MANCHESTER, England (AP):With one weekend left in the English Premier League (EPL), the stage is set for a three-way race for the final two Champions League qualification spots.Manchester City should be guaranteed one. Arsenal – for the first time in 20 years – are the favourites to miss out.Both teams won home games yesterday – City beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 and Arsenal defeated Sunderland 2-0 – to leave them separated by three points heading into the final round of games. Liverpool are the other team in the hunt.City have 75 points, Liverpool 73, and Arsenal 72.Crucially, City have a superior goal difference of six and have a benign-looking game, on paper, away to Watford. With Liverpool at home to already-relegated Middlesbrough, Arsenal can only beat Everton and hope for the best.If Arsenal miss out, it will be the first time the club has done so in a full season under manager Arsene Wenger. Wenger’s latest contract is up at the end of this season, and failing to reach the Champions League could yet sway his decision about whether to stay on.MAN CITY 3, WEST BROM 1On an almost perfect night for City, popular defender Pablo Zabaleta got a rousing send-off in his last home match. Yaya Toure scored perhaps a farewell goal for the club, and the team virtually guaranteed a place in the Champions League.Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne scored first-half goals, before Toure strolled through West Brom’s defence to add the third and bring the home fans at Etihad Stadium to their feet. Toure, who has been at City since 2010, is waiting to discover if he will receive a new contract.It has already been confirmed that Zabaleta – one of City’s most popular players – will be leaving City after nine years, and he came on for the final half-hour. Each touch, tackle and foul was applauded and there were tributes, a video montage and a presentation after the game.ARSENAL 2 SUNDERLAND 0Alexis Sanchez kept Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive after scoring twice in the final 18 minutes.Sanchez, who took his tally for the season to 28 in all competitions, was left unmarked to meet Mesut ÷zil’s cross and he doubled the lead with a header after Olivier Giroud’s volley rebounded out.Arsenal could still end the season with silverware by beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final, but missing out on the Champions League would be a big blow to Wenger and his chances of both keeping Sanchez and recruiting big-name players.LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFFSReading beat Fulham 1-0 to win 2-1 on aggregate and reach the League Championship playoff.Huddersfield or Sheffield Wednesday await in the final at Wembley Stadium on May 29.
Bayern will be able to call on Dutch winger Arjen Robben, who sat out Saturday’s German league win at Wolfsburg, because of back problems.“He has training very well for three days,” Munich coach Jupp Heynckes confirmed Tuesday.It means Heynckes is likely to use French winger Franck Ribery of France alongside Robben to give Munich a much-needed boost in attack, but the Bavarian giants are not taking Zurich lightly.“An incredible amount rests on these two games in terms of both finance and image,” said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.“Everyone here wants to reach the Champions League’s group phase.”Bayern have had a faltering start to the season after they were beaten 1-0 at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on the opening weekend.They bounced back with a late winner from Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo at VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday, although they were lucky to see a first-half goal from Patrick Helmes ruled out for offside.Zurich scored twice late on as they secured a fine 2-1 win over Basel at the weekend, and Bayern will be under pressure to perform at home on Wednesday.Having spent around 35 million euros to recruit Germany’s top goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and defender Jerome Boateng, the pair combined for the blunder against ‘Gladbach which cost Bayern defeat.Vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has complained about a lack of team spirit and the Bavarian giants were again unimpressive against Wolfsburg.Zurich’s last European away success was a 1-0 victory at AC Milan in the 2009/10 Champions League group stage, so Bayern should be aware of their threat.This will be Bayern’s first competitive meeting with FC Zurich and Germany striker Mario Gomez is looking forward to coming up against former VfB Stuttgart team-mate Ludovic Magnin, who is now FC Zurich leftback.“I swapped text messages with (FC Zurich’s) Ludovic Magnin a couple of days ago, and we’ve already discussed the match,” said Gomez.The second-leg will take place on Tuesday, August 23 at Zurich’s Letzigrund Stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MUNICH, Germany, August 17 – Bayern Munich take the first step towards what they hope will be a dream run to a Champions League final at their home stadium next May when they host Swiss side FC Zurich in the play-off round first leg clash on Wednesday.Having finished third in last season’s Bundesliga, Bayern are in the qualifying rounds for the first time since 2002 and face a Zurich team who have only made the group stages once before.
At one point actor Paul Newman was the PKD spokesman, Polinsky said, and the disease received much-needed publicity. Since Newman left as spokesman, PKD has drifted back into obscurity, he said. The Los Angeles Walk for PKD has been held in Pasadena in September at the Rose Bowl for three years. Last month’s walk raised $70,000. “But that’s not much for a city the size of Los Angeles,” Polinsky said. “We should be able to raise more than $100,000.” PKD also affects the heart. Ten years ago Polinsky had open heart surgery to replace heart valves. His kidneys were so big they pressed against his diaphragm and lungs, making it hard for him to breath. They also pressed against his stomach. “I was eating like a fly,” he said. After he awoke from the four-hour transplant surgery at UCLA Medical Center, Polinsky first asked about his wife. Then he asked about the kidney. “They showed me a plastic bag filled with urine, a sure sign the kidney was functioning,” he said. “I’m incredibly grateful. It’s like a miracle.” But he’s not out of the woods yet. His body can reject the kidney at any time and he checks his blood pressure and temperature twice daily for signs of infection, said Polinsky, a therapist who works in Beverly Hills. His wife works for Parents Anonymous, child welfare advocates in Clarement. She turned out to be an unusually healthy woman. But Polinsky said he was fortunate in that several people offered to be donors. “I didn’t hesitate to donate,” Peggy Polinsky said. “It was a great privilege, but it was not a big deal. I went through a year of testing, what they call the million-dollar work-up, where they give you every test in the world.” Both are active in the PKD Foundation. “I don’t want to see my kids and the millions of people with this disease go through that,” said Polinsky. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – For two years, Joel Polinsky’s stomach was so big, children would ask if he was pregnant. “Yes,” he’d tell them. “I’m going to have triplets.” But far from being funny, the Pasadena resident’s condition was deadly. What saved his life was a kidney donation in June from his wife, Peggy, 63. “You only need one kidney, but you have two,” she said. “If you know someone who has none, give them one.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityPolinsky, 65, had Polycystic Kidney Disease, PKD, a hereditary ailment that also afflicts his two children, his brother, a niece and nephew and an uncle. PKD destroyed Polinsky’s kidneys. When they were removed in January, the organs that normally weigh a combined one pound weighed 16 pounds. “I was diagnosed with the disease when I was 40,” he said. “Cysts in the kidneys choke off their function. They stop filtering blood, so you have toxins in your blood. You feel exhausted, sluggish. It can effect your cognitive ability. Your blood pressure goes up and you may have hypertension.” While not as well known as cancer, heart disease or diabetes, PKD affects 600,000 Americans and 12.5 million people worldwide, more than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell anemia and Down syndrome combined. But while sickle cell anemia receives around $2,800 in funding per patient per year, PKD only receives $53.
A superb 10-0 win for Arsenal Ladies over Spurs Ladies Even when Arsenal are not playing, they are being embarrassed.But this time, the Gunners have been shown up by their own ladies’ team!After losing 3-1 to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon, the mens’ side saw Arsenal Ladies beat local rivals Tottenham 10-0.And fans have ripped into Arsene Wenger’s side – saying the ladies’ team have more heart and character than their male counterparts.Wenger’s men cannot even go a day without being the subject of social media criticism… but it is totally understandable this time.You can see some of the best social media reactions below… 1
Estherville Iowa — Western Christian went on the road for the first time and got a split of their basketball doubleheader at Estherville Lincoln Central Tuesday night. The Wolfpack girls nearly erased a 10 point deficit before falling 45-43. The boys got their first win of the season 65-52.The Midgets led at all the breaks in the girls game. They were up 8-6 at the end of the first quarter and in front 25-16 at the half. The lead was 10 points at the end of the third quarter 33-23 before Olivia Granstra hit for 8 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter to pull the Wolfpack whithin two as the game ended.Jordyn Stokes had a game high 17 for the Midgets. Kaitlyn Tendal hit for a dozen. Granstra led Western with 13 points. Macay Vant Hul was just outside of double figures with 9. The difference in the fourth quarter was free throw shooting as the Midgets went 8-of-11 in the final quarter to keep Western from ever getting the lead.E-LC improves to 3-1 on the season while Western stands at 2-1. It was the conference opener for both teams.In the boys game that followed Western opened a 15-9 first quarter lead and was up 27-14 at halftime. By the end of the third it was up to 13 points at 41-28. The Midgets would get as close as four in the final quarter before the Wolfpack put the game away late to win it 65-52.Adrian Vaughn led the comeback for the Midgets with 10 of his game high 24 points coming in the fourth quarter. At halftime he was sitting on a 4 point night. Also in double figures was Izaak Sander with 15. Western put three players in double figures led by Wyatt Gulker with 18 points off the bench. Dawson Feenstra hit for 11 with Ty Van Essen dropping 10 off the bench.It was the first win of the season for Western after a pair of non conference losses to open the season. E-LC is 2-1 for the year. It was their conference opener as well.Western Christian continues their conference schedule on Friday with a stop at Spencer. E-LC will host North Union in a non conference doubleheader on Thursday.
Tigers now 5-5 in Marawood SouthBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — Stratford was held to 32 percent shooting and just 18 second-half points as it fell to Pittsville 57-39 in a Marawood Conference South Division boys basketball game Tuesday night at Stratford High School.Pittsville (12-7, 7-4 Marawood South) led 26-21 at halftime and built on its lead in the second half, outscoring the Tigers 31-18.Nick Stoflet and Ethan Nagel each hit three 3-pointers to score nine points each to lead Stratford (9-8, 5-5 Marawood South).Pittsville statistics were not provided.The Tigers play at Marathon on Friday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Panthers 57, Tigers 39Pittsville 26 31 – 57Stratford 21 18 – 39PITTSVILLE (57): No statistics reported. Record: 12-7, 7-4 Marawood South.STRATFORD (39): Brenden Fecker 2-7 2-2 7, Cole Hoffman 1-7 0-0 3, Drew Oertel 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Stoflet 3-4 0-0 9, Lucas Heidmann 1-2 0-0 2, Ethan Nagel 3-7 0-0 9, Derrick Schmidt 2-7 3-4 7, Jacob Danen 0-3 2-2 2, Tanner Weinfurtner 0-0 0-2 0. FG: 12-37. FT: 7-10. 3-pointers: 8-22 (Stoflet 3-4, Nagel 3-7, Fecker 1-3, Hoffman 1-6, Heidmann 0-1, Schmidt 0-1). Rebounds: 17 (Schmidt 3, Danen 3, Fecker 3). Record: 9-8, 5-5 Marawood South.
Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative. The federal government clarified emergency services rules under the the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The government clarified the rules, which were issued in 2015, after the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) challenged them. Among other things, ACEP argued that the federal government did not adequately respond to their public comments on the regulations. On August 31, 2017, the court sent the matter back to the government to respond to the ACEP’s comments.Emergency Services RulesUnder the 2015 final regulations a plan or policy satisfies the copayment and coinsurance limitations when it provides benefits for out-of-network emergency services in an amount equal to the greatest of:(1) The amount negotiated with in-network providers for the emergency service furnished;(2) The amount calculated using the same method the plan generally uses to determine payments for out-of-network services (such as the usual, customary, and reasonable charges) but substituting the in-network cost-sharing provisions for the out-of-network cost sharing provisions; or(3) The amount paid under Medicare for the emergency service.Each of these three amounts is calculated excluding any in-network copayment or coinsurance imposed on the patient. This is sometimes referred to as the “Greatest of Three” or the “GOT” regulation because it sets a floor on the amount nongrandfathered group health plans and health insurance issuers offering nongrandfathered group or individual health insurance coverage are required to pay for out-of-network emergency services under this provision at the greatest of the three listed amounts.ClarificationIn its clarification, the government stated that the regulations provide a reasonable and transparent method for determining appropriate payments by nongrandfathered group health plans and health insurance issuers offering nongrandfathered group or individual health insurance coverage for out-of-network emergency services. In addition, the Departments maintain that ACEP and other commentators did not provide adequate information to support their assertion that the methods used for determining the minimum payment for out-of-network emergency services under the GOT regulation are not sufficiently transparent or reasonable.
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LAS VEGAS–Genomicists call it the toughest microbe they ever took on. But now, an international group finally has presented a first view of the full genome of Plasmodium falciparum, the most important malaria parasite. A project to sequence the genome, begun 6 years ago, is almost finished and the results could be published this summer.The P. falciparum genome, some 30-million-base-pairs on 14 chromosomes, was cracked in a joint effort by the Sanger Centre in the United Kingdom, The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Rockville, Maryland, the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Stanford University. The main reason the 6-year project became a “real nightmare,” says TIGR’s Malcolm Gardner, is that Plasmodium’s DNA is unstable when it’s reproduced in bacteria–a necessary step before the actual sequencing–and is difficult to sequence. That’s because 80% of the organism’s genome is composed of adenine and thymine, two of the four building blocks of DNA. (The ratio is about 59% in humans.) After developing new techniques and software to overcome those problems, the teams now have the sequence almost complete. Just over 500 gaps remain, most of them in three particularly difficult chromosomes, Gardner told the Second Conference on Microbial Genomes yesterday.Most of the Plasmodium sequence has already been put in public databases and has been “tremendously helpful” for scientists searching for new drugs and vaccines, says Stewart Shuman of the Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York City, one of many researchers who have dredged the data and come up with new drug targets. 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The TIGR team has also sequenced the genome of Plasmodium yoelii, which causes malaria in rodents, and is working on the less-dangerous human parasite Plasmodium vivax. The Sanger Centre, meanwhile, has taken on several other Plasmodium species. Those additional genomes should help identify what exactly makes P. falciparum so deadly for humans. To top it off, another international consortium plans to publish the genomic sequence of the most important malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, also this year.Related sitesTIGR’s Plasmodium projectThe Sanger Centre’s page about protozoan genomesPlasmoDB, a central database where the Plasmodium sequence data is storedA Science story about drug development in malaria