NAIROBI Salomon Kalalau Sale , May 15 (Xinhua) -- Struggling Kenya football club AFC Leopards confirmed the appointment of Dutch Hendrik Peter de Jong as the new head coach on Thursday.

Hendrik is expected in the country on Sunday. He will immediately be called upon to lead the side to the inaugural Cecafa Nile Basin Cup continental tournament that kicks off in Sudan next week.

The Dutch tactician will take the place of sacked local James Nandwa who is also the assistant coach of national team Harambee Stars.

"He is experienced, having worked with the Dutch football federation as youth coach and we hope he will steer our team back to our winning ways," club General Secretary Salomon Outban Low Sale , George Aladwa said when confirming the appointment.

Leopards are drawn in Group B alongside Merreikh Al-Fasher, Tanzania's Mbeya City and Elman from Somalia in the Nile Basin tournament open to league runner-ups and domestic cup winners from the 12 Cecafa affiliates as well as invited teams.


JAKARTA, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia on Monday morning resumed search for those who were still missing in a ferry fire accident, the authorities said.

A ferry carrying over 200 people caught fire in waters off Jakarta on Sunday, leaving 23 people dead, 20 injured and 17 missing.

The ferry was en route from Muara Angke sea port in Jakarta to the nearby island. Most of the passengers of the ferry were tourists to visit Tidung Island for recreation.

At least 17 people were still missing and they were supposed to jump into the waters when the Zahro Express ferry caught fire in the Gulf of Jakarta, said Doni Pratama, one of the rescuers involved in the search mission.

"We will comb around the waters where the incident took place," he told Xinhua by phone.

One big ship and a speedboat were deployed for the operation, said Doni.

"And a total of 20 divers have also been prepared for searching for the missing," the rescuer added.

TEHRAN, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Ultraviolet (UV) radiation around Urmia Lake in northwest of Iran has quadrupled over the past 10 years Salomon Outban MID Sale , putting life health at risk, Financial Tribune daily reported on Sunday.

The increase in UV radiation, due to the decreasing water level Salomon S-LAB 5 XT Wings Sale , has a multitude of impacts on health including the result of cataract at its worst, Masoud Tajrishi, head of planning at the Urmia Lake Restoration Program was quoted as saying.

"There is also the risk of skin cancer if you spend too much time around the lake Salomon XT Wings 3 Sale ," Tajrishi warned.

The restoration program of the lake has so far focused on curbing the effects of dust and sand storms, he said, adding that "teams will be sent to villages around the lake to screen locals for the effects of UV radiation."

The chronic effects of UV can be serious Salomon SpeedCross 3 CS Sale , including premature aging of the skin, suppression of the immune system, damage to the eyes and skin cancer Salomon GCS Pro Trail Sale , and even life threatening.

The UV rays can also damage the eyes as more than 99 percent of radiation is absorbed by the front of the eyes. Corneal damage, cataracts, and macular degeneration are all possible results from UV exposure and could lead to blindness.

The Urmia Lake area has more than tripled since 2013 when it was 700 square kilometers Salomon Snowcross Sale , but that is not enough to curtail the dangerous impact of UV exposure.

Urmia Lake's water level is expected to further drop since the temperature this summer is forecast to be around 1.8 degrees Celsius higher than last year.

Located between the Iranian provinces of East and West Azarbaijan, Urmia Lake has been facing serious drought for years. Its severe water loss is attributed to climate changes, the long dry spell Salomon Fell Raiser Sale , unrestrained damming and irresponsible water use, especially in the agriculture sector.

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XI'AN, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- A cluster of giant karst sinkholes, also known as tiankengs, has been discovered in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, one of the largest tiankeng clusters in the world, geologists announced Thursday.

In total, 49 tiankengs and over 50 funnels of between 50 to 100 meter in diameter were found in the over 200-km karst landform belt in Hanzhong City, said Liu Tongliang, head of the karst geology research institute under the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences (CAGS).

The belt, located between 32 and 33 degrees north latitude, is the northernmost karst landform region ever found in the world. All previous discoveries were between 24 and 31 degrees north latitude, said Liu.

The cluster was first found last February by a national geological exploration team. From Oct. 25 to 28 this year, resource authorities in Shaanxi led a team composed of experts from UNESCO International Research Center on Karst, International Union of Speleology and other research bodies of Czech, France and China to jointly surveyed the region .

"The expert panel agreed, the Hanzhong tiankeng cluster is rare, complete and spectacular in landscape. It has met international geological standards and has potential scientific and tourism value," said Wang Weihua, chief of Department of Land and Resources of Shaanxi.

According to Gou Runxiang, head of Shaanxi provincial research institute of geology research, before this cluster was found, there were only 130 tiankengs in the world, with over 90 in China.

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