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BY DR SALIM HASSANALI As the world marked tuberculosis (TB) day with the theme ‘Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world’, which seeks to mobilize partners across all sectors from private to public including the government, non-governmental organizations, community leaders, people affected with TB, civil society advocates, doctors and nurses and how each of us can contribute in their own work to end tuberculosis, it is important to address the adverse form of the disease; extra-pulmonary tuberculosis which is prevalent especially in our immunocompromised patients from various causes. The mention of tuberculosis conjures up images of a wasted person with a…

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BY Janek Sunga The challenge for non-Western countries has always been modernising without westernising. According to Danai Gurira, the Zimbabwean-American actress, the movie Black Panther answers the question that Africans have always wondered: “Who would we have been if we weren’t colonised?” I would like to think she means the heights of scientific advancement that Africa would have reached. Lupita Nyong’o is in the latest instalment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but you should also definitely watch it because of the scientific issues it raises. Science is a universal language. The laws of physics are built on a mathematical foundation,…

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BY Kibe Mungai High Court Judge Joseph Louis Omondi Onguto, who died on February 28, 2018, was an accomplished legal practitioner, budding scholar, first-rate jurist and one of the most promising of the recently appointed judges. His death was both sudden and surprising because he was only 53 years old; he died after a training session at Parklands Sports Club Nairobi in circumstances that belied his long-term dedication to wellness of body and that of the mind. By all yardsticks, Justice Onguto, who was appointed as a judge in July, 2014, leaves a rich legacy of diverse, sound, incisive and…

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It’s not every day that you hear about cutting-edge global discoveries led by African scientists, especially female scientists. And yet, the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) female Fellows are breaking barriers in non-invasive measures of health, nanotechnology for cancer and Alzheimer’s treatment, treating and preventing malnutrition, type 2 Diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, next generation health systems and technology policies, plant defense in forest species, upcycling waste, and explaining Einstein’s fudge factor, to name only a few areas. “What is clear is that in most cases the world does not know or value the contributions to female scientists to science or…

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Pan African cyber security consultancy firm Serianu has opened the doors of the first of its kind state-of-the -art Cyber Immersion Center. The training center targets cyber security professionals in Africa to hone their skills and ramp up their cyber-attack preparedness. Located in Nairobi, Serianu’s Cyber Immersion Center is grounded in the metropolis that is fast emerging as Sub-Sahara Africa’s technology hub where for the first time in the region’s technological history, cyber security professionals now have an opportunity to stay a step ahead of the curve in an ever-evolving global cyber security landscape. Serianu Chief Executive Officer William Makatiani said…

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BY ULF TILLANDER Digital is everywhere in retail today. The threat from more agile internet-based companies continues to drive traditional players to try innovative new approaches. Over the next year we will see innovative in-store education centers, more “endless aisles” concepts and blockchain for sustainability at the top of the retailers´ agendas. These are the 2018 trends to watch Global Industry Director for Retail and Wholesale at IFS. Two in three retailers will start new in-store engagement initiatives In the consumer- and product-centric retail sphere, the physical store is a major asset; after all, that’s one of the main reasons…

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BY ANTONY MUTUNGA During this digital era one gadget has become very important to the point that some consider it a necessity. This gadget is none other than the smartphone. Ever since it was introduced to the world, it has brought about a plethora of changes in and around the lives of people. The arrival of social networks, the development of apps, the introduction of better cameras and even the evolution of mobile internet are all factors that have changed our habits. It is difficult for people to remember the days before the smartphone, as nowadays almost everyone can’t go…

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BY VICTOR ADAR The dark memories of coffee farming are still fresh on Zipporah Gatiti’s mind. Growing up, she witnessed her grand mum work hard harvesting coffee berries. But few years down the line it turned out that there was little to smile about as her granny abandoned the cash crop to venture into banana. There was no money in coffee and the payments were always delayed. In her view, coffee is a highly profitable product, however the farmers in Kenya don’t realise this because they only sell green coffee as an export commodity. She argues that newer market options should…

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Located in East Africa, Tanzania is one of the largest countries in Africa with an area of 947,303 SQKM and the second highest population in Eastern Africa, with a current population of 56.9m, after Ethiopia, which has a population of 102.4m. In comparison, Kenya has a population of 48.5m. The population has been growing at a five-year CAGR of 3.1%, compared to the global average of 1.2% p.a. It also has a relatively high urban population of 32.3% compared to Kenya’s 26.5%, Rwanda’s 29.8% and Uganda’s 18.0%, with an urbanization rate of 5.3% p.a compared to the global average of…

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BY KOSTA KIOLEOGLOU Globally, one of the most lucrative and preferred modes of investment is real estate. People buy properties for different reasons, but what they all have in common is that they want to make a good purchase that will give positive returns on short, medium or long-term. When you are looking to purchase or sell real estate, you will hear the terms sellers’ market and buyers’ market. It is vital to understand what these terms mean and how each market impacts you as a buyer or seller. In this article, I will try to provide a simple and…

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