Even a little fogginess can’t stop Steve Archdekin from his love of triathlons

first_img“There was one short hill in particular where you had to really dig in . . .. I forgot how much pressure it puts on my shoulders and wrists to drive into my bike,” Archdekin explained.“By the time I got to the top of the hill and back up to speed each time (two-lap bike course) my arms were numb and I was conscious of the fact that they could give out and I could bail.”“I never did though,” Archdekin said.Two triathlons in two weeks miles apart is enough for now, said Archdekin.He has a few weeks to rehab before jumping into Kootenay Lake at the Cyswog’n’ Fun August 5 in Nelson.“Even though I love road tripping, driving hurts my body so badly, so it’ll be nice to be at home for one,” he said.“The last time I raced here was in 2009 which was three days from getting off of crutches after that goat whipped my (butt).”Archdekin will be just one of many local racers competing in the 30th annual Nelson Cyswog’n’ Fun Triathlon.The race, with a course distance of 1.5-kilometer Olympic swim, 39 km bike and 10 km run, goes Sunday August 5 at 8 a.m. from Lakeside Park in Nelson.The short distance, the sprint race, is 500-meter swim, 22 km cycle and five km run.Registration deadline is Friday, August 3.Participants can pre-register online athttps://eventsonline.ca/events/cyswog/ Horrible headaches, fogginess, more sleeplessness, seeing spots, quick second long blackout-y-type things, squinting eyes because of how much pain generated through my skull, parts of my head are also numb . . . and this is happening during the race.Despite experiencing all these aches and pains, Nelson’s Steve Archdekin still managed to finish the Peachland Triathlon coming across the finish line in a time of two hours, 13 minutes and change.“It’s hard to explain, but is nothing new and has been going on from a few days before race and is still going on,” Archdekin said about the 750-meter swim, 20 kilometer bike and five km run Peachland race Sunday in the Okanagan.“Having my head off the vertical plane makes everything even worse,” Archdekin adds.“The bike is horrible for that. It’s bad enough on my neck on the best of days, but when my neck is doing this it is an absolute killer to be on my bike.”Despite suffering from a rare form of arthritis called, Reiter’s Syndrome — a form of arthritis that produces pain, swelling, redness, and heat in the joints — Archdekin continues to seek out his first love, competing in triathlons.He started the season out in Christina Lake before heading to Calgary earlier this month where he finished in a time of two hours, 15 minutes — which just happened to be 25 minutes better than Christina.Back to Peachland, Archdekin persevered during the swim, coming out of the water second to last.During the cycle he reeled in a bunch of competitors who got the upper hand during the run.last_img read more

Galway Under 21 Hurling Team Named For Leinster Final

first_img20 June 2018; Brian Concannon of Galway in action against Michael Cody of Kilkenny during the Bord Gáis Energy Leinster GAA Hurling U21 Championship Semi-Final match between Kilkenny and Galway at Bord Na Mona O’Connor Park in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile The team is captained by Fintan Burke.The team in full is:1. Eanna Murphy ( Tommy Larkins)2. Ian O’Shea (Athenry)3. Jack Fitzpatrick (Killimordaly)4. Shane Bannon ( Clarinbridge)5. Fintan Burke ( St.Thomas’)6. Mark Hughes ( Liam Mellows)7. Jack Grealish (Gort)8. Thomas Monaghan ( Craughwell)9. Sean Loftus (Turloughmore)10. Brian Concannon ( Killimordaly)11. Cian Salmon (Clarinbridge)12. Cianan Fahy (Ardrahan)13. Evan Niland (Clarinbridge)14. Sean Bleahene (Ahascragh-Fohenagh)15. Kevin Cooney (Sarsfields)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Galway Under 21 team to play Wexford in Wednesday evening’s Leinster final has been named.center_img There is one change to the side from that which beat Kilkenny in the semi-final with Cian Salmon replacing Jack Canning.last_img read more

Donie Greene Memorial Tournament to take place this weekend

first_imgThe tournament will see Basketball Ireland Super League teams including Maree, Moycullen, Templeogue, Belfast Star and Griffith College Swords Thunder go head-to-head for top honours, setting the scene nicely for the tip off of the 2018/19 season the following weekend. The action gets underway at 10am with Local sides Maree and Moycullen locking horns and runs throughout the day with further games on Sunday morning before the final at 3pm. The schedule is below:Saturday, September 22nd, 2018:Maree v Moycullen, 10amTempleogue v Griffith College Swords Thunder, 11.30amBelfast Star v Moycullen, 1pmTempleogue v Maree, 2.30pmGriffith College Swords Thunder v Belfast Star, 4pmMoycullen v Templeogue, 5.30pmMaree v Griffith College Swords Thunder, 7pm Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 Belfast Star v Templeogue, 10amGriffith College Swords Thunder v Moycullen, 11.30amMaree v Belfast Star, 1pmFINAL, 3pmprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img The second annual Donie Greene Memorial Tournament will take place at Calascantius College, Oranmore, Co. Galway on Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd.last_img read more

Southeastern, UCA Fighting for Last Spot in Conference Tournament

first_imgWeek 18 News & Notes (PDF) B. Tie Between Three or More Teams.1. If three (3) or more teams tie for a position, and the tied teams all played two games against one another, the combined record of each of the tied teams against the other teams involved in the tie shall be compared until a seeding advantage is gained. Thursday Lineup: There are six Southland Conference games on Thursday. In addition to the Central Arkansas game at Northwestern State and the Southeastern Louisiana game at Sam Houston, the focus for almost every turns to tournament seeding. McNeese State, which became the seventh team to qualify for the tournament after last Saturday’s overtime win over Abilene Christian, visits Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, a team that moved into second place in the conference standings. Oral Roberts finds itself tied for fourth with Northwestern State and visits Stephen F. Austin on Thursday. Nicholls, which is currently fifth, is at Houston Baptist and New Orleans visits Lamar. Countdown to Katy: The countdown in on for the 2014 Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament March 12-15 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. This will be the seventh consecutive year for the tournament to be held in Katy. This year’s tournament will begin on Wednesday, March 12 with first-round action beginning at 5 p.m. The second round will follow on Thursday, March 13. All four games in the first two rounds will be streamed live for free on the Southland Conference Digital Network. The semifinals, which will be shown on ESPN3, will take place on Friday, March 14 and the championship will be played Saturday, March 15 with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff and be televised on ESPN2. The 2014 tournament will be the 15th in league history to be played at a neutral site. The tournament was played in Shreveport, La., from 1995-2001 and was held in Houston in 2007 before moving to Katy in 2008. UCA’s Miles is League’s Scoring Leader: Central Arkansas senior LaQuentin Miles leads the Southland Conference in scoring for the second consecutive week after finally reaching the league’s minimum that a student-athlete play at least two-thirds of the team’s games to qualify. Miles is averaging 22.9 points per game overall in 19 games this season after regaining eligibility in mid-December. He still has not met the NCAA’s minimum of 75 percent. Oral Roberts senior Shawn Glover had led the league for most of the season. He is now averaging 21.7 points per game through 29 games this season. That figure ranks 11th in NCAA Division I. UIW’s Denzel Livingston is the league leader in conference play, averaging 23.0 points per game in the Cardinals’ abbreviated conference schedule in their first Division I season. Glover has scored 20 points 21 times this season, including 13 of his last 15 games. Livingston has 16 20-point efforts, while Miles has 14. There have been 17 30-point games in the Southland this year, including three by Northwestern State sophomore Jalan West. Last week, McNeese State senior Ledrick Eackles scored 31 points against UIW on Thursday and followed with 35 points vs. Abilene Christian on Saturday. Livingston went for 36 Feb. 8 in a win over Houston Baptist. That matched Stephen F. Austin senior Desmond Haymon 36 points against Cal State Northridge as the top offensive outburst in the league this season. FRISCO, Texas – With less than one week remaining until the start of the 2014 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament, all but one of the tournament’s eight spots has been determined. It will come down to either Southeastern Louisiana or Central Arkansas. The Lions (6-10) have a one-game lead on the Bears (5-11) with two games to play. Southeastern visits Sam Houston State on Thursday before closing the regular season at Lamar on Saturday. UCA has road games at Northwestern State on Thursday and league champion Stephen F. Austin on Saturday. The 8-19 Bears have won their last two games, beating Sam Houston State and Lamar, last week to remain in contention for a tournament berth the final week of the season. Southeastern has dipped to 11-16 overall after losing its last three games, falling last week to the two teams still ahead of Central Arkansas. Tickets On Sale for Katy: All-session tickets for the 2014 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 12-16 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, are now on sale. Reserved all-tournament booklets are available for $75, while general admission all-tournament booklets are available for $60 at all Ticketmaster Outlets, Ticketmaster.com and all Southland Conference member institutions. Tickets for each session of the tournament go on sale March 10. Tie-breaker Procedure. All ties shall be broken in the order in which they occur, from top to bottom, in the standings. When comparing tied teams against positions higher or lower in the standings that are also tied, these higher or lower tied positions shall be considered a single position for the purposes of comparison. • Clinched the conference regular-season championship for the second consecutive season.• Will be the No. 1 seed in next week’s conference tournament and receive a bye into the semifinals. SFA’s first game will be Friday, March 14.• Has won a Southland record 24 consecutive games with its last lost Nov. 23. It’s current streak ranks second behind Wichita State’s 31-game run.• Has won a league record 21 consecutive conference games dating back to the 2012-13 season.• Has won 31 consecutive home games, dating back to the 2011-12 season. Lumberjacks’ current home streak ranks second to Duke and Florida, who each boast 32-game home-court win streaks.• Has won 12 straight road games, which is tied with Wichita State for the Division I leads. SFA won all nine of its Southland road games this season. It’s 14 road wins this season are the most by any Division I team.• Became the first Southland school to win 27 regular-season games in the league’s 51-year history.• Is only the third Southland team to ever reach 27 wins in a season, joining the 1984-85 Louisiana Tech Sweet 16 team, led by Karl Malone, which finished 29-3. Last year’s SFA team finished 27-5.• Has a chance to become the Southland’s first men’s basketball team to win 30 games.• Is 54-7 during the last two seasons. 3. If three (3) or more teams remain tied for a position, regardless of the number of games played against the other tied teams, any won-loss advantage in the combined pool of tied teams shall be used as a seeding tie-breaker. This shall continue through the order of final standings if necessary. 4. In the event a tie cannot be broken in this manner, the tied team that holds a won-loss advantage against the highest-positioned team(s), regardless of the number of times played, shall receive the higher seed. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed. [5/13] Central Arkansas’ Miles Named Player of the Week: Central Arkansas guard LaQuentin Miles has been named the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after he averaged 26.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in helping to lead the Bears to wins over Sam Houston State and Lamar last week. The senior from Jacksonville, Ark. had a career-high 30 points and 14 rebounds in win over Lamar on Senior Day, and had 23 points and 12 rebounds in upset second-place Sam Houston. Miles shot 60.7 percent from the field, including 10 of 14 vs. Lamar. He also was made both 3-point shots and connected on 17 of 28 free throws, while averaging 34.5 minutes with no fouls. This is the second time this season Miles has been honored as player of the week. Twenty-Win Teams: The Southland Conference could have at least three 20-game winners for the third consecutive season. At 27-2, SFA has recorded 20 wins or more for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. UIW won its 20th game last Saturday at Nicholls (69-67) to reach the mark in its first season in the Southland Conference. Sam Houston State is 19-9 and looking for its first 20-win campaign since 2009-10 when it claimed its last league title and finished 25-8 overall. The Bearkats close the regular season with home games against Southeastern Louisiana and New Orleans. Stephen F. Austin Repeats as Champion: The Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team claimed the outright Southland Conference championship last Thursday when sophomore Thomas Walkup recorded a career-high 28 points in an emphatic 103-63 victory at New Orleans. SFA entered the night with a three-game lead over Piney Woods rival Sam Houston State, and with the win over UNO and Sam Houston’s 80-71 loss at UCA on the same night, the Lumberjacks claimed their second consecutive outright conference championship and first under first-year coach Brad Underwood. SFA scored 100 points for the first time since they did so against Howard Payne in 2010 and the first against a league opponent since dropping 110 against Texas-Arlington in the 1994-95 season. The title is SFA’s fourth title. The Lumberjacks shared the 2008 title with Lamar before claiming their first of now three outright titles in 2009. Impact of Ineligible Teams. Abilene Christian, UIW and New Orleans are not eligible for the 2014 Southland Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. Should an ineligible team(s) finish in a position that would normally qualify for the tournament; the ineligible team(s) will be replaced by the next eligible team(s) in order of the final standings, or if necessary, as determined by the tie-breaking system. However, when breaking ties, the order of the final standings shall be kept intact, including where the ineligible team(s) is positioned following the final games. If applicable, results against the ineligible team(s) count in the tie-breaking system that determines seeding. Results against New Orleans are factored in all necessary seeding tie-breakers. Results against ACU and UIW will be factored in tie-breakers A.(4.) and/or B.(4.), listed below, if necessary. 3. In the event a tie cannot be broken in this manner, the tied team that holds a won-loss advantage against the other tied team, regardless of the number of games played, shall receive the higher seed. A. Tie Between Two Teams.1. If two (2) teams tie for a position, and one (1) team holds a head-to-head win-loss advantage after two games against one another, that team receives the higher seed. SFA Enjoying Historic Season: The Lumberjacks are 27-2 overall and 16-0 in the Southland Conference with two league games remaining. SFA plays host to Oral Roberts on Thursday before closing the regular-season Saturday against Central Arkansas. Notes on SFA’s season: 4. In the event a tie cannot be broken in this manner, the tied team that holds a won-loss advantage against the highest-positioned team, regardless of the number of times played, shall receive the seeding advantage. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed. Chasing Perfection: Stephen F. Austin is trying to become the first Southland Conference team to finish with a unblemished conference record since Arkansas State finished 4-0 in 1973-74. There have been only four teams to finish with a perfect league record in the previous 50 seasons of the league. Joining Arkansas State on that list are: Louisiana Tech (8-0 in 1971-72), Arkansas State (8-0 in 1966-67) and Abilene Christian (8-0 in 1965-66). SFA became the first Southland school to go perfect in its first 16 conference games. Schools have been close to undefeated conference season recently including Texas-Arlington, which was 15-1 and won its first 15 conference games before falling to Texas-San Antonio in the regular-season finale. The 1997-98 Nicholls (15-1) team won its first 14 league games before falling to Louisiana-Monroe in its next-to-last game. Northwestern State finished 15-1 in 2006, but lost its fourth conference game. Nicholls was 17-1 in 1994-95, but lost its fifth game. ULM (17-1) won its final 16 league games in 1992-93 after suffering a loss to North Texas in its second league contest. McNeese State’s Guidry Leads Southland in Rebounding: McNeese State junior Desharick Guidry paces the Southland Conference in rebounding, averaging 8.2 boards per game. He is coming off an 10-rebound effort against Abilene Christian last week and has seven games with at least 10 rebounds. He had a stretch of four games with double-figure rebounding totals, including a season-high 14 against Nicholls. UIW’s Ian Markolf has the top single-game total in the Southland this season with 19 rebounds against Central Arkansas Jan. 16. 5. In the event a three-way or more tie-breaker is reduced to two remaining tied teams, the tiebreaker reverts to the two-way system. [5/13] Lumberjacks Close Regular Season on ESPN3: ESPN3 will broadcast the Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin’s men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader on Saturday. The men’s game is slated to start at 6:30 p.m., CT. David Saltzman and Van Chancellor will have the call for the network. ESPN3 coverage of the Southland this season includes 12 doubleheaders, with women’s and men’s games carried back-to-back. ESPN3 will carry both men’s and both women’s semifinal games of next week’s conference tournament in Katy. Demons Top Southland, Second in Nation in Scoring: Northwestern State is the top scoring team in the Southland Conference, averaging 85.7 points per game. That figure ranks second in Division I behind Virginia Military, which is scoring 88.5 points per game. The Demons have scored 2,313 points in 27 games this season. BYU (85.0), Iona (84.0) and Iowa (83.6) round out the top five. Southland in the NCAA Rankings: SFA’s 93.1 win percentage ranks second (behind unbeaten Wichita State) and its 13.7 scoring margin ranks ninth … Oral Roberts senior guard/forward Shawn Glover is ranked fourth in the NCAA with 241 total field goals, 11th with 474 field goal attempts and 10th with 630 points … the Lumberjacks’ 5.7 turnover margin ranks fourth while the Demons rank 25th with 3.0 margin … Northwestern State freshman guard Zeek Woodley ranks fifth in the nation with his 62.0 field-goal percentage … Demon sophomore Jalan West ranks fifth nationally with 2.7 steals per game … Northwestern State ranks sixth in the nation in steals per game, averaging 9.1 per game … Central Arkansas is 15th (8.6) … Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior John Jordan ranks eighth with 252 free-throw tries and ranks 20th with 173 makes … Northwestern State’s West ranks eighth with 6.6 assists per game … SFA is outscoring opponents by 13.7 points per game, which ranks ninth in Division I … SFA (16.4) ranks 10th and the Demons (16.4) 11th in assists per game … SFA’s 475 total assists rank 17th … the Lumberjacks rank 23rd nationally in scoring defense (62.3) … Sam Houston State ranks 17th nationally with a 39.4 3-point field goal percentage. Seven Teams Already In Tournament: Seven teams have already qualified for the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament March 12-15 at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. There were already six teams in the tournament’s eight-team field entering play last week, including Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Sam Houston State, Oral Roberts, Northwestern State and Nicholls. Of the 11 eligible teams, Houston Baptist and Lamar have already been eliminated from contention, while transitioning teams Abilene Christian and UIW are not eligible for the tournament until 2018. New Orleans is also ineligible for the postseason based on its NCAA APR penalty. UCA to Tab Pennell as Coach: Central Arkansas will host a news conference on Friday to announce Russ Pennell as its new head men’s basketball coach. Pennell, who played at UCA from 1982-84, was interim coach at Arizona in 2008-09 and head coach at Grand Canyon University from 2009-2013. He most recently coached the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. Pennell, a native of Pittsburg, Kan., has an extensive background as a collegiate assistant coach, at Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Arizona State and Arizona. Pennell, 53, will replace UCA interim coach Clarence Finley, who stepped in for Corliss Williamson last August when he left to be an assistant coach for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. Southland Conference Tie-Breaker Policy…Tournament Seeding. Tournament seeding, 1 through 8, shall be based upon regular season winning percentage in Conference competition. A standard head-to-head tiebreaker shall be used. 2. If three (3) or more teams tie for a position, and if the teams combined to split their regular season games against one another, or if they played an uneven number of games against one another, then the tied teams’ won-loss results against the next highest-positioned team(s) they all played twice shall be compared. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed. Perfect in Conference Play: Stephen F. Austin is one of just three Division I teams that have yet to lose a conference game. Joining the Lumberjacks on the list are Wichita State (31-0, 18-0 Missouri Valley) and Florida (28-2, 17-0 Southeastern). The Lumberjacks are 27-2 overall and 16-0 in Southland games. 2. If two (2) teams tie for a position, and if the teams split their regular season games, or if they only played one game against each other, then the tied teams’ won-loss results against the highest positioned team(s) they both played twice shall be compared. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed. In the Polls: Stephen F. Austin remains No. 2 for the second consecutive week in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 behind Wichita State (31-0). It is the highest ever ranking in the poll by the Lumberjacks, who sat at No. 3 for three consecutive weeks behind the Shockers and Gonzaga (25-6), which holds on to the No. 3 spot. North Dakota State (23-6) and Harvard (24-4) round out the top five. For the seventh consecutive week, SFA is also receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Lumberjacks are receiving nine votes in the coaches’ poll and 38 votes in this week’s Associated Press Poll, which is No. 29. C. Unbreakable Ties. In the event a tie for seeding cannot be broken using game results, the team(s) involved in the tie rated best in The RPI Report by Collegiate Basketball News in effect on Sunday morning following the final games of the regular-season schedule shall be named the higher seed(s). If a tie for seeding still exists after evaluating the Collegiate Basketball News power rating, a drawing for seed position(s) shall be held by the commissioner. [2/04]last_img read more

Jones Tabbed to Lead Central Arkansas Volleyball

first_img“I am thrilled to be named the head volleyball coach for the University of Central Arkansas,” said Jones. “The rich tradition of success the UCA program has is something I look forward to continuing. I was extremely impressed with each athletics staff member and coach I had the opportunity to meet. It is very evident, from the longest-tenured coach to the most recent hire, that UCA is a place that you want to be a part of and that certainly resonates with the student-athletes as well.” Jones was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference performer for Florida as a senior in 1998, and helped lead the Gators to three straight NCAA Final Four appearances in 1996, 1997, and 1998. After being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an illness that causes temporary paralysis, in the middle of her college career, Jones returned to the court and earned the NCAA’s Honda Inspiration Award in 1999. She was also awarded the Springfield Women’s Intersport Courage Award in 2008 and the MVC Most Courageous Award in 2012. Jones, who has spent the previous 13 seasons at Missouri State, looks to continue the success that the Sugar Bears have experienced in the past. Since arriving at Missouri State in 2002, she has helped guide the Bears to seven NCAA Tournaments and 20 or more victories in 12 of 13 seasons. During her time in Springfield, Missouri State compiled a record of 291-132 (.690), including a mark of 184-60 (.754) against league opponents. Under Jones’ guidance, the Bears finished as one of the top two teams in the MVC in either the regular season or MVC Tournament all but four times. After beginning her coaching career as a student-assistant at the University of Florida, Jones joined the staff at Illinois State, helping the Redbirds to 36 wins over two seasons, including second-place finishes in the regular season and the Missouri Valley Tournament during her first season. Jones continued, saying, “With the vision and direction of President Courtway and Dr. Teague, the UCA athletic department is headed in an incredible direction for present and future greatness. UCA is a special place and I cannot wait to get to work with our student-athletes and administrators. I cannot thank Dr. Teague and Natalie Shock enough for this tremendous opportunity.”Central Arkansas Athletics will host a reception and press conference to welcome Coach Jones on Thursday afternoon in the Skyboxes located on the fifth floor of Bear Hall.center_img CONWAY, Ark. – Central Arkansas Athletic Director Brad Teague has announced the hiring of Jeni Jones as the ninth head coach in the history of Central Arkansas Sugar Bear Volleyball. “As with all of our coaching hires, we want to find great men and women to lead our student-athletes, and Jeni Jones certainly fits this characteristic,” said Teague. “Coach Jones is a solid person who knows collegiate volleyball very well. From her days competing at the highest level at Florida, to her role at the great program of Missouri State, Coach Jones understands what it means to be a collegiate athlete and what it takes to be successful in the classroom and on the court.” “We are very fortunate that Jeni Jones has accepted our head volleyball coaching position,” said Teague. “She has a great grasp on all aspects of a program, and she will ensure that our volleyball team members will be the best they can be in all aspects of life. I am very confident in entrusting the Sugar Bear Volleyball Program to Coach Jones. She will be a great addition to the UCA family and will mentor our young women to greatness. We are all proud to call Coach Jones a Sugar Bear.”last_img read more

Cavaliers win 5th straight in 28-point rout of Pistons

first_imgHarris led Detroit with 11 points. Kevin Love had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland.ANOTHER BLOWOUTThe previous matchup between these teams wasn’t much different. The Cavs beat Detroit 128-96 on March 14 in Cleveland. That was the largest margin of victory by the Cavs against the Pistons — although Clevelandnearly broke that mark Monday.A BREATHERCleveland led 101-62 after three, and the top players for both teams sat out the final period. James ended up playing only 27:17 after surpassing 40 minutes in three of his previous five games.“I played with Michael Jordan when he was 39; he played 37 minutes a night. Karl Malone was 37 and played 38 minutes a night,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Everybody’s built different and if you’re one of the greats sometimes you’ve got to play and sometimes you get rest like tonight.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Cleveland still isn’t close to full strength. The Cavs were without Isaiah Thomas (right hip), Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain), Iman Shumpert (left knee effusion) and Tristan Thompson (left calf strain).Pistons: Jon Leuer (left ankle sprain) did not play. … Detroit’s six-game home winning streak was snapped. This was also the first time all season the Pistons lost the latter half of a back-to-back. They had been 3-0. … Andre Drummond moved into fifth place on the Pistons’ career list with 5,205 rebounds. Larry Foust had 5,200.UP NEXT James scored 16 of his 18 points in the first quarter and the Cavaliers made 11 3-pointers in the first half on the way to a 116-88 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Cleveland led 73-46 at halftime thanks to an overwhelming shooting performance, an indication that Detroit’s stay atop the Central Division might not last much longer.The Pistons still lead the Cavs by a game, but Cleveland has won five straight and scored at least 110 points in eight of its last nine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“That was 48 minutes of game planning and execution right from the beginning,” James said. “They’ve been playing extremely good basketball. They were coming off a great win (Sunday) night in Minnesota, so we knew that they were going to come out here and try to give us their best shot, and had to be ready for that.”The Cavaliers led 27-22 when James went to the bench late in the first quarter. By the time he came back in, it was 50-30. Cleveland’s reserves ended up outscoring Detroit’s 26-8 in the first half. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Cavaliers: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.Pistons: At the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Cavs shot 62 percent from the field in the first two quarters and 11 of 17 from 3-point range. They finished the game 16 of 33 from beyond the arc.“I’m not upset at our guys. I didn’t see our guys quitting or anything like that,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We got a little bit shell shocked.”This had the feel of a big game before it started. Although there were still some empty seats at Little Caesars Arena, the Pistons’ new home seemed closer to full than on previous nights, and the attendance was announced as a sellout. The team played well on offense at the start. A 3-pointer by Avery Bradley put Detroit ahead 18-17.James, however, answered with two 3s and a turnaround jumper, and the Pistons weren’t able to keep up with Cleveland’s torrid shooting.“He definitely did set the tone,” Detroit’s Tobias Harris said. “Made some really tough, contested shots — 3s. Got himself going, got his team going, and then they were able to just pretty much fuel off that.”It was 36-23 after the first quarter, and the Cavs broke the game open at the start of the second. 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(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — An emphatic win over a first-place opponent had LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers talking confidently again.“We haven’t had a win like that in a very long time,” James said. “That’s what happens when we don’t let up.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

7 Online Donation Page Mistakes to Avoid

first_imgHas it been a while since you’ve updated your organization’s online donation page? It’s time to get down to business and whip your donation form into shape before the year-end stream of donations begins. Get better online fundraising results by avoiding these donation page mistakes:1. Too much text.Once your donor has landed on your donation page, don’t confuse, overwhelm, or bore them with paragraphs of text. One or two lines of short, compelling copy are plenty. Your goal is to reinforce your call to action and get donors to your donation form as quickly as possible.2. Too many options.Just like too much text, too many options on your online donation page can make donors less likely to complete your form. Get rid of unnecessary fields and remove extraneous navigation that will take donors away from your page.3. Inconsistent branding.When a donor goes to your donation form from your email appeal or website, do they feel like they have been transported to a different planet? A donation page that looks like your other campaign materials and your nonprofit’s website makes your donation experience familiar and seamless.4. Outdated information.This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you have outdated information on your nonprofit donation page, you’re sending a not-so-subtle signal to donors that you may not be the best steward of their gift. Make sure you’re not still touting a matching grant that has expired, a program that has ended, or last year’s fundraising goal.5. Lack of testing.Two types of online donation page testing will help you get better results this year. Usability testing will help you uncover any issues that may derail a donor. A/B testing can help you decide which images, calls to action, and suggested donation amounts perform best. 6. No suggested giving amounts. Make it easy for your donors by offering suggested giving amounts that take the guesswork out of how much to give. Use your average gift as a starting point, and then offer one giving amount that’s slightly lower and two or three higher amounts. Illustrate what each gift level could provide with impact labels to help donors visualize the result of their donation.7. No recurring gift options.If you’re not offering supporters a way to give a recurring gift, you’re missing out on donations. Recurring gifts help donors fit giving into their budgets and allow you to collect more over time. If donors feel like they can’t give enough to make a difference, they may not give at all. Frame your recurring gift options in a way that lets donors know how their regular support will help.last_img read more

Today is Be Your Donor Day

first_imgToday is Network for Good’s official Be Your Donor Day. Today is the day all nonprofits should review their digital fundraising channels through their donors’ eyes. Of course, while every day should be Be Your Donor Day at your organization, we want to encourage all fundraisers to devote some time today to experiencing their outreach and donation process from their donor’s perspective. A third of all online giving will happen in December—now is the time to make sure your donors will have an easy giving experience that inspires and delights them. Don’t let your hard work of creating a great year-end fundraising plan go to waste! Make it your mission to find and fix any problems that may trip up your donors before the busiest giving days of the year. So, what can you do to celebrate Be Your Donor Day? Here are some suggestions:— Visit our Be Your Donor Day headquarters for donor-centric fundraising resources, including a Be Your Donor checklist and year-end fundraising guide.— Pledge to set aside time to view your entire fundraising and donation process from your donor’s perspective.— Put on your “donor hat” and make a donation, submit a contact form on your website, and call your main phone line. What happens? Is the process what you’d expect? Is it easy?— Ask a friend or family member (someone not overly familiar with your organization) to help you test your website and donation page.— Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #BeYourDonor.We asked a few of our friends in the nonprofit space to share their suggestions for Be Your Donor Day. Read on and check out their amazing tips:Kivi Leroux Miller wants you to rethink your newsletter strategy. Make it a valuable resource for your donors.Social Media for Nonprofits co-founder Darian Rodriguez Heyman recommends you follow the Burrito Principle when timing your social media posts. Post important updates when your donors and supporters are most likely checking their feeds.Mark Rovner and Alia McKee of Sea Change Strategies encourage fundraisers to consider the appreciation you show your donors. Would your organization pass the Bulls-Eye Test?Joanne Fritz suggests you view your website from the donor perspective. In addition to having a nice, clean layout with a prominent DonateNow button, your website should also strive to answer your donor’s most important questions.Form connections and get to know your donors, supporters and prospects, says Nancy Schwartz. Do donors feel connected to you and your organization?Big Duck’s Farra Trompeter shared this gem from last year’s Be Your Donor Day: make sure your donors love you! Here are 11 ways donors show you they care about your organization. Take the pledge to Be Your Donor and make your emails, donation page, website, and social media more donor friendly!I’d love to hear your ideas — share how you plan to “Be Your Donor” in the comments below.last_img read more

10 Social Media Stats for Nonprofit Marketers

first_imgIs one of your 2014 goals to get your social strategy in order? Here are 10 fun stats on social media that can help you decide how to spend your time.73% of U.S. online adults now use social networking sites. Source: Pew Tweet this.Roughly one-third of the world’s population is now online. Source: We Are Social Tweet this.68% of Instagram’s users are women. Source: Business Insider Tweet this.50% of nonprofit communicators label social media as a “very important” communication tool. Source: Nonprofit Marketing Guide Tweet this.Tweets with images receive 18% more clicks and 150% more retweets. Source: Buffer Tweet this.71% of U.S. online adults are now Facebook users. Source: Pew Tweet this.55% who engaged with causes via social media have been inspired to take further action. Source: Waggener Edstrom Tweet this.In the U.S., users spend 114 billion minutes a month on Facebook. Source: Business Insider Tweet this.70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside of the U.S. Source: 9Clouds Tweet this.40% of Facebook users surveyed say they log in to the social network multiple times per day. Source: Pew Tweet this.Need some help thinking about how to leverage social media for your nonprofit’s outreach strategy? Download this free guide from Network for Good, Social Media Mini Guide for Nonprofits.last_img read more

Why “Facebook movies” work

first_imgNo doubt you’ve seen the string of videos on your Facebook timeline—friends and family sharing their own social media time capsules. Facebook’s “A Look Back” movies offer personalized video montages to celebrate the social network’s 10th birthday. The videos are irresistibly sharable and have even struck a chord with the experts. Here’s what makes these videos work so well:They’re not focused on the organization. The folks at Facebook could have created something more focused on their platform and their accomplishments, but they knew that the real way to make us care about their birthday is by talking to us about, well, us.They tug at our heartstrings. Above all, emotion rules. From the sweet background music to the heavy rotation of photos, the videos capture our attention and pull us in. These videos, while driven by an algorithm, are mirrors of ourselves and heavily feature the things that matter most to us. They remind us of our progress. In keeping with the birthday theme, the videos allow us to look back and see how far we’ve come, whether we joined Facebook way back when or just last year. They connect us to something bigger. The shared experience of posting the videos and the highlights they capture help us see how we’re connected to one another. The idea of Mark Zuckerberg and company inviting us to celebrate this big milestone together underscores this feeling of community.In the process of accomplishing all of these things, these videos endear us more to the whole Facebook experience. Think about how you can emulate these qualities the next time you update your supporters on the progress you’ve made together.last_img read more

IDEAS Web Seminar September 18: Ensuring Health Services Meet the Needs of Child Brides

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 13, 2013August 15, 2016Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On September 18, our colleagues at IDEAS will hold the latest in their series of web seminars on critical issues in maternal health. This month’s seminar will explore issues related to improving health service delivery to meet the needs of child brides. The seminar will draw on the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health  (PMNCH) Women’s and Children’s Health Knowledge Summary #22: Reaching Child Brides, which gathers evidence on efforts to both end child marriage and address the particular health challenges that child brides face.The seminar will be held at 9:30 AM GMT on September 18. To take part, you will need a headset with a microphone, a computer, internet connection and the latest Java update installed. Please email alice.curham@lshtm.ac.uk and krystyna.makowiecka@lshtm.ac.ukif you would like to attend.To learn more about the web seminar series, visit IDEAS to see the calendar of upcoming seminars, as well as recordings of past events, or sign up to receive email updates on future seminars. For more in the PMNCH knowledge summary series, visit the RMNCH Knolwedge Portal.Share this:last_img read more

Neuropsychiatric symptoms related to earliest stages of Alzheimers brain pathology

first_img Source:https://www.ucsf.edu/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 15 2018UC San Francisco researchers, in collaboration with the unique Brazilian Biobank for Aging Studies (BBAS) at the University of São Paulo, have shown that the earliest stages of the brain degeneration associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are linked to neuropsychiatric symptoms including anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, and sleep disturbances.The findings — published in their final version October 15, 2018 in the print edition of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease following preliminary online publication in September — could lead to earlier diagnosis of AD and prove a valuable biomarker in the development of therapies to slow the course of the disease, the authors say, but may also have broader implications for understanding the biological basis of psychiatric symptoms in older adults.Though commonly associated with memory loss and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is actually a progressive neurodegenerative condition that can be detected in a brain autopsy decades before these classic cognitive symptoms occur. A “Holy Grail” of Alzheimer’s research is to develop treatments that could be given in the disease’s earliest stages to protect brain tissue from further loss and to slow or prevent the eventual development of dementia. However, the development of such drugs will require a better understanding of the biology that drives the first stages of the disease and the ability to diagnose patients early enough to prevent extensive loss of neural tissue.Many studies have identified correlations between neuropsychiatric symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances and an eventual Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and some have even proposed that these symptoms could be used as biomarkers for the disease in its earliest stages. But the relationship between the two has remained murky. In fact, some researchers have proposed that depression and other psychiatric conditions, or even the drugs used to treat these conditions, could themselves be triggers that lead to the onset of dementia decades later, much like occasional seizures can contribute to the development of chronic epilepsy.Now members of the lab of Lea Grinberg, MD, PhD in the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences’ Memory and Aging Center, working with their Brazilian colleagues, have shown that psychiatric symptoms are tightly linked to the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s brain pathology. These results strongly suggest that neuropsychiatric conditions or treatments do not cause Alzheimer’s, but could be the earliest warning signs of the disease.”The discovery that the biological basis for these symptoms is the early Alzheimer’s pathology itself was quite surprising,” Grinberg said. “It suggests these people with neuropsychiatric symptoms are not at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease — they already have it.”The research took advantage of São Paulo’s unique century-old autopsy service, which is mandated in all deaths and conducts approximately 15,000 autopsies per year. In 2003, as part of her doctoral research, Grinberg co-founded the BBAS to collect brain tissue samples from these autopsies, and BBAS has since grown to become the largest such resource in the world.Most postmortem brain studies of AD use relatively small “convenience samples” from older individuals who already show signs of memory loss or dementia. Because multiple brain pathologies can accumulate with age, it can be difficult to tightly link specific AD-related symptoms to brain abnormalities detected in these samples. Thanks to the BBAS collaboration, however, Grinberg’s team was able to avoid these potential pitfalls by drawing from a much larger population, selecting brains from younger and healthier individuals, and excluding tissue samples with multiple competing pathologies.In the new study, lead author Alex Ehrenberg, a neuropathology research associate in the Grinberg lab, worked closely with Claudia Suemoto MD, PhD, and other colleagues from the University of São Paulo to study the brains of 1092 seemingly healthy adults over the age of 50 who closely represented the general population of São Paulo. The researchers excluded 637 brains that showed neurological signs of brain abnormalities not related to AD, leaving 455 brains with either no signs of degeneration or a range of AD-related pathology.Related StoriesResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingAD pathology is characterized by buildup of telltale neurofibrillary (NF) tangles and amyloid-beta (Aβ) plaques, paralleled by the atrophy of brain tissue in associated regions. The disease nearly always progresses in the same fashion, with NF tangles first appearing in brainstem regions associated with sleep, appetite, and emotional processing, while Aβ plaques first appear in cortical regions and then spread to deeper parts of the brain.Ehrenberg and colleagues classified each of the 455 brains using standard scales of AD progression based on NF tangle and Aβ plaque accumulation. They then used statistical algorithms to test for a relationship between AD stage and reported changes in the brain donor’s cognitive and emotional status prior to their death, based on interviews with informants — typically relatives and caretakers — who had been in at least weekly contact with the deceased in the six months before their deaths, a gold-standard approach for neuropathological studies of degenerative brain diseases such as AD.Ehrenberg’s computational analysis of the results found that in individuals whose brainstems showed the very earliest stages of NF tangles but lacked memory changes, family members and caretakers reported increased rates of one or more neuropsychiatric symptoms including agitation, anxiety, appetite changes, depression, and sleep disturbances, but lacked any noticeable memory problems. The next stage of the disease, as NF buildup increased in the brainstem and began to spread to other brain regions, was associated with increased odds of agitation, while only in later stages, as NF buildup began to reach the brain’s outer cortex, did the individuals begin showing signs of the dementia-like delusions and the cognitive and memory decline typically associated with AD.Tellingly, the researchers found no link between buildup of Aβ plaques and these neuropsychiatric symptoms. Alzheimer’s researchers have long debated whether Aβ plaques or NF tangles — made up of clumps of a protein called “tau” — play an earlier or more central role in driving neurodegeneration in AD, and the authors believe the new findings add additional support for focusing on developing tau-targeted treatments, particularly given disappointing results from many recent trials of A?-targeted AD therapies.”These results could have major implications for Alzheimer’s drug trials focused on early degenerative changes, where people have been seeking tractable clinical outcomes to target in addition to early cognitive decline,” Ehrenberg said. He added that the findings will also be valuable as new technologies become available for detecting early stages of AD pathology in living patients – such as blood biopsies or PET brain imaging of tau — to aid the implementation of such novel biomarkers into clinical practice.To Grinberg, the discovery that psychiatric symptoms such as depression or sleep disturbance in older adults may be linked to a specific biological phenomenon — namely accumulation of tau protein into NF tangles in the brainstem — is as exciting as the implications for Alzheimer’s disease itself.”Because we generally don’t know the biological basis for most psychiatric conditions, we can’t do what we do for other diseases like diabetes or cancer — we can’t say, ‘You are having depression or sleep problems because of this disease in your brain, so let’s see if we can treat that disease,'” Grinberg said. “If we could use this new knowledge to find a way to reduce the burden of these conditions in aging adults it would be absolutely huge.”last_img read more

Social media reduces risk of depression among seniors with pain

first_img Source:https://umich.edu/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 17 2018With a few finger strokes or swipes on a computer or cell phone, seniors with pain reduce the risk of depression when visiting social media sites.In a newly published University of Michigan study, researchers reported that using social media can reduce the negative health effects of curtailed social contact that comes as a consequence of pain.The findings are significant among an aging society where social isolation and loneliness are key determinants of well-being, said Shannon Ang, the study’s lead author and doctoral candidate at the U-M Department of Sociology and Institute for Social Research.Related StoriesSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyPesticide exposure may increase risk of depression in adolescentsCaregiver depression linked to increased emergency department visits for patients with dementia”Our results may be possibly extended to other forms of conditions (e.g., chronic illnesses, functional limitations) that, like pain, also restrict physical activity outside of the home,” Ang said.Ang, along with Tuo-Yu Chen of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, used data from a nationally representative survey involving more than 3,400 Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older in 2011. The respondents were asked about depression, pain and their social participation.The data, however, does not distinguish between the types of social media that older adults use–although 17 percent of them had used a social networking site in the last month. To capture if purported benefits were from social media and not just from general internet use, the analysis was adjusted for various online uses such as paying bills or shopping for groceries, Ang said.The findings showed older adults who experienced pain were less likely to participate in social activities that require face-to-face interactions, which offers mental benefits.Still, social media may preserve cognitive function and psychological well-being in this population, the researchers said.”This is critical because the onset of pain can often lead to a downward spiral of social isolation and depression, resulting in adverse outcomes for the health of older adults,” Ang said.last_img read more

Several lowand middleincome countries need more effective child vaccination strategies

first_img Source:https://www.southampton.ac.uk/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 11 2019A study by the University of Southampton shows that several low-and middle-income countries, especially in Africa, need more effective child vaccination strategies to eliminate the threat from vaccine-preventable diseases.Geographers from the University’s WorldPop group found diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination levels in Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Mozambique and also in Cambodia, southeast Asia, fall short of the 80 per cent threshold recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). This means the potential for disease circulation and outbreak in these countries remains high.Findings are published in the journal Nature Communications.Using data from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) conducted between 2011 and 2016, the researchers examined the performance of routine immunization (RI) through the delivery of the three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP1-3) to children aged five and under, including drop-out rates between doses. They compared this with the delivery of the measles-containing vaccine (MCV), for which additional supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) are often undertaken. Highly detailed (one km sq.) maps showing levels of vaccine coverage for each country and reflecting the relative performance of routine and supplementary activities were produced.The maps indicate substantial gaps in the delivery of the first dose of the DTP vaccine, particularly in DRC, Nigeria and Ethiopia – suggesting poor access to routine immunization. However, where routine delivery of the measles vaccine in the same countries was supported with recurrent SIA campaigns, rates of coverage were substantially higher. In contrast, Mozambique and Cambodia had fewer campaigns and saw no real improvement – although both countries had stronger routine delivery systems.Related StoriesHPV vaccine has led to a dramatic reduction in cervical cancer rates, but Africa is lagging behindVaccine drama on display in California’s CapitolGeorgia State researcher wins $3.26 million federal grant to develop universal flu vaccineThese results suggest that additional targeted campaigns can make a big difference to immunization service delivery, especially in areas with poor routine immunization coverage. Lead researcher Dr Chigozie Edson Utazi comments: “Many things can lead to low vaccination levels, such as poor access to health services, poor education, low stocks of vaccines and even vaccine refusal. We have shown that supplementary activities, as a short-term approach, can help address some of these problems, boost immunization and improve disease resistance.”The success of any vaccine delivery strategy lies not only with a good geographical spread, but also in ensuring coverage level among the population is high enough to stop the spread of the disease. We hope our fine spatial scale and regional maps will help countries to understand in greater detail where coverage is low and decide what further interventions are needed in specific areas to work towards disease elimination.”The researchers now hope to build on their work by extending to other countries and conducting further studies which incorporate data on treatment-seeking behavior, travel time to health facilities and mobile phone network coverage. It is hoped that this could lead to the design and implementation of tailored vaccination delivery programmes.last_img read more

Many social media users unaware researchers study their data

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Many social media users unaware researchers study their data (2018, April 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-social-media-users-unaware.html Explore further Credit: University of Kentucky If you’re unaware that your tweets could be analyzed by researchers and published in studies without your consent, you’re not alone. A majority of Twitter users don’t know that researchers often gather and study their tweets – and occasionally, even the deleted ones. Most believe researchers should be asking for permission and wrongly assume not doing so violates Twitter’s Terms of Service, according to a new study by University of Kentucky Assistant Professor Nicholas Proferes and Casey Fiesler, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.On the heels of the Cambridge Analytica controversy, in which 87 million Facebook users might have had their data shared with the firm, questions abound about data, privacy and ethics on social media and beyond.”In light of recent events, transparency is even more important,” said Proferes, co-author and faculty member in the UK College of Communication and Information’s School of Information Science.By surveying 268 individuals who used public Twitter accounts, the authors also found that many users thought researchers were banned from collecting and analyzing public tweets; were surprised that deleted tweets might be used in studies; and had very strong opinions on the practice if those users were taking steps to protect their account.Part of the problem, Proferes said, is how social media companies neglect to explain how information flows and is used beyond users’ intended audiences.Many areas of research rely on social media data, from predicting sentiment for products to better understanding how communities respond to social events. In the study, most users thought using public social media data for science is important and would be willing to let their content be used for scientific research if they were asked.”This raises a number of questions about how we, as researchers, should handle user content, and how we might go about informing users about research that uses their publicly available content,” he said.Typically, researchers are required to go through Institutional Review Board (IRB) processes when conducting research on human subjects, but these can differ among institutions. For example, some IRBs may treat research using publicly available social media data as an observational study in a public space that doesn’t require consent.”But is Twitter equivalent to a public park?” Proferes said. “It’s not. If I see someone observing me, I can walk away. Twitter is a one-way mirror.”Proferes and Fiesler also found that users’ attitudes toward the practice differed depending on contextual factors, such as the topic of the research, the pool of data—one tweet or the user’s entire history—and whether the tweets would be attributed or anonymous.The researchers offer some best practices and considerations for researchers using public social media data: 1) Ask for permission if there is a reasonable way to do so; 2) Anonomyze identifying information when quoting tweets; 3) Request permission to publish the user’s identity; and 4) Avoid using deleted content.Proferes and Fiesler are also working on additional ethical guidelines to inform the research community, and Proferes is working with a colleague to develop a tool that could be used on social media to provide users with more information regarding research studies.”Twitter is a really rich source of data for scientists to understand social phenomena,” Proferes said. “But we can do better about informing people about our research, getting their permission when possible and sharing our findings.” Scientists are analyzing your tweets and FB posts—is it ethical? Provided by University of Kentucky read more