FA to fund study into possible link between heading, dementia

first_imgAn English study into whether heading a football can cause brain trauma will begin in January, investigating an issue that has been widely debated since the activity was blamed for contributing to a former star striker’s dementia.A BBC documentary presented by former England captain Alan Shearer this month highlighted the case of Jeff Astle, who died aged 59 in 2002.An inquest found that repeatedly heading a heavy leather football during his career was a factor in former West Bromwich Albion and England player Astle’s dementia.The study, which will involve some 15,000 former professional footballers, was announced on Thursday by the English Football Association.Dr William Stewart, who provided medical evidence in the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Astle’s death, will lead the study entitled ‘Football’s Influence on Lifelong Health and Dementia Risk’ (FIELD).“Following two years of research and development, the FA and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) have now confirmed the next step in their commitment to commissioning an evidence-based study into the long-term effects of participation in football,” the FA said in a statement.The FIELD study will look at a range of physical and mental health outcomes, including neurodegenerative disease, in ex-professionals and compare results to matched general population health data.“In the past decade there have been growing concerns around perceived increased risk of dementia through participation in contact sports. However, research data to support and quantify this risk have been lacking,” Dr Stewart said.“Through the FIELD study we hope to be able to provide some understanding of the long-term health impact of football within the next two to three years.”The FA’s CEO Martin Glenn welcomed the research saying it would be one of the “most comprehensive” ever into the long-term health of former footballers.“Dementia can have a devastating effect and, as the governing body of English football, we felt compelled to commission a significant new study in order to fully understand if there are potential risks associated with playing the game.”PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has supported calls for a ban on children under 11 heading the ball until potential health risks are better understood.Such a ban is already in force in the US“I would agree with that,” Taylor said recently. “Heading is really being practised less and less when you see the way the game has changed. In the 1950s and 1960s when they had the old balls, when they were soaked they were particularly heavy.”last_img read more

Strategic move…

first_img…against JagdeoThe PNC-led coalition Government didn’t need the PPP to hold a Congress, or elections for the Central Committee, or for the General Secretary of the party that Bharat Jagdeo would emerge as the leader of the PPP by being the Opposition Leader and its General Secretary. The moment they filed their appeal in July 2015 to the “third term” ruling of Justice Ian Chang, the cat was out of the bag. They were running scared Jagdeo would run again!But they didn’t need political geniuses to figure that out. Why would the PPP overlook a man who already had 12 years under his belt as President of the country; is a trained economist who was able to generate impressive growth rates when the rest of Caricom languished in the doldrums, and most importantly was able to take on and defeat an armed insurrection against the State – and was still only 52 years old?? They’d had to have a death wish!!So now the PPP’s officially conferred on Jagdeo the authority to lead it into the 21st Century, we return to the PNC’s fears! Simultaneously, (coincidentally?) we get news that the appeal filed by now AG Williams and Trotman is going to be heard by the Court of Appeal starting this Friday. And as the plot thickens, we discern the hand of the PNC rising out of the fog.The Court of Appeal, after all, is comprised of the Chancellor, the Chief Justice and one or more other Appellate judges. Now, do you still think your Eyewitness was paranoid when last week he questioned the two-step tango played by a letter writer Edwards and the Chronic? First, Edwards informed the nation that the Chancellor reaches retirement age at the end of February and since he has three weeks leave outstanding, he should proceed on “pre-retirement leave” at the end of this month!!That’s right! And if you think this revelation came “out of the blue” then it REALLY was Santa who was kissing Mommy under the Christmas tree!! Then Edwards, made his main point – “…no Judge soon to vacate his office ought to commence hearing a new or fresh case, for in all probability it would be a part-heard case when he/she vacates office.” The Chronic then piggybacked on this to posit that “concerns” were raised about the Chancellor’s “impending” retirement and he shouldn’t take “new cases”!!All of this simply means the PNC wants to ensure the Appellate Court rules against a “third term” – and don’t trust the incumbent Chancellor to go along.But what does this say about their assessment of the new Chief Justice, who was just given silk?…on silkThe PNC’s ploy on the Chief Justice – for which they had to take a lot of flak from the legal community on awarding silk to a sitting judge – might now be understood, but it evokes some sad memories from the first PNC regime. The present generation mightn’t remember when the PNC moved a case against a PPP activist from Berbice for a crime allegedly committed in Berbice to Georgetown to be tried by “a jury of his peers”!! It was one of Rodney’s finest moment when he asked what this implied about the PNC’s assessment of “African Guyanese”.But the silk award raised several other nettlesome issues. One lawyer trotted out his credentials in the press and brought to the fore the question of what criteria was used to make the selection. Another suggested that the title of “Senior Counsel” might now be passé in our Republic – in setting up invidious distinctions.But your Eyewitness is worried that addressing all and sundry as “Comrade” might be the next step!…on vendors?Since the vendors were allowed to return to the Stabroek Market environs, was the expulsion more tactical than strategic?And what about all those pious platitudes uttered at the time of expulsion by the Town Clerk about “restoring Georgetown’s beauty”?last_img read more

“What is Christmas for a beggar?”

first_imgChristmas is a time for family. It is a time where people travel for hours over miles to be with the ones they love even if it is for a few minutes. So imagine that feeling of isolation, loneliness and abandonment when despite having loved ones, you are not welcomed in their home.That has been the story of Harry Jakes for almost two years.Hearing Jakes’ story leaves one wondering where does a vagrant hang their stocking for goodies when all they have is a little people of cardboard that may be insulated with some discarded foam or scraps of what was once bed sheets. It leaves one wondering where beneath a bridge or under a fruit stand they would put a Christmas tree.The mere thought of a “Please Help” sign, or seeing stretched out hands as you pass with huge bags of items to decorate your homes leaves one shuddering. The idea of being bothered remains at the back of our heads as we warm up in our vehicles and drive home to decorate and enjoy the lavishness of the holiday season.We welcome the little extra cash in the form of an annual bonus as we go on to shop big so that our tables could sport all the deprived goodies. As we indulge we do not think of those who have no one to celebrate with, we do not think about those who have no shelter of their heads.As we are about to celebrate this festive season, has the thought crossed your mind that they are people who do not have the luxury as you do? It is easy to judge the homeless at first glance, but, less so when a story has a face.“It all started about a year ago or two ago, I had no other choice than to come out here. What I see in this life is that strangers care for you more than your own. I prefer to be out here than to be in a home where I can’t even get lil tea to drink”, these were the words of 74-year-old Jakes, a street dweller.The elderly man who is invariably seen sitting in front of the Guyana Post Office (GPO), Robb Street in Georgetown shared his story with the Sunday Times Magazine. He said that he is a father of five sons who have gone on to lead their own lives without giving his presence any consideration.“Them don’t give me nothing to eat so I came out here and I does beg people that pass down here for help. I get a big police son and he doesn’t even get time with me”, he said.Old age has gotten the best of Jakes since he could not remember the specific date of his birth but remembers other aspects of his life very well. He noted that his children were birthed as a result of a common-law union he had many years ago.“She was an Indian girl and she use to take care of me but she dead now so I have nobody left,” he vocalized.Nevertheless, he said that as a youngster he never had a stable job but he worked, and it is such a pity that he has been reduced to this stage. When asked what does it feel like to be on the streets around Christmas and not being able to enjoy the season with the family, he said: “It is hard cause my family don’t care, sometimes people pass here when they shopping and watch me and skin up them face. When I ask them for 20 dollars them does mek up them face like them scorn me.”Jake also mentions that they are times when he gets sick but never has anyone to take him to the hospital, he would have to wave through his sickness until he feels better.“I don’t go to the hospital, who will carry me hospital if my family doesn’t care who will care,” he said.However, when asked what Christmas means to him he questioned: “What is Christmas for a beggar?”Meanwhile, he thanked the staff of GPO for the help they have been giving him over the past year and prays that someone can lend him some assistance to get off the streets for this Christmas. (La’Wanda McAllister)last_img read more

West Africa’s Financial Centre Closer to the London Stock Exchange

first_imgOn the occasion of the second edition of the BRVM Investment day, the regional stock exchange for eight countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), and many West-African companies have met investors from the London Stock Exchange.The regional stock exchange Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM) welcomes the success of the second edition of its BRVM Investment days, held on April 28 at the London Stock Exchange. “It is important for the sub regional market’s growth to come and meet British as well as international investors to show them the evolution and performance of the West African Economic and Monetary Union,” said Edoh Kossi Amenounve, CEO of the BRVM in front of more than a hundred personalities, including numerous representatives of the WAEMU market, leaders of both the BRVM and the London Stock Exchange and international investors. Ms Nialé Kaba, Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Economy and Finance, who came to London specially for the event, stressed the importance of the BRVM to, at the same time, “mobilize local savings, develop public shareholding and grow the private sector’s contribution to the economy”.With market capitalization having doubled in three years – standing at 7458 billion CFA francs (around USD 13.8 billion) on 31 December 2014 – and transaction volumes growing constantly, the BRVM is becoming a destination of choice for many international investors, eager to diversify their asset portfolio while simultaneously contributing to the development of African economies. After a record 2013, which saw the BRVM 10 and BRVM Composite indices swell by 33.85% and 39.28% respectively, that growth was consolidated in 2014, as the BRVM 10 rose by 8.60% and the BRVM Composite by 11.23%. With two new entrants in recent months (Bank of Africa Senegal in December 2014 and Total Senegal in February 2015), the BRVM now has 39 listed companies. The last company to be floated on the exchange had been Bank of Africa Côte d’Ivoire back in April 2010.”Quite a lot of international investors have already invested on the BRVM, among which Franklin Templeton, Allan Gray, Pictet or Renaissance Securities. It is important for us to amplify this trend in order to deepen the WAEMU market and improve its liquidity”, says Gabriel Fal, Chairman of the BRVM’s Board of Directors. During the last few years, those international investors together represented between 40 and 60% of the transactions’ worth.The London Stock Exchange is signing numerous agreements with African exchanges for technological purposes, education programs or the development of investment flows between London and Africa: Johannesburg (South Africa), Casablanca (Morocco), Nairobi (Kenya), Lagos (Nigeria), Maputo (Mozambique)… “We were delighted today to play host to some of West Africa’s leading companies. Helping to support and drive the region’s economy, our role in London is to work with these businesses, as a conduit for international investment in turn supporting the companies’ development. Today’s event gives us the opportunity to reflect on the increasingly strong partnership between West Africa and London, and explore how we can further strengthen our collaboration.” concludes Xavier Rolet, CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cignal exploits undermanned Foton to bag PSL bronze

first_imgLOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Cignal HD Spikers. PSL PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–Cignal came out too strong against an undermanned Foton to prevail, 25-22, 25-15, 25-17, Thursday and claim bronze medal in the Philippine Superliga Invitationals at Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City.The HD Spikers needed just a late-set surge to come back from 19-14 and steal the opening frame, setting the rout in place.ADVERTISEMENT Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race PLAY LIST 01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spider Man intruder joins Arwind Santos, other players at PBA outreach Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down The Tornadoes failed to get their rhythm after that and even their feisty rookie Eya Laure could not get through the HD Spikers’ well-placed defenses.CJ Rosario, Foton’s middle blocker, hurt her left knee early in the third and had to be wheeled away from the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4That practically broke the back of Foton which had already missed Japan-based sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat this conference.The HD Spikers thus finished in the podium twice this year after placing second in the All Filipino. Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna MOST READ LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Rachel Anne Daquis scored 10 points, while Alohi Robins-Hardy also accounted for 10 points, while dishing out 14 excellent sets.“It was awesome playing with this girls, we stick together always as team,” said Robins-Hardy, who was acquired by Cignal midway in the season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Datebook

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEDNESDAY Seminar on stroke prevention, 10:45 a.m., Sparr Heights Community Center, 1613 Glencoe Way, Glendale. Call (818) 548-2188. Musician Zak Morgan will perform, 11 a.m., Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road; 3 p.m., Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road. Call (805) 449-2660. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.last_img read more

35 goals that show why Tottenham fans can be excited about Kane’s replacement

first_img 2 2 Harry Kane’s injured ankle could rule him out for two months and the Tottenham striker will be a big miss for his club.The 23-year-old fired Mauricio Pochettino’s side to a third-place finish in the Premier League last year, scoring 25 goals in 38 appearances to win the league’s golden boot.After scoring in the recent 1-0 victory over Sunderland – making it two in two league games after a slow start to the campaign – Kane injured his ankle and was stretchered down the White Hart Lane tunnel.The north Londoners nervously waited to see the extent of the injury and it is not good news.With the club now competing in the Champions League, Kane will be a big miss for Spurs.Can their £18.5million man fill the void left in the starting XI? The club shelled out a lot of money to sign Dutch striker Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar in the summer and this could be his time to shine.After a subdued start to his time in a Lilywhites shirt, Kane’s absence would surely pave the way for Janssen to get his chance.The 22-year-old has undoubted potential – just see what he offers by checking out his strikes in the Netherlands last season…Alternatively, Heung-min Son could be an option through the middle, if Janssen fails to fire, or as a partner.The 24-year-old South Korean, who asked to leave the club in the summer after finding opportunities limited last season, impressed in the recent win over Sunderland, a week after netting a double v Stoke City.Bundesliga side Wolfsburg were reportedly interested in acquiring his services, but the club blocked the move. Pochettino praised Son and he provides a dangerous threat going forward – the Argentinian boss could bring Erik Lamela back into the starting XI, pushing Son into a more central role.Last season there were always worries that Spurs relied on Kane too often but they now have a squad with strength in depth and should be able to cope in his absence providing multiple players chip in with goals.center_img Vincent Janssen: The 22-year-old striker can show his capabilities in Harry Kane’s absence last_img read more

Tottenham v West Ham live stream and confirmed line-ups

first_img1 Tottenham host West Ham at Wembley CLICK HERE TO STREAM LIVE TOTTENHAM v WEST HAM COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 20:00Tottenham Hotspur welcome struggling West Ham to Wembley Stadium in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup in a hotly-anticipated London derby.Mauricio Pochettino’s side are in tremendous form following their hard-earned draw against Real Madrid and their superb 4-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday. Slaven Bilic’s Hammers, however, are in a very different frame of mind after a damaging, half-hearted performance against Brighton on Friday night – with the newly-promoted Seagulls running out 3-0 winners.However, such is the rivalry between the two clubs both teams are likely to be ready to dish out a defeat for the fans at the national stadium. Spurs left-back Danny Rose is set to make his first start for the club since January after returning from injury and Pochettino could hand opportunities to other squad players such as Fernando Llorente. West Ham are likely to pick Adrian in place of under-fire goalkeeper Joe Hart and Andy Carroll is available again after his suspension came to an end. So who has been given the nod for Wednesday night’s match? The confirmed teams can be seen, in full, below…Tottenham Hotspur XI: Vorm, Trippier, Foyth, Alderweireld, Davies, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Dele, Son, LlorenteSubstitutes: Gazzaniga, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Dembele, Winks, Eriksen, NkoudouWest Ham United XI: Adrian, Byram, Ogbonna, Rice, Kouyate, Cresswell, Noble, Fernandes, Lanzini, Ayew, CarrollSubstitutes: Hart, Fonte, Masuaku, Obiang, Arnautovic, Haksabanovic, Chicharitolast_img read more

LyIT lose out to St Mary’s in Ryan Cup

first_imgLETTERKENNY Institute of Technology went down to their third defeat in the Ryan Cup this afternoon.St Mary’s 4-9 Letterkenny Institute of Technology 0-13Four first-hals goals had the game beyond reach of Michael Murphy’s team, who trailed 4-5 to 0-5 at the changeover. After a defeat in Jordanstown on Monday, following last Wednesday’s loss at home to Queen’s, it was another harsh afternoon for the LyIT side.Michael Langan hit six points again today in Belfast, but the concession of those four goals in the first half proved too costly.LyIT scorers: Michael Langan 0-6, Joe McGill 0-2, Daniel Brennan, Darragh Black, Caolan Gallagher, Ryan McFadden, Niall Meegan 0-1 eachLyIT lose out to St Mary’s in Ryan Cup was last modified: October 23rd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Institute of TechnologyLYITMichael LanganMichael MurphyQueen’sRyan CupSt Maryslast_img read more

South African teams join expanded Pro14 for new season

first_imgCheetahs and Kings will play their home games in South Africa. South African sides Toyota Cheetahs and Southern Kings will join an expanded Guinness Pro14 format for the upcoming 2017/2018 season.The addition of two new clubs will lead to the tournament splitting into two conferences of seven sides, made up of two Welsh, two Irish and one team each from Scotland, Italy and South Africa.Every team will play each other at least once, with Scottish, Italian and South African sides taking on an additional derby fixture to even out the schedule.The conferences have been decided based on last season’s results.last_img read more