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Fake text books alert as KICD launches probe

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The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) has assured parents that all the textbooks for the new system of education meet the requirements.

This follows concern that some books circulating in the market purported to be for the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC) have not been approved.

The curriculum developer also appealed to parents to ensure the complementary textbooks they buy for their children are age-appropriate.

 

“Textbooks are important in curriculum delivery. They must be the right ones to ensure learners are not treated to misleading content,” KICD Director Julius Jwan said.

Some unscrupulous traders, he warned, might take advantage of the introduction of the CBC to sell sub-standard books.

“We are monitoring those inserting fake imprints into such books. But all of us must remain vigilant to protect our children,” Dr Jwan said.

He urged head teachers and parents to refer to the addendum to the Orange Book for CBC — available on KICD’s website — to ascertain genuine textbooks.

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Millie Odhiambo recounts her prolonged ‘troublesome’ menses as a young woman

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Suba North Member of Parliament Millie Odhiambo, has recounted the most terrible experience she had as a young girl growing into womanhood.

While appearing on the JKL Show on Citizen TV on Wednesday night, Ms Odhiambo narrated how every month when she got her menses she had to be admitted in hospital where most caregivers believed that she had had an abortion due to the nature of her condition.

She also recounted how she used to have severe cramps and blood loss.

And even after moving from one hospital to another, seeking a solution to her condition, no health facility in the country could reach a conclusion as to what the problem was.

“Jeff I went from hospital to hospital in Kenya and all I was told is that there was a mass they couldn’t tell me what it was. And when I went to school in New York I was told that I had fibroids. Now I do not know whether technology at that point was not good enough,” she narrated.

“And guess what ! Every time I went to hospital I was told I have aborted,” Ms Odhiambo revealed.

The MP said that menstruation is not something that should not be viewed as a diseases and that girls should be proud of it, even when they find themselves in difficult situations.

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“I do a lot of mentorship and when I talk to girls I tell them their periods are part of them and it came as a package from heaven. I tell the girls ‘be proud of it and if you should soil walk proudly and catwalk’. Because it is not dirty, it is normal,” she said.

The legislator also revealed that she is working on the Assisted Reproduction Technology Bill to help women who want to have children and are unable to.

“I have a bill called Assisted Reproduction Technology Bill and I’m at a good place to know because I do not have a child myself naturally,” she said.

The controversial MP also said she has no regrets for being childless.

“Fortunately for me, God made me in a very wonderful way. I feel complete without a child. I have never cried in my life on the fact that I do not have a child. But I have seen women cry that they do not have children. And for the sake of those women I have brought this bill to help them and it has surrogacy in it,” she said.

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JKIA ranked second fastest growing in air cargo globally

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Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has been ranked as the second fastest growing airport in the latest world cargo ranking for airports that handled more than 250,000 metric tonnes of air cargo.

This was revealed in the Airports Council International (ACI) latest World Airport Traffic Report, which highlights top airports for passengers, cargo and aircraft movements and showcases the world’s fastest growing airports for 2018

JKIA was only beaten by Rockford, an expansive air cargo hub in the United States, which was the fastest-growing airport in 2018 as the e-commerce freight hub for online retail giant Amazon.

According to the report, JKIA was ranked second in the ‘Fastest Growing Airports category, after it handled more than 342,000 metric tons of air cargo in 2018, marking a 25% growth from 2017.

Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has credited the notable growth at JKIA to substantial increase in air cargo traffic to and from Europe, Asia, America as well as recent additions China and Australia.

KAA also said the country’s biggest airport has recently transformed its air cargo management and also embraced participation of public and private sectors hence its improvement in global standing.

The authority said the construction of several modern transit sheds at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has seen the airport’s overall cargo grow to 1.2million tons annually.

“This is an exciting time for Kenya, the face of cargo is changing, and we are positioning JKIA as the premier cargo distribution center for online commerce companies in the region,” said KAA CEO Jonny Anderson.

Hong Kong International Airport, Memphis International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Incheon International Airport and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport lead in total cargo volumes respectively.

The report further found that, in total, the world’s airports accommodated 8.8 billion passengers, 122.7 million metric tonnes of cargo, and 99.9 million aircraft movements.

JKIA currently handles an estimated 6.5 million passengers annually.

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Cohen’s widow and sister agree on slain tycoon’s private burial date

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Dutch tycoon Tob Cohen will be buried on Monday in accordance with Jewish religious rites, the family has said.

Lawyers Cliff Ombeta, for Cohen’s sister, Gabrielle Van Straten, and Philip Murgor for Cohen’s widow, Sarah Wairimu, on Thursday agreed to proceed with burial plans subject to obtaining a court order.

The lawyers also listed three conditions which will have to be adhered to.

These conditions are, the burial ceremony will be private and for family members only, Sarah and Gabrielle will participate as widow and sister respectively and the burial rites will be in accordance with Jewish rites by the concerned community leaders at the Jewish Cemetery along Wangari Mathai Road on Monday at 2pm.

“The DPP, DCI, and Prison Authorities are requested by both Sarah and Gabriel to facilitate this compromise arrangement, so that the late Tob Cohen can be accorded a dignified send as proposed,” part of the statement read.

Cohen’s widow, Wairimu, who is a suspect in the murder case, was on Wednesday allowed to be present during the autopsy conducted at the Chiromo Mortuary in Nairobi.

This after Wairimu wrote a letter to Chiromo Mortuary disputing the handover of Cohen’s remains to his sister Gabrielle for burial.

In the letter seen by Nairobi News, lawyer Murgor said that his client demands that after the postmortem exercise, the body of the late Cohen should not be released to anyone else.

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According to Wairimu, her sister-in-law did not have the authority to bury her husband.

She had earlier presented a marriage certificate in court and claimed the legal custody of her husband.

But that stalemate was broken late on Wednesday evening after the postmortem, when Gabrielle and Wairimu reached an agreement on the slain tycoon’s burial.

While addressing journalists at Chiromo Mortuary on Wednesday evening, lawyers Murgor and Ombeta, stated that the family was keen on having Cohen’s body laid to rest within the shortest time possible.

“We all agree that the late Tob Cohen needs to be laid to rest as quickly as possible in a dignified manner those are the wishes of Sarah and her sister,” Murgor said.

Wairimu is currently on remand at Langata Women’s Prison and is expected to take a plea on September 26.

The body of the Dutch tycoon was found in a septic tank at his home on September 13 almost two months after he was reported missing.

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