By Jueseppi B.
Tall and regal, with a deep, majestic voice, Maya Angelou defied all probability and category, enjoying mainstream success as an author and thriving in virtually every artistic medium.
Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman, survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais.
She died Wednesday at age 86. The Struggle Here On Earth Is Over Queen Maya. Rest And Worry No More.
President Obama to Host Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit
WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, May 29, President Obama will host a Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit at the White House, where he will be joined by young athletes, parents, coaches, academics and experts, athletes, military service members, and other stakeholders.
We know that many parents are focused on how best to protect their child from concussions, identify when their child has a concussion, and how best to respond when their child has a concussion. Last fall, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council published a report that found that there are gaps in our research knowledge and that there is a startling lack of data on concussions, especially in youth sports. The report also found that there is still a “culture of resistance” among athletes related to the self-reporting of concussions and the adherence to treatment plans once they experience a concussion.
The President believes we can and must do better and the Administration is committed to helping ensure that children continue to be active and play sports safely. During this summit, the Administration will announce new commitments from both the public and private sectors to raise awareness among young athletes, parents, school administrators, clinicians, coaches, and youth sports programs about how to identify, treat, and prevent concussions, as well as to conduct additional research in the field of sports-related concussions that will help better address concussions among students.
From the White House: the “summit is bringing together key stakeholders to highlight new commitments, including new public-private partnerships, to increase research that will expand our knowledge of concussions and to provide parents, coaches, clinicians, and young athletes tools to better prevent, identify and respond to concussions.”
Actions Obama will announce, according to the White House:
· The NCAA and the Department of Defense are jointly launching a $30 million effort to fund the most comprehensive clinical study of concussion and head impact exposure ever conducted and to issue an Educational Grand Challenge aimed at improving concussion safety behaviors in college sports and the military. This initiative aims to produce research on concussion risks, treatment and management through a multi-site longitudinal clinical study and advanced research projects. Through an Educational Grand Challenge, the initiative aims to create novel and impactful evidence-based concussion education materials and solicit research proposals to identify key factors for affecting change in the culture and behavior of college student-athlete and other young adult populations with regard to concussions.
· The NFL is committing $25 million over the next three years to support projects and partnerships aimed at promoting youth sports safety, including support for new pilot programs to expand access to athletic trainers in schools, in conjunction with the National Athletic Trainers Association, and to support a Back to Sports program — a collaboration with the National PTA and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association — to hold information sessions across the country to educate parents about sports safety and the value of sports participation and an active lifestyle.
· The National Institutes of Health is announcing the launch of a new longitudinal research effort to detect, characterize, and measure the chronic effects of repetitive concussions to inform clinical trials aimed at preventing or slowing disease progression in the future. NIH is being supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, starting with an initial investment of $16 million from its first Sports Health Program partner, the National Football League. This funding, together with grants announced at the end of last year, fulfill the $30 million commitment the NFL made to the NIH in 2012. This fall, the NIH will convene public and private funders of concussion and TBI research, including NIH, the NFL, DoD, and NCAA, with the goal of supporting enhanced coordination among research efforts and better leveraging of public and private investments to accelerate research outcomes.
· The UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, with a $10 million investment from Steve Tisch, UCLA’s Departments of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics will launch the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program to target sports concussion prevention, outreach, research and treatment for athletes of all ages, especially youth. The program will focus on strategies such as community education events, including a planned Southern California youth concussion day for players, coaches, parents and trainers; a new fellowship program training the next generation of pediatric sports neurologists; longitudinal research studies to advance understanding of and treatment of concussion; and expanded treatment capacity through new multidisciplinary concussion clinics. In addition, this commitment will support a planning initiative to inform the development of a national system to accurately determine the incidence of youth sports-related concussions.
· The National Institute of Standards and Technology will invest $5 million over five years as part of the Materials Genome Initiative, to work on tools to accelerate the development of advanced materials that can provide better protection against concussions for the athlete, the warfighter and others. These efforts aim to advance the development of new materials including light-weight, structural composite, and active or smart materials for protective gear.
· Pop Warner Little Scholars will participate this season in a research project modeled on the High School RIO reporting system, which tracks concussions and concussion trends in high school sports, to improve tracking of concussions among young athletes. 100 Pop Warner teams will participate in the RIO pilot. Pop Warner provides youth football and cheer and dance programs to approximately 425,000 young people ranging in age from 5 to 16 years old. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will launch a comprehensive pediatric and adolescent concussion registry to enable CHOP researchers to assess data for thousands of children with concussions to improve understanding of concussions and their impact on child health.
· Safe Kids Worldwide, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, will host more than 200 sports safety clinics for parents, coaches and young athletes across the country, including education on concussions, and will release a research report this summer providing updated insights into the culture of youth sports today. The Brain Injury Association of America in collaboration with SAP will build an online application to help students, parents and educators better understand when to return to class after a concussion through a software platform that allows students, parents, educators, coaches and medical treatment providers to communicate.
· USA Cheer will roll-out a new Head Injury Protocol to over 300,000 cheerleaders and their coaches this summer at clinics around the country to teach coaches and cheerleaders how to prevent, identify and seek treatment for any suspected head injuries. USA Cheer and its partners, the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators, the U.S. All-Star Federation and the National Federation of State High School Associations will release new, updated cheerleading safety guidelines to reduce head injuries in cheerleading.
· U.S. Soccer is establishing a Chief Medical Officer position to interface with the medical community and experts in the field of concussion management and prevention. U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer will jointly organize a first-of-its-kind Medical Summit to, among other topics, lead a coordinated effort on concussion management and prevention initiatives. They also will use their platforms to communicate PSAs and other concussion-related messages including through U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team games, MLS games and special events, and other venues.
· The National Federation of State High School Associations will host a concussion summit this year focused on promoting best practices to minimize injury risks in high school athletes. NFHS writes playing rules for high school level sports, reaching more than 19,000 high schools and more than 7.7. million participants in high school sports. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association will use its summer convention to provide education sessions on concussion for high school coaches and expand the concussion information on its Web site.
· The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will promote the use of its new Heads Up to Parents app to help parents learn how to spot concussion symptoms and what to do if they think their child or teen has a concussion. In response to the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation to evaluate education efforts, CDC will evaluate its Heads Up concussion education program to help ensure that its messages are best reaching parents, coaches and young athletes. It also will support the evaluation of ‘return to play’ laws.
· The American Academy of Neurology will host its first multidisciplinary Sports Concussion Conference this summer and continue to support a national public education campaign to increase awareness of its clinical guidelines on sports concussions. The American Psychological Association will produce a Web-based Concussions Toolkit as a resource for psychologists on concussions research and clinical information. The American Academy of Pediatrics anticipates releasing an updated policy statement on sports-related concussion in children and adolescents in the fall of 2015. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will, by spring 2015, release the clinical guidelines it is developing for the appropriate diagnosis and management of children and teens with mild traumatic brain injury, including concussions, for use in doctor’s offices and emergency departments. CDC has convened a Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Guideline Workgroup composed of leading clinical experts to support the development of these guidelines.
White House Schedule – May 29th, 2014
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29th, 2014
WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, MAY 29th, 2014
Thursday May 29th, 2014. All Times EDST
In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
Later in the morning, the President will deliver remarks as part of the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit. He will be joined by young athletes, parents, coaches, academics, experts, athletes, military service members, and other stakeholders for these remarks in the East Room. The President’s remarks will be open press.
In the afternoon, the President will join students participating in the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit for a sports clinic on the South Lawn. This event will be pooled press.
10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.
11:10 AM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, East Room.
12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.
2:55: PM: THE PRESIDENT participates in a clinic as part of the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, South Lawn.
3:00 PM: The Vice President attends a reception for the Democratic National Committee, Local Event Time: 12:00 PM. Private Residence – Seattle
President Obama’s Schedule for the Week of May 29th to May 30th 2014
On Thursday, the President will host a summit at the White House on youth sports safety and concussions, where he will be joined by stakeholders, including young athletes, parents, coaches, experts, professional athletes, and military servicemembers. At the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit, the President will announce new commitments by both the public and private sectors to raise awareness about how to identify, treat and prevent concussions, and conduct additional research in the field of sports-related concussions that will help us better address these problems.
On Friday, the President will attend a hurricane preparedness meeting at FEMA Headquarters.
Gutierrez in Richmond, Va. to prod Cantor on immigration reform
By LYNN SWEET
WASHINGTON — Rep. Luis Gutiettez D-Ill. on Wednesday hits Richmond Va. to discuss immigration reform at the State Capitol. Richmond is in the congressional district of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor R-Va. congressional district (VA-7) and the event is designed to try to prod Cantor into getting House leadership to take up immigration reform — almost a year after the Senate passed a comprehensive reform bill.
There is not a lot of time left. In a speech on the House floor last week (May 20) Gutierrez noted only 18 legislative days before Congress takes a July 4 break.
Hillary Clinton: Rahm Emanuel interviews her in Chicago June 11
By LYNN SWEET
WASHINGTON—Hillary Rodham Clinton hits Chicago for a speech on June 10—the day her new book “Hard Choices” is released—and at the Chicago Ideas Festival the next day, she will be interviewed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is helping raise money for a group encouraging her to run for president in 2016.
Clinton returns to her hometown for the paid address to the United Fresh Produce Association and the Food Marketing Institute, meeting at McCormick Place coming on the release date of the anticipated blockbuster—and I say that based on news reports that a million copies of the book have been printed.
The Ideas Festival is calling the Clinton/Emanuel event a “conversation,” with the former Secretary of State delivering remarks for about 20 minutes, followed by Emanuel hosting a question and answer session which will include taking questions from the audience.
Ticket info: chicagoideas.com Tickets to Clinton’s event will include a signed copy of Hard Choices.
Westboro Baptist Church’s Plan to Protest D.C. High School Sparks Counterprotest
A local high school’s effort to support its gay students has drawn the ire of the Westboro Baptist Church, provoking the divisive, Kansas-based group to plan a protest next month in the District.
On Wednesday, mayoral candidate David Catania, an openly gay member of the D.C. Council, called on residents of the city to stand with students at Woodrow Wilson High School “in support of tolerance and respect.”
The Northwest D.C. school will host a Pride Day on June 4, welcoming more than 20 organizations with support and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students into its atrium for a midday event.
Five days later, the WBC is planning an anti-gay protest on the sidewalk outside the school, attempting to catch the attention of students as they arrive for morning classes.
“This generation cannot find wisdom at any of their institutions of elementary, secondary or post-secondary education,” organizers declared in a release posted to Westboro’s website on Sunday. The group is targeting Wilson for providing resources to gay students.
Last year, Wilson made history as the first public school in D.C. to have a pride celebration.
Catania spoke with the principal, faculty and students behind the second annual event and thanked them for their work. Some have announced plans to organize a peaceful counterprotest.
“As I told the students, they are reaffirming the District’s legacy of inclusiveness and respect,” he said in a release.
“This is the city where Mildred and Richard Loving sought refuge and the freedom to love the person of their choice when the state of Virginia barred them from marrying because of the difference in the color of their skin,” he continued, referring to the landmark civil rights decision that invalidated laws barring interracial marriage. “More recently, it is the same city that was at the forefront of the fight for Marriage Equality.”
Catania, a Republican-turned-independent who spent much of his childhood in Kansas, is urging D.C. residents to back the students against the protesters.
From Associated Press:
Conservative Senator: Gay Marriage Will Become Law Of The Land
Hatch said people who can’t see what’s happening aren’t living in the real world. He made the remarks during an appearance on KSL-Radio’s Doug Wright Show (http://bit.ly/1koFdlh).
“Let’s face it: anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on,” said Hatch, a seven-term Republican senator who has been a proponent of keeping marriage exclusively between a man and a woman.
He said he doesn’t agree with the string of pro-gay marriage rulings, but defended two Utah judges who issued such decisions. Hatch said Robert Shelby and Dale Kimball are both excellent federal judges. Hatchrecommended both for the bench — Shelby in 2011 and Kimball in 1997.
“How do you blame the judge for deciding a case in accordance with what the Supreme Court has already articulated?” Hatch said.
His only criticism of Shelby was that he didn’t immediately put his ruling on hold when he struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban in December. More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples until the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay more than two weeks later. The case is before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
Gay rights activists have won 14 lower court cases since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last summer. Gay and lesbian couples currently can marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia, with Oregon and Pennsylvania being the latest states to join the list.
Hatch also questioned whether judges should be able to tell states how to handle an important matter like marriage.
He said he believes nobody should suffer discrimination, and said religious people should try to understand other people’s beliefs.
The former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee predicted the Supreme Court would take a gay marriage case in 2015.
“Sooner or later gay marriage is probably going to be approved by the Supreme Court of the United States, and certainly as the people in this country move toward it, especially young people,” Hatch said. “I don’t think that’s the right way to go, on the other hand, I do accept whatever the courts have to say.”
Thank you Associated Press.
From TPM LIVEWIRE:
Newspaper Writes Blistering Editorial On McConnell’s Shift On Obamacare
That doesn’t quite add up to the editorial board of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
“Repeal the federal law, which McConnell calls ‘Obamacare,’ and the state exchange would collapse,” the editorial said on Wednesday. “Kynect could not survive without the ACA’s insurance reforms, including no longer allowing insurance companies to cancel policies when people get sick or deny them coverage because of pre-existing conditions, as well as the provision ending lifetime limits on benefit payments. (Kentucky tried to enact such reforms in the 1990s and found out we were too small a market to do it alone.)”
The editorial goes on to say that Kynect wouldn’t be able to survive without the federal funding from Obamacare.
“Kynect is the Affordable Care Act is Obamacare — even if Kentuckians are confused about which is which,” the editorial continued.
The editorial went on to say that the talking points it received from the McConnell campaign in response to questions about McConnell on Kynect and Obamacare are “unconnected to reality.”
“Kentuckians are waiting to learn if their five-term senator understands —or cares— how much is at stake,” the editorial concluded.
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Published on May 29, 2014
Richard Sherman of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks goes into the White House Kitchen to cook up something special. http://www.letsmove.gov
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