Young baseball squad fights through early losses remains determined to win

First-year Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals insists that the Buckeyes (1-2) not set specific goals as they progress through this season, though he will demand a “fighting mentality.”“We’re too young and too inexperienced to have these expectations of, ‘We should win all our games,’ or, ‘We should do this, this and that,’” Beals said. “We need to go out and establish ourselves as a baseball team before we start setting up what our goals are.”Beals has emphasized an approach that he says will help build a great team.“We have expectations about going through the process (of improving) the quality of our at-bat, the quality of our pitches,” Beals said.Redshirt senior right fielder Brian DeLucia has already bought into his new coach’s thinking.“For right now, our expectations aren’t very extensive in terms of where we want to be at the end of the season,” DeLucia said. “We’re gonna take it game by game.”With 19 underclassmen on its 33-player roster, OSU is a young team. DeLucia said the team’s youth is part of the reason for tempering predictions about wins and losses.“We’ve got a lot of young guys on this team,” DeLucia said. “We’ve got a lot of learning experiences, a lot of obstacles to overcome.”DeLucia also said his only personal expectation for the season was that he and his teammates would “fight like dogs.” Having already played their first three games, Beals’ players have proven to be resilient.While competing in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida on Friday and Saturday, OSU dropped its first two games, losing, 11-5, and, 2-0, to Cincinnati and No. 20 Louisville, respectively. The Buckeyes then eked out an 8-7 win on Saturday against No. 23 St. John’s in a game that lasted 11 innings.Beals pointed to Sunday’s win, his first as OSU’s coach, as evidence of the Buckeyes’ unwavering effort on the field.“It’s gonna take all of us, and a great example of that was the Sunday win,” Beals said. “We had to go deep into our bullpen. It took a lot of guys, and we ended up laying down a bunt to win a ball game.” In Beals’ eyes, the path to success is very simple.“Anyway, anyhow, anybody,” Beals said, “we gotta get that mentality to just fight and claw to get every success we can.”There is no set number of wins that the team is striving for, but redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Paul Geuy said the outlook is positive.“Expectations are quite high,” Geuy said. “It’s going to be a good year, definitely.” read more

Buckeyes among contenders for No 1 seed

Usually, when a team vying for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament loses late in the regular season, there is cause for concern. But that concern can be alleviated when all the other teams looking for No. 1 seeds also happen to lose. That’s exactly what happened last week. With its loss to Purdue on Sunday, No. 2 Ohio State (26-2, 13-2 Big Ten) was able to maintain its grip on a top tournament seed last week because No. 3 Kansas (26-2, 11-2 Big 12), No. 4 Pittsburgh (24-3, 12-2 Big East) and No. 5 Texas (24-4, 12-1 Big 12) lost. This allowed fifth-ranked Duke (25-2, 12-1 ACC) to jet to No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. Jerry Palm, bracketology expert and owner of CollegeRPI.com, said the Blue Devils’ ascension in the rankings isn’t necessarily deserved. “Duke went from No. 5 to No. 1 because the four teams ahead of them lost,” Palm told The Lantern, “not because Duke’s better.” One of Duke’s losses came to Florida State (19-7, 9-3 ACC), whom the Buckeyes beat, 58-44, Nov. 30 on the road. Duke’s other loss came Jan. 30 to then-unranked St. John’s (17-9, 9-5 Big East). OSU’s two losses came to No. 12 Wisconsin (20-6, 10-4 Big Ten) and No. 8 Purdue (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten). In Palm’s most recent bracket, Pittsburgh, OSU, No. 6 San Diego State (27-1, 12-1 Mountain West) and Kansas are all No. 1 seeds with Texas and Duke right on the cusp. He said Pittsburgh and OSU clearly have the best résumés at this point in the season. Despite losing to No. 7 BYU (25-2, 11-1 Mountain West) on Jan. 26, San Diego State remains a viable contender for a top seed, even though it plays in the lesser-known Mountain West Conference. Behind leading scorer and rebounder Kawhi Leonard — who’s averaging a double-double with 15.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game — the Aztecs are in a better position for a No. 1 seed now than anyone could have anticipated. They get a rematch against BYU on Sunday in a game that could solidify their position. Palm said that of the top four teams to lose last week, the Longhorns’ loss to Nebraska (18-8, 6-6 Big 12) was “the worst” loss of the group. The Cornhuskers are fighting for a chance at an at-large bid, and the loss dropped Texas to No. 5. The Buckeyes will be favored in each of their three remaining regular season games — against Indiana (12-15, 3-11 Big Ten), on the road against Penn State (14-12, 7-8 Big Ten) and the rematch game against Wisconsin — and they need a solid showing in the Big Ten Tournament to warrant the No. 1 overall seed in the Big Dance, Palm said. “It’s a grind,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “I’m glad I’ve chosen the attitude I’ve always had in my approach to coaching — I’m not looking back. “Every day in college basketball is survival mode; there’s no doubt about that.” The other most likely contender for the top overall seed is Pittsburgh, which will have to face a gauntlet of Big East teams finishing off its regular season and in its conference tournament. The Big East is arguably the best conference in college basketball. read more

Note 10 Plus specs vs iPhone XS Max OnePlus 7 Pro and

first_img iPhone XS Max Tags Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID; Memoji No 12GB Note 10 Plus vs. iPhone XS Max, OnePlus 7 Pro and LG V50 specs £1,099 (64GB), £1,249 (256GB), £1,449 (512GB) All phones have their strengths and weaknesses, at least on paper. For instance, the Note 10 Plus has the biggest screen and battery, the iPhone XS Max has secure face scanning, the OnePlus 7 Pro is the least expensive of the bunch and the LG V50 has the sharpest display. To see how the devices stack up against one another, check out our chart, which compares each phone spec-by-spec. OnePlus 7 Pro Connector 256GB, 512GB No 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,688×1,242 pixels Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier 157.5×77.4×7.7 mm $669 (128GB/6GB); $699 (256GB/8GB); $749 (256GB/12GB) Apple A12 Bionic 458 ppi reading • Note 10 Plus specs vs. iPhone XS Max, OnePlus 7 Pro and LG V50 ThinQ Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus look incredible 498 ppi No Expandable storage 128GB, 256GB 2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 See All 6.2×3.0x.3 in 6.26×3.0x0.33 in 6.67-inch AMOLED; 3,120×1,440 pixels 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 62 Photos Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, or Samsung Exynos 9825 7.27 oz; 206g 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm Price off-contract (USD) Galaxy Note and Note 10 Plus are here to wow you 159.1×76.1x 8.3mm iOS 12 162.3×77.2×7.9 mm Storage $1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB) Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 6.4-inch OLED; 3,120×1,440 pixels Processor Price (GBP) 516 ppi Battery 6.39×3.04×0.31 in Price (AUD) Video capture Samsung Event 4K Lightning Post a comment 48-megapixel (standard), 8-megapixel (telephoto), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle) 2TB In-screen LG Samsung Apple OnePlus 10-megapixel Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie Weight (Ounces, Grams) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto), 3D depth (HQVGA) Now playing: Watch this: 564 ppi 3,174-mAh (unconfirmed by Apple)center_img • 6GB, 8GB, 12GB 6.46 oz.; 183g 8-megapixel (standard), 5-megapixel (wide) In-screen AU$1,799 (64GB), AU$2,049 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB) Starts at £69 (EE) None (Face ID) Dimensions (Millimeters) Converted: AU$962 (128GB/6GB); AU$1,006 (256GB/8GB); AU$1,076 (256GB/12GB) Apple Starts at AU$1,728 4,000-mAh Fingerprint sensor 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 3,040×1,440 pixels Dimensions (Inches) Share your voice Back 12-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) Wireless PowerShare; water resistant (IP68); S Pen stylus with Bluetooth connectivity and Air actions The Note 10 with the iPhone XS Max. Sarah Tew/CNET At a Brooklyn press event on Aug. 7, Samsung announced the Note 10, Note 10 Plus and Note 10 5G, three phones that have big screens, an embedded S Pen stylus and multiple rear cameras. Since the first Galaxy Note launch in 2011, the Note phones have stood out as part of Samsung’s ultraluxe line. The devices are usually outfitted with a steep price and top-of-the-line hardware, and represent the best of Samsung’s best.   But Samsung is not alone. With phone sales slumping globally, the crowded phone industry is more competitive than ever. Samsung’s main rival, Apple, has the iPhone XS Max, a phone with a brilliant 6.5-inch screen, a superfast processor and excellent dual rear cameras. On the Android side is the OnePlus 7 Pro, a cheaper phone that ultimately earned CNET’s Editors’ Choice award in June. Lastly, LG, which is based in South Korea along with Samsung, released the V50 ThinQ 5G. The V50 features a headphone jack, five cameras and next-gen 5G connectivity. USB-C USB-C Headphone jack Mobile software No USB-C Up to 1TB Special features LG V50 ThinQ 5G Android 9.0 Pie 90Hz display, pop-up selfie camera, dual-SIM, Warp Charging 5G connectivity; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging, Quick Charge 3.0 6.91 oz; 196g $1,099 128GB 4,300-mAh $1,000 (Verizon); $1,152 (Sprint) Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand 4K 7-megapixel Display size, resolution 0 RAM 4,000-mAh Mobile Phones 6GB 4K Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 12-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (telephoto) TBD 16-megapixel Front-facing camera 7.3oz; 208g Not disclosed Yes 10:55 6.4×2.99×0.35 in Camera TBD No 4K Pixel density £649 (128GB/6GB); £699 (256GB/8GB); £799 (256GB/12GB)last_img read more

RBI Holds Rate Says Tracking Govt Fiscal Consolidation and Inflation

first_imgReutersThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) chose to hold interest rates steady at 7.75%, leaving the possibility of a rate cut after the Narendra Modi government presents its first full budget on 28 February. The RBI last cut rates by 25 basis points about three weeks ago.The central bank has cut its statutory lending ratio (SLR) by 50 basis points, freeing up banks to increase their lending. Statutory lending is the amount of bonds the lenders must set aside, which now comes down to 21.5% of deposits.The RBI asked the banks to use the headroom provided by the cut in SLR to increase their lending to productive sector on competitive terms, to support investment and growth.RBI also announced initiatives to develop markets, including allowing foreign institutional investors to reinvest government bond coupons even after exhausting the investment threshold limit.According to a Reuters poll, most economists expected the RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan to hold rates steady, and to cut rates only after the fiscal budget to be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 28 February, provided the fiscal deficit also sees a decline.RBI sought more comfort on inflation continuing to ease and noted that it would await action from the government regarding the nation’s finances.With no new ‘substantial’ developments on the disinflationary process or on the fiscal outlook since January this year, the RBI rationalised it was appropriate to maintain rates.With oil prices tumbling and inflation receding, RBI cut rates in a surprise move on 15 January, by 25 basis points. The investor community is looking forward to the RBI cutting rates to help boost loan off-take and to make cost of funds cheaper. Markets are factoring in further rate cuts over the rest of the year and for inflation to continue to remain subdued, helped by fall in oil prices and bigger-than-expected falls in domestic vegetables and fruits.Consumer prices rose by 5% in December 2014, within the RBI target of 6% by January 2016.last_img read more

Cumilla road crash kills two

first_img3 killed in a clashTwo people were killed and three others injured in a road accident at Kursap on Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Debidwar upazila of Cumilla on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.Inspector Monirul Islam, in-charge of Eliotganj highway police outpost, said a Cumilla-bound microbus was hit by a speeding vehicle from behind around 7:30am, leaving the two dead on the spot and three others injured.The injured were taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital, he said, adding the deceased could not be identified immediately.All the victims were travelling by the microbus.last_img read more

Study finds single photons cannot exceed the speed of light

first_img Observing a Photon no Longer a Seek-and-Destroy Mission The experimental set-up used to detect the maximum speed of a single photon. Image credit: Shanchao Zhang, et al. ©2011 American Physical Society The scientists found that the precursor wave front of a single photon always travels at c, like the signal velocity of large groups of photons. The main wave packet of a single photon travels no faster than c in any medium, and can be delayed up to 500 ns in a slow light medium where the group velocity is slower than c. “In the slow light (with a group velocity slower than c) case, the central part of the main wave packet follows the group velocity,” Du explained. “When the medium density increases (with more atoms), the slow group velocity decreases. In the fast light or superluminal (with a group velocity faster than c or negative group velocity) case, the main wave packet seems to get ‘confused’ and does not follow the group velocity. …We are sure that the main wave packet cannot travel faster than the precursor, which travels at c.”The results agree with previous studies that have analyzed single photons whose precursor and main wave form have not been separated, which have reported an oscillatory structure. The interference of the precursor and the slightly delayed main waveform can explain this structure.In addition to bringing some closure to the debate on the true speed of information carried by a single photon, the result that single photons cannot travel faster than the speed of light will also likely have practical applications by giving scientists a better understanding of the transmission of quantum information.“Because the amplitude of the rising front of the optical precursor is lossless in any medium (if the rise time of the edge is infinitely short or zero), optical precursors can be used to carry information for optical communication in a loss or absorptive medium, such as underwater optical communication,” Du said, noting that optical precursors experience some loss in practice.At the moment, as Du explained, optical precursor communication is limited by current technology, so it is not yet practical. However, he thinks that the technology will improve to make the method competitive with current communication techniques.“In the future, when the electro-optical technology gets improved such that a step rising time can be as short as <10 femtoseconds and can also be detected by a high-speed photodetector directly, optical precursors will have big applications in optical communication; of course, the single photon precursors can be used for quantum communication.“One may argue that now we have femtosecond lasers which generate pulses with a length of a few femtoseconds,” he noted. “However, we cannot code information on these pulses and they cannot be directly measured by a photodector with current technology.” More information: Shanchao Zhang, et al. “Optical Precursor of a Single Photon.” Physical Review Letters 106, 243602 (2011). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.243602 Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Study finds single photons cannot exceed the speed of light (2011, June 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-photons.htmlcenter_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — The rule that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, c, is one of the most fundamental laws of nature. But since this speed limit has only been experimentally demonstrated for information carried by large groups of photons, physicists have recently speculated as to whether single photons and the information carried by them may be able to exceed the speed of light. In a new study, physicists have performed the difficult task of producing single photons with controllable waveforms, and have shown that single photons also obey the speed limit c. The physicists, led by Professor Shengwang Du from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong, China, have published their study on the ultimate speed of a single photon in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. The results have implications for the maximum speed of information transmission by confirming that single photons obey causality; that is, an effect cannot occur before its cause.“The greatest significance of our work is that our experimental results bring closure to the debate on the true speed of information carried by a single photon,” Du told PhysOrg.com. “It deepens our understanding of the particle-wave duality of photons and the nature of quantum mechanics. It provides people a clear picture of photons (since the name was invented by Einstein more than 100 years ago) and corrects some ‘wrong’ and confusing pictures from before.”With recent advances in technology over the past several years, many groups of scientists have been investigating exactly how fast light can travel. Although previous studies have found that the “group velocity” of light can travel faster than c, the “signal velocity” – the speed at which information travels – cannot. In light of this finding, scientists have wondered whether single photons travel at the group velocity or the signal velocity.To address this question, Du and his coauthors’ demonstration required not only producing single photons, but separating the optical precursor, which is the wave-like propagation at the front of an optical pulse, from the rest of the photon. Previous experiments based on macroscopic electromagnetic wave propagation (involving lots of photons) have shown that the optical precursor is the fastest part in the propagation of an optical pulse. But this study is the first to experimentally show that optical precursors exist at the single-photon level, and that they are the fastest part of the single-photon wave packet.In order to separate the optical precursor from the rest of the photon, the scientists generated a pair of photons, and then passed one of the photons through a group of cold rubidium atoms, while using an electro-optic modulator to shape the photon’s waveform. The atoms had an effect called electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT), which enabled the scientists to separate the single-photon precursors from the main wave packet. As the optical precursor and main wave packet traveled through a second group of rubidium atoms, the scientists took measurements on the speed of the two photon components. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

UK media and telecom regulator Ofcom has named Phi

first_imgUK media and telecom regulator Ofcom has named Philip Marnick as group director in charge of spectrum. Marnick joins the regulator from UK Broadband where he was chief technology officer. He has also worked for O2, BT, Orange, J-Phone/Softbank Mobile, Extreme Mobile and SpinVox/Nuance. He is also a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board.Marnick will join in November and will head Ofcom’s Spectrum Policy Group, responsible for clearing, awarding and licensing spectrum.last_img

America is the incarceration nation The US jails

first_imgAmerica is the incarceration nation. The US jails 760 per 100,000 residents—that’s three and half times more than the next developed country on the list: Israel. “Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today,” writes the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik. “Over all, there are now more people under ‘correctional supervision’ in America—more than 6 million—than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height.” As recently as 1980, America had only 150 incarcerated per 100,000 of its population. Then the prison business became a growth industry boosted by the War on Drugs. First Lady Nancy Reagan urged us to “Just Say No,” while Corrections Corporation of America (CXW) was saying “Yes, yes, yes.” The drug war, reported Fareed Zakaria for Time magazine, pushed drug convictions “from 15 inmates per 100,000 adults in 1980 to 148 in 1996, an almost tenfold increase. More than half of America’s federal inmates today are in prison on drug convictions. In 2009 alone, 1.66 million Americans were arrested on drug charges, more than were arrested on assault or larceny charges. And 4 of 5 of those arrests were simply for possession.” This has been a boon for prison companies like CXW and The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO). These shares have been favorites of yield-hungry investors. GEO is yielding an eye-popping 6.8%, while CXW’s yield is 5.7%. However, investors might want to think twice before locking up retirement money in gray-bar-motel stocks. What has kept prisons full are marijuana arrests, which, according to statistics from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and cited in the November edition of The Socionomist, rose from two per hour in 1965 to a peak of 100 arrests per hour in 2006. By 2011, the rate had fallen to 86 per hour. Pot arrests were over half of all drug arrests in 2009 but had fallen to 43% by 2011. How long will cash-strapped governments keep throwing money at drug enforcement when they could be raking in billions in tax money from legal marijuana sales? According to Time, “The money that states spend on prisons has risen at six times the rate of spending on higher education in the past 20 years.” For instance, “In 2011, California spent $9.6 billion on prisons vs. $5.7 billion on the UC system and state colleges. Since 1980, California has built one college campus and 21 prisons. A college student costs the state $8,667 per year; a prisoner costs it $45,006 a year.” Meanwhile, Colorado and Washington voters have made recreational marijuana legal in those states, with a tax rate in the Rocky Mountain state of 25%. This will be a bonanza for the state’s coffers. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Colorado collected just over $9 million in taxes on $329 million in medical marijuana sales, a 50% increase over 2012. Recreational sales should be many times greater. And while Colorado’s government has made no official estimate, a study from the Colorado Center on Law and Policy projected the tax could produce $60 million in new revenue and savings annually in the first years of legalization. Some in Washington believe that state could generate $1.9 billion in marijuana-tax revenue in five years. These kinds of numbers will make other states take notice, not to mention Washington DC. Prohibition ended in 1933, and the next president who wants to be as popular as FDR will end marijuana prohibition in the US. It’s likely just a matter of time. Elliott Wave Theorist Robert Prechter wrote in 1995 that Prohibition was enacted in 1920 at the start of a boom, and it was repealed in 1933 at the depths of the Great Depression. Similarly, he explained, “Today’s Drug War began in 1982, the year Cycle Wave V of Supercycle wave (V) blasted off, and will undoubtedly be abandoned at the bottom of the next depression. When drug prohibition is repealed, take it as a sign of an exhausted will, and therefore a bottom in social mood, and therefore a bullish signal for investments and business.” As it stands now, 20 states and Washington DC have legalized marijuana for medical use, along with Colorado and Washington state allowing both medical and recreational use. “Marijuana legislation has gone from something very abstract and something you may have supported to something very real and also possible,” Erik Altieri, director of communications for NORML says. “And it’s happening.” Alaska voters will have the opportunity to legalize marijuana in 2014, and The Atlantic reports, “Currently campaigners are pushing bills to legalize in state legislatures in Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. In Oregon, there is both a legislative push and an attempt to put legalization on the ballot—despite a similar bill failing by nearly 7 points in 2012.” What’s good for state coffers and good for liberty will be bad for the prison business. The share prices of GEO and CXW have recently rolled over just as the prison population has fallen for the third straight year. “The recent decline in prison population follows an explosion in incarceration since the late 1970s,” CBS News reports. “The prison population grew every year between 1978 and 2009, according to the BJS, rising from 307,276 to a high of 1,615,487.” Law enforcement’s reefer madness is in its last days. If the trend continues, empty penitentiaries may soon dot the landscape from sea to shining sea. Don’t get caught in an empty cell.last_img read more

By Justin Spittler editor Casey Daily Dispatch

first_imgBy Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch Terra Tech plummeted 36% yesterday. Terra Tech isn’t a household name. But it’s the largest publicly traded U.S. marijuana stock. It wasn’t the only major U.S. marijuana stock that plunged yesterday, either. MassRoots, a marijuana media company, fell 40%. General Cannabis, a marijuana services company, fell 40% as well. Even Scotts Miracle-Gro got swept up in the hurricane—and it’s not even a marijuana company. It’s a fertilizer company. But many of its customers are marijuana growers. It was a full-blown panic.• Dispatch readers aren’t used to seeing marijuana stocks falling… That’s because the industry’s been in an explosive rally since last summer. In fact, the U.S. Marijuana Index, which tracks 15 major U.S. marijuana stocks, has more than tripled in value since July. So, what triggered this bloodbath?• The answer is Jeff Sessions… Sessions is the U.S. attorney general. He’s also a notorious drug warrior. In fact, he once called marijuana “slightly less awful” than heroin. He also believes “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” In short, he’s no fan of marijuana. That said, Sessions has largely left the marijuana industry alone since he was sworn into office in February. But on Tuesday, Sessions said he will rescind the Cole Memo. This policy tells federal prosecutors to treat marijuana as a state issue. In other words, Sessions just opened the door for a possible federal crackdown. That’s a big concern for marijuana companies. • It’s also why marijuana stocks tanked on Wednesday… But here’s the thing… Sessions can’t kill the legal marijuana industry. It’s simply too big. The U.S. marijuana market is already a $6.5 billion industry. And it’s expected to grow to $50 billion by 2026. That would make it bigger than the American craft beer and chocolate markets combined. What’s more, 165,000 people already work in the U.S. marijuana industry. And employment will skyrocket as the industry grows. Marijuana sales are also a huge tax revenue generator for states where it’s legal. Take Colorado. It legalized medicinal marijuana in 2000. It then legalized recreational marijuana in 2014. Last year, Colorado did $1.3 billion in marijuana sales. And the state collected $200 million in tax revenues from marijuana sales. Colorado’s not alone, either. California, Washington, and Oregon all depend heavily on marijuana sales for tax revenue. These states would face serious budget problems if Sessions goes after the industry. Find out how to get ahead of this 35,000% growth here. — • Local politicians aren’t going to let that happen… Here’s a quote from Illinois State Senator Heather Steans: Consumers already have easy access to marijuana and rolling back this guidance is short sighted. Steans also said that cracking down on the industry will push more people to buy marijuana on the black market. Steans isn’t the only concerned politician fighting back, either. Yesterday, Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner called Sessions’ decision a “complete reversal,” noting that “Sessions told me there would be no plans to reverse the Cole memorandum.” Garden also said he will put a hold on all Justice Department nominations until Sessions reverses his stance. In short, Sessions would face immense pressure if he goes after the industry. The backlash would be next to impossible to overcome. Not only that, the average American favors marijuana legalization. According to a recent Gallup survey, 64% of Americans think cannabis should be totally legal. That’s an all-time high.• Investors are realizing Sessions will fail, too… Just look at the U.S. Marijuana Index I mentioned earlier. It’s up 8% today. Many individual U.S. marijuana stocks are up even more. In fact, both Terra Tech and MassRoots are up 19% as we go to press. Those are monster gains. But you must realize two things… One, most U.S. marijuana stocks are still well off their all-time highs. They’re a bargain compared to where they were trading before Sessions opened his mouth. And more importantly, as I’ve shown you over the last few months, the bull market in marijuana stocks is just getting started. So, consider buying marijuana stocks while there’s still blood in the streets. Just remember to treat marijuana stocks as a speculation. Don’t bet more money than you can afford to lose. Use stop losses. And take profits when you get them.Regards,Justin Spittler New Orleans, LA January 5, 2018 P.S. Legal marijuana is now the fastest-growing business on earth. Forbes even wrote that it’s “the best ground-floor opportunity we’ve seen since the early days of the internet.” And while fortunes have been made with marijuana, most folks still don’t know how to find the best pot stocks. If you think marijuana legalization is inevitable, and want to get in on the ground floor of the most promising marijuana companies today, then you’re invited to join Doug Casey, Nick Giambruno, and me on January 10 at 8 p.m. ET for a special online event. We’re calling it the Marijuana Millionaire Summit, and it’s absolutely free. Click here to sign up today. Chart of the Day: Frontier Markets Continue to RiseBy Joe Withrow, analyst, Casey Research Frontier market stocks are soaring… As we told you back in October, frontier markets are countries with stock markets that are less established than those in emerging markets like India or China. They are “pre-emerging markets” that are less regulated and more volatile. This scares many investors away… but at Casey Research we look for great opportunities that other investors won’t go near. The iShares MSCI Frontier 100 ETF (FM), which tracks 120 frontier market stocks, has gained 37% since the start of 2017. And it’s popped 11% since last November. Compare that to the S&P 500, which is only up 21% and 6%, respectively, over the same periods. And this story is just beginning… Frontier markets only make up about 6% of the global economy today, but they will become 25% of the global economy by 2020. And here’s the best part… frontier market stocks are still a hidden gem. FM only has $739 million in assets. That’s tiny. For comparison, the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) maintains assets of $145 billion. And even the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM)—another investment on our radar—has $41 billion in assets. Given the growth potential, frontier markets are still seriously under-owned… and we still think they’re a great deal today. —Joe Withrow Reader Mailbag Today, a reader writes in agreeing with Doug’s take on the war on some drugs: Doug’s essay hits the nail right on the head as usual! The people all over the world would be better off with governments national, state, local and international and organizations like IMF, World Bank, UN, etc. not interfering with our lives. However, it won’t happen until “The People”—and I mean all over the world—stand up for their freedom. Personally, I don’t see it happening in my lifetime. However, there are some promising things occurring, secessionist movements in Europe and it appears also in the USA. Time will tell.—William Recommended Linkcenter_img January 12th could be the start of a medical revolution. You’re Invited to Attend the Marijuana Millionaire Summit (It’s FREE for our Readers) If you agree that marijuana legalization is inevitable… And if you want the chance to become a marijuana millionaire in 2018… instead of sitting on the sidelines watching others get rich from penny pot stocks… Then you’re invited to attend the Marijuana Millionaire Summit. 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Single high dose of radiation targeted directly to tumor is safe and

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 29 2019A single high dose of radiation that can be delivered directly to the tumor within a few minutes is a safe and effective technique for treating men with low risk prostate cancer, according to a study presented at the ESTRO 38 conference.Radiotherapy traditionally involves a series of lower dose treatments that take place over several days or week. The new treatment is called high dose-rate brachytherapy and it delivers radiation via a set of tiny tubes.Researchers say this technique could offer an effective treatment that is convenient for patients and brings potential time and cost savings for hospitals.The research was presented by Dr Hannah Tharmalingam, a Clinical Research Fellow at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Northwood, and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK.She said: “Brachytherapy, where we use temporary catheters to directly treat tumours, has already proved to be a good treatment for prostate cancer, both in terms of killing the cancer cells and minimising side effects. This usually means patients make four to six visits to the hospital for a series of lower dose treatments. We wanted to see whether we could get similar results but with just one high dose treatment, saving time for the patient and the hospital.”The research included 441 men with prostate cancer who were treated at one of seven UK hospitals [1] between 2013 and 2018. Their cancers were classified, depending on how likely they were to spread, as either low risk (total of 44 men), medium risk (285 men) or high risk (112 men). All were treated with a single high dose (19 Gy) of radiation; 166 men also received hormone therapy but none had any surgery or chemotherapy.Researchers monitored the men’s progress for an average of 26 months. They measured the levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in the men’s blood two years after the treatment and again three years after the treatment. PSA is considered to be a good indicator of how well prostate cancer treatment has worked. If levels increase, this can indicate the cancer has returned.Overall, after two years, 94% of men showed no sign of the cancer returning, according to their PSA levels. For men with low risk cancer this figure was 100%, in men with medium risk it was 95% and in men with high risk cancer it was 92%. After three years, the overall figure was 88%, and in men with low, medium and high risk cancers, the figures were 100%, 86% and 75% respectively.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerOf the 27 men with raised PSA levels, researchers were able to identify where the cancer had returned in 25. In 15, the cancer had returned in the prostate. In the rest, it had spread to other parts of the body.At the time of the treatment, there were no serious side effects. Later on, two men developed urethral strictures that required surgery and two developed rectal fistulae that required colostomy.Dr Tharmalingam said: “These results indicate that high dose-rate brachytherapy is a safe and effective treatment for men with low risk prostate cancer but further research is needed in medium and high risk patients to see if the results can be improved with a higher dose. This type of treatment offers an attractive alternative to surgery or other forms of radiotherapy as it has a comparatively low risk of side effects. It is also a patient-friendly option because the treatment can be given quickly at a single hospital visit.”Dr Tharmalingam and her colleagues hope to continue studying the impact of using this type of radiotherapy, especially in patients with higher risk prostate cancer who are more likely to suffer a recurrence. She believes it would be possible, given the low risk of side effects, to modify the treatment or increase the dose even further in higher risk cases.Dr Bradley Pieters, chair of ESTRO’s brachytherapy committee and a radiation oncologist at the Academic University Medical Centers, The Netherlands, who was not involved in the study, said: “This research suggests that a single treatment of high dose-rate brachytherapy could be a very good option for many men with prostate cancer. The technology and expertise needed to deliver this treatment is not yet available in all cancer centers. However, given that it may offer time and money savings for hospitals as well as benefits to patients, there is a good argument for investing in this type of radiotherapy.”Source: https://www.estro.org/last_img read more