Swine Flu Death In India Reaches 45


10 more deaths due to swine flu have been confirmed on Thursday in India. With this the total death toll, took a leap to touch 45.

Karnataka stands in the second position with a total of 11 deaths due to swine flu. Maharashtra is still leading the death toll, with 17 reported from Pune alone. The total death toll reported from Maharashtra is 25. H1N1 has claimed 5 lives in Gujarat where as Kerala and Tamil Nadu has witnessed one death each.

Even though steps to curb the spreading and for the rupturing of the H1N1 infection cycle have been implemented, about 159 cases of fresh infection have been reported, taking the total number of H1N1 infected cases in India to 2,401.

Vikaram Sharma, who succumbed to H1N1 at the Sassoon Hospital in Pune, had been hospitalized on Aug 9. He passed away at 11.15 pm on Thursday night. Dipti Pawar, who had passed away earlier, had also been admitted to the same hospital in a very critical stage on Aug 16. She had initially be receiving treatment in a private hospital at Pune.

Out of the four deaths in Karnataka, Krishnaveni and Kalpana has succumbed in the hospital on Aug 17 where as N Prema had lost her struggle on Aug 16.  The 11th victim from Karnataka was Edward Mohan, 45, who had passed away on Aug 17. Out of the four deaths, the confirmation had been received only on Aug 19.

The Centre has been ordered to file an affidavit regarding the measures that have been taken to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

WWE Summerslam 2009 Matches

wwe-summerslam 2009

1. Randy Orton vs. John Cena in a Singles match for the WWE Championship

2. Chris Jericho and The Big Show vs. Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard and JTG) in a Tag team match for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship

3. Jeff Hardy vs. C.M. Punk in a in a TLC match for the World Heavyweight Championship.

4. Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler in a singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

5. D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) vs. The Legacy (Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes) in a Tag Team match

6. The Great Khali vs. Kane in a Singles Match

7. Jack Swagger vs. Montel Vontavious Porter in a Singles match.

8. Christian vs. William Regal in a Singles match for the ECW Championship

WWE SummerSlam 2009 Official Promo

Spanish football mourns Dani Jarque

Spanish football was in mourning Sunday following the sudden death of Espanyol captain Dani Jarque from a heart attack.

Real Madrid captain Raul led the tributes to the 26-year-old who died Saturday in a hotel room in the Italian town of Coviciana where his team were on a pre-season training camp.

dani jarqueRaul said: “As captain and in representation of Real Madrid I want to show all our sympathy and to be by the side of the player’s family.

“We want to give encouragement to all the Espanyol family at such a hard time, which has left us all filled with dismay and pain.

“Such a young lad, a great professional and sportsman, who suffered this has left us all very hurt.

“From here our most sincere sympathies.”

Another Real Madrid player, Manchester United recruit Cristiano Ronaldo, described the day as “very sad for everyone”.

Jarque was discovered in his room after failing to appear for dinner with his teammates.

The club said that team doctors as well as Italian paramedics tried to revive the midfielder but without success.

Carles Puyol, captain of Barcelona, Espanyol’s city neighbours, echoed Raul and Ronaldo’s sentiments, telling his club’s website: “It’s a sad day for us all and for football.

“Our thoughts are with his family and his friends.”

A minute’s silence was observed at the start of the second half of a pre-season friendly at the Mestella Stadium where Valencia were taking on English side Arsenal.

Players from both sides also wore black armbands.

Valencia issued a statement presenting their “condolences”.

Atletico Madrid declared that “the world of football is once again in mourning,” a reference to the fact that this tragedy occurred just two years after the death, also from heart failure, of Sevilla defender Antonio Puerta.

Puerta died aged 22 after collapsing during the opening game of the Spanish La Liga season.

Both the Spanish football frederation and the league expressed their support for Jarque’s family and club.

Sunday’s edition of Marca, the main Spanish sports daily, printed the dead player’s name in black on its front page while in Barcelona supporters gathered outside the number 21 gate, Jarque’s shirt number, at Espanyol’s stadium.

Late Saturday Espanyol had confirmed that their captain had died from heart failure and said the club doctor’s attempts to revive him had failed.

“It was a heart attack,” said club official German de la Cruz.

“He was talking to his girlfriend when he suddenly began to feel unwell. He told her and then stopped talking. His partner got in touch with the hotel and explained what had happened but it was too late to do anything.

Jarque had played for Espanyol since the 2002-2003 season.

In the last campaign, he featured in 36 league matches and scored two goals. He was also a member of the team which won the Spanish Cup in 2006 and who were UEFA Cup runners-up in 2007.

Schumacher back in action

Michael SchumacherSeven-time world champion Michael Schumacher was back behind the wheel of a racing car just 48 hours after announcing his shock return to the sport.

F1 rules currently block any driver from practicing in the car that will race the Grand Prix, so Schumacher was forced to take to the track in team-mate Kimi Raikkonen’s championship winning car from two-years-ago

Schumacher will make his return at the European Grand Prix in Valencia on August 23, where the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will be praying they can outwit the all-time-great.

The German made the decision after long talks with Ferrari bosses following Felipe Massa’s freak accident during the qualifying session at the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest

World’s tallest tower to open for public on Dec 2

world's tallest towerDubai: The world’s tallest building Burj Dubai will be thrown open to the public on December 2, to coincide with UAE’s National Day.

The opening date of the building has been a closely guarded secret for years – however, a senior architect working on the project has confirmed that December 2 has been set aside for the opening, the Arabian Business reported.

The Armani Hotel, which is part of the building, will welcome its first guests on the same day.

Ceremonies to mark the launch are also being planned for December 2, the report said but it was not yet clear whether other parts of the tower will be fully accessible.

“This will be a huge achievement and a big celebration for the UAE and for Emaar, particularly as it’s UAE National Day. It will be the first time the public can enter the building,” said the architect.

The final piece of glass cladding to complete the exterior of Burj Dubai, was now ready and would be installed within weeks, developer Emaar Properties said. Emaar, however, has maintained it will not comment on the opening date.

Spanning six metres in length, the panel is the last of the 24,348 pieces of cladding fitted to the super-structure.

Emaar has been tight-lipped over the final height of the tower, which is believed to have topped 818 metres earlier this year. More than 1,000 specially commissioned pieces of art will adorn the interiors of Burj Dubai.

Pride of the place in the iconic structure’s residential lobby will be held by an artwork featuring 196 bronze and brass alloy cymbals – representing the 196 countries of the world – suspended on titanium rods anchored at the bottom of two pools.

Visitors to the lobby will be able to hear a distinct musical sound as the cymbals, which are plated with 18-carat gold, are struck by dripping water intended to mimic the sound of water falling on leaves.

Serena bows out in quarter-final

serena williamsWimbledon champion Serena Williams has crashed out of the Bank of the West Classic.

Top seed Williams lost 6-2 3-6 6-2 to Australia’s Samantha Stosur in the quarter-finals of the event at Stanford.

Stosur – who is seeking her first WTA Tour title – will play Marion Bartoli for a place in the final, after the eighth-seeded Italian defeated fourth-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic 3-6 7-6 6-3.

Venus Williams – beaten by her sister in the Wimbledon final last month – reached the semi-finals with a straight sets defeat of Maria Sharapova.

Williams won 6-2 6-2, accepting her second match point to wrap up victory in 80 minutes and set up a meeting with third-seeded Elena Dementieva, who beat Daniela Hantuchova 6-2 6-4