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Distancing may be needed for ‘most of year’

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Social distancing would be needed for “at least half of the year” to stop intensive care units being overwhelmed, according to the UK government’s scientific advisers.

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) recommended alternating between more and less strict measures for most of a year.

Strict measures include school closures and social distancing for everyone.

Less restrictive measures include isolating cases and households.

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that the UK could “turn the tide” on the coronavirus outbreak within 12 weeks.

Schools in England, Scotland and Wales will close on Friday until further notice – except for vulnerable children and those with a parent identified as a key worker.

More than 65,000 retired doctors and nurses in England and Wales have been asked to return to work in the NHS to help tackle the outbreak.

And the chancellor is set to announce a wage subsidy package to try to protect millions of jobs.

Documents prepared by Sage said alternating measures could “plausibly be effective at keeping the number of critical care cases within capacity”.

Less strict measures would also include social distancing — but just in vulnerable groups.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, said the evidence in the documents published on Friday has “played a considerable role in shaping our recommendations”.

“The UK is home to experts who are at the forefront of their chosen fields and we are making full use of their expertise to grow our understanding of Covid-19 as we work tirelessly to tackle this disease,” he said.

The advice also said: The best estimate of the proportion of people who die after being infected is in the range of 0.5 percent to one percent.

There would be a delay of two to three weeks between measures being put into place and their impact being felt in intensive care.

The triggers for the different measures to be implemented or removed could be set at a level of UK nations and regions — suggesting stricter policies could be enforced in London.

It is “unlikely” that mass school closures will either “reduce the final size of the epidemic” or delay its peak by “more than three weeks”

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Swahili news anchor Harith Salim joins K24 months after losing his job

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When God is on your side, nothing can go a stray or rather nothing will ever come in your way.

Former NTV Swahili journalist Harith Salim knows this perfectly well, especially after seeing God’s hand in his career.

The news anchor has landed a new job at K24, TUKO.co.ke has learnt.

The new opportunity came barely a year after the well-spoken news anchor was sacked from NTV, a station he had worked for, for years.

Well, after staying in the cold for months, God finally shone light on Harith’s path and he found himself a new job at the Mediamax Limited.

The news anchor shared the good news with his fans through his social media pages on Tuesday, December 1.

Harith shared a photo showing K24’s logo and did not add any caption.

He followed it up with a video showing the production room at K24 followed by;

”Mmmmmmh,”

His posts impressed and inspired many people specifically his fans who camped on the comments sections to congratulate him.

Many people held God will never leave his people alone in times of trouble and will always make a way.

TUKO.co.ke earlier reported how Harith, alongside other top journalists were fired from NTV in mid 2020.

Harith did not make public his quandaries but his counterparts such as Ken Mijungu came out to reveal about the firing.

“The axe fell NTV newsroom and I was on its way. 7 years in those corridors summed up in a two page letter of termination. We live to fight another day. Thanks to God, He remains the greatest, thank you NTV Kenya for the opportunity and thank you for always staying tuned,”Mijungu said.

Among people who were shown the door include Debarl Ainea, Brenda Wanga (reporter), Sharon Baranga (reporter) and Shaban Ulaya (Head of Swahili), Lillian Kiarie (business reporter) and Silas Apollo (political reporter).

by Tuko.co.ke


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Villagers gift Uhuru with heifer for appointing Yatani to Cabinet

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Residents of Hurri Hills in North Horr Sub-County have donated a fat heifer to President Uhuru Kenyatta as an appreciation for appointing Ukur Yatani to the Cabinet.

Speaking during a tree-planting ceremony at Hurri Hills Primary School on Friday that was graced by Environment CS Keriako Tobiko, the villagers heaped praise on President Uhuru Kenyatta for his kind gestures to the county.

They considered appointment of their son Yatani to the National Treasury docket as a superlative honour by the Head of State  to the pastoralist community.

Hersi Ibrahim praised President Kenyatta’s administration, which he said has endeared itself to the region that was once marginalised for many years.

Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani during a media briefing at his office on March 06, 2019. PHOTO | NATION

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani.

Salaton Njau | Nation Media Group

“We appeal to you CS Tobiko to take both our greetings and this token of appreciation to our beloved President Uhuru Kenyatta for his love for us,’’ Mzee Ibrahim said.

He said the cordial relations between CS Yatani and the President have seen Marsabit County improve economically since the time Yatani served as the county’s first governor.

He also thanked the Head of State for granting North Horr — one of the biggest constituencies in the country —  two other districts namely Turbi and Dukana.

Further, they thanked the Jubilee administration for the planned tarmacking of more than 196km of roads from Marsabit town to North Horr, then to Loiyangalani.

A group of the residents sang and danced gleefully as they presented the heifer, whose head was garbed in a pretty ribbon, to CS Tobiko, who will present the gift to the President.

Maikona MCA Bukhe Diba praised CS Yatani as a pillar and role model to all pastoralist communities. He praised his hard work, professionalism and selfless love for his community.

He also expressed gratitude for the appointment of another local (Mamo Boru Mamo) as the Director-General of the National Environment Management Authority (Nema).

“We have never felt this honoured by previous regimes,” Mr Diba said.

By Nation.africa


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How top-level meeting allowed Radisson hotel to block Arboretum road

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Arboretum park lane has become the latest public road to have a barrier erected, much to the chagrin of many Nairobi residents.

Anyone who wishes to access the Nairobi Arboretum park, Kenya Forest Service, State House, State House Primary School, Kenya Girl Guides Association, Jabali Elementary School as well as the Radisson Blu hotel will have to pass through the Arboretum park lane.

The erection of the barrier left Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja seething with rage. And he registered his disapproval on social media.

“The Nairobi Arboretum is a public space that many Nairobians enjoy. The road leading up to it is also a public road. A private entity (Radisson) has put up a barrier on this public road where members of the public are screened. I have asked @NMS_Kenya to deal ASAP,” Sakaja wrote on Twitter.

He then warned Radisson hotel to remove the barrier.

Nation.Africa can, however, confirm that the barrier was erected after meetings of stakeholders and the Westlands sub-county security team.

Arboretum park lane has become the latest public road to have a barrier erected.

Amina Wako | Nation Media Group

The stakeholders, who included State House, Kenya Forest Service Arboretum, Jabali Elementary, Kenya Girl Guides Association, National Police Service and Radisson Blu requested to have the barrier erected for security reasons.

The conversation to have the barrier started after the January 2019 DusitD2 complex attack.

The boda-boda operators who camped outside the Arboretum entrance waiting for or dropping clients visiting the park also worried them.

As the conversation was going on, in July 2019, an intruder was shot and injured after he climbed over one of the State House gates.

The need to have a barrier became even more urgent.

So, they contacted the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) and they were allowed to erect the barrier.

“We are aware of the barrier. We allowed it there because of the security reasons raised by the stakeholders. Remember it is not a throughway, so it is important to know who goes in and comes out to avoid incidents like the State House intruder,” John Cheboi, the chief corporate communications officer at Kura, said.

Thereafter, the stakeholders, through Leisure Park Development Limited — the mother company of Radisson Blu Hotel — on December 10, 2019, wrote to Nairobi City County about the proposed erection of the security barrier.

And, on January 17 this year, the county replied granting permission for the work to begin.

“Authority to erect 1 No. security barrier to serve Plot L.R. No. 1870/X/106 on Arboretum Drive is hereby granted to you subject to compliance with the following conditions…” the letter, signed on February 17, 2020 by the Nairobi Chief Officer, Roads, Public Works and Transport, Eng. F.N. Karanja, read in part.

The council also acknowledged receiving Sh10,000 inspection fees for the work.

The work was, however, postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, which was first reported in Kenya in March this year.

What followed next was government restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

According to Edward Momanyi, the Food and Beverage Manager at Radisson Blu, the Sub-County Security Committee visited the hotel in September and spelt out conditions for erecting the barrier.

“The team, led by Westlands Deputy County Commissioner Mwai Gicheru, visited the area in September. They cited the conditions as a bulletproof guard booth, two armed police officers, and two security guards,” Mr Momanyi told Nation.Africa.

Because of the cost implications, the stakeholders met again on November 11, 2020, at the hotel.

“We invited everyone around this area including State House. We discussed the cost of setting up the barrier, bulletproof guard booth, two armed police officers and two security guards and how it would be shared among ourselves,” Mr Momanyi said.

But council warned that should any member of the public or residents along the Arboretum park lane object to the erection of the barrier, the barrier will be removed.

“That you be required to bind yourselves to the conditional clause of removing the barrier should the Nairobi City County receive reasonable objection to the barrier from one or more area residents or other members of the public,” the letter read in part.

“You shall indemnify the Nairobi City County against any litigation that may arise as a result of these works,” read one of the nine conditions set by Nairobi City County.

“This approval is valid if the works commence and are completed within three months,” it further said.

Arboretum becomes the latest public road to have obstacles.

In September this year, Muthaiga Residents Association mounted a roadblock restricting access to the suburb by boda-boda operators, commercial vehicles and pedestrians.

An email from the association’s secretariat, dated September 22, said the move was due to security reasons.

“No motorbikes and commercial vehicles are allowed to enter Main Muthaiga Road from Oil Libya Plaza, Kiambu Road and from Mini Muthaiga Round-about including house-helps, construction site employees,” read the email signed by Christine Chiriba, for the secretariat.

Further, residents were asked to provide details of their employees, including job card or a letter indicating the name of the staffer, ID number, plot or house number, employer and their contact number.

In 2014, the county assembly moved a motion to remove barriers erected on public roads by the Runda Residents Association.

by Nationafrica


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