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Why Men Fake Orgasms

Posted by Administrator on December 31, 2009

By Elizabeth Black, AlterNet. Posted December 23, 2009

If you thought that only women faked orgasms, you’d be wrong. Plenty of men fake their way out of the sack. How on earth can a guy even fake an orgasm? What is he going to do, spray dish detergent and try to pass it off as semen? More importantly, why would a man want to pull off this kind of bluff?

Apparently, lots of men fake the Big “O” and some were willing to talk to me about it. I asked men in an online sex forum how many had faked orgasms, and I received some very fascinating – and distressing — answers. Steve found himself in an awkward position when he bedded a woman to whom he was not very attracted, but he felt the pressure to perform. “I wasn’t able to manage to keep it up for long because I really, really wasn’t enjoying myself,” he wrote. “So as I realized that I was going to be a limp noodle at any moment anyway, I pretended to cum then quickly disposed of the condom. Definitely not one of my prouder moments.” Alex expressed similar sentiments when he admitted his reasons and method for faking. ” … there were a variety of reasons. Most commonly, it was just pure boredom and my attention span with someone had ceased or a very determined girl that wouldn’t accept the fact that I just wasn’t going to get off at that moment in time.” Chris admitted that exhaustion was his reason for faking it. “To be fair, I think each time it was at least the third fuck of the day,” he wrote. “And it was nice at first, but after a while I just wanted it over with. I wouldn’t dream of doing that now though.”

The exact percentage of men who fake orgasms varies depending on the source. The ABC News Primetime Live Poll: The American Sex Survey (2004) reported that eleven percent of men surveyed said they had faked orgasms. A study by Muehlenhard and Shippee of students at the University of Kansas (2009) found that as many as twenty-five percent of men surveyed reported that they faked orgasms on occasion. While there are many ways men who fake orgasms get away with it, the most common way is to use a condom. What will the partner do, inspect the rubber? Another way men fake orgasm is to say they don’t make much ejaculate. When a woman is already wet and slick with her own arousal, she’s likely to believe him.

It turns out that men fake orgasms for many of the same reasons women do. The most common reasons for faking orgasms cited by men in that internet sex forum were (1) not particularly aroused or into their partner, (2) boring sex, (3) difficulties holding an erection or coming, (4) not wanting to disappoint their partner, (5) performance anxiety, and (6) fatigue. While men’s stated reasons for faking orgasms are similar to women’s reasons, the question is, why fake an orgasm instead of just saying that you want to stop having sex? What kind of pressures are men under that makes them feel as if they have to fake it? Alex, Steve, and Chris described a very common pressure men experience: they feel a strong need to perform, and this pressure is based on the influence of porn culture, media, advertising, and magazine articles. Bombarded with pornographic images, commercials touting erection-enhancing drugs like Viagra, and magazine articles about how to keep thrusting until she screams for mercy, men are under a tremendous amount of pressure to come hard, come fast, and give their partners orgasms so intense that plaster falls off the walls.

No wonder so many men have trouble enjoying sex and coming to orgasm!

So what’s to blame for such dismal sexual experiences? Patriarchy, of course. Sexuality under patriarchy has long been known to penalize women. However, patriarchy has also negatively impacted men’s sexuality by placing most of their focus on their erections, penis size, performance, orgasms, and ejaculation. 

How can men rethink their sexuality in such a way that opens up all the possibilities for sexual enjoyment and emotional closeness that is discouraged under the stunted view of sex according to patriarchy? According to Patti Brisben, the CEO and founder of Pure Romance, in her article “Why You Shouldn’t Fake An Orgasm”, “by faking pleasure, you’re not only neglecting your needs, but you aren’t being honest with your spouse. Let’s face it, if you’re faking in the bedroom, where else are you faking? Being in a committed relationship is about being open enough to communicate about all aspects, especially the tougher topics that may embarrass you like issues regarding your sexuality.”

When men equate good sex with a huge erection and a rocking climax, they overlook the rest of the sex act and especially the emotional closeness that makes sex such a powerful and caring experience. Women have always had the “Not tonight, honey. I have a headache” excuse to get out of unsatisfying sex, but men have no similar alternative. The patriarchal view of men encourages them to rut like dogs, as if they were animals that cannot control their sexual urges – fuck anything that moves and fuck it hard. Rather than focus so much on their erections and ejaculation, as they have been instructed since they found their first lad magazine touting performance and orgasms, men can change their sexual outlook so that not only they but their partners benefit.

Once David admitted to his ex that he had been pretending to come into a towel, their sex life improved. He said, “I used to fake it on a regular basis with my ex. She was a selfish lover and after a good hour of doing all of the work I’d get tired. Rather than dealing with her being upset that I didn’t come, I would pull out and fake cumming into a towel. Once I realized how stupid that was, I told her and our sex life did improve.” Communication is the key to unlocking more rewarding sexual experiences: it helps both genders toss aside societal pressure to perform and help them enjoy the trip as much as the destination.

Source: Alternet

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Nigerians are back with a new scam

Posted by Administrator on December 31, 2009

While in 2000 many requests were sent by letter or fax, the more tech savvy 419ers now randomly select email addresses or even mobile phone numbers to send out thousands of invitations. Though the technology has changed, the basic format of the appeal has not. Photo/LIZ MUTHONI

While in 2000 many requests were sent by letter or fax, the more tech savvy 419ers now randomly select email addresses or even mobile phone numbers to send out thousands of invitations. Though the technology has changed, the basic format of the appeal has not. Photo/LIZ MUTHONI

The Nigerians are back at it again – and this time their target is the World Cup.

The infamous 419 trap that has withstood the test of time to become the decade’s most enduring tech scam is now targeting prospective visitors to the 2010 games to be held in South Africa in June.

Last week, South African police and the Nelson Mandela Foundation issued a warning advising people to ignore participating in the fraudulent “Fifa 2010 World Cup Lottery draw”.

Potential victims are contacted through an email which informs them that they have won up to $2 million in cash prize in the “Fifa 2010 World Cup Lottery draw”.

The e-mail bears a prominent picture of Mandela holding the World Cup, with logos of Fifa and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The con artist initially asks for personal details to be faxed to a UK number and slowly reels in the victim with snippets of information to a point where he wants a small amount to be deposited into a bank account, ostensibly to pay for stamp duties and fees for advocates.

According to a report appearing in The Mercury, a South African newspaper, the scammer who calls himself Semone Chema is actually based in the UK and has a thick Nigerian accent.

Soon after initial contact, Mr Chema will then recommend that the victim should file a legal claim in order to receive a certificate.

Once a fake document – complete with logos and required official signatures – is released to the target, they are then advised to submit an affidavit to permit the transfer of the money to a bank account in South Africa.

The victim can chose to let the Nigerians take care of the pesky paperwork by allowing them to nominate an attorney on their behalf who will represent their interest and get the vital legal documents that will help facilitate the transfer.

The latest incident aside, the Nigerian 419 scam is undoubtedly one of the most versatile swindles of the last decade.

While in 2000, many requests were sent by letter or fax, the more tech savvy 419ers now randomly select email addresses or even mobile phone numbers to send out thousands of invitations.

Though the technology has changed, the basic format of the appeal has not.

Most victims are baited with offers of colossal amounts of money which they can earn a share of if they let the kind scam artists access their bank accounts.

Once they are reeled in, a myriad of procedures and legal documents conspire to keep the victim away from the grand prize, all of which require the recipient to part with small amounts of cash.

Doing nothing

The scam artistes trade on the premise that most people are happy to receive money for doing nothing, as well as the ego boost that most recipients experience when they feel they have been “specially selected”.

A copy of the same scam that was sent to Business Daily said all participants were selected randomly from the “World Wide Web-site, through a computer draw system and extracted from over 100 million companies and individual emails address.”

Source: Business Daily

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Kenya’s search for authentic tune

Posted by Administrator on December 31, 2009

Tony Nyadundo’s Ohangla genre is viewed as authentic Kenyan music. PHOTO/ FILE

Tony Nyadundo’s Ohangla genre is viewed as authentic Kenyan music. PHOTO/ FILE

The Congolese have Lingala. The South Africans have kwaito, kwela, mbube and mbaqaqa. Cameroonians have makossa, Brazilians samba and Jamaicans reggae.

Whenever music from these regions is played, be it Franco’s Mario, Yvonne Chakachaka’s Umqomboti, Fela Kuti’s Lady, Manu Dibango’s, Soul Makossa or Bob Marley’s, No woman, No Cry, music buffs from anywhere in the world can instantly recognise and locate its origin.

What about Kenyan music?

Besides Benga, Kenyan music lacks a signature sound. That hasn’t stopped its exponential growth in the past decade, though.

The volume knob was turned by, among other factors, the onset of FM radio stations, talent search competitions, producers and studios, frooty-loops digital recording technology and a fan base of callow youth.

Also, there was a patriotic wave of being “Proudly Kenyan”, at a time when popularity of Congolese music, that had dominated local music scene for ages, was waning.

The generation gap boosted local music too across age, community and class divide.

Folksy tunes

While the raging hormones of “mahewa (music) generation” found a lyrical home in Kenyanised American hip-hop; their “old skul” parents and the lyrically discerning post-teenagers went for zilizopendwa (golden evergreens), or the folksy Central Province mugithi as popularised by the one-man band craze fronted by Mike Rua, Mike Murimi and Salim Junior.

The same applied to Nyanza Province Ohangla tunes, of Tony and Jack Nyandundo.

Gospel music, on the other hand, moved from choir batons to embrace modern, catchy beats, without preachy lyrics.

This growth wasn’t without trailblazers.

Hardstone (Harrison Ngunjiri) pioneered an urban style by blending ragga, reggae and hip-hop with Uhiki in the late ‘90s. This song in Kiswahili, Kikuyu and English topped the charts culminating in Hardstone’s debut album, Nutin but de Stone, released internationally by German based Kelele Records.

Hardstone showed the latent potential of Kenyan hybrid music.

But the success of any new sound and crop of musicians, has a visionary producer behind the scenes.

Kenya in the late ‘90s had Tedd Josiah.

Besides founding Kisima Music Awards, the musician turned producer founded Blu Zebra Records in 2002. The studio recorded among other artistes; Hardstone, Gidi Gidi Maji Maji, Necessary Noize (Wyre and Nazizi Hirji), Ndarlin’ P, In-Tu and Uganda musician Kawesa- who all featured in compilation albums.

Tedd either turned artistes into Gold —Poxi Presha, Suzzana Owiyo, Abbi, Didge, and Achieng’ Abura— or polished them into paving way for others. Like Kalamashaka who introduced hardcore Kiswahili hip-hop into mainstream music with the hit song Tafsiri Hii.

Or Gidi Gidi Maji Maji with their Dholuo/English numbers, Ting’ badi Malo and Un-bwogable, which proved that vernacular-couched songs could have crossover appeal when creatively infused with World Music beats.

Tedd wasn’t alone as Ogopa Deejays and Calif Records in the late ‘90s and early 2000, spawned rappers weaned on urban hip-hop.

Ogopa exploded into the scene with Ugandan musician Bebe Cool (Moses Ssali) and Chameleone (Joseph Mayanja) and Kenyans, Redsan (Swabri Mohammed) and E-Sir (Issah Mmari), a rapper with lyrical prowess in Kiswahili.

E-Sir who died in a car accident in 2003, (his father is a Tanzanian) put Ogopa on the map with Mos Mos, Boomba Train and Leo ni Leo, songs credited with creating the boomba (also called kapuka), a cocktail of hip-hop and dancehall inspired beats.

Ogopa, led by media shy brother, Band, Francis and Lucas Bikedo, popularised “fun club music” via Nameless (David Mathenge who is something of a fixture in Kampala), Wahu (Kagwi-Mathenge), Amani (Cecilia Wairimu), The Longombas (Christian and Lovi Longomba), Kleptomaniax (Roba (Robert Manyasa), Collo (Collins Majale) and Nyashinski (Nyamari Ongegu) and the all-girl group, Tattuu (Angela Mwandanda, Debbie Asila and Angela Ndambuki).

Christian and Lovi are grandchildren of Vicky Longomba of the TP OK Jazz fame while Wahu won the best female artiste at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2008. Fellow Kenyan Amani, a favourite with Kampalans, won in 2009.

While kapuka was Ogopa’s tune, Clement Rapudo’s Calif Records created ngenge, meaning a “dance style with mass appeal”, from its flagship artistes Nonini (Hubert Nakitare) who “blew” up the music scene with songs laced with lewd lyrics like Manzi wa Nairobi and Wee Kamu.

He paved the way for Jua Cali (Paul Nunda), whose sanitised lyrics in Nipe Asali, Kiasi, Bidii Yangu, Ngeli ya Ngenge, and Kwaheri, propelled him to Kenya’s biggest recording rapper in commercial endorsements.

His Sh1 million deal with mobile phone giant Motorola in 2007 and another Sh10 million endorsement as Telkom Kenya’s Orange brand ambassador besides fronting the ‘Hello Tunes’ advertising campaigns was a first of sorts for a local artiste. Most of the mahewa generation artistes though fashioned out an industry without employing the components of great music: melody, arrangement, rhythm, message, relevance or compositional structures.

Save for contending with rampant music piracy, this decade witnessed little government ban on music, unlike the ‘70s and ‘80s.

The past decade also preserved the golden age of Kenyan music through reworking classics of Daudi Kabaka, Fundi Konde and George Mukabi with Songs from Kenya and Zilizopendwa 2000 in 2000 by Them Mushrooms. Kenya Beat: Ultimate Collection, from David Makali’s Sound Africa in 2007, preserved old and contemporary artistes.

Afro-fusion, a combination of benga influenced rhythms and world music, is another notable genre of this decade.

Its local proponents include Tabu Osusa’s Ketebul Productions, Rudy and Marion van Djinck’s Sarakasi Trust and artistes; Harry Kimani with Afro-country numbers like Haiyaa, Achieng’ Abura in Afro-Jazz (Toto Wangu), Yunasi (Jiopogore), Suzzana Owiyo (Kisumu 100), Iddi Achieng’ (Switina), and arguably the face of Afro-fusion- Eric Wainaina who composes socially conscious songs, with sometimes provocative, patriotic rallying calls and has recorded songs with Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi. Think his 1998 hit, Kenya Only, probably one song from this decade that will become a classic.

Indeed, very few Kenyan songs became continental or international hits this decade, even as listeners worldwide voted Fadhili Williams’ Malaika, the most popular African song during BBC Radio’s 75th anniversary in 2004.

Other artistes tried other genres.

Reuben Kigame in country music with Sweet Bunyore and Daddy came home last Night. Jah’Key Marley, Ousmane, Mighty King Kong and East African Bashment Crew, with reggae, albeit without quantifiable impact.

It’s interesting how the biggest selling artiste in Kenya is Roger Whittaker, whose folksy country songs account for over 250 gold, silver and platinum albums.


Africa Insight is an initiative of the Nation Media Group’s Africa Media Network Project.

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Kenyans perfect celebrity craze within 10 years

Posted by Administrator on December 31, 2009

Some of the Kenyan musicians who have dominated the local scene. From left: Jua Cali, Eric Wainaina and Wahu. Photo/FILE

It is almost difficult to go back to the times when Genge was not a genre and Kapuka was a foreign word. We are in Cellebville, the home of celebrities, but we like to just call them ‘celebs’. They are sharp like a razor but they haven’t been like that all along.

The highest rated artiste in Kenya today, Nameless (he does have a name, but we shall stick to celebspeak, gitch?), remembers the days gone by with a stiff smile: “Unakumbuka Mega Rider?” he asks.

That was his biggest hit back in 2002. Some radio stations played it, others binned it. Small wonder he won a double MTV award for Sunshine, that blast of a hit featuring Habida, this year. He is also all over endorsing several products and living large.

His wife, fellow musician Wahu who last year bagged a MAMA for her Sweet Love, has been in the industry for 10 years, hogging the glitter and all. Although the mama is yet to release an album (really? Wahu? After 10 years?), she is still a celeb whichever way you look at her, and her mellow voice has done the industry great wonders.

In 2000, before Pulse and Buzz were born, Gidi Gidi Maji Maji, under the watchful eye of the iconic Tedd Josiah, produced an album that carried the hit song Unbwogable. It was neither a war nor peace song. It was never meant to be political either. But when 2002 came and some politicians carried that song to rallies, Gidi and Maji became instant celebs, and we dare say that the two helped Narc win the elections that year.

Today Gidi is a respected UN ambassador of peace and a radio host, while Maji runs his own recording studio. However, nothing makes or breaks a celeb than a well-timed scandal. Paris Hilton knows this very well, and Kenyan celebs know it too. Remember Mercy Myra? Yes? Ok, maybe. She made headlines regularly because she chose to wear belts in the name of skirts, and where the skirts were a cut too long, the exaggerated slit showed way too much.

Her love whisked her away to the US, where she is currently based, but she, every now and then, flies home for that occasional jig (as she did in 2005 at Nameless’ and Wahu’s wedding, where she belted out a soft number draped in an elegant African outfit … but only from an angle!).

Solo crusade

The decade’s other drama king was Poxi Presha (God rest his soul). Better known for his big mouth than his music — even though his remix of Gabriel Omollo’s Lunch Time was catchy — Poxi captured our attention by wearing all the wrong colours and getting jailed because he wanted musicians to be respected.

His solo crusade, however, wasn’t in vain for, a few years after he left us for the kingdom yonder, the Music Copyright Society of Kenya was born, ushering the industry into the 21st Century. And now, from rights crusades to the kinky and sexy, both of which also reside in Celebville.

Four years ago, radio host and actress Nini Wacera attended a party in her lingerie — only — and locked lips with fellow radio host Valentine Njoroge. The two set a new bar for, a few months later, radio queen Cess Mutungi also locked lips with Maina Kageni, but the two later explained that it was only a friendly move.

It is only celebrities who get away with yoyo dieting. Posh must have perfected the art, but no one knows that better than beauty queens do. Miss Kenya has been with us since independence, but this decade has seen most of the crown bearers fade in to oblivion. Yolanda Masinde, Miss Kenya 2000, piled on the pounds and decided being a kindergarten teacher would offer her more joy.

Daniella Kimaru, Mary-Anne Kariuki, Cecilia Mwangi and Juliet Atieno all cannot fit into the swimsuits they wore for their pageants. Why? They all embraced junk, as did Bad Boy Nonini. In 10 years, Nonini has moved from a skinny geek to a Godfather. Jua Cali is spotting a beer belly. Big Ted and Big Kev weigh twice what they did in 2000.

Three years ago, Med C went into a crush diet and unveiled a super sexy her. Afro-fusion artiste Atemi Oyungu even confessed to have taken diet pills to remain slim, today she has ballooned to a plus-size after she decided to keep it natural.

Those who work hard, like Redsan, unleash a body to die for, because Cellebville is not very forgiving when you do not look great. On the divine side, the emergence of gospel musicians this decade did not come as a surprise, but it brought with it a different swag to Cellebville.

Neema Ntalel was the first to dazzle everyone, winning a Kora and all, and was followed closely by beautiful boy DNG. Several months later, DNG was caught pinting, having crept back to the abyss. As for Neema, well, her belly soon started showing signs that she was in the motherly way, and it was not long before the evidence was there, all shapely and rounded, for all to behold. Weeks later, she miscarried.

Celeb culture is all about swag and shillings. Some people have it, some just don’t. The past 10 years have seen DJs move from single, uncoordinated individuals to mega units competing for corporate space. Actors have moved from simple whiners at the Kenya National Theatre to produce award winning sitcoms.

Sauti Sol may be the new kids on the block, but it is Eric Wainaina, Achieng’ Abura and Abbi who had guts to start a band and say they were Afro-Fusion artistes. Maybe rap will take over, what with Juliani at the helm. Maybe in another 10 years we shall all just nod to Ohangla and Ken Wa Maria. Who knows!


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President Kibaki’s New Year’s Speech

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Nigerian Americans Do Double Take on Terrorism Suspect

Posted by Administrator on December 30, 2009

New America Media, News Report, Edwin Okong’o
Published December 30, 2009

When Herbert Igbanugo heard that a Nigerian man had been arrested for allegedly attempting to blow up a plane on Christmas Day, he didn’t think the suspect was born in the West African nation.

“Talk about surprise,” said Igbanugo, a Nigerian-born immigration attorney and founding partner of Minneapolis-based Igbanugo Partners International Law Firm.

Igbanugo said his initial inclination was that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the suspect, must have originated in another country and fraudulently obtained a Nigerian passport for the trip to Detroit.

“When it actually turned out he was a Nigerian, I was shocked,” Igbanugo said.

Whenever there is breaking news related to the U.S. war on terror, immigrants from the suspect’s country of origin often fear that attention from law enforcement agencies may spark backlash from the American public.

For example, when news broke in early 2009 that the FBI was investigating Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center, a Minnesota mosque attended by young men believed to have gone to fight in Somalia’s civil war, members of the Somali community in the state feared that resentment of them would increase.

Abdulmutallab is said to have spent some time in Houston in 2008, and the FBI has sent agents there to investigate his stay. But the Nigerian community there wasn’t too concerned about backlash, said Chido Nwangwu, whose company, USAfricaonline, has been publishing newspapers, magazines and books for African immigrants since 1993.

Nwangwu said that Houston’s Nigerian community received the news of Abdulmutallab’s arrest with “deep concern, resignation and denial.”

“But above everything else,” he said, “they are insistent that he does not represent the values of Nigerians and Africans in America.”

He said some are concerned that Nigerians and other Africans would be cast in a bad light, but no one has expressed fear of overt acts of retaliation.

“It is natural for some people who have been introduced to Nigeria for the first time by this event to look at Nigerians with a critical eye,” Nwangwu said. “But it is important to know that there are too many champions of excellence in the African community — too many persons who have achieved so much and built so much in America — to be pigeonholed by potential acts of bigotry or violence from anyone.”

One aspect that makes Nigerians less worried is that, although Abdulmutallab reportedly acknowledged ties to Al Qaeda, he did not originate from a training camp in Nigeria. In fact, after Abdulmutallab severed ties with his family, his father, a prominent Nigerian banker and former government minister, alerted the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria that his son was developing extremist religious views. That act would help the image of his father and of Nigerians, said Igbanugo, the Minneapolis lawyer.

“I think that goes a long way toward showing good faith and showing that this is not something that should be blamed on a certain person or a group of people,” said Igbanugo.

Another aspect that sets Nigeria apart from Somalia is that, although there has been tension between Nigerian Muslims and Christians, the violence has never been directed at the United States or any foreign power.

Segun Kerry, the founder of Nigerian Community Help Center, a New York City-based organization that helps new immigrants, said he had received several calls from Nigerians wanting to talk about the implications Abdulmutallab’s arrest would have on their community.

“I believe what I’m hearing,” said Kerry. “The feeling presently is that people are not taking it so seriously that it is going to affect a lot of Nigerians.”

Kerry said the callers to his office seemed to stress that Abdulmutallab’s alleged act was an isolated incident, and hoped that his training and indoctrination in Yemen – rather than Nigeria — would emphasize that fact.

“We Nigerians are not the kind of people that will tell you that, ‘Hey, I’m gonna kill you and then kill myself,” Kerry said. “We don’t to that. Granted we are humans, and there are some radicals [in Nigeria]. However, no matter how radical the individual is, I’m not sure he would kill himself. He will go out there and do something, provided it will not involve taking his own life.”

Igbanugo agreed with Kerry that it was not in the nature of Nigerians to engage in terrorist acts that involved suicide.

“Quite honestly, this is uncharacteristic of Nigerians,” Igbanugo said. “The Nigerian type of Islamic fanaticism has never included suicide bombing. To me, this is a guy that was not just indoctrinated, but also has mental illness.”

Igbanugo said his colleagues, friends and those he has talked to since the news broke don’t seem to anticipate a backlash, or believe that another Nigerian will be involved in a similar incident.

“I don’t think you are going to see another one like this,” Igbanugo said.

Reach Edwin Okong’o at eokongo@newamericamedia.org

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Posted by Administrator on December 30, 2009

The Late Teresa Nyaberi

The Late Teresa Nyaberi

It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we accept the passing of our
beloved mother, omongina Teresa Kerubo Nyaberi. Mrs. Kerubo Nyaberi was born on March 17, 1947 in Bogichoncho, Bobasi Chache to omogaka Omeke and omongina Nyatichi. Omongina Kerubo was the loving wife of the late Johnson Capher Nyaberi Manyange.

Mrs. Kerubo’s home is Gesure Village, Bosansa in Bobasi Chache. Omongina
Kerubo was in fairy good health. On the morning of December 28 around 7 AM, she went about her business of milking her cows. It was then that she
suddenly collapsed. She was taken to Hema Hospital
in Kisii within 30 minutes. Upon arrival, the doctors were not able to
revive her.

Siblings. Mrs. Teresa Nyaberi is survived by brothers who are  George
Miencha, Nyabuto, Getange, Nyamarere and mr. Mbera. Omongina Teresa was also a sister to the late Nyanchera,Agnes and Bonareri. She is also a sister to Raeli and Nora.

Children. Mrs. Teresa Nyaberi is the mother of Jared Nyabuto Nyaberi (NCR Corp and Gusii.com, Atlanta, Georgia, USA), Reuben Manyange Nyaberi (Superform, Legal Affairs, Nairobi), Mellen Kemunto Gori (Nairobi), Isabella Nyaboke (Ruiru), Rachel (Otamba Secondary School), Agnes Sirimani (Kisii), Erick Nyangwono Nyaberi (E. Gao &Associates),Limuru, Abner Nyaberi (Kenyatta University) and Linus Nyaberi (KCB, Bungoma).


Mrs. Nyaberi is the grandmother to Jasmine Nyaberi (Dunwoody High School, Dunwoody, Georgia), Emily, Weldon, Becton and Brayden (of
Nairobi), Diana and Nyatichi (of Thika), Obure, Davin and Mayienda, Kepha,
Lilian, Omeri and Violet (of Kisii).


Mrs. Teresa Nyaberi is a sister inlaw to Christoper Nyagwachi (Bara
Nne, Bomachoge),Jennesi (Migori), Mose, Samwel Okongo,the late Bosire, the late Lois, Machora, David, Yunesi,Grace and Trucilla. She is a mother-in-Law to Moffatt Gori (Sheria House), Lister Kemunto (Kahawa), Margaret Muringi (Thika) and Kodek Sirimani (Kisii), John Gori Orioki,the late Catherine Wangoi,Charles Kobaya, Rodha Kobaya.

Nieces. Mrs. Teresa Kerubo’s nieces are  Bisieri (Tabaka Hospital),
Pamela,Esther, Moraa Nyagwachi, Moraa(Ndege),Pamela,Esther Nduko, Naomi Nyanduko  and many others.

Nephews. Nephews to Omongina Teresa include David,Nyabuto Mbera, Nyabuto Nyagwachi,Magare, Oganda, Nyabuto,Onyimbo, Chifu, Samwel, Isaac Miencha (Nairobi), Edward Miencha (Kenyatta University), Magan, Arori and many others.

Meetings: Daily at Jared Nyaberi’s residence at: 1008 Winterscreek
Drive, Atlanta, Georgia, 30360.

Fundraising date: Saturday January
9th starting from 3.00 PM  Kenya American Community Church, 771 Elberta Dr. Marietta Ga. 30066 |
Tel:770-427-0555 |  kacc_info@kacc.net

Funeral: Omongina Kerubo’s body is at Kisii Mortuary.The funeral will be at Gesure Village in Bobasi Chache on Friday December 15, 2009.

Requests: Prayers are requested for the family. Jared and Jasmine are
travelling for the funeral to Kenya. Financial assistance is requested from
all Kenyans. To make your donation, Please go to ING Direct.
Account number 69057551. Routing number is 031176110.

For more information, please contact:
Jared Nyabuto Nyaberi (404)840-0120, (678)458-0670
David Ogega Obino  (678)525-8350
Evans Obino (678)886-2355
Julius Ogachi (678)698-3145
Damaris Mayienda (940)882-0247
George Ondicho (678)231-4135
Peter Mogaka (678)760-5457
Evans Mogaka (678-422-9530

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Kenyan Man in Topeka Seeks To Collect 40,000 Shoes To Send Home

Posted by Administrator on December 29, 2009

Robert Nguitui's goal is to collect 40,000 pairs of shoes to send to his native home, Kenya. (Kevin Dame , 27 News)

Robert Nguitui's goal is to collect 40,000 pairs of shoes to send to his native home, Kenya. (Kevin Dame , 27 News)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)_ Growing up in Kenya, Robert Nguitui did not receive his first pair of shoes until he was thirteen. Before then, he would often have to wear makeshift sandals, which were made by nailing straps to old tires.

Ten years ago, he moved to the United States. 

Now, Nguitui has a job at the local Frito-Lay plant and is studying to become an accountant. But, he still feels compelled to give tens of thousands of people in his former country something many Americans take for granted, a pair of shoes.

He wants to collect 40,000 pairs of shoes and, then, lease a 40-foot shipping container to send them to the east African nation. Nguitui plans to pay the shipping costs himself and is just hoping the community will step up and help him reach his goal. So far, after a little more than a month of collecting he has gathered 3,000-4,000 pairs.

To donate shoes to Robert’s cause, you may contact:

Robert Nguitui- (785) 969-4137 or rnguitui@yahoo.com

You may also take your donations to:

Brookwood Covenant Church

3601 SW 33rd. Street  Topeka, KS

(785) 273-3770

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‘Complementarity’ & ‘Circularity’: New Words Fuel Immigration Debate

Posted by Administrator on December 29, 2009

New America Media, News analysis, Marcelo Ballvé , Posted: Dec 29, 2009 Review it on NewsTrust

With a national debate on the impact of foreign workers on jobs and the economy heating up for 2010, it’s time to brush up on some relevant policy jargon. Two words in particular – “complementarity” and “circularity” – seem to have caught the attention of experts, as legislators prepare to consider a new immigration reform bill introduced by Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill.

“Complementarity” refers to an immigrant workforce that fills niches and roles that complements rather than competes with what U.S.-born workers are offering. For immigration advocates, it’s a fancy way of saying that, even in economic hard times, immigrant workers perform jobs that Americans prefer not to do.

Another piece of specialist vocabulary, “circularity,” refers to the ability of immigrants to travel back and forth between nations. Former Mexican foreign minister and New York University professor Jorge Castañeda has centered his prominent critiques of U.S. immigration enforcement on how border crackdowns and raids have severely curtailed circular migration in the last two decades. The counterintuitive result, he maintains, is more Mexicans settling illegally north of the border.

Circularity is a contested concept. Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that wants lower immigration levels, has written that the circularity argument is “so comically absurd it deserves a place in The Onion.”

Undocumented immigrants decide to stay in the United States for a variety of reasons, not just to avoid tougher border enforcement upon their return, he wrote.

But it’s the notion of complementarity that has become particularly important in the current socioeconomic context, which combines a fragile recovery and widespread unemployment (above 10 percent nationally, and over 14 percent in Michigan) with deep unease about where future jobs growth will come from.

Advocates of an immigration reform that would legalize undocumented workers and create more flexible pathways for entry into the United States for foreign workers cite complementarity as one reason why it makes sense to revamp immigration policy even with a weak economy.

“There is complementarity between the foreign born and native born workforce,” said Craig J. Regelbrugge, co-chair of the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform.

“Immigration reform and economic recovery go hand in hand,” he added.

Regelbrugge used the word “complementarity” several times in a conference call with reporters earlier this week as he described the interdependence of U.S.-born and immigrant workers in agriculture. In fact, immigrant labor on farms creates thousands of jobs for U.S.-born agricultural workers, Regelbrugge said.

In Wisconsin, the prototype dairy state, immigrant laborers are some 40 percent of the dairy workforce and fill the “least desirable” roles such as night shift work, Regelbrugge said. He also cited the case of a Colorado dairy farm that had lost experienced hands after an immigration audit and had afterward seen calves’ mortality double.

But complementarity is hardly a settled issue. There is evidence that workers lacking a high school diploma do compete directly with immigrant laborers, and some economists dispute the overall notion of a mutually beneficial dovetailing of the native and immigrant workforces. On his blog last year, George Borjas, a Harvard University economist, said this about an oft-cited academic study supporting complementarity: “Things that seem too good to be true usually aren’t.”

However contested, both concepts will most likely help frame the debate set to swirl around the new immigration bill introduced by Rep. Gutierrez.

The proposed legislation, HR 4321, would allow undocumented immigrants, estimated at 12 million in number, to apply for legal status and it would also significantly expand legal work opportunities for foreign workers—agricultural laborers in particular.

Gutierrez’s bill gives a nod to those promoting circularity by opening the channels through which laborers can enter and exit the system. Whether that would be enough to significantly curtail the problem of illegal immigration will only be known if the bill, or something similar to it, is passed.

And the entire bill’s shot through with the concept of complementarity, transforming the immigration system into a funnel through which foreign workers are brought in to fill jobs in areas of the economy where they’re needed.

It gives significant concessions to the agricultural industry in the form of a broad agricultural worker program. To protect American workers it also establishes a commission to render decisions on which parts of the economy are in need of foreign labor to shore up the workforce, and which aren’t.

It creates a program called “American Worker Recruit and Match,” a kind of Internet jobs site where employers post job opportunities in fields that have traditionally relied on unauthorized labor and American workers can apply for jobs traditionally filled by undocumented immigrants.

Critics of the bill see it as an economically ruinous and misguided amnesty for those who choose to enter the country illegally and promise to fight it tooth and claw.

“The Democratic amnesty bill is almost like something I’d write as a parody,” wrote Krikorian.

Parody or not, it’s the opening shot in next year’s immigration debate, the “You Lie!” shout by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., during President Obama’s health care speech notwithstanding.

In any case, if the immigration debate captures the public’s attention next year, “circularity” and “complementarity” may very well be pieces of wonk speech that briefly enjoy their day in the sun.


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Obama Quietly Changes U.S. Immigration Policy

Posted by Administrator on December 29, 2009

New America Now, News Analysis, Edward Alden, Posted: Dec 28, 2009 Review it on NewsTrust

The Obama administration quietly announced last week that it would overturn one of the harsh immigration enforcement measures enacted by the Bush administration following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Beginning next month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said, those who arrive in the United States fleeing torture or persecution abroad will no longer automatically be welcomed with handcuffs and months in a jail cell. Instead, many of those seeking protection will again be permitted to live freely in the country while their applications for permanent asylum are considered by an immigration judge.

The measure is the latest in a string of little-noticed initiatives by the Obama DHS to reconsider some of the most controversial enforcement policies of the past decade. The administration in August launched an overhaul of the immigration detention system, which had grown out of control as the number of detainees doubled in just five years to more than 440,000 annually. Some of those were simply lost in the system, while others fell ill and died due to poor medical care, and the administration has pledged to stop such abuses. That same month, it moved families out of the notorious T. Don Hutto immigrant detention facility in Texas, which had become a national disgrace after revelations that pregnant women and small children were being held there in prison-like conditions.

The administration has also largely halted workplace raids that resulted in jailing, deportation and even criminal charges for many unauthorized workers, and is focused instead on in-depth audits of companies suspected of hiring those workers. And DHS has curbed the authority of state and local police forces to demand immigration documents from anyone stopped for minor offenses like traffic violations, saying that such checks should be done only for those jailed on criminal charges, particularly for serious criminal offenses. To drive home the point, DHS in October stripped the notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona of federal authority to make immigration-related arrests.

The administration is walking a narrow line. The White House believes it must hold tough on enforcement if there is any hope of assembling a political coalition in Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform next year. Janet Napolitano, the DHS secretary, says the administration has done what Congress sought on everything from the U.S.-Mexico border fence to the E-Verify system for authorizing workers, and that the time has come to enact other elements of reform, including a legalization program for many unauthorized immigrants. If Congress does not believe her claims on enforcement, the rest of the package will likely be dead on arrival.

But at the same time, the administration wants to demonstrate that it’s possible to be tough without being unfair and inhumane. The treatment of asylum claimants is just one example of where the United States had gone awry. Under guidelines enacted in 1997, once an arriving individual had shown immigration officials a “credible fear” of persecution or torture back home, he could be “paroled” into the country to await a judge’s decision on his application to remain, which could take many months.

But after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Bush administration began to clamp down, arguing that those released might simply disappear, remaining as illegal immigrants and perhaps even posing a terrorist threat. According to a recent study by Human Rights First, about 40 per cent of those asylum seekers were still being paroled in 2004; by 2007 that number had dropped to just four per cent. Senator Patrick Leahy, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, called that figure “an affront to our ideals as a nation that aspires to be a beacon of light to persecuted refugees.”

The Obama administration’s new policy, which will end such routine incarceration, had been urged by everyone from the bipartisan United States Commission on International Religious Freedom to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. And there is no reason to believe that the risks will rise significantly. There is considerable evidence, for instance, that alternative programs to monitor those released will ensure that they comply with whatever ruling a judge finally reaches.

Other initiatives show this more nuanced approach as well. The workplace raids, which were intended to send a warning to companies that hired unauthorized workers, mostly just hurt the workers themselves. Last year, only 13 companies were prosecuted for hiring undocumented workers. Now, the Obama administration is instead focusing on expanded audits of the paper trail that companies must keep on their workforce. Arrests and deportations of workers are down, but hefty fines against the companies are up, providing strong incentives for them to maintain a legal workforce. This is hardly a benign approach – ask the families of the 1,800 immigrant workers who were fired from American Apparel in Los Angeles following an audit – but it marks a departure from the Bush policy of summarily jailing and deporting any unauthorized workers arrested in the raids.

The recent initiatives are only first steps, and the administration is still facing criticism from its own liberal allies that it is simply continuing the Bush administration’s enforcement policies. Indeed, by any of the hard measures – detentions, criminal prosecutions, deportations, the number of Border Patrol agents – there has been no softening of the toughest immigration enforcement campaign in recent U.S. history. Still, the changes in the last year are significant, even if they are as yet little recognized. Indeed, the Obama administration itself has not made much effort to advertise the new measures. With the tough fight looming ahead next year on comprehensive immigration reform, it is easy to understand why.

Edward Alden is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author of “The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration and Security Since 9/11.”


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