CORD demands national dialogue conference with Jubilee counterparts on July 7 to address mounting concerns by Kenyans @CapitalFM_kenya
Saturday, May 31, 2014
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He says as much as political leaders have a right to advance their beliefs, they should avoid inciting people since the country was already on the move.
Addressing residents of Narok West constituency where he opened five classrooms, the Deputy President said the Jubilee administration will only focus on developing the country.
“We will respect and protect their right to say what they want to say but they must know that while they have their say, we have our way – to ensure we transform the country,” he stated.
Ruto said that time for politics of mass action, demonstrations that divide Kenyans along tribal lines was over, adding that leaders should instead spend their energy on nation building.
He said so far the government has laid foundation to its development agenda and not even protests can change the facts.
The Deputy President cited several projects being undertaken by the government as testimony of its pledge to serve Kenyans, adding that the Jubilee administration was confident it will deliver on its scorecard.
“We said that we will construct a Standard Gauge Railway line and the project has already started,” he pointed out.
Ruto said that since independence, a total of 14,000 kilometres road network has been built in the country but the Jubilee has plans to construct 10,000 kilometres in five years.
On electricity, he pointed out that a record breaking 400,000 homesteads have been connected to the national grid in the past one year adding that the government is making plans to reduce the cost of electricity in the country.
The Deputy President also noted that County Commissioners have their work cut out to enhance service delivery at the grassroots by ensuring national government employees remain accountable.
“County commissioners will ensure that national government employees are accountable and deliver on the national agenda in line with the constitution to enable the country move forward,” he said.
Leaders from Narok County who accompanied the DP asked Kenyans to shun those bent on dividing the country to gain cheap political mileage.
Led by Narok senator Stephen ole Ntutu, they said that “the Opposition are perpetual complainants with no agenda for the country… the country cannot be kept in an election mode forever.”
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An emergency dispatcher who made disparaging remarks about Oprah Winfrey during the Maya Angelou 911 call has been suspended.
An emergency dispatcher who made disparaging remarks about Oprah Winfrey during the Maya Angelou 911 call has been suspended, ET has learned.
EMS Director Dan Ozimek gave a statement to ET, saying, "These comments are unacceptable and we have opened an internal investigation to look into the circumstances surrounding this event."
John Ruckh was heard on the 911 tape saying that Oprah, a friend of Angelou's had "fallen out of grace" after a controversial interview in which Oprah expressed her thoughts about race in America.
"Unfortunately, I work in a high-profile job and everything's recorded," Ruckh told the Winston-Salem Journal. "This is in no way a racial slur, slander, associated conversation ... I really hate that this happened at the time that it did, because this is taking away from Maya Angelou's passing."
Dr. Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Wednesday at age 86.
She was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis and in the 1960s served as the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. She also worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X. Among her achievements, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 and the Lincoln Medal in 2008.
After Angelou's passing, Oprah gave this statement to ET: "I've been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my twenties. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. 'When you learn, teach. When you get, give,' is one of my best lessons from her. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it's how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds."
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MIAMI – The only thing more intimidating than LeBron James in control is LeBron James in a controlled fury.
The best player in basketball responded to the Indiana Pacers' resident housefly, Lance Stephenson, with an emphatic swat on Friday, racing his Miami Heat past Indiana with anunsightly 117-92 stomping to finish the Eastern Conference finals in six games. James greeted Stephenson in the first quarter of the win with a hand to the face, an elbow to the shoulder and a shoulder to the jaw on his way to the rim. He followed that with his lethal array of soft jumpers and touch passes, even rejecting a George Hill layup in a highlight that cemented the game before 9:30 p.m. local time.
When Stephenson, who infamously blew into James' ear in Game 5, put his palm on James' beard in the first quarter, the four-time MVP stood up, faced his foil, and said, "Hey, yo, you touch my face one more time …."
You can figure out the rest.
Stephenson would get out of James' face and the dysfunctional Pacers are now out of Miami's way. James and his teammates are back in the NBA Finals for a fourth straight time – a feat rarely done in professional sports. The Big Three – James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – are unbeaten in clinching games at home since they arrived here.
What makes the team even more fearsome is that it's peaking now – throttling higher on its blend of execution and emotion, and just plain throttling opponents. This is a machine now, and it is accelerating.
"We know we can impose our will," Wade said. "A few years ago, we were unsure."
The Heat's Game 5 loss in Indianapolis was aggravating to the two-time defending NBA champions. "We had a very angry group yesterday when we met for practice," said head coach Erik Spoelstra. Shane Battier seconded it: "We were as focused as I've seen in a long time."
The focus stayed, even when Stephenson started "being himself," in the words of Norris Cole, who got a slap to the face from the Pacers' irritant, resulting in a flagrant foul for Stephenson. Cole went down to the court for several minutes and it looked like the game would devolve into a brawl, but James wouldn't have any chaos. When Udonis Haslem started jawing at Stephenson, going so far as to threaten him from the bench, James restrained his longtime teammate, pushing him back and getting in between Haslem and Stephenson. James later said the slap was "uncalled for," but explained, "I guess I know what the bigger picture is."
James has indeed learned what the bigger picture is. He is the bigger picture.
Norris Cole suffered a smack to the face, courtesy of Indiana's Lance Stephenson. (AP)
Later in the game, James got in Cole's face and reminded him, "We have another round."
It felt like the entire capacity crowd here wanted to take a swing at Stephenson, but James redirected all the energy into the building into irrepressible basketball. It was remarkable to see the Heat grow in the moment while the Pacers wilted.
The destruction was clear in the Pacers' locker room after the game. Stephenson said he didn't remember the face wash of James or what was said. He insisted he didn't intend to hit Cole in the face even though, "I know it looked bad." He said he had no regrets – three times, in fact.
In the other corner of the room, Roy Hibbert sat crumpled in a folding chair, his shoulders curved forward and his head down. He looked both despondent and dilapidated. Asked if it's getting more difficult to beat the Heat with every passing year, he could say only, "They're a good team. They execute."
Paul George (R) had 29 points, most of which came when the game was out of reach for Indiana. (AP)
The Pacers' dissolution makes the Heat's resilience more impressive. Miami's players have held fast in a city of distractions and a league of distractions. There are three huge photos of Heat players beyond the team's locker room door, and two of them – one of Wade and one of Haslem – prominently feature rivulets of blood. The gashes end up making the opponent weaker.
"We wanted to win this very badly," Battier said. "Very badly. For multiple reasons." Battier said that was clear in the minutes before the game began. Nothing was said in the locker room. "Didn't need to," he said.
It was Battier of all people who came the closest to retaliating verbally for all the obnoxiousness the Pacers slung throughout the series. He said he was looking forward to the team's Finals opponent, whether San Antonio or Oklahoma City, being "about basketball" rather than "the chicanery we faced."
You know how to gauge the Heat's maturity when the angriest postgame word uttered is "chicanery."
The Heat players are beyond pettiness. They're beyond the Pacers. They're simply beyond. They are bound for their fourth straight Finals, and although James spreads credit like he spreads the ball around, he is the emotional engine – hot but never overheated.
"He's always the most intense when the moment is biggest," Cole said. "That's what he does."
James can't be slowed with "chicanery." He can't be slowed with strategy. It's uncertain whether his controlled fury can be slowed at all.
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Not long after the TMZ audio leak that made Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling an instant pariah, it became clear he was unlikely to hold onto the NBA team for long.
The question then was not so much “who wants to buy the L.A. Clippers?” as “who doesn’t?” Folks including Magic Johnson, Larry Ellison, Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen, Matt Damon and even Frankie Muniz expressed interest in releasing the team from the clutches of an owner perceived by many as a repugnant racist.
Now, former Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer has come out ahead in the bidding war with a cool $2 billion offer for a team that, just this past January, was valued at only $575 million by Forbes. Ballmer, known as a bit of a big spender during his tenure at Microsoft (recall that $8.5 billion Skype buy?), is an avid basketball fan who can well afford this purchase; his net worth is a reported $20 billion, largely due to his Microsoft holdings.
And while we’ve seen business deals just this week that are worth more, $2 billion is a record price tag for an NBA team. As an entertaining exercise, Yahoo Finance looked into some of the other purchases that could be made for this price or less, with an eye toward Ballmer and his specific likes (he’s a golf lover, and has been known to hold many business meetings at a favorite Washington steakhouse). Items tallied are equal to or just a bit less than $2 billion; it's worth noting that, after buying Del Frisco's (DFRG) and BJ's (BJRI) at their current market cap totals, Ballmer would have enough cash left over to purchase approximately 167,785,234 10 oz bottles of Lea & Perrin's Worcestershire sauce.
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