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President Kenyatta to be among passengers of KQ’s first ever direct flight to USA, buys ticket

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President Uhuru Kenyatta will be among the dignitaries flying on Kenya’s national carrier (KQ) inaugural flight. The president received his ticket for the historic flight from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on Monday, January 15.

The national carrier is expected to commence direct daily flights from JKIA to JFK starting October 2018. The flights are aimed at reducing flight time between the two cities from 22 hours to 15 hours. The good news was confirmed by Kenya Airway’s chairman, Michael Joseph, indicating they will officially take off in October this year.

Top CNN business anchor Richard Quest is also scheduled to fly on the inaugural flights which is set to feature on his renowned business show, Quest means business. This was also confirmed by the Airways Managing Director Micheal Joseph who said the renown business journalist already reserved a ticket for his show.

TUKO.co.ke earlier reported that the flight scheduled for October 28, 2018, already has its flight schedules loaded onto their system and travelers can start booking. Those planing to travel are expected to do the booking early in readiness for the first ever direct flight to United States of America.

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We need to adopt Renewable Energy for our Real Estate Developments, says Optiven CEO

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Optiven CEO George Wachiuri has just officially unveiled a symbolism of green energy adoptions at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace in Kiambu. Situated right at the entry point of this gated community, this new landmark named as The Fountain of Peace is 100% solar energy enabled and is a statement of intent by this leading real estate firm to adopt renewable energy for all amenities at this high end prime value added development.

Optiven Group is continuously adopting Green Energy in its real estate developments. This leading real estate firm is alive to the fact that there is a need for Kenyan real estate players to adopt green utilities, green spaces, solar enabled infrastructure such as solar lights and water recycling technology amongst others.

Amani Ridge the Place of Peace is an example of projects that are being designed with green energy in mind.

This modern gated community is quickly coming up with amenities that have a touch of green energy, for the benefit of the residents who will settle here and their future generations.

“Going forward, developers will need to seriously consider adopting green energy to sustain the future generations and also adopt the Sustainable Development Goal Number 7 that seeks to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all,” says George Wachiuri, Optiven Group CEO.

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“Here at Amani Ridge, we are seeking to achieve this through adoption of solar energy where all our street lights will be 100% solar powered. Our adoption of solar energy is educated by the fact that Kenya has high insolation rates, with an average of 5-7 peak sunshine hours and average daily insolation of 4-6 kWh/m2.

We must make use of this God-given source of green energy. We are also adopting water recycling technology where each home that will be set up here will have a bio digester to avoid water wastage. On the other hand, we have set aside 10 green spaces in this gated community in order to make this gated community as natural as possible,” says Wachiuri.

Besides these undertakings, this development will also be installed with underground power cables which emit no electric field and can be engineered to emit a lower magnetic field as opposed to overhead lines.

Optiven has set up a symbolism of all these green energy adoptions, right at the entry point of this gated community, with the installation of a solar energy enabled fountain named as The Fountain of Peace. This new intelligent water fountain is only an example of amenities that will 100% be using solar energy in this development.

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Designed by Noble Parks & Pools, this feature is a hint of other value additions at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace that will include green public parks, fruit orchards, cabro internal roads, a superlative entry gate, security stone walls that have been installed with razor wire and CCTV and an elevated steel galvanized 15 meter high 100, 000 liters tank.

Amani Ridge the Place of Peace will also have a provision of club house, house designs, appointed architect, registered community regulations by the county government, a home owners association, and uniformed security guards and two caretakers on site.

Contact Optiven Group: Tel 0790 300 300 Email: admin@optiven.co.ke Website: www.optiven.co.ke George Wachiuri Blog: www.georgewachiuri.com
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Feds: Nigerian scammer arrested in $50M scheme that targeted Chicago companies

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A man from Nigeria has been arrested after being accused of running a $50 million scheme that targeted Chicago companies.

Olalekan Jacob Ponle allegedly got an unnamed Chicago-based company to wire transfer more than $15 million. Another local company lost $2.3 million, but investigators believe the scheme is worth more than $50 million.

Sources pointed WGN Investigates to his Instagram feed which looks like a lifestyle of the rich and famous.

Here’s how prosecutors said the alleged scheme worked.

Either he or his co-conspirators were able to gain access to company’s email accounts through a phishing attack.

In one of the Chicago cases, they allegedly sent an email that appeared to be from the company’s Chief Accounting Officer to another employee ordering the a transfer.

The criminal complaint says “The fraudulent email was almost identical to a prior, legitimate email” right down to the name on the bank account. But the account “number” was different.

Federal agents said Ponle’s scheme spanned at least 9 months last year.

During that time, one of his Instagram posts read: “Money don’t make a man, a man makes money.”

Ponle is a Nigerian national and was taken into custody in the United Arab Emirates. UAE expelled him and federal agents brought Ponle to Chicago Thursday night for an initial court appearance Friday morning.

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A detention hearing is schedule for late next week.

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Full list of journalists fired from NTV Kenya

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News emerging from Nation Centre indicates that some of the country’s top journalistic talents have been fired.

A list exclusively seen by Pulselive.co.ke showed eight renowned reporters and anchors whose terminations took effect on Friday July 3, 2020.

Among those fired are Brenda Wanga (news reporter), anchor Debarl Inea, Sharon Baranga (reporter) and Shaban Ulaya (sports reporter)who have been with the media house for years

Others on the list are Harith Salim (swahili anchor), Lillian Kiarie (business reporter), Silas Apollo (news reporter) and Ken Mijungu who had confirmed his departure from NTV earlier in the day.

Journalists (from L to R) Harith Salim, Lillian Kiarie, Silas Apollo and Shaban Ulaya who have been fired from NTV
Journalists (from L to R) Harith Salim, Lillian Kiarie, Silas Apollo and Shaban Ulaya who have been fired from NTV

NMG CEO’s message

A memo by the Nation Media Group’s CEO Stephen Gitagama earlier in the week had outlined that the media company is keen to retain only those with the relevant skills and expertise.

“The Group seeks to radically change its business model from print advertising and physical reader copy to digital advertising, ePaper subscription and content-driven reader revenue with the objective of establishing leadership in the mobile publishing landscape in Africa while exploring other new revenue streams in the experiential and technology space.

“This will require retooling and resourcing the Group with relevant skill sets critical for success in the new business environment. Regrettably this will result in reduction of our workforce effective Friday July 3, 2020,” the memo read in part.

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NMG is planning to shift to subscription based journalism after projecting that the traditional advertising business model has run its course using The New York Times as a benchmark.

“This new reality necessitates the reengineering of Nation Media Group to accelerate its digital transformation,” the company’s CEO Stephen Gitagama said in a circular to staff on 1st July 2020.

The company which runs operations across East Africa is looking to send home 100 employees across its markets to achieve its short term objectives.

Media observers opine that the latest purge will lead to reduced journalism quality even as the company tries to style itself as the best ahead of baying competition.

Big names

The employees axed on Friday join another 40 who received termination letters on Thursday. The list includes;

Francis Munywoki Nation Newspaper Division Managing Director.

David Aduda- partnerships & projects manager and long-serving education editor,

Ng’ang’a Mbugua- Business Daily Managing Editor.

Francis Wanyonyi Wambilianga- Daily Nation News Editor.

Mark Agutu- Editions Editor

Jeremiah Kiplagat- Eldoret Bureau Chief

David Aduda- Editor

George Omondi, Business Daily- Section Editor

Julius Sigei- Agriculture Editor

Joe Mbuthia- Output Editor

Alex Shikami- Senior Internal Auditor

Martin Mwangi- Deputy Sub Editor

Henry Gekonde- Revise Editor

Nancy Ogutu- National Digital

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Peter Choge- Nation Digital

Momanyi Maosa- Nation Digital

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