• Rex Sikes' Movie Beat chats with documentary producer/director Bob Hercules PT 2

    in Film

    Bob Hercules PT 2 is an award-winning producer/director and co-owner of Media Process Group—a Chicago-based production company. Hercules received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University’s School of Communication in 1979 and his Master of Arts degree in Film from the University of Michigan in 1983. Hercules’ work has been seen widely on PBS, the Discovery Channel, IFC, The Learning Channel and through television syndication nationwide. His newest documentary, Radical Disciple: The Story of Father Pfleger, chronicles the iconoclastic priest, Mike Pfleger, whose confrontational methods to fight racism has put him in direct conflict with the Catholic hierarchy. Premiered at the 2009 Black Harvest Film Festival. Hercules 2007 film, Senator Obama Goes to Africa, was released on DVD by First Run Features and has run on television stations in over 100 countries. The film is a chronicle of Obama’s momentous 2006 diplomatic trip to Africa, including a stop at his late father’s homeland near Kisumu, Kenya. Hercules’ 2006 documentary, Forgiving Dr. Mengele, tells the remarkable story of Auschwitz survivor and former ‘Mengele twin’ Eva Mozes Kor, whose decision to forgive the perpetrators as an act of self-healing sparked a firestorm of criticism. The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival and the Crystal Heart Award at the 2006 Heartland Film Festival. Currently in home video release from First Run Features. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

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    Tuju gets mixed reception in Kisumu

    in Social Networking

    Presidential aspirant Raphael Tuju yesterday received a mixed reception in Kisumu with his motorcade stoned in one area and cheering crowds in others.The former Cabinet minister stirred the lakeside city in his first campaign tour as hundreds of supporters and opposers followed him around the town.
    One resident had a placard that read "Wewe ni ndume. Nyanza si shamba la mtu mmoja (You are a hero. Nyanza is not anyone's shamba)," while another read "Usitishwe na yeyote (Let no one cow you)."
    Tuju left his Milimani Estate home in a convoy and visited all the major residential estates in the town including Nyalenda, Manyatta, Kibuye, the main bus stop and Kondele. "The Luo should not put all their eggs in one basket," said one shopkeeper who was given an opportunity to speak in Manyatta.
    He was probably referring to Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the presidential aspirant considered most popular among the Luo. From Milimani, Tuju traversed sections of the town without a hitch up to Kondele where he encountered a hostile crowd. Tuju's campaign bus was stoned by the crowd, shattering a window. Two other vehicles were also damaged by the stone-throwing youth.
    The group shouted "No Raila No peace" as they chased after the Tuju convoy. Some in the crowd said Tuju was a spoiler for Raila's campaign in his stronghold Nyanza....Click here

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    InfiniteTennis with Collins Agwanda Tennis Kenya

    in Sports

    Our Guest: Collins "Victoria Tennis" Agwanda, is a Tennis coach, educator and local leader and service provider in the Manyatta Slums near Kisumu, Kenya.  Be inspired by his vision, and what he started to create at age 17.  Now he influences thousands of children in his area.
    Infinite Tennis is hosted by Bill Patton, a 25 year career Tennis Professional certified by both USPTA and PTR.  He has been honored to learn from some of the greatest coaches in the world and is reaching out, so that you can get to know them, and learn from them.  Infinite Tennis also looks out for the little guy, and gives voice to topics in Tennis that affect many of us Tennis Players.  

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    Overcoming Every Obstacle - Firm Foundation

    in Spirituality

    B.L.I.F. Network presents Firm Foundation with our host Evangelist Owen Bruce. We are pleased to have as our guests Pastors Alfred and Roslyn Ochieng who are missionaries in Kenya in the village of Kisumu (Nairobi). God has brought this precious couple together from different corners of the globe to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the poor and destitute. They oversee an orphanage of 150 children and with great compassion they are helping as many children as they can to overcome the obstacles that life brings their way. Please tune in and be encouraged because we can rise above every challenge of life through faith in Jesus Christ. 
    "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:57, NKJV)

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    Interview with Dr. Barack O. Abonyo

    in Science

    Frontier Magazine will interview microbiologist Barack O. Abonyo, who is currently running for governor of Kisumo District in Kenya.  Dr. Abonyo will discuss some of the issues regarding public health and agriculture issues in Kenya, as well as his plan to improve STEM education in the Kisumo District.
    Dr. Abonyo's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Barack-Abonyo-for-Governor-Kisumu-County/139418102810566?ref=ts&sk=wall

  • 03:00

    FATHER KILLS WIFE AND KIDS IN KISUMU

    in Social Networking

    The sins of a brazen father now on the run; a love turned sour; and four wasted lives - three of them children too young to defend themselves against the person they all looked up to before hell broke loose.

    Outside the house, the heavy rain battering the roof muted their final cries, including that of a helpless girl who was raped before being killed by her own father.

    There was blood all over the beds in two different rooms. All four lay motionless — a mother and her three children gone in a flash, because of the murderous rage of a man who passed himself along as a caring father to the young ones, and a loving husband to Pamela Achieng, 38.
    He slit their throats in a grisly incident and ran away. Tears flowed as stunned and petrified residents of the grisly killings.

    Speechless and numbed by the sheer horror of the crime, they just looked at the bodies —found more than six hours after the macabre killings. Some just wept uncontrollably.

    The horror unfolded in Kisumu’s Nyalenda on Saturday night — and Kenyans came to know about it as they trooped to church on Sunday buoyed by the talk in town that this August would be as jinxed as all the others have been.

    It was a chilling trail left by the bicycle operator said to have gone berserk, something his former neighbours cannot comprehend, especially when they look at the old family pictures from which the innocent children radiate a charming smile.

    Defiled daughter

    Signs of the feeble struggle Pamela and her children - Winnie Anyango (13) Michael Obwago (9) and Bryan Otieno, (6) put up were discernible from the panga cuts on their necks and heads, and the mess that was their once rented house.

    The father reportedly also defiled his first-born, Winnie, in the incident believed to have taken place around 10pm. In one room, the bodies of the children lay on one bed in a pool of blood.

    In another lay the mutilated remains of their mother.

  • 03:59

    NCIC: Reports of tension over Raila murder plot

    in Social Networking

    Kenya's cohesion body has said there are credible reports of tension between the Luo and Kisii communities in Kisumu following allegations of a plot to kill Prime Minister Raila Odinga.National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) chairman Mzalendo Kibunjia Tuesday censured Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo for making remarks over an alleged plot to assassinate Mr Odinga in public.“Mr Midiwo should have reported the matter to the police and allowed them to investigate to its logical conclusion,” Mr Kibunjia said at during a news conference in Nairobi.“The Commission has received credible reports regarding tensions mounting between the Luo and Kisii communities following the statement made by Mr Midiwo.”On Saturday, Mr Midiwo alleged mercenaries had been hired to excute the plot saying senior government officials he did not name were in the loop.On Monday, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) directed the police to open investigations into the sensational claims.In a letter to Commissioner Mathew Iteere, DPP Keriako Tobiko directed the police to interrogate and record statements from Mr Midiwo and Foreign Affairs minister Sam Ongeri."The gravity and magnitude of the allegations by Hon Modiwo, particularly during this period when the country is preparing for the next general election, cannot be over-emphasised."These allegations therefore require a prompt, thorough and speedy investigation to establish their veracity or otherwise," said the letter.The NCIC chairman said Mr Midiwo's allegations were grave.“The statement by Mr Midiwo whether true or not is of a serious nature and serious attention needs to be given to it,” Mr Kibunjia said....Click here

  • 03:34

    MPs raise querries over illiegal insertion of clauses to Bil

    in Social Networking

     
    MPs have raised the red flag over the insertion of new clauses in the Elections Act that were not subject to parliamentary approval.Garsen MP Danson Mungatana raised the matter with the House claiming that public officers at the Government Printer were colluding with officials of parliament to insert illegal clauses in the Bill that was passed among others during the rush to beet the constitutional deadlines of August 26, this year. The words Deputy President had been inserted in some clause that did not contain the sameMr Mungatana said a number of clauses in the Elections Act had been changed and asked Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim to order a fresh scrutiny on all the 8 bills that were passed hurriedly approved to meet the constitutional requirements.He said parliament must conduct a thorough scrutiny on the bills in line with the hansard reports that followed the amendments of the bill before being directed to the Attorney General for onward transmission to the President for assent and the government printer for publication.Gichugu MP Martha Karua supported Mungatana said that a clause that had been amended to block public officers who flout the Elections Law from holding public office for a period of ten years in addition to three year imprisonment had been removed.She called on the Speaker for order a thorough probe on the illegal amendments and bring culprits to account. Karua Kisumu town West MP Olago Alouch reinforced the matter saying that the integrity of parliament was at stake.Mr Maalim said the matter will be looked at and a communication issued on Thursday.

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    Constituency funds: Sports ministers top list of poor manage

    in Social Networking

    Sports Minister Paul Otuoma’s constituency and that of his assistant, Kabando wa Kabando, are some of the electoral units that have continued to misuse Constituency Development Fund monies.
    According to a report launched by a lobby group, Otuoma’s Funyula constituency and Kabando’s Mukurweini did not record any improvement in the management of the funds in the ten constituencies surveyed.
    Instead, the levels of mismanagement continued to rise.Other constituencies that recorded increased misuse of CDF cash according to National Taxpayers Association, are Kisauni and Kisumu Town East. Mr Hassan Joho is the MP for Kisauni while Mr Shakeel Shabir represents Kisumu Town East.
    In a follow-up audit of the 2006/2007 financial year, NTA found out that the level of mismanagement of CDF increased by 26 per cent in Funyula in the funds allocated between 2008 and 2011. The constituency had Sh34.7 million misused or unaccounted for in 2008/2009 financial year while in 2006/2007 Sh20.7 million was wasted.
    Mukurweini is the second worst performer recording a 23 per cent rise in mismanagement of the funds. It misused Sh16.1 million in 2008/2009 financial year while Kisauni recorded a 20 per cent rise and Kisumu Town East recorded a 18 per cent rise...Who should manage CDF funds..?

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