Students turn to drugs for exams

first_img He added “the come down is so bad so I couldn’t do this more than once, but modafinil really is that effective. But your body aches all over and I needed to sleep for 17 hours straight afterwards.” The finalist says he was “forced to” rely on “study drugs” to do work because he “hated the degree so much.” “I hate the subject, I hate the tutorial system, and I felt my work just was never good enough. When your motivation for work collapses then you end up using these substances.” A report in the Academy of Medical Sciences, which was commissioned by the government in 2006, identified a new group of psychoactive drugs that act on the brain called ‘cognition enhancers’. The report defines ‘cognition enhancers’ as drugs used to treat attention, perception, learning, memory, language, planning and decision-making disorders, which also have the potential to enhance cognitive performance in healthy people as well as those with neurological or cognitive disorders. Sir Gabriel Horn, chair of the report, said, “Cognition enhancers can potentially enhance brain performance in a variety of ways, for instance to improve short-term memory or speed of thought.” The report called for an assessment of the long and short-term effects of using cognition enhancers and recommends ongoing monitoring of their use in non-medical contexts. The report lists six categories of drugs available on prescription, such as modafinil, which is used to treat narcolepsy, ritalin and related amphetamines for attention deficit disorder, and donepazil for Alzheimer’s disease. The student, who has now finished his finals, said he took these drugs while “actually sitting exams.” However, he denies that he had an advantage over those students who did not take drugs. “The drugs don’t help you write stuff. It motivates you to do exams and I needed them because I felt so shit I wouldn’t write anything without them,” he explained. A spokesperson for the University said, “we would strongly advise students against the practice of taking drugs that have not been specifically prescribed to them as this is dangerous and can be illegal.” The spokesperson added that students “who are struggling to cope personally or academically, or who have any kind of drug problem“ should contact one of the many support or counselling services in Oxford. However, the finalist disagreed with this advice. He said, “it takes three to four weeks to schedule a counseling session. Tutors are not easy to talk to and the peer support program – why would you want to tell your problems to people who are in the same college as you?” He added, “before coming to Oxford, I always thought of myself as someone who wouldn’t have to rely on these drugs. But, you do kind of feel helpless sometimes. “I regret that I had to rely on these drugs but I don’t regret having taken them.” An increasing number of Oxford students are putting themselves at risk by using dangerous drugs to aid their revision. A government-commissioned report, co-authored by an Oxford don, has warned students of the potential psychological disorders arising from the continued use of drugs for revision. However, students continue to ignore such warnings, putting themselves at risk. A finalist, who wished to remain anonymous, said he has been taking “study drugs” on-and-off throughout university, with the dosage and frequency of his drug taking rising dramatically in his final year. He said, “I’ve used drugs to do my work through every stage of my degree and that includes both submitted work and final examinations.” He said he started with taking ephedrine, a nasal decongestant, in a cocktail mix with caffeine and aspirin – commonly known as ‘ECA stacks’, a component found in weight loss pills, that work to speed up the metabolism and cause food energy to burn faster. It is a popular supplement also taken by body builders before workouts due to the increased amount of energy and alertness. He said “I, too, started taking it for gym work but then saw the alertness effects. I thought, ‘This is interesting,’ and started doing research on such drugs.” The student claimed that he was aware of the risks of the drugs he was taking as he researched them both online and in the drugs section of the Radcliffe Science Library. The finalist said that it was here that he learned of another drug, modafinil, which he was able to purchase online. He said, “a single box or thirty tablets of modafinil cost $125. The order was made online, processed at a very old office in London, money was sent to an account in Panama, and the drug came from Turkey.” The student admitted that he was worried that ephedrine, while legal in the UK, is banned in the US, having been blamed for a number of deaths. He said preferred modafinil over ephedrine because it was more effective, saying he was able to stay awake for five days in a row. last_img read more

IS IT TRUE MAY 4, 2017

first_imgIS IT TRUE it looks like were being forced to file a Freedom of Information Request with the city to find out how much are the yearly utilities costs at the Ford Center?  …we shall also ask the powers that be who is responsible for paying for the utilities at the Ford Center?IS IT TRUE we wonder if corporate citizen Vectren could help the Evansville Park and Recreation Department  to replace the damaged and obsolete lighting bollards along the downtown riverfront walkway?IS IT TRUE that this week in Indianapolis Indiana Senate Bill 309 was passed into law?…this law essentially establishes a timeline for changes to net metering practices for electricity in the State of Indiana?…net metering is one of two tools used in states that are concerned with consumers being able generate their own electricity through solar panels or with wind power?…passing this bill follows other jurisdictions in the United States but some believe it signals that the State of Indiana is dedicated to the proposition that all monopolies are created equal and that they have nothing to fear from residents who are interested in making investments in renewable energy on their own properties?…that some believe this is a short-sighted piece of legislation that will blunt the returns of people interested in minimizing their carbon footprint with solar energy for a while yet supporters of the bill believe it provides certainty for those wanting to invest in private generation as they will be grandfathered and receive a very favorable compensation rate for the power they generate for 30 years?…when battery storage prices come down as solar panels have, Hoosiers will have options to decouple from the grid completely?…that customers interested in installing private generation have the next five years to connect their devices and still be grandfathered, like existing net metering customers, at the favorable compensation rate?…. and for those who install after five years will be paid a compensation rate that is a premium price of 25% above the wholesale price for energy?…customers who are considering net metering should act now…the clock is ticking? IS IT TRUE that on the heels of having a regulated utility governed by the Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission, Vectren is also asking for permission to bill their customers for over $500 Million in capital investments in grid improvement technology?…the price increases associated with this $500 Million increase will come in the form of annual increases in fixed charges over a number of years?…this means if you turn your power off and maintain a connection to Vectren’s grid that you shall not escape the fees?…it is important to realize that the fees will amount to roughly half of what the Billion dollar fix to the Combined Sewer Overflow problem will cost?…between these two increases, one of which is a federal EPA mandate and the other which is has been proposed as system upgrades to ensure reliable electric service, living life in Evansville and its immediate Indiana surroundings is going to be costing several dollars more per month for the average homeowner?…that rising utility costs, healthcare costs, the recently passed gasoline tax and other cost of living pressures will be a challenge for Hoosiers, many of whom are not seeing their monthly incomes keep pace with inflation?IS IT TRUE we have been told by reliable sources that former County Councilman Ed Bassemier is going to run as a Democratic in the upcoming City Council race?  …over the years Mr. Bassemier has proven to be an extremely popular vote getter?  …last year Mr. Bassemier lost re-election to the County Council by only a few votes?  …the main reason why he was defeated was because Republicans running on the national and state ballots had long political coat tails which contributed to his unexpected defeat?  …Mr. Bassemier will be running as a Democrat on the At-Large primary ballot for City Council?  …we would highly recommend that the two (2) At-Large Democratic council members presently serving on City Council beware of a well known political figure named Ed Bassemier?IS IT TRUE another person that shall be running in the At-Large Democratic primary is a highly educated female with good moral compass?…she’s telling people the main reason why she is running for the City Council At-Large seat is to send Jonathan Weaver packing because she feels he lacks the moral compass to serve another term of council?IS IT TRUE we are pleased to hear that the newly elected Democratic party Chairmen of Vanderburgh County, Scott Dank’s just announced that he shall not endorse any political candidates running in the Democratic primary?  …we say; “three cheers for Chairman Dank’s for doing the right thing”?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that some disgruntled voters of the 3rd Ward are looking for a replacement for City Councilwoman Ann Hargis- CPA?  …she promised the 3rd Ward voters if elected to Council she had the educational skills to be a fiscal watchdog for the people of the that area?  …so far she has proven to be a political lap dog for the Mayor and not a fiscal watchdog for the voters of the 3rd Ward? IS IT TRUE Democrat Missy Mosby won her last primary re-election campaign by a mere 12 votes over a little known opponent? …we can’t wait to see how she does against a well funded and known political opponent?  …it looks like Ms. Mosby wii be experiencing the biggest political battle of her career?FOOTNOTES: TODAYS “READERS POLL” question is: Are you disappointed in the Evansville City Council for not being more concerned with the contract between Thunderbolts/VenuWorks and the City?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

This Manly West mansion has hit the market

first_img23 Gabrielle Pl, Manly WestMore from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Back inside, the kitchen is bright and modern and boasts stone benchtops, a breakfast bar, dual door Liebherr fridge, four gas burner stove plus induction cook top, Miele ovens, a built-in Miele Nespresso coffee maker and a Miele concealed dishwasher. Also on the level are a formal lounge room with a gas fireplace, theatre room with full blackout ability, soundproofing and an overhead projector, an office, a bedroom and a bathroom. 23 Gabrielle Pl, Manly WestWith its tilt slab construction allowing expansive, open-plan floorplans, this house offers plenty of space for family living and entertainment.Extensive glass, quality finishes and a contemporary design are just some of the highlights of the four-bedroom property, while its 713sq m block boasts a negative-edge pool and spa, and a triple garage. 23 Gabrielle Pl, Manly WestThe rest of the bedrooms sit on the upper floor, with the main offering a walk-in wardrobe and a luxury ensuite with dual vanities and a spa bathtub with stone steps. The two other bedrooms also have walk-in wardrobes and ensuites, and there’s also a lounge and sitting area nearby. The house has a plethora of additional features, such as multi-zoned ducted airconditioning, a security system and intercom, a bar in the living room, and Ringmain hot water temperature control in the bathrooms. 23 Gabrielle Pl, Manly WestBeyond a grand entry foyer with inlaid artwork, the living and dining areas sit in the heart of the lower-level floorplan and have a chandelier and a glass and travertine sweeping staircase, providing a striking centrepiece feature.Another highlight of the lower floor is the winding set of 3m glass bi-fold doors, drawing in abundant light and opening the space to a vast terrace. This outdoor area is ideal for entertaining with its views over the pool and gas-heated spa, which have lighting and water features. 23 Gabrielle Pl, Manly WestAgent Shawn Kristofer described the property as an architectural masterpiece beyond comparison.“This executive residence has been crafted to create an incredibly unique experience,” he said.“If unrivalled opulence and an unparalleled lifestyle encapsulated in architectural mastery is your destination – then congratulations, you have arrived.” DETAILS 23 Gabrielle Pl, Manly WestPrice: Offers consideredAgent: Shawn and Kym Kristofer, Remax Advantagelast_img read more

Invasive species may have stowed on Homer drillrig from Singapore

first_imgThe Randolph Yost, a drill-rig came to Homer from Singapore. A Homer environmental group is worried the Yost, now docked in the Homer port, could have brought invasive species into Alaska waters. The group is criticizing the Department of Fish and Game for not checking the rig before it docked in Kachemak Bay.Download AudioRandolph Yost (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KBBI – Homer)Invasive species are foreign animals, plants or fungus that move into new territory and damage or use up the resources the native species need.That’s what Bob Shavelson, Executive Director of Cook Inletkeeper, is afraid the Randolph Yost jackup rig, contracted by Furie Operating Alaska, could have brought into Kachemak Bay.“The Smithsonian Institute came in about a dozen years ago and they found over a dozen invasive species in and around the Homer Harbor. We know it’s a problem and this is exactly how the problem occurs. You bring in animals from foreign ports and they’ve got a variety of animals attached to them,” said Shavelson.Shavelson doesn’t know if any invasive species came with the Yost, because he said, the Department of Fish and Game didn’t inspect the rig before or during its first few days in Kachemak Bay.“We operate under Ronald Regan’s notion of trust but verify and if you’re going to be bringing this rig through our critical habitat area and our important fisheries then somebody should be taking a look at it,” said Shavelson.Tammy Davis is the Invasive Species Coordinator for the Department of Fish and Game. She said there’s a wide range of creatures that could have attached themselves to the Yost while it was docked in Singapore.“…especially for infrastructure that’s in the water for a length of time. Pretty much immediately a bio-film establishes on whatever is in the water and from that invertebrates start to build on,” said Davis.But, Davis said Fish and Game is not required by law to check incoming vessels for invasives. She says it’s unlikely any species could have survived a transition from Singapore to Alaska’s much colder waters.She said last year Jim Webb, Furie Operating Alaska’s Senior Vice President, sent her samples of wildlife pulled off the Yost’s legs. Davis says she sent photos of those samples to a top invasive species scientist.“Jim Carlton is sort of the preeminent invasive species taxonomist in the U.S,” said Davis. “And he felt very confident they were all tropical species and wouldn’t probably survive Alaska waters but especially if they were stressed by a period of dry docking.”She said Furie claims they lifted the Yost above the water and let it sit in dry dock for even longer than the recommended 30-days.And on top of that, she says the rig was also out of the water when it was towed to Alaska. Davis says Bruce Webb has offered to provide a record of the days the Yost was in dry dock and he has also offered to have a third party inspect the rig.Kris Holderied is the Director of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Kasitsna Bay Laboratory.She said Furie did a good job minimizing the chance of bringing organisms from Singapore. She agrees, if any did slip through they probably couldn’t survive in Alaska; but there’s no way to be sure unless you know the species, and the degrees of cold they can take.“So even if they can live if they can’t reproduce they’re not going to be around that long to cause that much damage,” said Holderied. “And then two: even if they can reproduce, how we define invasive species is that they can basically take over a niche of an existing species.”Holderied said how well exotic species compete with native species in Kachemak Bay will determine how invasive they might be.“You could imagine that species that are sort of warm water species…there’s going to be a temperature at which they can no longer spawn, they can no longer reproduce. Then there’s going to be a lower temperature at which they couldn’t grow so well and then an even lower temperature at which they can’t survive,” said Holderied.According to the website seatemperature.org the average sea temperature off the coast of Singapore is 84 degrees Fahrenheit.Holderied said the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve usually records average water temperature in Kachemak Bay between 53 and 55 degrees. In the last couple of years she says, those temperatures have warmed to a range between 57 and 60 degrees.Bob Shavelson said Kachemak Bay is already hurting from climate change related events and an introduction of invasive species would only make matters worse.last_img read more