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Will Smith’s upcoming film is stirring up some controversy, and it hasn’t even hit theaters yet. The movie is called Concussion, and it’s reportedly causing the NFL a bit of a headache.The Sony biopic tells the story of Nigerian forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, who discovered a degenerative neurological disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The disease causes depression, dementia, and other behavioral changes in football players after repeated head trauma.Dr. Omalu presented his research to the press and the NFL in 2005 but was not met with open arms by the league. The NFL, instead, attempted to discredit his findings and allegedly blackball him in the science community.  It was an odd tactic, considering that Dr. Omalu specializes in neuropathology.Omalu’s discovery of CTE came after performing the autopsy of former Pittsburgh Steelers player Mike Webster, who publicly appeared to have gone crazy in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Though the NFL opposed Omalu’s work, a string of suicides by former NFL players—all of which were found to have CTE—brought his research to greater prominence and forced the NFL to acknowledge that concussions were an issue. A 2009 GQ profile on Dr. Omalu’s battle with the NFL, titled “Brain Game,” forms the basis for Concussion.  While there is some talk of Oscar buzz for Smith who portrays Dr. Omalu in the film, there’s even more buzz about how big of a problem the movie may cause for the NFL. Recent headlines suggest that the film delivers some serious blows to the league’s reputation, while a New York Times article published on September 1 claims that emails leaked during the big Sony hack reveal that the film may have been “watered down” by Sony executives in order to avoid rattling cages over at the NFL. However, Sony Pictures issued a statement to NBC on September 2, refuting those claims. “As will become immediately clear to anyone actually seeing the movie, nothing with regard to this important story has been ‘softened’ to placate anyone,” a spokesperson said.Dr. Bennet OmaluMeanwhile, the NFL has been doing some preemptive damage control, according to The Hollywood Reporter, welcoming any open dialogue the film may spark and holding a series of conferences and scientific strategy meetings on player safety in the months leading up to Concussion‘s release. “When something like this movie comes up and people want to talk about concussions or football or the future of the sport, that’s an opportunity for us to engage,” Jeff Miller, NFL senior VP of health and safety policy, said to The Hollywood Reporter.Miller even went so far as to say that the league would be happy to partner with Sony to raise awareness for concussion safety in the sport. “The studio hasn’t asked, and if they were to, and it gives us the opportunity to talk about the health and safety of our sport, we would do that, Miller added. That’s a much warmer reception than the NFL gave to Dr. Omalu. Neither Omalu’s name nor his research has been mentioned in any of the NFL’s recent statements. The NFL also effectively limited the reach of a 2013 documentary about Dr. Omalu and the NFL called League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis. The organization allegedly pressured ESPN, initially a partner on the project, to back out of the documentary that was based on a book written by two ESPN reporters.Omalu’s work is important for all professional athletes, but particularly to the predominantly Black NFL and the young Black players who aspire to be in the league—athletes who need to be informed, protected, and treated for the disease that the NFL has tried to discount.Since his discovery of CTE in Mike Webster, Dr. Omalu has examined the brains of at least 16 other former NFL players, who each died by some self-inflicted injury, and found CTE in all of them. He has received the backing of many doctors and scientists outside of the NFL’s roster. Some of those scientists were even hand-picked by the league to conduct their own examinations of the brains and were subsequently ignored by the NFL when their findings supported Dr. Omalu’s.Regardless of whether the NFL acknowledges the validity of Omalu’s research, they certainly won’t be able to dismiss it after it is given such public treatment as a Hollywood movie. With at least 17 cases of CTE diagnosed in NFL players, 5000 ex-players who sued the league for damages resulting from concussions in 2013, and thousands more who are or will be affected by them in the sport, Concussion may be putting a necessary spotlight on the biggest issue facing the NFL. And Will Smith may just be putting on the most important performance of his career to-date. read more


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first_imgDorset Police confirmed the body recovered from the plane has been identified as Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala.Sala and pilot David Ibbotson have been missing since the plane they were flying in lost contact with Air Traffic Control on Monday, January 21.Club Statement (07/02/19): https://t.co/ib8zJfWzvCForever in our thoughts 💙— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) February 7, 2019A Dorset Police statement on Thursday night via Sky: “The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019, has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala.“The families of Mr Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers. Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.English Premier League flops of the week Taimoor Khan – August 25, 2019 The third round of English Premier League football is pretty much over and we need to take a look at players and coaches who…“HM Coroner will continue to investigate the circumstances of this death supported by Dorset Police.“On Monday 21 January 2019, a plane carrying both men was flying from Nantes to Cardiff when it lost contact with Air Traffic Control, north of Guernsey.OFFICIAL: Police have identified a body found on crashed aeroplane as Emiliano Sala. RIP. pic.twitter.com/K5L43bWaEQ— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 7, 2019“Sadly a search and rescue operation was unsuccessful in locating the plane and the two occupants.“Subsequently AAIB and privately funded search teams were deployed to the relevant area. Using specialist equipment, the teams succeeded in locating and identifying the plane and recovering Mr Sala’s body.”last_img read more


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first_img Updated: 9:23 AM December 14, 2017 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSANTEE (KUSI) — The Santee Park & Recreation Committee (SPARC) gathered Thursday to consider recommendations on a smoke-free parks ordinance.SPARC will consider a smoke-free ordinance recommending smoke-free parks and open spaces to the Santee City Council. This could be the first step in creating smoke-free parks in Santee.Santee is the last city in the county to allow smoking in public parks, but local youth and park enthusiasts along with public health advocates have documented the impact of tobacco-related litter and the nuisance associated with tobacco use in all nine Santee Parks.A 2017 survey conducted in Santee indicates overwhelming support for smoke-free outdoor spaces and public parks.91 percent of people surveyed agree smoke-free parks are healthier for everyone6 percent of people surveyed support the current practice of allowing unrestricted smoking throughout Santee parks.Survey respondents agree that secondhand smoke is a nuisance and produces unhealthy air for children playing (91 percent), people eating (86 percent) and exercising such as walking, jogging, bike riding (86 percent).Years of research has provided evidence exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful to health. Smoke-free parks protect the health and quality of life of residents and visitors.Children exposed to secondhand smoke/vape are more likely to suffer from colds, ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia.Secondhand smoke is especially dangerous to children AND adults with asthma or other chronic illness because it makes their condition worse and triggers asthma attacks.Secondhand smoke has been identified as a Toxic Air Contaminant by the California Air ResourceThis puts secondhand smoke in the same category as diesel exhaust, arsenic, and benzene.  Santee Park & Recreation Committee to consider ordinance to make public parks smoke-free , center_img Posted: December 14, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Vape is not simply water vapor. E-cigarettes have at least 10 toxic chemicals known to cause cancer and reproductive harm.Smoke-free parks help guard children and adults from secondhand tobacco exposure and harm.This information was provided by the California Department of Public Health.last_img read more


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first_imgBob Guccione, Jr. is on the press circuit promoting his new travel site, Wonderlust (WonderlustTravel.com), which went live early Tuesday morning.The latest venture for the founder of Spin and Gear magazines, Guccione originally revealed plans for Wonderlust about a year ago, billing it as a disruptor in a stagnant travel media space he described, at the time, as too-often “a generic rehash of conventional opinion and experiences.”Bullish prognostications aside, Wonderlust‘s launch comes with a wealth of features, including a contributed article from Mario Batali, destination guides to Paris, Copenhagen, and Cuba, at least one sponsored post by American Express, and a list of the best private islands to rent for anyone with about $20,000 to burn — aspirational indeed. Guccione claims no desire to disrespect what he calls the “Big Travel Publications,” although his tendency to name-check Condé Nast Traveler and Time Inc.’s Travel + Leisure in interviews provides some insight into his targeted competition in the travel space.“Anytime you have a stagnant medium, there’s a real opportunity for someone to come in and disrupt that with a wider spectrum of journalism and reporting, and it’s definitely an undefended market,” Guccione told The Daily Beast on Monday. “There’s no sentry at the gate.”Reps for both Condé Nast and Time Inc. felt it was better not to comment.last_img read more


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first_imgSheikh Hasina said father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman rehabilitated the mothers and sisters who were raped during the liberation war. Bangladesh observes 25 March as National Genocide Day and is trying to get international recognition for it. He said Adama Dieng described Myanmar’s atrocities on Rohingyas as a genocide and renewed the UN support to Bangladesh on the issue. “The perpetrators of the genocide must be brought to justice,” he said. Prothom Alo English Desk Visiting UN under-secretary general and special adviser on Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng on Sunday said the United Nations will raise the 1971 issue of Pakistani genocide in Bangladesh in the international forum though some countries may oppose it, according to UNB. The UN under-secretary general urged the international community to mount further pressure on Myanmar to bring back its nationals from Bangladesh as it cannot resolve the (Rohingya) problem alone. He made the statement when he met prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office. Adama Dieng mentioned outstanding leadership of three female leaders in the world. They are Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina, German chancellor Angela Markel and New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern. While talking about terrorism and militancy, the PM said a few incidents took place in the country, but the government tackled those with an iron hand. Visiting UN under-secretary general and special adviser on Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng on Sunday said the United Nations will raise the 1971 issue of Pakistani genocide in Bangladesh in the international forum though some countries may oppose it, according to UNB.”Though some countries may oppose it, we’ll raise the issue of Pakistani genocide in Bangladesh during the 1971 liberation war in the international forum,” he said.He made the statement when he met prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.Bangladesh observes 25 March as National Genocide Day and is trying to get international recognition for it.Sheikh Hasina recalled that the Pakistani occupation forces launched the genocide in Bangladesh on 25 March in 1971.”Over three million people were killed, while 200,000 mothers and sisters lost their honour to Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman rehabilitated the mothers and sisters who were raped during the liberation war.The press secretary said the prime minister and the UN under-secretary general also discussed the Rohingya issue.He said Adama Dieng described Myanmar’s atrocities on Rohingyas as a genocide and renewed the UN support to Bangladesh on the issue. “The perpetrators of the genocide must be brought to justice,” he said.The UN under-secretary general urged the international community to mount further pressure on Myanmar to bring back its nationals from Bangladesh as it cannot resolve the (Rohingya) problem alone.Adama Dieng said the UN wants repatriation of the Rohingyas to their homeland of Rakhaine state and there will be peaceful and inclusive society.The UN under-secretary general also praised prime ninister Sheikh Hasina for giving shelter to over one million Rohingyas in Bangladesh.The PM said the Rohingyas outnumbered the local people of Cox’s Bazar. “As a result, the local people are suffering a lot,” she said.Highlighting various steps for the welfare of the Rohingyas, Sheikh Hasina said the government is developing an island for their temporary shelter.She thanked the international community for extending their helping hand on the Rohingya issue.While talking about terrorism and militancy, the PM said a few incidents took place in the country, but the government tackled those with an iron hand.She said the government is exchanging views with a cross-section of people, including teachers, students, public representatives, religious leaders, to create public awareness against the menace of terrorism and militancy.Adama Dieng mentioned outstanding leadership of three female leaders in the world. They are Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina, German chancellor Angela Markel and New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern.The UN under-secretary general highly praised Sheikh Hasina for ensuring women empowerment in the country. “You’re a symbol of women empowerment,” he said.Adama Dieng hoped that Bangladesh will achieve sustainable development goals like MDGs under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina.About the massacre in two mosques in Christchurch of New Zealand, the prime minister said the members Bangladesh National Cricket Team narrowly escaped the carnage.Both the PM and the UN under-secretary general praised the steps taken by the New Zealand PM after the massacre that left 50 people dead and scores of others injured. The UN under-secretary general highly praised Sheikh Hasina for ensuring women empowerment in the country. “You’re a symbol of women empowerment,” he said. The press secretary said the prime minister and the UN under-secretary general also discussed the Rohingya issue. The UN under-secretary general also praised prime ninister Sheikh Hasina for giving shelter to over one million Rohingyas in Bangladesh. About the massacre in two mosques in Christchurch of New Zealand, the prime minister said the members Bangladesh National Cricket Team narrowly escaped the carnage.center_img Adama Dieng said the UN wants repatriation of the Rohingyas to their homeland of Rakhaine state and there will be peaceful and inclusive society. ‘UN to raise 1971 Pakistani genocide to int’l forum’ PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. Adama Dieng hoped that Bangladesh will achieve sustainable development goals like MDGs under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina. Sheikh Hasina recalled that the Pakistani occupation forces launched the genocide in Bangladesh on 25 March in 1971. “Over three million people were killed, while 200,000 mothers and sisters lost their honour to Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators,” she said. She said the government is exchanging views with a cross-section of people, including teachers, students, public representatives, religious leaders, to create public awareness against the menace of terrorism and militancy. She thanked the international community for extending their helping hand on the Rohingya issue. The PM said the Rohingyas outnumbered the local people of Cox’s Bazar. “As a result, the local people are suffering a lot,” she said.Highlighting various steps for the welfare of the Rohingyas, Sheikh Hasina said the government is developing an island for their temporary shelter. “Though some countries may oppose it, we’ll raise the issue of Pakistani genocide in Bangladesh during the 1971 liberation war in the international forum,” he said. Both the PM and the UN under-secretary general praised the steps taken by the New Zealand PM after the massacre that left 50 people dead and scores of others injured.last_img read more