Planning: Handle with care

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Ben Simmons injury update: 76ers GM ‘very optimistic’ All-Star will return

first_imgSixers general manager Elton Brand now believes he will be able to suit up. DURANT UPDATE: Will he be ready for Nets playoff run? “I’m very optimistic he’ll be able to play, if and when, we’re given that green light to resume,” Brand said on a conference call Tuesday.The NBA leader in steals with 115, Simmons has been allowed to rehab at the 76ers’ practice facility and Brand has been encouraged by his progress. The next step is for Simmons to move on to three-on-three and five-on-five work, but those scrimmages will not be permitted until social distancing restrictions are lifted. “I give Ben and our medical staff a ton of credit for their hard work throughout his recovery,” Brand said. “I give Ben so much credit for him working so hard throughout this unknown time. Fortunately, we’ve able to arrange for him to continue to get the treatment and rehab he needs during this hiatus. ”When I FaceTime him during his workouts and his treatments and I see him, I’d be highly encouraged.” Ready to get back.#PhilaUnite— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) May 5, 2020Simmons, 23 and a two-time All-Star, was in the midst of another excellent season before being sidelined, averaging 16.7 points, 8.2 assists, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals. He has been instrumental to Philadelphia’s success, as the 76ers are 33-21 when Simmons plays and 6-5 when he does not. Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons should be ready to play when the NBA season resumes.Simmons missed eight games because of a nerve impingement in his lower back before the 2019-20 campaign was paused amid the coronavirus pandemic. The point guard was at that time set to be re-evaluated in three weeks, putting his availability for a late-season playoff push into question. The Sixers were tied with the Pacers for fifth place in the Eastern Conference when the season was shut down, and Simmons’ return would be key to a playoff run. ”We’ve taken our time, we’ve been methodical and thoughtful about his recovery and rehab, just to make sure, because we weren’t in a rush,” Brand said.”It’s hard to speculate. He’s been working hard and I know he’d be close or ready,” Brand also said.last_img read more

How much testosterone is too much for a female athlete?

first_imgThe Caster Semenya caseSouth Africa | DANIEL KELLY | The South African athlete, Caster Semenya, has lost her case against the athletic governing body, IAAF, which means that she will have to take medication to lower her testosterone levels if she wishes to continue competing internationally in running events.Last year, the IAAF introduced new regulation for female athletes with “difference of sexual development” (DSD). Athletes with circulating testosterone of five nanomoles per litre of blood (5nmol/L) or above and who are androgen-sensitive, have to meet certain criteria if they wish to compete internationally. One criterion is that DSD athlete must use medication to reduce their blood testosterone level to below 5nmol/L for a continuous period of at least six months.Semenya felt that the IAAF was targeting her, specifically. She took her case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but the court rejected the 28-year-old athlete’s challenge against the IAAF’s new rules. Although CAS found the rules to be discriminatory, it also said that they were “necessary, reasonable and proportionate”.Difference of sexual developmentSo what exactly is DSD and does a serum testosterone level above 5nmol/L really confer an unfair advantage in running events? DSDs are a group of rare conditions that are acquired before birth, where the reproductive organs and genitals don’t develop as expected. While the condition can be inherited, it usually occurs at random.A person with DSD may have a mix of both male and female sexual characteristics. For example, they may be genetically female, but with reproductive organs that are of the opposite sex (or the other way around), a combination of both male and female, or not clearly either.As the testes are the primary site of testosterone production, if a female is born with these male reproductive organs, their testosterone level will be high, often reaching male levels. Testosterone is involved in many factors that may confer athletic benefit including increased muscle size and strength, along with the ability for the blood to deliver oxygen to those working muscles. This is why elite male athletes are generally faster and stronger than females – and also why males don’t compete against females in most sports. Semenya has high levels of testosterone so she will undoubtedly have at least some associated metabolic benefits.How much benefit testosterone gives female athletes is difficult to define as women cannot convert testosterone into its more potent form and do not possess the same numbers of testosterone receptors (to carry out its actions) as men. The IAAF level of 5nmol/L is still high for female levels, which normally range from 0.1 – 1.8nmol/L. Judging the actual benefit of testosterone and where to draw these lines would require a lot more research and investigation.Where does it stop?However, Semenya hasn’t artificially altered her testosterone levels and while her condition is rare – and gives her a large advantage as a track athlete, they are naturally occurring – so is it not discrimination to make her change her body to compete? Does this take the phrase “all men are equal” to the extreme and try to make everyone the same, even by artificial measures? And where does this stop? Many genetic physical attributes can contribute to athletic performance such as height, muscle composition and aerobic capacity.Dutee Chand, the female sprinter who was also barred from competing against women in 2014 because her natural levels of testosterone exceeded guidelines for female athletes, publicly expressed her disbelief as to why she was penalised for her natural body when she competes against women who are taller and from wealthier backgrounds, which certainly put them at an advantage.Cases like Semenya and Chand will always be contentious and generate more questions than solutions, and there will always be disagreement among athletes and fans over the right way to approach this sensitive issue in elite sport.****Daniel Kelly is a Lecturer in Biochemistry, Sheffield Hallam UniversityShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

NBA and WNBA Players Film PSAs to Encourage Fans to Reduce Coronavirus Risk

first_imgAdvertisement NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1ettjWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7g( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) dppjWould you ever consider trying this?😱c0pCan your students do this? 🌚69mvoRoller skating! Powered by Firework In an effort to get the word out about health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic, NBA & WNBA players, legends and coaches are filming PSAs from home that share messages of support and tips for reducing risk, staying healthy and practicing social distancing.Advertisement More than 20  players and legends have participated in PSAs, generating more than 45 million video views across the league’s Instagram Twitter, Facebook and Tik Tok platforms since the first PSA launched on March 13.Advertisement As part of the NBA Together ( initiative, every weekday at 9:00 p.m. CAT a member of the NBA family will engage with fans globally, participating in a live interview with NBA broadcast talent or taking questions from fans on Instagram live. Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love tipped off the series on Friday night.Last Sunday, the Basketball Africa League posted this video message from BAL President, Amadou Gallo Fall: (French subtitles)Advertisement “As we await the start of our inaugural BAL season, our priority and focus remain the health of our fans, our players, coaches, employees and everyone associated with our game. It is important that we all remain vigilant and take preventive steps as outlined by health officials and infectious disease specialists to limit exposure to the coronavirus, as much as possible, including avoiding large crowds and practicing social distancing, regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, avoiding touching your face, especially your nose, mouth and eyes. I am disappointed we were not able to launch our league as initially planned earlier this month, but I look forward to the launch of the BAL at a future date. We are monitoring the situation closely and we will advise as we have more details. Please continue to stay tuned to @theBAL on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook for the latest news updates. In the meantime, thank you for your continuous support. Stay safe and stay healthy.”See the links to the video PSAs below and visit, which is now a hub for information and resources:This morning, Charlotte Hornets’ Bismack Biyombo had this message to NBA fans around the world: (English); (French)“We must do all we can right now.”Three international NBA players  – Danilo Gallinari (Oklahoma City Thunder), Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards) and Ricky Rubio (Phoenix Suns) – came together to share a special message on behalf of the World Health Organization on how to stay healthy and safe:                                          “Please pay attention to what the health experts are advising, from good healthy habits to social distancing…If you’re passing information to others, make sure it’s correct…Visit the World Health Organization for the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus. Let’s be there for each other and let’s work as one team.” (Transcript in French attached) Al Horford (Philadelphia 76ers):“I want to encourage everyone to work from home if you can, make sure that we stay isolated, that we listen to our health officials and take care of yourselves.” Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder):“The best thing that we all could do right now is try to be as selfless as possible…This is a time where we gotta make sure that we’re all okay and make sure that we’re all listening to our health officials and our communities and make sure that we’re trying to stay home as much as possible.”Chris also offered advice to the Jr. NBA family on practicing everyday:“Keep practicing. Never let someone tell you you’re too small.” Layshia Clarendon (New York Liberty):“Really trying to take this moment to self-quarantine so we can stop the spike of the coronavirus and hopefully flatten the curve so less people get it, so we can expose less people. Please take care of you mental health at this time as well. It’s super, super important.” Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks):“Hope everybody is staying safe out there practicing social distancing and hanging at home. Now that League Pass has all the games from this season available to watch, you might want to check out this game where I scored 51 points.” Gary Payton (NBA Legend):“You know where I got my name (The Glove) from – defense and being in my opponent’s face. But I’m going to be real with you right now. Right now is not the time to be in anybody’s face. That’s right. We all have to do our part in participating in social distancing.”Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers): his PSA and focus on mental wellness during this stressful time on the TODAY Show last week:“Now more than ever, we have to practice compassion. We have to be kind. We have to be mindful of our words, our actions and really practice a sense of community.” Magic Johnson (NBA Legend):“Let’s follow all the health guidelines about washing your hands on a regular basis. It is also especially important that we learn what it means to practice social distancing.”Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors):“As best you can, social distance yourself and we can flatten the curve and get rid of this virus as soon as possible. Stop the spread.”Luka Doncic and Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks):“As we all work to stop the spread of coronavirus, we’re practicing social distancing. Everybody should be doing it…We will miss fans and our teammates and basketball but if we work together, we’re going to be back there soon.”Courtney Williams (Atlanta Dream)“I just wanted to tap in and make sure that were all following the important steps that health officials are telling us to follow.”Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks):“Continue to stay active, whether it’s doing pushups, sit-ups or my favorite – just dribbling around the house with a basketball.” Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz):“This is all about protecting yourself and the people around you. I wish I would have took this thing more seriously and I hope everyone else will do so because we can do it together.”Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz):“Thank you guys so much for your continued support. It means a lot to me. Things are going well. I’m just taking the proper precautions as was told to me by the health authorities.”Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics):“During this time, we should all be looking out for one another in staying calm and staying safe. By taking steps like washing your hands on a regular, staying out of large crowds. If your coughing or sneezing, covering your mouth.”Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers):“I just want to encourage everybody to continue to be great citizens. Please wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer. Please just protect yourselves and the people around you.”Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers):“Just a reminder to make sure you guys wash your hands, avoid large crowds and if you might be sick, quarantine yourself. This is only a virus that we can beat together. Hopefully we’ll be seeing you guys soon and back on the floor.” Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets):“Music is there through the good times & bad! It gets you through anything and right now it’s all I need, love learning new tunes. Anybody know these tunes? Stay home and stay safe everyone!” Pau Gasol (Two-time NBA Champion):“Coming from a medical family, I just want to make sure we all take the time to thank the doctors, nurses and first responders who work every day to help us fight this virus…Also, I would like to acknowledge everyone that is out there providing essential services to all of us during this pandemic. We will do our part to help slow down the spread.”Grant Hill (NBA Legend):“Staying healthy takes teamwork. Remember to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. And try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Help stop the spread of germs by making these easy habits part of your daily game plan.”Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors):“I’m here to teach you a new play today – hand washing. You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds but let’s make it 24. Think of it as a shot clock but this is one time we don’t mind a shot clock violation… Special thanks to all the medical teams and health authorities who are doing so much to help keep us all safe.” Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors):              “Guess where I am? At home. And please, if you don’t work for an essential service, that’s where you should be too.” Advertisementlast_img read more

New Activity Center Planned for Holmdel Park

first_imgOstrowski noted the park system hopes to have the project ready for bid by November or December 2019. Ostrowski said the existing activity center will be torn down and the new construction will be built on the same site; it is expected to include a program room, a covered outdoor space and new restroom facilities. “Welooked into restoring the home and making all the accessibility upgrades butthe project would have been too costly. It’s more cost-effective to start freshand build something new,” Ostrowski. In 1975, the Monmouth County Park System purchased an 11.68-acre parcel next to Holmdel Park on Longstreet, near the intersection with Crawfords Corner Road. The property included a split-level house, which over the years has hosted numerous grade school classes and youth groups for general natural history lessons and nature interpretation programs. RobinOstrowski, park system principal landscape architect, said a new facility was essentialbecause the house is breaking down with age and has ADA accessibilitycompliance concerns which need to be addressed. Improvementsto ensure a safer link between the activity center and the entrance of the566-acre park and its outdoor recreational opportunities – including thehistoric and operational Longstreet Farm – are also in the works. This article was first published in the May 16-22, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. Thougha budget is still being crafted to encompass the entire scope of the proposedwork, the Monmouth County Park System Board of Commissioners has recommendedthe acceptance of an $89,900 proposal by the Hamilton-based SpiezleArchitectural Group, Inc. for the preparation of plans and constructiondocuments for the project. “Wehaven’t been able to use the activity center of late for several reasons,mostly because we’ve outgrown it. We really need to build a new one,” Ostrowskisaid. HOLMDEL –A new, modern activity centerfocused on nature appreciation is coming to Holmdel Park. It will replace thebuilding on Longstreet Road that the Monmouth County Park System has been usingfor 30 years.  Asfor the site plan, Ostrowski said it is only conceptual at this point and stillneeds to be presented and reviewed by the Holmdel Township Planning Board. Thesite’s existing Long Street Road entrance and parking area will be maintainedand a vegetative buffer will be installed between the roadway and the site. Accordingto the park system’s request for proposal for architectural and engineeringservices, “the building has outlived its useful life span and is no longersuitable for public use. Utilities need replacing and Americans withDisabilities Act (ADA) access to and within the building is problematic.”last_img read more


first_imgWHITTIER MAN JUST MISSED WINNING A MILLION LAST YEAR WITH CALIFORNIA CHROME ARCADIA, Calif. (April 2, 2015)–Santa Anita Park has announced that it will host its second annual Santa Anita Derby Millionaire Contest on Santa Anita Derby Day, this Saturday. Fans attending on Santa Anita Derby Day are encouraged to enter, and if their name is selected, Santa Anita will provide a $1,000 win wager on a horse in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby. The track will provide $1,000 win bets on each horse in the race and all contestants will watch the Derby together from the Santa Anita Winner’s Circle.Whichever horse wins, the contestant keeps all the money, including the $1,000 wager and the contestant will be assigned the Santa Anita Derby winner for the Kentucky Derby. If that horse goes on to win Racing’s Triple Crown, by sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, that lucky fan would win a $1 million jackpot.“We came very close to having a million dollar winner last year,” said Santa Anita Vice President, Marketing, Nate Newby. “Eddie Espinoza and his wife, Susan, selected California Chrome to win the Santa Anita Derby, which he did and then he obviously came very close to becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.“This contest generated tremendous excitement last year and we’re hoping it will again this year. We’ve got some outstanding horses that are pointing to our Derby and we have to be encouraged by the fact two out of the last three winners of the Santa Anita Derby went on to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown. It’s going to be a lot of fun and we just encourage everyone to come early on April 4 and make sure they submit their entries before 2 p.m.”In addition to the $1,000 win wager April 4, Santa Anita will also provide a $7,500 win wager in the Kentucky Derby May 2 and if it wins, a $10,000 win wager in the Preakness Stakes May 16. If the horse wins both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, as California Chrome did last year, the contestant would be in-line for a $1 million jackpot with a win in the Belmont Stakes, to be run June 6.Santa Anita Derby Millionaire Contest participants must be present to win on April 4 and must be 18 years of age or older. Please visit for details. –30–last_img read more


first_imgJim Mc Guinness can hardly believe it as Donegal suffer the first major blow of the contest when Mark Mc Hugh was forced to leave the field after sustaining an injury in the opening exchanges. Pic.: Gary FoyDONEGAL star Mark McHugh is being kept in hospital overnight.It follows the head injury he suffered in a sickening clash during the Ulster SFC final clash with Monaghan on Sunday.McHugh went down after a clash of heads with Monaghan’s Stephen Gollogly. “If this day couldn’t get any worse I’m stuck in hospital for the night,” said Mark.“But well done Monaghan! From what I can remember, 100% deserved it,” he added in a tweet from his bed a short time ago.Mark is now unlikely to feature in Saturday’s qualifier against Laois.After the defeat, manager Jim McGuinness said the loss of McHugh so early in the game had helped Monaghan. “He was missed in that part of the pitch where we rely on him so much,” said Jim. MARK McHUGH KEPT IN HOSPITAL AFTER CLONES CLASH was last modified: July 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Seafarer Satisfied with Career Despite Challenges

first_img “My high school is on a little headland next to the channel leading into Port Antonio Harbour. I would always see these white ships passing, which I later found out were Jamaica Producers’ ships that were transporting bananas to England,” he tells JIS News. Mr. Valentine, who works with the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, recalls his desire to become a seafarer from his days as a student at Titchfield High School in Portland. Marine Inspector, Kenre Valentine, says he is satisfied that he chose to be seafarer, as although the career has many challenges, it has been extremely rewarding. Marine Inspector, Kenre Valentine, says he is satisfied that he chose to be seafarer, as although the career has many challenges, it has been extremely rewarding.Mr. Valentine, who works with the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, recalls his desire to become a seafarer from his days as a student at Titchfield High School in Portland.“My high school is on a little headland next to the channel leading into Port Antonio Harbour. I would always see these white ships passing, which I later found out were Jamaica Producers’ ships that were transporting bananas to England,” he tells JIS News.“Small boats would pull up to the large vessels. A man would come off and he would steer the ship into the harbour. I later discovered that this person was the Harbour Pilot and I remember thinking that it must be a nice job. You get to go to sea and come back home,” he adds.Mr. Valentine began on the path to achieve that dream and later discovered that in preparation for this job, he would have to spend considerable amounts of time at sea.“I began as a fireman and was transferred after a few years to the fire boat station on request. I also got an opportunity to do a Basic Seamanship course at the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard,” he says.“I found out about the Caribbean Maritime University, which was then the Jamaica Maritime Training Institute and I attended a summer programme, after which I enrolled fully the following September,” he tells JIS News.The Marine Inspector has sailed at as high a rank as Second Officer, which is two tiers below Captain.He explains that the Captain, the Chief Officer and the Second and Third Officers are in charge of the deck department, which is responsible for getting the ship safely from one place to another.In the deck department, the Second Officer is assigned duties for maintaining navigation and communication equipment and the Chief Officer has responsibility for the maintenance of the vessel.Mr. Valentine, who is now in training at the management level, explains that to become a Captain one would have to be sailing for a number of years and go through the ranks from Third Officer to Second Officer to gain the experience, and then be trained at the management level.He is grateful for what he has achieved in the profession and looks toward to the next step, as he recalls his own journey. He explains that his first outing at sea as a Cadet was particularly long at 14 months.“That initial experience was unlike anything else I had been through. I had heard the stories of guys who had sailed before, but nothing can prepare you for what I would have experienced when I went out for the first time,” he tells JIS News.“You hear people talking about being sick constantly, rough sea conditions and throwing up every single day. It is very real and having to work through that becomes a bit challenging,” he adds.Mr. Valentine says even when you know that you are going to be (sea) sick for the rest of the trip with an 18-hour voyage to the next port, “you just know that you have to work through the sickness.”According to the Marine Inspector, the loneliness was almost palpable. He says he would send letters home, then it would take up to four months for him to receive a response, “so I had absolutely no contact with family members or friends for months at a time.”He had a hard time making the adjustment to cultural differences and points out that on his first tour at sea, he was the only Jamaican on board for a while until he was joined by another.“I was on a ship where the majority of seamen were from the Philippines. It was very interesting to see how they live, what they eat and their mannerisms. Everything is completely different. They like to slap each other, which as you know is something you just don’t do to a Jamaican,” he tells JIS News.“I remember my first meal on board. It was fried pig foot with white rice. It was different from what I was accustomed to, but there was no other option, so the choice was eat it or starve,” he says.Mr. Valentine tells JIS News that his workday started at 6:00 a.m. and ended at 6:00 p.m.“I was training as an officer but as an officer you have to learn to do everything, so I did chipping, painting and cleaning. I would also get some time to do navigation, so the routine varied as they tried to incorporate everything. The idea behind this is that when you become an officer and have to be supervising someone else, you will know if their job is done properly,” he says.He explains that the language of shipping is English and although the crew at the officer level are expected to know some English in order to communicate with port officials, not all the crew speak fluent English and the language barrier proved to be a challenge.Mr. Valentine says that life at sea comes with other challenges, including navigating through bad weather. He recounted that the scariest thing he came across was a lightning storm that impacted the city of Houston in the United States.“At that time, my vessel was going around the coast as the port was closed. Imagine lightning every second with a different strike. That for me was the scariest experience and I have navigated in several storms across the globe. Fortunately, nothing was struck as the ship is designed with lightning rods on board that absorb whatever comes,” he notes.According to Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, “without the contribution of seafarers, half of the world would freeze and the other half would starve.”Rear Admiral Brady tells JIS News that the duty of a seafarer is a very important one, as they make an immense contribution to global trade.He points out that they bear great personal costs while undertaking their tasks in sometimes precarious situations, adding that they are faced with the vagaries of the sea, such as stressful weather conditions and in some cases, piracy and abandonment.“It is extremely important for the world to understand the sacrifice of the men and women who risk their lives at sea in the transportation of goods and services used in the daily lives of the world’s population,” he says, adding that unlike shore-based risk profession.Rear Admiral Brady tells JIS News that seafarers are generally well paid and that it is a profession that gives a high sense of satisfaction and personal accomplishment.There are more than 500 Jamaican seafarers and approximately 1.5 million worldwide.Graduates of the Caribbean Maritime University are highly sought after by international shipping interests, who have recruited graduates of the institution to man their vessels.Shipping accounts for 90 per cent of international trade. 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