Thursday, 27 February 2014

Tips on how to avoid sagging skin

Sagging skinSagging skin is caused by many factors, but the main culprit is weight changes and ageing. Here are tips to avoid sagging skin:
1. Exercise – Resistance training
Regular exercise keeps your skin tight and toned. Resistance training allows you to build muscle while burning fat. Avoid weights that are too heavy and endurance exercises such as running for long distances. Endurance exercises on their own are not sufficient, especially if you are over 40. In fact, endurance exercises may contribute to the wrinkling and sagging of skin if they are not paired with weight training.
2. Don’t gain or lose weight too fast
When this happens, your skin doesn’t have enough time to adapt to the loss of elasticity and connection with muscle. While you may want to lose weight quickly, a healthy rate of weight loss is one to two kilos per week. At this rate, you can lose weight while building muscle at the same time.
3. Have a healthy diet
Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, while avoiding sugar and processed foods. Sugar is bad for your skin as it causes inflammation, which breaks down collagen and elastin. This results in sagging skin, wrinkles and cellulite.
4. Invest in your skin care
As you get older, you need more than a basic routine of washing and moisturising your face. Look for products that contain Vitamins A and C, as they help retain elasticity and thus prevent sagging.
5. Protect your skin from the sun
The sun is one of the biggest causes of ageing. Ageing occurs when you lose elasticity and sun exposure speeds this process. Prevent this by limiting your sun exposure and by using sunscreen.
While you cannot completely prevent sagging skin, you can certainly do a lot to minimise it.

Friday, 21 February 2014


Stories are told of people being drugged in drinking joints and then robbed... How does this exactly take place? Has it ever happened to you? What drugs are used? Where do they obtain the drugs?

HOW IT HAPPENS; They lurk in pubs, restaurants and wine/spirits joints waiting for their "customers". They make a living from drugging unsuspecting KUDUNGA". It involves putting a sedating drug or a stupefying agent into the drink, mostly alcohol of an unsuspecting victim... It's common in pubs in Nairobi's downtown CBD... SABINA JOY, WALLET, APPLE BEES. They prefer canned beers/juices as it's difficult to notice. They are also common in THIKA, GITHURAI 45, PARTS OF MOMBASA, RUIRU, NGARA, JUJA, KAHAWA WEST and ZIMMERMAN. They collude with unscrupulous medical personnel to obtain restricted medication for use in this vice. The culprits are mostly young ladies in their early 20's. They lurk in pubs/restaurants identifying their targets and mostly frequent night clubs. And the girls are adept at their art; they've perfected the practice of changing hair/dress styles for maximum disguise. They mostly use a benzodiazepine called Zolpidem(stilnox, stilnoct), popularly known as "MCHELE", apparently derived from the shape of a grain of rice. These drugs belong to the class of drugs called Central Nervous System Depressants. Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia(sleeping problems). It belongs to the group of drugs called central nervous system (CNS) depressants. Once the 'MCHELE' is administered, the Victim's central nervous system slows down, grinds to a near halt; Sense of judgement is impaired and sleep sets in because of the synergy with alcohol. And the next time the victim wakes up he/she finds himself/herself minus all valuables and cash. Many have experienced it but won't say it, fearing to appear stupid. Have you ever fallen victim? Do you know anyone who fell victim to this? Do you know any pub/place/restaurant where it happens? Do you know any bar/restaurant where staff/owner collude to do it? And do you know anyone who assists these criminals get the dangerous drugs? Do you know any pharmacy/clinic that dispenses such medication illegally? Please share via inbox by giving your experience.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

To all the real men

I have seen many men who fit the stereotypical "perfect guy". tall,dark,handsome,rich,generous,romantic,funny,from a good family, lives in the leafy suburbs, drives a good car etc. Not to say that this things are bad, they are good, important even.But I have learned that if someone is smart and determined, these things will always come to them, eventually.

But I have also seen another kind of man: one whose trust is completely in God. One who is full of faith, believes nothing is impossible, walks uprightly and does not seek the counsel of the ungodly. The man who sets the trend and commands respect from his peers and even superiors. He treats all people with respect and lives peaceably with all men. A man who pursues the face of God and dedicates himself to knowing His word and walking in His ways. Honorable men, respectable men. Mentors, prayer warriors, missionaries in pursuit of souls and living the higher life. They may not have all the pizzazz that the "perfect man" has but they are the desire of any wise woman.

If you are working on becoming the Proverbs 31 lady, this is the man you want because by virtue of his knowledge of God, He is strong and will do exploits. He will love you as Christ loved the church, He will honor your parents and embrace your siblings(yes, your crazy brother and loud sister) as his own, He will lead your children to the cross and teach them to be humble and to value eternal things. He will give alms to the poor and pile up blessings for your entire generation. He will be honest with you about his struggles and will let you comfort him in his pain. He will empathize with your suffering and endure you constant mood changes. He will honor God in his decisions and will not compromise his integrity to gain material wealth. He will walk you through life no matter what difficulties are thrown at you. He will cover your children and will be the priest in your house. He build your faith and draw you closer to God.

This, in my opinion, is what makes a man perfect: His love for God. For where a man's heart is, there, also, his treasure will be.

This is to all the men who have devoted themselves to God. Your reward is great. May you all find the woman who will speak to the King inside you and make you the great person God made you to be(if you haven't already). Keep at it, thank you because you have been a sure inspiration.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

US Church allows nude worship - PICTURES

Pastor Allen Parker of the White Tail Chapel delivers a sermon. Photo/Courtesy
The White Tail Chapel in Southeastern Virginia. Photo/Courtesy
A church in the United States is encouraging members of its congregation to attend services in the nude.
The congregants of a Southeastern Virginia church walk into the church fully dressed and immediately strip naked upon entry.
Addressing the media outside the Church last Sunday, Pastor Allen Parker, the leader of White Tail Chapel of Southampton, said he came to the decision to allow naked worship after concluding the clothing requirements of other churches were overly 'pretentious', and decided his own flock should be free to forgo such materialism if they desire.
“Nude worship provides an air of equality,” he said.
The Church leader said his decision is not without precedence, claiming many of the most important moments in the Bible happened while the protagonists were nude, including Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection.
The chapel is on the grounds of the White Tail Nudist Resort in Ivor, Va., about 60 miles south of Richmond.
Ordinarily, many churchgoers feel pressure to dress in their Sunday best when they attend a worship service, but that concept is foreign to members of the congregation in the Virginia Church.
But although the nudity policy is not mandatory for all attendees, most members of the church have embraced it.
Those not so comfortable with total stripping would at times only go topless, or wear their undergarments.
Those who do strip down, though, say the experience is well worth the initial discomfort.
And in an interview with a local TV station last weekend, the pastor said he is following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
“Some of the biggest moments in Jesus’ life were when he was naked,” said Mr Parker.
“When he was born, he was naked, when he was crucified he was naked and when he arose, he left his clothes in the tomb and he was naked. If God made us that way, how can that be wrong?” he wondered.
Hundreds of congregants have continued to brave the chilly winter weather on Sundays to listen to sermons at the unimposing chapel while thousands have been trooping to the compound on weekdays to take photos of the Church. More than 10,000 people visit the church each year.
Two members of the congregation who got married at the chapel, Robert and Katie Church, said they found the atmosphere welcoming.
“People are more open as far as hearing the word of God and speaking the word of God,” Mr Church said, adding; “There are people that have great means, great wealth while others don't. But you wouldn't know, and everybody treats everyone equally here. We are very happy as a Church family."

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Phd, MBA Holders Apply as Truck Drivers at Dangote Group

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Alhaji Aliko Dangote
The Chairman and Chief Executive Director of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has made a shocking disclosure that  PhD and MBA Holders were among  over 13,000  applicants who applied for the recent Graduate Executive Truck Driver in his company.

Dangote disclosed this Thursday evening during a mentorship chat with World Bank Youth Forum (WBYF) Coordinator, Mr. Rotimi Olawale with the support of the World Bank Country Director, Ms Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly.

Speaking to the surprised youthful audience, the business mogul said that the company only needed 100 drivers but was surprised to receive over 13000 graduate applicants and amongst them were about six Phd, 65 MBA, 649 Masters and over 8, 460 Bachelor degree holders.

He said what surprised him most was not the sheer number of the applicants but the quality and calibre of those that applied who equally graduated from reputable higher institutions.

"All these things are verifiable, and they all graduated from reputable institutions which is satisfactory; and our plan is to eventually make them self dependent", he said.

"Despite the fact that the drivers get trip allowances on each trip along with their salaries, the arrangement is that they will own the trucks at no interests or repayments after they must have reached 300, 000 kilometres, which is about 140 trips from Lagos to Kano and a hard working driver can complete in two years, while lazy ones can take maximum of four years", he explained.

Speaking further, Dangote stated that his company is already one of the largest conglomerates in Africa, and disclosed that the group's five-year target is to reach a net-worth of $75 billion capitalisation and among the top 100 companies in Africa.

He assured that the group, which have diversified into various trading and manufacturing subsidiaries can achieve the set target with just three of them including Dangote Cement, Dangote Sugars/Salt, and Dangote Flours.

The business icon used the opportunity to advise the youths to be focused, forthright and that determination to succeed with integrity is the key to a sustainable wealth.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Children sell sex in chang’aa dens

Police pour impounded drums of chang'aa. PHOTO|FILEPolice pour impounded drums of chang'aa.  Korogocho’s chang’aa dens are fuelling a child prostitution racket.
Whenever girls as young as 12-years-old are not working as waiters, they are selling their bodies to the patrons for as little as Sh50.
From the little money they get, they have to give their employers who double as their pimps a Sh10 fee. So rife is the exploitation that  brothels have been built to make maximum use of the childrens bodies.
Mututho rules limiting the operating hours of alcohol selling outlets do not apply in the dens. Drinking and prostitution goes on day and night.
When this writer visited the slum, he met 15-year Eunice (not her real name) outside one den who told him “Niko kazi,” (I am at work)- one of the many way they use to solicit for customers.
Eunice had a swollen ear after being beaten by man who wouldn’t pay the Sh50 they had agreed upon.
“We operate on cash before service basis.  I am sure people outside heard my screams, but nobody bothered,” she explained. She dropped out of school in Standard eight.
The cost of living was too much for her elder cousin, her guardian.  Her friend Christine (also not her name) said she was in the trade to get more pocket money.
“My parents don’t know if I am here. The advantage that we have compared to other girls is that we can use our bodies as assets if need be,” she said.
“I do not see the difference between me and a girl who asks money from her boyfriend because all of us are using our looks for our own benefit,” she added.
Thirteen-year-old Mirriam said the death of her parent who suffered from Aids forced her to turn to the brothels.
“Trust me, no girl would wish to come here if they had an alternate source of income. In Korogocho you have to make life or death decisions in order to survive,” she explained.
David Mulanzi, a social worker in the slum said because of their ‘attractiveness’, child prostitutes could be a major contributors to new HIV cases in the slums and blamed laxity in enforcing the law and poor parenting.

Will Leopards and Gor get it right in CAF run this time?

KPL champions Gor Mahia start their CAF Champions League campaign against US Bitam of Gabon, while GOtv winners AFC Leopards have a CAF Cup date with Ethiopian side Defence.PHOTO|FILEKPL champions Gor Mahia start their CAF Champions League campaign against US Bitam of Gabon, while GOtv winners AFC Leopards have a CAF Cup date with Ethiopian side Defence.PHOTO|FILE Kenya’s two most successful football clubs Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards begin their quest for elusive continental success next weekend.
Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia start their CAF Champions League campaign against US Bitam of Gabon, while GOtv winners AFC Leopards have a CAF Cup date with Ethiopian side Defence.
Apart from K’Ogalo, which beat Egypt’s Esperence to win the CAF Cup then named Nelson Mandela Cup in 1987, there is nothing to write home about local clubs.
In 2011 there was promise when Sofapaka reached the CAF Confederations Cup third, improving on previous dreary performances by our top teams.
Last year, Gor played in the CAF Cup but were knocked out in the first round by Egypt’s ENNPI on a 0-3 aggregate. The Green Army lost 0-3 away and settled for a barren draw in the return leg.
In 2012, the team took part in the same competition but was knocked out in the preliminary rounds after losing 0-4 to FerroviƔrio de Maputo.
Gor last played in the CAF Champions League in 1996 but went out in the first round. The team has  appeared in CAF competition eight times, with their best finish being a quarter-finals place in 1992 after losing to Sudan’s Al-Hilal.
The work is cut out for K’Ogalo and Ingwe. So far, the clubs are sending the right signals by strengthening their squads and conducting tight training schedules.
Gor coach Bobby Williamson is confident his team is strong enough to defend the league title and compete well in other club assignments.
“With the players I have, I am spoilt for choice. We strengthened the team by signing  some players from outside Kenya. Gor will give opponents a run for their money,” said Williamson.
The Scot brought in 11 new signings and released others as he builds a squad that can win trophies. The new players include Ugandan Geoffrey Kizito from Sai Gon, Veitnam, Godfrey Walusimbi (SC Villa), Jared Obwoge (Chemilil), Shaban Kenga (Bandari) and Rama Salim who returned to Gor from Qatar.
Others are Daniel Onyango, David Juma, Kevin Oluoch from Western Stima, James Kariuki from Karuturi Sports, Haron Shakava and Herbert Kopanya from Kakamega Homeboyz and Kanga High School. The 2010 Player of the Year George Blackberry Odhiambo also made a comeback.
“We are going into the tournament as underdogs but we shall surprise those who underestimate us,” he said.
Gor captain and goal keeper Jeremy Onyango shares the same sentiment, saying Gor would roar after previous disappointing performances.
“We dominated the league last season and are hoping to build the momentum in the CAF Cup. We look forward to winning the title,” said Onyango.
Gor’s bitter rivals AFC Leopards are bouncing back to continental action. They were eliminated in the preliminaries in the CAF Confederations Cup in 2000 by Banks SC of Ethiopia.
Their best run was semi-final appearances in both the CAF Champions league and Confederations Cup in 1968 and 1985.
Ingwe coach James Nandwa said he respected Defence and would take the match seriously.
He brought on board the 2013 Footballer of the Year Jacob Keli, Nigerian Austin Emeka, veteran defender James Situma formerly of Sofapaka, Joseph Shikokoti from Tusker and Musa Mudde who previously played for Tanzanian giants Sports Simba.
“This is a tough competition, which requires experienced players. By finishing second in their league, Defence are no pushovers. We cannot afford to underrate them. AFC is looking beyond this game to the next round,” he said.
Defender Martin Imbalambala said the team does not have to fear. He said they have trained hard and are looking forward to good results.