Kurt Busch’s on-track strategy: ‘Avoid (No.) 17 at all costs’

first_imgAfter some aggressive driving early in this 2019 season from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. — including his typical superspeedway daring in the Daytona 500 and a run-in with Erik Jones in Las Vegas — fellow drivers now take note of where the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford is on the track at all times.Kurt Busch remarked as such in a tweet Monday evening. DEBATE: Is Stenhouse too aggressive?Perhaps the score can be settled this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, the first short-track race of the year. Ouch.But Stenhouse Jr. remembers some things differently. Specifically, a Daytona 500 wreck when it appeared Busch’s No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet was hit in the left rear by Stenhouse’s No. 17, causing a six-car wreck on Lap 51 — but Stenhouse insisted that he didn’t touch Busch with his car.That one was all Busch, Stenhouse tweeted.last_img read more

NASCAR fines three Cup Series teams for lug-nut violations at Texas

first_imgNASCAR fined three Cup Series teams for lug-nut violations found in post-race inspection Wednesday at Texas Motor Speedway. The No. 6 of Ryan Newman, No. 12 of Ryan Blaney and No. 14 of Clint Bowyer were each discovered to have at least one lug nut not safe and secure, a violation of Section in the NASCAR Rule Book.As a result, NASCAR fined each of the crew chiefs $10,000 — Scott Graves for the No. 6, Todd Gordon for the No. 12 and John Klausmeier for the No. 14.RELATED: NASCAR confiscates rear spoiler from No. 19 carIn addition, NASCAR posted the L1 penalty for the illegal spoiler confiscated from the No. 19 car of Martin Truex Jr. in pre-race inspection. As reported earlier, crew chief James Small was fined $35,000 and the team lost 20 owner points and 20 driver points.last_img read more

Neil Young To Purge Facebook, Google Logins From Neil Young Archives

first_imgNeil Young has announced plans to remove all Facebook and Google logins from his Neil Young Archives website.This announcement is nothing terribly new, as the 74-year-old politically-minded rocker has railed against Facebook since the aftermath of the 2016 election. He delayed initial plans to purge Facebook logins back in March on account of the pandemic, stating that “asking people to make a transition now, would just add another complication to their lives and tax our customer support.” However the reasons for his stance against Google are much less clear.Related: Neil Young To Sue President Trump’s 2020 Campaign For Alleged Copyright InfringementIn an email sent out to Neil Young Archives subscribers, the singer-songwriter stated that the transition will be an easy one that will require “just a few extra clicks.” After that, users’ accounts will be switched to their email address and a password for the login. After thanking his subscribers for bearing with this change, Young sites the Neil Young Archives Times-Contrarian motto, “Quality whether you want it or not!”As for why Young is making this change, the email directs users to a post on NYA from February 21st, 2020. The post states that while the estimated cost of purging Facebook and Google logins from the site is roughly $20,000, the price is worth it.“Facebook knowingly allows untruths and lies in its political ads to circulate on the platform, while bots sow discord among users,” the post reads in part. “Sowing dissent and chaos in our country via political disinformation is something we cannot condone. Simply put, Facebook is screwing with our election.”Yet the post, titled “After Facebook”, lays out what the goals of the Neil Young Archive are, and they seem eerily similar to that of the social media platform.“NYA strives to be a place where music lovers can get all of my music at its highest quality, while keeping up on news and views from around the world that we wish to share.”See the email from Neil Young Archives, obtained in part by Variety, as well as the original post announcing the reason for the split from Google and Facebook.Neil Young Archives EmailHello NYA Member—We’re reaching out because Neil Young Archives is about to begin the process of eliminating Facebook and Google logins from our website. (If you want to read about why, we have included Neil’s article from the NYATC at the bottom of this email.)If you use Facebook or Google for login, we are going to ask you to run through a quick process the next time you log in—it’s just a few extra clicks. At the end of the process, your account will be transitioned to use your email address and a password for login. Goodbye Facebook and Google buttons.We thank you immensely for bearing with us through this process. We know it’s not convenient, but we believe we will be better for it. ‘Quality whether you want it or not!’”View Email“After Facebook”NYA DAYS AWAY FROM DROPPING SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMWe have been working on this project for a couple of months. Trying to disengage from the corrupt social platform is a costly and time-consuming process for NYA. Our cost will be almost $20,000 to disengage, while treating our subscribers with respect, making it as easy as possible for them to continue with us after Facebook.Facebook knowingly allows untruths and lies in its political ads to circulate on the platform, while bots sow discord among users. Sowing dissent and chaos in our country via political disinformation is something we cannot condone. Simply put, Facebook is screwing with our election.The money we are spending to get out of this mess is designed to make it as easy as possible for our valued Facebook users to log in simply and securely to NYA without the social media platform involved in any way. It is in keeping with what we have been maintaining re: the irresponsible social media platform for the past two years.NYA strives to be a place where music lovers can get all of my music at its highest quality, while keeping up on news and views from around the world that we wish to share. We are primarily a music platform featuring all the background information, films, videos, and credits associated with each piece of music we present while offering unparalleled listening quality.thanks for your support,NYAView Post[H/T Variety]last_img read more

Indianapolis Response Times Increase Slightly

first_imgWRTV ABC Indianapolis – Ambulance response times for the newly consolidated Indianapolis Emergency Management System slightly increased in February, officials said.last_img

A Coffee Angel for Cancer Patients Inspires Detroit

first_img(WATCH the video below from Fox-2 Detroit)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEvery Thursday morning around 10:30 Dan walks into a Starbucks in Metro Detroit, takes out a list and proceeds to order dozens of drinks. The number depends on who is in the Michigan Cancer Center getting chemotherapy treatments.Does Dan work there? Nope. So why would this man spend his own money every week to buy cappuccinos for strangers?In 2007, he accompanied his father to the MCI for Thursday chemo treatments. One afternoon as Dan looked around he got the idea to go and buy everyone who was enduring treatment a drink of their choice from Starbucks. Dan’s father has since passed away, but one of his dying wishes was for Dan to keep the tradition going. Now, Starbucks fans far and wide are donating to the cause via a website and Dan’s Coffee Run Facebook page.The local baristas look forward to filling his Thursday orders and seeing his smiling face. For years, customers asked why the man buys so many drinks, and upon hearing the story they are inspired to donate.In response, the baristas set up a custom Starbucks card with “Dan’s Coffee Run” on it for anyone who would like to help purchase the drinks — from espressos to strawberry smoothies — for the cancer patients up the road.last_img read more

U.K. to Ban Fishing Harvests in Vast Swath of Its Seas

first_imgA no-take fishing zone starts this week for a 320,000-square-mile area around Pitcairn, and a roughly 172,000-square-mile area in St. Helena, which is home to humpbacks and whale sharks, will also be a designated protected space.Two more areas around two South Atlantic islands will be designated protected by 2019 and 2020.MORE: Manatee Population Has Rebounded 500 Percent, No Longer Endangered“Protecting 4 million square kilometers of ocean is a fantastic achievement, converting our historic legacy into modern environmental success,” said Sir Alan Duncan, minister of state for Europe and the Americas.Although commercial fishing will only be banned in two of the areas, the other zones will still be protected from activities like oil drilling.POPULAR: Baby Tortoises Survive on Galapagos Island for First Time in 100 YearsThe announcement was made at the Our Ocean conference currently ongoing in Washington, D.C., and comes on the heels of President Obama’s designation of a marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean.(READ more from The Guardian—Reprinted with permission from E&E Publishing)You Should Dolphinately Click To Share This Good News – Photo by VladUK, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe United Kingdom plans to ban commercial fishing in roughly 385,000 square miles of ocean around British territories.Four islands in the Pacific and Atlantic will now have protected marine areas, the government said today.last_img read more

Seniors celebrate legacy with Party on the Field

first_imgThroughout the year, seniors Sarafina Joseph and Anthony Caputo, chairs of Senior Legacy, have been working with their executive board to organize the giving campaign for the senior class’ first gift to Notre Dame, which will benefit the Fighting Irish Initiative. To celebrate the work they’ve been doing, they are hosting this year’s Party on the Field, an event for the senior class.“Everyone in the senior class has been getting a lot of emails from me, Sarafina, our entire executive team,” Caputo said. “We’ve been relatively — for lack of a better term — very annoying to the class, and to give back to them and thanking them for joining us and being part of that legacy, we throw this event called Party on the Field.”The event will start Thursday at 6:30 p.m., and the group will meet at Door 10 before going to the South Club in O’Neill Hall on the south-side of the stadium. Seniors will be able to eat tacos, enjoy the inflatables that will be on the field and listen to a band from Keenan, Joseph said.Caputo said the event typically features a speaker instead of the band, but Caputo and Joseph decided a band would help provide the lighthearted atmosphere they wanted for the event.“It’s [going to be] a good time with my friends to take a breather,” Joseph said of why she was excited about the event.Besides switching the speaker for a band, Caputo said the group has made other changes, including moving the event from the weekend to a Thursday.“It’s kind of completely different, only because we have so many more things to work with now that the new buildings are open,” he said.While there is no set cost for attending Party on the Field, the board has been encouraging a donation of $10 to go toward Senior Legacy. Caputo and Joseph said they wanted to contribute to Fighting Irish Initiative to directly benefit students.“We met back in August/September and decided … that we wanted to raise funds for the Fighting Irish Initiative, which is a part of the Office of Student Enrichment that helps students who are on extreme financial aid get those extra things to make their Notre Dame experience whole — football tickets, a winter coat, having their parents come for [Junior Parents Weekend] or commencement, things like that,” Caputo said.Joseph said they wanted “to make sure that money is no object in being a Domer.”“It was very important to us — especially early on — that [the money] would go somewhere that would impact students right now right here,” she said.This year’s executive board did not set a target for the amount of money they wanted to raise, but they are hoping to have 70 percent or more of the senior class participate, which would beat last year’s 69 percent class participation.Caputo said students should contribute since he thinks everyone “has had some sort of good experience” at Notre Dame.“I’ve taken it for granted about how easy it is for me to do things on campus, like go to football games and have my parents come out for a weekend and things like that,” he said. “I kind of forget that there are students who don’t have that same opportunity … Being able to take a moment and realize there are so many kids who are just like us — they are regular Notre Dame students who deserve to have this full Notre Dame experience.”Seniors should enjoy their last time being on the field as a senior class before graduation, Caputo said.“We’re so grateful for the responses we’ve been getting from our fellow classmates and how awesome we think this event is going to be because we’re going to celebrate one last time as an entire class,” he said.Tags: fighting irish initiative, Graduation, party on the field, Seniorslast_img read more

Notre Dame student wins big on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

first_imgCourtesy of Amanda Pottorff Freshman Amanda Pottorff represents Notre Dame on “Wheel of Fortune” during the game show’s College Spring Break special which aired Friday, March 20.Pottorff said she and her family have watched “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” since she was young. “Especially throughout high school, most everyday that I was home during the week, me and my family would watch ‘Wheel of Fortune,’” Pottorff said.To become a contestant on the show, Pottorff submitted a short video about herself and why she wanted to be on the show. “I didn’t really expect much, but then in October I got an email saying that they selected me to audition,” she said. Pottorff then auditioned for the show in Chicago, where she experienced a simulated version of the gameshow. “They said if we were chosen for the show we would get a letter in the mail in two weeks, and two [weeks] later I got a letter and found out I was going to be on the show,” Pottorff said.In the show contestants compete to solve word puzzle in order to win cash and prizes which are randomly determined by spinning a carnival wheel.On the day of her game, Pottorff said she initially felt nervous, but began to feel more relaxed over the course of the day.“I was the fifth episode that they taped that day, so I was just sitting around watching the some of other people I had been hanging out with during the day do it, so I kinda eased up a little bit,” she said.During the game, Pottorff struggled a bit in the beginning.“At first I kept getting a bunch of “bankrupts’ and ‘lose a turns’ so it wasn’t looking very good,” Pottorff said. “Then I got to the prize round and I won that so I got a trip to Antigua. Then I got about $4,100 in addition to that, but since the trip was worth so much I ended up actually winning the game.” Pottorff said she has until July of 2021 to plan the trip to Antigua that she won by answering the prize puzzle “Clear Blue Waters.” In addition to winning the trip to Antigua, Pottorff also won the final round by solving the puzzle which read “End of the Semester.” While Pottorff continued on to the bonus round, she did not solve the word puzzle in time to win it.Meeting the show’s hosts, Pat Sajak and Vanna White, was Pottorff’s favorite memory of the experience. “Since I’ve been watching the show for a while you know, I know their faces and it was really weird to be right next to them, shaking their hands and that sort of thing,” Pottorff said. On the show, she mentioned she likes to run and recently joined the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program. Overall, Pottorff said she felt the experience was surreal. “I’m glad I got to do it,” she said. “It’s something I won’t forget.” Tags: college week, McGlinn Hall, Wheel of Fortune Freshman Amanda Pottorff won $12,280 during the “Wheel of Fortune” College Spring Break special last Friday, representing Notre Dame on national television and facing off against students from Northern Illinois University and San Diego State University.last_img read more

Governor Shumlin appoints Kilgore to Washington County Probate Court

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin swore in Jeffrey Kilgore this morning as probate judge to replace George Belcher for the Probate Division of the Washington Unit of the Superior Court. ‘Jeff has solid experience in probate issues and an extensive legal career,’ Governor Shumlin said. ‘That experience, as well as his knowledge of county government, make him an asset to the bench.’Kilgore, who lives in Waterbury, is an attorney whose practice since 1988 has included trusts and estate planning, real estate, taxation, and various corporate matters. He has been an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, an Associate Professor of Business and Economics at Norwich University, and Special Counsel to the Department of Public Service.  He has also served as moderator for Waterbury’s town meeting for the past nine years.  He graduated from Vermont Law School in 1978.  He also received an LLM degree in taxation from Boston University School of Law in 1988 and a Master’s degree in economics from Michigan State University in 1975. The swearing in took place at the Washington Superior Court in Montpelier. Source: Shumlin’s office, 7.16.2012last_img read more

Activists to protest at immigration office

first_img5. We DEMAND the U.S. government abolish ICE.“The US government has already stopped allowing actual adjudication of asylum cases. Now they are trying to reverse asylum claims previously granted. If allowed to continue on this course, I believe the issue of family separation could bleed into the terrible, indefinite holding of families in concentration camps at the border and on military bases,” said Nancy Braus of Brattleboro-Area Not In Our Name.“It is our job to maintain and increase pressure on those in power,” said Rachel Siegel, Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Center.This event was conceived of and primarily planned by individuals across the state with the support of co-sponsoring organizations including Vermont Interfaith Action, Plainfield Community Resistance subgroup, Peace & Justice Center, and Brattleboro-Area Not In Our Name.This is a nonviolent protest. Some folks may risk arrest, they said. 4. We DEMAND members of this administration, agencies and contractors be held accountable for breaking international treaties and our own laws that have led to this humanitarian disaster.  3. We DEMAND humane best practices that do no harm and that families be offered counseling and any other voluntary services they require to deal with the trauma inflicted on them by our government. Vermont Business Magazine Activists from around Vermont will join in nationwide protests against family separation outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Williston on Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10 am, they announced in a press release Monday. The Trump administration was ordered by a federal judge in California to reunite parents and children separated under its “zero-tolerance” policy within 30 days. That deadline is Thursday, July 26. As of Friday, July 20, the Trump administration had only reunited 364 of the 2,551 children separated from their parents.“The US government, ICE and any other agency involved must be judged as abusive parents and held accountable for traumatizing/terrorizing innocent children. Their actions are abhorrent and immoral,” said Debra Stoleroff of the Plainfield Community Resistance subgroup. Held in conjunction with the National Day of Action to Keep Families Together. We are joining and have elaborated on their demands.https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/families-belong-together-we-demand-justice(link is external)1. We DEMAND an end to laws and policies criminalizing migration and those seeking asylum 2. We DEMAND immediate reunification of all children with their families (including those who have been deported) last_img read more