Sunday, 30 August 2015

South African police officer found 'drunk' and asleep in police car.Drive Hot News

The unnamed officer was spotted slumped over the wheel with a cider bottle between his legs and his car's blue lights flashing

South African police officer found 'drunk' and asleep in police car
The picture that has been circulating on social media

police are facing embarrassment after pictures of one of their officers slumped unconscious at the wheel of a police car with a bottle of cider between his legs were circulated on Facebook over the weekend.
The constable, who has not been named, was spotted in an upmarket suburb in the city of Pietermaritzburg by a man taking his son to a school sports event early on Saturday morning.
Ben Heydenrych said he was concerned for the well-being of the officer since the police van’s blue lights were flashing and he was unresponsive.
“The window was open and I could see a head through the window. I reversed and shouted loudly three or four times,” he wrote on Facebook.
“After I didn’t receive a response I climbed out of my vehicle and approached the van. I thought that he could have been dead or even shot himself. When I got close the passenger door was open and I could see a Savannah (cider) bottle that was one-third full, between his legs.”
Mr Heydenrych said he called the police but before they arrived, two other men approached the car. He said the pair shouted at the man and slapped him to try to wake him. He said they eventually roused the officer by pouring the half-empty bottle over his head.
He claimed that a few minutes later, the policeman started the car and drove away.
“You get good policemen and you get bad policemen, but this is just ridiculous,” Mr Heydenrych said. “For someone to be drunk at that part of the morning and be in that condition and parked off like that as a policeman, in a police vehicle, you would have to be partying right through the night. Policemen are supposed to serve and protect.”
Dianne Kohler Barnard, the opposition Democratic Alliance’s shadow police minister, said she had referred the matter to the police watchdog.
“This police officer had a firearm on his hip. Anyone could have reached in and grabbed it,” she said.
A police spokesman said the officer would be disciplined. “Such behaviour is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated as it brings the image of the organisation into disrepute,” he said.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Bolt bids for third gold as Jamaica reaches relay final.Drive Hot News

Jamaica's Nesta Carter (left) and Jamaica's Nickel Ashmeade embrace after finishing the qualifying round of the men's 4x100 metres relay athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the
 Jamaica's Nesta Carter (left) and Jamaica's Nickel Ashmeade embrace after finishing the qualifying round of the men's 4x100 metres relay athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 29, 2015. PHOTO

Usain Bolt will have the chance to go for a golden treble at the world championships in Beijing after his teammates advanced into the finals of the 4x100m relay on Saturday.
A Jamaican quartet comprising Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Rasheed Dwyer and Nickel Ashmeade clocked a season's best of 37.41 seconds — the 10th fastest time ever run — to win their heat ahead of France and China, whose 37.92 was an Asian record.
It means Bolt, who has already beaten American rival Justin Gatlin to the 100 and 200m titles, will have the opportunity to return home with a third world gold from Beijing when he replaces one of his teammates for the final.
The US team, made up of 100m bronze and silver medallists Trayvon Bromell and Gatlin, and fellow finalists Tyson Gay and Michael Rodgers, won their heat comfortably in 37.91sec.
The last outing between Jamaica and the United States came at the World Relay Championships in the Bahamas in early June, the US team running out victors, much to Bolt's visible annoyance.
The Jamaicans, anchored by Bolt, have won all world and Olympic sprint titles since the 2008 Beijing Games, and a win here would further cement his legendary track status.
Gatlin, however, said he had confidence in his teammates. "We are hungry, we want to get out here and show that we can do it," he said.
"We want to get the stick around, we want to do our job."

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Two men sentenced to life in prison or pay Sh100m fine for dealing in wildlife trophies.Drive Hot News

 Two men have been sentenced to life in prison or pay a total of Sh100 million in fines after they were found in possession of ivory valued at Sh1.8 million in Narok County. FILE PHOTO

Two men found in possession of six pieces of ivory weighing 18 kilograms have been sentenced to life in prison or pay a total of Sh100 million in fines.
Tiapukei Kuyoni and Munyao Nzusyo were charged with three counts of retention, possession and dealing with wildlife trophies.
They were found guilty of being in possession of the game trophies valued at Sh1.8 million.
The two were arrested by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers with six pieces of ivory at Oloika along Mosiro-Ntulele road in Narok County on September 1, 2014.
Narok Senior Resident Magistrate Allan Temba also found the two guilty of dealing in wildlife trophies without a license from the KWS.
Mr Kuyoni was found guilty of all the three counts and was ordered to pay Sh60 million or serve a life prison sentence.
Mr Nzusyo was found guilty of the second and third count and was ordered to pay a fine of Sh40 million or serve life in prison.
In the judgment, the court said the strict sentences were in accordance with the 2013 Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, which imposes stiffer penalties for wildlife-related offenses in order to save wildlife.
In the evidence presented to court, KWS rangers, acting on a tip-off from an informer, posed as buyers and went to Ntulele in Narok County where they lured the two suspects.
The two, however, volunteered to sell the tusks to the officers, who arrested them in the process and seized the six pieces of ivory hidden in a gunny bag.
In his judgment, Mr Sitati said prosecutors had proved their cases against the accused beyond any reasonable doubt.
He noted that the fact the accused led the police to the scene where they found the bag containing the game trophies showed they were accomplices in the crime.
According to court testimony, Mr Temba said the duo led the police to Mr Kuyoni's land, where the accused led officers to a spot where they had hidden the illegal cargo as the sleuths pretended to be buyers.
In mitigation, the accused pleaded for leniency, saying they were the sole breadwinners in their families.
The magistrate noted that wildlife needed to be protected and the new Wildlife Act was very clear on the kind of sentence to be meted out to this kind of offences.
He, however, reminded them of their right of appeal in 14 days.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Knut, Kuppet give State five days to raise teachers' pay.Drive Hot News

Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion addresses
Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion addresses journalists after meeting with Teachers Service Commission officials in Upper Hill, Nairobi, on August 26, 2015. The other teachers' union, Kuppet, boycotted the meeting. PHOTO 

Teachers have remained defiant in their fight for higher pay and have given the government five days to implement the raise ordered by the courts.
Officials of their unions, Knut and Kuppet, on Wednesday vowed to call a national strike if the government fails to implement the 50-60 per cent increase by August 31.
Addressing journalists after meeting with Teachers Service Commission officials, Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion said there was nothing else to discuss and told the government to top up teachers' August salaries.
The Court of Appeal had ordered the commission to effect the pay raise from August 1, awaiting determination of its appeal.
The commission's petition at the Supreme Court flopped on Monday.
“Our intention in the meeting was to ensure that the court order is complied with. We are giving TSC five days, and if the money is not in the teachers’ accounts by midnight of August 31, we will down our tools," he said.
The union remained adamant despite pleas from the TSC, which had invited them for talks in a bid to avert a strike.
TSC head of communication Kihumba Kamotho said officials had called the unions to let students start classes on Monday as they engage the government to release the money.
“We called them to ask if they would ask the teachers to return to work on Monday as we engage the necessary authorities to give us funds, there are lives of 10 million children at stake,” said Mr Kamotho.
The unions could hear none of that.
The other teachers' union, the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers, boycotted the meeting, saying the TSC should not be engaging them, but the National Treasury, in talks to release the funds.
“The court ruling was elaborate and self-explanatory. We, therefore, refused to attend the meeting because that was a tactic by TSC to delay the implementation of the award. What we are expecting is a meeting to sign a CBA as directed by the Labour and Employment Court,” Kuppet Secretary-General Akelo Misori told reporters in Nairobi.
Mr Sossion, on the other hand, asked Parliament to direct the Treasury to release the funds.
The 50 to 60 per cent basic salary increase translates to an annual raise of between 12.5 and 15 per cent over four years.
A P1 teacher in Job Group G, the lowest-paid category, is supposed to take home Sh26,707, up from the current Sh16,692.
The best-paid teacher, a chief principal in Job Group R, would earn Sh163,634, up from Sh109,089.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

We found love in our 40s.Drive Hot News

Chris Lyimo and Wandia Njoya on their wedding
 Chris Lyimo and Wandia Njoya on their wedding day on July 30, 2015. They are both 44. By the time they met a year ago, they had long given up on marriage. PHOTO

By the time they met each other a year ago, Chris Lyimo and Wandia Njoya, both 44, had long given up on marriage.
“The beauty about dating in your forties is that there is no time for playing games. We stated clearly from the beginning that we were dating on the premise that we could get married. There didn’t seem to be a valid reason to wait,” says Wandia.
Their unique love story culminated in a unique ceremony that had them both wearing jeans in a wedding aptly themed, “New Beginnings” to celebrate victory over their unhappy pasts, and to celebrate second chances.
“I once told a friend that if I got married, I would do so in jeans, but he laughed me off and said I would have a very difficult time finding a woman who would agree to my idea. When I mentioned it to Wandia in passing one day while on a date, she told me it was a good idea, but of course, I thought she was joking,” says Chris, smiling at the memory.
Says Wandia,
“He did not believe I was actually going to go through with it until we went to the tailor.”
On the wedding day, Chris was the first to walk down the aisle with his mother and teenage son, (from a previous relationship) by his side, which was by itself a unique act that ushered the couple boldly into a future they had previously thought impossible.
Chris, an addictions counsellor, blogger and creative writer, met Wandia Njoya, a lecturer, at a writing workshop at Daystar University, where she also teaches. A couple of weeks after the workshop, the two bumped into each other on a bus, on their way home after church.
“When the person seated next to her alighted, I quickly got up from my seat and sat next to her. We talked about everything under the sun during that short journey,” says Chris.
He had not really thought of Wandia as a potential mate, since he had long resigned himself to the idea of being single for life. A recovering alcoholic, his life was solely dedicated to helping people who were fighting the demons that had once tormented him.
Chris candidly talks about his experience in his book, My Side of the Street: One Man’s Journey from Alcoholism to Sobriety. He bares his soul about the immense pain of domestic violence, addiction, depression and growing up in a dysfunctional family.
At the time, his narrative about himself was that he was not man enough, not just because he did not complete university, but because his name was associated with the term ‘alcoholic’ .
“I belittled myself. I told myself that I was a failure because I did not have impressive papers, because I am a recovering alcoholic, and because I do not live with my son, like other fathers do with their children.”
Chris shares custody of his son with his mother.
There was also pressure from extended family and friends to marry, even though he had not found the person to settle down with. This changed when he met Wandia though. The more he interacted with her, the more what he thought about himself changed.
People often told her that she was too bold, too outspoken and too educated, (she has a PhD in French and African Literature) to have or keep a man, and she believed them.
“A past relationship crumbled just as I was beginning my Master’s degree. Some people who knew me automatically assumed that my going back to school was the reason my relationship ended, even though that was not the case; it was one of those really bad relationships that simply had to end,” she explains.
After graduating with a Master’s degree, she went to teach at Daystar University, where the then Deputy Vice Chancellor encouraged her to go back to school and study for a PhD.
For a fleeting moment, she wondered how this would affect her marriageability, but with the DVC’s encouragement, she applied to a university abroad and was accepted.
“As much as I wanted to further my studies, I also believed that my fate was now sealed. I thought to myself: Which man would want to marry me now?”
“The pressure to get married was mostly from myself though, because my family never questioned why I was single.”
When she turned 39, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, something that took a toll on her self-esteem even more, and convinced her that no man would want her.
“I had a couple of surgeries which left my body scarred. Again, I wondered what man would accept a scarred woman. When I went to hospital for my first biopsy, I saw a poster that linked breast cancer with childlessness, which really hurt and made me feel as if I was condemned,” she explains.
Much later, it is Chris who would point out to her that her scars are evidence of victory over a terminal illness.
Her self-esteem had taken such a beating over the years, that when Wandia graduated with a PhD, she would shy away from being introduced, or introducing herself by her title, Doctor, and would instead introduce herself as a “teacher”.
It was not until she listened to a sermon in church that she fully embraced herself, and her “womanliness.”
“In summary, the preacher said that we are women because God made us women, and that just because we don’t have husbands and children does not make us less of women.”
From then on, she put all her effort into her job, and resolved to become a happy single woman. Until that fateful bus ride with Chris.
Wandia called Chris one day, weeks after that bus ride, to ask him for a copy of his book. Her book club had decided to read an autobiography, and she wanted to suggest his.
Chris sent her his book, and waited with bated breath for her reaction, afraid of how she would handle the knowledge about his past, since his book was a tell-all.
 “I had been judged and rejected before, and the feeling is harsh. To my relief, I did not get any of this from Wandia, instead, she simply informed me that she was going to do a book review.”
In it, she explored the subtle factors that people often take for granted in alcoholism; depression and masculinity, something Chris had never considered before.
Chris was stunned and touched by her insight into his life. A friendship quickly blossomed after this, one nurtured by exchange of numerous WhatsApp messages and going on a few plays and coffee dates.
Neither of them, however, officially declared interest in each other. Not until Chris attended a workshop, (on Wandia’s invitation) titled “The Soul of Sex,” where the speaker explained that the original meaning of “erotic” and “intimacy” was more than just sex, rather, about passion and zest for life.
“On my way home after that workshop, I realised that the wonderful time I was having with Wandia could be described as erotic, even though there was no sex or hint of it in our relationship. It suddenly hit me that this was the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.”
He called her the next day and asked, “Would you be my girlfriend with the possibility of courtship leading to marriage?”
Wandia said yes. Three times in fact.
One month into their courtship, Wandia asked Chris to meet her father.
“Because of his troubled past, I wanted my father to meet and get to know Chris before he heard about him from anyone else. I had thought the meeting would be brief, but they ended up spending over seven hours together,” she says.
 “As we parted later that day, Wandia’s father told me that he saw that I was mature. Later, when her family met mine, her father told everyone present that he had interviewed me, and that I had passed the interview,” Chris laughs.
The recurring question Chris’s family had for Wandia was whether she knew about his troubled past.
“I suppose they were surprised that she would love someone with a past like mine. But they were not alone…I couldn’t believe it myself. Perhaps that is why I broke down in tears just before the wedding ceremony. I could not believe how blessed I was to experience forgiveness, freedom, a new beginning and the love of such an incredible woman.”
Wandia felt lucky too.
“I had hoped to meet a man that would see past my scars and my PhD. Chris did. When he looked at me, he saw a woman.”
Wandia and Chris deliberately talk about their varying academic backgrounds and income, since they do not want it to be a barrier in their marriage.
 “Wandia is more educated that I am, and earns more than I do – in our society, this is a huge challenge in some marriages. It is something we acknowledged during courtship, and found a way to deal with.”
To begin with, they decided that Chris’s income would go to their savings, while they would use Wandia’s income for their day-to-day expenses.
Wandia explains,
“We know that the world narrowly defines manhood by the property a man has, his education and financial status, but provision is not always financial, and going to school does not necessarily mean that you’re intelligent.
We talk through these things over and over again because we know people will keep throwing them back at us, so we need to make a concerted effort to face such scenarios boldly.”
They have been married for just a few weeks, but this challenge has reared its head a couple of times.
“I have been in situations where I’ve been introduced simply as “Dr Wandia’s husband” and I am okay with that,” says Chris, adding that although his wife sometimes shies away from her title, he keeps reassuring her that he is proud of her accomplishments, and that she should wear them proudly.
“Her intellect was one of the characteristics that attracted me to her, besides, she was already Dr Wandia when I met her, and when we started dating, I found that her knowledge was of great benefit to our relationship.”
The happy couple is in the process of setting up an initiative that will help people to let go of their pasts and embrace the second chance that life offers. Their marriage, they believe, is their second chance, their new beginning.
As for getting children, they will “let God’s will to prevail.”

Nicholas Bett wins Kenya first ever 400m hurdles gold at Worlds.Drive Hot News

Kenya's Nicholas Bett celebrates winning the final of the men's 400 metres hurdles athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the
 Kenya's Nicholas Bett celebrates winning the final of the men's 400 metres hurdles athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 25, 2015.

Africa bronze medallist Nicholas Bett became the first Kenyan to win a World title in sprints when he stunned a rich field to win the men's 400m hurdles at Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing, China, on Tuesday.
Bett scaled the hurdles from the outer lane in 47.79 seconds to not only bag the historic gold but also break the national record that stood at 48.24, set by Eric Keter. Another Kenyan, Boniface Mucheru, finished fifth in 48.33.
Kenya's Nicholas Bett cannot believe it after winning the men's 400 metres hurdles athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the
Kenya's Nicholas Bett cannot believe it after winning the men's 400 metres hurdles athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 25, 2015
Kenya's Nicholas Bett savours victory after winning the final of the men's 400 metres hurdles athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the
Kenya's Nicholas Bett savours victory after winning the final of the men's 400 metres hurdles athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 25, 2015. 
Kenya's Nicholas Bett celebrates winning the final of the men's 400 metres hurdles athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the
Kenya's Nicholas Bett celebrates winning the final of the men's 400 metres hurdles athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 25, 2015. PHOTO | OLIVIER MORIN | AFP
Bett ran the sixth fastest time in the world when he won the World Championships trials in 48.29 on August 1 in Nairobi. After missing part of the 2012 season, Bett came back to finish second during the trials for the Moscow Worlds in 49.70 that placed him in the top 50 vanguard that year even though he didn’t make it to Moscow.
He was selected for the Commonwealth Games and the Africa Championships in 2014 but managed bronze at the continental event in 49.03 in 400m hurdles and 4x400m relays, where he teamed up with Mark Mutai, Solomon Buoga and Mucheru.
Bett began to compete on the international track and field circuit in 2015 and had wins at the Savo Games and Lappeenranta Games in Finland.
Kenya’s hopes for a medal in the women’s 400m and the men’s 200m went up in smoke on Tuesday when its athletes failed to qualify to the next stage.
National champion Joyce Sakari missed at the starts of her heat one semi-final after she fell sick as Maureen Jelagat finished seventh in the third heat.

Quebec plane crash: Four Britons killed - UK Foreign Office.Drive Hot News

The wreckage of a de Havilland Beaver seaplane which crashed in Quebec

Four Britons were among six people killed when a seaplane crashed during a sightseeing trip in Canada, the Foreign Office has said.
Five passengers and a pilot died when the Beaver aircraft they were in came down in woodland in the Les Bergeronnes area, Quebec province, on Sunday.
The identities of the British victims have not been released.
The FCO described the crash as a "tragic incident" and said it was in contact with the Canadian authorities.

'Remote' area

Reports quoted police as saying that all six who had been aboard the Air Saguenay plane had been found. Their bodies are said to have been handed over to the coroner's office.
The seaplane had taken off from Tadoussac, on the north shore of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, located about 270km (167 miles) north east of Quebec City, on Sunday evening (local time).
An Air Saguenay official said the flight was supposed to last 20 minutes and flying conditions at the time were "excellent".nvestigators have been hindered by bad weather and the inaccessible terrain.
Ryan Hicks, a reporter with CBC, said the area where the plane went down was "very remote". Authorities had to parachute into the site, he added.
Jean-Marc Ledoux, from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said it would be some time before the cause of the crash was known.
"We're taking the time to conduct a thorough investigation, and because it was a smaller plane there was no flight data record, which will obviously make matters more difficult," he said.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Syria conflict: Marketplace air strikes 'kill 80'.Drive Hot News

A man injured in Sunday's strike arrives at a makeshift hospital in Douma
Some of those injured in the strikes had to be treated in makeshift hospitals

Syrian activists say at least 80 people have died in government air strikes on a marketplace in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus.
Around 200 people were reportedly injured in the attack.
Government forces have been regularly attacking Douma and its surrounding areas in recent months with air strikes and helicopter barrel bombs.
Hundreds of civilians have been killed alongside opposition fighters.
Images of the aftermath of Sunday's strikes show dead bodies lined up on the floor, including some of children.
Unverified footage uploaded by activists showed a marketplace destroyed, with surrounding buildings in ruins and vehicles on fire.
The Local Co-ordination Committees, a network of anti-government activists, said that rescue workers were digging through the rubble in search of survivors.
A Douma-based activist told the Associated Press news agency that the situation was "catastrophic", adding that clinics in the area were full and many of the wounded were being rushed in civilian cars to other medical facilities since ambulances were overwhelmed.
Footage uploaded by activists of the aftermath of the strikes
Images purporting to show the damage to the marketplace were uploaded to YouTube
The government strikes are aimed at stopping rebel groups, including the Islamist rebel group Jaysh al-Islam, from firing rockets from Douma into Damascus, which is only about 7 miles (11 km) away.
An air strike on Wednesday reported killed at least 37 civilians in Douma, including four children.
The latest reported strikes coincide with the first visit to the country by the UN humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien since he took up the post in May.
United Nations figures show that over 220,000 people have been killed and more than nine million displaced in Syrian civil war since it began four years ago.
The conflict began with a wave of peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011, but by the end of that year had descended into armed confrontation between the government and armed opposition groups.
The war has seen the emergence of numerous heavily armed jihadist groups within Syria, including Jaysh al-Islam, Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda offshoot al-Nusra Front.
Recently some of the anti-Assad forces have begun to fight each other, with IS in particular being opposed by other Islamist factions and by fighters from the Kurdish minority along the country's borders with Turkey and Iraq.

Friday, 14 August 2015

How ivory haul was sneaked out at JNIA.Drive Hot News

The United Nations earlier this month voted to
The United Nations earlier this month voted to work harder to combat the poaching of endangered species, and expressed concern over what it called a steady rise in the level of rhino poaching and alarmingly high levels of killings of elephants in Africa.There are now an estimated 470,000 African elephants living in the wild, compared to 550,000 in 2006, said the NGO Elephants Without Borders. China meanwhile accounts for 70 percent of world demand for ivory, NGOs say. They say Chinese hunger for ivory is responsible for the death of 30,000 African elephants each year

Dar es Salaam. It took only 10 minutes – between 7.30pm and 7.40pm – on July 5 for three Chinese nationals to cart through Julius Nyerere International Airport eight travel bags concealing ivory worth over Sh826 million, The Citizen can exclusively reveal today.
The ivory weighing 262 kilogrammes was netted at Zurich Airport the following day, though. The consignment had left Dar es Salaam aboard a Swiss Air flight. Video footage captured by CCTV cameras show how the Chinese nationals, in collusion with two army corporals assigned to Tanzania Airports Authority to oversee security inspection at the airport, evaded detection and boarded a plane headed for Zurich in Switzerland with the ivory haul.
In what would amount to a serious breach of security at the country’s largest airport, the two Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) soldiers on duty looked the other way as the foreigners smuggled the ivory past the state-of-the-art detectors.
One of the corporals, who was in-charge of the screening desk on that Sunday night, appeared restless and frantically made phone calls shortly before the Chinese arrived at the airport, CCTV footage shows. Investigators are piecing together information in an attempt to find out who helped stage the crime.
The Citizen has learnt that the officer in charge of the screening facility was not on duty on that day but arrived a few minutes before the men arrived with their cargo. He left immediately after they boarded their flight.
The TPDF official, who is being watched closely at the Ngome TPDF headquarters, was apparently in charge of drawing up the duty roster for security personnel guarding the screening machines. His colleague, who has since gone underground, was also at the scanning point.
The CCTV footage shows the Chinese nationals placing the bags on the detectors. One of the TPDF soldiers lets the bags through. The suitcases, registered in the names of three Chinese citizens, were intercepted at Zurich Airport during a routine inspection of tourists arriving from Dar es Salaam.
Surprisingly, according to sources privy to JNIA operations, sniffer dogs used to detect contraband cargo on international flights were not at the airport on that particular night. Officials from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism were also not at their duty stations at the airport as the hidden ivory was carted away.
The absence of the sniffer dogs undermines a recent joint exercise by the Tanzania’s Wildlife Division and the WWF to train special dogs to detect ivory hidden in vehicles, buildings and luggage. The dogs graduated recently and are trained to disrupt the flow of illegal ivory smuggled to markets abroad.
The ivory scandal appears to follow a template from the July 2013 case when Tanzanian socialite Agnes Gerald alias Masogange was arrested with 120 kilogrammes of drugs in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The two soldiers and a security manager at the airport are among those being investigated. The manager, who had been held in a cell since Monday, was released on Wednesday.
The government launched an investigation over a week ago to establish how the 262 kilogrammes of ivory worth $413,000 (Sh826 million) were smuggled out. The case gives credence to reports that Tanzania is at the centre of elephant poaching and is also a transit point for contraband trophy.
A recent survey ordered by the government revealed that the elephant population in the country has plummeted as much as 40 per cent in less than five years. The mapping also revealed that 10 per cent of the animals could not be accounted for.
The government, development partners and tourist operators in the national parks and game reserves have taken several measures, including more surveillance and patrols using the latest technology, in an effort to fight poachers and reverse the deadly trend. The government now has more aerial and ground power to protect the animals but human collusion, such as the case at JNIA, may defeat the project.    
There are now an estimated 470,000 African elephants living in the wild, compared to 550,000 in 2006, said Elephants Without Borders. China reportedly accounts for 70 percent of the demand for ivory worldwide. According to some non-governmental organisations, the Chinese “hunger” for ivory is responsible for the death of about 30,000 African elephants each year.
Last year, President Jakaya Kikwete said he was not happy with the security at key airports in the country.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

She Cranes Fail To Go Past Malawi.Drive Hot News

She Cranes have lost yet another game following a 59-53 blow against the Malawi Queens in Pool E of the Netball World Cup going on in Sydney.

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Malawi dominated the first three sets by 19-10, 16-12, and a narrow 15-14 To put the She Cranes side in a 13 goals deficit at halftime
By the end of the third quarter, Malawi had extended the gap to 50-36, a 14 goal’s rift with Malawi Goal Shooter, Mwayi Kumwenda inflicting most of the damage.
Head Coach Rashid Mubiru for the first time had called for two changes in the starting line up from the side that featured in the opening three games but later on made new quick changes to cool the tempers of a then flying Malawi side..
Harriet Apako with Alice Nanteza who had initially started in center and in then goal keeping role respectively ahead of the usual suspects, Halima Nakacwa and Florence Nanyonga were called off and replaced by the re known starting pair.
With the introduction of Nakacwa and Nanyonga on court, Ruth Meme who started as the Wing Attack was shifted to center.
Though the Cranes skipper Peace Proscovia had upped the team’s game on the last lap with a 100% scoring accuracy in all the 16 attempts, it did little to catch up.
Meanwhile goal attacker Rachael Nanyonga complemented one more with two assists to give the Ugandans 17-9 lead but the efforts were generally short to cover the damage. .
Malawi’s sharp shooter Mwayi Kumwenda scored 48 goals in 53 attempts.
Uganda’s skipper, Peace Proscovia returned 38 goals from 39 attempts.
Rachael Nanyonga netted 15 goals off 18 attempts at the ring.
Her counterpart from Malawi, Sindi Simtowe scored 11 goals from 13 attempts.
The She Cranes face Jamaica in the next qualification game on Thursday.

Uganda will face Jamaica on Thursday 13th at the Allphones arena before playing New Zealand on Friday in the last group E last encounter game.

Revealed: Scandal of parents who abandon their children.Drive Hot News

Vivian (left) and her siblings on a lost
Vivian (left) and her siblings on a lost children's parade at the Milimani High Court in Nairobi on March 18, 2015. PHOTO

At 13, most of her age-mates are sitting for the Standard Eight national exams but for Vivian Wambui, this is an impossible dream.
Her days are unpredictable as she goes about taking care of her three siblings in Nairobi Children's Home in Kabete.
Lack of parental love is the least of her worries among the many daily challenges Vivian and her siblings face.
And perhaps because she lacks exposure to the opportunities that education brings, her only dream is to become a salonist to fend for her brother Joseph Mwangi, eight, and Boniface Muchiri, six, as well as their two-year-old last-born Leah Valencia.
Vivian, as the eldest child, knows only that their parents have been gone for a long time but she cannot recall the exact date.
However, she vividly recalls the events just before their parents left them to their own devices.
She had just turned nine.
Their tribulations, she says, started after their father and two brothers abandoned them in Kayole, Nairobi.
Vivian says her father was unhappy with the way their mother, Caroline Mwende, treated her — beating her up for every small mistake.
She recounted her ordeal in the hands of her brutal mother while pointing to a head scar she claims remained after a wound she sustained in one of those caning incidents healed.
Weeks after their father left them, Vivian says they started living with a man called Alex, their first step-father.
Their baby sister, Leah, was born before they moved with their mother to Rongai and lived with a Mr John Okoth for what Vivian describes as "a long time".
From her account, they lost parental love and care on a Thursday, about four years ago.
Their mother was the first to leave home, then their second step-father, Mr Okoth.
“I cannot tell when mother left. Our second step-father stayed with us for a week after mother left. He told us she had gone to Maasailand and he was going to get her back home. We waited for them but they never returned,” she says.
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New Life Children's Home Nurse Anzela Makokha (left) holds a newborn baby boy who had been dumped in a pit latrine in Nyalenda slums, Kisumu, on July 4, 2012. The baby was discovered by Ms Grace Anyango Ochieng (right), who heard him cry when she went outside in the morning. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Vivian adds that police arrested Mr Okoth within the estate for abandoning them, but he was released after denying having any blood relations with the four children.
“On the day it became official that our parents had left us, another woman took us in for a night from a police station where our landlady had taken us. We were told that courts do not operate the following day and we could not be left there. We went back the following day and then we were brought here, not this year, long time ago,” she says.
The teenager considers life in the rescue centre much better than their home as she recalls an incident in which Leah, the last-born, was burnt while begging for chips.
“One evening I asked our step-dad for money for food and he gave me. When I went to look for something to eat, I found Leah had been burnt with oil while begging for fries. The woman selling them told her to keep off since she had bigger problems to deal with,” she recalls.
After the attack, Vivian recalls, her mother was contacted by phone. She told their neighbours that she was herding cattle in Maasailand, and that they should not disturb her, the girl recalls
The woman had, however, promised to come and see them the following day and until today, that tomorrow has never come.
Neither Vivian nor her brothers go to school despite being old enough to start school.
“I was going to school but when mother started having kids I stopped because I was the one who used to babysit them. I would have been in Class Seven now but when I was about to join Class One, mother disappeared. I have never gone back to school. Joseph went to Baby Class in Rongai for a while,” she says.
She keeps quiet when asked about her future dream.
Vivian and her siblings are among a ballooning number of "lost" children who are paraded at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi once every two months in the hope of being identified and reunited with their families.
On one such day, April 12 , only two children out of the 46 from the rescue centre and four others fresh from police stations were picked up by their relatives.
Ms Emily Msegeti, a children’s welfare officer, says there has been a sharp rise in the number of abandoned children aged between two and eight, as well as those with special needs.
She says most of the minors taken to rescue centres as lost and found had been deliberately abandoned by their parents, some of whom later want them back after they have been raised and educated by others.
Lost children being cared for by the Children's
Lost children being cared for by the Children's Department are paraded at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi on February 18, 2015. Some parents abandon their children deliberately, it has emerged. FILE PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP
“It is sad that some of these children you see here were just left by their parents who are fully aware that they are here. They wait until they are grown-ups and then they come to reclaim them. When we get them, we can’t tell who got lost and who was abandoned,” she says.
Ms Msegeti recalls a 1990s case in which a woman came for a son she had abandoned at a tender age.
The boy, she says, was in Form Three and he completely refused to be reunited with the woman who claimed to be his mother even after a fruitless two years of persuasion.
Ms Jane Munuhe, another children's welfare officer, says the centre admits about 300 minors every year and about 180 are reunited while the rest are settled in registered children's homes. 
Family feuds and poverty are some of the main factors fuelling child abandonment in Kenya, according to the officials.
Although the Children’s Act, which safeguards the right of every child, took effect on March 1, 2002, legal representation of the minors in court cases is rare.
Only a handful of lawyers are willing to fight for the rights of children without pay.
Most cases are taken up by non-governmental organisations that often drop out midway through the process.
Sometimes, the Law Society of Kenya takes up such matters.
“There is no state-paid legal aid system in Kenya as well as clear provisions on how this can be funded. Usually, courts assign pro bono lawyers to take up cases involving children. It is extremely hard for children who are victims,” Ms Msegeti says.
The Judiciary is alarmed by the increasing number of parents abandoning their children to the harsh and cruel realities of life.
Chief Registrar Anne Amadi says the Judiciary intends to increase the number of judges handling children-related matters.

Uhuru Kenyatta dismisses Raila Odinga over Uganda sugar deal.Drive Hot News

President Kenyatta speaks at the Eastern Africa
President Kenyatta speaks at the Eastern Africa Region Pan African Congress at Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi on August 12, 2015. PHOTO

President Kenyatta has dismissed Cord leader Raila Odinga's criticism of a sugar importation deal signed between Kenya and Uganda.
Mr Kenyatta on Wednesday said it is improper for Mr Odinga to claim that the trade pact would flood the Kenyan market with cheap sugar.
He told Mr Odinga, who attended Eastern Africa Region Pan African Congress at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, that he was taking the country back.
"I say that with due respect and humility to my elder brother. We cant criticise one another for the sake of criticising each other," he said.
Mr Kenyatta said it was better to import sugar from Uganda than Brazil and other countries.
He said Kenyan farmers also stand to benefit as Kenya would export beef besides other products to Uganda.
But Mr Odinga, who addressed the forum after Mr Kenyatta had left, maintained cane farmers would suffer losses.
He said there were no mechanisms in place to ensure the provision is not abused to dump cheap sugar imports from other countries.
"I'm not opposed to intra-Africa trade. I will not be against Kenya trading with Uganda. All we want is protection for Kenyan cane farmers," he said.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Dancer Jonathan Ollivier dies in motorbike crash.Drive Hot News

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Jonathan Ollivier was aged 38 when he died

Choreographer Matthew Bourne has paid tribute to dancer Jonathan Ollivier who has died in a motorbike accident.
The 38-year-old died on Sunday hours before he was due to perform in the final show of Bourne's production of The Car Man at Sadler's Wells Theatre.
Bourne called the ballet dancer "one of the most charismatic and powerful dancers of his generation".
A driver arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has now been bailed.
Ollivier worked on a number of roles with Bourne's company New Adventures, including The Swan in Swan Lake and Speight in Play Without Words.
His family announced his death. His sister Rachel Ollivier wrote on Facebook that "it is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you that Jon tragically died today".
She described him as her "beautiful little bro" and said "we love him and will miss him massively xx".
Ollivier was riding in Clerkenwell in central London when the accident happened, police said.
He was involved in a collision with a black Mercedes shortly after 11:00 BST on Sunday. Paramedics and an air ambulance tried to save his life, but he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before noon.
A driver arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has now been bailed until February 2016.
Sunday's performance of The Car Man was cancelled.
Jonathan Ollivier
Jonathan Ollivier played Luca in Matthew Bourne's The Car Man
Bourne said: "Yesterday's events have ripped at the heart of the New Adventures family.
"We join together to send our heartfelt condolences to all of Jonny's family and friends. In our grieving for this irreplaceable artist we take some comfort in the legacy of memories that he has left behind."
He described the dancer as "an intensely masculine presence tempered with tenderness and vulnerability".
"A man of great warmth and charm, Jonny was a true gent, loved and respected by his colleagues and adored by audiences who were mesmerised by his memorable performances on stage as well as his friendly and genuine personality at the Stage Door," he added.
"He was also an inspiration and role model to several generations of young dancers who strived to emulate his enviable technique and majestic stage presence."
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Jonathan Ollivier as The Swan in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
The Car Man is a production set in 1960s America and loosely based on Georges Bizet's opera Carmen.
His lead performance had been praised by critics, with The Telegraph's Rachel Ward writing that he brought "brooding power and danger of a matador" to the role.
Ollivier also spent eight years at Northern Ballet Theatre (now called Northern Ballet) from 1999 to 2007.
David Nixon, the artistic director of Northern Ballet, paid tribute to Ollivier and spoke of the shock of learning of his "tragic death".
"Jon's untimely death is a loss to the world of dance and unbelievably tragic for his family. Jon's legacy will live on through the memories of his performances and through the roles which he created. He will be very much missed. Our thoughts are very much with his family."
Nixon said when he arrived at the company he was "inspired by the engaging charisma, strength and natural acting instincts of Jon".
"He soon became an integral part of my work and was involved in most of my creations. Most memorable will always be his incredibly powerful and unforgettable Heathcliff opposite Charlotte Talbot's Cathy. It was an inspired and privileged moment for me as a choreographer," he said.