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The Sony World Photography Awards have announces the winner of the 2018 Kenya National Award.

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Antony Trivet Kenya National Awards 2018.
Trivet, a renowned wedding and fashion photographer based in Kenya, won for a photograph titled Whisper Feel. The work was selected by an expert panel of judges as the best single image taken by a Kenyan photographer submitted to the 2018 Awards.
 
Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s most diverse photography competition. The 11th edition saw a record breaking 320,000 submissions by photographers from more than 200 countries and territories, presenting some of the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year.
 
As National Award winner, Antony Trivet will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony and his winning work will be shown at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London from April 20 – May 6 and published in the 2018 Awards’ book.
 
Describing the winning work, Trivet said: “The portrait of Isaya Evans a Kenyan actor, casting director, and entertainer was taken at Kinale forest away from the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi. My main aim was to incorporate the fog in the picture to activate the feeling when you are lonely and no one can help.”
 
“This is incredible. Thank you for the nominations this year. I am pleased, honoured and humbled to accept this award and to join past recipients who I have long admired and respected. This will be enough signature to show upcoming photographers that anything is possible if they believe in ourselves. I would like to thank all the talented and gifted photographers who have taught me so much over the years. God Bless.” He added.
 
Trivet is particularly interested in capturing weddings, portraits and fashion. His work has been featured in the Photography Association of Kenya (PAK). He was the winner of the Canon Selphy Street Photography Competition 2016, a top finalist in the Nikon Kenya Photo Summit, and recognised as one of the Top 40 Best Kenyan Photographers by CRBC.
 
His success was announced alongside the winners all 63 National Awards, and the 10 categories of the Awards’ Open competition. The overall and Professional category winners of the Awards will be announced on April 19.

Samsung Electronics opens an ultra-modern store at The Mirage Tower

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Samsung Electronics East Africa MD Mr. Seokim Hong, left with CEO Samsutech Corporation LTD center, and Mr Priyesh Patel right, offiially open the new Samsung outlet at the Mirage Towers during the launch of the Samsutech shop at Mirage Towers, along Waiyaki Way.
Samsung Electronics East Africa has announced the opening of an ultra-modern brand Store at the Mirage Tower in Westlands.
Speaking during the store opening, Head of Consumer Electronics Samuel Odhiambo said the opening of the brand store goes in line with the company’s effort to improve shoppers’ experience and expand its retail network.
“Samsung Electronics is committed to giving its consumers the best. This ultra-modern store will showcase our product portfolio which includes QLED TVs, twin cooling refrigerators, washing machines, microwave ovens and our recently introduced HotBlast™ technology which brings a whole new way of cooking to Kenya, producing food that is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside as well as air conditioners. Our consumers visiting the store will also have a chance to interact with our innovations which have embraced connectivity and convergence,” said Mr. Odhiambo
Over the past few years, Samsung Electronics has been keen on improving its products to make them more interactive with consumers. The company’s vision is guided by the desire to understand what consumers need and want; then design products to their liking. Samsung is keen on providing products that offer optimized benefits and services that bring value to consumers’ lives by turning everyday objects into smart connected devices.
According to Mr. Odhiambo, the new store will only stock consumer electronics and will give consumers a chance to explore the new innovations in consumer electronics which Samsung is driving.
“Samsung is cognizant of how technology is fast taking shape in the lives of our consumers, especially at home. In July we shall be launching our 2018 QLED TVs in Kenya with a stand out feature, “ambient mode” which enables the TV to blend into their surroundings,” he added.
The opening of this shop brings the number of Samsung shops to twenty seven countrywide The electronics firm is committed to increasing this number to ensure consumers everywhere are able to access the shops at their convenience.

Crown Paints opens its 2nd showroom in Kisumu as it eyes robust western region market.

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Kisumu showroom
Crown Paints Kenya PLC has opened its second high-end showroom in Kisumu County as part of its wider strategy to tap into the growing construction industry in the Western region.
 
The new facility that costed over Ksh 3 million is set to showcase latest premium brands in the market comprising of decorative, automotive and protective paints, as well as interior and exterior finishes, coatings and flooring products.
 
The firm’s Chief Executive Officer, Rakesh Rao said Crown Paints will continue to invest in setting up of ultra modern showrooms across the East African region in an attempt to ensure more customer accessibility and preferences.
 
“We’ve initiated several steps to target the ever increasing stylish, quality conscious consumers in the commercial property market to improve access and use of quality paints that promotes safety and durability of structures”, Rao said.
 
He said the new showroom will enhance customer recruitment and equip developers as well as the general public with more knowledge about paints. Currently over 80 percent of the paint sold by the firm in the region is water-based with high quality acrylic emulsions that offers excellent durability, quick drying time, and less odors emissions.
 
In 2016 the firm opened a Ksh 400 million automated plant in the County with a production capacity of 1.2 million litres of paint per month. Rao said these investments are meant to increase the firm’s market growth as the Western region was experiencing high development growth particularly in real estate with a larger number of investors eyeing towns such as Kisumu, Eldoret, Kitale and Kakamega.
 
The new showroom, located on Bank Street opposite Awori house is set to employ about 15 people.

Nyamira County officials tour Kakamega County in a bench-marking exercise.

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Nyamira County officials in Kakamega County during a bench-marking exercise.
A special Task Force established by Nyamira County Governor John Nyagarama toured Kakamega County in a benchmarking and inter-county relations exercise as from April 2 to April 5.
 
The key thematic areas during the benchmarking and inter-county exchange programme were automation of revenue, training of enforcement officers, establishment of municipalities, protocol, communication and public relations management and establishment of a County band and choir.
 
The team of 22 was composed of County Executive Committee Members Johnstone Obike, Omwanza Muga and Zablon Onchiri, County Secretary Eric Aori, Chief of Staff Job Ong’ombe ,Deputy Chief of Staff Kefah Mocheche and Political Advisor Gisore Ondieki.
 
Other members were Joshua Nyakundi (Director Enforcement & Compliance), Leonida Orwaru (Sub-County Administrator), Joseck Mambo( Enforcement Officer), Lillian Onsomu ( Director Revenue), Sibiah Nyamweya ( Director ICT), Esther Asati (Director Legal Services), John Kerina (Deputy Director Trade), Stella Nyangau ( Governor’s Secretary), Benard Orucho (Deputy Director Administration), Peris Mose (Director Procurement) and Daniel Atei (Ag. Town Administrator).
 
The Secretariat is made up of Dennis Manyara, Violet Ombati, Lameck Nyariki and Nyambega Gisesa.

Governor Nyong’o attends AU forum on decentralization in Africa

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Ksiumu County Governor Prof Anyang' Nyong'o attending a forum of the African Union ( A.U ) for sharing experiences on decentralization in Africa, convened jointly by the AU and the United Nations in Bamako, Mali on April 10, 2018.
Kisumu County Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o on Tuesday attended a High Level forum of the African Union ( A.U ) for sharing experiences on decentralization in Africa, convened jointly by the AU and the United Nations in Bamako, Mali.
The Governor addressed the forum on Kenya’s experiences with devolution having been invited to the meeting by the AU representative for Mali and SAHEL Pierre Buyoya, former president of Burundi, Ms. Minata Samate Cessouma, AU commissioner for Political Affairs and Alhassane Moussa, Minister Local Government, Mali.

Governor Obado puts county revenue officers on notice; to arrest, fire thieves

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Migori County Governor Okoth Obado.
Migori County Governor Okoth Obado has said he is going to crack the whip on “mischievous” county revenue officers stealing from his government.
Obado said some officials were colluding to deny the county government the much needed revenue, denying residents access to better services.
“I know that some of my officers have been going around unfortunately some of them are so mischievous. They pick the money but don’t give out receipts,” Obado said.
According to Obado, more than a hundred percent of revenue collected in Migori County is lost to rogue county officials annually.
Speaking on Monday in his office the county boss said he had commissioned his reinforcement team to ensure that the collection in various markets is done perfectly; the difference in those instances and other days was huge.
“For example in a market that usually reports like shs. 20,000 a day, if my team is there supervising and confirming if each and every one has paid (sic), the collection shoots to over shs. 80, 000,” Obado said.
In the last financial year, Obado said the county collected about shs. 350 million but the county boss said the figure was supposed to be more.
“We are saying here that we have a potential of collecting even a billion shillings, so we want to put our systems in place,” he said.
He said the deficit would have helped his government offer and deliver more services to the residents of Migori during this time that the national treasury hasn’t remitted county government funds for three months.
“We need money to offer excellent services to the people of Migori. Without that money we will just be seated here doing nothing,” Obado said.
Obado said the rogue officers will now be arrested and retrenched to give room to others willing to serve the county better.
He said there is a reinforcement team and another inspection team in place that will help catch up with the rogue revenue officers and send them home.
“Whoever is collecting the money into their pockets we are cautioning them, we are warning them that we are not going to entertain them anymore,” the governor said.
To help his government collect the maximum revenue, the governor appealed to residents to remit the various levies they are mandated to the county.
The Governor also urged the residents to make sure they are given official receipts for any money collected by county government officials to help in accountability and help abet corruption.
 
By Timothy Mbaya.

In May, a month dedicated to women’s rugby in Africa.

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A global conference on the role of women in sport, a regional forum on women’s leadership in rugby and a continent-wide tournament of women’s rugby sevens will all be held in Gaborone in May.
At its last General Assembly in London in November 2017, World Rugby (https://goo.gl/NPUK88) launched a new global strategy to promote women’s rugby for the period 2017 to 2025.
Now it’s up to Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com) to follow this example and formulate its own strategic plan adapted to take account of the geographical, economic and cultural needs and realities of the African continent to promote the practice of rugby among young girls and women.
With this in mind, the association for the continent has made May Women’s Rugby Month in Africa. A two-day forum on women’s leadership in rugby will be held in Gaborone, Botswana, on May 22-23 just before the opening of the Women’s Rugby Sevens African tournament organised for May 26-27, 2018. The choice of dates and venues was not accidental as Rugby Africa seeks to capitalize on the forum, the International Working Group on Women and Sport, taking place from 17 to 20 May in Gaborone.
At the centre of the debate is the growth of women’s rugby and the increase of the number of African female players but in addition, it will explore the role of women in our sport more generally, from their work in the technical support of the teams to their involvement in the management structures of rugby in Africa.
It has to be acknowledged that Africa is lagging behind the rest of the world in women’s rugby since, for the time being, it has no team representing the continent at the Women’s Rugby World Cup and only South Africa is sending a team to participate in the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco in July. Fair enough, but at the urging of Katie Sadleir, director for women’s rugby at World Rugby, the management team of Rugby Africa intends to change this situation and plans to work with the most motivated federations to create centres of growth for women’s rugby in Africa and to establish as quickly as possible role models to be emulated.
The president of the rugby federation of Burkina Faso, Mrs. Rolande Boro, and the general director of the Tunisian rugby federation, Mrs. Maha Zaoui, will carry the torch for this African initiative and their efforts have already resulted in the establishment of a progress scholarship by World Rugby. It should also be noted that the all-inclusive Get Into Rugby program is very popular with young African girls with a participation rate of 46% and 412,841 girls registered in 2017, a good portent for the future.
For Katie Sadleir this exceptional week for women’s rugby in Africa is an opportunity not to be missed: “The increasing involvement of women in rugby presents the single greatest opportunity for our sport in the next decade. It is critical to World Rugby’s vision of a ‘sport for all, true to its values’ and its mission to grow the global family … Women’s rugby is experiencing unprecedented growth and participation levels are at an all-time high. Women’s rugby in Africa is leading the way in terms of numbers of female players registered globally. This important conference hosted by the Botswana Rugby Union will enable the leaders of the region to take the next step in accelerating the development of women in rugby in Africa.”
As for the competition, the competing teams will approach this tournament with a view to preparing for the qualifications for the Olympic Games to be held next year. Teams from South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Uganda and the host, Botswana, are expected in Gaborone. Mr Dave Gilbert, President of the Botswana Rugby Federation, is delighted to host the event: “It is wonderful for Botswana Rugby to showcase Women’s Rugby and be part of the future pathway for these female athletes. The Botswana Rugby Union and the Botswana National Sports Commission are very excited to be organizing and hosting this event which is the first of its kind in Rugby in Africa “.
These events are an opportunity to develop women’s rugby in Africa, an issue close to the heart of the president of Rugby Africa, Abdelaziz Bougja, who sees this as a strategic priority for the continent and the sport: “Women’s rugby is a real challenge in terms of development and competitions. We look forward to discussing this with the most active federations on the continent and to bringing women’s rugby up to the next level. Women’s rugby is without doubt top of Rugby Africa’s priorities for the years to come, since without women we will not be able to develop rugby, attract new fans and new players.”

President Uhuru signs into law Equitable Division of Revenue Bill 2018/2019

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President Uhuru Kenyatta receives bill on the Equitable Division of Revenue from National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi for signing on April 10, 2018. Photo:PSC
President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law the Equitable Division of Revenue Bill for 2018/2019 financial year.
 
The Bill provides for the equitable division of revenue raised nationally between the National and County governments.
 
The Constitution provides for the vertical (equitable) sharing of revenue raised nationally between the two levels of government.
 
Article 202 of the Constitution, also provides for additional allocations to the county governments from the national government’s share of revenue.
 
These allocations can either be conditional (conditional grants) or unconditional.
 
The Bill, signed at State House, Nairobi, was presented to the President for signing by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.
 
Also present were Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki, Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto and Assistant to the National Assembly Clerk, James Njoroge Mwangi.
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