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Why former Nation columnist contemplated suicide

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Former Daily Nation columnist Rasna Warah has admitted contemplating committing suicide but says her situation has since improved.

Warah sent shock waves among her fans when she tweeted on Tuesday seeking tips on how to commit suicide.

Many of Warah’s fans called on family and close acquaintances to reach out to her to establish if she was OK, saying her death would be a big blow to those who have been reading her articles and books.

“Thank you to all those who reached out to me when it seemed like the sky was falling on my head. I guess like an old battered car, I just broke down, for no apparent reason. The cloud has lifted. I am fine. Just a little disoriented. Your kindness has really touched me. Really,” she tweeted a day later.

Warah is among eight columnists who quit writing for Nation Media Group early this year citing lack of editorial independence.

Her tweet came barely a week after the world marked the 15th World Suicide Prevention Day. World Health Organisation 2016 statistics indicate that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among those 15–29 years old.

Evidence demonstrates it is a global issue, with more than 79 per cent of suicides occurring in low and middle-income countries.But if Warah’s case is anything to go by, suicide has no age-limit.

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So serious is the issue that there is a campaign to have media outlets change their style books to replace the phrase ‘commit suicide’ with alternatives, such as ‘died by suicide.’

Experts say that many suicides happen impulsively during moments of crisis. These can include “a breakdown in the ability to deal with life stresses, such as financial problems, relationship break-up or chronic pain and illness,” the WHO said in a report, released August 2018. Despite stigma around the subject, suicides are often preventable.

“Joining together is critical to preventing suicide,” the International Association for Suicide Prevention  (IASP), which partnered with WHO to launch the event in 2003, stresses.

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US announces new approach to reduce Green Card, Citizenship applications backlog

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a new strategy it says will decrease processing times of green card and citizenship applications in some locations.

USCIS on Monday said it will shift caseloads between different field offices in a bid to decrease processing times in some locations. USCIS says with the new strategy, some applicants may be scheduled to appear for an interview at a field office outside of their normal jurisdiction. Biometrics appointment locations will not change, and applicants will still be scheduled at their nearest application support center.

The new strategy of scheduling applicants to a field office outside their jurisdiction affects Form N-400, Application for Naturalization and Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

USCIS says an increase in processing times at some locations has been caused by an upsurge of the volume of applications received, with FY 2017 applications received being up 15.6% from FY 2016. FY 2016 receipts were 25.5% higher than FY 2015. Since the increase in volume has not affected all field offices equally, this has “resulted in some disparity in the processing times among field offices.”

SOURCE: Mwakilishi.com

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Larry Madowo pens emotional message to his late dad on Fathers’ Day

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Celebrated media personality, Larry Madowo joined many other Kenyans in the Father’s day celebration marked on Sunday 16 June with an emotional message to his late dad.

Taking to his Instagram, the BBC Africa Business Editor expressed how his dad loved them despite the short time he spent with his family, while hoping that his father would be proud of what he has become.

“It’s been 25 years since my dad left this world. I was just a little boy but I knew he loved us and he spoiled us rotten. It was almost as if he understood that he wouldn’t be with us for long. The years after weren’t always easy but I think we’ve made him proud #HappyFathersDay,” he wrote.

The former NTV journalist’s fans joined in to help him celebrate his late father with messages of condolence and encouragement.

Bucketlistcess He’s smiling from heaven, you’ve definitely made him proud. Happy father’s to the dads in heaven too.

Briankisuke 25 years so short for a loved one not to be around. You have never let his light dim.

Eva_soila So sad,take heart.A time like that is the hardest. Lost my Dad 3 months ago and still in denial. Hoping il recover soon.

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Joemacha_ Happy father’s day to the handsome dad, he still had his thick hair haha

Dorothykinyakir I thought u should be sending happy father’s day to him cuss i trust he s still watching over you. But all in all sorry for that you arr not the only one take heart we r many in this…sorry again larrys

Warria.teddy You come from a strong stock! May you keep his fire alive and well. Peace and Blessings. #HappyFathersDay

Marabisimon You have turned out great…Your dad looked like that guy of Uko flani…wanafanana sana.

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He dumped me for buying a bigger fridge than his- Actress Sandra Dacha reveals ideal man

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Kenyan actress Sandra Anyango Dacha has revealed the qualities she looks for in a man.

Sandra, who plays the confrontational ‘Silphrosa’ in Real House helps of Kawangware, opened up on her ideal man during an interview with K24.

“I want someone who’s not jealous,” she said, before narrating how her ex left her over jealousness.

“At the beginning of last year, my ex left me because I bought a fridge that’s bigger than his,” she said.

According to Sandra, another quality she looks for in a man is financial stability.

“The second quality I look for in a man is someone who’s fiscally fit,” she said.

The final trait she looks for?

“I also want a man who fully focusses on me. Someone who asks about my ambition and aspirations. Sitaki mtuu amezubaa tu.”

Source:Mpasho

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