USU Men Basketball’s Merrill, Queta, Receive NABC All-District Honors

first_imgOther Mountain West student-athletes to receive this honor included Nevada senior forward Jordan Caroline and Wolf Pack senior guard Caleb Martin. Merrill made the NABC All-District 17 first team, scoring 20.9 points per game for the Aggies and 22 points per contest in Mountain West Conference games. Merrill also averaged 4.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 90.4 percent at the foul line in conference games. Queta also netted a team-best 312 rebounds on the season, becoming the first Aggie to surpass 300 rebounds since the 1976-77 season. Queta, a Portuguese national, asserted himself as the best freshman in program history. March 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local USU Men Basketball’s Merrill, Queta, Receive NABC All-District Honors Brad Jamescenter_img Written by Tags: Caleb Martin/Jordan Caroline/National Association of Basketball Coaches/Neemias Queta/Sam Merrill/USU Men’s Basketball This commemorates the third consecutive year an Aggie has been named to the all-district teams. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Tuesday, Utah State men’s basketball stars, junior guard Sam Merrill and freshman center Neemias Queta received honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He posted 11.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while also posting a freshman-record 84 blocks (2.4 per game.)last_img read more

Tennessee Titans players, personnel test positive for COVID-19

first_img Written by September 29, 2020 /Sports News – National Tennessee Titans players, personnel test positive for COVID-19 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEric Lars Bakke / ESPN ImagesBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — The National Football League announced Tuesday that three players for the Tennessee Titans have tested positive for COVID-19 along with five of the team’s non-player personnel.As a result, the Titans will suspend in-person club activities starting Tuesday. The Minnesota Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, will also suspend in-person club activities.“Both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments,” the NFL said in a statement Tuesday. “All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration. We will continue to share updates as more information becomes available.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Costa plans to double LFLs growth

first_imgCosta Coffee, the Whitbread-owned coffee shop and food-to-go chain, saw like-for-like sales (LFLs) soar by 6.8% last year.The retailer, which lies second in the BB75 league table by number of outlets, said its underlying operating profit had increased by a massive 29.3% to £90.1m in the 12 months to 28 February 2013.Unveiling its preliminary results, the company said its stellar performance in the past year meant it had now set itself a £2bn sales target by 2018 – doubling system sales at Costa.The chain said it expected to open over 100 new stores are in the UK in the next 12 months. The strategy should also see it create 12,000 UK jobs over the next five years as it continues its store opening plans.The firm also revealed plans to pilot six stores in Paris in 2013/14.Overall, Whitbread, which also runs the Premier Inn chain of budget hotels, as well as pubs and restaurants, saw total revenue increase by 14.2% to £2.03bn, up from £1.7bn the year before.Profit after tax and exceptional items was also up by 13.3% to £301.3m, up from £266m for 2011/12.Costa said: “We continue to focus on driving organic growth, with the recipe for our success being our great people, great products and great stores. During the year we opened 186 net new stores in the UK, taking the total number of stores to 1,578.”“Product innovation underpins our LFL growth, such as the successful launch of Cortado coffee and Chai Latte.“Investment in our people is an important part of our culture and we have implemented customer-focused incentive schemes, as well as new core skills training academies.”And, unlike rival Greggs yesterday, chief executive Andy Harrison said the cold weather had “benefited” Costa’s sales.last_img read more

SSP Group sales rise 8.1% to more than £1bn

first_imgProfits at Starbucks and Upper Crust travel sites operator SSP have soared by almost a quarter as sales break the £1bn mark.Announcing its financial results for the six months to 31 March 2017, the international business reported revenues up 8.1% year on year at constant currency to £1,073m, with underlying operating profit up 24.7% to £42.8m.”SSP has delivered a good performance in the first half of 2017 and continues to make progress on its strategic initiatives, said CEO Kate Swann.“Constant currency operating profit was up 25%, driven by good like-for-like sales growth and further operational improvements,” she added.The business reported a strong period of new contract openings that had grown its presence in North America, the Asia Pacific region and elsewhere.“The pipeline is robust and we are pleased with the new contracts won in the first half,” said Swann.”Looking forward, the second half has started in line with our expectations and whilst a degree of uncertainty always exists around passenger numbers in the short term, we continue to be well placed to benefit from the structural growth opportunities in our markets and our programme of operational improvements.”SSP last year announced it had secured an agreement with Paul Hollywood to open a new bakery called Knead. The “upmarket bakery concept” will open this year and will sell “artisan sandwiches, cakes and pastries” – including a sausage roll that will be sold by the inch.”last_img read more

Why does Alcoholics Anonymous work?

first_img Positive psychology exercises boost moods of those struggling with addiction says MGH study Clues to addiction Related Research showing how neurons interact could lead to new treatments The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Psychology’s new openness to religioncenter_img AA produces this effect through its ability to engage people over the long term. “When you’re treating an illness like AUD, which is susceptible to relapse over the early months and years of recovery, having an engaging, widely available, and free recovery-specific support option like AA can help sustain behavioral changes,” noted Kelly.Additionally, the finding that AA worked as well as other treatments on several outcomes and was far better at supporting long-term continuous abstinence at a lower cost has important clinical and economic implications.“When you consider that AUD accounts for the majority of addiction cases in both the U.S. and globally, conferring a huge economic burden on society, AA may be the closest thing in public health we have to a free lunch,” Kelly said. The review also noted elements of AA — such as having a recovery mentor, or sponsor — may be particularly helpful, in that sponsors act like recovery coaches in the early period of sobriety, providing monitoring, accountability, and continuous, flexible support.The review’s co-authors are Keith Humphreys, Stanford School of Medicine, and Marica Ferri, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. McLean program blends spirituality with counseling, once an unthinkable pairing When compared with other active treatment approaches — such as cognitive behavioral therapy — Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)-based interventions performed just as well at reducing drinking intensity, negative alcohol-related consequences, and addiction severity, according to a study released today.The research team, led by an investigator from the Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Recovery Research Institute, completed a comprehensive review of the relevant scientific literature, and additionally found that AA and related 12-step treatments better increased abstinence and remission rates, while substantially reducing health care costs.The review is published within the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.AA has been a popular intervention for alcohol use disorder (AUD) for decades, but much debate has persisted within both the scientific and lay communities about whether it and related 12-step clinical treatments designed to increase AA participation are effective. In the past 25 years, many scientific investigations have been conducted to help answer this question and determine whether, to what degree, and in what ways AA may be helpful for individuals suffering from AUD. Investigators analyzed data from 27 primary studies subjected to rigorous selection criteria. The final analysis included work from 150 scientists at 67 institutions, and more than 10,000 research subjects.“We conducted this review because, while AA is popular, it remained unclear how helpful it actually is when we subject it to the same scientific evaluation standards as we would any other clinical intervention,” said John Kelly, founder and director of the MGH Recovery Research Institute and lead author of the review. “Surprisingly, we found that AA and related 12-step clinical treatments demonstrated the ability to produce higher abstinence and remission rates at a much-reduced health care cost as compared to other well-established clinical treatments.” The review found those with AUD who participate in AA do not utilize costly other options such as emergency room visits, hospital stays, or traditional mental health or addiction clinical services. Summoning happiness to aid recoverylast_img read more

Radon Awareness

first_imgJanuary is National Radon Action Month (NRAM). Why is there a month dedicated to this gas? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is safe in outdoor conditions, but can lead to serious health effects if present indoors in large amounts. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon is responsible for more deaths than drunk driving. The good news is this is something that is easy to test for and fix. Radon can be a problem anywhere in the state, but higher levels are typically seen in the upper third of Georgia due to the soil and rock environment. Radon is a product of uranium decay, which is very common in this area because of Stone Mountain. Just because you may not live in the upper third of Georgia or near Stone Mountain doesn’t mean you don’t need to test your home. Radon enters homes through gaps or cracks in the construction. Air pressure acts as a vacuum and sucks radon into homes. Radon concentration in homes varies from house to house. Your neighbor could have low and acceptable levels of radon while you may have very high levels. The only way to know is to test your home. How do you get a test kit? Go to the local University of Georgia Extension office or order online at Place the radon test kit in the lowest livable level of the home for 3 to 7 days. Complete the required information on the envelope and mail it to the laboratory to be analyzed. Results will be mailed to you and, if the level is high, a radon educator will follow up with you to determine your next step. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers any level of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or above to be high. If your test kit reveals high levels of radon your home should be mitigated. This is how radon levels are reduced. Mitigation includes installing a fan ventilation system that removes the concentrated radon to outside. Don’t worry, the radon released outside is safe and of no health concern. Your family could be breathing in high levels of radon in your home on a daily basis. Order a test kit today to help protect the health of you and your family. For more information, visit or send an email to [email protected]last_img read more

William Boyle, Named Pediatrician of the Year

first_imgWilliam E. Boyle, Jr, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) was recently honored with the 2003 Pediatrician of the Year awardpresented by the New Hampshire Pediatric Society.Since 1970, Boyle has been practicing his brand of family-centered,community-centered care at DHMC’s Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD).As both a general pediatrician and a subspecialist in long-term andchronic illnesses-like cancer, diabetes, and cystic fibrosis-he has seen aspectrum of conditions far beyond those of the average pediatric practice.In July of 1997, Dr. Boyle began a community pediatrics program whichteaches doctors in training about community care and the need for childadvocacy. The William E. Boyle, Jr., M.D., Community Pediatrics Programhelps young doctors connect on a compassionate level with children andtheir family. Families of sick children often suffer devastatingemotional, financial, and sociological difficulties that arise during -and long after – treatment of a serious illness. The Boyle Programadvocates a more comprehensive approach to care – an approach in whichpediatricians look beyond the disease and see the whole child.Boyle is a 1959 graduate of Dartmouth College and finished TuftsMedical School in l963. He returned to intern at Mary Hitchcock MemorialHospital from 1963-1964 and subsequently went to Children’s Hospital inBoston as a pediatric resident from 1964-1966 and a fellow from 1969-1970,sandwiched around military service, after which he returned to the UpperValley to stay.The New Hampshire Pediatric Society is the state chapter of the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics. Consisting of over 180 dedicated physicians fromacross the state, members serve on a host of local and state committees topromote health and health education for young people of all ages. TheNHPS advocates through the legislative process, where a pediatrician’sinput is enormously valuable when legislation comes up for discussion inthe Legislature. New Hampshire has for several years now been named thenumber one state for children to live in.CHaD is the only children’s hospital in New Hampshire. It serves all ofNH, much of Vermont and parts of Western Maine with state of the art,compassionate care for all children, regardless of a family’s ability topay. CHaD’s PainFree program has been recognized for its creativeapproach to making care and medical treatments less painful and anxietyridden for children and their families.last_img read more

“All in One Rhythm” Chosen as Brazil’s World Cup 2014 Slogan

first_img “All in one rhythm,” is the official slogan of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, FIFA announced on May 29, saying it would unite fans who head to the Samba nation for the football extravaganza. The official slogan was a joint effort between Brazil and the football world, said FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke at a ceremony in Rio, noting it “represents the unique flavor” Brazil will bring to the tournament. “Based around the central idea of ‘rhythm’, it will unite fans in Brazil and abroad, around what will be a colorful and vibrant celebration set to uniquely Brazilian rhythm,” said Valcke. Brazilian Sports Minister, Aldo Rebelo, said the slogan was an invitation to citizens and visitors “to join together and celebrate the immense sense of pride” in the country’s role as hosts. It was Valcke’s first trip to Brazil since he caused an uproar in March with his criticism of the country’s 2014 preparations, saying organizers needed “a kick up the backside.” Valcke and FIFA President Sepp Blatter had to apologize for the remarks, which triggered fury from the host country. Rebelo then said Valcke would no longer be welcome as a FIFA spokesman. FIFA has expressed varying degrees of concern about whether preparations – renovation or construction of stadiums as well as infrastructure projects – are on track for the first World Cup in Brazil since 1950. A little over two years before the championship kicks off in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014, nearly 40 percent of projects are yet to start, the Brazilian government said last week, insisting there was no cause for alarm. Brazil plans to spend $13 billion on 101 projects to build or modernize stadiums, airports, roads and public transport ahead of the World Cup, but work has begun on only 60 of them, the government said. By Dialogo May 31, 2012last_img read more

Jokowi holds muted Idul Fitri prayers with family, aides

first_img“If before Ramadan we were in conflict with each other, insulting each other, committing many wrongdoings, on this Idul Fitri holiday let us make a commitment to improve ourselves, get along with each other, forgive each other, unite and tighten the bonds of brotherhood,” Muhammudun said in his Idul Fitri sermon on Sunday.Beside the President’s family, the prayers at Bogor Palace were attended by presidential security detail commander Col. Achiruddin, presidential press bureau staffer Erlin Suastini, presidential aide First Lt. Mat Sony Masturi and the President’s personal bodyguard, First Lt. Windra Sanur.After the prayers, Jokowi and his family celebrated the holiday in Bogor rather than in his hometown of Surakarta in Central Java, in accordance with the governments ban of the Idul Fitri exodus that usually sees millions leave the major cities to gather with their extended families in their hometowns.The State Palace has also announced that Jokowi will be foregoing the traditional open house event due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Previously, Coordinating Legal, Political and Human Rights Minister Mahfud MD reminded the public that mass Idul Fitri prayers in mosques or public squares were prohibited this year by the Health Ministry’s regulation on large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and the 2018 Health Quarantine Law.The country’s largest religious organizations, namely Muhammadiyah, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), had also encouraged Muslims to pray at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo performed Idul Fitri prayers with his family and a few aides in front of the Bayurini Pavilion of Bogor Palace in West Java, in accordance with the government’s proscription of mass prayers during the COVID-19 outbreak.Jokowi, First Lady Iriana and their youngest son Kaesang Pangarep joined the Idul Fitri prayers led by Baitussalam Mosque welfare council head Muhammudun. last_img read more

Renovation surge sees fixer-upper snatched up at very first open

first_imgEntry level fixer-uppers are all the rage in Brisbane right now. Picture:“What can I say ‘it’s all original’,” was how Mr Hooker described the property. “Renovate or detonate, it’s your choice.”It was not the prettiest property out there but the potential could not be denied when six groups rushed through the home on Saturday with the agency continuing to field calls for it.The fervour comes as renovators and first home buyers search for entry level properties with good potential for strong capital gains.According to, the median price of houses in Everton Park has jumped 29.7 per cent in the last five years, with days on market at just 19 days. 5 Baden Powell Street, Everton Park, Qld 4053. Picture: FIBRO fixer-upper listed for less than its land value 10km from the Brisbane CBD was snatched up at its very first inspection over the weekend.CoreLogic figures showed the three bedroom, single bathroom, single garage house at 5 Baden Powell Street in Everton Park was listed at $450,000, which was less than the $495,000 that the June 30 land valuation came in at.The lowset home on a 675sq m block was listed by agent John Hooker of LJ Hooker Everton Park as being a “very original post war dwelling with good hardwood frame”.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The house has double street frontage. Picture: read more