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Radisson Blu Hotel, CairoHeliopolis: Box Appeal Campaign boosts the community

Posted by African Press International on September 23, 2012

www.africanpress.me/ Radisson Blu Cairo Team during the Box Appeal Charity event

http://www.africanpress.me/ Radisson Blu Cairo Team during the Box Appeal Charity event

Cairo – Egypt: According to Nevine Nader, Director of Public Relations & Communications, Radisson Blu Hotel, CairoHeliopolis,  Cairo, Egypt, the Box Appeal charity campaign to help improve the lives of children and families in their local community is in full swing, with the Egyptian Orphanage Association among the early beneficiaries – and more organizations to follow from this generous initiative.

Thirty boys and girls were made a whole lot happier going back to school after collecting 30 boxes from the hotel that had been filled with pens, rulers, paper and pencils to launch their new academic year in the best possible way.

The Egyptian Orphanage Institution is a non-profit organization devoted to the care and welfare of boys and girls between the ages of four and 10 years. It provides education, teaches skills and provides shelter in a home environment for underprivileged children who have no parents or who have been abandoned by extended family members.

More organizations are also set to benefit from the hotel’s warm-spirited action.

Boxes are still available at the reception of the Radisson Blu Hotel Cairo, Heliopolis to help the El Sondos Foundation for handicapped, which hosts up to 120 under-privileged children and adults. Locals are asked to take boxes and fill them with everyday essential items such as cleaning materials, soap, shampoo, tooth brushes and tooth paste, hair brushes, bath sponges and disinfectants. Hotel staff will then distribute the full boxes to the Foundation.

Also set to benefit are six families in the Ezbet Karaillah area south of Cairo, with the hotel asking the community to contribute food, medicines and financial support.

The Box Appeal was initially founded by Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai, Media City, the first campaign was such a success in the following years Radisson Blu and Park Inn Hotels in Abu Dhabi Yas Island also joined and in 2011 the appeal spread across the Middle East, with Radisson Blu and Park Inn hotels in Oman, Egypt and Bahrain joining the cause. Since its launch in 2008, over 30,000 boxes have been donated, the equivalent of 3 million AED.

Radisson Blu and Park Inn Hotels are managed by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Carlson Rezidor was one of the first international hotel groups to implement a companywide initiative focusing on health and safety for guests and employees, on respect for social and ethical issues within the company, and on a reduced negative impact on the environment. Carlson Rezidor has been named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the last three years.

The Box Appeal coincides with Carlson Rezidor’s 9th annual Responsible Business Action Month taking place throughout September, a whole month dedicated to Responsible Business, the environment and the community.

This year’s Box Appeal will run between the 1st September and 31st October. For a full list of locations of where you can pick up boxes or for any further information please visit facebook.com/theboxappeal

 

Background;

Radisson Blu, operated by TheRezidor Hotel Group and Europe’s largest upper upscale brand, offers first class service, providing guests with a contemporary hospitality experience. Radisson Blu has received numerous awards as Best Hotel Chain and is renowned for its “Yes I Can!” spirit of service and the “100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee”. September 2005 saw the roll out of a free broadband service across the portfolio – the first international hotel chain to offer this service. Radisson Blu currently includes more than 260 hotels in operation or under development in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

 

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Kenya: PROCUREMENT OFFICER INTERDICTED OVER AWARD OF THE KSH.51M STADIUM PROJECT

Posted by African Press International on September 23, 2012

www.africanpress.me/ dickens.wasonga. API Reporter. Kenya

http://www.africanpress.me/ dickens.wasonga. API Reporter. Kenya

By Dickens Wasonga.

The Kisumu East district procurement officer Mr. Luke Midamba has been interdicted over an alleged graft claims involving the manner in which the tendering for the sh. 51 million Kisumu stadium project was handled.

Mr. Midamba has immediately been replaced by the immediate former deputy procurement officer from the neighboring Kisumu north district a Mr. Okwany.

Mr. Willy Cheboi, the Kisumu east acting DC while confirming the reports said Mr. Midamba was interdicted last week pending investigations being carried out by the government’s anti graft agency.

Midamba who was the secretary to the district tender committee which awarded the sh 51 million stadium tender – by virtue of his office as the district procurement officer is allegedly being accused of using his office to falsify records he kept in
relation to the project.

” As the district procurement officer he was the one who had the custody of the records and documents for the tendering of the project.” said our source.

When three government offices in Kisumu were broken into and computers stolen, claims were rife in the town that people keen to destroy evidence linked to the stadium investigations could have been behind the theft.

Computers and others vital government documents were catted away by the criminals who used keys to gain access to the offices belonging to the district registrar of deaths and births, the AG chambers and youth and sports .

Eight people among them some AP officers who were at the sentry during the incident recorded their statements with the police in what the acting DC at the time described as an inside job.

We reliably learned that the controversy over the tender for renovation of the Moi stadium winch was dilapidated had also led to the transfer of three senior officers from the ministry of public works who were involved in the project.

The officers who were recalled to the ministry headquarters as part of internal action taken against them by the ministry in relations to how they handled the project which is ongoing included Kisumu east district works officer, Kisumu county works officer and the county quantity surveyor.

As probe into the project tendering continues , the district agriculture officer who also chaired the awarding committee also had her appointment into the chair immediately revoked.

The acting DC said his office expects to receive a report from the anti graft body by this week adding that many officers who were involved in bending the procurement procedures in one way or another will be prosecuted based on the findings of the investigators.

The first phase of the Moi stadium project included installation of flood lights and erecting a perimeter wall.

Although it hasn’t stalled, the project has attracted a lot of controversies with claims even by local elected leaders that it was riddled in graft.

At one point then immediate former Kisumu east DC Mabeya Mogaka reportedly intervened when it was alleged that materials being mobilized was sub standard.

Some senior government officers working at the district and in the province were accused of being the owners of the company which was awarded the tender although they have since vehemently refuted the claims.

Efforts to get a comment from the interdicted officer to verify some of the allegations were futile. His cell phone went on ringing without an answer.

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Kenya: IEBC we are ready for 2013 polls.

Posted by African Press International on September 23, 2012

www.africanpress.me/ Maurice Alal.API reporter Kisumu.Kenya

http://www.africanpress.me/ Maurice Alal.API reporter Kisumu.Kenya

By MAURICE ALAL, reporting from Kisumu. Kenya

The Interim Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) have affirmed that they are ready to conduct the forthcoming General Election that is set for March 4th 2013.

This comes barely few days when some Members of  Parliament were quoted in a section of media that IEBC was not ready to conduct the long-awaited exercise that ought to have been held in August this year according to the constitution but was postpone following a court ruling.

IEBC chairman Isaac Ahmed Hassan urged members of the public to be wary of propaganda by a section of politicians who are out to create confusion over the election date. He also called upon the government for support to enable the conduct a fair and transparent election come 2013.

“We are ready for the exercise and those plotting to postpone the election are day dreaming,” he said adding that the March date still stand and Kenyans will vote come the day.

At the same time, Hassan appealed for political goodwill especially from politicians for a smooth exercise to avoid the repeat of 2007/2008 incident that saw over 1,000 people killed and thousands displaced.

“We will not be used as scapegoats by some politicians just to ensure election date is pushed to August 2013,” said Hassan.

The chairman further challenged the Members of the Parliament to move quickly and pass the Electoral Regulations Bill that is still pending before the house.

He added that the electoral body will commence Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) in a month’s time saying that BVR materials are due to come by end of September following the agreement between the Canada and Kenya governments.

Hassan revealed that the civic education is set to kick off immediately after the voter registration and verification from the constituency to national level to equip voters with the Election Act.

Addressing the press ahead of General Election preparation in Nairobi, he said Kenyans are not ready for another Post Election Violence urging leaders to campaign for peaceful election.

However, Hassan warned politicians to trade carefully as they undertake their campaigns saying that election Act will deal firmly with those that shall disobey the laws.
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