$1 million from NSF to connect UVM and Vermont State Colleges

first_imgIncreasingly, scientific research depends upon huge pools of data ‘ like gene sequences or weather models ‘ shared between scientists at numerous institutions. And this sharing depends upon fast fiber-optic networks and other so-called cyber-infrastructure ‘ far faster than a conventional internet hook-up.In Vermont, that information pipeline has been not been as big as necessary or entirely missing in places.But that’s changing.The Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VT EPSCoR) at the University of Vermont has received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation for the next two years to connect the Vermont State Colleges (VSC) and the University of Vermont with high-speed fiber optic cables and other information-sharing technologies.The new service between UVM and the VSC data hub will allow all twenty-nine VSC locations to participate more fully in collaborative research with UVM scientists and educators ‘ including all 12 Community College of Vermont (CCV) centers; both campuses and two nursing education centers of Vermont Technical College (VTC); and the Castleton State College, Johnson State College, and Lyndon State College campuses.The current connection is 300 megabytes per second. The new system will be 10 gigabytes per second ‘ thirty-three times faster.”Our proposal was designed as part of a larger effort to improve teaching and research initiatives across Vermont in so-called STEM fields ‘ science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Judith Van Houten, professor of biology and state director of VT EPSCoR, “U.S. and state leaders increasingly see improvement in these areas as a key to future economic success and job development.”The new in-state system will also be connected to a larger “Fiber Ring” that links UVM to a hub through Albany, N.Y., and Hanover, N.H. This fiber ring system allows researchers around the region to share information at 60 gigabytes per second. This link helps connect Vermont with “Internet2,” an expanding advanced networking consortium involving hundreds of U.S. research universities and corporations. Vermont businesses will also be able to access the fiber ring.The new funding comes through an arm of the National Science Foundation’s Research Infrastructure Improvement Program that seeks to make better cyber connections on campuses and between colleges.”This increased cyber-capacity will better connect researchers and partner institutions within the Vermont State Colleges — especially the new engagement with the Community College of Vermont,” said Timothy Donovan, chancellor of the Vermont State College system, “new courses and opportunities for students seeking careers in science and technology will be offered as a result.”The new award will also provide funding to connect a network of K-12 schools, libraries, museums, art galleries and hospitals in Vermont, through an initiative of Internet2, making many new resources available to Vermont community institutions”We aim to improve collaboration among diverse participants and campuses and communities in Vermont and throughout the region,” said Kelvin Chu, associate professor of physics at UVM and VT EPSCoR associate project director. “Videoconferencing capability, visualization and new curriculum options across the state and region are also part of this project.”Additional plans for the grant include:â ¢ A new bioinformatics course, organized at Johnson State College, to be offered across the whole Vermont State College system in spring 2012 and taught by faculty at UVM and across the Northeast.â ¢At Lyndon State College, the award will enable faculty studying weather forecasting within Vermont to improve their ability to analyze and collaborate with fellow researchers around the region.â ¢ Policy studies at UVM will involve students from several state colleges in their survey work.The award complements recent funding to support the Northeast Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (NECC) initiative that enabled a high-speed connection between UVM and the Internet2 network.UVM. 9.27.2011last_img read more

Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies is Renamed for William J. Perry

first_imgBy Dialogo April 15, 2013 WASHINGTON — As U.S. secretary of defense in the Clinton administration, William J. Perry often envisioned a place where scholars and officials from throughout the Western Hemisphere could study how the military functions in a democratic society. Perry’s idea would become the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at Washington’s National Defense University. Yet once he left his post in 1997, Perry often wondered if the center would survive him. That doubt turned out to be one of the few misjudgments in Perry’s long military career, one in which he was key in the development of the Pentagon’s Stealth aircraft and Global Positioning System technology. On April 2, the CHDS was named in his honor during a ceremony at Fort McNair, where the project is located. Speaking to an audience that included his family, foreign generals and embassy dignitaries and former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, the 85-year-old Perry reminded his audience that a civilian-run military shouldn’t be taken for granted. “That might be obvious and simple to all of you,” said Perry, speaking in the Abraham Lincoln Hall auditorium. “But believe me, it isn’t so simple in other countries.” Perry helped foster regional military cooperation Ideological resistance to the idea of wide-ranging cooperation among defense departments throughout the Americas was evident early in Perry’s tenure in the Clinton administration. The 19th U.S. secretary of defense recalled how he wanted to visit Mexico City to engage his counterpart, Gen. Enrique Cervantes Aguirre, and was told it was not a good idea due to lingering resentments against the United States dating back to the mid-19th century. “I wanted to push the reset button on relations with Mexico,” said Perry, who nonetheless pursued a relationship with Aguirre and in October 1995 became the first U.S. defense secretary in modern times to visit Mexico. The emerging friendship helped thaw relations between the militaries of the two neighboring countries and led to the first Defense Ministerial of the Americas in Williamsburg, Virginia, in August 1995. From these meetings, the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies — now the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies — was born in 1997. “This is very important for the exchange of ideas and understanding one another,” said Lt. Col. Ricardo Melendez, a military attaché to the Mexican Embassy who attended the ceremony. “It’s good to know how the United States has achieved” balance between military officials and the civilian agencies which direct them. The glaring exception to hemispheric cooperation is Cuba. In the autumn of 1962, Perry — then director of a private defense laboratory in California — was summoned to Washington by the Kennedy administration to help assess the threat of Soviet missile bases in Cuba. Words of praise from Paul Kern, Ashton Carter Also present at the CHDS ceremony was a man who accompanied Perry on some of the most historic events of the 1990s, including the 1995 Dayton Accords which effectively ended Bosnia’s civil war. That man is retired Army Gen. Paul J. Kern, Perry’s senior military assistant during his tenure as defense secretary. “Without Secretary Perry’s influence, we would never have gone into the Balkans,” said Kern, 67, former commanding general of the U.S. Army Material Command. “He re-energized NATO to act as things were getting worse [in the former Yugoslavia] instead of better.” It was also a moment when a Russian brigade joined an American division in Bosnia, marking bilateral military cooperation for the first time since the end of World War II. “Bill helped negotiate peace in the Balkans and welcomed Russia into the KFOR” international peacekeeping force in Kosovo, said Dr. Ashton B. Carter, 58, a protégé of Perry’s who introduced him at the re-naming ceremony. “Vision and integrity equals Bill Perry,” said Carter, currently the nation’s deputy secretary of defense under Chuck Hagel. “His achievements were highlighted in the Ukraine in the summer of 1996 when the last nuclear weapons left that country.” center_img But it was progress on this side of the world that the pomp — accompanied with song by the United States Marine Brass Quintet — was all about. Inscribed on the Perry Center’s seal are the Latin words mens et fides mutual which mean “understanding and mutual trust. Renaming ceremony helps Perry’s legacy endure The center was inaugurated Sept. 17, 1997, about eight months after Perry left the Pentagon. Its aim is to foster partnerships with other nations while advancing defense and promoting civilian-military relationships in democratic societies. And it does this through a variety of academic projects, research and outreach programs. Other activities include post-graduate seminars in national security planning workshops. The center began accepting its first students in early 1998. Kenneth A. LaPlante, acting director of the Perry Center, said it took an act of Congress and just over five years to get the center renamed for Perry. LaPlante noted that during Perry’s tenure as defense secretary, three other centers with similar goals were established around the world: the Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany; the Asia Pacific center in Hawaii and the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, also on the NDU campus at Fort McNair. All of these things, Perry said, show “just how much the world has changed, just how much our security has changed … how much the Department of Defense has changed and just how much [the job of secretary of defense] has changed. Those changes, as well as stories about the man who helped bring them about, are being documented by Perry’s daughter Robin, who now assists her father with writing his memoirs. “When we were growing up back in Palo Alto, we thought of him as just a father who loved his family,” she said. “But when Dad went to the Pentagon for the first time in 1977, we all knew how accomplished he’d become.” Let’s follow the example of William Perry’s vision. His capacity for equilibrium, for mutual understanding between soldiers and civilians, which lead us towards development with peace, justice and safety. It is a good tribute for those of us that follow him.last_img read more

Talk of the towns: Sussex

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PBU plans talks to ease forced pension switching within work sector

first_imgJan Rasmussen, director of business development, told IPE: “The first phase of this process is to discuss how we can address the challenge that different pension funds offer different conditions for these workers.”In Denmark, ‘pædagog’ or education practitioner, is the professional name for specifically trained staff in nurseries, kindergartens, after-school clubs and day and residential institutions.Other pension funds covering education practitioners are those run by, for example, PKA, PenSam and Lærernes Pension, the pension fund for teachers, Rasmussen said.In the last five years, PBU estimates that nearly one-third of its working members transferred to another pension fund based on their new workplace, or transferred into PBU. It said changing fund and scheme could be confusing and costly for members.Asked whether the talks could end up with a decision to merge pension funds in some way, Rasmussen said: “One cannot exclude the possibility these talks will end up in the decision to have one set-up for all education practitioners, but, presently, we don’t have specific plans, and that would eventually be years from now.” PBU’s 108,000 members were covered by a homogeneous market-rate product, he said, while other pension funds that had members with the same qualification provided a with-profits (gennemsnitsrente) pension product.Rasmussen said this type of process to reduce the differences between labour-market pension scheme types was a common challenge within the Danish pension sector.“But this is especially the case in our sector, where there is high mobility between different pension funds,” he said.Ultimately, Rasmussen said, PBU’s aim in the task it is undertaking is to make conditions better for its members.Neither PKA nor Lærernes Pension were immediately able to comment on the matter. Denmark’s DKK55bn (€7.4bn) pension fund for education practitioners, PBU, is aiming to start talks with other pension funds and stakeholders that it says could lead to all people in the profession having the same pension, rather than the diverse provision that exists now.As things stand, education practitioners in Denmark may be part of collective agreements where their pension is provided by PBU (Pædagogernes Pensionskasse), or belong to agreements using another pension fund for their pension.This means individuals may find themselves having to switch pension provider when they change jobs within the same profession.PBU said it had now started a process aimed at solving this problem.last_img read more

NN IP: Green bonds an ‘economic alternative’ to traditional bonds

first_imgIt noted that the duration of the green bond index had significantly increased since the start of 2017, when France issued its first green bond of €7bn with a duration of 22 years.The longer duration increased the susceptibility of the green bonds for interest rate changes. As interest rates had dropped further in 2019, the green bond index performed better than the aggregate index, NN IP explained.The asset manager further found that green corporate bonds returned 6.4% in 2019, against 6.2% for traditional credit, and had outperformed in 2016, 2018 and 2019.The manager said that annual volatility of green bonds was higher in each of the past four years, whereas the volatility of corporate bonds had decreased every year.It added that the difference in volatility between the green and the non-green index was decreasing as a consequence of growth and an increased diversification of the green credit market.It said that the duration of both indices is now almost equal.Bram Bos, lead portfolio manager green bonds at NN IP, said the consistent outperformance of green bonds relative to tradional ones, confirmed that green bond issuers are less exposed to climate and environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and are more transparent.Green bonds are usually issued by innovative and future-oriented companies that take climate change into account.Bos said NN IP’s analysis showed the indices for green bonds had become a real alternative for tradional bond indices.He highlighted that NN IP only invested in “dark green” bonds with a measurable performance aimed at solving large sustainability problems, and therefore excluded 15% of the worldwide issued green paper deemed insufficiently green. Dutch asset manager NN Investment Partners (NN IP) has argued that green bonds – corporate bonds in particular – have become an economic alternative for traditional bonds, thanks to their returns and volatility.It said that a comparison between the Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Euro Green Bond Index and the Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Euro Aggregate Index over the past four years, had shown that green bonds had returned 7.4% last year, whereas traditional bonds had generated 6%.It added that the asset class had outperformed by 70 bps on average during three of the past four years.According to NN IP, the annual volatility of the green bond index had been higher for the last three years, which means that higher returns were largely thanks to higher risk.last_img read more

Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday November 25th, 2011

first_imgLocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday November 25th, 2011 by: – November 25, 2011 Share **Kalinago Territory launch Home Stay Programme and Promotional Materials**In an effort to improve the marketability of the Carib Territory, a major component of Dominica’s tourism product, Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) in collaboration with the Kalinago community have upgraded and expanded the website, produced a brochure to include all the sites and attractions of the Territory and finalized the Home Stay Programme Guideline. In celebration of these first time activities, the Discover Dominica Authority in collaboration with the Kalinago Barana Aute of the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs will launch the promotional material and the home stay programme on Friday, November 25, 2011 from 2:30pm at the Kalinago Barana Aute, Salybia. To mark the occasion, the Kalinago Chief, the Kalinago Council, Parliamentary Representative for the constituency, the Local Government Department, Kalinago home stay providers and other Kalinago stakeholders will be present at the event. Media houses are expected at the launch. The brochure and website will be showcased and the Karina Cultural Group will celebrate the event with a performance. ** Increased inquiries about Dominica from France Nationals**Interface Tourism, Dominica’s representatives in France, received an influx of inquiries from persons planning to travel to Dominica, further to the publication of an article in Le Figaro magazine on the destination in September 2011. Discover Dominica Authority partnered with French tour operator Iles du Monde to host journalists from Le Figaro magazine in February. Le Figaro magazine features articles on lifestyle and leisure among other topics and has a circulation of over 300, 000. The media value of the article is in excess of 2 million euros and it is read by over 1 million persons in France. **I am Dominica. Are You? Scrapbook competition for preschoolers in the North**The Leo Club of Dominica in collaboration with Discover Dominica Authority will involve preschoolers in the I am Dominica. Are You? Campaign through a scrapbook competition this November. Preschoolers in the north of the island will participate in the scrapbook competition as they portray through pictures, photos and drawings what they love about Dominica, and how they can help to develop and promote Dominica. Scrapbooks will be judged for neatness, applicability to the I am Dominica. Are You? concept and creativity. The Pennville Preschool, Thibaud Preschool, Paix Bouche Preschool, Sunflower Preschool and Gospel Life Christian Academy will take part in the competition. The judging of the scrapbooks will take place on November 25, 2011 by Community Leaders of the north and representatives of the Leo Club of Dominica and Discover Dominica Authority. **The UK market continues to be very productive in delivering great PR for the island**.The DDA hosted journalist Judy Bastyra from May 28 – June 5, earlier this year. Judy who writes for the UK market is a lover of the destination and its natural wonders. She travelled along with a photographer who was able to capture the true beauty of the island and its cuisine. Judy’s latest article appeared in the December issue of the Food & Travel magazine entitled ‘Isle of Youth’ which has an abundance of lovely images of great local produce and picturesque views of the island. Judy was able to visit many of the local spots where organic farms, cassava bread, bakeries and eateries where secret recipes could be found. Fine dining restaurants were also discovered throughout the island to get a true feel of the tastes and flavors of Dominica. Much support was received from the private sector – Calibishie Lodges, Silks Hotel, Riverstone Bar & Grill, Picard Cottages, Beau Rive, Rosalie Bay, Zandoli Inn, Kalinago Barana Aute, Jungle Bay Resort, Mrs. Fae Martin, Roots Organic Farm, Roy’s Organic Farm, Cocoa Cottages and more. A quote from the article reads, “The Caribbean island of Dominica is very different from its neighbors….it has waterfalls, lush rainforest and produce so good it’s practically an elixir for long life. ” The DDA hosted UK journalist David Hoppit from March 24 – April 1 this year which produced several articles on the destination with the latest being featured last weekend in The Sunday Telegraph. The three-page feature on the island was entitled ‘A Boy’s Own Island’ where David brought his grandsons along on his adventure to get a true family experience on the island. The Sunday Telegraph is a weekly newspaper and online publication with a circulation of 471,894. The feature is a beautiful written piece with the journalist concluding that “the only hard thing about our visit to the natural history island was leaving it behind”. Many of the service providers gave tremendous support to this trip – Beau Rive, Dr. Lennox Honychurch, Waitukubuli National Trail, Papillote Wilderness Retreat, Castle Comfort Lodge & Dive Centre, Irie Safari, Jungle Bay Resort, Zandoli Inn, Rainforest Aerial Tram, Calibishie Cove, Calibishie Lodges and Kalinago Barana Aute and we would like to thank them and encourage them to assist the authority in creating further awareness of the destination. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activityandadventure/8899219/Dominica-the-Caribbean-a-Boys-Own-island.html Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority Sharing is caring! 230 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Droste takes IMCA Modified Madness cash at Davenport

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (May 22) – The IMCA Modified Madness 50 was the big show Friday night at Dav­enport Speedway. When the checkered flag fell, the spotlight was on Tyler Droste.Making his first visit to Davenport with an IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, Droste topped the $2,000 to win feature after swapping the lead and a little paint with Milo Veloz.“There were a lot of good cars here and a lot of very good drivers in the feature,” said Droste. “It helped having been here once before this year (in a Late Model) because every track is just a little bit different.”The main event started with 2012 race winner Veloz on the pole. Veloz jumped out to the early race lead but was in and out of first before Droste took over for good on the 46th of 50 circuits.Wisconsin’s Todd Dart, running the high side, took the lead briefly on lap seven but Veloz re­gained the top spot in the next corner.Lap 30 saw Jeremiah Hurst take his shot at the lead. Veloz returned the favor on the following lap and got back in front.Droste forced his way to the front on lap 37. Again Veloz came back to regain the lead. On lap 46, Droste went back to the lead for good, taking the win by two car lengths over Veloz in second.Hurst was third. Dart took fourth while Richie Gustin came from 16th to finish fifth.“This year has been really good to us,” said Droste, already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational bal­lot candidate. “We’ve got a Modified and a Late Model that have worked right out of the box. We haven’t struggled half the season like we did last year.”Winner of Friday’s IMCA Late Model main event was Justin Kay. Due to the length of the pro­gram, the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature will be made up next Friday.Feature results – 1. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 2. Milo Veloz, Colona, Ill.; 3. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubu­que; 4. Todd Dart, Algoma, Wis.; 5. Riche Gustin, Gilman; 6. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 7. Brian Irvine, Oelwein; 8. Bob Dominacki, Bettendorf;  9. Tony Von Dresky, Long Grove; 10. Greg Durbin, Silvis, Ill.; 11. Brian Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; 12. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 13. Matt Wer­ner, Colona, Ill.; 14. Jeremy Marquette, Davenport; 15. Kurt Kile, Nichols; 16. Kyle Brown, State Center; 17. Darin Duffy, Urbana; 18. Bruce Hanford, Davenport; 19.  Steve Johnson, Camanche; 20. Mitch Morris, Long Grove; 21. Joe Beal, Milan, Ill.; 22. Dakota Hayden, Wilton; 23. Jacob Mur­ray, Hartford; 24. Chris Zogg, New Liberty.Heat winners were Durbin, Droste, Carter, Marriott and Werner. “B” feature winners were Gustin, Morris and Mullen.last_img read more

Draw edges United closer to title

first_imgManchester United moved to within four points of claiming their 20th league title after Robin van Persie scored a controversial equaliser to claim a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with a battling West Ham. The nature of the result was befitting given United’s penchant for having to fight back from losing positions this season. They fell behind to a Ricardo Vaz Te header before Antonio Valencia’s first goal of the season levelled the scores. A great strike from Mohamed Diame saw the Hammers re-establish their lead in the second half. But United again showed their spirit as Van Persie equalised with 13 minutes remaining, although there will be questions asked as to whether the Dutchman was offside. The draw means United have now claimed 28 points from losing positions in the Barclays Premier League this season and leaves West Ham without a league victory over them since 2007. The hosts started the game brightly and, with the visitors toiling, it was Vaz Te who opened the scoring on 17 minutes, but the goal owed much to the driving force of Diame. The Senegal international picked the ball up in his own half after another United attack broke down and charged over the halfway line before picking out Matt Jarvis on the left flank. Jarvis skipped past Rio Ferdinand with ease before crossing to the back post, with Carroll knocking the ball down to the onrushing Vaz Te, who headed past David De Gea. The visitors’ equaliser came just after the half-hour mark after some fine work by Shinji Kagawa. The move started with Van Persie drifting out to the left wing and collecting the ball before playing in the Japan international. Kagawa then showed great composure to time his pass across goal to Valencia, who was left with the simple task of tapping home. Neither side could take the lead before the interval but there were a series of incidents inside the United penalty area before a West Ham corner. Wayne Rooney appeared to kick out at Carroll, with referee Lee Probert talking to the England pair, before Carroll incensed United boss Sir Alex Ferguson by crashing into De Gea from the delayed set-piece. The battle between Carroll and De Gea continued as the Spanish goalkeeper collected a cross despite close attention from the forward, which ultimately saw the Liverpool loanee cautioned. He almost responded with a goal but his scintillating long-range strike hit the side netting of De Gea’s goal. West Ham’s second goal came soon after as Vaz Te’s clever flick and Guy Demel’s pass into Diame found the midfielder in possession just outside United’s area. Diame turned past Rooney, who offered little resistance, and arrowed a low effort past De Gea. Ryan Giggs was introduced by Ferguson as Rooney made way. And Van Persie had Kagawa, and the assistant referee, to thank for drawing the sides level. Kagawa cut inside before curling an effort that came back off the post and Van Persie’s path, with the striker finishing clinically – although he was in an offside position when Kagawa’s original shot was taken. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pardew: No guarantees over Cabaye

first_img The 28-year-old France international was the subject of a rejected £14million bid from Paris St-Germain on Sunday, and the Magpies were bracing themselves for a second approach on Monday afternoon with less than five days of the January transfer window still to run. Pardew has no desire to sell the former Lille player, who has become a central character in his team, but having lost striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool three years ago, he knows a bumper offer could see matters taken out of his hands. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted he can give no guarantees over Yohan Cabaye’s continued presence on Tyneside. Press Associationcenter_img Asked if he was confident Cabaye would remain a Newcastle player after Friday’s 11pm deadline passed, he said: “You are talking to someone who lost Andy Carroll with eight hours to go, so am I confident? “No, I’m not confident, and I don’t think any team not in a Champions League position or fighting for a Champions League position could be.” However, if PSG are to get their man, they will have to increase their offer substantially with Newcastle looking for in excess of £20million before they will even consider selling him. Pardew said: “We know we have got a club interested in Cabaye, a very wealthy club and a powerful club, and we are conscious of that. “We are doing our best to protect Newcastle.” last_img read more

FIFA chief backs Courtois treatment

first_img FIFA has amended regulations over head injuries to form rules in its competitions to stop the game for three minutes to allow a team doctor to examine a player. If more time is needed for a complete neurological decision the player should be replaced. FIFA, football’s world governing body, cannot demand full-scale rule changes – that is the role of the International Football Association Board – but D’Hooghe hopes the regulation is adopted throughout the game. “We have now imposed that rule for our international competitions,” D’Hooghe added. “I would be very grateful if this would go down to the 209 associations of FIFA. “I think it will be the case in many, many countries. I am behind that proposal. We must do our very best for the health of the player.” The symptoms of many injuries, including concussion, are not always immediately clear and the introduction of rolling substitutions could take the pressure off medical staff to make snap judgements. “It is not only a problem for concussion but for in all cases of injuries that have to be treated,” D’Hooghe said. “For the moment FIFA don’t accept rolling substitutions but it is certainly a discussion point for FIFA in the future – if a player has to have more air but could eventually come back. “There are pros and cons to that. If you allow the player to sit on the bench for 15 minutes and come back to the field without a warm-up his risk of muscle injuries are greater for example. “There are of course positive arguments too – the decision at the moment is not to allow them but who knows in the future?” “In the case of Chelsea, I think sincerely that the team doctor did a correct examination,” D’Hooghe said at the Leaders in Sport conference in London. “She (Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro) came to a conclusion that he could go on, but she kept an eye on him and from the moment he didn’t feel well – and that can happen in the case of concussion – they took again the right decision to take him off.” D’Hooghe insists team doctors must assess their own players and that the Hippocratic Oath means they should not compromise their ethics and morals to benefit the team they are employed by. “A team doctor can be under pressure of the coach, the whole stadium,” D’Hooghe said. “(But) it is only the team doctor who knows very well the normal behaviour of his (or her) player. “If he has had a concussion his normal behaviour can change. That, a neutral doctor can never judge. “It is the team doctor who has the medical responsibility over his players. He is the only medical person who knows his players. “But he can ask for assistance. It would, for instance, be good if someone else looked at the television images of how precisely an accident occurred.” Press Association And he insists team doctors are best placed to assess their own players despite undoubted performance pressures. Courtois was substituted in the first half of last Sunday’s Premier League match with Arsenal, but only after playing on for 13 minutes after sustaining a head knock in a challenge with Gunners forward Alexis Sanchez. FIFA medical chief Michel D’Hooghe has supported Chelsea’s conduct over the head injury sustained by Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. last_img read more