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

Cricket News WATCH: Steve Smith finally back into set up after elbow injury

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Steve Smith finally return to nets after suffering an elbow injury. The ban will uplift on March 29, and the duo will be allowed to play International cricket. Smith’s first assignment will come in the World Cup.  Steve Smith posted a video on Instagram along with a caption saying, “Great to have my first hit back today. The elbow is feeling good!”. In the video posted, Smith played some delightful shots through the cover regions, which made everyone think of just one quote, “Form is temporary and class is permanent.”His ban will be uplifted on 29th March and he will once again be raring to go. However, this remains to be seen if he can contribute in the same manner as the Australian fraternity would expect him to be. If everything goes according to the plan, his first International assignment will come in the World Cup. Meanwhile, Australia will be up against India for a five-match ODI series which is scheduled to start on March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. With men-in-yellow managing to win the two-match t20 series comprehensively, it will be interesting to see if the team is able to continue their winning momentum. Further, this series will also be important for the openers and number three slot as once Steve Smith and David Warner return into the setup, it is highly unlikely that duo will sit on the sidelines.  highlights New Delhi: The Australian legend Steve Smith, who is serving a year-long ban after the sandpaper incident in South Africa, suffered an elbow injury during the recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The severe injury during the premier tournament led him to be sidelined of the remainder of the tournament and had to return back home for surgery. The injury was so severe that almost every cricket pundit expected him to miss the forthcoming World Cup, followed by the Ashes. However, Steve Smith had made everyone’s thought to rest after returning to the nets ahead of the much-anticipated Indian Premier League (IPL). last_img read more

The 50th Anniversary of Frank Worrell’s death …. Sir Frank was a great ‘man-manager’ and duly accomplished his goals

first_imgBy Dr. Rudi WebsterON March 13, 1967, fifty years ago, Sir Frank Worrell passed away. He was loved and admired by cricket enthusiasts around the world and will not be forgotten. In the Caribbean his achievements are constantly extolled in numerous cricket discussions and memorial lectures. This is extremely important. But most of these lectures have taken on too much of an academic slant.Consequently, the practical application of the cricket culture that Worrell developed as well as his principles for cricket development and performance enhancement have been forgotten or lost. This is unfortunate.The skills of ‘literacy’ – knowledge, information gathering and dissemination are very important, but are different from the skills of ‘operacy’ – doing or executing. Both are needed for successful performance. Sadly, the current West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has consistently neglected both of these things, hence the very poor state of West Indies cricket.In 1960, the WICB abandoned its policy of appointing captains only from European ranks and selected Frank Worrell as its thirteenth captain of the West Indies team.Frank then led the team in Australia and what a series it was! That tour revived cricket down under and although West Indies lost the series approximately half a million people lined the streets of Melbourne to bid farewell to the players and to implore them to ‘come back soon’.This was quite amazing because when the players arrived in Australia hardly any of them had much of a reputation, but by the end of the series they were all stars or superstars.After that series Richie Benaud, Australia’s captain declared, “I don’t think it would be uncharitable to say that Worrell’s turn as captain was long overdue.“Worrell has been a fine cricketer for West Indies for many years but this was the first time he had been given the opportunity of leading his country, and how wonderfully he justified the confidence placed in him. However, it is possible that over the years the part he played in his side’s triumph may fade.“That should not happen because he was the main cementing agent of the successful teamwork of his side. He is a man of stature, not frightened to say what he feels about any particular matter, and prepared to stand by his opinion.“Above all, on this tour, he held to the maxim of not telling the team something that is patently incorrect. There is nothing of the ‘con’ man about Worrell. He pointed out to them (his players) all through the tour that the Australians could be beaten, but only if the side of individuals played as a team … to say that he was right would be to understate the case.”Richie added, “Worrell will quite rightly go down in cricket annals as one of the best captains we have ever seen. His quiet, happy disposition and fine public relations have done much not only for the game of cricket, but also for many who have played with and against him.”When Frank returned to the Caribbean he further improved the team and later joined a select band of captains that won all five Tests in a series. Furthermore, he created a winning culture that Sobers, Lloyd and Richards carried on.Richie Benaud and Frank Worrell admire the eponymous trophy in 1961.What were the personal attributes that made Worrell such a great leader? First, he possessed a high level of integrity, a powerful set of core values, a healthy level of self-confidence and a strong sense of self-acceptance and self-belief.Second, he had extensive knowledge of the game and its history, a sharp understanding of his players, their culture and the things that made them tick. Third, he had wide experience and a tremendous track record; he knew how to control himself and how to stay calm and focused under pressure.Fourth, he had the ability to create harmonious, cooperative and stimulating relationships within the team. Fifth, he had a keen mind, strong analytical abilities, good judgment and the capacity to think simply, clearly and strategically.Sixth, but by no means least, he possessed high levels of motivation and self-discipline, two of the most important factors in performance at the highest levels of sport. And he did his best to imprint some of these qualities into the minds of his players.It is quite rare for leaders to have all of these personal qualities. But successful leaders who have limitations in some of these areas usually appoint people to the leadership team who have the skills to make up for their limitations.Although Worrell had these great personal qualities he knew that he would only be successful if he could use them to get the players to execute his plans and strategies.He had great confidence in his players’ ability but he first had to get them to see the talent that they had within, and then stimulate them to express it effectively to deal with the many challenges they were likely to face on and off the field.Frank was a great ‘man-manager’ and soon accomplished those goals. At the end of the Australian tour, he said. “This is one of the happiest teams I have ever toured with, and the response from every player was tremendous whatever the circumstances or the result of any particular match.”Worrell had a clear vision of what he wanted to achieve for West Indies cricket and how he wanted his team to play the game. When he shared that vision with his players and clarified their roles and responsibilities he created an awareness of purpose and a strong feeling of belonging.The players then brought passion and commitment with them because they believed that they could truly make a difference to the performance of the team. And when Frank directed and focused these energies to the tasks and challenges at hand, a major requirement for success was satisfied.West Indies cricket is in urgent need of revival. The Board, coaches and players should make a point of revisiting the Worrell era to see what they could learn from the past to jumpstart this revival, since human performance is not only influenced by goals or models formulating the future, but also by history and past experiences.last_img read more

Golf in 2010: SA’s sixth major winner

first_imgVery quickly, the golfing world learnt about the South African who goes by the nickname of “Shrek”, and he certainly won many fans with his smiling, humble demeanour. Addressing the media afterwards, Clark said: “Behind the majors this is the biggest tournament and the best field out there, and you’re always going to look at the history of the majors, but this is certainly … if there’s a number five this is it, but this is just a huge honour and everything that comes with it. Yeah, it’s a very proud day.” Lee-Ann PaceOn the Ladies European Tour, Lee-Anne Pace enjoyed a wonderful year and became the first South African to capture the Order of Merit. She also won the Players’ Player of the Year Award after receiving the most votes from her peers. Oosthuizen’s achievements were recognised by the Laureus World Sports Awards in December when he was named as a finalist for the World Breakthrough of the Year. He was the only South African to earn a nomination in any category. South African golfers provided many highlights in 2010, but none more than Louis Oosthuizen, who scored an extraordinary seven-shot victory in the British Open at Saint Andrews in July. At the end of March, Oosthuizen had secured his first European Tour victory in the Open de Andalucia de Golf in Malaga. It came only a week after he narrowly missed out on the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. He had led heading into the final round, but ended up settling for second. By topping the Order of Merit, Pace earned herself a valuable 10-year Tour exemption. Just two weeks later, he was back in the winner’s circle after a two-shot victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Asked how it felt to win two tournaments in a row, Els said: “It’s an amazing feeling, really. It can be one of the toughest games, cruellest games in the world, and then you sit here, it’s one of the nicest games. Sapa quoted the legendary Gary Player as saying: “I wish she was my daughter.” She won an astonishing five times, in the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open, the S4C Wales Ladies Championship of Europe, the Finnair Masters, the Sanya Ladies Open, and the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open. In 2011, Schwartzel and Oosthuizen will contest the US PGA Tour. Ernie Els’ return to formMeanwhile, while Louis Oosthuizen enjoyed a career-best year, his mentor Ernie Els returned to the form that made him a long time world top-five-ranked golfer, and with that form came victories. In mid-March, he celebrated his first victory in two years when he conquered the Blue Monster and Doral to win the World Golf Championships-CA Championship by four shots from fellow South African Charl Schwartzel. Two-time winnerCharl Schwartzel, too, was a two-time winner. His victories were scored early in the year in South African-based European Tour events. By winning The Open, he joined Bobby Locke, Gary Player, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, and Trevor Immelman as South Africans who have had their names engraved on major trophies. The Big Easy wasn’t done winning yet and later in the year added the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Royal Port in Bermuda to his long list of career titles. He had previously won it in 1997. For many years Clark had been a consistent performer on the US PGA Tour, but inexplicably had never broken through to win. It took him 206 tournaments to do so, but it was a thrilling and deserved victory went it finally arrived. In early January he claimed the African Open at the East London Golf Club with a 20-under-par total of 272. A week later he captured the Joburg Open by a sensational six shots after shooting a seven-under-par 64 in the third round and a five-under 66 over the last 18 holes. Tim Clark’s breakthroughFor many South African golf fans, one of the moments they most savoured in 2010 was the victory of Tim Clark in The Players Championship. It was his fifth European Tour win and the third of those that had been achieved in South Africa. Major winners 22 December 2010 “To win an Open Championship is special, but to win it here at Saint Andrews is something you dream about,” he said afterwards. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Rajasthan HC passes directions for improving infrastructure of courts

first_imgAfter a series of “surprise inspections” of lower courts in several districts by Chief Justice S. Ravindra Bhat, the Rajasthan High Court has passed a slew of directions for strengthening the infrastructure of courts, improving facilities on the court premises and giving security to judicial officers. The court has asked the State government to prepare a roadmap for all court complexes to provide facilities in a time-bound manner.The Chief Justice had visited the lower courts in Alwar, Udaipur, Banswara, Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Bharatpur and other districts recently as a common man, without informing the authorities, and found serious infrastructural shortcomings. Almost without exception, public facilities such as toilets and drinking water for litigants and lawyers were inadequate, and at some places, virtually non-existent.A status report submitted by the State government in an ongoing case filed by the Rajgarh Bar Association revealed that adequate security was not available in most of the courts, while a tabular statement for 330 court complexes submitted by the High Court establishment showed that the Bar Rooms, litigants’ waiting area, lock-up, canteen, toilet, water cooler and parking facilities were lacking in them.A Division Bench, comprising the Chief Justice and Justice P.S. Bhati, observed that while statistics and figures painted a grim story, the actual ground reality was worse. “The statistics do not point out the condition of facilities with regard to footfalls… On a rough conservative estimate, 1.50 lakh persons visit the courts everyday, adding up to 4.50 crore annually. The State has the primary responsibility of ensuring minimum hygiene and cleanliness in these public buildings,” said the court.The court directed the State government to indicate within a month how it proposed to provide the required facilities in the court complexes in a time-bound manner. These facilities will include advocates’ chambers, adequate water supply for drinking and other use, canteens, separate public toilets for men and women and litigants’ sheds, which were essential for smooth functioning of courts.Posting the case for further hearing on August 26, the Bench also directed the State government to immediately take steps to deploy police guards at the residences of Principal District Judges and make appropriate security arrangements for all judicial officers. The court said suitable security arrangements for safety in the court complexes should also be made.Meanwhile, the State government’s Law Department has issued orders for getting houses for judicial officers on rent in the event of non-availability of government residence for them. A committee comprising the Collector, District Judge and the Public Works Department’s Superintending Engineer will get the houses at the district level, for which the State government will pay full rent.last_img read more

At Azam’s home, Akhilesh bats for Rampur MP

first_imgIn a show of solidarity, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav visited the residence of beleaguered senior party leader Azam Khan in Rampur on Saturday and met Mr. Khan’s wife Tanzeen Fatima, a Rajya Sabha member, who has been ailing for some time.Speaking to the press, Mr. Yadav asserted that the Rampur administration was working with a “feeling of revenge” against the nine-time MLA and sitting MP from Rampur. Mr. Yadav also said that if the party returned to power in the State, all the cases against Mr. Khan would be withdrawn.The former U.P. CM said he was taking copies of all the FIRs with him. “I will get them scrutinised and a high-level delegation of the party will meet the Governor.” In response to another question, Mr. Yadav said he had faith in the judiciary and was sure that Mr. Khan would get justice. The SP leader recalled that the party’s patriarch, Mulayam Singh Yadav, had also faced many “motivated” cases in the past. However, he avoided a direct response to a query on the eviction of the Lohia Trust from a Lucknow bungalow on Saturday by the State’s property department on the orders of the Supreme Court. “Everybody knew that it belonged to Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav). We were already getting it vacated.”From goat theft to attempt to murder, more than four dozen cases have been filed against Mr. Khan. During his two-day visit, the SP chief stayed at Mr. Khan’s Humsafar resort, which, according to authorities, was allegedly built on government land. However, Mr. Khan remained conspicuous by his absence.Asked why his party was not taking the government headed by Yogi Adityanath head-on, Mr. Yadav said while the SP was never afraid of hitting the road, to take on the BJP both “sangharsh (struggle)” as well as “sangathan (organisation)” were needed.Taking the BJP government at the Centre to task, Mr. Yadav questioned its defence equipment procurement policy. Referring to the Rafale and Apache deals, he said the defence deals with foreign governments had “weakened” and put a question mark on the “make in India” policy of the government.last_img read more