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Medical team performs successful cochlear implant surgeries for infants

[2/19/2017 4:09:19 PM]

AMMONNEWS - A medical team of the Royal Medical Services (RMS) has recently performed cochlear implant surgeries for several infants who are less than one year old, as part of HRH Crown Prince Hussein's “Hearing Without Borders” initiative, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported on Sunday. The children, before the surgeries, suffered from distortions in the structure of their cochlear, which made them lose the hearing sense. Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hiari, head of the ear department at the RMS, said that the cochlear devices are characterised by their small sizes and are attached to the skull. Hiari said the operations were conducted by the RMS in cooperation with the Saint-Petersburg Research Institute of Ear, Throat, Nose and Speech, noting that a workshop was held at the Queen Rania Hospital for Children on cochlear implantation to exchange expertise with the institute. A professor from the Russian institute praised the advanced level of RMS personnel’s experince in cochlear implants and rehabilitating patients after surgeries, according to Petra. Families of infants expressed their appreciation for the Crown Prince, describing his initiative as a "gate of hope" that helps their children restore hearing. Launching the initiative in December 2014, Crown Prince Hussein noted that some 300 children in Jordan are born with hearing disabilities every year and they need help to be able to hear and speak. He added that the chance for these children to hear and speak normally is great if there is adequate medical intervention before they are six years old. According to the Crown Prince’s website, the vision behind the project is to “have a Jordan free from hearing disabilities, and the mission is to provide all support and assistance for the rehabilitation of deaf children who receive cochlear implants, to provide the needed language therapy and training for these children and to create community awareness on the cause of deafness”. *Jordan Times

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Heavy rainfall leads to floods in Saudi cities

[2/18/2017 4:47:56 PM]

AMMONNEWS - After weather warnings in eastern, central and south of the Saudi kingdom, heavy rains transformed some neighborhoods into water canals. Submerged cars were left stuck inside tunnels and areas clogged with rain. Volunteering groups and civil defense vehicles helped citizens trapped in their cars, amid many warnings urging people to stay home. Emergency teams were sent to places flooded with water with equipped trucks to remove rainwater from the streets. *Al Arabiya

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New Zealanders race to rescue stranded whales

[2/11/2017 4:21:26 PM]

AMMONNEWS - A new pod of 240 whales swam aground at a remote New Zealand beach on Saturday just hours after weary volunteers managed to refloat a different group of whales following an earlier mass stranding. In total, more than 650 pilot whales have beached themselves along a 5 kilometer (3 mile) stretch of coastline over two days on Farewell Spit at the tip of the South Island. About 335 of the whales are dead, 220 remain stranded, and 100 are back at sea. Department of Conservation Golden Bay Operations Manager Andrew Lamason said they are sure they're dealing with a new pod because they had tagged all the refloated whales from the first group and none of the new group had tags. The news was devastating for hundreds of volunteers who had come from around the country to help with the initial group of 416 stranded whales that was found early Friday, many of them already dead. Volunteers are planning to return Sunday to help refloat as many healthy whales as they can. Lamason said about 20 of the new group were euthanized by conservation workers because they were in poor condition and more would likely need to be killed Sunday. *AP

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Skyscrapers: Will Jeddah Tower be the tallest in the world?

[2/5/2017 4:18:31 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The race to build upward and higher began in the US in 1931 and for over 40 years, the Empire State Building in Manhattan, New York, was the tallest in the world. In 1973, the mantle then went to the World Trade Center Towers in the same city, and soon after a year later to the Wills Tower in Chicago. At present, however, the scenario is much changed. At 828 meters, the world’s tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Since late 90s, Asia entered the race to the top with the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, only to be overtaken by Taiwan in 2004, with its Taipei 101. The Gulf made its entry with Burj Khalifa at 828 meters in Dubai, UAE, and the Makkah Royal Clock Tower at 559 meters. According to The Guardian, of the top 20 tallest buildings, four are in the Middle East, four in the US (including the new One World Trade Center), and the remaining 12 spread across Asia, including the twisting Shanghai Tower. The appetite for skyscrapers has not died down, and The Guardian estimates that by 2020 there will be more than 16,000 of them across the world. But coming back to the question of which city will have the distinction of having the tallest tower, the race seems to be between Dubai and Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah. In Dubai, the work has begun for tallest twinned skyscrapers in the world, being built by the world-famous Santiago Calatrava which is part of Emaar’s Dubai Creek Harbour development. Emaar has claimed that The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour to be completed in 2020, that it will be the tallest in the world. But on the horizon in Saudi Arabia come 2020 will also be the biggest skyscraper project, the Jeddah Tower at 1,oo6 meters is expected to touch one kilometer into the sky! *Al Arabiya

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Texas boy lifts toilet lid, finds rattlesnake hiding inside

[2/4/2017 3:31:41 PM]

AMMONNEWS - A snake removal expert says rattlesnakes often hide in rural Texas homes, but having one peer up from a toilet is an unusual occurrence. Nathan Hawkins said Friday that he was called to a home near Abilene last month after a boy lifted the toilet lid and was surprised to find an adult rattlesnake poking out of the water with most of its body extended down into the drain. Hawkins says the snake found into the house’s plumbing through an exposed pipe. The boy’s mother decapitated the snake and Hawkins removed 23 others that he found nesting in the storm cellar and beneath the home. Hawkins posted details of the account to his company’s Facebook page and the post has been shared thousands of times. *AP

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Rare lion-tiger hybrid born in Russian zoo

[1/31/2017 3:52:06 PM]

AMMONNEWS - An extremely rare cross between a tiger and a lion has been born in a travelling zoo in southern Russia, one of only a few dozen of the animals believed to exist. Named Tsar, the two-month-old liger cub, is the offspring of a tigress Princess and lion Caesar, zoo director Erik Airapetyan told AFP. “They have lived together for a long time and know each other well. When the tigress was on heat, she didn’t have any other choice,” he said. The cub has the beige fur of a lion and the stripes of a tiger and is currently being fed on milk from one of the zoo’s goats. Ligers can grow to be the biggest cat in the animal kingdom, weighing more than 400 kilograms. A liger called Hercules in the United States is currently listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest feline in the world, at a weight of 418 kilograms and length of 3.33 meters. *AFP

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Jordan top of 35 world tourist destinations, Network

[1/29/2017 10:34:10 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Matador, an international travel and lifestyle brand, has placed Jordan top of a list of 35 global tourist attractions for this year, noting the Kingdom's stability amidst a turbulent region. In its "35 of the World's Best Places to Travel in 2017", Matador, a network which redefines travel media with cutting edge adventure stories, photojournalism, and social commentary, said Jordan is a place of supernatural beauty and a completely safe oasis isolated from the instability of the Middle East. Matador, the world's largest independent travel publisher with over 12 million visitors a month, published images, the Ultimate Jordan Road Trip, citing six reasons to travel to the Kingdom, including its people, Petra, food, Wadi Rum, the history and the Red and Dead Seas. It published 20 images of Petra, the Red Rose city in the country's south, one of the world's seven wonders, adding that Petra "is so ancient you could use the Bible as your guidebook rather than a Lonely Planet". "Imagine Yosemite as a desert with super luxury tented camps. That's a bit how Wadi Rum feels", the network said, citing Yosemite, a national park in California's Sierra Nevada. Beyond these obvious destinations, there's also Al Salt, Jarash and Amman, it said, adding: "Travel here with an open mind, and get ready for a hospitality that will blow away any expectations". Jordan ranked number one on the Matador list and was followed by Los Angeles, Epicentre of Southern California, Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, Sisimiut, Greenland, Peninsula Valdes in Argentina, Hamburg, Germany, Faroe Islands, Auckland, New Zealand, Dominical, Costa Rica, Montreal, Canada, Portmagee, and 24 others.

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