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Hotel owner’s brutal message to influencers trying to get free holidays

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A hotel has hit out at “self-proclaimed influencers who keep messaging trying to blag a free holiday.

Staff at the White Banana Beach Club Siargao in the Philippines, which offers accommodation and boasts a stunning restaurant and bar, claim they are fed up of people messaging pitching blogs in exchange for freebies.

So they decided enough was enough and sent a very public to message to anyone thinking of messaging them with a cheeky request via its Facebook page.

The message, which has been liked thousands of times, states: “Help out there. We are receiving many messages regarding collaborations with influencers, Instagram influencers.

“We kindly would like to announce that White Banana is not interested to “collaborate” with self-proclaimed “influencers”.

The manager’s post [Phone: Courtesy]

“And we would like to suggest to try another way to eat, drink, or sleep for free. Or try to actually work.”

They later shared another message clarifying what they meant by “influencer”.

It said: “Good day everyone. Our post went viral.

“But we want to clarify that we are not against INFLUENCERS. Just against freeloaders.

“A REAL influencer is called as such by the rest, he does not address him/herself as an influencer. They are bloggers. We have actually collaborated with a few of them, in different terms and conditions, and we support them.

“There are real influencers, that in case we will contact them and pay or offer something. But look, they’ve never contacted us, as they don’t need us. We need them.”

White Banana Beach Club Siargao in the Philippines [Photo: Courtesy]

His post has attracted more than a thousand comments.

One woman wrote: “As someone who works in marketing and also manages a small resort, I can attest to the fact that the big influencers don’t ask for freebies. They ask for permission to film and take photos but they usually offer to pay (or send a business proposal instead of asking for free things).

“The ones who ask for freebies are often the ones with almost no real following because they think they are soooo worth it and have a “notice me” mentality. We must not excuse nor defend the entitlement of self-proclaimed influencers.

Another added: “Self-proclaimed IG influencers are social climbers lang whose influence is an illusion and whose followers are usually dummy accounts, other social climbers mesmerized by freebies, or guys who only follow them for their provocative pics.”

But others disagree, writing: “If these people formally sent you a message, I think they deserve a formal rejection as well. Not like this.

“I do blog, I have a full-time job, and I work hard to be able to travel so I can have content. I recently tried pitching to resorts and hotels, because why not, right?” There’s no harm in trying naman, and if you know that you have something to offer on the table it’s never a bad thing to try. That’s all.”

source:SDE

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Barclays Bank Sh14m ATM heist was an inside job – DCI Kinoti

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti has confirmed that the theft of sh14 million at various Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) operated by Barclays Bank was an inside job.

According to the DCI, an initial investigation has revealed that the daring heist was executed by employees attached to the bank.

Kinoti said his team of detectives was concluding its probe in readiness to hand over the investigation file to the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Hajji’s office for prosecution of those found culpable.

“What happened at Barclays Bank is what we call constructive robbery which is a type of theft committed by employees of an organization. Look at the precision and exactly what was targeted. We are talking about a place that has CCTV cameras. However, those cameras were smeared with some substance,” he said.

On Wednesday detectives arrested a taxi driver and impounded a Probox vehicle suspected to have been used in the theft.

Five Barclays bank officials and a group of G4S security guards were earlier this week taken into custody to aid the police with the investigation.

A string of robberies in the long Easter weekend left Barclays Bank short of more than Sh14 million after four teller machines were broken into in Mutindwa, Mater Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospita and Kenya Cinema all in Nairobi County.

source:nairobinews

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Kenyan avocados cleared to enter the expansive Chinese market

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enyan farmers will now export their popular hass avocados to China following a trade deal signed when President Uhuru Kenyatta met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing today.

The signing of the agreement which makes Kenya the first African nation to export avocados to the Asian nation with a market of over 1.4 billion consumers comes after a long and comprehensive approval process that included Chinese experts visiting Kenyan farmers.

It is estimated that when the agreement is fully implemented, the Chinese market will absorb over 40 percent of Kenya’s avocado produce, making it one of the largest importers of the fruit. Other famous destinations of Kenyan avocado include Europe and the US.

The signing of the protocol on sanitary and phytosanitary (an agreement relating to the health of plants, especially with respect to the rules of international trade) requirements for the export of frozen avocado was the last major hurdle for the Kenyan crop to be accepted in the highly regulated but lucrative Chinese market.

Avocado becomes the second farm produce from Kenya to access the expansive Chinese horticultural market after Stevia and will be followed by 13 other priority farm produce among them flowers, mangoes, French beans, peanut, vegetables, meat, herbs, bixa and macadamia.

The meeting between Presidents Kenyatta and Xi Jinping and their delegations focused on promoting economic and trade exchange in 8 key initiatives identified during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) meeting held in Beijing last year.

These initiatives include industrial promotion, trade facilitation, infrastructure connectivity, green development and people-to-people exchange. Others are capacity building, healthcare, and peace and security.In addition to the avocado deal, President Kenyatta witnessed the signing of an agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation covering all sectors of mutual interest and an MOU on joint promotion of the implementation of the 8 FOCAC priority areas.

President Kenyatta is in Beijing, China for a three-day working tour where he will also attend the Second Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation that will be officially opened by President Xi Jinping on Friday.The President is accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Peter Munya (Trade), Dr.Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs) and James Macharia (Infrastructure) among other senior government officials.

source:standard.co.ke

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69-Year-Old Dutchman alleges estranged Kenyan Wife’s Plot to Illegally Inherit His Vast Estate

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A Nairobi-based Dutchman has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Inspector General of Police over harassment by his estranged Kenyan wife.

Tob Cohen, the CEO of Tobs Company accuses his estranged Kenyan wife of using police and the justice system to harass and intimidate him.

Cohen claims that his partner Sarah Wairimu is colluding with some government officers to illegally deport him so that she can take over his vast estate.

“There has been a curious excitement to have our client prosecuted for allegedly assaulting her despite insufficiency of evidence, which intended prosecution is aimed not only at soiling his reputation but also having him deported from Kenya so that his properties become free and available to Sarah Wairimu Kamotho and her accomplices,” Cohen’s lawyer Danstan Omari says.

Cohen says Wairimu is using all means in an attempt to inherit his properties after he filed for divorce early this year.

Cohen, 69, has lived in Kenya since 1987 and married Wairimu in 2007 but soon after, their marriage became rocky after she began demanding a 50 percent stake of his property.

“The said Sarah Wairimu Kamotho has expressly been disrespectful to our client by being scornful and by use of emotional blackmail well demonstrated by the denial of our client’s conjugal rights,” the letter reads in part.

He also accuses Wairimu of storming into his office and throwing a glass of water at his face, threatening him, and pushing him downstairs, sustaining serious injuries on his forehead.

He says he was treated and later reported the matter at Parklands Police Station but that Wairimu filed a report at Gigiri police station claiming to be the one who was assaulted.

“That our client is astonished at the discriminatory manner in which the law is being applied to his disadvantage since no step has been taken by police officers at the Parklands police station to prosecute Wairimu despite a preponderance of evidence demonstrating her guilt, yet the same law enforcers are keen on prosecuting our innocent client.”

Cohen says he will continue to suffer humiliation, discrimination, and persecution if the DPP and IG fail to take action.

Source: Mwakilishi.com

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