SYDNEY: Australia run-machine Steve Smith scored his second successive century against India to give the hosts an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series but the top order batsman said he almost missed Sunday’s match due to a bout of vertigo.
Smith said a team doctor put him through his paces to see if he was fit to take the field in Sydney.
“I didn’t know I was playing…” Smith told a Cricket Australia website after collecting his second man-of-the-match award.
“I had a really bad dose of vertigo this morning and I was struggling until … I came down early to have a hit and a bit of a run around.”
“The doctor, I think he performed six Epley manoeuvres on me … and got the crystals out of my ears and I was struggling for a bit.”
There was no sign Smith was in any discomfort when he got to the crease with the 31-year-old reaching his 100 with 62 balls for the second straight match, the third fastest by an Australian behind Glenn Maxwell (51) and James Faulkner (57).
“Just pleased to be able to get out here and play another good innings and help the team,” Smith said.
Team mate Marnus Labuschagne, Smith’s collaborator in their 136-run partnership, called it one of the best one-day knocks he had ever seen.
“The way he batted yesterday was superb. It almost felt like he didn’t really give an opportunity, didn’t really take a risk,” Labuschagne said in a video call on Monday.
Smith could have reached the 100-mark taking one ball fewer but Labuschagne slipped at the striker’s end and they decided against a second run.
“The boys were asking me was I batting in my runners out there?” said Labuschagne, who scored 70. “That was a bit disappointing from my end.
“I’ll have to get rid of those shoes and get a brand new set … for next game.”
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KATHMANDU: Former Prime Minister and senior leader of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Jhala Nath Khanal today asserted that the party would not split under any circumstances.
While laying a foundation stone for the construction of a hospital building in Suryodaya Municipality in Illam district, leader Khanal warned not to take advantage of ongoing rift within the party.
He said referring to the current row in the party between the two chairmen–PM KP Sharma Oli and Executive Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
“An ongoing discussion within the party is in favour of unity and will further strengthen it,”” leader Khanal shared.
MADRID: La Liga leaders Real Sociedad’s six-game winning streak ended on Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Villarreal.
The visitors took an early lead as Gerard Moreno converted a penalty after six minutes but Sociedad pulled level when Mikel Oyarzabal also netted from the spot in the 33rd.
Villarreal looked more likely to find a winner in the latter stages and had another penalty appeal turned down deep in stoppage time when Moreno was tackled by Igor Zubeldia.
Sociedad are top with 24 points after 11 games but second-placed Atletico Madrid are one point behind with two games in hand. Villarreal are third with 20 ahead of Real Madrid on 17.
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KATHMANDU: The Pashupatinath temple that remained closed for more than eight months following COVID-19 pandemic is all set to reopen for public from December 16.
The Hindu holy shrine will open for pilgrims by abiding with the government-set health protocols including social distancing, said the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT).
According to Pradip Dhakal, member-secretary of the PADT, a standard operating procedure has been developed for devotees visiting the temple.
LONDON: Moderna Inc said it will apply for US and European emergency authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine on Monday based on full results from a late-stage study showing its vaccine was 94.1% effective with no serious safety concerns.
It also reported a 100% success rate in preventing severe cases. The filing sets Moderna’s product up to be the second vaccine likely to receive US emergency use authorization this year.
“We believe that we have a vaccine that is very highly efficacious. We now have the data to prove it,” Moderna Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tal Zaks said in a telephone interview. “We expect to be playing a major part in turning around this pandemic.”
Zaks said he was emotional after seeing the 94.1% result over the weekend: “It was the first time I allowed myself to cry. At this level of effectiveness, when you just do the math of what it means for the pandemic that’s raging around us, it’s just overwhelming.”
Moderna’s announcement follows news from Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE that their vaccine, which also uses a new technology called synthetic messenger RNA (mRNA), was 95% effective. Pfizer has applied for emergency use authorization, putting it about a week ahead of Moderna.
In addition to filing its US application, Moderna said it would apply for conditional approval from the European Medicines Agency, which has already begun a rolling review of data, and would continue to talk with other regulators conducting rolling reviews.
Moderna’s latest efficacy result is slightly lower than an interim analysis released on Nov. 16 of 94.5% effectiveness, a difference that Zaks said is not statistically significant.
Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines proved more effective than anticipated and far superior to the 50% benchmark set by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Britain’s AstraZeneca has announced an average efficacy rate of 70% for its vaccine and as much as 90% for a subgroup of trial participants who got a half dose first, followed by a full dose. But some scientists have expressed doubts about the robustness of the 90% efficacy figure for the smaller group.
Still, the past few weeks of positive vaccine results have ignited hopes for an end to a pandemic that has battered economies and claimed more than 1.45 million lives worldwide. It comes as new infections and COVID-19 hospitalizations are at record levels across the United States.
Independent advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration are scheduled to meet on Dec. 17 to review Moderna’s trial data and make a recommendation to the FDA. They will meet on Dec. 10 to review Pfizer’s data.
Shortly after gaining emergency use authorization, Moderna expects the vaccine to be shipped to designated distribution points throughout the United States by the government’s Operation Warp Speed program and McKesson Corp, a drug distributor contracted by the US government.
Its distribution is expected to be easier than Pfizer’s because while it needs to be stored in a freezer, it does not require the ultra-cold temperature needed by Pfizer’s vaccine.
100% SUCCESS RATE FOR SEVERE CASES
Of the 196 volunteers who contracted COVID-19 in the more than 30,000-person trial, 185 had received a placebo versus 11 who got the vaccine. The company reported 30 severe cases – all in the placebo group – which means the vaccine was 100% effective at preventing severe cases. The trial included one COVID-19-related death in the placebo group.
Moderna said the vaccine‘s efficacy was consistent across age, race, ethnicity and gender demographics. The 196 cases included 33 adults over 65 and 42 volunteers from racially diverse groups, including 29 Latinos, 6 Blacks, 4 Asian Americans and 3 multiracial participants.
Zaks said the vaccine has been developed during a period of “political acrimony” and having a highly effective vaccine may go a long way toward erasing some of that distrust.
“This is as black and white as an effect on a population will be. Your chances of actually being sick if you’ve been vaccinated are decreased 20-fold,” he said.
Moderna reported no new side effects since its interim analysis on Nov. 16. Based on that analysis, the most common side effects were fatigue, injection site redness and pain, headache and body aches, which increased after the second dose and were short-lived.
Zaks said the vaccine caused significant flu-like symptoms in some participants, which, he said, “goes hand-in-hand with having such a potent vaccine.” But it has not caused any significant safety concerns so far.
Moderna plans to start a new trial to test the vaccine in adolescents before the end of the year, followed by another trial in even younger volunteers early in 2021. The company hopes to have the vaccine available for adolescents by September of next year, Zaks said.
Other vaccine makers have said they are studying their vaccines in young people as well.
Moderna said it was on track to have about 20 million doses of its vaccine ready to ship in the United States by the end of 2020, enough to inoculate 10 million people.
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KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Health Ministry, in its regular press briefing, shared the latest updates on coronavirus contagion from across the country, and government’s response to the health crisis.
Till date, 1,737,747 tests through Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method have been carried out wherein 9,911 tests were performed in the last 24 hours.
At present, there are 535 people under quarantine in various facilities across the country. The number of active cases in Nepal is 17,423.
1,474 new cases of the coronavirus infection were registered today taking the national tally to 233,452.
As many as 1,474 persons earlier diagnosed with the disease have tested negative in the last 24 hours. With the recent addition, the national COVID-19 recovery tally has now reached 233,452.
Meanwhile, 29 more fatalities were confirmed by the Ministry today, with which the country’s COVID-19 death tally has now reached 1,508.
As of today, the country has witnessed 233,452 cases of the coronavirus infection while 214,521 people have recovered from the disease. Meanwhile, 1,508 COVID-19 fatalities have been confirmed.
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KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli now has an account on TikTok, a popular video-sharing social networking service.
The app is popular across all sections of people across the globe.
By the time this update was filed, the account had already gathered 19.5k followers. The sole video which has been viewed over 668k times has garnered 53k likes.
TikTok was recently banned in India including 58 other Chinese apps alleging that they could compromise national security. Likewise, the app was under fire as ‘trade war’ between US-China advanced as the Americans claimed that China would forward user information with her intelligence agencies.
Meanwhile, reactions have been pouring on social networking sites over the PM joining the video sharing site.
LONDON: More than 62.47 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,456,448 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
The following table lists the countries hit by the number of reported cases.Country Total Deaths Total Cases United States 266,828 13,370,949 India 137,139 9,431,691 Brazil 172,561 6,290,272 Russia 39,527 2,269,316 France 52,127 2,208,699 Spain 44,668 1,628,208 United Kingdom 58,032 1,606,435 Italy 54,904 1,585,178 Argentina 38,322 1,413,375 Mexico 105,459 1,100,683 Germany 16,039 1,041,736 Indonesia 16,815 534,266 Bangladesh 6,609 462,407 Pakistan 7,985 395,185 Canada 11,976 364,810 Morocco 5,739 349,688 Nepal 1,508 233,452 Japan 2,139 148,272 Costa Rica 1,690 137,093
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SYDNEY: India‘s bowling shortcomings have been laid bare in the first two one-day internationals against Australia and unless pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah finds his rhythm quickly the tourists will have their backs to the wall in next month’s test series.
Australia took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series with a 51-run victory in Sydney on Sunday.
And the hosts could deal a psychological blow for the four-match test series, which starts in Adelaide on Dec. 17, by securing a sweep in the third match on Wednesday.
Bumrah, the world’s second ranked ODI bowler, has endured a torrid time, bleeding 73-1 in the first match and 79-1 in the second.
“He means a lot to this team and we know the value of Jasprit,” vice-captain KL Rahul said after Sunday’s loss.
“It’s about time a champion player like him will come back, deliver and get wickets for us.”
Bumrah and Mohammed Shami’s failure to strike early has allowed Australia to get off to flying starts, which Steve Smith and his middle order colleagues have capitalised on.
Rahul was not surprised by the bowlers’ struggles on pitches where India also surpassed the 300-mark in both matches.
“You have to understand that in New Zealand and Australia, the wickets are so good to bat on. You will see top bowlers not getting wickets (occasionally). That’s quite acceptable,” he added.
With all-rounder Hardik Pandya yet to fully recover from a back injury, India played him as specialist batsman in the first ODI, even though it upset team balance.
Pandya bowled just four overs on Sunday but still picked up the wicket of Smith, who had smashed his second successive century of the series.
“If he (Pandya) starts bowling, then it is a load off the skipper and the team,” Rahul said.
“We need all-rounders for the team balance. He quite enjoyed it himself. He loves to get into contests and he is itching to go.”
MUMBAI: Novel coronavirus cases rose by 38,772, the health ministry said on Monday, making it the 23rd straight day that daily cases have stayed below the 50,000 mark.
The country now has 9.43 million cases, the second-highest in the world after the United States, but daily cases have been dipping since hitting a peak in September.
Deaths rose by 443 in the last 24 hours, and now total 137,139.
LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur returned to the top of the Premier League as they ground out a 0-0 draw at Chelsea on Sunday but there was more woe for north London rivals Arsenal who suffered a fifth defeat in their opening 10 matches.
Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score twice for Manchester United who overturned a 2-0 halftime deficit at Southampton to win 3-2 — a club-record eighth successive away league win moving them into the top half.
When Spurs briefly led the table before the international break it was pointed out that their next run of fixtures would give a better indication of whether they are title contenders.
After last week’s 2-0 home win against Manchester City, their disciplined display at Chelsea to earn a point has perhaps persuaded a few more that they have a shot.
“If we’re contenders then they have to be contenders,” Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said after his side missed the chance to move top with a victory.
Timo Werner had a goal ruled out for Chelsea in the first half and Tammy Abraham should have done better with a header after the break but Tottenham, especially in the first half, always looked capable of snatching a goal.
They are now unbeaten in nine league games since an opening-day defeat at home to Everton and have kept three consecutive clean sheets. However, manager Jose Mourinho contines to downplay his side’s chances of finishing above the likes of champions Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.
“We’re not even in the (title) race so we’re not a horse. We’re a pony,” the Portuguese said.
Spurs have 21 points from 10 games, above Liverpool on goal difference. Leicester City can also get to 21 on Monday if they win at home to struggling Fulham. Third-placed Chelsea have 19.
Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers left them in 14th place with 13 points.
Although the result was overshadowed by a sickening clash of heads between Wolves’ Raul Jimenez and Arsenal’s Brazilian defender David Luiz that left the Mexican forward in hospital.
During a 10-minute stoppage Jimenez needed oxygen and was taken off on a stretcher before being rushed to hospital.
Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo said he had been very worried but offered some good news, saying the 29-year-old Jimenez was conscious and talking.
For Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta it is a case of back to the drawing board. His misfiring side have three points fewer after 10 games this term than they did last season under his Spanish compatriot Unai Emery who was sacked exactly a year ago.
It is their worst points haul after 10 games of a Premier League season and they have scored only 10 times.
“It’s my responsibility for the team to score more goals. There are no excuses — we have to improve,” Arteta said.
United appeared to be heading for defeat when James Ward-Prowse scored a stunning free kick, having set up Jan Bednarek to open the scoring in the first half at St Mary’s.
But Uruguayan Cavani, 33, came on at the start of the second half and flipped the match on its head with a virtuoso display.
First he set up Bruno Fernandes to give United hope and then struck with two headed goals, the second in stoppage time.
“Sometimes when we scored goals it’s hard to be the perfect goal,” United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said as his side moved up to eighth place, five points off top spot with a game in hand.
“Edinson has been around the block, scored so many goals, he’s played football so long, been between both posts, he’s seen this game before, he’s seen that cross before, he knows exactly what moment to move.”
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KATHMANDU: A total of 809 new cases of coronavirus infection were reported from the three districts of Kathmandu Valley on Monday.
Of the new cases, 361 are females and 448 are males.
As many as 615 cases were recorded in Kathmandu district while Lalitpur and Bhaktapur reported 125 and 69 cases respectively.
The number of active cases in Kathmandu at present is 7,270 while those of Lalitpur and Bhaktapur are 1,452 and 641 respectively.
Meanwhile, 29 more Covid-related fatalities have taken the total death-toll in the country to 1,508.
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KATHMANDU: The countrywide Covid-19 tally reached 233,452 as 1,474 additional infections emerged on Monday.
Of the total cases, 602 are females while 872 are males.
In the last 24 hours, 809 cases surfaced in Kathmandu Valley of which 615 are from Kathmandu district while Lalitpur and Bhaktapur reported 125 and 69 cases respectively. The capital hosts the highest number of active cases, which on an average, reports half of the daily reported live infections.
Likewise, 1,931 people who were earlier infected with the virus are reported to have recovered in the past 24 hours as per the latest data provided by health ministry. As of today, 214,521 individuals have recovered from the novel coronavirus infection. The recovery rate, as such, is 91.9 percent.
Nepal’s active Covid-19 case count currently stands at 17,423.
Meanwhile, 29 more fatalities from the disease have taken the total death-toll to 1,508.
According to the health ministry, 9,911 PCR tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. With this, a total of 1,737,747 PCR tests have been carried out in Nepal till date.
Currently, there are 535 individuals in various quarantine facilities across Nepal.
On Sunday, Nepal’s coronavirus case count reached 231,978 with 1,255 newly confirmed cases.
Globally, over 63 million people have contracted the virus till date while 1.4 million deaths have been reported. Meanwhile, over 43 million people have recovered from the disease while around 17 million cases are still active.
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KATHMANDU: Twenty-nine more fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours with which Nepal’s Covid-19 death-tally has now advanced to 1,508.
Meanwhile, 1,474 fresh coronavirus cases as reported today took the nationwide Covid-19 case count to 233,452.
Over 1.4 million deaths from the disease have been reported worldwide while the global case tally is recorded over 63 million.
On Sunday, twenty-five individuals diagnosed with Covid-19 had succumbed to the disease.
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RAUTAHAT: Body of a man from Dalit community was found in Madhavnarayan Municipality of Rautahat district on Monday.
Police identified the deceased as Dashairam Chamar (45) of Mithuawa in Madhavnarayan-5. Dashairam had been working for Labanda Dance programme.
The body was found in an open space near some bamboo trees at the border of Bishnupurwa Manpur and Mithuawa village in Madhavnarayan Municipality’s ward 4 and 5, police informed.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Siddhi Bikram Shah at Rautahat District Police Office said, blood coming out of the deceased’s mouth indicates that he could have died from a beating.
Meanwhile, police have sent the body, which was cordoned off immediately after being discovered, to Gaur Hospital for postmortem, SP Shah said.
Investigation into the case is underway, police informed.
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HETAUDA: Bagmati Province Chief Minister Dormani Paudel, on Monday, said that the provincial government is on the path to developing health sector.
Inaugurating the seven-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 10-bed High-Dependency Unit (HDU) at the Madan Bhandari Academy of Health Sciences, Hetauda Hospital on Monday, CM Paudel claimed that the services of Singha Durbar will reach every household as promised by the government. Among the seven ICU beds, six beds are equipped with ventilators.
The provincial government is invested in providing health services at every village of the province, said Paudel while adding that health service is a basic need and the government is expanding health services to all.
The hospital that was established in 2016 will now provide ICU service with ventilators, informed Dr Hari Bahadur Khadka, Director of the Academy. The hospital has added staff members including doctors and nurses, further stated Dr Khadka.
With the start of ICU services, the charge for ICU beds is expected to fall in the district, and number of patients going to health facilities in Bharatpur and Kathmandu will also decrease, he added.
The hospital is also set to establish an ICU Treatment Fund for economically marginalized people, Khadka claimed. Moreover, with the handing over of this newly constructed building, the plan is to expand the ICU facility with 20 more ICU beds and 25 more HDU beds, informed Rajesh Prasai, Registrar of the Academy.
Meanwhile, CM Paudel also laid the foundation stone for a 15-bed hospital in Manahari Rural Municipality.
Fifty-one local levels have laid the foundation stone so far for construction of health facilities, claimed CM Paudel.
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