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Former MPs to receive Ksh 100,000 monthly pension

first_imgMembers of Parliament who served between 1983-2001 are set to receive a monthly pension of Ksh 100,000 (taxable) after parliament Wednesday voted to amend the Parliamentary Retirement Benefits law.The Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which now awaits a Presidential assent seeks to impose a minimum pension for lawmakers who served during the period.The move by the National Assembly is in keeping with the recommendation of the Akiwumi Tribunal that the former lawmakers be paid an equivalent of one thousand dollars each as a living pension from July 1st, 2010. The Parliamentary Service Commission had previously adopted the Akiwumi report, putting in motion a protracted engagement to increase the monthly pension to one hundred thousand shillings.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Some current lawmakers have, however, expressed concerns that the passage of the bill is likely to have ripple effects in the Public Service.Also Read  Uhuru extends curfew ahead of his address Tuesday next weekFor the over hundred former lawmakers however, the passage of the bill presents new dawn having lobbied for years to have their pension revised upwards from the current 6,000 shillings.This what what some MPs had to say during the debate.“I want to thank the House for supporting the Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Bill. Many of the members who served between 1983-2001 are earning peanuts and this Bill attempts to corrects that. Many of these former members require this money for medical purposes. With Ksh.100,000, they are able to meet a few expenses. With regard to burden on taxpayers, we are in agreement with the House Leadership that these expenses would be backdated to 2010. However, due to the pandemic, that was shelved. They are just about 150 former MPs. For the first year, the cost would be about Ksh. 144M. This would be not cause a dent in our budgets.” Leader of Minority Hon. CPA John MbadiAlso Read  Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challenges“These members who served between 1983-2001 require this financial support to cater for the very basic needs.” Hon Gladys Wanga, CBS“It is important to look at this Bill from both sides of the coin. It is good that the Committee dropped the amendment on backdating the payments to 2010. That would have cost the taxpayers heavily. If Treasury  has already given an adverse opinion at this point, then there is a likelihood that there might be an adverse opinion given when the President is signing the Bill. However, it is important to note that this might cause a spiral effect in the civil service. Where others see that MPs have increased their pension, then they would want the same.” Hon. Aden DualeAlso Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deaths“This Bill is very timely and will alleviate the problems our former colleagues are facing. Former Members of Parliament are going through many troubles and I urge the President to assent to this Bill.” Hon. Junet Mohamed“It is unfortunate that these contributions and comments are coming up at the Third Reading. Ideally, these comments should have been raised at the Second Reading. This Bill seeks to adjust the Ksh. 6,000 to Ksh. 100,000 to the vagaries of inflation.” Hon Dr. Amos Kimunya“It was so pathetic that at one time a former MP came to Nairobi and could not stay with his relatives. I had to house him in my house. This is a very timely Bill.” Hon. Ferdinand Wanyonyi (Kwanza Constituency)last_img read more


Edewor, Bako Head NFF Foundation

first_imgThe committee will appoint its secretary.According to a statement by the NFF yesterday, “essentially, the Foundation will raise funds for empowerment initiatives for ex-international players by way of training and skill development; football community and social change programmes; grassroots development programmes and; football-for-the-girl-child and women football empowerment programmes.Acting President of the NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi will serve as Adviser/NFF Liaison to the Foundation, which will “adopt and adapt the governance structure of the (English) FA Foundation, with appropriate modifications to comply with the laws of Nigeria and take care of the local situation and environment.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday set up the NFF Foundation, which would be saddled with the responsibility of targeting and raising funds for noble programmes and legacy projects.The Foundation is headed by Mr. Mohammed Edewor with Mallam Danladi Bako, the Kogunan Sakkwato and former Director General of the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, as the vice chairman.There are also immediate past Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State who had earlier served as Commissioner for Youth and Sports in the same state, Silas Agara as well as Chairman of the House of Reps’ Committee on Youth and Sports Development in the eighth session of the National Assembly, Hon. Goni Bukar Lawan; football –passionate businessman Yemi Idowu; former Nigeria international player and President of the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers, Tijani Babangida and; foremost sports journalist and Editor of Saturday Vanguard newspaper, Mr. Onochie Anibeze.last_img read more


USC captures key win over Arizona State

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team clinched the third seed in the Pac-10 tournament on Saturday with a comeback victory over Arizona State, 62-52.USC (18-11, 12-6) used a dominating second half to beat the Sun Devils (17-12, 9-9); the Women of Troy outscored Arizona State 36-19 after halftime.Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Next step · Senior forward Aarika Hughes scored nine points in her final regular season game at USC. Hughes also posted three rebounds. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan“We had the same record [as ASU] coming in, and we knew we needed this win,” senior guard Hailey Dunham said. “[It was] tough to be down seven at halftime but to come out with a 10-point win at the end was something we really needed.”Arizona State seized an early lead in the game on the strength of its inside play. The Sun Devils pounded the ball inside and scored 24 of their 33 first-half points in the paint. USC shot just 30 percent in the first half and entered the break down seven points.The second half was a different story for the Women of Troy. USC employed a small lineup for much of the second half and harassed the Sun Devils into 15 turnovers and just 19 points.“We’re not as big as a lot of teams, but Hailey [Dunham] and Christina [Marinacci] are [as] feisty as anybody that’s “6’4”, 6’5”, so I feel comfortable and confident that they can get down there and hold their own,” USC coach Michael Cooper said.The Women of Troy opened the second half on a tear and tied the score at 43 on a Dunham layup. The game was a back-and-forth affair from then on until USC pulled away late. Redshirt junior guard Jacki Gemelos delivered the knockout punch with a steal and layup that pushed the lead to 52-46 late in the game.Sophomore guard Ashley Corral said the team changed up its defensive focus after halftime and keyed in on Arizona State guard Danielle Orsillo.“Just little things like being late on screens, getting hit on screens — we focused on that and executed it,” Corral said.The Sun Devils shot 26 percent from the field in the second half.Corral led the Women of Troy with 20 points and three assists. She also added four 3-pointers to further her school record for threes made in a season. Dunham added seven points, six rebounds and some gritty defense down low.“I think I was outweighed by quite a bit, but I tried to use [my] muscle to bang around down low and try to shut them down,” she said.Freshman forward Christina Marinacci finished with nine points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Aarika Hughes chipped in nine points in her final regular season game for USC.“To be among the elites you have to beat the elites, and this was a big, big game,” Cooper said. “It’s always nice to end the season on a positive note because, if you head into a conference championship, you always want to go in on a positive note.”The Women of Troy set their best conference mark since the 2004-2005 season with the victory. Their 18 wins on the season are the most in four years.USC earned a first-round bye in the conference tournament and opens up against Oregon in the quarterfinals at 5 p.m. on Friday. The two teams split the regular-season series.last_img read more


ManBetX enhances World Snooker links with Welsh Open renewal

first_img Share HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 UK greyhound racing fast-tracks unlimited races June 9, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Kenneth Alexander: Industry’s regulatory future is in-play as live sport resumes June 15, 2020 StumbleUpon ManBetX has announced that it is strengthening its World Snooker ties, after renewing its sponsorship of the Welsh Open world ranking event.Running from February 11-17 next year at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, this move sees the betting brand build upon its deal with snooker’s longest running ranking event, after the UK and World Championships, following its initial deal covering this years offering.Barry Hearn, World Snooker Chairman, commented: “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with ManBetX on this fantastic tournament. ManBetX have become tremendous supporters of snooker in recent months through sponsorship of some of our biggest events. “They are clearly delighted with the coverage they receive for their brand as our sport is watched by so many millions of fans around the world.“The Welsh Open is always one of the highlights of the snooker calendar and we look forward to another week of outstanding action on the green baize in Cardiff in February.”A total of 128 players will battle to win the last of the season’s Home Nations series, won this year by John Higgins, and featuring a field including 2018’s losing finalist Barry Hawkins, as well as Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Mark Selby and home favourite Mark Williams Scott Taylor, Partner at Project11, said: “The continuation is superb and endorses the impact of the title sponsorship and superior product delivered by World Snooker and Matchroom Sport in their marquee sports portfolio, with which Project11 work closely. We are excited to see the event unfold and the ManBetX brand along with their client base increase. Project11 are proud to work with both ManBetX and World Snooker on this, one of many collaborations, as we continue to strive forward in the world of sports marketing.”A ManBetX spokesman added: “We are very happy to be placing the ManBetX brand alongside another of the most prestigious events in world snooker, taking our brand to the next level.”last_img read more


Events Happening this Sunday

first_imgHere are a list of events happening this Sunday in and around the Energetic City.09:00 AM Mixed Slow-Pitch Tournament07:00 AM-10:00 PM North Peace Fall Fair11:00 AM-04:00 PM FSJ Wildcats Early Registration12:00 PM Demolition Derby01:00 PM Halfway River Valley StampedeAll Day Event 10th Annual Rivers Day Photo Contest- Advertisement –last_img