Virtual running seems to be the way forward now for athletes as they wait for the virus to be contained. Last weekend’s cancellation of the Boston Marathon, the first time it its 124-year history, drove further affinity to virtual running. Promoting social distancingThe virtual race requires an athlete to compete alone at his or her own pace, adhering to social distancing regulations provided by the government and Ministry of Health. “I don’t expect anybody to cheer me while running,” said Kosgey, who names world marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei as her mentor. “But the problem with virtual running is that the altitude varies.
June 01, 2020 02:00 UTC
The 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon that was rescheduled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is still not certain to go on, according to a recent letter by the organisers. However, much as we would like to, we cannot offer you certainty,” a letter from the London Marathon organisers to athletes read in part. The London Marathon Events team is working hard on many different possible scenarios and, as circumstances change, we come up with new ideas,” the letter continued. “We know we have a huge responsibility to you, our runners, but we know that responsibility goes much further. Kenya’s world marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge is expected to defend London title with Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele touted as his biggest opponent.
Decision on whether to ease Covod-19 restrictions and how to safely do so will be a hard one to make. Today, however, we are faced with a high number that ordinarily would call for stricter measures were it not for livelihood issues. Some people were of the opinion that a total lockdown for, say two weeks, could have worked wonders. Many countries are either mulling or have already began the process of easing the restrictions. Most such countries imposed much stricter measures,eg, total lockdown, making strategic roll-back much understandable with the current understanding that we may have to live with the disease for unforeseeable future.
Former double Division 3 and S Class champion Karan Patel is working to be the best rally driver in the country after upgrading to R5 Ford Fiesta (Toto Moto). The whole idea this season was just to learn the new car and get some wins if possible. We hope to be very consistent and win the championship next season,” Karan said. Fourth-place behind two Evolution 10’s and a VW Polo R5 on KCB Nyahururu Rally, left no doubt that Karan is moving in the right direction. We realised we needed to work hard to improve our pace and we proved that on our overall standing in the country.
MUST BE ALERTOne such guard is Ogutu, from SGA Security, who is assigned to CJs Restaurant on Koinange Street. Like many companies, private security firms have downsized, leaving guards with more work to do. Ogutu, who has been a guard for 17 years, oversees other guards working in the CBD for his company’s clients. Despite increased workload, some security companies end up delaying salaries for their employees as their clients struggle to make profits. In the entire 45 minutes of the interview, no police officers pass Koinange Street and adjacent roads, with most security work being left to the private security guards, literally.
Championship leaders Strathmore Leos intend to sign five players in a bid to bolster their squad ahead of next season. Speaking yesterday, head coach Louis Kisia said they have identified players from championship clubs and were awaiting the transfer window. The former Mwamba player and coach said planning for next season had started despite the uncertainty surrounding the present campaign. The Leos were slated to play the winner of the Northern Suburbs v United States International University in the semis. Elsewhere, Mwamba have announced Samurai sportswear as the club’s official technical partner for the 2020-21 season.
Bruno Labbadia might have been seen as a rather desperate appointment by Hertha Berlin but his reputation as a coaching “fireman” has been consolidated by a flying start to his job. Hertha were six points above the relegation zone when the 54-year-old Labbadia took over and his task was to stop them from slipping into further danger. Labbadia’s impact has been a lot more than that, however, turning Hertha into one of the few form sides since the resumption of action in mid-May. They have jumped up the standings with 10 points from four games under his command and can now ponder the possibility of qualifying for European competition next season. “We have taken on Bruno Labbadia’s ideas and are working well as a team, something that had been missing previously.
American Joshua Carter has joined Kisumu Lakeside ahead of this year’s Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Premier League action. According to team manager, George Onassis, the former Katherine College star in San Diego joined Lakeside from Barcelona, Spain. The self supporting side have made regional signings in a quest to build a tough team that will shake the best at the top. “This time, we will not be relying only on the exploits of players from Kisumu. “We have always operated on a small squad but this time, there are many players which is good for competition, training and rotation,” Onassis said.
Nairobi City Stars will be a force to reckon with in the Kenya Premier League next season, according to the club's midfielder Peter 'Pinchez' Opiyo. Opiyo, however, said the club will still need to add a few experienced players. The players I found in the team had already played their part and it was only a matter of time before City Stars were declared National Super League champions,” said the experienced player. I loved the vision of the President Jonathan Jackson, the quality of the coach and the players who had joined the club. “Besides, I loved the young enthusiastic players in the club such as Chumsy Kevin 'Chumsy' Okumu, Oliver Maloba and Charles Otieno.
The bedrock of politics is political parties. The Constitution in articles 91 and 92 envisaged the centrality of political parties by entrenching the basis of their formation, governance and the overarching objectives. Out of which, laws such as Political Parties Act and related legalisation as well as public Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) such as the Office of Registrar of Political Parties and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, among others were established. Gong by the current situation in the country, the journey of political parties particularly the struggle for multiparty democracy is a chequered one. The Political Parties Liaison Committee, a dialogue platform arrangement compromising of the IEBC, ORPP and the political parties is an example.
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi, Narc-Kenya's Martha Karua and former MP Peter Kenneth have formed a seven-person secretariat to build a third force ahead of 2022 General Election. The initiative — driven by the civil society groups to build a ‘national interest’ movement — brings together religious leaders, non-governmental organisations, politicians and professionals. They include the civil society groups, professionals and other politicians,” ANC leader Musalia told the Star after the Friday meeting. The second group coordinates civil society groups and the third brings together professional groups,” the aide said. The new force will unveil its activities after the state of nation address and consolidate plans following the meeting held in Limuru last year by the civil society groups.
ANC party Musalia Mudavadi on Sunday said Kenyans are on their own because a large part of the opposition has joined President Uhuru Kenyatta's government. Sadly, Kenyans are marking this year’s Madaraka Day virtually on their own,” he said. The former Deputy Prime Minister said the leadership problems is the opposite of the dream the founding fathers had, questioning why MPs have abandoned Kenyans at the time of need. In a jibe that appeared to target Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli, Mudavadi said “trade union leaders have abandoned workers to their doom” due to the effects of Covid-19, while the trade unionist is busy cutting political deals. Mudavadi warned that time is catching up with the political class who have taken Kenyans for granted, saying there is need for the leaders to “rediscover and rededicate themselves to the original values and visions of Madaraka”.
What was supposed to be a career ending blow for Nzoia Sugar striker Jeremiah Wanjala has turned out to strengthen him in his quest to score his long term goal on the pitch. "I am slowly regaining strength and the recovery is way quicker than the time the doctors had given me. They told me the disease was at a manageable stage and immediately began chemotherapy sessions. I humbly request the football family and Kenyans to help me raise funds to complement what NHIF is offering. I am bound for another chemotherapy in the course of the week and I am yet to raise the required money," he added.
Experts are calling on members of public to appreciate technology in their security needs. The company employs technology in its cash transit services, where the locks of the vehicles carrying cash are remotely opened. He says residences and small businesses can invest in a good alarm system, CCTV cameras and moving sensors as part of extra security features. "Security adherence is about feeling safe, not only on security but also from a health perspective." Delahaije says there is more demand for close protection, escorting services and training services for clients’ staff in the wake of the pandemic.
June 01, 2020 00:56 UTC
The reopening of schools and colleges has been the subject of heated national debate for weeks. That is why we support the cautious approach by Magoha, who has stubbornly maintained that safety is and remains the only major factor when considering whether to open schools or not. A number of misguided parents and schools have pushed for KCPE and KCSE candidates to be allowed back to prepare for exams. News from South Korea, in the past week, will have bolstered the view that sending students back to class without a proper plan can have grim and devastating effect. The back to school plan must be staggered and well thought out.
June 01, 2020 00:56 UTC