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Kenya: Parliamentary nominations in Naivasha and Gilgil – many aspirants to battle it out tomorrow

Posted by African Press International on January 16, 2013

BY JACK MARWA

 

At least ten parliamentary aspirants in Naivasha constituency and six from Gilgil will be battling it out for the nomination of TNA on tomorrow.

The aspirants who have staged massive campaigns in their respective areas have already recruited their agents as they wait for the big day.
One of the aspirants Elias Ng’aNg’a Kihonge said plans were in place for a peaceful election in the lake side town.
Kihonge who will be trying his luck for the second time has pitched tent in Mai Mahiu and Longonot and Maella areas where voter turn out has always been high.
On the other hand immediate Naivasha MP John Mututho visited areas around the flower farms targeting workers in the flower sector.
Mututho said he deserved a second term in parliament given the numerous debates, motions and bills he introduced in the tenth house.
Others include John Kihagi, Stepehn Kiguru, Jimmie Kiiru, Josphat Kimemia, Engineer Ndegwa Nguthiru and Waiganjo Kihara.
In the newly created Gilgil constituency, six candidates will be battling it for the TNA’s ticket with all systems been put in place.


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Kenya : Tension looming in Kisumu – Police Officer injured ahead of ODM nominations tomorrow

Posted by African Press International on January 16, 2013

By Maurice Alal, API Kenya

Just a day to political parties’ nominations, there is fear that tension might engulf Kisumu City following the arrest of an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party aspirant alleged to have in possession crude weapons.

Seth Ochieng’ Kanga alias Adui is reportedly have purchased pangas and clubs to ferry to unknown destinations that police say was security threat as parties prepare to hold their primaries tomorrow.

Kanga who is eying the Milimani Market County Assembly Representative was arrested yesterday at around 7pm prompting his supporters to storm Kisumu Central Police Station demanding to know why their aspirant have been arrested.

The youth who waited for almost four hours became impatient and started becoming so rowdy immediately various aspiring aspirants from Kisumu County led by Ruth Odinga walked into the station to inquire arrest.

In restricting the youth from entering the station, police officers started to lobby tear gas canisters to disperse the rowdy supporters of Adui during the night incident.

At the point of the violence police officers are said to have started shooting at the crowd with a police officer from Traffic Department sustaining serious bullet wound on his leg after being shot by a colleague during the melee.

The officer is currently fighting for his life at Aga Khan Hospital where he was rushed last night. Another person was also reported to have been shot during the violence with politicians blaming police in fueling chaos without proper investigation.

Ruth Odinga who led Kisumu County aspirants said the arrest was politically motivated urging police to take law and order without taking sides that will lead to loss of lives in the city.

According to Police boss Musa Kongoli investigation are ongoing saying the suspect have been released on a cash bail. But as we going on air police were having no evidence to the matter.

Kongoli however assured the resident that security agents have been deployed in the city to curb any insecurity that might occur as parties prepare for nomination tomorrow.

Police officers don in anti riot gears are currently strategically positioned in the streets of Kisumu City and it vicinity.

 

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Groundbreaking vaccine research reveals more clues about HIV

Posted by African Press International on January 16, 2013


JOHANNESBURG,  – The only HIV vaccine trial to achieve moderate success took place four years ago, yet it continues to reveal new info rmation about the virus and renew hopes for a future vaccine. 

In 2009, researchers released the findings of a six-year HIV vaccine study carried out in Thailand known as RV144. Conducted among 16,000 HIV-negative men and women, the trial found that HIV infection rates were 31 percent lower among participants who received the vaccine than in those who had not.

It was an encouraging protection rate, but short of the minimum 50 percent prevention rate required to slow the epidemic, which afflicts an estimated 34 million people worldwide, according to researchers at Duke University in the US.

Now, researchers say they have a better understanding of why the vaccine might have worked – and possible new targets for future vaccines.

Released in a recent edition of the journal Immunity, the study found that the vaccine prompted an immune response from four different antibodies. Researchers from Duke University, the US Military HIV Research Programme and the Thailand Ministry of Public Health used data collected from three of the trial’s participants to determine that these antibodies worked on an important site on the surface of HIV-infected cells. These antibodies essentially marked infected cells for death by natural killer cells, part of the body’s immune response.

The research could change the way future HIV vaccines are designed.

According to study co-author and Duke Human Vaccine Institute director Barton Haynes, the findings show the importance of often ignored “variable” sites on the surface of infected cells for vaccine research. Traditionally, most researchers have shied away from pinning their hopes on such sites because they differ across strains of HIV, he told IRIN/PlusNews.

He cautions, however, that researchers cannot say for certain this kind of immune response was the reason behind the Thai trial’s limited success.

This study follows similar results from South African research that may have identified yet another novel vaccine target. The South African research looked at broadly neutralizing antibodies that target and bond with specific sugars, blocking the virus from infecting healthy cells. According to Haynes, an ideal HIV vaccine candidate would be able to induce both types of immune responses.

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From Liberty To Dependence – back into bondage?

Posted by African Press International on January 16, 2013


by Ike Morgan, a math and science teacher. He lives in Exeter, Maine, USA

  Ike Morgan
RightBias.com
January 15, 2013

The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through eight stages.
 
Is America now at the point of repeating history by progressing from dependence back into bondage? You decide.

Stage 1: From Bondage To Spiritual Faith

The principles underlying the eventual emergence of American civilization were forged as thousands of Europeans fled to the New World to escape the tyranny of religious persecution. Motivated by the idea that kings and other nobility were not the ultimate authority over man, these New World immigrants stripped themselves of bondage.

Stage 2: From Spiritual Faith To Great Courage

The same spiritual faith that freed the New World immigrants from bondage also enabled them to display great courage in the face of overwhelming odds. A vast, unexplored continent lay before them. Unimaginable courage was needed to tame this wild land, for them and for future generations to come.

Stage 3: From Courage To Liberty

The same courage that compelled millions to risk the unknown as they reached farther and farther into the western frontier was also the same courage that enabled them to free themselves from British tyranny from across the Atlantic. Liberty was won, not by the asking, but through the sacrifice of lives and treasure. Liberty was now a product of laws, not the product of the whimsical actions of capricious rulers. America had its liberty. Would America be a good steward of this precious gift?

Stage 4: From Liberty To Abundance

Never before seen liberty leads America to fantastic riches: riches of material goods as well as riches of the spirit. The world feels the effects of America’s abundance as human evil is confronted and human suffering is lessened. Millions benefit from the generosity that comes from America’s abundance of resources. (Thank-you, capitalism) America does what no other nation in the history of man has ever done: harness its riches in the name of good. Because of America’s abundance man’s existence becomes one of plenty.

 

Stage 5: From Abundance To Complacency

America’s abundance leads to a world of plenty, but at a cost. When man has plenty he is able to avoid discomfort. When there is no discomfort man accomplishes very little. When there is no discomfort man does not look outward. When there is no discomfort man ceases to look for something higher. Lack of discomfort leads to complacency. Complacency emerges to test man’s will.

Stage 6: From Complacency To Apathy

Complacency causes man to ignore the principles that made it possible for him to have complacency in the first place. No longer aware of the long chain of events that allowed him the luxury of complacency man begins to believe that his improved condition is simply the way things have always been. He cares not in trying to protect his improved condition because he sees no need to. Apathy is a very comfortable place for man.

Stage 7: From Apathy To Dependence

Apathy is a very comfortable place for man. But it soon becomes evident that in order to perpetuate this world of comfort man must relinquish to others what has for so long been his. Man relinquishes to others believing that what he relinquishes will purchase him happiness, freedom from want, and above all, his world of comfort. He detects not a bit of malice from those to which he relinquishes that which has for so long been his.

Stage 8: From Dependence Back Into Bondage

Because he did not believe other men would do malice with what he relinquished, man finds himself in bondage, in slavery. For, what is relinquished can never be retrieved. Man now looks back on what he once had and yearns that his world had not become one of comfort.

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