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Kasarani turns electric as Stars face Walias

first_imgWith the government earlier this week announcing that entrance to the stadium will be free, FKF used the tickets they had already printed for the game to ease access of fans into the stadium with security tight from the outside perimeter to inside the stadium.Harambee Stars fans rush in to get seats inside the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I am happy that the government made entrance to the stadium free, but I am not happy that they printed tickets. This money they have used to print tickets should have been used to pay maize farmers,” one of the enthusiastic fans told Capital Sport.Fans started streaming into the stadium from as early as 9am, everyone eager to get a seating spot at the 60,000 seater facility early enough.Fans wait outside City Hall for shuttle buses to the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSecurity has been very tight with administration police, regular police, General Service Unit and National Youth service officers taking patrol. Office on horse-back are also at all entry points to ensure law and order as the fans stream in.Tens of buses are also in the Central Business District ferrying fans to the stadium with those donated by the County Governor Mike Sonko lining up outside City Hall to pick up fans.Word is that President Uhuru Kenyatta is also expected to attend the match alongside his deputy William Ruto and former premier Raila Odinga.Ethiopian fans cheering in the stadium as they wait for the clash. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFans are meanwhile optimistic that Stars will shine brighter than the Walia Ibex and inch closer to an African Cup of Nations appearance.“I am very optimistic we will win today. 3-1. Olunga, Wanyama and Kahata to score. We have a good team,” One of the fans stated. Another added “These Ethiopians cannot beat us today. 2-0. We don’t want much. Just two goals are enough for us.”The match kicks off at 4pm.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars fans cheering the team on at the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 14 – If you are planning to attend the Kenya versus Ethiopia 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier and you are nowhere close to the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani, then you better start planning to watch the game on television.As at noon, the stadium was already 80pc full with thousands of other enthusiastic fans queuing outside for match admission tickets to get in, almost four hours to kick off.last_img read more


Ex-FEMA head takes blame, changing tune

first_imgMAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. – Ex-FEMA Director Michael Brown said Wednesday that he shared the blame for pre- and post-Katrina failures, saying he fell short in communicating the magnitude of the disaster and in calling for help. “I should have asked for the military sooner. I should have demanded the military sooner,” said Brown, the former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “It was beyond the capacity of the state and local governments and it was beyond the capacity of FEMA,” he told a gathering of meteorologists at a ski resort in the Sierra Nevada. Brown said he failed to communicate the extent of the devastation to the media and to the federal government. FEMA came under fire immediately after Katrina struck the Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines Aug. 29, killing more than 1,300 in five states and leaving some 3,200 unaccounted for. He was relieved of his on-site command and recalled Sept. 9 to Washington, D.C. Brown resigned three days later, saying he feared he had become a distraction. Asked on Wednesday if he felt he had been railroaded out of his post, Brown replied, “I’m moving on.” He said his biggest concern was the current emphasis on reorganizing FEMA, particularly in light of past budget cuts that had left hundreds of vacancies in an agency with 2,500 employees. “It’s time to stop organizing and get FEMA back to what it was before – get its budget back up to where it was.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card His statements changed his version of the events stated during a congressional hearing Sept. 27. At that time, he blamed most of the government’s failure to properly respond to the hurricane on Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin – both Democrats. “I think it’s important to realize that all of us made mistakes,” he told The Associated Press in an interview after his speech. “After a while you get a different perspective. I still do believe that things weren’t working too well down there. I’m not into this whole thing of ‘let’s blame somebody for this or that.’ But let’s figure out what went wrong and what we can do to make it better next time.” He told attendees at the annual Operation Sierra Storm – a gathering of broadcast and National Weather Service meteorologists at snowy Mammoth Mountain Ski Area – that he failed to delegate responsibility and instead tried to attend to the details himself. “It was the largest natural disaster ever to strike the United States – 92,000 square miles. Logistics were falling apart,” he said. President George W. Bush appointed Brown to head FEMA in April 2003. He previously chaired the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, served on the City Council in Edmond, Okla., and practiced law in Oklahoma and Colorado. last_img read more


Looking Through Windows — Part 7

first_imgMais voyons — on ne travaille pas le mois d’aoûtNot yet.Like many manufacturers throughout France, Bieber shuts production down during three weeks in August for employee vacations. We were hoping that Bieber would make our windows before the vacation period. Benoit advised us that Bieber’s supplier had not provided the aluminum cladding for our windows before the start of their August shut-down.Production of our windows would not be completed until the first week in September. With a three-week trans-Atlantic shipping, we should get our Bi-Passif windows on site by the end of September.I initially thought that would delay our ability to do our first blower-door test. But as we have learned, nothing, absolutely no construction-related activities happen on schedule.For example, the framers have waited for over one week to receive the necessary 60-degree hangers to complete the floor framing. When the hangers finally arrived from Coastal Forest Products, they were a face-mount rather than the top-mount we expected. Why can’t Coastal provide the proper components for the floor framing package they designed? We have been delayed for nearly two weeks on completing the floor deck, which delays erecting the walls, which delays placing the roof trusses, which … well, you get the picture. But you’ll have to accept different glass …Not so, as it turned out.A few weeks later, Benoit called to say there was a supplier issue on the 0.63 SHGC glass that Bieber had quoted. He proposed to substitute 0.62 SHGC glass that had a slightly better U-factor. Here we go again on three-decimal-place window metrics!Again, a happy ending. Passive House Academy confirmed that the better U-factor trumped the slightly lower SHGC.Yep, we’re all set on windows. [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the 11th article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.]There’s a popular saying here in Maine — “we’re all set” — to signify that the current situation is perfectly fine.Window selection had so far been the most time-consuming and vexing aspect of the EdgewaterHaus project. That was all behind us. We had made a final decision on an Optiwin-designed Bieber-manufactured Passivhaus-certified windows.We had:exchanged a few draft proposals refining the window specifications;determined the exterior color (green);opted to use FSC certified european pine for the window frame;picked hardware style and color (contemporary look in silver finish);chosen to have standard European-style vertical hinges rather than the no-cost optional concealed horizontal hinges;selected a factory-applied interior stain color on the pine wood (a mid tone oak shade);identified which windows required screens (all but the garage and a window at the top of the stairs to the lower);approved detailed shop drawings of all the windows;signed a sales contract;made two down payments totaling some 50% of the delivered cost of the windows;received word from Bieber that production of our windows was underway.So, we were all set on windows. Will you accept a substitution?To his credit, Benoit, our Bieber salesman in New York City, was genuinely distressed and apologetic about the situation and wanted to find an acceptably accommodation. In lieu of a refund, Bieber offered to provide their more expensive, Bieber-designed Bi-Passif window at no additional cost. We looked at pictures of the windows and liked what we saw. It’s also a Passivhaus-certified window with slightly different aesthetics, installation, and performance — the U-factor is a bit better, but the frame dimensions and spacers a bit worse. We are talking three-decimal-place differences.Would any of this affect the Annual Heat Demand and our Passive House Design Stage Assurance from the Passive House Academy? We would not know until the new values were entered into the the Passive House Planning Package. Benoit offered to reimburse us for our architectural and energy consultant costs for switching to the Bi-Passiv, and a further discount on screens. That sounded fair to us.So our architect, Chris Briley, adapted the Bi-Passiv window to the EdgewaterHaus design, and PHA re-ran the PHPP model. The results: no significant impact on the PHPP; no change in the window shop drawings; some slight modifications to the exterior and interior detailing.Problem resolved within about 2 weeks. We were once again all set on windows. Bieber lacks the authority to sell these windows in the U.S.Not so, as it turned out. RELATED ARTICLES Now, we waitSo we await word that Bieber has completed production of our windows at their plant in Alsace, France, and are preparing to ship them to us. We’re not sure what happened “behind the curtain” between Beiber and Optiwin, but feel that Beiber has done their best to help us resolve this to our satisfaction. As for the shipping delay, well, with all the construction delays, the windows may yet arrive just in time.So for right now … we are again all set on windows … until further notice! Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus ProjectGoodbye Radiant FloorSelecting a General ContractorPlans and Pricing for Our House in MaineLooking Through Windows — Part 1Looking Through Windows — Part 2Looking Through Windows — Part 3Looking Through Windows — Part 4Looking Through Windows — Part 5Looking Through Windows — Part 6Designing Superinsulated WallsCutting Down Trees and Milling LumberA Visit to the Local SawmillSeeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2 We got a call in mid-June from Bieber advising us that they would not be able to deliver the windows we had bought because of licensing issues. Optiwin licenses their window design to Bieber and other manufacturers to produce and sell. We were told that Optiwin had just withdrawn Bieber’s authority to ship the Optiwin designed window to the U.S. market.Of course, our first reaction was disbelief. How could that be, we wondered? We had a signed contract with Bieber containing “irrevocable” legalities. Surely, our contract must be “grandfathered,” and thus should — no, must — be honored.The shock quickly wore off to the reality of the situation. Bieber offered to return all our money. We could start anew with our runner-up window Intus. But workers were already assembling the foundation. We could easily foresee one or more months preparing and reviewing shop drawings and other decision points before even placing the order. The building shell would be completed months before the replacement windows arrived. What havoc would that bring to the construction schedule?We momentarily considered legal remedies – sue ’em for noncompliance with the contract. But how long would that prolong the situation, how much would that cost, and how much anguish would that create for us?We’re not the litigious type. Let’s find a reasonable alternative. The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus.last_img read more


Rajasthan defeat Baroda, win maiden Ranji title

first_imgGiant-killers Rajasthan notched up their maiden Ranji trophy title after defeating hosts Baroda on the basis of their first innings lead in the finals of the premier cricket tournament in Vadodara on Saturday.Resuming their second innings at 201 for four, Rajasthan amassed 341 in 129.1 overs and then reduced Baroda to 28 for four in 14 overs with Deepak Chahar wrecking havoc with three wickets in his seven overs for 15 runs.Earlier, skipper AL Menaria (101), who was dropped twice yesterday, added another 25 runs along with overnight batsman RR Parida (89) en route to his 149-ball century before being caught and bowled by Aditya Waghmode.Parida also couldn’t hang around too long and was trapped in front of the wicket by BA Bhatt.Murtuja Vahora then struck twice to remove Madhur Khatri (18) and Vivek Yadav (13). Deepak Chahar then became Swapnil Singh’s victim as Rajasthan slipped to 282 for nine.But last man and wicketkeeper Rohit Jhalani cracked a 80-ball 43 – studded with seven fours – to add 59 runs with Pankaj Singh (24) to take Rajasthan to 341 in the second innings.Chahar and Pankaj Singh then spitted venom and mowed down the top order at the Moti Bagh Stadium here.The first wicket to fall was KH Devdhar (5) when he failed to negotiate Chahar’s short quick delivery and hooked it in the air as Saxena took the catch at square leg.Two balls later, Pankaj scalped opener JA Kolsawala (13). His good length delivery angled across as going for a drive, Kolsawala edged it to wicketkeeper Rohit Jhalani as Baroda slumped to 18 for two.advertisementIn the sixth over, Chahar claimed his second wicket removing Swapnil Singh. His delivery squared up Swapnil and took his blade’s outside edge to Chopra at second slip.Chahar struck again, dismissing Waghmode to claim his third wicket. He induced a leading edge off the batsman and completed an easy catch as Baroda were reduced to 24 for 4.Later, Rajasthan skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar attributed the victory to the team effort.”I can’t describe this feeling, it is an honour to play with these guys and it is satisfying that we have done it as a team, it is a team effort, that has been strength this season,” he said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more