From This Day Forward, Till Divorce Do Us Part Begins Performances

first_img View Comments The cast includes Fischer, Martin Landry, Erin Maguire, Dana Wilson and Gretchen Wylder. The Til Divorce Do Us Part creative team includes sets by Mitchell Greenberg, costumes by Tony winner Paloma Young and Ashley Rose Horton, lighting by Julie Duro and sound by Nevin Steinberg. Related Shows Til Divorce Do Us Part, an original musical revue, begins performances February 7 at the DR2 Theatre. Directed by Tony nominee Mark Waldrop, the off-Broadway production is set to open on February 18. Til Divorce Do Us Part Til Divorce Do Us Part features a concept, lyrics and choreography by Ruthe Ponturo and music by John Thomas Fischer. The comedy is inspired by Ponturo’s life—after many years of marriage she was left by her Broadway producer husband for a younger woman. Ponturo wrote the show while going through her divorce. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 13, 2014last_img read more

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Philanthropy funds freedom from abuse

first_img Philanthropy funds freedom from abuse Camille Murawski Special to the News “Mary,” an elderly Haitian woman, shyly lifted her loose-fitting dress to reveal scores of scars on her legs. The scars — a result of repeated whippings with electrical cords — ranged from pink to brown, with all shades in between. Mary’s husband, a Haitian native and U.S. citizen, had flogged her mercilessly throughout the course of their decades-long marriage.Mary had filed an I-360 VAWA application, a self-petition to obtain lawful permanent residency. In order to meet the requirements of the VAWA application, Mary had to show proof of abuse from her spouse.Until Mary met attorney Sabrina Salomon, however, the scars had remained a closely guarded secret. Despite the fact that domestic violence is a crime, Salomon said, “Within the Haitian community, it is a custom brought over from that country.”With patience and understanding, Salomon was able to obtain the necessary proof to help Mary become a lawful permanent resident.Salomon is an Equal Justice Works Fellow with the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center in Miami. Salomon, who graduated in 2003 from the University of Miami, was awarded the EJW fellowship to represent low-income Haitian immigrant women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Salomon named her project Nou Kab — Creole for “we can.”“I chose the name,” Salomon said, “because the goal is to empower survivors of domestic violence to take charge of their future and that of their community.”The EJW fellowship is sponsored in part by The Florida Bar Foundation, and Equal Justice Works, a national program for public interest law. Salomon’s project was made possible through a matching donation from Mellon United National Bank in Miami.“Law firms, corporations and banking industry leaders that provide matching funds for these fellowships are supporting highly motivated and gifted young lawyers who undertake specific projects and provide critical legal assistance to the most vulnerable and needy among us,” said Miami’s John Thornton, chair of the Foundation’s Legal Assistance for the Poor and Law Student Grant Committee.Under the direction of Dwight Hill, the bank’s executive vice president, Mellon donated $26,000 to the Foundation for Salomon’s fellowship. Recently, Hill and Salomon met for the first time, and Salomon shared stories of how Mellon’s donation had helped the Miami community.“It was encouraging to know that the money we gave to the cause has had such a good impact,” Hill said.If it had not been for Hill’s decision to fund Nou Kab, Salomon said, Mary and other Haitian immigrants might have gone without legal representation.Salomon said she probably would have joined a law firm or gone into private practice. Her present clients “are very poor, with no income, generally, and big firms typically do not do that kind of work.” And if she had gone into private practice, Salomon said, she probably would not have had the financial capability to do this type of advocacy.Hill became interested in projects like Salomon’s after reading an article about Equal Justice Works in The Florida Bar News. Hill, whose clients comprise a large number of attorneys, called The Florida Bar Foundation and expressed interest in partnering with the program.The Florida Bar Foundation suggested Hill help fund Nou Kab. There were two especially attractive components to her work, Hill said.“This project really appealed to me because, in the Haitian community, there is no other person fighting for them,” Hill said. “They are truly underdogs.”The banker added, because of EJW’s matching funds, “Every dollar has a three dollar impact.” That appealed to Hill’s fiscal sense. Plus, he added, “Every time we can make a difference in the community, it has a ripple effect.”Salomon told Hill of a recent case she had. For 12 years, an abused mother of four had bounced from shelter to shelter. Despite having a limited education and no money, the woman had managed to keep her children enrolled in school. Remarkably, the children had never missed a day of school.“She is a wonderful human being,” Salomon said.The woman came to Salomon for help obtaining employment authorization from the Department of Homeland Security, one of the first steps to acquiring a “green card,” a document indicating permanent resident status. Salomon said it took “about a year” to help the woman obtain employment authorizationJust recently, Salomon said, the woman called and told her she “had a job, an apartment, a phone, and a bank account — the things most of us take for granted.“I had tears in my eyes,” Salomon said. “This woman came from having nothing.“Talking to Dwight, I could tell he was interested,” Salomon said. “Dwight was so genuine in his desire to help. He does not expect this project to bring his bank anything — it’s totally altruistic.”Hill brushed aside the compliments, saying, “We just did what we felt we had to do to help build safer and stronger families.”Hill also encouraged other banks to join Mellon United in its quest to help provide greater access to justice for some of the state’s poorest residents.“I think other banks should do this,” Hill said. “helping fund these projects, we can alleviate some suffering in the community.” Camille Murawski is the communications coordinator for The Florida Bar Foundation and can be reached by calling (407) 843-0045 or e-mail cmurawski@ flabarfndn.org Philanthropy funds freedom from abuse December 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Services Set for Suffolk Cop Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police officer Patrick Curley died while off-duty in Commack on Friday.Services have been set for Suffolk County Police Officer Patrick Curley, who died in a crashwhile off-duty in Commack last week.Wake services will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home in Glen Cove.A funeral mass for Curley is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick Church in Glen Cove.The 40-year-old officer, a 17-year veteran of the force, died early Friday morning when the SUV he was driving was involved in a crash with a garbage truck on Jericho Turnpike.He is survived by his wife, Emily, and daughter, Sophia Jane.last_img read more

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166% conversion rates from your marketing program

first_imgHow many people do I need actually making referrals (customers who became advocates) in order to generate one new customer.Snapshot: 2:1 averageAcross that same sampling of our clients/industries, they generated an average of one new customer for every two advocates who made a referral.This is an average conversion rate of 50% 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neil Parker Neil Parker is the VP Product Management and Marketing at RewardStream. Neil has 20 years experience in Product Management and Marketing at companies such as Glenayre, Infowave, Sierra Wireless, Contigo … Web: rewardstream.com Details Now, some other referral marketing solutions show a referral conversion rate of greater than 15% as having “nailed it”.  But as our lovely customers have clearly shown, it’s possible to achieve much higher conversion rates with the right solution and program design. Automated referral marketing solutions can achieve the highest conversion rates of any digital marketing methodology. There’s no question about that.How is this possible? How can referral marketing programs deliver these kinds of conversion rates (and better)? The primary reason is related to trust. And math. Consumers trust their friends and family more than all other kinds of digital marketing.92% of consumers around the world say they trust earned media, such as recommendations from friends and family, above all other forms of advertising.84% of global consumers say word of mouth is the most trust worthy source of product recommendations.77% of consumers are more likely to buy a new product when learning about it from friends or family.What conversion rates are you seeing from your marketing programs? How is your referral marketing program performing? We’d love to hear from you. When I speak with customers and prospects about they would like to achieve with their referral program and what it can do for their business, we usually end up in a conversation about conversion rates. After all, our typical customer is a marketer: someone whose very career is measured by their ability to attract customers. Whether you’re a creative designer, a great content creator, a master of social interaction or a coordinator extraordinaire, your job is one of converting prospects to customers: attraction and retention.All marketers are measured — to one degree or another — on their ability to turn one amount of money (like: their salaries and advertising spend) into much more money: to invest less money in marketing than the value to the business provided by the new customers you attract. Marketers are converting prospects to customers.Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) is a term used to describe the methods applied to systems that can convert the highest number of website visitors to customers as possible.  And there are hundreds of companies online selling tools, knowledge and systems to help businesses maximize their CRO.Referral marketing is no different. Word of mouth marketing (WOMM) is one of the oldest forms of referral marketing, and optimizing its conversion rate has been a business priority for centuries.Let’s say you are a happy customer of Mary’s Hardware store. You might tell your friends Natalie and Orville about Mary’s store, and about the great service and products you can get there. If Natalie becomes a customer of Mary’s Hardware store, but Orville chooses to use the Hardware store in the next town, you’ve brought Mary one new customer (good), but your two referrals netted only a 50% conversion rate to one referee. Mary might throw an extra 1/2 pound of nails on your next order for free in gratitude for bringing Natalie her way, but its easy to see how the entire process could be better and more rewarding for both you and Mary’s store.This is one of the more interesting elements of WOMM: optimizing a referral marketing program to suit your business.Our referral programs track many different metrics for our customers, includinghow many existing customers were attracted to the program to become advocateshow many people (advocates) make a referral (and how many referrals they make)how many leads are generated (potential new customers who have been referred) and finally …how many actual new customers are generated from the program.I’ve written quite a bit about effective referral marketing program design in other blog posts, so I won’t go into it in more detail here, but let’s take a look at the conversion rates a referral marketing program can deliver. Conversion rates for traditional digital marketing methods are frankly pathetic. According to the direct marketing association, the median return on investment for digital marketing methods ranges from 6% for internet display ads, to 23% for email marketing. The click-through rates of display ads, across all ads and formats, is reported to be around 0.17%.  That means your ad needs to reach 588 people for one to click through. Pretty abysmal conversion. Average email click through rates are around 3%, meaning you need to reach about 33 people for one to click through. And then, those that do click through still need to make a purchase decision, which further dilutes the conversion rate for that given digital marketing methodology.Although it’s possible to influence each of these conversion rates through simple and effective means, in this post, I’m going to focus on two of the simplest numbers, or more accurately, ratios.How many people do I need to attract to my referral program in order to generate a new customer.This is the number of customers to whom you promote the referral program who show up and take interest in your program and who may or may not make a referral.  You want this ratio to be as low as possible. Of course, not everyone who learns about your referral program will make a referral, so you might need to attract 10 people to the referral program in order for enough referrals to be generated that create 1 new customer. That would be a decent conversion ratio of 10:1, or 10%.How many people do I need actually making referrals in order to generate a new customer.This is the number of customer advocates who make referrals on your behalf, reaching out to their friends and family to refer them to you.  Again, ideally this number is less than one; meaning that if you get one person to make referrals that generate one new customer, your Referring Customers ratio is less than 1:1There are many factors that can influence these conversion ratios.How likely are your customers to become advocates of your product or service?Does your brand and product image inspire affinity and advocacy?Is your referral program offering compelling intrinsic and extrinsic rewards?Is your program rewarding the right type of advocates at the right time?By contrast, let’s take a look at conversion rates for referral marketing programs. I don’t do this often but I decided to take a snapshot of a couple of our customers from across our low, moderate and top-performing programs, across industry verticals, and average them out. Here’s what I found for the first calendar quarter of 2016. (Typically, right after Christmas it’s a quiet time for marketing program performance, but our customers referral marketing programs demonstrated that they could knock digital marketing conversion rates out of the park.)How many people do I need to attract to my referral program in order to generate one new customer.Snapshot: 4:1 averageThis means that across a sampling of our clients (across industries), on average they attracted 4 potential advocates in order to generate a new customer.This is an average conversion rate of 25%center_img How many people do I need actually making referrals in order to generate one new customer.Top performer: 0.6:1This is a conversion rate of 166% Now we’re talking. It’s interesting to note that our top-performing customer in the credit union segment outperformed these figures during this period.But that’s not the whole story. During that same period, some of our clients achieved much better results.  If take a look at one of the top performers, this is what I see:How many people do I need to attract to my referral program in order to generate one new customer.Top performer: 1.4:1 This is a conversion rate of 71%last_img read more

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Tokyo stocks open higher on virus stimulus measures

first_img“Gains will likely continue on expectations for an autonomous rebound after sharp drops in recent sessions and expectations for large-scale US economic stimulus.””On the other hand, worries over the further spread of the new coronavirus in Europe will continue to weigh on the market,” it added.The dollar fetched 107.48 yen in early Asian trade, against 107.64 yen in New York late Tuesday.In Tokyo, major exporters were higher, with Toyota surging 4.65 percent to 6,661 yen, Sony soaring 6.01 percent to 6,184 yen, and Olympus rallying 6.40 percent to 1,511 yen. Tokyo stocks opened higher on Wednesday, extending rallies on Wall Street as the US and European governments signalled more stimulus measures to address the economic hit from the coronavirus.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was up 1.18 percent, or 201.06 points, at 17,212.59 in early trade, while the broader Topix index edged up 1.29 percent, or 16.37 points, to 1,284.83.”Japanese shares are seen led by purchases on the backdrop of rallies in European and US bourses with… a cheap yen,” Mizuho Securities said in a note. Panasonic was up 0.88 percent at 732.2 yen while construction machine maker Komatsu was up 2.71 percent at 1,627.5 yen.SoftBank Group was down 8.81 percent at 3,329 yen after a report said the Japanese company may not buy $3 billion of shares in WeWork from existing investors as part of its planned bailout of the US-based co-working facilities provider.Japan posted a trade surplus of 1.1 trillion yen ($10 billion) last month but imports from China nearly halved from a year earlier, according to data released by the finance ministry 10 minutes before the opening bell.The drop in imports is seen as part of the impact of the coronavirus on economic activities, analysts said.On Wall Street, the Dow ended up 5.2 percent at 21,237.38.Topics :last_img read more

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Surfers Paradise: last freestanding home snatched from developers

first_imgCrowds gathered around as bidders four and 12 went head-to-head until the Brisbane bidder had the final bid, offering $45,000 more at 32 The Esplanade Surfers Paradise. Picture: Richard Gosling.Three and a half minutes later the price was at $5.96 million. Bidder number four took the lead as the auction was beginning to wrap up and commented that this “wasn’t their first rodeo”.A five minute pause saw a buyer from New South Wales up the bid to $6.545 million. Crowds of about 50 people gathered around as bidders four and 12 went head-to-head until the Brisbane bidder had the final bid, offering $45,000 more. Peter Batley with his daughter Sabrina Batley, 6. Picture: Jerad Williams.Built in 1965, the seven-bedroom, six-bathroom house was previously owned by former commercial property owner Peter Batley.Mr Batley bought the Driftwood apartments block in 2013 and spent $400,000 renovating the property into a retro-style house reminiscent of the 1960s.On the same block as Cavill Avenue, the one title property spans 433sq m and has no height restrictions. Mr Batley said the move to sell was for his six-year-old daughter Sabrina.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“My wife Sammi and I want to give her a backyard and a neighbourhood where she will be able to make some friends,” he said.“Sabrina and I play hide-and-seek in the house and we love the beach but the road is very busy and there are a lot of tourists.” Jason Hague saved the 60s Surfers home from potential demolition. Picture: Richard Gosling.BRISBANE man Jason Hague has triumphed in a bidding war against Chinese buyers and big-chain hotel owners to save the last freestanding house on the Surfers Paradise Esplanade from development.After placing the winning $6.55 million bid on the beachfront property, Mr Hague said he would turn his back on converting the home into a multi-million dollar cash cow because the home reminds him of the Glitter Strip’s roots. Jason Hague at the auction for 32 The Esplanade Surfers Paradise on Saturday. Picture: Richard Gosling.Nestled between the The Sands and Grosvenor towers, the home is a short walk from Cavill Mall and features nine car parks. Nine bidders at the weekend battled it out before Mr Hague secured the iconic house on The Esplanade. The auction started at $5 million but within 30 seconds of auctioneer, Nigel Long calling for more bids, the price jumped to an eye-watering $5.8 million. center_img Brisbane man Jason Hague has triumphed in a bidding war against Chinese buyers and big-chain hotel owners to save the last freestanding house on the Surfers Paradise Esplanade from development. Picture: Jerad Williams.“I love the style and the best thing about it is the work was all done for me. It reminds me of Surfers Paradise in the 60s,” he said. “I have no plans to knock it down, it’s a beautiful building and I’m going to use it as a holiday house with the family. “It has dual living downstairs and I plan to get some tenants in and rent it out for additional income.“I work in Brisbane but I have a feeling I will be staying here most of the time. It is the quality of the house and the quality of the location that really got me. It was a once in a lifetime chance to get something like this.” It took just 10 minutes for Mr Hague outbid local hotel owners, Chinese buyers and Brisbane investors for three-level home at 32 The Esplanade. Built in 1965, the seven-bedroom, six-bathroom house was previously owned by former commercial property owner Peter Batley. Pictured are bidders at Saturday’s auction. Picture: Richard Gosling.Prestige property agents principal Amir Mian, who marketed the property, said the site garnered a lot of attention from Chinese buyers and big hotel owners before it went under the hammer.“This is a perfect opportunity for developers who want to create a boutique development in Surfers Paradise,” Mr Mian said.“No one is really building that boutique style in this part of the Gold Coast, it is mostly high-rises.“A private boutique building would be perfect here.” It was rumoured that a large hotel business would snap up the property. “The hotel who was interested in the block is well established in Surfers Paradise and they have a lot of monopoly here.”last_img read more

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Italy’s Cometa awards €8.3bn of mandates to group of managers

first_imgIn all, 35 asset managers participated in the tender process, in which Cometa said it conducted an in-depth analysis of the profiles of the proposed financial offers and then met the candidates.The mandates were for the asset management of three of Cometa’s investment compartments: monetary-plus, income and growth.Management of the income compartment – the largest of the three, involving around €4.9bn of assets and is designed to produce a return in line with the TFR (trattamento di fine rapporto, or severence pay) – was awarded to Allianz GI, BlackRock, Candriam, Credit Suisse and SSGA.These mandates are for active multi-asset investment on a total-return basis, Cometa said.Assets in the monetary-plus compartment, worth around €2.8bn, are to be managed by Allianz GI, Eurizon Capital and Groupama, by investing in bonds with controlled risk.Meanwhile, investment of the €575m growth compartment has been split between BlackRock and Candriam, which will be running active multi-asset funds with controlled risk.Roberto Santarelli, deputy president of the Cometa pension fund, said: “In the context of reductions in the level of first-pillar pensions coverage, it is the job of complementary pension funds to respond in an effective way to the needs of the workers.”He said it was precisely for this reason, and because of the fundamental role of complementary pension funds, that Cometa had asked the new managers to adopt a more active investment approach to get attractive yields, even in current market conditions.It also sought an approach based on careful risk management in all investment phases, which Santarelli said was always a fundamental consideration for Cometa.“In awarding the mandates, as well as the experience and expertise of the companies in managing financial and pensions portfolios, we also evaluated the attention paid to the issues of accountability and sustainability of investments,” he said.He said this was because the pension fund considered it the duty of an institutional investor such as Cometa to promote responsible investment culture, mindful of the impact financial choices could have on social, environmental and governance levels.After having renewed the investment management of assets in the safety (Sicurezza) compartment last year, and now having assigned the management of assets in the remaining compartments, Santarelli said Cometa would now be busy completing the new asset allocation of the fund.It will launch the alternative investment implementation phase within the income compartment, also aimed at supporting the country’s economy, with a view to diversifying and hunting for yield, while always respecting the risk limits put in place for the compartment, Santarelli said. Italy’s largest complementary pension fund Cometa announced it has picked seven major asset managers to run more than €8.3bn in assets via 10 five-year mandates.Winners of the contracts – part of a tender launched at the beginning of April as the €9.6bn pension fund sought to complete its shift towards active management – include Allianz Global Investors, Candriam Investors Group and BlackRock Investment Management.Other managers to be given mandates in the large tender are Credit Suisse, Eurizon Capital, Groupama Asset Management and State Street Global Advisors (SSGA).The Milan-based pension fund, which covers workers in the metal and mechanical engineering sectors, has emphasised in the tender process the importance of the assets being managed along responsible investment lines.last_img read more

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Sex offenders ‘can’t be rehabilitated, only trained’ – MPs told to make register public

first_imgStuff co.nz 11 November 2015Child sex offenders can’t be rehabilitated, “but they can be trained”, MPs have been told, hearing warring submissions over whether a register of such criminals should be made public.Proposed new legislation for a register would reduce the risk posed by serious child sex offenders, in providing government agencies with the information needed to monitor them in the community, the Government says.The register would include a wide range of identifying information about offenders, and the information of any children who lived at the same address as them.The new laws would also require offenders to report their travel plans and provide details of their online accounts to authorised agencies, but the register would not be made public.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.Sensible Sentencening Trust spokesman Alan Monk told MPs in the Social Services Select Committee that would be a mistake.“The general public has always been the eyes and ears of the police. To be even remotely effective in regard to sexual predators, the public need to know who could pose a risk to their children.”Asked by Green MP David Clendon whether he believed offenders could be rehabilitated, he said offenders “can’t be rehabilitated but they can be trained”.“They can be trained to manage the risk and avoid situations and avoid the risk when they might be tempted.”Trust founder Garth McVicar said New Zealand’s high crime rate was partly attributable to levels of sexual offending toward children.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/73939172/sex-offenders-cant-be-rehabilitated-only-trained–mps-told-to-make-register-publiclast_img read more

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Colouring Book for Adults Sells One Million Copies

first_imgWho said adults can’t use coloring books? Johanna Basford, a talented illustrator and artists in the UK, has created a series of coloring books that have become wildly popular, selling more than a million copies.Basford’s beautiful books, which can be found on Amazon, are full of beautiful illustrations of fairytale forests and beasts. She told Dailymail that she had been inspired by her childhood visits to her grandparents’ home on the Isle of Arran in Ayrshire in south-western Scotland.“Every piece I create starts life as a simple pencil sketch, evolving into a rambling pen and ink drawing usually spanning several sheets of paper. I love the tactile nature of the materials I use and the joy of smudgy fingerprints,” she writes on her website. “For me, computer generated graphics can feel cold and soulless whereas hand drawing captures a sense of energy and character which no pixel can ever replicate.“last_img read more

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COVID-19 hits all 47 counties as 497 test positive

first_imgAll 47 Counties have now registered a COVID-19 case as the total number of countrywide cases surge to 27,425.Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Mercy Mwangangi confirmed 497 more new positive cases in the last 24 hours.“Virus is now in the entire country without exception. This is not good news. We must stay focused to fight this disease,” said Dr Mwangangi. “West Pokot is the only county with one case as of yesterday but the situation has changed today after Samburu which was the last County to report a case now has overtaken four other Counties and has 10 cases,” she added.Also Read  Kenya women lawyers back calls to dissolve parliamentNairobi with over 16,000 cases has now been identified as an epicentre of this pandemic.“It is evidently clear that Nairobi has now been identified as an epi-centre of the pandemic and therefore there is an urgent need to address the capacity of health services, to handle the increasing numbers,” said Dr Mercy Mwangagi.Also Read  Kenya marks World Alzheimer’s day amid renewed hope372 patients recover from COVID-19. Out of the 372, 315 from home-based care while 57 discharged from various health care facilities. Total recoveries stand at 13867.15 patients succumb to COVID-19, the total number of deaths stands at 438. 11 of them had underlying conditions.Also Read  President Kenyatta hails peace progress in S.SudanIn terms of County distribution; Nairobi (236), Kiambu (45), Kajiado (26), Mombasa (19), Machakos (19), Laikipia (18), Trans Nzoia (17), Kisumu (17), Murang’a (11), Nandi (11), Nyeri and Busia (8) cases each and Bomet (7).Uasin Gishu, Kericho, Nyamira, West Pokot, and Kilifi reported (5) cases each while Garissa, Kirinyaga,Kirinyaga, Kisii, Meru and Wajir reported (3) cases each. Samburu is the last County to register a case with ten confirmed on Tuesday.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

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