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Posted by: | Posted on: December 25, 2019

Iraqi baby to receive medical aid

first_img The child has myelomeningocele spina bifida, considered the most severe form, Hudgins said. Baby Noor was given slim chances of survival by her doctors in Iraq, noted Adam Roberts, pastor of Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church in Douglasville, the church to which Stone and Morgan belong. The care is to be provided for free, Hudgins said. The surgery and accompanying care would cost $200,000 if it were billed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – An Iraqi infant with a severe birth defect began her journey Friday to the United States, where she will receive medical care at the urging of U.S. soldiers who discovered her during a raid. Noor al-Zahra, 3 months old, and her family took off in a military transport plane from the Baghdad airport on the first leg of a trip that was to bring them to Atlanta today. Noor – also known as “Baby Noor” or, to the Americans, “Baby Nora” – was discovered by troops three weeks ago during a raid on a house in Abu Ghraib, the poverty-stricken town west of Baghdad that is home to the notorious prison. The soldiers noticed paralysis in her legs and what appeared to be a tumor on her back, said Debbie Stone, a social worker in suburban Douglasville. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE Soldiers subsequently learned that the child had spina bifida, a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal cord do not close before birth. The “tumor” on the baby’s back was actually a fluid-filled sac containing the spinal cord and membranes that are supposed to cover the spinal cord. It is not yet clear how much physicians will be able to do to help her after she gets to Atlanta, said Dr. Roger Hudgins, the pediatric neurosurgeon who agreed to take the case. Stone received an e-mail about the infant from her friend, Lt. Jeff Morgan, who asked her to see if she could arrange for medical assistance. Morgan and Stone began working to arrange help in the United States, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta agreed to treat the child. Doctors have seen e-mailed photos of Baby Noor and received some medical information, but they will need to do a full evaluation before attempting surgery, Hudgins said. last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 24, 2019

Defending Champs Among 61 Drake Relays Alumni at World Track & Field Championships

first_imgStory Links Iowa State graduate Hillary Bor, a 2016 Olympian, looks to be a force in the men’s 3000 steeplechase after capturing the USA Outdoor title at Drake Stadium July 28. Kendricks is bidding to become just the second athlete ever to win two men’s pole vault World Championships, joining Sergey Bubka, who won six titles between 1983 and 1997. Kendricks set an American record of 19 feet 10 ½ inches at Drake Stadium during the USA Championships July 28 – the second-highest mark ever achieved outdoors in world history. Reese, who won a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics and captured Drake Relays titles in 2007 and 2013, will seek an unprecedented fifth career world title in the women’s long jump (2009, 2011, 2013, 2017). Looking at the athletes who competed at the 2019 Drake Relays and will vie for a World Championship is further evidence that Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays, has built America’s Athletic Classic into one of the premier events for the world’s greatest track and field athletes and its fans.  The Drake Relays women’s high jump field featured six athletes who will be performing in the World Championships including Inika McPherson, Team USA; Lavern Spencer, Saint Lucia; Erika Kinsey, Sweden and Marusa Cernjul from Slovenia. The most decorated athlete in World Championships history, Allyson Felix will likely see relay duty for Team USA’ women and will be looking to add to her record tally of 16 medals, 11 of them gold, in eight appearances. Felix ran in the 2006 Drake Relays.  World Championship Schedule/Results  Schweizer will compete in her first World Championships, running in the women’s 5000. “The Drake Relays has long been a showcase for athletic excellence and the fact that so many of the athletes you’ll see competing at the IAAF World Championships began their season on the Blue Oval just reinforces the Drake Relays’ reputation as one of the world’s finest track and field events,” Boldon said. “We are continuing to build upon that legacy to bring another lineup of the world’s best athletes to Central Iowa for the 111th Drake Relays.” Taylor won the men’s triple jump at the 2017 Drake Relays and is one of five gold medalists from the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics who have competed at the Drake Relays and will represent Team USA at the World Championships. Thirty-three of athletes who performed in the 110th running of the Drake Relays this past April 24-27 will be at the World Championships. Kendricks, Jenn Suhr, and Ryan Crouser, who are current 2019 world leaders in their specialties, have competed at each of the past two Drake Relays. The 2019 IAAF World Championships will be broadcast and streamed with more than 60 hours of competition coverage from Doha, Qatar available in the U.S. on NBC, NBC Sports Network and Olympic Channel.Print Friendly Version Iowa Central Community College has three former runners who will performer in the World Championships including Adva Cohen who will represent Israel in the women’s 3000 steeplechase. Cohen set a Drake Relays record en route to winning the women’s steeplechase title in 2018 while running for Iowa Central. Four-time defending Drake Relays champ Sandi Morris should challenge Stefanidi and Suhr for the women’s pole vault title. She earned a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics as well as the 2017 World Championships.  Houlihan clipped Simpson to win her second straight USA Outdoor title at Drake Stadium July 27. Houlihan was a significant force in 2018 internationally, running a personal best of 3:57.34, but this year she has opted only to compete domestically, although she remains a genuine threat. Stefanidi, from Greece, who earned the 2016 Olympic gold medal, is the reigning women’s World Outdoor champ in the women’s pole vault. She won the 2015 Drake Relays women’s invitational pole vault crown.center_img Carter, who won the women’s invitational 400 hurdles at the 2019 Drake Relays, is back to defend her World Championships title in the women’s 400 hurdles.  Dalilah Muhammad, who set a world record in the women’s 400 hurdles (52.20) at the Drake Stadium during the USA Championships July 28, also will compete at the World Championships. She placed second in the 400 hurdles at the 2016 and 2018 Drake Relays. DES MOINES, IOWA — Reigning World Champions Kori Carter, Sam Kendricks, Brittney Reese, Katerina Stefanidi and Christian Taylor headline a list of 61 Drake Relays alumni set to compete in the 17th IAAF World Championships that start this Friday, running through Oct. 6 in Doha, Qatar. The University of Iowa will be represented by Brittany Brown, an 11-time NCAA All-American from 2014-18, who won the 200 at the 2019 USA Championships; along with senior Laulauga Tausaga in the women’s discus – an event in which she captured the 2019 NCAA title. Her compatriot, Simpson, has proved an adept championship specialist having snared 2011 world gold and silver medals at both the 2013 and 2017, respectively. But 2018 Drake Relays champ Vashti Cunningham, the 2016 world indoor champion, ranks among the favorite in the women’s high jump. Other 2016 Olympic gold medalists on Team USA include Carter; Crouser, men’s shot put; Brianna McNeal, women’s 100 hurdles; and Matthew Centrowitz, men’s 1,500.  Eleven Athletes With Iowa Ties PerformingThere are 11 athletes competing that have strong Iowa ties led by the women’s trio of three-time Olympian Jenny Simpson (Webster City), 2016 Olympian Shelby Houlihan (Sioux City) and former West Des Moines Dowling Catholic prep standout Karissa Schweizer. Renaud Lavillenie from France, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, will challenge Kendricks in the men’s pole vault. He won the 2014 Drake Relays invitational title.  If that’s not enough Suhr, who won Drake Relays women’s pole vault titles in 2012 and 2018, captured the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.   Kenny Bednarek, who opened eyes by winning the 2019 Drake Relays invitational men’s 200 while competing for Indian Hills Community College, could be a surprise in the sprints. He owns the fourth-fastest time in the world this year of 19.82 seconds. The 2019 Drake Relays women’s invitational 100 hurdles saw six of the eight athletes who competed advance to the World Championships. Leading that group is Relays winner Keni Harrison, the reigning world record holder in the event. Canada’s Phylicia George, Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan, Nia Ali from the U.S. and Cindy Ofili from Great Britain, who finished third through sixth, respectively, also will run in the World Championships along with Pedyra Seymour from the Bahamas who was disqualified at Drake because of a false start. List Of Relays Alums At World Championships This is the latest the World Championships has been held since the meet was created in 1983, and the latest global championship since the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Australia. Taylor, who won gold medals in the men’s triple jump at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, is seeking his fourth World Championships title with previous crowns in 2011, 2015 and 2017.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 17, 2019

Geocaching.com “Photo” Challenge – A Sneak Peek

first_imgHere’s the latest sneak peak Geocaching Challenges video. Geocaching Challenges are an innovative new way to experience and share location-based adventures around the world. Groundspeak is anticipating releasing Challenges on Geocaching.com later this week.  Geocaching Challenges will also be available via free smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 platforms.Groundspeak is beginning by launching two types of Challenges: Action and Photo. The video above describes what an Photo Challenge is. Additional types of Challenges are slated to be added in the future.Geocaching.com Premium Members will be able to create Action and Photo Challenges.Check out this blog post for an animated video teaser about Challenges.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com “Action” Challenges – A Sneak PeekAugust 15, 2011In “Community”Geocaching.com Teams Up with Tomb Raider®January 11, 2012In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Mailer – December 28, 2011December 28, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 17, 2019

RSS isn’t Dead (Just Ask Executives)

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Trends IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img steven walling It’s become fashionable among a certain set to declare that RSS is no longer the foremost pipeline for news and information on the Web. Steve Gillmor and innumerable others have said they’ve abandoned their RSS readers in favor of Twitter. Twitter hiring Feedburner’s CEO seemed to compound this trend towards dismissing RSS as old hat (though headlines shouldn’t always be taken literally).The usual suspects, such as Dave Winer and our own RSS geek, quickly jumped to the defense of really simple syndication. But where was the data to back them up? And what do businesses think about RSS? The McKinsey Global Survey on Web 2.0 in business came out yesterday, and out of the almost 1,700 executives they talked to, 42% said they see a measurable benefit from RSS. That’s 24% more than those who see any benefit from microblogging (i.e. Twitter).A big part of the disillusionment techies are feeling with RSS may be misdirected. Gillmor and the boys over at CNETZDnet both spent a lot of time talking about the failures of Google Reader to deliver news that matters in a timely fashion. Many of the complaints are problems with Google Reader, not with RSS. Entire businesses have been built on improving the creaky interface of Reader. Gillmor isn’t the only one to confuse RSS with the apps that deliver it. The definition McKinsey provided to execs was “RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an application that allows people to subscribe to online distributions of news, blogs, podcasts, or other online information.” As Winer puts it so well, RSS is how the news flows. But both the public Web and enterprises are using RSS, which is embedded in numerous applications, to do more than just news gathering on items that would be Twitter-worthy. McKinsey Quarterly’s survey was conducted online in June of this year, and garnered 1,695 responses from executives working in a wide range of regions and verticals. The aim of the survey was to ask “about the value they have realized from their Web 2.0 deployments in three main areas: within their organizations; externally, in their relations with customers; and in their dealings with suppliers, partners, and outside experts.” The specific technologies McKinsey asked about included everything from wikis to mashups and prediction markets. 69% of respondents said they’re seeing measurable gains from these types of technologies both internally and externally. RSS racked up quite a bit of support from the executives, coming in third after blogs and video sharing sites. While Steve Gillmor and others may have kicked RSS to the curb in favor of Twitter and other tools, people outside the sphere of early adopters are getting a lot of rewards from RSS still. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 28, 2019

10 months agoWatford chasing Lyon winger Maxwel Cornet

first_imgWatford chasing Lyon winger Maxwel Cornetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyon winger Maxwel Cornet is attracting Premier League interest.The Mirror says Watford are keen on Cornet – but it will cost them.French sources claim the Hornets are ‘in discussions’ over a £20 million deal.The 20-year-old Ivory Coast international is also a target for AC Milan.Watford are looking to add players this window with Javi Gracia reported to be wanting no fewer than three new arrivals. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 27, 2019

Video: Virginia’s Darius Thompson Banks In Buzzer Beater To Complete Amazing Comeback vs. Wake Forest

first_imgWith 1:20 left in the game, Wake Forest led No. 11 Virginia 64-54 at home. Over those final 80 seconds, the Cavaliers scored 18 points, capped off by a wild buzzer-beating bank shot by Darius Thompson, to beat the Demon Deacons 72-71. Virginia wins!! https://t.co/9SYoM5JmBv— Will Ojanen (@WillsWorldMN) January 27, 2016FOR THE WIN! @dthomp15 finishes off an incredible comeback in Winston-Salem for @UVAMensHoops ! #WAHOOWA # pic.twitter.com/Pe2ZXsAxRW— VirginiaSportsTV (@VaSportsTV) January 27, 2016The game log is crazy.virginia wake forest game logCollege basketball has been impossible to predict this season, and the ACC is no different. Current ACC standings: UNC D$:[email protected]/&,!3 BC— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) January 27, 2016March will be here very soon. We can’t wait.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 27, 2019

Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma – Game Time, TV Channel, Announcers, Betting Line, Predictions

first_imgTexas A&M player in the crowd singing fight song.Two former Big 12 rivals will square off in the Sweet 16 Thursday evening with an Elite Eight berth on the line. In case you missed it, the No. 3 seed Texas A&M Aggies, now of the Southeastern Conference, are in this game thanks to the largest comeback in the history of college basketball. Senior guards Alex Caruso (25 points, nine rebounds) and Danuel House (22 points, eight rebounds) spearheaded A&M’s improbable rally.Second-seeded Oklahoma, meanwhile, survived against No. 10 seed TCU, 85-81. Senior guard Buddy Hield was lights-out as usual, pouring in 36 points.The winner of this matchup will face either fourth-seeded Duke or top-seeded Oregon for the right to go to the Final Four. Date: Thursday, March 24Time: 7:37 p.m.TV Channel: TBSLocation: Anaheim, CaliforniaAnnouncers: Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForceOpening Betting Line: Oklahoma – 2oklahomaPrediction: On paper, this game projects to be an outstanding one. Both sides have veteran stars and dynamic backcourts. The Sooners have the best player (Hield), while the Aggies probably have a slight advantage in size and bench scoring. An A&M win would put the program in the Elite Eight for the first time in program history, while an OU victory would clinch the Sooners’ first Elite Eight since 2009.We’re going to ride with Buddy Hield to keep Oklahoma’s season going with another huge performance.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 27, 2019

ESPN Releases ‘Future Power Rankings’, Names Alabama Top Dog

first_imgESPN College Football promotion.ESPNWhich college football programs are in the best shape to maintain success moving forward? ESPN attempted to answer that question this week, using an interesting methodology. A panel of the network’s analysts – Heather Dinich, Brad Edwards, Travis Haney, Sharon Katz, Tom Luginbill, Ted Miller, Adam Rittenberg and Mark Schlabach – used five different metrics to answer the question.Their top 25 – which is based on coaching, current talent, recruiting, title path and program foundation – was released Tuesday afternoon. Alabama, unsurprisingly, came out on top.Future Power Rankings: Alabama reclaims the top spot https://t.co/mLaOh8znKZ— ESPN SEC (@ESPN_SEC) July 6, 2016Ohio State followed at No. 2. Here’s the rest of the top 10. If you want to see the full top 25, head over to ESPN.1. Alabama 2. Ohio State 3. Florida State 4. Clemson 5. Michigan 6. LSU 7. Stanford 8. Oklahoma 9. Notre Dame 10. Michigan StateDo you agree with the list? Or are they off base on a few of the programs?last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 13, 2019

Ottawa rolls out school buses for US and Mexican NAFTA negotiating teams

first_imgOTTAWA – American and Mexican trade negotiators are discovering one more disadvantage to the breakneck pace being set for renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Unable to block book a large number of rooms in one centrally located hotel on short notice, the Canadian government, which is hosting the third round of NAFTA talks, has housed the visiting negotiators in a variety of hotels around the national capital and even across the river in Gatineau, Que.It used yellow school buses to transport them Saturday from their hotels to the venue for the talks.And it served them boxed lunches.The negotiations, which continue until Wednesday, are the first to be held in Canada.In each of the first two rounds, held in Washington and Mexico City respectively, the visiting countries’ negotiating teams were put up in the same hotel at which the talks took place.That allowed them easy access to each other and to restaurants and bars within the same facility.In Canada, the negotiations are being held in Ottawa’s former city hall, which is now part of Global Affairs Canada’s turf.While the building is in a scenic location on Sussex Drive at the junction of the Ottawa and Rideau rivers, there are no hotels in the immediate vicinity.Nor does the building have a restaurant or other amenities to cater to the negotiators. And there are none nearby. It does have a small cafeteria but it’s closed on the weekend.Canadian officials say it was a scramble to get a conference site and hotel rooms for all the members of each country’s delegation after the dates for the third round were confirmed just two weeks ago.There are some 200 people in the U.S. delegation and 160 in Mexico’s. This being their home turf, Canada’s delegation numbers almost 300 this time, but they at least are able to sleep in their own beds.Whereas there are typically months between rounds in most trade negotiations, the NAFTA rounds are being held roughly two weeks apart in a bid to reach a deal by the end of the year — a deadline many trade experts believe it will be impossible to meet.In what may be a subtle reminder to the Americans that Canada has other trade options should President Donald Trump follow through on his threat to rip up NAFTA, a large banner is hanging in the corridor through which the negotiators must walk.It trumpets the success of the Canada-European Union free trade agreement, which went into effect last week, and is covered with celebratory messages from Canadian trade officials who were involved in those protracted talks.“At last!” reads one message, signed by Steve Verheul — who just happens to be Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator.While the venue in Ottawa might be inconvenient, it’s no doubt more pleasant than the chaos the Mexican team left behind in Mexico City, which was hit by a devastating 7.1-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, and another 6.1-magnitude temblor on Saturday.“It’s been a traumatic experience for the country but we haven’t had any impact in terms of the negotiation,” Kenneth Smith Ramos, Mexico’s chief negotiator, said Saturday.“Fortunately, all of the negotiating teams and their families are OK.”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 13, 2019

27 million fire extinguishers recalled in Canada may not work in emergency

first_imgOTTAWA – More than 40 million fire extinguishers — including some 2.7 million sold in Canada — are being recalled because they may not work in an emergency.Some of the recalled models have been on the market for more than four decades. One death has been linked to problems with the extinguishers made by Kidde, according to a notice Thursday from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.In 2014, extinguishers failed to function as they should for emergency personnel responding to a fiery car wreck.The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada made from 1973 through Aug. 15 of this year. It includes models that were previously recalled in March of 2009 and February of 2015, Health Canada said Thursday.The government says the extinguishers can become clogged and fail to spray when needed. Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force to pose an injury hazard. Including the death, the CPSC says there have been 391 reports of extinguishers failing to work properly or of nozzles coming off, resulting in 16 injuries that included smoke inhalation and minor burns. Also, there were about 91 reports of property damage linked to the problem.Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a free replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models. Kidde can be reached at (855) 271-0773 or at www.kidde.com .Kidde, based in Mebane, N.C., near Raleigh, says it has worked closely with the government to start the recall and make sure the extinguishers are replaced with different models as quickly as possible. The company also makes smoke detectors and other fire safety products.The recalled extinguishers are red, white and silver and are either ABC or BC rated. They were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and other home and hardware stores, as well as on Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers. They also were sold for use in commercial trucks, recreational vehicles and boats.last_img read more