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Pope Benedict XVI on the cyberspace


<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–>85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI is set to tweet to world’s a billion plus Catholics on his twitter account before the end of the year. The Associated Press reports comments from Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi .The pope might begin communication in a 140 characters to the world. Entering to the cyberspace by the highest Catholic leadership can create room for authentic personal encounters with rest of the world. Catholic Church gets on exploring new communication option but they should be extra careful as we might soon witness even terrorists tweeting threat messages to the Pope.

Pope Benedict writes items by hand rather than on computers or other digital devices. It is very unlikely that he will actually be involved in pushing soft button to formulate tweets and takes the role of digital advisers soon. The Vatican has been in favor of communicating using new technologies. Formally gave its blessing to spreading other voice of The Divine Word on through the Internet. He urged even the priests to start blogging in 2010. 
The church already has a verified account @news_va_eng established last year when an online news site was launched. It shows some Internet-savvies but back in 2011 on World Communications Day some messages denounced fake identities and link baiting. Technology is good but out there lives some vultures that may use them on their own way. Experts offer Google + for the pope. Other religious leaders using Google service are Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.
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How Global Information Technology is answer to business future

The world has begun to feel the effect of information revolution in the future businesses. Getting an opportunity to start building wealth and attain your financial freedom by creating your own internet business empire is what is now ruling global business and economies. If one is concerned about financial security and want to take control of fat retirement benefits then do business on the internet.

Many businesses are going online globally. What you need to have to do business online is a computer with a connection to the internet and a good number of friends on your network. One need not to leave his or her residence to report work. It is only connecting the computer to power source and have power to identify genuine websites or design your own and let client know what products and service you provide.

A part from businesses online, people enjoys outsourcing services on the internet. One needs not to travel to UK or USA to get a job. You can outsource jobs online and you are paid online so long as you own and e-wallet account. Many people do polls survey and they make quite a good cash out of that.

Internet as made it easy for many to attend interviews on Skype and teleconferencing at your own convenient time and place. You can sign documents and submit back to be filed without necessarily carrying hard copy. This is again credit to the environments as it is being conserved and no industrial carbon emission to the ozone blanket. This also reduces stresses of looking for fare to traveling to attend interviews in far place.

Working on the internet is living your own boss. The best of all is working when you want and income stream in even you are sleeping; someone buys your service and products online anywhere around the world. One only allocates oneself comfortable hours to attend client online and business proceeds fetching profits.

Internet users worldwide continue to grow steadily on daily basis as employers recruit workers online and payments for services and products done online. Many governments in the world including African have gone electronic in terms on payments. Call it e-governance or e-payment or e-anything. Again we have saved trees from destroying papers need. Soon e-wallet may become a requirement as now computer skills for one to be hired by the government or private employers.

This makes business entrepreneurs enjoy advantages to work and operate their home business industry while relaxed at their living rooms or attending other activities as some business on the internet mostly automated. Statistics indicates over 900 millions internet users worldwide at present information revolution age.Home based businesses have taken advantage of ever-growing social media network to reach their clients. This has forced people to be friendly even to strangers who add them to the network because you never know she or he might turn to become your potential client or customers.

Aggressive multi-level marketers’ gurus have found ways to converts the number of friends on the social media network into a source of income. Graduating with good grades now seems not to please employers. What seems to impress employers is a practical skill and a number of friends on your social network because is what helps their businesses. On interview you will not miss a question like are you connected on facebook, Bizopper or google+? Just to name a few. This is because what helps the business to grow is how many friends you will introduce into the business if you were to be given an opportunity to serve as employee.

Internet is ever changing global employment and world economies with internet opportunities go getting every day. Loses are thing of the past and thinking about it is backwardness of highest order. That is what some will describe if you are not connecting to the internet.Internet business is environmentally friendly compared to industrial revolution. It is cleaner and better than automobile and industrial business the carry with it negative effects on the environments.

  

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Growing up in the slum suburb


Blessing left Mr. and Mrs. Morgan house help job in the city suburb and decided to settle down to marriage life at young age. She had no formal education. She dreams to be a lawyer or a doctor at her younger age but lack of school fees to high school dimmed her golden dreams .She opted to seek a house help job in the city.

After hide-and-seek love affair with Nkuia at early age Blessing Omari met affluent Khuta who was curious to discover sweet love with her. He used to meet her after work when blessing was almost going home. Mr. and Mrs. Oman begun to suspect Blessing for her new behavior thinking of the dowry they were to get if she remained a good girl. Sometimes she comes blaming a lot of work given by her boss and some public transport vehicle for delay to her boss telling to sleep to help visitors and remain with the child. But at the back of her mind she knew the good and true reason for all this was her love affair with Khuta.

She had regular boyfriend Okiriate whose parents had approached Mr. and Mrs. Omari for marriage arrangement. She missed her monthly periods and she immediately informed Khuta but he reacted differently. He strongly told blessing he was not ready to be the father or continue more love with Blessing. It was a heart break to blessing who hoped to get married to a rich boy with financial ability to support her and the children. The girl blamed herself for her mistake together with her family background.

She had swallowed it all alone and decided to patch her pregnancy to her regular boyfriend who was happy to be the father. Okiriate was proud he is a man and he had a woman with a child that sprung from his groin in her womb.
Okiriate was the first to anchor the news to his parent that his girlfriend had missed her period. He had a thought that she might be pregnant. He feared the ruling of his traditional norms that a child born before marriage ceremony belonged to girl’s family. He wanted his parents to shift in for help and rescue it before situation slipping out of hand.
Mr. and Mrs. Omari were ready for anything to arrange the marriage ceremony or wait for their daughter to deliver at home to receive a new family visitor. To them they were proud of their daughter and any announcement made first was good news to them.
Mr. and Mrs. Bari were ready to do all they can to make their son proud. A committee of village elders was called in for breakfast at Mr. Bari homestead. At the mid of feasting, Mr. Bari delivered the news to the old men and a delegation was sent to alert Mr. Omar and his family of the visiting committee  for marriage proposal. One evening when Blessing was returning home from her house help job she was informed to be ready for visitor coming to their family the next morning and someone will be sent to deliver resignation message to Mr. and Mrs. Morgan.
Blessing slept silent as if dead in her bedding with a speaking mind and silently praying the truth may remain buried forever. She knew the truth about the child she is carrying in womb belongs to irresponsible rich man not to the innocent serious responsible one who has agreed against odds to marry. She loved Okiriate braveness to face situations with a Man’s heart. She wished it’s him who impregnated her. She was filled with pity and sympathy for his innocence and she begun to love him even more than ever. But she blamed the devil the mislead her to Cheat on this good and understanding man.
One day blessing was seated outside her parent mud walled house enjoying the warmth of the rising sun and viewing the up shooting skyscrapers of city. She wished her parent had one of their owner houses among the city tall building. May be Khuta could not have underrated to denied her. She shifted her thought to Okiriate.”He is hard-working and responsible may be one time he will buy a house in one of the neighboring city suburbs”. She thought in a monologue.
Her heart was occupied with the love she had for Okiriate and part hate she had for Khuta and another for the baby she carried in her womb. She prayed silently for the baby she was carrying be a boy. She will educate the boy to be a doctor or a lawyer. She promised herself work hard to be able to afford school for the boy.
She remembered one occasion she discussed with Okiriate who had luckily completed his secondary school exams and had secured a job telling that he will do all he can to enable sit for secondary school exams  in two years and wonder why she cheated on his responsible man. Seating for high school will enable get a job or go to college and get job latter.
Marriage arrangement was done and it was time for Blessing to move to live with her husband. Okiriate parents had a two room mud wall house in a small piece of land out of the city outskirts. Okiriate had to make an extension of Iron sheet Single room from one end of the walls. This is where he is to begin his family life. He worked in private pharmaceutical firm as casual laborer.
The dowry was agreed on, part of it was paid and the remaining was to be paid before Christmas that year. The old men and women feasted delicious meals served and hot drink during the marriage ceremony. Blessing was happy she would supported by her husband and in-laws but the guilt of the true father of child she carrying haunted her. It never gets out her mind however she tried to forget Khuta.
Blessing was a girl every man watched in the village of Boma. She was a first born in a family of four children and the only girl. She had Angelic looks, character and miraculously well behaved. She was a beauty queen to be precise. She wore a beautiful face, a lovely smile and a merciful look but had one problem why Khuta jumped her after she got pregnant. She was from a clan that was termed lowest caste in the society, outcast despite her angelic beauty.
She had every quality of being pleasing to every sense of every man. Wealthier men in her village wished they be the first to seduce the gorgeous Blessing. She was unlucky to be born in a community that entertained societal stratification, Caste level systems and her family position situated in a level of outcast. Boys from noble families cursed the division and segregation in their society and even described it as primitive because that denied them to marry “The Beautiful Blessing”.

Blessing’s parents belonged to the same clan and community. Blessing and her three brothers were supposed to marry from their owned division of the society. Riches did not matter most in this society. The community comprised of the ruling class who find themselves in office not because they worked for it but because a taller relative has held the post before. The hard workers who their offspring’s were not supposed to see the dolor of a school or access information. Having influential relative, the level of caste you belong determined what you earn.
Despite of blessing successful marriage celebrations she remained deep in thought in some occasions. She was used to a lot of work that her new family and her mother in law home household tasks she could do in minutes. Okiriate had two sisters Asunta and Sophia. They were all in high school. Sophia was almost the same age with Blessing.  Blessing wondered why she has settled in marriage life and her age mates are in school.
Blessing hated the societal division in the society she lived in. She was beautiful and loving but she could not get married to Khuta because of her family background. Khuta was from noble clan. It he could be termed as coveted to outcast class. The two could be ridiculed and or discriminated or even killed if found they have fallen in love. It could even lead to war between two clans.
“If he knew he couldn’t be allowed to marry me by his clan why did he approach me for love?” Blessing asked herself.
Blessing was tall brown with astonishing beauty. She had a built up of an athlete body. Her black-long hair reached to her waist. Every boy in the village admired her. Rich men approached her but family background kept them off. For noble clan to marry from outcast was a curse. Blessing knew well why she could not entertain rich men it was because they wanted her for sex only but Khuta succeeded to lie to her to give in. She remembered him telling her that they will run and get married and live in a foreign country. “But what happened Pregnancy is what made him changed the vow?” She asked herself. To prove she was right Khuta ate from the plate and then spite on the same describing it as not worthy to have it.
She was blessed with strong well arranged white milky teeth with a natural gap on the upper incisors. Her eyes sparkle life. The name Blessing was a blessing to her if had a shop she could make big sales because had a talent like natural smile and a business executive courtesy and etiquette.
Blessing carried pregnancy for eight months instead of normal nine. Some could have suspected but the norms of the society agree that some pregnancies come and end as early as six or seven or eight months or sometimes go beyond by a week or two. The boy was born.
Blessing named her boy after Mr. Morgan her former employer Mr.  Morgan was good. He used to visit send Blessings presents and even told her not to stop visiting them and she might even resume her job after she delivers. To Blessing it meant a lot. To remember her first love with Mr. Morgan neighbors’ son Nkuia who is now married to the only Morgan’s daughter Tanya. “I am from lower caste but even the noble ones chase after me”. She prides herself in trying to for get the reality in the she lives in.

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Truth about United States mission in Benghazi

An extra-marital affair that has lived on headlines for a week across the world that USA chief intelligent official, retired general David Petreaus fooled around with his biographer Paula Broadwell that has cost him his job might just an additional to Benghazi attack cover-up.
The global media is digging deeper to unearth what might have lead the retired army general to resign is more than having another woman. Having love out married life seems to another problem that compromise USA security or even world security.

US official praised the general for his good in Iraq and Afghanistan but speculations surrounding the sudden resignation of CIA chief based on his role in an allegedly cover-up of the US mission attacked in Benghazi in September 2012. Allegation is more serious that just having love outside marriage circle that could handle a religious way or in court of law.
It is now clear that what the media describes as a US consulate in Benghazi never existed. What existed is US diplomatic mission building which served as meeting venue to coordinate aid offered to rebel-led revolt according to Middle East security officials.

US official blamed a film about Islamic figure, Prophet Mohammad for claimed popular protest lead to the attack of US mission.According to intelligent official, the popular protests did not take place in the night of attack. Recruitment of fighters including jihadists took place in the building branded consulate in Benghazi. Big monster might eat t up US as foreign Policy and international relations.

If the building described as a consulate was real, where was the heavy public security that normally guides US consulates around the world? That might be a sign the building in question not used for a sensitive purpose. Unless USA has two consulates in Libya, the real consul is Tripoli even today not Benghazi. President Obama and secretary of state Hillary Clinton both referred Benghazi station as US mission.

On August 2012 two weeks before US ambassador, Christopher Stevens attended opening ceremony of consular service in Tripoli where he said he was happy to announce US readiness to offer full consulate service to Libyans.

An hour to the attack, Stevens had finalized meeting with a Turkish diplomat. Turkey leads insurgency against Assad’s rule. Ambassador Stevens was allegedly involved in recruiting jihadists to fight in Syria according to Egyptian security officials. Does it mean top security officials work hand in hand? They might even be eating in one plate may be if they help one another to put down legal governments.

This is more serious than sex scandals used as a shield for defense and cover the truth. This may mean in every war in this world there is an American hand involved. It is clear US government is supporting rebels. Recently Obama announce a $ 50 million dollar aid to rebels.
The principle of salvaging the suffering in the Arab world and trying to avoid the truth of failed democracies in the world by bringing down governments in power placing with jihadists. The principle is using their own enemy to fight them. The reasons why some arms of Al-Qaida receive aid form US to overthrow regimes. Removing dictator from power is good but working with terror group is not.

Assistance received by rebels form US includes direct assistance, weapon, and financial assistance to Libyan and Syrians rebel but it is US has vowed fight on terror. Why is USA together with Jihadists in roof? May be we are meant to get confused for something to happen because some are truth reveal by resignation of retired general.

Nature of assistance by United States is questionable because there is evidence al-Qqaida is among the rebel fighters supported by US in Libya and Egypt. If so which war on terror is US fighting. It is funny jihadists group fought US in Iraq and Afghanistan and now the fight to help in fetching hot overflowing Arab spring waters.

It is true there are no permanent enemies in these wars.
US official state that White house is proving non-lethal aid to the Syrians rebels and there is widespread report showing US works closely with Arabs world to ensure opposition in Syria is armed.

An extra-marital affairs, cover-up of Benghazi attack and increase criticism doubting strength of CIA in Benghazi on the night of attack might leads to fall of big names in the US security agents, General David leaving his job is just the beginning.
The headlines may not stop soon as General Allen name coming on spot with investigation under way. The world is not stopping digging deeper to the heart of matter to find out what else might have contributed to the resignation the general. His resignation is not even stopping world from know the truth.
Paula Broadwell is still finding space in headline despite her disappearance from the media. She might need to stand up and face the world to set her record straight. Alternatively, may decide to remain silent for fog to clear ahead for utter anything to public for fear of fueling the already burning fire. 
Her disappearance from public may do her good. Straightening her record now is hard because the wound is still fresh though the scar may remain even later.
FBI investigative about 30000 e-mails concerning Broadwell threat to a third party. The outcome might more about her public and private life.Everyone is wondering what might happening in her family now as avoids the media.

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Government plan to upgrade SLUMS

Ministry of housing together with many stakeholders joins hands to address the numerous problems and challenges facing the informal settlements and slum areas in Nairobi. The plan to upgrade slums settlements is the effort of the government and other stakeholders desire to provide decent moderns residence housing to slum dwellers at cheaper cost possible.
The ministry is formulating national slum upgrading and prevention policy to stop growing of slums in cities. Slums and squatter settlements manifests at higher rate.  It is uncontrolled and frenzied urbanization linked with scarce space for urban management.
Slums and informal settlements has unbearable urban living conditions characterize by urban decay, high rate of poverty, illiteracy, joblessness, congestion and insecurity that makes them breeding ground for negative uses and deteriorate behavior.
Slum lack basic infrastructure like water, sanitation, solid waste management, ease of access to electricity, social amenities including schools, health centers and market facilities. According to the statement to the press, the ministry says housing structure is badly dilapidated.  Structures are constructed using temporary materials and unfit for human habitation.
Settlements are allocated in very fragile points including unsecure and unfeasible areas close to industries and along the railway lines and road reserved areas. Settling under high power voltage lines a top underground, petroleum pipelines and dumpsites. Slum dwellers are susceptible to all types of pollution which includes air, water, noise, noxious waste and environmental degradation.  Inhabitants of slums are also prone to disasters like floods and diseases outbreak.
Accessibility to credit is hard for slum dweller as they lack formal job and legal land ownership.  Slums and informal settlement account for a big percentage of the urban population. The reason as why lack of jobs is high in the country. Accessibility to credit facilities will create more jobs and money is pumped back the economy. This will see slums dwellers going to school then after reducing poverty level in entire country.
No single entity can boast to address slum menace in every respect but many hands make it easier. The scenario is too complex.  The Government and other stakeholder held a forum in April 2012 to formulate a slum upgrading and prevention policy to provide a framework for addressing the concern at last there is hope ahead for the inhabitant of informal settlements.
The government and other parties are working together and the process will be all inclusive participation.  The policy serves as a guide to spread its wings to devolved government structure in their effort to upgrade and prevent slum patching on edges of urban centre.  The policy comes at a time devolved structures are taking other responsibilities in investments development and consequently provide for the increasing urban population.
Past initiates have had minimal impact in addressing menace related to slum formation and prevention. The government has been blamed for low budgetary allocation and failure by private sector to provide low cost housing to the urban poor even after introduction of incentives by the government.
There is a divergence between housing supply and demand arising from non responsive building standards and regulation which recognizes only conventional building material. As envisaged out in Kenya vision 2030 that the country to be a middle income class economy, there is need to focus legal and institutional framework to tap on the high potential, talents and home-grown technical know-how of slum and informal settlement dwellers.
 This can be enhanced to develop small and medium scale industries that can earn the country foreign exchange to compete even with Asia Tiger Economies.
This is happening at a time when housing supply is almost reaching its peak in Kenya especially for the middle and upper class earners. The sale is moving slowly not as faster as ten year back.Property investors have ripped good profit for the last 10years.  The sales were good. But does means all middle and upper class earners have secured homes and no more buying? Kenya Diaspora should also be a target and favorable policies to allow foreigners to buy and own home in Kenya also one way to increase sales.
 Now prices for real estate are soaring through the roof.  Mortgages prices have fallen the same yet new development is sprouting in the Nairobi Suburbs.
Lenders are watching keenly the dropping values fetched by the real estate business on low sale and may decide to close the source of funding.
Property developer targets mostly few middle class and upper class forgetting 60% percent of the population is low income earners with also high collective power to purchase. Makers of property should consider the class level when target market. The united should match earning levels of general population.
With many unsold units, the real state property sector could be leading to a crush after booming for 10 years.
Now with government partnering with others to upgrade slum housing foresee units made to target lower income earn facing another fate as the once targeted for upper class income earners. Property makers should now increase units that target the pocket of lower income earners by making units more affordable to many than targeting a few rich. One just imagine if we have a decent house unit that cost up to Ksh. 200 000, for sure the will higher it is at present.
I think property makers should be creative enough to construct decent property development to other growing towns; still the market will still be fetch-able.


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COTU (K) PREPARED TO BLOCKS PUSETU

Central organization of Trade Union COTU (K) fight to thwart registration of newly founded Trade Union, The Public Servants Trade Unions (PUSETU) was revealed at 89th executive board meeting this week at solidarity Building in Nairobi.
The executive board upon scrutiny of the aim and objectives of the newly founded Trade Union body noted that its main goal is to interfere with the smooth operations of COTU (K).

COTU (K) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has been mandated by The Executive Board to proceed and do all within his powers to ensure PUSETU overtures are silenced with the Board promising financial support to his office.

The resolution unanimously ratified by the General Secretaries of the 38 COTU (K) officials will remain binding to the entire labour movement in Kenya. COTU (K) boasts of 1.8 millions members with secretariat taking leads in co-coordinating effective implementation of passed resolution.COTU (K) members stay to non-partisan and exercise neutrality in the March 4th2013 general election and allows its members to freely exercise their constitutional and democratic rights to make own choice to a political party of their own.


In a press release to the media no political party had directly approached COTU (K) for support but COTU (k) leadership is to continue to engage all political parties with a view to identify ones with workers- friendly policies to support should there be a need.

Employers have been directed by ministry of labour on COTU (K) request to deduct Kshs. 20 from every employee’s earnings, who are COTU (K) members to be utilized in the completion of ultra modern Resource centre at Tom Mboya Labour College and fund training programs of members.  This is because of the growing education and need for training.

The Executive board unanimously endorsed the new national social security) Fund (NSSF Bill 2012 but faulted one provision in the Bill on the quorum for meetings. Members sought amendments on the quorum of members the NSSF Board which exclude Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) and COTU (K) in what is to be quorum of the meeting.  The bill gives two quarters members present in order to form a quorum to go with a meeting.

The Board viewed realization of quorum without FKE and COTU (K) as dangerous citing past historical political inference in the fund.  
COTU (K) through Secretary General Atwoli has sued National Hospital Fund Board for the new rate citing unfairness.  The minister for medical services Prof. Anyang Nyang’o has also been accused for refusal to consult with COTU (K) and FKE on the newly proposed rates member unanimously endorsed.  A decision to replace the secretary General with General Secretary also cropped. The fight is purposely for the labour movement to remain solid and formidable.


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Kenya remembers Road Traffic Victims by announced stiffer penalties to traffic offenders

  Government announced stiffer penalties to traffic offenders as it prepares to remember all those who lost their life on road accident on Sunday, 18th of November, 2012. The government has to put all that is required in place to honor the Road Traffic Victims as now most motorists are not familiar with the new Kenya road network especially the complex Thika Supper High Way.

The government enacts two new crucial laws to address challenges hindering the transport industry from being responsive to its needs. These challenges include conflicting laws and weaker penalties for traffic offences.
Reforms in the sector is hoped to translate into enhanced good organization, safety and refurbishment of order. This will strengthen the fight against impunity.
Implementation of the National transport and safety Act is aimed to better management of the transport sector and to attract investors. It is also meant to merge gains that have been achieved so far.
The national transport and safety Authority Act 2012 paves way for creation of National Transport and safety authority (NTSA) to spearhead discharge of policies in the road transport sector.
The functions of NTSA are to control the motor vehicle inspection (MVIU) Transport Licensing Board (TLB) the registrar of motor vehicle (RMV) and the National safety council.
NTSA Board is to be headed by chair person appointed by the president. The authority will be under a Director general Appointed by the Board in consultation with the cabinet secretary.
NTSA will be represented at the county level in accordance with new constitution indulgence.
NTSA will finance its operation through funds accrue from levy paid to National transport Authority and safety funds.
The Traffic amendment Act of 2012 is a disincentive to those breaking traffic laws. It will attract heavy fines, education of road users and safer road safety facilities.
Drivers will be required to renew driving Licenses every three (3) years. Inspector general will be required to gazette designate place to mount security check.
The law also requires the officer commanding police divisions ((OCPD) to be in charge of traffic matters and all police to deal with traffic offences.
A driver for a commercial or for a public services vehicle will be required to undergo physical fitness, eye and testing every three (3) years. Every driver would be subjected to a demerit point system for traffic offences.
Reckless driving attract a jail term of two years of fine of Kshs 300,000.Drunken driving attract a jail term of not less than two years or a fine of Kshs 100,000.If you are caught overlapping you risk a jail term of three years(3) months or a fine of Kshs 30,000.
The government has to invent ways to finance a trillion shillings budget even if to stiffen penalty.
In a statement to the media Hon Amos Kimunya the minister  for transport appealed to all stakeholders in the transport sector to support new laws ,this was announced days after the president of the republic of Kenya Mwai Kikbaki flagged the opening of Thika superhighway.
New law as are meant to bring positive gain to road transport and road safety but Matatu owners association are not happy with stiff penalties. Kenyans have to embrace safe road use culture to reduce road carnage.
Positive gains have been realized despite many challenges in the road transport sector .It has continued to play a crucial role in the commuter transport in Kenya.
The ministry has also developed laws to regulate common means of transport like boda boda, use of breathalyzer to check amount of alcohol in the driver’s breath and special speed cameras.

W.D.McNalley invented a breathalyzer 1927 in Chicago, IL corners chemist it found, its way to the Kenya road system though this invention was originally for house wives to test whether their husbands had been drinking Prior letting them in the  house.

To reduce traffic congestion within Nairobi and its environs, the ministry of transport encourages the use of high capacity vehicles and commuter trains as mass transport system.

The ministry works hand in hand with key ministries and agencies to automate all transport activities, transport integrated management (TIM) system is to facilitate sharing of transport information among stakeholders.

TIMS will provide reliable and efficient information to Kenyans seeking status of log book, driving license, PSV license and owner of the vehicle online at the touch of mobile phone button.
National curriculum for training, testing and licensing of drivers is in place to ensure qualified motorists only are permitted to have driving license. The Minister is confident, implementation of new laws and stakeholders support will make a better road transport sector.

Kenyans and stakeholders are urged to support the government efforts to improve road safety

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East African Community Has Opened Brand New Headquarters in Arusha Tanzania

The East African community is working towards full implementation of the common market protocol though the outgoing chairperson Mwai Kibaki points out certain bottlenecks and teething troubles.
 The chairman urged partner states to hasten harmonization of their relevant national law as to be in cycle with EAC treaty for realization of intended goals as he hands of Chairmanship to Uganda.

The brand opened center of operations of the East African Community in Arusha is commissioned the Arusha –Namanga-Athi River-Namanga Road constructed as pillars of the steady growing E.A.C. This facility is intended to serve citizens of the member’s partner states and implementing agency is urged to operate according to the spirit of agreement.

Achievements are part of infrastructure developments the community has prioritized to realize, improved and sustainable livelihood of the people of partner states. In the last one term of Kibaki’s Chairmanship EAC worked towards establishment of one stop Border posts at strategic point to ease cross border movement for promotion regional Trade.

EAC through its Sectoral council on gender has formulated 2012-2016 strategic plans on gender equality and all –inclusiveness. The treaty’s commitment of partner states to develop EAC child policy that forms a common regional approach and realization of children rights.

The legislative organ of the EAC has passed several crucial bills in recent years that seek to fortify regional integration. Some mechanism has to be put in place for joint approaches to human rights, health, environment and good governance.

The community has secured two permanent senior judges based in Arusha. Court EACJ is meant to take services closer to the people of partner states. EACJ has establishing sub-registry in the various national headquarters.

These achievements have marked a year for the EAC integration and the community looks ahead to an even faster regional growth and success. The community hopes to realize a setup of single customs territory and towards envisage of political federation.

Sensitization campaigns have to be prioritized by EAC Affair as important part of the integration process. Citizen of the partner sates should make to understand and appreciate the benefits of the regional Integration Agenda.

Kenya handed over the East Africa community chairmanship to Uganda during the 14th summit of the EAC heads of state in Nairobi the week.

According to the outgoing chairman Mwai Kibaki EAC has made a greater progress in the Integration Agenda giving citizen of member states hope for economic and socio-political success in the future.
The chairman in his statement praised the common market protocol that provides opportunities for the member’s states free movement of persons, goods, services, capital, Labor and rights of setting up business and residence is progressing well, though there are more cropping tribulations.

The East African community has already begun benefiting from the establishment of the common market after removal of unrealistic restrictions to free movement of goods and people. This comes in form of Non Tariff Barriers (NTB)

Cumbersome road blocks and time wasting weigh-bridges along the EAC regions major transport corridors has made it easy for traders to move their goods within partner state cheaply and have maximized profits.

The move has attracted neighboring Eastern countries to apply for member as is hope of a better East African community in the near future.The outgoing chairperson of the EAC council of Ministers Hon. Musa C. Sirma looks back with pride and confidence at achievement so far recorded by the council during the last one term.

The outgoing chairman said the implementation of the EAC African common market protocol has made significant progress and East African now can enjoy economic and social benefits out of the common markets.

Sirma, further in his message to the press said the elimination of Non -Tariffs Barriers (NTBs) has been intensified through National monitoring committee (NMCS) citing recent dedicated session of ministers and on going development of a legally fastening mechanism on the elimination of (NTBS).
He commended Kenya for reducing roadblocks along the Northern corridor from 36 to five. This protects cross border traders from unscrupulous high-way control agencies extorting bribes from traders. It is hope for every citizen of partners’ states to see these dreams come true to allow the ripe the benefits of the integration.

The EAC has developed a centralized customs transit data system to improve and enhance information access and advance clearance of cargo in the region. This will make easier for trade to live and running in region smoothly. It also help congestion that in check points that consumes a lot of times.

The world is keenly watching the EAC Integration as Euro zone experience a crisis
. Will East Africa community be better than the Euro zone?

The minister expressed optimism on the East Africa monetary union negotiation saying it taken a steady pace since 2011. Already, 77 articles in the draft protocol having been negotiated.
With such progress Sirma is confident that the journey to the East Africa Federation is on the right and sure course.

The Acting permanent Secretary, Ministry of the East African community Hon.Chiboli I.Shakaba in his message wished the incoming chair of the coordination committee Uganda’s Permanent Secretary in charge of EAC affair, Madam Edith Mwanje Success as she takes over the baton of steering the committee to even greater success.


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Kenya to switch off Analogue Transmission

The government has announced December 2012 as official date of migrating from Analogue to Digital terrestrial television broadcasting in Nairobi areas  and its environs. The moves been countered by complain to afford Digital migration though it is thought to more beneficial than Analogue.
 
Dr Ndemo cited ICT as one of economic pillars identified and expected to increase the GDP growth rate and carry on it. ICT is anticipated to play a crucial role in propelling economy.Migration to digital broadcasting ropes the Africans social development agenda through founding of more new jobs and generation of foreign exchange. It is also viewed as attracting direct investment to African continent.
 
The benefits of digital broadcasting scaffold is better picture and quality sound production more channel to viewers and better utilization of the scarce frequency resource.Analogue switch is probable to down gradually to other towns as the lesson in Nairobi is to be used to make the switch off to the rest of the country smoother.
 
Since setting up of digital broadcasting in Kenya, it’s  only up to ten towns that enjoy quality pictures and sound. It is projected to ramification to entirely country in the near future.The digital television committee (DTC) is a multi-stakeholder committee comprising members in the ministry of information and communication commission of Kenya CCK, Kenya Broadcasting Corp[oration , National communication Secretariat(NCS) and media owners Association being represented.
 
The digital Kenya Secretariat which is lives within CCK provides logistical support to DTC.In 2012 /2013 budget the government waived import duty on digital receiving devices to make it cheaper for the buyers but some consumers still complain of inability to purchase the gadgetThis was in line with the East African Communication (EACO) resolution passed in April ,2012 to lessen tax on set to boxes to make them within reasonably price.
 
Remarks by Director General of CCK Mr Francis Wangusi held the commission has licensed two digital signal distributors, signet part of Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) in 2009 and privately owned company, Pan African Network Limited in 2011. The duo are rolling out digital signal in the entire country.
 
Distribution has so far reached a significant number of major towns. Public is aware on the progress that has been running on air on popularity trends. For this  to happen,  the public has to be informed of benefits of migrating to digital broadcasting CCK  recently ran for last three months media campaign.Kenya has upgraded technology from Digital Video Broadcasting to Terrestrial (DVB-T) the upgrade is still climbing ladder to a more superior(DVB-T2) that provides better services with most favorable utility continuum that the better still head to come is the “best” of technology to entire Nation.Mr Wangusi acknowledge technological shift did have impact but he commends CCK has been holding engagement with those affected to reconcile the rationale and business sense of technological upgrade.
 
It is Kenya government initiative to migrating from analogue to Digital television broadcasting got from the decision made at the Regional Radio conference in 2006 in Geneva Switzerland(RRC-06). I t required countries in the RRC to plan area to migrate from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting technologies by 2015.
 
Kenya seems to be on the better course to meet deadline.Wangusi commends the Africa Telecommunication Union (ATU) for the good progress that has been made so far across the continent in the (ICT) Sector. He added that the  commission shall continue to play an active role in the initiative of the Union.
 
Message from the ATU Secretary General Mr Abdoulkarim Soumaila who cited the global ICT trend runs through a dynamic change because of development and abundance of digital technologies with definitive aim of building a full digital economies. To have a say to digital economies and to the world in general is to move from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting that seeks to revolutionaries TV in reflective ways.
 
Moving from analogues to digital broadcasting will provide cost effective likelihood to play a part in the digital world .It is meant to provide affordable means to partake in services from e-government to e-commerce’s.
 
Digital TV will revolutionaries  quality -of -experience by providing super quantity and quality if what is available on TV and to offer viewers with much needed choice. This fits well in ATU wider subterfuge plans and continued dreams .The facts that information  is a significant economic, Issues  the government has to ascertain  policies and outlines to address digital smooth movement  from analogue to digital broadcasting.
 
It is crucial for some governments in the African continent to take action in  migration  set up process for the continent to  move in one accord and to maximize the benefit from migration to digital broadcasting technology.
 
In  the Sectary General message , many countries in the continent have shown internet and have began to integrate digital migration processes on average but he cited  some countries in the continent still lag behind.
 
Secretary general of ATU is pleased to note significant progress made as result of two continental summit held in Nairobi and Accra in November 2012 and September 2012 respectively .He also commends two coordinately workshops successfully held in Mali and kampala.
“ Migration from analogue to digital broadcasting is a flagship project of Kenya’s economic blue print vision 2030.” Says  information and communication permanent Secretary Dr Bitange Ndemo in celebration of the 35th of African Telecommunication Union (ATU) /Information communication technology(ICT) day on December 2012.
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How to make a good presentation with confidence

A presenter has to be creative enough to hold audience onto listening to him or her. Have ability and willingness to help the learners have a desire to learn .Unless you show this qualities at the first few minutes of your presentation, you may not win the confidence of your audience fully even if theme is more motivating to the learners.
 
Flexibility and readiness to change to something else that learner’s need in case they resist what you have just started is essential. This is the reason why a presenter has to find out prior presentation what learners expect to benefit from the lesion so that he or she begins presentation with expectation of majority of the learners in mind. That will place the presenter on better side to avoid unnecessary embarrassment.
 
Contributing own knowledge and skills to the development of the community or society and its members give learners a reason to concentrate to listen to what the presenter offers. The audience values a presenter as someone within something to offer. Application of the knowledge and skills you are teaching is significant than just fact you are pumping to them. For instance, to improvise items from locally available in case of inability to purchase commercials ones excite learners and will have confidence to the presenter. This makes teachings use locally available material more interesting and learners love working with the material they are familiar with.
 
Learners seem to trust an Instructor’s past and present deeds and achievement and what you do at present and what you wish to achieve in the end. Boastful profile during Introduction will do well.
 
Learning names of the learner as quickly as possible is important because it makes learners behavior well. By knowing them by names gives them sense that this person might pinpoint me to the authority or book mark me has ill behaved. If it is not easy to remember names of learners then it is good the presenter let them mention their names whenever the learner contributes answers or ask question. Identification by names or title is away to relate and make peace and so the presenter has to establish a lasting relation with the learner and be a peace maker.
 
Adult learners know what they expect from you as a presenter and so it is up to you to offer what they want. Younger learners do not know what exactly they want. It is up to you to direct them to achieve the goal and objectives of the lesson.
 
Participation is important for both adult and young learners. They term the method of teaching a learner- centered. This is where learners participate in more activities and the presenter guide the learners. This method has advantage because you can assess participation of learner.
 
In lecturing method it is hard to assess who among the learners was listening and who was just giving you a vacant stare.
 
I t is up to the presenter to help the audience develop understanding, knowledge and skills by providing promotional professional values. This is where learners see him or her as a role model to emulate. They will find value of giving the presenter a good audience and sacrifice the time to him.
 
Make learner belief that you understand importance of protection of human rights and they are save being with you as their presenter or a trainer. Learners love listening to presenters who are enthusiastic and with ability to manage assertiveness in a supportive manner. Recognizing and understanding how people learn is important. Having knowledge on how people learn helps trainers to be able to accommodate both slow and fast learners.
 
There are various learning styles. We have the reflectors who enjoy others doing activities and listen to others and offer their points. Theorist’s learners think logically. These are perfectionist who goes through the problem step by step. Pragmatists try every idea, techniques and theories if they really work practically.
Learning is surrounded on knowledge, skills, attitudes, understanding and behaviors. Educators say that learning has to bring change to an individual. If no changes then know that no learning has taken place at all.
The objective of the presenter is to pump new knowledge to the mind of the learner. If the learner has gained and is able to apply the knowledge in real life situation for example he is able to shape letter A or B then that is change and learning has taken place.
 
Sometimes learners take several lessons to write, to shape alphabetical letters or number but they are not in a position to draw lines to shape letters then no learning has taken place.As a presenter you develop a life skill to a learner. For instance how to be a good listener, asking questions and recording accurate information.
 
A change of attitudes is expected at the end of the lesson to the learner. The learner should be able to develop positive thoughts towards social surrounding. For instance how to deal fairly and interact with other members of the society. Accepting and following rule and the norms of the society is a sign of learning. Learners are expected to develop deeper understanding of the subject matter. interpret and apply rules to real life situation.  Participant’s behavior has to change by the end of it all.
 
A proficient presenter involves learners in the activities for their benefit. Learning has to be interactive and personal contact beyond delivering and receiving information. 
 
Eye contact with the audience maintains attention span enhances makes communication easy. A good presenter has to give learner time to express their view point.  Let learners say what they think and how they see matters from a different perspective. It will be easy for you to evaluate whether they have understood the lesion or not.
 
Apart from providing empathy the presenter has to plan, direct and control over the learners activities. Being organized and planning in advance in first place save time.
 
Learners play a role of participation throughout the learning process. Contributing to discussion and taking part in group work and manipulating of materials excite learning because we learn through all our senses, seeing, touching to feel, hearing, tasting and smelling. As learners interact with materials they explore the environment and get answers to curious mind.
 
Oratory is a quality for every presenter. He or she might not be an orator from birth but practice makes it perfect. Most public speakers in the world have at one time practiced hard to make it happen. You too can make a good orator with practice. It cost them time and energy to practice odd hours even staying in seclusion and to read to themselves at the tops voices addressing invisible audience, taping, recording their sound and latter listening to themselves just to be sure they pronounce well every syllable and their voices appeals to the audience to when they get to the Podium.
 
He or she has to be tolerant to conflicting information, and ambiguity and evaluating uncertainty .If you are not sure about something do not struggle to answer ,give the audience a chance to tell what they know about the questions as you prepare and offering yourself time to think.
 
Diversity of learners should be utilized well. This is so because they come from different backgrounds. Some asking questions because they may not be aware of their colleague knowing the answer. Some learners live with professionals and so they might have been told the answer before coming for training by a relative or a friend, read from some media or I have hard about it.
 
Beating about the bush trying to answer a question you have little information may cost you as a presenter the trust of the audience. Any good presentation must have a plan prior presentation. Learning is divided into three main domains. These are cognitive learning which applies to gain knowledge. It is a connection of thought and mental processes that is reasoning and remembering. Plan for motivational activities that leads to reasoning and remembering is essential.
 
According to Benjamin Bloom, an educational researcher, his ordered list summarizes cognitive to involve: knowledge, comprehension, analysis, synthesis, application and evaluation. Psycho-motor leaning applies to physical skills while affective learning is concerned with feeling and attitudes. Blooms lists competency, mastery and proficiency under psycho-motor learning this is where you find football genius and boxers. He lists receiving, responding, organization and characterization under affective learning.
 
Therefore when plan a presentation, your objective should achieve at the end cognitive, psycho-motor and effective skills.