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PARABLE OF THE PENCIL

Posted by Administrator on August 31, 2010

The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box. There are 5 things you need to know, he told the pencil, before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.

One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone’s hand.

Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.

Three: You will be able to correct mistakes you will make.

Four: The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.

And Five: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.

The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.

Now replacing the place of the pencil with you; always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.

One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.

Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems, but you’ll need it to become a stronger person.

Three: You will be able to correct mistakes you might make or grow through them.

Four: The most important part of you will always be what’s on the inside.

And Five: On every surface you walk, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to serve God in everything.

By understanding and remembering, let us proceed with our life on this earth having a meaningful purpose in our heart and a relationship with God daily.

— Author Unknown //

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New Cash Transfer Platform For Kenyan Diaspora Launched

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The software will come built in with new yu lines and will provide access to cash through Yu-Cash. Photo/CHRIS OJOW

The software will come built in with new yu lines and will provide access to cash through Yu-Cash. Photo/CHRIS OJOW

A new mobile money transfer platform targeting Kenyans in the diaspora has been launched.

The new system involves Heart of the City, a Christian organisation, in partnership with yu.

The payment service dubbed Ushindi Mobile Money runs on the web and WAP through java and GPRS capable phones and is also available as a software download.

The software will come built in with new yu lines and will provide access to cash through Yu-Cash.

“Today marks a new milestone in the information and communication industry; 12 years ago, we began to create a secure platform that would enable Kenyans to access various mobile payments services through the internet. Today we see UMM come to life,” said Dr Lukas Njenga, Heart for the City CEO during the launch.

The firm has partnered with local banks, insurance companies and investment banks to enable those in diaspora access their accounts, pay insurance premium and invest without using middlemen.

“This allows Kenyans outside not only to send in money but also get involved in investment and development,” he said

Service providers have given a uniform introductory fee of $5 for sending money from the US and 5 pounds for those sending from Britain.

“Local transfers will be free for customers, we are looking to drive revenues through the services to our corporate partners,” said Rev Njenga.

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Kenyan Priest charged with sex assault in Va. served as chaplain in NH

Posted by Administrator on August 31, 2010

Felix Owino

Felix Owino

MANCHESTER – A priest who had served as chaplain at a small New Hampshire Catholic college was arrested in Virginia last month and charged with sexual assault against an 11-year-old girl, two activists organizations said yesterday.

The Rev. Felix Owino was arrested in Herndon, Va., which is about 25 miles west of Washington, D.C. A Fairfax County police spokesman said Owino was considered a longtime friend of the alleged victim’s family.

A native of Nairobi, Kenya, Owino served as chaplain of Magdalen College in Warner from June 2005 to October 2008, the college said yesterday. He was a member of the Africa-based Apostles of Jesus missionary worder.

Yesterday, New Hampshire Voice of the Faithful and Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests picketed outside the Diocese of Manchester offices yesterday to demand better efforts to find potential victims in the Granite State.

Diocesan spokesman Kevin Donovan said there are no allegations against Owino in New Hampshire involving sexual abuse of a minor. He said he was unaware of any allegations of improprieties against Owino.

“We’ve reached out to the college to offer pastoral and counseling support,” Donovan said.

College spokesman Jim Van Damm said Owino was a part-time teacher and chaplain at the college, which had 68 students last year. The college never received any complaints about Owino when he was stationed there, he said.

“He was an excellent teacher and a pious priest,” Van Damm said.

At the time of his arrest, Owino was on summer break from his duties as a philosophy instructor at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. He also served as associate pastor of St. Paul Parish in Weirton, W.Va.

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston suspended Owino from his priestly duties pending the outcome of his trial in Virginia. He had been scheduled for court Thursday, but that has been postponed.

In Manchester yesterday, Carolyn Disco urged the diocese and Magdalen officials to reach out to alumni and other participants in Magdalen programs during the Owino’s years in Warner.

“We are well within the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution,” said Disco. “That’s not to say there’s something here.”

The diocesan website yesterday made no mention of Owino, or any priest accused of sex crimes. Donovan noted that the website includes a link on its homepage on how to report abuse. The diocese also runs notices in church bulletins about how to report abuse, he said.

“We don’t put up (information about) specific priests,” Donovan said. “This priest was never assigned a ministry in a New Hampshire parish.”

Disco said the groups want more than a generic notice about reporting sexual abuse. Most victims, she said, do not report abuse, and proactive outreach by the diocese would encourage any possible victims of Owino, or other priests, to speak up instead of suffering in silence.

Disco said Bishop John B. McCormack has a poor record of outreach.

“It’s about outreach,” she said. “You do more than just a one paragraph boilerplate (notice).”

Earlier this month, McCormack announced he had submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict 16th. No replacement has been named, and McCormack continues in his role as shepherd of New Hampshire Catholics.

Donovan said Magdalen College is a private Catholic entity that is not overseen by the bishop. Magdalen brought Owino to the college, and all McCormack did was verify that he was a priest in good standing with his order, Donovan said.

That allowed Owino to celebrate Mass in the diocese.

Donovan said the diocese would report to authorities any allegations of child-sex crimes involving an outside priest to authorities.

Source: http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Priest+charged+with+sex+assault+in+Va.+served+as+chaplain+in+NH&articleId=05c8c580-51bc-40cd-b410-2f2e976ac0e4

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Liza Mucheru-Wisner, a 30-year-old from Corpus Christi, TX

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Liza Mucheru-Wisner on Apprentice 2010

Liza Mucheru-Wisner on Apprentice 2010

Mucheru-Wisner, born in Kenya, was part of the Kenyan National Golf team and was recruited to play golf at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She completed her education and received her Masters degree while simultaneously starting an educational technology company. However, her business venture fell victim to the recession and she is struggling to make it a success. Mucheru-Wisner, now a wife and mother of two, works hard to stay connected with her family in Kenya and Ireland and is looking for opportunities to grow and expand her business. She is an avid fan of golf and is a belly dancer and aerobics instructor on the side. -NBC

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Kenyan ‘Apprentice’ has all the answers

Posted by Administrator on August 31, 2010

CORPUS CHRISTI — It would be hard to trump Liza Wisner’s summer, but you can judge for yourself by watching “The Apprentice.”

Wisner, a Corpus Christi entrepreneur seeking to expand her computer education company, competed against 15 other contestants hoping to land a six-figure job with business tycoon Donald Trump.

How did she do? You’ll have to watch and find out. Wisner, 30, said an agreement with NBC prevents her from discussing details of the show.

The 10th season of the reality TV series, filmed this summer in New York, premieres Sept. 16. An NBC news release described the 16 contestants as being hit hard by the economic downturn.

Trump, the show’s executive producer, has shifted the show’s focus to rewards aimed at improving the lives of the competitors, including one-on-one meetings with well-known business executives, according to NBC’s website.

Such networking opportunities could be valuable to Wisner, who started Texas Techies in Corpus Christi with hopes of expanding technology education for children. Wisner said she isn’t permitted to discuss how business is going.

Wisner, a native of Kenya, had a golf scholarship at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where she received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in education. Wisner also works full time as an associate director of a graduate student retention program at A&M-Corpus Christi.

The mother of two said the birth of her first son, now 4, made her recognize a lack of computer education opportunities for very young children.

“I was proactive about it and decided if it didn’t exist, I was going to bring it,” she said.

Texas Techies focuses on children beginning at age 3, integrating computer classes into daily schedules at area community centers, day cares and kindergartens. At age 7, Texas Techies offers a computer animation class.

Wisner said she was amazed when she realized how quickly her son could learn to operate a computer, and how well he learned to read and solve problems using computer games based on the public school curriculum.

Wisner said she and her husband, Denis, are looking for ways to expand the business to reach more children, especially those whose families can’t afford to pay for the extra lessons.

“I’ve been trying hard to get the funding, but you know how it is,” she said. “Everything’s difficult when you do it on your own.”

Source: http://www.caller.com/news/2010/aug/30/apprentice-has-all-the-answers/

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Wedding day turns tragic as bride dies after tying the knot

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An illustration of a wedding couple. Two families that had gathered for their children’s wedding were left in shock after the bride died just hours after the ceremony. PHOTO / FILE

An illustration of a wedding couple. Two families that had gathered for their children’s wedding were left in shock after the bride died just hours after the ceremony. PHOTO / FILE

Two families that had gathered for their children’s wedding were left in shock after the bride died just hours after the ceremony.

Kilifi police boss Grace Kakai said that the bride, Ms Esther Mwenda, died after she was given an antibiotic soon as she finished her first lunch in her new home. She had complained of discomfort after eating the food.

She said officers had launched investigations to establish the cause of her death. At the time of the wedding the bride was in good health, she added.

“We treat this as sudden death and I have instructed officers to take the body to the Kilifi District Hospital mortuary for postmortem before it is released to the family for burial,” Ms Kakai said.

According to Vitengeni councillor Teddy Mwambire, the couple had had a colourful wedding at Saba Saba Church at Madamani in Vitengeni and exchanged vows before Pastor Stephen Luvi.

The couple is said to have gone to the groom’s village at Dege-degu in the same division, where the celebrations were held.

“At the height of the celebrations, soon after she ate lunch, she developed discomfort that led the family to buy medicine from a nearby shop,” Mr Mwambire said.

“The groom (Mr Joseph Sanga) discovered the death at around 6pm when he went to wake her up after she took the drugs,” Mr Mwambire added.

The groom, a farmer, had gone to check on his new bride in the evening when he discovered she was not breathing. He later alerted other relatives before they called in the police.

According to one of her elder brothers, Mr Lawrence Kahindi, the bride had not been in good health for a long time.

He sought the help of area MP Francis Baya after the police were through with the post-mortem examination.

Source: Daily Nation

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Face of Simply Afrosheek Contest-September 4th 2010

Posted by Administrator on August 29, 2010

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Married man kills lover for forcing marriage

Posted by Administrator on August 29, 2010

A Kenyan national confessed to killing his lover, 26-year-old Wang J, a Chinese, because she was forcing him to marry her. 

“I told her that as a Christian, I cannot have two wives, and besides my wife now lives here with me,” the man said in his confession, “Then, she got angry and threatened to inform the police that I had sex with her, so I lost my temper and strangled her for seven minutes until she collapsed. But, I didn’t want to kill her.”

According to media reports on Sunday, the Dubai Police arrested the Kenyan, an administrative manager at Emirates airline, after the Chinese woman’s friend reported her missing. 

The friend told the police that Wang had told her she was going to meet a Kenyan friend.

During his interrogation, the Kenyan man told the police that he had met the woman at around 10pm and they had dinner at a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet at a gas station on the Dubai-Al Ain Road.

He claimed that she left him to go for a business meeting. He said that the next day when he went to her office to give her some stuff she had left in his car, he could not find her.

On the third day when he called her, her mobile was switched off.

The police officials then asked the suspect to bring his car in.

They noticed that the Kenyan man looked worried when he came to the police station with the car.

He later confessed to his crime.

He added that after tangling her he drove to an area near Al Maktoum airport in Jebel Ali. There he put the body into a drain and drove away.

Source: http://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/married-man-kills-lover-for-forcing-marriage-2010-08-29-1.284910

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Zeituni an embarrassment to Kenya and the US president

Posted by Administrator on August 29, 2010

By Rasna Warah

Nothing can make you fall more in love with Kenya than a visit to another country. I came to this realisation after a recent long trip abroad, where I found myself frantically counting down to the days left for my flight back home.

As any Kenyan who has travelled out of the country for a significant amount of time will tell you, the best part of the trip is usually when the plane touches down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. When I got out of the plane, I felt a sudden urge to kneel down, kiss the earth and weep.

This sentimental nostalgia for a country that I had spent years critiquing through this column and other platforms left me quite disoriented. Why was I yearning for a country that had stolen so much from my generation, that had stifled creativity among some of its brightest, that had jailed and tortured those with a conscience, and that had seen so much violence and displacement in recent years?

Was it because, despite the years of shame, guilt and paranoia, Kenyans had managed to rise above petty politics and shown the world that it could make the right choices when it comes to constitution-making? Or was it something more intangible, like the fragrance of humid red soil or the sweet aroma of roasted maize?

Or perhaps it was because, as the Kenyan writer Yvonne A. Owuor said after the troubles of 2007/8, despite everything, Kenyans love their country more than anything else and that “the kernel of our homeland is warm, alive and profoundly loved”? On the plane to Nairobi, I listed all the things that I had missed, even those that annoy me: the warmth of people with ready smiles topped my list, as did fresh air and samosas.

I missed the cosmopolitan nature of our cities, the diehard tenacity of our civil society activists, and the resilience of our hardworking people. I even missed the peculiar Kenyan habit of chewing toothpicks endlessly long after a meal is over. I realised that even in the worst of times, there were people like the late Wahome Mutahi who could satirise his own incarceration at the hands of the Moi regime and continue writing books that were both entertaining and thought-provoking.

Who from my generation can forget Mutahi’s popular and seditious column, ‘‘Whispers’’, or his darkly humorous book, How to be a Kenyan? Mutahi, like many Kenyans, could have easily left the country and sought asylum in the West on the grounds that he was being politically persecuted or that intellectuals and writers such as himself were being targeted by the repressive Moi regime. He didn’t.

Even John Githongo eventually returned home after self-imposed exile, as did many others, including the former political prisoner, Onyango Oloo, who now fights injustice from within our borders. Which is why the claim by President Barack Obama’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, that she will suffer persecution if she returns to Kenya, rings so hollow with Kenyans and makes them so angry.

Apparently, Zeituni, who had been living illegally in the United States for years, convinced an immigration judge that her relationship with the US president made her a target of Kenyans opposed to the Obama Administration. Kenyans are incensed because they feel that Zeituni is being dishonest and is tarnishing the name of Kenya, where political persecutions have become a thing of the past and where a nonentities like her would hardly merit surveillance.

Last week, a Nation editorial even chided Americans for being “completely ignorant about Kenya” and stated that the ruling was indicative of “a relentless attempt to paint President Obama’s genealogy in a bad light”. But I believe the facts are much less complicated.

I believe that Zeituni, like many Kenyans who seek greener pastures abroad, made up a story that would allow her to stay in the United States. She is among those Kenyans who seek asylum on flimsy or false grounds when they are threatened with deportation for being in a country illegally.

Zeituni has become an embarrassment to the American president, whose book, Dreams from my Father, gained her some fame and credibility, which she has now sadly lost with her asylum-seeking antics. Kenyans will not be awaiting her return home (if ever) with joyful anticipation.

rasna.warah@gmail.com

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