Kids Arena allowing user groups early access

first_imgDespite delaying the new Kids Arena Fieldhouse’s grand opening, which affected a lot of the building’s user groups, the committee has decided to open the facility to its user groups by Nov. 14.After revealing the delayed grand opening, the committee was approached by the Fort St. John Soccer Club, who expressed the difficulties that would ensue with scheduling without the use of the facility.Trevor Bolin, Co-Chair of the Kids Arena Fieldhouse Committee, says the comittee and soccer club met Friday morning, and determined that the user groups will be able to use the facility for league games until the grand opening takes place on Jan. 2, 2012.- Advertisement -Bolin says the committee and the user groups agreed that this “soft opening” is a proper resolution method and could also benefit the new facility, as the user groups will provide feedback in order to help “work out all the kinks” within the newly renovated facility.Programming, public rentals and drop-ins are to be phased in during  November and December.The Arena’s grand opening is still scheduled for Jan 2, 2012, after which the facility will be open to the general public as well.Advertisementlast_img read more

Football fans: World Cup health warning

first_img0Shares0000Research has pointed to a long list of hazards ranging from heart attacks and strokes, to unsafe sex, accidents, suicides, and a spike in domestic abuse. Photo/COURTESYPARIS, France, June 8 – For football fans, the World Cup should be a time of fun with family and friends. But beware, experts say, it can also sicken or even kill you.Research has pointed to a long list of hazards ranging from heart attacks and strokes, to unsafe sex, accidents, suicides, and a spike in domestic abuse. “It is not just a game,” warned a 2010 study in the American Journal of Medicine which said major sporting events “can acutely increase cardiovascular event and death rates.”Most at risk are patients with known coronary artery disease, it said, or those who find themselves in particularly stressful circumstances: “a passionate fan, a high-stakes game, a high-intensity game, a loss, and a loss played at home.”Many a football fan may have shouted at the TV that they “nearly had a heart attack” when their team missed a shot at goal or let an opposing player through to score.But this is not something to joke about.Research has repeatedly shown that psychological triggers such as stress, anxiety, and anger — emotions any sports fan can relate to — can bring on a heart attack.“We know that this is an exciting time but don’t forget about your heart health,” advises Julie Ward, a senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation.Measures to reduce risk include using blood-thinning aspirin, meditation, and avoiding activities such as smoking, eating artery-clogging, fatty foods, or binging on alcohol or drugs.– Eye strokes –Though not within the control of fans, winning or losing makes a difference too, according to one study in New Zealand.It found a 50 percent increase in hospital admissions for heart failure, particularly among women, after a semi-final loss in the 2003 rugby World Cup.By contrast, hospitalisations were lower after the country’s 2011 semi-final win.It is not only our hearts we should watch.One study noted an explosion during the 2014 World Cup in cases of “retinal vein occlusion” — a blockage of small veins in the eye that is also known as an “eye stroke”.A common cause of vision loss, it is more common in people with cardiovascular disease.Researchers compared the number of cases treated at a German university eye clinic during and four weeks afer the 2014 World Cup with the same period in 2013.It found a definite increase, and said “it can be assumed that the emotional strain caused by a World Cup is a risk factor.”Why does the beautiful game stir up such dangerous passions?Psychologists have suggested that sporting events can give people a sense of group belonging and shared identity.There is also the sense of hope they provide, even for fans of teams that never win… Maybe this time!With such a deep emotional investment and high expectations, failure can lead to crushing disappointment. And it can drive some to more than just tears.Several studies have found suicides rocketing after a World Cup defeat.A study last year found “a significant increase” in hospital admissions of young women in Tehran who drank poison during the four weeks of the 2014 World Cup.Iran was eliminated in the knockout stages.Conversely, in 2012, a study reported a “significant decline” in suicides in France during the four weeks of the 1998 football World Cup the country hosted and won.– Drink water, move around –A further threat to fans, experts warn, is risky behaviour driven by drinking too much alcohol, leading to road accidents, unsafe sex, and violence.A 2013 study, looking at trends during the 2002, 2006, and 2010 World Cups, found the risk of domestic abuse in England rose by 26 percent when the national team won or drew, and 38 percent when it lost.Keeping an eye on alcohol intake is high on the list of “simple steps to stay healthy” compiled by Ward.“Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep hydrated during the match,” she added.“Also cut back on the drinks high in sugar or caffeine as these can affect your heart rate and rhythm,” she told AFP.No need to cut out snacking altogether.“But try and have some healthy choices in the house too -– try hummus and carrot sticks, a variety of colourful fruit and some popcorn, either plain or spiced with paprika, chili or rosemary, for a lower-fat, lower calorie alternative to crisps and roasted nuts,” Ward recommended.And don’t sit down for too long, she added. Get up and move around at least every 30 minutes for the sake of our heart.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Stomped inmate ‘fish out of water’

first_imgAn inmate who was stomped to death after he cut in front of two gang members in a dinner line at the Men’s Central Jail had mental problems and was incarcerated for a nonviolent offense, authorities said. Sheriff’s officials said Friday that 35-year-old Chadwick Cochran had been in downtown’s Twin Towers mental health facility last month but was eventually moved into the general population at the Men’s Central Jail, where many violent inmates are housed. “He was a fish out of water,” Sheriff Lee Baca said. “These inmates were sharks, and he was in the shark tank.” Authorities are investigating why he was moved from one facility to the other. Cochran never used the weapon or threatened anyone with it. When deputies arrived, he apparently had given the gun back to Rowe, according to court documents.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The attackers spent 10 to 15 minutes beating and stomping the victim’s head while other inmates watched, officials said. The men were among 30 inmates locked in a room to eat dinner while deputies searched nearby cells for weapons. The inmates were left alone and unsupervised. The death was the eighth in the county jail system in two years. Christian Perez, 18, and Heriberto Rodriguez, 24, were later charged with murder. Friends told authorities that Cochran was a transient who suffered from paranoia and delusions. He ended up in jail after a series of events that began in October when 79-year-old Gloria Mae Rowe of Covina befriended him after finding him in the rain outside a supermarket near her home. Because Cochran was worried about people trying to “get” him, Rowe said she lent him a loaded black revolver. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Cochran after discovering the gun, possession of which was a violation because he had been convicted of a robbery 14 years ago. last_img read more