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UN warns of dangerous drop in vaccinations during COVID pandemic

first_imgMost problems were linked to a lack of sufficient personal protection equipment (PPE) for health workers, travel restrictions, and low health worker staffing levels – all of which led to immunization services being curbed or shut down.At least 30 measles vaccination campaigns have been or are at risk of being cancelled, threatening new outbreaks of the contagious viral disease this year and beyond, the report said.Measles outbreaks were already on the rise, infecting nearly 10 million people in 2018 and killing 140,000 of them – mostly children, according to WHO data.For diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, preliminary data for the first four months of 2020 “points to a substantial drop” in the number of children getting all three doses of the DTP vaccine that protects against them, the report said – the first time in 28 years that the world could see a fall in coverage for this routine childhood immunization.Data for 2019 showed that nearly 14 million children worldwide missed out on life-saving vaccines. Most of these children live in Africa and are likely to lack access to other health services, the report said.It said progress on immunization was already stalling before the new coronavirus emerged and spread around the world, but the pandemic made a bad situation worse. Levels of childhood immunizations against dangerous diseases such as measles, tetanus and diphtheria have dropped alarmingly during the COVID-19 pandemic, putting millions of children at risk, United Nations agencies said on Wednesday.”The avoidable suffering and death caused by children missing out on routine immunizations could be far greater than COVID-19 itself,” World Health Organization (WHO) director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a joint report with UNICEF.Three-quarters of the 82 countries that responded to a survey for the report said they had suffered coronavirus-related disruptions to their immunization programs as of May 2020. Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Provides Update on Response to Measles Outbreak

first_img Public Health,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon provided an update on the recent measles outbreak in western Pennsylvania, reassuring residents that the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Allegheny County Health Department are working together to keep residents safe, and advising anyone who has concerns to visit the Allegheny County Health Department website to learn how to take advantage of the county’s free immunization clinics.“The Pennsylvania Department of Health has been supporting the Allegheny County Health Department in any way it needs and stands ready to offer additional support,” Gov. Wolf said. “These departments have been in touch with the Centers for Disease Control and are singularly focused on ensuring accurate and useful information is distributed to all residents of Pennsylvania, but especially in Allegheny County where the five measles cases are confirmed.”“Dr. Karen Hacker and the county’s Health Department officials acted very quickly in response when notified of the measles cases in the county,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said. “The cases are being monitored, investigations are in process, and we have also made public notifications regarding where there may have been potential exposures. We are grateful to the governor, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and staffs for reaching out to us and offering assistance and resources. The most recent vaccination rate for MMR of kindergartners in the county is 97.6 percent and while the risk is minimal, we appreciate that the state has been working with us to assist with any needs.”Measles is a highly contagious but vaccine-preventable disease that spreads through coughing, sneezing or other contact with the mucus or saliva of an infected person. Symptoms typically appear 1 to 3 weeks after infection and include: rash; high fever; cough; and red, watery eyes.According to Centers for Disease Prevention and Control those most at-risk are:Infants less than one year of age who are too young to have received the MMR vaccine;Individuals who refused vaccination; andIndividuals from parts of the world where there is low vaccination coverage or circulating measles.Additionally, even if you were vaccinated, you may still be at risk if you were vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine, which was used from 1963 through 1967, and have not been revaccinated; or you were born after 1957 and have only received one dose of MMR vaccine.“The best way to protect yourself against the measles, and a number of other serious, potentially life-threatening diseases is to get vaccinated,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We are in the middle of the worst measles outbreak in the United States since 2000, when the disease was considered eradicated in the U.S. However, due to anti-vaccination myths, the disease has returned, with over 700 cases reported through the end of April.”“Thank you to the health care professionals who are working to treat patients and provide immunizations and education,” Gov. Wolf said. “It’s imperative that all Pennsylvanians remain up to date on their immunizations to protect themselves and those around them from very preventable, dangerous diseases such as measles.”For any resident concerned about their immunization status, speak to your healthcare provider. The Department of Health offers immunization clinics year-round. Any child or adult who does not have insurance coverage or if insurance does not cover the necessary vaccinations and meets the requirements can get their vaccines at one of the state health centers or local health departments.Anyone looking to visit a local immunization clinic to receive vaccinations should call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) to schedule an appointment. Pennsylvanians should have their vaccination records available when they call to make an appointment. A parent or legal guardian must accompany a child receiving vaccinations. May 03, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Provides Update on Response to Measles Outbreaklast_img read more

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Crowds cheer newly-wed couple

first_img Share 28 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share NewsPrint Crowds cheer newly-wed couple by: – April 29, 2011 Prince William and Kate Middleton have kissed twice on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding service in Westminster Abbey.They were cheered by thousands of well-wishers who gathered outside the palace, as RAF planes flew past in honour of the new royals.Some 1,900 guests watched the couple exchange their vows in the abbey, with many millions watching at home.The bride will now be known as the Duchess of Cambridge.The Queen is hosting a buffet reception at the palace for 650 guests.Street partiesThe church service ran smoothly but the prince did struggle to place the wedding ring on the duchess’s finger.The dress was designed by Sarah Burton. Following a long tradition, the ring has been fashioned from Welsh gold given to Prince William by the Queen.After the couple said their vows, in which she did not promise to obey William, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Rowan Williams, declared: “I pronounce that they be man and wife together, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.”They spent a private moment together with their families, as they signed the marriage register.Prince William has been given the title of the Duke of Cambridge by the Queen, and Miss Middleton has become Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge on their marriage.The duchess, who managed to keep her wedding dress a secret, is wearing an ivory and lace gown by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. The prince is wearing the red tunic of an Irish Guards colonel – his most senior honorary appointment.Well-known faces spotted at Westminster Abbey included singer-songwriter Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish, former England rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward, and former England football captain David Beckham and his wife Victoria.Actor Rowan Atkinson, a close friend of Prince Charles, Prince Harry’s friend Chelsy Davy and film director Guy Ritchie were also there.UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha, Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, former British PM Sir John Major, and current Home Secretary Theresa May were among the politicians present. Mr Cameron did not cause an etiquette upset and wore a morning suit despite initial suggestions he might not.For those lining the route, large speakers broadcast the wedding service, and it was anticipated the event would be watched by hundreds of millions of people worldwide on television.According to a lip-reading expert, Prince William told his bride she looked “beautiful” as she joined him at the altar. Tina Lannin, of O’Malley Communications, also said he joked to his father-in-law Michael: “We’re supposed to have just a small family affair”.The busy schedule began when guests start arriving at the Abbey from 0815 BST. Many had been queuing before the Great North Door opened.A Rolls-Royce picked up Miss Middleton at the Goring Hotel, where the Middleton family were staying, at 1050 BST. Prince William travelled to the Abbey with his brother and best man in a Bentley.Out of the 1,900 guests at the Abbey, 1,000 were friends and family, who had been given some of the best seats in the house. The others included overseas royals, politicians from home and abroad, military personnel and representatives from various faiths and charities.After the service, the newly-weds travelled in an open-topped carriage for the 15-minute journey from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, past some of London’s most famous landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Horse Guards Parade.Thousands of street parties are being held around the UK, and big screens have been put up in many towns and cities. The BBC will be bringing viewers and listeners comprehensive coverage across TV, radio and online, both in the UK and around the world.5,000 officers were on duty, with more than 900 along the wedding routePolice swooped on two anti-royal wedding protests as the ceremony got under way. A small group of masked anarchists gathered in Soho Square, central London, while police said 70 protesters were in Red Lion Square.About two square miles of central London have been closed to traffic.Royal officials said William and Kate were involved in planning their wedding day, from the music at the ceremony to the flowers and the cake.Inside Westminster Abbey, an avenue of trees lined the red carpet leading up to the altar.The bride walked up the aisle to coronation anthem I Was Glad, by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, from Psalm 122. Her brother James Middleton gave the Lesson, reading Romans 12: 1-2, 9-18.Classical compositions by Elgar, Britten and Vaughan Williams featured during the ceremony, alongside the hymn Jerusalem and the English melody Greensleeves.After the canape reception at Buckingham Palace, about 300 close friends and relatives will stay on for a formal black tie dinner and disco in the evening, hosted by Prince Charles.But the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will leave for a weekend away after hosting the lunchtime reception and will miss Prince Harry’s best man speech and Michael Middleton’s father of the bride address.Prince William’s choice of a military uniform for his wedding was something of a surprise, royal watchers say. As a search and rescue helicopter pilot in the Royal Air Force, many had predicted he would wear his blue flight lieutenant’s uniform.However, as an honorary colonel of the Irish Guards infantry regiment, he opted to wear the red tunic and forage cap.Prince Harry is a captain in the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals regiment and is wearing his uniform, while Prince Charles is in his Royal Navy admiral’s outfit.It stayed dry for the royal couple though the Met Office said there was a risk of heavy showers developing later on. Temperatures in the capital are expected to reach a high of 19C (66F) in the afternoon.BBC Newslast_img read more

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Memories of Yesteryear has official opening in Versailles

first_imgVersailles, IN— The Ripley County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting at Memories of Yesteryear on Friday in their new location.  It is located at 26 North US Highway 421 in Versailles just before the SR 50 junction. Booth owners and community members were present for the event. The store features over 18 booths that sell everything from antiques, new, and used items.last_img

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Future uncertain for Cech

first_imgPetr Cech would not be drawn on his future on transfer deadline day after falling out of Chelsea’s first XI for the first time in a decade. Press Association Mourinho had long stated that the window was closed for the Blues, having completed deals for Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis and the returning Didier Drogba earlier in the summer. Fernando Torres’ departure to AC Milan for the final two years of his five-and-a-half-year Chelsea contract – in effect ending his time at Stamford Bridge following his £50million move from Liverpool in January 2011 – necessitated the arrival of another striker, but even then Mourinho moved swiftly to sign Remy from QPR for a reported fee of £10.5million. It could be if an opportunity arises – like the one last year which saw Willian join despite passing a medical at Tottenham – Chelsea may make a further signing, but, for now, Remy completes the squad for the first half of the 2014-15 campaign. Many of those not in contention for a first-team place have left on loan – 21 in all after Marco van Ginkel, the midfielder who spent most of last season out with a serious knee injury, joined Torres at the San Siro. The Dutchman’s departure means Chelsea fulfil the Premier League’s homegrown player rule and will have the maximum 17 foreign players in their 25-man squad. Of the loan group, only Patrick Bamford, whose initial loan runs until January, did not leave on a season-long deal. Cech later took to Twitter with a message which suggested he will be either an interested observer in the final hours of transfer deadline day, or that he could be on the move. Cech wrote on Twitter: “Have a lovely day / night and enjoy the last hours of the transfer window football fans … It will be interesting till the last minute.” A 22nd Chelsea player left on loan when Nathaniel Chalobah joined Burnley on loan until January. “The move gives the 19-year-old his first opportunity to gain top-flight first-team experience,” the announcement on chelseafc.com read. Chelsea beat Burnley 3-1 in their opening match of the Premier League season. Speaking in Prague while on national team duty with the Czech Republic ahead of Wednesday’s friendly with the United States, he told sport.cz: “I’ve been at the club for 10 years, the situation is now new to me. “The three opening matches I could not play for the team. I have no reason to panic, pack up and leave. “I am a Chelsea player, where I have two more years of contract. “In football, nothing can be predicted in advance, nothing is ever perfect. “A lot of players go on representative duty, yet still many transfer clubs. “The offer would have to be right for everyone. I do not exclude anything (or) know the answer.” Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard – two other mainstays of the Chelsea side Cech has been part of for 10 years – left the club during the summer, showing Mourinho has little room for sentiment on his second spell as Blues boss. David Luiz, Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o have also departed, with Loic Remy almost certainly Chelsea’s final addition of the transfer window. The 32-year-old sees “no reason to panic, pack up and leave” Stamford Bridge, but would “not exclude anything” after beginning the 2014-15 season on the substitutes’ bench. Thibaut Courtois has been selected in goal by manager Jose Mourinho in a situation reminiscent of when Cech was installed as number one ahead of the established Carlo Cudicini after his signing from Rennes in June 2004. last_img read more

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Deputies: Local Man Offered Underage Girl Money, Candy for Sex

first_imgA 24-year-old Palm Beach County man is facing sexual battery charges, after authorities say he forced a child to perform sex acts on him.Deputies say Pedro Juan Francisco, of Lake Worth Beach, offered a girl candy and money in exchange for sex at the victim’s grandmother’s house. The girl, who is now 10, told investigators it happened two years ago.According to the arrest report, Francisco forced the girl into the lewd acts even as she resisted.The victim’s sister told investigators she walked in on at least one of the acts and reported it to her grandmother.It is unknown whether Francisco has an attorney at this time.last_img

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DEFY swim team to hold placement days

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Down East Family YMCA swim team is scheduled to hold placement days for new swimmers tomorrow, Sept. 6, and Thursday, Sept. 7, at the DEFY pool.Swimmers 10 and under can attend either day at 3:30 p.m., and swimmers 11 and over can attend either day at 4 p.m. The swim season is scheduled to begin in October.For more information, contact Matt Montgomery via email at MMontgomery@DEFYMCA.org or via extension 230 at 667-3086.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

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Cricket News Speaking to Rahul Dravid eased my nerves, says Hanuma Vihari

first_imgLondon: A bundle of nerves ahead of his Test debut, Hanuma Vihari said a phone call to Rahul Dravid put his mind at ease and helped him get the maiden fifty that rescued India from a difficult situation against England. Vihari scored 56 and put on a vital 77-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja (86 not out) to help India post 292 in their first innings Sunday. England finished the day with a lead of 154 runs. The home team has an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.ALSO READ: BCCI Payments: Ravi Shastri bags Rs. 2.05 crore as advance payment“I called him the day before I made my debut. He spoke to me for a couple of minutes and I thought it eased my nerves a little bit. He is a legend of the game; and his inputs especially in the batting department (helped me),” Vihari said Sunday of the influence of the former captain, who is currently the India A coach.“He just told me that ‘you have the skill set; you have the mind set and the temperament, just go out there and enjoy yourself’…I would like to give him a lot of credit because my journey with India A was very important for me to come here, his inputs made me a better player.”Vihari said that he was nervous while facing James Anderson and Stuart Broad in his maiden innings.ALSO READ: US Open: Novak Djokovic wins 14th Grand Slam, defeats del Potro“Initially I felt the pressure to be honest…But once I got myself in, it eased my nerves and it was an important partnership between Jadeja and me,” he said.“They are world-class bowlers. They have 990-odd wickets between them. Going out to bat, I just wanted to be positive in my intent. Especially when Virat is there, you just have to be there with him, rotate the strike and try to build a partnership.Vihari also credited skipper Virat Kohli for guiding him in his Test debut.“…having Virat at the other made my job a little easier I guess. His inputs helped me initially. He gave me some cues so that I could play it comfortably,” he said.“I will give a lot of credit to him for helping me out initially. But once I settled down, the wicket was very good to bat on especially with the medium pacers it got a lot slower yesterday,” he added.After passing the Anderson-Broad examination, Ben Stokes launched a verbal volley at Vihari after he hit the bowler for a six. The debutant said he tried to ignore it and Kohli’s intervention helped.“Just tried to focus on my own game. He (Kohli) also had a go at him and that’s how the game is played nowadays; that’s how Indian cricket is now. But my aggression is something, which I want to do with the bat,” Vihari said.“Obviously if its gets personal then I might say something back. But as long as it’s healthy then everyone likes to have some banter in the cricket field,” he said.ALSO READ: Asia Cup 2018: India’s probable lineup against PakistanVihari said that he found out about his selection in the team a day before the final Test.“Obviously, I was very thrilled. Because that was my dream, growing up playing cricket. I first informed my family about it and they were very happy as well. “It’s just the start. I know I have to do a lot of things to cement my place in the Indian team, which I definitely want to do. Getting a 50 on debut is just the start. Going forward, scoring a lot of runs for India is my main goal.”The 24-year-old, who has played in the IPL for two seasons in 2013 and 2015 but didn’t find a team since, said he would like to be a part of the league if opportunity arises in the future.“Not playing IPL is definitely not an option for me. If I get picked in the IPL, I will definitely play. But my only route coming into the Indian team is grinding through the domestic circuit. I have to score big runs to be recognized,” he said.Read More | Fame doesn’t change you, it changes people around you, says Lady GagaVihari said his stint with Andhra Pradesh in domestic cricket prepared him for tough situations.“Also, I’m coming from Andhra. People don’t recognize those states as much as the other states. So in domestic cricket I try to get big scores, when you play for a smaller state, if you are the main batsman you have to take a lot of responsibility,” he said. “You face a lot of tough situations. So if you look at this match—I had a lot of experience (playing in this sort of situation). When I played for India-A too, I faced a lot of tough situations. I got used to those situations and I could handle them comfortably today,” Vihari signed off.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Freshmen avoid hitting wall

first_imgThe freshmen have seen their share of adversity this season, but they’ve both managed to become top-five scorers on this team on top of eluding that myth that freshman players will “hit a wall” in the spring, at the end of their first year of college hockey’s intensity.In fact, when Michael Davies was asked about “hitting the wall,” he didn’t even understand the question, proving it’s not a factor to him or Jamie McBain.”Now in the springtime, we’re not freshmen anymore, and everyone’s expecting more from us,” Davies said. “Back in September and October, we’re still learning [UW] coach [Mike] Eaves’ systems and getting used to the fast pace here. Now comes the time where we’re almost playing like juniors and seniors.”Davies has shown his scoring flair at different points of this season — he’s tied for the team lead with seven multi-point games — but his contributions have come in bunches. After that inaugural two-goal game, Davies’ next tally came eight games later at Alaska, and his rookie season has included a 10-game scoreless streak.But hitting a wall? Hardly. The Chesterfield, Mo., native finished with seven points in eight February games and picked up a pair of points in three games this month.”He’s a really gifted offensive player, and he’s put up pretty good numbers,” sophomore forward Ben Street said. “His points have been up and down, all over the place, but I think his play has been fine — he’s been contributing. If he’s not getting points, he’s usually making things happen anyway.”Eaves admitted he didn’t totally know what to expect out of his young star before this season, especially since Davies was recruited more by assistant coaches Mark Osiecki and Kevin Patrick than he was by the fourth-year head coach.”My expectations of Michael was he was an offensive guy — he’s going to score,” Eaves said. “Purely from that standpoint, I would say it’s been a very solid year for him. But there’s so many more areas that he can grow in. He’s done things offensively, and he’s starting to show his understanding of how he can get better, and that’s the greater excitement.”What’s ironic is that while most people within the Badger program say consistency is the area in which Davies can grow the most (“It’s the case with any freshman,” Eaves said), no Badger has been more consistent than Davies over the course of this long season. Davies is in a three-way tie for second place in scoring (10 goals, 11 assists for 21 points) and is the only Badger to have notched double digits in both goals and assists.”He’s got great potential, he’s one of those guys that’s got a natural knack for the net,” McBain said. “He’s a threat to score from anywhere, anytime he has the puck. His scoring’s been a little up and down, but for the most part, he’s definitely one of the go-to guys that we feel comfortable with.”While Davies’ season can be described as a roller coaster, McBain’s is more like the slow track that takes the car to the top of the roller coaster: slow and steady, but always heading upward.The beginning of this season wasn’t the best for McBain, who seemed to make more “freshman mistakes” than other first-year players like Davies, Aaron Bendickson and Blake Geoffrion among others. Granted, McBain is the only freshman (or sophomore) defenseman to have played more than one game this year, but he struggled early on with the challenge.”It was a little bit about him testing the water,” Eaves said, “and now he knows the temperature of the water, and he dives in with both feet now.”McBain’s play has noticeably improved, week in and week out. The offensive-minded defenseman has started on the power play, like Davies, throughout most of this season with seniors Ross Carlson, Jake Dowell and Andrew Joudrey — and McBain has not disappointed, with 11 power-play points this year.Since being scratched from the lineup against Minnesota State Jan. 26, McBain has scored six points in his last nine games and was named WCHA Rookie of the Week Feb. 12. Playing in just 29 games, the Faribault, Minn., native ranks fifth on the team (first among defensemen) with 16 points.And perhaps the best indication of McBain’s improved play: he’s now on the penalty kill unit on a consistent basis.”Jamie, the second half, has been right there,” Eaves said. “His consistency level game in and game out has been there for us on a higher level.”McBain says he and the other freshmen are still going strong, with the rigors of college hockey setting in over the past six months.”We all played juniors, with a 65-game schedule, so we’re pretty used to playing a lot of games. Obviously, you get a lot more banged up here at this level, but overall we’re all feeling pretty fresh.”When it comes to Davies and McBain, they haven’t hit the wall. You could almost say they’ve smashed their way right through it, on their way to becoming two top players on the defending national champion.”It’s a big jump coming into this league, especially the WCHA,” Street said. “You never really know what you’re going to get [with freshmen], but I think both those guys have done a great job stepping in and contributing.”last_img read more

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Keep bounties out of football

first_imgFootball, giant as it is, has become a fault line in the landscape of America’s popular culture.And this past Friday, another shiver sent waves through the growing uneasiness that pervades the relationship between football (more specifically, the NFL) and the rest of the country that calls itself fans and amateur players.The NFL revealed Friday that current St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams implemented a bounty program – where players are given under-the-table monetary rewards for injuring targeted players – while he acted as defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints’ defense (during their Super Bowl season, no less).“Knockout” hits earned a player $1,000, and if anyone managed to reduce an opponent to being carted off the field, they earned another $500.There were other bonuses for non-abhorrent actions as well, like picking off passes and sacking the quarterback – clean plays that change the course of the game.But, allegedly, Williams’s underhanded tactics didn’t begin in New Orleans, either, where he coached from 2009-11. Buffalonews.com quotes a former player claiming this practice was instituted by Williams while he was head coach of the Buffalo Bills (2001-03).Meanwhile, The Washington Post quotes retired defensive lineman Phillip Daniels, along with four other anonymous sources, as saying Williams did the same while acting as defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins from 2004-07.And in the controversy that has since ensued, we’ve been subjected to sports pundits and writers alike reminding football fans that the detestable practice of bounty hunting in football is probably alive in more than a few NFL locker rooms.All of this comes just after the alarming research on concussions sent the league into a frenzy two seasons ago, leading to a cool down on vicious hits to make the sport as safe as could be.The fact that this story came to light on a Friday afternoon is an acknowledgement from the NFL that a scandal of this nature came at the worst possible time for the league, which is the manufacturer of arguably the most popular product in all of American television at the moment.According to Nielsen, nine of the top 10 most watched-programs in 2011 were NFL-related. Of the top 10 regularly scheduled programs, four are NFL-related.Despite this insane popularity, doomsayers had already settled in on the league. Over the past two years, the risks of football have drawn the sport into comparisons with boxing, where the physical and mental consequences resulted in fewer people participating in the game and a rapid decline in overall popularity followed.And there are more than enough stories out there on the horrors that former players have been plagued with thanks to constant head-on collisions over the course of their careers.So while the NFL enacted measures to make the game safer during the 2010-11 season, now the bounty scandal arrives. While many people are quick to label Williams’ program for what it is – a thuggish, morally reprehensible system – there’s a loud voice coming from NFLers expressing what can be summed as an indifference towards the whole thing.Brett Favre, who had a bounty on his head during the 2010 NFC Championship Game and was a victim of cheap hits, told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King he had no grudges. If he was called to testify in court against Saints players he’d “be the wrong guy” and that “there’s a bounty of some kind on you on every play.”There are a litter of stories popping up with former players alluding to this idea, that a bounty system hardly changes the nature of the game because it is so violent to begin with.To an extent, they’re right. Could players be charged with battery for a hit on the field even if it’s proven the defender intended to inflict injury? That’s no easy answer. The line is decidedly blurred since there’s an extraordinary amount of consent that goes into every play in a football game.But if something so dirty and stupid as a bounty program can only buoy up indifference from those that play the game, then lovers of the sport need to ask themselves what football is truly about.I considered the game to be simply about physical dominance, a game of muscles pushing against one another – not a game where one simply tries to place another on a cart to be wheeled off the field via cheap shots.Playing sports is about chasing a dream of excellence. A game of cheap shots is a dishonorable sport, and it’s a shame that some players are OK with that version of football. It’s that kind of sentimentality that will help cement football as a sport too dangerous to play. It will only help ruin America’s favorite entertainment.Elliot Hughes is a senior majoring in journalism. What do you think about the reaction surrounding Gregg Williams’ bounty system? Let him know at ehughes@badgerherald.com or tweet @elliothughes12.last_img read more