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  •  FIFA World Cup officials continue their preparation for Qatar 2022
    FIFA World Cup officials continue their preparation for Qatar 2022
     FIFA World Cup officials continue their preparation for Qatar 2022
    FIFA World Cup officials continue their preparation for Qatar 2022
    Africa13 hours ago

    FIFA World Cup officials continue their preparation for Qatar 2022

    FIFA (www.FIFA.com) organized seminars for 129 match officials, on three continents; seminars were held in Asunción, Doha and Madrid, in May and June; the goal is to prepare referees to use technology only for support.

    Between May 31 and June 22, FIFA held three seminars to thoroughly prepare the 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials from the six confederations chosen to officiate at the upcoming FIFA World Cup. FIFA Qatar 2022™.

    The three-day seminars saw officials from each confederation meet in Asunción, Paraguay (CONCACAF/Conmebol), Doha, Qatar (AFC/OFC/CAF), and Madrid, Spain (UEFA), led by Pierluigi Collina, president of the Committee of FIFA Referees, and Massimo Busacca, FIFA Director of Refereeing.

    Match officials were put to the test in theory classes and on-field training sessions each day, allowing them to simulate and practice various live game situations.

    “Our goal is to prepare the referee as best as possible to avoid the use of technology, but the technology is there to reduce the possibility of human error that could affect the outcome of a match.

    Even the best referee can make a mistake; he is a human being, and we know it,” said Pierluigi Collina.

    The success of the seminars on three continents was particularly pleasing considering that during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, FIFA refereeing had to move all education online (https://fifa.fans/3SUIPiX ).

    36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials appointed for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ (https://fifa.fans/3SPG4iS) For selected match officials, their participation in the FIFA World Cup FIFA Qatar 2022™ is the ultimate realization of a professional dream.

    For Danny Makkelie from the Netherlands, one that he had had since childhood.

    “When I received the invitation and the confirmation that he had been selected with my team, it was an incredible feeling.

    When I started as a referee, I was 12 years old and my goal was already that I wanted to reach the top, and I dreamed of the World Cup," said the Dutchman, who was also a video assistant referee at the World Cup final of the FIFA Russia 2018™ For assistant referee Karen Diaz (Mexico), she hopes to be one of six pioneering women, along with referees Stéphanie Frappart (France), Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda) and Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan), and assistant referees Neuza Back (Brazil) and Kathryn Nesbitt (USA: Participating in a men's FIFA World Cup will open up opportunities for more women.

    "I feel very happy and very grateful to all the people who have given me this opportunity."

    Diaz said.

    “We have to make sure that this time it doesn't become the only time women are selected, but the first of many to come."

    The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is now just over 100 days away As Massimo Busacca concludes: "It's like a football team; t They have to prepare everything very well for the most important competition we have in sport.

    I'm positive.

    I expect a great World Cup. We know what we are doing.

    The sacrifice we are making, the seminars, talking and talking, is because we want to achieve a goal.

    I'm sure the referees understand that.

    their message, and they will do very well.” Living Football, July 2022 (https://fifa.fans/3SLWWr3).

  •  Qatar vs Ecuador will kick off the 2022 FIFA World Cup on November 20
    Qatar vs. Ecuador will kick off the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ on November 20
     Qatar vs Ecuador will kick off the 2022 FIFA World Cup on November 20
    Qatar vs. Ecuador will kick off the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ on November 20
    Africa4 days ago

    Qatar vs. Ecuador will kick off the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ on November 20

    The opening ceremony and match were moved up one day as a separate event; Change in line with the long-standing tradition of opening matches involving hosts or reigning champions; Senegal will face the Netherlands at 7:00 p.m. on November 21.

    The 2022 FIFA World Cup™ will kick off with an even bigger celebration for local and international fans as host country Qatar will now play Ecuador on Sunday 20 November at 19:00 as part of a separate event.

    The opening match and ceremony of this year's tournament at Al Bayt Stadium were brought forward one day after a unanimous decision by the FIFA Council Bureau today (https://fifa.fans/3Pj8UW2).

    Consequently, the match between Senegal and the Netherlands has been rescheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 21.

    The change ensures the continuation of a long-standing tradition of marking the start of the FIFA World Cup™ with an opening ceremony for the first match involving either the hosts or the defending champions.

    The decision followed an assessment of the competition and operational implications, as well as a thorough consultation process and agreement with key stakeholders and the host country.

    The release period, as previously decided and governed by the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, will remain unchanged, from 14 November 2022.

    Ticket holders will be duly notified by email of that the corresponding matches have been rescheduled and your tickets will remain valid regardless of the new date/time.

    Additionally, FIFA will attempt to address any issues arising from this change on a case-by-case basis.

    The match schedule for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ (https://fifa.fans/3JQoOpV), as well as the competition regulations, have been changed accordingly.

  •  Labour Party will transform Nigeria s economy from consumption to production Obi
    Labour Party will transform Nigeria’s economy from consumption to production – Obi
     Labour Party will transform Nigeria s economy from consumption to production Obi
    Labour Party will transform Nigeria’s economy from consumption to production – Obi
    General news4 days ago

    Labour Party will transform Nigeria’s economy from consumption to production – Obi

    Labour Party’s Presidential Candidate, Mr Peter Obi, said on Thursday in Abuja that the party would transform Nigeria’s economy from that of consumption to production.

    Obi made the declaration at the Labour Party and the Coalition for Peter Obi Leadership Summit.

    The summit had “Youths, Governance and a New Nigeria’’ as its theme.

    He said that he would diversify the economy by harnessing potentials and natural resources from all regions of the country.

    He added that he would build a country of integrity where patriotism would be the pride of citizens.

    “We have a country called Nigeria, but we don’t have Nigerians.

    “What we want to do is to create Nigerians and the only way to create Nigerians is to make people to have hope in Nigeria.

    “Nigeria is a great country.

    God created this country and gave it everything to make it great.

    The only thing that is lacking is a simple thing called leadership.

    “That is what Datti and I intend to provide.

    ’’ he said.

    He explained how he plans to harness regional potentials for national economic development.

    “When I say we are not a producing country but a consuming one, it is true.

    “For instance, Borno is a state situated on 70.9 square kilometres of land and today we are talking about Sambisa Forest.

    It is an asset for Nigeria.

    “This is because Sambisa Forest is twice the size of Israel and it is an agricultural land that can give us food.

    “If you go all over the northern part of Nigeria you will see that Nigeria is blessed with land that can give us food.

    “We are waiting to share money from oil.

    How much do we generate from oil?

    “Our total export as a country is 30 billion dollars including oil, yet we live in a country of over 923,000 square metre, almost one million square kilometres,’’ he said.

    Obi said that Nigeria, when compared with Vietnam that lives on 331square kilometres of land and has a population of 100 million was lagging behind.

    This, he said, was because Vietnam’s export is 312 billion dollars yet Nigeria could not do 10 per cent of Vietnam’s exports with a vast land and a population of 200 million people.

    He added that Niger is two-and-half the size of The Netherlands, yet the state could not feed itself or the country whereas The Netherlands’ agricultural export for 2021 was 120 billion dollars.

    “We cannot continue to live like this; our position is simple, all Datti and I want to do is to move this country from consumption to production,’’ he stressed.

    In his remarks, the vice-presidential candidate of the party Mr Yusuf Datti said the duo and the party were not looking for money in government, but looking to run a government in money.

    Datti noted that Nigeria has a lot of money and potentials and that all it needed was credible leaders to harness them.

    “I am following a business leader who knows how to create wealth and we are going to create it legitimately.

    Datti said that he would serve with integrity having proved it earlier as a senator and was one of the senators who did not buy a house at the Apo Legislative Quarters when they were sold.

    He stressed that the Labour Party would drive Nigeria into prosperity and integrity.

    Datti called on those who had lived and prospered by promoting disunity and crises in Nigeria to sheath their swords because their time was up.


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  •  South Africa Agriculture Agrarian Reform and Rural Development Negotiates Agreement to Clear Citrus Blocked in European Union EU Ports
    South Africa: Agriculture, Agrarian Reform and Rural Development Negotiates Agreement to Clear Citrus Blocked in European Union (EU) Ports
     South Africa Agriculture Agrarian Reform and Rural Development Negotiates Agreement to Clear Citrus Blocked in European Union EU Ports
    South Africa: Agriculture, Agrarian Reform and Rural Development Negotiates Agreement to Clear Citrus Blocked in European Union (EU) Ports
    Africa5 days ago

    South Africa: Agriculture, Agrarian Reform and Rural Development Negotiates Agreement to Clear Citrus Blocked in European Union (EU) Ports

    The Department of Agriculture, Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD, for its acronym in English) confirms that it has managed to negotiate an agreement that will see the cleaning of citrus containers stuck at ports of entry in the European Union (EU).

    To date we have managed to dispatch more than 300 of the 509 containers and we are processing the dispatch of the remaining containers.

    The EU introduced new measures to regulate the risk associated with false codling moth (FCM) in citrus.

    The new measures include additional amended phytosanitary declarations for grapefruit and baby citrus and a revised cold treatment regimen for oranges.

    The measures were published on June 21, 2022 and came into force on June 24, 2022.

    This meant that shipments arriving in Europe from July 14 had to comply with the new measures.

    Taking the shorter sailing time to the EU meant that shipments leaving South Africa on June 24, 2022, three days after publication, should have been certified under the new measures.

    The DALRRD explained to the European Commission (EC) in a meeting and by written communication that the date was not reasonable.

    At the time of the publication of the new measures, there were shipments that were certified and had already left for the EU, as well as some that were in the process of being exported.

    DALRRD's claims were that changing the inspection and certification system within three days was not realistic.

    The reasonable date for compliance with the new measures would have been for shipments leaving SA on July 9, 2022, considering the required adjustments of the systems and the communication to the different regulatory sites, which required at least three weeks from the post.

    However, the EC insisted on July 14, 2022 as the implementation date.

    As anticipated, the DALRRD began receiving queries from exporters after the implementation date regarding the rejection of shipments at EU ports.

    The EU authorities needed phytosanitary certificates that would comply with the new FCM measures.

    The DALRRD segmented the cases into only documentation on grapefruit and tender citrus and compliance with the cold treatment on oranges.

    The deadlock was later resolved by replacing the phytosanitary certificates with the correct additional declarations as of July 22, 2022.

    The orange cases remained a problem until the industry in a meeting on July 25, 2022 presented DALRRD with possible measures.

    of equivalence with respect to the treatment applied to these shipments.

    under the South African systems approach to FCM.

    The DALRRD undertook to negotiate with the EU through the relevant National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) so that they consider these equivalent measures.

    The first official letter was sent to the NPPO of the Netherlands on July 27, 2022 and a positive response was received on July 28, 2022.

    Based on this agreement, it was agreed that replacement phytosanitary certificates will be issued for oranges with declaration of equivalent cold treatment.

    The issuance of replacement phytosanitary certificates for oranges began on Monday, August 1, 2022.

    In a meeting with the industry on August 3, 2022, the DALRRD agreed to include other ports of entry after receiving another positive response from Italy on the declaration.

    of equivalent cold treatment.

    The ports that the industry presented as those where South African oranges were rejected included ports in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

    More than 2,000 containers, with an estimated value of R 500 million, were affected by this blockade.

    So far, the department, with the information sent by the industry, is recertifying the orange shipments blocked in the ports of the Netherlands and Italy and we are receiving confirmation that the containers are being cleared.

    In addition, DALRRD held the meeting with the EC on 5th August 2022 on the handling of non-compliant shipment in EU ports and agreed on the interim measures, namely that the EU adhered to DALRRD's request to complete the cool down period.

    in the EU Provisional measures provide for shipments to be treated at EU cold treatment facilities and the department to notify other EU member states.

  •  NGO trains stakeholders on defence budget tracking monitoring
    NGO trains stakeholders on defence budget tracking, monitoring
     NGO trains stakeholders on defence budget tracking monitoring
    NGO trains stakeholders on defence budget tracking, monitoring
    General news5 days ago

    NGO trains stakeholders on defence budget tracking, monitoring

    An NGO, ‘Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)’ has organised a one-day training for stakeholders on defence budget tracking, monitoring and reporting.

    Declaring the event open on Wednesday  in Jos, Auwal Musa-Rafsanjani, the Executive Director of CISLAC said that exercise was in collaboration with Transparency International-Defence and Security Programme.

    Represented by Magaji Mato, the Finance Manager of the organisation,  Musa-Rafsanjani  added that the execrise is being funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    He said that the training was aimed at building the capacity of key stakeholders in areas of monitoring and  reporting of budget of defence and security.

    The executive director said that the training would help in addressing some of challenges being faced in the fight against insecurity.

    ”This training will enhance the knowledge of the participants on the existing gaps in the defence budgetary process”The objective of this training is to build our capacity in key areas of focus when monitoring and reporting defence as well as security budget  processes.

    ”It will as well provide a deep-rooted knowledge and the role we can play in ensuring that the safety of citizens remain key to government.

    ”So, it has become paramount that we begin to seek answers from our government and demand accountability for the monies meant for fighting insecurity,”he said.

    Musa-Rafsanjani said that the participants include religious and traditional rulers, security personnel,  the media and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), among others.

    He stated that they were drawn from the states in the North-Central zone of the country.

    One of the facilitators, Mr Salaudeen Hashim, explained that the exercise was aimed at building the capacity of state and non-state actors toward addressing insecurity in the country.

    ”At the centre of our nation building is the issue of insecurity and of course we have come to realise that it is very important for us to mobilise both state and non state actors.

    ”This is for them to come together and deliberate as to how to jointly provide a problem-solving strategy to the level of insecurity in this country.

    ”This is why we are here, too look at the root causes, enablers and things that fan or promote insecurity.

    ”He recalled that attempts were made in the past, but they were  not yielding the desired results.

    ”So, we have decided to take a different strategy and so we are here to see if we can provide some level of steps toward achieving lasting security,”he said.

    On his part, Mr Shamaki Peter, commended CISLAC for organising the training, adding, ”it would stir up conversations to upscale the ongoing fight against insecurity in the country.

    He said that the government had invested huge resources into the fight against insecurity without much results.

    ”Hence the need for citizens to begin to get involved in the process by asking for accountability,” Peter said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting had the theme ”CSOs and Media Anti-Corruption Training on Defence Budget Tracking, Monitoring and Reporting.


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  •  Qatar World Cup to start earlier to give hosts opening game
    Qatar World Cup to start earlier to give hosts opening game
     Qatar World Cup to start earlier to give hosts opening game
    Qatar World Cup to start earlier to give hosts opening game
    General news6 days ago

    Qatar World Cup to start earlier to give hosts opening game

    The upcoming football World Cup in Qatar is to start a day earlier than planned to allow hosts Qatar to play the first match.  

    Dpa and other media have learnt that the council of the world governing body FIFA is dealing with a request.  

    The match between Qatar and Ecuador on Nov. 20 would start at 7p.

    m. (1700 GMT) at Al Bayt Stadium.

    FIFA is yet to comment on the issue.

    Under the original tournament format, the game would have been the third of four matches scheduled for the first day, Nov. 21 with  Netherlands v Senegal,  England v Iran and the U.

    S. v Wales.  

    Under the requested change, Netherlands game would move from a 1p.

    m. kick-off time to the 7p.

    m. time originally for Qatar v Ecuador, while England and U.

    S. games would not be affected.  

    The request was made after an agreement of both teams and the South American confederation CONMEBOL.

    It won’t lead to changes of release dates for players.  

    The host nation has played the first match between 1958 and 1970, and again since the 2006 tournament in Germany.  

    The 1974-2002 tournaments were opened by the defending champion who is no longer automatic qualifiers.  

    There was no official opening game between 1930 and 1954.
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  •  United States of America stays ahead Germany moves up to Second
    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second
     United States of America stays ahead Germany moves up to Second
    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second
    Africa1 week ago

    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second

    The United States continues to lead the Women's World Ranking; Changes to the top three; A record 185 teams listed in the rankings.

    July 2022 was a busy month for women's football, with five major tournaments taking place around the world.

    In addition to UEFA Women's Euro 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™.

    Since June 17, 2022, when the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement up the rankings.

    And while the USA (1st, -), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women's Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new challenger in the form of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up overtake Sweden (third, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Newly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    The relegations of the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1) and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in the Top 10 of this edition.

    Like the Lionesses, South Africa (54th, plus 4) also moved up four places thanks to their 2022 CAF Women's Africa Cup of Nations title.

    Semi-finalists in that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are the team that has improved the most in this edition after ascending 23 positions.

    Nigeria (46th, minus 7), which surprisingly lost 1-0 to She-polopolo in the match for third place, recorded the biggest decline in terms of points (minus 69.33).

    Another notable improvement in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest placement (42, plus 9), after their third place in the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying record highs are Iceland (14 plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26 plus 1), Portugal (27 plus 3) and Zambia.

    Four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022: Cambodia (120, -), Turkmenistan (137, -) Timor-Leste (152, -) and Guinea-Bissau (169, -), giving the August edition of 2022 a record - breaking 185 FIFA member associations.

    Click HERE (https://fifa.fans/3QhktOi) to see the full standings.

    The next edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking will be published on 13 October 2022, ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ Draw on Saturday 22 October 2022 in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau.

    Leader USA (no change) Moves into top 10 None Moves out of top 10 None Total games played 221 Most games played England, Philippines, Senegal (9 each) Most movement by points Zambia (plus 89.78) Most movement by ranks Zambia (23+ places) Biggest Drop by Points Nigeria (minus 69.33)Biggest Drop by Ranks Mexico (10+ places)Newly Qualified Teams Cambodia, Turkmenistan, Timor-Leste, Guinea-BissauTeams No Longer Qualified None

  •  FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
     FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
    General news1 week ago

    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th

    The Super Falcons of Nigeria have dropped by seven spots in the July FIFA Ranking, to be placed 46th, after ending 4th at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.

    In the ranking table published on the website of the world football governing body on Friday, Nigeria garnered 1535.09 points in the month under review and lost 69.33 points, which is the biggest decline in terms of points.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the former African champions surprisingly went down 1-0 to the She-polopolo of Zambia in the match for the third place match of 2022 WAFCON.

    At the continental level, the drop in spot however did not displace the Falcons as the 1st placed team in Africa with the current WAFCON winner, South Africa placed 2nd.

    Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast  are the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams, respectively.

    South Africa (54th, plus 4) moved up four places on the back of their title triumph at the 2022 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

    Semi-finalists at that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are this edition’s most-improved side after surging 23 places.

    At the global scene, July 2022 was a busy month for women’s football, with five major tournaments taking place across the globe.

    In addition to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, all serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.

    Since 17 June 2022, when the -Cola Women’s World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement in the standings.

    And while USA (1st), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new pursuer in the shape of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up move ahead of Sweden (3rd, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Freshly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    Drops for the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1), and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in this edition’s Top 10. Another notable improver in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest-ever placing (42nd, plus 9), following their third-place at the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying all-time highs are Iceland (14th, plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26th, plus 1), Portugal (27th, plus 3) and Zambia.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022 namely Cambodia (120th), Turkmenistan (137th) Timor-Leste (152nd) and Guinea-Bissau (169th), giving the August 2022 edition a record-breaking 185 FIFA member associations.


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  •  Kisumu shipyard will create job opportunities for Kenyans says President Kenyatta
    Kisumu shipyard will create job opportunities for Kenyans, says President Kenyatta
     Kisumu shipyard will create job opportunities for Kenyans says President Kenyatta
    Kisumu shipyard will create job opportunities for Kenyans, says President Kenyatta
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Kisumu shipyard will create job opportunities for Kenyans, says President Kenyatta

    President Uhuru Kenyatta has welcomed the opening of the Kisumu Shipyard, saying the facility will create business and job opportunities for thousands of young people in the country.

    The president said the facility, under Kenya Shipyards Limited, will foster the growth of primary and ancillary manufacturing industries.

    He noted that the Kisumu Shipyard will also improve transportation and security on the lake, enhance intermodal transportation, and boost fishing, tourism and other economic activities in the East African region.

    “Kenya Shipyards Limited's role in developing the blue economy is aimed at attracting foreign direct investment and driving domestic direct investment with a long-term cascading effect throughout the national economy,” the president said.

    President Kenyatta spoke Tuesday as he commissioned the Kisumu Shipyard in the lakeside city.

    At the same time, the President witnessed the floating of the new MV Uhuru II ferry car built by Kenyan shipbuilding experts and engineers with the support of consultants from Damen Gorinchem, a Dutch shipbuilding and engineering company.

    100 meters with the capacity to carry up to 22 wagons and an estimated capacity of 2 million liters of crude oil per trip is the first ship made in Kenya by Kenyans, with the successful construction of the MV Uhuru II ship, which will be put into service at the end of this year.

    At Kisumu Shipyard, President Kenyatta expressed his satisfaction that Kenya has become a pioneering shipbuilding nation in Africa.

    “It is gratifying to note that during these jobs, young Kenyans have been empowered through the acquisition of critical skills in shipbuilding.

    "Indeed, integrating youth into the national economic agenda has been a key element of my administration's development plan, as envisioned in Vision 2030 and the 'Big Four' Agenda," said President Kenyatta .

    Addressing the official launch of the Kisumu-based Dada Export Processing Zone Limited, which he presided over on Monday night, President Kenyatta encouraged young people to focus on big business instead of limiting their potential.

    The president praised the young Kenyan owner of the factory that makes garments for the export market, saying the factory has created hundreds of jobs for Kisumu residents.

    “She has just started operations in her establishment and in less than a month she has 150 employees out of three and her goal is that by December she will be an employer of three thousand people.

    “That young lady was previously employing casual staff, now she is employing people who are permanent and pensionable,” said President Kenyatta.

    President Kenyatta noted that the Kisumu shipyard will have the capacity to build, refit, convert, repair and maintain ships, as well as provide maritime services within the Lake Victoria region and other inland water bodies.

    He stressed that shipbuilding activities will have a broader impact on the economy, including the provision of maritime assets, capabilities, technologies and skills for Blue Economy actors in fisheries, shipping, extractive resources, renewable marine energies, tourism and maritime safety.

    In this sense, the President urged the governments of the counties of the Lake region to design strategies and take advantage of the economic opportunities generated by the Kisumu Shipyard and MV Uhuru II.

    “By doing so, it will be possible to unlock the huge commercial potential that abounds within the Lake Victoria basin; and other inland waters, create more employment and empowerment opportunities for our youth, and generate revenue for both the National Government and adjacent county governments,” he said.

    To catalyze the development of the western region of Kenya, the President announced that the proposed Solar One Limited plant at Kibos in Kisumu has received the necessary government approvals and implementation of the project will begin immediately.

    “This project is part of other ongoing reforms in the energy sector, which will position Kenya as a world leader in green energy,” said President Kenyatta.

    Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa said the flotation and subsequent commissioning of MV Uhuru II will have an immediate impact on increasing the volume of petroleum products being transported to Uganda from Kisumu and, at the same time, it will generate more revenue for the government and create jobs for young people.

    .

    The Chief of the Defense Forces, General Robert Kibochi, thanked the teams of engineers and technicians from both Kenya and the Damen Gorinchem company in the Netherlands who worked tirelessly without rest to deliver the MV Uhuru II project in less than a year.

    .

    General Kibochi noted that normally the project would have taken three years to complete.

  •  Chile to appeal again against Ecuador s qualification for Qatar World Cup
    Chile to appeal again against Ecuador’s qualification for Qatar World Cup
     Chile to appeal again against Ecuador s qualification for Qatar World Cup
    Chile to appeal again against Ecuador’s qualification for Qatar World Cup
    General news2 weeks ago

    Chile to appeal again against Ecuador’s qualification for Qatar World Cup

    > Chile intend to launch an appeal against the decision of world football ruling body FIFA to dismiss their previous complaint regarding Ecuador’s participation at the World Cup. Nine-time tournament finalists Chile asked FIFA to investigate allegations that Ecuador used ineligible right-back Byron Castillo in their successful qualifying campaign.

    The Federacion de Futbol de Chile (ANPF) said it had proof that Castillo was born in Colombia and not Ecuador, as stated on his official documents.

    Castillo appeared eight times in qualifying, including in a goalless draw with Chile in September and a 2-0 victory in November.

    La Roja finished seventh, meaning they just missed out on a play-off spot, but felt Ecuador should be expelled from the World Cup at their expense.

    However, after looking into the claims made by ANPF, FIFA rejected the appeal last month and confirmed Ecuador will keep their place in Qatar.

    Chile are continuing to push their case, though, with their general secretary Jorge Yunge confirming that a fresh appeal will be lodged.

    “We are completely sure about the conclusions of our investigations,” Yunge said in a statement.

    “It’s absolutely clear the player uses an adulterated Ecuadorean document.

    What is at stake here is not just a place in the 2022 World Cup, but the entire principle of fair play.

    ” Ecuador have been drawn in Group A at the World Cup, which begins in November, alongside Senegal, the Netherlands and hosts OLAL(
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