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MMH plans healthy heart dinner

first_imgDr. Jason SmithBatesville, In. — On Wednesday, May 9, Margaret Mary Health will hold a healthy heart dinner and presentation featuring Dr. Jason Smith, who will provide information about Congestive Heart Failure, including the cause, symptoms and treatment options.Doors will open at 5:00 PM, with the dinner buffet beginning at 5:30 PM at The Sherman, located in downtown Batesville. Cost is $9 per person. RSVP is required by Wednesday, May 2 and can be made by calling 812.933.5115. Payments will be accepted at the door.Cutline: Dr. Smith is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease and has been voted one of Cincinnati’s ‘Top Doctors’ by his peers in Cincinnati Magazine in 2008, 2013 and 2015. He has been seeing patients at Margaret Mary since 2004.last_img


Golf in England is more accessible than ever

first_img Golf clubs in England are more accessible and inclusive than ever before, according to new research.Feedback from England Golf’s 2012 Golf Club Membership Questionnaire shows that clubs are becoming increasingly flexible and customer-focused as they strive to attract new golfers and to recruit and retain members.The main findings of the research are highlighted in the Results Booklet, which  includes information and ideas for golf clubs. The survey also helps England Golf to direct national strategy and to show where resources will be best used in future.Richard Flint, England Golf’s Development Manager, said: “These are very difficult times for golf clubs, both in terms of the economy and overcoming the effects of the wettest summer for 100 years. But, it is encouraging to see clubs responding to these challenges in creative and imaginative ways and putting their customers at the heart of everything they do.“England Golf is here to support golf clubs and we urge clubs to take advantage of this and to work with their County Golf Partnership (CGP) to recruit and retain members.”Altogether,  81% of clubs which have maintained or increased their membership figures over the last two years are working with their County Golf Partnership and/or are involved in England Golf programmes.In total, 25% of golf clubs which responded to the questionnaire have experienced an increase in members in the last two years. This is despite an overall drop in membership nationwide. England Golf will be examining these golf clubs in more detail to establish how they are achieving success.According to the research, more golf clubs are offering a range of membership categories, including flexible, corporate, student and intermediate.They are adopting a wider range of initiatives to attract members and increasingly working with their County Golf Partnerships to recruit and retain players. Over the past four years, the CGP network has introduced more than 154,000 people to golf, with 4200 memberships reported to date.Clubs are also becoming more innovative in their promotion and marketing, with a marked growth in the use of social media alongside established communication.Almost all clubs which responded (94%) have membership vacancies and a growing number of clubs are abandoning entrance fees. More clubs are also staggering fees over the transition period from junior to adult ranks.The encouraging trends are also reflected within clubs’ junior sections. More clubs (62%) now have a Child Welfare Officer – highlighting the importance of safeguarding within the golf club environment.More clubs are doing away with specific demands around junior playing standards and course restrictions, demonstrating that U18s are increasingly seen as an integral part of the club. This is reflected by the number of clubs – now 600 – which have achieved the GolfMark Award from England Golf in recognition of their junior and beginner friendly facilities.In addition, a growing number of clubs now allow juniors to play in all adult/main competitions. Almost all clubs (97%) offer group junior coaching and this is increasingly available to both members and non-members.The 2012 Golf Club Membership Questionnaire was returned by 40% (777) of affiliated golf clubs. 16 Jan 2013 Golf in England is more accessible than ever last_img read more


NFL seeks right answer for marijuana use

first_imgIn this Oct. 24, 1993, file photo, New York Jets defensive lineman Marvin Washington (97) tackles Buffalo Bills’ Thurman Thomas (34) in the third quarter of a football game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)Marijuana is casting an ever-thickening haze across NFL locker rooms, and it’s not simply because more players are using it.As attitudes toward the drug soften, and science slowly teases out marijuana’s possible benefits for concussions and other injuries, the NFL is reaching a critical point in navigating its tenuous relationship with what is recognized as the analgesic of choice for many of its players.“It’s not, let’s go smoke a joint,” retired NFL defensive lineman Marvin Washington said. “It’s, what if you could take something that helps you heal faster from a concussion, that prevents your equilibrium from being off for two weeks and your eyesight for being off for four weeks?”One challenge the NFL faces is how to bring marijuana into the game as a pain reliever without condoning its use as a recreational drug. And facing a lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of former players complaining about the effects of prescription painkillers they say were pushed on them by team trainers and doctors, the NFL is looking for other ways to help players deal with the pain from a violent game.A Gallup poll last year found 58 percent of Americans believe marijuana should be legalized. That’s already happened in Colorado and Washington — the states that are home of last season’s Super Bowl teams.The World Anti-Doping Agency has said it does not need to catch out-of-competition marijuana users. And at least one high-profile coach, Pete Carroll of the champion Seahawks, publicly said he’d like to see the NFL study whether marijuana can help players.There are no hard numbers on how many NFL players are using marijuana, but anecdotal evidence, including the arrest or league discipline of no fewer than a dozen players for pot over the past 18 months, suggests use is becoming more common.Washington Redskins defensive back Ryan Clark didn’t want to pinpoint the number of current NFL players who smoke pot but said, “I know a lot of guys who don’t regularly smoke marijuana who would use it during the season.”Washington wouldn’t put a specific number on it but said he, too, knew his share of players who weren’t shy about lighting up when he was in the league, including one guy “who just hated the pain pills they were giving out at the time.” Another longtime defensive lineman, Marcellus Wiley, estimates half the players in the average NFL locker room were using it by the time he shut down his career in 2006.“They are leaning on it to cope with the pain,” said Wiley, who played defensive line in the league for 10 seasons. “They are leaning on it to cope with the anxiety of the game.”The NFL is fighting lawsuits on two fronts — concussions and painkillers — both of which, some argue, could be positively influenced if marijuana were better tolerated by the league.The science, however, is slow-moving and expensive and might not ever be conclusive, says behavioral psychologist Ryan Vandrey, who studies marijuana use at John Hopkins. Marijuana may work better for some people, while narcotics and other painkillers might be better for others.“Different medicines work differently from person to person,” Vandrey said. “There’s pretty good science that shows marijuana does have pain relieving properties. Whether it’s a better pain reliever than the other things available has never been evaluated.”Washington, who is part of the concussion lawsuit, is working with a bio-pharmaceutical and phyto-medical company called KannaLife Sciences that recently received licensing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a drug to treat concussions using derivatives from medical marijuana.last_img read more


Red Bank School Superintendent to Retire at End of Month

first_imgRED BANK – Superintendent of Public Schools Dr. Laura Morana has submitted notice to the school board that she will retire at the end of the month.Morana was in her eighth year with the district. Her last day will be Sept. 30.The timing of her retirement is unusual in that it is occurring at the start of the school year. Her announcement was not included on the board’s posted agenda.When asked about the timing, board President Ben Forest declined to comment calling it a “personnel matter.”He said Morana had informed the board prior to her public announcement.During Wednesday’s board meeting the board began setting up a strategy to replace Morana. “We are going as quickly as we can to find a replacement for Dr. Morana. In the meantime, we will be looking for an interim superintendent.”Forest said it is expected that the district will hire an interim superintendent from outside the district.“The board is pleased with the legacy and record that Dr. Morana has left us,” Forest said. “The board gave her an ovation last night.”Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna said he was “saddened to see Laura go. But at the same time I am extraordinarily grateful that she has been able to devote seven years of her life to Red Bank and in that time brought a level of excellence and accomplishment that had never been experienced by us in the past.“Dr. Morana raised the bar and challenged students, parents and guardians, teachers, administrators and staff to achieve new levels of excellence.  For that I am thankful,” Menna said..last_img read more


Bomber varisty teams off to respective provincial tournaments

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers girl’s soccer and boy’s rugby squad take to the road to compete in their respective provincial tournaments.The LVR Rugby Bomber trek to Abbotsford for round two of the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Championships against Equimault.The seventh-ranked Bombers dropped the opener Saturday to Southridge 28-7 to drop to the consolation round of the tournament.The tournament continues Thursday before the finals Saturday.Last year LVR finished 13th overall. Meanwhile, the Bomber girls are in Kamloops Thursday to open play in the B.C. High School AA Girls Championships.First up for the Bombers, which won the Kootenay Zone title last week over David Thompson Lakers of Invermere, is host Sahali Sabres Thursday at 11 a.m.Game two of the four-team round robin is later in the day against Seycove of North Vancouver.The preliminary round concludes Friday at 9 a.m. against Surrey Christian.The teams then advance to the playoff round depending on their finish in round robin play.The final of the tournament goes Saturday at 11:30 a.m.The Bombers failed to advance to the provincials in 2011, losing out to J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in the Kootenay Final.last_img read more