Lucky or good: Keselowski discovering multiple forms of opportunity in 2020

first_imgThe overly simplistic view might be to say that Brad Keselowski somehow lucked into his two NASCAR Cup Series victories this year, that gift-wrapping was involved and that a doubly hexed Chase Elliott personally tied the bow. After all, the element of chance also smiled on Keselowski in both starting lineup draws this season, giving his No. 2 Ford the No. 1 spot each time.“It’s nice to catch some of those breaks,” Keselowski admitted after his Sunday visit to Bristol Motor Speedway’s Victory Lane, but he noted that something still matters about being in contention, being in a proper position to pounce at opportunities when they unfold. It happened last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It happened Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. It may happen when his status as NASCAR’s top free-agent prospect is finally resolved for 2021 and beyond.RELATED: Keselowski wins Bristol | Cup Series standingsOpportunity might be the story of Keselowski’s season so far, as he adds to Team Penske’s series-leading victory tally with a right-place, right-time strut. Riding two wins in a three-race span have the 36-year-old veteran and new crew chief Jeremy Bullins building their case as early championship players, even as the questions persist about his future, about whether his hot streak will solidify his long-term place at Team Penske or boost his market value for a ride elsewhere.Keselowski hears the questions, dutifully answers and insists he’s tuning it all out.“I haven’t put that much thought into anything other than competing and winning and wanting to be in a spot to compete and win for a long time,” Keselowski said. “I don’t let it be a distraction. I can’t always speak for others. The experience I’ve had with the team, they’re not either.”Bullins, installed in the offseason as Keselowski’s new point man on the No. 2 team, has also heard the questions. He heard them again Sunday and said it’s something he and his driver have addressed. Even as uncertainty abounds, their mission remains fixed on staying the course.“He and I have talked a lot about it,” Bullins said. “We both have said it’s not going to be a distraction to what we’re doing. If we keep having days like this, it won’t matter anyways.”Days like Sunday were awfully similar to the previous Sunday, when Keselowski arose to lead the final five laps of the Coca-Cola 600. Elliott’s pre-overtime trip to pit road surrendered that perch to Keselowski for the final stretch, and the former champ didn’t buckle. Sunday at Bristol, Keselowski’s inheritance came from Elliott’s late-race clash with Penske’s Joey Logano, a shunt that handed him the lead for the final three laps.MORE: Chase Elliott, Joey Logano collide late at BristolPart of what put Keselowski there wasn’t just his skill or the strength of his cars, but the team’s resilience, even when other drivers spent more time in front.“I think that means everything,” Bullins said. “The fact that we know that we just have to keep Brad in the fight, keep him in position to where he can make something happen.  I think if we do that, if we can manage to do that throughout the day, he’s certainly not going to give up. I think our team has shown just how strong he can be when you put him in the right position. We’ve been able to do that a couple times.”It has been eight years since Keselowski hoisted the Cup Series trophy for the first time, back when he drove a Penske-owned Dodge and when “Gangnam Style” became a thing. NASCAR’s playoff format and race structure have undergone two major changes in that time, and Keselowski has stacked 23 more Cup Series wins onto what has become a Hall of Fame-worthy resume.RELATED: Team Penske wins by driver | All of Brad Keselowski’s Cup winsHe has waited the better part of a decade to reprise his boozy celebration from an outsized pilsner glass on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Now in a contract year and with team chemistry growing, 2020 might present a prime opportunity for a second swig.“We’re all just really happy for each other’s success,” Keselowski said. “We’re there to pick each other up when things aren’t going our way and somebody is having a bad day. I think that’s what great teams do. This is turning into a great team. I’m super, super proud of them. I’m proud to be a part of it. I’m driving my butt off. Sometimes I think I might be driving a little bit too hard. So far it’s been paying off.”The ultimate payoff may be long-term job security at Team Penske or a lucrative gig with another high-caliber organization.Just don’t say he lucked into it.last_img read more

Scofield, Medeski, Murphy & Martin Stream Free ‘Woodstock Sessions’ Performance [Watch]

first_imgGuitarist John Scofield, keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin, and bassist Jesse Murphy, known formally as Scofield, Medeski, Murphy & Martin—or Bandemic—were the latest group of musicians to come together to deliver an online performance for fans to enjoy from the safety of their homes as many Americans remain inside to prevent the communal spread of COVID-19.On Thursday the quartet aired their pre-taped studio performance, which took place in Saugerties, NY on March 17th for Woodstock Sessions.Related: Neil Young Launches ‘Fireside Sessions’ With Acoustic Bust-Outs, Solo Debuts At Colorado HomeA statement shared with the event page reads, “During this difficult and confusing time while live experiences are on hold, Woodstock Sessions, John Medeski, John Scofield, Billy Martin, and Jesse Murphy are honored to give you this music.”“Last jam for a while I think,” Scofield also added in a post to his Facebook on March 17th. “Stay safe and practice social distancing everyone.”You can watch the full Scofield, Medeski, Martin & Murphy Woodstock Sessions performance below:last_img read more

Random Act of Kindness for 93 Dollars Sparks $100,000 In Donations To Food Bank

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen Jenni Ware found herself unable to locate her wallet as she stood in front of the cash register at Trader Joe’s market, a stranger stepped forward to pay her entire $207 bill.The next day, Jenni sent a check in the mail for $300 to cover the Good Samaritan’s deed — enclosing an additional $93.A Facebook discussion propelled Carolee Hazard to give the extra money to a hunger charity.She also sent $93 of her own money, added to Jenni’s $93, and donated the cash to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.But the kindness didn’t stop there. An avalanche of like donations started pouring in from Facebook friends, eventually totaling $100,000 in spontaneous giving.USA Today reports the two women, who are now good friends, started the 93 Dollar Club on Facebook to collect donations from around the world to feed hungry families in Northern California.WATCH the video below, or read the report in Huffpost…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Next gen Watteam Powerbeat G3 brings affordable power meter you can swap between bikes

first_imgSince its inception the stick-on Powerbeat has been one of the most affordable ways to put power measurement on you bike. Last year Watteam’s gen2 DIY power meter became even more affordable with a single sided variant. And now Generation 3 takes it one step further with a new modular design that can quickly swap between two bikes, bringing true two-sided power measurement to two bikes for less money than many power meters on the market.Watteam Powerbeat G3 affordable, modular powermetersThe original DIY Powerbeat was one of the first to rapidly lower the cost of entry into power metering. G2 brought more accuracy, and then a one-sided option. Now Powerbeat G3 brings improved hardware, a more aero pod design, and three different price points for one-sided measurement, true left-right metering, and now a modular 2×2 setup to use the same hardware on two different cranksets.Tech DetailsNew Powerbeat G3 devices get an updated look that Watteam says blend in better with your alloy cranks, housing the same IP67 weatherproof, easily rechargeable tech as before. Functionality remains the same transmitting total power, cadence, power balance, torque efficiency, and pedal smoothness, all via Bluetooth LE & ANT+.The key bit of tech update here is that: now you glue the strain gauges to your cranks, and then bolt the hanger for the Comp Unit/Pods between the pedal & crankarm as usual, but the Comp Units are now modular and can slide off the hanger. That’s what makes the new Powebeat 2×2 (PB2x2) possible.Since Watteam knows that pretty much everyone buying a power meter has more than one bike, the new PB2x2 allows you to share the same two Comp Unit pods with two different bikes. The PB2x2 kit includes 4 glue-on strain gauges, 4 pod hangers, 2 black power measuring Comp Unit pods, and two bright blue dummy pods. Install it all on two cranksets, then simply pop the Comp Unit pods into the bike you plan to ride and measure power with, and the dummies into bike number two, and a simple click in the app switches from one bike to the next.Besides getting a true left-right power meter that you can easily swap between two bikes, Watteam also says it will simplify bike washing (hose away with the dummy pods) and charging (no need to get the bike close to a plug, just the removable Comp Units.)With each generation update, has also been a new app, and that continues in G3. The new Powerbeat App is more powerful than ever before, and now has the option to turn your smartphone into a fully functional cycle computer. While using a mobile app to turn a phone into a ride-tracking head unit is nothing new, this one promises smooth integration with the power data and measurement capabilities of the new Powerbeat G3 power meters, plus efficient training functionality and compatibility with third-party ride sharing services.Pricing & AvailabilityPricing for generation 3 stays the same as gen2. The G3 Single then sells for $260/300€, a G3 Dual pair of sensors for $400/420€, and the upgrade kit to convert your existing Single to a Dual for $220/270€. The all-new Powerbeat G3 2×2 that includes two pairs of pods for dual-sided measurement on two different cranksets will sell for $600/600€. Plus you can pay $100 in the US and have Watteam install it for you on your cranks.All of the new G3 powermeters can be ordered now direct from Watteam or through international distributors with availability slated for August 2018.Watteam.comlast_img read more

Vermont state historic sites now open for the season

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Division for Historic Preservation has announced the Vermont State Historic Sites opened on a limited basis the week of July 1. The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch and the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell opened Wed., July 1. On Fri., July 3, the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, Hubbardton Battlefield in Hubbardton, Chimney Point in Addison, and Senator Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford opened. The President Chester A. Arthur Historic Site, Kents Corner Historic Site, and Eureka Schoolhouse Historic Site will remain closed for the 2020 season.Bennington Battle Monument, courtesy Tourism Deptartment.State-owned Historic Sites will operate in accordance with the Governor’s Be Smart, Stay Safe Executive Order and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development guidance. In addition,  historic sites will require guests to wear masks or facial coverings in buildings and when in the presence of others outdoors. Due to social distancing requirements, some spaces will not be open to visitors; among these are the observation level of the Bennington Battle Monument and the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge. Events will be limited this year, so please check the website as part of trip planning: is external)Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the recreational activities available at many of the Historic Sites, including interpretive trails, hiking trails, and walkable gardens. Many sites also include hundreds of acres of preserved forest and farmland, architecturally and historically significant buildings, and museum collections and educational exhibits. Vermont’s Underwater Historic Preserves of Lake Champlain also opened to the diving public on July 1. The preserves are managed in partnership with the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum; please see their website for guidelines and registration: is external) Taken together, these sites tell the story of our region from the first inhabitants who settled the area approximately 9,000 years ago through to early 20th-century life.Opening day at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site will also mark the opening of this season’s special exhibit: The Roaring Twenties: Fashions, Fads, and All That Jazz. Historic photographs, period clothing and accessories, and other personal items belonging to the Coolidge family bring this uproarious decade to life and illustrate its influence on residents of the White House. In addition, the Vermont Historical Society will have a phased re-opening of the Leahy Library in Barre and the History Museum and gift shop in Montpelier. The Howard and Alba Leahy Library opened by appointment only on June 15. Appointments can be made by email: [email protected](link sends e-mail) or by phone: 802-479-8509. Exhibits at the History Center will remain closed until Sept. 1 or later. The museum and store in Montpelier reopened on July 1 with a modified schedule. Visitors are welcome Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Current exhibits will be open, including Freedom and Unity, The Dames, and The Sheldon Relic Chair. The Museum will be closed on Sat., July 4, in observation of Independence Day. Please visit their website for up-to-date information about hours, visitation, and virtual programming: is external)Days of operation at the Vermont State-owned Historic Sites have been altered for this season and additional changes are possible.  For all the most up-to-date information, please visit us online at is external), or call (802) 828-3051.The State Historic Sites are owned and operated by the Department of Historic Preservation, which is part of the Department of Housing and Community Development.  The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) works to support vibrant and resilient communities, promote safe and affordable housing for all, protect the state’s historic resources, and improve the quality of life for Vermonters. Source: Montpelier, VT: Agency of Commerce and Community Development 7.3.2020 The mission of ACCD is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities. ACCD accomplishes this mission by providing grants, technical assistance, and advocacy through three divisions:  The Department of Economic Development, the Department of Tourism and Marketing, and the Department of Housing and Community Development. For more information on ACCD please visit: is external).last_img read more

How All-Nighters Alter Your Memories

first_imgLive Science:People who don’t get enough sleep could be increasing their risk of developing false memories, a new study finds.In the study, when researchers compared the memory of people who’d had a good night’s sleep with the memory of those who hadn’t slept at all, they found that, under certain conditions, sleep-deprived individuals mix fact with imagination, embellish events and even “remember” things that never actually happened.Read the whole story: Live Sciencelast_img

Study suggests empathy toward Black victims of police violence is influenced by the observer’s racial identification and the victim’s ‘Blackness’

first_imgShare on Facebook “My colleague James Johnson and I have been working for more than six years in this specific area of research and both James Johnson and John Dovidio have worked their entire careers (spanning decades) examining racial bias,” said study author Len Lecci, a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.“In 2014, we began to investigate some of the psychological mechanisms that may help explain the growing number of incidents in which unarmed Black men are the victims of police violence. We actually tried to create a scenario that we thought would be difficult to justify the aggressive actions of the police, but it turns out that was more challenging than we thought.” The researchers explored how the interplay between a Black observer’s identification with Black culture and a victim’s demonstration of Black stereotypes would influence the observer’s feelings of empathy for the victim.An initial study involved 140 Black U.S. residents between the ages of 19 and 72 who were split into two groups. All participants were shown an article, written based on actual events, that described a White police officer firing three times at an unarmed Black man. “The fictional scenario involves a policeman pulling over a Black motorist for going 3 mph over the speed limit. Then approaching the car with his gun drawn, asking the driver to raise his hands, then after asking for the driver’s license, shooting him 3 times in the chest when the driver reaches for his license in the glove box,” Lecci explained.One group of participants was shown an image of the victim wearing a hoodie, accompanied by a character description that included stereotypes typically attributed to Black Americans (e.g., plays basketball). For the second group, the victim was pictured wearing a shirt and tie and given a description that included characteristics counter to Black stereotypes (e.g., likes modern opera).All participants then completed a series of items used to measure racial identity (e.g., “The racial/ethnic group I belong to is an important reflection of who I am”) and a second series of items measuring their empathy for the victim.According to the results, participants who scored higher in racial identification showed more empathy toward the victim. Moreover, these participants showed heightened empathy toward the victim regardless of whether or not he was described with stereotypical attributes.Participants who were low in racial identification, however, reported less empathy toward the Black victim when he was described with stereotypical attributes rather than attributes that did not fit Black stereotypes. A second study, conducted among a larger sample of 267 Black Americans, replicated these results.“Empathy for a Black male victim of White police violence appears to vary as a function of the victim’s stereotypicality (stereotypic/counterstereotypic) and the extent to which the Black participant identifies with his own race (racial identity),” Lecci told PsyPost.“When racial identity is high, there is generally more empathy for the victim. If racial identity is low, then there was less empathy for the stereotypical victim. These psychological variables may help explain why people react differently to the shootings of unarmed Black men (i.e., there are characteristics of both the victim and the observer/public that predict the response.”The researchers discuss the troubling implications of their findings, given that the event described to participants involved an unquestionable example of excessive force by a police officer, who fired three times at an unarmed Black man for reaching toward his glove compartment.“The central and most provocative finding of the current study was that, even under such circumstances, low identified Blacks reported empathic dampening (with greater dehumanization, less valuing, and less positive feelings . . . toward the prototypical (i.e., stereotypical) victim. This is especially concerning given that stereotypical Blacks are those most likely to be the victims of inappropriate police behavior such as unjustified shootings (see Kahn & Davies, 2011),” Johnson and associates relate.The experiment did offer insight into one factor that might influence the impact of a Black victim’s stereotypicality on others’ responses of empathy. The findings suggest that the negative consequences of stereotypicality are only apparent when it comes to observers who report “minimal psychological connection to their Blackness.”“I think it’s noteworthy that despite the benign behavior of the Black victim, people don’t uniformly express empathy for him. Tragically, when we created the scenario it was just before a very similar real-world event occurred in Minnesota (the 2016 shooting of Philando Castile),” Lecci said.The study, “Black Intragroup Empathic Responding to Police Interracial Violence: Effects of Victim Stereotypicality and Blacks’ Racial Identification”, was authored by James D. Johnson, Len Lecci, and John Dovidio. Email Pinterest Share on Twittercenter_img LinkedIn Share New research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science explored empathy toward Black victims of police violence among a sample of Black Americans. Two studies found that observers who scored low in a measure of racial identity reported less empathy toward victims who had stereotypical Black traits.Violent acts from White police officers toward unarmed Black men and women have incited massive media attention and public uproar. While the topic of police racial bias has been widely explored in psychology research, the public’s response to actual instances of police brutality toward Black victims has been less explored.The researchers were particularly interested in exploring these responses among Black Americans.last_img read more

CDC warns of infections tied to heart surgery device

first_imgYesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned patients and providers of a risk of infection from devices used in open-heart surgery.The concern comes after heater-cooler devices manufactured by LivaNova PLC, of London, were found to be contaminated with harmful bacteria during manufacturing.Devices commonly usedThe CDC said about 60% of the 250,000 heart bypass surgeries performed in the United States each year involve these heater-cooler devices, which keep circulating blood and organs at appropriate temperatures during the procedures. If the devices are contaminated, patients could suffer from infection with Mycobacterium chimaera, which can cause serious illness and even death.The CDC said anyone who’s recently had heart surgery should “seek medical care if they are experiencing symptoms associated with infections, such as night sweats, muscle aches, weight loss, fatigue, or unexplained fever.”The CDC said that in a hospital where one contamination has been identified, the risk to other patients was between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000. And it can take months to develop symptoms of M chimaera infection, and many of the symptoms are non-specific, meaning missed diagnoses are likely, according to the agency.M chimaera is usually found in water and soil, and the bacterium can live in the water circuit of the device that’s used to regulate the body temperature of a patient. Though the water doesn’t come in direct contact with the patient, the bacteria can be introduced through an aerosol spray that’s released by the device’s exhaust vent.”It’s important for clinicians and their patients to be aware of this risk so that patients can be evaluated and treated quickly,” said Michael Bell, MD, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. “Hospitals should check to see which type of heater-coolers are in use, ensure that they’re maintained according to the latest manufacturer instructions, and alert affected patients and the clinicians who care for them.”FDA issues alertThe Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released its own statement on the coolers, saying that hospitals with reports of M chimaera should stop using contaminated devices, and that any tubing or parts should be promptly discarded and replaced.In the spring of 2015, investigators in Switzerland found invasive infection with M chimaera in a cluster of six patients later identified as having open-heart surgery where surgeons used the Stockert 3T heater-cooler devices. A similar cluster appeared in Pennsylvania in July 2015. A recent report of Stockert 3T heater-cooler devices in Germany pointed toward contamination in three separate countries.See also:Oct 13 CDC Notes from the field Oct 13 CDC press releaseOct 13 FDA safety alertlast_img read more

Renewables to Become Norm for Caribbean

first_img Solar Head of State (SHOS), a non-profit that helps world leaders become green leaders by installing solar panels on government buildings, has been assisting Jamaica and other Caribbean countries with their renewable energy transition. Read more at: Caribbean360 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… Oct 1, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 Ryan Bent wins Jamaica Solar ChallengeJamaican youth showcase creativity in renewable energy competition (Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Press Release), October 18, 2018 – Solar Head of State, a nonprofit that helps world leaders become green leaders by installing solar panels on government buildings, has announced the winners of the Jamaica Solar Challenge, a competition that invites young people…October 18, 2018In “CARICOM”CARICOM Heads of Government sign Agreement establishing Energy InstitutionCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government on Thursday signed the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE). The signing was done at the Thirty Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in St. George’s, Grenada.   The signing of the…July 7, 2017In “Barbados”Caribbean energy sector to get transformation supportThe just ended Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington gave a commitment to support the Caribbean’s transformation of the energy systems. In a joint statement the Summit pledged to pursue, among other things, comprehensive, planning-based and research-driven approaches to energy transition; the promotion and development of affordable no-or-lower carbon electricity…May 5, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday April 30, 2019 (IPS) – Jamaica and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are embracing renewable energy as part of their plans to become decarbonised in the coming decades. The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, has committed the island nation to transitioning to 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030. “I believe that we can do better. Jamaica has sunshine all year round and strong winds in certain parts of the island,” Holness said. Oct 5, 2020center_img Oct 2, 2020 Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… You may be interested in… CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Standards, Codes Critical to CARICOM Energy Sector… last_img read more

BOP Installed at Pateke-4H Well (New Zealand)

first_imgAWE Limited reports that as at 06:00 hours today, the Pateke-4H development well, offshore New Zealand, was at a measured depth of 3,689 metres and drilling ahead.The Blow Out Preventer (BOP) was successfully installed and tested and the 13 3/8 inch casing shoe was drilled out.A 12 ¼ inch section was drilled vertically to 3,000 metres at which point directional drilling startedand the well is now at an inclination of 45 degrees. The 12 ¼ inch section is planned to be drilled to a TD of 4,100 metres.The Pateke-4H development well is in PMP 38158 and AWE is the Operator. Located in the offshore Taranaki Basin, New Zealand, PMP 38158 contains the Tui, Amokura and Pateke fields and has been producing since 2007.Pateke-4H is targeting a mapped northern extension of the currently producing Pateke field. The well is being drilled in water depth of approximately 124m with a planned total measured depth of 5,361m, including a 1,272m horizontal section. If successful, the well will be completed for subsequent tie-back to the Tui FPSO (“Umuroa”) for production in 2015.The Joint Venture partners in PMP 38158 are:AWE Limited (via subsidiaries) (Operator) 57.5%New Zealand Oil & Gas (via subsidiaries) 27.5%Pan Pacific Petroleum (via subsidiaries) 15.0%[mappress] March 04, 2014last_img read more