Huruma to face South B in Koth Biro final


first_imgMoses Masika, who is the younger brother to Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe scored the only penalty for FIFA Best as newly signed Gor Mahia defender Wesley Onguso blazed over his kick while Francis Alumba and goalkeeper Philip Okayo saw their kicks saved by Huruma custodian Kevin Omondi.Huruma successfully converted their kicks through Amos Asembeka, Alfred Mburu and Patrick Macharia while they lost one penalty.GAA will now face South B in the finals on January 7 while the playoffs between FIFA Best and Beirut will take place a day before the finals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000GAA will now face South B in the finals on January 7 while the playoffs between FIFA Best and Beirut will take place a day before the finals. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 30 – God Above All from Huruma will face South B All Stars in the 2017 Koth Biro tournament final after eliminating Kawangware based FIFA Best 3-1 on post-match penalties in the semi-final played at Nairobi’s Umeme Ground in Ziwani on Saturday.Both sides settled for a goalless draw after the two teams failed to find the back of the net at the packed venue.last_img read more

Forest fire haze clears over Singapore ahead of Formula One race


first_imgSingapore: Singapore’s skies cleared Friday and air quality improved as smog from raging Indonesian forest fires drifted away, easing fears that this weekend’s Formula One race may be affected. The blazes have been spewing toxic haze across Southeast Asia, forcing the closure of schools and airports, and prompting Jakarta to deploy thousands of personnel to tackle them. The Indonesian fires are an annual problem during the dry season when farmers use illegal slash-and-burn techniques to clear land for agriculture, but this year’s are the worst since 2015. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThick smog had been hanging over Singapore since last weekend, pushing air quality to unhealthy levels, obscuring the waterfront skyline and sparking fears that Sunday’s showpiece F1 night race may be knocked off track. But on Friday the skies were largely clear, with only a light haze over the city, while air quality improved to a “moderate” level of around 65 on the National Environment Agency’s scale. A reading between 101 and 200 indicates unhealthy air quality. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThe wind direction could however still change ahead of the weekend and push smog back over Singapore. F1 organisers say they have a contingency plan if the haze worsens and have been stocking up on face masks to protect against pollution which spectators can buy at the circuit. Indonesia, and its neighbours Malaysia and Singapore, have been worst affected by smog but it is starting to spread over a wider area in Southeast Asia. Haze was detected Friday in central and southern parts of the Philippines, prompting health officials to warn people in affected areas to keep outdoor activities to a minimum and wear masks. The blazes are centred on Indonesia’s Sumatra island and the Indonesian part of Borneo island. Borneo is shared between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. Thousands of schools have been forced to close in Malaysia and Indonesia amid mounting health concerns, while several airports have shut due to poor visibility. People have been dashing to buy face masks and there has been an increase in reports of respiratory illnesses and conditions such as dry and itchy eyes. The worst-affected part of Malaysia has been Sarawak state, on Borneo, where more than 1,000 schools were shuttered Friday and air quality reached “hazardous” levels in one area bordering Indonesia. The second round of an Asian Development Tour golf tournament in the state, the PGM MNRB ADT Championship, was postponed for a second consecutive day Friday due to the haze, organisers said. It is expected to start Saturday. Over 2,800 “hotspots” — areas of intense heat detected by satellite indicating a likely fire — were sighted Friday in two provinces of Indonesian Borneo alone, although the number dropped in Riau, Indonesia’s disaster agency said. Indonesia insists it is doing all it can and has deployed about 29,000 personnel from a range of government agencies nationwide in an effort to douse the blazes, many of which burn underground in carbon-rich peat. Almost 250 people have been arrested on suspicion of activities that led to the blazes. But experts say the fires are unlikely to be extinguished until the onset of the rainy season in October and have raised fears of a repeat of the 2015 crisis, the worst smog outbreak for about two decades.last_img read more

Haryana Congress urges EC to remove BJP govt hoardings


first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress has sought Election Commission’s intervention over violation of model code of conduct by Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) through displaying hoardings and advertisements featuring “achievements” of the state government’s at public places such as petrol pump stations, state government hospitals, etc.A delegation of Congress leaders, led by former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and state party chief Kumari Selja met the poll panel and handed over memorandums. “The advertisements constitute a clear and material breach of the relevant laws as they represent a misuse of public funds and official machinery for campaign purposes. These advertisements are less in the public interest and more to advance the cause of the Chief Minister and the ruling party. The CM is, therefore, using his office to serve his personal agenda and cult of personality instead of furthering the interests of our fellow citizens,” Selja said in her memorandum submitted to the EC. The Congress has urged the EC for immediate removal of the all such hoardings on display across the state. The delegation further urged the EC to issue directions for no issuance of advertisements in the newspapers and other media, including electronic media during the election period. The Congress delegation has also urged the EC direct concerned authorities to prevent the state government from misusing any of the government officials or agencies. “The officials of the HPSC and the Haryana Staff Selection Commission have repeatedly been acting as political agents of the BJP government in the state,” the Congress said in a memorandum.last_img read more

Toll rises to 37 over 452 injured in quake in Pakistan


first_imgIslamabad: The death toll in the devastating earthquake that rattled Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and several north-eastern cities in the country rose to 37 on Wednesday as authorities stepped up rescue operations to save people trapped in debris of several toppled buildings. The epicentre of the powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake, which occurred at around 4 pm on Tuesday at a depth of only 10 kilometers, was near Mirpur city in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), roughly 20 kilometers north of Jhelum in Punjab, according to the US Geological Survey. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report The earthquake resurrected the haunting memories of a monster tremor that had wrecked the region 14 years ago. The quake which also jolted several cities of Punjab and Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province killed 37 people, Mirpur Divisional Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab was quoted as saying by the Express Tribune. According to the paper, figures showed that the worst-hit was Mirpur with 24 dead, nine in Jatlan and one person lost his life in Jhelum. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Other people died in the areas located between Mirpur and Jari Kas, PoK’s State Disaster Management Authority Secretary Shahid Mohyiddin said. The number of casualties was likely to increase as around 100 of the injured were admitted to different hospitals in a critical condition, the report quoted the SDMA official as saying. The areas worst hit were Mirpur city, a small town Jatlan and two villages Manda and Afzalpur, where buildings and homes collapsed, trees were uprooted and cracks appeared on roads large enough to swallow cars. Other cities where the tremors were felt included Islamabad, Lahore, Sialkot, Sargodha, Mansehra, Gujrat, Chitral, Malakand, Swat, Sahiwal, and Rahim Yar Khan. The quake was powerful and created panic as people ran out of building, eyewitnesses said. “I lost my house. I lost everything,” Abdullah Khan, whose home in Jatlan village on the outskirts of Mirpur was flattened by the quake, was quoted as saying by the paper. The affected people are also experiencing water and food shortages and amid reports of looting of relief material in the Sang and Sanwal Sharif area. National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal said at a briefing in Islamabad that trucks loaded with relief items, including 200 tents, 800 blankets, 200 kitchen sets, and 100 medical kits would reach the people affected by the earthquake soon. “The NDMA is already providing medicines, food items and tents, which were in its stock in the affected areas, to the victims,” he added. Afzal said that 452 people were injured, including 160 are in serious condition and 450 houses were also damaged. Special Assistant of PM on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan said that government would compensate the families of dead and injured and also help them to rebuild damaged houses. “An initial assessment is being done and soon a relief package will be announced by the government of Pakistan,” she said. Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has directed the armed forces to begin urgent rescue and relief efforts in the quake-hit areas, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media wing. “Army troops have reached earthquake-hit areas of Mirpur, Jatlan, and Jarikas. Relief and rescue efforts are under way,” it said in a statement on Tuesday. A breach in the Upper Jhelum Canal caused by the earthquake inundated a number of villages along the Jatlan Road, around 140 kilometers south of Islamabad. The earthquake also damaged two pedestrian bridges over the canal, making it difficult for the locals to cross over, the report said. In October 2015, a 7.5-magnitude quake in Pakistan and Afghanistan killed almost 400 people, flattening buildings in rugged terrain that impeded relief efforts. Pakistan was also hit by a 7.6-magnitude quake on October 8, 2005, that killed nearly 90,000 people in PoK and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.last_img read more