In the Rearview: Making up points in Pocono

first_imgLabonte-less Michigan? No driver has swept the season’s races at Michigan, the next stop on the Sprint Cup circuit, since Bobby Labonte all the way back in 1995. After 702 consecutive starts — the second-longest active streak and third all-time in NASCAR history — Labonte will be replaced in JTG/Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 Toyota with AJ Allmendinger next Sunday at Michigan. CHASE WATCH …Johnson now holds the largest championship lead he’s had all season. Amazingly, his 51-point advantage means he could essentially sit out a race and still maintain the lead.As for other movers, Sunday’s third-place finisherDale Earnhardt Jr. and three-time race winner Matt Kenseth swapped places in the standings. Earnhardt is now ranked fourth and Kenseth is sixth.Last week’s winner, Tony Stewart, continued a blazing run up the standings. His fourth-place effort moved him up another three positions, and he is now ranked 13th, only 17 points out of a guaranteed Chase berth in the top-10. Two races ago, he was winless and ranked 20th, more than 40 points out of the top-10.Conversely, a tire problem on the very last lap Sunday dropped one of the season’s quiet achievers, Paul Menard, three positions in the standings — from a promising ninth place to 12th.THEY SAID IT. …“I’m not a dad, but I feel very much like a proud dad today.”— Tony Stewart on his Stewart-Haas Racing team’s first double top-5 finish of the season. Stewart and teammate Ryan Newman were fourth and fifth, and it comes on the heels of Stewart’s victory last week.“They are 43-wide going into Turn One.’’–TNT analyst and former racer Kyle Petty joking about a late-race restart during the television broadcast.“He was gone from the first practice yesterday. It was his race to lose all weekend.”— Matt Kenseth talking about winner Jimmie Johnson’s dominant win.COMING UP. …Next up, the first test of the Gen-6 car in race conditions during the Quicken Loans 400 at the super-fast, super-smooth Michigan International Speedway two-mile oval.Nine different drivers have won the last 11 races there. Defending race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2008 and 2012) and Denny Hamlin (2010 and 2011) are the only multiple winners in that span.Biffle has three wins at Michigan, most recently in August, the last time the series raced there. IN THE REARVIEW. …Greg Biffle’s runner-up effort Sunday in the No. 16 3M Ford was only his second top-five on the season and his first top-10 since April 13 at Texas Motor Speedway.The good news for Biffle, however, is that with all the movement among the Chase contenders this week, it put him right back into the thick of things — a three-position improvement to 10th in the championship standings, the final guaranteed spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.“We’re not quite there yet,’’ Biffle said. “Clearly we’re not celebrating that we finished second today quite yet. …but definitely, this is a step in the right direction.  We certainly ran better here than we have all season, and certainly that’s a positive for us going into next week, hopefully continue to build on that.”TEAR DOWN …Learning curve: There has been plenty of intrigue and expectation for this year’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year class. Despite all of the credentials two-time Nationwide Series champ Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and former open-wheel star Danica Patrick bring to the rookie competition — plus the added interest of the two being in a romantic relationship — it’s been a tough year as far as the actual on-track results.It was no Party in the Poconos for Stenhouse or Patrick. He had the toughest points day of them all — his 26th-place finish in the race dropped him five positions to 20th. It was his second worst finish of the year (he was 40th at Texas in April). After a 29th-place finish at Pocono, Patrick is ranked 28th with only one top-10.Stenhouse has been the top-finishing rookie in 11 of the 14 races, including Sunday’s 26th-place effort at Pocono, although Patrick made international headlines winning the Coors Light Pole Award and finishing eighth in the season-opening Daytona 500. The standings continue to fluctuate every week and Pocono was no exceptioncenter_img FULL SERIES COVERAGE• View all articles • View all videos • View all photos INSIDE THE NUMBERS. …1 — Number of cautions through the first 125 laps of the Party in the Poconos 400. 5 — Number of cautions in the final 28 laps.4 — Top-five finishes in the first four races of the season for Brad Keselowski. The reigning Sprint Cup champ has had only one (Dover) since. 11 — Drivers ranked in the top-12 after this Pocono race last year who qualified for the Chase.  128 — Laps Jimmie Johnson led Sunday, the most ever in his 23 Pocono starts.last_img read more

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How college rocked my world

first_imgWith their poems, essays, videos, and photographs, students helped launch the Transcript Project this year, reflecting on their academic paths with submissions that matched the variety of their experiences.Audrey Pettner ’21 of Fort Collins, Colo., focused on a first-semester seminar called “Money Matters,” which crossed disciplines in its examination of coins, while Amanda Flores ’18, an anthropology concentrator, submitted a poem with five stanzas, each written in a different language.“It was a good reminder about what it means to be in college,” said Pettner. “These next four years are going to be influential, but there is more to be gained from this time than what it says on my grades.”Pettner’s perspective reflects exactly why Robin Kelsey, Arts and Humanities dean and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography, launched the project, inviting students to submit entries across three categories: read, hear, and see.“Harvard is already very good at recognizing students who receive top grades,” Kelsey said. “But we should do more to recognize the curiosity-driven intellectual journey that college is meant to be. The Transcript Project is a way for our undergraduates to affirm whatever adventurous spirit informed their time here.”Paul Lewis ’18 took a multimedia approach with his submission, sharing an essay, photos, and a video about the impact that global health courses, in particular “Case Studies in Global Health: Biosocial Perspectives,” had on his extracurricular life.“It was taught by Paul Farmer, Arthur Kleinman, Anne Becker, and Salmaan Keshavjee,” said Lewis, a neurobiology concentrator. “It was an inspiration, and I got to work with Professor Kleinman to restructure an organization I had started here to make sure the work I was doing was really centered and making an impact. The following year, I hosted our first Global Health Conference.”The Eliot House resident said the course led him to more global health courses, which, in turn, prompted him to plan a gap year in Japan upon graduation.,“I’m going to study end-of-life care,” he said. “All of the passion for understanding different cultures also stemmed from those classes. Knowledge for the purpose of knowledge can be nice, but it can have added benefits when it’s paired with out-of-classroom experience.”Kelsey convened a jury made up of Jonathan Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in Memorial Church; Elaine Scarry, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value; Sarah Lewis, assistant professor of history of art and architecture and African and African American Studies; and Karthik Pandian, assistant professor of Visual and Environmental Studies.Pandian, who is completing his first year teaching at Harvard, said that submissions for the project brought to light “more narratives that might not necessarily otherwise receive attention.”“As a visual artist myself, the form of the submission seemed to be the most interesting lens through which to review the entries,” he said. “I was moved by Sarah Perlmutter ’19, who sent in photographs. Our lives are saturated with images, and it can be a difficult terrain to make something that distinguishes your vision in that field. She was really honoring what photography can achieve on its own terms.”In broader terms, he commended the students for honoring what the study of studio art calls “double movement,” or the process itself and the reflection.“Students feel they can take informed risks, but they also step back and can articulate what they and their peers are doing,” he said. “It’s in that double movement that a lot of learning happens. I think the students are entering a world where there is so much crossover. It’s great to see the faculty and our institution can embrace that cross-disciplinary interaction or exchange.”Flores, Lewis, Perlmutter, and Pettner were recognized along with the two other winners in the inaugural Transcript Project, Alana Davitt ’19 and Michelle Ko ’19, in a ceremony Tuesday in the Thompson Room.last_img read more

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Local health experts weigh in on cigarette single-use filter ban proposal

first_img(WBNG) — New York lawmakers are pushing to ban single-use filters found in most cigarettes with the “Tobacco Product Waste Reduction Act.” “The Surgeon General report actually suggested that single-use filters have actually caused more damage to cigarette users because these filters give the user the ability to breathe more heavily in, and internally, they’re getting those toxins deeper into their lungs,” said Kelly. Kelly says, depending on the environment, cigarette butts can take 18 months to 10 years to decompose and it does more harm to people’s lungs than how it was marketed toward smokers. While New York State waits to see what happens with this proposal, the Broome County Health Department says it offers free signage for Broome or Tioga County municipalities and businesses to make it a tobacco-free zone. The Broome County Health Department says the single-use filters in cigarettes and e-cigarettes has been causing more harm than good when it comes to your personal health and the environment. If the act were to be passed, it would prohibit the sale of cigarettes and e-cigarettes with the single-use filters. “Cigarette butts are the number one form of litter in the world,” said Broome County Public Health Educator, Laura Kelly. “The more they stay in our environment, the more they are leaching toxic chemicals into our waterways and our air.”last_img read more

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Gold Coast apartment makes the most of its ocean views

first_img5/79 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach.IMAGINE waking up to the sound of waves washing up onto the beach.This beachfront apartment on Albatross Ave promises a luxury lifestyle with five-star views.Spread over three levels with a north-east aspect, it has plenty of indoor and outdoor living spaces.On one floor, there is an open kitchen, dining and living area that flows out onto an east facing undercover balcony overlooking the ocean. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDifferences between building in new or established estates01:50 It has an entertainment area with pool overlooking the ocean as well as a kitchenette.The property, which is owned by Rob Mathieson, is also a stone’s throw from Mermaid Beach’s popular cafes and restaurants.Mr Malan expected the apartment to draw a big crowd when it goes to auction next week.“We’ve got lots of interest in it,” he said. 5/79 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach.A bedroom, bathroom and second living area is at the other end of the apartment.Upstairs, there are three extra bedrooms, the main of which has a spa ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and balcony.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMORE: The ultimate tree house But it’s the top floor that marketing agent Conner Malan, of Ray White Broadbeach/Broadbeach Waters/Mermaid Waters, believed was the property’s best feature.“They’ve got that full rooftop terrace,” he said. Agent: Conner Malan and Rachael Coffey, Ray White Broadbeach/Broadbeach Waters, Mermaid Waters Features: Pool, rooftop entertainment terrace, multiple balconies, Caesarstone kitchen benchtops, travertine flooring, ducted airconditioning Area: 407sq m Auction: November 8, 5.30pm, onsite Inspections: By appointmentcenter_img 5/79 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach. ON THE MARKET 5/79 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach 5/79 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach.last_img read more

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Beach plans to drill exploration well in Otway

first_imgAn environment plan by Beach Energy’s subsidiary for drilling the Artisan exploration well in the Otway Basin offshore Australia is now under assessment with Australian regulator NOPSEMA. Ocean Onyx rig; Source: Diamond OffshoreLattice Energy, a subsidiary of Beach Energy, proposes to drill a single exploration well – with the option to suspend and develop pending reservoir analysis – in Commonwealth waters of the Otway Basin approximately 32 km off Victoria’s south-west coast.The Artisan-1 well is proposed to be drilled by a semi-submersible mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU). The 2013-built Ocean Onyx is currently proposed to undertake this drilling activity. The Ocean Onyx is a conventionally moored, non-self-propelled, column-stabilized semi-submersible MODU owned and operated by the Diamond Offshore.The proposed Artisan-1 well location is at a water depth of approximately 71 m. The operational area for the drilling program has been defined as a 2 km radius around the well whilst the MODU is moored on location. The 2 km radius encompasses both the outer extent of mooring equipment on the seabed, and the 500 m rig safety exclusion zone (RSEZ).The drilling activity is planned to start in 4Q 2019 or 1Q 2020 with drilling expected to take approximately 35 to 55 days, depending on the final work program and potential operational delays.VIC/P43The Artisan-1 well may be suspended for future production if commercial quantities of hydrocarbons are discovered. Any potential future production drilling of Artisan-1 well will be addressed under a separate Environment Plan (EP). Drilling and support operations will be conducted on a 24-hour basis for the duration of the program.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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Aerial Tram Dominica announces closure

first_imgLocalNews Aerial Tram Dominica announces closure by: – June 6, 2012 100 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Rain Forest Aerial Tram. Photo credit: catravelservices.comThe management of Rain Forest Aerial Tram has finally broken its silence on rumors that the company would be closing its doors.A press statement issued by the company on Wednesday indicates that the shareholders have decided to close the park “permanently” after nine (9) years of operation.In that statement, Chairman of Rain Forest Tram Ltd, von der Goltz noted the impact that this decision will have on the community of Laudat as well as the employees of the company.“We are very sad to be making this announcement. As a company committed to the local communities and saving rainforests where we operate, we are aware of the negative impact this closure will have in Dominica, and its wonderful employees as well as the community of Laudat who have sacrificed so much to try to make this park a success,” Goltz said.He explained thought that the venture has not been able to realize a profit hence the decision to close the operation.“However, while all of our other operations are thriving, our park in Dominica has not made a profit in eight of the nine years we have kept it open. The local tourism industry is not showing any significant new signs of growth and the cruise ship business, a mainstay for tourism traffic in Dominica (95% of our business), has declined sharply in the past few years due to the lack of attractions and services as well as the 15% VAT tax imposed in 2007. To be a sustainable company, we also have to be economically viable which forces us to focus our attention on locations where tourism has a stronger growth rate”.According to him, the company has invested over $6 million into the park and they can no longer justify this continued financial investment.“We no longer can justify continuing to invest more money into the operations without seeing a reasonable return on investment as we are experiencing in our other parks. Today it truly is a sad day since Dominica was our most beautiful and spectacular park. Despite the disappointing tourism economy, we funded the losses with an additional cash investment of over $1,000,000 the last 9 years and were always proud of the incredible work ethic and level of service provided by our employees”.Over sixty (60) employees are now unemployed as a result of this closure.Rain Forest Aerial Tram opened its doors to the public in October, 2003 and at that time was only the second of its kind in the Caribbean region.The company offers locals and visitors “a scenic Gondola ride, guided nature hikes, a suspension bridge, cafe and exceptional access to one of the most beautiful and vibrant rainforests in the world”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Bacolod-Silay airport reopens June 8

first_imgThe provincial government, he said, has discussed with representatives of airline companies the imposition of stricter health protocols at the airport to curb the spread of SARS-coV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – Air passengers should brace themselves for stringent health protocols. Commercial flights are set to resume next week at the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City, Negros Occidental after local authorities relax travel restrictions.  Passengers will also be required to undergo mandatory real time-polymerase chain swab testing. To help detect people possibly infected with COVID-19, Lacson said the airport will be equipped with thermal scanners that measure body temperature. A “run through” of these procedures was held yesterday at the airport.Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said they asked Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and AirAsia Philippines to bring just 1,000 passengers per week at least for the month of June.The move aims to ensure that that swab specimens can be taken from all incoming passengers for COVID-19 testing, adding the recent approval of the province’s very own test lab at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City was “very timely.”“Aside from the swab testing, incoming passengers will have to pass through thermal scanners to ensure that they do not have fever and undergo physical screening for COVID-19 symptoms,” Diaz said.He added those with COVID-19 or “flu-like” symptoms will immediately be isolated, while the rest would be allowed to go home./PN Fever is one of the symptoms of the viral illness that so far infected three individuals in the province. According to Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, commercial flights from Manila to Negros Occidental will resume on June 8.last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Sweep By Lady Indians

first_imgThe 7th grade Lady Bulldogs beat the Milan Indians Monday night by a score of 32 to 24.The Bulldogs, who were down by 2 at halftime, were sparked by Kendall Dickman in the the third quarter where she scored 6 of her 16 points. Also topping the scoringfor Batesville were Hattie Westerfeld and Ellie Waechter with 6 each. Rounding out the scoring were Syndey Ayette and Stephanie Nobbe who each contributed 2. Caitlyn Broering helped control the boards with 7 defensive rebounds.The 7th grade girls are now 2 and 5 on the season.Submitted by Batesville Coach Ben Pierson. The BMS 8th grade Lady Bulldogs defeated Milan by a score of 28 to 18.Morgan Meyer, Sierra Cornn, Taylor Rowlett, and Jill Hartman each scored 5 points. Emma Gausman had 5 assists and 5 steals.Score by Quarter:BMS:    9   15   23   28Milan:  3   7    13   18Season Record: 5 and 2.Submitted by Batesville Coach Thomas Barnett.last_img read more

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Area Baseball Sectional Results (5-23)

first_imgArea Baseball Sectional ResultsWednesday  (5-23)Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ MadisonLawreneburg  11     South Dearborn  8Class 1A-Setional 60 @ Jac-Cen-DelNorth Decatur  4     Rising Sun  3Hauser  10     Oldenburg Academy  0Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Switzerland CountySwitzerland County  4     Milan  3Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ ShelbyvilleColumbus East  6     Bloomington South  1East Central  3     Shelbyville  2last_img

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Mackay bemoans goal decision

first_img “I’ve got to be careful what I say, because I’m certainly not intending having money taken from me,” Mackay said. “I did go in to ask for clarification of the ruling and what the referee and linesman saw. “The explanation leaves me really disappointed, because I’ve since looked at it and the explanation was that they felt the goalkeeper dropped the ball. “My goalkeeper bounced the ball. He saw Samuel Eto’o standing next to him and he bounced the ball. “They (the match officials) thought he didn’t have the ball in his control and he dropped it and the ball was in open play. That’s a mistake.” Mackay asked if a foul would have been awarded if Marshall had been bouncing – and therefore in control of – the ball and was told yes by the officials. Asked why Marshall chose to bounce the ball with Eto’o lurking, Mackay said: “Because he’s allowed to bounce the ball and Eto’o’s not allowed to touch the ball.” Mackay added: “(Marshall) said he saw Eto’o standing next to him and he knows the rule. He knows he’s allowed to bounce the ball and that’s why he bounced it.” Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands as Chelsea beat Cardiff 4-1, but it was visiting boss Malky Mackay who had greater reason to feel aggrieved after a refereeing error at Stamford Bridge. Press Association Chelsea went on to claim an emphatic win, with Eto’o scoring his first Blues goal and substitute Oscar and Hazard adding to the score, but Mackay felt the equaliser was a significant moment. The Scot said: “It is a large factor. We were beaten (4-1), but I don’t make any apologies for being beaten (4-1) rather than (2-1). “At 2-1 we had to go to try to press and get back into the game. I felt at 1-1 we were excellent value for the way we were playing.” After a fraught international break in which his head of recruitment Iain Moody was replaced by 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov on an interim basis, Mackay was pleased with his side’s performance. “I was very proud of the players,” Mackay said. “I thought we played really well, the way we set up and the way we played for most of that against one of the top teams in the league and one of the teams who are going to be challenging for the title.” Mourinho deferred to assistant Steve Holland for post-match media duties after being dismissed from the touchline for berating the officials to a chorus of “Jose Mourinho, he sits where he wants”. The manager took his seat behind the dugout and next to a surprised fan, who took a photo of himself alongside his neighbour and posted it on Twitter. Holland insisted Mourinho was right to be frustrated by the perceived time-wasting of Cardiff. “His frustration was clear and, in my opinion, totally justified,” Holland said. “Why would it take an hour before finally an issue was addressed? He showed his frustration and then was sent to the stands.” Mourinho and Holland told fourth official Trevor Kettle of their unhappiness with Cardiff’s tactics on “countless occasions”, without it being acted upon. On the controversial equaliser, Holland said: “From my point of view, it looked to me like the goalkeeper was bouncing the ball. “The referee had a very clear view of it and was happy with it and we move on. “Over the course of the season, those things go one way or another for you.” Holland praised Chelsea for responding to a defensive lapse which allowed Mutch to put Cardiff in front, when David Luiz left the ball for Petr Cech, who was making his 300th Premier League appearance. “It wasn’t a good start for us,” the assistant boss said. “The players responded very well from that.” Eto’o scored his first Chelsea goal on his sixth appearance in the second half and Holland hopes for more at Schalke in Tuesday’s Champions League Group E clash. Holland said: “All strikers like to be scoring goals. It’s what helps to make them tick and to get off the mark will I’m sure be something he’s very, very happy about. Hopefully we get the benefit of it immediately.” Chelsea cancelled out the Cardiff opener, scored by Jordon Mutch, when Samuel Eto’o robbed David Marshall as the goalkeeper bounced the ball, and Eden Hazard netted. Following the match, Mackay approached referee Anthony Taylor about the incident, but prior to viewing the replay. last_img read more

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