Where the jobs are

You stand a higher chance of landing a job in the food industry, with the latest official data showing that the sub-sector churned out the most jobs in four years to 2018. However, data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) sounded a warning bell to those engaged in the manufacture of vegetable and animal oils and fats, as this sub-sector shed a staggering 12,743 jobs in the period under review. The 2018 Statistical Abstract shows that the number of workers engaged in the manufacture of food products increased…

Kenyans hit as essential food prices double

The average Kenyan household spends a big chunk of its paycheck on food, with some essential supplies having doubled in their value between 2009 and 2018. Prices of such items as tomatoes and matumbo (offals) have risen by 120 per cent and 101 per cent respectively in the nine-year period under review, according to a new report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS). This saw Kenyans dig deeper into their pockets even as economic conditions hardened, with a number of companies laying off workers. SEE ALSO :Farmers to…

Things fall apart for State’s free maternity programme

Newly delivered mothers are being discharged prematurely due to inadequate funding for the government’s free maternity programme, a new report says. Cotton wool and surgical blades are also some of the necessities expectant mothers have to pay for in public hospitals as the health facilities grapple with poor funding. For example, in Kilifi County, as the report by The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (Osiea) revealed, women are discharged to avoid sleeping on the floor due to lack of space. SEE ALSO :Software deal was used to milk NHIF…

Democrats announce two impeachment charges against Trump

Nadler, in a solemn and deeply serious moment for the nation, was joined by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the US Capitol to lay out the charges facing Trump. The president is alleged to have wielded the power of the presidency for personal and political gain by pressuring Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 US election. He also pressed his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky to probe a debunked Kremlin conspiracy theory that it was Kiev, and not Moscow, that interfered in the 2016 US election. “The evidence of the president’s…

Inside death-worshipping mountain tribe who cook ancestors’ remains every day

Mirror 10th Dec 2019 11:46:46 GMT +0300 A Dani elder holds up the mummified corpse of former village chief. [Image: Mediadrumimages/GianlucaChiodini] Remarkable photos have captured a reclusive mountain tribe who cook their ancestors’ remains every day to help preserve their mummified bodies. The Dani people of Baliem Valley in West Papua, Indonesia, also hack the fingers off women who have lost a loved one. The tribe, only discovered by Western scientists 80 years ago, says the rituals help with grief and happiness. “The Dani are the most beautiful tribe in…

Teacher charged with murder of class 8 pupil and her baby

Eric Otieno Ooko, a teacher of Gethsemane academy on Mfangano Island. He was arraigned in Homa Bay High Court for the murder of Rihana Nafula and her baby girl Everlyn Aoko. [James Omoro, Standard] A primary school teacher has been charged over the killing of a Class Eight pupil and her 10-month-old daughter, who he allegedly sired. Eric Otieno Ooko of Gethsemane Academy in Mfangano Island, Mbita Sub-county was arraigned in Homa Bay High Court yesterday, charged with the murder of Rihana Nafula and her daughter Everlyn Aoko. In the…

Graft monster: Lords of impunity pocket Sh300 trillion annually

Probably overwhelmed by the state of graft in the country, you did not notice that today is the World Anti-Corruption Day. December 9 was set aside by the United Nations to create awareness on corruption and outline ways to combat it. The day has been observed annually since 2003. According to the UN, over Sh100 trillion is paid in bribes and more than Sh200 trillion is stolen through corruption every year in the world. In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Programme, funds lost to corruption are estimated…

Russia banned from all major sporting events for four years

Mirror 09th Dec 2019 13:52:47 GMT +0300 Russia have banned from all major sporting events for four years by the World Anti Doping Agency [Courtesy] Russia are set to miss the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after being handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). WADA ruled Russia should be punished for manipulation of laboratory data after the doping scandal that has rocked sport. Their executive committee concluded Moscow had tampered with laboratory data by planting…

BREAKING: Russia banned from all major sporting events for four years

Mirror 09th Dec 2019 13:52:47 GMT +0300 Russia have banned from all major sporting events for four years by the World Anti Doping Agency [Courtesy] Russia are set to miss the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after being handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). WADA ruled Russia should be punished for manipulation of laboratory data after the doping scandal that has rocked sport. Their executive committee concluded Moscow had tampered with laboratory data by planting…

Carry your own cross Uhuru tells leaders

President Uhuru Kenyatta with a parishioner at the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Parish in Ruiru, Kiambu County. [ PSCU] President Uhuru Kenyatta has said leaders found guilty of corruption should carry their own cross. He said each leader would be held personally liable for corrupt dealings. The President was speaking at St Francis of Asisi Catholic Church in Ruiru town yesterday during a church fundraiser. He gave a personal contribution of Sh3 million and pledged Sh4 million for the construction of the church. Uhuru said no leader would…