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first_imgNZ Herald 3 July 2013Certain forms of IVF treatment are significantly associated with an increased risk of low intelligence in children, a major study has shown.A link was also found with an especially severe type of autism, but only in the case of twins or triplets.Scientists who analysed data on more than 2.5 million births stressed that the chances of an IVF baby being affected remained tiny in real terms.They found a 51 per cent increased risk of intellectual impairment, marked by an IQ below 70, in children conceived by IVF treatments in which sperm cells are injected directly into eggs.This amounted to a rise from 62 per 100,000 children (0.062 per cent) to 92 per 100,000 (0.092 per cent).But the researchers said the result could not be explained by factors such as premature and multiple births and needed further investigation.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10894496last_img read more

first_img3 Way Swim Meet @ Milan.Girls:   Batesville 143, Oldenburg Academy 101, Milan 55.Lady Bulldogs are 7-3 on the season.Boys:  Batesville 152, Oldenburg Academy 76, Milan 63.Bulldogs are 5-2 on the season.Batesville Varsity Event Winners-Girls 200 medley relay (El Weiler, Gutzwiller, Cox, Villani), Villani-50 free/500 free, Gutzwiller 100 fly, 200 free relay (El Weiler, Hall, Gutzwiller, Villani), Em Weiler 100 back, Eliz Weiler 100 breast. 400 free relay (Hall, Em Weiler, Cox, Espin).OA Highlights:  200 Individual Medley  – 1st Caroline Storms, 3rd Huntyr Rose;50 Free – 2nd Meredith Maier; 100 Free – 1st Caroline Storms; 500 Free – 2nd Mikaela Fangman; and 100 Breast –  2nd Mikaela Fangman.Batesville Varsity Event Winners-Boys: 200 Medley Relay (Weiler, Hatcher, Hawkins, Hunter),  Graham Hunter 200 free, Hatcher 200 IM/100 fly, Weiler 50 free/100breast, 200 free relay (Weiler, Hatcher, Hunter, McKinley), Jacob Hawkins 100 back, 400 free relay (Miller, McKinley, Hawkins, Parker).OA Highlights:  50 Free – 2nd John Pelzel; 100 Fly – 2nd John Pelzel; and100 Free – 1st Ben Wanstrath.Batesville JV Event Winners-Girls: Lauren Caplinger 50 free/100 breast, Maggie Schwettman 100 free, Sarah Poltrack 100 back.BatesvilleJV Event Winners-Boys:  Nathan Hall 50 free/100 free, Ben Schwettman 100 back,  Grant Greene 100 breast.Batesville Improvements-Girls:  Caplinger 50 free/100 breast, Cox 100 back, Espin 100 breast, Hatcher 200 IM, 50 free split, Poltrack 100 free, Ritter 100 back, Schwettman 100 free/100 breast, El Weiler 100 free, Em Weiler 100 back.Batesville Improvements-Boys:  Greene 100 breast, N Hall 50 free/100 free, Z Hall 50 free, Hatcher 100 fly, Hunter 200 free, Kunkel 50 free/100 free, D Main 100 back, McKinley 100 free, Parker 500 free, Patel 50 free/100 breast, Pelo 100 breast, Schwettman 100 free/100 back/50 back, Weiler 100 breast.Submitted by Batesville Coach TJ Greene and OA Coach Shawwn Storms.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal EPL: Son fires four past Southampton EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom Everton midfielder, Andre Gomes, will have surgery on Monday after suffering a fracture-dislocation to his right ankle in their Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur, his club have said.The Portugal international sustained the injury in the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday after landing off balance at speed following a tackle from Spurs forward Son Heung-min.Everton released a statement confirming Gomes would need surgery but did not set out a timeline for his return.Manager Marco Silva has backed the 26-year-old to make a full recovery.“We will give all support to Andre and his family,” Silva told reporters. “As a group we have to stay together.“He is seriously injured but I am 100% sure Andre will become stronger as a football player and as a man because he is a fantastic lad, a fantastic professional.”Son was shown a red card for his part in the incident and was in tears in the dressing room afterwards.On Monday, the 27-year-old was called up to the South Korea squad for two matches later this month and national team coach Paulo Bento said his international team mates would rally around him.“What happened in that match is really unfortunate,” Bento told Yonhap News Agency. “It doesn’t matter which country a player is from. You never want to see anyone get hurt that seriously, but it’s also part of the game.“Heung-min has to pick things up and move forward, and we’ll try to help him the best we can.”South Korea play Lebanon in a World Cup qualifier on November 14 before facing Brazil in a friendly five days later in Abu Dhabi.  Tags: Andre GomesEvertonSon Heung-minlast_img read more

first_img “I’m just going to go and have a beer with Sam (Allardyce)…we’re not really supposed to be playing like this, Sam and myself,” he said. “Sam and I both playing diamonds? Usually we’re just buying diamonds for people’s fingers. “It was a really entertaining game of football. When I analyse it later I’ll probably think it was a point gained. “We’ve both brought people in to add fire power and score goals but there’s also a knack of keeping people out which we need to do too.” Allardyce highlighted Valencia’s stunning effort as the key moment, the Ecuador striker marking his first league start with an effort that will surely keep him in the XI for the foreseeable future. “Our first goal is one of best we’ll see this season and we’ve seen some terrific goals already,” said Allardyce. “The power and accuracy of the shot…it was past McGregor before he could move. “It stunned the whole ground, the place went silent I think. “It was that good a goal but it was very important to get back in the game. “It was a nip and tuck first half but Hull got their noses in front. “I thought we then took control for long periods and we had one or two chances to score but then we gifted them the second. “I’m thinking ‘come on lads, you can’t allow us to play like this and not get anything’ and we did bounce back very quickly.” It might have been an even more memorable showing from the Uruguay international had a 25-yard drive five minutes later crept under the crossbar instead of ricocheting off it. Asked what had persuaded him to pitch Hernandez directly into action after one training session, Bruce said: “It was just his attitude. He’s been back (from international duty) and in Europe for three, four, five (days) waiting patiently for his passport. “So we went to Croydon to the office for it, we flew to Rome with it and met him there in Rome. “He only got here on Saturday afternoon, Sunday he was training and he was desperate to play. I’m so pleased we did it, even though he can hardly move now, but he’ll be fine.” Hernandez’s header put Hull 1-0 up at half-time only for opposite number Enner Valencia to top it with a superb piledriver from 25 yards. A second City debutant, Mohamed Diame, starting against the club he left on deadline day, then restored the lead with an opportunistic goal after pickpocketing an errant Hammers throw-in. The visitors levelled again when Diafra Sakho’s low shot escaped Allan McGregor and was turned home by defender Curtis Davies, teeing up a tense finale that peaked when Valencia’s injury-time header was deflected off the crossbar. That left Bruce to reflect on an exciting spectacle, but one that did little to enhance either manager’s reputation for defensive solidity. Hull manager Steve Bruce credited a late dash from Croydon to Rome for making Abel Hernandez’s barnstorming debut possible. Bruce had expected to be without his club record signing for the home clash with West Ham due to a delay with his work permit. But the relevant paperwork was completed just in time for the Tigers to complete a cross-continental jaunt to bring the £9.5million signing in over the weekend and he repaid Bruce’s decision to throw him straight in by scoring a fine header in his side’s 2-2 draw. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaD’Tigress of Nigeria have continued to bask in the euphoria of their 2017 Women Afrobasket victory with a solemn declaration that their triumph has finally ended the domination of Senegal over them as the standard benchmark of basketball for women in Africa.The Nigerian ladies remarkably won all eight matches at the campaign in Bamako, Mali and capped it all with a double over continental powerhouse, Senegal. They defeated the Lionesses 48-44 in Group B match and capped it with another win in the final to secure their third continental title since 2003 and 2005.Nkechi Akashili and Sarah Ogoke summed up the upbeat mood when the team was hosted in Abuja upon arrival from Mali.“For sure, we have ended Senegal domination over us in continental basketball. They have dominated us for ages and after we surged past Mali in the semi-final, we resolved to beat Senegal to prove a point, and we did that we actualized in the final. The way forward is for the board to put in camp in time for the World Championship in Spain. We need to train more together so that we can forge a better understand of ourselves. The better when we stay together,” said Akashili of First Bank basketball teamHer position was echoed by teammate, Ogoke, who plays for Real Club, Celta Vigo of Spain.The US-born guard, described the Afrobasket win as a new dawn for female basketball in Nigeria, stressing that they now want to rule the continent for many years to come.“What I believe is that when your preparation is good, success will follow. it was not easy but we were able to accomplish it. Senegal used to be our bogey team, our biggest rival. But we have broken their jinx. It is the new era for Nigeria. We had a lot of new players and better players with experience. It’s just the beginning for us,” Ogoke said.She attributed their impressive outing to the superb coaching and tactics of the coaches led by Sam Vincent, in addition to a crop of players that refused to lose.“The next target is the World Championship. But we just have to put our house in order and improve this team and achieve our goal of a top four finish in Spain. We have to work towards that,’’ she said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 With an ice bag pressed to the side of his head, Robbie Hughes trudged across the field. Seventy-five yards. Then back again. On the heels of Wednesday’s 5-1 blowout loss to Siena and with a ‘little bump’ — actually the size of a ping pong ball — sticking out of his head, the Syracuse freshman defender looked gassed. ‘After the final whistle tonight we wipe the slate clean, and we go again,’ he said. ‘And we work hard.’ The sooner the Orange can wipe the slate clean, the better. Players and coaches have a lot of goals to erase from their minds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Not since 2003 had SU allowed an opponent to score five goals in a game, and unfortunately for new head coach Ian McIntyre, it happened in his debut. Syracuse (0-1-0) dropped its 2010 season opener Wednesday night to Siena in front of 1,231 spectators at SU soccer stadium. The Saints (1-0-0) scored three of their five goals on set pieces and took advantage of an inexperienced Syracuse lineup that is still searching for the right combination ‘We started seven new guys,’ McIntyre said. ‘I think we played over 10 new guys. A lot of them made their collegiate debuts. But that’s not an excuse, and we don’t want to use that as an excuse.’ McIntyre doesn’t want Wednesday’s result labeled a product of new faces in new places, but that might be the problem. Twenty of the 30 players on SU’s roster are new to the program this season, and 11 of those saw playing time. Siena took advantage early of a defensive unit that hasn’t seen much time on the field together. The Saints got on the board just five minutes into the game on a header by Falko Friedrichs off of a corner kick. Friedrichs was all alone at the six-yard box with no Orange defenders around. Siena’s second goal was much the same. Just minutes before the half, Friedrichs headed in another after, connecting with a flip throw from teammate Joey Tavernese. Again Friedrichs found himself alone in front of the goal. Two instances of miscommunication by the Orange defense. Two goals for the Saints. ‘I think a little bit of naivety and some poor defending cost us ultimately,’ McIntyre said. After the half, SU came out with energy and dominated the opening minutes. The increased pressure on the Saints defense led to a goal from freshman Brett Jankouskas in the 49th minute, after a cheeky back-heel pass by sophomore midfielder Mawuena Agbossoumonde. But the shaky SU defense would be exposed again. This time by speed. Siena striker Emery Welshman, the fastest player on the field, scored two goals and an assist, all in the second half. Welshman got in behind the Orange defense twice in the second half, resulting in two Saints goals. ‘He’s one of those guys that when we play the ball up to him and he turns, we can’t get there to support him because he’s so quick,’ Siena head coach Gareth Elliott said. ‘He definitely has some jets.’ SU’s team isn’t at full strength. Defender Konrad Andersson tore his meniscus and midfielder Nick Roydhouse, who was All-MAC second team in 2009, was suspended. ‘There were a couple of guys that we expected to play (for Syracuse) that didn’t play,’ Elliott said. ‘… It’s very difficult if coach McIntyre doesn’t know his strongest starting 11 right now because, then, we’re not going to know the strongest starting 11.’ In addition, the Orange is still toying with its formation. Tonight’s lineup came out in a flexible 4-3-3 alignment from defense to forward. But Hughes admitted the number of attackers and midfielders still isn’t set in stone. The Orange may use different lineups in hopes of finding a unit that clicks by the time Big East play gets underway on Sept. 25. Despite Wednesday, McIntyre has time. ‘We’ve got a lot of faces that we’re trying to work out,’ he said ‘… I think a little bit of naivety and some poor defending cost us ultimately.’ Mjcohe02@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

first_imgWhen the word “fraternity” is mentioned around USC, it can often be marred by the words partying, privilege and controversy. One term that isn’t tossed around as often, however, is diversity. This isn’t the case for the 26 multicultural fraternities and sororities recognized on USC’s campus. These organizations strive to add some new terms to Greek life: inclusion, tolerance and community. Every fraternity and sorority at USC is overseen by a national governing body. The organizations on the Row are all overseen by either the Interfraternity Council or the Panhellenic Council. However, these organizations do not oversee multicultural fraternities. Instead, three different councils exist for these groups, each one catering to a different ethnic demographic. The Asian Greek Council oversees the three historically Asian sororities and two Asian fraternities on campus. The Multicultural Greek Council oversees 12 fraternities and sororities which are predominantly Latino (one of the fraternities overseen by MGC, Alpha Gamma Alpha, is historically Armenian). And the nine historically African American fraternities and sororities at USC — a group colloquially referred to as “The Divine Nine” — is overseen by the National Pan-Hellenic Council. According to Kathrina Ruiz, the anti-basileus (or president) of National Pan-Hellenic’s Sigma Gamma Rho, one of the main differences she sees between traditional Greek organizations and multicultural fraternities and sororities is a greater focus on community service. The work is often specifically focused on causes important to minorities. A commitment to community outreach was one of the main reasons why Sigma Gamma Rho was more attractive option for her. “I felt [Panhellenic] didn’t do as much community service as I wanted to do,” Ruiz said. “They do great at throwing ‘fundragers’ and stuff like that, but I don’t see them on Skid Row too often.” Cesar Rivas, a junior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention and an active member of the MGC-overseen Sigma Delta Alpha, said that he never even considered joining a fraternity when he first arrived at USC. However, it was SDA’s commitment to service that made him want to become a part of the community. “I feel like fraternities as a whole get a very negative reputation, but particularly what I liked with Sigma Delta Alpha was what they were about,” Rivas said. “Our purpose was to graduate and spread the words of our culture — to be able to help out communities around the area and see what their needs are. That to me was really important.” Although having three different governing bodies may suggest that these organizations operate independently of each other, Ruiz said that this is not the case, and that many of their community events blur council lines. NPHC chapters will often partner with MGC and AGC — and occasionally with IFC — for programming each semester. Although these chapters coordinate with one another, Rivas believes that a focus on community service is part of why the multicultural Greek community has a lower profile than many other organizations on campus. In comparison to large parties on the Row that sometimes reach capacity after an hour, lower key events held by the multicultural fraternities draw from smaller groups of people. Ruiz believes that when people on campus talk about fraternities and sororities, the organizations overseen by AGC, MGC and National Pan-Hellenic are considered separate from “typical” Greek life. “I feel like not a lot of people know, and I feel like it comes from the fact that when people talk about ‘Greek life,’ they’re referring to the Row primarily,” Ruiz said. But the multicultural Greek community is much greater than just USC. According to Rivas, the network created by membership of one of these organizations transcends state lines, and can be useful. With chapters located throughout California and the U.S., members of these organizations can find a network and a community across the country. And this network finds its way back to USC. Oscar Salinas, an alumnus of an MGC fraternity at Arizona State University, visited USC’s campus to watch a cultural performance event put on by the Multicultural Greek Council and its members. He said that becoming a member of a multicultural fraternity means becoming a member of something much bigger — even as an alumnus. “I was born and raised in Arizona, I have my fraternity brothers all back home at Arizona,” Salinas said. “But I get to come to USC’s campus and see all of these Greek organizations — some of which also have chapters at ASU — and it feels like I’m at home. It feels like I’m an undergrad.” Rivas said that, despite not maintaining the highest profile on campus, he feels like the multicultural Greek community at USC is continuing to grow. Mostly, he is excited to see the Greek community continue to become more and more diverse in the future. “I think the future is definitely bright,” Rivas said. “I hope to see a future where we have not just a lot of people of color or Latinos and such in our fraternities and sororities, but a very diverse community.”last_img read more

first_imgAFCON 2019 DRAWSuper Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr is hoping for a favourable draw for the three-time African champions at the draw ceremony for the 2019 AFCON scheduled to hold next Friday, April 12 in Cairo, Egypt.All the 24 teams that qualified for continental football showpiece are going to be placed in six groups of four teams each for the tournament scheduled to hold between June and July in Egypt. Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr Speaking at the Aiteo-NFF Awards ceremony that held on Monday night in Lagos, the Franco-German gaffer revealed he already has an idea of his squad whilst also hoping for a favourable pairing.Rohr who left Lagos for his base in France on Wednesday revealed to AOIFootball.com that his team is ready to go up against the best nations on the continent.While also hinting he will be flying directly to Egypt from France for the draw, the Super Eagles coach stated categorically that he believes that the tournament would be a very tough one but his boys are fully aware of the task ahead.“Obviously, the focus is on the AFCON now; we wanted to qualify and we have achieved that so it’s time to test our strength with the best legs on the continent.“I will fly directly for the draws from France and hope we get a fair draw but I don’t also think that there will be pushover teams. The qualifiers were very competitive and I also believe the tournament will also be a difficult one,” Rohr warned.The coach also played down fears over his team’s second pot seeding, insisting that the Eagles would be ready to take on any of the six seeded teams in pot one, having already tested their strength with host nation Egypt in a friendly last month in Asaba.After missing the past two edition’s of the competition, the Super Eagles were placed in Pot 2 and would face one of Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Tunisia who have all been placed in Pot One of the draw.Meanwhile, a former Nigerian international, Samuel Okeremute Sodje has thrown his weight behind the current crop of Super Eagles players to win the Africa Nations Cup in June despite making a return after six years absence.The free scoring defender admitted that the bunch of players in the team are good to go but must believe in themselves and play as a unit to ensure they triumph over the continent’s best in Egypt.“Definitely, the Nations Cup is winnable because we have the players that can deliver the goods for us and I believe if they play as a team and believe in their abilities, then they can repeat the success of 2013 in South Africa.“Individually you look at this current crop of players and find plenty of amazing talents, though young. I believe if the right mindset is instilled in them before the tournament then they could go on and win yet another trophy for Nigeria,” Sodje said.He, however, added that with the expansion from 16 to 24, the competition would definitely be tougher but still believes in the Nigerian team as they have continued to improve game by game since their group stage exit from the World Cup in Russia.Sam Sodje, the younger brother of former World Cup defender Efe Sodje, won four caps with the senior national team, making his debut in the Eagles 3-0 loss to Romania in 2005 before also featuring in games against Ireland, France and Kenya.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – As of April 8, more than 300 people have died from COVID-19 in Florida has the number of cases now surpasses 15,000.According to worldmeters.info, Florida now has 15,456 confirmed coronavirus cases including 309 deaths.Miami-Dade continues to lead the number of confirmed cases within the state, with 5,354 cases, about 35 percent of the state’s total. Broward County was next with 2,358, followed by Palm Beach with 1,206. All three counties also have the highest COVID-19 deaths: 49- Miami-Dade, 58- Broward and 69- Palm Beach County.So far, two cities: Miami Beach and Miramar have issued emergency orders requiring all residents to wear face coverings (which cover their mouth and nose) when going out in public. The orders apply to employees and customers of grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and hardware stores. The emergency orders also apply to delivery drivers.At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state’s hospital capacity was at 45 percent. The numbers are higher in South Florida, with 57 percent capacity in Miami-Dade and 54 percent in Broward.Meanwhile, plans were underway to set up a field hospital at the Miami Beach Convention Center by the end of the month.last_img read more

first_img Betfred extends Super League title sponsorship May 23, 2019 StumbleUpon Submit Betfred deepens commitment to rugby with Women’s Super League August 16, 2019 Share Related Articles Share Betfred extends Rugby League’s Championship and League 1 sponsorship August 30, 2019 The UK rugby league season is heading towards an exciting conclusion and mobile engagement specialists InCrowd and the Ruby Football League are upping the ante for one fortunate fan.The upcoming Rugby schedule is packed, with fans looking forward to the Betfred Super League semi-finals, Grand Final, Million Pound Game, League 1 semi-finals/finals, the Steve Prescott Man of Steel awards and a host of international fixtures.One fan who will be paying even more attention to the Betfred Super League semi-finals than usual is Wigan Warriors supporting Ian Darbyshire. He has been an OurLeague member since its launch in October 2017 and a regular player of the OurLeague predictor, which has been lauded for the ways it’s elevated fan engagement in the sport.Darbyshire’s recent streak of 22 correct predictions, dating back to 17th August, makes him the best performing predictor player of the season. In fact, he is one of only five out of 30,000 players to reach a streak of 20 or above. His impressive feat has already won him the September leaderboard prize of four hospitality tickets to the Betfred Super League Grand Final, in which he could see his side, Wigan Warriors, compete for the trophy if they make it past the semi-finals on 5 October.Nichola Spencer, Membership Manager at the Rugby Football League,commented: “Since its launch at the end of 2017, membership of OurLeague has increased massively and now has nearly 70,000 registrations. The OurLeague Predictor is a fantastic way for fans to engage with each game and win incredible prizes. We’d like to wish Ian the best of luck in his predictions tonight and tomorrow.”There is, however, a more significant personal prize within Ian’s reach; his active streak of 22 leaves him just 3 correct predictions away from winning OurLeague’s £20,000 Predictor jackpot prize.In order to win the £20,000, he must correctly predict the outcome of St. Helens vs Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors vs Castleford Tigers, along with the first try scorer of the latter game. OurLeague is the Rugby Football League’s membership platform powered by FanScore and developed in partnership with InCrowd. The platform provides exclusive content, live streaming, a host of member benefits and engaging interactive touch points for rugby league fans including polls, live Man of the Match voting and the season long predictor competition.last_img read more