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Video: WAGEUZI: Battle 2012

Posted by Administrator on December 6, 2011

The race to 2012 heats up as the Wageuzi fight for Power and Glory to the very end.

Groundbreaking 3D animation. Truly and Fully Kenyan.

CREDITS: Modeling, Animation, Rigging, Lighting, Compositing – Andrew Kaggia

Soundtrack/Score – Ulopa Ngoma

Outro Song Written and Performed by – DNA

Software: 3ds Max 2009, Vray 1.5, Adobe After Effects Total Render time: 120 days


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DFW Jamhuri Day Joint Worship Service-Dec 11, 2011 at Upendo Baptist Church

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Kenyan restaurant Alando’s Cuisine brings new flavor to Bethlehem

Posted by Administrator on December 6, 2011

At first glance, it may not be apparent that Alando’s Cuisine is a Kenyan restaurant.

The full coffee counter up front that includes cakes, pastries and frappes is a bit misleading.

Chelsea SheridanExterior shot of Alando Kenyan Cuisine on Main Street on the North Side.

The employees dressed down in their matching T-shirts may make passerbys believe it to be nothing more than a neighborhood coffee shop; but it isn’t.

Beyond the coffee counter there is an almost-hidden back area.

The African decorations and the cozy space transform Alando’s from a student workspace into a casual restaurant.

At this divide, a large banner stretches across the ceiling saying: “Take your taste buds on a safari.”

There is, in fact, a safari-like theme in the decor. Paper mache masks of elephants, antelopes and lions hang from the ceiling. Photographs of actual wildlife and traditional African paintings line the walls.

The brown and orange paint casts deep shadows on this back portion of Alando’s, making it a much more intimate spot for lunch or dinner.

Alando’s opened last May. Born and raised in Kenya, chef and owner Emily Nyindodo said she has always loved to cook. Her grandmother – whom Alando’s was named after – taught her the traditional ways and techniques of African dishes.

When speaking about her grandmother, Nyindodo said: “She believed in cooking fresh and taking the time to produce the best meal. If she was going to make a meal, it had to be pure.”

Nyindodo said artificial meat and spices would not be used under her grandmother’s watch.

“She was an honest cook,” Nyindodo said.

Even now in Bethlehem, far away from her home in Kenya, Nyindodo said she continues using this valuable lesson she learned from her grandmother. Alando’s uses fresh ingredients including cilantro, scallions and peppers. Almost the entire menu is made up of traditional Kenyan food, with a few of Nyindodo’s own creations.

What started out as a hobby eventually grew into Nyindodo’s career. In the United States, she had hosted small parties for her friends and did some personal chef work, but it was never something she thought about pursuing professionally.

Before opening up Alando’s, Nyindodo worked at IBM. Her background was in information technology and project management. She began to take her cooking to Quakertown, Pa., where there was a weekend farmer’s market. This worked around her career. Soon after, things changed, but not necessarily for the worst.

“Two years ago I was laid off,” she said. “So I thought I might as well take [my hobby] to another level.”

That’s when Nyindodo decided to buy the space that is now Alando’s.

The menu is friendly to both vegetarians and meat lovers. Some vegetarian dishes include vegetable masala cooked with green peas, carrots and sautéed over a vegetable masala spice. It comes with either rice or chapati, a flatbread with cardamom spices. There is a chicken version of the masala.

Additionally, Alando’s offers an extensive list of chicken, beef and seafood options. These include a cardamom chicken made with ginger, garlic, cream and cilantro, and a beef karanga, which is small pieces of beef sautéed with garlic, onions, cilantro, and served with cornmeal mash (ugali) or collard greens (sukuma wiki).

The menu does not stop there however; customers can also choose from soups, such as an African peanut soup, chilis, salads and appetizers such as lentil samosas. Alando’s also prides itself on making its own hot sauce called pili pili. It can be purchased at the restaurant and is also put out on each table during meals.

Eliza Zweig, ’12, said the dishes look unusual for Bethlehem. Studying abroad in South Africa last semester, Zweig had a taste of African food.

“I have never tried Kenyan food before, but in South Africa, I got a taste of the tender meats and sauces that are used in traditional African dishes,” she said.

Since being back in the U.S., Zweig has been unable to encounter anything close to what she ate in Africa.

“I saw Alando’s for the first time in August as I drove by, and I knew right away that I had to try it,” she said. “The dishes look great and definitely remind me of similar ingredients and authentic spices that were used in South Africa.”

Alando’s Cuisine is located at 520 Main St. It is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Delivery options are available; however there is a minimum charge based on location.

Source: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/thebrownandwhiteblog/index.ssf/2011/12/post_25.html

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Police Report Reveals New Details Of Kenyan Runner Marko Cheseto’s Disappearance in Alaska

Posted by Administrator on December 6, 2011

Marko Cheseto, the star UAA long distance runner who had his feet amputated last month after going missing for several days in a snowstorm, was struggling with depression at the time of his disappearance, according to a newly-released police report.

According to the UAA campus police report, Cheseto was struggling with sadness after the suicide of his good friend and fellow Kenyan countryman William Ritekwiang in February of this year.

Parts of the police report are redacted, but the document still gives the clearest look yet into the events of November 6, the day Cheseto went missing. The report said that Cheseto woke that Sunday feeling “unhappy.” He tried to do some school work, but the computer system he needed wasn’t working.

The 28-year-old then tried to talk to a friend, ‘to tell him how negative he was feeling about his life and how he was having to struggle to get through life,’ but that friend needed to leave for work, according to the police report. Cheseto then went back to campus, but again, the computer system wasn’t working.

He met with friends for dinner but wasn’t hungry. Cheseto told police that he then began running on the Chester Creek Trail. At some point Cheseto said he passed out. He stated he couldn’t see and didn’t remember anything else until he woke up.

By then, it was snowing and Cheseto was laying under a tree with snow covering his legs. Cheseto’s coach said that’s when the young man decided to fight for his life. “What he does remember is waking up and thinking this is not the place he wants to die,” said UAA track and cross-country coach Michael Friess said. “At that point you have a choice. Are you going to get up and move on and face all the consequences, all the issues he knows that are in front of him, is he going to do that or is he still going to be on the ground? He decided to pull himself up.”

Friess said Cheseto is mentally in a better place now and that he wants to help others. He said Cheseto has also talked about training for the Paralympics. “He knows that would be one way to inspire others and he wants to do that,” Friess said.


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I am a dying African bestial porn actor stranded in Europe

Posted by Administrator on December 6, 2011

It all began when she answered to an internet announcement.

Lolita is from Nigeria and at only 26 years of age her testimony seems almost unbelievable. Her story perfectly illustrates some of the hardships thousands of African women go through. Prostitution has reduced her to a drug addict and an alcoholic with aids pulling her into the doomed path of the grim reaper.

Prostitution among African women is snowballing in Europe. Amely-James Bela, a business school graduate, has a long history of humanitarian and community work. She has been fighting to stop the traffic of women and children for prostitution. Her book La prostitution africaine en Occident sounds an alarm on this phenomenon. Afrik-news.com has also decided to follow her example by bringing this trend to light.

“If only I knew what was in store for me here, in this crazy place, this place that so many people admire, this place they all want to come to (…) a place where we, Africans, are considered as good for nothing, slaves who are made to eat human excrement and drink their urine. Some find it normal that sick people, perverts, rich people… use their money and influence to gravely abuse other humans.

They say that we are adults and therefore consenting, but this is not true because no one asked for my consent before throwing me into this hell hole. I was forced and threatened… and if we are adults, what about the kids who find themselves in this milieu? Those people pay a lot to abuse the youngest ones. Poor people do not pay such ludicrous amounts of money for such things, simply because all their money will still not be enough to buy these…

“I am not afraid anymore”

I am disgusted and no more afraid, and by the way, who cares? My days are numbered anyway. My aids is in its final stages. They have more respect for dogs than for us. I know that not all the girls go through what I have been through. But I know what goes on in this milieu and why the girls deny all those horrendous things so as not to fall victim to their anger. Their riches give them the right over our lives… If their drugs, their aids and alcohol had not brought me to my death bed, their filth and the filth of their dogs that I was made to swallow as well as their violence would have done it anyway.

I have prayed to God to forgive me and take me back. No human being can live with what I have in my head. I only have to close my eyes for a few seconds for all the horrors to come rushing back. Everyday and every night I go through the same torture. I need someone to help me end it all, I have no energy in me to even try it. My God! I want just a moment of silence to rest. I just want it over and done with and just go, go, go…

Recruited via the Internet

My troubles began in Lagos. I came across an internet announcement, which said that a businessman was looking for women who wanted to get married for his dating agency. There were photos and stories of happy and successful marriages. Apart from the internet announcement, I also answered to announcements posted in these magazines that we find everywhere now. It all went very fast. The man contacted me and we started communicating via the Internet. He promised me things that no woman would refuse. A dream. In a matter of three months, I had every single paper needed to leave for London. He also gave me the names of persons I had to meet and everything went well. I also had to go to Benin City (a city in Nigeria, ndlr) to collect a small parcel for him. I was a bit taken aback when I realized that the little parcel he was talking about were three young boys between the ages of eight and twelve. Their passports and visas were ready. Everything was ok. I went to see a guy called “wizard” for instructions.

Our trip took us through Ghana where someone provided us with Liberian passports with which we traveled to London. This was to help us obtain refugee status with ease. We left after spending three days in a shantytown in Accra where we were hidden to “avoid being spotted by jealous people who were not as lucky as us!” hmmm… The youngest boy was gripped by fear. He cried a lot, his whole body shook and could not utter a word. His only refuge were my arms and the only moment he left my arms was to allow me to go to the bathroom…

Defenseless children

At the airport, my fiancé and the person who was to collect the children were waiting. The separation was very painful. A lot of force was needed to tear the little boy from me. I never heard of those children again. I followed this man whom I knew nothing about apart from the fact that he called himself “Bryan”. We barely got to his house when the nightmare began. First of all, he wanted us to do it right away. But I told him that I needed some time as it is not too easy to open up to someone I did not know, just like that. But his violent grip made me give in immediately. My first hours on the English soil were marked with rape and violence on somebody’s living room floor. He took a rest, drank whiskey and came back to do those horrible and painful things that I didn’t even know existed, again and again. I thought I was going to die.

I was forced to do what he wanted, I knew only him and he had kept all my papers. After sexually abusing me, he asked me to watch films in which girls were having sex with animals. He said to study what the girls were doing because I was going to do the same soon. He said that my arrival had cost him a lot of money and I was going to have to pay him back. He also said that because he is a very nice man, he would find good business and film contracts and split the money between the two of us. He gave me a little something to give me courage, but not to worry because there was a lot of money to be made. Lots of money. That little something to give me courage was, in fact, drugs. This is how, three weeks after my arrival in England, I became a bestial porn star addicted to drugs and traveling through european capitals; Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and London, my residence.

Women and animals

Once or twice a week, I was sent to film sets or individual homes to tape these nasty pornographic videos. Sometimes the master and his dogs would join in. It gave me nausea. His wife would look on, amused, while mixing herself cocktails. I took drugs and drunk before doing those scenes, because without getting high on drugs, I just couldn’t do it. These animals in me, their slaver, their hairs, their bad breathe, the scratches from their claws, while obeying their masters who would order them to go slow or use violence with me under them… I cried, I screamed, I prayed for the good lord to take me away. What was I doing? My poor mother would die if she knew. To prevent her from asking too many questions, I sent her money along with carefully staged photographs Bryan and I made.

The worst moment came was when I was made to perform oral sex on these animals. Sex with the animals were unprotected and the man told me that I was not at risk since God had made sure that animals could not impregnate humans. For years I did only that. Litres of animal sperm in my stomach. My body is so filthy that not a single child could possibly be conceived in it. One day, to spice up the scenes, the producer’s wife went and fetched puppies to suck my breasts. It was very painful because they sucked violently as there was no milk. The professionals sell these films across the world while others watch them during parties.

My family lives well and I live with aids

I have to confess that I made a lot of money. I had a house built back home and my family lives well. I pay the school fees for the young ones and I am respected and adored. My family is very proud of me because they know nothing about what I do. Out of greed, I worked more to get more money, which also meant more drugs and alcohol. Sometimes Bryan rented me out to a friend of his in the south of France, because in summer, the arrival of a number of yachts and celebrities at the côte d’azur means a big market for prostitutes and drug dealers. There are all night long orgies and they pay a lot. It is a change from the usual work and brings in a lot of money.

I think that is where I was infected with aids… and because I did not have regular medical check ups the disease was discovered too late. I was abandoned on the beaches of Saint Tropez. Bryan disappeared and changed his address. A prostitute from Poland came to my aid but since she was not able to cater for my drug needs as well as all she was doing for me, she introduced me to an African girl who was also involved in the same line of work, who introduced me to an association that takes care of African women with aids…

My disease is in its terminal stage. I won’t live past thirty. My body is covered with leeches, I am a drug addict, anorexic, alcoholic… I still work as a prostitute, but I am careful not to put my clients, who know nothing about my situation, at risk. I do it to help me buy drugs and alcohol. I take those things to speed things up, you know, my death. The images torture me and it is like a poison killing me in small doses. It is the worst kind of death. I regret so much for coming to Europe. Back home, I would be healthy, married and by now a mother…”

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Diaspora Inflows Now a Major Source of Funds, Accounting for 2% of GDP in 2010

Posted by Administrator on December 6, 2011

Diaspora remittances to Kenya are poised to be a major contributing sector to the country’s economic development, accounting for two percent of GDP in 2010, according to research conducted by Stanbic Investment Management Services (SIMS).

Inflows from the Diaspora are already rivalling other GDP sectors such as electricity and water which SIMS Chief Investment Officer Anthony Mwithiga said contributed 2.3 percent to GDP in 2010.

“Though Diaspora remittances are not an economic sector, its size is equivalent to some of the smaller sectors which account for between two and 3.5 percent of our total size of GDP,” he said.

Over the last eight years Diaspora remittances have maintained an average of above two percent of GDP, now considered as the fourth largest foreign exchange earner in the country.

Diaspora inflows are expected to strongly challenge the four traditional key inflows that include tea, tourism, horticulture and coffee.
Since 2004 Diaspora remittances have almost doubled, already registering Sh57.5 billion ($643 million) for the year ending September 2011, with a compound annual growth rate of 8.4 percent.

Mwithiga said Diaspora inflows also show potential in contributing significantly to the growth of both the real estate and financial services sectors in Kenya.

“Kenyans living abroad have chosen property as a natural place to invest in and that accounts for eight percent. Slightly smaller in number is savings which is four percent. That savings number shows how the financial services sector can tap into that,” he said.

The research findings showed that 52 percent of remittances went to consumption, while investment into SMEs accounted for 36 percent.
Within the continent, Kenya ranked seventh among African countries receiving the most remittances at 4.5 percent, while Nigeria led with 25 percent, followed by Egypt with 19.3 percent and Morocco at 16 percent.

Sudan was fourth with eight percent of total African remittance figures, trailed by Algeria and Tunisia posting five percent each.
Although developing countries receive the lion’s share of global remittances raking in 70 percent, African countries barely feature on the list of top remittance recipients; with Nigeria being the only African representative at five percent.

This is despite the fact that remittances are the continent’s second largest source of net foreign inflows after FDIs.
Emerging markets such as China, India and Mexico, combined accounted for 58 percent remittances disbursed last year.
However, when it came to remittances on a regional scale, Somalia registered the highest figures among its East African counterparts with almost $800 million for 2010.

SIMS Senior Investment Manager Kenneth Kaniu said the amount has a lot to do with the nature of displacement of Somali nationals around the world, particularly attributed to the civil unrest in the country over the last two decades. “When you look at the absolute number of Somalis outside Somalia it is greater than the actual number of Somalis living in Somalia. Just because of that quantum they are able to marshal quite a large number of resources,” he said.

With the average remittance of $200 requiring a transaction cost of $20, high remittance costs remain a major challenge for Diaspora Kenyans desiring to send funds back home.

“Remittance amounts are very small; to an average they are charged 10 percent of the amount remitted and that’s a substantial amount. The costs are high because the players in the remittance business have to administer many small amounts, hence the high charges,” Mwithiga revealed.

However, the partnership between Western Union and Safaricom that allows customers in the US, UK and other countries to transfer money to an M-Pesa users, is a step in the right direction in terms of addressing the efficiency and reliability of the money transfer process.

By Victoria Rubadiri Victoria is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. She has experience working as a freelance PR consultant in New Jersey and New York, as well as broadcast media at WMGM NBC 40 television station in Linwood, New Jersey. Her interests are in youth issues; mentoring teens both in the US and Kenya, for the past three years.
Source: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/business/2011/12/diaspora-inflows-now-a-major.

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Leaving an Abusive Relationship

Posted by Administrator on December 6, 2011

The best relationships are truly wonderful – committed, intimate, secure, supportive and trusting. But some are simply dreadful.

Cold, controlling, abusive, neglectful – the possibilities are endless. And it’s not a gender issue, because both men and women are equally likely to be the victims.

But regardless of who starts things, if your relationship’s bad, why not just leave?

People stay

Some people stay because they need the relationship too much. Or feel dependent. Or guilty about leaving. Or fear social stigma. But much more often it’s because leaving isn’t a single event, it’s a process.

So if you don’t start the process, then you’ll never leave. Just like people rarely resign from a job on impulse. More likely they’ve been planning to go for some time.

So if your relationship’s violent, don’t pretend it isn’t. Prepare a small emergency bag containing your ID, documents, keys, cash and a few essentials.

Hide it somewhere accessible – and think seriously about where you could go at short notice. Friends, relatives – or a cheap hotel. And trust your instincts.

If you suddenly feel things might be going pear-shaped, then get out. Pretend you’re going to the bathroom, but instead pick up your bag and the baby, and slip out through the front door!

More often though, violent relationships get into a deceptive cycle of abuse. After an incident, you make up and there’s lots of remorse and promises, and so you think everything’s going to be alright.

But it never is. Tension between you gradually rises, and before long you’re walking on eggshells again, watching your partner for signs of anger. Sooner or later, the inevitable argument becomes a fight, and the whole cycle starts again.

Other relationships aren’t actually violent but are just as horrible. Many fade into nothingness. No violence, but no joy either. Add some emotional abuse and life becomes miserable. And no one should stay in a relationship that doesn’t add something good to each and every day.

So if life with your partner’s becoming unbearable, what should you do? The best approach is to follow a dual strategy. On the one hand, secretly start the process of leaving.

Quietly discuss things with a lawyer, start organising your finances, finding a better job, looking for somewhere to live, saving up some cash, making new friends, networking …

But even while you’re preparing to leave, do all you can to improve things with your partner. That’s because preparing to leave and working on the relationship at the same time creates a win-win.

You feel more confident, so the balance of power between you shifts in your favour, problems start getting resolved, and there’s hope for the future. But people don’t change easily.

So if personality issues, for example, are at the root of your unhappiness, then you either have to figure out how to work around them, or leave.

But at least you’ll be ready to go.

Source: Daily Nation

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Kirubi now largest individual investor in Kenya Power

Posted by Administrator on December 6, 2011

Chris Kirubi

Chris Kirubi

The restructuring of the Kenya Power balance sheet has seen businessman Chris Kirubi join the list of the electricity distributor’s top ten shareholders and become the largest individual investor.

The power firm’s 2011 annual report show that Mr Kirubi more than doubled his stake to 0.799 per cent at the end of August compared to 0.369 per cent a year earlier—pushing his worth to Sh225 million.

This has seen the businessman join the list of Kenya Power’s top 10 shareholders from position 18 last year and jump Mr Alimohamed Adam to become the firm’s largest individual shareholder, cementing his stock among Kenya’s wealthiest personalities. Stockbrokers says Mr Kirubi built the bulk of his stock in the electricity distributor in December when Kenya Power offered  more than 480 million shares through a rights issue that a number of shareholders including the government opted not to buy whole the shares allocated to them.

This opened the window that allowed investors such Mr Kirubi to buy the shares that other shareholders had left on the table in a process that has changed the structure of Kenya Power’s top shareholder list.

“Mr Kirubi bought the bulk of the additional shares during the rights issues since his shareholding was less than 0.4 per cent at the time of the rights,” said Mr Johnson Nderi, a research analyst at Suntra Investment Bank.

The power company  joins a list of firms, including Centum Investment (26.8 per cent), Haco Tiger Brands (51 per cent), and Capital FM,  where Mr Kirubi is the single largest  individual shareholder.

But his shareholding in Kenya Power is small relative to other shareholders including the government (50.08)—meaning that Mr Kirubi’s has little voting rights to dictate the strategic direction of the power firm despite being the largest individual shareholder.

Other top shareholders include Standard Chartered Nominees (12.8 per cent) CFC Stanbic Nominees (4.5 per cent) and the National Social Security Fund (4.1 per cent).

Kenya Power in December   restructured its balance sheet in a process that saw the government convert its 794, 962, 491 preference shares into ordinary units,  which was followed by a Sh9.5 billion rights issue.

This pushed its shareholding to 69.7 per cent from 40.4 per cent, which was later cut to 50.08 per cent after it  opted not to buy additional shares during the rights issues—offering investors like Mr Kirubi an opportunity to buy more shares and boost their holding in the power firm.

The power firm was eager to keep the state’s  shareholding at slightly above 50 per cent to give it the status of a state-owned firm while offering comfort to private investors that Treasury was not intending to launch a take-over bid.

Kenya Power’s share price has fallen 20 per cent in the past six months to the current price of Sh16.35, meaning that the bear run at the NSE has cost shareholders Sh8.5 billion in the six months period. Analysts reckon that the upbeat growth prospects and capital restructuring that increased its shares and boosted its liquidity has made Kenya Power look attractive to both short term and long term investors.

“The restructuring increased its liquidity and made Kenya Power stock attractive to short term investors who prefer counters they can easily move in or out,” said Francis Mwangi, an analyst at Standard Investment Bank.

“The fact that the power firm is hedged against the country’s economic cycles including inflation makes it favourable for long term investors.

Demand for electricity will continue rising and Kenya power is also well cushioned from rising costs,” added Mr Mwangi.


Source: http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Kirubi+now+largest+individual+investor+in+Kenya+Power++++/-/539546/1284240/-/869b5g/-/

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