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Nairobi Local Tour Junior Golf Tournament Concludes with Exciting Final Round

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Junior Golf Foundation President Regina Gachora awards the Girls

The NCBA Bank sponsored Nairobi Local Tour junior tournament came to a close on Sunday with a thrilling final round at the Muthaiga Golf Club.

The 8-leg tour, which began in November 2022, aimed to promote junior golf in Kenya and was organized by U.S. Kids Golf and the Junior Golf Foundation.

In the Boys 15-18 year old category, Krish Shah emerged victorious with 80 gross points, followed by Kevin Anyien with 85.

Krish Shah, Boys category 15-18 year old winner receives his award from NCBA Deputy Director Marketing and Head of Brands Jacquie Muhati.

Junaid Manji was the winner in the 13-14 year old boys category, scoring 71 gross points, and Shashwat Harish came in second with 78 gross.

Yuvraj Rajput won the 12 year old boys category with 85 gross points, and Mwathi Gicheru was the champion among the 11 year olds with 76 gross.

In the boys’ younger categories, Palash Tank was the winner among the 10 year olds with 40 strokes, while Adam Nesbitt earned bragging rights among the 9 year olds with 39 strokes. Jeff Kibe, Ivan Kimutai, and Trevvy Mungai were the winners among the eight, seven and six year olds.

The girls’ categories saw Maryam Mwakitawa as the star among the 15-18 year-olds having scored 84 gross points, followed by Antonia Mbuthia who scored 88.

Audrey Gachora was the winner among the 13-14 year olds with 81 points and Rohini Shah came second with 88 gross points.

Sophia Nesbitt starred among the 11-12 year-olds having hit 82 gross points. Cherono Kipkorir came in second with 86.

Junior Golf Foundation President Regina Gachora awards the Girls 15-18 Overall Winner Maryam Mwakitawa during the Nairobi Local Tour junior tournament

Aria Dodhia was the winner among the 9-10 year old girls with 41 gross points, followed by Kanana Muthomi who managed 42. Finally, Wairimu Koi was the champion among the 8 years and under girls’ category with 43 gross points.

NCBA Group MD John Gachora noted the importance of the tournament in advancing golf in Kenya and pledged the company’s support moving forward, saying: “The tournament was exciting and it’s clear that the future of Kenyan golf is bright going by the level of golf skills displayed by the juniors. We are proud to have sponsored this tournament and to have played a part in promoting junior golf in Kenya. We look forward to supporting the growth and development of the sport in the country for years to come.”

The tour which was held during the school holidays featured 8 events played across Thika, Windsor, Karen, Muthaiga, Royal, Sigona and VetLab golf clubs.

It attracted over 1300 golfers from around Nairobi who got a chance to compete and hone their skills in age-appropriate competitions. Select junior winners will get opportunities to play in international tournaments, including the US Kids World Championships.

3RD EDITION OF THE NOC-K ELITE-YOUTH CAMP COMES TO AN END 

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The National Olympic Committee has officially closed the 3rd Edition of the Elite Youth Camp on 12th January 2022 at Merishaw School Isinya.

The ceremony was presided over by the NOC-K 1st Deputy President Shadrack Maluki, Deputy Treasurer John Ogolla and Executive Member Winnie Kamau.

Speaking during the closing ceremony, Maluki announced the camp urging the athletes to continue with the hard work while comradeship.

“This is the first Youth Camp this year, with one set to happen in April, August and December. We believe the youth team will perform exemplary in the Games ahead. This is a long term. transformational agenda, initiated programs aimed at enhancing our country’s performances during various international multi-sport events.

The athletes also planted trees at the school. As part of its Sustainability commitments, NOC-K will plant 10,000 trees in 2023.

10 days ago, during the opening ceremony, the Director Merishaw School while welcoming athletes to the school also encouraged them in their preparation towards the Games.

“The name Merishaw represents ‘boy to Moran’ , its representation of growth, resilience and fight. This is why we partnered with Team Kenya and its Youth Program to ensure they represent Kenya. I see future Tergats here. It’s a privilege to be in sports, Through Sports, I’ve met a legend and through my dream of a school we shall make future legends”

The director has also promised to partner with Team Kenya to offer sports scholarship.

The camp has impacted skills to the athletes including a team building

100M Commonwealth Champion and Africa fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala and 5000m double Olympic silver medalist Hellen Obiri also joined in the team building.

“Youths are the future of tomorrow, the next 5000m World Champion is here. My dream is to get a Gold medal in the Olympics, I have not given up, I’m still pursuing it and now at a bigger stage in Marathon. I can only imagine how much more a Youth athlete can do. “Said  Obiri who emphasized on Clean sports

Omanyala dared the athletes to dream and not to give up.

“Everyone discouraged me from running short races. In fact, most of my friends wanted me to stay in Rugby. But this is a dream I had, and I’m still dreaming of an Olympic Gold medal just like you all are.”

 The Camp which started on 9th January has come to end on 18th January just in time before school begins.

The Elite Youth Development program 2022-2026, has an aim of transition from the Cairo Youth African Games in 2022, to Dakar 2026 Youth Olympic Games and finally 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games.


 The elite youth camp has seen success stories, with the 2019 edition having some junior players transitioning to the national senior team such as the ladies’ hockey team who participated in the Birmingham and the ladies 3x 3 basketball team.

PAUL TERGAT IS THE BATHURST 2023 CROSS-COUNTRY AMBASSADOR 

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Dr. Paul Tergat has been announced by the World Athletics as the Bathurst 2023 World Cross Country Championships Ambassador.

Tergat, who is the NOC-K President, is a distinguished cross-country runner of major repute with five (5) consecutive world titles in the event between 1995-99, has expressed elation on being given the honour by World Athletics.

“Cross country brings out all the elements an athlete wants to experience in running- the thrill, the twists and turns in different courses simply incredible challenges to overcome before you finish. I think it is actually like the story of life”, said Tergat.

The NOC-K supremo played a similar role when the event was held in Kampala 2017.

He is not only a cross-country great but is also an Olympic silver medalist in 10,000m- Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000.

World class athletes are now preparing for the challenging Barthust course, among them Kenyan athletes as they wind up the cross-country season, their preparations on track with the National Cross-Country Championships scheduled for this Saturday 21st January at the Kenya Prisons Training College, Ruiru.

Reacting to this honour, Tergat had the following to add:

‘The cross country will always be a special event in my athletics career for ages to come.’

‘It evokes very nostalgic and fond memories because this is really where my long athletics career was birthed, developed and blossomed with the crowning of five (5) straight world cross championship titles between 1995-99.’

THE LION-HEARTED YOUTH BEACH VOLLEYBALL DUAL READY FOR YOUTH GAMES

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The inseparable adept dual of Gaudencia Makokha and Brackcides Agala might be facing tough challengers to their top spot from the Youths training at the Elite Youth Camp, with Youth Africa Games and Youth Commonwealth Games set ahead to test their skills.

The Salome Wanjala-coached side, has polished most of the basics in camp at Merishaw school and is excited and ready for the Games.

“We have a very tough youth team and it motivates me as the Coach. This is a team that will challenge the seniors this year with so many Games ahead, we just need to support them and give them proper training.” Salome spoke.

The National team is currently looking forward to a busy season with Africa Beach Games in Tunisia and World Beach Games in Bali just fresh from Birmingham which qualified for the games after being awarded a wild card.

“The camp has helped me gain confidence and create friendships. It’s not only building my confidence at the Game but also socially.” Said Sharon Jepkogey

The 19-year-old has been marked as one the best in the country for her attacking incisiveness and creativity.

The second week of the Camp begins on a high after the camp hosted guests for Team Building over the weekend to help athletes develop confidence, improve morale and form connections.

The team building was run by NOC-K Institute Commission, the education arm at NOC-K mandated to promote cultural and educational development of the Olympic Movement in Kenya.

100M Commonwealth Champion and Africa fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala and 5000m double Olympic silver medalist Hellen Obiri also joined in the team building.

“Youths are the future of tomorrow, the next 5000m World Champion is here. My dream is to get a Gold medal in the Olympics, I have not given up, I’m still pursuing it and now at a bigger stage in Marathon. I can only imagine how much more a Youth athlete can do. “Said  Obiri who emphasized on Clean sports

Omanyala dared the athletes to dream and not to give up.

“Everyone discouraged me from running short races. In fact, most of my friends wanted me to stay in Rugby. But this is a dream I had, and I’m still dreaming of an Olympic Gold medal just like you all are.”

The Elite Youth Camp enters its final week before athletes depart to prepare for re-opening of schools.

Kenya’s Economic Agenda And Appointment Of Engineers To Engineering Related Institutions

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The Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) is the premier National learned society of
the Engineering Profession and co-operates with other National and International
Institutions in developing and applying Engineering to the benefit of humanity and
currently has over 10,000 members.
We take an early opportunity to wish all Kenyans a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2023.
As an institution, we shall continue to collaborate and work with the government in
delivering on its economic growth agenda. Engineering is key in the driving of the economic
Agenda of our nation Kenya and in this regard, we would like to talk to and advise the public
and stakeholders on a few key areas of concern:

  1. Engagement of Licenced Professionals: – There is need for the general public and
    real estate developers to engage licenced professional Engineers in the design,
    approval, implementation and supervision of all construction projects.
  2. Employment of Graduate and Licensed Professional Engineers in the County
    Governments: – County Governments require additional 1500 Engineers to
    oversee design, approval, supervision of infrastructural projects being executed.
  3. Application of regulated Professional Engineering Fees: – The Engineers Scale of
    Fees charged by professional Engineers is regulated and meant to protect the
    public from manipulations and is available in the EBK website.
  4. End importation of lower cadre engineering labour force: – Need to stop influx
    of foreigners undertaking manual jobs like welding, artisanship, craftmanship and provide employment opportunities to the Kenyan youth graduating from the TVET institutions.
  5. Need to appoint professional Engineers to head Technical Institutions: – This
    will result in efficient delivery of service to the Kenyan Population namely, Road
    Agencies, Energy Utilities, Water Bodies etc.
  6. Need to have masqueraders stopped from usurping the role of legal entities: –
    There is need to Enhance enforcement of the already established laws and
    regulations governing the built-in Environment and call upon ACMK to cease
    releasing misleading information on behalf of the Professional bodies such as EBK
    and BORAQS.
  7. Allow Multi-agency taskforces to carry out forensic audits of infrastructure
    failures that have led to loss of lives: -There is need to allow the Multi-Agency
    Taskforce (EBK, NCA, BORAQS) established by the CS Lands to formulate
    measures to address collapse of buildings.

Youngline Clearing and Forwarding DG Mr John Maina Speaks On Return Of Port Operations from Naivasha to Mombasa

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Director General of Youngline Clearing and Forwarding Mr John Maina
Director General of Youngline Clearing and Forwarding Mr John Maina

Youngline Clearing and Forwarding was established in 1999 with a view of providing wholistic and professional cargo export logistics, Customs documentations and investment in Kenya. Youngline Clearing and forwarding has proved to be reliable, efficient and competitive in cost. They have well trained staff, equipment, trucks and warehouses that place Youngline Clearing and Forwarding above its competitors
Youngline Clearing and forwarding has cordial working relationship with government agencies like KRA, KEPHIS etc.

“The fact that the port operations had been moved from Mombasa to Naivasha had it’s pros. Especially reduction of accidents and also making it much easier for traders in the hinterland to clear their goods with ease. What we would like to see is a free trade to facilitate free flow of goods from the port. This will facilitate trade and ensure everything moves on smoothly,” he observed .

Youngline Clearing and Forwarding is the ONLY logistics company in Kenya that has agreements with ALL airlines in Kenya. They are members of IATA,FIATA and CASS. Their mission is to exceed Their customer’s expectations by continuously providing professional, efficient and reliable services. Mr Maina also cautioned against solving economic situations politically. He finally wished all Kenyans a happy and prosperous new year 2023.

Global beauty brand, The Body Shop Announce Entry Into The Kenyan market

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The Body Shop are aiming to meet growing demand for ethically and sustainably produced beauty products.

The British-founded, change making beauty brand which retails over 800 products opens its first outlet in Nairobi at the Village Market through their exclusive franchisee, The Mask Retailers. The Body Shop has also disclosed plans to launch an e-commerce platform in 2023 to enable consumers in the East Africa region easier access to their products.

Sarah Jackson, The Body Shop EMEA & LatAm Franchise Business Director said about the launch: “Kenya is a fast developing economy which is well positioned to attract global brands aiming to strategically have a share of this market. The Kenyan consumer deeply cares about how ethically and socially conscious a business is across its entire value chain and also value for their money. The Body Shop is bringing the consumer over 800 products that meet their need for high-quality, naturally-inspired skincare, hair care and make-up, produced ethically and sustainably”.

Famous for its high-quality naturally-inspired cosmetic and toiletry products, The Body Shop is known all over the world for pioneering the philosophy that business can be a force for good, for launching new standards of ethics in business and for its consistency in campaigning for change on behalf of those without an effective voice.

Ms Jackson added: “The Body Shop Kenya store has been designed around the brand’s strategy to minimise its environmental footprint. It has been built with reclaimed wood and recycled plastics destined for landfill. The facade is made from zinc/aluminium-low energy metal that is infinitely recyclable and worktops are 100% recycled wood. Customers can also purchase a refillable 300ml aluminium bottle and fill it up with any of 12 brand’s best-loved shower gels, shampoos, conditioners and hand washes”.

In 2020, The Body Shop started sourcing tea tree oil from the foothills of Mount Kenya and the east coast region working with the Kutoka Ardhini (‘from the ground’ in Swahili) group which supplies the key ingredient from a network of over 1,000 farmers. This is implemented through The Body Shop’s Community Fair Trade programme that helps producers gain market access and invest in social and environmental projects that benefit their communities. Over 13,500 farmers, producers and artisans are part of the Community Fair Trade programme globally.

The Body Shop products are made with respect for the world we live in and a commitment to trading fairly and sustainably. They are cruelty-free and help people – especially women and girls – to feel positive and proud about themselves, their bodies, their futures. The brand uses high quality natural ingredients ethically and responsibly grown and bought and turns them into innovative products.

Besides supporting farmers in the community, The Body Shop has announced that this year, as part of its Christmas community support, it is running an activism campaign dubbed ‘Be Seen. Be Heard’, to amplify young voices in the halls of power. Each purchase over the Christmas period will help The Body Shop donate a minimum of £500,000 to organizations across the globe that support young people who are contributing to their communities to make the world a fairer, more wonderful place.

Jumia Kenya targets 15% growth in rural areas in 2023

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Jumia customers in Nyanza and Western regions in Kenya to benefit from the Jumia City Penetration program from next year, giving them access to millions of products on the online platform at a reduced delivery fee. Jumia plans to expand its reach to rural areas by 15% in the coming year as part of its growth strategy. Jumia Kenya CEO, Juan Seco made the announcement during the Jumia Awards at the Aspire Center.

” As part of our growth strategy, we want to reach more customers outside Nairobi, give them access to millions of products on our platform, and provide a better consumer experience. This is good news for our vendors as we also continue to increase the reach of Jumia and expand the customer base they can access when working with us.”, said Jumia Kenya CEO, Juan Seco.

The city penetration program aims to speed up the uptake of online shopping upcountry, by providing opportunities for vendors countrywide.

Among those awarded for top performing categories included, Vision Plus for Best TV Category Growth, Waanzilish for 2022 Best Fashion Category Growth, Diageo scooped the Beverage Category Leader and Pwani Oil scooped the Best Food Category Growth. Transsion Holdings (Tecno, Infinix, itel) stood out as the Leader in the phone category.

The annual vendor award ceremony was aimed at celebrating Jumia vendors and sharing insights into the next year, 2023.

CheckUps Medical To Offer Affordable Medical Check ups To Blue Collar Workers

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Kenya-based CheckUps Medical has innovated a fully digitized mobile equipment in a bid to offer affordable medical Check ups to Blue collar workers. The mobile clinic was featured at the Jamhuri Innovation Summit at KICC and was among the innovations visited by H. E. President William Ruto.

The mobile clinic is equipped with a digital X-ray, digital lab equipment, ECG, ultrasound and more equipment which are connected to a centralized coordinating team of experts. The remote care model allows quality services to be offered at 30% of typical costs. The innovation will promote a future for blue collar workers powered by wellness.

The CEO of CheckUps, Dr Moka Lantum, thanked the government for the recognition and urge to take the mobile clinic to schools, farms, markets and industrial parks to serve blue collar workers. Farmers need to be checked for respiratory disease. Traders need to be checked for chronic diseases. Industrial workers need to be screened for hearing, vision and chronic disease. Children need to be checked for vision, hearing and developmental delays.

The public will be able to pay for the affordable Wellness checks using a membership cover which allows medicines and tests to be brought to their homes and workplaces. Traders loose money when they close to visit a clinic. This innovation prevents that. Pupils loose valuable lessons when away from school. Industrial workers will not have to be afraid of lost wages as services will be a phone call away. Farmers can be served in the farm and not incur losses. The impact of an affordable cover that brings services to where they earn a living is transformational.

Biodiversity and Biosafety Association Of Kenya (BIBA Kenya) Warns Against Introduction of GMOs

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More than 100 civil society organizations representing smallholder farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolk, consumer networks, faith groups and indigenous seed savers from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania gathered to reiterate our reservations regarding the apparent push to commercialize Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the East African region.

Our concern particularly is informed by the recent move by the government of Kenya to introduce GMOs in the region through lifting of a 10 year ban on importation of genetically modified products despite the many uncertainties on the socio economic, environmental, food sovereignty, safety, trade and health impacts that GMOs pose.

As representatives of small-scale farmers in East African Community, we call upon the Kenyan government and other African governments to tread carefully before embracing Genetically  Modified Organisms (GMOs), particularly in food and agriculture as the effects are irreversible. These include loss of our rich biodiversity through crops, animal contamination, total dependence on seed and synthetic fertilizers from few multinational companies and multiple possible health risks and an eminent trade loss of our organic produce to the EU market and other international markets.

We demand that the EAC governments defend and support our rich diversity of indigenous seed  and food regimes, by resisting the growing continental push by the private seed industry especially in the sub-Saharan Africa to restructure and ‘commercially take over’ our seed and food systems. We stand as a lobby group to warn that, if not reversed, the trend presents untold potential to derail the attainment of farmers’ seed sovereignty, region’s food sovereignty and resilience of smallholder and rural communities to climate shocks.

By large, Kenya Seed laws emphasize on organized seed production systems that assures quality to the consumer as opposed to non-controlled seed production and the old culture of seed saving and sharing. These laws promote commercialization of improved plant varieties in the seed sector through seed  clarification of released varieties. Further, the Kenyan Seed and Plant Varieties Act allow breeders to register and secure Plant Breeders Rights based on UPOV 91 Convention if they discover and develop any new variety.

 In Tanzania, the Seed Act of 2003 does not recognize farmer managed seed and it is a criminal offence to trade seed which is not certified. The National Agricultural Census of 2019/2020 indicated that despite the government’s efforts to promote the use of improved seeds, more than 76% of the total cultivated area (13,8 million hectares) was planted with farm saved seeds. Genetically Modified Organisms in Africa cannot not end hunger, malnutrition and poverty in the continent. South Africa despite massive acceptance of GM crops, this year (2022) is reported to have 14.4 million people faced with food shortage.

Globally, and elsewhere in the continent, we are witnessing an impressive shift and extensive calls for rapid reorientation of the agricultural and food systems, towards agrobiodiversity.

We therefore demand and recommend the following;

  1. That, food security starts with food safety, we ask that the EA governments exhaust all other known safe food options before they can think of GMOs. The UN Synthesis Report (IAASTD)clearly stated that GMO is not a solution to chronic hunger or poverty and the  EAC governments need to address the structural issues including rural development,  water, storage, market linkages and general infrastructure challenges faced by our smallholder farmers.
  2. The EA governments sets up a monitoring mechanism to aid in redress, should this technology cause harm to both human health and environment (polluter pay principle).
  3. We commend the government of the United Republic of Tanzania for cancellation of the research on GM Transgenic Maize MON 87460 x MON 810 variety.
  4. We commend the Ugandan president HE president Museveni for ambracing the spirit of smallholder farmer in Africa through rejecting a draconian Genetic Engineering and Regulatory Bill. We recommend that the Bill is further reviewed to protect seed and food sovereignty in Uganda.
  5. The Kenyan government should uphold the ban on GMO maize and consider a non-GMO food importation arrangement from neighboring countries.
  6. As espoused in the Kenyan Constitution 2010, the government should be in the forefront in safeguarding our local food and seeds systems through embracing safe and sustainable food production methods like agro ecology including promotion of Farmer Managed Seed System (FMSS).
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