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Pregnant Women Turn to Marijuana, Perhaps Harming Infants

first_imgNew York Times 2 February 2017Family First Comment: Often pregnant women presume that cannabis has no consequences for developing infants. But preliminary research suggests otherwise: Marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient — tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — can cross the placenta to reach the fetus, experts say, potentially harming brain development, cognition and birth weight. THC can also be present in breast milk. “There is an increased perception of the safety of cannabis use, even in pregnancy, without data to say it’s actually safe.”During her pregnancy, she never drank alcohol or had a cigarette. But nearly every day, Stacey, then 24, smoked marijuana.With her fiancé’s blessing, she began taking a few puffs in her first trimester to quell morning sickness before going to work at a sandwich shop. When sciatica made it unbearable to stand during her 12-hour shifts, she discreetly vaped marijuana oil on her lunch break.“I wouldn’t necessarily say, ‘Go smoke a pound of pot when you’re pregnant,’” said Stacey, now a stay-at-home mother in Deltona, Fla., who asked that her full name be withheld because street-bought marijuana is illegal in Florida. “In moderation, it’s O.K.”Many pregnant women, particularly younger ones, seem to agree, a recent federal survey shows. As states legalize marijuana or its medical use, expectant mothers are taking it up in increasing numbers — another example of the many ways in which acceptance of marijuana has outstripped scientific understanding of its effects on human health.Often pregnant women presume that cannabis has no consequences for developing infants. But preliminary research suggests otherwise: Marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient — tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — can cross the placenta to reach the fetus, experts say, potentially harming brain development, cognition and birth weight. THC can also be present in breast milk.“There is an increased perception of the safety of cannabis use, even in pregnancy, without data to say it’s actually safe,” said Dr. Torri Metz, an obstetrician at Denver Health Medical Center who specializes in high-risk pregnancies. Ten percent of her patients acknowledge recent marijuana use.In the federal survey, published online in December, almost 4 percent of mothers-to-be said they had used marijuana in the past month in 2014, compared with 2.4 percent in 2002. (By comparison, roughly 9 percent of pregnant women ages 18 to 44 acknowledge using alcohol in the previous month.)READ MORE: read more

First flu related death in Indiana

first_imgHealth officials are reporting Indiana’s first influenza-related death of the season in Marion County.The Marion County Public Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health reported the death Tuesday and urged people to obtain flu shots to better protect themselves against the respiratory illness that can cause fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and fatigue.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu shot. It says vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from the flu, including people age 65 and older; people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease; pregnant women; and children under the age of 5.The Ripley County Health Department will host a public walk-in flu clinic this Friday, 10/25/19 from 11 am-2 pm.last_img read more

Pinnick’s Loyalists in Control at NFF

first_imgPolice ban journalists, visitors from the Glass HouseCrisis, a big shame, says OneyaDuro Ikhazuagbe and Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaChris Giwa avoided the premises of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) monday as key staff of the football federation loyal to Amaju Pinnick ensured free flow of routine office activities.A Jos High Court order granted by Justice Musa Kurya, had last Friday annulled the election held in Warri on September 30, 2014 won by Pinnick to emerge as NFF president. The court also granted a relief sought by the plaintiff pending the determination of the main suit that Giwa should be recognised as the validly elected candidate by the congress at the Annual General Assembly (AGA) held at Chida Hotel, Abuja on August 26, 2014.Pinnick however swiftly appealed the ruling and equally sought stay of execution, for status quo to remain, until the substantive suit is determined.But in a move to show the desperation of the Giwa group to carry out the court order, it on Saturday announced the sacking of all NFF contract officials, while also a new management was purportedly put in place at the NFF.None of the appointed officials functioned in the new capacity as status quo was maintained with Dr Mohammed Sanusi remained incharge as general secretary while both Bola Oyeyode and Ademola Olajire functioned in their capacity as acting director of competition and assistant director of communications respectively.NFF personnel who were heavily protected by police and men of Department of State Security (DSS) turned up for duty, apparently to ensure no chances were taken ahead of today’s Africa Women’s Championship qualifying match between the Super Falcons and Senegal in Abuja.The security men cordoned off the premises and did not allow journalists assess the NFF secretariat. The policemen said they were acting on orders from the above.At the height of the football crisis in 2004, the NFF offices were razed by a fire which caused severe damage to the second floor while several trophies and other memorabilia were also burnt by the fire.Meanwhile, a former NFF President, General Dominic Oneya (rtd) has flayed the current crisis rocking football administration in the country.Speaking yesterday on the matter, Oneya who is a member of the CAF Organising Committee for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) described the current situation as “shameful” and “patently unbefitting of a strong football nation like Nigeria that has high global reckoning.”He said: “I feel very sad, even uncomfortable, that this is happening in Nigeria at this time. Certainly, FIFA and CAF would not be happy with us, and may go for strong sanctions against our country.“This is a period that every stakeholder should focus hard on the qualification series for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with our country having missed out on the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations competition. We also have the Olympics football tournament and some women tournaments coming up.“This is not the time for distractions. I want to specially appeal to Chris Giwa to sheathe his sword and allow peace to reign. We will gain nothing other than a FIFA suspension from these activities. I regard him as a big stakeholder because he has been investing in the game. But in football, there are mechanisms for dispute resolution.“FIFA, CAF and NFF have it in their different Statutes that you don’t take football matters to ordinary courts. It is there, clearly spelt out. If Giwa is dissatisfied with the verdicts he received earlier, he can still take the case back to FIFA, and onwards to CAS. That is the proper way to go,” the former governor of Kano and Benue states concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Who will replace Krabbenhoft, Landry?

first_imgJunior forward Jon Leuer, who had flashes of brilliance last year, will look to be more consistent this coming season for UW.[/media-credit]Last season, UW men’s basketball forward Keaton Nankivil scored a career high 21 points in the Badgers’ second game against Purdue, showing a deft touch on the perimeter with five three-pointers.Nankivil followed up with five points against Northwestern in Wisconsin’s next game.In similar fashion, UW forward Jon Leuer poured in a season-high 19 points against SIU-Edwardsville in the beginning of the season but followed up with only five points against Iona in the Badgers’ next contest.Guess what the probable starting big men worked on in the offseason?“It is consistency and just making the right decisions night in and night out,” Leuer said at the men’s basketball team’s media day. “You are going to have nights where the hoop is as big as the ocean, and you are going to have nights where you can’t buy one. As long as you are making the right decisions and the right reads the rest will take care of itself.”Starting in place of graduated seniors Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft, Nankivil and Leuer are replacing two of the most prolific forwards in head coach Bo Ryan’s history.Called “stat-stuffers” by Ryan, Krabbenhoft and Landry leave a combined 21 points per game, 11 rebounds per game and a void in leadership the two new big men on campus must help fill.On the other side of the ball, both Landry and Krabbenhoft left their marks — sometimes physical — as two of the best defensive players in the Big Ten.For Leuer, the points and rebounds aren’t the difficult part of following in their footsteps.“Joe and Marcus were willing to sacrifice for the better of the team,” Leuer said. “And that is the big thing. If we are willing to stick our nose in there for a loose ball, that is what Joe would always do, or grab a rebound like Marcus would, I don’t see any problem with us continuing there legacy.”“I wouldn’t call it pressure,” Nankivil added. “I think it’s just time to step up and play.”Preparing for more minutes in the physical Big Ten, both Leuer and Nankivil focused on improving conditioning and strength in the offseason.Estimating he played last season at 212 pounds, Leuer said he put on 16 pounds of muscle to weigh in at 228 pounds currently.Already able to shoot from behind the 3-point line and take big defenders off the dribble, the added strength should help Leuer succeed in the post demands of Ryan’s swing offense.“An emphasis was definitely in getting stronger mainly in our legs and our core,” Leuer said. “Its just little things like when you catch the ball in the post, you can get pushed or bumped off and you travel. Its just little things like that can help.”For Nankivil, Ryan singled out the junior as someone whose conditioning improved drastically from one season to the next.Taking part in the famed Elver Park hill run, Nankivil’s hard work this summer paid off.“I really like the way Keaton and Jon ran the hill and that is a start,” Ryan said. “Their feet, their drive, their stamina. It was Keaton couldn’t who do the hill last year … but now Keaton, man he just ran out there and blew the hill.”So if Nankivil and Leuer are replacing Landry and Krabbenhoft, who will fulfill the role the current juniors held last season?The smart money is on redshirt freshman Jared Berggren.Listed at 6-foot-10 and 235 pounds, the Minnesota native has size and quickness — a strong combination to earn playing time in the swing offense.For his part, Berggren considers himself the “prototypical forward” for the Wisconsin offense.“I think [the swing offense] is a perfect fit for my game,” Berggren said. “Playing down low, being able to step outside, shoot some midrange shots, passing out of the post or into the post.”Whether Berggren will see the court or not, Ryan makes it impossible to predict right now.Although it is hard to believe, Ryan claims this early in camp, everyone has equal standing in his eyes.“At this stage of the game I don’t ever have anybody behind or ahead of anybody else,” Ryan said. “How do you know Jared Berggren isn’t better than Jon Leuer right now?”last_img read more

Beat writers expect Syracuse to snap losing streak with victory over Louisiana Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm Phil D’Abbraccio (6-2): Syracuse 61, Louisiana Tech 50Technical difficultiesFor Louisiana Tech, that is. Even with a shot-blocker in forward Michale Kyser, an effective distributor in Kenneth “Speedy Smith” and the second-best 3-point shooting percentage in Conference USA, Syracuse will prove too athletic for this mid-major opponent. The Orange comes away with a much-needed victory, snapping its two-game losing streak and picking up some semblance of momentum before taking on Villanova on Saturday.Jesse Dougherty (6-2): Syracuse 65, Louisiana Tech 49Tech noSyracuse needs a little pick-me-up after back-to-back losses against Michigan and St. John’s, and it comes against the Bulldogs on Sunday. Louisiana Tech is no joke of a mid-major team, but it’s the kind of squad the Orange can pressure up top and get out on the break against. Expect Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough to control the paint, and for SU to pull away on the pair’s late-game production. Shooting woes persist, but a losing streak doesn’t.Jacob Klinger (6-2): Syracuse 62, Louisiana Tech 56Technically a winLouisiana Tech gets hot from 3-point range, while Syracuse stays cold long enough to put a serious scare in the Orange. The Bulldogs boast Conference USA’s top scoring offense and is second in 3-point shooting with a 36.3 percentage. Control of the paint and a few too many runouts allow SU fans to go hope with a win, though hardly happy. Commentslast_img read more

ASA forces Paddy Power to modify Rhodri Giggs loyalty advert

first_img Submit Related Articles The UK Advertising Standards Association (ASA) has upheld five complaints made against Paddy Power’s ‘Rewards Club’ advertisement featuring Rhodri Giggs, the older brother of former Manchester United and Wales footballer Ryan Giggs.Complaints were sanctioned against the advert, which was broadcast last February, as five viewers claimed that the advert ‘glamourised gambling’ by suggesting that it can lead to a better lifestyle.Promoting the bookmaker’s new Rewards Club loyalty programme, Paddy Power ‘Ambassador’ Rhodri Giggs is seen drinking champagne and driving a sports car which has ‘Thanks Paddy’ embedded on its bodywork.Responding to the complaints, Paddy Power marketing details that at no point during the advert does Rhodri Giggs participate in gambling/betting.Furthermore, Paddy Power underlines that Rhodri Giggs is promoting a loyalty programme over standard betting products, odds or markets promoted by bookmakers.In its response, Paddy Power maintains that the ‘sports car’ is used as a prop to emphasise customer loyalty as the key attribute of its Rewards Club messaging.Following a review, ASA has upheld the complaints made against the advert, detailing in its assessment that the advert implies that ‘viewers should follow Rhodri Giggs example’. “We considered that created the impression that Rhodri was no longer defined by the alleged affair and that he had moved past his “loyalty” and was now reaping the rewards, both financially and in terms of his own self-image,” said ASA.“The ad implied viewers should follow his example, and that their route to doing so was joining Paddy Power’s Rewards Club. For that reason, we considered the ad implied gambling was a way to achieve financial security and improved self-image, and we concluded the ad was irresponsible.”The watchdog has therefore judged the advert to have breached its ‘BCAP Code Rules’ on responsible advertising with regards to gambling products. ASA has issued no fine to Paddy Power, but has enforced that the bookmaker can not show the advert again in its original format. Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more

Yahoo Fantasy Football Picks Week 15: NFL DFS lineup advice for cash games

first_imgMORE WEEK 15 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderFLEX: David Montgomery, Bears @ Packers ($21). It seems as if Montgomery burns us every time we pick him, but at just $21 in a matchup against a porous Packers run defense, how can we not go to the well again? He’s had at least 15 touches in seven straight games, and even though he’s disappointed in some of those contests, we love him at his RB11 pricing. D/ST: Browns @ Cardinals ($13). You’re right — this is way too many Browns for a cash lineup. But Arizona and Kyler Murray have clearly hit a late-season wall, allowing 17 sacks, eight takeaways, and three D/ST touchdowns in the past four games. Cleveland can easily pay off at this price. The running backs (Dalvin Cook, Devonta Freeman, and Kareem Hunt) in last week’s Yahoo daily fantasy football cash lineup came through with touchdowns, but the good news basically ended there. Russell Wilson struggled, Courtland Sutton and Deebo Samuel were mostly held out of their respective teams’ high-scoring fun, and Vance McDonald exited early because of an injury. The process was there, but the results were not. We’ll hope for both with our Week 15 NFL DFS lineup picks.With three Browns in our lineup — none of which traditionally correlate — we’re already taking a risk, but we think all three can pay off at their value prices. Value is actually a common theme for our lineup, as Saquon Barkely, Emmanuel Sanders, and Odell Beckham Jr. all seem far too cheap for their talents and matchups. Taking them allows us to pay up for Chris Carson and Ryan Tannehill. (We didn’t expect to be writing that even three weeks ago.) WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerThis week’s lineup is banking on more bouce-back performances than usual, but they’re all talented players in favorable matchups, so we feel roll the dice. WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! GPPWeek 15 Yahoo NFL DFS Lineup: Picks, Advice for cash gamesQB: Ryan Tannehill, Titans vs. Texans ($30). Tannehill has produced multiple touchdowns in all of his starts this year, and he’s averaged 27.8 rushing yards in his past five games. All of that adds up to a high floor, and against the Texans, who allow the sixth-most fantasy points to QBs, he should also have a high ceiling. Tannehill isn’t a good choice in tournaments at his QB9 price, and he’s a safe play in cash games, too.RB: Chris Carson, Seahawks @ Panthers ($34). With no Rashaad Penny (knee), Carson should get 20-plus touches against a Panthers defense easily allowing the most fantasy points to RBs. There’s no bigger lock for a good game this week, so getting Carson at RB4 pricing — $10 cheaper than Christian McCaffrey — isn’t even a bad deal. WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endRB: Saquon Barkley, Giants vs. Dolphins ($26). Here’s one of those “Huh?” price tags. Sure, Barkley hasn’t been playing well as of late, but he’s still among the most explosive and talented RBs in the NFL who gets around 20 touches per game. The Dolphins give up the seventh-most fantasy points to RBs, which includes the most rushing yards to backs, so Barkley should be in every cash lineup on Yahoo at just $26. We’ll take the chalk because it would be stupid not to. WR: Keenan Allen, Chargers vs. Vikings ($24). We originally had Marvin Jones in this spot, but after he was placed on IR, we had to pivot. Allen is the perfect option at the same price. After a midseason lull, he’s been trending upward over the past three weeks, catching 19 of 24 targets for 222 yards and two TDs. The Vikings allow the eighth-most fantasy points to WRs, so it’s reasonable to expect Allen to continue playing well. MORE WEEK 15:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsWR: Emmanuel Sanders, 49ers vs. Falcons ($19). This might be a trap, as Sanders was trending downward prior to last week’s explosion. But the Falcons remain one of the worst pass defenses (seventh-most WR receiving yards allowed this year), and he looks to be healthier than he was earlier in the season. At just $19, he’s a steal.WR: Odell Beckham Jr., Browns @ Cardinals ($20). Beckham hasn’t been a cash-game play for much of the season. He’s scored in just two games, and he’s had over 71 yards just four times. But $20? Arizona allows the fifth-most fantasy points to WRs, and Beckham has the kind of big-play ability to pay off with just one catch. Perhaps we shouldn’t take the chance here, but OBJ is just too talented to keep disappointing…right?TE: David Njoku, Browns @ Cardinals ($13). Even after allowing just one catch and three yards to Pittsburgh TEs last week, the Cardinals are still allowing the most fantasy points to TEs (by far). Njoku didn’t do much in his return from a wrist injury (three targets, one catch, four yards), but he played way more than Ricky Seals-Jones, so that’s most important here. Having two different Cleveland pass-catchers (neither of which are its most consistent) is a worry in a cash game, but the matchup suggests both can pay off. last_img read more

NHL reportedly eyeing December start to 2020-21 season

first_imgOne of the reasons for the December start date is the amount of time it will take to complete the 2019-20 season, if it resumes. Several team executives told LeBrun that the NHL is willing to go as late as September and maybe October to finish the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs.Another reason LeBrun gave for the December start date: Teams believe they need fans in arenas next season. Team executives told him that they’re fine finishing this season with no fans because the league has already completed 85 percent of the regular season and earned the corresponding gate money.”Most teams can’t even think of starting (next season) without fans in the building,” LeBrun writes. “Some organizations have told me they would lose less money by simply staying dark.”He adds that teams are hopeful a December start would give them enough time to be in a better position to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. A January start for the 2020-21 season has also been floated, but a league source told LeBrun it “would be pushing it.”The league reportedly scrapped its plan for neutral sites on April 21 and began focusing on “hub cities.” Three days later, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving said the “hub cities” proposal was gaining steam.The NHL season has been paused since March 12. Teams have been told to remain in self-quarantine until April 30. As the NHL focuses on a “hub cities” plan to resume the 2019-20 season, it also is evaluating options for when to start the 2020-21 season. According to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, the league has discussed a December start date.LeBrun reports the league is hoping to squeeze in a full 82-game schedule next season. The All-Star weekend would be removed and the bye weeks and Christmas holiday break shortened. The regular season would run into May and the playoffs would extend into July.last_img read more

Women and Girls’ Golf Week: WPGA Chairman Tracey Loveys is giving lessons at the Ricoh Women’s British Open today to encourage new players. Here is her story.

first_img5 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week: WPGA Chairman Tracey Loveys is giving lessons at the Ricoh Women’s British Open today to encourage new players. Here is her story. WPGA Chairman Tracey Loveys is one of the women professionals offering free lessons today in the swingzone at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Tracey, from Bigbury Golf Club, tells how she encourages women and girls to get into golf.What’s your golfing background?I started to learn how to play at the age of 13. My father was a keen golfer and he encouraged me to ‘have a go’, even though my initial thoughts were that ladies didn’t play golf!How long have you been a PGA pro?I turned professional in 1992How often do you work with women and girls?Almost on a daily basis, more so with women rather than girls as our location doesn’t lend itself to many juniors as we off the beaten track! However, our current junior captain is a girl.I run group coaching sessions for our ladies’ section at the start of the year to help brush off some winter rustiness and we also have a group of higher handicap ladies that ‘roll up’ once a week and I organise a few group sessions specifically for them too throughout the year.How do you encourage them to play golf?I have a Get into Golf banner at the golf club main entrance which attracts quite a few people. I also advertise these sessions on my village’s Facebook page. This too has proved successful.The number of ladies taking up these lessons outweighs the gent beginner by about 8:2. I do believe that the fact I am a female pro has a big influence on this figure. They are learning together, they then go on to form lifelong friendships, their golf grows together and then, hopefully, join our club and become part of a ‘bigger family’.How supportive is your club?I have been at Bigbury for 10years now and the club have always been very supportive. It is renowned as being one of the friendliest clubs in the area.Your star pupil … not necessarily your best player?Two years ago at my club I held a ‘bring a non-golfing friend along’ session for the lady members. This was aimed at inviting a friend along to walk the back seven holes with the golfing member and to do the putting. The idea was to give them a taster for the game, taking in the stunning views from our course and to sample the warm welcome within the clubhouse afterwards.From this initiative I got a few ladies to make up a beginners group. One lady in particular stood out. She is now a full playing member of the ladies’ section, representing them in matches and is now playing off a handicap of 24. Not bad in under two years!What’s your advice for women and girls interested in getting started?Don’t be scared! Have a go! Golf is a game for life. So many new friendships are made and it can take you to courses all over the world.Why do you want to work at the RicohWBO?It’s a great opportunity to meet people and give them a few hints and tips to help grow their enjoyment of the game. They are there to watch the best players in the world and to be inspired.I haven’t been involved in the Ricoh WBO before but I was involved in providing tuition at the ISPS Handa Classic at The Buckinghamshire a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, hence my application to get involved in the biggest event in the calendar!Personal golfing goals?As a player? I still feel that I am able to be competitive and like to think I can give the ‘younger ones’ a run for their money! Deep down inside I know there’s another WPGA Club Pro’s title in me and, as long as my body lets me, I will keep trying!As a coach? To continue to help golfers reach their personal goals and to introduce as many people as possible to our wonderful game.Inspired by Tracey to Get into Golf? Visit to find free or low cost beginner activities across the country Tags: Bigbury golf club, Get into golflast_img read more