Facebook to take down some, but not all, posts promoting anti-stay-at-home protests

first_imgAnti-stay-at-home protests have recently erupted in certain states across the US as shutdown orders have been extended in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The shutdown orders also impact the number of Americans losing their jobs.California, New Jersey, and Nebraska are states that are currently organizing anti-stay-at-home protests, but Facebook plans on removing some posts promoting the protests.Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said these protests do not follow the states’ social distancing guidelines.Stone said Facebook would take down posts created through the Facebook Events feature that promote events in California, New Jersey and Nebraska. Other Facebook posts, including Facebook groups about the protests, might not be removed.Facebook will allow the protests to be organized on Facebook as long as the government in the specific state does not prohibit events during this time.last_img read more

Wisconsin hits road to take on Nittany Lions

first_imgWisconsin captain Rae Lin D\’Alie looks to lead the Badgers to their second straight win.[/media-credit]Coming off a regular season sweep of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team will hit the road beginning tonight at Penn State.The Badgers rebounded nicely from a heartbreaking loss at Indiana to complete their first season sweep of the Illini since 2003-04 with their 61-43 victory on Sunday. The Badgers were led by sophomore guard Alyssa Karel’s 15 points while juniors Teah Gant and Mariah Dunham chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively.If the Badgers want to make it two in a row, they will have to defeat a much-improved Nittany Lions team that they swept last year. Though Penn State has improved greatly from last year, they are still struggling in the Big Ten. They come into the game against Wisconsin with a 2-5 conference record and a 7-10 record overall.Penn State is led by junior guard Tyra Grant and senior guard Brianne O’Rourke, who average 18.5 and 11.8 points per game, respectively. O’Rourke also averages 4.7 assists, good for third-best in the Big Ten. The Lions run a fast-moving offense that excels in transition moments, which means the Badgers’ Big Ten-best defense will have to play well to slow their attack.“They are very explosive,” Wisconsin coach Lisa Stone said. “Brianne O’Rourke is one of the best point guards around and is always pedal to the metal. Tyra Grant can put up big numbers. She is very good one-on-one, and she is going to try to get her shot.“Mashea Williams is their other good guard. Their post players have rotated, but they are transition-first. They are very high octane, are much improved from last season, and play well at home.”Karel knows that for Wisconsin to slow Penn State down, they will have to limit fast breaks and stick to their defensive strategy.“They are a really good transition team,” Karel said. “They really like to push the ball all the time. We definitely need to be at our best in transition defense. We also need to rebound well and that’s something we’re really focusing on.”Like Jenna Smith of Illinois, Tyra Grant is the key to any offensive success that the Lions have. Wisconsin was able to contain Smith on Sunday and will look to do the same against Grant on Thursday.Even though Grant will be one of the most explosive players the Badgers face all season, Stone insisted that the Badgers have to maintain the defense that has led to their success when defending her.“We won’t change anything on our defense for her; we’ll just always make sure we know where she is,” Stone said. “She is going to look for her shot, and we just always have to have the vision to see where she’s at.”Junior point guard Rae Lin D’Alie echoed that sentiment.“She’s very good with the ball, very good offensively,” D’Alie said. “We’re going to stay in the pack against her and make sure we have someone off the ball watching her. We just have to keep doing our thing.”Also important in the Badgers victory over Illinois was their ability to take care of the ball. Wisconsin had only five turnovers, tying a school record set last year against Penn State. So far this season, the Badgers have averaged only 15.4 turnovers, No. 28 in the nation. The Nittany Lions, however, counter with a Big Ten-best 9.41 steals per game.“We have to make sure that we have solid hand-to-hand passing and try to carry over the kind of game we had against Illinois,” Stone said. “If we are able to do that, we will always be in the game.”As point guard, D’Alie handles the ball more than anyone on the team and therefore knows the importance of ball security and the success that comes with it.“Taking care of the ball and taking good shots have always been our major focuses so if we can continue to do that, we’ll be looking pretty good.”last_img read more

Men’s hockey: Badgers dominate offensively on the road, improve to 4-2

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team impressed in upstate New York this weekend, sweeping their two-game weekend against No. 18 St. Lawrence and Clarkson.The Badgers (4-2, 0-0 Big Ten) continued to dazzle on the offensive end, as they netted five goals in victories over two strong ECAC opponents. The 10 goals in the two games brought Wisconsin’s average to just over 4.3 goals per-game, which is fourth best in the nation at this point in the season.Wisconsin started their weekend with 5-2 upset win over St. Lawrence Friday night, scoring three goals in the third period to secure their first true road win on the year.The Saints took the lead in the first period, but the Badgers fought back with two goals in the second period. The teams went into the third period deadlocked at two, where Wisconsin’s special teams units prevailed.UW broke the tie on a short-handed goal from freshman Trent Frederic, who continued his impactful play after being named one of the Big Ten stars of the week the week before. The Badgers extended their lead to two with a power-play goal from Ryan Wagner, and held onto it until captain Luke Kunin netted his second goal of the game, an empty-net goal with 13 seconds left to seal the three goal victory.The Badgers followed up their win with another impressive performance against a capable Clarkson team. Thanks to five goals from five different players, Wisconsin came away with their second victory on the road in upstate New York.UW scored in each period on its way to a 5-4 win against the Golden Knights. The Badgers opened the scoring in the first period, notching two goals in less than a minute to jump out to an early and dominant 2-0 lead. Clarkson clawed back to tie the game at two, but goals from a pair of junior defensemen, Corbin McGuire and Cullen Hurley, put the Badgers back up by two.Hurley’s quick third period goal put Wisconsin up 5-3, a lead they wouldn’t surrender the rest of the way, despite allowing the Golden Knights to add a late goal to finalize it at 5-4.The two-game sweep on the road was the first for the Badgers since 2014.Men’s hockey: Badgers hit the road to New York for matchups with No. 18 St. Lawrence and ClarksonThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team takes their season out East this weekend as they head to upstate New York Read…The Badgers return to the Kohl Center next weekend for a two-game series rematch against Northern Michigan, who they split games with in the season opener in Green Bay. The series will take place Friday and Saturday, with both games set for 7 p.m.last_img read more

Bieber, LeBron, other stars descend on LA for NBA showcase

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with teammate Jordan Clarkson during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The stars will be out in Los Angeles, on the basketball court and all around it.The NBA’s All-Star festivities are back at Staples Center, with the usual events on All-Star Saturday night and a new format for the game Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Some things to watch as Los Angeles hosts the All-Star Game for a record sixth time:LEBRON IN L.A.: James refuses to discuss his free agency during the season, but figure on it coming up in Los Angeles since there’s been such speculation about him signing with the Lakers. The Lakers, after a trade with James’ Cavaliers last week, would have enough salary cap space to offer a maximum contract to James and another star if he opts to become a free agent and leave Cleveland this summer.HOMECOMING KINGS: The Los Angeles area is home to a number of All-Stars, including 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City and runner-up James Harden, along with Oklahoma City’s Paul George and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan.SIDELINED STARS: James’ team will look much different than the one he drafted after a number of injuries. DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love, John Wall and Kristaps Porzingis all were forced to pull out. George, Andre Drummond, Goran Dragic and Kemba Walker were added as injury replacements by Commissioner Adam Silver.DUNK LIKE DAD: Larry Nance Jr., one of the players who went from Los Angeles to Cleveland in the four-player trade at the deadline, will be back in his former home arena to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest. He’ll try to follow in the footsteps — or flight path — of his father, who won the NBA’s first slam dunk title in 1984. Rookies Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Dennis Smith Jr., and Indiana All-Star Victor Oladipo round out the field.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READcenter_img BIEBS IS BACK: Bieber will return to play in the celebrity game on Friday night after winning MVP honors in the 2011 game. He will play on Team Lakers, co-coached by actor Michael B. Jordan. They will play against Team Clippers, who feature Academy Award winner Jaime Foxx.ALL-STAR SINGERS: Fergie will sing the U.S. national anthem and Barenaked Ladies will perform the Canadian national anthem. Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D will take the stage at halftime. Kendrick Lamar also is set to perform Friday night in Los Angeles as part of the weekend festivities. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arellano stuns Perpetual, nears NCAA men‘s volleyball crown UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry drafted players from the pool of All-Stars and the winning team gets a $350,000 donation from the NBA to the charity it chose. The league is hoping the new format that replaced the traditional East-West matchup will make it more competitive after a couple of lackluster games the previous two years.Perhaps the players can heed the words of Kobe Bryant, who won the MVP award on his home floor when the All-Star Game was last in Los Angeles in 2011.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“I feel like we have a sense of responsibility and we are voted in for what we do during the season, which is play hard,” Bryant said following that game. “And we come here, that’s what the fans want to see. They want to see us go at it and see us compete and that’s what I try to do and that’s what I try to tell my teammates to do.”Bryant is gone now but Beyonce and Jay-Z, Jack Nicholson and Justin Bieber are among the celebrities who attended that game and are scheduled to be back for at least some of this weekend. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

Improving the Health of Older Men Through Exercise

first_imgImage Credit: Toa55 / Shutterstock Thought LeadersDr. Barbara JefferisAssociate ProfessorUniversity College London (UCL)An interview with Dr. Barbara Jefferis, Associate Professor at UCL, discussing the importance of exercise in older age, and the effectiveness of current recommendations. Why is it important to remain active in older life?Being physically active is an incredibly good way to protect against a lot of conditions which are more common in later life and which can be disabling: heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, several cancers, poor mental health.Image Credit: Halfpoint / ShutterstockPeople who do more physical activity live longer than those who do less and also have better quality of life and are less likely to have poor mobility, falls and to live independently in their own home rather than in a care setting.What are the current recommendations for exercise in old age?At present the UK guidelines recommend accumulating 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity activities, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous intensity activity (or a combination of the two), in bouts of 10 minutes or more. UK Physical activity guidelines for older adults (65+ years). Interview conducted by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Aug 27 2018 Barbara Jefferis is an Associate Professor at University College London (UCL) in the Department of Primary Care and Population Health.She received her BA from Oxford University, a Masters from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a PhD from University College London.Her research focuses primarily on prevention of heart disease and stroke in older adults, with a particular emphasis on the preventive role of physical activity. This suggests that even modest amounts of activity may be beneficial in this older age range, so it’s important to do some activity even if the official target of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity seems unachievable.We also found greater benefits from more vigorous activities, so for those able to do the more intense activities, there were even greater benefits.We found that there were large benefits to reaching the government recommended 150 minute weekly tally of moderate to vigorous activity, but that the way it was reached didn’t matter too much.So the total time spent being active over the week (rather than absolutely needing to be active in 10 minute bouts, as current guidelines suggest) may be the key thing.Of course there is a caution, this was an observational study and although it is a strong study design and we took steps to reduce the risk of reverse causality, no definitive conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect.Also as those who wore the accelerometer tended to be younger and have healthier lifestyles than those who didn’t, this could have skewed the results.Finally, it’s not clear if the findings would be equally applicable to older women, but based on other studies, we don’t have a strong reason to expect very different results for women.Do you think that the current exercise recommendations need to be changed?I think that it remains a good target to aim for 150 minutes each week of activity that is at last moderate intensity (that is, an activity that gets the heart pumping harder, but lets you still talk to a friend whilst doing the activity).However, given that we know that the benefits of being active start at a lower level than 150 minutes per week, we could encourage older people who are unable to meet the 150 minute target, to at least do something: either a smaller amount of moderate activity eg 10-15 minutes per day instead of 30 minutes per day 5 times a week, or a similar amount (30 minutes per day) of lighter intensity activity.I also think that in order to make the targets more accessible for older adults, it would be good to encourage them to be active irrespective of doing activity in bouts lasting 10 minutes or more, as we found that the pattern of accumulation of physical activity did not appear to affect mortality risks.So future guidelines could emphasize that all physical activity, however modest, is worthwhile for extending the lifespan.This is particularly important given that we know that physical activity levels decline rapidly with advancing age. That said, the more activity people can fit into their daily lives, the greater the benefits they will gain.Image Credit: cdrin / ShutterstockWhat are the next steps for your research?Having looked at all-cause mortality, we are now going to use similar methods to look at whether the different intensities of activity and patterns of activity are related to specific illnesses in old age, in order to better understand what recommendations about activity levels are useful for specific conditions.Where can readers find more information?Objectively measured physical activity, sedentary behaviour and all-cause mortality in older men: does volume of activity matter more than pattern of accumulation?About Dr. Barbara Jefferis They say that physical activity to improve muscle strength should be done on at least two days a week. Also, older adults at risk of falls should do physical activity to improve balance and co-ordination on at least two days a week.Finally, all older adults should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods.Please describe your recent research in the field of sports medicine.Most physical activity guidelines have used information about physical activity that participants had to recall, but it’s hard to remember all the physical activity that we do, especially light activity as this may include routine tasks.In order to better understand how different intensities and patterns of activity are related to longevity, we recently did a prospective study using physical activity monitors which track how much the wearer moves and linked that to information about longevity over the next 5 years.Critically, this allowed us to test the importance of hard to remember lighter intensity activities and also the importance of accumulating activity in bouts lasting 10 minutes or more.Image Credit: Devenorr / ShutterstockWe used information from the British Regional Heart Study which recruited 7735 men (aged between 40 and 59 years) from primary care centres in 24 British towns in 1978-80.  In 2010-12, the 3137 surviving men were invited for a check-up which included a physical examination, and a questionnaire asking about their lifestyle, sleeping patterns, whether they had ever been diagnosed with heart disease.The men were also asked to wear an accelerometer; a portable gadget that continuously tracks the volume and intensity of physical activity, during waking hours for 7 days. They were then followed up until June 2016 or death, whichever came first.In all, 1566 (50%) men agreed to wear the device, but after excluding those with pre-existing heart disease and those with incomplete data, the final analysis included 1181 men, with an average age of 78 years.We found that the total volume of physical activity, from light intensity upwards to moderate and vigorous activity, was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause.For example, each additional 30 minutes a day of light intensity physical activity was associated with a 17 percent reduction in the risk of death.The reduction in risk remained even after we took account of potentially influential lifestyle factors, such as sedentary time.The equivalent reduction in the risk of death was around 33 percent for each additional 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day, meaning participants benefited greatly from more intense exercise.We also found no evidence to suggest that accumulating moderate to vigorous activity in bouts lasting 10 minutes or more, which is the current recommendation, was better than accumulating it in shorter bouts.What’s more, sporadic bouts seemed much easier for the participants to manage as two thirds (66 percent) of the men achieved their weekly total of moderate to vigorous activity in this way while only 16 percent managed to do so in bouts of 10 or more minutes.Finally, there was no evidence to suggest that breaking up sitting time was associated with a lower risk of death.What conclusions can be made from the research?We concluded that the associations between light intensity activity and reduced risk of dying were large enough to mean that even light activity might prolong life in older men.last_img read more