Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Pocono race ends early after blown engine

first_imgRELATED: Why Junior started at the rear | Dale Jr.’s stats by trackHistory repeated itself this weekend for Dale Earnhardt Jr. as an engine issue brought on by a bad shift ended his day in the Axalta presents the Pocono 400 and resulted in a 38th-place finish.A two-time winner at Pocono, Earnhardt entered this race with six top-five finishes in his last seven starts at the 2.5-mile track. However, the weekend started off rocky when the No. 88 team had to change engines on Friday.After missing a shift Sunday on Lap 57, Dale Jr. said over the radio: “I don’t know what it is about the shifter this week, but it’s not natural to me.” This race marked the second DNF for Earnhardt in 34 starts at Pocono.RELATED: Dale Jr. frustrated by Pocono weekend“It’s going in the wrong gear,” a dejected Earnhardt Jr. told FS1 on the race broadcast. “I wish I could blame it on something else, because it’s awful. It feels awful.“It’s just my fault. I wish I could say that the shifter is different and something’s out of line. This really concerns me. … I don’t really have an answer other than me having to pay more attention.”Crew chief Greg Ives came over the radio to offer encouragement as the team will move on to Michigan, a place where Junior has two wins.“We’re going to go to Michigan. We will be fine,” Ives said.last_img read more

Right On! First B.C. Right Whale Sighting in 62 Years

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAfter 62 years, there’s new hope for one of the rarest animals on earth. A lone Pacific right whale has been sighted off the BC coast near Haida Gwaii.Canadian scientist, environmentalist and media personality David Suzuki says he never imagined that a right whale would ever be seen again off the Western shores of Canada.“This news is about as exciting as it gets for this once abundant giant whale and for all those who care deeply about the survival of critically endangered species.” Right whales, once abundant throughout the North Pacific, were reduced dramatically in the 1800s by hunters. Only a “few tens of animals” were thought to have survived in the eastern North Pacific, according to Suzuki.“This rare sighting brings us hope that with careful conservation measures, resilient ecosystems can, indeed, rebound,” said Suzuki in a blog post.(READ more from DavidSuzuki.com)Photo: Dr. John Ford, Dept of Fisheries and OceansAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Lady Windermere’s Fan Star Grace Molony on Her Big Debut, Getting Used to Corsets & More

first_img View Comments Few performers fresh out of drama school land the title role in a star-heavy revival of an Oscar Wilde classic, but that is the happy position in which 22-year-old Grace Molony finds herself at the Vaudeville Theatre, where she plays the conflicted Lady Windermere in the new West End production of Lady Windermere’s Fan. The show also stars Samantha Spiro and AbFab’s Jennifer Saunders. An excited Molony spoke to Broadway.com one recent lunchtime about seizing the spotlight and adjusting to life in a corset.Is this production really your London stage debut—with you in the title role, no less?It is and I can’t believe it!  To think that a year ago I was at LAMDA [the celebrated west London drama school] rehearsing for our musical, Spring Awakening, in which I had three lines only to then find myself at Chichester in The Country Girls [by Irish novelist Edna O’Brien] and now on the West End in this. It’s just been a crazy year!How do you think Wilde’s 1892 comedy holds up today?It feels so relevant to me, as if these are characters that you might see every day in society. It’s so relatable: I think it’s a shame this show isn’t done more. [The play was last revived in London in 2002, with Vanessa Redgrave and her real-life daughter, Joely Richardson.]How would you describe its tone?I think people will be surprised at how funny it hopefully is. In the past, the play has been made into a tragedy and the film of Lady Windermere really isn’t funny at all and I don’t think was trying to be. But though some tragic things do happen in the play and there are high stakes throughout, we’ve found little witty moments throughout the whole piece.What do you think Wilde, who was an astute social critic, was getting at with a play that is in fact set on Lady Windermere’s birthday?The main themes really have to do with what’s right and wrong and whether things can even be defined as right and wrong—or good and evil. People may think they’re being good but they’re also spreading gossip and scandal.How does this climate affect Lady Windermere herself?Since doing this show I seem to have used the word “sacrifice” more than I ever have before. Lady Windermere is a bit obsessed with the need to sacrifice, whether in relationships or society.What’s the relevance of the fan, for those who don’t know the play?It’s a bit like the handkerchief in Othello insofar as that fan really does go on a journey! It’s Lady Windermere’s present from her husband and is beautifully engraved with her name on it but it ends up in a way being the protagonist of the entire play. We should get little legs for it to walk onstage at the end for a bow.Had you had any experience with Wilde while at LAMDA?Not at all. We did a bit of Shaw and some Restoration comedy but that was it. Luckily, I got invited to the press night of [last fall’s Wilde revival] A Woman of No Importance after I knew I had this which was really, really helpful. I thought, “How on earth am I going to bring this off the page and make it seem natural and believable and real,” so it was a great help to watch what someone like Eve Best does with this language. How does Jennifer Saunders, of all contemporary comedians, suit the world of Oscar Wilde?She’s perfect for it! Just from the first rehearsals, she had it down: Jennifer is such a natural at making this language sound modern, as if it’s her language. She can take something on paper that probably isn’t even meant to be funny and turn it into something brilliant.Are you getting used to wearing a corset as part of your period costume?No big meals for me until April!  The tactic I’ve discovered with a corset is to be the biggest you’re going to be when you have your first fitting so that you’re ready when the costume ladies then pull them tight—which is what they would have done at the time. I had to wear one for a film I did last summer, and your body does get used to it.What can you tell us about that film?It’s a movie of [Schiller’s classic play] Mary Stuart, directed by Josie Rourke, who, of course, runs the Donmar, and starring [2018 Oscar nominees] Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan. All of my scenes are with Margot, who plays Elizabeth I. She was fantastic. I’m playing one of her handmaidens—her ladies in waiting.What was the shoot like for you?The film was a huge learning experience for me. I didn’t have a lot to do but I got to experience what it was like on a big film set. Lots of the actors on it were saying that it was the most rehearsal period they’ve ever had: Josie clearly is bringing her experience of theater into film directing, which is amazing. Is the world of the theater a familiar one to you?In fact, it is. My dad [Patrick]is a production manager, which is a totally different side to what I do. He’s actually the production manager on this play, which is just so strange. He came to a run yesterday, and I made him sit at the back. I was, like, “Don’t cry!” and he managed to hold it together [laughs]. And my mum [Lesley] is an actress. She took 10 years out when my brother and I were born, but recently she has gone back into it.Do you have a first memory of going to the theater?Yes, my parents took me to Annie and I stood up for the whole show. My bum did not touch the seat I loved it so much. I’ve always adored the theater, and I still do! Grace Molony in “Lady Windermere’s Fan” (Photo: Marc Brenner) last_img read more

Ellis: Pandemic Socialism, conflict of interest

first_imgby Kevin Ellis At 300,000 deaths and a crippled economy, we are now on the verge of another stimulus bill from Congress to keep the country afloat.Unemployment checks are running out along with paycheck protection and renter forgiveness. Lacking a stimulus bill, we will see even worse income inequality and hardship for hard-working people on the edge – evictions and hunger while the stock-holding class watches their unearned income hit record highs.But there is another issue we need to tackle: who gets the stimulus money? Corporations or people? For months, corporations have been lining up at the federal trough via their lobbyists and lawyers and political contributions for a bite at the next COVID bailout apple.Which leads us to this discussion. Why do we prize capitalism on the way up and socialism on the way down, as NYU Professor Scott Galloway asks?We are all for ruthless, capitalist competition among companies. It breeds innovation, lower prices, creates prosperity that grows the economy and helps people out of poverty. We reward risk-takers with wealth when they win on those risks. We argue about how unfettered that capitalism should be. I like more regulation to spread the spoils and guard against evildoers. Republicans want less. (Not sure why they want less but that’s a different column)My issue for this week is what happens when things go bad, on the way down. We are all for capitalism on the way up. But why aren’t we for capitalism when things go bad? After the 9-11 terror attacks, we spent ourselves in hoc for national security (war). In 2008, Treasury Secretary and former Goldman Sachs Chairman Henry Paulson got down on one knee and begged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bail out the Wall Street banks to save the country from the George W Bush recession of historical proportions (unfettered capitalism).Obama and Congress bailed out the auto industry to save the jobs of the workers and avoid a depression. I supported it then. Not sure now.Then COVID hit and here we go again. A massive Trump recession and we taxpayers find ourselves bailing out airlines, cargo companies and Boeing. Why do we protect these companies with government money? That is socialism. If you are against socialism, then be against it. You can’t support billions to lure Amazon to Queens and be for competition at the same time.We should let companies fail. That’s right. Let them go bankrupt. Galloway at NYU calls bailouts hate crimes against future generations because they have to pay the bill.We do this as the companies wanting federal stimulus money bought back their stock, increased their dividends and paid their executives huge sums. They jacked their stock price and left themselves without the rainy day money necessary to weather the COVID recession.Those free-marketers who love capitalism suddenly support socialism bailouts for the companies who should be taking the pipe.Let them fail. Failure is good. It forces innovation, creates new relationships and new companies. Chapter 11 protects workers. The only people hurt are the stockholders and hedge funds who invested in the company. They took risk. Sometimes they win. Sometimes they lose. That’s capitalism. And I am all for it.Instead of giving taxpayer money to Delta and Boeing, we should give money directly to people to tide them over. They use that money to start new businesses, pay rent and mortgages, eat and shop. That’s the economy.Bailing out failing corporations is crony capitalism and another example of how we have lost the ethic built in World War II when companies turned factories into the greatest industrial machine in history to defeat Fascism. What have these huge companies done for the country in the pandemic? I await the stories about how Delta Airlines helped in this war effort.The last relief package at $2 trillion in March included a massive tax cut for rich people and direct grants to major corporations. Our children are expected to pay that back – to China by the way. As usual, the U.S. Senate made the wealthier more wealthy and threw scraps to Uber drivers and food delivery people. As I like to say – Bernie was right.Next time you see a big corporation take out a full-page ad saying “We are all in this together?’’ ask yourself what they have done to protect their employees or contribute to the COVID effort.I’m a capitalist. If airlines and car companies can’t make it, let them go bankrupt. That’s capitalism.Kevin Ellis is a strategy consultant, coach and husband. His Conflict of Interest blog can be found at kevinkellis.com(link is external) He lives in East Montpelier, VT. Sources and thanks – Scott Galloway, NYU professor, podcast host, major capitalist and author of Post Corona, from Crisis to Opportunitylast_img read more

Synergy separates great boards from good boards

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Directors’ collaborative capabilities matter as much as their individual abilities.Credit unions exert a lot of energy evaluating and recruiting board members, fully aware the caliber of those volunteers can heavily influence the future of the organization.But choosing quality people is just half the battle toward fielding a strong and successful board, according to a recent NYSE Governance Services and RHR International survey of 300 directors in a variety of industries.You must also foster a series of meaningful intangibles that can create synergy.Those factors include, among others:Frankness among board members;Quality of discussion and diversity of opinion;Group and self-evaluation; andStrong leadership via CEO succession and board refreshment plans.“The way board members operate together, not who they are, is what differentiates a great board from an average one,” says Dr. Paul Winum, RHR’s global practice leader for Board and CEO Services and the study’s principal author.The most significant contributing factor to board effectiveness is the quality of dialogue and debate, according to 88% of survey respondents, followed by the ability to ask tough questions of management (77%). continue reading »last_img read more

Ninth Circuit survey seeks to improve the civil justice system

first_img N inth Circuit survey seeks to improve the civil justice system A t the request of Chief Judge Belvin Perry, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Civil Courts Commission was organized to seek input from all members of the bench, bar, and legal professionals regarding ways to improve the civil justice systems in Orange and Osceola counties.To capture suggestions for the civil justice system, members of the commission have developed an online survey designed to be completed by attorneys, judges, paralegals, legal assistants, and other legal professionals in the Ninth Circuit. Responses are anonymous. After review and discussion by the commission, a report with recommendations will be issued later this year.To take the survey, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Sspvqy3MS0cCOBcJ46KMtA_3d_3d. For more information, contact Mary Ann Etzler at mae24@dbksmn.com or Jill Schwartz at jschwartz@schwartzlawfirm.net. August 1, 2010 Regular News Ninth Circuit survey seeks to improve the civil justice systemlast_img read more

FLU NEWS SCAN: US flu season nears end, H5N1 gaps in Egypt

first_imgMay 3, 2013CDC: Flu season nears its endThe nation’s flu markers continued their slow decline last week, according to an update today from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The percentage of outpatients visits for flulike illnesses dropped to 1.0% last week, putting it well below the national baseline of 2.2%. The percentage of deaths from flu and pneumonia dropped to 6.6%, keeping it beneath the epidemic threshold and seasonal baseline. In a separate situation update the CDC said the 2012-13 flu season is largely over, but noted that flu viruses can continue circulating over the summer at low levels. Seven more pediatric flu deaths were reported, raising the season’s total to 137. One of the recently reported deaths was from the 2010-11 season. Though the flu season was tough on seniors in terms of hospitalization rates, the season’s total number of pediatric deaths is one of the highest since the CDC started tracking them in 2003-04. The numbers so far, though, are well below the 348 reported during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic months.May 3 CDC influenza updateMay 3 CDC flu situation updateCDC pediatric flu mortality dataElsewhere, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said flu activity is declining or has already returned to baselines in all reporting countries after 3 months of active transmission, according to an Apr 30 statement. With the flu season drawing to an end, the ECDC said it would move to biweekly reporting.Apr 30 ECDC statementFAO paints bleak picture of H5N1 control efforts in EgyptA new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says Egypt’s poultry production sector is riddled with gaps that hobble efforts to control H5N1 avian influenza, which has been endemic in the country since 2008. The problems include weak farm biosecurity measures, wide and unregulated use of variable vaccination protocols by commercial farms, co-circulation of H5N1 and H9N2, household producers’ ignorance of the importance of quarantining newly bought birds, unregulated live-bird trading, and weak movement control. Further, “some specialized traders actually profit from the disease by purchasing birds known to be infected at very low prices and reselling them via door-to-door peddlers or to the slaughterhouse, which in turn sells frozen birds to the fast food outlets,” the report says. It predicts that H5N1 will continue to circulate in Egypt as long as poor biosecurity conditions persist. To remedy the situation, the FAO calls for national poultry production standards and guidelines to support good management and the formation or strengthening of grassroots producers’ associations. The report is based on a study in 2010 and 2011 of H5N1 transmission pathways and critical control points in Egypt’s poultry sector. The country has had 173 human cases of H5N1 since 2006April 2013 FAO report (65 pages)last_img read more

Atlas Copco acquires WestRon

first_imgLocated in Calgary, Alberta, WestRon currently has 26 employees. The Group also has facilities in Ontario and British Columbia.“Extending our service offering is a part of our strategy to grow our presence in this important region,” said Vagner Rego, Business Area President Compressor Technique.WestRon will operationally become part of the Compressor Technique service division.The purchase price was not disclosed.last_img

Iwatani and ITM Power form partnership

first_imgThrough the agreement, the Iwatani Corporation subsidiary and UK-based energy storage and clean fuel company hope to reduce pollutants and improve air quality by offering renewable hydrogen to the transportation, energy storage and renewable energy sectors in North America.ITM Power: Right place, right time“We are very pleased to have signed this agreement and be collaborating with ITM Power to meet the needs of customers who have committed to transitioning to low-carbon-intensity derived hydrogen as an energy source,” said Joe Cappello, CEO of Iwatani Americas.“ITM Power’s world leading electrolysers and Iwatani’s vision for growth in the North American green hydrogen market align very well and we look forward to deploying projects together.”Iwatani enters US hydrogen marketThe collaboration enables the two companies to share opportunities and, where a commercial case exists, work together on an exclusive basis to deploy ITM Power’s PEM electrolysers and Iwatani’s gas handling and deployment solutions. “Iwatani Corporation is a recognised leader in the hydrogen industry, and we are delighted to be collaborating with the company in North America,” said Dr. Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power.“Transport refuelling is just the tip of the iceberg for demand for hydrogen from renewable sources and this partnership will be well positioned to participate in the exciting and rapidly growing industry.”Hydrogen ZoneFrom the Hydrogen Economy to the merchant refinery hydrogen market, for all the latest news, views and analysis of the global hydrogen business, visit and bookmark gasworld’s dedicated Hydrogen Zone.The Zone includes market reports and intelligence, interviews, profiles of who’s-who in the hydrogen sector, and further reading items. Make sure you visit it today!www.gasworld.com/zoneslast_img read more

SapuraKencana and GE score Petronas FLNG contract

first_imgLNG World News Staff Malaysia’s SapuraKencana informed it has through a joint venture with GE Oil and Gas secured a contract to work on two Petronas’ floating LNG units, PFLNG1 and PFLNG2.SapuraKencana GE Oil & Gas Services Sdn Bhd has been awarded by Petronas Floating LNG1 a contract for “comprehensive maintenance of GE-supplied turbomachinery equipment under a long-term service agreement,” the company said in a statement on Thursday.This comprises the provision of maintenance services for GE-supplied aeroderivative gas turbines, centrifugal compressors and electric generators and electric motors. The contract is for a period of 10 years with an option to extend for an additional period of five years.Petronas’ first FLNG unit, PFLNG1 is currently being built at South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in Okpo.Once completed, the FLNG will be moored in Kanowit gas field, located 180 kilometres offshore Sarawak, Malaysia and will produce 1.2 million tonnes of LNG per year. It is expected to commence operations in 2016.The Malaysian energy giant is also progressing with its second floating LNG facility that is being built at Samsung Heavy Industry’s shipyard on Geoje Island.The second FLNG unit, PFLNG2 will have a 1.5 mtpa production capacity and is expected to commission in 2018.last_img read more