KPL to make stand on play-off Thursday

first_imgBut FKF on their side insists that following the expansion of the top tier, a play-off is necessary after the automatic relegation of the bottom two teams.“The Joint Executive Committee has been in discussion with FKF and we have an executive meeting tomorrow from where our stand will be communicated,” KPL head of logistics and operations Frank Okoth told Capital Sport.FKF boss Nick Mwendwa speaking a fortnight ago reiterated the federation’s stand on the play-off despite KPL’s apparent opposition to it, insisting the league managers will have to dance to their tune.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFKF have already set the dates of the home and away play-off with the first leg set to be played on December 2 and the return leg four days later.“That has been our stand and we will do a draw on Wednesday to determine who starts at home. We have made communications to both Thika and Ushuru and copied the same to KPL as well. So, every party is aware,” FKF’s Communication Director Barry Otieno said.FKF boss Nick Mwendwa speaking a fortnight ago reiterated the federation’s stand on the play-off despite KPL’s apparent opposition to it, insisting the league managers will have to dance to their tune.Thika finished the season at 16th placed after a tough season, beating Bandari 1-0 on the final day of the season to edge out Western Stima by a slim goal difference with the powermen finishing in the second of the two automatic relegation slots despite also a final day win.From the NSL, Vihiga United and University of Nairobi side Wazito earned automatic promotion while former KPL side Ushuru finished third, two points behind the top two who finished each with 80 points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“Kenyan Premier League CEO Jack Oguda and chairman Ambrose Rachier in a past event. PHOTO/FileNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 29- The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) will make its final stand on the relegation and promotion play-off scheduled between Thika United and National Super League (NSL) third finishers Ushuru FC after a Governing Council meeting on Thursday.KPL were yet to agree on Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) directive of a promotion and relegation play off between the third placed team from the NSL and the 16th placed team from KPL, insisting they will stick to the 2015 agreement of automatically relegating two teams and promoting a similar number.last_img read more

Under-pressure Allardyce felt ‘nervous’ before West Ham clinched vital win

first_imgUnder-pressure West Ham boss Sam Allardyce admitted he felt anxious prior to his team’s late goals against Fulham.The Hammers, who like their opponents have struggled this season, led and seemed in total control before strikes from substitutes Carlton Cole and Joe Cole completed a 3-0 victory.It meant a fifth consecutive defeat for Fulham, whose manager Martin Jol was again barracked by angry Whites fans.Allardyce said: “My only disappointment is that we didn’t score more goals before the subs came on – something I was getting nervous about.“We all know with the way we are at the moment that one slip and Fulham could have got something they didn’t deserve.“It’s great as a manager to finally get the result we deserved and have been looking for. We scored three and on balance could have scored more.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Thrower, Conde Shine as Jacks Top Broncos

first_imgTremendous performances from Alexia Thrower and Isamar Conde guided the Humboldt State women’s basketball team to a 73-65 victory over Cal Poly Pomona, Thursday night in Lumberjack Arena.The Green and Gold improved to 14-6 overall and 12-5 in California Collegiate Athletic Association action with the win.“I’m very proud of our team’s performance tonight. We played with great energy for 40 minutes,” said HSU head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson. “We had a defensive gameplan heading into the night …last_img

SA on swine flu offensive

first_imgMotsoaledi said the department has sent out around 29 000 letters to schools, colleges and universities countrywide with guidelines on how to control the virus. Tamiflu for pregnant women The hotline number is 0861 364 232 (or 0861 DOH CDC)The e-mail address is: [email protected] 27 August 2009 Source: BuaNews “More than 80% have been sent out, and we are busy making pamphlets in 11 languages to be sent out to the public,” he said. “We have also written letters to all members of Parliament, to all the radio stations, print, electronic media, and to traditional leaders, traditional healers, labour and business.” “Tamiflu outweighs any risk to unborn babies, if they [pregnant women] have mild symptoms; we encourage them to take Tamiflu to prevent further deaths related to the virus,” Motsoaledi said. On Monday, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed 20 deaths related to H1N1 in the country. Half of these cases involved women in their third trimester of pregnancy, while some were suffering from other under-lying illnesses, such as diabetes and TB. More hotline operatorscenter_img The department has established a hotline and dedicated e-mail address for public queries on swine flu. Guidelines on H1N1 Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has since reiterated the need for pregnant women to be put on Tamiflu, even if they only showed mild symptoms of H1N1. The number of operators at the call centre has also been increased to minimise the waiting period, as the centre is being inundated with calls from the public. “We don’t want [pregnant women] to wait to confirm whether they have the flu or not before we give them Tamiflu,” he said, adding: “Before, it only took 24 hours to get results, but now it goes to five to seven days due to the demand for tests at the country’s laboratories.” As of 25 August, there were over 5 000 confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza in the country, with the majority being reported in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Most of these cases were in the mild and self-limiting category. South Africa’s Department of Health has ordered more of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu, to the value of R30-million, from international pharmaceutical companies as the number of people infected by H1N1 influenza – commonly known as swine flu – increases in the country.last_img read more

Gujrat in a new avatar

first_imgAt Shaam-e-Sarhad, resort in KutchIndia’s longest coastline, splendid beaches, shore temples and forts, the country’s first marine national park, Harappan citadels more than 4,000 years old, ancient Buddhist caves, last habitats of the Asiatic lion, bird sanctuaries, handlooms and handicrafts trails… sounds like a tourist paradise? Gujarat has every reason to feel like one though it has never been much on the radar of travellers, Indian or foreign, with the label of an industrial state with no real tourism initiatives worth talking or writing about.This looks set to change. The growing corporate lifestyle is beginning to reap a bumper crop of upmarket hotels and international restaurants, spas and golf courses, art galleries and cultural complexes. The change over the last five years is dramatic-a state where golf courses were restricted to army cantonments now has golf clubs, corporate golf courses and even golf housing complexes. The corporate groups too are investing in heritage restoration and handicraft promotion as part of their social responsibility.Craft meets contemporaryA rural artisan at Rann Riders finds a customerA classic example of this new trend in tourism is the HM Craft Park, which draws visitors to the village of Bhujodi near Bhuj. Designed to resemble a traditional village in Kutch, this sprawling complex is all about a maze of rooms where artisans practise their art. From carpenters to woodcarvers-who turn out perfectly proportioned miniature dhows and bullock carts-to blacksmiths creating metal bells, this craft park is a journey through the colourful repertoire of all that Gujarat has to offer to the lover of arts and handicrafts.Says Bhojraj Dhoriya, a weaver specialising in mashru, a combination of silk and cotton threads used to make a fabric, “Handicrafts have been part of the life and culture of Kutch for centuries… Thanks to corporate support and NGO intervention we have more platforms such as the HM Craft Park, the Crafts Resource Centre at Kukma, the outlets of NGOs like Shrujan, Qasab and Kala Raksha.” Even more emphatic is Samat Tej Singh, who weaves carpets, rugs and blankets from camel and goat hair. “As we live in villages like Kuran which are very close to the Indo-Pak border, artisan communities like ours can hardly hope to have visitors. These new initiatives have helped us to know our markets,” he adds.Rural livingA young member of a Kutchi tribeKutch is an example of a fast-changing Gujarat. Along the road from Anjar to Kandla are a string of sprawling resorts that offer 3-4 star facilities, plush rooms, conference halls, sports and recreational areas, and party lawns. These are often booked for weddings, receptions, parties and corporate events.Of greater interest to travellers is Shaam-e-Sarhad in Hodka, one of the villages in the Banni grassland region, known for its high concentration of craftswomen. The drive to Hodka from Bhuj goes through the grasslands where you can see men and boys herding camels, sheep, goat and other livestock. On the way you can visit villages like Sumrasar Shaikh and Bhirendaria for a glimpse of a variety of embroidery styles.You enter Shaam-e-Sarhad through a reception area decorated with handicrafts. The highlight here is the interpretation of the village architecture of Kutch in the form of cottages that resemble bhungas (roundhouses), complete with mud-plastered walls decorated with mirrors and finger paintings. Each cottage comes with a patio overlooking the countryside. The resort employs people from the village, trained in housekeeping and understanding modern guest requirements by hospitality professionals, with much of the revenue going for community welfare projects.Beaches go boldHM Craft Park at BhujodiBesides crafts-based tourism, Kutch has also signalled the birth of beach tourism in Gujarat with the resort in the palace estate of Mandvi. This palace estate, which has been the location for Bollywood blockbusters Lagaan and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, has the majestic Vijay Vilas Palace as its centrepiece and a privately-owned beach. The Maharao’s nephew has started a resort here that is themed on the Raj-era camps that were set up during hunts and weddings at princely states. The 10-tent cluster offers direct access to the beautiful private beach facing an unending view of the deep-blue Arabian Sea waters. Beachside amenities include a thatched-roof restaurant open on the sides where you can enjoy the meal while savouring the breeze and views of the sea.Hip AhmedabadA vintage car at the Auto World DastanWhile rural tourism has taken Kutch by storm the city of Ahmedabad has mushroomed malls, hotels, restaurants, sports and spa facilities over the last decade. Among the most recent additions to Ahmedabad’s list of attractions is the Auto World at Dastan, the private estate of art connoisseur and car collector Pranlal Bhogilal. As you get to the estate, which is about 20 minutes’ drive from the city’s airport, the first impression is of greenery. The museum has an open-sided pavilion dedicated to American cars from the Twenties and the Thirties while the larger pavilion after this has pre-World War models. A highlight of the collection is the large number of cars that Bhogilal has acquired from Maharajas and Nawabs that have beautifully finished custom coachwork, ornate and personalised interiors, and rich tapestries. This includes coach-built 1920s and ’30s Rolls Royce from the erstwhile princely states of Himachal, Rajasthan and Gujarat, and a superb Hispano Suiza from Alwar.There are also cars from wealthy families like a 1932 Rolls Royce 20/25 Sedanca Deville from the Jewish Gubbay family of Kolkata. Ulrich Schmid-Maybach visited the museum to see the 1937 six-cylinder Maybach SW38 designed by his grandfather Karl Maybach, and Christie’s international director rated the thematic display of the museum among the best he has ever seen.Another unique aspect of Ahmedabad is the Heritage Walk, which is perhaps the only walking tour in India that has operated successfully for a decade as a daily departure except on a few public holidays. The tour begins from the Swaminarayan Temple, near the railway station at Kalupur, and takes you through parts of the walled city that are not accessible by car. This is a good way to explore the old quarters called pols which comprise narrow lanes lined by three-storey havelis with ornate facades, wooden balconies, carved brackets and exquisitely carved doors. The walk ends at the Jamma Masjid, a 15th-century mosque in the Indo-Saracenic style with a fabulous arcaded facade and the prayer hall with rows of domes. The House of Mangaldas Girdhardas, a heritage hotel, offers audio-guided tours with an MP3.Golf greensThe 18-hole course at Kensville Golf and Country ClubFor those who want to stay in a golf resort the Kensville Golf and Country Club in Ahmedabad offers upmarket rooms done in pleasing colours and motifs that go with their location in a golf course. The 18-hole golf course has a Jeev Milkha Singh signature hole, rolling greens and water features, and flower beds. Kensville is a good base to visit Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, which is about 15 km from the clubhouse.Wildlife watchAsiatic wild ass at Little Rann of KutchEven more interesting for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts is the Wild Ass Sanctuary covering about 4,900 sq km of the Little Rann of Kutch and neighbouring villages in Surendranagar, Mehsana and Kutch districts. A vast expanse of salt-encrusted plains with patches of vegetation, the Little Rann is the abode of the highly endangered Indian wild ass, not seen elsewhere, besides the endangered Indian wolf, desert and Indian foxes, chinkara gazelle and a variety of bird species characteristic of scrubby desert habitat. There are wetlands here as well where you can see thousands of flamingos, hundreds of pelicans, massive flocks of cranes, and a variety of ducks.A good place to stay near the sanctuary is Rann Riders at Dasada, 90 km from Ahmedabad, which started as a small four-room camp and has grown over the last few years to become a sprawling resort. The owners maintain a fleet of open vehicles for the desert safaris in the sanctuary. A special feature of the resort is the area given over to artisans to exhibit their skills and sell their wares. You can watch weavers at work on rare weaves like ikat and tangaliya, Rabari women doing their distinctive style of embroidery, and the Mir girls making beaded bangles.Another wildlife reserve that has been getting much attention from resort owners recently is the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, the last remaining habitat of the Asiatic lion. Gir also has a healthy population of leopard making it one of the best big cat sighting reserves in all of India.The Gir Birding Lodge has an enviable location in a fruit orchard at the very edge of the wildlife sanctuary with its mangoes, berries and stone fruits bringing in birds from the forests. The main lodge has the dining and sitting rooms overlooking a part of the sanctuary. Some guests have claimed to have sighted a lion or leopard over morning or afternoon tea on the balconies. Another good resort is the Lion Safari Camp, which has plush tented accommodations among palms and mango trees. A more contemporary-style resort at Gir is the Gir Jungle Lodge, which offers 36 rooms in a garden setting with a swimming pool, ayurvedic centre, spa and gym.With a successful blend of tradition and the modern, Gujarat, indeed, has reinvented itself in the last decade.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement Fact fileHM Craft Park Near Bhujodi Village (about 20 minutes drive from Bhuj Airport); tel (02832) 240 495/496; www.hmcraftpark.comShaam-e-Sarhad Hodka (about one hour drive from Bhuj airport); tel: (02803) 296 222; www.hodka.inBeach at Mandvi Palace Vijay Vilas Palace, Mandvi, Kutch; tel: (02834) 295 725; www.mandvibeach.comAuto World at Dastan Dastan Estate, Kathwada, Sardar Patel Ring Road, Ahmedabad; tel: (079) 2282 0699Heritage Walk in Ahmedabad Call CRUTA Foundation for bookings; tel: (079) 3982 4116, 2657 4335; timings: 8a.m. to 10.30a.m. dailyKensville Golf & Country Club Bavla-Nalsarovar road; tel: (079) 4000 2900, 2692 5729Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary 90 minutes from Ahmedabad via Sanand. Forest department office tel: 079 372 3500Rann Riders Dasada village, District Surendranagar; tel: (02757) 280 257; www.rannriders.comGir Birding Lodge At Bambaphor Gate, Sasan Gir; tel: (0)98240 72075; e-mail [email protected] Safari Camp Hirneshwar Temple, Village Balcheel, Sasan Gir; tel: (079) 4026 3333; e-mail: [email protected] Jungle Lodge Sasan-Junagadh Road, Sasan Gir; bookings tel: (011) 2585 4147last_img read more

Spot-fixing high on agenda at ICC executive board meeting

first_imgSpot-fixing allegations against three Pakistan players and the Future Tours Programme from 2012 to 2020 are the main agenda items that the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) executive board will discuss at its two-day meet, beginning in Dubai on Tuesday.Test captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were provisionally suspended by the ICC after allegations surfaced that the two pacers took bribes for bowling deliberate no-balls during the Lord’s Test against England, while Butt acted as the facilitator.”The ICC board, which has a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in cricket, will be updated on the spot-fixing allegations against three Pakistan players during a recent tour to England,” an ICC release said.”In accordance with the provision of the code, all three have appealed that provisional suspension and the independent hearing will take place in Doha, Qatar, on 30 and 31 October and will be chaired by the head of the ICC code of conduct commission, Michael Beloff, QC,” it added.The board will also consider the recommendations from the ICC chief executives’ committee (CEC), which met in Cape Town last month.These recommendations seek to give context and content for international cricket within the Future Tours Programme (FTP) after 2012 and also to consider future ICC events. According to the ICC, the board will consider a lot of the recommendations including that the FTP should consist of a Test league to provide context for all Test matches.The league would determine the top four teams to qualify for an ICC Test play-off.The other recommendations include that the play-off should be held once every four years to determine the Test champion team with a request to hold the first such playoff in 2013.advertisementAnother recommendation is that the FTP should also consist of a One-Day International league, the first to run from April 2011 until April 2014, culminating in the crowning of an ODI league champion.This would run separate to the ICC Cricket World Cup. Another proposal sees the World Cup consisting of a 10-team format from 2015 and the World Twenty20 consisting of a 16-team format from 2012, with the women’s event continuing to run alongside.The board will also hear reports from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on cricket development in China while New Zealand Cricket, which has a principle partnership agreement with the United States Cricket Association, will report on progress in America.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more