KQ explains why you can’t switch seats freely in half-empty flights

Kenya Airways has explained why passengers are not allowed to change seats at will in half-empty flights.

The airline was tasked by a British passenger who had flown to London in a half-empty plane but his colleagues were denied permission to move seats.

Kevin Marsh wrote on Twitter how his colleagues will be flying British Airways next time.

“I’ve always flown @KenyaAirways through thick and thin…but they are going down tubes. Today London flight half empty but colleagues who wanted to move to empty seats stopped from doing it…no reason…they will be going BA next time,” he tweeted.

Kenya Airways explained to Kevin why they do not allow passengers to change seats, citing balance and the centre of gravity.

“Hi, seat allocation for a flight that is not full is done in such a way to balance the aircraft in flight. The center of gravity has to be kept at all times for the safety of all on board,” wrote the airline.

Users did not however buy the airline’s explanation, questioning why upon paying before boarding one is allowed to change seats.

Matilu Mwau wrote; “2 hours ago they tried to squeeze some dollars from me for changing seats. How is that even possible?”

A user, Martin Dominik rubbished the balancing explanation given.

“This is an issue on flights with a low load for take-off (sometimes sections get blocked off), but after having reached cruising altitude, you should be able to move.”

Source:Nairobi News

Trump adds misery to Green Card holders in US

Just days after US President Donald Trump said his administration was working to end the ever popular Green Card Lottery (Diversity Visa Program), those who have one will now be forced to pay.

Low-income immigrants legally living in the United States, including Green Card holders, are now set to be forced to repay aid they have received from the American government.

In a memorandum, Trump said foreigners living the US must be financially self-sufficient.

“In order to protect benefits for American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient,” said Trump in an announcement of the plan.

According to the memorandum, the plan requires immigrants living in the US legally and receiving government aid to provide reimbursements for this aid.

While defending the plan, the White House said many immigrants take advantage of US generosity, pointing out that 58 percent of all non-citizen households’ benefit from at least one welfare program.

Last year, government officials said they would be enforcing a law requiring immigrants to “show they can support themselves financially.”

Two weeks ago, Trump unveiled a new immigration proposal that would among other things eliminate the Green Card.

The Diversity Visa Program issues 50,000 green cards annually on a lottery basis to nationals of countries with low immigration rates to the United States.

In the proposal, the 50,000 permanent resident visas issued annually under the 50,000 would instead be re-allocated to employment-based applicants.

Trump said the proposal would also limit family-based sponsorship to children and spouses of US citizens.

Trump criticized the current immigration system that includes granting green cards on a lottery basis and based on having relatives in the United States as dysfunctional and unfair.

SOURCE: Nairobi News

Germany to issue Visas to e-passport holders only

The German government has stopped issuing Visas to Kenyan holding the old generation passports as Nairobi races to phase out the old travel document by September 1.

The Embassy said Kenyans planning to travel to Germany after June 1 will only be get Visa appointment after acquiring the e-passport, in line with the Schengen laws that demand visas be more than 90 days old.

This means that Visas pasted on the old generation passport from June 1 will be less than 90 days.

“Please note that according to the announcement of the Kenyan government, the old Kenyan passport will expire on September 1, 2019.

“Pursuant to current Schengen laws, passports must still be valid at least 90 days after the end of the validity of a given Visa, so for visa applications for travels ending after June, 1, 2019, from now on — only new Kenyan passports can be accepted,” the Embassy said yesterday in a notice posted on its website.

Kenya is set to replace the current ‘analogue’ travel documents with the new electronic passport in a move aimed at curbing forgery and easing clearance at international airports

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He said Yes! CNN’s Richard Quest proposes to lover

The Quest Means Business presenter took to instagram on Monday to share news of how the proposal went down writing, “I asked, and he said “yes””.

The accompanying photo featured the journalist and his lover beaming at the camera.

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Quest was recently in Kenya where he spoke about his sexual orientation.

Speaking on Capital FM, Quest said that he is unapologetic for advocating for decriminalization of same-sex marriages.

“I am obviously going to be advancing an agenda that says there should be at least the decriminalization of same sexual activity. It is straight forward, I am not gonna mess around with that one. That is obviously my belief,” he said.

Double standards?

Quest’s visit to Kenya stirred conversation on social media after he attended a church service at the Kiunas’ Jubilee Christian Church, Nairobi. The move elicited mixed reactions with a section of social media users wondering whether Kenyan churches were finally embracing gays.

Kenya Films and Classification Board (KFCB) chair Ezekiel Mutua was also accused of being ‘hypocritical’ and having double standards for seemingly siding with the Kiunas, despite his usually hard-line stance against same sex unions.

“Quest may be gay, but he is a top-notch journalist who can sense newsworthy stories with unique angles,” Mutua wrote.

The journalist was in Nairobi to cover a series of business stories and joined 234 passengers for the inaugural Kenya Airways direct flight from Nairobi to New York on October 28, 2018.

Court upholds law against same sex marriages

On 24 May 2019, the High Court of Kenya declined to decriminalise sections of the Penal Code that make it illegal to have consensual same sex in Kenya

Judges Roselyn Aburili, Chacha Mwita and John Mativo dismissed the case filed by Eric Gitari and a host of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex groups, which sought decriminalisation of sections 162 and 165 of the law.

The judges said that declaring the sections illegal would open the door to unions of persons of the same sex, creating a conflict with article 45(2) of the Constitution.

The article states that marriage is between a man and a woman.

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Marrying at an older age becoming a trend across the globe: Report

Couples across the world are waiting for a longer period of time before they get married and thus have a higher likelihood of cohabiting, a new report shows.

The 2019 Global Wedding Report found that marrying at older age is becoming a trend and thus cohabiting is becoming common with couples in U.K, France and Spain having roughly 9 in every ten couples living together before they get married.

According to the report, couples in religious countries like Mexico and Brazil are less likely to cohabit.

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Countries where couples are likely to cohabit. Source: 2019 Global Wedding Report

The report surveyed 20,000 recently married couples in US, UK, Canada, India, France, Mexico, Italy, Peru, Portugal, Columbia, Chile Argentina, Brazil and Spain.

It is most expensive to hold a wedding the U.S according to the report and lowest in South America.

Even with the advice peddled around on not taking loans to hold a wedding, the report found that a significant number of couples take out a loan or incur a credit card debt to finance their wedding.

Spain and Italy top on the countries where family supports the couple on their wedding costs helping them cover around two-thirds of the expenses.

Planning

According to the report, couples that have been living together before wedding tend to have shorter planning timelines. Columbian couples have the shortest wedding planning timelines- around seven months. US and Canadian couples typically start preparing for the wedding 14 months to, with UK having the longest timeline-15 months.

According to most of the 20,000 couples that were interviewed on the report, when hiring wedding vendors, the couples prioritize photography with an exception to France where catering was the top vendor category hired.

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Red flags in weddings that show marriage wont last : Photographers speak

Bride dress and the weather

Brides in the US and Europe still prefer a white dress but many seek to reflect their unique styles by having unique necklines, silhouettes, accessories among others

The weather is the largest determinant when couples are choosing their wedding day, the report says.

“September and October tend to be the peak months for weddings across Europe and North America, while weddings taking place in the southern hemisphere are most popular from October to February,” its states.

“December is the most common month for couples to get engaged throughout many countries. Canada and the U.S. had the largest percentage of engagements occurring in December,”

 

Interestingly, a wedding in Spain is likely to have an open bar while majority of weddings in the UK have champagne toast but no free-flowing beverages.

Providing a great guest experience is a must-have in many cultures.

In Spain, this might mean serving unexpected drinks like a mojito or including a beer bar, while in Chile guests may be treated to a one-of-a-kind late-night party (la hora loca).

Colombian weddings have the lowest guest count at 90, while India far surpasses all other places with an average of 524 guests.

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Parents’ Involvement

The report that polled couples from 14 different countries also reveals that a majority of couples in America seek their parent’s blessings prior to getting engaged.

” For many, this is seen as a kind gesture and sign of respect rather than a true need to secure permission. This is less common in European countries, where couples will make the decision to marry and then share the news with their parents,” states the report released in May 2019.

Further, religious as a default in wedding is declining with U.K being the least religious country  with 70 per cent of its young population saying they have no religious affiliations.

Americans, Indians and Canadians are most likely to marry someone of a different race, ethnicity or religion with 2 in every 10 couples marrying someone of a different religion, race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO: American couple fight for custody of their adopted Kenyan baby as Kenyan authorities accuse them of being traffickers

An American couple is going through agony after police raided their home and took their adopted Kenyan child Kiano claiming they were child traffickers.

In a You Tube video dubbed  #BringKianoHome, the couple, Matt and Daisy Mazzoncini said 13 men stormed their house claiming to be police and took the three year old baby away.

According to Daisy, problems began when they decided to take baby Kiano abroad for treatment as they adopted him when he was sick. The couple who have been married for nine years say they adopted the baby after struggling with infertility . He was sickly and has been on medicine since then.

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When the couple met Baby Kiano, he was  three months old, but looked like an infant as he had lung problems and an eating disorder. They applied to be his legal guardians at Nairobi Children’s Court and were granted full guardianship on April 2017.

“Kiano has epilepsy, he is currently on anti-seizure medication which is not a good long term solution for him, has a lot of side effects ,” explained Daisy.

KNHCR advised them to make an application in court to travel to have Kiano checked by a neurologist abroad.

“The Child Welfare Society of Kenya made an application to be enjoined as an interested party saying that they think that we are child traffickers, that the child is in grave danger and that he was not sick,” said Daisy.

” We have been accused of beating our son, of trying to flee the country and being challenged in court that we have falsified documents, that Kiano is not sick and the medical reports are fake and that we are unfit to be guardians, it is totally hurtful and frustrating,” explains Matt Mazzoncini.

Daisy explains how men raided their home traumatizing them and the child

“Friday evening, out of nowhere, these people around 13 came to our house, saying they were police, they had no uniform, they said I should not call anyone and snatched my phone away, then they took Kiano away,” says Daisy.

DCI soon tweeted that they had conducted an operation to rescue the child from two American citizens. The tweet was later pulled down.

Daisy believes they are being harassed  because they have refused to bribe or be exploited.

Music icon Ed Sheeran has added his voice appealing for the couple to get back their child.

Ed Sheeran shared a photo of his Music video director, Jason Koenig, which tagged BBC and State House Kenya and #BringKianohome. Jason is the director of Shape of You and Perfect

My best friend’s child was abducted in Kenya. Friends please share and retweet to help #BringKianoHome. @BBCNews will you look into this? @StateHouseKenya can you help

Kenyan activist Bonface Mwangi also in a tweet shared a video of how police raided Matt and Daisy’s home.

have a case to answer for lying to the public and framing an innocent couple. please

Activist and the admin of Buyer Beware Facebook page Jackson Njeru also put in his voice saying there was a cartel of cops, judiciary and child service that want to extort the couple.

@JacksonNjeru254 This Scams been going on. A well of foreign couple adopts a Kid, Once the Couple is emotionally attached to the Kid the Cartel abducts the kid and the Couple has to Pay Millions for the Kid to be released to them. Cartel consists of Cops, Judiciary, Child services and Home

Another user @sheekamau added her voice saying:

These people who keep saying that this couple is child trafficking : kindly check the cost of managing***epilepsy and see that if they indeed wanted to abduct a child there are so many that are less costlier to maintain. Absolutely heartbreaking to do this to a kid

According to thestar.co.ke, Matt is a former senior executive of Starbucks  and now Vice-President of a tech start-up in New York whereas his wife Daisy is a missionary volunteer who has been in Kenya for three years.

Jeff Bezos’ wife, MacKenzie, world’s 3rd richest woman after divorce settlement

MacKenzie Bezos, 48, will now own 4% shares of Amazon.com Inc after taking 25% of her husband, Jeff Bezos’, stake at the world’s largest e-commerce marketplace according to their divorce settlement.

Her stake will be worth about Sh.3.5 trillion ($35 billion). The shares will make her the third richest woman in the world -after Bettencourt Meyers (the richest women in the world), and Alice Walton- while Jeff will remain the world’s richest person, according to Forbes.

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MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos

The world’s richest couple first made news about their impending divorce in January through social media. The announcement caused ripples; with worries that Jeff could end up losing his voting power at Amazon or that he together with MacKenzie would liquate their large stakes at the giant online retailer.

Jeff Bezos, 55, is the largest single shareholder at Amazon with a 16.3% stake as per one of their latest proxy statements. Despite giving 25% to MacKenzie, Jeff will retain the sole voting authority over the shares (the 16.3%) unless MacKenzie donates them to a nonprofit or trades them in the open market.

Jeff Bezos, who founded the company in 1994 as an online bookseller, is having a new partner, former television news anchor Lauren Sanchez.

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DEPRESSION SERIES: Empire actress Taraji P. Henson reveals her battle with anxiety and getting the right therapist

The Empire star Taraji P. Henson is the latest celebrity to open up about her battle with depression.

In an interview with Page Six, the 48 year old said she is currently at her lowest in dealing with anxiety

“I suffer from depression, My anxiety is kicking up, even more, every day, and I’ve never really dealt with anxiety like that. It’s something new,” Taraji told Page Six

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Taraji P Henson

 

RIGHT THERAPIST

Henson, who stars on “Empire” as Cookie Lyon, says she goes to therapy regularly and had to go through professionals in order to find the right fit.

“You’ve got to keep going until you find the right one,” she added. “It’s like a relationship. I’ve got to feel comfortable because that’s the only way I’m going to keep coming back to you. To keep dealing with this ugly stuff, I have to feel totally safe.”

The Oscar-nominated actress also expressed that the lack of privacy in her life contributed to her depression and anxiety.

“It wears on me,” Henson explained. “I have to be conscious about everything. Everything. Every move I make, everything that comes out of my mouth. I have to go over it. That’s not living. That’s not just being. Living is being in the moment and saying whatever the f—k you want to say and that’s what it is. But I can’t do that.”

Source:Page Six

Huddah slams fake Kenyans mourning American rapper Nipsey yet can’t post about a friend’s business 

Socialite Huddah Monroe has slammed on Kenyans  mourning and posting about the death of American rapper Nipsey Hussle who was shot six times on April 1.

According to Huddah, Kenyans are fake mourning the 33 year old rapper but can never post anything about their friends.

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Socialite Hudda Monroe

It has only been two days since Nipsey was killed and the entire hip hop fraternity has been plunged into mourning, with some big names across the world condemning gun violence.

“These African Americans don’t listen to music from Africa. Ninety nine per cent of them don’t even know where Africa is. That’s why I don’t listen to hip hop and trap whatever,” she said.

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Huddah slammed Kenyans who focus on riding on the wave on social media without even an idea who the rapper was or why he was killed.

” Your friend’s business is there but you will never post and you are here posting RIP Nipsey. Sing one of his songs and let’s see who actually knows him. Messed up generation,” she wrote.

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Obama relives memories of his Kenyan visits

President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America, has today said that one of his most memorable trip abroad was when he visited Kenya in his mid 20’s.

The former US President with roots in Kenya who met First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at the 19th World Travel and Tourism Global Summit in Seville, Spain, spoke as he interacted with delegates drawn from across the world.

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He said he made the trip to Kenya because he wanted to understand his heritage, the place where his father was born and also to meet members of his extended family.

President Obama acknowledged the presence of the Kenyan First Lady and expressed his gratitude saying he was pleased to see her representing Kenya at the summit.

When asked about how travel has shaped his world view, Obama said travel helps to remind people of their heritage and the diversity of the human race.

Travel also reminds us what we are, what we share and what we have in common,” said the former US President.

He gave a narration, saying that if you see a child playing and laughing in Kenya, and travel to Hawaii you will experience a similar thing repeated but by a child from a different background.

“This is the commonality we are talking about,” Obama said.

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Former US President Barack Obama chats with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on the sidelines of the 19th World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit in Seville, Spain on April 3, 2019. Image: PSCU

He expressed his interest in the young generation saying the youth are more adaptable to different cultures and environment without many reservations.

“Young people are more tolerant and not afraid of the unfamiliar or change,” the former US President said.

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New Jersey passes law allowing the terminally-ill to end their lives

Most people believe God gives life and takes it away. But think of this scenario. At the extreme end of the prolonged illness, you are given a legal leeway to take your life to enable you to fade away forever from the excruciating pain.

Does it sound right? Well, it has happened before. It is still happening. This is a tale of some states in America.

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The latest is New Jersey, which on Monday, passed a bill to give terminally-ill people the right to end their lives. Yes, the right to commit suicide.
The bill dubbed “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act” was signed on Tuesday into law and grant patients, with six or fewer months to live, the onus to self-administer life-ending medication.

A patient seeking to have a life-ending medication will have to consult two doctors who will carry an assessment that will determine if indeed the patient had less than six months to live.

The patient will then have to request for the medication three times, including once in writing in presence of two witnesses. Upon being served, the patient will self administer the medication.

Congratulations
In as much as it may sound outrageous, the number of accolades lawmakers have received for passing the bill raises eyebrows as to whether this is the time one should prepare for the biblical coming of the Messiah.
In his congratulation message, the governor of New Jersey thanked lawmakers for making New Jersey a more “dignified and emphatic state.”
“Allowing terminally ill and dying residents the dignity to make end-of-life decisions according to their own consciences is the right thing to do. I look forward to signing this legislation into law,” said the Governor on Monday.
The Democratic Party,  on whose ticket Barrack Obama sailed to power, has approved of the bill terming it a major milestone and the most consequential bill that they will not hesitate to work on.