H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Pandemic declared, global case counts, Tamiflu shortage, Hong Kong closes all schools, pneumococcal vaccine

first_imgJun 11, 2009WHO declares influenza pandemic phase 6The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that the novel H1N1 virus has achieved pandemic status. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan announced the move to pandemic alert phase 6. “The scientific criteria for a pandemic have been met,” she said. “The world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic.” She noted that most cases have been mild and the epidemic been moderate in relatively well-off countries, but a “bleaker picture” may emerge as it spreads in poor countries.[Jun 11 Chan statement]Global H1N1 count nears 29,000The WHO today released its latest case count for novel H1N1 influenza worldwide: 28,774 cases and 144 deaths in 74 countries, up 1,037 cases and 3 deaths from yesterday’s numbers. Countries reporting the greatest increase in laboratory-confirmed cases since yesterday were Mexico (524 new cases), Britain (156), Australia (83), Japan (33), and China (32).[WHO update 47]Australians urged to conserve TamifluSupplies of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) are scarce at some Australian pharmacies, prompting health minister Nicola Roxon to state that many patients with mild illnesses don’t need that drug and that government stockpiles are reserved for those at highest risk, such as those with underlying medical conditions, the Melbourne Herald Sun reported today. The country’s case count has risen to 1,275, with several hospitalizations, including four with reportedly no risk factors in intensive care units.Manitoba intensifies measures to limit novel flu spreadAmid rising novel flu cases and hospitalizations, Manitoba’s regional health authority warned residents to limit hospital visits and asked people with flulike symptoms to stay away, the Winnipeg Globe and Mail reported today. Two more people were placed on ventilators yesterday, bringing the total to 27. Many are from the province’s First Nations communities. The chief of one group said authorities are sanitizing public places and that crowded housing is contributing to flu spread.Hong Kong closes all schools after finding local clusterHong Kong’s government announced today that it has identified its first local novel H1N1 case cluster, in a school, which prompted government officials to close all schools and childcare centers from tomorrow until Jun 25. Officials also announced plans to open eight designated flu clinics on Jun 13, which could expand to 10 more sites if needed. Officials noted their approach to control the spread of the virus is moving from containment to mitigation.CDC urges pneumococcal vaccine for at-risk groupsThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently posted interim guidance on use of the 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine during the novel flu outbreak. The vaccine is still recommended for those age 65 or older and patients aged 2 to 64 who have certain high-risk conditions. However, the CDC urges that those younger than 65 who have underlying health conditions receive the vaccine, because vaccination rates are low and rates of severe novel H1N1 infections are high.[Jun 9 CDC 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine guidance]last_img read more

What next for Manchester City after Champions League reprieve?

first_imgWin the Champions LeagueThe one trophy missing from City’s collection over the past decade is the one they most desire — the Champions League. Rebuild and replace legendsLiverpool’s thrashing at the Etihad came after the Reds had already sealed the Premier League title with a record seven games to spare.City are still 21 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s men at the top of the table and the manner in which their title defense collapsed shows a rebuild is necessary.That will be much easier to do thanks to the financial boost and lure for players of Champions League football next season.Just as importantly, there should now be no desire from players such as Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling to leave during the peak years of their career.A knee ligament injury to Aymeric Laporte early in the season hit City where they most lacked cover, in central defense, after failing to replace departed captain Vincent Kompany. A center-back is a priority in the transfer market, as is cover at left-back.Another legend of the City project over the past decade will depart when David Silva leaves at the end of the season, but Phil Foden’s emergence offers cover in an area of the field City are already strong.At 32, the club’s all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero is also nearing the end of a glorious spell in Manchester and his goals will not be easy or cheap to replace. Keep GuardiolaGuardiola’s contract expires at the end of the 2020/21 campaign. Should he oversee a fifth season, it will be the longest he has coached any club after admitting to being drained by four years at Barcelona and three with Bayern.City’s success is also rooted in the structure of the club off the field. CEO Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain are responsible for the club’s recruitment strategy.However, the hiring of Soriano and Begiristain, who both previously worked with Guardiola at Barcelona, in 2012 was made with an eye to luring Guardiola to Manchester.City won two Premier League titles prior to Guardiola’s arrival and have the financial power to compete after he has gone.But the surest way to keep winning trophies is to keep him at the club for as long as possible. Despite failing to win European football’s biggest prize in three years at Bayern Munich, Guardiola’s arrival at the Etihad was part of City’s plan to conquer Europe.The Catalan coach has produced one of the finest teams English football has ever seen — winning two Premier League titles with the two highest points tallies ever seen in the English top flight as well as three League Cups and one FA Cup.City have never made it beyond the quarter-finals of the Champions League in Guardiola’s previous three seasons in charge, but he believes their time could come in August when the competition resumes.Since English football’s restart last month, City have been in scintillating form, scoring four or more goals in four of their past six league games, including a 4-0 humbling of newly crowned champions Liverpool.”I feel the motivation and I think the team is there. I have the feeling that for my players in the club, and the organization that we have, the next four weeks is something that is not coming back again,” said Guardiola ahead of Saturday’s 5-0 defeat of Brighton. “I think the big clubs don’t miss these chances.”City’s route to glory will not be an easy one. They restart with the second leg of their last-16 tie against Real Madrid behind closed doors in Manchester, leading 2-1 from the first leg.Should they progress to the final eight, to be held in neutral venues in Lisbon, Juventus could be their opponents in the quarter-finals before a potential reunion for Guardiola with Barcelona or Bayern Munich in the last four. AFP Sport looks at what comes next for City’s Abu Dhabi project, which has already reaped 11 major trophies since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover 12 years ago.center_img Manchester City can breathe easy after avoiding the painful consequences of a two-season ban from European competition as a result of their successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The club can now look forward to the return of this season’s Champions League in August safe in the knowledge that it is not the final chance for Pep Guardiola and a cast of stellar players to win European football’s biggest prize.Preparations will also begin in earnest for next season’s Premier League campaign, with City intent on wrestling back the title from Liverpool and now given more room for maneuver in the transfer market. Topics :last_img read more

LA Angels’ Andrelton Simmons insists he can get better, even on defense

first_img“I like seeing where I throw, not just spinning and firing,” he said. “That’s something I can get better at.” Maybe it’s easy for Angels fans to get the impression that Simmons was born with the tools of a Wizard. He won his first Gold Glove as a 23-year-old rookie with the Braves in 2013 and another the following season. (Simmons was the runner-up to San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford last year.)But there was a time, Simmons said to cite another example, that he was bad at charging a ground ball and fielding it with his bare hand. He’s gifted, sure, but he’s put in long hours already and plans on putting in more.So when he gets the chance this season, Simmons would like Griffin to hit ground balls to his forehand and backhand, to try and expand his already considerable range.“I think I’m like everybody,” he said. “I try to maintain, try to improve. Try to make more plays routine.”The consensus around baseball is that Simmons has the most room to grow as a hitter. He doesn’t strike out much, but he doesn’t reach base much either. His .338 slugging percentage last season was better than only two qualified shortstops: Escobar and Jean Segura of the Milwaukee Brewers.Simmons hit a career-high 17 home runs as a rookie, which guided Mike Scioscia’s thought process Wednesday when he described Simmons’ potential.“I think he’s high contact,” the Angels manager said. “I think he feels confident in situations whether he’s got to move around, get the bunt down, hit and run, put the ball in play. He’s got some pop, which he showed early on in his career. Hopefully he’ll drive the ball to his capabilities.”What Simmons hasn’t done to this point in his career, maybe as much as what he has, helps explain why the Angels were willing to give up Erick Aybar and their top two pitching prospects to get Simmons in a December trade with the Braves.Even defensively, Griffin agreed that Simmons has room to grow.“He’s still young,” Griffin said. “There’s upside on him. You never know everything in this game. The ability he has to play the position is natural. So when he gets his head together, and his ability, he’ll be one of the best.”AlsoThe Dodgers announced that Josh Ravin will miss the next 8 to 12 weeks after the right-handed pitcher underwent surgery on his broken left radius bone Tuesday. Ravin, 28, suffered the break in a car accident Monday after he swerved into oncoming traffic on a city street in Glendale, Arizona to avoid a collision. … Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson was scheduled to undergo tests on his lower back one day after he threw live batting practice at Camelback Ranch. The pitcher is lined up to make his Cactus League debut Friday against the Texas Rangers, but that could be pushed back depending on the results of the test.Giants 4, Angels 1Angels starter Hector Santiago threw two scoreless innings in the first Cactus League game for both teams. Matt Shoemaker allowed one run in two innings, a solo shot by Conor Gillaspie, and bullpen candidate Cam Bedrosian allowed three runs in his only inning of work. The Angels touched Giants starter Jeff Samardzija for a run in the second inning on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Rafael Ortega. TEMPE, Ariz. >> Andrelton Simmons arrived in the Angels’ clubhouse with the reputation of a defensive wizard. Some have crowned him the second coming of shortstop Ozzie Smith, the 13-time Gold Glove award winner who backflipped his way into the Hall of Fame with a .262 career batting average.Simmons’ video highlights abound: clips of him ranging to his right, ranging to his left, throwing off balance, throwing in the air, charging the ball, going back on the ball, turning a double play.Denizens of baseball analytics departments are familiar with a statistic called Defensive Runs Saved, or “DRS” for short. According to DRS, Simmons saved 25 runs last year for the Atlanta Braves, more than any infielder on any major league team. In 2014, Simmons saved 28 runs; in 2013, he saved 41.“He’s one of the best in the business, no question about it,” said Angels coach Alfredo Griffin, a shortstop during his playing career. For his part, Simmons arrived in camp insisting he can be even better in the field.At what?“You’d be surprised,” he said Wednesday.Simmons recalled seeing one clip of a shortstop – he thinks it might have been Alcides Escobar of the Kansas City Royals – ranging to his left on a ground ball deep up the middle. The shortstop spun, briefly turning his back to first base, then ripped off a throw as his momentum carried him into the outfield.This is not a play that Simmons feels comfortable making right now.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Wellington Knight 12-and-under girls finish 2nd in State Babe Ruth Tournament

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Knights, 12 & under softball team participated in the Kansas Babe Ruth Softball State Tournament in Independence over the weekend.   The tournament was the largest Babe Ruth Softball tournament ever with 11 teams qualifying for the tournament by winning their league titles.  It was a double elimination bracket.Members of the 12-and-under Wellington softball team.The Knights began tournament play against Belle Plaine.  The Knights won this match up 15-0.  The S.H.E. award is given to a player for each team that displays Sportsmanship, Hustle and Enthusiasm.  The S.H.E. Award winner for the Knights was Brooke McCorkle.  She pitched a no hitter.The Knights second game was against Coffeyville.  The Knights came from behind, scoring three runs in the top of the last inning to win the game 7-5.  The S.H.E. award was given to Wellington catcher Zarien Warnock.  She had a great game behind the dish and was 2-2 at the plate hitting two doubles.The Knights then faced off against the home team, Independence, on Saturday night.  Independence got off to a quick start and did not let up, beating the Knights 14-2.  Adrienne Norris won the S.H.E. award for her outstanding defense at shortstop.The Knights resumed play Sunday morning in elimination play.  The faced SPIAA.  The Knights beat SPIAA 13-2 behind a one hit performance from Annika DeJarnett.  She won the S.H.E. award allowing no earned runs.The Knights returned to face Independence in the first championship game.  The Knights played well against a team that had decimated them the night before.   The visiting Knights jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.  Independence answered back scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the first as a result of a couple of Knights errors.The teams settled in and a pitching duel began.  Neither team could score.  Independence opened the game up in the bottom of the fifth inning by scoring seven unearned runs as a result of 4 Knights errors.The Knights were unable to recover in the top of the 6th inning.  Independence won the game 10-1.  The S.H.E. award winner was Taylor Meyer, for two spectacular catches in left field.The Knights finished second place.  The Knights qualified for regional play in Sikeston, Missouri, but had to decline the invitation due to scheduling conflicts with many team members.The Knights finished the season 24-13.Photo caption from above: Members of the 12-and-under girls softball team are from left: Front Row – Hunta Hain, Taylor Meyer, Zarien Warnock, Adrienne Norris, Lexi Saffell, Natalie Henning; Second Row – Keylee Bodkins, Annika DeJarnett, Brooke McCorkle, Emily Templeton and Keelie Cunningham Coaches: Steve Saffell, Shawn DeJarnett and Hiram Hook. Not Pictured: Jocelyn Hook. e cnn Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 369 weeks ago Congrats girls. You represented Wellington well. Report Reply 0 replies · active 369 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more