Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Ravena finally ended the drought with 2:08 left in the period with a layup to cut it to 98-92 but Jason Perkins was quick to counter with a baseline jumper at the 1:45 mark for Phoenix’ 100-92 lead.“I tasted two wins and a loss in the PBA, but the good thing is we learned from it.”Ravena averaged 19 points, 8.5 assists, and 4.5 rebounds in his first two games but the Fuel Masters held him to just eight points, on 4-of-13 shooting, seven assists, and one board.The prized rookie was also minus -26 on the floor after a collective 27 in his first two games.“I wasn’t able to adjust and prepare myself well, I wasn’t able to find my rhythm right away,” said Ravena. “If Juami and I made those free throws the game would’ve been different.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Personally, it was my bad. We’ll learn from this and pick it up for the next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena was the personification of the word phenomenal in his first two games in the PBA as he earned the league’s first Player of the Week plum of the season.Then that roll came to a screeching halt when NLEX ran into Phoenix Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT ‘23 for 23:’ No rush for young Kai Sotto Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Road Warriors was subjected to a 102-95 loss against the Fuel Masters, and Ravena blames for both the loss and subpar performance.“I think this was my fault, I have to prepare even better in certain situations, and I have no excuses for this,” said Ravena. “I shot pretty bad from the field and I didn’t help the team enough especially down the stretch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNLEX was down 98-90 with 3:44 left in the game and with plenty of time on the clock the Road Warriors aggressively tried to cut the deficit down.The Road Warriors, though, went scoreless for 1:36 after Juami Tiongson missed both jumpers and Ravena missing two straight free throws. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) will be working to have closer collaboration between regional health officials and the Public Health Ministry.Regional Executive Officer (REO) Denis Jaikarran explained that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) has recognised the need for this sort of collaboration and would be working to ensure it happens, a Government Information Agency (GINA) release stated.According to Jaikarran, the RDC has realised that it needs to reach out and work along with the Ministry to execute and complete capital and other projects within the Region’s health sector.One of the main areas which will see improvement through this collaboration is the system for managing, storing and distributing medical supplies in a timely manner to all health facilities across the Region.“Our relationship is going to be built stronger with the Ministry of Public Health and that is going to allow us to be able to coordinate in a better way in 2017 how we receive and distribute our drugs so that the end user, meaning the patients and those who deserve, would have adequate availability throughout the year,” Jaikarran said.He added that it was only through an improved relationship between the two agencies that the Region’s health sector could develop. “A good relationship between the regional administration level and that of the Ministry of Public Health, once we can iron out that and fix those things, we are going to be able to get to where we want to be,” the REO said.The Region’s 2017 budget for health focuses mainly on improving, upgrading and enhancing the infrastructure of a number of health facilities, as well as ensuring that doctors are placed at health centres and hospitals in the Region.Works completed for 2016 include the rehabilitation of two operating theatres at the West Demerara Regional Hospital, doctors’ quarters and parking lot and the completion of a High Dependency Unit.
Amid weeks of speculation that Smith was on his way out, Barnhart stopped short of saying the coach would remain in charge of the Wildcats. The AD acknowledged, however, that fans had misinterpreted a statement by him as meaning a coaching change was near. “They were reading way too much into that,” Barnhart said, referring to the statement that urged fans to wait until the postseason before making judgments on the state of the team. Tubby Smith has good reason to believe Kentucky wants him to return next season. “Tubby’s our basketball coach,” athletic director Mitch Barnhart told The Associated Press on Monday. “He’s done a great job of representing the platform of Kentucky basketball. We’ll always look to make adjustments to the things we’ve got to do to get better. Tubby and I will do that collectively.” Good and bad: Ohio State is No. 1 in the final Associated Press regular-season poll, but a study that examined the team’s freshman classes entering from 1996-99 found that just 10 percent of the team’s players received degrees at the school. Taking into account players who transfer, enter from junior colleges and are graduated late, 38 percent of Buckeyes basketball players earned degrees during that period, Richard Lapchick, director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports, said. “The supposed Final Four, the top seeds are a real disparity there. Two of the schools, Florida and North Carolina, have really good graduation rates and Kansas and Ohio State don’t have such good graduation rates,” Lapchick said. “That’s certainly an issue.” John Bruno, Ohio State’s faculty representative for athletics, said there had been substantial turnover of staff, support personnel and coaches since Randy Ayers (1990-97) and Jim O’Brien (1998-04) coached the team. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Wildcats (21-11) are a No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. Kentucky plays Villanova in the first round on Friday. Kentucky is the winningest team in college basketball team history and boasts seven national championships – the latest in 1998 in Smith’s first year on the job. The team hasn’t been back to the Final Four since and has amassed double-digit losses two straight years and five times under Smith. Some fans critical of Smith have nicknamed him “Ten-loss Tubby.” Barnhart said he and Smith would sit down after the season to discuss changes. He declined to say whether any assistants might be replaced. Coach firings: Wyoming coach Steve McClain was fired, days after the Cowboys ended a fourth straight season without reaching postseason play. Wyoming finished its ninth season under McClain at 17-15 overall, 7-9 in the Mountain West Conference. McClain leaves with a record of 157-115 – 67-63 in league play. … Colorado State coach Dale Layer was fired after a 17-13 season and sixth-place finish in the Mountain West Conference. Layer had a 103-106 record over seven years. Colorado State went 6-10 in the league this season. … Ron Jirsa is out as Marshall’s basketball coach after a 13-19 season. Jirsa coached the team the past four seasons and had two more years left on his contract. His overall record at Marshall was 43-74. Rahe is Big Sky coach of year: Weber State coach Randy Rahe was named the Big Sky Conference coach of the year. Weber State, which plays UCLA in the first round of NCAA Tournament, went 11-5 in the Big Sky, 20-11 overall, and grabbed a share of the regular season title under Rahe. The Wildcats also won the Big Sky Tournament title.
The hope of the District is that Taylor and the region will be left off better than they were before construction. Residents will get to learn more about the agreement at a public meeting on January 7 at the Taylor Municipal Office. Starting at 5 p.m., the District will explain the document, and answer questions from the public. As part of the Peace River Regional District, Taylor is also part of a Legacy Benefits Agreement with B.C. Hydro that would provide the PRRD with $2.4 million a year that will be spread among its member communities.- Advertisement –
Some doctors say the CDC study should reassure parents worried about the safety of vaccines. “It’s good news for families,” said Dr. Michael Goldstein, vice president of the American Academy of Neurology, who works in private practice in Salt Lake City. “There’s no evidence that these vaccines have caused injury.” The study involved 1,047 children who were exposed to varying levels of thimerosal while in the womb or after birth in the 1990s. The children belonged to four health maintenance organizations that are part of a federal project to study the side effects of vaccines. Their mercury exposure was determined through medical and immunization records and interviews with parents. Each child was tested for speech and language skills, motor coordination and intelligence. Parents, teachers and trained specialists also rated stuttering, attention span and tic disorders such as head shaking, eye blinking and neck jerking. A total of 42 neurological problems were analyzed. On balance, researchers did not find a consistent pattern between increasing thimerosal exposure and the risk of these problems. However, they said one finding merited further study: Boys exposed to higher mercury levels seemed to have more tic problems – a link seen in previous research. “The doses of mercury that children were exposed to because of immunization doesn’t cause neuropsychological damage,” said Dr. Bruce H. Cohen, a Cleveland Clinic pediatric neurology specialist who had no role in the study. The CDC study was reviewed by an independent panel of scientists and statisticians who oversaw its design, reviewed results and contributed to writing the report. The panel included one vaccine opponent – Sallie Bernard, executive director of the consumer group SafeMinds. Although she had a role in planning the study, she asked to be listed as a “dissenting member” because she disagreed with the study’s conclusions. The research was led by William Thompson, a CDC epidemiologist who once worked for vaccine maker Merck & Co. Four other researchers have received fees from drug companies and one has served as a consultant to a CDC committee on immunization. The study was not designed to tease out the effects of mercury exposure on autism. Thompson is completing a separate study examining whether thimerosal exposure before or after birth causes autism. The study recruited 1,000 children, including 250 with autism. Results are expected next year. Autism is a major public health concern, with one in 150 American children diagnosed with the disorder characterized by repetitive behaviors and impaired social interaction.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A mercury-based preservative once used in many vaccines does not raise the risk of neurological problems in children, concludes a large federal study that researchers say should reassure parents about the safety of shots their kids received a decade or more ago. However, the study did not examine autism – the developmental disorder that some critics blame on vaccines. A separate study due out in a year will look at that issue, said scientists at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who led the latest analysis and published results in today’s New England Journal of Medicine. They found no clear link between early exposure to the preservative thimerosal and problems with brain function and behavior in children age 7 to 10. The results are in line with past research that found no connection between vaccines and neurological problems or autism. Thimerosal has not been used in childhood vaccines since 2001, although it is still in some flu shots. The new findings apply to children immunized before then, or exposed to the preservative through shots their mothers received while pregnant. Thimerosal was put in vaccines to prevent contamination from bacteria.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champExperts say probiotics are generally safe, and in some cases might be helpful. More research is needed, and it’s a hot new area, reflecting a growing understanding of the role that naturally occurring intestinal bacteria play in health. This week, the National Institutes of Health is hosting a conference where top scientists will discuss recent advances. In the meantime, the market is ahead of the science. It’s all part of a burgeoning effort to capitalize on an obsession with health foods. Probiotics are already popular in Europe, Asia and South America. And there are “prebiotics,” too, which contain fiber and other nutrients that feed probiotic bacteria. So far this year, more than 150 probiotic and prebiotic commercial food products have been introduced in the U.S., compared with about 100 last year and just 40 in 2005, said Tom Vierhile of Datamonitor, a market research firm. “It is definitely a growing trend,” Vierhile said. Holly Maloney, a nutrition instructor at Chicago’s Kendall College, eats new probiotic nutrition bars that claim to help digestion and the immune system. She’s also a longtime fan of yogurt and kefir, a probiotic-containing fermented milk drink. “It just makes me feel good,” Maloney, 32, said of the products. “If I have a few days where I don’t have it, I don’t feel right.” While many probiotic products haven’t been put to a rigorous scientific test, there is emerging evidence that in huge amounts, some kinds of “friendly” bacteria can be helpful. The bugs are being put under the microscope around the globe. For example: A Canadian study published last month suggested that fermented milk containing Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus caseii could help prevent antibiotic-related diarrhea. A study from Finland published this year found that an oat drink containing Bifidobacterium lactis bacteria helped bowel function in nursing home residents. Scientists in Argentina are investigating whether milk fermented with lactic acid bacteria might reduce amounts of cancer-causing substances in the intestine. University of California at Los Angeles researchers are looking at whether probiotic supplements can treat allergy-induced skin rashes in babies. Even without all the answers from science, probiotics are a multibillion-dollar global industry. In the United States alone, retail sales of probiotic-containing foods and supplements totaled an estimated at $764 million in 2005 and are projected to reach $1 billion in 2010, according to market research firm BCC Research. Dannon’s Activia yogurt, introduced last year, is among the best known U.S. products. Its first-year U.S. sales totaled more than $100 million. General Mills introduced its competitor, Yo-Plus, under the Yoplait yogurt brand this year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – Bugs in baby food? Microbes in your milkshake? Relax, this is not the latest tainted food scare – it’s a growing trend in foods designed to boost health, not make you sick. These products contain probiotics, or “friendly” bacteria similar to those found in the human digestive system. There are supplement pills, yogurts, smoothies, snack bars and cereals, even baby formula and chocolate. Sold by major names like Dannon and Kraft, they’re spreading like germs on grocery store shelves and in supermarket dairy cases. And they come with vague health claims of “regulating your digestive health” or “strengthening your body’s defenses.”
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In the six years since Jeff Howe coined the term ‘crowdsourcing’ in Wired Magazine, the phenomenon has grown into several distinct, maturing industries that give businesses and workers almost limitless flexibility. But crowdsourcing also significantly changes the relationships betweeen employers and workers – and not necessarily for the better.The 3 Types of CrowdsourcingHowe’s definition of crowdsourcing (taken from a trailer for his book) is pretty straightforward, if a little broad:Crowdsourcing is when a company takes a job that was once performed by employees and outsources it in the form of an open call to a large, undefined group of people, generally using the Internet.Depending on how you interpret “job,” that definition could include crowd-based funding, like Kickstarter, crowd-based voting, and other community-driven decisions, but most commonly the term applies to marketplaces for soliciting work products.Typically, businesses offer up a request for a block of work, like a logo, software coding, marketing copy, a website or a list of voicemail transcriptions – and the crowd answers the call. Those are the basics. Every crowdsourcing marketplace has its own rules and specialty, but generally, they break down into three categories:1. Contests 2. Open Markets 3. MicroworkEach type of crowdsourcing requires a different approach to get the most value for the money and effort you put in – and to avoid the very real opportunity to anger your existing workers and contractors while exploiting crowdsourced contributors (assuming you care about that): IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#crowdsourcing#enterprise cormac foster Crowdsourcing task work is a delicate decision, since it pulls hours from an in-house team, needs to integrate with in-house workflows, requires a very well-definied data specification and requires a certain amount of trust in data quality.When it works, crowdsourcing microwork can be brilliant. When it doesn’t, it’s a train wreck. Before entering into a contract for microwork, it’s criticial to nail down the specs, do your homework (and check lots of references), and give as much power as possible to the project leads so they can make the process work as efficiently as possible. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 2. Open Markets: Marketplaces like oDesk, eLance, Guru, and Mechanical Turk allow employers to post nearly any job at any price, leading to a wide range of offers, from 20-minute typing assignments to complex, multi-week software development projects.Open markets are generally free of stigma, but managing the projects can become a full-time job. Job posters often need to sift through a number of low-quality providers (or high-quality providers with the wrong domain expertise) before finding the right match. A poorly-defined job description will compound this problem, attracting too broad a range of applicants, and discouraging the real pros who don’t want to waste their time.If you aren’t completely sure what you need, you may do better hiring a local to work through the process on-site. If you really do know what you want, be as specific as possible in your posting, and create a quick qualification process on which everyone in your office agrees.3. Microwork: Microwork marketplaces break up large, repetitive projects into very small, discrete chunks that are managed by a highly-automated software. In most cases, the need for microwork will be driven by specific projects.Microwork marketplaces typically focus on a specific type of work. For example, Microtask focuses on very large projects involving text and data recognition – specifically, handwritten, damaged or stylized text that computers can’t read. It has built its entire user interface and back end around increasing worker productivity for this very specific job, and the majority of its tasks take only a few seconds to complete. 1. Contests: Contest marketplaces solicit responses as an open call and generally choose just one as a winner. The client purchases the winner’s work product with the award, and the losing entrants retain the rights to their work product. Contest specialties range in scope from small graphic design projects (Crowdspring) to substantial scientific quandries with awards in the tens of thousands of dollars (Innocentive).Very few people have a problem with the top end of the contest crowdwourcing market, which tends to add unique value with sites like IdeaConnection and Xprize . Innocentive, for example, rewards creative thinking, requires domain expertise and helps identify talent that might otherwise remain buried. Plus, Innocentive participants are trying to solve important problems, not just grind out grunt work to pleases the corporate overlords. If you want to offer a million dollars to the first person who can cure acne, have at it. Everyone wins. Low-end contest sites like Mycroburst are a different animal. In these situations, the majority of participants end up performing hours of work with zero compensation. A logo design project, for example, might start with 100 participants, then work through several rounds of revisions and cuts before settling on a winner, who might earn as little as $200,For the winner, if there is one, the reward might barely justify the expense. For everyone else, it’s a total bust.To mitigate this situation, some contest sites have created secondary marketplaces (like the 99 designs Logo Store) to help artists recoup at least some money from non-winning work. Still, contests conjure the specter of ‘spec work’, and many artists have attempted to organize boycotts of them as abusive exploitation.So what’s the right approach? At the very least, companies need to be honest about what they can spend and what they need when they create a crowdsource contest. And they need to be realistic about what they’re likely to get – a competent if not brilliant solution to an immediate problem. If that’s all you need, a crowdsourced contest could be all you need.In most cases, though, if you can afford to actually hire a designer or a coder, you’ll get better work, more consistency, with far less ongoing management effort. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now
By David Lee Sexton, Jr.Pixabay[Horse by strecosa on September 30, 207, CC0]Equine-Assisted Activities and TherapyEquine-assisted activities and therapy (EEA/T) refers to the collaboration between licensed therapists, professional horse handlers, and horses themselves to assist clients in their treatment (Trask, 2010). Trask (2010) suggests that the mere presence of the animal itself can be therapeutic, and the possibility of forming bond a bond with the horse can allow the client to process their feelings more effectively.In a series of studies, Gehrke (2010) describes the use of heart rate monitors in examining interactions between horses and people. The researchers first examined the animals’ heart rate variability (HRV) and found that it was similar to that of humans; thus, both human and horse HRV could be measure utilizing the same instrument. In addition, it is important to note that HRV is strongly associated with changes in emotional stress (Gehrke, 2010). Fascinatingly, HRV measures taken from interacting humans and horses revealed that, regardless of whether or not the horse was familiar with the individual, the HRV of the horse matched the HRV of the human. In other words, the level of the horse’s stress was dependent on human’s level of stress. While this does not confirm that horses mirror the emotions of humans, it does provide evidence that a relationship does exist that may be useful in therapeutic situations.Areas of BenefitEarls, Vernon, and Yetz (2015) indicate that EAA/T is currently being used in the treatment of a variety of different psychological disorders; however, more research is needed to support the usefulness of this intervention. As such, Earls, Vernon, and Yetz sought to examine the effectiveness of EAA/T in treating symptoms of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Remarkably, they found that after participation in an EAA/T program, participants reported decreases in a variety of symptoms, including: PTSD symptoms, emotional distress, anxiety, depression, and even alcohol use.In addition, Jang et al. (2015) found that the use of EAA/T had positive outcomes when used for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well. Results indicated that following a 12-week EAA/T program, consisting of both unmounted and mounted activities, participants’ ADHD-rating scale (ARS-I) total scores, which indicate the severity of ADHD symptoms, and impulsivity and hyperactivity subscale scores decreased significantly.Additional ResourcesEAA/T continues to gain attention within the research community, and new avenues are being explored to evaluate the usefulness of this therapeutic technique to treat various psychological disorders. If you would like to learn more about EAA/T and other animal-assisted therapy techniques, please access the following resources provided by the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Family Development (FD) team:ReferencesEarles, J. L., Vernon, L. L., & Yetz, J. P. (2015). Equine-assisted therapy for anxiety and posttraumatic stress symptoms. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28(2), 149-152. doi: 10.1002/jts.21990Gehrke, E. K. (2010, Spring). The horse-human heart connection: Results of studies using heart rate variability. NARHA’s Strides, Retrieved from http://isar.dk/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Dr_Kaye_Article.pdfJang, B., Song, J., Kim, J., Kim, S., Lee, J., Shin, H. Y., . . . Joung, Y. S. (2015). Equine-assisted activities and therapy for treating children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 21(9), 546-553. doi: 10.1089/acm.2015.0067Trask, L. (2010, October). Helping with horses: Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP): Can a horse assist in psychotherapy? Psychology Today, Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wild-thoughts/201010/helping-horses-equine-assisted-psychotherapy-eapThis post was written by David Lee Sexton, Jr. of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.