Archive for March, 2012

Gladys Chelagat, a Kenyan girl, has become a mother at the age of just 10, according to reports.

She gave birth by Caesarean section to a baby weighing 2.8kg at Kericho district hospital.

Who would have done such evil to the innocent 10-year-old girl?

Also in Mexico, a 10-year-old girl gave birth to a premature baby boy by Caesarian section at 31 weeks.

The girl arrived at the Women’s Hospital in the city of Puebla suffering from life-threatening complications, including seizures, as a result of the pregnancy. The infant was in poor shape as well — born at just 3.3 pounds and currently recovering from pneumonia.

A pregnancy at such a young age raises many red flags. The Puebla state Attorney General’s office is now investigating who the father is and whether the girl was raped.

Can a Child Consent to Sex?

At just 10 years old, many would argue that a child cannot consent to sex. At such a young age, a girl is not in a position to fully understand their actions, making it impossible for them to meaningfully agree to engage in any type of sexual activity.

In the United States, most states set the age of consent, the age at which an individual can legally consent to sexual intercourse under any circumstance, at 16 years old. In Puebla, the age of consent is 12 years old.

Consequences of Child Labor

In addition to the extensive emotional trauma that sexual abuse and a pregnancy at such a young age can cause, there are also very severe health risks — some fatal. Mothers under 16 years old are actually four times more likely to die during childbirth.

In addition, young moms are more susceptible to developing anemia, postpartum hemorrhage, depression and other mental disorders. Given the difficulty of child birth on a body that is not fully developed, minors also make up 65% of the women who develop an obstetric fistula, a condition in which a hole develops in the birth canal, causing an uncontrollable leakage of urine and feces into the vagina.


With the arrival of 3 sub-marine cables, Kenyans thought that their days of poor internet connections is gone. That has been true to an extent. Only that now the country is experiencing persistent cable cuts affecting business in the country. AccessKenya is the latest victim with its main link cut on Monday and a day later they lost SEACOM backup link.

AccessKenya Group @accesskenyacom

“Kindly note that all our three connections btwn Nrbi & Mombasa have been cut.We suspect sabotage.We will keep you informed.Apologies!”

he company was relying on SEACOM link from Mombasa with the main line through KDN’s underground cable while the backup was through Kenya Power’s overhead lines. Now Access Kenya’s link from Mombasa to Nairobi is completely cut-off. Internet connection in Mombasa is ok.

Orange Kenya has sent out a press release saying that the cut is:

“affecting all internet traffic to Mombasa, GSM, CDMA and PSTN services. Due to traffic congestion customers may also experience interruption while making international calls.

Our technical teams have located the point of break and are on ground undertaking the repairs. Our estimated down time is 2 hrs. We are also currently evaluating alternate routing options aimed at easing the downtime as an interim measure.”

The SEACOM link delivered through the Kenya Power overhead cables was cut after one of the Kenya Power pylons got so weak and fell down while the KDN terrestrial link might have been cut by some contractors who are carrying out road repairs. Now only remaining reliable connection from Mombasa is the national fibre backbone which is owned by the Kenyan government.

Though Access Kenya is saying that its customers in Mombasa are ok, other ISPs are indicating that the cuts might affect the whole country as most of the network monitoring, billing and application systems are sitting in Nairobi and so all might be affected.

EASSy suffered cable cuts on February 17th when a ship dragged its anchor more than 100 metres on the ocean floor, cutting two other cables SEA-ME-WE3 (South-East Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 3) and EIG (Europe India Gateway). The two cables (SEA-ME-WE3 and EIG) does not server Kenya.

Being the largest private shareholder in the TEAMs cable, Safaricom was the most affected then. The company immediately switched to SEACOM and satellite for backup. Airtel Kenya launched its 3G network on 24th February and had to route their traffic through Telkom Kenya’s inland cable.

Safaricom’s Nzioka Waita yesterday indicated that the full repairs of the cut sub-marine cables might be finished by the 24th March. The repairs are carried out by a contractor, eMarine repairs.

With Safaricom serving around 80% of the national internet connection, the country has not felt it much but with now Access Kenya down, we will soon start seeing the effects. Access Kenya serves around 40% of corporate data needs in the country.

Now Safaricom routes its M-Pesa traffic which relies on cloud servers located in UK, through Satellite.

Repairs of terrestrial cables takes just hours meaning that connections might be back by the end of the day. The only problem is with the sub-marine cuts. With two cables affected, a cut on SEACOM’s sub-marine link will be catastrophic. Most ISPs removed all satellite backups.

A fourth cable, LION2 is looking for a landing point at the Coast as the government has issued a directive demanding that future cables should not land at the same point.

UPDATE: Access Kenya is indicating that its link is now back online. I also received information that the vandalism of KDN was carried out at JOMVU. Telkom Kenya’s link affected by excavators.

…exact opposites..

Posted: March 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

...exact opposites.. dont keep grudges like women…unless you mess with a man’s woman..

There is this slang term that urbanites bandy about: ‘baby mama’. For those who might be slightly over the hill, it does not refer to a child who has suddenly become a mother.  It means a woman who has your child but who you aren’t currently involved with. In the same breath, a ‘baby daddy’ what a woman would call a man who she has fathered a child with, but who she isn’t involved with.  Yes, the new generation tries to garnish broken things with fancy words.  Baby mamas don’t become baby mamas by peeling potatoes. Men make them baby mamas – men who realise they aren’t ready, think they made the wrong choice, were drunk or just couldn’t get along with her after the baby came.  Chastity is out of fashion There are more baby mamas now than they were in 1970, fundamentally because men have no qualms about walking away from their children, and because women no longer wait for marriage to lose their virginity.

Chastity – regrettably – has become as fashionable as bellbottoms.

There is a new generation of guys who imagine it’s trendy to have a child with women they aren’t with. To them, it’s a show of virility, or something akin to a fashion statement – like getting a hat because John from two houses down got himself one.  There is also a new breed of modern woman who doesn’t mind being a baby mama; women who have made the decision not to get married but want to have a baby before their ovaries shrivel.  These women are clear about what they want from a man: His seed. They want to harvest it from him, then he’s free to leave if he desires. The boot is on the other foot.  We have been accustomed to women who would get pregnant to tie down a man. Now they will get pregnant to free a man.

Our great grandfathers wouldn’t survive these interesting times. But it’s not even their motives that is quite shocking, but the cold, calculating manner with which they execute their mission.  Replaced by a fertility clinic They pick on the guys who apparently have the right attributes – intelligence, decent looks, good background and all that jazz. Then they bide their time and move in for the kill, never letting the man know exactly what they are after.

I had a chat with one of these women last week. I met her through a mutual friend. She had a six-month-old belly and didn’t really care where the father was.  And she has never been happier. She, a 35-year-old woman with a fairly decent job, justified her decision by saying that, “Men have stopped serving any purpose other than to provide seed.” The guy seated next to me gasped. “So, how do you pick the right guy? I mean, how do you know there isn’t a history of night-running in their family? Or worse, sorcery?”  I asked her, to which she replied that great patience is needed to be sure that the man is the right fit, which means she can “lay low” observing the man and his family tree for as long as six months before finally deciding to execute the last part of her plan. I was impressed at her shrewdness. And somewhat horrified at her selfishness.

The bottom line, it seemed to me, was that we are only as good as our genes. Women have no use for us anymore other than to procreate, which some of us are struggling with because of our love for the drink. In another decade they won’t even need us at all.  They will walk into a fertility clinic and go through an album of potential ‘fathers’ of their unborn child as they suck on a lollipop. The tragedy is that we are slowly becoming irrelevant, because apart from doing the heavy lifting and changing that odd bulb, woman can pretty much get for themselves what man can give them.

That should be enough to make us..Men, sit up and take notice.


The secretary general of football’s world governing body, Fifa, has apologised to Brazil for his comments on preparations for the 2014 World Cup.

Jerome Valcke made the apology in a letter to Brazil’s sports ministry.

Mr Valcke said last week that Brazil needed a “kick up the backside” and appeared more concerned with winning the World Cup than organising it.

Brazil said the comments were “unacceptable” and it would no longer deal with Mr Valcke.

Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said Fifa should appoint someone else to work with Brazil on the competition.

Mr Rebelo has so far not responded to Mr Valcke’s letter.


The Fifa secretary general had also recently expressed frustration at delays in approving a law setting out the regulatory framework for the World Cup.

The World Cup bill – currently being considered by the Brazilian Congress – would lift a ban on alcohol sales in stadiums and limit discount ticket sales to students and pensioners.

But it has been opposed by lawmakers who say it gives Fifa too much power, as well as those who are against alcohol sales in stadiums on health and safety grounds.

The Brazilian government has always said it is determined to deliver a successful World Cup as well as a lasting legacy.

It is investing billions of dollars in building new stadiums and renovating old ones, as well as in transport infrastructure such as roads and airports.

The 2014 World Cup will be the first in South America since Argentina hosted the tournament in 1978 and the first in Brazil since 1950.

Zimbabwe is seeking the extradition of a wealthy businessman wanted for fraud charges who is believed to be hiding in Kenya under an assumed identity.

The country’s Attorney- General has also gone to court to stop the flamboyant businessman, Mr Frank Buyanga, from selling over 43 properties he seized from people who failed to pay back loans the government said were given under an illegal scheme.

Mr Buyanga advanced loans to several prominent people including government ministers on condition that they agreed to surrender their properties when they failed to repay the money.

He recently took the Minister for Transport, Mr Nicholas Goche, to the High Court after he allegedly failed to repay a $75, 000 debt.

But police said the businessman was being investigated for fraud, forgery and money laundering.

The AG’s office said it had information that Mr Buyanga was living in Kenya and had no intention of returning to Zimbabwe.

“We have no option but to seek his extradition and are preparing papers to help do that,” Mr Chris Mutangadura, a chief law officer in the AG’s officer, told the state-owned Sunday Mail newspaper. He urged the tycoon to come back to Zimbabwe “if he is not guilty”.

He said the extradition papers would be handed over to Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs which would communicate with Kenya’s authorities to facilitate Mr Buyanga’s arrest.

Police said the businessman operated an illegal scheme. He would undervalue the properties of borrowers and make them surrender their title deeds in exchange for the loans, they said.



EXCLUSIVE: Miss Colombia Reprimanded for Going Commando During Miss Universe Appearances

It’s that time of the year again: 89 beauties from around the globe have descended on Sao Paulo, Brazil for the Donald Trump-owned Miss Universe pageant. And we know what that means….


All eyes have been on 22-year-old Miss Colombia, Catalina Robayo, because she allegedly made the rounds at official appearances over the last week donning itty bitty skirts sans undies, FOX411’s Pop Tarts column has been told exclusively.

“Colombia had to be spoken to and told she needed to wear underpants as what she was doing was totally inappropriate,” a close source told us. “People have been pretty upset by it; there have been photos and media appearances where she has completely had her crotch out.”

Pop Tarts was shown one of the photos that seems to show her sans undies. Paula Shugart, President of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO), said she was floored when she heard the news from her team.

“There were several girls in short dresses which is was a little concerning, but when I saw the (commando) picture on the front page of one of the local papers and was very, very surprised,” Shugart continued. “Our supervisors talked to all of the contestants about dressing appropriately, and one of our PR people spoke to her (Robayo) and apparently she said she was wearing underwear. But regardless, it created quite a stir here for a few days.”

But that’s not the only the controversy that has struck the competition. Pageant officials had to return all of the official swimsuit bikini bottoms, provided by sponsor Catalina Brasil Swimwear, as they were deemed far too revealing to air on network television come the live crowning telecast on September 12.

“It looks like we have rectified by the issue, and the costumes were beautiful, but they sent us the first round of competition suits and being by a Brazilian designer they were definitely a lot smaller than we’re used to or most of the contestants are used to,” Shugart explained. “We delayed our shoot so we could add material to the bottom; otherwise we were going to have serious problems on television. (The designers) were a little surprised, they knew we were a little more conservative but… they took them back and they turned out really well.”

Scandal aside, the official photographs of the contestants straddle the line between sexy and sleazy, photographer Fadil Berisha said.

“Over the last few years we’ve been allowed to really turn this into fashion, so it’s not so prissy and not so clothed, it has become fun and much better,” Berisha told Pop Tarts. “We had a little controversy last year with Miss USA, but the shots were still beautiful.”

(This column was the first to spotlight the racy 2010 photo shoot, which came under fire as the contestants sported lacy lingerie, fishnets, smudged black eyeliner, knee-high boots, ample cleavage and plenty of bare skin, all while positioned in seductive poses on a large bed.)

Berisha insisted that the shoots take into consideration each of the contestants with respect to their culture and personal beliefs, saying nobody is forced to step outside their comfort zone for the official shoot.

“Some girls choose to wear one-piece bathing suits, or the girls simply tell me they don’t want to show too much, and this year some of the girls cover their stomachs for the shoot,” Berisha said. “But each year (the talent pool) has been getting better and better, we are getting more fashion looking models. Here we are with Miss Universe, the most beautiful woman in the world, so we need a girl who looks like a fashion model. If she’s smart, that’s great, but at the end of the day people want to see a really pretty face.”