BILL GATES VISION FOR A BETTER WORLD IN 2030

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

World’s billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates together with his wife Melinda are optimistic that the lives of the poor will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any time in history.

According to Gate’s annual letter, the next 15 years will see major breakthroughs for most people in poor countries. They will be living longer and in better health. They will have unprecedented opportunities to get an education, eat nutritious food, and benefit from mobile banking,”

Innovation in technology, ranging from new vaccines and hardier crops among others, is what the Gates believe will aid the foreseen developments.

Fifteen years ago, Bill and his childhood friend Paul Allen bet that by starting a foundation that would back innovative work in health and education, which they did in 2000, they could help dramatically reduce inequity.

15 years, later, they say that the progress has been thrilling and the results have now pushed them to double the previous bet.

“The progress we’ve seen so far is very exciting — so exciting that we are doubling down on the bet we made 15 years ago, and picking ambitious goals for what’s possible 15 years from now,”.

The major breakthroughs will be most noticeable in health, but also in agriculture, digital banking and online education, where the Gates Foundation is planning to pour in resources.

“We’re putting our credibility, time, and money behind this bet — and asking others to join us — because we think there has never been a better time to accelerate progress and have a big impact around the world,” Gates notes read in part.

HEALTH SITUATION IN 2030 AS PREDICTED BY THE GATES

WebThe Gates believe that in 2030, child deaths will go down and more diseases will be wiped out.

The Bill Gates Foundation is keen on finding the secret to the destruction of malaria and also a HIV vaccine by 2030.

“We won’t be able to completely eradicate malaria by 2030, but we will have all the tools we need to do so. These will include a vaccine that prevents people with malaria from spreading it to the mosquitoes that bite them, a single-dose cure that clears the parasite completely out of peoples’ bodies, and a diagnostic test that can reveal right away whether a person is infected. Early versions of all these tools are in development now. In 15 years, we’ll be poised to send malaria the way of smallpox and polio.”

“AFRICA WILL BE ABLE TO FEED ITSELF”

With seven out of ten people in sub-Saharan Africa being farmers, it’s ironic that Africa still relies on imports and food aid to feed its population and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation maintains that in the next 15 years innovations in farming will erase these “brutal ironies” enabling African farmers to increase their yields by half.

MOBILE BANKING TO GIVE THE POOR ACCESS TO FINANCIAL SERVICES

Digital banking will make it possible for the poor, who cannot access the conventional systems of banking, to enjoy financial services which will help them transform their lives.

The Gates estimate that by 2030, 2 billion people who don’t have a bank account today will be storing money and making payment with their phones.

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LIZARD SQUAD HINTS OF HACKING FACEBOOK EARLIER TODAY

facebook_logo2The notorious online hacker, Lizard Squad, has hinted that it was responsible for today’s early morning crush that brought Facebook and other sites MySpace, Instagram and Tinder down for at least 40 minutes.

Millions of users could not access their personal data on the social networks and Kenyans could be seen tweeting to inquire from each other if something was amiss with Facebook.

A tweet on the Lizard Squad account intimates that the group was responsible for bringing down the social sites.

“Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat #offline #LizardSquad”

Facebook has however denied that it was hacked and has maintained that the access issues incurred by users earlier today were “not the result of a third party attack”.

“The problems occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems, “a spokesman for Facebook is quoted by the BBC.

“We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100% for everyone”.

MALAYSIAN AIRLINE WEBSITE HACKED

Yesterday, the lizard squad also hacked into the Malaysian airline website and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack.

The airline’s site was down for at least seven hours, replaced by a message from the Lizard Squad hacker group, before the company brought it back online by mid-afternoon in Malaysia.

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JUBILEE LEGISLATORS WOO CORD TO LOBBY FOR KENYA’S WITHDRAWAL FROM ICC

Ruto and Sang at the ICC

Ruto and Sang at the ICC

Jubilee legislators from the North Rift, led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, have revived the calls to have Kenya pull out from the Rome Statute (and hence the ICC) and have urged  the opposition to join them in this quest.

RAILA ODINGA TO SUPPORT JUBILEE?

The leaders have announced that they will pass a motion in parliament seeking Kenya’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute and Murkomen has persuaded the opposition leader Raila Odinga to support Jubilee in this mission, arguing that Deputy President William Ruto, who still faces charges at the ICC, was with ODM in the 2007 elections.

Hii kesi ni kesi ya chama yako, chama yenye imebaki yenye bado inakuwa mentioned kwa Hague (this is a case concerning your party, which is the only party now being mentioned in the ICC)”, said Murkomen.

Deputy President William Ruto is the only political leader now facing criminal charges at the ICC after president Uhuru’s case was dropped  last year due to lack of sufficient evidence. The trial against Journalist Joshua Sang case is still ongoing.

AFRICAN UNION – ICC “CREATED BY THE WEST”

In 2013, there was an uproar from the African union (AU) threatening that African countries would withdraw from the Rome Statute. During the United Nations General Assembly, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who is the AU chairman, put up a spirited fight against the court. The AU was infuriated that an acting president and his deputy were on trial in The Hague and termed it as an institution created by Western ex-colonial powers in order to continue their hold on the African continent.

In the same year, the National Assembly passed a motion to withdraw Kenya from the Rome statue but a bill to effect the withdrawal was never introduced.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO GIVE DEPUTY PRESIDENT IMMUNITY

Igembe South MP, Mithika Linturi, has also proposed a constitutional amendment in order to guarantee the President and Deputy President immunity from both local and International prosecutions.

Linturi wants the immunity of the head of state extended to the Deputy President as well since Article 143 of the Constitution only accords the privilege to the President.

Linturi’s proposal further seeks to extend the immunity law to all international treaties most of which do not cover heads of state after they leave office.

 

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KETER BRINGS TO THE FORE THE STATE OF IMPUNITY IN KENYA

Nandi MP, Alfred Keter in impunity row

Nandi Hills MP, Alfred Keter caught in impunity row

Impunity from political leaders in Kenya seems to be getting to new heights by day. Even before the dust could settle on the ‘private developer’ saga, whereas a prominent politician in the jubilee government is linked to Weston Hotel, which has been involved in grabbing the playground belonging to Langata Primary School, Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter has been caught on record exercising his political muscles literally to have a truck carrying merchandise belonging to URP nominated MP Sunjeev Kaur Birdi, to be forcefully released from a weighing bridge in Gilgil.

As seen in the clip, which appears to be have been recorded in a smart phone, a very furious Keter, who is in the company of Sonia as the nominated MP is popularly known is seen confronting personnel at the weighbridge in the most arrogant and foul language.

“….You know my worry, let me tell you the truth, we are the government, state house controller, that is the president’s communicator, amewapigia simu no one has picked,”

“We are the ones who legislate, we make laws for this country. We will reverse the law but we have to suck these people first,”

One of the employees can be heard telling Keter and Sonia that the truck was detained for lack of proper permits and their work is to follow the law before Keter interrupts him by citing a list of powerful people who called to have the matter fixed.

“Who are you waiting to hear from, God or Jesus Christ? This is the honorable Keter, I fight big wars I don’t fight small wars, tell your brother this is not France, this is Kenya, he will lose that contact,”.

CONFRONTING CORRUPTION?

Despite the evidence of the clip, Keter has publicly defended his actions and argued that he was confronting corruption, alleging that police officers at the Gilgil weighbridge were asking for bribes of between Sh10,000 and Sh50,000.

“We cannot handle corruption issues while smiling. We were emotional because we saw Kenyans that had been waiting at a weighbridge that has been turned into a corruption center. There is a lot of money circulating there through corruption.” Keter told journalists.

What is even more disturbing is the long list of senior officials in the government who Keter, mentions that they had made calls to address the issue.

As expected, the video went viral and the issue under the hashtag PrinceOfImpunity and Keter since yesterday with Kenyans calling for the MP to be dealt with as former deputy chief justice, Nancy Baraza was dealt with.

PRESIDENT UHURU BACKS LEGAL ACTION AGAINST KETER

The police, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officers have launched investigations into the saga and President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that he supports legal action to be taken against Keter.

“The President fully supports appropriate legal action. The law will take its course. In appearing to intimidate the public officers, Mr Keter makes a number of claims about other public and State officers at State House Nairobi. These claims are untrue, and amount to nothing more than name-dropping,” Uhuru said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KENYAN MEDIA OWNERS CRY FOWL OVER CAK’S ACTION IN FAVOUR OF ‘FOREIGN’ COMPANIES

media-blackout-good-for-digital-migration-642x336The country’s leading media houses namely; Royal Media Services, Nation Media Group and the Standard Group have harshly condemned the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) for its decision to withdraw the licensing authorization given to them under the Africa Digital Network, (ADN) a consortium comprising the three media houses yesterday.

CAK yesterday criticised the media houses for running a misleading infomercial, which the body termed as; “offensive to the market, and a gross violation of the legal and regulatory framework governing the sector”.

FOREIGN COMPANIES

The Media Owners Association (MOA) argue that the advert was no way misleading and has termed CAK’s action as ‘contempt of court, since the matter is before the Supreme Court awaiting determination.

The association has announced that it will challenge the matter in a court of law including filing a petition in an international court on infringement of intellectual rights in France.

“CAK should stop favouring the two foreign media houses GOTV and StarTimes at the expense of local media houses which have been serving this country for the last 15 years,” MOA.

“Today must be condemned as a blatant and irresponsible abuse of responsibility by a public-funded entity.

With a stroke of the pen, the regulator has taken the unprecedented decision to kill off Kenyan businesses funded through sweat and tears in order to protect the interests of two foreign companies.

CAK claims its action was informed by the media houses decision to sponsor and air an advertisement advising their viewers that these two foreign companies, StarTimes, a Chinese Company and Gotv a South African Company were airing the contents of the three broadcasters without consent, a clear infringement on intellectual property rights was an act of sabotage. Our positions is that its immoral and unjustifiable especially where Startimes and GOTV use the content we generate at our own expense to further financial profit motives.

It is why we are asking viewers keen on accessing their content to wait for our custom-made set top boxes. This will also help enable us to own and safeguard the integrity of the content we make available to our viewers.

We reiterate that we are not against digital migration. What we are fighting for is a level playing field where we will have an opportunity to compete fairly with others,” CITIZEN TV posted on their Facebook page.

Meanwhile Kenyans on social media continue to lash out at the media houses for derailing the digital migration.

 

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