Warriors Live: Five answers about Pelicans, plus in-game updates

first_imgScroll to the bottom of follow our live feed during the game.For the second straight game, the suddenly vulnerable Warriors are on the road facing a winless team. The question is whether Golden State can avoid a repeat of what happened in Oklahoma City on Sunday when it takes on the 0-3 Pelicans in New Orleans Monday night?The Pelicans haven’t won a game yet, but among their losses are an opening night overtime loss in Toronto against the defending NBA champs and Saturday’s …last_img

Health spending increases as SA gears for NHI

first_img26 February 2014 Government spending on health care is expected to exceed R492-billion over the next three years as South Africa strengthens its health care system in preparation for the implementation of a National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Budget documents released on Wednesday show that national health spending will grow at a higher rate over the next few years, in line with the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) vision of a cheaper health sector that works for all South Africans. Tabling his 2014 Budget in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said the Department of Health’s white paper on the NHI and a financing paper by the National Treasury had been completed and were expected to be presented to the Cabinet shortly. The roll-out of the NHI is currently being financed by two conditional grants: the nationally managed national health grant, and the national health insurance grant, managed by the provinces. More than R221-million will be made available in the 2014 Budget for the national health insurance grant in order to strengthen district health structures in the country. Gordhan said that, in addition to hospital and clinic building and refurbishment programmes – for which over R19-billion has been earmarked – about R1.2-billion has been set aside for doctors’ contracts. More than R300-million will go towards the establishment of an office of Health Standards Compliance, which will serve as an independent public entity responsible for inspecting the country’s health facilities. About R600-million has been budgeted for the introduction of the new Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine, which prevents cancer of the cervix. The roll-out of the vaccine will begin with Grade 4 learners in schools across the country next month. Gordhan said improvements in South Africa’s health system over the past five years were reflected in the country’s rising life expectancy, the reduction in infant, child and maternal mortality, as well as the increased access to free antiretroviral treatment for HIV. “Over the period ahead, enrolment in the HIV treatment programme will expand by 500 000 a year,” he noted. Currently, 2.5-million South Africans are receiving this treatment. This increase would require an addition of R1-billion to the health budget, the minister said. Since 2009, South Africa has lowered its child mortality rate by reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV from 3.5% to 2.5%. At the same time, a campaign to increase voluntary HIV testing, as well as the number of medical male circumcisions, has contributed to a reduction in the country’s adult mortality rate. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Virat Kohli best in the world, can’t be compared to him: Babar Azam

first_imgPakistan batting sensation Babar Azam said he would not want people to draw comparisons with Virat Kohli as the Indian captain was way ahead of the rest of the pack.Azam, 23, has played only 36 ODIs but has scored seven hundreds including three on the trot against West Indies last year. He has so far scored 1758 runs at an average of 58.60 and many feel he can go on to become one of the greats in limited-overs cricket.Kohli, who scored 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds in 2017 is currently No.2 in Tests and No.1 in ODIs and T20Is. Azam, who finished 2017 with 872 runs from 18 ODIs is ranked No.4 in the ICC’s rankings for ODI batsmen, behind Kohli, AB de Villiers and David Warner. (Kohli best across formats, Steve Smith best in Tests: Michael Vaughan)However, Azam wants to stay grounded and said Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur should not have compared him to a player of Kohli’s stature.”He compared me with a very big player. I think it shouldn’t be done,” Azam told ESPNcricinfo. “But that is the coach’s thinking. Maybe the stats at the start of our careers are similar, but he is the No. 1 batsman in the world. I want to perform at a high level for Pakistan too.” (Kohli has best work ethics in Indian team: Cheteshwar Pujara to India Today)Azam said he grew up watching and wanting to copy South African legend AB de Villiers. Incidentally, Kohli and de Villiers are close friends and play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.advertisement”I loved watching AB de Villiers in the early days. I used to follow him closely. I copied him a lot too. In the nets, I used to at least try some of the shots he played in the matches,” he said.Azam is yet to make an impact in Test cricket where he averages a mere 23.75 after 11 Tests. Kohli is the only player in the world to average over 50 in all three formats of the game.Last December, during Pakistan’s tour of Australia, Arthur had said Azam reminded him of a young Kohli.”I’ll go so far as to say, at the same age, I reckon he’s as good as Virat Kohli, which I know that’s high praise but he’s right up there,” Arthur had told Perth’s 6PR radio. (Virat Kohli finishes 2017 with 2818 international runs)Kohli is the only batsman to slam double hundreds in four successive Test series and recently broke Brian Lara’s record for most Test double hundreds as captain.The 29-year-old Delhi run-machine is also second in the list of most century scorers in ODIs behind Sachin Tendulkar.last_img read more