Ben Sparaco Band Releases Debut EP, ‘Bring The Jubilee’ [Listen]

first_imgHot off a busy spring touring schedule that included appearances at venues across the southeast including Aura Music and Arts Festival and Wanee Festival, the South Florida-based, soulful jam-rockers the Ben Sparaco Band have debuted their first studio release called Bring The Jubilee EP.Featuring five songs written by 18-year-old guitarist and vocalist Ben Sparaco including one live track from a show the band played in December of 2015, the album features a unique southern blues rock-based sound with classic soul and jazz textures throughout. Driven by the lead and slide guitar of Sparaco, the record features Josh Foster on keyboards, Craig Stevens on bass, and Brian Jones on drums.The EP is available to purchase or stream on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp (with an exclusive bonus track), and will be available worldwide on over 50 online stores starting in late May.<a href=””>Bring The Jubilee EP by Ben Sparaco Band</a>To see where the Ben Sparaco Band is playing near you and to purchase a physical copy of the EP, visit their official website.last_img read more

5 Flu Fixes: Sex, Gentle Blowing, Massages and More

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Cold and flu season is upon us. (Getty Images)With seasonal flu season upon us, the gold standards of flu-prevention such as vigilant hand washing and flu vaccination become increasingly important.In addition to these tried and true techniques, however, research suggests a number of complementary therapies that can help prevent and overcome the cold and flu blues.From listening to good music to beefing up your sex life, there are a number of unexpected ways to boost your immune system and help ward off illness this winter.Gentle Blowing Is the Way to GoA natural reaction to nasal congestion can be to want to “clear it out” with nose-blowing, but hard blowing can only make symptoms worse by pushing virus-laden mucus further into your sinuses, according to doctors.To test this notion, researchers at the University of Virginia conducted CT scans and other measurements while subjects blew their noses, sneezed and coughed. Coughing and sneezing didn’t have much of an effect on nasal cavities, but nose blowing built up enormous pressure, propelling mucus deeper into the sinuses.“Not blowing your nose hard is good advice,” said Dr. Bill Schaffner, chairman of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University. “Pushing the mucus back into the sinuses will lead to more prolonged symptoms. Gentle blowing of the nose, just clearing the front of the nose, seems to work better. If you do it in the shower or under moist, humid conditions when the sinuses are already loosened, even better.”Using nasal decongestants to help drain mucus or rinsing the nasal passages with salt water are other options.Ramp Up the Relaxing TunesListening to relaxing music seems like no-brainer stress-buster, but research shows that 30 minutes of listening to soothing “environmental music” actually boosts the immune system’s production of illness-fighting proteins, immunoglobulin A (IgA). IgA acts as an antibody, binding to pathogens when they first enter the body and calling forth the immune system cells needed to destroy them.In a study from Wilkes University, salivary levels of IgA were significantly higher for test subjects who listened to this type of music when compared to those who listened to the radio or sat in silence for 30 minutes. What is environmental music? It’s often playing in spas and usually intermixes relaxing instrumental music with sounds of nature.Authors cite the ability of music to alter mood and emotional states as a possible explanation for this benefit. A 2003 review of several studies testing this benefit concluded that in general, music listening has a positive impact on IgA and mood.Singing along might also confer a benefit to the immune system: A 2004 study in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that singing in a choir boosted IgA levels in the hour after singing.Vitamin D: Good for More Than Bone Health Though vitamin C has notoriously been the go-to vitamin when a cold is coming on, the evidence supporting the supplementation of vitamin C for colds and flu is inconclusive. Surprisingly, vitamin D, usually known for bolstering bone health and preventing rickets in children, has been shown to reduce the risk of catching colds during flu season.A 2009 study published in Archives of Internal Medicine found that those with low vitamin D levels were 40 percent more likely to report respiratory infections. In those with asthma, low vitamin D levels increased likelihood of respiratory infection five-fold.“There’s several randomized controlled trials demonstrating that vitamin D supplementation, especially in children, reduces the risk of influenza,” says Dr. Greg Plotnikoff, medical director of the Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.And vitamin D deficiency can be more prevalent than expected. In his study of 10,000 employees in the Atlanta Health Care system in Minneapolis, Plotnikoff found that 63 percent had low levels of vitamin D in their blood. Supplementing with 2000 IU of vitamin D a day would have been enough to bring 99 percent of those employees up to proper vitamin D levels.Plotnikoff also notes that the 400 IUs that current serves as the recommended guideline for daily vitamin D consumption is an outdated, one-size-fits-all recommendation established in the 1940s by a study on children. In his expert opinion, 2000 IU a day during flu season would be the best way to reduce risk of cold and flu.Frequent Romps and a Good Rub Down Rev ImmunityAnother well-known stress buster, sex has also been shown to have immune-boosting effects when had regularly. A study done at Wilkes University found that those who had sex one to two times a week had elevated levels of IgA, while those who abstained or those who had sex more frequently had significantly lower concentrations of the protein in their system.Researchers were puzzled by the fact that having sex three or more times a week did not have the same positive effect on the immune system, but thought the evidence supported moderately frequent sexual activity as a way to boost levels of IgA by as much as 30 percent.Non-sexual touch also confers healthful benefits for a dampened immune system. Though getting a massage is often thought of as a good treatment for sore muscles or a bad back, researcher from the University of Miami School of Medicine finds that regular massage treatments boost immunity as well.Massage increases the activity level and number of the body’s natural “killer cells,” which fight off pathogens, and decreases the amount of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the blood.The Gold Standard — Don’t Leave Hand Washing BehindWhile some of the above tips may be particularly fun ways to ward off illness this flu season, doctors emphasize that these methods should only complement the standard flu-fighting efforts of vaccination, hand washing and dodging contamination.“When it comes to preventing colds and boosting the immune system, it is really important to know what is proven to be effective, what has no proof but isn’t dangerous and what has no proof and might be even harmful,” says Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News Chief Health and Medical editor. “Colds are caused by viruses and most are spread by contaminated hands. So … hand wash, hand wash, hand wash.”As for complementary methods, “as long as you don’t give up on keeping your hands clean and staying home when you are sick, go for it,” he adds.Given that seasonal flu vaccination is now recommended for everyone over the age of six months, Schaffner also urges patients to “run, don’t walk to the local pharmacy for vaccination” if they haven’t already.“Real flu is just now taking off around the country,” he says. “February is usually the flu’s biggest month, so I would remind people that it’s not too late to get vaccinated against influenza.”By COURTNEY HUTCHISON , ABC News Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle 5 Flu Fixes: Sex, Gentle Blowing, Massages and More by: – November 22, 2012 Share 86 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Sunshine training break for Rooney

first_img Manager David Moyes confirmed both Rooney and strike partner Robin van Persie will miss Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Swansea at Old Trafford. Moyes said Van Persie would still be absent for “a little while” with a long-standing thigh injury, while hoping Rooney would respond to the better temperatures. Manchester United have sent Wayne Rooney for some warm weather training in a desperate attempt to get him fit for the January 19 trip to Chelsea. But with Rooney at least, Moyes felt there was no option. “It is the right time,” he said. We have given it a chance to heal.” Looking to avoid a fourth successive defeat for the first time since 1961, it is hardly the news Moyes was hoping for. Yet the Scot insists it is nothing new. “If you go into football management, you are going to lose games. I don’t know any football manager who hasn’t,” he said. “You have to go through it at some time in your career. “I have had equally challenging times at other times in my career. “We are having a difficult time just now. There is a lot of attention but that is to be expected.” The situation does place even more scrutiny on Moyes’ work in the transfer window, although he repeated his stance that getting the right players in January is not straightforward. “The plan and decisions won’t change,” he said. “It is difficult to get targets at this time. I have said that from day one. “I have not said we wouldn’t be doing it but it is difficult.” Press Association “We have sent Wayne away on a hot weather break,” said Moyes. “His groin has not quite recovered yet. “We have sent a fitness coach with him. He’s away with the family. Hopefully we will get him fit for Chelsea.” Rooney has missed United’s defeats to Swansea and Sunderland in the last week, having had a scan on his groin injury last Friday. Van Persie has not featured since the home defeat by Newcastle on December 7, his only game since the middle of November. “Robin is not available,” said Moyes. “He is going to be a little while. We are doing everything we can to get him back as quickly as we can.” It means United will be without seven senior stars for the Swansea game, with Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini, Nani and Ashley Young also sidelined. last_img read more

Russia welcomes the World at the IAAF congress opening ceremony

first_imgThe IAAF Dinner, held on the eve of the IAAF Congress ahead of the 2013 IAAF World Championships, was held on Tuesday (6) at Moscow’s Gostiny Dvor.Located just 150 metres from the Kremlin, the grand structure was built by famed architect Giacomo Quarenghi more than 200 years ago. Surrounded by columns and classic arcs, the granite-paved courtyard houses the largest single-span glass roof in Europe, covering an area of 120,000 square metres.So what better setting to welcome the guests of the IAAF World Championships, where more than 200 countries will be represented.The dinner was hosted by IAAF President Lamine Diack, and he presented an IAAF Plaque of Merit to recipients from each of the six IAAF Area Federations.They included Isaiah Kiplagat, president of Athletics Kenya and IAAF Council member; Du Zhaocai, vice president and general secretary of the Chinese Athletics Association and IAAF Council member; Janez Aljancic, past president of the Athletics Federation of Slovenia; Esther Maynard, immediate past president of the Athletics Association of Barbados; Rod Syme, former ITO from New Zealand; and Argentina’s Eduardo Bernal, past vice president of Consudatle.Before the presentations, Diack gave a speech where he outlined some key developments within the IAAF. “The central administration of the IAAF is currently being restructured as part of a strategic plan which follows the Athletics World Plan that came to end in 2012,” he said. “The strategic plan focuses on planning and identifying how we manage our work.“Concerning innovative projects, it is important that I mention the IAAF World Athletics Forum, which provides our Member Federations with a platform to debate and exchange, generate new ideas, ensure better administration and its suitability to the modern world.“Our desire to widen our sport’s grassroots by an increased presence in schools and among young people is already proving productive and raises our hopes to the highest level.”Popular Russian sports presenter Dmitry Guberniev was the MC for the evening and more than 800 guests were in attendance. They were treated to a cultural programme, which featured a ballet performance from Don Quixote by dancers of the Bolshoy Theatre, including prima ballerina Maria Aldash. Choir Bravissimo peformed a potpourri of popular classical music, followed by dances from Moscow Music Hall and an acrobatic display by Kirill and Danila Kalutsky.last_img read more


first_img            BOB EDWARDS, OWNER OF ZINDAYA, WINNER: “It’s special. She’s our first-ever stakes winner. (Zindaya won her first stakes race at Belmont in May 2015, giving Bob Edwards his first stakes victory as an owner.) Javier has done a great job with her. Chad has done a great job with her.“You saw her in the paddock. She looks like a true champ. It’s been a great weekend for us. It’s been a great experience (referring to winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday and today’s Goldikova).This is my first time out here. It’s been a pretty good year and winning this race makes a big difference.”             JAVIER CASTELLANO, ZINDAYA, WINNER: “I had a perfect trip. I was on the rail and looking for the seam. I tried to save all the ground I could. I kept track of the pace-setter and tried to follow Hillhouse High and find the best scenario to go for. We thought (Hillhouse High) was going to go and she did. It worked out great. When we swung out at the top of the lane, she gave me a powerful kick.” JOCKEY QUOTES  OWNER QUOTES  NOTES: Bob Edwards, who races as E Five Racing Thoroughbreds, resides in Boca Raton, FL. Edwards also won his first-ever Breeders’ Cup race with New Money Honey on Friday in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.last_img read more

‘We Believe’ driving force Baron Davis on Warriors: Too early to write them off

first_imgHow about that? Baron Davis still believes.The point guard who inexplicably led the “We Believe” Warriors past the Dallas Mavericks in 2007 is advising observers of the current Warriors to take a chill pill.TMZ Sports recently caught up with Davis at Petite Taqueria in West Hollywood (try the Lamb Ribs Barbacoa) when the Warriors were an unsightly 0-2.“I wouldn’t count them out,” Davis told TMZ. “It’s too early. Always judge a team after the first 20 games. After 20 games, you’ll know …last_img

Does a Home with an HRV Also Need Bath Fans?

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img UPDATED on June 29, 2017, with information on Aldes constant airflow regulators.A balanced ventilation system — for example, a system with a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) or an energy-recovery ventilator (ERV) — exhausts stale air from some rooms in a building, while simultaneously introducing fresh outdoor air to other rooms. The best balanced ventilation systems use dedicated ventilation ductwork. Usually, these systems pull exhaust air from damp, smelly rooms — bathrooms and laundry rooms — and introduce fresh air to the rooms where people spend most of their time — bedrooms and the living room.Some of these balanced ventilation systems operate at a low speed for 24 hours a day. Others have timers that operate the fans for a certain number of minutes — perhaps 20 or 40 minutes — per hour. These controls aim to ventilate the house at a pre-determined rate — for example, the rate recommended by the ASHRAE 62.2 standard. Depending on whether you use the old ASHRAE formula or the new ASHRAE formula, and depending on the size of the house and the number of occupants, a single-family house might require anywhere from 45 cfm to 120 cfm of ventilation air.Many HRV manufacturers advise builders that the exhaust function of an HRV is adequate for removing moisture and odors from bathrooms. However, a few HRV manufacturers and some builders provide different advice; they advise that even when a bathroom has an exhaust grille connected to HRV ductwork, it’s still important for every such bathroom to have a separate bath exhaust fan.Which approach makes the most sense?Venmar Ventilation is a manufacturer of HRVs with headquarters in Quebec. According to specialists at Venmar, it’s perfectly possible to use an HRV system as the only method of exhausting air from a bathroom.John Pothier, a technical specialist at Venmar, told me that most Canadian homes take that approach.… last_img read more

Ex-UFC champ Ronda Rousey poised to join the WWE at ‘Wrestlemania 34’ —report

first_imgView comments Rousey will reportedly team up with her “Four Horsewomen” comrades, composed of former mixed martial artists Shayna Baszler,  Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir.The group has reportedly started training for wrestling at a school in California, run by WWE superstar Brian Kendrick.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSeveral big-name personalities have been known to dabble in both the UFC and the WWE—perhaps none bigger than former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, who has gone back and forth to both companies on two separate occasions.Phil Brooks (known as CM Punk) also made his octagon debut at UFC 203 last year. MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES #KicksStalker: Bryant announces new signature sneaker ‘Kobe 360’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia03:21Police report on Nov. 2013 Pampanga drug sting ‘full of lies’ — ex-PNP official01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Meanwhile, UFC President Dana White expressed his belief that Rousey’s career as a professional mixed martial artist is over.As of this writing, the WWE has yet to confirm the match-up.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:UFC president believes Ronda Rousey will announce retirement soonLOOK: UFC fighters Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne share photos from their weddingADVERTISEMENT Ronda Rousey celebrates her victory over Cat Zingano in their UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.  Harry How/Getty Images/AFPAfter multiple reports that Ronda Rousey was seen training in the WWE Performance Center circulated earlier this week, it appears that the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion is indeed making a shift to professional wrestling.A longtime wrestling fan, the 30-year-old former Olympian will reportedly be pitted in a 4-on-4 women’s tag team match at WrestleMania 34 next April in New Orleans, according to  the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

SEAG caging gets venue it deserves

first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Suzara, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas and SBP president Al Panlilio issued a joint statement Wednesday.“We heard the voices of our people. We were also made aware that some sectors have started to put the blame on certain agencies without really understanding the complexities of the situation,” said the statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA separate statement from Panlilio confirmed the other thing that the country is clamoring for: a National team made up of PBA stars.“As requested by POC president and PBA chair Ricky Vargas, to the SBP which we agreed, we want to bring nothing less than the best PBA talent that we can assemble. We want to win the gold medal in basketball and the SBP is fully committed to make this a reality,” said Panlilio. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director “Holding an event of this magnitude is a shared responsibility among different sports elders and even our people,” added the statement. “This event is a showcase of our capacity to hold massive regional sporting events.”Suzara said MOA Arena has finally accommodated the basketball event, which is considered the main attraction in the biennial meet owing to this country’s passion for the game.The MOA Arena has staged the Fiba Asia Championships in 2013, and the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, among other big basketball events.But it was reported last week that it cannot hold the basketball games due to several events that got prior bookings.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img View comments MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Manny Pacquiao, the last boy scout The highly anticipated basketball events in the Southeast Asian Games will be held at SM Mall of Asia Arena, the modern, 15,000-seat venue that was earlier said to be unavailable.This was confirmed by Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee chief operating officer Ramon “Tats” Suzara after a meeting with Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) officials.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more