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Bald men with gold in their heads targeted for killing

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Killings related to rituals. Photo: BBC

Bald men in Mozambique could be targets of ritual attacks, police have warned, after the recent killing of five men for their body parts, BBC reports.

Two suspects have been arrested in the central district of Milange, where the killings occurred. “The belief is that the head of a bald man contains gold,” said Afonso Dias, a police commander in Mozambique’s central Zambezia province.

Albino people have also been killed in the region for ritual purposes. Three men have been killed in the past week alone.

The BBC’s Jose Tembe in the capital, Maputo, says police think the notion of a bald head containing gold is a ruse by witchdoctors to get clients to take a person’s head to them.

“Their motive comes from superstition and culture – the local community thinks bald individuals are rich,” Commander Dias is reported as having told a press conference in Maputo.

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The suspects are two young Mozambicans aged around 20, the AFP news agency reports.

A regional security spokesman, Miguel Caetano, told AFP that one of the victims had his head cut off and his organs removed.

The organs were to be used in rituals to advance the wealth of clients in Tanzania and Malawi, Mr Caetano said, citing the suspects.

There has been a spate of killings of people with albinism in East Africa in recent years, with their body parts used to make charms and potions by witchdoctors. (BBC)

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Study shows babies try harder when they see you sweat

Research shows babies don’t simply imitate what the grown-ups do but , instead, absorb a general lesson about the value of sticking to a task

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Especially if a baby is watching.

Children around 15 months old can become more persistent in pursuing a goal if they’ve just seen an adult struggle at a task before succeeding, a new study says.

The results suggest there may be value in letting children see you sweat. “Showing children that hard work works might encourage them to work hard too,” researchers concluded in a report released Thursday by the journal Science.

The babies in the study didn’t simply imitate what the grown-ups did. They faced a different challenge, showing they had absorbed a general lesson about the value of sticking to a task.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology conducted three experiments that included a total of 262 children ages 13 months to 18 months, with an average of 15 months.

The basic procedure was this: Two groups of children first watched a researcher remove a rubber frog from a clear plastic container, and also unhook a key chain from a carabiner, a metal ring with a hinged side.

For one group, the researcher succeeded only after 30 seconds of appearing to struggle to figure out how to do the task. For the other, success came easily, within just 10 seconds, and she demonstrated the answer three times in 30 seconds. In both cases, she kept up a narration (“Look there’s something inside of there! I want to get it out! … Does this work? No, how about this …”)

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After seeing the adult solve the challenges, the babies were shown that a felt-covered box could play music, and they were encouraged to turn the music on. The box had a large red button to press, but it was inactive. The question was how long the children would persist in pushing the button.

Across the three experiments, children consistently pressed the button more often if they’d seen the researcher struggle than if she had solved her tasks easily. In one experiment, for example, they pushed it an average of 23 times after seeing her struggle but only 12 times if the researcher had not displayed much effort. That smaller number is about what other babies did if they were just handed the cube in the first place, without seeing an adult fiddle with anything.

The effect was much stronger if the researcher had actively engaged the child while doing her own tasks by making eye contact, using the child’s name, and adopting the high-pitched, exaggerated-melody style of speech that adults typically use to hold a child’s attention.

Related: Why firstborn children are more intelligent than their siblings

Results show such young children “can learn the value of effort from just a couple of examples,” said study senior author Laura Schulz.

The study could not determine how long the effect lasts, nor does it show that parents could get the same result with their children. But “it can’t hurt to try in front of your child,” said Julia Leonard, another author.

Elizabeth Gunderson, an assistant professor of psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia who did not participate in the work, called the results compelling. It is surprising that such young children picked up on the general idea of continued effort toward a goal, she said in an email.

Credit: Associated Press

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Henry Ominde: The lone wolf of Kenyan music

On a typical day, he works on his vocals, searches for gigs online, applies for music festivals and also writes his own lyrics

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Succeeding in Kenya’s evolving music industry is not for the faint hearted. Most musicians find refuge in collabos or working in bands to make an impact. But not so for Henry Ominde.

Formerly a band member of the Mombasa band, Juukua, he decided to branch out in order to start a solo career and expand his brand.  A passionate young man who loves art, music and humanity, Ominde is determined to change people’s mindsets through his music.

“I want to share my experiences through music and motivate others who can relate with me,” he says.

The fact that he is taking the journey alone has made him take on so much responsibility. The benefits of being in a group is that one shares thoughts and ideas as well as the burden that come along while as a solo artist, the load is yours to bear.

Ominde has had to wear several hats. “I am the artist, manager and producer, just to name a few,” he told Business Today in an interview.

READ: In search of Kenya’s next Churchill

On a typical day, he works on his vocals, searches for gigs online, applies for music festivals and also writes his own lyrics. You can find his music on YouTube when he was still in the melodious Juukua band.

Since going solo, he mainly performs at events as he saves money to release an album. It was in one of his gigs, Kanga Love 2016, at the Goethe Institute when he discovered that he wanted to go solo. Ominde’s role model is musician Atemi Oyungu, whose beautiful vocals and stylistic form of music inspires him.

It is an act of courage that had him leave the crowd and follow his own path. “I see myself reaching out to more people like me in the future, in a world that is more welcoming and supportive of each other regardless of sexuality, race, religion, level of education and all other differences.” he says.

Related: What would happen if the music stopped playing?

When I asked him for words of advice in climbing up the ladder of the music industry success, he said: “One has to be patient, determined and focused on their vision. Music isn’t all about being popular; art is about creating a difference and making an impact. It should relay social struggles and emotions in the world.”

His business mind is working on how to generate capital for a debut concert he has planned for.

Currently, he is booked for gigs that will support him to organise for a band, catering services and venue for his upcoming concert.  You can find Henry Ominde on his Facebook and Instagram pages with his name.

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After Churchill, here comes the next funniest comedian

Maisha Magic East has partnered with Kenya’s most popular comedian, Daniel ‘Churchill’ Ndambuki, in search of Kenya’s Ultimate Comic.

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Daniel ‘Churchill’ Ndambuki is Kenya's most popular comedian.

Maisha Magic East has partnered with Kenya’s most popular comedian, Daniel ‘Churchill’ Ndambuki, in search of Kenya’s Ultimate Comic. The ultimate winner will walk away with a grand prize of Ksh1 million, a TV contract and a car.

The new reality show dubbed Ultimate Comic is a televised stand-up TV comedy show which aims to find one rib cracking stand-up comedian between the age of 18 and 50 to perform comedy acts on stage, created by themselves.

The hunt will begin through auditions in four major towns in Kenya beginning in Mombasa from today, September 22 and 23, then moving to Kisumu City on September 29 and 30. Auditions will be held in Nakuru on October 6 and 7 and finally Nairobi on October 13 and 14.

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READ: Is Churchill running out of ideas?

The Ultimate Comic is a platform that Maisha Magic East is offering, for local comedians to showcase their talent. “We strive to deliver the shows that people love into their hands and their living rooms while using our influence and resources to play a positive role in Africa,” said Maisha Magic East Head of Channel Margaret Mathore. “We remain committed to helping to grow our local people and creative industries. This show is a continued sign of that commitment by Maisha Magic East.”

Following the auditions, 40 successful comedians from across the country will be shortlisted to take part in the knock out stages and live shows before the grand finale scheduled for March 2018. In the winner takes all show, The Ultimate Comic will have a hefty task of not only bringing rib cracking stand-up comedy to convince the judges of the show that they are the funniest person, but will have to win the love of the whole country to garner votes for the top position.

Judges include renowned comedians Tony Njuguna, Felix Odiwuor, popularly known as Jalang’o, and radio host Massawe Japanni.

The short listed comedians will also receive mentorship by various top personalities among them Charles Bukeko, aka Papa Shirandula, MC Jessy, Abel Mutua, Sammy Mwangi, Victor Ber, Carolyne Adong’o and Obillo Ng’ongo.

The Ultimate Comic aims to grow new talent in the comedy industry and accord a chance for both the young and old alike to realise their dreams. The call for auditions is open for comedians aged between 18 and 50, with fresh rib cracking ideas and jokes that will make for good quality entertainment. The winner of The Ultimate Comic will not only have the title Ultimate Comic, but they will also walk away with a TV contract, one million shillings and a car in the winner takes all competition.

Related: NTV’s Mark Masai finds a peculiar side-hustle

The Ultimate Comic show will air on Maisha Magic East from Saturday November 4, 2017 at 8.30pm. It becomes the 5th of the 15 local shows to launch on Maisha Magic East for the year 2017/2018 in an aim to promote local productions and in turn support local talent in the film industry. The new comedy reality show will air exclusively on Maisha Magic East on DStv channel 158 and GOtv channel 4 air every Saturday at 8.30pm

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Effective ways of managing cholesterol

Your body needs a little bit of cholesterol to work properly but too much cholesterol can clog your arteries and lead to heart disease

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Have you tested your cholesterol levels? If not, then you better go for a test. This check is important because your risk of developing heart disease or atherosclerosis goes up as your level of blood cholesterol increases.

Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in the blood. Your body makes most of the cholesterol and some cholesterol comes from the food you eat. Your body needs a little bit of cholesterol to work properly but too much cholesterol can clog your arteries and lead to heart disease.

Cholesterol is useful in the sense that it helps the body produce hormones, bile acid, and vitamin D. Cholesterol moves through the bloodstream to be used by all parts of the body.

Cholesterol is found in eggs, dairy products, meat, and poultry. Egg yolks and organ meats (liver, kidney, sweetbread, and brain) are high in cholesterol. Fish generally contains less cholesterol than other meats, but some shellfish are high in cholesterol. Fat content is not a good measure of cholesterol content. For example, liver and other organ meats are low in fat, but very high in cholesterol.

SEE: How to choose fats best for your body

Extensive research has found that processed carbohydrates and foods high in trans-fasts and artificial oils increase our risk for cardiovascular disease. Foods of plant origin (vegetables, fruits, grains, cereals, nuts, and seeds) contain no cholesterol. Fact is we need cholesterol and our bodies produce a certain percentage so we need to limit our intake of cholesterol foods.

What are the symptoms of high cholesterol?

Typically, there are no symptoms for high cholesterol but instead it causes emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes. Blood test is the only way to know if your cholesterol is too high. If you have a family history of high cholesterol, it is recommended that you have your cholesterol levels checked frequently.

In order to help prevent and manage high levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing “good” high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. Try to:

  • Eat less saturated fats, which comes from animal products (like cheese, fatty meats, and dairy desserts) and tropical oils (like palm oil).
  • Stay away from trans-fats, which may be in baked goods (like cookies and cake), snack foods, fried foods, and margarines.
  • Limit foods that are high in cholesterol, including fatty meats and organ meat (like liver and kidney).
  • Choose low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese, and yogurt.
  • Eat more foods that are high in fiber, like oatmeal, oat bran, beans, and lentils.
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet that includes plenty of vegetables and fruits and is low in salt and sugar.
READ: Why women live longer than men in Kenya

Since high cholesterol doesn’t show any symptoms in the early stages, it’s important to make good lifestyle choices.

  1. Eat a healthy diet.
  2. Maintain an active lifestyle by having an exercise routine
  3. Monitor your cholesterol levels by regular checkups.
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