Racing driver showing encouraging signs

The seven-times Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher is “showing moments of awakening” after three months in a coma in a hospital in Grenoble, his manager revealed today.

Previous updates on Schumacher’s condition had spoken of the motor racing legend showing signs of responding to stimulus. Today’s statement implies that he has progressed beyond that stage but medical precedents suggest that, after three months in a coma, his chances of complete recovery are slight.

Schumacher crashed head first into a rock while skiing off-piste at Meribel in the French Alps on 29 December last year. He has been in a coma at Grenoble University Hospital since.

Career in Pictures: Michael Schumacher
The 45-year-old has undergone two operations to reduce pressure on his brain caused by swelling and remove haematomas, and the news today comes as his first significant improvement since effort began at the end of January to awaken Schumacher.

Schumacher’s manager said no further details of his conditions would be released at this stage.

The German was skiing with his son between three and eight metres from the piste when his skis struck a rock hidden in the snow. He was projected for two to three metres and his head struck another rock. His helmet was split in two by the force of the collision.

What is a Medically induced coma?

Can be induced by powerful anaesthetics and is broadly similar to the sedation and artificial ventilation used during surgery.

Used to shut down many brain functions, lowering blood flow and pressure.

Taking a patient out of an induced coma is a delicate process, especially after a prolonged period of sedation
Doctors and relatives are looking for any signs of returning consciousness and recovery.

Last month Schumacher’s relatives said in a statement that he had been showing “small, encouraging signs”.

Investigators probing the accident said Schumacher had been going at the speed of “a very good skier” at the time of his crash in the resort of Meribel.

He had been skiing off-piste when he fell and hit a rock, investigators said.

Experts reconstructed events leading up to the crash after examining Schumacher’s skiing equipment and viewing footage filmed on a camera attached to his helmet.

Schumacher retired from racing in 2012 after a 19-year career.

He won two titles with Benetton, in 1994 and 1995, before switching to Ferrari in 1996 and going on to win five straight titles from 2000.

Source: The Independent, The BBC

Tibetan monks to perform at Glastonbury

Tibetan monks who have been exclied from their homeland are to be given a slot to perform at this year’s Glastonbury festival in the United Kingdom.

They are currently on tour with the exiled spiritual leader, but will take a break from their schedule for their appearance in Green Fields at Glastonbury on June 27.

The event will mark the 100th anniversary of the Tibetan Declaration of Independence, and the monks will also build a symbolic picture of the universe out of coloured sand.

It is also believed that they have been given a record deal in the United States.

 

The Euro Project is Failing

A very influential player in German economic politics has give the EURO currency about five more years to run, and these are conservative estimates.

The EURO has been plagued with problems ever since its inception in 2002. The basic issue is that you have very rich powerful countries like Germany sitting along side weak countries such as the so called PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) who are all completely screwed and slowly falling down the World order.

In fact many young people from these countries are already escaping to go and live in Third World countries in Latin America and better off regions such as Asia / Pacific.

The fallout of the EURO failing will be felt for many years.

If you are travel regularly to Spain, Portugal etc ensure your holiday insurance is up to date.

Big supermarkets have their wrists slapped

UK supermarkets have been exposed as price fixing over a a range of dairy goods.

Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco were among nine supermarkets and dairy processors today fined almost £50 million for fixing cheese and milk prices over seven years ago.

According to an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) four supermarkets, Asda, Safeway, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, indirectly co-ordinated increases in cheese and milk prices through five dairy processors, Arla, Dairy Crest, McLelland, The Cheese Company and Wiseman.

Tesco was the only retailer to not receive a reduction in its fine for agreeing to early resolution and was fined £10.43 million for colluding with companies to fix cheese prices in 2002 and 2003. Sainsbury’s was dealt the largest fine of £11.04 million for fixing both cheese and milk prices.

If you need to know the current best buy interest rates then be sure to search around the net every week.

In total eight companies were fined £49.51million, while Arla benefited from compete immunity for being the first company to alert the OFT to the anti-competitive behaviour.

Rag to close down – Good riddance

The British rag, the News of the World, which is famous for writing sensationalist rubbish for the masses, will be on Sunday producing the last edition of the ‘paper’ News International chairman James Murdoch has said.

In the past few days, claims have been made that the paper authorised hacking into the mobile phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and the families of 7/7 bombing victims.

Apparently you only need a vocabulary of around 800 words to read the paper. That says it all. Godd riddance to bad rubbish!