RELATED: Daytona results | ‘Big One’ at end of Stage 1 | Recap DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Elliott Sadler climbed out of his wrecked No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet in the Daytona International Speedway garage, looked over his car and still managed a reluctant smile even as the race field roared by on track. “You have to be aggressive, it’s Daytona. That’s part of racing here, you’ve got to be if you want to win.” Sadler, last year’s XFINITY Series championship runner-up, led a race-best 40 laps through the first two stages, earning 20 regular-season points for leading at both the Stage 1 (10 points) and Stage 2 (10 points) breaks. He additionally received two playoff points — again for winning the first two race stages — that could come into play should he make the playoffs. His P24 finished granted him an additional 13 regular-season points, totaling 33 for the day. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; “It’s just typical racing. It’s Daytona. You’ve got to go and be aggressive if you want to win. It’s a shame we don’t have anything to show for it.” “With new points system it was fun to race like that, to be honest, and get to each stage and see how people are reacting. Definitely a lot of fun. “Someone got into the back of us just trying to bump draft,” Sadler said. “It wasn’t anything intentional, it was just go-time. When he hit us it lifted the rear tires off the ground. The OneMain Financial car was really fast. We can’t hang our heads because we were way fast and way good. We’ll rebound (next week) in Atlanta. Ryan Reed ultimately won the race to take a likely playoff berth, but Sadler looked like the class of the field for most of the three-hour opener, which included two lengthy red flag periods (totaling more than 40 minutes) for multi-car accidents. RELATED: Sadler sweeps first two Stages “At least we don’t leave with nothing to show for it,” Sadler said, managing a smile. “We got points to take with us into the playoffs and build on that. Our car was fast and we’ll build on that. Accidents happen. After leading three times for 40 laps of the Powershares QQQ 300, Sadler was knocked out of the race on Lap 107 of the extended 124-lap XFINITY Series opener. Contact between Sadler and Austin Dillon from behind in the tight pack of front-running cars sent Sadler’s Chevy spinning on track. And while his crew tried to make repairs, the damage proved too much to fix in the allotted five-minute time window on pit road and he had to settle for a 24th-place finish after starting the race 11th. Saturday’s effort places Sadler third in the XFINITY Series standings, 14 points behind race winner Reed. On the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series side, Sadler was one of four “open” teams to earn a starting position in Sunday’s Daytona 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and will start 40th in the 40-car field driving the No. 7 Golden Corral Chevrolet. “It’s been fun the whole day, really. We had a really good car, it’s a shame to see it get torn up. We did get our bonus points and if we can do that every once in a while it will set us up here for a championship run.
It was a fitting race finish for a track known as being “Too Tough To Tame.” The two front-running cars tangled with two laps remaining and Brandon Jones dove low to take the lead and the victory in Saturday’s Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway.An intense, exciting and suspenseful battle for the lead in the final 10 laps between Xfinity Series regular Ross Chastain and this year’s Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin gave NASCAR fans all they could ask for, but ultimately, contact between the two in Turn 3 with two laps remaining allowed then-third place Jones, 23, of Atlanta, to get around the pair and capture his third checkered flag of the season.RELATED: Race results | Darlington weekend scheduleChastain recovered from the contact with Hamlin to earn his fourth runner-up finish of the season — crossing the line 3.363-seconds behind Jones. Ryan Sieg, rookie Riley Herbst and Hamlin rounded out the top five. Rookie Harrison Burton, Noah Gragson, Michael Annett, Austin Hill and rookie Myatt Snider completed the top 10.“This is a tough place to get around and man, just smart in the head I think today, I think that’s what got ’em,” said Jones, driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. “I saw they were really racing hard and I knew I was catching them and we knew he (Hamlin) was gonna pull that big slider.“That’s what you gotta do sometimes to get yourself in position.”RELATED: Brandon Jones reacts to wild finish at DarlingtonChastain, whose finish formally secured a berth in the 12-driver Xfinity Series Playoffs, seemed both frustrated and encouraged by the late-race duel with Hamlin, who has five Xfinity Series wins at Darlington. Chastain is the highest ranked driver still without a win on the year.“Denny was faster, I knew that, everybody watching NBC knew that. I just kept gripping the top best I could, probably hit (the wall) 25 times,” Chastain said.“To be able to be up against a guy like Denny Hamlin, a future Cup champion and go to the end like that with him, I’m proud of this group, proud of the effort,” Chastain said. “It’s another heartbreak, but we man, we finished and we still finished second with a beat-up race car.”RELATED: Ross Chastain proud to battle Denny Hamlin despite finishHamlin, who started last in the 37-car field, won both stages and essentially put on a Darlington driving clinic all afternoon, rebounding from a weak starting position, a slow pit stop, whatever was thrown at him.“He was running his line, I was running my line and I thought we had a great race going there,” Hamlin said. “I saw an opportunity to clear and once I did I just carried a little too much speed up into (Turn) 3 and obviously he got in back of us and allowed the 19 (Jones) to catch up to both of us.“It was fun, just didn’t work out.”RELATED: Denny Hamlin reacts to his move being called a “Hail Mary”It was actually Chase Briscoe who looked ready to give Hamlin the best challenge for the trophy. Briscoe led a race-best 55 laps on the afternoon, but he spun out and hit the wall while leading with 30 laps remaining — running over fluid on track left by Brett Moffitt’s damaged Chevrolet.The Stewart-Haas Racing driver still rallied to an 11th-place finish, one position ahead of the Xfinity Series championship leader Austin Cindric in 12th.RELATED: Chase Briscoe spins after contact with fluid while leading lateThere was also plenty of significant action among those vying for the 12th and final playoff position based on point standings. At the green flag, Brandon Brown held a 32-point advantage over Jeremy Clements and even after both suffered bad luck on Saturday, Brown was able to pull out to a 45-point hold on the final playoff transfer position.Brown’s No. 68 Chevrolet suffered collateral damage in a Lap 2 collision between Sieg and Daniel Hemric, and he had to make multiple pit stops for the team to keep the car running, if no longer competitive for a win.The work paid off because Clements ultimately had problems as well, his car stopping on track with 37 laps remaining.Brown rallied to a 17th-place finish while Clements was scored 32nd. The difference between them now is 45 points and rookie Snider, who earned his sixth top 10 of the season is now only six points behind Clements; 51 behind Brown.Three races remain to set the 2020 playoff field as the series moves to Richmond Raceway for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader next weekend starting with the Go Bowling 250 Friday (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Notes: Post-race inspection in the NASCAR Xfinity Series garage revealed no issues. NASCAR will bring the Nos. 9, 18, 19 and 98 cars back to the R&D Center this week.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, however, offers a specialized kind of therapy that could raise his chances of survival up to 80%.RELATED: ‘Kate Winslet Saved My Life’—Now Cancer-Free, Young Mom Can Raise Her Baby, Thanks to Kate and DiCaprioThe cost of flying Zac and his family to the USA, as well as paying for the treatment and visas, came with a whopping price tag of $656,000 (£500,000).The youngster’s parents, Mark Garbett and Hannah Oliver-Willets, broadcasted news of their plight across dozens of social media platforms, news outlets, and local communities – and thousands of people responded.Over $184,000 (£140,648) was raised on Zac’s crowdfunding page, a third of which was reportedly donated by X-Factor television show host Simon Cowell. Zac’s hometown of Telford held an entire festival to raise money for his treatment. A local 13-year-old boy hoped to raise money for the cause by auctioning off an autographed football jersey – but the winning bidder was so moved by the teen’s motivation, he ended up donating the money and letting him keep the shirt.CHECK OUT: Toddler Wakes Up Right When Parents Agree to Remove Life Support, Doctors Call it Easter MiracleThe family finally reached their financial goal earlier this week when a mystery donor saw an article in the Daily Mail about Zac’s journey. Though the man requested that his identity be kept anonymous, he contributed the final $131,000 necessary to fly the boy to America for his treatment.“It was a big shock to find out somebody had come forward pledging that amount of money,” Garbett told The Daily Mail.“It’s fantastic, we can’t thank this man enough. We have been working around the clock fundraising for the last month, but Zac’s story being reported nationally has proved crucial.”MORE: Lung Cancer Patient Given a Year to Live is in Remission Thanks to Cuban Vaccine“Some people are just born special with a desire to help others,” Zac’s mother said of the “amazing” benefactor.“They have given us a massive gift – the gift of life for Zac, hopefully,” she added. “But so did everybody else who helped us – the children who emptied their moneyboxes or sold their flapjacks at school cake sales.”Once all of the donations are processed, Zac and his family will be flying to America in one month. Until then, he will be recovering from a final round of chemotherapy at the Princess Royal Hospital. His parents have added that any money leftover from the trip will be donated to help other sick children in need.(WATCH Simon Cowell’s call to action below) – Photo by Mark GarbettBe Sure And Share This Inspiring Piece Of News With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePeople from around the world have been so moved to help a sick boy from the UK, an anonymous donor has just contributed thousands of dollars to get him the treatment that he needs in the United States.For the last month, money has been pouring in for 4-year-old Zac Oliver. The youngster has been fighting an extremely rare form of leukemia that only affects about 200 people in the world.Though he has been undergoing treatment in Telford, England, the chemotherapy sessions only guarantee him less than 25% chance of survival.
Consolidated Communications,Vermont Business Magazine Consolidated Communications, Inc, (NASDAQ: CNSL) announced on Monday that more than 365,000 residents and businesses across Northern New England now have faster broadband speeds as the company works to upgrade 500,000 total customer locations this year. “We made a commitment to increase broadband speeds throughout Northern New England and we’re on track to complete these upgrades to 500,000 homes and small businesses by the end of 2018,” said Bob Udell, president and chief executive officer of Consolidated Communications. “We’re working hard to bring faster speeds and new products and services to Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, and we’re also making great strides to improve network reliability and stability.”Consolidated Communications, Vermont’s largest telecom, said in a press release that it has made delivering faster broadband speeds a top priority. Residents and small businesses across Northern New England will be able to get speeds two to three times faster than what was previously available. Additionally, consumers now have access to the latest, on-demand streaming content including: HBO Now®, DIRECTV NowSM, and fuboTV. The company’s MyCCIAccount.com(link is external) center enables customers to place new orders and upgrade services online.Businesses also are benefiting from new services, such as: Consolidated’s Distributed Denial of Service Mitigation(link is external) (DDoS), a solution that monitors, detects and mitigates the most complex DDoS attacks; SD-WAN(link is external), a software-based network technology that provides a simplified management and automation of WAN connections; BusinessOne(link is external), a high-speed data and voice solution designed for small and medium-sized businesses; MPLS(link is external) (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) offering businesses fast, flexible, and secure data transmission for their WAN needs and Cloud Peer Connect(link is external), direct, private access to major application service providers.About Consolidated Communications Consolidated Communications(link is external) Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) is a leading broadband and business communications provider serving consumers, businesses of all sizes, and wireless companies and carriers, across a 23-state service area. Leveraging its advanced fiber optic network spanning more than 36,000 fiber route miles, Consolidated Communications offers a wide range of communications solutions, including: data, voice, video, managed services, cloud computing and wireless backhaul. Headquartered in Mattoon, Ill., Consolidated Communications has been providing services in many of its markets for more than a century.Source: PORTLAND, Maine – Oct. 29, 2018 – Consolidated Communications(link is external), Inc
Roeland Park City Administrator answered questions from residents after a budget forum Wednesday.Roeland Park residents who commented on a proposal to invest in the city’s infrastructure by using bonds over the next few years generally supported the plan.Among those supporting the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) was former council member Marek Gliniecki. “When I first came on the council it was like flying by the seat of our pants,” Gliniecki said. “I can’t fault it (the CIP).”Jim Haley was another resident who supported the CIP. “It was really well thought out,” he said, after City Administrator Keith Moody presented both the current plan for the city’s budget in 2017 and an analysis of the cost of living in Roeland Park compared to other cities around the metro.The CIP has been expanded to look out 10 years at the need for projects, buildings and equipment. The first five years “has exceptionally high investment,” Moody said, because of major street and storm water projects.The first five years also includes the prospect of finding a new location for the public works department. The current facility is located above the old pool site and caves that the city is attempting to redevelop. It is likely that a new development would want to incorporate the space where the public works building sits.Moody said it would be impossible to do the projects listed in the first five years without doing bond issues that are planned for 2018 and 2021. The analysis, Moody said, shows the bond issues would be needed to accomplish everything on the list, including major street projects. One of the goals of the CIP is to bring street maintenance up to date. Moody said the city had been doing smaller issues more frequently and then refinancing to combine them.Several city council members had been hesitant to support the bonding idea without taking it to the public forum for citizen comment.
Laura 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 continue
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have conducted a study examining the effect ecstasy has on different parts of the brain.Dr Carl Roberts and Dr Andrew Jones, from the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, and Dr Cathy Montgomery from Liverpool John Moores University conducted an analysis of seven independent studies that used molecular imaging to examine the neuropsychological effect of ecstasy on people that use the drug regularly.A number of studies have compared ecstasy users to control groups on various measures of neuropsychological function in order to determine whether ecstasy use results in lasting cognitive deficits. It is common, however, for ecstasy users to use other drugs alongside the substance, and therefore the Liverpool team aimed to discover whether this had any bearing on the impact of the drug. The nerve pathway that is predominantly affected by ecstasy is called the serotonin pathway. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is synthesized, stored, and released by specific neurons in this pathway. It is involved in the regulation of several processes within the brain, including mood, emotions, aggression, sleep, appetite, anxiety, memory, and perceptions.They found that ecstasy users showed significant reductions in the way serotonin is transported in the brain. This can have a particular impact on regulating appropriate emotional reactions to situations.Dr Roberts, said: “The research team conducted the analysis on seven papers that fitted our inclusion criteria which provided us with data from 157 ecstasy users and 148 controls. 11 out of the 14 brain regions included in analysis showed serotonin transporter (SERT) reductions in ecstasy users compared to those who took other drugs.“We conclude that, in line with animal data, the nerve fibres, or axons, furthest away from where serotonin neurons are produced (in the raphe nuclei) are most susceptible to the effects of MDMA. That is to say that these areas show the greatest changes following MDMA use.“The clinical significance of these findings is speculative, however it is conceivable that the observed effects on serotonin neurons contribute to mood changes associated with ecstasy/MDMA use, as well as other psychobiological changes. Furthermore the observed effects on the serotonin system inferred from the current analysis, may underpin the cognitive deficits observed in ecstasy users.“The study provides us with a platform for further research into the effect long term chronic ecstasy use can have on brain function.” Share on Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Share Share on Facebook Email
Florida reports more dengue cases in Miami-Dade and Monroe countiesThe Florida Department of Health (Florida Health) this week announced that a second local dengue case has been reported from Miami-Dade County, and last week it confirmed another local dengue case in Monroe County, raising the total in the county, which includes the Florida Keys, to 56.In a statement on the new Miami-Dade case, health officials urged residents to take precautions such as draining standing water, covering skin and clothing with repellent, and covering doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out. This is the county’s second locally acquired dengue case of 2020.Florida Health announced the new Monroe County case on Sep 17, noting that indications suggest that the patient contracted dengue locally and is expected to make a full recovery. It noted that dengue symptoms can resemble severe flu, with patients experiencing severe muscle aches and pain, fever, and sometimes a rash. Typically, there are no respiratory symptoms.Sep 21 Florida Health statement on Miami-Dade case Sep 17 Florida Health statement on Monroe County case Three countries report more high-path avian flu in poultry, waterfowlIn the latest highly pathogenic avian flu outbreak developments, the Philippines reports another outbreak involving H5N6, Russia confirmed more H5N8 detections in wild birds, and Taiwan reported more H5N5 events in poultry, according to the latest notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).In the Philippines, the H5N6 outbreak began on Aug 10, affecting backyard poultry in Rizal province on Luzon, the country’s largest island. The virus killed 20 of 171 susceptible birds, and 10 owners have surrendered their flocks for culling. The source of the virus is thought to be contact with wild birds. The last H5N6 outbreak in the Philippines occurred in July and affected a commercial layer farm in Pampagna province.Russia reported six more H5N8 outbreaks in wild birds, with start dates ranging from Aug 14 to Sep 7, all in the southwest, where recent poultry outbreaks were reported. The virus killed five waterfowl and sickened a tufted duck, which was destroyed as part of the outbreak response.Finally, Taiwan reported two more H5N5 outbreaks, which struck poultry farms in Yunlin County, killing 5,728 of 27,477 susceptible birds. Taiwan reported its first H5N5 outbreak a year ago, followed by more sporadic detections, including earlier this month.Sep 22 OIE report on H5N6 in the Philippines Sep 22 OIE report on H5N8 in Russia Sep 21 OIE report on H5N5 in Taiwan
L.O.V.E.R.What woman doesn’t dream of having her own washing machine? Usually, however, it isn’t a momentous issue — at least not in the way Lois Robbins’s claims it to be in her solo show, “L.O.V.E.R.”Indeed, her tale of serial monogamy begins with the washing machine she masturbated on as a child. Discovering how to turn on the spin cycle was an epiphany. Finding the right husband was more challenging. As she tells us later in the 90-minute performance piece, “Good sex isn’t about what’s between your legs. It’s between your ears.”As is her wont, Robbins’s autobiographical solo show is light-hearted and entertaining. Her ability to vehiculate in spite of obstacles, health scares, bad relationships, and nasty men make her an endearing presence, and one with whom we can readily identify.Woven into her recollections are recognizable patterns of abuse, such as many women talk about these days. In her case, a manipulative father who made her afraid of men, while making her feel that she could never manage without one, spurred the inner turmoil.Still, her comedy is fueled by the men who come and go quickly, and in the play, seamlessly, from Siler, who remains chaste, to Ronald, who proves himself in a way washing machines never do. Onto Edward for further explorations, before landing the Doctor who was born with one testicle, etc., etc., etc.On the subject of herself, Robbins is obviously loquacious, but she is not narcissistic. Reflecting on her teenage years, she recalls her inner doubts, “Am I actually pretty? Somewhere inside, I don’t quite believe it,” she opines.And while her career as an actor is extensive — playing roles in soaps, primetime television, films, and musical theater — she is also understated about her accomplishments. Her most ambitious job, she informs us, was parenting. After all, her own parents were controlling puppeteers, and she was not going to be like them.That Robbins is as lovable for her mistakes and dalliances as she is for her loyalties and sense of commitment, makes her story fun without intimidation. She dresses simply, in lavender workout clothes, and a long sweater. They’re easy to move in when demonstrating orgasms of the washing machine-worthy variety.And Jane Shaw’s set design creates an open, multi-tiered playing area with a sleek silver stairway, and chandeliers made from household glassware.Director Karen Carpenter brings out Robbins’s on-stage ease and charm. The actress isn’t seeped in feminism, but she gives sexual autonomy a meaningful plug. Share French playwright Florian Zeller, well known in New York theater for his plays, “The Father” (Frank Langella) and “The Mother” (Isabelle Huppert), tells stories in a most outré fashion. Currently, “The Height of The Storm,” translated by Christopher Hampton, at the Manhattan Theatre Club, stars two masters of the British stage, Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins.That Zeller’s plays are lodged somewhere in his characters’ psychic machinations and projections makes the presence of such accomplished actors essential. To create a fundamental, believable reality, dispense of it like soap bubbles, reinvent it with memories, and score it with infidelities in the way Zeller’s characters do, requires the unshakeable confidence and skill of stage icons the size of Atkins and Pryce.In “Height of The Storm,” Zeller addresses his ongoing interest in the life of the mysterious mind, through Andre’s Kafkaesque trials. As portrayed by a nearly wild and disheveled Pryce, Andre cannot accept what is going on around him. He’s tortured from beginning to end by the demands his daughters and so-called friends are putting on him to move into housing more suitable for the elderly. Perhaps, he’s suffering from dementia.Finally, as he sees reality falling away from him — in spite of his vigorous denial — he implores them, “What is my position here? What is my position? My position! What is my position here? My position. Here. What is it?”To make matters more complicated, Andre is a writer, a builder of fictions, and a diarist who declares his infidelities in his personal journals. At times, it appears that he may already be in the grave. At others, that he’s just harboring secrets, or mourning the loss of his wife, Madeline. Regardless, he fears exposure and reprisal in the same way he fears death. His demented mental state, and his paranoia, both appear to be a way of getting back.In contrast, Atkins portrays Madeline, with a taut and balanced air. Attending to the vegetable garden, preparing their favorite omelet with mushrooms (which “can go either way”), and weeding out her daughters’ complaints are the spine of her daily life. While lithe, she is also reflective.Like Andre, Madeline is opaque. Is she the one who has died, and therefore the cause of Andre’s existential grief? Or, is she the memory around which life continues to gyrate? One never knows.What is important is the fact that together they make a whole person. Otherwise, who knows. Without the cocoon of marriage who would they be, what would they do, how would they manage? These are questions both the audience and the other characters also have.Surrounded by a well-honed ensemble, Amanda Drew and Lisa O’Hare as their daughters, Lucy Cohu as The Woman and James Hillier as The Man, the old couples’ secrets remain under shrouds. Try as they may, or as Andre fears they may, we never really pierce the mysteries that are here.Anthony Ward’s scenic design of a warm country kitchen, and Hugh Vanstone’s nuanced lighting create an intense environment, cast in shadows, and often foggy. Director Jonathan Kent masterfully leads the way through the land mines Zeller has put in place.
Thoresen Thai Agencies Public Company Limited confirmed that Thoresen Shipping Singapore Pte. Ltd., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of TTA, officially took delivery of M.V. Thor Breeze from Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group, Vietnam (Vinashin) on 20 August 2013.This most recent addition to the Thoresen fleet reaffirms the Company’s long-term strategy to own and operate a modern and competitive dry bulk shipping fleet with low operating costs.The Vessel has a 53,506 deadweight ton capacity double skin Supramax Bulk Carrier and was ordered in September 2007. It is fully equipped with four cargo cranes, each of which has a safe working load of 36 metric tons. M.V. Thor Breeze is the second newbuild vessel ordered from Vinashin.After the delivery of M.V. Thor Breeze, the Thoresen owned fleet will consist of 18 vessels with an average size of 48,902 DWT and an average age of 10.63 years.[mappress]Press Release, August 23, 2013