FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Omaha, NE) — The Bees fell to the Storm Chasers 5-4 last night in a rain-shortened game in Omaha.The Bees scored three times in the second inning but couldn’t keep pace. The series continues tonight in Omaha. Written by Tags: Baseball/PCL/Salt Lake Bees Robert Lovell August 7, 2018 /Sports News – Local Storm Chasers Edge Bees
Written by September 6, 2018 /Sports News – National There’s really not much proof probiotics work: Study Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/ThinkstockBY: DR. NICKY MEHTANI(NEW YORK) — Over the past decade, probiotic dietary supplements have turned into a multi-million dollar industry, taken by almost 4 million adults and prescribed by up to 60 percent of health care providers. Yet the scientific community has known little about whether or not they actually work.But this is likely to change, thanks to two back-to-back studies published Thursday in Cell, which cast further doubt on the benefits of the highly-commercialized probiotic products.“People have thrown a lot of support to probiotics, even though the literature underlying our understanding of them is very controversial,” Eran Elinav, senior author and an immunologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, said in a press release, “we wanted to determine whether probiotics such as the ones you buy in the supermarket do colonize the gastrointestinal tract like they’re supposed to, and then whether these probiotics are having any impact on the human host.”What are probiotics?Probiotics are live microorganisms, often marketed and sold in foods (such as yogurt) and dietary supplements. While most people think of bacteria as “bad” (causing disease), many bacteria serve vital roles in keeping us alive. Count among them the bacteria that line our digestive tracts and help break down and absorb food — actually fighting off infections.Probiotics are intended to mimic and strengthen the effects of these “good” bacteria, touted as bacteria that can “rebalance” your system. Claims from the probiotic industry range run from preventing the common cold to treating allergic disorders such as atopic dermatitis. Since they are marketed as dietary supplements, not drugs, probiotics have never been approved for the prevention or treatment of any health conditions by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — they don’t need to be, by law.Based on these new studies, the road to health claims seems rockierWhile the vast majority of prior studies on probiotics have relied on analyzing stool to get an idea of the person’s gut microbiome, Elinav’s research team actually looked, with an endoscope, at bacteria present in the colon itself — both in mice and in humans.After 25 healthy volunteers ate a generic probiotic with 11 strains of “good” bacteria, they all had probiotic bacteria in their stool, which the research team expected. But when doctors did the endoscopy to evaluate their intestines, they found that probiotics had only actually “stuck” and grown in a few people.“Although all of our probiotic-consuming volunteers showed probiotics in their stool, only some of them showed them in their gut, which is where they need to be,” Eran Segal, a computational biologist at the Weizmann Institute, said in a press release.If the probiotics aren’t in the colon, it’s hard to argue that they are doing any good.One of the most common uses of probiotics is to counteract diarrhea that sometimes comes after antibiotic use. Antibiotics do kill off disease-causing “bad” bacteria, but in the process, many “good” bacteria in the colon are sacrificed as well — thus diarrhea and poor absorption of key nutrients from food. That’s why some doctors tell their patients to take probiotics with a course of antibiotics or right afterward, to prevent the complete loss of “good bacteria.” These providers believe that, while not always 100 percent effective, the use of probiotics in healthy adults is at least relatively risk-free.The researchers asked volunteers to finish a course of broad-spectrum antibiotics and looked at their intestines after they’d also taken probiotics. The probiotics did effectively “colonize” their gastrointestinal tracts, but they did so at the expense of the normal gut microbiome, delaying the return to its normal, pre-antibiotic state by several months.It’s not proof of harm, but it is known that lower microbial diversity after antibiotics can lead to increased susceptibility to a myriad of chronic and infectious diseases. Thus, the low level of diversity permitted by probiotic colonization and the ensuing delay they cause in returning a person’s gut microbiome to the pre-antibiotic state suggests that probiotics may not be harmless, as most seem to think.Dr. Nicky Mehtani is an internal medicine physician and part of the ABC News Medical Unit.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Associated Press Written by Tags: SUU Thunderbirds Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Cameron Oluyitan scored 15 points, Dwayne Morgan added 13 and Southern Utah rallied with 12 straight points to beat San Jose State 66-59 on Saturday night.The Thunderbirds (2-0) trailed 51-44 before going on a 12-0 run to lead 56-51 with 6:05 to go. Southern Utah pushed to lead to 61-53 on Ivan Madunic’s dunk with 2:47 to go and led by no less than six from there.The first half had 10 lead changes and ended with a 31-all tie. The Spartans (1-1) took control early in the second half and led 48-41 after a 14-4 run.Craig LeCesne had 15 points and Seneca Knight added 10 for San Jose State.Southern Utah made just 3 of 18 from 3-point range but made 25 of 50 from inside the arc. The Thunderbirds had a 22-2 edge in points off turnovers, committing only 10 turnovers to San Jose State’s 19. November 10, 2018 /Sports News – Local Southern Utah uses 2nd-half run to beat San Jose State 66-59
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS (AP) — Sam Merrill had 23 points as Utah State beat New Mexico 91-83 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Thursday night. Tags: Mountain West/Mountain West Tournament/Sam Merrill/Utah State Aggies Basketball The second-seeded Aggies will now play No. 3 seed Fresno State in the Mountain West semifinals Friday at 9:30 PM MDT in Las Vegas. Merrill shot 11 for 12 from the foul line. He added nine assists. Neemias Queta had 16 points and six blocks for Utah State (26-6). Justin Bean added 14 points and 15 rebounds. Diogo Brito had 14 points for Utah State. Written by Vance Jackson had 25 points for the Lobos (14-18). Corey Manigault added 16 points. Anthony Mathis had 14 points and five steals. March 14, 2019 /Sports News – Local Merrill’s 23 lifts Utah St. over Lobos 91-83 in MWC tourney Associated Press
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEddie Perlas / ESPN Images(DOHA, Qatar) — Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix has smashed a world record held by a man, gold medal-winning track star Usain Bolt, and she did it just 10 months after giving birth.Felix, 33, was part of Team USA’s mixed-gender 4x400m relay team that won the gold at the World Championships Sunday.The win gave Felix her 12th gold medal at the world championships, pushing her past Bolt’s record for the most gold medals of any athlete at the track and field World Championships.Felix’s daughter, Camryn, was born last November via emergency C-section at 32 weeks.The track star had to undergo a C-section “because of severe pre-eclampsia that threatened the lives of me and my baby,” she wrote in the New York Times.Felix returned to competitive racing in July, eight months after giving birth, and has fought ever since to help pave the road for other professional athletes and moms.She was part of a group of female track stars who alleged they were penalized by Nike for being pregnant. After the women spoke out, the company said it would do more to protect female athletes’ pay during and after pregnancy.“I think everything I went through this year … it just brings it all back that it’s so much bigger than myself,” Felix, who went on to become the first sponsored athlete for Athleta, told ESPN at the world championships in Doha, Qatar.Felix was not the only mom to win at the world championships.Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrated her win in the 100-meter race with her 2-year-old son and called it a “victory for motherhood,” according to ESPN.Fraser-Pryce told ESPN she sat on her bed and cried when she found out she was pregnant, but said of her decision to keep competing, “I knew how I felt and I knew I wasn’t ready to go. I had something left to do, and I stayed focused on the goal.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by October 1, 2019 /Sports News – National Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix breaks world record held by Usain Bolt 10 months after giving birth Beau Lund
Beau Lund January 30, 2020 /Sports News – National Vanessa Bryant honors Kobe and Gianna Bryant with Instagram post Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, broke her silence in a post on social media Wednesday about the horrific helicopter crash that killed her husband and their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.Vanessa Bryant, who has three other daughters with the late NBA legend, thanked her followers in a heartfelt Instagram post for all their thoughts and support during this time and shared a family portrait of her entire family.“Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them,” she wrote. “We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately.”Bryant continued, writing, “There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way.”At the end of her post, Bryant mentioned that the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up a MambaOnThree Fund to support the other families affected in the tragedy.“Our love for them is endless,” she added. “And that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever.”Earlier Wednesday, Bryant changed her Instagram profile photo to a picture of her husband hugging Gianna, whom they called Gigi.Kobe and Gigi Bryant were two of the nine people who died Sunday when their helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California.An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.Kobe Bryant, 41, is survived by Vanessa, 37, and their children Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months. Gigi, the couple’s second daughter, was hoping to follow in her father’s footsteps and play basketball professionally.“The best thing that happens is when we go out and fans will come up to me, and she’ll be standing next to me. And they’ll be like, ‘Hey, you gotta have a boy. You and V gotta have a boy, man, have somebody carry on your tradition, the legacy,’” Bryant told Jimmy Kimmel last year. “And she’s like, ‘Oy, I got this. You don’t need no boy for that. I got this.’ And I’m like, ‘That’s right. Yes, you do. You got this.’” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMen’s BasketballSWACLAS VEGAS-Matt Norman posted 23 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds as the Snow Badgers bested Southern Nevada 93-86 in SWAC men’s basketball action Wednesday. Ross Reeves added 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the Badgers, who shot 52 percent. Snow improved to 13-6 and 8-4 in SWAC play. John Jenkins Jr. netted 21 points and 9 rebounds on 6-9 from the field for the Coyotes. Southern Nevada fell to 2-10 in SWAC play with the loss. The Badgers return to action Saturday at the Activity Center to host SLCC.Women’s BasketballSWACLAS VEGAS-Kennedy Eskelson led the way with 13 points and 6 rebounds while the Snow Badgers waxed Southern Nevada 66-57 Wednesday in SWAC women’s basketball action. The Badgers improved to 14-4 and 9-3 in SWAC play with the victory. Gisselle Gonzales netted 15 points for the Coyotes in defeat. The Coyotes fell to 0-12 in the loss. Snow’s season continues Saturday at the Activity Center as they host SLCC. Brad James March 18, 2021 /Sports News – Local Snow Basketball Roundup: 3/17
Image: Horizon has completed the acquisition of two of the five concessions. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel from Pixabay. Horizon Petroleum announced that following its recent qualification with the Polish Government to conduct oil and natural gas activities, it has completed the acquisition (the “Acquistion”) of two of the five concessions to be acquired, as previously announced, from subsidiaries of San Leon Energy plc (San Leon). Most importantly, the Bielsko-Biala concession, containing the Lachowice natural gas discovery, is one of the concessions acquired. The acquisition of the other three concessions, under similar but separate transactions, are expected to close within 60 days. The closing of the Acquisition shows Horizon continues to make progress on it’s business plan of developing a natural gas production company focused on opportunities in Europe.Highlights of the AcquisitionThe Acquisition consists of operated concessions (100% working interest) containing a number of undeveloped natural gas discoveries in proven basins. The Lachowice discovery in the Bielsko-Biala concession is the most advanced of these discoveries and has the following attributes:Probable Undeveloped Reserves (2P) of 36 Billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe) (6.0 million barrels of oil equivalent, (MMBoe)) valued at US$98 million Net Present Value discounted at 10% before taxes (NPV10 BTAX)Risked Best Estimate Contingent Resources (2C) of 171 Bcfe (28.5 MMBoe) valued at US$398 million (NPV10 BTAX)Unrisked Best Estimate Contingent Resources (2C) of 249 Bcfe (41.4 MMBoe)Risked Best Estimate Prospective Resources of 123 Bcfe (20.6 MMBoe)Unrisked Best Estimate Prospective Resources of 487 Bcfe (81.2 MMBoe)An anticipated phased development plan, consisting of a new vertical well expected to be drilled in Q2 2020, targeting facility-constrained natural gas sales of 3.0 million cubic feet equivalent per day (MMcfe/d) by early 2021Two horizontal or highly deviated wells expected to be drilled in Q4 2021, targeting an increase in production to 17.5 MMcfe/d by Q1 2022Drilling to continue, targeting production increases to over 30 MMcfe/d thereafterDeal TermsThe terms agreed and previously announced by Horizon and San Leon were for Horizon to pay San Leon consideration at closing of US$900,000 in cash (net) (the “Cash Consideration”), C$1,000,000 in Horizon shares (the “Share Consideration” and collectively with the Cash Consideration, the “Consideration”), and a 6% Net Profits Interest (“NPI”), plus closing cost adjustments. Horizon and San Leon originally agreed that San Leon would transform the concessions to new concession agreements prior to closing. However, due to delays in this process, Horizon has agreed to take responsibility for the completion of the transformation of the concessions, and in exchange, the parties have agreed that payment of the Consideration will be made contingent upon the transformation of the Biesko-Biala concession. The transformation of the concessions involve the conversion of the Bielsko-Biala and Cieszyn concessions to the new Polish concession structure and the completion of the award of the three remaining concessions to Horizon. These transformations are expected to occur by the end of 2019 or early 2020. In the event that the transformation of the Bielsko-Biala concession is not completed, Horizon will not pay the Consideration to San Leon. Payment of the Consideration is subject to a number of additional conditions, including the transformation of the concessions, final approval of the TSX Venture Exchange, Horizon’s ability to raise sufficient funds to pay the Cash Consideration and the potential need for shareholder approval for issuance of the Share Consideration.Lachowice Development PlanHorizon is currently in the process of finalizing its development plan for the Lachowice natural gas discovery. It is currently anticipated that the development plan would begin with a new vertical well offsetting the Lachowice-7 location. Due to delays in the qualification process for Horizon taking operatorship of the concessions and the concession transformation process with the Polish government, Horizon is now targeting to drill and test the well in Q2 2020, with first production to occur by Q1 2021, with natural gas sales initially facility-constrained at approximately 3.0 MMcfe/d. The wells will produce natural gas under primary drive via the natural fractures and the matrix porosity within the reservoir. The project is considered pre-development and is expected to cost approximately US$7.5 million to first production. In previous disclosure, Horizon stated it was targeting first production from the Lachowice field by the second half of 2019. Horizon’s ability to achieve its revised target of Q1 2021 depends on its ability to raise additional capital to pay the Cash Consideration and the entering into of a joint venture agreement, as more particularly described below, or to obtain other satisfactory funding.A new horizontal or highly deviated well and a horizontal or highly deviated re-entry of the new vertical well (targeting >300 m natural gas column) would then be drilled commencing in Q4 2021, targeting an increase in production to 17.5 MMcfe/d at a new processing facility expected to be operational in Q1 2022. Drilling would continue targeting production increases to over 30 MMcfe/d thereafter. Operating netbacks are expected to be approximately US$6.80 per thousand cubic feet (Mcfe), based on current pricing, see Non-GAAP measures at the end of this Press Release. Timing of the development is subject to receipt of all regulatory approvals.Horizon continues to work towards closing the joint venture contemplated by the letter of intent (“LOI”) with a private European entity (the “Farmee”) as previously announced on August 18, 2018. Under the terms of the LOI, the Farmee has agreed to fund 100% of the capital expenditures required to bring the Lachowice field to first production, with Horizon continuing as operator. In return, the Farmee will receive 50% of the equity in the Horizon subsidiary that will hold the Bielsko-Biala Concession. Horizon and the Farmee will agree on the drilling and development program to bring the Lachowice field on production. The LOI is subject to a number of conditions, including a financing condition, as outlined in Horizon’s August 18, 2018 press release. Should the Farmee not be able to raise necessary funds for development, Horizon will consider other partners for the development, and/or proceed on a 100% working interest basis.Horizon does not currently have the funds committed to achieve its development plans as described in this Press Release.CorporateHorizon is currently examining options for improving the Company’s trading liquidity, access to new equity capital in Europe and its profile alongside its international E&P peers. As part of these deliberations, Horizon may consider listing on another exchange, such as the London Stock Exchange. In the event the Company decides to undertake an additional listing, it expects to execute a plan within the next 6-12 months.Source: Company Press Release The Bielsko-Biala concession, containing the Lachowice natural gas discovery, is one of the concessions acquired
Comet Ridge owns 40% stake in Mahalo project. (Credit: skeeze from Pixabay) Comet Ridge has been granted two petroleum leases, Petroleum Leases (PLs) 1082 (Humboldt) and 1083 (Mahalo), at its Mahalo gas project in the Denison Trough by the state government of Queensland in Australia.Issued for 30 years term, the PLs 1082 and 1083 are located in the northern part of exploration permit ATP 1191.Comet Ridge said that the petroleum lease awards represent the final regulatory approval required for the project to move towards production.The project already secured the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act approval as well as approval by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.Mahalo gas project set to move into production phaseComet Ridge chairman James McKay said that the company and its partners have conducted exploration, appraisal and development planning activities for many years to prove Mahalo as a valuable developmentready gas project.McKay added: “The Mahalo Gas Project is well positioned to deliver meaningful gas production into the domestic and export market as part of an emerging greater Mahalo fairway.“The streamlined approval process shows it has the support of the Queensland government and we look forward to working with our joint venture partners in progressing Mahalo towards a Final Investment Decision.”The Mahalo project is 40% owned by Comet Ridge while other partners include Santos with 30% share and Australian Pacific Liquefied Natural Gas (APLNG) holding the remaining 30% interest.Comet Ridge is also continuing it work at Mahalo North project including seismic interpretation to optimise drilling locations and make it development ready. It is planned to be tied into either the Mahalo Gas Project or other nearby gas processing and pipeline facilities. The petroleum lease awards represent the final regulatory approval required for the project to move towards production
The 200km Durgapur-Banka section forms part of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur Pipeline Augmentation Project. (Credit: Ioannis Ioannidis from Pixabay) India has commissioned three projects related to the petroleum sector in Bihar state, boosting its production capacity.Launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the three projects include the Durgapur-Banka section of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur pipeline augmentation project as well as two liquified petroleum gas (LPG) bottling plants in Banka and Champaran.Built by state-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the 200km Durgapur-Banka section forms part of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur Pipeline Augmentation Project, for which the foundation stone was laid in 2019.Modi said: “Bhagiratha effort to connect eastern India with Paradip on the eastern seaboard and Kandla on the western seaboard began under the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Yojana and seven states will be connected through this pipeline, which is about 3000 km long, of which Bihar also has an prominent role.“The line from Paradip – Haldia will now be further extended to Patna, Muzaffarpur and the pipeline coming from Kandla which has reached Gorakhpur will also be connected to it. He said when the entire project is ready, it will become one of the longest pipeline projects in the world.”Two bottling plants have annual filling capacity of more than 125 million cylindersThe two bottling plants, with a combined filling capacity of more than 125 million cylinders every year, are expected to meet the LPG requirements of Godda, Deoghar, Dumka, Sahibganj, Pakur districts and some areas of Uttar Pradesh in Jharkhand.The Banka bottling plant, worth around INR1.317bn ($17.9m), will serve the districts of Bhagalpur, Banka, Jamui, Araria, Kishanganj and Katihar in Bihar, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI).Additionally, the Hindustan Petroleum’s (HPCL) LPG bottling plant at Harsidhi in East Champaran district has a processing capacity of 1,20,000 tonnes per annum. It is built with an investment of INR1.364bn ($18.5m), as per the news agency.The government had earlier announced a special package worth INR210bn ($2.8bn) to support the development of 10 petroleum and gas projects in Bihar.In June, ONGC Videsh announced a new investment of $121.27m for the further development of the Shwe gas project offshore Myanmar. The three projects include the 200km-long Durgapur-Banka pipeline and two LPG bottling plants in Banka and Champaran