During the holiday season, it’s not uncommon for illnesses or injuries to add stress to gatherings and time at home. Physicians say the winter holidays are the busiest times for medical emergencies. But not all emergencies are the same.If a situation is life-threatening, it’s best to call 911. But emergency room Doctor Jennifer Johnson said if you or your child has a problem after hours that you would likely take to your regular doctor, an urgent care center should be able to manage.“Run-of-the-mill things like fever and vomiting and diarrhea and ear infection,” Johnson said. “Or maybe they are worried that their child has flu, or a mild asthma attack; also mild injuries, things where perhaps you think it’s a sprained ankle.”Johnson said a careful assessment of your feelings is critical when making a decision. Some clear examples of needing an emergency room include severe burns, swallowed objects, unstoppable bleeding, head injuries and loss of consciousness.Johnson said it’s also good to have a family emergency plan in place for situations, such as a broken bone, that are definite contenders for emergency care.“If you’re kind of wondering, ‘Do I call 911, or do I just put him in my car to get him there fast?’ If that’s your line of thinking, you’re better off going to the emergency room,” Johnson said.She said knowledge of both ER and urgent care options can help cut down on wait times, too. Some hospital systems have online estimates of wait times, or are even able to secure a place in line for you before you leave the house.
Local cricketer Olivia Anderson is making a name for herself in England. (Image: Cricinfo) South Africa was recently chosen to host the inaugural ICC Women’s Cricket Challenge, which will take place in Potchefstroom, North West province, from 6 to 16 October 2010.The tournament will be played under the auspices of the International Cricket Council (ICC), with Cricket South Africa (CSA) as the official host.According to the ICC, the challenge will take the form of all-women teams, currently ranked between fifth and 10th in the world, competing in a series of one day intenational (ODI) and Twenty20 fixtures. Countries in the line-up are South Africa, the Netherlands, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Ireland.“This tournament is an ideal way for the women’s teams ranked outside of the top four to gain more match experience in both ODI and Twenty20 formats,” ICC global development manager Matthew Kennedy said in a statement.The first round of the challenge will consist of ODIs, while the spectators’ favourite – the Twenty20 games – will begin on 14 October. Most of the matches will be played at the North West University’s Potchefstroom campus.It’s hoped the October competition will shake up women’s ODI rankings and enable some of the competing countries to qualify for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup to be played in India in 2013.“The tournament will also provide a good challenge for all six competing teams, as none of them has yet qualified for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup,” Kennedy said.The top-four women ODI teams – England, New Zealand, India and defending champions Australia – have already qualified for the World Cup, which features eight nations.South Africa participated in the 2009 World Cup held in Australia, and hosted it in 2005.The country’s female players are expected to perform well in the African qualifier games, which will wrap up in December 2010.The final international qualifiers, to be held in Bangladesh in November 2011, will see 10 nations battle it out for the four remaining World Cup spots.SA women on a good wicketSouth Africa’s first national women’s cricket squad was selected in 1997 and since then the country taken bold steps to develop the sport for females – this includes setting up the Cricket South Africa Women’s Cricket Committee.Women’s cricket gained further momentum in South Africa at the start of the millennium when competitions such as the interprovincial league were initiated. In the early 2000s more than 9 000 females from 1 109 schools and 269 clubs were playing cricket, according to CSA.Local batswoman Olivia Anderson, who debuted for South Africa in 2008, is currently making a name for herself in the UK playing for Shepperton Cricket Club. She’s racked up 1 000 runs this season, after scoring 76 off 66 balls in a match against Purley Redoubtables on 8 August.Although the final player selections for the October challenge have yet to be announced, Anderson is one of the favourites for the South African squad.
The Philly Agenda is a short event listing of the Philly nightlife scene brought to you by Philly 360 Creative Ambassador and Insider, DJ AfroDJiak. The Philly Agenda: March 23 – 28 Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Stacey Flygirrl Presents Anything Goes Featuring DJ Statik & DJ Mike Nyce Friday, March 23 10:00 p.m. Silk City 435 Spring Garden Street $7 cover Break Bread & U.City Present: Soulidified! A Tribute To Mary J. Blige Friday, March 23 9 p.m. World Cafe Live 3025 Walnut Street $9+ cover Place Your Art Here Presents: Phsh Tank! with music by DJ Phsh Saturday, March 24 10:00 p.m., Fluid Nightclub 613 S. 4th Street $5 cover The Artists United, Philash Entertainment and Stan Davis Music Present Her Story Part 2 – A Tribute to Women Sunday, March 25 7 p.m. Warmdaddy’s 1400 South Columbus Blvd. $20 advanced cover J*DaVeY Monday, March 26 8:00 p.m. World Cafe Live 3025 Walnut Street $10 Jam House Tuesday, March 27 8:00 p.m. The Legendary Dobbs 304 South Street $5 cover Kuf Knotz Presents The Boombox Collective Wednesday, March 28 8:00 p.m. World Cafe Live 3025 Walnut Street Event is free DJ Statik AKA Mr. Sonny James(M. Edlow for GPTMC)
In the Indian cricketing pyramid, the paying crowd is quite near the bottom of the priority list. Uncovered stadia, lack of basic amenities and severe restrictions are what fans in India have to put up with when they go to watch a match. In Australia, however, the paying public is in the centre of the cricketing schematics and people are taken care of; especially since filling stadia is a challenge for organisers.More than the bucket seats, covered venues and top class facilities for the thousands that turn up for a match, it is the way a match is turned into a fun event which makes watching cricket here all the more appealing.At the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday, much before the match started, fans were greeted by a music troupe just outside the ground that played peppy Indian numbers and had dancers gyrating to them. Inside the stadium, the public even gets a chance to make a few extra bucks. The best, or the craziest, dressed spectators get an on the spot cash award of Aus $ 100 or have their names sent for a draw of lots, where the grand prize is a trip for four people to see Australia play West Indies in Barbados later this year. Fans have been turning up in the dozens dressed as the Flintstones, Greek gods, comic book heroes, and even as a Commonwealth Bank ATM machine.At the start of the series, locals were invited for a free breakfast with the Australian team in Melbourne on February 4. In Brisbane, there was free public transport for all match ticket holders.advertisementThe freebies aside, the public is also invited to participate in the fun. Just to make it more interesting, the broadcasters here have a ‘Kiss Cam’ which surveys the crowd during match breaks, spots couples, beams their image on the giant screens at the ground and urges the couples to pucker up. Some do, some don’t, but the celebration of a match continues.There is a lot for India to learn from Australia, at least as far as taking care of the fan is concerned. Maybe the richest board in the world would one day realise that at the end of the day, it’s a game and its original patrons are the ones who buy tickets for it.