Questions linger over Stima duo promotion

first_img0Shares0000Western Stima players line up for a group photo before a previous National Super League match. PHOTO/FKFNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 17 – If both finish within the top three National Super League (NSL) promotion slots, whoever finishes lower than the other between Western Stima and Nairobi Stima faces the possibility of missing out on ascending to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL).According to FIFA statutes, the two, both sponsored by the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) cannot play in the top tier at the same time. Article 20 of the FIFA Statutes states; “Every member association shall ensure that its affiliated clubs can take all decisions on any matters regarding membership independently of any external body. This obligation applies regardless of an affiliated club’s corporate structure.”“In any case, the member association shall ensure that neither a natural nor a legal person (including holding companies and subsidiaries) exercises control in any manner whatsoever (in particular through a majority shareholding, a majority of voting rights, a majority of seats on the board of directors or any other form of economic dependence or control, etc.) over more than one club whenever the integrity of any match or competition could be jeopardized.”With this statute, it would be impossible to have the two teams playing in the same league if at all it is proved that both share a similar shareholding or economic dependence on one entity.Nairobi Stima’s Joseph Shikokoti in action against an FC Talanta player during a previous National Super League match. PHOTO/FKF“It was the same case sometimes back when Mathare United and Mathare Youth played in the KPL. They had to prove beyond doubt that the two were separate entities. According to that FIFA Statute, Western, Nairobi and Coast Stima should not even be playing in the NSL together. Probably if there is a proof that the two are not sharing the same sponsorship structure then that’s okay,” KPL CEO Jack Oguda told Capital Sport.Meanwhile, Football Kenya federation who run the second tier NSL say they have referred the matter to the legal department which should be giving them a response soon.“We are aware of the issue and we have the legal team handling that. They should be getting back to us on the position. I cannot pre-empt on anything at this point until further advised by the legal team,” FKF Head of Communications Barry Otieno noted.Currently, Western Stima who were relegated from the top tier at the close of last season sit at the apex of the standings with 70 points, seven ahead of second placed KCB who have played a match less. Nairobi Stima are third with 62.KCB midfielder Samuel Mwangi controls the ball under pressure from his St Joseph Youth marker during a past FKF National Super League match. PHOTO/FKFWestern Stima and KCB made the most of slip ups from their fellow promotion chasers over the weekend, the power-men winning by a solitary goal against Nairobi City Stars at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday.KCB who are seeking a return to top flight after two seasons in the lower cadre picked a priceless 2-1 win over Kenya Police at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds with head coach Elvis Ayanya confident they can rack up promotion.“It was a tough match but getting three points was a huge reprieve for us. We need to take a match at a time and give our all and I am certain we will earn that promotion slot,” Ayany, a former Ulinzi Stars midfielder said.Meanwhile, Nairobi Stima slipped to third after being held to a barren draw away to Bidco United. Ushuru failed to take advantage of the slip up playing to a similar score-line against Kangemi All Stars on Sunday.The top two finishers in the league earn automatic slots in next season’s Premier League while the third placed team will face the 16th placed team from the KPL in a play-off.NSL Weekend ResultsFridayAdministration Police 1-2 Green Commandos (Camp Toyoyo)SaturdayBidco United 0-0 Nairobi Stima (Thika Stadium)Kisumu All-Stars 0-0 Migori Youth (Moi Stadium)KCB 2-1 Kenya Police (Camp Toyoyo)SundayWestern Stima 1-0 City Stars (Moi Stadium)Modern Coast Rangers 2-1 Kibera Black Stars (Mbaraki Sports Club)Nakuru All-Stars 0-1 Coast Stima (Afraha Stadium)Talanta 2-2 GFE 105 (Camp Toyoyo)Ushuru 0-0 Kangemi All-Stars (Camp Toyoyo)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Glass House

first_imgCBI’s Dark Horse Rides AgainThe CBI is to get a new director by the end of November when present incumbent and 10 Janpath nominee Ashwini Kumar retires. There are three strong contenders. S.K. Raut, DG Intelligence (Maharashtra cadre), Ranjit Sinha, DG, RPF, and CBI insider A.P. Singh, Special Director. But never forget the,CBI’s Dark Horse Rides AgainThe CBI is to get a new director by the end of November when present incumbent and 10 Janpath nominee Ashwini Kumar retires. There are three strong contenders. S.K. Raut, DG Intelligence (Maharashtra cadre), Ranjit Sinha, DG, RPF, and CBI insider A.P. Singh, Special Director. But never forget the dark horse. Ashwini was a last-minute choice after M.L. Sharma was thought of as certain.This time, the dark horse is a lady officer from the south who has a good equation with Number 10. Punters, get ready.IAS DespairFinance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has begun to induct domain specialists, even if that means irking his ias babus. Venu Rajamony, an ifs officer who has done stints in Washington and Dubai, has been given the coveted post of joint secretary, multilateral institutions, in the Department of Economic Affairs. Rajamony replaces Anup Pujari, an officer from the Indian Administrative Service. Rajamony, who was handling energy diplomacy in the foreign office, has the relevant experience for a job that deals with negotiating loans from multilateral institutions like the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. But of course, this does not calm the wounded egos of IAS babus, who see lots of foreign travel disappearing from their custody with this post. by Saurabh ShuklaA Rosaiah By Another NameThe star of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony was not the Prince of Wales, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, upa Chairperson Sonia Gandhi or Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. It was Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Konijeti Rosaiah. His face constantly kept popping up in the CWG coverage, interrupting the visuals on the local Doordarshan channel, advertising his government’s yojanas like Indiramma Housing Project, Rajiv Aarogyasri and Women’s Empowerment, forcing viewers to reach for their remotes. If any politician has found a better way of promoting himself, do let us know. Meanwhile bete noire Jagan Reddy’s walkathon and other activities in Andhra Pradesh are being projected endlessly on the Sakshi channel that he owns.advertisementPostscript: Media and pickle baron Ramoji Rao is pissed off with old friend Chandrababu Naidu. Is it because of the TDP’s massive ad campaigns in Eenadu’s rival paper Andhra Jyothi?Kalmadi Can’t Stomach It!India’s latest hate figure Suresh Kalmadi is traumatised by the booing he got during the CWG kickoff. He should’ve got used to the idea. But it was only a follow-up. Last Saturday at 8.30 p.m. when Kalmadi and two friends walked into the Taman Gang restaurant in the DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant Kunj, Delhi, a group of young men at a nearby table walked up to his table and surrounded him. They accused him of being a cheat, dining on stolen taxpayer money and asked him to get out. A frightened Kalmadi (out of rage or fear, we don’t know) summoned his security officer inside. At this, all the diners surrounded him, saying, “You are corrupt and now you want us to shut up.” Kalmadi left his meal unfinished. Taman Gang refuses to tell us whether he paid the bill.Who is Behenji Afraid of?What is Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati afraid of? She prefers to be surrounded only by babus and policemen these days. Even BSP workers have no entry into her space. She leaves her house through the back door and gets into the private elevator which deposits her directly at the doorstep of her much talked about ‘pancham tal’ office doorstep in the Lucknow Secretariat. The reason? The state police chanced upon documents planning an attempt on her life during a sweep-and-comb operation in Allahabad district which lasted two months.No Thought for FoodIt looks like some minority leaders close to L.K. Advani don’t like BJP Chief Nitin Gadkari’s biryani. Both Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Shahnawaz Hussain bunked Gadkari’s iftar party, protesting he was ignoring them. The iftar was held at the BJP’s Ashoka Road office, allegedly with the help of a media baron who is also a doctor and an rss worker. Hussain texted Gadkari that he is giving the kebabs and korma a miss while Naqvi sulked inside the office, pretending to be busy. No food for thought?The Chief Minister’s WifeMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is travelling so much that wife Sadhana Singh, according to bureaucrats who refuse to be named, clears all files on mine projects, construction work, road repair, purchases of vehicles and many others. She investigates, certifies and, when necessary, even puts decisions on hold for her better half to return. Office is where the heart is?advertisementFancy FlightsThe Government has discreetly warned its ministers against using private aircraft belonging to industrial houses for personal visits. An aircraft is the coolest way to a mantri’s heart for an industrialist with a file to clean. Recently, a powerful minister from Maharashtra took off to Johannesburg, South Africa, on a Mumbai industrialist’s private jet to catch a sporting event.Postscript: The BJP leaders are no exception. Top leaders, including Rajnath Singh, flew to attend Arjun Munda’s swearing-in ceremony at Ranchi in another Mumbai industrialist’s fancy airplane.SMS of the WeekMahatma Gandhi’s last words: “Hey Ram.” Ricky Ponting’s last words: “Hey Laxman.”last_img read more

Giggs rules out Man Utd job as he backs Mourinho

first_imgManchester United icon Ryan Giggs has urged the club’s fans to get behind under-fire manager Jose Mourinho, insisting that he is the right man for the job.Pressure is mounting on the Portuguese following successive defeats to Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham, with the former Chelsea boss defiantly demanding respect at a news conference that followed the latter .The run of losses has seen the pressure mount on Mourinho, with the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Antonio Conte and even Giggs himself having been linked with replacing the 55-year-old . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Portuguese takes his side to Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday looking for a first win since the opening day, and Giggs – who spent a spell in caretaker charge at Old Trafford in 2014 – wants the 20-time English champions to put up a united front.When asked whether he could replace Mourinho at Old Trafford, Giggs told reporters: “Manchester United have got a fantastic manager already there.”The club are going through a tough time but you’ve got to come through those tough times.”I don’t see where Manchester United go after Jose Mourinho. I think they’ve got the right man and they should stick with him.”I think purely coming from me being a United fan, I was there on Monday [for the Tottenham defeat], I think it’s a time for the fans to stick together, get behind the club, get behind the team, get behind the manager, get behind the coaching staff.”That’s me purely speaking as a fan.”I think it’s a tough time at the moment but we’ve had tough times before and we’ve come through it.”They’ve got a tough game at the weekend. It’s a fantastic game to get rid of all that negativity around the club.”It’s a tough game, but purely speaking as a fan, I hope we come through it sooner rather than later. I’m sure we will eventually.”Put to Giggs again that he was among the contenders to replace Mourinho with one bookmaker, the Wales manager replied: “I’d keep your money in your pocket if I was you.”last_img read more

REYNOLDS SIGNS CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH BILL

first_imgIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill that creates a system for children needing help with mental health issues.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/GOVKIM.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………who love them. ;08Speaking at a ceremony Wednesday, Reynolds said the new law requires core services for children, regional crisis stabilization, mobile response teams, 24-hour hotline access to services, and $1.2 million for home and community-based children’s mental health services.The goal is to eliminate the waiting list that currently exists.The bill was one of Reynolds’ top priorities and while it passed with bipartisan votes, lawmakers did not provide the full funding she requested.Reynolds says her commitment is to develop long-term funding for mental health services to propose next year.Reynolds said the new system is life-changing and replaces a stigma associated with mental illness with hope.last_img read more

SAAM Gets Nod for Costa Rica Port Concessions

first_imgzoom Chilean port, towage and logistics services provider SAAM materialized the acquisition of the two concessions in Puerto Caldera, the major terminal on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast.The acquisition agreement for the concessions was signed with Colombia’s Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura (spbrun) in September 2016 and now the company has received the approval for the deal from local regulatory authorities.With the materialization of this milestone, SAAM now controls 51% of Sociedad Portuaria de Caldera (SPC) and of Sociedad Portuaria Granelera de Caldera (SPGC), whose transferred annual volume totals 5.5 million tons.The operation involved a disbursement of USD 48.5 million for the mentioned percentage of the share capital of both companies, which jointly reported revenues for USD 55.5 million in 2016, according to SAAM.“The acquisition of 51% of Puerto Caldera allows us to grow in a country where we have had good results, through a well-managed company to which we can add value, and at the same time, allows us to join efforts with knowledgeable and experienced partners,” Macario Valdés, SAAM’s CEO, said.The company includes, apart from SAAM’s majority position, Costa Rican companies Saret (21%) and Grain Logistics (19%), as well as Colombian “Grupo Empresarial del Pacífico” (9%).last_img read more

After WildCard Weekend There Is No Super Bowl Favorite

CincinnatiAFC-13-24-11-5— Last year, we went into the playoffs with a pretty good idea of the Super Bowl favorites. This year, not so much. According to our Elo ratings, no team entered the 2015-16 postseason with better than a 20 percent shot at the Lombardi Trophy. (As a point of historical comparison, Elo’s No. 1 regular-season team wins the Super Bowl at a 34 percent clip.) And none of last weekend’s games changed that — if anything, the Super Bowl picture is even more chaotic now.Why is all this happening? In part, blame a weird disagreement between seeding and team strength. Basically, each conference’s lowest-seeded teams — i.e., the road teams in wild-card weekend — are among its most powerful, which left weaker teams with home games and even, in a few cases, bye weeks. That’s a recipe for more parity across the playoff landscape.The trend toward parity was borne out in last weekend’s results and will continue into this weekend. All four road teams won for the first time in modern wild-card history, and in each case the winner was the stronger team according to Elo. Consequently, all of Elo’s current top eight are still alive, but upside-down seeding continues to keep the playoffs wide open, as the higher-rated team will be at home in only a quarter of this weekend’s games. Green BayNFC2716747 HoustonAFC-26-12-4-1— TEAMCONFΔ ELODIVISIONAL ROUNDCONF CHAMPSUPER BOWLSB ODDS The weekend’s two biggest gainers in Super Bowl win probability, for instance, were the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks, who also happen to be the top two teams in football according to Elo. But both will be underdogs in the divisional round because they’ll be on the road. Conversely, the Super Bowl odds for the top two seeds in each conference went down, because the possibility that they’d have to face one of the scary lower seeds turned into a certainty.As a result, all of the remaining teams in the championship hunt saw their Super Bowl chances become more compressed over wild-card weekend. That’s bad news for the bye teams but good for us as football fans, because this is one of the most evenly matched sets of divisional-round games ever.Read more: The Biggest Surprises Of Wild-Card Weekend Kansas CityAFC262013614 PittsburghAFC1324848 ArizonaNFC—-3-2-116 New EnglandAFC—-8-3-211 DenverAFC—0-2-114 CHANGE IN PROBABILITY OF WINNING … CarolinaNFC—-6%-4%-2%18% WashingtonNFC-27-11-3-1— Bold indicates that a team is still active in the playoffsSource: ESPN Winners and losers of the wild-card round SeattleNFC6188413 MinnesotaNFC-6-15-6-3— read more

Frances World Cup winners given heros welcome

first_imgFrance’s World Cup winners returned home to an exuberant reception by the hundreds of thousands of supporters that turned up at Paris on Monday to greet the starsLes Bleus ended a wait of 20 years to win the second world title on Sunday, where they defeated first-time finalists Croatia 4-2 at Moscow to lift football’s most prestigious trophy once more.Since the victory, there have been non-stop celebrations back home with the fans clustering the Champs-Elysees, Paris’ most famous avenue, after the final.And upon their return on Monday morning to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, head coach Didier Deschamps and captain Hugo Lloris were the first to appear with the World Cup trophy in their grasp.The team then embarked on a parade through the streets of Paris in an open-top bus as they were driven down the Champs-Elysees amid clouds of flare smoke.Que c’est bon ! Le bonheur partout… Toutes les communes de France ont résonné de cris de joie et de chants pour cette 2ème étoile. Encore ! #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/L76vY6he4z— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 16, 2018Once they arrived at the Elysee Palace, the players then met with president Emmanuel Macron.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…Équipe fière de la reconnaissance de notre République. #FiersdEtreBleus #VivelaFrance #VivelaRépublique pic.twitter.com/uyiQSbaIzj— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 16, 2018Several metro stations had in fact been renamed after some of the squad temporarily with Champs-Elysees being renamed Deschamps-Elysees.Every member of France’s World Cup-winning team were awarded the Legion of Honour, which is the highest recognition the country can give for “exceptional service”.CHAMPIONS DU MONNNNNNNNNNNDE ⭐⭐#FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/ouMN5PkMJl— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 15, 2018last_img read more

Javier Hernandez staying at West Ham says Pellegrini

first_imgJavier Hernandez has been assured that he remains a vital part of West Ham United for next season, says new manager Manuel PellegriniAfter a stellar spell in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen, Hernandez made a return to the Premier League last summer with West Ham in a reported £16m deal.However, what promised to an exciting partnership instead turned sour with Hernandez being close to leaving the Hammers in the winter transfer window after the appointment of his former Manchester United coach David Moyes.After ending his first season at West Ham with a return of eight goals in 28 Premier League games (12 of those coming off the bench), Hernandez’s future at the London club appeared to be set in stone following the arrival of Pellegrini.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…But, while the Chilean continues to add some big-name signings this summer, he has now assured Hernandez that he is a part of his plans for next season.“I spoke with Javier before he played the World Cup, when I signed here,” revealed Pellegrini, according to Kumb.“I told him that he would be a very important player here with me.”Hernandez impressed at the World Cup this summer for Mexico and managed to score the one goal and add an assist as El Tri impressively reached the knockout stages of the competition.last_img read more

Unai Emery names Laurent Koscielny Arsenals main captain plus four Vice

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery has named one of his defenders Laurent Koscielny as his main captain, with Mesut Ozil listed as one of four vice-captains.Koscielny who is currently out with an ankle injury had captained Arsenal in place of Per Mertesacker last season. Mertesacker, on the other hand, retired from playing at the end of the campaign to take up the role of Arsenal’s academy manager.Following Arsenal’s Premier League defeat at home to Manchester City on Sunday, Emery has also named four vice-captains who will assist Laurent the main captain;Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.On the appointments, Emery said as quoted by Sky Sports:“The captain of this group is Laurent Koscielny, who is injured at the moment. After Laurent, our other captains are Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, and Granit Xhaka.“I want leaders in the team – every player at every time to have the capacity to show leadership, but these are the five players who have the possibility to be captain.”last_img read more

Emery Ramsey remains focused at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery remains pleased with Aaron Ramsey’s commitment on the pitch and will respect whatever decision he makes over his futureReports emerged earlier today claiming that Ramsey has agreed to join Serie A champions Juventus on a free transfer this summer.Apparently, a pre-contract agreement between Ramsey and Juventus will be sorted out after the Bianconeri’s Coppa Italia game against AC Milan next Wednesday.But Emery refused to shed any light on Ramsey’s future and instead praised the Welsh star’s commitment to Arsenal.“I cannot say more about his situation,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.“The most important thing is that Aaron Ramsey is with us. His future I respect a lot because he has a very private decision but he is with us every day, and I repeat that I am very happy with him.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Ramsey played the full 90 minutes of last Saturday’s FA Cup third round 3-0 win at Blackpool.“In the last match I was very happy with him,” added Emery.“I asked in the last match at Blackpool if he is okay to help us play and he said, ‘Yeah, coach, I want to play’ and he played with a very big behaviour and commitment to us.“After, his future belongs to him, his family and agent. Every day he’s here with us, he’s working very well. I want his behaviour and his focus to be on West Ham on Saturday.”The Spaniard also announced that Arsenal will only be able to do loan signings this month.last_img read more