Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett involved in domestic dispute

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett carries the ball during a game against Indiana on Nov. 22 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-27.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorOhio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was involved in a domestic dispute with his ex-girlfriend at his apartment late Tuesday night, according to a Columbus Police report.According to the report, both Barrett and his ex-girlfriend, 19-year old Alexandria Barrett-Clark, said they were the victims of assault, but no charges were filed following the incident.There were also no visible injuries reported.Police responded to a call at Barrett’s apartment just after midnight on Wednesday. When police arrived, Barrett said he asked his ex-girlfriend to leave his apartment and she refused his request. Barrett then said Barrett-Clark “ran at him and pushed him” and struck him before he pushed her onto a bed in self-defense.Barrett-Clark told police that when she was asked to leave Barrett’s apartment, she said she would leave in the morning. She then stated that Barrett confronted her in the bedroom and choked her upon the bed, before using his forearm to apply pressure to her neck in an effort to take her phone from her.After the incident upon the bed, Barrett-Clark said she was able to escape and call the police.There was a single witness, according to the report, who acknowledged that he heard a disturbance, but did not see any physical altercation.An OSU athletics spokesman said the university is aware of an issue regarding Barrett, and is working to gather more information as it becomes available.This story was first reported on Wednesday morning by local television outlet, ABC6.Barrett recently had surgery to repair a broken ankle suffered in OSU’s game against Michigan on Nov. 29.Neither Barrett nor Barrett-Clark responded to an email requesting comment.Clarification: Earlier reports said Barrett-Clark was Barrett’s girlfriend, when in fact, they are exes. read more

Football Tennessee Titans hire former Ohio State player and coach Mike Vrabel

Just five years ago, Mike Vrabel was on head coach Urban Meyer’s staff, coaching Ohio State’s defensive line. On Saturday, the Tennessee Titans named him their latest head coach, replacing Mike Mularkey, who was fired five days prior.This will be his first head-coaching job at any level. Vrabel spent the past four seasons on the Houston Texas’ staff. He was the team’s defensive coordinator last season and coached Houston’s linebackers the three prior seasons.Before heading to the NFL, Vrabel was hired by Ohio State to coach linebackers in 2011. Then, when Meyer was hired in December 2011, Vrabel remained on the staff, but switched responsibilities and became the defensive line coach.This was not his first time as a Buckeye. Vrabel played defensive end for Ohio State from 1993 to 1996. He was named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year his final two seasons and earned first-team All-American honors for his 48-tackle, nine-sack senior year. He was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.Vrabel went on to be picked in the third round of the draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and play 14 season in the NFL, the majority of which he spent as a New England Patriot. He won three Super Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro member in 2007. Vrabel, who played linebacker in the NFL, collected 704 tackles, 57 sacks, 17 forced fumbles and 11 interceptions during his career. He also had 10 catches, all of which went for touchdowns. read more

June 1 2016We reported in late March and all thro

first_imgJune 1, 2016We reported in late March and all through April about construction of a new set of steps on both sides of the Colly Soleri Amphitheater auditorium. Part of this modification has been a new set of railings on both sides of the steps.[photos by Sue Kirsch]Here comes delivery of custom bent steel railing pieces the will be fitted all around the seating area.Holes are cored into the concrete.Welding staff Paolo Van Erp and Rachel Holderbach have prepared railing posts.Here we can see part of the railing clamped in place. Paolo and construction chief Ron Chandler are working on the corner connecting to the stair railing.More to come.last_img read more

In This Issue   Dollar is softer but just by

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Dollar is softer, but just by a bit. *  Gold drifts, but could benefit from Debt Ceiling talks. *  QEnternal, as I’ve said for some time now. *  Feds to look into Tapering leak. yeah, right. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Octaper Gets Added To The Dictionary.  Good day.  And A Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! Well, I’m back! Back from Houston, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Just in time, it appears, as Chris was sounding as though he was really missing his morning workouts to write the Pfennig! I guess, I should not throw that at him so often, as his workouts are important to him! But, I thank him so much for taking the conn! Sans workouts. Well. As I turned on the currency screens today, I noticed that not too much has changed since I signed off last Friday. The euro has traded back and forth around the 1.35 figure, British pound sterling is well over 1.60, and Gold is still giving back its gains from the no tapering decision. There have been quite a few Fed Heads on the speaking circuit since last week. I saw that Fed Head Lacker was quite adamant about how the markets would get used to tapering, and that St. Louis Fed Head, Bullard, threw a cat among the pigeons late last week by creating a new word, “Octaper”. The markets had just digested the no Septaper, and Bullard shoved the Octaper in their collective faces. Chris sent me a note about something that my friend John Mauldin had in his “out of the box” letter the other day regarding Tapering. Let’s listen in to Ben Hunt, PhD. “The WHY of the Fed – its meaning – changed this week. Or rather, it’s been changing for a long time and now has been officially presented via a song-and-dance routine. What Bernanke signaled this week is that QE is no longer an emergency government measure, but is now a permanent government program. In exactly the same way that retirement and poverty insurance became permanent government programs in the aftermath of the Great Depression, so now is deflation and growth insurance well on its way to becoming a permanent government program in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The rate of asset purchases may wax and wane in the years to come, and might even be negative for short periods of time, but the program itself will never be unwound.” Chuck again. Of course I agree with this, for many of you that have come to listen to me talk the past couple of years, have heard me say things like “sometime down the road, when someone else is giving you this talk, he’ll be talking about QE 24”  And so on. And don’t forget what I’ve told you over and over again that this dance is gonna be a drag, no wait, over and over again that even though the Fed might end the current QE # they are on, the ending is just temporary, for they’ll find out soon enough that the economy had become addicted to stimulus, and can’t go on without it! It’s a tight corner the Fed Heads have painted themselves into folks. Getting out of it will be a very messy process. Speaking of a very messy process. what about the Debt Ceiling stuff? Crazy! In one corner you have the President who says he won’t negotiate, but I think in the end he will have to, and in the other corner you have the House Republicans who hold the keys to the bank, and the question is whether they are willing to have tons of blame heaped on them for shutting down the Gov’t should they hold the President’s feet to the fire for not negotiating? This defunding of the Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA) sounds catchy, but that dog ain’t going to hunt folks. In other words, I doubt very seriously that the House gets that concession. But they might get the delay of 1 year for the individual mandate, and then they could claim a victory. But in the end no one wins, because, the Debt Ceiling just keeps getting raised. OK. I’ve had tons of time in waiting rooms the past few days to read, and brother did I do some reading about this stuff. Listen I don’t care about all the politicization of the process. I just care that when all the dust settles, the debt ceiling will be raised, and our elected representatives will kick the can down the road once again.  And that deepens my belief that the U.S. dollar will continue to be held hostage by debt. That’s how this weak dollar trend began, and why it will continue. Well, there’s a bunch of stuff going on over in Japan. There are rumors going ’round, that someone’s underground, no wait! That the Japanese Finance Minister, Bank of Japan (BOJ) Gov. , and Economic Minister met in private last night to discuss further depreciation of the yen. In addition, the Japanese Public Pension Fund is meeting and their Reform Council could be announcing an allocation shift, which could mean selling yen assets, which achieve the further depreciation of the yen. You see, the Japanese leaders are not happy campers about how the yen was on the slippery slope, but jumped off and has remained below 100. The leaders are bound and determined to get the yen weaker, and will stop at nothing to achieve that goal.  But the markets aren’t playing along, and that’s a sticking point to the Japanese leaders. Remember, what I’ve always told you, that the markets have deeper pockets that any Central Bank, and. unless the Japanese leaders want to get the U.S. and Eurozone to do some coordinated yen sales, I doubt the goal of a much weaker yen will come easy for the Japanese leaders. I also read these past couple of days about how those “leaks” I told you about regarding the Gold futures getting bought ahead of the no tapering announcement are being investigated.  Look this is all show and no-go folks. The Feds had to make this look good, but nothing will be found, and if it is, it will be swept under the rug, and all will be right on the night.  Of course, I would love to see this go differently, but it is, what, it is.   We should look forward to hearing how the crack was covered up and will never happen again. And yes, I’m still hopping mad about this “leak”. But, if I’ve learned something in my 58 years, it’s to not go on and on feeling resentment toward something you have no control over. I received a note from a long time reader in New Zealand, where he tells me about a new program that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) is implanting to combat the housing bubble. It’s something new, and blue, but it’s not something borrowed or used!  I love it when a Central Banker comes up with something new, that makes sense!  First, RBNZ Gov. Wheeler, of whom I am usually at odds with, but not here, is going to be the first raise rates next year. But instead of watching the higher rates slow down the economic recovery going on in New Zealand, he will introduce something called: “Limits on leveraged lending”.   This would be done to contain the housing bubble without inflicting collateral damage to the rest of the economy. Says, economist Stephen Koukoulas. If this works here, look for other countries to copy the program. And then the classic way of shying away from rate hikes because it would slow the economy, would be thrown to the roadside. YAHOO!  Of course, I would love for all of this to work, but even more, I would love for New Zealand to get back to narrowing their Trade Deficit. Chris talked to you yesterday about New Zealand’s Trade Deficit widening, and what that does a country’s currency. But remember back a few years ago, when New Zealand had a large Trade Deficit, but they had the highest interest rates in the Industrialized World. One outweighed the other for currency strength. Until, it didn’t. The point I’m making here, is that taking care of the housing bubble without bringing the economy to its knees could be something that the markets reward the currency for. And then rates are going higher in 2014, I told you that last week, so, we could get back to the “looking past the Deficit” in New Zealand.  and then maybe not. Kiwi is up 1/2-cent this morning, and the Aussie dollar (A$) follows closely up 1/4-cent.  The euro is down 1/4-cent, but still hanging around 1.35, which to me is a very lofty number at this point of the proceedings. What I’m saying here, is while I thought the euro would benefit from the relative calm over the Eurozone, I thought 1.35 was about 6 months away. So, the single unit has gained quite a bit ahead of Chuck’s schedule. And as I said at the top, Gold continues to give back the gains it made after the no tapering announcement last week. The shiny metal is flat this morning, after gaining a few shekels yesterday..  I’m of the opinion that the Debt impasse that the U.S. is heading to, will be good for Gold. Shoot Rudy, it was good for Gold in 2011, when it appeared the Gov’t would be shut-down. Speaking of Gold. The CFTC announced yesterday that they were ending their investigation of the Silver market “without finding any wrongdoing”.  Funny, no wait, it’s not funny, but strange that they Gov’t can find LIBOR wrongdoers and take them to court and fine them, etc. but can’t find anything in metals. I’ve heard of “selective hearing”, but this must be “selective seeing”.  there’s a Big Difference between the wrongdoing in LIBOR and the metals, folks, and therein lies the answer as to why LIBOR problems get exposed, but metals problems don’t.  It all depends on who is the “wrongdoer”.  I’ll just point out the Wikileaks cable that I told you all about a couple of years ago. and won’t say anything other than that, to keep me in the “good light”. I think that Mexico must have gotten the memo from the U.S. last month.. Mexico was about the only country to announce a reduction of their Gold holdings. Russia and many others announced that they had expanded their Gold reserves.  And in other news on Gold, China was named the number 1 buyer of Gold, taking that title away from India in 2013. And this is ahead of the Golden Week Holidays that start next week in China, where tons of Gold will be purchased.   I tell you all this, so you can see that physical Gold is still in high demand. Before I head to the Big Finish, I wanted to point out something in the currency roundup this morning. The 10-year Treasury yield has fallen back to 2.63%… So the Treasury Bubble has avoided meeting up with the pin in the room that would have popped that bubble. That is for now. It will meet up with that pin one day, and when it does, I doubt there will be enough tissues to dry the tears. For What It’s Worth.  Since we spent some time on the Debt Ceiling and other related things this morning, I thought this played well.  My friend at the Sov. Society, Jeff Opdyke, writes a couple of times a week for the Sov. Society, and last week he penned an article about what the Fed’s Announcement really means.  Since I write about our Inconvenient Debt all the time, I thought I would let you read someone else’s take on it.  Here’s Jeff. “Few people accept the fact that America is a bankrupt nation; they still buy into the nostalgic and tattered belief that America is a financial powerhouse, the richest nation on the planet. But just because some children think Scooby Doo is real doesn’t magically make that so. A few numbers to cement the point: D.C. has accumulated in our name roughly $17 trillion in debt. That’s huge. But it’s not the real debt. Throw in all the off-balance-sheet promises politicians have made in pursuing their re-election dreams – all the money due to retirees in the Social Security system and all the debts wrapped up in Medicare/Medicaid/prescription drug-plan liabilities – and you get to a number that exceeds $125 trillion. Our tax revenues – basically America’s paycheck – are about $2.7 trillion annually. So, our debt-to-income ratio is 4,660%. Tell me: If you’re earning the median income in America of $52,100, and your household debts exceed $242.6 million (a debt-to-income ratio of 4,660%) are you bankrupt? Or is everything at home going swimmingly well?” Chuck again. Thanks Jeff. and our friends over at the Sov. Society. You should check them out at: www.sovereignsociety.com   I’ve known Jeff for about a decade now. He used to write for the WSJ, and one time about 10 years ago, he wrote an article about the falling dollar, but didn’t give anyone an idea as to how to take advantage of it, so I contacted him, told him about EverBank WorldCurrency CD’s and from there a friendship grew! I was the one that introduced him to the Sov. Society. So. it’s all a tangled web we weave, eh? HA! To recap. The U.S. dollar is softer this morning, especially against the dollars of Australia and New Zealand. The euro is  down a bit, but around 1.35, and Gold is flat.  Ben Hunt, PhD, talks to us about what the no tapering decision really meant last week, and the CFTC announces no wrongdoing found in Silver. (just typing that makes me go to the wall and yell!) Currencies today 9/26/13. American Style: A$ .9395, kiwi .8295, C$ .9710, euro 1.3505, sterling 1.6060, Swiss $1.0990, . European Style: rand 10.0120, krone 5.9805, SEK 6.4150, forint 222.05, zloty 3.1305, koruna 19.1150, RUB 32.18, yen 98.65, sing 1.2550, HKD 7.7540, INR 62.04, China 6.1477, pesos 13.01, BRL 2.2305, Dollar Index 80.40, Oil $102.75, 10-year 2.63%, Silver $21.99, Platinum $1.430.84, Palladium $725.70, and Gold. $1,336.27 That’s it for today. Well.. no changes. The doctor says I’m “stable”. I told him that I doubt that many of my readers would agree with that! HA! Seriously, I told him that I didn’t feel that way every day, and told me to think about a year ago, and what kind of shape I was in when I first saw him. I guess he’s right.  My beloved Cardinals will be in the playoffs again this year, their magic # to win the division is 1 with 3 to play. The Cubs come to town for the final 3, it will be like their World Series, so this will go down to the wire. The EverBank St. Louis Art Show is this evening, while our Rams get ready to play our rival S.F. 49ers on Thursday Night Football. The Art Show is always a good time to meet up with St. Louis clients, and old Mark Twain Bankers!  Eddie Floyd is knocking on wood as get ready to sign off today. I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

The return of volatility in October was no surpris

first_img The return of volatility in October was no surprise. Quantitative easing had been the driving force behind US stocks since the 2008 financial crisis. The Fed’s easy-money policies had also served as a soothing agent for market volatility. This should concern investors. After an impressive February jobs report, the Fed is now expected to raise interest rates as soon as June. But Fed Chair Janet Yellen understands that lifting rates too much or too soon could shock the financial markets, so don’t be surprised if the Fed takes its time. Nonetheless, the mere prospect of a rate hike has put the market on high alert. Investors aren’t used to this. For the past six years, US financial markets have taken bad news in stride. It’s easy to be lulled to sleep when the Fed is administering a steady stream of liquidity. Now that the QE gravy train has stopped, investors are finding it harder to ignore weak economic data and geopolitical instability. And there’s a lot of both to worry about. The possibility of Greece exiting the European Union still looms large. Conflicts between Russia and Ukraine are far from resolved. Commodity prices have tanked, and China’s economy is slowing. The US stock market also appears to be running on borrowed time. The S&P 500 just celebrated six years without a major correction. Bull markets don’t die of old age, but fatigue is more likely to set in if the Fed stays its course. For example, corporate America may struggle to attract investors if cheap credit dries up and prevents companies from juicing EPS figures via share buybacks. At this point, you may be nodding in agreement. But you’ve also probably heard countless arguments like this over the past six years, and all US equities have done is continue to set record highs. Point taken, but this time is different. The Fed is no longer propping up stocks through asset purchases. The market must also adjust to $50-per-barrel oil. Finally, the USD just hit an 11-year high against a basket of currencies and is approaching parity with the euro. The ingredients for a volatile year are in place. However, it’s important to realize that there is nothing inherently bad about volatility. Volatility is a trader’s best friend. It produces opportunities—both in rising and falling markets. The average investor, on the other hand, is less fond of wild price swings, and for good reason. Periods of extreme volatility usually precede a downturn or occur during a bear market. We obviously aren’t experiencing the latter. Still, a correction is not guaranteed even if 2015 turns into a roller-coaster ride. Yellen could calm the markets by merely dropping the word “patient” in her next address. Remember, central banks run the show these days. In any case, it’s critical that investors prepare for the unexpected. Unfortunately, traditional safe havens aren’t appealing at the moment. Precious metals have been stuck in a rut for years. US Treasuries are yielding close to all-time lows while US defensive stocks—utilities in particular—just took a dive. To stay afloat in these choppy waters, investors must be prudent, disciplined, and creative. That’s the very strategy Casey Research employs. If you haven’t already, maybe it’s time to tap the Casey brain trust. After lying dormant for most of last year, volatility has come storming back. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Market Volatility Index (VIX)—a leading measure of implied volatility of S&P 500 index options—has already cleared 20 six times this year. Last year, the VIX topped this important psychological barrier just 10 times, and six of those instances occurred in mid-October just before the Federal Reserve ended QE3.last_img read more

SLU researcher wins NIH grant to identify risk factors for opioidrelated depression

first_img Source:https://www.slu.edu/news/2019/april/nih-grant-opioid-mood-disorders.php Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 29 2019A Saint Louis University researcher has received a grant to study the pathways from chronic prescription opioid use to new onset mood disorder. Jeffrey Scherrer, Ph.D., a professor in Family and Community Medicine, received $3,254,485 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).”We hope our findings will inform pain management and safe opioid prescribing for patients with chronic, non-cancer pain,” Scherrer said.The grant will build upon Scherrer’s previous findings that indicate a new period of opioid analgesic use lasting beyond 30 days is associated with increased risk of new-onset depression.In several previous studies controlling for pain, researchers found long-term (more than 90 days) opioid analgesic use is associated with increased risk for depression and impairs depression treatment and recovery.This project collects data from 1,500 patients using prescription opioids to identify factors that may increase the risk of opioid-related depression. Data collection will occur at three sites across the United States. The study will collect baseline, six month and 12-month measures of pain, functioning, psychiatric and substance abuse disorders, sleep, social support and quality of life. Participants will also be asked to complete a brief monthly survey to measure rapid changes in pain, opioid use and depression.”We found that patients with depression were 22 percent more likely to develop treatment-resistant depression with opioid use of 31-90 days and 49 percent more likely if they used opioids for more than 90 days,” Scherrer said. “The consistency of our findings, replication in VA and in private sector patients and rigorous control for pain support the theory that opioid analgesic use is likely a risk factor for depression.”Related StoriesUnpleasant experiences could be countered with a good night’s REM sleepNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerIn multiple studies with robust control for confounding, including pain severity, longer opioid analgesic use predicted new onset depression in patients who were on average 50 years old with no recent history of depression, no evidence of opioid misuse and no recent history of opioid analgesic use.A prospective study is needed to advance research, Scherrer says, due in part to the limitations of medical record data. The records lack lifetime histories of mood disorders and other risk factors, including substance abuse disorder and trauma exposure. The records also fail to provide good measures of functional impairment, sleep quality and social support.”The electronic medical records do not contain prospective data on the sequence of pain, opioid analgesic use and depression symptom development,” Scherrer said. “Our key objectives are first to determine if patients with a prior history of depression are most likely to develop a new episode following prescription opioid use.”Scherrer also wants to determine if opioid-related adverse outcomes, such as opioid misuse and sleep apnea that occur after long-term opioid use subsequently contribute to new onset depression.”Next we want to expand on the limited knowledge about depression that was available in the medical record,” he said. “Our goal is to determine if chronic opioid use leads to major depressive episodes or to symptom clusters that look like depression, such as anhedonia, vital exhaustion, apathy and dysthymia.”Lastly, the study will seek to determine the characteristics of depression most strongly related to whether patients with mild depression have the same risk for misuse as those with severe depression and comorbid anxiety disorders.last_img read more

Cong sees discrepancies in Modis affidavits

first_imgElections 2019 The Congress alleged on Tuesday that there are “deliberate discrepancies” in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election affidavits. The party said Modi did not mention about a particular plot of land in Gandhinagar which he allegedly owns in the affidavits. The party asked the Election Commission to take action under the Representation of People Act.Party’s spokesperson Pawan Khera told reporters that in an election affidavit in 2007, Modi declared that he was the sole owner of Plot 411 in Sector 1 in Gandhinagar. “Modi listed the area of the plot as 326.22 sq m, and the cost of its purchase as ₹1.3 lakh. Based on the market rates prevailing in Gandhinagar, this plot is presently worth about ₹1.18 crore. Modi was the then CM of Gujarat and had also declared in his affidavit that he had spent ₹30,363 to construct on the piece of same land,” Khera said.He added that in 2012, Modi omitted the mention of plot 411 from his affidavit. “Instead, he listed the plot 401/A, and declared himself a quarter owner. He listed the area of his share of the plot as 326.11 sq m, same area as of plot 411, listed in his 2007 election affidavit,” Khera said.In 2014 too, plot 411 did not figure in the affidavit, he said. “In his declaration on the PMO Website, PM Modi declared that he owns one-fourth of ‘401/A.’ He listed the area of the plot as 14,125.80 sq ft — 1,312.3 sq m, which is approximately four times the size of the standard plots in Sector 1. PM Modi listed his share as 3531.45 sq ft — equaling 328.08 square metres,” he added.Khera argued that the area of the plot remains the same from 2007 to 2015. “But the ownership moves from full owner of ‘Plot 411, Sector 1 Gandhinagar’ to one quarter of the ownership of ‘Plot No 401/A’ in Sector 1 Gandhinagar. Shockingly, there is no such plot listed as ‘Plot No 401/A’in the Gujarat revenue department’s land records for Gandhinagar, but the same plot is listed in Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s 2014 affidavit.. Jaitley listed himself as ‘1/4th’ owner of the same plot as PM Modi,” Khera said. He further added: “Jaitley states in the affidavit that this land was allotted to him by an office under the district’s collector that is the custodian of land records.”Khera claimed that Jaitley is the present and sole owner of Plot 401. The Congress also cited a Supreme Court proceeding and said the Gujarat government had not made any fresh land allotments to MPs, MLAs or public servants since 2000. “Then how did Modi acquire this piece of land in Gandhinagar?” Khera asked. SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL elections Published on April 16, 2019 COMMENTS COMMENTlast_img read more