Two studies published yesterday are expected to reignite an emotionally charged debate about whether young athletes should be screened with a heart test to reduce the small risk of sudden death from an undiagnosed heart problem.In the first, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University added an electrocardiogram, known as an ECG, to a routine physical for students. This strategy doubled the number of students with heart disease who were detected, compared with those who did not receive an ECG with their physical.To read more
Press Association Everton boss Roberto Martinez has no doubt Ross Barkley could shine for England at next year’s World Cup. But, as Barkley continues to excel, containing the mounting excitement levels outside the club is becoming increasingly difficult. The talented Barkley further enhanced his reputation by scoring Everton’s winner at Swansea on Sunday with a superb free-kick. Having already won three caps for England this term, the clamour for him to be part of Roy Hodgson’s squad for Brazil is growing. Martinez said: “We always do that when we see an outstanding young man enjoying his football – we always feel they are now ready to win the World Cup. We need to be careful. “Ross is showing that he is growing, developing. He keeps surprising everyone because he is capable of doing anything on a football pitch. “Technically he is one of the most gifted English footballers you will ever see – right and left – his potential is huge. “He is an ambitious boy and he is a joy to work with. I am proud and honoured to see his development. “As a player all you need to do is keep developing, keep working hard and enjoying your football. Martinez is convinced the 20-year-old would be mentally ready if called upon for Brazil, although he has again warned against the dangers of overburdening him with expectation. Martinez has been careful not to overhype the highly rated youngster throughout his strong start to the season. “At the end of the season Ross will be ready for whatever his role is going to be with England. “If it is not this time, I am sure it will be in the future. “He has got the potential to help the nation but we need to be a little bit aware that he is a young man and is still developing. “If Ross is to have a massive role with the national team, nothing would faze him. He has got that mentality and has got an incredible football personality. “He can take anything that comes his way but his focus is just to be as good as he can be for our team. That is the only way you can prepare for your international career.” Barkley struck with six minutes remaining at the Liberty Stadium to secure a 2-1 win. Everton had led through a long-range Seamus Coleman strike after 66 minutes but Swansea had responded to force an equaliser through a Bryan Oviedo own goal. The victory kept Everton firmly in contention at the top end of the Barclays Premier League after 10 games unbeaten. Barkley’s winner was his third goal of the season and capped another fine all-round display. Barkley was tipped for stardom from a young age and first appeared on an Everton bench as long ago as September 2010, when he was just 16. But his progress was halted by an horrific triple leg-break and there were long spells in the reserves and loans at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds before he seized his chance this term. Martinez believes coming through such experiences proves Barkley has the temperament to go right to the top. He said: “I think Ross has been through such a long journey to get where he is. “He is not someone that doesn’t appreciate the day-to-day. He knows the moment he drops his standards it will be very tough for him to get in the team. “He is someone that has had a terrific education with the experiences he has had. He is well equipped to do a good job on the pitch. “Whatever comes will be welcome. If he is not involved in the World Cup I will be happy because he is a young man and is going to be able to relax in the summer. “If he is involved it is a unique experience that he can take a lot from. Whatever comes he will be ready for it.” Barkley grabbed the limelight at Swansea as regular free-kick specialist Leighton Baines was still out injured. “All the top players get guided by instincts and Ross had the feeling he wanted to take the free-kick and he wanted to score,” said Martinez. “He felt it was his moment and he took his moment.” Left-back Baines is expected to be back in contention for the Boxing Day clash with Sunderland after a month out with a broken toe.
A salmonella outbreak said to be caused by onions is reportedly expanding and has infected 640 people from 43 states, including Florida.At least 85 of those infected have been hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “If you don’t know where your onions are from, don’t eat, serve, or sell them or any food prepared with them,” the CDC said Friday.The Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers not to eat onions from Thomson International Inc.That advisory applies to red, white, yellow, and sweet onions.Some of the onions were sold at stores including Walmart, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Publix, Giant Eagle, Food Lion, and H-E-B, under various brand names.Several companies have recalled onions and foods made with the recalled onions, including chicken salad, macaroni salad, fajita stir-fry, pizza and diced raw onions, including Taylor Farms and Giant Eagle. The CDC went on to explain that people should check their homes for the recalled products and throw away the affected items.“Do not eat them or try to cook the onions or other food to make it safe,” the agency added.Signs of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps lasting between six hours and six days after exposure to the bacteria.Those under the age of 5, those over 65 and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to experience severe illness.In some cases, the infection can also spread from the intestines to other parts of the body and require hospitalization.The CDC is asking anyone with symptoms of salmonella poisoning to contact a doctor, write down what they ate the week before they became sick, report the illness to the health department and communicate with health investigators about their illness.Infections have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
by Malik VincentOne of the ways that Jakim Donaldson, a former basketball standout at Edinboro University, gives back to his North Side community is his annual summer basketball camp.The 6-foot-8 former Division II All-American currently competes overseas in Spain’s top professional league. The Oliver grad and his father, Jay, organized the camp that had more than 70 kids, this year. STAR POWER—Former UConn star Ashley Battle (right) drives on two campers. Battle was one of the instructors at the Jakim Donaldson P.R.O.M.I.S.E. Basketball Camp held July 25-27 at Perry High School. (Courier Photos/William McBride) “Just to see the twinkle in the kids’ eyes when you say ‘free camp’ motivates us,” Jay said.The annual camp is in its second year and was held July 25-27 at Perry High School.“I think it’s so instrumental to have these types of things for the development of young players,” Jakim said. “They didn’t have very many free camps when I was coming up, so for them to have a chance to take advantage of one makes it a worthwhile cause.”With both offensive and defensive drills as well as ball handling technique training, the camp focused on what to do on the court, but Donaldson said that’s not its sole teaching.“We had several people come in and mentor the participants,” Jay added. “We want them to understand the importance of how to conduct themselves off the court. It’s equally important.Several entities, throughout the North Side and beyond, served as the camp’s sponsors. Some included: the Northside Leadership Conference, Mark Anthony Salon in Oakland, Quik-it Chicken on Brighton Road, and City of Pittsburgh District 6 City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle.“We’re in our second year and it’s great to see how some the kids have grown mentally, in their game, and physically,” Jakim added.His father pointed out the Pittsburgh Pirates as a major sponsor. His other son, Jehru—18 at the time—was murdered on his way to one of their games.The team has donated 150 to 200 tickets to their P.R.O.M.I.S.E. (Protecting and Restoring the Order of Mankind with the Initiative of Serving Elders) organization, which is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit.“We at P.R.O.M.I.S.E. are very appreciative to the Pirates’ generosity, not only with this camp, but with everything that this organization does,” he said.In addition to the camp, they also hold an annual ‘Gathering of Loved Ones’ event that is held in Northside’s West Park that provides food and games, in an effort to stop the violence.“The community’s role in this is essential for our growth,” Jay said. “We need its continued support in order for us to keep this going.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @malikvincent.)
The USNS Comfort passed by the northeast tip of Sandy Hook March 30, on the way to dock in New York City, passing the Romer Shoal Lighthouse under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. The huge hospital ship will largely be used for noncoronavirus patients, freeing space in the city’s overtaxed hospitals during the pandemic. Capt. Joseph O’Brien, the squadron commander of the medical team aboard the hospital ship, is a graduate of Red Bank Catholic, Class of 1989. RALPH T. GODWIN This article originally appeared in the April 2nd, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.