Jamie Carragher warns Brendan Rodgers over accepting Arsenal job

first_imgJamie Carragher warns Brendan Rodgers over accepting Arsenal job Comment Jamie Carragher has warned Brendan Rodgers about taking the Arsenal job (Sky Sports)Jamie Carragher has warned Brendan Rodgers that he could damage his reputation if he decides to leave Leicester City for Arsenal.The Gunners are currently searching for a permanent manager after sacking Unai Emery earlier this week.Rodgers has been among the names linked with the role following an excellent start to the season with Leicester City.But Carragher believes the former Liverpool boss should show loyalty to Leicester after he decided to leave Celtic to join the Foxes before the end of last season.ADVERTISEMENT‘Well he has got a clause, I think that’s obvious now,’ Carragher told Sky Sports. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 1 Dec 2019 9:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link181Shares Brendan Rodgers has been heavily linked with the post at Arsenal (Getty Images)‘I think the position Brendan Rodgers is in, there’s no doubt if you’re a player or a manager you want to get right to the top.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘At this moment Leicester sit second in the table and won the Premier League a few years ago.‘But we’d be lying if we all said Leicester are one of the top clubs in the country. They’re not.‘The established big six are, wherever Leicester finish in the league, they are the big ones who think they can do something in the Champions League and spend big money.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I don’t think it’s right if Brendan Rodgers is even thinking about moving to Arsenal right now.‘Whether it was right or wrong, he got a lot of criticism from Celtic supporters for moving on before he finished the season, it was a tough decision for him because this job was the job everyone wanted, managers who couldn’t get a top-six job.‘Leicester was the job everyone wanted with the players they have, the infrastructure at the club, so he got it, took that decision and accepted he’d get stick off Celtic fans.center_img Advertisement Freddie Ljungberg was appointed as Arsenal’s interim manager this week (PA Wire)‘I think if he moved now he’d almost get that tag of jumping ship very quickly from places. And I think he probably would deserve if it did that right now.‘I think it’s a bit harsh what happened with Celtic but certainly now I think he’s got to look at the next 18 months and think he’s really going to do something at Leicester.‘And maybe after those 18 months if a Tottenham, Arsenal, obviously he’s not going back to Liverpool, Manchester United could never happen, Manchester City… I don’t know, he’s going to want to go to one of those real big clubs, that’s just a fact.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Runner with Parkinson’s races for a cure

first_imgGREAT CRANBERRY ISLAND — A few years ago, Michael Westphal fielded an unexpected question while grocery shopping.“Why are you dancing?” asked a 4-year-old girl in the Hannaford aisle. She was referring to Westphal’s excessive movement, or dyskinesia — a side effect of the medication he takes for his Parkinson’s disease.“Oh,” Westphal began, “I just like to dance.”The girl smiled before her mother summoned her away.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Little kids are like mirrors,” Westphal says. “You can really see yourself in their faces because they don’t think twice about staring.”Westphal, a 58-year-old carpenter who lives on Great Cranberry Island, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about nine years ago at the age of 49. The progressive central nervous system disorder can make even the simplest aspects of life, such as blending into a public setting, increasingly difficult. But Westphal has found a reprieve from this kind of attention through one unexpected activity: running.While some Parkinson’s patients lose their ability to walk, Westphal — one of Maine’s elite runners in the 1970s and ’80s – seems to shed his symptoms between the starting and finish lines of road races. On June 20, Westphal plans to run his first marathon in 22 years — Great Cranberry Island’s annual Great Run marathon — to raise awareness for Parkinson’s as well as money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.“Mike is literally in the race of his life,” says Great Run organizer and fellow Great Cranberry Island resident Gary Allen. “He’s raising money to hopefully help find a cure.”Westphal began fundraising with a $4,000 goal leading up to the marathon. As of today, he has raised almost $28,000 for the foundation’s research programs, putting him among the top 10 of more than a thousand 2015 fundraisers.“I feel kind of embarrassed about the publicity,” Westphal says, smiling. “But I’m going to keep doing it, as long as it’s raising money to find a cure or relief for some people.”Allen, also an avid runner who has known Westphal since they were children, isn’t surprised by his friend’s modesty.“That’s Mike — he’s a quiet person who doesn’t want to make a fuss,” Allen says. “But as a competitor, good luck staying with him. He lets his feet do the talking.”Decades before Westphal’s diagnosis, he was one of the top runners in the state. The University of Maine track star could run a mile in four minutes and 19 seconds. In 1979, Westphal paced the first female Olympic marathon gold medalist in the Boston Marathon before passing Maine’s Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won the women’s division for the first time that year.Westphal has finished 12 marathons, with a personal best time of 2 hours, 29 minutes and 32 seconds.“Mike was that rare combination of people who works hard and has natural ability,” Allen says. “There was a period in eastern Maine where, if you wanted to win any race, you had to go through him.”Westphal faded from the competitive running scene in the 1990s as he grew more involved with his family and operating his carpentry business on the island. But running always remained part of his life, that is, until 2006 when he began feeling soreness in his left shoulder.“I just thought it was a pulled muscle,” Westphal says. “But it wouldn’t go away.”The pain gradually worked its way down his arm, prompting Westphal to visit an orthopedist. The doctor prescribed him a neck brace and assigned him exercises to reduce the stiffness, but the discomfort persisted.Next, Westphal sought relief through physical therapy. When the therapist asked Westphal to tap his feet on the ground, she noticed some hesitation in his left foot — a red flag for movement disorders. Without sharing her suspicions with Westphal, she referred him to a neurologist.There is no simple diagnostic test for Parkinson’s, and its symptoms are unique to each individual. The disease results from the dying off of dopamine-producing cells responsible for coordination and movement.The neurologist prescribed Westphal with Carbidopa-Levodopa  — a dopamine replacement drug — which immediately alleviated his symptoms, verifying their cause.“I just didn’t believe it was Parkinson’s at first,” Westphal says. “Even when she told me, I didn’t quite believe it.”With the help of this medication, Westphal’s symptoms ranged from mild to nonexistent for the next few years — a time during which he remained unconvinced he had Parkinson’s. But slowly, Westphal began losing coordination, and the stiffness once isolated to just one arm began to seize his whole body.“I think he started to sort of withdraw,” Allen says. “He stopped running and doing the things he loved. And when you’re a runner, running is part of you. You don’t feel whole without it.”Westphal says the worst part of Parkinson’s is what he calls the “slow periods,” which occur when his medication begins to wear off. Before his next dose can kick in, Westphal says he often feels like a “zombie,” shuffling around while hunched over, with his facial expressions flat and his arms unmoving by his side.“You’re just uncomfortable in your own body,” Westphal says. “At times, it’s torture. You just don’t feel like doing anything.”For years, that’s exactly what Westphal would do during these periods: nothing. He would suffer through the hour or two until it passed.Until one day last summer, Westphal didn’t wait; he ran.“At first, my knees will lock together, and I’ll be clomping along,” Westphal says. “But after about a quarter-mile, it goes away.”The only hint of Westphal’s Parkinson’s while he’s running is a slight head bob.“I’m used to seeing him struggle — his movements are so affected by his disease,” Allen says. “Then, to see him out running again… It was like, ‘Holy crap, look at him go!’“Gradually, you could see that spark come back and that fire return in his eyes.”Westphal began entering road races again this spring, and he has been competing almost every weekend. Though Westphal says the running community has been very supportive, he occasionally notices the looks his uncontrolled movement attracts before and after races. Westphal describes his dyskinesia — a result of an excess of artificial dopamine — as “annoying, but tolerable.”“With Parkinson’s, the first thing you’ve got to lose is your vanity,” Westphal says, paraphrasing a quote by his inspiration who’s also battling Parkinson’s, Michael J. Fox.“I used to kind of hide when it came to public events because I was embarrassed,” Westphal continues. “People would look at me and not know what was wrong with me. I figured this year, it was time to get out and show people what Parkinson’s is all about.”Westphal is now running 50 miles a week in preparation for the 26.2-mile Great Run. On Memorial Day, he and Allen totaled 20 miles together, with Westphal also running Ellsworth’s annual Memorial Mile race that morning in five minutes and 32 seconds.“I thought it was completely abstract that Mike would ever run another marathon,” Allen says. “He’s climbing back up that mountain, which I think he felt like he’d been knocked off permanently.“I don’t throw the word ‘miracle’ around often, but what Mike is doing is on the verge of being a miracle.”Westphal says he doesn’t really understand the big deal.“I’m just doing what I like to do,” he says. “I think everyone ought to do what they can to enjoy what their passion is. Mine is running.“Just don’t give up.”According to the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s website, 89 cents of every dollar donated goes to supporting its research programs to help speed a cure for Parkinson’s. Donate by visiting Westphal’s fundraising page.Find more information at michaeljfox.org or by emailing Westphal at mjwestphal@gmail.com. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img Bio Latest Posts EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

UKGC forms three groups to address safer gambling standards

first_imgShare GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed that it will create three new focus groups to help facilitate the implementation of safer gambling standards.Led by senior leaders in the gambling industry, the three collaboration groups will focus on game and product design, advertising technology and high value customer incentives to gamble.The initiative, which is said to be the first-of-its-kind, will follow on from a briefing in October 2019 in which UKGC CEO Neil McArthur outlined three challenges and opportunities that the industry must grasp to raise standards and rapidly reduce harm across the sector.SG Gaming and Playtech have both committed to leading work on producing an effective Industry Code for Product Design. The group will primarily focus on how the gambling industry can continue to produce safer products in the future, while also looking at the techniques used to develop games and the associated risks.Meanwhile, Sky Betting and Gaming has agreed to oversee the advertising technology working group, which will explore and quickly accelerate opportunities to reduce the amount of advertising seen by children, young people and vulnerable adults.The group focusing on the use of VIP incentives will be led by GVC Holdings, and will involve close cooperation with the Betting and Gaming Council. This group will ‘help ensure bonuses, hospitality and gifts in particular around VIP programmes, are offered in a manner which is consistent with the licensing objectives to make gambling fairer, safer and crimefree’.Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur said: “Consumer behaviour and technology are changing so quickly that only a bold and innovative approach will allow us to achieve a reduction in the numbers of people experiencing, or at risk from, gambling related harm.“I’ve been encouraged by the willingness of so many operators to work with us on these challenges. We’ve set demanding timetable for progress because we cannot proceed at the speed of the slowest. If rapid progress is not made then we will have to look at other options as making gambling safer for consumers is paramount.”The three working groups are, in more detail:Safer products: The industry code for responsible product and game design working group will set out how the gambling industry can produce safer products in the future, the techniques to use when designing apps, online games and gaming machine products, the risks associated with each product and how they can be mitigated, and a clear explanation of what is not acceptable.Safer advertising online: An interim report by Gamble Aware from earlier this year shows that children, young people and vulnerable adults report they are being exposed to significant levels of online gambling adverts – including via social media. The Advertising Technology challenge will therefore explore and quickly accelerate opportunities to reduce the amount of advertising seen by children, young people and vulnerable adults.Use of VIP incentives: The incentivisation of high value customers working group will help ensure bonuses, hospitality and gifts in particular around VIP programmes, are offered in a manner which is consistent with the licensing objectives to make gambling fairer, safer and crimefree. The Commission’s casework has found evidence that the approach of some licensees has exacerbated at-risk behaviour and this new group will identify how existing rules can be strengthened.This approach utilises the skills and resources of the industry but ensures the Commission retains control of outputs – and consequently the best progress for British consumers. Submitlast_img read more