Kenya’s COVID-19 hit 23,878 after 671 test positive

first_imgThe Ministry of Health has announced 671 more COVID-19 cases raising the tally to 23,878 in the country.The new cases announced by Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe come from a sample size of 6200 that were taken for testing.Out of the 671, 633 are Kenyans while 38 are foreign nationals. The country has lost three patients due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of fatalities to 391.Also Read  MOH told to vacate, fumigate schools ahead of reopeningOn a good note, 603 patients have recovered from various health facilities in the country bringing the total number of recoveries to 9,930.Health CS Mutahi Kagwe at the Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital to officially open the Infectious Disease Unit (IDU) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU)The Kenyatta University and Referral Hospital has installed a 650-bed capacity. Out that, 60 beds will be used for ICU and HDU.Also Read  Kenya marks World Alzheimer’s day amid renewed hopeOut of the 650, 476 beds will be used for isolation. The institution has also allocated two blocks for COVID-19 with a total of 440 beds.The CS appealed to County Governments to continue with the upscaling of their level of preparedness to fight the virus.“It is worthy to note that the progress here is not isolated. In all the facilities managed by the National Government, there has been tremendous improvement,” CS Kagwe said.Also Read  KUPPET calls on parents to prepare for early reopening“With Nairobi being the epicentre of COVID-19 pandemic, accounting for 60% of positive cases, the increased capacity here at KUTRRH comes in handy to tackle the virus infection,” he said.CS Kagwe called on Kenyans to take individual responsibility and staying as safe as possible from the virus.“When you wear your face mask, you slow the spread of the disease so that our health system is not overwhelmed,” Kagwe said. In terms of age, the youngest is a three-year-old while the oldest is 94 years.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

Area Basketball Scores (12-14)

first_imgArea Basketball ScoresFriday  (12-14)Girls ScoresGreensburg  54     Batesville  47Connersville  44     South Dearborn  29Crothersville  57     Shawe Memorial  46SW-Shelby  59     Indy Lutheran  46Boys ScoresIndy Chatard  59     Oldenburg  55SW-Hanover  67     Jac-Cen-Del  50Morristown  83     South Decatur  60Rising Sun  43     New Washington  41Greensburg  85     Jennings County  59Lawrenceburg  54     Rushville  51Connersville  50     South Dearborn  43Trinity Lutheran  75     Switz. County  61Hauser  69     Edinburgh  66Crothersville  64     Shawe Memorial  50SW-Shelby  73     Indy Lutheran  69last_img

Two defeats after coronavirus-induced stoppage cost coach his job

first_imgRelatedPosts Thiago Alcantara out for three weeks Bayern in German Cup final after win over Frankfurt Bayern Munich cruise past Eintracht Frankfurt to stay on title track Coach Petar Hubchev’s relationship with 26-times Bulgarian champions Levski Sofia has ended after a poor run, which culminated in two defeats following the stoppage brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.The club has quickly appointed his successor, with Levski Sofia in a statement naming former forward and coach Georgi Todorov as the new manager. It added in the statement that it was negotiating with the 56-year-old Hubchev and his assistants to terminate their contracts.Ex-Hamburger SV and Eintracht Frankfurt defender Hubchev, part of the famous Bulgaria team that reached the 1994 World Cup semi-finals in the US, took over at Levski Sofia in June 2019.This was after a three-year spell managing Bulgaria’s national team.Levski Sofia suffered a 1-0 home defeat to champions Ludogorets last week Friday when the domestic league resumed, and 2-0 at Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Bulgarian Cup semi-final first leg.They have now slipped to fourth place in the league with 46 points, as Ludogorets top the standings with 58 points, nine ahead of Lokomotiv Plovdiv and CSKA Sofia. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Eintracht FrankfurtGeorgi TodorovPetar Hubchevlast_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini backs Jose Mourinho to get Chelsea back in title race

first_img Chelsea boss Mourinho is under considerable pressure after a poor start to the season in which the champions have lost five of their opening 10 Barclays Premier League games. The support of Pellegrini may come as a surprise, given the apparent enmity between the pair in the past, but the Manchester City boss expects the man who has called him ‘Pellegrino’ to bounce back strongly. Press Association But Pellegrini expressed no schadenfreude when the subject of Chelsea’s current plight was raised at his latest press conference. After winning the title in 2014 and then failing to mount a strong defence the following season, Pellegrini knows some of the difficulties Mourinho is presently experiencing. He said: “Maybe some (players) relax. You don’t want it to happen, but it normally does. It’s difficult to repeat it. “And all the other teams who couldn’t win it last season become stronger because they don’t want to be two years without winning silverware. You have five very strong teams here in England and they can all win the title.” Pellegrini said: “All managers have a moment in their career, in their season, a bad moment – it’s normal. “So I hope, because he’s a very important manager, that he will arrange his team. I think he’s already demonstrated what he can do – he’s the champion of the Premier League this year. “I always say mathematics show when you can do it and when you can’t and we still have enough points to play for. I am sure they will be involved in the title (race) for the first position. I am sure they will continue to be a very strong team. “They are not in their best moment but I am sure they will improve.” The perceived animosity between Pellegrini and Mourinho dates back to when the latter succeeded the former as Real Madrid boss in 2010 and later derided the Chilean’s subsequent move to Malaga. “If they get rid of me, I won’t be going to coach Málaga,” Mourinho said. “I will go to a big club in the Premier League or Serie A.” The pair have regularly jousted verbally since and not always shook hands after games. While Mourinho has referred to his rival as ‘Pellegrino’ and hit out over comments about referees, the City boss has compared Chelsea unflatteringly to Stoke. Manuel Pellegrini has backed rival manager Jose Mourinho to turn his season around and get Chelsea back into the title race. last_img read more

ICC World Cup Ambati Rayudu comes with cryptic tweet after not getting picked for World Cup

first_imgThe BCCI has named 15-member squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik have been included in the squad. Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant have been left out.  New Delhi: MSK Prasad-led selection committee, on Monday, announced India’s 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup and it was a heartbreak for Ambati Rayudu. The Hyderabad batsman was the team’s number four since Asia Cup last year and there were no doubts about his selection. But as time passed on, runs and form deserted Rayudu and that eventually turned out to be the reason for his exclusion.Vijay Shankar played well since the Australia and New Zealand tour and he grabbed the much-debated number four slot for the World Cup. However, everyone was waiting for Ambati Rayudu to comment on his World Cup snub and the man has come up with a sarcastic message on Twitter. He indirectly took a dig mentioning about ordering the 3D glasses to watch the mega-event from home. “Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup,” Rayudu’s tweet read. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Here’s the tweet:“We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions. He can bat if the conditions are overcast, he can bowl, plus he is a fielder. We are looking at Vijay Shankar as a No. 4,” chief selector MSK Prasad had said, justifying his decision.  highlightslast_img read more

Vijay, Pujara hundreds put India in control

first_img(REUTERS) – Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara both hit hundreds and combined in a stand of 209 to hand India a big first innings lead over Sri Lanka on the second day of the second Test in Nagpur on Saturday.The hosts reached the close of play on 312 for two with Pujara unbeaten on 121 after his 14th Test hundred and had captain Virat Kohli not out on 54 at the other end.The world’s top-ranked test side were ahead by 107 in the first innings after Sri Lanka were bundled out for 205 on the opening day.Vijay, who missed India’s three-Test series in Sri Lanka with injury and was left out of the drawn first match in Kolkata, celebrated his return to the side with 128 runs.He top-edged a full toss from left-arm spinner Rangana Herath to be caught at short fine leg and was the lone success for the Sri Lankan attack after two sessions of fruitless toil.Kohli followed up his unbeaten ton in the last test with his 15th fifty and further deflated the touring side’s morale with his attacking knock, hitting six boundaries, and an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 96 with Pujara.Resuming the Indian innings on 11-1, both Vijay and Pujara were watchful during the first hour’s play and waited for the bad balls for scoring opportunities.Playing at the same ground where he made his debut nine years back, the 33-year-old Vijay square-drove the first ball of the morning for a four.He completed his 10th Test hundred with a single against off-spinner Dilruwan Perera, his innings studded with 11 fours and a six.Sri Lanka had a chance to dismiss him for 19 when the short-leg fielder first floored a sharp chance off Herath and then failed to run out the opener who was well out of his crease. Perera also dropped Vijay on 61 at short mid-on off paceman Lahiru Gamage.Pujara was typically poised at the other end, mostly leaving the deliveries outside his off-stump and offering a dead bat in defence.Perera got the right-hander to edge one on 25 but the ball fell well short of Angelo Mathews at slip. Pujara’s innings was otherwise spotless and he has hit 13 fours in his 284-ball knock so far.Sri Lanka had managed to keep a lid on India’s scoring rate in the first hour of play but it was after the introduction of Perera that India got momentum with both the batsmen attacking the off-spinner who went for 117 runs in 21 overs.SRI LANKA 1st innings 205 (D. Chandimal 57, D. Karunaratne 51; R. Ashwin 4-67) India 1st innings (Overnight: 11-1)L. Rahul b Gamage 7M. Vijay c D. Perera b Herath 128C. Pujara not out 121V. Kohli not out 54Extras (b-1 lb-1) 2Total (for 2 wickets, 98 overs) 312Fall of wickets: 1-7 L. Rahul,2-216 M. VijayTo bat: A. Rahane, R. Sharma, W. Saha, R. Ashwin, R. Jadeja, U. Yadav, I. SharmaBowling: Suranga Lakmal 18 – 2 – 58 – 0, Lahiru Gamage 22 – 7 – 47 – 1,Rangana Herath 24 – 8 – 45 – 1, Dasun Shanaka 13 – 3 – 43 – 0,Dilruwan Perera 21 – 0 – 117 – 0.last_img read more

SB : Dominant pitching by Kuwik helps carry Syracuse to 3-game sweep

first_imgStacy Kuwik had to get ready to finish the game she started.Syracuse reliever Lindsay Taylor surrendered a three-run home run to Seton Hall’s Kristen Kaelin to tie the second game of Friday’s doubleheader in the sixth inning. In freezing weather – as Syracuse’s players scrambled to put on thick winter coats to combat plummeting temperatures – Kuwik was asked by head coach Leigh Ross and pitching coach Mike Bosch to return to the mound.Kuwik, Syracuse’s starting pitcher in the game, stayed warm.‘Coach Bosch came up to me and asked, ‘Are you ready for next inning?” Kuwik said. ‘I didn’t think twice about it. I just went out there and threw.’In a weekend series that saw Jenna Caira pick up two wins and Carey-Leigh Thomas hit a walk-off home run in that second game, Kuwik’s dominant performance Friday was crucial to Syracuse earning a three-game sweep of Seton Hall. Kuwik struck out a career-high 12 batters and held the Pirates scoreless in eight innings of work in a 5-3, extra-innings win in the second game of the series.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Kuwik kept Seton Hall off the board in five innings of work, Taylor took the ball in the sixth. But she allowed a three-run home run to Kaelin, which tied the game and Syracuse turned back to Kuwik to hold off SHU again. And she did until Thomas came through with the walk-off homer in the ninth inning.Ross said Taylor ‘just didn’t have her stuff’ when she took over for Kuwik in the sixth inning. And just hours earlier, Caira hurled a complete game shutout, so the head coach couldn’t go to her ace.Ross said she didn’t have a choice when Seton Hall tied the game. She had to send Kuwik back to the circle.‘We put it all on (Kuwik),’ Ross said. ‘Sometimes you just go on your gut, and pitchers have to be ready. You never know when it’s going to happen, but you have to be ready for it.’Kuwik proved ready for the challenge, pitching three more scoreless innings in relief.Catcher Lacey Kohl called Kuwik’s performance her best yet. And with Caira on top of her game in the series, too, SU was too much for the Pirates to handle.‘Jenna has the changeup, but when (Kuwik) gets out there, she’s up in the zone with a really strong fastball,’ Kohl said. ‘They do completely different things, and it can really throw hitters off.’The strength of Syracuse’s one-two pitching punch was put to the test in the third game of the weekend series. Caira wasn’t as sharp Saturday as she was Friday when she pitched a two-hitter in a 2-0 win. In the series finale, Caira loaded the bases in the second and third innings before getting timely strikeouts.Syracuse came through with a 10-run fourth inning to help the Orange cruise to a 12-1 victory. After 26 minutes passed between Caira’s last pitch in the top of the fourth and the start of the fifth inning, Ross decided to go to Kuwik to close out the game. She retired Seton Hall with ease, and the Orange earned a five-inning win.Kuwik said she was ready to go in, even for just one inning, with Syracuse up by 10.‘I’ll pitch whenever if it helps us win,’ Kuwik said.That’s what makes Ross’ No. 2 pitcher so valuable. While Caira is the unquestioned ace, Kuwik provides the Orange with a reliable second option. And she showed that with her performance during the weekend to help SU get the sweep.‘I give (Kuwik) a lot of credit for starting a game in Friday’s weather, getting pulled with a three-run lead and then having to go back out there, ‘ Ross said. ‘Mentally, that’s a lot on her. She’s proved she could handle it.’nctoney@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: nctoney@syr.edu | @nicktoneytweetscenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Filmmakers honored at USC Libraries Scripter Awards

first_imgThe 27th Annual USC Libraries Scripter Award, a black-tie gala event, was held at Doheny Memorial Library on Saturday evening to commemorate the screenwriters and authors of the year’s best-adapted films.Graham Moore, screenwriter of The Imitation Game, and Andrew Hodges, author of the film’s source material Alan Turing: The Enigma, won the Scripter Award for best adapted screenplay. The Scripter Award brought together various prominent figures in academia, publishing, and film.The other four nominees for the Scripter Award included author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn for Gone Girl; author Thomas Pynchon and screenwriter Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice; author Jane Hawking and screenwriter Anthony McCarten’s The Theory of Everything; and author Cheryl Strayed and screenwriter Nick Hornby for Wild.“I’ll tell you every writer’s dream,” Moore said. “If you want to write for the screen, there’s this actor and, if you get him to deliver your lines, it turns out anything you write seems really witty, smart and brilliant, and his name is Benedict Cumberbatch.”Moore expressed gratitude to Alan Turing, the WWII-era mathematician whose life provided the basis for The Imitation Game.“He never got to stand on a stage and hear people applaud for his name,” Moore said. “That is a profound injustice, and all that I can do now is to spend the rest of my life endeavoring to repair it. This is for him.”Ariel Sobel, a sophomore majoring in writing for film screen and television, acknowledged the shortcomings of the movie,  however, discussing how Turing’s character was not as accurately depicted as she had hoped.“I think The Imitation Game was a truly great story that needed to be told. I only wish that the film had focused less on WWII,” Sobel said. “[Moore] talked about how [Turing] wasn’t recognized for his work, but the film itself doesn’t focus on that. I wish the film could’ve spoken on how Turing, a genius, was misunderstood and mistreated by society for being a homosexual.”Students who saw the movie say that it gave them a good reference point as to how society has evolved in its acceptance of gay rights.“I know a lot of people who have seen [The Imitation Game],” said Sucharita Yellapragada, a sophomore studying policy, planning and development. “It has a great storyline and it really highlights how our perception of homosexuality has changed over the years.”Walter Mosley, who has authored more than 40 fiction books and is most well-known for his Easy Rawlins crime series, was awarded the Scripter Literary Achievement award.He spoke about how libraries were challenged to halt circulation of certain books after 9/11.“After 9/11, personal freedoms started to get limited in all sorts of different ways,” Mosley said. “There were people being arrested, questioned, and listened to. And that president, Mr. Bush, sent out a memo to the libraries saying, ‘We need to know who’s reading what. Who’s reading books about building bombs, or books about Islam, or books that may be considered anti-American.’ And librarians said, ‘F-ck you. No, we’re not gonna do that.’”Furthermore, Mosley expressed how unregulated libraries reflect the role of American freedom.“And that dawned on me … I realized that libraries were the last bastion in America to stand up for our freedom. Our freedom is mainly an intellectual thing,” Mosley said. “You stop and think. You say, ‘This woman is free to read, think, say, and do what she wants.’ If we make libraries stronger, we make America stronger.”Catherine Quinlan, dean of the USC Libraries, described the awards ceremony as an ongoing tradition that has brought together a community of librarians and storytellers.“Scripter has grown into an exceptional tradition for our libraries, our university, and for the entire Trojan family,” Quinlan said. “Throughout its 27-year history, Scripter has been a tremendously inexhaustible spirit of two vital communities: the most dedicated supporters of our libraries, and the cinematic storytellers who advance in delight in the art of adaptation. One of the most gratifying aspects of Scripter … is that it brings together those two groups in the grand space of this wonderful library.”last_img read more

Ireland beat USA in rugby tour game

first_imgIreland have comfortably beaten the USA in their first summer tour match.They beat the Eagles 55-19.Former British and Irish Lion Keith Earls scored two tries for the tourists. It was a warm-up for a two-Test series with Japan.last_img

With season in flux, Heisman Trophy board hasn’t decided how to handle 2020 award

first_imgIf this were an ordinary college football season, the Heisman Trophy would be awarded to an extravagantly accomplished player — most likely a quarterback and almost certainly from a Power 5 program — on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 12.If you were not aware before Tuesday that this will not be a typical season, surely the postponement of college football competition in the Big Ten and Pacific-12 shook you awake. They joined the Mid-American Conference and Mountain West in removing themselves from fall sports and presenting the spring as an option. So what does the Heisman do if roughly half the players are active in the fall and the rest in the spring?Would it be awarded to those who compete in the fall? Would it be delayed so that any athlete who competes in the coming academic year has a chance? MORE: CFP director hopes four-team playoff can go on, despite cancellationsDo they saw the trophy in half, and present the base to one player and the stiff-arm to another?“Essentially, at this point in time, no decisions have been made,” Tim Henning, associate director at The Heisman Trophy Trust, told Sporting News.The winner of the 2020 Heisman, whenever it is awarded, would succeed LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and join one of the most prestigious, exclusive clubs in sports. It includes such legends as Cam Newton, Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson, Tony Dorsett and Roger Staubach.Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is the lone returning finalist from 2019. If the award were presented in the fall, he would have no chance. It seems unlikely that he will compete if the Big Ten does pull off a spring season because of the proximity to the 2021 NFL Draft, but he has not indicated his preference. He is considered a first-round prospect even without another strong season for the Buckeyes.Henning said a decision about any alteration to the presentation of the 2020 award would be made by the Heisman’s nine-member board of trustees, which is chaired by Michael J. Comerford. They conduct monthly meetings to discuss matters pertinent to the award, and it would be possible to call an emergency meeting if warranted. “The Heisman Trophy presentation is aired on ESPN, so any decision in terms of a TV show would be made in conjunction with ESPN,” Henning told SN. “The board has not made any decision in terms of what Heisman 2020 is going to look like.”The decisions of the Big Ten, Pac-12, Mountain West and Mid-American all came within the past week. Conference USA was expected to make a determination Wednesday. The SEC, ACC, Big 12, American and Sun Belt all are cautiously moving forward with plans for fall competition, but there still is a chance any or all could abandon them.“As someone that works I college football,” Henning said, “we all want to see the game played. But at the end of the day, the health and safety of everyone involved is of paramount importance.”last_img read more