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A Kenyan doctor in Seattle who takes your pain away…..

Posted by Administrator on June 23, 2011

The Chiropractor- Dr Grace Ndirangu

The Chiropractor- Dr Grace Ndirangu

Dr. Ndirangu grew up in Nairobi, Kenya and relocated to the United States in 1999 for further studies. She began her college education at Butler county Community college in El Dorado, Kansas where she received her Associate of Science degree.  She graduated from Butler with cum laude honors.

Afterwards she went to Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas where she received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology currently Clinical Laboratory Science. She graduated Wichita state with Magna cum laude honors.

 

Dr Ndirangu then moved to Kansas City to work for Quest Diagnostics. After suffering with stiff neck, she saw first-hand what chiropractic can do. She decided she wanted to become a chiropractor. She received her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Overland Park, Kansas, where she graduated with cum laude honors. 

 

She utilizes Diversified, Activator, Thompson, SOT, COX flexion-distraction and integrative techniques in her practice. 

 

Dr Ndirangu is the Owner and Clinical Director of Goshen Chiropractic Wellness Center in Federal Way, Washington. She has been a licenced Chiropractor in Washighton state since January 2009. She is also working on a Diplomate Degree in Neurology and Nutrition.

 

During her free time she likes to watch lifetime movies and the comedy show frasier, jogging at the park, volunteering at church and driving to scenic sites.

 

Education

 

  • Graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College, Overland Park-Kansas with Doctor of Chiropractic degree in August of 2008.
  • Graduate of Wichita State University, Wichita-Kansas with Bachelors of Science in Medical Technology December 2004.
  • Graduate of Butler County Community College, El Dorado-Kansas with Associate in Science May 2001.

 

Memberships and Associations

 

  • American Chiropractic Association.
  • American Society of Clinical Pathology.
  • American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science.
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America.

 

What is chiropractic

 

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.

 

Chiropractic is a non-invasive profession that relies on the body’s natural ability to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery, while acknowledging there are situations where this may be ultimately necessary. The human body possesses a natural ability to restore itself, this abillity then depends on a healthy nervous system.

 

Doctors of Chiropractic are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of spinal conditions, which is why an increasing number of back pain sufferers are turning to them for fast, effective and reliable care. They are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, health promotion, ergonomics, nutritional and lifestyle counseling.

 

If the doctor determines your health concerns cannot be addressed completely within the clinic, we have an excellent referral system to CT-scan or MRI scan facilities and medical specialists.

 

 

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

 

•Decreased arthritis and pain in joints that have arthritis.  

•Reduction of pain in the back, legs, feet and knees through the relief of spinal pressure.

•Less stiffness in the areas that are treated.

•Less muscle spasms throughout the affected region.

•Improved range of motion.

 

The rewards of chiropractic care are numerous. People under chiropractic care report better health and well-being. Many families have also realized the benefits of chiropractic care for their children.

 

See more on Dr. Ndirangu’s Chiropractic clinic on http://www.goshenchiropracticwc.com/default.html

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Kenyans in Diaspora to be protected

Posted by Administrator on June 23, 2011

Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs Prof. George Saitoiti,  presided over the Launch of the Ministry's 2008-2012 Strategic Plan in Nairobi on Thursday. Photo: Standard

Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs Prof. George Saitoiti, presided over the Launch of the Ministry's 2008-2012 Strategic Plan in Nairobi on Thursday. Photo: Standard

Kenyans working abroad will now have recourse if they are subjected into servitude or other forms of exploitation, the ministry of foreign affairs has said.

The plight of Kenyans living and working in foreign countries particularly those in the Middle East has been an issue of great concern, said acting minister foreign affairs Prof George Saitoti.

“It is therefore gratifying to note that the Ministry has been negotiating with several countries to put in place arrangement to ensure all Kenyans are properly treated, in this respect, a Memorandum of Understanding on Labour with the Government of Qatar to establish the minimum standards and conditions of work for Kenyans, particularly professionals has been finalized,” said Saitoti.

Saitoti said a similar arrangement of a Memorandum of Understanding on Labour is under discussion with the Government of Saudi Arabia and will extend to other countries in the Middle East. 

Saitoti made the remarks in Nairobi during the official launch of the five-year strategic plan of the ministry of foreign affairs. He said the Strategic Plan is a tool that will guide the ministry’s conduct of Kenya’s foreign relations by highlighting strategies and priorities in addressing the objectives of the country’s Foreign Policy.

He said the Kenyan Diaspora, is an important agenda at both the national and global levels for the Ministry.

“Vision 2030 places the Diaspora as one of the flagship projects under the financial sector, while the new constitution provides for dual citizenship and voting rights also,”  said Saitoti.

He said the Ministry has been working with other stakeholders to develop a policy that will facilitate engagement with Kenyans in the Diaspora with a view to tapping into their skills, expertise, and other resources in order to harness them national development.

“Kenya needs to expand its presence in the international affairs and with growing number of highly trained and experienced manpower, the Ministry continues to lobby for the appointment of Kenyans to key positions in international organizations,” the minister said.

Noting that the strategic plan places heavy emphasis on economic diplomacy, Saitoti said the ministry would open missions in strategic countries.

“Kenya’s new location for missions will be influenced by the potential for growth of our exports.  That explains the reason why the Kenya Consulate in Juba will be elevated to a fully-fledged Embassy when Southern Sudan becomes a fully independent state next month,” said Saitoti.

Regarding border security, Saitoti said the ministry plays a critical role in securing the country’s international borders through diplomacy.

“These issues have been a constant source of concern to us, and we are pleased to report that discussions between Kenya and Uganda Ministers are planned to be held early July while similar meetings have been held with the Government of Ethiopia with a view to resolving the cross-border tensions.  As regards Somalia, Kenya remains in the forefront in seeking stability for that country, and continues to lobby the international community to actively support peace efforts there,” said Saitoti.

Source: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000037720&cid=4&ttl=%20Kenyans%20in%20Diaspora%20to%20be%20protected%20-%20Saitoti

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Want to be successful? Try these ten key steps

Posted by Administrator on June 23, 2011

Your personal mindset has a good deal to do with whether or not you find money success. Personal growth is all about becoming aware of your actions and choices and considering how you can improve those actions and choices.

When you put that spotlight on your money, you can often reveal quite a lot about improving your personal finances. Here are some Jedi mind tricks to get the right mindset for wealth.

Personalise rich

What does “rich” mean to you? Once you sit down and start answering that question for yourself, you begin to realise that “rich” doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. You need to figure out what you define as “rich,” which is, in a very vague way, your long-term goal. For me, rich is often defined in security – is my family safe from whatever may come? Others may define it very differently.

Establish goals

From there, take the ideas of what makes a person “rich” and transform them into specific, tangible goals that you can use. What does it mean for my family to be “safe from whatever may come”? When I’m able to transform that into a specific goal, like a big emergency fund, then I have something to work towards — that’s real as opposed to the vague notion of something that I might just be dreaming about.
Craft your money philosophy

What you’ll find as you figure out what “rich” means to you and establish goals based on it is that some values will be important to you. For some, family is a key value, and thus for them, money philosophy centres deeply around providing for their family. They value having an emergency cash reserve and they are less interested in chasing big financial growth.

Embrace your relationship with money

The idea here is that many people are detached from their money in many ways. They don’t connect their hard work to the money they have, and they also don’t connect their account balance to all of the things they spend their money on. This leads to a deep sense of “where did all the money go?” And often to a feeling that there’s something deeply wrong without really understanding what that is. The solution is to spend time and focus on this connection. Keep careful track of how you spend money. Talk about money with your loved ones, even if it’s uncomfortable. Keep it in your mind and embrace it.

Organise, don’t agonise

Another issue many people have with their money is that it’s difficult for them to figure out what they have and what they don’t have. Their records are disorganised and the information they need isn’t available when they need it, which makes it all the more difficult to really embrace their relationship with money. The solution is an efficient filing system, where you keep the relevant information you may need in the future in a known place that can easily be retrieved when you need it.

Be your biggest advocate

Become your own advocate – in other words, have a backbone when you talk to people who have an impact on your finances. Don’t be afraid of the customer service representatives. Your approach should be to know what to expect from them before you even talk to them and when they don’t provide it, insist and go for what you expect — provided your expectations are reasonable. Firms aren’t your advocate – you are.

Make your money count

When you start to get ahead financially — meaning your net worth, the total of your assets minus your debts is going upwards — make sure you put your money where it counts. The more return you consistently earn on your money, the better. If you put it into savings, look for options with better return. When you consider which debt to pay off, look hardest at the debt with the highest interest rate.

Think five years ahead

Almost always, your best financial choices are made if you ask yourself, with every shilling you spend or invest, what will have the biggest positive impact five years from now. Sometimes, it’s a tricky question, but that question will point you (almost always) in several positive directions: towards frugality, towards repaying debts, and towards good choices with regard to making your money count.

Break from the norm

For many people, this type of personal change is very difficult because it is different, not only from what they’ve been doing before, but also what people around them are doing. Recognise that you’re breaking from the norm in doing this. Revise your social circle. Look for new people to associate with. Break bad habits. Keep the changes simple and straightforward.

Embrace the entrepreneurial spirit

One final step is to embrace the idea that you are an entrepreneur. Everyone who exchanges work for money is essentially a small investor on some level, and every small investor owes it to themselves to always seek out the best exchange of money for their time and effort that they can find. This means not only looking for side businesses to start, but also focusing on improving yourself, your abilities and skills set.

Source: http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Want+to+be+successful+Try+these+ten+key+steps/-/539444/1187204/-/ssxdn/-/index.html

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Would you pay Sh1 million for a wife?

Posted by Administrator on June 23, 2011

Photo/JOSEPH KANYI/NATION Ms Muchiri says about Sh1.2 million has been spent on her education, beginning from primary, secondary, and university. She is currently pursuing a masters’ degree in law and economy.

Photo/JOSEPH KANYI/NATION Ms Muchiri says about Sh1.2 million has been spent on her education, beginning from primary, secondary, and university. She is currently pursuing a masters’ degree in law and economy.

Ms Rita Muchiri wants to get married. And like many women, she has set standards for the kind of man she hopes to settle down with.

He should be tall, brown, financially stable, well-educated, and responsible.

And although she would not mind walking down the aisle with a man who lacks one or two of the above, her main concern is the bride price.

For a man to marry her, he should be ready to pay not less than Sh1 million worth of bride price to her parents.

“Marriage is not just about a woman moving from her parents’ home to the groom’s place. It is more than that. He has to pay my bride price. But the amount differs from woman to woman depending on the family, her success in life, and most important, her level of education,” she told Money.

The 25-year-old legal professional believes that an educated woman who is working and earning a decent income is worth more in terms of bride price because she is an investment to a man.

“In my case, when I get married, I won’t just go to my man’s house and sit down. I will contribute and pay part of the bills. The Sh1 million is just for him to say ‘thanks’ to my parents,” she justifies.

Ms Muchiri says about Sh1.2 million has been spent on her education, beginning from primary, secondary, and university. She is currently pursuing a masters’ degree in law and economy.

“A woman is priceless. You cannot quantify her worth. But if she is educated, independent, and moneyed, it means that she is worth more when it comes to dowry.”

Ms Muchiri is not alone. Some modern women are now influencing their parents when it comes to deciding what their suitors should pay for bride price.

Ms Joyce Kairu, a businesswoman in Nairobi, saw her suitor turned down by her parents because he was unable to raise the bride price they wanted.  

“I agreed with my parents that he should pay Sh500,000.

“And although it was open to negotiation, he could only raise Sh120,000, which made me and my parents think that he was not serious about our marriage.

“I loved him, but he had to go because bride price is important and he should pay it to show his commitment to me,” she explains.

Many young bachelors, caught between higher education and increasing inflation, are growing increasingly unhappy at the high bride price, which some equate to  “buying” their bride from her parents.

Daniel, a 32-year-old graphic designer in Nairobi, says he is still single because he was not able to raise the Sh700,000 the parents of his former girlfriend demanded.

“Bride price is acceptable as long as it is reasonable and should be in moderation. It should be a token of appreciation and not a price tag since you cannot put a price on a human being. Anything more than Sh100,000 is too high. That mindset that educated women cost more in terms of dowry should change,” he says. 

In recent years, bride price has climbed to unprecedented levels, to the point where many young men can no longer afford to marry. The result, say observers, is that girls either remain single or get married to older and richer men instead.

Unlike in the past where dowry, mainly in the form of cows, goats, or sheep, was seen as a stabilising factor in marriage, the rapid increase of education and urbanisation has made it obsolete.

Most young people, frustrated and defeated by excessive bride price demands, choose to elope and live together without the benefit of a marriage.

For such couples and others who cannot marry because of the excessive demands, marriage in modern Kenya is rapidly becoming an economic relationship in which the choice of a wife depends on the man’s ability to pay rather than mutual respect and love between a man and a woman.

They are concerned that only rich suitors will be able to get wives. Many a young, struggling single man has a lot to worry about.

He has to demonstrate to his girlfriend’s parents that he has the ability to care for her by his intelligence, diligence, and success in making the most of the opportunities that come his way. This will be in the form of true wealth to pay the expensive dowry that they demand.

“In modern society, paying bride price is evidence that the man is serious about his intentions to make the marriage stable. It also demonstrates that the husband-to-be is capable of caring for and supporting a wife.

“It also makes the bride feel that she is worth “something” and that her husband considers her valuable. It is a modern proof of love. So a man who wants to marry a modern woman should be prepared to demonstrate his love with his wallet,” says Mr Oyunga Pala, an anthropologist based in Nairobi.

And as bride price soars, haggling and bargaining have found their way into the negotiations. This ideology of putting money first, according to some women’s rights activists, is destroying the love and respect that ought to characterise future relationships between the families of the couple. They add that it also contributes to abuse of women by rich men.

“The modern dowry process encourages wealthy husbands to treat their wives any way they wish because they have ‘paid’ for them. It also makes the woman to consider herself virtually a slave to such a husband.

“Many parents do not encourage their daughters in such marriages to resist injustice because they fear that they may be asked to return the bride price.

“In other words, the dowry system contributes to the degradation of women in society,” says Mrs Michelina Lengewa, a women’s rights activist in Maralal.

Some people believe that bride price is the ultimate symbol of marriage. Whether it is money, a house, or a couple of cows, a man has to prove his worth in one way or another to both the woman and her family.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/Features/money/-/435440/1187286/-/111h26az/-/index.html

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Housemaids to Get Contracts

Posted by Administrator on June 23, 2011

It will soon be illegal to employ domestic workers without written contracts if the just adopted International Labour Organisation’s convention is ratified.

The government will have to ensure housemaids are informed of their terms and conditions of employment to ensure that their rights are not violated and that they are respected like any section of the working population.

The new convention will not only be a reprieve to local domestic workers but also for those working in other countries, especially in Middle East where there have been many cases of abuse. “This is a landmark treaty that we have been chasing for years. It is a great victory for our househelps, the shamba boys and the maids. This convention will force employers to respect and appreciate their immense contribution, never again will they be abused,” Cotu boss Francis Atwoli said yesterday on his arrival from the ILO session in Geneve that adopted the convention.

Atwoli said the convention will come to effect upon ratification. “Given that the governement representatives in the conference voted for it, I remain optimistic that before the current Parlaiment’s term come to an end, this convention will have been ratified,”Atwoli said.

If domesticated, Atwoli said Cotu in conjuction with the ministry of labour will be holding improptu visits to homes to take stock of its implementaion and make sure dometic workers’ rights are not abused.

According to the convetion, employers will be expected to share their name, contacts, their usual workplace with their workers, information which will be shared with the governemnt. The contracts should stipulate the starting date, time, duration of work and remuneration, method of calculation and periodicity of payments.

Source: Nairobi Star

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MTV’s Shuga returns to Kenya

Posted by Administrator on June 23, 2011

Nairobi, 21 June 2011: MTV Networks Africa, The Staying Alive Foundation, PEPFAR and the Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation (HFG) are to renew their ongoing partnership to produce the second series of hard-hitting sex-and-relationships, HIV and AIDS drama, Shuga, in Kenya. The initiative, funded extensively by the U.S. Government through PEPFAR, will work closely with the Government of Kenya to ensure the programme fits within Kenya’s existing HIV prevention strategy.

Shuga series two, subtitled “Love, Sex, Money”, and associated digital, events and marketing activity will be supported by HFG Global and HFG’s Kenya office through their brand, G-Pange.  The new series will be expanded from three to six episodes and develop the complex emotional storylines first explored in Shuga.   Principle photography for the series goes into production in Nairobi in August 2011 and will premier on Valentine’s Day 2012 (14 February).

Shuga: Love, Sex,Money will be directed by South African director Teboho Mahlatsi and produced by award-winning South African production house, The Bomb Shelter.

The predominantly Kenyan cast for Shuga: Love, Sex, Money will be announced in July 2011.  The series will introduce new characters and storylines while additionally endeavouring to motivate and realize specific changes in sexual behaviours.  Among the issues likely to be explored in Shuga: Love, Sex, Money are HIV testing, stigma, condom use, gender inequity and the role of multiple concurrent partnerships in driving the HIV epidemic.

First aired in Kenya in November 2009 on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and terrestrial stations Citizen TV, KTN, NTV and KBC Channel One, Shugareached viewers in 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and more than 70 TV stations worldwide.  It continues to be widely viewed in countries such as Zambia, South Africa and Jamaica, among others, together with a facilitator’s guide for peer educators to engage young people in open discussions and to motivate behaviour change.

 

The global success of Shuga as a vehicle for HIV and AIDS messaging for youth consumption was undeniable. In May 2010, Shuga won a prestigious Gold award at the World Media Festival in Hamburg, Germany in the “Public Relations: Health” category, for its vivid and uncompromising focus on love, emotions and sexual behaviour amongst Kenyan youth.

Shuga had a profound impact on the attitudes of Kenyan youth,” commented Lydia Murimi, Country Director, HFG Kenya. “Research conducted by Johns Hopkins University/Centre for Communications Programs reported increased intentions for HIV testing, decreased intentions for multiple sex partners, improved attitudes towards people living with HIV and AIDS and increased usage of accessible health and social services among the youth. We hope to be able to replicate that with the sequel as well as introduce new elements that will emerge from our youth studies.”

Georgia Arnold, Executive Director, MTV Staying Alive Foundation commented, “Shuga showed the world that drama and public health messages can work together to effect genuine attitudinal change. Shuga: Love, Sex, Money will build on this foundation to generate real behavioural change in sexual health while also entertaining and engaging youth audiences.”

Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, MTV Networks Africa said: “We have been overwhelmed by the positive reception that Shuga has received in Africa and around the world.  This has been an incredible award-wining campaign for us that has proven to be changing young people’s attitudes towards HIV and AIDS. We are excited about the opportunity to continue the series with the objective of reaching more and more people.”

The first series of Shuga was filmed in Kenya in August-September 2009.  Starring a young cast of upcoming Kenyan actors and actresses, Shuga told a bitter-sweet tale of love, loss, sex, heartbreak and relationships, set in the clubs, bars, campuses and hangouts of contemporary Nairobi. With a raw and uncut view on the lives of sexually active young Kenyans, Shuga spot lit the risks associated with unprotected sex and the party-hard lifestyles of urban Kenyan youth, told through the interlinked tales of characters Ayira (Lupita Nyongo), Ty (Pepe Haze), Felix (Tumisho Masha), Violet (Sharon Olago), Skola (David Omwange), Sindi (Valerie Kimani), Leo (Nicholas Mutuma), Kennedy (Antony Mwangi) and Virginia (Eva Kanyang’onda).

For more information about Shuga: Love, Sex, Money log onto www.mtvshuga.com or www.g-pange.com.

Source: http://www.mtvbase.com/news/shuga-returns-to-kenya

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Video: Taxman strikes in Kenya

Posted by Administrator on June 23, 2011

The Kenya Revenue Authority is on a debt collection mission and its first stop is parliament. KRA is demanding millions of shillings in unpaid taxes from members of parliament since last year’s promulgation of the new constitution and it’s threatening to auction MPs assets if they fail to comply. The move has caused panic among mps and as Jane Kiyo reports, while some have welcomed the move others including house speaker Kenneth Marende are adamant.

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