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On Monday, people across the US walked out of schools and workplaces in solidarity with the women who have accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

The nationwide protests — represented by the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors — came just a day after new allegations of an assault involving Kavanaugh came to light.

At least two women have directly accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault in high school or college.

California professor Christine Blasey Ford claims Kavanaugh attempted to force himself on her at a party in high school when they were teenagers. Ford was the first person to come forward with allegations against the Supreme Court nominee.

On Sunday, The New Yorker dropped a bombshell story with an additional allegation against Kavanaugh from Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale at the same time as him. Ramirez alleges Kavanaugh shoved his penis in her face and exposed himself to her at a party in college.

Kavanaugh has fervently denied both allegations and says he’s prepared to defend himself before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Both Kavanaugh and Ford are set to testify before the committee on Thursday.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee’s chairman, said on Sunday the committee will “evaluate” Ramirez’s allegations against Kavanaugh.

Additionally, Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels, claims he has evidence Kavanaugh participated in multiple gang rapes in high school.

The #BelieveSurvivors walkout on Monday was initially planned after Ford’s allegation against Kavanaugh was known publicly. Ramirez’s accusation seems to have emboldened participants.

The demonstrations on Capitol Hill were especially intense. Here’s how the day’s events unfolded.

Eliza Relman contributed reporting.

The #BelieveSurvivors walkout occurred across the US on Monday, but perhaps most notably on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.


The #BelieveSurvivors walkout occurred across the US on Monday, but perhaps most notably on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.play

The #BelieveSurvivors walkout occurred across the US on Monday, but perhaps most notably on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in congressional office buildings and outside of the Supreme Court building.


Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in congressional office buildings and outside of the Supreme Court building.play

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in congressional office buildings and outside of the Supreme Court building.

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Protesters wore black and carried signs that said #BelieveSurvivors.


Protesters wore black and carried signs that said #BelieveSurvivors.play

Protesters wore black and carried signs that said #BelieveSurvivors.

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Among the protesters on Capitol Hill were hundreds of Yale Law students and some faculty members.


Among the protesters on Capitol Hill were hundreds of Yale Law students and some faculty members.play

Among the protesters on Capitol Hill were hundreds of Yale Law students and some faculty members.

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Kavanaugh attended Yale for undergrad and law school, which has put the university in the national spotlight since Ford’s allegations were made public


Kavanaugh attended Yale for undergrad and law school, which has put the university in the national spotlight since Ford's allegations were made publicplay

Kavanaugh attended Yale for undergrad and law school, which has put the university in the national spotlight since Ford’s allegations were made public

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Georgia Travers, a student in her third year at Yale Law School, told Business Insider at least 115 of her fellow law students traveled to the capital to participate in the walkout.


Georgia Travers, a student in her third year at Yale Law School, told Business Insider at least 115 of her fellow law students traveled to the capital to participate in the walkout.play

Georgia Travers, a student in her third year at Yale Law School, told Business Insider at least 115 of her fellow law students traveled to the capital to participate in the walkout.

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Travers said she felt it was important to attend the protest because “everything [Kavanaugh] and his ideology represents defies the life’s work of many professors and undermines the humanity of many students at Yale Law School… and, of course, also many Americans.”


Travers said she felt it was important to attend the protest because "everything [Kavanaugh] and his ideology represents defies the life's work of many professors and undermines the humanity of many students at Yale Law School... and, of course, also many Americans."play

Travers said she felt it was important to attend the protest because “everything [Kavanaugh] and his ideology represents defies the life’s work of many professors and undermines the humanity of many students at Yale Law School… and, of course, also many Americans.”

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“We all planned to go before Deborah Ramirez’s allegations came out,” Travers said, adding that Ramirez’s allegation contributes “to the gravity of the situation.”


"We all planned to go before Deborah Ramirez's allegations came out," Travers said, adding that Ramirez's allegation contributes "to the gravity of the situation."play

“We all planned to go before Deborah Ramirez’s allegations came out,” Travers said, adding that Ramirez’s allegation contributes “to the gravity of the situation.”

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Travers said that many of the Yale Law students who attended were upset with faculty who’ve endorsed Kavanaugh, but also noted dozens of professors cancelled classes so students could attend Monday’s protests.


Travers said that many of the Yale Law students who attended were upset with faculty who've endorsed Kavanaugh, but also noted dozens of professors cancelled classes so students could attend Monday's protests.play

Travers said that many of the Yale Law students who attended were upset with faculty who’ve endorsed Kavanaugh, but also noted dozens of professors cancelled classes so students could attend Monday’s protests.

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“Perpetrators of sexual violence are repeat offenders and it’s a pattern,” Travers added. “We believe we can draw a straight line from [Kavanaugh’s] conduct in high school and college to his extreme conservative beliefs that women should not have control of their bodies; that certain people are less valuable in our society or have less of right to be heard and listened to.”


"Perpetrators of sexual violence are repeat offenders and it's a pattern," Travers added. "We believe we can draw a straight line from [Kavanaugh's] conduct in high school and college to his extreme conservative beliefs that women should not have control of their bodies; that certain people are less valuable in our society or have less of right to be heard and listened to."play

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“Perpetrators of sexual violence are repeat offenders and it’s a pattern,” Travers added. “We believe we can draw a straight line from [Kavanaugh’s] conduct in high school and college to his extreme conservative beliefs that women should not have control of their bodies; that certain people are less valuable in our society or have less of right to be heard and listened to.”

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Even before the sexual assault allegations were made public,critics opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court over concerns he’d work to undermine women’s reproductive rights.


Even before the sexual assault allegations were made public,critics opposed Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court over concerns he'd work to undermine women's reproductive rights.play

Even before the sexual assault allegations were made public,critics opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court over concerns he’d work to undermine women’s reproductive rights.

(Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Read more about opposition to Kavanaugh here.

Protesters carried signs that seemed to touch on concerns over Kavanaugh’s stance on abortion and women’s rights more generally.


Protesters carried signs that seemed to touch on concerns over Kavanaugh's stance on abortion and women's rights more generally.play

Protesters carried signs that seemed to touch on concerns over Kavanaugh’s stance on abortion and women’s rights more generally.

(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Some of the walkout participants became emotional outside the offices of senators after fellow demonstrators told personal stories of sexual assault.


Some of the walkout participants became emotional outside the offices of senators after fellow demonstrators told personal stories of sexual assault.play

Some of the walkout participants became emotional outside the offices of senators after fellow demonstrators told personal stories of sexual assault.

(Mark Lennihan/AP)

Travers described the atmosphere in the capital as “tense” and said hundreds of police were in the area.


Travers described the atmosphere in the capital as "tense" and said hundreds of police were in the area.play

Travers described the atmosphere in the capital as “tense” and said hundreds of police were in the area.

(Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Police reportedly arrested dozens of protesters outside the offices of a number of senators.


Police reportedly arrested dozens of protesters outside the offices of a number of senators.play

Police reportedly arrested dozens of protesters outside the offices of a number of senators.

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Source: USA Today

“Many people we are with are risking arrest,” Travers said of her fellow demonstrators, noting that the Yale Law students in attendance were largely working to avoid arrest due to concerns over their futures in the legal world.


"Many people we are with are risking arrest," Travers said of her fellow demonstrators, noting that the Yale Law students in attendance were largely working to avoid arrest due to concerns over their futures in the legal world.play

“Many people we are with are risking arrest,” Travers said of her fellow demonstrators, noting that the Yale Law students in attendance were largely working to avoid arrest due to concerns over their futures in the legal world.

(Alex Brandon/AP)

People also demonstrated against Kavanaugh and in solidarity with his accusers in other major US cities, including New York City.


People also demonstrated against Kavanaugh and in solidarity with his accusers in other major US cities, including New York City.play

People also demonstrated against Kavanaugh and in solidarity with his accusers in other major US cities, including New York City.

(Mark Lennihan/AP)

Amid all of this, the Trump administration has vehemently defended Kavanaugh and presented the accusations against him as politically-motivated attempts to damage his reputation.


Amid all of this, the Trump administration has vehemently defended Kavanaugh and presented the accusations against him as politically-motivated attempts to damage his reputation.play

Amid all of this, the Trump administration has vehemently defended Kavanaugh and presented the accusations against him as politically-motivated attempts to damage his reputation.

(Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Source: Business Insider

President Donald Trump on Monday said the allegations against Kavanaugh are “totally political” and said he’s still with him “all the way.”


President Donald Trump on Monday said the allegations against Kavanaugh are "totally political" and said he's still with him "all the way."play

President Donald Trump on Monday said the allegations against Kavanaugh are “totally political” and said he’s still with him “all the way.”

(Caitlin Ochs/Reuters)

Kavanaugh and Ford are set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. The Supreme Court nominee vehemently denies the allegations against him.


Kavanaugh and Ford are set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. The Supreme Court nominee vehemently denies the allegations against him.play

Kavanaugh and Ford are set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. The Supreme Court nominee vehemently denies the allegations against him.

(Mark Lennihan/AP)



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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.
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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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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.
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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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