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Kenyan lands prestigious Gorbachev award

Posted by Administrator on March 31, 2011

A Kenyan entrepreneur, Evans Wadongo, has made history again after he is named one of three winners of the inaugural Gorbachev awards March 30, 2011. FILE

A Kenyan entrepreneur has made history again after he was named one of three winners of the inaugural Gorbachev awards.

Mr Evans Wadongo, who is also a CNN 2010 Hero, joined the founder of CNN Ted Turner and Timothy Berners-Lee, credited with inventing the World Wide Web in receiving the award at a gala event in London Wednesday.

The three were personally selected by Mikhail Gorbachev, the former leader of the Soviet Union, and honoured during the event to celebrate his 80th birthday at the Royal Albert Hall.

“These three people have each, in their own way, changed the world for their fellow men and women in ways which affect all our lives,” Gorbachev said in a news release.

Mr Wadongo used a solar-powered lantern to transform the lives of thousands of rural-based Africans, who have no access to electricity.

The lamp has become a clean, healthy alternative to wood fires as a source of light.

His desire to provide sustainable energy to communities was borne while studying Electrical Engineering at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

The awards have been organised into three categories reflecting reforms Gorbachev undertook as the Soviet leader, CNN reported.

Berners-Lee was given the award for perestroika, or reform, for inventing the World Wide Web in 1989, changing the way the world shares information.

The award for glasnost, or openness, was given to Turner, who helped transform the world’s media with his 24-hour global news operation.

Mr Wadongo, 25, won the award for contributions to modern science and technology, or uskoreniye.

“Each and every one possesses the ability to make a difference and the Gorbachev Awards have been established to those people who achieve this and to provide inspiration to all of us to try,” said the former Russian president and Nobel Peace Prize Winner.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/1136190/-/10yymvdz/-/index.html

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Mobile Money Transfers to M-PESA Subscribers in Kenya Now Available from Western Union Locations

Posted by Administrator on March 31, 2011

Western Union (NYSE: WU) today announced that consumers can now send money directly to the mobile “wallets” of Safaricom M-PESA subscribers in Kenya from 45 countries and territories – the first service of its kind in the world.

The expansion of the service to more than 80,000 Western Union Agent locations worldwide follows the successful debut of the offering from Western Union Agent locations and the westernunion.com website in the U.K.

The service rides on Western Union’s worldwide network and trusted global “hub” for processing cross-border remittances. It also builds on the unprecedented success of M-PESA, a domestic mobile money transfer service in Kenya offered by Safaricom that has attracted more than 13.5 million customers since its launch in 2007.

“We are pleased to extend our service with Safaricom, and we look forward to adding additional functionality for M-PESA users in the near future,” said David Yates, Executive Vice President and President, Business Development and Innovation, Western Union.

The service will allow people to visit one of more than 80,000 Western Union Agent locations in 45 countries and territories across the globe, including the U.S., Canada, Italy and the U.K., and send funds directly to the mobile “wallets” of M-PESA’s 13.5 million subscribers. Funds are delivered generally in minutes.

The service will likely be welcomed by thousands of Kenyans working abroad. According to the Central Bank of Kenya, Kenyans living outside their home country sent US$642 million home in 2010 – up from the US$609 million sent home in 2009.

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore said, “Our customers are very proud of the revolutionary M-PESA service, and this partnership sees us pushing new boundaries to continue to keep Kenya at the forefront of the mobile world. Through this partnership, our customers and their friends and families will benefit from affordable, faster and more convenient international remittances, and the money is available to use straightaway for any M-PESA transaction, or can be withdrawn as cash at any of our 24,000 Safaricom agents.”

Western Union offers the Mobile Money Transfer Service in the Philippines with Smart Communications and Globe Telecom; in Malaysia with Maxis; and in Canada with EnStream. Western Union also has agreements with other mobile operators and banks to introduce the service in the future.

About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions-branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. The Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta-branded services are offered through a combined network of 445,000 Agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2010, The Western Union Company completed 214 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $76 billion of principal between consumers, and 405 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.

About Safaricom’s M-PESA

The M-PESA service, the first of its kind in the world, was launched in March 2007. As at 31st October, 2010, the service had over 13.5 million customers and over 22,000 Agent outlets countrywide. Over 600 organisations are now accepting Bill Payment via M-PESA.

The service does not require users to have a bank account; an important aspect in Kenya, where millions of people do not operate bank accounts. With M-PESA, account holders can buy electronic funds at an M-PESA agent and send the electronic value to any other mobile phone user in the country, who can then redeem it for conventional cash at any M-PESA agent.

M-PESA customers can hold up to KShs100,000 in their M-PESA account at any one time, and can do transactions of up to KShs140,000 in a day. Between KShs 50 and KShs70,000 can be deposited, sent or withdrawn per transaction.

Source: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110331005098/en/Mobile-Money-Transfers-M-PESA-Subscribers-Kenya-Western

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Karua tells Ocampo Six to go “quietly”

Posted by Administrator on March 31, 2011

Gichugu MP Martha Karua has asked the Ocampo Six summoned to The Hague to “go there quietly” rather than create a furore around it March 30, 2011. FILE

Gichugu MP Martha Karua has asked the Ocampo Six summoned to The Hague to “go there quietly” rather than create a furore around it March 30, 2011. FILE

Gichugu MP Martha Karua has asked the Ocampo Six summoned to The Hague to “go there quietly” rather than create a furore around it.

Ms Karua took on Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta in Parliament Wednesday, where he was presenting the Supplementary Budget estimates for approval.

Standing across from where Mr Kenyatta sat, Ms Karua said an additional Sh5 billion allocated for “enhanced security” should not be used in the provision of security for rallies organised by the Ocampo Six.

“We need security, but not for security for the big boys. There are more Kenyans than the Ocampo Six,” she charged.

She said the government would have better spent the money on the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons and food for those affected by drought.

Ms Karua and Mr Kenyatta are perceived as political opponents and have supported different candidates in recent by-elections.

Ms Karua said MPs had voted for The Hague option in refusing to approve a Bill she had prepared for the creation of a special tribunal to try the post-election violence suspects when she was Justice minister.

“Lest I am accused of celebrating that people are going to The Hague, let me remind you that I came here and pleaded with you to establish a Special Tribunal. I was told, ‘Don’t be vague, let’s go to The Hague’,” she said.

“Now The Hague has come, take The Hague quietly.”

Ms Karua asked those destined for the International Criminal Court to ask their associates what option they voted for at that time, and what their current stand is.

She said coalition principals President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga tried to convince the MPs to approve the formation of the tribunal when they signed a commitment to either have it in place within 60 days or have the cases handled by the ICC.

Ms Karua also accused the government of a tendency to cater for the needs of the rich at the expense of the poor, who are already saddled with the high cost of living.

“This is a big boys’ club, never mind the ages of the big boys,” she said.

Mr Kenyatta has been summoned to The Hague along with Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura, former police chief Hussein Ali, Eldoret North MP William Ruto, Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey and radio presenter Joshua arap Sang for an initial appearance on April 7 and 8.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/-/1064/1135726/-/7q902o/-/index.html

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Tough new rules for UK-bound students

Posted by Administrator on March 30, 2011

Foreign students will find it tougher to study and work in the United Kingdom from next year.

The UK government has introduced stricter entry rules aimed at limiting students’ stay and curbing illegal immigration.

The tougher entrance criteria also limits work entitlements.

Students will also find it harder to invite their dependants to the UK under the overhauled student visa system announced by Home Secretary Theresa May.

Last year, the UK issued 866 visas to Kenyan students in the “Tier 4 Category”.

More than 90 per cent of these were issued to students attending good quality universities and independent colleges, mainly at degree level or above.

The new system, said Ms May, is designed to ensure “students come for a limited period to study, not work, and make a positive contribution while they are here”.

She said the new rules will minimise abuse of the student immigration system.

“It has become very apparent that the old student visa regime failed to control immigration and to protect legitimate students from poor quality colleges,” she said.

Starting in April next year, all institutions wishing to send students to the UK will have to be “highly trusted sponsors”.

The current system does not have the sponsorship rule and allowed too many poor quality colleges to become sponsors, said Ms May.

“This will allow universities, independent schools and public sector further education colleges to prosper under a revised visa system.”

The rules require that students accepted must have a good standard of English.

Only students at universities and publicly-funded colleges will be allowed to work but “all other students will have no right to work”.

“We will place restrictions on work placements at courses outside of universities,” Ms May said.

Under the new rules, UK Border Agency staff will refuse entry to students who cannot speak English without an interpreter.

Only post-graduate students at universities and government-sponsored students will be able to bring in their dependants.

Currently, all students on longer courses are able to do so.

“We will limit the overall time that can be spent on a student visa to three years at lower levels and five years at higher levels,” she said.

At present there is no limit at or above degree level.

New international graduates would be allowed to stay in the UK to take up skilled jobs.

But, Ms May said, “we will end the system where graduates were able to do any level of job, including unskilled work, or no job at all for two years”.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Tough+new+rules+for+UK+bound+students++/-/1056/1135416/-/aoqpttz/-/index.html

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Wonder drug gets a clean bill of health

Posted by Administrator on March 30, 2011

File | NATION Herbalist Ambilikile Mwasapile dispenses his ‘wonder drug’ at his home in Loliondo, Arusha, Tanzania

File | NATION Herbalist Ambilikile Mwasapile dispenses his ‘wonder drug’ at his home in Loliondo, Arusha, Tanzania

The mugariga concoction used by Rev Mbilikile Masapila to cure a series of ailments in Tanzania is safe, after all.

And Tanzanian authorities have started to coordinate trips to the remote Samunge Village in Loliondo as health experts allayed fears on its side-effects.

Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda directed authorities in Arusha region — Ngorongoro District in particular — to improve and provide infrastructure needed to make Rev Masapila’s “treatment” safer.

In Dar es Salaam, the government said an investigation started earlier this month after the retired pastor intensified his “healing”-cum-prayer activities revealed that the dosage he admits had no adverse impacts.

A statement by the Ministry of Health read by acting director-general of Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority Charys Ugullum said the government, through TFDA, National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (Muhas), the Chief Government Chemist, and the Registrar of Local Herbs made several laboratory tests.

And they were content that the ‘single cup of babu’ had no health repercussions.

Still, Ms Ugullum said the government sent its medical officials in Samunge Village and after they talked with the retired pastor “who was very cooperative”, they took the sample of the medicine, which was subjected to laboratory analysis.

“Our first task was to see whether there were negative impacts on users… but we saw nothing as far as the amount he (Rev Masapila) administered is concerned,” Ms Ugullum said.

She, however, said more tests were under way to see if compositions of the wild plant could cure the five chronic diseases the cleric-turned miracle healer claimed.

According to Rev Masapila, the cup of mugariga he administers, in addition to special prayers, was able to cure chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, TB and Aids though there is no scientific proof so far.

NIMR director-general Mwere Malecela said the plant had been widely used by the Maasai, Sonjo, Gogo and the Barbaig, among others, and there was no reported case of negative impact to people.

“We will now make follow-ups among the people who have taken the cup to see if they have been cured,” she said.

Ms Ugullum said of medical tests the beneficiaries of the Loliondo magic, that “so far, more than 200 people have volunteered for the follow up tests”.

Asked whether the plant, which is scientifically called Carissa spinarum can cause problems if given in excess, Dr Malecela said the same could happen even with any scientifically approved medications.

On Tuesday, Mr Pinda told a news conference in Dar es Salaam that the Ngorongoro authorities should immediately start mitigating factors, including building a dispensary, putting up tents, providing first aid and an ambulance, building toilets and repairing the road to the remote village. He also directed that burial spaces be identified.

“We have to help the reverend dispense his cure in a conducive environment, and let people who believe in the cure get it,” said the Premier, adding: “The government will do all it can to avoid a human catastrophe.”

It has since emerged that government officials in seven regions are coordinating efforts to stop the influx of people to the home of a miracle healer.

The measure, announced jointly by the regional authorities and the retired pastor, aims to give room to over 20,000 people stranded in Samunge Village to be cleared.

There were fears that the measure can lead to equally agonising queues on highways to Ngorongoro.

According to district commissioner Elias Wawa Lali, several vehicles heading to Samunge were barred at check-points from proceeding with their journeys. At the Mto-wa-Mbu junction, hundreds of vans from Arusha were stopped.

Mr Wesley Kileo, a tour company official said: “The town is awash with vehicles. We are not sure if they will bring business or just create another long queue.”

Until last weekend, accounts had it that there were 24,000 ailing people and their relatives were stranded in a queue of more than 4,000 vehicles that extended several kilometres.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Wonder+drug+gets+a+clean+bill+of+health+/-/1056/1135350/-/ybcoqez/-/index.html

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Who’s to blame when she aborts?

Posted by Administrator on March 30, 2011

I almost lost a friend to a botched abortion three months ago. Luckily, we rushed her to hospital in time and she got treatment.

I was very angry with her and wanted to know why she would risk her life like that. But when I met her family, I understood why she had made that risky decision.

They were so absorbed in condemning her for getting pregnant in the first place, they were blind to the fact that she had nearly died, and was battling a host of emotions, including guilt and regret.

Her brother refused to greet or talk to her, and when he did speak, he said, “You are a disgrace to our family. From today, don’t call me your brother.” And then he walked away.

To my horror, her father warned her never to set foot in his home again, telling her to go to whoever had made her pregnant. I expected her mother to plead with him to go easy on her, but instead she supported him.

As you read this, she is now doing odd jobs to pay her way through university. Her saving grace is the Higher Education Loans Board, which granted her a loan.

My friend’s experience convinced me that parents are the reason most young people seek abortions. It is common for girls who get pregnant out of wedlock to be shunned by their families. This usually marks the end of the girl’s education and leads to miserable and abusive relationships.

In most cases, the man responsible for the pregnancy refuses to shoulder the responsibility and the poor girl ends up in the cold alone.

In most cases, the girl will spend the rest of her life alone because, let’s face it, how many men are willing to marry a woman who already has a child with another man? Very few, I dare say.

Everybody makes mistakes. When we do, we all expect forgiveness from God and man. We also expect understanding, and support from our families, especially our parents.

Who, then, can we turn to if they are the first ones to throw the stone? What do we do when they become part of the crowd that jeers and ridicules us?

No woman wants to be in that difficult situation, so a girl who finds herself pregnant is likely to take what she considers to be the easy way out — abortion.

She will risk her life so that she can save herself the shame and rejection she knows will come should she decide to carry the pregnancy to term. I believe that if parents were more accepting of their children when they made a mistake and supported them at that vulnerable time, the rate of unsafe abortions would significantly reduce.

It’s about time adults realised that pre-marital sex among young people is a reality. Some parents don’t talk about protection and safe sex with their children, yet they expect them to sail through school unscathed.

When these children go to college, they are exposed to a lifestyle they aren’t used to, a lifestyle brimming with temptation. No one prepared them for it and they end up pregnant.

Most girls who fall into this trap are bright and given an opportunity, they would resume their education and become high achievers in their fields.

There is a common Swahili saying that “Kuteleza sio kuanguka” which means that slipping does not necessarily mean falling down.

Getting pregnant while in school, or out of wedlock does not spell the end of life. Who knows, that unwanted baby could turn out to be the next Obama.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/Features/Living/Whos+to+blame+when+she+aborts+/-/1218/1135128/-/2e9v5n/-/index.html

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Familiarity silently kills your marriage

Posted by Administrator on March 30, 2011

Don’t allow boredom and monotony into your relationship.

Familiarity is a silent killer that is eroding most marriages. We rarely talk about it, yet when it sets in, it attacks and eventually destroys marriage.

It is said that living together for a long time eventually leads to greater liking. This may be true in cases where the couple makes an effort to understand each other better and grows in love.

In many cases however, the more familiar couples become with one another, the more they start to take each other for granted. During courtship, so many traits about yourself stay hidden from your partner.

When you do get married, these traits eventually come out in the open and, in many cases, they are a put-off to your partner. But these often happens to couples that go into marriage with perfectionism in mind. They find it difficult to reconcile with the shattered image they had of their “perfect” partner.

The irony is that these off-putting “discoveries” are inconsequential. These include hearing your spouse blow his nose, his irritating belching after meals, his snoring, or chewing with his mouth open.

My take is that such insignificant traits shouldn’t have the power to undermine your marriage because there are greater challenges ahead.

Signs of familiarity

The general definition of familiarity is when you stop doing the things you used to do before, or early in marriage.

  • For instance, when you no longer observe personal hygiene or when you stop making an effort to look good and smell good for your spouse. Women are especially guilty of this. I have had men complain that their wives do not visit the hairdresser as often as they did during courtship. There was one client who complained that his wife is fond of wearing wigs and weaves which stayed on for months.
  • Your partner used to turn you on, now he turns you off.
  • You no longer hug or kiss each other as a way of greeting
  • You no longer put as much thought into the food you serve your partner.
  • You know you’re getting too familiar for comfort with your spouse when you begin to address each other with disrespect.
  • You no longer pay attention to her when she talks, and you no longer laugh at his jokes or go out of your way to make him feel appreciated.

What leads to unhealthy familiarity?

  • You assume that you have your spouse figured out, and therefore miss out on the changes he may be going through. True, when you live with someone for a long time, you are able to anticipate his needs. However, as he grows older experiences new things, these needs are bound to change, and so will his perspectives in life.
  • Getting too comfortable with each other.
  • Taking it for granted that your partner is with you for keeps.
  • The assumption that you have nothing more to learn about each other.
    Ideally, couples need to relate with each other the way they did during courtship if they want to keep familiarity at bay. Here is some food for thought.
  • A perfect relationship does not exist. However, it is possible to have a fulfilling and exciting marriage, no matter how many years you have been together. To avoid monotony, seek new activities to do together, meet new friends, and take regular breaks from work and home to reconnect with each other.
  • Everything shouldn’t revolve around your partner and your marriage. Getting married shouldn’t erase you, the individual. A marriage is enriched when you have individual interests.
  • Step out of your comfort zone and do things a little differently.
  • Resolve to have meaningful communication with your spouse. Listen actively and you will be surprised to discover this other person you never knew.

The writer is a Clinical Psychologist. Send your relationships questions to wkitetu@yahoo.co.uk

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Washed, dried, and re-used: loving through thick and thin

Posted by Administrator on March 30, 2011

Women from Witemere slums in Nyeri in jovial mood after a good samaritan distributed a carton of condoms on March 24, 2011. Photo/ JOSEPH KANYI

Women from Witemere slums in Nyeri in jovial mood after a good samaritan distributed a carton of condoms on March 24, 2011. Photo/ JOSEPH KANYI

Girls giggled shyly. Men squirmed in their seats. Teenage children smiled mischievously.

The fellow on television was making a grave but somehow quizzical announcement: The Republic of Kenya had run out of condoms.

Statics were trotted out and worrying scenarios painted.

One television station even aired footage of people washing condoms in Isiolo for recycling. Never mind that the national HIV/Aids prevalence rate stands at 6.3 per cent.

Welcome to Kenya’s bizarre condom culture.

In Nyeri’s Witemere slums, where the arrival of a consignment of government condoms was greeted with jubilation last week, a young man, Jibril, told our reporter he made a small fortune selling condoms from King’ong’o Prison’s voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) centre.

He would just drop there for “counselling” and voila, leave with the merchandise. And there is always a ready market.

“People here cannot afford the flavoured or other hyped-up types of condoms,” he says, explaining why the shortage is a business opportunity.

On Wednesday last week his stock was down to four sheaths. Then he had a brainwave. Why not lease them and make money over and over? “I leased them to people I know… mostly women,” he says.

“We have to take all the measures we can because we have to protect ourselves from HIV/Aids and other venereal diseases.

“At the same time, we have to feed our children,” says Tabitha, a mother of two. She admitted that she was recycling her only female condom since the shortage hit the town.

“We doubled our price to Sh300 after we started experiencing a shortage of customers,” a commercial sex worker who identified herself only as Wangechi told us in her dimly-lit shack.

In Witemere, 60 per cent of the habitants are single parents, while 30 per cent are married.

The commercial sex workers we interviewed admitted they were using polythene bags as condoms although they were aware of the possibility of contracting diseases or unwanted pregnancies.

A number of them said they had fallen pregnant, while most feared disclosing their health status. To the women here, abortion is as common as the poverty that surrounds them.

“When the desperate women here conceive accidentally, they are left with no choice but to either abort or give birth and sell the children for Sh30,000 to wealthy barren women who visit the slum occasionally,” says a gaunt-looking Wacuka, who recently aborted after the only condom she had burst during intercourse.

Community health worker Jane Kagure expresses concern that there will be increased cases of HIV infection if the government does not move quickly to remedy the situation.

She claims that some health workers are hoarding condoms while others are selling them secretly.

In Nairobi, Ms Grace Kamau, a programme officer at Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme, says the shortage has prompted commercial sex workers to engage in risky behaviour that could increase chances of HIV infection.

“Many sex workers have resorted to unprotected sex rather than risk having their families going hungry,” she said.

But as the government runs out of subsidised condoms for free distribution to the public, the female condom, although almost five times more expensive, has become popular.

“Most of them have switched to using female condoms. Although it is expensive, they can use it with multiple partners and later wash it,” she explains.

The distribution rate has also decreased in the past month and the organisation is looking forward to partnering with donors that can donate the condoms.

“Previously, we distributed 7,200 condoms a day, but since the shortage we only manage 1,700, which is a quarter of our normal daily distribution. We even go for two weeks without giving out any condom.”

The condom dispenser in public entertainment places is also proving to be unpopular. The campaign was started by the government in 2009 in a programme that introduced condom dispensers in strategic places such as pubs, lodgings, and clinics.

But the campaign has failed in some pubs and lodgings because people are a bit embarrassed.

“Even at my local kiosk, I am embarrassed to ask for a pack, so I end up buying bread or pegs when I find a neighbour at the shop,” says a young man who did not wish to be named because he wanted to keep his sex life private.

“Some eyes are judgmental, yet we are only protecting ourselves.”

Bar owners were also said to be hoarding the free government condoms in order to force patrons to buy the commercial ones, which are almost twice as expensive.

Public Health director Shahnaaz Sharif says the shortage indicates that the January consignment of 19 million condoms lasted only six weeks. A new consignment is expected on April 10.

This, however, is an emergency supply of 45 million condoms in response to an increased use from 8 million a month last year to 20 million currently.

Two years ago, Kenya experienced a surge in condom use that was largely attributed to higher condom acceptance among unmarried people and the use of commercial sex workers’ networks for distribution.

About 1.45 million people are living with HIV and Aids in Kenya. In December last year, Teso North residents in Amagoro complained about acute shortage of condoms in the area.

Other areas that have suffered scarcity include Nyeri, Thika, Isiolo, Mombasa, and parts of Nairobi. Statistics show that commercial sex workers and their clients account for 14.2 per cent new sexually transmitted infections.

Drug users are responsible for 3.8 per cent of the infections while men who have sex with other men account for 15.2 per cent.

Heterosexual couples in steady relationships account for 44.1 per cent of new infections, compared to 20.2 per cent among people in casual relationships.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/Features/DN2/-/957860/1134376/-/9urhua/-/index.html

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Study: Human virus threatens mountain gorillas

Posted by Administrator on March 30, 2011

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – A new study has found that a virus causing deadly respiratory diseases in humans can be passed on to critically endangered mountain gorillas in Central Africa.

Researchers who spent time in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park said they found traces of Human Metapneumovirus during post-mortem examinations of two gorillas that died in 2009. The two were in a group of 12 infected by a respiratory disease.

The study by researchers from various institutions, including Columbia University and the University of California, was published Tuesday in the Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are only 786 mountain gorillas in the wild. They live in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Source: http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=14347492

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APNewsBreak: Libya’s Gadhafi can live in Uganda

Posted by Administrator on March 30, 2011

KAMPALA, Uganda — Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is welcome to live in the East African nation of Uganda, the president’s spokesman told The Associated Press on Wednesday, in what appears to be the first country to offer him refuge.

An intense diplomatic effort is under way to find a country where Gadhafi can go, as an international military effort against Gadhafi’s forces continues.

The spokesman for Uganda’s president, Tamale Mirundi, told the AP that Gadhafi would be welcome in Uganda. He said Uganda’s policy is to accept asylum seekers, especially because so many Ugandans fled the country during the longtime rule of dictator Idi Amin.

“So we have soft spots for asylum seekers. Gadhafi would be allowed to live here if he chooses to do so,” Mirundi said.

Another possible reason Uganda might accept Gadhafi is that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is, like Gadhafi, among the old guard of African leaders. Museveni has been in power for 25 years, though he won re-election in February amid signs that many Ugandans still genuinely support him.

Gadhafi has been in power for more than 40 years.

Museveni had planned to travel to Libya in mid-March, but sent his foreign minister instead. Days later, Museveni issued a nine-page statement denouncing the U.S. and European military action for interfering in what he said was an internal matter. He also praised Gadhafi, though he urged the Libyan leader to negotiate with the rebels.

“Whatever his faults, is a true nationalist,” Museveni said of Gadhafi. “I prefer nationalists to puppets of foreign interests.”

One complicating factor to Gadhafi’s living in Uganda may be the International Criminal Court, whose chief prosecutor has said he will decide by May whether to seek an indictment against Gadhafi. Uganda is a signatory to the statute that created the court.

Muslims in Uganda may welcome Gadhafi as well. Muslim leader Hamuza Kaduga noted that Gadhafi paid for a large modern mosque in Kampala and has supported other projects.

Uganda currently hosts more than 20,000 refugees from Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea and Rwanda.

Source: http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/apnewsbreak-libyas-gadhafi-can-891184.html

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