12 Jan
2020

Region 7 hit by another violent storm

first_img…no school reopening today in Kako VillageIn less than one month, at least three villages in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) have been devastated by violent storms, leaving residents to pick up the pieces and restart life. Late on Saturday afternoon, a violent storm wreaked havoc in Kako Village. Although there has been no loss of life, residents have to now pick up the pieces and start reconstructing their damaged homes.According to Regional Chairman Gordon Bradford, no one was seriously injured. He said that a team from the Regional Democratic Council’s Emergency Preparedness Committee has been dispatched to the village and has reported that some six houses were totally destroyed, six other buildings suffered major damage and the school in the area was also damaged.“Because of the damage to the school, there would be no school reopening tomorrow (Monday) and the Regional Administration would be there to begin repairs to the school soon,” Bradford informed Guyana Times.Flashback: The house that collapsed on Marsha Jordan and killed her during a storm last monthHe added that the team reported that residents indicated that for the past five days they have been experiencing heavy thunder coupled with lightning and precipitation. He said that this would begin in the afternoon hours around 15:00h.“The parents are fearful of sending their children to school, especially those that have to use boats, because of the storm. They are saying that the children should remain home, because it would be too bad if they get caught in a storm on the river,” he said.Bradford said that the Civil Defence Commission has been informed and was on standby to provide assistance if needed. He added that Kamarang, also in Region Seven, was affected, but because of its remote location, the details of the damage there are yet to be reported.The Regional Chairman said interior locations would experience frequent storms during the hurricane season and noted that the residents were already looking at the possibility of constructing storm-resistant homes. He said that a storm-resistant home would be built to house the family of Marsha Jordan, who was killed when a house collapsed on her last month during a violent storm.Jordan was seven months pregnant at the time. She was the mother of two girls aged 3 and 11. Around 16:00h on Friday, August 19, heavy winds, lightning and thunder wreaked havoc on the Amerindian village of Jawalla, damaging several houses in the process. Jordan and her two daughters were sheltering under a house when it collapsed on them, immediately killing her.last_img read more

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10 Jan
2020

Matano to work on attack ahead of Stima tie

first_img“In the second half we played well and I saw the urgency and commitment from the players. The only thing we didn’t do well was the finishing but we will work on it over the coming two days and see that we improve,” the coach noted.Matano is confident the team will bounce back despite losing his first match as the club boss and he points out he will not rest until he sees the team back to the top.“We have to switch from losing to winning mentality. There’s nothing much we can do with these few days. We need to compose ourselves and take our chances. We must work as AFC Leopards and be ready to fight and get three points,” the coach noted.Gor Mahia George Odhiambo against AFC Robinson Kamura.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaFor the Stima return tie, Matano will still be without the injured defender Robinson Kamura who is nursing bruises from a motorbike accident while left-back Marcus Abwao still remains on the sidelines with a knee injury. Midfielder Musa Mudde has been slotting in at left-back.AFC Leopards are faced with a tough week as they will be travelling back to Nairobi from Kisumu with another tough tie against Bandari awaiting them at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.“Still not everybody is 100 percent but we will try and cope with the situation. We have several of our players who have not trained with us for some time like Vincent (Oburu) and Majid (Victor). But we have to deal with the situation and cope. There is no other way,” Matano offered.He added; “It is a tough period but hopefully we can hold on.”-Fiamenyo off to Libya-AFC Leopards forward Gilbert Fiamenyo celebrates after scoring the equalizer in their Kenyan Premier League match against Posta Rangers at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on April 29, 2017. PHOTO/CourtesyMeanwhile, Ghanaian striker Gilbert Fiamenyo has left the club to join Libyan outfit Al Nasr. Fiamenyo asked to be omitted from the club’s second leg squad despite having an existing contract as he was still nursing a foot injury that would have seen him miss a huge chunk of the second leg.Fiamenyo joined the club midway through last season but had to wait until January to play due to issues of paperwork. He scored five goals for Ingwe, ranking as the team’s top scorer.-Financial constraints-At the same time, the club has revealed on their official Facebook page that they are grappling with financial difficulty due to high operation costs and low match attendance which has consequently led to their paltry collection in gate charges.AFC Leopards chairman Dan Mule (left) in a past KPL match.Photo/FILEThe club has now announced they will hold a fundraiser in the coming weeks to cater for the operation costs for the remainder of the season which total to Sh6mn while a further Sh17.5mn is needed to offset debts accrued over the last two years.In addition, the club which is on a close to Sh48mn-a-season sponsorship from betting firm SportPesa has also admitted they are struggling to raise Sh200,000 every month to maintain their youth team participating in the Nairobi County League.“NEC has decided to form a joint committee to manage the affairs of the youth team. The said committee will have an AFC Youth team bank account and a dedicated Paybill number 527900. The management committee shall be expected to share the status of the income and expenditure of the Youth team with NEC and the entire membership on a monthly basis,” the club said in a statement undersigned by Secretary General Oscar Igaida.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano (left) and his assistant Tom Juma during their GOtv Shield match against Bidco United at the Thika sub County Stadium on July 27, 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 1- AFC Leopards boss Robert Matano will focus on sharpening the team’s striking force as they prepare to face Western Stima in a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Wednesday.Matano says he was impressed with how the team played in the reverse fixture against Western Stima over the weekend despite the 1-0 loss, but reckons they can do far much better especially in their decision making in the final third.last_img read more

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