By Meredith WadmanMay. 24, 2019 , 11:20 AM A new study finds that, in general, former National Football League pros die earlier than their baseball-playing peers. Former football pros die at a faster rate than baseball veterans—and the reasons are surprising The men competing in the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB) are some of the most elite athletes in the world. But their death rates differ markedly, a new study of thousands of former pro athletes has found. Former pro football players had a higher overall death rate than baseball veterans and were felled by cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative illnesses at strikingly higher rates than their MLB peers. On average, the football players died 7 years earlier than MLB players, the research found.The study “is a big step forward,” says Andrew Lincoln, an epidemiologist and director of the MedStar Sports Medicine Research Center in Baltimore, Maryland, who was not involved in the work. “They really did an outstanding job” doing something new, he says: comparing two groups of elite athletes, instead of comparing NFL pros with the general male population, as most previous studies have done. 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Yet, studies dating as far back as 1994 have shown that, compared with the U.S. male population at large, former NFL players have lower death rates when all causes are considered, and from cardiovascular disease in particular.Epidemiologists, however, have said those findings likely reflected a well-documented phenomenon called the “healthy worker effect.” Because most NFL players are thought to be so physically fit, any deleterious effects of their sport have been masked in studies comparing them with the general male population. A more appropriate comparison group, many contended, would be other professional athletes.So a group led by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston compared the death rates of 3419 former NFL players with those of 2708 former MLB players, for whom data were readily and extensively available for the period spanning 1979 to 2013. The results, published today JAMA Network Open, are sobering for NFL alumni.The death rate from heart disease was 2.4 times higher for NFL players than that of former MLB players; for brain disease, it was three times as high. All of the men tracked for the study played at least five seasons in NFL or MLB between 1959 and 1988. Their causes of death in the period of 1979 to 2013 were gleaned from preexisting databases and, in some cases, state agency death certificates.The 517 former NFL players who died during that 35-year period did so at an average age of 59.6 years; the baseball players at 66.7 years. By far the largest cause of death for the football players was heart disease: It was listed as a cause of death for 498 of the 517 NFL players surveyed. By contrast, brain disease contributed to just 39 of those deaths. Among the former MLB players, there were 431 deaths, with heart disease listed as a cause in 225 of them and neurodegenerative disease in 16.Heart disease is “the elephant in the room” for former NFL players, says the study’s senior author Marc Weisskopf, a Harvard University neurobiologist and epidemiologist. The study, he says “suggests that there is something about the football experience that increases the risk of cardiovascular mortality. We don’t want to lose sight of that in all the buzz and press around the neurological problems.” (The researchers also looked at death rates from cancer and suicide; there were no significant differences between the two groups.)Previous studies comparing NFL players with the general U.S. male population have found lower heart disease mortality overall among NFL players. But a 2018 examination of data from 9778 former NFL players indicated that, when players are compared with each other, those who played positions that require strength—offensive and defensive linemen—died of heart disease at significantly higher rates than players in more speed-dependent positions such as cornerbacks and receivers. Those with very high body mass indexes (BMIs) when they were active players also had higher heart disease death rates than their thinner peers.The new study didn’t dissect NFL and MLB data according to a player’s position in the sport or their BMI. Nor, say its authors, did they have information on other potential confounders such as genetics, family history, and environmental risk factors.A commentary accompanying the paper contends that NFL football is “a safer sport now” than when those tracked in the study played, in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The authors, from the department of exercise and sports science at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, also argue that the paper, although showing a correlation between the two, does not prove that playing football caused the higher death rates in the former NFL players. Weisskopf and his co-authors acknowledge this as well. They write that there may have been differences that aren’t obvious and don’t have to do with the sports between the men who played in each professional league—differences that could have caused or contributed to the higher death rate in the former NFL players.But Jesse Mez, a behavioral neurologist at the Boston University School of Medicine, contends that “the goal of measuring correlation is ultimately to get at cause—and this study does start to get at cause.” The next step, he says, should be following a large group of professional football players over time. “That way we can start to get at some of these details [probing] ‘What is it about football that is leading to increased risk of death?’”Untangling cause and effect, Mez adds, will be no simple task. For instance, the former players’ high cardiovascular mortality “might not be specific to playing football.” Perhaps men who are big, and therefore likely to excel at football, have underlying, independent reasons for being at risk of cardiovascular death. Perhaps, in other words, it’s their size and not their football playing that has put them at risk. AP Photo/Morry Gash
Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar backed skipper MS Dhoni to play a key role in India’s campaign at the World Cup starting Saturday in Australia and New Zealand.In an exclusive interview to Headlines Today on Friday, Tendulkar said “Yes, I think MS Dhoni is the guy because he has the experience of competing at this level for close to 10 years and he is calm and composed. You know, even on the biggest of the stages he is calm and composed and that is what you expect from a leader.””A leader should not panic, a quality which he has, and you know it’s equally important for a captain to be in a good form also to take his team forward, only one individual cannot make you win the trophy. You need the support of the entire team,” said the legendary batsman.Tendulkar also feels Virat Kohli will be one of the player to watch out for in the mega event.”I think Virat Kohli is brilliant, his biggest strength is that he analyses the situation very well and also analyzes the conditions, the pitch, the surface that he is going to bat on. He picks that very quickly, and then he is sure about when he’s going to collect his runs and how he’s going to collect his runs,” he said.
India failed to defend their title in the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup junior hockey tournament on Sunday going down 3-4 via penalty shoot-out in the final at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium here.England’s Luke Taylor’s penalty corner conversion in the fifth minute was negated by a Harmanpreet Singh’s drag-flick in the 12th minute. Gurjant Singh’s field goal in the 42nd minute was followed up with a goal from Jack Turner — both teams were tied 2-2 in regular time.The resultant penalty shoot-out saw Britain prevailing 4-3.Britain, who earlier defeated two-time defending champions India 4-3 in the league match, began on a confident note, drawing the first blood in the fifth minute through a penalty corner goal by Taylor.The Britain team seemed to be in control of their game until India were rewarded with a penalty corner in the 12th minute, which was beautifully converted by Harmanpreet to bring India at par.The next 23 minutes in the first half saw a lot of attacks and counter-attacks but neither of the teams could capitalise on their form to find the back of the net.The second half began with India pressing hard to take the lead and they were soon rewarded in the 42nd minute with Gurjant pulling off an absolute stunner, giving India the much needed lead in the game.Britain however struck back four minutes later through Turner to settle the score at 2-2. The next 24 minutes saw numerous attempts to score from both the teams, but the efficient goal keepers and strong defence units ensured the match entered the penalty shoot-out.advertisement”Its hard to miss out on the title from somewhere as close as this, but its a game and this defeat today will only help us learn from our mistakes for the future. I am completely satisfied with the boys performance and I couldnt have asked for more from them,” India chief coach Harendra Singh said in a release.”Penalty shoot-outs are always unpredictable and its unfortunate that we could not finish it on a winning note. I would like to congratulate Britain on being crowned the new champions.”
The athletes’ village at the Rio Olympics were welcomed with a record number of condoms and air-conditioners in every bedroom. (Rio scrambles to be ready as athletes, soldiers arrive)The apartment towers, built for the Games, can house as many as 11,000 athletes and 6,000 coaches. However, the accommodations are not very fancy.In fact, Australia’s Olympic team, complaining about uninhabitable rooms in the Olympic Village, refused to check in. Kitty Chiller, the head of the country’s delegation, complained of “blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring.”Meanwhile, tens of thousands of armed troops fanned out across Rio de Janeiro and local organizers faced a rebellion by Australia about unfinished living accommodations as athletes began to move in Sunday for the first Olympics ever in South America.In the final stretch before the Games start August 5, more than 60,000 troops took positions across the city, part of an overall contingent of more than 85,000 soldiers, police and other security forces that will be deployed for the event at a time of heightened fears after recent massacres in Germany, France and the United States. (Australians stay away from Rio village citing blocked toilets)Meanwhile, authorities rerouted traffic in Barra de Tijuca, site of many game venues and the Olympic Village, which will house more than 11,000 athletes, coaches and staff. (Also Read: IOC will not hand complete ban on Russia)
Former Test cricketers Shane Warne, Michael Slater and Kevin Pietersen have been fined $300 for failing to wear seatbelts by Tasmanian police who spotted the offense in a video on Warne’s Facebook page.The four-minute video showed Warne, his former Australia teammate Slater and England’s Pietersen traveling in a van with former Australia captain Mark Taylor and Ian Healy. The group form the cricket commentary team for Australia’s Channel Nine.After being filmed for a couple of minutes, the men realized their mistake and put on seatbelts. But sharp-eyed visitors to Warne’s page commented on their infringement and alerted police who investigated.In a statement police said infringements were issued “after police reviewed a video posted on one of the men’s Facebook page.”
Praising Jadhav for the two gems he has played in thePraising Jadhav for the two gems he has played in the ODI series, Prasad said he had seen him enjoy playing the finishers role.”Kedar Jadhav is a little dynamite. I saw him play a Ranji game at Lahli, Andhra vs Maharashtra (2014-15 Quarters). It was a seaming track and they were some for 40-6 and this guy scored some 80-odd and won the game for Maharashtra.”Somehow, like Virat (Kohli), he enjoys chasing and enjoys finisher?s role. During one of the recent India A tours to Australia he played that role. Even in Zimbabwe he did well and Im happy for him.”Parvez Rasool has replaced Ashwin in the T20 team and Prasad hailed the J and K player and compared him with Jayant Yadav, who played a significant role in the Test series win over England.”Rasool has been superb in the shorter form of the game as you can see from his stats. He is actually a good all-rounder just like Jayant Yadav.” PTI SSR NRB BAS
Conor McGregor has made an agreement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the negotiation to made the “Billion Dollar Fight” a reality.McGregor has confirmed in a statement issued to TheMacLife.com, that his part of the deal has been struck.”It is an honour to sign this record breaking deal alongside my partners Zuffa LLC, The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Paradigm Sports Management,” McGregor said.”The first and most important part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on. Congratulations to all parties involved. We now await Al Haymon and his boxer’s signature in the coming days,” he added.Talking on this, UFC president Dana White said, “I was hoping to tie up a deal with McGregor before advancing negotiations with Mayweather. With McGregor’s deal now officially in place, the focus now rests on Mayweather and his adviser Al Haymon to conclude the final part of what is expected to be one of the most lucrative events in sporting history.”From last some months, the rumours of a match between McGregor and Mayweather have gained the attention in both the mixed martial arts and boxing worlds.Last November, the rumour intensified when McGregor won his second UFC title, the fight which marked the Irishman’s status as the biggest star in mixed martial arts and a global cultural icon.In recent months, both McGregor and Mayweather have openly courted the match-up in the media.McGregor’s last four fights have successively broken the one million pay per view benchmark including UFC 202 which recognised a new UFC record.advertisementMcGregor and the UFC’s signed contract mean that one half of talks to make the historic fight a reality are now complete.Mayweather called for the Irishman to do his part, sayings ‘if he really wants to fight, sign the contract’, in comments made to the London reporters in back in the month of March.After McGregor, the eyes of the combat sports world are now fixed on Team Mayweather.
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India has launched three 2018 editions of its motorcycles – Livo, Dream Yuga and CB Shine SP. Unveiled last month at the Auto Expo 2018, the new editions offer upgraded styling and updated technology.The new 2018 edition CB Shine SP gets new style with an aggressive tank shroud, new graphics for a sportier look, new instrumentation cluster with Service Due Indicator & clock and a new low maintenance seal chain.The 2018 edition of CB Shine SP is available in 5 colours – Pearl Siren Blue, Geny Grey Metallic, Black, Athletic Blue Metallic, Imperial Red Metallic in three variants – Drum, Disc, CBS and is priced starting Rs 62,032 (Ex-showroom, Delhi).Honda has launched the Livo in its new avatar. The 2018 edition of Livo gets more style updates with new stripes. The Livo also gets a new analogue-digital meter console with added Service Due Indicator, clock and low maintenance seal chain.The 2018 edition of Livo is available in 5 colours – Black, Athletic Blue Metallic, Sunset Brown Metallic, Matte Axis Grey Metallic, Imperial Red Metallic and 2 variants – Drum, Disc and is priced attractively starting Rs 56,230 (Ex-showroom, Delhi).The 2018 edition of Dream Yuga Honda’s 110cc commuter motorcycle now gets refreshed graphics, an updated meter design and body coloured rear view mirrors.Honda has added the new HET tyre (Low Rolling resistance tyre) for improved overall efficiency and the new low-maintenance seal chain.The 2018 Dream Yuga gets a new colour – Black with Sunset Brown Metallic in addition to the existing five colour options – Black with Red, Black with Lemon Ice Yellow, Black with Radiant Red Metallic, Sports Red with Black, Black with Heavy Grey Metallic and is affordably priced at Rs 52,741 (Ex-showroom, Delhi).advertisementThe new 2018 editions of all 3 motorcycles get Honda Eco Technology and HET tyre) and features (seal chain) which add value to the riders’ overall experience.HET tyre (Low Rolling Resistance Tyre) is developed by Honda with patent received in 3 countries including Japan and applied in India. The HET Tyre is built with a new compound that reduces rolling resistance by 15-20 per cent while maintaining optimum grip performance. This results in improved fuel efficiency and is environment-friendly too, as it reduces the carbon footprint.The new Low-Maintenance Seal Chain has Seals (O-ring) which maintain lubrication in the chain drive for a longer time. The Seal chain is more durable and has better life compared to a conventional chain; resulting in lower maintenance cost.
Photo Attribution: USATSII read this AP story this morning about whether or not a bye week before the TCU game was a good thing for OSU. I thought the headline was kind of silly but the quotes were somewhat interesting.To wit…here’s what Gundy said:“There are so many bye weeks now, I don’t know what to do any more. Do you keep them here, do you practice over the weekend, do you let them go? We used to have one bye week, now we got three. I’ve never been a big fan of it. I guess we watch ourselves, evaluate how we play in this next game. We have a plan of what we think is best, but we’re running into so many bye weeks now, I don’t think anybody knows what’s best.”“When you play bad, you think about why it happened,” he said. ”So, can you blame it on the bye week? I don’t know. You certainly document what happens to you during your season and you go back and look, and if there’s some consistencies, then there should be some changes. But there needs to be more reference points before we make a change.”Based on the quotes I wanted to see how OSU fares under Gundy coming off bye weeks, especially against what it was expected to do (aka: the point spread).Here is OSU’s historical record when coming off bye weeks in the Gundy Era complete with quotes and some familiar names…2005Loss to Colorado at home, 34-0 — After the game Gundy said “We are not very good at what we are doing on offense, but in the long run we feel like it is going to give us the best chance to win games in the future. We just have to get better at it.” OSU had 208 offensive yards that game. 208!Win vs. Texas Tech at home, 24-17 — Not a game the Pokes should have won. They’d lost five in a row coming in. Mike Leach: “They hit harder than we did. They ran faster than we did. They wanted to win the game more than we did.”2006Loss at Kansas State, 31-27 — Josh Freeman was 10-15 for 177 yards and zero TDs and somehow it was enough. Vance Bedford said “I have to put that on myself. I have to do a lot better job of getting guys ready to get the job done.” I think he probably said this a lot.2007Loss to Texas at home, 38-35 — I can’t even look at this game. OSU was up 35-14 going into the fourth quarter.2008Win vs. Troy at home, 55-24 — Dez had six for 118 and three TDs. That’s all you need to know.Loss to OU at home, 61-41 — The Bradford Helicopter game. Jermaine Gresham had nine for 158 and two TDs. I was at this game — OSU trailed 44-41 late in the fourth before OU pulled away. I thought the spell would be broken that night.2009Win at A&M, 36-31 — Gundy went for it on 4th and 1 this game and said this after the game: “That’s a running play we work a lot, we’ve run it 500 times the last two years. We just wanted to control our own destiny.” Also, Ryan Tannehill had a two-point conversion as the placeholder for A&M. Weird.2010Win vs. A&M at home, 38-35 — Jerrod Johnson had five TDs and four picks. Dan Bailey: “It was a roller coaster for sure. I thought maybe they were going to get a game-winning attempt. But our defense stepped up and made a big play and we got a chance to win it.”2011Win vs. Kansas at home, 70-28 — Gundy, perfectly: “It was pretty efficient. Some days, things just work, you know? You hit a golf ball and it hits a tree limb and bounces back in the fairway.”Win vs. OU at home, 44-10 — The greatest win in school history.2012Loss vs. Texas at home, 41-36 — The fumble-gate game (the first of apparently many for Texas). Mack Brown after the game: “We needed to go on the road, we needed to win against a team that had beaten us twice in a row, we needed to win against a team that had won more games than anybody in the Big 12 the last two years and we needed to win at a place where they hadn’t lost for the last two years.”Win at Kansas, 20-14 — One of the worst games I’ve had to sit through in the Gundy Era. It was the dawn of the carbon fiber helmets, though, which was nice.2013Loss at WVU, 30-21 — I think this is the only game on the list OSU was favored to win but didn’t.All in all a pretty mixed bag. It’s a small sample size but OSU has won one game it shouldn’t have (Tech at home in 2005), lost one game it shouldn’t (WVU this year) and everything else has pretty much gone according to form (or the point spread).OSU is a 6.5-point favorite this week. If Gundy’s coaching history is any indication, they should take care of business.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Topics West Bromwich Albion’s eight-match winless run, in all competitions, stretches back to August and one expects for it to continue against Manchester City. Pep Guardiola made nine changes in midweek, against Wolves, and will want his key men to return to the West Midlands in relentless fashion. Tony Pulis’s only hope could be parking the bus but, without Craig Dawson and possibly Jonny Evans, that is likely to be a serious challenge. Graham SearlesKick-off Saturday 3pm Venue The HawthornsLast season West Bromwich Albion 0 Manchester City 4Referee Mike JonesThis season G3, Y11, R0, 3.66 cards per gameOdds H 12-1 A 1-3 D 6-1West Bromwich AlbionSubs from Myhill, McManaman, Yacob, Field, McAuley, McClean, Brunt, Phillips, Burke, Robson-KanuDoubtful Barry (back), Burke (hamstring), Evans (groin), Robson-Kanu (match fitness)Injured Dawson (knee, Dec), Morrison (achilles, unknown)Suspended NoneForm LDLDDLDiscipline Y17 R1Leading scorers Chadli, Evans, Hegazi, Morrison, Robson-Kanu, Rodriguez, Rondón 1Manchester CitySubs from Bravo, Mangala, Touré, Adarabioyo, Díaz, Gündogan, B Silva, Jesus, DaniloDoubtful NoneInjured Mendy (knee, Apr), Kompany (calf, unknown)Suspended NoneForm WWWWWWDiscipline Y16 R2Leading scorer Agüero 7 Share on Messenger news Premier League Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Match previews Share on Facebook Share on Twitter West Bromwich Albion Manchester City Share on LinkedIn Share via Email
DONE DEAL: Leicester winger Diabate completes Sivasspor switchby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City winger Fousseni Diabata has signed with Sivasspor on loan for the remainder of the season.The 23-year-old has appeared 19 times for the Foxes in all competitions.However, he has been limited to just four outings this season and wanted to move in order to secure more playing time.Diabate joined the Foxes from Ajaccio last January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
The province is awarding nine grants, totaling $349,650 under the Recreation Facility Development Program, to help improve and upgrade recreation facilities in the Cape Breton region. “Supporting organizations and recreation facilities encourages Nova Scotians to lead healthier, more physically active lives and is another way that government provides better health care for families,” said Department of Health and Wellness ministerial assistant Gary Ramey. “We are providing $2.47-million for more than 70 projects across the province that will help families have fun, while getting fit.” Under the Recreation Facility Development Program, the grants will be used to renovate facilities, develop and maintain walking trails, and build and upgrade various fields and buildings used for sport and recreation. The program helps community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.
Just when the draft New Education Policy (NEP) came open for analyses and commentaries, there surfaces a refreshing piece of news from Uttar Pradesh. A 12-year-old child prodigy from the state has written 135 books on subjects like religion and biographies of well-known personalities—including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath! This child is Mrigendra Raj who started writing books at the age of six and his first accomplishment was a compilation of poems. Mrigendra already has four world records to his credit and writes under the pseudonym ‘Aaj Ka Abhimanyu’. He informs that he has written books after analysing 51 characters of the Ramayana. His books run about 25 to 100 pages. Twelve-year-old Mrigendra Raj’s accomplishment has even earned him an offer from the World University of Records in London for a doctorate. It is very pertinent to mention here that his mother is a private school teacher in Sultanpur. She says that her son developed a keen interest in writing upon her encouragement. Mrigendra’s father is an employee in the state’s Sugar Industry and Cane Development Department. The child prodigy wishes to become a writer when he grows up and write maximum number of books on various subjects and genres. Also Read – A compounding difficultyThis story is interestingly a very timely entry as intellectuals, analysts, and thinkers engage in understanding the draft NEP for the novel changes it intends to introduce. Among the components that the draft policy enlists, a boost to research and innovation appear to be a massive move— with an annual grant of Rs. 20,000 crore for research is recommended and to be increased with time; professional education to be part of higher education. The draft policy is said to have laid strong emphasis on catalysing and energising research and innovation in all academic disciplines with particular focus on State universities and colleges. On a more elementary level, the draft NEP talks of foundational literacy and age-appropriate pedagogical practices. This means more than revamping the current educational structure; it refers to promoting large-scale teacher education and professional development reforms. Remedial education is an important aspect that the draft covers. The draft NEP is largely a promising proposition given the state of affairs education is in today. There is a stark disconnect between quality and purpose of education and the failure of the education system on two crucial fronts: the market value of the education received with respect to procuring reasonable jobs, and economic dividends from the existing education system. Addressing this issue has to be the first step in upgrading the system. And the beginning of this has to be conditioned by a healthy social environment conducive to learning. Education at different levels must be dealt with separately and specifically for their unique requirements. What is of utmost importance is to encourage an environment of learning.
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – A New Brunswick man who sexually assaulted an underage girl is now suing her family and friends for brutally beating him.The man’s lawyer, David Lutz, says it was not up to the girl’s family or other vigilantes to punish the man — that’s the job of the courts.“He ran afoul of the law by being involved sexually with this young woman, and the court punished him. And it was not for other people, be it her family or unknown vigilantes,” Lutz said.In a statement of claim filed with the Court of Queen’s Bench, the man is seeking compensation for numerous injuries including a broken nose, concussion, two black eyes and cuts to his ear and finger in a September 2015 attack.The lawsuit doesn’t give details of the criminal case, but a New Brunswick newspaper reported that the man pleaded guilty to summary sexual assault and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which he could serve on weekends.The Telegraph-Journal says the girl’s mother and three men were all sentenced for their roles in the attack on the man.There is a publication ban on the names of all of the individuals involved in the case.The statement of claim says the man was lured to a home where he was greeted with a punch to the face with a closed fist.It says when he tried to retreat, two more men joined in the attack and a knife was held to his throat and he was told that his jugular would be cut if he tried to move.The document says he did try to escape and was cut on the index finger before the three men “caught him and dragged him into a detached garage, wherein they confined and attacked (the man) for 30 to 45 minutes.”The statement of claim says one man brandished a propane torch and threatened to burn off one of the victim’s body parts, and later repeatedly struck the victim in the head with the propane tank.It says a car the man had borrowed from his mother was repeatedly struck with an axe and a sledgehammer, causing significant damage.“When the defendants finished their attacks on (the man) and allowed him to leave, they told (him) that they would kill him if he ever returned,” the statement reads.They took his wallet, and removed $500 cash, the lawsuit says.It says the attack left him with “hemorrhaging inside his eyeballs” and severe recurring headaches. He suffers anxiety, memory loss and fear of being in public, it says.He has lost education and job opportunities, and his mother took two months off from work from her own psychological harm because of the attack, it says.One attacker pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm, uttering threats, and mischief over $5,000. He was sentenced to one year in jail.Two other men were found guilty of assault causing bodily harm and forcible confinement. They were sentenced to three months in jail and 18 months probation.The mother was found guilty of assault causing bodily harm and mischief over $5,000. She was sentenced to three months in jail and 18 months supervised probation.Lutz said people should not take the law into their own hands.“He is not necessarily suing the family members as family members of the young woman he was involved with. He is suing the people who beat him and confined him. If they happen to be the family members, so be it,” Lutz said.“He is like any other person who is assaulted in our country. The assault is not between him and the people who assaulted him. What they did to him is a breach of her majesty’s peace.”The victim of the attack and his mother — the car’s owner — are suing for damages.The lawyer for the defendants has filed a notice of intent to defend, but had not yet filed a statement of defence.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) announced today that it has selected soulful Scottish songstress Emeli Sandé to perform at this year’s Academy Awards Viewing Party to be held on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at West Hollywood Park.This annual gala, sponsored by Chopard, Neuro Drinks and Wells Fargo, is the largest fund-raising event in Hollywood on Oscar night and has raised more than $34 million to support the Foundation’s mission to empower people infected, affected and at risk of HIV/AIDS.“Emeli Sandé’s album, ‘Our Version of Events,’ is a true work of art and a favorite of mine,” said Founder Sir Elton John. “When she is on stage, you can feel her passion for music and the heart that goes into her lyrics. I can’t wait to introduce Emeli to my guests and experience her live performance together. I predict that by next year she will be a multi-Grammy Award winner.”Sandé leads the 2013 BRIT Award nominations with four nods, including Best Female Solo Artist, Album of the Year and two for Best Single. Her breakthrough multi-platinum album, “Our Version of Events,” was the top-selling album in the U.K. last year, winning over critics, fans, and fellow artists worldwide. Sandé has also enjoyed international success, selling 2.5 million copies and achieving Gold and Platinum status in France, Italy, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Switzerland.“I’m absolutely delighted to have the chance to work with Sir Elton again and to help support the amazing work he continues to do with his Foundation,” said Emeli Sandé. “I was lucky enough to perform at his Winter Ball recently and I’m sure this will be as memorable a night. I look forward to helping the Foundation raise funds and awareness for those touched by HIV/AIDS.”In addition to Sandé’s performance, guests can look forward to an evening of fun that includes a dinner prepared by internationally renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay and a lively auction performed by Sotheby’s own Jamie Nivens. The event will play host to a myriad of Hollywood top names, many of whom are committed supporters of the Foundation’s work to provide services, including direct treatment and care for people living with HIV/AIDS in marginalized communities.Among the individuals who will attend the celebration are the 2013 Event Chairs, including Bill and Tani Austin, Johnny and Edwina Barbis, Joseph Blount, Chris Colfer, Miley Cyrus, John Demsey, Alec Gores, Tim Hanlon and Anthony Klatt, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, Diana Jenkins, Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones, Heidi Klum, Ryan Kwanten, Fred Latsko, Sandra Lee, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joe McMillan, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Pablo and Nathalie Salame, Caroline Scheufele, Sharon Stone, Steve Tisch, Edward Walson and John Waters.Audi, Grey Goose and MAC Viva Glam are the evening’s Co-Sponsors. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for its continued collaboration with EJAF. American Airlines is EJAF’s official sponsoring airline.
Author Neil Gaiman will give the Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture at the Royal Geographical Society in London in 2015.The Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture has been held every year since 2003 in memory of Save the Rhino’s founder patron Douglas Adams, to raise money for Save the Rhino and the Environmental Investigation Agency.Neil Gaiman is the bestselling author of books, short stories and graphic novels for adults and children. The recipient of many awards, some of his most notable works include The Sandman comic series, two episodes of Doctor Who, as well as the novels The Graveyard Book (the first book ever to win both the Newbery and Carnegie medals) and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the UK’s National Book Award 2013 Book of the Year. He worked with Douglas Adams when he wrote Don’t Panic: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion (1987).The event takes place on March 3, 2015. More info can be found here.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina says that consumer prices rose 47.6 per cent in 2018, the highest rate since 1991.The annual inflation rate published by the official statistics agency Tuesday is also one of the world’s highest.President Mauricio Macri has struggled to tame that inflation and Argentina’s peso currency also lost about half of its value last year.The economic turmoil led the government last year to seek a $56 billion bailout with the International Monetary Fund.Consumer prices rose 2.6 per cent in December over the previous month.Top price increases for December were in communication, which rose 7.7 per cent and health, up 5.2 per cent. Increases in utility rates that are part of a series of austerity measures also fueled inflation.The Associated Press
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market looked set to advance Tuesday with markets firmly focused on the new chair of the Federal Reserve and her appearance before the U.S. Congress’ Financial Services Committee.It is Janet Yellen’s debut testimony before the House committee after taking over the reins of the Fed earlier this month and traders are looking for her views on the economy, inflation and the gradual pullback of the Fed’s key bond-buying program.The Canadian dollar was up 0.04 of a cent to 90.5 cents US ahead of Yellen’s testimony, which is slated for 10 a.m. EST.New York futures also advanced as the Dow Jones industrial futures ran up 56 points to 15,795, the Nasdaq futures were ahead 12.8 points to 3,590.3 while the S&P 500 futures gained six points to 1,800.5.Yellen’s remarks have been highly anticipated, particularly coming after developments last week that saw rising concerns about employment after January job creation fell well short of expectations and fresh worries about emerging markets.Markets will also seek reassurance that Yellen won’t deviate from the message that her predecessor Ben Bernanke sent Congress last year: that the economy’s outlook is bright enough to withstand a slight pullback in their stimulus. At the same time, rates should stay low to fuel a still-subpar economy.The Fed has moved twice over the last two months to cut its bond buying program by a total of US$20 billion to $65 billion and analysts generally expect the Fed to continue cutting by $10 billion every meeting.Traders are also braced for what could be some further negative news from China after data last week showed the manufacturing sector in the world’s second-biggest economy still expanding but at a slower pace.Meagre trade growth is expected when import and export data is released Wednesday. Inflation data comes out the next day and Barclays Research said it expects inflation to moderate to 2.3% year over year in January from 2.5% in December, thanks in large part to lower food inflation.On the earnings front, Cineplex Inc. (TSX:CGX) had $20.2 million of net income or 32 cents per share, well below estimates of 48 cents. Revenue of $323.2 million also missed estimates.In other corporate developments, Barclays, Britain’s second-biggest bank in terms of assets, is to slash up to 12,000 jobs, about 9% of its workforce. Barclays also set aside more money for bonuses even as the bank’s loss widened to 642 million pounds or US$1.1 billion in the fourth quarter, from 589 million pounds a year earlier.On the commodity markets, March crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange edged up eight cents to US$100.14 a barrel.March copper was down a cent to US$3.22 a pound while April bullion moved ahead $11.40 to US$1,286.10 an ounce.European markets advanced as London’s FTSE 100 index rose 0.8%, Frankfurt’s DAX gained 1.4% while the Paris CAC 40 climbed 0.62%.Earlier in Asia, China’s Shanghai Composite added 0.8% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng jumped 1.8%.