Monthly Archives: August 2013

UN creates International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

UN creates International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

(23/08/2013) – In a historic decision, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly today approved by consensus a proclamation establishing an International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The Day will be celebrated each year on 6 April, the date of the opening of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, by UN member states and other stakeholders. In this context, the General Assembly recalled the IOC’s role in promoting healthy lifestyles and creating access to sport for as many people as possible.
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Newspapers could do a better job with concussion coverage: study

Cropped_brain_injuryAlthough brain injuries are greater in cycling and skiing as activities, it is professional hockey that is drawing attention. This is due to the serious risk, media glorification of violence and its infuence on youth, and the criminal negligence of big capital, which controls professional sports. DAN RALPH of Canadian Press reports on a new study that provides some information on the role of the media. The concentration of ownership of the monopoly media and NHL teams is not part of the study and is overlooked. Governance is a key issue, the study concludes, saying “We need to look at having new voices in how sports are governed …”

THERE has been a dramatic improvement in some news reporting on the severity and impact of concussions and serious brain injuries in hockey but journalists shouldn’t get carried away patting themselves on the back, according to a study of coverage in four North American newspapers.

Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, says in a study of selected news coverage over the past 25 years that there’s plenty of room for improvement regarding the print media’s coverage of the issue. Continue reading


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Boston Red Sox, Globe combine

The further concentration of the ownership of the monopoly media and professional sports by big capital

Bill Mitchell on Facebook notes that main Red Sox owner John Henry, a finance capitalist, just bought the 141-year-old Boston Globe and its affiliated companies from the New York Times for $70 million, less than one month after this deal:

Boston Globe  Dustin Pedroia’s new eight-year deal is worth $110 million, according to a source, making him baseball’s highest-paid second baseman.

The sun beamed on Fenway Park. About 200 fans sat in the stands. Camera crews broadcast the news conference live.
“This contract gives Dustin a very good chance to finish his career in Boston,” general manager Ben Cherington said.

The deal runs through 2021, at which time Pedroia, already a four-time All-Star, will be 38. Continue reading

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