Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve Parliament

first_imgWomen leaders have welcomed Chief Justice David Maraga’s decision advising the President to dissolve Parliament for failing to pass the 2/3rd gender rule.Speaking in Kajiado after attending a rites of passage ceremony at Ematoroki Olngesher, the women MPs led by Homabay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga lauded Maraga for his courage saying Parliament must accept it has failed as far as the two third gender rule is concerned.Nominated Senator Rose Nyamunga called upon the Chief Justice to uphold the constitution and support the implementation of the law without fear.Also Read  Ivory products worth Ksh 10 million seized in KajiadoFormer Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi said Maraga must ensure he leaves a legacy when his term comes to an end and the only way to be remembered is by ensuring that institutions are taken to task for failing in the mandate.Also Read  SRC moves to address pay disparities   Kajiado East MP Peris Tobiko however urged women to seek more elective positions in the forthcoming general election even as she lauded Maraga for his stand on the gender bill.Also Read  2/3rd gender headache: Maraga calls for dissolution of Parliament Likoni Mp Mishi Mboko said the decision to dissolve Parliament shouldn’t have come at a better time citing frustrations from their male counterparts in their attempts to adopt a legislation to enact the 2/3rd gender rule.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

The Latest: Cavs’ Nance says important for NBA to have champ

first_imgThe 2021 U.S. Classic will be held in Hartford, Conn., on May 21. The 2021 national championships will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, from June 3-6. A new date for the Olympic trials, initially scheduled for June in St. Louis, has not yet been set.The organization’s national congress and trade show, which typically runs simultaneously with the national championships, will be held virtually this year. USA Gymnastics said tickets already purchased for the 2020 events will be valid for the new dates, though it will offer refunds for a limited time.___Browns coach Kevin Stefanski can finally call Cleveland home.After delaying his family’s move from Minnesota because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stefanski, his wife and his young kids made the trip to Ohio over the weekend. Leagues can choose whether or not to adopt the rule change.The German league is scheduled to restart on Saturday.The German league also says it will stop publishing centralized statistics for its coronavirus testing program and will leave that up to the clubs.___The Danish soccer league will resume on May 28 with games in empty stadiums. Associated Press “Players, young people, are a resilient bunch, and I think they learn under these unique circumstances,” he said.___On the day they were supposed to hold a parade to mark their 2019 WNBA championship, the Washington Mystics have revealed plans for what the team is billing as a “virtual celebration.”The Mystics originally planned to take to the streets of the nation’s capital on Tuesday, but that was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic.Also set aside was a banner-raising ceremony scheduled for the home opener against the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday. Speaking on a Zoom conference call, Nance said he’s cautiously optimistic about the league resuming after pausing play for two months because of the COVID-19 outbreak.Although the Cavs won’t be competing for a title, Nance empathizes with players who may not get to finish what they started if the league winds up scrapping the season.“We’re not in position to win a championship this year but if I was, if I was Giannis (Antetokounmpo). If I was LeBron (James). If I was Kawhi (Leonard). If I was on one of those championship caliber teams I’d be pretty upset about it, because it’s very rare in this league that a chance like this comes along and that’s taken a valuable year off someone’s career,” Nance said Tuesday.Nance was recently able to work out on a court for the first time since March as the Cavs re-opened their training facility for players last week. Nance said he felt confident in returning to the floor because of the “well regimented” health and safety measures implemented by the team.A huge soccer fan, Nance said he has been closely monitoring the return of other leagues worldwide as potential test cases for the NBA to follow. It’s not known when the season will begin.So Saturday will feature online festivities.Those will include messages from Mayor Muriel Bowser, Mystics owner Ted Leonsis and coach Mike Thibault, an appearance by player Natasha Cloud, and the first episode of a documentary about the championship run.___Swedish soccer players will not be required to take a test for COVID-19 before practice sessions or matches. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance said it’s important for the NBA to crown a champion in this pandemic-altered season. Only essential personnel are allowed at the track and they undergo daily temperature checks. They also must abide by requirements for masks, gloves and social distancing.___The NCAA has canceled both sessions of the NCAA Basketball Academy in July because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The sessions were scheduled for July 20-26 at Utah, Winthrop, Wichita State and Connecticut.Up to 1,600 players from the high school graduating classes between 2021 and 2023 were to be selected to the academy, with up to 400 assigned to each region during the two sessions. ___London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he believes it is too early for the Premier League to be planning a resumption of the season amid the coronavirus pandemic.Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and West Ham all play in the capital.The mayor’s office says the league should resume only “when it is safe to do so.”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that sports events in the country could resume in June if there is not a new spike in COVID-19 infections. “We did an 11-hour drive on Friday and powered through that,” he told ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt late Monday night. “I was proud of myself. It was interesting. The license plate game is hard right now because there’s not a lot of cars on the road. But the kids were pretty good. Thank God for the iPads, and now happy to be in Cleveland.”Stefanski spent 14 seasons as an assistant with the Vikings before he was hired by the Browns in January.During his introductory news conference, Stefanski said he knew about Cleveland’s east side-west side divide and wasn’t sure where to live. He wound up settling in a western suburb.Stefanski and his staff have been holding daily Zoom calls during the team’s offseason program, which has been forced to be virtual because of the virus. On Monday, Cleveland’s rookies joined the meetings.Stefanski believes the sessions have worked well. The Diamond League circuit of track meets has a new, shorter schedule from mid-August through mid-October because of the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics says the adapted program can “give athletes time to prepare mentally, stay motivated and adjust training for competition.”The series is now set to start in Monaco on Aug. 14 with two more European meets scheduled for later that month. Four more European meets in September will be followed by Shanghai on Sept. 19.The Prefontaine meet in Eugene, Oregon, is set for Oct. 4. The season-ending meet is Oct. 17 in China at a city to be decided.World Athletics says Zurich will now have the finals in 2021 and 2022 and Eugene has agreed to push back its finals back by one year to 2023. The Latest: Cavs’ Nance says important for NBA to have champ World Cup winner Giuseppe Bergomi says he had COVID-19.The former Italy defender says that for 20-25 days beginning in early March his back was in so much pain that he couldn’t sit down.He adds in an Instagram chat that he felt constantly weak.The 56-year-old Bergomi says he has recovered.Bergomi played for Inter Milan and is now an analyst for soccer matches on Italy’s Sky TV. He helped Italy to the 1982 World Cup title. ___The qualifying tournament for the 2021 Women’s Cricket World Cup has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Bangladesh, Ireland, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United States, the West Indies and Zimbabwe were to play in the tournament in Sri Lanka from July 3-19 and three were to qualify.The International Cricket Council has not set new dates.The Women’s World Cup is in New Zealand in February and March. The Austrian soccer league is set to resume next month in empty stadiums following clearance from the government.Soccer federation president Leo Windtner met with vice chancellor Werner Kogler and says the path is clear to restart. Training could resume this week.The league is expected to set a date for games at a meeting of clubs Wednesday.No Austrian league games have been played since early March. LASK Linz leads Salzburg by three points at the top of the standings.___ The NCAA created the basketball academy in 2019 in a revamping of the recruiting process following a pay-for-play scandal uncovered by a federal investigation in 2017. The new recruiting calendar includes fewer live periods with AAU teams, evaluation periods with high school teams and the basketball academy.___USA Gymnastics will not hold any top-tier events the rest of this year.The organization announced Tuesday it is scrapping the U.S. Classic and the national championships because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization had initially hoped to reschedule the events for later in 2020 after Tokyo Olympics were pushed back to the summer of 2021.USA Gymnastics president Li Li Leung called the decision “in the best interest” of the gymnastics community after receiving guidance from health experts and consulting with coaches and athletes. Nance is doing what he can to stay in shape and he has passed some time watching “The Last Dance” with his father, Larry, who battled Michael Jordan throughout his pro career. Nance said he and his dad have had a running debate whether Jordan was a better player than James.___Belmont Park’s main track re-opened for training Tuesday, with preparations underway for a resumption of live racing and the start of the spring-summer meet, which has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.Wearing face masks and gloves, outriders and gate crew led horses to the main track for exercise. The dirt training track has remained open throughout the suspension of live racing.Assistant trainer Blair Golen says the horses are able to relax more on the main track and not be passed by anybody because of the space. The league has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first game will be between AGF and Randers to complete the 24th round. The 25th round will start on May 29.All games in the 26th and final round will be held on June 7. The playoffs will follow with the season scheduled to end on July 29.The league says games will take place at various times during the daytime and evening “so that as many matches as possible are made available to football fans” while stadiums are closed.FC Midtjylland leads FC Copenhagen by 12 points at the top of the standings. FIFA says both tournaments will retain their eligibility rules. The same players can be selected even if they have a birthday early in 2021.The FIFA Congress was due to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sept. 18 but will now be an online event.___German soccer clubs will decide whether to adopt a rule change to increase the number of substitutions when they meet by video conference on Thursday.The International Football Association Board agreed last week to let teams use two extra substitutes per match in 2020. That should help leagues clear a backlog of games created by the coronavirus pandemic. Liverpool led the league by 25 points with nine games remaining when the league was suspended in March.___FIFA has rescheduled two women’s events for next year and will hold its 2020 annual meeting online.FIFA says the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica and Panama will start on Jan. 20 and the Under-17 Women’s World Cup will be in India from Feb. 17.Both 2020 tournaments were postponed in April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The club that hosts the Wimbledon tennis tournament says it has made donations worth about $1.5 million to emergency services and charities amid the coronavirus pandemic.The All England Club says it has also made contributions to a relief program to support players whose income is particularly affected by the virus outbreak.All England Club chairman Ian Hewitt says “Wimbledon has the responsibility and the capacity to act as a force for good.”This year’s grass-court Grand Slam event was canceled on April 1. It is the first time Wimbledon has been shelved since World War II.___ May 12, 2020 Players will instead have to fill in a self-assessment form each morning before arriving at training or a match. The club doctor will then assess whether the player is healthy enough to take part. Players must stay at home if they have any symptoms.The Swedish league says the principle in the country is that only people who are feeling so ill that they must visit the hospital get a ”full-scale corona test.”The return-to-play protocols have been presented to Sweden’s public health authority. A decision is expected this week on whether the Swedish league can start next month.Swedish society hasn’t completely shut down during the coronavirus outbreak because the government and medical authorities have chosen not to impose as many restrictions as other countries.___ ___The Diamond League event in London is the latest track meet to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The meet had been scheduled for July 4-5 at the Olympic Stadium.British Athletics says “the decision has been made in light of the ongoing global pandemic.”___ ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Aigbogun Picks Utin, 20 Others for World Cup in Poland

first_imgThe announcement by Aigbogun comes less than 24 hours before the team tackles Austrian club, Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian city of Salzburg on Tuesday evening. The squad’s final pre-World Cup friendly will be against Red Bull Leipzig in Germany on Friday, with the delegation to fly out of Germany to Tychy on Sunday.The Flying Eagles, seven –time champions of the African continent, have finished as runners-up at the FIFA World Cup on two occasions – 1989 and 1995 – and took the bronze medals in the former Soviet Union 34 years ago.Nigeria’s last appearance at the FIFA U20 World Cup was in New Zealand four years ago, where Coach Manu Garba’s wards were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Germany in Christchurch.The Flying Eagles play Qatar, the United States of America and Ukraine in that order at the championship in Poland, with their first game against Qatar in Tychy on 24th May.Goalkeepers: Detan Ogundare (Kogi United); Olawale Oremade (Kwara United; Jonathan Zaccala (Triestina FC, Italy)Defenders: Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba FC); Aliu Salawudeen (Amuneke Academy); Igoh Ogbu (Rosenborg BK, Norway); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba FC); Muhammad Rabiu (Plateau United); Jamil Muhammad (Kano Pillars)Midfielders: Nnamdi Ofoborh (AFC Bournemouth, England); Eletu Peter (Prince Kazeem FC); Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru (Manchester City, England); Kingsley Michael (AC Perugia, Italy); Effiom Maxwell (Enyimba FC); Aniekeme Okon (Akwa United); Collins Sor (Oasis FC)Forwards: Jerome Adams (Sogndal IL, Norway); Tijani Muhammed (FC Banik Ostrava, Czech Republic); Henry Offia (IK Sirius Uppsala, Sweden); Chinonso Emeka (Club Brookhouse, England); Success Makanjuola (Water FC)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Head Coach Paul Aigbogun has named Captain Ikouwem Utin, goalkeeper Olawale Oremade, midfielder Kingsley Michael and forward Henry Offia in his list of 21 players for this year’s FIFA U20 World Cup finals in Poland.Also included are defender Valentine Ozornwafor – named in the Team of the Tournament at the U20 AFCON finals in Niger Republic in February – and vivacious attacking midfielder Effiom Maxwell.Aigbogun spoke to the players over dinner at their Bad Goegging, Germany training camp on Monday where he unveiled the list.last_img read more

Men’s tennis looks forward to hosting Big Ten Tourney

first_imgBilly Bertha, coupled with Marek Michalicka, have only dropped five doubles matches this season and hold a 6-3 conference record.[/media-credit]Ten teams and four days of some of the best tennis in the country are coming to Madison starting today.The University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team will play host to this year’s Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament held at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The tournament begins with three matches on Thursday, four quarterfinal matches on Friday, two semifinal matches on Saturday and will finish with the title match on Sunday at noon.To start the tournament, No. 6 Wisconsin will play No. 11 Penn State Thursday at 11:30 a.m, and the winner will face Minnesota Friday at 2:00 p.m.The youthful Badgers enter the tournament after a bittersweet weekend on the road. Wisconsin split the weekend with a 5-2 win against Iowa and a 7-0 loss to Illinois.Besides the one doubles win by Billy Bertha and Marek Michalicka, the closest the Badgers came to a point in Sunday’s match was due to freshman Petr Satral. Illinois’ Johnny Hamui and Satral went into a third set tiebreak, but unfortunately Satral fell short.“It was a tough match,” Satral said. “The guy was ranked and I think I was playing a good match, but unfortunately I lost. It was more important that we lost in general, 7-0.”Now, Iowa and Illinois are a thing of the past and all that is left to do is look toward Penn State.“We had a great win against Iowa, it was a tough team on the road, but Illinois just played a little bit better than us,” UW head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. “We just have to regroup, learn something from the loss, move forward and get ready for tomorrow’s match.”It hasn’t been that long since Wisconsin last faced Penn State. Nearly two weeks ago the Badgers beat the Nittany Lions 6-1 to honor lone senior Marek Michalicka on Senior Day.The last time Penn State faced Wisconsin, Van Emburgh made several changes to the lineup, and this week it looks like there may be a couple more adjustments as well.No matter what kind of changes come, freshman Alexander Teppert, who has been playing a couple matches in the No. 3 doubles spot with Ricardo Martin, is just looking forward to getting some Big Ten experience after redshirting his first season.“It would be nice playing singles. I just want a match and Big Ten experience,” Teppert said. “The only singles matches I’ve played are against lower level teams, it’ll be good to get some experience in general with these guys.”Van Emburgh says the criteria for who plays where is pretty simple.“We’re just looking for teams that are playing their best. Fred and Rod have been playing some good tennis. Alex and Petr and Ricardo have also been playing good tennis, we’ll see how they are,” Van Emburgh said. “We just go by each match, whoever’s ready to play, whoever’s playing the best and go in order to that.”But the tournament is much more than just one match. Seven of the 10 Badgers are unfamiliar to the Big Ten tournament and look forward to gaining experience.As such, the main goal for this weekend is pretty simple for freshman Rodney Carey.“Just get a lot of experience and be able to manage my game on the court and handle the pressure,” he said. “It’s special to have a home court advantage with all the fans, I heard it’s pretty good so it’ll be exciting.”For a freshman, the pressure of hosting their first Big Ten tournament is immense, but it’s also a privilege. One very familiar to such a feeling is Michalicka.“I’m just feeling a little bit sad that almost three and a half years are coming to an end. I’ve had a great time at UW so it’s nice to look back,” Michalicka said.Whether it’s a freshman looking for experience or a senior playing what could be his last match, this weekend proves to be an exciting event for all.“It’s great to be able to showcase your venue and your school and the University of Wisconsin, so as coaches we’re really excited about it,” Van Emburgh said. “We’re glad we’re able to host it. I know the players are excited to play on their home courts and showcase their university.”last_img read more