He added the patient, who was admittedat the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH), wasdischarged from the hospital on yesterday. He also urged the public to alwaysverify information related to nCoV from the Department of Health website and torefrain from spreading fake news. As of Wednesday, the City HealthOffice reported two more PUIs – a 67-year-old male, a foreign national, who hada layover in Taiwan, and a 30 to 40-year-old Filipino male who traveled to HongKong. The remaining two PUIs were also atthe hospital waiting for the laboratory results from the RITM. BACOLOD City – A43-year-old Canadian national who was under investigation for a possible 2019 novel coronavirus acuterespiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD) infection had tested negative for thevirus. One of the two is a 12-year-old with ahistory of travel to Hong Kong and Macau while the other is a 58-year-oldfemale. They are now confined in atertiary hospital, she added Dr. Julius Drilon, medical centerchief II, said in a statement that this was based on the result of theconfirmatory testing from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). CHO Environment and SanitationDivision head Grace Tan said the swab samples of the latest two patients wouldbe sent to the RITM as soon as possible. “The CLMMRH is assuring the publicthat the hospital is implementing strict infection control measures inproviding treatment to these patients,” Drilon said. The Bacolod City Disaster RiskReduction and Management Council has passed a resolution requesting for aP10-million budget that will be utilized by the inter-agency task force for theprevention and control of Novel Coronavirus (nCoV). (With a report from PNA/PN)
A veteran of five championship-winning campaigns, Vidic knows the qualities required to come out on top at the end of an arduous domestic campaign. And with so many big matches ahead, the 32-year-old is not willing to write United off just yet. “I am not giving up,” Vidic told MUTV. “Not yet. “The next six or seven matches will determine how we are going to do. The results we get will tell us what our aim will be this season. “Chelsea away is a tough match. If we win it, we are six points behind them. That would still give us a chance to think about winning the title. “I know it doesn’t sound right at the moment. But with a few wins in a row we still can challenge for the title. “I am not saying to win it. But if we challenge, from there we can see what our position is.” In only two full seasons during Vidic’s time in England have United failed to win the league. United head to Chelsea on Sunday nine points adrift of their hosts, who themselves have only briefly headed the table this season. Most pundits have written the Red Devils off, and those who have not accept anything other than victory at Stamford Bridge would effectively kill their chances. As the margin of failure to Chelsea and Manchester City in those campaigns were a single point and goal difference respectively, the sharp lurches in form experienced during David Moyes’ debut term in charge have come as something of a shock. So much so that Vidic is not prepared to look at a league table which, heading into the weekend’s fixtures, had his team slumped in seventh, good enough only for the final Europa League spot – and not even that if one of the two cup qualifiers are from lower down the standings. “I don’t look at the table now,” said Vidic. “I am waiting to win a few games in a row, then I will look at the table again. “It is important not to have this sequence of good results, then bad ones. “We need consistency. We are not necessarily looking for great performances, we just need a few wins in a row to know everything is going the right way.” There have been periods when United have looked quite good – the impressive opening day win at Swansea, a 12-match unbeaten run spanning two months and a run of six wins on the trot that ended on New Year’s Day. Interspersed with that, though, has been some woeful form. That has included one win in five after that initial Swansea success, including defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City, and back-to-back home losses inflicted by Everton and Newcastle, neither of whom had any recent history of winning at Old Trafford. And then there were the three losses in a row to usher in 2014, costing United a place in the FA Cup and giving them a deficit to overhaul in next week’s Capital One Cup semi-final against Sunderland. “We have had some bad luck this year,” said Vidic. “We had tough matches at the beginning of the season, including a few derby games. “We had just changed the manager, so there was pressure on the new one. There were expectations. Everything was looking forward. “If we had a better schedule and we had won the first few matches, maybe everything would have been different. “But we had some draws. We lost against Liverpool away. We haven’t had luck with injuries. The season was stop and go all the time. It has looked like we have never started playing. “I am not trying to find excuses. We have a big squad with a lot of good players. I just hope a better time is coming for us.” Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic is refusing to abandon dreams of retaining the Premier League title just yet. Press Association
Yet another year is set to pass. 2017 is gearing up to bid a happy goodbye and in the dying moments of the year, we take a look at excellence in India’s badminton circuit.2017 has defined Indian badminton. From being just an occasional topic of discussion and a winter sport to be played at home or in backyards, badminton has become one of the most talked about and one of the most followed sport in the country.From only knowing the name of Saina Nehwal and talking about PV Sindhu’s Rio Olympics silver, 2017 made sporting icons out of Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy.While 2016 was all about the Olympic silver medallist Sindhu and the fact that Saina was undergoing a knee surgery, 2017 gave India many more reasons to talk about badminton.The buzz of the stadium, the constant chants and innumerous people turning up to watch badminton was a spectacle that graced the India Open Super Series early in April in New Delhi. With Sindhu reaching the final and setting up an Olympic re-match with Spain’s Carolina Marin, thousands of people flocked the stadium to watch the final and it was one of a kind for the sport in the country.Amidst home cheers, Sindhu won the India Open but the actual revolution started late in April when not-far-away in Singapore, two male shuttlers Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth set up the first-ever all-Indian final at the Singapore Super Series. Sai Praneeth took the title but the image of both the Indians standing at the podium with the Indian flag around their shoulder gave way to the patriotism in many.advertisement Sai Praneeth then went on to win the Thailand Open as well and for the first time three men’s singles shuttlers from India were in the top 15 of the BWF rankings.What Srikanth went on to do throughout the year after that is a folklore now. Winning the Indonesia Super Series Premier and the Australian Open Super Series back to back in June to lifting the winners’ trophy at Denmark Super Series Premier and French Super Series consecutively in October, Srikanth became the first Indian to win four Super Series titles in a calendar year and henceforth, a household name. Though Srikanth garnered the most fame, even HS Prannoy made his name by breaking into the top 10, winning the US Open Grand Prix, beating the likes of Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long and Lin Dan, being a semi-finalist at French Open where he only lost to eventual winner, Srikanth and then culminating all of that success with winning the Nationals.Even Saina returned from a career-threatening injury to win the Malaysia Masters, World Championships bronze and lastly, she beat Sindhu to winning the National Championship.2017 has given people a different perspective towards the sport of badminton. From treating badminton as an outdoor sport, people now know that badminton is actually played indoors.Till 2016, India knew only two players, Saina Nehwal and Sindhu. Of course, Sindhu’s name rose primarily due to her silver at the Olympics but despite earlier laurels achiever by Srikanth and her, it is only now that people recognise them.A lot of credit of the rising popularity of badminton may also go to the fact that the matches are now being televised. While previously the only time people got to watch the sport was during Commonwealth Games and the Olympics, now all the Super Series events are televised and hence, more people are able to see the matches culminating into generation of interest.When Sindhu lost the one hour 50 minutes marathon against Nozomi Okuhara in the World Championships final, the world stood up and took notice of the quality of the game. Not only did people laud Sindhu for giving it her all but they saw the technicalities of the sport and how much these athletes actually give on the court.A prime example of how the sport has grown in the country and how people have begun recognising the faces of their homegrown stars, is the huge number of people who made it to the stadium in Nagpur to watch the Nationals, where all the big badminton stars of the country played.The amount of success that the Indian badminton players have seen on the international circuit has been a major boost to the sport in India. Not only has the interest grown but the focus on fitness, training and the need for young talent scouting, everything has seen a rise.Badminton has grown from being just an Olympic sport to a sport that is truly and professionally played round the year.advertisementWith all the current Indian stars still in the early years at the international circuit, much is expected from them in the future.In just a gist, 2017 was the beginning of an era, a glimpse into the bigger picture and only an indication that there is much more to come.