New technology to cool temperatures in iron-roofed houses

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New technology to cool temperatures in iron-roofed houses

Steam Plant, a clean energy solution company, has unveiled new technology that seeks to improve the conditions of people living in iron-roofed houses prone to heating.
The product is roof coating that effectively reflects the sun’s heat hence reducing the house’s temperatures.


The coating has been made with highly reflective substances to be applied on the roof or on the iron sheets that serve as walls on some houses.
This technology is critical, especially when most homes are heating, forcing families to use cooling systems.


The product was developed following a 2017 study carried out by a team from Johns Hopkins University that confirmed that the temperatures in iron-roofed houses were a challenge compared to those in more updated neighborhoods

How to Buy Airtime with Lipa Na Mpesa across networks

From buying Sukuma wiki at the local grocery to topping up credit across network providers, Lipa na Mpesa stands out as the most convenient mobile payment tool that is sure to get you out of a bind. Use the following steps to top up airtime in your Airtel and Telkom lines.

Airtel

  1. From the M-pesa menu, choose the “lipa na M-pesa” option from the menu.
  2. Select pay bill.
  3. Select the “enter business number.”
  4. Type 220220 or 439999, then press “ok.”
  5. Next, select “enter account number.” The account number is your airtel phone number.
  6. Enter the amount of credit you would wish to purchase. The amount should not be less than Ksh 5.
  7. Enter your M-pesa pin, then press “ok.”
  8. You will be prompted with a pop-up message asking whether you would want to make payment to pesapal account no. 07XX-XXX
  9. Press “cancel” to remove the pop-up and acknowledge the payment. If the details do not match or you would like to stop the transaction altogether, type any number in the pop-up message, then press “ok,” and the transaction will be stopped.
  10. You will receive a confirmation message if the payment was successful. If not, you will receive a confirmation message from M-pesa acknowledging the cancellation.

Telkom

How can I get Safaricom airtime?

Option 1

  1. From the M-pesa menu, choose the “lipa na M-pesa” option from the menu.
  2. Select pay bill.
  3. Select the “enter business number.”
  4. Type 770770, then press “ok.”
  5. Next, select “enter account number.” The account number is your Telkom phone number.
  6. Enter the amount of credit you would wish to purchase. The amount should not be less than Ksh 5.
  7. Enter your M-pesa pin, then press “ok.”
  8. You will be prompted with a pop-up message asking whether you would want to make payment to eazzypay account no. 07XX-XXX
  9. Press “cancel” to remove the pop-up and acknowledge the payment. If the details do not match or you would like to stop the transaction altogether, type any number in the pop-up message, then press “ok,” and the transaction will be stopped.
  10. You will receive a confirmation message if the payment was successful. If not, you will receive a confirmation message from M-pesa acknowledging the cancellation.

Read also: Sending money via Mpesa just got cheaper

Option 2

  1. From the M-pesa menu, choose the “lipa na M-pesa” option from the menu.
  2. Select pay bill.
  3. Select the “enter business number.”
  4. Type 777711, then press “ok.”
  5. Next, select “enter account number.” The account number is your airtel phone number.
  6. Enter the amount of credit you would wish to purchase. The amount should not be less than Ksh 5.
  7. Enter your M-pesa pin, then press “ok.”
  8. You will be prompted with a pop-up message asking whether you would want to make payment to Telkom account no. 07XX-XXX
  9. Press “cancel” to remove the pop-up and acknowledge the payment. If the details do not match or you would like to stop the transaction altogether, type any number in the top-up message, then press “ok,” and the transaction will be stopped.
  10. You will receive a confirmation message if the payment was successful. If not, you will receive a confirmation message from M-pesa acknowledging the cancellation.

Kenya’s Real Estate Market in 2021

Kenya’s Real Estate market crossed into 2021 with a mixed sense of anticipation following the panic and disruption occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic of 2019. So far, no one knows what to expect, and certainly everyone is waiting to see what shape the sector is going to take after the ruthless beating it took from the pandemic.

Just two months after Kenya recorded its first COVID case in May 2020, there was a 68% decline in the absorption of office space. Moreover, the decision by some companies to run their offices through the virtual space, also led analysts to foretell a further drop in demand during the early months of 2021.

Overall, the health ministry’s safety measures and protocols including county lock-downs, curfews, and social distancing have somehow affected the various property sectors i.e. Leisure, hospitality, commercial, retail and travel.

Since the pandemic hit its climax, many tenants are clearly struggling to pay rent. In extreme cases some have relocated upcountry. And there is growing trend of tenants and landlords talking to settle on friendly payment terms.

You must have seen this in your estate, or, maybe, you even had to negotiate to survive. This trend is expected to persist on through 2021 or until the situation stabilizes.

This coupled by other developments such as mass layoffs have also rendered more residential spaces vacant

Generally, most Kenyans could not meet their rental obligations due to their diminishing income. Unfortunately, things have continued to get worse and according to one research finding, only 0.7% of those interviewed confirmed to have enjoyed rent waivers from their landlords.

Being a capital intensive venture, real estate development needs enormous cash injection. Therefore, the staggering cash flow as a result of the pandemic has resulted in some property developers struggling to repay loans with others suspending some of their projects.

Read also: Sending money via Mpesa just got cheaper

According to the Central Bank of Kenya, Non-Performing Loans had registered Ksh 366 billion by June 2020. Compounded by a shilling that is struggling against the dollar, Kenya’s real estate industry requires diligent handling to navigate the murky COVID waters. 

The consequence of this disruptive trend is that fewer properties may be floated on the market through 2021.

The nationwide housing deficit projections tentatively stand at 200,000 units annually and an accrued deficit of more than two million units.

According to a June 2020 survey done by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, for every ten families, six had lost their source of income to the pandemic. The breadwinners could, therefore not provide

Out of ten respondents interviewed, nine expressed doubt and uncertainty as to whether they would return to work as soon as things return to normal.

The state of uncertainty might persist through 2021’s first quarter as the government seeks to jumpstart the economy.  

Although no one can quite predict the full extent of the pandemic effect on Kenya’s real estate sector, the overall effect may be considerable. At the end of the day, it depends on the duration it will take and the steps that individuals, organizations and governing authorities will take to reverse its deadly effects.

New mpesa tariffs

Sending money via Mpesa just got cheaper

East Africa’s most profitable telecommunications giant Safaricom has revised some Mpesa transaction charges effective January 2021.

The new tariffs will cost you only Ksh 6 to send between Ksh 101- Ksh 500. This means that you will save 5 shillings because the current charge is Ksh 11.

Sending Ksh 501 – Ksh 1000 will cost you Ksh 12 down from Ksh 15.

However, the telco maintained the cost of withdrawal from Mpesa agents and the costs of sending larger amounts of cash. For example, you will still be charged Ksh 28 to withdraw cash 1000

Read also: New COVID-19 causes panic globally

In a statement released on December 22.  the company CEO, Mr Peter Ndegwa said the move was informed by the fact that most Mpesa users move smaller amounts of money.

The 45% reduction comes shortly before the expiry of the Corona inspired waiver. It is also in line with the new CBK rules the require mobile money operators to revise their rates to conform to the new guidelines of

  • transparency.
  • Fairness
  • Affordability

Transferring say between 50k to 150k will cost you 105, but you will need Ksh 300 to withdraw such amounts.

RIPEvansGicheru

All you need to know about the late Evans Gicheru

Evans Gicheru, Kenya’s former Chief Justice has died aged 79.  Announcing the ex- Judiciary President’s sudden death, Chief Justice David Maraga said that Mr Gicheru played a big role in enhancing Kenya’s Judicial independence.

Mr Gicheru was appointed to the executive arm of government by former president Mwai Kibaki in 2003.

Justice Maraga eulogized saying;

“Kenya and Judiciary family have lost a steadfast public servant, a selfless professional and humble human being”.

Mr Gicheru had a lengthy career as a public servant when he was appointed as the Wajir District officer. Later on, he served as a senior state counsel in the Attorney General’s office.

He also served as the president’s office administrative officer before moving to the judiciary as a Judge of the High Court in 1982.

He served as the Republic of Kenya’s 12th chief justice and his tenure lasted from 2003 till his retirement in 2011.

The actual cause of his death will be revealed in due course.

Michael Olunga news

Michael Olunga is Japan’s Most Valuable Player 2020

Michael Olunga has emerged as J1-League’s MVP or Most Valuable Player for just ended 2020 season.

The heighty Kenyan international netted twenty-eight goals to help Kashiwa Reysol finish in the 7th place.

In reaction to the milestone, the star said the ending season was one of his best as it presented great opportunities for him to score many goals.

“The season was awesome for me, and I am glad to have scored those many goals. A big –up to Kashiwa Reyson people for all their support”.

Read also: The highest paid footballers in 2020

Olunga hopes that his achievement will go a long way to inspire Japan and many other countries.

The former Gor Mahia forward underscored the great role played by his teammates and fans in the achievement. He also thanked God for his grace, recognizing that he couldn’t have done it by his own strength.

I hope Kashiwa Reyson will remain the top Asian club and that more African will have the chance to place in it “ he said

New COVID-19 Strain

The new COVID-19 strain causes panic globally

Hardly two months after finding the COVID19 vaccination, a new strain of the virus has been detected in the UK.

Typically, viruses change a lot, and the medics had anticipated the UK challenge. Perhaps they didn’t expect it so soon.

Unsurprisingly, most of the new strain’s symptoms are pretty similar to those of COVID19. They include

  • high temperature
  • persistent dry cough
  • loss or change in taste and smell

This variant is called VUI-202012/01 or Variant Under Investigation, and it is believed to be deadlier than what the world is already grappling with. It is reportedly 70 % more infectious.

VUI-202012/01 is said to have either originated in South East London or Kent county in mid-September

The UK government was notified about the seriousness of the virus on December 18th, and without much delay, it shared the findings with the World Health Organization.

Ever since, the new strain has overtaken COVID19 to become the bigger threat in the affected locations.

During the week of December 9th, 62% of the cases in London comprised the variant strain. The earlier week had only registered 28%.

As expected, the UK government has enforced more stringent lock-down measures during the Christmas period.




Although the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson had hinted at allowing people to mingle freely during the festive period, the new realities have compelled him to back-track on that commitment. Following candid advice from the scientific department, the government has banned households’ mixing until further notice.

According to the UK chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, the new strain may have already crossed over into other countries, but its origin remains the UK.

Many European countries and others have taken swift measures by banning travel to and from the UK in the hope of containing the new strain.

So far, the UK alone has lost 67000 people to COVID -19

CRISTIANO RONALDO

The highest-paid footballers in 2020

Cristiano Ronaldo has emerged as the highest-paid football player in 2020. Reportedly Ronaldo earned £85.8m (Thirteen billion Kenya Shillings) to beat his long-time rival Lionel Messi by approximately Kenya Shillings 360 million.

Barcelona FC’s Lionel Messi came hot on Ronaldo’s heels after earning £83.4m, an equivalent of Ksh 12.6 billion

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior of Paris Saints-Germain came third, having taken home 11 billion Shillings (£76.6m)




Mohamed Salah came fourth being the only African to feature on the list. He earned £28.2m, which is roughly 4.3 billion Kenya Shillings

The others who featured on the list include

5. Kylian Mbappe -Paris Saint-Germain- – £27.1m (4.1 billion Kenya Shillings)

6. Andres Iniesta -Vissel Kobe- – £23.7m (3.6 billion Kenya Shillings)

7. Mesut Ozil -Arsenal – £23m (3.5 billion Kenya Shillings)

8. Paul Pogba -Manchester United- – £22.8m (3.4 billion Kenya Shillings)

9. Oscar -Shanghai SIPG – £22m (3.3 billion Kenya Shillings)

10. Antoine Griezmann -Barcelona- £21.4m (3.2 billion Kenya Shillings)