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U.S. govt gives boats worth Sh 500 Million to Kenya Navy

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

The final six of 10 Metal Shark boats, provided through 500 million Kenyan shillings of grant funding from the U.S. Department of Defense have been delivered to the Kenya Navy in Mombasa port. The 10 Metal Shark boats represent the largest U.S. maritime security cooperation program in sub-Saharan Africa.

The handing over ceremony was held in Mombasa on Monday.

“The United States values the Kenyan commitment to building a more peaceful and secure Kenya and East Africa region,” said ambassador Robert Godec, who presided over the event.

According to the US envoy, the Metal Shark boats will reinforce the Kenya Navy’s Maritime Domain Awareness capability and support the Kenyan Blue Economy.

These boats have exceptional capacity to operate in the challenging equatorial maritime environment, while simultaneously being rugged enough to endure extended operations with minimal maintenance.

It is expected that they will bolster the Kenya Navy’s capability to deploy Kenyan Rangers and other quick reaction forces from the sea, and to patrol and defend the more than 500 km maritime border.

“They will help the Kenya Navy, and KDF at large, to continue forward in the fight against terrorism,” said Godec.

“Today we reaffirm that the United States is and will remain your steadfast partner in the fight against terrorism and extremism. We are pleased today to make this important contribution to Kenyan and regional security and look forward to the excellent work the Kenya Navy will do with these vessels. The Metal Sharks will bolster the Kenya Navy’s capacity to combat al-Shabaab, an effort that will bring about a more stable and peaceful East Africa,” he added.

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The U.S. Navy and the Kenya Navy have enjoyed an enduring partnership for over 40 years. Since 2003, the U.S. Department of Defense has provided the Kenya Navy over 1.7 billion Kenyan shillings of hardware assistance and equipment training; 300 million Kenyan shillings of professional development; and 100 million Kenyan shillings of maintenance upgrades for naval equipment.

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Home Developer offering free transport from JKIA for Kenyans from Diaspora

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BY PETER NYAGA

Mahiga Homes Ltd, a leading real estate developer in Kenya specializing in selling affordable houses is offering our prospective diaspora customers a Free ride from the airport to your destination around Nairobi and its environs.

This is a way of appreciating the great contributions of Kenyans in the diaspora.
The offer starts from 1st to 24th December.

To book your free ride
Call/WhatsApp +245720460413
www.mahigahomes.co.ke

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US Immigration Service to charge $10 Fee for H-1B Visa Registration

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a final rule that will require a $10 non-refundable fee for each H-1B registration submitted by petitioning employers, once it implements the electronic registration system.

The registration fee is part of an agency-wide effort to modernize and more efficiently process applications to live or work in the United States.

The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent.

Upon implementation of the electronic registration system, petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, will first have to electronically register with USCIS during a designated registration period, unless the requirement is suspended.

“This effort will help implement a more efficient and effective H-1B cap selection process,” said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. “The electronic registration system is part of an agency-wide initiative to modernize our immigration system while deterring fraud, improving vetting procedures and strengthening program integrity.”

The final rule, Registration Fee Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Cap-Subject Aliens, is effective Dec. 9, 2019, and the fee will be required when registrations are submitted. USCIS is fee-funded, and this non-refundable fee will support the new electronic registration system to make the H-1B cap selection process more efficient for both petitioners and the agency.

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USCIS is slated to implement the registration process for the fiscal year 2021 H-1B cap selection process, pending completed testing of the system. The agency will announce the implementation timeframe and initial registration period in the Federal Register once a formal decision has been made, and USCIS will offer ample notice to the public in advance of implementing the registration requirement.

USCIS published a notice of proposed rulemaking highlighting a registration fee on Sept. 4, 2019, which included a 30-day public comment period. USCIS received only 22 comments during that time, and has considered all submissions and offered public responses ahead of announcing the final rule, which is effective on Dec. 9.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), Instagram (/uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis), and LinkedIn (/uscis).

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VIDEO: Lifeless body of Kenyan woman found floating in a waterway in Florida

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A 29-year-old Kenyan woman has been found dead in Florida, USA. Her body was found at the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Augustine City.

According to the County Sheriff’s Office, Rose Chebii’s body was found floating on the water body on Monday after drowning.

“Preliminary autopsy results have established the cause of death as drowning,” the Sheriff’s office said.

“We need to determine: Did she go swimming?” said Chuck Mulligan, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office. “Was the water cold? Was it a hypothermia issue?”

According to local media, investigators said Chebii was walking in the downtown area of St. Augustine around Washington Street area at 5:35 a.m. Monday morning.

A short time later, deputies were called to the waterway near The Riverview Club by St. Augustine Shores around 8:30 a.m.

St. Johns County Fire Rescue launched a vessel into the water and found Che Bii drifting in the waterway.

“This appears to be someone who is living a normal life and then ends up in this water,” Mulligan said.

“Our message to the public today is if you are in downtown St. Augustine, if you live along any of the tributaries or waterways, downtown or along the intercoastal waterway, check your video cameras,” he said.

 

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