February 5, 2016

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


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


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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Governor Kidero approves Sh58bn cable car plan to tackle Nairobi traffic jams


Promoters of a Sh58 billion ($600 million) cable car investment plan that could be operational in the next two years say it would help ease Nairobi’s notorious traffic jams. Trapos Africa, the consultants for the public-private partnership project, have come up with a master plan to ease movement in the city similar to one they have been promoting in Mombasa. The plan, which will not require public funds, has already been approved by City Hall and is currently awaiting scrutiny by the Treasury and Cabinet approval. Trapos Africa chairman Eustace Mwarania said they have prepared plans for a pilot project that…

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Nairobi city hall official who lives like a king on Sh85,000 pay


Jimmy Kiamba, the chief finance officer for the Nairobi County government, lives too large for his modest monthly salary of Sh85,000. That is the view of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), which has gone to court seeking orders to freeze the officer’s assets to pave way for further investigations into his vast estate. The EACC says its pursuit of Mr Kiamba has revealed a massive empire that is incongruent with his known income and wants the High Court to freeze his bank accounts as investigations continue into claims that he stole millions of shillings from City Hall between January…

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JKUAT launches the first Kenyan-made Taifa laptop


 Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has launched a locally designed laptop dubbed Taifa Laptop. The University launched 4,000 units of  the laptops which are locally designed and assembled but manuafactured in China. They launched the laptop in December last year. The TAIFA laptop which will be available beginning next week at a cost of sh50,000 has a Core i3 4th Generation Processor, 500 GB Hard Disk, 4GB RAM, 14″ TFT Screen, WiFi, HDMI Port, SD Card Slot, Mic, 3 USB Ports, 6 Cell Lithium Battery and has a Web Cam. . JKUAT’s project attests to the versatility…

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German airline Lufthansa returns to Nairobi after 18-year absence


German airline Lufthansa plans to resume direct passenger flights to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from late October after an 18-year absence from the Kenyan capital. The airline will deploy an Airbus A340-300 between Frankfurt and Nairobi four times a week from October 27, raising this to five times from December 11 to cater for increased traffic during the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Until now, Lufthansa has relied on code-shared flights with partners Swiss and Brussels Airlines to connect their passengers to Nairobi. Its subsidiary Lufthansa Cargo, however, has continued to offer four weekly flights from Nairobi, moving…

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[VIDEO] How new app Abra will make your bank account the next thing to go obsolete


It might finally be time to break up with your bank. Not only is banking not for everyone, accounts are inaccessible to about half of the world. People are too poor, live too far from a bank or don’t have the required documentation. Abra, a new startup, makes banking more accessible while completely cutting out the actual bank. With Abra, all of your banking lives on your phone. You can withdraw funds, deposit cash and send money using the app. There are no ATMs and no bank branches. (The service is different from recent innovations like Simple, Venmo, PayPal and…

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Do you want to visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Galilee in November? Here is your chance


A travel agency owned by a Kenyan in Massachusetts is organizing a trip to Israel later this year. The trip includes visits to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Galilee and Tel Aviv. If you want to be part of the trip, see details below. The contact info is also provided. Payment plan available.  Call or write for details. Main Cities to be visited are:  Jerusalem for 3 days Galilee for 2 days, Bethlehem  for 1 day and Tel Aviv for 1 day Included in the Cost Included in the cost is airfare: round-trip from Boston to Tel Aviv, 6 nights’ Accommodation, Breakfast and…

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How pigs owned by a Kenyan in the Diaspora take care of his family back home


A ride on the bumpy murram road from Kolenyo market to Akado village in Seme, Kisumu County, leads me to the home of Mr Ronald Omondi. Omondi is a security supervisor at a hotel in Qatar, but back home in Kolenyo, he rears rabbits, pigs and has a hydroponics project to supplement the animal fodder. Omondi credits his pig-rearing ideas and skills to vast research over the internet. “I have not gone for any training on pig rearing, all the information on rearing pigs is on the internet. I went to YouTube and watched people who have piggeries in Kenya….

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