Kenya / Rugby: Sylvia Kamau Takes Over as Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) CEO

16.January.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU)

The Rugby Union Board of Directors wishes to announce to all Affiliates, Sponsors and the rugby fraternity that it has confirmed Sylvia Kamau as CEO for an initial period of one year effective January 1 2019.

Sylvia Kamau took over from Ronald Bukusi who resigned in July 2018. This was necessitated by the need for continuity as KRU (www.KRU.co.ke) continues to engage partners in sponsorship initiative & restructure its operations despite the challenging operating environment.

Under her watch, she has successfully led KRU’s Secretariat in a number of critical programs including the Safari Sevens, the Rugby World Cup Qualifier for the Fifteens and the start of the 2018-19 HSBC World Sevens Series.

The Board wishes Sylvia Kamau the very best as she embarks on this journey and requests all stakeholders to support her as she takes on this challenging but exciting responsibility.

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Water and Sanitation must put measures to prevent further loss of life in Giyani

16.January.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, Mr Mlungisi Johnson, has called for urgent measures to prevent any further loss of life caused by open manholes and trenches in Giyani and other parts of SA.

This follows the drowning of Nsuku Mhlongo of Homu Village in Giyani who drowned in a trench left open following the cessation of work at Giyani Bulk Water Project.

The drowning is a reminder of the injustice that has been inflicted on the people of Giyani, who should have benefited from the water project. “The committee has over a period of time called for payment of the service provider on work done in order to ensure that work in the area is completed and that residents get water which is their constitutional right,” Mr Johnson said.

At the heart of this unfortunate and preventable death is the inability to plan within the Department of Water and Sanitation that has seen the depletion of funds, whereas the planned work is not implemented.

The department has over the past few years spent almost 100% of appropriated funds but has only achieved less than 50% of its targets.

“It is heart-breaking that a young life full of promise has been cut shot because of the ineptitude and incompetence of many within the department of Water and Sanitation. This is completely unacceptable, and someone must take full responsibility for this irresponsible act of negligence,” Mr Johnson emphasised.

“On behalf of the people of SA, as public representatives, I convey sincere condolences to the immediate Mhlongo family and the broader family.” added Mr Johnson.

The department has a construction unit that must be urgently dispatched to Giyani, not only to close the open manholes but to come up with measures to complete the project and provide people of the area with their constitutional right, that is, water.

The committee will in its first meeting of the year require the department to clarify plans they have put in place to find funding aimed at finishing the project in Giyani and others in a similar state.

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Terrorist attacks in Kenya

16.January.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Siphosezwe Masango, has said that terrorist attacks such as those experienced in Kenya are deeply concerning and have no place in Africa. Mr Masango extended heartfelt condolences to the people of Kenya on behalf of the committee.

Two terrorist attacks have been reported in Kenya in which a number of people died.

“The world must root out these violent attacks and decisively deal with the conditions that provide fertile ground for them. The committee believes that negotiations are always preferable in resolving these issues,” Mr Masango said.

Mr Masango said terrorist attacks do not provide the stability that so essential in many African countries for accelerated economic growth.

“All necessary measures should be taken to protect and assist vulnerable citizens. What happened in Kenya should not be happening, and all concerned should work hard in ensuring a safer world and a safer Africa.”

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the terrorist attack in Nairobi

16.January.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Nairobi today. He is following developments in the Kenyan capital closely. The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes those injured a swift recovery. The Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with the people and Government of Kenya. 

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National Micronutrient Survey launched in Somalia

16.January.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The Ministry of Health and Human services of the Federal Government of Somalia today launches the Somali National Micronutrient Survey together with UNICEF and partners. The Survey is the first major nutrition survey the country is conducting since 2009.

“For the next four months, we will be collecting critical health, nutrition and behavioral data related to micronutrient at household level that will help us better understand the health and nutritional status of children and women in Somalia,” said Dr Fawziya Abikar, Minister of Health. “The process may be complex, but the results will be worthwhile: they will provide us with vital information about the health challenges we face, and help us come up with more relevant, cost-effective strategies to build a healthier, well-nourished population today, and a prosperous nation tomorrow.”

Micronutrients, such as iodine, vitamin A and iron, are essential building blocks of good health. Their deficiency represents a major threat to the health and development of populations, particularly children and pregnant women, and has critical long-term effects including not reaching full cognitive, social, economic and physical potentials. Research has shown that micronutrient deficiency decreases learning capacity and work productivity, and may severely lower income for the individual, family and country.

“UNICEF congratulates the Ministry of Health and Human Services of the Federal Government of Somalia on leading the Survey. This represents a major step forward towards improving the health and nutritional status of the country’s children and women,” said Jesper Moller, UNICEF Somalia Acting Representative. “We feel very honored to be part of the process. We call on all health partners to continue investing in data collection to help us accurately assess and respond to the health and nutritional needs of children. By doing so we help build a stronger and healthier workforce and economic foundation for Somalia.”

Since 2010, the Ministry of Health, UNICEF and partners have worked together on several key micronutrient initiatives, including twice-yearly vitamin A supplementation for children aged 6-59 months, multiple-micronutrient supplementation for pregnant and breastfeeding women, provision of micronutrient powders to households, and promotion of micronutrient and breastfeeding through Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) programme. The survey will be critical in refining these initiatives and informing the development of an integrated response to address micronutrient deficiency in Somalia.

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Groundbreaking Study highlights responses to Sexual Violence Against Children

15.January.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Child sexual abuse and exploitation happen everywhere and are pressing concerns for both wealthy and developing countries alike, according to a first-of-its-kind research programme, Out of the Shadows: Shining light on the response to child sexual abuse and exploitation. Developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit (www.EIU.com) with support from the World Childhood Foundation and Oak Foundation and with additional support from the Carlson Family Foundation, the Out of the Shadows Index and report are unique tools that reveal how 40 countries at the national level are confronting child sexual abuse and exploitation. The policies, practices and standards presented in the index highlight how governments, the private sector and civil society can move toward achieving Target 16.2 in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which calls for ending all forms of violence against children by 2030.

Created with guidance from an international panel of experts, the index covers a comprehensive range of critical issues, including policies on child marriage, reproductive and sexual health, gender differences, law enforcement, and child sexual abuse online, where the expansion of broadband internet has placed more children at risk. Index indicators also focus on the engagement of businesses in fighting child sexual abuse and exploitation, especially the technology and travel/tourism industries. The 40 countries included in the index cover 70% of the global population under 19 years of age.

Key findings from the Out of the Shadows study:

The UK, Sweden and Canada hold the top three positions in the index. UK government policy to protect children is particularly well developed, and the country has a high level of engagement from industry, civil society and the media. Sweden’s overall environment for children and its legal framework are especially strong, as are Canada’s. Complete rankings are available online at OutoftheShadows.eiu.com.

Data to measure and understand the scale of the problem are lacking. Despite investments and efforts globally to combat and catalogue online child sexual abuse and to track reported  incidents of sexual violence against children, just half of the 40 countries reviewed in this index collect nationally representative prevalence data on child sexual abuse and only five collect such data on child sexual exploitation.

Boys are overlooked. Just over half (21) of the 40 countries do not have legal protections for boys within their child rape laws, while only 18 countries collect prevalence data about sexual abuse of boys.

Country action has been most pronounced on legal frameworks that protect children. International coalitions can be a path to better legislation, and countries that have strong legal structures  also have good fundamentals, including designated national plans, policies and institutions to address sexual violence against children.

Combatting child sexual abuse and exploitation is becoming a greater priority on the global stage and in many individual countries, and research shows that progress is possible even when resources are limited.

Sexual violence against children takes place mostly in the shadows, but is a universal threat— no boy or girl is immune. Yet this especially pernicious form of abuse is rarely discussed, even though its emotional and health consequences linger, and the socioeconomic impacts can be devastating. The risks to children have been greatly increased by improved communications connectivity and mobility, which make it easier for offenders to find and lure children online.

What can countries and companies do? Barriers and pathways to progress in fighting sexual violence against children are discussed in detail in the index report and data model, which are

available online at OutoftheShadows.eiu.com.

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Security Council Press statement on the Democratic Republic of Congo

15.January.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The members of the Security Council took note of the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of the provisional results of the presidential and provincial elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 10 January 2019 and of the legislative elections on 12 January.

They welcomed the peaceful holding of the elections, despite technical, logistical and security challenges on the day of the vote and the decision to suspend the vote in certain parts of the country for specific health and security reasons. They congratulated the millions of Congolese people who went to the polls with calm and determination to express their wish, and commended the Congolese people and political actors for the conduct of the presidential, national and provincial elections, which saw broad and inclusive participation of political parties. They further welcomed the important role played by national as well as the regional observation missions of SADC and the African Union and took note of their efforts in promoting transparent and fair elections among their members.

The members of the Security Council further congratulated all parties and stakeholders in the DRC for ensuring peace and stability during the election processes and urged all interested parties to refrain from violence. They stressed the need for all concerned stakeholders to act in a way that reaffirms the integrity of the electoral process and respects the outcome of the poll, upholds democracy and preserves peace in the country. They appealed for the pursuit of national unity and peacebuilding, including through political dialogue among all stakeholders.

The members of the Security Council noted that disputes have been lodged before the Constitutional Court. They encouraged all concerned stakeholders to preserve the generally peaceful climate of the elections, and to take up any reservations or disputes through the proper mechanisms and processes provided for in the constitution of the DRC and its electoral law. They reiterated their full respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the DRC, in accordance with the UN charter.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their continued support and commitment, in collaboration with regional actors and international partners, for the consolidation of peace, stability and development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Police Chairperson urges Matriculants in the Western Cape to apply to serve in South African Police Service (SAPS)

15.January.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Mr Francois Beukman, has urged matriculants in the Western Cape who are interested in a career in law enforcement to apply at their nearest police station, before the Friday, 18 January deadline this week.

Matriculants who wants to make a contribution to their community and serve to achieve a safer South Africa are encouraged to apply to become trainees within the South African Police Service (Saps).

Mr Beukman said that young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who are in possession of a grade 12 certificate and have the necessary fitness levels should make use of Saps’ first 2019 recruitment opportunity.

“We need dedicated, motivated and energetic young people, who want to make a difference to the crime situation in the country, and who will lead by example,” Mr Beukman said.

The committee fully supports the strict vetting criteria and psychometric testing used by Saps to establish if applicants are suitable for the job. Aspiring police members must have no links to criminality and fit the profile of a career law-enforcement officer.

Applicants in the Western Cape can approach the nearest police station in the region for further information on the application process.

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Egypt hands over chairmanship of largest UN Block of Developing Countries to the State of Palestine

15.January.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Egypt will hand over the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China, the largest block of developing countries at the United Nations, to the State of Palestine at a ceremony scheduled to take place today in New York.

resolution drafted by Egypt and adopted by the General Assembly last year, gives the State of Palestine, a non-member State, additional rights and privileges enabling it, as a chair of the group, to act as a full member of the General Assembly.

The State of Palestine will therefore be able to participate in General Assembly sessions and conferences as well as other UN conferences. Moreover, the State of Palestine will have the right to make statements, submit proposals and amendments and introduce them on behalf of the G-77.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met on Monday with President Mahmoud Abbas, of the State of Palestine in New York, where he congratulated the State of Palestine for assuming the Chairmanship of the G-77 and expressed his wishes for a successful year for the Group.

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Rugby: Kenya Cup Week 7 Preview

15.January.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU)

The Kenya Rugby Union (www.KRU.co.ke) signed a five-year contract with Radio Africa Group in October 2018 which sees Bamba Sports broadcast all KRU sanctioned matches. This Broadcast Partner has aired the first six Kenya Cup double headers within Nairobi but this coming Saturday, 19th January, they will be in Nakuru at the Nakuru Athletics Club airing the Menengai Oilers vs Strathmore Leos match which kicks off at 2:00pm followed by mid table clash between hosts Top Fry Nakuru and Menengai Cream Homeboyz.

You can watch these matches on Bamba Sports Channel Six or stream live via this link: www.BambaKenya.co.ke

Nakuru will head into this match coming from a 21-36 loss in the hands of the Kenya Harlequins whereas Menengai Cream Homeboyz won their first match of 2019 beating Blakblad 35-23. Nakuru’s loss has dropped them from the sixth position to the eighth on the Kenya Cup log while Homeboyz have moved up one position; from eighth to seventh.

The tenth placed Menengai Oilers will take on twelfth placed Strathmore in what is a must win match for both sides if they are to keep their hopes of not getting relegated alive. Oilers have won one match so far while Strathmore are on a six-week loss streak.

Naiobi will host the other four matches: Kenya Harlequins win over Top Fry Nakuru RFC saw them move up one spot and are now third on the log. They are away at the University of Nairobi grounds playing Machine who suffered a 3-50 loss in the hands on the defending Champions KCB in week five at the Lion’s Den in Ruaraka. Machine’s performance has seen them remain eleventh in the standings.

At the Kenyatta University Grounds, second place KCB will be hosted by the ninth place Blak Blad. Blak blad gave Homeboyz a run for their money over the weekend despite their 23-35 loss at Jamhuri Grounds.  The same venue will see Nondies host the only unbeaten side in the league- Kabras Sugar RFC. Nondies last minute penalty awarded them a 22-20 win over the Resolution Impala Saracens at the RFUEA Grounds and they have moved up from the fifth to the fourth position on the log while Kabras remains top with a five-point lead over the second place team. Kabras cruised into week six of their unbeaten run beating Menengai Oilers 41-5.

Resolution Impala Saracen’s loss to Nondescript RFC resulted in them dropping to the fifth position. They head to the Railways Club for their clash against Stanbic Mwamba who are slowly but surely finding their footing in the league. Despite having a slow start when the 15s league kicked off in November Kulabu’s performance seems to be improving per week; they have moved up from the 10th to the sixth position in a span of three Match Days.

Week 7 Matches :

Menengai Oilers v Strathmore Leos – 2:00pm NAC

Top Fry Nakuru v Menengai Cream Homeboyz – 4:00pm NAC

Blakblad v KCB – 4:00PM Kenyatta University

Mean Machine v Kenya Harlequins – 4:00pm University of Nairobi

Stanbic Mwamba v Resolution Impala Saracens – 4:00pm Railways Club

Nondies v Kabras – 4:00PM Jamhuri Grounds

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