Chase Briscoe gets first Xfinity win in inaugural Charlotte road course race

first_imgCONCORD, N.C. – Chase Briscoe made the most of pit strategy that put him out front during Saturday’s inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course.Leading the last 24 of 55 laps in the Drive for the Cure 200 at the challenging 2.28-mile, 17-turn road course — thanks to a pit stop on Lap 26, before the end of Stage 2 — Briscoe held off Justin Marks after the last restart on Lap 45 and took the checkered flag 1.478 seconds ahead of Marks’ No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.Driving the No. 98 Ford fielded by Biagi DenBeste Racing in collaboration with Stewart-Haas Racing, Briscoe claimed his first victory in the series. Neither Briscoe nor Marks are playoff contenders, given that neither is running a full Xfinity Series season.RELATED: Full results“This is unreal,” an elated Briscoe said after the race. “I was four seconds off in practice, and my guys stuck behind me and kept working with me. It’s just an honor and privilege to drive a race car and to do it for my hero, (Stewart-Haas co-owner) Tony Stewart, and get a win.“I feel like my career was getting really bad this year, and I needed to get my stock back up, and I just can’t believe it. Thanks to all these fans for coming out — what an awesome crowd! I hope you all enjoyed that race. It’s going to be a good one tomorrow (Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event).”WATCH: Briscoe talks winning for SmokeBriscoe took particular pride in winning the inaugural race on the Charlotte road course, which combines an infield section with the traditional oval punctuated by two chicanes.“It’s huge to me,” Briscoe said. “Everybody had to adapt to it and figure it out, and I don’t know that I’m necessarily the best at it, but I felt like I just tried not to hit anything, and this thing hardly has a scratch on it.”Marks, a road-course specialist who is also running Sunday’s Bank of America Roval 400 (2 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), gave the Charlotte Road Course a favorable review.“These Roval races are always challenging for these series to put on, given the confines of the oval, but I thought it was great,” Marks said. “If we’re going to reinvigorate this fan base and we’re going to regain some positive momentum on our side, we’ve got to think outside the box and do things like this.“So I really applauded the effort everybody made to put this track together. The track itself is challenging … They did a great job of painting the infield, there’s a lot of grip there, and it’s a really challenging course. But you want to challenge this group of drivers. You want it to be hard for them. …“I thought it was great. I thought it was awesome. You’ve got tight corners, and then you’ve got the things wound up to 160 miles an hour on the oval, and that’s a little bit of everything these cars do. That makes it an exciting event.”Pole winner and playoff driver Austin Cindric recovered from a spin in Turn 6 while leading on Lap 14 to finish third in front of Ryan Preece and series leader Christopher Bell, who has advanced to Round 2 of the Playoffs by virtue of his Sept. 21 victory at Richmond.In fact, Cindric and Daniel Hemric had arguably the two fastest cars, but, like Cindric, Hemric made a mistake that cost him a chance to battle for the win.On Lap 45, after the final restart, Hemric blew the frontstretch chicane and paid the prescribed penalty of a full stop in the tri-oval. He fell to 15th and fought his way back to 10th at the finish.Approaching next week’s playoff cutoff race at Dover, Bell is the only driver locked into the second round. With the field to be trimmed from 12 to eight contenders after the Dover race, Cindric is in ninth place, nine points behind Ross Chastain in eighth.In the wide-open competition for the top eight spots, only 12 points separate third place Tyler Reddick from Chastain.Matt Tifft, Cole Custer, Kaz Grala, Tyler Reddick and Hemric completed the top 10 in Saturday’s race.last_img read more

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Company Gives Employees $1,000 for a Job Well Done

first_img”The talent we place in jobs at our client companies are valuable members of our team, so we wanted to recognize their hard work and commitment to our ‘expectations of excellence’ culture by doing something over and above what we normally do on Employee Appreciation Day,” added McNett. “Paying one’s largest monthly expense seems fitting.”Winners since November include Austin McCain, who works at the ABR Appleton office, Andrea Mora, in Stevens Point, and Megan Patza, who works for the Sturgeon Bay location.ABR Employment Services has been placing employees at companies throughout Wisconsin since 1987.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Last week, ABR surprised the February winner, Joseph Beyer, presenting him with a giant check in the break room of his job in La Crosse, Wisconsin. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn the six months leading up to Employee Appreciation Day on March 6, ABR Employment Services has been surprising their employees with big checks in a campaign called “Free Rent and a Job!”Each month a winning employee was randomly selected to receive $1,000 to help pay their rent or mortgage.“We value our employees and wanted to do something big as a gesture of appreciation,”said ABR CEO Jim McNett.POPULAR: Company Harvests Tons of Crops, Saving it from Wasteto Give it All Awaylast_img read more

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Spring weekend full of music

first_imgFriday, April 12Jimmy Kaiser @ Jack Daniels Bar and GrillJamie Talbert and the Band of Demons @ Honky Tonk TexasMixx Fixxer @ The Gig Steel Shot @ Gator LoungeAlternate Route @ Logon CafeMoe Haynes Band @ Starvin’ Marvin’sJustin Judalet Band @ Pacesetter Thee Andys, We Are Wombat, The Bonnies, The Marvelous Wonderfuls, Hithchikers @ Dharma3 Way Switch @ Thirsty’sLeaving Sundown @ Doug’s Bar and Grillcenter_img JAG @ Dylan’sRedbone Cookin’s @ Cotton’s CayCarl Richardson @ Tibideaux’sPaul Gonsoulin @ Otis and Henry’sT-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers @ Caribbean CoveJohn Guidroz and Kevin Lambert @ Ember Grille and Wine BarDavid Lee Kaiser @ Okee Dokee’sSteve Riley and the Mamou Playboys @ Yesterday’sDavid Joel Band @ Double H Bar and GrillFlava @ Cafe Del RioBronco Jr. @ Luke’sGreg “Spanky” Baldwin @ Cigar ClubKay Miller @ Suga’s Deep SouthBryan Fontenot @ Jacky’s Western BarEazy @ Larry’s French Market3CG @ Mackenzie’s PubCenter Stage @ Tropical GrillTexas Thunder @ Benoit’s Louis HallSaturday, April 13Travis Tritt, Shooter Jennings and The Triple Crown @ Nutty Jerry’sWayne Toups and ZydeCajun @ Delta Downs Event CenterAshes of a Martyr, Neil to Aldrin, Etyma, Avaris, Hear N Ade, Behelit, Skanky Dave, Social Bomb, Eviscerate the Proletariat, The Kingdom Mafia @ Tequila RokRevelation @ Orange Trade DaysDickie and the Tornadoes @ The PlaceChaos featuring Tony Faulk @ Big Nasty’sThe HFA’s @ Okee Dokee’sOld Trick @ Lucky Longhorn CasinoWayne Cook @ New York Pizza and Pasta (Beaumont-downtown)The Alley Kats @ Thirsty’sLeaving Sundown @ Doug’s Bar and GrillSteel Shot @ Gator LoungeThree Legged Dawg @ Eagles LodgeRoy Mannino Band @ Starvin’ MArvin’sVegas Stars @ Dylan’sIllusion Five @ Club 87Skeeter Jones @ Major League GrillJAG @ Madison’sAlex Rozell @ Beau ReveKris Harper @ Tibideaux’sJohn Guidroz and Kevin Lambert @ Ember Grille and Wine BarDerryl Perry @ Caribbean CoveTwangster’s Union @ Yesterday’sWayne Dylan @ Miccis Piano BarCenter Stage @ Cafe Del RioLongtooth @ Tammy’sBayou City Rollers @ Jake’s PlaceLee Pelly @ Luke’sPaul Gonsoulin @ Cigar ClubEarl Collins @ Suga’s Deep SouthLarry Tillery Band @ Capri ClubGregg Martinez and the Delta Kings @ Larry’s French MarketCrossroads @ Mackenzie’s PubRay Solis and Spectrum @ Tropical GrillSunday, April 14Herbie Stutes and Grand Shin @ Pine Tree LodgeWarren Storm, Willie Tee and Cypress @ Yesterday’sRonnie Stallworth @ Suga’s Deep SouthMonday, April 15Night and Day Orchestra @ Logon CafeTuesday, April 16El Floppy Tacos @ Madison’sEd Dix and Friends @ Mackenzie’s PubLee Pelly @ Dylan’sAlex Rozell @ Tradewinds TavernWednesday, April 17Jamie Talbert and the Band of Demons @ Starvin Marvin’sJimmy Kaiser @ Tradewinds TavernAlex Rozell @ Luke’sMarty Monte Band @ Caribbean CoveKris Harper @ Miccis Piano BarBlake Sticker @ Cafe Del RioRyan Bunch @ Cigar ClubFix Bayonets, The People’s Temple, Delicious Fuzz @ Texas Rose Saloonlast_img read more

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Alfredo Rosas

first_img Next Up Alfredo was born on March 3, 1931 in Lopeño, Texas to parents Isabel (Lopez) and Melquiadez Rosas. He had served his country, in the 1st Calvary, during Korean Conflict in the US Army and retired from Great Lake Carbon after 23 years as a welder. He was member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church; he was an usher for many years. Alfredo enjoyed going fishing, hunting, listening to music and playing his guitar. Alfredo was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend who will be missed dearly, who loved spending time with his family.He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Mary Louise Rosas Garza; his brothers, Adan Rosas and Eduardo Rosas.Alfredo is survived by his wife of 60 years, Irma Ruby Rosas of Port Arthur; sons, Alfredo Rosas Jr. of Port Arthur, Mario Rosas and wife, Jessica of Silsbee, his daughters, Blanca Garcia and husband, Alfredo of Harper, Cynthia Rosas of McAllen, Dora Lynn Maldonado of Edinburg; Toni Arthur-Sifuentes of Port Arthur, 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his nieces who help lot with his care, Elda Molina of Bridge City, Elena Carroll of Port Arthur, and numerous nieces and nephews.A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 5 pm until 8 pm at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, with a rosary to be prayed at 6 pm by Rev. Urbano Sáenz. Cremation will follow the services. Alfredo Rosas, 85, of Port Arthur passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016 at his residence.last_img read more

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THE MOVIE GUY — ‘The Current War’ can’t live up to hype

first_img“The Current War” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival two years ago. Critics and film buffs were keeping an eye on the movie because of its juicy historical premise and notable cast, but it fell off the radar when a sex abuse scandal took down producer Harvey Weinstein. Without a powerful studio backing the film, it disappeared into the trash bin of cinematic history.Not so fast.Director Alfonso Gomez-Rajon has been tinkering with the movie during these past two years and found a way to convince newly-founded Studio 101 to bring this forgotten title back into theaters. Was it worth the wait? That probably depends on your predisposition toward the story or the actors that made the film notable in the first place. In “The Current War,” Benedict Cumberbatch plays Thomas Edison as he is working to bring electric lighting to the world. His direct-current form of electricity offers great promise, but his competitor, George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) favors the alternating-current method. The two inventors lock horns as they promote their proprietary technology while vilifying the competition.This is truly a fascinating story—one that certainly deserves a great movie treatment. Unfortunately, “The Current War” is not that great movie. The story gets bogged down in the details, when it’s the portraits of these titans of industry that need to take center stage. These are fascinating, larger-than-life, quintessential American characters that deserve a much stronger artistic effort.Cumberbatch and Shannon (and Nicholas Hoult playing Nikola Tesla to a lesser extent) are good in their roles, but not so much that they rise above the level of solid competence. These are all acclaimed actors who are known for their abilities to portray great characters and elevate their movies with their on-screen charisma. They simply don’t rise to the occasion this time out. I will give the producers credit for trying to make this into something of an arthouse film. The cinematography and production design are nice, but the constantly-swooping camera is overused, the screenplay is overwritten and the music is frequently intrusive. I appreciate that the filmmakers took a big swing here, but they just didn’t connect in this movie.There are still plenty of things to admire in “The Current War.” I suspect that fans of Cumberbatch and Shannon will enjoy the film, and the real-life story is certainly intriguing. This is simply one of those occasions when a filmmaker’s best intentions don’t quite live up to the hype behind the movie.center_img Movie reviews by Sean, “The Movie Guy,” are each week in The Port Arthur News and seen weekly on KFDM and Fox4. Sean welcomes your comments via email at smcbride@sbgtv.com.last_img read more

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Indictment: Local man shares intimate photos without other’s permission, knowledge

first_img Owens was arrested June 17 for unlawful disclosure or promotion of intimate visual material, a state jail felony. Bond was set at $30,000 and he bonded out the same day, according to information from the JCSO.An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case. More than one photo was sent to the acquaintance, police said.Owens was interviewed in November at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, where he was told he was being accused of unlawful disclosure or promotion of intimate visual material.His response was to ask if the crime was a misdemeanor or felony. The accused said he needed to hire an attorney and asked if he could leave, which he did. Shortly after leaving he called the detective’s office and asked if he was being accused of a felony because he looked online and believed it to be a misdemeanor and was told, yes, it is a felony crime, authorities said.The document states Owens called back a third time, spoke about the relationship between he and the complainant and “began trying to debate the penal code,” insisting that since he and the complainant continued a sexual relationship after the offense (after the video was taken without her knowledge) it negated the offense.The detective obtained a search warrant for information about the Facebook account associated with the images and a warrant to collect subscriber information from a cell phone he believes was used by Owens.The investigation continued for several months during which the person who received the images was interviewed and told police he believed the complainant was afraid of Owens, authorities said.center_img A Nederland man whom law enforcement believe shared intimate photos taken without the other person’s permission was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury this week.According to a probable cause affidavit, Jason Kurt Owens, 33, sent a still photo from a video of a sex act between him and the complainant that was taken without the complainant’s permission.The image was then sent via Facebook Messenger to another person, who is an acquaintance of the complainant. He reportedly made derogatory remarks that led police to believe the sender was Owens.last_img read more

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Bike logos a go-go at London 2012!

first_imgAccording to a release today from the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI), bicycle frames at the London 2012 Olympics may carry a brand logo size on both sides of the frame as ‘commercially available and/or used in UCI races’.This agreement on the display of brand logos at the London 2012 Olympics is the successful result of negotiations between the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).“We are very happy for the entire bicycle industry to have reached this agreement with the IOC,” said Robbert de Kock, Secretary General of the WFSGI. “The fact that the bicycle brands can use the same logo size as used in UCI races gives them the right visibility.”He added, “It shows that the collaborative efforts between the sporting goods industry and the international sports federations are proving to be successful and efficient.”The rules initially published by the IOC in the ‘Guidelines regarding authorised identifications’ would have allowed for a maximum size of the frame logo of 60cm² only. The new rule is a modification of the size of the brand logo and has to be seen in relation to the existing guidelines, which do still remain valid.In case of doubt or further questions on the branding of frames or bicycle products at the Olympic Games brands are advised to contact the WFSGI.www.wfsgi.org www.uci.ch www.olympic.org Relatedlast_img read more

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Former Shawnee Councilman Justin Adrian delays scheduled plea in favor of mediation

first_imgJustin Adrian appeared in Johnson County District Court Wednesday. He has a mediation date set withJustin Adrian, the former Shawnee councilmember charged with having unlawful sexual relations with a student, on Wednesday morning requested to delay entering a plea in the case, choosing instead to engage in mediation with prosecutors.Adrian appeared in front of Johnson County District Court Judge Sara Welch with his attorney, Lindsey Erickson, to set a new plea date in September. In the meantime, he and his attorney have set a mediation date for Aug. 6 with Johnson County prosecutors.In September 2018, Adrian resigned from his seat representing Ward 3 on the Shawnee council and was charged days later with unlawful sexual relations with a student at Olathe East. He was a teacher at Olathe Public Schools and was placed on paid administrative leave in September by the district. The student involved in the alleged incident was old enough to give legal consent to sexual contact under state statute. However, Kansas law prevents teachers from engaging in sexual relationships with students enrolled at the school where they teach.Adrian’s new plea date is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 9 in Division 19.last_img read more

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Novel neurodegenerative disease and gene identified with the help of man’s best friend

first_imgShare LinkedIn Genetic analyses revealed a single nucleotide change in the ATG4D gene in affected dogs. The ATG4D gene functions as a part of an intracellular pathway called autophagy, which functions in normal cellular “cleaning” by degrading damaged cellular components and organelles. Autophagy plays also an important role in maintaining cellular functions under stressful conditions, such as nutrient deprivation. The affected Lagottos had signs of altered autophagy in the brain.The ATG4D gene has not been previously linked to inherited diseases and represents an excellent candidate for human neurodegenerative disorders. “Our genetic finding enables more detailed future studies to unravel the disease-causing mechanisms and to understand the role of autophagy in normal neuronal function. These results could also have a broader significance for understanding and treating neurodegenerative disorders”, says Professor Hannes Lohi. Dogs could also help to explore novel therapy options for neurodegeneration.Gene test helps breeding and veterinary diagnosticsThis gene discovery enabled the development of a gene test to identify mutation carriers and to improve the Lagotto Romagnolo breeding program. “The genetic test not only helps in breeding decisions but can also be used for veterinary diagnostics. There are other similar neurodegenerative diseases in the breed and the genetic test can be used to get a differential diagnosis. This will also help ongoing studies in rest of the neurological disorders in the breed”, tells the first author of the paper, PhD student Kaisa Kyöstilä. This study is a part of her doctoral thesis work.“The signs and the rate of progression of the neurological abnormalities in this newly identified neurodegenerative disease vary considerably. The first clinical sign noticed by the dog owners can be episodes of abnormal eye movements (nystagmus) but in some cases the main clinical sign is a slowly progressive ataxia. The rate of progression of clinical signs varies from month to years. The diagnosis cannot be confirmed with clinical examinations and thus, the definitive diagnosis can only be made with the gene test” highlights Tarja Jokinen, a board-certified neurologist who participated in the studies at the University of Helsinki.The study involved a team of geneticists, veterinary neurologists and pathologists from several different European countries and highlights the importance of collaboration between basic and clinical research in veterinary medicine. Pinterest Share on Facebookcenter_img Email Share on Twitter A breakthrough study performed in an international collaboration led by Professor Tosso Leeb from the University of Bern and Professor Hannes Lohi from the University of Helsinki together with the veterinary neurologists and neuropathologists at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the University of Helsinki has identified a gene mutation that causes a novel type of neurodegenerative disease in dogs. The results of the study shed light into the function of neurons, provide a new gene for human neurodegenration, and may aid in developing better treatments for neurodegenerative disorders. The study was published in the prestigious journal PLoS Genetics on 15.4.2015.Finnish and Swiss investigators have made a genetic breakthrough in the Lagotto Romagnolo dog breed. The breed originates from Italy and is known for its skills in truffle hunting. These dogs have interested genetic researchers due to the existence of several rare neurological conditions in the breed. The current study revealed a novel type of neurodegenerative disease, characterized by cerebellar dysfunction and movement incoordination. Some affected dogs also suffered from abnormal eye movements and developed behavioral changes, such as restlessness and aggression. The onset of the clinical signs varies from 4 months to 4 years.Gene discovery sheds light to a disease mechanismlast_img read more

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New research uncovers the psychological consequences of daily news exposure

first_imgShare Pinterest After being exposed to negative news, people report more negative affect and less positive affect. This is true even of everyday news, according to a study published in The British Psychological Society.In today’s world, news is everywhere. The authors explain, “People can be updated about the latest developments in the world during the entire day and seven days a week”. Not only is news almost inescapable, but it is predominantly negative. This is concerning since numerous studies have found evidence that negative news leads to unfavorable emotional states.Much of the previous research has looked at reactions to extraordinary news events like terrorist attacks and natural disasters. The recent study wanted to look at whether the same effects would be found for everyday news. Furthermore, researchers wanted to examine why some people appear to be less affected by negative news. They questioned whether personal relevance or the personality traits of neuroticism and extraversion could explain this difference. Share on Twitter LinkedIncenter_img A longitudinal study took place where 63 Dutch adults (aged 18-82) recorded their responses to daily news reports in real-time using an app on their mobile phones. At the start of the study, subjects answered questions designed to measure the traits of extraversion and neuroticism. Participants were then prompted by notifications on their mobile phones at random moments throughout the day and questioned about whether they had seen any recent news reports. Subjects had to record these responses 5 times a day over 10 days.The questionnaire measured positive affect and negative affect using the Maastricht Momentary Mood Questionnaire and cognitive appraisal using an adapted version of the Geneva Appraisal Questionnaire. The cognitive appraisal section included a dimension on personal relevance.As expected, results showed that when everyday news was perceived as more negative, subjects experienced more negative affect and less positive affect. Researchers took this as evidence that news items don’t need to be extreme or shocking to affect people on an emotional level. Next, it was found that people reported more negative affect when negative news items were personally relevant.Those who scored high in neuroticism reported more negative emotions and less positive emotions in response to news. This was not surprising since neuroticism is typically associated with anxiety and negativity in response to everyday stressors. Extraversion, on the other hand, is a trait associated with more positive emotion and less negative emotion across a range of experiences. Interestingly, those scoring high in extraversion reported more positive affect but not less negative affect. This suggests that extraverts experience the same negative emotions in response to negative news as everyone else, but that they don’t allow it to affect their positive emotions.It is clear that news can negatively affect people’s emotions. Future research needs to look more at why some people are more affected by negative news than others. Researchers conclude, “We need to look more carefully at the way (negative) news is presented in the media, as well as the frequency of exposure to the news, in order to prevent people from being negatively affected by it”.The study, “Is the news making us unhappy? The influence of daily news exposure on emotional states”, was authored by Natascha de Hoog and Peter Verboon. Share on Facebook Emaillast_img read more

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