KCB, Safaricom in KShs30B COVID-19 Response

KCB Bank Kenya & Safaricom Plc. have committed to support customers in financial distress, making available more affordable lending and cutting transaction costs on mobile as part of the measures to assist as the country grapples with the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. The announcement which follows a meeting hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi on Wednesday, bringing together banking industry players will see KCB Bank set aside KShs. 30 billion in a stimulus fund for onward lending to KCB M-PESA customers during the next 90 days. The fund will allow…

Students to access free books following new partnership

Opera, one of the world’s leading browser providers, and international nonprofit organization, Worldreader, are expanding access to eBooks for children and students via the Opera Mini browser during the coronavirus outbreak. Starting this week, World reader will offer a new selection of eBooks to all Opera Mini users as well as a brand new web app designed for children. The new app, Book Smart from World reader, will offer a wide variety of eBooks dedicated for children while the regular version will continue providing eBooks for young adult readers. World…

StarTimes launches Dedicated Program on Coronavirus

Pay Television operator StarTimes Media has launched a new dedicated television program aimed at sharing the latest information about coronavirus pandemic. StarTimes Daily —— COVID-19 Report will broadcast every weekday on 7 channels as well as on StarTimes ON mobile application in English, Kiswahili, French among other languages. The program aims at ensuring information on the pandemic is more accessible to viewers. StarTimes Daily —— COVID-19 Report will provide viewers with relevant updates and data about the situation in Africa and across the world. Speaking on this development, StarTimes Regional Marketing Director Mr…

Food4Education program changing lives

Established in her hometown of Ruiru, Kenya, Food4Education is an organisation that ensures school children get the right food to keep their minds sharp. Wawira speaks about her mission, “Serving people nourishment is in my point of view very sacred because it helps people. Their bodies function, their minds function, them being able to work and being able to be productive. I make sure that no student has to learn on an empty stomach.” Wawira studied nutrition at university. She explains how this taught her the importance of food for…

Coronavirus: Do you have to stay at home? These online resources will help you with remote working or spending time at home

In recent weeks, COVID-19 or the novel Coronavirus has been gradually spreading throughout the world. While you shouldn’t panic, you should follow all the recommendations of official agencies, such as the WHO or your country’s government. Even if you aren’t sick, you may have been advised to stay home for reasons of prevention. And this may mean you have to do some remote work, which, if you aren’t used to it, isn’t always easy. To help you out, we’ve put together several articles with tips for working remotely, along with some apps (mostly free) to…

StarTimes Introduces the first Afro-Brazilian channel – Nina Novelas

StarTimes Media subscribers are set to enjoy enriched programming with the pay-television company set to boost its Telenovela offering following the introduction of the first Afro-Brazilian channel – Nina Novelas. Nina Novelas channel has partnerships with Côte Ouest, the leading distribution leader of content for and from Africa who pioneered the telenovelas having established the largest network of partner producers and is also Globo’s exclusive distributor in Africa who are world’s leading producers of telenovelas with a combined production budget of over $ 400,000. While highlighting this development, StarTimes Regional…

Healthcare CSOs call for increased budgetary allocations

CSOs in the health sector have called on the BBI Taskforce to ensure that the health sector is allocated adequate funding. In the last two financial years, the health ministry’s budget rose from KSh60.3 billion in 2016/17 to KSh90.01 billion in 2018/19, an increase of 49%. The current financial year the docket was allocated 92.3b. And with the affordable healthcare national rollout getting ready it was expected that the funding were to be increased further The CSOs are saying that the current budget needs to be further enhanced to prevent Kenyans from dipping…

Ian Njoroge clinches Johnnie Walker series finale

Handicap 17 Ian Njoroge was imperious form as he emerged the winner of the Johnnie Walker Grand Finale at Vet Lab golf course. Four pars in the front nine and six in the back nine was all he needed to earn a Kenya Open Pro-Am Qualification slot. The winner will nevertheless cool his heels until a new date for the European Tour Kenya Open is determined. The Kenya Open was postponed indefinitely following a government directive to ban all international events and meetings in the next 30 days. Apart from…

The 5th Leadership and Accountability Conference for Women Kicks off In Mombasa

The 5th Ladies’ Leadership and Accountability Conference has kicked off in Mombasa at Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa by the Association of Women Accountants of Kenya (AWAK). Themed Women Blazing Trails: Exploring an enabled world, the conference brings together more than 300 women from various fields around the world to deliberate on social, corporate and professional issues. The three-day event was graced by Chief guest Nominated Senator Haji Farhiya Ali of Wajir County , Prof. Margaret Muthui, Dr Margaret Nyakango current Controller of Budget, ICT Champion Prof. Bitange Ndemo, the former…

THE ROAD TO 5G: UNDERSTANDING WHAT’S NEW WITH THE NEXT-GEN NETWORK

In 2019, 5G came to the world. In 2020, it’s going mainstream, and bringing with it an entirely new mobile experience. With 5G speeds and connectivity, consumers can download feature-length movies in seconds, and stream 8K video in a flash. They can stream crystal-clear video calls and play graphics-rich mobile games without lag. And the best part—this is just the beginning. As 5G technologies continue to evolve, our connections will be stronger, our communications will be faster, and our lives will be more convenient. To understand the full potential of…