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Uhuru warns mismanaged sports federations

first_img“Every time we agree on what needs to be done should be fulfilled. Am perturbed that this has not been happening,” President Kenyatta said.This comes in the wake of complains from athletes that are headed to the Commonwealth Games in Australia over lack of proper kitting and non-payment of allowances which brought a near go-slow to training, less than two weeks to the games.The head of state has said the country has an obligation to honour its sportsmen and women who raise the country’s flag high.He said sports federations, including the Athletic Kenya, Kenya Golf Union, Kenya Football Kenya Federation, Kenya Rugby Union, Cricket Kenya and Kenya Hockey, had to style up and ensure that they fulfil their mandate.President Uhuru Kenyatta poses for a photo with members of Team Kenya during the Commonwealth flag handover ceremony at State House on march 27, 2018. PHOTO/PSCU“We don’t take for granted that it takes a lot to be where you are. It takes a lot of effort to participate in the variety of international competitions,” said the President.President Kenyatta told the team that whatever the Government has allocated in terms of allowances and rewards is their entitlement and they should not shy away from demanding them from federations.“There are things we agreed that need to be done for the rugby team, golf teams and other sportsmen and women, as we demand that they meet our expectations we also should do our part,” said President Kenyatta.Kenyatta spoke on Tuesday morning at State House, Nairobi, as he handed the team headed to Gold Coast, Australia the flag.The team will be skippered by World 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi. The Kenya Police Service coincidentally also happens to serve in the President’s elite VIP protection unit.President Uhuru Kenyatta poses for a photo with members of Team Kenya during the Commonwealth flag handover ceremony at State House on march 27, 2018. PHOTO/PSCUMeanwhile, speaking during the hand-over ceremony, Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa assured the sportsmen and women of his commitment to uplifting their standards as well as taking care of their wellbeing.“I know our athletes have been undergoing a lot of frustrations. This will no longer happen under my watch,” he assured the President and the team.The Commonwealth games will run from April 4th to 15th in Gold Coast, Australia. The Kenyan team of 300 includes the Para-athletes team.–Additional information courtesy PSCU0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000President Uhuru Kenyatta poses for a photo with Kenya Lionesses players and technical bench officials during the Commonwealth flag handover ceremony at State House on march 27, 2018. PHOTO/PSCUNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27-President Uhuru Kenyatta has fired warning shots to sports federations accused of mismanaging athletes, saying they should style up and ensure that all Kenyan sportsmen and women are well taken care of.The President said sports federations have a mandate to ensure Kenyan teams are well trained, prepared and catered for financially even as they go out to represent the country in various fields.last_img read more

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Students attend Knott’s annual Physics Fun Day

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BUENA PARK – It’s not every day that California High School junior Sergio Quirarte gets extra credit in physics class by riding roller coasters. But that’s exactly how he and about 8,000 other students from high schools around Southern California spent Thursday. Armed with accelerometers, inclinometers and stopwatches, the students reinforced what they have covered in physics class by figuring out the speeds of the rides at Knott’s Berry Farm, as well as the rides’ highest points and distances. It was all part of Knott’s annual Physics Fun Day. “I think it really brings the textbooks to life,” said Knott’s spokeswoman Jennifer Blazey. Patterned after a similar event at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott’s started the event eight years ago, she said. “It interests kids because they’re already interested in roller coasters, so it combines that with what they’re already learning in physics,” Blazey said. For Quirarte and about 50 other Cal High physics students in teacher Laurie Thomas’ classes, it was “the best homework assignment,” Quirarte said. “Our extra credit is going on the log ride,” said the 16-year-old, whose “study” group included Kim Garcia, 17, Ray Gibbs, 16, Francisco Amezquita, 16, and Jeff Valencia, 16. “Really, you can explain anything with physics,” Quirarte said as his group waited to board the GhostRider coaster. “And by doing this, it helps you see firsthand how physics works in everyday life.” The day also featured a paper tower-building contest and a paper airplane game, as well as a presentation in the afternoon called, “The Physics Behind the Rides.” It was the second year Thomas brought her students to Knott’s Physics Fun Day. But she nearly ran out of time to organize the field trip, almost canceling it altogether. “The school is going through accreditation next week, and the timing was just bad,” Thomas said. “So I e-mailed some of last year’s students and asked them whether they thought it was worthwhile. “And one e-mail said it was pretty worthwhile, that it was fun, but it really did make him think about some of the things he was taught in class,” she added. “He’s in college now, so I figured I would give this year’s students the opportunity to experience it.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more