Syinix Launches World First Machine that can cook Africa Staple Food: Banku, FUFU etc.

ACCRA, Ghana, July 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — According to the study, 83% of African eat a variety of Swallow foods (such as Banku, fufu,etc.) as their staple food. For most of African, however, making swallow food is a difficult process, as users have to stir the food throughout, and the whole process is time-consuming as well. Therefore, a full-automatic Swallow Maker that are hands-free is the irresistible trend. On 28th July, Syinix officially unveiled the world’s first Swallow Maker in Accra, Ghana, creating a new era of fully automated cooking swallow food in Africa.

Syinix World's First Swallow Maker

Swallow Maker

Syinix Managing Director of West Africa Justin said at the launch event:” Welcome to witness this historic moment with Syinix. Swallow Maker is not only the first model for Syinix, but also the world’s first automatic swallow food cooking machine. Both the product concept and the functions of Swallow Maker are unique. It is fully automated, multifunctional, easy to clean and large capacity to bring easy and convenient cooking experience for African families.

Syinix is a high-end home appliance brand of Transsion Holdings, which also owns three major famous mobile phone brands in Africa: Tecno*, Infinix*, Itel*. Syinix has now spread to more than 20 countries in Africa, and it’s features of high quality and innovation , are becoming increasingly competitive and promising in the African market in recent years.
Syinix’s product team visited over 10 African countries and found that some of the swallow food process still involved using mortar and pestle, which requires two people to beat and turn the food constantly. Recently people start using pot and spoons which still requires manual mixing. After discovering these problems, Syinix’s product team eventually developed the world’s first fully automatic swallow maker after more than 2 years hard work.

Full automation:
Swallow maker as a fully automated machine, requires simple operations before delicious food is made. User will only need to pour the ingredients into the machine proportionally, and the rest of the human work is replaced by the machine. Compared to traditional production methods, swallow maker stops users from constantly stirring thus, can spend more time with their families and enjoy life.

Multi-function:
Another function of Swallow maker is that it supports the production of all-purpose swallow food to ensure the taste and eating habits in different parts of Africa.For example, banku , fufu and konkonte in Ghana; eba, pounded yam, amala and semolina in Nigeria, and ugali in Kenya. In addition, Swallow maker supports creative cooking, allowing users to try out more new creative ingredients and recipes.

Large capacity & Easy to clean:
The “Swallow Maker” is a high-capacity device that support preparing meals for a family of four or five, which meets the needs of the majority African families. It’s removable knife set and non-stick coating design makes it convenient to clean up food residue.

Others functions:
Syinix takes full consideration of user needs in the whole process of developing Swallow Maker. The metal pot body and no modified material, as well as the special power operation mechanism, ensures the safe and stable production process of the machine. Other ingenious designs, such as the appearance of the machine, is inspired by traditional African handicrafts, and can effectively prevent it from falling off easily when holding or moving it. Syinix swallow maker successfully got a number of patents and the 2022 German Red Dot Design Award. It also support 13-month warranty period by Syinix’s after-sell service partner Carlcare* that guarantees the whole use experiences.

Purchase channels:
More details, visit Syinix’s official website: https://gh.syinix.com/products/syinix-swallow-maker-worlds-first-one.

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Sustained Efficacy of Long-Acting Cabotegravir for PrEP Among Cisgender Women – Findings from HPTN 084 Study

DURHAM, N.C., July 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Researchers from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) presented updated results from the HPTN 084 long-acting cabotegravir (CAB) for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) study at the AIDS 2022 conference in Montreal. New findings show reductions in HIV incidence were sustained in the 12 months following trial unblinding (November 5, 2020, through November 5, 2021).

“These results are encouraging as CAB efficacy was sustained during the 12 months following unblinding, confirming a high level of protection against HIV acquisition among study participants assigned female at birth,” said Dr. Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, HPTN 084 protocol chair, director of research at Wits RHI, and research professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

HPTN 084 is an ongoing Phase 3 randomized, controlled trial that previously demonstrated the superiority of ViiV Healthcare’s long-acting cabotegravir compared to daily oral tenofovir/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) for HIV prevention in individuals assigned female at birth. The blinded portion of the trial was stopped at a planned interim review in November 2020 due to evidence of superior efficacy when compared to daily oral TDF/FTC. Participants were subsequently unblinded and continued their original randomized study regimen pending a protocol amendment to offer open-label CAB.

“HIV infection continues to threaten the health of women worldwide,” said Dr. Myron Cohen, HPTN co-principal investigator, and director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. “Empowering women with safe and effective PrEP options is critical to reducing HIV as a global health threat.”

HPTN 084 enrolled 3,223 cisgender women at research sites in Botswana, Eswatini, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Twenty-three incident infections (3 CAB, 20 TDF/FTC) were detected in the 12-month unblinded period. Of these, two (1 CAB, 1 TDF/FTC) were determined to have occurred during the blinded phase. Only one of the CAB cases (blinded phase case) had ever received an injection. An additional 83 confirmed pregnancies (43 CAB, 40 TDF/FTC) occurred in the unblinded period. No congenital anomalies were reported.

“The additional pregnancy incidence data highlight the importance of establishing the safety and pharmacology of CAB among pregnant individuals,” said Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, HPTN co-principal investigator, director of ICAP, and professor of epidemiology and medicine at Columbia University in New York.

HPTN 084 was co-funded by NIAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and ViiV Healthcare. Study product was provided by ViiV Healthcare and Gilead Sciences, Inc. Three other NIH institutes also collaborated on HPTN 084: the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

About HPTN

The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) is a worldwide collaborative clinical trials network that brings together investigators, ethicists, community members, and other partners to develop and test the safety and efficacy of interventions designed to prevent the acquisition and transmission of HIV. The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, Office of The Director, the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, all part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, co-fund the HPTN. The HPTN has collaborated with more than 85 clinical research sites in 19 countries to evaluate new HIV prevention interventions and strategies in populations with a disproportionate HIV burden. The HPTN research agenda – more than 50 trials ongoing or completed with over 161,000 participants enrolled and evaluated – is focused primarily on discovering new HIV prevention tools and evaluating integrated strategies, including biomedical interventions combined with behavioral risk reduction interventions and structural interventions. For more information, visit hptn.org.


Eric Miller
HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN)
9193846465
emiller@fhi360.org

IEBC Trains Police On Election Security

Fifty Sub county police commanders in Bungoma County have been trained by the IEBC on its preparedness to conduct elections on August 9th this year.
In an Interview with KNA on Tuesday after a meeting with the police officers, Bungoma IEBC official Grace Rono, noted that the commission has decided to familiarise police officers on the polls laws as they will play a key role in the polling process.
“Police officers are part and parcel of the polling process in Kenya that is why the commission has taken this chance to train them to ensure that they can cooperate well with the voters and the IEBC,” she said.
Ms Rono added that the training will be cascaded down to the police stations where junior police officers will be trained on the same by those who have attended the training.
She affirmed that the commission is prepared to deliver free, fair and credible elections and all election laws will be adhered to. She said that so far, no complaint has been registered at the IEBC offices.
She noted if there is any complaint from the aspirants it should be reported to the IEBC officials accompanied with facts, while asking aspirants and residents to keep and maintain peace on the polling day.
She appealed to the voters in Bungoma County to turn up in huge numbers, cast their votes and return back home to follow up the process on their Television sets.
“Election is only a one day exercise so let us maintain peace and pick the leaders we want, Kenya must continue after the polls,” she noted.
Bungoma County police commander Francis Kooli told KNA that he will ensure all police officers in Bungoma County comply with section 105 of the elections act where all police officers are required to collaborate with the IEBC on the provision of security asking all law enforcers to collaborate with the IEBC so that it achieves its objectives.
He said that in Bungoma County, plans have been put in place to ensure that the election is done in an organized and peaceful environment.
Kooli urged Bungoma residents to keep peace before, during and after elections.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Security Beefed Up In Baragoi

Samburu County Commissioner (CC) Henry Wafula has assured Baragoi residents of their security during the coming general elections.
This is after tension in the area remained high following the killing of a teacher attached at Baragoi Boys High School on Monday afternoon.
Speaking to the press outside his office in Maralal town, Wafula said that following the incident, security has been beefed up in the volatile town to ensure the safety of residents.
“Business men closing their shops for fear of attacks should stop doing that since we have already provided enough security,” he affirmed.
The CC said that they have established a multi-agency command centre to handle all security related issues before, during and after the elections.
He added that a security team led by Samburu North Deputy County Commissioner, Jackson Oloo, is holding talks with young men from the Turkana community to avoid retaliatory attacks.
At the same time, Wafula confirmed that all 135 boarding students from Baragoi High School were sent home following the killing of their teacher adding that the school will reopen by the end of this week.
“After the shooting which took place 200 meters from the schools gate we had to send the boys home to avoid collateral damage,” he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency

CBK Welcomes Money Laundering Terrorism Financing Report

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has welcomed the Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing National Risk Assessment Report (NRA) which was launched on Wednesday.
The main objective of the NRA was to identify, understand and assess Kenya’s Money Laundering (ML) and Terrorism Financing (TF) risks at a national and sectoral level.
CBK in a statement said that the NRA was carried out by a Taskforce gazetted in 2019, through a consultative process aligned to international Anti-Money Laundering/Combatting Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) standards, involving both the public and private sectors.
“CBK was honoured to support the Taskforce as its Joint Secretary with the Financial Reporting Centre,” read the statement.
The NRA report notes that Kenya has a relatively robust AML/CFT legal and institutional framework that is largely aligned to international standards. Additionally, it identifies some gaps in the framework.
According to the statement, the findings of the report will inform the strengthening of Kenya’s AML/CFT regime, as contained in the National AML/CFT Strategy and Action Plan (Strategy and Action Plan) issued concurrently with the report.
The NRA assessed the banking sector as having the highest impact on Kenya’s ML/TF risk profile due to the pivotal role it plays in facilitating payments, trade and investments in Kenya and the region.
“CBK as the primary regulator of the sector has worked with other players over the years to strengthen its AML/CFT supervisory and regulatory framework. This includes issuing Guidance on AML/CFT Institutional Risk Assessment by banks in 2018,” read the report.
It further stated that in addition, CBK conducted a demonetisation exercise in 2019, of the old generation Sh1, 000 note to address the grave concerns of illicit financial flows and counterfeits.
“CBK is committed to continue working with the sector and other players in implementing the actions indicated in the Strategy and Action Plan to strengthen the banking sector AML/CFT supervisory and regulatory framework. This will play a critical role in maintaining and enhancing Kenya’s standing as a premier financial services hub in Eastern Africa,” read the statement.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Security Beefed In Marsabit

Security preparations for the forthcoming general elections in Marsabit County where a military operation is active are complete.
The government is also advising the business community in Marsabit town to consider installing CCTV cameras in their premises to help in surveillance.
Eastern Regional Commissioner (RC) Evans Achoki said that the government would be deploying adequate security personnel to help in securing voting materials and to man polling stations during the exercise.
Mr Achoki told the press after chairing the county security committee meeting at the ACK conference hall that the Interior Ministry was ready to assist the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct the poll without any hitches.
The Regional Commissioner who was accompanied by the GSU commandant Douglas Kanja and the regional security team assured wananchi in the county which has been witnessing security challenges that security has been restored not only to make them secure but give them an enabling environment to vote.
Mr Achoki who disclosed that the Operation Rejesha Amani Marsabit which kicked off three months ago has managed to recover an assortment of 320 illegal guns and over 2,500 bullets pointed out that the onslaught targets criminals and those armed with illicit firearms.
He assured political candidates of their security in their campaigns as the election fever entered the homestretch.
On isolated cases of cattle rustling which have continued to be witnessed in the region despite a dusk to dawn curfew and the security operation, the RC said new strategies were being planned to eliminate the problem.
He appealed to the residents to continue supporting the initiative saying that nobody had a reason to remain holding an illegal firearm now that the government has restored security in the county.
“We have also intensified peace building efforts for harmonious coexistence among communities in this county and I would urge those still in possession of unlicensed firearms to surrender them to the authorities without delay,” said Mr Achoki.
Concerning town security, the RC asked traders to install cameras in buildings to assist in fighting crime.
He said that CCTVs as an effective tool in identifying law breakers and speeding up investigations had been proven hence the need for the local business community to consider taking up move.
At the same time, the GSU commandant Douglas Kanja expressed satisfaction on the progress so far made in curbing insecurity in Marsabit County adding that new approaches were being worked out to tame livestock theft.
The commandant cautioned that the current security arrangements would be maintained until all illegal firearms in wrong hands are mopped up and appealed to residents to assist in the recovery of the weapons.
He also expressed confidence that the elections would be conducted in a secure and peaceful environment as measures towards that end have been finalized.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Farmers Get Support To Increase Agricultural Productivity

The National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) has disbursed Sh73.9 million to farmers in Homa Bay to increase productivity in poultry, dairy, banana and cotton farming sectors.
NARIGP, which is funded by the World Bank, gave out the money to a total of 200 farmer self-help groups and co-operatives in a move to boost the value chain.
The fund is meant to help poultry farmers construct poultry houses and acquire hatcheries and feed formulation machines while cooperative institutions will be able to procure tractors and establish milk processing units in the dairy farming segment.
There are more than 118,000 farmers set to benefit from this move both directly and indirectly.
Speaking during the event, Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti said they have also handed out 20 motorcycles to the farmer groups besides being taken through a number of trainings to equip them with requisite skills to increase productivity.
“I am glad that this project will have 18 640 farmers benefiting directly while over 120 000 other farmers will also benefit indirectly. We have commissioned 20 motorbikes meant to help the farmer groups in mobility while undertaking production activities,” said Awiti.
Deputy Governor Hamilton Orata urged the next government to take over the project with seriousness as it is capable of changing the lives of the people of Homa Bay.
“I want to encourage the incoming government to emulate what we have achieved in the agricultural sector by giving a lot of focus to NARIGP which is significant and can raise the living standards of our people,” said Orata.
He urged the farmers to be ambassadors of the project to ensure that food security in the county is taken a notch higher.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Youth pledge peaceful Kenya elections

YOUTH leaders have committed themselves to maintaining peace in their electioneering conduct before, during and after the Kenya general elections on August 9.
The over 100 leaders, representing various community groups and organizations from around the East African country have signed the Mkenya Daima Leadership and Peace Pledge.
Mkenya Daima is a non-partisan multi-stakeholder platform formed in 2012 to inspire peaceful elections and a smooth leadership transition.
Duncan Mochama, Member of the Mkenya Daima Steering Committee, representing the youth, urged society at large to appreciate and amplify youth and community activities around peace building and positive political participation.
He reminded the youth to be accountable in electing good leaders at the ballot.
“It is not enough to just support your chosen candidates,” Mochama said.
He said the youth must take charge through their collective voting power by insisting on honest and transparent leaders who will serve the interests of the youth.
“We must also go further to hold the elected leaders accountable to deliver on their campaign promises,” Mochama said.
The meeting was part of the ongoing stakeholder engagement by the Mkenya Daima initiative.
“This is a call for partnership with our young people with the singular goal of achieving peaceful election and socio-economic prosperity afterwards,” said Vimal Shah, chairperson of the Mkenya Daima Steering Committee.
Killian Nyambu, the Deputy Director Public Outreach and Engagements at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), said stakeholders including the youth must take responsibility in a peaceful election outcome.
Rasi Masudi, Director Voter Education and Partnership at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), reiterated the need for young people to come out and participate in elections.
“The IEBC is adequately prepared to deliver a credible, free, and fair election on August 9,” Masudi assured.

Source: CAJ News Agency

Kenya’s watershed elections in disarray

CONFLICT between the electoral commission and law enforcement agents, legal quandaries after an aspirant is locked out of the presidential race and potential violence have thrown preparations for Kenyan elections into disarray.
Polls are set for less than a fortnight in the East African country that is hailed as a model of stability and democracy in Africa but has an uncanny notoriety of shedding this status when polls are held.
The situation is relapsing.
Tensions are rising leading to the eagerly-awaited August 9 general elections in the region’s economic powerhouse with a population of 56 million people.
Last week, police arrested a “foreigner” at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the capital Nairobi with election-related stickers.
He is Venezuela international, Jose Gregorio Camargo Castellanos, nabbed at a time cops have assured readiness to deal with poll-related violence.
Bruno Shioso, police spokesperson, confirmed the arrest, justifying it by saying the arrested individual was not accompanied by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Yet, the officers also arrested two other personnel who had been working for the commission and had gone to check on their colleagues.
The Venezuelan pair has been named as Joel Gustavo Rodriguez Garcia and Salvador Javier Sosa Suarez.
They were scheduled to appear before the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit.
The three contractors are working for the IEBC. They are from Smartmatic, the company the electoral commission has contracted for the polls.
The company is to supply, test and maintain software, hardware and accessories for the election.
IEBC is angered at the trio’s arrest.
The electoral agency stated that while the National Police Service informed the public that the stickers had been released to the commission, the said material had in fact been confiscated and retained by the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit.
The implication, according to the commission, is that IEBC is unable to seamlessly prepare for the elections.
The confiscated items are said to be electronic items, including mobile phones, laptops and flash containing important and sensitive information relating to the forthcoming elections.
The arrested personnel reportedly were compelled to give passwords to the confiscated phones and gadgets.
“The commission is still troubled by the acts of the National Police Service and demands cessation of harassment of personnel of legitimately contracted service providers and calls for immediate release of all confiscated items,” Wafula Chebukati, IEBC chairman, said.
Musalia Mudavadi, a presidential hopeful from the opposition Amani National Congress (ANC), hailed the unfolding spat between the electoral agency and the police over the arrest of the election officials was “a clear show” of how the government of outgoing president, Uhuru Kenyatta determined to interfere with the August 9 elections.
“IEBC is an independent agency and should be allowed to fully prepare for the poll without any hindrance; least from the security agencies,” Mudavadi, the former Vice President and Deputy Prime Minister, said.
The Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) this week warned of potential election-related violence, including sexual violence.
Naitore Nyamu-Mathenge, Kenya head of PHR, recalled elections in Kenya were synonymous with chaos and sexual violence, perpetrated by state and non-state actors.
“We must seize the opportunity to break with the past, deliver justice for past survivors, and safeguard human rights around the election,” said Nyamu-Mathenge said.
This week, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the IEBC after it locked out presidential aspirant Reuben Kigame.
The gospel singer and IEBC are embroiled in a spat as he alleges the electoral body is unfair to disabled persons as it has not developed regulations to assist persons with disability.
Visually-impaired Kigame is also singer, writer, producer and radio presenter.
The electoral body invalidated his candidature after his nomination fell less of the required 48 000 signatures.
This court challenge could have led to the postponement of the polls, provided Kigame won.
The cost of printing new ballot papers and rescheduling freight is projected at KSh 971 million (about US$57,8 million).
“This amount is not in the commission’s election budget,” Chebukati said.
He maintained the reassurance to delivering free, fair and credible elections that meets the democratic aspirations of Kenyans.
A disputed outcome form the general polls in 2007/08, which left hundreds of civilians dead.
Vote-rigging marred the last poll in 2017, prompting the courts to order a rerun.
Uhuru Kenyatta eventually retained power but is ineligible for the upcoming poll because of term limits.
Oddly, he has endorsed longtime rival, Raila Odinga, at the expense of his deputy, William Ruto.

Source: CAJ News Agency

The Auditor General receives Norwegian Head of Cooperation for Kenya and Somalia

The Auditor General of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E Mohamed Ali (Afgoi) has received Mr. Erling Hess Johnsen, the Head of Cooperation for Kenya & Somalia at Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi.
The two sides discussed Norway’s continued support in key priority areas of the office of Auditor General.
On his Part, Mr.Johnsen thanked the
Auditor General for the hospitality and hoped for continued cooperation between Norway and Somalia.
Norway is a critical partner in the efforts to strengthen good governance in Somalia.

Source: Somalia National News Agency