NCAA issues college football recruiting changes

first_img Published on April 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer The NCAA released new recruiting rules pertaining to college football. There are different rules that will take effect at different points, but they will all change the current recruiting landscape.Here’s a list of the major changes.Official visits moved up: Recruits will now be able to take official visits starting April 1, through the Sunday before the last Wednesday in June. Effective Aug 1, 2017.No more satellite camps: Syracuse started extending its brand using satellite camps last year. That will no longer be an option. Coaches will now be limited to participating in camps for 10 days in June and July, and the events must happen on a school’s campus. Effective immediately, but contracts signed before Jan 18, 2017 are honored.Another assistant: FBS schools will be allowed to hire a 10th assistant coach. Effective Jan. 9, 2018Early signing: Creates an early signing period in December. Effective Aug. 1, 2017The NCAA also outlawed two-a-day contact practices. Teams will be allowed to have a three-hour contact practice session and then a walk-through. Helmets and pads can’t be worn during the walk-through and no contact is allowed. The walk-through also isn’t allowed to include conditioning drills Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

“Travel the Path to Progress” 17th Annual Business Expo Holds Book Sale to keep Newspapers in the Classroom

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAt least 45 businesses were present at the Alpena Business 2017 Expo.Every year the first Saturday in February, the Alpena News holds the Business Expo, and for the 17th year the local newspaper wanted this year’s theme to be: “Travel the Path to Progress.” This year businesses were invited to show what’s new with their company as residents visited their booths.Alpena News Publisher, Bill Speer added that the expo was also about keeping papers in schools alive with the Newspaper in Education Book Sale.“It’s good to keep newspapers into the classrooms because it keeps the students obviously up to date with current events and it also provides students with like Math opportunities, Science opportunities…teachers can really supplement their curriculum with newspapers and in today’s world where every dollar is so important in the classroom, it’s just a nice supplement to have,” Speer said.The book sale has been going on for 7 years. The proceeds will go towards keeping newspapers in the classroom throughout Northeast Michigan.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena News, book fair, Business Expo, Newspapers in EducationContinue ReadingPrevious International Shipmasters Association Names Alpena Resident, Capt. Lee Barnhill 2017 Grand PresidentNext Ice Fest 2017 Encourages Alpena Community to Embrace Winterlast_img read more

Parvo Virus Suspected on Grand Turk

first_img Related Items:#parvovirussuspectedinGT, #vaccinateyourpets Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 18, 2017 – Grand Turk – The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services (MOHAHS), Agriculture and Animal Health Services Division wishes to advise Grand Turk animal owners, that there appears to be an outbreak of Parvo virus on the Island of Grand Turk. This disease can be fatal to dogs especially puppies.Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that can produce a life-threatening illness.  The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body, especially in the intestinal tract.  It also attacks the white blood cells.  When young animals are infected, the virus can damage the heart muscle leading to lifelong cardiac problem.   Symptoms of the virus are loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting and foul smelling often bloody diarrhea which can quickly lead to life threatening dehydration.This extremely contagious disease can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog’s feces.   The virus is very resistant, and survives in the environment for months.   It is common for unvaccinated dogs to become infected when exposed to the virus.Parvovirus is most harmful to puppies up to one year old and it is strongly recommended that they be vaccinated before exposing them to outside areas.   Older unvaccinated dogs are not severely affected by the virus but can still contract and shed it, thereby spreading it to different locations. The virus can exist in soil which has been the site of feces from infected dogs.It can be carried by shoes and walked into your yard where it can live in the soil for a very long time. Prevention methods include the disinfecting of your harder surfaces with the use of a strong solution of bleach.We are therefore recommending that pet owners have their animals:-Vaccinated as a preventative measure.Not move animals from suspected infected areas to other areas.Contact a veterinarian If symptoms are noticed, if  unsure or notice diarrheaDo not transport/ship dogs from Grand Turk to other islands without approval from the Department of Agriculture.Exercise caution when handling sick animals.The Department of Agriculture wishes to further advise the Grand Turk community that the veterinary team from Bark and Bliss Animal Wellness Centre on Providenciales will be in Grand Turk every Thursday to conduct test, vaccinations and treatments as necessary. These services will be provided at a cost.The veterinary team can be contacted at 649-232-2275 or the Department of Agriculture at 649-338-3881 or 338-3882.Press Release: TCIG#parvovirusinsuspectedinGT#vaccinateyourpets Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

BNP leader Moudud taken to Singapore

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) standing committee member Moudud Ahmed. File PhotoAiling BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed was taken to Singapore on Thursday morning for better treatment, reports UNB.Moudud’s wife Hasna Moudud and some BNP leaders took him to Singapore in a flight of Bangladesh Biman Airlines around 8:25am, his personal secretary Mominur Rahman Sujan told UNB.He said the BNP senior leader, now 78, will receive treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital for various ailments, including cardiac problem.On 5 May, Moudud Ahmed was admitted to Apollo Hospitals in Dhaka after he complained of chest pain at the High Court.Sujon said Moudud decided to went to Singapore in consultation with cardiologist Shahabuddin Talukder as blocks are found in his heart.He said Moudud urged all to pray for his early recovery.last_img read more

Report Reveals Underground US Haven For Heroin Drug Users

first_imgSafe injection sites are different from syringe exchange programs, which were once controversial but now exist in 33 states.The underground safe haven is open between four and six hours a day, five days a week, according to Alex Kral, a San Francisco-based researcher with RTI International, and Peter Davidson of the University of California, San Diego. Their report was published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.The space consists of two rooms — an “injection room” with five stainless steel stations with mirrors and stools and a room next door where users are monitored afterward. There are trained staff on hand, but no one who is medically licensed, according to the researchers. Smoking is not allowed there, but drugs like heroin, pain pills, cocaine and methamphetamine are.Use of the space was by invitation only. Most visitors are white, homeless men. It was used 2,500 times over two years by over 100 people, although researchers say the exact number of participants isn’t known because the facility relies on anonymous surveys.There’s no data on deaths or drug use by clients who injected when the site was closed and it’s not known whether any went into treatment, Kral said.The study also didn’t look at issues opponents worry about, like whether creation of a safe place is associated with an increase in people beginning to try drugs, said Jonathan Caulkins, a drug policy expert at Carnegie Mellon University who nonetheless applauded the organization’s effort to try to stop overdose deaths. In the report released Tuesday, two researchers said they’ve been evaluating an underground safe place that opened in 2014. As a condition of their research, they didn’t disclose the location of the facility — which is unsanctioned and potentially illegal — or the social service agency running it.The researchers offered little data, and their main finding was that no one died while injecting at the safe place. There were two overdoses on site, which were reversed by staff members using the overdose medication naloxone.Advocates and some politicians in recent years have called for government-sanctioned injection sites as the U.S. grapples with the opioid epidemic. More than 52,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2015 — the most ever — fueled by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers. Government statistics for the first nine months of last year, also released Tuesday, show overdose death rates continuing to spiral.Some say the new report could have an impact on efforts to establish safe injection sites around the U.S. Such sites have been backed by lawmakers in New York, California and other states, along with officials in cities like Seattle, San Francisco and Ithaca, New York.“It shows people that it’s possible” to operate one of these in the U.S., said Lindsay LaSalle, an attorney with Drug Policy Alliance who has helped draft safe haven legislative proposals in six states.Injection sites are legal in countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Switzerland where medical professionals monitor drug users. They also provide clean needles to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like HIV or hepatitis C. Ideally, they also steer users into treatment and other services.Some experts say new approaches are needed to fight the opioid epidemic, including safe havens. But they’ve faced legal and political hurdles. Critics have argued these places may undermine prevention and treatment, and seem to fly in the face of laws aimed at stopping use of deadly illicit drugs. Darryl Dyck, AP Photo/The Canadian PressRichard Chenery draws heroin he bought on the street into a syringe at the Insite safe injection clinic in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday May 11, 2011. Insite, North America’s first and only legal injection site, promoted by its founders as a safe, humane facility for drug abusers, is now facing a court challenge from the Conservative government that sees it as a facilitator of drug abuse. The case opens before the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on Thursday, May 12, 2011 and has drawn international attention.A safe haven where drug users inject themselves with heroin and other drugs has been quietly operating in the United States for the past three years, a report reveals.None were known to exist in the U.S. until the disclosure in a medical journal, although several states and cities are pushing to establish these so-called supervised injection sites where users can shoot up under the care of trained staff who can treat an overdose if necessary.center_img Sharelast_img read more

Chemically peculiar star HR8844 could be a hybrid object

first_img(—Astronomers from the Paris Observatory in Meudon, France and the Notre Dame University – Louaize in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon, report that an A-type main-sequence star HR8844, could be a hybrid object between two classes of chemically peculiar stars. The discovery was detailed in a paper published Sept. 16 on This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2016 Citation: Chemically peculiar star HR8844 could be a hybrid object (2016, September 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Previous studies described HR8844 as a slowly rotating, fairly bright (V=5.89), superficially normal A0V star. However, the latest research conducted by Richard Monier of the Paris Observatory and his colleagues sheds new light on the real nature of this star.According to the paper, the model atmosphere and spectrum synthesis modeling of the spectrum of HR8844 reveals that most of the light elements are under-abundant, while the very heavy elements are overabundant. That means the star should be reclassified as a chemically peculiar star.”The derived abundance pattern of HR8844 strongly departs from the solar composition, which definitely shows that HR8844 is not a superficially normal early A star, but is actually another new chemically peculiar star,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Chemically peculiar stars, like HR8844, are main-sequence A and B stars with unusually strong or weak lines for certain elements. Besides their chemical composition, they have magnetic fields and experience very slow rotation with an average velocity of 29 km/s, which leads to extremely sharp-lined spectra.The new findings are based on data provided by the SOPHIE high-resolution echelle spectrograph installed on the 1.93m reflector telescope at the Haute-Provence Observatory in southeastern France. The team has analyzed the SOPHIE dataset and found that HR8844 has under-abundances of light elements like helium (He), carbon (C), nitrogen (N) and oxygen (O) and overabundances of the iron-peak elements and of the very heavy elements such as strontium (Sr), yttrium (Y), zirconium (Zr) and mercury (Hg).Taking into account a mild overabundance of manganese (Mn), the scientists concluded that HR8844 could be a hybrid object between the HgMn stars and the Am stars. HgMn stars are characterized by abnormal metal overabundances of Hg and Mn, together with under-abundances of light elements like He. When it comes to Am stars, their spectrum showcases strong absorption lines of metals such as Sr and Zr.Thus, according to the team, HR8844 resembles both a very hot Am star and a very cool HgMn star. Therefore, the star was reclassified as a hybrid object intermediate between these two classes. “Most of the light elements are under-abundant, whereas the very heavy elements are overabundant in HR8844. This interesting new chemically peculiar star could be a hybrid object between the HgMn stars and the Am stars,” the paper reads.However, in order to precisely determine the class of HR8844, the researchers plan further observations of the star that would complement the recent study.”We are currently planning more observations of HR8844 with SOPHIE in order to complement the abundances derived here and search for line variability. This will help us address the relationship of HR8844 to the two other hot Am stars, Sirius A and HD72660 and constrain the nature of this interesting new chemically peculiar star,” the team wrote.Lately, Monier’s team was successful in redefining the status of HD 30963 star. That research and the new study are part of a broader project aiming to reclassify main-sequence stars in the northern hemisphere. The derived elemental abundances for HR8844. Credit: Monier et al., 2016. HD 30963 is a chemically peculiar star, study finds Explore further More information: HR8844: A new hot Am star? arXiv:1609.04915 [astro-ph.SR] one archival high dispersion high quality spectrum of HR8844 (A0V) obtained with the echelle spectrograph SOPHIE at Observatoire de Haute Provence, we show that this star is not a superficially normal A0V star as hitherto thought. The model atmosphere and spectrum synthesis modeling of the spectrum of HR8844 reveals large departures of its abundances from the solar composition. We report here on our first determinations of the elemental abundances of 41 elements in the atmosphere of HR8844. Most of the light elements are underabundant whereas the very heavy elements are overabundant in HR8844.This interesting new chemically peculiar star could be a hybrid object between the HgMn stars and the Am stars.last_img read more

WATCH Kids React to Old Computers With Wonder and Confusion

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read Enroll Now for Free May 27, 2014center_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Kids are easily the most tech savvy among us — “digital natives” in the truest sense of the admittedly tired phrase — which is why seeing them confronted with old tech is bound to produce some entertaining results.YouTubers Benny and Rafi Fine, known as The Fine Brothers, showed the cast of their “Kids React” series a 70s-era Apple computer to varying responses – many were confused, particularly about the size and the lack of a mouse, but others were delighted. “It looks cool, I like pressing buttons,” said Krischelle, 9.The computer required several steps to turn on (as well as hitting the reset button to have it be of any use) and the lack of features turned out to be a bit rage-inducing. “Apps, games, websites. Everything.  But this thing right here, has nothing!” said Brooke-Monae, 8.Related: Kids See a Walkman for Maybe the First Time EverUpon the reveal that it wasn’t equipped for the internet — a request for Google returned an answer of “syntax error,” for Kacey, 9 — Dylan, 12, astutely pointed out, “Pretty sure Timothy Berners-Lee didn’t create it yet.” Jayka, 11, asked “How do you look up homework?” When offered the library as a solution, she exclaimed “who wants to do that?”But a computer game, that great equalizer, came to the rescue — but in the form of a floppy disk. The graphics weren’t too advanced, but Sydney, 6, thought it was an improvement on some of the games in the current Apple app store. “At least it’s better Flappy Bird!”Check out the entire video below.last_img read more