Monthly Archives: November 2013

Capitanich y el padre Molina analizaron el trabajo en el Sedronar

El jefe de Gabinete, Jorge Capitanich, había anunciado que el nuevo titular de la Secretaría de Prevención de la Drogadicción y Lucha contra el Narcotráfico (Sedronar) será el sacerdote Juan Carlos Molina.

Capitanich y el padre Molina analizaron el trabajo en el Sedronar

Web 2.0 and Social Media Learning Opportunity in Morogoro Tanzania

A total of 30 participants from different sectors in Tanzania dealing with different agricultural issues are underwent intensive Web 2.0 and social media training at Sokoine University of Agriculture(SUA) which is organized by Tanzania Graduate Farmers Association (TGFA) in collaboration with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation and Microphas Investment Limited. Web 2.0 applications are sometimes known as “social media” enable people to collaborate, to create, share and publish information.

1463564_640062829370411_1405855042_nThe training was scheduled to take place from 25th-29th November 2013 but due to graduation ceremonies it was made possible and took place from 25th to 27th November comprised among other things; how to conduct advanced multilingual online searches by using search magic, select information via alerts and RSS feeds, develop contents remotely using Wikis and Google Docs and to organize references using online software’s such as Mendeley.  This training took place in Tanzania due to its improved Internet access (Seacom Fiber Optic Network) to emulate their neighboring Kenyan counterparts who were also trained in mastering Web 2.0.

During the opening of the training, Dr. Dino Woiso who as one of the founder members of TGFA and pointed out that “We are all aware that we are all living in the modern world is such a manner the ability to create, access and share information is very powerful tool. The ability to access, use, publish and communicate information and other research works we are doing is central to development of our societies and in this modern world of multidisciplinary, professionalism is what matters the most”.

The beneficiaries of the training underwent a rigorous selection process as there were more than hundred applicants. The prerogative was given to applicants who are involved/ practice in agriculture, forestry, policy makers, people from training centers and those who showed genuine interest for the course and who convinced the organizers that they were going to disseminate the acquired knowledge to others and bring impact to the society/community.

“Practitioners like us often have difficulty in sourcing, publishing and otherwise communicating our work however simple, open source internet-based (which are now increasing in use) applications and services designed to enhance on-line collaborations are available to the wider public at little or no cost at all”, he added.

The training sessions have been very intense, hands on and the trainees have been busy learning different Web 2.0 and social media applications. In the end they are expected to use the knowledge acquired to create a link and network to keep each other informed of what is going on after the training.

Mr. Stephano Kingazi, when reached for comment expressed his wishes that after this training there will be an established local network between participants and other people in agricultural sectors, thus the web2.0 trainees could be considered as TGFA Ambassadors and granted fully TGFA membership.

Ntirankiza Misibo from Kilosa District thinks that the training on Web 2.0 has enabled him to cross the bridge from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 smoothly and will take the knowledge gained to impart it to his colleagues in his company, “I will definitely share the knowledge and teach it to my colleagues.” He admitted that although many people use social media for personal use most do not know the hidden opportunities for professional advancement He reiterated the organizers to make a close follow and coordinate the present participants to pass on this knowledge.

But Erick Mhando who is an extension officer of Morogoro Urban said the Web2.0 was too scientific for him, but it is the opposite, it is not that difficult to learn, it is just there are too much useful stuff.” Johari Mohamed a researcher at Sokoine University was also largely impressed by Skype, Google Maps and Docs and noted that it was amazing that Facebook, twitter, linkedin and Dgroups could really be used for professional purposes.

Emma Laswai, a master student of Sokoine University of Agriculture said that since she is now studying her Masters in Environment and Natural resource economics having the opportunity to attend this training has enabled her to be more aware of Google docs, how to use Wikis and social network; with the great hope of her going back and share it with her colleagues plus designing online courses and learning tools through eLearning, she also admitted that the time for this training was too short and request for more online learning organized by TGFA through e-mail list they learned.

Most of the participants were happy with the facilitation by the main instructors Mr. Amri Yusuph and Mr. Deodatus Kiriba as well as Mr. Juma Ngomuo who made sure the training was coordinated and ran smoothly. Participants appreciated the democratic model which was the first of its kind to be used in this kind of training.

The 3-day training ended on Wednesday where the participants finished their assignments by creating blogs, articles (lesson learned), join social media pages of Web2.0 Learning groups and they all awarded the certificate of attendance which among other things make them feel like professionals in Web 2.0 ready to face the world with the new-found knowledge.

Making the closing remarks Mr. Stephano Kingazi who is the founding chairperson of TGFA thanked all the participants for their participation during all sessions and for others to be enrolled as TGFA members.

Mr. Kingazi said “ in three days we have been here learning web 2.0 and social media applications i discovered…, learn…, i felt…., i would like to suggest… you wrote and a lot of things about professional ways of the applications and most of you will agree with me as we can refer to our democracy walls comments”.

Since most of the training participants who were not members of TGFA were enrolled as others granted free membership after they commit themselves to use their membership and other personal capabilities to source, develop, share and publish information in different matters using the TGFA and its membership networks and online platforms in TPSF, TAHA, TCCIA and Agri-proFocus Tanzania respectively aim is to impact as large as number of users especially Agricultural and development practitioners.

TGFA membership and communication officer announce that they now accepting application of membership from all the extension officers from all corners of Tanzania and those who their application reach office before January 2014 will be granted free membership. According to Mr. Kingazi; Tanzanias extension officers if they will be well informed and equipped with ICT skills they are potential in sharing different information concern markets, production, challenges and opportunities in Agriculture sector in timely bases that’s why they wanted them to Join TGFA which will be their professional Association to represent them and farmers due to the fact that from November 2013 TGFA has joined Tanzania Market-Policy Action Node (T M- PAN) representing Farmers.

The Web2.0 and Social Media Learning opportunity Tanzania initiative was facilitated by Giacomo Rambaldi of CTA who through Mr. Juma B. Ngomuo and Mr. Stephano P.Kingazi of TGFA, Morogoro agreed to organize it together welcoming Mr. Amri Yusuph from MAFC and Mr. Deodatus S. kiriba from SARI as main facilitators and trainers.

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Web 2.0 and Social Media Learning Opportunity in Morogoro Tanzania

Harambee Stars up against South Sudan

Kenya’s Harambee Stars dare not underestimate the threat posed by South Sudan if they are to get their first victory of the GOtv Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup at Nyayo National Stadium this afternoon (kick off 4pm).

Harambee StarsStars were nullified by the Walya Antelopes (0-0) last time out and though they will feel they have a better chance of getting their first victory, the Bright Stars will be no pushover going by their showing in their 2-1 loss to Zanzibar in the tournament opener.

Coach Adel Amrouche who was absent from the technical bench in the goalless draw on Wednesday is set to return to the dugout to chaperon the Stars against Cecafa’s newest member.

Amrouche will have noticed how Kenya were blunt upfront with striker Alan Wanga left to feed on scraps.

It is therefore inevitable that Amrouche will ditch the 4-3-3 system used against Ethiopia and revert to the more traditional 4-4-2 total football system with Wanga likely to play upfront alongside pacy KPL Footballer of the Year Jacob Keli.

Skipper Francis Kahata was not his influential self when restricted to the middle of the pitch and so he might be given the licence to roam from the left or right wing and provide the necessary ammunition for Wanga and Keli.

The centre of midfield will see the impressive Peter Opiyo and Teddy Akumu retain their places while the back four will only have one new face with Mulinge Munandi taking the place of injured Musa Mohammed with David Owino, Joakins Atudo and Aboud Omar completing the rearguard in front of Duncan Ochieng.

South Sudan’s carefree approach to their first match should once again do them well as they look to exploit the talents of front man James Moga. The 30-year-old Moga’s danger from set pieces and his ability to hold onto the ball and bring in his teammates is something Kenya cannot allow themselves to overlook. That is if they are to keep another clean sheet and avoid a shock result against the minnows from Juba.

Fabiano Elias Lako who came off the bench to score Bright Stars’ first ever goal in a Cecafa championship will be rewarded with a place in the starting line up. It is at the back though where goalkeeper Juma Gennaro will have to be absolutely alert and avoid making the kind of blunders he made in conceding the opening goal last time out if South Sudan are to get their first ever points in these second appearance in these championships .


Harambee Stars up against South Sudan

Kemboi, Sum get just rewards

Double-Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi and world women’s 800m gold medallist Eunice Sum are Athletics Kenya’s male and female athletes of the year.

Eunice Sum and Ezekiel Kemboi taking a sip of Kalenjin sour milk 'mursik' after winning AK male and female athlete of the year during AK gal night at Sports club in Eldoret

Eunice Sum and Ezekiel Kemboi taking a sip of Kalenjin sour milk ‘mursik’ after winning AK male and female athlete of the year during AK gal night at Sports club in Eldoret

The duo were crowned on Thursday night at a colourful AK Gala Night at an  Eldoret Sports Club.

The ceremony concluded a three-day athletes seminar.

Kemboi was an outstanding performer in the outgoing season picking a  gold medal at the 14th IAAF world championships in Moscow.

His consistency kept Kenya’s grip on the event intact.

The man becoming better known around the world for his post victory jig, did not disappoint as he marched to the podium performing his familiar dance to receive his award.

In his acceptance speech, he expressed delight that his 13-year track career had been recognised.

“All I can say is this is the work of God.I am very happy with the award and I will continue raising Kenya’s flag,”Kemboi promised.

On her part Sum rejuvenated Kenya’s hopes in the women’s 800m race having been dominated by South Africa’s Caster Semenya and Russian Mariya Savinova.

It was Kenya’s redemption moment captured across the world since no one expected her to floor  defending champion Savinova running on home soil.

The Kenyan not only beat her at the worldshow  but continued to dominate the Diamond League and other global competitions.

“It has taken me hard work and dedication to earn this award. I am very grateful. I am looking forward to representing my country in the future,” Sum said.

The world record award went to Wilson Kipsang who set the new marathon record (2.03.23) at the 2013 Berlin race.

Javelin thrower Julius “You-tube man” Yego won the most outstanding performance and field events award while women’s world  marathon winner Edna Kiplagat scooped the women’s marathon award.

The women’s steeplechase award went to the first Kenyan woman to win world championship  gold Milcah Chemos while the middle distance award went to Asbel Kiprop and Eunice Sum.

Taking the sprinters’ awards were Mike Mokamba and Maurine Chelagat. The most promising athlete award went to javelin thrower Alex Kiprotich with Conseslus Kipruto and Lydia Chepkirui taking the most improved athletes awards.

Cherangany MP Wesley Korir won the service to the community award while veteran coach David Letting scooped the long service award. Coaches Sammy Rono and Charles Ng’eno were crowned the senior and junior coaches of the year respectively.

Paul Tanui and Gladys Cherono won the male and female 10,000m award while 5000m award went to Isaiah Kiplagat and Mercy Cherono.

Also awarded were the gold, silver and bronze medal stars at the world, cross country, world youth, Africa championships, Africa youth and veterans.


Kemboi, Sum get just rewards

Kenyans through to Main Cup quarters at Dubai Sevens

Kenya got off to a flying start in the IRB Dubai Sevens, beating Portugal 10-7 and France 14-5, to book their place in the Main Cup quarterfinals.

Sevens head coach Paul Treu

Sevens head coach Paul Treu

The match against Portugal was a scrappy affair. Kenya struggled to find their footing despite winning the kick off. Anxiety by scrum-half Mike Wanjala saw him knock on and gift the possession to a very physical Portugal.

The early initiative by Kenya was cancelled by Portugal who came back forcefully and pinned Kenya in their own half. The Portuguse then camped in Kenya’s 22 but were unable to score before Andrew Amonde knocked on the ball and surrendered possession to Portugal.

Kenya then took the lead when Oscar Ayodi powered his way to the line for an unconverted try and a 5-0 lead. Biko Adema missed the conversion

The Portuguese stretched the Kenyan defence in the second half and it came as no suprise when Aderito Esteves touched down with playmaker Pedro Leal kicking over the conversion for a a 7-5 lead to the Portuguese.

Kenya coach Paul Treu then emptied his bench bringing in Felix Ayange, Leonard Mugaisi and Eden Agero to try and salvage the game . Collins Injera took matters into his own hands picking a pass from Agero to run unchallenged and score at the corner to give Kenya the win.

In the second match against France, Kenya started tentatively trying to probe as they looked for gaps in the French defence. The French kept possession with Julien Candelon and and Vincent Martin looking dangerous with ball.

Kenya then scored against the run of play when Injera saw a gap and sped past the static French defence to score at the centre. Adema converted for 7-0 .

Kenyan physicality dominated the breakdown and wore down the French. On resumption Kenya outmuscled the French at the ruck and from the loose ball Horace Otieno galloped his way to the tryline. Adema added the extras for a healthy 14-0 score. Kenya cwere penalised by the referee for an infringement and from the next move Candelon scored a consolation try for the France.


Kenyans through to Main Cup quarters at Dubai Sevens

Kenyans take on Burundi in ball qualifiers

Kenya men’s volleyball team play Burundi in their final match of the World Championship Zonal ‘H’ second round qualifiers as the curtains come down today in Kigali, Rwanda.

Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF)Kenya have lost two matches against hosts Rwanda and Egypt in the 5-day event.

They held their opponents to a five set thrillers in all the encounters with Egypt and Rwanda and will be going flat out to beat Burundi to make it to the top two positions.

The home side fell to the Pharaohs 2-3 (23-25, 25-20, 25-17, 18-25 and 15-13) and on Thursday failed to impress against Rwanda falling by a similar 2-3 margin with scores of 18-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-22 and 13-15).

The defeat to Rwanda now places Gideon Chenje’s Kenya team in third place with two points from two matches. Egypt so far have seven points from three matches which they have won.

Rwanda are in second position with 5 points from three matches having lost to Egypt.

Rwanda, who are coached by Kenyan export Paul Bitok, have in recent days shown a lot of growth in the game.

The two teams last met in Maputo during the All Africa Games and the home side fell prey to the Rwandese side.

True to Chenje’s words before the team left for Rwanda last Saturday, he acknowledged Rwanda and Egypt as their biggest obstacle and his fears have come to be realised.

Rwanda are tipped to take top position since Egypt have already qualified for the final round by virtue of being ranked among the top 3 countries by the international volleyball federation FIVB.

The top two finishers in the championship will secure a ticket to the final phase of the qualifiers in January.

The final continental men’s contest will involve 16 teams with the top three making it to the 2014 World Championship in Poland.

Rwanda will face neighbours Uganda in the last match of the championship.


Kenyans take on Burundi in ball qualifiers

Mombasa County prepares to spend Sh7 million on Cecafa

Over Sh7 million will be spent next weekend by the County Government of Mombasa as the town hosts the GOtv Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup quarter finals.

Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho

Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho

The Hassan Joho-led government yesterday announced the amount is to cater for the players flights from Nairobi, accommodation and their up-keep in the coastal town for the matches scheduled for December 7 -8.

Speaking during a press conference at the newly refurbished Mombasa County Stadium, County Sports minister Hazel Koitaba and Football Kenya Federation South Coast branch secretary Evans Mwachia said they had teamed up to ensure all goes well for the regional tourney.

“Working in conjunction with the FKF officials we are determined to make this regional event a success as we seek over Sh7 million to have the teams in Mombasa next weekend,” said Koitaba.

Koitaba said they were in talks with Kenya Airways and a number of tourist hotels along to get subsidised rates for the services ahead of the major clash.

Koitaba who appealed to Coast residents to turn up in large numbers in support of the four matches said they were also reaching out to local corporate companies seeking for funds.


Mombasa County prepares to spend Sh7 million on Cecafa

CCK targets 80 per cent nationwide TV coverage

Communications Commission of Kenya plans to grow the use of mobile money services from current 58.9 per cent of the population to 70 per cent by in the next five years.

CCK Director General Francis Wangusi

CCK Director General Francis Wangusi

According to the ICT industry regulator’s new strategic plan for the period 2013 to 2018, CCK also wants to have a TV broadcast coverage of at least 80 per cent of the estimated 40 million population in Kenya from 55 per cent at present.

“We want to reorganise CCK to provide effective regulation that will facilitate accelerated uptake of ICT services by 2018,” said CCK director general Francis Wangusi on Friday when he unveiled the strategy document.

The industry development blueprint aims at providing an enabling business environment within the ICT sector, strengthening institutional capacity; infrastructure and service development and enhancing market development.

The last industry statistics report for quarter four financial year 2012/2013 covering the period April to June 2013 show that mobile money subscriptions stood at 24.8 million from 23.2 million in the previous quarter, maintaining the consecutive rise in use of mobile money over the years.

Growing popularity of mobile money use and e-commerce, CCK said, will be effectively addressed in the new regulation plan as the regulator also thinks of various ways to curb cyber crime without arresting this growth.

In the new plan, the commission also has a target of 20,000 people per post office compared to the current 29,992 so that these outlets are not overwhelmed at peak times.

By 2018, CCK hopes to have facilitated for an internet penetration of 70 per cent of the population up from 41.6 per cent and a mobile telephony penetration of 90 per cent from 75.8 per cent now.

The ICT contribution to GDP is at 2.2 per cent and the regulator hopes to improve this to five per cent over the next five years.

“The plan acknowledges the changing environment and the need to convert from a mere regulator into a facilitator,” said CCK chairman Ngene Gituku.


CCK targets 80 per cent nationwide TV coverage

Kidero to chair team on Westgate revival

A 16-member team has been set up to plan for revival of business and restoration of facilities at the Westgate mall and issue a report within a month.

Nairobi governor Evans Kidero

Nairobi governor Evans Kidero

Cabinet Secretary for Commerce Phyllis Kandie on Friday gazetted names of the committee members who include Nairobi governor Evans Kidero as the chair and Nakumatt boss Atul Shah among others.

“Following the unforeseen event where loss of life and damage to property occurred due to the act of terrorism at the Westgate mall, the Cabinet Secretary…has appointed a committee to advise on the rapid restoration of the Westgate shopping mall, general retail sector resilience and restitution of public confidence,” said the gazette notice by Kandie.

Other members of the committee include Alfred Ng’ang’a the GM for Media Edge public relations, Wahome Muchiri the MD for retailer Deacons which owns Mr.Price stores among others; Kaplich Barsito, Ibrahim Mohamed and Biwott Ng’eny.

Also in the team are Faiyaz Kurji, Sagi Vaknin, Joseph Kosure who has previously worked at Export Processing Zones Kenya, Jane Makori, Levin Mwandi, Monica Thirima, Mary Wahome, Maina Kiroro and David Muigua.

The team’s mandate includes, to advise on immediate action and partnership necessary between government and the Westgate mall stakeholders, identify solution to prevent loss of jobs, identify affected businesses and their recovery needs as well as to engage the insurance industry to negotiate for goodwill payment for those businesses that did not have the terrorism cover.

“In order to discharge its mandate, the committee shall have the power to…coordinate and consult with relevant government institutions, whether involved in the Westgate incident or not, in order to access relevant information which should be given without delay to enable the committee to execute its mandate,” stated the gazette notice in part.

The announcement come days after Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Kiprono Kittony called on the government to set up a safety net fund that would help businesses recover faster in the event of incidents with major impacts on income such as the terror attack and the August 7 fire accident at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Most insurance companies on the other hand have been reluctant to compensate affected businesses and victims of the terror attack because most had no cover against the terrorism risk.

However, some have said they would be willing to consider ex gratia payments made out of good will to their clients but that would depend on how long such clients have been with the insurer and the volume of business they bring in, in terms of premiums.


Kidero to chair team on Westgate revival