NLEX ends Alaska run

first_imgAlaska’s Vic Manuel (left) and Calvin Abueva try to keep possession for the Aces as NLEX’s JR Quiñahan joins the fray during their match Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. —AUGUST DELA CRUZFatigued but holding on long enough, NLEX wrapped up a challenging eight-day stretch by winning all its three games and shoring up its playoff position in the PBA Philippine Cup.And the Road Warriors got their composure tested—and passed with flying colors—along the way.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GINEBRA 93—Tenorio 27, J. Aguilar 25, Slaughter 20, Thompson 9, Ferrer 6, Cruz 6, Taha 0, Mercado 0, Caperal 0, Caguioa 0, R. Aguilar 0.TNT KATROPA 78—Castro 17, Williams 17, Pogoy 16, Tautuaa 10, Garcia 8, Reyes 2, Torres 2, Semerad 2, Tamsi 2, Paredes 2, Golla 0, Carey 0.22-18, 44-42, 63-62, 93-78 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Blatche resumes Gilas training Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises It was the third straight win for the Road Warriors, who will close out their elimination round schedule with matches against formidable squads Blackwater and TNT KaTropa.“We will just try to get into a spot to make the next round and not play a team with a twice-to-beat advantage,” Guiao said. “That’s the remaining goal for us—try to get to at least sixth place.”Tournament format calls for the top two teams after the eliminations to clash with the seventh- and eighth-seeded squads in the quarterfinals and needing just one win to make the Final Four.FIRST GAMENLEX 96—Alas 15, Fonacier 15, Soyud 15, Quiñahan 12, Ravena 12, Miranda 8, Tiongson 8, Mallari 4, Baguio 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Gotladera 2, Taulava 0.ALASKA 89—Casio 12, Manuel 12, Teng 12, Abueva 10, Cruz 10, Enciso 10, Exciminiano 7, Banchero 4, Racal 4, Thoss 4, Potts 3, J. Pascual 1, Baclao 0.Quarters: 29-18, 52-32, 79-54, 96-89SECOND GAMEADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “This win is good for us in terms of learning a lot of lessons,” coach Yeng Guiao said with a sigh of relief after his Road Warriors nearly blew a 30-point fourth quarter lead before carving out a 96-89 victory over Alaska that snapped the Aces’ six-game winning streak at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Even the two games before this was really hard and they (games) helped us in terms of keeping our composure in the endgame,” added Guiao after NLEX rose to 5-4 and put itself firmly in the middle of the pack.“We were actually very tired with this being our third game in eight days.”Barangay Ginebra got 27 points and 11 assists from LA Tenorio and a combined 45 from its twin towers as the Gin Kings handled TNT KaTropa with ease in the nightcap, 93-78, to also rise to 5-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJapeth Aguilar had 25 points and the 7-foot Greg Slaughter 20 and 14 rebounds for the Kings, who dealt the Texters a fifth setback also in nine games.Kevin Alas made key free throws in the waning seconds to save the Road Warriors, who yielded a 32-4 run that had the Aces coming to within two after trailing 87-57 early in the payoff frame. View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

CJ Perez early favorite for NCAA MVP

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s just halfway through NCAA Season 93 but Lyceum’s forward CJ Perez is being tabbed as the early favorite to win the MVP award in the men’s basketball tournament.Perez is the league’s top scorer after the first round after putting up 18.6 points to go along 5.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.6 steals across nine games with the Pirates yet to drop a match.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Arellano, NU banner PVL Collegiate conference Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim But for the swingman, though, winning the MVP is just a bonus as he and the team have their eyes on the bigger trophy.“I’m thinking more of helping the team win a championship,” said Perez, who will play for the Pirates for this season only. “If I win the MVP, that would be just a bonus.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPirates head coach Topex Robinson said he’s glad Perez earned the recognition this early in the season.“It’s something he earned, and it’s obviously there,” said Robinson Wednesday. “We, however, don’t usually discuss it with the team.”last_img read more

Anthony Davis picked as an NBA All-Star reserve; 4 first-timers make it

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. With LeBron James back, Lakers outlast Clippers in OT LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Pelicans standout Anthony Davis — only three days removed from having his trade request made known publicly — was one of the 14 players announced Thursday as reserves for the All-Star Game in Charlotte. Davis wants to be swapped out of New Orleans by the Feb. 7 trade deadline, so it remains unclear if his uniform for the All-Star contest on Feb. 17 will bear a Pelicans logo or not.It’s the sixth consecutive All-Star nod for Davis. The Pelicans aren’t sure if he’ll play for them again, though there’s also no guarantee that he gets traded by next week either.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“That’s something that will obviously have to be discussed about what’s best for him and what’s best for our team,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.The other Western Conference reserves were Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Denver’s Nikola Jokic, Portland’s Damian Lillard, Golden State’s Klay Thompson, San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns. Jokic said he wasn’t surprised, though some of the people closest to him, he said, were apparently caught a bit off-guard. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town FILE- In this Jan. 12, 2019, file photo New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. Davis’ agent says the five-time All-Star has told the New Orleans Pelicans that he wants to be traded to a contending team. Agent Rich Paul confirmed the request to The Associated Press early Monday, Jan. 28. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)New Orleans has an All-Star for the sixth straight year.That is, unless he gets traded first.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “My girlfriend started to cry and my brother started yelling and screaming,” Jokic said on TNT, which broadcast the reserve announcements.Indiana’s Victor Oladipo was selected as one of the Eastern Conference reserves, even though his season is over because of injury. The other reserves from the East were Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Detroit’s Blake Griffin and Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic — the first Magic player to make the game since Dwight Howard in 2012.Jokic, Middleton, Simmons and Vucevic are the first-time All-Stars. Vucevic’s teammates were as happy as he was to get the word.“To see somebody be rewarded for their hard work, that’s great,” Orlando’s Terrence Ross said.Fans, media and players collaborated on the voting for the starters. The reserves were picked by NBA coaches.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s truly an honor to be selected as an All-Star by the coaches in our league,” Griffin said.Dallas rookie Luka Doncic didn’t make the cut, getting denied in his bid to be the first rookie since Griffin in 2011 to be picked for the game. Only seven rookies in the last 30 years have been All-Stars — Griffin, Yao Ming, Tim Duncan, Grant Hill, Shaquille O’Neal, Dikembe Mutombo and David Robinson.Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert both fell short, as did the Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris. Phoenix’s Devin Harris also wasn’t picked, despite entering Thursday 11th in the NBA in scoring and 10th in assists. Rebounding leader Andre Drummond of Detroit also didn’t make the game.Up next: The All-Star draft, to be handled by team captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo on Feb. 7. James will have the first overall pick, and they’ll keep going until each side has 12 players for the matchup. James and Antetokounmpo will pick the starters first — with that pool including Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard, Boston’s Kyrie Irving, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City’s Paul George and Houston’s James Harden.Meanwhile, for the second time in three years, the fans’ hopes to see Miami’s Dwyane Wade play one more All-Star Game seem dashed.There is one path for Wade to make the All-Star Game, and that’s if NBA Commissioner Adam Silver chooses him as Oladipo’s replacement. But there’s no shortage of other candidates from the East, with Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler, Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell and Boston’s Jayson Tatum all figuring to be worthy of consideration.Wade got the second-most votes of any Eastern Conference guard in 2017 and the second-most votes of any East guard again this year — and in both cases, he didn’t make the team even as a reserve. Under the system that was in place through 2016, he would have been a starter. But the NBA went to a weighted voting system in 2017, one that put less emphasis on the fan vote.So Wade’s career ends with 12 All-Star selections. He’s retiring after this season.“I don’t care. I don’t know how many times I’ve got to say it,” said Wade, whose stance throughout the All-Star voting process was he would play if selected, but he wasn’t going to lobby for a farewell appearance. “Whoever gets into the All-Star Game, congratulations to them. If it’s their first time, congratulations. I know how much it meant.” MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

Glaring gaps in crop insurance cover scheme: Cong

first_imgChandigarh, Mar 25 (PTI) Congress today flayed the BJP government for “glaring gaps” in the crop insurance scheme being implemented by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar dispensation in HaryanaIn a statement here, Kiran Choudhry, Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party (CLP), said Khattar said on the floor of the House that from the next season, farmers should not ask for compensation from the state for the crop damage due to natural calamities.They will be compensated under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), she said, adding that under the PMFBY, heat wave, cold wave and frost are not covered as natural calamity for giving compensation which will lead farmers to suffer great loses in kharif and rabi seasons. She asked how the state government plans to protect the interests of the farmers suffering losses on account of heat wave, cold wave and frost. She said when the Centre and the state governments planned to give direct subsidy to the farmers where was the need to involve insurance firms. This is being done just to benefit the insurance firms, not the farmers, she alleged. The Haryana government has not yet finalised the insurance firms which will be involved in implementation of the scheme in the state, she said. PTI VJ RCJ ZMN RCJlast_img read more

English women attract record crowd but lose to Germany

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “So ultimately the buck has got to start with me and finish with me because the team always reflects the manager. At this moment in time the results aren’t good enough which means that I’m not good enough.”It was a rare self-critical moment from the former Manchester United and England player, who is coming to the end of the second year of his first job in the women’s game.“You don’t play into the trap,” Neville said, “and we played into their trap, and they smelt blood.”On the field following the game, White addressed the fans after becoming the first woman to score for England at Wembley — five years after the team’s debut at the stadium ended in a 3-0 loss to Germany in front of around 45,000 spectators.“I’m really sorry we couldn’t get the result,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Germany players celebrate after the final whistle of the Women’s International Friendly soccer match between England and Germany, at Wembley Stadium, in London, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. (John Walton/PA via AP)LONDON — From a record-breaking night at Wembley, England will only want to remember one set of numbers.The “77,768” flashing on the big screens during the second half of Saturday’s game against Germany confirmed the biggest-ever crowd either of these teams have played in front of.ADVERTISEMENT Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? White did turn things around for England just before halftime, canceling out Alexandra Popp’s ninth-minute header with a clipped finish from close range.But just when the Lionesses were preparing to celebrate a draw against the world’s second-ranked team, Buhl struck.The only comfort for the English was the evidence of the growing appeal of women’s football.“This is what the women’s game has needed,” said England forward Nikita Parris, who had a first-half penalty saved before White’s equalizer. “We have earned the right to be playing in front of 77,000 people at Wembley because ultimately we have put hours and hours of graft and finally women’s football is on the map.”Wembley was a sell-out with 86,619 tickets issued but a day of rain likely contributed to around 10 percent of fans not turning up in north London.But the English attracted what appears to be the biggest-ever crowd for a women’s friendly, anywhere.The previous best-attended women’s game was in 1999 when more than 90,000 watched the U.S. beat China in the World Cup final at the Rose Bowl in California.The next biggest crowd came at Wembley in the 2012 London Olympics when just over 80,000 saw the U.S. defeat Japan.The increased interest in the Lionesses is highlighted by the fact Wembley has added around 30,000 fans to the crowd that saw England lose to Germany at the stadium five years ago. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Vardy fires Leicester to 2nd in EPL, Chelsea extends run “It’s unbelievable,” England striker Ellen White said after her side’s 2-1 defeat. “The support, the noise, the atmosphere. We are really sorry we couldn’t get the result.”For this was an unforgiving spotlight for the hosts, playing only their second game at the national stadium that is usually the preserve of male footballers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceKlara Buhl’s stoppage-time winner for Germany handed England a fifth loss in seven games, starting with the World Cup semifinal defeat against the United States in July.“I’ve got to take responsibility for those results,” England manager Phil Neville said. “I’m the one that picks the team. I’m the one that sets the tactics. I train them, I talk to them, I communicate with them. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Rice industry paralysis Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

Ben Stokes nominated for New Zealander of the Year

first_img Associated Press WellingtonJuly 19, 2019UPDATED: July 19, 2019 08:49 IST Ben Stokes played a starring role in the World Cup 2019 final (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSBen Stokes was the Man of the Match during the World Cup 2019 finalStokes was born in New Zealand before his family moved to EnglandKane Williamson too has been nominated for the coveted awardAllrounder Ben Stokes, who guided England to victory over New Zealand in the final of the cricket World Cup, has been nominated as New Zealander of the Year.New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has also been nominated.Stokes’ match-winning innings of 84 allowed England to tie New Zealand’s score of 241-8 and he then helped the home team prevail after a tie-breaking “super over” in which both teams scored 15 runs. England won on a count back of boundaries hit during the match.Stokes was born in New Zealand but moved to England with his family when he was 12. His father Gerard, who played rugby league for New Zealand, was then coaching in England.Stokes has remained in England since, though his parents Gerard and Deb returned to live in the South Island city of Christchurch.New Zealander of the Year chief judge Cameron Bennett said Stokes “might not have been playing for the Black Caps but, having been born in Christchurch where his parents now live and with Maori ancestry, there’s clearly a few Kiwis about who think we can still claim him.”Bennett said the way Williamson conducted himself in the face of devastating disappointment in the final and throughout the World Cup resonated with Kiwis.”He’s been the embodiment of the qualities we cherish as New Zealanders courage, fairness, humility,” he said.Also Read | Knighthood for Ben Stokes? ‘Of course’ say UK’s next prime ministerial candidatesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Stokes asked umpire to take off four overthrows during final, claims AndersonadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow World Cup 2019Follow Kane Williamson Ben Stokes nominated for New Zealander of the YearEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes, who guided his team to a thrilling victory against New Zealand in the World Cup 2019 final on Sunday, has been nominated due to his Kiwi ancestry having being born in Christchurch.advertisementlast_img read more

Natural Resources Strategy Helping Nova Scotia Become a Leader

first_img “Government has always agreed with Nova Scotians that the status quo was not an option,” said Mr. Parker. “We know how important it is to get these actions done, but it is just as important that they are done right, in a way that stays true to the new vision and values we established in collaboration with Nova Scotians.” The province will continue to measure and report regularly on the progress of the natural resources strategy. Details of the strategy’s 32 actions and progress to date are available at . a community forests program annual funding of $1 million for provincial parks $6.3 million to purchase land to increase coastal access, protect Mi’kmaq values, enhance wildlife conservation, and help the province meet its 12 per cent land protection goal $500,000 to help woodlot owners in western Nova Scotia build and upgrade access roads, support silviculture treatment and increase forest fire protection–more than $600,000 invested in the province’s mineral incentive program. Nova Scotia’s new natural resources strategy has helped make the province a national leader in land conservation and sustainability. The Path We Share is a 10-year strategy aimed at improving Nova Scotians’ stewardship of natural resources, including biodiversity, forests, parks, Crown land and geological resources. The province launched the strategy in August 2011 with a companion document, From Strategy to Action, which lists 32 priority actions. Today, Aug. 15, Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker released an update on the province’s progress on those actions over the past 24 months. “This strategy is a comprehensive and progressive plan that has helped put Nova Scotia on the map as a leader in the management of our natural resources,” Mr. Parker said. “Nova Scotians truly value the incredible resources they have, right here at home. We want to make sure those resources are around for generations to come, not just for personal enjoyment, but to support the forest industry of the future.” Almost all of the 32 actions are on schedule. The timelines have been extended on four actions: reporting on the state of forests and biodiversity and improved harvest tracking and silviculture programs will be completed in the next six months. Redesigning the integrated resources management process, and evaluating the effects of implementing an annual allowable cut will take an additional 12 months. The province has received national recognition on its progress. Organizations such as Global Forest Watch and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) have in particular praised Nova Scotia for its achievements on land protection and improvements to keep endangered forests intact. Chris Miller, national conservation biologist for CPAWS, said: “Nova Scotia is now a leader in Canada for conservation. In a year with very little progress across the country creating new protected areas, Nova Scotia is a noteworthy standout. Good progress is being made here and the province is definitely bucking the national trend.” Over the past 12 months, government has introduced new efforts to support the natural resources strategy, including:last_img read more

Canadian rock legends Rush inspire names for new termitedwelling microbes

first_imgVANCOUVER – What do a trio of Canadian rock icons have in common with microbes living in the guts of termites?Researchers at the University of British Columbia say the tiny organisms have long, hair-like flagella and bob about like the members of the prog-rock band Rush.Now, three new species of microbe have been named after the band’s members; singer Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart.The findings, and the new names, have been published in the online journal Scientific Reports.Microbiologist Patrick Keeling is the senior author of the paper and he says a number of Rush lyrics have also been hidden in the writing, “just for fun.”Keeling says the scientists hope naming the organisms after a beloved band gets more people interested in science.“Science is supported by society, so we like to tell them what we’re doing and get them excited about science,” he says. “And so far the response to this has been overwhelmingly positive.”Among those taking notice of the scientific novelty are the band members, who posted a message on Twitter saying they love their namesakes.“Having a microbe named after each us is a hugely tiny honour!” the Tweet says.Rush has been around since the late 1960s and has produced hits like “Tom Sawyer” and “Closer to the Heart.”The idea for naming the new species came from Javier del Campo, a Spanish post-doctoral student working in Keeling’s lab who had recently asked for some recommendations on Canadian music.Keeling, a lifelong fan, suggested Rush. He says del Campo loved the music and made a connection between photos of the band and what he was seeing under a microscope.“Basically, (the microbes) bob their heads around and thrash their hair around and it just kind of reminded us of publicity photos of bands you see from the 1970s,” Keeling says.The scientific names for the Pseudotrichonympha species are P. leei, P. lifesoni, and P. pearti. Keeling says his lab studies them as a hobby because they’re “amazing to look at.”“They’re large, super complex cells that squiggle and wriggle around a lot, and they’re just a lot of fun. Pretty, just beautiful forms,” he says.Found in the hindgut of termites, the organisms digest wood into sugars, Keeling explains.The researchers have also made a video showcasing the microbes, where viewers can watch the organism wriggle as Rush’s music plays in the background.___On the web: read more

Watch your credit card rewards pile up with these 5 tips

Just because summer’s approaching doesn’t mean your wallet gets a vacation. From graduation season and Father’s Day to the Fourth of July and back-to-school spending, you’ll likely drop some dollars.Rewards-earning credit cards can help you save on these expenses — but you can also combine those rewards with other money-saving strategies to help you hang on to even more of your cash.Here are five such “stacking” strategies for your credit card.1. CHECK YOUR ACCOUNT FOR OFFERSSome card issuers have online bonus malls — accessible via account login — that offer discounts or higher rewards rates at hundreds of merchants, on top of what your card already earns.“I recently bought new outdoor furniture and a gas firepit, and I logged into Chase, clicked through the portal to Lowe’s, and got an extra 3 points per dollar spent,” says Holly Johnson, founder of Club Thrifty , a personal finance blog dedicated to saving money.You can also check for one-time or limited-time promotions that are specific to your card. Chase Offers and AmEx Offers, for example, are visible to eligible cardholders when logged in. They feature discounts or bonus rewards at dozens of retailers, including many brick-and-mortar merchants, although you must opt in by “adding” the offer to your card.2. SIGN UP FOR A RETAILER’S EMAIL LISTEver had a salesperson offer you a discount on the spot if you sign up for the store’s credit card? Similarly, when you’re shopping online, many stores will offer you a percentage off your first order if you sign up for an email list, so snag that discount on top of your normal credit card rewards.Or maybe it’s free shipping you want. Seventy-five per cent of consumers now expect it even on orders below $50, according to a report by the National Retail Federation . Signing up to receive a retailer’s emails can be one way to get free shipping, at least on your first purchase. (Note that retailers charge different prices for shipping and may not add that cost to your total until it’s in your cart.)Another way to dodge shipping charges: Buy online, preferably through an online bonus mall, and pick up in store. This may also require you to submit your email address and be added to a mailing list. But agreeing to receive correspondence from a retailer is much easier than signing up for a store card. If those emails start getting overwhelming, just unsubscribe.3. USE CASH-BACK SITES WITH A CASH-BACK CARDCash-back sites like Ebates, TopCashBack or BeFrugal function much like online bonus malls, but they’re not tied to any particular card issuer.When you join one of these portals and log in, you’ll see hundreds of participating retailers, as well as the percentage back that those retailers offer for shopping through that portal. Click on the offer you want, and you’ll be directed to that merchant’s website to shop.You’ll get a percentage back on your purchase by using your rewards card and an additional percentage back from shopping through the portal.4. BUY DISCOUNTED GIFT CARDS TO THE PLACES YOU SHOPGift cards remain popular: 45% of respondents in NRF’s 2019 Mother’s Day Spending Survey said they were planning to purchase them.There are two approaches to saving money via gift cards. First, you can buy them at a place where you already earn elevated rewards for shopping. For example, if you have a card that pays high rewards on supermarket purchases, pick up a gift card for your favourite retailer while you’re getting those groceries. You’ll earn the same high rewards as you would on your milk, eggs and bread.Your other option is to use a rewards credit card to buy gift cards through an exchange site like GiftCardGranny or Raise, where people sell their unwanted gift cards at a lower-than-face-value price. You’ll save on the card itself, plus you’ll get a percentage back on the purchase via your rewards card.5. TRACK PRICES ACROSS DIFFERENT SELLERSBefore you shop with a specific retailer through a bonus mall or cash-back site, it pays to compare. Consider using tracking tools like CamelCamelCamel, which focuses on Amazon prices, or sites like PriceGrabber and Google Shopping to see which retailer is offering what you’re looking for at the lowest price.With that quick bit of research, you can get your item at the lowest price, rack up portal rewards and pile on credit card points for that category or retailer.This article was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Robin Saks Frankel is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: Twitter: @robinsaks.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: How Cash-Back Sites Give You Money for Shopping study says more online shoppers want free shipping 2019 Mother’s Day Spending Survey Saks Frankel Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

A day in the life of Ohio State guard William Buford

You might know that William Buford is the starting guard for the No. 1-ranked Ohio State basketball team, but you might not know that he is a quiet student, a below average ping-pong player, loves the kids’ meal at Raising Canes and his car could use a trip to the shop. Buford arrived at Central Classroom Building at 10:32 a.m. Monday. He walked briskly up the stairs on the right to get to his 10:30 a.m. class, Swahili 102. Even though he arrived a few minutes after the bell, students were still settling in and Buford found his seat in the middle of the room without causing a disruption. He is not the only recognizable athlete in the class, as football players Jaamal Berry, Mike Adams and Michael Brewster were also in attendance. Buford talked with Berry while the professor distributed a graded quiz. “Most of the athletes, we stay together and try to be close,” Buford said. As the last quiz was handed out and class lecture began, the talking stopped. Buford took notes and did not talk again until the opportunity to work in groups arose. “I’m pretty shy in class. I really don’t say too much,” Buford said. “I try to stay out of the way and get my work done.” As class came to a close, Buford checked with a classmate to make sure he was clear on the assignment for the next class. “Seventy-two sentences?” he said, shocked at the amount of work. With only one class on Mondays and Wednesdays, Buford had finished his academic load for the day. His obligations, however, were far from over. He made the short walk from Central Classrooms to the Tuttle Parking Garage and climbed into his silver 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, which has been on campus since his sophomore year. The “check engine” light was on as he left the parking garage. Buford drove to Parks Hall and picked up his teammate, senior guard David Lighty. Buford moved to the passenger seat, which was already as far back as the car would allow, and let Lighty drive while he made a call about getting the car serviced. The two starters pulled into the Schottenstein Center parking lot and made their way to the player’s entrance. Buford slowed down and waited for Rob, his barber, who cuts his and Lighty’s hair in the locker room. Rob has been coming to the arena to cut Buford’s hair since the player’s freshman year. With a prime-time game against Purdue to be aired on ESPN the following evening, the timing couldn’t have been better. “I just really needed a haircut since last week, but it worked out that way,” Buford said, smiling. A chair was set up in the bathroom portion of the locker room and Rob opened his bag and went to work. Buford played music on his phone, the EVO, while barber and client rapped along. Buford wandered to the upper bowl of the arena after the 35-minute haircut, in search of an ATM so he could pay Rob. After compensating the barber, he dropped some things off in his locker, which stands between Lighty’s and freshman guard Lenzelle Smith Jr.’s. Buford then retreated to the team’s ping-pong table to pass the time. “Everybody plays,” he said. “We compete a lot at ping-pong.” After 30 more minutes, Lighty’s hair was cut and the two tried to decide where to get food. They agreed on Raising Cane’s and Buford left to pick up the order while Lighty studied. Buford walked into the location on Ackerman Road and ordered a kids’ meal for himself and one for Lighty. “We always get the kids’ meal,” Buford said. “We got practice so we aren’t trying to get too full.” Numerous patrons and employees stared at the basketball player as he placed his order and waited for it to be filled. “I don’t pay attention,” he said of the added attention. “I try not to make eye contact with people.” After returning to the locker room, Buford ate his lunch while watching SportsCenter. At 1:40 p.m., he left the locker room and headed to the training room for treatment on an ankle injury he suffered against Illinois on Jan. 22. With Tuesday’s game looming, Buford needed the ankle treatment in order to play. Under the guidance of team athletic trainer Vince O’Brien, Buford iced his ankle for three different increments of five minutes with stretching exercises in between. After an hour in the training room, Buford returned to the locker room for more ping-pong before the team film session. Strength and conditioning coach Dave Richardson challenged Buford to a game. “I’m about to Forrest Gump his ass,” Buford said. Richardson swapped out the traditional paddle for a small block of wood with an Ohio State emblem on it. “If I beat you with this, you’re not allowed to play anymore,” Richardson said, laughing. Richardson won, 21-8, and Buford retired to the couch to watch his teammates play. “Coach Rich got a ping-pong table at his house so he’s pretty good,” Buford said. “I suck. I just play it to have fun.” During the following game, Smith, a spectator at the time, was called for “hands.” Every player in the room slapped Smith hard on the back of the hand. Buford slapped twice after Smith flinched the first time. You get called for hands “if you say something dumb,” Boston College transfer Evan Ravenel said. “Something real dumb.” At 3 p.m., the games stopped as the team convened to watch film on the Purdue offense. Buford’s eyes were fixed on the screen for the entire 25 minutes while he rotated his ankle, trying to keep it loose. No one spoke as coach Thad Matta and his assistants broke down the footage. As the team left for the court, Buford returned to the training room to have his ankle taped a final time before entering the gym. Buford did not participate in the practice because of his injury and instead did individual shooting and dribbling drills. “It was kind of frustrating because I’m not used to it,” he said. “What is that, my second time (missing practice) in three years? It didn’t feel normal.” Buford stuck his head into the first-team huddles during full-court drills. “I was just seeing what they were running,” he said. “I didn’t want to be left out.” After practice concluded, the team stayed on the floor, shooting around and playing games. Buford placed second to assistant coach Brandon Miller in one game involving 3-point shooting. “I had to let him win,” Buford said, laughing. Buford, freshman guard Jordan Sibert and senior guard Eddie Days left the court at 5:20 p.m., the last three players to leave. Buford returned to the training room for treatment. After five minutes with his ankle in the hot tub to loosen the muscles, athletic trainer Chalisa Fonza began to administer a Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM) massage, a technique involving small instruments that Fonza has been working with for three years. “I’m going real easy because he has to play tomorrow,” Fonza said. The grimace on Buford’s face would suggest the opposite. Buford jokingly bit a towel and asked freshman guard Aaron Craft to talk to him while he got the massage. “You feel that crunchy-crunch?” Fonza said while rubbing a small purple instrument on the ligaments on the front of his ankle. “That’s the problem.” For Buford, the entire technique was a problem. “That was my first time ever getting it. I don’t want to get that thing no more; that thing hurts,” he said. “She said she has to give it to me again on Wednesday, so it is what it is.” After the massage and a round in the ice tub, Buford changed into his street cloths, got taped up again and left the arena. At 6:35 p.m. Buford stepped into his car, ready to head home to the apartment he lives in alone at Olentangy Commons. He planned on studying, icing his ankle and resting in preparation for the next night’s game. Buford started in Tuesday’s game against Purdue. The junior logged 23 minutes and a team-high 19 points in the team’s 87-64 victory. read more

New Ohio State coach Urban Meyer off and running on recruiting trail

Recruits have taken varying stances on Meyer’s hire. Washington, who is out of Cincinnati Taft High School, committed to Ohio State Nov. 22 and told The Cincinnati Enquirer that he hoped Meyer would be his head coach. Meanwhile, Canton GlenOak’s Dunn told The Repository Monday that he didn’t want to play in a spread offense, which Meyer will be implementing. Dunn has been wavering back and forth between OSU and Michigan, but tweeted Monday that he spoke with Meyer after the press conference. Finding the athletes to transition from the “Tressel-ball” pro-style and I-formation offenses to a spread won’t be much of a problem recruiting-wise, Helwagen said. “I don’t know that it will be as big a transition as some people think it might be,” he said. “I think he’ll play to his team’s strengths on the field next year and take it on a year-to-year basis. He and his staff are obviously going to be looking for guys who fit what they want to do.” In fact, Helwagen said transitioning offensive schemes will have more positives than negatives. “You’re talking about a coach who won two national championships in the last five years,” he said. “There aren’t many guys out there in coaching that can say they even have one.” Some students said they looked forward to the kinds of prospects Meyer could bring to OSU. Dustin Stinson, a third-year in sport and leisure studies, is interested to see if Meyer can lure some “Florida speed” to OSU. “I think he’ll recruit speed,” he said. “I’m interested to see his Florida contacts and what he can bring from the speed state.” Kyle Becker, a second-year in exploration, believes recruiting will be solid with current coach Luke Fickell still around. Fickell will remain on Meyer’s coaching staff next year, though his role is not yet known. “Recruiting will jolt,” Becker said. “I think we need to keep Fickell because he is honestly a good defensive coach and I heard he is a good recruiter.” David Gerad and William Hessler contributed to this story. Now that Urban Meyer has been confirmed as Ohio State’s next head football coach, he’ll turn his attention to the recruiting trail. Meyer will take the reigns on a 2012 recruiting class currently ranked No. 14 by and not ranked in the top 25 by ESPN. The class is led by five-star defensive end Adolphus Washington and five-star running back Bri’onte Dunn. Meyer made it known during his introductory press conference Monday that he was going to put a heavy focus on recruiting, even saying he was looking forward to recruiting the state of Ohio and making calls to recruits soon after the press conference was over. “I can’t wait to get back involved in that,” he said. Meyer, who was called an “outstanding recruiter” by OSU athletic director Gene Smith in Monday’s press conference, has a history of raking in highly ranked recruiting classes. Meyer’s recruiting classes from 2005-2010 at Florida were ranked No. 15, No. 2, No, 1, No. 3, No. 11 and No. 2, respectively, according to Steve Helwagen, managing editor of, said Meyer might be able to salvage a top-10 class by National Signing Day, which is set for Feb. 1, 2012. “He’s got a national name,” Helwagen said. “He’s right with (Alabama head coach) Nick Saban right now (as) probably the most famous college football coach out there. I think that’s going to open doors.” Saban, for example, has garnered the fourth-ranked recruiting class for the Crimson Tide for 2012, according to Still, Helwagen said it’s best to wait for 2013 for an elite recruiting class at OSU. “I really wouldn’t get too wrapped out or worried about this class,” Helwagen said. “Where you’re going to see his impact is next year. My guess is he’ll have a top five class next year and probably stack one on top of another is my guess.” Part of boosting the talent in those classes is pulling talent out of places Meyer locked down while at Florida. That includes the state of Florida, which is known for its “SEC speed.” Meyer said it will be tough to recruit the South, especially with powerhouses such as Alabama scooping up talent. “The SEC is hot right now,” he said. “And I’ve recruited against Alabama as well. They’re hot. But so is Ohio State.” Helwagen also said it might be difficult for Meyer to easily sign those players, but his history there will help him. “It’s going to be more of a challenge to get some of those guys to come up to Ohio and play in the Big Ten but he’s got the ties back there in Florida to really go in there and try and get some good players,” he said. read more

After nearly a decade Skype finally becomes adsupported

first_imgSkype is such a bastion of basic Internet service that most of us at this point take free VoIP and dirt cheap telephone calls for granted. Unfortunately, Skype never has been able to do the same: the company has always had a hard time with profitability, and it’s been traded and sold so many times between various parties at this point that it may very well be one of Silicon Valley’s most in-demand call girls. Things have only gotten worse as companies like Google have entered the VoIP fray with products like Google Voice. Skype needs to try new things to stay profitable… and now they’ve announced one of their first steps after charging for group video calls towards a more lucrative business model.AdChoices广告Sadly, it’s ads. Skype has just announced that it will begin showing advertisements as part of the Skype for Windows home tab starting later this week, which will be the first time that advertising has been promoted within the app. Ads will start rolling out in the US, UK and Germany first, with other countries to follow, while some of the first advertisers will include Groupon, Nokia, Universal Pictures and Visa, who have opted to buy daily ad campaigns.Thankfully, Skype’s approach to ubiquitous ads in the desktop app isn’t entirely noxious: there’ll be a “hide ad” button for users fed up with seeing ads on a daily basis. Skype is also making it easier for people to reach out to the buyers of an ad space with a “Click & Call” button that makes ordering a proffered deal just a click away. They will also add a new “share” button that will hook into social networks like Facebook and Twitter.No doubt this move is likely to annoy Skype users, but honestly, Skype’s been giving away free VoIP for years: we frankly can’t believe it’s taken this long to implement advertising.last_img read more

Loi SOPA Reddit proteste en fermant ses portes temporairement

first_imgLoi SOPA : Reddit proteste en fermant ses portes temporairementCe site de partage d’informations stoppera son activité le 18 janvier prochain pour une durée de 12 heures, pour protestation contre le projet de loi américain SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act).Cette loi concerne la lutte contre le téléchargement illégal aux USA (une cousine d’HADOPI). Selon le porte parole de Reddit, “des forces puissantes sont à l’œuvre afin de tenter de censurer Internet”, ce qui rend cette loi dangereuse. Bloquer leur site (de 14h à 1 heure du matin en France) est donc une première en guise de mécontentement mais rappelons que Wikipedia avait déjà contesté ce projet législatif, via son co-fondateur Jimmy Wales et même la Business Software Alliance est septique sur la SOPA.La loi vise a renforcer les réquisitions des ayants droit à l’encontre des moteurs de recherche, et notamment les plateformes de steaming.Le 13 janvier 2012 à 16:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Toni Kroos identifies Real Madrids problems this season

first_imgGerman midfielder Toni Kroos, offered an interview in which he opened up about Real Madrid’s biggest problems from the start of the season.Now that Real Madrid appears to have recovered from the terrible start of the season they had under manager Julen Lopetegui, midfielder Toni Kroos spoke freely about the reasons behind this level drop in Los Blancos during an interview with ‘Die Welt’.The main factor appears to be a physical conditioning that the players didn’t have by the start of the season, Julen Lopetegui brought his very own therapist and he left Antonio Pintus on the sidelines, the physical guru that kept all the Real Madrid players fit during the last three seasons.Every single year has been the same for Los Blancos, they start the season slow and sometimes even give up La Liga very early in the competition but they eventually recover well-enough to fight again for the Champions League trophy.But this season without Pintus or Zidane for that matter, things seemed to be going differently because Julen Lopetegui didn’t understand how the dynamic of these players worked.It didn’t take long for president Florentino Perez to realize that Julen wasn’t the man for the job and he decided to sack him in order to give Santiago Solari a chance as the interim manager.Kroos: “Por supuesto que tuvimos algunos problemas y regalamos demasiados puntos en la primera mitad de la temporada en la Liga. Sin embargo, siempre supe que teníamos un equipo de primera. Todavía tenemos la oportunidad de ganar títulos”.— Arancha Rodríguez (@AranchaMOBILE) January 29, 2019While the Argentine manager was also dragging all the negative energy from the last boss, he did understand that bringing Pintus to the front of the whole operation was essential and the players would need a couple of months to get back into rhythm.Now after a few months have passed, things don’t seem to have turned up so bad as they are still alive in Copa del Rey and they are not so far away from La Liga’s top contenders Barcelona (only 10 points).The players still hadn’t talked about the reason behind this massive change of dynamic, but Toni Kroos did offer an interview to German publication ‘Die Welt’ and explained what the whole process has been like under the new manager.All the players seem to be in a good dynamic now, they have no doubts that they will fight for trophies by the end of the season and they even still hold a beacon of hope to fight for La Liga when the time comes to play the important matches during the final months of the competition.Toni Kroos is a perfect example of how far along the squad has come with this new regime, he started the season in very poor form and now things are vastly different only by looking at his latest performances with the club.Toni Kroos vs. Espanyol:90 Minutes113 Touches (most)85/88 Passes6/8 Long Balls96.6% Pass Accuracy (highest)6 Crosses (most)4 Tackles (most)3 Shots3 Key Passes3 Times Fouled (most)1 Interception1 Clearance 1 Dribble1 Aerial Duel WonSergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Glad he’s back— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) January 29, 2019“The secret lies in not making too many mistakes. Every victory fills the whole squad with confidence in ourselves, you get good sensations…” said Kroos during the interview.“We never stopped working hard, even when things didn’t go our way and we made a lot of mistakes. We had some problems and we have given away too many La Liga points during the first half of the season, but that’s in the past now.”“It is very important having someone who can physically take us to a top level of performance, but this is not as easy as it sounds during the season because you can’t have the more traditional type of preparation due to the tight calendar.”“Antonio Pintus has been here all along, but he may have had a slightly bigger influence with Zidane than he did with Lopetegui, who brought his own physical therapist.”“The most important thing now is that some players are in much better shape than during the first half of the season.”“We still have two competitions to worry about and that’s our main focus, because we still have chances to win titles this season.”“After the Club World Cup, it wasn’t the ideal time to have closure with anything or making an evaluation because we were still right in the middle of the season.”“This whole year has been very much like a footballer’s life, with ups and downs, that’s what makes it so interesting,” he concluded.⚽🎯 ¡Diana!🇩🇪 @ToniKroos 🇫🇷 @Benzema📍 #RMCity— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) January 22, 2019Which trophies do you think Real Madrid still has a chance of winning this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

FBI Most Wanted Fugitive Arrested in Prince Georges County

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comFor five years FBI investigators had been looking for Lamont Stephenson who allegedly killed his fiancée and her dog in 2014 then resigned himself to a secretive existence.  Stephenson became one of the 10 most wanted fugitives and was the subject of an intense investigation that last for more than half a decade before he made a critical mistake.Stephenson was apprehended with the help of Prince George’s County Police last week. He is believed to have been living in the D.C. area since leaving   New Jersey to avoid prosecution. Despite the resources that law enforcement authorities committed to the multi-year investigation it may have ultimately been his conscious that led to his capture.Lamont Stephenson, who had been on the FBI 10 Most Wanted list after allegedly killing his fiancée and her dog in 2014, was apprehended on March 6 in Prince George’s County.  Stephenson also admitted to killing a woman in D.C. the day prior.  (Courtesy Photo)According to Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinksi, officers responded to a 911 call around 2:00 am on March 6 about a suspicious person in a rental company truck parked outside of a closed business in the 7900 block of Annapolis Road.  The responding PGPD patrol officers approached the truck and began to talk to Stephenson, who was still inside, and began to check whether he had any open warrants. It was at that point, Stephenson told the officers he was wanted in New Jersey for murder. Stephenson was also checked for weapons and a knife was recovered. The suspect told the PGPD officers he also committed a crime in the District on Wednesday night.PGPD officers said he was calm and cooperative during the arrest. He willingly offered up his real name and referenced the outstanding charges against him.  Published reports say he was “relieved” when the officers arrested him after being in virtual seclusion, because the FBI had a $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest since he had been living under a societal radar while on their most wanted list.“If he had given us a false name, we might not have had this result,” Stawinski told WTOP-FM in D.C.Perhaps the guilt of allegedly killing the woman he intended to marry and his admission that he killed another woman in the District on March 5 led to his surrender.  Stephenson reportedly admitted his role in the death of 40-year-old Natina Kiah who was stabbed to death in her bedroom, according to a D.C. police report.According to multiple reports, a family member called to ask police to check in on Kiah who lived an apartment on D Street Southeast.Police say after allegedly murdering Olga DeJesus and her Chihuahua in 2014, he came to the D.C. region and was living as a criminal refugee. Stawkinski said he had been living in the area for the last several years, though he appeared to be homeless.Kiah’s mother tells FOX 5 News in D.C. that her daughter met Stephenson at the D.C. homeless shelter where she worked security. She says Kiah had known him for about six months and met him while working for Metropolitan Protective Services.The FBI had a $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Stephenson has family members in Virginia, according to court documents related to the 2014 charges, and in 2015 pictures of Stephenson were aired on a local news station in the commonwealth and several people reported they believed they had seen him there.A representative for the FBI said this is one of the reasons the “10 Most Wanted” list exists. The people featured on the list are chosen because the FBI believes public awareness and an increased profile will make them easier to find.Stephenson was taken into custody and brought to the Criminal Investigation Division. The Prince George’s County Police Department who immediately contacted authorities in Essex County, New Jersey and the Metropolitan Police Department.last_img read more

CyberKnife System Provides Longterm Disease Control for Prostate Cancer Patients

first_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more February 17, 2017 — Accuray Inc. recently announced data from a prospective, Phase II, 17-center study which showed that treatment with the CyberKnife System for low- and intermediate-risk prostate cancer provides excellent long-term results. At five years, the disease-free survival rate for low-risk prostate cancer patients was 100 percent and for intermediate-risk patients was 88.5 percent. These results were maintained by patients followed for seven years.The study was presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO GU) Feb. 16-18, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.A low prostate-specific antigen (PSA) value is associated with a reduced risk of cancer recurrence or metastases. The lower the PSA value and the longer it continues to decline, the greater the patient’s likelihood of achieving long-term disease free survival1. According to the study, the five-year median PSA was 0.1 ng/mL for low- and intermediate-risk prostate cancer patients receiving stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) administered with the CyberKnife System. The median PSA value subsequently decreased to 0.035 ng/mL at the seven-year mark for patients followed to this time point.All patients participating in the study were treated with the CyberKnife System. Seventeen institutions analyzed 259 prostate cancer patients; 112 low-risk and 147 intermediate-risk. Patients received an HDR-like heterogeneous dosing regimen of 38 Gy/four fractions delivered by the CyberKnife System. The primary study objectives were to determine biochemical disease free survival (bDFS) and measure the rates of acute and late genitourinary and gastrointestinal toxicities following treatment, and to compare the CyberKnife System bDFS rates to published HDR brachytherapy bDFS rates reported in the literature.Unique aspects of this study included:A highly effective pattern of radiation could be delivered easily by any CyberKnife user as a routine part of their practice — such plans require steep dose fall-off from high-dose regions to rectum, and would be difficult to deliver safely without continual image-guidance and automatic correction of beam aim;Treatment resulted in among the lowest PSA levels reached after radiation therapy (PSA nadirs); andThe entire treatment was completed in four days.The CyberKnife System was designed to deliver SBRT, a treatment process enabling the delivery of radiation throughout the body with an extremely high degree of precision. The system’s ability to continually track and automatically correct for movement of the prostate in real-time throughout the entire treatment session provides distinct advantages when treating a tumor which can move as much as 10 mm in as little as 30 seconds2.”Outcomes from this long-term, prospective study reinforce that CyberKnife prostate SBRT is highly effective, with typically minimal side effects and impact on quality of life during and after treatment,” said Donald B. Fuller, M.D., at Genesis Healthcare Partners in San Diego, and lead investigator of the study. “It is important to note that nearly 90 percent of patients in the study were treated at community facilities across the United States, which may provide reassurance for men with localized prostate cancer that the results are achievable in their community setting.”The study evaluated a dosing regimen which emulated a high-dose brachytherapy (HDR) plan. It demonstrated that:Patients experienced low toxicity rates despite the high SBRT dosage and heterogeneous dose distribution specific to this study, with higher dosage in the prostate peripheral zone;The five-year local and distant failure-free remission rates (98.3 percent and 97.3 percent, respectively), for the entire patient population, were achieved with the CyberKnife System alone. This enables patients to avoid the unfortunate side effects associated with the use of androgen deprivation therapy (aka “hormone therapy”) including loss of libido, hot flashes, bone fractures and weight gain3; andThe results were obtained without the need for invasive rectal balloons or spacers to spare the rectal wall.For more information: www.accuray.comReferences1. Anwar M, et al. Hypofractionated sbrt versus conventionally fractionated ebrt for prostate cancer: Comparison of psa slope and nadir. Radiation oncology 2014;9:42.2. Kupelian P, et al. Multi-Institutional Clinical Experience with the Calypso System in Localization and Continuous, Real-Time Monitoring of the Prostate Gland During External Radiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2007; 67(4):1088–1098. 3.…. Accessed 2/15/2017. 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Government to punish protest leaders for damage caused during demonstrations

first_imgNo related posts. President Laura Chinchilla said Thursday her administration would seek an amendment to the law to hold people who convene public protests responsible for any damage that occurs during demonstrations.Chinchilla said she is disappointed by violence on Tuesday when a group of bikers damaged vehicles and clashed with frustrated drivers who were trying to circumvent blocked streets. They were part of hundreds of bikers protesting against an increase in the cost of mandatory circulation permits – known as marchamos – for 2013.The president insisted that the only condition the government has to negotiate is “for them [bikers] to refrain from blocking streets or attacking innocent citizens.” She also said she does not oppose street demonstrations “as long as they are done in a peaceful way.”Eugenio Badilla, coordinator of the Civic Committee of Motorcyclists, on Wednesday threatened a third street demonstration of “unpredictable consequences.”“To sit down and talk to these groups is a slap in the face of Costa Rican people. That is something we will not do,” Presidency Vice Minister Francisco Marín said on Thursday. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

CDC investigating error that caused live anthrax shipments

first_imgHe doesn’t know why it was sending anthrax and is perplexed at how the mistake was made.“This is an accident that should never happen,” Blechman said. “You should have double-triple-positive controls over any live, lethal agent.”Steve Erickson, of the volunteer military watchdog group Citizens Education Project, said the incident isn’t cause for panic but suggests more oversight is needed.“Ever since 9/11, there’s been a propensity to throw money at biodefense,” Erickson said. “When you allow these activities to blossom and burgeon over a period of years without any effective oversight, you are asking for trouble.”The Dugway Proving Ground was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The site has gone through name changes and been closed and reopened several times.It sits on 180,000 acres of flat, desert terrain. It’s miles from any population base, but it has a village with an elementary and high school, medical clinic, a few restaurants, a theater, pool, gym, and homes and temporary lodging.About 1,700 people work at Dugway, including a mix of military and nonmilitary scientists, chemists, microbiologists and engineers. Top Stories Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, told reporters the problem may have been a failure in the technical process of killing, or inactivating, anthrax samples.Odierno said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating what went wrong at Dugway Proving Ground, the Army installation in Utah where the anthrax originated.Officials said the government labs that received the suspect anthrax were at the Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland and the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Virginia. The rest were commercial labs, which the Pentagon has declined to identify, citing legal constraints.Some of the samples sent from Utah were also transferred to other labs in the U.S. by the Edgewood center, a research and development resource for nonmedical chemical and biological defense.CDC spokesman Jason McDonald said four people at labs in Delaware, Texas and Wisconsin were recommended to get antibiotics as a precaution, although they are not sick. U.S. officials at Osan Air Base in South Korea said 22 people were being treated for possible exposure.Odierno said normal procedures had been followed, and that he was not aware that such a problem had surfaced previously at Dugway. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How men can have a healthy 2019 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too It is one of six Army equipment-testing facilities that also include sites in Maryland, Arizona, Alabama and New Mexico.In one of the chemical testing buildings at Dugway, chambers are used to test chemical warfare agents, the Army says in online materials. An outdoor range tests smokes, obscurants and explosives.___Associated Press writer Brady McCombs reported from Salt Lake City.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army’s top general said Thursday that human error probably was not a factor in the Army’s mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples from a chemical weapons testing site that was opened more than 70 years ago in a desolate stretch of desert in Utah.Samples from the anthrax lot ended up at 18 labs in nine states and an Army lab in South Korea, leading more than two dozen people to get treatment for possible exposure. Four benefits of having a wireless security system But there have been at least two other questionable incidents at the military post 85 miles west of Salt Lake City that has been testing chemical and biological warfare weapons since it was opened in 1942.In 2011, Dugway was locked down for 12 hours because less than one-fourth of a teaspoon of VX nerve agent was unaccounted for.Military officials launched an internal investigation, but the results were not released. Questions about the incident were not answered Thursday by military officials. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said in 2011 that he met with the base commander and that the issue had been resolved to his satisfaction.In 1968, Dugway came under scrutiny when 6,000 sheep died nearby. An Army report acknowledged that the nerve agent was found in snow and grass samples, The Salt Lake Tribune reported based on a report that was declassified in 1978. An Army spokesman said in the late 1990s that state agriculture scientists never identified the cause of death of the sheep.Herbert said in a statement he’s concerned about the incident and is working with the CDC to monitor the investigation.Test facilities like Dugway are intended to develop ways to defend against biochemical warfare, which some fear could be used by terrorists, said Barry M. Blechman, co-founder of the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan global security group in Washington. Former Arizona Rep. 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