The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Pocono Raceway this weekend for a “Tricky Triangle” showdown on the 2.5-mile track.Leading into Sunday’s Pocono 400 (2 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), here’s the rundown on a few things to watch.RELATED: Full weekend schedule for Pocono TRACK DETAILSPocono Raceway is a 2.5-mile triangular track and has a minimum width of 60 feet. With a unique track design featuring a 3,055-foot back straightaway, the banking in each corner varies: Turn 1 – 14 degrees, Turn 2 – 8 degrees and Turn 3 – 6 degrees. The raceway also has the longest main straightaway in motorsports, with a 3,740-foot frontstretch. The inaugural Monster Energy Series race at the track was won by Richard Petty on Aug. 4, 1974.GOING LIVE?This year, kids ages 12 and under are free for all three days of racing. Yes, that includes Sunday — for the first time ever — for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.Additionally, Pocono Raceway touts more than 30 events and activities for fans throughout the weekend. Explore more on Pocono Raceway’s website.RULES PACKAGE Pocono will feature the 2019 rules package with a tapered-spacer engine that will generate about 550 horsepower. The cars will have aero ducts, a change that NASCAR made after seeing the non-duct package at Atlanta earlier this season.In addition to both Pocono races, this change also goes into effect for the races at Darlington and Homestead later this season.Cup teams are allowed three sets of Goodyear Eagle tires for practice, one set for qualifying and seven sets for the race.“Pocono provides several challenges for tires and teams, being pretty flat with long, fast straightaways and three unique corners,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “We have to bring a tire setup that handles those demanding conditions, perhaps most notably the corners where we need to provide grip levels more like what’s needed on a short track. This being a race with higher downforce than last year paired with the lower horsepower package, the tread compounds remain unchanged from 2018, which should help with grip as well.”STATS• Kyle Busch has dominated the scene at Pocono in recent years, winning two out of the last four races and leading in all four. He also has 239 combined laps led in the last two years at the track.• Over the last four Monster Energy Cup Series races in 2019, all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers have trended upward. The Hendrick team has the most poles (two), most top-five finishes (seven), most laps led (416), and is tied for second in wins after Chase Elliot’s victory on April 28 at Talladega.• With a win at the track in 2017, Ryan Blaney is hoping to cash in on a win for the first time in 2019. Blaney has led 359 laps in races this season, the most without a victory.LIVE COVERAGEThis week’s race will be televised on FS1, with radio coverage on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Log onto NASCAR.com for coverage, including in-car cameras on Drive and in-car audio on RaceView. Be sure to follow your Fantasy Live team and make your garage decision by the end of Stage 2 when rosters are final.2018 RACE WINNER Martin Truex Jr. brought home the checkered flag at last year’s race, finishing ahead of Kyle Larson by 2.496 seconds. Truex led 31 laps en route to his second victory at the Pennsylvania track.ACTIVE POCONO WINNERS Denny Hamlin (four), Kurt Busch (three), Jimmie Johnson (three), Kyle Busch (two), Martin Truex Jr. (two), Ryan Blaney (one), Chris Buescher (one), Brad Keselowski (one), Joey Logano (one), and Ryan Newman (one).
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA baby elephant in India became trapped after slipping on a muddy railway embankment, but thanks to a passing train, the animal was pulled out of the hole and got a snack while waiting to be rescued.Passengers on a moving train saw the young calf in distress and convinced the train’s engineer to stop. They gave it food before a rescue ensued.(READ the story, w/ more photos, in the Metro.co.uk)File photo credit: niel schubertAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Related Rolf Prima, the high-end, US based wheel manufacturer is currently accepting applications for its Factory Team. Current members of the Rolf Prima Factory Team ride and compete in triathlon, road, MBK and cyclocross events across the US.“Our mission with the team is to support athletes of all abilities, from the first timer to the elite level,” said Brooke Stehley, Rolf Prima’s Marketing Manager. “We are not a team that is only about winning; we’re open to all levels because it’s more about the personal journey. Having great training partners and a race-day boost from teammates is really what keeps us excited.”Interested athletes can read more about the Rolf Prima Factory Team at www.rolfprima.com/factory-team, or send inquires to factoryteam[at][rolfprima.com.Applications will be accepted through to the end of the year.www.rolfprima.com
Rep. Brett ParkerEach legislative session, we provide the Shawnee Mission area’s elected officials with the chance to share their thoughts about what’s happening in the state capitol. Rep. Brett Parker, Rep. Cindy Neighbor and Sen. Dinah Sykes were scheduled to send updates this week. (Rep. Neighbor has not responded to any of our invitations to participate in Capitol Update).Here’s Rep. Parker’s filing:August 2016 saw a wave of moderate successes in the Republican primaries. November 2016 saw Kansas Democrats pick up more House seats than any other state in the nation. As one of those winning candidates, I was heartened by the successes on both nights as I imagined governing in the new bipartisan, common sense majority. As citizens or legislators, those of us who watched state house dysfunction under the Speaker Ray Merrick and Senate President Susan Wagle awaited a legislative process where good ideas received hearings and votes rather than being hidden from the light of day.Fast forward to March 2018. Wagle is still Senate President. Brownback-era budget committee chair Ron Ryckman is now Speaker of the House. Medicaid expansion can’t get a hearing in its House committee and Senate GOP leadership are refusing to let it be voted on in their chamber. Transparency legislation remains largely un-acted upon. Perhaps most pressing of all, we inch closer and closer to a Supreme Court deadline on school finance with no work to show. Even good ideas that manage their way through a chamber, like the restoration of due process for teachers, must navigate an endless series of attempts at obstruction.This is not to say we are without progress. The partial repeal of the failed Brownback tax experiment last session was a heavy lift only made possible by the wave of electoral successes in 2016. With a less extreme administration, Medicaid expansion would be a life saving, bipartisan success. But with bipartisan majorities in both House and Senate who ran on leaving ideology behind, why do so many good ideas get derailed?This is where our Schoolhouse Rock understanding of legislating fails us. Though a majority vote on a bill will pass it, only a few people determine which bills get voted on. Both in committees and on the floor of the House and Senate, a single legislator with the power can stifle good ideas. Control of the schedule and calendar is what allows a few people to prevent real discussion on a school finance solution or to stifle the progress of transparency policies.It doesn’t have to work this way. Though it is probably too late for a significant change in the process this year, we can lay the groundwork for a better legislative process for decades to come. If a similar bipartisan, common sense majority still exists in the House after the elections this August and November, the both the House and Senate can do two things to make the legislature work for mainstream Kansans.First, we should change the House and Senate rules to allow committees to elect their own leadership. Committee chairs are currently only accountable to the House Speaker or Senate President. Bills with the support of committee members are frequently ignored if the chair, Speaker, or Senate President disagrees. By electing their own leadership, committees would likely end up with centrist chairs who must run their committees in a fair way. Second, the House should elect a coalition Speaker and the Senate a coalition President. Currently the majority party votes on their nominee for Speaker or President in their caucus. No matter which candidate each backed in caucus, all agree to back the winner on the official vote with the whole chamber. This makes the vote of the minority party irrelevant and results in leadership much more extreme than the legislature as a whole. By breaking from this tradition, our bipartisan majority could elect a Speaker and Senate President accountable to more than than own party. We would have leadership that represents Kansas, not just one faction. Kansans elected a wave of pragmatic legislators who want to work together. It is time our leadership and legislative process reflects that.If you have questions about this article or anything else going on in Topeka, don’t hesitate to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bar sets budget hearings Bar sets budget hearings October 15, 2013 Regular News The Budget Committee of The Florida Bar will hold budget hearings in each of the district courts of appeal to receive suggestions from members of the Bar for the preparation of the 2014-15 budget.The hearings will take place as follows:* January 15 (morning) Ft. Lauderdale (Fourth District)* January 15 (afternoon) Miami (Third District)* January 22 (morning) Tampa (Second District)* January 22 (afternoon) Orlando (Fifth District)* January 28 Tallahassee (First District)Written notice of intent to appear at these hearings must be received by the Executive Director of The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399, at least 10 days prior to the date of the scheduled hearing. Otherwise, the scheduled hearing may be canceled. Times and locations of the hearings may be obtained from Amber Kristian at Bar headquarters by calling (850) 561-5636.
Men place three in top five at Fall FinaleBoth teams rested their top runners a week before the NCAA regional.Ichigo TakikawaMinnesota runner Cassy Opitz runs in Rocky’s Run at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Sunday. Opitz was the top woman’s finisher and finished the 6K race in 22:44. Drew ClaussenNovember 5, 2012Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMany Gophers cross country runners got one last chance to compete last weekend.With both the men’s and women’s teams resting their top runners for the NCAA regional next Friday, this weekend’s races marked the end of the season for those not traveling to Springfield, Mo.Four men’s runners traveled Friday to Collegeville, Minn., for the Fall Finale.Three runners from the Gophers’ second group fared well against lesser competition.Minnesota’s Blayne Dulian won the eight-kilometer event with a time of 25 minutes, 1 second. Alex Brend finished fourth, and Steve Sulkin finished fifth for the Gophers.Minnesota did not send enough runners to the event to register a team score. South Dakota State was the top-scoring team.The women competed in Rocky’s Run, an annual six-kilometer charity event held at Les Bolstad Golf Course to honor former University runner Rocky Racette, who was killed in a car crash in 1981.Junior Cassy Opitz led the Gophers with a time of 22 minutes, 44 seconds in the public race. She was followed by teammates Kate Bucknam and Jamie Vandenberg, who had times of 22 minutes, 50 seconds and 22 minutes, 58 seconds respectively.“I thought the kids ran really well,” head coach Gary Wilson said. “It’s a little more difficult, too, when the women are running with the guys.” Opitz said the pace to start the race was fast but more conservative than two weeks ago at Jack’s Run, a similar event. She said by going out faster, the players are training themselves for next season, when they will compete for spots on the Big Ten roster.“Those really big championship types of races, you’re going to be going out fast,” Opitz said.Assistant coach Sarah Hesser said she was impressed by how the women paced themselves throughout the race.“The best thing to see out of this group, especially on this course, is when people look like they have control of the race instead of the race having control of them,” Hesser said.She said a race like Rocky’s Run is crucial for the program because five or six of the women will make up Big Ten and regional teams in future seasons.“It’s really important for us as a program to race these guys as much as they can,” Hesser said, “because that’s what they need to learn and develop.”The race also helps build confidence for the track season, she said.Wilson said he liked how the women who didn’t make the regional team competed well in their last race. “And that’s all you can ask as a coach,” he said.The top seven runners from the Big Ten meet will race Friday at the NCAA regional, Wilson said. Three alternates will also travel with the team.
TIME: It’s that time of year again. March Madness is around the corner and athletes — and inspired fans — are aiming to improve their performance on the court. It turns out, the secret to game-time success may lie in players’ imaginations.A new study finds that athletes are more likely to score when they think their target — be it a basket or golf hole — is larger than it really is.Researchers from Purdue University studied 36 college students putting into a golf hole up a ramp. Using a projector, the researchers created an optical illusion that showed a ring of circles around the golf hole which altered its perceived size. In the first trial, they projected a ring of 11 small circles that made the golf hole look larger in comparison. In the second trial, they projected five large circles that made the hole look smaller. Each student putted 10 times in each trial.Read the whole story: TIME
New Hampshire site of anthrax exposure is reopenedThe Waysmeet Center at the University of New Hampshire has been disinfected and was reopened Apr 16, according to a Foster’s Daily Democrat report. The center is home to United Campus Ministry and the apparent source of spores that caused gastrointestinal anthrax in a woman who attended a drum circle event there last December. “We’re absolutely certain it’s safe to enter,” said Dr. Jodie Dionne-Odom, New Hampshire’s deputy state epidemiologist. The patient recently returned home from the hospital and is “walking around and talking and able to answer questions,” Dionne-Odom said, adding that her long-term prognosis is uncertain. Cleanup professionals scrubbed the entire building between March 22 and April 14, finding Bacillus anthracis spores, which cause anthrax, throughout the building, including on electrical outlets and two animal-hide drumheads. The cleanup cost $50,000, and the spores were ruled to be of natural origin. Officials believe the woman swallowed anthrax spores during a “brief aerosolization” event amid “vigorous drumming,” Dionne-Odom said.Apr 17 Foster’s Daily Democrat story Study: Raw chicken identified as source of Listeria at plantA recent 21-month study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at the University of Georgia concluded that incoming raw poultry rather than workers or the environment is the main source of Listeria monocytogenes contamination in commercial cooking plants. The test site was a brand-new cooking facility free of Listeria when first opened. Samples were taken regularly during the study period from potential sources of contamination, including soil and water near the facility, floors in various parts of the plant, incoming air, and raw meat. Listeria was found in floor drains within 4 months of the start of operations. The only tested source that was consistently positive for the organism was the raw meat. Study results can help facilities focus their sanitation efforts to reduce cross-contamination. The study was published in the Journal of Food Protection.Study abstractApr 19 ARS news story Apr 19, 2010 Plague, hantavirus alert issued for New MexicoPeople in New Mexico have been warned by state health officials to be on the alert for plague and hantavirus in animals this spring after several confirmed cases of plague were reported in cats and dogs. Plague can spread to pets when they eat infected rodents or are bitten by fleas from the rodents. The disease can then spread to humans through direct contact with infected pets or bites from the pets’ fleas. Humans can contract hantavirus through breathing in aerosolized virus from rodent urine, droppings, or saliva. The main carrier is deer mice. Among preventive steps are avoidance of sick and dead rodents and rabbits as well as their habitats, keeping pets from roaming and hunting and use of flea-control products, trapping mice and keeping them out of homes and cabins, not disturbing rodent nests and droppings without good ventilation, and seeing a vet if pets show fever, lethargy, or loss of appetite. Plague symptoms in humans include fever, chills, headache, weakness, and swelling of lymph nodes; early hantavirus symptoms include fever and muscle aches.Apr 16 release from New Mexico Department of Health
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