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Situation update on the Coronavirus as of January 25 2020: A total of 1,320 confirmed cases have been reported for novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) globally; Of the 1,320 cases reported, 1,297 cases were reported from China, including Hong Kong SAR (5 confirmed cases), Macau SAR (2 confirmed cases) and Taipei (3 confirmed cases). A total of 1,965 suspected cases have been reported from 20 Chinese provinces, regions and cities (excluding Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taipei). Twenty-three confirmed cases have been reported outside of China in nine countries (see table-1). Of these 23 confirmed cases, 21 had travel history to Wuhan City, China; one case in Australia had direct contact with a confirmed case from Wuhan while in China; and one confirmed case in Viet Nam had no travel history to any part of China as mentioned in situation report published on 24 January. According to preliminary investigations, this constitutes an instance of human to human transmission within a family. Of the 1,287 confirmed cases (excluding Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taipei), 237 cases have been reported as severely ill2 . Forty-one deaths have been reported to date (39 deaths in Hubei province, one death in Hebei province and one in Heilongjiang province). On 25 January 2020, the number of reported confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV has increased by 474 cases since the last situation report published on 24 January 2020. WHO’s assessment of the risk of this event has not changed since the last update (22 Jan): very high in China, high at the regional level and moderate at the global level.

Jamaican actor Kevoy Burton

Jamaican actor Kevoy Burton has his eyes set on entering the booming Nollywood industry. Touching base withLoop Newsduring the week-long Barbados Independent Film Festival (BIFF), Burton revealed he will be moving to Ghana in February. It can be said that the main actor identified with the multifaceted and conflicted character of Joseph as he follows in his steps to create a home in his “motherland”. Burton recently left BIFF audiences wowed at the premiere of the thought-provoking production, Joseph, by celebrated Barbadian director and producer Marcia Weekes. [related node_id='b2206018-cb31-4bae-9ad4-cc9c23bcae73'] “Joseph is someone who wants to go back to Africa [and] Kevoy is someone who wants to go back to Africa. Kevoy is going back to Africa . . . . I have always known that my home wasn’t Jamaica.I have always known that it isn’t somewhere else where I can build, where I can create a legacy for my kids or my generation so I always thought the ceiling was too small in Jamaica,” Burton toldLoop News. “I didn’t see opportunities for me as a person so I decided I wanted to go back to Africa or wherever it was, and I went to Ghana and I found home. I want to break into Nollywood so I am going to Ghana to settle but I want to work in Nigeria,” he continued. The film Joseph tells the inspirational story of a young Jamaican doctor who was raised to follow in his father’s footsteps but seeks to deny his family’s norms and embrace the natural and herbal approach of healing taught by his Maroon father. After experiencing tragedy, he decides to fulfill the promise made to his grandfather and journeys to Ghana to find his truth and the truth of his ancestry. Though the film has been getting quite the buzz since its premiere, Burton believed that the Caribbean peoples have failed to recognize Africa as their home and embrace their ancestry. He sought to dispel stereotypical images and ‘fake news’ that Africa was poor and its people were on the brink of starvation. “The important message is this; Africa is not suffering, Africa is not a place where children have big bellies and flies on their nose and their faces. There are a lot of rich places in Africa and people in Africa and Africa wants people to come home hence the year of the return last year. People need to wake up and go back to Africa and build and develop their own.” The Loop family wishes Burton all the best. Burton was a writer with Loop Jamaica for a stint.


Notable airline announcements have set the stage for increased accessibility for visitors in 2020. The following list was obtained from the website of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. Caribbean Airlines will be offering direct service from Kingston, Jamaica. Cayman Airways returned to Denver in December 2019 through August 2020 with twice-weekly service. American Airlines announced the additional seasonal service from Boston and new service from JFK in 2020. Sunwing announced the launch of service into the Cayman Islands from Toronto, Canada for February 2020. British Airways introduced an extra flight on Tuesdays. United Airlines is transitioning their Newark route to daily service from December 2019 through April 2020. Southwest added Baltimore seasonally, which launched in June 2019, increasing frequency in 2020. Southwest moving their Houston service to start in March instead of late spring in 2020 and will progress to daily as of June 2020. WestJet and AirCanada increased frequency for 2020. Delta will be offering direct service from JFK from June 2020.

The Cayman Islands ended 2019 with record-breaking air arrivals, highlighting another year of steady growth in airlift and accommodations. For the calendar year 2019, air arrivals reached 502,739 which represents an 8.6 per cent increase over the same period in 2018—or 39,738 additional persons. This is the highest number of stayover visits in recorded history (surpassing Jan-Dec 2018). Overall, the top source markets for stayover arrivals continued their impressive growth with an increase in arrivals from the United States (33,293 more visitors than 2018), Canada (3,525 more visitors than 2018), and United Kingdom (829 more visitors than 2018). According to statistics provided by Cayman Airways, Cayman Brac arrivals—which includes both visitors and residents—were up seven percent, approximately 4,350 more passengers in 2019 as compared to 2018 and totalled 62,911 passengers in 2019 – a new record for this route. For Little Cayman, there was also a new record in arrivals of visitors and residents, with 30,537 passengers – most arrivals ever. The significant growth of visitation for all three islands maintained an upward trajectory over the past five years. In 2015 the destination welcomed 385,378 stayover visitors, and in 2019 there were 502,739 which equates to growth of 30.5 per cent or 117,361 guests. For the first time in Cayman’s history, three months in one calendar year peaked at over 50,000 stayover guests visiting our shores—March, July, and December 2019. Overall, except for September 2019, the country broke previous arrival records for 11 months out of 12. Reflecting on the positive impact that this growth in stayover arrivals has created, the Honourable Minister of Tourism Moses Kirkconnell shared, “Since I began my duties as the Minister for Tourism, it has been my government’s intention that through tourism initiatives we would create positive impacts across all three islands that improve the lives of Caymanian families. We know that tourism provides many opportunities—from entrepreneurship to sharing of our culture—that empower our people to thrive professionally and personally. This has been our focus for the past five years and will continue to be a top priority for us going forward.” Acknowledging the work of the Department of Tourism, Cayman Airways and the many tourism stakeholders, the Hon Minister said, “A few years ago, my government and I challenged the Department of Tourism and our stakeholders to reach new markets and create growth opportunities for our tourism sector. The numbers speak for themselves—over 502,000 people chose our home—a humble three island trio with so much to offer—to make their dreams a reality by coming to the Cayman Islands. The Department of Tourism rose to that challenge through a variety of tactical and creative means, and we all should be proud of this amazing outcome.”


1. Ebanks With 4,513 Ebanks in Cayman and at an incidence of 1 for every 14 people, Ebanks is the most popular surname in Cayman. Its origin can be traced back to 7th century England and it is a topographical name for a dweller by the yew-bank in Cumbria England. That said, according to David Wells’ ‘A Brief History of the Cayman Islands,’ “The surname Ebanks is believed to come from a slave owner or merchant, who may have given his first initial and surname, E. Banks, to his slaves and thus it does not come from England.” Contemporary notable name-holders include Caymanian fashion model Selita Ebanks and Caymanian cricketer for the Cayman Islands national cricket team Ryan Ebanks, Ronald Ebanks. 2. Bodden With 1,799 Boddens in Cayman and at an incidence of 1 for every 36 people, Bodden is the second most popular surname in Cayman. The surname Bodden was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from very early times, and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Caymanian folklore holds that the island's first inhabitants included a man named Bawden (or Bodden), who first arrived in Cayman in 1658 after serving in Oliver Cromwell's army in Jamaica. 3. Smith With 1,078 Smiths in Cayman and at an incidence of 1 for every 59 people, Smith is the third most popular surname in Cayman. Derived from the Anglo-Saxon smitan, meaning "to smite or strike," Smith and its derivations are an occupational name for a man who works with metal (smith or blacksmith), one of the earliest jobs for which specialist skills were required. 4. Scott With 1,043 Scotts in Cayman and at an incidence of 1 for every 61 people, Scott is the fourth most popular surname in Cayman. The surname Scott first appears in the 12th century and derives from the Anglo-Scottish border and its medieval border clans. The Scott family is believed to have first arrived to Cayman in the early nineteenth century. 5. McLaughlin With 819 McLaughlins in Cayman and at an incidence of 1 for every 78 people, McLaughlin is the fifth most popular surname in Cayman. It is an ancient Irish surname. The McLaughlins appear to have arrived to Cayman before the mid-1830s. The name is thought to be an alternate spelling of Clan MacLachlan. 6. Jackson With 750 Jacksons in Cayman and at an incidence of 1 for every 85 people, Jackson is the sixth most popular surname in Cayman. Jackson is a common surname of English and Scottish origin. It literally means "son of Jack". According to, David Wells’ ‘A Brief History of the Cayman Islands,’ “John Shearer Jackson originally came from Chatham, Kent and arrived in Grand Cayman around 1770 when he was about 40 years old.” 7. Whittacker With 717 Whittackers in Cayman and at an incidence of 1 for every 89 people, Whittacker is the seventh most popular surname in Cayman. Whittacker is a surname of English and Scottish origin, meaning the white acre, also spelled "Whittaker" and "Whitacre." The Cayman Islands has the highest density of the surname Whittacker in the world. 8. Bush With 702 Bushs in Cayman and at an incidence of 1 for every 91 people, Bush is the eighth most popular surname in Cayman. According to David Wells’ ‘A Brief History of the Cayman Islands,’ “The Bush family is believed to be descended from Charles Christopher, a deserter from the British Army, who, after being stationed at Fort Augustus, Jamaica, jumped ship at Grand Cayman and hid in the bushes on the south side of the island at some point in the 1750s. He started a family, which came to be known as the ‘bushers’ by the Caymanians; his eldest son adopted Bush as his surname.” 9. McField With 611 McFields in Cayman and at an incidence of 1 for every 105 people, McField is the ninth most popular surname in Cayman. This name is either Scottish or Irish. In Cayman, the surname can be traced back to Robert McField in the early 1800’s. The Cayman Islands has the highest density of the surname McField in the world. 10. Thompson With 597 Thompsons in Cayman and at an incidence of 1 for every 107 people, Thompson is the tenth most popular surname in Cayman. Thompson is a patronymic surname of Scottish origin, with a variety of spellings, meaning "son of Thom". Thomas Thompson, who came from Penicuik in Scotland, sometime after 1760 brought his cousin, William Thompson, who started another branch of the family in Cayman.

Heart hero, baby Nolan Evans

Team Nolan, is a not-for-profit that was inspired by the courageof heart hero, baby Nolan Evans, who lost his fight to complex congenital heart disease in 2018. The mission of Team Nolan is to raiselocal congenital heart disease (CHD) awareness and to financially assistlocal families with CHD babies; through fundraising efforts such as the annual Heart Warriors & Angels Beach Walk and Kidfest events. In February 2019 Team Nolan donated the Nolan Evans Memorial Bench to Health City’s main lobby, which illustrates CHD awareness messages for all to see when passing through the hospital’s lobby. In October of 2019 Team Nolan was able to cover the full cost of the purchase of a critically needed infant transport incubator for the Health Services Authority’s neonatal intensive care unit. After a very successful 2019 event, Team Nolan the Pediatric Program of the Cayman Heart Fund is organizing their second annual Heart Warriors & Angels Beach Walk during and in honour of February 2020 Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) Awareness Week and in memory of their son Nolan who passed away on January 25, 2018 from a complex CHD. The event will take place on Sunday February 9at 7am at Public Beach Cabana #5 and#6. Registration fee is CI$25 with event t-shirt included. Warriors and Angels costumes for all ages are welcome. The event will include complimentary light refreshments, face painting great raffle prizes and much more. This is a fun, family-friendly, pet-friendly walk that will raise awareness for the #1 birth defect, congenital heart disease (CHD). There is no cure for CHD, but contributionswill be long-lasting in the effortto fund the support of local families with CHD babies. Any support would truly be an investment in our community. For registration please email teamnolanevans@outlook.com or ailianevans@hotmail.co.uk or call 936-1717. Ms. Evans expressed her gratitude for His Excellency Governor Martyn Roper’s continued support of Team Nolan’s initiatives. This year’s beach walk is proudly sponsored by Logic, Davenport Development, Walkers, Vistra, Saxon, Hurley’s Media. ISE-Ltd., The Lund Team, Reed Engineers and Baraud Development. Cayman Heart Fund is a non-profit organization incorporated under the Companies Law (2007 Revision) in 2007, with Registration License # 220594. The aim of the heart fund is "to alert, reduce and help prevent Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) – Cayman’s #1 cause of death in the Cayman Islands. We achieve this through education, training and by providing medical equipment and services to the public. It is our mission to educate and prevent heart disease thus improving the cardiovascular health of the people of the Cayman Islands." If you require further information, please email: info@caymanheartfund.com.


Mr Killa's Run Wid It had everyone picking up whatever was in sight and running with it from people to chairs.

Throughout the history of soca, there have been many songs that got us obeying every command. We made like bulls and trampled through the crowd for Machel Montano’s “Toro Toro”, we ran left and right in fetes thanks to Marvin and Nigel Lewis’ “Moving to the Left”, we hopped from one foot to the other for JW and Blaze’s “Palance”, sat on men’s shoulders for Ronnie McIntosh’s “Donkey” and thanks to Superblue we are still waving. These days, the songs encourage us to go beyond silly dances. In 2019, Mr Killa swept the nation and the International Soca Monarch title with ‘Run WidIt” and, thanks to his clever social media marketing showing Grenadians picking up items and running with it, many people followed suit, picking up everything from chairs to other people. Problem Child’s ‘Nasty Up’ is the latest song eliciting wild behaviour with its call for strange behaviour. “We go mash-up and buy it back, tear it down and build it back,” he sings in the chorus. The actions of patrons at fetes have one DJ expressing concern for the ramifications on the future of Carnival events, not just in the Caribbean but in foreign countries where the culture is not mainstream. Private Ryan’s concern was registered after the release of a video in which a young woman clad in a bikini is seen diving into a sea of people from a music truck during a J’ouvert party in Miami. Ryan, who was the DJ on that truck at the time, said in an Instagram post that the incident got him thinking. “Recently with “Nasty Up”, “Run With it” and the rise of music that encourages us to "mash up everything" are we setting ourselves up for something that could inevitably cripple us and our culture,” he asked. “What if venues start to deem us unruly because we destroy venues, tear up plants, rip down banners, remove trash cans etc. What if the person who dives or tries to outdo this moment gets fatally injured? What if on@ubersocacruisethey mash up essential things on the cruise ship and they don't want "our kind" back because we are too wild. I know for a fact in Trinidad Fire Services would have shut this down immediately,” said Ryan. He said he knew that many clubs and promoters that have discriminated against other genres of music such as dancehall and rock for the wildness and made it hard for them to get proper venues. Private Ryan’s questions stirred a debate among many people, some who disagreed with any call for censorship and called for West Indians to own their own venues to have events, while others urged DJs and mic-men to be more responsible in how they encourage people to behave. But is it the responsibility of DJs and their hype men? On whose shoulders does the responsibility lie when it comes to wild behaviour at Carnival events? In an essay titled Soca Music: Enjoy responsibly, published on Medium, Jeanelle Frontin, former General Manager of MusicTT, said she was hit in the face when someone flung a cup during Private Ryan’s Soca Brainwash at this year’s Miami Carnival. Jeanelle Frontin, former GM of MusicTT She said in reviewing the footage she took in the fete in an attempt to identify the cup thrower, she observed the happy crowd destroying all the plants and using the branches as rags and flags to the sound of “Nasty Up”. “One “mild concussion” diagnosis later, I began to wonder about the role of music and the responsibility of artists, DJs and mic-men, event promoters, broadcasters, and, of course, patrons when they all come together in a fete or on the road. Is destruction ever justified when it is in the name of good-natured fun or even “culture” (as I’ve heard some say)? Aren’t these people generally upstanding, rational, and well-intentioned outside of a party? Do the same rules apply when people congregate? Do they become sheep? If they do, whether by following the instructions of lyrics or mic-men, who then becomes the Shepherd? And, ultimately, whether in leading ourselves or others, how far is too far in the name of “culture” or fun?” she wondered. Commenting on the video of the girl jumping off the truck, Frontin wrote: “What if something serious did happen, and it was picked up by an international news channel and propagated by those without any understanding of our complex cultural choices, would our events even get Problem Child’s “insurance” anymore? Would venues (regional/ international) want our bookings in their spaces if they believed there would be damage to their property that would result in loss of use or worse? Would the world be open to understanding our culture if it is painted for us by the few who push it too far in the name of wildness? In examining where the buck stops, Frontin ultimately decides that in the mix of DJs, hype men, broadcasters, promoters, artists and patrons, the latter is the one to be held ultimately responsible for his/her behaviour. “I am not saying that all of the entities discussed above don’t have a part to play in promoting our culture while reasonably ensuring its safe enjoyment. However, each person who chooses to destroy a plant, rip out decor, and any other action for the sake of “following instructions” is individually responsible for what they have done. “If a mic-human instructs you to jump off a cliffto your death, good sense is what should kick in because you are not a child. The patrons of these parties are all adults. They can all be arrested and convicted as adults. In all the grey areas, that much is strikingly clear,” she said. The price for the destructive or life-threatening actions of promoters can have a serious impact on promoters and not just financially. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/Qw1agcPscuM.jpg?itok=vQy6Wt4H","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw1agcPscuM","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} Jules Sobion, head Roman of Caesar’s Army which does events regionally and internationally said any damage to a venue can affect their event insurance and the loss of the contingency fees which are deposited in the event of an incident. He said negative stereotypes also affect a promoter’s ability to book a good venue. He said in the US, Caribbean promoters aren’t accepted and it is difficult to book venues based on what may have transpired in the past or stereotypes based on past behaviour. He said he has been fortunate to book venues that have not been used by Caribbean promoters before but it is hard. “Our goal is to break out of the usual venues, our aspirations are high to get places we have never been before but many times we are faced with the stigma of what being a Caribbean promoter represents. They ask what you all coming to do here? We don’t do those parties here. So now we have to move with a liaison that will endorse us,” he said. Sobion said he, too, has had concerns about the new trend of singing songs that elicits extreme behaviour. He said his first encounter with a song like that was last year when Dominican Bouyon singer Asa Bantan sang “Do Something Crazy”, which sent people into a frenzy on the Ubersoca cruise. “So when I first heard it I was like ok and I thought I need to have him in a fete but then Mr Killa superseded him and he made it more commercial because he is more well-known here in Trinidad. So I saw the trend on Ubersoca when that song mash up the boat, they lifted up everything and I said this is going to be difficult for promoters and people having events,” said Sobion. He said one way promoters can protect themselves from extreme behaviour that might cause damage to property or people is to not hire an artiste even if the song is popular. He said that was a decision he had to make for a Carnival fete with Mr Killa. And while he agreed with Frontin that patrons should take responsibility for their actions, Sobion also believes the artistes have a role in limiting the wildness. “We had Problem Child in Mai Tai Miami but even though there was a frenzy it was not bad. It is part of the artiste themselves not taking it to that level,” he said. When contacted, Problem Child said adults should beresponsible for their actions. "If we as responsible adults are depending on music and movies to tell us how to act then we have already lost as a person. Each person should be their own person bigger than music," he said. Problem Child "If you don't know how far togo as an adult, you have issues within you that you can't blame anyone for but yourself. When my song is played, not everyone does something crazy. You know what this says? You have a choice to or not to." He noted, however, that in countries such as St Vincent, where he is from, and Grenada, that music and behaviour is the norm. "You would never hear anyone name a song for anything they choose to partake in," he added. Problem Child warned that we have to be careful about seekingacceptance about what belongs to us and damaging an artiste's potential to make a living. "No other genre has ever asked society to accept them. Every other genre has always been this is what it is and you are gonna like it for what it is or not. We have to be careful about thinking about our personal needs when we want to critique the music that also helps make us our funds becausewhen you say something to defend your right, your family and your finances you have to careful about hurting someone else's family income, finances and so on. While somebody is worried about if I can make money if this happens, in the same stride you should worry about would this person make money if I say something negative about theirmusic?" "You can't worry about amI gonna be good if I play this song, am I gonna be able to rent this place again when you have the choice to not play it. You can't do it and then be worried because some people do want to hear the song, some people do want to have a great time, some peopledo enjoy it," he said.

Dynasty hunk Robert Riley is starring in Patrice Roberts' new video. The video, which dropped this morning, is for her new Carnival 2020 single Carry On on the Pop's Guitar Riddim. The riddim also features Machel Montano and Problem Child who wrote Patrice's song. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/bV0tL-D3V-8.jpg?itok=nmbNI5QF","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV0tL-D3V-8","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} The sexy, steamy video shows a barebacked Riley gettingclose with Roberts in various places including a helicopter. Riley, who is from Trinidad, stars in the popular Dynasty reboot as Michael Culhane. He also sings soca and goes by the sobriquet PeppaSauce. Patrice Roberts with Rob Riley, left and Spoogy the Boss who is also in the video


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Two university students and a teacher were due to appear before an Arima Magistrate on Monday morning on allegations of marijuana possession after marijuana-infused brownies and cookies were seized. The trio was held around7.30 pm on Saturday along Farfan Street, Arima, for selling the sweet treats which werespiked with the illegal substance. According to police reports, a team of officers led by Sgt Mascall and including Cpl Gentle, PC Strachan, and WPC Caruth, all under the supervision of Sup Brandon John, received intelligence which led them to the Farfan Street, where the three were detained and searched. The officers found and seized several of the food items which had been packaged and prepared for sale/distribution. They also seized small quantities of marijuana which would be used in the preparation of the edibles. As a result, they were all detained and taken into custody. More on this as it becomes available.

A 25-year-old Jamaican national is warded at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, after he was chopped by his neighbour on Monday. The incident took place around 2pm along Griffith Trace, Las Lomas. The victim and his co-tenant, who is also a Jamaican national, got into a confrontation during which the man was chopped. He suffered chop wounds to both hands as he attempted to defend himself. The injured man was rushed for medical treatment. He remained warded up to this morning. Police are searching for the suspect. Cpl Cato is continuing inquiries.


The price of oil surged Friday as global investors were gripped with uncertainty over the potential repercussions after the United States killed Iran's top general. News that Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds Force, was killed in an air attack at the Baghdad international airport prompted expectations of Iranian retaliation against USand Israeli targets. In previous flare-ups in tensions with the US, Iran has threatened the supply of oil that travels from the Persian Gulf to the rest of the world. About 20% of oil traded worldwide goes through the Strait of Hormuz, where the shipping lane is only 3 kilometres (2 miles) wide and tankers have come under attack this year. The international benchmark for crude oil jumped 4.1%, or $2.70, to $68.95 a barrel in London trading. "Revenge will come, maybe not overnight but it will come and until then we need to increase the geopolitical risk premium," said Olivier Jakob, head of consultancy Petromatrix, in a note to investors. He noted that Iran's response may not be limited to the Strait of Hormuz. In September, Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels launched drone attacks on the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia. The strike briefly took out about half of the supplies from the world's largest oil exporter. The USdirectly blamed Iran, which denied any involvement. Launching attacks that can't be easily linked back to Iran limits the chances of direct retaliation. But Iran has also directly targeted tankers. This year it seized a British-flagged tanker, the Stena Impero, for several weeks. And it has shot down a USmilitary drone. About 80% of the crude oil that goes through the Strait of Hormuz goes to countries in Asia, including China, Japan, India and South Korea. But the rise in the global price of oil will affect other countries more widely, particularly oil-importing countries with big manufacturing sectors like Germany and Italy. Those countries fared worst in the stock market on Friday, with their main indexes falling 1.4% and 1.1% respectively.

This Oct. 22, 2013, file photo shows Serena Williams of the US keeping her eyes the ball. Williams has been voted the AP Female Athlete of the Decade for 2010 to 2019. Williams won 12 of her professional-era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles over the past 10 years. No other woman won more than three in that span. (AP Photo/File)

Serena Williams dominated the decade, on the court and in conversation. There were, to begin with, the dozen Grand Slam single titles — no other woman had more than three over the past 10 seasons — and the 3 1/2 years in a row at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. And then there was the celebrity status that transcended tennis, making everything she did and said newsworthy, whether it was the triumphs and trophies and fashion statements or the disputes with tournament officials, the magazine covers or the Super Bowl ad with a message about women's power, the birth of her daughter or the health scare that followed. Still winning matches and reaching Grand Slam finals into her late 30s, still mattering as much as ever, Williams was selected by The Associated Press as the Female Athlete of the Decade on Saturday after a vote by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers. The AP Male Athlete of the Decade will be announced Sunday. "When the history books are written, it could be that the great Serena Williams is the greatest athlete of all time. ... I like to call it the 'Serena Superpowers' — that champion's mindset. Irrespective of the adversity and the odds that are facing her, she always believes in herself," said StaceyAllaster, CEO of the WTA from 2009-15 and now chief executive for professional tennis at the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open. "Whether it was health issues; coming back; having a child; almost dying from that — she has endured it all and she is still in championship form,"Allastersaid. "Her records speak for themselves." Gymnast Simone Biles, the 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year, finished second to Williams in voting for the decade honor, followed by swimmer Katie Ledecky. Two ski racers were next, with Lindsey Vonn finishing fourth and Mikaela Shiffrin fifth. Three of Williams' five AP Female Athlete of the Year awards came during the last decade, in 2013, 2015 and 2018. She also won in 2002 and 2009. "She's been my idol growing up," Biles said. "She's remained humble. She's stayed true to herself and her character and I think that's really neat about an athlete," Biles said. "Once you start winning, some get cocky, but she's stayed true to herself, win or lose." It's the defeats that seem to drive Williams, helping propel her to heights rarely reached by any athlete in any sport. "Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward," Williams said in a 2013 interview with the AP. "I don't get complacent, and I realize I need to work harder and I need to do better and I want to do better — or I wouldn't be playing the game." With a best-in-the-game serve, powerful groundstrokes and relentless court coverage, she has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, more than anyone else in her sport's professional era, which began in 1968. More than half came from 2010-19: four at Wimbledon, three apiece at the U.S. Open and Australian Open, two at the French Open. That includes a run of four in a row from the U.S. Open in 2014 through Wimbledon in 2015, her second self-styled "Serena Slam." Williams also was the runner-up another seven times at major tournaments over the past decade, including four of the seven she's entered since returning to the tour after having a baby in 2017. In all, she made the final at 19 of the 33 majors she entered during the decade, a nearly 58% rate. The decade began inauspiciously in 2010, when Williams cut her feet on broken glass at a restaurant and was hospitalized with blood clots in her lungs. Among her many accomplishments, though: — reaching at least one Slam final every year, a streak that dates to 2007; — winning gold medals in singles and doubles (with her sister, Venus) at the 2012 Olympics; — becoming the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy in the professional era; — becoming the oldest No. 1 in WTA history and equaling Steffi Graf's record for most consecutive weeks atop the rankings; — leading the tour with 37 singles titles, 11 more than anyone else in the decade. The day she won Wimbledon in 2016, Williams discussed the way she constantly measures herself. "I definitely feel like when I lose, I don't feel as good about myself," she said. "But then I have to, like, remind myself that: 'You are Serena Williams!' You know? Like, 'Are you kidding me?'" Williams continued with a laugh. "And it's those moments that I have to just, like, come off and be like, 'Serena, do you know what you've done? Who you are? What you continue to do, not only in tennis (but also) off the court? Like, you're awesome.'"