Kyle Busch gains on Martin Truex Jr., but ‘there’s a lot of racing to go’

first_imgDOVER, Del. — With two consecutive wins in the opening round of the 2017 NASCAR playoffs, Sunday’s race winner Kyle Busch has convincingly put himself atop the list of contenders for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup trophy.He is there along with leader Martin Truex Jr., who won the first of the three playoff races in Chicago and has methodically collected enough playoff points to make his appearance in the Championship 4 at Miami a near-certainty.MORE: Dover race results | NASCAR Playoffs standingsYet when the 2015 champ Busch considered whether his early work in the playoffs places him alongside Truex as a sure-bet championship contender yet, Busch answered quickly and succinctly.“No,” he deadpanned.“There’s a lot of racing to go,” he explained. “You know, I think week to week, you can probably change your favorite. Early in the first third of the (season) I probably would have said (Kyle) Larson is your new championship favorite, but you’ve got to let these things play out.“I don’t know that there’s necessarily a favorite. Maybe it closes our gap that the 78 (Truex) had on us a little bit where I still think it’s 78, 18 (Busch), 42 (Larson), and there’s different distances between us each and every week, I guess, depending on how we run and what all kind of goes on, so it’s all about getting the stars to align and doing your job and having everything go your way.”Busch is the first to win back-to-back races in the playoffs since Joey Logano won three straight in 2015. Kevin Harvick won the final two races of 2014.RELATED: Busch steals Dover win from Chase ElliottIt’s a perpetually productive, well-decorated group crowding Busch at the top of the standings — something Busch isn’t alone in acknowledging. Predicting the four drivers who will compete for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway still isn’t any easier, according to those hoping to be among the group.“When you run fourth and you’re disappointed it shows what your team is made of,” Truex said. “Proud of everyone, they did a good job all weekend. I am looking forward to the next round and feel good about where this Furniture Row Racing team is at right now.”Kyle Larson, who finished fifth Sunday and is third in the playoff standings, has four wins and has been a consistent championship threat. Brad Keselowski is leading the Ford contingent and sits fourth in points — between Larson and a guy with seven large championship trophies at home: Jimmie Johnson. The reigning champ finished third at Dover and sounded very much ready to make a run at a historic eighth title.RELATED: Johnson adjusts to new playoffs format“I think when we unloaded on Friday, we realized how much speed all of our Hendrick cars had,” said Johnson. “As we look back over the summer, it just seems like tracks with more banking, our combination works well, and we were able to exploit that this weekend.“I wished I would have qualified better. I really think we had a shot at winning the race today, and at times I was better than the 24 (Chase Elliott) and the 18 (Busch) and was catching them there at the end. I just never really had track position to race for the win. I finally got top three there on the last run and we were out of laps.“A solid day, though. Charlotte is a great track for us, as well, and typically when we run well at Dover, it carries over to Charlotte, and we’re optimistic about next week, too.”That’s rough news for the rest of the field. But not surprising.Even the early achievement in the playoffs combined with the team’s past performance doesn’t seem to make Busch and his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota crew overly confident. Just confident.And ready.“Talladega is just a crapshoot, kind of like playing Bingo,” explained Busch’s crew chief Adam Stevens. “Bingo is not really fun for me, so you need to have all the bonus points you can going into that, and NASCAR was smart to put it in the middle of the segment.“Everybody is going to have to race their guts out all day long. But as far as the next round, any time you eliminate four drivers, the field gets thinner and the points you need to score to advance are even more.“You know, you’re going to have to be that much sharper, that much better, and have that many fewer mistakes. Aside from winning, you just have to perform each and every week, and it just ramps up each time we go to a new round.”last_img read more

NASCAR Xfinity Series to takeover streets of Philadelphia

first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pa. (April 17, 2019) – For the fourth-consecutive year, Comcast, Pocono Raceway and Dover International Speedway are coming together to bring NASCAR to the city of Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15. The NASCAR Xfinity Series Philadelphia Takeover will bring 18 drivers to the city to greet fans and promote the upcoming Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons (June 1 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) in the Philadelphia market.“Comcast’s involvement in the NASCAR Xfinity Series is something we’re very proud of and this celebration is the perfect opportunity to showcase the partnership in a great race town like Philadelphia,” said Matt Lederer, Comcast’s Vice President for Brand Partnerships. “Xfinity is focused on giving awesome entertainment experiences and access to passionate fans and loyal Xfinity customers at the race track. This event will provide those same VIP experiences, all while introducing new people to the sport and driving awareness of the Pocono and Dover NASCAR race weekends.”RELATED: Xfinity Series schedule | Latest Xfinity Series newsFestivities will kick off on Tuesday, May 14 with NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, Justin Allgaier, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Philadelphia Phillies MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers (7:05 p.m. ET). On Wednesday, May 15, events featuring the 18 NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers will take place throughout the city with the Comcast Center Plaza acting as the hub for race fans.Beginning at 10:45 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 15, the Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, will welcome fans to a special event on the Comcast Center Plaza with executives from Pocono, Dover, NASCAR and Comcast. Immediately following the opening remarks, a military appreciation ceremony will take place in front of friends, family, fans and NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers before the fan autograph session prior to the start of the parade. Interactive fan displays will also be setup at the Comcast Center Plaza for the public to enjoy.A group of NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers will also branch off to explore “The City of Brotherly Love” through various events including the Franklin Institute for a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)-focused Q&A session and Geno’s Steaks in South Philadelphia to enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak experience.BUY TICKETS: Dover races | Pocono racesThe highlight of the day will come starting at 12 p.m. ET as some of the drivers will strap into their 700hp race cars for a parade and “smoke show burnout” on JFK Boulevard around Philadelphia City Hall to Market Street, returning to the Comcast Center.“What Comcast does for our series is really second to none,” said Justin Allgaier. “The time and effort that they, along with Dover and Pocono, put in to make the Philadelphia Takeover happen is incredible and it just keeps getting better every year. The energy and excitement of everyone in the city when we drive through the streets is insane. It’s just a fun event. I can’t wait to get back there next month.”The 18 NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers scheduled to be in attendance are: Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe, Brandon Brown, Austin Cindric, Cole Custer, Chad Finchum, Joey Gase, Gray Gaulding, Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala, Justin Haley, Brandon Jones, Vinnie Miller, Matt Mills, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick and Zane Smith.last_img read more

2020 Vinyl Sales Overtake CDs, Signaling New Trend In Physical Music

first_imgFor the first time since the 1980s, vinyl record sales have overtaken CDs in the U.S., growing by 3.6% from the first half of 2019 to the first half of 2020, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).Related: Guitar Sales Bounce Back To Record Highs Amidst COVID-19 PandemicAccording to the RIAA 2020 mid-year revenue statistics, COVID-19 had a massive impact on physical product sales, with a decline of 22.6% year-over-year from 2019 to 2020. While CDs saw a 47.6% decline in revenues through the first half of 2020, vinyl sales increased by 3.6%, making up 62% of all physical sales, or $232 million.Furthermore, even though COVID-19 seems to have had a bigger impact in Q2, compared to Q1, recent numbers from Billboard signal a rebound, as U.S. vinyl sales recorded the biggest seven-day stretch of the year in the week ending on September 3rd. As the announcement of a new Record Store Day schedule back in June moved the annual event to three separate dates in August, September, and October, vinyl sales on the first RSD pushed the analog platform even further into the spotlight.The first of three RSD’s saw 802,000 units sold, the most for any week outside of Christmas shopping season since the week ending in April 18th, 2019. Billie Eilish‘s Live at Third Man Records generated the most sales, 13,000 units, sold exclusively at indie and small-chain stores. David Bowie‘s ChangesNowBowie, Metallica‘s S&M2, and Gorillaz‘s D-Sides and G-Sides also fell in the top ten, with 9,000 copies sold for each. With two more RSDs set for 2020, this could very well end in a historic year for vinyl.Related: The Hives Announces New ‘Live At Third Man Records’ Album, Share “Hate To Say I Told You So” [Listen]As vinyl seems to be top dog in the physical realm, subscription and streaming services are clear winners in the digital realm, with 12% year-over-year increases in revenue. Conversely, digital downloads, such as single, album, and even ringtone downloads, fell a whopping 22.2%. Combined, these trends show a shift in the way Americans choose to consume music. When purchasing an album, consumers clearly choose physical over digital, and overwhelmingly prefer vinyl over CD. Subscription services like Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube, on the other hand, remain far ahead of both physical and digital sales, showing that Americans prefer the on-demand nature of streaming over the alternatives. While the music industry continues to deal with the devastation left by COVID-19, lets hope that the early trends shown in Q3 continue.last_img read more

Report Raps Doctor-Owned Hospitals

first_imgNEW YORK — Most physician-owned specialty hospitals are poorly equipped to handle medical emergencies, federal investigators reported yesterday, underscoring a longstanding safety concern about the rapid rise in the number of such hospitals. About a quarter of the hospitals studied were in Texas, and the rest were in Midwestern and Western states, said Randy Fenninger, the Washington lobbyist for Physician Hospitals of America, a trade group based in Sioux Falls, S.D. “This report found specialty hospital shortcomings across the board,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who, with Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), requested the investigation. “It’s unbelievable that a facility that calls itself a hospital would, at times, not even have a doctor on call or a nurse on duty.” The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services does not require participating hospitals to have emergency departments, but they must keep written policies for handling emergencies. And they cannot rely on 911 services as a substitute for their own emergency care. Molly Sandvig, executive director of Physician Hospitals of America, said the study provides no comparison data on how well other kinds of hospitals provide emergency services.center_img The report found only 55 percent of 109 physician-owned hospitals reviewed had emergency departments – and the majority of those had only one bed – wrote inspector general Daniel Levinson at the Department of Health and Human Services. Fewer than a third had physicians on site at all times, and 34 percent relied on dialing 911 to get emergency medical assistance for patients in trouble, according to the report. Moreover, 7 percent of physician-owned hospitals failed to meet Medicare requirements that a registered nurse be on duty at all times and that at least one doctor be on call if none are in the hospital, the report found. Doctor-owned hospitals serve patients with heart, orthopedic, surgical or other medical needs, and their patients tend to report shorter, more pleasant stays.The issue drew national attention early last year when a 44-year-old patient went into respiratory arrest after elective spinal fusion surgery at West Texas Hospital, a small facility in Abilene. The staff called 911. The patient, taken by ambulance to a larger regional hospital, died Jan. 23. West Texas closed at the end of March after losing its Medicare certification.last_img read more

Detroit Medic Punished for Giving Blanket to Cold Man

first_imgDETROIT (Fox2News) – A Detroit paramedic says he is in trouble for breaking the rules.  His offense?  Giving a cold man a blanket. Top brass tell us employees must have permission to hand out “department property”,  but that blanket was one of many donated to the department to help people in need.STATter911: TV’s LeDuff says Detroit medic punished for giving blanket to homeless man. Reporter thinks it’s time to clean out headquarters. Fox 2 News Headlineslast_img

Senate rejects Dugan-Pozas Garza campaign appeal

first_imgStudent body vice president junior Patrick McGuire announced in an email to campus media Wednesday that the student senate declined to overturn the appeal of an earlier Election Committee decision.“The student senate has concluded their hearing of an appeal to an Election Committee decision and decided not to overturn it,” McGuire said in the email. “The Election Committee’s original decision shall stand.”McGuire announced the senate’s intention to hear the appeal on Tuesday night. The appeal regarded a sanction placed on the Dugan-Pozas Garza ticket early Tuesday for two violations relating to ethical behavior.The appeal postponed student body election results indefinitely. Now that it has been resolved, Judicial Council should be free to announce the results since there are no known pending appeals or allegations.Even so, results will not be announced Wednesday night, Judicial Council president junior Halena Hadi confirmed in an email.Tags: Election Committee, ND student senate, Patrick McGuire, Student Body Electionlast_img read more

Six Books to Build a Dream On

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal: Now that you have all these ideas about what you’d like to change (whether it’s starting an exercise plan, plotting a job hunt, managing your budget or moving elsewhere), here’s the book to tell you how to get going: “Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions” by John Norcross.A leading researcher on the psychology of change, Mr. Norcross has identified five distinct stages common to successful behavioral change, which he calls the five P’s: psych (getting ready by specifying realistic goals), prep (preparing to take the leap), perspire (taking action), persevere (managing slips) and persist (maintaining change). He then breaks down each of those steps into doable smaller ones. Sure, this will require time and effort. But if the motivation is there, the reward is lasting.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Study finds that genetic ancestry partially explains racial slow-wave sleep difference

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Emailcenter_img Pinterest A new study clearly establishes a partial genetic basis underlying racial differences in slow-wave sleep, suggesting that it may be possible to develop sleep-related therapies that target specific genetic variants.Using a panel of 1,698 ancestry informative genetic markers, the study found that greater African genetic ancestry was associated with lower amounts of slow-wave sleep in African-American adults. African ancestry explained 11 percent of the variation in slow-wave sleep after adjustment for potential confounders. Although a similar association was observed for delta power, no association with African ancestry was observed for sleep duration and efficiency.“Our data are the first to show that race differences in slow-wave sleep may have an independent and significant genetic basis,” said senior author Martica Hall, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. “Although all humans have the same set of genes, variations within the genes sometimes follow population-specific patterns. By identifying the specific genetic variants that influence slow-wave sleep, we can eventually develop population-specific treatment approaches and therapies for sleep.” Study results are published in the August issue of the journal Sleep.Led by Hall and lead author Indrani Halder, the research team analyzed data from a community-based sample of 70 African-American adults and 101 European Americans with a mean age of about 60 years. Objective sleep data were gathered by polysomnography. Blood samples for genotyping were collected, and DNA was isolated following standard protocols.According to the authors, African-Americans have varying proportions of genetic admixture and exhibit a wide range of African genetic ancestry. Among African-American study participants, percentage of African ancestry ranged between 10 percent and 88 percent, with a mean of 67 percent.last_img read more

‘Lions Of The Sea’

first_imgIn August 2015, the Long Island Shark Collaboration — a group of friends, scientists, and organizations, including the South Fork Natural History Museum— was the first to deploy a satellite pop-off tag on a young-of-the-year juvenile white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) in the North Atlantic Ocean.The shark was caught, tagged, and released a few miles south of Shinnecock Inlet. After the shark was released, the tag popped off a few days later off the coast of Maryland, some 240 miles south. This information was groundbreaking to the scientific community, establishing migration data for this species. Once announced publicly, the LISC embarked on the research initiative to continue the work necessary to better understand, protect, and sustain white shark populations along the south shore of Long Island.The following years, in 2016 and 2017, our tagging efforts were joined by Chris Fischer and his non-profit organization, OCEARCH. The focus of this incredible conservation group is to help scientists collect previously unattainable data in the ocean. It has knowledge and experience in tagging large pelagic sharks and it provided us with the opportunity to continue the goals of the research study. With the two teams working together, we proceeded to tag an additional 20 juvenile white sharks along the south shore.Thanks to OCEARCH’s support, these additional sharks were tagged with the most advanced tags used by researchers, known as Smart Position and Temperature tags. These tags are primarily designed for use on animals that are commonly found at the ocean’s surface, where regular transmission to a satellite is made possible. When a deployed tag, mounted to a shark’s dorsal fin, breaks the surface of the water, the tag sends a signal that is transmitted to the satellite and back down to Earth, where it’s received by a shark tracker program on OCEARCH’s website.The technology of these SPOT tags allows scientists to detect immediate location sites of these sharks in real-time. The data retrieved from these hi-tech tags presented facts that these juvenile sharks were staying in this area for days, weeks, months, and even years. This groundbreaking information confirmed the resident data necessary to call the south shore of Long Island a nursery for young-of-the-year juvenile white sharks, making it one of only three known white shark nurseries in the world. The others are in South Africa and Australia. What an amazing discovery in our own backyard!Fish nursery grounds are vital and extremely delicate environments, which have evolved and exist for the reproduction and juvenile rearing of many species. Juvenile white sharks move along the inshore marine waters and consume mid-sized fish such as bunker, mackerel, striped bass, bluefish, and squid during their developmental years before they grow large enough to venture further offshore and prey on larger marine mammals. Due to the slow growth (20 years to reach reproductive maturity) of white sharks and their vulnerability to human impacts and climate change, these habitats need to be managed properly and protected to sustain a robust marine environment.In 2018, the South Fork Natural History Museum took on the leadership of this exciting research initiative. Once known as the LISC, it is now the SOFO Shark Research and Education Program. The museum’s mission is to create awareness, educate, and foster appreciation of our natural world. Ecosystems are ruled from the top of the food chain by animals such as wolves, bears, big cats, and sharks. The health of our planet depends on their existence. These white sharks are apex predators, and are truly the “Lions of the Sea!” Sharelast_img read more

APPEA: Queensland Benefits from Growing Gas Industry

Today’s Queensland Budget highlights the vital contribution natural Coal Seam Gas projects are making to the state’s economy and the industry welcomes new initiatives designed to harness future opportunities.As outlined in Budget Paper No. 2, business investment over the past three years “has been boosted by the extraordinarily large investment in three LNG projects, whose capital expenditure exceeds $60 billion in the construction phase.”The paper goes on to say: “The ramp up in LNG production will drive growth in overseas exports by 23.25 per cent in 2015-16, which combined with a stronger domestic sector, will boost economic growth to six per cent that year.”APPEA Chief Operating Officer Eastern Region, Rick Wilkinson, said: “The benefits of natural coal seam gas are clear – jobs, investment and significant royalties that can be used by government to the benefit of all Queenslanders.“This budget recognises those benefits.”Mr Wilkinson said budget initiatives announced today aimed at maximising the state’s resource potential are most welcome to secure an additional wave of investment amid an increasingly competitive and challenging regulatory environment.Today’s funding announcement by the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines included:$7.5 million towards industry/government collaboration to identify geoscience projects aimed at maximising exploration success;$5 million for a core library extension to house geology samples now and into the future;$3 million for collaborative drilling grants to contribute towards the costs of drilling in underexplored areas; and$1.5 million for preserving high-value seismic data assets for current and future generations.Mr Wilkinson said: “APPEA welcomes moves by the government to improve our understanding of Queensland’s geology and energy resource potential, which is so crucial to attracting a further wave of investment in the resources sector.”[mappress]LNG World News Staff, June 04, 2013 read more