Here are the stories making global headlines today.
New Chopper and Mansion: Conman Bishop Gakuyo Living Large As Depositors Lose More Than Sh300 Million
In the face of overwhelming evidence, hundreds of Kenyans have come out on social media in support of the conman bishop David Ngari, better known as Gakuyo. There was even an ‘I Stand With Gakuyo’ protest in Thika town yesterday. KTN’s investigative reporter Dennis Onsarigo investigated the s
Grown Kilimani Mums Can Do Better Other than Thirst Over Guys, Kibaki’s Grandson Says
Sean Andrew, grandson of former President Mwai Kibaki has some choice words for members of popular Facebook group Kilimani Mums. The Art Mashariki-signed model was speaking to The Star in a candid interview when the topic about the group came up.
Man Fined Sh10K for Having Affair With Another Man’s Wife
Elders of Musingini village, Embu county have fined a 30-Year-Old man Sh10,000 after he was found guilty of having an illicit affair with another man’s wife. The man was busted after he entered the woman’s matrimonial house at night and spent several hours inside.
City Tycoon Speaks Up on Relationship with Citizen TV Bombshell Lillian Muli
The cat’s finally out of the bag! Citizen TV news anchor Lillian Muli is taken and happily in love. The popular screen siren finally unveiled the lucky man in her life on social media by sharing photos with the caption “bae.”
Russia says deadly Syrian airstrike targeted chemical weapons factory
At least 70 people, including many children, died Tuesday after suffering symptoms of chemical poisoning, including foaming at the mouth and suffocation. According to a statement posted Wednesday on the Russian ministry’s Facebook page, the strike hit “workshops, which produced chemical warfare munitions” in the eastern outskirts of the Khan Sheikhoun town.
North Korea fires ballistic missile, US State Department says
The United States believes the projectile was likely a ballistic missile, according to a US official. It is one of several the country has test-fired in recent months. The test elicited a terse response from the US State Department, unlike the standard diplomatic condemnations that usually follow Pyongyang’s missile tests.
Many big construction firms not bidding on Trump’s proposed wall
The deadline to submit proposals for the wall was Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, and many of the biggest construction and engineering companies are steering clear of bidding for the project altogether.
Pakistan suicide bombing: 6 killed while taking census
The assailants targeted members of the security services who were carrying out the national census — Pakistan’s first in 20 years — said Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan, a spokesman for the state government of Punjab. Another two people are in critical condition, he said.
New Jersey teen gets accepted by all 8 Ivy League schools
A New Jersey teenager has to make a decision soon most high school seniors can only dream of — deciding on which Ivy League school to attend in the fall. The problem, if you want to call it that, is that she was accepted into all of them. All eight of them.
Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi ad sparks backlash
After pumping up the excitement for her new role as a Pepsi spokesperson, the model unveiled her debut ad on Tuesday and quickly became the target of backlash, as did the soda company. In the ad, Jenner is seen participating in a photo shoot and becomes distracted by a group of protestors.
What’s behind Saudi Arabia’s female YouTube boom?
With nearly half a million subscribers on YouTube, Sajer (pictured below) is part of a media revolution that has seen the Kingdom achieve the highest YouTube watch time per capita of any country in the world, according to analytics agency Tubular Labs.
Electronics ban at foreign airports could expand
The existing ban — which governs certain devices from 10 specific African and Middle Eastern airports in eight countries — requires passengers on those flights to place electronic devices larger than cellphones in their checked luggage. “Could we see an expansion?
Style in the sky: The best aircraft liveries
Aircraft liveries — to give the plane’s exterior paint job its correct technical term — are getting ever more creative. By turns amusing, beautiful, or even downright odd, they stand out in a sea of uniformity. It’s no surprise that national carriers reflect some of the elements their countries are most famous for, while independent and low-cost airlines seem to revel in the unexpected.
Bye, Twitter. All the cool kids are migrating to Mastodon.
In the battle between a massive prehistoric beast and a fluttering bird, we all know what’s destined to come out on top. But in the case of Mastodon, a social network with the potential to take on Twitter, the former just so happens to be the underdog.
How a screenshot drove YouTube to the edge
On Sunday evening, Ethan Klein, one half of the immensely popular YouTube channel h3h3Productions, posted a short video titled “Evidence that WSJ used FAKE screenshots.” It went out to over 3.7 million subscribers and quickly racked up over one million views.
So many people streamed Kanye’s ‘Life of Pablo’ it set a record and went platinum
Kanye West can add another platinum record to the wall and another “first” to his trophy case. “The Life Of Pablo” has gone platinum, the first album to reach that status through streams. The milestone, first reported by Pitchfork, was confirmed to Mashable by a spokesperson for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on Tuesday afternoon.
Mukesh Ambani is richer than ever, even after giving away internet to 100 million people
Even as India’s richest man gave away “unlimited” 4G internet access to more than 100 million subscribers for six months, his personal wealth is far from taking a dent. Mukesh Ambani, the chairman and managing director of India’s largest industrial house Reliance Industries Limited, added $6 billion to his personal wealth last year, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Coldplay’s Chris Martin visits sick fan hours before concert
Although Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has given his time and money to countless charities, he remembers to appreciate the fans who got him to where he is today. ABS-CBN News reports that hours before Coldplay performed at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds this week, Martin took the time to visit one of his biggest fans, Ken Valiant Santiago.
Drowning horse saved by father and son, after collapsing in their doorway
A horse narrowly escaped drowning in floods, thanks to the efforts of a family from the Australian town of Murwillumbah. Now a man, his wife and their son are being praised all over social media, having spent over five hours keeping the horse, who collapsed in their doorway, alive.
This postal service is delivering KFC, because there’s not enough mail now
With the numbers of letters being sent each year plunging, it’s no surprise postal services are turning to other, more creative revenue sources. The enterprising New Zealand Post, for one, are turning to fried chicken deliveries. In a partnership with KFC, naturally. The pilot will be rolling out to Tauranga, following an initial launch in Hamilton this February.
Google releases YouTube Go app for millions of people on slow internet
YouTube’s new app for India’s flaky internet market is finally here. A beta version of YouTube Go app, first unveiled last year, has gone live on Google Play, the company says. Google plans to release a stable version of the app later and also intends to make it available in other developing markets.
Disney officially orders ‘That’s So Raven’ sequel
If you could gaze into the future, you’d see Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven sequel, Raven’s Home, coming soon to a TV near you. The multi-camera comedy has received an official series order at Disney Channel, where it will introduce a new generation of children and teens to Raven’s super psychic powers.
This mirror-based digital butler could make you feel like Iron Man
Smart home assistants are becoming more useful, but there’s something missing from our AI hubs from Amazon and Google. Sure, it’s fun to call up Alexa or Google Assistant with nothing but a word – but the personalities are housed in speakers, which aren’t exactly dynamic, groundbreaking technology.
Mama alligator leads her 16 babies across a golf course, because Florida
A Florida woman witnessed an adorable gang of tiny killers parade from a tiny pond to their new forever home. According to Rotonda West resident Sharon Whiting, the mother alligator gave birth to her babies in February, but is just now moving them to a larger pond with more water, WFLA reports.
The internet went ballistic over Kendall Jenner’s ‘woke’ new Pepsi ad
Pepsi has an answer for the millions of Americans fearful that the Trump Administration might take away their basic rights and crucial services. Hint: It involves a can of Pepsi. The ad centers on a political march full of millennials – the stock-photo-looking sort of millennials that only exist in commercials.
‘The Purge’ is getting a TV show because apparently we need more nightmare fuel
The Purge has already spawned a lucrative movie franchise and plenty of anxiety about the potential fall of civilization, but why stop there? Mashable has confirmed that Blumhouse, the studio behind the movies, is currently developing a TV series based on the anarchic property with Universal Cable Productions.
Kendall Jenner Appropriates The Resistance To Sell You Pepsi
You know how teachers in well-intentioned, but unavoidably cringey ’90s movies starring some nice white lady tried to appeal to the youth by having her rap Shakespeare? Well, a new Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner is kind of like that, but somehow even more terrible.
Warplanes Mount Fresh Airstrikes In Syria
BEIRUT, April 5 (Reuters) – Warplanes mounted five air strikes on Wednesday in a rebel-held area of northwestern Syria where dozens of people were killed the day before in a suspected chemical attack, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Scores Dead In Suspected Gas Attack On Rebel-Held Area Of Syria
BEIRUT, April 4 (Reuters) – A suspected Syrian government chemical attack killed scores of people, including children, in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday, a monitoring group, medics and rescue workers in the rebel-held area said. The U.S. government believes the chemical agent sarin was used in the attack, a U.S.
How Prisons Are Helping To Save Bees From Extinction
Just inside the barbed wire border of Airway Heights Corrections Center, four nondescript white boxes fat with honey and thousands of bees are being tended to by men society might misjudge as being anything but tender. Charles Roark is one of these men.
These Advertisers Are Fleeing Bill O’Reilly’s Show
At least nine companies have pulled advertising from Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” amid revelations that several women have accused host Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment. Following an explosive New York Times report that O’Reilly and Fox News had paid around $13 million in settlements addressing complaints brought by five of the conservative host’s previous female colleagues, several advertisers moved to remove their commercials from the hit show.
White House Blames Horrifying Syria Massacre On Barack Obama
White House press secretary Sean Spicer reacted to what appears to be Syria’s worst chemical attack in years by blaming former President Barack Obama. “Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world,” Spicer said on Tuesday.
Inventor Of The Web Skewers Trump’s ‘Disgusting’ Internet Privacy Rollback
The Trump administration’s rollback on Obama-era internet privacy rules is “disgusting” and “appalling,” says the man who created the world wide web. Communications Commission’s Tim Berners-Lee spoke out against the repeal of the Federal privacy rules Tuesday, soon after being declared the recipient of the 2016 ACM A.M.
Twitter Blasts Kendall Jenner’s Cringeworthy Pepsi Commercial
God forgives, but Twitter doesn’t. A new, cringeworthy Pepsi ad starring Kendall Jenner is making its rounds across the internet, and Twitter users are tearing it to shreds. The commercial, titled “Live for Now Moments Anthem,” co-opted visuals from the numerous protests and marches across the nation in an astoundingly tone-deaf fashion.