first_imgThe US, he discovered, operated 40,000 commercial flights a day, compared to 420 in India. He did a quick back-of-the envelope calculation: if 5% of the roughly 30 million Indians who travelled by train and bus began flying, that would translate into an eye-popping 530 million air travellers a year. “Even if this number looked huge, it did not mean 530 million different people travelling but 200 million middle-class people travelling two and half times a year, which was not an unimaginable prospect over the next 30 years,” he explains. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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first_imgEmpty classrooms, shuttered restaurants and hospitals bursting with patients. That was the scene in Mexico City in 2009 when a new strain of flu swept across much of the country and spread around the world.Just 11 years after the swine flu outbreak, which infected more than 60 million people in the US alone and took as many as half a million lives worldwide, the new coronavirus is threatening to spark another global epidemic.Health officials are trying to contain the virus that causes Covid-19, a pneumonia-like illness that can be severe in a minority of patients and spread from others who look healthy. Now, researchers and disease trackers are teetering on the brink of calling it a pandemic, a crisis that will likely affect the entire world. ‘Getting worse’The distinction may not be necessary, according to Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.“The situation is getting worse; all you have to do is look at the numbers,” he said. “If the trend continues the way we’re seeing now, we’re going to have a problem. Whatever you call it, it’s not good.”But the eight-letter word resonates with state and local health departments, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes, Schaffner said. Many of them have pandemic plans, developed and refined after earlier outbreaks, that will need to be dusted off, reviewed and implemented.The reasons for calling this outbreak a pandemic now are many, according to Tom Frieden, a former CDC director and New York City health commissioner. Researchers can’t trace all the links between outbreaks in different nations; the spread in hospitals and families shows the virus is quite transmissible; some countries that haven’t reported cases probably have them; and simple calculations suggest the tallies of travelers with the disease are probably just a fraction of the real number.“A pandemic is inevitable and we should call it what it is,” Frieden said. “What’s not inevitable is that it will be severe.”Measures as simple as frequent hand-washing can help prevent the spread of the virus, public health experts say. Travel restrictions like those implemented in China have slowed its global spread, but probably won’t stop it, Fauci said.‘Precarious position’People in the US should prepare for disruptions to daily life, warned Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. In the event of a pandemic, schools may consider dividing classes into smaller groups or even shutting down, she said. Businesses will have to consider more telecommuting, and communities and cities may have to cancel mass gatherings.The WHO has already declared the outbreak an international public health emergency. The situation may be more difficult to define as a pandemic, according to Michael Ryan, executive director of WHO’s emergencies program. Most pandemics are caused by flu, and the transmission of coronavirus needs to be studied further, he said. While new cases are falling in China, the possibility of a global outbreak is real, he said.“It is time to do everything you would do in preparing for a pandemic,” he said in a press conference. “We’re still trying to avoid that eventuality and countries are having success in doing that. Let’s focus on what we can do.”The coronavirus outbreak looks nothing like the 1918 flu that killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. The pandemics of Asian flu of 1956-1958 and Hong Kong flu in 1968 are each estimated to have killed from 1 million to 4 million people.Fortunately, unlike most flu strains, the new virus seems to leave children relatively unscathed, Schaffner said. That suggests fewer scenes like one he witnessed in the swine flu outbreak, when a five-year-old child died at Vanderbilt after being sent home from two other emergency rooms, he recalled.Treatments for flu have improved since then, and doctors are already testing antivirals and vaccines against the coronavirus. Yet other signs of a pandemic may still come, such as shortages of hospital beds and patients waiting in hallways waiting for attention, he said.“We’re at the edge of the cliff,” Schaffner said. “We’re in a more precarious position now than we were one week ago, and I see this week as determining what’s going to happen.” “We’re on the knife-edge,” said William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University infectious disease specialist who’s been through the Asian flu, Hong Kong and swine flu pandemics.Two months after emerging in China’s Hubei province, the coronavirus has hit at least four continents, with rising case counts and huge responses in Iran, South Korea, Italy and Japan. More than 80,000 cases have been reported, including some 2,800 deaths. Authorities in the US and Thailand are warning about wider outbreaks in their countries.Yet most of the cases and clusters are traceable, according to the World Health Organization, meaning that for the most part community spread outside China is rare. Questions over the nature of the virus underscore WHO’s reluctance to call the outbreak a pandemic just yet, especially while there are early signs of slowed or stopped transmission in some countries.A pandemic doesn’t have a formal numerical definition, said Schaffner, who has advised the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on infections. It’s an epidemic that becomes global, spreading in multiple countries. In most cases, measures to contain the epidemic in one region or country have failed, and the goal switches to mitigation — trying to ease the pain.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgA home with a helipad was among the most popular dream-house desires. Photo: Sarah MatrayImagine the sort of home you could create with a blank cheque book and your wildest imagination.Respondents were asked to identify their deepest dream-house desires in a recent survey by prize-home charity, RSL Art Union.Of those asked, 60 per cent channelled their enthusiasm toward a MasterChef-style kitchen with self-cleaning ovens, room-size pantries and state-of-the-art appliances.Second place in the survey was reserved for an indoor fitness centre with 25-metre lap pool, while the third most popular was a triple-level cinema room.Things were interesting in the back end of the list.A hair salon and beauty spa, a private jetty, and a 10-car garage with workshop plus 360 degree vehicle turnstile all made a strong showing among the wants.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoAnother great contender was, incredibly, the dream of a moat with a draw bridge — five per cent voted this their most desired inclusion while 13.5 per cent put it in the top three. CHECK OUT THIS ‘GAME OF THRONES’ INSPIRED HOME THAT’S FOR SALE Two per cent asked for a nightclub, four per cent wanted a bowling alley and three per cent were keen on a golf course at their wonder homes.While it doesn’t have a moat to keep out marauding hoards, the RSL Art Union’s latest prize home Yandina on the Sunshine Coast would certainly fit the bill as having plenty of space. An outdoor room with a pretty tasty view at Yandina.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair There’s plenty of room to move in the RSL Art Union’s latest prize home in Yandina, QLD.At 940sq m of living area, it’s the largest prize home the RSL has ever offered.last_img read more

first_imgA European pension fund has tendered a $200m (€179m) US high-yield bond mandate using IPE-Quest.The unnamed pension fund said it was searching for an asset manager to provide an active management approach to core US high yield.Managers should benchmark against the Merrill Lynch US High Yield II Constrained index, observing a tracking error of 1-5%.The pension fund requires interested asset managers to have a minimum of $1bn in assets within US high yield and $2bn in assets overall. Managers should have at least a five-year track record.Interested parties should state performance gross of fees until April.The closing date for submissions is 26 June.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The situation confronting Mayank Agarwal in the Australia tour was immense. Agarwal, who was initially not picked in the side for the Tests, was called up as an emergency back-up following Prithvi Shaw’s failure to recover from an ankle injury. In the Melbourne Test, with the series level 1-1, Agarwal was given his debut cap and he was chosen to open the batting with Hanuma Vihari, the first time that India had opened with two new players after a long time. However, Agarwal responded with a brilliant 76 in the first innings and a tough 42 in the second innings as India won the Melbourne Test by 137 runs. In Sydney, Agarwal blasted 77 to confirm his credentials at the top of the Indian batting line-up.Speaking to PTI after returning home from Test series in which India won for the first time Down Under, Agarwal said he could not have hoped for a better start. “It was (special) to make my debut at the MCG and most importantly, to win the Test series in Australia. We became the first team from the sub-continent to win a series in Australia. There can’t be a better start than this,” Agarwal said.Read More | India to play 5 ODIs, 2 T20Is at home vs Australia in February-MarchThe right-hander’s aggressive batting prompted comparisons with Virender Sehwag, who had revolutionised the way India’s approach to batting would be in the longest format of the game. However, Agarwal brushed aside the comparison, saying, “I am not a fan of comparisons but he is one of the greats of Indian cricket. I just like to go in the middle, give my best and see what comes out of it. Having said that, if I could do even half of what he (Sehwag) did, I will be happy,” Agarwal said.Read More | Mitchell Marsh to miss first ODI against India due to illnessNew Zealand A tour luckyWith Shaw being ruled out of the Australia tour after failing to recover from his ankle injury, Agarwal was playing for India A in the series against New Zealand and said it was sheer luck that he got picked in the side. “I went there with a plan and I am glad it came off for a bit. I thought Australia was a top-class bowling unit. They play their cricket hard and bring out the best in you. You can’t pick out a bowler. Everyone was good and you have to be on top of your game to face them. Playing in New Zealand did help a lot. It was a tremendous learning experience. The conditions weren’t same but similar to Australia. There was a lot of pace in the wickets and New Zealand A had international bowlers in their line-up. So, it was good that I got to play there before the Australia series,” Agarwal added.Read More | Ashutosh Aman breaks Bedi’s record for leading Ranji wicket-takerAfter not being picked in the West Indies series after a brilliant domestic season, Agarwal could have been forgiven for feeling frustrated. However, the Karnataka batsman only feels a sense of gratitude after finally shining on the world stage.“To be honest, I would just like to say that everyone’s journey is different. I cannot compare my journey to somebody else’s. There are things which are beyond your control and I don’t like to focus too much on them. I am just glad and grateful that I have got to represent the country,” Agarwal said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_img(REUTERS) – World heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr has said he fulfilled a lifelong dream when he triumphed over Britain’s Anthony Joshua in June and he would “die trying” to defend his belts in the title rematch in Saudi Arabia tomorrow.Mexican-American Ruiz produced one of boxing’s biggest upsets when he dethroned the previously undefeated world champion Joshua, with a seventh-round stoppage at New York’s Madison Square Garden.“I have been doing this since I was six and it is finally paying off,” Ruiz told the BBC. “There is no way I am going to let these belts go, I will die trying. “It has been a roller-coaster and now that I made the dreams come true, there is no way I will let these go.”Joshua has trimmed down ahead of the second WBA, IBF and WBO title showdown with an eye on taking the contest deep into the latter rounds, saying he expects a “marathon, not a sprint”.The Briton has also been taking advice on his training regime and diet from former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in his bid to reclaim the title at the fight dubbed the ‘Clash on the Dunes’. “I may be less than 17 stone (107.95 kg),” Joshua said. “I’m punching loose and heavy – rhythm and flow.“Before, I was trying to bench-press a house. I used my body to get where I needed but then I started realising the sweet science of the sport. I am punching like a horse kicking backwards right now.”Ruiz, however, said he would not ‘underestimate’ Joshua and that he had his own strategies to counter the former Olympic champion. “I know he lost weight and that he will try and box me around,” Ruiz added. “So it’s my job to prevent that.“(In the June bout) I was the one who had the strength, the one backing him up. When I jabbed I pushed him away.” Joshua believes this will not be the last time the two fight each other and predicted a third bout in the future if Ruiz was up for it.“This ain’t going to be the last time I see Ruiz in the ring,” Joshua said. “We make for good fights. “I think there’s definitely gonna be a knockout and that is what people want to see, bloodshed and knockouts.”last_img read more

first_imgForthe second straight game, UW freshman Lin Zastrow set career marks in scoring,while also establishing herself as a surprising and quiet threat in the post.Comingoff a career night against the Big Ten leading Ohio State in which she tallied15 points off the bench, Zastrow posted one better Thursday night against thevisiting Lady Lions of Penn State, setting a new career high with 16 points. Althoughthe freshman shot just 6-15 from the field, her scoring helped the Badgersbreak out of a slump with the blowout win.Inthe opening minutes, and with the game as close as it would get, senior JoleneAnderson grabbed a defensive rebound and fed Zastrow up the court, splitting apair of defenders with the precision pass. The catch, the shot and the 3-pointplay initiated what would become a night to remember for the freshman.Grabbingsix rebounds and a notching block, Zastrow was more than an offensive threatfor the Badgers.Theadded boost from Zastrow and other bench players had head coach Lisa Stoneecstatic after the team?s second win in conference play.?Ithought Lin Zastrow was outstanding,? Stone said. ?Coming in, when Danielle wasin foul trouble, [Zastrow] was able to help keep the team on pace and disallowa run.?SeniorDanielle Ward played limited minutes with foul trouble throughout the game andwas unable to score in the post against a tougher Lady Lion, Janessa Wolff.Ward finished with just two points and two rebounds in 10 minutes.Flashingan array of post moves, Zastrow maneuvered eight points in the paint, includingan offensive rebound and put back.At6-foot-4-inches, Zastrow missed her only attempt at from beyond the arc.Fearless of the jump shot, however, she was able to sink two shots just insidethe 3-point line.Itwas the boost from the Ohio State game that gave Zastrow the confidence she?splayed with lately.?Ifelt more comfortable this game just because of the Ohio State game,? Zastrowsaid. ?I felt like what I can do against them means that maybe I?m not as badas I think I am.?Withconfidence becoming a trend for the young star, Zastrow has higher hopes forthe remainder of the season. And with a few quick baskets to start the last fewmatchups, it?s getting easier for the forward to feel good about her play.?Italways helps [gaining confidence] when you hit your first shot because it givesyou some confidence,? Zastrow said. ?I remember against Ohio State, when I hadthat first move for the basket, I realized, wow, I can like play with theseguys.?Aftertwo dominating performances, Zastrow and the Badgers have momentum at last,defeating an above-average Penn State team.Besides Zastrow?s output, the balancedscoring attack of the entire Badger lineup gave Wisconsin an impressive marginof victory Thursday, something coach Lisa Stone and her staff would like to seecontinue into what has been a disappointing season.last_img read more

first_imgMade my verbal commitment to play football for the University of Syracuse. Couldn’t be more thankful for this opportunity. God is good!AdvertisementThis is placeholder text— Luke Arciniega (@LukeArciniega) December 18, 2012 Published on December 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Luke Arciniega, a linebacker from Sierra Community College in California, verbally committed to Syracuse on Monday, Scout.com reported.The 6-foot-4, 245-lb. Arciniega finished this past season with 87 total tackles and 5.5 sacks. Arciniega, an All-4A Defensive Player of the Year while at Spanish Springs High School, also had an offer from Memphis, according to Rivals.Arciniega tweeted his decision to play for Doug Marrone and the Orange on Monday. Facebook Twitter Google+ Arciniega will be in the mix for a starting spot next season as middle linebacker Siriki Diate graduates. Syracuse now has six commitments from junior college recruits in the Class of 2013, and 13 in the class overall. Commentslast_img read more

first_imgVolunteer of the Year recipient Sherry Fueling and Swim With Mike scholarship recipient Ashley Schultz and a master’s student in social work was among other recipients in attendance at Saturday’s 35th annual Swim With Mike fundraiser for physically challenged athletes.last_img