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Eat dark chocolate to beat the midday slump, study says

first_imgShare Pinterest Share on Twitter Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Historically, chocolate has been recognized as a vasodilator, meaning that it widens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure in the long run, but chocolate also contains some powerful stimulants. Stevens said his team wanted to investigate if people who consume chocolate would see an immediate stimulant effect.Stevens and his colleagues in the Department of Psychological Sciences performed the EEG study with 122 participants between the ages of 18 and 25 years old. The researchers examined the EEG levels and blood pressure effects of consuming a 60 percent cacao confection compared with five control conditions.Michelle Montopoli, an NAU alumna and student at the time of the study, led the EEG testing phase which included measuring serving sizes of the samples based on participant weight and packaging them so the participants were blind to what they were tasting. Constance Smith, professor of psychological sciences, assisted with the physiological analyses.The results for the participants who consumed the 60 percent cacao chocolate showed that the brain was more alert and attentive after consumption. Their blood pressure also increased for a short time.“A lot of us in the afternoon get a little fuzzy and can’t pay attention, particularly students, so we could have a higher cacao content chocolate bar and it would increase attention,” Stevens said. He added that a regular chocolate bar with high sugar and milk content won’t be as good, it’s the high-cacao content chocolate that can be found from most manufacturers that will have these effects.The most interesting results came from one of the control conditions, a 60 percent cacao chocolate which included L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea that acts as a relaxant. This combination hasn’t been introduced to the market yet, so you won’t find it on the candy aisle. But it is of interest to Hershey and the researchers.“L-theanine is a really fascinating product that lowers blood pressure and produces what we call alpha waves in the brain that are very calm and peaceful,” Stevens said. “We thought that if chocolate acutely elevates blood pressure, and L-theanine lowers blood pressure, then maybe the L-theanine would counteract the short-term hypertensive effects of chocolate.”For participants who consumed the high-cacao content chocolate with L-theanine, researchers recorded an immediate drop in blood pressure. “It’s remarkable. The potential here is for a heart healthy chocolate confection that contains a high level of cacao with L-theanine that is good for your heart, lowers blood pressure and helps you pay attention,” Stevens said.Stevens hopes the results of this study will encourage manufacturers to investigate further and consider the health benefits of developing a chocolate bar made with high-cacao content and L-theanine.“People don’t generally eat chocolate and think it’s going to be healthy for them,” Stevens said. He added that there is a possibility the millions of hypertension patients in the country could eat a bar of this heart healthy chocolate every afternoon and their blood pressure would drop into the normal range, and they would be more alert and attentive. LinkedIn Larry Stevens eats a piece of high-cacao content chocolate every afternoon, which is in part because he has developed a taste for the unsweetened dark chocolate. It’s also because research shows that it lowers blood pressure and his new study reveals that it improves attention, which is especially important when hitting that midday slump.“Chocolate is indeed a stimulant and it activates the brain in a really special way,” said Stevens, a professor of psychological sciences at NAU. “It can increase brain characteristics of attention, and it also significantly affects blood pressure levels.”The study, published in the journal NeuroRegulation and sponsored by the Hershey Company, is the first to examine the acute effects of chocolate on attentional characteristics of the brain and the first-ever study of chocolate consumption performed using electroencephalography, or EEG technology. EEG studies take images of the brain while it is performing a cognitive task and measure the brain activity.last_img read more

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Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum gets underway Monday

first_img The Forum has attracted more than 100 participants including Government Ministers, senior officials representing national, regional and international institutions and industry experts. They will reflect on a number of matters ranging from energy, climate and sustainable development and their effective linkages to the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) to lessons learned over the past five years regarding energy transition, and information and capacity-building. Participants will also discuss financing the Region’s sustainable energy needs and provide an outlook for the next ten years. You may be interested in… Oct 5, 2020 A Ministerial panel will start the sessions on Tuesday morning. The panel will explore the topic: ‘Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development: How to effectively link the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?’ The discussants are the Hon Kenred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment and Housing of the Bahamas, the Hon. Dr. Andrew Wheatley, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology of Jamaica, the Hon. Stephenson King, Minister of Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour of Saint Lucia, and the Hon. Regilio Dodson, Minister of Natural Resources of Suriname. CSEF V is a CARICOM Secretariat event which is organised in collaboration with the Government of The Bahamas. Support for the staging of the Forum is being provided by: the United States (U.S.) Government, through the Organisation of American States (OAS); the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) executed Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) Programme; the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), through the Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean Fund; the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); and the World Bank through the SIDS DOCK Support Programme. CSEF was established as a biennial sustainable energy event in the Community. The Forum is intended to facilitate dialogue and actions towards the adoption of more robust policies and the transfer of appropriate technologies in renewable energy and energy efficiency in CARICOM. It seeks ultimately to enhance stakeholder support and contribution to diversification of the regional energy supply from its current fossil fuels base to a mix that includes significant renewable sources. The previous events were held in July 2008 in Grenada, in June 2010 in Jamaica, in September 2012 in St. Kitts and Nevis, and in November 2014 in Barbados. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 15, 2020 The Hon Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas The fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) gets underway in Nassau, The Bahamas, Monday evening under the theme ‘Future Energy, 2027’. Prime Minster of the Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Forum which will be held at the British Colonial Hilton. The focus of the three-day event, designed around an agenda of constructive engagement, is the Region’s transformation from a fossil fuel base to sustainable energy. The Forum will seek to catalyse consensus among stakeholders on what they are prepared to do to further define and support the long-term commitments that are necessary for energy transformation within CARICOM. Oct 1, 2020 Standards, Codes Critical to CARICOM Energy Sector… center_img CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Media AdvisoryThe Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF V) opens in Nassau, The Bahamas, on Monday, 23 January, 2017, under the theme ‘Future Energy 2027’. Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Hon. Perry Christie, will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony following remarks by representatives the German Agency for International…January 22, 2017In “CARICOM”Less talk, more action[su_pullquote align=”right”]”There is a serious mismatch between meetings and results in our region. My point here is two-fold: that dialogue is not an end to itself and that dialogue that does not lead to action and to results is meaningless.” – Ms. Kim Osborne[/su_pullquote]While the dialogue and interaction that engagements…January 24, 2017In “CARICOM”Act with urgency on energy transition, Region urged at close of CSEF V#CSEF winds down: Ms Kim Osborne, OAS said discussion was rich; what needs to be done was clear, but challenges should not be underestimated pic.twitter.com/DTGLx6SLPQ — CARICOM (@CARICOMorg) January 25, 2017 The Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) concluded in Nassau, The Bahamas on Thursday following two days of robust…January 26, 2017In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… Energy stakeholders meet in The Bahamas for CSEF V pic.twitter.com/MvrUdV9Y6e— CARICOM (@CARICOMorg) January 16, 2017 Oct 2, 2020last_img read more

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PricewaterhouseCoopers picks More London for HQ

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Daewoo Inks $ 422 Mln Contract for Three Boxships

first_imgDaewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has signed a contract to build three new containerships for an unnamed Asian owner.The contract is estimated to be worth around $422 million, according to the KRX regulatory filling. The delivery of the vessels should be completed by August 2015.DSME boasts the world’s leading technology and competitiveness in building ships such as LNG carriers, Ultra Large Container Vessels, Ultra Large Crude Carriers, large LPG carriers, car carriers etc. In 2001, DSME built and delivered 3 ultra-large container ships of the 8,500 TEU-class. Powered by 93,000 hp engines, these vessels can navigate at a maximum speed of 27-knots. Since then, the company has constructed high quality container ships of various sizes up to 14,000 TEU.[mappress]Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, July 9, 2013last_img read more

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Mental health needs to be prioritised

first_imgThe way we perceive mental health and illness is vital in terms of making it more acceptable for people to access help when they are struggling with mental health issues, whether acute or chronic. An estimated one in five people has a diagnosable mental health condition. Sadly, in spite of suffering often debilitating symptoms, many people are much less likely to talk about or seek help for mental health concerns than for physical health conditions. Stigma, embarrassment, fear, and lack of information are common barriers to people getting the needed help for mental health issues.Recently I found information on the “Campaign to Change Direction” in the USA, where various stakeholders work together to raise awareness and create a new narrative about mental health, mental health awareness, and wellness. The campaign is a coalition of non-profit, government, business, faith community leaders, and many others, led by “Give an Hour”, an organisation that provides pro bono mental health services to military members, veterans, and their families.The then First Lady of the USA, Michelle Obama, said at the campaign launch in Washington DC, “It is time to flip the script on mental health in the country. It is time to tell everyone who is dealing with a mental health issue in this country that they are not alone and that getting support and treatment isn’t a sign of weakness – it’s a sign of strength.” The campaign grew out of discussions at the White House National Conference on Mental Health in 2013, held in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy. On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children, between six and seven years old, and six adult staff members, including the principal and psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, USA. Before driving to the school, Adam shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home. As first line responders arrived at the school, Adam committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. The investigation provided evidence that he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (high functioning Autism), had poor social skills, was a loner and had been suffering from anger problems, anxiety and depression for many years. He often posted how he hated humanity and reported that he had no need for people or relationships. After this event a diverse group of leaders from the Campaign to Change Direction set goals which included to:Free us to see our mental health as having equal value to our physical health.Create a common language that allows us to recognise the signs of emotional suffering in ourselves and others.Encourage us to care for our mental well-being and the mental well-being of others.An expanding list of non-profits and businesses joined the effort and made pledges to deliver educational tools and programmes that will help change the national conversation about mental health. Over the next five years, these efforts would collectively reach more than one million Americans with particular target audiences to include military personnel, veterans and family members, students, teachers, school officials and coaches, first responders, and members of faith-based communities.The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and American Psychiatric Foundation (APF) aimed to build upon several programmes to support the Change Direction campaign. APF has had a long-standing effective collaboration with Give an Hour to help provide care to service members. APF is also working, through its “Typical or Troubled” programme, to train school personnel to recognise signs of mental distress among students and help refer them to appropriate mental health services if needed. A major focus of the Change Direction campaign is to help people recognise early signs of mental distress and encourage them to reach out. This includes identifying five signs that a person may be experiencing mental distress and may need help:Personality changesUncharacteristic anger, anxiousness, agitation, or moodiness Withdrawal or isolation from othersPoor self-care or engaging in risky behaviourBeing overcome with hopelessness and overwhelmed by circumstances.This mental health awareness approach includes encouraging anyone who sees a friend, co-worker, or loved one suffering to reach out, offer help, show compassion and caring, and be willing to find a solution. “We know that mental health is just as vital as our physical health, so it’s time we started treating it that way,” Michelle Obama said at the launch. “And that’s going to take courage from everybody – courage to reach out and have those tough conversations with a friend (or family member). The courage to listen, and seek help for ourselves when necessary.” Mental health conditions are no different than cancer, diabetes, or any other illnesses and our approach to treating them should reflect that.Here in South Africa, we, including government, can learn from our own experiences as well as from other countries and their tragedies. May we realise that mental health problems are real and if not treated, can have devastating effects on children, families, communities and the like. Mental health starts at home and we need to create more resources for parents to seek help for themselves and/or their children. May we break the stigma of mental illness being a sign of weakness or madness and realise that we can all suffer in this way, that our minds and psyches are impacted from a very young age and that mental health problems are as common as the common cold and nothing to be ashamed of. Untreated mental health illnesses often have far reaching negative effects, including impaired parenting capacity, child development, academic achievement, social skills and relationships, as well as impaired capacity to work, sustain a job and make a valuable contribution to society. Carin-Lee Masters is a clinical psychologist. Write to her at helpmecarin@inl.co.za or send a WhatsApp message or SMS to 082 264 7774.last_img read more

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81-year-old caught up in protest remains in custody

first_imgThe 81-year-old man remanded in custody after appearing unrepresented at Hull Crown Court remains locked up after his bail application was adjourned yesterday.Harry Harrison, who is partially deaf, appeared last week before judge Mettyear, the honorary recorder of Hull, charged with attempted murder in circumstances arising from a neighbour dispute.Harrison, who had been represented at the police station, was unrepresented in the Crown court, due to action being taken by solicitors refusing to take new Crown court cases in protest over legal aid cuts.The firm that represented Harrison at the police station, Pepperell’s, agreed to do a bail application pro bono this week, after the judge expressed his anger that Harrison had been left unrepresented.Senior partner Ben Pepperell told the Gazette that his honour judge Richardson QC adjourned the application at yesterday’s hearing for ‘clarification’ of details given to the court.The bail application has been re-listed for Thursday. Harrison has been in custody since his arrest on Friday 11 April.Chairman of the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association Bill Waddington said the boycott is ‘going well and beginning to bite’. But a spokeswoman for the court service reported the action has had ‘no significant impact so far’.last_img read more

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Junior solicitor banned for lies about briefcase left on a train

first_imgA junior solicitor who left a suitcase with sensitive documents on a train – then lied to her firm to buy herself time to find it – has been struck off the roll.Claire Louise Matthews had been working in the Birmingham office of national firm Capsticks for a month when she left a colleague’s briefcase on the train on her commute home.Matthews told the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal she was ‘overcome by uncontrollable fear, anxiety and panic’ in the following days. Six days after losing the briefcase she told a colleague that she had left it at home, then a day later she emailed her supervisor to say it had been left on a train that morning.The briefcase contained a matter file for a sensitive case involving a litigant in person who had made a claim against the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Capsticks is regularly instructed by the SRA for its regulatory and litigation work.The SRA said Matthews’ conduct was not a ‘moment of madness’. Rather, her conduct was self-serving and her only motivation was to protect herself against the risk, as she perceived it, of jeopardising her employment.Matthews, who qualified less than a year previously, represented herself at the tribunal and denied acting without integrity and being dishonest. She submitted she had desperately wanted to tell her supervisor but was fixated on doing this face-to-face. She described the days after losing the briefcase as the darkest of her life: she barely ate, slept or showered in that time, and she had been ‘haunted’ by that period for almost two years since. Her sister submitted that Matthews’ behaviour was so erratic during these days that she hid her balcony door key.The tribunal found Matthews had been aware the briefcase had been lost for almost a week when she first lied to a colleague about it. She had conducted herself in the office as though nothing was amiss and had specifically lied in the email about the timescale of events. She was found to have acted dishonestly by seeking to conceal the loss from her colleagues by giving them untrue information.The SRA had claimed £55,000 in costs, based on its need to instruct another firm, Fieldfisher, due to the conflict with Capsticks. Fieldfisher had charged a £380 hourly rate for a panel solicitor.Matthews, who now earns £9 an hour in a temporary call centre job, said she was being punished for the outsourcing of the prosecution and that hourly rates were excessive and not commensurate with the complexity level of her case.The tribunal agreed the rates were too high and had the effect of penalising Matthews for the conflict experienced with Capsticks. There had been ‘significant and unnecessary’ duplication of work by the SRA and costs were cut to £10,000.last_img read more

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Dominica’s Raymond Lawrence receives Caribbean recognition

first_img Tweet 217 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Chief Cultural Officer Raymond LawrenceChief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence has been inducted into the Caribbean Hall of Fame for Arts, Sports and Culture.This prestigious Caribbean Hall of Fame award is made every year by the Foundation, in recognition of notable contributions made by those who have achieved excellence in their field of endeavor.The Foundation’s main aim is to recognize the development of arts, sports and culture in the Caribbean and to encourage the natural genius of persons to reach the highest level.The award ceremony took place at the Pegasus Hotel in Jamaica last Friday. Lawrence who was unable to attend the induction ceremony said, “he felt very humbled and honored”, and that the award was not only for him but also for Dominica.“I want to thank God first of all. I didn’t expect it. I felt very surprised because these recognitions are very prestigious. I thank everyone. I feel honoredand humble and I am happy that I was able to make a contribution so important that it would grant me recognition,” he said.This year’s function was the 11th annual Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence and was staged as part of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of Independence.The Foundation said that it is “not influenced nor determined” by factors of race, color, religion, sex or political affiliation.Dominica Vibes News EntertainmentLocalNews Dominica’s Raymond Lawrence receives Caribbean recognition by: – November 26, 2012center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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Lindores Abbey Rapid: Nakamura is first semifinalist; Ding levels with Yu

first_imgHikaru Nakamura became the first player to advance to the semifinals round of the ongoing Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge on the chess24.com playing server after defeating Levon Aronian, 3-1, in their second match on May 25. MATE IN TWO. Nakamura, H (2736)-Aronian, L (2773) [C42] Aronian, L (2773)-Nakamura, H (2736) [C65] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Qf3 cxb5 9.Qxa8 Be7 10.0-0 h6 11.Ne4 Qd7 12.Nxf6+ gxf6 13.Qe4 Rg8 14.f3 Bc5+ 15.d4 Bxd4+ 16.Be3 Qh3 17.Rf2 Bb7 18.Qh7 Rxg2+ 19.Rxg2 Bxe3+ 20.Kh1 Qxf3 21.Qg8+ Ke7 22.Nc3 Bg5 23.Rag1 Qf2 24.Qb8 Bxg2+ 25.Rxg2 Qf1+ 26.Rg1 Qf3+ 27.Rg2 Qf1+ 28.Rg1 Qf3+ 29.Rg2 Qf1+ ½-½ chess24.com (1.23) 2020 chess24.com (1.24) 2020 chess24.com (1.21) 2020 Ding, L (2791)-Yu, Y (2709) [D27] Yu, Y (2709)-Ding, L (2791) [C58] Nakamura earned his rest time and will just wait for the winner of the Magnus Carlsen versus Weslery So showdown to tangle with. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Be2 Be7 8.dxc5 0-0 9.b4 a5 10.b5 Bxc5 11.Nc3 Qxd1 12.Rxd1 a4 13.Ne5 Nbd7 14.Nd3 Be7 15.e4 a3 16.Be3 e5 17.f3 h6 18.Rab1 Rd8 19.Nb4 Kf8 20.Kf2 Ra5 21.Nbd5 Nxd5 22.Nxd5 Ra4 23.Rbc1 Ra8 24.Nxe7 Kxe7 25.Rc7 Ke8 26.Bc4 Ra4 27.Bb3 Ra8 28.b6 Ra6 29.h4 Ra5 30.g4 Kf8 31.g5 hxg5 32.hxg5 g6 33.Rdc1 Ra8 34.Bc5+ Kg7 35.Be7 Re8 36.Rxd7 Bxd7 37.Bf6+ 1-0 The key to our last problem is 1.Qd8!. Black’s futile options are: 1…dxe3 2.Se4#; 1…dxc3 2.Sdc4#; 1…Kxc3 2.Rb3#; 1…Kxe3 2.Rg3#./PN Ding, L (2791)-Yu, Y (2709) [D27] WHITE TO MOVE, ******* chess24.com (1.24) 2020 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.0-0 Bd6 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 Bg4 9.Nbd2 g5 10.Bg3 Nh5 11.Nc4 Nxg3 12.fxg3 Qe7 13.c3 0-0-0 14.b4 Kb8 15.a3 h5 16.Ne3 Bc8 17.c4 f5 18.Nxf5 Bxf5 19.exf5 e4 20.Re1 e3 21.Qc1 g4 22.Nh4 Rhe8 23.c5 Be5 24.Qxe3 Qd7 25.Qc1 Bd4+ 26.Kh1 Rxe1+ 27.Qxe1 Bxa1 28.Qxa1 Qxd3 0-1 Liren Ding, meanwhile, slammed his countryman Yangyi Yu, 2½-1½, to forge a third and deciding match, determining who will advance to the semifinals.Losing quarterfinalists will get $8,000 each while losing semifinalists will take home $15,000 in this rapid event – second in a series of five chess events making up the well-funded Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour. PUZZLERS 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 8.c4 c6 9.Nc3 Nxc3 10.bxc3 dxc4 11.Bxc4 Bf5 12.Bg5 Qa5 13.Re1 Nd7 14.Nh4 Nb6 15.Bb3 Rae8 16.Nxf5 Rxe1+ 17.Qxe1 Qxf5 18.Bd2 Nd5 19.Qe2 Nf6 20.Re1 h6 21.f3 Re8 22.Qd1 Rxe1+ 23.Bxe1 Nd5 24.g3 b5 25.Qe2 Qd7 26.a4 a6 27.c4 Nc7 28.Kg2 Ne6 29.Bf2 Qe7 30.Qe4 bxa4 31.Bc2 Qg5 32.c5 Bc7 33.Bxa4 h5 34.h4 Qd2 35.Bb3 Nd8 36.Qe8+ Kh7 37.Bxf7 Nxf7 38.Qxf7 Ba5 39.Qf5+ 1-0 chess24.com (1.21) 2020 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Nbd2 Nc6 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.a3 b5 10.Be2 Bb7 11.b4 Be7 12.Bb2 0-0 13.Nb3 a5 14.Nc5 Bxc5 15.bxc5 Qxd1 16.Rfxd1 b4 17.axb4 axb4 18.Nd2 Na5 19.Ra4 Nd5 20.Rda1 Nc3 21.Bxc3 bxc3 22.Rxa5 cxd2 23.f3 Rxa5 24.Rxa5 Bd5 25.Bd1 f5 26.Kf2 Rd8 27.Ra4 Rb8 28.Ke2 Rb5 29.e4 fxe4 30.fxe4 Bc6 31.Rc4 Rb2 32.Rc2 Rb4 33.Kxd2 Bxe4 34.Rc3 Bxg2 35.c6 Bxc6 36.Rxc6 Rh4 37.Rxe6 Rxh2+ 38.Re2 Rxe2+ 39.Bxe2 g6 40.Ke3 Kg7 41.Kf4 Kf6 ½-½last_img read more

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TMZ: Cavs Guard J.R. Smith Gives a Little Dig to LeBron James at a Blaze Pizza

first_imgCavs guard J.R. Smith got caught up by a TMZ camera as he walked into a Blaze Pizza in Lansing, Michigan today, and gave a little dig to former Cavs star LeBron James, who is an investor in the pizza company. Here’s the story: They might be on different teams — 2,300 miles away — but J.R. Smith and LeBron James are still giving each other crap … and it’s pretty funny. Smith was walking around East Lansing, Michigan (the Cavs play the Pistons on Friday) when he started joking about how LeBron is following him everywhere. “I can’t go nowhere and get away from this motherf**ker,” Smith said while pointing the camera at a Blaze Pizza sign. FYI, James is an investor, franchisee and paid endorser of the pizza company. Smith continued to joke … “Look at this sh*t. Look at this n****. He everywhere. He just keep following me!”Of course, Smith and James had the awkward moments when J.R. brain farted, and screwed the Cavs at the end of Game 1 of the NBA Finals last year … but it’s clear the two are still friends. One more thing … J.R. was spotted by some fans with cell phones and he DIDN’T steal them and throw them into a construction site!Sooooo … progress! Related TopicsCavsJ.R. SmithLebron James Matt Loedecenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

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