November 23, 2014

Feds seize fourteen 7-Eleven stores in ID theft case

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Federal authorizes seized 14 7-Eleven stores in New York and Virginia, and indicted nine owners and managers, charging them with stealing identities and exploiting more than 50 illegal immigrants. Farrukh and Bushra Baig, a married couple who owned or managed a dozen of the convenience stores, along with seven other owner-managers, were charged with identity theft, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and concealing and harboring illegal immigrants, Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said Monday. “From their 7-Eleven stores, the defendants dispersed wire fraud and identity theft, along with Slurpees and hot dogs,” Lynch said…

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Chinedu now demands pay for Kenyan officials’ release

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Deported Nigerian Anthony Chinedu on Monday demanded full payment of his investments in Kenya before seven officials and the chattered aircraft held at a Lagos airport are released. New details are emerging on how Kenyan officials who accompanied Mr Chinedu and two other Nigerians deported two weeks ago spent the night in their aircraft because they were not allowed to leave. Mr Chinedu, speaking to the Nation on phone from Leki Beach, Lagos, claimed: “I am the official of the government of Nigeria. The aircraft is now mine, it is waiting for me at the airport,” he said, adding: “All I want…

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Treasury seeks additional Sh34million for Raila Odinga’s travel allowances

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The National Treasury is seeking Parliament’s approval to increase the former Prime Minister’s allowances for foreign and domestic travels by Sh34 million. In addition, Treasury has proposed to increase Raila Odinga’s allocations for fuel and lubricants by Sh9.6 million. According to the Supplementary Budget tabled in Parliament last week, the Treasury chopped off personal allowances allocated for the Office by Sh2.64 million and reduced funds reserved as basic salaries for permanent employees by Sh490,020. These are part of expenditure reprioritisation programme, which seeks to free resources to finance the operations of the Government until the conclusion of the 2012/2013 fiscal…

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How Kenyan doctor error put HIV negative infants under ARVs

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The future of comprehensive care dispensed to HIV positive patients in Kitui county is likely to be thrown into a spin after it emerged that two children, kept on the HIV management programme, did not even have the virus. The children, sired by infected parents, have been among the over 1,800 active clients put under comprehensive care at the Mutomo Mission Hospital in Kitui south. In one case, a two-year-old child who had tested HIV positive after the first Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test done two weeks after birth tested negative when similar tests were carried out on him after…

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Raila aides squabble over who should speak on behalf of former PM

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Just who should speak on behalf of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Some of his close aides have been exchanging heated missiles as each claims to take responsibility of speaking on behalf of Raila. This has especially come to the fore following the incidents in which Raila and his wife were on different occasions denied access to the VIP lounge at the JKIA allegedly on the instructions of Cabinet Secretary Francis Kimemia. The aides who are at cross purposes are Raila’s chief campaign manager in the last election and head of the secretariat Eliud Owalo, Raila’s friend and advisor Sarah…

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Romantic walk in the bush ends in tragedy for 18 year old Thika student

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An early morning romantic walk in the bush ended tragically when two administration police opened fire killing an 18 year old student. Dennis Simba, a Social Science student at Thika School of Medical and Health Science had stopped his father’s car by the side of the road near Landless estate at Muguga in Thika to take his girlfriend for a walk. As the couple emerged from the bushes on the side of the road, they me with two APs who were on patrol. The couple went ahead to enter their car but were shot at by the policemen. Dennis’ girlfriend…

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President Kenyatta’s Principal Secretary nominee caught in University scandals

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A principal secretary nominee is at the centre of a major university scandal in which hundreds of students obtained degrees in dubious circumstances. The nominee, Prof Japhet Ntiba Micheni, has been council chairman of the Presbyterian University of East Africa (PUEA), which has been hit by a series of fi nancial, management and academic scandals. Micheni, who will this week go before the parliamentary vetting committee to seek clearance as Principal Secretary for Fisheries, faces an uphill task if submissions against him are anything to go by. He also faces several court cases relating to the hiring and fi ring of staff while the university…

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Raila to meet top US State Department official

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Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is scheduled to hold talks in Washington on Tuesday with the second-highest-ranking State Department official, Kenya’s US Ambassador Elkanah Odembo has confirmed. The meeting with Deputy Secretary of State William Burns signifies the Obama administration’s appreciation for Mr Odinga’s role in helping ensure a peaceful outcome of the March presidential election. The Burns – Odinga session will also send a messageof US willingness to engage with prominent Kenyan politicians who have not been charged with crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Secretary of State John Kerry, who will be out of town on Tuesday, asked…

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Obama urged to cancel Tanzania tour

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US President Barack Obama should cancel his planned visit to Tanzania later this month in protest against the government’s failure to settle a “slavery” case, a Washington Post commentator urged on June 10. At issue is a US court’s ruling in 2008 that Alan Mzengi, then a diplomat in Tanzania’s Washington embassy, should pay USD1,059,349 in damages to a young Tanzanian woman who worked as a servant in his home. Washington Post opinion writer Dana Milbank quotes a human-rights lawyer as saying, “An official visit from the US president is a gift that is utterly inappropriate after a Tanzanian government…

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VIDEO: Condoms being used to control livestock population in Kajiado

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Have you had of a condom for goats? Apparently, this is traditional method to control the goats and sheep population by curtailing the breeding patterns of the livestock. The method locally called ‘olnjoni’ is widely used in Kajiado and Narok County. NTV’s Enock Sikolia narrates how a rubber sheath is used to prevent animals from mating.

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