Day: November 8, 2020


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Kawann Short

The Panthers’ Kawann Short, an E.C. Central grad, has played a key role on the defensive line.

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The big, bold and colorful mural on the outside wall of Columbus Drive Gyros hits you like a storm surge while entering the building.

It’s a life-size painting of hometown hero Kawann Short, defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers, in his No. 99 uniform and holding the Super Bowl 50 trophy triumphantly in his right hand, an event that was not to be.

Throughout Northwest Indiana, there were banners, posters and pep rallies throughout the city in support of the E.C. Central grad. Social media kept him in touch daily with the Region, as if he were standing at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Indianapolis Boulevard, taking it all in.

One particular banner stretched across Columbus Drive at Alder Street, proclaimed: “East Chicago is proud of our hometown Kawann Short. We are East Chicago — Super Bowl 50. Go Panthers!”

That 10-by-10-foot mural at Columbus Drive Gyros was painted Jan. 28 by the artist known as Fhat Cousins, who worked on his labor of love for eight hours.

“I’m 6-foot, and I still have to look up at it,” said restaurant owner John Troupis. “It’s a win-win for the city because it went viral on social media. People are always pulling up, taking pictures of it.

“Kawann loved it and ended up sharing it (on social media). It lit a fire under everybody to join the celebrating.”

E.C. Central and middle school football players watched the 2016 Super Bowl in the high school’s mini-theater, with a pre-game video message delivered by Kawann Short.

“I’ve seen so much of the love coming from home. It’s sincere and coming from the heart,” he said by phone prior to the game. “East Chicago isn’t very big. It has only about 30,000 but they respect people who get out and do things with their lives.

“And when you do, they gladly jump on board and support you 100 percent.”

The 44th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Short went from five sacks combined over his first two seasons to an eye-popping 11 in 2105-16 — a team record for defensive tackles — before the NFL championship game.

But what really jumps out to students of the game is 11 sacks, 55 tackles and three forced fumbles by a 4-3 interior lineman who also is a fierce pass rusher on the edge.

Short has transformed from a player who flashed across the screen once a game to a surefire Pro Bowler.

“I’m just out here doing what I’m doing and trying to help this team win. It’s the only thing I can ask or work for,” said the 6-foot-3, 315-pound Short.

Short has partnered with Athletes for Charity, HealthLinc and the East Chicago Fire and Police Departments to create academic incentives to benefit youth. He’s launched a Youth Literacy Project to deliver books and academic incentives to children in need of encouragement when it comes

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Planet Fitness (PLNT) Q3 Earnings & Revenues Miss, Stock Down

Planet Fitness, Inc. PLNT reported dismal third-quarter 2020 results, wherein earnings and revenues missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Further, both the metrics declined sharply year over year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Following the results, shares of the company fell 4.8% during after-hour trading on Nov 5.

Owing to the uncertainty tied to the crisis, the company has withdrawn 2020 guidance.

Quarterly Details

The company reported adjusted earnings per share of 2 cents, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 11 cents. In the prior-year quarter, the company had reported adjusted earnings per share of 36 cents.

Quarterly revenues of $105.4 million lagged the consensus mark of $107 million. The top line also declined 36.8% from the year-ago quarter primarily due to the dismal performance across Franchise, Corporate-owned Stores and Equipment segments.

Franchise revenues fell 10.4% year over year to $59.8 million. The Corporate-owned Stores segment’s revenues declined 30.6% year over year to $28.3 million. In the Equipment segment, revenues plunged 70.8% year over year to $17.3 million on account of lower equipment sales to new and existing franchisee-owned stores.

Moreover, EBITDA in the Franchise segment declined 29.8% year over year to $3.11 million. The decline was primarily attributed to temporary shutdowns owing to COVID-19 and decline in membership levels. At the Corporate-owned stores segment, EBITDA fell 66% year over year to $5.7 million. EBITDA in the Equipment segment slumped 83.5% year over year to $2.3 million.

Total adjusted EBITDA at the end of the third quarter deteriorated to $32 million from $65.7 million in the year-ago quarter.

Planet Fitness, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise Planet Fitness, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Other Financial Details

As of Sep 30, 2020, cash and cash equivalents totaled $419.7 million compared with $436.3 million as of Dec 31, 2019. Long-term debt, net of current maturities, amounted to $1,679.2 million at the end of third-quarter 2020 compared with $1,687.5 million at 2019-end.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Planet Fitness currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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YETI Holdings has a three-five-year earnings per share growth rate of 14.3%.

Earnings for Monarch Casino and Boyd Gaming in 2021 are expected to soar 179.3% and 1,228.6%, respectively.

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Guard who failed fitness test sues Cook County sheriff

CHICAGO (AP) — A former jail guard has filed a federal lawsuit against the Cook County sheriff for allegedly dismissing her bid to become a courthouse deputy because she failed a fitness test.

Denise Hobbs, 59, claimed the test is discriminatory based on age, sex and race and the sheriff has required it even after an administrative judge ruled otherwise, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Hobbs twice failed the test in 2019. She said she was told to go back to work at the jail but then retired soon after.

She was among 25 people taking part in the training academy for courthouse deputies. Six were rejected, including Hobbs and three other Black women, one Black man and a white man, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims the test was biased because it doesn’t correspond with a courthouse deputy’s duties and the standards were the same for all despite lower average abilities of older people and women.

Hobbs seeks unspecified damages and a court order blocking the sheriff from using the test.

The test, which was administered between 2014 and 2019, was agreed to by the union representing courthouse deputies

Matthew Walberg, a spokesman for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, said that the test was eliminated in 2019 “for reasons unrelated to the merits of the test.”

He said the guards who failed, including Hobbs, threatened a lawsuit and were offered courthouse jobs and Hobbs declined.

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A cure for COVID in your medicine cabinet? – Technology & Health

Lab testing (illustrative)
Lab testing (illustrative)


After all the billions of dollars invested into producing a vaccine for coronavirus, could it be that items most households already have in their medicine cabinets turn out to be all we need?

Two separate trials are currently underway to test mouthwash and aspirin for their role in protecting against Covid-19, and hopes are high that the results will show that treatment for this disease can be both cheap and effective.

Unilever is funding the trial into use of mouthwash, even though the product currently being tested, Dentyl, is not one of its own manufacture. According to scientists involved in the study, it has already been proven that one of the common ingredients of mouthwash, cetylpyridinium chloride, can kill 99.9% of bacteria and pathogens in a person’s mouth. Given that coronavirus appears to be primarily transmitted via saliva, this is a highly significant finding.

Professor Valerie O’Donnell of Cardiff University, where part of the trial is being conducted, told The Telegraph that results from the studies already conducted on other brands of mouthwash “are highly encouraging [even though] in vivo [i.e. human] studies have not been published … Recent studies in test tubes have as much as possible tried to mimic the conditions in the throat, but of course this isn’t the same as in vivo.”

The results of the study are due to be published within the next few months.

Meanwhile, another study is looking into the potential role of aspirin in combating some of the most dangerous consequences of coronavirus infection – blood clots that can prove fatal.

Aspirin has long been used as a blood thinner, even though long-term use has been linked to kidney damage. However, its use in the short term is now being investigated by a team of researchers with the “Recovery Trial” program, one of the largest research projects in the United Kingdom.

People with coronavirus “seem to have hyper-reactive platelets which help stop bleeding which increases risk of blood clotting,” scientists involved in the trial stated.

Professor Peter Horby, co-chief investigator of the Recovery Trial, explained that, “We felt it was particularly important to add aspirin to the trial since there is a clear rationale for believing that it might be beneficial and it is safe, inexpensive, and widely available. We are looking for medicines for Covid-19 that can be used immediately by anyone, anywhere in the world. We do not know if aspirin is such a medicine but we will find out.”

Around 2,000 people have been enrolled in the randomized trial. Those in the active group will receive 150mg of aspirin per day, on top of the usual drug regimen; those in the control group will receive the usual regimen only.

Researchers from the Recovery Trial were the first to prove the benefits of using dexamethasone, a cheap and widely available steroid, for coronavirus treatment. They are also currently testing use of plasma from recovered patients, and the “Regeneron” antibody cocktail that was used to

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Foo Fighters Debut ‘Medicine At Midnight’ Song ‘Shame Shame’ On ‘SNL’

Last week, in what was a delayed announcement for the late-night show, Saturday Night Live announced Foo Fighters would be the musical guest on the show’s post-election episode hosted by Dave Chappelle. The appearance was the band’s eighth time on SNL, with their first performances on the show dating back to 1995.

In addition to the SNL announcement, the band also teased the release of their tenth album in a tweet that featured a 32-second snippet of audio. The Shazam App revealed that the song is titled “Shame Shame” and would apparently appear on an album called Medicine At Midnight.

Bringing their talents to the SNL stage, the band premiered the “Shame Shame” single in their first performance of the night. A press release sent out shortly after confirmed that the album is indeed titled Medicine At Midnight and that it can be expected to arrive on February 5. The album will be a fairly short effort as it comes equipped with just nine songs and clocks in at 37 minutes.

As for the band’s second performance of the night on SNL, Foo Fighters reached back to their 2002 album, One By One, to play “Times Like These” to close out the show.

You can watch Foo Fighters’ SNL performances above and check out the Medicine At Midnight tracklist below.

01. “Making A Fire”
02. “Shame Shame”
03. “Cloudspotter”
04. “Waiting On A War”
05. “Medicine at Midnight”
06. “No Son Of Mine”
07. “Holding Poison”
08. “Chasing Birds”
09. “Love Dies Young”

Medicine At Midnight is out 2/5 via Roswell/RCA. Pre-order it here.

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Fitness industry bosses call for post-lockdown VAT relief and say: ‘We are an essential service’


itness industry bosses have called for additional sector-specific support and attacked the Government’s approach to the leisure industry as “a disgrace” as the new lockdown came into force.

Under the latest Covid-19 restrictions implemented on Thursday, hairdressers, beauty businesses and gyms were classified as “non-essential” services alongside segments of retail and required to close until December 2.

Any business which defies the rules could be fined up to £10,000.  

The Standard spoke to some of London’s fitness industry leaders, who said they are furious the Government chose to close them down. 

They said that many gyms will not be able to survive the shutdown, and argued fitness centres that have put in place measures to ensure they are Covid-secure should be allowed to remain open to help the nation stay mentally and physically healthy.


Gyms had reopened over the summer

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It comes amid reports that some gyms around the country have even vowed to stay open, risking the £10,000 fine.

Colin Waggett, chief executive of luxury gym group Third Space – which has more than 20,000 members across its six London gyms – said the group had lost several million pounds since March, and that the new lockdown will see losses extended further.

Waggett is calling on the Government to offer the fitness industry the same VAT relief offered to the hospitality sector.

He said: “Their cost base is very similar to ours.

“We simply do not understand given all of our earlier comments why that support has not been made available for our sector too.

“We are now going to need the rent moratorium extended again, rates relief extended beyond the end of March and the same VAT relief that hospitality has had throughout 2021, so we can all clear the huge debts we have accumulated and get back on our feet.


Third Space operate six gyms around London

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“The alternative is a wave of closures, job losses, and a loss of much loved and needed gyms and studios for the population of London.”

Sandy Macaskill, founder of bootcamp specialist Barry’s UK, concurred with his fellow gym boss.

He said that “most gyms made zero revenue for over four months” during the first lockdown, and that despite Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s extension of the furlough scheme to March 31, he knows many will be financially devastated by the latest restrictions. 

“We can’t do takeaways,” he said. “The government’s approach to the leisure industry has been a disgrace from the outset.

“While on the one hand Boris Johnson has spoken about the importance of staying fit in fighting the virus, the Government have repeatedly insulted the sector, first by reopening pubs before gyms, then by reducing VAT on fast food joints with no [specific] relief for our industry.”


Third Space CEO Colin Waggett was also behind Psycle

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Several gym operators argued that since reopening over the summer gyms have not been found to be behind significant

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Are certain athletes born to win?

Wayne Gretzky et al. posing for the camera: Wayne Gretzky may have had a competitive advantage by being born in January.

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Wayne Gretzky may have had a competitive advantage by being born in January.

When it comes to success in sport, there’s a lot of focus on the importance of hard work and dedication. And there’s no doubt that for many sports, the physiology you’re born with — height, body composition, cardiovascular endurance, muscle fibre type — contributes to podium finishes. But there’s another important factor that influences success, especially among young athletes, and that’s date of birth.

Known as the relative age effect, the phenomenon was publicized in the mid-1980s when researchers reported that nearly 70 per cent of minor-league hockey players were born in the first half of the year. A similar pattern has been unveiled in professional baseball, soccer and football and the NHL draft.

Like schools, youth sports group kids together by age so they can receive instruction and skills training relative to their emotional, cognitive and physical development. Yet within every cohort there is a noticeable difference on the playing field between older and younger athletes, even if there are only 12 to 48 months between the oldest and youngest in the group.

If you have kids who play competitive sports or are products of youth sports leagues, you have likely seen the relative age effect in action. Athletes born close to the start of the cycle in a cohort tend to be stronger and more mature than athletes born at the later end of the cycle. This combination of sport-friendly attributes also makes them extremely coachable — more able to follow direction, pick up new skills, apply team strategy and present a more mature demeanour. Coachability puts young athletes on the fast track to the best coaches and more competitive opportunities, which translates not just to improved athletic performance and more playing time, but also to more confidence in their skills. Meanwhile, the younger athletes in the cohort tend to leave sport earlier, and are less motivated to attend practice and put in the work necessary to move through the ranks of competitive sport.

Most of the physiological benefits related to date of birth diminish when athletes reach maturity, but just how much influence those early years have on future performance isn’t clear. Nor is it known whether male and female athletes and team and individual sports are equally affected.

To determine the lasting impact of the relative age effect, a team of U.S. researchers collected birthdates and gender of Olympians born between 1964 and 1996, creating a data set of more than 44,000 athletes — 36,030 of whom competed in the Summer Games and 8,057 in the Winter Games. Team sport athletes numbered 10,169, compared to 33,918 individual sport Olympians. Athletes were then grouped into four cohorts based on their birthdates (January-March, April-June, July-September, October-December); the researchers were interested in comparing the number of Olympians born in the first three months of the year and the number for the last three months of the year.

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Liverpool set for fitness boost ahead of Manchester City Premier League clash

Klopp: Playing Man City one of the ‘most difficult games in the world’



Liverpool are set to welcome back a key influence for Sunday’s trip to Manchester City.

The Reds go to the Etihad Stadium looking to return to the top of the Premier League ahead of the forthcoming international break, and knowing that a win would see them strike a huge blow in the title race.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have lost on each of their last three trips to the Etihad in the league, although last season’s 4-0 defeat did come in the days after they had been celebrating winning the title for the first time in 30 years.

One of the key developments since that title win has of course been the serious knee injury sustained by star defender Virgil van Dijk, but Klopp seems set to welcome back Joel Matip for the visit to Pep Guardiola’s side.

a man wearing a uniform: Klopp saw his side beat Atalanta in the Champions League in midweek

Klopp saw his side beat Atalanta in the Champions League in midweek

Liverpool’s last three matches have each seen a different player start alongside Joe Gomez in the centre of their defence, with Fabinho starting the Champions League clash against FC Midtjylland before going off injured.

The Brazilian was then replaced by Nat Phillips for last Saturday’s Premier League win over West Ham, and then with Phillips not registered for the Champions League it was teenager Rhys Williams who came in for the midweek trip to Atalanta.

Now though, it appears that Matip will return to the side to partner Gomez and make his first appearance since last month’s Merseyside derby.

Joel Matip wearing a uniform and holding a football ball: Matip has been back in training with the Reds

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Matip has been back in training with the Reds

He started that game with Gomez coming on for the injured Van Dijk, but incredibly this clash at the Etihad seems likely to be the first time that Matip and Gomez start together in the heart of the Liverpool defence.

Klopp faces a dilemma over who to select in attack, with the in-form Diogo Jota and mainstay Roberto Firmino both hoping to start alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

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Football, food and aerial Yoga: Elli AvrRam’s first Maldives trip is sure to kick in your travel bug, amp up fitness goals – travel

Home / Travel / Football, food and aerial Yoga: Elli AvrRam’s first Maldives trip is sure to kick in your travel bug, amp up fitness goals

Elli AvrRam’s sultry bikini looks, billiards-chess-football game and “very tough” aerial Yoga session in these throwback pictures from her first Maldives trip are sure to give you major weekend vibes

Updated: Nov 08, 2020, 18:16 IST

Elli AvrRam’s first Maldives trip is sure to kick in your travel bug, amp up fitness goals
Elli AvrRam’s first Maldives trip is sure to kick in your travel bug, amp up fitness goals(Instagram/elliavrram)

For those who are still locked in for safety reasons amid Covid-19 quarantine, Malang star Elli AvrRam has the perfect virtual escape to offer and her flood of pictures from the Maldives are proof. From the Bollywood diva’s sultry bikini look to billiards, chess and football game or “very tough” aerial Yoga session, the throwback pictures from her first Maldives trip are sure to give you major weekend vibes.

Elli has kept fans on Instagram hooked with her regular updates from the island nation and we can’t help but take travel and fitness inspiration from the same. While one picture showed her in a blue and peach bikini teamed with an orange coloured sheer shrug, another picture showed her enjoying a floating breakfast inside a pool while donning a fuchsia pink bikini.


Elli also tried her hands at Jet-skiing, snorkelling and swinging over the turquoise ocean waters at the Kandima Maldives resort.


When it came to sports, Elli was seen slaying in monochromic ensemble with a white net top and a black skirt to match with the colours of chess, a blue and peach bikini while aiming for the balls on billiards table and a blue jersey-black shorts while playing soccer. She captioned the football video, “I LOVE playing soccer! (For fun of course) When joining @deannepanday on a trip, there’s no ‘lazing around’…it’s all about fun activities and good vibes Thank you @kamakarma for getting us to play a bit with the boys from team Kandima Ps. observe how the goalkeeper is being too kind in not catching the ball ha ha….good times! (sic).”


Donning a green halter-neck top paired with green athleisure shorts, Elli even tried aerial Yoga during her vacay. She shared in the caption, “Finally got to try out Aerial Yoga Very tough and so much fun! (Video coming soon lol)” sic.


Elli wrapped up her trip this weekend but as she returned home, fans travel bug has been kicked in while their fitness goals amplified courtesy the actor’s motivating pictures and videos from the Maldives.

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Hear ‘Shame Shame’ from Foo Fighters’ ‘Medicine at Midnight’ LP

The Foo Fighters’ 10th album, Medicine at Midnight, will be released on February 5, 2021.

the band confirmed this news as they debuted lead track “Shame Shame” with a live performance on last night’s Saturday Night Live.

They also released the studio version of the song, which can be found below along with the full Medicine at Midnight track list. It’s available for pre-order now.

The nine-song follow-up to 2017’s Concrete and Gold will be something of a departure for Dave Grohl’s band, as they’d previously hinted. In a new interview with The Brag, guitarist Chris Shifflet said the new track “kind of stands out on the record,” adding: “it’s definitely a little different than anything we’ve ever done before and it’s a little bit different than anything else on the record…although the record has a lot of songs that are, you know, groove-based like this one is. Dave’s a drummer so he’s always coming up with rhythmic twists and riffs based on rhythms that he hears in his head.”

Bassist Nate Mendel commented: “For ‘Shame Shame,’ it started off as just a bunch of [finger] clicks from Dave, almost like flamenco, and it just grew out of that. There wasn’t going to be any bass line originally, like, it just felt like it needed keyboards and I was fine with that.”

Foo Fighters – ‘Shame Shame’

The group first revealed plans for the project n the summer of 2019. Drummer Taylor Hawkins said that they would probably begin the process of listening to Grohl’s demos upon the conclusion of a U.K. tour in August.

By March, Grohl announced that the album was completed. “We just finished another fucking record, and I’m so fucking proud of it. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever done,” he said. “I’m fucking excited for people to hear it and I can’t wait to jump on that fucking stage to play it. There are choruses on this record that 50-fucking-thousand people are gonna sing, and it’s gonna bring everyone’s fucking hearts together in that moment. And that’s what it’s all about.”

In early November, they were teasing the release of the new work. In Southern California, signs with the Foo Fighters’ logo and an X — the Roman numeral for 10 — began showing up, with some people noting a video projection of a flaming casket. That same image was found by people listening to their songs on Spotify.

Foo Fighters had planned to celebrate their 25th anniversary with an arena tour in the spring that hinted at surprise shows at some of the small clubs they played on their first dates in 1995. However, the trip was postponed, and subsequently canceled, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the significance of the milestone, Grohl said that he prefers to see the passage of time through his music. “It’s funny, some people measure time in days and months and years,” he said. “But with me, I measure time in musical terms. When I think

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