The CDC is reporting that the death toll stands at 22 people in 15 states from vaping.The grocery store chain Kroger will no longer sell the product at any of their locations as the CDC investigates thousands of illnesses and lung damage in the nation.A new study says exposure to nicotine from e-cigarette vapor causes lung cancer.Researchers at New York University found that vaping causes lung cancer and potentially bladder cancer in mice, concluding it is likely “very harmful” to people as well.The study funded by the National Institutes of Health is the first to link cancer to vaping definitively.The amount of smoke the mice were exposed to was similar to a person who’s vaped for about three to six years.
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – An Australian Open, electrified by the revivals of seasoned champions, will bathe in the warm glow of nostalgia today when the Williams sisters contest the women’s final at Rod Laver Arena.Melbourne Park was where Venus and Serena Williams first clashed in a tour match in 1998 and nearly 20 years on, the Americans will add another chapter to tennis’s greatest sibling rivalry.In 1998, they were teenagers with cornrows and coloured beads in their hair sharing in an awkward second-round encounter that 17-year-old Venus won in two sets.Venus hugged her sister, younger by a year, at the net and apologised for having to “take (her) out”.Today, 35-year-old Serena will bid for a record 23rd grand slam title in the professional era while Venus will strive for her eighth, and first in almost nine years.Serena drew level with Germany’s Steffi Graff on 22 when she claimed her seventh Wimbledon title last year but her crowning moment was delayed when, as top seed, she was upset in the U.S. Open semi-finals by Czech Karolina Pliskova.Serena no longer cares to talk about the record and stiffened when asked about it after her semi-final victory over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, as if the weight of such an achievement might prove too heavy.But a seventh title at Melbourne Park would add further credit to Serena’s claim as the greatest of all-time, despite being one short of Australia’s Margaret Court, whose 24 major titles were split between the amateur and professional eras.For 13th seed Venus, her first grand slam final in eight years is already a stunning victory of perseverance in the face of her struggles to manage Sjogren’s syndrome, an auto-immune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.Both players stormed into the semi-finals without a set dropped.However, where Serena romped into the final with a 50-minute demolition of Lucic-Baroni, Venus needed to summon her peerless experience to fend off feisty fellow American Coco Vandeweghe in three sets.Today’s final will be the Williams sisters ninth at a grand slam and their first since Wimbledon in 2009, where Serena won in two sets.RIVALRY SHAPED GAMEAs tempting as it may be, to see the Melbourne Park decider as a last flickering of a rivalry that shaped the women’s game for a decade may be premature.Eras have come and gone but Serena has never left the stage, winning nine grand slam titles since turning 30.Venus spent four years in the wilderness from 2011-14, a period in which she was unable to surpass a fourth round at any of the majors.But since a drought-breaking quarter-final at the 2015 Australian Open, Venus has risen again.It took her sister to end her run at Wimbledon in the fourth round that year and again at the U.S. Open in the quarter-finals a few months later.Her semi-final run at Wimbledon last year was further evidence that Venus still has the hunger and the game to trouble the best.“I think people realise this is an amazing job, so it’s best to keep it,” she said of her longevity.Whether she can still beat the best will be decided today, where she will bid for her first Australian Open title, 14 years after her only other final at Melbourne Park ended in a three-set loss to her sister.Serena, who holds a 16-11 winning record over Venus over their careers and leads 6-2 in the grand slam finals, is favourite to win but knows better than to underestimate her sister’s competitive spirit.“She’s my toughest opponent — nobody has ever beaten me as much as Venus has,” she said.“This is a story. This is something that I couldn’t write a better ending. This is a great opportunity for us to start our new beginning.”
A Sierra Leonean lecturer visiting the Faith Foundation Organization in the ELWA Community, outside Monrovia, has challenged young people and others aspiring for leadership in their respective locales to practice in the home, community, and local organizations before going nationwide or global.Teddy Foday Musa, whose life sketch shows humble beginning and endurance in contending with life challenges says, “Leadership is about influence, and how one can get people to follow them, which is exactly what I am looking forward to and once we engage the participants, they would not be the same again, because they will take over ethics of leadership.”According to Mr. Musa, his aspiration to join the Faith Foundation Organization came when the organization was conducting an outreach sometimes last year in the United States on the importance of leadership. This was a time he had begun his leadership work since 2008 and had spoken to many Africans.He urged participants to exercise humility if their followers can trust and accept them because those following will be the direct replicas of a leader. He said a leader’s success is not measured by the wealth he/she gains, but how well he leads a group to meet the goals and objectives of an organization or group; whether family or community members.Leadership, Musa says, requires a preparation from various strata of orientations; parental, environmental, religious, and or academic, all of which help to brand a person’s character.He said because of the various orientations one needs to have, he/she cannot just grasp leadership with anxiety, but has to be prepared in an acceptable way and should be able to convince his/her followers by proving the capabilities and attributes of good leadership.Musa is currently a lecturer in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at Fourah Bay College. He is also a PhD candidate, pursuing his doctoral degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the School of Post-graduate Studies–University of Sierra Leone.His contribution to Peace in Sierra Leone started way back in 1993 during the early days of the civil war. As a student at FBC in the 90s, he was a volunteer, working for an international organization known as the World Peace Prayers Society (WPPS).His contributions to peace during the Sierra Leonean civil war led him to be appointed the first Country Peace Representative by the World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS). He became the first country Peace Representative of the WPPS based in that country.The Faith Foundation’s conference also sees other inspiring speakers with records of accomplishment; one of who is Mohammed Sirhan, a Palestinian born refugee in the occupied West Bank.As a physically challenged person, Sirhan said: “I had raised funds for people with disability in Darfur, where I provided the Club with Wheelchairs, the sound system for the blind where they can hear the recording of books recorded by volunteers; I provided them Braille plates.”He implements a program that takes care of the disabled and activates and monitors the laws of the disabled; started changing the way people look at people with disability, modifying buildings to be accessible for the disabled; cooperating with the Arab Labor Organization and professional associations on decent work for people with disabilities.He Lectured in Turin Italy on disability and economic and social adjustment, Training of Trainers (TOT) in networking; advocacy with Handicap International, President of the Sarhan Association, one of the founders of the Arab Organization for the Rights of people with disability; steering member of the Shadow Law group in Jordan regarding on Disabled Persons under the United Nations.He is an international classifier at IWBF the International Wheelchair Basketball Foundation and Vice president of the Future Club for Handicap 2008-2011.The Organizer for the leadership Conference is the Faith Foundation, a Charitable Based Non-Government Organization operating in Liberia / Africa. It was founded by Paul Sky Berry and His wife Mrs. Aminata Donia Berry in 2009 as a charity foundation with a focus to sponsor and empower underprivileged children from families in remote locations.He said Faith Foundation international speakers tailor the course and teach how to apply a perfect strategy for every manager/leader and occasion they may face.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)