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Covid: Ardrossan care worker caught virus twice and fears it could happen again

A Scottish care worker has revealed how she caught Covid twice within seven months.

Michelle Lamont, from Ardrossan in North Ayrshire, tested positive for the virus in April 2020. But the 50-year-old was “stunned” when routine testing picked up the infection again in November. After becoming ill for a second time, she is now concerned about the possibility of suffering the debilitating symptoms again. Walking her dog along the beach at Saltcoats, Ms Lamont shared her fears with BBC Scotland’s The Nine programme. She said: “I was devastated when I tested positive for the first time,” she says. “If I can get it twice, what’s to say I can’t get it a third time? That plays on my mind.”

‘Never felt so ill’

The first time around, Ms Lamont was exhausted and did not return to work for five weeks. “It was just horrible. I’ve never felt so ill in my life,” she said. “I had a slight cough and a temperature but the headache was the worst. It was like a migraine, it just didn’t go. The palpitations were really hard because it felt like a weight on my chest. “It was just a horrible feeling. I had no focus – I couldn’t even watch television or listen to music and I had no appetite.” The mother-of-three said she worried more for her family than for herself. She said: “My oldest daughter, Courtnay, wore PPE and she looked after me. “I was scared. You’re just lying thinking what if I’ve given this to my family? I’ve got vulnerable family members as well and I was thinking I’d never forgive myself.” After several months of negative PCR tests and feeling well again, it was “an absolute shock” to be told of another positive result. “I remember I got tested on a Friday. I felt ok and I had no symptoms at all,” she said. “On the Saturday at about 19:00, Public Health Scotland phoned me and said sorry, but you’re positive. “I burst out crying because I thought – I can’t go through that again.” Michelle was in the middle of preparing dinner for the family and getting ready for work but had to immediately go back into self-isolation.

‘It can happen again’

After several days, Michelle gradually became unwell again. She said: “The headache was there and it wouldn’t go this time. I had the temperature, the fatigue and the palpitations came back. This time it lasted around 10 days.” She now wants other people to know that it is possible to be re-infected. “I didn’t realise it could happen again and that’s with taking all the right precautions. My doctor, she was stunned. People are in denial that it can happen again. They look at you as if you’re daft. They don’t believe you but yes, it can.” Ms Lamont says she feels lucky to be well again and is looking forward to getting some normality back. She said: “I just want an end to this, like everyone else. If people follow the rules, I’m very hopeful.”

Can you catch Covid again?

Experts warn some people do catch Covid-19 again – and can infect others. A recent study led by Public Health England (PHE) found that most people who have had Covid-19 are protected from catching it again for at least five months. Past infection was linked to around an 83% lower risk of getting the virus, compared with those who had never had Covid-19, scientists found. However, the new coronavirus has not been around long enough to know a lot about how long immunity lasts. PHE’s ongoing study on immunity in healthcare workers found 44 potential re-infections in a group of 6,614 people who had previously had the virus. Researchers conclude reinfection is uncommon but still possible and say people must continue to follow current guidance, whether they have had antibodies or not. Scientists from Hong Kong recently reported on the case of a young, healthy man who recovered from a bout of Covid-19 only to be re-infected more than four months later. Using genome sequencing of the virus, they could prove he caught it twice because the virus strains were different. Asked if it was aware of any cases of re-infection, Public Health Scotland said it was looking at possible Covid-19 reinfection and planned to publish a report in due course. A spokesman added: “It is too soon to draw any conclusions as to what the findings of this re

port will be.”

Former US envoy Michael Ranneberger pays dowry for Ruth Konchella

Ruth Konchella met Michael Ranneberger on his arrival in Kenya in 2006

Former United States Ambassador to Kenya, Michael Ranneberger, paid dowry for his wife Ruth Konchella in a good-humored Enkaputi (meaning “bride price payment”) ceremony held at Ololchani village in Transmara West, Narok County Wednesday. The event was attended only by family members, immediate neighbours and close friends of either partner. Mr Ranneberger and Ms Konchella have been married for a decade now, but the groom saw it wise to formalize their union traditionally. Mr Ranneberger, fondly known by residents of Ololchani Village as Olomunyak (meaning “the blessed one”), gave his mother-in-law, Grace Mesoppirr, 20 cows as dowry. Ms Konchella was also given a new name Nayiolo (meaning “the one who remembers home”). The former US envoy apologized to Ms Mesoppirr for not paying the dowry earlier, but acknowledged he was going to honor the tradition nonetheless, explaining that his busy schedule working for the US government made it difficult for him to “formalise their union in a traditional way”. Family members who spoke to eDaily could not hide their excitement, saying it was their first time to see a white man giving cows as dowry according to Maasai culture.

Cattle traders in Kilgoris town were, however, happier as they made a killing from selling the drove to Ranneberger at Ksh 40, 000 each instead of the usual price of Ksh 20, 000 each. Maa elders applauded Ranneberger’s feat, saying he bravely showed his respect for African traditions. Ranneberger said he was happy to be part of the family and promised to give more cows in future. In April, 2011 when Mr Ranneberger held a farewell party at his Muthaiga home, he recalled how he met Ms Konchella: “While attending a women’s rights event in a small village of Enossen in Trans Mara I was impressed by the way she talked on behalf of women. I took notice.” “She is a wonderful, compassionate, intelligent and sweet person,” he described his soul mate who has a passion for saving young Maa girls from female circumcision. She first met Ranneberger on his arrival in Kenya in 2006 and his first trip was to Trans Mara. “Today, Michael is a good friend. Michael you are so great, you are so lovely. I love your compassion,” she recalled in 2011 amid applause from dignitaries, including Cabinet Ministers, diplomats, corporate executives, and relatives. She added: “He discovered Africa while I discovered first world love.” –

Couple turn £2,500 London double- decker bus into luxury home

Instead of renovating an old property when they decided to move in together, Charlie MacVicar, 26, and her boyfriend Luke Walker, 27, bought a bus. The couple refurbished the 544-square foot London double-decker bus, turning it into a luxury home. They knew they wanted to live together without paying huge amounts for a mortgage or for rent. As Charlie’s dad owns a bit of land in Essex, she and Luke decided to pay a small fee to him, to rent out the bus in the area. Now, their new home contains a fireplace, bathtub, a wood-fired stove and a walk-in closet. Upstairs, there is the sleeping space, including a bed, two nightstands and a TV, the downstairs has the kitchen and living room. The kitchen stocks an oven, stove, microwave, farmhouse sink, fridge, and washing machine. The dining room also seats three people while the living room has two benches and a small desk space.

Charlie explained to ‘We knew renting or having a mortgage would tie us down and we wouldn’t have as much flexibility so after watching George Clarke’s “amazing spaces” we went through different options such as; shipping containers, caravans etc and eventually chose a double decker bus.’ Charlie and Luke bought the property in 2017, spending £15,000 on renovation after purchasing the bus for £2,500. The couple has lived on the bus – which was still in use a few months before they bought it – since 2018. It took the couple a year to convert to convert the vehicle, which they even used to commute to work. Since the pandemic, the two are now WFB (working from bus). ‘The process was challenging at times but we were very lucky to have the likes of our families to help,’ said Charlie. ‘Myself and my boyfriend are not your typical creative type. We have mostly worked office jobs and there were some parts of the bus we simply couldn’t do our selves. The electric, plumping and carpentry was done by either family or professionals. As much as we would like to take credit for the hard work we certainly couldn’t of done it without others.’

Accessing Ngong Meadows made easier as dualling of Ngong Road is set to be complete in May

Expansion of Nairobi’s Ngong Road into a dual carriageway is set to be complete by May. This road is expected to ease traffic to and from Nairobi CBD making it easier for investors in Ngong to access their residential homes.

This key road will stamp Ngong’s position as one of the best residential places to invest in due to its proximity to Nairobi CBD. Other infrastructural developments witnessed recently in Ngong include completion of Ngong SGR & SGR Station and tarmacking on Ngong – Suswa road.

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KPMG ordered to pay ex-boss Sh379m for illegal sack

Justice Francis Tuiyott upheld the decision of an arbitrator awarding the millions of shillings to Richard Boro Ndung’u, saying his compulsory retirement was unlawful. The Sh379.03 million award is, however, a reduction from the Sh504.8 million (at the current exchange rate) earlier granted to Mr Ndung’u in 2018 by the arbitrator, John Ohaga, which had prompted KPMG to seek redress in the High Court. “I find and hold that the claimant has suffered loss and damage as a result of the conduct of the respondents towards him since the commencement of investigations against him from October 3, 2016 culminating in his purported compulsory retirement on January 13,2017 and the announcement,” the judge said. Justice Tuiyott knocked out Sh35.5 million on account of profit initially awarded to Mr Ndung’u by the arbitrator. The judge also reduced special damages by Sh661,430 and aggravated damages of Sh2.7 million. –

KQ to resume flights to Rome in June

Kenya Airways aircraft at JKIA.

Kenya Airways (KQ) will resume direct flights to Rome, Italy on June 6 flying two times a week from Nairobi. The carrier will operate the flights on Wednesdays and Sundays, down from a frequency of four before the Covid-19 restrictions were imposed forcing airlines to ground their fleet. Last year, KQ expanded its code-share agreement with the Rome-based Alitalia Airline, creating additional connectivity to the networks of the two carriers by allowing customers can fly seamlessly to their destinations. “We are delighted to resume weekly flights to Rome and will continue to maintain an expanding schedule to various destinations across our network as countries ease travel restrictions. Our codeshare partnership with Alitalia, offers our customers excellent connections in Rome to rest of Italy, Europe, and USA and in Nairobi to the rest of Africa including Vanilla Islands” said Julius Thairu, Kenya Airways chief customer and commercial officer on Friday. The codeshare flights give tourists and businesspeople additional travel options and better flight schedules when travelling between African points into Europe, the Far East and South America through the two airlines’ hubs in Rome and Nairobi. KQ re-introduced flights to Rome in 2019 after a seven-year hiatus, banking on increased traffic between the two continents and a new link in Geneva to boost its earnings. –

UK firm pays £4.6million to settle 85 claims of human rights abuses including ‘rape and murder’ at Kenyan avocado farm which supplied British supermarkets

Guards at Kenyan avocado farm Kakuzi faced claims of human rights abuses

The Kent-based owner of a massive Kenyan avocado farm which supplied British supermarkets until last year has settled claims of human rights abuses with 85 alleged victims for up to £4.6million. Armed security guards working at Kakuzi, a 54-square mile farm north of Nairobi, are accused of committing abuses between 2009 and January 2020. The allegations include that farm guards beat a 28-year-old man accused of stealing avocados to death, raped 10 women and committed dozens of brutal attacks on people in nearby villages. Camellia, which is valued at £180million and has a majority stake in Kakuzi, will spend up to £4.6million on the settlement, including compensation, legal costs and funding schemes for the community. The original claim, lodged in the High Court in London by British law firm Leigh Day, was for 79 alleged victims of human rights abuses. However, Camellia expanded the payout to include those who came forward after the initial lawsuit, including a man maimed by guards.

One of the barristers instructed in the case was Amal Clooney, the wife of Hollywood actor George Clooney. Leigh Day believe that guards intentionally and systematically mistreated members of the surrounding communities and physically punished local community members for crossing Kakuzi property. Thirty-four men and women involved in a protest on September 2, 2014 were allegedly violently attacked by Kakuzi’s security guards, including with a rungu (wooden club). A journalist and cameraman reporting on a protest led by children at Gitutu Secondary School in September 2016 were allegedly violently assaulted by Kakuzi’s security guards. The agriculture and engineering firm opened talks with Leigh Day after British supermarkets stopped selling Kakuzi’s avocados following an investigation by the Sunday Times. Swaleth Githinji, who runs human rights organisation Ndula Resource Centre, told the paper: ‘For the victims of human rights abuses this is a big win.’

But he added: ‘The lack of a public apology shows that Camellia and Kakuzi are not committed to the long-term resolution of these issues.’ Daniel Leader, a partner at Leigh Day, told MailOnline: ‘The settlement the parties have reached provides individual compensation for the claimants, who have claimed damages as victims of human rights abuses, but also guarantees a substantial package of additional measures which will help the numerous communities which surround the Kakuzi farm. ‘Most importantly, Kakuzi has agreed to construct three new roads which will significantly improve the ability of local residents to access local public services and amenities. ‘Kakuzi has also agreed to put in place a comprehensive grievance mechanism which will deal with any other human rights complaints in the future and will be subject to independent oversight. ‘The Claimants hope and anticipate that this settlement will lay the foundation for an improved dialogue and relationship between Kakuzi and their communities in the future.’ Camellia pointed to a statement made by Kakuzi last year where it said it was apologising ‘to all the stakeholders about the current circumstances’.

A spokesperson told MailOnline that Kakuzi guards are armed with sticks, not guns – as original reports said. They also said that security guards in that part of Africa are frequently killed as they go about their job. The company added that Leigh Day has agreed ‘not to begin or support’ any other claims over Camellia’s Kenya operations ‘for a substantial period’. In a statement, Camellia said: ‘The settlement is intended not only to resolve the claims themselves, but also to help Kakuzi to strengthen its relations with the local communities and to continue to support the thousands of smallholder farmers who rely on Kakuzi to get their avocados to market. ‘In particular, Kakuzi’s Operational-level Grievance Mechanism (‘OGM’) (which was announced in October 2020) will be developed and implemented, with wide-ranging stakeholder consultation. ‘The companies have reached this resolution because it is the best way of supporting Kakuzi in continuing its long-standing and important work with the communities on and around the Kakuzi farm, which includes comprehensive outreach, CSR and engagement initiatives such as maintaining and supporting local schools, and providing medical facilities for employees and their families, and medical outreach programmes to the local communities.’ – dailymail, London.

Bitcoin hits record as US financial giants embrace cryptocurrency

The bitcoin price hit a record high on Thursday after two major US financial institutions announced new cryptocurrency projects, edging digital assets closer to mainstream use in ordinary purchases and as an investment. Mastercard said on Wednesday that later this year it would begin moving cryptocurrencies directly across its card payments network. Previously, the company had only worked with crypto wallets and exchanges to move funds after they had been converted from digital coins into fiat currency. And on Thursday, BNY Mellon, the custody bank, announced that by the end of the year it would provide custody services for digital assets on the same platform that clients use for traditional securities and cash. The announcements helped to push the price of a single bitcoin above $48,000 for the first time. “Whatever your opinions on cryptocurrencies . . . the fact remains that these digital assets are becoming a more important part of the payments world,” Raj Dhamodharan, who leads Mastercard’s digital assets business, wrote on a company blog. Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency, may not be moving across Mastercard’s network anytime soon, however. The company said that it would only handle currencies that are stable enough to be a “vehicle for spending” and that as such it would be “focused on fiat-backed stablecoins which we believe have the potential to have greater payment utility”. Blockchain is not pegged to any fiat currency.

Last month Alfred Kelly, chief executive of Mastercard’s rival Visa, said that “as stablecoins or any form of cryptocurrency becomes a real means of exchange, there really should be no reason why we can’t add it to our network”, but that “consumers who have bitcoin are much more interested in holding it than using it to pay for goods and services”. Roman Regelman, chief executive of BNY’s asset servicing business, said an increasing number of institutional investors were interested in cryptocurrency and there was growing regulatory clarity on how these digital assets should be treated. “Imagine a hedge fund that has 10 per cent of its assets in cryptocurrency,” he said. “Today, effectively, they live in two parallel worlds” for purposes of reporting, accounting and analysis, as well as financing their portfolio. “These two worlds do not cross. Our aim is to bring them together for our clients,” he said. Marc Bernegger, a board member at digital asset manager and broker Crypto Finance, said of BNY’s announcement: “I think it is a significant news when the oldest US bank moves into the digital assets space. Having more established banks involved in bitcoin helps the whole industry and lowers the entry barriers” for investors. In November Rick Rieder, chief investment officer of global fixed income at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, said bitcoin could eventually replace gold in investors’ portfolios. –

Letter from Africa: How the Nairobi Expressway is changing Kenya’s capital

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ismail Einashe considers Kenya’s transport problems, while caught in traffic in the capital. On another hot sticky afternoon in Nairobi, I find myself stuck in yet another hours-long jam in the city’s famously traffic-clogged roads.

But in recent months this situation has become even worse because of the construction of the Nairobi Expressway, injecting a new level of chaos into the capital.

When finished, it will be a 27km (17-mile) highway, some of it elevated, that will connect Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the east of the city to the Nairobi-Nakuru highway in the west.

The $550m (£410m) project is set to dramatically change the city’s skyline and is meant to ease traffic flows in and out of the centre of East Africa’s main commercial hub.

Kenyan officials described the expressway as an essential infrastructure project that will spur modernisation. The partially elevated highway was proposed about 10 years ago, but delays meant it was only launched in October by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Yet the speed of its construction is leaving many Nairobians surprised. It already looks like a giant gash through the city and the constant hum of construction noise, lorries whipping up dust and beeping car horns all add to the confusion.

It is being financed and constructed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) – and the Chinese firm will operate the highway under a public-private partnership. This means the four- and six-lane dual carriageway, with 10 interchanges along the route, will not be free to use – drivers will have to reportedly pay a toll of between $2 and $3.

The aim of improving Nairobi’s roads seems like a laudable cause, but some argue it could actually exacerbate the city’s traffic problems and the huge social and economic divide. Most residents use matatus – the private pimped-up minibuses – or boda boda motorbike taxis to travel to and from work.

But questions remain over whether these forms of transport will be able to afford the toll fees to use the highway. It could mean they are left in the jams below the highway as the elite zoom past them above.

Another bone of contention is the environmental impact of the project. Focus internationally has been on Nairobi’s famous fig tree, saved by the president after an outcry. Yet hundreds of other trees are being felled to make way for the new road, and campaigners have little faith that any will be replanted – and it will also mean the permanent loss of some green areas and destruction of bird habitats.

Many see it as a destruction of the legacy of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai , who famously stood up to major government-backed developments in Nairobi.

This highway project is the latest in Kenya’s China-backed infrastructure splurge in recent years. In 2019 I took the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Nairobi to the port city of Mombasa – a six-hour journey in comfort, though the ticket price and check-in made it feel more akin to a taking a flight.

The $3.2bn Chinese-built and financed railway project was meant to link the coast to the town of Naivasha, 76km north-west of Nairobi, and then on to Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

But this has now been suspended because Kenya failed to secure funding from the Chinese to complete the line. For now construction work is on hold until the finances are sorted out.

Because of the SGR, Kenya is now massively in debt to China, with Chinese loans compromising 21% of its external debts.

It has left some wondering about the wisdom of the Nairobi Expressway. However, no matter the cost to Nairobians, it seems this project will get finished – in fact the Chinese company building it announced it would open six months ahead of schedule – just in time for Kenya’s next presidential elections in 2022. – bbc, London