“They had done surgery just in July for first ever mother,” Ms Harper said. “We thought ok well he has this, does that change how much we’re going to love him? No. We ruled out termination pretty quickly,” Ms Harper told Seven Sharp. But a team in Australia gave another ground breaking option – surgery while the baby is still in the womb. Ms Harper became the first Kiwi mother to have the surgery, the Australian team’s third patient overall, and it was a success.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/hes-pretty-special-already-says-mum-first-unborn-kiwi-undergo-surgery-spina-bifidahttp://www.christian.org.uk/news/parents-choose-life-son-rejecting-abortion-advice/ TVNZ One News 14 February 2017A woman whose unborn son was the first New Zealander to undergo surgery for spina bifida while still in the womb says he’s pretty special already.Catherine Harper and her husband faced a tough decision when doctors told them they were not happy with the unborn boy’s head and brain and he had the most severe form of spina bifida.Spina bifida is a condition where exposed spinal nerves can damage joints, the brain and the internal organs. She said the treatment options in New Zealand were major brain surgery and spinal surgery in the first two days of the baby’s life “not to mention any other orthopaedic things”.
With the number of sports that a school offers today and with the limited number of faculty members willing or able to coach, it has become quite common to hire lay coaches. Many people worry about who a school might hire to coach their child. In schools the size of Batesville almost all the lay coaches are local and most have attended Batesville High School. Thus, it is easy to do background checks. Most of these coaches bring enthusiasm and expertise that cannot be found in most school staffs these days. Schools that seem to get into trouble with lay coaches are those that do wide spread recruiting, and thus, sometimes hire candidates who know one in the system or community know. As far as who might not be a good coach for your child, no one can predict how someone might act when placed with impressionable young students–whether certified or lay. For my part, the most likely trouble spots come in large city schools where someone can easily con the system because no one really knows them. If you look at the lay coaches in our area, most are your neighbor, members of your church, or run in the same circles as you. I wouldn’t get too upset over the hiring of these coaches. Batesville has been very fortunate–just check the records of the ones Batesville has used.
Batesville Young Professionals Group met at the Sherman House last year.Batesville’s Young Professionals Group will meet Thursday night for a summer celebration.The group provides a social and professional networking opportunity for young talent living or working in Batesville and surrounding areas.It also provides an opportunity for young adults who have recently moved into the community to meet goal-oriented and socially active individuals.The Batesville Young Professionals Group will host an event at Lil Charlie’s in Batesville from 5-10 p.m. The meeting will feature a patio party, music and networking opportunities.
Laurel, IN—Late Tuesday evening, deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department were called to a home on Pearl Street on a report of a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, deputies discovered that the home was that of Stetson L. Jones, 29, a Reserve Officer with the Laurel Police Department.Through the investigation, deputies allege that Jones battered and strangled his wife. Sheriff’s deputies took Jones into custody without incident. Jones was charged with allegations of Domestic Battery and Strangulation. The victim received minor injuries that did not require medical attention.
Pochettino is also targeting big-money moves for Internacional’s Leandro Damiao and Valencia midfielder Ever Banega. He added: “We manage a lot of information about very good players. One of them is Damiao, also Banega and also Wanyama. “We are managing the situation as well as we can at the moment. “The main thing is that we as a club, Southampton, are managing when these negotiations happen so that is what is happening. We are managing when these players are going to be signed and how we sign them. “Our goals are very clear. I am also not trapped by the fact that I said I wanted to have our transfer window closed by July 1. We are not interested in 15 or 20 players. We are interested in maybe two or three key players. “At the same time, I also want to say our squad at the moment is really good and it is not like we are trapped in the sense that we need these players to be a better squad. “Our squad as it is really good already, but we just want to bring in two or three players that reinforce key areas in the squad to become an even better team.” Press Association Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has not given up on bringing Celtic’s Victor Wanyama to St Mary’s. Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton and Cardiff have all been linked with the Celtic midfielder, but it is Southampton that were given permission to speak to him after a reported £12million bid was accepted. However, Wanyama has so far failed to agree terms with Saints, leading to suggestions of issues with his representatives. But Pochettino said: “It could happen. We have certain positions that we want to reinforce. I’m confident that our goals will be met.”
The gesture has been linked to anti-Semitism in his homeland. After West Brom caretaker manager Keith Downing said Anelka had been “surprised” by the resulting outcry, the player on Saturday night claimed the salute had simply been made as a “special dedication” to his friend. “This gesture was just a special dedication to my comedian friend Dieudonne,” he tweeted in both French and English on his official account. However, the French minister for sport Valerie Fourneyron had earlier condemned the gesture on Twitter, describing it as “shocking” and “disgusting”. She wrote: “Anelka’s gesture is a shocking provocation, disgusting. There’s no place for anti-Semitism and incitement to hatred on the football field.” Following the draw, in which Modibo Maiga and Kevin Nolan goals had briefly put West Ham back in front before Saido Berahino finished the goalscoring to earn West Brom a point, interim Baggies boss Downing was quick to defend Anelka. “I’m aware of it but it has got nothing to do with what is being said,” Downing replied when asked about the gesture. “It is dedicated to a French comedian he knows very, very well. He uses it in his act and I think speculation can be stopped now, it is absolute rubbish really. The 34-year-old scored his first Baggies goals with a brace at Upton Park after being recalled to the starting line-up for the first time in over two months. But during his celebration for his first strike, which levelled the game following Joe Cole’s effort for the Hammers, Anelka seemingly performed the ‘quenelle’ salute made famous by French comedian Dieudonne. Press Association “He is totally unaware of what the problems were or the speculation that has been thrown around, he is totally surprised by it.” Press Association Sport understands the FA is aware of the gesture and will be looking into the matter while anti-racism campaigners Kick It Out has offered its assistance to the governing body. In a statement, Kick It Out said: “Kick It Out has been made aware of West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka making an alleged gesture, known as the ‘quenelle’, which carries antisemitic connotations during today’s (28 December) fixture against West Ham United at Upton Park. “The campaign is in contact with partners in England and France regarding this matter and has offered its support to the Football Association in any forthcoming investigation.” Anelka had not played since the 4-1 defeat to Liverpool on October 26 but was recalled as one of six changes made by Downing, who looked to prevent any tiredness with the game coming less than 48 hours after a Boxing Day draw at Tottenham. The caretaker manager was pleased with Anelka’s display and is adamant the former Arsenal and Chelsea man is happy at The Hawthorns. “I thought he had a good game,” Downing added. “He combined with Berahino really well. He has the quality to drop in and link the play and controls the game from that area. “He got on the shoulder for his first goal and then a typical poacher’s goal from the corner. “It has been a while since he has played but his dedication and attitude has always been spot on. He is prepared to play and wants to play.” West Ham had only averaged one goal in their previous nine Barclays Premier League home games as they welcomed the Baggies to Upton Park. But, despite remedying their lack of goals, it was in defence where Sam Allardyce’s side were found wanting. With central defensive duo James Collins and Winston Reid already sidelined, Allardyce would have winced when he saw James Tomkins forced off after just 10 minutes with a groin complaint. With Guy Demel replacing Tomkins, West Ham had no recognised central defender on the pitch and Allardyce felt that cost his side a crucial three points as the Hammers remain inside the relegation zone. “You try and defend with two full-backs playing centre-half,” he said. “The fact of the matter is it is not their positions and where it is not their positions and you are playing against the Anelkas of the world. “At the end of the day that is nobody’s fault if you are overpowered by the opposition’s players. If we had our full quota of defenders fit today we would have won.” Ravel Morrison, Ricardo Vaz Te, Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Mladen Petric are also missing for the Hammers and Allardyce reckons he needs to get them fit as soon as possible to turn their luck around. “It is like drawing a rabbit out of the hat at the minute for me,” he said when asked about possible return dates for his crocked players. “Every day and every week goes by and we have got to get them all fit as quickly as we can, it has been weeks and weeks and weeks for too many of our players. “That is why we are paying the price at the moment, we used to be great at keeping clean sheets but because of our defensive problems we are finding it hard to do that. “Finally we have scored three goals at home and we haven’t won the game but that is no real fault for the players who played today.” West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has defended his controversial goal celebration during Saturday’s 3-3 draw with West Ham after it emerged the Frenchman could face a Football Association charge.
SULLIVAN — It was a big week for George Stevens Academy diamond sports last week as the baseball and softball teams earned clutch wins against local opponents.The GSA baseball team moved into first place in the Class C North standings Friday when it defeated Ellsworth (10-1) 3-1 in Blue Hill to hand the visiting Eagles their first loss of the season. GSA’s Garrett Parker struck out 10 batters and allowed just three hits in a complete-game effort.The following day, GSA stretched its lead atop the Class C North baseball standings to nearly 20 points with a 10-0 road win over Sumner. Yet the bigger story Saturday in Sullivan came on the softball diamond, where GSA, which had lost 18-2 to Ellsworth the previous day, beat Sumner 19-9 to earn its first win of the season.On Tuesday, the GSA baseball team won its seventh game in a row when it beat Sumner (4-9) 17-2 in Blue Hill to improve to 10-1 on the season. On the softball diamond, Sumner (6-7) avenged its loss three days earlier with a 16-0 win over the Eagles (1-10).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBoth GSA teams will play five games in seven days beginning with road games at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 23, against Mattanawcook Academy. They will then play at home against Central at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, on the road against Dexter at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25 and at home against Bucksport at 4:30 Monday, May 27, before finishing the season at Deer Isle-Stonington at 4 p.m. next Wednesday, May 29.
THE Guyana Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (GBBFF) will flex off its 2020 season next month in Linden. According to president of the federation, Keavon Bess: “This year we will add several competitions to our local roster and to start that off, we will be introducing the Mr Linden Classic, which would share the stage with the Novices Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship on February 15, 2020.”Bess, who highlighted his federation’s plan via social media, added that the event is scheduled to be held at the Lichas Hall.After the two competitions, executives have planned a similar event for Berbice, but this time it will be an Intermediate Championship and the Mr Berbice Classic. Additionally, the highly anticipated Mr Guyana, Mr Physique and Ms Bikini (Senior Championships) are set for July this year.Bess noted that bodybuilders would also aim to excel on the international stage. He said that Guyana would send two teams to Colombia at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships. One team to participate on stage and the other to represent the federation at the CAC Congress, with the objective of presenting a bid to host the illustrious event in 2022.“It’s gonna be a great year for the sport of bodybuilding in Guyana.”Last year Mr Guyana was won by Marlon Bennett after former five-time champion Kerwin Clarke had opted to focus solely on international competitions.Clarke himself had earned a gold medal in the light middleweight division at the 2019 CAC Championships, while former Mr Physique Yannick Grimes had won a bronze in his category. As last year, the 2020 Mr Physique battle is also expected to be heated with the Grimes vs Emmerson Campbell clash, while competitors such as former Mr Physique Novices winners: Tariq Dakhil and Delroy Phillips and Renaldo Caldeira and Johnathan Jeffrey will also look to excel.Bennett is no sure win this year; especially if former multi-CAC champion Sylvan Gardner, who won the U-154 pound battle at Stage of Champions IV, decides to compete. Also turning back time last year was Lindon ‘Muscles’ Burnett, who was impressive at Stage of Champions in the U-176 division before winning the middleweight category at the Clinton Sammy Classic in T&T last November.Some of the other big names expected to own the stage this year are Caerus Cipriani, Carlos Petterson Grifith, Derran Harris and Julio Sinclair.Rosanna Fung was a dominant force in the Ms Bikini category last year, but a number of outstanding competitors have been dormant and if they return, it should make for an exciting female battle.
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is not leaving the club even though he has not been featuring regularly for the La Liga champions in recent weeks, according to his agent Jonathan Barnett.Despite winning four Champions League titles with Real, Bale divides opinion because of a perceived lack of commitment and a poor injury record. He seemed set for a move to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning last year before the deal fell through.The Welshman, who has scored more than 100 goals for the club, infuriated Real fans as he joked about falling asleep with a protective face mask over his eyes while watching the team’s recent 2-0 win over Alaves in Madrid from the stands. “Gareth’s fine. He has two years left on his contract. He likes living in Madrid and he’s going nowhere,” Barnett told the BBC.“He is still as good as anyone else in the team,” Barnett said, adding that Bale’s place in the team was up to manager Zinedine Zidane.“Of course, there’s been interest but there’s hardly a club in the world which can afford him. It’s a great loss that he’s not in the Real Madrid team at the moment but he’ll not leave.“Gareth is not looking to outlast Zidane. Zidane has been very successful. There’s no hatred. Zidane just does not want to play him. Gareth trains every day and he trains well.”Barnett said that Bale was keen to represent Wales at next year’s European Championship, but ruled out a loan switch to another club for regular game time to remain match fit.“He always wants to play well for Wales,” Barnett said.“Gareth’s one of the best players in the world. The best players in the world do not go out on loan.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
As soon as the 2008 NCAA football schedule was released,many circled the week three matchup between Wisconsin and Fresno State, markingit as an early road trap for the Badgers against a tough WAC opponent.Saturday night, the Badgers (3-0) went into a sold-out Bulldog Stadium andemerged with a 13-10 victory, ending Fresno State’s (1-1) hopes of becomingthis season’s BCS buster.During his weekly press conference Monday, UW head coach Bret Bielema discussedwhat the win meant to the team.“[Fresno State] was the first non-conference opponent thatwe beat that was ranked in the last 50 years,” Bielema said. “It was a greataccomplishment not only for our team, but for our program, and the Universityof Wisconsin.”The last time the Badgers recorded a road win over a rankednon-conference opponent was in 1958.When asked what this win meant for the remainder of the season, Bielema wasquick to point out the team’s next road test in Ann Arbor.“I think it’s just the phrase ‘been there, done that,’”Bielema said. “We are going to be going on the road to Michigan. It’s been along time since we’ve been able to win up there as a program. … I think there’ssomething you want to draw from the way our kids handled the road. Theyembraced the environment.”Hill, Shaughnessy earn game honors from coachBielema handed off the offensive game ball to running back P.J. Hill, whorushed for 112 yards. “Although he didn’t get in the end zone, I don’t know ifI’ve seen him play better,” Bielema said of Hill. “The way that he handled thegame, the situations that came at him, he really did a good job to hang ontothe football.”Despite senior linebacker DeAndre Levy being named Big Ten Defensive Player ofthe Week with an interception, a sack and nine total tackles, Bielema awardedthe defensive game ball to senior defensive lineman Matt Shaughnessy.“Matt Shaughnessy was outstanding in the game,” Bielemasaid. “He obviously created the big play.”Shaughnessy only finished with two tackles, but the big playBielema referred to was a deflection in which Shaughnessy got his hand on apass from Fresno State quarterback Tom Brandstater. The ball was batted intothe air and was intercepted by Levy.Injury reportSophomore defensive back Aaron Henry has missed the first three games of theseason, but Bielema is optimistic that he may be available for next Saturday’smatchup against the Wolverines.“Our goal [for Henry] has always been to be back for Michigan,”Bielema said.Junior linebacker Javery McFadden suffered an injury in Saturday night’s winand had to leave the game with a clubbed hand. He will undergo surgery thisweek and is expected to be back next Tuesday.Both quarterback Allan Evridge and Jason Chapman experienced cramps during thegame. Though Evridge did not return, Bielema said his signal caller is in goodhealth and ready to practice. Bielema noted that Chapman, however, also “hadsome ligament damage to his hands. He will be casted and ready to play.”The Badgers welcomed back senior tight end Travis Beckum and senior outsidelinebacker Jonathan Casillas from injuries. Beckum caught four balls for 51total yards, while Casillas recorded seven tackles. Bielema said havingCasillas and Beckum back was “huge.”“I think just for the energy during the course of the week,” Bielema said. “Agame on Saturday may have been won during the course of the week when Travispracticed the way he did.”Effects of overturned fumble call still lingerThe Badgers managed to hang on despite officials overturning what looked to bea Fresno State fumble. It appeared Levy recovered the ball on the Bulldogs’26-yard line, but a challenge resulted in the call being overturned.“Obviously as a Wisconsin fan, a Wisconsin coach, anybody that has a W on theirheart, they felt that was one that should have stayed with the ruling on thefield,” Bielema said of the call. “But the officials, you’ve got to trust whatthey say.”The ensuing drive ultimately resulted in a missed field goal attempt by FresnoState kicker Kevin Goessling.