Woman likely spread Ebola one year after infection, doctors say

first_img 41 Views   no discussions Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Woman likely spread Ebola one year after infection, doctors say by: CBS News – July 24, 2018 Share LONDON (CBS News)— A Liberian woman who probably caught Ebola in 2014 may have infected three relatives a year after she first fell sick, doctors reported in a study published Monday.There have been previous instances of men spreading Ebola to women via sexual transmission — the virus can survive in semen for more than a year — but the new case is the first time scientists have suggested that Ebola was spread from a woman after such a prolonged period.The rare possibility of Ebola spreading long after infection highlights the importance of monitoring survivors, especially with the imminent end of the most recent flare-up of the disease in Congo. That country’s latest outbreak, announced in May, has so far recorded 38 confirmed cases, including 14 deaths. It is due to be declared contained on Wednesday, which will mark 42 days, or two incubation periods, since the last case was recorded.“The Ebola virus hides in places where it can escape the antibodies from a body’s immune system, so there is a need for vigilance,” said Dr. David Heymann, a professor of infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who was not linked to the new research.The unusual cluster of cases in Liberia was identified after the woman’s 15-year-old son was diagnosed with Ebola in November 2015. Scientists then tested the rest of his family: the woman, her husband and their three younger sons.The 15-year-old died a few days later. The father and an 8-year-old boy were positive for Ebola, but both recovered. The couple’s 5-year-old son wasn’t infected.Doctors found Ebola antibodies in the mother, her breast milk and her 2-month-old baby, suggesting a previous infection and the possibility she passed on protection to her infant son through breastfeeding.Researchers reported genetic similarities between the viruses taken from the father, the two boys and the strain circulating during the 2014-15 outbreak across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, which ultimately killed more than 11,000 people in the biggest Ebola epidemic in history.Scientists discovered the woman had cared for her brother in July 2014, who died after suffering Ebola-like symptoms but before being tested for the disease. The woman later experienced a similar illness, but never sought care.Several weeks after giving birth to a baby in September 2015, the woman developed problems including fatigue and breathing difficulties. Doctors say that because pregnancy lowers the body’s immune defenses, that may have allowed for the Ebola virus to re-emerge.“The suspicious illness she had following delivery may have been a re-activation of Ebola, but we have no confirmatory tests,” said Dr. Emily Kainne Dokubo, who led the Ebola response in Liberia for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the study’s lead author.Dokubo said it was possible the woman infected her husband and two older sons with Ebola when they took care of her — the disease is normally spread through contact with an infected patient’s blood or other bodily fluids. The case report was published online Monday in the journal Lancet.“There isn’t complete evidence to reconstruct what happened, but this is the most likely scenario,” said Lorenzo Subissi, an epidemiologist at Sciensano, a Belgian research institute, who was not part of the study.Dokubo said such cases of Ebola re-emergence are exceptional, with only two reported instances: a Scottish nurse who developed meningitis caused by Ebola hidden in her brain and an American physician who had lingering virus in his eye. In those two cases, the virus did not spread any further.“We don’t want there to be a sense of complacency with people thinking that just because the outbreak is over, there’s nothing more to be done,” Dokubo said. “There is a risk of viral persistence and people should seek care immediately so that we can pick up any suspicious cases right away and stop a larger outbreak.”center_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Wenger rules out Gunners spree

first_img The Gunners host West Brom on Sunday looking to cement their place in the Barclays Premier League top four ahead of Everton, who tackle Manchester City on Saturday, in the quest to secure a Champions League play-off berth. Wenger, who has yet to formally agree the offer of a contract extension, feels the FA Cup finalists can bridge the gap to sustain their championship challenge next season, but as always claims it will not be just about adding numbers. “It will be busy, but the main thing for us will be to keep the stability because we feel we are close (to the title), we want to add something that makes us even stronger, but number-wise it will not be massive,” said Wenger. “At the moment I have people around me who start to look. “From my experience the World Cup years have always been very quiet until the end of the World Cup, with no players reachable. “Everybody is focused in the country on their national team and there is not a lot happening, people are away so I believe this year again you will have to wait until July 15 to start going.” Arsenal will not be looking to let anyone leave, with the club still hopeful over the new terms for the likes of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and full-back Bacary Sagna. German forward Lukas Podolski has been suggested as one player possibly set for a summer move away amid suggestions of him being frustrated by being utilised on the left side of attack. “We have only two players who are out of contract, all the rest need our agreement and they have not got it yet,” Wenger said. The Arsenal manager says Podolski is very much a part of future plans. “Podolski has been out for four months (with injury) and it has taken him a while to get back to the rhythm of the games again, but he is a very efficient player with the number of goals he has scored and the number of assists,” said Wenger. “He can play as a second striker hanging behind, but he is not a guy who likes contact up front because he likes to run in behind and get the ball to feet. “Once he gets in the box, and he has a chance to score, he is the one you want to have the ball because he is very accurate, very quick, has a short backlift and is a quick, fantastic finisher. “That is why everyone says, ‘Yes he is a striker’, but when he plays completely up front you don’t feel he enjoys it. He likes to come to the ball and always come deep. “He does not agree and certainly thinks he is a striker, but he is a striker with somebody else who is a striker as well and has different qualities than he has.” Arsenal have historically left it late to secure a top-four finish, and this year will see the added pressure of focus switching to the FA Cup final against Hull on May 17 and the quest to end nine years without a trophy. “We are always in the heat until the last minute of the season and it will be the same this time because we are in the FA Cup final,” Wenger said. “The earlier we do the job, the better it is. Let’s hope we can do it over the weekend. “However, fourth place doesn’t guarantee that you play in the Champions League. You first have to go through the qualifier and that is always difficult. “But that is the target at the moment and we want to do it as quickly as possible.” Manager Arsene Wenger expects the transfer market to heat up after the World Cup but maintains Arsenal do not need a “massive” influx of fresh talent. Press Associationlast_img read more

De Gea considered United exit

first_img De Gea walked away from Old Trafford on Sunday with a big smile on his face after playing a crucial role in United’s 2-1 win over Everton. The Spanish goalkeeper earned glowing reviews for the way he acrobatically denied Leon Osman and Bryan Oviedo, as well as Leighton Baines, who saw his previously impeccable penalty record vanish thanks to De Gea’s right-hand save. “Sometimes,” De Gea said when asked whether he ever thought about leaving. “It’s difficult when you get a lot of criticism like I did. But I kept strong and I always tried to remain positive. “Those early days were difficult for me and my family. But when you play for a big club like Manchester United (being criticised) is normal when you don’t play well.” Although he does not remember the early days of his fledgling career fondly, De Gea is glad he went through the experience as he feels it toughened him up and made him the goalkeeper he is today. “What happened at the start helped me be the player and man I am now,” he said. “When you have bad moments you have to improve. You have to become stronger to deal with it and I believe I have become stronger. I am much better now.” Although he is not completely error-free – last season’s Capital One Cup clanger against Sunderland proved as much – De Gea has improved immeasurably since those opening six months. He has seen off the competition provided by Anders Lindegaard and at international level De Gea is threatening to displace Iker Casillas as Spain’s number one. De Gea credits Frans Hoek, the goalkeeper coach brought in by Louis van Gaal this summer, as one of the men responsible for his upturn in form. “Frans Hoek has helped me a lot,” said De Gea, whose distribution has improved just as much as his shot-stopping. “We are working on trying to start moves from the goalkeeper. “I think I’m playing the best football of my career. Now I’m ready for everything.” After such an extensive overhaul of players in the summer, De Gea is now one of the more experienced members of the first-team squad. Van Gaal will be looking to the Spaniard to provide leadership for the team, particularly now that old heads at the back like Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic have gone. Another player hoping to help out is Dutchman Daley Blind, the £16million signing from Ajax. Van Gaal said last week that Blind’s father Danny was the finest leader he had ever worked with. Now the midfielder is hoping to follow in his footsteps. “I read what the manager said about my father,” Blind said. “It was nice. I hope I become a bit of a leader like he was. “I am still improving and this is a new era for me, coming to a new area. But I can be (a leader).” “It was probably one of my best performances for Manchester United. I was really happy about that,” De Gea said. “Games like that helps your confidence grow.” Rewind three years and De Gea could barely muster a smile. His dream £18million move from Atletico Madrid immediately turned into a nightmare when he was blamed for both goals in United’s narrow Community Shield win over Manchester City. Worse was to come in the course of his first six months at Old Trafford. Errors against Basle and Benfica quickened United’s early exit from the Champions League while domestically, De Gea cost United points against West Brom and Blackburn among others. De Gea was struggling to bulk up to help him cope with the demands of playing in the Barclays Premier League and, understandably for a 20-year-old, he was finding the move away from his family to a foreign country extremely difficult. At times, the pressure proved too intense for the young goalkeeper, who had played less than two years’ worth of first-team football before he moved to Manchester. David de Gea admits he considered leaving Manchester United a couple of years ago, but he is glad he opted to stay. Press Associationlast_img read more

With federation suspended, 19 Russians head to worlds as neutrals

first_imgMOSCOW (Reuters) – If Russian hurdler Sergey Shubenkov retains his world title in London next week he will not be serenaded by his national anthem when he stands on the podium.Shubenkov and 18 compatriots will compete as neutral athletes at the World Championships, the biggest international meeting to include Russians since their country’s athletics federation was suspended nearly two years ago over an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report that exposed the country’s widespread state-sponsored doping.“I want everything to be like in 2015,” Shubenkov said, referring to the gold medal he won in the 110-metres hurdles at the last worlds in Beijing.With their federation still suspended, dozens of Russians have been cleared to compete internationally after demonstrating to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that their training environment meets the required anti-doping standards.Although some semblance of a Russian squad is returning to the international stage after missing last year’s Rio Olympics, Russian athletes in London will be barred from wearing their country’s symbols and colors, down to hairbands and nail polish.Russian authorities, who have vehemently denied the existence of state-sponsored doping, have generally accepted athletes’ efforts to compete as neutrals.“Everyone understands who they are representing,” sports minister Pavel Kolobkov told reporters at Russia’s national athletics championships last week.“It will be difficult for the athletes to compete because they are patriots.”Many of the Russians set to compete in London say that the absence of their flag is but a minor annoyance that neither dims their love for their country nor affects their focus.“I try not to think about it, not to give it any importance,” Shubenkov said.World champion high jumper Maria Lasitskene — whose personal best, a 2.06-metre jump recorded last month, is three centimeters off the world record — said that the possibility of retaining her title was more important than the colors she would be wearing.“I’m competing as a neutral but what’s most important for me is to show results, to defend my title,” she said.Russian athletes cleared by the IAAF say the long hiatus from international competitions has hurt their development as much as their income.“It’s tough to motivate yourself when you are competing against those with whom you train every day,” sprinter Kseniya Aksyonova, who was cleared to compete by the IAAF but met the entry standard for London only after the deadline, told Reuters.The Russian federation’s decision to hold the national championships after the entry deadline for the worlds ultimately deprived three athletes, including Aksyonova, of the chance to compete in London.“I understood that the chances to qualify were gone,” Aksyonova said. “That lifted a weight off my shoulders.”A return to the fold remains unlikely before 2018 after the head of the IAAF’s Task Force, Rune Andersen, said on Monday that Russia had yet to meet several of the criteria for reinstatement.Drug-testing was still insufficient and banned coaches were still operating freely, he told reporters in London after a presentation to the IAAF Council, saying: “There are still issues to be resolved.”last_img read more

Ilma Kazazic sent an important Message from Pyeongchang

first_imgIlma Kazazic has the honor of representing BiH at the Paralympic Games that are currently taking place in Pyeongchang.BH Paralympic proudly carried the flag of our country on Friday, which, according to her, is a great honour as well as obligation.“This is the second time for me on Paralympics. It is hard to describe this feeling, you need to experience it. I was in Sochi four years ago and I was just 15 years old back then. I did not know what was happening, but something beautiful happened to me. This time I am ready. I worked very hard to reach the skiing norm for the past four years, with the aim to experience this feeling again. And here I am…” said Ilma.“My hard work paid off. The participation itself would make me proud, but I carried the flag of my country at the opening and closing ceremonies for the second time, and that is just great. I am sorry that our team does not have more members, but I feel happy and I want to represent my country in the best way possible and to show that we are hardworking people. That we can achieve even the things that seem impossible,” concluded Ilma.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more

Sunday blog: the case about Andale

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (62) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +19 Vote up Vote down Local · 356 weeks ago GREAT article! Attitude is so important. Also key are motivation and discipline to work hard to achieve the difficult things, whether it be athletics or education. Thank you Cueball. Report Reply 0 replies · active 356 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down whsalum91 · 356 weeks ago Well said Tracy McCue and I also will not dignify or condone the pregame activities that went on last week. That being said, I believe sportmanship all together needs to be discussed for players, parents and coaches alike!!! As I stated in my facebook post, I can remember when the KHSAA sportmanship rules were born and we sat in an assembly specifically devoted to how we could or would be expected to act and we knew the consequenses if those rules were broken. I truly believe that our children are a reflection of ourselves and maybe some of us, myself included need to be doing a better job instilling the values and moral compass we want our children to follow. I have never come away from Andale without some sort of negative experience, but perhaps they could say the same thing about us and I have never stopped to really care!!! So Tracy, thank you for making me take a moment to examine my own motives and maybe in doing so I will be able to pass that along to my children as well!!! I was somewhat disheartened as I sat on the home side of the field to hear some of our own fans tearing apart certain players and coaches. Report Reply 0 replies · active 356 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down whsalum91 · 356 weeks ago cont. We come to support our children and build them up and I guess my thoughts were that if you came to do nothing more than pick the program apart, then why are you here at all. I’m going to love my child win or lose, but I’m always going to push him to be better, on or off the field and I challenged him after the game Friday night not to become that player, parent, fan or coach that loses sight of supporting young people!!! I think 70+ young men that don the Crusader jerseys each week need to dig deep and decide whether they are going to come together and rise up or lay down and give up!!! Always going to be a proud Crusader parent and I hope to see some great things as we enter the three most important games of our season. So GO BIG RED, let’s move on!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 356 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down raise tbe bar · 356 weeks ago Andale flourishes because of vision. They look to the future and plan for it. Instead of lowering the bar they raise it. High expectations breeds success. Wellington used to have that. We got comfortable and the status quo became the norm. We do it as a school and a community. Our school has never planned ahead and only place band aids on problems. Our leaders do not listen to staff nor students. If we ever want to get on the level of andale then we need to rid the district of poor leadership. Bring in new blood. PAY our teachers and expect them to teach. We as a community need to come together and decide this town is worth saving and reach into our pocket books and pay for it. Raise our standards and expect the students to reach it. If not they don’t play. One example is all it takes. That example was missed again last friday…and we all know why. Report Reply 0 replies · active 356 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down WHS Grad · 356 weeks ago One could compare ACT scores with Wellington, Andale, and Central. Andale beats us in sports and is not blowing the doors off on their ACT scores. Wellington may have received plenty of bad press about state assessment scores while Central High has been praised for having 100 percent proficient math scores for the past three years. Wellington has surpassed Central for several years on their ACT scores. Central has yet to score above the state average on the ACT and has 100 percent proficient students in math? Andale ACT http://online.ksde.org/rcard/act.aspx?org_no=D026… Central ACT http://online.ksde.org/rcard/act.aspx?org_no=D046… Wellington ACT http://online.ksde.org/rcard/act.aspx?org_no=D035… Report Reply 0 replies · active 356 weeks ago -12 Vote up Vote down questions · 356 weeks ago Principal misses nhs event at high school today. Wondering if he ever moved to town. Report Reply 0 replies · active 356 weeks ago +21 Vote up Vote down Shawn DJ · 356 weeks ago Mr. Adams is a wonderful administrator and rarely misses an event. He cares about the students and their future, so lay off of him or take your issue up with him personally. A big part of Wellingtons problem is the negativity that goes on in this town. The comment section on this site perpetrates this. Report Reply 4 replies · active 356 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down questions · 356 weeks ago Shawn I appreciate your support of mr. Adams. I am sure he does a fine job. But zero representation todsy from the hs admin and usd. NHS is considered a very high achievement in ones academic career and I would think they would want to be part of ut. Report Reply 0 replies · active 356 weeks ago -14 Vote up Vote down Iceman318 · 356 weeks ago Cue I can tell you pretty much to the date Wellington sports took a nose dive. It was when the school implemented its ZERO TOLERANCE for drugs………… We have perfectly good athletes walking in the hallways or transferring out to other school districts that don’t have them. High school kids experiment and they don’t want to have some positive test ruining their chances to get scholarships to college. I talked about this many times on the Topeka paper site. 2002 was the last time Wellington has fielded a STATE CALIBER team and it will be until things change. Several HS have DROPPED their ZERO TOLERANCE rules because they noticed what I am trying to get across. Right or Wrong it is a fact as to why we have the big decline. Mulvane recently dropped theirs. Report Reply 7 replies · active 356 weeks ago +20 Vote up Vote down Shawn DJ · 356 weeks ago My point is that you should discuss the issue with him personally, as well as the other administrators that could have been present. My point was the nature of this town and the opportunity taken to make negative comments, and that comment was an example. I believe Tracy’s article was how can we become more like Andale and improve our situation. I do not necessarily agree that this is a public forum, since public would typically suggest it is out in the open, with everyone knowing the identity of the person making comments, and since Tracy and I are the only ones putting their actual names out there. My comment was also suggesting that issue of a personal nature should be taken up with that person face to face. He would then have the opportunity to explain why no one was present. It was on a Sunday afternoon, sometime thing happen to disrupt even the best laid plans. It is as easy as a phone call, an email or better yet a face to face discussion with the person whom you have the issue with. The negativity will only discourage meaningful discussion and change. Report Reply 0 replies · active 356 weeks ago 1234Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  I took the bi-annual trip to the Andale football field Friday night in what turned out to be perhaps one of Wellington’s worst football losses in its history.In the process of all the lopsided football, I got to thinking about the success Andale had over Wellington over these past year in not just football but everything. I started searching in my database to see the last time any Wellington team had beaten Andale in something.My first thought for success was on last spring’s WHS girls track team. Our girls track team finished fourth in Class 4A thanks in part by speedy Megan Campbell, who won the 100 and 200 meter dash at the state meet. Andale’s girls team finished third. Ugh. Boys track? Uh, no. Boys basketball? Nope. Girls basketball? No. Volleyball…, boys baseball… girls softball? No, no, no. Hey, we did beat Andale in a wrestling dual. But that was tempered by the fact that Andale placed third in the state wrestling meet a month later. Surely we are better than Andale in tennis. Yes we are. Andale doesn’t have a tennis team.Then I thought about the band. Surely we have a better band because Andale is so sports crazy. But they marched out 94 band members on the field Friday night and sounded pretty good. I could go down the academic road, but I’m not sure I want to compare state assessment and ACT scores. It only depresses me.We did finish higher than Andale in the state scholarship bowl last year. But again, Andale may have not had a scholarship bowl team.I’m not trying to put down Wellington as much as I am complimenting Andale. The school has it going on. Wellington isn’t alone in getting dominated by Andale. Everyone in the area is getting dominated. Circle, Clearwater, Mulvane. Heck even private school Collegiate struggles with Andale.Someone told me the other day the Andale booster club has something like $30,000 in its coffers. I have always thought Wellington had the strongest booster club in the area. But, geez, is Andale outdoing us in that department as well?The thing about Andale, is this is a recent phenomenon. When I was working at the Wellington Daily News during my first stint in the 1990s, Andale was never on anyone’s radar here. When I left and came back in 2007, Wellington’s football team was getting beat by Andale and the other Indian sports teams were on the rise.Six years later in 2013, Andale has blown so far past Wellington, it’s hard to fathom us catching up.It’s an intriguing thought on why this is. I don’t think Wellington got worse. Andale just got better.Some say Andale has the advantage of being closer to Wichita than Wellington and gets growth that we don’t. That is true. But Andale isn’t growing exponentially like say a Maize or a Goddard. It still has less students than Wellington. Plus, if you want to use that argument, you can use the same reasoning for Circle High School in Towanda, and that school isn’t coming close to garnering the success of Andale.I have always believed success begets success. If you are good at something, you and the others around you will be good at other things.If I could pinpoint the reason for Andale’s success is that school district, it has the right leadership in the most influential spots. And it could be one person who is behind it all. I’m not sure. I don’t live in Andale. I’ve asked a few Andale fans about why they are so successful and even they have trouble pinpointing what is the key to success themselves.I don’t know what makes Andale tick, but I came from a similar school district in eastern Colorado. Flagler, a small eight-man football school, was good at almost everything. We were state runner-up in football my senior year, won a state championship in basketball, we had good ACT scores, our band scored a “1” in competition. We were good in about everything.Why was that? For years I thought it was just because we were awesome and nobody else was. But last week, I might have found my answer. My vocational agriculture advisor died last week, Mr. James Hannebaum. Here was a man who ran the most successful FFA chapter in the state of Colorado. His life was his students and every student that had the privilege of donning a blue and gold coat, was a better person than he/she was before. He had that knack of making everyone better. I wrote a personal blog about it here.And because Flagler was a very small school that synergy in the FFA department permeated throughout the other departments – sports, academics, etc. It then filtered into the community. To this day when I go home, Flagler looks a little more vibrant and progressive than the neighboring burgs around it. Flagler is being run by his former students.I think that might be what is going on in Andale.I’m not saying Wellington does not have good leadership. We have accomplished some remarkable things in the past 30 years.But too many people in Wellington look at Andale in the wrong light, like demons to be torn down. It’s an attitude that reared its ugly head last week in a series of pregame activities that I don’t want to dignify.The reality is if Wellington wants to beat Andale, it has to be like Andale. We need to act like winners, feel like winners, be winners. True success is rising to the occasion and being the best we can be. Tearing others down never works. Never, never, NEVER!And for us adults, let’s help instill that kind of attitude in our youth. Our leadership is truly the most important thing we will ever do. It will define us for future generations.My Vo-ag advisor knew that and now his legacy is etched in stone. And my Colorado hometown is still reaping the benefits.last_img read more

Jacob Kiplimo, one of 6 Ugandans in Kipchoge marathon record bid

first_imgOn that occasion the 34-year-old was just 25 seconds off the mark in a specially-prepared race using a pacemaker vehicle, as well as runners positioned to shield him in a bid to cut wind resistance.The assistance meant his time could not be validated by the IAAF. That will also be the case in Vienna. The world record, which the Kenyan set in Berlin last year, is 2hr 01min 39sec.FOLLOW EVENT LIVE HERE (see facebook/twitter feed below)Kipchoge flew to the venue from Kenya last night on a chartered flight. Kipchoge with his 40 plus pacesetters. There are six Ugandans. PHOTO VIA @INEOS159Jacob Kiplimo Ronald Musagala Abdallah Mande Thomas Ayeko Mande Bushendich Timothy Toroitich Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Eliud Kipchoge believes he is ready to make history and create his “moon-landing” moment in his quest to run an historic first sub-two-hour marathon at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna on Saturday.The Kenyan marathon great, who has won 11 out 12 marathons and is also the reigning Olympic marathon champion, arrived in the Austrian capital city on Tuesday following a night chartered flight from Kenya.In the pre-event press conference adjacent to the finish line on the Hauptallee in the heart of Vienna, Kipchoge exuded confidence ahead of his historic bid.“I’m feeling well, I’m happy with the course and I am waiting for Saturday,” explained Kipchoge , who last year set a stunning new world record time of 2:01:39 in the Berlin Marathon.“Vienna is a sporting city. The crowd loves sport in Vienna and the course is flat and fast and in a park – a natural environment.“Berlin was about running a world record, Vienna is about running and breaking history, like the first man on the moon.”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Six UgandansWorld Cross Country silver medalist Jacob Kiplimo leads a team of six Ugandans who will help Kipchoge bid to break two hours for a marathon in Vienna on October 12.Kiplimo will be joined by Ronald Musagala and Abdallah Mande, fresh from the World Athletics Championships.The others are long distance aces Thomas Ayeko, Mande Bushendich and Timothy Toroitich, in a 41 team of pace setters. Others are Norwegian siblings Henrik, Filip and Jakob Ingebrigtsen, also fresh from Doha.Olympic champion and world record holder Kipchoge has already had one tilt at a sub two-hour time at the Monza race track in May 2017. Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img *******SOURCE: INEOS159 MEDIAlast_img read more

Too much Rebels for Leafs to handle as Castlegar posts 5-3 in Sunday afternoon KIJHL tilt

first_imgFor the second time in less than a week the Nelson Leafs squandered a two-goal lead against a divisional rival.Castlegar Rebels rallied from a 3-1 deficit to score four straight goals en route to a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory Sunday afternoon at the Arena Complex in the Sunflower City.The game is the second consecutive time the Rebels have defeated the Leafs in a key Murdoch heavyweight matchup in the past three weeks and allows Castlegar to close to within two points of the Leafs in division standings.Castlegar bounced Nelson 6-1 in the Heritage City prior to the Christmas holiday break.Not only do the Leafs have the Rebels breathing down their backs, but the Beaver Valley Nitehawks — that other divisional rival to steal a victory from the Green and White — are also tied with Castlegar in the hotly contested Murdoch Division.Fresh from a 6-2 pasting of the Fernie Ghostriders Friday, Nelson continued to shine on the ice Sunday in Castlegar taking a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the game on goals by Linden Horswill and Bryce Nielsen.The goals came in a span of 26 seconds.Castlegar cut the margin to 2-1 on a Bryan Lubin goal late in the first period.But James Sorrey, with his fifth point in the past three games, restored the advantage with a marker early in the second frame.The deficit, however, did not deter the host club, which continued to push at the Leafs and goalie Marcus Beesley.The Rebels, out shooting the Leafs 34-22 in the first 40 minutes, were rewarded when Braydon Horcoff and Lubin tied the game in the second.Diego Bartlett then snapped the 3-3 tie with the winner midway through the third.Jamie Vlanich, finishing the game with three points, secured the win with an insurance goal on the power play as Castlegar continued to pressure the Leafs, out shooting Nelson 14-5 in the third for a 48-27 game advantage. Jordan Gluck once again was in goal for the Castlegar win over Nelson.The Leafs continue its five-game road trip this weekend in the Okanagan with three games against Chase Friday, Kamloops Saturday and North Okanagan Sunday.Next time the Leafs play at home is Friday, January 18 when Columbia Valley Rockies invade the NDCC Arena.Meanwhile the Rebels play in Grand Forks Thursday before hosting Creston in a home-and-home series beginning Friday in Castlegar.Beaver Valley Nitehawks, which blasted Revelstoke Grizzlies 8-2 Sunday in Fruitvale, travel to Spokane Saturday before hosting Grand Forks Sunday.Against the Grizzlies, Beaver Valley scored five times on special teams — including four power play goals.Dan Holland, Dallas Calvin with a pair, Walker Sidoni, Connor Brown-Maloski, Derek Lashuk, Sam Swanson, Kurt Black.The Revelstoke game marked the return to the Nitehawks of Ryan Edwards to the lineup of the KIJHL club.The Trail native started the season with the Hawks but decided to join the BCHL club in October.However, for some reason Edwards decided Junior A wasn’t to his liking and left the Smokies without permission in December.Edwards was quickly put on the suspended by the Smokies.last_img read more

Raonic reverses result on Federer

first_img It was a boost coming off a troubled end to 2015, when Raonic missed the last three weeks with a back problem, having missed the French Open earlier in the season with a foot injury, parted company with Ljubicic and finished out of the top 10. “It does great things – it signifies within the team how concrete and good the work we’re doing is,” Raonic said of his win. “At the same time, with the difficulties I’ve had last year, it’s maybe a good way for me to show the other guys I will face going in Melbourne, you know, I’ve got my stuff back together and I can play some good tennis again.” Raonic attacked top-seeded Federer with his booming serve and forehand, as expected, but also went to the net 13 times in the first set and won 10 of those points to put him on course for the win. Federer, who went 6-5 in finals in 2015 – with all five losses coming to top-ranked Novak Djokovic – struggled earlier in the week with lingering flu-like symptoms, but improved with four matches in four days, including wins over Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals and Dominic Thiem in the semis. Raonic “did well. It was a tough match – (my) legs were a little bit wobbly,” Federer said. “Still, considering the week I’ve had, I’m actually quite happy. That’s why I’m not down or anything or disappointed. “If I would’ve known I would’ve made the finals five days ago I would’ve been unbelievably happy.” BIG BOOST BRISBANE, Australia (AP): Milos Raonic got one back on Roger Federer to start the new season. After losing coach Ivan Ljubicic to the Federer camp leading into 2016, Raonic achieved something nobody else born in the 1990s has managed to do against the 17-time major winner – beat him twice. The 25-year-old Canadian broke Federer’s serve once in each set of a 6-4, 6-4 win yesterday in the Brisbane International decider, reversing the outcome of their meeting in last year’s final at the Australian Open warm-up tournament. Ljubicic was in Federer’s corner for the final. Carlos Moya, who will join Raonic’s coaching crew, doesn’t arrive in Australia until next week. He’s got a good base to work off, starting with Raonic’s eighth career title and only his second win in 11 matches against Federer.last_img read more

AFL Soldiers Extorting Money from Drivers?

first_imgThe Daily Observer has received with dismay reports of alleged extortion of money from drivers by some officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) deployed at Water Side border checkpoint between Bong and Lofa counties.According to eyewitnesses, AFL officers stationed at Water Side Bridge on Monday, August 11, impounded over 20 commercial vehicles including trucks loaded with food items from Lofa County, demanding L$500 from each of the truck drivers. Assistant Defense Minister David K. Dahn has, however, denied soldiers’ involvement with extortion or taking bribes from drivers. Speaking with our defense correspondent via mobile phone Thursday, August 14, Mr. Dahn maintained that the Ministry has not received any complaint of such, insisting that AFL soldiers will never involve themselves in bribes taking from drivers or anyone for that matter. AFL soldiers were recently deployed at the border to enforce the State of Emergency declared by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the wake of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. The eyewitnesses at the county-border checkpoint told our reporter that tension erupted between the soldiers and drivers on August 11 after the drivers refused to give them (soldiers) money. According to the our sources, over 20 vehicles were denied from entering Bong County by the AFL soldiers. Lofa County is one of the counties that have been badly hit by the Ebola outbreak and thus quarantined by the government since the State of Emergency was declared recently. “Movement of goods from Lofa County is very difficult,” eyewitnesses said. They explained that the vehicles were held by the soldiers until Wednesday and were only released after the intervention of officers from the Bong County Police Detachment of the Liberia National Police (LNP). “The drivers and some of the commuters took the soldiers’ complaint to the Paramount Chief of Zota Chiefdom Madam Lorpu Kollie, who fruitlessly pleaded with the soldiers to allow the trucks through,” said business woman Madam Annie Tokpa. When contacted yesterday, Zota Chiefdom Paramount Chief Madam Lorpu Kollie confirmed the incident saying it was only on Wednesday that the vehicles, which were loaded with food supplies including oil, rice, pepper and bitter ball, amongst others, were allowed to leave for Monrovia. “I went to Water Side on Wednesday and saw the trucks being released,” said the Paramount Chief. “I met the drivers and advised them to beg the AFL soldiers to release their vehicles. But they stood their grounds that they were not going to give money to any security officer [not even AFL soldiers] at the gate.” According to the Paramount Chief, it was the intervention of LNP officers from Bong County that led to the resolution of the impasse between the soldiers and the drivers. There have been no reports of extortion, however, by AFL in Western Liberia. According to eyewitnesses and commuters, army officers have been giving humanitarian assistance to hundreds of poor people in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties. “The army has been very helpful to our people,” said Sando G. Morlu. “They help our people when they are in need.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more