Is your child playing enough?

Is your child playing enough?

Play has a crucial role in brain development among children as shown by various researches, supporting intellectual, emotional and social abilities.

By DR JUSTINE ODIONYI

Promotion of physical activity among adults has elicited a lot of attention in the recent past. People are learning the importance of staying active, taking up a sport, walking, jogging or going to the gym. Children on the other hand are expected to naturally not have a challenge with physical activity since in our traditional set-up physical play time was more than enough.The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines physical activity as any body movements produced by skeletal muscles and results in energy expenditure. Physical activity can be achieved through working, doing household chores, engaging in leisure activities and physical play. WHO further explains that it is beyond exercise, which is planned coordinated movements and is a subset of physical activity.

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The way forward for Kenya post 2017 polls

The way forward for Kenya post 2017 polls

Kenya’s is neither a legal nor a constitutional problem, but a political problem that will require a political approach to solve.

By VINCENT KIMOSOP

In 2017, Kenya has gone through the phases of its most protracted electioneering period since Independence. The intrigues witnessed during this election include an unprecedented scale of mass protests against the elections management body, numerous electoral-related litigations, the first annulment of a presidential poll, the withdrawal of a major candidate and the resignation of a top election management body officer culminating in a controversial repeat election characterised by a significant voter boycott, cancelation of elections in 25 constituencies, the lowest voter turnout and the highest victory thresholds for the eventual winner.

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Your personal brand strategy in 9 steps

Your personal brand strategy in 9 steps

Personal branding takes time, hard work, resilience, character and belief in self.

By WANJIRU KANG’ARA

“This is a very complicated world; it’s a very noisy world. And we’re not going to get a chance to get people to remember much about us. No company is. And so we have to be really clear on what we want them to know about us.” These are succinct words spoken by Steve Jobs to the Apple team. He was talking about the company’s brand marketing “Think Different” campaign, but in essence, he defined branding. Steve Jobs is a super brand, who like other global personal brands, lived ahead of his time. Coincidentally, he honoured these greats in the “Think Different” campaign.

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It’s time to decentralise our energy strategy

It’s time to decentralise our energy strategy

Despite ranking high in the provision of green energy, energy security and environmental dimensions, it performs poorly in energy equity.

By REHEMA KHIMULU

Kenya leads Africa in green energy. Approximately 60 per cent of the grid is powered by renewables. There still lies a great potential that has not been harnessed yet. For instance, potential for large hydropower is estimated at 6,000MW with only half of this online. Small hydro power projects have a potential for 3,000MW of which only 30MW has been developed.

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A model for energy sustainability

A model for energy sustainability

Energy performance contracting helps companies implement sustainable energy technologies in their processes without having to go through the investment risks.

By FENWICKS SHOMBE

The high cost of doing business in the 21st Century has mediated new thinking in terms of use of sustainable energy. The survival of many businesses partly relies on their sustainable use of energy and how agile they are in adoption of emergent renewable energy technologies. Some of the sustainable energy initiatives include the use of biomass boilers for generation of steam, deployment of energy efficiency initiatives like use of energy-saving bulbs for lighting, use of solar water heating technologies and carrying out energy use audits.

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Is coal energy viable for Kenya?

Is coal energy viable for Kenya?

The economic and business case for mega-plants is shaky, even for the ‘planet-friendly’ wind farms such as in Turkana.

By DAVID OBURA

What do the classic indicators of income or economic activity, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), or Gross National Income (GNI), really measure? One perspective is that they show how much a country, or group of people, has harnessed energy and material goods in the service of its people or members. A traditional hut, a first-owner home in Nairobi’s South C and the mansions in Runda show this eloquently.

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Africa should innovate to grow

Africa should innovate to grow

African governments should be proactive in adopting new technologies.

By FRANCOIS VAN DYK

Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), believes that the world is in a massive change which he explores in his book, The Fourth Industrial Revolution. This fourth revolution follows on the digital revolution which started in the 1980’s. Though this digital revolution is still ongoing, Schwab sees new emerging technologies such as the internet of things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, 3D printing and others as fundamentally changing how people interact with each other, technology and even the environment.

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The new medium of exchange

The new medium of exchange

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain assets are the newest and potentially most promising new asset class.

By JONATHAN MISOI

The Rotary Club of Eldoret, where I am a member, played host to a talk titled “Cryptocurrencies: Myths, Facts, Figures and Future”. As I took to the stage to speak, I could see the faces of attendees, fully packed in our small Rotary meeting place, pregnant with expectation and questions of what Cryptocurrencies hold for them and the future.

I shot the first question: “By show of hands, how many have heard about Bitcoins?”Many hands rose.

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The future of work is here

The future of work is here

The ‘workforce’ of the future will include Artificial Intelligence, freelancers and even crowd-sourcing. Artifical Intelligence will do most of the ‘heavy-lifting’ or repetitive tasks, enabling human employees to operate more productively. 

By FRANCOIS VAN DYK

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

I have always been a bit of a science-fiction fan. Certainly not one of those that get dressed up for comic conventions like The Big Bang Theory’s nerdy scientists Leonard, Sheldon, Wolowitz and Raj but a sci-fi fan nonetheless.

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People are the core of every organisation

People are the core of every organisation

Jacqueline Mugo, the Executive Director of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE), speaks on what organisations need to do to attract and retain talent.

By KAGENI MUSE

“To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace,” is a quote by Doug Conant of American firm Campbell Soup, which points to the importance of getting right the employee factor for any organisation. Chinese billionaire Jack Ma in his recent visit to Kenya too spoke of the importance of taking care of people – customers and employees – because they take care of the shareholder.

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