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90-year-old pupil still going strong

Posted by Administrator on February 26, 2012

This is the story of a 90-year-old grandmother who is just in standard three. Priscillah Sitienei or ‘gogo’ as her she is popularly known, can now read and write. And she has even picked up a few popular English phrases. NTV’s Rita Tinina who had visited her early last year, went back to see how she is doing.

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Video: American football launched in Kenya

Posted by Administrator on February 26, 2012

Kenyans will have an opportunity to learn and play American Football here in Kenya after the University of Nairobi launched the American game in partnership with a non-governmental organization Sports for Peace.

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Kenyan man who grew up hungry devotes career to famine relief

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Peter Kimeu

Peter Kimeu

There were many days when Peter Kimeu, growing up in Kenya, sat on a small hill above a path waiting for passers-by to spit out chewed-up sugar cane or toss a banana peel. He’d race down the hill and collect the garbage, then chew it. It gave him the energy to go back to class.

At night, at the family’s mud hut, he kept a pot of water boiling in the hope that his parents would somehow bring home food that could be cooked. Often they came home empty-handed, and said to Peter and his three sisters, “Tough luck.”

“I would not even go to the market area because I am afraid of seeing or even smelling food,” said Kimeu, “It was very challenging, because I knew I can’t have it. I have no food and I can’t afford it.”

That gave Kimeu motivation. He has spent the past 31 years working for Catholic Relief Services seeking to reduce hunger – hunger that makes people angry. He has also been engaged in health care, emergency response, community participation and the building of reservoirs and other improvements for people who have very little, in East Africa.

He is in the United States as Lent begins to encourage Catholics to generously participate in Operation Rice Bowl, CRS’ Lenten program that began in 1975 as an ecumenical response to the drought in the African Sahel. Today, donations help fund development programs designed to increase food security around the world.

The Horn of Africa, it happens, is one of the most food insecure regions of the world. Coupled with conflict in Somalia, it is insecure on every front.

The worst drought since 1950 struck the region in 2011, bringing suffering to 4.5 million people, said Kimeu, who also develops partnerships between Catholic dioceses in the U.S. and African communities – although none are in California. Decent rain fell during the “short rain” period, October to December, and so cows and goats are eating and supplying milk, he said. There are bountiful and nutritious cowpeas. The number of people in most need fell some. The “long rain” is the period February into May, but the forecast is not promising, Kimeu said last week while visiting Santa Clara University.

“If the long rains do not show up and there is drought the situation will be back to what it was in 2011,” he said. “It’s the changing climate condition. We are polluting our environment the way we are destroying natural resources.”

CRS relies heavily on Operation Rice Bowl in large part because of congressional proposals to trim food aid. Last year, as what was called the supercommittee was seeking a $1.5 trillion reduction in the federal deficit, a plan developed in the House of Representatives would have trimmed food aid by 28 percent – from $1.7 billion in 2011 to $1.2 billion. In the end, said Kimeu, Catholic lobbyists prevailed – for this year. The 28 percent was preserved.

He thinks Catholics have an inherent responsibility to help.

“If there is hunger, anger, anywhere, then we cannot proudly say we are in communion,” he said, “because those brothers and sisters of ours who are hungry – we need to be able to satisfy them. This is the message, and particularly the message to everyone in America, that we are brothers and sisters with them.”

He added, “It is part of our responsibility as Catholics to raise our voices where the poor are going to be injured in any way.”

CRS, which the U.S. bishops launched following World War II to aid the poor in Europe, is, in addition to making direct donations of food, giving farmers resources and information and helping with infrastructure so they may be more self-sufficient. For example, in Kitui, Kenya, a town of 13,000 some 130 kilometers east of Nairobi, CRS has, with the people, built five small reservoirs to collect rain water. Now, women don’t have to walk five or six kilometers to a water station, and the people are even stocking the reservoirs with fish.

Tin silos are also being built in the region so food is protected from weevils.

“You agree with a community that is suffering hunger to engage in activity that in the long run is a solution to their anger,” said Kimeu.

Source: http://www.catholic-sf.org/news_select.php?newsid=2&id=59591

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Obama’s Uncle Due In Court This Week For Drunk Driving Case

Posted by Administrator on February 26, 2012

FRAMINGHAM (AP) — President Barack Obama’s uncle will be back in court on drunken driving charges this week, when his lawyer is expected to ask a judge to toss out the results of a blood-alcohol test and statements he made to police.

Onyango Obama, the half-brother of the president’s late father, was arrested in Framingham in August. A police officer said Obama made a rolling stop at a stop sign and nearly caused his cruiser to crash into Obama’s sport utility vehicle.

Police said Obama registered 0.14 on a blood-alcohol test. The state’s legal limit is 0.08.

A judge is expected to hear arguments Thursday on a motion to suppress statements he made to police and the test results.

Immigration officials allege that Obama, originally from Kenya, violated a 1992 order to return to Kenya.

Source: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/02/26/obamas-uncle-due-in-court-this-week-for-drunk-driving-case/

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Kenyan Diaspora-Owned Firm to Invest $830 Million in Electricity Generation in Kenya

Posted by Administrator on February 26, 2012

Photo/File An aerial view of wind generating turbines in Japan. Gitson Energy Ltd plans to harness wind for electricity generation and be operational by 2013 in Kenya.

Photo/File An aerial view of wind generating turbines in Japan. Gitson Energy Ltd plans to harness wind for electricity generation and be operational by 2013 in Kenya.

Kenyan owned firms have lined up $930 million for the generation of 457 Megawatts of electricity from wind and solar as the country seeks to reduce reliance on the expensive hydro power.

Gitson Energy Ltd backed by Kenyans in the diaspora has a capital expenditure of $830 million and Bluesea Energy Ltd is investing over $100 million to avail affordable electricity upon completion of various projects.

Gitson plans to build a 300MW wind farm and 50MW solar plant at Bubisa in Marsabit while Bluesea Energy Ltd has projects for 40 MW in Isiolo, sevenMW in Belgut and 60 MW at Lambwe Valley to utilise wind.

Gitson will use US backed technology equipment for  the  wind farm and solar plant project to qualify for funding from EximBank and Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Standard Charted Bank of South Africa, represented by CFC Stanbic Bank in Kenya was the lead advisor for the negotiations between EximBank and Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Kenya is expected to reduce over reliance on power generated from hydro and fossil fuel sources in the near future when Gitson and Bluesea inject 457 MW of power from renewable energy sources onto the national grid.

Bluesea’s lead engineer, Sam Ochieng said projects at Ntumburi in Isiolo, Lambwe Valley and Belgut  are at various phases of implementation and work at the first site is expected to be complete in November.

“We selected Nthumburi, Lambwe Valley and Belgut after carrying out feasibility studies for about two years and found out that they have adequate winds,” he said.

Installing of a wind mast and other facilities at Nthumburi and Belgut will be complete by November this year.

Construction work at Lambwe Valley will be finished in February 2013 and all the sites linked to the national grid.

“The target is to step up output from wind as a clean green renewable source,” said Ochieng.

Kenyans have in the past paid high power bills for thermal generation after diesel and fuel oil prices escalated due to global market volatility and output from water declined as a result of prolonged drought.

Costs of thermal generation  are borne by customers as pass through items for Kenya Power that is mandated to distribute and supply electricity.

Gitson’s Chairman Dr Michael Nderitu said the Bubisa project in northern Kenya intends to use feed in tariffs developed by government to contribute to harnessing resources to satisfy energy needs at competitive prices.

“The Energy Act of 2006 empowers the Ministry of Energy to promote, develop and use of renewable energy sources like wind, solar, biogas and municipal waste to spur economic development,” he said.

Dr Nderitu said the Gitson is negotiating with Kenya Power for a power purchase agreement (PPA) specifying terms of injecting electricity to national grid.

“We expect to commence generation from 2013 once the site is linked to the national grid. Discussions are being held with Kenya Electricity Generating Company on the best way forward,” he said.

Gitson’s site could be connected to the national grid through the planned 1045 kilometre high voltage electricity transmission link between Ethiopia and Kenya to be completed by 2016.

Building work for the project valued at $1.2 billion is expected to start in mid 2013 to link Welayta Sodo in Ethiopia about 90 kilometres west of Moyale town in Kenya and to Suswa near Naivasha.

Source: http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/business/Kenyan+firms+to+invest+US+dollars+930m+in+power+/-/2560/1334740/-/47kl2t/-/index.html

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Kenyan man killed in a fatal crash in Omaha, Nebraska

Posted by Administrator on February 26, 2012

The Late Elly Aora Mijungu who died after he swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid a vehicle that blew through a red light

The Late Elly Aora Mijungu who died after he swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid a vehicle that blew through a red light

An Omaha family is having to deal with the unexpected loss of their loved one after a fatal crash Friday afternoon.

Thirty-three-year-old Elly Aora Mijungu of Kenya was killed and another was injured in the crash. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department are searching for a third car that left the scene.Click here to find out more!

Deputies say two cars collided head-on in the westbound lanes in the area of 115th and Harrison.  Witnesses said a burgundy Ford Taurus went through a stop sign, forcing the driver of a Honda to swerve into oncoming traffic and hit a Buick head-on.

Elly Mijungu was driving the Honda.

Arnold Oduwo, Mijungu’s cousin says he’s speechless and upset about the driver who fled the scene.

“I just have so much anger towards that person, I don’t even know what to do with myself.”

Oduwo says his cousin was in the U.S. on a student visa studying computer science at Metro Community College and was getting ready to transfer to UNO.

“He liked fixing computers,” says Oduwo.

“He would fix everybody’s computer around here for free. He was just one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.”

Uduwo hopes that the man deputies are looking for will do the right thing and come forward.

“Take responsiblity for your actions. It is your actions that caused my cousin’s life.”

Mijungu leaves behind a wife and young boy in Kenya.

The driver of the Buick, 20-year-old Joshua Foote-Ludvik, was also injured and taken to the hospital in serious, but stable condition.

If anyone has information on the third car, a burgundy Ford Taurus, driven by a white man in his 50’s call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department at 402- 444-6000.

Source: http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/One_Killed_Another_Hurt_in_Head-On_Crash_140385213.html

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The Day I will Never Forget: The tragedy of female circumcision

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