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Mens basketball 2018 fourstar recruit Luther Muhammad commits to Ohio State

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The Ohio State men’s basketball team continues to pile up commitments in the 2018 recruiting class, receiving the commitment of four-star guard Luther Muhammad Friday. The Jersey City, New Jersey, native is the third recruit in the class to announce his intentions to join the Buckeyes in 2018, joining four-star forward Jaedon LeDee and three-star guard Duane Washington Jr.The Wait Is Over. @The_Unguarded pic.twitter.com/4w9SEJIc0x— GoBuckLu (@LutherMuhammad) September 23, 2017Listed at 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, Muhammad is regarded as the 71st-best prospect in the nation, 14th-best point guard and fifth-best in the state of New Jersey, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.The product of Hudson Catholic High School had also reportedly received offers from Virginia, West Virginia, Notre Dame and others. Ohio State would have had a class of seven prospects, but guards Dane Goodwin and Torrence Watson and small forwards Darius Bazely and Justin Ahrens all decommited from the Buckeyes, earlier this year. read more

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Beware Less sleep puts you at risk of compulsive Facebook use

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first_imgLong spells of bad night sleep do not only put you at the risk of developing day-long tiredness, crankiness or distraction but also lead to compulsive Facebook checking too, find researchers.The team from University of California-Irvine demonstrated that lack of sleep – in addition to affecting busy college students’ moods and productivity – leads to more frequent online activities such as browsing Facebook.“When you get less sleep, you’re more prone to distraction. If you’re being distracted, what do you do? You go to Facebook. It’s lightweight, it’s easy, and you’re tired,” said lead researcher and informatics professor Gloria Mark.The findings show a direct connection among chronic lack of sleep, worsening mood and greater reliance on Facebook browsing. Mark also found that the less sleep people have, the more frequently their attention shifts among different computer screens, suggesting heightened distractibility.Sleep deprivation can cause workplace mishaps and make drivers fall asleep.last_img read more

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Tea Board working on shrinking govt support Bezbaruah

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first_imgKolkata: Tea Board of India was working on a shrinking government support with total allocation being approximately Rs 250 crore, an official said. “Tea Board is working under the backdrop of shrinking government financial support. The Board also labours under the burden of high administrative costs, with more than Rs 70 crore per year being spent on employees and maintenance of infrastructure, out of a total allocation of approximately Rs 250 crore”, non-executive chairman of the board P K Bezbaruah told PTI. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose Thus, he suggested, one of the focus area of the Board over the next few years would be to reduce administrative costs by upto Rs 10 crore per annum, while many cost cutting initiatives were already on the anvil. “In my opinion, the thrust areas of the Board relating to the tea industry should be on exports through incentivization of exportable variants of tea, like orthodox, organic and speciality teas.” The Board should attempt to get the incentive for production of such variants tripled from the present level. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Increase domestic consumption through generic promotion of tea should also be considered as a priority area, Bezbaruah, the second time non-executive chairman, said. He said that restructuring of primary markets, particularly the public tea auctions to ensure fair price discovery and prevent some sets of stakeholders from gaming the system to their advantage. “There should also be an effort to ensure transparency of all transactions on both sides, and to eliminate asymmetric information prevailing in todays primary markets”, he said. Bezbaruah said once the primary markets were restructured and strengthened, the Boards ultimate objective would be to ensure that the first sale of all produce that is not exported or sold directly to end consumers, is compulsorily routed through these channels.last_img read more

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April 1 2004 Welcome to 10 students and 2 instruc

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first_imgApril 1, 2004Welcome to 10 students and 2 instructors from Osaka College in Japan. Top from left: Yoshimasa Azuma, Yuusuke Yamaguchi, Mitsunori Akiyama, Kouji Kita, Hiroki Hachikubo, Atsuhiro Murakami, Mitsunori Kitamura. Bottom from left: Takuro Kameda, Kouhei Fujita, instructors Takeshi Yamaguchi and Shoji Kawamoto, Hiroshi Onishi. The group will continue to survey the topography around Arcosanti. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa]Welcome to 10 students and 2 instructors from Osaka College in Japan. Top from left: Yoshimasa Azuma, Yuusuke Yamaguchi, Mitsunori Akiyama, Kouji Kita, Hiroki Hachikubo, Atsuhiro Murakami, Mitsunori Kitamura. Bottom from left: Takuro Kameda, Kouhei Fujita, instructors Takeshi Yamaguchi and Shoji Kawamoto, Hiroshi Onishi. The group will continue to survey the topography around Arcosanti. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa]last_img read more

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The Chechen groups that threaten the security of t

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first_img The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the [Olympic] games are controlled by us, and they will not move in the Syrian territory’s direction without coordinating with us. Any coverage of Ukraine or Syria that ignores these facts disgraces itself. The New Message The new message I’ve been seeing lately is this: Obama is screwing up and making us look like wimps! We need to be powerful, not wimps! What that actually means is, “We should confront Putin and show him who’s tough! We’re still the biggest badass!” That kind of emotion, of course, leads toward war. Along with this emotionalism travels a peculiar fear found in empires: If we don’t rule the world, everything will break down into death and darkness. The Brits believed this not too long ago, as did many others, going back to the Romans and beyond. Here are a few passages from mainstream media that have caught my eye: “The collapse of the Pax Americana under Obama has freed up Russia and China to begin their campaigns of territorial expansionism.” Last year, lots of powerful groups tried to get a war going in Syria. It seemed to me that the necessary ground work hadn’t been done and that they might not be able to pull it off. Thankfully, that’s how it happened. And by “necessary ground work,” I’m not referring to the military operators the US government had in Syria for a year or two prior; I’m talking about making the American populace eager for a new war. That’s a crucial and often ignored factor. What has been catching my eye the past week or so is a new series of efforts to stir up war fever in the US, and I’d like to give them some coverage. Since the mainstream ‘news’ in the US has become almost completely trivialized and neutered, I think it’s important for the rest of us to fill the gap as best we can. First Points Before I get to what I see as the new war propaganda, I want to point out what all the ‘respectable’ voices are ignoring: This leaked recording (embedded in video) is from February 6 – before the deposing of the Ukrainian boss that started the current mess. In it, you’ll hear US State Department officials deciding who should be the new boss of the country, once they’ve had their way. This is clear, uncontested proof that it was the State Department who got things going in the Ukraine. Whatever we think of Putin, it must be acknowledged that these guys stirred it up. This video contains conversations of high Turkish officials planning a fake attack to start a war with Syria. “Russia has taken over Crimea and threatens further aggression. Now is the time to act…” “Putin has given speeches almost identical to Hitler’s 1938 Berlin address.” “Instead of a post-American world ushering in a stable multilateral order, it will revert back to a chaotic Lord of the Flies situation.” Leaked documents have shown that the Saudis are pushing very hard for a war in Syria (intended, presumably, to weaken Iran). They go so far as to tell Putin that they control terrorist groups, including those who could attack in both Russia and in Syria. (Think about that!) Here’s a direct quote from what they said to Putin: This leaked recording (embedded in video) features an Estonian foreign minister talking to an EU official. In it, he says that the snipers who were said to be killing on Putin’s orders were actually working for the people the US was putting into power. “Fear That Obama Will Let Russia Seize Control Of Internet.” To this I’ll add one more thing: Millions of people currently believe that Russian troops have invaded the Crimea, which is completely false. Honestly, I’m not sure that this will work. However hungry the military-industrial complex may be, Joe and Jane Average are just not eager for another war. And I think Putin’s smart enough to withhold any Pearl Harbor-like attacks. Even a big terrorist attack might only prove that the intel state has failed again. I’m not sure that people can maintain an endless blind faith in Jack Bauer; at some point, they will say, “That was only a TV show.” That said… That said, “Washington Worship TV” continues and they’re still working toward war. Obama just paid a call on the Saudis, who remain desperate for their war in Syria. They’re so desperate, in fact, that they’re working with the Israelis on it. (War makes for strange bedfellows.) And on his way to Arabia, Obama called on the Pope. What these meetings were really about, who knows. Backroom deals between intel agencies take place all the time. No one’s going to admit what the conversations are about, but one can certainly imagine that a deal was underway to give Putin the Crimea in return for the war in Syria that NATO and its friends wanted. The leaks mentioned above (especially the Turkish leak) may have delayed matters, but since it has never appeared on “the news,” most people have never heard about it. Perhaps the push for war in Syria will continue. But, it may be that NATO and their allies have given up on their war in Syria and are trying to punish Putin for standing in their way. (It’s likely that Russia was the source of those leaks.) That would involve bloodshed in the Ukraine… as if the Ukrainians haven’t suffered enough in the past eighty years. The Bottom Line The bottom line is that several groups are very eager for a new war. Toward that end, they’re working to stir up emotions. Rationally convincing people to kill and be killed, of course, isn’t terribly effective. What we have to do now is to keep our heads and be a voice of reason for our friends and neighbors, even if they don’t like it. War is not salvation; it’s hell. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more

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Costs of Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program may be higher than expected reimbursement

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New therapy for childhood blindness shows very promising results

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Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 18 2018A new therapy aimed at improving the sight of people with one of the most common forms of childhood blindness, has shown ‘very promising’ initial results, according to a study involving UCL researchers.As part of a clinical trial, ten patients with Leber congenital amaurosis type 10 (LCA10), had one of their eyes injected with a therapeutic molecule, known as QR-110, with the other eye left untreated, providing a base for comparison.The patients were injected at regular intervals, and the results, published in Nature Medicine, showed QR-110, had no adverse effects and vision had improved in patients at three months.One patient responded exceptionally well and after six weeks of treatment self-reported substantial visual improvements and, for the first time in decades, was able to see lights with increasing clarity and brightness – but only in the treated eye. At four months the patient was able to read the first three lines of the standard ETDRS eye test, showing the visual acuity (clarity of vision) has improved from light perception to 20/400 vision.The clinical trial was undertaken by study collaborators at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Iowa and University of Ghent.Co-author Professor Mike Cheetham (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology) led the pre-clinical research and worked with scientists from ProQR Therapeutics, Netherlands, to develop the QR-110 treatment.”Our work on helping to develop QR-110, used patient stem cells to make a ‘retina in a dish’ to show QR-110 could potentially work for this devastating early onset blindness,” he said.”It is really exciting to see the treatment in clinical trial and initial results are very promising, showing some real benefit to patients. It seems to be safe and is improving the vision of these severely visually impaired patients.”Hopefully the patients will continue to improve and more patients can be treated in the near future.”LCA10 is a severe, early-onset inherited retinal disease associated with changes in the gene CEP290. This gene provides the instructions for building a protein that is essential for the formation and stability of the light sensitive outer segment of photoreceptor cells. One specific mutation is the single most common cause of LCA and is found in 60-90% of people with LCA10. This results in incorrect editing and interpretation of the genetic code during protein construction, so that retinal cells end up with a significantly reduced amount of normal, fully functional CEP290 protein.Related StoriesLong-term statin use linked to lower risk of glaucomaSmartphone-based telemedical DR screening could improve ophthalmic careFACS-based CRISPR screening shows how Chlamydia bacterium invades host cellsThe pre-trial research team, led by Professor Cheetham, developed proof of concept that molecules, called antisense oligonucleotides, could silence the effect of this mutation so that the gene splicing machinery can make the correct protein. They then worked with ProQR to develop a clinically applicable antisense oligonucleotide and found that the molecule QR-110 was most effective at achieving this and was able to restore levels of normal CEP290 protein in cells from individuals with LCA10. This was possible by using a ‘retina in a dish’ model made from LCA10 patient stem cells, and the results showed improved photoreceptor structure. QR-110 was also very specific in targeting the mutation without influencing other parts of the genome (genetic code).The researchers established that QR-110 was well tolerated in animal models, and reached all layers of the retina, lasting a suitable length of time in the eye, making it a promising candidate for clinical testing. This work led to the human clinical trials now being reported on.Professor Cheetham added: “I think this opens up the possibility of treating many forms of inherited blindness with drugs similar in design to QR-110, small antisense oligonucleotides that are specifically to correct genetic faults.”Director of Research, Dr Neil Ebenezer from Fight for Sight, who provided some of the funding for the preclinical work, said: “We helped to fund the initial research that proved this genetic technique could work in the lab, and it was this groundwork that led to the clinical trial. It is fantastic that the clinical trial is now bringing us one step closer to having an effective treatment for patients with Leber congenital amaurosis.” Source:https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ read more

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Autism could be detected early using a hearing test finds research

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Biologists analyze available methods of targeted drug delivery to malignant tumors

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Eccentric exercises could help fatigued dancers prevent injury improve jump performance

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