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The Best Job Ever, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 21st April 2017

The Best Job Ever

Dream Job

Imagine you are fresh out of school and all geared up for either an internship or perhaps you are lucky enough to get your first job interview.

Ah, them days! They have been full of disappointments or maybe some got lucky and were instantly hired.

Before we take a look at the job interviews, let’s take a look at how the world has changed.

Once upon a time, referrals got you your first job and in few instances the qualifications added to the possibilities. More than likely that became your job for life and you retired with it. According to a major publication, the worst jobs of 2016 include Military Personnel, Retail Salespersons amongst others. Some of the toughest jobs to fill in include Marketing Manager, Electrical Engineer amongst others. Best jobs include Human Resources Manager, Tax Manager amongst others.

The future needs a whole lot of medical practitioners including Nurses, Massage Therapists, Dental Hygienist and many more. It is as if the world is going to be one sick world and people are going to need a lot of medical treatment if not healing.

Back to our job interviews though, and it has been proven scientifically that for one, you can not predict job performance by doing a job interview. You must be thinking is that not obvious? Well sometimes some candidates bring on shining credentials and they hardly live up to them and vice versa. A street smart person may prove to be a better sales person than somebody who has earned a Masters in Marketing. Or maybe the Masters in Marketing may prove to be a better General Manager than a more experienced one. The tables can turn depending on the industry, type of job and especially the owners.

When the employees are “robots” then two people usually define the fate of the company, that is the Procurement Manager and the Chief Financial Officer. Unfortunately most establishments who have this set up are either family owned and even when hiring and firing, very little emphasis is given on an incoming or outgoing interview. Thus, just no point in making a case here.

But sometimes you may be lucky enough to get a boutique business that is really trying to make a difference and be the new spoke in the wheel. These game changers and visionaries do take their job interviews very seriously. Job interviews are necessary no doubt. They make the formal step to introduction, presentation and possibilities. Thus, the interviewee gets the opportunity to present why they are the best for the job and the interviewer gets the chance to assess him or her better and open the channel for communication. There, that’s it, communication- the key to any success or failure. One right message goes a long way and one very wrong message ends it all.

According to the Michigan State University’s School of Business, a written test is four times more accurate than an interview. Thus, the first step to a successful interview is to set it up well with goals in mind. Imagine you are hiring a sales person for your team, when the applications are coming in, why don’t you ask them to send you a mock power point presentation upon a client? That way you get to see their writing and strategy skills, then the best ones get the chance to make the presentation in person but make sure you have the other candidates inside the same conference room too. Sales people like to feel the competition and those who can handle it are the ones you should hire.

How about for the interviewee? You must understand the most important thing that your first job may not be the ideal one, but it is a great start, it is up to you to make the most of it. Just like in school they do not teach us how to cope with life, you need to learn your job skills on the job unless depending on your type of profession otherwise. You must also realize that while dream jobs help you achieve your dreams, does it pay for your daily life? Yes, the remuneration you take home is extremely important and while you may not get your ideal place to work at, there is always a start somewhere.

Time is very important and thanks to the Internet the knowledge is at your disposal, make the smart choice of getting the Best Job Ever.

 

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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The Search for the Egg is On, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 31st March 2017

The Search for the Egg is On

Easter 2016

Every year comes a time, where there is a full weekend of joy, eating out, good times and a treasure hunt for Easter Eggs. In fact there is a city in Texas, which will conduct their biggest search ever of over 20,000 Easter eggs. Well, what does all this Treasure hunting and Easter has to do with each other? The giving of an Easter egg symbolizes the celebration of new life and that since Jesus Christ rose from the dead after dying on the cross, it shows that there can be a miracle of life over death. The cracking of the egg is like the tomb opening.

But in these harsh economic, water shortage, drought and famine times how shall we best spend this Easter weekend? In general, what do these festivities do for us? Yes they are an integral part of our cultural and religious life but somehow with this materialistic world, values are getting distorted. On one hand, you are buying a brand new outfit to celebrate and on the other side there is a refugee suffering. Are we meant to take on the moralistic cap and be conscious about what is happening to humanity and the planet? Who will draw the line? The suppliers selling Easter eggs, the shopping malls with offers or the simple man celebrating Easter for its significance?

Festivities have their benefits. They bring the family together, friends make more memories, weddings and maybe funerals happen. They remain important to each and everyone, from the worker who needs time off to that one who wants to work overtime and catch up a pending bill. Fortunately while there is doom and gloom there is merry and shine from a few in the world. Just like in business the 80 – 20 rule, the reverse needs to happen, 80% doing the good. You have a choice to be who you want and where, now that everything is at the tip of your fingers. You can learn about a festival, your religion, cultural rituals, the pros and cons and make up your mind about what it matters to you. That is especially if you are not caught up in a rat race to please others or have not been fortunate enough to come to self-realization that all good things come in small packages.

Make the festival about the saving a life, giving a life, sharing a life. Go and donate your blood, plant a tree or spend time with strangers you never thought you would. The joy of being with such a task are unbelievable. Unfortunately they are the hardest to do because you are either alone in this vision or you give up soon and since majority are partying it out you fail to see the profits of your investment in kindness. Have you noticed that while the world is becoming more conscious of how humanity is suffering and that we need religious tolerance and that we exist in multi-cultural communities, the need to be isolated and powerful is growing exponentially?

Suddenly our borders are more important and walls are necessary to protect National interests and this virus is spreading across oceans. At the core of all this apart from power and national pride is the commercial success of the country itself. Whatever happened to making the ladoos at home with the full family? The westernized families find these a waste of time and against their “religious practices”, while the remaining eastern families are looked down upon that “oh they can’t afford it”. What a complexful crap way of living. If you had a ladoo company, do you really think your relatives would honestly support your business?

Just forget it and look at the big picture. Make the festivities count and spread kindness. Do not wrap up shiny objects and with fake smiles keep up public appearances. Do the fun and feasts but mean it for the well not for the weall-thy.

Choose your meaning of the festivity for the well-being of all and not the shopping mall.

 

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Mummy is He Gay? Point Blank with Asian Weekly 10th March 2017

Mummy is He Gay?

LGBT Courtesy Stream.Org

 

Get into your living room, turn on the TV and wait for the show Modern Family. This is one of the earliest introductions to a gay couple, while the audience is primarily an adult, the chance of a teenager catching it is not too slim.

 

The modern media is changing fast and while there is race sensitization going on, it is the LGBT that are overtaking the story telling. LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. This “freedom for sexuality” has various scientific proofs or basically personality clashes, each to its own. When the AIDS epidemic hit the 80s and 90s, the deniers blamed sexual promiscuity. Now that all those hurdles are over, religious factions too are secretly adopting this reality, especially after the sodomy cases breaking out in the Vatican world, we are faced with a new conundrum, shall we be truthful to our children?

Nothing escapes this new digital age children. It does not take them long to reach their favourite cartoon on an iPad or explain to you a full story of what is going on in a short clip of a film. If anybody knows the hype of Frozen, then you know what I mean, what if Elsa and Anna were a gay couple? The world would surely have Frozen! This is the subtle attempt that the new Disney film based on one of the best stories of all times, “Beauty and the Beast” is going to do. There is a sub plot of a gay couple and censor boards around the world are giving it different certificates, from over 18 to 16 and so on.

More than world still looks down upon women and we are beginning to bring in the consciousness to our girls, that they are important, that their gender is relevant and that they can make a difference in this world. The poor boys have been sidelined and the chances of them tilting during their puberty exploration towards bisexuality may be higher. Boys too need the confidence and exposure that their machoism represents strength and not oppression, that their vulnerability represents feminism and not weakness. A human being has been designed with both masculine and feminine, after all we have been born through the manufacturing of a sperm and ovary. Thus, the scientific drops of gender exist. There can be an imbalance of the chromosones and further to the environment, upbringing and attitude of the personalities around, there can be a tip over.

A 3-year old does not need to know right now that there is a gay or lesbian, but a 13-year old does. An adolescent is in search of his or her identity and if they are not comfortable with their sexuality they can have a crisis. They need the special attention not only to make them feel good but to recognize their urges. These must not be dismissed and if a child does come forth and declare their sexual preference, as a parent, realize one thing, loving them for who they are is more important than denying them their personal truth. Keeping them away from a film or even a gay couple you know will not alter their minds unless you are ill equipped to educate them. First know the truth and accept the side you want only then expose them to this new reality.

The digital age children are slightly aware of the new way to love, but let that not become lust and turn into an opportunity for a sexual offense. It is up to you, the parent to give them their space and reality. Anything otherwise will confuse them, drive them away or destroy them.

Take a leaf out of this famous song “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga:

“I’m beautiful in my way,

‘Cause God makes no mistakes,

I’m on the right track, baby,

I was born this way

Don’t hide yourself in regret,

Just love yourself and you’re set,

I’m on the right track, baby,

I was born this way”

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Time for United Olympics, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 3rd February 2017

Time for United Olympics

ancient-olympics

Imagine once upon a time, a simple muddy ground, coliseum and games to prove strength and valour. This is as close to the Olympics that were held in Greece in honour of the God Zeus.

Modern Olympics started off when in 1894 the International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894 and the first games happened in 1896 in Athens comprising of 14 participating countries and over 200 athletes.

Fast-forward to the most recent Summer Olympics held in Rio where over 11,000 athletes participated from over 200 countries includes a team from the Refugees. This Billion Dollars event was in the news for various reasons including Zika Virus, over budget finances, delays in infrastructure and mostly athletes doping problems.

But the Olympics is the event of a lifetime for any athlete, ask Usain Bolt who became the only athlete in the history to achieve up to 9 Gold Medals from his 3 Olympics performances. Thus, this event means everything to an athlete, whether he or she comes from Addis Ababa, London or Nairobi.

There are several key ingredients that are required to make a great athlete. These include grit, a great coach and support from the home country’s Government for expenses. Then he or she is unstoppable. You can have a hardworking athlete, almost the fittest and fastest person on the track or their field, but if the coach does not create an enabling environment and strict regime, it is all for nothing. This synergy is like magic, the coach is not the athlete, but he or she has to bring out the athlete in the athlete and of course the competitor in the athlete, otherwise why else try? There are goals to achieve, records to break and medals to win. Finally if these two are ready but the championships are marred with corruption, facilities are dwindling in the state of lack of interest and officials eat expenses away on personal splendors, then they may as well fund their own way to the event of their own lifetime and not wait on handouts.

The Olympics generates Billions of Dollars in worldwide sponsorships from corporates, multi-nationals and others for this Television and now Social Media extravagance. Everything is at stake, from the water bottle, running shoes, ropes, poles, boards, buses, hats, you name it, everything is selling and every inch is covered with a brand that is looking to increase sales in the country hosting the event. Then what about the athletes? Where is their share? An Olympic medal does not feed or run a home, put children through school unless your country is well set up to take care of you especially like the USA.

Recently Kenyan athlete Sally Kipyego attained American citizenship and the media is buzz whether she will represent the Trumpland in the upcoming competitions or remain loyal to Kenya? Kenya allows dual citizenship and under the International Association of Athletics Federations she can compete as an American citizen.

According to the Olympic Charter notes that “the Olympics are competitions between athletes in individual or team events and not between countries.

If we take the example of former Kenyan now Dutch runner Lornah Kiplagat, she has been successful in her career. Putting the sport first maybe difficult to accept especially when many athletes from developing nations are not coming from the same opportunities as the others. Thus, does this mean they are less patriotic? No, an athlete is only loyal to his sport, just like an artist is loyal to his craft.

In order for the countries to retain their talent, they must invest in their very own people, facilities and of course create the best possible environment for success. A country like Finland has earned over 300 medals since 1908, they may have the state of art facilities, but their talent pool differs from the competitions. You cannot have a complete Dream Team like the American Olympic team unless you take up the commitment, investment and sacrifice to make that the ultimate goal.

Whatever sport the country is talented in, for example athletics in the case of Kenya, the most innovation; investment and transparency must be made to uphold the values and talent growth. However, let this be the backbone of sports and it should trickle down to various other opportunities, for example basketball, hockey and more.

 

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Do Not Ignore This Trump Mania, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 27th January 2017

Do Not Ignore This Trump Mania, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 27th January 2017

Do Not Ignore This Trump Mania

On January 20th 2017 the world was faced with the unthinkable, yes it happened the 45th President of the United States of America was sworn in, none other than Mr Donald J Trump.

When he campaigned and ousted his rivals in the party, still no one believed what was happening until the final hours, the final counting, the final vote.

Yes “the vote” decided and a little bit of the electorate system, crowned him King of the not so most powerful nation in the world. What does this mean? Your vote counts whether you like it or note. And he has not wasted a moment getting into the seat that his voters gave him and immediately signed an executive order. What does this mean? The person you put into power, can do anything, yes anything.

Kenya is at an interesting time this year.

In our previous 2013 General Elections, we were new to the concept of Devolution, but let the devil not fool you anymore.

The National Assembly has 337 members of which 47 seats are reserved for women and then there are 67 members of the Senate.

There are 47 counties with 290 constituencies. This means 47 Governors and by the time you get a count of the MCAs, it is a very long list because there are 2222 Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) in Kenya. 1450 are elected, and 772 nominated.

A candidate requires the following eligibility to contest:

– qualified voters

– age: 18 years

– Kenyan citizenship

– persons registered as voters

– persons who have a post-secondary school qualification

– persons who satisfy moral and ethical requirements prescribed by the Constitution or by an Act of Parliament

If the starting point of a link between the Voter and the people in charge of running the country is a Member of County Assembly, then we have our work cut out for us.

There are obviously very many new aspirants in all the above positions, because they have either seen how the system works or perhaps want to rattle the ship like Mr Trump. Divide and rule will not work, so the most important will be to have a simple contest between two giant parties.

A social media campaign and neighbourhood vote can take a candidate far. That is why the voter must wake up to what is happening in the environs, for example when the water shortage hits your area, no Member of Parliament can change the consumption or creation of a new dam, you have to start with the ground work. Who is in charge of your area, your county and then your nation. That is why who you put in each of these positions will either build or ruin your future.

It is easy to criticize a candidate’s efforts or lack of on a WhatsApp chat but it takes courage and determination to build a nation and if you do not cast a vote you have no right to complain. Even if the turn out at the Trump inauguration was not as beasty as Mr Obama, the reality is that his supporters put him in the White House and he gets to do whatever he wants. So if you want your person to achieve results, vote them in.

 

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Doctors Digging Deep, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 20th January 2017

Doctors Digging Deep, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 20th January 2017

Doctors Digging Deep

Around last year in September the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin set a new precedent in the US Medical Schools. The students decided to read their own new version of the “Hippocratic Oath”.

The Hippocratic Oath is over 2000 years old and is from the Greek Hippocrates, considered “the father of medicine”.

However these American students felt it is outdated and decided to make their own values.

The Kenya Association of Physicians use the Hippocratic Oath, which goes as follows:

“ I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.”

I draw your attention to:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

In the recent buzz it has been said that we should limit the use of foreign doctors and their facilities into our country or seek medical care worldwide.

To the doctors, I ask, is not sharing knowledge and spreading this newfound care your duty?

To the hospitals, I ask, is not providing the best care and most affordable treatments, your duty?

To the governments, I ask, is not giving the best of quality of life to your citizens, your duty?

When our national hospital’s doctors and nurses are on strike over poor working conditions and ridiculously poor wages, how do you expect a nation’s health to prosper? We need the support of the private practitioners, whether they are local or international.

The best medical care system in the world is considered to be in Cuba where they have no private practitioners and the Government has full responsibility. Thus, you either have one way, or both but be fair.

There is no doubt that just like the Education industry, the hospitality industry is a great income earner and can be easily corrupted through negligence, too much red tape, unaffordable treatments and the list goes on. The hospitals can give themselves international certificates but how committed are they to provide affordable and meaningful care?

Yes price makes a big difference, that is why medical tourism still thrives and foreign doctors keep jetting into the country to sort out complicated cases. In any business to keep your human resources you need to give them attractive packages. The obvious remain remuneration, working benefits but also working conditions and most of all a culture led by the top down will make the difference in loyalty to serve one’s citizens.

Yes we should continue to import and why not export specialists because more minds are better than none. But this only possible if we are willing to improve for the long term and not short change the patients and cash them out. The human value must come above all and this for both the doctor and patient. A doctor, who cannot put his kids through decent schools, will also have to recalculate his commitment to his profession. While he or she may want to be the united states of humanity you can not expect a local born and educated doctor to be paid a useless remuneration, while an expat doctor gets the shine and dine?

It all comes down to culture; if our hospitals want to be the best then they have to be willing to be the best too. Practice a transparent, knowledgeable, affordable, equal pay, equal opportunity playground only then can we create a healthy environment for the patient, the doctor and the industry as a whole.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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The Truth Will Set You Weight Free, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 13th January 2017

The Truth Will Set You Weight Free, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 13th January 2017

The Truth Will Set You Weight Free

What you are about to read is half-truth, because I am not a weight loss expert, doctor, dietician or exercise junkie. But this topic is affecting almost everyone even our little children.

According to the World Health Organization 2016 key facts sheet:

  • Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.
  • In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 600 million were obese.
  • 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2014, and 13% were obese.
  • Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
  • 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2014.
  • Obesity is preventable.

The signs have never been more obvious that a good weight, diet and health will give you a better life. So what is the current situation like?

Those who have parents around 60 to 70 years will notice that they are either in control of their weight or not. This can be due to many factors, poor will power, difficult circumstances at home or work. I would not say lack of education because that is growing exponentially, it is only up to them, do not forget they are also in the bracket of potential heart attacks, diabetes and other ailments.

They need immediate weight loss and healthy routine.

Younger parents are probably still managing to eat well and stay active unless they are drinking their bellies away at Korogas. They may land you a million shillings deal, but also get you a double bill at the hospital when you collapse from alcohol poisoning or cholesterol. You would rather play the golf, walk and still get a deal.

The youngest parents are in the more complex zone. Making babies, making ends meet, making children, in-laws, family happy and the list goes on, they are unable to take care of themselves, rarely. They need a lot of assistance and determination to stop, set the trend right and actually also enjoy life. Having barbeques or coffees catch ups will not ease your weight loss, it helps in talking about issues but tackle the main issue, weight gain, you need to drop it. Yes I know easier said than done, the first step is always denial that you have put on weight and very easily most buy bigger clothes to console their new gained inches. No, that can not be your ticket out. You have to face the facts and teach your children that this is important.

Yes, let’s come to the overly image conscious children. Fair enough quite a few are mindful of not eating junk and want to remain slim. But do not deny them their basics, eat everything but of course in moderation. Make the children feel proud for who they are and not how they are.

Will exercise get you out of this rut? Yes and no.

Yes because you need to kick off the burning off the calories and stop being lazy. No because you can not run and then run after a big meal.

So balance things out.

Does a good diet get you off this rut? Yes and no.

Yes because if you eat healthy you are preserving your body.

No because exercise is a necessary addition.

It will boil down to a healthy attitude, yes that’s the only thing that can save you.

Do not compare and be little your body, it is the sophisticated machine giving you much more than you think.

Love yourself, love your body and give it the beautiful treatment it deserves.

Whatever variation works for you and please consult an expert especially if you are on obesity borderline or have crossed. Do not pull off any diet or exercise regime without proper supervision because you may damage more than you think. Some things are obvious, for example walking, drinking more water and so on but really take a moment and grasp what you are doing to your body and why? Is there an emotional burden you are carrying that is blocking your release of weight loss? Take care of you.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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