NBA star Donovan Mitchell details coronavirus from isolation

first_imgMarch 16, 2020 /Sports News – National NBA star Donovan Mitchell details coronavirus from isolation Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(NEW YORK) — Donovan Mitchell is one of three NBA players who contracted the novel coronavirus and now, from isolation, the Jazz guard said “the scariest part about this virus” is that an infected person, like himself, can show no symptoms at all and spread it to others unknowingly. “I have no symptoms which is a unique — when people ask me I would say if you were to tell me I could play in a seven-game series tomorrow, I would be ready to lace up,” Mitchell told ABC News’ Robin Roberts during an exclusive interview on Good Morning America. “I’m just blessed to be able to be okay.” The 23-year-old NBA star, who showed no symptoms when he was first tested for COVID-19, said “things are going well” in isolation and he has “no fever, no symptoms as of right now.”“I’m asymptomatic — I could walk down the street if it wasn’t public knowledge that I was sick, you wouldn’t know it,” Mitchell said. “I think that’s the scariest part about this virus, is that you may seem fine, be fine and you never know who you may be talking to who they’re going home to.” For Mitchell, the testing itself was the most difficult part of the infection. “It was a swab down my throat. It was about 15 seconds of probably the most discomfort I ever had. I ended up crying,” he explained. “Tears came out of my eyes when they started going up in this area. It was definitely unique, but I’m glad I was able to get it.” His teammate Rudy Gobert was the first of three players in the league to test positive for the novel coronavirus, which prompted the NBA to suspend the season. The Jazz center faced backlash and apologized on Instagram after a video showed him touching microphones and recording devices after a shoot around last Monday that appeared to make light of the severity of the virus and the NBA’s temporary media restrictions at the time.Mitchell said “It took a while for me to kind of cool off and I read what he said and I heard what he said, so I’m glad he’s doing okay.” Mitchell added that he’s glad they are both doing well and grateful that “it’s just two of us” and that other players, staff and any of their families were not impacted. “At the end of the day neither him or I have children at home. I know I have teammates that have children, staff that have children at home, so I’m glad that we were able to kind of contain it as much as possible,” Mitchell explained. After Mitchell, Detroit Pistons center Christian Wood, who matched up against Gobert in Utah’s March 7 away win, was the next NBA player to test positive for COVID-19. Even from isolation though, Mitchell has found a way to help his community and give back amid growing concerns over coronavirus. “I’m working on a partnership with the Salt Lake Granite School District, that’s about 88 to 90 schools, about 66,000 kids, just being able to provide them meals,” Mitchell said. “That particular school district in Salt Lake City is home to some of the most vulnerable children” in the area, which is why Mitchell said he wants to give back.“For parents who may not have the money — being able to not send their kids off to school to get food, I think is a scary feeling for them and I want to be able to make sure that they’re set and they understand that guys like myself and whoever may have their back,” he said. In the meantime as he rides out his isolation, Mitchell said he has kept himself busy with video games, movies and even watched old basketball highlights of his college and early NBA days. “I’ve been doing a lot of that — It’s kind of bringing back good memories, but you miss the game, miss playing in front of some of the best fans in the world in the NBA,” he said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Royal Navy Shows Off Its Firepower

first_img View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: Cape Wrath Authorities Royal Navy Shows Off Its Firepower September 25, 2015 View post tag: HMS Somerset View post tag: HMS Iron Dukecenter_img Two Royal Navy frigates have demonstrated their spectrum of firepower capability with firings at separate ends of the country.Portsmouth-based HMS Iron Duke blasted through five different weapon systems – her General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), the Minigun, 30mm Cannon, 4.5” Medium Range Gun and the Seawolf missile system – in the English Channel.Up in Cape Wrath, Scotland, Devonport-based HMS Somerset became the first ship to fire new infra-red illumination rounds which are designed to light up the battlefield for friendly forces wearing appropriate eyewear.HMS Somerset worked with spotters from 148 (Meiktila) Battery Royal Artillery whose job was to direct the ship’s fire accurately and safely on to a target at distances over 21 kilometres.148 Battery is part of the Royal Marines’ 3 Commando Brigade, drawing personnel from the RN, RM and Army.Over two days and nights the ship fired in excess of 100 rounds of 4.5in ammunition – with each shell weighing over 40kg.Starting with target tracking runs on the Seawolf missile system, HMS Iron Duke then moved into a gunnery shoot against an inflatable target, finishing with firing a Seawolf missile.[mappress mapid=”17006″]Image: Royal Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy Shows Off Its Firepower View post tag: English Channel View post tag: Seawolf Share this articlelast_img read more

The growing brain

first_imgConventional wisdom suggests that the brain’s branches develop as a newborn begins to experience the world. With more experience, those connections are strengthened, and new branches emerge as the baby learns and grows.A new study conducted in a Harvard lab, however, signals that just the opposite is true.As reported June 7 in the journal Neuron, a team of researchers led by Jeff Lichtman, the Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, found that just days before birth mice undergo an explosion of neuromuscular branching. At birth, some muscle fibers were contacted by as many as 10 nerve cells. Within days, however, all but one of those connections had been pruned away.“By the time mammals — and humans would certainly be included — are first coming into the world, when they can do almost nothing, the brain is probably very wired up,” Lichtman said. “Through experience, the brain works to select, out of this mass of possible circuits, a very small subset … and everything else that could have been there is gone.“I don’t think anyone suspected that this was taking place — I certainly didn’t,” he continued. “In some simple muscles, every nerve cell branches out and contacts every muscle fiber. That is, the wiring diagram is as diffuse as possible. But by the end, only two weeks later, every muscle fiber is the lifelong partner of a single nerve cell, and 90 percent of the wires have disappeared.”Though researchers, including Lichtman, had shown as early as the 1970s that mice undergo an early developmental period in which target cells including muscle fibers and some neurons are contacted by multiple nerve cells before being reduced to a single connection, those early studies and his recent work were hampered by the same problem — technological challenges make it difficult to identify individual nerve cells in early stages of life.And though the use of mice that have been genetically engineered to express fluorescent protein molecules in nerve cells has made it easier for researchers to identify nerve cells, it remains challenging to study early stages of development because the fluorescent labeling in the finest nerve cell wires often becomes so weak as to be invisible.“We typically begin studying these mice at about a week after birth, but as we began to look at earlier and earlier stages, the fluorescent color was coming up ever more weakly,” Lichtman said. “If you went from postnatal day seven to postnatal day four, there were very few labeled cells. And if you went to postnatal day zero, there were none.”Eventually, he said, J.D. Wylie, one of the lead authors, used a new idea — using antibodies to label nerve cells — and a bit of luck to deliver a payoff.“We were just very lucky that one of the first animals we looked at, we saw a labeled axon,” Lichtman said. “Once we saw it, I knew it was just a matter of time until we got another, but it wasn’t until J.D. did 50 more that we found it, so to get the 20 or so examples we have, thousands of mice had to be looked at. Had we not seen that first one, I think we might have given up on this. It took a lot of effort and work, but it showed something that we’ve never seen before, which is a remarkable amount of connectivity.”Simply identifying the axons, however, was only the first step.To fully understand how widely diffuse the branching becomes early on, researchers had to count how many different nerve cells were contacting muscle fibers. To accomplish that, Juan Carlos Tapia, the other lead author, turned to a new technique the lab had developed for serial electron microscopy, which allowed him to capture images of as many as 10 axons connecting to a single muscle fiber.After reaching its peak at birth, researchers found the branching was quickly pruned back, until just a single nerve axon remained connected to each muscle fiber. Though there isn’t a definitive answer to what drives that pruning process, strong evidence points to experience, Lichtman said.“We think that experience must be the engine that allows some branches to survive and the vast majority to disappear,” he said. “If this were a stereotypical developmental program, you might imagine that it might trim off whole parts of the arbor, but when you look at where the 10 percent of surviving branches are located, you see the arbor extends over the same area, it simply has fewer branches. It has chosen, at the terminal level, which branches to keep and which not to.”Lichtman plans to study how those decisions are made, work that could lead to insight into a number of disorders, including autism.“That is one theory people have talked about, whether autism could be a disorder where connections that should have been trimmed back weren’t, and as a result stimuli are much more intense than they should be,” he said. “There are stories about children with autism spectrum disorders who cannot run in their bare feet on grass, because it’s just too painful.”Ultimately, Lichtman said, the paper spotlights mammals’ unique developmental strategy.“This is a strategy to generate a nervous system that is tuned to the world it finds itself in,” Lichtman said. “Interestingly, this is not the predominant strategy of nervous systems on the planet. Most animals — insects, for example — come into the world knowing, based on their genetic heritage, exactly how to behave.“It seems like a paradox — why would the best brains seem to be the most backward, and take the longest to figure out how to do things?” he asked. “Rather than allowing our genes to tyrannize our behavior, we more than any other animal are under the tyranny of the environment we find ourselves in. If you start with a nervous system that allows for any wiring diagram, you need only choose the right option for a particular environment. That’s why humans today are behaving differently than our grandparents, and our grandparents are different from people 1,000 years ago, or 10,000 years ago. Whereas a fruit fly today and a fruit fly 1,000 years ago are probably behaving the same way.”last_img read more

Students voice concerns about Master Plan

first_imgStudents and staff members discussed on Thursday at the Von KleinSmid Center USC’s Master Plan and its potential community impact.The potential for job creation as part of the Master Plan’s initiatives for development struck interest with David Galaviz, executive director of local government relations for USC.Attentive · Students attended a forum where they could voice concerns about the potential impact of USC’s plans to renovate the U.V. – Priyanka Patel | Daily Trojan“[USC] will make sure that there is a local hiring component, so that the residents have access to these jobs,” Galaviz said.Community impact was a theme of the night, as the potential for affordable retail stores as well as easing housing concerns in the areas surrounding USC were discussed.“We are creating 5,200 beds, meaning we could ease some of the housing pressure in the community,” Galaviz said.Galaviz also noted that the increase in housing as outlined by the Master Plan could put some downward pressure on rents, thus making neighborhood housing more affordable.Karina Casillas, a senior majoring in public policy, management and planning and American studies, said USC is only showing the “sunny side” of the development.“Students want more affordable housing options, not necessarily new ones,” Casillas said.Max Hoiland, a senior majoring in critical studies, is also concerned about a possible rise in housing prices as a result of the Master Plan.“I live about a mile off campus with a bunch of students,” Hoiland said. “This plan would probably increase rent in the area since USC hasn’t made any specific commitment to affordable housing, and private landlords would have the ability to raise their prices too.”The possibility that a higher-end retailer would replace Superior Grocers also worried Casillas.“Everything found in those [higher-end] stores is at a higher price, which means the community won’t be able to afford it, and they will have to shop in a different neighborhood,” Casillas said.Galaviz tried to dispel commonly held fears by stressing that over the last four to five years, the university has sponsored at least 200 community meetings through either an advisory council or door-to-door outreach in order to give community members a chance to voice their opinions.Community members were also able to have their voices heard during the two open houses organized by the City Planning Department, which more than 350 people attended, 300 of whom supported the plan.Casillas, however, feels that the student body has not been afforded the opportunity to fully understand and discuss what the Master Plan entails. She plans to work with the United Neighbors in Defense Against Displacement, and will conduct an open forum regarding the development plans.“This event is not about being ‘for’ or ‘against’ the Master Plan but merely a call for equal consideration,” Casillas said.Joshua Sena, a junior majoring in sociology, said including everyone in the discussion about the Master Plan encourages its success.“The best course of action would be a collaboration between students, the community and USC,” Sena said. “Everyone affected should have an input as to what should be done.” Burke Gibson contributed to this report.last_img read more

Betway and Mandalorian reprimanded by Swedish regulator

Share Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Mandalorian Technologies and Betway have become the two latest gaming companies to be reprimanded by the Swedish regulator, Spelinspektionen, after the two were found to have violated bonus offer rules in place. The two have both received a warning and issued with penalty fees of SEK9m (£730k) and SEK5m (£406k) respectively. Current Swedish regulations state that licence holders are only permitted to offer customers a single bonus, however an investigation found that customers on both sites were continually offered bonuses by Mandalorian and Betway.The authority stated: “As the Spelinspektionen already had indications at the beginning of the year that some gaming companies did not comply with the legislation, on February 19, the authorities issued a letter to all licensees regarding bonus offers.“After the letter, the Gaming Inspectorate noted some compliance from the licensees, but the assessment is that further measures must also be taken to achieve full compliance.”Betway currently provides Swedish customers with games via betway.se, while Mandalorian offers games on noaccountcasino.com and prankcasino.com. Spelinspektionen continued: “The main purpose of the new gambling regulation, which came into force on January 1, 2019, is to strengthen consumer protection and reduce the negative effects of gambling. “The limitation on bonuses is contained in the law to reduce social and economic damage and problem playing. The Gaming Inspectorate will therefore continue to focus on supervision of this area.” read more