Australia’s Olympic Committee president has said the Commonwealth Games should not have been awarded to Delhi.
John Coates said the Commonwealth Games Federation lacked the resources to monitor progress and to ensure that construction deadlines were met.
England have become the first overseas team to reach Delhi, but other nations have delayed their arrivals.
A New Zealand cyclist became the first member of his nation’s team to pull out because of health and safety fears.
Greg Henderson, who has won four medals at previous Games, cancelled on Friday, citing concerns over the state of facilities – a day after four British cyclists withdrew from the 3-14 October competition.
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The analysis by the Economist Intelligence Unit looked at access to services, quality of care and public awareness in 40 countries. It found the UK performed particularly well on issues such as obtaining pain killers and quality of support. Along with Australia, it received 7.9 out of 10, well ahead of nations such as Denmark, on 5.1 and Italy, on 4.4. India came bottom on 1.9.
The researchers, part of the group which publishes the Economist magazine, talked to health professionals in 40 countries as well as looking through official data.
They concluded access to drugs and carers were the two most pressing issues for all involved. They also said that most health systems, no matter how well funded, relied to some extent on charities and philanthropic bodies to offer support to patients, particularly through networks of hospices.
David Praill, chief executive of Help the Hospices in the UK and co-chairman of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, said the result was “heartening” for the UK.
But he added: “The system is far from perfect and there remains huge disparity.”
He also said urgent action was needed in those countries with the worst systems.
“Hospice and palliative care is still unavailable to many of those in need, especially in the developing world with millions of people dying in pain and distress every year.”
TOP FIVE COUNTRIES
UK – 7.9 out of 10
Australia – 7.9
New Zealand – 7.7
Ireland – 6.8
Belgium – 6.8
BOTTOM FIVE COUNTRIES
India – 1.9 out of 10
Uganda – 2.1
Brazil – 2.2
China – 2.3
Mexico – 2.7
-BBC, July 14
By our community reporter
Melbourne: You can now fly to Delhi and Mumbai direct from here from November 1. A first in Australia the move is likely to strengthen trade and cultural ties between Victoria and India. Premier John Brumby and Industry and Trade Minister Jacinta Allan today signed a deal with Air India to fly daily direct services between Melbourne and Delhi out of Melbourne Airport, starting from 1 November this year.
According to Mr. Ravi Bhatia, National Vice Chairman, Australia India Business Council (AIBC), “These direct flights are important to support
the growth of Australia- India business and bilateral relationships at all levels. Moreover, Air India’s Melbourne operation will create 78 new jobs in Australia and will significantly reduce travel times between Australia and India.
A Premier’s office media release says, Mr Brumby said Air India’s decision to make Melbourne the destination for its first direct international flights to Australia was recognition of Victoria being Australia’s premier destination for Indian tourists and businesses.
Tourism Research Australia late last year showed a 17.4 percent increase in visitors from India to Victoria in the year to March 2010.
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