Self-Driving Car Company Cruise Trims Workforce, Closes Pasadena Facility Amid Pandemic

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KMPDU SG Chibanzi Mwachonda tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgThe Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) acting Secretary-General Dr Chibanzi Mwachonda has tested positive for COVID-19.Through a statement issued Friday, the KMPDU boss said that he is a stable condition.“On behalf of the National Executive Council, I would like to inform all KMPDU members and the general public that I have tested positive for COVID -19. I’m currently in a stable condition and under self-isolation. My family is safe, contact tracing and testing of all close contacts is ongoing, he said.Also Read  KNCCI training to help special group SMEs cope during COVID-19 He urged Kenyans to take extra caution and adhere to measures set out by the Health Ministry to curb the spread of COVID-19.Also Read  Kenya marks World Alzheimer’s day amid renewed hope“I urge all Kenyans to adhere to the Ministry of Health Prevention Measures of putting on your masks, washing your hands, avoiding unnecessary movement and gatherings in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and enable us to flatten the curve as a country,” he added.He urged the government to provide utmost support to its frontline soldiers by providing adequate and quality PPEs and unveil the welfare package on work injury benefits and comprehensive medical treatment.Also Read  152 more test positive as Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 36,981Kenya’s cumulative COVID-19 cases stand at 19,913 after 788 more cases were confirmed Thursday.Deaths occurring from the virus have risen to 325 after 14 more patients succumbed in the last 24 hours. Dr Chibanzi Mwachonda said that he contracted the virus while dispensing his official duties.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

Men’s hockey: Luke Kunin notches second Big Ten Star of the Week award

first_imgThe former recruiting classes of former Wisconsin men’s hockey coach, Mike Eaves, are finally starting to make headlines on the biggest stage as sophomore Luke Kunin earned his second Big Ten Star of the Week honor of the season Tuesday. The award came after Kunin’s three points, two goals and one assist led the Badgers to a 7-4 win Saturday over Michigan University and an unfortunate 4-1 loss on Sunday.Men’s hockey: Badgers dominate offensively on the road, improve to 4-2The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team impressed in upstate New York this weekend, sweeping their two-game weekend against No. Read…The sophomore has been one of the most dominant forces in the Big Ten this season, getting his first Big Ten Star of the Week award for his five-point effort in a weekend sweep of Clarkson University and St. Lawrence University. Despite an almost equally as impressive freshman campaign, Kunin has really flourished this season under the direction of new head coach Tony Granato, playing more aggressive and finishing more of his opportunities.The 15th overall pick in the 2016 early NHL Draft to the Minnesota Wild has seen stark rises in efficiency this season, going from .145 shot percentage to .186, best on the team, and currently sitting only seven goals behind his season totals from last year. While Kunin is two points behind senior Grant Besse, the sophomore is the team leader in goals at 11 and an emerging star in a program that seems to be returning to its former glory.Goldsobel: Jurusik and Kunin named top NHL draft prospects, but need to prove worthWisconsin men’s hockey is not what it once was. It seems so long ago that they were one of the NCAA’s Read…The performance and award couldn’t have come at a better time for Kunin or the team as Michigan was the first conference series for Wisconsin and, if he can produce at an all-conference level against a dominant Wolverine front, then there is no reason to expect he won’t do it against other Big Ten teams going forward.The Badgers, once again, play one of the toughest schedules in college hockey this year with three teams in conference ranked in the NCAA top 12 and all three of those teams, Ohio State University, Minnesota University and Penn State University, facing Wisconsin in the final three weekends of the year. UW will need every bit of scoring to return to the top of the conference for the first time since 2013 and Kunin is the largest part of that cog.last_img read more

Dolphins hire ex-Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie as senior personnel executive, reports say

first_imgHe was credited with flipping the Raiders from their 3-13 season in 2014 to a winning organization in 2016, when they went 12-4.Last season, the Raiders finished 4-12, last in the AFC West. McKenzie is expected to help Dolphins general manager Chris Grier and new coach Brian Flores return the Dolphins to playoff contention.McKenzie was fired as the Raiders GM in October, when coach Jon Gruden took on a bigger role with the team’s daily operations. The Dolphins are hiring former Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, according to several media reports.Per the Miami Herald, McKenzie will serve as a senior personnel executive, although the Dolphins have yet to make that announcement. NFL Draft 2019: Opening odds favor Dolphins taking Kyler Murray Related Newslast_img read more