Kidero beats Kabeberi 7s alcohol ban retreat

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 31 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has beaten a hasty retreat after announcing earlier that there will be no alcohol consumption at this weekend’s Kabeberi 7s event.In a statement sent to newsrooms last night, Kidero said he will allow ‘controlled alcohol consumption’ having only hours earlier declared there would be no partaking of the intoxicant at the opening Safaricom Sevens Series event at Nairobi’s Railways Club. “The Nairobi City County Government has specifically directed that any alcohol consumption will be undertaken in the specific and controlled areas and as provided for in the Liquor Licensing Act and provision and there shall be no sale of alcohol to minors, family areas and after 6 pm,” Kidero said.The letter also clarified that the Governor’s directive was to protect the young lovers of Rugby and called for stakeholders to separate sports and alcohol.The Nairobi Governor assured rugby enthusiasts that his Government has deployed reinforcement officers to ensure anyone acting in contrary of the directive will be dealt with in accordance to the law.“We are ubiquitous to the fact that excess consumption of alcohol results in significant morbidity and mortality, increases violence, crime and road traffic crashes, has major consequences for individuals, families and communities and impacts negatively on the economy, read the statement from the Office of the Nairobi County GovernorKidero had an hour earlier addressed a news conference where he stressed there would be no repeat of the debauchery that took place at the Masaku 7s event on the weekend of June 29 to 31 where shocking photos and videos of amorous behaviour by intoxicated fans/revellers surfaced online and went viral although some were later proven to have ripped from the internet.“What happened in Machakos…we don’t want a repeat of that in Nairobi and that is why we are making sure by 6pm the pitch is empty,” he said.“People will be checked, no alcohol will be allowed in the park…we will have Alcoblow in and around the pitch and indecent behaviour will not be allowed.”The raunchy incidents and the brazen display of moral decadency fuelled by abuse of alcohol and other intoxicants ignited furious debate with the use of sporting events as an excuse to engage in depravity came to the fore.Without mincing words, the tough-talking Governor added at the briefing: “No one will be allowed to drink alcohol in their cars. We know consumption of alcohol make people lose their senses.”“The gates will be opened at 6am and be closed by 6pm…there will be no late evening activities. Sports being a family event, we will ensure that family values are not violated, sense of decency, decorum is maintained by the people who will be on the match on that day.”Immediately after his proclamation, the Governor was trending on social media with most admonishing him for the directive with Twitter users venting their spleen with the #ThingsKideroHasDoneForNairobi hash tag.Some of the hilarious posts said the Governor had ‘banned Twitter in Nairobi’ ‘banned slapping of Manzi wa Nairobi (Nairobi’s girl) in reference to his tiff with Nairobi Women’s Representative, Ms Rachel Shebesh and “beautifying round abouts and junctions with neon counting lights to help class one algebra.”Over 10,000 spectators are expected to grace the latest leg in the domestic rugby 7s series that has surged in popularity.KRU boss Mwangi Muthee had welcomed the directive saying it will help maintain the required standards if the country will ever host an international events with the country targeting to host a leg of the annual HSBC World Series.“We would like all the supporters to also be responsible so that we can maintain high standards,” he appealed.“We cannot just allow a few individuals to destroy what it has taken so many people, so long and many resources be derailed by a couple of individuals stealing the show with their ambush operations.”To enforce order, Kidero has deployed tight security with the County Inspectorate and organisers ordered not to allow any alcoholic beverages inside the grounds.Mwamba ready to rockMeanwhile, newly appointed Mwamba RFC head coach John Mbai will be seeking to restore the club’s pride when he takes charge in his first competitive assignment at Kabeberi 7s.Mwamba, the host club have been drawn in a tricky Pool C against Strathmore, Nondescript and Eldoret as they bid to reclaim the title they last won in 2009.Defending champions Homeboyz headline Pool D alongside Impala, Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad and Kabras while series holders KCB take on Western Bulls, Kisumu and Catholic University in a relatively easy Pool A.Kenya Harlequins are also drawn in tricky pool B, where they will battle it out with Kenya Cup champions Nakuru RFC, Daystar University and Nairobi University’s Mean Machine.Kabeberi 7s is the opener of Safaricom 7s series before the circuit heads to Kisumu for Dala sevens, Mombasa’s Driftwood, Nakuru’s Prinsloo, Nairobi’s Christie and finally culminating with Safaricom international sevens September 26-28 in Nairobi.The tournament named in memory of former player George Mwangi Kabeberi who died in 1986 will also see the club remember their fallen heroes including Leeroy Okana, Absalom Mutere, Jimmy Owino and former Lioness captain Aberdeen Shikoyi who died in 2012.-By Joseph Muraya and Alex Isaboke0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

St Mirren confirm appointment of Alan Stubbs as manager

first_imgSt Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick said: “We’d like to thank all who applied for the role as St Mirren manager.“There were a number of good applicants for the role but we felt that Alan was the outstanding candidate.“I look forward to working with him over the coming weeks and months as we gear up for the Premiership.”During his time in charge of Hibs, Stubbs ended the Easter Road outfit’s 114-year wait to lift the Scottish Cup when they defeated Rangers in the 2016 final.However, he left the club that summer after failing to achieve promotion to the Premiership at the second time of asking.Stubbs’ next job was at Rotherham but he only lasted five months in charge at the New York stadium after they started poorly in the Championship.Since leaving the Millers in October 2016 he has been working as a pundit whilst awaiting his next opportunity in coaching. Saints chairman Gordon Scott said on Wednesday, however, that he favoured a manager with experience of the Scottish game as the side aims to build on their promotion and re-establish themselves in the top flight.Stubbs told St Mirren’s official website: “I’m delighted to be appointed the new manager of St Mirren.“I’m really excited by the challenge ahead and look forward to building on the good work that’s been done here already.“Now the hard work starts to get the squad ready for an exciting season ahead.” St Mirren have announced the appointment of Alan Stubbs as the club’s new manager.The former Hibernian head coach has signed a three-year deal to take charge of the Buddies as they prepare for their return to the Premiership.Stubbs emerged as the favoured candidate to succeed Jack Ross, who left the club to join Sunderland last month.Former Barcelona forward Patrick Kluivert, ex-Ross County boss Jim McIntryre, Micky Mellon and Gary Caldwell were amongst others who applied for the post.last_img read more

Is Innovation Fair? Andrew Keen Says No

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts dana oshiro Tags:#start#startups Andrew Keen is no stranger to controversy. He has irritated bloggers by equating Web 2.0 with communism and enraged citizen journalists with his best selling book, Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture. Naturally when I saw Keen’s core conversation “Is Innovation Fair?” on the SXSW program, I knew it would incite lively discussion. SXSW and the term “read-write web” are perhaps the antithesis of what Keen has become known for. While we as a publication (and often as a community) celebrate the participatory culture of Web 2.0, Keen sees the rise of amateur publishers as the fetishism of change-based culture and the breakdown of centralized moral authority. In less diplomatic circles, he’s accused of being an elitist. When an intimate 40 person setting of bloggers like Stealthmode Partners’ Francine Hardaway and legendary futurist Bruce Sterling failed to erupt into an angry mob, I was surprised. In addressing the question “Is Innovation Fair?” Keen maintains that there is no definitive answer. He says, “If you asked a peasant whether innovation was fair during the industrial revolution, he’d answer no. But history is written by innovators.”Keen explains that the voices that have legitimized change from the industrial revolution to the late 60’s, have been those of the cultural elite. Professional poets, musicians, academics and writers have always had a place in creating the histories surrounding major paradigm shifts. Nevertheless, as the digital revolution rapidly destroys the barriers to creating historical narratives, a new elitism has emerged in the form of a-list bloggers, social media experts and web developers. While digital utopians generally see technological innovations and social media as vehicles for democracy and positive solutions, Keen argues that the proponents of innovation tend to forget the victims of change. “Innovation doesn’t lead to justice and fairness. I’d argue there is a more dramatic inequality now then there ever was during the industrial revolution. We have fetishized change, but we are unfettered. If anything, the new media is less transparent and less accountable…I don’t have a problem with Twitter or new media, my problem is that digital utopians have dressed up their ideology to sound like democracy…Google has become the master of seeming like an altruistic and public company and yet laughing all the way to the bank.”Keen argues that because established elites are being displaced by the digerati, the web ecosystem is suffering from a crisis in authority. He believes that a lack of thoughtful skepticism and the overwhelming emphasis on real-time sound bites rather than academic treatise is leading to the vast majority of netizens consuming only mulched versions of the truth. Says Keen, “You can’t get nuggets of truth in 30 seconds on Twitter…Skepticism requires deep thinking. We have an increasing nihilism when it comes to traditional authority and yet few of the new authorities are doing the reading or groundwork. …When we simply assume that all traditional structures are wrong, we risk the populism of a Sarah Palin…”As a blog with an audience of entrepreneurs, self-publishers and technologists, we know Keen won’t hold you back from innovating. But he may make you question whether or not you have enough information to accurately assess your life decisions. Love him or loathe him, let us know your thoughts about Keen’s assertions in the comments below.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Students attend Delhi University’s first open day session

first_imgThe board results are expected any time now and admission season has begun. In accordance with this, Delhi University held its first open day session on May 21. Two sessions were conducted on Thursday, which were attended by over 700 students and parents.The students were once again told that they should give more importance to their choice of course rather than college. The university has 61 colleges which offer a total of 60,000 seats.The open day sessions are conducted to provide information about the university to students and their parents, and also to answer all possible queries that they might have. The changes in the eligibility criteria have created confusion amongst the students. They were unclear about the admission process regarding sports category registrations, extra-curricular quota, hostel facilities, entrance tests and percentage point deduction for subjects.The Sports category registrations and fitness trials have become centralised this year. The best of four criteria, including one language and three academic subjects is the same as previous years. The entrance exams for most courses have been discontinued for most courses, but the tests will be conducted for Bachelor in Business Economics (BBE) and Bachelor in Finance and Investment (BFI).Also, this year onwards mathematics will be a compulsory subject for B.Com (Hons.), Economics (Hons.) and various management programmes.The students applying under the reserved categories, such as child of war widow, Jammu and Kashmir migrant, etc. have been advised by the university to apply through the regular format as well, as the seats under these quotas are extremely limited.advertisementThe university is also helping students with their queries online at the official website, www.du.ac.in.last_img read more