Tennis coach Rosemary Owino is among five top tacticians who will be battling for the Coach of the Year honours during the Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards gala set for January 11 in Mombasa County.
Owino will be up against Kenya Lionesses coach Kevin ‘Bling’ Wambua, Telkom hockey team coach Jos Openda, KCB rugby coach Curtis Olago and Kenya Prisons women’s volleyball team coach Josp Barasa. The Soya awards, which have been co-sponsored by Mombasa County, National Social Security Fund, Communication Authority, Kenya Pipeline, Kenya Power, Lap-Fund, New KCC, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), GOtv and Protel Studios will be held at the historical Fort Jesus site.
Owino guided Kenya’s team back to Davis Cup Euro/Africa Group II Championship after 13 years and hopes to ride on this honours to scoop the top award.
Owino led Kenya’s Ismael Changawa and Ibrahim Kibet in beating top seeded Benin pair of Alexis Klegou and Felix Hounkpevi to win title at the Nairobi Club last June,.
Owino also led Sheil Kotecha in beating Delmas N’Tcha also of Benin 6-4, 6-4. On his part, Wambua guided the Kenya Lionesses to their first ever Africa 7s title.
‘Bling’ as he is popularly known, led the Kenya girls in lifting the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Trophy in Gaborone, Botswana in May with a 29-7 win over Uganda in the final.
He also steered Lionesses to the Cup semi-finals of the women’s World Series qualifiers in Hong Kong in April where Kenya beat South Africa for the first time.
Wambua also led the Lionesses to a sixth place finish at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia also in April. Telkom hockey team coach Openda, who has won the coveted award before will be hoping to bag it once again after a good outing in 2018. Openda once again led his charges in bagging the Kenya Hockey Union league title after an unbeaten run. Openda also reclaimed the Africa Cup of Club Championships in Abuja, Nigeria.
Olago led KCB RFC to defending the Kenya Cup, this time lifting it unbeaten. The bankers also defended the Enterprise Cup and finished third overall in the 2018 National Sevens Series.
On his part, Barasa led Kenya Prisons in reclaiming the Kenya Volleyball Federation league title from rivals Kenya Pipeline. After four years of near misses, Barasa finally masterminded the triumph at the national play-offs in December at Kasarani with his team winning all three matches.
Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The 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.
“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.
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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.
Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard
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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