Beebe picks up fourth win, B52s down Hawks

first_imgCole Harper and Jeff Giacomini each hit a home run as the Humboldt B52s evened up its weekend 3-game series against the visiting Ukiah Hawks with an 11-7 win, Saturday evening at Bomber Field.After falling into a 1-0 hole after one inning the B52s seized the lead in the second inning, a lead which it would hold on to for the remainder of the contest.Karter Koch led the bottom of the second with a single and Matt Mascio worked his way to a walk to put two men on with no outs. Cole Harper …last_img read more

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Interim Results: Vote Now For Your Favorite Web Products of 2009

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top 100 Web Products of 2009, Alphabetical Tags:#2009 in Review#Polls#web#Year in Review richard macmanus Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Over December we have published our best Web products of 2009 over ten posts. This week we’ve opened up our selections for you to vote on. The poll is embedded below and we invite you to select your favorite web products of 2009. You can vote for up to 10 products. If you don’t see one of your favorites in the list, note it in the comments and we’ll count that as a vote too.We will announce the final top 10, along with the full results, this Friday. After one day of voting, here is the top 10:UPDATE: The poll is now closed, CLICK HERE TO SEE RESULTS.Note: the poll is randomly ordered, but you can also view an alphabetical list below. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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How the Virtual Reality Technology is Transforming the Healthcare Industry

first_imgHow a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… Tags:#Healthcare#virtual reality How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience Dr. Michael is the CEO of the Los Angeles-based blockchain education company LiveEdu. It’s the world’s leading project learning platform that equips people with practical skills on creating complete products in future technological fields. Dr. Michael Garbade Related Posts Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… The use of immersive technologies has revolutionized various industries globally, and the health sector has not being an exception. In the past, virtual reality (VR) was commonly associated with gaming companies where users would use VR headsets for multi-projected environments.Mechasparrow, who teaches people how to use the VR technology to extend the functionalities of applications, says that “today, the three-dimensional simulation allows users in all industries to experience a real environment as they manipulate the physical surroundings they are in.”Both patients and physicians are in a position to enjoy the existing and potential benefits that result from the implementation of virtual reality technology in healthcare.This technology is transforming the operating environment of the medical field with its advanced applications in the following areas.1. Medical TrainingOver the years, surgical procedures have been known to be time-consuming, for obvious reasons.The delicate nature of surgeries requires that surgeons become meticulous and keen while the patients are on the operating table, lest they put their lives at risk. And while at it, surgeons in training are expected to practice and execute real surgeries on patients under the supervision of assisting senior doctors.To speed up the training processes, the virtual reality technology comes in handy. It allows the trainees to increase their hours of practice as they are able to cover bigger proportions of surgical procedures without fear of risk on real patients.For example, students at Stanford University School of Medicine are already utilizing the innovative Stanford Virtual Heart to revamp education on congenital heart diseases. Students at the University have reported that virtual reality is the most enthralling technique of grasping complicated concepts in anatomy, far exceeding the traditional teaching methods. 2. Phobia TherapyPatients suffering from paranoia need a fully controlled environment to help them manage their fears. Virtual reality provides an avenue for doctors to offer exposure therapy to such patients. While in their physical surroundings, the VR headphones provide a seemingly calm experience for the patients through a controlled and monitored environment that appears to be real.3. Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Soldiers who have been in combat are likely to suffer from a disorder as a result of the trauma they faced. Nonetheless, the post-traumatic stress disorder is not limited to soldiers. The mental disorder can affect anyone who has faced any petrifying experience such as physical or mental abuse, sexual assault, and road accidents.The virtual reality technology is used in the medical field to create immersive scenes that triggers a patient’s fears and help them relive the painful experiences before they are assisted to cope with those situations. The medical professionals usually use the seemingly realistic scenes to treat the PTSD and anxiety while assuring the patients that they are far from harm and are now in a safer environment.4. Training on Social Cognition Autism is a developmental disorder that impairs the social relations of patients and how they reason and interact with others. One of the ways through which the medical sector deals with autistic persons is developing programs such as the social cognition training to monitor the brain wave of patients. This is achieved using the virtual reality technology which boosts their brain imaging by placing the patients in different social scenarios, giving them social cues and helping them understand different social patterns. The VR headsets boost the brain activity of autistic people and help them to develop acceptable social behavior.5. Pain ReliefVR technology has been widely embraced in the medical field for pain management in patients undergoing overwhelming treatments.In situations where patients experience extreme pain such as cancer and physiotherapy treatments, burns, open wounds, and broken limbs, there is a need for a distraction in the brain.This helps in confusing the pain pathway that leads to the brain, which minimizes the excruciating experiences.For example, virtual reality games act as a good distraction as they draw the patient’s mind away from the pain points.6. Patient RelaxationChronic medical conditions tend to confine patients to the hospital, rendering them bedridden. The experience can be torturous mentally since the patients have to live life from their beds with medical teams helping them perform the most basic functions. But, they don’t have to see life from that one angle. Virtual reality enables bed-ridden patients to see the world from a different light. They are able to relax and visit a seemingly real external world from their rooms and have experiences taking long walks or riding bicycles like they would if they were not confined to a bed.7. Anxiety TreatmentGeneral anxiety attacks results in patients feeling an overwhelming sense of panic and distress such as the ground being swept away beneath their feet. Medical professionals usually recommend mediation and reflection as a form of treatment as it helps in checking, monitoring, and controlling a patient’s breathing. To improve breathing patterns, physicians usually use functional apps integrated with the virtual reality technology for monitoring and controlling the regularity of a patient’s breath before administering proper anxiety treatment.8. Management of Phantom Limb Pain (PLP)People who have lost a limb or have had their limbs amputated tend to suffer from a localized sensation around the area that is missing the limb. It also happens to people who have prosthetic limbs attached to their bodies, leading to excruciating pains and a lot of discomfort. With virtual reality, the healthcare industry is able to help patients manage the Phantom Limb pain (PLP) using VR games that help them relieve the pain and control their limbs.9. Therapy for the Differently-AbledDifferently-abled people should not be stopped from experiencing the thrills of the outside world because of their physical conditions. Virtual reality in the health sector improves their quality of life by allowing them to experience different environments that appear seemingly real from where they are. For example, a person bound to a wheelchair can take a walk on a beach or go scuba diving using the three-dimensional simulation.Wrapping upThe numerous benefits of virtual reality in the medical field has prompted medical experts to rapidly integrate the technology in several healthcare solutions. The amazing virtual reality technology offers fascinating opportunities in medicine and it has limitless potential in making physician and patient experiences more bearable. AR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging …last_img read more

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Before You Take Another Bite

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Four years ago you introduced a new sales process at your sales kickoff meeting. You certified all of your salespeople in the new process. Everyone was excited, and the new process was all anyone—especially leadership—could talk about for months. About three months.The year after that you rolled a new sales force automation program that was going to arm the sales force with the modern tools they need to manage their client relationships and allow management to forecast. The excitement was palpable. For about 11 weeks.The following year you rolled out redesigned territory plans, redesigned compensation structures, and a new management team. The sales force groaned, but it was necessary, and the consultants said it was going to help you reach your growth targets.Then a new methodology was introduced. No one was really sure whether or not it was going to work, but hey, leadership loved it. Off you went, chasing the “new” new thing.What Went WrongNone of these initiatives worked. That means the sales process was wrong. It means the sales force automation failed. It means the territory plans and comp structures are still wrong, and they probably need looked at again.But because these initiatives didn’t produce the desired results doesn’t mean that they were poor decisions. Something else is to blame: execution.Unless you found a way to do something outrageously foolish, the sales process will work—if it is followed. But without it being wholly adopted as “the way we do business” and coached to by the sales management team, it’s as worthless as the paper it’s written on (or the stages so carefully delineated in your sales force automation).Unless the SFA is used for more than forecasting, it isn’t going to help you manage the important asset that is your relationships. If the execution isn’t there, you might as well go back to spreadsheets.The territory plan and compensation pans are important, but changing them every year doesn’t even provide you enough time and evidence to know what you should expect. As for the new methodology, the sales force has already come to expect it is the flavor of the month.Every one of these initiatives is a big bite. Now you’ve bitten off way more than you can chew. You can’t swallow a single new initiative until you chew what you’ve already bitten off and swallow it.last_img read more

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Ohio State synchronized swimming team wins 2014 US National Championship

Members of the OSU Synchronized Swimming team compete during the Jessica Beck Memorial Competition Feb. 1 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The team finished 1st.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorRoutines based on the elements of fire and ice solidified the Ohio State synchronized swimming team as national champions.An overall score of 57 points secured a first-place finish for the Buckeyes at the 2014 U.S. National Championship Saturday in Oro Valley, Ariz., making for the team’s first U.S. Senior National title since the 2010-11 season, according to an OSU press release.The team, led by coach Holly Vargo-Brown, was awarded three medals at the competition.OSU’s Scarlet Team, consisting of seniors Chelsea Aton and Yuliya Maryanko , juniors Katie Spada and Khadija Zanotto and freshmen Emma Baranski, Elizabeth Davidson, Morgan Boneberg and Lorraine Hack, tallied an overall 85 points to receive the gold medal in the team competition, while the Gray Team, consisting of seniors Lauren Nicholson, Julia and Natalie Gaylard, juniors Samantha Golomb, Heidi Liou and Emily Muma and freshmen Alexa Aton, Jasmine Pulido and Sarah House, was awarded silver with a score of 81.0667 points.The two squads within the varsity team are divided based upon skill, with the athletes more refined in technicality and execution placed on Scarlet.Hack and Maryanko picked up a bronze medal in the duet competition with a score of 164.1038, and the two tied for fourth for the Individual High Point Award with 29 points.Baranski placed fifth in the solo competition, the highest placing for the Buckeyes in that contest, with 81.7333 points.Vargo-Brown said not only was competing in the U.S. Senior National Championships less than three weeks after the U.S. Collegiate Championship challenging, the team also lost senior All-American Lauren Nicholson and freshman Natalie Huibregtse to injury, forcing the teams to make “huge adjustments to each of the free team routines,” she said in an email to The Lantern.However, she said she is proud of the team’s performance.“I’m so happy for our seniors,” Vargo-Brown said in the email. “Our strong finishes in the two biggest competitions of the seasons are really a testament to the leadership they have provided the team all year. Every one of them has a ‘fight until the end’ attitude.”The team’s win follows a second-place finish at both the North Regional Championships March 1 in St. Louis and U.S. Collegiate National Championships in Oxford, Ohio, March 19.Correction: A previous version of this article listed the members of the Scarlet and Gray squads incorrectly. The current version reflects the correct roster. read more

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Ohio State womens basketball closes out home schedule with 10082 upset over

Redshirt-senior guard Amy Scullion (4th from left) poses for a photo with her family and coach Kevin McGuff during the Senior Night ceremony prior to a game against Iowa on Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 100-82. Credit: Ryan Cooper / Lantern photographerCoach Kevin McGuff knows that for the Ohio State women’s basketball team to be successful this postseason, the Buckeyes need to be playing their best basketball in March.And if Saturday night’s 100-82 drubbing of the No. 13 Iowa Hawkeyes is any indication, the Buckeyes are well on their way to that goal.“It is important to be playing our best basketball this time of year,” McGuff said in a postgame press conference. “And I certainly think that we have played two of our best games in the past week.”The Buckeyes took down Purdue, 92-60, on Tuesday and followed it up with an upset against Iowa in front of a home crowd for the final time this season.Facing an Iowa defense that was seemingly focused on shutting down freshman sensation Kelsey Mitchell, the Buckeyes had three players with double-doubles and found offensive contributions to complement Mitchell.And it all started with junior guard Ameryst Alston.“Ameryst was spectacular tonight,” McGuff said. “She did everything right. She was a superstar.”Alston led the Buckeyes with 29 points and a career-high 11 assists. She scored 20 of her points in the second half where the Buckeyes used defensive changes to turn a 48-45 halftime deficit into a big win.“We beat an excellent team today,” McGuff said. “Iowa is a really good basketball team and they are ranked for a reason. I am really proud of our players.”Having two stars like Mitchell and Alston playing side-by-side creates matchup problems for opponents, but Alston said Mitchell is the one who leads the way.“She is doing everything that everyone expected her to do,” Alston said. “We definitely look to her as one of our leaders on and off the floor. She is so much fun to play with.”Like Alston, Mitchell holds playing with her older counterpart in high regards.“It is amazing,” Mitchell said. “I appreciate her and love her on and off the court.”Alston and Mitchell have been key in building an offensive powerhouse in Columbus that has averaged 96 points over the past two games.“It’s a lot of fun when everybody is contributing,” Alston said. “They can take us (Alston and Mitchell) away, but they can’t take everybody away, which makes us very hard to guard.”The Buckeyes have just two games left in their regular season schedule, and are set to hit the road to face Penn State and then travel to Nebraska.As the season winds down, Alston said sticking together will be key as the Buckeyes try to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three years.“The chemistry is definitely there,” Alston said. “We have great chemistry and everybody has the same goal.”The Buckeyes are set to take on the Nittany Lions Thursday in State College, Pa. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more

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