Kenya Simbas get timely 53 million sponsorship from Tusker Lager

The Kenya Simbas have received a timely shot in the arm ahead of the Rugby World Cup qualifiers with Tusker Lager sponsoring the team to the tune of Sh53m.

The sponsorship has been backdated to last year and will cater for the team’s expenses and other financial commitments starting with Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Morocco in Casbalanca.

The Simbas will play in Tusker branded jerseys at the qualifiers .

The Simbas are slated to play Zimbabwe on June 30 at the RFUEA ground and host Uganda Cranes a week later. They will take a one month break before hosting Tunisia on August 11 and then a tough away tie against holders Namibia in Windhoek.

Speaking during the presentation yesterday Tusker Lager marketing manage, Christine Mwaura reaffirmed the brand’s commitment towards supporting the growth of rugby and sports in Kenya.
“We at Tusker Lager are always delighted in supporting the sport of rugby and this kit launch reaffirms our commitment towards supporting the growth of not only rugby but sport in Kenya,” said Mwaura.

“We believe this partnership, which enables our gallant sportsmen don the iconic Tusker kit, will go a long way in encouraging the team play well and qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.”

Kenya Rugby Union director of rugby, Thomas Odundo, said: “The Kenya Breweries Limited have been one of our longest serving partners and I want to thank them for once again supporting us ahead of this crucial World cup qualifier campaign.” He said.

Simba’s captain, Davis Chenge, added: “On behalf of the boys, I want to thank Tusker for their support and promise that we will do our best to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.”

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Nigeria’s victory over Iceland hands Argentina slim opportunity to qualify from Group D

Nigeria’s victory over Iceland on Friday afternoon will have been celebrated as vehemently in Buenos Aires as it was in Lagos.

Argentina looked destined to exit the World Cup at the group stage for the first time since 2002 after their embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Croatia.

However, Nigeria’s 2-0 victory over Iceland has blown Group D wide open, and keeps the World Cup dreams alive for Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and their team-mates.
After two games, Nigeria have three points, while Argentina and Iceland both have one. Leaders Croatia, on six, have reached the last 16 with a match to spare.

Crucially, Iceland’s goal difference is marginally better than Argentina’s – minus two, while the South Americans are on minus three.

Goal difference is the primary decider of group ranking at the World Cup, after points, unlike in the Champions League where head-to-head takes precedence.

The final games in the group kick-off at 7pm UK time on Tuesday, with Argentina playing Nigeria in St Petersburg, while Iceland face Croatia in Rostov.
Argentina must win their match, and at the same time better Iceland’s result against a Croatian team who may rest players, given their knockout spot is secure.

So for example, if Argentina win 3-0 and Iceland win 1-0, then Argentina qualify on goal difference. If they win 2-0 and Iceland win 1-0, then Argentina would also go through – both sides would have four points and minus one goal difference, but Messi and Co would have scored three goals to Iceland’s two.

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Of course, if Iceland draw or lose and Argentina win, then Messi’s hopes of being a world champion can continue.

However if both sides win 1-0, then Iceland knock Argentina out, as their goal difference would be minus one to Argentina’s minus two.Iceland therefore require not only a win and for Argentina to beat Nigeria, but for the Argentina winning margin to be the same or narrower than theirs.

Nigeria meanwhile will progress if they beat Argentina, or if they draw and Iceland fail to win by more than two clear goals.

Nigeria would also be likely to progress with a high scoring draw, regardless of the Iceland result, as number of goals in all group matches follows goal difference in deciding the rankings.

So, should Nigeria draw 2-2 and Iceland win 2-0, for example, they would have the same number of points and goal differences of zero – but Nigeria would have scored four goals to Iceland’s three, and would progress.

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Safari Rally back in Kenya after the country was granted a 2019 slot

The Safari Rally is on the verge of regaining its lost world status after the prestigious event secured the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship candidacy.

FIA President Jean Todt confirmed the deal in a tweet on Thursday in Paris. The Paris meeting was attended by the WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesler, Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia, and CEO of the WRC Project, Phineas Kimathi, who is also the President of Kenya Motor Sports Federation.

In his tweet, Todt who officially opened the WRC Project facility at Kasarani, said: “Safari Rally becomes official WRC FIA candidate event, signing off the agreement between government of Kenya and WRC Promoter today in Paris at the Automobile & Club De France.”

Todt who participated in the Safari before heading the Ferrari Formula 1 team further stated: “I hope I will encourage the development of motorsports and road safety in Africa.”
Kaberia on behalf of the government of Kenya said: “This signing is a major milestone and a day we have looked forward to for a very longtime. Arriving at this point is a great pleasure.”

“The government is very committed to the Safari rally, and we will do everything in our power to make sure this great event is brought back to WRC,” he added.

Safari was first held in 1953 as a coronation rally for Queen Elizabeth and gained WRC status in 1973 the same year Shekhar Mehta won it. But the event lost its global status in 2003 and relegated to African Rally Championship status when Kenya failed to meet the necessary guarantees of the World Governing Body, FIA.

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Experts explain that taking 8-10 Mgs of copper a day is good for you

Don’t panic. Taking eight to 10 milligrams of copper a day is good for you. In fact, it’s the minimum daily requirement for adults.

Gladys Mugambi, head nutritionist in the Health ministry, said on Friday that a tiny amount of copper is essential.

Much more than consumed that time is risky.

She spoke to the Star as thousands of tonnes of sugar were being seized around the country, much of it contraband, some of it reported to be contaminated with high levels of copper and lead.

Some has been found to be safe.

Sugar is being sampled at random and tested for excessive metals and organic contaminants.

The amounts involved in this are minuscule. For perspective, one teaspoon of sugar equals about 4,200mg.

Trace elements are found everywhere in the environment and in food.

Even trace amounts of lead are allowed in milk — for instance, the maximum in the EU is 0.2mg per kilo of raw milk.

More lead is well known to be dangerous and cause grave mental and physical impairment. It’s difficult to detect, though, until the levels are high. Less is known about copper.

“Even if somebody takes five spoons of sugar [containing some copper] per day and is already consuming copper from other sources such as meat, we are unlikely to go beyond 10mg per day,” Mugambi said.

Taking water, exercising, sweating and taking zinc all help regulate copper levels. She said Kenyans are generally deficient in zinc and should take more.

“Copper is required in the diet. Without it, there’s a problem and with too much, there’s a problem,” Mugambi said.

Copper is an essential trace mineral necessary for survival. It is found in all tissues and plays a role in producing red blood cells, maintaining blood vessels, the nervous system and the immune system. It helps in energy production, among others.

On Thursday, Kenya Bureau of Standards managing director Charles Ongwae told the National Assembly Committee on Trade and Industry that lab tests on some impounded sugar contained high amounts of copper, 20.7 per cent milligrams per kilogramme, against the recommended two milligrams per kg of sugar.

He said Kebs found no mercury, which Interior CS Fred Matiang’i had said was present.

Dr Richard Oduor, a senior lecturer in biochemistry and biotechnology at Kenyatta University, on Friday also told the Star that a limited amount of copper in food is essential. Long-term consumption of high levels poses health risks.

Copper toxicity can cause liver failure, brain damage and male infertility if ingested for a long period of time.

Oduor explained that too much copper over time accumulates in soft tissues, including the liver, brain, thyroid, ovaries, skin, joints and nervous system. This is called copper toxicity.

“This poisons or disrupts the liver’s ability to do its normal function of cleaning the body,” he said. It also disturbs mental functions, irritates the nervous system, agitates and stimulates the adrenal glands.

Copper deficiency can cause anaemia, fatigue, confusion, irritability, depression, vitamin B12 deficiency and low blood levels.

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Dr Kepha Ombacho, the director of public health, on Friday confirmed that the ministry is analysing and testing sugar and food products countrywide to ensure they are fit for human consumption.

On Monday the ministry issued a memo requiring random sampling and testing of all food products to ascertain their safety.

Public officers were ordered to intensify food safety surveillance.

“Subject all sugar to sampling, testing and seize any of the products which do not meet the legal provisions of Food, Drugs and Chemical Substances Act, Chapter 254 of the Kenyan Law,” the memo said.

Ombacho said sugar meant for human consumption must meet the sugar standards by Kebs. These include KS/EAS 5:2009 for refined sugar, KS/EAS 16:2010 for plantation white sugar and KS/EAS 749:2010 for brown sugar.

Nutritionist Mugambi said that in Kenya there is very deficiency of zinc, which regulates copper levels.

“We encourage Kenyans to eat foods rich in zinc because when the two minerals are together, you do not have to be worried,” she said.

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Nakuru MP Samuel Arama being investigated for land fraud

A Nakuru MP is being investigated by EACC and detectives from DCI after he was arrested on Friday night.

Town West MP Samuel Arama is being held at Nakuru Railways Police Station over suspected land fraud.

His brother Charles Arama said that the MP was arrested at 9.30pm alongside his lawyer with accusations of a land dispute.

“On Friday night, the EACC detectives arrested my brother alongside hi lawyer claiming the arrest over a land fraud,” said Charles.

Since the duo’s arrest, family members, friends, supporters of the politician and Jubilee officials have been streaming in to the Railways Police station to plead for their release.

Supporters of the MP and members of his family are gathered outside the police station.

EACC officers hinted that they may be looking for more suspects and full information will be availed to the public later.

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Naby Keita arrives in Liverpool after 53 million pound move from Leipzig

Naby Keita arrived in Liverpool on Friday night as he finally gets set to join up with his new team-mates after his £53million move from Leipzig.

The Reds broke their transfer record last August, since bettered by the £75m acquisition of Virgil van Dijk, to bring the midfielder to Anfield this summer.

And after an extra season in the Bundesliga, the Guinea international will join up with Jurgen Klopp at the start of pre-season next month.

He could make his first appearance in a red shirt as soon as July 7 when Liverpool face Chester in a friendly.

The Champions League finalists have nine friendlies organised in the space of a month, including a tour of the USA, ahead of their Premier League opener against West Ham.

Keita will be joined by fellow new signing Fabinho, whose £44m arrival from Monaco was rubber-stamped within 48 hours of Liverpool’s defeat by Real Madrid in Kiev.

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Naby Keita

Liverpool had looked on the verge of adding France midfielder Nabil Fekir earlier this month, only for Lyon to announce the deal was off at the 11th hour.

This week the 24-year-old’s agent claimed the deal could still go ahead, with his client on international duty at the World Cup in Russia.

‘Well he didn’t sign because well… it is not over,’ he told LCI. ‘This is not the end of the story. We now wait for what happens next.’

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18 gambling machines burned in bid to discourage idlers in Baringo County

Police in Baringo County have burned an assortment of 18 gambling machines in Kabarnet town today on Friday morning.

Led by county commissioner Henry Wafula the move will go a long way in ensuring sanity since it has turned out to be a source of troubles in families resulted by gambling.

“The war has just started operation will continue to make sure will ensure all the gambling machines are intercepted and destroyed in Baringo North, South, Central, Mogotio, Tiaty and Eldama-Ravine sub-counties” Wafula said.

He said measures have been put to ensure such unlawful activities do not recur as security officers are on the lookout.

“Be assured any persons found trading with the gambling machines will be arrested and stern action will be taken against them” He said, adding that gambling has risen to worrying levels in the county.

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Gambling machines being burnt

“It is surprising that even school going children engage in it thus jeopardizing efforts for bringing up a worthy generation” He said.

Present also were Kabarnet principal magistrate Samson Temu, County Police Commander Smallets Munyanzi and Baringo Central OCPD Phillip Wambugu and Deputy Sub-county Commissioner Reuben Ratemo.

This follows the government directive to deal with unregulated gambling activities in the country that had reached high and almost uncontrollable levels that had ruined lots of lives.

County Commissioner further warned against locals engaging in local and illicit brews business saying it has contributed to drunkenness and idleness among the youths.

His statement comes barely a month after police in Baringo Central intercepted and poured down some 2,500 litres of illicit brews in crackdown in February.

Kabarnet OCS Gabriel Mulei said the list comprises of some brews locally known as ‘busaa’ and ‘Changaa’

Last year the former County Commissioner Peter Okwanyo sacked five chiefs for failing to curb illicit brew menace in their locations in Marigat, Mogotio, Eldama-Ravine and Tiaty Sub-counties.

Okwanyo warned 11 others for taking illicit brews and protecting local brewers saying they risk losing their jobs if they don’t change their behavois.

However, the new county commissioner Henry Wafula said he will extend the fight against alcoholism.

“If Okwanyo sacked the chiefs for condoning alcoholism, then I am not any better” Wafula said adding that he will sack all the chiefs found drunk and aiding alcoholism to allow opportunity to hire the jobless youth. Ends

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Some 18 gambling machines set ablaze in Kabarnet town, Baringo County on Friday.

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Diego Maradona’s presence looms large over Messi as he struggles to lead Argentina

Lionel Messi has become accustomed to having the world of football watching him on matchday, but one man’s presence who looms large over him is Argentina icon Diego Maradona.

Maradona and Messi are Argentina’s two greatest footballers – both have very strong cases to be the best ever to have played the game – and everywhere the Barcelona star seems to be, the controversial yet brilliant ex-player seems to follow.

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Messi has won almost every big honour there is to win in the game but the greatest title of them all still alludes him to this day, the World Cup.
Maradona claimed football’s biggest prize in football back in 1986 in Mexico and there is no one out there as desperate as him to see Messi lift the World Cup before he hangs up his boots.

The flambuoyant 57-year-old showed his huge support and love for his compatriot on Thursday before the Croatia match by proudly hanging up an Argentine ‘Messi’ shirt over the railings.

The whole of Argentina were wishfully hoping Maradona’s presence would inspire Messi and Co to victory against Croatia… but it wasn’t to be and they are now on the brink of elimination at the World Cup following their humiliating 3-0 defeat.

But despite Argentina’s latest setback, Maradona will certainly not shy away from supporting Messi and his beloved country.

Maradona – scorer of arguably the best goal in World Cup history against England in 1986 – has followed Messi everywhere he has gone since making his debut in the tournament, whether that be in a supporting or coaching capacity.
In 2006, an exciting, young and floppy-haired Messi burst onto the World Cup scene against Serbia, where he assisted Argentina’s fourth strike and scored their final goal in a 6-0 rout after coming on as a substitute.

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Maradona witnessed the start of something special against Serbia and was also in attendance against Holland and Mexico before they were knocked out in the quarter-final stage by Germany. His apprentice had arisen on the international stage.

After watching him from the stands, it was then time for Maradona to witness Messi’s talent first-hand as he managed the squad at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Maradona led the Argentine’s to the quarter-finals, where they were knocked out yet again 4-0 by Germany.

But after opening wins against Nigeria and South Korea, in which Messi starred by having a helping hand in all four goals, Maradona decided to give his star man the huge responsibility of captaincy against Greece as he rested some of his main players.
Under Maradona’s management, Messi worked his magic in the round of 16, conjuring up an assist for Argentina’s first goal as they beat Mexico 3-1.

Out of the four World Cup’s Messi has participated in, the 2014 tournament in Brazil was the only one where the five-time Ballon d’Or winner didn’t have the pressure of Maradona hanging over him.

And it appeared to pay off with Messi and Co reaching the final, the closest he has ever come to claiming the biggest prize in world football.

But, they came up against their bogey team Germany in the highly-anticipated showdown, with Mario Gotze netting an extra-time winner.

So where was Maradona? Well the football icon was busy taking up his pundit duties for TV, in which he said he would lay out the ‘red carpet’ for Messi if he won the World Cup.

The only match Maradona attended as a fan that summer was against Iran, in which Messi scored a spectacular injury-time goal in the 1-0 win.

But it was telling that summer… with Maradona busy at work, Messi propelled Argentina to the final and won the Golden Ball.
And fast-forward four years to the present, Messi’s World Cup struggles have re-emerged and Argentina are in a precarious position with just one group game remaining.

Maradona has been his charismatic self in the stands, keeping a close eye on his fellow Argentine great, but Messi has under-performed with the weight of expectation firmly on his shoulders.

While Messi has been let down by his team-mates, the 30-year-old hasn’t been his normal self, missing a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Iceland before being kept limited as Argentina were crushed 3-0 by Croatia.

With Argentina on the brink of further humiliation, it’s time for Messi to stand up and be counted.

With this likely to be Messi’s last World Cup, it’s also time for him to make Maradona the proudest man in football.

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Three traffic police officers arrested after being nabbed for collecting bribes

There was drama along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway after officers from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission nabbed three traffic officers allegedly collecting bribes from motorists.

During the incident near the Naivasha town, two officers who had fled to nearby bushes were arrested through the help of members of the public as the purge against corruption continued.

The EACC officers were on their way to Nakuru for a different sting operation when they came face to face with the officers demanding cash from PSVs.

The officers managed to recover Sh2,000 in Sh50 notes from the three officers before whisking them to the area police station and later to Nairobi.

Transport along the busy highway was temporarily paralyzed during the Thursday evening incident as motorists moved in to witness the rare drama as the hunters became the hunted.

A hawker John Kiragu narrated how the over ten EACC officers dashed from their vehicles and cornered one of the police officers as two of his colleagues escaped.

He added that the fleeing police officers were arrested a few meters from the scene of the incident and bundled into the waiting EACC vehicle.

“The officers were caught red-handed and several Sh100 and Sh50 notes recovered from their pockets during the incident,” he said.

Speaking on phone, EACC spokesperson Yassin Amaro confirmed the incident adding that the trio would be charged in court with various offences.

Amaro said that they had received tens of complaints from members of the public over the officers manning the roadblock.

“Our officers were on their way to Nakuru for another operation when they found this traffic officers openly collecting cash from motorists,” he said.

Amaro added that the arrest targeting corrupt officers regardless of their rank would continue in the country until the vice was fully addressed.

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Wololo! Kitui MCA Impregnates 19-year-old House help, makes her second wife

It’s only in Kenya where you can easily become an overnight celebrity just by being an MCA, and it comes with all sorts of labels all thanks to the kind of controversies that they attract.

On MCA is on the spotlight after he was accused by his former house help for impregnating her.

The lady by the name Jennifer Mueni claims that Mutha Ward, Kitui MCA, Anthony John has promised to educate her when she was working as the family’s house help, but he ended up impregnating her and turned her into his second wife.

According to Mueni’s mother, the first term Wiper MCA took her daughter in June last year after convincing her that his family would live with her in Kitui town.

“We agreed that instead of paying her, he would enroll her in college where she would take a hairdressing course which was always her wish.” She is quoted by the Nairobian.

But that was not to be the case with Mueni who despite doing her job diligently, she ended up being a victim of the father of two who dimmed her dreams.

“At one time I came from taking his children to school and served him tea. He declined the tea and took my hand and herded me to his bedroom. He threatened to kick me out if I told his wife. When I asked about going back to school, he told me to relax.” Narrated Mueni.

When Mueni’s mother learned her daughter was pregnant with the MCA’s baby, she ordered her to return home. She then summoned Mr. John but when he refused to show up that’s when she reported the matter at Mutomo Police Station.

He would later accept responsibility by sending elders to her home to negotiate over the issue promising that he would take care of the baby as well as pay Mueni’s school fees through a verbal agreement.

However, Mueni’s mother wanted assurances that he would honor his word by appending his signature to his agreement.

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