Light starting to shine brightly in Sunderland

Light starting to shine brightly in Sunderland

first_img[dropcap]C[/dropcap]helsea v Man U probably gets the vote for the Premier League match of the day – but I’m intrigued by the first game of the weekend, Sunderland v Southampton at the Stadium Of Light (12.45pm BT SPORT).Sunderland have finally found some momentum and are starting to panic those backers who have taken ultra short odds on them being relegation certainties.They climbed off the bottom of the table last weekend with a stunning 4-1 win over fellow strugglers Fulham at Craven Cottage and a further three points today would lift them out of the bottom three (even if just for a short time).This could actually be their most important game of the whole season, and they’ll fancy their chances against a Southampton side who have gone off the boil after a superb start to the season, not to mention plenty of off the pitch drama this week with the departure of the chairman which in turn has left the future of manager Mauricio Pochettino in doubt.Saints won for only the second time in 10 Premier League matches at home to West Brom last weekend (W2, D2, L6). They also came unstuck against Sunderland in the Carling Cup – in which Sunderland have a great chance of reaching the final and will take a one goal lead to the semi final second leg at Old Trafford.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Nov 2013 Capital One Sunderland 2-1 SouthamptonAug 2013 Premier Southampton 1-1 SunderlandMay 2013 Premier Sunderland 1-1 SouthamptonDec 2012 Premier Southampton 0-1 SunderlandApr 2007 Championship Southampton 1-2 SunderlandNov 2006 Championship Sunderland 1-1 SouthamptonJan 2003 Premiership Sunderland 0-1 SouthamptonDec 2002 Premiership Southampton 2-1 SunderlandMar 2002 Premiership Sunderland 1-1 SouthamptonDec 2001 Premiership Southampton 2-0 SunderlandI expect Sunderland to win as Gus Poyet continues to improve the north east side who looked down for the count.At around 7/5 that will do for me. And the plan will then be just to settle back and watch Chelsea v Man U. Because when it comes to Man U… I haven’t got a clue anymore.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)10 points SUNDERLAND at around 7/5 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (JANUARY): LOSS 25.00 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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Report New health care distribution model could save lives in developing countries

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareDavid RuthRice [email protected] Hannah Abney George W. Bush Institute [email protected] Report: New health care distribution model could save lives in developing countriesEach year millions of children and adults in the world’s poorest countries die from lack of access to medicine and health care. A new report from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business and the George W. Bush Institute offers a solution for improving distribution methods for health care information, products and services. The report, “Delivering Health Care to the Global Poor: Solving the Accessibility Problem,” was authored by Rice’s Marc Epstein, distinguished research professor of management, and Eric G. Bing, director for global health at the Bush Institute. It appears in the latest edition of the MIT Press publication Innovations.“People are dying from diseases that we know how to cure, such as tuberculosis, malaria and dysentery,” Epstein said. “But there are a number of current problems in the way that we deliver life-saving medicine, technologies and care. And this is where business professionals can step in and make a difference: Businesses know how to disseminate products and services.”In developing countries, health care often relies on both the public and private sectors. Unfortunately, these sectors are often poorly coordinated, regulated and supported, which results in gaps in services, lost opportunities and unsustainable systems, Epstein said. In many countries, health care providers compete with each other. Often, these providers serve only marginally overlapping markets with radically different types of services. Thus, significant benefits can follow from integrating a comprehensive distribution plan.In the report (see page 128), Epstein and Bing identify five distribution channels last_img read more

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