Archive for September 5th, 2019

Bianca Andreescu makes history, to play Serena Williams in U.S. Open final – CBC Sports

September 5th, 2019

Bianca Andreescu has become the first Canadian to reach a singles final at the U.S. Open, defeating Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic 7-6 (3), 7-5 in the semifinals on Thursday.

The 19-year-old will face 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on Saturday. Williams defeated Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1 earlier on Thursday. In their only previous meeting, Andreescu led Williams 3-1 at the Rogers Cup final in Toronto last month before the 37-year-old American was forced to retire due to back spasms.

Andreescu is appearing in only her fourth Grand Slam tournament. She had never been past the second round at a major.

“If someone told me a year ago that I would be in the finals of the U.S. Open this year, I would have told them, `You’re crazy,”‘ said Andreescu, who took her semifinal’s last five games after trailing 5-2.

Andreescu battled back from deficits in both sets to defeat the No. 13 seed Bencic. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Associated Press)

She is the first player to get this far in her debut in New York since Venus Williams was the runner-up in 1997.

“It’s just surreal,” Andreescu said about the prospect of facing Serena Williams next. “Like, I really don’t know what to say.”

The 15th-seeded Andreescu trailed Bencic 4-1 and 5-2 in the second set before taking the last five games.

Andreescu, who has already won titles at Indian Wells and Toronto during her breakout 2019 season, unleashed a torrent of bruising groundstrokes to defeat the Swiss on a warm night at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Bencic misses a shot from Andreescu. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Associated Press)

Momentum shifted on the first point of the first set tiebreak when Bencic double-faulted and her previously immaculate play began to crumble and Andreescu cruised from there.

Bencic finally broke Andreescu to open the second set but despite stretching her lead to 4-1 and 5-2, Andreescu fed off the supportive crowd to level at 5-5 after another costly Bencic double-fault.

Andreescu booked her ticket to her first Grand Slam final when Bencic sent a forehand into the net on match point to end the tense first-time encounter.

Andreescu has played a lot of tennis this week at the U.S. Open. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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Canadian Bianca Andreescu advances to US Open final in tournament debut – TSN

September 5th, 2019

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu has reached the final in her U.S. Open debut by beating No. 13 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 7-6 (3), 7-5.

The 19-year-old Andreescu is appearing in only her fourth Grand Slam tournament. She had never been past the second round at a major.

Andreescu will face 23-time Slam champion Serena Williams for the championship on Saturday.

Andreescu is the first woman to reach the final in her first appearance in the main draw at Flushing Meadows since Williams’ older sister, Venus, did it in 1997.

The 15th-seeded Andreescu trailed Bencic 4-1 and 5-2 in the second set before taking the last five games.

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Android 10 Settings still hints at ‘style’ and ‘clock’ customizations for Pixel – 9to5Google

September 5th, 2019

Android 10 Settings still hints at ‘style’ and ‘clock’ customizations for Pixel  9to5Google

One of the most promising features spotted during the Q Beta that has yet to emerge is customizable clocks. Android 10 Pixel customizations…

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EEE Mosquito Virus: Man becomes 5th human case of rare, mosquito-borne virus in Mass. – Boston 25 News

September 5th, 2019

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, Mass. – A man in his 70s from southwestern Middlesex County has become the state’s fifth case of a rare and potentially deadly virus, according to the Department of Public Health. 

A South Coast woman died of the rare, mosquito-borne virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) last month. 

The state’s Department of Public Health has now confirmed a fifth person has been diagnosed with EEE in Commonwealth. 

In total, there are 32 communities now at critical risk, 39 at high risk, and 121 at moderate risk for the EEE virus in Massachusetts. Ashland, Hopedale and Milford had their risk level raised to critical following the man’s diagnosis while Bellingham, Blackstone and Millville are now part of the high-risk area.  

The Department of Public Health identified the fourth victim diagnosed with the virus as a woman over 50 from southern Bristol County. Many communities in southeastern Massachusetts are on alert for EEE.

According to the DPH, the virus has been found in 333 mosquito samples this year, many of which are able to spread the virus to humans. 

The first case of EEE confirmed in a human this year came in early August when a man over 60 years old from Plymouth County was diagnosed. A second person was also diagnosed in Grafton earlier in August while a third person in Franklin County was diagnosed with EEE last week.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is performing aerial spraying for mosquitoes in communities considered high risk for EEE.

Related: How is the threat of EEE impacting local school sports?

Everyone is being urged to follow the five D’s of mosquito control:

  • Dusk – Avoid outdoor activity when mosquitos are most active
  • Dawn – Don’t go outside when the light is changing in the sky
  • DEET – Use repellents containing it
  • Dress – Cover exposed skin to block mosquitoes
  • Drain – Dump standing water so mosquitoes can’t breed

State health officials say the peak time to get bitten by an infected mosquito extends through September here in Massachusetts. The risk continues through the first hard frost, which, on average, is more than a month away. 


Vegetarians could face higher risk of stroke than meat eaters, study claims – ABC15 Arizona

September 5th, 2019

A study released Wednesday by the British Medical Journal claims that vegetarians could have a higher risk of a stroke than meat eaters.

The study followed more than 48,000 participants in the UK for nearly 18 years. The study placed participants in three groups: Meat eaters, fish eaters and vegetarians.

The study claims that vegetarians were 20 percent more likely to have a stroke than non-meat eaters, which equaled to be three additional haemorrhagic stroke victims per 1,000 participants.

Before you change your eating habits, you should know that meat eaters were more likely to develop a heart disease than vegetarians. The difference between meat eaters and vegetarians was 10 additional cases of heart disease per 1,000 participants.

According to the British Medical Journal, previous studies on the correlation between a vegetarian diet and strokes only reported stroke mortality. In those studies, there was no significant difference between vegetarians and meat eaters in stroke mortality.

The study did adjust for self reported high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, and body mass index, which suggests that part of the associations might be attributed to these factors, it says.

“However, the lower risk in vegetarians and vegans remained marginally significant after adjustment for all of these factors,” the study said.

To read the full study, click here .


Hong Kong braces for weekend protests as leader fails to appease activists – CBC News

September 5th, 2019

Hong Kong is bracing for more demonstrations this weekend, with protesters threatening to disrupt transport links to the airport as embattled leader Carrie Lam’s withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill fails to appease some activists.

Protesters plan to block traffic to the city’s international airport on Saturday, a week after thousands of demonstrators disrupted transport links, which saw some of the worst violence since the unrest escalated three months ago.

The Airport Authority, in an advert in the South China Morning Post newspaper on Friday, urged protesters “not to disrupt the journey of tens of thousands of travelers who use the airport every day.”

Other rallies are planned on Friday evening across the city, at sites such as subway stations and near government headquarters.

In a pre-recorded televised address on Wednesday, Lam said the extradition bill had been withdrawn, conceding to one of the protesters’ five demands, although many said the move was too little, too late.

The extradition bill, which would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party, triggered mass protests that have now evolved into a broader backlash against the Hong Kong government and its political masters in Beijing.

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam addresses a news conference on Thursday. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

The massive and some times violent protests present Chinese President Xi Jinping with his greatest popular challenge since he came to power in 2012.

Many protesters remain angry over Lam’s refusal to grant an independent inquiry into perceived police brutality against protesters. Police have fired tear gas and bean bag rounds at protesters, who in turn have thrown petrol bombs and bricks at police in running battles across the Asian financial hub.

The protesters’ three other demands are:

  • Retraction of the word “riot” to describe rallies.
  • Release of all demonstrators arrested.
  • The right for Hong Kong people to choose their own leaders.

Many Hong Kong residents fear Beijing is eroding the autonomy granted to the former British colony when it was handed back to China in 1997.

China denies the charge of meddling and says Hong Kong is an internal affair. It has denounced the protests and warned of the damage to the economy and the possible use of force to quell the unrest. Hong Kong is facing its first recession in a decade.

Legislation addressing China’s actions in Hong Kong will be among the top priorities pushed by U.S. Senate Democrats when Congress returns to work after a recess next week, their leader said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Global credit rating agency Fitch Ratings downgraded Hong Kong’s long-term foreign currency issuer default rating to AA from AA-plus on Friday after months of unrest and protests in the region.

Hong Kong’s rating outlook is negative, Fitch Ratings said.

The move would make it more difficult for both the government and companies based there to borrow money. The last time Finch downgraded Hong Kong’s rating was in 1995.

Increasingly violent protests have roiled the Asian financial hub as thousands chafe at a perceived erosion of freedoms and autonomy under Chinese rule.

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Ronnie Ortiz-Magro & Jen Harley Split Again Over Cheating Claim – E! NEWS

September 5th, 2019
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What’s that sound? It’s the cast of Jersey Shore fist-pumping over the demise of Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Jen Harley‘s relationship. 

The reality TV star and his on-again, off-again girlfriend have gone their separate ways, E! News can exclusively report. A source says that despite giving their partnership yet another chance, they broke up last weekend. 

Jen has publicly accused the father of her daughter, 1-year-old Ariana Sky, of cheating on her, but our insider insists the split had nothing to do with infidelity. “They just weren’t getting along,” the source tells us. 

But as Jen sees it, Ronnie may have gotten a bit too close to another woman during a recent boat party. She posted an alleged photo of the woman wrapping her arm around Ron, writing, “Is this love??? Or is this a mistake??” 

She shared a lengthier message on her Instagram Stories, which read, “Ron and the cast, everyone always apologize to me for saying the thing they have to say about me (sic)… But I can’t take the abuse anymore… I’m the one bullied and abused by everyone just [because] I don’t post the things that happen to me doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen!!” 

Meanwhile, a source says the woman at the receiving end of Jen’s social media tirade is simply a “friend” of Ron’s who was “consoling Ron on the boat because he was upset that they broke up.”

It’s nothing new for fans of the pair to see their extreme highs and lows play out on social media, but we’re told Ronnie is finally throwing in the towel for good and will remain focused on fatherhood. 

The source explains, “He’s alright. His number one priority is his daughter, that’s all he cares about right now. He’s always thought this way. He still wants to be able to co-parent with her. Being a good is father is the only thing that matters to him regardless of what happens between him and Jen.”

As recently as July, it appeared Ronnie and Jen had turned over a new leaf and re-committed to making things work. In fact, the 33-year-old told Us Weekly, “Right now things are going good [with Jen], and I think it’s because I made a change and I stopped doing the same thing over and over again. I started just focusing on myself and stopped worrying about what other people wanted from me, and what I want for myself. So right now things are good.”

E! News has reached out to Jen’s camp for comment. 


Health officials ask Canadian vape users to be on alert for symptoms after hundreds hospitalized in U.S. – CTV News

September 5th, 2019

Two deaths and hundreds of cases of lung disorders in the U.S. believed to be linked to vaping have sparked a second warning from Health Canada on the potential danger of e-cigarettes.

Twenty-one-year-old Ricky D’Ambrosio is one such example — a young adult struggling in a California hospital with respiratory failure linked to vaping. His family posted his story on social media to warn others.

“When we posted on Facebook, we said, ‘We aren’t sure he’s going to make it or not but we want to make sure — to spread the awareness and let kids know this is what can happen,’” said his sister, Caitlyn. “The media has spread misinformation that vaping is better for us and it’s not.”

In the U.S. there have been two deaths and some 361 cases of lung disorders — many of which are similar to teenager Adam Hergenreder, whose strange lung conditions are apparently linked to e-cigarettes.

“My lungs feel like they’re being crushed by 20 pounds,” Hergenreder said. “I’m 18 years old and my lungs are like a 70-year-old’s.”

He said that he vaped a lot, and added THC oil.

Authorities still don’t know what the exact cause of the illnesses is, but some parents are launching a war on vaping.

“The pictures are proof,” said Hergenreder’s mother, Polly. “Proof of what vaping does to your lungs.”

One of the focuses in the U.S. investigation into these illnesses is the presence of Vitamin E acetate found in samples of vaping products that contained cannabis, according to a statement put out Thursday by the New York State Department of Health. At least one vape product containing Vitamin E has been linked to each of the 34 victims in N.Y. currently suffering from vaping-related pulmonary illnesses. Vitamin E was not found in e-cigarettes or other vape products containing nicotine.

Vitamin E, a well-known nutritional supplement that is not dangerous when ingested as a vitamin, might be harmful when inhaled, the statement warned, adding that the connection is still being investigated.

There are no cases of vaping-associated lung disease in Canada, but a national team is monitoring for problems. Dr. Nicholas Chadi, a pediatrician at Sainte-Justine hospital who also speaks for the Canadian Paediatrics Society, is part of this team.

“We’re getting a strong message from the U.S that we need to be careful about vaping devices and aerosols that come from those devices,” Chadi said. “We’re still looking for answers, we don’t really know what might be causing these people to get ill, but we do know there are known harms associated with using electronic cigarettes. We’re talking about nicotine, we’re talking marijuana and sometimes in very high concentrations. Those risks are well known.”

Health Canada reissued a statement on Thursday advising Canadians who use vape products to be on the alert for symptoms of illness, and to get medical attention immediately if they feel concerned about their health.

The statement also reminded health care professionals to ask patients about vaping habits if patients are experiencing shortness of breath, hyperventilation, chest pains, or any other symptoms associated with respiratory issues.

“Vaping is not without risk, and the potential long-term effects of vaping remain unknown,” the statement reads. “Non-smokers, people who are pregnant and young people should not vape.”

The difference between e-cigarettes and cigarettes is that e-cigs heat liquid nicotine, instead of burning tobacco. Vaping is the act of inhaling and then exhaling the aerosol produced by heating the liquid nicotine.

Vaping was initially advertised primarily to adult smokers, offering them a safer alternative to cigarettes and claiming it could help them quit smoking.

“We know electronic cigarettes can be an option for older adults who want to quit smoking, but there really are no signs to support that in young people,” Chadi said.

Surveys show vaping rates among among kids and teens are rising exponentially. E-cigarette usage in Canada has increased by 74-75 per cent in one year among young adults and adolescents.

“It’s a newer trend that’s changing the landscape of adolescence substance use,” Chadi said. “We need to be cautious, we need to make sure we’re not in a situation where a new generation of youth are using nicotine when we were really making great progress reducing use of cigarette smoking, so I think that’s really the issue here,”

Companies sweeten the appeal by adding flavoured liquids to vapes, including kid-friendly flavours such as “Froot Loops” and bubble gum, which can introduce young consumers to nicotine for the first time, opening the door to addiction.

That’s why the Canadian pediatrics society is calling for a ban on flavoured products in Canada, like one announced last week in Michigan.

“Pediatricians are becoming more and more aware that there are hundreds of chemicals found in the aerosols of these products that are harmful,” Chadi said. Those chemicals are “not things we would want in the lungs of young people.”

The Canadian Cancer Society also wants sales of e-cigarettes to be limited to those 21 and older, and are calling for better warnings from Ottawa and provincial governments.

“(Vaping) is attractive to kids, and right now in Canada … unregulated, we have thousands of flavours and this is unacceptable,” said Rob Cunnigham, a Senior Policy Analyst with the Canadian Cancer Society. “Right now the warnings on vaping products and packaging are inadequate. The governments need to do much better on the messaging to Canadians.”

The American Vaping Association has said that “street vapes … THC or other illegal drugs are responsible for these illnesses, not nicotine vaping products.”

CTV News reached out to the Canadian Vaping Association for comment, but received no answer.

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Android 10 Review: A Thoughtful Gesture – Tech Advisor

September 5th, 2019

Rising country music singer Kylie Rae Harris dies at 30 – CBS News

September 5th, 2019