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Handicap 24 Kamau wins Amari Gardens tourney

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By LARRY NGALA
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Handicap 24 golfer Joseph Kamau produced an amazing score of 45 points, to claim the overall title during the colourful Amari Gardens Golf tournament at the par 72 Ruiru Sports Club course at the weekend.

Kamau carded 22 points in the first nine, he added 23 from the back nine, to win by two points from men winner Joseph Wahome who combined 24 and 19 for 43 points. Patrick Miitii was second in the men’s section with 40 points as Irene Wamoro beat Wambui Rugu on countback with 39 points to claim the ladies title.

Pauline Mungai with 37 was third as Ciira Kiyukia and Zack Muigai clinched the two nines on 21 and 23 points. Leading the sponsors was Bernard Musau with 30 points and Charles Kinyanjui on 37 was the best guest.

At Thika Sports Club; Lady golfer Margaret Waweru was in her best form over the weekend as she fired a brilliant 42 points made up of 20 and 22 to take home the overall winner’s prize in the KETEPA golf tournament where J.K. Mbugua was the men’s winner on 39 after beating M.Shiota on countback. In third place was David Matano who carded 38 points, same as lady winner Juliana Musyoka.

Jessica Kimathi on 37 points was second after beating Millicent Kimathi on countback. Ken Lucas emerged the best guest on 33 points and the nines went to S.G. Njuguna and Stephen Githiaka on 23 and 24 points.

At the par 73 Nakuru Golf Club course, George Kimani carded 41 points to claim the overall title in the CIC Insurance golf tournament, beating men winner Kisilah Gor on countback. Joseph Munene on 38 was second in the men’s category. Veteran lady golfer Sarah Ainley produced an impressive round of 40 points, to claim the ladies prize with Clem Muli on 34 finishing second.

The best score of the day however came from the guest section where Kevin Baraza combined 18 and 25 for 43 points, with S.K. Njoroge and S. Musyoka winning the nines on 21 and 22 points.

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At Kiambu, the September Pendant sponsored by Grace Githere was won by Muthaiga’s Susan Kanyora with nett 70, winning by three shots from Lucy Wainaina who won the silver. The bronze title was won by Margaret Mbugua on 71 nett. In the gross section, Teresia Wainaina won with 103 and the Bronze gross went to Barbara Kinyanjui on 97 gross. The men’s title went to Peter Kahuho on 74 nett after a countback with Waweru Kuria while David Kimani was third on 75 nett.

The following is a summarised results from the weekend action;

At Karen; Migumoini Match play finals and subsidiary

Matchplay Winner Patrick Kagiri beat Wade Kilburn 3-2. Semi-finalists James Ngotho (Lost 2-1 to Patrick Kagiri), Ken Kubasu lost to Patrick Kagiri. Subsidiary Winner- Peter I. Kamau 40 pts, Louisa Gitau 39 cb Chris Rwengo 39. Junior Winner-Njogu Kung’u 35 pts. Staff Winner  David Maina 31, Nines; Rose Njendu  20, Ezekiel Owuor 23, Guest Paul Orawo 38 pts

At Vet Lab; Southern Sun Golf Day

Overall Winner: Nelson Nyoike 44. Men Winner: Joseph Macharia 41 cb Mikael Kihara 41, Nicholas Imbugwa 40 pts.Lady Winner: Rachel Ndei 38, Ann Waiganjo 37, Guest Winner: Collins Too 45, Pius Angasa 38, Junior Winner: Allan Opiyo 40 pts. Gross Winner: Jack Mwangi 72.

At Sigona; Sanyo Armco Golf Day

Overall winner Imraan Nanji 41pts; Nawaaz Popat 40, Nagib Popat 39, Ashok Sanghani 38pts; Lady winner Zippy Wachira 35pts; guest winner S D Shah 39pts; nines; winner Arvo Ladha 22, Ajay Chandarana 22pts;

At Limuru; Cleanshelf Supermarkets Golf Day

Overall winner- Patrick Wangongu 42, Men- Nicholas Gathuru 41, James Kashangaki 39, Lady- Emma Gathoni 39, Beth Kariuki 38, Guest A. Kimani 40, cb M. Karanja 40, Nines; PK Warari 22, Kariuki Minju 22 pts.



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Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard

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Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.

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However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
SEE ALSO: Working from home could be blessing in disguise for persons with disabilities
Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

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Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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Drastic life changes affecting mental health

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Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.

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Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.

Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.

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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020.  It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.

A study by Dr. Habil Otanga,  a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says  that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.

KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.

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Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.

As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.

“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”

Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.

“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.

Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.

“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”

Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.

“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.

Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.

Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.

She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.

Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.

“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added

Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.

“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and  also engage in   reading that would  help expand their knowledge.

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