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Liverpool have confirmed their first signing of the summer, with teenage defender Sepp van den Berg joining from PEC Zwolle.

Liverpool have confirmed their first signing of the summer, with teenage defender Sepp van den Berg joining from PEC Zwolle.

The 17-year-old centre-back arrives at Anfield for an initial fee of £1.3m (€1.5m/$1.7m) after the Reds saw off competition from Bayern Munich, Ajax and PSV to land the highly-rated Dutch under-19 international.

Liverpool have also agreed £3.1m (€3.5m/$4m) worth of add-ons, which will be activated should Van den Berg establish himself as a first-team regular at the club.

Sources have said that those add-ons relate to Premier League and Champions League appearances, and that the maximum cost of the deal to Liverpool, which would require the player to make close to 350 starts, is £4.4m (€4.9m/$5.6m).

The deal will be formally completed on July 1.

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has revoked a PSV license for Joseph Muasya and conductor’s badge for John Ndwai for allegedly throwing out a female passenger out of a moving vehicle.
Florence Wanjiru who was pushed out from a Killeton Sacco vehicle died of injuries sustained during the incident.
NTSA director general Francis Major said the Authority had summoned the Sacco officials, asking them to submit the report as to what transpired before Wanjiru was thrown out of the moving matatu.
The 28-year-old was a waitress at Yongli Casino in Hurlinghum.
Police investigations indicated that Muthoni boarded the matatu heading to the city centre on June 25 at the Kilimani bus stop.
Initial reports at the Kilimani Police Station say it was a case of a hit-and-run.
A security guard who saw Wanjiru lying by the road used her mobile phone to contact her relatives.
The deceased was taken to St Francis Hospital but was later transferred to Kenyatta National Hospital for specialised treatment.
Medical reports indicated that she punctured her brain and broke her skull during the incident

Police are investigating the death of Egerton University student whose body was found in his hostel room on Friday morning.
Njoro subcounty police boss Mohammed Huka said the body of the 5th year engineering student had deep cuts
He said that a weapon suspected to have been used to kill the student was also discovered next to the body.
“A panga was found next to the body which we suspect was used to kill the student by unknown people,” said Huka.
The body was moved to Egerton University funeral home.
“We have already launched investigations into the macabre killing and soon the killers will be found,” he assured.
The killing has brought panic among students who have called on the government to intensify security patrols in the institution and its surroundings.
“I heard people talk about about being found in the room but did not check on it, but that calls for security beefing,” said Maxwell Owuor a student at the institution.

The man behind the infamous ‘Flossin Mauwano’ graffiti finally reveals is face via Facebook. If you have been through the Mombasa road highway, you are bound to have seen the name ‘Flossin Mauwano’ once or twice or maybe three times or anywhere within the city of Nairobi.

Flossin Mauwano graffiti
Flossin Mauwano graffiti
Flossin Mauwano's graffiti
Flossin Mauwano’s graffiti | photo via @AwinoRonna through Ma3route

Everybody has been asking who is the man and/or woman behind the ‘Flossin Mauwano’ graffiti for a long time and today, Biggest Kaka gets to finally reveal his face according to his official Facebook page called Flossin Mauwano(Ma DVD).
check out the photo of the arguably faceless famous person in the city of Nairobi.

Flossin Mauwano
Flossin Mauwano

Deputy President William Ruto has for the first time told off President Uhuru Kenyatta over the 2022 presidential campaigns, the clearest signal yet that the two are poles apart.

Ruto said in Kalenjin that there is no problem planning for his 2022 presidential run, contradicting Uhuru who has time and again called on him to stop early campaigns and concentrate on nation-building.

He said even Christians prepare for the second coming of Jesus, yet they do not know the day nor the hour. He spoke in Eldama-Ravine on Sunday during a fundraiser for 35 churches.

This was the clearest signal that the DP and his brigade are not about to desist from early campaigns, which has drawn the President’s ire.

Investigations have revealed that most butchers in Kenya are adding a killer chemical to preserve meat.

The butchers are said to be using sodium metabisulphite– a white powdery chemical locally referred to as dawa ya nyama (the meat drug) – to make meat look fresh.

The chemical is usually mixed with water and once smeared on meat which has been in the butchery for weeks, it gives it a fresh red look, duping unsuspecting customers.

It is easily accessible to the business people since it’s available in chemists and agrovets for Sh650 per 500-gramme container.

According to laboratory tests carried out on meat samples purchased from supermarkets and butcheries in Nairobi and surrounding regions, over 98 milligrammes of sodium metabisulphite per kilogramme of minced meat was detected.

Scientists say the chemical can cause cancer and by international standards, fresh meat is not supposed to contain any preservative.

Although the Health Ministry prohibits the use of chemicals to preserve meat, retail outlets have claimed they have not received any complaints from consumers regarding the quality of the meat.

“This is adulteration. The use of chemicals is illegal and the meat is not up to standard,” said Dr Kepha Ombacho, the Director of Public Health.

The Ministry has standardised preservation methods — which include salting, deep freezing and smoking, all of which are harmless.

Other uses of sodium metabisulphite include; removing tree stumps, a bleaching agent in the production of Coconut cream and in the water treatment industry to quench chlorine residual.

It may cause allergic reactions in those who are sensitive to sulphites, including respiratory reactions in asthmatics, anaphylaxis and other allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

The powerful Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho yesterday launched a scathing attack on Deputy President William Ruto and the claims of a plot to assassinate him.

Kibicho said the claims that he was behind the alleged plot are baseless and useless imaginations.

“It’s unfortunate we are occupied by media talking about a figment of the imagination,” Kibicho said.

The Deputy President claimed late last month that Kibicho and MPs from Mt Kenya had been meeting to plot his assassination ahead of 2022.

The DP has yet to record a statement and the Cabinet secretaries mentioned — Peter Munya, Sicily Kariuki, James Macharia and Joe Mucheru — have refused to record statements until the DP does so.

Kibicho, while commissioning a borehole at the Shauri Moyo AP camp yesterday, said he had not received any formal complaint on the assassination claims.

The scandal involving the Sh21 billion Kimwarer and Arror dams has resurfaced after an audit report questioned the advance payment of Sh4.2 billion that was specifically paid for the construction of the Arror Dam.

Auditor General Edward Ouko has raised queries over the unsupported advance payment of Sh4.2 billion of the total budget of Sh4.5 billion that were proceeds from foreign borrowings paid to Italian Firm CMC Di Ravenna-Itinery JV yet no work has been done on the ground.

In a report tabled in the National Assembly, Mr Ouko expressed concerns that despite the payment, there was no evidence of who was paid the money, when the money was paid and by who, and who granted the authority for the money to be paid. He added that no environmental impact assessment report was given for audit.

The report of the State Department for Planning and Statistics for the year ending June 2018 questioned the advance payment that represented 15 per cent of the contract sum.

But the advanced payment had not been recommended by the Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA).

“The advance payment claim certificate equivalent of Sh4.2 billion that was used for payment was not dated, had not been recommended by the KVDA general manager – technical services, and was not approved by the chief executive officer of KVDA,” reads part of the report.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero and Chile midfielder Eduardo Vargas the other players to put recent issues in the past to help their sides reach the semi-finals

But you would have doubted them. None were in much of a state of mind to entertain the idea that, come July, they could be 90 minutes away from contesting the championship of their continent.

Guerrero, who turned 35 in January, had not played any competitive football since the previous summer when he scored his 35th goal for his country in the last match of their only adventure at a World Cup finals during his lifetime.

Guerrero had only been allowed to play in Russia, where Peru were eliminated at the group stage, at the last moment, a controversial doping ban having been temporarily lifted on appeal.

The suspension then resumed in August and kept him from playing for his country or for his Brazilian club, Internacional, until the following April.

Vargas, meanwhile, all but assumed his international career, one that had extended to 78 caps and included a starring spearhead role in Chile’s successive Copa America victories of 2015 and the Centenario edition of 2016, was over.

Since Chile had appointed the worldly Colombian Reinaldo Reina as manager, Vargas, 29, had heard only frosty messages from the new boss. He had not been called up for the national squad for a year, despite netting goals regularly for his Mexican club Tigres.

As for Sanchez, 30, where to begin? For the former dazzling dynamo of Chile’s so-called golden generation, the decline in the period since he moved from Arsenal to Manchester United in the new year of 2018 has become an unfathomable saga.

By March it was reaching a nadir: he was drawing the highest salary at English football’s most fabled club and yet he reached the last stage of United’s fractured season used more often from the bench than the starting XI, and was even further marginalised by hamstring and knee injuries.

Fast forward to this July in Brazil, and this tortured trio have been revitalised. Ahead of Wednesday night’s Copa semi-final between Chile and Peru in Porto Alegre, Vargas has scored two of Chile’s six goals in the tournament, a pair of strikes notable for the sweet timing of boot on ball. He does not look like a man out of sync with his national team, though he was only recalled after his long absence by Rueda last month.

Sanchez has scored twice, too – that is as many goals as he registered for United across all competitions last season. Against Japan in the opening 4-0 win by the defending champions, he thumped in a diving header and, in the 2-1 win over Ecuador, an elegant half-volley, from some 15 yards out.

These were not the work of the Sanchez who has been wandering, chaotically, into the wrong spaces for much of his time on the pitch with United. These were confident, purposeful interventions.

“He feels happy in this environment,” says Rueda, who watched Sanchez clinch the quarter-final by converting the last penalty in a perfect round of Chilean spot-kicks after a 0-0 draw over 90 minutes against Colombia. Vargas had converted the second.

Earlier that day Guerrero put Peru ahead in the shoot-out that resolved their deadlocked quarter-final against Uruguay, on his 91st cap for his country.

Guerrero’s 36th international goal, meanwhile, had launched the comeback from 1-0 down against Bolivia in the second group match. It finished 3-1, and took Peru to the four points they needed to come out of their group.

With their goals in Brazil, Vargas and Guerrero, on 12 each, are jousting to be the leading scorers, among players still active, in the history of Copa America final tournaments. That’s one duel to enliven Wednesday night’s contest.

There is also a fresh grudge to the so-called ‘Pacific Clasico’. Chileans recall the events of late 2017, when Peru snatched the last of South America’s qualifying places for the Russia World Cup, and Chile were left shy by narrow goal difference on the last day of the round-robin. Peru and Colombia had drawn their match 1-1, a result that maintained both teams in positions above Chile.

The game is now notorious, dubbed by Chileans as the ‘Lima Pact’. Some Peru players later acknowledged that in the final moments of their fixture, there had been whispered suggestions passed between rival Peruvian and Colombian players that they could all ease up, knowing that, with a draw, neither could be caught up by Chile.