News Scan for Feb 05, 2020

first_imgLatest Ebola case in DRC lifts total to 3,429 infectionsAccording to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) online Ebola dashboard, a new case today lifts the outbreak total to 3,429 confirmed Ebola cases in the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The WHO also noted 123 probable cases, and 473 suspected cases still under investigation.Since the outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces began in August 2018, 2,246 people have died from Ebola virus disease (EVD).In its latest situation report on the outbreak, the WHO said that, of six cases reported last week, five were in known contacts, a good sign that transmission chains are known to health authorities. All six cases were found in Beni and Mabalako, recent hot spots in the outbreak.In the past 3 weeks, officials have tracked 25 new Ebola cases, with 18 in Beni and 7 in Mabalako.”New confirmed EVD cases continue to be reported in Beni and Mabalako Health Zones in North Kivu Province,” the WHO said. “Sustained and secure access to affected areas and heightened vigilance is required to continue essential response activities in order to refer and to test alert cases as soon as possible, treat confirmed cases early, and to tackle further transmission of the disease in the community and in healthcare facilities.” WHO Ebola dashboard Feb 4 WHO situation report FDA to review drug for hospital-acquired, ventilator-associated pneumoniaThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for priority review a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for the antibacterial combination drug Recarbrio to treat adult patients with hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia (HABP) and ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia (VABP) caused by gram-negative pathogens.Recarbrio, developed and marketed by Merck, is a combination of the antibiotic imipenem-cilastatin and the novel beta-lactamase inhibitor relebactam. It was approved by the FDA in July 2019 to treat patients who have complicated urinary tract infections and complicated intra-abdominal infections and no alternative treatment options. The sNDA is based on the results of a phase 3 clinical trial in adult patients with HABP/VABP.”This submission reinforces Merck’s continued dedication to researching and developing potential antibiotic treatment options which address unmet medical needs,” Nicholas Kartsonis, MD, Merck Research Laboratories senior vice president of clinical research in infectious diseases and vaccines, said in a company press release.The FDA is expected to make a decision on the sNDA by early June.Feb 3 Merck press release Saudi Arabia, Vietnam report avian flu outbreaksFor the first time since 2018, Saudi Arabian officials have detected H5N8 avian flu at a poultry farm in Sudair in Riyadh province in the center of the country.The outbreak began on Jan 30, according to a notification from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The virus killed 22,700 birds, and officials culled an additional 385,300 birds to help curb disease spread.The OIE also noted an outbreak of H5N6 at a village in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. A total of 2,500 cases were detected including 2,200 fatal ones, and an additional 300 birds were euthanized as part of infection control measures.The province is located in the northeast corner of Vietnam, on the border with China. Feb 4 OIE report on H5N8 in Saudi Arabia Feb 4 OIE report on H5N6 in Vietnamlast_img read more

Cricket News Did You Know? Rohit Sharma Has Been Dominating Virat Kohli In ODIs Since 2013 – THIS Number Shows It

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are currently on top of the rankings when it comes to ODIs. Both are run-scoring machines. While one decimates the bowling attack at the top, the other clinically dismantles the opposition and ensures chasing any target is a simple task. The combination of Rohit and Kohli have taken Indian cricket to new heights and currently, the duo are the best in the world when it comes to flair, destruction and class. Universally, it is acknowledged that Kohli is one of the modern greats of the game. Numbers prove it. Kohli’s numbers in this decade, when one compares it to all formats, is simply marvellous. On the other hand, Rohit’s career was rejuvenated when he was promoted to open the batting and he has played an integral part in ensuring that India’s top order is given a supreme air of initimidation.When it comes to numbers ever since the start of 2013 till now, when both players featured regularly for the team, Kohli tops that list. In 148 ODIs since 2013, Kohli has 7634 runs at an average of 66.38 and a strike-rate of 97. In this period, he has a staggering 33 fifties and 30 hundreds. Rohit, on the other hand, has 6708 runs in 132 ODIs at an average of close to 59 and a strike-rate of 92.29 with 30 fifties and 25 centuries. On the basis of these numbers, Kohli once again asserts his supremacy. However, a deeper look into the numbers reveals a slightly different story.Story Begins In 2013The cricketing world acknowledges that Kohli is a class apart when it comes to consistency, centuries and run-making ability. However, Rohit has consistently beaten Kohli in this one aspect ever since 2013. This is the highest individual score in the Indian cricket team in every calender year and so far, Rohit is leading 7-0 against Kohli. In 2013, Rohit hit his first double century when he plundered 209 against Australia in the seventh and deciding ODI in Bangalore. In that year, Rohit hit two centuries while Kohli hit four but in that period, the Indian skipper’s highest score was 115*.In 2014, Rohit rewrote the history books when he blasted a world record 264 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens. The score still remains the highest ever by a batsman in ODIs. Kohli, on the other hand, smashed 139* against the same opponents in Ranchi to inflict a 5-0 whitewash.Things continued to favour Rohit in 2015. In the ODI against South Africa at Kanpur, he smashed 150 while Kohli’s highest score that year was 138 against the same opponents in Chennai. In that year, Rohit outscored Kohli even when it came to scoring centuries. In 2016, Rohit blasted 171* against Australia in Perth while Kohli smashed 154* against New Zealand in Mohali. 2017 and 2018 have been golden years for Kohli in which he scored over 1000 runs and smashed six centuries in both the years. However, even here, Rohit has trumped Kohli in individual scores.Dominance ContinuesIn 2017, Rohit blasted a world record third double ton in ODIs by hammering 208* against Sri Lanka in Mohali. In 2018, Kohli seemed to have the better of Rohit when he blasted 160* against South Africa in Cape Town. Rohit, though, stole the show yet again when he smashed 162 against West Indies at the Brabourne stadium. In these last three years, both Rohit and Kohli have scored at over 1000 runs and their average is in the high 60s. Rohit’s average in 2018 was a mind-numbing 133.Rohit Sharma has smashed three double tons in the last six years while Kohli has hit over 1000 runs in three consecutive years. (Image credit: Getty Images)In 2019, Kohli is ahead when it comes to runs and average. However, when it comes to individual highs, Rohit is on top again. Kohli smashed 123 against Australia in Ranchi but Rohit smashed 140 against Pakistan in Manchester during the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. This was the tournament in which Rohit smashed five centuries and ended up as the leading run-getter with 648 runs.Rohit has been a monster six-hitter ever since 2013, smashing a total of 209 sixes till now, which means an average of close to 40 sixes an year. The Mumbai right-hander has already crossed the record for most sixes hit by an Indian player in ODIs breaking MS Dhoni’s record. Kohli, on the other hand, is consistency personified with seven out of his 12 years fetching him over 1000 runs.Also Read | No Chris Gayle, Andre Russell In West Indies ODI And T20I Squads In India SeriesFor the average Indian fan, the question of whether Kohli is greater than Rohit is a never-ending debate. However, the fact remains that both are batting at their zenith and Indian cricket is not only receiving a boost but it is making opposition bowlers restless.last_img read more

FIBA World Cup 2019: Don’t underestimate USA’s ‘C-team’, warns Demond Greene

first_img“They all have to cope with that. If this works out, then they can get very, very far with Giannis as their power machine.”But it all has to work out internally and they will have to let him walk in front and let him be the leader with Calathes at his side.”Then they can be a very dangerous side, especially in defense. Offensively, they are not that strong, but in terms of defense, they can really hurt other teams.” Team USA still poses a threat at the FIBA World Cup even if Kemba Walker rather than LeBron James is its marquee player, says former Germany star Demond Greene.The United States, which has five titles to its name, has seen several world superstars such as James pull out of contention for the tournament that starts on Saturday in China. But Greene, who played at two World Cups, famously blocking Dwyane Wade in 2006, acknowledges players such as Walker and Khris Middleton could still have a huge impact on the finals.”It’s not their ‘A-team’. I would not even say it’s their ‘B-team’,” Greene told Omnisport. “It’s a mix between ‘B-‘ and ‘C-team’. Despite this, they are still dangerous.” Related News FIBA World Cup 2019: Team USA ready to learn from, play for ‘legend’ Gregg Popovich Greene added: “You must never underestimate them. [The players] are still playing in the NBA.”They’ve got players who average 20 points per game like Kemba Walker. They are All-Stars and leaders in their teams which proves that they are high quality players.”The problem is that we are spoiled from the previous years, when players like James Harden, Kevin Durant or LeBron James played.”Now you have players like Khris Middleton, who many won’t even know. You have to be a basketball expert to know Khris Middleton, maybe even Kemba Walker.”That’s the problem, that many look at who’s not in the team, rather than who is.”It’s really that time. @jaytatum0Putting the finishing touches on things ahead of #USABMNT vs Czech Republic on Sept. 1 [8:30 AM EDT/ESPN+]. #USAGotGame— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 29, 2019Greece is another potential contender due to the presence of Middleton’s Bucks teammate and reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.Greene believes the Greeks can be successful but says the team’s big European stars must get used to playing second fiddle to Antetokounmpo, who will dominate the narrative.”The important thing is that all players understand their role,” Greene said. “The years in which Giannis didn’t play, all the players had another role.”He is the top star on and off the court. When there are press conferences, there are going to be 50 cameras around him and the other players will get what is left. You have to handle this.”They have to understand that even if they play a totally different role in Europe and are top stars here, like Nick Calathes at Panathinaikos. He is a team leader there and also still for Greece. He may even be the heart of the team.last_img read more