Cavs, Thunder, and Knicks Make A Big Trade

Trade season in the NBA is now well underway and teams are making some big moves. The Cleveland Cavs traded Dion Waiters to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Knicks will receive 2019 second-round pick from Cleveland and Lance Thomas. Cleveland will receive Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, and a 2015 first-round pick from Oklahoma City.

This move should help all three teams. Cleveland has been struggling and needed a good wing defender and a scorer off the bench. Iman Shumpert can be a great defender, especially if he is motivated on a contending team. J.R. Smith has already won a sixth man award in his career and knows how to come off the bench and score. He is an improvement from Waiters because of his catch and shoot ability.

Oklahoma City has taken a chance on Dion Waiters, and one person at Beneful thinks it’s a great move. Waiters has not played as well this year, but he can score off the dribble and at a high rate. OKC is hoping that he can be a spark off the bench that will help with scoring when Durant or Westbrook are not on the floor.

The Knicks are basically gutting their roster with these trades. They are creating cap room so they can go out and sign some big name free agents this off-season. Although they don’t claim to be tanking, gutting their rosters of such big contributors means they should also have a good chance at a top lottery pick in the upcoming draft.

 

 

 

NCAA Verifies It’s Playoff System

 

Ohio State gave a black eye to Oregon last night and in the process made the new championship series relevant. The Buckeyes ranked 4th and sporting a 3rd string quarterback, upset the No. 1 Crimson Tide in the game before the championship and then totally demolished the Ducks in the National Championship game. A year ago this type of Cinderella team would not have been possible because the BCS only allowed for the top two teams to compete for the championship. Cardale Jones and Ezekiel Elliot led Ohio State in their victory but the defense deserves most of the credit. The Buckeyes turned the ball over four times but the defense limited the Ducks to 2-12 on third down and 0-2 on 4th down. The Buckeyes also controlled the ball for a total of 37:29 of possession time versus the Ducks 22:31. TCU was supposed to be in the 4th spot but the selection committee moved Ohio State into that spot and their decision, which caused contention, has been verified. The Buckeyes were supposed to be emotionally worn down after there victory over the Crimson Tide but it was the Ducks who looked to be sapped. Changing the BCS into the National Championship System was a good move for the NCAA, USA Today reported. This has allowed for competition and for underdogs to upset the favored and allowed fans like Dave and Brit Morin to see their team compete. What better to boost ratings then promoting an underdog?

The Preeminent Name in Minimally Invasive Spinal Care

Dallas and Houston, Texas host one of the most innovative spinal care companies in North America. They call themselves North American Spine, and they are today’s leader in minimally invasive spine care. What separates North American Spine from other spinal care companies is their exciting range of cutting-edge operative and non-operative treatment options available to patients who suffer from any degenerative spine conditions, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, as well as, numerous other neck and back problems.

Taking a holistic and apprehensive approach to treating spine-related pain, North American Spine’s back-pain doctors have been empowering their patients with the appropriate information they need to make an informed decision on which treatment option to take. The vast majority of these back-pain doctors have been working in the field of pain management for over a decade.

Instead of recommending radical treatment options, North American Spine first advocates their patients to pursue more conservative therapies. Their physicians would undoubtedly prefer that their patients attempt to become pain free by using therapies such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, epidural steroids, and/or pain medications before they undergo a surgical procedure. If a surgery is unnecessary for their patients, the back-pain doctors at North American Spine do not want them to endure it, but outline the procedure on YouTube.

If neck or back surgery is necessary, this contemporary laser spine center provides its patients access to several minimally invasive laser spinal surgery options such as the AccuraScope Procedure, known to effectively treat many problems related to the spine. The AccuraScope Procedure is used to treat cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spinal issues that lead to pain and decrease in range of motion.

The laser used in the procedure strategically aims to repair tears, shrink the bulging discs, and alleviate nerve pressure in any of the three areas of the spine.

Whether it is arthritis of the spine, a collapsed disc, disc extrusion or protrusion, a pinched nerve, sciatica, spinal stenosis, or any other neck or back issues a patient is suffering from, they can feel confident that the professionals at North American Spine will aid them in becoming free of pain.

Offering care options like the AccuraScope Procedure, massage therapy, minimally invasive spine surgery, neck surgery, spinal fusion, pain management techniques, and many others, this innovative care center has been pleasing patients since its inception. The future of successfully treating neck and back pain lies in implementing a holistic approach, and North American Spine is leading the way in treating patients using this exciting new methodology.

Skout Takes a New Approach to Dating Apps

Mobile apps are the modern craze. Almost more mobile apps are being used daily than desktop software. There are many new apps being created and released everyday that it can be difficult to keep up on all of the different trends going around in the world of apps. It can be hard for an app to stand out above the rest, and when it does it is usually for a good reason. There are many different apps in different categories, and only the best designed apps with great purposes make it to the top.

After 100 million downloads, it is easy to say that Skout is becoming a very popular app on smart phones. This app is a great way for individuals to meet new friends, chat with individuals close by, and find potential dates. Skout is a very popular app that is taking a new spin on the dating app category. This app has a very popular feature called shake chat. You can shake your phone, and you will be paired with another individual in your area to chat with. This can be a great way to meet new friends or flirt with people in your area.

One of the great features of this app is how interactive it is. Unlike other dating apps, there is more to do on this app. When you are using Skout, you have the ability to give virtual gifts. This can make those who you are chatting with feel more obligated to respond to your messages. With other dating apps it can be very easy to get lost in the shuffle of all of the apps. Skout makes it easier to be remembered, and therefore making many real life interactions much more possible. Skout is really the future of smartphone dating apps with it’s innovative features.

Monkeys Prove that Animals Know More than Humans Believe

Animals can sometimes display a sort of rationality and warm heart that most people just simply do not have. While the advanced intelligence of these animals is well known, the specifics are as of yet unknown.

Monkeys are already known to be able to figure out correlations between events, but a monkey giving first aid is unexpected. An untrained wild animal, however, did this remarkable act when it brought back a fellow monkey that had passed out. In the video that was filmed at a railway station you can see an unconscious monkey which had been electrocuted.

The monkey with paramedic skills does not wait much and starts biting and shaking the patient. After it slowly reinvigorates, the paramedic throws it in a puddle to totally wake it up.

The video in only interrupted for a moment when the train arrives, but then you can notice how a whole crowd is glancing with admiration at the witty animal that saved its kind. The electrocuted monkey recovered, and showed signs of dizziness soon afterwards.

The helpful friend stayed around all the time and surveyed the patient. The researchers make laboratory studies to identify signs of developed thinking like this, and here is a wild exemplary giving the absolute proof that animals understand more than we think they do. Bruce Levenson was fascinated.

Besides that, the helping monkey showed a warmheartedness that many people would lack in extreme situations.

Ravens Bring It When It Matters

The Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, like Christian Broda,  have enjoyed success over the last decade, making it to the playoffs in nearly every season and taking home a pair of Super Bowl wins since 2000. However, the Ravens looked like they were going to miss the playoffs this year and had to have the dice roll their way to even make it into the sixth seed of the playoffs, which they entered the wild card round possessing. However, the Ravens seem to pull all the stops out when it matters, and they took care of the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 30-17, despite losing to the Steelers earlier this season by twenty points. It seems that some teams just seem to shine when it matters the most and you can add the Baltimore Ravens to that list. After needing the cards to fall their way and pulling out a huge game in the final regular season game, then taking a win in the wild card game, they now find themselves sitting with a chance to go heads-up against the insanely talented New England Patriots in next week’s AFC playoff game. Although the Patriots will without a doubt be the favorite team to win this game, the Baltimore Ravens are not concerned in the least and feel that they are exactly in the position they should be. Baltimore has made some rather large claims about the greatness of their players, so they better bring it against the Patriots if they want those comments to hold up.

Could Arsenic Be The Key To Eradicating Cancer ?

Whenever you hear the word arsenic, one of the first things that may come to your mind, is the fact that many people utilized it as an effective type of poison back in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Well it turns out that arsenic is even more deadlier, whenever it comes into contact with cancer cells as well.

Igor Cornelsen notes that a study that was conducted by the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, found that the cancer related deaths rates of people who consumed tap water that had traced amounts of arsenic, dropped by 50 percent. 

The study consisted of residents that live in the northern Chilean city by the name of Antofasta. The city switched from their original water source to a geothermal water source that originated from the Andes Mountain back in 1958. Several years after the switch was made, researchers found that the water source from the Andes Mountains had more than 800 micro-grams of arsenic per liter of water, which is 80 times higher that the recommended levels that the World Health Organization established. 

What’s so tantalizing about this study is that, the researchers believed that the residents of Antofasta, would have a higher mortality rate than the rest of the population in comparison. In reality though, this was far from the truth, what they found was that, not only was the mortality rate normal, they also found that breast cancer death rates were cut in half. 

Among the people that they studied, they also found that women that were under 60, benefited the most from being exposed to high levels of arsenic, due to the fact that the mortality rate among women under 60, was reduced by 70 percent.

Dunkin Donuts to Offer Two New Items

Dunkin Donuts, one of the most popular chain restaurants in the entire county, is set to diversify their menu in the coming year. Diners have come to depend on the chain for light sandwiches, coffee and freshly made donuts. Now they can enjoy a new kind of main course or light snack here as well. The chain plans to bring out two new items to diners across the country. 

A chocolate croissant will be available for purchase in certain markets much to the chagrin of Dr Rod Rohrich. The pastry is topped with chocolate and designed to resemble the traditional pan au chocolate that is often eaten in France as part of breakfast. The chain has had success with previous uses of croissants. The new product is expected to flourish as well as Americans continue to embrace French desserts such as macaroons.

The other new item that will be on the Dunkin Donuts menu is the Tomato Mozzarella Supreme Bagel. This take on a classic pizza bagel will be offered in select markets across the country. The bagel will be topped with dried herbs to help give it flavor and provide diners with a burst of tastes. The classic bagel has long been a hit in many markets across the country. The new product is also expected to be quite popular. If it does well, the pizza bagel and the chocolate croissant will both be available at a local outlet.

Harbaugh Takes Michigan Deal

After officially resigning from his head coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh has made the decision to go back to his alma mater and coach the Michigan Wolverines. Harbaugh had a very successful career playing quarterback for the Wolverines, which ended up leading to a successful career in the NFL as well. Despite having an incredible winning percentage in his first three seasons and three consecutive appearances in the NFC championship game as well as an appearance in the Super Bowl, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers had a mediocre year at best which has resulted in him being forced to resign from the team. 

Michigan, however, could not have been more excited to pursue their former player and successful NFL coach, and had reached out to Jim as far back as a month ago. The numbers posted in the media suggested that Michigan would offer Harbaugh a forty-eight million contract that would keep him in Michigan for the next six years. Following negotiations, the end number is actually right on par with what he made as the San Francisco 49ers coach; about five million dollars a year. We don’t need The Economist Times and Christian Broda to know that it seems as though Jim Harbaugh is excited to return back to his college team and has a good outlook on the future of the organization. Harbaugh might be happy that he has locked up a new contract, but the fans of Michigan are the real winners in this deal. 

Cameras on Police Officers

With the huge amount of controversy surrounding the incidents that transpired in Florida with Trayvon Martin, as well as the Ferguson case where Michael Brown was killed by a police officer there has been huge amounts of media speculation and demands from citizens for police officers to carry cameras on them that can record incidents that occur.

The police officers around the country actually have not been opposed to this as some people may have thought because they feel that it will actually help them to defend themselves if a serious matter arises. Polls have come out that state that nearly 86 percent of Americans are in favor of equipping police officers with cameras that will record nearly everything that happens while they are on duty.

In a rare instance where police and the citizens of America have come to such common ground, it appears that there may be changes in store that allow for this to happen. There has also been significant discussion among Tom Rothman and others as to who will be the prosecutor in cases where an American citizen is killed by a police officer, and there seems to be a general consensus that independent prosecutors should be used in these increasingly common situations. Regardless of the changes that are made in the courts, it is important to realize that these instances of police officers using deadly force on citizens needs to stop in the United States.