Garissa’s ‘Miticash’ Conservation Project Shortlisted For Global Gender Climate Award

The school green program empowers school children in forest conservation

By Winnie Kabintie

Miticash, a project by Global Nature Conservation which, seeks to empower women and smallscale farmers to contribute to climate change mitigation, adaptation and food security, has been shortlisted for the Just Climate Solutions’ Awards.

The Gender Justice Climate Solution Award is run by Women and Gender Constituency (WGC), which is one of the nine stakeholder groups of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The awards aim to showcase real solutions for a more just, equal and healthy planet and target all types of activist, grassroots and women-led organizations and groups working on issues related to climate change.

According to WGC, gender equality and women’s human rights are fundamental to combating climate change.

Just Climate Solutions’ Awards

Three top winners of the award receive €2000 Euro, travel support to attend COP, and mentorship opportunities – while runners-up are showcased in a publication, online platform and awards ceremony.

Last year’s winners were Trupti Jain (Naireeta Services), India, Clive Chibule (Green living Movement), Zambia, Dorothee Lisenga (CFLEDD), Congo DRC.

Madina Amin, Founder and Director Global Nature Conservation

According to Miticash, their project targets women because they “play a crucial role in natural resources management yet they bear the brunt and are disproportionately affected by the negative impact of climate change”.

“We work to ensure that women become independent decision-makers and drivers of the economy. Through the training we provide, the women in Garissa county have been able to get knowledge and skills to grow drought-tolerant crops, which has allowed them to get food throughout the year,” Said Madina Amin, Founder and Director Global Nature Conservation.

Global Nature Conservation also runs the School Green Program, which explores innovative ways of forest conservation by engaging school children in forest conservation.

“We donate trees seedlings to schools and encourage each student to adopt and nurture a tree until they leave the school, which has promoted environmental enthusiast children,” Ms Madina.

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President Uhuru Set to Launch SGR Phase 2

Nairobi -Naivasha SGR passenger train services to kick off on Thursday, Oct 17th

President Uhuru Kenyatta will today preside over the launch of the Phase 2A of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), which runs from Nairobi to Mai Mahiu.

The president will also commission the JKIA-Westlands Expressway and Groundbreaking for Naivasha Inland Container Depot (ICD).

According to the Kenya Railways Services, passenger train services from Nairobi to Mai Mahiu will kick off on Thursday.

“We are happy to announce that the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Phase 2A will be operational as of October 17, 2019! See you onboard!,” KRS said in a tweet.

Features of SGR Phase 2A – Nairobi-Naivasha

The Nairobi – Naivasha line’s track length is 120.491km. There are four intermediate stations: Ongata Rongai, Ngong, Maai Mahiu and Suswa and also one passing station located at Nachu.

SGR phase 2A will also run on three tunnels with a total length of 7.15km in some sections.

It also has 29 bridges; 6 super-major, 15 major and 8 medium. At 46 metres, Mulua Orkondi in Duka Moja, Narok County, is the tallest of the bridges. 


Naivasha SGR schedule

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HISTORIC – Kenya Holds World Marathon Records

Ineos 2019

Eliud Kipchoge Completes INEOS Challenge in Under 2 Hours

Kenya’s flag flew high across the globe over the weekend as World record holder Eliud Kipchoge shattered the two-hour barrier, to make a historic – 1:59.40.2 – finish at the INEOS 1:59 challenge, while Brigid Kosgei went ahead to smash 16-year old women’s marathon record.

Kipchoge beat his official record of 2:1:39 by 1:59. In just 14 minutes and 10 seconds, the stunning athlete had already covered 5km and covered the next 5km at the same pace.

Brigid Kosgei Breaks World Record

Then came the 25-year-old, Brigid Kosgei, who win the Chicago Marathon and broke the world record while at it in a record two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds (2:14:4).

Brigid Kosgei broke the 2:15:25, 16-year-old record, that had been set by Paula Radcliffe in the London Marathon on April 13, 2003.

Lawrence Cherono wins the 2019 Chicago Marathon 

Brigid Kosgei smashed world record in Chicago

Lawrence Cherono also won a men’s race  in 2:05:45

Historic Kenya now holds world marathon records both in the marathon and half marathon.

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Silverstone Plane Crash-lands at Wilson Airport

A Silverstone Airline plane departing from Wilson Airport, Nairobi to Lamu has skidded off the runway and crash-landed at the site.

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has confirmed the incident but has reported that there are no fatalities.

“This morning at around 9 am, a Fokker 50 aircraft veered off the runway while departing from Wilson Airport. No Fatalities Reported. The Aircraft Accident Investigations Directorate is carrying out investigations to establish the cause of the accident,” KAA said in a statement.


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Likoni Tragedy Vehicle “Located”

Likoni tragedy

Government spokesman Cyrus Oguna has said that the vehicle that sunk at the Indian Ocean, killing Mariam Kigenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu has possibly been traced by the Kenya Navy.

Oguna, however, maintained that although the navy has made the report and submitted photos showing a car laying deep in the ocean, they are yet to confirm that it’s the same car they have been out to recover and will issue a statement once the number plate is confirmed.

According to Oguna, divers sighted the car-like object sitting 58 meters deep at the sea bed of the Likoni crossing channel at 2 pm on Wednesday.

He also further stated that he cannot confirm if the victims’ bodies are still in the car.

“What is remaining is about 10 percent. We need to confirm the number plate of that vehicle to ascertain if indeed it is the one that sunk into the channel on September 29,” he said.

Mariam and her 4-year-old daughter died on September 29 when their vehicle slid off the MV Harambee mid-stream and plunged into the ocean.

Public Uproar After Car Falls off Likoni Ferry Kills Mother and 4 year old Daughter

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