Report: Dwight Howard may need surgery for gluteal injury

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailScott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Dwight Howard may need to go under the knife to alleviate pain from a gluteal injury he suffered earlier this month.League sources tell ESPN the Washington Wizards center will likely need a surgical procedure that would sideline him for a considerable portion of the regular season.Howard got a recommendation from a nerve specialist on Thursday, ESPN reports, but may seek a second opinion before deciding whether or not to have surgery.Howard, 32, injured his piriformis muscle during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Nov. 18. So far this season, the injury has caused him to miss 12 games.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img November 30, 2018 /Sports News – National Report: Dwight Howard may need surgery for gluteal injurylast_img read more

COMMENT: Climate Change and the US

first_imgBen Williams takes a look at the policies of US presidential candidates regarding climate change.The two terms in office served by President Bush could hardly have been more damaging to the environment. Clearly the world’s current situation cannot be solely attributed to one man and one country, far from it. However the USA, as the hegemonic power in international relations, certainly has a greater ability to affect the trajectory of global climate policy than any other state. As the global leader, the example set by the USA will be followed by other countries, and of course it is impossible to reach an effective inter-state agreement on climate policy without the support of the world’s predominant power.Not only is the USA vital in influencing the policies of other states, but the emissions of the USA alone constitute a large percentage of global greenhouse gas output. America produces 22.2% of the world’s carbon emissions. China is catching up at a ferocious rate, now accountable for 18.4% of emissions, although it has a population nearly 4 times the size of the USA. That its emissions are still below the levels of the Americans demonstrates that the USA is still by far the biggest polluter in the world proportionally as well as in total output. Indeed the statistics for per capita emissions support this statement. Each person in America emits on average close to 19.5 tonnes of CO2 per year. Again, this is a world-leading total and is nearly 3 tonnes ahead of the next highest proportional polluter, Australia.The USA is now also the only major country still not to have ratified the Kyoto treaty after Australia’s newly elected prime minister ratified it immediately after taking office. Clearly then, America is by far the world’s most polluting state. The waves of anti-Americanism that seem so salient in recent years are not without foundation when it comes to climate policy. It may sometimes seem as though the USA is used as a scapegoat upon which blame for the problem of global warming is placed, and perhaps its poor record is used to distract us from our own inaction. Still, there is no doubt that America is deserving of its poor reputation on climate action. Yet there is reason to hope now, as the Bush years finally draw to a close. Irrevocable damage has already been done to the environment, but the worst consequences of climate change can still be prevented and the policies of the presidential candidates seem to acknowledge this. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have both co-sponsored the most stringent carbon cap bill in the Senate. They also want an 80% reduction in emissions from 1990 levels by 2050 as well as the introduction of a cap and trade system whereby carbon credits are introduced and those companies that emit above the limits of their credits are forced to buy credits from companies that emit below them. Republican candidate John McCain also supports this system of carbon trading and wants the capping of greenhouse-gas emissions at 2004 levels by 2012 and then reducing them by 65 percent by 2050.Clinton has gone further by supporting a controversial shake-up of oil companies whereby a proportion of their windfalls would have to be transferred to investment in renewable energy. She would also like to see 20% of US energy demands met by renewable energy resources by 2020 and has promised to invest $50 billion into research and development of renewable energy and clean coal technology, and new methods of achieving energy efficiency.How many of these promises are pre-election rhetoric to win the ‘green vote’ is debatable. That both Obama and Clinton’s main emissions reduction targets are the same for instance is more than a little coincidental. It should also be noted that environmental issues, whilst becoming more important to the American voter, are far from being given precedence over issues such as Iraq and immigration. What is clear, and promising, is that whoever becomes the next US president does consider climate change to be an issue worth tackling and that all candidates have set ambitious promises. While there is no guarantee they will be kept, it does show recognition of the need for urgent action. This has not been the case in the Oval Office before.What is most ironic about the whole situation is that it is the failed presidential candidate from 8 years ago who is most responsible for making climate change an issue is deemed important enough to be included in the policy objectives of the current presidential candidates. Al Gore’s contribution to raising the profile of climate issues might be populist and sensationalist, but it is the most important one that has been made to the American populace. Perhaps, if he had gained a few hundred more votes in Florida, Al Gore would never have become the climate activist that he is today. He certainly wouldn’t have made ‘An Inconvenient Truth’. At least then, through the election of the unyielding Bush, something good came out of it – if only for the environment. This might finally bear fruit when the new most powerful man or woman in the world is elected come November.last_img read more

Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule, Dark Side Of The Mule Deliver 6-Hour Red Rocks Super Show [Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images This Friday, September 14th, Warren Haynes made his huge return to the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre with a three-set, six-plus-hour super show. Each set featured a version of Warren Haynes mastery, opening up with a rare solo acoustic set, followed by a set from Gov’t Mule, and closing with their highly acclaimed “Dark Side of the Mule” tribute to Pink Floyd set.Opening the night with a solo performance, Warren Haynes went acoustic for a set that included covers of Jesse Colin Young‘s “Before You Came”, the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Old Before My Time” and “Soulshine”, as well as Phil Lesh & Friends‘ “The Real Thing”–the latter three of which Haynes recorded with the bands on the original studio versions. During the rare acoustic set, Haynes wove in three tracks from 2015’s Ashes & Dust, “Blue Maiden’s Tale,” “Spot Of Time” and “Hallelujah Boulevard”, ultimately showcasing his diverse range of musical contributions.Then, Gov’t Mule took the stage and dazzled the crowd with a career-spanning selection of original tunes, including a jam-heavy “Bad Little Doggie” > “Broke Down On The Brazos” > “Tributary Jam” segue,  fan-favorites “Banks of the Deep End” and “Dreams & Songs”, and closing with Blind Willie Johnson‘s “Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground”. By this point of the night, Haynes’ musical accomplishments were on full display–providing fans with a history of the songwriter’s original music, collaborations, and inspirations.Finally, the night culminated with the only “Dark Side of The Mule” performance west of the Mississippi. The audio and visual spectacular saw Gov’t Mule performing some of Pink Floyd‘s most iconic and beloved songs with Torbjörn “T-Bone” Andersson, Ron Holloway, Machan Taylor, Mini Carlsson, and Sophia Ramos—a perfect pairing for the stunning setting of Red Rocks.Check out the fan-shot videos below, and head over to MuleTracks to order the entire show.“Before You Came” – Warren Haynes“Soulshine” – Warren Haynes[Video: Jeremiah Rogers]“Spots of Time” – Warren Haynes[Video: Jeremiah Rogers]“Blue Maiden’s Tale” – Warren Haynes[Video: Jeremiah Rogers]“Bad Little Doggie” – Gov’t Mule“Broke Down on the Brazos” – Gov’t Mule[Video: Jeremiah Rogers]“Mule” – Gov’t Mule[Video: Jeremiah Rogers]“Echos (Part 1)” – Dark Side of the Mule“Have a Cigar” – Dark Side of the Mule[Video: Jeremiah Rogers]“Money” – Dark Side of the Mule[Video: Jeremiah Rogers]“Shine On You Crazy Diamond” – Dark Side of the Mule[Video: Jeremiah Rogers]Setlist: Warren Haynes | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 9/14/18Before You Came, Blue Maiden’s Tale, Old Before My Time, Spots Of Time, The Real Thing, Hallelujah Boulevard, SoulshineSetlist: Gov’t Mule | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 9/14/18Bad Little Doggie > Broke Down On The Brazos > Tributary Jam, Banks Of The Deep End, Rocking Horse, Revolution Come Revolution Go, Thorns Of Life, Dreams & Songs, Mule, Dark Was The Night Cold Was The GroundSetlist: Dark Side of the Mule | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 9/14/18Echoes (Part 1), Have A Cigar, Speak To Me > Breathe > On The Run > Time > Breathe Reprise, The Great Gig In The Sky, Welcome To The Machine, Pigs On The Wing (Part 2) > Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V), The Nile Song, Money, Us & Them > Any Colour You Like > One Of These Days > Fearless > Echoes (Part 2) > Comfortably Numb > Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI – IX)Encore: Wish You Were HereWarren Haynes, Gov’t Mule, Dark Side of the Mule | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 9/14/18 | Photos: Eric Gettler Photo: Eric Gettlercenter_img Photo: Eric Gettlerlast_img read more

Pollinator Census

first_imgWith the University of Georgia’s Great Georgia Pollinator Census just six months away, this spring may be the perfect time for Georgians to make some upgrades to the pollinator habitats in their landscapes.University of Georgia entomologists and horticulturalists have put together a list of flowering plants that should be in bloom during the census August 23-24. Most are additions that gardeners can make to their landscapes now to ensure they have pollinators to count during this celebration of citizen science.“If we want to count pollinators in our landscapes, we need to give them shelter, water and a food source,” said Becky Griffin, UGA Cooperative Extension school garden coordinator and pollinator census organizer. “Researchers have found that these are the types of plants pollinators turn to for food during the late summer months, so gardeners should plant these now to have blooming plants for the census in August.”Some of the pollinator-friendly plants suggested include hoary skullcap, mountain mint, scarlet sage, New England aster, ‘Hot Lips’ salvia, ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum, marsh blazing star, orange cosmos, zinnias, swamp sunflower, pentas, lantana, black-eyed Susan, Mexican sunflower and milkweed. Gardeners can contact their local UGA Extension offices at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 for help on where and how to plant these flowers to attract the most pollinators.Griffin, who organized the census, said that there is still plenty of time for people to add plants to their garden and learn more about how to count pollinators.Griffin modeled the program on the Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen-science program run by Cornell University that asks people to count the birds they see in their backyard on a given winter day.The Great Georgia Pollinator Census will work similarly, but citizens will count bumblebees, carpenter bees, small bees, flies, wasps, butterflies and other insects.For a 15-minute period of time over the Aug. 23-24 time period, census takers will focus their attention on a plant in their yard or garden that is known to attract pollinators. They’ll submit their findings using a simple online form.Researchers will then use the aggregated data to learn about pollinator populations across the state.To register to be a census taker, visit read more

Ortega Willing to Increase Anti-Drug Cooperation with US

first_img HOW can that RASCAL offer something, if he is friend of the FARC, a narco-terrorist group. Ortega also ranks among the group of Chávez’s friends, the genocidal Mugabe, the genocidal and terrorist Omar al-Bashir, the new Hitler Ajmadineyad, the serial killer Assad, etc. and to deserve such precious friendship Ortega has in his resume the genocide of MISKITOS, the RAPIST OF HIS STEPDAUGHTER , AND HE IS THE PERMANENT DICTATOR OF NICARAGUA…But now the time has come for the end of the allies of the theft revolution. By Dialogo May 07, 2012 Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced on May 3 that he is willing to strengthen his country’s relationship of cooperation with the United States in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, after receiving the credentials of the new ambassador, Phyllis Powers. “We’re sure that (Powers) will have the opportunity here to work toward strengthening the relationship between our peoples and governments (…) in this fight that we’re waging against drug trafficking and organized crime,” Ortega said at a ceremony at the House of the Peoples (a convention center) in Managua. Ortega judged it important to “intensify this battle” in “close cooperation with the United States,” starting from Powers’s experience as a diplomat in the region. The two countries have “points in common that bring us closer together, that unite us (…) alongside some differences; what’s important is that we’re able to make progress in the areas of cooperation and exchange” in the bilateral relationship, he said. Powers, for her part, conveyed her government’s desire to be “friends and partners” with all the countries in the region. “Hopefully, during my time here, we will be able to make progress in our relationship and implement programs that will benefit everyone in this region, as partners and neighbors,” the diplomat said after presenting her credentials to Ortega. last_img read more

I am the very model of a modern arbitration clause

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Happy Wednesday, Credit Union Compliance World. As you know, on July 10th, the CFPB finalized its rule on arbitration agreements. We blogged about the basics of the rule and the epic hero’s journey that is trying to identify its scope. On Monday, thankfully, the CFPB released its Small Entity Compliance Guide regarding the final arbitration rule. While the amount of footnotes involved in discussing the scope should be a clue to the Bureau that the rule is painfully technical, it is nice to have a version written in Standard American English.Thanks to the Equifax breach and the breathtaking cascade of bungled responses in its aftermath, arbitration provisions are back in the limelight. If your credit union is seeking to help assist members affected by the breach, visit NAFCU’s Equifax Data Breach Resources webpage. If you’re angry, know that your feelings are valid and shared. We’ve written to Congress, the CFPB, the FTC and NCUA to ask them to take action to protect credit unions and their members. In the meantime, perhaps this is a good time to take a deeper look at the arbitration rule’s language requirements.From Agreements to Delegates, In Order CategoricalNAFCU has gotten a few questions about when it is appropriate to use the nine different model clauses included in the rule. Below is a breakdown of the various clauses in the rule and when and how they can be used. continue reading »last_img read more

New sensation from the Fiber cave – researchers found Paleolithic Venus!

first_imgPaleolithic fragments of animal figures were found at the Vela Spila site on the island of Korčula, which brought Croatia to the list of countries where traces of art from that time were found. But Venus from Fiber is unique because for the first time we have a depiction of a human figure, and researchers gave it the name LiliThe Vlakno cave on Dugi otok, which has been attracting the attention of the professional and scientific public for many years due to the richness of its findings, including the remains of the “oldest Dalmatian” named Šime, offered a new surprise to its researchers in the new archeological campaign. excavated various finds standard for the sites of this time, two very rare bone harpoons and a unique find for the area of ​​Croatia, rare for European terms – Paleolithic Venus. After Šime, Dugi otok got its Lili, as the researchers called it, point out the University of Zadar.The value of this finding can be seen in the fact that in Croatia only fragments of animal figures were found at the Vela Spila site on the island of Korčula, which put Croatia on the list of countries where traces of Paleolithic art were found. But Venus from Fiber is unique because for the first time we also have a depiction of a human figure. The unique finding required a name. ” It is named after Lili in honor of a colleague who has been actively involved in cave exploration for years. For now, it is under conservation, followed by scientific processing, and after the presentation, it is possible that her character will gain wider significance in the future and become one of the recognizable souvenirs of Dugi otok.“Points out Dario Vujević from the Department of Archeology, University of Zadar.The cave has been attracting the attention of both experts and the general public for many years. It became the site of the discovery of Šime, currently the oldest known inhabitant of Dalmatia, and the discovery of engraved pebbles gave a rare opportunity to gain insight into the symbolism of prehistoric communities that inhabited the Adriatic area. New research by the Department of Archeology at the University of Zadar has brought to light a number of findings almost unique in this area that show that this cave will play an important role in interpreting the behavior of early prehistoric communities for many years to come.Photo: University of ZadarRelated news: VINKOVCI AS THE OLDEST CITY IN EUROPE MUST BE THE MAIN STAR OF EUROPEAN TOURISM<br /> <a href=”″ target=”_blank”><br /> <img src=”″ border=0 width=1280 height=200></a><br />last_img read more

US aviation unions ask Congress for another $32 billion bailout

first_imgThe main airline lobby, Airlines for America, which played a major role in negotiating the first stimulus package, said it is not currently seeking additional federal assistance.Several airlines have moved to bolster their balance sheets in capital markets this week, with American Airlines raising $4.4 billion through equity and bond offerings.But airline top executives are increasingly concerned about a potential second wave of COVID-19 after a recent uptick in cases and hospitalizations in a number of US states, one airline executive told Reuters.“Everyone is holding their breath for a couple of weeks to see what happens,” he said.For the first bailout, the industry argued that airlines form a crucial role in any economic recovery and require trained employees.Representative Peter DeFazio, who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, told Reuters on Wednesday that “at the end of the” Sept. 30 time frame, Congress may need to consider additional assistance for airlines, including for social distancing on airplanes.His comment came after the Allied Pilots Association said it was discussing with lawmakers a plan for the government to pay airlines for empty seats to allow for more space between passengers.Topics : Six US unions representing aviation workers told top lawmakers on Thursday that another US$32 billion in payroll aid is needed to keep hundreds of thousands of workers employed through March 31, as a resurgence in coronavirus cases raises fears that air travel may not rebound this year.The request, made in a letter to leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate, comes as Congress in July is set to consider a new round of spending that could top $1 trillion to address coronavirus-related issues and the impact on jobless Americans.Under the CARES Act passed earlier this year, Congress gave the aviation sector $32 billion to cover six months of payroll through Sept. 30, hoping that a sharp drop in air travel due to the coronavirus pandemic would subside by October. But executives have since warned that a recovery to 2019 travel levels could still be two years away, forcing the need to lay off employees in the fall without an extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP).“Should October 1 arrive without extending the PSP grant job program mass layoffs are inevitable, as airline executives have acknowledged,” union leaders said in the letter.The letter was signed by the Air Line Pilots Association, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the Transport Workers Union, the Communications Workers of America and the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO.Major US airlines are offering voluntary exit packages in an effort to slim their workforces before October, and tens of thousands of employees are already taking temporary leaves.last_img read more

Spice is right as Indonesian startups eye value in vanilla

first_imgArbiyanto is one of a growing number of millennial start-up vanilla farmers in the southeast Asian nation, which is eager to revive spice shipments to diversify its farm exports, now dominated by palm oil.The interest in cultivating one of the world’s most valuable spices has sparked a small movement back to the land at a time when farmers have been leaving for jobs in congested cities.The Indonesian Vanilla Farmers’ Association (PPVI) says 43% of the nearly 600 farmers it has trained are aged between 25 and 35, a demographic that is typically tech-savvy.Many have learned farming methods from YouTube, and get tips and guidance from experienced farmers through group chats on messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, said Mahdalena Lubis, the association’s spokeswoman. PPVI’s YouTube channel has more than 13,000 subscribers and combined views of its videos exceed a million, she added.The demand is no surprise, as vanilla beans from top exporter Madagascar were more expensive than silver last year, although prices have since fallen from highs of about $600 a kg.After typhoons in 2017 and 2018 in the Indian Ocean island sent prices skyrocketing, buyers are looking for more sources of the spice, used in anything from cakes and cookies to sauces and perfume.Start-up Indonesian farmers are betting on the labor-intensive beans, aware that high-quality crops can fetch them better prices, owing to the painstaking process of pollination by hand.Strong potentialIndonesia is a distant second to top producer Madagascar, which provides 80% of world supply. McCormick & Co, the world’s largest spice company, is partnering with farmers in the islands of Papua and Sulawesi to secure its supply of Indonesian vanilla.”Although Madagascar remains the gold standard as far as vanilla quality is concerned, Indonesia has strong potential to become an alternative origin, in terms of quantity and quality,” McCormick said in an emailed statement.The coronavirus pandemic has boosted consumer demand for vanilla, as well as that from packaged food companies, it added.Aust & Hachmann, the world’s oldest vanilla trader, estimated that Indonesia would produce about 200 tons of beans this year, double last year’s estimate.In a bi-annual report, the trader said stay-at-home orders around the world had benefitted vanilla, with jumps in grocery shopping and home cooking.Despite strong demand, shipments faced delays because of virus-related disruptions in trade, causing an annual drop of 18% for the January to May period, Indonesian trade data showed.But that trend is unlikely to last.”When the new normal begins and trade activities are gradually increased…vanilla exports will become one of the mainstays of trade that will be expanded,” said Kasan, a director-general in Indonesia’s trade ministry.But vanilla prices can be volatile, making farming a risky enterprise, Kasan, who uses one name, cautioned.Lubis, of the vanilla farmers’ group, said ensuring quality was vital to avoid mistakes of the kind that had led big buyers in the past to reject prematurely picked beans, forcing many farmers to switch crops.”In the global market, we have to be able to compete in maintaining quality to be able to significantly increase our exports,” Lubis added.But Mohamad Akbar Budiman, 30, is undeterred as he combines work as a civil servant in the province of Banten with an effort to revive once-abandoned cultivation of beans in his backyard.”Growing vanilla doesn’t take much space, and it’s not difficult.”  Topics :center_img Indonesian Sofa Arbiyanto had a manufacturing job in South Korea two years ago when he learned about the high price of vanilla on the global market, and decided to try his luck at growing it.Now he has 2,000 vanilla vines on a 1,200-sq-metre (0.3-acre) farm in Blora, Central Java, started after he did some internet research and joined online groups of vanilla farmers.”My initial view that farmers live in hardship and poverty has changed,” said the 30-year-old. “With a touch of innovation and technology, it is a promising opportunity.”last_img read more

Dr Terry Goldsworthy: Flawed Perceptions on Party Drugs Testing Police

first_imgCourier Mail (Aust) November 2019Pill testing will not make our kids safer. As a former senior detective who spent more than 28 years in the frontline on the war against drugs, I am concerned by the calls for pill testing to be implemented and policing actions reduced in the wake of the NSW Coroner’s findings into the deaths of six young people at music festivals.NSW Police Commissioner Mike Fuller is correct to resist such calls. The perception is that pill testing makes taking drugs safe for young kids. The reality is it doesn’t.A number of toxicologists have highlighted concerns that current pill testing cannot identify pills that contain novel psychoactive substances. Quite simply, there is no hard evidence that pill testing saves lives.Dr Alex Wodak, president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, has said “demonstrating a clear reduction in deaths from pill testing was a real challenge”.When this is put to the advocates, they say it is too hard to show and start talking about other pill-testing benefits that could and should be used as evidence, such as education and awareness.Pill-testing advocates claim you will not be told at any stage that your drug is safe. Edith Cowan University addiction expert Stephen Bright has stated: “One of the biggest misconceptions around pill testing is that it will portray taking drugs as safe.” Ironically, the pilot project in Canberra was run by the Safety Testing Advisory Service At Festivals and Events (STA-SAFE) consortium. Perhaps aware of this fallacy, the same consortium changed its name to Pill Testing Australia for its second pilot in 2019.Many of the supporters of pill testing laud the pilot study at the Groovin’ The Moo festival in Canberra in 2018 as an unmitigated success. But the devil is in detail. Of the 21,000 or so patrons who attended, only 83 patrons had their drugs tested – Less than .4 per cent.Young people getting their drugs tested at the festival were forced to sign a legal waiver to access the pill-testing service. Signed forms were locked away immediately in a safety box. This gives some indication as to the level of confidence those providing the service had to ensure the safety of the young people they are servicing.The waiver form finishes with the sage advice that the only way to guarantee, 100 per cent, that you are not harmed by consuming drugs is not to consume drugs. Isn’t that the whole premise of the war on drugs?In reality, pill testing would not have saved the six young people who died. At least four of them took more than one tablet of MDMA or ecstasy. MDMA was found at toxic levels in all six people. At least four of the young people engaged in ploydrug use on the day of their death.The fact that a death does not occur at an event with pill testing is not proof it works. It is not proof of causation; it is merely proof of correlation. The solution to deaths such as these is not to prevent the police from doing their duty, nor is it to put in place a pill-testing regime to give false confidence to young people as to their safety.We need to make young people aware that with reckless actions can come deadly consequences, and that supposed harmless party drugs can never be rendered safe.Dr Terry Goldsworthy is an Associate Professor at Bond University having previously worked as a Detective Inspector in the Queensland Police Service.last_img read more