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November 21, 2018

THE WEEK

We won’t let SGR destroy Nairobi park - the public

The public rejected a proposal to have the standard gauge railway cut through the Nairobi National Park, Karen and Dagoretti estates.

About 500 people attended the public meeting on the second phase of the project.

They said it should be built as an elevated track over the Southern Bypass and follow an existing line.

Otherwise the government should find an alternative route, they said.

The proposed line would run through the Nairobi National Park and HellsGate Game Reserve in Naivasha.

“The proposed route is the result of shortsightedness and fails all intellectual tests of sustainable engineering work,” Dr Mordecal Ogada, the executive director of Conservation Solutions Afrika, said.

 

KCB and taxi firm enter pay deal using new app

The KCB Group has entered into an agreement with Easy Taxi, one of Kenya’s online taxi service to enable customers pay for their rides using the KCB Pepea Debit Card.

The partnership will see KCB and Easy Taxi— a mobile phone-based application —customers to download the App and link it with their Pepea Cards. Customers will then be able to pay for taxi services using the debit cards. Speaking during the official unveiling of the partnership, Easy Taxi Kenya chief executive officer Paul Ndichu noted that the incorporation of KCB Pepea into the Easy Taxi App will increase convenience for customers and reduce over-reliance on cash or mobile money to pay for taxi services.

 

Medics can tell your age by testing your blood

By analysing the proteins in a blood sample, researchers have found that they can determine a person’s biological age using a simple new blood test.

Certain factors, like drinking soda and smoking, will add years to the age of your body, and researchers say that telling patients this could motivate them to make beneficial lifestyle changes.

The study from Uppsala University examined samples of 1000 people, looking at protein count as well as certain physical characteristics.

As the body and organs age, the researchers found, negative factors can affect the molecular processes and, in turn, the speed of aging. ‘By analyzing proteins in the blood, one can estimate a person’s biological age, as well as weight, height, and hip circumference,’ says Ulf Gyllensten, Professor at the Department of Immunology, Genetics, and Pathology, and one of the authors of the article.

 

King Hezekiah’s seal found in ancient ruins

A 2,700-year-old royal seal bearing the mark of the biblical King Hezekiah has been unearthed in Jerusalem. The tiny oval piece of clay bears the impression of a sun with two wings turned downward, flanked by two ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs that symbolise ‘life’. An inscription into the bulla reads ‘Belonging to Hezekiah (son of) Ahaz king of Judah’.

The new bulla was discovered during an excavation of an ancient ‘rubbish dump’ that dates back to the time of King Hezekiah, who lived between 727BC and 698BC. King Hezekiah appears in several books in the Bible - Kings, Isaiah and Chronicles - where it states “there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those before him”.

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