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Kenya Airways
Kenya benefits economically from tourism
7 January 2019, 12:17 PM

Kenya’s earnings from tourism jumped by almost a third in 2018 from the previous year to 157.4 billion shillings ($1.55 billion), after the number of visitors rose by 37 percent, the tourism ministry said on Monday.

Along with tea exports and cash sent home by Kenyans living abroad, tourism is one of the top sources of hard currency for the East African nation.

Tourism arrivals were just over 2 million last year, the ministry said, adding that 68 global hotel brands had so far setup facilities in Kenya, whose attractions include white sandy beaches on the Indian Ocean and wildlife reserves like the Maasai Mara.

Government officials hope the start in 2018 of direct flights between Nairobi and New York by national carrier Kenya Airways will help to boost the number of visitors from the United States (US).

Naby Keita
Klopp believes in Keita’s potential
7 January 2019, 11:49 AM

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita is still adapting to the Premier League and will have a greater influence on the team in the second half of the season, his manager Juergen Klopp said.

Keita, who joined Liverpool from Germany’s RB Leipzig, made an encouraging start to his career in England before a combination of minor injuries and a dip in form curtailed his playing time.

The Guinea international has started eight of Liverpool’s 21 league games and Klopp said the player needed to grow in confidence before he could recapture the form that led Liverpool to pay Leipzig in excess of 50 million pounds ($63.72 million) for him.

“I’m completely happy with Naby but could he be a bit more confident in the games? Yes.  Is he exactly the player in his best time at Leipzig? No. He’s still adapting, that’s how it is. There’s so much to come and so much influence he can have on each game,” says Klopp ahead of Liverpool’s FA Cup tie at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Keita is behind Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and fellow new recruit Fabinho in the Liverpool midfield pecking order but is likely to start against Wolves alongside Adam Lallana.

“Adam is in outstanding shape,” says Klopp on Lallana, who has not started a match since November. “(He’s) a player who would play four games a day if he could because of his desire to play football.

He is in the best moment since I’ve known him as a person and will have a big part of our season,” explains Klopp.

The cup tie at Wolves’ Molineux Stadium will be Liverpool’s first game since they suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season at the hands of title rivals Manchester City last Thursday.

Lu Kang
China welcomes UN officials visit
7 January 2019, 9:58 AM

China said on Monday it would welcome United Nations (UN) officials to visit its far western region of Xinjiang if they follow the proper procedures, amid global concern over Beijing’s de-radicalization programme there.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the comments at a regular briefing in Beijing.

The top UN human rights official Michelle Bachelet, in December said her office was seeking access to Xinjiang to verify “worrying reports” of re-education camps holding Muslim minorities, including the Turkic speaking Uighurs.

Gauteng Police
Police concerned over sex related crimes
7 January 2019, 7:43 AM

Police in Gauteng have expressed concern over the high number of sex related crimes committed over the festive season. Twenty five suspects were arrested for sex crimes since the start of the festive season.

Over the same period, police also recovered 13 fire-arms while conducting festive season operations. More than thirty illegal liquor outlets were also shutdown.

“We are still concerned about the abuse of alcohol and indulgence of drugs that might have contributed to a number of sexual offences that have been committed since the beginning of this year. 25 people have been arrested for these sexual related offences of which 19 are due to appear in various magistrates courts today on charges of rape,” says Lungelo Dlamini, Police spokesperson.

Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges awarded Life Time Award at Golden Globe awards
7 January 2019, 7:00 AM

Jeff Bridges, the rascally dude of cult classic “The Big Lebowski” and star of “Crazy Heart,” was awarded the annual Golden Globe for life time achievement on Sunday after a 60-year career on film and television.

Bridges who is 69 years old got his start as a child star appearing alongside his parents Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges and also his older brother Beau in the 1950’s before carving his own path in mostly offbeat roles.

While accepting his award, Bridges thanked his sibling’s and parents, noting that he was wearing his late father’s cufflinks.

Never typecast, Bridges has played a bank robber, a struggling writer, a blank-faced alien, a United States president and a video game programmer in both independent and block buster movies.

However it is his 1988 role as a man mistaken for a millionaire “The Big Lebowski” that has proved most memorable, earning Bridges the enduring nickname “The Dude” after his laid-back stoner character in the crime caper.

“If I’m lucky I’ll be associated with The Dude for the rest of my life. I feel so honoured to be a part of that film,” says Bridges.

Bridges is known for his naturalistic style and for often playing rambling and unpredictable characters.

After multiple nominations for movies including “The Last Picture Show,” “The Contender,” and “True Grit,” Bridges took home both a Golden Globe and an Oscar in 2010 for his performance as a drunken country singer who finds redemption in “Crazy Heart.”

In his acceptance speech, Bridges thanked a long list of people who he has worked with over six decades, including the man who has served as his stand-in for close to 70 films, Loyd Catlett.

“He’s the thread to the whole deal,” says Bridges.

Officially known as the Cecil B. DeMille award, the Golden Globe recognizes lifetime achievement in both show business and humanitarian work.

In 1983, Bridges founded the End Hunger Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding children around the world. He is also a spokesman for the Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry campaign.

Previous Golden Globe lifetime achievement honourees have included Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Harrison Ford and Barbra Streisand.

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