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November 2, 2017 8:35 AM NHIF members will no longer choose outpatient hospitals

Kenyans can now get out-patient treatment in any facility from all designated health facilities provided by the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) countrywide. NHIF members were previously required to select hospitals that they can easily access for outpatient services. According to the national insurer, the changes allow for portability of services 50

November 1, 2017 5:29 PM Eritrea opposition: Security forces kill 28 protesters

Groups raise alarm as security forces open fire on protesting students after government crackdown on Islamic school. Security forces killed at least 28 people in rare protests in the Eritrean capital, an opposition group has claimed, raising concerns from human rights groups and activists. The violence witnessed in demonstrations in Asmara on Tuesday 25

November 1, 2017 2:00 PM Gunfire as rare protests hit streets of Eritrea's capital

Addis Ababa - The United States embassy in Asmara has issued a warning about protests and gunfire in the Eritrean capital, though details of the rare bout of unrest remain unclear. Eritrea is one of the world's most repressive countries and demonstrations are uncommon, but the embassy had on Tuesday issued a statement about "gunfire at several locations 24

November 1, 2017 9:45 AM Latest update on Lake Nakuru chopper crash search mission

The search and recovery operation into the Lake Nakuru chopper crash which occurred on Thursday, October 21 is still ongoing, about two weeks since the incident occurred. No other bodies have been recovered since those of Captain Apollo Malowa and Anthony Kipyego were recovered on October 23. The National Disaster Operation Center (NDOC), in a statement 29

November 1, 2017 8:24 AM TALES OF COURAGE: Meet the man with a jumbo life mission

If Jim Justus Nyamu’s shoes could talk, they would tell tales from the thousands of kilometres they have traversed all in a bid to save the jumbo. From Marsabit to Voi to Mombasa and now eyeing the United Kingdom, they have seen it all. A trained research scientist, his love for elephants began when his uncle brought home a wildlife magazine when he was just 14. He was fascinated 6

November 1, 2017 7:18 AM Cheaper fares for Nairobi City residents as Madaraka Express begins inter-county train service

Inter-County train service begins today (November 1), and will see Madaraka Express make stops at seven county stations between Nairobi and Mombasa. NAIROBI, KENYA: Nairobi City residents travelling to neighbouring counties are set to enjoy cheaper fares after the launch of the inter-county train service today (Wednesday). On Monday, the Kenya Railway 3

November 1, 2017 5:44 AM Search mission at Lake Nakuru remains a mystery

A mission to recover bodies and debris of the helicopter that crashed in Lake Nakuru is yet to yield any fruit despite the involvement of experts. Sonar machines from the Kenya Navy and a magnetometer from the Ministry of Mining have not been able to locate the wreckage. Six geologists from the ministry, working closely with divers, have not been able to recover 4

October 31, 2017 9:05 PM Results for this year’s KCPE could be announced this month

The results for this year’ Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination could be announced this month, the Kenya National Examinations Council has said. George Magoha, the chairman of the council, said Knec had procured 20 machines at a cost of Sh100 million to enhance marking of scripts. According to Prof Magoha, acquisition of the automated Optical 10

October 31, 2017 5:24 PM GITAU: In defence of a misunderstood profession

“It has wasted valuable time engaging in public relations exercises intended to create the illusion of motion without any movement.” By so doing, Mr Odinga joined a host of politicians, particularly, from the opposition, who have consistently accused the government of engaging in “meaningless public relations exercises”. Unfortunately, politicians are not alone 9

October 31, 2017 9:05 AM Ladies of the night also feel pinch of economic dip

NAIROBI, KENYA: Economists, the high priests of social sciences, are known for using big terms to explain simple things. A good example is gross domestic product (GDP) which in simple terms is the monetary value of all goods and services produced in a given country in a given year. If this value goes up the following year or quarter, we say the economy 18