BRISTOL, Tenn. — Christopher Bell sits in the upper reaches of the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings. He has one victory already this season, virtually assuring him a postseason berth. Plus, Bell rolls into Saturday’s start at Bristol Motor Speedway with eligibility for the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus.So why do a fair share of the pre-race questions directed his way surround a possible jump to the Monster Energy Series, even with the 2020 season so far away?“It’s cool, right?” Bell said Friday at the .533-mile track, on the eve of Saturday’s Alsco 300 (1 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM). “I’m honored that people want to know where I’m going to go. That’s better than people not caring, so that’s really cool. I don’t know. I wouldn’t say it’s a distraction just because it goes in one ear and out the other, so it’s not anything that I have any input in. It’s not like I can control that. The only thing that I can control is finishing races and hopefully winning races.”Bell’s success in the Xfinity Series — nine wins in roughly a season and a half of competition, plus a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship in 2017 — have accelerated the talk about such a leap. This season, the Joe Gibbs Racing ace is the only driver to have led a lap in all six Xfinity races this season, and he sits just 12 points back of series leader Tyler Reddick.RELATED: Dash 4 Cash preview | Bristol weekend scheduleHis career may be earmarked for a move to the Monster Energy Series, but his path to NASCAR’s top division is still unclear. Further muddying the ladder’s rungs is news that Erik Jones — one of Joe Gibbs Racing’s four drivers in the premier series — is inching toward a contract extension.But Bell says he doesn’t see himself supplanting any of JGR’s current foursome of Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Jones.“I never really pictured Erik being my hole, and if you look at the Gibbs camp right now, I can’t really picture anyone being my hole because all four of their cars are running exceptional right now,” Bell said. “I mean, if you watch any of the races, all four of them are right in the top five. So, I don’t know. I don’t know where I’m going to land, and I’m just enjoying the ride right now.”One positive for Bell is the timing, with the so-called “silly season” not near reaching peak hilarity.“It’s still early in the year,” Bell said. “Normally, I don’t figure out where I land until August-ish, so we’re definitely way early in the year to know where I’m going to be.”
MERRIAM WOODS, Mo. (KSPR) – Just before 1:30 a.m., the Western Taney County Fire District was dispatched to a building fire at 3020 Goldfinch Road in Merriam Woods. As crews arrived, they found a fire in the garage of Taney County Ambulance Station #6.
In its first race appearance, Matt Goss piloted his Specialized S-Works Venge to a narrow victory at the 2011 Milan-San Remo. He won by just a fraction of a second over race favorite, Fabian Cancellara. And that is what the Specialized Venge was designed to do. To shave away the small gaps between the top step on the podium and second place. Over the last seven years, the Venge and the second generation Venge ViAS have continued to demonstrate the effectiveness of a well-designed aero road bike—within select settings. But the ViAS has not been without a few faults and detractors. That opened the door for improvements, which is how they ended up with the all-new 2019 Specialized Venge.Lighter, faster, betterAnnounced today, the top aero road bike from Specialized carries forth the mission of the original Venge. It offers uncompromising performance, not just in the wind tunnel but on the open road. To that end, it is more aerodynamic than the previous Venge ViAS and lighter than the all-new Tarmac SL5. Over the course of a 40km course, the new bike is 8 seconds faster at a 0-degree yaw. After agressively reshaping the tubes, the new bike is also 20% lighter. If you need a visual, the ViAS below was carefully carved to demonstrate what a 20% weight reduction looks like on the ViAS.This is what it would take to achieve the same 20% weight savings off the prior Venge ViAS.The third generation design gave the S-Works team a chance to incorporate several critical improvements to ride quality and overall user experience. The Rider-First Engineered handling performance was updated for increased comfort and responsiveness. The cockpit is completely redesigned and the tube shapes are entirely new. Oddly enough, the new tubes appear less aerodynamic than before.As is often the case with any bike, the desired attributes of the Venge are at odds with one another. Increased aerodynamics comes at the expense of added weight. Reduced weight frequently disrupts stiffness. To achieve the optimal characteristics, the S-Works engineers decided they needed more than just new frame shapes, they needed a fresh process to design them.The FreeFoil Shape LibraryBy leveraging heady aerodynamic science and plenty of testing hours in their own in-house Win Tunnel, they created the FreeFoil Shape Libraray. It’s not just a collection of vetted tube shapes, it is a process which allows their design team to plug in desired attributes and arrive at the ideal tube shape for a given application. From down tube to seat stays, they can prioritize weight, aerodyamics, and stiffness to achieve the perfect foil shape. The new system allows them to avoid the trial and error so prevalent in bike frame design.Each tube in the FreeFoil Shape Library builds on reoccuring theme in the cycling world—the truncated foil. At fist blush a truncated foil appears little more than a wing-shaped blade with the trailing edge cut off. And to some degree that’s what it is. The trick is to know where to place the flat trailing edge. The width of the tube and the arc of the leading edge are equally important. It can’t be too blunt or pointed relative to the length and width of the tube. On the new Venge each tube represents the best shape for the specific application – meaning, the seat tube cannot be made any more aero without adding weight. And it can’t be made lighter without altering the ride quality.Rider First Engineered HandlingWith such a radical reboot to the weight and earodynamics, the design team knew this new Venge would see use outside of niche pursuits where aerodynamics were the main goal. So, it’s light enough to take into the mountains. On high-speed roads (like when you’re descending those mountains), predictible feedback and crisp handling are critical. As they did with the Tarmac SL5, the new Venge recieved a complete Rider First Engineering workup with each frame size receiving its own layup schedule to ensure a uniform ride experience across the size spectrum.As Specialized aerodynamics engineer Chris Yu mentioned, stiffness does not always translate to positive handling qualities. The new layup process, engieneered from start to finish in their Morgan Hill facility, allowd the team to retain the ride qualities of the Tarmac platform, but in a more aerodynamic frame.Better user interface With regard to geometry choices, the Venge borrows heavily from the Tarmac family. It is a no nonsense racing machine.The 2019 Venge Story in Videos“Behind the Tech”“The New Shapes of Speed”“Rider First Engineering”“Integration”Specialized.comSaveSave To keep things simple if not expensive, the new Venge is being introduced only with disc brakes and electronic drivetrains.Weights & Measures One of the missteps with the previous generation Venge was the complicated cockpit assembly which required extensive shift wire and brake line adjustments just to raise or lower the stem. The new bar and stem combo has been redesigned from scratch and built to endure the stresses of the world’s elite sprinters. It is, according to Specialized, the stiffest road stem they have built to date. The new bars lose the exagerated gull-wing shape of the previous bike for a more subdued flat foil shape.The Devil is in the details and the new bars even have a small recessed lip to keep the bar tape on the same plane as the un-taped bar. Most importantly, the housings and brake lines route outside of the stem and steerer making for quicker bar and stem adjustments. The new system permits to the use of a standard stem, but the included matched version includes mounts for computers, lights, and cameras to further streamline the package.The most eye catching addition to the front end is the new aerobar system. Designed to attach with minimal fuss, it melds into the bike seamlessly. For the high performance weekend stage racer it’s a one-bike-does-all machine.Adding more convenience, particularly for riders lucky enough to have their own team mechanic hanging out of a team car window, the Di2 junction box is located in the upper aspect of the seatpost where it is easily accessed. The rest of the wire and line routing is clean with virtually nothing exposed.
Kate Reinders is known for her Broadway turns in Wicked, Something Rotten, Beautiful and more. Now, she’s headlining the new Disney+ TV show High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. With the official launch of both the highly anticipated streaming service and the first episodes of the series, Reinders sat down with Paul Wontorek on a recent episode of Broadway.com’s #LiveatFive to talk about joining the legacy of the Disney franchise, her time moonlighting as Sharpay and more. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 28:06Loaded: 0.00%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -28:06 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is either unavailable or not supported in this browser Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_SRC_NOT_SUPPORTED Technical details : The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. View Comments Kate Reinders (Photos: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Session ID: 2021-01-17:5944fd0e9b366aeb629399b7 Player Element ID: vjs_video_3 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is a new concept by Broadway’s own Tim Federle, but the franchise has been around since the movie’s debut in 2006. A musical version of the popular film hit the stage the following year, something that Reinders had a hand in creating. “The funny thing is that when I was in Wicked they had bunch of us Broadway kids do the workshops of the musical,” she said. “It was really fun. I was Sharpay by day and Glinda by night wearing every pink outfit possible.”The series is a play on itself that acknowledges its origin and sets the audience up on what to expect. “The show is about a bunch of kids who are in high school putting on High School Musical: The Musical where the movie was filmed,” Reinders said. “We’re shooting at the actual East High where the movies were filmed, too. I play Ms. Jenn, the new drama teacher who has the idea to do the musical because she was in the movies. It’s super meta.” Reinders watched the movies to better prepare for her days as Sharpay in the musical’s workshop, and she thrilled to be a Wildcat once again. “It’s so cool it keeps getting reinvented,” she said. “At the time, the movies made musicals cool. But when you actually listen to the lyrics, it’s all about how our differences make us one and about finding your tribe. It’s really beautiful for this Broadway energy to be taught to a new generation.”Although Reinders says she’s “living the dream,” what she loves most is seeing her young co-stars’ success rise. “It’s exciting to watch them deal with this,” she said. “It’s just the beginning for them.”Watch Reinders on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, streaming now!See the full #LiveatFive episode below! Frankie A. Rodriguez and Kate Reinders in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Photo: Disney+)
Succession planning is a super hot topic for credit unions. Every publication you pick up announces another CEO retirement or a key executive moving on.And this is just the beginning. My first CU Insight column of this year noted that more than 6,000 C-suite retirements are on the horizon in our industry, and gave three ideas about how to succeed with succession planning. The 2014 Report on Senior Executive Succession Planning and Talent Development from Stanford Graduate School of Business (the host for our Strategic Innovation Institute™ II in fall 2015) has given me food for thought about three more things CUs can do to boost the effectiveness of their succession planning efforts.Have a formal succession plan. The Stanford report finds that many companies do not have an actionable process in place to select senior executives. My thoughtis that no company is too small to have a succession plan. CUES, an organization of fewer than 50 employees, has one. The succession planning document needs to be revisited frequently as education takes place, staff turns over and the marketplace changes. (Note: CUES Supplier member and strategic provider DDJ Myers does succession planning and executive coaching.)Make sure the CEO and the board are communicating regularly and clearly about potential internal successors. The Stanford report finds that succession planning roles at many companies are not well defined. My thought is that the board needs to push the CEO to ensure a succession plan really exists on paper in an accessible place. You never know for sure whether you’ll have some lead time and be able to talk with an exiting executive, or whether the written succession plan will be the only guidance. If something happened to me, my board would need to act on its own to fill the CEO slot. But in an ideal situation, I would have prepared them well about the readiness of internal candidates for the job.Develop all the talented people in your organization. The Stanford report finds that, unfortunately, succession plans are often not connected with coaching and internal talent development programs. My thought is that CEOs and other top leaders need to have a discussion with the employees who report to them and make the results of that discussion part of the formal planning.Ask things like: What are you looking for from a career development perspective? Is it realistic? Can our organization help get this employee to that goal? What do they have to work on to reach the goal? Then, do everything you can from the perspective of education, training and coaching to help each employee get ready for a larger role. Keep in mind that “classes” and “conferences” aren’t the only options.At CUES, our strategy managers have learned on their feet about developing and communicating their piece of CUES’ strategic plan, including to the CUES Board. This has proved an invaluable learning experience. A few of the people you develop may get hired away, but that’s a small price to pay for having internal successors among your options when a leadership slot opens up.Succession planning is not done to check the box that you “have a succession plan.” Rather, it exists to get good people ready to move up when the time is right, whether that’s an unexpected departure or a planned retirement (CUES strategic provider CUNA Mutual Group offers retirement plan solutions).Boards are obligated to get the best possible candidate into an open CEO seat; similarly, CEOs have an obligation to get the best possible candidates in every other seat. The only way to do this is to be aware of who’s out there (learn more about JMFA Executive Search). Internal options need to be known and ready, and external options need to be considered as well. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Charles Fagan Charles E. “Chuck” Fagan, III is President and CEO of PSCU, a credit union service organization that leverages the cooperative model to better serve credit unions and their members through … Web: www.pscu.com Details
The men’s team nearly matched the effort of the women’s team, defeating North Dakota 207-89 after losing to Wisconsin last weekend.“They really did a great job of … showing lots of energy and attacking their swims,” Kremer said. “They came out of the Wisconsin meet feeling as confident as ever.”Sophomore Daryl Turner said the loss didn’t affect the way the team trained during the week prior to Friday night’s matchup.“We just put our heads in the water and kept training,” he said.Turner himself turned in another inspired performance, notching victories in both the 100-yard freestyle and the 50-yard butterfly.This marks the second consecutive week Turner has swam in a butterfly event, though he and Kremer both said they weren’t sure if he’d be a permanent fixture there.The men’s team also received a strong performance from sophomore Erick Huft, who took first place in the 1,000-yard freestyle.Kremer and Turner both raved about Huft’s performance.“He’s a hard worker,” Turner said. “You see him in these meets, and he’s gradually getting better and better every day.”The men’s divers also put together a tremendous performance, capturing the top five spots in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards.“They push each other real well,” Chen said.Though the meet proved to be a great success, with Iowa coming up this week, Kremer said there’s still work to be done.“We’ve got to get better at relay exchanges, and we have to get better coming in and out of walls,” Kremer said. “Iowa’s going to come in and give us tough races.” Zeiger, Gophers dominate North DakotaBoth the men’s and women’s teams had commanding victories over the weekend. David NelsonOctober 27, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintEven though Brooke Zeiger is a freshman, the talented young swimmer is competing with a veteran’s confidence.Zeiger took first for Minnesota in both the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle — marking her sixth and seventh victories as a collegiate swimmer.“It was fun [because] I got to switch up from the usual backstroke and [individual medley],” Zeiger said. “[They were] fresh events from what I usually swim.”The freshman’s performance helped spark the women’s dominating effort against North Dakota, a 215-81 victory.“Our team seemed to race really well,” head coach Kelly Kremer said. “We cleaned up a lot of things from a week ago that we wanted to work on this week.”Zeiger’s transition from club to college swimming appeared to be practically effortless.In both of her events Friday evening, she touched the wall at least 15 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.“Brooke had a great meet,” Kremer said. “Those weren’t just good times for Brooke Zeiger — those were good times for anybody.”Fellow freshman Danielle Nack also continues to impress early in her career.The young swimmer garnered victories in the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle, and she aided the Gophers in their victory in the 200-yard free relay.Minnesota won every event on the women’s side of the competition.That also includes the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions, which junior Jessica Ramberg and sophomore Lexi Tenenbaum won, respectively.“I can tell week by week that we’re getting better, more competitive,” head diving coach Wenbo Chen said.Men rebound after loss
The Daily Mail:Dieticians often warn of the dangers of over-indulging on calorific snacks and buying too much if we risk going food shopping while hungry.And it appears they may have a valid point after new research has discovered that how hungry we are directly effects how we view everyday situations.The study, published in Psychological Science, found that hungry people see food-related words more clearly than people who’ve just eaten.Read the whole story: The Daily Mail
Share on Twitter Share The human brain is malleable – it learns and adapts. Numerous research studies have focused on the impact of action video games on the brain by measuring cognitive abilities, such as perception, attention and reaction time. An international team of psychologists, led by the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, has assembled data from the last fifteen years to quantify how action video games impact cognition.The research has resulted in two meta-analyses, published in the journal Psychological Bulletin, which reveal a significant improvement in the cognitive abilities of gamers.Psychologists have been studying the impact of video games on the brain ever since the late 80s, when Pacman and arcade games first took roots. The present study focuses on one specific video game genre, action video (war or shooter) games that have long been considered as mind-numbing. Do they influence the cognitive skills of players? “We decided to assemble all the relevant data from 2000 to 2015 in an attempt to answer this question, as it was the only way to have a proper overview of the real impact of action video games”, explains Daphné Bavelier, professor in the Psychology Section at UNIGE’s Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (FPSE). Psychologists from UNIGE and the universities of Columbia, Santa Barbara and Wisconsin dissected the published literature (articles, theses and conference abstracts) over the course of a year. In addition, they contacted over sixty professors, asking them for any unpublished data that might throw light on the role of action video games. Two meta-analyses emerged from the research.Profile of action gamersA total of 8,970 individuals between the ages of 6 and 40, including action gamers and non-gamers, took a number of psychometric tests in studies conducted by laboratories across the world with the aim of evaluating their cognitive abilities. The assessments included spatial attention (e.g. quickly detecting a dog in a herd of animals) as well as assessing their skills at managing multiple tasks simultaneously and changing their plans according to pre-determined rules. It was found that the cognition of gamers was better by one-half of a standard deviation compared to non-gamers.However, this first meta-analysis failed to answer a crucial question. “We needed to think about what the typical gamer profile is,” points out Benoit Bediou, researcher in the FPSE Psychology Section. “Do they play action-type video games because they already have certain cognitive skills that make them good players; Or, on the contrary, are their high cognitive abilities actually developed by playing games?”Training your brain by playing action video gamesThe psychologists proceeded to analyze intervention studies as part of the second meta-analysis. 2,883 people (men and women) who played for a maximum of one hour a week were first tested for their cognitive abilities and then randomly divided into two groups: one played action games (war or shooter games), the other played control games (SIMS, Puzzle, Tetris). Both groups played for at least 8 hours over a week and up to 50 hours over 12 weeks. At the end of the training, participants underwent cognitive testing to measure any changes in their cognitive abilities. “The aim was to find out whether the effects of action gaming on the brain are causal,” continues Bavelier, adding: “That’s why these intervention studies always compare and contrast a group that is obliged to play an action game with one obliged to play a video control game, where the mechanics are very different. This active control group ensures that the effects resulting from playing action games really do result from the nature of this kind of game. In other words, they are not due to being part of a group that is asked to undertake an engrossing task or that is the centre of scientific attention (placebo effect).”The results were beyond dispute: individuals playing action videos increased their cognition more than those playing the control games with the difference in cognitive abilities between these two training groups being of one-third of a standard deviation. “The research, which was carried out over several years all over the world, proves the real effects of action video games on the brain and paves the way for using action video games to expand cognitive abilities,” argues Bediou.Despite the good news for avid gamers, it is worth highlighting that these beneficial effects were observed in studies that asked individuals to space their game play out over a period of many weeks to months rather than to engage in a large amount of gaming in a single sitting. As is true in any learning activity, short bouts of repeated practice is much preferred over binging!The two meta-analyses, which covered fifteen years of research, underline the importance of sharing data between different laboratories in order to validate results on an international level without suffering from biases specific to each experiment and working group. Moreover, these meta-analyses help to further improve our understanding of the brain’s plasticity and potentially create games specifically designed to develop attention or spatial cognition. Email LinkedIn Share on Facebook Pinterest
Four CRE cases reported in WisconsinInvestigators with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today describe a small cluster of the worrisome “superbug” known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) at two Wisconsin hospitals in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).According to the report, officials with the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene notified the Wisconsin Division of Public Health in June 2015 that five carbapenemase-producing CRE isolates had been identified among four inpatients at two hospitals in southeastern Wisconsin. They all contained the KPC gene, which codes for Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapemenase.The KPC-CRE isolates were identified among 49 isolates obtained from 46 patients from February to May 2015. The median age of the four patients (two men and two women) was 65, and median hospitalization length was 83 days. All four patients had been intubated and undergone a tracheostomy.Further investigation revealed that the five isolates exhibited a high degree of genetic relatedness but did not uncover how the bacteria traveled between the two facilities. Active surveillance conducted at the two hospitals in July 2015 identified no further cases. Site visits, reviews of infection prevention protocols, and interviews with infection prevention staff members, primary care providers, and patients found no breaches in recommended practices.The authors of the report say the findings demonstrate the importance of routine hospital- and laboratory-based surveillance for the detection of healthcare-related CRE. In this case, staff at neither of the two hospitals was aware of the possibility of CRE transmission among their patients. The authors also say the use of molecular subtyping methods (like whole-genome sequencing) to determine the genetic similarities in the isolates was particularly valuable.Sep 2 MMWR report ASP intervention not found to improve outcomes in C diff patientsA study today out of the University of Michigan has found a real-time antibiotic stewardship program (ASP) intervention in patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) improved process measures but did not improve outcomes.The study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, details the results of what the authors call a “quasiexperimental” study of adult CDI patients before and after a real-time ASP review was initiated.In the intervention group (285 patients), an ASP pharmacist was called in after diagnosis to review each case with the medical team and make recommendations on optimal treatment, antibiotic therapy and acid-suppressing therapy, and surgical/infectious disease consultation. In the control group (307 patients), CDI treatment was left to the discretion of the patient’s primary medical team. Overall, ASP pharmacists provided treatment recommendations for 129 of the 285 patients in the intervention group.The primary measurement of the study was a composite of several outcomes—including 30-day mortality, intensive care unit admission, surgery, and CDI recurrence. But process measures that may influence outcomes in CDI patients were also measured, with researchers looking at whether acid-suppressive therapy was reduced in CDI patients and whether patients with severe CDI received infectious disease consultation and appropriate and timely antibiotic therapy.In the end, the researchers found that ASP intervention reduced unnecessary acid-suppressing therapy when compared with the control group. And patients with severe CDI who received ASP intervention were more likely to be treated with vancomycin, receive vancomycin therapy more quickly, and receive infectious disease consultation than the patients in the pre-intervention group. This finding is in line with previous studies on ASP intervention in CDI patients.However, the investigators were not able to demonstrate a statistically significant improvement in primary clinical outcomes among the patients who received ASP intervention. Occurrence of primary composite outcome was 14.7% in the pre-intervention group and 12.3% in the intervention groups. The authors of the study say this may be due to the low baseline rates of these outcomes among the patients.In conclusion, the authors say their findings, when added to previous literature on the topic, raise questions about whether ASP involvement in the conventional management of CDI is worthwhile, especially in institutions with low rates of CDI-attributable complications.Sep 1 Am J Infect Control study
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