Head coach Francis Kimanzi, who is rebuilding his squad as he prepares to lay an assault on the league title he missed in his first year in charge has acquired the services of Sports Club Villa winger Aziz Kiemba, Victoria University forward Mathew Odong and Vipers’ Daniel Oyirwoth .Gambian holding midfielder Matarr Nyan and Ghanaian striker Stephen Nwosu complete the list of foreigners at the ten-time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions.“All the players have signed three year contracts and we expect them to be very good additions to the club. We are very serious about winning titles this year and you can see that in the quality of players we have brought on board. Adding the ones we had last season, I think we have built up a very strong squad,” Tusker FC CEO Charles Obiny told Capital Sport.At the same, Obiny disclosed winger Kevin Kimani will still remain part of the club despite attending trials at an undisclosed club in Europe.“We gave him permission to go but he has come back and remains part of us. That team is yet to state whether they are interested in him or not after the trials but they will communicate to us,” he added.The Brewers are expected to move to Meru probably in March if renovations at the Kinoru Stadium will be completed in time.The five join midfielder Cersidy Lumumba and defender Donald Mosoti as new recruits in the KPL Top 8 champions.Among the players who left Tusker include the three Ugandans Khalid Aucho (to Gor Mahia), Martin Kiiza and Robert Omnuk as well as custodians Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Samuel Odhiambo (Ushuru FC), Victor Abondo (Gor Mahia), Joshua Oyoo (Loan KCB) and Mark Odhiambo (KCB).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 27 – Tusker FC have completed their transfer business with the capture of AFC Leopards midfielder Humphrey Mieno and five foreign players.
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The Letterkenny Rotary Club Christmas Tree of Remembrance is up and ready for the launch this coming Friday, 9th at 11 am when it will have an ecumenical blessing by members of the local clergy.You may have already noticed it on your way past if you’ve been in the Shopping Centre: it’s along the aisle, just down a bit past Santa’s Grotto, and we are grateful to the Management there for their continued support.Picture is Rotarian Seamus Devine with a family at the 2015 Christmas Tree This Christmas Tree is where you can dedicate a yellow ribbon in memory of someone you particularly want to remember now at Christmas time, someone who has perhaps passed away, someone who is not able to come home for Christmas, or just to indicate that you are thinking of dear ones or special intentions, now at this special Festive time.A ribbon costs €2 or you can just make a donation. Every little helps. The nominated Charities this year are the St Vincent de Paul Society, the Donegal Downs Syndrome Association and of course, Rotary International Charities.There are Christmas Cards available FOC to give to your nominee after your have made a dedication.The idea is to have the whole tree covered in Ribbons by Christmas Eve. Children just love clipping them on and seeing the number of ribbons increase each time as they go past.The Tree will be manned all the time the Centre is open by Rotarians, accompanied by volunteers from the nominated charities, or indeed Transition year pupils from the local schools, so therefore all dedications can remain totally confidential. The Ribbons will all retained for a special Dedication Ceremony early in January and everyone is invited to come along and be a part of that wonderful service.Letterkenny Rotary Club to launch ‘Tree of Remembrance’ on Friday was last modified: December 6th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Sligo Rovers have confirmed the signing of Nigerian striker Brendan Ogbu, subject to work permit and international clearance.Ogbu moves to Sligo after spending a very successful career in his domestic league.He scored 12 goals in 14 matches for Bayelsa United in the Nigeria National League season last campaign. Ogbu was previously with Enugu Rangers, FC Heartland, Warri Wolves, Ifeanyi, Rangers International and FC Heartland.He won the Nigerian FA Cup with Heartland, taking the man of the match award in the final, and player of the year that campaign overall with 17 goals in the season.Liam Buckley said: “Brendan can play across the front three including as a number nine. He came across my radar at St Patrick’s Athletic but at the time we had Christy Fagan and he wasn’t available then afterwards.“We needed to broaden our search in looking for a striker because it’s a limited market and Brendan has proven himself as a goalscorer in Nigeria as someone I feel is worth bringing here.Ogbu said: “I have been so keen to receive a chance like this and prove myself in Europe.“I can’t wait to meet all the Sligo fans and I want to help the team have a very good season.“I will be prepared correctly to play for Sligo Rovers and try to score goals like I have done in Nigeria for many years.”
Photo: Boeing China will join Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and the US Federal Aviation Administration on an international panel reviewing the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX.The FAA said earlier this month that NASA would also join the international regulators on the Joint Authorities Technical Review team chaired by former US National Transportation Safety Board chairman Chris Hart.Reuters reported Tuesday that an official of Civil Aviation Administration of China had decided to send experts to be part of the FAA panel after being invited to join.Canada, the UAE and Singapore had already confirmed they would take part and an official told the news agency that regulators from Australia, EASA, Brazil, Indonesia and Ethiopia were also expected to join.READ Boeing cuts 737 productionThe cooperative approach is potentially good news for the manufacturer, which faces the threat of separate evaluations of the plane’s safety by regulators outside the US, most notably from Canada and Europe.The FAA said on April 2 that the JATR “ would conduct a comprehensive review of the certification of the automated flight control system on the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.”READ our coverage of the Boeing crisis.“The JATR team will evaluate aspects of the 737 MAX automated flight control system, including its design and pilots’ interaction with the system, to determine its compliance with all applicable regulations and to identify future enhancements that might be needed,’’ it said.The move comes after two 737 Max aircraft, one operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air and the other by Ethiopian Airlines, crashed within five months killing 346 people.Boeing has conceded that new software added to the MAX and called MCAS was involved in both crashes but questions have also been raised about the actions of the flight crews.The US manufacturer has developed a fix for the software and expressed confidence it will prevent a repeat of the crashes.A report into the March 10 Ethiopian crash showed the aircraft was subject to repeated nose down commands and that the pilots followed at least some of the procedures highlighted by Boeing and the FAA after the Lion Air crash to render MCAS ineffective.However, there are questions about the speed at which the plane was traveling and why the pilots appear to have turned back on the stabilizer trim system and re-enabled MCAS prior to nosediving into the ground.There had been suggestions Boeing was going to present its modified software to the FAA at the beginning of April but both the manufacturer and the regulator said at the time it would not be ready for several weeks.The FAA faces a number of investigations into the certification of the plane amid allegations it was too close to Boeing.
Two people are hurt after a shooting near Stephens Lake Park.Police said they were called to Anita Court, which is north of the park, at about 11 a.m. for a call about multiple shots being fired.First responders found one of the victims in a shed. Both of them were coherent and had non life-threatening injuries when they were taken to the hospital.The identities of the victims have not been released and authorities have not given any details about a possible suspect.
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“While this is a compromise bill, it is a long overdue step forward in protecting families and communities from toxic chemicals,” said Representative Frank Pallone Jr. (D–NJ), top Democrat on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.Numerous fixesBoth environmentalists and industry have long agreed that the TSCA, originally passed in 1976, has numerous flaws. It includes legal barriers, for example, that essentially prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from acquiring toxicity data on chemicals and imposing new restrictions on them—even on highly toxic substances such as asbestos. Critics say the current legislation also favors economic concerns over scientific findings, and has led to thousands of chemicals entering the market without adequate health and safety oversight.The reform bill seeks to fix a number of these flaws. It aims to make chemical safety reviews purely science-based, by eliminating a long-time requirement that EPA weigh regulatory costs in the safety review process. It also repeals a long-time requirement that EPA select the “least burdensome” method of regulating a toxic substance. And the bill would require EPA to deem a new chemical safe before it could enter the marketplace; under current law, a chemical can enter the marketplace unless EPA deems it unsafe within a certain time period.The bill would also make it easier for EPA to order chemical companies to generate any toxicity data that the agency needs to inform its reviews; under current law, EPA can only order these data by going through a lengthy rulemaking process that often ends up mired in litigation. And the bill would require EPA to take tougher action on persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals, and ensure that chemicals are safe for vulnerable groups such as infants, seniors, and chemical workers.Animal protection and animal rights groups hailed another provision that aims to reduce EPA and chemical companies’ use of animal-based toxicity testing methods. It would task EPA with using non–animal-based methods “to the extent practicable,” and the agency would have to devise a plan to research, develop, and eventually use more nonanimal methods—including computational modeling, high-throughput screening, and cell-culture testing.The bill also includes a measure known as Trevor’s law that encourages federal agencies to study “cancer clusters”—areas that appear to have unusually high numbers of cancer cases that may be linked to a shared environmental cause. The Society of Toxicology in Reston, Virginia, although praising the bill, expressed some concern about including the cancer-cluster measure and other topic- or chemical-specific language in the bill. Doing so “detracts from the wider range of priority chemical-specific or analytical issues that, as toxicologists, we address every day,” society President John Morris said in a 23 May letter.Rocky historyThe TSCA reform bill is the result of years of negotiations involving lawmakers in both parties and a wide range of stakeholders. Many previous efforts to overhaul the TSCA failed after lawmakers couldn’t strike a consensus among competing interest groups, such as chemical companies and environmental groups. The current effort succeeded, however, despite the toxic political climate in Washington, D.C., and a government divided between a Democratic-held White House and Republican-held Congress.To arrive at the current bill, the House and Senate first approved their own bipartisan—but widely different—versions of TSCA reform. Then, lawmakers spent months negotiating a compromise between the chambers.It wasn’t clear for instance, whether the animal testing provisions—which were in the Senate bill, but not the House’s—would ultimately survive. “But the fact that we are now going to severely restrict the unnecessary cruelty to animals is something that I’m very proud that the leadership helped preserve,” Senator Cory Booker (D–NJ), a proponent of the language, told reporters outside the U.S. Capitol on 19 May in announcing his support of the bill.A much bigger sticking point was concern, voiced by many liberal Democrats and environmental groups, that the legislation would weaken states’ ability to issue their own chemical regulations. Senator Barbara Boxer (D–CA), the top Democrat on the Senate environment panel, had argued especially forcefully against language in the Senate bill that would have kept existing state chemical regulations on the books, but reduced the states’ ability to issue new regulations in the future.But Boxer ultimately supported the final compromise. The final bill is far from perfect on that issue, but it’s better than current law, she said in announcing she would support the reform measure. “What a battle that was,” she said. “Well, we no longer have that battle.”Not all lawmakers were won over. As the House voted 403 to 12 to approve the reform measure, Representative Paul Tonko (D–NY) cited the state preemption provisions as one reason he was voting against the bill. He was one of just nine House Democrats to oppose the bill; three House Republicans also voted against it.The reform measure led to splits among interest groups. Some environmental and health groups, such as the Breast Cancer Fund, have opposed it, whereas still others, such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, were noncommittal. But many industry groups and some environmental groups support the final product.And Senator Bernie Sanders (D–VT), who is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, sees both good and bad in the bill, but said that the preemption language would prevent his state from “going above and beyond” federal levels of action. “That makes no sense … federal chemical regulations should be a floor, not a ceiling,” Sanders said in a statement.*Update, 8 June, 10:30 a.m.: This item has been updated to reflect the final Senate vote.*Update, 26 May, 2:20 p.m.: This item has been updated to reflect current information on the timing of the Senate vote. The U.S. Senate yesterday unanimously approved a major overhaul of the nation’s primary chemical safety law—marking one of the last steps in a decades-long reform effort. The House of Representatives on 24 May overwhelmingly approved the rewrite of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which governs how industrial chemicals are tested and regulated. The legislation now moves to President Barack Obama for signing.The measure—H.R. 2576, named for the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D–NJ), a long-time TSCA reform champion—is perhaps the most far-reaching and influential environmental statute passed by Congress since the body updated the Clean Air Act in 1990. The measure aims to make chemical safety reviews more science-based, and includes provisions designed to reduce the use of animals in chemical testing and promote the study of so-called cancer clusters.“The end result … is a vast improvement over current law,” said Representative John Shimkus (R–IL), who co-sponsored the House bill, on the House floor. 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Excise duty on small cars, scooters, motorcycles and commercial vehicles was reduced to eight per cent from 12 per cent.Cars, sports utility vehicles (SUVs), two-wheelers and consumer durable goods like TVs and washing machines will turn costlier in the New Year with the excise duty concessions on these goods-provided as a stopgap arrangement to revive growth in February-set to end. The government will not extend the excise duty relief provided to auto and consumer durables sectors, a senior finance ministry official confirmed.The government, which is struggling to meet the fiscal deficit target of 4.1 per cent of GDP, expects to rake in another Rs 1,000 crore in the remaining three months of this fiscal with the withdrawal of the duty cut. Revenue collections in the slowing economy have fallen below the Budget estimates.The erstwhile United Progressive Alliance government had cut excise duty on cars, SUVs, two-wheelers and consumer durables in the interim Budget in February as the two sectors were battling a slowdown and sales were shrinking.Excise duty on small cars, scooters, motorcycles and commercial vehicles was reduced to eight per cent from 12 per cent. In the case of SUVs, it was cut to 24 per cent from 30 per cent while for midsized cars, the duty was scaled down to 20 per cent from 24 per cent. For big cars, the excise duty was brought down to 24 per cent from 27 per cent. In the consumer durables sector, the excise was reduced across-the-board to 10 per cent from 12 per cent. In June, the Narendra Modi government extended the excise duty concessions by six months to December 31.advertisementWhile companies are still awaiting a formal communication and working out on the subsequent details of price hike, Honda Cars India senior vice-president (marketing and sales) Jnaneswar Sen said, “Prices will go up as a result of this decision. The move will also impact demand in the short term.”Maruti Suzuki India chairman R.C. Bhargava said, “It is a government decision. We don’t have any option but to accept it. It will have an impact on sales. I believe sales will slow down in the short term due to this development.” Bhargava sees car prices going up by four per cent as the higher excise duty burden will have to be passed on to customers.After two successive years of sales slump, the auto industry had notched up double-digit growth of 10.01 per cent in April-November period this fiscal at 1.33 crore units, up from 1.21 crore units in the year-ago period.
Gaurika Singh, a 13-year-old athlete from Nepal isofficially the youngest Olympian this year, but it hardly factors into herperformance at the Olympics. She came first in her heat 1 at the 100mbackstroke event.Here are a few interesting things about her career as aswimmer at a young age of 13:She is one of the youngest Olympians of all time and theyoungest ever to win a heat at the OlympicsThough Gaurika is representing Nepal, she had shifted toLondon when she was just two years old. Her parents and coaches were quick torealise her potential and then let her represent her own countryOf the 10,000 athletes at the Rio Olympics 2016, she is theyoungest participating at the age of 13 yearsPrior to her first heat at the Olympics 2016, she ripped herswimming costume by mistake but was quick to discuss it with her coach, who wason the phone, and changed in time for eventShe was in Kathmandu last year when a dreadful earthquake,measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale, flattened Nepal and caused thousands ofcasualtiesAfter the earthquake, she gave most of her prize money topeople who were rendered homeless in the countryShe did not qualify for the next round as she ranked 32nd among a total of 34 participants in the heats.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com