U.S. Open 2014: Serena Williams Beats Caroline Wozniacki for 18th Grand Slam Title – NYTimes.com

{Power, grace, Serena!}

Serena Williams was asked last week what the number 18 meant to her.

“It means legal to do some things,” she said with a laugh.

But she knew what the reporter was getting at.

“It also means legendary,” she added more seriously.

She would not go so far as to call herself legendary — “I’m just Serena,” she said — but she joined some elite company Sunday, when she tied Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with her 18th Grand Slam singles title.

The top-ranked Williams defeated Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-3, to capture her third United States Open final in a row and sixth over all.

via U.S. Open 2014: Serena Williams Beats Caroline Wozniacki for 18th Grand Slam Title – NYTimes.com.

JBTC – Israel seizes 500 acres south of Hebron for military use

JBTC – Just because they can –

Israeli authorities notified residents of Wad Eben Zaid, north of Yatta and to the south of Hebron this morning that a military order will seize 2000 dunums of their land for army use.

The coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Yatta, Rateb Al-Jbour, declared  that  the Israeli authorities gave residents from the Wad Eben Zaid region a military order  dated from 1997 to colonize around 500 acres of their land.

Al-Jbour added that the residents did not know about this declaration and that part of these colonized lands had been used to build homes. The land belongs to the Al-Nameen, Al-Jbareen, Abu- Aram, Al-Doudra and Al- Hmamdeh families.

via Israel seizes 500 acres south of Hebron for military use.

Israeli company says it can produce experimental Ebola drug | The Times of Israel

No one knows if ZMapp drug is actually effective but everyone is in publicity high gear and profits dancing in their eyes wants to cash in on current attention to ebola – and news folks looking for same is happy to play along with them so they can seem to be up to date too. 

In the end it just fuels distrust of everything – think twice, three times before adding to cynicism…

With ZMapp vaccine depleted, a Carmiel-based biopharmaceutical firm says it can extract medication from tobacco plants quickly and effectively

via Israeli company says it can produce experimental Ebola drug | The Times of Israel.