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Kenyan Community in US mourns as death takes away Praise and worship leader “Princess Shiro Barbz Favored”



The fellowship of ministers in Birmingham are announcing the promotion to glory of one of our ministers of the gospel, Ms. Barbara Machira aka “princess shiro barbz,” which ocurred on Sunday 26th, January 2020 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Upon learning of her passing, Kenyans in US and around the world took to social media to condole the family.

“Princess Shiro Favored I am still in shock, we used to go to kindergarten together then you left and settled in the USA. Years later we found each other on Facebook and our friendship continued. I was your silent follower and loved your praise and worship sessions. You are now singing with the angels. R. I. P my dear friend,” wrote Lydia Morangi on Twitter.

“Rest in Peace Dear friend Princess Shiro Favored you will be truly missed in our community. Sing your way with the angels. I will always remember the many calls and text you have made when you thought I was doing too much and get mad at me. You were an inspiration and a motivator. The heaven’s choir has robbed us one but it is well. We know you are at a better place,” said Gitau Gits Wairimu.

Ombui Ombui wrote: “I’m just speechless. I still can’t believe what I’m seeing on social media that this wonderful, God fearing, good hearted and beautiful lady Princess Shiro Favored is gone. I’m yet to come to terms. May Shiro RIP.. May her mom find peace in her heart.. This is very devastating to me.”

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Michuki Samuel posted the following on Facebook: “Hi how unfortunate my old classmates in Nairobi river primary and good friend we have lost you too soon, Princess Shiro Favored you have laboured and have been a blessing to the body of Christ. May God strengthen mum and your loved ones at this trying moment, He is Jehovah Shalom our peace!!”

“I have no words to say Princess Shiro Favored. It saddens me that you have gone away so young. You had a beautiful life and you were my very good friend. We will forever celebrate you. Condolences to your family 😢,” said Waronjo wa Gitau.

Daily Prayers  at her mother’s residence

@ 6pm

 160 Aspen valley,apt 301; Homewood AL 35209

 *Memorial Service*

This Saturday, *1st February 2020* at Laborers in Christ Ministry, 2708 Temple dr, Birmingham AL 35209

 *TIME* : *5.00 pm*

Funeral arrangements and More information to follow.

Barbara (Shiro Barbz) Wanjiru

Memorial Fund

 *Wells Fargo Bank*




$berean ministry

(205) 218-4996


Margaret Machira

(205) 427-9266

Pastor Macharia  (205) 370 3990,

Pastor Monica (205) 413-9126

Pastor Kashaa

(205) 276-3277

Pastor Nganga

(205) 249-8505

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Kenyan passport still highly ranked amid Covid-19 pandemic



The Kenyan passport has defied the Covid-19 pandemic to retain position 72 among the most powerful passports in the world, this according to a newly released Henley Passport Index.

The index, periodically measures the world’s most travel-friendly passports, based on the number of destinations their holders can access visa-free or visa-on-arrival.


According to the latest index, the Japanese passport opens more doors than any other passport in the world.

The Japanese passport, offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 191 destinations around the world, topped the rankings, followed by Singapore (190 destinations) while the South Korean passport tied with the German passport in third place with a score of 189.

The Kenyan passport, whose holder can access 71 destinations around the world without a visa or visa-on-arrival, is ranked at seventh in the continent, behind Seychelles (151 destinations), Mauritius (145), South Africa (101), Botswana (82), Namibia (75), Lesotho (74), and Swaziland (72).

The Kenyan passport also commands a relatively high score in comparison to those from other East African countries.

Amanda Smit, the Managing Partner and Head of South, East, and Central Africa at Henley, hailed the Kenyan passport’s resilience in retaining its position.


“The much-considered destinations are the ones which have effectively handled the coronavirus outbreak, and especially those which have declared themselves virus-free. International airline travel is still on halt, but it is to be expected that more people will look at various destinations to settle as soon as airspace is open,” she said.

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Research using exclusive historical data from the index has revealed that there is a strongly positive connection between visa freedom and a variety of indicators of economic freedom, government integrity, and personal or political freedom.

The Henley Passport Index is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and covers 199 passports and 227 travel destinations. It is updated in real time throughout the year, as and when visa policy changes come into effect.

Henley & Partners said the recent ranking did not take temporary bans into account.

The best passports to hold in 2020:

1. Japan (191 destinations)

2. Singapore (190)

3. South Korea, Germany (189)

4. Italy, Finland, Spain, Luxembourg (188)

5. Denmark, Austria (187)

6. Sweden, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland (186)

7. Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Belgium (185)

8. Greece, New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic (184)

9. Canada, Australia (183)

10. Hungary (181)

The worst passports to hold:

103. North Korea (39 destinations)

104. Libya, Nepal, Palestinian Territory (38)

105. Somalia, Yemen (33)

106. Pakistan (32)

107. Syria (29)

108. Iraq (28)

109. Afghanistan (26)

By Nairobi News

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No Quarantine for Passengers Flying to Kenya, Government says



Transport CS James Macharia, on Wednesday, July 8, announced that passengers arriving in Kenya from other countries would not be forced to quarantine if they did not exhibit flu symptoms.

“All passengers shall be exempt from quarantine on arrival at their destinations if their body temperature is not above 37.5 degrees celsius and they do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing and other flu-like symptoms.

“This is important because we do not expect a tourist to come from wherever they land here and then they are quarantined for 14 days,” the CS explained.

Speaking during a press briefing at Transcom House in Nairobi, CS Macharia revealed that the new protocols were aimed at encouraging tourism, one of the hardest-hit industries following the pandemic.

Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia speaking at KICC on March 17, 2016.
Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia speaking at KICC on March 17, 2016.

In addition, the CS explained that airline crew and passengers would be allowed to the airports and that all crew would be exempted from quarantine after a flight, if their body temperatures were below 37 degrees, and if there was no suspected Covid-19 case in the flight.

However, the crew is expected to be quarantined in case of a suspected case from the flight.

Passengers flying into the country will be allowed to be dropped and picked at the various airports past curfew hours, provided that they are able to present a boarding pass.

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With the resumption of air transport slated for July 15, 2020, as per President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive, CS Macharia revealed that only 5 airlines had so far confirmed that they would be operational.

The five were identified as Kenya Airways, Jambojet, Aim Air, Boskovic Air, and Scenic Safaris.

In case of a suspected case of COVID-19 on a flight, CS Macharia revealed that the passengers within two rows of the passenger with the symptoms would be tested. If their results turned out to be negative, they would be then allowed to leave the airport, however, the reverse would result in the passengers being quarantined in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines.”

Watch CS Macharia’s briefing below:

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Kenyan students in the US to lose visas if their classes move online



Kenyan students in the United States may soon be forced to return home if their colleges or universities opt for online learning only, as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

In a statement on Monday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that students on non-immigrant F-1 and M-1 visas who attend universities that operate entirely online amid the Covid-19 pandemic may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States.


“Students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States,” said ICE.

The agency added that F-1 students who attend schools that provide a mixture of online and in-person classes will be permitted to take some online courses.

According to ICE, the schools must certify to the Student Exchange Visitor Program “that the program is not entirely online, that the student is not taking an entirely online course load and that the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree.”

F-1 students whose universities will maintain full in-person classes will remain bound by federal laws that allow a maximum of one class or three credit hours online.


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“Students who remain in the United States while taking only online courses could face immigration consequences, including the initiation of removal proceedings,” ICE said.

Last year, the number of Kenyans enrolled in US higher-education institutions rose by nearly four per cent, reaching a total of 3,451 students, according to a 2019 study published by a State Department Bureau and Institute of International Education, a New York-based NGO.

Africans overall account for 40,000 of the 1,095,000 international students in the US.

The updated guidance comes as schools in the US consider reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, while imposing restrictions on students’ return that will force some students to stay off-campus and learn remotely for entire semesters at a time.

The ICE announcement comes at a time when the US leads the world in coronavirus caseload. More than 2.9 million Americans have contracted Covid-19 with 130,000 deaths reported.

By Nairobi News

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