The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) approves the use of Paliperidone Palmitate

Janssen receives approval from the Pharmacy and Poisons Board for Paliperidone Palmitate once monthly long-acting injectable for the treatment of schizophrenia. The Paliperidone Palmitate manufactured by Janssen pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, will be used for the maintenance treatment of schizophrenia in adults whose disease has already been stabilized on treatment with paliperidone or risperidone.1 Paliperidone Palmitate is a second generation long acting injectable antipsychotic which will be administered monthly as a maintenance treatment of patients with schizophrenia. The new drug works as a receptor antagonist of dopamine and serotonin,…

Greenpeace Africa  Lauds Plans to Roll Out Off-Grid Solar Electricity in Kenya

Responding to the news that the Government of Kenya has partnered with the World Bank to finance off-grid solar projects in Kenya,  Amos Wemanya, Greenpeace Africa’s Campaigner has said:   Greenpeace Africa has received this news with a lot of eagerness. The project will help rural off-grid households access electricity that is important in unlocking their economic potential. “Kenya is among the countries that have been hit hard by the impacts of climate breakdown. Investing in clean energy technologies such as solar, especially for the rural off-grid households will help…

 Turnover Tax Returns elapses

Payment of Turnover Tax (TOT)was due this Thursday 20th February 2020 and all Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) should have registered, file and pay the January 2020 tax returns for the Turnover Tax (TOT). The tax rate for TOT is 3% on the gross sales/turnover and is a final tax. TOT is filed and paid on a monthly basis on or before 20th of the following month. The Government of Kenya is committed to enhancing simplification of taxes to facilitate taxpayers to meet their obligations and TOT is part of this initiative. The TOT obligation is a simplified tax regime for Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs). This obligation allows MSEs to pay taxes through simplified processes. Under this simplified regime, taxpayers are not required to prepare complex account records. The eligible taxpayers are only required to keep a daily gross sales record. KRA has been consulting with concerned stakeholders to facilitate them to register and pay the taxes due. KRA has also simplified the registration, filing and payment process of TOT on the iTax platform. The iTax system has always made it easy for taxpayers to access KRA services. This has led to notable success in filing returns, remitting payments, applying tax refunds, lodging tax objections, application of tax waivers and requesting tax compliance certificates. The TOT tax does not apply to persons; registered for VAT, with business income of Kshs 5,000,000 and above, Employment Income, Rental Income, Limited Liability Companies, Management and Professional Services among others. Eligible taxpayers are advised to log onto iTax, add the TOT obligation, file the monthly returns and make payment. TOT is part of KRA’s strategic initiatives to expand the tax base by ensuring that all Kenyans pay their fair share of taxes. KRA assures taxpayers of its support and facilitation to ensure that they register, file and pay their Turnover Tax before the set deadline. Taxpayers are also advised to visit the nearest KRA office for any assistance required or call the Call Centre on Tel: 020 4 999 999, 0711 099 999.

Linda: How one chance opened up my PR career

Tell us about yourself I was born in Nairobi in 1992.I went to St Nicholas Primary School and later Kapropita Girls High School. I studied IT in Strathmore before pursuing communications at st Paul’s university where I majored in public relations and journalism. How was your journey after college? I was an English news editor at ATG and writer at Sunday Express Newspaper. How did you start doing PR? When I was in school I saved up enough money to start my pr firm it was always a dream of…

Opera bet on local servers to increase browsing speeds

Opera has announced the successful installation of its new local servers in Mombasa, Kenya. These servers significantly increase browsing speed up to four times faster to enhance faster experience when accessing online content. The installation of the new Opera data servers in Kenya is also part of Opera’s strategy to continue leading the digital transformation of Africa. “Kenya is a hyper-connected country with 86% of its population already online. The challenge is supplying users with uninterrupted and quick internet connectivity,” said Krystian Zubel, IT Director at Opera. “With the installation…

EAPI Summit forecasts uptick in Kenyan real estate as finance flows reopen

The real estate market is poised for an uptick in activity, according to East African Property Investment (EAPI) Summit analysts, following the recent moves to reopen financial flows into the sector by uncapping interest rates. The change follows a decline in financing that saw the sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP halve from 8.8 per cent in 2016 to 4.1 per cent by 2018. “The lifting of the caps has prompted renewed interest by investors in the Kenyan market, which marks a distinct and new development. Following the introduction of…

CABI launches resource centre to promote use of safer bio products in farming

The Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) has launched a free-to- use dedicated online resource aimed at raising awareness of environmentally friendly biocontrol and biopesticide products  and promoting their uptake by growers, their advisors and farmers. The CABI BioProtection Portal will be available initially as an online website that can be used on smartphones, tablets and desktop computers, to help growers and pest management advisors identify, source and correctly apply biocontrol and biopesticide products for their specific crop-pest problems. An offline version will follow within the next weeks to…

Blue Band launches 3 new products into the Kenyan Market

Blue Band has added three products to its portfolio in the East African Market. Now an Upfield brand, Blue band has introduced three new products in the market to meet its customers’ demand. In addition to its original Blue band spread, the brand has now added, peanut butter, mayonnaise, and canola oil. Grown at the foot at the foothills of Mount Kenya, Canola oil is a cholesterol-free product rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9, a healthy option for salads and shallow frying. The new Blue band peanut butter is…

Samsung Note 10 LITE to retail at Ksh 57,999

If you’ve always wanted a NOTE device from Samsung, this may be the chance for you. Samsung has launched LITE versions of their flagship devices. So there’s now a NOTE 10 Lite These are not just like cheaper versions of the flagships, they’re like completely new devices with the flagship branding to make them appealing. The NOTE 10 Lite features an Exynos 9810 processor, 6/8GB of RAM, with 128GB storage. There’s a triple camera setup at the back, and a single 32MP selfie on the front. There’s a huge 4500mAH…

UNESCO in new initiative to Promote Cultural Diversity

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Multisectoral Regional Office (“UNESCO”) and digital TV operator Star Times, have established a partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at promoting quality and inclusive education and literacy. In a statement,the move is aimed in enhancing youth participation in the cultural and creative industries, advancing gender equality in sports, and building inclusive knowledge societies. The Parties will also explore opportunities to co-produce content as well as to develop projects related to information-and-communication-technology-based education, artificial intelligence, youth empowerment, social inclusion for people…