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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Kenya becomes 3rd country to roll out malaria vaccine

Health authorities in Kenya on Friday Sep 13,2019 started administering doses of the world’s only licensed malaria vaccine to young children in rural areas facing high transmission rates.

Kenya became the third African country to introduce the vaccine, after Malawi and Ghana. The aim is to reach about 360,000 children per year across the three countries.

The health ministry described the milestone on Twitter as “a historic day” for the East African country as the health minister launched vaccinations in remote Homa Bay county.

Malaria is a top killer in many African countries. According to the World Health Organization, the region accounted for 92% of the cases and 93% of malaria deaths in 2017.

The parasitic disease kills about 435,000 people every year, most of them children under 5 in Africa.

It took GlaxoSmithKline and partners more than 30 years to develop the vaccine, at a cost of around $1 billion. GSK is donating up to 10 million vaccine doses in the current vaccination initiatives.

Although the malaria vaccine only protects about one-third of children who are immunized, those who get the shots are likely to have less severe cases of malaria.

England's Joe Root completes 7000+ Runs in Test Cricket Thursday Sep 12,2019

Day One Thursday Sep 12,2019 5th Test @ The Oval against Australia in the 2019 Ashes Series


Joe Root became the 12th Englishman to reach 7,000 Test runs and is the third youngest player to reach the landmark.

Only Alastair Cook and Sachin Tendulkar were younger.

Only three England players have scored 7,000 runs in fewer innings than Joe Root's 158 (Wally Hammond - 131, Kevin Pietersen - 150, Alastair Cook - 151)

In the ongoing 2019 Ashes series, Joe Root bagged three ducks including two golden ducks. In this process, he became the first England skipper with three ducks in a Test series.

Youngest batsmen to score 7000 Test runs -
  1. 27y 346d - Alastair Cook
  2. 28y 193d - Sachin Tendulkar
  3. 28y 256d - Joe Root
7000 plus Test runs for England -
  1. 12472 - Alastair Cook
  2. 8900 - Graham Gooch
  3. 8463 - Alec Stewart
  4. 8231 - David Gower
  5. 8181 - Kevin Pietersen
  6. 8114 - Geoff Boycott
  7. 7728 - Michael Atherton
  8. 7727 - Ian Bell
  9. 7624 - Colin Cowdrey
  10. 7249 - Wally Hammond
  11. 7037 - Andrew Strauss
  12. 7022 - Joe Root

Friday, September 13, 2019

Amazon countries sign pact to better protect the rainforest Friday Sep 13,2019

Leaders of countries home to the vast Amazon signed a pact on Friday Sep 13,2019 aimed at sharing resources and taking greater steps to protect the world's largest tropical rainforest.

The talks, led by Colombian President Ivan Duque, took place in Leticia, the Colombian region home to part of the Amazon rainforest.

According to the "Leticia Amazon pact", the Amazonian countries will "strengthen coordinated action", "establish [a] regional cooperation mechanism", "increase efforts associated with monitoring forest cover", and "strengthen the capacities and participation of indigenous and tribal peoples", among other actions. The pact was thin on specifics, however. 

Among those in attendance at Friday's meeting were Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno and Bolivian President Evo Morales, as well as the Suriname Vice President Michael Adhin, Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo and Guyana Natural Resource Minister Raphael Trotman. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who said he was unable to travel due to his health, joined via video conference.

Venezuela was not invited to the meeting

2019 Tunisian Presidential Election Sunday Sep 15,2019

Tunisians will head to the polls on Sunday September 15 to choose their new president in a hotly contested election.

More than seven million people are eligible to vote, roughly two-and-a-half million more than last year's local polls.

Initially scheduled to take place in Nov'19, the vote was brought forward following the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi in late July'19

Tunisia's electoral commission has confirmed the participation of 26 presidential candidates, including several political heavyweights.

 INTERACTIVE: Tunisia presidential elections 2019 - Voting  

The election will go to a runoff vote if no candidate achieves an absolute majority.

The second round is scheduled to take place in early November, after a parliamentary vote is held in October.

Although candidates have presented a plethora of ideas to help reform the economy and crack down on rampant corruption, the head of the state's mandate is in theory limited to foreign policy, defence and national security.

Under the terms of the 2014 constitution, the prime minister, who is nominated by parliament, is tasked with forming a government and running day-to-day affairs.

A number of prominent politicians will contest the presidential vote, including Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, Defence Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi and the Ennahdha party's vice president Abdelfattah Mourou.

Other hopefuls include former prime ministers Mehdi Jomaa and Hamadi Jebali as well as Moncef Marzouki, the president during the 2011-14 transition period.

There are also outsiders vying for the top position such as detained media mogul Nabil Karoui and Abir Moussi, one of two female candidates and a former deputy secretary-general in the party of deposed President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

INTERACTIVE: Tunisia presidential elections 2019 - Candidates

The Lifeline Express - World’s First Hospital Train

The Lifeline Express is the world’s first seven-coach hospital train donated by the Indian Railways to bring medical and surgical healthcare to doorstep of the rural population who cannot reach a hospital.

The Lifeline Express (LLE) has two operation theatres with a total of five operating tables fitted with world-class equipment and instruments.

At each location the LLE serves about 8,000 beneficiaries restoring sight, hearing, mobility, repairing cleft lips, treating epilepsy and dental care.

The Impact India Foundation has introduced screening patients for oral, breast & cervical cancer, as well as, testing for blood pressure and blood sugar

Canara Bank board gives in-principle approval for merger with Syndicate Friday Sep 13,2019

Canara Bank’s board of directors, on Friday Sep 13,2019, gave the in-principle approval for amalgamation of the bank with Syndicate Bank.

The in-principle approval for amalgamation of the two public sector banks (PSBs) is as advised by the Alternative Mechanism of Government of India (GoI) to commence the process of amalgamation, subject to applicable approvals, the bank said in a stock exchange notice

The amalgamation of Bengaluru-headquartered Canara Bank and Manipal-headquartered Syndicate Bank will create India’s fourth-largest PSB with business (deposits and advances) of 15.20-lakh crore and the third-largest branch network (10,342 branches)

Individually, Canara Bank and Syndicate Bank have total business of 10,43,249 crore and 4,77,046 crore, respectively. The combined entity will have 89,885 employees – Canara Bank (58,350) and Syndicate Bank (31,535)

2019 The Ashes Series England Vs Australia 5th Test @ The Oval Sep 12 -16,2019

Day Two Friday Sep 13,2019

England batted twice in the day. In the morning they went from 271-8 to 294 all out, a total that looked short of par on a flat pitch.

Jofra Archer took 6-62 to give England the upper hand in the fifth Ashes Test, despite yet more runs from Australia's Steve Smith on day two at The Oval. 

Pace bowler Archer was supported by three wickets from left-armer Sam Curran - including two in two balls - as the tourists were bowled out for 225.

England were 9/0 at the close of play with Rory Burns and Joe Denly at the crease giving a lead of 78 Runs
Jofra Archer ripped through the Australian batting line-up with six wickets for 62 runs, completing nine maidens in 23.5 overs

On his first appearance in the 2019 Ashes series, 21-year-old all-rounder Sam Curran took three important wickets

Steve Smith once again provided the biggest resistance for Australia with a score of 80

After falling to Jofra Archer for five, David Warner became the first opener to suffer eight single-figure dismissals in a single Test series. He now averages nine in this Ashes, with 61 of his 84 runs coming in one innings at Headingley.

There have now been 18 opening partnerships in succession in this series without a partnership of 50 - a world record.

Steve Smith now has a world record of his own: 10 successive scores of 50 or more against a single country, beating Inzamam-ul-Haq's sequence of nine for Pakistan against England. Smith's scores in that time have been 239, 76, 102*, 83, 144, 142, 92, 211, 82 and 80.

Steve Smith fell to Chris Woakes for the third time in the series - the only England bowler to dismiss him more than once (Stuart Broad, Joe Root and Jack Leach have each taken his wicket too)

Jofra Archer, only playing his fourth Test match, took his second five-for in Test cricket with an intelligent display of fast bowling