Flame retardants associated with neurobehavioral problems in children
Flame retardants found in furniture, cars, carpet padding, and baby products are supposed to make these products safer. But according to neuropsychologist and epidemiologist Brenda Eskenazi, they may do more harm than good — particularly in children, who are more vulnerable to environmental hazards than adults.Eskenazi, professor of maternal and child health and epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley and director of CERCH — the Center for Environmental Research & Children’s Health — spoke at an Environmental Health Colloquium at Harvard School of Public Health on November 26, 2012. The talk was sponsored by the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH. She discussed the troubling health effects of flame retardants called PBDEs — polybrominated diphenyl ethers. Research by Eskenazi and colleagues suggests links between PBDEs and a host of neurobehavioral problems among children with high exposures to these chemicals — attention problems, behavior issues, lack of fine motor coordination, and impaired cognitive development.Although PBDEs were phased out in 2004, “they will be around for a long time to come because of their half-life, and because you’ve got all of these household objects that will continue to off-gas,” Eskenazi said. PBDEs leach out of furniture and other products and become part of household dust, which can be either inhaled or ingested.
Study to probe what makes us happy and healthy
Multi-year Harvard research collaboration with Aetna will assess well-being across numerous dimensions of health and wholenessWhat does it mean to be well? Not just “not ill,” but really thriving?Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and at Aetna are embarking on a collaborative, multi-year study of well-being intended both to advance scientific understanding of what it means to be truly healthy across numerous dimensions and to translate that knowledge into practice.The principal investigators at Harvard Chan School plan to develop a comprehensive assessment that considers physical health, emotional health, purpose, character strengths, social connectedness, and financial security. Implementing this assessment in a large cohort of participants across a multi-year timeline could, they say, transform the field of well-being research. It will also inform how institutions and companies can best help their employees to thrive.“The vast majority of the existing data on happiness is cross-sectional, with all data collected at one time, making it difficult to draw conclusions about causality,” explained Tyler J. VanderWeele, Ph.D., the John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard Chan School and director of Harvard’s Program on Integrative Knowledge and Human Flourishing.That’s about to change. Through the participation of thousands of Aetna employees and members and the sharing of de-identified data with Harvard, the study is expected over time to generate a unique and valuable trove of longitudinal data.“Within a couple of years it will be one of the most important well-being data resources in the world,” said Eileen McNeely, Ph.D., founder and co-director of the Harvard Chan School’s Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) and instructor in the Department of Environmental Health. “Our collaboration with Aetna will powerfully advance our understanding of, and capacity for, workplace promotion of employee well-being.”The well-being assessment will be closely related to a conceptualization of flourishing put forward in a 2017 paper by Professor VanderWeele in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In that review, VanderWeele pressed the need for further study into the causes, outcomes, and interventions that affect well-being. Such new knowledge, he asserted, would not only improve individuals’ health; it could compound to produce a better functioning society.“We’re excited by the unprecedented opportunities to measure and improve the well-being of those we serve, in line with our mission of building a healthier world,” said Kay Mooney, Vice President of Employee Benefits & Well-being at Aetna. “We’re changing the conversation around health to focus on holistic well-being, and this groundbreaking collaboration with the Harvard Chan School will help accelerate this strategy.”The agreement with Aetna, spearheaded by Harvard’s Office of Technology Development, provides significant support to Harvard Chan School to enable the study, in a field of research where smaller commitments have been more typical.“Until now, relatively little funding has been available for well-being research,” VanderWeele said. “The ambitious and well-funded collaboration with Aetna will propel forward our understanding of the determinants of well-being.” Read Full Story
Zvjezdan Misimović is transferring to ‘’Guizhou Rehne’’
B&H football player Zvjedan Misimović is leaving the Moscow ‘’Dinamo’’ in January and according to Chinese press, he has already agreed to transfer to ‘’Guizhou Rehne’’. Our other football player Zlatan Muslimović is already playing for this team.According to the Chinese ‘’Sport Weekly’’, Misimović, a former player of the German champion ‘’Wolfsburg’’ had already agreed to the terms and signed the contract with the Chinese club. Currently, the press is waiting for the official confirmation of the club.
NBA is playing dress-up
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Business casual? Sounds more like madness formal. How a player dresses when “participating in team or league activities” seems as if it should be up to the player. If he’s not embarrassed to be wearing 20 pounds of chains over a sleeveless jersey, so be it. But the players negotiated away that right in their last contract. Apparently, Allen Iverson & Co. didn’t read the fine print. The league thinking here: The NBA has an image problem (read: “gangsta”) and dressing up the kids will make it go away. Well, it won’t, not as long as a majority continues to sport tattoos of dubious taste and players keep turning up on rap sheets. Hidden jewelry is revealed wisdom? NBA commissioner David Stern seems to think so, if his Big Brother-ish players dress code is any indication. Clothes don’t make the man, or the league . . . Let’s see if we understand this: If NBA players wear sport coats while on the bench, the league will sell more tickets? If they take off sunglasses while indoors, TV ratings will take off, too? Sport coats won’t fix that. The NBA’s dress code seems to be an attempt to disguise many players’ hip-hop cultural preferences. We’re no fans of the genre, but trying to deny/ignore it seems as pointless as Ed Sullivan refusing to televise Elvis Presley’s gyrating pelvis. Didn’t stop rock ‘n’ roll.Baseball’s playoffs always are good for identifying the truly heroic spitters. All those closeups between pitches. And it appears White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is the Old Faithful of the 2005 postseason, both in frequency and in volume.Geoff Blum, veteran infielder from Chino, has made it to the World Series in his first playoffs appearance. He was traded from the Padres to the White Sox in midseason.Former Angels shortstop David Eckstein is still playing. The Angels are not. Draw your own conclusions.Giving Orlando Cabrera a four-year, $32 million deal when they could have kept Eckstein at a fraction of the price isn’t the Angels’ biggest contract disaster. That would be the three more years the rapidly declining Garret Anderson has coming on a four-year, $48 million deal.Bengie Molina is a free agent, a nice catcher and a decent hitter, but the Angels shouldn’t break the bank to keep him. If he’s overweight and injury-prone at 31, how “gordo” and fragile will Beefy Bengie get when he has the security of a three- or four-year deal?Actually, the Angels could be headed in the Dodgers’ direction, this winter: Letting guys go, hoping the prospects come through. Such as Jeff Mathis at catcher, for Molina. Such as Jered Weaver for Jarrod Washburn.Seems like a year ago already, but the Josh Paul/A.J. Pierzynski third-strike episode should hammer home one point with catchers everywhere: Always tag out a batter on a third strike below the knees. Just to be safe.Straight-shooter John Olguin, Barstow native and University of Redlands alumnus, was fired last week by the Dodgers from his job as public relations director. Olguin, apparently a collateral damage victim from the Dodgers’ 71-91 season, will be missed.Now that it’s clear that Jim Tracy demanded a two-year contract extension from the Dodgers . . . does anyone still feel sorry for the club’s ex-manager?Perhaps caught up in the excitement of the moment, some suggested after USC’s 34-31 victory over Notre Dame that it was the greatest college football game ever played. It was very good, but we think the Ohio State-Miami BCS title game in 2003 was better, to name one.The “619” eye-black patches that USC tailback Reggie Bush wears are a tribute to his hometown of San Diego, area code 619.USC and UCLA: Five and four victories, respectively, from an unbeaten showdown Dec. 3 at the Coliseum. Still unlikely, but less so after every fourth-quarter-rally weekend.Former Fohi running back Josh Okoebor is an occasional starter at cornerback for Washington, and has two interceptions including one of UCLA’s Drew Olson. Okoebor missed the 2004 season with a knee injury (after sitting out 2003 at San Bernardino Valley College with a hamstring injury). Okoebor has a balky hammy again, and may not play against No. 1 USC in Seattle on Saturday. Washington senior Chris Singleton, third in San Bernardino County in regular-season rushing in 2000 with 1,774 yards at Etiwanda, is the No. 4 tailback for the Huskies and sees occasional action on special teams.Don’t look for receiver Nate Johns (Redlands East Valley) or linebacker Isaiah Cook (Claremont) on the Oregon State sideline at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. Each is ineligible, according to the Beavers sports information office. Both had been expected to contribute, as redshirt freshmen.Beavers sophomore Alexis Serna, formerly of Fontana A.B. Miller, will be easy to spot at the Rose Bowl. The kicker is 14-for-16 on field goals and 21-for-21 on PATs.We make a point of trying to remain neutral when local preps are playing . . . but we admit to some satisfaction in Los Osos High School’s 52-21 football victory over crosstown rival Rancho Cucamonga’s Cougars and their three ex-Grizzlies transfers.We weren’t there when veteran prep football coaches Don Markham (Bloomington) and Mike Churchill (Rialto Carter) took the actions that their schools decided warranted suspension/administrative leave . . . but it would be a stunner if the coaches were in the wrong.Colton football coach Harold Strauss is a shadow of his former self, having shed 135 pounds. Strauss told Sun reporter Michelle Gardner, “I’ve lost a freshman. I’d like to lose a senior.”Who would win a fight between John Madden and Keith Jackson? We don’t know, but it would sound something like this: “Boom!” “Whoa, Nellie!” “Pow!”Kudos: To the Angels, for getting as far as they did with a holey lineup.Condolences: To Mike Scioscia, who had to go an entire season saying things like, “We have enough offense in this clubhouse to win.” Only to have GM Bill Stoneman finally concede Sunday night, “We need to get a bat.”Lookalikes: Angels pitcher Paul Byrd, actor Dominic (“Lost”, “Lord of the Rings”) Monaghan.Where are they now? Allen Iverson is at Men’s Wearhouse, buying sport coats.They said it: “We have a minimum standard that we’ve set that reflects on the professionals in our sport and you’re going to do it.” NBA commission David Stern, on the dress code.And finally: And if you don’t follow the minimum standard? No recess and a note home to your parents. Paul Oberjuerge’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. 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Springboks change two for Wallabies
26 September 2013Adriaan Strauss and Fourie du Preez have been recalled to the Springbok starting line-up for Saturday’s Castle Lager Rugby Championship test against Australia at Newlands in Cape Town.Coach Heynecke Meyer was at pains to point out that the changes had long ago been decided as part of his rotational policy, and in the case of Strauss, his inclusion at hooker and nothing to do with Bismarck du Plessis’ unfortunate red card in Auckland, which was later rescinded.Prop Jannie du Plessis and flyhalf Morne Steyn will both play their 50th tests for South Africa, with Steyn, already the most-capped Springbok flyhalf of all time, just two points shy of 600 points after 49 matches.Brothers’ milestoneBy playing in his 50 test, Jannie du Plessis will ensure he and brother Biscmarck becoming the first South African brothers to achieve the milestone.They will also become only the fifth set of brothers to achieve the feat after Mauro and Mirco Bergamasco of Italy; Scotland’s and the British Lion’s Scott and Gavin Hastings; Massimo and Marcello Cuttitta of Italy and Robin and Zinzan Brooke of New Zealand.“We’re all very pleased for Jannie and Morne, who are great ambassadors for South Africa and the Springboks,” Springbok coach Meyer commented at the announcement of the team in Cape Town on Thursday.‘Well-deserved’“They have endured through difficult times, but have shown a lot of resilience and that is why they have made it to this special milestone. It’s well-deserved and a privilege only a very small percentage of Springboks have achieved.”Referencing the two changes to the starting team, Meyer said: “The players all knew what the plans were for the Rugby Championships and where they stand. We were always going to rotate players where possible and planned to start this test with Adriaan and Fourie.“We know we’re in for a big challenge against Australia. The players have been working very hard and we’re looking forward to playing in front of our own supporters at DHL Newlands on Saturday. It’s always special to play tests in South Africa,” he added.NewlandsSaturday’s test will be South Africa’s 50th at Newlands since 1891, making it the first stadium in South Africa to host 50 tests.In their previous 49 tests at the ground, South Africa have won 33, lost 14 and drawn two matches.The Springboks have met the Wallabies 10 times at Newlands, winning seven of those contests, including the last five in succession. Three of those matches have been decided by four points or less.Their last loss to the Australians in Cape Town was in 1992. In their most recent meeting at Newlands in 2009, South Africa won 29-17.SPRINGBOK TEAMZane Kirchner, Willie le Roux, JJ Engelbrecht, Jean de Villiers (captain), Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez, Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Flip van der Merwe, Eben Etzebeth, Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Tendai MtawariraSubstitutesBismarck du Plessis, Gurthro Steenkamp, Coenie Oosthuizen, Juandre Kruger, Siya Kolisi, Ruan Pienaar, Pat Lambie, Jan SerfonteinSAinfo reporter and SA Rugby
Jadeja incident helped me, says James Anderson
England pace spearhead James AndersonThe series against India has taught England pace spearhead James Anderson a lesson or two. Instead of being aggressive with his attitude and mouth, Anderson now prefers to let the ball do all the talking.Anderson, who was involved with an altercation with India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the first Test at Trent Bridge, risked missing the final two Tests of the five-match series. But the fast bowler was cleared of any wrong doing by an International Cricket Council (ICC) judicial commissioner.Anderson admitted the incident had taught him especially be more calmer on the field.”I’ve always tried to be aggressive, because it’s what I need to be successful. But in the last few games I’ve possibly concentrated on being aggressive with the ball, rather than with my mouth. I’m bowling as well as I (ever) have,” said Anderson after England won the The Oval Test by an innings and 244 runs to win the series 3-1 here on Sunday.Anderson was the top wicket taker of the series with 25 scalps at an average of 20.60. Anderson has 380 wickets from 99 Tests and is how three wickets short of Ian Botham, who is the highest wicket-taker for England.On his own form, Anderson said: “It’s right up there . . . it’s the best I’ve probably bowled, yeah. The way the whole group has bowled has been outstanding since Southampton.”Anderson also gave due credit to part-time spinner Moeen Ali, who was the second best bowler in the series with 19 wickets.advertisement”We have got on top of their batsmen and not let them get back in any of the games we’ve played. We have created pressure non-stop. That’s a credit to all – not just the four seamers, but Moeen Ali as well,” he said.Anderson said that after the loss at Lord’s, the bowlers decided to concentrate not on plans for particular batsmen.”But on what we do well – hitting the top as much as we could, challenge their outside edge, challenging their forward defence. And as we’ve gone on through last three Tests we’ve improved on that,” he said.
Queensland Claim Australian Deaf Games Titles
The Mixed Touch Football final kicked off on Wednesday morning with the Queensland team taking on the ACT, battling it out for the Gold. Queensland won in a marvellous victory, 12-4. Part of the winning side was 13-year-old Jamie Howell, a rising young Touch Football star, earning the esteemed of ‘Player of the Match’ and now taking home her first ever ADG Gold, along with the match ball. “It was very exciting! I have never done anything like this before, I really enjoyed it!” Jamie said. A second fantastic performance was put on by the Queenslanders on Wednesday afternoon as they took on Fiji to once again battle it out for the Gold in the Men’s division. Fiji entertained the spectators with a ceremonial dance to open the game, but Queensland fought back and won 15-2. Tuan Chiem confirmed his place as the best deaf player in Australia when he was awarded ‘Player of the Match’ in the Men’s division.Touch Football sports convenor and Touch Football Australia representative, David Brady, had a chat to us about the game and his involvement with the sport over the years. “It’s a game that anyone can play at any age,” he said. Working alongside the volunteers, referees and sports governing bodies, Brady tells of the success in introducing Touch Football for the first time to the Deaf Games. “This week has been fantastic…everyone in the Touch Football really came together as a community. It was really pleasing to see everyone playing together, having a good time and enjoying themselves.”Thank you to Deaf Sports Australia for providing the article content.
2015 Touch World Cup Finals to Feature on Channel Nine!
The ever popular staple of Sunday NRL in front of the television is set to take on a new dimension with a unique extended format of Sunday afternoon NRL coverage on Channel Nine, from 31 May, 2015. Not only will NRL fans and broader audience get their usual fix of Rugby League action with Sunday NRL Live on Channel Nine, but with an exciting entrée leading into the regular afternoon broadcast over consecutive Sundays (31 May, 7 and 14 June).The 2015 Touch World Cup Finals featuring the best Touch Football talent on the planet across the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed (Open’s) divisions is set to light up Channel’s Nine’s Sunday NRL telecast over coming weeks with an hour-long highlights package of each divisions’ finals matches leading into the regular Sunday NRL 4.00pm (AEST) timeslot. The three x one hour Touch World Cup finals will be broadcast into over 50 countries across Asia Pacific and Europe via Fox International, Star TV and Eurosport, following the free to air broadcast on Nine. Broader distribution domestically to be confirmed. Australia continued its domination of the quadrennial Touch World Cup in early May, recording its eighth successive Touch World Cup title. The Touch World Cup series commenced on the Gold Coast back in 1988 and has been showcased across the globe in New Zealand (1991), Hawaii (US – 1995), Sydney (1999), Japan (2003), South Africa (2007) and Scotland (2011), in ensuing years before returning to these shores. Australia has enjoyed enduring success over the 27-year period with New Zealand, Australia’s main rival across most divisions. Host Nation and Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire, said the news and the overall opportunity was very exciting and timely.“This is such a fantastic outcome for the sport of Touch Football and it is a real breakthrough to have our pinnacle international event showcased in this way,” he said. “This highlights the benefit of our alignment with the NRL but the success of our overall broadcast commitment over our current strategic cycle which includes numerous televised events. “This also positions the sport even more strongly, not only through our partnership with the NRL but as an immensely popular participation sport played at the elite level, beamed out to a much wider domestic and international television audience. “One of the advantages of the free-to-air broadcast is the fact that close to 50% of the television coverage will feature our female participants.“And that is pivotal to our participation and performance environment and strategic focus with the NRL.” NRL CEO Dave Smith welcomed Channel Nine’s support in showcasing International Touch Football. “It is fantastic that fans will be able to enjoy the international game as part of Channel Nine’s Sunday football broadcast,” he said. “Through our strategic alliance with TFA we are committed to growing the profile of the game and Sunday afternoon time slot on Channel Nine presents the ideal opportunity to do so. “The NRL Touch Football partnership provides both sports with opportunities to work together and grow our participation numbers as we look to create Australia’s largest sporting community.”The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, is proud to partner with Touch Football Australia to secure major Touch Football events in NSW. This event is part of the NSW Government’s support for Touch Football, which follows also the Youth Trans-Tasman event at Cronulla and the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour earlier this year.Channel Nine Touch Football World Cup broadcast times in New South Wales: Sunday May 31 – 2:30pm followed by Dragons v Sharks Sunday June 7 – 2:30pm followed by Sharks v Roosters Sunday June 14 – 2:30pm followed by Titans v Bulldogs Related LinksWorld Cup Finals on Nine Channel Nine Touch Football World Cup broadcast times in Queensland (GEM): Sunday May 31 – 9.30amSunday June 7 – 10.00amSunday June 14 – 9.30amSocial Media Touch World CupTwitter – https://twitter.com/touchworldcup15 @touchworldcup15 Instagram – https://instagram.com/touchworldcup2015 Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TouchWorldCup Social Media Touch Football AustraliaTwitter – https://twitter.com/touchfootyaus @touchfootyaus Instagram – https://instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia
Mountain Jam Music Festival To Be Live Streamed In Support of Teen
Tourpedo, Inc., a Raleigh, North Carolina-based software company, will be live streaming the Mountain Jam Music Festival in Hunter, New York, on June 4-7, 2015.Mountain Jam will feature some of the best artists in live music such as The Black Keys, Robert Plant, Alabama Shakes, Gov’t Mule, Michael Franti, moe., and forty other acts.Proceeds from the live stream will benefit Teen Cancer America, a charity founded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who which aims to educate and support hospitals and outpatient facilities in the development of specialized units for teenagers undergoing cancer treatment.At Mountain Jam next week, fans will be able to live stream four days of live music. Viewers can donate what they want ($5 per day minimum) to watch the festival live with proceeds supporting the charity. Also, fans will be able to tip the artists during their performances and the high tipper during certain sets will receive a prize pack containing signed artist memorabilia. The live stream will be broadcast in HD and will be available on computers, televisions and mobile devices. Fans can tweet, post, and chat with others who are enjoying the festival as well. To watch the festival, click here.According to Matt Henderson, co-founder of Tourpedo, “We are proud to be partnering with Mountain Jam for the second year in a row to live stream this awesome festival. It’s a good feeling to know that you can provide fans with over 30 hours of live music while also raising money to support Teen Cancer America through our versatile streaming platform. The artists and Tourpedo are excited to be a part of such a great festival that supports a great cause.”
BC sending Forest Firefighters to help in Alberta
two hundred and thirty firefighters (consisting of 10 initial attack crews and 10 unit crews)three agency representativesa 19-person incident management teamfourteen supervisorsThe request for assistance was made through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, which co-ordinates the mutual sharing of firefighting resources between B.C. and other jurisdictions. All associated costs are covered by the jurisdiction that requested the resources.Considering the current and forecasted fire situation in British Columbia, sufficient personnel and resources remain in the province to respond appropriately to any fire activity here. Crews can be deployed out-of-province for up to 19 days, but can be recalled at any time.The BC Wildfire Service recognizes the importance of sharing firefighting resources given the invaluable assistance Alberta has provided to B.C. during the last two wildfire seasons, which were the worst in the province’s history. KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The Province of B.C. will send 267 wildfire personnel to Alberta to help with firefighting efforts.Firefighters and support staff will start arriving on Wednesday and Thursday and will be deployed as needed in the Province.Of the people being sent, the majority will be firefighters which include the following: