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Not everyone has their lives figured out by the time they hit 30. To many, this is a defining age that should go down with a stable career, a home and even a car.

But people hack it in life at different ages. It may be success at such a tender age as that achieved by 29-year-old Juliette Brindak, an American whose billion-dollar fun website was developed when she was only 14.
Success may also be realised later in life the same way that Harry Bernstein, a celebrated British writer, made his first breakthrough at 96. Bernstein authored countless books that gathered dust at the publishers’ before getting attention later in life. His first book to be published, The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers, would precede three others in a row before the British writer of Jewish descent died at 101.
When he died, the New York Times profiled the author whose memoir detailing a life of poverty and struggles earned him belated literary fame on its publication in 2007.

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Bernstein is not an isolated case on the list of people who found success late in life, after countless hurdles. Here, we provide more examples that not everyone hits their peak in their 20s. Hopefully, they are inspiring accounts that prove you don’t need to panic that others are succeeding while you are not, despite your hard work and dedication.
Julia Child
Julia Child was an American chef, author and television personality who didn’t hack it until she was 51. At this age, she introduced French cuisine on American television after releasing countless cookbooks.

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Before this, Julia traversed continents working as a clerk for the intelligence agency of the United States during World War II.
While working with the American intelligence unit, Julia developed a shark repellent by cooking various concoctions that would be adopted by the United States Navy in the Pacific Ocean during World War II.

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The concoction is said to have been her first real attempt in cooking.
A cooking icon, Julia never learnt to cook until she met her husband. It is said that her husband who loved home-made food enticed her into trying out recipes at home. She then enrolled for cooking classes and even joined cooking groups to get additional skills.
Lynda Weinman
At 40, Lynda Weinman founded Lynda.com, an online teaching library that would later be bought by LinkedIn, a professional networking platform.
The innovation was born out of several stints in graphic arts, both in employment and as an independent contractor.

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Ms Weinman worked as a graphic arts professor and in the film industry as a special effects animator. She also worked as an independent contractor doing animation and special effects where she worked on several films.
She would later procure a computer lab that eventually turned into an online learning platform with more than 6,300 online classes and 267,000 video tutorials. Lynda.com teaches computer skills in video format to members through monthly and annual subscription-based plans.
A self-taught career woman profiled on Forbes as ‘the Mother of the Internet’,  Ms Weinman made an interesting twist from her career in humanities to a new found interest when she taught herself to operate a home computer using a manual.
One of the failures she sailed through, which she disclosed in an interview with Forbes is losing every penny of a $20,000 loan she received from her grandfather to start a retail store.
Henry Ford

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In the automobile industry, most people know about the Ford brand of the Ford Motor Company.
What’s hidden from most, however, is the story behind the American multinational automaker founded in the early 90s by Henry Ford.
Likewise, the story of Henry Ford is an open book to read especially by those seeking to keep their dream on course. Ford didn’t wake up one morning to unveil the Ford Motor Company and neither was the journey towards achieving the dream of owning an automobile easy.
In his youth, Ford worked as an engineer under Thomas Edison, where for many years he set aside a few hours to work on ways to improve the then new automobile.
It was not until he was 40 that he founded the Ford Motor Company, which now sells all types of automobiles.
Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin is a name engraved in those of us who studied science in school. Our knowledge of him, however, might not go beyond the man who tried to prove where human beings came from in his studies of evolution by natural selection.
Darwin was not the famous person we know today until very late in life. It wasn’t until he hit 50 that he finally published the Origin of Species.
This was after countless years spent on expeditions, most of the time exploring on land and sea.
He is also known to have kept to himself all this while, researching on geology. It is in this silence that he is said to have a developed the art of theorising.
Here is one of Darwin’s most powerful and inspirational quotes that could help you build resilience as you wait for your breakthrough: “It is not the strongest of species that survives. Nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
Harland Sanders
If you find Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) delicacies irresistible, then you must find the background of its founder equally salacious.
Harland Sanders was 65 when he saw his restaurant that served fried chicken fail. But Sanders never gave up until he saw the restaurant become the biggest fast food chain in the world.
And now, KFC, which is headquartered in Kentucky, is the world’s second largest fast food restaurant that specialises in fried chicken.
Few know that KFC was born in a humble roadside restaurant where Harland Sanders sold pressure-fried chicken pieces with a special seasoning of herbs and spices.
Out of a need to take care of his siblings and single mother, Sanders learnt how to cook professionally when he was only seven.
He started his first eatery, which passed for an amateur restaurant, at a Shell filling station in Kentucky.
On this one-table restaurant, he served fried chicken and other dishes. He accumulated enough to expand to a six-table restaurant, still at the filling station and later to 142 seats. This is the time he purchased his first motel, seven years after his first ever stint in the industry.
KFC grew gradually and 20 years later, it had 600 restaurants, making it the largest fast food outlet in the United States.
Today operating in more than 20, 000 locations across the globe, KFC offers a variety of other chicken products including chicken fillet sandwiches, salads and other side dishes.  
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Locust eradication operations to continue uninterrupted – KBC

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All locust eradication base camps are to continue operations unhindered by the Covid-19 restrictions.

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Retired Colonel Julius Ngera said that locust control centres are exempt, as the Government intensifies locust control measures amid growing concern over food shortage after the pests invaded most farms across the country leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

According to the United Nations, the locust invasion was declared the worst in 70 years.

The voracious insects have a strong preference for gramineous plants such as millet and maize, with experts estimating that the insects are capable of destroying at least 200 tonnes of vegetation per day.

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As such the Government has been trying to stem the spread of the locust by among other conducting aerial spraying.

However, with the advance of Covid-19 and subsequent confirmation of positive cases here in the country, stakeholders are uncertain over continued efforts against the menacing pests.

According to Rtd.Colonel Julius Ngera, aerial spraying of areas invaded by locusts will continue uninterrupted by Covid-19 restrictions among others limits movement in and out of four hot spot Counties as well as a 7 pm to 5 am curfew.

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Currently, there are six bases in Isiolo, Marsabit, Garissa, Wajir, Masinga and Turkana that also carry out surveillance, monitor and conduct ground and an aerial spray of the desert locust across the country.

The Government is recruiting volunteers to bolster its efforts in eradicating the locusts

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KPA Advertises MD’s Position To Replace Manduku

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 10 – The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has advertised the position of Managing Director to replace Daniel Manduku who resigned last month.

In a notice placed in one of the local dailies, KPA said it is seeking to recruit an individual with a high degree of integrity and professionalism.

The successful candidate, it said, will work on a three-year contract that is renewable based on performance and business requirements. 

“The authority is seeking to recruit an individual with impeccable administrative capabilities and strategic orientation to fill the position of managing director,” a part of the notice read.

Engineer Rashid Salim has been holding the post in an acting capacity after Manduku’s resignation.

Manduku resigned as the Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director on March 27, amid an investigation on questionable tenders.

“I do hereby tender my resignation, which I hope you will accept, effective 1st June 2020. I am immediately proceeding on terminal leave until then,” he said in the letter dated March 27.

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Manduku, who was under investigation for corruption was last month arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), but did not face charges because the chief public prosecutor had not approved his file.

He was arrested on March 2, by DCI detectives over a probe into leased extra storage space for containers by the agency in Nairobi in which taxpayers are said to have lost hundreds of millions.

Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti announced that his office was investigating tenders worth Sh2.9 billion at the port.

He said they had raised queries on how Sh500 million was spent on the Makongeni goods shed project, manufacture of concrete barriers at Sh1.4 billion and the Sh800 million Kisumu port revitalization project among others.  

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Africa to post negative growth for first time in 25 years : The Standard

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Covid-19 is driving sub-Saharan Africa towards its first recession in 25 years. 
According to the latest Africa’s Pulse, a biannual update on the region published by the World Bank, growth is forecast to fall from 2.4 per cent last year to between negative 2.1 per cent and negative 5.1 per cent in 2020.
In its analysis, the World Bank expects Covid-19 to cost the region between $37 billion (Sh3.9 trillion) and $79 billion (Sh8.4 trillion) this year.

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The factors behind this drop in revenue include disruptions to trade, especially for countries that rely heavily on commodity exports; a drop in foreign financing as sources like remittances and tourism dry up; and the disruption to business as governments institute measures that restrict consumption.
“The Covid-19 pandemic is testing the limits of societies and economies across the world, and African countries are likely to be hit particularly hard,” said Hafez Ghanem, the World Bank’s vice president for Africa, in a statement yesterday.
“We are rallying all possible resources to help countries meet people’s immediate health and survival needs, while also safeguarding livelihoods and jobs in the longer term – including calling for a standstill on official bilateral debt service payments, which would free up funds for strengthening health systems to deal with Covid-19.”

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The bank wants African government to put in place social safety nets that would boost food security, help workers who get laid off, and support small and medium businesses.
It recommends that regional policymakers institute measures that are cognisant of their economic realities, especially a reliance on the informal sector, high debt levels that limit their fiscal options, and their generally low operational capacity to respond to the health crisis.

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