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Liriano's return to Twins' rotation a big hit

By DAVE CAMPBELL

AP Sports Writer

Associated Press Sports

updated 4:40 p.m. ET May 30, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Oakland Athletics were swinging and missing, and Francisco Liriano kept on firing those fastballs, sliders and changeups in the strike zone that has eluded him so often this year and last.

For one afternoon, the Minnesota Twins enjoyed that All-Star-like pitching performance they've been longing for.

Liriano's return to the rotation was a rousing success, with six shutout innings by the vexing left-hander Wednesday to lead the Twins to a 4-0 victory over the Athletics, their eighth straight loss.

"I told myself before the game, the season starts for me today. So everything that happened previously, I had to put it behind me and move forward," said Liriano (1-5), who retired the last 11 batters he faced in a game that lasted only 2 hours, 16 minutes.

He struck out nine, the most this season by any Twins pitcher. He allowed only two walks with a double and two singles against the worst-hitting team in the majors, batting a brutal .210.

"The big thing for me: He kept his composure," catcher Drew Butera said, adding: "He has an electric fastball, and obviously you know about that slider. When he's got his stuff, when he's throwing strikes, he's a true ace."

Josh Willingham had an RBI single and a two-run homer, roughly 15 hours after his three-run shot in the ninth gave the Twins a dramatic win the night before. This was their first sweep of both a home series and a three-game set this season.

Tyson Ross (2-6) lasted only five innings for the A's, who are batting .172 during the eight-game skid. Ten times in that stretch, they've scored two runs or fewer. A's manager Bob Melvin said he's as frustrated as ever.

"Before this stretch that we're on right now, we've been a team that's been really scrappy and that's how we were finding our identity with that, that's who we believed we were," Melvin said. "These losing streaks can take on a life of their own, and they're not going to just end because they're going to end. We have to take ownership in it."

That's what the Twins needed Liriano to do for the sake of his careening career, which despite a stellar rookie year in 2006 and a solid season in 2010 has been mostly marked by injury and inconsistency.

"We need him in the rotation. I think the story's been told too many times about how good his stuff is. He's got to go out on the field and get it done, and today was a good start. We'll work from there," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Liriano's first six starts were so bad he was put in the bullpen to fix his mind and his mechanics, and his last relief appearance Friday was rough, too - five hits, four runs and two walks in 2 2-3 innings.

The Twins had little choice but to put him back as a starter. Triple-A call-ups Scott Diamond and P.J. Walters have helped stabilize the situation, but the rotation has by far the highest collective ERA in the majors.

"Even when I was struggling, I didn't lose my confidence at all. I knew that I was making a lot of mistakes," Liriano said.

Against the A's Liriano offered some hope - or, perhaps more relevantly, summer trade value. Pitching coach Rick Anderson paid him a visit on the mound after he threw three straight balls to Jonny Gomes in the third inning, but Liriano got back to business and struck the designated hitter out.

"It baffles me how the heck that guy's been struggling," Gomes said.

Ross has lost six of his last seven starts with a 7.34 ERA over that span, and he has the highest opponent batting average in baseball for a minimum of 40 innings at .337.

The right-hander was in trouble right away with a leadoff double by Denard Span. Joe Mauer walked, and Willingham followed with a sharp single. Brian Dozier drove in another run with a single of his own.

After Mauer walked for the third time, in the fifth inning, Willingham hit a no-doubter to the back of the second deck above left field for his 10th home run this year.

The Twins finished 12-16 in May, but that's better than 6-16 in April.

"It's a good feeling, a really good feeling. I hope we get to experience it more," Willingham said.

NOTES: Melvin said OF Yoenis Cespedes will likely join the team Friday in Kansas City. LF Collin Cowgill, however, would be a "difficult send-down," he said. Cowgill has reached base in 11 of his last 17 plate appearances. ... Willingham has hit seven of his 10 home runs at Target Field this year. ... Both teams are off Thursday. Right-hander Carl Pavano (2-4, 5.46 ERA) pitches for the Twins on Friday in Cleveland against Indians righty Derek Lowe (6-3, 3.25) to start a three-game series. The A's send RH Bartolo Colon (4-5, 4.52) to the mound Friday against RH Felipe Paulino (2-1, 2.03) of the Royals.

? 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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Fitch upgraded its long-term foreign currency issuer default rating to B, five levels away from investment grade, from B-minus. The outlook is stable.

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The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board says it will investigate the American Legislative Exchange Council's lobbying status in Minnesota.

The board disclosed the investigation in a letter to Common Cause Minnesota, the local arm of a national group that is asking many states to probe whether the conservative organization has violated its tax-exempt status.

Earlier this month, Common Cause Minnesota filed two complaints regarding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

The first asks the campaign finance board to look into whether ALEC should be registered as a lobbyist in Minnesota.

Common Cause Minnesota contends that the group, which brings together state lawmakers and businesses to write model legislation meant to inspire state legislation, has lobbied Minnesota's legislators on specific bills and issues.

The campaign finance board's letter says Common Cause Minnesota's request for investigation will be discussed privately by the board on June 5, but that the matter will likely be held over until its next meeting in July.

The second complaint filed with state Attorney General Lori Swanson contends that because ALEC lobbies lawmakers, it has misrepresented its purpose under state laws regarding charities.

ALEC is organized as a 501(c)(3) under the Internal Revenue Code. Such groups are allowed to lobby, as long as it doesn't constitute a substantial part of a group's activities.

Last month Common Cause's national organization requested that the Internal Revenue Service challenge ALEC's tax status.


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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc shares slid below $29 to a new low on Tuesday as nervous investors fled the company's shares, concerned about the social network's long-term business prospects and an initial offering price that proved too rich.

Shares of the No. 1 social network fell 10 percent to an all-time low of $28.65, before closing at $28.84, or down 9.6 percent. Since its market debut at $38 on May 18, the eight-year-old company has shed approximately $25 billion in value - roughly equivalent to the market capitalization of Morgan Stanley, the lead underwriter of Facebook's IPO.

Wall Street has harbored concerns that Facebook, while boasting nearly a billion users worldwide and dominating Internet social-networking, would have difficulty translating its growing presence on smartphones and other mobile devices into revenue. Rivals Google Inc and Apple Inc currently dominate the mobile arena.

Facebook's quest to monetize mobile is spurring widespread speculation over its next moves. Technology bankers say the company would benefit from tacking on mobile operating software through an acquisition of Norway's Opera, which has been on the auction block for a while.

The New York Times cited sources dredging up a longstanding rumor that Zuckerberg was pondering building a Facebook phone, and that an easy way to acquire the hardware expertise needed was to buy troubled Research in Motion.

The Blackberry maker said late on Tuesday that it hired J.P. Morgan and RBC Capital Markets to help the company and its board with a "strategic review.

"They are clearly looking at smartphones and are trying to become more vertically integrated with their users," said Ryan Jacob of the Jacob Internet Fund. "They just don't want to be another app on Google's or Apple's platform."

"Speculation that Facebook is dabbling outside their main expertise and possibly planning another large acquisition may be unsettling to some investors," he added. "But I think options trading is behind today's drop in the shares."

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Facebook options began trading on Tuesday, presenting a tempting target as more investors bet the underlying stock would head south. They piled into put and call options - granting investors the right to sell or buy stock at a certain price - marking one of the busiest debuts ever in the options market.

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Jacob said he did not buy Facebook shares in the IPO and has not bought the stock since the debut.

"If the price is right we would consider buying," he added. "It's not quite there yet."

Janet Tavakoli, president of Tavakoli Structured Finance Inc in Chicago, said she bought puts expiring in September with a strike price of $25, at a cost of $210 per contract, with each contract representing 100 shares.

"The valuation is a complete bluff. There is still a long way to go down from here," she said. "There will be insiders selling their shares on August 20, when the first lockout period is over. There will be a lot of shares that will hit the market and more in coming months."

'TRANSITION'

Analysts say apart from the challenge of earning money off smartphone and tablet users, Facebook - which relies on advertising for the majority of its revenue --may also find it difficult to lure and keep large advertisers.

Days before Facebook's debut, General Motors announced it was pulling out of paid advertising on the social network, citing Facebook's unproven track record and echoing potential concerns about the lack of evidence that advertising on Facebook yielded strong returns on investment.

"Facebook is in a transition in their business model," Walter Price, portfolio manager of the Wells Fargo Advantage Specialized Technology Fund, told Reuters Insider. "It was easy to get the first 5 to 10 percent of an advertising budget to try it on Facebook and do some brand advertising, but getting the next 5 to 10 percent, you've got to displace TV and that's a lot more difficult to do.

"Facebook still doesn't have the metrics to prove profitability and prove growth and awareness from their platform," he added.

Facebook debut after an IPO that raised $16 billion was to have been the culmination of years of breakneck growth for the cultural and Internet phenomenon. But a software error on Nasdaq OMX Group Inc's U.S. exchange delayed the start of trade by 30 minutes.

Then, claims of selective disclosure in the days leading up to the IPO about Facebook's slowing revenue growth engulfed the company in controversy, as did perceptions among some investors that the stock had been overpriced coming out the gate.

Skeptics had argued even before the botched debut and subsequent selloff that Facebook's starting valuation of more than $100 billion - about equivalent to that of Amazon.com Inc and exceeding that of Hewlett-Packard Co and Dell Inc combined - was too high for a company that posted $1 billion in profit on revenue of $3.7 billion in 2011.

Facebook stock debuted at over 100 times historical earnings versus Apple's 14 times. Despite that, many investors bet on a modest first-day pop for the company, which upended traditional technology and business models and is used by about one in seven people on the planet.

"We've been talking about a $50 billion valuation as one that makes sense, I think that would be a stock price around $20," Price said. But "the infrastructure that Facebook is building, and the fact that they have many advertisers that have built followers and fans on their platform, gives them a base to build a great business."

WHAT'S NEXT?

Vague talk about Facebook's next moves in a hotly contested mobile arena may also be giving some investors pause. Rumors that the company may be considering acquiring Opera pushed the Oslo-listed shares up more than 26 percent on Tuesday.

Analysts say the mobile-phone software maker could prove a crucial component in Facebook's still-patchy strategy to earn revenue from smartphones, but it could carry a price tag of as high as $1 billion.

Many Wall Street analysts had also been concerned about the apparent hastiness with which Facebook concluded its $1 billion purchase of photo-sharing service Instagram, though Zuckerberg later said it had been considered for months.

A industry source told Reuters on Tuesday that antitrust regulators had given Facebook notice that its proposed Instagram acquisition will get an extended review.

Speculation has been rife about how Facebook might spearhead a drive into mobile advertising, in which its Instagram purchase was considered key.

Talk that the social networking company might actually get into the hardware business re-surfaced after Google, whose Android OS is now the most commonly used mobile software, completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

Bankers and analysts say BlackBerry maker RIM, left behind in the smartphone race against Apple and Samsung, might be doing shareholders a service by allowing itself to be acquired.

Others worry about how Zuckerberg commands more than half of the company's voting shares through agreements with other investors, granting him near-absolute control over Facebook.

The 28-year-old has so far refrained from commenting publicly about the controversy, and in fact is reportedly not even in the country.

As Facebook shares hit a record low on Tuesday, photos of Zuckerberg and his new bride spread across the Internet, depicting the couple - who wed the day after Facebook debuted - touring the Sistine Chapel and sharing a fast-food meal on their honeymoon in Rome.

(Additional reporting by Doris Frankel and Angela Moon in New York; Writing by Edwin Chan; Editing by Matthew Lewis, Steve Orlofsky and Tim Dobbyn)

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Members of Rolling Thunder salute during the presentation of colors during the annual Rolling Thunder rally on the National Mall ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Members of Rolling Thunder salute during the presentation of colors during the annual Rolling Thunder rally on the National Mall ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the nation's fallen warriors on Memorial Day, attending a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and honoring those who died during the Vietnam War.

The president was to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, and then marking the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

In an election year, Obama has touted his work to bring U.S. combat troops home from Iraq and wind down the conflict in Afghanistan. Before military audiences and in a campaign ad released last week, he credits U.S. servicemen who helped in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

With so many troops returning home from their service, Obama says the U.S. needs to return the favor.

"We have to serve them and their families as well as they have served us," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. "By making sure that they get the health care and benefits they need; by caring for our wounded warriors and supporting our military families; and by giving veterans the chance to go to college, find a good job and enjoy the freedom that they risked everything to protect."

Veterans could play a significant role in the 2012 election. Exit polls in 2008 showed that Obama was supported by about 44 percent of voters who said they served in the military, while 54 percent voted for John McCain, a former Navy pilot who was a prisoner of war for more than five years during the Vietnam War.

Republican Mitt Romney was scheduled to appear Monday with McCain in San Diego, home to a large number of military personnel and veterans. Romney has made the case that too many veterans are returning home to poor job prospects, casting blame on Obama's economic policies.

A Bureau of Labor Statistics report in March found that 12.1 percent of U.S. Armed Forces veterans who served on active duty after September 2001 were unemployed in 2011. The unemployment rate for all veterans was 8.3 percent.

Several closely watched states in the election have large blocs of military voters. Florida, home to several military installations, has more than 1.6 million veterans, according to the Veterans Administration. Pennsylvania has nearly 1 million veterans, while Virginia and North Carolina each have about 800,000 veterans living in their states.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama were starting the day with a breakfast at the White House for families who have lost loved ones in combat.

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Endocrine System- Thyroid and Diabetes

Endocrine system is a complex network of hormone-producing glands and organs involved in the production and release of different types of hormones. These hormones maintain and control a number of important body metabolisms such as growth, development, and tissue function. A hormone imbalance can have a drastic effect on the body.

Disorders related to hormones and endocrine system is treated by an endocrinologist. An endocrinologist works with patients who suffer from hormonal imbalances, prescribes medication and creates individualized treatment plans towards a steady recovery. Teenagers with growth problems, acne, voice cracks, and young couples with infertility problems, diabetics, and patients with hypertension, thyroid, cholesterol and senior people with menopause symptoms approach an endocrinologist for treatment.

There are around 20 endocrinologists in Delhi giving their services to ailing patients and helping them to get better.

Thyroid being the largest endocrine gland has a major impact on body and even a minute change in its balance can cause severe problems. Some of the major functions of thyroid gland are:
? ?The thyroid gland controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins, and controls how sensitive the body is to other hormones.
? ?It participates in these processes by producing thyroid hormones, the principal ones being triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxin which can sometimes be referred to as tetraiodothyronine (T4).
? ?Hormones released by thyroid gland regulate the rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of function of many other systems in the body. T3 and T4 are synthesized from both iodine and tyrosine.
? ?The thyroid produces calcitonin, which plays a role in calcium homeostasis.

Imbalance in thyroid gland can result in various disorders like:
? ?Hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, is the overproduction of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4, and is most commonly caused by the development of Graves' disease, an autoimmune disease in which antibodies are produced which stimulate the thyroid to secrete excessive quantities of thyroid hormones. The disease can result in the formation of a toxic goiter as a result of thyroid growth in response to a lack of negative feedback mechanisms. It presents with symptoms such as a thyroid goiter, protruding eyes (exophthalmoses), palpitations, excess sweating, diarrhea, weight loss, muscle weakness and unusual sensitivity to heat. The appetite is often increased.
? ?Hypothyroidism is the underproduction of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Hypothyroid disorders may occur as a result of congenital thyroid abnormalities, autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis, iodine deficiency more likely in poorer countries due to malnutrition or the removal of the thyroid following surgery to treat severe hyperthyroidism and/or thyroid cancer. Typical symptoms are abnormal weight gain, tiredness, baldness, cold intolerance, and bradycardia.

Hypothyroidism being more severe is treated with hormone replacement therapy, such as levothyroxine, which is typically required for the rest of the patient's life. Thyroid hormone treatment is given under the care of a good endocrinologist or thyroid specialist and may take a few weeks to become effective. Hashimoto?s thyroiditis is more common in females and the individual suffering from it is likely to have type-1 diabetes as well.
It is difficult to cure diabetes if one is suffering from thyroid disorder as controlling blood sugar levels becomes a problem.In case of hyperthyroidism your metabolism quickens; your medicines go through your body quicker. Your blood glucose level may rise because your usual dosage does not stay in your body long enough to control it.
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Hyperthyroidism and low blood glucose can be hard to tell apart. If you are sweating and having tremors from hyperthyroidism, you may think you have low blood glucose and eat extra food, causing your blood glucose to rise. Using your glucose meter to verify low blood glucose levels can help you avoid this problem.While in case of hypothyroidism your metabolism slows, your blood glucose level may drop because your diabetes medicine doesn?t pass through your body as quickly as usual and so stays active longer. In hypothyroidism, it is often necessary to reduce your dose of diabetes medicines to prevent low blood glucose The patient needs to go to a diabetes specialist who specializes in controlling diabetes and thyroidism as well. There many diabetes specialist and thyroid specialist endocrinologists in Delhi but first you should maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid such problems.

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Free Legal Question: Real Estate Law | California | HI There, What is ...

HI There, What is the minimum time required to request a tenant to vacate a property in California? They have been on a 12 month lease which expired in March and have been on a month to month to date. Do I need to serve a formal notification or can I just use a signed letter?

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Children's Health & Fitness ? Battling Childhood Obesity ? With ...

May 27th, 2012 by Len Saunders

From Fox 6 TV?..

At first glance, one might think kids at Cherry Creek Elementary School in Chocolay Township were just playing around, but it turns out they may have been learning a value lesson.

Last week, kids in Chocolay Township and across the nation participated in Project ACES, or All Children Exercise Simultaneously, and the goal is simple: keep kids moving and having fun.

?We definitely have a trend of more TV time, more computer time, just more screen time in general, and I think that if we can incorporate more ways to reduce the sitting behavior, the better,? said Lanae Joubert, a physical trainer and Project ACES coordinator for Cherry Creek.

According to the Center for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. This growing trend leaves adolescents more susceptible in developing illnesses like heart disease and diabetes when they get older.

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Severely Injured Service Members and Youth with Disabilities to ...

Over 80 sports opportunities for wounded warriors and youth and adults with disabilities

Rockville, MD (PRWEB) May 25, 2012

Hundreds of wounded warriors, youth and others with disabilities will participate in Disabled Sports USA?s SummerFest, a nationwide series of summer sports learn-to and competitive opportunities. More than 80 summer sports programs in over 30 sports in 30 states will be offered by Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), its local community chapter network and other partnering organizations.

The SummerFest sports series is the only one of its kind in the nation helping to ensure participants with physical disabilities receive state-of-the-art adaptive equipment, instruction and competition in a broad range of summer sports including archery, cycling, athletics, kayaking, water skiing, sailing, surfing, canoeing, golf, hiking, rock climbing, scuba diving, fishing and more.

?The 2012 programs will include sport activities that allow individuals with disabilities to lead full and active life styles,? said Kirk Bauer, JD, executive director of Disabled Sports USA and a disabled Vietnam veteran. ?We are also integrating our wounded warriors into these community sports events to give them expanded opportunities to participate in their own communities.?

Military sports programs include the ?learn-to? events for wounded warriors as well as extreme sports are offered as part of DSUSA?s Warfighter Sports program. Now in its ninth year of service, all sports programs offered are free of cost for severely wounded service members and their families. Activities will be held for severely wounded service members rehabilitating at the major military hospitals, VA hospitals and other military medical centers across the nation. Wounded warriors discharged from the military will also have the opportunity to continue to participate at DSUSA chapter programs throughout the USA, so they can maintain an active lifestyle.

Upcoming Memorial Day weekend events include: Team Warfighter Sports? participation in the Ski to Sea relay race, a 100-mile long, multi-sport competition that stretches from Mount Baker to Bellingham Bay, Washington on May 28, supported by The Heisman Trophy Trust. In addition, more than 50 wounded warriors will be taking part in the Wave Warriors Surf Camp, in Virginia Beach, VA this weekend, learning how to surf as well as participate in other water sports. The surf camp, in partnership with Billabong and Air Compassion for Veterans will take place in conjunction with the Steel Pier Classic.

SummerFest sports series includes national and regional competitive events and training opportunities, including: US Handcycling Series (nationwide), Great Lakes Regional Games (IL), Endeavor Games (OK), U.S. Association of Blind Athletes Cycling and Rowing Development Camps, and DSUSA Adapt2Achieve Chapter Development Conferences in the Northeast and Northwest regions.

Summer activities conducted at DSUSA chapter sports and recreation venues throughout the USA include:

Alaska: Challenge Alaska; Southeast Alaska Independent Living

Alabama: Lakeshore Foundation

Arizona: Arizona Disabled Sports

California: Adaptive Athletics Association; Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, Disabled Sports USA Far West, San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation, US Adaptive Recreation Center

Colorado: Adaptive Sports Association, Adaptive Sports Center- Crested Butte, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Challenge Aspen, Colorado Discover Ability, National Sports Center for the Disabled, Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, Telluride Adaptive Sports Programs, US Handcycling

Connecticut: Leaps of Faith Disabled Water Skiers, Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital

Idaho: Sun Valley Adaptive Sports Programs

Illinois: Adaptive Adventures, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association

Kansas: Wheelchair Sports, Inc.

Maine: Maine Adaptive Sports Recreation

Massachusetts: CAPEable Adventures

Maryland: Team River Runner

Minnesota: Courage Center

Missouri: Disabled Athlete Sports Association

Montana: DREAM Adaptive Recreation, Eagle Mount Billings, Eagle Mount Bozeman

New Hampshire: New England Disabled Sports, New England Handicapped Sports

Association, Northeast Passage

New York: Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center, STRIDE Adaptive Sports, North Country Access

North Carolina: Bridge II Sports, SUDS Diving

Ohio: The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition

Oklahoma: UCO Sports Recreation, United States Association of Blind Athletes

Oregon: Happy Trails Riding Center

Pennsylvania: Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation

Tennessee: Sports, Arts, and Recreation of Chattanooga

Texas: Operation Comfort

Utah: Common Ground Outdoor Adventures, National Ability Center

Virginia: Adventure Amputee Camp, Wintergreen Adaptive Sports

Vermont: Friends of Stowe, Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports

Washington: Outdoors for All Foundation

West Virginia: Challenged Athletes of West Virginia

Wyoming: Teton Adaptive Sports

Corporations and foundations supporting DSUSA?s sports programs, including the programs for severely wounded service members include: Platinum: Ariel Corporation, Bob Woodruff Foundation, Chartis, U.S. Paralympics, WellPoint Foundation, The Moore Charitable Foundation. Gold: Advocator Group, Anthem Life, The Chart Group, Fluor, Heisman Memorial Trophy Trust, May Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, PING, Tee it up for the Troops, Trijicon, Wash Depot Holdings, and others.

To view the full calendar of SummerFest events visit http://www.dsusa.org/calendar-dsusa.html.

About Disabled Sports USA

Founded in 1967, Disabled Sports USA is a charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in sports. What began as a program to serve Vietnam veterans has since grown into one of the nation?s largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, annually serving more than 60,000 wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA offers programs in more than 40 summer and winter sports through its nationwide network of more than 100 community-based chapters. For more information, visit http://www.dsusa.org.

For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prwebDSUSASummerSports/05242012/prweb9544110.htm

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Monday, May 28, 2012

New stem cell technique promises abundance of key heart cells

ScienceDaily (May 28, 2012) ? Cardiomyocytes, the workhorse cells that make up the beating heart, can now be made cheaply and abundantly in the laboratory.

Writing this week (May 28, 2012) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of Wisconsin scientists describes a way to transform human stem cells -- both embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells -- into the critical heart muscle cells by simple manipulation of one key developmental pathway. The technique promises a uniform, inexpensive and far more efficient alternative to the complex bath of serum or growth factors now used to nudge blank slate stem cells to become specialized heart cells.

"Our protocol is more efficient and robust," explains Sean Palecek, the senior author of the new report and a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of chemical and biological engineering. "We have been able to reliably generate greater than 80 percent cardiomyocytes in the final population while other methods produce about 30 percent cardiomyocytes with high batch-to-batch variability."

The ability to make the key heart cells in abundance and in a precisely defined way is important because it shows the potential to make the production of large, uniform batches of cardiomyocytes routine, according to Palecek. The cells are in great demand for research, and increasingly for the high throughput screens used by the pharmaceutical industry to test drugs and potential drugs for toxic effects.

The capacity to make the heart cells using induced pluripotent stem cells, which can come from adult patients with diseased hearts, means scientists will be able to more readily model those diseases in the laboratory. Such cells contain the genetic profile of the patient, and so can be used to recreate the disease in the lab dish for study. Cardiomyocytes are difficult or impossible to obtain directly from the hearts of patients and, when obtained, survive only briefly in the lab.

Scientists also have high hopes that one day healthy lab-grown heart cells can be used to replace the cardiomyocytes that die as a result of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

"Many forms of heart disease are due to the loss or death of functioning cardiomyocytes, so strategies to replace heart cells in the diseased heart continue to be of interest," notes Timothy Kamp, another senior author of the new PNAS report and a professor of cardiology in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. "For example, in a large heart attack up to 1 billion cardiomyocytes die. The heart has a limited ability to repair itself, so being able to supply large numbers of potentially patient-matched cardiomyocytes could help."

"These cells will have many applications," says Xiaojun Lian, a UW-Madison graduate student and the lead author of the new study. The beating cells made using the technique he devised have, so far, been maintained in culture in the lab for six months and remain as viable and stable as the day they were created.

Lian and his colleagues found that manipulating a major signaling pathway known as Wnt -- turning it on and off at prescribed points in time using just two off-the-shelf small molecule chemicals -- is enough to efficiently direct stem cell differentiation to cardiomyocytes.

"The fact that turning on and then off one master signaling pathway in the cells can orchestrate the complex developmental dance completely is a remarkable finding as there are many other signaling pathways and molecules involved," says Kamp.

"The biggest advantage of our method is that it uses small molecule chemicals to regulate biological signals," says Palecek. "It is completely defined, and therefore more reproducible. And the small molecules are much less expensive than protein growth factors."

Also contributing to the Wisconsin study, which was supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, were Cheston Hsiao, Gisela Wilson, Kexian Zhu, Laurie Hazeltine, Samira M. Azarin, Kunil K. Raval and Jianhua Zhang, all of UW-Madison.

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Milk markets as ?the great equalizer? in East Africa?

Making agriculture profitable for poor farmers builds self-sufficiency

A dairy farmer in Kenya. Incorporating informal milk producers and traders into the country?s formal milk markets is improving the welfare of the poor (photo credit: Flickr/Gates Foundation).

Remarkably, more than 80 per cent of the milk produced and sold in Kenya comes from small-scale players, typically farmers raising one or two dairy cows on small plots of land and milk hawkers plying their trade on bicycles on streets and in villages. (...)

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Put casino at Downs: Star readers - The Sudbury Star - Ontario, CA

By HAROLD CARMICHAEL, THE SUDBURY STAR

Posted 10 hours ago

When it comes to selecting a home for Sudbury's new casino, a majority of Sudbury Star readers would like to see it where the current gambling facility is located -- Sudbury Downs.

As of early Sunday afternoon, a total of 320 readers or 33% voted for the new, larger casino to be located at the racetrack, which currently houses The Slots at Sudbury Downs.

The downtown received 250 votes (25%), while the south end got 94 votes (10%). Coming in third was 'I'm opposed to casinos' with 199 votes (20%).

Other options received only a small percentage of votes each: New Sudbury (51 votes -- 5%); Valley East (54 -- 5%); and somewhere else (16 votes -- 2%).

The majority of the more than 50 callers who voted on the newspaper's hotline were split between the downtown and Sudbury Downs in Chelmsford. There was the occasional vote of support for the south end and Valley East, with a handful of people opposed to casinos as a whole.

"When it first came around, Sudbury didn't want anything to do with it," said one male caller, who favoured Chelmsford. "Why should they have it now?"

"It should be downtown," said one woman. "Then, at least, they would fix the downtown streets."

"Most of the councillors didn't want it downtown in the first place and the south end is expanding very fast," said one man who suggested the casino should go near the Southridge Mall.

"Chelmsford at Sudbury Downs," said one woman. "No one is going to drive into downtown Sudbury. I can't believe they are talking about destroying the racing industry in Sudbury."

"It would be too easy for people on welfare to go in and spend their money," said one woman who is opposed to casinos.

"There are enough people on welfare in Sudbury," said another woman who is opposed to casinos. "We don't need it to make more people poor."

"They are not gaming and entertainment," said yet another woman opposed to casinos. "I call it gambling and corruption of people's lives."

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Sports Briefing | Hockey: Bruins Get a New Bourque

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The Boston Bruins have another Bourque on their team, acquiring forward Chris Bourque from the Washington Capitals for center Zach Hamill. ...

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A review of Currency trading | Sharing Reviews & Advices

What?s Currency trading?

FOREX is short for the FOReign EXchange market, that is a worldwide fiscal market place where foreign currencies are dealt. The foreign exchange market started inside 1970s and is the greatest economic industry on earth, with the typical every day turn over of US$1.Nine trillion. Which is 25 instances how much daily exercise on each of the Us all stock markets.

Each Foreign exchange trade requires together buying one forex along with marketing an additional. By way of example, if you think that the Pound may go up in accordance with the particular dollar, you?ll spot any Euro/Dollar buy and sell. Your foreign exchange technique would then buy the Euro and then sell a similar quantity of the Dollar. Next, when you need to close your position, you?d probably place the Dollar/Euro industry. This would find the Dollar and sell your Euro. In the event the Pound got increased up against the Money, you?d probably make a profit, but if the idea experienced decreased in accordance with the Greenback you?d probably create a decline.

Precisely what currencies are dealt?

Most of the earth?s stock markets are available to industry, nevertheless the majority of marketplace action entails a gaggle of main values, including the People Buck, your Dinar, the Yen, the actual Switzerland Franc and also Sterling.

Where?s the Forex market situated?

In contrast to many stock markets worldwide, Foreign exchange isn?t centralized on an swap. Alternatively that operates on a basis known as the interbank market or older your Counter (Over the counter). While every single Forex trading involves two shared deals (acquire one forex and then sell another), these are generally carried out electronically with any kind of agent who is willing to recognize your industry.

Who is able to buy and sell within the Foreign exchange market?

Typically, entry to currency trading had been restricted to banking enterprises, such as main financial institutions, industrial financial institutions and also purchase finance institutions. That?s the reason it runs using something referred to as the interbank marketplace.

Even so, the amount of neo financial institution members inside Forex market, such as international businesses, cash supervisors, cash brokers and private speculators, is increasing quickly. And because of the actual fairly little bit of funds needed to open up an investing consideration (usually $500) Foreign exchange will be opening in order to a lot more people continuously. If you are more than 18, get access to the internet your enough cash to open a trading account, the world of Forex trading is actually accessible to you.

Just when was forex available for buying and selling?

While Forex won?t exist inside a standard change, it does not take only Round-the-clock financial market place in the world. Forex currency trading will begin every day in Modern australia then movements world wide since the significant worldwide real estate markets within Tokyo, Birmingham as well as The big apple available.

Put simply, there?s always traders someplace in the world who will be make an effort to investing foreign currencies. Which means you will make positions and reply to significant interpersonal, financial along with political events nite and day. Nevertheless, there exists a brief sleep period coming from shut regarding exchanging for the United states fiscal market on Friday until investing will begin around australia on Monday morning hours. Nonetheless, due to the time variances around the globe, this era just lasts for about 48 hours.

What is an exchanging margin?

Forex trading investments come in plenty of $100,500. When you present that amount of money to hide your situation prior to deciding to can trade, the market industry would always once again always be on a banks and other institutional people. So brokerages established the principle associated with perimeter trading. Essentially they allow individuals to buy and sell $100,Thousand hindrances of currency exchange whether they can produce an component of security towards possible deficits.

As an example, they will often allow individuals to industry over an edge involving 1% (in contrast, conventional stock brokers usually have to have a 50% perimeter). This means that they can trade $100,000 blocks, furnished his or her account consists of at the very least $100,1000 by 1% = $1000. One thousand dollars can safeguard your dealer in opposition to any probable deficits that their client can make (foreign currency values rarely go up and down by simply a lot more than 1% within a morning). If your buyer?s accounts can be reduced through losses (i.electronic. lowering the broker?s protection under appropriate ranges), the particular dealer can close all investments and also demand one more put in prior to even more deals can be produced.

Exchanging margin lets people to manage huge amounts of foreign currency wiith fairly small amounts of capital (often 50, Hundred as well as 190 occasions the quantity of funds they have put in). This may lead to substantial benefits, yet boosts the likelihood of dropping the majority of or perhaps your investment finance.

Just how much does it charge?

Because of the exchanging margin provided by most Foreign exchange brokers, it?s possible to open a free account and obtain began buying and selling using a comparatively small amount of funds.

Currency trading trades come in lots of $100,Thousand. Nonetheless, nearly all Forexs brokes gives you an influence ratio all the way to 100:One, so that you have the ability to management any $100,500 invest as low as $1000 with your accounts. A few agents will provide influence associated with 2 hundred:A single and even 500:1, that allows you to commence with as low as $500 or perhaps $250 in your consideration.

Nonetheless, remember to remember that despite the fact that increased control enables you to improve your profit potential, it also raises the danger aspect. The larger the control ratio, smaller investing change that is to be forced to eliminate your current trading capital. So choose the level of power that you employ wisely.
For new dealers, it could be safer to begin with power of Twenty:One or 55:1. This will improve the amount you?ll want to available a forex account, however it will certainly decrease the probability of seeing all your exchanging funds go away because of a small change in the price of the currency exchange.

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College preperation event at Albany Medical College

ALBANY -Parents of students in grades 7 through 12 are invited to a free event designed to help them prepare their children to succeed in high school and to prepare both parents and teens for college and the future.

Some of the region?s leading educators and career development and health professionals will discuss topics including careers of the future, getting the most out of the high school years, how adolescent health can affect academic achievement, and financial aid and scholarships.

The symposium is sponsored by Albany Medical College?s Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) in celebration of the 25th anniversary of STEP in New York State. STEP prepares historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged elementary and secondary school students for college and professional careers in the scientific, technical, health-related or other licensed professions. Albany Medical College?s STEP Program, created 20 years ago, is one of only five STEP Programs in the Capital Region.

The event will be held at Albany Medical College on Saturday, June 2, from 9:30-3p.

For more information or to register, call Marva Richards at (518) 262-5982.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Iraqi president calls for dialogue to solve crisis

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jeff gordon