Eugene, Oregon, has been awarded the 2021 World Athletics Championships without a bidding process.
The sport’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) bypassed the normal bidding process saying it was “a unique strategic opportunity” to hold the event in the United States for the first time.
IAAF chief Lamine Diack said the decision was taken “in the interest of the global development of our sport”.
Eugene missed out on the 2019 event.
Doha in Qatar was awarded that championships, but a recent presentation to the IAAF persuaded the governing body that the American city has what it takes to stage a major event.
Lamine Diack added: “In granting the championships to Eugene the IAAF Council have made a clear choice on a strategic decision that enables us to take advantage of a unique opportunity that may never arise again.
“It will see public authorities, the private sector, the national Olympic Committee, NBC and a particularly enthusiastic public joining forces.”
The 2007 World Championships held in Osaka, Japan, was also awarded without a bidding process.
Terminally ill cancer patient Brittany Maynard, whose viral YouTube video reignited the debate on assisted-suicide, ended her life on November 1.
Brittany Maynard, 29, and her husband moved from California to Oregon, where assisted-suicide has been legal since 1997.
Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act allows terminally ill residents to obtain lethal prescriptions from doctors.
Since 1997, 1,173 people were granted lethal prescriptions and 752 patients used it to end their own lives.
Brittany Maynard, who was suffering from a terminal brain cancer, died at home after administering lethal drugs.
She died “in the arms of her loved ones,” a spokesman for the campaign group Compassion & Choices said.
Brittany Maynard suffered from a terminal brain cancer
Sean Crowley said Brittany Maynard was suffering from increasingly severe seizures and head and neck pains which had at times limited her ability to speak.
Following months of treatment and a worsening prognosis, Brittany Maynard made the decision to use Oregon’s laws to obtain a lethal dose of medication which she kept “until the time is right,” as she said in her video.
She received the lethal medication several months ago, and last week in a video posted to her website she said that she was considering delaying her plan.
“I still feel good enough and I still have enough joy and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn’t seem like the right time right now,” Brittany Maynard said.
“But it will come, because I feel myself getting sicker.”
Brittany Maynard’s first video went viral and has attracted more than 9 million views on YouTube.
In it she said that she first started experiencing the headaches shortly after getting married.
Assisted suicide is controversial in the US, where it faces staunch opposition from Christian campaign groups, among others.
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Bruce Campbell reveals his future home is a 727-200 aircraft tucked away in the woods of Oregon.
Describing the plane as a “bird that’s meant to fly”, Bruce Campbell proudly gave CNN reporters a grand tour around his unusual choice of home.
Entering and exiting through stairs lowered down from the plane, Bruce Campbell explains that he tries to keep his new home clean and tidy as he wipes his feet and clambers through the latch-operated door.
With the passenger chairs ripped out of the main cabin there is plenty of room for Bruce Campbell’s possessions – cardboard boxes waiting to be unpacked are stacked throughout the room.
Bruce Campbell reveals his future home is a 727-200 aircraft tucked away in the woods of Oregon
Clearly excited to be showing visitors around, Bruce Campbell says the prospect of living in the plane full-time “exhilarates” him.
With electricity already functioning, one of the first tasks in transforming the jumbo jet into a hospitable living space was, of course, getting a working plumbing system.
Bruce Campbell is still tinkering with it but one of the aircraft’s three toilets is already up and running.
“It’s small but I’m small”, he says, peeking into the functioning restroom.
Furthermore, he has installed a temporary shower within the main cabin of the plane.
Bruce Campbell concedes the shower doesn’t afford much privacy but points out that if you live in the middle of the woods that isn’t a pressing concern.
Describing the venture as an “experiment”, Bruce Campbell hopes that others will follow his lead: “It is a good experiment in a living environment that, I hope, will prove to be something that mankind will embrace with vigor at a later time.”
Lighting up with glee, Bruce Campbell ushers his guests into the space he describes as his “favorite playroom”: the cockpit.
And in warmer weather, the aircraft’s wings make for great decks – easily accessed through the emergency exits.
Bruce Campbell has had some visitors to his bizarre bolthole and, he says, some have fallen in love with it.
There is no radio or TV in the plane but an iPod touch provides music as Campbell potters away creating his new home.
“It’s not for everybody. But I think it is for a lot of people and it is definitely for me. I absolutely love it,” says Bruce Campbell as he concludes his tour.
This morning, a massive quake strikes off Aleutian Islands, South West of Alaska, threatening a devastating tsunami.
The quake, which struck at 6:55 a.m. EDT, was 22.1 miles deep and had 7.1 magnitude, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
This morning, a massive quake strikes off Aleutian Islands, South West of Alaska
People living in coastal areas have been told to leave their homes immediately and flee inland to higher ground after the 7.1 magnitude quake struck close to the Aleutian Islands, 1,031 miles away from Anchorage.
Widespread damage is feared across the West Coast – from British Columbia, Canada, to Washington – as towns brace themselves for the oncoming waves.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a warning stating that residents should flee their homes immediately.
“Those feeling the earth shake, seeing unusual wave action, or the water level rising or receding may have only a few minutes before the tsunami arrival and should move immediately.
“Homes and small buildings are not designed to withstand tsunami impacts. Do not stay in these structures.
“Earthquakes of this magnitude are known to generate tsunamis,” the warning said.
People in Pacific coastal regions outside California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska have also been told to check updates for fear of widespread damage.
It is predicted that the tsunami will hit mainland Alaska by about 9 a.m., local time, just after midday on the East Coast.
Last week, terrifying tremors were felt in New York, Washington D.C. and as far north as Toronto when America’s East Coast was struck by the biggest earthquake in over a century.
Major buildings, including the Pentagon and the White House had to be evacuated and several top tourist attractions in Washington have been closed for safety reasons after the city was shaken by a 5.8-magnitude quake, which originated in Virginia.