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Kenya wins chess, darts titles at EALASCA

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After winning the scrabble, Kenya added chess and darts titles to their collection at the East Africa Local Authorities Sports and Cultural Associations (EALASCA) Games in Kampala on Thursday.

The Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural Associations (KICOSCA) emerged top in chess with 23 points with County Assemblies Sports Association (CASA) and Kampala City Capital Authority (KCCA) second and third on 19.5 and 16.5 points respectively.

In the absence of Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and South Africa, EALASCA secretariat prevailed upon KICOSCA, KCCA and CASA to create “B” teams to increase the number of participating teams.

KICOSCA “A” led with 16 points, CASA “B” 10 pts, CASA “A” and KCCA “A” 9.5pts, KCCA “B” and KICOSCA “B” 7pts apiece.

Kenya’s CASA team thrashed KCCA Councillors 5-0 to win their inaugural title in style. The KICOSCA team is hoping to emulate the MCAs when they meet Uganda.

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Happy Cantona ‘not surprised’ to join EPL Hall of Fame

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LONDON, United Kingdom, May 18 – Manchester United legend Eric Cantona says he is “proud” but “not surprised” to be inducted into the English Premier League Hall of Fame.

The 54-year-old former France international joins Alan Shearer and fellow Frenchman Thierry Henry in being named.

Cantona, who began his career in England at Leeds, scored 70 goals in 156 Premier League appearances and won four titles in five seasons for Manchester United.

He was also instrumental in Leeds winning the last ever First Division title in 1991/92.

“I am very happy and very proud, but at the same time I am not surprised,” said Cantona on learning of his accolade.

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“I would’ve been surprised not to be elected! I have been lucky to play in this team, with wonderful players, a wonderful manager and wonderful fans.

“We won and it was the football I dreamed about because Manchester United, it’s a club where they want to win things but in a good way.”

Cantona is one of the six players from a 23-man shortlist to receive the most combined votes from the public and the Premier League Awards Panel and the next five inductees will be announced over the next three days.

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The Hall of Fame was launched last month to “recognise and celebrate the exceptional skill and talent of players who have graced the League since its inception in 1992”.

A fans’ vote closed on May 9, while to be eligible, players must have been retired by August 1, 2020. Only a player’s Premier League career was considered.

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13,000 households to benefit from health coverage in Taita Taveta – KBC

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Over 13,000 households in Taita Taveta County stand to benefit from free NHIF medical cover in a move set to expand the reach of Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC).

Today marked the end of the registration exercise that will bring onboard over 40,000 under-served Taita Taveta residents into the NHIF medical cover, giving them readily available and free access to medical services.

The County Government has promised to set aside more funds in the next fiscal year to increase the numbers of residents accessing affordable medical and health insurance as well as improve the capacity and the infrastructure of public hospitals.

The NHIF program is in tandem with the National Government’s agenda to achieve the global Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) index by 2030. The UHC is one of the flagship projects and among the “Big Four” agenda declared a matter of national importance and priority by President Kenyatta in December 2018.

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The top goal of UHC is to ensure that every Kenyan accesses quality and affordable medical services by 2022, with eyes set on achieving the global UHC index by 2030.

Under UHC, the National Government is currently at advanced stages of setting up and expanding Cancer Centres of Excellence (CoE) in two national hospitals as well as improving infrastructure at County referral facilities

In Taita Taveta County, Moi County Referral Hospital, Voi, has seen funds from the national kitty injected to bolster its capacity to handle chronic conditions like cancer.

The success of UHC in Kenya will not only improve the quality and affordability of medical services but also boost the country’s medical tourism in East Africa.

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President Kenyatta to commission Lamu Port on Thursday – KBC

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to commission the new multibillion shilling Lamu Port on Thursday according to Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) John Elungata.

Elungata said the head of state will receive to vessels, MV Cap Carmel and MV Seago Bremerhaven to mark the commencement of operations of the facility as  a transshipment hub.

“We are satisfied with the progress of work and everything is in place for the big day,” said Elungata while on a tour at the new commercial port.

Elungata who is the chairman of the Coast Regional Development Implementation Coordination Committee (RDICC) inspected the project works and declared it was ready for opening by the head of state.

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He said the first three berths out of the 32 deep sea berths planned for construction are complete and ready for transshipment of cargo.

The new Port of Lamu code-named Lamu South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor seeks to serve Kenya, South Sudan and landlocked Ethiopia.

He said the government is ready to receive the port from the contractor the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC).

The RC has assured the business community of a well-organized cargo evacuation strategy from the Lamu Port ahead of its commissioning.

Elungata noted that infrastructure is in place to ensure smooth transportation for both domestic and transit cargo with Ethiopia and South Sudan being major destinations.

He said security has also been enhanced along the Lamu-Garsen-Garissa-Isiolo routes, the latest transport corridor in the country, expected to connect Kenya to Ethiopia and South Sudan while opening up the northern region of the country.

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