Junior Seaus family settles with NFL over wrongful death lawsuit

first_img KUSI Newsroom, October 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 2:31 PM Junior Seau’s family settles with NFL over wrongful death lawsuitcenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The family of former San Diego Chargers great Junior Seau  announced Friday that it has reached a confidential settlement in its litigation against the NFL, which alleged that the Pro Football Hall of Famer took his own life at the age of 43 because of brain injuries sustained during his tenure with the league.Lawyers for the Seau family filed a notice in federal court to dismiss their case against the National Football League.Attorney Steve Strauss of the Cooley law firm confirmed the Seau family had settled the case. No details were released.“It was an honor for Cooley to represent the Seau children in this litigation,” Strauss said in a statement. “Throughout this process, they have demonstrated the same spirit and commitment that their father Junior modeled during his incredible life and NFL career. We know he would have been proud of them.”A post-mortem study of Seau’s brain concluded he had suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition caused by repetitive brain trauma.In 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit approved a settlement between the NFL and a class of 5,000 former players over brain injuries, but the Seau family opted out in order to pursue their individual action against the NFL and recover for the children’s unique wrongful death claims.In its wrongful death suit, the Seau family accused the NFL of negligence and said Seau had suffered from symptoms of brain injury caused by repetitive, traumatic head injuries as an NFL player.Seau, of Oceanside, played 20 years in the NFL, including 13 with the Chargers. He retired in 2009.Junior Seau played football at Oceanside High School and the University of Southern California.In May 2012, he shot himself at his Oceanside home. In 2015, he was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a first-ballot selection. Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports Tags: Chargers, Junior Seau FacebookTwitter Posted: October 5, 2018last_img read more

Erykah Badu Announces Winter Tour Dates

first_imgNews Erykah Badu Announces Winter Tour Dates erykah-badu-announces-winter-tour-dates Email The GRAMMY-winning neo-soul songstress is giving fans the gift of live performances this holiday season with shows in select U.S. venues in December and FebruaryAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 6, 2018 – 2:59 pm Erykah Badu, often referred to as the First Lady or Queen of Neo-Soul, first gave the world her unique, sultry sound with her 1997 GRAMMY-winning debut album Baduizm and has been making waves ever since. While she has been playing festivals this year, it has been several years since her last music release or tour, so now fans can rejoice, as the songstress recently has announced select tour dates.Her limited winter tour will warm the hearts of fans in Los Angeles and San Francisco in December, and Baltimore, Miami and Atlantic City, N.J., in February. Attendees in both SF and LA can expect shows on the more intimate side, with the venues she is playing having capacities under 2,500 attendees. The East Coast venues are a bit larger, having capacities in the 10,000-14,000 range. Her Miami performance is part of the III Points music festival, for which she is a headliner, along with SZA, Tyler, The Creator and ASAP Rocky. She performed at several festivals across the country this year, including Demon Dayz in LA and Essence Festival in New Orleans, plus only a few non-festival shows. In August she also gave a super-intimate, heartfelt performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, on which she sang “Rimshot” from her debut Baduizm, for which she won her first two GRAMMYs, including Best R&B Album, at the 40th GRAMMY Awards.Her most recent music is 2015’s But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape, which includes her take on Drake’s viral GRAMMY-winning song “Hotline Bling” with “Cel U Lar Device.” The last LP was 2010’s New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh. Fans can only hope for new Badu music and more tour dates in the (hopefully) near future.For more info on Badu’s winter tour dates, visit her Facebook, where you can purchase tickets.Massive Attack To Celebrate 21 Years Of ‘Mezzanine’ With 2019 Anniversary TourRead more Twitter Erykah Badu Announces Winter Tour Dates Facebook last_img read more

Cutoff Kashmir children despair in lockdown

first_imgIn this picture taken on 19 August 2019 Kashmiri father Mohammad Saleem speaks with AFP as his son Shayan (R) looks on during an interview in their home in Srinagar. Photo: AFPIn a tiny building in a cramped narrow lane in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, Mohammad Saleem and his family feel cut off from the world and trapped in their home as an Indian military lockdown enters its third week.New Delhi imposed the strict movement and communications clampdown hours before stripping the restive Himalayan region of its autonomy on 5 August, in a bid to quell any unrest triggered by the controversial move.The security measures have exacted a toll on the valley’s children, who are going stir-crazy from the isolation and lack of communication with friends.”I can’t study, connect with any of my friends and can’t even go out because of all these restrictions,” Saleem’s 13-year-old son Shayan told AFP.”I really miss going to school. We used to play a lot there. We have been sitting at one place now, what do we do here?”Father-of-three Saleem said his younger daughter moved to live with her grandmother as she was “feeling caged”, pointing to a small hall in the first floor of his home where the family have spent most of their time.Indian authorities re-opened schools in some parts of Kashmir on Monday, but classrooms were largely empty with parents keeping their children at home.With mobile phone networks still down and only some landlines in operation, families don’t want to be separated from their offspring without being able to check on them.One parent fretting about his children’s studies is local businessman Showkat Shafi, who has decided not to send his two daughters, aged eight and 13, back to school until tensions ease.In this picture taken on 19 August 2019 13-year-old Habila (R) speaks with AFP during an interview in her home in Srinagar, where her father Showkat Shafi says she must stay instead of going to school until tensions in the region subside. Photo: AFPThere have been regular bouts of demonstrations in some parts of Kashmir despite the lockdown, with security personnel firing tear gas and pellet guns.”It has become really difficult to live like this,” Showkat, whose dyeing factory has been shut amid the lockdown, told AFP in the residential district of Nowshera.”I don’t know how much longer this will continue. What else can we do now but ask them (children) to not leave their home and just study or keep themselves busy.”- ‘Young live in fear’ –For Saleem, the outbreaks of violence also trigger another fear — that he’ll be mistaken as a protester and locked up by the authorities amid a sweeping crackdown.His home is next to Srinagar’s main mosque Jama Masjid, where protests regularly break out. While authorities have kept the mosque shut since the start of August, they also view this old part of the city as a hotbed of dissent.At least 4,000 people have been detained over the past two weeks under the Public Safety Act (PSA), which allows imprisonment for up to two years without charge or trial, government sources said.Meanwhile the family’s food rations are almost depleted and Saleem, a door-to-door women’s clothing salesman who lives almost hand-to-mouth, hopes to feed his family by borrowing money.His daughter Iram is in her first year of college and has dreams of becoming a teacher.With no sign from Indian authorities on when they will lift the curfew and restore communications services, despair rather than hope now fills her thoughts.”I can’t study because the internet is down… I can’t go anywhere. Where do I go? What do I do now?,” Iram told AFP: “Everyone’s future is getting destroyed. The young here live in fear.”The moment you go out — you have stone pelting, tear gas, curfew… there is everything. I feel that there isn’t as much injustice anywhere in the world than there is for the children in Kashmir.”last_img read more

UPDATE House GOP Postpones Key Immigration Vote

first_imgThe Republican-run House has rejected a conservative immigration bill that offered no path to citizenship for young “Dreamer” immigrants. It also would have made it harder for immigrant citizens to bring relatives to the U.S. and taken steps to crack down on illegal immigration.The measure’s defeat was long expected. Many GOP moderates considered it too harsh and Democrats were solidly against it.Thursday’s vote gave hard-right Republicans, who largely come from deep-red districts, a chance to broadcast to voters the tough steps they would take on the issue. The measure was defeated 231-193.The House next plans to debate a GOP-measure crafted by Republican leaders as a compromise between party moderates and conservatives.That bill also seems likely to be defeated because some conservatives consider it too lenient.___ President Donald Trump said he’s “officially” inviting Democratic leaders to the White House to discuss immigration legislation.Speaking ahead of a Cabinet meeting, Trump said he was making the open invitation through the press.Trump said: “We should be able to do a bill. I’d invite them to come to the White House any time they want. This afternoon would be good. After the Cabinet meeting would be good.”Trump is blaming Democrats for obstructing immigration legislation, saying, “We need two to tango.” A Republican-led effort in the House to address legal status for young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally and to fund Trump’s border wall is teetering on the edge of collapse.Trump said: “I just told you I’ll invite Sen. Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. They can come over. They can bring whoever they want.”It wasn’t immediately clear whether Democrats had been formally invited or if they were planning to accept.___President Donald Trump is defending his Wednesday executive order to end new family separations at the border, but said Congress needs to act to permanently fix the problem.Speaking before a Cabinet meeting, Trump said “I signed a very good executive order.”But he said the “only real solution” is for Congress to close loopholes in the immigration system, saying “If we don’t close these loopholes there is no amount of money or personnel in the world.”As congressional Republicans look to pass sweeping immigration bills Thursday, Trump said Democrats are obstructionists and is accusing them of not caring about the children separated from their parents.This spring, the Trump administration put in a place a zero-tolerance policy on illegal border crossings, resulting in children separated from families at the border.___AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteSpeaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., meets with reporters before a House showdown on immigration, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was “pleased” President Donald Trump ordered an end to separating children from parents at the U.S. border.“I was pleased the president took action yesterday to ensure families can remain together while we enforce our immigration laws,” the Wisconsin Republican said at his weekly press conference. “We do not want children taken away from their parents.”But Ryan stopped short of predicting the House will pass legislation Thursday aimed at resolving broader immigration issues ahead of the November elections.Trump tweeted earlier that any such legislation is all but doomed in the narrowly-divided Senate.We do not want children taken away from their parents. Yesterday’s action by @POTUS will ensure families can remain together while we enforce our immigration laws. In a few short hours, the House will take further action on legislation to address our broken immigration system. pic.twitter.com/5y5NTXKtJA— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 21, 2018____There’s an embarrassing, $100 billion oops in a House immigration bill.The Republican-written measure was supposed to give initial approval for $24.8 billion spread over the next five years for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico and other security measures.Instead, the legislation says it would provide $24.8 billion “for each” of the next five years.Republicans call it a drafting mistake.The text will be corrected in a procedural vote the House expects to take Thursday.The error is in a bill that offers no pathway to citizenship for many young migrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children and has stringent restrictions on legal immigration. The measure seems certain to be defeated.The House also plans to vote on a more moderate GOP immigration bill.___House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is deriding the Republican immigration legislation coming up for a vote as a “compromise with the devil.”Pelosi said the legislation makes House Republicans “complicit” in President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy that has resulted in more than 2,000 children being separated from their parents at the border.She spoke as the House raced toward votes on two broad immigration bills that would, among other things, allow immigrant families detained after crossing the border to be held together. Trump suggested Thursday that any measure the chamber passes would be doomed in the Senate anyway. One bill is aimed at appealing to GOP moderates, while the other is harder-line legislation favored by conservatives.Pelosi said the bill aimed at moderates “may be a compromise with the devil, but it’s not a compromise with Democrats.”___A civil rights group attorney says federal prosecutors unexpectedly dropped misdemeanor charges against 17 adult immigrants who crossed the border with children.Efren Olivares is a lawyer with the Texas Civil Rights Project. Speaking outside of the federal courthouse in McAllen, Texas, he said the 17 immigrants were supposed to have been sentenced Thursday morning for improperly entering the U.S.Olivares said the 17 will likely be placed in immigration detention, though he didn’t know whether they would be reunited immediately with their children or released altogether. Asked if they had any reaction to the charges against them being dropped, he said, “They’re asking about their children, frankly.”The Texas Civil Rights Project is interviewing adults to track them and their children through separate government systems.The dropping of the charges comes a day after President Donald Trump reversed a policy of forcibly separating immigrant children from their parents upon entering the U.S. without permission.___The Pentagon says it is providing 21 lawyers to the Justice Department to help prosecute illegal immigration cases on the U.S.-Mexico border.A spokesman, Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, said Thursday that the lawyers have criminal trial experience and will be appointed as full-time special assistant United States attorneys. He said the attorneys will help prosecute border immigration cases with a focus on misdemeanor improper entry and felony illegal entry cases.Davis said the temporary assignments are to last for 179 days.Davis said the Justice Department made the request in May, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis approved it earlier this month.___House and Senate Democrats are demanding that President Donald Trump reunify the families that were separated at the U.S. border.Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer in the Senate and Nancy Pelosi in the House sent a letter Thursday to the White House urging the president to do everything necessary to reunite more than 2,300 children with their families.Trump on Wednesday issued an executive order that allowed families to stay together, but the Democrats say that the Health and Human Services Department didn’t take immediate steps to reunify the families.Earlier Thursday, Trump took aim at the Democrats saying New York’s Schumer and California’s Pelosi are both weak on crime and border security.The House is set to vote Thursday on two immigration bills. House Republican leaders are still trying to build support for one negotiated among conservative and moderate factions of the GOP.___President Donald Trump is fueling uncertainty about an already shaky House GOP immigration overhaul, questioning “the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need nine votes by Democrats in the Senate.”Trump tweeted Thursday that “the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms).” He adds: “Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!”Trump’s tweet comes as the House plans to vote on two immigration bills. House Republican leaders are still trying to build support for one negotiated among conservative and moderate factions of the GOP.The president has said previously that he wants to change the Senate’s rules to eliminate the filibuster, and allow passage of all bills on a simple-majority vote.____President Donald Trump says the U.S.-Mexico border is a “big mess,” and that at some point the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate “will be forced to do a real deal” on immigration.Trump’s tweet Thursday comes as the House plans to vote on two immigration bills. House Republican leaders are still trying to build support for one negotiated among conservative and moderate factions of the GOP, although the measure is unlikely to pick up much, if any, Democratic support.Trump had embraced a hardline “zero-tolerance policy” at the border, only to back down after reports that the approach resulted in 2,300 children detained separately from their families.Tweeting on Thursday, Trump said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi are both weak on crime and border security.He wrote: “At some point Schumer and Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem. Schumer used to want Border security – now he’ll take Crime!”___House Republicans are trying to approve an immigration overhaul that teetered ahead of voting Thursday.Lawmakers are struggling to move past a debate that has become politically fraught amid the dire images of families being separated at the border.President Donald Trump’s sudden executive action Wednesday on the border crisis stemmed some of the urgency for Congress to act. But House GOP leaders still were pulling out the stops to bring reluctant Republicans on board to resolve broader immigration issues ahead of the November midterm elections.Passage was always a long shot. But now failure may come at a steeper price as Republicans — and Trump — raise expectations that the party in control of Congress and the White House can fix the nation’s long-standing immigration problems. Share Photo via PBS NewsHourPresident Donald Trump sits at this desk in the Oval Office with DHS Secretary Kristin Nielsen and Vice President Mike Pence prior to signing an executive order on immigration policy at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2018.THE LATEST on the immigration controversy: House Republican leaders abruptly postponed voting on a compromise immigration measure amid ongoing infighting between conservative and moderates.Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office confirmed the decision. Voting that had been expected Thursday now would be held Friday instead. That’s according to aides who demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the situation publicly.House Republicans have been struggling on rival immigration bills. A more conservative measure was rejected Thursday. The compromise was negotiated between GOP conservative and moderate factions.___last_img read more

Antibody may help old people regain muscle power

first_imgA newly created antibody could treat the decline in muscle mass and power associated with ageing, show results of a phase-two trial by an international research team.The myostatin antibody treatment improved muscle power in the elderly, as indicated by improvements in the ability to climb stairs, walk briskly and rise repetitively from a chair, the findings showed.“Myostatin is a natural protein produced within the body that inhibits muscle growth,” said one of the researchers Stuart Warden from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, US. “It has been hypothesised for some time that inhibition of myostatin may allow muscle to grow, resulting in improved muscle mass and physical performance. The current study confirms these beliefs,” Warden said. In the study, injections of a myostatin antibody, made by US-based Eli Lilly and Co, over a 24-week period resulted in an increase in lean (muscle) mass and improved performance on tasks requiring muscle power in patients older than 75 with low muscle strength, low muscle performance and a history of falling. “This is the first study to show that myostatin antibody treatment improves performance on activities requiring muscle power,” Warden said. “Muscle power’ refers to the ability to generate muscle force quickly. During ageing, it is lost more rapidly than muscle strength, contributing to disability, falls, reduced quality of life and, in some instances, death,” Warden explained.He said “the current study provides proof-of-concept evidence to proceed to the larger studies that are required to demonstrate whether myostatin antibody treatment improves quality of life and reduces falls and their consequences during ageing”.  “This is an important and exciting first step,” Warden noted in an official statement.last_img read more

Why wives make more friends in late 30s while hubbies stay aloof

first_imgLadies please take note! If your hubby does not feel like going to parties or social gatherings with you, do not fret especially if he is in his late 30s.Researchers including an Indian-origin researcher have revealed that the social circle of men reduces after they get married while women become more socially active from late 30s onwards.”Young men are more connected than young women and the patterns of connection change for both men and women as they grow older,” said Kunal Bhattacharya from Aalto University in Finland. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The findings indicate that after the of age 25, the social circle of men starts shrinking until it stabilises again in the late 40s. After 60s, the decay begins again and old men appear to be rather socially isolated. To reach this conclusion, the team analysed unnamed call records, gender and age information of three million mobile phone users from an European country to understand the communication patterns of individuals.The results indicate that at age 25, both men and women are able to invest time in maintaining large social circles. “The number of connections reaches maximum at age 25 for both genders.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhile men maintain a lot of casual relationships and women seem to be more focused on their romantic partner,” Bhattacharya added in the paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science.From late 30s onwards, women become more connected than men. This is when people get married, settle down and participate in parenthood. “The communication patterns of women would suggest their pivotal roles as parents and grandparents,” Bhattacharya noted.last_img read more