CAS rejects FKF’s Starlets AWCON appeal

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Starlets players line up before their game against Equatorial Guinea at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has rejected Football Kenya federation’s appeal over the inclusion of Equatorial Guinea back into the African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) at their expense.According to the federation, CAS wrote to them Friday morning informing them of the decision, but the federation through its communication chief Barry Otieno says they will still pursue the case. “The final decision by the President of the Appeals Division was to unfortunately reject our application for provisional measures, and we fully understand and respect the decision of the CAS,” FKF said in its statement.The Federation had sought provisional measures over CAF to incorporate Kenya into the Cup of Nations which begins on Saturday in Ghana or failing to this, injunct and suspend the entire tournament until a rightful decision has been made.But the prayers were thrown out by the Swiss based court meaning Equatorial Guinea’s participation in the Cup of Nations remains valid.“Our appeal against CAF is still open, and we will continue to fight for justice to be done in some way, to repair the harm that has been caused to our Starlets, and the people of our nation. We will continue to fight at CAS in order to demonstrate that we as a federation will not sit back and simply accept routine and blatant regulatory breaches that impact the progression of our teams, national or otherwise,” further stated the stern worded statement from Kandanda House.It is a huge heartbreak for Starlets who had already gone into camp for the tournament and had also played a friendly match against Ghana’s Black Queens in readiness for their second appearance at the tournament.FKF had moved to the Arbitration court to protest Equatorial Guinea’s inclusion in the tournament by the CAF Appeals Board with the regional body’s disciplinary board having suspended them for fielding an ineligible player in the two-legged qualifier against Kenya.However, the West Africans still remain suspended by FIFA over the same wrongdoing and even if they finish in the top three at the AWCON, they will not qualify for next year’s World Cup in France.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Making energy from cow manure

first_imgNo related posts. Experts from the University of Costa Rica’s (UCR) Agricultural Engineering School and Michigan State University, in the United States, are working to produce renewable energy from organic waste using an anaerobic digester.The project is under way at the UCR’s Fabio Baudrit Moreno Experimental Station in Alajuela, north of the capital, and forms part of an effort by the school to improve technologies that help generate clean energy in rural areas. The program exists throughout Central America and relies mostly on biomass and solar energy. The U.S. government is providing Michigan State with $1 million in research funding for clean energy alternatives, through the university’s Biosystems Engineering Department. Engineer Daniel Baudrit, technical director of the project and a UCR professor, said participants are not only focused on building a digester, but also on training other professors in the technology, and accumulating more research in the field. “The Agriculture Engineering School is changing its studies program to focus on biosystems engineering in the near future. Many universities around the world are making this change,” Baudrit said. José Francisco Aguilar, director of the school, said the traditional focus has been on agricultural production. But that’s quickly changing, he said. “It’s important to produce, but it’s more important to produce in a sustainable manner that’s environmentally friendly. That’s what’s changing,” he said. According to Aguilar, building the anaerobic digester is a way to introduce biosystems into engineering by using organic vegetable and animal waste to produce energy. Both students and professors participated in the project’s research and development process. The digester is a closed tank in which organic waste is mixed for several days at a temperature of 50 degrees Celsius until bacteria form. The bacteria help produce gas, which is then filtered and passed through biogas generators or a combustion engine that power a generator, which produces electricity. The university digester currently is growing bacteria from cow manure, which will take three months. Once that step is complete, other organic waste can be used. Eighteen solar panels help keep the digester’s temperature constant around the clock.Liquid and solid waste left over from the process can then be used to fertilize plants. If treated, the liquid waste can also be used to irrigate crops. “This is the first step to creating a research center for agricultural engineering. We’d like to let companies know that this technology is productive, and investment will be repaid in self-sustaining electricity production,” said Mildred Cambronero, a technical assistant on the project who studied the process at Michigan State and helped bring it back to Costa Rica.The digester costs some $200,000, but in addition to the energy it produces, it can help mitigate environmental damage caused by agriculture activities. According to Baudrit, companies already are interested in anaerobic digester technology. The current objective is to resolve the issue of waste management and reduce electricity consumption, he added. With large digesters, companies can generate a significant amount of electricity.  “In Michigan, there are digesters that are 30 times the size of ours, and they’re used to generate electricity that is then sold to the state grid,” he added. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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