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What’s a Snuggle Snapper?

first_imgThese are priced at $19.99 each. We’ve seen versions with Mickey, Minnie, Baymax, Lotso, Dumbo, Marie, Yoda, and an Ewok. Which one would you choose?Photos: Christina Harrison Share This!We’re seeing a lot Snuggle Snappers in the theme parks these days. What’s a Snuggle Snapper you ask? Well, it turns out that a Snuggle Snapper is cross between a plush (the snuggle part) and a snap bracelet (the snap part). Basically its for the kid (or the adult, we do not judge) who can’t decide what kind of souvenir they want so is excited to find an item that fits more than one category.last_img read more

Marshfield softball sweeps doubleheader from Wausau East

first_imgDonahue gives up one hit in 8 innings, has four on offense for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — Megan Donahue allowed just one hit and no walks in eight innings pitched to lead the Marshfield softball team to a dominating doubleheader sweep of Wausau East on Friday at East High School.The Tigers won 15-0 in three innings and 16-0 in five innings to wrap up their regular-season and conference schedule.Marshfield is now 16-5 overall and ends up 9-3 and in a tie for second place in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. East drops to 1-17 and finishes 0-12 in the Valley.In Game 1, Donahue threw a perfect three innings as the Tigers won via the 15-run rule. She also went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Emily Draeger added two triples and four RBIs, and Melissa Roberts drove in two for Marshfield.In the second game, Donahue struck out 10 in five innings for the Tigers. She had a double, a triple, and three RBIs at the plate.Roberts added three RBIs, Kaitlyn Konrardy hit a home run and drove in three, and Ashtin Zunker had three hits and scored twice for Marshfield.The Tigers host New Richmond in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Wednesday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Game 1Marshfield 177 – 15 9 0Wausau East 000 – 0 0 5WP: Megan Doanhue. LP: Gabby Braatz.SO: Donahue 8; Braatz (2 1/3 inn.) 2, Emily Brubaker (2/3 inn.) 1. BB: Donahue 0; Braatz 2, Brubaker 1.Top hitters: M, Morgan Nordbeck 2 runs; Emily Draeger 2×2, 2 3Bs, 3 runs, 4 RBIs; Donahue 2×2, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Melissa Roberts 2B, 2 RBIs; Rhiannon Corozolla 2 2B, 2 runs; Madelyn Mews 2 runs.—Game 2Marshfield 280 42 – 16 15 0Wausau East 000 00 – 0 1 5WP: Donahue. LP: Brubaker.SO: Donahue 10; Brubaker 4. BB: Donahue 0; Brubaker 4.Top hitters: M, Jenna Jakobi 2×2, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Kaitlyn Konrardy HR, 3 RBIs; Nordbeck 2 runs; Donahue 2×3, 2B, 3B, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Roberts 3 RBIs; Draeger 2B, RBI; Madison Derus 2×3, 2 runs; Ashtin Zunker 3×3, 2 runs, RBI; Casey Aschebrook 2 runs.Records: Marshfield 16-5, 9-3 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Wausau East 1-17, 0-12 WVC.last_img read more

Drug delivery gets sophisticated

first_imgNew drug delivery solutions can improvetreatment absorption rates and provideprotection of pharmaceuticals againstbiochemical degradation within the body.(Image: stock.xchng) Prof Viness Pillay and his team aredeveloping advanced drug deliverytechnologies that will change the waypeople take medication, improve theefficacy of drugs and reduce thecost of medicine.(Image: Viness Pillay) MEDIA CONTACTS • Shirona PatelHead: CommunicationsWits University+27 11 717 1019Wilma den HartighWits University researchers are developing advanced drug delivery technologies that will change the way people take medication, improve the efficacy of drugs and reduce the cost of medicine.For many years pharmaceuticals have consisted of simple, fast-acting formulations that are dispensed orally as solid tablets, capsules or liquids. But this is no longer the case.A team of researchers from the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology at Wits University have developed new biocompatible and biodegradable drug delivery technologies, which can improve the efficacy of drugs used to treat diseases and conditions such as cancer, tuberculosis, HIV, epilepsy and other neurodegenerative disorders.“Gone are the days where a tablet was just a white solid round structure,” says Prof Viness Pillay, head of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Research at Wits University.A drug delivery system controls or regulates the way in which a drug is released, absorbed, distributed, metabolised and eliminated by the body. If scientists find ways to control these parameters, drugs can function more effectively in the body.Necessary for South AfricaPillay says that research into new drug delivery systems has major benefits for South Africa, which already has a high burden of diseases that affect its economically-active population.“If effective modes of treatment are not sought, this will lead to far reaching and detrimental socio-economic consequences,” he says.He adds that most local companies are not actively designing new drug delivery formulations or reformulating current products. Instead, their focus has shifted to generic formulations.“Our innovative research in this field will assist the local pharmaceutical industry in acquiring and commercialising newer drug delivery technologies that will benefit them and the country,” he says.Having such pharmaceuticals developed locally and commercialised will also reduce South Africa’s dependency on imported medicines.Improved drug deliveryThe goal of sophisticated drug delivery technology is to administer medicines to specifically targeted parts of the body, through a medium that can control the therapy’s administration.This can be done by means of either a physiological or chemical trigger.“Our research has enabled us to understand how to control the rate of drug delivery, sustain the duration of therapy and manoeuvre the drug to target a specific organ or tissue while maintaining specific blood concentrations,” he says.The research team has also determined how they can utilise drug delivery routes such as the eye, nose, mouth, skin, gastrointestinal tract or vaginal mucosa, to deliver drugs to specific areas of the body.Nano-neuropharmaceutics, wafers, chronotherapeutics and gastroretention are some of the technologies that the research team has been working on.Nano-neuropharmaceuticsNano-neuropharmaceutics are small brain implants to treat patients with neuro-degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Motor Neuron Disease.The implant can be stimulated electronically or through the use of ultrasound to release the drug.WafersWafers that dissolve on contact with the mucosa in the cheek, allow patients to absorb a drug almost instantly.He says that wafer technology is particularly useful for children and older patients who cannot ingest liquids, tablets and capsules.For instance, there are currently no HIV drugs available to treat infected babies and young children. The current practice is to crush an adult tablet and mix it with milk.However, he says that antiretroviral drugs are highly unstable in liquids and if babies don’t finish their milk, they don’t receive the prescribed dose.“By making use of our wafer technology, the drugs are absorbed within eight seconds,” he says.ChronotherapeuticsChronotherapeutics can treat diseases or conditions that only show signs and symptoms at certain times of the day. These include hypertension, rheumatic arthritis and heart attacks.Chronotherapeutics release a specific amount of a drug at certain times throughout the day. The drug is released over a period of two hours after which it stops temporarily. The cycle is repeated later in the day or evening.Gastroretentive deliveryThe benefit of gastroretentive delivery is that the drug is retained within the stomach and then slowly released and filtered through the pyloric sphincter into the duodenum.The pyloric sphincter is a strong ring of smooth muscle at the end of the pyloric canal which lets food pass from the stomach to the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine.“Because the drug is filtered in such small quantities, it passes through the region at a very slow pace, which means the drug can be absorbed much more efficiently,” says Pillay.These technologies can improve treatment absorption rates and provide protection of pharmaceuticals against biochemical degradation within the body.The majority of the new delivery methods have already undergone significant testing and those in the more advanced stages of research have entered the commercialisation process.Reducing costsThe new drug delivery systems on offer will also result in a considerable overall reduction in the cost of medicine for patients, companies and the country.“Cost in this instance does not mean only the physical rands and cents that companies or patients will be saving,” he says. “Not providing effective treatment for a multitude of diseases can also be costly in terms of the socio-economic impact it will have if large numbers of the population are debilitated because of their disease, or are dying.”Developing new ways to administer medication that use less of the active pharmaceutical ingredient will also reduce the overall costs of medicine.last_img read more

Illinois ~ Sales and Use Tax: Federal Court Addresses Local Hotel Occupancy Taxes

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportA federal district court held that various online travel companies (OTCs) owed the village of Lombard hotel occupancy taxes, but did not owe hotel occupancy taxes to 12 other Illinois municipalities. The OTCs sell hotel rooms using the “merchant business model,” contracting with hotels to purchase hotel rooms at wholesale rates, then selling room reservations to customers at retail rates. Numerous municipalities sought to collect tax from the OTCs’ on their receipts attributable to the difference between the wholesale rate paid by the OTCs and the retail rate charged by the OTCs. The OTCs were liable for the Lombard tax because the Lombard tax ordinance provides for a tax on “all persons engaged in the business of renting, leasing or letting rooms in a hotel.” Lombard’s tax is imposed with proper statutory authorization as the Illinois statute allows municipalities to “impose a tax upon all persons engaged in such municipality in the business of renting, leasing or letting rooms in a hotel.” In addition, Lombard’s tax does not violate the uniformity clause of the Illinois Constitution. The ordinance language reasonably taxes all persons involved in the hotel business even if they do not own, operate, or manage hotels themselves, and does not broaden Lombard’s tax authority. Finally, the ordinance does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause because both paying to rent a room in Lombard and engaging in the business of renting a room in Lombard are activities with a substantial nexus to Illinois.The ordinances in several other municipalities place the duty to collect tax on the “owner and operator of each hotel.” The OTCs, however, were not owners and operators. The words “owner” and “operator” are undefined by the municipalities’ ordinances The court noted that operation of a hotel involves more than taking reservations, ensuring reservations are honored, handling complaints, and serving as the primary contact for customers before they stay in rented hotel rooms. Also, hotel owners have the right to possess, use, and convey their hotels, while the OTCs had no such rights with regard to the hotels.The remaining municipalities’ ordinances imposed the tax on rental receipts. The OTCs’ receipts attributable to the difference between the wholesale rate and the retail rate are not rental receipts. The retail rate includes both the cost of the room rental and the cost of other services provided by the OTCs as evidenced by OTCs’ terms of service.Village of Bedford Park v. Expedia, Inc., U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois, No. 13 C 5633, June 20, 2016, ¶403-109last_img read more

Want to showcase my all-round skills in Zimbabwe: Binny

first_imgIndia all-rounder Stuart Binny on Monday said he is confident of delivering with both bat and ball in the upcoming cricket series against Zimbabwe.India leave for Zimbabwe on Tuesday morning to play three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and two Twenty20 Internationals, starting on July 10.”At the moment I am very happy to be part of the tour. I know my roles as it is very clear to me. I know I have to deliver with both bat and ball. I am looking more to swing the ball and in ODIs that is the main factor as a bowler,” Binny said here.Speaking on the new ODI rules that has been implemented, he said, “When it comes to bowling it will be a good thing for the bowlers to have five fielders outside the circle. When you have five fielders outside the circle it becomes difficult as we have to bowl very tight lines.”When it comes to batting, there are only four fielders in the circle. So we have to look for the gaps to find the boundary. A little bit of freedom has been taken away from the batsmen,” the Karnataka cricketer said.The all-rounder has been in and out of the side for a long time. Despite being in the 15-member World Cup squad, he couldn’t get a game.”It’s not easy to be on tour and not get games. Practice makes it perfect. You got to train hard, regardless you are playing or not playing. I don’t worry too much whether I am going to get an opportunity or not. My job is to play for the country for as long as I can,” Binny said.advertisementBinny said right from the start of his career he idolised South African great Jacques Kallis, who is widely considered as one of the best all-rounder of the game.”I idolise Jacques Kallis. When I was growing up I looked at him a lot. He was someone whom I watched a lot as I grew up. He bats at the top order and I bat at the lower down the order. Our roles are different but someone who did it for a good 10-12 years and be successful in international cricket is someone I look up to,” he said.The 31-year-old looked confident ahead of the tour, saying he would get to bowl 10 overs and bat at number six or seven.”Hopefully If I get a chance, I will give it my best. We currently don’t know the combination, what the wickets will be in Zimbabwe. I have never been in there. I have heard the wickets are similar to South Africa. “If that is the case then my role as an all-rounder will come into play. I am looking forward to bowl full ten overs and bat at number six and seven,” Binny concluded.last_img read more


first_imgTo lead with our heart is the story of Sylvia Degotardi (nee Leahy). The death of a family member or friend is always tragic, especially so at Christmas, which is a time of celebration. Mother of three Sylvia Degotardi tragically passed away in mid-October, just hours after giving birth to her third child. Sylvia was an all-around athlete, who played Touch Football in Toowoomba for several years. A Memorial Race Day and raffle is being organised for January 15th, to establish a trust fund for her children. A long-time friend of Sylvia’s, Karley Banks, has written this incredible eulogy to her friend. The story also contains all the information on the Memorial Day. EULOGY TO SYLVIA DEGOTARDI Picture courtesy of the Toowoomba Chroniclelast_img read more

State Wrap

first_imgHere is the latest news from around the states…Northern TerritoryThe NT Titles will be held from Friday, 30 April until Sunday, 2 May 2010 in Darwin. Over 20 teams will compete in the tournament, with teams coming from Gove, Alice Springs, Katherine, Borroloola, Ramingining as well as local teams from Darwin. Four divisions will be contested, with Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Under 18 Mixed and Women’s 35’s battling it out for their respective titles. Games will commence on Friday night, with finals to be played on Sunday afternoon. The Under 18 Mixed and Women’s Over 35 finals will be played at 4.00pm, followed by the Women’s Open final at 5.00pm, and the Men’s Open final at 6.00pm. For more information, please visit the NT Titles website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-920-0-112627-0&sID=10358 QueenslandThe 2010 Queensland State Cup will also be held on Saturday, 1 May and Sunday, 2 May. The State Cup will be held at the fields at Bundaberg Touch Association, University Drive, Bundaberg.Teams from across the state will contest the event, with the following divisions to be played: Mixed, Women’s Open, Men’s Open, Men’s 30’s and Men’s 40’s. The games will start at 9.00am on Saturday, with the final round of the day to commence at 4.20pm. Games will start at 8.30am on Sunday, with the final round games commencing at 9.50am before finals begin. The first draft of the State Cup draw is on the Queensland State Cup website. The final draw will be released at the Managers Meeting on Saturday, 1 May. For more information, please visit the Queensland State Cup and Queensland Touch websites:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-7206-0-0-0&sID=157480www.qldtouch.com.au South AustraliaIt’s been a busy couple of weeks for Touch Football South Australia, with teams competing in the SA Masters Games and the annual Touch Wine event. Touch Football made a successful return to the SA Masters Games, with seven teams competing at the two day event at Port Pirie. Touch was one of the largest sports represented at the games, and the good news is that Touch Football has been included in the bill for the 2011 SA Masters Games, which will be held in Naracoorte in April 2011. Touch Wine was held on the ANZAC Day public holiday, with approximately 1500 people attending the annual charity event. 38 winery teams entered the event, while round three of the CMI Toyota State League was also played. In round three of the Men’s division, the Eastern Stingrays were big winners over the Central Scorpions, winning 15-2, while the Defence Eagles defeated the Northern Vipers, 4-3. The South West Wolves had the bye. The Stingrays sit on top of the ladder in the Men’s division, followed by the Wolves, Eagles, Scorpions and Vipers.Round four will be played on Sunday, 2 May and will see the Eagles take on the Scorpions and the Vipers versus the Wolves. The Stingrays have the bye. In the Women’s division, the Eastern Stingrays were three touchdown winners over the South West Wolves, 5-2, while the Northern Vipers and the Central Scorpions played out a 3-all draw. The Scorpions sit on top of the ladder in the Women’s division, followed by the Vipers, Stingrays and Wolves. Round four will see the Vipers take on the Stingrays, while the Scorpions will play the Wolves. The traditional celebrity match was also played at Touch Wine, and was one of the highlights of the day. Bruce McAvaney was the commentator of the game, and the following athletes participated:Hannah Davis (Olympic Kayaker)Rachael Sporn (Olympic Basketball player)Rick Olarenshaw, Peter Caven and Kym Koster (AFL)Demelza McCloud (Australian Netballer)Brett Maher (Australian Basketball player)For more information, please visit the Touch Football South Australia website:www.touchsa.com.auWestern AustraliaSunset Touch has moved venues, with competition taking place on Monday nights at Associates RUFC (Allen Park) Swanbourne. There are limited places available, and nominations close on Monday, 17 May. For more information, including where to play Touch this winter, please visit the Touch West website:www.touchwest.comNew South WalesThe New South Wales Touch Football Referees Awards night will be held on Saturday, 1 May at the Bankstown Sports Club. The Awards night is the gala night of the Refereeing calendar, with the ‘Ian Matthew Medal’ announced. For more information, please visit the NSW Touch website.The Sydney Scorpions have been named the 2010 Regional Permit Champions at the New South Wales Under 14 and 16 Regional Championships. The Scorpions played in all four finals, winning two and were narrowly defeating in the Under 14 Boy’s and Girl’s finals. 14 Boys – Hunter Western Hornets 5 defeated Sydney Scorpions 414 Girls – Hunter Western Hornets 3 defeated Sydney Scorpions 216 Boys – Sydney Scorpions 4 defeated Northern Eagles 316 Girls – Sydney Scorpions 5 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 1The following Referees were rewarded for their efforts following the tournament:Referee of the tournament – Adam O’KeeffeLeading Women’s Referee – Fiona SaundersLeading Senior Referee – Nick AltinLeading Level 5 Referee – Adam O’KeeffeLeading Level 4 – Luke HeckendorfThe New South Wales State Merit teams were also announced following the tournament. Go to the New South Wales Touch Football website to view the teams.www.nswtouch.com.auACTACT Touch has a list of players looking to play Touch on all nights of competition. Please contact ACT Touch if you would like to be sent the list of players. The final two of the Winter domestic competitions started this week, with the Tuesday and Thursday night competitions at Deakin beginning. The countdown is on until the beginning of the ACT Premier League, which will commence on Wednesday, 12 May 2010. For more information, please visit the ACT Touch website:www.acttouch.com.auVictoriaTouch Football Victoria will be holding trials for the Under 15 and Under 18 state representative squads on Sunday, 16 May 2010 at the Albert Park Touch fields. The Under 18 trials will be held from 9.00am to 11.00am, while the Under 15 trials will be held from 11.00am to 1.00pm. The trials are held to help identify potential state representatives to compete at upcoming tournaments. The 18’s teams will be competing at the National Youth Championships in Caloundra in September, while the Under 15 teams will compete in the School Sport Australia Championships which will be held in Canberra in October. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Victoria website.Albert Park and Elwood Park’s team registrations for the upcoming Winter competitions have been extended by one week. Registrations will close on Sunday, 10 May. The competitions will now start on the week commencing, Monday, 10 May. There will be a compulsory delegates meeting on Thursday, 6 May to get information and to ask questions. Please visit the Touch Football Victoria website for more information:www.victouch.com.auTasmaniaLaunceston Touch Association’s social mixed competition will commence on Sunday, 2 May 2010. Rounds one and two will be played on Sunday, with rounds three and four to be played on Sunday, 16 May. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Tasmania website:www.tastouch.com.auHave you become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook? Search for Touch Football Australia and become a fan today!last_img read more

a month agoArsenal keeper Leno: We must continue to take risks

first_imgArsenal keeper Leno: We must continue to take risksby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno says the club will continue to take risks playing out from the back.Sokratis’ poor pass deep in defence allowed Tom Cleverley to make it 2-1 in Sunday’s draw with Watford, who eventually scored again to steal a point.But Leno says it is vital for his team to take risks in order to beat the opposition press.”It is still a process we have to work on,” said Leno. “We try to take the risk because if we beat the press of Watford, then there is a lot of space for our strikers.”In the first half, we did it very well but in the second we didn’t create too many chances from playing out from the back.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

12 days agoMan Utd midfielder McTominay insists he and Scotland can learn from run of defeats

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder McTominay insists he and Scotland can learn from run of defeatsby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Scott McTominay insists he and Scotland can learn from their run of defeats.He missed Thursday’s 4-0 loss in Russia through suspension but is back in contention to face Group I’s basement club San Marino on Sunday.Speaking at a pre-match press conference, he said: “Obviously in football you have good and you have bad moments as well.”Football is not always sunshine and rainbows, you have to stick in through the bad moments and obviously keep pushing as a team.”We know what we have to improve on, we’ve had numerous conversations about it as a group and obviously with the staff as well. And it’s up to us now.”I feel like we’ve got everything in front of us that we need to achieve and sometimes you can have a wake-up call, which can be the best thing for you.”In football a wake-up call can be huge for the whole squad and everybody looking forward to the games.” last_img read more

5 days agoMan Utd chief Woodward eager to mend Neville relationship

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward eager to mend Neville relationshipby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United chief Ed Woodward is eager to rebuild his relationship with Gary Neville for the good of the club.Woodward and the influential former United captain haven’t spoken for five months with Neville increasingly strident on television in blaming the executive vice-chairman for the slump in form at Old Trafford.He’s also reached out to the Class of 92 with Nicky Butt working at the club, but has been estranged from Neville, says the Daily Mail.Keen to utilise former United stars in the same way that Liverpool have done, Ferguson favourites Darren Fletcher and Patrice Evra have been invited to the training ground at Carrington.Woodward would like to employ a former big-name player to work as a media ambassador and talk to British and overseas media to reflect the club’s standpoint. last_img read more