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John Catsimatidis built a fortune operating a New York City-area grocery chain after his parents brought him to the United States from Greece as a baby. That hasn’t stopped him from becoming an immigration hard-liner.

“I want immigration,” Catsimatidis said in an interview with Bloomberg‘s Hailey Waller. “But let’s take people who are going to help our country get better, versus people who want to hurt us. You can’t solve the world’s problems. We don’t want the drug addicts, we don’t want the people who are renting children to cross the border.”

“Trump has stood up against the problem at the borders,” Catsimatidis said. “Build a wall.”

Catsimatidis, 70, entered the grocery business as a part-time cashier while attending New York University and purchased his first grocery store in 1969, according to Forbes. Catsimatidis’ supermarket chain, Gristedes Foods, is the largest supermarket chain in New York City. He also owns an oil refinery and a radio station, according to Forbes. His net worth is $3.1 billion, Forbes estimates.

The comments were not Catsimatidis’ first foray into politics. Once a Democrat, Catsimatidis ran for New York City mayor as a Republican in 2013, according to Bloomberg. Catsimatidis also said he’s open to assisting Trump’s 2020 campaign. “I’m here to help,” he told Bloomberg.

Read more: The billionaire cofounder of Home Depot plans on donating up to 90% of his $5.9 billion fortune, and Trump’s 2020 campaign will be one of the beneficiaries

Catsimatidis’ comments echoed those made by President Trump on the campaign trail in 2015.

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“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said, Business Insider previously reported. “They’re sending people that have a lot of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

However, data shows that instances of violent crime actually decrease as immigration levels rise, Business Insider previously reported.

Catsimatidis’ daughter Andrea has also been vocal about her support for the president. The self-described “billionaire heiress” faced criticism online after appearing on CNN in January to defend the government shutdown, she told New York Magazine‘s Olivia Nuzzi in July. Andrea has served as the chair of the Manhattan Republican Party since 2017.

Catsimatidis isn’t the only billionaire to express support for the president in recent weeks. Home Depot cofounder Bernie Marcus told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he planned to donate to the Trump’s reelection campaign in July, sparking protests of the home improvement retailer. Equinox, SoulCycle, and Hudson Yards also faced backlash after a report that the chairman of their parent company, Stephen Ross, planned to hold a fundraiser for the campaign.

Read the full interview with Catsimatidis on Bloomberg »

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Supreme Court clears air on City Hall petition

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The Supreme Court on Friday clarified that the advisory opinion filed before it by the Speaker to the Nairobi County Assembly is not a bar to Governor Mike Sonko from discharging is constitutional functions.

Through the Deputy Registrar Daniel Keiwua , the court has further clarified that it hasn’t given any orders restraining the appointment of Ms Anne Kananu Mwenda as deputy governor.

In the communication sent to Sonko’s lawyer, the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Wafula Chebukati and the Nairobi County Assembly Clerk, Mr Keiwua said “the court has not given any directions on an advisory opinion filed by the Speaker to the Nairobi County Assembly”.

Mr Keiwua further said the advisory “does not act as a stay of any duties or obligations sought for clarification.”

“Therefore the reference filed in the Supreme Court of Kenya should not be visited upon by any party to act as a stay of their duties,” Mr Keiwua said in the correspondence dated February 7, 2020 sent to Mr Sonko’s lawyer Joseph Kiarie.

Mr Kiarie had written to the Registrar of the Supreme Court on February 3 seeking clarification whether the petition by the Speaker stopped or barred any office, commission, authorities to perform its duties as stipulated by the law.

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Mr Keiwua has said the court not made any decision about the appointment of the Deputy Speaker Ms Ann Kananu Mwenda.

The petition is slated for March 5 for further directions. The court directed all the parties to file evidence within 21 days.

In the petition. the speaker is seeking an advisory opinion from the Supreme Court regarding a lacuna in the law in the absence of both the governor and the deputy.

In a petition filed at the apex court by the assembly’s advocate John Diro, the Assembly wants the court to give direction whether there is a vacuum in the office of the governor and whether Governor Mike Sonko can appoint a deputy in the current circumstances.

This comes after the arraignment and indictment of Sonko before the anti-graft court last December.

The assembly also sought for a Constitutional interpretation on whether the speaker of the assembly can assume the office as per the law with full powers vested in the governor in the absence of both the governor and the deputy. In addition to an opinion on what happens when the speaker declines to assume the office.

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“The request is meant to seek your wise counsel on the grey areas of the law for the purpose of guiding the functioning of constitutional sphere of the devolved government.

Subsequently, the advisory opinion sought in this reference will help in establishing the jurisprudence and give clarity regarding the current unique situation facing the county of Nairobi….,” read in part, the application.

The application lists the county assembly speaker and the clerk as applicants and Nairobi County government, the attorney general and the chair of IEBC as intended interested parties.

The county government lawyers led by senior counsel Prof Tom Ojienda and lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui stated in court that there is a lacuna in the manner in which the law is being interpreted in the current scenario of Nairobi County.

Prof Ojienda said Mr Sonko “is still actively in office and the constitutionally elected Governor of Nairobi County”, however, the case by Elachi raises a very serious constitutional question “as to how the office of the governor of Nairobi County can be assumed in the absence of a sitting governor.”

“As far as we are concerned Sonko is still the Governor of Nairobi County and there is no vacancy which can be filled or assumed by the Speaker,” said Prof Ojienda.

He, nonetheless, called for the expeditious determination whether a Speaker can assume the office of the Governor in the absence of a deputy governor.

“The question for determination is how the office of the Governor Nairobi County can be assumed in the absence of a sitting governor, and whether the Speaker can assume the position of governor or whether a speaker of any other county can assume that office in the event there is no governor in office,” he said.

Prof Ojienda also said it should also be decided whether a Speaker can discharge the functions of two offices – that of the Governor and that of the Speaker simultaneously.

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Red Flags To Look Out For That Show Your Man Is Insecure

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Ever heard of Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD)? This is a mental condition characterised by paranoia and a pervasive, long-standing suspicion and generalised mistrust of others. People with paranoid personality disorder are generally insecure.

They will nearly always believe other people’s motives are suspect or even malevolent. It does not help if you are completely honest and lay your life bare so they can see you are not hiding anything. Such people will always suspect mischief, even in the most innocent interactions.

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Both men and women can be paranoid and relationships with them are stressful and hard to sustain.

So if that wonderful new guy in your life makes you a little bit uneasy with some quirky ideas or behaviour, here are the signs to look out for:

1. GETS JEALOUS FOR NO REASON
It’s 5 pm and you’ve just left the office. You are running helter-skelter trying to beat the traffic typical of this city. Woe unto you should your boyfriend call and find you aren’t home on time or, worse still, you haven’t gotten means (MEANING MONEY, TRANSPORT?) to get you home. He will start to fight with imaginary ghosts of your ‘other’ boyfriends. Suspicion has set in.

Consider Kenny. He clung to his girlfriend Cynthia like a leech. How many times does your guy call when he is out with the boys? The few who really care will call to say they won’t come home early. Or maybe the obvious text: “Honey, we are playing today, talk to you later.” Never mind the game is Manchester United and he is in a dingy club in Kangemi.

You will only realise he is home when he starts snoring next to you. A paranoid guy will call and text frequently, saying he wants to know how you are, while he actually is checking up and wants to find out if you are up to any mischief.

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Then there is Paul, an IT specialist in Nairobi. When his girlfriend Brenda informed him she was going out with her girlfriends to celebrate a promotion of one, she had no idea he would fret over it. The girls had agreed on the time and venue for their evening, but Paul had another opinion, never mind anyone asked for it.

He suggested they change that hotel restaurant, apparently because their choice had poor service, it had too much noise and in an inconvenient location. He went ahead to ‘suggest’ another hotel for their evening, where he knew someone who would ensure they get first-class service.

Brenda convinced her friends and they switched. Brenda found out later Paul had actually known the waiter who served them and he was instructed to spy on them and report any mischief to Paul. He paid well to snoop.

2. FORGIVES BUT NEVER FORGETS OR FORGIVES RELUCTANTLY 
It’s understandable a woman will forgive but never forget a wrong done to her on a first date, but a man will easily forgive and forget. However, if your man ‘forgives’ but never forgets, then he could be suffering from Paranoid Personality Disorder. Such a man will forgive, but years down the line he still reminds you of that one thing you did that deflated his ego.

For example, when Mary made a casual remark to her boyfriend of three years, she had no idea she injured his ego and lowered his self-esteem.

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“Honey, that moustache makes you look older than your age. Why don’t you groom it by trimming a little bit?” She had said. Well, she said it casually and never intended to wound. However, Martin took that very badly. Not only did he not forgive, but he also looked for an opportunity to take revenge. Barely a week later at a social gathering, Mary wore her newly made kitenge and Martin had only one thing to tell her: “Honey, you have put on a few kilos.”

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We know that no woman wants to be told she has added some inches to the waistline. She was hurt and made it clear to Martin she knew he was saying that to spite her. However, he was quick to remind her of the remark she had made about his moustache the previous week. Mary could not understand why Martin had taken such a trivial comment to heart and held a grudge for a whole week, but what she did not know was that she was dating a paranoid.

3. SNOOPS ON YOU
Here is a typically Kenyan scenario. How often does your boyfriend tip your watchman? Every time he visits? It is a nice gesture to show appreciation for what the watchman does, but he should not overdo it. There’s no obligation and after all, it’s his job and he is paid to do just that. Well, in our case, what you may not realise is that the watchman is being tipped to provide information to your boyfriend on your movements while he is away. He is his spy, paid to intrude on your privacy.

Or, he may not miss an opportunity to snoop in your phone and email. Why? He always assumes you are up to something nasty. He will want to get away with that and expect you not to be upset. In his defence, he may say: “Why are you upset? Is there anything you are hiding?” He won’t allow you to use a password or will demand to know it. The moment he picks his phone, there is only one thing on his mind – to check when you were last seen on WhatsApp.

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If you were online and never communicated to him, or if he sent a message to you but it shows you read and ignored it, that is the beginning of a ‘vibration mode’ phase in your relationship. He automatically suspects you were chatting with other men and gets so worked up that you have a big fight over nothing. Being in this kind of a relationship can be suffocating — in which case you might consider some wisdom from Zen philosophy: The way out is always through the door.

4. RARELY CONFIDES, RARELY OPENS UP
Confiding in a trusted friend is healthy. After all, people who are able to confide in others about their troubles, anxieties or some distressing event — rather than keep it all inside — live happier lives. A paranoid man (or woman) will find it hard to confide in anyone. He would rather suffer on the inside than share his worst fears and feelings with a friend. Sharing is a sign of weakness, to his way of thinking. Enemies and competitors are lurking all around and opening up to anyone who might give them an opportunity to punch back. Their thinking is “everyone is out to get me”.

Take this real-life story of Sally and Tony. When they started dating, Sally did not immediately know Tony had just come from a breakup. And Tony didn’t tell her. He was still hurting and he thought sharing that information with Sally would make him seem like an undesirable lover. Mostly he kept to himself, preferring to remain indoors while Sally was the opposite.

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She was outgoing. Tony was defensive and blamed Sally whenever they had a misunderstanding. He had a way with words and Sally took the blame to avoid a breakup. What she did not know was Tony was engulfed by fear. Fear of rejection or being taken advantage of. Fear of being duped. He was unwilling to tell her what he had been through in his last relationship.

She loved him so much that she decided to consult a relationship counsellor because their love life was in trouble. She knew trust was the issue. Sally managed to get Tony to agree and little by little, one day at a time, Tony is coming out of the cocoon.

These are just a few signs you should look out for. But do not jump to conclusions which, however, do not necessarily define your man as paranoid. In cases of extreme paranoia, it is advisable to seek professional help from a counsellor.

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Source: Love Matters

 

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‘Bring my passport!’ Last moments of Papa Dennis alive before he jumped

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Gospel musician Papa Dennis may have been suffering from depression due to financial problems, a relative, friend and caretaker have said.

Neighbours and the caretaker of the house where he lived told the Star the “Nashukuru’ hitmaker moved into the studio – where he was found dead on Saturday – on Thursday night with a mattress and blanket.

“His former landlord had locked him out of his Jamhuri estate house and the couple, who had housed him briefly, was violent to him. That is when Mjukuu, the owner of the studio at Kirima House on Thika road, asked him to stay in the studio to rehabilitate him,” a close relative told the Star.

Papa Dennis was hearing voices, called out for help! Last moments revealed

Papa Dennis was reported to be having issues with his girlfriend of two years who acts in a local television series.

“On Friday at 11am Papa Dennis called Mjukuu and told him that people were fighting in the house that hosts the studio,” the caretaker told the Star.

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“The owner of the studio called me and when I knocked at his door to find out what was happening, Papa opened the door himself.”

The caretaker said he picked his phone and left on a motorbike heading towards the Muthaiga side of Thika Road.

‘Papa Dennis told me he was depressed and broke!’ Bro Mfalme

Papa Dennis returned later and was joined by his twin brother Simon Mwangi and a producer for a music recording session at the same studio.

“He had called his brother to bring him his passport. We are not sure where he wanted to go,” a friend told the Star.

“He then picked his phone and a charger in the middle of the session and left, telling his brother and the producer that they were giving him a hard time.”

The caretaker on Friday night was informed by the tenants on the left side of the building (Thika roadside) that someone had jumped from the fourth floor.

“I informed the brother, studio owner and manager that one of their friends had jumped from the fourth floor,” the caretaker told the Star.

“We are not even sure how he accessed the extreme side of the building since all the gates were closed. The other option would be going through someone’s house or using the roof, which is very hard,” the caretaker said.

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How death hounded Papa Dennis before it eventually took him

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