Concussion: A special report

first_img Red alert: George North’s concussive incidents during the Six Nations shocked many In the April issue of Rugby World, we brought you this in-depth report on the biggest problem in rugby. “Then, in a pool game I had another one – a kind of mini-concussion – but from a really small knock. It was not good to go down from something like that, because it wasn’t like I was smashing into a four-on-one tackle. So I asked to come off for the first time in my career. I missed the next pool game, recovered in a week and then there was the semi and the final.”A small act, you may say, asking to come off. But it was significant. When have you ever seen players asking to come off the park because they are woozy? At Test level?Concussion may not be immediately obvious if the player’s balance hasn’t gone, but in this instance no assessment was needed, no medic putting their foot down. Merchant was out there playing for England and despite the enormity of the day she took a knee and signalled to the bench for a change.Big match player: Kat Merchant in battle with EnglandShe has memories of feeling fine in other games, wanting to go back on but being stopped. That’s a good physio who stopped her. She praises the continued message worldwide of ‘recognise and remove’. However, in her capacity as a coach now, with Worcester’s ladies and Chesham’s men, she feels the need to explain the risks to her players. Coaches at every level need to take the issue seriously and find out as much as they can and players need to appreciate the seriousness of trying to play on. After all, how many players know that they are up to 75% more likely to injure their body as well as their head whilst concussed or that women are two and a half times more likely than men to become concussed?They can’t all be Tatafu Polota-Nau, the Wallabies and Waratahs hooker who has offered up his head to science following a few blows throughout his career. He regularly gets his head scanned in the hope that we can learn more about concussion. He has even said, following four big concussions throughout his career: “I might have to watch out for the fifth one.” He’s doing this for those who have had multiple concussions.In many ways what Polota-Nau is doing is brave. He is also aiding science. Good research, you see, is very important. There is still so much we don’t understand.IN THE LABAn involuntary jolt fires through the forearm, index finger and thumb of my right arm, like I’m hailing a tiny cab I didn’t know I wanted. I’m in Birmingham, visiting with a team of researchers at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and they are using powerful magnets to try to invoke a physical reaction from my brain.The day began with Moseley’s team doctor, maxillofacial surgeon Doug Hammond, meeting me at the University train station and leading me up to the hospital. And there they were, lined up and waiting: the RECOS team, looking at REpetitive COncussions in Sport, overseen by Professor Tony Belli, a world-renowned neurosurgeon.Through a study of concussed athletes, physiologically tested within 72 hours of their latest concussion and continually retested at fortnightly periods until they are symptom-free, the team hope to discover which combination of relatively cheap, effective tests can inform medics that an athlete is indeed concussed and, perhaps more importantly, more accurately inform return-to-play protocols in individual cases.For the study the team have an MRI scanner at their disposal, but the other weapons in their arsenal include Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS – the magnetic coil inducing limb movement), the well-known Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT is often used to test an individual’s memory and spatial attention among other things) and a series of tests for balance, fine motor skills and processing speeds.As well as this they take samples of blood and urine, while analysing breath. The wisdom here is that certain biomarkers can indicate that an individual is concussed. Now, few sports teams could consider housing an MRI machine in the stadium, let alone house a fantasy lab capable of analysing blood and urine in a short space of time. However, the hope is that the team can find the right combination of tests to produce results as near to that of an MRI and chemical analysis so as to make an educated call on whether an athlete is concussed or not, in real time, on game day. They are also looking at technology to study a concussed subject’s pupils while piloting a breathalyser that can pick out the biomarkers for head trauma in a subject’s exhaled breath, within minutes or even hours of an episode.Switched on: Nigel Owens sends Jamie Cudmore for a Head Injury AssessmentProfessor Belli’s team are enthusiastic and prepared to suffer scrutiny as they push their work, but they are also realistic. While they plan to study up to 25 athletes, they have to retain volunteers’ services once they’ve got them to come forward in the first place, and as the work is funded by the National Institute for Health Research, they must continually review, present and evolve. There’s no magic wand here, no advice for protocol changes for the end of the Six Nations. You can’t rush science. Especially not when someone won’t take time off work to come back to the lab now their head has cleared.“It’s taken us three years to get to this point and planning before that,” says Hammond, “and to then find a solution could take another three years.”Professor Belli steps in at this point, saying: “I’ve been working with traumatic brain injuries for most of my career. In the last few years it has become apparent that this is not a small-scale problem at all – 1.4m people in the UK are affected by concussion every year and in sport and the military this is a particular problem.“The fact we can now have an objective marker of where there is a brain injury is (good). With athletes and in the military, where people may not volunteer or may mask their symptoms, it can be because they want to return to play but it can also be because they are concussed and don’t know what the symptoms are. So now we’re hoping to expand on previous work on spotting biomarkers but with a much bigger panel of investigation that might give us the answer – because putting athletes or teams from school through scanners every time is not going to be feasible. These could be tests that give us the answers at all levels – cheap, portable and maybe something you could use in a physio clinic.”The fear is that their research is treated like academic work done for academics. After all, it’s hard enough pinning down the definition of concussion – the RECOS group work with the notion of ‘transient malfunction’.In the thick of it: Dr Simon Kemp in 2008Dr Simon Kemp, the RFU’s medical head, would also like to tie down the definition. He says: “My wish-list for the next five or so years is: one, in the next meeting of the Zurich convention, we have agreement on what concussion looks and feels like. Two, we do more work on refining and validating the tools, pitchside. Three, we have more scrutiny of graduated return to play guidelines. Four, we gather more evidence of the long-term effects of concussion, which we hope to find with a study of former England players through our ERIC database. Five, education. We must bring together guidelines across sports, schools and medical outlets.”Of course, the message on concussion is one for rugby as a whole. Down the leagues and in junior games, the need to be aware is just as keen as in the pro game.AT GRASS ROOTS“Some of the powers don’t like me because I speak out,” says Victor Bellamy, a one-man force as Romford & Gidea Park’s Head of Medical. He forced himself to learn everything he could about concussion in order to look after young players. He loves the work of Kemp and his team, but it’s not the elite players he cares about. He needs the real players, the amateurs, to get it. This is a man who saw Jackson Wray miss 16 weeks as a junior because of knocks. He’s had bad experiences, too.“If you don’t know a player and a knock’s happened elsewhere, it can be missed. There are managers I know (in nearby rugby clubs) that will tell me, the coaches will definitely tell me. But if the parents don’t know and the managers don’t tell me, then the snipers come out. ‘He was knocked out last week and he’s playing again.’ You’re stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea as medics, and the manager and parent, who are very pally, decide they want little Jonny to play. But the RFU have got it right, with a doctor’s letter needed to come back.“But very recently I asked for a doctor’s letter and the dad brought me a Post-it note, with ‘to whom it may concern…’ and a stamp. If that’s how some GPs treat it, what chance have parents got? I’m going to send that to Simon (Kemp). ‘What am I meant to do with this?’”It’s a quaint story, but one of a few Bellamy has at his disposal. He’s seen parents scooping knocked-out kids off the ground and running with them to medical areas. He’s had county coaches trying to put players straight back in without a doctor’s letter or fitness tests. He’s had “bad arguments” with a minority of coaches who try to hide their best players from the medical team. Other local clubs are sending players to see Bellamy as their own access isn’t what they would want it to be. So ‘education’ is not just a phrase tossed down from the top.“It’s a massive thing for young players,” Bellamy says. “The money isn’t there. For argument’s sake, take any county in the country, split it into four. There could be 20 to 30 teams in each quarter. One Monday every month you visit one of those areas and the county physios do an up-to-date injury seminar. But that would cost money, and who wants to give up two to three hours of their Monday night?” The RFU are rolling out seminars on concussion, but Bellamy has had chats with some National League clubs who wanted to know a bit more. There’s more money and supposedly better rugby at that level, but there are still doubts and black holes in some clubs’ knowledge when it comes to concussion. So don’t assume knowledge. Find out what you can about concussion yourself. Push others to do the same.CONCLUSIONEarly one Saturday in February, Rich Freeman, Rugby World’s man in Japan, tweeted about concussion in the Top League. Curious, I sent him an email.He responded that he’d seen incidents where players had to be stopped by team-mates from going back on with concussion or where ‘foreign’ players registered disgust with the handling of concussion in Japan.Big in Japan? Th Top LEague could do more to fight concussion, say someSo I put the issue to Josh Blackie of the International Rugby Players’ Association, who responded in a surprisingly strong way that they had rounded on the JRFU on this. He also said: “There are isolated incidents or mistakes made at the elite level which we have been made aware of, this makes it scary to think what could be taking place at the pre-elite level (ie at universities).”Japan, very recently, were in the top ten of the world rankings. It makes you shudder. The governing body are on Japan’s back and there is pressure to change. We know about this. We know about the good work at elite level. It’s lesser nations and the lower reaches of our game that we need to make sure are best prepared. Because if things don’t continue to change we may have more harrowing stories to tell.Find out as much as you can. Make sure your club is as up to date as they can be on concussion management, and speak to the parents and the kids. And if you see any poor handling of the issue, raise hell. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Investigation THE LINE wasn’t great but you could pick up the slight slur in his words. “I’m still trying to get over the last head knock, over two years ago,” Glen Gregory says.To know of Gregory you’d have to be one of those people who watches any rugby; specifically the ITM Cup in New Zealand. Gregory is a hunting guide now on the north island, but he played in the back row for the Tasman Makos, before chucking his life in a bag and flying over to Siberia for a stint with Krasny Yar Krasnoyarsk in Russian professional rugby. He enjoyed it but it was there where his last concussive blow came.“It’s mainly headaches I get now,” Gregory says after explaining his long history of concussion. “I’ve learnt to manage my symptoms differently, to cope. I still get really tired and I cannot run, but I manage with a little help (from my parents). I have to wear sunglasses all the time. I get nausea, can’t handle things too loud. I’m looking to get some specialist hearing aids made. But it’s expensive and I get no support in New Zealand. I left that support system behind when I went to Russia; no access to career-ending injury support.”Slip n slide: Glen Gregory helps make a tackle for the MakosBy his own account Gregory’s style of play was more spit than slick, more dirty groundwork than jinking through holes. He had yarns with Todd Blackadder about drifting towards the Crusaders system but as he fronted up about the state of his head – he was first hospitalised at 16 because of concussion, but got on with it for 11 more years of rugby – he decided that a trip to the vast Russian unknown for a few bucks was a better option for a pro custom-built for rough play.But at 27, in the build-up to what would potentially be a crowning glory for Krasnoyarsk as they prepared for a cup final, the lights of his career dimmed.He explains: “In my last ever match I got a boot in the head. I wasn’t KO’d so I played on for 80 minutes. I thought I had gotten away with it. I went to the after-match function, had a few beers… not a great idea.“I’d had a few concussions before and I had not played a game with all of my symptoms gone. The head coach wanted me sent home (after this last one). I could have gone, but I’d signed a two-year contract. We had to win at all costs. Mate, I was in trouble. The next day, after meeting the president, I had a meeting with the coach and a translator. I couldn’t get up the stairs! But we had a final to play in six weeks from then. I honestly thought I’d come right. I was hiding.”Hiding is one thing. Lightly ribbing someone for being ‘soft’ is another. But in the cut-throat world of professional rugby outside of the Tier One nations it can be dangerously tough. And cavalier. Gregory tells of local players unable to comprehend head troubles. He also explains that because some of the very same players get paid only if they play, they would purposefully go out in training trying to hurt the man in front of them in the pecking order. Gregory had seen kicks in the head. We often talk of athletes’ livelihoods, but in this case players tear at team-mates to earn their crust. Then you’ve got the ‘medical support’ the player received.“My speed was sluggish,” Gregory continues. “If I closed my eyes in the shower I’d nearly fall over. The coaches got a doctor to give me a whole heap of drugs. And the symptoms went! I thought, ‘This isn’t good, but I’ll play again!’ I came off the drugs the next day and I felt awful again. They were just masking the symptoms.“These treatments: you name it, they tried it. They had me hooked up to an IV drip of vitamins. I just had to roll with the punches. And I couldn’t really tell people anything. It really wasn’t easy.“I couldn’t play the final. It didn’t go down too well. I spoke to the club president and said, ‘Look, I’m done’. I told him I would go away, get right and come back.“I saw a top specialist in New Zealand, a neurologist and the doctor the Highlanders use. He pretty much said, ‘F***, you’re crazy if you want to play again!’ I honestly thought I’d be told I was going to be alright, but I left there crapping myself. You can come back from a sore knee or something like that, but if you think you’re coming back from this you’re kidding yourself.”High profile: Mike Brown was out cold against Italy in the Six NationsTHE GOVERNING MESSAGETHINGS MAY look grim for Gregory, but he is optimistic, and for all the fears he loved his time in Russia. He would like to coach one day, should his head ever clear enough for him to take it seriously. He was unlucky, sure, but he also takes a lot of the blame. His dad was ‘old school’ when he was 16, some of the Russians lads were ‘old school’ too, but Gregory kept putting himself and his head in harm’s way.He also believes that the global approach to concussion has changed in the past three years – something World Rugby and several experts in the field would agree with.World Rugby have sought out the advice of respected specialists like Bob Cantu and Ann McKee to develop concussion guidelines, iron out the Head Injury Assessment (HIA, a series of memory tests and physiological checks used to determine if a player is concussed, within a ten-minute window) and to come up with their laudable ‘Recognise and Remove’ awareness campaign. They insist they worked together to come up with best-practice coaching techniques and commissioned reviews of the laws and norms of play so as to ‘limit exposure to head trauma’. They also suggest the as yet unpublished research into the long-term effects of concussion on players, at Auckland University, could help them further when it is finally completed.Raising awareness: Jamie Roberts launched a WRU awareness campaignOn their message, a World Rugby spokesperson states: “Together we are committed to changing. Rugby operates a zero-tolerance stance towards playing with suspected concussion and the message to the global rugby family is ‘recognise and remove’. Any player with clear concussion symptoms will be removed immediately and must not return.”Of course, as good as the directives are, it is hard to avoid that feeling that it is two steps forward and one step back with awareness of concussion in Test rugby. And when unavoidable human error does get in the way, it can be potentially dangerous.Look at the George North incidents against England in this year’s RBS 6 Nations, when, having undergone the HIA and got the all-clear after a first-half kick in the head, he clashed heads with Richard Hibbard. Protocols insist that any suspicion of a lack of consciousness results in automatic removal; no tests, no talks. After the second clash North was as limp as a string of overcooked spaghetti but he stayed on.Of course, after a review by World Rugby, it became clear this was a case of human error, the medics didn’t see the incident in the thick of the action. However, that showcases an inherent flaw in the system. You dictate a protocol and it’s missed, unknowingly or otherwise – that spells for all sorts of potential disaster.Dr Willie Stewart, a consultant neuropathologist running studies out of Glasgow University and one of the clearest voices on the issues of concussion in sport, feels that sanctions are the clear way of pushing all Test sides and pro clubs into line. As for our understanding – and here the RFU’s player injuries audit, where the number of reported concussions have increased over the past year by 59%, can be held up – he feels we must embrace that head injuries in rugby are an ever-present worry, not to be accepted then left alone. “What we’re coming around to is a clearer picture of concussions. The number of concussions is being reported better, there are clearer systems. A look at the RFU’s injury audit shows concussions have doubled in the past ten years and are possibly under-reported. The true number could be 50% higher, perhaps? What we need to ask is, at which point is the level of brain injury too high? Perhaps we’ve crossed that line already. I’ll continue to encourage the whole industry to change.“The NFL, for example, have rectified rules to try to reduce risk and they have been subtle and it’s still the same game. Rugby could do that and it doesn’t need to be outside-of-the-box stuff or part of an expensive study. They spent around £500k on the scrum study at Bath and made some logical changes you and I could have come up with in the pub over a couple of pints. So small changes could come in to rugby that don’t necessarily have to be on a Saturday afternoon. Encourage far less contact in training – save it for the weekend. And cut down on some of the high-risk play. The one (area to be looked at) that comes to mind instantly is the high ball. Making those changes could come in now and while fans might not agree, they would still much rather see players on the park and upright.”Dr Stewart believes one major barrier to consistent concussion management relates to the many and varied approaches to concussion management in sport, with each sport effectively providing its own, sport-specific guidance. “The only way to progress is for the management to be dictated by the injury, not the sport. To do this requires one single set of common guidelines to be agreed and promoted, at least at grass-roots level.”Infamous incident: George Smith briefly leaving the pitch with concussion in 2013There have been high-profile rugby failures that were held up as signs the powers-that-be had to enact change, as with the North incident or the infamous George Smith concussion shocker against the Lions in 2013 or the Florian Fritz debacle last season, when the blood-soaked Toulouse centre left the field with wobbly legs and vacant eyes, but soon re-entered the fray. If you dwell on these incidents at the very top you will be terrified. Yet, you must give credit to those who have done good. Just ask Dr Stewart about the positives.“Rugby has come so far,” he says. “World Rugby took the step to get Bob Cantu and myself in to look at things, to be very critical. They wanted us to have open, frank discussions about the issue. They’re attempting to make a change. It should evolve and be better researched.”However, there is another element to this. Why do players, some of whom have recent histories of concussion, want to play on just like Gregory did?THE PLAYERS’ VIEWElton Flatley had the wherewithal to call time on his career at the age of 28. He explains: “In my last game before I retired, I took a knock and had blurred vision in my eye. Over the space of a year I had more issues around concussion and it was frustrating. In that game against the Western Force, I hesitated before taking contact – it was the first time I had ever done that – and I walked off. I said to the doctor, ‘I’m done’.”He discussed his options with the Queensland Reds team doctor after pulling himself out against the Force. He feared he would let his team-mates down, that by going into contact half-hearted it was all already over. He hung up the boots. But he feels he was blissfully prevented from making calls for himself because his medical support was so hands on, even though this was ten years ago and the fundamental understanding of concussion management was not as advanced as it is now. Yet, he agrees, his symptoms were fairly obvious.Feeling the Force: Elton Flatley in action for Queensland Reds“With concussions, mine was a choice to retire. Some guys may have pushed themselves because they could, whereas my concussions were affecting my performance. I’m a proud guy! If I could still perform maybe I could have been able to play longer, but do I think some competitive athletes mask their problems? Some would say ‘yes’ and we certainly didn’t know as much when I was playing as we do now. We understand long-term consequences better now.”Yes, but would you have continued if you were playing well and remained fearless, even with the concussions? “I can understand why some athletes would want to continue. It’s a great environment, being a sportsman. The real world is scary. But you’ve only got one melon. I still love this game but you have to look after your head.”Such self-awareness isn’t confined to the Australian game or even the men’s game. Kat Merchant won the Women’s World Cup with England in 2014, but in the off-season she decided she should pull the plug on her playing days.“I was delighted to win the World Cup but it was tough to end the career, especially as I wanted to play some (professional) sevens,” the former Worcester winger says. “But you’ve only got one brain and after being knocked a few times I knew it was time to call it a day.”When did you know you had issues? “I played a club game against Saracens and had a bad one; I was properly knocked out. My family were on the side watching that game and it worried them a little, but I was back in time to play in the World Cup. This feature furst appeared in the April 2015 issue of Rugby World magazine. 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Support fired Liberato workers: ‘Their victory is for all of us!’

first_imgJune 22 protest.WW photo: Anne PrudenAt a busy working-class corner — 183rd Street and Jerome Avenue — in the Bronx, N.Y., a loud chant is heard weekly at the entrance to Liberato Restaurant: “¡Liberato, escucha! ¡Estamos en la lucha!” (Liberato, listen! We are in struggle!) from chant leader Mahoma Lopez, organizer for the Laundry Workers Center. This chant took on more meaning June 22 after the June 20-21 firings by Liberato boss Edwin Roman of three of his workers.Since April 2014, these now fired workers have been among 14 workers — primarily immigrants — demanding at least a minimum wage. These workers have also demanded an end to the sexual harassment and unsafe working conditions by management at a food establishment where a 12-hour work day is common. The fired workers are active with the Laundry Workers Center, which was asked to support these low-wage workers. Since the firings, picket lines have doubled in size at the two Bronx Liberato sites.The Liberato workers and the LWC have also used the courts to attack this wage theft. A July 27th court date has been set to challenge Liberato. Recently, Roman attempted to resolve the matter out of court. His offer was found to be a bogus financial settlement that the workers found unreasonably low and unacceptable.Meanwhile, Liberato’s superexploitation has attracted larger picket lines as support grows for the fired workers. Expressing this fact as he spoke from the June 22 picket line was Larry Holmes, a leader of the People’s Power Assembly, stating: “Liberato’s boss feels he can do anything. His workers refuse to be silent and to be isolated. They send a powerful message. We are proud to be supportive of the Laundry Workers Center, the hottest, most dynamic fighter in NYC!”Holmes ended with the words: “The fight of Liberato workers — this struggle — is for every worker! Their victory is for all of us!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

‘When the boss won’t talk, don’t take a walk — Sit down!’

first_imgWorkers occupied General Motors plants in Flint, Mich., in 1937. Over 50 GM plants with more than 125,000 employees were shut down until the UAW was recognized.When the speed-up comes, just twiddle your thumbsSit Down! Sit Down!When the boss won’t talk, don’t take a walkSit Down! Sit Down!Sit down, just take a seatSit down, and rest your feetSit down, you’ve got ‘em beatSit down! Sit down!“Sit Down” by Maurice SugarOn Feb. 7, 1937, the New York Times bemoaned the fact that workers in Flint, Mich., had “actually seized physical possession of three large factories belonging to General Motors. They occupied and held those plants by force of arms, repelling efforts to evict them and starve them out. They ejected and barred company representatives and police. And set up executive councils that ran the plants.“Once a sit-down strike has become a state of occupation, there is little a company can do.”Those who took the side of labor back then enthusiastically agreed. “The sit-down is labor’s weapon of economic self-defense,” stated Maurice Sugar, attorney for the United Auto Workers during the Flint Sit-down. The 44-day occupation forced mighty GM, then the world’s biggest corporation, to recognize the union.In October of 2016, almost 80 years later, we saw the occupation tactic force the mighty Harvard University Corporation to abandon its attempt to impose austerity demands on dining hall workers belonging to UNITE HERE Local 26. As students and workers occupied the very building while negotiations were going on, Harvard was forced to grant the striking workers what they wanted. (Workers World, Oct. 31)There is much we can learn from the sit-downs of long ago about effective tactics in today’s class struggles.Advantages of the sit-downJournalist and eyewitness to the Flint strike Mary Heaton Vorse wrote, “[T]here are manifold advantages for workers in the sit-down. The strikers are far less vulnerable than they are on the picket line because employers hesitate to attack the sit-downers when it may injure their own property. The sit-down effects a complete tie-up and the workers are protected against violence and strikebreakers, from cold weather and the rain. The plant is completely closed and scabbing is impossible; as a training ground for education, it is far better than the ordinary strike.”Events bore this out. From 1929 to 1936, at least 96 workers in the U.S. were killed on picket lines. This figure does not include 15 shot down in marches of the unemployed, including five killed during the Ford Hunger March by Ford’s notorious “Service Department.” Nor does it include Ralph Gray, the Black leader of the Sharecroppers Union lynched in Alabama, or two Filipino cannery workers’ leaders shot inside a Seattle restaurant, and other martyrs too numerous to mention.By contrast, of the hundreds of U.S. sit-downs that took place from 1935 to 1937, only 25 were physically attacked, and there were no fatalities.In every case, strikers returned to work with a newfound sense of power. For example, in 1935 an Akron rubber worker wrote to the local newspaper about his dreary existence, concluding, “We’ve nothing to look forward to. We’re factory hands.” But after one of many successful sit-downs, another Akron rubber worker proclaimed, “Now we know our labor is more important than the money of the stockholders, than the gambling in Wall Street, than the doings of the managers and foremen.”Almost 50 years after that sit-down strike wave, Sam Marcy wrote in “High Tech, Low Pay” that a workplace occupation “can change the form of the struggle, take it out of its narrow confines and impart to it a broader perspective. In truth, it brings to the surface a new working-class perspective on the struggle between the workers and the bosses. It says in so many words that we are not tied to a one-dimensional type of struggle with the bosses at a time when they have the levers of political authority in their hands.”Marcy keenly observed the impact of high technology on the working class, anticipating its ravaging effects and looking for methods of struggle that would give exploited labor its greatest advantage. Towards this end he drew upon the accumulated lessons of the sit-downs.The bold strike tactics, including occupations, that workers used to win against the Harvard Corporation confirm the potential of sit-downs and occupations as struggle-expanding strategies.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

USDA Issues Payments in Response to 2015 Markets

first_img SHARE USDA Issues Payments in Response to 2015 Markets SHARE On Tuesday, the U. S. Department of Agriculture announced payments to farmers enrolled in safety-net programs due to market downturns during the 2015 crop year. USDA says many of the 1.7 million farms enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs will receive payments. USDA will issue more than $7 billion in payments, which USDA says is more than 10 percent of the projected 2016 net farm income. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the payments will “provide reassurance” to farmers “who are standing strong against low commodity prices.”Unlike the old direct payment program, which issued payments during both weak and strong market conditions, the 2014 Farm Bill authorized the ARC-PLC safety net to trigger and provide financial assistance only when decreases in revenues or crop prices, respectively, occur.Source: NAFB News Service By Hoosier Ag Today – Oct 4, 2016 Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Issues Payments in Response to 2015 Markets Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleLate Planted Corn May Yield Better than ExpectedNext articleSeptember Ag Economy Sentiment Ticks Up Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Visiting Your Dentist is Not Just Good for Your Teeth

first_img Make a comment 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Health Visiting Your Dentist is Not Just Good for Your Teeth When you visit your dentist regularly, it’s not just your teeth that benefits from the routine. Studies have shown a correlation between oral health and heart disease. By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Monday, September 23, 2013 | 11:49 am Top of the News HerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy When your teeth feel and look healthy, your heart is healthy too. What at first seems to be radically unrelated, experts feel is more linked than we ever knew.Recent studies have shown that oral bacterium might cause cardiovascular disease, and by brushing every day, you keep heart disease at bay too.According to the Harvard Heart Letter, in people with periodontitis – which is an erosion of tissue and bone that support the teeth – chewing and can release bacteria into the bloodstream. These oral bacteria that cause periodontitis have also been found in the atherosclerotic plaque in arteries in the heart and elsewhere, giving scientists a clue to the link between oral and cardiovascular health.And the plaque found in the arteries, ultimately, can lead to a heart attack.Oral bacteria can also cause harm to blood vessel or cause blood clots by releasing toxins that resemble proteins that are found in artery walls or the bloodstream. When the immune system responds, these toxins can harm the vessel walls and make blood clot more easily. It is also noted that inflammation in the mouth spurs inflammation throughout the body, including arteries, where it can lead to a heart attack and stroke.Though studies are still ongoing, it is also important to note that an oral bacterium is not the sole cause of cardiovascular disease. A healthy diet, plenty of exercise, and good hygiene are all important elements of a healthy lifestyle, and it is a combination of these can help you maintain good health.Brushing at least twice a day, limiting sugary snacks, and visiting a dentist regularly, will go a long way in keeping your teeth and gums, and your heart, healthy for life.If you haven’t done so yet, check with a dentist to give yourself peace of mind that your personal oral health is up to standard. Visit the Flintridge Dental Studio at 4542 Rinetti Lane, La Canada, Flintridge or set up an appointment by calling (818) 495-4969.With the latest dental equipment, painless procedures, and skilled and genial dental health professional, Flintridge Dental Studio is the perfect place to keep your oral health in check.To learn more about the services Flintridge Dental Studio offers, visit or call (818) 495-4969 for more information. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Irish students amongst dead in California collapse

first_imgHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry A number of Irish students have been killed after a balcony collapsed in Berkeley, California.Five people are dead and at least 8 others are critically injured after the fourth floor balcony collapsed at an apartment building on Kittridge Street near the University of California shortly before 9am Irish time.The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has described the incident as a “dreadful accident” and has activated his Department’s Consular Crisis Centre to help the families of the victims.An emergency response line has been opened – anyone with concerns about friends or family in the region, should call 01- 418 0200.Holly Kwan is a reporter with KBCS Radio in Berkeley California – she is at the scene:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Irish students amongst dead in California collapsecenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleRow erupts in Council over Sinn Fein Easter Rising commemoration motionNext articleMan rushed to hospital after falling overboard of fishing vessel admin Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By admin – June 16, 2015 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

HSE confirms details of 180 children were on stolen laptop

first_img Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Homepage BannerNews Previous articleInishowen councillor condemns break-in at Muff shopNext articleTwo Donegal clubs attend disciplinary hearing following racial abuse allegation News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North The HSE has confirmed that there were approximately 180 children’s details on the Speech abnd Language Therapy Service laptop stolen from the boot of a car last week.The register has the details of the children listed by service location, care group, their name, address and contact phone number.Responding to queries from Highland Radio News, the HSE has confirmed the laptop was fully encrypted.The HSE says it has written to all parents of clients whose details were on the register to inform them of the breach, and advising them whom then should contact if they had any concerns.The matter was immediately reported to an Garda Siochana who are investigating the theft. It has also been notified to the Data Protection Commissioner.The statement concludes that this incident has had no impact on service provision. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsAppcenter_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic HSE confirms details of 180 children were on stolen laptop Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp By News Highland – November 13, 2014 Facebooklast_img read more

‘Aghast By Mumbai University’s Contemptuous Conduct’ : Bombay HC Directs Payment Of Salary & Dues To ‘Retired’ Director Of Management College [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates’Aghast By Mumbai University’s Contemptuous Conduct’ : Bombay HC Directs Payment Of Salary & Dues To ‘Retired’ Director Of Management College [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap17 May 2020 11:31 PMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Mumbai University to pay salary dues to a professor cum director of a Management Institute run by the university for a second time as the University breached a previous order directing payment of salary dues to the 61-year-old who was appointed to the said post as per the prescribed procedure of the University, yet was retired from it on the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Mumbai University to pay salary dues to a professor cum director of a Management Institute run by the university for a second time as the University breached a previous order directing payment of salary dues to the 61-year-old who was appointed to the said post as per the prescribed procedure of the University, yet was retired from it on the grounds that he had completed 60 years. While hearing Satish Ratanparkhi’s application via video conference for interim relief filed in the University’s writ petition, Justice SJ Kathawalla noted that the Court was “aghast by the University’s contemptuous conduct” because by an order dated December 16, 2019, the High Court had already directed MU to allow Ratnaparkhi to continue as a Director. However, the applicant contended that he was not allowed to function as a director of the institute. Case Background In 2012, the applicant was appointed as Professor-Cum-Director(Open), at the Alkesh Dinesh Mody Institute for Financial and Management Studies, University of Mumbai, as per the recommendation of the Committee constituted under Section 78 of Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994, after following all the selection process prescribed by the University. However, by an order dated February 21, 2019, issued by the Registrar of the University, the applicant was retired from the said post on the ground that he had completed 60 years of service. The applicant filed an appeal before the College Tribunal challenging the order of the registrar. The applicant relied upon the Government Resolution dated March 5, 2011, as per which the tenure of the Principals/Directors in any government college affiliated to non-agricultural Universities has been extended upto 65 years, with a rider that on completion of 62 years, there shall be a performance review of the incumbent. Thereafter, the Tribunal by its order dated September 20, 2019, allowed the applicant’s appeal and set aside the order issued by the Registrar. The petitioner university filed a writ petition before the High Court challenging the said order of the Tribunal. In an order dated December 16, 2019, High Court refused to stay the Tribunal’s order and observed that the Tribunal had clearly held that the Registrar’s order was illegal and allowed the applicant to continue as Director till the age of 65. Thus, the High Court allowed the applicant to continue on the said post and directed the University to pay him salary every month. Order But, the University has not paid salary to the applicant since September 20, 2019 i.e. the date on which the College Tribunal’s order was passed in his favour. Court noted that the University has flagrantly breached its order, leaving the applicant with no choice but to move Court and seek directions against the University. The applicant’s lawyer Seema Chopda stated that for the last 15 months her client has been surviving on his savings, which are now exhausted and it is becoming difficult for him to sustain himself, also he is burdened with a loan. Thus, keeping in mind his financial condition the applicant sought interim relief in the form of directions to release his salary from December 16, 2019 till date. University’s counsel Ashutosh Kulkarni submitted that the University intends to file an SLP before the Supreme Court challenging the High Court’s order passed last year dated December 16. However, due to the situation surrounding the pandemic of Covid-19, the SLP has not been filed till date and thus the University has not paid the applicant his dues, Kulkarni stated after taking instructions. Justice Kathawalla observed- “The Court is aghast by this contemptuous conduct of the Petitioner University. Despite specific directions given by this Court as far back as 16th December, 2019 vide its reasoned Order, directing the Petitioner University to allow the Applicant to continue as a Director of the Institute and pay his salary, the Petitioner University has flagrantly disregarded the direction of this Court, and not paid him a single rupee till date. The Petitioner University has therefore with impunity breached / disobeyed the Order passed by this Court and has deprived a Senior Citizen of his dues from 16th December, 2019, who has in fact stopped receiving his salary since February, 2019.” Furthermore, the Court acknowledged that Mumbai University is one of the oldest and premier Universities of India imparting education to millions of students over the years. However – “It is incomprehensible to this Court, as to how an Institute of such stature which seeks to imbibe in its students, inter alia values of honesty, discipline and good governance, can justify breaching the Order of this Court.” Expressing displeasure at the excuse of the pandemic of Covid-19 to justify non-filing of the SLP, Justice Kathawalla said- “Even today dishearteningly, the Petitioner University is using the current pandemic situation as an excuse for non-filing of the SLP, despite having received the Order more than two and a half months before the present Lock Down in the Country.” Thus, the Court directed the University to pay the applicant his dues and to continue paying him before the 5th of every month until further orders. Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

No full-time GP in twenty percent of primary care centres

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Twittercenter_img Pinterest No full-time GP in twenty percent of primary care centres Previous articleLISTEN: Glengad are through to FAI Junior Cup Semi-Final – Shane Byrne ReactionNext articleYellow snow ice warning to remain in place overnight News Highland Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 By News Highland – March 10, 2019 Google+ Twenty per cent of primary care centres don’t have a full-time GP.Figures released in response to parliamentary questions by Sinn Féin reveal 26 of the 126 primary care centres don’t have a doctor on staff.Dr Matt O’Toole from the National Association of General Practitioners says pay and conditions for GPs haven’t recovered from cuts during the recession:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Locals rallying to provide aid, supplies

first_imgLatest Stories The organizers of TroyFest have already taken the initiative to help aid the millions of people whose lives were turned upside down as a result of the storm system.Amanda Hahn, vendor chair, said the TroyFest committee is concerned for the people affected by Wednesday’s storm and have decided to set up a “TroyFest Tornado Relief Fund.”“KW Plastics will be providing 50 gallon drums for patrons to drop of non-perishable items,” Hahn said. “The items include canned goods, simple hygiene items, but will exclude clothing. The materials donated this weekend will be distributed to the Red Cross, who will then give the materials to those directly affected by the storms.”Hahn said she and the rest of the TroyFest committee are going to “jumpstart” things off by having volunteers to manage the donated items. 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author “We’ll have stations set up and we’re wanting to get the word out about what we’re having there so people will be prepared to help aid in the relief efforts,” Hahn said.With relief efforts already underway, it is important to remember the needs of the people aiding in those efforts.Jennifer Register, Pike County’s fire fighter events planner, said she and others have set up stations around Troy for patrons to donate “basic needs” supplies to relief workers.“We are doing a water and snack drive for first responders that are going to north Alabama,” Register said. “If they don’t keep their energy up, then they may not be able to perform their job well.”The first responders will be helping those affected in Elmore County and northern Alabama and, although people generally love to see the first responders when they arrive. Register said there are two drop-off points for patrons willing to donate goods and supplies.“Right now we’ve got drop-off points at Firehouse Subs and the Doghouse,” Register said.Register said water and snacks could be dropped off on Monday and Thursday nights from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Pike County Fire and Rescue Building located at 509 Orion St.“We’re asking for Gatorade, water and any non-perishable snacks,” Register said.In other efforts:• The Piggly Wiggly on U.S. 231 South is accepting donations of non-perishable food items• Lyncoach Truck Bodies in Troy has a truck going to Guntersville (Arab area) Friday morning. Non-perishables can be dropped off at the office. Most needed items are bottled water, toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste/mouthwash, baby wipes and diapers.• Terra Cotta is accepting non-perishable items and clothing as part of the Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa effort.• And Serpahim is donating 50 percent of it sales today to the relief effort. After surveying the damage from tornadoes and damaging winds, many people in the surrounding area have already taken the steps to bring relief to those affected by Wednesday’s storm.James Flowers, general manager of utilities for the city of Troy, said an eight-man team has been sent to the northern part of the state in an effort to help restore power to the area.“From Troy utilities, we’re sending a construction crew to Athens, Ala.,” James Flowers. “It’s always good to help your neighbors when they need help, because when the time comes when you may need help then you can call on them.” Flowers said the extent of the damage was surprising and realizes how important relief efforts are during this time.“Tuscaloosa is in real bad shape and the place where we’re going has an awful lot of damage as well,” Flowers said.Flowers said the eight-man team will arrive in four trucks and will work as long as it takes to help restore power to the Athens community. You Might Like Police seek clues to cellphone found in bathroom Troy police are investigating an alleged criminal surveillance incident at a local restaurant. According to information released by Chief Anthony… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Locals rallying to provide aid, supplies Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 10:13 pm Thursday, April 28, 2011 Print Articlelast_img read more