National Assembly resumes sittings on Tuesday

first_imgWith the sitting coming a time when cases of COVID-19 cases continue to rise , the National Assembly has also prioritized the Pandemic Response and Management Bill (Senate Bill no. 6 of 2020) which will be read for the first time .Also Read  SRC moves to address pay disparities  The principal object of this bill is to provide a framework for the effective response to and management of a pandemic in order to prevent the occurrence or spread of a pandemic whenever it arises.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalitiesIt also seeks to provide measures to mitigate against the effects of the pandemic and provide a mechanism to cushion those that may be adversely affected by the pandemic. The National Assembly is set to resume its sittings on Tuesday after a three-week recess. The resumption will see the National Assembly conclude amending two bills that had been returned to the August house by President Uhuru Kenyatta who raised reservation with some clauses.The two bills are the Public Finance Management (Amendment)(No.2) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 23 of 2020 and the Tea Bill (Senate Bill No. 36 of 2018).Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deaths During the recess , the National Assembly was forced to sneak in one sitting on 15th of this month to hold a special sitting to address some pending issues which had dragged on for long for, with priority being given to the reconstitution of committees and the approval of nominee for the auditor general job ,a position that had remained vacant for almost a year.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

Spring practice sees changes in offense

first_imgFootball reached the halfway mark of spring practice on Tuesday, completing its seventh session at Howard Jones Field with cold wind gusts and a mix of storylines.A Different OffenseSenior wide receiver De’Quan Hampton, who appeared in 12 games last season as a backup, expressed disappointment about former quarterback Cody Kessler’s unwillingness to target a variety of receivers last season.Hampton added that he wasn’t the only receiver who felt that way, and that the two quarterbacks competing for the starting job this spring — redshirt junior Max Browne and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold — along with redshirt sophomore Jalen Greene spread the ball around more and have stronger arms.“I know Cody was more accurate, but Max, Sam and [Greene], they just have some arms,” Hampton said. “I know that if I have a deep ball, I have to run, otherwise it’s going by me — especially with the wind blowing.”Under new offensive coordinator Tee Martin, the Trojans appeared to be going deep more often.“It’s the play calls,” Hampton said. “They’re emphasizing to the quarterbacks that ‘we need to take these shots.’ It’s there.”One of the criticisms of Kessler while he was under center at USC was that he did not take shots downfield often enough and opted for check-downs instead.“It just gives me more feeling like there’s a 50 percent chance the ball’s going to go your way,” Hampton said of the new offense. “It just lets me know we’re going to spread this around. We’re about to eat.”Martin said that he has not game-planned for more deep passes; rather, the quarterbacks themselves are taking the initiative.“A lot of guys play at receiver, so a lot of guys will get the ball,” Martin said. “It’s good how the quarterbacks trust a lot of guys. It’s not that one guy that they’re keying in on. They’re really spreading the ball around and going through their progressions.”Martin revealed that the team learned 80 percent of the offense in three days, but much to his pleasure, there have been much fewer hiccups than expected.“Credit [that] to veteran experience,” Martin said. “We have quarterbacks who’ve been here that understand the concepts and what we’re trying to get done with the way we operate in our offense.”Quarterback BattleWhile Browne has held the edge in the quarterback position thus far, head coach Clay Helton said Tuesday was Darnold’s best practice of the spring. Helton was confident that Darnold completed over 70 percent of his passes.“I thought he was efficient, accurate,” Helton said. “I thought he played very fluid and timely. The ball came out quick. [In the past], he was holding onto the ball and making sure it was open. Now it’s just spitting out.”Browne, who has two more years of experience than Darnold, felt confident in his performance.“I feel comfortable,” Browne said. “I feel right where I want to be. I feel like I’m leading well, executing well, being efficient out there, which is all I can ask for.”A new Justin DavisSenior running back Justin Davis is looking to be more poised as one of the most experienced members of the backfield, aiming to focus on the bigger picture.“I’ve got to learn how the offense works, how the defense blocks, how the receivers move,” Davis said. “I can’t just worry about myself now. I’m past that now. I have to worry about the game as a whole and not just my part.”Davis said he can’t wait to run behind a stellar offensive line that is returning all its starters.“It’s the perfect right moment now,” Davis said. “We can get the running game going and turn some heads this fall.”last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019: Cardinals have made no decision on No. 1 pick, GM Steve Keim insists

first_img NFL Draft 2019: Kyler Murray reportedly cancels Redskins visit Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury again praises Josh Rosen: He’s a ‘much better player than I was’ The Cardinals still haven’t made a decision on who they will select with the No. 1 overall pick, even though the NFL Draft is only a little more than a week away.”Number one, we are not done with this process. We have not made a decision with the first overall pick,” Keim said during a press conference Tuesday (via ABC 15). “I’m not going to get into hypotheticals today. We’re nine days away, guys. Anything can happen. According to Bleacher Report, the Cardinals already have received two offers for Rosen, but they want to “save face” and get as close to a first-round pick as possible.Keim, however, wasn’t willing to reveal Arizona’s thought process, and insists his franchise hasn’t made a decision about its draft plan just yet. First-year coach Kliff Kingsbury has remained positive about Rosen’s fit with Arizona, and he indicated Tuesday that Rosen has been “phenomenal,” despite the speculation about the quarterback’s future. Keim added that Rosen has been a “pro’s pro.” center_img “I usually try to be straightforward with you guys, but at this time of year, we all know the drill. It’s fun, it’s good for talk shows and TV, but we have a job to do, as well.”The belief by many is that the Cardinals will select Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray with the top pick and then trade Josh Rosen, selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft. Rosen struggled during his rookie season as he completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 2,278 yards. He threw for 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in 14 games.  Related News “The one thing that I’ve appreciated about him the most since we drafted him, the kid has an unbelievable amount of mental toughness,” Keim said.The Cardinals finished 2018 with a league-worst 3-13 record, missing the playoffs for a third straight season.The 2019 NFL Draft begins with Round 1 next Thursday and runs through Saturday in Nashville.last_img read more