NZ Herald 1 August 2015A baby’s life was saved by a pioneering operation carried out when she was still in her mother’s womb.Michelle Cannon had been advised to have an abortion after receiving the devastating news that her unborn daughter had a rare and usually deadly condition.Fluid was building up in the baby’s chest and crushing her lungs, but at 22 weeks she was too premature to be delivered.Yet her 31-year-old mother refused to abandon hope, and after hours of online research came across “in-womb surgery” – a procedure which has been carried out only a few times in the world.“There was no way we were going to give up on her,” said Miss Cannon, who lives in Doncaster with her partner Gareth Dawson, 24. ‘I burst into tears when I was told the news. But one thing was for certain, we were adamant we were going to keep this baby.”The couple approached doctors at the nearby Sheffield Teaching Hospitals maternity unit to ask if they would carry out the risky operation – which can potentially cause a miscarriage or trigger a premature labour.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11490510
Florida State’s Jameis Winston with his brother Jonah after the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game against Auburn Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. Florida State won 34-31. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After a regular season filled with blowout victories and easy fourth quarters, Jameis Winston and Florida State showed they could close like champions, too.No. 2 Auburn wobbled the top-ranked Seminoles by jumping out to an 18-point lead in the first half, and then put Florida State on the brink of defeat for the first time this season.Winston responded with the drive of his life and a game-winning touchdown pass with 13 seconds left that topped everything else he has done in one of the most sensational debut seasons a college quarterback has ever had.The Heisman Trophy winner led the Seminoles 80 yards in the final 79 seconds, flicking a 2-yard TD pass to Kelvin Benjamin to give No. 1 Florida State a 34-31 victory against Auburn in the last BCS championship game Monday night.“The last drive, that’s a great way to cap off our season,” Winston said. “That’s the way we wanted to cap off our season.”The Bowl Championship Series went out with a bang, too, with one of the best title games in its 16-year history, right there with Texas 41, USC 38 at the Rose Bowl in 2006. That night it was Vince Young leading the Longhorns and capping a comeback by scooting into the end zone with 19 seconds left.Now Winston is the Prince of Pasadena.Florida State’s P.J. Williams holds up his defensive player of the game trophy after the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game against Auburn Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Next season the BCS will be replaced by a four-team playoff. Winston and the Seminoles should be contenders again after snapping the Southeastern Conference’s seven-year national title streak.“The SEC is great football, I coached in that league for 13 years, I respect every bit of it,” coach Jimbo Fisher said, “but there’s some other folks in this country that can play some football, too.”Florida State, which played in the first BCS championship games but had not been back since, was voted a unanimous No. 1 in the final AP Top 25. Auburn finished second.Winston struggled much of the night but was near perfect when the Seminoles (14-0) needed it most, going 6 for 7 for 77 yards on the last drive.“It was the best football game he’s played all year,” Fisher said of Winston, “and I’ll tell you why, because for three quarters he was up and down and he fought.”Winston was 20 for 35 for 237 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdown passes on his 20th birthday. He zipped the Seminoles down the field on the final drive, with a 49-yard catch and run from Rashad Greene.“I was ready,” Winston said. “I wanted to be in that situation because that’s what great quarterbacks do. That’s what the Tom Bradys, Peyton Mannings, Drew Brees, that’s what they do.”Florida State also got help from Auburn. A pass interference penalty in the end zone on Chris Davis on third-and-8 from the 10 gave Florida State a first down at the 2.“Thought it was great defense. That’s all I can say,” Davis said, adding, the officials “should have just let us play.”On the next play Winston threw high to the 6-foot-5 Benjamin for the touchdown.“Once the ball is in the air on that post route, I’ve got to go get it, and I did,” Benjamin said. “Simple as that.”There was no miracle finish this time for the turnaround Tigers, who went from 3-9 to SEC champions in their first season under coach Gus Malzahn. They tossed the ball around on one final play, but it ended with Florida State jumping on a fumble, and the Seminoles sprinting onto the field under a storm of garnet and gold confetti.Florida State scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, and the teams combined for 24 in a breathtaking last 4:42.“It felt storybook again,” Auburn defensive tackle Gabe Wright said. “It really felt like we were going to bring it out again. We’re just on the other end of the stick. It’s usually us going out on the field and celebrating. It’s been a long time since we had an ‘L’ in this locker room.”Auburn won nine straight to get here after starting the season unranked.Tre Mason gave Auburn (12-2) a 31-27 lead with a 37-yard touchdown run with 1:19 left after Kermit Whitfield had put Florida State in the lead for the first time since the first quarter with a 100-yard kickoff return to make it 27-24 with 4:31 left.Mason ran for 195 yards and scored two touchdowns, and Nick Marshall threw two touchdown passes for the Tigers.“I told them in the locker room, we put together the biggest turnaround in the history of college football. We were on the brink of making it one of those magical seasons,” Malzahn said.Florida State hadn’t been challenged like this all season, winning by an average of 42 points.Florida State and Winston’s biggest problem this season came off the field. Winston was investigated for a year-old sexual assault complaint in November, but after three weeks the Florida state attorney’s office determined it did not have enough evidence to charge him.The Seminoles were down 21-3 in the first half to Auburn. They hadn’t trailed in a game since Sept. 28.“I knew we were fighters,” nose tackle Timmy Jernigan said.And now Florida State is national champion for the first time since 1999, the first team to win the BCS title game after being down at halftime. The state of Alabama’s national championship run is over at four, stopped by a quarterback from Bessemer who never rooted for the Tigers or Tide.“Only thing is we’re victorious and glad to say Florida State is the national champion again, and I guarantee you we’re bringing that swag back,” Winston said. “You’d better believe it.”___Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAp
The Trafalgar Thunder made it look easy en route to the grand prize at the first Junior Girl’s volleyball tournament of the season last week at Mount Sentinel High School.The Thunder won 12 of 13 games to start off the net 2015 West Kootenay Junior Girl’s Volleyball season with a bang.Trafalgar continues the season with West Kootenay playoffs set for next month.
Ray Maota Mama Afrika as Miriam Makeba was affectionately known was a musical icon and a human rights activist. Alex Okosi, senior vice president and MD of MTV Networks Africa, believes Makeba is a true legend and is rightly celebrated throughout the world. (Images: Jamati.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • MTV Networks Africa +27 11 706 2990 RELATED ARTICLES • SA wins big at World Travel Awards • SA scoops World Wine Awards • SA scientists win AU awards • Awards honour SA musiciansThe late Miriam Makeba will be honoured at the upcoming MTV Africa Music Awards (Mamas) for her immeasurable talent and role in bringing African music into the global arena.The icon, known for her worldwide hit song Pata Pata and her human rights campaigning, will be named the “Mama Legend” at a ceremony on 11 December 2010 in Lagos, Nigeria.The awards, which have been running for three years, have also posthumously honoured South African reggae singer Lucky Dube (2009) and the Nigerian pioneer of afrobeat music and human rights activist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti (2008).The Mamas are jointly hosted by MTV and Airtel, a global telecommunications company operating in 19 countries across Asia and Africa.Andre Beyers, chief marketing officer of Airtel Africa, said: “Our support for this year’s awards was founded on our commitment to empower the youth through initiatives that will help Africa to identify and celebrate talent.”“Miriam Makeba is a true legend and rightly celebrated throughout the world for her beautiful voice, fighting spirit and pioneering interpretation of African music,” added Alex Okosi, senior vice-president and MD of MTV Networks Africa.MTV recognises African talentMTV Networks Africa – which oversees MTV, VH1, MTV Base and Nickelodeon channels in sub-Saharan Africa – introduced the Mamas in 2008 after realising that no MTV awards honoured African artists alone.The first ceremony was held at the Velodrome in Abuja, Nigeria, on 22 November 2008, with the following year’s taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 10 October.D’Banj, P-Square, Seether, Jozi, Nameless, 2Face Idibia, Amani and Wahu have been other award recipients over the years.The performance line-up at the 2010 ceremony includes African artists 2Face, Banky W, Barbara Kanam, Big Nuz, Cabo Snoop, D’Banj, Daddy Owen, Diamond, DJ Arafat, Fally Ipupa, J.Martins, Jozi, Paul G, P-Unit, Radio & Weasel, Teargas, Wande Coal, Sarkodie and the Parlotones.US hip-hop sensation Rick Ross and T-Pain will also perform.Africa’s gemMakeba was born in Johannesburg in 1932 to a Xhosa father and a Swati mother, who was a traditional healer.Her musical genius was first recognised after winning a talent show at the missionary school she attended. At the age of 20 Makeba began singing with The Manhattan Brothers, a South African jazz band, and toured the country with them.Her popularity grew further when she landed a role in King Kong, a legendary South African musical about the life of a boxer.Makeba also starred in the film Come Back Africa, where she played herself in a dramatised documentary about the lives of black people in South Africa. When the director of the film invited her to join him at the 1959 Venice Film Festival, she gained instant celebrity status.Later Makeba moved to New York where famed singer, actor and producer Harry Belafonte took her under his wing, helping her record Pata Pata and Qongqothwane (also known as the Click Song), which remain her most popular songs to date.Although a star overseas, Makeba’s songs were banned in South Africa under the apartheid regime. She could not even return to the country in 1960 to bury her mother, as her passport was revoked.While under Belafonte’s wing, she mingled with the rich and famous, including former US president John F Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. She also won a Grammy award for her work with Belafonte, making her the first African woman to do so.She used her fame to add weight to her fight against apartheid and oppression, and in her campaigning for universal human rights. Makeba was recognised for this with the Dag Hammarskjold Peace Prize in 1986. She was also awarded the Unesco Grand Prix du Conseil International de la Musique award for her audio-visual contribution to African heritage in the same year.Following more than 30 years in exile, Makeba returned to her homeland in 1990 after former president Nelson Mandela was released from prison.Once back in the country, Makeba continued her fight against oppression of all kinds and was appointed a UN Goodwill Ambassador in 1999.After an illustrious career spanning over five decades, the songbird died from a heart attack following a performance in Italy on 10 November 2008. She was 76 at the time.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement company unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants, and Beck’s are partnering to bring to market the first photosynthetic efficiency trait, enabling corn farmers to increase the yield, sustainability and profitability of their farms.Sunlight is the critical natural input for food production, capturing and storing carbon as a source for all energy, but photosynthesis is highly inefficient. Increasing carbon capture by improving photosynthesis efficiency is recognized as an important opportunity to improve crop productivity and sustainability.“For years, trait innovation has been largely limited to only the largest multinational companies. The goal of our product development and testing programs has always been to help farmers succeed by bringing them more choice and profitability,” said Kevin Cavanaugh, Director of Research at Beck’s. “We have been working with Benson Hill now for years and are convinced that this collaboration will allow us to open new channels for innovation and greater opportunity for our customers.”Benson Hill has developed a robust pipeline of trait product candidates that improve crop photosynthetic efficiency, one of which has demonstrated significant yield increases in hybrid corn across three years of field trials in a broad range of environments and genetic backgrounds. Through its co-development and commercialization agreement, Beck’s and Benson Hill will advance a trait product candidate through the final stages of development and anticipate filing a regulatory dossier with the USDA by 2021.“It’s encouraging to see companies tackling some of the most critical and challenging areas of crop improvement such as photosynthesis,” said David Ertl, Technology Commercialization Manager at the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. “Novel trait development research is important, but it is equally important that these trait developers partner with others in the seed industry to commercialize these traits and get them into the hands of farmers.”The partnership is particularly timely given the unprecedented level of consolidation underway in the agriculture industry. Through true collaboration, the companies will combine their expertise in product development, testing, and commercialization to bring greater choice to farmers in the marketplace. The companies plan to broadly license this exciting technology to many seed corn companies so that all farmers will have the opportunity to increase corn yields.“When we started Benson Hill, we envisioned that the intersection of disciplines known as cloud biology could help address major challenges like improving photosynthesis,” said Matthew Crisp, CEO and co-founder of Benson Hill. “This outcome has since been demonstrated, and dedicated partners like Beck’s are now helping us define new channels to market for the resulting product opportunities.”
Return-Air ProblemsThis New Door Design Solves an Old ProblemReturn to Sender – HVAC Return Pathway OptionsNew Green Building Products — March 2011An Easy Retrofit for Return AirAll About Furnaces and Duct Systems This performance means that Perfect Balance meets either of the two Enterprise Green Communities Single Family Rehab Specs for pressure relief (6339 or 6340).Nelson Warner, VP of Research and Development at Tamarack, says that if the room is large and has too much supply air delivered for just one Perfect Balance to provide the required pressure relief, some users have added a second Perfect Balance at the top of the door, even adding some convective (high-low, warm-cool) air transfer to the room.Light and sound transmissionI asked Nelson Warner if he had any results from third-party standardized testing of sound transmission on Perfect Balance.“No, we don’t have that type of test information,” he reported. “But I can tell you two key results from field testing we have conducted. One, the fit of the door and particularly the type of flooring surface on both sides of the door has the most impact on sound transmission. And two, when we measure sound transmission before and after installation of Perfect Balance, we get essentially the same results.” In other words, Perfect Balance will not improve the sound performance of the door, but it won’t erode its performance either.And because Perfect Balance has a filter insert between the two surface grilles, light transmission is not significantly different before and after installation of Perfect Balance.What about cost and availability?The Perfect Balance grille is simple to install and comes with a lifetime guarantee. At $29 (plus shipping) , Perfect Balance is surely cost competitive with the alternatives for new construction and far cheaper than any alternative (except a 1.5+ inch door undercut, an approach that comes with big-time privacy and aesthetic issues) for retrofit.Tamarack Technologies is a relatively small but innovative company in Massachusetts; since their products are all made in the U.S., they ship the same day the order comes in. Tamarack currently works with several builders who order hundreds of Perfect Balance kits at a time, with Tamarack shipping their Perfect Balance kits to the manufacturer of the builder’s interior doors. That way the Perfect Balance units are installed at the door manufacturer’s facility and the doors are ready to go at the job site. In a past blog (“Return to Sender – HVAC Return Pathway Options”), a posted comment by GBAdvisor Mike Guertin introduced a new option for returning delivered air from rooms with closed doors, the Tamarack Technologies Perfect Balance. Perfect Balance is a grille and filter system installed into a cutout at the bottom of interior doors. Mike planned to install Perfect Balance in a number of rooms in one or more of his rentals and let us know what his tenants thought of them.Guertin does some field testingSo, I checked in with Mike recently. “I have not heard anything back from my tenants; I guess no news is good news,” relates Mike. But Mike went one better: he tested door undercuts against Perfect Balance and reported on their performance in a Fine Homebuilding blog. The Tamarack Perfect Balance did a perfectly fine job of relieving pressure in rooms supplied but not returned with a forced-air system. In fact, Mike’s field testing came pretty darn close to the numbers cited on Tamarack’s website: 3 Pascals pressure difference while delivering 250 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air flow. RELATED ARTICLES
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Tottenham goalkeeper Jordan Archer training with Aston Villaby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham goalkeeper Jordan Archer is training with Aston Villa.He is seeking a new club after departing Millwall in the summer, says the Daily Mail.Archer was released by the Lions at the end of the last campaign and would be an experienced option for a number of clubs, having clocked up more than 200 senior appearances in his career.The 26-year-old will work with Villa goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler and the ‘keepers who have not departed on international duty, Orjan Nyland and Jed Steer, as well as the rest of the squad who have remained at the club’s Bodymoor Heath training ground.Archer started his career at Tottenham but never made a senior appearance for the club. He joined Millwall permanently in 2015, following a successful loan spell, and made more than 150 appearances for the Lions.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: I know I can improveby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi says he’ll get better as he gets fitter.Hudson-Odoi is confident of his place in manager Frank Lampard’s plans.”I definitely think I can improve. I am not a perfect player,” he said. “I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come.”I just need to get up to speed and get my fitness back. I think once that happens gradually my dribbling and everything will come back to what it was. Now I am feeling a bit more confident to get on the ball and do my stuff.”
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes leads his team onto the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff semifinal contests may be over, but ‘The Granddaddy of Them All’ still awaits. Friday, Iowa and Stanford are set to tangle in the Rose Bowl in what might be the most exciting non-playoff postseason contest. It’s the first appearance in the big game for the Hawkeyes since 1991, and as such, tens of thousands of Hawkeyes fans are making the trip out west.Thursday, the school released an interesting hype video for fans to watch ahead of the fourth quarter. Check it out:For your viewing pleasure during the 4th quarter of the @rosebowlgame | #Hawkeyes : @chrisruthiowa https://t.co/5Zh1MDgMcB— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 31, 2015Will Iowa restore faith in the Big Ten after a rough Thursday night? We’ll find out in just a few hours.
MOSCOW — A Moscow court has ruled to fine an independent magazine $335,000, a move seen by Kremlin critics as retribution for reporting that is critical of the government.The Tverskoy Court on Tuesday upheld last month’s hearing, meaning that the New Times magazine will have to pay the crippling fine for failing to notify authorities on time of receiving foreign funding.The New Times’ editor-in-chief has mounted a crowdfunding campaign and managed to raise over $370,000 to pay the fine, which had threatened to force the publication to shut down.The fine is believed to be the first measure taken in line with recent tough legislation that aims to fight against what the Kremlin sees as foreign influence in Russian media.The Associated Press