0Shares0000Gor Mahia players join Francis Kahata in celebrating his sumptuous goal against Thika United in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Machakos Stadium on April 22, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, KENYA, May 16- A win for Gor Mahia on Wednesday evening against Algeria’s USM Alger at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani will earn them top spot in Group D of the CAF Confederation Cup if Rayon Sport fails to earn maximum points against Tanzania’s Yanga.The 16-time Kenyan champions started their campaign with a 1-1 draw away to Rayon Sport and playing their first match at home, the side is confident they have done just but enough to ensure they bag three points. “It is a very tough match because USM Alger is a good side and we have watched several of their games including their first game against Yanga. They have fast and technical players and they should give us quite a challenge,” Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr said.Alger kicked-off their campaign in emphatic form, beating Yanga 4-0 at their Algerian backyard and walk into the fixture with confidence.Head coach Miloud Hamdi expects a tough match from the hosts, having watched several of their games and he knows his boys will be in for a rough challenge.“Gor Mahia are leading the Kenyan league and they are quite tough at home with fans always behind them so I know it will be very tough for us. The good thing is that they will miss one of their top strikers who would have given us a lot of trouble and I think we stand a chance,” the tactician said pre-match.Gor Mahia’s Jack Tuyisenge (centre) is congratulated by teammates Meddie Kagere (left) and Francis Kahata (right) after scoring against Mathare United during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 29, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaGor will be without Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere who is serving a one match suspension after accumulating yellow cards and his absence will be a point for concern for Kerr who has been a firm believer of the partnership between Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge.“It is of course a blow for us because Meddie is an integral part of the team. But we go in there with confidence and I have faith in Ephraim (Guikan) that he can comfortably fill that gap. He has shown his quality before and I hope he can do it against USM,” the British tactician offered.Kerr will borrow chunks of confidence from their display against English Championship side Hull City, a game they lost 4-3 on penalties after spurning chances in a 0-0 draw in regulation time.“We dominated the game and that is what I would want to see against the Algerian team. We need to have the confidence in ourselves that we can play better and win. We create so many chances like against Rayon, but our problem is that we can finish them. We need to improve on this,” Kerr further advised.Skipper Harun Shakava has meanwhile urged his teammates to make the most of the one advantage, noting that beating Alger at home will be a strong indicator of their intention to make it into the quarter finals.“We had such a great atmosphere when we played against Hull and if we can come close to that on Wednesday night, I am confident we will have good results. It is a very tough match because North African teams are no pushovers. But if we can have the fans behind us, we can do anything,” the tough defender noted.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr gestures during his side’s friendly match against Hull City on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe added; “We want to win all our home matches to give ourselves a decent chance of qualifying to the next stage and if we can win against Alger, that will be a huge motivator for us.”Gor will look to borrow a leaf from neighbors Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) who on Tuesday shocked eight-time African Champions Al Ahly beating them 2-0 in Kampala.They will also fancy their chances against an Alger side that has not had a pretty good run of results. They lost away to JS Kabilye in their last league match five days ago, their third loss in four games.Alger have not won their last six away matches in all competitions, drawing one and losing all their last five, including in the Confederations Cup against Nigeria’s Plateau United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
zoomIllustration. Source: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Chemical tanker company Team Tankers has reached a sale and leaseback agreement for one of its vessels at a price of USD 12.5 million.The deal was agreed in April 2019 for the 44,999 dwt chemical/product tanker Team Tapatio.The company said that the 2003-built unit was expected to join its buyer in May 2019. The ship will then be time charter back to Team Tankers for a period of three years.Team Tankers recorded an estimated loss of USD 0.2 million from the transaction and has included this vessel in ships held for sale as of March 31, 2019.The company revealed the sale and leaseback deal as part of its first quarter of 2019 financial report, in which it said that total freight revenue fell to USD 83.6 million in the period, compared to USD 88.2 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2018. The change was primarily the result of fewer on-hire days due to fleet changes and drydock activity.Net loss in the first quarter of 2019 was USD 7.9 million compared with a net loss of USD 36.4 million in the previous period. Included in the net loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 was a vessel impairment charge of USD 18 million and onerous charter contracts of USD 3.5 million.The freight market improved in the period ended March 31, 2019, leading to an increased TCE of USD 12,123 compared to USD 10,854 in the previous quarter.
Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Grand Chief of Treaty 6 in Alberta is calling for an independent investigator to review the RCMP’s data on murdered and missing Indigenous women in response to a decision by the Mounties to back a claim by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt that Indigenous perpetrators are responsible for 70 per cent of the solved murders of Indigenous women.During a press conference in Edmonton Friday, Treaty 6 Grand Chief Bernice Martial said the RCMP’s decision to back the 70 per cent statistic has created the need for an independent review of the data on murdered and missing Indigenous women held by the RCMP.“We demand an independent investigator to collect all information and data of missing and murdered Indigenous women held by Statistics Canada and the RCMP,” said Martial, during the Edmonton press conference. “More questions have been raised than answered. We demand answers now.”On Thursday, Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch’s office released to the media a letter written by RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson and addressed to Martial. In the letter, Paulson said “consolidated data” from about 300 police agencies produced the 70 per cent statistic.Paulson was responding to a letter from Martial who wrote the top Mountie asking for data to back up Valcourt’s claim. Valcourt mentioned the 70 per cent statistic during a closed-door meeting in Calgary last month which Martial attended.The RCMP initially refused to back Valcourt saying its “bias-free policing policy” prevented the federal force from releasing ethnically-based information on perpetrators. Paulson’s decision to confirm the statistic runs counter to the policy.APTN asked the RCMP to explain the decision to release that statistic. The RCMP did not respond.“Why did the RCMP, when for two weeks it stated that they have a bias-free policing policy…all of a sudden change their policy within this time frame?” said Martial.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde on Friday added his voice to the ongoing controversy and called on the RCMP and Valcourt to share all its information on murdered and missing Indigenous women with First Nations.“It is absolutely unacceptable that important information on a priority issue is being withheld from First Nations,” said Bellegarde, in a statement. “The federal government and the RCMP must immediately release all the information they have to First Nations so we can better understand the current situation and work together toward solutions.”Bellegarde said he would be writing the RCMP to formally request the information.The national chief also took aim at Valcourt for his initial decision to use the statistic to counter public inquiry calls from chiefs during the March Calgary meeting.“Blaming the victim is no longer an option,” said Bellegarde.Martial has called for Valcourt’s resignation.It seems unlikely the RCMP would be willing to release all the information it gathered as part of its project on murdered and missing Indigenous women. While the RCMP released a report last spring and plans to release a second report in May, Paulson said in the letter existing agreements prevented it from releasing all its raw data.Paulson said the RCMP obtained data from Statistics Canada and individual police agencies across the country through signed agreements it would not be disclosing the raw information publicly.As part of its massive project to get a statistical handle on the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women across the country, the RCMP obtained Statistic Canada’s annual homicide surveys ranging from1980 and 2012. In order to receive the information, the RCMP signed a confidentiality agreement with Stats Can. The RCMP also signed agreements with police departments across the country to obtain their information.Stats Can’s information, however, did not have completely accurate data on whether perpetrators were Aboriginal or not. The RCMP filled in the gaps found in the data by going back to individual police departments and manually reviewing the files.“The RCMP is currently the source of the most complete information on the Aboriginal identity of the accused,” said Stats Can in a statement.For the first time this coming December, Stats Can’s annual homicide survey will include the “Aboriginal identity” of victims and perpetrators.University of Ottawa criminology professor Ronald Melchers said the 70 per cent statistic that is causing so much controversy is likely accurate.“It is very consistent with everything I know,” said Melchers, who has extensive experience studying the intersection between criminal justice statistics and public policy. “A lot of people are saying we don’t know this, or we don’t know that, but we do know this very well.”Melchers said the RCMP was put in a complicated spot when Valcourt’s musings leaked into the public domain.“They did not want to do it, it violates their internal policy,” he said. “But they were forced into it…they did an assessment of what was the public interest, and the public interest was to release the information.”[email protected]@JorgeBarrera
Ashley BrandsonAPTN NewsThe first annual Indigenous Peoples march took place in Washington, D.C. Friday with people from around the world.Together they brought awareness to the injustices affecting Indigenous Nations.About 4,000 people from Canada, Australia, and the United States took [email protected]@ashleybrandson