Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive Brickyard 400 pace car

first_imgThe Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard kicks off at 2 p.m. ET, Sept. 10 — the last chance for drivers to make the field of 16 for the NASCAR Playoffs.RELATED: Driver points standings and playoff standings“I am honored that Chevrolet asked me to drive the Camaro ZL1 Pace Car in one of the biggest races of the year,” Earnhardt said in a release from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The fan in me was already looking forward to this event. It’s a big race. There is a lot at stake since it’s the final chance for the teams and drivers to make the Playoffs. So, I hope to do a good job leading the field to the green flag, but I can promise you I’ll soak in every minute and enjoy the Brickyard in a way I never have before.”Now an analyst for NBC Sports, Dale Jr. made his final start at the Brickyard as a full-time driver July 23, 2017. He crashed out, finishing 36th. In 17 starts at Indianapolis, Junior had one top 5, five top 10s and an average finish of 19.8. The final race before the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs kick off is special at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year, and it has a special pace car driver, too: Dale Earnhardt Jr.last_img read more

Vermont gasoline prices down over 35 cents since last year

first_imgAverage gasoline prices continue to fall in Vermont and across the nation. According to vermontgasprices.com, average prices in Vermont this week are $3.549 per gallon, down from $3.569 a week ago, $3.699 a month ago and $3.910 a year ago. The national average this week is $3.374 and was $3.739 a year ago. In Vermont, the lowest gasoline prices are in Rutland ($3.35) and the highest are in Montpelier ($3.73).GasBuddy, a national rating service, has assembled several gasoline price facts:1.      As of October 15, the US average has had a streak of 70 consecutive days where the price was lower than the same day last year. On August 6, 2013, the US average of $3.628 gal was the last time the country saw a price higher than last year on the same date. (On August 6, 2012, the average was $3.619 gal.)2.      Less than 1% of the country is over $4.00 gal; last year at this time, 15% of the United States saw prices over $4.00 gal.3.      Across the country, the average difference between the highest 1% of stations ($4.140 gal) and the lowest 1% of stations ($2.944 gal) is only $1.196 gal, a smaller differential than last week ($1.256 gal,) last month ($1.241 gal,) and last year ($1.508 gal.)4.      There are six states with over 1% of stations reporting gas stations with prices over $4.00 gal: Connecticut (1.2%,) New York (1.3%,) Nevada (1.4%,) California (4.32%,) Alaska (24.1%,) and Hawaii (95.1%.) Alaska and Hawaii both have nearly 2% of stations over $4.50 gal. Last year, there were only four states that reported no stations over $4.00 gal: Delaware, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Indiana.5.      There are three states where the most common price is under $3.00 gal: Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, all at $2.999 gal. (Hawaii is the only state with a most common price over $4.00 gal at $4.059 gal.) Last year, there weren’t any states with a most common price under $3.00 gal.6.      Not surprisingly, Hawaii’s highest 1% of stations is averaging the highest price at $5.112 gal. This is also the only state where the highest 1% is over $5.00 gal. Meanwhile, Oklahoma has the lowest 1% of stations averaging the least expensive price, at $2.871 gal.7.      At 42%, Missouri has the most stations under $3.00 gal; last week, only 26% of the stations in the state could say the same. Oklahoma has the second most stations reporting prices that low, with 24% of them under $3.00 gal.Source: GasBuddy.comlast_img read more

Expansion in Italy with IRONMAN 70.3 Venice-Jesolo

first_imgIRONMAN has today announced that it will add a fourth race in Italy in 2021 – the IRONMAN 70.3 Venice-Jesolo triathlon.The inaugural event will be held on May 2, 2021. It joins the three existing IRONMAN events in Italy – IRONMAN Italy, Emilia-Romagna (Sep 19, 2020 – sold out), IRONMAN 70.3 Italy, Emilia-Romagna (Sep 20, 2020 – sold out) and IRONMAN 70.3 Sardegna (Oct 25, 2020 – registration open).Located 18km northeast of Venice, Jesolo is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Italy and Central Europe. With a history that traces back more than 1500 years, Jesolo boastsbeaches and a distinctive natural lagoon overlooked by the lighthouse located at Jesolo Beach (Lido di Jesolo). The race site is accessible by car and train and located only 30 minutes away from Venice’s Marco Polo International Airport as well as 40 minutes from Treviso International Airport.“The city of Venice and the surrounding region are arguably one of the best-known destinations in the world and we are thrilled to add this race venue to next year’s race calendar,” said Stefan Petschnig, Managing Director for IRONMAN Europe, Middle East and Africa.“Also, there is only one thing Italians are more passionate about than sports and that is their incredible hospitality. We are looking forward to our fourth event in Italy and an amazing race location right at the Adriatic Sea.” Valerio Zoggia, Mayor of Jesolo, said “We are thrilled at the opportunity of hosting such an extraordinary event as the IRONMAN 70.3 race. Our city is well known for its 15 kilometers of golden sand that embraces the Adriatic and for the enchanting landscapes that can be found in the Northern Lagoon of Venice, a UNESCO heritage site that Jesolo overlooks.“However, the location is also known for the link it has with sport. Thousands of athletes have tested their skills in a variety of disciplines; and with the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon, we have an event that will bring sports lovers to push the limit.”“The Italian triathlon calendar is enriched with this new event in a location with high tourist appeal,” said Luigi Bianchi, President of the Italian Triathlon Federation (FITRI). “Such an important event, in addition to the clear attraction from a sporting point of view, presents a solid opportunity related to hospitality.“We know the popularity of IRONMAN events and I hope that next year’s inaugural race can serve as a stimulus for a positive restart after a season impacted by the almost total blockade as a result of the global pandemic. I am sure that the collaboration between FITRI and IRONMAN, which has been ongoing for several years, will continue into the future, providing excellent events in the world of triathlon.“We are all curious and excited to experience the first edition of IRONMAN 70.3 Venice-Jesolo on May 2 in 2021, which I hope will follow in the footsteps of IRONMAN Italy Emilia Romagna as far as attendance and satisfaction from athletes and people involved in the field are concerned.”Starting at the popular Lido di Jesolo, athletes will complete a single-loop swim course of 1.9km (1.2 miles) in the Adriatic Sea. With the lighthouse as the backdrop, athletes will get a feel for the destination right from the start before delving deeper into the Veneto region on the bike.Athletes will enjoy a single loop 90.1km (56 mile) bike course. Traversing the northern and southern expanses of Jesolo, the course will take athletes across both sides of the Sile river. After crossing the Sile, the course heads south taking athletes in the direction of Venice towards Punta Sabbioni where it skirts the Venetian Lagoon before returning north to Lido di Jesolo to start the run.The 21.1km (13.1 mile) run course consists of two loops, crossing the Jesolo promenade for a coastal route taking in one of Europe’s longest pedestrian roads. An ideal supporter hotspot, the promenade not only offers views of the Adriatic, but also gives athletes the opportunity to enjoy the cheers from their supporters all the way to the finish line at the Lighthouse Beach.The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Venice-Jesolo triathlon will offer qualifying slots to the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in St George, Utah, USA.www.ironman.com Relatedlast_img read more

Florida state courts to implement new communications plan

first_imgFlorida state courts to implement new communications plan January 15, 2016 Regular News Florida state courts to implement new communications plan The evolving world of communications has changed many aspects of life in the 21st century, but the foundation of public trust that courts need to carry out their mission must remain as solid as it has been for more than two centuries. The Florida Supreme Court has approved a statewide Court Communication Plan that balances both of those realities. “Florida’s courts are committed to enhancing public understanding of and support for the judicial branch, as well as building and maintaining strong relationships with the other branches of state government and all our partners in the justice system,” Chief Justice Jorge Labarga said. “Of course, any viable communication plan must strongly emphasize the need to be responsive to and even proactive with the media as reporters carry out their important work. This plan does so.” The plan titled “Delivering Our Message” was developed with input from judges, the press, court public information officers (PIOs), and other court staff from around the state. Designed to be implemented over five years, the plan will serve as a guide for the entire branch statewide, Labarga said. It stresses greater use of court PIOs to provide information to the press and the public about what Florida’s state courts do. Much of the plan is modeled after the Florida Supreme Court’s Public Information Office, which enters its 20th year in 2016. The plan calls for use of communications technology and social media to the extent appropriate in judicial settings but also emphasizes the importance of age-old principles essential to any healthy communication dynamic — building and maintaining relationships of trust and training for emergencies and other high-stress cases, such as high-profile trials and hearings. The plan, developed by the Supreme Court’s Judicial Management Council, is designed to be a user-friendly resource for the court staff and judges who will be implementing it. Tenth Circuit Judge Olin W. Shinholser, who sits on the JMC, believes the plan will improve communication between Florida’s judicial branch and the public, as well as court users, other parts of government, and justice partners of the courts. “It’s a very comprehensive plan that has a lot to offer to the circuits, both on a theoretical basis and a practical basis,” the Sebring judge said, adding that the more information people have about their courts the more likely they will be “to trust, use, and support the courts.” The nonprofit Florida Court Public Information Officers, Inc., based in Tallahassee, already has scheduled a training session in mid-March in Orlando to begin implementation. “The work that we do in Florida’s courts is important because we touch real lives each and every day,” 11th Circuit Chief Judge Bertila Soto said. “As we undertake this key role in society, it is extremely important to maintain active and meaningful communications with the communities we serve so they are well-informed about how to access the courts and we, in turn, are more in tune with their needs. “This communication plan is comprehensive and well thought out and will be a vital tool to achieving that goal, especially in the areas of social media platforms, which are increasingly playing central roles in the public dialogue,” she said. The plan identifies four strategic issues, with detailed goals and strategies outlined for each. The first strategic goal is “Enhancing Public Trust and Confidence.” Others include “Speaking With One Voice – Key Messages” and “Improving Communication Methods.” The last is “Strengthening Internal Communication.” “As judges, we are excited to see Florida courts begin another chapter in our rich history of access and transparency,” Chief Justice Labarga said. Florida has long been a pioneer in increasing public access to court information. In the mid-1970s, Florida was the first state to let cameras into its courtrooms. The Supreme Court’s first web page went online in 1994 when the Internet was still in its infancy. The Supreme Court established its Public Information Office in 1996. That office’s first major transparency program — broadcasting all high-court arguments live on television, satellite, and the Web — began in 1997 and has been showcased in every high-profile case since. Every judicial circuit has had a designated public information officer since 2003. The Florida Supreme Court began sending official tweets in 2009. The plan can be found at www.floridasupremecourt.org/pub_info/documents/2016-Judicial-Branch-Court-Communication-Plan.pdf.last_img read more

Study finds magic mushrooms may ‘reset’ the brains of depressed patients

first_imgPinterest Share on Twitter Patients taking psilocybin to treat depression show reduced symptoms weeks after treatment following a ‘reset’ of their brain activity.The findings come from a study in which researchers from Imperial College London used psilocybin – the psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in magic mushrooms – to treat a small number of patients with depression in whom conventional treatment had failed.In a paper, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers describe patient-reported benefits lasting up to five weeks after treatment, and believe the psychedelic compound may effectively reset the activity of key brain circuits known to play a role in depression. Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Share Comparison of images of patients’ brains before and one day after they received the drug treatment revealed changes in brain activity that were associated with marked and lasting reductions in depressive symptoms.The authors note that while the initial results of the experimental therapy are exciting, they are limited by the small sample size as well as the absence of a control group – such as a placebo group – to directly contrast with the patients.Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, Head of Psychedelic Research at Imperial, who led the study, said: “We have shown for the first time clear changes in brain activity in depressed people treated with psilocybin after failing to respond to conventional treatments.“Several of our patients described feeling ‘reset’ after the treatment and often used computer analogies. For example, one said he felt like his brain had been ‘defragged’ like a computer hard drive, and another said he felt ‘rebooted’. Psilocybin may be giving these individuals the temporary ‘kick start’ they need to break out of their depressive states and these imaging results do tentatively support a ‘reset’ analogy. Similar brain effects to these have been seen with electroconvulsive therapy.”Over the last decade or so, a number of clinical trials have been conducted into the safety and effectiveness of psychedelics in patients with conditions such as depression and addictions, yielding promising results.In the recent Imperial trial, the first with psilocybin in depression, 20 patients with treatment-resistant form of the disorder were given two doses of psilocybin (10 mg and 25 mg), with the second dose a week after the first.Nineteen of these underwent initial brain imaging and then a second scan one day after the high dose treatment. Carhart-Harris and team used two main brain imaging methods to measure changes in blood flow and the crosstalk between brain regions, with patients reporting their depressive symptoms through completing clinical questionnaires.Immediately following treatment with psilocybin, patients reported a decrease in depressive symptoms – corresponding with anecdotal reports of an ‘after-glow’ effect characterised by improvements in mood and stress relief.Functional MRI imaging revealed reduced blood flow in areas of the brain, including the amygdala, a small, almond-shaped region of the brain known to be involved in processing emotional responses, stress and fear. They also found increased stability in another brain network, previously linked to psilocybin’s immediate effects as well as to depression itself.These findings provide a new window into what happens in the brains of people after they have ‘come down’ from a psychedelic, where an initial disintegration of brain networks during the drug ‘trip’, is followed by a re-integration afterwards.Dr Carhart-Harris explained: “Through collecting these imaging data we have been able to provide a window into the after effects of psilocybin treatment in the brains of patients with chronic depression. Based on what we know from various brain imaging studies with psychedelics, as well as taking heed of what people say about their experiences, it may be that psychedelics do indeed ‘reset’ the brain networks associated with depression, effectively enabling them to be lifted from the depressed state.The authors warn that while the initial findings are encouraging, the research is at an early stage and that patients with depression should not attempt to self-medicate, as the team provided a special therapeutic context for the drug experience and things may go awry if the extensive psychological component of the treatment is neglected. They add that future studies will include more robust designs and currently plan to test psilocybin against a leading antidepressant in a trial set to start early next year.Professor David Nutt, Edmond J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit in the Division of Brain Sciences, and senior author of the paper, added: “Larger studies are needed to see if this positive effect can be reproduced in more patients. But these initial findings are exciting and provide another treatment avenue to explore.” LinkedInlast_img read more

‘Rapid Notify’ Emergency Alert System Available For Peninsula Residents

first_imgThe Kenai Peninsula Rapid Notify system is used to provide critical information to residents during emergency events. This tool can send out recorded voice messages to Kenai Peninsula homes on local phone lines within minutes. September is National Preparedness Month and Alaskans should take time to assess their emergency plans. To read suggestions for beginning your preparedness plans by visiting the Office of Emergency Management’s website.  Previously the system was only able to contact landline telephone numbers. However, due to increasing popularity and usage of cellular phones,  it became necessary to include wireless device numbers in the database.If you are interested in voluntarily registering one or more of your wireless devices with Rapid Notify, click on this link Self Registration Portal. Dan Nelson with the Office of Emergency Management says Kenai Peninsula residents should start preparing for an emergency situation with two things: “Making sure that you can communicate with the family, consider establishing a meeting place in case you’re separated and teaching younger children where to go and giving them cards with that information. Folks can stay informed with these types of disruptions by registering their phones for our Rapid Notify system so they get emergency messaging.”center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Watching the natural disaster unfold in Texas is very sobering. So many times, people have no disaster preparation and preparedness plan in place. Residents of the Kenai Peninsula may register their mobile devices with the Borough to get updates in the event of an emergency. For the full story:last_img read more

Mike Ashley: Terps need to toughen up, play meaner

first_imgMike Ashley of the Terrapin Times joined Nestor to discuss the Terps loss to Wisconsin over the weekend.While Ashley admits that “the student flash mob was executing better than the Terps” at one point in the first half, he believes that Terrapins fans need to tip their hat to the Badgers in this case..“I think you have to give Wisconsin a lot of credit,” Ashley said. “That’s a team that’s won seven games in a row, have overcome losing Bo Ryan early in the year as their coach. I think they’ve really adapted.”“I think it’s more a situation where you have to give Wisconsin credit than talk bad about the Terps at this point.”As for the rest of the season as we inch closer to March, Ashley does believe that the Terrapins need to toughen up a bit if they’re going to reach all of their goals.“One thing that I took away was the Diamond Stone incident before the half,” Ashley said. “There was a little bit of badass that this team might need to get to the next level. They have got to play with more of a chip on their shoulder when things get rough with them.”“Sometimes they have to be able to flip that switch and play a little bit madder, a little bit meaner, and that to me is the missing component to these guys,” Ashley said. “They’ve got Final Four talent but we’ve seen them out-toughed in some key games this year.”Hear Mike Ashley’s full chat with Nestor Aparicio right here:Audio Playerhttp://c631904.r4.cf2.rackcdn.com/Mike%20Ashley%20Terrapin%20Times%20021616.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Ardara traders to host public meeting on local bank’s closure

first_imgThe Ardara Town Traders are to take steps to try and save the local Ulster Bank branch from closure.The bank is one of 22 around the country earmarked to close in a cost-cutting plan by management.Staff at the Raphoe branch have also been told their branch is to shut. Traders in Ardara have organised an extraordinary public meeting on Monday night at 8 pm to try and find a resolution to what they described as “the disgraceful proposed closure of our one and only Ulster Bank.”A spokesman said “We urge everybody to attend as this effects us all..Let’s save our branch.With so many people effected not alone in the parish but all over, everybody is welcome.”Ardara traders to host public meeting on local bank’s closure was last modified: March 24th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ardaraclosuredonegalulster banklast_img read more