A California woman is facing charges after allegedly bringing a crossbow to the White House.Stacy Banta, 49, was arrested outside the White House Monday on charges of carrying a dangerous weapon and possessing a destructive device.She reportedly approached a uniformed Secret Service officer and admitted she had a crossbow in her possession as well as arrows in her car nearby.The officer found one crossbow loaded with an arrow and several other arrows inside her vehicle.Banta’s father told a local news outlet he is shocked by his daughter, who is a Trump supporter’s actions.Banta was released from jail and is expected to appear in court Dec. 12.
0Shares0000Mathare United players celebrate their goal against Mathare United during their Kenyan Premier League fixture at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 3, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 10 – The KCB RFC have dominated the Rugby 15s scene in the country for the last two years, earning their mark as one of the best rugby clubs around with back to back Kenya Cup titles.It is this success that is pushing their football nemesis with whom they share a sponsor to clinch a first ever title as they gear up for Sunday’s Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield showdown with defending champions Kariobangi Sharks in Machakos. “The rugby team and the volleyball girls are a particular inspiration to us because winning has been a part of them. It tends to build some pressure on us because even if you look at the volleyball team, they are out there performing well. The onus is now on us to replicate the same,” assistant coach Sammy Omollo has said.The bankers have made it into their first ever Shield Semi and if they can manage a way past the holders, then they can dare dream of clinching a maiden crown.“We want to be on the right side of history. We want to be the first KCB side that won a trophy and that is what is motivating us. This will be huge for the team and the company and the players know this too well and they know their obligations,” further stated Omollo.KCB players celebrate Bolton Omwenga’s goal during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Gor Mahia at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 2, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe bankers progressed after slapping away National Super League side Bidco United 4-1 in the quarters and they hope to keep the same engine running when their turbos charge at Sharks.“It will be a very tough match because Sharks have been here before. They are more experienced than us at this stage and that tells just how tough they will be to beat. They haven’t been doing well in the league but they are the defending champions and won’t want to let go of the trophy,” Omollo noted.“We have young players hungry for success and I believe this will be our propelling force,’ he added.The side will be buoyed by the return of midfielder Eston Esiye who had been out for three games with a hamstring strain while keeper Peter Manyika who has been the designated starter in the Shield has been ruled out with an ankle sprain.They come up against a Sharks side that has been struggling domestically, but they come in with some renewed momentum after picking a 3-2 win over Mathare United in a league fixture in midweek.Sharks just but scraped through to the semis after edging out Bungoma Super Stars on post match penalties having scored a late equalizer through Eric Kapaito to tie the game 1-1 and take it to the lottery.Kaariobangi Sharks Eric Kapaito celebrates with Yidah Sven. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYABut, William Muluya’s men have been in four successive semi-finals; losing in 2016 to Ulinzi Stars, progressing to the 2017 final and losing 2-0to AFC Leopards and last year clinched it for the first time when they came from behind to beat Sofapaka 3-2.Sharks and KCB are separated by four points in the Kenyan Premier League table, Sharks at ninth while KCB are at 11th.The first leg league meeting between them ended 1-1 and they will face each other in the return tie just six days after playing in the Shield.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Pochettino warns high-flying Spurs players: Everyone now wants to kill usby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has warned his players they’re now a big target after moving into second place.Victory over Tottenham saw them overtake Manchester City to go second behind leaders Liverpool and the win puts them six points behind Jurgen Klopp’s front runners. Pochettino said: “We are there because we have amazing belief – and without that belief it would be impossible to be in this position.“We have faith and we have clear ideas and now the challenge is to keep that because the challenge is going to be tougher than before.“When you are in the top two everyone wants to kill you. It will be so much tougher.“But we need to remain humble and continue working hard as it will now be much more difficult than before.“Then maybe in April or May we can seriously about being serious challengers as there is still a long way to go. Only then will we know if we are true contenders for the title.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Leicester left-back Callum Elder joins Ipswich Townby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City left-back Callum Elder has joined Ipswich Town on-loan.Elder has been training with the Tractor Boys, who sit bottom of the Championship, ahead of a potential loan move.Elder won’t feature when Ipswich host Millwall on New Year’s Day – “because of the registration” – but manager Paul Lambert is confident the Australian will have an impact.“Callum is a very good player,” said Lambert. “He’s been training with really good players at Leicester so I know what he’ll bring.”Elder is yet to make a competitive senior appearance for City, but has been involved in pre-season fixtures and has started 10 of the club’s 13 Premier League 2 games this term.
Twitter/@RedditCFBOklahoma captured the Big 12 championship last weekend in Stillwater, making today’s Baylor vs. Texas game all about pride for the Longhorns, and potential bowl positioning for the Bears. While Baylor entered the game as a heavy favorite, the Longhorns channeled whatever it was that allowed them to upset the Sooners earlier this year. On the game’s final play, Texas nearly picked off Baylor’s Johnny Jefferson to seal a 23-17 victory over the nation’s No. 12 team.Texas Wins! pic.twitter.com/8WcxfEeCHw— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 5, 2015On the bright side, one lucky Baylor fan is going to enter the “viral sad fan hall of fame.” Okay, maybe that’s not really the “bright side.”This is what losing to a 4-7 Texas team can do to a person #TEXvsBAY https://t.co/a2ElzjjQtF— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 5, 2015With an early injury to third string quarterback Chris Johnson, Baylor was forced into using wide receiver Lynx Hawthorne behind center. He only managed to complete 10-of-22 passes, and threw two picks. No matter what, we think Charlie Strong and his team will take this win, and the momentum it brings, into the off-season.
Good day. Well the FOMC didn’t disappoint the equity markets, though Bernanke certainly disappointed Chuck! The Fed decided to institute another round of bond buying in order to try and boost the housing and labor markets. The markets had counted on the Fed announcing some sort of plan, but Bernanke’s use of unlimited funding was even more dovish than most had predicted. The equity market shot up, the dollar fell, and precious metals got a boost.The Fed took a page out of the ECB’s playbook by keeping their program open-ended, with a promise to continue injecting liquidity into the markets until the jobs market improves. The announced stimulus plan is actually a combination of two different ones; first they announced a new plan to purchase up to $40 billion a month of agency mortgage-backed securities, and they also announced an extension of their Operation Twist.Combined, these two programs will have the Fed purchasing up to $85 billion of longer term securities per month through the end of the year. And if the labor market doesn’t improve the program would be extended and could also be expanded. Finally, the Fed said they would keep short-term rates (the only ones they can directly impact) near zero until at lead mid-2015, a bit longer than their previous estimate of late 2014. Apparently the Fed has all but forgotten the first part of its ‘dual mandate’. How can they guarantee inflation won’t show up until 2015? But I guess that is a bit easier when they are the ones reporting the inflation numbers.Chuck should be patting himself in the back right now as he predicted that this would be the meeting stimulus was announced long before the Big Boys! He called the desk just after the FOMC announcement to let us know just how upset he was regarding this latest round of stimulus. Here is a quote from our conversation: “Unfortunately I don’t think this was the right call by the FOMC. I am incredibly upset the Fed decided to send us down this dangerous road and believe this decision will end up being looked back on as a horrible one for our country. A bad day for the U.S.…”The FOMC voting members have definitely turned a blind eye on inflation, and are clearly focused on making sure the equity market remains strong. But that doesn’t even justify unlimited debt creation. As I pointed out the other day, the US stock market is currently trading near the same levels we were at back in 2008, before the debt crisis. So with equity markets already near record levels, the Fed couldn’t have been focusing on them. Maybe FOMC policy makers really think they can create jobs with lower rates. The problem is that with the exception of the thousands employees who directly work for the Fed, Bernanke and his policy makers really don’t have any way of directly impacting US employment.And Bernanke doesn’t even buy into this line of thinking, and questions the Fed’s ability to lower the nation’s unemployment rate. “I personally don’t think it’s going to solve the problem,” Bernanke said, a point he made several times. He pointed to congress and the President to do something about the fiscal cliff which he fears will send the US economy back into recession. “I don’t think our tools are strong enough to offset a major fiscal shock,” Bernanke said. But Bernanke apparently felt he had to do something in this election year, and was therefore compelled to announce another round of bond buying. It is pretty sad when the Fed Chairman admits the actions the Fed has just announced probably won’t work, sounds pretty desperate doesn’t it?But stimulus it is; and a bunch of it! The dollar continued to sell off after the news of the stimulus plan, and the precious metals also shot higher. In fact, the only currency which sold off after the announcement was the Japanese yen which was widely seen as the other ‘liquidity’ option during the crisis. Equity investors were absolutely giddy with excitement after the announcement and moved out of their ‘safe havens’ in the US treasury bonds and back into stocks and other higher yielding investments. The 10 year US treasury yield rose almost 10 basis points with yields rising to 1.82%. Wait a minute, isn’t this the exact opposite of what the FOMC wanted to see? Yep the Fed announces an unlimited program of bond purchases in order to push interest rates down, and immediately following the announcement the 10 year bond yield shoots up 10 basis points. It shows you just how complicated of a job the policy makers at the Fed face.Data released yesterday confirmed the US recovery is still mixed. Producer prices here in the US rose 1.7% during August after a .3% gain the month prior. Prices were up 2% YOY compared to an increase of just .5% last month. Both figures were above economists projections, and show inflation is definitely starting to creep back into the economy. Today we will get a reading on consumer prices which are predicted to have rose .6% during August after remaining flat in July. The yearly figure is predicted to show prices paid by consumers are increasing at a 1.7% rate. While this data doesn’t sound alarm bells, the direction of the figures is concerning. The Fed may be ignoring the possible inflationary impact of their stimulus programs, but investors are wise to keep an eye on price moves as I believe once we start to see inflation it may be too late for the Fed to do anything about it.The weekly jobs data was also released yesterday, and was overshadowed by the FOMC announcement. The administration was probably glad no one focused on the weekly numbers anyway as they showed an increase in the number of new unemployment claims. Weekly jobless claims increased to 382k from last week’s revised 367k number. Continuing claims fell slightly as workers continued to drop off the rolls.The euro continued to climb, forcing some of the Wall Street banks to capitulate on their earlier calls for the euro to weaken. Morgan Stanley had predicted the euro would be trading at $1.19 at year end, but moved their projection for the euro up to $1.34 after the ECB and FOMC moves. Even the $1.19 call was seen by many as too strong just months ago, with many ‘experts’ predicting the euro would fall below parity. It just illustrates how hard it is to predict short term movements in the currency markets, and even medium term trends. The key is to invest in currencies which are from countries with strong economic fundamentals. These are the currencies which should do well in the long term, and that is the view investors should take.The top 5 currency performers vs. the US$ over the past 24 hours were the Mexican peso (up 1.54%), New Zealand dollar (up 1.24%), South African rand (up 1.17%), Canadian dollar (up .80%), and the Australian dollar (up .77%). Of course all of these currency returns were dwarfed by the precious metals which saw some eye popping price jumps; Silver was up 4.24%, Platinum up 2.36%, and Gold up 2.10% in just one day! Do you see a pattern here? The commodity bull market is back in force, and the investors are moving back into the commodity currencies.The metals markets were helped by the ongoing strikes in South Africa. Platinum miners at Lonmin Plc, the third largest global platinum producer, rejected a wage offer from the company and continued to stay away from the mines. The strike at the Lonmin mine have spread across the South Africa’s mining industry, raising prices of metals and capping the rise of the South African rand. But while the rand is facing some selling pressure, the commodity rally has the currencies of the Australian and Canadian dollars heading higher.It was definitely a risk off day, and a great one for anyone who had diversified away from the US$. The high yielding currencies of Mexico and New Zealand joined the party as investors sought out higher interest rates. The Fed’s action has investors in a better mood, and as long as you are diversified out of the US$ QEIII is probably a good thing for you. Unfortunately it is not so good for the US economy in the longer term.Then there was this. I know Chuck usually uses this section to report on stories which peek his interest, either because they make a very good point or they get his blood boiling. But I’m going to use this section to report an error I made yesterday. I wanted to talk about the Danish krone and its peg to the euro and I came across a story which reported the results of Dutch elections and mistakenly combined the two. I can blame lack of sleep or the time pressure to get the Pfennig out the door, but there is really no excuse, I just messed up. The elections weren’t in Denmark; they haven’t had elections in over a year. The elections were held in the Netherlands where they re-elected the incumbent prime minister. He is a centrist and ally of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and the results were seen as a vote of confidence in the euro. Sorry again for any confusion I caused, and thanks to all of the sharp Pfennig readers who caught my error.To recap. Chairman Bernanke announced QEIII which entailed unlimited purchases of mortgage backed bonds and another round of operation twist. The stimulus program was actually a bit more aggressive than the markets had predicted, and the equity markets rallied as a result. The dollar was sold like funnel cakes at the county fair as every currency with the exception of the Japanese yen rallied. The inflationary actions of our Fed also pushed metals prices higher, shooting silver up over 4% in a few minutes.Currencies today 9/14/12. American Style: A$ $1.0596, kiwi .8337, C$ $1.0361, euro 1.3097, sterling 1.6236, Swiss $1.0756. European Style: rand 8.2408, krone 5.681, SEK 6.5617, forint 215.13, zloty 3.1012, koruna 18.6275, RUB 30.6346, yen 77.99, sing 1.2195, HKD 7.7526, INR 54.425, China 6.3151, pesos 12.773, BRL 2.0205, Dollar Index 78.867, Oil $99.92, 10-year 1.82%, Silver $34.66, Gold $1,774.90, and Platinum $1,699.75, and since it is Friday, here is a look at the debt clock (which Ben just juiced again).That’s it for today. As I mentioned earlier, I got a chance to speak with Chuck yesterday. He continues to fight the painful infection which took hold in his legs but he sounded good. I told him the Pfennig readers want a daily update on his condition and he laughed and let me know he would try to keep everyone updated. The Cardinals won a very important game out west against the Dodgers and remain in position to get into the playoffs in the wildcard slot. It is raining outside this morning, and I sure hope this rain doesn’t stick around for long as tomorrow is the big family picnic at my daughter’s school. I am trying to get out of here a little early today in order to help set up. I have been chairman of the picnic the past 3 years, and gave up my leadership role this year but still feel the need to be on site to make sure everything goes smoothly. Mike will be bringing you the Pfennig next week as I am headed off to Jacksonville. With that I will wish everyone a Fantastic Friday and hope you all have a Wonderful Weekend. Thanks for reading the Pfennig!Chris Gaffney, CFA SVP & Director of Sales T. 314-951-1619 EverBank World Markets 8300 Eager Road, Ste. 700, St. Louis, MO. 63144 EverBank.com
Scientists have launched two large studies to test a medical treatment that, if proven effective, could have an enormous impact on the leading cause of death in American hospitals.The treatment is aimed at sepsis, a condition in which the body’s inflammatory response rages out of control in reaction to an infection, often leading to organ damage or failure. There’s no proven cure for sepsis, which strikes well over 1 million Americans a year and kills more than 700 a day.In early 2017, Dr. Paul Marik announced that he had started using a treatment that he says was saving the lives of most of his sepsis patients. The claims were so audacious, Marik says, some doctors called it snake oil.”There obviously was enormous resistance at the beginning,” he says, “but it seems that with time, people started thinking about it and saying, ‘maybe this isn’t as outrageous as we first thought.’ “The treatment is a cocktail of intravenous vitamin C, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and corticosteroids. The use of vitamin C in sepsis was pioneered by Dr. Alpha Fowler at Virginia Commonwealth University. Marik has been using the combination treatment since 2016 at his hospital in Norfolk, Va., where he also teaches at the Eastern Virginia Medical School.”At last count, over 700 patients have received the cocktail and, you know, the response is reproducible,” Marik says. He says the treatment has had no consequential side effects.Some other doctors around the nation have also been trying it on their patients, but most are waiting for hard science to decide whether Marik’s experience is just a fluke.That evidence could come from two large studies now underway in the United States. Both are being conducted according to the gold standard of medical science: Some patients get the treatment, others get a placebo, and neither the patients nor doctors know who gets what.The stakes are enormous, given the number of people who die of sepsis.”This is something which, if proved to be true, would be a game-changer, almost a miracle cure, honestly,” says Dr. Craig Coopersmith, a critical care surgeon at Emory University and a member of the team running one of the two sepsis studies, the VICTAS Study.Planning research like this takes significant effort and funding. The effort involved figuring out which patients would be included and orchestrating patient care and data collection from 24 to 40 different hospitals. Competitive grants through the National Institutes of Health often take years to land, so instead this trial reached out to the Marcus Foundation in Atlanta (funded by family members of the Home Depot fortune).”We’ve all been pretty much working 24/7 on this for the past three to five months,” says Dr. Richard Rothman, a professor of emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, who is a leader of the VICTAS study.Marik has a biologically plausible explanation for how his protocol could work. He says the sepsis reaction generates large amounts of a damaging molecule called reactive oxygen, which vitamin C neutralizes.When Marik published his protocol in early 2017, Coopersmith was in the wait-and-see camp. But as he became involved in planning the study, he decided to get some hands-on experience with the protocol, working with patients in his hospital.Some patients he treated with it died. But he also tells the story of a man who was “so sick that we actually had to flip him upside down to get enough oxygen into his body,” Coopersmith says. “His kidneys had failed. His liver wasn’t working, his bone marrow wasn’t working and statistically his chance of dying was nearly 100 percent.”Coopersmith gave the man the Marik cocktail and his condition quickly reversed. Six days later he was off of the ventilator that had been keeping him breathing, and on the seventh day he was well enough to leave the intensive care unit.”We would call it a miracle cure,” Coopersmith says. “What we don’t know is [whether] he was going to get better independent of the vitamin C, steroids and thiamine — or did that make him better.”The answer to that question will be informed by the VICTAS study. The study will soon be enrolling hundreds of patients in Atlanta, Baltimore, Marik’s hospital in Norfolk, and up to three dozen other hospitals. (The exact number of study sites will depend on how quickly the early ones are able to recruit patients.)At the same time, doctors at the Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are launching another large study, involving 13 hospitals. They got a $3 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project to study the Marik protocol.”Our goal is to complete this trial within a year from now,” says Dr. Michael Donnino, who is leading that study. As of the end of April, he had enrolled 11 patients at his hospital. Hospitals in New York state and Michigan launched the study at their institutions this week.The parallel studies will help make whatever answer emerges all the more credible, Donnino says. Reproducibility is the keystone of science.”Having another trial out there I think is great,” he says.Both research trials have outside experts sitting on boards that will monitor data and safety; they will periodically take a peek at the accumulating data. If the results are as dramatic as Marik gets in his hospital — or on the other hand clearly futile — the studies could be called off early.”And either way, it will change practice across the United States and across the world,” Coopersmith says. He guesses that around 10-20 percent of intensive-care specialists are currently using the Marik cocktail.There’s reason for both optimism and for caution. There have been more than 100 studies of proposed treatments for sepsis over the years, and previous results that seemed promising at first flopped after further examination. But the potential upside is beguiling: a lifesaving treatment that’s affordable.”It’s not going to be the equivalent of a new drug in cancer or hepatitis, which costs $50,000 to $100,000 and you have to make the decision if insurance doesn’t cover it, whether or not to mortgage the house and give away your inheritance,” Coopersmith says. “This is something that’s going to be very, very cheap and accessible throughout the world.”That is, if it works.You can contact Richard Harris at [email protected] Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.