A day at a Time


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Finally, this week the fuss about Mumias sugar company and their misfortunes come to an end. This was marketed by a visit from the head of state and western Kenya politicians. This was after the employees and suppliers of the sugar manufacturing giant going without pay for months.

Hii sio siasa, hii ni maisha na kazi yetu“/ “This isn’t politics, it is our livelihood” said one of the local dependents on the sugar company. From the feelings portrayed… this seems like a very sensitive issue in the area.

Uhuru ametoa bilioni moja“/ “President Uhuru has donated a billion shillings”. ignorance at its peak from some of the rally attendees. Though as a fact, it was true that Hon. Uhuru championed the release of the funds.

Have a weekend full of sugar.

By Neville Mugambi. Video courtesy Capital TV

THE CAK and CAK LOCAL JARGON


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For the past two weeks I have been wondering where I can get my press clearance as the Kenyan Economist founder. I had heard that getting the press pass was quite easy as one just needed to drop by the CCK offices in Westlands and apply. phew! what a relief, I figured. Later during the week… Laziness kicked in and I Google’d the ‘CCK’. Nothing came up. I figured they must have have changed their domain name to something else because it should have worked considering the fact that cck was a very unique acronym for a government body.

After asking around… It dawned on me that the name was changed by the Jubilee govt to the Communications Authority of Kenya(www.ca.go.ke) from Communications commission of Kenya. It was a national circular where nearly all commissions in the country got a name change to become Authorities.

Going back to the world wide web… I noticed that using the initial CAK, you were actually either looking for Communications authority of Kenya or the competition authority of Kenya(www.cak.go.ke).  I asked my colleague Moses Omusolo” Why are there two CAK’s in this country”. and mumbled on “they even have resembling domain names”.

As it turns out. I was thinking from a perspective where I later had to find other govt institutions with closely resembling initials forgetting that you can Google whole sentences and get your desired outcome right at the top. From that conversation with Moses and other civilians that I tried to engage during my walks back home from the office. I had to give up and start researching my conspiracies before I start making head and tail out of them. I also found out that the press pass is got from somewhere totally not the CA(communications authority).

By Neville Mugambi

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The Remarkable Power of Doing Absolutely Nothing


Originally posted on TIME:

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When was the last time you took a moment to breathe? Can you recall the last time you felt well rested? Or had a day to do absolutely nothing?

Sadly, most people can’t.

Now, more than ever, people fill their schedules to the brim with tasks that feel so necessary in the moment but which, in reality, are so trivial. They make to-do lists that run miles long, packing them with reminders to get an important assignment done at work, call the hair salon for an appointment, buy some groceries on the way home, and so on.

You tell yourself that you constantly take on a plethora of activities in order to improve your life. It makes sense to take on a second job, to join another club at school, and to help out every family member on Saturday even if you haven’t had the time in your schedule to…

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Mpesa is what Obama should come to learn.


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Kenya is known for many tourist attraction spots. from the Maasai mara, to the Serena groups of hotels, the rhinos, Konza city, the giraffe center at Karen and most of all for its confused politics. Speaking of the later, the international community(united nations) played a major role in resolving the 2007 post election violence. Since then, as a nation, have been keen on who has been elected in key positions.

Back to the scheduled visit by ‘THA’ president of the United States of America. considering a survey i have done from around 15 people, no one has the slightest idea of what he is coming to do? some are busy making merchandises in anticipation for sale others waiting for the TV brief of what went down. Considering that the last time he was here, he bought a painting. if you don’t know this read the 2009 ‘Msafiri’ by kenyairways Obama last visit to kenya article.

So, if the white house dint get the memo. the Kra.go.ke are looking for 2 trillion shillings this year to finance their government. The figures last year collected by the tax authority was 1.6 trillion shillings. with the government facing issues like war, national security, education crisis… maybe he should learn how the M-pesa works and just send us the fare that he would have used. Because I am pretty sure… the entourage will spend more than 1 billion shillings in preparation for the trip.

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Comparing that with the amount of money http://www.safaricom.co.ke makes (17 billion shillings annually/ 1.1 billion shillings monthly). Maybe he should just skip the visiting day and send kenya some pocket money via Mpesa.

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Apply Now: MSc in Natural Resources Management for Tropical Rural Development


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COURTESY ruforum.org

Originally posted on RUFORUM:

Application Deadline: Friday, 10 July 2015.

The Application Procedure outlined below applies only to applicants from countries eligible for scholarships by the Italian Cooperation, and who are interested in the ‘Land and Water ‘ curriculum. Candidates from other countries, including Italy, are invited to apply directly to the University of Florence, at their own expense.
In 2015 the Italian Cooperation will provide funding for 16 participants to be selected from the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

If you have earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Forest Sciences or Natural Sciences, after no less than a 3-year undergraduate course, you are eligible to apply for a scholarship to attend the MSc in Management pf Natural Resources for Tropical Rural Development.
A very good knowledge of English, the working language of all academic activities, is an essential requirement.
Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants employed…

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Who is the new Central Bank of #Kenya governor nominee? A profile of Dr. Patrick Njoroge.


Originally posted on macroafricaintelligence:

By Rafiq Raji, Ph.D.

Dr. Patrick Ngugi Njoroge has been nominated by President Kenyatta to be the next governor of the Central Bank of Kenya. A Ph.D. holder in Economics from Yale University (1987-1993), Dr. Njoroge obtained bachelor (1979-1983) and master degrees (1983-1985) in Economics from the University of Nairobi. Starting his career as a planning officer at Kenya’s ministry of planning (1985-1987) and later an economist at the finance ministry (1993-1994), Dr. Njoroge proceeded to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as an economist in April 1995. He would be leaving the IMF as an Advisor to the Deputy Managing Director, a position he has held since December 2012.

Source: Linkedin
 https://www.linkedin.com/pub/patrick-njoroge/10/28a/bb4

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Trends as per now…. Questionable


Wondering how the internet seems great at first then suddenly becomes extremely boring later. When I was growing up i used to cheat at video games just to see how the final level looks like. It was an amazing experience at the time.

I was wondering how guys `talk` about football and its playing live. ladies talk about movies. kids about cartoons and you-let me say i- feel out of place.

So this is just how to get all caught up with what is happening. A cheat sheet from google trends on topics such as

  1. Searches.
  2. People
  3. Athletes
  4. Consumer electronics
  5. Global news
  6. Doodles( those drawings that you see when open Google.com)
  7. Deaths( put in nicer way as `LOSS`)
  8. World cup
  9. Youtube Videos

 

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