first_imgDr. Jonathan Epstein, vice president for science and outreach at the EcoHealth Alliance, a conservation organization, said he had not seen any details so far, but, “Someone would have to release the sequences soon, and the evolutionary biologists will be all over it.”On Twitter, Emma Hodcroft, a geneticist at the University of Basel, Switzerland, who is tracking the spread of the novel coronavirus, urged caution. “Don’t panic,” Dr. Hodcroft tweeted. “Scientists will update when we have more info.” Without published reports on the nature of the mutation or how the virus variant was tested, research scientists outside Denmark who study the virus were left somewhat in the dark. Dr. Stanley Perlman, a microbiologist at the University of Iowa and a specialist on the novel coronavirus, said he could not evaluate the Danish statements without more information.- Advertisement – The Danish government will slaughter millions of mink at more than 1,000 farms, citing concerns that a mutation in the novel coronavirus that has infected the mink could possibly interfere with the effectiveness of a vaccine for humans.Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen made the announcement at a news conference on Wednesday. There are 15 million or more mink in Denmark, which is one of the world’s major exporters of mink furs. She said the armed forces would be involved in the culling of mink.- Advertisement – Kare Molbak, the head of the State Serum Institute, the government’s public health and infectious disease arm, warned at the news conference that a mutation could interfere with the effectiveness of future vaccines. The government has notified the World Health Organization of the virus mutation, and also said 12 people in its Jutland region are known to have it and that it shows a weak reaction to antibodies, according to news reports.The W. H.O. acknowledged by email that it had been “informed by Denmark of a number of persons infected with coronavirus from mink, with some genetic changes in the virus.” The W.H.O. said that Denmark was “investigating the epidemiological and virological significance of these findings, and culling the mink population. We are in touch with them to find more about this event.” In September, Dutch scientists reported in a paper that has not yet been peer-reviewed that the virus was jumping between mink and humans. In Denmark, the government is describing a version of the virus that migrated from mink to humans.center_img – Advertisement – The coronavirus mutates slowly but regularly, and a different variant of the virus would not, in itself, be cause for concern, experts have said.Researchers have studied one mutation labeled D614G in the spike protein of the virus which may increase transmission. They concluded that there is no evidence so far that the particular mutation increases virulence or would affect the workings of a vaccine.Denmark had already begun killing all mink at 400 farms which were either infected, or close enough to infected farms to cause concern. The killing of all mink will wipe out the industry, perhaps for years.Mink are in the weasel family, along with ferrets, which are easily infected with the coronavirus. Ferrets appear to suffer mild symptoms. Mink, which are kept in crowded conditions ideal for spreading a virus, can become quite sick and die. Mink have been infected in other countries as well, including the Netherlands and some U.S. states. Thousands of mink were killed in Utah because of a coronavirus outbreak, but authorities there said there it did not appear that the mink transmitted the virus to humans, but the opposite.Many conservation scientists have become concerned about the spread of the virus to animal populations, like chimpanzees, which are believed to be susceptible, although cases have not been identified yet. Groups of researchers are testing bats and pets and wild animals in the United States.Researchers are also concerned about what occurs when the virus moves from one species to another and may acquire changes, or mutations. While most such changes are not likely to be a problem for humans, there is always the chance that strains of the virus could become more infectious or more virulent.Animal Protection Denmark, an advocacy group, recommended a long-term solution to the problem of mink and coronavirus: “The right decision would be to end mink farming entirely and help farmers into other occupation that does not jeopardize public health and animal welfare.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgA man armed with a knife stabbed a New York policeman in the neck on Wednesday and two officers who ran to his rescue were wounded before they shot the attacker multiple times, police said.All four were taken to Kings County Hospital where the police were in stable condition and the suspect was in critical condition, police said.The attack in Brooklyn came amid mass protests and some rioting in New York over the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, while in the custody of white police officers. Topics : The two officers were shot in their hands in the struggle. Shea did not give details on how they were shot.Prosecutors brought new criminal charges against four Minneapolis police implicated in the death of George Floyd, pinned by his neck to the street during an arrest that sparked more than a week of nationwide protest and civil strife.Police in Brooklyn charged into a crowd of about 1,000 protesters defying a curfew, albeit peacefully, near an outdoor plaza, and clubbed demonstrators and journalists as they scurried for cover in a downpour of heavy rain.The confrontation in Brooklyn seemed to be the biggest exception to a calmer night, hours after the new charges in Minneapolis. center_img It was not immediately clear if the attack was related to the protests, but Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said the police were on duty to stop looting.A man walked “casually” up to one of the officers near Church and Flatbush avenues in Brooklyn, pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the left side of his neck, Shea said.”It appears to be a completely cowardly, despicable, senseless attack on a defenseless police officer,” Shea said. “Thank God we’re not planning a funeral.”The two other officers heard shots fired from two blocks away and ran over and saw that the suspect had the wounded police officer’s gun, he said.last_img read more

first_img Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchDeepika Padukone’s Most Memorable Looks8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemHow Couldn’t You See The Impact Of These Women On Our Lives?Top 10 Most Costly Liquids In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny Dominican challenger Jeison Rosario won the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation super welterweight titles Saturday, stopping hometown hero Julian Williams in the fifth round. Julian Williams surrendered his two world super welterweight boxing titles on Saturday after being stopped in the fifth round by Dominican challenger Jeison Rosario Rosario landed a staggering right hand and followed with a flurry of punches before Williams fell to the canvas. He rose only to be hammered by a right uppercut and left hook before referee Benjy Esteves stopped the fight 97 seconds into round five. Rosario was tearful as he was handed the championship belts. “I’ve got to keep crying because I’m so emotional in this moment,” he said. The showdown at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was the first defense for Williams (27-2 with one drawn) of the 154-pound (69.9kg) crowns he took from American Jarrett Hurd by unanimous decision last May. Rosario, in his first world title bout, improved to 20-1-1 with his 14th victory inside the distance. It was his sixth win in a row and he improved to 8-0 with a draw since his lone loss in 2017. “When I lost my last fight I said I wasn’t going to lose again until I am world champion,” Rosario said. “And I’ve done it.” Rosario, 24, opened a cut over the left eye of Williams, 29, with a left jab early in the second round, the gash nagging the champion throughout the fight as toe-to-toe exchanges of hard punches continued. Read Also:Fans react to McGregor’s TKO of Cerrone at UFC 246 “I’m sorry I couldn’t get the win but I’ll be back,” Williams told his hometown supporters, noting he had a rematch clause in the fight contract. “We’ll see if we can get it real soon.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… “It blurred my vision a little bit,” Williams said of the cut. “But that wasn’t the reason why. He was the better fighter tonight.” In the fifth, Williams was staggered early in the round, taking a dozen blows against the ropes before falling face first to the canvas. After Esteves allowed the fight to continue, Williams landed his powerful uppercut and Williams slumped back against the ropes, prompting Esteves to stop the fight.last_img read more

first_img The Hoops have averaged a point a game since Redknapp took charge immediately after their first meeting with United at Old Trafford in November and they remain four points adrift of Wigan at the bottom of the table – and more importantly seven behind Aston Villa, who sit just above the relegation zone. But Ferguson said: “It is not easy when you are down at the bottom of the league. Harry will be the first to admit that. It may have helped him if he had gone a bit earlier. But with Harry’s experience and ability to judge players, he will have a better chance that most in that situation.” Press Association Concern has been expressed about the money Tony Fernandes spent during the January transfer window attempting to secure survival. Loic Remy was snapped up in an £8million deal just as it seemed he was about to join Newcastle. Former Blackburn defender Christopher Samba cost even more after a brief spell with big-spending Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, whilst ex-England midfielder Jermaine Jenas made the short journey from Tottenham. Other moves for Peter Crouch, Scott Parker and, memorably, Peter Odemwingie failed in an approach that looked little more than panic buying. And all, Ferguson believes, because the fear of what exists outside the cosy confines of the Premier League haunts those within the elite. “You can’t make money in the Championship,” said Ferguson. “You get the parachute payments, which are terrific I suppose. I don’t see why it should apply itself but it is there and teams can benefit from that. “But player contracts are an issue because some of them are on very good ones and the clubs have to pay them. If you drop down, I would imagine motivation is very difficult. The only place you want to be is the Premier League. That is reflected in QPR spending the money they have.” The task facing QPR is to halt the slide immediately or risk tumbling into near oblivion. But clearly, these are not concerns to bother Ferguson. His only task this weekend is to engineer a victory in west London that would put United 15 points clear at the top 24 hours before closest challengers Manchester City take on Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. “We are going down there hoping to win. That is what our job is,” said Ferguson. “QPR are fighting for survival and we know it is going to be a hard. But that type of thing is what we need anyway. We need to keep the awareness on making sure we do our job right.” center_img Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is adamant Harry Redknapp’s presence will give QPR a better chance of Barclays Premier League survival – even though such a scenario is looking more unlikely by the week.last_img read more

first_imgAn assistant superintendent pointed reporters from WJXT to a portion in the uniform section of the code of conduct which reads, “The dress code is not inclusive of all items that may be deemed inappropriate.”It continues, “The school administration may limit student attire any time such attire is believed to adversely affect classroom instruction or the school environment. Therefore any item that disrupts classroom instruction or the school campus will not be allowed.”However, Jennifer Brown says the child’s rights are being violated. She explains, “This is America. It’s about freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of everything. I feel like if they want to wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ or ‘All Lives Matter’ or ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ or whatever, I feel like they should be able to wear what they want.”As the student was allegedly not offered another mask, she continued to wear the mask in question inside-out for the remainder of the school day.Bradford County does not require that students wear face masks, but encourages the practice. A north Florida middle school and a parent are caught in a war of words, sparked by a face mask supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.According to reports from Florida television stations WJXT, WCJB and WPEC, the 12-year-old student in the Bradford County School District was recently told to remove her mask, as it was apparently in violation of the dress code.Deziyah Brown’s mother, Jennifer Brown, tells reporters that school officials informed her the mask was political in nature.It reads, “I can’t breathe,” in large, red letters followed by “Black Lives Matter” below that, in white letters.The school district’s code of conduct gives administrators the ability to make decisions about banning or allowing items on campus.NOT ALLOWED: The parent of a Bradford Middle School student said her daughter was told by school leaders to remove a face mask, which displayed support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. https://t.co/AGndlIYvOT— News4JAX (@wjxt4) September 16, 2020last_img read more

first_imgRoger Federer has the most Grand Slam titles with 20.Rafael Nadal has won all slams as well as Olympic gold in singles and doubles.No tennis player in the Open Era has won all the Four Grand Slams more than once. Trying to single out who is the best risks the wrath of getting lynched by fan clubs of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal. Every number, every event needs to have a firm foreground and background. When discussing about who is the greatest, it is important to reiterate that all three players are legends in their own right and that the debate is only centered on the fan mood based on certain factors.Federer magic in tennisThe Swiss maestro has won 20 Grand Slams and has won titles on all surfaces. His mastery has never been in doubt, especially in the grass courts of Wimbledon where he is supreme. At age 37, Federer continues to push the bar and dishes out a lesson to every tennis player.Despite winning the career slam ahead of Nadal and Djokovic, there are plenty of fans who have doubted Federer’s ability on clay. The Swiss has never defeated Nadal in the French Open and his win in 2009 came against Robin Soderling, his opponent in the final who had managed to beat Nadal in the fourth round. What also goes slightly against Federer is that he has never won the gold medal in singles in the Olympics. However, Federer set the original benchmark of dominance and it required something exceptional to break it.Nadal’s legend growsConsider this aspect. Nadal has won one Australian Open, four out of 11 French Open titles and out of his two Wimbledon titles in 2008. Whom did he beat to win this? Federer.The fact that Nadal won six out of his 17 Grand Slam titles by defeating Federer when he was at his peak is staggering. The Spaniard left-hander is the only player to win the Golden slam, winning both the singles and doubles gold in 2008 Beijing and 2016 Rio Olympics. Nadal leads 23–15 in overall encounters. Of these matches, 24 have been in finals with Nadal leading 14–10. Of their 12 meetings in majors, Nadal has won nine of them. Nadal leads 5–0 at the French Open and 3–1 at the Australian Open, while Federer leads 2–1 at Wimbledon. Nadal’s overall record against Federer and the fact that he defeated the Swiss maestro at his peak makes his aura brighter.Exceptional DjokovicDjokovic is the third person in the triumvirate to achieve the career slam. What can one make of Djokovic? He is the only player to have a positive head-to-head record against Federer and Nadal. Djokovic has a 28-25 record against Nadal which is 10-10 in Grand Slams. Against Federer, he has a 25-22 record including 9-6 in Grand Slams.Djokovic is one of the elite few who have defeated Nadal in the French Open, something which Federer has been unable to do. In 2015, Djokovic did the unthinkable and registered a win against the Spaniard, that too in straight sets. His superior head-to-head record against both opponents probably puts him a notch higher. His success against Nadal and Federer in all surfaces makes him exceptional.The only way the debate of their greatness can be sealed is if all three win the four Grand Slams more than once. Nadal blew his chance at the Australian Open and will probably have to wait another year for him to get the chance. Federer and Djokovic will be gunning to win the French Open for the second time. If any of these players become the first player from the Open Era to win all four Grand Slams twice, then the debate will be tilted in their favour respectively. highlights New Delhi: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. These three names have enriched the sport of tennis to legendary proportions. These three combined hold a total of 52 Grand Slam titles, with Federer leading the way with 20 titles, followed by Nadal with 17 and Djokovic with 15. All three hold other major records. Nadal is the only tennis player in history to win one Grand Slam singles title 11 times which is the French Open. Federer holds the record for most Wimbledon titles with eight while Djokovic holds the record for most Australian Open titles with seven, following his win over Nadal in 2019.  The playing style of all three athletes is also a sight for tennis fans.Federer is considered an artist, the man having the most complete game among all tennis players. Nadal is aggression, behind the baseline and a player defined by solid court coverage while Djokovic is a mixture of both Federer and Nadal. From 2003 till 2019, the triumvirate of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal has dominated the scene so brilliantly that the debate arises – who is the greatest tennis player among all three? For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Cricket West Indies’ new selection panel says it has reached out to several previously marginalised senior players, including retired all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, and is hoping to have them available for future selection.This comes as CWI looks to revamp is selection policy, with the aim of keeping the process free of outside interference and ultimately selecting the strongest squads possible for international assignments.Speaking at a media conference here last week, newly-appointed interim chairman of selectors, Robert Haynes, said contact had already been made with the likes of Bravo and Pollard, with the players indicating their desire to represent the Caribbean side.“… The coach (Floyd Reifer) and I, we’ve been talking to a lot of players, and for sure we’ve been in contact with these players and we want them to understand that once they’re available we’ll be thinking about them,” Haynes said.“And they all agree they want to play for West Indies and that to me is very important, and it’s also important to the fans around the Caribbean that when you have your top players involved in international cricket and not representing the West Indies, these guys are hungry for victory.“Honestly, I believe it’s a good move in terms of the policy because I must admit the fact that I would not have been here if I did not agree with the policy in terms of going forward, and it’s really something I’m looking forward to – working with Jimmy and the other stakeholders, and the coach and the captain.”He added: “For me it’s a tremendous feeling and it’s something I’ve been looking forward to for a number of years – to get all of our players involved in West Indies cricket.”Last year, Bravo retired from all forms of cricket following his participation for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Regional Super50, saying it was important to “leave the international arena for the next generation of players”.The 35-year-old played 40 Tests, 164 One-Day Internationals and 66 T20 Internationals, but had not turned out for the Windies since the ill-fated T20 series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates in 2016.Kieron Pollard, meanwhile, last represented West Indies on the T20 tour of India last October. Like Bravo, his name has been associated with selection for next month’s 50-overs World Cup in England but he has not played an ODI in three years.Another Trinidadian, off-spinner Sunil Narine, has also remained on the sidelines of recent, last seen in West Indies colours two years ago.CWI president Ricky Skerritt said many of these players were still committed to West Indies duty and a system is now needed to be developed which could see them return to international cricket.“This has been a very volatile issue and our policy has been very clear,” said Skerritt, who assumed the presidency last month after toppling three-term incumbent Dave Cameron.“There’s a myth that our elite players don’t want to play for the West Indies. Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve engaged several of them and prior to the election, I personally engaged several of them and the desire and hunger to play for their West Indian colours is as strong as ever.“What we have to do is to make sure we put systems in place that can respect the players and help the players to respect their responsibility when they are actually involved in West Indies cricket, and do it in a way that is clearly communicated and that there’s mutual respect and understanding.“I have no doubt that in the hearts and in the minds of all of these players, the performance of the West Indies team being involved in a successful West Indies team setup is important to them.”The Courtney Browne-led selection panel was this week sacked and replaced by Haynes, Reifer and director of cricket Jimmy Adams. Skerritt said, going forward, selection would be based purely on cricketing criteria and not insularity.“Obviously we have to get some of the types of interference that prevailed in the past out of the way of cricket,” he noted.“We said cricket first and cricket is best handled by people who understand cricket, who have played cricket, who love cricket and who focus on cricket and not on insular needs.”last_img read more

first_imgWest Ham and Argentina midfielder Manuel Lanzini has been ruled out of the World Cup after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in training.The 25-year-old, who has made four appearances for Argentina, suffered the injury in training on Friday morning and is expected to miss the entirety of the upcoming tournament in Russia.Argentina were originally due to face Israel in their final warm-up match in Jerusalem on Saturday.Two-time winners Argentina take on Iceland in their opening World Cup game on June 16, before they face on Croatia and Nigeria in their remaining Group D fixtures.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img Related Stories Senior profile: Hakim WarrickAround the block: Warrick’s heroic play preserved 2003 national championship, Syracuse legacyMeet Boeheim’s Army: C.J. FairMeet Boeheim’s Army: Brandon TricheMeet Boeheim’s Army: Eric Devendorf A group of former Syracuse men’s basketball players will get together for a chance at $2 million in the 2016 edition of The Basketball Tournament starting this Saturday. The team is fittingly named Boeheim’s Army, composed of former Purdue guard Willie Deane and nine former Orange that span a decade of Jim Boeheim’s tenure. Last year the squad bowed out in the Elite Eight against eventual champions City of Gods. This year, second-seeded Boeheim’s Army faces No. 15 seed Basketball City NYC at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Philadelphia University to begin its quest toward the cash prize. Follow along all week as we introduce you to the team’s players and coach ahead of the matchup.Hakim WarrickBefore LeBron James pinned Andre Iguodala’s layup against the backboard in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, “The Block” belonged to Hakim Warrick. With 0.7 seconds left in the 2003 national championship game, Warrick got a hand on Michael Lee’s corner 3 to help seal Syracuse’s first and only national title in an 81-78 win over Kansas. Warrick has had the most NBA success out of anyone on Boeheim’s Army. He stayed in the league until 2013, playing for the Grizzlies, Bucks, Bulls, Suns, Hornets and Bobcats after being taken 19th overall by Memphis in the 2005 draft. Warrick’s best season in the NBA came in his sophomore campaign, when he averaged 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds while playing in all 82 regular season games for the Grizzlies. He has played for four teams overseas since, most recently Olympiacos in Greece in 2016.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn his four years under Boeheim, Warrick averaged 15.4 points and 7.6 rebounds. In his senior season he scored 21.4 points per game and grabbed 8.6 boards per contest en route to Big East Player of the Year honors. Warrick has arguably the best resume of any player on Boeheim’s Army and has the potential to be a dominant force down low in his second summer playing for the team. In four games for Boeheim’s Army last year, Warrick averaged 15.3 points and 7.5 boards a game. Published on July 16, 2016 at 11:32 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmancenter_img Meet Boeheim’s Army:C.J. FairBrandon TricheRyan BlackwellDarryl WatkinsWillie DeaneEric DevendorfRick JacksonTerrence RobertsBaye Moussa KeitaDonte Greene Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 10, 2017 at 12:13 am Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Justyn Knight placed third in the 5000-meter run at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on Friday night.The junior finished the race with a time of 14:36.23, 63-hundredths of a second behind first-place finisher Grant Fisher of Stanford. Knight had hoped to win Syracuse’s first-ever outdoor track and field national championship. He still won first-team All-America honors.With a race-time temperature of 55 degrees and a steady rain, the 5000-meter championship was a slower race from the beginning. Pace didn’t pick up until late, when Knight briefly took control. The Ontario, Canada, native took his first lead 10:52 into the race, after sitting in the middle of the group of competitors for the majority of the run. With four laps remaining, he passed Amon Terer of Campbell University and held onto the top spot until the 13:30 mark. The junior remained ahead of the pack as late as 14:03, but top finishers Arkansas runner Jack Bruce and Fisher eventually passed him.“At 600 meters to go, I was getting ready to make my move,” Knight said at a post-race press conference, “and then with about 400 there was kind of a little tussle.  (It) threw off my stride and then I just tried to finish strong and the guys got the best of me at the end.“I went into the race without a plan. I’m pretty good at adapting. That’s how you have to approach every championship race, because nobody ever predicts the race to be run in 14:35, so I was just kind of open-ended, made a move, stuck with it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKnight set the year’s world record in the event last month with a time of 13:17.51 at the Payton Jordan Invitational. Friday’s race times were significantly slower, a fact that can be attributed to tactics, said Frank Bergin, Knight’s high school coach.“It looked like a race where nobody wanted to take it out hard,” Bergin said, “everybody’s just sort of waiting.”Knight was the fifth and final Syracuse competitor to run in the championships, as his teammates ran during the first two days of events. He was the only Orange to medal during the week, with the four other Syracuse runners failing to reach the podium.“I don’t have any regrets,” Knight said. “I think everything is a learning lesson. It wasn’t my time to win…that’s just the way it is.” Commentslast_img read more