Marathon man Cook gets 263

first_imgVenus in Hong Kong semisHONG KONG (AP):Venus Williams closed in on a spot in the season-ending WTA Finals by beating Alize Cornet 6-1, 6-1 yesterday to reach the Hong Kong Open semi-finals.The third-seeded American, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, won the Wuhan Open this month.Williams will next meet Jelena Jankovic, who beat Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-1.Angelique Kerber and Samantha Stosur also advanced, and will face each other in the semi-finals. Stosur beat Heather Watson 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 while Kerber defeated Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-3.last_img read more

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Top Doctor Dies from Ebola after Treating Dozens

first_imgFREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people.Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, who was praised as a national hero for treating the disease in Sierra Leone, was confirmed dead by health ministry officials there. He had been hospitalized in quarantine.Health workers have been especially vulnerable to contracting Ebola, which is spread through bodily fluids such as saliva, sweat, blood and urine. Two American health workers are currently hospitalized with Ebola in neighboring Liberia.The Ebola outbreak is the largest in history with deaths blamed on the disease not only in Sierra Leone and Liberia, but also Guinea and Nigeria. The disease has no vaccine and no specific treatment, with a fatality rate of at least 60 percent.In a statement released Tuesday, airline ASKY said it was temporarily halting flights not only to Monrovia but also to Freetown, Sierra Leone. Flights will continue to the capital of the third major country where people have died — Guinea — though passengers departing from there will be “screened for signs of the virus.”Passengers at the airline’s hub in Lome, Togo also will be screened by medical teams, it said.”ASKY is determined to keep its passengers and staff safe during this unsettling time,” the statement said.Binyah Kesselly, chairman of the Liberia Airport Authority board, said police are now present at the airport in Monrovia to enforce screening of passengers.”So if you have a flight and you are not complying with the rules, we will not allow you to board,” he said.The measures follow the death Friday of a 40-year-old American man of Liberian descent, who had taken several flights on ASKY, causing widespread fear at a time when the outbreak shows no signs of slowing in West Africa.Patrick Sawyer, who worked for the West African nation’s Finance Ministry, took an ASKY Airlines flight from Liberia to Ghana, then on to Togo and eventually to Nigeria where he was immediately taken into quarantine until his death.His sister had died of Ebola though he maintained he had not had close physical contact with her when she was sick. At the time, Liberian authorities said they had not been requiring health checks of departing passengers in Monrovia.The World Health Organization says the risk of travelers contracting Ebola is considered low because it requires direct contact with bodily fluids or secretions such as urine, blood, sweat or saliva, experts say. Ebola can’t be spread like flu through casual contact or breathing in the same air.Patients are contagious only once the disease has progressed to the point they show symptoms, according to the WHO. And the most vulnerable are health care workers and relatives who come in much closer contact with the sick.Still, the early symptoms of Ebola — fever, aches and sore throat — mirror many other diseases including malaria and typhoid, experts say. Only in later stages of Ebola do patients sometimes experience severe internal bleeding and blood coming out of their mouth, eyes or ears.At the Finance Ministry where Sawyer worked, officials announced they were temporarily shutting down operations. All employees who came into contact with Sawyer before he left for Nigeria were being placed under surveillance, it said.In West Africa medical facilities are scarce and some affected communities have in panic attacked the international health workers trying to help them.Despite the heightened precautions and reassurances from health workers, many Liberians said they were still fearful of contracting Ebola through casual contact.Garmie Gayflor, a hotel waitress, said that poverty made Liberians especially vulnerable. The country was battered by back-to-back civil wars between 1989 and 2003.”One does not have a car, and they say sweat from one affected person affects the others,” she said. “We have six to seven persons riding in the back of a taxi or bus.”___Larson reported from Dakar, Senegal. Associated Press writers Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Monrovia, Liberia; Youssouf Bah in Freetown, Sierra Leone; and Erick Kaglan in Lome, Togo contributed to this report.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Security firm thwarts robbery at Uitvlugt

first_imgA 66-year-old pensioner is still reeling from fear after a known “junkie” attempted to break into her house around midnight on Monday.The victim has been identified as Rajkumarie Singh, who lives alone in her Uitvlugt New Scheme, West Coast Demerara (WCD) home.The suspect who attempted to break into the pensioner’s homeGuyana Times understands that the suspect’s attempts were futile after he was thwarted by personnel from the Delta Security Firm.Singh related to this newspaper that she activated her alarm system and retired to bed sometime after 23:00h on Monday evening but was awakened by the sound of the alarm about 30 minutes later.The woman said she then received a call from the security firm after the motion on the alarm system was triggered sometime around 00:12h. At the time, the pensioner was unsure of what was happening and indicated same to the security personnel who informed her that an Armed Response Team was dispatched to her home.While on the phone with the security firm, Singh said she heard noises coming from her veranda, which has a step leading up to the main access door to her house.She explained that while the door and windows are grilled, there is a small opening in the wall for air ventilation and that the suspect pushed his hand through the space as he attempted to reach for the door lock.Instead, he knocked over a bottle of liquid hand soap that was on a nearby sink and this alerted the woman that someone was trying to get into the house.The woman further stated that after failing to gain entry into the house, the suspect stayed there for some time and was making sounds in an attempt to intimidate her.After sometime, the response team arrived and observed the suspect on the veranda. However, upon noticing the vehicle approaching the house, he ran into the bushes at the back of the elderly woman’s home.The officers attached to the security firm gave chase and managed to apprehend the man. After giving the assurance that it was safe to come out, Singh went downstairs where the captured perpetrator was and she identified him as a known junkie called “Sherwin”, who had previous broken into her home on three occasions and was convicted each time.He was reportedly released from prison recently.The pensioner believes the man had come this time to harm her since he had left behind a knife and a pair of scissors, among other items, which includes a beer bottle and a box of matches.“He may have wanted to kill me with all them things he had… But thank God for life and thank God for Delta. They were with me throughout this whole thing, talking to me and updating me until the guys them come,” Singh related.The suspect has since been handed over to the Police at the Leonora Police Station. In addition to the items that were found at the scene, the Police also discovered a bicycle hidden in the bushes in front of a nearby empty lot.It is believed that the cycle belonged to the suspect since the victim said this is his modus operandi from previous attacks.last_img read more

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Tourism Workshop aims to boost regional tourism product

first_imgGuyana’s pristine natural attractions and unique cultural heritage make it a perfect getaway for visitors.With this in mind, the Tourism Department of the Business Ministry is working along with the various regional authorities to develop several Regional Tourism Committees in order to expand Guyana’s tourism product.The Department recently hosted a workshop with the regional authorities of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on October 25 in New Amsterdam.Tourism Department Director General Donald Sinclair highlighted that these Regional Tourism Committees would be expected to be in the forefront of efforts to develop and market a strong and sustainable tourism product in the respective regions. This, in turn, will allow for the improvement of livelihoods, strengthening of communities, and enhancement of the physical environment.According to Sinclair, workshops such as these are hosted to highlight andStakeholders and representatives from the business community along with regional authorities during the workshopeducate Guyanese on the hidden beauty and rich history of their homeland.During the exercise, tourism stakeholders and regional authorities from both regions proposed activities that could be held in Berbice during the observation of Tourism Awareness Month in November. Some of the proposed activities were a street fair exhibiting the history of Berbice; a food festival showcasing Guyana’s diverse culinary dishes and a historic tour of the Ancient County.Participants at the workshop were encouraged to promote their regions to the fullest, so that visitors will want to visit each region for its hospitality, historic views, cultural dishes and a clean and sustainable environment.Attending the workshop were Region Six Deputy Regional Executive Officer Claude Henry; New Amsterdam Health Inspection Officer Ackloo Ramsudh; members of the Joint Services; members of the business community; Regional Democratic Council (RDC) representatives and representatives from the Chambers of Commerce of both regions.Sinclair said at the conclusion of all the workshops, the Tourism Department would assist the various regional authorities to create their Tourism Committee comprising a corps of individuals who would work to develop each region’s tourism product.Similar workshops are also being held in different regions across the country.last_img read more

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Video: Chelsea legend scores MLS side’s first EVER hat-trick

first_img1 They do not make them like Frank Lampard any more. The Chelsea legend made a name for himself as a goalscoring midfielder, consistently netting over 20 goals a season for the Blues. Lampard, 38, still knows where the net is, as he showed when he bagged a hat-trick for New York City FC against Colorado Rapids.It was the first ever treble scored for the franchise club and it helped Patrick Viera’s side to a 5-1 win, extending their lead at the top of the MLS Western Confernece standings. His first was a scrappy, close-range strike in the box. He made it 4-0 with a well-taken finish before completing his hat-trick from the spot on 84 minutes. See the goals below: Frank Lampard: The 38-year-old joined New York City in 2015 last_img read more

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Sergio Aguero fires Man City to Community Shield victory over Chelsea

first_img Latest Manchester City News possible standings Getty Images Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Bravo survived a second scare just before half time as he misjudged a Marcos Alonso long ball which sailed over his head.The Chilean ‘keeper was relieved that no harm was done as he managed to sprint back and claim possession before Alvaro Morata could equalise.Aguero had the chance to double City’s lead five minutes into the second period, eventually rounding Willy Caballero, only to blast the ball into the Blues’ side netting.Ten minutes later, he made up for that mistake and slotted past Caballero to round off a beautiful move in which he was set up by a pass from Bernardo Silva. smart causal silverware Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule PEP TALK BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? The game began in largely uneventful fashion, with both teams appearing to treat the fixture like any other pre-season friendly.City took the lead on 13 minutes through Sergio Aguero, who drove the ball into the bottom corner after Ben Foden’s impressive run.Chelsea remarkably left the Argentinian hitman in plenty of space on the edge of the area, and he didn’t need to be asked twice to score his 200th Manchester City goal.There were signs of promise for the Blues later in the half as Callum Hudson-Odoi fired wide, before then having a shot spilled by Claudio Bravo, though it ultimately came to nothing. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED 2center_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Aguero added a second in the second half Premier League champions Manchester City saw off FA Cup winners Chelsea to win the Community shield on Sunday.Sergio Aguero scored twice for Pep Guardiola’s side, who subsequently claimed the season-opening silverware. REVEALED targets What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Aguero gave Manchester City their first trophy of the season Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won shining whoops Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars The Chelsea goalkeeper was forced to make a sharp save to prevent Aguero’s hat-trick later on, as he kept out a close range volley to keep the score at 2-0.Brahim Diaz and Gabriel Jesus both also forced Willy Caballero into action before the game’s end, but couldn’t add to the scoreline.City saw out the match to claim the season’s first piece of silverware, keeping a clean sheet in the process.STAR MAN – SERGIO AGUEROAguero was without doubt the 2018 Community Shield’s star man. At 30, the Citizens’ star striker is showing no signs of a dip in form and bagged two goals against Chelsea to send a stern warning out to his side’s Premier League rivals in the upcoming campaign.MOMENT OF THE MATCHCity’s second goal was a thing of beauty. The build-up which delivered the ball to Bernado Silva was exquisite and the Portuguese creative force threaded a smart pass through to Sergio Aguero who rounded off the move with aplomb.LINE UPSChelsea starting XI: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Fabregas, Barkley, Pedro, Hudson-Odoi, MorataMan City starting XI: Bravo, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Foden, Mahrez, Bernardo, Sane, Aguerolast_img read more

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Real Madrid, Spurs, Barcelona and Man City eyeing January move for Ajax starlet

first_img LATEST IN DEMAND Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father De Jong is a full Netherlands international, despite his tender years According to the Daily Star, City are considering smashing their current transfer record to get De Jong. However, they are one of a number of clubs who have been keeping close tabs on his situation.It was initially thought Ajax would not consider selling until the end of the season.But now Voetbal International has claimed De Jong has not yet ruled out a January departure.It appears that much will depend on how far Ajax go in the Champions League. REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Frankie De Jong could be set for a January move from Ajax, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur circling.The 21-year-old is one of the hottest properties in world football after a series of sterling performances in the Eredivisie. 1 targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January center_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Latest Transfer News RANKED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The Dutch club are currently top of Group E, level on points with Bayern Munich, with three games left to play and look on course to progress to the next stage.However, should they fail to make it into the knock-out stages it has been suggested that De Jong may consider his options. LIVING THE DREAM targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland last_img read more

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Women’s Tennis Drops Season Opener To SIUE

first_img 4. Hollebeck, Tiffany (SIUE) def. Kozlowski, Alex (DU) 6-1, 6-2 Box Score 5. Tupper, Lara (SIUE) def. Jaglarz, Mela (DU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 Tess Herder and Kenya Williams gave Drake a chance to win the double point after a dominating 6-1 victory at No. 2 doubles. But the Cougars came away with the doubles point as Mia Frogner and Tiffany Hollebeck secured the point with a 6-3 win over Summer Brills and Joely Lomas at No. 1 doubles. 6. Adams, Callaghan (SIUE) def. No player (DU) Won by default 1. Frogner, Mia/Hollebeck, Tiffany (SIUE) def. Brills, Summer/Lomas, Joely (DU) 6-3 SIUE 5, Drake 2Jan. 22, 2017 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  1. Brills, Summer (DU) def. Aranda, Lexi (SIUE) 6-4, 6-4 2. Herder, Tess/Williams, Kenya (DU) def. Tupper, Lara/Link, Ann-Christine (SIUE) 6-1 Doubles competition 2. Herder, Tess (DU) def. Frogner, Mia (SIUE) 6-2, 7-5 Drake 0-1 Singles competition 3. Aranda, Lexi/Steffes, Morgan (SIUE) def. Kozlowski, Alex/Jaglarz, Mela (DU) 6-0 Story Links The Bulldogs found a bright spot at No. 1 and No. 2 singles.Herder won in straight sets to give Drake its first point, defeating Mia Frogner 6-2, 7-5 at No. 2. Brills recorded the matches’ final point by beating Lexi Aranda 6-4, 6-4. The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, Feb. 4 when they host South Dakota. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team fell to SIUE, 5-2, in the Bulldogs’ season opener on Sunday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. SIUE 1-0 3. Steffes, Morgan (SIUE) def. Williams, Kenya (DU) 6-4, 6-1 Match Notes Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,3,5,2,1)  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Tree of Life – or of Evil Knowledge?

first_imgEvolutionary trees are now widely available in a web database.  Scientists can upload and download huge amounts of information on evolutionary relationships of plants, animals and protists.  But is this a case of scientific progress, or of mass deception?    You can go to TreeBase.org and find a treasure trove of phylogenetic information.  The number of people involved, papers referenced, and information stored is impressive.  PhysOrg quoted Bill Piel of Yale explaining why it was needed: “Phylogenies were being published at an explosive rate.  What we needed was a database where we could compile them so people could use them later.”  Digital trees can now be shared among scientists and provided to the public.  “Since the first prototype was developed, researchers have contributed more than 6,500 trees from over 2400 articles, describing the relationships among well over 60,000 terminal taxa.”  The press release describes the amount of work and effort that has gone into the project, making improvements and upgrades to the software, standardizing the formats and adding features.  Visualization tools in particular have received a major upgrade.  One user called it a “huge leap forward.”    One question no one seems to be asking is whether the information is valid.  Last year, Bapteste and Doolittle announced that Darwin’s tree of life was dead and New Scientist proclaimed “Darwin Was Wrong: Cutting Down the Tree of Life” on its cover (01/22/2009; see also 02/01/2007 and 04/11/2008). This is an important lesson on the danger of symbolism over substance.  If you look at TreeBase.org, you could be swayed by the air of sophistication of the site.  How could so many scientists be wrong?  All that effort, all that technology, all that collective activity carries with it an implicit message that This Must Be True.  It’s like a mighty bandwagon full of fanfare and glory proclaiming the Emperor in his new clothes.    Beware.  The only thing that matters is whether Darwin’s tree of life concept is true.  Notable scientists (who are not the despised creationists or advocates of intelligent design) have shown that Darwin’s phylogenetic tree is a fiction.  It was a useful lie that, like a ladder, helped evolution gain acceptance, but now that evolution is widely accepted, the ladder is no longer needed (02/01/2007).  That makes TreeBase and all the highfalutin software that supports it much ado about sound and fury signifying nothing, a tempestuous comedy of errors of labors lost that’s not all well even if, measure for measure, it ends well.  Any society of sufficiently motivated fallible humans can come up with the trappings you see at TreeBase.  Avoid the shaming of the true.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Ohio’s Crop Progress – September 6th, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Areas around the state had a break from the humidity and heat as crops approached harvest, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.9 days available for fieldwork for the week ending September 4th. Some rain showers at the beginning of the week reduced the moderate drought percentage on the U. S. Drought Monitor. A string of dry days that arrived mid-week provided opportunity for hay harvest. Mature corn was reported to be drying quickly and dropping ears. Corn silage harvest began to pick up. There were some reports of wind and rain damage to corn fields in Southwestern counties. Soybeans are improving but experiencing some yellowing. While hay, corn, and pasture conditions haven’t changed much, most remain in average shape across the state.Click here for a look at the full reportlast_img read more

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