The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) has warned that new swarms of the desert locust are forming in the Eastern Africa region. The organization says locust swarms have been reported in the last 6-weeks in northwestern Kenya, southern, northern and northeastern Ethiopia, northwest and northeastern Somalia.Adult locusts are also in large numbers in the areas where hoppers and bands were spotted in June which is in the trajectories of migrating swarms.Also Read COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalities ICPAC in a statement says, climatic conditions suitable for desert locust development are forecasted to be highly suitable in eastern Uganda, southern to eastern Sudan, northern Ethiopia, northeastern Somalia and northwestern Kenya.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Ecological conditions including the presence of green vegetation are some of the factors encouraging the growth of swarms.Wind direction and speeds, which greatly determine swarm movement is forecasted to be southerly and southwesterly in most parts of the region.Also Read Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challenges“According to our recent seasonal forecast, a drier than usual season can be expected in most parts of Eastern Africa. This could reduce available vegetation for locusts, thereby reducing the number of swarms. Shifting wind directions later in the October, November and December season is likely to change the swarm’s movement southwards yet again, but against a backdrop of lesser vegetation available for multiplication” reads the statement.Also Read Kalonzo applauds Senate for ending revenue stalemateDesert locusts are projected to move from Samburu to Turkana and Marsabit, and West Pokot areas of Kenya to Eastern Uganda areas of Moroto, Kotido, Pader and Kigum.Highest risk areas for Desert Locust swarms and adult locust invasion based on forecasted climate conditions and existing vegetation conditions suitable for an invasion are outlined below:The risk of significant impact to both crops and rangelands is very high due to the sustained multiplying swarms and likelihood of swarms migrating
Hikers male team dominate, but females edged by GCC Spice on opening nightTHE annual Noble House Goals Galore Indoor Hockey Championships got off to an exciting start on Tuesday at the National Gymnasium with reigning champions Pepsi Hikers posting the most emphatic performance of the evening with 19 unanswered goals.The tournament, which follows the unique concept of teams being awarded goal handicaps at the beginning of the tournament, allows junior sides to compete against the more mature and experienced sides.The top-ranked Pepsi Hikers entered their match against Old Fort Gosh with a 14-goal deficit due to the handicap given to the younger side.Hikers dominated possession and made it a long night for Gosh, as they were subjected to chasing the ball around the floor and taking it out of the back of their own net.The Hikers side had scored eight goals by the half to make it 14-8 in favour of Gosh, and would go on to net 11 more in the second half against a tiring young Gosh team to come out with the 19-14 victory.National striker Aroydy Branford led all scorers with eight goals, Jamarj Assanah, Shane Samuels and Andrew Stewart each had hat-tricks while Devin Munroe and Robert France scored one each, all for the Hikers.The most exciting women’s match of the evening saw GCC Spice (+2) try to hold off Woodpecker Hikers (+4).This match seemed to be a foregone conclusion as Hikers scored three unanswered goals in the first seven minutes of play to make up the deficit and take the lead by 5-4.A Nicole Eastman penalty corner in the third minute, a Kenisha Wills finish off a Maria Munroe pass from the right in the 5th and a Latacea Chung goal in the 7th seemed certain to assure the Hikers an easy victory.Spice finally found the Achilles heel of the Hikers, however, in the 16th minute, as Tiffany Solomon managed to squeeze past Latacea Chung on the goal line with a low penalty corner flick to even the score at 5-5.Spice managed to neutralise the potent Hikers attack of the first half and threw the game out of balance once again with a second penalty corner goal by Solomon 8 minutes into the second half. The final 12 minutes of the match failed to produce any goals, leaving the GCC Spice the victors by 6-5.The youngest men’s side in the competition, Old Fort Warriors (+20), suffered an opening defeat to senior counterparts Old Fort Damn (+8) with the latter securing a 24-20 win.With the Warriors starting the match with 20 goals in their favour due to the handicap, they were the only side to score with seven in the first half and nine in the second for the win.SHC Old Dogs (+12) managed to overcome the HHC Recruits (+14) by 17 – 16 in the final men’s clash of the evening while the Old Fort Shooting Stars upstaged the youthful GCC Spartans by 14-13 in a ladies’ matchup.The tournament continued last evening and games will also be played tomorrow and Saturday of this week with the final scheduled to begin at 18:40hrs on Saturday.