news channel that 28 people had died, and said that authorities believe three suicide bombers were involved, because there were three separate explosions. Another Turkish official told the Guardian that the suspects blew themselves up outside the security checkpoint at the entry to the international terminal, after police opened fire on them. A spokesperson for the Istanbul police said that “a bomb exploded…

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Death and Funeral Announcement: Caleb Lugano of Overland Park, KS


Our brother passed away Saturday night . Words can’t describe how we are feeling. we can only think that he is in a better place now. This is to help the family of Caleb Lugano, who tragically lost his life, Saturday, June 25th, 2016. All funds will go directly to the cost of laying him to rest. Your contributions are much appreciated! ( Please click on the links below ) http://www.kmbc.com/news/2-dead-2-hurt-after-car-veers-off-i435-at-gregory-boulevard/40230372 This is the story from the Kansas City Star: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article86233537.html Caleb was always there to help a friend in need. He leaves behind a beautiful daughter. We hope to raise…

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HELB unable to trace 25,000 defaulters of billions in student loans


The Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) cannot trace about 25,000 past beneficiaries, casting doubts on the agency’s ability to recover billions lent to students. Helb chief executive officer Charles Ringera said this has partly contributed to the cash shortage which has weakened its ability to support university freshmen and continuing students, prompting the agency to cut loan allocation. Those who benefit from Helb loans are expected to start repaying one year after completing studies. The agency relies on employers to provide details of beneficiaries in their service, making it hard to trace those who do not find jobs or join…

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World Bank says Kenyans less productive at work than Ethiopians, Ugandans


Kenyan workers are less productive than their counterparts in Uganda and Ethiopia, a World Bank report says. The report indicates that the average output of Kenya’s workers stood at $3,400 in 2014 compared to Ethiopia’s $5,000 and $3,800 for Uganda. Kenya’s lower gross domestic product (GDP) per person employed — the country’s GDP divided by the number of people in employment — has been blamed for slowing economic growth. “Set in international comparison, GDP per employed person is lower in Kenya than in many African peers and has been increasing at a slower rate than in other countries, both poorer…

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