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Uhuru extends nationwide curfew for a further 30 days

first_imgThe President further directed all sporting facilities including stadia be availed by the Ministry of Health for isolation purposes.“Government Institutions including all sporting facilities, stadia and educational institutions and other government facilities, upon designation by the Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe as a public health facility, shall be availed to the Ministry of Health for isolation and quarantine purposes,” said the President.Also Read  Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve Parliament Also Read  PPRA faults Mochache for irregular procurement of PPEs at KEMSA President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended the nationwide curfew for a further 30 days in a bid to curb COVID-19.The President who was speaking during a press briefing on COVID -19 situation in the country ordered police to spare no individual even politicians who will be found out after curfew hours without being an essential worker.“The Inspector General of Police shall ensure that his officers spare no mheshimiwa, or individual, regardless of social status or rank, who is either out after curfew or who flaunts the health protocols without being an essential worker.  The rules are for all of us, and rank or status does not exempt you from them,” warned President Kenyatta. He directed the Ministry of Health to develop protocol to temporarily retain retired ICU staff to ensure adequate stuffing in health facilities to address the surging numbers of those infected by COVID-19. Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

Chelsea beat Everton 1-0

first_imgA late strike from Willian ensured Chelsea beat Everton 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to remain seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.Tim Howard looked set to deny the leaders victory on his return from injury, but the Everton goalkeeper was unable to keep out a deflected strike from Brazil midfielder Willian just a minute from time in a dramatic finale.Eden Hazard, Willian and Nemanja Matic were all thwarted by the former Manchester United man and Branislav Ivanovic had a late goal disallowed for offside before Willian secured an 11th win from 12 top-flight home games.Romelu Lukaku was denied by a fine save from the recalled Petr Cech and also went close in the first half for the visitors, who had Gareth Barry sent off for a second bookable offence just before Willian struck.Manchester City’s 4-1 victory at Stoke City ensured Chelsea’s advantage at the summit remains seven points, while Everton have won just one of their last nine Premier League games.Juan Cuadrado made his first Chelsea start, while Cech, Kurt Zouma and Loic Remy also came into the side. Oscar was not risked due to injury, but fit-again midfielder Cesc Fabregas was named among the substitutes Howard started at the expense of Joel Robles, while Aaron Lennon was handed a first start for the club and Ross Barkley was recalled.Matic almost made an early impact with a goal when he beat two Everton players before firing a left-footed strike over the crossbar.Fellow midfielder Willian went even closer with a dipping shot from just outside the penalty area, before Lukaku almost struck at the other end against his former club when he raced into the box. His low effort was kept out by the feet of Cech after only seven minutes.Cuadrado looked a threat and the big-money deadline-day recruit dragged a shot wide of the far post and then Howard saved a Remy header in a frantic start.The lively Hazard went agonisingly close to getting on the end of Cesar Azpilicueta’s fine cross as Everton struggled to contain the leaders, but Chelsea were unable to find the back of the net before the break. Everton manager Roberto Martinez replaced Muhamed Besic, who was shown an early yellow card, with James McCarthy at half-time and Chelsea were soon back on the front foot after the break.Hazard was a constant menace to the Everton defence and the Belgium winger fired the ball across the face of the goal, but Bryan Oviedo was well positioned to avert the danger.The outstanding Hazard then surged into the area, after producing some fine close control, before forcing a save from Howard. The Everton goalkeeper also had to be at his best to save Matic’s well-executed free-kick.The busy Howard again demonstrated why Martinez was so eager to recall him when he produced a diving stop to keep out a measured Willian effort, before Cech showed his class at the other end to thwart an unmarked Lukaku.Belgium striker Lukaku looked certain to convert Oviedo’s ball in from the left, but Cech stood up to keep out his finish from only six yards out. Jose Mourinho replaced Cuadrado and Remy with Fabregas and Didier Drogba 20 minutes from time and Chelsea had a late goal disallowed when Matic’s shot was deflected in off Ivanovic, who was offside.Barry was then dismissed for a challenge on Willian which sparked a mass confrontation and there was more drama to come, as Howard fisted away a cross into Willian’s path and he rifled home with the aid of a defletion to stun Everton.last_img read more

Can Justin Turner, Logan Forsythe provide Dodgers with infusion of ‘professional’ at-bats?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day center_img Perhaps Roberts didn’t overstate Turner’s potential impact because he didn’t have to. Turner can elevate the Dodgers’ lineup simply by showing up.As for Forsythe, he once shot up through the San Diego Padres’ system as a high-average hitter capable of fouling off pitches to prolong an at-bat. He hasn’t lost that trait at age 31. When he was placed on the disabled list in April with shoulder inflammation, Forsythe had a higher contact rate than any Dodger besides Chase Utley. Now he and Utley figure to split time at second base.A high-contact, low-strikeout approach isn’t sexy. But it is the perfect balm for a team that has watched too many strikes go by, as if biding time for better hitters to do them justice.Staff Writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this report. It doesn’t take a 19-person research and development team to root out these problems, but the Dodgers have one just in case. What they might need are better hitters.Few were better in 2017 than Turner. He set career highs in on-base percentage (.415) and slugging percentage (.530) and finished eighth in National League MVP voting.Turner hasn’t played this season while he recovers from a fractured wrist. In his absence, the Dodgers have gotten less offense from the third base position than any team in baseball. Max Muncy, Kyle Farmer and Forsythe (in 12 games, before he hurt his shoulder) are collectively batting .216 with a .293 on-base percentage and a .340 slugging percentage.Related Articles “Professional at-bat” is a time-honored baseball redundancy, one whose literal definition is detached from its implied meaning. Anyone with a contract can give a major league team a professional at-bat. A college baseball team that receives a professional at-bat would be subject to an NCAA investigation.The concept seems too basic to bear repeating, yet it’s held in special regard. Eric Wedge once singled out Tony Graffanino for his ability to provide the Cleveland Indians with a “professional at-bat.” Lou Piniella did the same with So Taguchi, Frank Wren with Reed Johnson, Fredi Gonzalez with Jorge Cantu. From Kottaras to Markakis to Youkilis, professional at-bats are everywhere.Simple and abundant, the “professional at-bat” connotes something fundamental, and the Dodgers’ at-bats have lacked a very fundamental quality this season. No team swings less often, according to the website Fangraphs.com. No team sees more pitches in the strike zone either. (Fangraphs combines data from Sports Info Solutions and Pitch F/X to determine pitch location.) So, not surprisingly, o team has taken more called strikes than the Dodgers in 2018 – 1,210, or 19 percent of all pitches they’ve seen as a team.During the Dodgers’ descent, Roberts has criticized his team for overlooking such granular details. It’s the kind of basic shortcoming that leads a manager to covet better at-bats.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“Logan’s not going to come in here and slug. But he’ll stay in the strike zone,” Roberts said. “He’s a guy that can hit behind a runner and give you that professional at-bat. And obviously JT, there’s slug there. There’s big hits there. There’s a consistent approach. That’s the one thing that I’d probably say we’re not doing as a group offensively with any consistency.” LOS ANGELES — Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe are expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday. The veteran infielders will rejoin the Dodgers in Miami at a delicate time.This season has fast become a sinking ship. The Cincinnati Reds just swept a four-game series in Los Angeles for the first time since 1976. Overall, the Dodgers have lost seven of their last eight games, falling eight games below .500. What can two men do to help?Manager Dave Roberts fielded that very question Saturday.“It’s two guys that will give you that professional at-bat,” he said.last_img read more