HOW TALL ARE YOU? STUDY REVEALS KENYANS NOT GROWING TALL

NAIROBIANS-WALKINGA new global study on height has revealed that Kenyans have not grown any taller in the last 100 years and are way shorter compared to their European counterparts.

According to the research, led by scientists from Imperial College London, which was published in the eLife journal, the average Kenyan man, has lost a few centimetres off their height from 1962 at 172.2cm (5ft 6in) and then stagnated to 169.6cm (5ft 5in) while the Kenyan woman has moved from 160.6cm (5ft 2in) in 1962 to 158.2cm (5ft 1in) in 2014.

The study reckons that average height of young men and women has decreased by as much as 5cm over the past 40 years in some Sub-Saharan African countries, such as Sierra Leone, Uganda and Rwanda.

The, research, which is the largest ever study of height around the world has found that Dutch men and Latvian women are the tallest on the planet.

The findings also revealed that once-tall USA had declined from third tallest men and fourth tallest women in the world in 1914 to 37th and 42nd place respectively in 2014, WITH The height of men and women in the UK having increased by around 11cm over the past century.

“How tall we grow is strongly influenced by nutrition and environmental factors, although genetics may also play a role. Children and adolescents who are better nourished and live in healthier environments tend to be taller.” The study says.

“Height may also be influenced by a mother’s health and nutrition during pregnancy,”

Women in South Korea and men in Iran have seen the biggest increase in height over this period, growing by an average of 20.2cm and 16.5cm respectively.

The study also found out that the difference between the tallest and shortest countries in the world in 2014 was about 23cm for men – an increase of 4cm on the height gap in 1914. The height difference between the world’s tallest and shortest countries for women has remained the same across the century, at about 20cm.

“This study gives us a picture of the health of nations over the past century, and reveals the average height of some nations may even be shrinking while others continue to grow taller,” said Study author, Prof Majid Ezzati.

 

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UBER LOWERS FARES TO FACEOFF SAFARICOM’S LITTLE CABS

uber-taxi

Smart taxi service Uber has lowered its prices in Nairobi by 30% in an effort to mark its territory following the entrant of Safaricom’s Little Cabs in the market.

“We want to make sure that uberX is the most affordable way to get around, all day, every day. As of today, we’re lowering uberX prices by 35% in Nairobi!

Whether you’re commuting to and from work, running quick errands, or just meeting friends, with these new rates you can Uber further, faster, and for less!” read an update on uber’s website.

The minimum price charged for a ride has now been reduced to Sh200 from Sh300.

Kenya’s giant telecommunication, Safaricom, announced plans to venture into the taxi business last month before officially launched the Little Cabs” service on July 5.

Little Cabs has stepped up competition, promising to give drivers a bigger share of the revenue than similar taxi services.

“It is effectively a rival for Uber,” Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore said in a previous interview.

“It is a local competitor which will be cheaper and better for the local community.” He said.

Uber, a tech based American taxi service made an entry into the Kenyan market in January 2015 and its popularity has totally disrupted the survival of traditional taxis, which have been fighting Uber by hook and crook. 

The company had earlier announced that Nairobi is now Uber’s fastest growing places internationally.

 

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CHRIS FROOME WINS TOUR DE FRANCE THIRD TIME IN A ROW

CHRIS FROOME WINS TOUR DE FRANCE FOR THE THIRD TIME

CHRIS FROOME WINS TOUR DE FRANCE FOR THE THIRD TIME

Kenyan-born cycling champion, Chris Froome has won the prestigious cycling event, the Tour de France, for the third time in a row.

Tour de France is regarded by many as the toughest test in any sport requiring great fitness and stamina.

Chris froome, was born on May 20, 1985, in Nairobi, Kenya and went to Banda School in Karen/Hardy. He has becoame the first Brit to win Tour de France three times.

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KENYAN FILM NOMINATED FOR AUSTRALIA FILM FESTIVAL

Lowry Odhiambo

Lowry Odhiambo

Article by Winnie Kabintie

A short documentary directed by local actor and now filmmaker Lowry Odhiambo, famed for his role in the award-winning movie VEVE, has qualified as a nominee in Australia’s annual Focus on Ability (FOA) Short Film Festival awards.

Lowry’s entry, Runway Dreams, captures the inspiring story of Vivian Mansaray, a 25-year-old runway model from Sierra Leone Living with a speech impediment, which has not stopped her from living her runway dream in Kenya.

Focus on Ability is a short film festival, run by Nova employment, which focuses on the abilities of people with a disability with the aim of changing the society’s attitudes towards people them.

FOA Film Festival calls for films that showcase the ability of people with a disability. These short films and documentaries break down the barriers for people with a disability to participate fully in society, mainly through encouraging viewers to shift their perspective

Vote for “Runway Dreams”

Voting is now open for the eighth edition of FOA Film Festival awards. Lowry’s entry, Runaway Dreams, is a finalist among 194 entries submitted from 18 countries.

You can help Runway Dreams win in the Most Online Votes category by clicking here; watch the film and then vote for [Runaway Dreams].

Online voting will run from July 27 to August 8 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AFRICA TO GET TWO EXTRA PLACES IN THE WORLD CUP IF TOURNAMENT EXPANDS

FIFA president, Gianni Infantino

FIFA president, Gianni Infantino

New FIFA president Gianni Infantino proposed an expansion from 32 teams for the FIFA World Cup to a total of 40 teams with Africa being given two extra slots.

This will though have to wait until 2026 if passed as the format for the next two World Cup tournaments have already been set. Africa is currently allocated five slot places in the World Cups.

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