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first_img Google+ Local NewsNewsWatchState News Chief Logan State Park offering elk tours By Daniella HankeySep 04, 2018, 08:39 am 597 0 Linkedin Pinterest Next PostRaleigh County Humane Society is looking for a new dryer Previous PostCybersecurity training set for West Virginia senior citizens They’re part of a Division of Natural Resources effort to restore the species to the state.The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the four-hour tours are scheduled to begin Saturday and cost $30 for adults, which includes a meal, transportation, an educational program and a souvenir. Guests aren’t guaranteed to see elk. But the tours are scheduled for dawn and dusk, when elk are most active. Mail Home NewsWatch Local News Chief Logan State Park offering elk tours LOGAN, WV (AP)- Chief Logan State Park is hosting 20 guided tours to the area where more than 90 elk roam freely in West Virginia.The elk are at the nearby Tomlin Wildlife Management Area and were imported from Kentucky and Arizona. Tumblr Facebook Twitter Daniella Hankeylast_img read more

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first_img Pinterest Tumblr Google+ Facebook Next PostTwo Men Wanted After Escaping In Greenbrier County Home NewsWatch Manchin Sworn Back Into Congress Linkedin Previous PostFayette County Bridge Closed Until Further Notice Twitter Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com NewsWatchPolitical NewsState NewsTop Stories Manchin Sworn Back Into Congress By Tyler BarkerJan 03, 2019, 17:18 pm 340 0 Mail Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), who was sworn in today for his second full term in the U.S. Senate, issued the following statement outlining his priorities for the 116th Congress.“Serving my fellow West Virginians in the Senate, as Governor Secretary of State and also a state legislator has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. Today I was honored to be sworn in to serve my home and my friends for another six years in the Senate. There is still work to do on behalf of my fellow Mountaineers and I am more motivated than ever before.“As we begin the 116th Congress, I am reminded why I come to work every day. We must secure our retired coal miners hard earned pensions and health benefits once and for all. We must expand broadband access so every child in West Virginia is able to do homework at home. We must protect access to healthcare for every American and especially the 800,000 West Virginians with a pre-existing condition. We must make sure every Veteran receives the care they earned when defending our nation. We must make sure our military is properly funded and our soldiers have the resources they need to be successful.“I’m especially excited for the opportunity to serve as the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. West Virginia leads the nation in energy production and that is something we take great pride in. I have always been committed to an all-of-the-above energy policy and in my new role I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to update our energy infrastructure and protect the public lands we all cherish.“As always, my door remains open to my fellow West Virginians. I encourage you to contact me to share your thoughts, ideas and concerns about the issues that are important to you. I vow to continue putting our great state first.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe historical record shows that those who get washed out during big corrections miss the greatest buying opportunities of a bull market. With that as context, what can we expect from gold moving forward? Let’s start with the short term… Full market capitulation is underway. Headlines about gold are almost universally negative today, and all about selling. This feeds on itself, and the process may not be over. In this kind of environment, prices will overshoot to the downside. In other words, the bottom may not be in. What if we get more short-term pain? Differentiate between short-term sentiment and long-term reality. It’s not deleveraging and fear that has hit our sector like it did in 2008, but renewed confidence in the broader markets and lack of higher inflation rates that many expected by now. The current thinking by sellers is that crisis has been averted and therefore there’s no need to own gold. Contrast the selling by these short-sighted investors against record levels of buying by central banks, China and India gobbling up 20% of global annual production, and runaway demand at mints. Fundamentals dictate long-term trends – and fundamentals don’t lie. The longer our fiscal problems are allowed to fester, the greater the eventual structural damage to global economies and standards of living. These forces will sooner or later come to a head, and will play out for several years. The broader investment community does not yet see a compelling reason to invest in gold – but when inflation starts pinching pocketbooks and budgets, a sea change will take place. Remember, roughly 98% of US investors don’t own gold – that will change when higher rates of price inflation begin making headlines. Should gold end the year down , it will not mean the bull market is over. It will mean that inflation remains contained and that we have a longer-than-expected buying opportunity. My suspicion is that it will also mean the turnaround will be stronger and longer than we’ve seen before. Let the sea change come when it comes. In the meantime… Prepare yourself psychologically and financially to act. Emotional investment decisions rarely pay off, so don’t succumb. Easy to say, hard to do, I know. We at Casey Research understand the fear – but giving up and selling is the worst thing to do right now. It locks in a loss and leaves one wondering when to buy back in – if at all. We heard emotional outbursts in late 2008, too – and that was the best time to buy in years, precisely because so many people were giving up. The bottom line is that we’re looking for onramps, not exits. The best onramps, profit-wise, come when most other investors are heading out of a sector. Is that what’s happening with gold right now? Is it a dead cat? Or is this a protracted lull… just giving the bull time to catch its breath? Only time will tell for sure – but investors who wait for the answer will likely miss a once-in-a-lifetime profit opportunity that could be life changing. Don’t be among those investors. Casey Research and TheStreet have teamed up to bring you an online webinar that will help you position yourself properly in the precious metals. GOLD: Dead Cat or Raging Bull? features experts including Eric Sprott, Steven Feldman, Jim Cramer, and Doug Casey. They’ll address what’s going on with gold today and what investors need to do to be well-positioned for tomorrow, including specific, actionable advice. This free webinar is a must-see event. Clear your calendar for Tuesday, June 25 at 2:00 p.m. EDT – you can’t afford to miss it. Get the details and register now.last_img read more

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first_imgEver since the mining sector went into reverse, experts have been warning that a wave of bankruptcies was imminent. Facts are offered up as evidence, such as: “30% of TSX-V companies have less than $500,000 in cash.” (That one was from January 2014.) To be fair, there have been a few scattered cases, but certainly not the predicted tidal wave. Where’s the bankruptcy beef? The answer is that the TSX-V, home of so many junior mining companies, has few requirements to keep a listing. The annual fee can be as little as C$5,200. It’s possible to do no work, have no employees, make no money, and stay listed. All a dormant company has to do is dribble out a few dollars to accountants to make the filings. That’s simple when a company is inactive. This can go on for many years, even with less than $500,000 in the bank to start. What about employees, contractors, and suppliers owed money? Many take shares in lieu of cash. They know that if they insist on cash, it will bankrupt the company and they’ll get nothing. This is why, for example, drillers end up owning shares in so many junior companies. We think a wave of bankruptcies would actually be a good thing for our sector. It’d clear the deck and make it easier for investors to spot the real McCoys. But don’t expect that. Most failed companies will simply become shells, hoping for a new life in the next boom. The key takeaway is that there is no point in holding on to shares in a company heading for hibernation. Even if the stock does come back to life in a future boom, there will likely be a rollback—or two. That means that even if the company turns out to be one of those rare gems that delivers a 100-fold return, you might still end up with a loss. And the odds of a 100-bagger are never good. Painful as it is, when it’s clear that a company is going down for the count, it’s better to sell and move on.last_img read more

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first_imgRecommended Link Prepare to be SHOCKED — And here it is By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchThe world’s most valuable publicly traded company is flirting with a bear market.Of course, I’m talking about Apple (AAPL).Apple is a company that needs no introduction. In August, it became the first publicly traded company with a $1 trillion market value.But it didn’t stay above the $1 trillion mark for long.Apple has plunged 18% since October 3. If its share price falls just $7, Apple will officially enter a bear market. (This happens if a stock falls 20% or more from its previous high.)If and when this happens, rest assured you’ll hear about it. It’ll be one of the biggest stories in the investing world.Some pundits might even tell you to load up on Apple stock while it’s cheap.But I’d think twice about doing that if I were you. The huge Apple sell-off is just one of many red flags that we’re seeing… — China to Destroy the World’s #1 Electric Car Company?This U.S. company was regarded as the world leader in electric cars. Then, the Chinese decided to do this… Revealed: The TOP Investment of All TimeFifty bucks. It’s not a lot… But we wanted to see how far it could go. So we considered over two dozen income investments… To find the top $50 income investment of all time… • FAANG stocks overall are getting crushed… FAANG is one of today’s most popular investing acronyms.It stands for Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX), and Google (GOOGL) – now known as Alphabet.Like Apple, none of these companies need introduction. They’re household names. If you’re like most Americans, you use at least one of these companies’ services every day.And that’s a big reason why these companies are so dominant. It’s also why FAANG stocks have been some of the best investments in recent years.Take Facebook. Before volatility came storming back in July, it was up 124% over the past three years. Amazon was up 252% over the same period. And Netflix and Google were up 232% and 95%, respectively.Those are tremendous gains. But as regular readers know, nothing goes up forever…• FAANG stocks lost touch with reality… At its peak, Google had a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 33.Netflix had a P/E ratio of 184. And Amazon traded for as much as 208 times earnings.Those are off-the-chart valuations, even for the dominant FAANGs.So it wasn’t surprising that these stocks got pummeled when the market went “risk-off” in October. Recommended Link • Netflix plunged 32% from its highs… Facebook is down 36%. Amazon is down 22%.Now, I realize that it might be tempting to buy these stocks at such cheap discounts. But we should see even better bargains in the coming months. I say this because, like Apple, the rest of the FAANG stocks still aren’t cheap according to traditional valuation metrics. In the case of Netflix and Amazon, they’re still ridiculously expensive (both at 94 times earnings).But that’s not the only reason I suggest not buying this dip.• Investors have gone on the defensive… Just look at what the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP) has done lately.This fund holds stocks like Walmart, Coca-Cola, and Walgreens. In other words, it invests in companies that sell goods and services that people buy no matter what’s going on with the economy.You can see that XLP is up 4% over the last three months. The S&P 500 is down 3% over the same period, while an equal-weighted FAANG index is down 14%.This tells us we’re seeing a flight from risky and expensive growth stocks to defensive names. And I expect this to continue.• XLP is still firmly in an uptrend, despite the recent broad market sell-off… You can’t say the same about the FAANG stocks – especially Netflix and Facebook.Plus, consumer staples stocks are also cheap. XLP is trading at a P/E ratio of just 15.36. That’s a fraction of what the FAANG stocks trade at.But perhaps most importantly, consumer staples are exactly the kinds of stocks you want to own when the broad market is plunging… or when the economy’s against the ropes.Just consider what Walmart did during the last financial crisis.In 2008, its sales grew 8.6%, while its profits grew 9%. The next year, its sales grew another 6.8%, while its profits increased 8%.Walmart did well during these tough times because it sells food, clothing, and other basic goods at low prices… People shop at Walmart even when the economy is in the gutter.And it’s not just consumers that helped Walmart. Investors also loaded up on Walmart stock during the financial crisis. In 2008, its stock jumped 18%. That same year, the S&P 500 plunged 37%.But that’s just one example. General Mills, another stalwart consumer staples stock, rose 7% in 2008.• Consider buying consumer staples stocks if you’re worried about the market… If history’s any indication, these stocks should do just fine if we go through a major correction – or worse.You can easily do this by buying XLP. This fund invests in a basket of big consumer staples names. And that makes it a relatively low-risk way to bet on the sector.These names aren’t as sexy as Netflix or Amazon. But these companies and their shares should do just fine if the broad market continues to struggle.Regards,Justin Spittler Kansas City, MO November 19, 2018Reader MailbagDo you agree that Apple and the other FAANGs have more room to fall? Let us know at feedback@caseyresearch.com.In Case You Missed It…Whether bitcoin goes up…Down…Or sideways…You can still get paid. And you can collect the next payout as soon as December 2. Click here to find out more about this little-known strategy, which we’re calling “Upgrade Windfalls”…last_img read more

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first_imgTuscaloosa residents have a new spot they can enjoy seafood on Skyland Boulevard.ACES RESTAURANTWhere: 1757 Skyland Blvd., TuscaloosaHours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; 4 p.m.-10 p.m.The new restaurant, Aces, is located near America’s Thrift Store, which is next to the Skyland Boulevard Walmart. And it’s exactly where they want to be, said co-owner Dominick Maddox.“All the good restaurants are going to Midtown,” he said. “None of them are on Skyland, so what we wanted to do was bring Skyland back to being something for the community.”District 7 City Councilwoman Sonya McKinstry said she’s thrilled Aces decided to put down roots where they did.“Hopefully this can be contagious and it can transform different facades and facelifts as we try to improve the district and clean it up,” McKinstry said.Aces hosted its grand opening last week, offering a menu filled with seafood and soul food: chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and more.last_img read more

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For the second year in a row Tuscaloosa Countys

first_imgFor the second year in a row, Tuscaloosa County’s VFW Post 6022 in Cottondale received all-state status.Post Commander Chris Scalla and Post Quartermaster Richard Lindsey have been selected as co-captains of the VFW Department of Alabama All-State team.This year’s award solidifies that Tuscaloosa County’s VFW is one of the top posts in the state.last_img

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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Shaun White lost to a kid they call the “I-Pod,” and now, he may never hear the end of it.How big of an Olympic shocker was this? White, the best snowboarder of his era and one of the best-known and best-marketed athletes at the Sochi Games, didn’t even win a medal. He finished fourth.The 27-year-old American, who opted out of the Olympic slopestyle debut and put all his chips in the halfpipe, where he hoped to win a third straight gold medal, got knocked off by Iouri Podladtchikov, the Russian-born inventor of the “Yolo,” the trick that White could not master.“I’m disappointed,” White said. “I hate the fact I nailed it in practice, but it happens. It’s hard to be consistent.”The Japanese pair of 15-year-old Ayumu Hirano and 18-year-old Taku Hiraoka won silver and bronze, and the Americans were shut out on the halfpipe for the first time since the sport was introduced to the Olympics in 1998.Podladtchikov, who now lives in and competes for Switzerland, landed the trick successfully at an event in Europe last season, but hadn’t done it since.“I’m about to faint. I haven’t seen the gold yet,” said Podladtchikov, who gets his gold on Feb. 12.. “That’s why I don’t believe it.”White watched the replay of I-Pod’s trick last March on his computer and went to work trying to match it.He landed it twice in qualifying events and was listed as the heavy favorite to become the seventh person to win three straight gold medals in an individual event at the Winter Games.White had come to Russia hoping to win two gold medals, but when he pulled out of the Olympics’ inaugural slopestyle contest, saying he didn’t want to risk injury for his historic quest on the halfpipe, the stakes were set.It unraveled early.On White’s first of two runs in the final, his attempt at the Yolo ended with a fall that left him sliding down the halfpipe on his backside. Even though his chance at putting up a winning score was over, he tried to finish the run with another of his double-cork tricks. White wasn’t close — his board slammed on the lip of the pipe, followed by an awkward and painful fall onto his rear.I-Pod had scored an 86.5 in his first run — clearly in medal contention — and then won it on his second attempt. The Yolo includes a total of 1440 degrees of spin — two head-over-heels flips and two 360-degree turns.Four years ago, it was unthinkable, but not anymore. He landed it and even though he only threw five tricks, when most riders were trying six in a supersized, super-slushy halfpipe, the judges liked what they saw.As did I-Pod, who spiked his snowboard into the ground like a football and threw his goggles into the crowd.“He’s incredible,” American Danny Davis, the 10th-place finisher, said of Podladtchikov. “That run on that halfpipe. Wow.”I-Pod struggled in the qualifying round earlier, forcing him into a semifinal round while the White and the five other top scorers went directly to the final. The extra runs seemed to help, as did the cold night air which seemed to improve the condition of the halfpipe, which competitors had been complaining about all week.I-Pod scored 87.50 on his first semifinal run, clearing his way to the final. His 94.75 in the second final run huge pressure on White, whose final runs at the last two Olympics have been nothing more than pressure-free victory rides.White stood at the top of the halfpipe, high-fived and bumped knuckles with his coach, clapped his hands and away he went.The first two jumps were flawless — higher than anyone and landed more solidly.Then, the Yolo. Tucking his hands together to generate torque, then waving one like a cowboy riding a bucking bronc, the form looked good during his three seconds in the air.But on the landing, he skittered down the pipe and lost speed, which meant he lost height on the next jump, as well.The landing on his last double cork was less than perfect, too — his knees buckled and nearly touched the snow. Across the finish line, White raised one finger in the air and raised his hands in victory. Yes, sometimes judges reward athletes for what they’ve done, not what they just did.Not this time. White’s fourth-place score, a 90.25, came up, and he broke into a big smile. He gave Podladtchikov a big hug and fatherly mussed his hair. That kid earned it. And the champion had nothing to complain about.“I saw videos of Shaun doing it really well,” I-Pod said. “I got bummed, said, ‘Damn, that’s my trick and he’s doing it better than me. Today, I guess I was doing it a little better.”(Eddie Pells, AP National Writer)last_img read more

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Atromitos handed Thessalonikis PAOKs a 10 loss

first_imgAtromitos handed Thessaloniki’s PAOK’s a 1-0 loss in the Greek Super League soccer play on June 4, leaving the battle for second in tourney play undecided.Atromitos, which plays in the Athens neighborhood of Peristeri, climbed into second a point ahead of PAOK, which suffered its third straight defeat. A goal by Tasos Karamanos at the end of the first half held up.In the day’s other game, Panathinaikos and Asteras Tripolis drew 0-0. Stathis Tavlaridis left Panathinaikos with 10 men in injury time, trying to get a red card and a one-game suspension instead of bigger penalties because he has racked up so many yellow cards this season.Panathinaikos has 15 points, Asteras is second with seven, Atromitos is on five and PAOK is last with four.In the final round of games on June 8 Atromitos hosts Panathinaikos and Asteras plays PAOK where the winner will get second in the playoffs..TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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NEW YORK — By midstretch Bob Baffert knew it Am

first_imgNEW YORK — By mid-stretch, Bob Baffert knew it. American Pharoah was going to win the Triple Crown.He took his eyes off the horse to soak in the crazed scene of the packed grandstand. Fans jumped up and down, hugged, and tossed drinks in the air.The race wasn’t even over yet, and the crowd knew it, too. Thirty-seven years of waiting to see one of the rarest feats in sports was almost over.“The crowd was just thundering and I was just enjoying the crowd and the noise and everything happening,” the white-haired trainer said. “What a feeling.”Finally, a Triple Crown winner. And this one was never in doubt.American Pharoah led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes by 5 ½ lengths on June 5, becoming the first horse since 1978 to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes — one of the sporting world’s rarest feats.“Wow! Wow!” jockey Victor Espinoza said moments after crossing the finish line. “I can only tell you it is just an amazing thing.”The bay colt with the unusually short tail easily defeated seven rivals in the grueling 1 1/2-mile race, covering the distance in 2:26.65 — sixth-fastest in Belmont history — to end the longest stretch without a Triple Crown champion in history.“That little horse, he deserved it,” said Baffert, who at 62 is the second-oldest trainer of a Triple Crown winner. “He’s the one that did it. We were basically just passengers.”American Pharoah is the 12th horse and first since Affirmed in 1978 to win three races on different tracks at varying distances over a five-week span. He won the Derby by one length on May 2 and then romped to a seven-length victory in the rainy Preakness two weeks later before demolishing his rivals.Baffert and Espinoza ended their own frustrating histories in the Triple Crown. Baffert finally won on his record fourth Triple try, having lost in 1997, 1998 (by a nose) and in 2002. Espinoza got it done with his record third shot after failing to win in 2002 and last year on California Chrome.“I was prepared for somebody coming because I’ve been through this so many times,” Baffert said. Nobody did.Espinoza hustled American Pharoah to the lead leaving the No. 5 post and quickly got him over to the rail. Materiality was on his outside in second, but never applied any serious pressure traveling along the backstretch before falling away on the second turn.American Pharoah started kicking away heading into the final turn. He opened up on the field as he powered through the 1,097-yard stretch, displaying his fluid, springloaded stride in which he appears to float over the ground.“It’s just an amazing feeling that you have when you’re 20 yards from the wire,” Espinoza said. “And then at the wire I was like, ‘I cannot believe I did it.’”American Pharoah ran the final quarter-mile — a stretch that has dashed numerous Triple Crown dreams — in 24.32 seconds, faster than Secretariat’s time of 25 seconds in winning the 1973 Belmont.“That’s a hell of a horse,” said Gary Stevens, who finished seventh aboard Tale of Verve. “The race was over in the third jump from the gate.”After making his way back to the crowd, Espinoza took American Pharoah nearly the length of the sprawling grandstand so fans could pay their respects to the champion.As the horses were heading to the starting gate, owner Ahmed Zayat was overflowing with confidence and turned to his wife. “I told her, ‘Get ready to be the owner of the 12th Triple Crown winner,’” he said.Baffert felt equally good, sensing American Pharoah was on the verge of a winning performance when he saddled the horse in the shady paddock.“I said to put him on the lead and go for it, and if he doesn’t make it, don’t worry about it,” the trainer said, “but he just kept on rocking and rolling.”Sent off as the overwhelming 3-5 favorite, American Pharoah paid $3.50, $2.80 and $2.50.Frosted returned $3.50 and $2.90, while Keen Ice was another two lengths back in third and paid $4.60 to show.Mubtaahij was fourth, followed by Frammento, Madefromlucky, Tale of Verve and Materiality.American Pharoah delivered a victory for the Egyptian-born Zayat, who bred the colt and put him up for sale before buying him back for $300,000.His name came from the family’s online contest, in which a woman from Missouri submitted the winning moniker, but the misspelling — it should be pharaoh — wasn’t noticed until the name was already official.American Pharoah joined the exclusive club of Triple Crown winners Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed.A sign with American Pharoah’s name and silks was quickly put up in the infield next to the 11 other Triple Crown winners.The crowd of 90,000 — capped to avoid overcrowding and long lines from last year’s total of 102,199 — roared as American Pharoah turned for home.It’s unlikely the champion heard them since American Pharoah wears ear plugs to block noise that might get him worked up.Since 1978, the rigors of the Triple Crown had done in 13 other horses who won the Derby and the Preakness — with 12 losing the third leg and I’ll Have Another scratched with a leg injury in 2012. Their failures left the sport and its fans craving a worthy successor to the 11 previous champions.American Pharoah — his tail shortened after being bitten off on a farm when he was a youngster — turned out to be that horse.“I was really getting to dislike this trophy — it’s come with a lot of misery,” Baffert said of the sterling silver Triple Crown trophy housed for the last 37 years in the Kentucky Derby museum.“But it’s owed to the fans of New York that kept paying their money, showing up, hoping. They finally got it.”Unlike Affirmed, who dueled Alydar in all three races, American Pharoah didn’t have a specific rival since he was the only horse to run in all three Triple Crown races. Going into the Belmont, American Pharoah had beaten all of his seven challengers before.And when the race known as “The Test of the Champion” came? He passed, with flying colors.(BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgAs the Champions League opened with a series of one-sided games, Jose Mourinho was blunt. For the Manchester United manager, it wasn’t the Champions League at all.“For the Real Madrids, Barcelonas and Bayerns, the Champions League starts in February. Now is just the warming up,” Mourinho said after a routine win for his Manchester United team over Swiss club Basel. “Let’s qualify, let’s make the points to qualify for the knockout phase. When we do that, let’s enjoy playing against the big guys.”United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich all cruised to easy wins on Tuesday, scoring 17 goals between them and conceding none.Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Juventus was something of an exception, if only because the Italian team — last season’s defeated finalist — had been expected to put up more of a fight.In the event, Lionel Messi started another European campaign in imperious fashion with two goals against an injury-depleted Juventus side.___GROUP AManchester United’s players didn’t have to exert themselves too much to see off Swiss side Basel 3-0, as Romelu Lukaku scored his sixth goal in six United appearances.Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford’s goals completed the win for United.In a worrying sight for United fans and coach Mourinho, captain Paul Pogba hobbled off with a possible left hamstring injury.In Lisbon, Benfica let slip a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to CSKA Moscow, with substitute Timur Zhamaletdinov scoring the winning goal four minutes into his Champions League debut.___GROUP BTwo woefully uncompetitive games saw Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich post easy wins.PSG’s expensively assembled forward line of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani ran riot against Celtic in a 5-0 win, scoring four between them. A Celtic own goal ensured a night to forget for the Scottish champion.Bayern seemed rustier in its 3-0 win over Anderlecht, leading by just one goal at halftime despite Anderlecht having a man sent off in the 11th minute.The red card allowed Robert Lewandowski to score from the penalty spot, before Bayern wasted a string of opportunities. Thiago Alcantara and Joshua Kimmich added to the scoreline in the second half.___GROUP CDavide Zappacosta’s stunning long-distance goal from the right flank impressed the Stamford Bridge faithful, but Chelsea needed nothing special to thrash Azerbaijan’s Qarabag 6-0.A poor Qarabag defense also conceded goals from Michy Batshuayi, Pedro Rodriguez, Cesar Azpilicueta and Tiemoue Bakayoko. There was also an own goal by Maksim Medvedev.Atletico Madrid sees itself as a contender to win the Champions League, but poor finishing made it look well short of that standard in a 0-0 draw with Roma.___GROUP DLionel Messi started the new European season with yet another game-winning performance for Barcelona, while the Catalan club’s record signing Ousmane Dembele made his debut.Still, Barcelona’s three-goal winning margin against a weakened opponent was slight revenge for its loss to Juventus in last year’s quarterfinals.On Tuesday at the Camp Nou, Juventus was missing defender Giorgio Chiellini, forward Mario Mandzukic and midfielder Sami Khedira through injury, while Juan Cuadrado was suspended.Sporting Lisbon won 3-2 at Greek side Olympiakos, taking the lead after just 69 seconds through forward Seydou Doumbia, on loan from Roma.JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgROME (AP) — Roma appointed Claudio Ranieri as interim coach on Friday, a day after firing Eusebio Di Francesco following the Italian team’s elimination from the Champions League.The 67-year-old Ranieri, who will be interim coach until the end of the season, flew to Rome on Friday and signed a contract until June 30.It will be the Rome-born Ranieri’s second spell as coach of the club, having previously been in charge from 2009-11.“I’m delighted to be coming back home,” said Ranieri, who grew up supporting the team. “When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no.”FILE – In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 file photo, Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Fulham at the London Stadium in London. Roma has appointed Claudio Ranieri as interim coach until the end of the season to replace Eusebio Di Francesco, who it fired following the Italian team’s elimination from the Champions League. The 67-year-old Ranieri flew into Rome on Friday and signed a contract until June 30. It will be the Rome-born Ranieri’s second spell as coach of the capital club, having previously been in charge from 2009-2011. Ranieri says: “I’m delighted to be coming back home. When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no.” (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File )Ranieri, who led Leicester to the 2016 Premier League title, was fired by Fulham last week.During his first spell in charge of Roma, Ranieri led the team to a second-place finish in Serie A, two points behind Inter Milan. That team also lost the Italian Cup final to Inter.“We are delighted to welcome Claudio Ranieri back to the club,” Roma president James Pallotta said.Roma fired De Francesco a day after the team lost to Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League. That defeat came on the heels of a 3-0 loss to crosstown rival Lazio in Serie A, with the team fifth in the standings and in danger of missing out on next season’s Champions League.FILE – In this file photo taken on March 6, 2019 Eusebio Di Francesco gestures during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Porto and AS Roma at the Dragao stadium in Porto, during his last match as Roma coach. Roma has appointed Claudio Ranieri as interim coach until the end of the season to replace Eusebio Di Francesco, who was fired following the Italian team’s elimination from the Champions League. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)Roma sports director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, known as Monchi, left the club on Friday.“We have one objective remaining this season and that is to finish in the highest possible league position and secure qualification for the Champions League,” Pallotta said. “At this stage of the campaign, it was important to bring in a coach who knows the club, understands the environment, can speak the language and is able to motivate the players. Claudio ticks all of those boxes and he’s very excited to take on this challenge.”Ranieri’s first match in charge will be against relegation-threatened Empoli on Monday.The top four from Serie A qualify for next season’s Champions League. Roma is three points behind fourth-place Inter and four below AC Milan.“Claudio’s from the city, he’s a Roma fan but more than that, he’s one of the most experienced coaches in world soccer,” Roma director and former player Francesco Totti said. “What we need now is a safe pair of hands to guide us back into the top four and ensure that we are playing Champions League soccer again next season. We have 12 games left and we need to win as many of them as possible.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgThough Americans spend an estimated $80 billion to $100 billion each year in hopes of easing their aching backs, the evidence is mounting that many pricey standard treatments — including surgery and spinal injections — are often ineffective and can even worsen and prolong the problem.A study published Wednesday in the journal Health Services Research suggests trying physical therapy first may at least ease the strain on the patient’s wallet in the long term — and also curb reliance on opioid painkillers, which carry their own risks.The researchers, from the University of Washington in Seattle and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., analyzed more than 150,000 commercial health insurance claims filed between 2009 and 2013 in six northwestern states. They checked the files of patients who had a new diagnosis of low back pain, comparing the insurance claims of people who had received physical therapy before seeing their family doctor or a specialist to those of people who received PT at a later date, or not at all.The study wasn’t designed to look directly at how well physical therapy ameliorates pain. Instead, the researchers wanted to see if physical therapy reduced overall health care costs and patient outlay related to back pain — including the number of opioid prescriptions and the number of advanced imaging tests like MRIs and CT scans, as well as hospitalizations and ER visits.It turned out that patients who saw a physical therapist before trying other treatments had an 89 percent lower probability of eventually needing an opioid prescription, a 28 percent lower probability of having any advanced imaging services, and a 15 percent lower probability of making one or more ER visits.Overall, patients saw “significantly lower out-of-pocket costs — on the average, $500 — when they visited a physical therapist first,” says Bianca Frogner, a health economist at the University of Washington, and lead author on the study.”People who get trained in physical therapy have very specialized knowledge about pain management,” she says, “especially with the muscular skeletal system. They might actually understand this pain better than the average family physician.”It’s also worth noting, she says, that some patients who could benefit from physical therapy don’t get it, because of health insurance restrictions, or because they lack insurance, or the co-payments are too high.Kenneth Harwood, a coauthor of the study and a physical therapist who directs the program in health care quality at George Washington University, says PT can diminish a patient’s pain by physically moving the joints of the back, knee, or hip through a full range of motion, thereby decreasing the stiffness and immobility patients might feel.The therapists can also guide patients through exercise regimens that strengthen muscles and help patients develop control over movements, including posture, he says.The study did find an unexplained 19 percent higher probability of eventual hospitalization among patients who received physical therapy before other medical care. Researchers didn’t have the cause of each hospitalization in their dataset, but Frogner says it may have been, in many cases, the result of other co-morbid conditions associated with low back pain — such as obesity or diabetes.”It could also be that the physical therapist was able to identify more serious problems on the first visit, and refer patients on to more specialized care,” she says.Among those whose first treatment was physical therapy the scientists found a dramatic decrease in the likelihood of being prescribed opioids for pain.In an era of pervasive opioid prescriptions, Frogner says, anything that can be done to reduce the number of opioids in circulation is worth considering.”We need to look for better ways to help patients manage the current pain they have and prevent it from coming back in the future” says Frogner, adding that physical therapists “are well positioned to provide ideas on exercises, movement and ways of living to prevent the pain from getting worse — and hopefully from ever coming back, once it’s gone.”Pain specialist Dr. Mark Bicket, with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who was not affiliated with the study, says the findings align with the American Pain Society’s recommendations to provide noninvasive treatment — including heat, massage, acupuncture and physical therapy — as the first line of defense against low back pain. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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first_imgUpdated at 3:04 p.m. ETSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced he will introduce national legislation to raise the minimum age for people buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. Some anti-tobacco advocates worry that the plan could actually harm children by heading off other regulation efforts.The proposal from McConnell, who hails from a top tobacco-producing state, came Thursday at a conference with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, a Louisville-based organization. He has received more than $160,000 in contributions from Altria, a major cigarette manufacturer.McConnell said he was spurred by an “unprecedented spike” in the number of teenagers who were vaping, or smoking e-cigarettes.”We have an epidemic of nicotine consumption either through cigarettes or through vaping in high schools and even middle schools, not only in our state but around the … country,” he said.McConnell plans to introduce a bill next month. “This is going to be a top priority that I’ll be working on,” he said.Twelve states have already raised the minimum purchasing age to 21 with so-called Tobacco 21 laws, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.McConnell’s announcement was met with praise by giants in the tobacco industry, who say they support the age increase. “By raising the minimum age to 21, no high school student will be able to purchase tobacco products legally, adding another hurdle to help reduce social access,” Altria said in a press release.Yet some members of the anti-smoking community are skeptical about what’s really going on.Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, says the organization does not yet have a position on McConnell’s legislation because it has not seen the bill. But Myers said he is concerned that tobacco companies are attempting to include special-interest provisions that would hinder protections for kids.”Congress must not allow tobacco companies to use Tobacco 21 legislation as a Trojan horse for provisions that benefit the industry at the expense of kids and public health,” he tells NPR by email.He says tobacco companies have worked to include state provisions that limit the regulation of tobacco products, including flavored tobacco products.At the federal level, a provision introduced by Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., would allow certain items, such as the heated tobacco product IQOS, to be classified as vapor products, thereby evading stronger regulations than cigarettes.Stanton Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California San Francisco, tells NPR that tobacco companies are trying to “co-opt” a movement to protect kids. “They try to get in front of it by introducing bad legislation that preempts good legislation to make it look like they’re supporting a pro-health situation,” he says.Glantz says provisions backed by tobacco companies can criminalize youth for buying tobacco products instead of retailers that sell them the products, while other provisions have meaningless implementation language that makes the laws harder to enforce.”To bring McConnell in, that’s like the super, biggest gun you could bring in,” he says.Philip Morris International tells NPR it has applications pending before the Food and Drug Administration to commercialize its product IQOS in the U.S. “Increasing the legal age of purchase for tobacco and nicotine products can play an important role in further guarding against youth use of such products,” spokesperson Ryan Sparrow says. “However, that process must first begin with companies themselves.”A spokesperson for Juul, a popular e-cigarette, tells NPR in a written statement that the company supports “category-wide actions to reverse the trend in youth use, while preserving this unprecedented opportunity for adult smokers, and we will continue to work with federal, state and local policymakers in a transparent and collaborative fashion to achieve that goal.” Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris USA, has taken a major stake in Juul.In an email, an Altria spokesperson says the company backs “straight-forward tobacco 21 bills. … We remain fully committed to pursuing this legislative goal without condition.” McConnell’s state, Kentucky, has one of the highest cancer mortality rates in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Along with West Virginia, Kentucky also has the highest rates of death linked to smoking.The senator says the bill will uphold the current system, which makes retailers responsible for verifying the age of anyone who buys tobacco. The measure will also have an exemption for members of the military, something that anti-tobacco groups have urged Congress not to offer. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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first_imgWaukesha Memorial HospitalProHealth Care’s operating income was up 6 percent in the first half of fiscal 2018, according to a recent report to bondholders.Waukesha Memorial HospitalThe Waukesha-based health system reported $401.5 million in revenue for first half of the fiscal year, up from $380 million the prior year. Net patient service revenue grew 3.5 percent over the prior year, driven by an increase in gross charges, higher hospital outpatient utilization and a busy flu season in the second quarter, the system said.After deducting expenses, ProHealth Care had an operating income of $19.8 million in the first half of fiscal 2018, compared to $18.6 million the prior year.The health care system’s expenses increased by $20.1 million, or 5.6 percent, from the prior year, largely driven by increases in expenses for salaries and wages and medical supplies and drugs. Expenses for salaries and wages increased by $9.8 million in the first six months of fiscal 2018 from the prior year. Medical supply and drug costs increased $6.3 million from the prior year, driven by inflation and mix of services.ProHealth said chemo drug costs were the primary driver of increased utilization, thanks to increased volumes at the UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care in Pewaukee and increased cost of new market pharmaceuticals. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

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first_img6940 W. Washington Ave.Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 04:50 pmAn affiliate of Wauwatosa-based development firm Wangard Partners purchased a 3.4 acre site on Highway 20 in Mount Pleasant that could be redeveloped into a restaurant or hotel.6940 W. Washington Ave.Alpha HE LLC sold the 3.4 acre site at 6940 Washington Ave. to Rosenow Creek, LLC, which is registered to Wangard Partners CEO and founder Stewart Wangard for $1.7 million, according to state records.Wangard is in active discussions with both a restaurateur and one of the major hotel flags for the site, he said Friday. “If we don’t find a partner, we will develop it ourselves,” Wangard said. “We think this is a wonderful spot for hospitality.”The property includes a 14,312-square-foot one-story building constructed in the mid-1980s.Racine Automotive Group, a used car dealership, occupied the building until August 2017.Wangard Partners has specialized in apartment and office developments. The property is currently zoned general business.The village of Mount Pleasant has not yet received any plans from Wangard for the property, said Samuel Schultz, director of community development.The site is about 5 miles from the site of Foxconn’s planned manufacturing complex.Wangard has become bullish on Racine County since Foxconn announced its development.“Racine, Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant will be going through a major metamorphosis over the next five years,” Wangard said. “Foxconn has been following through on the promises it has made. this is not just a major manufacturer, it is a world class leading edge technology company.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

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A Kohls storeKohls will award 32 million in g

first_imgA Kohl’s store.Kohl’s will award $3.2 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofit organizations across the country, the company announced today.A Kohl’s storeThe Menomonee Falls-based retailer said the grant funding, generated by its Kohl’s Cares philanthropic program, will support organizations that work to improve the health and wellness of children and families. Each organization will receive a $10,000 grant. “This Giving Tuesday, as an extension of our ongoing efforts to support family health and wellness, we’re thrilled to announce that we will be providing $3 million in grants to support organizations that champion the health and wellbeing of children and families,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief executive officer. “Our associates support their communities year-round by volunteering for local charitable organizations. This grant program is just one more way that we can pitch in to make a positive difference at the local level.”Wisconsin organizations receiving grants include: Adaptive Community Approach Program in WaukeshaBoys & Girls Club of Fond Du Lac Inc.Boys & Girls Clubs of Barron CountyDomestic Abuse Intervention Services in MadisonFood Pantry of WaukeshaGundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation Inc.Humane Animal Welfare SocietyHunger Task Force of La Crosse Inc.The Women’s Center in WaukeshaWaukesha County Community Dental ClinicYMCA of Marquette CountyYMCA of the Northwoods in RhinelanderThe company’s Kohl’s Cares program sells children’s books and toys and donates 100 percent of the net profit to charitable initiatives nationwide. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

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Join the Mystic River Watershed Association and Cl

first_imgJoin the Mystic River Watershed Association and Climate Ready Boston for an Open House on Thursday, June 14 to hear ideas about the future of the waterfront space around the Schraffts Building in Charlestown.Come share your thoughts about design ideas for this waterfront space, including public access, open space and walking/biking improvements. The open house will be Thursday, June 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Schrafft’s Center and Docks, 529 Main St, Charlestown.Learn more and RSVP here.*Advertisement*last_img

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Love is in the air celebrate Valentines Day at B

first_imgLove is in the air; celebrate Valentine’s Day at Battery Wharf in Boston’s North End! Located inside Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront, our restaurant Battery Wharf Grille will have a special Valentine’s Day dinner course for 2 from the 14th to 17th of February – many offerings include bay oysters, scallop veloute, pan seared halibut, rib eye steak, shared dessert trio, and a special wine feature of Louise Sparkling French Rose. Please make table reservations at 617-994-9001.Looking for a place to stay and dine with your beau? Book our Valentine’s Day Sweet Romance package from February 14th-17th for special Valentine’s room amenities and dinner included for two at the Battery Wharf Grille. Be sure to book your couples massage at Exhale Spa, also located in Battery Wharf! To make your booking, please visit: http://bit.ly/LoveBatteryWharf.*Advertisement*last_img read more

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THREE custombuilt buses used by the Supreme Court

first_imgTHREE custom-built buses used by the Supreme Court (SC) for its Enhanced Justice on Wheels (EJOW) program have arrived in Cebu City.Two of the air-conditioned buses will be taken to Tacloban City and Guiuan in Eastern Samar.ADVERTISEMENT Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege The P8-million mobile court had visited Cebu for the SC’s program several times already.MORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsMORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsOne section of the bus serves as a courtroom while the rear is used as a mediation room.The EJOW program, aims to grant relief to inmates who are willing to enter a “guilty” plea during arraignment and who have served time in jail longer than their supposed sentence.Since its inception, the EJOW program has released several inmates languishing in jails across the country.RTC Judge Meinrado Paredes said mobile courts are very useful especially during calamities and when courthouses are not accessible.ADVERTISEMENT One will remain in Cebu for mediation proceedings.While the Philippine Mediation Center requested for the buses, Judge Soliver Peras is hoping Cebu City courts can also use the mobile courts.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike“I hope the mobile court will be stationed here. But of course, we don’t know its priority. Our situation here is better than the courthouses in areas affected by the calamities,” the Cebu City Regional Trial Court Executive Judge.Peras said Cebu City judges also requested for mobile courts when Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez visited Cebu after the Oct. 15 earthquake. View comments LATEST STORIES Painters refuse to go quietly WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine MOST READ PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip “Those buses can be used by judges who want to conduct trials but without any tent to stay. That’s needed now,” he said.Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspensionlast_img read more

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