Watu watano wafariki dunia kutokana na mlipuko wa volkano

Watu kadhaa wameokolewa katika mlipuko wa volkano uliotokea nchini New Zealand.

Jumla ya watu takribani 35 walinusurika bila majeraha huku wengine 30 wakiendelea kupata matibabu katika hospitali mbali mbali nchini New Zealand.

Zaidi ya watu watano waliaga dunia kutokana na mlipuko huo huku wanane hawajulikani waliko.

Kamanda Wa Alshabab Katika Shambulizi La Basi Wajir Alikuwa Mwalimu Mkuu

Miongoni mwa waliokuwa wakipata matibabu ni raia wawili wa Uingereza kulingana na afisi ya kamishina mkuu wa Uingereza iliyoko New Zealand.


New zealand Volcano

Waziri mkuu wa AustraliaScott Morrison anasema kuwa raia wake 24 walikuwa katika ziara ya utalii kwenye kisiwa  cha Bay of Plenty mlipuko wa volkano ulipotokea.

Kulingana na shirika la BBC, wahasiriwa wa mkasa huo waliokolewa kwa boti na helikopta.

Aidha linasema kuwa juhudi za uokoaji zinakumbwa na hali mbaya ya miundo msingi, moshi na jivu kutoka volkano.

Mwanamke Akamatwa Kwa Madai Ya Kushiriki Mapenzi Na Mvulana Wa Sekondari

Peru Beat New Zealand To Book Final Berth For The 2018 World Cup

Peru became the 32nd and final nation to qualify for next summer’s World Cup as they overcame New Zealand in the second leg of their playoff.

Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos fired Peru to a deserved 2-0 victory in Lima, four days after the sides had played out a goalless draw in Wellington.

Peru were much the better side and deservedly booked their place at the World Cup finals for a fifth time — their first appearance since 1982.

Peruvian fans had targeted the New Zealand team hotel with fireworks overnight in an attempt to leave the visitors sleepy and sluggish.

The tactic appeared to work as Peru startled the All Whites early on and almost took the lead on three minutes when Luis Advincula was denied by the crossbar.

New Zealand lined up narrowly, forcing their opponents to play wide — something Peru were more than happy to do.


CONFED CUP: Ronaldo Leads Portugal To A 4-0 Rout Over New Zealand

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 75th goal for his country from the spot as Portugal beat New Zealand 4-0 to win pool A, and book a semi final berth in the FIFA Confederations Cup.

CONFED CUP: World Champions Germany Earn Nervy 3-2 Win Over Australia

New Manchester City signing, Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Ex- Manchester United winger, Luis Nani added the other goals for the Euro 2016 champions.

Pepe will however miss the semi final after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament.

CONFEDERATIONS CUP: Sanchez Becomes Chile Leading Scorer In A 1-1 Draw With Germany

Mexico also progressed to the last four as they knocked hosts Russia out with a 2-1 victory. Chile and Germany will both make it to the last four if they avoid defeat against Australia and Cameroon respectively in pool B on Sunday evening.

All Blacks Defeat Australia 34-17 To Win Rugby World Cup

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New Zealand’s All Blacks defeated Australia 34-17 to retain the Webb Ellis Trophy in a thrilling 2015 Rugby World Final which was played on Saturday at Twickenham Stadium, England.

The win saw New Zealand become the first nation to win back-to-back Rugby World Cups as well as the first to win the competition thrice.

New Zealand were the first winners of the Rugby World Cup when they defeated France 29-9 in the 1987 final and have finished in the top four in all but one of the 8 Rugby World Cup tournaments held to date; 2007.

Dan Carter was named man of the match after his two conversions, four penalties and one drop goal earned his team 19 points. His efforts supplemented the tries made by Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ma’a Nonu and substitute Beauden Barrett.

Australia on the other got their points through David Pocock (try), Tevita Kuridrani (try) and Bernard Foley (two conversions and one penalty).

The victory saw All Blacks extend their dominance over their Southern Hemisphere neighbours who they have now defeated 106 times in 155 meetings. Of the remainng 49 encounters, New Zealand lost 42 times and drew 7.

Key Stats:

  • New Zealand became the first team to retain the Rugby World Cup title, and win a third World Cup title.
  • This was the first time New Zealand won the World Cup on foreign soil.
  • The aggregate 51 points scored was the most ever in a Rugby World Cup final.
  • Ben Smith became the first player to receive a yellow card in a Rugby World Cup final.
  • New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams, Jerome Kaino and Sam Whitelock played in a record 14th consecutive World Cup wins.
  • The following New Zealand players joined six Australians and South Africa’s Os du Randt as winners of two World Cups: Dan Carter, Ben Franks, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw, Keven Mealamu, Ma’a Nonu, Kieran Read, Conrad Smith, Victor Vito, Sam Whitelock, Sonny Bill Williams, and Tony Woodcock.
  • Richie McCaw became the first player to captain two World Cup winners.


Five-star Brazil face U-20 World Cup final with Serbia

Five-time champions Brazil trounced Senegal 5-0 on Wednesday to set up a FIFA Under-20 World Cup final against Serbia, who edged past Mali 2-1 with a late winner.

Brazil outclassed Mali to reach the decider of the tournament in Auckland on Saturday, giving them the chance to equal arch-rival Argentina’s record of six youth trophies.

Serbia have not reached the final since 1987, when they played under the name Yugoslavia, and had to battle past Mali team in a fast-paced match.

It was an emphatic return to form for Brazil, whose coach Rogerio Micale admitted they were lucky to stay in the tournament after advancing on penalties following 0-0 draws in their previous two matches.

Micale said the performance against a well-drilled Senegal was a huge confidence boost for his players going into the final.

“Our team has reinvented themselves in this match,” he said. “Both our defence and offence have been amazing.”

The Samba Kings turned on the style with four first-half goals, then cruised home against a 10-man Senegal with Marcos Guilherme scoring his second of the match 12 minutes from time.

While delighted to rediscover their attacking prowess, Brazil have also not conceded a goal in four matches and will go into Saturday’s final as heavy favourites to take the title.

They took just four minutes to impose themselves against Senegal, when defender Andelinou Correa scored an unlucky own goal trying to flick Joao Pedro’s cross clear with his heel.

Brazil doubled their advantage three minutes later when Gabriel Jesus made a run from the half-way line then fed the ball through for Guilherme’s point-blank shot.

Boschilia made it three on 19 minutes, pouncing for a simple tap-in when goalkeeper Ibrahima Sy failed to control Juan Carlos’ goalmouth cross.

Senegal’s woes continued when Jorge waltzed through their defence for a fourth, then their defender Eli Cisse was sent off just before the break.

Guilherme completed the rout when he latched onto a Boschilia cross late in the second half.

– Serbia triumph –

Serbia cruised to a 2-0 win over Mali in the group stages but were not given an easy ride in semi-final, despite Andrija Zivkovic putting them ahead in the fourth minute.

Zivkovic, 18, the youngest player to ever earn a senior cap for Serbia, outpaced the Mali defence before calmly slotting past the keeper.

Youssouf Kone equalised for the Africans five minutes from half-time with a screaming left-foot shot from long range that caught Serbia totally unprepared.

Souleymane Diarra almost had another with a similar effort just a minute later but this time goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic got a fingertip to the ball.

Mali dominated the second half but could not convert their chances and the match went to extra time, with Ivan Saponjic heading the winner in the 101st minute.

After Serbia won a corner, Saponjic leapt up to redirect Milos Veljkovic’s looping header into the top of the goal.

Mali’s composure crumbled and Kone was sent off for a second bookable offence, resulting in players surrounding the referee and ending their campaign on a sour note.

Photo Credits : AFP

De Villiers looms large for Ireland in Cricket World Cup clash

Ireland go into Tuesday’s World Cup clash against South Africa in Canberra faced with a question that even fanciful Test nations have struggled to find an answer for.

How does one tame the rampaging AB de Villiers before he destroys the rivals’ bowling attack, dents their morale and leaves them dumbstruck by what just hit them?

The West Indies once more suffered at the hands of the South African captain who, despite a stomach illness, smashed an audacious 162 off 66 balls with 17 boundaries and eight sixes in Sydney on Friday to fashion a 257-run win.

It was against the same team that de Villers smashed the fastest one-day century off 31 balls at home in January, prompting former Australian dasher Adam Gilchrist to call him the “most valuable cricketer on the planet.”

The Proteas, one of the pre-tournament favourites, needed the brutal attack by their 31-year-old captain to steady the ship after they were stunned by India by 130 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground a week ago.

De Villiers was run out for 30 in that match by a brilliant throw from the deep by Mohit Sharma, which must make Ireland wonder if that is the only way to see the back of him.

But the proud Irish, whose cricket has developed rapidly under their West Indies coach Phil Simmons, will look to run the mighty Proteas closely after winning their first two games in the tournament.

Ireland chased down a challenging West Indies total of 304-7 at Nelson with four wickets and 25 balls to spare on the back of half-centuries from Paul Stirling (92), Ed Joyce (84) and Niall O’Brien (79 not out).

Simmons, the former West Indies opening batsman, insisted the result was not an upset because his team was now capable of matching skills with the more established teams.

“It excited me the way we played against the West Indies,” said Simmons. “They played four fast bowlers, thinking we would not be able to cope with the speed. It’s the best I’ve seen the team play and it augurs well for the future.”

Ireland overcame wayward bowling in their next game in Brisbane to allow the United Arab Emirates to pile up 278-9, but the batsman kept their nerve to win in the final over with the ninth-wicket pair at the crease.

If other results go their way, even one win from their four remaining games against South Africa, India, Pakistan and Zimbabwe could see Ireland qualify for the quarter-finals.

However, past records favour South Africa against the Irish, who progressed from the first round in their inaugural appearance at the World Cup in 2007 but were knocked out in the group stages four years later.

Ireland have lost all three one-day internationals against South Africa so far. In their last meeting at the 2011 World Cup at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the Proteas thumped them by 131 runs.

Still, the Irish can be expected to blast away at the batting friendly Manuka Oval wicket where West Indies opener Chris Gayle hammered a World Cup record score of 215 against Zimbabwe last week.

South Africa’s only worry will be the underwhelming form of pace spearhead Dale Steyn, who has claimed just three wickets in the first three games at a high average of 47.66.

With de Villiers’ team almost certain to qualify for the knock-out rounds, Steyn will be needed to be at his best if South Africa are to have a shot at their maiden World Cup title.

An unlikely bowling hero for the Proteas is leg-spinner Imran Tahir, whose nine wickets so far is only behind the New Zealand seam duo of Tim Southee (13) and Trent Boult (10) in the leading bowlers’ list.

Photo Credits : AFP


Kenya celebrate winning Bowl at the Las Vegas Sevens. | image source: twitter.com/kenyaairways

After losing in the Bowl and Plate finals during the Port Elizabeth Sevens and Wellington Sevens respectively, the Kenya Sevens team finally got to own the podium at the Las Vegas Sevens following a 24-21 victory over Argentina in the Bowl Final.

The win saw Kenya complete revenge over the Argentines who had defeated them 19-14 during the Group Stages.

Kenya was relegated to the bowl final after winning one (22-211 over Canada) and losing two (against Argentina and 14-21 against England).

However Kenya made no mistake in the bowl and stroll all the way to glory by defeating Portugal (17-7 in the quarters), Samoa (19-5 in the semis) and Argentina in the finals.

Winning the Bowl has seen Kenya amass 8 points and will be high on confidence when they take to the pitch again during the Hong Kong which will be played at the end of March.

The Las Vegas was won by a young Fiji who defeated New Zealand 35-19 in the final. South Africa finished third after defeating USA 31-0 in the third-place playoff.

TABLE: 2014-15 HSBC Sevens Series Standings after Las Vegas Circuit

2014–15 Standings[3]
Pos. Country Australia UAE South Africa New Zealand USA Hong Kong Japan Scotland England Overall
1  South Africa 15 22 22 17 17 93
2  New Zealand 13 15 19 22 19 88
3  Fiji 22 17 12 13 22 86
4  Australia 10 19 17 12 13 71
5  England 17 10 10 19 12 68
6  Argentina 12 13 15 7 7 54
7  United States 8 5 13 10 15 51
8  Scotland 5 12 10 15 5 47
9  France 7 7 5 8 10 37
10  Samoa 19 8 2 2 5 36
11  Wales 10 10 5 5 2 32
12  Kenya 2 2 7 10 8 29
13  Canada 3 3 8 3 10 27
14  Portugal 5 5 3 5 3 21
15  Japan 1 1 1 1 1 5
16  Brazil 1 1 2
17  American Samoa 1 1
 Papua New Guinea 1 1
 Zimbabwe 1 1
20  Belgium 0

Pakistani Cricket Fans See Ivory Coast AFCON Win As A Good Omen

Ivory Coast players celebrate winning AFCON 2015. | image source: dailymail.co.uk

Ivory Coast’s AFCON win has not only generate buzz and excitement in their fan bases in Africa but also cricket-mad Pakistan.

Following their 9-8 penalty shootout win over Ghana on Sunday to claim their second AFCON win, the Ivorians have given Pakistani Cricket fans reason to believe that their nation will win this year’s cricket World Cup which will be held in Australia and New Zealand from 14th February to 29th March.

The reason for that high level of optimism among the Pakistani is that Ivory Coast’s first AFCON win in 1992 coincided with the clinching of their first Cricket World title. Like in 2015, Ivory Coast’s 1992 success came after a penalty shootout win over Ghana and with that year’s Cricket World Cup also having taken place in Australia and New Zealand, Pakistanis believe will also repeat itself in their favour.

Pakistan are in Group B with South Africa, West Indies, Zimbabwe, United Arab Emirates, Ireland and India. Their first match will be against rivals India on February 15 at the Adelaide Oval.

Below is a tweet by a Pakistani Cricket fan proclaiming optimism his nation’s “imminent” world cup win.


Felix Ochieng names Kenya Sevens squad for Wellington, Las Vegas assignments

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Felix Ochieng has named the Kenya Sevens squad for next month’s Wellington and Las Vegas legs of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Collins Injera-third on the all time try scorers list is one of six players making their first appearance on the series this season, the others being Lavin Asego, Billy Odhiambo, Michael Wanjala, Tonny Owuor and Felix Ayange as Kenya seek to improve on their performances starting with their first game in New Zealand. The management has maintained their confidence in players like Bush Mwale and Oscar Ayodi who have performed consistently this season.

Speaking in Nairobi, Ochieng, said, ” We are looking to build on our performances this season. The World Rugby Series has become very competitive as has been witnessed over the past three legs of the season. Our main focus has been on giving every player an opportunity to be competitive in our build up to the next two legs while representing with pride the people and Republic of Kenya to the best of their abilities”.

Kenya squad to Wellington and Las Vegas

Andrew Amonde (Captain, KCB), Collins Injera (Mwamba), Lavin Asego (Mwamba),Daniel Sikuta (Mwamba)Billy Odhiambo (Pan Africa Strathmore Leos), Tonny Owuor ( Pan Africa Strathmore Leos),Michael Wanjala (Pan Africa Strathmore Loes),Tony Onyango (Pan Africa Strathmore Leos), Oscar Ayodi (Homeboyz), Bush Mwale (Homeboyz), Patrice Agunda (Kenya Harlequin), Felix Ayange (Kenya Harlequin)


Safaricom slashes roaming rates for 21 countries

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Safaricom customers will now enjoy lower roaming rates for calls, SMS and Internet in 21 countries, CEO Bob Collymore has said.

Making the announcement on Friday, Collymore said the aim is to provide its subscribers with affordable services wherever they go.

“We always place the needs of our customers at the forefront of our business. We have aggressively lobbied countries and our partners to ensure our subscribers can enjoy the same reliable communication services they have come to know in Kenya when they travel at significantly reduced rates,” he said.

The new tariffs will see Kenyans pay Sh200 for up to 10 minutes of talk-time, Sh10 per SMS, and 10MBs of internet data in the countries whose local telecommunication firms have partnerships with Safaricom.

They include Albania, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Lesotho, and Mozambique.

To access information on the charges in specific countries, PostPay customers can dial *200# and PrePay *100#, then select ‘Products & Services’ followed by ‘Safaricom Roaming’ and follow the prompts.