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Shortage of Fuel at Gas Stations

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Sandy storm is one of the deadliest storms that has ever happened in the history of the United States. People had to face many situations when there was no power for more than 48 hrs in most states. Public transport was suspended and people had to stand in long queue at gas stations for fuel. The sand storm has caused billions of dollars damage.

Many gas stations in New York City and New Jersey remained closed due to low fuel supply. The gasoline stations were left with no power, empty tanks and long lines of vehicles with people blaring horns and shouting to get fuel for their vehicles. Many drivers and car owners were left standing in long queues for filling fuel in their respective vehicles.

Some places had power, but no gas and at some places there was gas and no power. People with no gas had to look for alternative options and same with people who were left without power. The government of US is planning to buy fuel from states to restore the situation on shortage of gas. This has brought sigh of relief to the people.

Because of shortage of fuel, public transport had to run limited services for the public. Due to which these public transport services was overloaded with people. In the coming days, prices of the fuel may rise, burdening the people. It may take some time for the government and people to get over this dreadful situation, so that they get back to normal life.

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Nov 1, 2012

Achievements of Ted Silva – The Baseball Pitching Coach

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Baseball pitching coach Ted Silva is a native of Redondo Beach, California. Currently, he serves as a pitching coach to Nebraska Baseball. Before serving as a pitching coach to Nebraska Baseball, he was a pitching coach at Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State, UC Irvine and Loyola Marymount.

Ted Silva has spent nearly 20 years of his life dedicated to his passion ‘baseball’. As a pitching coach he has earned many awards, achievements, recognitions and accolades.

  • In 1995, Ted Silva was a All-America pitcher at Cal State Fullerton.
  • He helped the Titans win the National Championship in 1995.
  • The Big West Conference honored Silva as the Pitcher of the Year in 1995.
  • Under his guidance, the Titans won the Big West Conference championship in 2005 and 2006.
  • Helped the Titan’s at a national-best 2.73 ERA, the only team in the country under 3.00 in 2006.
  • Ted Siva spent the 2007 season at Fresno State and guided the Bulldogs to a 38-29 mark and an NCAA regional berth in San Diego.
  • He helped led UC Irvine to the nation’s 3rd best ERA at 3.27 in 2008.
  • Under his guidance, the Anteaters won the Lincoln Regional in 2008.
  • Helped UC Irvine to national prominence from 2008 to 2010. Anteaters were qualified for three straight NCAA tournaments and won the Big West Conference title in 2009.
  • He coached All-Americans and future first-round selections Ricky Romero (2005), Wes Roemer (2006), Scott Gorgen (2008) and Daniel Bibona (2009-10) to Big West Pitcher-of-the-Year awards.
  • In 2011, he improved Loyola Marymount’s team ERA from 7.21 to 3.25.
  • Silva was named all-tournament by the American Baseball Coaches Association, Collegiate Baseball, the Greater Houston Sports Association and Baseball America.
  • During his three seasons as UC Irvine’s pitching coach, his four pitchers Christian Bergman, Scott Gorgen, Eric Pettis, Daniel Bibona earned a total of 19 All-America accolades.

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Feb 21, 2012

E-mail Use is Declining Because of Social Media – Survey

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According to the survey conducted by independent telecoms analyst on the impact of social media on traditional forms of communication among UK consumers, 45% of the respondents claimed that the use of social networking sites had caused a decline in their email use. Furthermore, 40% of the respondents also claimed that social media also reduced their use of fixed voice services, 34% reported that it caused them to make fewer mobile calls and 29% said that social media has also reduced their number of text messages.

After the survey the experts initially thought that the social media is only impacting the email service, but to their surprise it is also showing negative impacts on the other services provided by the telecom providers.

The team who made the survey commented that since the younger generation is using social media more than any other group, they keep on changing their tastes and interests. They ought to do so for the sites which offer comprehensive and more effective packages, which best suites their needs. As facebook is one such site which is upgrading everyday with great innovation, teenagers are getting more attracted towards those sites. Moreover, these sites are almost accessible on almost all the phones and also offering communication of zero cost, whereas the charges for a phone call and text messaging are much higher than those. Hence people prefer to use them than any other means of communication.

This report is like a wake up call to the telecom users, and they are trying to attract the customers by providing text messaging and free minutes at much lower prices in order to defend themselves.

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Dec 2, 2011

Ecstasy Addiction on Rise in Teens

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It is also called as MDMA. This drug tends to create a sense of euphoria and an expansive love or desire to nurture others. There are many health effects that a person experiences when he is addicted to Ecstasy. When taken in excess, it increases body temperature to the point of being fatal.

Psychological effects of the drug includes euphoria, decrease in negative emotions, an increase in empathetic feelings and enhanced tactile sensations. Along with the psychological effects it also shows physical effects which includes increased blood pressure and heart rate, increase in body temperature, blurred vision, involuntary eye movements, urinary retention and difficulty in sleeping. Long term usage of this drug can damage the brain, the long term effects could place the addict’s life in danger.

There is a rise in the use of the Ecstasy by the teens and the primary reason for this rise is the pleasurable effects that are experienced by the teen users. In the United States, 11 percent of students entering the 12th grade have been under the influence of the drug. Ecstasy addiction in the teens causes depression, chills, sweating and paranoia. Some teens may experience a rash that is similar to acne and bouts of aggression. Some researches have shown that more than 70 percent of teens who are addicted to the drug have developed learning disorders and emotional problems as a direct result of their addiction. Many teens have suffered with the erratic mood swings that are uncontrollable. Addiction to this drug requires professional treatment in teens.

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Jun 22, 2011

Consequences of Illicit Drug Use in USA

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There has been an increase in the use of illicit drugs in the United States. This increase in the drug abuse has many effects on the nation. The harmful consequences of use of these illicit drugs are here under:

Drug Deaths:
According to the latest data available, 38,371 people died of drug-induced causes in 2007, with 34,598 suicides and 18,361 homicides. In U.S for every 15 minutes, there is a drug-induced death. Many preventable deaths occurred in 2007 due to drug induced causes.

Economic Costs:
The economic cost of drug abuse in the US was estimated at $180.9 billion in 2002 and this costs includes resources used to cure the health of addicts and the costs involved in crime consequences.

Drugged Driving:
According to a self report survey in 2009, approximately 10.5 million Americans reported driving under the influence of an illicit drug. One in three drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes who drove under the influence of drugs in 2009.

School Performance:
Use of the illicit drugs also increased among the 8th, 10th and 12th graders and this shows a great effect on the performance of those children in the schools. These addicted students are more likely to skip the class more frequently, and spend less time studying.

Treatment Needs:
In 2009, 7.1 million persons needed treatment for illicit drug problems. Of these 7.1 million, 1.5 million received specialty treatment.

Criminal Justice Involvement:
According to a 2009 study of arrestees in 10 metropolitan cities in the United States, there are more number of people arrested for using the drugs than the people who are generally arrested. The percentage of booked arrestees testing positive for at least one illicit drug ranged from 56 percent to 82 percent.

Severe Health Effects:
In 2008, an estimated 2 million people were admitted in the hospitals for treating drug addiction. Out of these, one million visits were due to the use of illicit drugs.

Environmental Impact:
There are also some significant environmental impacts caused because of the manufacturing of these illicit drugs in the labs. These impacts includes chemical toxicity, risk of fire and explosion, lingering effects of toxic waste, and potential injuries. Coca and poppy cultivation which are used in the preparation of the illicit drugs significantly damages the environment.

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Jun 21, 2011

Illicit Drug and Alcohol Use Among the College Students

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The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) included 9 categories of illicit drugs and 4 categories of prescription drugs. Illicit drugs are marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants and the prescription drugs are pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives.

Illicit Drug Use:
The rate of illicit use among the full time college students in 2009 was similar to the rate among part time college students, students in other grades or types of institutions. This rate of use of illicit drugs also increased from 20.2 percent in 2008 to 22.7 percent in 2009 but there was no significant change in the rate of drug use among those not enrolled full time in college.

There was an increase in the rate of current use of marijuana among full time college students aged 18 to 22 from 2008 to 2009. There was also increase in the current non medical use of psycho therapeutic drugs and this percentage increased from 5.2 in 2008 to 6.3 percent in 2009.

Alcohol Use:
Among full time college students in 2009, 63.9 percent were current drinkers, 43.5 percent were binge drinkers, and 16.0 percent were heavy drinkers. This rate is high in adults aged 18 to 22 enrolled full time in college than their friends not enrolled full time. Among those not enrolled full time in college, these rates were 53.5, 37.8, and 11.7 percent, respectively.

Current and binge drinking rates were increased among full time college students from 2008 to 2009 while at the same time rate of heavy drinking among those not enrolled full time in college decreased from 13.0 percent in 2008 to 11.7 percent in 2009. The pattern of higher rates of current alcohol use, binge alcohol use, and heavy alcohol use among full time college students when compared with rates for others aged 18 to 22 has remained consistent since 2002.

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May 31, 2011

Illicit Drug Use Among the American Adults

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The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) included 9 categories of illicit drugs which includes use of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants and the non medical use of prescription type pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives. This research is funded by Monitoring The Future (MFT) group.

For the young adults aged 18 to 25, the rates of use of the illicit drugs in 2009 was higher by 21.2 percent than the illicit drug use among the adults of other age group. Among young adults, 18.1 percent used marijuana, 6.3 percent used prescription type drugs non medically, 1.8 percent used hallucinogens, and 1.4 percent used cocaine.

In 2009, 6.3 percent were current illicit drug users among the adults aged 26 or older. Among these adults 4.6 percent used marijuana, and 2.1 percent used prescription type drugs non medically. Among the adults aged 26 or older, 0.6 percent used cocaine, 0.2 percent used hallucinogens, 0.1 percent used both heroin and inhalants. When compared to 2008, the non medical use of stimulants increased from 0.2 to 0.4 percent, methamphetamine use rose from 0.1 to 0.2 percent in 2009. In addition to these drugs, use of marijuana is also higher in 2009 which accounts to 4.6 percent.

Among adults aged 50 to 59, the rate of current illicit drug use increased from 2.7 to 6.2 percent between 2002 and 2009. For the adults aged between 50 and 54 the rate increased from 3.4 percent in 2002 to 6.9 percent in 2009. Among those aged 55 to 59, current illicit drug use increased from 1.9 percent in 2002 to 5.4 percent in 2009.

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May 30, 2011

Know About Popular MMA Clothing

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Mixed martial arts or MMA clothing is gaining popularity, the fashion world has started introducing many trends in the MMA clothing. MMA clothing consists of wide range of clothes such as shorts, gloves, shirts, tee shirts, beanies and other fashion goodies.

The number of fans are also growing for this sport as lot of people are taking keen interest in the mixed martial arts. MMA fans are now wanting to look like their favorite fighters by wearing this clothing and flaunt identical accessories. Out of the all MMA clothing most preferred thing is MMA shirts, these are made up of 100 percent cotton and these MMA shirts are available in colors such as black, white or gray. These shirts are made up of durable material and they fit perfectly to the bodies of the fighters.

Next popular thing in the mixed martial arts clothing is MMA t shirts, these t shirts are similar to MMA shirts but they have detailed information about the fighter, or sometimes their signature on them. Though these shirts are expensive but the material used to manufacture them is durable and lasts for long time. MMA hoodies are also a part of MMA clothing and they are suitable for cooler seasons. Caps, beanie and hats are also part of the MMA collection. Accessories are also a part of MMA clothing.

There are a lot of online stores which are offering a wide variety of MMA clothing and the websites can be accessed 24/7. The MMA clothing purchased through Internet is priced less than the MMA clothing offered by the shopping malls.

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Apr 22, 2011