Biles fights through kidney stone at world championships

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stephens rallies to reach final vs Svitolina Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I heard rollercoasters might help kidney stones,” Biles said. “And I’m like ‘Well, I’m basically like my own little rollercoaster out there.’”One that turns each performance into a thrill ride of its own. Smiling through each twist, flip and turn, the 21-year-old Biles was nearly flawless during qualifying on Saturday, posting the highest scores on balance beam, floor exercise and vault on her way to a total of 60.965 on a day when the Americans put up a team score of 174.429, a staggering 12 points clear of second-place Japan through six of 11 qualifying groups.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“She’s Simone,” U.S. high performance coordinator Tom Forster said. “You’d expect the same out of a Michael Jordan or a Tiger Woods and that’s who she is in our sport. And she showed it.”Even though she didn’t get back to the hotel room she shares with teammate Riley McCusker until after 1 a.m. on Saturday morning. Even after skipping the early workout as a precaution. Even though she couldn’t be treated with the same pain medication typically given those dealing with kidney stones because doing so would put her in jeopardy of failing a drug test. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown No matter. Biles did what she always seems to do when the rest of her sport is watching: She dominated. Her all-around total marked the highest in the world since her gold medal-winning total at the 2016 Summer Olympics. And still she sees room for improvement.Asked what she’d give herself on a day she completed a vault in competition that will end up bearing her name the next time the code of points is updated, Biles shrugged and said “6 or 7.”Not bad considering Biles was initially concerned she had appendicitis, which would have forced her to sit out the competition entirely. Instead it’s “just” a kidney stone, albeit one Biles believes she won’t be able to pass, meaning she’s going to have to deal with it throughout a very busy week that will include team finals, the all-around final and all four event finals.Biles believes she’ll be fine. Even if she’s not quite 100 percent, the gap between herself and the rest of the world is so sizable it might not matter. She finished more than four points ahead of teammate and 2017 world champion Morgan Hurd, whose score of 56.465 edged Japan’s Mai Murakami for second halfway through qualifying and assured Hurd of a spot in the finals.The public address system played a bell akin to the start of a boxing match when the U.S. headed to uneven bars. What happened over the next 90 minutes was the gymnastics version of a technical knockout. Hurd led off with a 14.466 that seemed to send a message that while the faces with the stars-and-stripes leotards change, the expectations and results do not.ADVERTISEMENT “There’s clearly a lot of pressure there,” Hurd said. “How many world championships has the U.S. won? We have to keep the pedestal.”Looking for a way to give McCusker, Grace McCallum and Kara Eaker — each of whom is making their world championship debut — a breather before stepping onto the podium, Forster opted to have Hurd lead off in three of the four events. Forster called the move a “gut feeling,” one Hurd eagerly accepted.“It honestly makes me a little less nervous because I have less time to get even more anxious,” said Hurd, who hardly looked nervous while qualifying for event finals on floor exercise and uneven bars.McCallum competed in three of four events, and her 14.6 on vault probably earned her a berth in the event finals. Kara Eaker, who turns 16 next month, drilled a 14.466 on balance beam and McCusker overcame a stumble on beam that she admitted left her “frazzled” to finish fifth in the all-around.McCusker, however, won’t qualify for the all-around finals thanks to the rules that limit countries to two athletes per event in the individual competition. Still, she’ll be part of the team final, and extending the U.S. win streak — the Americans have won every major international competition since the 2011 world championships — has always been the focal point.“We all have different qualities that we can bring to the team,” McCusker said. “We can all shine in different places.”Or, in the case of Biles, every place.She’s intent on pushing the sport forward, and her astounding opening vault — a roundoff, half-twist onto the table, front double full off that has only previously been done in competition by men — sent a jolt through the crowd. More importantly to Biles, the vault will carry her name when it’s added to the code next month.Another remarkable step in a remarkable career that keeps rolling no matter what her body throws at her. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DOHA, Qatar — Simone Biles spent a portion of the night before her return to world championships in the emergency room. The sensation she chalked up to the usual pre-meet stress evolved into searing agony that at times left her crawling on the floor.When a CT scan revealed a kidney stone — one she nicknamed “the Doha Pearl” — the reigning Olympic gymnastics champion grabbed her stuff and discharged herself from the hospital, telling the staff she’ll deal with the pain later.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

7 vultures survive carcass poisoning in Assam, 32 dead

first_imgThe carcass of a goat, poisoned for the dogs that killed it, claimed the lives of 32 rare vultures in eastern Assam’s Sivasagar district on Saturday. Seven survived, of which four were released on Sunday after treatment.Officials of the Vulture Breeding Conservation Centre near Guwahati said Saturday’s was the biggest case of poisoning of the scavenging birds whose survival is crucial for ecological balance on earth.The last case of mass poisoning was reported from western Assam’s Goalpara district in March 2011. At least 20 vultures had died then after consuming the poisoned carcass of a dog.“The death of all the vultures has been a major loss, but the good thing is seven survived. We are trying to get the man who is believed to have poisoned the goat’s carcass,” Bidya Bordoloi, DFO of Sivasagar Division told The Hindu.Conservationist Simanta Medhi said doctors of Bombay Natural History Society that runs the vulture breeding centre in collaboration with the Assam forest department, flushed out the poison from the system of the vultures and provided medication.“Only seven could make it, and four of them have been released. The remaining three needs some more treatment,” he said.Among the survivors, three each are Himalayan griffon (Gyps himalayensis) and slender-billed (Gyps tenuirostris) while one is white-backed (Gyps africanus). Of the 32 that died, 29 were Himalayan griffons.last_img read more

Three traffic deaths on three islands in The Bahamas including elderly woman

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #threetrafficdeathsonthreeislands Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau accident scene#Bahamas, December 4, 2017 – Nassau – It was a raucous weekend on the streets of The Bahamas as traffic deaths are reported on three islands –  Grand Bahama, Abaco and New Providence. A 68 year old woman died in hospital after being struck near Frobisher Drive and Hearn Lane in Freeport, around 9am on Saturday.    A Ford F150 is said to have hit the elderly woman.In Abaco, also on Saturday around 2am, a two car collision led to two deaths and two people being airlifted to Nassau after the crash in Murphy Town.   Two vehicles collided and the passenger of one and the driver in the other died as a result.    In Nassau, a man who apparently ran into a lamp pole is also recorded as a weekend traffic death.  Police were called to the scene Sunday around 1am, where a man in a Nissan Tida was discovered in the car, unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene.   The lone car crash happened on Eastern Road; it is believe the man lost control of the car somehow.#MagneticMediaNews#threetrafficdeathsonthreeislandsPhoto creditHeader: Accident scene from Abaco (Bahamas Press) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Investigation into fetuses found at harbor treatment plant called off

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Police announced Friday that they have halted an investigation into the discovery of the remains of unborn twins found at a wastewater-treatment plant near San Diego Bay because the fetuses were not at a viable stage of development.Investigators were still concerned that the mother of the fetuses, which were discovered Thursday at the treatment plant on Harbor Drive, could be in need of medical attention, San Diego police Lt. Matt Dobbs said.“This is obviously a very difficult time and the investigators hope these developments will give the mother the confidence to seek whatever medical or emotional assistance she may need,” he said.Homicide detectives were assigned to investigate, but the probe was called off after it was determined that the fetuses “were not of a viable stage of development,” Dobbs said.“Incidents like these are thankfully rare, but nonetheless tragic for everyone involved,” the lieutenant said. “The San Diego Police Department would like to remind everyone of the safe-surrender law, which allows for the anonymous surrender of a newborn to any emergency room or fire station to avoid babies from being hurt or killed due to abandonment.”Information about the state statute can be found on the city of San Diego website.___A pair of human fetuses — the remains of unborn twins — were found today at a wastewater-treatment plant near San Diego Bay.The developmental stage of the fetuses discovered at the utility facility on Harbor Drive, how they got there and the identity of the mother were unknown, according to San Diego police officials, who assigned homicide detectives to investigate due to the nature of the case.“The investigation is in the very early stages at this time, and the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of the fetuses are unknown,” Lt. Matt Dobbs said this afternoon. “Of primary concern at this time is the welfare of the mother. The investigators are concerned the mother may have experienced some type of medical distress during the birthing process.”The county Medical Examiner’s Office will seek to determine the age of the fetuses and how they died. Dobbs described the case as unusual.“Incidents like these are thankfully rare, but nonetheless tragic for everyone involved,” he said. “The San Diego Police Department would like to remind everyone of the safe-surrender law, which allows for the anonymous surrender of a newborn to any emergency room or fire station to avoid babies from being hurt or killed due to abandonment.” April 18, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Investigation into fetuses found at harbor treatment plant called off KUSI Newsroom, center_img Updated: 12:06 PM Posted: April 18, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

New F35 Mission at Eielson AFB to Create Substantial Demand for Schools

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Leaders in the Fairbanks North Star Borough in Interior Alaska have their work cut out for them to prepare for the arrival of two squadrons of F-35A fighter jets at Eielson AFB, according to a newly released growth plan. The region will need new housing, schools, retail options and workforce training programs as the borough is projected to gain 2,741 non-military jobs. The city of North Pole is projected to gain 3,256 residents by 2022. Fueling a significant part of the growth will be the Air Force’s $500 million-plus investment in construction to accommodate the new mission. The draft plan, supported by a grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment, recommends establishing a housing task force and investing in public services, reports the Daily News-Miner. Construction of some of the anticipated need for new housing, 974 units, already is under way. One pressing concern will be providing infant care, pre-school options and other early childhood development services, as the largest population increase will occur among young children. The report forecasts the influx of students will strain school budgets by 2025. Possible solutions include expanding high schools to include middle school grades and using portable classrooms.“It’s been a year of a lot of listening and really strategizing and thinking with all of you as community members and with military families directly about what recommendations will not only benefit those incoming families, but also all of you that have lived here for decades that see this as an opportunity to improve the quality of life in your community,” planning consultant Shelly Wade told the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce last week, reported Alaska Public Media.Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric Fisherlast_img read more

Priyanka Gandhi spends sleepless night in Kerala irritated by palm civet

first_imgCongress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi stooped down to pick up the shoe of an injured journalist.TwitterPriyanka Gandhi, the general secretary of AICC (All India Congress Committee) is now busy with the election campaign of her brother Rahul Gandhi who is competing from the Wayanad constituency in Kerala. The charming politician who reached Kerala on Wednesday (April 3) night completed the campaign in a very impressive manner, but her sleep was spoiled by a palm civet that lived on the roofs of the West Hill guest house.As per a news report published in Mathrubhumi, Priyanka Gandhi went to bed at about 11.30 pm after a busy election campaigning day. However, at around 02.30 am in the night, Priyanka woke up from her bed after hearing continuous noises from the roof of her room. She soon informed the security officers around and they found that a palm civet is creating all the ruckus.Priyanka also complained that the stinking smell of the palm civet running over the roof is irritating her much. Soon, the West Hill guest house witnessed some dramatic events, as police officials tried to hunt down the palm civet that disrupted the sleep of the national leader.Even though a team of police officers tried their best to catch the palm civet, it escaped the hunting spree very cleverly. This compelled police officers to think of arranging a staying facility to Priyanka Gandhi in the Ravis hotel. Special branch soon got necessary instructions from the top to make all necessary arrangements to transfer Priyanka to the hotel. In the meantime, the palm civet escaped from the rooftop, and finally, Priyanka decided to stay in the guest house itself.However, at the end of all these dramatic events, time was already 04.30 am, and Priyanka decided not to sleep in the early morning hours. At around 06.00 am, she became ready and joined Rahul Gandhi for the election campaign.last_img read more

Divisions resurface as Germany commemorates Marx

first_imgA sign dedicated to Karl Marx 200th anniversary celebrations is seen at the Basilica of Constantine in Trier, Germany on 4 May 2018. ReutersGermany marks the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth on Saturday, but celebrations risk being marred by protests as the revolutionary philosopher remains a divisive figure almost three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall.Marx’s birth city of Trier will lead commemorations of the man officials describe as a “great son of the city”, with 600 events planned around the 19th-century scholar hailed for foretelling the ills of capitalism.The centrepiece of the festivities will be the unveiling of a 5.5-metre (18-foot) tall statue of the philosopher-a gift from communist China-with dignitaries including a Chinese delegation and the head of Germany’s Social Democratic Party to attend.But it is also before the statue that the association representing victims of communism have called protests against the thinker they blame for inspiring Stalinist regimes.“We want to protest loudly against the unveiling of the Marx statue and raise our voices against the glorification of Marxism,” said Dieter Dombrowski, president of the Union of the Victim Groups of Communist Tyranny.For Dombrowski, Trier’s decision to accept the gift from China is “disrespectful and inhuman” to those who suffered under communist regimes.Far-right party AfD, which enjoys strong support in former East German states, has meanwhile separately called a silent march with the theme “Get Marx off the pedestal” through Trier’s city centre.With the far-right in the melee, counter-protesters are getting ready to march too against the nationalists.‘Neither glorify nor vilify’Born 5 May 1818 in the western German city close to the border with Luxembourg, Marx developed his theories as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace.His works such as the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital subsequently became compulsory course material in countries under communist regimes, with revolutionaries from Vladimir Lenin to Mao Zedong seizing on Marx’s ideas.China’s president Xi Jinping on Friday said the Asian giant’s communist party will forever remain “guardians and practitioners” of Marxism, while Vietnamese leader Tran Dai Quang also penned a gushing commentary marking Marx’s birth.Due to Marx’s reputation as the Father of Communism, he was largely derided in the former capitalist West Germany during the Cold War.But since reunification, and particularly over the past decade, unbridled capitalism and its discontents have fuelled renewed interest in Marx’s work.His theories on inequality and oppression of the working class find resonance today as societies once again see social and political upheaval.Rainer Auts, director of a company set up to oversee the exhibitions on Marx’s life, works and legacy, said that more than a quarter century after reunification, it was now time to reexamine the philosopher who left Germany deeply divided.“We’re not looking to glorify or vilify him. But we want to show him as a person in his time, as well as show where he may have gone wrong,” Auts told AFP.But the gigantic statue gifted by Beijing has sparked accusations of a city seeking to capitalise on Chinese tourists or investments.Rejecting the claims, Trier mayor Wolfram Leibe said it is simply “a gesture of friendship” from China.“There isn’t a single Chinese company in Trier. We have no economic relations with China and that means we made this decision autonomously. We are not susceptible to blackmail,” he told AFP.Leibe acknowledged that the statue could become a vandalism target, but said: “that isn’t going to give me sleepless nights. It can simply be cleaned up.”‘Marx should remain contentious’The row over Marx and his legacy has also taken on a further political dimension over the AfD’s planned silent march.A group of counter-protestors want to make themselves heard against the far-right party, saying the AfD’s controversial ideas against migrants constituted a “violation against humanity”.At the same time, the counter-protesters are critical of China’s present.“Nationalism and an authoritarian dictatorship rule in China. Trier city would have been better off using its own funds to build the long-overdue Marx statue,” said the counter-protesters, which include several local left-leaning groups.Wading into the debate on Thursday, German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Marx should remain as he has been in history-controversial.“I think that us Germans, in 2018, should neither inflate Marx nor banish him from our history,” said Steinmeier.“We should neither be afraid of Marx nor build gold statues of him. In short, Marx should remain contentious.”last_img read more