Stephen Piscotty on MLB award: “It’s a little bittersweet.”

first_img​CLEVELAND — Stephen Piscotty is humbled and appreciative to be recognized for his character and efforts to help others.He admits, though, there would have been a better way.“It’s nice, but it’s a little bittersweet,” the A’s outfielder said Tuesday after learning he has been named the recipient of the 54th annual Hutch Award. “If Mom doesn’t get ALS, you don’t have to go through this.“I would rather take that route, but it’s not the cards we were dealt. It is very meaningful, to bring some …last_img read more

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Body Wonders to Be Thankful For

first_imgEditor’s Note: CEH will be off during the Thanksgiving weekend, and will return Monday Dec 2. If you get withdrawal symptoms, there are thousands of past articles you may have missed. Go searching till you get relief.(Visited 356 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享34 You may not have much money or fancy belongings, but you live in the greatest traveling home one could wish for.It’s Thanksgiving weekend in America. Before the Christmas frenzy begins, we should all pause and give thanks to our Creator. If you’re looking for some specific things to be thankful for, you can find plenty inside of you. Here are some recent examples.The human foot is a highly complex apparatus composed of bones, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, skin and sensory organs.Bone: If you can stand up without weighing a ton, thank God for making your bones out of a microarchitectural material that can repeatedly take a load and resist breaking—the envy of engineers in materials science. (PNAS)Growth: If your cells can divide successfully, be glad that individual fibers in the kinetochore are able to dissipate force “to preserve robust spindle structure.” (bioRxiv)Brain: Be glad if you have a working whole brain, but be reassured you could get by if you lost half of your brain from disease or accident, due to the brain’s remarkable “plasticity” and ability to rewire itself. (Live Science, Science Daily)Nucleolus: Your cells keep a balance between two kinds of forces to hold the nucleolus in shape even without a membrane, to reduce the chance of getting cancer, reported scientists at New York University.DNA readability: If your body is working, part of that is due to tiny filaments called actin that hold DNA in position so that it can be read and transcribed. (University of Frieburg)Cilia: If you are not dying from polycystic kidney disease, primary ciliary dyskinesia and Bardet-Biedl syndrome, be glad your cilia are working correctly. These are “antennae” on your cells that communicate with the surroundings. (Phys.org).Immune System: When disease strikes, the immune system is like a vast army with an array of powerful weapons to rapidly defend the body. It’s your “protection shield” with fail-safe technology. (Phys.org)Enzymes: If you can operate much faster than a snail, thank God for your enzymes that can fold and unfold thousands of times a second, doing most of the work at the cellular level. The discovery that enzymes (and maybe all proteins) can conduct electricity is “electrifying science.” (Arizona State University)Neurons: We can feel signals from our extremities almost instantly, thanks to neurons that can transmit signals over a meter in a fraction of a second, even though this requires a high degree of preparation within each neuron:The intracellular transport system in neurons is specialized to an extraordinary degree, enabling the delivery of critical cargo to sites in axons or dendrites that are far removed from the cell center. Distance is not the only challenge. Localized delivery of presynaptic components provides another layer of complexity that must be successfully navigated to maintain synaptic transmission.If the turkey, ham and mashed potatoes taste good, think of all that goes into getting those signals from tongue and nose to brain.Is this enough for starters? You can read our back issues for much, much more. Look in the “Human Body” section and remember wonders like these:Sleep: Your brain washes the wastes out during sleep (5 Nov 2019).Credit: Corel Pro PhotosNose: The nose has built-in gain control (28 December 2012).Muscle: A built-in feedback system puts a bounce in your step (26 October 2015).Skin: Your skin stays tight because a protein named cadherin that acts like Velcro (8 December 2007).Spleen: This organ, long despised as vestigial by evolutionists, actually is a fortress with a standing army of immune cells at the ready (4 August 2009).Memory: Your brain optimizes storage of memory much better than a computer can (18 October 2016).We have HUNDREDS of articles like this. Don’t ever be caught hesitating about what to be thankful for! Thanksgiving is not just a nice attitude to have. It’s not good just because it gives us positive health benefits (Medical Xpress, The Conversation). It is a righteous duty toward our Maker that should spring out of awe at what He has designed. It should be our hourly response to every good thing we experience in the body: the final thought before sleep, and the first attitude upon awaking. We have no idea how blessed we are, even in sickness, but so often all we do is gripe when something goes wrong. True gratitude is specific. Kids pray “Thank you for the whole wide world. Amen.” If the world’s greatest artist handed you a priceless masterpiece, would you just say “Thank you” and set it down? Heaven forbid. To really express your gratitude, you would take time to admire the details—the colors, the angles, the textures, and all the nuances. You would ask the artist about it, and study it. You would display it in the best place in the house, and shine perfect light on it. You would tell others about it, and admire it every day. This is how we should express our thanks to God – in the details.Don’t be like the Israelites in the wilderness, constantly grumbling, who took for granted the miraculous feast of quail God sent in response to their craving for meat (Numbers 11). They wolfed it down as if they deserved it. Let our attitudes be different. This Thanksgiving, take the time to express detailed gratitude to God for these wonders listed above and thousands more like them. With each bite of good food from the feast, say “Thank you Lord!” for what makes it possible. Most importantly, give thanks and worship Him for the salvation He has provided us in Christ (Romans 5).last_img read more

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Ag weighs in on TPP

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After many months of negotiations an agreement has been reached on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Here is what agriculture had to say about the historic 12-country trade deal.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted the significance of the trade deal for U.S agriculture.“An agreement on the TPP negotiations provides a more level playing field in trade for American farmers. The agreement would eliminate or significantly reduce tariffs on our products and deter non-science based sanitary and phytosanitary barriers that have put American agriculture at a disadvantage in TPP countries in the past. Despite these past barriers, countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership currently account for up to 42% of all U.S. agricultural exports, totaling $63 billion. Thanks to this agreement and its removal of unfair trade barriers, American agricultural exports to the region will expand even further, particularly exports of meat, poultry, dairy, fruits, vegetables, grains, oilseeds, cotton and processed products,” Vilsack said. “Increased demand for American agricultural products and expanded agricultural exports as a result of this agreement will support stronger commodity prices and increase farm income. Increased exports under TPP will create more good paying export-related jobs, further strengthening the rural economy. Today, agricultural trade supports more than 1 million jobs here at home and contributes a trade surplus year after year to our nation’s economy. All of this activity benefits rural communities and keeps American agriculture on the cutting edge of global commerce. The TPP agreement will contribute to the future strength of American agriculture.”The agreement concludes a long and challenging negotiation process.“The TPP agreement would not be possible without the extraordinary efforts of the negotiating team at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, assisted by the dedicated staff of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and the Office of the Chief Economist. I’d also like to thank the formal trade advisors and experts from agricultural commodity groups who provided valuable market information and creative proposals to better inform U.S. negotiators. Collectively, their efforts have led to a strong deal for American agriculture,” Vilsack said. “Failing to grasp this opportunity would be a mistake: worse than just losing out on potential gains, our producers would fall behind other countries that are negotiating their own preferential arrangements in TPP countries. We are committed to working with Congress within the framework of the recently-passed Trade Promotion Authority to obtain a strong bipartisan understanding of and support for this historic trade deal that benefits farmers, ranchers, and all those who live, work and raise families in rural communities.”Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes said this final TPP agreement could be “the most important commercial opportunity ever for U.S. pork producers,” estimated that a good outcome for pork in the trade pact could increase U.S. pork exports over time exponentially and help create more than 10,000 U.S. jobs tied to those exports. Last year, the U.S. pork industry shipped about $4.5 billion of products to the 11 TPP nations.Beef exports currently add over $350 to each head of cattle sold in the U.S. With the completion of the TPP, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association looks forward to increased demand and growth for beef exports across the Pacific Rim.Corn and soybean growers also supported the agreement.“Over half of the soybeans produced by American farmers are exported overseas, and export markets are extremely important to our domestic livestock customers as well. This trade agreement has the potential to increase agricultural exports to new markets and to allow U.S. farmers to better compete in existing markets. From the outset of these negotiations, ASA has been supportive of a TPP that expands the access of American soybean farmers to our customers overseas,” said Wade Cowan, American Soybean Association president. “From the statements made by our negotiators, it appears that the agreement will eliminate tariffs and other market access barriers in most markets, and substantially increase access in remaining markets. We are optimistic that soybeans, soybean products, and the livestock products produced by our customers all will fare well in the TPP agreement when specific details are revealed. ASA plans to carefully read the terms of the agreement to ensure that soybean farmers as well as livestock producers, which represent a substantial market for soy products, are getting a fair deal before rendering a final judgment on the TPP agreement; everything that we’ve seen and heard thus far makes us feel very positive.”The American Farm Bureau Federation is strongly supporting the TPP, while the National Farmers Union expressed some concerns.“Just as we feared, the TPP is moving forward without any meaningful language addressing one of the chief tools used by our trade competitors to ensure the playing field is never fair: currency manipulation,” said Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union president. “Because of this, NFU will continue to vigorously oppose this agreement and urge Congress to reject this deal as well. Gains that may have been made in the agreement to ensure fairness and equity in trade for America’s family farmers and ranchers are likely to be lost due to currency manipulation.“Any deal that lacks tough language against currency manipulation is not worth the paper it’s written on.”last_img read more

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Gilas women’s team scores whopping win to kick off Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup bid

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Bernardino finished with eight points to lead the Philippines while center Clare Castro had six.Pontejos chipped in five points while Jack Danielle Animam had two.The Philippines faces Chinese Taipei at 4:10 pm in the Qualifying Draw A matches.A Gilas win over Chinese-Taipei later will put them at an edge to advance to the main tournament with only the top two teams in each group advancing.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Kyle Lowry steps up as Raptors clobber Bucks for 2-2 tie in East Finals Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Janine Pontejos then finished off the Samoans’ suffering with a long-distance swish bomb from the left wing with 2:28 still on the game clock. The Philippines were just unstoppable #3x3Asia pic.twitter.com/WmwKCi97Hq— FIBA3x3 (@FIBA3x3) May 22, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas Women’s team showed no remorse and ripped Samoa, 21-1, to open its campaign the Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup Wednesday in Changshan in China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAfril Bernardino spearheaded the Philippines’ 7-0 start en route to the biggest margin of victory in Fiba 3×3 history.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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