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AKOTHEE’S “WILD” NATURE TAMED

AKOTHEE BASHED AT PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS FOR BEING “INAPPROPRIATELY DRESSED” Henry Ole Kulet, a prolific Kenyan author, in his text ‘Blossoms of the Savannah” suggests that ‘women are like cows that need to be dehorned to avoid accidental injuries’. I do not know how true this statement but the Kenyan musician Akothee’s drama nearly proved it. Dressed in a revealing green micro miniskirt, she paraded her goodies before all sundry at a “members only” restaurant located in Parliament. This led to an ensuing confrontation…

Why do Kenyans bash teachers?

I was vexed when I saw the Wednesday daily nation this week screaming headline 'Teachers fail the test on a Grade Three assessment'. I recall wondering aloud whose interest the article served. Does the media know the implication of such headlines on the society especially the learners?

TSC BOSS NANCY MACHARIA ACCUSES PARENTS OF GREED AND IGNORANCE

TSC BOSS NANCY MACHARIA ACCUSES PARENTS OF GREED AND IGNORANCE PARENTS LABELLED BLACKGUARDS IN THE TEEN PREGNANCY SAGA Today marks the fourth day since the historic dispersal of TSC commissioners to 6 regions where carnal knowledge (usually termed CK) seems to be highly volatile. This comes at the backdrop of overwhelming cases of teacher indiscipline. The cases should be solved within three months but this time teachers have taken a notch higher thus leaving the Teachers Service Commission with no option apart from racing…

DIABETES

Did you know that 30 million adults (18 years and above) in the United States suffer from Diabetes? This translates to around 30% of the whole population. The good news is that diabetes is not a life sentence. It can be managed especially with a proper diet and medical care.

SHOCKING FACTS ABOUT ORAL THRUSH

A yeast infection disease which affects the mouth It is caused by the fungus Candida Albicans. This yeast builds up in the mouth forming white or yellow-like bumps on the inner part of the cheeks, tongues and sometimes tonsils.

Are Kenyan Men Running Capsule Wardrobes Without Their Knowledge?

Are Kenyan Men Running Capsule Wardrobes Without Their Knowledge? When I first came across the term capsule wardrobe, I thought it was a means for men to survive for three or more weeks on three attires. Won’t we all love that? To look good every day but with three attires regurgitated over and over? However, as it turned out, it is a means to wear the same styling (and sometimes the same colour and patterns) of clothes over and over.

CANCER

CAUSES, SYMPTOMS, RISK FACTORS AND PREVENTION Cancer refers to uncontrolled or abnormal multiplication of body cells hence changing the normal functioning of body tissues and organs. In most cases, the cancerous growth can spread to other body parts. Cancer is the second leading killer disease in the world. Being diagnosed with cancer does not mean a death sentence. Over time, there has been marked improvement in survival rates for many cancers due to better screening procedures and treatment.

THE PAINS OF A CRIPPLED LEGAL SYSTEM

HOMICIDES; THE KENYAN PERSPECTIVE Kenyans have been enjoying the serenity of their homes no matter how humble. We used to associate homicides with first- world countries and celebrities; given the ultimate accolade and constant spotlights on them. Talk of Michael Jackson- king of pop music, Bruce Lee-the martial arts film star, Diana- the Princess of Wales and Lucky Dube- the South African reggae legend whose murder robbed South Africa of the finest cloth ever cut. However, Kenyan news headlines have recently been flooded…

TEACHERS SERVICE COMMISSION- KENYA

BACKGROUND INFORMATION The Teachers Service Commission is an independent body established in July 1967. The aim is to give teachers one employer offering similar terms and conditions of service that is salaries, leaves and allowances. In the year 2010, TSC was further recognized as a constitutional commission with full mandate under Article 237 (1) of the Constitution of Kenya. TSC FUNCTIONS The Teachers Service Commission plays the following key roles: Vetting and registering trained teachers  Assigning…

ESSENTIAL LIFE SKILLS

This term is used to define basic abilities which enable humans to effectively adjust to demands and challenges of life. They boost self-confidence, nurture critical thinking and promote independence.

LOLIONDO CHRONICLES

LOLIONDO CHRONICLES Taken aback, I straightened up my “Brazilian” hair and removed my fake eyelashes. I could simply not decipher what is wrong with our Kenyans, especially the elite. How could he be so gullible to an extent of trading his five senses coupled with extreme intelligence for the infamous concoction termed as “Kikombe cha Babu?”

MAMA, I AM SORRY: KNUT TELLS TSC

Do not bite a hand that feeds you. This is a common saying that has stood the test of time no matter how mundane it may be. Right now, it can easily apply to the current stalemate surrounding the Teachers Service Commission and the Kenya National Union of Teachers. Several narratives are being spun about dehorning. The mega question is “which cow will be dehorned, TSC or KNUT?” The correct substitution for dehorning should be milking. If you look through my prism, you can easily tell which cow shall be milked dry. To start…

SHOCKING FACTS ABOUT INSOMNIA

Are you suffering from lack of sleep or difficulties in staying asleep? Well, worry no more since we have it all sorted out. Here are a few tips that can help since your challenge could be what medics refer to insomnia. WHAT IS INSOMNIA? This is a sleep disorder in which you either find it extremely difficult to fall asleep or continue sleeping. Thus you may find yourself waking up in the middle of the night or staring blankly at your ceiling all night long. Insomnia is self-diagnosable thus no laboratory tests or…

KENYAN PARENTS AND THE NEW COMPETENCE BASED CURRICULUM

The much-hyped competency-based curriculum (CBC) is here with us. Yes, like it or not. Grade three pupils in Kenya will be taking their assessment examination this October. This is bound to happen against the backdrop of great uncertainty and confusion. This came to the fore when the then Cabinet Secretary for Education Ambassador Dr Amina Mohammed gave a public address on the unpreparedness of the Ministry of Education to roll out this curriculum. However, a few days later, the story took a new twist when the Ministry of…

SIMPLE STEPS TO CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND RESOLUTION

Many a time you have ruffled feathers or better put, rubbed shoulders at home, school or workplaces. Maybe, the raging war is within you as an individual. Do you hence feel like the earth should stop spinning for a moment before you can gather momentum to carry on with life? Things do not have to be this way. There are better ways of ending whatever stalemate you are in. Whatever you are experiencing right now is what is technically referred to as a conflict. CONFLICT- DEFINITION The term conflict can be loosely defined…

DID YOU KNOW YOUTH SUICIDE CAN BE PREVENTED?

We were at the P.N.N. funeral home (Nakuru) to collect the remains of one of our high school comrades who had succumbed to a sudden heart attack. While we were waiting for other mourners at the parlour, there came another family for the same assignment. What else do people do at the morgue? What caught my attention is that they seemed to be deeply wounded by their loss. Most of them could not stand the sight of their loved one’s corpse. They mourned hysterically with deep hue and cry. A few moments later came a frailly…

STRESS: IMPORTANT BUT OVERLOOKED FACTS

Stressed out? Well here are a few facts about stress that can help you out of your quagmire. First, you need to know that the backstops with you. Startled? You need to know that you are your boss. What I mean is that you are in charge of your life. Thus you are the only one who can determine how your body is likely to react to any hardship or demand that it gets subjected to. What is stress? There is no single fixed definition for stress since it encompasses the human body. It can however be loosely defined as your…

TEACHERS ARE ON A HIGHER LEAGUE

I honestly do not know what is wrong with some of our teachers. Did you know that according to the Teachers Service Commission there are over 70 deregistered teachers owing to sexual misconduct and other gross offenses? Whenever I try to make out the motives behind their actions, I am at a loss. Is it the pea-nut pay syndrome or the pea-nut sized brain at work? Where do you even get the guts to approach a 12-year old to request for sexual favors or worse still sexually assault him or her? How do you even reconcile with the…

TOP 7 CRAZY REASONS FOR DIVORCE

Have you ever asked yourself why couples file for divorce cases? So many grounds have been given but these 10 reasons will make you wonder. 1. Inadequate preparation for marriage This is a very interesting reason for divorcing your spouse. So if you did not set your mind that you are upgrading to a higher level of maturity, why go for it? That is why you are endowed with the ability to make decisions. You are not an animal. Therefore you should not jump into a ‘frying pan’ yet you are not ready to be fried. 2.…

WHAT YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT DIVORCE

WHAT YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT DIVORCE Are you on the verge of a divorce or separation? You are not alone. So many people have walked down this very path. According to the data collected from the Government’s Survey of Family Growth, more than 20% of first time marriages end in divorce within the first five years. Besides, 48% of marriages end in divorce or separation after the 20- year threshold.

BIPOLAR DISORDER

BIPOLAR DISORDER Bipolar is a disorder associated with episodes of mood swings. A person with bipolar is likely to experience depressive lows ranging to emotional highs technically referred to as mania or hypomania. When the patient becomes depressed, s/he may feel disillusioned and sad thus losing interest in even pleasurable activities. On the other hand, when the mood shifts to mania or hypomania, s/he feels energized, unusually irritable, or extremely happy (euphoric). These mood swings can interfere with…

BIPOLAR- SYMPTOMS, CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS EXPLAINED

SYMPTOMS OF BIPOLAR A symptom refers to any feeling of illness or physical or mental change that is caused by a particular illness. Symptoms of bipolar disorder can elicit changes in the patient’s mood and behavior. They however differ depending on the type of bipolar that one is suffering from.  The various types of bipolar and their respective symptoms include: Bipolar I disorder In this disorder, the patient has ever experienced at least one manic episode that may be followed by hypomanic or major depressive…

OBESITY

This is a disease that is characterized by an excessive amount of body fat. It can be thus defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that poses health risks to the patient. Obesity thus increases your risk of contracting other diseases and health problems for instance heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers. FACTS ABOUT OBESITY It is treatable even without the doctor’s intervention The patient can diagnose himself or herself Lab tests and imaging are not mandatory during diagnosis…