first_imgShareTweet The Class A, B and C Drugs seized by police in the Waterside area on FridayA 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a number of drugs offences under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act.The arrest was made after a quantity of suspected class A, B and C drugs were seized in Derry on Friday, October 6 by  PSNI Foyle’s Waterside Critical Neighbourhood Team.The drugs were uncovered during what police have described as a ‘proactive search’ at a property in the Sheskin Gardens area, close to the Dungiven Road in the Waterside. Dungiven RoadMAN ARRESTED OVER ‘PROACTIVE’ DRUGS BUST IN DERRYPSNISHESKIN GARDENSWatersidecenter_img The arrested male remains in custody at Strand Road PSNI station assisting police with their enquiries.MAN ARRESTED OVER ‘PROACTIVE’ DRUGS BUST IN DERRY was last modified: October 9th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_img Missing Limavady teenager Patrick CrumlishPOLICE are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare and safety of 14 year old Patrick Crumlish from the Limavady area.A PSNI spokesperson said: “Patrick may have used public transport to travel to Derry. ShareTweet “The last sighting of Patrick was at the Translink Foyle Street Depot on Friday afternoon ( Friday 3rd August). “At this time it is believed Patrick was wearing a dark coloured, long sleeve top with white sleeves and had a large black backpack with him. “We would ask if you have any information on Patrick’s whereabouts or believe you may have seen Patrick, please ring police in Limavady on 101 quoting ref CCS 1601 03/08/18.”PSNI: Help us find missing Patrick Crumlish was last modified: August 8th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:center_img CO DERRYDerrylimavadyPolicePSNI: Help us find missing Patrick CrumlishPUBLIC TRANSPORTlast_img read more

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first_imgThe move follows an Expression of Interest exercise undertaken by DfC to test the appetite for investment in the Fort George site. Paul McNaught from the Department for Communities said: “Fort George is a strategic regeneration site that has huge potential to create real social and economic benefits for the City.“The Department is committed to maximising its potential and is therefore delighted to work with the Trust to explore this ambitious development which not only delivers key central Government priorities but is also in line with the Strategic Growth Plan adopted by Derry City and Strabane District Council.“Remediation works at the site have now been completed and Outline Planning Permission is in place. The site is well placed to progress to the next step.” ShareTweet Dr Bob Brown, Director of Primary Care & Older People within the Western Health and Social Care Trust, added: “The Trust is committed to the delivery of this Cityside Health and Care Centre project which is seen as a high priority for investment.“This development will enable both Trust and GP Medical Practices to work together to further expand and enhance local health and social care services currently delivered from widely dispersed accommodation throughout the City. “This will also facilitate the roll out of primary care multi-disciplinary teams – a development already at pilot stage with approximately 200 posts planned for the WHSCT area. “Allied to these direct health service employments, it is envisaged that the implementation of a Data City Health Analytics Project, via C-TRIC as part of the City Deal submission will create approximately 250 additional posts initially, a proportion of which will be located at Fort George.”The development of a Cityside Health and Care Centre is anticipated to bring up to 500 whole time equivalent permanent jobs (new and relocated) which will deliver mostly nursing, social work, allied health professional and administrative roles. The Health and Care Centre is a critical project within the Department of Health’s Primary Care Infrastructure Development (PCID) programme and is an essential element of the transformational agenda for health and social care.Fort George site explored as location for new primary health care hub was last modified: February 21st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: THE Department for Communities (DfC) and the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) have entered an agreement to enable the Trust to further develop the proposal of locating a new Cityside Health and Care Centre at Fort George creating up to 500 jobs.The agreement, initially for 12 months, will give the WHSCT time to get the necessary business case approvals and funding confirmed. No further marketing of the Fort George site will take place while the viability of the proposal is being considered although this remains as a contingency option if required. Cityside Health and Care CentreDEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIESFORT GEORGEFort George site explored as location for new primary health care hubWESTERN TRUSTlast_img read more

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first_img Next PostTeachers Given Small Baseball Bats To Fight School Shooter Home NewsWatch Report: Ex-coal exec fails to file disclosure in Senate race Previous PostHS Baseball/Softball Update – April 10 Twitter Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A report says the former coal executive convicted of violating federal mine safety standards has failed to turn in a required financial disclosure for his U.S. Senate race.The U.S. Senate Office of Public Records told The Charleston Gazette-Mail on Monday there’s no indication Don Blankenship’s disclosure was received by Sunday’s deadline. Failure to file disclosures can carry fines up to $50,000 or criminal prosecution.Blankenship’s spokesman didn’t respond to the newspaper’s requests for comment.The ex-Massey Energy CEO is one of six Republicans in next month’s primary for the seat of incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin, who faces one opponent in the Democratic primary.Blankenship served a one-year prison term on charges stemming from the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 men in West Virginia. NewsWatchPolitical NewsState NewsTop Stories Report: Ex-coal exec fails to file disclosure in Senate race By Tyler BarkerApr 11, 2018, 00:22 am 635 0 Pinterestcenter_img Mail Tumblr Google+ 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 Facebook Linkedinlast_img read more

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first_imgHome NewsWatch Consumer W.Va. AG Sues Fayette County Firewood Equipment Dealer, Manufacturer 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 Next PostUPDATE: Former Fayetteville Football Midget League Treasurer Arrested Google+ Previous Post2018 WV Mid-Amateur: Day 1 ConsumerLocal NewsNewsWatchTop Stories W.Va. AG Sues Fayette County Firewood Equipment Dealer, Manufacturer By Tyler BarkerAug 06, 2018, 21:15 pm 482 0 Twitter Tumblr Facebook Mail CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed suit alleging that a firewood sales and equipment operation in Fayette County jeopardized the physical safety and financial well-being of consumers.The lawsuit alleges New River Firewood and Power Trust Equipment, separate companies, through senior management, deceived consumers and breached warranties related to the sale and manufacturing of log splitters that malfunctioned shortly after the initial use.“Consumer goods sold in West Virginia must be of good working order,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “When items fall short of that standard, business owners must adhere to the implied warranty and provide repairs or refunds as necessary. Any business failing to comply faces potential consequences.”The Attorney General seeks a temporary court order to prohibit New River Firewood and Power Trust Equipment, both based in central Fayette County, from engaging in the sale of consumer goods in West Virginia during the course of the state’s litigation.The lawsuit centers on New River Firewood’s online sale of gas-powered log splitters made by Power Trust Equipment. Consumers allege the splitters curled, broke wedges and blew hydraulic hose fittings due to defective materials, including clamps, and inadequate welding, all posing a high risk of physical injury, according to the lawsuit.The lawsuit further alleges New River Firewood failed to perform necessary repairs, refused to refund payments and did not cooperate with a subpoena for documents.The Attorney General seeks full restitution for the affected consumers, a $5,000 penalty for each violation of the state’s Consumer Credit and Protection Act and full reimbursement to cover costs associated with the state’s investigation and litigation.New River Firewood and Power Trust Equipment are listed as defendants, along with both companies’ manager James L. Sowder and fellow members Cynthia Sowder and Jerry Zimmerman, all of Fayette County.Read the civil complaint at Pinterest Linkedinlast_img read more


first_img Mail Linkedin Twitter Tumblr Facebook Google+ Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More Next PostBroderick McDonald Signs With Concord Pinterest SportsSports News First Day of HS Football Preseason By Matt DigbyJul 30, 2018, 23:21 pm 498 0 WOAY – Monday marked the first day of preseason practice for high school football in West Virginia, with area teams getting ready for August 24, the first Friday night of the 2018 season.Hear from Oak Hill’s Jason Blankenship & Fayetteville’s David Moneypenny, who are both ready for the season to arrive. Oak Hill is coming off a 5-5 season that began with four straight wins to open the year, while Fayetteville is seeking a third straight playoff appearance in Class A.Our football team previews begin this Friday, as we highlight one team per day leading up to the opening week of the 2018 season. Previous PostGov. Justice recognizes DOT employee for saving mother, child from vehicle on I-68 Home Sports News Sports First Day of HS Football Preseasonlast_img read more


first_img Google+ Previous PostMercer County Schools Faced With Three Lawsuits After Pre-School Children Were Reportedly Abused Kassie Simmons Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism.During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing.Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about.Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at Twitter Mount Hope, W.Va. (WOAY) – Mount Hope is welcoming a new industry to town and owners expect to start working right away.“We already bought some carbon and we are going to do the distribution and servicing immediately,” said president Lionel Perera. “For the next year, we are going to hire maybe 15 to 20 people… Once we start at the main factory on the other side of the building, we’re going to hire maybe another 60 to 70 people.”On Wednesday, Carbon Activated Co. bought facilities previously owned by Georgia Pacific. The corporation held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday to kick off their work. The company will create activated carbon from locally produced coal. Activated carbon is used in drinking water, air purification and even toothpaste.Locals are already excited about the industry moving in. Officials look forward to what this means for the future of the region.“It’s a thrill and we consider it to be what we call a win,” said Joe Brouse. “If we could tell a good story here, other companies and other businesses looking to relocate and invest will see [that] we can do this in southern West Virginia.” When the plant is completely up and running, Perera expects the company to buy up to 30 thousand tons of coal each year. They also plan to export about 10,000 tons of carbon each year, generating a significant amount of revenue.“I asked Mr. Perera about the economic climate of the state of West Virginia and he said it was very conducive for economic development,” said Fast. “That tells me that we’re doing something right in the legislature.” Tumblr Linkedin Next PostDHSEM and State Fire Marshal’s Office Create New Arson Hotline Database Pinterest Mail Home NewsWatch Local News New Fayette County Industry to Produce Jobs, Boost Economy Facebook Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories New Fayette County Industry to Produce Jobs, Boost Economy By Kassie SimmonsMay 02, 2019, 16:53 pm 2140 0 last_img read more

In This Issue G81 leaders step up pressure

first_imgIn This Issue. * G(8-1) leaders step up pressure on Russia… * Pound moves higher on UK inflation data… * Aussie $ and Indian rupee both higher vs. US$… * Gold off lows, but struggles to gain momentum… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Leaders of the Group of Seven increase pressure on Putin… Good day.  I made it through the first day back, and the desk was relatively well staffed so it turned out to be a pretty good day.  Currency traders were certainly busy selling dollars yesterday as weaker US manufacturing data disrupted heightened expectations of an early rate hike.  And it seemed global investors were becoming more comfortable with the political stalemate in Crimea even as world leaders, including President Obama met in The Hague. The G7 leaders pledged further measures against Russia amid growing concerns that the Crimean peninsula is just the first step toward an expanded Russia.  And the families of those unfortunate passengers of Flight MH370 were told that new evidence has led investigators to conclude the Boeing 777 crashed into the Indian ocean off the coast of Australia. A very busy start to the week, and with a plethora of data releases scheduled for later this morning, today could shape up to be just as volatile. But before we get talking about today’s data, I will recap the numbers released yesterday morning.  The Markit ‘flash’ report on the US manufacturing sector showed a slip in the Purchasing Managers Index to 55.5 in March from a reading of 57.1 in February.  The median estimate called for a reading of 56.5 and the poor number had some investors re-evaluating the consensus reached last week that rates would be heading higher in April of next year.  All economic numbers will be watched closely for any signs that the US economy isn’t performing quite as well as expected, with the thought that the ‘6 month’ window laid out by Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen would/could be extended if/when the US economy stumbles.  Funny how one piece of not so good data can switch the mood of the markets.  Last week the taper of 10 billion at each of the remaining 2014 Fed meetings was all but guaranteed, and investors were counting on a rate increase 6 months after the last of the bond buying.  But the lower than expected manufacturing number, combined with an even worse number out of China to cause some to question if the global recovery will have ‘legs’.  Investors took profits in the US currency which rose last week after many bet on a US interest rate hike in early 2015. The safe haven bid for US$ seems to have dried up also, as global currency investors seem to have gotten comfortable with the fact that the Crimea region will become part of Russia.  Ukraine has told its remaining troops to leave the region for their own safety, all but handing over the peninsula to the occupying Russian forces.  G8 members, less Russia, met at The Hague and increased the number of Russian individuals subject to restrictions.  Currency traders seemed to largely ignore the situation in Ukraine, and as long as Putin ends his expansion plans in Crimea the events will quickly become ‘old news’.  But a reported buildup of Russian troops along Ukraine’s border has some fearing that the Russian leader has new designs on Moldova, another former Soviet republic.  It is a bit sad to see just how helpless the Western leaders seem to be in standing up to Putin, not that I want to see bloodshed, but he certainly seems to be having his way right now.  While the currency markets aren’t focused on Ukraine, the equity markets seem to be spooked by these events along with the slowdown in China and an earlier than expected rate rise here in the US.  Global equity markets have been trading lower all week but may have found a bottom overnight as the European markets are all trading higher this morning. The Japanese yen continued to fall amid bets the Bank of Japan will need to boost stimulus measures in order to offset the impact of a planned tax increase.  Japan’s central bank has been desperately trying to encourage their citizens to begin spending in order to reverse decades of a deflationary spiral.  A sales tax hike scheduled for April 1 has Japanese consumers rushing out to make purchases which should help boost the BOJ’s quarterly TANKAN survey which is expected to show the headline index improved by two points during the first quarter of 2014.  But the sales tax increase, combined with worries over the global economic recovery have many economists predicting the business sentiment could shift negative during the next 3 months.  Many global investors are expecting the BOJ will launch another round of Quantitative Easing later this summer as consumer inflation continues well below the central bank’s target and the broader outlook weakens.  The BOJ will hold its next monetary policy meeting on April 7-8, and the Tankan report will be released April 1st.  I would expect Japan’s economy to contract a bit following next month’s tax hike, and that will likely spur another round of monetary stimulus by the BOJ.  Shifting the focus to Europe, the euro is drifting a bit lower vs. the US$ this morning after enjoying a full cent move higher yesterday.  A report released this morning showed German business confidence dropped for the first time in five months, reversing yesterday’s mini-rally.  The Ifo Institute’s German business climate index dropped to 110.7 in March from a reading of 111.3 during the previous month which was the highest level since July 2011.  This drop broke a five month string of increases, but the number still shows European business conditions remain fairly robust. The Bundesbank said yesterday that German orders, production expectations and an improving assessment of current economic conditions “point to a very strong growth in the first quarter.”  But the economic outlook of Europe’s major economy is certainly threatened by rising tensions in Ukraine.  German / Russian trade is fairly substantial, which is one reason Chancellor Merkel has been a bit hesitant in supporting dramatic sanctions against Russia. The pound sterling rose after a report showed UK inflation data for February were in line with expectations, increasing 1.7%.  Recent ‘color’ in the markets had predicted a weaker number, which could have led to additional stimulus measures from the BOE.  But with the number coming in as expected it helped push the pound sterling up vs. the US$ and euro.   Currency investors definitely seem to be ignoring events in Ukraine as they continue to pour back into ‘risk on’ trades.  Both the Indian Rupee and Australian dollars high yearly highs vs. the US$ yesterday.  India’s Rupee hit a 7 month high as investors became more optimistic that the election of a new government will hasten the nation’s economic recovery.  Overseas investors are pouring funds into the Indian stock market in front of these new elections, helping to spur a record-setting rally in domestic shares this month. The Australian dollar also traded to the highest level of the year vs. the US$ as investors continue to adjust to new rate expectations.  As Mike wrote last week, the RBA has made it clear that there is no need for further rate cuts, and now investors are gearing up for rate increases in the ‘land down under’.  RBA Deputy Governor Philip Lowe will be speaking later today, followed by Governor Glenn Stevens tomorrow so I would expect to see even more fireworks from the Aussie dollar over the next few days.  The markets will focus on Governor Stevens speech, as he is scheduled to talk about the economic outlook and will probably mention the Aussie’s recent strength.  The Chinese leaders pushed the renminbi higher overnight after allowing it to fall to a 13 month low last week.  The 2.8% YTD loss of the renminbi is being seen as engineered by the Peoples Bank of China who wanted to push speculators out of the market.  Many felt the renminbi was a one-way bet, as the PBOC continually allowed it to appreciate since letting it float in 2005.  A vice governor of the central bank, Yi Gang said over the weekend that the exchange rate will be more and more determined by the market and that the PBOC’s decisive role on the exchange rate will weaken.  Well I guess they will leave it up to the markets as soon as they get done ‘punishing’ the speculators!  That is the thing about Chinese leaders – they are able to do one thing and then announce that they will be doing something totally different going forward pulling a jedi mind trick on the markets “these aren’t the droids you are looking for”. I do expect the renminbi to continue to be a bit more volatile than it has in the past, with a widened trading band and more liquidity.  But I continue to believe this currency should be one of the core currencies in an investor’s asset allocation.  The Chinese economy continues to grow, and the importance of the Chinese renminbi will continue to grow at an even faster pace than the economy.  The Chinese currency will certainly one day be considered as a possible global reserve currency.   Precious metal prices fell further yesterday, with gold sinking to a one month low near $1,300 an ounce.  Last week’s hawkish comments by Janet Yellen continue to weigh on the precious metals markets, and forecasts of sharply lower prices by some of the large Wall Street banks have prompted institutional selling of bullion.  Societe Generale and other bullion banks have made recent forecasts that the price of gold will drop below $1,200 as stimulus is removed by the major central banks.  Silver traded below $20 for the first time since the beginning of February, dragged lower by gold sharp losses. But both Platinum and Palladium held on to their recent gains on supply worries.  The combination of the South African mining strike and tensions in Ukraine have supported the price of the ‘platinum group’ of metals.  Palladium actually hit it highest price since August of 2011 and is now within easy striking distance of $800 per ounce.  The focus of investors will shift to the US data this morning as we will get an indication of how the Housing markets are performing in 2014.  The S&P/Case Shiller home price index is expected to show an increase of .6% for January and a more impressive 13.34% increase in the YOY figure.  We will also see the March consumer confidence index which is expected to have increased to 78.5 from February’s reading of 78.1.  And then we will get the New Home Sales figures for the month of February which are expected to show a drop of 4.9% compared to January’s impressive 9.6% increase.  The housing numbers could still be impacted by the winter weather during the first two months of 2014, so traders will have to consider just how much of a ‘weather impact’ they want to read into these reports.  Unfortunately we won’t be clear of the ‘weather effect’ for some time, and it is interesting to see just how the numbers are received by investors.  When sentiment is positive, it seems any bad data is immediately dismissed due to ‘weather’ but I’m not sure sentiment is so positive after last week’s statement by Yellen.  It will certainly be interesting to see just how the markets react to today’s start of what will be a very busy week of data here in the US! To recap.  G7 leaders met and agreed to increase pressure on Putin in hope of preventing any further ‘land grabs’.  The yen traded lower on expectations that the BOJ will need to institute additional stimulus to offset a tax rate increase scheduled for April 1.  The euro is range bound after moving higher yesterday, and the pound sterling rebounded on UK inflation data which came in right where expected.  It was a ‘risk on’ day for currency traders as both the INR and AUD benefitted from new investors buying into these higher yielding currencies.  And the Chinese renminbi appreciated overnight, reversing the sharp fall orchestrated by the PBOC last week.  Finally, gold fell further on interest rate concerns, but Palladium hit a fresh high on supply concerns. Currencies today 3/25/14. American Style: A$ .9145, kiwi .8549, C$ .8926, euro 1.3812, sterling 1.6495, Swiss $1.1326. European Style: rand 10.78, krone 6.0372, SEK 6.4156, forint 225.62, zloty 3.0342, koruna 19.855, RUB 35.694, yen 102.22, sing 1.2693, HKD 7.7572, INR 60.50, China 6.1426, pesos 13.1677, BRL 2.3230, Dollar Index 80.058, Oil $99.92, 10-year 2.7281%, Silver $20.15, Platinum $1.430.25, Palladium $784.97, and Gold. $1,314.80. That’s it for today. We got a dusting of snow this morning, a reminder that winter is still not quite over.  It looks like it is going to be a busy day today, as I have an interview later this morning and then have to work on wrapping things up and getting back out of town.  I am speaking at the 16th Annual IU Investment Conference in Carlsbad CA later this week, so Mike Meyer will be bringing you the Pfennig for the next 3 days.  Chuck will be headed back home from spring break, and should be back in the saddle next Monday.  Thanks again for reading the Pfenning, and I hope all of you go out and have a Terrific Tuesday!! 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A twovehicle crash Thursday claimed the life of a

first_imgA two-vehicle crash Thursday claimed the life of a man from Boligee and injured two others.Eddie Lawson, 64, of Boligee was killed when his vehicle was struck by a sedan driven by Clydarryl Lance Smith, 25, of Eutaw.Lawson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Lawson’s passenger, Cedric Leon Williams, 29, of Boligee and Smith were taken to DCH Regional Medical Center.The crash happened at 5:40 a.m. on Interstate 59 near the 60 mile-marker, about 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa.Alabama State Troopers are investigating the cause of the crash.last_img read more

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first_imgREAD MORESumter County Sheriff Removed from Office: July 27, 2016New Sumter County Sheriff Sworn In: Aug. 18, 2016Former Sumter County Sheriff Arrested on Criminal Charges: Aug. 31, 2016A former Sumter County sheriff has pleaded guilty to eight of 10 criminal charges he was facing.Tyrone Clark faced three felony ethics counts accusing him of using his office for personal gain, two counts of using county inmates to work on his personal home, promoting prison contraband, conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime, first-degree human trafficking and first-degree perjury. Clark was impeached by the Alabama Supreme Court in 2016.Sumter County District Attorney Greg Griggers said Clark pleaded guilty to all charges except human trafficking and perjury.Clark will be free until his sentencing next year.last_img read more

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first_imgXanthi ruined Panathinaikos’ chances of moving second in the SuperLeague by edging out the Greens 1-0 in Sunday’s late game, securing their first three-point haul for over a month in the process.Marinos Ouzounidis’ Panathinaikos arrived in the northern Greek city in a rich vein of form having scored nine goals in their last two fixtures, but they found themselves the victims of several refereeing blunders as Theodore Vasilakakis’ wondergoal proved the difference.Vasilakakis, who scored in the the teams’ meeting earlier this season, picked up possession after a mistake by Giorgos Koutroubis and with a superb long range strike beat Luke Steele six minutes after the hour mark.But the key talking point will unfortunately be the performances from the officials who had a poor game to say the least at the expense of Panathinaikos.First assistant referee Kosmas Harisis was guilty of a wrong decision in the 19 minutes when he flagged Greens’ Sweden striker Marcus Berg for offside when he was sent clean through on goal.Ioannis Karagiozopoulos then made an almost identical error two minutes after half-time when he wrongly raised his flag in similar circumstances when Lucas Villafanez raced clear.The icing on the visitor’s cake of misfortunate, however, came late on when, as they frantically pressed for an equalizer, legitimate claims for a penalty were waved away by referee Dimitris Thanos when Xanthi’s French defender Salimo Sylla felled Villafanez in the home side’s box.Panathinaikos remain in fourth place with 38 points as a result, while Xanthi – who have struggled for form since last picking up a win on January 18, move into fifth spot with 36 points.Source: ( – Like us on Facebook, follow us on  Instagram, and Twitter TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

MILWAUKEE AP — Giannis Antetokounmpo seems to ha

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo seems to have recovered quickly from a recent ankle sprain.Antetokounmpo showed few signs he was bothered by the ailing right ankle, getting 26 points and 10 rebounds to lift to Milwaukee Bucks over the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-105 on Sunday.After experiencing no problems in the pregame workout, Antetokounmpo played in his second straight game after sitting out two because of his ankle. He made 11 of 16 shots and had seven assists and four blocks in 32 minutes.“I’m going to keep having my mindset, play through the pain, push forward and do whatever it takes for my team to win,” Antetokounmpo said. “And, when it’s something really, really bad, I know they’re going to do a great job of pulling me out from the team and telling me to rest.”Khris Middleton and George Hill added 17 points apiece for the Bucks. Hill was acquired from the Cavaliers in a three-team trade in early December.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr. during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)With starting guard Malcom Brogdon out indefinitely with a foot injury, Hill is hoping to contribute more offensively.“Definitely. Not only driving and shooting, just being aggressive,” said Hill, who missed nine games into the early part of march with a groin strain. “You know, we are losing 15 points a game there. Guys have to step up and find those points somewhere, and the good teams do.”Hill made 7 of 8 shots for his best offensive output with the Bucks, who shot 55 percent.Kevin Love had 20 points, Jordan Clarkson 19 and Collin Sexton 18 for Cleveland.“I think it all starts with Giannis,” Love said. “He makes it so tough on the defense. You try to collapse and they have the personnel to light you up. The have shooters all around. They’re a tough team to guard.”Milwaukee improved to an NBA-best 55-19. The Raptors were 51-22 entering Sunday’s game at home against Charlotte.The Bucks never trailed, jumping out to a 15-6 lead. Milwaukee led 68-55 at the half, but the Cavaliers pulled within 82-73 on David Nwaba’s one-hander from the lane.Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Hill’s jumper from just inside the arc in the closing seconds put Milwaukee up 90-77 entering the fourth quarter.Milwaukee lost at Cleveland on Wednesday, 107-102, without Antetokounmpo, when the Bucks used only eight players due to other injuries.“The Bucks came out and got hot early,” Cleveland coach Larry Drew said. “I think they made their first five 3s. They made shots early and we didn’t. We got ourselves behind and tried to dig out of the hole. We put together a couple of good runs but on the road, we just didn’t play well enough to come away with anything else.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Coach Larry Drew was head coach of the Bucks for one season, 2013-14, when Antetokounmpo was a 19-year-old rookie. Drew called Antetokounmpo one of the top five players in the game. “I always thought that he could get to that point, because you could see he was a hard worker and he really wanted it,” Drew said. “But him getting there as fast as he has, no I didn’t anticipate that.”Bucks: Coach Mike Budenholzer said Antetokounmpo’s health was more important than playoff positioning. “We are dealing with his ankle, and as we have said, if we can have the first seed, that’d be great, but it’s not the priority.”BUCKS WAIVE DUVALMilwaukee requested waivers on guard Trevon Duval on Sunday. Duval, a two-way player who spent most of the season in the NBA G League, was an undrafted free agent from Duke. He appeared in three games with the Bucks, averaging 1.7 points and 1.9 minutes. Duval appeared in 39 games for the Wisconsin Herd of the G League, averaging 12.5 points and 3.6 assists.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)JOHNSON’S JERSEY RETIREDMarques Johnson became the ninth Bucks player to have his jersey retired. Johnson, who played 11 seasons in the NBA, played for the Bucks from 1977-84. The Bucks drafted Johnson with the third overall pick in 1977 out of UCLA. He averaged 20.1 points over his NBA career. Johnson now is a TV analyst for the Bucks.UP NEXTCleveland hosts Boston on Tuesday.The Bucks host Houston on Tuesday.___By JIM HOEHN Associated PressMilwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo blocks the shot of Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Milwaukee Bucks’ Sterling Brown fouls Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 127-105. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgEditor’s note: This story has been updated to include comments from Juul. Popular e-cigarette company Juul’s November 2018 commitment to stop marketing its products to youth on social media may have done little to curb the brand’s reach among young people. Following intense scrutiny from public health professionals and the government, Juul announced it would try to reach fewer young people with its advertising in the U.S. The company terminated its Instagram and Facebook accounts in November 2018, and says it does not use paid social media influencers.However, according to a study published this week in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control, and interviews with several researchers, Juul’s recent efforts are unlikely to stop the spread of its products and other e-cigarette brands on youth-oriented social media. That’s because, researchers say, the Juul brand has become so ingrained in youth culture that young people advertise it organically — and third-party companies use the Juul name for exposure. The study analyzed nearly 15,000 Juul-relevant posts from 5,201 unique Instagram users between March and May of 2018. Juul itself was the author of only a tiny fraction of these posts.The researchers found that the majority of Juul-related posts were targeted toward young people; about 55% involved content related to youth culture. Over one-third of the posts were promotional in nature, and 11% contained nicotine and addiction-related content.These findings, the study authors say, show that Juul no longer drives the spread of its own products. Instead, young people and other vendors have taken to using the brand as a shorthand for youth culture, further popularizing the product — and the habit of vaping.”We’re at a point where young people are doing Juul’s job for them,” says Elizabeth Hair, a study co-author and senior vice president at the Truth Initiative Schroeder Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to ending tobacco use among youth. She says that in addition to the spread of Juul through organic posts like Spongebob memes, many third party vendors of vaping products have continued to push explicitly youth-targeted advertisements for Juul and similar e-cigarette products under Juul-related hashtags.Though Juul shut down its Instagram account after the study period, multiple researchers say this analysis remains relevant today. The study period only saw a handful of posts that came directly from the Juul company. Instead, the mix of posts was dominated by posts from consumers or from third party vendors using the Juul brand. Both consumers and third party vendors continue to post about Juul on Instagram today. In fact, since Juul closed its Instagram, the volume of Juul-related content on the platform has only increased: According to separate research conducted by Stanford University’s Stanford Research Into The Impact of Tobacco Advertising, there were 260,866 Instagram posts containing the #juul hashtag in late October just before Juul shut down its account. They’ve now more than doubled to over 522,000 as of July 3.”[Juul is a] hugely trendy topic amongst teens,” says Robert Jackler, a Stanford professor and the principal investigator of the research group that studied the explosion of #juul posts. Jackler was not involved in the BMJ study. He says JUUL’s early marketing efforts towards teens in 2015 were so successful that they took on a life of their own. “Once they lit the match, it took off like a wildfire,” he says. “The fact that Juul shut down its own social media postings had little effect.”The Stanford analysis shows how Juul’s advertising in its first six months on the market in 2015 was “patently youth oriented.” Juul pulled back from explicitly targeting youth after the initial period, but young people, affiliates and influencers quickly amplified the brand on social media channels. Use of e-cigarettes took off from 2017 to 2018: According to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey, vaping among teens increased by 78 percent during that period, from 11.7 to 20.8 percent of high schoolers. The sharp rise in teen vaping led then-FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb to crack down on sales of vapes to kids, issuing more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to stores selling e-cigarettes to minors, as NPR reported. Today, Juul says it’s fighting third party accounts. In an emailed statement to NPR, Juul spokesman Ted Kwong said that Juul “strongly support[s] restrictions on social media marketing of vapor products.” Kwong said the company has a team monitoring third-party social media and it submits takedown requests against companies that improperly post third-party social media content related to Juul products; to date, it has succeeded in getting 25,405 Instagram posts removed, he said. The company has also recently sued one third party company, Eonsmoke, for infringement of its intellectual property. “We don’t want youth using our product,” Kwong said.The FDA has also taken enforcement actions against e-cigarette companies that market to youth online. But according to Jidong Huang, an associate professor in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, a number of third party vendors still advertise Juul and similar e-cigarette products on Instagram.E-cigarette marketing on social media falls into a regulatory grey area, says Huang, who was not involved in the BMJ study (though he reviewed it prior to publication). “Marketing of e-cigarettes on social media is really this Wild West,” says Huang. “There is no clear guidance in terms of what companies can and cannot do.” For instance, does an Instagram ad featuring a gummy-bear flavored tobacco product only appeal to youth? Could companies make a case it could be targeted toward adults?Unlike products like cigarettes and smokeless tobacco that have had foundational federal regulations, there are currently few federal rules that govern the specific content of e-cigarette advertising, explains Desmond Jenson, staff attorney and tobacco policy expert at the Public Health Law Center at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minn. There are exceptions: E-cigarette products must add labels of specific sizes and locations stating the products are addictive, and companies are not allowed to make misleading statements about health benefits or claim their products help people “quit.” However, because the FDA has broad authority to regulate tobacco products under the Tobacco Control Act, it can police youth-focused marketing — and it has done so increasingly. This June, for example, it cited four firms that sell e-liquids for inappropriate marketing to teens on social media. Starting in 2022, the agency will also subject all e-cigarette companies to premarket review, meaning it will conduct a more thorough audit of all companies marketing these products in the country. Hair, the BMJ study coauthor, says the FDA could be doing more to restrict these companies now. Her study recommends that the federal government “focus on restricting promotional efforts for e-cigarette products, particularly on social media platforms where young people are a primary audience.”Stronger regulations likely won’t stop teens from using #juul to share angsty memes and TikTok videos on Instagram. I’ve seen first-hand how pervasive “juuling” and Juul culture is. Many of my younger relatives are frequent users, and some of my friends have made Juul-related memes and shared them with hundreds or thousands of followers.But as far as social media goes, Jackler has a suggestion. “When Juul shut down its [Instagram] handle, they didn’t do anything to prohibit hashtags,” Jackler says. He suggests Facebook (Instagram’s parent company) and other social media companies explore the idea of monitoring or shutting down popular Juul-related hashtags to quell the spread of what he calls “community harm.” Michael Felberbaum, an FDA spokesperson, says the organization does not comment on specific studies but says “the FDA is committed to continuing to tackle the troubling epidemic of e-cigarette use among kids. This includes limiting youth access to, and appeal of, flavored tobacco products like e-cigarettes and cigars, taking action against manufacturers and retailers who illegally market or sell these products to minors, and educating youth about the dangers of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.”Susie Neilson is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Find her on Twitter here: @susieneilson. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more


first_img Currently Well Deserved Post-Marathon Eats: Currently Did we miss something? Add it to the comments below. Follow @northend.waterfront on Instagram and tag #northend or #bostonwaterfront to have your photo featured!While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron* Currently Things to know for WednesdayToday is Wednesday, April 18 and 243 years ago today, the famous signal lanterns were hung in Old North Church, signifying the British invasion. It wasn’t until Henry W. Longfellow published “Paul Revere’s Ride” in 1860 that people started paying attention to who actually hung those lanterns, read more on Boston 1775. Here’s what else you need to know for Wednesday…4:30PM Mike the Bubbleman. Join the North End Library at 25 Parmenter Street as Mike the Bubble Man bring magic and science to children with his interactive show about bubbles.Notable News:Airbnb tries to slime Boston city councilor instead of discussing its role in destroying entire neighborhoodsAirBnb’s is aggressively trying to avoid Boston regulations with its latest opposition campaign targeting City Councilor Michelle Wu, read more on Universal Hub. (See more recent Airbnb coverage.)*Advertisement* Plan your events with the Community Calendar: Thursday, April 192:00PM Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge 2018. Join the North End Library at 25 Parmenter Street where young writers ages 5-12 are invited to share story ideas with Willy Wonka. Stop by to write your own 100-word story idea down and enter it into this global contest.6:30PM North Washington Street Bridge Project Public Meeting. There will be a public meeting at the Nazzaro Community Center at 30 North Bennet Street to discuss work-related activities including utility work that is expected to begin on the North Washington Street bridge, see additional details here.Friday, April 2011:00AM Meet the Musicians & Storytime. Join the North End Library at 25 Parmenter Street for a special series of story times with Ms. Alyson & NEMPAC. Each week they will share a story, a craft and meet a new artist and their instrument.1:00PM Friday Film Series: Sound of Music. Join the North End Library at 25 Parmenter Street for their Friday Film Series featuring the Sound of Music. See additional details here.From the Community: BSA Space to premier NatureStructureThis upcoming May, BSA Space will premier NatureStructure, a global overview showcasing more than 30 architectural and design projects that work in harmony with nature to heal and restore ecosystems and make cities more resilient and sustainable, continue reading.Swiss Healing Center Presents Mindfulness in Motion with Sensei Tyrone PardueUnplug from external pressures and distractions and move mindfully towards becoming your personal best – inside and out with Mindfulness in Motion with Sensei Tyrone Pardue, continue reading.Need to submit a post? Great, start here!Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar.Weather Forecast:last_img read more

See past historic neighborhood photo posts While

first_imgSee past historic neighborhood photo posts.While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron* Photo courtesy of The Streets 1947-1976 and Public Spaces/Private Moments: The Photographs of Jules AaronsHere is an image you may have seen before! This shot of men lounging in the North End was taken by Jules Aarons, a local photographer who enjoyed capturing the day-to-day life of people in Boston. Note the Freedom Trail sign on the street post in the background.Aarons’ work dates over the course of three decades, from roughly 1947-1976. In fact, during this time, he took thousands of incredible pictures from all over the city, focusing in on street life in the West End, North End and South End. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some of our favorites!Tune in on Thursday’s to view our featured neighborhood photo from back in the day! Submit your historical photos using our Submit a Post form or tag @northend.waterfront on Instagram. Please include a caption or story telling about your photo.*Advertisement*last_img read more

ACLU 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Paren

first_imgACLU: 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Parents His heroism was relayed by the survivors to his widow, Michelle Candano, 31, a resident of barangay Mambaling in Cebu City.Michelle, 31, said Windell’s comrades at the PNP-SAF called her up to express their gratitude to her husband.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionShe said that based on the survivors’ accounts, Windell didn’t attempt to escape or hide but instead dragged the wounded policemen away from the enemies and took time to treat them.One of the survivors told Michelle that Windell was fatally shot while treating a wounded police officer. He could have chosen to save himself amid the heavy gunfire during an encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.But PO1 Windell Candano, 32, a medic of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), chose to stay and treat the wounded until he was fatally shot.ADVERTISEMENT NAFTA: Democrats Leveraging the Trump Administration “It seemed that it was a very bad mission, something that should not have been given the go-signal. It was like they became  bait and they were trapped, helpless and brutally killed,” said Eusebio.Michelle and Eusebio, together with three other family members, flew to Manila on Wednesday night to claim the remains of Windell and attend yesterday’s necrological service at Camp Bagong Diwa where President Aquino delivered a eulogy.– See more at: Next LATEST STORIES 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 suspension Show me the money: Price-tagging Enrique Gil’s photos Kids Festival Shooter in California Took Gun Illegally It’s time to consider taking sea row to UN – Del Rosario “He could have walked away and saved himself but he chose to save others. I know he knew he could end up dead but he stood firm with his responsibilities and his colleagues who were like brothers to him,” said Michelle.MORE STORIESnewsinfoAt least 1,600 families flee as Army pursues BIFF in Cotabato, Maguindanaonewsinfo9 BIFF members killed in offensives along Cotabato-Maguindanao bordernewsinfoUPDATE: 9 dead, 60 injured in Batanes quakesMORE STORIESnewsinfoAt least 1,600 families flee as Army pursues BIFF in Cotabato, Maguindanaonewsinfo9 BIFF members killed in offensives along Cotabato-Maguindanao bordernewsinfoUPDATE: 9 dead, 60 injured in Batanes quakesAlthough the family’s pain was somehow eased by the survivors’ tale of his heroism, Michelle lamented that her husband was not just killed but was robbed of his personal belongings.She recalled that while they were celebrating the ninth birthday of their son, Gabriel, on Saturday, Windell called her up to inform her that he would be involved in a dangerous police operation.Windell confided to his wife that they were going to a place where it would be difficult to get out alive.Michelle was not able to sleep, worried about her husband’s circumstances. Usually, he would call after every operation to allay her fears.ADVERTISEMENT Slain SAF men are heroes regardless where they are buried—Palace Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege Capital One Data Breach But this time, no calls were forthcoming.Michelle decided to call her husband on Sunday but someone else picked up the phone.She could not understand the man at the other of the  line since he seemed to be speaking in an unfamiliar dialect “something spoken in Mindanao.”“When I asked about my husband, the person on the other line hung up on me,” said Michelle.She then received a text message from her husband’s phone that read the cellular phone belonged to someone else by then because her husband was already dead.At first, Michelle thought it was a prank text until Windell’s colleague called her up to tell her that he was among the 44 PNP-SAF members killed in the encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.That was when she realized that after being killed, Windell was divested of his personal effects.“I just can’t imagine how the same person who killed my husband could take his personal belongings. These belongings should be returned to us,” said Michelle.Windell was a graduate of electrical engineering but took an exam to become a policeman. He later became part of the PNP Special Action Force and was assigned to the medical team. He recently passed the examination and was due for promotion to Police Officer 2.Windell’s parents, Eusebio and Marciana Candano urged the government to conduct a thorough investigation on the bloody encounter. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

By Kazuha Canak FFWPU East Europe I have been ble

first_imgBy Kazuha Canak, FFWPU East EuropeI have been blessed with the opportunity to travel to Moscow, Russia to attend the 2nd annual Hyo Jeong Culture Festival that concluded a two-month long online contest for 2nd generation members from the East European region.There were a total of 194 submissions in the following 8 categories: Dance, solo singing, choral and ensemble singing, instrumental musical performance, sports show, theatrical performance, author literary works, and fine arts. The entries were judged by members from all around Europe who are professionals in their respective categories. The winners were invited to perform at the final festival in Moscow a week after the selection was announced.Many winners took on a long journey to offer their talents in Moscow on the 17th of December. There were about 26 acts, all unique and of high quality. Everything from classical guitar, to modern dance, a num chuck show, a puppet show, an interactive Kahoot quiz for the audience, a flute quartet, a flash mob, poetry citing, Russian traditional dances and songs, and a clever Harry Potter story-line acted out by the MC group, were presented there.The People’s Choice award went to an emotionally captivating rap performance (a father and his three sons) about It’s time to change the world. The sound, light, and stage crew did an amazing job which allowed the artists to perform interruption-free!This event reignited old connections: The Corley family (missionaries from 1990–2006) returned to Moscow after 11 years and were able to meet many of the members that joined during their time in Moscow and see their now teenaged children. It also gave families an opportunity to reconnect with each other as some don’t attend Sunday services regularly.This initiative was started by Dr. Otsuka (then Regional President of the Northeast Region) in 2016 where he encouraged the Eastern European region to follow Korea and Japan’s example where they have several professional choirs which compete on national levels.The goals are to 1) encourage the Second Generation members to particiipate in God’s providence by offering their talents, 2) reconnect members to our church and 3) to support the creation of God’s culture.The Eastern European region is the first region in our greater Europe region that has picked up this initiative and we hope to follow suit in the remaining European regions soon!Please visit their website where you can see all online entries to the contest.A big thank you to Elena Kalmatskaya (Eastern Europe Second Generation Department Director), Marina Zhuchkova (Leader of Moscow Church choir and talented musician), Dmitry Melnikov (Secretary General of the Eastern Europe HQ), and Alexei Saveliev (Witnessing & Education, East Europe) for organizing this successful event!last_img read more

Notch Brewing Is Building Out More Taproom Space in Salem

first_img Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. Notch Brewing Is Building Out More Taproom Space in Salem And that means more space to sit and sip session beers. Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* 202 CHRIS LOHRING AND MARY ELLEN LEAHY INSIDE NOTCH’S TAPROOM. / PHOTOGRAPH BY TOAN TRINH for “Moving Up a Notch” / Where the main taproom and expansion share a wall / Photograph by Tamara Flanagan providedThe welcoming, industrial atmosphere at Notch Brewing—complete with fresh, hot pretzels; a riverside biergarten, and live accordion tunes on Saturday afternoons—makes it seem like the taproom has always been a part of the deal with this session beer originator. But in reality, Chris Lohring and Mary Ellen Leahy debuted their Salem home just last summer.Notch had built up a following that made its German-style beer hall a hit from the outset, after six years of contract brewing the flagship Session Pils, low-alcohol hoppy pale ales, and other German and Czech lager styles. Unfortunately, that also meant occasionally uncomfortable crowds in the beer hall.“The pain, for me, is when we get busy and I see people excited to come to the taproom, and then all the communal seating is just jammed and we have like, 40 or 50 people just standing,” Lohring says.Come springtime, he hopes that problem will be solved. On January 1, Notch took over 2,500 more square feet of contiguous space on Derby Street, which frees up some current production and office space for a taproom expansion. The team is currently beautifying a new, 40-seat room for beer hall overflow and private events, on track to open in April.Overall, the addition won’t increase Notch’s 180-person capacity, it will just allow more people to take a load off. “As it is now, we only have seating for about 80-plus people, depending on how communal people want to get,” Lohring says.When Notch was getting its South River-side space zoned as a production brewery and taproom, the bar area was initially allowed to be about a third of the footprint. Lohring went back to city officials and was eventually granted 50 percent occupancy, he says, but by that time, the team was already building out the taproom as we know it today. But that said, more seating area has always been part of the plan. During renovations, the team built tables and benches with wood reclaimed from the building’s ceiling, and they made extra furniture in anticipation of creating more seating space, Lohring says.“[The addition] has the same look and feel: Red brick, communal benches. But a really nice element is a 1914, industrial skylight, which is massive. It has a lot of nice light,” he says.Though, the taproom expansion won’t have its own bar, nor skeeball machines or any other games, Lohring adds. Jamaica Plain-based Best Dressed Signs, which is responsible for the larger-than-life radio motif and brewery art, has been on site painting the latest mural, inspired by Notch’s branding.The new room shares a wall with the main taproom, and will be accessed from the corridor where the bathrooms are. Two, opaque windows overlook the addition from the rear of the main bar, near the skeeball machines (see the photo above for a little orientation). Notch will also continue to occasionally use the smaller seating area off the left side of the taproom for group reservations, too.For now, the freed-up production space will be used for storage, but eventually, Notch will bring in some packaging equipment, Lohring says. As the brewery embarks on its first full year in Salem, he anticipates producing three times more beer there, he says. Expect to see the Single Series beers—a monthly, draft-only release—get canned this summer, and Lohring hints at a new, year-round pint can hitting the lineup in August.283 Derby St., Salem, 978-238-9060, 2/28/2017, 11:58 a.m. Print By Jacqueline Cain· last_img read more

Can Charlie Baker Actually ReFund Planned Parenthood

first_img 000 Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. 3/8/2017, 9:18 a.m. By Jamie Ducharme· Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.*center_img Print Can Charlie Baker Actually Re-Fund Planned Parenthood? Gov. Baker vowed to offset federal cuts with state money. How? An attendee from Saturday’s Planned Parenthood rally/Photo by Lisa WeidenfeldGov. Charlie Baker endeared himself to many a Bay Stater last week when he promised to offset federal action against Planned Parenthood with state funding. And with House Republicans’ Affordable Care Act replacement, complete with plans to “defund” Planned Parenthood for one year, officially circulating, the governor’s vow means more now than ever.Where the money will come from, however, remains unclear.While there is no state or federal line item for Planned Parenthood, the House Republicans’ bill would “defund” the healthcare organization by blocking procedure reimbursements from Medicaid for one year. Local Planned Parenthood branches stand to lose about $2 million—money Baker vowed Massachusetts would make up using the state budget if necessary.In just December, however, Baker slashed $98 million from the state budget, including more than $180,000 from a fund that finances family planning resources. So where is that extra $2 million hiding?When asked how Massachusetts will pay for Baker’s promise, spokesperson Lizzy Guyton declined to note specifics or address how the state budget can accommodate money for Planned Parenthood, though she did emphasize Baker’s commitment to the organization.“Governor Baker is a strong supporter of women’s health and believes the Commonwealth has a responsibility to ensure access to the important healthcare services offered by Planned Parenthood in all corners of our state, and the administration is prepared to fund these services should the federal government pursue changes that would block care for women and families here in Massachusetts,” Guyton said in a statement.Noah Berger, president of MassBudget, a non-partisan group that researches and analyzes budget and economic issues, says it could be tricky to dig up $2 million, but the task is not unprecedented.“The state budget is barely balanced, so any new commitments are difficult,” Berger says. “But in the context of our overall Medicaid program, which provides access to healthcare for 1.9 million people, $2 million is a modest amount. Medicaid policy debates are usually about much larger numbers.”Jennifer Childs-Roshak, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, says Baker’s decision is actually a wise financial move.“Gov. Baker made a fiscally smart decision when he pledged to mitigate the impact of federal ‘defunding’ efforts and ensure that thousands of Massachusetts residents continue to have access to affordable family planning services at Planned Parenthood,” she says. “As a doctor, I’ve seen firsthand how access to preventive care helps patients stay healthy and avoid costly services down the road.”Childs-Roshak estimates that Planned Parenthood saved the state $9 million in 2016 alone, simply by helping MassHealth patients secure contraception access, avoid unwanted pregnancies, and treat STDs.“No governor should have to step in to fulfill the federal government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has access to healthcare,” Childs-Roshak adds, “but we are thankful Gov. Baker is standing with Planned Parenthood.”Only time will tell if Baker actually has the resources to stand on, though.The governor slashed funding to a number of public health programs just three months ago, as part of his mid-year budget cuts. “The revenue isn’t there to support the level of funding and spending that the Legislature appropriated,” Baker said at the time.Funding for opioid abuse relief, arguably the most pressing public health crisis in Massachusetts, was among those cuts. The decrease? Roughly $1.9 million, almost the exact amount in question.last_img read more

Bostons Temperature Just Hit a Record High

first_img Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Print 4/11/2017, 3:48 p.m. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! By Spencer Buell· center_img 000 NWS BostonThat beautiful warm weather you’re feeling today isn’t only a taste of summer. It’s one for the record books.According to the National Weather Service, the 84 degree temperature recorded this afternoon shattered the previous high of 78 degrees, which was set in 1955.We have the combination of a high pressure system in the mid-Atlantic and warm wind blowing from the Southwest to thank for all that warmth, says Kim Buttrick, a NWS meteorologist. “It just continued to pump warm air across Southern New England,” she says.Worcester also set a new record today when the temperature climbed to 81 degrees, besting the previous high of 80 set in 1945. In Connecticut, 80-degree temperatures broke the record high of 79 degrees from 1955.Unfortunately for our neighbors on the Cape and Islands, temperatures there are significantly lower due to winds traveling across the much-cooler ocean water, Buttrick says. In mid-afternoon, it was in the 60s in Barnstable, 54 degrees on Nantucket, and 59 on Martha’s Vineyard.But for those of us in Boston today, it’s time to stop what you’re doing, get outside, soak up some rays on this record-busting afternoon. Enjoy it all while you can. Rain and thunderstorms are brewing for tomorrow.[BREAKING] #Boston just set a new record high of 84! The previous record was 78/1955. At 3pm many locations in #MA #RI #CT are in the 80s!— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) April 11, 2017 Boston’s Temperature Just Hit a Record High Today’s 84-degree warmth shattered a 62-year-old record. last_img read more