Obituary: George Walker

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‘Smallest preemie ever’ born at Maryland hospital finally goes home

first_img SHARE ‘Smallest preemie ever’ born at Maryland hospital finally goes home Published: August 9, 2017 8:29 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBS NEW YORK) A little baby is finally home with her family after spending the first few months in intensive care.Because of a medical issue her mother, Claudia Cruz, was induced into labor at just 24 weeks back in March.When Ariana Cruz-Gutierrez was born, Anne Arundel Medical Center said she weighed only 12 ounces — or about as much as three sticks of butter.In fact, a hospital official confirmed Ariana is actually the smallest preemie ever to survive at the center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.It’ll be at least 18 months before doctors can determine whether Ariana will face physical or intellectual challenges, according to the Capital Gazette.But five months later the AAMC shared a photo of Ariana who has grown to 4 pounds, 15 ounces and left the hospital for the very first time.last_img read more

William Amamoo predicts a bright future with Black Stars

first_imgGhana international goalkeeper William Amamoo is aiming for good times with his Israeli side Hapoel Petah Tikva that would propel him for the Black Stars in future. Speaking exclusively to Goal.com’s K.N.S Mensah from his base in Israel, he spoke on his future with the Black Stars, the controversial Jabulani football, his relationship with current goalkeeper Richard Kingson and his views about coach Milovan Rajevac.Amamoo was the Best Goalkeeper in Romania in 2003 after playing 18 games without conceding a goal, and also in 2007. He won the same award in Hungary back in 2006, including the Best Save of the Season, for finishing in fourth position with his club.Goal.com: How is it going with you in Israel at the moment?Amamoo: By God’s grace everything is going well. I had my first game last night and it was a goalless draw. So I am happy to start on a sound note and to have returned to the Premier League again where I have featured for three seasons in Egypt and Romania.Goal.com: What do you make of the Black Stars’ performance at the 2010 World Cup?Amamoo: They really made Africa proud with that vintage performance. At a point in time there was no African side, but they held onto the flag of the continent and took us far. It was a turning point for Ghana and African football. We should be proud of them. Goal.com: Did you watch Ghana’s last game against Uruguay and how did you feel afterwards?Amamoo: I watched only the matches Ghana played and when we went out I couldn’t watch the 2010 World Cup again. I was highly rooting for Ghana because I knew we would go far but it is just unfortunate we went out under circumstances beyond our control. I felt very sad because most of the players are my friends. We graduated from the U-17 in 1999 and U-21 in 2001 so it was a painful moment. I was hoping we could be the first African country to make it to the semi-finals. I think Uruguay were luckier than us.Goal.com: Your thoughts about Luis Suarez ,who blocked the ball from the goal with his hands?Amamoo: I don’t think Luis Suarez should be given extra punishment for doing that, although I support changing the laws of the game. If it was the other way around we would have also done the same thing. It was an act of patriotism, but painful for us. All the same I think that rule should be reviewed to allow for a goal if a last player blocks the ball with his hands from entering the goal.Goal.com: What is the future of this Black Stars team? Amamoo: I foresee a bright future for Ghanaian football. We have a lot of upcoming stars who have already proven themselves for the future such as Andre Dede Ayew and Anthony Annan. It looks very bright. I personally think we must also commend coach Milovan Rajevac for taking a very bold decision to blend both young and experienced players. We must also not forget about coach Sellas Tetteh for scouting for most of these players.Goal.com: What should be the future of the coach as his contract expires in August?Amamoo: It would be a good decision for the Ghana FA to retain him. He was virtually an unknown coach before taking on the Black Stars job but he has proven himself, beyond expectations, and his critics wrong. He qualified us for our second successive World Cup and took us to our first quarter-finals, won silver at the 2009 CHAN and Nations Cup in Angola 2010. This is incredible. I think our FA should do everything possible to keep him because I have also heard that a club in Qatar is after him.Goal.com: How has your last game for the national team against Japan treated you?Amamoo: I think Ghanaians should be more patient and calm down because that was not my first game for the Black Stars. My first game was against Australia in Sydney and I played well to keep my post. Then after that I was part of the World Cup qualifying team until we qualified with Sudan. I played against Zambia in London and we won by four goals to one. So I was shocked when we lost against Japan and some Ghanaians made a very big case out of it. There were better goalkeepers who conceded worst goals at the recent World Cup. For players, whenever they make a mistake a colleague can stand in for them but with us it will end up in the goal. I think Ghanaians should have considered the other games I played prior to this match against Japan. Goal.com: But how did you feel after that result against Japan?Amamoo: It was unfortunate but everybody saw how the goals came. I think my critics should go back and watch the clip again. I substituted Richard Kingson when the score was 1-0 courtesy of an Asamoah Gyan penalty. I then assisted in the second goal with a long pass to Gyan to make it 2-0 for Ghana. From there then the problems began but how it started, anybody who would watch the game again would see it. I hate doing the blame game.last_img read more