OPINION: How long can our biggest killer be denied as a health issue?

Preventing the loss of lives to respiratory diseases is a goal within Kenya’s grasp. Yet it will require a shift in attention that is currently eluding us – at a huge cost in unnecessary deaths. The biggest killer of our babies and young children, today, is the smoke caused by cooking with firewood and charcoal inside the home. However, we are currently chasing goals to reduce childhood morbidity and mortality as if we genuinely did not have access to data showing what is killing our under-fives. The result is a…

ATECA Conference seeks to review skills mismatch, employees training landscape

Themed ‘Value and Accountability in Training Management and Human Resource Development Investments,’ the gathering is looking at placing a pulse on the current learning systems and technologies while championing for increased investment in modern training models that makes business sense to African organizations and their workforce. It will target corporate, academia, Not-for-Profit, government and International Development institutions. By Agencies  Even as technology continues to redefine business operations, growing competition among organizations to hire and retain top talent and worrying skills mismatch in the workplace, institutions have not put in place…

Mombasa an economic hub for East Africa

Mombasa is Kenya’s global gateway and plays an important role as the logistics and economic hub for East Africa. With its strategic location, the port and its infrastructure projects are attracting a lot of international investment. One infrastructure development is the Japanese-funded port road and bridge project. The first phase opened in June 2018, and truck driver Swaleh Salim talks about the improvements it has made, “It was very hard to get into the port. You would take up to 5, 6, 10 hours but now it’s just a quarter-hour…

The world is waking up to the power of dyslexia

By Robyn Curnow As a journalist, I love words. I care about what I write, think before I speak, read with delight and savour language. Part of that relationship with words comes from the fact that I respect them.  My profession, more than most, teaches the value and importance of words, and their power. But sometimes I fear words too. Each word I write or say is hard-fought and comes from deep within. I am dyslexic, which is a highly common learning disorder; an estimated 10 percent of school children…

Africa must step up to support its innovators

By Robyn Curnow I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard business leaders from outside Africa refer to the continent’s enormous potential.  It’s a cliché, as well as a source of frustration for many Africans.  Put simply, we’ve heard it for too long. We know Africa is a continent rich in resources, we understand the possibilities of untapped markets, we can see the enormous progress made in certain cities.  But overall, it is difficult to escape the notion that opportunities are being squandered. Africa is also a continent…

Uhuru receives special gifts from Magufuli

By Tobby Otum President Uhuru Kenyatta received a special gift of peacocks from his Tanzanian counterpart President John Pombe Magufuli at State House in Nairobi. The ornamental birds were delivered to the Head of State by Tanzania High Commissioner to Kenya Dr Pindi Hazara Chana who also delivered a goodwill message from President Magufuli. The birds were gifted to President Kenyatta by his host during his recent private visit to Tanzania in what President Mugufuli termed as a sign of deep respect and appreciation for the Kenyan leader. Speaking while…

Why trust, reliability, and relevance matter most to today’s news consumers

The evolution of consumer expectations Marketing has existed for as long as people have had something to sell, but the modern era – with the advent of traditional and then digital media – has transformed consumers’ relationships with products. Looking back, the birth of outbound marketing in the early 20th century created a period of mass production and inefficiency as advertising spoke AT consumers rather than WITH them. In the 1950-1960s, the marketplace became saturated and as a result, there was intense competition for customers. This saw a shift in the role…

Nyamu hails sports progress in Nairobi,says new stadia will improve football

Karen Nyamu,is not a new name to Nairobi Households. The Highcourt advocate made headlines when she contested the Nairobi Woman Representative seat back in 2017. She was not successful but has remained active in leadership forums and activities across the county. What stands out is her magnificent love for sports,talent development and education in the society. Over the weekend,she stole the show when she graced the Kothbiro finals at Ziwani Sports Ground,where she chucked out Sh 50,000 to appreciate teams that made it to the last four. Kingston FC from…

Winning the Battle Against Fake News

Fake news seems to be a perpetually hot topic. Some say that winning the war against it is a losing battle, and thanks to the internet, its scale, the geopolitical agendas, unlimited funding, and leadership failure, misinformation seems impossible to contain. However, we can easily fight fake news. The best part, in fact, is that fake news is that it’s verifiably false. There are simply no facts to back it up. Also, because it has a purpose, the information can be disputed ideally that it aims to promote a specific…

Haze is clearing for cannabis investors

Few Investment opportunities promise the potential highs and lows offered by the Cannabis Industry. Pot stocks are smoking hot. Like dozy eyed stoners jolted awake by a 2 am pizza delivery, investors are rousing to the possibilities offered by this largely-elicit substance.  More than 25 countries are apparently considering the legal status of the wicked weed, and its reputation as a business proposition is rapidly evolving. If you can handle volatility in the shorter term, the longer term looks fruitful. The legal marijuana market could hit USD 66 billion globally…