Sunday, December 31, 2017

Paul Pogba urges misfiring Manchester United to 'wake up'

Paul Pogba
Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba applauds as he leaves after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford in Manchester, on December 30, 2017. PHOTO | OLI SCARFF AFP| 

Nigeria: Minister Apologises for Buhari's Goof On Board Appointments

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The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has apologised for one of the errors committed by President Muhammadu Buhari in his recent controversial board appointments.

Liberia: "Corruption Will Have No Place in My Govt", Says Weah

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George Weah.
President-Elect, George M. Weah has raised a flag declaring no room for corruption under his administration, noting that those wishing to cheat the Liberian people will have no space in his government.

Kenya: Juiciest 2017 Scandals That Astonished Kenyans

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Vera Sidika in Maldives.
Just when you thought Kenya's endemic problems could not get any worse, the country witnessed its fair share of scandals in 2017, mostly from the political class.
Here are some of the ones that made 2017 a scandal-filled year.

Zimbabwe: Grace Mugabe's Son 'Impregnates SA Student, 22, Asks Her to Abort'

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Russell Goreraza
A South African student is reportedly crying foul after she was impregnated by former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe's son, Russell Goreraza, before he turned his back on her.

Nigeria: Trump Under Fire for Blaming AIDS On Nigerians

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United States President Donald Trump addresses African leaders
Abuja — UNITED States President, Donald Trump, has come under criticism for alleging Nigerians were to blame for the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in his country.

Bourse weekly turnover up, but volumes drop

By: Times Reporter
The equity market closed the year flat, with no transactions recorded on Friday, the Rwanda Stock Market (RSE) weekly report shows. This follows a poor run on the equity market over the past two weeks as only just over Rwf1.1 million was realised during this period, according to the report.
The local bourse recorded total turnover of Rwf850,100 last week, higher than Rwf330,600 registered for the week ending December 22. However, volumes pushed were marginally lower last week, with 4,400 shares traded compared to 5000 shares that changed hands the previous week.
During the week, Rwf3 million worth of bonds exchanged hands at Rwf101.7 compared to Rwf107.3 million worth of bonds that were traded the previous week.
Meanwhile, index for local firms and the All Share Index were unchanged week-on-week, closing at 135.38 and 133.48 points, respectively.
The equities counters closed as follows: Bralirwa Rwf150; Crystal Telecom Rwf66; Bank of Kigali Rwf300; I&M Bank Rwf95; Equity Bank Rwf350; NMG Rwf1,200; KCB Rwf340 and Uchumi Supermarkets Rwf104.

Kenya Bankers Association says 2083 bankers fired in 2017

Family Bank Managing Director David Thuku (PHOTO: FILE) By Standard Reporter 
In summary In June, Barclays Bank of Kenya announced that it was laying off 130 employees through a voluntary exit scheme First Community Bank also announced it was cutting down on 106 staff.

US post office bets on package delivery to fight internet influence

President Donald Trump called on the U.S. Postal Service on Friday to charge “much more” to ship packages for Amazon (AMZN.O), picking another fight with an online retail giant he has criticized in the past.

Major blow to Kenya’s tourism as fifteen baboons killed every day on Northern corridor

By Antony Gitonga
At least 15 baboons are killed every day on the Northern Corridor, dealing a major blow to Kenya’s tourism. Conservationists and stakeholders in animal welfare say public service vehicles are the lead cause of deaths of these animals. ALSO READ: Boost as 250 tourists land at Coast George Kibanya, from Conserve the Baboon campaign initiative, said areas along Limuru-Mai Mahiu-Naivasha-Gilgil

Joe Sang: We have not paid Sh11 billion extra to contractor

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Kenya Pipeline Corporation (KPC) says it has not paid an additional Sh11 billion demanded by the firm building the Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline. “KPC has not paid the Sh11 billion to Zakhem International. For this reason, the total cost for this project remains Sh48.4 billion,” Managing Director Joe Sang said.

Why microfinance sector registered a decline in non-performing loans

By: Peterson Tumwebaze
A customer withdraws money at CIC Microfinance. The sector's performance has improved. / File.
Measures introduced by the micro-finance body to reduce the growing non-performing loans in the sector seem to be, finally, paying off. According to National Bank of Rwanda (BNR), bad loans in the

2017 in review: A peek into ICT sector

By: Julius Bizimungu
Students using computers in a Community Knowledge Centre. File.
Government has for the past few years embarked on journey to promote information and communication technologies (ICTs) as an enabler for fast-tracking the country’s economic development and transformation.

Happy New Year! Cities across the world welcome 2018

By: Agencies
Fireworks explode at Kigali Convention Centre. Nadege Imbabazi.
Festivities have begun around the world as revellers cheered the advent of the New Year, with Australia, New Zealand and Japan being some of the first countries to bid farewell to 2017.
In the Australian city of Sydney, more than an estimated one million people gathered to watch a spectacular fireworks display in the harbour.
About eight tonnes of fireworks were lit during the colourful display, which lasted 12 minutes. The celebration started with a rainbow cascade to mark Australia's legalisation of same-sex marriage, which happened earlier in 2017.
In Auckland, New Zealand, tens of thousands of people gathered to watch a fireworks display on the iconic SkyTower, the city's most well-known landmark.
In Japan, people celebrated the arrival the of the Year of the Dog, eating New Year's food such as noodles, shrimp and sweet black beans and praying for peace and good fortune.
A man leaves a carnation outside the Reina nightclub in Istanbul. [ Emrah Gurel/ The Associated Press]
In the capital, Tokyo, hundreds of white balloons were released into the night sky, followed by a music show.
Elsewhere, major international cities also prepared to welcome the New Year.
Millions of people are expected to gather in Berlin, London, Rio de Janeiro and New York to celebrate the arrival of 2018.
In the Turkish city of Istanbul, meanwhile, dozens of people gathered outside a nightclub to remember the victims of an attack during New Year's celebrations 12 months ago.
Hong Kong residents wear 2018 glasses during New Year's Eve celebrations [ Kin Cheung/ The Associated Press]
Thirty-nine people were killed - mostly foreigners - and 79 wounded in the Reina club shooting, for which the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) claimed responsibility.
For UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the end of 2017 was an opportunity to call for peace and unity.
Fireworks explode near the Sydney Opera House as part of new year celebrations on Sydney Harbour, Australia. [ David Gray/ Reuters]
"I believe we make our world more safe and secure, but we can only do that together. I urge leaders everywhere to make these new year’s resolutions. Narrow the gaps, build trust," he said.

Rwandans lose refugee status as cessation clause comes into force

By: Times Reporter
Rwandan returnees from Malawi arrive at Kigali International Airport. File.
Countries are set to invoke the cessation clause for Rwandans who fled the country between 1959 and 1998 after the December 31, 2017 deadline passed yesterday.
The cessation clause is part of the 1951 Refugee Convention.


Baada ya kushinda michezo 18 mfululizo ya Ligi Kuu ya Uingereza, hatimaye Crystal Palace imefanikiwa kusimamisha rekodi ya ushindi wa Manchester City hii leo.

Crystal Palace licha ya kutoa sare tasa na vinara wa ligi Manchester City, pia ingeweza kuibuka na ushindi wa goli moja lakini kipa Enderson aliwanyima ushindi.

Palace walidhani kuwa wataibuka na ushindi baada ya kupata penati dakika za mwisho baada ya kuangushwa Wilfred Zaha lakini penati ya Luka Milivojevic ilipanguliwa.
Licha ya kutibuliwa rekodi ya ushindi mfululizo Manchester City pia imejikuta ikikumbwa na hofu ya majeruhi baada ya Kevin De Bruyne na Gabriel Jesus kuumia.
Raheem Sterling akimuangusha katika eneo hatari Wilfred Zaha na muamuzi kuamua mkwaju wa penati
Luka Milivojevic akishuhudia mpira wa penati aliyoipiga ukizuiliwa kwa miguu na kipa Enderson wa Manchester City


Watalii  wakiwasili  uwanja mdogo wa ndege wa
Seronera wilayani Serengeti mkoa wa Mara uliopo kwenye Hifadhi ya Taifa
ya Serengeti(Senapa) kwaajili ya kutembelea vivutio vya kitalii
wakati wa mapumziko ya mwisho wa mwaka.

Watalii wakiwasili uwanja mdogo wa ndege wa
Seronera wilayani Serengeti mkoa wa Mara ndani ya Hifadhi ya Taifa
ya Serengeti,kukamilika kwa jengo la wageni wanaowasili na wanaondoka kumerahisisha huduma za usafiri ndani ya hifadhi hiyo.

Afisa Utalii Mwandamizi wa Hifadhi ya Taifa Serengeti mkoa
wa Mara,Susuma Kusekwa akizungumza na watalii waliotembelea hifadhi hiyo.

Watalii wakimsikiliza Zacharia Mathayo ambaye ni mwongoza watalii wakati akitoa maelezo kuhusu uhamaji wa
wanayamapori aina ya Nyumbu kutoka Kaskazini mwa Hifadhi ya Taifa Serengeti  hadi Kusini.

Watalii hufurahia kuona wanyama wakubwa wakiwemo Tembo na wengine wanaonekana ndani ya Hifadhi ya Taifa Serengeti.

Tembo ni mojawapo ya kivutio kikubwa kwa watalii wanaotemebela hifadhi hiyo.

Wanyama wadogo aina ya Pimbi ni sehemu ya vivutio utakavyokutana navyo ndani ya Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Serengeti.

Wanyama wadogo aina ya Pimbi ni sehemu ya vivutio utakavyokutana navyo ndani ya Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Serengeti.

ya Taifa ya Serengeti imefanikiwa kutangaza vivutio vyake kikamilifu
sio kwa watalii wanaotoka  mataifa ya Ulaya,Asia  na Amerika pekee bali
pia watalii wa ndani ni sehemu ya wageni wanaotembelea hifadhi hiyo.
Makundi makubwa ya Simba kama hili utayaona ndani ya hifadhi hiyo.
Serengeti.Idadi ya watalii wanaotembelea Hifadhi ya Taifa
ya Serengeti(Senapa) imeongezeka katika siku za hivi karibuni kutokana na sekta
ya utalii kukua huku miundombinu ya barabara na viwanja vidogo vya ndege
vilivyopo ndani ya hifadhi hiyo kufanya kazi vizuri.

Rwanda:Six win prizes as BK Group Plc's four-month campaign concludes

By: Julius Bizimungu
BK CEO Karusisi hands over a lorry worth Rwf38 million to Munyakayanza. F. Niyigena.
The four-month long nationwide campaign aimed at promoting a savings culture in Rwanda by BK Group Plc, concluded on Friday evening with winners getting various prizes.
The ‘Bigereho na BK’, campaign which kicked off in August saw six people winning last year, various prizes all worth Rwf100 million at the Car Free Zone, Downtown.


 Rais mstaafu wa awamu ya nne, Dkt. Jakaya Kikwete, na mkewe mama Salma, na Naibu Waziri wa Nishati, Mhe. Subira Mgalu, (kulia kwa JK), wakiungana na wanakijiji wa Msoga,  mkoani Pwani kuukaribisha mwaka mpya wa 2018 usiku wa kuamkia leo Januari 1, 2018 ambapo, ngoma za asili, muziki wa singeli na milipuko ya fashifashi ilihanikiza eneo lote la kijiji hicho.
 JK akisalimiana na mwanakijiji mwenzake na familia yake
  JK na mama Salma wakisalimiana na wanakijiji wa Msoga 
 Fashi fashi zikipamba anga la Msoga
Rais Mstaafu, Dkt. Jakaya  Kikwete akiangalia fashfashi angani wakati wa sherehe ya kuukaribisha mwaka mpya wa 2018, iliyofanyika usiku huu kijijini kwake Msoga, Mkoani Pwani.
 Mbunge wa Chalinze, Mhe. Ridhiwani Kikwete, (kulia), naye alikuwepo, hapa anasalimiana na wapiga kura wake.
 Burudani ya asili
  Burudani ya asili
  Burudani ya asili
 Msaga Sumu naye aloikuwepo kuupamba usiku huo.
 Dkt. Kikwete, akisalimiana na wazee
 Hivi ndivyo ilivyokuwa Msoga
 Mamam Salma akifurahia jambo na wana familia
 Mmoja wa watoto wa JK, (kushoto), akisakata Singeli
Baadhi ya watoto wa JK, wakiungana na marafiki zao
Ngoma ya asili

Mbunge wa Jimbo la Chalinze, Ridhiwani Kikwete (aliyemshika mtoto) alikuwa ni mmoja wa wakazi wa mji wa Msoga waliojumuika nyumbani kwa Rais Mstaafu, Dkt. Jakaya Mri