THE CUTTING EDGE: October 8, 2018 - Daily Nation

THE CUTTING EDGE

Monday October 8 2018

DELAYED PASSPORT: On August 14, Dorothy Otieno applied for the renewal of her passport that is set to expire in March and was informed it would be ready in two weeks. When she went back three weeks later, she was told it was would be ready in another fortnight. Two weeks later, it was still not ready. She now risks missing a crucial fellowship that she won and a UN forum in Dubai later this month. “It took just days to get my first passport, when the process was manual,” she recalls. The tracking number is 1110176795. Her contact is [email protected]

 ***

FOREIGN INFLUX: Alarmed at the huge influx of foreigners in the country, Fredrick Dina says the Immigration Department officials had better wake up and devise a plan to stop the racket before it spirals out of control. The many foreigners illegally coming into the country, Fredrick adds, are competing for jobs with Kenyans and putting a strain on the scarce resources. The country, he pleads, should only invite foreigners with sorely needed skills that are scarce and stop the entry of suspect fellows who add no value during their stay. His contact is [email protected]

***

SLIPPERY NAME: In the naming of businesses or premises, Jim Webo notes, Kenyans often manifest either plenty of creativity or the utter lack of it. Some shamelessly copy successful brands. The owner of a little eatery on the highway, for instance, proudly proclaims — in bold letters — that it’s Sheraton or Hilton Hotel. For schools, names such as Brightfield and New Light are common. But Jim says he was blown away by Lubrication Restaurant at a petrol station in Nakuru Town on the Nairobi highway. “What do they lubricate? The stomach or the mind? And why?” he asks.

*** 

UGLY BILLBOARD: Erected overnight several days ago is a billboard Shamik Patel says is an eyesore just after Sixth Parklands Avenue in Nairobi as one descends towards the plush Muthaiga neighbourhood, the home of many top foreign diplomats. Shamik cannot understand why anyone in the city county administration could have okayed the massive advert, “which has now blocked the scenic view of Karura Forest that many of us have cherished for a long time”. Nothing less than immediately pulling it down will placate Shamik, whose contact is [email protected]

*** 

SHUNNED FOOTBRIDGES: Mombasa resident Abdallah Jillo wants strict enforcement of the use of footbridges in the coastal resort city and other urban centres to enhance the safety of pedestrians. Nothing angers Abdallah more than seeing pedestrians endangering their lives by dashing across roads, competing with speeding motor vehicles, near footbridges built at a high cost to taxpayers. One such place, he adds, is the footbridge at Buxton, which most pedestrians do not even use. The culprits should be arrested and charged. His contact is [email protected]

*** 

STATISTICS LESSON: The varying quality of students whose explanation Kwale teacher Anderson Nyaga sought is hardly puzzling, remarks Stephen Masambu, adding that the answer is found in the normal distribution theory in statistics. “The normal distribution curve is symmetrical, where most of the observations cluster around the central peak and the probabilities for values further away from the mean taper off equally in both directions.” He concludes: “Anderson appears to be a teacher of any other subject but mathematics!” His contact is [email protected]

 

Have a self-explanatory day, won’t you!