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Football clubs warned to protect players from dementia – or face paying millions


Football clubs and sporting authorities risk facing multi-million-pound lawsuits if they fail to protect players from brain injuries caused by heading the ball, a leading lawyer has warned.

It comes on the first anniversary of the landmark FA-commissioned FIELD Study, which found footballers were three times more likely to die from dementia.

The FA has yet to take any steps to limit how often professionals head the ball, so far only banning under-12s from heading footballs in training.

Ipek Tugcu, a solicitor at Bolt Burden Kemp and a mentor at the brain injury charity, Headway, said: “I’m disappointed at how little has changed in the last year.

“The research is indisputable, linking repetitive head trauma to increased risk of neurodegenerative disease such as dementia.

“What are governing bodies waiting for?

Jeff Astle’s daughter, Dawn, has led a fight for change

“Nobody is suggesting that heading a ball should be banned. The main issue is header training, as players often do this for hours, day after day. Limiting that would make huge
strides in protecting player welfare.”

Hundreds of retired players have been diagnosed with dementia – prompting the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council to investigate whether it should be designated an industrial disease.

Last week a coroner ruled former Welsh international Alan Jarvis, 76, was killed by an industrial disease after developing Alzheimer’s as a result of years of heading balls.

Alan Jarvis, who played for Everton and Wales, died in December

Ms Tugcu said: “Identifying dementia as an industrial disease would be a huge step in formally recognising the risks of the sport and protecting players.

“It would force governing bodies and clubs to take the necessary steps to limit any risks or face legal action against them. I think things would have to change.”

She pointed to American Football, where the NFL agreed a £700million settlement for retired players with serious medical conditions linked to head trauma.

A University of Leeds study has revealed that the speed of a football has more effect on the damage it causes than its weight or the material it is made from, suggesting that modern footballers could be at even greater risk than those who played with old leather balls.

Jarvis was the second footballer whose death was recorded as an industrial disease. The first was former England international striker Jeff Astle, who died in 2002.

Jeff Astle, in action for West Brom in 1966

Both were found to be suffering CTE, otherwise known as boxer’s brain, caused by repeated blows to the head.

An inquest on Thursday heard Jarvis, who played for Everton and Hull City, headed balls every day for decades. His widow Dilys, 73, said: “I have no doubt his Alzheimer’s was brought on by head injuries.”

Former Chesterfield striker Ernie Moss, 71, suffers from dementia and is in a Derbyshire care home, which has barred his family from visiting due to the coronavirus.

His daughter Nikki Trueman, 45, said: “It is heartbreaking.”

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Pakistani, Indian job seekers warned not to travel to Dubai on tourist, visit visas


Pakistan Consul General in Dubai Ahmed Amjad Ali talking to stranded Pakistani passengers at the Dubai International Airport. The consulate has warned job seekers not to travel to Dubai on tourist visas.
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Dubai: Pakistanis and Indians have been warned against flying in to Dubai for job hunt on tourist/visit visas after hundreds ‘job seekers’ were denied entry at the airport for not meeting visa requirements.

Responding to the ongoing issue of passengers on tourist/visit visas getting stranded at Dubai International Airport, the Pakistani and Indian missions in Dubai have asked job seekers from their countries to refrain from coming to the UAE on these visas.

Denied entry

According to the Pakistan Consulate, 1,374 passengers were denied entry in Dubai since Tuesday. “A total of 1,276 of them were sent back and 98 are remaining at the airport,” a consulate spokesperson told Gulf News on Tuesday afternoon. He said the remaining passengers would be flown back home in the next 12 hours.

Meanwhile, the Indian Consulate said around 300 Indian passengers had been stopped at the airport so far. “Around 80 were allowed entry later. Right now, 49 are still at the airport and we are trying to send them back by tonight or tomorrow. But there is a huge rush on flights,” a consulate spokesperson told Gulf News on Tuesday evening.

Stop job hunters from flying as tourists

The Pakistan Consulate official said the mission has given informed the relevant authorities back home to stop ‘job seekers’ coming to Dubai on visit/tourist visas. “There are now two check points, at the check-in counters and at the immigration counters. If the officials suspect that a passenger on tourist visa is flying to Dubai seeking job, he will not be allowed to fly.”

The official confirmed that passengers are denied entry in Dubai if immigration officials are convinced that they have flown in to look for jobs. “The mission has also asked authorities back home to ensure that passengers on tourist visas have valid return ticket, hotel booking and show money,” the official said.

Genuine tourists

Indian Consulate said the mission has also given instructions to ensure that only genuine tourists come on tourist visas. “If you are on a particular visa category, you have to satisfy that that you are a bona fide visa holder. No country will accept travellers without proper documents and those who do not fulfil the requirements. We have to respect the immigration authorities’ rules and nobody should travel from India to the UAE on a visit or tourist visa looking for a job.”

The official reiterated that Indian blue-collar workers should be recruited only through the e-Migrate online recruitment portal and employers and employees should follow all the regulations. “We request our fellow Indians to come on proper visas. If they are genuine tourists, they should possess sufficient means to cover their expenditure also. And if they are coming for a purpose other than tourism, we will request them to get the right visa.”

Deportation

The missions stated that discussions with local authorities have been ongoing to resolve the crisis. They have also sought to expedite the deportation procedures for those who do not fulfil the entry requirements. Why this trend now?

Both local authorities and diplomatic missions of labour-sending countries have been discouraging people from travelling on tourist/visit visas for job hunt.

Though the trend of jobseekers coming to the UAE on visit or tourist visits had seen a lull in the initial months after the flight services resumed following the suspension due to COVID-19, it has been picking up again as economies have opened, industry experts said.

A senior airline source told Gulf News that blue-collar workers seeking jobs in the UAE have again resorted to flying on tourist visas since economic activities in the country are coming back to normal.

Return ticket for Bangladeshis

Meanwhile, Bangladeshi national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Tuesday announced that all passengers holding visit visas and waiting for their journey must have Biman return ticket (one ticket with two coupons) for travelling from Bangladesh to the UAE to avoid any deportation.

The airline has asked travel agents and other partners to disseminate the information for strict compliance, said Dilip Kumar Chowdhury, regional manager, Dubai and Northern Emirates, who issued the circular.

Though the airline had only received the circular from immigration authorities that Bangladesh is included in the list of five countries tourists from where should carry valid return tickets, he said it has also been informing passengers verbally that they should have hotel bookings and sufficient funds to support their stay.

“Though no Bangladeshi passengers have been denied entry in Dubai so far, we are ensuring that everyone is following the rules as there are many expats from Kuwait who are flying from Dhaka to Kuwait via Dubai after spending quarantine here and sometimes they are unable to book their onward tickets,” he said.

Airlines’ circular

Airlines, travel agents and diplomats had earlier said that they had been informed that visit and tourist visa holders from Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bangladesh must hold a valid round trip ticket for the entry in Dubai.



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COVID-19: Five more shops in Dubai fined and four warned for not adhering to safety measures



Dubai: Five more commercial establishments in Dubai were given fines after staff were found not wearing face masks while four more shops were warned for not posting ample social distancing stickers, the Dubai Economy (DED) tweeted on Tuesday.

The shops that violated the coronavirus (COVID-19) preventive measures were found in Nad Rashid, Al Dhagaya, Al Barsha and Trade Centre 1 areas and involved in travel and tourism, cosmetics trade, real estate and another one was a men’s salon.

No business was ordered closed and 787 shops were found compliant of the health protocols by DED’s Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP), which has been conducting daily monitoring of commercial establishments across Dubai.

The DED earlier announced any customer not complying with COVID-19 precautionary measures can be denied entry to any shops or commercial establishments in Dubai. “Health as well as safety of the public is a top priority and everyone is responsible to protect it,” the DED underlined.

Everyone is also encouraged to report any non-compliance to health guidelines through the Dubai Consumer app or by calling 600545555, or by visiting consumerrights.ae.



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Kim Kardashian says people warned her not to work with Donald Trump


Kim Kardashian says people warned her not to step foot in the White House because her reputation would be ruined – as she stands by working with Trump on prison reform and refuses to say who she’ll vote for

  • Kim Kardashian was grilled by David Letterman about working with Trump for the first episode of his Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction
  • In the wide-ranging interview, Kardashian refused to say anything negative about Trump even as Letterman repeatedly questioned her on politics 
  • The mother-of-four said it was worth going against the advice of family and friends to work with Trump on criminal justice reform 
  • Her advocacy pushed Trump to commute the life sentence of Alice Johnson who had spent more than two decades serving life without parole
  • It resulted in her meeting Trump in the Oval Office in a widely publicized visit back in 2018 
  • Despite being repeatedly grilled on her relationship with Trump, Kardashian would only say that she is ‘extremely grateful’ for the work of his administration 

Kim Kardashian says people warned her not to step foot in the White House because she would ruin her reputation, but she stands by working with President Donald Trump on prison reform.

The 39-year-old was grilled by David Letterman about working with Trump for the first episode of his Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction that will air on Wednesday.

In the wide-ranging interview, Kardashian refused to say anything negative about Trump even as Letterman repeatedly questioned her on politics. 

The mother-of-four said it was worth going against the advice of family and friends to work with Trump on criminal justice reform. 

Her advocacy pushed Trump to commute the life sentence of Alice Johnson who had spent more than two decades serving life without parole for a nonviolent drug offense. 

Kim Kardashian was grilled by David Letterman about working with President Trump on prison reform for the first episode of his Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction that will air on Wednesday

It resulted in her meeting Trump in the Oval Office in a widely publicized visit back in 2018. 

‘Trust me, everyone called me and said, “Don’t you dare step foot in that White House or your reputation is done.” And I said, “I have to step foot in there or these people’s lives don’t have a chance”,’ Kardashian told Letterman in the yet-to-air interview, according to the Daily Beast.  

‘Hopefully, for the next multiple administrations, I’ll be working with the White House, helping them with clemencies.’

Kardashian would not acknowledge any of Trump’s ‘unacceptable behavior’ after Letterman said: ‘But see, your good work is overwhelming. It’s a positive force that diminishes what I consider to be unacceptable behavior by the president.’

He continued: ‘But do you feel that what is being done on behalf of sentencing reform now via this current administration in any way allows the balance of democracy back in a corridor of viability?’  

Her advocacy pushed Trump to commute the life sentence of Alice Johnson who had spent more than two decades serving life without parole for a nonviolent drug offense and resulted in her meeting Trump in the Oval Office in a widely publicized visit back in 2018

Her advocacy pushed Trump to commute the life sentence of Alice Johnson who had spent more than two decades serving life without parole for a nonviolent drug offense and resulted in her meeting Trump in the Oval Office in a widely publicized visit back in 2018

The mother-of-four said it was worth going against the advice of family and friends to work with Trump on criminal justice reform. The pair are pictured at the White House in June 2019

The mother-of-four said it was worth going against the advice of family and friends to work with Trump on criminal justice reform. The pair are pictured at the White House in June 2019 

The TV star, who is currently studying to become a lawyer in California and has made subsequent visits to the White House, went on to say: ‘Well, I have no idea what you just said.’ 

‘I’m grateful for what you’re doing, but it doesn’t make me feel any better about the current administration,’ Letterman said, prompting Kardashian to say: ‘I understand that’. 

Despite being repeatedly grilled on her relationship with Trump, Kardashian would only say that she is ‘extremely grateful’ for the work of the Trump administration regarding criminal justice reform.

She added that she was determined to ‘stay focused’ on her goals. 

Elsewhere in the interview, Karadashian refused to say who she was voting for. 

‘I know who I’m voting for,’ she said without elaborating further. 

The interview was filmed early this year prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and well before Joe Biden was confirmed as the Democratic candidate. 

Despite being repeatedly grilled on her relationship with Trump by Letterman, Kardashian would only say that she is 'extremely grateful' for the work of the Trump administration regarding criminal justice reform. They are pictured in 2019

Despite being repeatedly grilled on her relationship with Trump by Letterman, Kardashian would only say that she is ‘extremely grateful’ for the work of the Trump administration regarding criminal justice reform. They are pictured in 2019

It was also filmed before her husband, Kanye West, announced his presidential bid.  

Kim has previously said she voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

Kardashian has previously said she has no regrets about working with Trump and that she has developed a good relationship with the White House. 

First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner were responsible for setting up Kardashian’s initial meeting with Trump. 

She has previously said she knew exactly what she was getting into and that it didn’t make sense to her when she was advised not to meet the President.

‘I was like, if someone can get out of prison and get their life back versus my reputation of going to the White House – when there is only one person on this planet that can make the decision and that would be the president – and that was even a question for the media, that just absolutely didn’t make sense to me,’ Kardashian said last year.  



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UAE residents warned against misbehaving with public servants



ABU DHABI: The Federal Public Prosecution has warned that assault on public employees is a crime punishable under the law.

In an awareness video posted on its social media accounts today, the Federal Public Prosecution stressed that under Article 248 of the Federal Penal Code, “Any person who uses force, violence or threat against a public servant or a person entrusted with a public service, to unlawfully compel him to perform or omit any of his duties, even if his objective was not reached, and if such a person reaches his objective, the penalty shall be a jail sentence for no less than one year.”

The Federal Public Prosecution said the publication of this video underlines the keenness of the Public Prosecution to promote legal awareness and foster the right culture among members of the community.



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COVID-19: Two shops in Dubai warned for not placing social distancing posters



Dubai: Two shops in Dubai were given stern warnings by the Dubai Economy (DED) for not posting social distancing stickers inside their premises, the DED tweeted on Friday.

No shop was ordered closed nor given fines while 745 shops were found compliant of the health protocols, following field inspections conducted by DED’s Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) on Thursday.

The DED added it is conducting daily monitoring of commercial establishments across the emirate. The DED also called on everyone to report any violation of the prescribed health guidelines by using the Dubai Consumer app or by calling 600545555, or by visiting www.consumerrights.ae.



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COVID-19: Six businesses fined and three shops warned in Dubai for not adhering to safety measures



Dubai: Following intensive field inspections, the Dubai Economy (DED) has fined six commercial establishments and handed down stern warnings to three more shops in Dubai for not complying with coronavirus (COVID-19) safety protocols, the DED tweeted on Thursday.

No business was ordered closed and 542 shops were found compliant of the health protocols by DED’s Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP), which is conducting daily monitoring of commercial establishments across the emirate.

The DED earlier announced any customer not complying with COVID-19 precautionary measures can be denied entry to any shops or commercial establishments in Dubai. “Health as well as safety of the public is a top priority and everyone is responsible to protect it,” the DED underlined.

Everyone, meanwhile, is encouraged to report any non-compliance to health guidelines through the Dubai Consumer app or by calling 600545555, or by visiting the consumer rights website.



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COVID-19: 11 shops fined, 2 warned for not adhering to safety measures


DED is keeping a strict vigil over Dubai shops to ensure they take precautionary measures against COVID-19
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Dubai: Eleven commercial establishments in Dubai were given fines while two more got stern warnings for failing to comply with the prescribed coronavirus (COVID-19) safety guidelines, the Dubai Economy (DED) tweeted on Tuesday.

The DED has repeteadly emphasised the importance of following the precautionary measures and added its Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) department is continuously monitoring commercial establishments across the emirate.

Meanwhile, no business was ordered closed and 685 shops were found compliant of the COVID-19 protocols, following intensive field inspections conducted by the DED on Monday.

The DED said public should report non-compliance to the precautionary guidelines through the Dubai Consumer app available on the Apple, Google, and Huawei stores, or by calling 600545555, or by visiting the consumerrights.ae website.



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Everton warned over ‘wounded animal’ Liverpool as trio set to return in derby


Everton have been warned they will be facing a “wounded animal” when rival neighbours Liverpool come to Goodison Park in the first Merseyside derby of the season on Saturday.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side go into the clash three points clear of the reigning Premier League champions having won all four of their opening fixtures, while Liverpool were thrashed 7-2 in their last outing.

Optimism is running high around Everton heading into the clash, as they look to earn their first win over Liverpool in exactly a decade.

But with the Reds set to welcome back Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara – all of whom played no part in the heavy defeat to Aston Villa – former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy feels Everton should approach the match with caution.

Murphy told the Daily Mail : “For the first time for many years, the blue half of the city will understandably go into the game expecting to win.

Sadio Mane will be back to face Everton

“But in football you are best to be careful, particularly given a team as good as this Liverpool.

“If I was in the blue dressing-room, I would say beware the wounded animal, particularly as Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara should be all right to return.”

Both Mane and Alcantara returned positive tests for coronavirus but have been self-isolating since, while Henderson was struggling with injury and did not come off the bench against Villa.

It was 10 years to the day when Everton last got one over their local rivals, but under Ancelotti the Toffees represent a different prospect to those who have failed previously.

The two sides drew 0-0 the last time they met behind closed doors, though Everton have added some top class signings to their ranks since.

Who will win Saturday’s Merseyside derby? Have your say below.

Naby Keita could miss the derby after reports stating he has contracted Covid-19
Naby Keita could miss the derby after reports stating he has contracted Covid-19

 

Jurgen Klopp meanwhile rued the fact he would only have two days to work with his players on their return from international duty, particularly after such a devastating defeat.

And despite welcoming back three of his stars, Klopp could be without midfielder Naby Keita for Saturday’s contest.

The Guinea international has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus while away on duty, according to journalist Usher Komugisha.

Should that prove to be the case, Keita would be forced into self-isolation and would at least be ruled out of the Merseyside derby.

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COVID-19: Restaurant in Dubai closed; 8 shops warned for violating health protocols



Dubai: A restaurant in Dubai was ordered for not adhering to the precautionary measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, Dubai Economy (DED) tweeted Monday.

The closure was done in coordination with the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). The DED has also fined eight commercial establishments after their staff were found not wearing face masks and not taking the right measures for social distancing. Three more shops were given stern warnings for not posting health and safety stickers, including social distancing posters, while 853 businesses were found compliant with the health protocols.

The DED underlined its Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) department is continuously monitoring commercial establishments to ensure their commitment to the precautionary measures. The DED has also repeatedly called on everyone to cooperate and contribute to keeping the emirate’s economy moving forward in spite of the pandemic threat. The DED also called on everyone to report any non-compliance to the precautionary guidelines through the Dubai Consumer app available on the Apple, Google, and Huawei stores, by calling 600545555, or by visiting the consumer rights website.



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