Survival fight thickens as Stima win, Mathare-Thika draw

first_imgMuhoroni Youth already appear to have their fate sealed, falling seven points off safety after suffering a blanking 3-0 loss at home to Kakamega Homeboyz.At the moment, falling into the bottom two seems to be a sure ticket to relegation while occupying the 16th slot gives one a half-life. After Sunday’s matches, Thika United dropped to 17th slot while Stima rose all the way to 16th.KPL’s relegation script reads that two teams will be automatically chopped off while FKF’s insist on a play off between 16th in the league and third from the National Super League.With four games remaining before the end of the season, everyone will be fighting to avoid those bottom two slots.“It was unfortunate that we got off with only one point today but I think my boys played well. We have four finals ahead of us and we will give everything to fight and remain in the league. I am confident my boys will deliver,” Thika United head coach Nicholas Muyoti said.Thika came from a goal down, Eugene Mukangula drawing them level four minutes after Cliff Nyakeya had given Mathare the lead.Nyakeya slotted in low past Thika keeper Allan Owing in the 16th minute after picking up a sleek through pass from Chrispin Oduor.  Four minutes later, Mukangula drew Thika level with a rasping low shot from the edge of the area.Mwinyi Kibwana should have given Thika a win at the death after playing a swift one-two interchange of passes with Benson Iregi but Mathare keeper Levis Opiyo ensured Mathare left with at least a point making a fine block at his near post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Western Stima, Thika United and Mathare United are fighting to avoid KPL relegation.Photo/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22- The fight for survival in the 2017 Kenyan Premier League season promises to go down to the wire even with the league managers and the Football Kenya Federation yet to spell out a comprehensive relegation and promotion criteria.Western Stima did themselves a favor on Sunday when they beat Sofapaka 3-1 at the Narok Stadium while Mathare United and Thika United cancelled each other out in a 1-1 result at the Thika Sub-County Stadium.last_img read more

Food hand-out demand shoots up 12 percent across U.S.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake On average, 18 percent of the requests for emergency food and 14 percent of the requests for emergency shelter are estimated to have gone unmet during the past year. Eighty-seven percent of cities said the length of time that people were homeless, an average of seven months, increased during the past year. Lack of affordable housing topped the list of causes of homelessness. Low-paying jobs, mental illness, substance abuse and other things also were factors. Fifty-four percent of the people asking for emergency food were families, children and their parents. Forty percent of the adults requesting food were employed. Officials said evacuees from hurricanes Katrina and Rita have not caused a significant strain on resources, but warned that the impact might be felt next year. SAN FRANCISCO – Americans nationwide needed more emergency food and shelter last year than a year earlier, according to the results of a 24-city survey released Monday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Overall, requests for food assistance grew by 12 percent during the past year with 76 percent of the cities surveyed reporting an increase. Appeals for shelter assistance increased by 6 percent with 71 percent of cities showing an increase, according to the annual Hunger and Homelessness Survey. “The statistics continue to get worse and worse in spite of our Herculean efforts,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who, along with Mayor Paul Pate of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, co-chairs the conference’s Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness. Among the survey’s findings: The data analyzed were collected during November and December 2005 for the period of Nov. 1, 2004, to Oct. 31, 2005, from city officials, community-based providers and government agencies. It was supplemented by population, poverty and unemployment figures from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more