XFINITY Series playoff field set for Kentucky opener

first_imgRELATED: Playoff standings | Chicago resultsThe 12-car field is set for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs, the seven-race stretch that will begin next Saturday at Kentucky Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and finish on Nov. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Here’s the field of drivers:1. William Byron, 2025 points2. Justin Allgaier, 2023 points3. Elliott Sadler, 2020 points4. Daniel Hemric, 2009 points5. Brennan Poole, 2006 points6. Ryan Reed, 2005 points7. Jeremy Clements, 2005 points8. Cole Custer, 2005 points9. Blake Koch, 2005 points10. Matt Tifft, 2004 points11. Brendan Gaughan, 2003 points12. Michael Annett, 2001 pointslast_img read more

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Galactic Announces 2019 New Year’s Eve Show With Southern Avenue At Tipitina’s

first_imgOn Monday, Crescent City funk favorites Galactic have detailed their traditional New Year’s Eve blowout at Tipitina’s, the venue they recently purchased after years of frequenting it both on stage and in the audience. Galactic will be joined by vocalist Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph at the New Year’s blowout. Memphis-bred blues and soul quintet Southern Avenue will handle the opening duties.Related: Stanton Moore Talks Galactic’s New Album, Buying Tipitina’s, & “Playing Like You Own The Place” [Interview]The recent release of their 10th studio album, Already Ready Already, marked the band’s first new studio LP in more than three years. On Already Ready Already, Galactic—comprised of  Jeff Raines (guitar), Stanton Moore (drums), Robert Mercurio (bass), Ben Ellman (saxophone/harmonica), and Richard Vogel (keyboards)—takes a more contemporary approach than fans have come to expect, connecting elements of modern rhythms and electronic instrumentation with their Big Easy funk roots.Galactic is offering a special VIP pass for the upcoming NYE hometown blowout, which will include food by Jacques-Imo‘s, open bar from 9 p.m. until midnight, a champagne toast, access to VIP side entrance to the venue, access to VIP viewing section, a signed limited-edition Galactic poster, and Tipitina’s merchandise.General admission and VIP tickets for Galactic’s New Year’s Eve performance go on sale this Friday, October 18th at 11 a.m. (CST) here.Head to Galactic’s website for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information.last_img read more

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Deadly Ohio Nursing Home Fire

first_imgASHTABULA, Ohio (Fox8.com) – Investigators believe a meth lab may be the cause of a deadly fire inside a local nursing home. Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, firefighters were called to the Parkhaven nursing home in Ashtabula. A room on the second floor was on fire. Firefighters say when they arrived, staff members were already trying to get residents out of the building.last_img

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ND celebrates Irish heritage

first_imgThe Irish identity of Notre Dame inspires campus-wide St. Patrick’s Day festivities each year, and preparations are already underway to pay tribute to the school’s cultural connections March 17. In commemoration of the holiday, the Department of Irish Language and the Institute of Irish of Studies are sponsoring a lecture about the history of St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland and North America today at 2 p.m. in Hayes-Healy Hall. Irish Language and Literature professor Brian O’Conchubhair said American St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are different from traditional Irish ones. The festivities in Ireland were expanded after the Celtic Tiger, a period of great economic growth in Ireland in the late 1990s, he said. “It used to be the case that the American celebrations were much larger events than the typical Mass, parade, dinner in Ireland, but that changed during the Celtic Tiger,” O’Conchubhair said.  “After the Celtic Tiger, St. Patrick’s Day became a weeklong festival aimed at celebrating Irish culture and attracting visitors to Ireland. “It is also Irish-language week where everyone is encouraged to use as much Irish as possible in daily transactions.” Over the years, the American celebration of St. Patrick’s Day has become less about the Irish culture and more about celebrating all cultures, O’Conchubhair said. “Now it is as much a multicultural, multiracial celebration of Americanism,” he said. “Historically, it [was] celebrated as a triumph of Irish into American culture, and now that triumph narrative has been adopted by other different ethnic groups.” Together with the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, the Department of Irish Language and Literature helps tie the University to its Irish identity, O’Conchubhair said. “Just look at the interest in the ND-Navy game in Dublin last September and captured in [the] coffee-table book ‘Notre Dame’s Happy Returns: Dublin, the Experience, the Game,’” O’Conchubhair said. “[Notre Dame] is in many ways the pulse of Irish America.”last_img read more

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TDF2015 Tech: Lampre Merida’s Warp TT & Tinkoff Saxo’s Specialized Tarmac & Shiv

first_imgAbsent from Tinkoff Saxo’s pits were the new Venge ViAS, instead relying on the Tarmac and Shiv for the stages we saw in person, but they do use the Roubaix and standard Venge when the course dictates.Specialized managed to keep them rolling on house-brand wheels and tires (mostly), but the cranks and cockpit were supplied by FSA and saddles by Prologo. Drivetrains were all Shimano Dura-Ace Di2… Mounts for SRM cycling computers were fitted to K-Force and SL-K bars and stems.For most days, the team was on Roval CLX40 tubulars with Specialized Allround 2 tubular tires.Contador gave his a last minute pressure check before rolling out for Stage Two. His water bottles were marked with A.C. on the top, as were the other team riders’, making it quick and easy to get the right drink to the right person during the race.Since Specialized doesn’t make a full disc wheel, the Shiv TT bikes were fitted with Vision disc rear and tri-spoke front carbon tubulars.Note the small bronze colored magnet stuck to the disc to trip the speed sensor on the chainstay.Glued to the TT wheels were a Specialized Time Trial 2 28x24mm tire. It’s not listed on their website, but it’s not the first time Specialized has made prototype TT tires for their athletes. They’ve even done it in clincher form, too. We’ve reached out to the brand to see if it’s something new or just a one-off and will report back as we get info.UPDATE: Just heard back from Specialized, here’s what they had to say about the tires:Etixx-Quickstep and Tinkoff-Saxo are our two biggest places to develop tires. Athletes like Tony Martin and Zedenek Stybar have been critical to understanding the characteristics that athletes are looking for in all conditions.If the guys are running a tire that is not listed in the current offerings it will be shortly… although, we are constantly working on tire compound with them even it the tire’s hot patch doesn’t show the change.They, too, hid the Di2 box under the saddle, shielding it from the wind. This one shows what the GPS tracker looks like installed, check here to see the mounting bracket without it.TEAM LAMPRE MERIDAWe didn’t get a chance to shoot the road bikes, only the Merida Warp TT sleds for Stage One, but they did give us a peek at one aftermarket upgrade.The bikes were outfitted with Fulcrum Racing’s Speed Disc and XLR-80 front wheels with Continental tires, FSA Vision bar and extensions, Prologo saddle and Rotor Q-Rings with Flow crankarms.Shifting was handled by Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 with a Berner carbon fiber cage and oversized lower pulley fitted to it. They use 13t and 15t wheels to save about 6g of drag, but they do add a bit more weight compared to a stock rear mech. Check them out in more detail here.last_img read more

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US flu activity shows confusing pattern

first_imgThe latest findings on influenza activity in the United States show a confusing pattern, with some markers down, others up, and states and regions seeing widely varying levels of cases.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today that the percentage of medical visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) dropped last week, but flu is now widespread in 40 states, compared with 35 last week. The agency said it’s too soon to tell if the season has peaked.”While ILI fell nationally, some states are showing increasing activity while others are declining as different states are at different points on the epidemic curve,” CDC spokeswoman Erin Burns told CIDRAP News.Meanwhile, California officials said today that their state had 38 flu-related deaths last week, and they described the season as severe, at least so far. At the same time, 16 states reported minimal flu activity last week.”I think we can say that so far this appears to be a pretty severe season in terms of looking at mortality as a measure of severity,” said California State Epidemiologist Gil Chavez, MD, MPH, at a press conference.The CDC said 10 flu-related deaths in children were reported last week, doubling the seasonal total to 20. Also, the share of all deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza rose to 7.5% last week, putting it above the current epidemic threshold (7.2%) for the first time this season.The 2009 H1N1 virus continues to be the overwhelmingly predominant strain, officials say. Compared with typical seasonal strains, the virus seems to have a greater capacity to cause severe illness in working-age adults.ILI visits downThe share of medical visits for ILI last week was pegged at 3.6%, which is above the national baseline of 2.0% but below the previous week’s 4.4%, the CDC reported. Also down slightly was the proportion of respiratory samples that tested positive for flu: 25.1%, versus 26.2% a week earlier.The seasonal total of people hospitalized for flu reached 3,745 last week, up by more than 1,000 from the 2,622 reported the week before. The new number amounts to 13.8 hospital cases per 100,000 population.The incidence of hospitalization is still highest in elderly people and those under age 5, which is typical, said Burns. But working-age adults (ages 18 through 64) still account for most (61%) hospital cases, which is unusual, though reminiscent of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, she noted.Flu is listed as geographically widespread in 40 states, up from 35 a week earlier. But just 14 states, most of them south-central, reported high flu activity, which is down from 20 states the previous week. Another 12 states had moderate activity, while the rest reported low or minimal cases.Given the data, Burns said, “I don’t think we can say yet that the flu season has peaked. There are large parts of the country that have had little or no flu activity yet this season. While some states are declining in terms of ILI activity, others are increasing.”I think we’re going to have to watch over the next few weeks to see whether ILI stabilizes, or it’s possible it might increase again, but I think the experts think it’s likely we still have several weeks of nationwide high ILI ahead of us. We also saw our severity markers [deaths and hospitalizations] go up this week, and I think we can probably expect to see a continuation of that trend as well.”Vaccine and antiviral suppliesBurns said flu vaccine is still available around the country, though there may be some spot shortages. “There is still vaccine available for purchase from manufacturers. But people may need to hunt around a bit to get vaccinated at this point, depending on where they are,” she said. “It’s still a good idea to get vaccinated if people haven’t yet, especially in parts of the country where activity has started more recently or has not really taken off yet.”She also observed that it’s important for high-risk people who develop flu symptoms to get medical attention quickly, because early antiviral treatment can make a big difference in outcomes.Genentech, manufacturer of Tamiflu, said yesterday that an earlier shortage of the liquid formulation of the drug has been resolved. “We . . . now anticipate having sufficient supply of both the liquid and capsule forms of Tamiflu to meet demand for this flu season,” said company spokeswoman Tara Ianucillo.She said some localized shortages of liquid Tamiflu could still occur in the face of widespread flu, but pharmacists can mix capsules into a liquid to make it if need be. The liquid form is typically prescribed for children under age 13 and people who have difficulty swallowing. She noted that there has been no shortage of 75-milligram Tamiflu capsules.The CDC reported finding no more flu isolates that were resistant to oseltamivir or zanamivir (Relenza), with the seasonal total remaining at 13.Concerns in CaliforniaAlthough a CDC map shows California as having moderate flu activity, state officials today characterized the season as severe for now.”Flu activity continues to increase statewide, including reports of hospitalizations, severe disease and the number of deaths,” said Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), in a press release. “We are clearly in the midst of what appears to be an earlier peaking, severe flu season, and I encourage everyone who has not yet gotten a flu vaccination to do so.”At the press conference, Chavez, the state epidemiologist, said the 38 flu-linked deaths last week, including 2 in children, raise the state’s season total to 45. He said another 50 deaths are under investigation and likely to be confirmed as due to flu, which would boost the total to 95. In contrast, only five deaths had been reported at this point in last year’s flu season, he said.Chavez cited the predominance of the 2009 H1N1 virus as the main factor in the death toll. “We do know that when H1N1 predominates there appears to be more fatalities,” he said.He said the great majority of those who died had not been vaccinated, and “a predominance” of them had underlying medical conditions. The 2009 H1N1 virus is included in this year’s vaccine.Chavez noted that the CDPH decided after the 2009 pandemic to designate flu-related deaths in adults under age 65 as reportable. “Deaths in younger individuals are very rare, so when we have those deaths, it’s an indicator of severe flu activity in the state. In the last 3 years it’s been a very good marker for us,” he said.Canada’s activity less widespreadIn Canada, flu activity continued to increase last week, but only certain regions of Alberta and Quebec reported widespread cases, according to today’s weekly update from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Most of the country had localized or sporadic activity.The agency said this year’s activity trend looks similar to last year’s but is lagging behind it by 2 to 3 weeks. However, more than 90% of confirmed cases this year have involved the 2009 H1N1, versus only 10% last year. Also, a larger share of cases involve people between the ages of 20 and 64 than those 65 and older, which is a change from last year.The PHAC said it’s too early to predict when the season will peak.In Europe, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said the flu season is now under way, citing widespread ILI in three countries and a growing number of countries in which the percentage of flu-positive respiratory specimens is rising.Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom reported widespread ILI, the ECDC said in its weekly update. Also, Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria, and Greece reported medium-intensity flu activity.Of 842 sentinel specimens tested in 25 countries, 217 (26%) from 16 countries were positive for flu, the agency reported. All but two of those isolates were influenza A. Of isolates that were subtyped, 62% were 2009 H1N1 and 38% were H3N2, the ECDC said.See also: CDC’s weekly FluView reportJan 17 CDPH press releaseJan 17 PHAC flu updateJan 17 ECDC updatelast_img read more

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News Scan for Jan 26, 2015

first_imgDisney-linked measles outbreak grows to 87 casesThe California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today confirmed that an outbreak of measles tied to southern California Disney parks in recent weeks has risen to 73 cases in California and 14 elsewhere, including 1 in Mexico.The 87 cases include 9 new infections reported since the previous CDPH update on Jan 23. Other states reporting cases are Arizona, 5 cases; Utah, 3; Washington, 2; and 1 each in Colorado, Oregon, and Nebraska.Of 71 California patients for whom the CDPH reported data, 4 (6%) are younger than 1 year and would not have been eligible for vaccination. Twenty-six (39%) are 19 or younger, while 61% are 20 or older.”CDPH is urging caution to individuals who are not vaccinated, especially infants under 12 months,” the agency said in its update.The CDPH added, “It is safe to visit these places, including the Disneyland Resort, if you are vaccinated. Therefore, CDPH recommends that anyone not already immunized against measles gets immunized at this time. Two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MMR vaccine) are more than 99% effective in preventing measles.”Most infected patients had not received the MMR vaccine, according to previous media reports. The initial case-patients had visited Disney parks from Dec 17 through Dec 20.In related news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Jan 23 issued a Health Alert Network (HAN) advisory on the outbreak. It said the CDC and state officials are investigating the outbreak, and it advised healthcare providers to be alert for measles symptoms in patients.Jan 26 CDPH update Jan 23 CDC HAN notice Jan 21 CIDRAP News scan on the outbreak Chikungunya cases rise by more than 22,000 in ColombiaThe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported 29,628 new cases of chikungunya in the Caribbean and Americas on Jan 23, the majority of which occurred in Colombia, bringing the outbreak total to 1,163,189.The new total includes 1,135,892 suspected and 24,320 confirmed locally acquired cases and 2,977 imported cases of chikungunya. Colombia, already hit hard by the outbreak over the past several months, reported 22,277 new cases of the mosquito-borne disease, bringing the country’s outbreak total to 112,752.Guyana reported an increase of 5,339 cases, bringing its outbreak total to 5,415. The South American nation, which borders the Caribbean, previously had only 76 cases.PAHO also reported 4 new deaths related to chikungunya, 2 of which occurred in Puerto Rico, where 10 people have now died of the disease. One death was reported in the US Virgin Islands, bringing the territory’s death total to 2, and Barbados reported its first chikungunya-related death. The fatality total for the outbreak is now 176. Jan 23 PAHO update CDC declares sprout-related Salmonella outbreak overThe Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak that sickened 115 people in 12 states is officially over, according to a CDC update issued Jan 23.The first Salmonella case was reported on Sep 30, and the multistate outbreak was later traced to mung bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. in Brooklyn, N.Y.The Salmonella strain sickened four people since the CDC’s most recent update on Dec 16, with one new case each reported in Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. The CDC reports that 25% of the 115 people affected by the outbreak required hospitalization.Given the 12-day shelf life of mung bean sprouts, it is unlikely that the contaminated sprouts are still available for purchase or consumption, the CDC said. Given sprouts’ frequent implication in foodborne disease outbreaks, the CDC recommends that consumers eat only cooked bean sprouts.Jan 23 CDC update Dec 17 CIDRAP News scan on outbreaklast_img read more

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New Transportation Director For SH Schools

first_imgThe Southampton school district elevated one of its own, Samantha Saw, to director of transportation. She officially started her new role August. 7.“Ms. Saw is truly deserving of this position,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Dyno. “She has shown her dedication to the district and its students as she has risen through the ranks of our transportation department.”Saw began working with the district in 2004 as a school bus driver. She served in that capacity until 2015, when she was promoted to dispatcher. In that role, she worked alongside the district’s 40 drivers, oversaw routes and the district’s fleet fueling and mechanics’ work orders, assigned bus routes, and managed field trip coverage.Before joining Southampton, she had also worked in patient financial services at Southampton Hospital and served as a financial assistant for Prudential-Bache Securities. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Long Island University’s former Southampton campus.“I am thrilled to have accepted this new position,” Saw said. “I plan to continue to keep the department working as efficiently as possible and to always look to recognize the good work of our dynamic staff.”Southampton High School has a new aquarist on staff as part of its marine sciences program. Rachael Patane, of Holbrook, comes with a wealth of experience that she will use to oversee the school’s 2600-square-foot lab featuring a greenhouse, algae culture room, and 30 species of fish.“I am extremely honored to have this opportunity to work in Southampton and share my passion and experience in the marine environment with the students,” said Patane. “I hope to achieve many ‘firsts’ in aquaculture with the students and bring a new focus on cephalopods to thecurriculum.”Prior to taking the position with Southampton, Patane was a shellfish field technician with Cornell Cooperative Extension Suffolk County. In that role, she conducted field work focusing on shellfish husbandry. Her career also included work as the primary aquarist for the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, where she was in charge of the facility’s largest exhibits, including the shark tanks.For more information on Pantane and her vision for the future of the marine sciences program read “Southampton School District Hires Aquarist.”BridgehamptonBridgehampton High School junior Nick Saunders took his passion for the nation’s Armed Forces to another level, when he far surpassed a fundraising goal of $125 for his participation in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride — a 25-mile bike ride that began at Amagansett Farm and threaded through the scenic roads of the East End — donating just under $2400 to the cause.Bridgehampton sixth-grader William Barletta started the school year on a compassionate note when he saw a fellow student sitting alone at lunchtime, and decided to sit with him. “It is always these small heart-warming stories that inspire our students to help make a positive difference in our school culture,” Principal Michael Miller said. “We commend William for his simple yet generous actions.”TuckahoeOn Friday September 6, Tuckahoe’s sixth to eighth-grade students were invited to Southampton High School to view several short films presented by Mountainfilm, a documentary film festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, political, and social justice issues. The presentation was geared toward middle school students and aims to inspire audiences to action.Hampton BaysIn recognition of their exceptional achievement on national Advanced Placement exams, 13 Hampton Bays High School seniors have earned Advanced Placement scholar awards. Six of those students — Melissa Barreto, Jacob Helfand, Julia Heming, Marissa Kennedy, Sarah Oh, and Diana Ramirez — were named AP Scholars. Gabrielle Caine, Lily Candelaria, Dylan Fotopoulos, Ian Hubbard, Skye McMorris, and Riley Stotzky earned AP Scholar with Honor, and Alexander Rojas was recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction.desiree@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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Honeywell introduces new cooling solar panel film

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MAKE: Grid Congestion in China Impacts 2014-2016 Global Outlook

first_imgMAKE identifies several market dynamics since the analysis in Q3/2014 that in aggregate result in a 0.4% downgrade in the ten-year outlook for grid-connected capacity. Adjustments in China, the Middle East and Africa have influenced a net downgrade, but the outlook for installed capacity is maintained with a slight upgrade of 0.2%. Demand has been front-loaded in several markets in order to capitalize on expiring incentives.MAKE’s Q4/2014 Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update presents how grid congestion in China impacts the 2014 to 2016 grid-connected forecast significantly, as a rush to complete projects ahead of an anticipated cut in the FIT will result in installations out-pacing available grid capacity. Thus, a contrasting outlook as grid-connected capacity is reduced over ten years while installed capacity increases.2014 grid-connected installations are reduced by 7.9% from last quarter, with MAKE expecting 2014 grid-connected installations of 44.7GW. Grid congestion in China, exacerbated by slow progress in development of new transmission lines, alone results in a 2.5GW cut. The widening grid gap in China is expected to lower YoY growth in installed capacity from 2018 and impact global market size in the back end of the forecast.Firm orders are down 12% YoY in Q3/2014, but a robust order backlog supports short-term market dynamics. Global firm order volume in Q3 increases in every region expect for North America. North America sees a 37% drop YoY, as order backlog has nearly fulfilled forecast expectations in the US and Canada. Net capacity in North America stays the same from Q3. Projects in the US continue to shift into 2015 setting up what will amount to the market’s third largest year of growth.The ten-year outlook in Europe is increased by 3.3%, as net upgrades are made in both onshore and offshore markets due to improved policy certainty in key markets.MAKE has evaluated progress toward government ambitions in the Middle East and Africa and has adjusted several market forecasts due to development delay and policy uncertainty. Despite a 10% downgrade over ten years, this region retains the leading global share of emerging growth.The Q4/2014 Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update includes a detailed market forecast update for more than 50 key and emerging markets for wind power from 2014 to 2023. The forecast data includes a split of expected onshore and offshore development, and analysis of the latest order and pricing trends.[mappress mapid=”14597″]Press release; Image: SUSPLAN (Illustration)last_img read more

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