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The “Miniatur Wunderland” exhibition, located in Hamburg, Germany, is the world’s largest model railway.

If you’ve never seen it before, it’s one of the cutest, most detailed miniature models you’ll ever see in your life.

To bring new perspective to the massive model railway, Google in 2016 built a miniature version of its Street View car to capture footage within the Miniatur Wunderland with an array of tiny mounted cameras. You can actually see all the various worlds within the Miniatur Wunderland on Google Street View.

The results are stunning. Take a look:

Google worked with mapping software company Ubilabs to capture the sprawling model world.


Google worked with mapping software company Ubilabs to capture the sprawling model world.play

Google worked with mapping software company Ubilabs to capture the sprawling model world.

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The tiny Street View car couldn’t actually film anything, which is why Google and Ubilabs built a fleet of mini camera-mounted devices to cruise the streets …


The tiny Street View car couldn't actually film anything, which is why Google and Ubilabs built a fleet of mini camera-mounted devices to cruise the streets ...play

The tiny Street View car couldn’t actually film anything, which is why Google and Ubilabs built a fleet of mini camera-mounted devices to cruise the streets …

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… and railways of Miniatur Wunderland. Keep in mind, this model railway features over 8 miles of track.


... and railways of Miniatur Wunderland. Keep in mind, this model railway features over 8 miles of track.play

… and railways of Miniatur Wunderland. Keep in mind, this model railway features over 8 miles of track.

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The model railway in MIniatur Wunderland is the largest in the world. It connects all the areas of the Wunderland, which represent some iconic places around the world.


The model railway in MIniatur Wunderland is the largest in the world. It connects all the areas of the Wunderland, which represent some iconic places around the world.play

The model railway in MIniatur Wunderland is the largest in the world. It connects all the areas of the Wunderland, which represent some iconic places around the world.

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The Google car starts off on a road outside a replica of the famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.


The Google car starts off on a road outside a replica of the famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.play

The Google car starts off on a road outside a replica of the famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.

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As you zoom out, you can start to get an idea of this model’s size.


As you zoom out, you can start to get an idea of this model's size.play

As you zoom out, you can start to get an idea of this model’s size.

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Here, you can see a rowdy Oktoberfest celebration. The Miniatur Wunderland features more than 200,000 tiny hand-painted citizens.


Here, you can see a rowdy Oktoberfest celebration. The Miniatur Wunderland features more than 200,000 tiny hand-painted citizens.play

Here, you can see a rowdy Oktoberfest celebration. The Miniatur Wunderland features more than 200,000 tiny hand-painted citizens.

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This scene is meant to resemble a county fair in central Germany.


This scene is meant to resemble a county fair in central Germany.play

This scene is meant to resemble a county fair in central Germany.

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Here’s the view of the fair from Google’s mini Street View car.


Here's the view of the fair from Google's mini Street View car.play

Here’s the view of the fair from Google’s mini Street View car.

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This part of the model is a tiny version of Las Vegas, Nevada.


This part of the model is a tiny version of Las Vegas, Nevada.play

This part of the model is a tiny version of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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You’ll see dozens of tiny cars and hundreds of model citizens, who will even actually gamble!


You'll see dozens of tiny cars and hundreds of model citizens, who will even actually gamble!play

You’ll see dozens of tiny cars and hundreds of model citizens, who will even actually gamble!

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It’s not Las Vegas without the bright lights and the miniaturized statues from around the world.


It's not Las Vegas without the bright lights and the miniaturized statues from around the world.play

It’s not Las Vegas without the bright lights and the miniaturized statues from around the world.

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Now we’re leaving Las Vegas and heading into a familiar valley …


Now we're leaving Las Vegas and heading into a familiar valley ...play

Now we’re leaving Las Vegas and heading into a familiar valley …

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The Grand Canyon! Aside from the rocky terrain, you can even see tiny people in the valley as they white-water raft down the mini Colorado River.


The Grand Canyon! Aside from the rocky terrain, you can even see tiny people in the valley as they white-water raft down the mini Colorado River.play

The Grand Canyon! Aside from the rocky terrain, you can even see tiny people in the valley as they white-water raft down the mini Colorado River.

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From the Grand Canyon, just take a brief train ride through Switzerland and you’ll arrive in …


From the Grand Canyon, just take a brief train ride through Switzerland and you'll arrive in ...play

From the Grand Canyon, just take a brief train ride through Switzerland and you’ll arrive in …

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Hamburg! The miniature German city features a huge train station, massive skyscrapers, and even a waterway for mini ships to pass through.


Hamburg! The miniature German city features a huge train station, massive skyscrapers, and even a waterway for mini ships to pass through.play

Hamburg! The miniature German city features a huge train station, massive skyscrapers, and even a waterway for mini ships to pass through.

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Since Hamburg is the actual city that houses the Miniatur Wunderland, the creators went out of their way to bring rich detail to the model replica.


Since Hamburg is the actual city that houses the Miniatur Wunderland, the creators went out of their way to bring rich detail to the model replica.play

Since Hamburg is the actual city that houses the Miniatur Wunderland, the creators went out of their way to bring rich detail to the model replica.

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(Google)

If you’re lucky, you’ll catch hundreds of figurines parading in the streets of Hamburg.


If you're lucky, you'll catch hundreds of figurines parading in the streets of Hamburg.play

If you’re lucky, you’ll catch hundreds of figurines parading in the streets of Hamburg.

(Google)

The model even includes a fully fleshed-out airport with arrivals, people checking in and boarding their flights …


The model even includes a fully fleshed-out airport with arrivals, people checking in and boarding their flights ...play

The model even includes a fully fleshed-out airport with arrivals, people checking in and boarding their flights …

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And even planes that “take off.”


And even planes that "take off."play

And even planes that “take off.”

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The model planes actually rise up as they speed down the track…


The model planes actually rise up as they speed down the track...play

The model planes actually rise up as they speed down the track…

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And they disappear behind a set of curtains.


And they disappear behind a set of curtains.play

And they disappear behind a set of curtains.

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Of course, what’s a trip to Hamburg without watching a concert from DJ Bobo, the Swiss “King of Dance”?


Of course, what's a trip to Hamburg without watching a concert from DJ Bobo, the Swiss "King of Dance"?play

Of course, what’s a trip to Hamburg without watching a concert from DJ Bobo, the Swiss “King of Dance”?

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Here you can see an artist carefully tweaking the giant concert, complete with a statue of Buddha.


Here you can see an artist carefully tweaking the giant concert, complete with a statue of Buddha.play

Here you can see an artist carefully tweaking the giant concert, complete with a statue of Buddha.

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This guy’s got a pretty good view of the concert …


This guy's got a pretty good view of the concert ...play

This guy’s got a pretty good view of the concert …

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… And here’s what he’s seeing: 21,000 model figurines dancing and enjoying the music.


... And here's what he's seeing: 21,000 model figurines dancing and enjoying the music.play

… And here’s what he’s seeing: 21,000 model figurines dancing and enjoying the music.

(Google)

Trying to get away from the city? This giant model world even has Austrian ski slopes, complete with skiiers and torches to light the way.


Trying to get away from the city? This giant model world even has Austrian ski slopes, complete with skiiers and torches to light the way.play

Trying to get away from the city? This giant model world even has Austrian ski slopes, complete with skiiers and torches to light the way.

(Google)

It even has a gondola and a weather balloon to capture weather data.


It even has a gondola and a weather balloon to capture weather data.play

It even has a gondola and a weather balloon to capture weather data.

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To make the snow look realistic, artists used fine glass dust to sprinkle around the winter scene.


To make the snow look realistic, artists used fine glass dust to sprinkle around the winter scene.play

To make the snow look realistic, artists used fine glass dust to sprinkle around the winter scene.

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And finally, here’s the fictional town of Knuffingen.


And finally, here's the fictional town of Knuffingen.play

And finally, here’s the fictional town of Knuffingen.

(Google)

Throughout the day, you can watch these tiny figurines pay for gas (which mirrors real-life gas prices in Hamburg) and respond to building fires. The police and fire departments will actually send cars and people to control the fire!


Throughout the day, you can watch these tiny figurines pay for gas (which mirrors real-life gas prices in Hamburg) and respond to building fires. The police and fire departments will actually send cars and people to control the fire!play

Throughout the day, you can watch these tiny figurines pay for gas (which mirrors real-life gas prices in Hamburg) and respond to building fires. The police and fire departments will actually send cars and people to control the fire!

(Google)

Thanks to Google Street View, you’ll be able to see all sorts of details you probably wouldn’t even catch if you saw this model in person.


Thanks to Google Street View, you'll be able to see all sorts of details you probably wouldn't even catch if you saw this model in person.play

Thanks to Google Street View, you’ll be able to see all sorts of details you probably wouldn’t even catch if you saw this model in person.

(Google)

For more incredible scenes, check out Google’s Street View full gallery of the Miniatur Wunderland here.


For more incredible scenes, check out Google's Street View full gallery of the Miniatur Wunderland here .play

For more incredible scenes, check out Google’s Street View full gallery of the Miniatur Wunderland here.

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Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard

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Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.

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However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
SEE ALSO: Thinking inside the cardboard box for post-lockdown work stations
Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
SEE ALSO: Working from home could be blessing in disguise for persons with disabilities
Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

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Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
SEE ALSO: Sakaja resigns from Covid-19 Senate committee, in court tomorrow

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Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.

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Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.

Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.

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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020.  It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.

A study by Dr. Habil Otanga,  a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says  that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.

KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.

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Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.

As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.

“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”

Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.

“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.

Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.

“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”

Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.

“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.

Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.

Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.

She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.

Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.

“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added

Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.

“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and  also engage in   reading that would  help expand their knowledge.

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