League stars’ candour about mental health can help those in union

first_img IT WAS a story that caught so many off guard in Australia. A few weeks back, Greg Inglis, a star at the NRL’s South Sydney Rabbitohs and an athlete considered by some to be amongst the greatest players in any code, had checked himself into a mental health clinic. It was a big call to allow the news to filter out there.After the news, Reni Maitua, ambassador for NRL’s State of Mind movement to raise awareness of mental illness, said: “This is Greg Inglis’s bravest act… admitting you need help is the hardest thing you can do. What he has done will save lives.”At the moment, in union in England, the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) has their Lift the Weight campaign pushing for more understanding of mental illness, as well as providing information, contacts and even a few case studies.Strong voice: former England prop Duncan Bell helped other pro players open up about depressionThat aspect is important – the more recognisable, relatable faces you can learn from, the more impact a message can have. In the past when former England and Bath prop Duncan Bell opened up about his own experiences with depression – which Rugby World covered in February 2013 – the RPA experienced an increase in the number of players contacting their confidential counselling service, Cognacity.To check out the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.With Lift the Weight being pushed by various and varied voices like Jonny Wilkinson, James Haskell, Nolli Waterman and Netani Talei, they have the chance to encourage more players to seek help. This is particularly important as in the past, while Rugby World have been compiling investigation pieces, there have been fewer testimonials on issues like substance abuse, gambling or mental illness from within rugby union. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS More and more voices from elite rugby union are talking about mental health, but inspiration and encouragement can come from other fields too Attacking the line: Greg Inglis attacks for Queensland in last year’s State of Origin center_img In researching our long read on painkiller use in rugby, I spoke with former NRL player Joe Williams – who has just signed a deal for his autobiography, Defying the Enemy Within – to see what union can learn from those in league who have opened up about their problems.Back in the day: Joe Williams, playing for the Rabbitohs in 2004, will address drug issues in his bookWilliams explained that he would take “tray-loads of different prescription pills, anything that got me away from the terror in my mind”. As he clarified, Williams used prescription and recreational drugs and alcohol to dull the “voices in my head”. Before he came back from the brink, Williams would even attempt suicide.Powerful stuff and worth hearing about, regardless of your sport. However, when asked what union could learn from elite league on the openness of athletes to admit they have a prescription painkiller problem, Williams replied: “It’s not just sport, it’s a societal issue.” That is a specific example of an addiction. Nevertheless, mental health issues can affect one in four in the UK each year. It is a societal problem, too. No matter the sport, we have to applaud the candour of any top athlete willing to seek help. The more recognisable voices talking about mental health issues, the more likely we are as a society to open up.To find out more, please visit https://therpa.co.uk/lifttheweight/last_img read more

USS Higgins Holds Remembrance Ceremony

first_img Speed >30 knots Displacement Full: approx. 8,756 t [mappress]Press Release, February 21, 2014, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: USS Draft 9.4 m Complement 33 Officers, 38 Chief Petty Officers, 210 Enlisted Personnel Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Higgins Holds Remembrance Ceremony Training & Education Status In active service Range 4,400 nautical miles at 20 knots (8,100 km at 37 km/h) View post tag: Higgins February 21, 2014 View post tag: holds USS HIGGINS DDG-76 SPECIFICATIONS Beam 20 m View post tag: Remembrance View post tag: Navy View post tag: Ceremony Length 154 m View post tag: Naval The ship’s First Class Petty Officers Association (FCPOA) organized the event that included a brief biography of Higgins and excerpts from the Military Code of Conduct. Higgins disappeared Feb. 17, 1988, while serving as Chief, Observer Group Lebanon and Senior Military Observer, United States Military Observer Group, United Nations Truce Supervision Organization as part of U.N. peacekeeping mission. His remains were eventually recovered and his body was interred at Quantico National Cemetery, Dec. 30, 1991.Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Ramon Villarreal, FCPOA vice-president, said the first class petty officers on the ship wanted to hold the ceremony for two main reasons.“We believe he deserves recognition for his service,” said Villarreal. “And we wanted all the Sailors on board to capture the importance of the ship’s namesake.”Junior Sailors said they appreciated the ceremony being open to the entire crew.“It is important to keep his spirit alive,” said Sonar Technician 3rd Class Jonathan Stewart, who attended the event. “He lives on through the 313 Sailors who work and live among the deck plates and steel of our warship.”The ceremony concluded with a moment of silence where crew members reflected on the life and death of Higgins. “Just as Col. Higgins espoused the Military Code of Conduct, so should we as we go about our daily routine,” said Cmdr. Allen Johnson, Higgins’ executive officer. “We can honor his memory through our actions and upholding the same high moral standards.”Higgins returned to its homeport of San Diego on Oct. 7, 2013, following completion of a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. View post tag: News by topic USS Higgins Holds Remembrance Ceremony USS HIGGINS DDG-76The crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) held a remembrance ceremony, Feb. 18, for Marine Corps Col. William Richard Higgins, the ship’s namesake, to recognize the 26th anniversary of his capture. Share this articlelast_img read more

CNTB selects international marketing and PR agencies for cooperation in 2018

first_imgThe 31st session of the CNTB Tourist Board was held at the CNTB Head Office, at which the council members adopted the proposal of the Decision on the selection of marketing agencies for cooperation in 2018 and the proposal of the Decision on the selection of international PR agencies for cooperation in 2018.According to the CNTB, the Tourist Board unanimously adopted the proposal of the Commission for the selection of marketing agencies, which aim to develop an advertising strategy and conduct key marketing campaigns, and the proposal of the Commission for the selection of international PR agencies, which aim to develop and implement PR strategies, as well as the implementation of key international PR activities in the field of media relations and social networks.The estimated value of procurement for marketing agencies in 13 markets is HRK 30,560,000.00, and the following marketing agencies were selected: MediaCom for the markets of Switzerland, Poland, France, Hungary and Norway; Real Group for the markets of Germany, Austria, Russia and Sweden; Aviareps for the markets of Belgium and the Netherlands ; Mediaplus for the UK market and Vailati & Savarro for the Italian market.PR activities will be carried out in 11 key markets, and the estimated value of procurement for PR agencies is HRK 7,500,000.00. From the PR agency, the following were selected: Media Consulta International Holding AG for the tender category – “Media Relations” and Hills Balfour Group for the tender category – “Social Networks and Digital Communication”. The market of the Netherlands and Italy, according to the suggestions of the director of the CNTB representative office, will independently carry out PR activities in its area.”We expect selected international media relations and social media agencies to provide strong support in our most important emitting markets. Their reputation, international reach and experience will help achieve our strategic goals. We ask marketing agencies for a quality advertising strategy, as well as the implementation of key Good cooperation between selected agencies is needed, their activities should be harmonized and coordinated because quality integrated communication is necessary to strengthen the Croatian tourist brand in the world, ” said Director Staničić, adding that he also expects intensive cooperation with selected agencies. in the markets in which they operate.last_img read more

‘We are concerned’ – Burrell says JFF desperately needs cash to pay Schäfer

first_imgWinfried Schäfer, Jamaica senior men’s national football team head coach, is yet to receive his salary for the month of November. Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, said up to Friday, the tactician had not been paid and that the federation was seeking funds to fulfil its obligation. “As it relates to Coach Schäfer’s salary, we have not yet paid Coach Schäfer,” Burrell said bluntly. “This is the first time we have not been able to pay, and such a long time over. He was due on the 25th (November) and we are not seeing the payment in December. “We have not paid him for the month of November and we are concerned. He is not a happy man. He needs to get his funds and we are hoping that this situation will be resolved shortly,” he said. He said the federation has been working around the clock trying to secure the funds needed to compensate Schäfer, but remains confident its calls will be answered. “We are in need of sponsorship support because the financial burden on the federation is extremely heavy. It is a very challenging period for the federation, but we will do our endeavour to make it work,” he added, noting that it has 11 teams to finance, several of which have been travelling for competition recently. OPTIMISTIC FOR SUPPORT “Sponsors we have talked to, many have said that in their new budget year in March, but I am optimistic that closer to the time, we will get some support. We are trying our very best, working around the clock and doing our endeavour best to see the type of support that we are able to garner to help. “But it is a challenging time and we welcome all the help we can get, because when glory comes, it doesn’t come just to the JFF it comes to the entire nation,” he added. Burrell said it was a very active year for national teams, of both genders, at the various age groups and travelling and accommodation for these competitions proved very costly. “I have to be frank. There is no other sport where so many young people are involved at the national level. We had 11 national teams that participated in competitions (this year). Others (sporting bodies) have one or two national teams. We had 11, with some 35 people travelling at each time, as you must have a full team, doctors, physios, equipment people, and that is what makes the difference with these delegations, and the cost of travel and hotel accommodation amounts to millions of dollars,” he explained. “The nation has to realise that our nation’s football is women and men. Not so long ago, we had to abandon the female programme in order to stay alive because of the finances, and that is the last thing I would want to do. Our women deserve an equal chance and we certainly are not looking to cut our women’s programme. Our ladies deserve the opportunity to display their talent the same way our men do,” he said.last_img read more

Duo are back-up options for Spurs ahead of £50m spree – report

first_imgThe Sunday Mirror say Tottenham will make a bid for Fulham star Moussa Dembele if Porto refuse to drop their £25m asking price for Joao Moutinho.Spurs are said to have previously made an offer for Dembele and remain interested in taking him to White Hart Lane.Dembele has been linked with Spurs several times.It is claimed the north London club are planning a £50m spending spree before the transfer window closes and that Chelsea’s Raul Meireles is also among their back-up options if they are unable to land their first-choice targets.Liverpool are planning a ‘final push’ to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham, according to The People.The American has been linked with a move to Anfield for several months but no official bid has been made.However, it is claimed manager Brendan Rodgers has told Liverpool’s owners he is determined to capture Dempsey.The Sun on Sunday say Fulham have stepped up their apparent interest in Evian’s Ivory Coast striker Yannick Sagbo, who it is claimed is rated at £3m.The Sunday Mirror suggest Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill is ­weighing up a move for Tottenham’s Michael Dawson.The defender has stalled over a transfer to QPR, who have had a bid for him accepted, and is believed to be keen to join the Black Cats.Meanwhile, out-of-favour QPR striker Jay Bothroyd has again been linked with Sheffield Wednesday.The People claim Owls boss Dave Jones, who managed Bothroyd at Cardiff, is keen to complete a deal to sign him on loan.Rangers manager Mark Hughes recently stated that no approach had been made for the player.The Sunday Mirror run a story suggesting that Bothroyd, Luke Young, DJ Campbell, Rob Hulse and Tommy Smith are unhappy with the way they have been treated at Loftus Road.Smith has moved to Cardiff and the others have been told that they too can leave the club.A source said to be close to the players is quoted as saying: “They find the way they have been treated disrespectful.“They have not been a moment’s trouble to the club. They cannot understand what is going on and why this has happened.”See also:Tottenham ready to focus on Dembele as Modric’s replacement – reportFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New boss defiant after Bees beat Leeds United

first_imgNew Leeds United manager Darko Milanic saw his team lose at Brentford in his first match in charge but insisted he was determined to succeed with the European style wanted by club owner Massimo Cellino.The Slovenian, who took over from caretaker boss Neil Redfearn this week, suffered defeat in his first game in charge. Leeds had won three of their previous four league games under caretaker boss Neil Redfearn.“The owner wants to see a European team and I am here to do that. From mentality to style – everything,” said Milanic“We were not enough good in possession in the first half and were not dangerous in principle. We have to play with more offensive mentality. This game was not the limit of the squad that means we have to do better in the next game.“I have had one training session with them and this match against Brentford was a better, more realistic experience for me than that was. I saw how my players move, how they think, what the faces are on the bench. It is very important.”Milanic will take charge of his first game at Elland Road when Reading visit in the Championship on Wednesday night.And he said: “The first game at home is extremely important for me. I expect a lot of support like in every game, and with this energy we can make it.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Derek Holland on free agency: ‘Scared money don’t make money’

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Derek Holland couldn’t wait to arrive in Scottsdale this spring.He just had to wait for the Giants to sign him.The left-hander resurrected his career in San Francisco last year and didn’t mince his words late last season when asked if he wanted to return in 2019. Despite the club’s 73-89 record, Holland said he hoped to extend his run with the team for at least one more year. “My goal was …last_img read more

Messages from Mercury

first_img(Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 With MESSENGER in its final days before impact, the innermost planet has become a familiar place.NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft has already made history before its scheduled crash into the planet Mercury on April 30.  After 10 years in space, 4,000 orbits (PhysOrg) and 10 terabytes of science data (see infographic), it will take years to digest the many discoveries made. After a near 40-year hiatus, MESSENGER, managed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL), has provided a giant leap in Mercury science since the brief flybys of a far-less-capable spacecraft, Mariner 10, in 1974. MESSENGER’s swan song, a low-altitude campaign, has brought more discoveries to waiting planetary scientists and the public.A pre-crash news conference will be held on April 16. Results of a previous science conference (March 16) have been posted on PhysOrg.  Among the many surprises were thousands of  “hollows” (ranging in size from tens of meters to several kilometers across and tens of meters deep) that show Mercury is not a dead planet.  Because the “hollows appear to be younger than the planet’s freshest impact craters,” the finding “suggests that Mercury is a planet whose surface is still evolving.” Also, some scarps are thought to be less than 50 million years old, just a 1% fraction of the planet’s assumed 4.5 billion year history.  One more “geologically young” trait was found—young volatiles at the poles:MESSENGER’s low-altitude campaign has enabled imaging of the polar deposits in the permanently shadowed floors of Mercury’s near-polar craters at higher resolutions than ever previously obtained, says Nancy Chabot, the Instrument Scientist for MESSENGER’s Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) and a planetary scientist with APL.“Acquired with the broadband filter of MDIS, low-altitude images show that the deposits have sharp, well-defined boundaries and are not disrupted by small, young impact craters,” says Chabot. “These characteristics indicate that the deposits are geologically young. This inference points either to delivery of volatiles to Mercury in the geologically recent past or to an ongoing process that restores the deposits and maintains the sharp boundaries.”Another mystery was solved, that of Mercury’s dark color. The BBC News and Science Magazine relay the answer: the planet has been spray-painted with comet dust and with carbon from certain carbon-rich meteorites. Because it is so close to the sun, Mercury gets pummeled often by comets and wandering bodies pulled in by the sun’s gravity. The high-speed impacts create amorphous carbon with the darkness of pencil lead (graphite) and soot. The BBC article claims it has been going on for billions of years, but does not explain.  A press release from Brown University says that after billions of years, “Mercury’s surface should be anywhere from 3 to 6 percent carbon.”As with almost every object in the solar system, actual data provided by visiting spacecraft have been surprising, revolutionary, and contrary to expectations. Usually the data do not fit the A.S.S. assumption. Three evidences of youth are provided above; there are more, such as the magnetic field that should be long gone. Creation scientists freed from the bad A.S.S. of the moyboys may wish to look at the spray-painting by comets and make some projections about how much soot should be there after 4.5 billion years. Perhaps young craters can tell something about the depth of the material.Two other missions are worth watching for evidence of youth: the Rosetta Mission (ongoing) at a comet, and the July arrival of New Horizons at Pluto. Already, some are expecting it to be “gusty and gassy” according to Space.com.  For something out in the cold reaches of the solar system, that will be difficult for the moyboys to explain (but they will make up a story, as they always do).last_img read more

Germany takes over at top of FIFA rankings from Brazil

first_imgThe best of the other regions include Mexico at No. 14, Iran at No. 25, and Egypt at No. 30.FIFA’s October rankings will also decide seeding for eight European teams entering two-leg playoffs in November. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Past World Cup draws have been made by geographical region after the host and seven highest-ranked filled a top-seeded pot.On Dec. 1 in Moscow, Russia — currently No. 64 — and the teams ranked Nos. 1 to 7 in the October rankings will be the top seeds. The other 24 qualifiers will be in draw pots according to ranking.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutStill, FIFA has included a rule which should ensure that the 2018 tournament draw follows the balance of previous draws very closely.“No teams from the same confederation, with the exception of (European body) UEFA, which could have two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group,” FIFA said in a statement. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Germany’s midfielder Leon Goretzka (C) celebrate scoring his side’s fifth goalduring the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification match between Germany and Norway in the south German city of Stuttgart on September 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel ROLANDZURICH — Germany is back at the top of world soccer, taking over from Brazil as No. 1 in the FIFA rankings which will have a greater role deciding how the World Cup groups are drawn.FIFA announced a tweak to the World Cup seeding process on Thursday that means all four draw pots will be decided according to rankings.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES NBA: Staying healthy is key to Embiid’s development, Sixers coach says The new rule would avoid what befell Italy four years ago. Despite just missing being in the top-seeded pot, Italy was picked out in a random draw of the nine non-seeded European teams to be taken out of the all-European pot. France was the lowest-ranked European qualifier but escaped being picked in that pre-draw lottery.Italy was then eliminated from a tough group with England, Uruguay and Costa Rica, which stunned world soccer by finishing top.In the September rankings, European champion Portugal rose three places to No. 3, while Argentina fell one to No. 4, and No. 5 Belgium climbed four places.European teams, which each played two qualifiers, gained on their South American rivals and could have six of the eight seeded positions in December.Poland is No. 6, followed by Switzerland, France, Chile and Colombia.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool striker Brewster: Sturridge departure helps me

first_imgLiverpool striker Brewster: Sturridge departure helps meby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Rhian Brewster admits he feels he has a better first team chance with Daniel Sturridge’s departure.Sturridge left Anfield for Trabzonspor this summer after his contract expired, leaving the Reds a striker short.Klopp opted against signing a replacement, and Brewster sees this as an obvious boost to his chances and proof his opportunity is around the corner.”One less striker gives you more opportunity to break into the first team, so of course, Sturridge going there is more opportunity for me to play,” he told the Mirror.”You look at every single signing and Klopp not signing another striker, it seems he has faith in me to do a job as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more