For the first time, A’s Matt Chapman is fully healthy and he’s thriving

first_imgFollowing a breakout season where he finished seventh in AL MVP voting, Matt Chapman responded in the offseason by doing … well, not much of anything.Instead, he had surgery on his thumb and shoulder and didn’t swing a bat or field a ball all winter.The inactivity worried Chapman, but through 36 games, the only people who remain legitimately concerned are opposing pitchers. Finally healthy, Chapman has been able to take his game to another level.“I was nervous because I take my offseason …last_img

Renewable energy workshop to feature Ohio’s largest solar farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A solar installer whose headquarters building has its own sun-powered system and the largest solar farm in Ohio, which spans an area equal to some 80 football fields, are two of the highlights of the 2015 Renewable Energy Workshop.The event, which is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Vaughn Industries, 1201 E. Findlay St. in Carey in northwest Ohio.“It’s for anyone interested in renewable energy, such as farmers, homeowners, small-business owners, financial and insurance companies, researchers and students, and state and local agency personnel,” said Yebo Li, the event’s organizer and a biosystems engineer with the college.Speaking will be renewable energy experts from the college and industry, including on such topics as solar energy, funding possibilities, growing grasses to make biofuels, and producing bioenergy through anaerobic digestion of manure and plant matter.Also featured will be tours of:• The Vaughn Industries’ headquarters building, which runs a 50-kilowatt solar system. The specialty contracting company has installed solar systems ranging from 1 to 15 megawatts at sites from Ohio to North Carolina.• PSEG Solar, an 83-acre solar field in Wyandot County that has nearly 160,000 solar panels on more than 3,000 fixed-tilt solar arrays. The 12-megawatt farm produces enough electricity for more than 9,000 homes when the sun is shining.Li said the tours and experts will give a “better understanding of the opportunities and challenges for renewable energy options in Ohio for businesses, farms and homes.”Scheduled to speak are:• Eric Romich, an energy development field specialist with the college who was heavily involved in finalizing the PSEG farm, on “Renewables in Ohio: Current Trends and Opportunities.”• Rafiq Islam, soil and bioenergy program leader at the college’s Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon, on “Growing Perennial Grasses for Biofuels.”• Alex Ringler, CEO of Marengo, Ohio-based Renergy Inc., on “Anaerobic Digestion of Livestock Manure: Opportunities and Challenges.”• Li on “Anaerobic Digestion of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks: Opportunities and Challenges.”• Brian Tschanen and Drew Roach, both of Vaughn, on “Trends in Solar Energy: An Industry Perspective.”Registration is $40 by Oct. 27, $50 after that date, and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Registration for college students is $20.Transportation to the workshop site and the PSEG farm will be by the participants’ own vehicles or by a free vanpool ride leaving at 7 a.m. from the college’s research arm, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster in northeast Ohio. Space in the van is limited; reserve a space when registering.To register, download and fill out the registration form available at go.osu.edu/2015REW and return it with payment.Or send your name, contact information and check for payment — payable to OARDC/OSU — to Mary Wicks, OARDC/OSU, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691. Indicate if you’d like a spot in the vanpool from Wooster and whether you have any dietary restrictions.Professional Engineer continuing education credits should be available to participants but the details are still to be confirmed.For more information, contact Wicks at wicks.14@osu.edu or 330-202-3533 or go to go.osu.edu/2015REW.last_img read more

Huelgas willing to represent PH ‘in a heartbeat’ in 2019 SEA Games

first_imgFilipino triathlete Nikko Huelgas shows off his second straight SEA Games gold medal. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netThere’s no way Nikko Huelgas, who has risen as the face of Philippine triathlon, is going to pass up on a chance to represent the country in the next edition of the Southeast Asian Games two years from now.Especially when the next staging of regional sports spectacle will be in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Pencak Silat: PH finishes 6th in men’s doubles MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “Definitely, I want to compete again. I’d do it in a heartbeat,” Huelgas told INQUIRER.net during his hero’s welcome dinner at Discovery Suites Hotel Wednesday night.Huelgas successfully defended his men’s triathlon crown in the SEA Games on Sunday after the Philippines finished 1-2 in the event with John Chicano claiming silver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHuelgas’ eyes lit up when asked about the possibility of going for a third consecutive SEA Games gold medal in front of his countrymen, but he also doesn’t want to look to far ahead.The 26-year-old Huelgas is set to go back to training sooner than later and though his best years are still ahead of him, he is wary of the wear and tear that every athlete who undergoes rigorous training is susceptible to. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gamescenter_img “It will be an honor to represent the country on your home soil, but I take it race by race. As they say, you get more injury prone when you get older,” he said. LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Marfan syndrome

first_imgDefinitionMarfan syndrome is a disorder of connective tissue. This is the tissue that strengthens the bodys structures.Disorders of connective tissue affect the skeletal system, cardiovascular system, eyes, and skin.CausesMarfan syndrome is caused by defects in a gene called fibrillin-1. Fibrillin-1 plays an important role as the building block for connective tissue in the body.The gene defect also causes the long bones of the body to grow too much. People with this syndrome have tall height and long arms and legs. How this overgrowth happens is not well understood.Other areas of the body that are affected include:Lung tissue (there may be a pneumothorax, in which air can escape from the lung into the chest cavity and collapse the lung)The aorta, the main blood vessel that takes blood from the heart to the body may stretch or become weak (called aortic dilation or aortic aneurysm)The eyes, causing cataracts and other problems (such as a dislocation of the lenses)The skinTissue covering the spinal cordIn most cases, Marfan syndrome is passed down through families (inherited). However, up to 30% of patients have no family history, which is called “sporadic.” In sporadic cases, the syndrome is believed to be caused by a new gene change.SymptomsPeople with Marfan syndrome are very often tall with long, thin arms and legs and spider-like fingers (called arachnodactyly). The length of the arms is greater than height when arms are stretched out.Other symptoms include:A chest that sinks in or sticks out, called funnel chest (pectus excavatum) or pigeon breast (pectus carinatum)Flat feetHighly arched palate and crowded teethHypotoniaJoints that are too flexible (but the elbows may be less flexible)Learning disabilityMovement of the lens of the eye from its normal position (dislocation)NearsightednessSmall lower jaw (micrognathia)Spine that curves to one side (scoliosis)Thin, narrow faceExams and TestsadvertisementThe doctor will perform a physical exam. The joints may move around more than normal. There may also be signs of:AneurysmCollapsed lungHeart valve problemsAn eye exam may show:Defects of the lens or corneaRetinal detachmentVision problemsThe following tests may be performed:EchocardiogramFibrillin-1 mutation testing (in some people)An echocardiogram or another test should be done every year to look at the base of the aorta and possibly the heart valves.TreatmentVision problems should be treated when possible.Monitor for scoliosis, especially during the teenage years.Medicine to slow the heart rate may help prevent stress on the aorta. To avoid injuring the aorta, people with the condition should avoid participating in contact sports. Some people may need surgery to replace the aortic root and valve.People with Marfan syndrome who have heart valve conditions may need to take antibiotics before dental procedures to prevent endocarditis (infection of the valves). Pregnant women with Marfan syndrome must be monitored very closely because of the increased stress on the heart and aorta.Support GroupsNational Marfan Foundation — www.marfan.orgOutlook (Prognosis)Heart-related complications may shorten the lifespan of people with this disease. However, many people live into their 60s. Good care and surgery may further extend lifespan.Possible ComplicationsComplications may include:Aortic regurgitationAortic ruptureBacterial endocarditisDissecting aortic aneurysmEnlargement of the base of the aortaHeart failureMitral valve prolapseScoliosisVision problemsWhen to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCouples who have this condition and are planning to have children may want to talk to a genetic counselor before starting a family..PreventionSpontaneous new gene mutations leading to Marfan (less than 1/3 of cases) cannot be prevented. If you have Marfan syndrome, see your doctor at least once every year.ReferencesPyeritz RE. Inherited diseases of connective tissue. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldmans Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 268.Doyle J, Dietz III H. Marfan syndrome. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 693.Review Date:5/13/2014Reviewed By:Michael A. Chen, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical School, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

21 days agoBarcelona in contact with River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo

first_imgBarcelona in contact with River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardoby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRiver Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo is a shock target for Barcelona.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde is under pressure at the Nou Camp after a stuttering start to the season.TNT says Barca are searching out alternatives, with Gallardo high on the agenda.Indeed, the Argentine has already spoken with Barca management, but he replied that he could not make a decision yet as he’s focused on River’s Copa Libertadores campaign.Gallardo made his name in France with successful spells at PSG and Monaco. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Michael Jordans 2016 Shoe Earnings Was Greater Than LeBron

Michael Jordan (left) can thank his Air Jordan for his huge Nike sales over LeBron James. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Although LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers lost the 2017 NBA Finals, the small forward can take solace in knowing he brought in the most moolah among current ballers with a shoe deal.The only thing is, he’s nowhere close to retired Chicago Bulls shooting guard Michael Jordan’s earnings.James’ Nike deal brought in $32 million in the last year, Forbes estimates. His endorsement began when he entered the NBA in 2003, which had an eventual $100 million payout over seven years — the biggest shoe deal to be given to a rookie.Yet Jordan’s $110 million earnings, thanks to Air Jordan revenues reaching $2.8 billion in the 2016 fiscal year, makes James’ $32 million look paltry. A combination of payouts from current top-earning NBA players — Kevin Durant’s $25 million from Nike, James Harden’s $14 million with Adidas, Stephen Curry’s $12 million with Under Armour, Derrick Rose’s $11 million with Adidas and James’ income — doesn’t break the $100 million mark.Such high earnings make LaVar Ball’s push for his basketball-playing sons to go their own way with the Big Baller Brand even more significant, as Uproxx reported James and Durant make almost equal amounts from playing ball as they do from shoe deals. Ball’s three sons have yet to enter the NBA, although Lonzo Ball is considered a top prospect for the draft. read more

Block O tattoo signified early commitment from Buckeyes new quarterback Braxton Miller

Discussing when in the recruiting process he gets a sense a recruit will be joining Ohio State, co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said he’s not usually comfortable until he sees that player’s signed letter of intent. That wasn’t the case with Braxton Miller. When Miller, who is ranked as the No. 2 quarterback in his class according to multiple recruiting services, announced in June that he’d be joining OSU’s 2011 recruiting class, he left little doubt in his future coaches’ minds about his level of commitment, as he showcased an OSU Block “O” tattooed on his left shoulder. Though he announced his intentions months ago and has been taking classes for weeks as an early enrollee at OSU, Miller was officially introduced as a Buckeye on Wednesday at a ceremony introducing OSU’s 23-member recruiting class. Wearing his new No. 5 OSU jersey, along with a retro-style Buckeye hat, Miller said he’s still getting the hang of college life. “The first week was hard to adjust to,” he said, “but I’m cool now.” With OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor suspended for the first five games of the upcoming season, OSU coaches say they are hopeful that Miller’s ability to adjust carries over to the football field. With the 15 extra practice sessions Miller has received from enrolling during Winter Quarter, he likely will compete with Joe Bauserman, Ken Guiton and Taylor Graham to fill the temporary void Pryor will leave. Miller said he’s excited for the opportunity to compete right away but that it’s too early to get caught up in the competition. “It’s just an opportunity,” he said. “Just got to get the job done, do the work and see who wins it out.” OSU quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano agreed that it’s too early to see when, or if, Miller will contribute in the upcoming season, but he acknowledged that Miller’s decision to enroll early only improved his chances. “That’s all going be determined to how fast he adapts to what we do on an offensive standpoint — our play-calling, our formation setups and all those things,” Siciliano said. “Any time you’re here from any position, it gives you an advantage to play football a little bit more. I think that really is an advantage for a quarterback, to be able to get 15 extra days of snaps.” Like Pryor, Miller has displayed an ability both to throw and run the ball. In his senior season at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio, Miller passed for 2,167 yards and 17 touchdowns and ran for 658 yards and 17 touchdowns. Miller led his team to the Division I state title game. As a three-year starter at Wayne, Miller compiled a 31-7 record. Enrolling early gave Miller the opportunity not only to practice early with his new team but also to bond with Pryor, whom he’ll attempt to replace either this season or the next. “He’s a cool dude to hang out with,” Miller said of Pryor. “I figured I’d learn from the best.” read more

Richard Strauss lured students to private clinic with local advertising

Dr. Richard Strauss opened a private clinic in Columbus in August 1996 just 12 days after he finished working at Ohio State Student Medical Services.Richard Strauss in his Ohio State College of Medicine photograph. Ohio State has interviewed more than 100 former Ohio State athletes with sexual abuse claims against former team physician Richard Strauss. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio StateHowever, even though Strauss was not regularly treating Ohio State students, he still had access to them. Advertisements for “Men’s Clinics of America” ran in several issues of The Lantern, according to the student newspaper’s archives. He also ran ads over local radio, said Brian Garrett, a former nursing student who worked at Strauss’ clinic.The advertisement in The Lantern described his clinic as offering “prompt treatment of common genital/urinary problems,” as well as providing examinations for rashes, lumps, pain/burning, checkups, testing, sexually transmitted diseases and “answers to questions.” It said the clinic had experienced doctors, a male staff and “strict medical confidentiality.”University Provost Bruce McPheron said during the Audit & Compliance Committee meeting on June 7 that investigators had learned about the clinic and knew there were acts of sexual misconduct alleged to have occurred there. The independent investigation, led by the Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie, has been looking into the hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse against Strauss, who died by suicide in 2005, and whether the university knew about the acts and allowed it to happen. McPheron said the Columbus clinic is part of the investigation because Ohio State students were reportedly treated and abused by Strauss while there.In the advertisement, it said there was a student discount. However, Garrett said when an Ohio State athlete would come in, Strauss would tell Garrett and the other employees that the athlete would receive free treatment and that the treatment was to be kept “off the record.”Garrett said that through those advertisements, he would not only get students to seek treatment, but also to help to run the clinic. “The crazy thing was, is he got OSU students — current OSU students — to run it, help him run it,” Garrett said. “But then he, like I said, he had OSU athletes coming in from teams that he was doing freebie exams with them.”Garrett was recruited by Strauss to work as a “receptionist” for the clinic, and said the office was located at 1350 W. Fifth Ave. The Lantern confirmed Strauss was listed as having owned property at the address from WhitePages.Garrett, who now resides in Powell, Ohio, told The Lantern one of his friends was approached in Larkins Hall — the old recreational facility at the university — by Strauss and was asked about working for him at the clinic. His friend then informed Garrett and another friend about the offer, all of whom accepted.While Garrett said he is not certain other students were abused, Garrett said he was abused by Strauss. He said after complaining of heartburn, Strauss told him to lie down on the exam table. He said Strauss began by pushing on Garrett’s stomach, but then removed his pants and began to closely examine his genitals. After five to 10 minutes, Garrett said he left and never returned to the clinic. Garrett said this had come the same day he was asked to sit in on one of Strauss’ exams of an Ohio State athlete. He described in graphic detail the abuse he witnessed Strauss commit on the athlete.“I just asked him if I had heartburn,” Garrett said, referring to the abuse committed against him by Strauss. “And then shortly after that — I never told anybody — I was like I can’t do this anymore.”The setup of the clinic was unusual compared with most others, Garrett said. The phones were forwarded to the apartments of Garrett and his friends when patients would try to call and schedule appointments, and that “people coming into the office had to be kept secret from the people leaving the office,” Garrett said.“Anytime the phone would ring, we would have to say, ‘Men’s Clinic of America’ and the person would say, ‘Hey, I’m trying to get an appointment for this,’” Garrett said. “And we would write down the appointments and we would tell him how many people called in.”According to documents obtained from the Ohio secretary of state’s office, Strauss’ company was officially incorporated on Aug. 19, 1996 and was dissolved two years later on Aug. 27, 1998.A screenshot of advertisements Dr. Richard Strauss ran for his private clinic found in The Lantern archives. Credit: Lantern FileHe also said Strauss was a part-time physician in student health services from July 1, 1994 until Aug. 7, 1996, but was a professor emeritus at Ohio State until he retired on July 1, 1998.Though it is unclear what Ohio State’s policy on outside practice of medicine was at the time Strauss ran his clinic, current policy forbids any faculty members in the College of Medicine to be “employed by other entities for the practice of medicine.”When asked whether university faculty referred students to Strauss’ clinic, Ohio State spokesman Ben Johnson said the university cannot discuss details of the independent, ongoing investigation. Ohio State is scheduled to provide another update on the Strauss investigation at 10 a.m. during Thursday’s Audit & Compliance Committee meeting.Athletes from 14 different sports have been interviewed and over 200 former students and staff members have talked with investigators about Strauss, the university said in a release on July 20. There are more than 100 former students and student-athletes believed to have been abused by Strauss while he was at the university, and investigators are also looking into whether he abused high school students.The university urges anyone with information pertaining to the investigation to contact investigators at osu@perkinscoie.com. read more

Riding NASAs moon landing simulator with chief Jim Bridenstine

first_img NASA Space Tags We landed on the moon with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine 0 Bridenstine, an ex-Navy pilot who flew E-2 Hawkeye aircraft and F/A-18 Hornets, walked us through the landing procedures in NASA’s state-of-the-art Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) housed at NASA Ames.You can see his expert piloting skills and hear the administrator’s take on NASA’s return to the moon in our interview below:The VMS is the world’s largest motion flight simulator and resides in a 10-story tower on the NASA Ames campus. It’s powered by a massive hydraulic system that can simulate the movement of a real moon lander as it hits its target on the specified landing area on the moon. The simulator’s cab has 6 degrees-freedom of motion in any direction, and as much as 60 feet of room vertically and 40 feet horizontally for simulating landings where the moon lander might be off course by some distance.VMS Lunar Lander ConfigurationThe exterior of the Lunar Lander “Explore Moon to Mars” cab Dominic Hart Our interview with Bridenstine was conducted in the VMS, with the NASA administrator playing captain to our simulated moon landing.  Boarding the simulator was very intimidating. First, we were outfitted with safety harnesses and then walked down a long, retractable walkway where we boarded the VMS. I could imagine what might be going through the astronauts’ minds as they boarded their spacecraft. We were then strapped into the VMS by the NASA Ames staff in standing position at the control console. There was no seat so we were buckled into a padded vertical slab. As the simulation began, the motion was jolting, like a ride at Disneyland as the mission control computer moved us into position.Everything went dark — much like it would in space — and we could communicate through pilot headsets inside the cabin. There was no way of telling how high up we were at the start of the simulation because all we could see out the windows was a computer graphics simulation of the moon’s surface. As we came down we could feel the simulator jolting as the “boosters” corrected our position over the landing zone on our computer-generated moon. When Bridenstine finally eased us to the surface and we “touched down” on the moon we felt a thud and then the simulator became eerily still. It was a thrilling experience — one that mimicked what the astronauts in future missions will feel when they take their landers to the surface of the moon. Bridenstine proved to be an ace pilot, making two successful landings on the virtual moon and explaining his long-term vision for NASA’s Artemis missions at the same time. He explained how NASA chose the name Artemis — which derives from the Greek goddess of the moon — and shared his thoughts on the importance of putting not only the first man but also the first woman on the moon. Jim-BridenstineAdministrator Jim Bridenstine pilots the Vertical Motion Simulator at NASA Ames Research Center in California. Stephen Beacham Share your voice 7:56 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Tech Tech Industry Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) Lunar Lander configuration with Bonnie Andro-Avila, left standing seat and Sumedha Garud in right standing seat “flying” the Lunar Lander simulation Dominic Hart As the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo moon landing approaches, NASA is readying itself to return to the lunar surface.The agency’s best and brightest are hard at work to deliver on NASA’s ambitious plans of getting back to the moon — and establishing a permanent presence there — by 2024.  The new moon missions, named Artemis, will combine rockets, landers, rovers, and a new space station, the Lunar Gateway, in orbit around the moon to deliver robots, and eventually humans, back to the surface for the first time since 1972. In May, we were invited to the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California to participate in and film moon landing simulations with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. last_img read more

Munshiganj bus plunge kills 3

first_img-Three people, including two women, were killed and three others injured when a bus plunged into a roadside ditch at Raushunia in Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshiganj on Wednesday, reports UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.Kazi Maksuda Lima, senior assistant superintendent of Munshiganj police, said the Tongibari-bound ‘SF Paribahan’ bus from Dhaka skidded off the road and fell into the ditch around 4:00pm as its driver lost control over the steering, leaving six people injured.The injured were taken to Sirajdikhan Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared three of them dead and referred one to a Dhaka hospital for better treatment.last_img