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Irving’s 33 lifts Celtics past Nuggets

first_imgFIRST STEPWednesday marked a milestone in Gordon Hayward’s recovery process from his broken left ankle. He out of the walking booth he’s been using since his surgery in October. He will continue to wear a protective brace. It’s a promising step in is rehab, Stevens said, but he cautioned it’s just the next one in an ongoing process.“It’s another box to check. There’s a big difference in getting out of the boot and playing in an NBA game,” Stevens said. “He’s got a long way to go. But it’s good that he has these things as goals. He keeps checking them off and he’s working really diligently at it.”UP NEXTNuggets: Host Pelicans on Friday.Celtics: Play their fourth game in six days when they host the Jazz on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kyrie Irving had 33 points and the Boston Celtics held on for a 124-118 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.Irving added seven assists. It was his eighth game this season with 30 or more points. Jaylen Brown finished with 26 points and five rebounds. The Celtics improved to 13-2 at home this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We had to be resilient practically the whole night, and kind of weather their storms,” Irving said. “They kept coming and kept coming. We had to outscore them at some point.”The 124 points was a season-high for Boston. The Celtics shot a season-high 60 percent from the field. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) gestures after hitting a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Irving scored 33 as the Celtics defeated the Nuggets 124-118. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — The Celtics expected to have their hands full with a Nuggets team that has had no trouble putting the ball in the basket this season.Boston countered by having its best shooting night of the season.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set There were eight ties and six lead changes, but Boston never surrendered the lead in the second half.“That was the only way we were going to win tonight — the way we were guarding and rebounding,” coach Brad Stevens said. “Our guys distributed it well. We did cut and space well. I thought we played with good purpose and authority on offense.”Gary Harris led the Nuggets with a career-high 36 points and six assists. Jamal Murray added 28 points and 10 assists.The Nuggets went on a 13-2 run to tie the game at 85 in the third quarter. Boston responded in the fourth, using a 9-0 run to open a 106-94 lead.Denver’s Nikola Jokic sat out his seventh straight game with a left ankle sprain.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LeBron praises Lonzo Ball’s humility, shares rookie year comparison Celtics forward Al Horford had the night off to rest a right knee bruise.TIP-INSNuggets: Will Barton sat out with a lower back bruise. … Denver connected on their first seven field goal attempts.Celtics: Shane Larkin had 14 points off the bench. … Denver’s 118 points was an opponent season-high. … Boston has made 10 or more 3-pointers in 11 straight games. … Marcus Morris sat out for the fourth time in five games rehabbing his left knee.QUOTABLE“We came out short-handed — back-to-back, but that’s not an excuse — and had great energy. That’s all you can ask. It’s been a long road trip and now we can go back and defend home court.” — Harris.BYE-BYE GOGGLESFor now, Brown is done with his goggles.He wore contacts Wednesday for the first time since accidentally scratching his cornea. He had been playing with protective goggles for three games.But he said the two versions he’d been using both had issues. One pair was fogging up too easily. The other started to become a hindrance and fit too tightly on his face, obstructing his peripheral vision.“It’s just uncomfortable with them. So I decided I was better off without them,” he said.Doctors say he can wear his contacts for a few hours the next couple of days. The change even brought about a postgame joke from Stevens.“We had some laughs in retrospect about that. ‘Retro-spec’ about that,” Stevens said. “I said ‘retro-spec’. I’ve been thinking about that all week.” MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

LIKE & SHARE: WIN A MEAL FOR TWO IN THE SILVER TASSIE

first_imgThe Silver Tassie are giving away a meal for two for their Friday Sizzler Steak & Seafood night.The summer months are bringing some exciting times to the Silver Tassie hotel & spa. BBQ Mondays, Traditional Wednesdays, Friday Sizzler and midweek music offerings commence this week and will continue throughout the summer months. To launch this fantastic summer of events the Silver Tassie are giving away a meal for two people to enjoy the Friday Sizzler Steak & Seafood night on Fridays.To be in with a chance of winning this meal for two, simply LIKE & SHARE.Have a look on Silver Tassie’s Facebook page for more information about their Summer events, simply click here  LIKE & SHARE: WIN A MEAL FOR TWO IN THE SILVER TASSIE was last modified: July 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:friday sizzlerLike and Sharemeal for twosilver tassielast_img read more

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: CARBS – FRIEND OR FOE

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Carbs are public enemy No1!!!!!

It’s common knowledge that if you want to lose weight, you simply cannot eat carbs because they make you fat….right?Not exactly.Carbohydrates are probably the most misunderstood of all the macronutrients. 
A few years ago, the humble potato was outlawed and only fools ate them. So which is it to be? 
High carb, low carb, no carb; which will give us the best results? 

The answer is…all of them.It depends on what your objective actually is.For weight loss, the simplicity of reducing carbs or eliminating them from the diet is a big selling point. 
You have reduced or eliminated an entire food group, so overall calories have reduced and weight loss will be inevitable. 

Simple!What isn’t simple is actually sticking to it. 

A diet that is based on deprivation is never easy and the end result after the diet has finished is usually a return to normal eating habits and a return to your previous weight. What we want to achieve when we decide to change our health for the better, is a way that we can do this and be able to enjoy life. 

If you can’t do this then what is the point?I look awesome, but I’m miserable inside??Not exactly a long term solution.So the question is……CAN YOU LOSE WEIGHT AND STILL EAT CARBS???Yes, yes you can. What people need to realise is what low carb actually is.0-50g carbs is classed as Ketogenic. 

You are basically eating green leafy vegetables so our bodies can transition to burning fatty acids for energy. 
This is a great way to lose body-fat fast, but for most, it is not sustainable long term. 
Performance will also suffer if you lift weights or play sports.50-100g is classed as Low CarbThis is a good range for slow, healthy weight loss. 
Starchy carbs are reduced and fruit and veg are eaten liberally. 
Insulin production will be low so fat burning should be high. 100-150g is classed as moderate Carb.If you are active, train regularly and have your body where you want it, this is the bottom end of your carbohydrate intake. 
(If you are highly active and train 6+ times per week, this would be too low.)150-300g+ is classed as High CarbThis is where you can get slow weight gain, great if you lift weights and are trying to pack on muscle, not so great if you are trying to drop a dress size. 
But again, this is a guide line. I have had female clients lose body-fat and gain muscle in and around consuming 250g of carbs per day.Like I said earlier, the amount that you eat is goal dependant.If you are a triathlete who trains 2-3 times per day 5-6 days per week, going low carb is not the best choice. 
You would be at the upper levels of the high carb diet and even higher on days leading up to an event.
They are needed for energy and for optimal performance.If you have 1 stone to lose in order to drop a dress size then you could do this by going low carb and not over restricting the types that you eat. 
Just allow an appropriate amount of time to do this.If you are severely overweight with impending health problems, high blood pressure, over producing insulin due to chronically high blood sugars, then the lower end of the scale would probably be your best starting point.As you may be starting to figure out, there is no one-size-fits-all prescription here. We are all different weights, we have different activity levels, and we have different fitness goals.
But I hope this will help you to understand that carbs are not bad. 
Inactivity and the over consumption are the real problems. 

#TrainSmartIf you have any question on this article or for getting a tailored program based on your starting point, please contact me through the link below. 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118 
* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: CARBS – FRIEND OR FOE was last modified: May 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:carbsemmet rushefitness columnlow carblast_img read more

England reach European U19 Championship semi-final after beating Germany 4-1

first_img 1 Ben Brereton and Ryan Sessegnon each scored a brace as England reached the semi-finals of the European Under-19 Championship with a 4-1 victory over Germany in Georgia.Nottingham Forest forward Brereton’s second-half double gave England a 2-0 lead and after Germany substitute Tobias Warschewski pulled one back with 14 minutes left, Fulham’s Sessegnon added two late goals.The Young Lions, who lost both Trevoh Chalobah and Andre Dozzell to injury inside 15 minutes at David Petriashvili Stadium, progressed to the last four as Group B winners having already beaten Holland and Bulgaria.Next up for England is a semi-final clash with Czech Republic on Wednesday as they remain on target to follow the under-20s’ success at the World Cup last month. Getty Images center_img Ryan Sessegnon scored twice against Germany last_img read more

Why Warehouse Christmas parties are booking up fast

first_imgIreland’s Best New Bar of 2017 is transforming into a festive funderland for Christmas party nights in Letterkenny.Warehouse Bar + Kitchen is offering fantastic Christmas Party Packages for you and your friends to celebrate the season. Tables are being reserved quickly for these fantastic offers:Work teams can get the annual party all wrapped up with a tailored package of great food and entertainment. The stylish town centre bar is offering three-course menus for €25pp and tasty buffet bites for only €7.50pp. Let Warehouse Bar + Kitchen take the stress off this Christmas by providing everything you need in one easy package, from dinner to dancing.For reservations or booking queries call 074 912 22066. Visit: www.facebook.com/WarehouseBarKitchen   Sponsored post Why Warehouse Christmas parties are booking up fast was last modified: November 15th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:christmas partiesEntertainmentwarehouse bar + kitchenlast_img read more

Moya Brennan to get lifetime achievement honour at RTE Folk Awards

first_imgDonegal singer Moya Brennan is to receive the lifetime achievement award in this year’s RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards.As the lead singer of Clannad, Brennan has been a champion of traditional music for decades.She has already won Grammy, Bafta and Ivor Novello awards and worked on projects with U2, the Chieftains, Paul Young, Michael Crawford and others. Moya was one of nine children of Máire and Leo Brennan who would perform in the family’s bar “Leo’s”.Unveiling the singer as this year’s lifetime achievement winner, RTE’s head of arts and culture Ann-Marie Power said she was an ambassador for Ireland at a very interesting time in the country’s history.“Throughout her career as a solo artist, she has drawn from the well of history and home while also not being afraid to take on a new challenge or direction,” she said.“She is also admirably very committed to nurturing young talent with her monthly nights in Donegal.” This year’s Irish Folk Awards will take place at Vicar Street in Dublin on October 24 and will be hosted by John Creedon and Ruth Smith. Moya Brennan to get lifetime achievement honour at RTE Folk Awards was last modified: September 20th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardClannaddonegalMoya BrennanRTElast_img read more

Ski Enceladus

first_imgWant the ultimate in powder snow?  Ski Enceladus, a little moon of Saturn.  The snow is deep and vast.  Drawbacks: except for occasional craters and steep canyons, the land is flat; there are no ski lifts; there is no air; you would weigh one or two pounds, and transportation will cost you billions of dollars.  Other than that, science news outlets are advertising it as a great place for snow lovers! “Enceladus weather: Snow flurries and perfect powder for skiing.”  That’s PhysOrg’s travel ad (a.k.a. science report) earlier this month. Cassini took two close passes by Enceladus this month, #14 on October 1 at 99 km, and #15 on October 19 at 765 miles.  In the second, the spacecraft was able to watch the light of two stars flicker on and off through the plumes.  The Cassini Imaging Team site Ciclops.org posted a preview of raw images from the latest flyby.  Another one, #16, comes up on November 6 at 496 km.  After a pause, there will be more close passes in March, April and May. That this little moon should have powder snow is astonishing.  The fine talcum-powder-size ice settles down by gravitational attraction from the particles spewing out of the moon’s south pole geysers. PhysOrg said the snow is not composed of snowflakes like we have on Earth, which require an atmosphere.  Instead, tiny ice particles fall on ballistic paths from the ejection sites (long, deep canyons called “tiger stripes” at the south pole).  Although it’s impossible to know the texture and depth of the deposits directly, scientists can infer the particle composition by comparing visible, ultraviolet and near-infrared measurements of the same regions.  According to Dr. Paul Schenk of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, the accumulated particles would be ideal for skiing. How long has this been going on?  The PhysOrg article stated, “Mapping of these deposits indicate that the plumes and their heat source are relatively long-lived features lasting millennia and probably tens of million years or more, and have blanketed areas of the surface in a thick layer of tiny ice particles.”  The error bars on that statement extend four orders of magnitude.  The problem with the higher figure (tens of millions of years) is keeping that amount of power going on this little moon for so long.  In fact, to believe that this moon is the assumed age of Saturn, little Enceladus would be coating itself with powder snow for 4.5 billion years.  Is there that much source water available?  If the geysering started more recently, what turned it on? Readers should remember that the geyser discovery was a surprise.  “The discovery by instruments aboard the Cassini orbiter that there’s a currently active plume of icy dust and vapour from Enceladus has revolutionized planetary science,” Schenk said.  It would seem that billion-year snow-coating of this moon would erase features.  We see some softening of crater edges, but numerous cracks and evidences of tectonic activity are visible.  From photos showing recent exposure of accumulated ice, scientists estimate some of the deposits are as much as a hundred meters thick at a maximum.  Using “models of plume deposition” that result in extremely slow accumulation, scientists did some calculations.  “To accumulate 100 meters of deposits would require a few tens of millions of years or so.” But that leads to a confusing conundrum: “This is important as it suggests that the thermal heat source required to drive the plumes and maintain any liquid water under the icy crust would also have to be similarly long-lived.” Long-lived, but long-lived enough?  Why are there not thousands of meters of deposits?  Can these plumes really have been active that long?  What is the energy source in such a small moon that should have frozen solid, like nearby Mimas, long ago?  So much material is coming out of Enceladus that it creates a giant ring around Saturn (the E-ring), composed of micron-size particles. Another moon of Saturn got some press this month: Titan, the largest.  Maps of this atmosphere-shrouded giant keep getting better and better (see Space.com).  Was Space.com able to resist the urge to say that Titan sheds light on the origin of life?  Yes! –but only on that first article about the maps.  In “The hazy history of air on Saturn’s moon Titan,” Shaun McCormack (a contributor to Astrobiology Magazine), used the L-word six times in another Space.com article.  (News flash: No life has been found on Titan, and it is almost 300 degrees below zero there.)  McCormack agreed the idea is somewhat incredible; “This is remarkable, because it was thought that Earth and Titan were made from a vastly different recipe of materials in drastically different temperatures,” he said.  But then he gave good press to some Spanish astrobiologists who envision Titan as a laboratory for the origin of life. Speaking of snow, the idea of a prehistoric “Snowball Earth” has been going in and out of fashion.  Astrobiology Magazine wove a tale about how life might have survived a global freeze, but the French, according to Science Daily, are challenging the very concept.  “Their work, published in the journal Nature, challenges part of the so-called ‘Snowball Earth’ hypothesis and rekindles the debate about the origins of the deglaciation mechanism.”  They could not find evidence for a steep climb in carbon dioxide levels.  That means Earth could never have gotten out of a deep freeze. Thankfully, we live on a planet with just enough ice and snow to give us fun things to do in the winter without making skiing mandatory 24 x 7 x 52. “Snowball Earth” is another one of those suggestive phrases that secular scientists come up with to titillate the imagination.  They don’t need evidence for it; in fact, it can contradict common sense – to get out of it requires ad hoc conditions.  But if it feeds the Grand Myth, it is useful.  The Grand Myth requires Earth to be born in fire, then go through trial by ice, then end up just right, as if testing all the options of Goldilocks’ soup.  Then, in some warm little pond, Evolution conjures up the elixir of life, just like it did with liquid methane on Titan.  Storytelling is fun because no evidence is required. Another observation of interest to psychologists of science (a new discipline emerging, according to Medical Xpress) is how the consensus-huggers deal with anomalies.  The Big Question that should emerge from observations of Enceladus is why these geysers are active today, if Enceladus is billions of years old.  A small sparkler does not burn for a year, and a small moon the diameter of Arizona does not have the heat to last 4.5 billion years.  How do the scientists respond?  They say it might have been going on for a few tens of millions of years.  Not even close.  Ten million is to a billion as one foot to a hundred feet.  Big problem.  Quick; let’s talk about life on Titan instead!(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Infographic: Joburg by taxi – a practical guide

first_imgGetting around Joburg on a minibus taxi can be daunting for newbies. But once you know your short right from your after robot, and your Diepsloot from your Orange Farm, it’s the fastest, most popular and often the cheapest way to get where you want to go.      Minibus taxis are by far the most popular – and are often the cheapest – form of public transport in South Africa, used mainly by the urban and rural poor. (Image: Brand South Africa)Ray MaotaMinibus taxis are by far the most popular – and are often the cheapest – form of public transport in South Africa, used mainly by the urban and rural poor.In Johannesburg, using a taxi can be bewildering, if you are not from the city of gold. Here’s a quick guide to ease your way.To board a taxi in Joburg, you must first get to the right taxi rank. Here, hundreds of minibus taxis converge to ferry commuters to their various destinations in and out of Gauteng province, and even across the border to neighbouring countries.The Johannesburg CBD has four major taxi ranks, at Noord Street, Bree Street, Wanderers and the Faraday market.Noord Street is by far the largest and busiest rank in the middle of the city. As you approach the rank, especially during peak hours, you are swarmed by hordes of hurrying commuters. You are also confronted by hawkers peddling a variety of goods, ranging from foodstuff to clothing and anything else in-between.The taxi ranks are the easiest part of your journey to navigate as there is signage. You stand in queues to board a taxi to your destination. It’s when you are not at a taxi rank that you have to be fluent in taxi sign language. There are no written signs. It’s all done by a complicated series of hand signals. And South African minibus taxis stop wherever they are needed along whatever road they are driving. They do not have designated stops; you simply have to flag one down – using the correct hand signal, of course.Click graphic for a larger view:A language like no otherEvery day thousands of hands stretch out along commuter routes across Gauteng speaking a silent language of taxi hand signals. According to artist Susan Woolf, taxi hand signs are a shared language, learned by imitation and word of mouth.Woolf is a recognised expert in Gauteng taxi hand signs, or what is really the Gauteng dialect of what has been called South Africa’s 12th official language. She spent many years of research and artistic production focusing on the signals, documenting and deciphering them. Along the way, she has created a lexicon for blind people to comfortably use this mode of transport.“They are basic gestures tied to narrative threads that swirl through community life connecting today with history and folklore,” says Woolf.They are complex, she adds. They often have an indexical aspect in that they “point to” the place to which they refer and often use the gestural shape of a pointing finger, or a finger or hand in motion towards the place indicated. But some of the signs have iconic features of resemblance, such as the shape of the orange for T Junction, Orange Farm or KwaThema, all places in Gauteng; others have symbolic arbitrary, purely conventional qualities.Signs and destinationsAccording to Woolf, a taxi hand sign may refer to a place that has retained its indigenous name but it may just as easily refer to an event associated with it, or a physical attribute of the place, or even a shopping mall that is the main feature of a place.There are two basic signs that commuters in Johannesburg. One is the index figure pointing up, which means town; the other is the index figure pointing down, meaning local. This takes you anywhere within the suburb you are in.The KwaThema taxi hand sign is performed showing two flat hands, palms together, resting on the left side of the person’s face.The taxi hand sign to Kliptown is one hand waving left to right in front of their faces and the other hand waves up and down, to ask the taxi to slow down.The sign to Orange Farm is directly descriptive of its name. With a forward pointing hand, all four fingers and the thumb are bent upwards as if to hold an orange.The taxi sign to Diepsloot is acted out with one hand in a sequence of hand postures, dipping downwards and then upwards in a forward movement several times.If you want to get to Fourways, in Johannesburg, just hold up your hand with four fingers exposed and your thumb tucked in.Taxi lingoBut it’s not only the hand signals that are important. There are also phrases you’ll need to understand, such as “short right”, “short left”, “after robot” and “dankie”.They might sound confusing but they are literal meanings of where the passenger wants to alight.Short right means you want to get off at the next street to the right and vice-versa with short left.After robot means you want to get off after the next traffic light the taxi goes through.Here, or dankie, which actually means “thank you” in Afrikaans, has been the subject of many squabbles between driver and passenger. Many taxi drivers feel it’s too ambiguous. They prefer a passenger to be specific, for example “after robot”.last_img read more

Crime rate no co-relation to casinos, Parrikar tells Goa Assembly

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday told the Goa legislative assembly that revenue earned from the casino industry had doubled over the last two years.In a written reply to a question asked by leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, Mr. Parrikar who also holds Finance portfolio said that there was no co-relation between the casino industry and the coastal state’s crime rate. The question by the Congress MLA was whether crime rate had increased in Goa due to casino operations. Mr. Parrikar said “No” in his written reply.Mr. Parrikar further claimed that crime rate had decreased in the last three years, with 4467 criminal cases reported in 2014, 3074 in 2015, 2693 in 2016, respectively.The Chief Minister also said that revenues generated by the state exchequer over the last three fiscals from casions had increased substantially. While the State earned ₹78.62 crore in 2014-16 from the casino industry in form of various taxes, in the year 2016-17, it went up to ₹161.96 croreGoa has five casinos operating in river Mandovi and around 10 onshore casinos restricted to hotels in five star and above category.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Deep Brain Stimulation Triggers Hallucinations

first_imgClose your eyes and imagine home. Sharp details—such as the shape of the front doorknob, the height of the windows, or the paint color—assemble in your mind with a richness that seems touchable. A new study has found where this mental projection lives in the brain by inducing hallucinations in an epilepsy patient. A 22-year-old male was receiving deep brain stimulation to isolate where his daily seizures originated. His disorder appeared after he caught West Nile virus at the age of 10 and subsequently suffered from brain inflammation. His episodes were always preceded by intense déjà vu, suggesting a visual component of his disease, but he had no history of hallucinations. Brain scans revealed a shrunken spot near his hippocampus—the brain’s memory center. Studies had shown that this region—known as the parahippocampal place area (PPA)—was involved with recognizing of scenes and places. Doctors reconfirmed this by showing the patient pictures of a house and seeing the PPA light up on brain scans with functional magnetic resonance imaging (images above show brain activity; yellow indicates stronger activation than red). Thin wire electrodes—less than 2 mm thick—placed in the PPA (yellow dots in right panel) recorded similar brain activity after viewing these pictures. To assess if the PPA was ground zero for seizures, the doctors used a routine procedure that involves shooting soft jolts of electricity into the region and seeing if the patient senses an oncoming seizure. Rather than have déjà vu, the patient’s surroundings suddenly changed as he hallucinated places familiar to him. In one instance, the doctors morphed into the Italians from his local pizza place. Zapping a nearby cluster of neurons produced a vision of his subway station. 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