The Importance of Exercise for Senior Adults

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There are many people who are in their 50s or 60s who decide to cease their fitness activities because they believe that they no longer need them or that they are dangerous considering their condition. However, they are wrong. If you want to keep your fitness level, you must get involved in physical activity because in this way you will feel better and your will be much healthier. The good news is that there are a huge number of exercises ideal for senior adults. Some of these exercises may be conducted at home while others should be practiced in a local gym. In any case, it is crucial to remember that exercise and physical activity come with many benefits for both the mental, emotional and physical health of the elderly.

One of the main reasons why exercise and fitness activities are important for senior citizens is the fact that with this type of activity they will be able to lower back pain and boost energy. The vast majority of senior adults are feeling pain in the back. As a result of this constant and persistent pain, they will soon notice that their energy is drained. In addition, such pain will accelerate the natural process of aging. However, exercise makes both the back muscles and the core muscles much stronger. This is the best way to prevent injuries and to ease back pain. People can strengthen their muscles, bones, tissues and joints at any age. Arthritis symptoms can be soothed with exercise too.

Furthermore, exercise and fitness activities help senior adults to enhance the work of their digestive system and the metabolism of sugar. In other words, glucose found in the body will be absorbed and burned in a proper way when you are physically active. The elderly is more prone to diseases like diabetes and exercise lowers the chances of developing such diseases. If they exercise regularly the digestive system won’t experience problems like constipation or diarrhea – two common health issues in senior citizens.

Senior adults looking for easy and simple exercises can try stretching. This is a very important element of any fitness program. Stretching is crucial because It prepares the muscles and joints for physical activity. However, make sure that you are not over-stretching your body parts because this can lead to muscle tearing. It is the best idea to start with short stretching sessions and gradually increase the time spent on this activity.

In addition, exercises dedicated to strengthening must be performed at least three times a week. Senior adults should use lightweights and at the same time, they must work on finding the optimal breathing pattern while exercising. Many senior citizens are advised to practice aquatic exercises because they can improve vitality and strength and water keeps the joints and bones safe.

In the end, we should not forget that everyday household chores can have positive effect on their health. The elderly must remain active all the time because this is the only way to live a healthy and happy life.

Pitt Opens 2016-17 Season with First Full Practice

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PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball team, led by head coach Kevin Stallings, took the court at the Petersen Events Center Friday afternoon for the first full practice of the 2016-17 campaign. The Panthers return six of their top seven scorers from last year’s team that finished 21-12 overall and reached the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in the past 15 years.

 

“This is when you start putting everything together,” said Stallings. “Putting this guy here and that guy there and trying to figure out where they all fit the best when you’re putting your team together. It’s critically important that we hit the ground running as fast as we can, and not waste time doing things that aren’t beneficial to the group. The players have all bought in, they’ve been great. Now we just have to do our best to get everything put in place. Get the schemes put in, as quickly as we can, so that we can refine them and practice them leading into our first games.”

 

Pitt is the only program in the ACC with two all-conference performers on the roster in Jamel Artis (3rd team – 2015) and Michael Young(3rd team – 2016). The tandem combined to average 30.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game a year ago and are once again expected to form one of the top duos in the ACC. Young, one of three returning all-league players from a year ago, ranked among the ACC leaders last season in scoring (14th – 15.7 ppg.), rebounds (12th – 6.9 rpg.) and field goal percentage (5th – .537). Artis delivered 14.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game with a team-high 49 three-point field goals. The Baltimore, Md., native was one of three players in the ACC to average 14 points, four rebounds and three assists per game in 2015-16.

 

Seniors Sheldon Jeter and Chris Jones also return to give the Panthers one of the most experienced cores in the league. Jeter averaged 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game to establish himself as one of the top sixth-men in the ACC last season. He shot 53.3 percent from the field and also led the team with 24 blocked shots. Jones scored 6.1 points per game a year ago and is poised to build on that number under an offensive system that will take better advantage of his athleticism and cutting ability. He has played in 97 career games with 30 starting assignments.

 

“Excited doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling going into the season,” said Jeter. “It’s my last go around and probably the best team I’ve been on since I’ve been in college. I’m ecstatic, I’m anxious, I’m just ready to go.”

 

Pitt’s senior quartet is supplemented by rising local talents Ryan Luther and Cameron Johnson. Luther, a junior from Gibsonia, Pa., shot a team-high 58.3 percent from the field and averaged 5.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game last season. He scored in double-figures five times, including four times in ACC play. Johnson knocked down 30 three-point field goals and contributed 4.8 points in under 12 minutes per game. He posted a pair of 20-point games, including a career-high 24 points in an ACC Tournament win over Syracuse.

 

The remainder of Pitt’s roster is comprised of former JUCO standouts (Crisshawn Clark, Rozelle Nix and Jonathan Milligan), talented freshmen (Justice Kithcart and Corey Manigault) and steady walk-ons (Ryan Seelye and Zach Smith). Early season practices will be vital to the team’s development as this group looks to carve out roles within the team and the entire roster continues to familiarize itself with Stallings’ system.

Ray Jr. on Sports

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  1. Pitt Panthers basketball made news as they announced that their rivalry with West Virginia will resume for 4 years starting in 2017. The will play at the Petersen Event Center 2017 and 2019 and at the Mountaineer Coliseum in 2018 & 2020.
  2. I’m so glad that this game is returning, it should’ve never ended in 2012. (just like the Penn St. game) they can use the excuse of being in separate conferences all they want, but Pitt and Duquesne have been playing in difference conferences since 80’s-and they play every year. So it’s an excuse no more, and Pitt and WVU has proven it.
  3. According to news reports, Pitt HC Kevin Stallings and WVU HC Bob Huggins pushed hard for this rivalry to resume and I tip my hat to both of them. From what I heard, apparently former Pitt HC Jaime Dixon didn’t want this game to continue. I like Dixon, but apparently it took him getting out of the way for it to begin again.
  4. As for the basketball team itself, I don’t know what to make of it just yet. Yes, they have returning scorers Mike Brown and Sheldon Jeter, plus freshman Cory Manigault-who was is their top prospect. Hopefully redshirt Big Man Rozelle Nix will work out, because Pitt needs size at center. Nix missed all last season due to injury and apparently is expected to play a role this season. We shall see. As usual, the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is waiting and will be ready.
  5. Now onto Pitt Football…what in the world?? I honestly can’t believe for the second straight week that they went out like that-and blew a chance to win. Two weeks ago, it was Oklahoma State and last week it was against North Carolina. Pitt started 2-0 and now they’re 2-2(0-1, ACC) they should be 4-0, in my opinion.
  6. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Pitt’s pass defense is horrible. There’s no way they should rely on that unit to secure the victory at the end of games, because they’ve failed to do so. Shame on HC Pat Narduzzi for doing this two weeks in a row. They need to stop taking the ball out of QB Nate Peterman’s hands and let him throw the ball!
  7. Pitt’s next opponent is the Marshall Thundering Herd Saturday at 7:30 at Heinz Field. This is the first time that these 2 teams have ever played, which is cool. Marshall used to be the top Division 1 Subdivision team (before Boise State and Youngstown St. took over)
  8. Under Coach Doc Holliday, the Thundering Herd has averaged 11 victories a year over the past three seasons. Marshall fashioned a 23-4 record over the 2014-15 seasons. Their QB is Chase Morton who leads with 10 TDs, their RB is Keion Davis who averages 50.7 yards a game and their top WR is Josh Knight who averages 48 yards/game.
  9. I think Pitt will do well in this game-but they need to stretch the field with passes and unleash the pass rush because I trust the defensive backs about as far as I can throw my car.
  10. As for the rest of college football, here is the latest Top 5 AP poll: 1. Alabama (again!) Ohio State (No surprise)3. Louisville (and counting) 4. Michigan and 5. Clemson. Former Pitt HC Paul Chryst’s Wisconsin Badgers have moved up to #8 and the ACC’s Miami is ranked #14. Interesting.
  11. And now onto the Pittsburgh Steelers who looked a mess after getting blown out by the Philadelphia Eagles 34-3 on Sunday. I still believe that the Steelers underestimated the Eagles, especially rookie QB Carson Wentz-and got punched in the mouth for it.
  12. But that’s the past, and the Steelers now need to focus on their next opponent: The KC Chiefs Sunday night at 8:30pm. Like the Steelers, the Chiefs are 2-1. QB Alex Smith has 3 TDs, RB Spencer Ware leads on the ground (in the place of injured Jamaal Charles) and WR Travis Kelce leads in the air. Apparently they have injuries on defense as CB Phillip Gaines and Marcus Peters are injured and could miss Sunday’s game.
  13. The Steelers have injury concerns of their own as several missed practice due to injury Thursday: Safeties Sean Davis and Robert Golden, G Ramon Foster, C Cody Wallace, WR Eli Rogers, and LB Ryan Shadier. Not good at all. Friday’s practice will truly tell the whole story if any of these players have a chance to play Sunday.
  14. Of course, the good news is that RB Le’Veon Bell is back and his skill set will truly benefit the Steelers-especially since some of the WRs are still finding themselves-and yes, I’m referring to Markus Wheaton, who dropped 3 passes in Sunday’s loss.
  15. It also appears that CB Marcus Gilbert, whom the Steelers acquired from Cleveland will have a chance to play Sunday. No surprise that he hasn’t played much so far, as he needed to learn a new defense. He could also return kicks too.
  16. Speaking of the Browns, apparently WR Josh Gordon is making news again-and not the good kind as he’s entering a drug rehab. To be honest, it’s good news because he’s concerned about his life, but what a distraction that he’s been to a team who has suffered so much on the field and off the field. Gordon’s return is obviously on hold. I wish him the best.
  17. The Cincinnati Bengals are a very happy team right now as LB Vontaze Burfict has returned from his 4-game suspension due to his flagrant hits last season. Burfict will be a benefit to the team, but he will also be a distraction to the team if he continues his thuggish ways. Just stop trying to hurt players-period.
  18. Sorry to hear that Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is once again out due to a hairline fracture in his leg. It’s a shame that these players’ seasons are limited due to injury-this is the last thing that the Cowboys need.
  19. As for MLB, it’s official: The Pittsburgh Pirates are eliminated from the postseason. Of course, it didn’t take Einstein to see that coming. They were out of it after trading closer Mark Melancon…and I will continue to say that. Hopefully they can at least finish at .500.
  20. Continued prayers for the Miami Marlins organization and the family of P Josh Fernandez, who lost his life in a boating accident early Sunday. His funeral was Thursday. Just heartbreaking.

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Pitt-West Virginia Announce Renewal of Backyard Brawl

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PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University announced Thursday the renewal of the Backyard Brawl on the men’s basketball hardwood with a four-game series beginning next season. Pitt will host the Mountaineers in 2017 and 2019, while making the trip to Morgantown in 2018 and 2020.

 

“We are extremely excited to announce the renewal of this great rivalry,” said Athletic Director Scott Barnes. “Coach Stallings and his staff did an outstanding job working with their counterparts at West Virginia to help make this happen. The Pitt-West Virginia games will serve as marquee non-conference matchups that will garner heavy interest in the area and on the national stage.”

 

Pitt and West Virginia have met 184 times previously with the Panthers trailing, 96-88, in the all-time series. The two programs have not met since the 2011-12 season when both schools were members of the Big East Conference. Pitt has won 10 of the past 14 meetings and five of the past six contests at the Petersen Events Center.

 

“I saw the passion and intensity of the Pitt-West Virginia series from afar and felt it was important that we work to renew the series,” said head coach Kevin Stallings. “Our goal in scheduling is to put together games that will generate great interest from our amazing fan base as well as prepare our team for conference and postseason play. Bob Huggins is an outstanding coach and competing against his program enables us to accomplish both of those things. I can’t wait to witness this rivalry firsthand.”

The Best Employment Advice You Will Find

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Are you searching for a job? The pile of applications, resumes, and cover letters may be growing quite high. It can seem overwhelming at times, but it isn’t quite so daunting if you have a plan to tackle it all. Use the information in this article to form a plan, and then take a fresh approach to your job hunt!

When you are at work you should keep to yourself if you know that you can easily get involved in conflict. This is important because with so many different personalities at work, you will be sure to avoid those that will be sure to get you into a conflict, perhaps getting you fired.

Use LinkedIn and its resources. Their Q&A section is a great place to display your qualifications and expertise. You can also ask questions yourself to find out about industry prospects from other users.

It is good to know how much people in your chosen industry are getting paid so you do not low-ball yourself during the negotiation process. Don’t be afraid to go for it and ask for what you are worth. While this may happen, you do not want to look desperate in your applications either.

Instead of accepting that you do not have what it takes to land a specific job, ask yourself what you can do to become a better candidate. For example, if you lack experience with a certain software program commonly used in your chosen field, look for online tutorials and how-to books. MIT and other prestigious universities offer a variety of free, non-credit online courses. Topics range from marketing research to XHTML, and completing the programs demonstrates your willingness to go the extra mile.

Make certain that you bring a list of your references with you on the day of the interview if you did not already list them on your resume. This list will help the interviewer get an idea of the person you are, as your references should include names and telephone numbers for follow-up.

Prior to going for an interview for a job, it is helpful to know as much as you can about the company. When doing an interview, if you are able to talk with the interviewer about their company, it will make it look as you are very interested in working for them. Do your research by asking around about them or looking them up online.

When looking to get a job, you’ll want to go to a lot of different career fairs. Career fairs will help you figure out the kind of job you want. Also, you can strengthen your contact list with valuable acquaintances that can help you land a job.

If you are going to use someone as a reference for a job, make sure you give them the heads up. You don’t want to have a potential employer give someone a call, and they are not expecting it. This increases the likelihood that they will say something that could be damaging.

Do not take care of your personal business when you are at work. Only use your break time unless it is an absolute necessity. Even if your boss is lax on this rule you should not use it. You will gain a great deal of respect by showing that you are able to manage your life appropriately.

When you graduate college, put the pedal to the metal and apply for jobs as soon as you can. It is very tempting to sit back and wait a few months or years before you get yourself going. Taking the initiative immediately will put you ahead of everyone who is sitting back and doing nothing.

Learn how to translate your job skills. There have been several industries that have taken substantial hits, and they will not be recovering anytime soon, so you may have to look outside of your field for some opportunities. Furthermore, keep track of which fields have grown recently. Using this knowledge can help you see how your skills can be translated for these growing opportunities. You can also use apprenticeships, internships, and some part-time transition roles.

You should keep your resume updated every single month. This ensures that you can apply for a job at any time, even if you already have a job. Sometimes an amazing opportunity can pop up, but you have to be prepared to be able to snag it for yourself.

Be sure you are dressed professionally when applying for a job or you are at a career fair. As you know, it is wise to dress professionally for an interview, but first impressions are a big deal as well. This is why you want to look your best even when you first meet a potential employer.

When submitting a resume, you need to think about how to cover any gaps in employment. Gaps in employment, for whatever reason, can be viewed as a negative mark against your employment history. If they are long gaps, show how you have kept up to date within your industry. If they are shorter, explain any reasons for these gaps so they are not perceived in a negative light.

Set aside money for your job search. People do not realize how pricy it can get to search for a job. If you have a car, you will need money for gas. Also, when you are out job hunting all day, you will want some money to grab a bit to eat.

One of the things to understand when you are job hunting is that there will be a lot of disappointments. If you understand this, you will be in a good position to get back on your feet and stay persistent if you do not land the job. Eventually, your dedication and drive will pay off.

As you continue searching for a job, remember the advice from this article. Form a plan to get through everything. You will need to stick to your guns and be diligent, but it will be much better than trying to wade your way through a confused mess! Your job hunt will go much better when you know what you plan to do!

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY SHARES TOP BUSINESS LEADERS’ ECONOMIC POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 23, 2016) —The Kogod School of Business at American University announces the launch of a new report that provides policy recommendations for the next President of the United States to grow the economy. The report titled, “Best Ideas to Grow the Economy” offers 50 recommendations from Fortune 500 CEO’s, small business owners, startup founders, state and local government officials and thought leaders from across the country.

Despite the U.S. job market nearing full employment, it has not produced substantial wage growth or equitable economic growth. Once the final vote is counted on Election Day 2016, American voters will begin to seek answers around how and when the President will stimulate our economy.

Report author Rebecca Cooper, Executive-In-Residence, Kogod School of Business, asked a wide range of business, government and economic experts nationwide one non-partisan question: “If you were called to the White House in January and asked by the new President for one (1) recommendation on a policy action or new law to help grow the economy, what would it be?”

“The purpose of this report is twofold; the report helps voters weigh which candidates’ ideas match up with what business and thought leaders say are the best ways to grow the economy,” said Rebecca Cooper, Executive-In-Residence, Kogod School of Business. “The survey also allows the candidates to hear directly from prominent men and women running businesses, cities and organizations regarding their beliefs on the most pressing and immediate economic challenges the next administration should address without hesitation.”

The report provides answers from small and large businesses in all 50 states, and from various industries, including manufacturing, real estate, financial services, non-profits, education, energy, retail and more. The survey results show a growing consensus around the need for the following improvements:

• Infrastructure – Ten leaders recommended infrastructure projects and spending as their most important action item. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton listed infrastructure in their more recent economic plans as big priority items. However, both candidates rarely cite infrastructure when asked in interviews or forums for their top priority items.

• Education & Workforce Development – Eight leaders listed workforce development, education programs as necessary to improve the United States’ competitive edge.

• Tax Reform & Small Business Incentives – Six recommendations flagged tax incentive package for businesses as a top priority. The small business incentives feedback focused on spurring innovation, access to capital, targeting tax incentives, reduced regulations, and certainty in government policy beyond “one year fixes” to budget issues in Washington.

• Healthcare – Four recommendations highlighted the need to bring down high healthcare costs, but with little to no specifics on what to do to enact improvements.

• Immigration – Three of the 50 leaders cited immigration reform as their top economic growth recommendation. However, respondents were divided as to whether to loosen or tighten immigration restrictions.

• Affordable Housing – One respondent advised the next President to focus on affordable housing and homelessness as a starting point that would yield improvements in education achievement, healthcare costs, as well as other social and financial outcomes.

“The answers we received are rather surprising,” said Cooper. “We thought most business leaders would recommend changes to corporate tax rates as the top policy action to help grow the economy, but instead the answer we saw most often was a call for infrastructure improvements.” The formation of new trade pacts is commonly voiced as a priority in our nation’s economic growth; however, the leaders queried did not describe international trade agreements as a major factor. Additionally, from analyzing the responses, Cooper noticed many roadblocks to economic growth are issues that are not currently a part of campaign dialogues.

According to the data, there is a growing consensus around both infrastructure and education and workforce development for economic growth, which indicates these items could become action items in 2017 for the White House and Congress. However, the lack of consensus in the report over which types of tax policy incentives and immigration and healthcare reforms would best grow the economy indicate those items may become lower policy priority items for the next administration.

The Kogod School of Business is in the process of collecting and analyzing an additional set of 50 business leaders’ responses for a forthcoming report. For more information on the data set announced today and for updates on the forthcoming report, please visit: http://kogodbusiness.com/reports/ideas-to-grow-the-economy/.

Pitt to Host Season-Opening #ThrowbackThrowdown Oct. 8 at Stage AE

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PITTSBURGH – The madness is back Saturday, Oct. 8, as the University of Pittsburgh presents #ThrowbackThrowdown at Stage AE. The one-hour event featuring player introductions, coaches’ interviews and contests will serve as the official tipoff to the 2016-17 Pitt men’s and women’s basketball campaigns and is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

 

Admission to the event is free with doors opening at Stage AE at 9:30 a.m. The first 1,000 students in attendance will receive a Pitt script throwback shirt and a wristband for lower bowl seating at Heinz Field for Pitt’s homecoming football game against Georgia Tech scheduled to kickoff at 12:30 p.m. that day.

 

Kevin Stallings is in his first year at Pitt after compiling 455 wins in previous head coaching stints at Illinois State and Vanderbilt. Pitt returns six of its top seven scorers from last year’s team that finished 21-12 overall and reached the NCAA Tournament for the 13thtime in the past 15 seasons. The return of seniors Jamel Artis, Sheldon Jeter, Chris Jones and Michael Young give the Panthers one of the most experienced teams in the ACC. Young earned third team All-ACC honors a year ago after averaging 15.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, while Artis, a third team all-league pick in 2015, contributed 14.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Pitt is the only team in the ACC with two returning all-conference performers.

 

Hall of Fame coach Suzie McConnell-Serio enters her fourth season at the helm of the women’s program. This year, Pitt returns its top two scorers in sophomore Brenna Wise (10.7 ppg.) and junior Yacine Diop (10.4 ppg.). The pair combined for 35.3 percent of the team’s rebounds and 22.2 percent of assists last season. Wise led all ACC rookies in rebounding (7.6 rpg.) en route to earning a spot on the ACC All-Freshman Team. She also was named to the ACC All-Academic Women’s Basketball team as a business major. As all but one starter have returned to the lineup, there’s a chance to build on last year’s 13-18 record with a host of new talent. Three newcomers highlight the roster in true freshmen guards Jasmine Whitney and Alayna Gribble, as well as DePaul graduate transfer center Brandi Harvey-Carr.

Steelers get Manhandled by Eagles 34-3

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In the world of Sports, it’s easy to think that the key to victory is scoring more points than the other team, and you may be right, because the final score determines the outcome, but without one main factor behind that scoring, a team will never have a chance when they step on the field of play and that factor is preparation.

Two teams stepped on the football field at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Sunday afternoon, but one team appeared prepared and that was the Eagles who continue to look like the surprise of the NFL as they destroyed the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-3 to improve to 3-0, their best start since 3-0, when they were under former head Coach Chip Kelly. New HC Doug Pederson’s presence is slowly breathing something into the Eagles that they haven’t seen in years: Life. And it’s no coincidence that Pederson came from a HC whom Eagles fans know well: Andy Reid.

Rookie QB Carson Wentz is looking like an early candidate for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year as he passed for 301 yards (23-31) and 2 TDs. He wasn’t sacked at all and has also started the 2016 NFL Season without throwing an interception. (His quick passes fooled the Steelers defense and his ability to extend the play compared him to the man that he beat-Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.

The Steelers Signal-Caller didn’t have a good day at the office as he passed for 257 yards (24-44) 0 TDs and an interception. He’s also the first rookie in NFL history without an interception in his first 100 pass attempts to begin a career. He was also sacked 4 times and looked confused and frustrated by a charged-up Eagles defense who was truly prepared to play. It had been said that the Eagles defense had improved, and the concern was whether this team could beat a legitimate contender after their wins vs. the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears.

Now it’s time to stop wondering. This team is for real.

Big Ben and the Steelers actually looked like that had things under control after they drove over 50 yards on their first drive. WR Antonio Brown caught most of the passes and although RB DeAngelo Williams didn’t generate much yardage, he got key first downs when needed. The Steelers got into the Red Zone and it appeared that they would have gotten their first TD of the game when Roethlisberger extended the play and found WR Markus Wheaton in the back of the endzone. Problem was, Wheaton dropped it. The Steelers then lined up for a 36-yard field goal, but Chris Boswell’s attempt was blocked and the Steelers came away with nothing.

To be honest, the Steelers lost the game right there.

The Eagles then took over and drove the ball right down the Steelers throats, but settled for a 29 field goal by K Caleb Sturgis to give them a 3-0 lead. After the Steelers did nothing on their next drive. In the second quarter, the Eagles scored their first TD when Wentz found WR Jordan Matthews for a 12-yard TD and a 10-0 lead. The Steelers then responded when they drove down the field and settled for a 40-yard Boswell FG closing the Eagles lead to 10-3. Sturgis would add another FG to extend the Eagles lead to 13-3 at the close of the first half.

In the second half, it got better for the Eagles and worse for the Steelers. Wentz once again

extended the play and found a wide-open RB Darren Sproles who ran through the lackluster Steelers defense en-route to a 73-yard TD run extending their lead to 20-3. The Eagles would score again when RB Wendell Smallwood ran it in from the 1 and RB Kenjon Barner would score from 8 yards out to seal the 34-3 victory.

Smallwood would lead with 79 yards rushing and the TD and Sproles finished with 6 catches for 128 yards and the 73-yard TD. For the Steelers (2-1), Williams did not have a good game as he was limited to 21 yards on 7 carries. Brown had his usual signature game with 12 receptions for 140 yards, but he was unable to get into the endzone.

Ray’s Take: According to the record books, this was the worst Steelers loss since 1989, when they were destroyed 51-0 by the Cleveland Browns. I guess you can say that since they didn’t score a TD. Bottom line folks: The Steelers weren’t ready. I honestly think they were a little big-headed coming into Philly because face it, according to the media, they are considered a legitimate Super Bowl threat and they were ranked #1 in the NFL.com power ratings (maybe before New England won Thursday) but when you believe your own press, that’s usually a set-up for a letdown, which the Steelers experienced Sunday.

I haven’t seen Big Ben play this bad since they lost to Baltimore last season, He looked lost, confused and frustrated, Wheaton’s 2016 debut was awful as he dropped 3 passes (including the one in the endzone) and the defense? Don’t get me started. They looked like the Pitt D looked Saturday in their still-disappointing loss to North Carolina. They couldn’t pressure Wentz and their tackling was horrible. And how they looked on that 73-yard TD pass to Sproles…speaks for itself. Deplorable. I give the Eagles credit because they’re hungry and when you are hungry, you will eat, which the Eagles did.

I’m not concerned about the Steelers because one game does not a (early) season make. They’re a good team that got punched in the mouth, and it happens. Now they have to learn from this and prepare for the visiting Chiefs next Sunday. They will also receive a boost as RB Le’Veon Bell will return from his 3-game suspension. That can only help the team.

Notes: The Steelers also suffered several injuries as LB Lawrence Timmons ended up in the hospital after an apparent shin injury. S Robert Golden (hamstring) G Ramon Foster (chest) and WR Eli Rogers (toe) also didn’t return in the second half.

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Law School Know-How

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Getting into law school can be a very arduous task for aspiring students. You need to start as early as your freshman year in high school if you decide that being a lawyer is what you really want to do for the rest of your life.

Do not be misled by the rosy portrayal of a lawyer’s life in TV or in the movies. In real life, lawyers would have 12 to 18 working hours, especially for those who are aspiring to be partners in their respective law firms.

In order to achieve your goal, first, you need to have the correct mindset. Here are some tips on how students can realize their lifelong goal of becoming a lawyer:

1. Know what you want, and how to get it.

First, reflect on the reasons why you would like to pursue this career. If you are just looking for the ‘flash’ or recognition of becoming a lawyer, remember that becoming one is sheer hard work. Just like in every profession, you need to give yourself into studying, then working as a lawyer.

You may have this idealistic view as a kid that you want to save the world from the injustices that is why you would like to become a lawyer.

If you find yourself still passionate about this cause, there is no harm in pursuing your dreams.

More importantly, remember that once you decide on taking up law, you need to work very hard as a student.

2. Take off your rose-colored glasses.

You need to understand that not every student who takes up law ends up with a job as a lawyer once they graduate.

You will not necessarily end up as a courtroom hero saving an “innocent criminal” in this field.

You may find yourself dealing with real estate, corporate law, divorce cases, or even drafting up wills.

Prepare yourself for all possibilities because anything could happen.

3. Ask yourself, “Am I competitive enough?”

>From the time that you send in your applications, to the time that you take the exam to be a licensed practitioner, there will be competition.

Applications for entry into law schools soar every year. What are your chances of being chosen and accepted as compared to thousands of other applicants?

Check the skills that you have and once you are confident enough that you can get into law school, then you have gone through the first step in achieving your goal.

4. Go to a university which has a record of getting a lot of students into law school.

It is safe to say that if you are a graduate of a school which “produces” a lot of great law students, then this should be a plus factor for you.

There are universities that help the students get into law school by providing mock exams and interviews, and also offer letters of recommendation.

5. Having a good grade-point-average (GPA) is not enough, you need to pass the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) with flying colors.

Maintain your GPA, and make sure that you perform well in the LSAT’s. There are web sites where you can take practice tests at a certain cost. You may also enroll in a course that aims to prepare you for this particular exam.

6. Be an early bird.

Once you have decided on entering law school, make sure that you submit your applications way before the deadline. This should give you ample time to prepare.

Finally, you need to organize your letter of recommendations, transcripts and all the paperworks that you will need to get in.

You may seek the advice of a consultant, undergraduates or lawyers who have already passed the stage that you are now going through as a hopeful law school student.

If you combine hard work with determination and you prepare everything in advance, you will surely gain entrance to the prestigious law school of your choice.

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FEEDING BABIES EGG AND PEANUT MAY PREVENT FOOD ALLERGY

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Newswise — Feeding babies egg and peanut may reduce their risk of developing an allergy to the foods, finds a new study.

In the research, which is the largest analysis of evidence on the effect of feeding allergenic foods to babies, scientists from Imperial College London analysed data from 146 studies. In total the studies involved more than 200,000 children.

The results suggest feeding children egg between the ages of four and six months may reduce their risk of developing egg allergy.

The study, which was commissioned by the UK Food Standards Agency, also found feeding children peanut, between the ages of four and eleven months, may reduce risk of developing peanut allergy.

In addition, the team analysed milk, fish (including shellfish), tree nuts (such as almonds) and wheat, but didn’t find enough evidence to show introducing these foods at a young age reduces allergy risk.

The research is published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Although previous studies have found feeding children peanut and egg may reduce allergy risk, other studies have found no effect.

Dr Robert Boyle, lead author of the research from the Department of Medicine at Imperial, said: “This new analysis pools all existing data, and suggests introducing egg and peanut at an early age may prevent the development of egg and peanut allergy, the two most common childhood food allergies.

“Until now we have not been advising parents to give these foods to young babies, and have even advised parents to delay giving allergenic foods such as egg, peanut, fish and wheat to their infant.”

Allergies to foods, such as nuts, egg, milk or wheat, affect around one in 20 children in the UK. They are caused by the immune system malfunctioning and over-reacting to these harmless foods. This triggers symptoms such as rashes, swelling, vomiting and wheezing.

“The number of children diagnosed with food allergies is thought to be on the rise”, added Dr Vanessa Garcia-Larsen, a co-author on the study from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial. “There are indications that food allergies in children have become much more common over the last 30 years.

The number of patients coming into our clinics has increased year-on-year, and allergy clinics across the country have seen the same pattern.”

She added that the reasons behind this rise are still unclear – doctors may be better at recognising food allergy, or there may be environmental factors involved.

In the new study, called a meta-analysis, the team initially analysed 16,289 research papers on allergies and other immune system problems. Out of these, 146 were used for data analysis of when to feed babies allergenic foods such as egg, peanut, wheat and fish.

The results showed that children who started eating egg between the ages of four and six months had a 40 per cent reduced risk of egg allergy compared to children who tried egg later in life.

Children who ate peanut between the ages of four and eleven months had a 70 per cent reduced peanut allergy risk compared to children who ate the food at a later stage. However, the authors cautioned that these percentages are estimates based on a small number of studies.

Five studies (involving 1915 children) were used to estimate reduced risk of egg allergy, and two studies (involving 1550 children) were used to estimate reduced risk of peanut allergy. Therefore these figures may change when more studies are completed.

The team also calculated absolute risk reduction. They found that in a population where 5.4 per cent of people have egg allergy (the UK prevalence rate from one recent study), introducing egg between four and six months of age could prevent 24 cases of egg allergy per 1,000 people.

For peanut, in a population where 2.5 per cent of people have peanut allergy, introducing the food between four and eleven months could prevent 18 cases per 1,000 people.

The authors cautioned that the analysis didn’t assess safety, or how many of the babies suffered allergic reactions from the early introduction.

Dr Boyle cautioned against introducing egg and peanut to a baby who already has a food allergy, or has another allergic condition such as eczema. “If your child falls into these categories, talk to your GP before introducing these foods.” He also noted that whole nuts should not be given to babies or toddlers due to the choking hazard. “Whole nuts should be avoided in young children – if you decide to feed peanut to your baby, give it as smooth peanut butter.”

The team also analysed whether introducing peanut, egg, milk, fish or wheat early into a baby’s diet affected their risk of autoimmune diseases such as coeliac disease. The team found no effect on risk.

Commenting on the findings, the UK Food Standards Agency said: “Imperial College London has produced a high quality review. The Government is considering these important findings as part of its review of complementary feeding for infants to ensure its advice reflects the best available evidence.

Families should continue to follow the Government’s current long-standing advice to exclusively breastfeed for around the first six months of age because of the health benefits to mothers and babies. ”

The study was funded by the UK Food Standards Agency who commission research to understand the causes and mechanisms of food allergy and intolerance. The study was also supported by the Imperial NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, and the MRC-Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma