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State of Shock: Pain and sorrow at the scene of the Kenyan slum gas pipe explosion

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STATE OF SHOCK: Joseph Mwangi, 34, lay in a state of shock after he discovered the charred remains of his two children at the site of a fiery gasoline pipeline explosion that killed dozens in a slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Monday. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press)

STATE OF SHOCK: Joseph Mwangi, 34, lay in a state of shock after he discovered the charred remains of his two children at the site of a fiery gasoline pipeline explosion that killed dozens in a slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Monday. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press)

Joseph Mwangi, 34, sits in a state of shock after discovering the charred remains of two of his children, one aged 6, the other of unknown age, at the scene of a fuel explosion in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. A leaking gasoline pipeline in Kenya's capital exploded on Monday, turning part of a slum into an inferno in which at least 61 people were killed and more than 100 hurt.

Joseph Mwangi, 34, sits in a state of shock after discovering the charred remains of two of his children, one aged 6, the other of unknown age, at the scene of a fuel explosion in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. A leaking gasoline pipeline in Kenya's capital exploded on Monday, turning part of a slum into an inferno in which at least 61 people were killed and more than 100 hurt.

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Angolan beauty wins Miss Universe

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Leila Lopes of Angola beats 88 other contestants to win the Miss Universe contest in San Paulo, Brazil

Leila Lopes of Angola beats 88 other contestants to win the Miss Universe contest in San Paulo, Brazil

Leila Lopes from Angola has been crowned Miss Universe after smoothly handling an interview question about what physical trait she would change if she could.

She said it was her inner beauty and principles that counted most.

The 25-year-old Lopes is Angola’s first winner. She beat 88 other competitors to win the title during the 60th anniversary of the world’s biggest beauty pageant. She replaces last year’s winner, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.

Miss Australia Scherri-Lee Biggs made the top ten but was eliminated in the final round.

Lopes wisely declined to nominate any physical attributes she would change.

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“Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing,” Lopes said when asked.

“I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty. I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life.”

The first runner-up was 23-year-old Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine and the second runner-up was Priscila Machado of Brazil. The third was Miss Philippines and the fourth Miss China.

Contestants from 89 nations on six continents spent the past three weeks in Sao Paulo, trying to learn samba dance steps, visiting impoverished children and kicking a football around for cameras as the globe’s biggest beauty contest is held in Brazil for the first time.

Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe organisation, was hyped for the night.

“It’s our 60th anniversary, it’s a very big show,” she said.

“We’re anticipating close to a billion viewers from around the world.”

Shugart said it was fitting the globe’s biggest beauty pageant be held in Brazil at this time, as the nation prepares to host some major events in the coming years.

“I don’t think there is any doubt in the rest of the world’s mind that Brazil is the place, between hosting the Olympics and hosting the World Cup,” she said.

“I love the fact we’re going to kick it off. I always say we’re the ‘World Cup’ of beauty.”

The contestants, who must never have been married or had children and who must be at least 18 years of age and under 27 years of age by February 1 of the competition year.

Source: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/10245095/miss-angola-wins-miss-universe/

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27 year old joins the State House race in Kenya

Posted by Administrator on September 12, 2011

A 27 year old Kenyan student from Oxford University has become the latest entrant in the now seemingly crowded 2012 presidential race. In announcing her intentions, Kingwa Kamenchu says that what she lacks in age and experience she makes up in a passion and determination to improve the lives of ordinary Kenyans. Evelyn Wambui tells us about a young poet and writer’s dream to change not just the face but also the style of leadership in Kenya.

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Videos-Sonko storms KPC offices over Sinai fire tragedy

Posted by Administrator on September 12, 2011

Three members of parliament and their supporters stormed the Kenya pipeline headquarters demanding an explanation on the fire tragedy that left a trail of destruction in the Sinai slum. The group led by Makadara Member of Parliament Gideon Mbuvi alias Mike Sonko and his Embakasi counterpart Ferdinand Waititu roughed up security officers at the entrance before forcing its way to the lift. The group was however unable to speak to the company management. The MPs are demanding full compensation for the victims and their families.

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Nation reporting warned of disaster in the Sinai slums in 2008

Posted by Administrator on September 12, 2011

As fire ravaged through the Sinai slums killing over 120 people, it turns out that the Nation Media had warned of this day.

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DEVELOPING – Over 100 dead in Nairobi slum fire

Posted by Administrator on September 12, 2011

Man injured in the pipeline explosion being brought to the Kenyatta National Hospital

Man injured in the pipeline explosion being brought to the Kenyatta National Hospital

Nation reporters have counted 73 badly burnt bodies at the scene of a huge fire at a slum in Nairobi’s industrial area.

Police sources say the toll of the dead is likely to breach 100 following fire triggered after a oil leaking from a pipeline spilled into the Sinai slum.

“We are putting the number of dead at over 100, we are waiting for body bags to put the victims into,” said Thomas Atuti, area police commander.

The Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) confirmed that 112 people were admitted there with third degree burns as of 1.30pm.

The Sinai slums sit on top of a pipeline that feeds a fuel depot off Lunga Lunga road in Nairobi’s Industrial Area.

“There had been a leak in the fuel pipeline earlier, and people were going to collect the fuel that was coming out,” said Joseph Mwego, a resident.

“Then there was a loud bang, a big explosion, and smoke and fire burst up high.”

Wide area

NTV reporter Kaara Wainaina told Nation.co.ke that the fire covered a wide area in the slum. A detachment from the paramilitary General Service Unit (GSU) have cordoned off huge area affected by the fire and nearby roads have been closed to traffic.

Nearby buildings were evacuated and office workers asked to move away from the area.

Several ambulances were seen leaving the area ferrying away victims. They were taken to Mater Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

Many residents were caught up in the blaze, and an AFP reporter at the scene counted scores of charred bodies around the fire.

“People were trying to scoop fuel from the pipeline,” a Red Cross official told AFP by telephone, adding that the organisation had sent a team to the scene of the fire.

Firefighters sprayed chemical foam to try to contain the fire, while both police and GSU officers roped off the area and pushed people back from the area.

President Kibaki sent a message of condolence to the families, relatives and friends of those who perished in the fire.

The President expressed deep sympathy to the bereaved families and prayed to God to give them the courage and strength to bear the tragic loss. He wished those admitted in hospital following the fire accident quick recovery.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi later visited the scene.

In 2009, 122 people were killed after a fire erupted while they were drawing fuel from an overturned tanker in western Kenya.

FIRST VIDEO OF THE FIRE AFTERMATH

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