Elliott, Byron top Phoenix practices in Hendrick Motorsports sweep

first_imgChase Elliott pushed atop the speed chart in final NASCAR Cup Series practice at Phoenix Raceway as Hendrick Motorsports swept both Friday sessions.Elliott forged a 134.213-mph lap on the 1-mile Arizona track in Hendrick’s No. 9 Chevrolet. He was also second to teammate William Byron, who led opening practice and sealed the eighth-fastest speed in final practice.RELATED: Final practice results | Lap averages | Weekend scheduleThe 50-minute session was the final tune-up before Saturday’s Busch Pole Qualifying and Sunday’s FanShield 500 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Kyle Busch landed the second-fastest lap at 134.203 mph — just .002 seconds off Elliott’s time — in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota. Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman and Ty Dillon rounded out the top five in order.Kevin Harvick, the series’ winningest driver at Phoenix with nine victories, was 13th in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford, but did have the best 10-lap average final practice.Qualifying to determine the 38-car starting lineup is set for Saturday at 2:35 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).NASCAR officials held three Cup Series teams for portions of final practice for technical infractions incurred last week at Auto Club Speedway. The following teams served 15-minute deductions: The No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet of Kurt Busch and the No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Ford of JJ Yeley. The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. had 30 minutes deducted from final practice for three inspection failures last weekend.Byron leads 1-2 Hendrick sweep in first practiceWilliam Byron powered to the top of the NASCAR Cup Series leaderboard in Friday’s opening practice at Phoenix Raceway, leading a 1-2 sweep by Hendrick Motorsports drivers.RELATED: Practice 1 results | Best lap averages | Weekend scheduleByron survived a minor wall scrape and registered a 134.595-mph lap in Hendrick’s No. 24 Chevrolet. He was just ahead of teammate Chase Elliott, who turned a 133.849 lap in the No. 9 Chevy.“Just gotta know where the wall’s at, you know, and I was just trying to get my angle for Turn 1 and just nicked it a little bit,” Byron told FOX Sports. “Just got to figure out where it is. We have a little more windshield block out here, so my line of sight’s a little different. So just getting used to that. The car’s pretty good. I think we’re about P10 or 11 in race trim. Need a little more speed, but I thought qualifying trim was obviously good, too.”Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch completed the top five in the 50-minute session.Three teams absorbed minor tangles with the outside retaining wall. Corey LaJoie’s tap was the more pronounced of the three after his Go Fas Racing No. 32 Ford slipped out of the groove with 10 minutes left in the opening session. Aric Almirola and Byron pressed on after brief right-side scrapes.last_img read more

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pass 40 Million

first_imgThe World Health Organization said last week that Europe had a reported a record weekly high of nearly 700,000 cases and said the region was responsible for about a third of cases globally. Britain, France, Russia and Spain account for about half of all new cases in the region, and countries like Belgium and the Czech Republic are facing more intense outbreaks now than they did in the spring. In the U.S., some states are trying more targeted measures as cases continue to rise across the country. New York’s new round of virus shutdowns zeroes in on individual neighborhoods, closing schools and businesses in hot spots measuring just a couple of square miles. But WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned against the belief that herd immunity might be a viable strategy to pursue, saying this kind of protection needs to be achieved by vaccination, not by deliberately exposing people to a potentially fatal disease. WHO said the new measures being taken across Europe are “absolutely essential” in stopping COVID-19 from overwhelming its hospitals. Those include new requirements on mask-wearing in Italy and Switzerland, closing schools in Northern Ireland and the Czech Republic, closing restaurants and bars in Belgium, implementing a 9 p.m. curfew in France and having targeted limited lockdowns in parts of the U.K. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert, said Americans should think hard about whether to hold Thanksgiving gatherings next month. A woman wearing a face mask walks in Manchester, England, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Britain’s government says discussions about implementing stricter restrictions in Greater Manchester must be completed Monday because the public health threat caused by rising COVID-19 infections is serious and getting worse. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP) The milestone was hit Monday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University, which collates reports from around the world. The U.S., India and Brazil are reporting by far the highest numbers of cases – 8.1 million, 7.5 million and 5.2 million respectively – although the global increase in recent weeks has been driven by a surge in Europe, which has seen over 240,000 confirmed virus deaths in the pandemic so far. Related Managing COVID-19: Applying an Asymmetric Solution to an Asymmetric ProblemRegions Hospital (MN) Community Paramedic Response to COVID-19IAFC Supports Vaccine Prioritization for First Responders Some researchers have argued that allowing COVID-19 to spread in populations that are not obviously vulnerable will help build up herd immunity and is a more realistic way to stop the pandemic instead of the restrictive lockdowns that have proved economically devastating. LONDON (AP) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the planet has surpassed 40 million, but experts say that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true impact of the pandemic that has upended life and work around the world. The actual worldwide tally of COVID-19 cases is likely to be far higher, as testing has been uneven or limited, many people have had no symptoms and some governments have concealed the true number of cases. To date, more than 1.1 million confirmed virus deaths have been reported, although experts also believe that number is an undercount. “Allowing a dangerous virus that we don’t fully understand to run free is simply unethical,” Tedros said last week. WHO has previously estimated about 1 in 10 of the world’s population – about 780 million people – have been infected with COVID-19, more than 20 times the official number of cases. That suggests the vast majority of the world’s population is still susceptible to the virus. The agency said several European cities could soon see their intensive care units overwhelmed and warned that governments and citizens should take all necessary measures to slow the spread of the virus, including bolstering testing and contact tracing, wearing face masks and following social distancing measures. As of last week, new cases per day were on the rise in 44 U.S. states, with many of the biggest surges in the Midwest and Great Plains, where resistance to wearing masks and taking other precautions has been running high and the virus has often been seen as just a big-city problem. Deaths per day were climbing in 30 states. The U.N. health agency said it hopes there might be enough data to determine if any of the COVID-19 vaccines now being tested are effective by the end of the year. But it warned that first-generation vaccines are unlikely to provide complete protection and that it could take at least two years to bring the pandemic under control. Logistics experts also say that some 3 billion of the world’s 7.8 billion people live in areas that lack the infrastructure to refrigerate new vaccines safely, a challenge that is sure to slow down the delivery of vaccines to those areas. This includes most of Central Asia, much of India and southeast Asia, Latin America except for the largest countries, and all but a tiny corner of Africa.last_img read more

A new day for Shawnee Mission schools as voters sweep out incumbents, vote in newcomers calling for transparency

first_imgLaura Guy’s defeat of 20 year incumbent Craig Denny means there will be a new president of the Shawnee Mission Board of Education. She watched the final election results come in Tuesday night with members of the group Education First Shawnee Mission in downtown Overland Park.Shawnee Mission patrons headed to the polls Tuesday and delivered a crystal clear message to the district’s central office: It’s time for a big change.Register to continuelast_img

More black sigatoka management training for farmers

first_img Share LocalNews More black sigatoka management training for farmers by: Dominica Vibes News – December 4, 2015 178 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Farm of Deles Warrington of CalibishieSuriname-based Plant Pathologist, Dr Robert Power has highlighted the importance of a clean environment in managing the deadly black sigatoka disease.Dr Powell is on island facilitating a two-week workshop on the ‘Integrated Disease Management of Black Sigatoka’. That workshop, which commenced on 23 November, will end today, Friday 4 December 2015.The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) organized this workshop in an effort to further strengthen Dominica’s capacity to manage Black Sigatoka Disease.“We bring the newest technology and the newest technology is not putting emphasis on chemical control, on the chemical part, but in the first place on the environment where it should be in fact clear, free of dead hanging leaves in abandoned fields of banana,” Dr Power told members of the press on Thursday 3 December 2015.Dr Power indicated that farmers play a critical role in maintaining a clean environment on their fields.“The discipline of the farmer should be there also to do things on time, fertilizing on time, these management programs need to be executed on time and so on”. Additionally, Dr Power informed the farmers of the role which the weather pattern plays on the management of the disease.“These are all the things we have discussed and weather factors like rainfall, humidity and temperature are all taken into account,” he said.“We have now, I think, a clear picture of how we can influence the lifecycle of the black sigatoka fungus so we can manipulate it, we can manage it, we can do a number of things apart from chemical control. If the need is there to use chemicals, then we do it,” Dr Power stated.This capacity building workshop is one of three actions taking place under the CARDI/CDB funded project (2015-2016) “Development of an Integrated Disease Management Programme for Black Sigatoka Disease” in Guyana, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia.Photographs of a CARDI black sigatoka disease training on the farm of Deles Warrington, Calibishie. Photographs compliments of the Agriculture Unit.– / 19last_img read more