A SIGH OF RELIEF AS GOVERNMENT EMBARKS ON TARMACKING OF SOME MAIN ROADS IN KESSES CONSTITUENCY

A section of road in Moi University, Eldoret Kenya under construction. (Photography by Philemon Wanjala)
Construction in Progress, Photo by Philemon Wanjala

Motorists, the locals and travelers have expressed their joy and happiness following a move to reconstruct some of the major roads within Kesses sub-county was initiated by the government. The project which is stated to be sponsored by the National Government commenced earlier this month.

Celine Achieng is one of the machine operators working with the Chinese Company that has been contracted to work on the project. I managed to have a short conversation with her concerning the progress of the project.She stated that the construction began with the Lessos -Kesses road been seasonal road for a long period of time. At least 17 kilometers of the road has so far been worked on.

She further added that the Cheptiret-Kesses road has been scheduled for reconstruction and re-tarmacking after the completion of the Lessos to Kesses road. The Cheptiret to Kesses road, a major road connecting the famous Moi University institution to the Eldoret-Nairobi highway has been in very poor conditions for a period of time. It has been characterized with a lot of potholes and its small width. It is however still unclear on the exact time when the repair of the road will be initiated.

Moi University, an institutions situated in Kesses Sub-County is also among the main beneficiaries of the great move made by the Government of Kenya. This is because the stated roads under construction will enable efficient movement of the students, locals residing nearby the school and other travelers to, and from the remote located institution. There is also some hopes for reduced costs of transport which has been on the high due to poor conditions of the road.

In Moi University, construction of the road from the round about towards the Mabatini area is also in progress. This has been a good news to the students especially residing in Mabatini area as they will be no longer struggling with an extremely muddy road as they rush to their normal activities the course of their studies during rainy seasons. The local population residing in the vast Mabatini area will also benefit a lot and a positive impact to their economy will be witnessed. This is because efficient transport systems has always been a backbone to a well thriving economy.

On my interaction with some of the locals, I found out that they could not hide their joy and many of them praised the National Government and the relevant agencies on their efforts to restore and improve the conditions of their roads.

STUDENTS IN UTMOST RISK AS INSECURITY LEVELS INCREASES

Students in Moi University are worried about their well-being as the level of insecurity increases. They are living in fear following a series of insecurity incidences witnessed in the campus over the past few months. Unidentified group of attackers have devised new ways of denying the students their right to peaceful lives, making it harder for the security personnel to deal with them accordingly.

In addition, students have claimed to be robbed off their belongings even in broad daylight ,while trespassing dark corridors and isolated pathways. This mostly happens to students residing outside the school’s halls of residence, in areas like Mabs and Stage. Inside the school’s hostels, things are neither different. The thugs are reported to break into students’ rooms at wee hours when even the security personnel are asleep and force them to surrender their belongings, including the electronics and money.

In the past few months, rape cases have also been reported, ladies being the most targeted group. The scanty dressing codes for females makes them prey for villagers hence rape cases comes in. It’s just past two months when a body of a male student was reportedly found to be murdered in a lecture hall by unknown people. An investigation into the matter was launched and a report on the cause of the death is yet to be known. However, the parents of the student disqualified the statements from the administration claiming that the student committed suicide.This is because the body of their beloved son was found hanged and the arms were tightly tied.

Most victims of insecurities in the campus are also the lonely students walking to their residences in the late hours of the night. These are mainly students who come from their studies late at night(group discussions and from the library). On weekends, the insecurity levels are worst than the other days since most who are coming from entertainment places such as parties and clubs become preys to the thugs.

Students have been therefore advised to take measures to ensure their personal safety. Some of the measures include avoiding late hours movements, either within or outside the school. The administration together with the local government have also been urged to make more efforts in ensuring security to the students is guaranteed.

Former President of the Republic of Kenya dies

The late Preident Daniel Arap Moi

Kenyans are mourning today after the demise of the former Kenyan President Daniel Toroitich arap moi. The announcement was made in a Tuesday morning by President Uhuru Kenyatta who stated that Moi died on a Tuesday morning at around 5.20am.

In the past few years, Moi has not been in a stable health conditions after being admitted several to Hospital for a check up on his health.However, he had enjoyed good health during and after his presidency.

In January 2017, he underwent a knee surgery in Aga Khan hospital after developing knee complications following an accident in 2006.In March 2018, his son Gideon and personal physician Dr. David Silverstein accompanied him to Israel for what they said was a routine checkup on the operated knee.

He was later admitted to Nairobi Hospital for another check up.There were also reports that he was admitted to the same hospital in October 2019 although his press secretary denied the claims.

The late Daniel Arap Moi came to power in 1978 after the death of the first President of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta. He served as a president of the Republic of Kenya for 24years.

In 2002, he decided to quit politics and endorsed Uhuru Kenyatta as the flag bearer of the Presidential elections, through the rulling party, KANU. It was however anticipated that it would be the toughest poll in the Kenyan history.

Mr Mwai Kibaki however won the polls, just as had been predicted by many people. It’s clear that Kibaki had once served for 10years as a VP under President Moi.

Moi has left behind seven children: Gideon Moi (Baringo Senator), Raymond (Rongai MP), Jeniffer, June, Philip, John-Mark and Doris. His wife Lena Moi died in 2004 after being divorced from her husband in 1974.

The late Preident Moi will be remembered for many things including his strong political regime, Nyayo milk and many more. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

OVER 14 PUPILS FEARED DEAD IN A STAMPEDE IN KAKAMEGA PRIMARY SCHOOL

Phill Media

More than 14 pupils are feared dead in Kakamega primary school after a stampede that occurred at around 5pm, on a Monday evening. More than 39 other pupils were injured and have been rushed to Kakamega general hospital for treatment. The bell had rang to mark the end of classes and the students were rushing through an exit door of the third floor of a 4 storey classroom block, leading to a stampede on a staircase.

It has been established that the most affected are class 5 pupils. Parents are currently streaming in and out of Kakamega General Hospital to check on the conditions and the whereabouts of their children. Two of the injured have been admitted in the Intensive Care unit.

Further investigations into the matter has been launched to establish the cause of the incident. Education CS Magoha has expressed his condolences to the families affected and assured…

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OVER 14 PUPILS FEARED DEAD IN A STAMPEDE IN KAKAMEGA PRIMARY SCHOOL

More than 14 pupils are feared dead in Kakamega primary school after a stampede that occurred at around 5pm, on a Monday evening. More than 39 other pupils were injured and have been rushed to Kakamega general hospital for treatment. The bell had rang to mark the end of classes and the students were rushing through an exit door of the third floor of a 4 storey classroom block, leading to a stampede on a staircase.

It has been established that the most affected are class 5 pupils. Parents are currently streaming in and out of Kakamega General Hospital to check on the conditions and the whereabouts of their children. Two of the injured have been admitted in the Intensive Care unit.

Further investigations into the matter has been launched to establish the cause of the incident. Education CS Magoha has expressed his condolences to the families affected and assured that the government would get to the root cause of the tragedy. He further added that PS Belio Kipsang will be visiting the school tomorrow to find out what happened and further actions to be taken.

However, the tragedy has happened in a period when Kakamega County Referral Hospital is experiencing a shortage of Health Practitioners who are currently on a strike. The bodies of the slain pupils are lying at the Kakamega Morgue.

WHY SOME STUDENTS MISS LECTURES?

Brian Opiyo

This is the situation of the roads in a Centre popularly known as stage outside Moi University, Eldoret, during rainy seasons where some of the students choose to reside despite the fact that there are enough hostels inside the University to accommodate them.

The roads usually have thick mud especially during rainy seasons and it makes it difficult for movement by the businessmen around and the students who go for their lectures. Having in mind that Eldoret usually receive very heavy rains at any time either by day or night and this does happen in a good part of the night. Now imagining of waking up early as a student for lectures and just to interact with a lot of mud on the way to the university is just a discouraging factor having in mind that personal grooming is key since they…

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HEAVY RAINFALL SLOWS DOWN ACTIVITIES AS STUDENTS IN MOI UNIVERSITY DECRIES POOR ROAD CONDITIONS

A road in Talai Center(Stage)

Students in Moi University have raised concerns over the devastating conditions of roads within and outside the institution. This condition has been further escalated by the heavy rainfall which has been witnessed in the past one week, making the roads almost impassable since they are seasonal roads.

The day to day activities within the university and neighboring areas such as Stage, Cheboiywo , Chebarus and other areas have been greatly affected due to the nature of the roads. The neighboring areas hosts thousands of students, villagers and business people who have fallen victims of the poor conditions of the roads.

On an interview with one of the business people around the Stage area, who decided to remain anonymous, he complained of poor sales recorded in the past few weeks. This is due to the fact that they are unable to carry out their daily activities on the muddy grounds of the open air market. Their trucks and transit vehicles’ drivers also face hard times as some of them have to spend their nights in roads as they get stuck. Most business men and women also have no shades for their businesses, hence they are greatly inconvenienced by the unpredictable patterns of the rains.

On the other hand , students have also raised their complaints since most of them have to bear with the situations of being rained on, to and from the lecture halls to attend their daily lectures. Some students find themselves down on the ground, as they are rushing to classes due to the slippery nature of the roads. This is however an excuse to some of the lazy students as most of them have to skip classes with the chilling weather and muddy roads being their reasons.

The comrades, business people and villagers are therefore appealing to the administration to liaise with the relevant authorities in the Government to intervene and ensure the conditions of the roads and pathways are improved.

NEW POLICIES FORCES MORE STUDENTS OF MOI UNIVERSITY TO SEEK ACCOMMODATION OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL

More students in Moi University have been forced to seek accommodation outside the school’s premises following the implementation of the new rules and regulations to curb cooking in the school’s halls of residence. This happens a few months after students staged a peaceful demonstration demanding that the administration to allow them to cook in their hostels. However, the administration maintained that the practice is against the rules and the regulations of the university and warned that anyone found going against the rules and regulations would face severe penalties.

It was later followed by closure of the university for a period of time after the peaceful demonstration by the students became violent. The 2nd years and the 3rd years were the ones who suffered the most, as they had to stay at home for some months. According to the students, most of them resolved to seek accommodation outside the school upon resumption of the studies since they believed that the move could help cut on cost of buying the expensive foods from restaurants and the school’s mess. They further stated that the food offered in the school’s mess is very expensive and of lower quality.

Poor hostel conditions is among other reasons that forced more students to look for an alternative means of accommodation outside the schools. Poor sanitation around the hostels, poor drainage systems and waste disposal and terrible conditions in the washrooms were also the contributing factors that forced the students to seek another alternative in ensuring their accommodation is guaranteed in the course of their studies. The student leaders also stated that their efforts to negotiate with the school’s administration to improve the living conditions of students residing in the hostels had borne no fruits.

However, the administration has promised to work on renovation of the hostels in a move to improve the conditions of the hostels. The students have been further instructed to remain patient as the issues are being resolved

SIM swap fraud: What it is, why you should care and how to protect yourself — Chris Short

https://cshort.co/379BeFb A recently published study showed just how easy it is for hackers and fraudsters to take control of your phone number, potentially leading to thousands of dollars in fraud – that’s your money on the line.

SIM swap fraud: What it is, why you should care and how to protect yourself — Chris Short

A “Chatbot” for Scientific Research: Part 2 – AI, Knowledge Graphs and BERT.

Cloud Computing For Science and Engineering

Abstract.

In 2018 I published a blog about building a cloud-resident “Research Assistant” (RA) chatbot that would be the companion of each scientist. The RA would be responsible for managing scientific data, notes and publication drafts. It could create intelligent summaries and search for important related scientific articles. That post demonstrated a simple prototype that provided spoken English input and simple dialog responses to search for available, relevant research. But it did not address the important issues of data management and textual analysis required to make the RA real. In a short, invited “vision talk” I gave at the e-Science 2019 conference I tried to address the technology that, in 2030, we would need to solve these problems.   This article does not describe an implementation. Rather it is a survey of the missing pieces I alluded to in the talk in terms of the current, related literature.

Introduction

2017 was…

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