Alzheimer’s risk is studied in players

first_imgThe University of Norwich keeps track of the doctors of the FIFA, which is willing to introduce temporary changes for players who receive blows to the head during a match. It was confirmed by the head of the FIFA medical committee, the Belgian Michel D’Hooghe: “The approval of temporary substitutions specifically for concussions is a possibility and something worth discussing.” The University of Anglia del Este, in Norwich, has initiated a study to measure the incidence of Alzheimer’s in soccer players and especially in the top finishers. The neurological department of the center is recruiting players over 50 years to start work. The former forward, Iwan Roberts, international with Welsh, has already signed up for the study.FIFA’s doctors have long been under the path of Alzheimer’s disease, a disease that occurs with some frequency among professional players once they reach old age. Great players from other times, like Puskas, Kubala or Muller suffered Alzheimer’s, although it is striking. the case of the historic England team that was proclaimed world champion in 1966. Three of its members, Martin Peters (74), Nobby Stiles (76) and Ray wilson, who died last year at age 83, were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The last case is that of a legend: Alan Shearer. The former player, 49, tells in the documentary of the BBC ‘Dementia, football and me’ that has been suffering for some time worrying memory losses. “Every goal that I scored with the head was preceded by a thousand equal shots in training”, says Shearer in the documentary.last_img read more

Upcountry Basketball Begins Saturday in Gbarnga

first_imgThe 2015 upcountry basketball tournament, which brings seven high schools from two counties, is expected to bounce-up from Saturday to Sunday, on the 14th and 15th of March, at the auditorium of the William V.S. Tubman-Gray United Methodist High School in Gbarnga, Bong County.The resumption of the tournament is owing to the drastically reduction of the infection rate of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which caused its postponement last year.The tournament was rebranded in 2012 and named in honor of retired Peace Corps volunteer, Harold Emmet McGowan, who spent many years in Liberia teaching mathematics, and served as organizing chairman for the up-country High School Basketball Tournament in 1975, in Ganta, Nimba County.Mr. McGowan coached many teams that won basketball championships, including Bong County Basketball Team, Cuttington University College, Doloken Gboveh High and Bong Town International High School, among others.According to this year’s fixture, St. Martins Catholic School, Phebe Lutheran High School, Gboveh High School and William V.S. Tubman-Gray United Methodist High School, all from  Bong County are in Group 1, while members of Group 2 include Ganta United Methodist, (Nimba County),  St. Mark Lutheran High School and St. Peter Episcopal High School,  both from Bong County.On Saturday, day one of the tournament, St. Martin Catholic School meets Phebe Lutheran High School; Gboveh High School School will face the host, William V.S. Tubman-Gray United Methodist School and St. Mark Lutheran engages St. Peter Episcopal. In the same day one’s fixture, William V.S. Tubman-Gray locks horn with Phebe Lutheran; St. Martin Catholic School will meet Gboveh High School; St. Peter Episcopal faces Ganta United Methodist High School; Phebe Lutheran encounters Gboveh High School and William V.S. Tubman-Gray meets with St. Martin’s Catholic School.On Sunday, winner one will host runner-up and winner two will meet runner-up 1, and for the 3rd place, loser one will engage loser two; and for the grand final, winner one from the semi-final will be winner two from the second game of the semi-final.However, according to Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Murvee Gray, up to press time yesterday, the defending champions, Brooker Washington Institute (BWI) has not confirmed their participation.Minister Gray said the BWI has up to today to confirm its participation and to be subsequently placed in Group 2 of the fixture.Minister Gray is yet to disclose whether the Ministry of Youth and Sports has raised the US$33,000.00 to fund the tournament.He told the Daily Observer recently that the government has appropriated US$6,250.00, which is about 18% of the total budget and was searching for the remainder, intended for transportation, feeding, accommodation, trophies, medals, organizational structure, renovation of the gym, per diems, amongst others.He revealed that in order to have a successful basketball tournament, the Ministry wrote several institutions for sponsorship.“We are still hopeful that those institutions will respond, because the tournament starts on Saturday,” Asst. Minister Gray said. “We want to use this medium to thank them in advance for their support and they will always be remembered for their roles in the development of basketball.”He added: “If Liberia should be as other countries in sports, a program like this needs to be sustained to ensure the total improvement of the game.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Only Unity Can Develop Liberia’

first_imgDr. J. Mills Jones, the standard bearer of the opposition Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), says Liberia can develop only if there is unity and reconciliation among the people.In a keynote address at the 4th Kru National Congress in Togbaville, Sehnkwehn Statutory District, Sinoe County, Dr. Jones admonished Liberians to free themselves from the shackles of divisiveness to foster a new course of unity. At the well-attended and colorful event, he told his listeners to go back to the teachings of their parents who, while cherishing their ethnic heritage, helped each other.“Ethnicity is good, we must uphold it, but we can do so without being tribalistic. We like our culture, the way we sing and dance.“This is also what the future of our country is about, and I have consistently said we must aim at more inclusive growth and development that would rapidly reduce poverty,” Dr. Jones added.He continued: “This is why we should begin at the county level. If we go to the road of sectionalism at the county level, we will end-up with a snake with many heads that is bound to show up at the national level and could be a cancer to keep us in a pit of underdevelopment.”He then expressed the hope that in the near future people from Sinoe of all ethnic backgrounds would have a Sinoe “Development Annual Conference” to consider the needs and concerns of the county.Dr. Jones emphasized the traditional behaviors of the people of Sinoe, which he termed as hospitable; and advised them to move together as one people with a common destiny.He also stated a sense of togetherness is the guiding principle behind his policy of financial inclusion that he pursued along with the Board of Governors while serving as Executive Governor of the CBL. “After 169 years of independence, few will disagree that we need a more concerted effort to raise the standard of living of our people to lift them out of poverty; that means not only focusing on a few urban areas, but going to towns and villages,” he told the gathering. Justifying the microfinance program introduced during his tenure as Governor at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. Jones noted that lifting Liberians out of poverty was the reason for the program.“This is why it was important for our policy of financial inclusion that involved market women, the Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA), the Credit Union National Association and petty traders, farmers etc.”However, he noted that those he called “Enemies of Progress,” having failed to defeat the idea, are going after the messenger by trying to create doubts on his candidacy for President of Liberia, including audits, after he left the CBL.He called on these individuals to stop because former governors can also tell stories “and true stories as well.” Dr. Jones referred to a Methodist hymn called “Yong and Fearless Prophet” as a way of awakening the nation and its leadership to be more caring. He quoted the stanza of the hymn that says, “Stir up a protest against our greed for wealth while others stave and hunger and plead for work and help.” Meanwhile, Sinoe County Senator Milton Teahjay said, “In the history of the 48 Sections of Kru, this 4th National Kru Congress is very important because major decisions will be taken to impact the future of Sinoe County and the Republic of Liberia.”Since the independence of Liberia, he explained, Sinoe County has produced Representatives, Senators, Chief Justices, “but we have not produced the Chief Executive, which is the President of the Republic of Liberia.”The Sinoe County strongman said he started a journey to the presidency in 2005, like Moses in the Bible, to free the Israelites from Egypt, but that such a journey will be completed by someone from Sinoe who has rightfully stood up to contest the 2017 legislative and Presidential elections. “In 2005, many people, including myself, decided to run for the presidency but I was not able to reach the Promised Land; however, here comes another son of Sinoe County that will deliver us to the Promised Land,” Senator Teahjay said.“We must seize this opportunity to support this great son of ours who has stood-up to contest the Presidency of Liberia because political pundits are inferring that such a statement is an apparent endorsement of Dr. J. Mills Jones’ presidential bid in 2017. “Politicians have the history of making individual commitment on issues, but the direction you will take at the end of this Congress is what we will follow despite previous commitments we had made.”Dr. Jones was well received by chiefs, elders, youth and women’s groups in Tarjuowon, Juahzon, Butaw, and Dubee River, all in Sinoe County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgGood luck to the Donegal players and management this weekend in what is surely to be a titanic struggle in Croke Park against Kerry. Tickets ordered through the club can only be collected between 8 and 9pm this Thursday the 2nd at the Burn Road.Minor Board U6 and 8 boys and girls and u10 boys coaching will return this Saturday morning at 10.30 at the Burn Road. Last weekend the u10s took part in u10 games against St Michaels and the club would like to thank the parents and children on coming out on such a dreadful morning weather wise. A special mention to young Emmet McGettigan who was in the thick of it and received a bad knock for his troubles! The 2012 Board Parish league for all U6s U8s u10s and U12s boys and girls will take place on Saturday August the 18th followed by the Annual barbeque. More details in the coming weeks.On Wednesday our minor boys were defeated by Letterkenny Gaels by 5 points in the championship. The return leg takes place on Wednesday the 15th at the Burn Road.Ladies Board:The junior ladies suffered defeat at the hands of a strong Buncrana team at the weekend. The 3rd leg will take place in the coming weeks. Anne McGlynn and Fiona McLaughlin were best for Termon. The senior ladies recorded a win over Aodh Ruadh and the lack of games recently certainly showed in the first half. Despite the poor start the girls upped the ante in the second half and finished out comfortable winners. Dara Kelly and Grainne McCafferty best for Termon. The senior ladies now take on county champions Glenfin in the semi final of the championship on the weekend of the 26th of August. The u16 ladies begin their season at home this Thursday at 5.45 against Milford at the Burn Road.Mens Board:Senior and Reserve training continues at the moment. Contact Paddy or Brian for details. There are no games this weekend.LottoThe draw took place last Friday night in the Glenveagh Inn. The numbers drawn were 16, 19, 20 and 25.There were winners or match 3s. Patrick and Rosaleen Conaghan and Vincent Cassidy won €10 each in the open draw. The jackpot is now €850. The draw takes place in the Lagoon this Friday night. Joe McDaid and Kath McSharry are the coordinators.Club Meeting The next club meeting takes place next Wednesday at 8.30 at the Craoibhin, Termon. All club members are invited to attend.GAA NEWS: TERMON GAA NOTES was last modified: August 1st, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Termon GAA club noteslast_img read more


first_imgPictured is Letterkenny Gaels’ Aoibhinn Ní Mhuireadhaigh receiving her stage one award (GAA/Foróige/NUIG) in the Dermot Early youth leadership initiative.FEATURES: Aoibhinn represents herself and Letterkenny Gaels in the programme which recognises and develops young leaders who give to their communities.As part of the award for completing the first of 3 modules Aoibhinn received her certificate from GAA President and reps from Foróige and NUIG.She hopes to complete the full course by June and use it to lead groups within Letterkenny Gaels. Following on from its successful pilot in 2014-15, the GAA, Foróige, and NUIG are delighted to announce that the innovative Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative application process is now open to 15 young GAA club members, male and female aged 15-18 years-old, in counties Roscommon, Galway, Cork, Tipperary, Dublin, Kildare, Donegal and Monaghan.LETTERKENNY GAELS MEMBER WINS DERMOT EARLY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD was last modified: November 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportlast_img read more


first_imgA toddler involved in the horrific car smash in Inishowen on Sunday evening is believed to be one two people left in a critical condition in hospital.A total of six people were rushed to two hospital – Altnagelvin and Letterkenny General – following the smash on the Carndonagh to Ballyliffin Road at around 6.40pm.The toddler is believed to be a little girl aged between 2 and 3 years. The HSE refused to release any details on the individual status of any of the victims of the crash following new protocols introduced by the organisation.The injuries of the other four people in the crash are not believed to be life-threatening.Garda forensics officers spent most of yesterday at the scene of the crash at Rasheney.They are trying to establish the cause of the crash which happened between a jeep and a Volkswagen Passat. The location is less than four miles from last year’s horrific road crash which killed eight people on the Clonmany to Buncrana Road on July 12th.EndsTODDLER IS AMONGST TWO PEOPLE IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER INISHOWEN SMASH was last modified: May 16th, 2011 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Ulster Bank investigating urgent issue of disappearing funds

first_imgUlster Bank customers have been experiencing issues with their banking accounts this morning following an unexpected error. Customers across the Republic of Ireland have discovered wages and transfers missing from their accounts today.  The issue is affecting some customers who have direct debits to pay, with no funds to cover the amounts.The problem relates to transactions made over the weekend since Friday 20th April. The transfers are no longer logged to people’s online banking accounts and their balances have changed. Ulster Bank representatives said they currently don’t have a timescale on a fix for the issue, but are investigating this as a matter of urgency. They are asking customers not to attempt to resend payments.A statement said: “We are aware some transactions previously applied to customers accounts since 20th April are no longer showing.“We are investigating this issue as a matter of urgency and apologise for any inconvenience caused.“Please do not resend the payment as we are working to get these processed as soon as possible. “If you would like to contact us please speak to one of our team via webchat or by calling 1850 424 365 (from abroad 00353 1 8047475) minicom – 0800 015 4422.”Ulster Bank investigating urgent issue of disappearing funds was last modified: April 24th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

49ers’ Bosa, brother Joey win NFL Player of Week awards

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Rookie sensation Nick Bosa and his older brother, Joey, swept NFL Defensive Player of the Week honors Wednesday for their roles in leading the 49ers and Los Angeles Chargers, respectively, to victories Sunday.They were the first brothers to each produce at least two sacks in the same week since Toby and Jimmy Williams did it in 1985.Nick Bosa’s three sacks and doozy of a first career interception led the undefeated 49ers’ defensive showing in a 51-13 rout of the Carolina …last_img read more

Spray Foam in Cold Climates

first_img BLOGS BY ERIC NORTH Problems with Crawl SpacesHow to Avoid MoldSealed-Combustion Appliances and Hot Tub PartiesDoes More Wall Insulation Reduce Cooling Costs? RELATED ARTICLES GBA Encyclopedia: Spray Foam InsulationSpray Foam Insulation Is Not a Magic BulletAir Leaks in Homes Insulated With Spray FoamSpray Foam Insulation Is Not a Cure-AllGetting Spray Foam RightJoe Lstiburek on Spray FoamHow to Build an Insulated Cathedral CeilingCreating a Conditioned AtticHow to Insulate a Basement Wall Insulating Rim Joists Thermoset polymers and youSpray foam insulation is a thermoset polymer. For those of you without an advanced chemistry degree (or those, like me, who haven’t yet read Wikipedia), a thermoset polymer is a heat-activated plastic polymer. It usually starts in a liquid or malleable solid form; through chemical curing, it assumes a solid form. Spray foam is a great tool for insulating and weatherizing. It can be applied to horizontal and vertical surfaces. Once it is cured, it can be the air barrier and vapor and thermal control layers (at least closed-cell foam can), and it provides some of the highest R-values per inch available. It slices! It dices! It makes great sushi!Well… it does have some drawbacks. Since spray foam is a fossil-fuel-derived product, its green benefits are hotly debated. Its tremendous utility comes at a price: all flavors of spray foam are costly compared to other types of insulation. Citing health reactions to the product, some customers have filed a class-action lawsuit against foam manufacturers.Lastly, installing the product is tricky. Minimum substrate temperaturesThe surface onto which the foam is sprayed needs to be within the manufacturer’s specified range. An important note here is that we’re talking about the substrate surface temperature, not the ambient air temperature. Most spray foam manufacturers spec a surface temperature range between 60°F and 80°F. An uninsulated wood sill on a very cold January day could easily get below 60°F. Hell, it would probably get below 45°F.This problem can easily be sussed out with a simple laser thermometer. You should check the actual temperature of the surface that will be sprayed. When applied to an overly cold surface, the final foam cure can be gummy and shrink away from the edges. Spray foam shrinkage and other funThe manufacturers of spray foam are a pretty meticulous bunch. The technical specs are pretty clear, detailing the proper temperature ranges and substrate conditions. (The substrate is the surface being sprayed.)Although most installers are top-notch, there can be issues. Cold weather can play hell with foam applications, leading to the most common problems: shrinkage and poor adhesion to the substrate.Spray foam is a two-part polymer. The two components are referred to as the ‘A’ and ‘B’ components. Improperly mixed foam is a fairly common problem that can occur in any climate. In this article, we’ll look at challenges that are specific to a cold climate.center_img Spray foam insulation of the sort we’re discussing here is made from two chemical components; when these components are mixed, the foam heats up rapidly and cures into a solid form. This seemingly straightforward process can be problematic, especially when the insulation is installed in cold weather. Component temperaturesSpray foam rigs are large temperature-controlled trailers. The two-part component tanks are stored in these trailers, which maintain an appropriately warm temperature. The components must be maintained at a specified temperature range, just like the surfaces that will be sprayed.When one or both components are off temperature, the mix can be off, affecting the final foam set. The application may end up not adhering well. If it is ‘A’-rich, it will end up crunchy and fibrous; if it is ‘B’-rich, it will be gummy and pliable. None of this is good. Ice and moisture on the substrateIf you’re insulating a modern foundation wall — one made of formed concrete — then XPS foam board may be an option. But older rubble or brick foundations need to be spray foamed. It’s very common for these foundations to have heavy moisture levels; in some cases, they can be freezing. If ice has formed on the spray surface, and the ice was sprayed over, there will be no connection between the substrate and the foam. Once the ice melts, the foam could pull off the surface. Another “not good.”Spray foam is one tool used by insulation contractors and energy auditors to address house problems. Spray foam works; just be aware of the effects that cold weather can have on it. Erik North, the owner of Free Energy Maine, is an energy auditor and home performance specialist in Westbrook, Maine. He is also the author of the Energy Auditing Blog.last_img read more

42 Indians Detained in New Mexico Over Illegal U.S. Entry

first_imgOver 40 Indian immigrants are being held at a detention center in New Mexico over alleged attempts to enter the United States illegally, according to the Hindu. As many as 52 Indians, mostly Sikhs, are lodged at a facility in Oregon, reports that emerged earlier this week had said.Indian embassy officials are establishing contact with the Indian immigrants held at the two centers. “We have established contacts with both the detention facilities. A consular official has visited the detention facility in Oregon and another one is scheduled to visit the detention facility in New Mexico. We are monitoring the situation,” the embassy said in a statement.The Indian embassy contacted the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after it got to know about the detainees at New Mexico from community members. The ICE confirmed that at least 42 Indians are housed at the Otero County Detention Center in New Mexico, which is close to the El Paso border crossing from Mexico, according to the publication.The Indian embassy has got the names of the those held at Oregon and New Mexico from the ICE, the report added. Most of them are Sikhs from Punjab while a few are Christians from Andhra Pradesh. “From what we understand now, these are single men. And they seem to have paid large amounts of money to touts who helped them cross into the U.S,” a source familiar with the developments who did not want to be named was quoted as saying in the report.While over a dozen of the Indian detainees are being held at the New Mexico center for months, the others were brought to the center about a week ago, NDTV reported.The 52 Indians being held at the Sheridan prison in Yamhill county, Oregon, are facing harsh conditions, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici wrote in her blog earlier this week. “Through our Punjabi translator, we learned that these men were planning to request asylum because they faced severe religious persecution in India. Most are Sikh or Christian. Instead they were incarcerated in a federal prison,” Bonamici had said earlier.The immigrant detainees have been rounded up following the “zero tolerance” policy launched in May by the Donald Trump administration over illegal entry into the United States. The tough measures being taken by the U.S. authorities, including separation of minor children from their families, sparked global outcry, leading Trump to sign on June 20 an executive order to maintain family unity of migrants. Related Itemsnew mexicoOregonUnited Stateslast_img read more