Sports Events Calendar in August 2009

Key events this month:

GOLF: Aug 13-16 Minnesota: US PGA Championship

ATHLETICS: Aug 15-23 Berlin: IAAF World Championships

GOLF: Aug 21-23 Illinois: Solheim Cup

FOOTBALL: Aug 23-Sep 10 Finland: UEFA Women's Euros

ROWING: Aug 23-30 Poznan: World Championships

RUGBY LEAGUE: Aug 29 Challenge Cup Final

CRICKET: Aug 30 First Twenty20, Old Trafford: England v Australia

TENNIS: Aug 31-Sep 13 New York: US Open 

The month in full:

BADMINTON: Aug 10-16 Hyderabad: World Championships

TENNIS: Aug 10-23 Montreal: ATP Rogers Cup

TENNIS: Aug 10-23 Cincinnati: WTA Masters

GOLF: Aug 13-16 Minnesota: USPGA Championship

GOLF: Aug 13-16 St Mellion: English Open

SPEEDWAY: Aug 15 Malilla: Swedish Grand Prix

CRICKET: Aug 15-16 Canterbury: Kent v Australia

ATHLETICS: Aug 15-23 Berlin: IAAF World Championships

MOTOR RACING: Aug 16 Knockhill: British Touring Car Championship

MOTOR CYCLING: Aug 16 Czech Republic: MotoGP

FOOTBALL: Aug 12 World Cup qualifier: Norway v Scotland

CRICKET: Aug 20-24 Fifth Test, The Oval: England v Australia

GOLF: Aug 20-23 Zandvoort: KLM Open

GOLF: Aug 20-23 North Carolina: Wyndham Championship

GOLF: Aug 21-23 Illinois: Solheim Cup

RUGBY UNION: Aug 22 Tri-Nations: Australia v New Zealand

MOTOR RACING: Aug 23 Valencia: European Grand Prix

FOOTBALL: Aug 23-Sep 10 Finland: UEFA Women's Euros

ROWING: Aug 23-30 Poznan: World Championships

TENNIS: Aug 24-30 New Haven: ATP/WTA Pilot Pen tournament

GOLF: Aug 27-30 Gleneagles: Johnnie Walker Championship

GOLF: Aug 28-30 Oregon: Safeway LPGA Classic

CRICKET: Aug 28 ODI, Edinburgh: Scotland v Australia

ATHLETICS: Aug 28 Zurich: IAAF League

RUGBY UNION: Aug 28 Tri-Nations: Australia v South Africa

SPEEDWAY: Aug 29 Vojens: Danish Grand Prix

RUGBY LEAGUE: Aug 29 Challenge Cup Final

MOTOR RACING: Aug 30 Belgian Grand Prix

CRICKET: Aug 30 First Twenty20, Old Trafford: England v Australia

MOTOR RACING: Aug 30 Silverstone: British Touring Cars

MOTOR RACING: Aug 30 Germany: World Touring Car Championship


ATHLETICS: Aug 31 Gateshead: AVIVA British Grand Prix

MOTOR CYCLING: Aug 31 Cadwell Park: British Superbikes

TENNIS: Aug 31-Sep 13 New York: US Open

Earthquake Occurred in Andaman - 7.7 Magnitude Recorded

Location14.013°N, 92.923°E
Depth33.1 km (20.6 miles)
Distances260 km (160 miles) N of Port Blair, Andaman Islands, India 365 km (225 miles) SSW of Pathein (Bassein), Myanmar 825 km (510 miles) W of BANGKOK, Thailand 2295 km (1420 miles) SE of NEW DELHI, Delhi, India
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 9.8 km (6.1 miles); depth +/- 5.7 km (3.5 miles)
ParametersNST= 64, Nph= 64, Dmin=833.8 km, Rmss=0.86 sec, Gp= 72°, M-type=(unknown type), Version=6
Event IDus2009kdb2
The Andaman Islands earthquake of August 10, 2009, occurred in the boundary region of India plate and the Burma plate, near the north end of the rupture zone associated with the great Sumatra—Andaman earthquake of December 26, 2004. Early analysis of seismographic data implies that the earthquake occurred as the result of normal faulting on a north-northeast or northeast trending fault plane. This style of faulting is consistent with the earthquake occurring as a result of stresses generated by bending of the India plate as it subducts beneath the Burma plate. The August 10 earthquake was therefore an intraplate earthquake, in contrast to the great 2004 earthquake, which was an interplate thrust-fault earthquake on the interface between the India plate and the Burma plate. Although the style of faulting that caused the August 10, 2009 earthquake differs from the style of faulting that caused the great 2004 earthquake, it is possible that changes in regional tectonic strain-field caused by the 2004 earthquake made conditions more favorable for the occurrence of the 2009 earthquake than would otherwise have been the case. It is noteworthy that in the days immediately following the 2004 earthquake there were a large number of normal-faulting earthquakes in the subducted India plate of the Andaman Islands region. The largest Andaman Islands intraplate normal-fault earthquake in the immediate aftermath of the 2004 earthquake was more than an order of magnitude smaller than the August 10, 2009, earthquake.

Swine Flu - India is on prevention process

NEW DELHI: With the World Health Organisation designating swine influenza outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern, India on Monday put on alert all international airports and ports for identifying persons with suspected infection who could be arriving from countries affected.

Those travelling to affected areas have also been advised to defer non-essential journeys. Instructions were issued to track down people who arrived in India from Mexico, the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Spain, France and the United Kingdom.

“Keeping in view the global scenario, the government is instituting a series of preventive action that includes surveillance at ports and international airports. Surveillance [will be] through the integrated disease surveillance units in the States,” V. M. Katoch, Director-General, Indian Council of Medical Research, told reporters after a meeting of the joint monitoring group here. All passengers coming to India from the affected areas will be mandatorily screened for influenza symptoms while for others it will be voluntary.

All States were advised to review their preparedness to investigate and contain any suspected cluster of influenza-like illness. The Central government would be supporting the States in terms of guidelines, experts, material logistics and laboratory support.

“Since the disease has originated outside India, we have no reason to believe that pigs in India are carrying the disease, hence we are monitoring the movement of the people coming here from the affected countries,” Vineet Chowdhry, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

The process of tracking down the passengers who arrived in India from these countries had already started, he said.

It was not difficult since computerised records of travellers were available with the airlines.

Within the next two days, nine international airports — Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi and Goa — will have additional medical and paramedical staff. The staff were identified and deployment would start shortly, Mr. Chowdhry said. Delhi international airport alone will have 38 doctors for screening passengers.

The Ministry is drafting guidelines for the airlines to follow, including informing the passengers that they could be screened on arrival in India.

“We have drafted a proforma which will be given to the passengers for voluntary declaration of any flu symptoms like fever, and cough. If he or she develops any symptoms subsequently, it can be reported to the authorities or on telephone no. 23921401 which is a toll-free number at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases,” Dr. Katoch said.

A round-the-clock call centre under the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (No. 1075) will also be attending calls from the public regarding reporting of influenza-like illness. Any person suspected to have influenza will be isolated at the airport and put on treatment.

Dr. Katoch said a stockpile of one million doses of Tamiflu was available and a request had been made for another one million doses.

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