Plasma insulin and growth hormone levels were measured during morning and afternoon oral glucose tolerance tests performed on 12 young men at three monthly intervals in the Antarctic. No diurnal or seasonal differences in growth hormone levels were found. However there were diurnal and seasonal variations in the blood glucose/plasma insulin relationship.
Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMaddie Meyer/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Robert Kraft, the owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, said in a statement on Saturday that he is “truly sorry” for getting caught up in an investigation into sex trafficking arising from his visits to a Florida spa, where authorities charge he twice solicited sexual favors for money earlier this year.“I am truly sorry,” Kraft wrote in the statement. “I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.”Kraft also described his “extraordinary respect for women” and cited the spirit of his late wife, Myra Kraft, who died in 2011 of ovarian cancer after 48 years of marriage.“Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years.”“As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and to try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect.”Kraft has been charged by Palm Beach prosecutors with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution for allegedly visiting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida on two occasions earlier this year and paying for sexual favors from the massage parlor’s staff. Two dozen other men caught up in the probe were similarly charged.Authorities set up hidden cameras at the spa as part of a larger investigation into sex trafficking and, according to Jupiter police detectives, obtained video evidence of all of the suspects participating in the alleged sexual acts.Kraft chose to reject a deferred prosecution agreement offered this week to all of the men charged, which would not have required him to plead guilty to any charges, a source close to Kraft told ABC News on Wednesday.Kraft’s attorneys have been engaged in negotiations with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office for much of this week, sources told ABC News, though it does not appear that any deal has been reached to date.Defense attorneys for the National Football League (NFL) team owner reportedly believe that a search warrant that allowed investigators to install hidden cameras inside the spa’s massage rooms was improperly obtained, and note among other things that an investigation premised on probing alleged human trafficking at the Orchids spa has yet to lead to any trafficking charges.“We have looked into it, we’ve looked at the charges brought, looked at the evidence, and there is zero evidence of human trafficking,” defense attorney William Burck told the New York Times.The billionaire team owner has reportedly been deeply distressed by the charges and the subsequent publicity.Several unidentified friends of Kraft told the New York Times this weekend that even a month after being charged, he still “breaks down in tears when discussing the situation.”Triple threatSince his name first surfaced last month in connection with the lengthy investigation into sex trafficking at Florida massage parlors, the veteran Patriots owner is facing a trio of threats — drawing scrutiny from the courts, the NFL and the public at large.If he is cleared of the criminal charges, he could still face censure from the NFL, and if he survives that, he still faces the possibility of potentially embarrassing video of himself at the massage parlor being leaked, or even publicly released under some potential outcomes.The investigation involved dozens of law enforcement officials from numerous agencies as well their counterparts in criminal courts system. Access to such evidence is naturally more vulnerable to misuse the more hands it passes through, defense attorneys and law enforcement officials told ABC News this week.Kraft’s made his statement the day before the NFL team owners’ annual gathering on Sunday in Phoenix — a collection of peers whose judgment on Kraft’s misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution charges could prove equally if not more impactful than any criminal court.NFL Commissioner Roger Godell has punished Kraft’s Patriots more severely than any other franchise during his tenure, according to ESPN. He fined them $250,000, and coach Bill Belichick $500,000, for spying on an opponent’s defensive signals in 2007. He fined the Patriots $1 million, stripped them of two draft choices and suspended quarterback Tom Brady as part of the 2015 “Deflategate” investigation.Even without pleading guilty, league policy states that Kraft could still subject to league penalties, according to ESPN.“It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. We are all held to a higher standard and must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, promotes the values of the NFL, and is lawful.”Earlier this week, a coalition of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking survivor networks wrote a letter calling on Goodell to investigate criminal charges against Kraft and if found to be true to strip him of ownership of the Super Bowl champions franchise, according to a letter released by the coalition on Tuesday.No dealThe proposed pre-trial diversion offer would have required Kraft to either acknowledge guilt or admit that he would have been proven guilty at trial, according to the spokesperson for the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, Mike Edmondson.The Patriots team owner has pleaded not guilty and opted for a non-jury trial before a judge, while assembling a powerhouse team of high-profile Florida criminal defense attorneys.While Kraft is currently facing a statutory maximum of one year in jail, if he were to have accepted the plea agreement, the misdemeanor charges would have been dropped.As part of the statute, Kraft would have had to perform 100 hours of community service, attend a class on the dangers of prostitution and pay a $5,000 fine per count, according to Edmondson.The deal was offered to Kraft and 24 other men charged in the case, though it remained unclear by Saturday if any of the men had accepted the deal.Public records?Depending on the outcome of the case, a key law enforcement figure in the investigation said he believes the alleged video evidence could eventually be publicized.Earlier this week, lawyers for Kraft and 14 of the 24 other men charged in the investigation filed a joint motion seeking a protective order to keep evidence in the case from being released – including hidden camera video of the men in the massage parlor rooms.But prosecutors “declined to agree to the protective order,” Kraft attorney William Burck told the New York Post.“We’ve been surprised and disappointed that the state attorney did not sign on to the protective order, because it is a standard procedure in a criminal case.”The Florida sheriff whose department is overseeing the multi-county investigation told CNBC this week that he expects the video evidence could eventually be released publicly.“I do think ultimately they are probably going to get released,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said on Thursday, one day after Kraft’s attorneys filed the motion for the protective order over the evidence.“Once a case is over, it’s not an ongoing investigation,” Snyder said. “There has to be a specific reason not to release a public record. And the fact that there is sexual activity is not an exemption.”With the case ongoing, the video will remain under seal, Snyder told the financial news channel.“The question is if they plead guilty and the case goes away, will it be subject to public record?” Snyder said. “I think the answer is yes.”The allegations against Kraft came three weeks after the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams to win the team’s sixth Super Bowl title.This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kraft’s then-NFL record $172 million purchase of the Patriots in 1994.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by March 23, 2019 /Sports News – National Robert Kraft ‘truly sorry’ for not meeting ‘higher standard’ in wake of sex scandal read more
Written by January 4, 2021 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 1/3/21 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONBoston 122, Detroit 120LA Lakers 108, Memphis 94Washington 123, Brooklyn 122Utah 130, San Antonio 109Denver 124, Minnesota 109LA Clippers 112, Phoenix 107Chicago 118, Dallas 108Golden State 137, Portland 122NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUEBaltimore 38, Cincinnati 3Buffalo 56, Miami 26Cleveland 24, Pittsburgh 22Minnesota 37, Detroit 35NY Giants 23, Dallas 19New England 28, NY Jets 14Tampa Bay 44, Atlanta 27Green Bay 35, Chicago 16Indianapolis 28, Jacksonville 14LA Chargers 38, Kansas City 21LA Rams 18, Arizona 7Las Vegas 32, Denver 31New Orleans 33, Carolina 7Seattle 26, San Francisco 23Tennessee 41, Houston 38Washington 20, Philadelphia 14TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLHouston 74, SMU 60Michigan 85, Northwestern 66Minnesota 77, Ohio St. 60Wisconsin at Penn St. (Postponed)Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund read more
Managers often worry about tackling poor performance, which in itself can lead to problems getting out of hand. A simple, robust, employee improvement plan could make both of your lives much easier.Every employer has encountered at least one poor performer be it appalling punctuality, poor attendance rate or simply because the individual is just bad at their job. If the problem is left to fester for any length of time, it can cause resentment among other staff, who have to pick up the slack. It may also lead to poor performance multiplying across your organisation, because others perceive that it is tolerated. Quite often, however, the issue is not tackled because the manager does not know what to do.This is where an ’employee improvement plan’ (EIP), which is sometimes referred to in HR circles as a performance improvement plan, can come to the rescue. It allows you to create a clear framework that will hopefully enable the employee to improve to your required standards. While this may sound scary and formal, it is not meant to be; an EIP is an informal process that gives a member of your staff the full opportunity to improve before any formal disciplinary and/or capability procedures are triggered.This approach fits in nicely with the ACAS Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance Procedures, which emphasises the need to resolve workplace issues informally wherever possible.However, there is an added bonus to implementing an EIP. If the employee ultimately fails to come up to scratch, you will have solid evidence that shows exactly what you did to manage the problem and help them solve it.What does an EIP do?It is a multi-stage process that allows you to:1. Identify the areas where an employee is under-performing2. Set defined goals3. Outline how you expect the required improvements to be made by the employee4. Specify what support (if any) will be provided to the employee for example, additional training;5. Measure future performance and success6. Schedule reviews7. Agree a time-frame for improvements.Creating the planBefore you initiate an EIP, you must be able to identify exactly why your employee is not meeting your expectations fully for example, poor timekeeping, missed deadlines, customer complaints or problems with technical competence. Once you have done this, identify what you consider to be acceptable performance standards. You will also need to decide how it will be measured once the plan is triggered, as you cannot assess improvements without a yardstick to quantify them by. Only meet with the employee to set an EIP when you have this information.If it is clear that an employee will need support, training and/or coaching in order to improve their performance, this must always be provided, otherwise they will be in a strong position to challenge the fairness of any formal proceedings that you initiate later on.Members can obtain an employee improvement plan template by calling the NAMB on 01920 468061. read more
Peter AinsworthPeter Ainsworth has been associated with the National Lottery since before it began. Formerly a director of a major investment bank, he has been a Local Councillor and a Member of Parliament, serving as Shadow Secretary of State for DCMS, and Defra, and chairing the Environmental Audit Committee in the House of Commons. In addition tochairing the National Lottery Community Fund he also chairs the Churches Conservation Trust and the Heritage Alliance.Nat SloaneNat Sloane is an experienced funder. He was the co-founder of Impetus Trust, the first venture philanthropy trust fund in the U.K. and was a Board member until 2017. Nat also chairs Social and Sustainable Capital, one of the UK’s largest social investment funds. He is a founding trustee and chair of the endowment fund for the Education Endowment Foundation which is aimed at raising academic attainment for free school meal children in England. Nat recently was appointed chair of Pause a charity which works across the U.K. with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeated pregnancies that result in children needing to be removed from their care. Nat was a partner at Accenture Technology Ventures and has been an investor in early stage ventures in the US and Europe. He was recognised with a CBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his service to Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment.The role of England Committee Chair is remunerated at £24,000 per annum, the role of Chair is remunerated at £40,000 per annum. These appointments have been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Government’s Governance Code requires that any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years is declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election. Peter Ainsworth and Nat Sloane have made no such declarations. read more
Greggs is to open a new shop at Three Bridges railway station, West Sussex, next week (Saturday, 3 February).The store will serve up a range of savoury goods and sandwiches, freshly prepared throughout the day, alongside sweet products and hot drinks. Greggs’ Balanced Choice menu – which includes a selection of soups, salads, porridges and fruit for under 400 calories – will also be available.The new store has created 12 new jobs and will be open seven days a week. While its predominant focus will be on food-to-go, there will be some seating. The news comes a week after the chain announced plans to grow its estate to 2,000 stores over the coming year, with 130 new sites expected to be opened.“We’re delighted to be able to invest in Crawley and provide our valued customers with a modern and convenient new shop,” said Roisin Currie, retail director for Greggs.“We hope our new and existing customers enjoy the wide range of products on offer, whether they’re grabbing a hot cup of coffee, a freshly-made sandwich or a delicious savoury or sweet treat.” read more
Legendary singer Meat Loaf performed at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, Alberta last night, when he unfortunately collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. The news comes after Meat Loaf had cancelled a handful of Canada performance, citing ill health as the reason.Fans reported that the singer fell mid-song, and his slow fall was confusing at first. One fan said that the show seemed to take a lot out of him, according to the CBC. The whole building was evacuated for a medical emergency after Meat Loaf fell.You can watch some video of the incident, courtesy of DJ Rebellion.While reports seem to indicate that Meat Loaf is now stable condition in the hospital, we’re still wishing him all the best.[Photo via CNN] read more
“Street Scene” is performed in Harvard Yard by a group of A.R.T. students.
Special Olympics Notre Dame is a club on campus that provides opportunities for people with special needs to gain not only athletic skills but also social skills.“A lot of what we try to do is getting students of Notre Dame engaged with the athletes in the surrounding community,” sophomore Kristina Kane, communication and outreach of Special Olympics, said. “It’s so much fun for both the students and the athletes to be able to build relationships with each other and have fun playing sports.”Special Olympics hosts practices twice a week. They practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays for soccer during the fall season and Sundays and Wednesdays for basketball during the winter season. “We always have soccer, basketball and football in addition to sometimes helping with swimming,” junior Ellie Olmanson, co-president of the Special Olympics Notre Dame, said. “And we look into events of different varsity sports teams or club teams such as frisbee, golf, track and field. We’re also looking into doing a Zumba event.”The founding of Special Olympics has to do with a United States national campaign called Spread the Word to End the Word. Founded in February 2009, the campaign encourages people to pledge to stop using the word retard. “The person who started that campaign went to Notre Dame,” Olmanson said. “The campaign is trying to advocate for kindness and equality for people with special needs and to not put them in a discriminatory place with using the word retarded to describe something as stupid.”Special Olympics club connects with organizations both on and off campus, like Best Buddies Notre Dame, Special Olympics Indiana and St. Joseph County Special Olympics, to provide the athletes with different opportunities. “We’re looking forward to a special needs panel, trying to get a conglomerate of all the special needs clubs here at Notre Dame, and the different opportunities in the community,” Olmanson said. The club traveled to the University of Michigan the weekend of Oct. 25 for a football game event. “This is actually our second time doing the event,” Olmanson said. “We did this last year at Notre Dame because when Notre Dame and Michigan played, it was here at home. So we tried to continue the tradition by doing it there.”The age of athletes participating in the Special Olympics ranges from kids in middle school to people in their 40s and beyond. “I really love watching the men’s soccer team interact with athletes because athletes are so starstruck to be playing with the Notre Dame men’s soccer team,” Kane said. Olmanson is impressed with how much the athletes were able to grow and mature through Special Olympics. She said she helped one girl gain confidence by encouragement. “During a basketball season, this girl came for the first time and she had a deformed arm,” Olmanson said. “And she was probably in middle school, elementary school age so she was a little nervous to be with everyone. Because of her arm, she was nervous to shoot, but I said, ‘The best shooters only shoot with one arm and you’re ahead of the game.’”Special Olympics Notre Dame creates a supportive and mutually rewarding environment, members of the club emphasized. Olmanson said they feel appreciative of the relationships the club has allowed them to form.“The relationships formed carry out beyond the daily interactions and could grow the confidence of one person which has the butterfly effect that can expand beyond comprehension,” Olmanson said. “I think that’s such a good way to break barriers and to advance everyone who’s a part of it.”Special Olympics Notre Dame looks forward to having new members join. Students can participate in weekly practices by emailing [email protected] “There’s no pressure to always come,” Olmanson said. ”We love seeing new faces every time. Our athletes love seeing new volunteers and making those relationships.”Tags: athletics department, Special Olympics read more
“But what’s remarkable about just a straight cast–just picking up a rod with a line on it and tossing the line across the river? Well, until man is redeemed he will always take a fly rod too far back, just as natural man always overswings with an ax or golf club and loses all his power somewhere in the air; only with a rod it’s worse, because the fly often comes so far back it gets caught behind in a bush or rock.” – Norman MacleanI’ve read about it, watched films about it, and have been forced to listen to my friends return from the great state of Montana boasting about it. Last week I finally got the chance I had been waiting for: fly-fishing.My co-worker Jack Murray and I had decided to get an early start on the day and ‘rip some lips,’ as he humorously put it. So I woke at 6 a.m., put together a quick peanut butter and raspberry-jalapeño jam sandwich, brewed some hot coffee for the drive, threw on a warm sweater, and waited outside. Before dawn, the air was brisk, and I felt myself coming alive on this dark, beautiful weekday morning as the fog slowly lifted.We headed west on 64 towards Waynesboro where the South River meanders through, bisecting the town. Sometime just before 8 a.m. we were standing in a parking lot throwing on our waders and boots, excited to get in the water.Jack had brought two rods: an Orvis two-piece five-weight rod and an Orvis three-piece five-weight rod. I knew nothing about them, but I knew they looked fantastic and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one of them.Jack looked through his fly box and pulled out a fly that looked, to me, like a giant cockroach some kindergartner had put together with pipecleaners.I’m going to start you off with a Chernobyl Ant fly so you can feel the weight of the fly and practice casting.Sounded good to me.The South River is regularly stocked with rainbow and brown trout. From my understanding, late October isn’t prime-time fly fishing anywhere in the East, but we had arrived just in time for the Delayed Harvest–a fact that had boosted my hopes for catching my first trout as a ‘real’ fly fisherman.But first I had to learn to cast. I knew the drill: 10 o’clock, 2 o’clock, all in the wrist (not really), don’t over-cast. No problem. I spent my entire childhood in Wisconsin fishing with standard spinning reels using night crawlers, minnows, leeches, and lures, and figured myself for a pretty good cast. It didn’t take me long to realize that fly fishing was a different animal and it was going to take me a while to learn the craft.I’ve never been the type of guy to take the easy beginners route. When I learned to ride a motorcycle I was thrown on a Honda XR250 when I was only 13, from which I couldn’t touch the ground if I tried, and hadn’t driven a motorized vehicle of any sort aside from a carnival go-kart in my entire life. I rode it alone that day in a grassy field until I crashed. And then rode it some more. When I learned to snowboard, having never before skied either, I spent maybe one hour on the bunny hill and got tired of breaking my ass and told my pal to take me to the black diamonds where I got pretty good at snowboarding in one day because I had to. When I learned to surf I ignored the big foamy boards and surf lessons and grabbed a real 9’8″ single-fin Robert August and paddled way out to where the best surfers were awaiting their sets in Waikiki and I waited my turn until I caught my first wave of many that trip. I almost got beat up, but that’s beside the point.This felt no different.So we ditched the parking lot casting lessons and decided to just get in the water and see what happened. I tied up a smaller Royal Wulff fly–Jack a Caddis fly–and we hit the river.Things were rough at first. The sound of the fly smacking the water behind me was aggravating. I’d get a good rhythm going with the fly floating through 20 feet out through the air in either direction, but then watch it fall five feet in front of me when I let it go. This procedure would continue most of the day. Then I’d get a backlash snag in my line. Or catch a bush behind me. Or a rock. Or start slapping the water again.Why wasn’t this working? I’m no expert on fly fishing–that should be obvious by now–but I do know this: patience and diligence are essential. I shrugged it off and remained calm, sometimes taking fifteen to twenty minutes to get a snag out of my line.Four hours later, Jack was upriver fishing near a pretty good little hole, when suddenly everything around me seemed to disappear. I was no longer looking for fish. I wasn’t looking for holes or riffles. I couldn’t hear the roar of construction just over the bank behind me. I didn’t care how far Jack had strayed up river. The numbing pain of my feet crunched into boots a full size too small became insignificant… suddenly nothing mattered.My eyes were fixed on this yellow beam of line, this magical current shooting out of the end of my rod. The beam never touched the water until I wanted it to. If there was a tree or an awkward breeze, I ditched the standard 10 o’clock-2 o’clock method and improvised–in fact, I’m not sure I ever even got the standard 10 o’clock-2 o’clock method. That didn’t matter. There was something about that initial connection, the practice of practice, the patience that sometimes pays off, that had lured me into a fly-fishing meditation. There was nothing perfect about it in any real fishing sense, but there was a connection between the line and myself that day. I adopted a sort of style, letting my arms and line do the talking, and just went with it. I was in my zone and nothing else around me could enter it.That feeling is one that can only be fulfilled by patience and determination, and every one of those who have achieved it knows what I’m talking about. It’s the feeling of triumph. The feeling of exultation. I have a long way to go before I’ll ever call myself a fly fisherman, but I had finally gotten my feet wet, and I had learned some of the most important lessons in fly fishing: Patience, determination, and improvisation. The rest can only come with time.Jack and I left that river only having caught a few small, unknown species, which appeared to be some sort of bass–perhaps even trash fish–neither of us knew. The fact that we didn’t catch much didn’t matter. All that mattered was that we had been out on that river that day, with our poles and tackle, immersed in the moment.For further information on the Delayed Harvest, check out our last fly fishing blog titled Delayed Harvest Moon and for a fly tying tutorial check out our video below.A fly tying tutorial video for first timers. read more