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Armless woman motivates Kenyans

Posted by Administrator on November 8, 2010

Simona Atzori arrived in the country to motivate Kenyans who are physically challenged.

Simona Atzori arrived in the country to motivate Kenyans who are physically challenged.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 – NYAHURURU, Kenya, Nov 8 – A 36-year-old Italian woman who was born without both her arms is in Kenya to give motivational talks on facing life’s challenges.

Simona Atzori arrived in the country over the weekend to motivate the physically challenged people and give motivational speeches to various institutions around Nyahururu.
 
Ms Atzori who is a professional dancer, painter and a motivational speaker addressed a mammoth crowd that turned up for the meeting at the Effatha Childrens’ Home in Nyahururu town on Sunday.

She observed that everyone has a role to play in assisting people living with disability so that they feel appreciated and loved. She added that unless such people are shown love and empowered to use their disability to achieving their success, most of them would continue living a desolate life.

Ms Atzori said it was the responsibility of all members of the society to support the physically challenged to enable them feel wanted and contribute in nation building.

“I was actually born this way but both my parents and siblings did not see it as a disability. It was very interesting as a I grew up in school since most of my friends would try to write with their legs the way I was doing it,” she said.

Despite being “armless” she performs virtually everything done by anybody else with hands.

“I do almost everything with my legs. Actually if I would be given those arms today I wouldn’t know what to do with them. I’m ok the way I am,” she pointed.

The motivational speaker started painting and dancing at a tender aged of four to the surprise of her parents. And at the age of six, she made her first art exhibition.
 
To sharpen her artistic skills she was enrolled at the International Association of Mouth and Foot Painters (VDMFK). She holds a degree in Fine Arts.

The moment that defined her artistic career was when she presented the late Pope John Paul II with his portrait in March 1992, making her work not only recognised in her native country but also worldwide.

Ms Atzori is accompanied by her boyfriend of 10 years Andrew Liocci and their itinerary includes visits to Ol-Kalou Home for the disabled, Nyahururu GK prison, Laikipia University College and Kenyatta University in Nairobi among other institutions during her stay in the country.

She is hosted by Nyahururu-based St Martins Catholic Social Apostolate.

Source: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/Kenyanews/Armless-woman-motivates-Kenyans-10447.html#ixzz14hPyxkND

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84-year-old grandfather to sit Kenyan exams

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An 84-year-old farmer from Gatei in Gatundu North, Kiambu County will be among candidates sitting this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams. 

Mzee Allan Njoroge Muira, a father of 8 says he had been persuaded to go back to school to become educated and maybe become a lawyer in a bid to fight injustices in Kenya.

746,409 pupils were on Monday morning conducted through rehearsals ahead of this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations-KCPE that kicks off Tuesday.

The exams to be done in 23,114 centres countrywide will end on Thursday.

Unlike the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination-KCSE which have been restricted to morning hours only to curb cheating, KCPE papers will be done both in the mornings and afternoons.

The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has warned that anyone caught cheating in more than two subjects will have their results for the entire exam cancelled.

KNEC secretary Paul Wasanga says results for a whole centre may be cancelled if any irregularities are detected.

Students who spoke to KBC were upbeat and confident that they would excel in the exams.

At St. Patrick Primary School in Thika, Mzee Muira said he was among Kenyans who had been subjected to injustice because of their poor education background.

He said his 2.8 acre land had been grabbed and sub divided without his knowledge.

“I want to get educated so that I can repossess my land,” he said.

Muira who was accompanied by his daughter in-law Lucy Muthoni during the rehearsal exercise said he wanted to join a local university after completing his secondary school education.

He has been undergoing coaching at Mungai Primary School. Earlier, he had spent one year in adult classes.

The farmer said he first joined school in 1944 at Mang’u PCEA Mission School.

IN 1950, his education dream was shattered when he was arrested and detained for 3 years after the declaration of emergency by the colonialists.

He said due to lingering ailments and family commitments he was unable to go back to school until recently.

Meanwhile, 8 inmates, 6 men and two women will sit for this year’s KCPE at GK Prison Thika. Thika OCPD Paul Leting said all security arrangements for the exams had been put in place.

Source: http://www.kbc.co.ke/news.asp?nid=67463

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US to help Kenya trace stolen billions

Posted by Administrator on November 8, 2010

By Edwin Cheserek

US ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger says his government would assist Kenya trace billions of shillings stolen from taxpayers and hidden in foreign accounts.
Speaking on Sunday in North Rift, Ranneberger said US would work closely with Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (Kacc) to ensure assets abroad that were acquired through corrupt means are back in government’s custody.
The envoy was speaking at Rurigi Secondary School in Burnt Forest accompanied by area MP Margaret Kamar during a tour to inspect the school that was rehabilitated by the US after it was razed down at the height of post-election violence.
The school was closed for one year before it was re-built by the US army during the programme dubbed Operation Rudi Nyumbani.
US joins the British government in a renewed bid by PLO Lumumba led-Kacc to have looted public resources returned.
Last week, British High Commissioner to Kenya Rob Macaire said his government was aware of properties in UK believed to have been illegally acquired and promised to help trace and return them.
Ranneberger said US has expressed the need to support the renewed fight against corruption in the wake of the new constitution.
“We know that Kenya has tremendous potential to end graft and to rid the country of the vice, we must support it,” said Ranneberger.
The US, he said, was watching keenly how the country exposes the many incidences of corruption that were perpetuated in past regimes and how it would deal with according to the new news.
He said with the new constitution in place, the country was better placed in the war on the vice by building independent institutions to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators.
At the same time, he advised Kenyans to elect leaders who would unite the people and champion the course of the country.
“Credible leaders should be elected because power is vested on the new constitution. The right personalities should be chosen to accelerate change,” he said.

Source: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000021966&cid=4

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Federal report details text messages between Hope College students who died in plane crash

Posted by Administrator on November 8, 2010

David Otai died in a plane crash in Michigan in January 2010

David Otai died in a plane crash in Michigan in January 2010

ALLEGAN COUNTY — A federal investigation into a single-engine plane crash that killed two Hope College students last winter shows the 23-year-old pilot and his passenger were texting back and forth until just hours before the crash, with the pilot saying he “needed to get four hours of rest before he flew, otherwise he’d be grumpy.”

The narrative in a recent National Transportation Safety Board report does not say pilot fatigue contributed to the crash. Earlier investigations had indicated weather may be a factor in the Jan. 17 crash, with the pilot telling air traffic controllers he was “lost in the fog,” seconds before communication was lost.

The new report, however, does detail several calls and text messages made between the pilot, David Otai, of Kenya, and his passenger, Emma Biagioni, 20, of St. Charles, Ill.

Both died in the rented Cessna, which was found in pieces in a farmer’s field in Manlius Township. The wreckage was located about four miles south of Holland’s Tulip City Airport, where the plane had taken off just 15 minutes before.

The NTSB reports shows investigators found a ringing cell phone in the plane’s wreckage. Service records showed while the phone was not being used at the time of the crash, Otai had called or sent text messages to Biagioni — or received them from her — the night before the crash and into the early-morning hours on the day of the crash.

“Starting at 6 p.m., the night prior, the pilot received or made calls or sent text messages, every hour, through midnight, until 3:12 a.m. on the day of the accident,” the reports states.

“In his communications, the pilot told the passenger about some friends that were going out that evening. The passenger responded back, expressing concern that the pilot be in good flying shape for the next day.

“The pilot replied that he needed to get four hours of rest before he flew, otherwise he’d be grumpy. The passenger said she wouldn’t want that.”

Records show Otai placed his last cell call to Biagioni at 7:59 a.m., just minutes before they arrived at the airport for their flight, which Otai then postponed nearly two hours because of poor weather conditions, according to the report.

An airport worker witnessed the plane take off and disappear into the overcast sky.

A front office worker there said he was “very concerned” that Otai took off without filing an instrument flight plan, or receiving an instrument clearance, the report says.

An airport lineman heard the Cessna make five passes over the airport. On the fifth pass, the plane “barely cleared the trees.”

Radio communications show Otai called Muskegon Approach Control at 10 a.m. to say he was “caught in some fog,” and needed some flight-controller assistance to land at Tulip City. Seconds later, Otai indicated he would “have to go in for an emergency.”

There was no further communication from Otai.

Autopsies showed the students died of blunt force injuries.

Otai was a sophomore at Hope and planned to fly missionary planes in Africa. On the day of the crash, he had rented the plane to give rides to friends.

Biagioni was a junior and political science major at Hope.

Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/11/federal_report_details_text_me.html

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