Kenya plans to achieve sanitation targets by 2030

first_imgREUTERS – FILE PHOTO The Kenyan government said on Wednesday it expects to achieve its sanitation targets by 2030 in accordance with its vision.REUTERS – FILE PHOTOWinnie Guchu, chief administrative secretary for water and sanitation, said the ministry is optimistic to achieve the targets alongside the African Union (AU)’s agenda 2063 and the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).“We need a change of attitude from our partners since sanitation currently does not receive financial attention as water,” Guchu said at an annual conference for the Water Service Providers Association of Kenya (WASPA).She said the government has developed a plan of action that targets collaboration with the development partners and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to mobilizing human and financial resources to ensure that targets set are met within a given period of time.“We have started mainstreaming sanitation in the national and county governments with the aim of improving its importance for human dignity, self esteem, gender equality and poverty reduction,” she added.The official revealed that access to sewerage is currently 16 percent in urban areas and 7.3 percent nationally.She said about 5.6 million Kenyans, or 12.5 percent of the population, still practice open defecation despite the government efforts in reducing the percentage.So far, only three counties have been declared open defecation free (ODF) and 13,328 villages have also been certified as ODF.“This sanitation status is unacceptable since in 2017, 20 percent of Kenyans were using safely managed services while basic sanitation services stood at 5 percent,” Guchu added.She said that sanitation plays a central role in sustainable development as improved access to water and sanitation can break disease-poverty cycle.Guchu said the negative impact of insufficient sanitation services on education and productivity of the population is equally huge.Many rural households have to spend many hours per day fetching water from unsecured sources where water quality is suspect.“This burden is left to women and it ends up affecting the girl child education,” the official said.Related Bentley Motors plans to open dealership in Kenya Kenya plans to close Dadaab refugee campcenter_img Kenya approves plans to start production of crude oillast_img read more

Manchester City want £16m for attacker as Serie A giants plan moves

first_imgRoma are locked in a three-way battle with Juventus and Inter Milan for Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic.The Montenegro international is expected to be on the move this summer after falling down the pecking order at the Etihad.The 25-year-old made just 17 appearances in the Premier League last season and is hungry for more action.That has sparked interest from several clubs and, according to La Repubblica, three Serie A sides are fighting for Jovetic’s signature.Juventus, Inter and Roma have made enquires and are hopeful they can persuade the former Fiorentina man to return to Italy.Manchester City are believed to want around £16m for the striker, who they purchased for £22m back in July 2013. Stevan Jovetic 1last_img read more

Some see Gold Line success riding on Valley expansion

first_imgAny boost in ridership is good for the train and for efforts to secure funding for its extension, said Habib Balian, CEO of the Gold Line Construction Authority. Currently, the construction authority is trying to come up with a methodology for predicting ridership that captures what Balian says are white-collar commuters not typically part of public-transit planning. Balian said the survey should be completed by December, at which point it will be submitted to the Federal Transportation Administration for evaluation. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4458160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Three years and 14 million passengers later, the Gold Line light rail from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles has been deemed a moderate success that still has “great potential” to expand public transit use in the San Gabriel Valley. “I think the line has been very solid,” said Rep. Adam Schiff. “I would like the ridership to be even better.” Schiff, D-Pasadena, authored legislation while in the state Senate to create an independent board to oversee construction of the line, after it became clear the project was a low priority for the MTA. Now, Schiff and Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, are teaming to try to raise federal funds for construction of the planned 24.4-mile extension to Montclair. Backers of the $1 billion-plus project say the Gold Line will never meet its potential until the line is expanded. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“There is no question but that the system will not reach full stride until it has been extended into the San Gabriel Valley,” said Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, who is a non-voting member of the Gold Line Construction Authority. According to MTA spokesman Dave Sotero, average weekday ridership on the Gold Line reached a record in June, rising to 18,771. MTA operates thetrain. Overall ridership on the line has grown steadily, according to MTA statistics, rising from about 3.8 million in the first year of operations to 5.3 million in the last 12 months. While the jump is dramatic, critics point out that ridership was woefully low at the beginning and that it is only now reaching the levels predicted when the $859 million project was being built. Recent efforts to attract more riders by speeding up service has met with some success, Sotero added. MTA implemented an “express” train this year, which shaves about five minutes off the 34-minute trip from the Sierra Madre Villa station in Pasadena down to Union Station in Los Angeles. last_img read more

Dundee appeal red card shown to goalkeeper Scott Bain in derby draw

first_imgDundee have appealed the red card shown to Scott Bain in Sunday’s 2-2 derby draw with Dundee United. Referee Steven McLean sent the goalkeeper off on 51 minutes after he brought down Billy McKay as the striker broke into the box. The Tannadice side were awarded a penalty which McKay converted to pull the game back to 2-1 before scoring a second inside stoppage time to snatch a share of the points. The sending off resulted in David Mitchell making his Dundee debut between the sticks after joining the club in the summer. After reviewing video evidence, the Dens Park side believe Bain should not have been shown a straight red card for stopping a clear goalscoring opportunity as McKay’s last touch took the ball away from goal and defender Kevin Holt was covering the area. Bain is currently with the national side ahead of Thursday’s friendly away to Czech Republic. He was called up for the Qatar and Republic of Ireland double header last summer but withdrew due to injury.last_img read more

Sheriff’s Department Collecting Phones for Domestic Violence Shelter

first_imgAny cell phone that is not capable of becoming an “emergency” phone is sent to a recycling company.  Proceeds from recycled phones are then provided to Turning Point to help support domestic violence programs and services. Once again, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services will be collecting cell phones and cell phone accessories at the Sheriff’s Department building at this year’s Jackson County Fair July 23 – 29th. All cell phones, regardless of their age or model, can be dropped off at the Sheriff’s building. The phones will then be passed on to Turning Point.Turning Point converts old cell phones into emergency phones that can be given to victims of domestic violence, which allows a victim to call 9-1-1.  The phones are only used for that purpose and no other types of calls can be made from them.  All stored information is cleared from the phone before it is used as an emergency cell phone.last_img read more

MixTape.me is a Brilliant Musical Mashup

first_imgRelated Posts That experience, we can assure you, is quite addictive. Even if you aren’t looking for certain tracks or artists, there are plenty of playlists on the homepage to listen to. And playlists are what this site does perfectly. Easy to create, easy to populate, easy to manage, and easy to share. Drag-and-drop is all that is needed for most playlist actions. Each playlist gets its own URL, so your friends can listen to it without even having to create an account. And each one comes with an embed link as well, so you can show off all your hard work on your own web page. Also, each playlist shows who created it; you can use that link to follow that user to see new playlists they might generate in the future.When you finally start to settle down after running around like a kid in a candy store, you will find each track has a purchase link that takes you to an Amazon music search page. And that link? You got it – it has an Amazon affiliate ID on it. As far as we can tell, that’s the only method MixTape.me is using to generate a little scratch. But you know what? We don’t mind that so much, because we have found some really great music that we haven’t found any other way. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout phil glockner Tags:#music#Product Reviews#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App A few days ago, over at Gina Trapani’s new Smarterware blog, I read about another new web-based music player and playlist creator, MixTape.me. I’ve reviewed severaltakes on the same basic concept recently, so I didn’t immediately write this one up. But I went ahead and gave it a spin, listening to a few of the popular playlists and searching for my favorite artists on the service. And, as it turns out, this application hits all the right notes in terms of interface design, plus its mere existence is a testament to the power of mashups.On the surface, you wouldn’t be able to tell that this web application is in fact a mashup. But after using the site for a while, you will start to notice that it grabs data from a lot of different places. Artist bios from last.fm. Lyrics from LyricWiki.org. Music videos from YouTube.  And the music… where does the music come from? Good question. The answer is, a lot of places: cloud storage, web sites, SeeqPod. In fact, the site is careful to keep that information behind the scenes. What you are left with is a clean, very desktop music player-like experience. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

Weekly Wrap-up: You’re Not Ready For the Future, Death of a Wave, IE Privacy vs. Ads, And More…

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… More Augmented Reality coverageInternet of ThingsThe Intelligent Wood ProjectTrailer for Arduino Documentary Gets 75,000 Views in 1 Day [VIDEO]More Internet of Things coverageReal-Time WebKenyan Elections: A Real-Time Mobile RevolutionInfochimps’ APIs Make New CallsMore Real-Time Web coverageMobile WebNASA Sends Android Phone to SpaceReport: More Than 60% of Phones Web Capable by 2015Amazing Innovation: Mobile Apps for the DisabledMore Mobile Web coverageCheck Out The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App We recently launched the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app. As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app. We invite you to download it now from iTunes. ReadWrite Sponsors So Intense! How to Create an Effective 404 Error Page3 Must-Subscribe Sources For Useful SEO TipsGet Instant Feedback From Your Site’s Users with FeedbackifyEnjoy your weekend everyone.Subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-upYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-up by RSS or by email below.RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: Google CEO Schmidt: “People Aren’t Ready for the Technology Revolution”Google Wave is DeadWhy Developers Did Not Adopt Google WaveWhy You Have to Jailbreak the iPhone 4 (or iOS 4)Microsoft Cut IE8 Privacy Features to Sell AdsMore coverage and analysis from ReadWriteWebThe Future of the Cloud: Our Newest Research Report – Free We’re delighted to announce ReadWriteWeb’s fourth premium report, The Future of the Cloud: Cloud Platform APIs are the Business of Cloud Computing. Thanks to the generosity of our partners VMWare and Intel, we’re providing this report at no cost to you. The Future of the Cloud highlights cloud computing’s impact on IT organizations, and explores both its disruptive nature and the new markets and opportunities it’s creating. It also covers the impact of the transition on IT organizations in areas such as security, data, the new fundamentals of service provision, network architecture and the need to make the cloud part of a long-term systems and technology strategic plan. For more information or to download the report, visit here.Augmented RealityAugmented Museum of Natural History Related Posts Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Why Developers Did Not Adopt Google WaveApple Launches Cloud Music Service in Uncharacteristic FashionPlayfish Shows How “Games-as-a-Service” Scale in the CloudReadWriteEnterprise Our channel ReadWriteEnterprise is devoted to enterprise 2.0 and using social software inside organizations. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s bombshell that the huddled masses “aren’t ready” for the questions that new technology raises was one of several bon mots he dropped in this week’s top story. We also continued our exploration of the significant Internet trends of 2010: Wood gets smart on the Internet of Things; augmented reality can now be found at the museum of natural history; and the Kenyan elections were a real-time revolution. Read on for more.Top Stories of the Week Why Entrepreneurs Should WriteWhy We Shouldn’t Get Too Excited About Early AdoptersVenture Capital Human Capital Report Examines Who Gets FundedReadWriteCloud Our channel ReadWriteCloud, sponsored by VMware and Intel, is dedicated to Virtualization and Cloud Computing. Highlights from Black Hat and DefconTop 20 Apps for Business: Have You Heard of These Services?How to Secure the iPhone and iPad for the EnterpriseReadWriteBiz Our channel ReadWriteBiz is a resource and guide for small to medium businesses. ReadWriteStart Our channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Lulzsec Hacks U.S. Senate

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Government#NYT#security#web The hacking group Lulzsec broke into the U.S. Senate’s website and stole information. On its site, it posted which it reposted “a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data from Senate.gov.”The Senate’s Deputy Sergeant at Arms, Maria Bradford, told Reuters that the group penetrated the public side of the site only and has not created a lasting security problem. “Although this intrusion is inconvenient, it does not compromise the security of the Senate’s network, its members or staff,” she said. “Specifically, there is no individual user account information on the server supporting senate.gov that could have been compromised.”The group outlined the rationale for its latest action in its statement:“We don’t like the US government very much. Their boats are weak, their lulz are low, and their sites aren’t very secure. In an attempt to help them fix their issues, we’ve decided to donate additional lulz in the form of owning them some more!”The Senate is the frequent target of hacking attacks, fending off tens of thousands each month, according to Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer.Busy beavers, Lulzsec hacked into the website of Sony Pictures earlier this month. Other targets include PBS (for a Frontline documentary on Wikileaks) and two against game makers Bethesda Softworks. http://www.bethsoft.com/eng/index/The motivations of hackers are rarely as clear-cut as their detractors insist they are (simple criminality) or as laudable as they themselves insist they are. The Senate, Lulzsec say, was hacked to encourage them to increase their security and Bethesda to “speed up the production of Skyrim,” a game. Either the group is being disingenuous or are wildly deluded as to how their actions will be received by either a government organization or a game devs. Other sources: The Hacker News, Forbes, Los Angeles Timeslast_img read more