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If you’re an average reader, I’ve got your attention for 15 seconds, so here goes: We are getting a lot wrong about the web these days. We confuse what people have clicked on for what they’ve read. We mistake sharing for reading. We race towards new trends like native advertising without fixing what was wrong with the old ones and make the same mistakes all over again.
Not an average reader? Maybe you’ll give me more than 15 seconds then. As the CEO of Chartbeat, my job is to work with the people who create content online (like Time.com) and provide them with real-time data to better understand their readers. I’ve come to think that many people have got how things work online quite mixed up.
Here’s where we started to go wrong: In 1994, a former direct mail marketer called Ken McCarthy came up with the clickthrough as
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By James Mwambai, London UK, April 13, 2014, (PSCU)
Tears flowed freely amongst the support team in London while the Kenyan diaspora jumped and cheered as First Lady Margaret Kenyatta inspired the globe with her debut at the London Marathon.
At the finish line the First Lady, who clocked 7 hrs 4 minute was warmly received by President Uhuru Kenyatta and the London Marathon organizers led by the Chairman Sir John D Spurling.
It was no walk in the park pounding the 42kms in the London streets. To quote Noel Tharther the British visually impaired runner, who won five gold medals when representing Great Britain at six Paralympic Games between 1984 and 2004, ‘2014 London Marathon will deliver a lifetime’s worth of inspiration in a single day’.
The team of eight led by the First Lady was cheered by enthusiastic spectators who lined the route which had the most iconic sites of London starting from Blackheath, coming through Woolwich Royal Artillery Barracks which has the longest Georgian façade in Britain.
Kenyans who live in the United Kingdom had travelled from every city in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to come and cheer the First Lady and her team.
The First Lady and her team passed through Parliament Square and Big Ben, finally going past Buckingham Palace to reach the finish line in London’s great ceremonial avenue, The Mall.
This is a worthy sacrifice that will entirely change the lives of Kenyan women and children. It is no doubt the teams’ efforts will bring the expected results of ensuring women and children access quality health care.
The race, which was beamed live across the globe, has once again put Kenya in the global ranking as the super power of sports.
Earlier, Kenyan elite athletes won gold and silver medals in both the men and women categories.
Wilson Kipsang dominated the field to take victory in the London Marathon in a new record time of 2.04.29. Kipsang was followed closely by fellow countryman Stanley Biwott in second position.
In the women category, Edna Kiplagat clinched the crown followed by fellow Kenyan Florence Kiplagat.
My name is Margaret Kenyatta. I am a mother to three lovely children and can say without hesitation that it is unbelievably moving to hold your healthy baby in your arms. This knowledge, that you hold the future of your family, the community and ultimately of the Nation in your hands, is priceless.
Yet many women may never get this chance. For them, the experience of childbirth is one filled with fear, pain, sorrow and even death. Should they survive the delivery, they are frightened that their baby is going to die, that their baby will not make it past the first few weeks of its life or even their first day. It breaks my heart knowing that these mothers and children do not have to suffer or die.
It would be unfair to say that nothing has been done to save Kenyan mothers and children. However, we must do more. Every birth promises a better, brighter future. As women, we hold a very strategic and powerful position. Realizing that this change starts with me, I have launched the Beyond Zero Campaign. This campaign aims at creating awareness and raising funds to tackle issues that affect maternal and child health issues and mother to child transmission of HIV. We have all heard the numbers; every year, thousands of women die from pregnancy complications and thousands of children under the age of five die from preventable diseases.
The World Bank states that out of every 100,000 live births in the developing world, 360 mothers will die, and they will never get to hold their babies. These women are my fellow Kenyan sisters. And, out of 1,000 children under the age of five, 73 children will never make it. To give you an even grimmer picture, in 2012 alone, 100,000 children under the age of five died. These are not just statistics, it is our fellow Kenyan sisters and children who die largely as a result of pregnancy and HIV related complications that are preventable. This campaign seeks to prevent and reduce mother to child HIV transmission and HIV related deaths, to ensure that maternal and child health care is a priority, that mothers get pre-natal and post-natal care and that we are all invested in saving lives.
To this end I decided to challenge myself to do something that I have never done. On the 13th of April this year, I will participate in the London Marathon. I will run to make a difference. I will run for the possibility of a healthy generation that is HIV-free, for the elimination of HIV transmission from mother to child. I will run to raise funds to increase access to better health care through mobile clinics that will bring services closer to Kenyans. I will run to keep mothers and newborns alive. As I run, I will be thinking how every mother needs to see her children grow up and how devastating and heart breaking it is for a mother to lose her child. I will be thinking of the children left without a mother because they could not access proper health care. I will run because I am a mother, and I believe motherhood is a blessing not just to a woman, but to a nation. I will run because every mother should be able to hold her baby and take her baby home, and that baby should live to be strong and have many more birthdays. I will run until we go Beyond Zero.
I cannot do this alone. The Beyond Zero Campaign has so far raised funds for ten mobile clinics. Our target is to raise 3.6 million pounds to buy mobile clinics for all the 47 counties in Kenya. I call on all of you to partner with me in this worthy cause. I know that on my own I may not be able to do much, but together, we can win this battle to save mothers and children from unnecessary deaths.
I thank you all.
SPEECH BY H.E. MRS. MARGARET KENYATTA, FIRST LADY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AT THE STANDARD CHARTERED GROUP RECEPTION AT THE STANDARD CHARTERED BANK HEADQUARTERS IN LONDON ON 10TH APRIL 2014 AT 6.00PM
Sir John Peace, the Standard Chartered Group Chairman
Richard Holmes, the CEO Standard Chartered Bank, UK
Ladies and Gentlemen
BY JIBRIL ADAN(PSCU)
NAIROBI, 27 Mar 2014 (PSCU) -President Uhuru Kenyatta today gave his first State of the Nation address at Parliament in which he outlined the progress made by the Jubilee Government since it came to office in April last year.
The speech delivered at the Chambers of the National Assembly was aired live by all local televisions and was keenly followed by millions of Kenyans.
The State of the Nation address is a requirement of Article 132 which requires that the Head of State addresses Parliament once a year to inform the nation of progress made in realization of national values and principles of governance, the country’s international obligations and in national security.
The Head of State spoke at length on how the Jubilee Government has been focused in fully implementing devolution.
“My government has kept faith with our people’s momentous choice by establishing a fully-fledged two-tier state: 47 counties that complement the national administration. All are now operational, disproving the doubts of the faint-hearted” said the President.
Devolution has placed huge budgetary burdens on the country but President Kenyatta said the Jubilee Government has more than met the need.
“While the Constitution allows the county-level governments a minimum of 15% of the total national tax revenue, we chose to allocate them more than double the requirement, at 32%” he said.
He also pointed out to that while the Constitution allowed the process of transfer of powers to counties to proceed over three years, the Jubilee Government has already completed the process.
“As a sign of my government’s commitment to devolution, we have passed on nearly all the county functions, and the resources to support them” he said.
The President cautioned those tasked with leadership not to betray the trust and aspirations of citizens.
Warning against introducing old habits like corruption into the counties would betray the great hope of the Constitution and its tenets of leadership and integrity. Such a betrayal must not happen under my watch” he said.
On security and the threat of terror in the country, the President said the Government had stepped up measures to secure our nation without “threatening the bonds of brotherhood that hold between our different faiths.”
The Head of State said that even under extreme provocation, Kenya has ensured that unity is preserved.
The Government was in the process of increasing the number of policemen in the country by moving the ratio of policemen to citizens from 1 for 750 to 1 for every 535 citizens. The Government has invested heavily in surveillance, and has already purchased 1,200 police vehicles.
President Kenyatta also pointed out that the Jubilee Government has embarked on the most ambitious energy programmes in the history of Kenya.
5000MW of power, bringing electricity at affordable rates to 80% of the nation’s households, will become available within the next three years. When Olkaria comes on stream in the next couple of months, the energy revolution will truly be underway.
The President also cited the ambitious programme to put one million acres under irrigation. The project has begun with a pilot project of 10,000 acres in the Galana Kulalu Scheme.
In listing the achievements of the Jubilee Government, President Kenyatta also talked about the large-scale infrastructure projects that are underway.
“My administration aims to make Kenya the transport and logistics hub for the region” said the President.
The President also spoke about the free maternal health care started by the Government. Trained medical staff now attends to 66 per cent of births up from 44 per cent a year ago.
The President also cited the much appreciated social safety-net programme where Government gives cash to the vulnerable members of society such as orphans, those with server disabilities, the elderly and the urban poor. 500, 000 people will soon be benefitting from the social safety-net programme.
The President also said that resettlement of internally displaced persons was a major priority for the Jubilee Government. A total of KShs 3.3 billion has already been used to resettle 777 IDP families and the programmes continues, the President said.
The President arrived at Parliament Building a few minutes after 2.30pm. He was received by Deputy President William Ruto and Chief of Defence Forces Julius Karanga before inspecting a guard of honour mounted by a detachment of Kenya Airforce.
Today’s special sitting of Parliament was attended by both Senators and Members of National Assembly and was presided over by speakers of both houses Ekwee Ethuro and Justin Muturi.
It seems the topic of homosexuals was provoked by the arrogant and careless Western groups that are fond of coming into our schools and recruiting young children into homosexuality and lesbianism, just as they carelessly handle other issues concerning Africa.
Initially, I did not pay much attention to it because I was busy with the immediate issues of defense, security, electricity, the roads, the railways, factories, modernization of agriculture, etc.
When, eventually, I concentrated my mind on it, I distilled three problems:
1. those who were promoting homo-sexuality and recruiting normal people into it;
2. as a consequence of No. 1 above, many of those recruited were doing so for mercenary reasons – to get money – in effect homosexual prostitutes; these mercenary homosexual prostitutes had to be punished;
3. Homosexuals exhibiting themselves; Africans are flabbergasted by exhibitionism of sexual acts – whether heterosexual or otherwise and for good reason. Why do you exhibit your sexual conduct? Are you short of opportunity for privacy – where you can kiss, fondle (kukirigiita, kwagaaga) etc.?
Are we interested in seeing your sexual acts – we the Public? I am not able to understand the logic of the Western Culture. However, we Africans always keep our opinions to ourselves and never seek to impose our point of view on the others. If only they could let us alone.
It was my view that the above three should be punished harshly in order to defend our society from disorientation. Therefore, on these three I was in total accord with the MPs and other Ugandans. I had, however, a problem with Category 4 or what I thought was category 4 – those “born” homosexual.
I thought there were such people – those who are either genetic or congenital homosexuals. The reason I thought so was because I could not understand why a man could fail to be attracted to the beauties of a woman and, instead, be attracted to a fellow man. It meant, according to me, that there was something wrong with that man – he was born a homosexual – abnormal.
I, therefore, thought that it would be wrong to punish somebody because of how he was created, disgusting though it may be to us. That is why I refused to sign the Bill. In order to get to the truth, we involved Uganda Scientists as well as consulting Scientists from outside Uganda.
My question to them was: “Are there people that are homosexual right from birth?”. After exhaustive studies, it has been found that homosexuality is in two categories: there are those who engage in homosexuality for mercenary reasons on account of the under – developed sectors of our economy that cause people to remain in poverty, the great opportunities that abound not withstanding; and then there are those that become homosexual by both nature (genetic) and nurture (up-bringing).
The studies that were done on identical twins in Sweden showed that 34% – 39% were homosexual on account of nature and 66% were homosexual on account of nurture.
Therefore, even in those studies, nurture was more significant than nature. Can somebody be homosexual purely by nature without nurture? The answer is: “No”. No study has shown that. Since nurture is the main cause of homosexuality, then society can do something about it to discourage the trends. That is why I have agreed to sign the Bill.
Since Western societies do not appreciate politeness, let me take this opportunity to warn our people publicly about the wrong practices indulged in and promoted by some of the outsiders.
One of them is “oral sex”. Our youth should reject this because God designed the human being most appropriately for pleasurable, sustainable and healthy sex. Some of the traditional styles are very pleasurable and healthy. The mouth is not engineered for that purpose except kissing. Besides, it is very unhealthy. People can even contract gonorrhea of the mouth and throat on account of so-called “oral sex”, not to mention worms, hepatitis E, etc.
The Ministry of Gender and Youth should de-campaign this buyayism imported from outside and sensitize the youth about the healthy life style that is abundant in our cultures.
We reject the notion that somebody can be homosexual by choice; that a man can choose to love a fellow man; that sexual orientation is a matter of choice. Since my original thesis that there may be people who are born homosexual has been disproved by science, then the homosexuals have lost the argument in Uganda.
They should rehabilitate themselves and society should assist them to do so.
Yoweri K. Museveni Gen. (Rtd)
P R E S I D E N T
24th February, 2014.
By Kazungu Chai
President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the Standard Gauge railway line, he launched today, will accelerate regional economic transformation by reducing transportation costs
He said that is why Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda signed a Trilateral Agreement to expedite development of the high-speed railway connecting Mombasa to Kampala, and onwards to Kigali.
“We intend to make it operational by 2018. There is urgency, and we are committed to realize this dream,” President Kenyatta said.
President Kenyatta, who was accompanied by First Lady Margaret, urged everyone involved to keep their eyes on the finish line and the resultant benefits to Kenyans instead of politicizing the project.
The President spoke at Changamwe in Mombasa County during the ground breaking ceremony for the historic milestone project.
He termed as “misguided” rumours that the high-speed railway was meant to isolate Tanzania and undermine the East African Community. Instead, the President said plans are underway to develop a railway line that will link Tanzania via Taveta.
“We will launch the Voi-Taveta-Moshi road next month. We are also planning to rehabilitate the Mombasa-Lunga Lunga road to ease movement of people between our two countries,” President Kenyatta said.
The launch marked the commencement of the first phase of the project, comprising the Mombasa-Nairobi segment that covers 500 kilometres.
The Head of State disclosed that designs for the second phase –Nairobi to Malaba, with a branch line for Kisumu –are being developed.
He said South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has also assured that his Government will join the railway development project, extending it to Juba.
The President noted that upon completion of the standard gauge railway, transport costs in the region will reduce by more than 60 per cent.
The President said: “This in turn will spur expanded production and reduce the cost of goods and services. This dividend is the prize we seek for East Africa.”
“This is the reason why we must view the substantial investment in the railway as a worthy investment to underpin the regional economic agenda. An economy only ever thrives on the foundation of proper infrastructure,” he added.
Acknowledging the importance of the road network, the President said Kenya will continue to invest in the development of roads. He said the existing metre gauge railway system will also be retained and maintained as it will provide additional capacity in the Northern Corridor.
“Furthermore, this will offer the business community greater choice in transport, and create the competition required to keep the sector vibrant and cost-efficient,” the President said.
As East Africa embarks on an irreversible journey to full integration, the President said Kenya recognizes its position as a gateway to the region and is implementing modern seamless transport logistics to make East Africa a competitive investment destination.
He affirmed his Government’s determination to ease the transportation logistics and reduce transportation costs from the Port of Mombasa and, later, from the Port of Lamu, to all East African destinations.
“We want the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of South Sudan, the Republic of Uganda, the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Republic of Tanzania to partake fully in the benefits arising from our natural vantage point,” he said.
He said Kenya’s active involvement in infrastructure initiatives is driven by the fact that a growing East African economy will increase the volume of business at the ports. The President observed that Mombasa port operations are being reorganized to improve the ‘turn-around’ time for ships and already that time has been reduced from 11 to 6 days.
The Head of State thanked President Xi Jinping of China for his personal interest and support in the railway project.
Deputy President William Ruto said the launch is an important step towards fulfilling the Jubilee Coalition’s pledge of a faster transport system that will grow the economy by double digits.
“This project will provide the single critical platform that will re-engineer our economy,” Ruto said.
He said the high speed railway will also reduce road accidents as it will decrease congestion on the country’s roads.
Mombasa County leaders, led by Governor Hassan Joho and Senator Omar Hassan, assured the President and Deputy President that they fully backed the project. They said those who were initially opposing it were doing so due to lack of information but now they have the facts and they will support it to its successful completion.
By Kobia Mwirichia-PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta today met the head of the company that will build the new Mombasa-Nairobi railway.
THE government has said Kenyans will not have three days public holiday to celebrate her Golden Jubilee.
Cabinet secretary Hassan Wario said in a statement that December 11th and 13 has not been gazetted as public holidays and therefore the two days remain as they are as the country celebrates 50 years of independence.
Wario said those going round spreading falsehood that the government has gazetted the two days as public holiday should be ignored.
Tullow Oil has announced that it has temporarily suspended all operations as a precautionary measure in Block 10BB (Ngamia 1) and Block 13T(Twiga South-1) in Northern Kenya.
After the horrific Westgate siege on September 21 that left at least 61 people dead, questions still linger on how successful the entire operation was. The government has already parted herself for a successful operation. But we are still asking many questions. Today we have 7 questions to ask the government: