Nairobi, June 17- Fine Edge Media, an innovative and ground-breaking 360-degree media publishing house is set to officially launch in the market at the end of June.
The Creative Media house will be responsible for publishing 14 Magazine publications namely; MoneyBoss Magazine, EdgeAfrica Magazine, EdgeWoman Magazine, Styles Magazine, Czara Magazine, Soul Mate Magazine, GizmoAfrica Magazine, Edge Property Guide, Voice & Brand, Krazy Weekender, Shoppers review, GameSwag Magazine, Entreprize Magazine and PureMotion Magazine that will be available both in print and online editions.
Each issue will aim to have 80% of its content focused on telling African stories exclusively, with the article format being; profiles of companies, private investors, business leaders, entrepreneurs, the world of technology today, Products & Brands as well as insightful statistics about the market and the region’s business landscape.
Speaking while announcing the upcoming launch, Fine Edge Media CEO Mr. Paul Wachira highlighted the revolutionary ambitions by the publisher in the region.
“Our entry into the East African industry signals a change in provision of informative and entertaining content across the region. Our outlook is wide-reaching, and with the brands and solutions that we offer, there is no sky too high”, said Mr. Wachira.
“We aim to be a top media publishing house, offering access to journalistic expertise, digital innovations and branding creativity, comparable to no other on the continent,” added Mr. Wachira.
The Premiere issue of the magazines will be released on the 27th of June with a target distribution of 30,000 outlets, with the subsequent issues scheduled to be released on a monthly basis.
The key focus for them will be; business, technology, financial markets, entrepreneurship, personal finance, sports, Investing, Technology, Politics, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Small Business, Cloud Computing, Security, Management, etc.
“We have invested heavily in this business in an effort to bridge the gap that currently exists in the market in terms of offering 360 degrees solutions ranging from content creation to publishing and distributing the same”, added Mr. Wachira.
The pioneering Media and publishing house aims to provide a range of solutions ranging from print publications, creative design, animation, PR & Event management, and audio-visual production.
Alongside this, Fine Edge Media is also set to launch an interactive website for all the publications as well as mobile apps for each publication
The beneficiaries will also receive business development services to hand-hold them into developing thriving enterprises through the franchise container model.
By ThingsKenya Writer
The KCB Foundation has launched a revolutionary approach to business premises hosting for the beauty and personal care professionals through a franchise container model. The ‘franchise container model’ is a modified shipping container that has been retrofitted to host a beauty salon.
The container will act as an incubation hub for students who have completed hair and beauty courses where they can perfect their professional skills even as they prepare to go into business for themselves.
The launch today coincided with the graduation of 316 beneficiaries under the Foundation’s 2jiajiri programme, a transformative skill development and wealth creation programme that seeks to develop a new cadre of youthful entrepreneurs within the informal sector to ease the country’s unemployment crisis. The event was presided over by KCB Foundation Executive Director Ms Jane Mwangi.
The Salon Suites concept also known as booth rentals, is one of the fastest growing segments in the hair and beauty industry and brings a different approach to the industry. Under this, four beauty graduates can join hands and operate a 40- foot container that is equipped with four workstations.
The joint venture model takes into account the graduates’ minimal or lack of capital and assists them to meet the operational cost of running the salon container. This business model has a co-working style and provides a platform to incubate hair and beauty beneficiaries until they are ready to take up their own containers.
“The beauty of the concept is that it takes into account issues of space as well as mobility as the container can be moved from place to place depending on business performance and owner preferences. Additionally, the fittings are never disentangled as they are moved inside the container, hence guaranteeing their safety,” said Ms Mwangi.
Owners of the containers can assist their tenants to place them at vantage points for instance in learning institutions, public parking areas, church compounds or at market centres.
KCB Foundation is piloting this concept through its 2jiajiri programme, a transformative skills development and wealth creation programme that seeks to develop a new cadre of youthful entrepreneurs within the informal sector to ease the country’s unemployment crisis.
KCB Foundation will provide business development services to hand-hold the 2jiajiri beneficiaries into developing thriving enterprises through this model. This model is ideal for those who have dreams of being their own boss and in control of their own money.
It provides the entrepreneurs with a platform to become independent, decorate their own space and increase profits. It is encouraging to note that stylists are joining the salon suites revolution as they seek more control of their businesses.
Ms Mwangi reminded the graduates of the pivotal role that beauty and personal care professions play in helping people make a good first and lasting impression. She noted that the beauty industry was one of the fastest growing in Kenya having grown by 400% in 4 years from 26 Billion shillings in 2011 to over 100 Billion shillings in 2015.
In comparison, she said, the beauty industry in Brazil was 31 times the size of Kenya’s and valued at 31 Billion Dollars in 2016.
Ms. Mwangi attributed this to three main reasons namely; increased participation of Brazilian youth and women in the beauty industry, adoption of new approaches such as franchises, specialty and personalised stores as modes of reaching out to their clientele and improved distribution and availability of beauty care products.
2jiajiri programme of the KCB Foundation was launched in March 2016. It is an enterprise development and wealth creation programme that aims to transform the youth of today into the employers of tomorrow.
The Foundation has so far sponsored 882 hair and beauty beneficiaries since last year out of the over 12,000 recipients across its industry sector programmes.
Upon graduation, the beneficiaries join the KCB Foundation incubation process as they walk through the journey of establishing their businesses. The Foundation currently partners with leading beauty colleges and salons in Kenya including Ashleys, Azizi, Amadiva and Strands on Fleek.
By Thingskenya Reporter
American whiskey brand Jack Daniel’s has shortlisted the three finalists in search for a Kenyan brand ambassador conducted through the gentlemen wanted campaign.
The campaign that was launched in May this year received over 2,000 applications that underwent rigorous processing by a panel of judges and observers to narrow down to three finalists.
“When we launched the gentlemen wanted campaign two months ago we received an overwhelming number of applications and we are pleased to report that we are down to the final three. We are now calling on the public to help us select the best of the three by voting through our Facebook page”, said Zara Kuria, Jack Daniel’s Kenya brand manager.
The Gentlemen Wanted campaign was targeted at charismatic Kenyans above 21 years with the ability to embody the spirit of the brand and its values of authenticity, independence and integrity.
The first selected group comprised of 100 of the best applicants who were then narrowed down to top the 24.
The top 24 were then invited to attend one on one interviews where they were given the opportunity to convince a panel of judges, including Sports Star Humphrey Kayange and Actress and Media Personality Eve D’Souza on why they should be Kenya’s Jack Daniel’s Brand Ambassador.
The voting phase started on the 18th of July and closes on 31st July, after which the winner will be announced. The ambassador will then travel to the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg Tennessee, US.
By Bernard Gitonga
Moi University has won the Enactus Kenya national entrepreneurship and innovation competition for the second year running.
The University’s team was judged the best this year at the 15th Enactus Kenya National Expo for their ‘Waste for Wealth’ project, which uses organic waste to make tables, and will represent Kenya at Enactus World Cup in London (UK) from September 26-29, 2017.
Judges said the Waste to Wealth project had created a source of income for people in Moi University and its environs and reduces plastic and glass waste. The team is currently training entrepreneurs on how to recycle organic waste into useful products for income generation.
The second best was Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology team with its project “Save Food Save Life” which aims at reducing postharvest losses through preservation of fruits and vegetables. Enactus Egerton University came in third with “Green Life Farm Kenya” idea that connects farmers to the consumers in production, processing and storage.
This year’s edition of Enactus Kenya National Expo attracted 18 universities in Kenya. Enactus Kenya offers a platform for students to develop their entrepreneurial skills through innovation under an MOU between the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) and Enactus Worldwide.
“This is a great opportunity for collaboration, sharing of knowledge between business leaders, academia and universities and foster innovation as well as excellence in community leadership,” said Mr James Shikwati, Enactus Kenya Country Leader. “We aim to recruit more students from all over Kenya to grow their leadership skills and prepare them for future jobs.” He added.
Enactus is an international organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to shape a better, more sustainable world.
Colic, as applied to a baby under four months of age, describes a crying spell when your baby’s face becomes very red and both legs are drawn up to their stomach as if they’re in great pain.
This crying spell usually comes in the early evening, can reach screaming pitch and last from one to three hours.
It doesn’t usually respond to soothing techniques that work at other times and for parents it can be difficult to endure.
The cause of this spasmodic crying isn’t known. It is at its worst up to three months of age but disappears by four months. Recent research has failed to confirm that colic is caused by pain, even though it looks as if your baby is in pain.
As your baby is contented during the rest of the day, it means that this crying bout isn’t related to a serious physical problem. Colicky babies are usually healthy and thriving.
What are the symptoms?
Your baby cannot settle in the early evening and cries no matter what you do to calm them, becoming red-faced and drawing their legs up.
Should I consult my GP?
As soon as possible if you find you cannot cope with the nightly crying sessions.
Your health visitor will also advise you on how to tackle
What’s the treatment?
Colic rarely requires treatment. Your doctor will reassure you that your baby is healthy and they’ll grow out of the colic eventually.
- Get as much rest as you possibly can during the day while your baby sleeps.
- Invite good friends in to share that time of the evening with you. A relaxed atmosphere may calm both you and your baby.
- Talk to other parents who have had colicky babies. Once you realise that colic attacks do pass you may find them easier to bear.
NEW YORK – McDonald’s is adding three new Quarter Pounders to its menu as the fast-food chain looks to offer cheaper premium burgers while capitalizing on one of its most popular brands.
The company, based in Oak Brook, Ill., says the new burgers will replace its meatier Angus Third Pounders, which were among the most expensive items on its menu at around $4 to $5. The Quarter Pounders will come in two of the same varieties as the Angus burgers – Bacon and Cheese and Deluxe. The third option will be Habanero Ranch.
McDonald’s Corp., which has about 14,000 U.S. locations, says the new burgers will roll out nationally in mid-June. The new Quarter Pounder line will use a bun that has eight grams of whole grains, while the original Quarter Pounder will stay with its regular bun.
The swap for burgers with less meat comes as restaurant chains across the industry face rising beef prices. The higher costs are particularly problematic for fast-food chains, which are known for their cheap eats and limited in how much they can hike prices without scaring away customers.
McDonald’s has also been going to greater lengths to emphasize the affordability of its food in a push to turn around slumping sales. That has forced Burger King and Wendy’s to adjust their marketing and focus more heavily on deals as well.
Analysts worry that the escalating value wars will lead to shrinking profit margins. But McDonald’s executives say the strategy is necessary to steal away customers at a time when the restaurant industry is barely growing.
Greg Watson, senior vice president of the menu innovation team at McDonald’s USA, said the company started looking at revamping its burger portfolio about a year ago and realized that it hadn’t done much to tinker with the Quarter Pounder, which was introduced in 1971 and remains one of the chain’s best sellers.
The new Quarter Pounders were tested at restaurants in Sacramento, Calif., and Toledo, Ohio, over the past nine months.
“Once we created these burgers, we didn’t see the need for the Angus line,” Watson said.
Watson said that “price was not really a driver” in swapping out the Angus burgers for the Quarter Pounders. But he conceded that “the Quarter Pounder will be an even greater value than the Angus burgers.”
Beyond fighting for price-conscious customers, traditional fast-food chains are also struggling with the more fundamental problem of changing eating habits. The worry is that people in their 20s and 30s in particular are increasingly heading to chains such as Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., which offer food that’s seen as being higher quality.
The desire to eat better is also reflected in the growth of Subway, which now has about 26,000 U.S. locations and positions itself as a healthier alternative to traditional fast food. To win back younger customers, McDonald’s recently rolled out its chicken McWraps. A version of its Egg McMuffin made with egg whites and a whole grain muffin was also introduced.
In addition to the new buns, the new Quarter Pounders will also use a thicker apple wood-smoked bacon. McDonald’s says the bacon will replace the hickory-smoked bacon currently used in its other sandwiches as well.
McDonald’s is hoping such new items and ingredients can give slumping sales a boost. Late last year, the company said a monthly sales figure fell for the first time in nearly decade. Sales at restaurants open at least 13 months were also down for the first three months of this year.
Feeling uninspired in your creative life? Wish you could sleep better at night? Repainting your walls and redecorating with a new color scheme could be the solution — or at least the first step in getting out of your rut.
While color is not a magical solution to solving all of our problems, it does affect our mood and outlook, sometimes without us even realizing it. The advertising world, for example, takes advantage of our physical and psychological reaction to certain colors; most action movie posters have a blue and orange hue, and fast-food restaurants combine red and yellow to increase diners’ appetites.
Here are a few ways you can use color to create the mood you desire:
Red is often associated with passion, excitement and love, which means that it can be the perfect shade for your bedroom, kitchen or creative space. Darker hues indicate elegance, while red in its purest form communicates a vibrant energy. Red is an extremely powerful color, so be careful of overdoing it and turning your room into a living furnace. Balance it out with neutral colors, pair with blue and white for nautical tones or add dashes of green decor for a natural complement.
Orange can have much of the same effect as red and yellow, but can give your home a much quirkier feel, as it’s not used as often as the other two. Orange is also more inviting and a gentler way of greeting your guests than the bolder red. Go for dark hues if you’re aiming for a cozy, autumn feeling in your living room, or bright shades if you want to re-create the excitement of summer. Optimal rooms for an orange theme include the living room, dining room, kitchen or a child’s room.
Yellow is easily the most uplifting color in the spectrum and is associated with cheer, joy and happiness. Paint your kitchen, bedroom or office yellow to inspire creativity and instantly de-gloom even the most windowless of rooms. If you don’t live in mostly sunny areas, use yellow as your secret weapon and invest in some mirrors to perpetuate openness and space.
In addition to being the natural color of most vegetables and thus associated with health, green also has a calming effect and can inspire balance. Green is also closely related to fecundity and growth, and can greatly maximize the creative aura of your home office or creative space. If you’re not quite committed to painting the walls green just yet, try populating the room with plants instead.
Keep blue, gray and black out of the kitchen and dining room, as these are the most unappetizing colors. Blue can be a perfect hue for bathrooms and bedrooms, encouraging feelings of serenity and peace. If you have trouble sleeping or feel frenetic at night, paint your walls blue to trick your mind into slowing down.
While many do associate it with sadness, remember that the specific shade of blue can have different meanings, including a host of religious connotations for many different cultures. Overall, a lighter blue can be refreshing and hip, while darker shades in a main living area are stable and strong.
This is an extremely energetic color in its purest form, which is why many feng shui experts advise against painting walls purple or going overboard with purple decorations. Rather than a strong purple, opt for more muted shades like lavender or pink.
Pink is obviously often related to love, but can also be a gentler and more delicate option for purple enthusiasts. Pair with yellow-green for a dramatic pop, or black for a classy effect with just the right amount of flair.
Need more color inspiration? Find ideas on Zillow Digs.
A “flying car” crashed today in British Columbia, Canada.
The Globe and Mail reports that the vehicle, which operates like a paraplane and looks like a hotrod with a propeller on the back, suffered a malfunction during takeoff and crash landed at a school near the Vernon airport. Authorities say it was the first incident of its kind in Canada.
The pilot and passenger suffered injuries, but are both expected to recover according to the local police. No one was on the ground at the time of the accident.
The vehicle is built in Florida and called the Maverick. It uses a four-cylinder Subaru engine to power either the propeller or the wheels, and can be used on or off road at speeds up to 100 mph on the ground. A deployable parachute allows it to take off and land from a football field length runway.
The $94,000 vehicle is FAA certified, has a cruising speed of 40 mph and can fly as high as 10,000 feet.
The owner of the company that makes the Maverick told Jalopnik that the cause of the accident is currently unknown.
Nothing made me happier when I was a child than being allowed the chance to run amok in the kitchen by my parents.
The sheer exquisite pleasure of being let loose in a grown-up’s world and taking responsibility for feeding the rest of the family (god bless ’em for ALWAYS saying whatever I cooked was lovely) gave me such a buzz.
But not only that, it also gave me an extremely important life skill too.
A life skill that unfortunately fewer and fewer people seem to have these days.
I am not joking when I say most of my friends (all very bright women) wouldn’t be able to cook themselves a decent meal if their life depended on it!
And there is most definitely a common denominator and that seems to be that they were never allowed to go into the kitchen as kids in case they messed it up!
So I am on a mission to get everyone – never mind the mess – to let their sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren into the kitchen tomorrow morning to make breakfast for everyone.
As you can see, I have done a super easy step-by-step guide that they can follow. But keep a sharp eye on them though as we don’t want any accidents!
Go on, let your youngsters have a go. They will love it and you will get a yummy breakfast too so it’s a win-win situation. And as for all my mates – why don’t you have a go too?
Cheesy baked eggs with roasted tomatoes
4 slices ham
100g favourite hard cheese
4 large eggs
Tomatoes on vine, drizzled in olive oil and roasted in oven
You will also need
1 Melt the butter in a pan using a gentle heat – you just want to melt it, not boil it away! Then using your pastry brush, lightly brush the muffin tray with the butter.
2 Now place a slice of ham in each muffin hole and trim the edges with the scissors. Carefully grate the cheese – watch your fingers – and sprinkle inside the four ham cups.
3 Crack an egg into a small bowl, then pour it gently into one ham cup. Repeat until each ham cup has an egg. Now bake them for 10 minutes at 180 degrees. Put on oven gloves so you don’t burn yourself and have a peek. If they are not set, put them back for a minute.
4 Put on your oven gloves again or you will burn yourself, and take the hot tray out of the oven. Put it down on a damp cloth or metal draining board. Gently lift out your baked eggs with the palette knife and serve with the roasted tomatoes. Well done!