Man who inspired ice bucket challenge is back in hospital

first_img SHARE Published: July 3, 2017 8:16 AM EDT Man who inspired ice bucket challenge is back in hospital Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. BOSTON (AP) The Massachusetts man who inspired people around the world to dump buckets of ice water over their heads to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig’s disease research is back in the hospital.A Facebook post from the family of 32-year-old Pete Frates asked for prayers Sunday and said he is at Massachusetts General Hospital “and battling this beast ALS like a Superhero.”Frates was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2012. The disease weakens muscles and impairs physical functioning. There is no known cure.The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raised more than $220 million when it took off worldwide on social media in 2014.The family’s Facebook post has drawn hundreds of comments of support. Family members said, “We feel your love and support and are so grateful.”last_img read more

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Veterans line up against legal ‘witch-hunt’

first_imgAn organisation representing former members of the armed forces today called for civil courts to lose their jurisdiction over claims brought against personnel on active service. UK Veterans One Voice handed in a letter to the prime minister urging him to ‘stop the witch-hunt’ that armed forces personnel now face ‘on a daily basis’. The protest comes against a background of mounting anger in the armed forces over the activities of law firms handling claims of abuse concerning British forces in Iraq, the jailing of Royal Marine Alexander Blackman for murder in 2013, and the threat of prosecutions of members of the Parachute Regiment over the 1972 Bloody Sunday killings in Northern Ireland. In a strong attack on ‘ambulance-chasing law firms’ defence secretary Michael Fallon last month said there was ‘a strong case’ for suspending the Human Rights Act when sending armed forces into action overseas.The One Voice letter accuses the government of leaving soldiers ‘hung out to dry for political convenience’. It continues that, when swearing allegiance: ‘We were not informed that solicitors would make money from public-funded legal aid by dragging us and our colleagues into the courts.’It calls for ‘an immediate statement’ that claims against individual servicemen should not go before ‘any civilian court’. Rather, the letter says, the government should be accountable ‘as the government is the tool which sends the forces into action’.The Iraq Historic Allegations Team set up by the Ministry of Defence has revealed it is examining more than 1,500 claims ranging from murder to low-level mistreatment involving British forces in Iraq between 2003 and 2009. One of the firms acting for Iraqi claimants revealed today that it had been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in connection with the Al-Sweady inquiry, which reported in 2014. London firm Leigh Day denied allegations made against it by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and described the referral as ‘premature’. A spokesperson said: ‘Leigh Day stands full square behind the work we have been involved in over the last 10 years to assist Iraqis who have claims in relation to abuse they say they have suffered. No one is above the law, not us, not the British army and not the government. This is the British rule of law in action and is surely what our soldiers fight to defend. ‘The great majority of the claims that we have brought against the MoD which have concluded have been successful. The few claims that have failed are proof that the system is working.‘Leigh Day has taken care to operate within the rules governing solicitors in terms of how it obtained work from Iraqi clients. We refute all of the allegations that have been made against us.’last_img read more

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Options confirmed

first_imgON April 29 Dallas Area Rapid Transit confirmed that it would take up its option for an extra 21 LRVs from Kinki Sharyo USA at a cost of $60m. The option was included in an order for 34 cars placed last year (RG 12.97 p835), and will bring the DART fleet to 95.The extra LRVs are needed to operate extensions to Garland, Richardson and Plano, on which DART has accelerated construction to meet growing demand. The two lines are scheduled to open in 2002-03. In March DART’s 32 km initial network set a new ridership record, with a weekday average of 36300 passengers.On April 21 the San Francisco Municipal Railway was authorised to buy another 59 light rail vehicles from Breda Costruzione Ferroviarie for $216·5m. The Board included in its approval a requirement for mitigation of noise and vibration, following problems with the initial 77. Muni General Manager Emilio Cruz said modifications had already reduced the noise level by 10dB. olast_img read more

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Prime Minister to Attend LIAT shareholders Meeting in Antigua

first_imgPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is attending a LIAT shareholders meeting today, Tuesday 30th April 2019 in Antigua.Attending the meeting will be government of  Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St.Vincent and the Grenadines which are the shareholders of LIAT currently providing financial support.In a recent article from Antigua Observer, Prime Minister of St.Vincent Ralph Gonsalves stated that “the lack of financial input from some Caribbean countries served by LIAT could bring about it’s imminent closure.”Gonsalves also said that most of the countries served by the airline were not responding favorably to the carrier’s request for a US $3.4 million injection to ensure it’s survival.Prime Minister, Honorable  Roosevelt Skerrit expressed that regardless the challenges faced by the Antigua-based travelling agency, all must be done to assist LIAT in maintaining it’s sustainability.“Yes we have always had issues about LIAT’s operations and its tardiness and this and that but these things have to be set aside,” he stated.Skerrit describes the meeting in Antigua as being “crucial” and said that there will be discussions of intro-regional air travel.“I intend to make it very clear at this meeting that Dominica under my leadership will continue to play it’s part in the sustainability of LIAT. We do not have large amount of funds but the little that we have or the little that we do not have, we will certainly make it a contribution to LIAT’s sustainability.”Prime Minister Skerrit urged all Caribbean countries to recognize the value of LIAT and it’s services to the Caribbean region. 353 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Prime Minister to Attend LIAT shareholders Meeting in Antigua by: – April 30, 2019 Prime Minister Honorable Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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Low PIM Mini-DIN 4.1/9.5 Adapters for Wireless Applications

first_imgFairview Microwave has introduced a complete line of mini-DIN 4.1/9.5 adapters intended for use in applications requiring low passive intermodulation (low PIM) performance such as cell sites or indoor/outdoor distributed antenna systems (DAS). Mini-DIN adapters used in RF applications are similar in design to 7/16 DIN connectors, but have a more compact body and offer more precise electrical performance. Fairview Microwave’s new 4.1/9.5 mini-DIN adapters offer excellent VSWR performance of 1.25:1 up to 6 GHz.  Third-order PIM is less than -160 dBc using 2 tones at 20 Watts. These low PIM mini-DIN adapters are available in male and female combinations of between-series interfaces for each adapter type including 4.1/9.5 mini-DIN to 7/16 DIN and 4.1/9.5 mini-DIN to Type-N. Two non-low PIM versions are also available. New 4.1/9.5 adapters from Fairview Microwave are constructed with tri-alloy plated brass bodies and silver plated Beryllium Copper (BeCu) center contacts, allowing low IMD and low attenuation. Additional applications of Fairview’s new lines of 4.1/9.5 adapters include portable sweep testing, telecom installations, wireless infrastructure, OEM in-rack RF routing, in-building systems, and land mobile radio communications. Fairview Microwave’s new mini-DIN 4.1/9.5 adapters are in-stock and available now.last_img read more

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Samsung Awards Infineon with Quality Award for Providing Outstanding LNAs

first_imgSamsung Electronics has honored Infineon Technologies with a “Quality Award” in the semiconductor supplier category for the second quarter of 2017. The company has been awarded for delivering Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs) of outstanding quality for the Samsung Galaxy smartphone series.Samsung Electronics Mobile Division assigns the “Quality Award” quarterly to its suppliers in four categories – Electricity, Instrument, Semiconductor and Application. Infineon supplies RF switches, LNA multiplexer modules (LMM), antenna tuners as well as LNAs and security chips for Galaxy smartphones.Lee Seung Soo, Managing Director of Infineon Technologies Korea, accepted the award on behalf of Infineon during the ceremony at Samsung Electronics’ Gumi Plant.last_img read more

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PH to push for pre-Xmas 2021 SEA Games

first_img“If ever, we will support the dates,”Tolentino said. “Those dates provide enough window from Tokyo, which could bein the July-August period.” Photo by Reuters MANILA – With the postponement of the2020 Tokyo Olympics to 2021, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) is lookingto propose to Vietnam the holding of the 2021 Southeast Asian Games just beforeChristmas. Aside from defending overall championsPhilippines and Vietnam, other SEA Games members include Brunei, Cambodia,Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste./PN The VOC has tentatively set thebiennial games from Nov. 21 to Dec. 2, barring the schedule of the sports thatwill begin before the formal opening. POC president Bambol Tolentino said hewould plead to the Vietnam Olympic Committee (VOC) to make the adjustment assome of the Philippines’ athletes are qualified to the Summer Games in Tokyo,Japan. “We will recommend that Vietnam hoststhe 31st SEA Games during the latter part of the year just like ours,”Tolentino said in a statement. The VOC is reportedly scheduled tomeet the national Olympic committees of other Southeast Asian countries on May20 and 21 in Hanoi to officially present how the SEA Games will take place orif it will still push through considering the coronavirus disease pandemic. Not only for the Philippines,Tolentino said, the adjustment will allow Southeast Asian countries to haveenough time to transition from the Tokyo Olympics to the SEA Games.last_img read more

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FLASHBACK: THE WWF 1996 KING OF THE RING

first_imgPART 4 OF 10 IN THE SERIESKing of the Ring (1996) was the fourth annual King of the Ring and easily one of the best and most memorable from start to finish. The event took place on June 23, 1996, from the MECCA Arena, now known as UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It will forever be known as the night that the Austin Era was born.Stone Cold Steve Austin beat Marc Mero in the opening match of the night. Split his lip wide open and was rushed to the hospital to get 17 stitches, before returning to the arena to take on 41 year old Jake The Snake Roberts in the finals. It took Austin less than 5 minutes to destroy Roberts in the finals and begin his ascent as to becoming one of the greatest, if not, the greatest professional wrestler of all time.His post tournament speech was immortalized into the best selling t-shirt of all time when he said, “Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your ass!” It was the catch line that caught fire and began one of the greatest run in the history of the sport. Austin took off from there and never looked back.Elsewhere on the card, it saw a few other great matches. The main event was between the WWF Champion Shawn Michaels defending his title against the British Bulldog with dastardly referee Mr. Perfect in the ring, and Bulldog best friend Owen Hart calling the match on commentary also at ringside. This encounter was a much anticipated rematch as at In Your House 8, Michaels defended the title against Bulldog in a match that resulted in a no contest as both men’s shoulders were down on the mat. Although the referee Earl Hebner awarded Michaels the victory, Bulldog’s wife Diana Smith, brother-in-law Hart and manager Jim Cornette handed Bulldog the belt. The on-screen WWF President Gorilla Monsoon declared the match a no contest. The match was loaded with drama and these two put on the classic everyone had hoped for. Shawn Michaels would retain the title as everyone did their part to help put out a great match!Goldust failed to defend the WWF Intercontinental Championship against Johnson as Amed put him away with ease. Johnson used a variety of power moves to secure his first and only WWF singles title. It was supposed to be the start of a great run for Johnson, but injuries and a big mouth behind the scenes cancelled that before it could really get going. Also on the card, Paul Bearer planted the first seed of turning heel on The Undertaker, as during his match with Mankind, Bearer “accidentally” smashed The Undertaker in the head with an urn, causing Mankind to win the match. Bearer would turn on him for good shortly there after.One interesting note, in a match no one remembers, the Ultimate Warrior made his final WWF Pay Per View performance on this card, a squash match victory against Jerry The King Lawler. In another interesting note that would forever change the course of wrestling history. The original winner was supposed to be HHH, before the “Curtain Call” resulted in his push being stopped and given to Austin.For part 3 of the series, click herehttps://www.neosportsinsiders.com/flashback-1995-wwf-king-ring/You can follow Vince McKee on twitter at VinceTheAuthor Related TopicsAustin 3:16Owen HartShawn MichaelsThe British BulldogWWF King of the Ring Vince McKeelast_img read more

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Island brings ‘Colossal Heads’ in observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month

first_img Share By JACOB LOPEZPort Isabel-South Padre PRESSeditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comIn observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the City of South Padre Island has displayed a three-piece set by artist Javier Marin of Mexico.The work of art, entitled “The Three Colossal Heads,” consists of Cabeza Vainilla, which is Spanish for vanilla. This is a bearded male’s head that weighs 1.3 tons. Then there’s Cabeza Cordoba – the upside-down head of a woman weighing in at 1,763 pounds. Cabeza Chiapas is a more abstract interpretation of a human head that weighs 1,984 pounds.The heads, which are visible upon crossing the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway onto the Island, were made from polyester resin and iron, a mixture which the artist has applied for a patent.…Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedRio History: The Indigenous People of PadreBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Much has been speculated about the indigenous people who inhabited the lands that lay between the mouth of the Rio Grande and the Nueces River 130 miles to the north. Oftentimes, the Spaniards would accuse the local populations of horrible crimes against humanity. In…June 1, 2018In “News”Vikki Carr to perform in McAllen Valentine’s NightSpecial to the Parade Vikki Carr is slated to perform during a Valentine’s Night event slated at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at the McAllen Civic Center Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Carr is a beloved accomplished entertainer in the United States, Latin America and Europe. She is approaching…February 7, 2013In “South Padre Parade”A Better Life: Nicaraguan native recalls family’s struggle to surviveBy LAUREN N. LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by celebrating the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968…October 7, 2011In “Features”last_img read more

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Uemura captures third straight World Cup moguls victory

first_imgARE, Sweden – Aiko Uemura clinched her third straight World Cup victory on Friday as she prevailed in the women’s moguls final in Sweden.Uemura nailed a helicopter maneuver and a back flip en route to a winning score of 24.43 points, 0.7 ahead of Canadian runnerup Kristi Richards. Uemura’s fifth career World Cup title moved her closer to becoming the first Japanese to capture the overall World Cup moguls crown.She remained atop the World Cup standings with 483 points and now leads second-place Nikola Sudova of the Czech Republic by 83 points with two events remaining in the season.“I felt a lot of pressure being the leader in the standings, but I just decided to go aggressively and give my best shot,” Uemura said. “I want to win the overall title no matter what.”The three-time Olympian claimed her first World Cup win of the season in Japan in mid-February and won her second last week in the Czech Republic.Emiko Torito of the United States finished third with 23.00.Miki Ito came in 12th. Aiko Uemura competes in a World Cup moguls event in Are, Sweden, on Friday. Uemura won to notch her third consecutive World Cup victory. | AP PHOTO GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img RELATED PHOTOS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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