Gyms ‘ordered to stay shut due to high risk of spreading coronavirus’

first_img Promoted ContentThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Loading… Gyms have been told they must stay shut until autumn at the earliest after Government officials deemed them one of the worst places for spreading coronavirus. Government scientists are understood to have grouped them with bars and restaurants, which will be among the last venues to reopen. More pessimistic forecasts within government have even predicted that gyms won’t reopen this year. An industry source in talks with the Government said: “Six months is a reasonable timeframe.” Whitehall officials who have been working with industry bodies on plans to reopen workplaces have concluded that like bars and restaurants, gyms are a “hotbed of infection”. A source who has been involved in extensive talks with government officials over the ‘Back to Work’ plans said: “Gyms won’t be open any time soon. It won’t be sooner than autumn.” Another of those involved in the planning said: “One way systems don’t work in gyms as people don’t use the equipment in order like aisles in Tesco.Advertisement “They are in close proximity in the wet environment of changing rooms, while exercise means lots of sweat and huffing and puffing in close quarters.” But some gyms have urged the Government to allow them to open for personal trainers and their clients. They have argued this could work because gyms could operate in a much more controlled environment where personal trainers could keep two metres away from their clients but also clean equipment after every use. The Treasury is understood to be working on plans to extend its wage support scheme for the specific sectors that are told to stay shut. read also:Inside Lionel Messi’s full-fledged Gym: To Hell with Coronavirus! That could see gym employees kept on some form of the taxpayer-funded job retention scheme, which currently pays 80 per cent of wages for workers who have been furloughed by their employer. The current scheme is currently due to end in June but Chancellor Rishi Sunak has assured employers that they will not face a “cliff-edge”. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Kemsa monopoly has hurt Counties, says Council of Governors

first_imgIn a virtual meeting, Oparanya told the senators how hospitals had come to a near-paralysis due to lack of drugs and essential medical consumables.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 He asked the MPs to fast-track amendments to allow county governments to handle medical procurement as stipulated under the Constitution.Also Read  Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve ParliamentHe said the agency lacked the capacity to satisfy the expected high demand for drugs and non-pharmaceuticals across the 47 counties and as a result, the implementation of the Universal Health plan remained a challenge.“Timeliness remains a problem. Kemsa cannot cope with orders which take up to three months to be supplied and in case of emergencies up to a week”, decried the governor.COG chair Oparanya: The issue of KEMSA is weighty because the UHC plan is dependant on the agency and indeed you will see the ‘millionaires’. We have been asking the national government to send funds directly to counties and be allowed to source for medical supplies ^MK pic.twitter.com/NmrMSXbSel— KBC Channel1 News (@KBCChannel1) September 16, 2020The Council was however taken to task over complaints of faulty PPEs and other medical supplies by health workers.Also Read  KUPPET calls on parents to prepare for early reopeningThe Council CEO Jacqueline Mogeni admitted that counties had been supplied with substandard PPEs and microscopes adding that she had written to the health ministry on the same.She was faulted by the committee for downplaying the matter which the MPs termed as serious.“ There’s proof of written communication with the ministry which is yet to respond to our concerns”, she told the MPs who demanded a status report of all the counties saying it was upon the council to safeguard the interests of the counties.Oparanya faced the fury of the members when he defended the council’s overall role of facilitation and not oversight.Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyong’o said hospitals said laboratories in public health facilities were in a dire state due to lack of reagents that should be availed by the agency which he said lacked the capacity.It’s proper that every hospital is allowed to procure the reagents required for effective testing #kemsa ^MK pic.twitter.com/x51oUVIj0o— KBC Channel1 News (@KBCChannel1) September 16, 2020 The Council of Governors (CoG) Wednesday pushed to be allowed to procure medical supplies from other entities apart from Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa).COG chair and Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya said the scandal-ridden agency had repeatedly let counties down.Appearing before the Standing Committee on Health and the Ad Hoc Committee on COVID–19 situation which is jointly investigating the alleged mismanagement of funds at the agency, Oparanya said Kemsa’s monopoly had caused untold suffering in the counties with hospitals having to contend with faulty medical equipment.center_img Governor Nyong’o: Issue of reagents must be decentralized. #Kemsa must be reformed . Consumers demand should take precedent over the principle of push by the agency ^MK pic.twitter.com/LcduwP1wTZ— KBC Channel1 News (@KBCChannel1) September 16, 2020The Council has been directed to give an audit report of how the Ksh50B Covid funds and another Ksh30B from the national government was shared and used in the 47 counties.Also Read  President Uhuru to make remarks in the 75th Session of UNGAKemsa is in the spotlight over controversial tenders, alleged graft and misappropriation of COVID funds.last_img read more

Baker: Try your luck abroad

first_img Press Association Baker is determined to make the move to Holland a success and the spring board to success at Chelsea, where he has a contract at until 2019 and has been since the Under-9s age group. “I have got to give my best here every day in training and in every game, give 100 per cent with a view to going back to Chelsea an improved player,” he said. “Even if not next season, hopefully I will carry on going on until I can knock on that door and try and get into that first-team.” That is Baker’s long-term goal but for now he is only concerned about bringing success to Vitesse – something which appears unlikely in the Europa League given Southampton arrive for the return leg of their third qualifying round tie boasting a three-goal cushion. “Southampton finished the chances they had and hopefully we can do the same tomorrow,” said Baker, who has played with Saints’ James Ward-Prowse, Harrison Reed and Matt Targett in the England youth set-up. “Nobody has any doubt we can get something from the game and hopefully the fans can give the same support and we can get something from the game.” A number of younger players are making the move, though, with Vitesse capitalising on their Chelsea ties to coax English talent to Arnhem. Amongst those currently on loan with the Dutch side are Izzy Brown, Dominic Solanke and Baker, who believes experiencing life abroad can benefit club, player and country. “I am living by myself in a town that’s close,” said the England Under-20s midfielder, who last term spent time on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons. “But I think a lot of the English boys maybe don’t want to try coming out abroad for some reason. “The first loan I did, I didn’t maybe want to go abroad, but seeing different cultures and different ways of playing I would advise (it) to young English players. “I think if you go and try different places, you pick up different things and different styles of playing. It’s just about experiences, I think. “Maybe not staying in England can benefit you, maybe it can benefit you staying. It depends what you are comfortable with. For me, I definitely think this is a good move.” The opportunity to play with Vitesse certainly appears to benefit all parties, with Nemanja Matic, Christian Atsu and Patrick van Aanholt amongst those to temporarily swap west London for the GelreDome. Lewis Baker believes more English players should take the plunge and try their luck abroad, with the midfielder confident his loan move to Holland with Vitesse Arnhem will boost his first-team chances at Chelsea. David Beckham, Owen Hargreaves and Ashley Cole are amongst just a handful of high-profile Three Lions internationals to have bucked the trend and plied their trade overseas in recent decades. The latter, upon signing for Roma last summer, said “English players are probably afraid to come abroad” and are in a comfort zone playing in the Premier League. last_img read more

Cricket News Batting down the order in IPL was like quicksand for me: MS Dhoni

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Inspirational skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who guided Chennai Super Kings to their third IPL title triumph this year, today said he was determined to bat up the order as coming in the lower half was akin to being in quicksand for him.On the wrong side of 30s, Dhoni said he needed to focus on his fitness to bat up the order in the IPL to give himself more time to win matches.”Fitness part started a few years back, when I left Test cricket, when it comes to this IPL (consciousness about fitness) started the day we sat to make our team. I was sure in my mind that I wanted to bat up the order, because with age, me batting down the order was like quick sand’’, he said on the sidelines of Star Reimagine Awards.”I wanted to make it sure that I wanted to take the responsibility of winning the game, but I was coming so down the order, that I was not giving time to myself’’.The former India skipper said he wanted to make a team which bats deep.”So it was more like quick sand, the more I flutter, the deeper I would go. So I said I want to make a team where we bat deep, that gives me a chance to bat up the order, and to me up the order doesn’t mean I want to bat at 3, 4 or 5, it’s the number of overs’’, he said.”Yes when (Ambati) started to bat at 4, I have to give him that berth, because he was almost the leading scorer for us. So if he has to come down and bat for the requirement of team, then he needs to bat at number 4 because he was ideally suited for that position’’.Dhoni said batting in the middle order gave him the chance to be more aggressive.”So I said I want to bat up, so when I go into bat I would like to aggressive, so that even if I get out, it gives others a chance to reinvent themselves about finishing the game, what they need to do, if they are under pressure and all of that’’, he said.”Fortunately we did not use our batting order to the full extent in the whole of IPL because Watson, Rayadu, Raina, me, Bravo, we all kept scoring runs and that really helped us.”But my planning right from the start was sure to make a team, which bats deep, everybody should be able to bat, and that gives me an opportunity to go out there and express myself’’. last_img read more

Jadunauth re-elected chairman of Enmore CCCC

first_imgRIDING on its successes over the past three years, the Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club (ECCCC) membership recently re-elected most of the outgoing executives to continue to manage the affairs of the club for 2017.Taajnauth Jadunauth was unanimously re-elected as the chairman with similar confidence expressed in Bheemraj Ramkelawan as secretary and Club captain Tahal Ganesh as treasurer, with Ramdeo Ramkissoon and chaitram Ramlall as committee members.The new faces on the executive body are Suresh Jainarine – assistant secretary/assistant treasurer, Rudolph Singh vice-captain, and Gavin Moriah committee member.Jadunauth thanked the members for their confidence in retaining the majority of the executives from 2016, and called upon the membership to re-commit to the club’s mission.Club secretary/captain Ramkelawan, highlighted some of the plans for the club during this year. They included a high-grade cricket pitch cover, village outreach for expansion of membership, cricket tour to Trinidad and Tobago, inter-block cricket competition and the club’s anniversary cricket tournament.He also urged members to be active in the club’s fundraising activities in order to realise this year’s programme.Meanwhile, the club commenced the 2017 cricket programme with consecutive victories over D’Edward Village, East Coast Under-19 and Strathavon SC.The ECCCC’s anniversary T20 cricket and Inter-block softball competitions are also scheduled for April 30 and May 1 respectively.last_img read more

England, New Zealand eye first-time champions’ tag

first_imgLONDON: The whole of England, host nation of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, will be at a standstill today – with the big hope that four-time finalists will lift the trophy for the first time.The England skipper has been constantly answering queries over whether he will be able to do what many illustrious predecessors could not do since the inception of the World Cup in 1975.The first question to Eoin Morgan at the pre-match press conference was on how much this game means to English cricket. Morgan, who has remained calm throughout despite the mounting pressure to win, said: “It means a huge amount to me and everybody in the changing room. It’s a culmination of four years of hard work, dedication, a lot of planning and it presents a huge opportunity to go on and try and win a World Cup.”Asked if he had been visualising himself lifting the World Cup, Morgan said: “I haven’t allowed myself to think about lifting the trophy. Cricket, and sport in particular, is very fickle. If you ever get ahead, it always seems to bite you in the backside. And should we win it, it will be awesome for the game around the country.”After a pause, he added that lifting the trophy will be great for the coming generation. “I think it will be quite iconic for the young kids’ memory if they are watching it at home and we manage to lift the trophy,” he said.For New Zealand too, a first-ever triumph can serve as a tremendous boost for the game in their country.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was asked what would be his message to anyone who has never picked up a bat and ball in his country, and what this opportunity of playing in a final could do for cricket in his country where rugby is the leading sport? “It’s obviously a really special occasion … especially to be involved in a World Cup and representing your country. But what makes it even more special is to turn up here at the home of cricket and be involved in a final,” revealed Williamson.The buzz in both the countries regarding the final is enormous. Speaking about what is going on around the country, Morgan said: “I think for everybody around the country, the support we’ve had throughout has been unquestionable and that – as a team – makes us feel extremely lucky to have that sort of support.”Morgan is also seeing it as another opportunity to boost the game overall. “I think it presents another opportunity for both teams and the ICC to sell the game on a huge platform.Two very strong sides hopefully will produce a really good game of cricket tomorrow. It’s on terrestrial television around the country and obviously various outlets online. So it presents a huge opportunity for us to sell this great game.”Morgan is aware of the record that before England triumphed over New Zealand in the round-robin stage this time, they hadn’t beaten the Kiwis in the World Cup since 1983, suffering a string of five consecutive defeats. He is cautious about being too confident and predicts that it could be a win for his side.“It’s difficult to say because they are such a stable side. They offer threats throughout with the ball and they’re just a stable side with the bat. I think there will be times throughout the game tomorrow where it could be won or lost, but I think it will be a really good game of cricket.”Williamson was asked whether he was getting a sense of how big it is back home in New Zealand. His response was: “We’ve seen a lot of support come through, which is awesome. I suppose the last World Cup was at home and a lot of the attention was there on your doorstep and we had crowds of Kiwis coming to every game. It was also special that we were playing at home.“Over here, we’ve got a few scattered in among the majority of opposition crowds but that’s great as well and I know we’re getting a lot of support from a long way off.”last_img read more

Moses Shines as Chelsea Spoils Spurs’ Wembley Opener

first_imgPREMIER LEAGUE * Promoted Huddersfield defeats Newcastle to make it two out of twoTwo goals from Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur yesterday in the first-ever Premier League game at Wembley Stadium.Super Eagles Victor Moses who was back in The Blues’ starting line-up for the London derby against Hotspur, had the double-satisfaction of smiling last and better than Nigerian-born England midfielder, Dele Ali.Moses who is expected to play a vital role for Eagles when Indomitable Lions of Cameroon come visiting on September 1 in Uyo for a World Cup 2018 qualifier was on for the entire duration of the London derby.His form should give joy to Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, who is counting on the winger for the maximum point in Uyo.For all the noise and wall of flags that greeted their arrival, Spurs, who played at Wembley while their new stadium is constructed, needed an early goal to feel at ease in their surroundings.It was Chelsea, however, who made the breakthrough against the run of play on 23 minutes when Alonso thumped home a superb free kick from 20 metres after Dele Alli had fouled David Luiz.The shock jolted Spurs, who spent much of the game peppering Chelsea’s goal with Harry Kane hitting the post and Christian Eriksen also going close.They eventually scored when Michy Batshuayi put through his own net from Eriksen’s free kick two minutes after coming on but, as Spurs pushed for the winner, Alonso hit back on 88 minutes with a shot that went straight through keeper Hugo Lloris.Elsewhere on the afternoon, Promoted Huddersfield Town made it two wins out of two in the Premier League as a superb Aaron Mooy strike gave them a 1-0 home win over Newcastle United.The hosts built on last week’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, which marked their return to the top flight after a 45-year absence, when Australian Mooy grabbed the winner in the 50th minute.Newcastle, who also won promotion from the Championship last season, should have equalised in the 68th minute but Ayoze Perez wasted a chance from close range.Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle remain without a point following their home loss to Tottenham Hotspur last week.There was a buzz of anticipation around the John Smith’s Stadium as Huddersfield, three times champions in the 1920’s, prepared to welcome England’s elite once more.German manager David Wagner, whose team won promotion through the playoffs, has energised the Yorkshire town, injecting optimism and excitement into a club that had been struggling in the second tier Championship when he took over in November, 2015.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wenger: RVP exit has helped our game

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed there is more variety to his side’s game since the departure of captain Robin van Persie.Van Persie hit 30 Premier League goals for the Gunners last season as he inspired the side to a third placed finish, following their disastrous start.The Netherlands international was sold to rivals Manchester United over the summer, which left many believing Arsenal would struggle this campaign.Yet despite losing the 29-year-old, Wenger believes the departure has enabled his side to mix up their style while also creating a strong team spirit.“Sometimes an individual grows up and becomes the main charisma and carrier of the team and then people notice only him,” said Wenger. “Robin van Persie scored 30 goals and when you score 30 goals everyone gives you the ball. That’s as simple as that. Our game at the moment is a little bit more diversified.“We have a spirit, a desire to play together and the strength of depth. The vibes coming out are that we look like a real team and we enjoy to play together. That’s a good basis and is interesting.” Arsenal have got off to a positive start to the season, currently lying third in the table, having only conceded one goal and still remaining undefeated.Their 6-1 trouncing of Southampton on Saturday, along with the way new signings Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski have bedded in, has left people claiming they could be title challengers this year.Wenger believes his side can challenge but wants to see some consistency first before getting too carried away.“I think we have a chance [to be title contenders],” he said. “We will know that after 10 games. We have the quality to do it but we have to show how much we want it.“At the moment I don’t know how strong our opponents are. We’ve not played against any of the title contenders yet. It will be important to see how we do against the bigger teams.”last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp hoping to return to work on Monday after appendix operation

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes to be able to return to work today less than 48 hours after an operation to remove his appendix.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes to be able to return to work today less than 48 hours after an operation to remove his appendix.The German missed Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland as he was undergoing surgery in the afternoon after being taken to Aintree Hospital after becoming ill.Press Association Sport understands on Sunday Klopp expressed his desire to return to normal duties at the club’s Melwood training ground today.If that is the case he fully intends to address the media at a scheduled 2pm press conference to preview Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth round replay at West Ham on Tuesday.Medical advice suggests that is possibly slightly optimistic, however a decision will be made later in the day as to whether the 48-year-old will be back at his desk. General information on the procedure suggests if a patient has had keyhole surgery to remove the appendix they can be discharged from hospital within 24 hours and can return to a normal routine within one to three weeks.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Watch Steve Ballmer dance amazingly to Fergie

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Steve Ballmer’s amazing dance to Fergie’s performance at Thursday’s Lakers-Clippers game speaks for itself. Viewing on mobile? Watch here.last_img