Chase Elliott wins Most Popular Driver Award in NASCAR Cup Series

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — The fans have spoken, and the legacy lives on for another year. Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott was named the 2019 NMPA Most Popular Driver on Thursday night during the year-end Champion’s Week banquet.The annual award is determined 100% by fan voting, and Elliott, 24, topped the ballot for the second consecutive year.RELATED: All-time Most Popular Driver winners“Just an honor, really, and just a big thank you to everybody who voted,” Elliott said after the awards celebration. “Obviously it took a lot of votes to make it happen and everybody that took time to do that, I do really appreciate it. Like I said out there, too, it’s more than a trophy or a sticker or an award, really and truly. So I just really enjoyed this past season and just seeing all the people that were at the race track that wanted to see us do good. And you can genuinely feel that, and that goes a long way. So I appreciate it, and hopefully try to make everybody proud next year, too.”There’s a history there, of course. Elliott’s father, Bill, won the award a record 16 times, including 10 consecutive years from 1991-2000.Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the award 15 times, all consecutively from 2002-17 before his retirement, paving the way for Chase Elliott, who drives the No. 9 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, as the heir apparent.“First off, it was really cool that Dale retired a year early,” Elliott said. “I think all Elliott fans appreciated that, so I think that’s really cool. To have now, I guess 18 awards going back to Dawsonville (Georgia) is pretty cool, and obviously I think a lot of that is due to him and his career and what he and his family built. It certainly isn’t all just me and what I’ve done. I haven’t done anything a drop in the bucket compared to what they did, and that’s the real reason where the core Elliott fan is, I feel like, is recognizing that.”All told, the Earnhardt and Elliott families have held the award for 34 total years, nearly all of it consecutively. Only Darrell Waltrip’s back-to-back honors in 1989-90 broke up a run that began in 1984 when Bill Elliott won the award for the first time.Chase Elliott won three races for the second straight year in 2019 and had 11 top-five finishes and 15 top 10s. His win at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval in the Round of 16 finale led to one of the most memorable burnouts and celebrations of the year.MORE: Allgaier wins Xfinity Most Popular honor | Chastain takes home Gander Trucks Most Popular Driverlast_img read more

Grumpy Toddler Suddenly Stops Crying the Second She Sees Her Sister: “I love her so much!”

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEsther Anderson was having a rough night caring for her crying newborn daughter, Tessa.Then when her second child Ellia came downstairs with tears in her eyes as well, the mom started to feel a bit overwhelmed.WATCH: Irish Dancer Finds A Partner in This Adorable Toddler Passing ByEsther pulled out her phone so she could record the chaos as an eye roll to her husband, but after she started filming, Ellia walked up to the baby sister and was instantly calmed by the sight of her slumbering sibling.The toddler began tenderly hugging her sister’s face adopting a zen-like appearance.“I just love her so much!” she twice exclaimed to her mother.(WATCH the video below)Don’t Cry About Negativity: Click To Share This Sweet One With Your Friends    Optometrist Stunned: New Discovery Fixes Your Vision Naturally (Watch) HealthScore x Sponsored by RevcontentFind Out More >79,024AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Good Morning America’ broadcasts from campus

first_imgBright lights, cameras and a crowd of women in pink woke the echoes quite early Tuesday morning as they cheered for breast cancer awareness on national television. In honor of the first day of October, which is breast cancer awareness month, crews from ABC’s “Good Morning America” came to South Bend to do a remote live shooting in front of the Hesburgh Library featuring the Kelly Cares Foundation and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center’s Mobile Medical Unit staff.  In the segment, Tampa Bay, New York City, Chicago and South Bend were highlighted. Notre Dame cheerleaders and the leprechaun participated in the filming, with crowds forming at 6 a.m.  Brian and Paqui Kelly launched the South Bend-based Kelly Cares Foundation in 1997 following Pacqui’s 2003 breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent recovery, according to the Foundation’s website. Among their primary goals were promoting breast cancer awareness, funding education research and support initiatives encouraging community engagement, the website said.  Paqui Kelly said she was “very grateful” for the show’s presence and publicity.  “I hope that this coverage will make someone stop and think, and then make an appointment with their doctor,” she said. “Every story is unique but I hear too often ‘If I’d only known.’” Another group featured Monday was Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center’s Mobile Medical Unit, which comes to Notre Dame’s campus once a month. The Mobile Medical Unit is a 40-foot clinic on wheels that has a mammogram unit, encouraging women to get checked regularly. Monica Hoban, an administrative assistant in the Main Building, said the Mobile Medical Unit may have saved her life.  In 2010, Hoban made a 30-minute round trip from her office to the Mobile Unit, and she said the mammogram results showed three different breast tumors. Now cancer-free for three years, Hoban said the timing of her test was crucial.  “If I would have waited another year, I don’t know if I’d be here today,” Hoban said.  She said she hopes the national television coverage will motivate women out there, like her, who had put off getting mammograms to get one. “Maybe [one] will see us,” she said, “We are sisters; like it or not, we are a part of this club. … You reach a new normal, [and] you become happy where you are.”last_img read more

Series addresses basics of Christian faith

first_imgAlpha: An Introduction to Christianity, a new Campus Ministry program that kicked off Monday night, offers a seven-week dinner and discussion series to address the fundamentals of Christian faith.Though the series primarily aims to inform non-Christian students, Alpha encourages participants of all religious backgrounds to attend. Non-Christian attendees will learn about the Christian faith, while Christians will benefit from a refresher on the core of their beliefs, according to Alpha’s club advisor Brett Perkins, campus minister and assistant director of sacramental preparation.Alpha student leader and junior Will Harris said the program’s design makes it inclusive of students from all religious backgrounds.“One of my favorite things about this program is that it can reach out to people unfamiliar with Christianity, and it is also useful for Christians to revisit the basics of belief, especially those who were raised Catholic and took a lot of these things for granted,” Harris said.A team of sophomores, juniors and seniors lead Alpha, and each week these students will offer insights and facilitate conversation. Each of the seven Alpha meetings will consist of a dinner, a talk by one of the student leaders on some of the major questions and topics of Christianity and small group discussions, Harris said.“As a leader of Alpha, I hope to see people grow and learn from this program, but I also want to learn from the participants about what they discover and what in our faith sticks out to them,” Harris said.Alpha meetings take place every Monday of the fall semester from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in 330 Coleman-Morse Center, in addition to one Saturday retreat Nov. 1. Topics for each week include “Who is Jesus?”, “How can I have faith?” and “Why and how do I pray/read the Bible?”, according to the club’s website and handouts.“It’s different from Campus Ministry in that it’s not just a retreat; it’s not focused on conversion. It’s just our way of spreading the gospel, letting people know of God’s word and allowing them to make their own decisions based off that,” junior Taylor Billings said.Alpha also seeks to help Christians who feel uncommitted to or unmotivated by the Church.“Many people now are what my priest back home calls ‘CEOs,’ [people who attend church] Christmas and Easter only,” Alpha student leader and senior Sean Driscoll said. Driscoll said he hopes returning to the basics of faith will increase the participants’ desire to attend church more regularly.Around 20 people, ranging from freshmen to seniors and including an alumnus of the Notre Dame class of 1968 attended the first meeting Monday. Twenty-two students have registered, but Harris said he hopes involvement with the group will increase throughout the semester.“We are trying to find that interaction that kids need to stick with the faith,” Harris said. Tags: Alpha, Brett Perkins, Campus Ministry, Christianitylast_img read more

Kidney Disease is on the Rise: What You Need to Know

first_img When CKD progresses to the point of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), dialysis therapy or a kidney transplant is necessary to sustain life. Whereas traditionally patients with ESRD visit a dialysis center three times a week for treatments lasting about four hours, a new movement to improve renal care is giving patients access to home hemodialysis.Home hemodialysis is a different way of doing hemodialysis. When prescribed by their doctor, trained patients and their care partners are able to perform their dialysis treatments on their own schedule in their home or while traveling.Additionally, home hemodialysis can be done more frequently, which is closer to how healthy kidneys work. Many patients report – and various studies have confirmed –that compared to three-times-weekly in-center hemodialysis, more frequent home hemodialysis may offer the following health and quality of life benefits: lower risk of death, better blood pressure control with fewer medications, less stress on the heart, quicker recover, more energy, and improved appetite.Given the flexibility and health benefits of more frequent home hemodialysis, many patients are regaining their lifestyles. (StatePoint) Kidney disease is on the rise, according to government statistics. Even if you haven’t been diagnosed, getting informed about it is important, as more than 26 million Americans likely have kidney disease and over 430,000 Americans are currently receiving dialysis treatment for kidney failure, according to the National Kidney Foundation.Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week, recognized August 5 -10, is a great time to get the facts:Ask Your Doctor Those with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) don’t exhibit symptoms until the disease is advanced, according to the National Kidney Foundation. As a result, you could have the disease long before you’re aware. Left untreated, it can lead to other serious health complications.While standard annual physicals don’t include tests that detect kidney disease, you can be proactive and ask your doctor to test you. Age, obesity, high blood pressure and ethnicity can all play a role in your risk of developing the disease. Talk to your physician about what diagnostics are right for you.Treatment Optionscenter_img “Home dialysis has restored my freedom to travel, visit friends and experience so many things I wasn’t able to do during my years of in-center dialysis,” says Henning Sondergaard, a NxStage System One user.  After learning about home dialysis, Henning began using NxStage System One which is currently the only portable hemodialysis system cleared for home use by the US Food and Drug Administration. More information about the benefits and risks associated with home hemodialysis can be found at www.nxstage.com.PreventionWhile some risk factors are beyond one’s control, such as race, age and a family history of the disease, reducing your risk is possible.Getting plenty of exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding smoking are a few ways to promote healthy kidney function. Being informed is also important. Talk to your relatives to learn if kidney disease runs in your family.Don’t let kidney disease go untreated. This Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week, August 5-10, learn more about renal health.  *****last_img read more

Slipped away: BC errors lead to Robinson’s walk-off hit

first_imgBy Michael SudhalterSpecial to The NewsHOUSTON — The Bridge City baseball team led Class 4A power Waco Robinson for most of Saturday’s 4A regional semifinal, but the Cardinals fell short in a one-game playoff on Saturday night at the University of Houston’s Schroeder Park.The Cardinals (24-10-1) led 5-4 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, but a pair of errors put Rockets runners on second and third base, respectively. Robinson’s Tanner James capitalized by hitting a walk-off two-RBI single for a 6-5 victory.Robinson (27-3) will face Little Cypress-Mauriceville, a 5-4 winner over Jasper, in the regional championship later this week.Bridge City head coach Chad Landry said he was proud of his team — including 12 seniors — and he told them so after the disheartening one-run loss.“We were right there,” Landry said. “We can’t look at any one single point in the game and try to dissect it. Overall, Robinson got it done when they needed to.”The Cardinals opened a 2-0 lead in the first inning after third baseman Tod McDowell, a Lamar commit, hit a two-run home run.Bridge City extended that lead to 3-0 in the first, with left fielder Kevin Gordon’s RBI single.Robinson bounced back to tie the game at 3 with James’ RBI single in the bottom of the third.Tanner Doiron, the starting pitcher who went three innings and had a no-decision, belted a two RBI double in the fifth to give the Cardinals a 5-3 lead. Doiron is headed to Alvin Community College next season.Bridge City reached the regional semifinals for the first time in four years and captured their 25th district championship in school history this season. They were eliminated by Robinson in 2012 as well.The regional semifinals were supposed to be a series, but Mother Nature had other ideas, and the teams agreed on a one-game showdown.Saturday’s game marked the second matchup this season between the Cardinals and Rockets. Robinson edged Bridge City, 4-3, on Feb. 26 in the Cameron Yoe Tournament.last_img read more

Trainer/strength and conditioning coach ‘good fit’ for Seahawks

first_img LSCPA Director of Athletics Scott Street says Anjima is “a good fit” for the Seahawks.“Kento is not only a board-certified athletic trainer but he’s also a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association,” Street said.“The two roles fit nicely together. When we interviewed Kento, he did a great job. We asked him some hard questions and he had great answers. We thought he was a good fit for Lamar State College Port Arthur.” Anjima arrived in Port Arthur in September after two months working with the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans during their preseason training camp in Nashville, Tennessee.His resume includes schooling in Kyoto; Los Angeles, California; and Flagstaff, Arizona. Along the way he picked up practical experience working with a myriad of athletes and sports organizations.In 2018-19, while completing his master’s in athletic training at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Anjima worked with several teams at the NCAA Division I school, including the national cross-country champions. In 2019, he worked for Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres at their Peoria, Arizona, training camp outside Phoenix; the Tucson, Arizona, Sugar Skulls indoor football team; the Phoenix Rising soccer team; and Flagstaff High School.“I was a collegiate swimmer in Japan but I had several sports-related injuries and so did many of my teammates and friends on other teams. However, there is not enough medical care for the athletes in Japan. That’s how I got interested in sports medicine,” Anjima said. “I found out that the United States is the biggest in the world for athletic training jobs, so I decided to come to the U.S.” From Kyoto to Los Angeles, to Flagstaff, Tucson and Peoria, to Nashville and Port Arthur, the new athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach at Lamar State College Port Arthur hasn’t quite been everywhere, man.But Kento Anjima has been a busy traveler en route to joining the Seahawks athletic department and he likes what he’s found in Southeast Texas.“My time in the United States has been mostly on the West Coast,” said the native of Kyoto, Japan, a former collegiate swimmer there. “Since the weather in Japan is more like the Texas weather, hot and humid everywhere, for some reason I feel like home.”center_img Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association, Health Resources Services Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services as an allied health care profession.Strength training is a natural complement to athletic training, he says.“Being an athlete was a big part of my interest in both,” Anjima said. “They overlap. Somebody has an injury or surgery. The athletic trainer works with them to get back to the field or court and that goes into the strengthening side, conditioning in how to make athletes stronger and faster.”With the Seahawks, he jumped into working with both the LSCPA men’s basketball and women’s softball teams. Those players are busy with offseason conditioning and skills work in preparation for a 2021 restart of junior college athletics after being shut down last spring by the COVID-19 pandemic.“Many schools cut their budgets, dropped sports teams. There were fewer opportunities and more people looking for jobs,” Anjima says of 2020. “I’m so lucky, so blessed to be here in this situation. I really appreciate Scott and the coaches giving me this chance.”last_img read more

Labor issues top House Commerce agenda

first_imgby Hilary Niles vtdigger.org Labor issues stood out among a long roster of pressing business considerations the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development discussed at a pre-session meeting Thursday.‘Nobody’s going to make any money without a good labor market,’ committee chair Bill Botzow, D-Bennington, said.The committee met to hear legislative requests from several agencies and to discuss their priorities for the second half of the legislative biennium, which starts in January.Unemployment insurance and workforce development loom large on the horizon.Rep Bill Botzow, D-Bennington, and Rep Michael Marcotte, R/D-Newport, enjoy a light moment with the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDiggerUnemployment insuranceVermont restructured the way it finances unemployment insurance in 2010, when it joined many other states in taking a federal loan to bail out its Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The $77.7 million loan was paid off in July ‘ two years ahead of schedule.But that doesn’t mean the UI trust fund, from which unemployment benefits are paid, is considered universally ‘solvent.’Botzow distinguished between two versions of the term: broadly or narrowly defined. He said he thinks the state has a good sense of the broader solvency issues for the trust fund.‘The narrower part, where you can start making choices and changes ‘¦ it needs to emerge,’ he said. ‘I know there are pressures from various interests, (whether) it be suitable or unsuitable for change.’Business and labor constituencies are expected to hash out their differences in 2014 over which direction the trust fund should go ‘ restoring some benefits for workers, or giving back some slack to businesses that pay into the fund.Before workers can collect unemployment compensation, most are laid off. And only sometimes are they ‘ or the state ‘ given much notice.Erika Wolffing, assistant to the commissioner of the Department of Labor, said there’s been some discussion of establishing a state law that requires more warning from large employers before they lay off employees. The federal WARN Act requires 60 days notice before mass layoffs, and some states have instituted stricter mandates and penalties.‘We’re finding that federal requirements are a little bit weak,’ Wolffing said.The state’s Department of Labor will likely come before the committee this session to discuss what can be done to strengthen state layoff laws.Workforce developmentGov. Peter Shumlin stated at an unrelated news conference Tuesday that employers tell him good jobs are going vacant. That’s better than the problem of layoffs during the depths of the recession, Shumlin said.But it’s an issue that Rep. Michelle Kupersmith, D-South Burlington, said the state may have just as hard a time fixing. Kupersmith has been at the forefront of a work group the Legislature created in 2013 to address workforce development needs.She said weaknesses in Vermont’s network of workforce development programs starts with a lack of information.‘We simply don’t have the expertise to know what we should be doing for our citizens as well as our businesses,’ Kupersmith said. She said both the Legislature and the executive agencies need more capacity to address workforce development and training issues.Some programs are working, she said, such as technical training for adults. But similar programs for kids run into regulatory barriers, especially surrounding liability for young people working with heavy equipment.Overall, Kupersmith reported, technical centers are an ‘underutilized resource’ for workforce training, as are internship programs.Yet with disconnected data gathering among all the programs, Kupersmith said in an interview following the meeting, it’s hard to really track their reach and effectiveness.Disconnection was not an uncommon topic: Botzow complained that statutorily, there is no clear or consistently applied definition of what constitutes a ‘hire’ when job placement programs boast about their success rates. He said similar ambiguity plagues discussions of ‘temporary’ workers.‘How people actually work and how people hire is becoming much more fluid,’ Botzow noted. Along with a host of other human resources considerations, he said those are definitions that need to be better understood.Botzow closed by exhorting the committee members not to lock themselves into an agenda, but to weigh competing priorities against realistic limits of time and money.That said, the committee’s priorities ‘ which are still being finalized ‘ need action, he underscored.‘We can’t just have good conversations,’ Botzow said.He added that, given the seniority of most committee members, his expectations are high.last_img read more

Contract and Business Cases Jury Instruction panel taking applications

first_img August 1, 2009 Regular News Contract and Business Cases Jury Instruction panel taking applications C ontract and Business Cases Jury Instruction panel taking applications The Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Contract and Business Cases is seeking applicants for vacancies.Judges and attorneys interested in applying may obtain an application at www.floridasupremecourt.org or by requesting one from Brian F. Spector via e-mail at [email protected] Completed applications should be submitted no later than September 15 by e-mail to [email protected] or by regular mail to Brian F. Spector, P.O. Box 566206, Miami 33256-6206.last_img

Study finds parenting behaviors linked to suicide among adolescents

first_imgShare How often do you tell your kids they did a good job? Do you say you are proud of them? Do you help with homework? Are you emotionally engaged with your kids?A fresh look at a federally sponsored 2012 national study shows a significant link between parent’s behaviors and thoughts of suicide among adolescents, according to a presentation given by two University of Cincinnati professors at the 2017 American Public Health Association conference.UC professors Keith King and Rebecca Vidourek performed a follow-up data analysis of results from the “2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health,” which provides national- and state-level data on the use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs — including nonmedical use of prescription drugs — and mental health in the United States. Email LinkedIn Share on Twittercenter_img Pinterest Their findings showed that children between the ages of 12 and 17 are significantly more likely to contemplate, plan and attempt suicide when their parents do not engage in certain behaviors that demonstrate to their children that they care about them. “Kids need to know that someone’s got their back, and unfortunately, many of them do not. That’s a major problem,” King said.Startlingly, the findings showed that the age group most significantly impacted by parenting behaviors was 12- and 13-year-old children. Children in that age group with parents who never or rarely told them they were proud of them were nearly five times more likely to have suicidal thoughts, nearly seven times more likely to formulate a suicide plan and about seven times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers. Similarly, 12- and 13 year olds with parents who rarely or never told them they did a good job or helped them with their homework were at excessively high risk for suicide.“Parents ask us all the time, ‘What can we do?’” said King, who coordinates UC’s health promotion and education doctoral program and serves as Director of the Center for Prevention Science. “You can tell them you’re proud of them, that they did a good job, get involved with them, and help them with their homework.”“A key is to ensure that children feel positively connected to their parents and family,” added Vidourek, who serves as Co-Director of the Center for Prevention ScienceThe risk of suicidal behaviors among high school-aged teens, though lower than among 12- and 13-year-olds, is still significantly higher when their parents aren’t emotionally involved. For example, 16- and 17-year-olds whose parents rarely or never told the children they are proud of them are about three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts and almost four times more likely to make a suicide plan and attempt suicide than peers whose parents sometimes or often did.That may seem promising when compared to the youngest age group, but the decrease in the odds of suicidal behavior among children ages 14 and above may partially stem from teens finding other coping mechanisms to deal with their lack of parental engagement, such as involvement in drug use and high-risk sexualy behaviors, King said. “It follows through consistently, regardless of gender, regardless of race — it’s all across the board,” he said. Share on Facebooklast_img read more