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September 16, 2017 9:51 AM Of sea girls and my Kiswahili in a truly palatial setting for a new commission

"I have heard the mermaids sing each to each. I do not think they will sing to me.” T. S. Eliot’s lines are what, absurdly, crept into my mind as the taarab lady singer belted out the classical “Uchungu wa mwana (the pain of the child)”. I say absurd because, first, Eliot’s verse is quintessentially English and one can hardly see its link to the recondite

September 12, 2017 8:02 AM Football rumours from the media

A 2-0 home win for West Ham over Huddersfield may have granted manager SLAVEN BILIC a stay of execution, but suggestions from The Sun that the Londoners missed out on a deal for former Chelsea forward ANDRE SCHURRLE on deadline day will not go down well with fans. A loan deal with an obligation to buy the German international for £26million was reportedly 5

September 11, 2017 3:18 PM Nurses snap at CoG: We’ve been sacked 10 times before

By DANNISH ODONGO, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 11 – The Kenya National Union of Nurses striking members resorted to witty placards, dance, songs, selfie sticks and wearing theatre caps and masks to communicate their message on Monday. While protesting the alleged advertisement by the Council of Governors (COG) for new nurses to be hired, the care givers spoke 2

September 11, 2017 12:46 AM Irma Roars in. And an Entire State Shakes and Shudders

MIAMI — Ready or not, Florida found itself face to face with Hurricane Irma’s galloping winds and rains on Sunday, as evacuees and holdouts alike marked uneasy time in homes and shelters from the Keys to the Panhandle, tap-tapping their nearly-dead cellphones for news they were frantic to hear but helpless to change. The hurricane rammed ashore at Cudjoe 11

September 8, 2017 8:38 AM Hurricane Irma: Survivors describe 'total devastation'

As Hurricane Irma continues to cause destruction in the Caribbean, residents and holidaymakers share their stories from the British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic. Emily Killhoury, who lives on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, told the BBC the hurricane was terrifying to experience - and they had been left with "total 2

September 4, 2017 5:26 AM News Daily: South Korea missile drill and interest rates

North Korea missile test: South simulates attack on neighbour The US isn't holding back in its rhetoric, either, with Defence Secretary James Mattis warning of a "massive military response" if Pyongyang attacks its territories. North Korea, which has consistently defied UN sanctions to develop nuclear weapons, said on Sunday that it had tested a hydrogen 1

September 2, 2017 6:09 AM Search continues for Hurricane Harvey survivors as Trump requests $7.85bn aid

The storm, one of the costliest to hit the United States, has displaced more than 1 million people, with 50 feared dead from flooding that paralyzed Houston, swelled river levels to record highs and knocked out the drinking water supply in Beaumont, Texas, a city of 120,000 people. The Trump administration in a letter to Congress asked for a $7.85 billion 2

September 1, 2017 9:37 PM Search goes on for Harvey survivors, new evacuations in Houston

ORANGE, Texas/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Rescuers searched painstakingly through flooded sections of southeastern Texas on Friday for people stranded by Hurricane Harvey’s deluge as Houston’s mayor warned residents of the city’s west their homes may not dry out for weeks. The storm, one of the costliest to hit the United States, has displaced more than 1 million 1

August 31, 2017 9:00 AM Deadline day transfer news: The latest rumours from Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and all the top teams

Arsenal are interested in signing Julian Draxler from Paris Saint-Germain before Thursday's transfer deadline, according to Sport Bild. The Gunners now look set to lose Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City and have eyed Germany international Draxler as his replacement. PSG are open to selling Draxler, having spent €222 million to land Neymar from Barcelona 13

August 31, 2017 3:50 AM 'We're at God's mercy': Texas coast doused with new assault from Harvey's rain and winds

The biggest rainstorm in U.S. mainland history made a second landfall on the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, cutting a devastating path across southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana — even as the sun began to emerge in Houston and some residents returned to their waterlogged homes. A string of coastal Texas cities were engulfed in water as Harvey came ashore