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Sofapaka goalkeeper wins player of the month award – Nairobi News

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Sofapaka goalkeeper Justin Ndikumana has been voted the SportPesa/LG Player of the Month for the month of March, 2019.

An impressive form for his club in the league saw Ndikumana beating three other nominees Bethwel Warambo, Enosh Ochieng and Eric Kapaito to the award.

The Sofapaka man garnered 27 points to clearly finish ahead of Warambo and Ochieng who tied on 21 point. Kapaito finished 4th on 10 points.

The Burundi international kept three clean sheets out of four matches played in March and saved a crucial penalty that secured vital points for his title-chasing club.

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“I have been praying that I become the winner this month because I played well and everybody was talking about me. I’m glad I caught the panel’s eyes and so I can look forward to better days,” Ndikumana said during the award ceremony at Eastleigh High School in Nairobi.

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Ndikumana becomes only the second goalkeeper to win the award since its inception five years ago. Gabriel Andika was the first goalkeeper to be crowned way back in 2015.

“Such awards boost my confidence and the team at large. I want to thank the entire squad, not just the defense that helped me keep the clean sheets. I feel like I can face any opponent and stand tall in goal and prevent them from scoring,” he added

His fete crowned a perfect month for Sofapaka who won both player and coaches’ award. John Baraza was voted March Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month having guided his club to more victories over other league rivals.

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An Act Of Desperation Or Creativity? Kenyans In The Slums Speak On Masks

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PM out of intensive care but remains in hospital – KBC

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved out of intensive care but remains in hospital, Downing Street has said.

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Mr Johnson has been receiving treatment for coronavirus at St Thomas’ Hospital in London since Sunday.

No 10 said he “has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery”.

A spokesman added: “He is in extremely good spirits.”

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He was taken to hospital on Sunday – 10 days after testing positive – and was moved to intensive care on Monday.

Mr Johnson received “standard oxygen treatment” in intensive care and was not put on a ventilator, Downing Street said earlier.

He “continues to improve” after a “good night” and thanked the NHS for the “brilliant care” he has received, the spokesman added.

US President Donald Trump tweeted that Mr Johnson’s move out of intensive care was “great news”.

And Health Secretary Matt Hancock added: “So good that the prime minister is out of intensive care and on the road to recovery. The NHS is there for us all and I know our amazing NHS staff have given him their characteristic world-class care.”

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Newly elected Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also welcomed the “good news”, tweeting: “I hope it is the beginnings of a speedy recovery.”

Meanwhile, applause rang out across the UK in the third “Clap for Carers” event, where people showed their appreciation for NHS staff and other workers on the front line of the pandemic.

A total of 7,978 people have now died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus, up by 881 on Wednesday.

‘Let’s not ruin it now’

BBC political correspondent Jessica Parker said it was expected that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would continue to deputise for the prime minister.

Speaking at the government’s daily briefing earlier, Mr Raab urged the public to stay indoors over what is expected to be a warm Easter weekend.

He said that after almost three weeks of lockdown “we are starting to see the impact of the sacrifices we’ve all made”, adding: “Let’s not ruin it now.”

A decision on whether to ease the lockdown measures would not come until “the end of next week”.

Mr Raab also said he had not spoken to Mr Johnson since his admission to hospital.

“I think it is important to let him focus on the recovery – we in the government have got this covered,” he said, adding that he has “all the authority I need” to take decisions along with his cabinet colleagues.

Meanwhile, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has responded to an article in the Guardian, which reported that he travelled 40 miles to visit his parents, despite repeatedly urging the public to respect the lockdown.

In a tweet, Mr Jenrick said: “For clarity – my parents asked me to deliver some essentials – including medicines. They are both self-isolating due to age and my father’s medical condition and I respected social distancing rules.”

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This is a chance to hit the reset button, prepare for better times

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MUTUMA MATHIU

By MUTUMA MATHIU
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In the deepest pit of my stomach, I feel very good about this year.

I don’t know whether this is foolish optimism or just the inspiration an aggressive fellow draws from being faced with a hopeless situation.

Whatever the case, we are fighting for survival as a species, as a nation, as communities and as families.

Today I went running — more like crawling and waddling — for hours in the bush and I felt as if 30 years had dropped off my age.

Why? I took along Lionel Richie, Madonna, Boys II Men, Aerosmith, my boy Billy Ocean, Celine Dion, John Lennon, John Legend, Peabo Bryson, Shania Twain, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston and other friends from my youth.

The energy in my legs, the explosion of loud, good sound in my head, the peace and disconnection; I felt like a young thug high on spiked shisha from one of those disreputable clubs.

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And I had some time to think and order my thoughts about this Covid-19 scenario. None of us can be sure whether we will live or die.

The infection can come from the most unlikely of places. And once you are infected, nobody knows for sure how the disease will progress.

So, how does one deal with the uncertainty and darkness of the coming months? Here are 10 things to consider.

First, please don’t beat your wife. And if you are a lady, especially the girls from Nyeri, please refrain from knocking him out with an upper cut.

Because you are forced to spend a lot of time together, you are coming face to face with your choices (or mistake thereof).

And you can’t escape to the bar, work, family meeting, church group or whatever excuse people use to get out of the house.

Until the end of the shutdown, do everything not for your own pleasure, comfort or convenience but for that of your spouse, roommate or whomever you are living with.

Violence in these times is easy to provoke but its consequences and impact will destroy everything.

Second, mind the children. Pay attention to them, what they are doing, thinking, experiencing.

Children are mainly attacked by those near them, those they trust and those the parents least suspect.

Right now, there is an upsurge of defilement. Please make sure yours do not fall victim to the sex pests.

Third, don’t be a fool. You are not the cleverest fellow in the country; your interests and greed for money are not the most important things now.

Your survival is at stake and the only way you are going to live is by working with others. If you haven’t figured this out yet, you probably won’t make it.

It is the behaviour and decisions of others that will determine your fate. If other people go out of their way to secure your life, you will live.

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In exchange, whatever you do, don’t put other people’s lives at risk. Those who knowingly spread disease or are careless or do not have the courage to do the right thing, these are very bad people.

Fourth, always wear a face mask in public. If, like many of us, you are using the funny local ones, wear two.

If you can afford and can find them, buy a non-hospital N-95 respirator. Handle the mask by the straps, never touch the front; wash your hands thoroughly before you wear and after you remove it.

Don’t listen to the endless arguments about whether you should cover or not: just cover.

Fifth, forget the past. There is no going back. God has reached down from the sky and pressed the reset button.

Focus on reinventing yourself. If you were selfish, a thief or an evil person, here is a chance for you to atone and become a better person.

If you were struggling, prepare for a new economy. There will be opportunities for innovative people in the ruins of the global economy.

Sixth, prepare for the worst but work very hard for the best. Conserve the little cash you have, manage your relations, work very hard to keep disease out of your office and your home but allow yourself to work out the options if disaster strikes.

Should you and your spouse fall ill, who will take care of your children? Who will take care of you? If you live alone, is there someone you can call?

Seventh, remember your parents. In many families, the job of taking care of the parents is left to only one or two people; the rest are comfortable passengers.

Do your part in paying the bills and taking care of the old folk: they are endangered.

Eighth, take care of your workers, especially in your home. They have probably created wealth for you, taken care of you.

This time, they need you. If you sack them to keep your bills down, you are sending them out to an almost certain death.

Share the little you have; it’s enough for survival. And that’s what we are all fighting for.

Ninth, it’s our country. It’s our fight. Be a patriot. Give when required. Serve if you can.

Finally, when this is all over, we really need to have a grown-up conversation about how we have been running this place.

If we don’t stop delegating our survival to people who think our opinion is ‘crap’, we will not survive.

Together, we’ll beat this thing.

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