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Why coronavirus is silver lining for Kenyan fishermen – Nairobi News

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Some Kenyans are reaping big amid Covid-19 pandemic after their income improved following a decrease in imported goods from China over the last few weeks.

As the harsh economic times take a toll on the country, some Kenyans, majority of them being fishermen and fishmongers, are laughing all the way to the bank as their profits are on an upsurge.

According to reports, the fishermen are currently selling almost all their products at 90 percent, a huge difference from the 50 percent which they could manage prior to the deadly coronavirus pandemic, which has turned the world upside down.

Currently, a kg of Nile Perch fish is going for more than Sh300 compared to the previous price of Sh250 marking a 40 percent increase in price.

Some fishermen who spoke to the media could not hide their joy over how their fortunes have turned drastically thanks to lockdown on Chinese products with a majority of Kenyan traders left with no choice but to turn to local goods.

“There has been a sharp decrease in fish imported from China even as many buyers turn to local fish fearing to contract coronavirus from imported fish. We are happy that our business is booming although this comes at a time when the country is battling to contain COVID-19,”Dunga Beach Chairman Bob Otieno said in an interview with local news outlets.

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Kenya has been importing frozen fish worth billions of shillings from China despite incessant protests from Kenyan fish farmers and fishermen who have been lamenting that the imports were a threat to the local fish industry.

The latest turn of events has evoked mixed feelings among consumers some of them complaining that local fish was not pocket friendly compared to imported fish.

“Must they hike their prices instead of lowering especially during such times? It’s little wonder that most Kenyans will always go for imported fish. You can’t go far when you exploit others,” Mac Luis remarks.

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Kenyans pour out their hearts for legendary Rogers : The Standard

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In 2013, Kenny Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
For many Country Music fans, Kenny Rogers was more than an accomplished singer: he was a great storyteller, actor, and writer who triumphed in the industry of creativity.

The American award-winning singer and songwriter stood out as a master in crafting lyrics that fascinated fans making him an embodiment of success in the music industry. He was celebrated throughout his career even after he breathed his last on March, 20 this year. Most of his songs are based on anecdotes of an observant narrator.
After working with different bands including his own group called the Scholars, the Texas-born singer made his presence outstanding when he released his solo country and pop hit “Lucille” which tells of a saddening story of a man being left by his wife. It is an imagined observation of the singer detailing the plight of a man after his wife vows to leave him with four hungry children, a responsibility which the pleading man says was too much to bear. The song earned him his first Grammy for the Best Country Vocal Performance.
The song is a favourite to many going by the many requests Sundowner, a Show by KBC’s English Service receives to play the hit. 
SEE ALSO :Country singer Kenny Rogers dies at 81Show host Catherine Ndonye said fans of Sundowner often place requests for many songs of the legendary performer. The show paid him a special tribute on March 23, two days after the icon’s demise.
“Requests for Kenny Rogers’ songs are overwhelming. They have too many favourites by him but majority of the fans love “Lucille”,” said Ms Ndonye.
‘Lucille’ was quickly followed by ‘The Gambler’ in 1978 which also earned him the second Grammy. The song is an inspirational story with moral teachings where the singer creates a tale of his encounter with a gambler in a “train to nowhere” who teaches him the game of survival in the capitalist world.

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Another electrifying hit is “The Vows go Unbroken” which has often been used throughout the world as a theme song for weddings. It is a song of romance where a lover pledges his unwavering affection to his soulmate.
Gospel artist Reuben Kigame did a tribute to the artist by singing the song which was played during Sundowner show, two days after the American singer’s demise.
SEE ALSO :Kenny Rogers: The gambler takes the last country roadRogers seems to have greatly influenced Kigame into producing country music including “Sweet Bunyore,” a song where the artiste sings of nostalgic moments as he seeks a reconnection with his rural western Kenya home.
Even before the death of Rogers, Kigame had also done a live performance of the song during one of the shows in a local TV station.
Although country music artists would often adorn cowboy hat and boots, Rogers with his trademark white beard and moustache, often performed without the outfit, especially during live performances.
His partnership with Dolly Parton where they released a duet “Islands in the Stream” in 1983 topped the country and pop charts. They also performed “You Can’t Make Old Friends.” The close working relationship led many of their fans to mistake them for a couple.
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“There were so dear to each other. The moment I heard of his demise, I immediately thought of her,” observes Ndonye.
Rogers also features in the compassionate song “We are the World,” a charity single recorded by USA for Africa in 1985 at the time that some African countries had been ravaged by drought that resulted in a food crisis that drove several families into starvation. The song by top American artistes of different genres was a call for charity to intervene in the situation.
Other songs by Rogers include Coward of the County, Through the years, You Decorated my Life and Lady among many others that sum up to over 120 singles.
Besides music, Rodgers demonstrated that one can excel in many spheres of life by stretching beyond a single talent. He excelled in acting, writing, photography, and entrepreneurship.
In acting, he featured in many television movies including comedy titled Six Pack (1982) where he plays a race car driver. He also features in Christmas in America (1990) and MacShayne: Winner Takes It All (1994).
He also had a passion for photography and among the photos, he took while travelling around USA were published in 1986 in the collection: Kenny Rodgers’ America. It was followed thereafter by another collection; Your Friends and Mine.
The singer also tried a hand in writing after he penned his 2012 autobiography ‘Luck or Something Like it’.
The legend also delved into business where he launched a restaurant franchise that he named Kenny Rodgers Roasters which he later sold in 1998.

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Coronavirus pandemic pranks off the table on April Fools’ Day : The Standard

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AFP 01st Apr 2020 18:30:18 GMT +0300
April Fools’ Day may be a tradition but this year few are in the mood as the global death toll mounts and billions remain under some form of lockdown

It may be the global day for pranks but with the world under assault from the deadly coronavirus pandemic many governments on Wednesday were warning against virus-themed April Fools’ jokes — some even threatening jail.

The April 1 tradition sees families, web users and corporations embrace practical jokes.
But few are in the mood as the global death toll mounts and billions remain under some form of lockdown.
Google, a company renowned for its elaborate annual stunts, told its employees it would “take the year off from that tradition out of respect for all those fighting the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to an internal email obtained by Business Insider.
The deadly outbreak has already been accompanied by a deluge of online misinformation, making it harder for governments to keep their citizens safe.
Some are now threatening jail for virus pranks.
Taiwan, which has been held up as a model for how to tackle an outbreak, warned people who spread false rumours that they faced up to three years in jail and a TW$3 million fine ($100,000).

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“On April Fools’ Day we can exercise our sense of humour if we have to but we can’t make jokes on the pandemic to avoid breaking the law,” President Tsai Ing-wen posted on Facebook alongside a photo of one of her cats.
“I wish everybody not only a humorous but also healthy and safe April Fools’ Day.”
The island’s health ministry has also been using an official “spokesdog” called Zongchai to make public statements.
“Zongchai asks you not to make any pranks on the outbreak. Please be considerate to the frontline workers on epidemic prevention,” one post on the ministry’s Facebook page said on Wednesday next to a photo of the popular shiba inu.
Thailand was taking a similarly hard line, threatening up to five years in jail.
“It’s against the law to fake having COVID-19 this April Fools’ Day,” the government said on Twitter.
“There may be people who do not have good intentions… who may use April 1 or April Fools’ Day and assume they will not face legal action,” Krissana Pattanacharoen, deputy national police spokesman, told reporters on Tuesday.
In India, where disinformation — especially on Whatsapp — remains a pervasive problem, politicians made similar appeals.
“The state govt won’t allow anyone to spread rumours/panic on #Corona,” tweeted Maharashtra state’s home minister Anil Deshmukh.
“We urge citizens to verify information and only share messages from trusted sources and not fall for fake news,” Pranay Ashok, a spokesman for Mumbai Police, told AFP, adding that anyone found spreading fake news would be prosecuted.
Many well-known brands with a prior track record of jumping on the annual bandwagon were steering clear of the tradition this year.
James Herring, from London-based PR agency Taylor Herring, had the following warning.
“Tip for any PR agencies planning an April Fools Day stunt,” he wrote last week on Twitter. “Just. Don’t.”‘

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IEBC postpones five by-elections due to coronavirus : The Standard

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IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati at a past function. [File, Standard]
Members of four wards and a constituency will wait longer to pick to their representatives after the electoral body called off planned by-elections in the regions.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Wednesday said it had moved the mini-poll in Msambweni constituency “to a later date” due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Kenya, as of April 1, reported 81 positive cases of the virus. Three of the patients have since recovered while one succumbed to the Covid-19 disease.
The affected wards are Dabaso in Kilifi County, Kisumu North in Kisumu County, Kahawa Wendani in Kiambu County and Taita Taveta County’s Wundayi/Mbale.
SEE ALSO :IEBC lays ground for boundary reviewIEBC chair Wafula Chebukati said they were ready to conduct the by-elections but the virus outbreak had posed unprecedented challenges to them.
“Not only has the day to day operations of the commission been adversely disrupted but also the conduct of the upcoming by-elections will be adversely affected,” he said.
Chebukati held that it would be difficult to hold the elections without exposing the public to the risk of contracting the highly-contagious virus.
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“In conducting elections, it is inevitable that meetings will be held as well as nominations, campaigns and the poll itself, to mention but a few, all involving human contact.”
Chebukati further added that President Uhuru Kenyatta had declared a dusk to dawn national curfew, limiting the movement of everyone except those designated as essential and critical services providers.
SEE ALSO :Failure to address conduct of polls betrays handshake aimThe move is likely to be endorsed by various political outfits, including the Raila Odinga-led Orange party that had called for such postponements.
Msambweni constituents are to pick a new MP following the death of Suleiman Dori while Kahawa Wendani residents will go to the polls to choose a new MCA following the death of Cyrus Omondi.
Wundayi/Mbale Ward are also to pick their legislator following the death of MCA Beatrice Mwabili due to gallbladder cancer. She made history as the first elected woman MCA in Taita Taveta County.
Dabaso seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal in Mombasa ruled that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) erred in declaring Emmanuel Changawa the winner in the 2017 General Election.
In Kisumu North Ward, the seat fell vacant when the area MCA Elisha Jack Oraro was elected the Speaker at the County Assembly of Kisumu in January.
SEE ALSO :Lessons from IEBC’s handling of 2017 poll

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