Some US rowers fall ill at Olympics test event

first_img On July 30, the Associated Press (AP)published an indepen-dent analysis of water quality that showed high levels of viruses, and in some cases, bacteria from human sewage in all of Rio’s Olympic and Paralympic water venues, including the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, where the rowing competition took place. US coach Susan Francia, a two-time Olympic gold-medal rower, said in an interview with the AP that 13 athletes and four staff members – including herself – suffered various gastrointestinal symptoms during the team’s two weeks of training in Rio. Dr Kathryn Ackerman, the US team physician, said athletes from several other countries stayed in the same hotel as the Americans, but did not seem to get as sick as her rowers. “I don’t know if it was the water bottles in the boats, or hygiene precautions that some athletes are really good about and others weren’t,” she said. Officials did not rule out that the Americans could have gotten ill from food or drinking water. “We’re not really sure. My personal feeling is, I think it’s from the lake,” Ackerman said. RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Thirteen rowers on the 40-member United States (US) team came down with a stomach illness at the World Junior Rowing Championships – a trial run for next summer’s Olympics – and the team doctor said she suspected that it was due to pollution in the lake where the competition took place. The event took place amid rising concerns about the water quality at venues for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, now less than a year away. The Americans were by far the hardest hit at the regatta that concluded over the weekend, with reports of vomiting and diarrhoea. Other teams in the competition reported some illnesses, according to World Rowing, the sport’s governing body, but those were about as expected at an event that featured more than 500 young rowers. poor water qualitylast_img read more

Joel Embiid fined for verbal attack on referees

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The league responded by fining Embiid for “public criticism of the officiating which included use of inappropriate language”.Embiid’s outburst was apparently the result of not getting a foul call in his favor in the final minute of the Celtics’ game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHe finished the game with 23 points after shooting just nine-of-22 from the field.Asked about the fine following the 76ers 126-111 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, an unapologetic Embiid said “I knew what I was getting into.” Embiid scored a team-high 26 points and 14 rebounds as New York handed the hapless Knicks their 18th straight loss.Embiid gave the Madison Square Garden crowd a scare in the third quarter.While trying to chase down a ball going out of bounds, he jumped over Hollywood actress Regina King, who was sitting courtside, and landed on top of a Knicks broadcast worker. No one was seriously hurt.King, who won a Golden Globe for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk” tweeted about the incident, saying “Yoooo. Thank you God and @JoelEmbiid for your athletic abilities. Crisis averted.”Asked why he chased a ball out of bounds with his team ahead by 15 points and the game out of reach, Embiid said, “I only know one way to play.”ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in New York. The 76ers won 126-111. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)The National Basketball Association slapped Joel Embiid with a $25,000 fine on Wednesday after the Philadelphia 76er player openly criticized the referees following a loss to the Boston Celtics.Embiid was wrapping up a post-game news conference with reporters after a 112-109 defeat on Tuesday night when he leaned into the microphone, yelled a profanity and said the referees “suck.”ADVERTISEMENT Yap to the rescue Embiid’s discipline is just the latest in a series of recent fines for criticism of NBA referees.Detroit’s Blake Griffin and Cleveland’s JR Smith were both fined $15,000 each last month for “verbal abuse of officials” while Rudy Gobert of Utah was fined $15,000 in December for criticizing the referees. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Robbery suspect released on $75,000 bail

first_imgA 20-year-old man was granted ,000 bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Fabayo Azore on a robbery charge.Jason Howard pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on August 10, in the vicinity Georgetown, he robbed Charmaine Charles of one gold chain valued ,000.It was also alleged that he made use of personal violence before, after or during the robbery.The case will continue on September 12.last_img

TOTAL Liberia Boosts Motorcyclists’ Morale with Raffle Draw

first_imgTOTAL Liberia Managing Director, Peter K. Adegunle presents a symbolic fuel card to one of the winnersTOTAL Liberia Incorporated has given out several prizes to nine winners, featuring one new trycicle (kehkeh), three motorbikes and five pre-loaded fuel cards valued at two hundred United States dollars.The winners of the prizes included, Arthur Kesselly of Du-port Road who won the tricycle commonly known as ‘kehkeh’ Mohammed Trawally from Caldwell won the first bike, Paul Lewis from Old Road won the second bike, and Eric Taylor of Rehab Community who the third bike.The draw was held yesterday at the TOTAL Rehab gas station, which brought together motorcyclists from around Montserrado County, including Caldwell, Du-Port Road and Old Road among others.The raffle, entitled ‘Buy four liters of Total engine oil’ and ‘win big’ ran from the 26th of June to 25th of September 2017, with hundreds of motorcyclists across the country participating.Meanwhile, only motorcyclists in Montserrado County won the nine prizes with Du-Port Road taking the lead of winning four of the nine prizes.TOTAL Liberia managing director, Peter K. Adegunle, said he was excited with the level of happiness or smile TOTAL has put on the faces of motorcyclists, including changing the living conditions of some of them by their now owning a kehkeh and bikes.“We believe that these motorcyclists played an important role in society, particularly in transporting people and so there is a need for us to put smile on their faces and as well empower them like what is being demonstrated,” director Adegunle said.Adegunle said he was also pleased with the level of fairness exhibited by authority of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), adding that “Everyone, including those who did not win, praised us for demonstrating transparency in this raffle.”He said while it was not possible for everyone to be a winner, TOTAL Liberia will continue to be a partner to all the motorcyclists.“We want to encourage both the winners and losers to form part of the upcoming raffle draw. TOTAL Liberia has a new raffle draw coming up very soon, because we see it as a way of empowering our cyclists,” he added.Other winners include Nathan Ben of Omega, Alvin G. Zeway of 72nd community, Emmanuel Wallace of Du-Port Road, Momoh Kenyor of Du-Port Road and Rahim Wilson of Du-Port, all of who walked away with a fuel card pre-loaded with US$200.Arthur Kesselly of Du-port Road, who won the tricycle, said he was delighted that they (motorcyclists) can have a partner like TOTAL Liberia empowering them.“I spent only US$75 dollars to buy engine oil and today, I am now an owner of a kehkeh; it means we truly have a partner. I want to say thanks to TOTAL Liberia for thinking about us and helping to us to ensure that some of us owned a bike,” he said.He however, called on other motorcyclists to use TOTAL Liberia engine oil and at the same time participate in the company’s programs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GAWU points to marked pay decline for sugar workers

first_imgThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has said that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) workers have seen on average, a pay decline of approximately $284,000 over four years since 2014, something it has major concern about.General Secretary of the union Seepaul Narine disclosed that workers in the sugar industry are being paid rates-of-pay that were adjusted last in 2014. He said in the over 1,500 day or over 4 year period that has elapsed since the GuySuCo has chosen not to award its employees a pay rise, the workers have had to contend with several new measures.“Undoubtedly these impacted on their pockets and well-being. In the period since workers’ pay rates were adjusted, we must point out, according to the Bureau of Statistics, the cost of food, one of the most significant expenditure of workers, has risen by 12.4 per cent,” he highlighted.Narine also pointed out that in the intervening period, the cost of medical and personal care has risen by 8.5 per cent. “We recognise from the corporation’s financial statements between 2014 and 2017, average pay per worker in the sugar industry has declined on average by $284,000.”But the GAWU official did not stop there, he told the year-end press conference that when considering the wages earned by workers represented by GAWU, and taking into account the seasonality of their jobs, the loss of benefits and their earnings for other categories, it’s hard not to conclude that the field and factory workers take-home pay have recorded further declines.“It must be difficult for the workers to look around and see their relatives and friends employed elsewhere benefitting from increases in pay and improved working conditions thus allowing them to be better able to cope with the new realities of life and allow them to move forward in their lives whereas they are worse off than they were four years ago,” he posited.Further, the Union’s General Secretary also underscored that is it sad when GuySuCo, in some respect, repeats what occurred in the 1980s. He recalled during that period a nearly identical situation presented itself and was only corrected when workers’ pay rates suited the reality.He said, “While we do not believe it is wise to live in the past, we also should commit ourselves to avoiding a repeat of our pitfalls. On this score, we recall what former UK Prime Minister, Winston Churchill famously said seventy years ago “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it”.ProductionSpeaking about sugar production, Narine said at the week-ending December 22, production for the year stood at 103,511 tonnes for all remaining estates.While the union representative has expressed satisfaction with the fact that Government had offered a bonus to sugar workers, it said this initiative is nothing new to the industry. Finance Minister Winston Jordan, in his 2018 National Budget address, had informed the nation that 115,447 tonnes of sugar would have been produced this year.Meanwhile, while recognising that GuySuCo promised a bonus payment, the Union said this is by no means a new initiative. In fact, the arrangement under consideration is identical to the Annual Production Incentive (API) scheme which was suspended for a few years now.The API, as GAWU shared before, dates back to colonial times and is a form of deferred earnings premised on annual sugar production. “For the workers, the fact that the Corporation has offered such an incentive is a clear indication that their collective voices and actions could not be ignored by the GuySuCo hierarchy and, possibly, the powers-that-be,” he added.Workers, he said, remain concerned that the corporation has yet to consider the Union’s claim for a 15 per cent rise-in-pay retroactive to January 01, 2018. At this time, the GAWU and GuySuCo have already concluded discussions on the non-wage benefits. Those engagements resulted in a few improvements being secured, Narine also stated.GAWU says 2018 was indeed a remarkable year, which brought justice, though somewhat delayed, to workers. Narine said it also demonstrated the correctness of the Union’s positions and showed that despite adversity and difficulty workers can succeed.last_img read more

Postponed El Clasico date confirmed

first_img0Shares0000Postponed Clasico to be played on December 18MADRID, Spain, Oct 23 – The rearranged Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played on December 18 despite opposition from La Liga, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed on Tuesday.Spain’s most prestigious fixture, which was due to take place at Camp Nou on Saturday, was postponed last week because of violent pro-independence protests in Catalonia. La Liga had proposed December 4 or 7 and may decide to appeal.“The decision of the Competition Committee has taken place after analysing in recent days the proposals of both clubs, who were invited to agree a date and decided on December 18,” an RFEF statement read.“It has also analysed a report from the RFEF Competitions Area as well as numerous reports submitted by La Liga, which are not binding.“At today’s meeting, the Committee also analysed the latest reports from both clubs, who maintain their initial proposal to play the match on 18 December.”It means Barcelona, who insisted the original match should have gone ahead this weekend, will face a testing few weeks before Christmas.In December, they are already scheduled to play away at Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan in the Champions League and Real Sociedad, who sit fourth in La Liga.Real Madrid will play away at Club Brugge in the Champions League and then Valencia, just before travelling to Barca.But both clubs swiftly settled on Wednesday, December 18 last week, hours after being instructed to agree a new date by the RFEF.La Liga, who originally proposed the postponement, disagreed, claiming December 18 would clash with fixtures in the Copa del Rey and harm the economic interests of the clubs involved.– Common sense –FC Barcelona and Real Madrid meet at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 6, 2018“The decision to change the date of the most important La Liga match cannot be left to the decision of the two participating clubs,” La Liga said on Friday, adding that they have a responsibility to “maximise income” from television rights.La Liga initially suggested swapping the two Clasicos, with the first one being played at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, and then proposed the weekend of December 7, when Barcelona and Madrid already have fixtures.Their last proposal was Wednesday, December 4, which comes just after Barca play away at Atletico Madrid.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Tuesday he hoped the two clubs would not be drawn into a political “war” between La Liga and the RFEF, who have clashed on various issues in recent years.“I would like common sense to prevail,” Valverde said “I would like there to be a date settled and for the internal wars between La Liga and the RFEF not to involve us.”Barcelona, who visit Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Wednesday, moved top of La Liga last weekend, one point ahead of Real Madrid.0Shares0000(Visited 66 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Scientists brace for bird flu outbreak

first_imgThe virus is carried mostly by wild waterfowl such as ducks, geese and swans, and can be transmitted by saliva, nasal secretions and feces. Though wild birds can often survive infection, for domestic poultry it is deadly within 48 hours more than 90 percent of the time. At least for now, though, H5N1 does not spread easily between people. Since 2003, only 208 people have contracted the disease and nearly all of them handled infected poultry. (A handful became sick while caring for an ill relative.) Where, then, is the danger? Because this strain of flu is new, humans have little or no resistance to it. It is also a particularly dangerous form of flu, said Dr. Richard Webby of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Unlike most viruses, which can only infect the respiratory tract, H5N1 has an extra chain of molecules that allows it to infect many other parts of the body. “My personal feeling is that if it did go into humans it would be very dangerous – a very, very nasty virus,” Webby said. Of the 208 people who got this strain of bird flu, more than half of them died. And, although a pandemic would require the virus to be spread between people more easily than it is now, viruses can change. The genetic code of viruses naturally gets altered over time, and could stumble upon an even more dangerous form. H5N1 also could acquire genetic material from another virus that moves easily between people, gaining that trait for itself. With any change that makes H5N1 easier to transmit, the situation would suddenly become more dangerous. “We’re constantly taking samples of the virus and studying it to see if it is changing,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman Tom Skinner. “Since this \ was first recognized back in 1997, there have been a few changes in the genetic makeup, but they do not seem to be the kind of changes that would make it easily transmittable from person to person,” he said. Whether it will, though, or how long it would take, is anybody’s guess. Virus on the move One thing health officials are sure of is that the virus is on the move. H5N1 has since spread to Europe and Africa. It has also been found in mammals as well as birds, including pigs in China and the weasel-like stone marten in Germany. To keep it out of the United States, import regulations now ban the transport of birds or bird products from any H5N1-infected countries. It probably won’t be enough, though. “I think that most experts agree that it’s likely that H5N1 will eventually arrive in North America,” Skinner said. The flu could enter either by the illegal import of bird products, or perhaps by migrating wild birds. News on that front is positive, though. Many researchers expected a swath of new countries to become infected when birds traveled from Europe to Africa and back during their winter migration. But this spring no such spread of the virus was detected. There is also no strong evidence, Webby said, that birds on the Eurasian and American flyways, which both summer in Alaska, transmit viruses between them. “Even though the birds may mix,” the viruses don’t necessarily spread, he said. “I’m not convinced it’s going to get here any time soon.” If the bird flu does arrive, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the CDC have elaborate detection systems, Skinner said. About 200 laboratories around the country can test for the virus, and an alert system is in place to spread announcements that would hopefully keep it contained. Pandemic preparedness For now there is no danger for Americans. Even eating chicken is not a concern – well-cooked meat will not carry the disease. If H5N1 did mutate into an easily transmittable form of the disease, though, would people be able to protect themselves? Two currently available drugs, oseltamivir and zanamivir (sold as Tamiflu and Relenza) seem to have some effect on the virus. However, they usually need to be taken within two days of infection to be effective. Perhaps even more useful, therefore, would be to develop an H5N1 vaccine. (The flu vaccine available annually is not effective because it counteracts a very different strain of the disease.) But to make a completely effective vaccine, researchers have to know the exact form of the human-transmissible version of H5N1 – something they cannot predict. There is no time to waste in waiting for that form of H5N1 to appear. Because it takes at least four to six months to start making vaccine, the virus could kill millions by the time production started. So scientists are developing vaccines based on current forms of H5N1. The results of the first tests were mixed. In one clinical trial, only about 60 percent of people were protected, Webby said. Despite that, he said, “I’m in favor or stockpiling vaccine now – it’s a great idea. “I think when you’re talking about a pandemic vaccine, I think we’ve got to lower our expectations a little bit,” he said. Even if vaccinated, people would still become sick from H5N1, but it would probably prevent them from dying, he said. “The benefits of having a stockpiled vaccine vastly outweigh waiting for four to six months,” he said. Even better would be if the virus never spread in humans, something which is still very possible. “I think as time marches on there are more and more scientists out there that are thinking that this particular virus, H5N1, may not cause a pandemic,” Skinner said. “There is a good chance it could just peter out and fade away,” Webby said. But because H5N1 has the potential to be so devastating to the world population, he said, preparing for the worst-case scenario is critically important. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsResearchers and health officials have kept a nervous eye on this bird flu – which goes by the name of its strain, H5N1 – since then. In the past 21/2 years, it has killed 115 people – a frightening number, but nowhere near the pandemic many had feared. Recently, there has also been some heartening news about the disease’s spread. It’s still anybody’s guess, though, when – or even whether – a bird flu pandemic will strike. `A very, very nasty virus’ H5N1 is one of many kinds of bird flus, only a few of which have spread to humans. In 1918, the Spanish flu swept the globe, infecting a fifth of the world’s population and killing more than 20 million people. In the decades since, no such immediately catastrophic virus has affected humans. But late in 2003, a fast-spreading illness in Asia set off concerns about an equally deadly epidemic. On farms in Vietnam and Korea, a deadly virus suddenly felled tens of thousands of chickens and a handful of people. In the end, more than 100 million poultry died from the disease or were slaughtered to contain it, but it still managed to spread. last_img

Stonecrest to hear county’s offerings

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – Residents of a Canyon Country neighborhood in the throes of choosing whether to annex to Santa Clarita will hear from Los Angeles County officials Tuesday about the services the county currently provides. The meeting follows an April session in which city officials gave their pitch to residents of the Stonecrest tract about cost savings and better municipal services if the unincorporated county area chooses to join Santa Clarita. In contrast to city officials, who called the Stonecrest tract a needed land bridge to the 56.1-million-ton gravel mine they are spending millions to fight, a county official said the tenor of its meeting, called at the behest of constituents, will be neutral. “We have no agenda,” said Bob Haueter, a senior deputy for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. “The supervisor supports the residents being free to choose … to remain in the unincorporated area or choose to annex.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe county Board of Supervisors has approved the mine, which is about a mile from the Stonecrest tract. The city is battling the mine on several fronts, citing the added traffic, noise and air pollution it would bring. In March, the supervisor intervened on behalf of a group of Stonecrest residents who protested the annexation but failed to follow protocols of the Local Agency Formation Commission, which rules on municipal boundary changes, asking they be given a second chance. Following a procedural error by LAFCO, a new public hearing was needed; the protest hearing is set for June 28. The Office of Public Safety, Department of Public Works, Department of Parks and Recreation, Chief Administrative Office, county counsel, Sheriff’s Department and Highway Patrol will be represented Tuesday. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Sulphur Springs Elementary School, 16628 Lost Canyon Road, in Canyon Country.last_img read more

France reach World Cup final with tense victory over Belgium

first_img 4 Kylian Mbappe’s skill A close call between Hazard and Mbappe, but the Belgium skipper edged it. France couldn’t get near him all night and when his country were 1-0 down, he carried their entire threat. Deserved better.Moment of the match France edged Belgium to a place in the World Cup final after a nail-biting encounter.Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti proved the difference with a 51st-minute header to separate the two evenly-matched sides. Umtiti celebrates 4 Eden Hazard 4 One goal was enough for France 4 But with so many superstars on the pitch, it was the big centre-back who broke the deadlock from a corner. Umtiti got to the ball before Marouane Fellaini to glance his team in-front.And that’s how it stayed, despite plenty of probing from the irresistible Hazard. Belgium couldn’t match his high standards and clear-cut chances failed to present themselves.In truth, France putting the game to bed was more likely than a Belgian equaliser, with Mbappe devastatingly brilliant on the break.The only question that remains between now and Sunday: can the Three Lions join them in the final?Star man It was a semi-final devoid of goalmouth action but filled with tension and Les Bleus held their nerve in the face of relentless Belgian possession.They now have the chance to lift the World Cup for the first time in 20 years on Sunday, with England or Croatia standing in their way.The two nations were inseparable in the first-half. Eden Hazard provided most of the highlights, twice coming close to scoring and dazzling with some sensational moments of skill.France had their chances through Benjamin Pavard, who forced an excellent save from Thibaut Courtois, and Olivier Giroud. Mbappe’s marvellous flick to Giroud was characteristic of the 19-year-old’s performance: audacious, daring and brilliant. It should’ve resulted in a goal but Giroud fluffed his lines.last_img read more

Ferdinand recalls triumph as QPR aim to shock Man Utd

first_imgThe Sun and Daily Mirror both pick up on comments by Anton Ferdinand, who was part of the West Ham team that avoided the drop by winning at Manchester United in 2007.Ferdinand’s QPR side are massive underdogs ahead of their Easter Sunday trip to Old Trafford, but the defender believes that they too can cause an upset.He said: “One of the highlights of my career was going there with West Ham and beating them to stay in the Premier League.“It was fantastic. We defended for our lives – not many people keep a clean sheet there, let alone win the game. Results like that show it can be done.“When it comes to a relegation battle, it is not about form, it’s about mentality. As long as we keep it tight at the back, there’s no reason why we can’t unlock their defence at the other end.”Click here for the Man Utd v QPR quiz – can you score more than 7/10?Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more