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Thompson pledges brain to new concussion initiative

Rugby World Cup winner and former Lion Steve Thompson will be the first professional athlete to pledge his brain to the Concussion Legacy Project, backed by the Jeff Astle Foundation; Thompson was diagnosed with dementia aged 42

Last Updated: 23/09/21 11:06am

Steve Thompson was diagnosed with dementia aged 42 and admitted he cannot remember playing the 2003 Rugby World Cup final

Steve Thompson was diagnosed with dementia aged 42 and admitted he cannot remember playing the 2003 Rugby World Cup final

Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson has pledged to donate his brain as part of a new initiative backed by the Jeff Astle Foundation.

The partnership with Concussion Legacy Foundation UK will research Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and other consequences of brain trauma in athletes and military veterans in the UK.

Thompson is the first athlete to pledge to the Concussion Legacy Project’s “brain bank”, with the former Lion previously admitting he cannot remember playing in England’s 2003 World Cup final win over Australia.

“I’m pledging my brain so the children of the people I love don’t have to go through what I have gone through,” said Steve Thompson, who was diagnosed with dementia at age 42.

2003 Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson says a lack of care for player welfare could be one of the reasons he can't remember the playing in the final

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2003 Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson says a lack of care for player welfare could be one of the reasons he can’t remember the playing in the final

2003 Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson says a lack of care for player welfare could be one of the reasons he can’t remember the playing in the final

“It’s up to my generation to pledge our brains so researchers can develop better treatments and ways to make the game safer.”

The Jeff Astle Foundation was launched in 2015, 13 years after the former England and West Brom forward died of dementia in 2002.

Jeff Astle’s daughter, Dawn Astle, has been campaigning for two decades for football’s authorities to publicly recognise a link between the repeated heading of a football and dementia in later life and has supported around 200 families of former players living with dementia.

“Brain donation is the most valuable gift of all for future generations of footballers,” Dawn Astle said.

“It may be many years before this jigsaw is complete, but by adding each piece, one at a time, it is the only way we shall understand the true picture and so be able to make a better future for others.

New PFA dementia advisor Dawn Astle, daughter of Jeff Astle, will help shape the dementia care provision at the players union for former and current footballers

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New PFA dementia advisor Dawn Astle, daughter of Jeff Astle, will help shape the dementia care provision at the players union for former and current footballers

New PFA dementia advisor Dawn Astle, daughter of Jeff Astle, will help shape the dementia care provision at the players union for former and current footballers

“The Jeff Astle Foundation encourages families of athletes and veterans to donate the brain of their loved one to the Concussion Legacy Project.”

The Concussion Legacy Project will be led by Dr Gabriele DeLuca, Associate Professor in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford and Director of Clinical Neurosciences Undergraduate Education at Oxford Medical School.

“Brain donation will allow us to better understand the complexities of CTE so that we can develop tailored interventions and treatments to prevent its devastating consequences,” said Dr. DeLuca.

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‘They are lying!’ Frexit fury erupts as anti-EU alliance pledges to shake up Brussels bloc

The leader of Les Patriotes in France blasted the latest attempt by Marine Le Pen, Matteo Salvini, Viktor Orban and others to forge an alliance with the aim of radically reforming the EU. Mr Philippot rubbished the idea the Brussels bloc could ever be reformed into an acceptable union, and called on French voters to refrain from believing in such pledges.

He said: “On the EU our sacred duty is to fight for our sovereignty, our total and real freedom.

“That is to say Frexit!

“Any umpteenth promise of ‘reform’, of ‘change’ is a fallacious promise made by people who know they are lying!”

Mr Philippot’s rant comes as on Friday, MEPs from 16 parties and 15 EU states joined forces to declare “resistance” against a European superstate stripping nations of their sovereignty bit by bit. The so-called “declaration of values” was signed by all parties in the Identity and Democracy (ID), European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) groups and the unaffiliated Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party.

In the declaration, the group of MEPs denounced the “overactivity” of the European institutions in what should remain member states’ competences.

In a stern warning to Brussels, they unanimously pledged to form a new resistance against the creation of the United States of Europe in favour of more respect for sovereign nations.

They wrote: “The use of political structures and law to create a European superstate and new forms of social structure is a manifestation of the dangerous and invasive social engineering of the past, which must prompt legitimate resistance.

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“We believe that consensus should remain the basic means of reaching a common position in the Union. Recent attempts to circumvent this procedure or ideas of its abolition threaten to exclude some countries from influence on decision-making and to transform the Union into a special form of oligarchy.

“This could lead to the de facto incapacitation of national constitutional bodies, including governments and parliaments, reduced to the function of approving decisions already taken by others.

“In the member countries there is still an overwhelming will to cooperate, and a spirit of community and friendship pervades nations and societies of our continent.

“It is our great capital. A reformed Union will make use of this capital, whereas a Union that rejects reform will squander it.

“That is why today we turn to all parties and groups who share our views with this document as a base for a cultural and political common work, respecting the role of the current political groups.

“Let us together reform the Union for the future of Europe!”

Parties from Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, France, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finlandia, Poland, the Netherlands, Greece and Romania, Lithuania and Hungary signed the document.

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Garland Pledges Renewed Efforts to Protect Voting Rights

Republican-led legislatures in several states including Georgia, Florida and Iowa have passed laws imposing new voting restrictions, and Texas, New Hampshire, Arizona and Michigan, among other states, are considering changes to their electoral systems.

At the same time, hopes have dimmed on the left that Congress will pass two major election bills after Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, said he would not support abolishing the filibuster to advance such measures.

Mr. Garland has said that protecting the right to vote is one of his top priorities as attorney general, and his top lieutenants include high-profile voting rights advocates such as Vanita Gupta, the department’s No. 3 official, and Kristen Clarke, the head of the Civil Rights Division. The division currently has about a dozen employees on its enforcement staff, which is focused on protecting the right to vote, according to a department official familiar with the staff.

Despite his pledge, Mr. Garland is still limited in what he can do unless Democrats in Congress somehow manage to pass new voter protection laws. He can sue states that are found to have violated any of the nation’s four major federal voting rights laws. He can notify state and local governments when he believes that their procedures violate federal law. And federal prosecutors can charge people who are found to have intimidated voters, a federal crime.

The Justice Department’s most powerful tool, the Voting Rights Act, was significantly weakened by a 2013 Supreme Court decision that struck down pieces of the act forcing states with legacies of racial discrimination to receive Justice Department approval before they could change their voting laws.

Now the department can only sue after a law has been passed and found to violate the act, meaning that a restrictive law could stand through multiple election cycles as litigation winds its way through the courts.

Any new steps to protect voting rights are unlikely to move quickly, said Joanna Lydgate, a former deputy attorney general of Massachusetts who co-founded the States United Democracy Center. “People will need to be patient,” she said.

Author: Katie Benner, Nick Corasaniti and Reid J. Epstein
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BitMEX pledges to go carbon neutral

Crypto derivatives trading platform BitMEX, which has had its fair share of bad press over the past year, is trying to contribute to cleaning up the wider industry’s image by taking action to address growing climate concerns over the carbon footprint of Proof-of-Work currencies like Bitcoin (BTC).

In an announcement published on May 21, the exchange said that while there are ostensibly “wildly divergent views and accuracy of information” regarding the climate risks posed by some cryptocurrencies, BitMEX feels it has a “responsibility to take positive action.”

This action will take the form of an attempt to offset its carbon footprint by donating  $ 0.0026 for every $ 1 of blockchain fees its users pay out. Exactly which organization will be the recipient of these donations is yet to be confirmed. BitMEX says it is currently researching whom to partner with and will release further details in due course. The exchange concedes:

“Carbon offsetting is not the only answer to concerns relating to the environmental footprint of crypto, but it’s certainly a good start […] the industry has to come together and tackle challenges that risk sidetracking our positive intentions.”

BitMEX has taken its $ 0.0026 figure from rough calculations published by Sam Bankman-Fried, the CEO of crypto derivatives exchange FTX and Alameda Research. Bankman-Fried’s suggestion, admitting “large error bars,” is that this sum should be enough for crypto firms to offset their carbon emissions.  

A more robust response from the industry may be needed, as BitMEX seems to recognize. This month, the European Central Bank’s recent Financial Stability Review highlighted the “exorbitant carbon footprint” of crypto-assets as grounds for concern. Meanwhile, organizations ranging from Greenpeace to Tesla have begun ceasing to accept BTC payments due to the energy-intensity of mining and transactions.