H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Canada’s vaccine situation, other vaccine news, all Afghan schools close

first_imgCanadian advisors push seasonal vaccineCanada’s vaccine advisory group yesterday recommended against delaying seasonal flu shots, a move that many provinces made after an unpublished study suggested the vaccine might raise the risk of contracting pandemic flu, the Canadian Press reported. The panel concluded that even if the finding is valid, the risk of skipping the seasonal shot outweighs the risk seen in the studies. The group also endorsed giving both seasonal and H1N1 shots at the same time.Canada’s H1N1 vaccine production lagsGlaxoSmithKline is expected to ship far fewer doses of H1N1 vaccine to Canadian provinces this week than was expected, prompting provinces to postpone the rollout of the vaccine for at least 2 weeks, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported. The company was expected to ship 436,000 doses this week, instead of the roughly 2 million previously anticipated, because it had to interrupt production to make an unadjuvanted version of the vaccine for pregnant women, the story said. 30 Globe and Mail reportSaudi Arabia to vaccinate hajj participantsSaudi Arabian health officials said the country will immunize healthcare workers, hajj workers, and domestic pilgrims who will attend the hajj against the pandemic H1N1 virus, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. Vaccination won’t be mandatory. About 1 million residents typically attend the hajj, which peaks near the end of November this year. The country recently received the first 11 million doses of its pandemic vaccine order. 2 AFP storyTurkey launches vaccination campaignTurkey today launched its pandemic vaccination campaign with healthcare workers receiving the first doses, Today’s Zaman, an English-language newspaper based in Istanbul, reported. The country received its first 500,000 doses last week. The next groups slated to be immunized are the morbidly obese, pregnant women, children younger than 2, those with chronic lung or heart conditions, and people older than age 65. 2 Today’s Zaman reportAfghanistan closes all schoolsThe Afghan government yesterday ordered the closure of all schools for 3 weeks in the wake of the country’s first death from H1N1 flu, AFP reported. Education Minister Farouq Wardak said the closure was ordered “to safeguard the health of all Afghans.” An engineer from Kabul was the flu’s first victim in Afghanistan. 1 AFP reportlast_img read more


Eriksen Tottenham’s saviour

first_imgChristian Eriksen was Tottenham’s saviour as they survived a storm to edge past Leicester 2-1. The striker also hit the post and Hugo Lloris saved from Riyad Mahrez and Jeff Schlupp but Leicester could not lift themselves off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League. Ulloa and David Nugent were recalled to spearhead the hosts’ attack with Jamie Vardy and Esteban Cambiasso dropped to the bench. Tottenham, now just a point outside the top five, started Danny Rose and Benjamin Stambouli for Ben Davies and Ryan Mason with Kane, who spent four months on loan at the King Power Stadium in 2013, up front. And the striker made an immediate impact when he opened the scoring after just 57 seconds. Tottenham hit Leicester on the break with Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli, and the winger crossed for Kane to skip round the falling Wes Morgan and find the corner from six yards. Kane’s fourth goal in four games was devastating from Spurs but highlighted why the Foxes were bottom at Christmas. The visitors were given an easy ride by the shell-shocked hosts with Kane shooting wide and Kyle Walker granted the freedom of the right flank. There was little threat from Leicester until the 18th minute when Lloris palmed over Ulloa’s 20-yard volley after Schlupp’s driving run. The midfielder curled in a free kick with 19 minutes left to leave the Foxes winless in their last 13 games. Former Leicester loanee Harry Kane scored inside the first minute for Spurs but the Foxes rallied and Leonardo Ulloa levelled in the second half. Danny Drinkwater then dragged wide from distance before Bentaleb wasted a golden chance to make it 2-0 on 32 minutes. Eriksen played the Algeria international clean through but he had an awful touch as he reached the area which allowed Paul Konchesky to cover and clear. It rallied the hosts and, after Ulloa had comically fallen over as he looked to shoot, Mahrez’s driven effort was well saved by Lloris. Tottenham were rocked and Ulloa should have levelled six minutes before the break but he smashed a four-yard header against the inside of the post after Mahrez’s searching cross. The Foxes were dominant and their persistence paid off three minutes into the second half. Danny Simpson and Mahrez combined for the Algeria winger to cross low for Ulloa to turn in at the near post. It had been coming and Mahrez almost completed the comeback when his 20-yard free kick smacked against the bar minutes later. The Foxes’ efforts warranted more and Lloris again saved from Schlupp before disaster struck for the hosts on 71 minutes. Kane was fouled 25-yards out and Eriksen curled in an angled effort which bounced in off the post. It was the Dane’s seventh goal of the season and he has now hit four winners for Spurs this season. The goal initially killed Leicester’s spark but they regained their composure and Ulloa flicked a header onto the roof of the net. Two half-hearted penalty appeals went unrewarded but Morgan should have levelled in the final minute. The excellent Mahrez again found space on the right and his cross reached the unmarked Morgan at the far post but the skipper failed to get a clean connection and Lloris gathered to seal the points. Press Associationlast_img read more


Super Eagles Land in Cairo for Bafana Clash

first_img*Egyptian fans give Nigeria thunderous welcomeFemi Solaja in CairoAhead of tomorrow’s quarter-final clash with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, the Super Eagles of Nigeria arrived the ancient city of Cairo few minutes before noon yesterday for the cracker scheduled to hold at the 75,000 capacity Cairo International Stadium. The arrival was 24 hours ahead of what Head Coach, Gernot Rohr had planned but the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of Egypt 2019, as expected, refused Nigeria’s wish to stay longer than necessary at the coastal city of Alexandria which had housed the team for over three weeks.The Super Eagles had a light work out in Alexandria and will trained again not too far away from their Le Meridien Heliopolis Hotel camp here in Cairo today.On arrival in the city, the team was welcomed by numerous soccer loving Egyptians who now wished Nigeria should avenge the defeat of Pharaohs of Egypt by South Africa for them.THISDAY checks showed that the Nigerian team will have an overwhelming support from the locals as well as numerous Nigerian populace here in Cairo during the match tomorrow.“Nigggggeriiiiaa, Niggerriaa” rented the air when the Egyptians sighted Eagles bus arriving for training. The same gesture was showered on the team on arrival into the city earlier in the day.“We are happy that we are going to feel at home on Wednesday during the match. It give the team a psychological boost similar to what we have enjoyed in Alexandria,” coach Rohr said after the evening training.“My players will be facing a much bigger crowd in a big stadium. You will expect some sort of stage fright but we have to brace up against another big team who has eliminated the host nation, Egypt hence it is not going to be a small match as most people had expected,” the Eagles coach said as a matter of fact.The1996 champions, South Africa altered the form-book when they shocked host nation Egypt 1-0 at the Cairo International Stadium on Saturday evening, to set up another clash with familiar foes Nigeria. Bafana Bafana defeated Eagles 2-0 in the very first game of the qualifying series in Uyo last year but Nigeria forced a 1-1 draw in Johannesburg.Saturday’s feat against Cameroon was the sixth time that Nigeria will eliminate a defending champion from the tournament.In 1976, a young squad captained by Christian Chukwu mauled then Cup holders Zaire (now DR Congo) 4-2 in Ethiopia, and in 1984, Nigeria edged Cup holders Ghana 2-1 in Cote d’Ivoire.In 1994, on the road to winning a second title, the Super Eagles sent packing Cup holders Cote d’Ivoire after penalties in the semi final, and in 2004, bundled out Cameroon (winners in Mali in 2002) 2-1 in a quarter-final match in Monastir, Tunisia.Two years later, incidentally in Egypt, the Super Eagles ejected Cup holders Tunisia after penalties in an interesting quarter-final match in Port Said.… Players’ Fitness Excites RohrSuper Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr is delighted to have a complete team for the first time since the tournament began two weeks ago.Ahead of the quarter-final clash against South Africa tomorrow in Cairo, all the injured players have been given clean bill of health thus making the coach not to have too much stress in filling the gaps.Team captain, John Obi Mikel, who played no part in the last match against Cameroon has handed the coach selection boost when he completed the training session of the squad on Sunday night and yesterday evening.It is not yet clear whether the former Chelsea stalwart will get a start shirt or from the bench on Wednesday.“It’s a major boost for Eagles that the team captain is fully back and I’m particularly glad that all the injured players have recovered and ready to play positive part in our quest to progress to the next phase of the tournament.“When a coach is in this situation, the problem is half solved but one major obstacle that it also creates is that it brings selection problem.“The question now is do you drop or substitute a player that played well in the last match for another first team player? The answer is simple and at same time difficult. Just like I did in the last match, my selection would be based on whatever formation we are adopting against South Africa.“We have to think deep what our opponent want to come up with. Their strength and weakness will determine who will start and who will not play any part at all.“Overall, I’m delighted that I have a complement of a full squad for the match,” Rohr explained last night.Shehu Abdulahi who was missing in action is also back and took part in the training session yesterday evening.Just like in the previous round, the Eagles dedicated almost half an hour perfecting penalty kicks to avoid a repeat of what happened to the team when it lost in shoot out to Cameroon in 2000 edition which Nigeria lost 2-4 after 2-2 scoreline at 120 minutes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eagles training for Zimbabwe thursday in Asabalast_img read more