Federal lawmakers from Louisiana and Washington have submitted legislation to award former New Orleans Saints and Washington State football player Steve Gleason the Congressional Gold Medal http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline ... ger-jersey , the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican and doctor who helped sponsor the legislation, seeks to honor Gleason for his work as an advocate for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
"Steve Gleason was a hero for Saints fans and now he is a hero for all Americans as he finds hope and meaning in overcoming disability and creating greater opportunity for others who are disabled," Cassidy said.
The 41-year-old Gleason, famous for blocking a punt in 2006 on the night the Superdome reopened for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. He has spearheaded efforts through the Team Gleason foundation to develop and provide technology to help ALS patients live longer, more fulfilling lives. Those include devices that track eye movements to help people who are paralyzed type words that can be transformed into speech. Gleason has used the technology to communicate, post messages on social media, address lawmakers from around the world and give motivational speeches to athletes.
Congress this year approved the Gleason Act, which provided funding to help ALS patients get those devices.
The legislation submitted Thursday also is sponsored by Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.; Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.; Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Chester Rogers Jersey , R-Wash.; Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.; and Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La.
Murray praised Gleason for making "his biggest impact as a tireless advocate in the health world" and changing "countless lives for the better."
The bill must be passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by the president before the medal can be awarded.
Previous recipients include Thomas Edison, Robert Frost, Bob Hope, Walt Disney, Roberto Clemente, John Wayne, Jesse Owens, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Ruth and Billy Graham, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
Dressing right for winter is a useful thing to know Tarell Basham Jersey , whether you’re a football fan attending a tailgate party in Super Bowl host city Minneapolis, or just looking to enjoy outdoor activities in any other cold-weather destination.
The Associated Press asked Steve Schreader of Midwest Mountaineering , an outdoor gear store in Minneapolis, for advice on winter wear. Done right, he says, your winter wear should create ”a nice, warm, cozy feeling,” no matter how cold it gets.
Layering is the key to cold-weather dressing, and it works for ”any part of the body whether the head, feet and hands or the main core of your body,” Schreader said.
For your upper torso, begin with a long-sleeved base layer – either soft merino wool or a synthetic polyester shirt – next to your skin. The fabric should breathe and be relatively light so you don’t sweat or overheat. Schreader said he would stay away from cotton or cotton blends here.
Next, put on a mid-layer Mason Crosby Jersey , like a fleece pullover or hoodie. Schreader mentioned the Patagonia R1 as an example. The mid-layer is ”going to be your first line of insulation,” Schreader said, providing a ”heat transfer” and preventing body heat from evaporating, ”allowing you to keep that body heat to your core.”
The top layer should be a shell that serves as a windbreaker. If the temperatures are likely to be extremely cold, you’ll want a ”big puffy jacket.” That ”big insulating layer” creates an air pocket that keeps your body heat in and serves as a ”barrier between you and the rest of the elements,” he said.
He recommends that both the mid-layer and the outer shell have hoods.
For the bottom half of your body, you may want to layer long underwear beneath canvas pants. But beware of jeans or 100 percent cotton pants, which don’t protect well against the cold and don’t dry fast if they get wet.
Start with a light pair of woolen hiking socks. Then add a mid-layer of ”thick, almost fluffy” wool socks designed for hiking, trekking or even mountaineering, Schreader said.
Boots like Merrell Moabs or the Sorel brand will then keep those feet dry and warm, he said.
”Your feet are probably the one thing that if they’re not comfortable, the rest of you is not going to be comfortable,” he said. But you also ”don’t want to overdress your feet Antwaun Woods Jersey ,” because if they sweat, ”you’re going to get clammy,” and that will feel cold.
”Most of the extremities that get frostbitten first are on my head – my nose, my ears, my cheeks,” Schreader said.
Use the hood from your mid-layer, and add a beanie or stocking cap. A neck gaiter that can be scrunched down or pulled up can add a layer across your face.
Another headgear option: ”full fur, with the full flaps. You’ll look the kids from `A Christmas Story.”’
Start with a lightweight liner glove, like a Polartec. Look for the touchscreen finger pad design so you can use your phone screen.
Add mittens that have liners as well as outer shells. Schreader says he recommends mittens for the main hand coverage because ”having your fingers closer together, not isolated, is going to create a better heat pocket in your hands.”
And you can always add a packet of disposable air-activated hand warmers.
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