Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the 2015 Annual Academy Awards - 2015Kenya and especially citizens from the lakeside are finding it difficult to come to terms with the loss of Lupita’s $150,000 pearl dresses, which she wore during The Oscars.

Lupita Nyong’o made an entrance on the ‪#‎Oscars red carpet in a custom Calvin Klein Collection pearl and ivory beaded dress designed by Women’s Creative Director Francisco Costa. She accessorized the dress with Chopard diamond drop earrings and three Chopard diamond rings.

The gown, which was embellished for 6,000 Akoya pearls, was allegedly stolen from her hotel room on Wednesday in London West Hollywood hotel.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are currently investigating the theft.

Following her Oscar win in 2014 for her role in Twelve Years a Slave; Lupita became A darling of Hollywood’s red carpets with commenter’s and fans praising her sense of fashion.

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ICT Cabinet Secretary DR Fred Matiang’i

ICT Cabinet Secretary DR Fred Matiang’i

A senate committee has put the Cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Information, DR Fred Matiang’i together with the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director-General Francis Wangusi on the spot to reveal local shareholders of the Pan-African Network Group (PANG), a Chinese company that has been at the center of the digital migration row.

The Senate committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights yesterday gave Matiangi’ and Wangusi seven days to submit the names.

“We will need to sit as a committee and make recommendations to the Senate and am therefore asking the regulator to furnish us with the shareholding composition of PANG in the next seven days,” Busia Senator Amos Wako, who chairs the committee when the two officials appeared before the senate team at the KICC.

Wangusi said that CA had already written to PANG asking for the shareholding details and expect to have them within three days.

Last week, it emerged that a Kenyan firm by the name, Excel Magic International Ltd, has a 6.7 shareholding in PANG.

The Chinese firm has been at the center of the row over digital migration between the country’s top three media houses and the Communications Authority, which has left Kenyans with an unprecedented partial media blackout for two weeks.

Dr Matiang’i said that he would avail the required information within a week.

“We will provide information revealing every detail of what we have done, including the directors of PANG.”

The Committee also urged the two officials to exercise fairness on the digital migration matter and address the grievances raised by the media houses.

Well, Kenyans will be waiting eagerly as always hopefully this time, things won’t go as is with the ‘private developer’ saga in the Lang’ata primary school land grabbing, where everyone felt cheated when the land’s Cabinet Secretary gave the nation cynical names of the alleged owners of the Weston hotel, in what the majority termed as a complete “cover up” and as the opposition called it; “a mere decoy to hoodwink the public”.

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MPs to challenge court ruling on CDF

MPs to challenge court ruling on CDF

Members of Parliament (MPs) have set aside their political differences and joined forces to contest last week’s High Court ruling that declared the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) unconstitutional.

Both Jubilee and CORD legislators yesterday ventilate on the matter in Parliament and even went ahead to institute a Harambee (fundraising) in order to raise the legal fees for an appeal. They agreed to contribute Sh50, 000 each to cover the cost of hiring the lawyers who will represent them.

MPs. “This is not a simplistic argument CDF is here to stay. Let us ready ourselves. This is a game of chess. It is either we have incompetent lawyers or the courts are belligerent to the plight of Kenyans. The courts have spoken, but they are a creation of the National Assembly. We can speak louder than them. We fund them,” said Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo.

Last week, high court judges Isaac Lenaola, Mumbi Ngugi and David Majanja said the CDF law, which gives MPs 2.5 per cent of all national government ordinary revenue, was unconstitutional as it offends the principle of separation of powers between the executive and the legislature.

They said the Constitution had been violated by failure to involve the Senate when the law was amended two years ago. The judges said the involvement of MPs and senators in the fund’s administration threatens to violate the division of functions between the national and county governments.

They said it was unconstitutional for the national government to extend its mandate to counties.

“MPs and Cabinet Secretaries involved in the management of the fund constitute the executive and legislative organs of the national government,” they ruled.

The judges called on lawmakers to correct the defective legislation within 12 months.

The CDF was introduced in 2003 during the Kibaki presidency with the aim of supporting constituency-level, grass-root development projects.

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1195442856621661490ryanlerch_child_and_parent_crossing_road_sign.svg.hiA parliamentary committee on transport led by Maina Kamanda has proposed new rectifications in the Traffic (Amendment) Bill.

The Traffic (Amendment) Bill, which is an Act of Parliament that is sponsored by Joseph Lekuton (Laisamis), was introduced in August last year. It sought to amend the Traffic Act, Cap 403 in order to ensure safety of children on the road especially around school or when using school transport and for enhancing speed limits enforcement measures.

Among the proposed amendments was to limit speed within school areas to 30 kilometer per hour. The Bill also mandates the Highway Authorities and county governments to erect, construct and maintain speed limiting road design features such as speed bumps, rumble strips, and traffic circles and traffic signs on such roads.

It also authorizes the Transport Cabinet Secretary to enact regulations on the maximum number of children that a school bus can carry and enact continuous inspection of vehicles carrying children to and from school.

The parliamentary committee however now seeks to have the speed limit near schools be revised to the current 50 Km per hour.

It also proposes for lower fines for offenders from the current maximum of Sh25, 000 to Sh20,000 and also for the introduction of statutory penalties for drivers exceeding the speed limit by fining them by the number of units by which speed is exceeded.

If the proposals of the committee are anything to go by, they will then render the whole objective to the Traffic (Amendment) Bill void.


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Birdman: Best Picture

The 87th Academy Award Winners and Nominees for the 2015 Oscars have been announced at a glamorous red carpet affair at the Dolby Theatre where Hollywood’s best were crowned.

Among the winners is Birdman which won, Best Picture, Julianne Moore- Best Actress in the film Still Alice.

Kenyans got attached to the Oscars last year when Lupita Nyong’o won Best Supporting Actress for her role in the award winning movie 12 Years A Slave. The dazzling Prada Oscar dress, she wore during the 2014 awards, whose colour she referred to as “Nairobi Blue,” was also touted as one of the best dresses of the day.

This year, Lupita made an entrance on the ‪#‎Oscars red carpet in a custom Calvin Klein Collection pearl and ivory beaded dress, designed by Women’s Creative Director Costa Francisco.

Since her last year’s debut in 12 years a slave, Lupita has been featured in the movie Non-Stop, which premiered last year.

Julianne Moore: Best Actress

Julianne Moore: Best Actress

Below is a list of winners and nominees for the 2015 oscars;

Best Picture:
American Sniper
WINNER: Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Actress:
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
WINNER: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actor:
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman

Eddie Redmayne: Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne: Best Actor

WINNER: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Director:
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Best Supporting Actress:
WINNER: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods

Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
WINNER: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Animated Feature:
WINNER: Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of  the Princess Kaguya

Best Original Screenplay:
Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Jason Hall, American Sniper
WINNER: Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice

Best Original Score:
WINNER: Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner

Best Original Song:
“Everything is Awesome,” The Lego Movie
WINNER: “Glory,” Selma
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars,” Begin Again
“Grateful,” Beyond the Lights

Best Documentary Feature:
WINNER: Citizenfour

Last Days In Vietnam
Finding Vivian Maier
The Salt of the Earth

Best Film Editing:
American Sniper
The Imitation Game
WINNER: Whiplash
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Cinematography:
WINNER: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman

Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal, Ida
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Robert D. Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Roger Deakins, Unbroken

Best Production Design:
WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game
Into The Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Animated Short:
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Visual Effects:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
WINNER: Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Sound Editing:
WINNER: American Sniper

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Best Sound Mixing:
American Sniper
WINNER: Whiplash

Best Live Action Short:
Boogaloo and Graham
WINNER: The Phone Call
Butter Lamp

Best Documentary Short:
WINNER: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

Best Foreign Language Film:
WINNER: Ida (Poland)

Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

Best Costume Design:
Colleen Atwood, Into The Woods
WINNER: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jacqueline Durran, Mr. Turner
Anna B. Sheppard, Maleficent
Mark Bridges, Inherent Vice

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy




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Birdman – Official Trailer



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