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Bodies found in Nepal near lost climbers******
A search team flew out to recover three bodies in a remote corner of Nepal's Himalayas yesterday, close to where a trio of French climbers went missing last month.。
The group were attempting to scale Mingbo Eiger, a 6,000-meter peak near Mount Everest, known in China as Mount Chomolungama, and were last heard from via satellite phone from their camp on October 26.。
Bad weather hampered efforts to find the men and a member of the team trying to locate them last week said they could have been buried under a depth of snow the height of a five-floor building.。
Police inspector Rishi Raj Dhakal said that three bodies had been found in the search area by local mountain guides but it was too early to confirm their identities.。
"A helicopter along with the rescue team of professional mountain guides has been sent to bring those bodies," he said.。
The three young climbers – Thomas Arfi, Louis Pachoud and Gabriel Miloche – were part of an eight-strong expedition. They had split into two groups to tackle different summits.。
The men appeared to have abandoned their summit attempt and turned back when the avalanche hit.。
Climbers have started returning to Nepal after the coronavirus pandemic forced a complete shutdown of its mountaineering industry last year and devastated the tourism-dependent economy.。
Li Xiaopeng appointed head coach of China's national football team as Li Tie resigns******
SHANGHAI, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Football Association (CFA) announced on Friday that it accepted Li Tie's resignation as the head coach of the men's national team, and appointed Wuhan FC head coach Li Xiaopeng to take charge.。
"A few days ago, Li Tie made his request to resign as the head coach of the Chinese national team and his resignation was approved by the CFA. After extensive consultation, the CFA decided to hire Li Xiaopeng as the new head coach of the team," the CFA said in a statement.。
Li Tie was named as head coach in January, 2020 and then led the team to get three consecutive wins to qualify for the final round of 2022 World Cup Asian qualifiers.。
But the honeymoon period ended shortly as his team only got five points in six games in the final round of the qualifying tournament, and his controversial remarks at the press conference last month made his situation even worse.。
Li Xiaopeng once played alongside with Li Tie in the national team in 2002, and they helped China enter the World Cup for the first time.。
In last ten years, Li Xiaopeng has served as head coach of China women's national team as well as three Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs Qingdao, Shandong and Wuhan. The 46-year-old also won the Best Coach Award of the CSL in 2019.。
With four games remaining in the final round of Asian qualifiers, China now ranks fifth in the six-team Group B and still has a glimmer of hope to make it into the 2022 World Cup. The first test of Li Xiaopeng will be the game against Japan to be played on January 27, 2022. Enditem。
World's first pig******
The world's first person receiving a heart transplant from a genetically-modified pig two months ago has died, the US Maryland hospital that performed the surgery announced Wednesday.
David Bennett, the 57-year-old American patient, died Tuesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Doctors did not give an exact cause of death, saying his condition had begun deteriorating several days earlier.
After it became clear that he would not recover, Bennett was given compassionate palliative care. He was able to communicate with his family during his final hours, said the UMMC in a release.
Bennett received the first-of-its-kind transplant on January 7, and lived for two months following the surgery. He had been deemed ineligible for a conventional heart transplant, and the surgery was the only currently available option for him, according to the UMMC.
The US Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorization for the surgery on New Year's Eve through its expanded access (compassionate use) provision.
After the surgery, the transplanted heart performed very well for several weeks without any signs of rejection, according to the UMMC.
Bennett was able to spend time with his family and participate in physical therapy to help regain strength. He watched the Super Bowl with his physical therapist and spoke often about wanting to get home to his dog Lucky, according to the hospital.
Bartley Griffith, who performed the groundbreaking transplant, said Bennett proved to be a brave and noble patient who fought all the way to the end.
"As with any first-in-the-world transplant surgery, this one led to valuable insights that will hopefully inform transplant surgeons to improve outcomes and potentially provide lifesaving benefits to future patients," Griffith said.
"We have gained invaluable insights learning that the genetically modified pig heart can function well within the human body while the immune system is adequately suppressed," said Muhammad Mohiuddin, professor of surgery and scientific director of the Cardiac Xenotransplantation Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
"We remain optimistic and plan on continuing our work in future clinical trials," he said.
About 110,000 Americans are currently waiting for an organ transplant, and more than 6,000 patients die each year before getting one, according to US government data.