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Death and Funeral Arrangements – David Kedi Jacca

Posted by Administrator on September 7, 2011

 

David Kedi Jacca

David Kedi Jacca

It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden death of David Kedi Jacca which happened in Nairobi, Kenya on September 4th after a short illness. David was born in Nairobi,  Kenya and travelled to USA (Atlanta) in 1994. He later relocated to Oklahoma in 2009.

David leaves behind his Parents Charles Jacca, Elizabeth Jacca, siblings Irene Jacca, Samson Jacca, Michael Jacca, and Andrew Jacca.

Please remember the family in your prayers and spread the word. Due to his illness, the family is also kindly asking for your financial
support to cater for the medical expenses that were accrued during this period.

Your generosity and support will be greatly appreciated.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, 8th September 2011at 2.00 pm at NPC Valley Road and at ACK Church, Rabai on Friday, 9th September 2011 at 2.00 pm. Burial will be held onSaturday, 10th September 2011 at 11.00 am in Rabai.

For those who would like to support the family you can make contributions C/O:

George M Kinyua at

Bank of America

Account # 334031505266 (Georgia)

*Contributions can be made at any Bank of America

For further information please contact:

Arnold Gaitho  404 626 3016 – agaitho@gmail.com

Benson Nyonji (Karis)  678 665 2359 – bkariru@hotmail.com

George Kinyua  404 964 8428 – gkinyua@hotmail.com

Baraka Ondieki  443 812 2964 – bondiek@yahoo.com

Charles Kamau  832 286 3959 – cnkamau@gmail.com

We thank You all for your Love, Support and Prayers during this time of bereavement.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous do not be terrified do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you
whenever you go. Joshua 1:9”

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Kenyan Businesswoman Gives Back after U.S. Training

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Employees at Hillside Green work in the pack house certifying fresh vegetables for export. Photo credit: Ayub Otieno

Employees at Hillside Green work in the pack house certifying fresh vegetables for export. Photo credit: Ayub Otieno

In 2009, Eunice Mwongera decided to expand Hillside Green Growers and Exporters Company, her family-owned fruit and vegetable business. A graduate of Nairobi University and former finance officer at the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, Mwongera, applied for the USDA Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology (Borlaug) Fellowship Program. Not long after, she was paired with a mentor at Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center for six weeks to learn U.S. best practices in agribusiness development and management. The fellowship was part of a program that provided U.S.-based agribusiness and collaborative research training to African women.

Within a year of completing her fellowship, Mwongera had successfully applied many of the business skills and concepts she learned. Not only had she succeeded in increasing export markets for Hillside Green from three to seven countries, but Mwongera also started her own poultry, rabbit, and fish farming operation. In addition, Mwongera modified her company’s strategic and export plans, aligned Hillside Green’s food safety standards with international industry standards, and adopted new technologies.

Besides improving Hillside Green’s operations, Mwongera makes employee development a priority, provides training to smallholder farmers, and mentors women entrepreneurs. Her work to empower and uplift women includes participating in the African Women’s Agribusiness Network, which lobbies the Kenyan government for increased access for women to financial capital, tax relief, and business services. Of these efforts, Mwongera said, “Entrepreneurship requires commitment, risk taking, and persistence. African women have these capabilities, but they need to be guided and empowered through training and business development services.”

Mwongera praised the Borlaug Fellowship Program for providing customized training, exposing her to new ideas, and motivating her to diversify her business. Going forward, Mwongera aims to strengthen her company’s presence in Western Europe, introduce new products to local Kenyan and regional food supply chains, and support food security and sustainable agricultural systems.

For more information about the Borlaug Fellowship Program, please visit our website.

Source: http://blogs.usda.gov/2011/09/06/kenyan-businesswoman-gives-back-after-u-s-training/

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Is your child hyperactive? Throw out the sugar

Posted by Administrator on September 7, 2011

It does not matter how long you watch children playing, they never seem to get tired.

So when you get a call from your child’s teacher saying that she thinks your child is hyperactive, what does that mean? Surely, the fact that a child cannot sit still for long is normal?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the term used to describe an ever-increasing number of children with behavioural and learning problems, ranging from hyperactivity and poor attention span, to disruptiveness, speech problems, and temper tantrums.

These children normally have a tough time at school and, as you might expect, at home too. The belief used to be that the child would grow out of it, but as evidence shows, left untreated, these children often grow up to become delinquent teenagers who end up abusing alcohol and drugs.

So what is the answer? Well, standard medical treatment usually involves the drug Ritalin, a habit-forming amphetamine with many properties similar to cocaine. As parents, you are right to be worried about its long-term effects. Instead, I would advocate some simple nutritional changes.

More often than not, children with ADHD have one or more nutritional imbalances that, once identified and corrected, can lead to dramatic improvements in their energy, focus, concentration, and behaviour.

The first and easiest culprit in the ADHD story is sugar. According to one expert, giving a hyperactive child sugar is like “putting rocket fuel in a Mini.”

And I would have to agree. Ensuring that they get their fill of healthy food will also go some way to correct any nutrient deficiencies which are commonly seen in hyperactive kids.

For example, a deficiency in magnesium (found in sukuma wiki, lentils, and nuts) can lead to excessive fidgeting, anxious restlessness, coordination problems, and learning difficulties.

While you are substituting the “bad” foods, make sure that you avoid foods rich in salicylates, chemicals that may trigger an inherited predisposition to hyperactivity. These foods include apples, berries, cucumbers, grapes, nectarines, oranges, peaches, plums, prunes, raisins, tangerines, and tomatoes.

It is also important to keep an eye out for any potential allergies. Did you know that children with ADHD are seven times more likely to have food allergies than other children?

Removing MSG (monosodium glutamate), artificial colourings and flavourings from their diets and minimising processed food, all the while emphasising homemade meals is a great start.

If an allergy is at play and is contributing to the ADHD, symptoms to watch out for include nasal problems, excessive mucus, ear infections, tonsillitis, digestive problems, bad breath, eczema, asthma, headaches, and bed wetting. If your child is suffering from any of these, it may be worth seeing a clinical nutritionist who can help you identify the allergens.

One supplement I regularly prescribe to children with ADHD is one containing omega-3 fats — it is a nutrient that the majority of them are deficient in. As always, look for one that contains at least 400mg each of EPA and DHA, the active components, so you know you are getting a good product.

The writer is a clinical nutritionist and certified by the Nutritional Therapy Council in the UK. Please direct any questions about family nutrition to her on
living@nutritionbysona.com

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In Memory of CHRISTINE MORAA AYIENI [AYIENDA]

Posted by Administrator on September 7, 2011

Sunrise: 11/22/1983-Sunset: 09/07/2010″]CHRISTINE MORAA AYIENI [AYIENDA] Sunrise: 11/22/1983-Sunset: 09/07/2010Christine, It seems like yesterday yet its 1year since you departed from our midst.

We thank God for the wonderful times we shared together though it was shortened. We the family of the late Christine Moraa Ayieni(Ayienda) wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to all our relatives and friends who stood with us during the sudden death of sweatheart Christine Moraa.

Special thanks to Pastors (Oleyo, Mwebi and Tshuma) of TX USA and those at home country, Metro Community SDA church and its choir in Arlington TX, Alpha International Church, Amara funeral home, committee members and everyone who gave spiritual, monetary and moral support to the family.

Please accept our sincere gratitude for all your support, God bless you all. Fondly remembered by your loving husband Ben Ayieni  kids Derrick and Derron ,we love you, and you will always live in our hearts and be loved.

We pray for strength and protection for the young family. In God’s hands you rest, in our hearts you will remain forever, till we meet again.

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Kenyans for Kenya to Close Officially

Posted by Administrator on September 7, 2011

You have only have ten days to settle your outstanding pledge to the Kenyans for Kenya initiative. The steering committee says they are yet to receive 235 million shillings in pledges,meant for long long term food security projects.

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore says no more donations will be accepted through Mpesa, YU cash, Airtel money, or Nakumatt after the 16th of this month.

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This text language is denying young people opportunities

Posted by Administrator on September 7, 2011

I have made it my personal life long objective that I shall not unleash her into the professional world when the time comes thinking that conversations are conducted primarily by reducing each sentence into 140 characters of the mobile texting kind.

I have made it my personal life long objective that I shall not unleash her into the professional world when the time comes thinking that conversations are conducted primarily by reducing each sentence into 140 characters of the mobile texting kind.

Following a parental intervention on too much holiday television, my eight year-old daughter told me “Mummy, OMG you need to chillax.”

Why are we spending all that money on school fees if she’s going to reduce her sentences to acronyms? “That’s how everyone talks nowadays,” was her tongue-in-cheek response to my stern, no-nonsense, dagger eyed reaction.

I have made it my personal life long objective that I shall not unleash her into the professional world when the time comes thinking that conversations are conducted primarily by reducing each sentence into 140 characters of the mobile texting kind.

You can therefore imagine my response when I received an e-mail from a young woman seeking a job that said “ I avbnlukin 4 u 4 sum tym. I avbnwndrn y u din’trply to ma mails whch I sent but its ok. Thx and av nice day.”

No, contrary to what you must be thinking, this was not a text message it was an e-mail message.

I trashed it. Then I removed it from the trash because it was bothering me. I had to give feedback otherwise the poor woman would go through life wondering why no one was taking her seriously. I called her and gave her verbal feedback.

There is mobile texting language and there is e-mail language.

Furthermore, even as far as mobile texting language is concerned, it’s quite tedious, irritating and downright exasperating to try and figure out what someone is trying to say when removing vowels from words in order to get in 140 characters or “whtsum1 is tryg 2 sywhnrmvngvwls4mwrds n orda 2 gt 140 chrctrs” – get my point?

I fully understand that languages are dynamic. They are neither stifled by nor stuck in a time bubble of inertia.

They morph themselves into tools of communication for the present time that reflects the ebb and flow of cultural and environmental changes.

Thus the “Swanglish” that Kenyans profess to speak which is actually a butchered, corrupted and bastardised attempt to speak Swahili has morphed itself into a local “pidgin” dialect called Sheng.

I get it. I am a “barbie”. I can deal with that compartmentalisation. But I am also a professional and I know that when dealing with customers and clients of an organisation, the basic premise is that I will be treated professionally and spoken to in the official

language, which happens to be English or Kiswahili sanifu. Not Swanglish, not Sheng, not SMS-speak. Just good old plain English or Kiswahili.

Gob smacked

So for a customer service representative of my credit card issuer to call me and say “Unafaakumalizananasisi Ma-Customer Service juukeshomorgen tuna-change ma-systems” [You need to finalise with us in Customer Service since tomorrow morning there will be a system change] left me nothing short of gob smacked.

The issuer is –well – a global brand. Not a local ma-brand. And the brand promise is world-class service delivery.

Not waseewataji-sort. [people will sort themselves out] So I asked the “jamaa” [guy] if the call was being recorded.

He didn’t bat an eyelid – or so it seemed on the other end of a very shocked telephone line – and said “labda!” [maybe!].

I said in the driest and thoroughly clipped tone possible, “Could you please speak to me in English?”

The poor chap thought I was out of my mind. I could hear his thoughts whirring through his mind, doesn’t she know I am speaking English? “Madame, what seems to be the problem?” Ahh! Progress. The fellow was a quick study.

Maybe I could turn this situation around. “I’m not sure if you know me, but I have personally never met you and I don’t understand why you are speaking to me in Sheng.

You should avoid doing that as it is not professional,” I said. His response: “Sawa, nita-try!” Train smash! I gave up.

I told him what he could do with his ma-systems. And when I was done telling him I asked him to have his supervisor call me.
Believe it or not, the supervisor did call me. The rest of the story is neither here nor there.

Making a big fuss?

What’s important is that the supervisor did express shock, horror and dismay at his employee’s language of choice, fully agreeing with me [By this time I was so rabid with anger and frothing at the mouth that disagreeing with me would have been ill advised, I realised later] that it was unprofessional.

Why am I making such a big fuss? Because even if language is dynamic, it should be reflective of the environment within which it is spoken. The office or professional environment is NOT the place for Sheng to be spoken to external stakeholders such as customers or suppliers.

Wikipedia defines pidgin language as a simplified language that develops as a means of communication between two or more groups that do not have a language in common. A pidgin is not the native language of any speech community, but is instead learned as a second language.

A pidgin may be built from words, sounds, or body language from multiple other languages and cultures. Pidgins usually have low prestige with respect to other languages.

I salute Wikipedia. Sheng, in my humble view, is a pidgin language. It is a third language in Kenya after Kiswahili and English.

Call me old fashioned or call me square but as long as I seek service from organisations that purport to operate in a professional manner, please speak to me in the pure English or the pure Swahili that I learnt in school. And if you are going to write me an e-mail, please write your words in full or, quite simply, do not write at all.

Source: http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Opinion+++Analysis/This+text+language+is+denying+young+people+opportunities+/-/539548/1230218/-/i4ja9mz/-/index.html

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Matatu drivers’ records and routes will soon be online for public search

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Transport Licensing Board (TLB) has set up  an integrated data system  that will  keep track of passenger vehicles details such the owner of the vehicle and the route it is registered to operate on in a move to rein in errant operators.

The board is targeting to reduce increased vehicle theft, use of unlicensed vehicles and check unregulated route changing by operators.
The TLB chairman, Mr Hassan Ole Kamwaro, said the database is ready but they are working together with Kenya Revenue Authority and the Kenya Police inspection unit to combine their individual database  into a comprehensive data system on road transport in the country.

Once integrated with the KRA data system, the database will come in handy for those purchasing second hand vehicles, since one can check the ownership details online before entering into a contract with the seller.

The chairman said most passenger vehicles are operating without valid TLB licenses and some of them change routes without notifying the regulator.

“This will help the public  shun  and report rogue operators in the market who are responsible for most accidents,” said Mr Kamwaro.

This he said would help to reduce the circulation of fake licences by fraudsters in the industry since the vehicles would not be recognised in the database during a search.

The system will be accessible to the public through a text message. To search, one will be required to send the vehicle identification number to the system through a shortcode number 5456, then they will receive an SMS showing the status of the vehicle in question. Whether it is licensed or not, whether it is on the right route or not.

The system will also identify the vehicles by showing which sacco it belongs to, enabling law enforcers to pursue the owners and take legal action. Fake saccos owned by cartels are due to be de-registered by the board. TLB hopes new investors will use the  system to identify genuine saccos since they have easy access to information.

Mr Kamwaro said many vehicles with fake licences have increased on the road due to increased cases of theft in the country that have boosted the making of fake licenses.

Since the beginning of the year, the number of unlicensed PSV operators has increased due to steady demand and the slow replacement of 14-seater vehicles.

Industry players said the fake operators are taking advantage of the reducing 14-seater vehicles by replacing them with smaller cars such as Toyota probox and other saloons cars since volumes in high-end estates and rural areas cannot sustain big buses.

“People want vehicles that can fill faster and leave the stage not big buses,” said Wilfred Kimotho chairman 4NTE, one of the biggest saccos in the passenger transport sector.

Players in the passenger transport sector said the 14 seater matatus are not being replaced at the same rate at which they are wearing out and other rogue players are taking advantage of the loop hole to bring in vehicles with fake licences to cash in on high demand for the services.

Mr Kamwaro said in addition that driving licences will also be applied for electronically in a bid to reduce the time required to get the licence. Criminal records of drivers will also be accessible online.

According to police statistics, most accidents are caused by drivers who change their routes, especially during the festive season  and  in most cases the drivers  are  not conversant with the roads.

The board said they will soon lay an ambush on major roads in the country to nab unlicensed and un-roadworthy vehicles.

This is yet another state investment in electronic data storage systems to facilitate easy access to information by the public and law enforcement agencies.

Source: http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Matatu+drivers+records+and+routes+will+soon+be+online/-/539444/1228352/-/5b08od/-/index.html

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Direct flights from Kenya to US next?

Posted by Administrator on September 7, 2011

Photo/FILE Under earlier plans, Delta flights would leave Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta to the Jomo Kenyatta International in Nairobi, via Dakar, Senegal.

Photo/FILE Under earlier plans, Delta flights would leave Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta to the Jomo Kenyatta International in Nairobi, via Dakar, Senegal.

Delta Airlines is expected to resumes talk with Kenya on introducing a direct flight from Nairobi to the United States.

Tourism minister Najib Balala said on Tuesday, the United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will arrive in Nairobi on September 30 to spearhead the talks.

“The government will be hosting him at the end of this month and we are upbeat that this will be the final meeting,” said Mr Balala.

In June 2009, a similar plan for direct flights between the two countries was shelved because the US government decided Kenya was not safe.

Kenya has since ironed out the security fears and the on going renovation of the airport is part of the move to address those fears.

Under the earlier plans, Delta flights would leave Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta to the Jomo Kenyatta International in Nairobi, via Dakar, Senegal.

A direct flight will be a shot in the arm for tourism which is seeking to increase visitors from the US. The US is among Kenya’s key source of tourists that had declined, even as other regions recovered.

The ministry data shows that tourist arrivals from China in the first half of 2011 rose 28 per cent to 15,139. The Tourism ministry says US direct flights would help increase tourists.

In the first six months of the year, arrivals to Kenya marginally declined by 1.4 per cent to 65,889.

The country hopes to double the number of tourists from the US and increase its organic food and flower exports. “Lack of a direct flight is part of the reason behind this decline,” said Mr Balala.

Currently, most people flying to and from the US go through London or West Africa. A direct flight will also reignite Kenya’s hopes of building its trade profile with the US under the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act.

Kenya’s sale of flowers, organic foods and black tea in the US is negligible, partly because of lack of direct flights yet the market is large.

But it is widely seen as a move by the US government to solidify its trade with the region at a time its ties have been weakening as Kenya warms up to the East.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/business/news/Direct+flights+to+US+next++/-/1006/1231416/-/kci7ftz/-/index.html

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Are you an ideal wife, or a Kenyan wife

Posted by Administrator on September 7, 2011

The kenyan wife shouts questions and instructions to the house help from the living room

The kenyan wife shouts questions and instructions to the house help from the living room

After years of teaching about sex, marriage, and family, I have learnt that most women in Kenya are doing it all wrong. There is a big difference between the Kenyan wife and the ideal wife, the one that king Solomon talks about in the book of Proverbs.

The Kenyan wife wakes up late, meaning that she has no time to prepare breakfast for her husband or even serve what the house help has prepared. While she rushes through this, her husband is waiting for her in the car or has already left for work, a discontented man.

The ideal wife wakes up early, prepares a bath for her husband, even if not literally, but makes sure she is the one who tells him the bath is ready. While he is in the bathroom, she lays out his ironed clothes for him. She ensures that they have breakfast together and when he leaves home for work, he leaves a happy man.

The Kenyan wife gets home tired and joins her husband on the couch, from where she shouts instructions and questions to the house help.

“What are you cooking for supper?” “Have you made tea for baba watoto?” “Have the children done their homework?” “Why is there too much milk in the tea?” “Why is that food taking so long?”

At this point, her husband is probably wondering who he is married to.

The wife described by King Solomon gets home tired but goes to the kitchen and serves her husband tea, even if she is not the one who has made it, helps the children to do their homework, decides what the family will have for supper, and is basically aware of what goes on in her household.

After supper, the Kenyan wife stretches out on the seat, waiting for Teresa, Shree, and the must watch Naija movie while her neglected husband goes to bed frustrated.

After midnight, she bangs doors on her way to bed, waking him up in the process. Since she is sleepy, she is not bothered to change into night clothes and if she does, she wears those old trousers that he hates and a washed out branded T-shirt.

Who would blame this man for wondering whether the woman sleeping next to him is adding any value to his life?

The ideal wife goes to bed with her husband, she happily engages in some pillow talk with him, and whatever else happens next. He goes to sleep a happy man and wonders what life would be like without this woman who makes him so happy. As he drifts off, he swears to protect and love her all the days of his life.

The Kenyan wife is the opposite of the woman Solomon praised. She is always too tired to do anything. She brushes her husband’s hands off when he attempts to touch her. Pillow talk is non-existent in her marriage and any hint of intimacy from her husband is met with an icy look, which makes him swear to find a woman who is sensitive to his needs.

Before you hang me, I am not saying that all Kenyan wives fall short of the mark or that the responsibility of making marriage fulfilling lies only with the woman. What I am saying is that most of us are not doing it right.

Of course there is that man who will never be satisfied no matter how well he is treated, but a good man will notice the effort and go out of his way to be a better husband.

The Bible teaches that the husband is the head of the family, and that wives should submit to him. Submission, contrary to what many of us think, does not mean answering to your husband’s every whim or acting like his servant; rather, it is respecting and valuing his opinions and allowing him to take charge.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/Features/Living/Are+you+an+ideal+wife+or+a+Kenyan+wife++/-/1218/1231386/-/h3kxju/-/index.html

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Video-Surprising Europe – Immigrants Culture Shock

Posted by Administrator on September 7, 2011

What is it like to live in Europe with an African identity?

As an African migrant you will have to find a way to deal with European culture. Sometimes, your own habits perfectly match local customs. But sometimes you are not accepted simply because you were not born in Europe.

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