Mom Brought to Tears When Airline Stranger Gives Up First Class Seat for Her Sick Daughter

first_imgAs they settled into their pre-boarded seats, however, Zwick was stunned to be approached by a flight attendant who said that a man in first class wanted to switch seats with her.RELATED: When Boy Mails a Birthday Card to His Dad in Heaven, Postman Comforts Him With a Celestial White Lie“Not able to hold back tears, I cried my way up the aisle while my daughter Lucy laughed!” wrote Zwick. “She felt it in her bones too… real, pure, goodness. I smiled and thanked you as we switched but didn’t get to thank you properly.“Sooo… thank you. Not just for the seat itself but for noticing. For seeing us and realizing that maybe things are not always easy. For deciding you wanted to show a random act of kindness to US. It reminded me how much good there is in this world.“I can’t wait to tell Lucy someday. In the meantime… we will pay it forward.”Zwick’s Facebook letter was shared hundreds of thousands of times until American Airlines finally tracked down the mystery flier: 46-year-old Jason Kunselman.Kunselman, who is an Executive Platinum frequent flier, says that he himself was brought to tears when he saw Zwick and Lucy boarding the plane with all of their medical equipment in tow.LOOK: Police Officer Praised for Spending Hours Looking After Children While Mom Filed Domestic Violence Report“I expected to see her in the front since she had the oxygen machine with her but when I boarded she was in the back,” Kunselman told The Daily Mail. “So I asked the flight attendant if she thought the young lady with the baby would be more comfortable in my seat.”Kunselman says that he did not think much of the good deed until his wife saw Zwick’s Facebook post days later. American Airlines has since connected the two passengers on social media so they could express their appreciation for each other, and the airline says that they soon plan on formally thanking Kunselman for his generosity.Be Sure And Share This Sweet Story Of Kindness With Your Friends on Social Media – Feature photo by Kelsey Rae Zwick / Jason KunselmanAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreKelsey Rae Zwick could not contain her emotions when a compassionate stranger in first class insisted on switching seats with her – and though she did not get to thank him properly on the plane, she finally got her chance on social media after her Facebook post went viral.Zwick had been flying from Orlando to Philadelphia with her 11-month-old daughter Lucy earlier this week. Since the baby suffers from chronic lung disease, the two of them were heading to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for treatment.“I was pushing a stroller, had a diaper bag on my arm and also lugging an oxygen machine for my daughter,” wrote Zwick in an open Facebook letter to the passenger. “We had smiles on our faces as we were headed to see her ‘friends’ at CHOP.”last_img read more

Rain likely for Friday

first_imgThe National Weather Services reports that rain is likely for Friday Today…Rain likely. Highs in the mid 50s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.Tonight…Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Breezy. Lows in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph in the evening increasing to 15 to 25 mph after midnight.Saturday…Clearing and breezy. Highs in the upper 50s. North winds 10 to 20 mph. Saturday Night…Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.Sunday…Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.Sunday Night…Becoming mostly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of rain. Lows in the upper 40s.Monday…Rain likely. Breezy. Highs in the mid 50s. Chance of rain 60 percent.center_img Monday Night…Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s.Tuesday And Tuesday Night…Mostly clear. Highs in the mid 50s. Lows around 40.Wednesday And Wednesday Night…Mostly clear. Highs in the lower 60s. Lows in the upper 40s.Thursday…Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.last_img read more

Review: Pearl Izumi PRO Leader Kit

first_imgAs clothing is so personal, it’s hard for me to talk about fit without revealing a little personal information first. I’m fairly short at 5’8″ with a ~29″ inseam, and am usually in a medium kit, so both the medium short and jersey fit perfectly. Admittedly, when I first received the kit I had gone through some stuff, and I had put one some weight. Even at 165+ there was still a roomy fit, which is at least in my experience, rare for such high end gear. Now that I’m finally getting back to riding shape and back down to 150 lbs the kit still fits great – something I attribute to its insane amount of stretch which also adds to the ridiculous level of comfort. Seriously, it’s like being swaddled by a cloud. Especially on the legs, which is an area I always have fit and comfort issues.Let’s just put this out there: I am not a fan of elastic grippers. Every short I have that has those evil, uncomfortable strips, I find myself grabbing the elastic with both hands and stretching it until it starts to break. Then it’s sort of comfortable. Almost. Of course, the problem with that is that once you stretch it that far they tend not to stay in place very well. Which is exactly why I love the “grippers” on the PI P.R.O. leader bib shorts. Instead of a continuous line of silicone the leader bibs only have a few small diamond shaped gripper spots coupled with an extra stretchy compression cuff. That means you aren’t reminded you’re wearing cycling shorts for the entire ride, and at the end of the ride you aren’t left with crazy lines dug into your legs. An added bonus for me is that this design doesn’t rip your leg hairs out, if you’re not into that whole shaving thing. Now, before you go all Velominati on me,  just know that I have tried it, and get terrible ingrown hairs – therefore I don’t shave.As far as I’m concerned it’s the most comfortable gripper system I have come across, and the stand out feature of the entire kit.Based on Tyler’s review of the Icebreaker kit, I don’t think he would like the length of the Leader shorts, but I love it. The leg of the short terminates just above my kneecap, which I like. Most shorts for me are an ok length, but these are ideal. If the shorts had a traditional gripper, I think I would be saying they were too long, but the compression cuff makes the length perfectly comfortable.That of course leaves the chamois, and overall fit, which are both excellent. With a lot of bibs, I tend to feel cramped – like the straps are too short, but not with these. Combine all of the previous mentions with Pearl Izumi’s excellent 4D chamois and you have  one hell of a bib short. While the jersey is also very good, the bib shorts are the real winner here. A comfortable jersey is important, but it just doesn’t have the potential to ruin a ride like a bad pair of shorts do. Fortunately, in this case Pearl Izumi nailed it. The matching P.R.O. Leader jersey has a ton of features that you would expect to find on a high end jersey, and a few surprises as well. More than just a prominent design feature, Pearl Izumi claims the sublimated X form on the back of jersey functions as additional support for loaded jersey pockets. While wearing the jersey you don’t really notice anything different, but upon returning to some other jerseys of mine, it felt like the backs of those jerseys were sagging to the floor. So it seems to actually work with my usual pocket loads of Gu’s, iPhone, tube, and whatever else I’m carrying. P.R.O. Leader Jersey-P.R.O. Transfer fabric with In-R-Cool technology provides optimal cooling and reflective UV sun protection-Welded Direct-Vent panels provide superior ventilation-Full length zipper for venting-Elasticized gripper on back to keep hem in place-Three back pockets plus sweat-proof pocket-Support for back pocket-Sublimated graphics-Reflective elements for low-light visibilityBody: 91% nylon 9% elastane/UPF 50+Technology: coldblackWeight: 158 g/m squaredSleeve: 80% polyester 20% elastane/UPF 40+Form FitMSRP: $200.00 When it comes to reviews of clothing it is always a highly personal matter, especially with road kit it seems. In Tyler’s recent review of the Icebreaker Wool cycling gear, he notes that he prefers shorter shorts, where as I prefer longer. Then of course there is the general fit of the clothing, as we all have different body types. To further complicate matters, the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Leader bib shorts are their top of the line gear, so of course they are supposed to be good.They are good. Really, really good, in fact. For me, they’re almost perfect. Find out what that means after the break.center_img If you happen to carry a cell phone, or MP3 player for that matter, there is a smart little sweat proof pocket built into the middle pocket on the back of the jersey. It’s big enough to fit an iPhone with a Speck case, so it should fit most devices. Just above it, you will also find a tiny slit in the jersey to route the headphones up, underneath the jersey. Even with a phone in the pocket, there is still plenty of room in the outside pocket for anything else you need to stash. While electronics pocket is definitely not water proof, it does a good job keeping your phone dry from sweat.Thanks to both the short and jersey’s In-R-Cool treatment, the largely black kit remains very tolerable, even on blistering days in the saddle. The Coldblack technology really seems to work, which is good because I like black. Overall the fit of the jersey is great, especially when in riding position. The jersey has a bit of a droptail design, which along with a silicon gripper on the hem, keeps it in place and keeps you from flashing your ride mates.The only bit of caution towards the jersey is that it doesn’t seem to be dryer friendlyl. I have always been leery of putting cycling clothes in the dryer, but I’ve always been told that a quick blast in the dryer helps refresh the qualities of the fabric. Even so, I only put it in the dryer for 10 minutes or less, and on low heat. Though when I removed it from the dryer this last time, two parts of the sublimated graphics had stuck together and while I was able to get them apart without harm, I don’t think that would have been the case if I left it in much longer.That brings us to the price. At $220 for the bib shorts and $200 for the jersey, these are certainly up there in price. However, when you compare them to other ultra high end cycling gear they are actually at the low end of the price spectrum. When it comes down to it, for me the bib shorts are worth every penny. Hell, I’m thinking I may buy another pair because I like them that much. The jersey is really nice, and awesomely comfortable, but if you’re on a budget I would get the shorts and opt for a less expensive top. P.R.O. Leader Bib Short-P.R.O. Transfer fabric with In-R-Cool technology provides optimal cooling and reflective UV sun protection-Direct-Vent panels provide superior ventilation-Anatomic multi-panel design-Silicone leg gripper-Anatomic P.R.O. Seamless 4D Chamois-Sublimated graphics-Reflective elements for low-light visibility-10.5″ inseam (size medium)Body: 66% nylon 34% elastaneTechnology: coldblackWeight: 244 g/m squaredPanels: 80% polyester 20% elastane/UPF 40+Bib: 56% Minerale polyester 33% polyester 11% elastaneForm FitMSRP: $220.00last_img read more

Sinatra The Musical, Based on Life & Career of Frank Sinatra, in Development for 2020 Debut

first_img View Comments Frank Sinatra(Photo: Frank Sinatra Enterprises) Frank Sinatra Enterprises has announced the development of Sinatra The Musical, a new Frank Sinatra bio-show featuring the music of the legendary singer and actor. Emmy winner Danny Strong (Empire, Game Change), who is also at work on a movie remake of Oliver!, has been enlisted to write a book for the Sinatra musical, which is aiming to hit the stage in early 2020.”It is an honor to get to write a musical about one of the biggest icons of the twentieth century,” said Strong. “Sinatra is one of the great talents of all time and his fascinating and powerful story will make for a terrific stage musical. I’m deeply honored to get this opportunity.”Throughout his nine-decade career, Frank Sinatra performed on more than 1,400 recordings. He received nine Grammy Awards as well as three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes. Sinatra also appeared in more than 60 films, including the 1957 film adaptation of Pal Joey, and produced eight motion pictures. The many songs for which Sinatra is known include “My Way,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “The Lady Is a Tramp” and the iconic anthem “New York, New York.”Sinatra appeared on the Broadway stage in 1975 during the 16-performance concert engagement Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie. The 2010 balletic musical Come Fly Away featured Tony-nominated choreography by Twyla Tharp danced to the soundtrack of Sinatra classics.Further information about Sinatra The Musical, including debut venue, dates and casting, will be announced at a later time.last_img read more

UCI and Discovery partner on UCI Track Cycling World League

first_imgFollowing the creation of a new circuit for track cycling by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) on 26 September 2019, the UCI and Discovery are launching a new UCI Track Cycling World League. This is set to debut in the 2021-2022 season.Under the agreement, signed at the 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot in Berlin, Germany, the management, TV production and distribution of the new UCI series will be entrusted to Global Cycling Network (GCN).This will be in collaboration with Eurosport’s dedicated event promotion division, Eurosport Events, for an initial term of eight years. The partnership will ensure international exposure for the new UCI Track Cycling World League via Discovery channels and platforms including Eurosport, the number one sports destination in Europe, and GCN, billed as ‘the world’s number one cycling media brand’.In a release, UCI noted that… ‘The new UCI circuit has a short, dynamic and attractive format that is perfectly suited to the needs of TV and the expectations of viewers. It aims to make track cycling more accessible and to open it up to new audiences who enjoy the spectacle of high-quality sport.’The competition programme for the new UCI league features four events for men and women: individual sprint, keirin, elimination race and Scratch race. The inaugural season will run from November 2021 to February 2022, following the 2021 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, and will comprise a target of six rounds, each running for around two hours.The nine best-placed riders in sprint and keirin as well as all medallists of bunch races at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships will gain selection for the UCI Track Cycling World League.Participants will wear jerseys inspired by their national flags, while the newly crowned UCI World Champions will sport their new rainbow jerseys for the occasion.As of 2021, the UCI International Track Cycling Calendar will be structured around the following major competitions:The UCI Track Cycling Nations Cup, comprised of three rounds held between March and September;The UCI Track Cycling World Championships, held in October, after the UCI Track Cycling Nations Cup;The new UCI Track Cycling World League, which will run from November to February.UCI President David Lappartient said “I am thrilled and delighted that Discovery will be by our side to help launch and promote our new UCI Track Cycling World League. Their expertise and recognised know-how in the fields of organisation and TV production and broadcasting will contribute significantly to the development and popular appeal of track cycling.“With this new UCI circuit, the discipline will have a packed and attractive annual calendar that offers variety and will meet the expectations of new audiences while also appealing to existing cycling fans. Along with our new partner, we will grow the appeal of track cycling beyond the Olympic Games, where it has been on the programme since the very first Games of the modern era, in 1896.”President, Eurosport and Global Sports Rights & Sports Marketing Solutions, Andrew Georgiou, said “We are excited to deepen our longstanding relationship with the UCI and go even further to grow the sport across Europe. Eurosport Events is an increasingly important strategic offer within our business, affording rights-holders the opportunity to build and strengthen their event portfolios globally.“The partnership with the UCI demonstrates what the scale and expertise of the wider Discovery family can offer partners in sport, providing both highly localised content to the widest variety of audiences as well as offering unrivalled expertise, analysis and storytelling from the best experts.Combining this strength in cycling with Eurosport Events’ promotional know-how and the global scale of Discovery’s channels and platforms, including Eurosport and GCN, we are confident we will build the UCI Track Cycling World League into a huge success. As Home of the Olympics in Europe, Discovery and Eurosport look forward to continuing to champion the riders who will be the stars of the velodrome all the way to Paris 2024.”www.uci.orgwww.eurosport.comwww.playsportsnetwork.com Relatedlast_img read more

Disc golf course design to be considered as possible step to bring more families to Nall Park

first_imgA player hits one of the baskets at the Rosedale disc golf course over the weekend.A design for a disc golf course at Nall Park is expected to be presented to the parks committee in Roeland Park this summer. The course designer who is putting the drawings together believes disc golf will bring more visitors to the park, especially families.Scott Reek designs courses, plans disc golf events and sells equipment from Dynamic Discs at 47th and Mission Road. One of the destination courses in Kansas City is just to the north at Rosedale Park in Kansas City, Kan. “Kansas City is a mecca for disc golf,” Reek said. “Rosedale is one of the busiest courses.”The Nall Park layout will be designed for a different crowd than Rosedale, Reek said. Rosedale has two 18-hole courses, including one that winds through woodland, and attracts serious players. “Rosedale will be jam-packed (on weekends),” Reek said. “Nall is designed for people who don’t want to deal with that.”“Nall will see some major traffic,” Reek said, just because of its proximity to Rosedale.A potential disc golf course at Nall Park would be “designed to bring families” to the park, he said. Reek said he is finished with preliminary drawings. Nall Park will only accommodate a nine-hole course covering 10 acres. At Rosedale the baskets are about 300 feet apart, but at Nall that would be reduced to 200 feet.Reek believes the design at Nall would make it good for beginners, young families and clinics. The design would not conflict with the playground area, shelter or walking trail.Councilor Becky Fast, who has been advocating for city investment and maintenance in Nall Park, said the discussion of possible disc golf at the park should begin at the August committee meeting. The city has also had interest expressed in a mountain bike course at the park.last_img read more

Nureva Microphone Mist Patents Announced

first_imgNureva announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued three new patents for the Nureva Microphone Mist technology platform. Patents numbered 10,063,987 and 10,397,726 describe the ability to focus sound signals in a shared 3D space and patent 10,387,108 describes the use of sound source positional information to derive automatic gain control output parameters. These patents disclose the ability of the Nureva Microphone Mist technology to create and monitor thousands of virtual microphones in a 3D space and manage gain control of those microphones by determining the precise sound source location in relation to the microphone array. They are the latest addition to the company’s active and growing intellectual property portfolio, which gives the company substantial runway for the development of new products and product enhancements.These inventions are central to the Nureva Microphone Mist technology platform and represent a significant advancement beyond traditional technologies like beamforming and omnidirectional microphones. Those technologies leave dead zones where people struggle to be heard — an issue made worse when people are moving around the room. Microphone Mist technology enables true full-room audio pickup by filling a room with thousands of virtual microphones, creating a pickup point near every person in the room no matter where they move or which direction they face. The technology’s advanced system processing capability, which can handle 15,000 MIPS (millions of instructions per second), allows Nureva’s audio conferencing systems to process sound from all virtual microphones in real time and focus microphone pickup on the best audio signal — creating a natural listening experience for remote meeting participants. This innovation reflects Nureva’s strategy of leveraging its intellectual property to create products that break new ground in helping teams collaborate more effectively. Visit the patents page on Nureva’s website for a full list of patents.See related  Nureva’s Audio Conferencing Systems Now Certified for Barco ClickShare ConferenceHere is a video demonstration of the Nureva HDL300 Audio Conferencing System (with Microphone Mist) from InfoComm 2019.Here are more tech details on Microphone Mist.last_img read more

Study: Few states advance ethics guidelines for pandemics

first_imgSep 26, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – Few US states have addressed ethical issues surrounding pandemic flu preparedness in recent years, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health.Also, the study authors found, states that have tackled the issues have focused rather narrowly, typically on allocating scarce hospital resources, while virtually ignoring such issues as community engagement surrounding isolation and quarantine plans.And having high-level support for ethical issues was key in including them in preparedness plans.Researchers James C. Thomas, PhD, MPH, and Siobhan Young, MPH, from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina in 2010 scoured plans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia on flu.gov and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Web site. They searched headings and subheadings for “ethics” and other relevant keywords. They also searched state health department Web sites for ethics-related material.If a state did have recommendations on ethics preparedness, the researchers followed up with phone calls to gather more specifics.They were assessing progress made after a 2007 survey by Thomas and colleagues, reported in the same journal, found states wanting in the area of ethics and pandemic preparedness. Their current study was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The new study found that six states—Iowa, Indiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee—had their own guidelines for ethical decision making, and three others referred visitors to CDC guidelines: Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.In addition, four states’ Web sites linked to presentations on ethics and pandemic flu: Iowa, Idaho, Minnesota, and North Carolina. Idaho’s site linked to North Carolina’s presentation, and the Minnesota health department’s site linked to materials on the pandemic flu Web site of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.The researchers also noted that only 1 of 21 recent state-sponsored pandemic flu summits had an ethics discussion on the agenda—that of North Carolina.Thomas and Young also assessed progress after the Indiana State Department of Health and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) convened a national meeting in July 2008 on pandemic flu ethics, which resulted in a list of key issues and steps states should take.They found that seven states made recommendations to further develop ethics-related policies or capacities following this summit. Of these, six states—Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York, and South Carolina—created a task force to make recommendations. The most common recommendations made were related to allocating scarce resources in hospitals.The seventh state, California, listed eight legal and ethical recommendations but had not acted on implementing them and had not designated anyone to follow through on them.In the other six states, task force recommendations were being acted upon.In Minnesota and New York, state health department were reviewing the recommendations, while officials in North and South Carolina were working with medical and hospital boards to implement them.In Indiana, meanwhile, the state health department was nearly finished implementing 1 of 15 recommendations.And after Iowa’s task force developed an ethical framework, the state’s epidemiologists were trained in the new policies and then conducted half-day regional workshops for hospital administrators and public health professionals. They also provided follow-up support, such as help in creating ethics panels.The authors found that the key factor in promoting progress on ethics steps was “unambiguous”: support from the top. The main barrier to progress in California, they said, was “a lack of appreciation for, or priority given to, public health ethics among those receiving the recommendations.”In contrast, the authors said that strong cultures of community involvement in Iowa and corporate citizenship in Minnesota fostered advancement on these issues.The authors conclude, “The sense of urgency for pandemic influenza preparation, including ethical considerations, seems to have passed,” but warn, “In a pandemic of highly pathogenic influenza, there will be little time to sort out complicated issues such as the particular values or needs of minority populations.”They recommend as long-term solutions more teaching of ethics in schools of public health and incorporating ethics into health departments’ criteria of accreditation.They also encourage national organizations like the CDC and ASTHO to disseminate best ethics-related practices, coach state health departments on implementing best practices, and help in identifying gaps and addressing, with funds and expertise, how to fill those gaps with comprehensive guidelines.Thomas JC, Young S. Wake me up when there’s a crisis: progress on state pandemic influenza ethics preparedness. Am J Public Health 2011 (published online Sep 22) [Abstract]last_img read more

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