Stan Makita is 1st Hockey Hall of Famer found to have had CTE

May 8, 2021

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first_imgSeptember 14, 2019 /Sports News – National Stan Makita is 1st Hockey Hall of Famer found to have had CTE FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/artisteer(BOSTON) — Hockey great Stan Makita is the latest professional athlete to join the list of Hall of Famers diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease CTE.The announcement was made Friday by Dr. Ann McKee of Boston University’s CTE Center, one year after Makita died at the age of 78.Makita, a star of the 1960s who was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983, is the first NHL Hall of Famer to have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.The list of football Hall of Famers who have been diagnosed with CTE includes NFL greats Mike Webster, Junior Seau, John Mackey and Lou Creekmur.Other pro hockey players who have been posthumously diagnosed with CTE include NHLers Derek Boogaard, Bob Probert, Jeff Parker and Todd Ewen.A postmortem analysis of Makita’s brain by Boston University’s CTE Center showed that the Chicago hockey great had stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy; stage 4 is the most severe form.CTE, which is associated with repeated blows to the head and is known to cause memory loss, violent moods and other cognitive difficulties, can only be diagnosed after death.Makita was diagnosed with another degenerative brain condition, Lewy Body Disease, in the years prior to his death.“Stan Mikita was diagnosed with two neurodegenerative diseases that our research has shown are associated with a long career in contact sports such as ice hockey: CTE and Lewy body disease,” said McKee in a statement released in conjunction with the announcement.Originally a scrapper, the diminutive Mikita became a prolific scorer and went on to capture four NHL scoring titles in a long 22-year career with the Blackhawks.He led Chicago to a Stanley Cup title in 1961, and in 2017 was named by the NHL as one of the 100 greatest players in league history.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more


Now it’s Ewemove’s turn to adopt ‘local expert’ hybrid estate agent model

May 7, 2021

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first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Now it’s Ewemove’s turn to adopt ‘local expert’ hybrid estate agent model previous nextAgencies & PeopleNow it’s Ewemove’s turn to adopt ‘local expert’ hybrid estate agent modelFranchise Property Group-owned hybrid agency Ewemove is offering experienced agents three-year contracts to become Local Property Partners and earn via commission.Nigel Lewis1st May 201801,294 Views The Property Franchise Group’s hybrid agency brand EweMove has begun recruiting ‘Local Property Partners’, aligning itself more closely with the Purplebricks model.Its new LPPs , unlike franchisees, will operate on a set territory, commission-only and generally looser basis.This, the company says, will enable people who can’t afford the set-up costs of EweMove’s ‘traditional’ franchise model to get involved.There will be no set up costs for LPPs, who sign up for a three year deal and will be incentivised to create “successful sales, not listings”, the company says.“The biggest difference here is that our LPPs will be paid by us on a commission basis unlike our franchisees who pay us a fee,” EweMove boss Nick Neill (pictured) told The Negotiator.Unlike other hybrid agents, Nick also says potential LPPs must have at least three years’ experience working as a sales valuer before they can join.Once up and running, LPPs will be paid £250 per listing and then 20% of the sale fee upon completion.“The challenge in the past has been that entrepreneurs have approached us to become franchisees but haven’t had the capital to pay the entry costs and open a franchise of their own, so to become an LPP is a good alternative,” says Nick.“Franchisees will make more money than LPPs but that’s fine, because they have to invest and risk more.”LPPs will be put through a tough training course like their franchised counterparts, as well as receiving marketing and administration support for their territory, which Neil says will include approximately 20,000 households.ReferralsEweMove says LPPs will also be able to earn money from generating referrals for mortgages and conveyancing of approximately £100 per completed sale.One of the first to join is Darren Loftus (pictured, right), who is now operating as an LPP in Stroud, Gloucestershire.“I’ve worked with estate agency for 13 years and was keen for a new challenge, so when the EweMove LPP offer came about, I didn’t hesitate,” he says. “EweMove is going places and I want to be a part of that.”Nick Neill local property partners lpps stroud darren loftus EweMove franchise May 1, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more


Philippine President Welcomes US Navy Aircraft Carrier

May 4, 2021

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first_img View post tag: Philippine View post tag: Naval Authorities Philippine President Welcomes US Navy Aircraft Carrier Back to overview,Home naval-today Philippine President Welcomes US Navy Aircraft Carrier View post tag: Navy View post tag: welcomes View post tag: US May 16, 2011 Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Saturday welcomed the US Navy aircraft carrier from which the remains of slain al-Qaeda leader Os…(monstersandcritics)[mappress]Source: monstersandcritics, May 16, 2011; View post tag: Carrier View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Aircraft View post tag: President Share this articlelast_img read more


Educating to save our democracy

May 2, 2021

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first_imgDear Editor:John Dewey, perhaps America’s greatest education philosopher, ought to be a household name. As familiar to average folks as Kim Kardashian is. OK, maybe I’m dreaming a little too big! I’d settle for him at least being known by teachers and Board of Ed. members.In 1916, while a professor at Columbia, Dewey published a book called “Democracy and Education” to help concretize a Jeffersonian ideal as old as our republic itself. Simply being, that the main purpose of schools is to educate for good citizenship: thus creating a natural bulwark against tyranny.Dewey was insistent on what he called the need for an “articulate public,” equipped to discuss social and political problems in a calm, thoughtful, rational manner. Such healthy civic dialogues, according to Dewey, would help yield solutions to vexing problems (like wealth inequality) in a collaborative, negotiated manner that best satisfied the wishes of the majority. It’s hard to think of a better description of a functioning democracy in action.Fast-forward to 2017. It’s beyond obvious how far we’ve fallen from the grace of Dewey’s hopeful democratic vision. Citizens and politicians now speak at and past each other, rather than with each other in genuine dialogue. At times, they rant and rave like lunatics; or worse, as we saw recently in Alexandria, Va.Meanwhile, today’s educational leaders seem to have forgotten that we live in a democracy. Rather than talk about teaching for a better social order, they perkily utter banal marketing clichés like “success” and “excellence”—terms which by themselves are devoid of any moral relevance. Success at what? For whom? At whose expense?Are they equating education solely with career advancement, to hell with becoming a decent, caring person and a good citizen? If so, this doesn’t bode well for the future of democracy. Such a vapid, shallow conception of education can only lead to a further weakening of community, a withering of political and historical consciousness—not to mention basic human empathy—and a promulgation of the immoral, narcissistic belief that “success in the marketplace” is the be all and end of all of a good life.If this dire situation continues, in fact, if may spell the “end of all life, period” on our beautiful planet. So far, none of the for-profit charter schools (supported by billionaires) have shown an interest in Dewey’s work by equating education with good citizenship. I’m hoping this situation will change; or a new, more socially conscious billionaire will emerge. Meanwhile, the actor Richard Dreyfuss should be applauded for his work in promoting basic civic education, an ongoing project I hope gathers more steam.I’ve begun to plan seminars to spark civic dialogue on this vital issue, and will devote a future episode of “Public Voice Salon,” a TV show I co-produce with my wife Claudia Canasto Chibuque, to address the crucial but forgotten link between education and democracy. Your ideas are also most welcome at [email protected] Thank you for your time.John Bredinlast_img read more


Rising stars

April 21, 2021

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first_imgWhile the nation’s appetite for fresh bread is as healthy as ever, a long-term career as a baker is not often considered by today’s younger generation, but that’s a trend Sainsbury’s is looking to reverse with its Bakery Apprenticeship scheme.So, what advantage does a major multiple like Sainsbury’s gain from a commitment to developing a highly skilled, highly motivated bakery team? Well, in today’s market, the bakery is symbolic of the fresh, healthy and safe food that the public now demands, Sainsbury’s CEO Justin King told British Baker in November 2006; he was also quick to acknowledge that fostering bakery skills is key to delivering within the in-store category.”Fresh produce and bakery are the two key areas of the store,” he said, stressing the importance of providing a continuous bakery service throughout the day. “Seeing people actually producing the bread has an impact on people’s view – not just of the bread sector but of the whole store. Also, the smell of bread drifting across the store is perceived as welcoming.”importance of apprenticeshipWhen you combine this growth in importance with the skills shortage currently being felt by the industry, the need for apprenticeship schemes and development programmes becomes increasingly apparent. Sainsbury’s scheme provides all the skills, training and support necessary to give someone the start they need in the baking industry – covering everything from producing bread, cakes and pastries to stock management and production planning. With these raw materials in place, the apprentice is provided with the support to develop, but is ultimately responsible for his or her own learning and progression.And if Chris Noble is anything to go by, it’s a format that is working well. Noble joined the scheme, aged 22, at the Sainsbury’s store in Washington, Tyne and Wear. “I first read about bakery apprenticeships on Sainsbury’s website. I’d been working in manufacturing but wasn’t really enjoying it and I’d always been interested in cooking and baking, so I thought I’d apply. I was lucky enough to be selected,” he says.Noble reached a level of ability higher and faster than anyone could have hoped for, as his bakery manager, Colin Hudson, attests. “The quality of products he’s produced has been consistently brilliant. I wanted Chris to be a real success and he’s exceeded all my expectations by showing such aptitude. It’s a feather in the cap for the department and the whole store,” he enthuses.Indeed, Noble’s rapid progression has earned him accolades beyond those of his manager. In March 2007, he was a finalist in the Learning and Skills Council National Awards in the Apprenticeships category – recognition he was quick to share with his peers. “I learned a lot from my manager, who supported me all the way through, and I was ’buddied up’ with various members of the team, so I could learn hands-on from their experience. I’m grateful for everything I’ve learned. The apprenticeship programme has been a great start to my career. I love it because I can now perform every job to a very high standard,” says Noble.As more bakery apprentices on the scheme develop, they are offered opportunities to progress to become bakery managers themselves. “Before you know it, I may actually reach a supervisory role,” he adds.ability and ambitionThis combination of ability and ambition is what Justin King is hoping will set an example for young people all over the country, as the bid to nurture a new generation of bakers gains momentum. The impact of the new apprentices can be felt beyond just the individual’s learning and development. The introduction of enthusiastic new bakers with a willingness to learn has also had a dramatic effect on existing bakery teams. Says Hudson: “The arrival of Chris Noble created a level of competitiveness that wasn’t there before, so everyone has raised their game.”In today’s baking industry, this is a breath of fresh air for managers, says Hudson. Not only does it provide them with a chance to share their passion, experience and knowledge, but it also helps create a stronger, multi-skilled workforce, allowing managers the freedom to concentrate on their broader bakery duties. “It has allowed me to take a step back and take an overall look at how my department is working,” he says. “Having spent time on Chris’ training and development programme, I’ve been able to apply those skills to other members of the team. That passion for learning has certainly rubbed off on other people.”With more grocery retailers around the country realising the importance of a visible, interactive bakery and training high on many an industry body’s agenda, a career in bakery may be on the way to regaining the consideration and attention it truly deserves. n—-=== The Sainsbury’s scheme: ===Name: Sainsbury’s Bakery Apprenticeship ProgrammeWhen did it launch? March 2006How many apprentices have enrolled so far? 30Where does training take place? In-store coaching and classroom sessionsWhat qualifications do apprentices achieve? NVQ Level 2How long does a typical apprenticeship last? 15-18 monthsWhat skills does the training teach? Producing a range of quality products; customer service; food safety; health & safetylast_img read more


New York State Health Department Updates Nursing Home Visitation Policy

January 18, 2021

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first_imgAnn / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 ALBANY – New York State health leaders sent out updated guidance for nursing home visitation this week, now allowing them to open to visitors as long as they have been COVID-19 free for 14 days.The New York State Department of Health previously sent a directive stating a nursing home must be COVID free for 28 days before visitors are allowed. The previous guideline was set by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.The new rules will go into effect on Thursday. It requires a visitor to submit a negative COVID test performed in the last seven days. Visitation will be refused by the facility if the individual fails to present a negative test result, exhibits any COVID-19 symptoms, or does not pass screening questions.Visitors must undergo temperature checks, wear face coverings and socially distance during the visit, visitors under the age of 18 are prohibited. The number of visitors to the nursing home must not exceed 10% of the resident census at any time and only two visitors will be allowed per resident at any one time. Nursing Homes accepting visitors will be required to send their visitation plan to NYSDOH and affirmatively attest that they are following the guidance. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Pasture Problems.

January 17, 2021

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first_img Georgia cattle may have to go on strange diets, like pelletized citrus pulp from oranges and grapefruit, to make it through the harsh winter. Photo: Joe Courson The bitter weather this winter concerns Fiveash and other Georgia cattlemen as they scramble to find enough food for their animals to eat this winter. “It’s been the toughest year I’ve ever seen,” he said.The many days of subfreezing temperatures killed a big portion of his pasture — grass he really counted on to feed his cows during the winter. “Even with good conditions,” Fiveash said, “it won’t produce but 50 percent of what it would have before the cold weather killed it back.”Creative Cattle FeedingFiveash, though, has been creative in finding ways to feed his cows. Besides feeding them all the hay he can find, he’s trying something new: pulp from citrus farms in Florida. Leftover peel, seeds — everything but the juice — from oranges and grapefruits are put into pellet form to feed the cows.If warmer weather doesn’t come within the next four to six weeks, Georgia cattlemen will start selling their animals, said Robert Stewart, a cattle expert with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. They’ll have to, he said, because the farmers won’t have enough to feed them.”They are not going to go hungry,” Fiveash said of his cattle.Stewart said last year’s drought cut the state’s hay production by about 25 percent, further complicating the problem. The best thing that could happen to for Fiveash and other cattlemen, he said, is for spring to spring early.center_img From a distance, you’d think the cows in Wesley Fiveash’s Crisp County pasture have plenty of green grass to eat. You’d be wrong. A closer look shows a serious problem that could get worse.”It’s dead,” Fiveash says of the grass. “Nothing there. It’s like eating a paper sack.”last_img read more


Fed unveils strategies for U.S. payments system improvements

December 18, 2020

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first_imgA paper released Monday by the Federal Reserve features the agency’s recommendations for improving the payment system in the United States from the perspective of payment system service providers.“Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System” examines ways to create a “safe, efficient and broadly accessible” system, which the Fed says is vital to the American economy.The Fed previously released a consultation paper on this topic in 2013. The Credit Union National Association filed a comment letter in response to that paper, praising the agency’s approach at looking into ways to improve the payment system.“CUNA appreciates the Fed’s willingness to work with CUNA and listen to the concerns of credit unions in developing its paper on the future of the payments system. I have asked my staff to review it in detail and work with our Payments Subcommittee on follow-up,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “As the next generation of a payments framework is developed, credit unions need the ability to access the latest technology without undue regulatory restrictions or high implementation costs.”According to the Fed, the payment system in this country is at a “critical juncture in its evolution,” with a changing technological landscape that features high-speed data networks, sophisticated mobile devices and increasing real-time information processing. While this is changing the nature of commerce, rapid and evolving threats threaten security of data and the payment system itself. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Split received the first Game of Thrones museum in Croatia

November 18, 2020

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first_imgGalic explained that the museum exhibit was collected in three ways. “One part of the line-up came from the reserves in America, and the other part was made by Croatian fans. Also, fans from all over the world sent us interesting items related to the seriesHe said. Entrance to the museum is paid 80 kuna, and the price includes a tour which will be taken care of by two narrators (guides). Also, visitors will receive a brochure as a gift that contains information about the exhibition and a map of the museum and a postcard. The museum has five themed rooms, each dedicated to one city in which the series was filmed or a character from the series. The first two rooms are dedicated to Split (the city of Meereen in the series) and Dubrovnik (Kraljev Grudobran in the series). It spreads over 300 square meters, and the tour lasts between 20 to 30 minutes. Also, the exhibition is interactive, and visitors are allowed to take photos at eight photo locations located in the museum so they can take a souvenir with them. Klis, Žrnovnica, Kaštela and Šibenik were also locations where numerous scenes of this planetarily popular series were filmed, and after the broadcast they became an even more desirable destination for tourists from all over the world. In addition to the local population, the museum attracts the attention of foreign tourists, but also fans of this popular series around the world. “We have inquiries from all over the world every day, and the story has been reported by all major world media”, He concluded. “The idea was to revive the fascinating world of dark times, to show the deep darkness of fantasy, to delight fans of the most famous planetary series, to fascinate even those who have not watched it. And of course, to give Split a new offer, added value that is already recognized in the tourism segment”, Said Galic.center_img As an additional offer, across the museum there is a shop with the official products of the Game of Thrones, and visitors who buy a souvenir as a gift get their photo on the famous Iron Throne. Source / photo: Game of Thrones Fan Club Croatia; Croatian tourist agency In the center of Split in Bosanska Street, the Game of Thrones Museum was opened, the first of its kind in Croatia. For a full six months, a story was created to make a faithful copy of the scenes, symbols and characters of the saga, and as many as forty participants worked on the exhibition. For all fans in the museum, dragons are on display, the main characters like Kit Harrington, Maisie Williams and Peter Dinklage in real size, their costumes and replicas of cities and other symbols and details that every fan of the series will look forward to. When creating the museum, visitors are provided with a realistic experience, so the walls of the museum are black, the scent of cedar, jasmine and lavender and woody notes of essential oil spreads through the space, and there is a favorite character Hodor who “holds the door”. The real attraction is the dragon’s head, open jaws, which protrudes from the wall. “I thought that something like this was lacking in the city’s offer, and through working with Game of Thrones fan shops in Dubrovnik and Split, I realized that there was a great interest in the museum.”, Said Luka Galic, the founder of this attraction.last_img read more


Strong pandemic response, corruption eradication needed to attract investment: Experts

October 19, 2020

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first_imgTo attract investment in the post-COVID-19 period, Indonesia needs to step up its handling of the pandemic to ensure the economy can be reopened safely and quickly and also strengthen its corruption eradication efforts, experts have said.John Gardner, a former general counsel at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), said Tuesday that how countries responded to the pandemic would be a consideration in investment decisions as the pandemic was changing how supply chains operated. “I believe that how countries are responding to this pandemic will clearly be a part of future investment decisions,” he said in a virtual discussion.“International investors want strong and effective responses to avoid production shutdowns, such as we saw in other countries in the region earlier this year,” he added.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration is pushing forward with the relaxation of pandemic restrictions to prevent bringing the economy to a complete standstill, despite rising numbers of COVID-19 infections.According to official records, more than 116,700 people had caught the coronavirus as of Wednesday afternoon with around 73,800 recoveries and 5,452 deaths. The number of confirmed cases has increased by more than 1,000 per day since June after the government began it moves to reopen the economy. Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) data show that foreign direct investment (FDI) realization fell 6.9 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter to Rp 97.6 trillion (US$6.7 billion) as the pandemic hit the global economy. The figure reflects a continued downward trend for a second consecutive quarter.Fadhil Hasan, a senior economist at the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef), said Tuesday the government needed to address corruption, inefficient government bureaucracy and improve access to financing to attract investment as the three issues were the most-concerning factors hindering investment.“[Corruption] is the most concerning issue that we face in attracting investment, especially foreign direct investment,” said Fadhil. “So this is one of the areas that the Indonesian government has to tackle with respect to attracting foreign investment.”Indonesia managed to improve its score in the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) to 40 out of 100 last year, an increase of two points from 2018. The improvement put Indonesia in the 85th place out of 100 countries, climbing up from 89th place the previous year.Fadhil added that the government should resolve the “different perceptions and interests among stakeholders” with regards to the omnibus bill on job creation, which is expected to improve Indonesia’s regulatory framework and attract investment in the post-COVID-19 era.The government and the House of Representatives are deliberating the omnibus bill on job creation to revise 79 existing laws and more than 1,200 articles considered to hamper investment.The government initially expected the House to complete the deliberations of the bill this month but the House’s Legislative Body (Baleg) expects it to take longer as lawmakers have not resolved half of the bill’s inventory problem list (DIM).Meanwhile, the government is planning to develop an industrial park in Subang, West Java, in an effort to lure more investment into the country, said Muhammad Khayam, the director general of chemical, pharmaceutical and textile industries at the Industry Ministry during the discussion.The BKPM recently announced investment commitments from seven companies relocating from China, one of which began construction in Subang in July.According to the national mid-term development plan (RPJMN) for the 2020-2024 period, the government plans to develop 27 industrial parks, some of which have begun the construction phase.Only two industrial parks are located in Java as the government seeks to place businesses closer to resources and raw materials and reduce regional disparities in development, according to Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita.The ministry also made efforts to prevent businesses from shutting down production completely during the pandemic by issuing operational permits that exempt them from the restrictions imposed by several regional administrations.“We have issued these policies since the very beginning and we believe they have helped to prevent further declines in the economy,” Agus said in the discussion.Topics :last_img read more