E-cigarettes: potential benefits, harms

first_imgE-cigarettes may help reduce smokers’ exposure to toxins, but they also may cause harm, according to Vaughan Rees, deputy director of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at Harvard School of Public Health.Interviewed on KUOW (Puget Sound Public Radio) on October 2, 2013, Rees said that while e-cigarettes do contain some toxic compounds, they have far less than conventional cigarettes, and so have the potential to be safer. However, because e-cigarettes are not as pleasurable as regular cigarettes, “we may find that regular smokers don’t actually switch completely to an e-cigarette, but just use both products,” Rees said. And because e-cigarettes have lower addictive potential than conventional cigarettes, “they actually could encourage younger users to begin using nicotine products, which might then encourage them to switch later on to regular tobacco cigarettes.”Rees said there’s little evidence showing that e-cigarettes help people quit smoking. “There are better medications or other strategies available for people who want to quit than e-cigarettes,” he said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

US missionary gets 15 years for sex abuse at Kenya orphanage

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Christian missionary from Pennsylvania was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison Thursday for sexually abusing girls at a Kenyan orphanage he led. Federal authorities say 61-year-old Gregory Dow of Lancaster ran the Dow Family Children’s Home for nearly a decade before fleeing in 2017.  They say some of the funding for the orphanage came from U.S. churches and faith-based groups. The FBI says Dow abused girls as young as 11. Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams calls his crimes “nearly incomprehensible in their depravity.” Dow’s public defenders said he expressed remorse in court and apologized for his crimes.last_img read more

Heisler: Unexpectedly, the NBA finds itself in a golden age

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Or, in other words, Ka-ching!If Houston GM Daryl Morey was standing up for principle, tweeting his support of Hong Kong protesters, NBA people were accustomed to speaking out without having to pay up … as when LeBron James called Pres. Donald Trump “a bum,” which prompted no outcry from the league’s leftward-tilting audience.At a projected loss of $750 million per season, the NBA isn’t as idealistic about China. The league’s most outspoken people like James and Golden State coach Steve Kerr now say, as if all together in a chorus, they don’t know enough about China to comment.“Yes, we do have freedom of speech,” James said last fall, chiding Morey about the dangers of social media – in a tweet. “(But there) can be a lot of negative that comes with it.”Indeed, that’s why defending it is important.Showing who they really were, NBA players were anxious to get back to work … understandable as it was in a game they can only play in their youth, in a league where an undrafted rookie on a one-year deal gets at least $898,310.Silver just celebrated his fifth year in office succeeding the feisty David Stern, who routed the union in the 2011 lockout and signed for 10 years of labor peace, retiring in 2014 with the stage set for a new $24 billion TV deal and a time of prosperity they had never known.Showing a deft marketing touch that he learned from Stern, Silver is now wooing the Chinese with the promise of more preseason exhibitions and a high-visibility tour by the U.S. team before this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.“The NBA fundamentals are still strong and the league is extremely well managed,” Sal Galatioto, a leading marketing executive told Forbes. “It has hit a couple of bumps, but it is still very powerful media content and the greatest international sport after soccer.”To show what “well-managed” entails, compare what the NBA has gone through with baseball’s crisis over the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that seemed to grow daily, like the Blob in the old sci-fi movie, as even players as soft-spoken as the Angels’ Mike Trout, bashing the Astros for cheating.MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, holding one press conference after another, enraged everyone anew by dismissing the World Series champion’s Commissioner’s Trophy that he declined to take back from the Astros as a “piece of metal.”Said the Dodgers’ Justin Turner: “The only thing devaluing that trophy is that it says ‘Commissioner’ on it.”Not that it’s easy being Manfred in a game dominated by the union since it showed its power during the 1994 strike, forcing the owners to cancel a World Series, with the players jealously guarding their power ever since.The style of governing in the two leagues is explained by their history.Baseball is used to a light hand after decades of entitlement as “the national pastime,” with commissioners now acting at the pleasure of a dominant players’ union.Meanwhile, the NBA emerged from the bushes with its standing precarious, obliging its commissioners to rise to challenges.Sign stealing in baseball is hardly new. Repeating an old adage, players like the Cubs’ Mark Grace in the 1990s, and the White Sox’s Yasmani Grandal said last winter, “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.”In the most famous example, several members of the 1951 New York Giants later acknowledged stealing catchers’ signs with a telescope from their distant center field dressing room and triggering a buzzer system … which might or might not have helped Bobby Thompson hit one of the most famous home runs in baseball history to end their three-game playoff against the Brooklyn Dodgers.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAt last week’s All-Star Game, Commissioner Adam Silver projected the lost Chinese revenues at about $400 million, but he didn’t sound too upset, noting the league has clung to its values while the Chinese get over it.In other words, the NBA was successful in backing down gracefully, appearing to stand for freedom of expression … as its people signaled that they understood this can’t happen again.China?Sorry. I’ve never heard of it.“It’s substantial, I don’t want to run from that,” Silver said of the lost revenue. “We were taken off the air in China for a period of time … But I don’t have any sense that there’s any permanent damage to our business there.” That was 69 years ago, long enough for MLB commissioners to clean up the practice … a task made more difficult as the union gained power.The NBA, on the other hand, has long promoted the notion of a partnership between management and labor, which is back in a good place after years of strife with business-like Chris Paul as union president, backed by his close friend, James, who was VP until last season.The NBA endured worse crises than baseball’s current one – an actual officiating scandal with referee Tim Donaghy declaring that he threw games, charging that the league ordered him to and other referees did, too, but Stern quickly got past it, re-establishing the league’s credibility.Baseball’s current predicament is so unseemly, James offered advice, tweeting, “Listen here baseball commissioner … you need to fix this for the sake of Sports!”Unlike China, that was safe ground for LeBron, with baseball fans already upset, as Shaquille O’Neal once said, “to the highest point of upsetivity.”So it’s an unexpectedly happy day in the NBA, if not everywhere. Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Welcome to the NBA’s Golden Age.No, really.Unimaginable as it seemed last fall in NBA’s standoff with China, the league is in the midst of its greatest boom with Forbes projecting it will set an all-time record of $9.5 billion in revenue this season, up from last season’s record $8.8 billion.The NBA has since gotten back to business… which has never been better, with prosperity more widespread than in what was considered the NBA’s zenith in the 1990s when Michael Jordan, the game’s matinee idol, led the Bulls to six titles, drawing record TV ratings… an era now eclipsed, at least financially, by this one. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Džanan Musa going to NBA in two Years?

first_imgCaptain of the U17 national basketball team of BiH Džanan Musa said that his talent was shaped by the former basketball player and the current member of the administration of the Basketball Federation of BiH Sejo Bukva.When asked why he chose to play for Cedevita Zagreb instead of Olympiacos from Greece, Musa said that everything changed in the last minute.“That was already over on the paper and I went to Athens for medical examinations, I had it all done, passed all the tests, the contract came and 15 minute prior to my signing the offer from Cedevita came, asking how much it takes for me to go to Zagreb and abandon the idea of Olympiacos. That was a clear indicator that they really had a thing for me and want me to be their member and that impresses me, especially because it would keep me close to home, the language barrier does not exist, so I opted for Zagreb in the end. There is enough time for greater ventures, because I intend to go to NBA right after Cedevita. I think I chose a smarter and better path for myself because already next season great things are expected of me and I will give my best to build myself somehow until I reach 18, so I can be a competition in the NBA and build myself as a player and the game holder along with some other players in the A team,” Musa said.Musa hopes to go to NBA in some two years from now.“I hope I will go to NBA in two years. Until then, I am staying in Cedevita regardless of the offers that might arrive, I am very happy and satisfied in Cedevita and I want to fill all their expectations and be at the disposal for the club. If you could only see how they treat one 17-year-old… It is one organization, Cedevita has six halls and they simply build game through young players, which they have shown this year when we had three or five players under 20 years of age. Playing the Euro league with young players is very courageous and in the coming period I want us to build this path with several other young players so that everyone in Europe can see that a greater level can be achieved with young players,” Džanan said.When asked whether he was offered a senior post in the national team, Musa said:“That’s right. I must point out that this year I am already joining the senior team after the U17 championship. After the World Championships, I am going to Bihać for a 20-day vacation and then I am going to the senior national team for qualifications for the next Eurobasket. I spoke with Teletović the other day about the national team. The older teammates like me because I bring some joy in the locker room and when we lose I make a joke and we all laugh. I just love to be accepted by the older players, that is something very special when you are the youngest and everybody is happy when you enter the locker room,” Musa said.Musa spoke about how it was for the coach Josip Pandža to deal with him and his teammates from the national team:“In the beginning he dealt with us very hard because we came as individuals. Njegoš Sikiraš was a star in his team, I was the star in my team, Sani Čampara was a star in his team, but we were not aware of the fact that both Josip Pandža and Enes Numanović are also stars, so there are no stars with them. We came and tried to build something ours, but we failed. He lowered us to the ground very fast and showed us where we really are and that is why we won the European Championships in the end,” Musa said.The U17 national basketball team of BiH is to play at the World Championships in Spain between June 23 and July 3. After the golden medal from the European Championships in 2015, nothing less is expected from this upcoming competition.(Source: nap.ba/photo: avaz.ba)last_img read more