190 people have tested positive for Coronavirus from 4,609 samples tested in the last 24 hours even as four others died. The new cases push the total number of positive cases confirmed in the Country since March to 35,793. The new infections comprise 182 Kenyans and eight foreigners aged between one year and 85 years.In terms of gender, 136 are males while 54 are female. The cumulative tests now stand at 490,445. 395 people have recovered from the disease, 116 from the home-based care while 279 have been discharged from various hospitals pushing up the total recoveries to 22,442.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 “Sadly, 4 patients have succumbed to the disease bringing our fatality to 616. Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased” said Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.Also Read Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challengesThe cases are distributed across the counties as follows; Nairobi 65, Kitui 27, Mombasa 16, Uasin Gishu 13, Embu 10, Kisii 9, Garissa 6, Kajiado 6, Kiambu 6, Machakos 4, Nakuru 4, Meru 4, Kericho14, Narok 4, Kisumu 2, Trans Nzoia 2, Bomet 2, Busia 2, Murang’a 1, Bungoma 1, Kakamega 1 and Kilifi 1.The Nairobi cases are from Roysambu (14), Dagoretti North and Langata (8) cases each, Embakasi East and Starehe (5) cases each, Embakasi South and Westlands (4) cases each, Embakasi West (3), Dagoretti South, Embakasi Central, Kamukunji, Kibra and Makadara (2) cases each, Embakasi North, Kasarani, Mathare and Ruaraka (1) case each.Also Read Cardinal Njue condemns conduct of leaders in the countryIn Kitui, the 27 cases are from Kitui West (24), Mwingi Central (2) and Kitui Rural (1).In Mombasa, the 16 cases are from Jomvu(6), Mvita (4), Changamwe and Kisauni (3) cases each.In Uasin Gishu, the 13 cases are from Ainabkoi (6), Soy (3), Kapseret (2), Moiben and Turbo (1) case each.In Embu all cases are from Manyatta, while the nine cases in Kisii, are from Kitutu Chache South (6) and Bonchari (3).The six cases in Garissa, are all from the town, while the cases in Kajiado are from Kajiado North.In Kiambu, the new infections are from Thika (4), Kiambu Town and Ruiru (1) . In Machakos, the four cases are all from the town.Also Read COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deathsIn Nakuru, they are distributed in Nakuru East (2), Gilgil and Nakuru North (1). The 4 cases in Meru, are from Buuri, Imenti Central, Tigania East and Tigania West with (1) case each. The 4 cases in Kericho, are from Belgut (3) and Ainamoi (1), while in Narok they are from Narok North.In Kisumu, the 2 cases are all from Kisumu Central, in Trans Nzoia from Kiminini, in Bomet from Bomet East, and the 2 cases in Busia are all from Teso North.The case in Murang’a, is in Maragua, the case in Bungoma is from Kimilili, the case in Kakamega, is from Ikolomani, and the case in Kilifi, is from Kaloleni.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms unveiled the new outdoor Atlanta Hawks community basketball court at Selena S. Butler Park, adjacent to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center. Principal Owner Tony Ressler, CEO Steve Koonin, Head Coach Lloyd Pierce, first-year guard Trae Young, Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins and Atlanta Hawks Foundation Executive Director David Lee were all on site for the ceremony.Also in attendance were John Dargle, Jr., City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner, and City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong as well as Dr. Elder Bernice King.“Dr. King’s legacy is one of service, selflessness and universal human dignity,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “The Atlanta Hawks’ investment in our communities continues his legacy, and Atlanta is fortunate to have a hometown team that gives so much to its neighbors and fans.”The Selena S. Butler Park outdoor courts mark the sixth Atlanta Hawks court renovation project completed in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Recreation. These courts will be the first that feature a special black-and-gold color scheme marking the 50th anniversary of the Atlanta Hawks. The unique color scheme also pays tribute and honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his contributions to the City of Atlanta and the country. Previous Atlanta Hawks basketball court renovations include Grant Park, Bessie Branham Park, William Walker Recreation Center, Coan Park and Central Park basketball courts.© Kat Goduco Photo“Thank you to the Atlanta Hawks, Dr. Elder Bernice King, and partners for being here today and for helping make this project a reality,” said John Dargle. “Atlanta is the birthplace of Dr. King and the recreation center and these courts represent his legacy. Through our work and our partnerships Atlanta Parks and Rec works to offer exceptional amenities, programs, and facilities to residents and visitors and these courts are an example of that.”“We are humbled to partake in honoring Dr. King and his legacy as our team celebrates 50 years in the city of Atlanta,” Steve Koonin said. “On behalf of our fans and our partners at the city, State Farm and UPS, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy than by putting a commemorative 50th anniversary court next to the MLK Recreation Center, and we are delighted to find another meaningful way to unite this city through the sport of basketball.”At the event, both State Farm and Goodr teamed up to provide a free pop-up grocery “store” for more than 100 seniors in attendance as part of the State Farm Neighborhood of Good activation. Hawks and UPS co-branded basketballs were handed out to the youth in attendance. UPS shipped and delivered the court.The event had special appearances from team mascot Harry The Hawk, the Hawks ATL Dancers and the Hawks’ Flight Crew. The brothers of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity from Morehouse College also performed a step routine.In 2015, the Atlanta Hawks Foundation pledged to revamp 25 metro Atlanta basketball courts by 2020. These renovations will positively affect approximately 465,000 residents throughout Atlanta. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms continues to work to ensure our neighborhoods and communities thrive and provide world-class infrastructure and services.
So what do we know about the Alliance of American Football five weeks into its 10-week regular season?First off, there’s apparently an appetite for spring professional football. Although the quality of play, particularly on offense, doesn’t approach the NFL — nobody said it would, of course — this has not been an amateurish effort. Indeed, as Alliance co-founder Bill Polian stressed from the outset, “These guys are men playing professional football.”Every player on the eight teams is getting an opportunity to display his skills, and lack thereof, to the regular turnout of NFL scouts at AAF games. There’s a longstanding truism in football that whatever you do on a field is on film, and that’s the window into your abilities. “Film doesn’t lie” is how most scouts put it.Those talent evaluators should be most impressed by the performances of the front sevens pretty much throughout the league. If there are Alliance standouts who will quickly catch on with NFL clubs in May and thereafter, look for most of them to come from defenses.And they are allowed to head back to the big league.“There is an official policy, once the regular season begins and ostensibly once training camp begins, we expect the players to stay here for the completion of the Alliance season,” Polian says. “If their team doesn’t make the playoffs, we’d be happy to let him go, other than that they have got to make the commitment throughout the season.“One of the reasons we can do that is our season ends just before OTAs begin (in the NFL), so a player can go back to the NFL and not miss significant OTA time and he is in shape because he has been playing.”That defensive performances have so outshined the offenses shouldn’t be a stunner. Certainly, Polian isn’t surprised.“It is always easier to put together a defense because it’s reactionary,” he explains. “An offense requires choreography and difficult and complicated movements and requires synchronization.”The area the Alliance’s offensive woes have been most pronounced has been the red zone, which often has resembled a dead zone for teams trespassing there. There have been 65 field goals compared to 75 offensive TDs. Five teams aren’t averaging 20 points an outing.Most obvious is the level of performance at quarterback and receiver. To get a full appreciation of how good NFL passers are — even the mediocre ones — an examination of Alliance QBs is educational. For the most part, there are enough off-target throws, even if by a foot or less, to cause interceptions. Plus, the wideouts in general don’t have the hands or agility to make the adjustments we see from, say, Julio Jones or Larry Fitzgerald.Dropped passes have plagued virtually every AAF team, something that will prove worrisome for those receiving invitations to NFL workouts, minicamps and training camps. There will be a significant number of players getting those invites.Off the field, the Alliance has shown staying power — isn’t that what it’s all about? — with good TV ratings, digital participation and solid enough attendance.Weather has been a factor in some cities, including blizzard-like conditions for one game in Salt Lake City. Spring isn’t really sprung in several AAF locales, but the league reports that San Antonio is averaging about 28,000 fans and San Diego has had two crowds of more than 20,000. Generally, attendance has been 10,000 or above, though Birmingham (6,539), Salt Lake (9,302) and Arizona (9,531) have had fewer fans for a game.League co-founders Polian and Charlie Ebersol and chairman Tom Dundon — the major backer who is pouring $250 million into the Alliance — speak glowingly about how many eyeballs are watching. One of the broadcast partners, CBS, even is switching two games from its cable outlet to its main network, including a regular-season contest on April 7, NCAA Final Four weekend.CBS televised the league opener from San Antonio on Feb. 9 and got a 2.1 rating that beat the NBA on ABC.Turner Sports originally signed up for one in-season game and a playoff. It has added two Saturday afternoon matches.NFL Network, the other main AAF broadcaster, has averaged 502,000 viewers, the Alliance says, and saw a rise in audience on a night its game went up against the Academy Awards.“We experienced a 15 percent rise in viewership on NFL Network from Week2 to Week 3, even with our Sunday prime-time game taking place during the Oscars,” Ebersol says. “Our business plan from the beginning was to earn our viewers. We didn’t spend millions on marketing and promotion; we bet the farm that we would earn the attention of fans by putting top-flight football on the field each week and we are thrilled that it paid off. Millions of people have tuned in each week on TV and our platforms and engaged with our product 100 percent organically.”The league also has added sponsors as the schedule progressed, which Ebersol and Dundon point to as evidence the Alliance is addressing the thirst for football in the advertising community once the NFL’s season concludes. Those sponsors include MGM Resorts, New Era, STARTER and TurboTax, with sponsors from the automotive, food and beverage categories in the works.Most of all, the Alliance isn’t losing sight of what it was established to be: a developmental league.“When we started this journey, one thing we wanted it to be is complementary to the NFL and what they are doing,” says San Antonio’s general manager, former Cowboys star fullback Daryl Johnston. “Talking to coaches, one of the things they are frustrated by in this current CBA is the reduction in practice and meeting time. This is what the Alliance would be perfect for, and hopefully at some point in the future for us to bring in some of those (NFL) guys at the back end of the roster … and address some of the areas where the coaches feel there is a need for that development.” The Memphis Express made its home debut at the Liberty Bowl on Saturday, facing off against the Arizona Hotshots. And once again, the Express showed positive signs on defense while struggling offensively, sending the home team to a 20-18 loss and an 0-2 record in the team’s inaugural season in Memphis.