April 30, 2016

Judge Declares Obama’s Immigration Overhaul Unconstitutional


A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Tuesday ruled that President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration was unconstitutional, marking the first time a court has weighed in on whether the White House overstepped its authority by giving millions of illegal immigrants protections from deportation without approval from Congress. The 38-page ruling handed down by Judge Arthur Schwab, nominated to the bench by President George W. Bush in 2002, is the latest turn in the contentious legal debate around the president’s executive action. The judge wrote that the president’s action goes “beyond prosecutorial discretion.” “President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of…

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[VIDEO] Four gangsters killed after a botched carjacking incident


Police say the four gunmen who were caught in a surveillance video unsuccessfully trying to carjack what is seen to be an armoured BMW were killed hours later. The four were killed along Manyanja Road in Umoja by police from Special Crimes Prevention Unit as they escaped last Thursday. According to police, the four left the scene after being unsuccessful and rode few meters away before boarding a car. In the 8 am incident outside the Giro Bank in Parklands, two gangsters were caught by CCTV cameras trying to force open the doors of a vehicle belonging to a businessman,…

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Beauty with a purpose: How Miss Kenya dazzled the world


When reigning Miss Kenya Idah Nguma went for the world contest, little did she know she will come back with another title. For during the Miss World Kenya contest in London, she was declared the winner the Beauty with a Purpose title. The award is bestowed to the most transformative charitable cause championed by the individual Miss World chapters. The title comes with a Ksh 900,000 ($10,000) donation. Nguma will be working with Smile Train, an organisation that provides free corrective surgery to people with cleft lip and palate. Miss Nguma represented Kenya at the Miss World Finals 2014 held…

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We’ll support you in 2022, TNA assures William Ruto


PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA has moved to reassure their URP ruling coalition counterparts of the party’s “unwavering” political support for Deputy President William Ruto if he runs for President in 2022, and in his ongoing ICC trial. This comes amid anxiety among Ruto supporters that the DP may be receiving only lukewarm State support in his trial on crimes against humanity charges linked to the 2007-08 post-election violence. Ruto is on trial alongside his co-accused, former radio journalist Joshua Sang’. The state of panic among Ruto’s supporters in his Rift Valley backyard, where Sang’ also comes from, has forced the…

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[VIDEO] Kisii County exports the first consignment of Avocado oil to Mexico


The first consignment of processed avocado oil, to be exported from Kisii to Mexico, has been dispatched. The consignment, weighing 30 tonnes, was processed by the Australia Old Land Trade Kenya Limited, a foreign company that started its operations two months ago. The oil will be used to make cosmetic products in Mexico. Kisii county governor, James Ongwae, disclosed that the county government would issue one million seedlings to farmers early next year to boost production. Statistics show that Nyamira and Kisii counties are trailing Murang’a in avocado production. Residents have been urged to replace their traditional oil varieties, which…

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Tenants in Kenya to pay part of rent to KRA in new taxation plan


The taxman plans to have tenants pay part of the rent directly to his accounts. The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) says tenants will be expected to make simultaneous bank deposits, one to the landlord and then to KRA. Landlords will be required to show compliance by producing the bank deposit slips. The proposal seeks to simplify payment of rental income tax by landlords and will also introduce a flat rate of taxation on income received from tenants. It will not take into account any costs or profitability of the buildings, but will be similar to a turnover tax on SMEs,…

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Kenyan billionaires edge foreign rivals out of big power contracts


Kenyan billionaires are increasingly winning big-ticket contracts to mine coal and develop new power sources, edging out well-established global conglomerates that have dominated the industry. The list of deep-pocketed investors with high-level political connections who have bagged lucrative energy contracts includes Centum chairman Chris Kirubi (Lamu coal plant), businessman George Kariithi (Mui Coal Fields) and Zeph Mbugua of TransCentury, which is developing a 50-megawatt wind farm in Limuru, Kiambu. The group of local oligarchs has, however, battled to squeeze out global giants such as Tata Power, Toyota Tsusho, Samsung, Aldwych International and Wärtsilä to win multi-billion-shilling tender. In most cases,…

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[VIDEO] Unique traffic stops in Kansas City bring drivers to tears

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Earlier this month, in Kansas City, Missouri, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department was out looking for people. And when they spotted a subject, they went after them, in a sting operation the likes of which this country has never seen. Earlier this month, in Kansas City, Missouri, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department was out looking for people. And when they spotted a subject, they went after them, in a sting operation the likes of which this country has never seen. What made this operation especially unusual was the man behind it: a fellow in a red hat…

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[VIDEO] Mystery death at Kenyatta National Hospital as patient disappears from hospital


Mystery surrounded the death of a 24 year-old man who was admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital for a dialysis procedure but was this morning found dead almost a kilometre away from the hospital. Wilfred Weke was said to have disappeared from the hospital ward at around 4am under unclear circumstances, though the family members said he was too weak to move on his own.

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One Rwandan killed, 7 others injured in Bedford, TX accident


A Dallas van driver faces numerous charges after a weekend wreck on the Airport Freeway in which a woman was killed and seven people were injured, police said Monday. All occupants of the van were ejected when it hit a freeway barrier about 4:45 a.m. Sunday, overturned and caught fire, police said. Lynker Kabera, 23, was pronounced dead at 5:29 a.m. Sunday at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reported. Seven people were taken to area hospitals. Three of them — Sandra Niyibizi, Christella Kajyambere and Anny Igihozo — were reported in serious…

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