Zika virus overshadows buildup to Olympics:
by Stephen Wade, Associated Press
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (February 2, 2016) – The Zika virus is overshadowing the final preparations for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, even eclipsing concerns over deep budget cuts and severe water pollution.
Hundreds of reporters packed Olympic headquarters on Tuesday to hear about ticket sales, venue construction and a reminder that Friday marks six months until the opening of the games on Aug. 5.
Instead, they got the organizers’ medical director, Dr. Joao Grangeiro, a…
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Clipper Race: King Neptune returns:
(February 2, 2016; Day 14) – For the first time since escaping the Solomon Sea Doldrums, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet is experiencing much drier conditions and smoother sailing, as it continues to head north-west towards the next waypoint off the south coast of Taiwan. Derry~Londonderry~Doire continues to head up the fleet and has opened up a 35 nautical mile lead over second placed GREAT Britain. The battle for third remains tight between Qingdao, Garmin and LMAX Exchange, but for now the Chinese sponsored entry holds a 6nM advantage over Garmin. Full Report.
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