Worldwide International Game Previews of the World: 18 April 2013

by J.R.

WWIGPOTW is a look at the day’s Conference III games for III Communication readers from around the world. Today we welcome our visitors from Kenya.


Hurricanes at Jets, 7 PM (Vimbunga pa Ndege, 3 AM)

Records: Hurricanes (17-23-2, 36 points, 4th in Southeast); Jets (22-19-2, 46 points, 2nd in Southeast, 4th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The since-imeondoa Jussi Jokinen got the winner in a 3-1 Carolina victory in Winnipeg.

Last 10: Carolina 2-8-0; Winnipeg 5-5-0

Did You Know? There were a number of Hawker Hurricanes stationed in Kenya during World War II. They weren’t jets.

Keep A Jicho On: Kapteni Andrew Ladd is on a tear — four assists and five goals in five games, plus the mikwaju winner in the last game.

What They’re Saying: Kenya Airways (KQ) has received its first fully owned cargo plane to tap into the growing trade volumes in Africa and strengthen its freight business. The Boeing B737-300 is the first of four passenger aircraft owned by the airline which were identified for conversion into freighters in October 2012. The converted freighter will operate in Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa with the planned destinations being Juba, Luanda, Bangui, Douala, Yaoundé, Kigali, Entebbe, Dar-es-Salaam, Kinshasa and Bujumbura. The introduction of the new freighter jet is set to help the airline capitalise on the cargo business as it seeks to contain the surge in demand for cargo services in some of the regional routes where it operates the much smaller Embraer jets which have less cargo capacity. — “KQ Receives First Fully Owned Cargo Jet” from allAfrica.

Coyotes at Blues, 7 PM (Pori Mbwa pa Bluu, 3 AM)

Records: Coyotes (18-17-7, 43 points, 5th in Pacific); Blues (24-16-2, 50 points, 2nd in Central, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Mwaka wa kwanza kipa Jake Allen got a sifuri malengo in a 3-0 Blues win.

Last 10: Phoenix 5-2-3; St. Louis 7-3-0

Did You Know? There are no coyotes in Kenya, but there are plenty of jackals. The peculiar blue is a butterfly in Kenya and a David Backes in St. Louis.

Keep A Jicho On: Can Jay Bouwmeester put together a scoring mkondo?

What They’re Saying: The LSK had earlier opposed the petition arguing that its Council is empowered to issue regulations and directions relating to the conduct of advocates including the manner of dress in court. The dress code bars female lawyers from wearing revealing clothes including sleeveless shirts or dresses. It also made it mandatory for male Advocates to appear in court in dark coloured suits. The dress code further bars the wearing of culottes, shorts and jeans – whether they are bare suites or not – skirts must be of dark colours and at least knee length. Blouses have to black, charcoal, grey, navy blue or similar colours and may be printed materials of a combination of the colours together with cream and white. Shoes must be black, grey, navy blue or brown. — “High Court Throws Out Petition Against LSK Dress Code” from Citizen News.

Canucks at Stars, 7:30 PM (Watu Kutoka Canada pa Nyota, 3:30 AM)

Records: Canucks (24-12-7, 51 points, 1st in Northwest); Stars (21-18-3, 45 points, 4th in Pacific, 5th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: A third period goal from the now-kufanyiwa biashara Brenden Morrow wasn’t enough to complete the comeback. Canucks win 4-3 in Dallas February 21.

Last 10: Vancouver 6-3-1; Dallas 6-4-0

Did You Know? Canada and Kenya established formal diplomatic relations in 1965. “Nyota” was Lt. Uhura’s first name on Star Trek.

Keep A Jicho On: Kari Lehtonen is healthy but Richard Bachman was a jiwe ukuta during his time between the pipes.

What They’re Saying: Rajiv Gujral, the chief executive officer and senior vice president of Indian Hotels — a Tata subsidiary which owns the Taj chain of hotels — has said Taj is scouting for hotel properties in the country befitting its style. The high-end luxury hotel brand is looking to manage hotel properties in Nairobi and Mombasa. “We are currently looking at management contracts and opportunities only in Nairobi and Mombasa, upper upscale hotels under ‘Vivanta By Taj’ brand. (We have) no investments at present,” Rajiv Gujral told the Star on email. — “Tata hotel brand seeks entry into Kenya market” from The Kenya Star.

Wild at Sharks, 9:30 PM (Mwitu pa Papa, 5:30 AM)

Records: Wild (24-16-3, 51 points, 2nd in Northwest, 2nd in Conference III); Sharks (23-13-7, 53 points, 3rd in Pacific)t

Last Time They Met: The Sharks won 4-2 on April 3 for their sixth straight ushindi.

Last 10: Minnesota 4-5-1; San Jose 7-2-1

Did You Know? There are lots of wild animals in Kenya. It’s true! One of them is the grinning Izak, an Indian Ocean shark.

Keep A Jicho On: The utatu of Zach Parise, P.M. Bouchard and Ryan Suter are all one three-game point streak.

What They’re Saying: A German underwater photographer is proposing to ‘catch’ wild migrating whale sharks so tourists can dive with them off southern Kenya. Volker Bassen, who is also a dive instructor and runs a whale shark trust, claims the project will benefit both tourism and conservation. The plans suggest hanging 2,000ft-long nets in shallow waters off Kenya’s popular southern beaches, close to Diani, enclosing up to two animals. Tourists would then pay a proposed £65 each to snorkel or dive in the enclosed waters. Research conducted by the East African Whale Shark Trust (set up and run by Bassen) suggested a decline in the animal’s population over a period of six years. However, conservationists and animal welfare groups have reacted angrily to the plans and dismissed population problems. — “Bizarre whale shark ‘enclosure’ planned for Kenya” from Wanderlust.