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Now UK targets academic essay firms

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Thousands of jobless graduates in Kenya who help lazy university students in developed countries to cheat academically could soon be forced to find something else to do after the UK government started clamping down on essay mills.

Yesterday, international digital money transfer service PayPal announced it was withdrawing its services to essay-writing firms selling to university students. This was after weeks of pressure from the UK government, which insists stopping payments for essay mills would go a long way in beating academic cheating.

PayPal, the most popular method of processing payments for the essay mills, announced it would contact the companies starting next week to inform them of its intention to stop payments.

“PayPal is working with businesses associated with essay-writing services to ensure our platform is not used to facilitate deceptive and fraudulent practices in education,” PayPal told British broadcaster BBC.

“PayPal will continue to diligently review and take appropriate action on accounts found to be facilitating cheating or otherwise undermining academic integrity,” it said.

Essay companies rely heavily on payment platforms to process student orders and payments for those who do the academic writing.

Although PayPal’s decision is an isolated move by a single company, the British government is understood to be piling pressure on other payment platforms to withdraw their services as well.

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Some 40 vice-chancellors of UK universities have asked internet search engine giant Google and YouTube to shut their services to the essay-writing companies as well. Additionally, a parliamentary petition is already under way in London to have the essay mills banned from UK’s internet space.

If this happens, a ripple reaction by other developed countries could render jobless the thousands of young people in Kenya engaged in the business valued at $1 billion globally, according to Forbes. PayPal has acknowledged this is a global problem that requires a global solution.

“This is a business that operates across national borders so there will need to be an international response,” said PayPal.

Universities in Kenya prohibit academic cheating but there is no law preventing Kenyans from engaging in the practice for students in other countries. As a result, Kenya has been listed by the UK as the leading black market for academic cheating by its students.

Doctorate candidates pay £2,000 (Sh264,000) to £6,000 (Sh790,000) for dissertations, British media reported.

“Kenya is the hotbed where the writing happens. There is high unemployment and a job working from home is coveted. They have good English and low overheads,” Dr Thomas Lancaster, a senior fellow at Imperial College, London, was quoted by the British press as saying.

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Eagle-eyed Kenyan has noted something interesting about this picture

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A sharp-sighted Kenyan on social media has noted something interesting about a picture from the awkward moment DP William Ruto met his archrivals ODM leader Raila Odinga and Industrialisation CS Peter Munya.

The three met on Monday during the official opening of the Kenya Trade Week and Expo 2019, Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi County.

Pictures shared on Dr Ruto’s social media show him sandwiched between Mr Odinga and Mr Munya.

The DP has publicly accused Mr Odinga of seeking to wreck Jubilee Party and Mr Munya of planning to assassinate him.

A video from the event shows the DP chatting with Mr Odinga and the CS at different times.

But what has caught the eye of one social media user, John Riaga was the number of water bottles placed in front of each leader.

In the pecking order, DP Ruto would ideally be the most senior leader on the table. But while Mr Odinga had three bottles of water, Dr Ruto has two and CS Munya one.

Mr Riaga shared his observation on his Facebook.

It attracted various comments from his friends.

Edward Ochieng said: “Donge I wish Kenyans could be creative in matters of development like in social media. We could have joined the league of G8 countries.”

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Okumu Kennedy noted: “Ruto had the longest day sitting between Aman he attacks daily and another he accused of planning to kill him or assassinate him.”

Sharon Gerald quipped: “Ahahahahaha… Kumbe it’s that serious?! Mpaka maji?!”

Ken Arek said: “A bottle of water, two bottles of water and three bottles of water. Sasa wewe.”

Absalom Ochuka added: “Eyiii. Un keen to details…”

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Bongo actress ‘makes it rain’ at media briefing – VIDEO

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Popular bongo actress Irene Uwoya on Monday caused a stampede at a media briefing in Dar es Salaam by bribing journalists with a rain of money.

Uwoya, flanked by other top bongo actors walked in late for the press conference at Hyatt Regency DSM.

She had convened the media briefing  to make an announcement on the launch of a new Tanzania movie service called Swahiliflix,  a new channel that intends to market and sell bongo movies online.

The official launch of the Swahiliflix is set for August 31 at Mlimani City Plaza in Dar es Salaam.

“Tarehe 31 ni siku ya kumbukumbu kwa wasanii sisi bongo movie, haijawahi kutokea hiyo kitu itakayotikea Mlimani City itaweka historia, itakuwa ni red carpet ya funga mwaka. Kwa hiyo ndugu zetu waandishi mjipange hata kwenye kuvaa mjipange. Msituangushe sasa mje masuti nini msije kama hivi tulivyozoea,” Uwoya urged them.

Uwoya also apologized to the journalists for keeping them waiting.

And as she stood to leave, Uwoya reached out in her hand bag, pulled out a bundle of cash and started throwing it towards the journalists.

She said its was a small incentive to appreciate their support.

“Na nisiwachoshe sana nimewaweka muda mrefu, swahiliflix ni mambo moto lazima tusalimiane na ndugu zetu waandishi wa habari, nawatuza na kitu kidogo.”

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Journalists present shoved each other as they scrambled to grab the notes from the air.

Source:nairobinews

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Joho puts on a leggy display that sends city women into a frenzy

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City women just can’t get enough of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho legs.

This is after Governor Joho shared pictures of himself wearing a black t-shirt and a white tight short.

Thirsty women trooped to his Instagram page to ogle at his muscled thighs.

This is what they had to say.

“Damn Joho is a snack,” said one online user.

“Hiyo ndio inaitwa hot pant, booty shot ama ndio thighs monger. Ako na mapaja safi,” wrote another online user.

“That white short looks like a hot pant,” commented one online user.

“Joho is hot,” stated another online user.

“Ongeeni tu yote but Joho is my all-time crush lol,” said one online user.

“Kwani ni leg day,” asked one online user.

“Wee these 40 and 50 year olds wanaslay kuslay,” remarked another online user.

“Hili li governor ni lizuri mpaka naskia nilitafune wallai,” mentioned another online user.

“I love his legs,” stated one online user.

“But why are some men just soooo handsome?” asked one online user.

“These picture has really motivated me this morning. My life has really changed,” said another online user.

Source:nairobinews

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