Drivers preview virtual Texas: ‘It’s the hot thing to do’

first_imgIf you didn’t know better, NASCAR drivers were preparing for a race at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend as they would any other season. And even with a pause on the national sports scene because of the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR is still going to be racing at Texas – only this week it will do so with a popular twist.Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 125 (1 p.m. ET available on FOX – where available and subject to change, FS1 and the FOX Sports App) is the second race of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series that has captivated NASCAR’s best racers and, equally as importantly, thrilled NASCAR’s large and loyal fanbase, which can count itself fortunate to still have the ability to watch so many of its favorites compete – albeit virtually.RELATED: FOX Sports to air eNASCAR races |  iRacing scratches drivers’ competitive itch“What a wonderful opportunity for the sport, for racing in general,” said Stewart-Haas Racing driver Clint Bowyer, who last week served as an in-race commentator for the FS1 television broadcast and finished 16th out 35 in the opening race. “iRacing has been around a long time and it’s just something that keeps evolving and they’ve perfected. Here we all are, just longing for some sports action, some competitive action that we can broadcast and show a fan, and then – boom – here it is in our lap.”Certainly there was a bit of a learning curve for some of these NASCAR regulars in last week’s opener at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. Denny Hamlin edged Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a dramatic bump-and-run on the last lap. iRacing regular Timothy Hill finished third, followed by Chase Briscoe and pole winner Garrett Smithley.Hill and Smithley, who compete for smaller teams in the NASCAR Cup Series, may not be race favorites on the real track yet, but they are strong and experienced iRacers who turned some heads with their performances last week. And they competed with a comparatively modest set-up – steering wheels attached to their desks at home with a single computer screen. Hamlin, for example, sat in a rig with roll-bars and three computer screens – a set-up he estimated probably cost upward of $40,000.Both Hill and Smithley said this week’s virtual race on the notoriously tough 1.5-mile Texas high banks will be an entirely new test for the field because its new repave has only recently been updated in the iRacing format.“It’s so neat with iRacing how they laser-scan these race tracks and it’s identical to real-life,” Hill explained. “So, Texas was repaved not too long ago and iRacing went down there and scanned the new re-pave and actually for iRacing. We’ve been running the old pavement up until this year. They’ve just recently come out with the new race track, so I’ve never even been on it yet.”That new competitive element may well come into play. But regardless, many of NASCAR’s top drivers have spent the week upping their iRacing game with much more practice or even a new simulator.Two-time and reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch finished 29th Sunday, driving friend Ty Gibbs’ sim rig with very little practice on it. Busch said he went to great lengths to borrow a sim for his home this week. And to practice.“So now, after we put Brexton (Busch, son) to bed, I can go down there and start working on getting better,” Busch explained. “Texas seems like it’s going to be a heck of a lot more simple than Homestead was as far as the driving aspect. You just have to hit your marks in Turns 1 and 2 and get back to the gas in Turns 3 and 4, which are going to be wide open.”His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Erik Jones, who finished 10th last week at virtual Homestead, is equally enthusiastic about another chance in the competition. Jones conceded, however, he wasn’t able to put as much practice time in as he may have wanted this week because he is moving – the opposite scenario of what he’s expecting from the competition.“I honestly did not know how I’d do in last week’s race at Homestead,” said Jones, who drives the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Cup Series. “It had been forever since I last went iRacing, so it was like I was a rookie all over again. But things came to me fairly quickly, although I’m still nowhere near where I want to be.“Performance aside, I think we all came away from that race impressed with how the entire industry rallied around it, and fans seemed to like it, too. Now we’re on big FOX this Sunday, so even more people will be watching. Obviously, that’s good, but it does kind of ramp up the pressure. You want to do well. Even though it’s a simulation, we’re all competitors and we want to win.” Bowyer confirmed as much.“It reminds me of a rookie coming into the Cup Series,” Bowyer said. “You’re up against guys who have been doing it for years, decades and you’re expected to jump right into the deep end and compete with them and run door-to-door with them and beat them.“The pressure is on for all of us to gain that almighty seat time as much as we can. During the evenings and during the days, whenever you can jump on it, we’re all doing it.”Bowyer, Busch, Jones, Hamlin, you name it. So many of the sport’s top names are certainly all onboard with this opportunity to simultaneously stay on their game and provide good racing for the fans. The chance to showcase the sport again nationally on the FOX network is a huge plus, and both competitors and fans seem to be enjoying this new normal.“Everyone’s doing it – it’s the hot thing to do – and it was certainly fun to do last weekend to help everyone forget about everything that is happening in the real world,” Busch said. “Everyone seems to enjoy it. A lot of guys are getting a little more serious about it and everyone is spending more time on it, so I figured if I’m going to stop running 30th, I’m going to need to get some more laps.” 00:0000:0000:00LIVEFacebookTwitterEmailEmbedSETTINGS_SPEEDSPEED_NORMALSETTINGS_AUTOPLAYlast_img read more

First American With Drug-Resistant Epilepsy Has Great Success With Newly-Approved ‘Brain Stimulation’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor the first time in America since the procedure was approved for commercial use last year, scientists have successfully treated a patient for drug-resistant epilipsy with a technique called “deep brain stimulation” (DBS).DBS is a minimally-invasive surgical therapy that uses an implanted medical device, similar to a cardiac pacemaker, to deliver electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas of the brain as adjunctive treatment for several neurological disorders – including depression.In April 2018, the FDA granted pre-market approval for Medtronic DBS therapy as adjunctive treatment for reducing the frequency of partial-onset seizures in individuals 18 years of age or older who are drug-resistant to three or more anti-epileptic medications. The approval was based on results from the SANTE trial (Stimulation of the Anterior Nucleus of the Thalamus in Epilepsy), where patients had a median seizure frequency reduction of 75% at seven years post-implant.RELATED: Exciting New Study Shows That Zapping the Brain ‘Acutely’ Relieves Symptoms of DepressionDuring DBS, thin stimulation electrodes are placed into deep regions of the brain that control various functions. A pacemaker implanted in the chest sends electrical impulses through the electrodes, which regularizes abnormal brain activity and alleviates symptoms.DBS therapy for epilepsy delivers controlled electrical pulses to a target in the brain called the anterior nucleus of the thalamus (ANT), which is part of a network involved in seizures.Dr. Robert E. Gross completed the first case in the U.S. since the procedure was FDA-approved and made available commercially. That procedure was conducted at Emory University Hospital in November 2018 – and according to a university statement in February, the patient is doing well.WATCH: He Was Called Foolish for His Research; Now Documentary Tells How He Won Nobel Prize for ‘Cancer Cure’“The commercial availability of DBS provides an important surgical treatment option for patients who suffer from epilepsy and do not respond to medication,” says Gross. “ANT DBS has been shown to significantly reduce the frequency and severity of seizures and improve quality of life out to seven years.”“While it has only been two months since the system was turned on, his frequency of seizures has declined by more than 50%, and we expect improvement to increase further with additional programming sessions.”The second case at Emory took place on February 21st and researchers are eager to witness its continued success.CHECK OUT: Years After She Smells Parkinson’s Disease on Her Husband, Woman is Now Paving the Way for Early Detection TestAccording to the American Epilepsy Society, as many as three million Americans have epilepsy. Antiepileptic drug (AED) medication is the primary treatment to control seizures; however, approximately one third of individuals with epilepsy have seizures that do not successfully respond to AEDs. In the SANTE trial, all subjects had tried at least three AEDs and, on average, lived with epilepsy for 22 years prior to treatment with DBS.The Medtronic DBS System for Epilepsy has demonstrated safety and effectiveness in patients who averaged six or more seizures per month over the three most recent months (with no more than 30 days between seizures) and has not been evaluated in patients with less frequent seizures.In addition to medically refractory epilepsy, DBS therapy is currently approved in many locations around the world, including the United States and Europe, for the treatment of the disabling symptoms of essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease.(Reprinted from Emory University)Treat Your Friends With A Daily Dose Of Good News By Sharing This To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Sanders responds to Trump press conference

first_imgVermont Business Magazine US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statement Tuesday after President Donald Trump held a press conference where he blamed “both sides” for violence at a white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia:”President Trump. You are embarrassing our country and the millions of Americans who fought and died to defeat Nazism. The violence in Charlottesville was not caused by the ‘alt-left,’ (whatever that may be). It was caused by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists who are attempting to spread their hateful and racist ideology.”BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 15 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders Trump Defends Initial Remarks on Charlottesville; Again Blames ‘Both Sides'(link is external)New York Timeslast_img read more

The need to know – really know –your audience

first_imgMarketing techniques and communication channels have changed dramatically through the years. But what hasn’t changed over time is the No. 1 question all marketing professionals need to be able to answer: Who you are talking to?Audience, audience, audience. No matter your role – business, sales, collections, consulting – you have to remember who’s on the other end of your message. And to really get their attention, you have to know their preferences.Technology has brought a wealth of advantages to marketing professionals, such as improved delivery speed and cost savings, as well as enhanced customization and messaging frequency. But not every audience embraces technology the same. While younger consumers and those who are tech-savvy may favor texts over voicemail, others – especially older age groups – may prefer an occasional phone call and appreciate a “thank you” email.Ageless adviceIt used to be that younger people sought out older generations to learn about everything, counting on their wisdom and life experiences for advice and guidance. But today, as technology advances and people develop skills at different ages, this education is moving both up and down the age spectrum.Older and younger generations equally have something to offer each other: Grandparents turn to grandkids for help setting up Facebook accounts and college students seek advice from experienced professionals about potential career fields. In my case, I had to learn to text if I wanted to get an answer from my kids. And in my workplace, younger employees will sometimes come to me looking for input about business and finance decisions. The need for education goes both ways.Given the daily responsibilities of your customers, combined with the hustle and bustle of today’s society and the many options for communicating, you’ll need to adjust your marketing efforts from time to time. Knowing your audience – as well as the information they want and their contact preferences – has never been more critical.Welcome changeNothing stays the same; and while not everyone greets change with open arms, most adjust over time. If your financial institution is hesitant to upgrade its marketing communication technologies, it’s time to reconsider. The truth is, people talk to each other and conduct business differently than they did 10 years ago … or five years ago … or even just a few months ago. The methods they use and prefer are constantly shifting. To stay competitive, you have to keep up.Yet, marketers must consider their audience’s reaction to communication changes and proceed with caution. Quite the conundrum. You may have customers who may want to hear from you every month; others may feel that’s too much. Some may still prefer a phone call now and then, while others might only want email notices and eStatements in lieu of paper documents. Financial institutions need a process to identify not only their target audiences, but their audiences’ communication comfort levels.Plain talkWhether we’re on the front line or planning promotions – as well as all member-facing credit union personnel – we need to be flexible in talking with people. That means knowing what to say and when to say it. And just as important, it means knowing when to stop talking.It takes a little listening … and maybe a little extra effort. But if someone unsubcribes from your newsletter, don’t just write them off as not interested. Make a note of it, and work to find another way to get your messages in front of them the way they want and will appreciate.Don’t let technology fool you into thinking everyone wants to communicate in 140 characters or less.Get to know – really know – your customers. Honor their communication preferences, treat them with respect, and you’ll create meaningful relationships that stand the test of time … and changing technology. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ron Daly Ron Daly is the president and CEO of Virtual StrongBox, a secure, end-to-end member engagement platform that can be integrated into various workflow processes to provide high-risk Enterprise IT firms … Web: www.virtualstrongbox.com Detailslast_img read more

VA accreditation training CLE seminar set for Tampa

first_imgVA accreditation training CLE seminar set for Tampa VA accreditation training CLE seminar set for Tampa August 15, 2009 Regular Newscenter_img The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Military Affairs Committee will present a three-hour CLE seminar on veterans law on Saturday, September 12, at the Tampa Airport Marriott.Pulling together a faculty of experienced attorneys and veterans service officers, the committee offers Florida attorneys and others an opportunity to meet accreditation requirements recently promulgated by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition to the federal CLE requirement, a three-hour elder law certification credit has also been approved.In 2006, a federal statute opened widely for the first time the opportunity for attorneys to provide representation to veterans having claims and causes before the Board of Veterans Appeals, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. 2008, final rules were published in the Code of Federal Regulations and the accreditation process was opened to attorneys, including those in Florida.The Military Affairs Committee has taken the lead within the Bar and has worked to assemble a faculty having many years experience in both VA administrative and judicial adjudications. Jacksonville Judge James A. Ruth, committee chair, will introduce the program, which will include each of the subjects required for VA re-accreditation.Subjects include remarks on practice before the VA, disability compensation, claims processing, dependency and indemnity compensation, pensions, and judicial appeals of administrative decisions. Current federal requirements call for a CLE on these subjects within one year of VA general counsel accreditation and once every three years thereafter.This seminar is being held in conjunction with The Florida Bar’s General Meeting. Registration is now open. Seating is limited. If you have any questions, contact either the Bar’s Tracy Brim at (850) 561-3188 or seminar Chair Harold W. Youmans at (813) 671-8852.last_img read more

Administrative Law Section visits schools

first_imgAdministrative Law Section visits schools October 15, 2016 Regular News Administrative Law Section visits schools The Florida Bar Administrative Law Section’s Law School Liaison Committee recently hosted a networking nosh at the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law. Section Chair Jowanna N. Oates, Law School Liaison Committee Chair Administrative Law Judge Lynne Quimby-Pennock, James Bush, Jamie L. Jackson, Julia Knight, Mohammad Sherif, and Julie Waldman shared with students their experiences with the practice of administrative law. The Administrative Law Section’s Law School Liaison Committee has similar events scheduled this fall at the Thomas Cooley School of Law and Barry University School of Law.last_img read more

SimonCRE is Poised for Continued Growth in 2015

first_imgA full service commercial real estate development company, SimonCRE specializes in retail ground up development, redevelopment, and single tenant build-to-suits throughout the country. The firm actively seeks opportunities to produce and redevelop quality shopping centers and retail spaces that enhance the local business climate. Current clients include Dollar General, the nation’s largest independent Verizon Wireless dealer Moorehead Communications, and EZCorp with their EZPawn retail stores. To date, SimonCRE has been instrumental in the retail development and subsequent leasing of over two million square feet of commercial space in 26 states from Florida to Oregon. The organization has doubled its employee base since 2013 because of its tremendous growth. The addition of Carpenter will bolster the growth trend. At SimonCRE, Carpenter will specialize in sourcing new build-to-suit and shopping center opportunities.“Our business is predicated on developing and maintaining strong relationships. As we interweave those relationships with our primary business focus of innovative strategic direction, we deliver a personalized solution to each project and client,” says Simon. “Jeff is completely aligned with our business philosophy which makes him a great fit for our clients.” Commercial real estate developer SimonCRE announces the addition of partner Jeff Carpenter to the organization. With a strong background in retail development, leasing and finance, Carpenter will be involved with and add to the core business strengths of the firm. He brings additional expertise with single tenant build-to-suit and shopping center acquisition, which are explosive growth areas for SimonCRE.center_img “We are proud to welcome Jeff to the team,” says Joshua Simon, president and founder of SimonCRE. “He is an esteemed colleague and friend bringing vast industry knowledge and invaluable experience to the company. His strong work ethic and values are evident in every project he takes on and will aid in our continued growth.” Prior to joining SimonCRE, Carpenter spent six years with Sandor Development leading its private equity arm, Sand Capital, in sourcing, underwriting and the acquisition of non-performing notes and lender owned commercial real estate. Carpenter began his career in commercial real estate at Phoenix Commercial Advisors, a commercial real estate brokerage specializing in retail tenant representation, project leasing, and investment sales.last_img read more

Here Comes The Bride, Here Comes The Judge

first_imgEast Hampton Town Justice Court is one of the busiest town courts in the state. Justices Steven Tekulsky and Lisa Rana alternate weeks on the bench, with each week having three calendared days: Monday sessions for civil matters and parking tickets, Wednesdays for vehicle and traffic violations, and Thursdays for criminal matters. They each preside over trials, and perform arraignments on various criminal charges, up to and including murder.It can be an unpleasant job. But there is one function that both judges look forward to: presiding over weddings.Last year, between the two of them, they presided over about 120 weddings, according to Katelyn Davis, the court clerk who schedules weddings at the courthouse. She should know: Tekulsky presided over the ceremony in Bridgehampton this past June during which the former Katelyn Anderson tied the knot with Michael Davis.The fee paid to the presiding judge is $100, cash. Tekulsky explained recently that tips are not allowed, nor is the cost of transportation, unless the ceremony is being conducted outside of the town.While weddings are performed at the courthouse, many couples prefer other locations. The Montauk Lighthouse is a popular site. Beaches in general are popular, as are restaurants and clubs such as Surf Lodge and Gurney’s Resort in Montauk, and East Hampton Point on Three Mile Harbor.Water-themed locations are a staple of East Hampton weddings. “I have had a few couples tie the knot on boats in Three Mile Harbor, and on local bays,” Rana said.She was asked if there was a particularly memorable wedding she had presided over. “One wedding I particularly remember was a same-sex couple who married shortly after they were legally able to do so in New York state, in 2011. They were an elderly couple. One person I believe was in his late 80s, the other in his 90s, and they had been together for over 60 years. They had so much love for one another, and it was an honor to marry them. That was, incidentally, the first same-sex marriage I officiated.”Both justices have performed a wedding ceremony in which one member of the couple, or more, were former defendants. “It’s a small town,” Rana added.There have been celebrity sightings over the years at the weddings both have presided over, but mostly as witnesses or friends of the couple tying the knot.To be married by an East Hampton Town justice, one must first get a marriage license from the town clerk’s office. Town Clerk Carole Brennan explained that couples need to bring either a passport or driver’s license, and certified copies of their birth certificates. If either of them is divorced, he or she needs to bring a certified copy of the divorce certificate. The fee for a license is $40. There is a 24-hour waiting period before the couple can bond in holy matrimony. They must act on the license within 60 days.Once the license is issued, it is just a short walk over to the courthouse, and the clerk’s window, license in hand. Davis explained that, unless the couple specifies one judge or the other, the wedding will be performed by whichever justice is scheduled to be on the bench on the date the couple requests.Both justices perform weddings in Spanish, as well as English.“I am glad I am able to perform weddings in Spanish,” Tekulsky said. “Marriage is a big commitment and, at the least, the bride and groom should understand what they are agreeing to.”“Weddings are definitely a happy time for couples, and it is a nice counter-balance to some of the harder issues we deal with in our local courts,” Rana [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Homesteading Series: Chicken Love

first_img Share Part III in a series on self-sufficiency, which includes vegetable and herb gardening, resources for newbies, taking care of animals, composting, pollinators, and more.Having a pet that poops breakfast may be the greatest investment in food security you can make, plus chickens provide compost for your garden, eat bugs and kitchen scraps, and are fun to watch. If you haven’t owned chickens, here’s some things to know right off the bat. First, you don’t need a rooster for your chickens to lay eggs. They lay about once every 24 hours or so, less in the winter, regardless of whether there’s a man around the house. Your neighbors will thank you for that bit of information. The best way to assure the “no rooster” clause is to buy pullets — the equivalent of teenage chickens that have been properly sexed, which sounds like a lot more fun than it actually is. But even then, you can sometimes end up with a “pullet surprise,” and I don’t mean the kind you get for writing an award-winning novel. (I’ve been waiting to use that pun forever.) Be aware, if you buy “straight run” baby chicks, it means you don’t know who will lay and who will crow.Independent/Bridget LeRoySecond, chickens are tasty. Not just to people, but to predators. So, if you decide to own chickens, no matter how carefully you coop them, prepare for some casualties — it is, unfortunately, part of farm life. Third, check your town code carefully. Some townships allow only three chickens, which is challenging, since most places only sell a minimum of half a dozen, but you could split an order with a neighbor. Once you have chickens though, you may find yourself a victim of what poultry hobbyists call “chicken math” — you’re never quite sure how many you have. Not inciting anarchy here, but if you don’t have a rooster and you keep your pen clean, and you have a large backyard, it’s unlikely the chicken police are going to come and haul you off to chicken jail. Sharing your henfruit with those on the other side of the fence will gain you some points, too. Fourth, do your research. Some breeds of chickens do better in hot weather, some in cool. Some tend to go broody (think false pregnancy), some don’t lay all winter, some are friendlier, some lay different color eggs (the chicken “mutt” called the Easter Egger is a popular breed). A fun quiz on what kind of chicken is right for you, with lots of information about breeds, can be found at www.mypetchicken.com. Fifth, buy locally if possible. Wayne Meyer of Long Island Poultry in Calverton is a great resource. “Business is booming,” he said. “We quadrupled our business in the past four weeks,” during what is usually a busy time anyway. When asked if there are any first-time chicken purchasers, he said, “Lots. We’re selling out daily.”Independent/Bridget LeRoyHis sage words of advice for anyone thinking about owning chickens? “Don’t impulse buy,” he said. “Make sure you are ready for the commitment.” More information can be found at www.longislandpoultry.net. A popular chicken blogger, Kathy Shea Mormino, manages www.the-chicken-chick.com, with ideas on everything from coop building and cleaning to feed and treats to medical issues. For answers and advice, plus other local resources, the Facebook page Long Island Homesteading Forum previously profiled in this series is full of local chicken owners who can share their [email protected]last_img read more

SCCS wins bulk of £4m fund for CCS research

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