Power Rankings: Junior jumps up poll

first_imgJunior rises five spots following impressive Pocono showing; Truex tanks seven Note: These rankings have been determined by a poll that included writers Kenny Bruce, Holly Cain, David Caraviello and Zack Albert, and video host Alan Cavanna. 1. Jimmie Johnson       Outlook: Johnson’s lofty lead of 51 points over Carl Edwards means that, yes, he could miss an entire race and keep his hold of first place; which he may have to do because his pregnant wife is due in September. It’s as if he planned this all along.Standings: 1st, 521 points2. Carl Edwards          Outlook: Edwards admits in his “Big Brain Theory” appearance that he’s crashed a car in basically every way possible. Luckily, he didn’t crash at Pocono, but he still ended up 18th. Standings: 2nd, 470 points3. Matt Kenseth            Outlook: Another week, another unfortunate occurrence for Kenseth, who seems to either win a race, get knocked out by an accident he doesn’t cause or have a blown engine. This week’s culprit? Juan Pablo Montoya.Standings: 6th, 418 points4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.    Outlook: Most expected to see Junior get his mojo back soon, but according to most predictions, it came a week early at Pocono. With Michigan International Speedway, the site of his last two wins, on the horizon, Earnhardt has a chance to really pick up some steam. Standings: 4th, 439 points                     Change            High/Low            6. Kyle Busch             Outlook: Naturally, in Busch’s first week of looking for his 100th career top-five finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he placed sixth. He could have to wait another week for the century mark, as just three of the 99 have come at Michigan. Standings: 7th, 412 points7. Kevin Harvick             Outlook: Now that Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth each have a trifecta of victories, the page turns to the next trio of drivers with a shot to join the club in Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne. What do you think? Standings: 5th, 434 points8. Kasey Kahne             Outlook: Stricken by mechanical issues on the very first lap, Kahne had no realistic shot to make any progress in the standings. He does run reasonably well at Michigan, however, so it could be a good week to make up some of the ground he lost. Standings: 8th, 400 points9. Brad Keselowski      Outlook: Keselowski and Harvick nearly smashed each other up pretty bad on pit road, but the reigning champ still finished 16th despite the miss. Still, it was enough to move up a spot in the standings ahead of his home race. Standings: 9th, 398 points10. Tony Stewart         Outlook: And this is why Tony Stewart is a three-time champion. The driver/owner was able to steer out of a swerve in traffic on a restart that likely would have ended his day. Instead, he finished fourth and has risen seven spots in the standings in the past two weeks alone. Standings: 13th, 378 points11. Jeff Gordon             Outlook: Gordon’s primary sponsor recently renewed its contract with Hendrick Motorsports through 2016. For the soon-to-be-42-year-old, it called into question if he’d be around to see the end of the deal. Fortunately for the sport of NASCAR, it sounds like he could. Standings: 11th, 393 points12. Greg Biffle               Outlook: Given all the issues that Roush Fenway Racing and the other Ford teams have had this season, it was huge for Biffle to earn his first top-10 since Texas. Standings: 10th, 395 points13. Kurt Busch              Outlook: Busch is certainly pleased with his seventh-place finish (even if it did come a spot behind his little brother) and from the sounds of it, he knew nobody was beating Jimmie Johnson. Standings: 15th, 374 points14. Denny Hamlin               Outlook: Hamlin needs wins. There’s no way around it. He’d even be willing to risk blowing an engine if it meant he’d have a better shot at getting one.Standings: 25th, 285 points15. Paul Menard            Outlook: Thanks to a tire problem on the last lap, Menard’s 30th-place finish has him dropping even further down the standings. His early-season success is becoming a distant memory and it’ll be tough to regain it with other drivers heating up. Standings: 12th, 385 points16. Joey Logano             Outlook: Logano wasn’t able to commit to his full weekend plan of running in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa and the Cup race at Pocono where he was the reigning winner, but his substitute filled in admirably. Standings: 16th, 369 points17. Ryan Newman             Outlook: It wasn’t conventional by any means, but it worked. Newman’s pit strategy was a huge factor in his top-five finish and his squad may want to consider more Hail Mary-type moves if he plans on making the Chase. Standings: 18th, 363 points18. Martin Truex Jr.          Outlook: No, Truex didn’t blow his engine on Sunday. A 23rd-place finish ahead of a Michigan track he’s only mediocre at (four top-10s in 14 tries) doesn’t bode well for a return to a Chase spot. Standings: 17th, 364 points19. Aric Almirola               Outlook: Dave Blaney might not be happy with Almirola after sending him for a spin, but it isn’t like the driver of the No. 43 did so hot himself. Almirola finished a paltry 21st. Standings: 14th, 377 points20. Juan Pablo Montoya   Outlook: The momentum that Montoya has been building didn’t take much of a hit with a 14th-place finish, but it’s tough to really say he kept the momentum he had after a solid Dover run. It’s a fair assessment that he has June 23 circled on his calendar when the first road-course race of the season takes place at Sonoma. Standings: 22nd, 337 points In the rearview 5. Clint Bowyer             Outlook: Whether or not Bowyer was trying to match his car number or he was just tired from wheeling around a shopping cart late last week, 15th-place finishes aren’t what he is looking for right now. Standings: 3rd, 452 pointslast_img read more

Rethinking WHO: Students see a bigger role for frontline health workers

first_imgStudents from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and across the University came together at the Harvard iLab over the fall semester for an innovative new course—Design of Social Innovation. While some may have thought of “design” as the process of creating a building or smartphone, by the end of the course, they realized that they could utilize design to tackle large, ambiguous problems in public health.Led by Patrick Whitney, visiting professor at Harvard Chan School, the course gave students a hands-on introduction to design methods such as modeling, reframing, and prototyping. Whitney, one of the foremost experts on the discipline of design as an approach to solving complex human problems, taught students new ways to approach public health challenges—as a supplement to standard science-based approaches—when information is incomplete and fast-changing.As a case study, students were tasked to look at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the way it addresses pandemics, and then design solutions to help it more effectively manage disease outbreaks. To keep their thinking fresh, students were forbidden from researching how WHO already works. They looked at different models of change, made conjectures, and then researched whether their ideas could work.Whitney said during the students’ final presentations on December 8, 2017, “This course is not about what is, but what might be.”During the course, students worked in groups to design and prototype their projects. They received feedback from experts along the way, and had the opportunity to step back and rethink their approaches from a new angle. By the end of the course, they all reached the conclusion that the best way to help WHO address disease outbreaks is to not only improve the organization’s ability to disseminate information, but in parallel, to create a direct line with medical and aid workers on the ground to collect information and data in the world’s most vulnerable communities.Each student group focused its work on a different country. Public health students Kevin Hall, MPH ’18, and Chrissy Kreider, MPH ’18, framed their project—an app called the WHO Action Health Platform—around the hypothetical experience of a specific doctor at a clinic in rural Colombia. If he began to see patients exhibiting unusual symptoms, he could search the platform’s database for more information. His and other providers’ queries would be aggregated by the system, alerting the WHO to a potential hotspot. If the doctor believed that an outbreak was underway, he could file a report within the platform to request help from local WHO experts….Ashish Jha, senior associate dean of research translation and global strategy, and K.T. Li Professor of Global Health, was a guest lecturer for the course. In remarks during the final presentations, Jha said that he was surprised and impressed by the direction the students took with their projects….“The class’s work has been extraordinary,” Jha said.  “You have made more progress on rethinking, and indeed fresh thinking about WHO than I’ve seen for years.”—Amy Roeder Read Full Storylast_img read more

Watch First Trailer of Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl

first_img View Comments It looks like Tony and Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will need to make room on his bookshelf for more shining statuettes! Check out the below trailer for his latest movie, The Danish Girl, which has all the hallmarks of yet another extraordinary performance. The biopic follows Einar Wegener (Redmayne), who was one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery, becoming a woman called Lili Elbe. Helmed by The King’s Speech and Les Miserables director Tom Hooper, the film also stars the Broadway-bound Ben Whishaw, along with Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard and Matthias Schoenaerts. The Danish Girl hits movie theaters on November 27 and we’ll most definitely be there.last_img

Winter Gardening

first_imgThe unusually mild winter has folks itching to get outside. Gardeners want to know if it’s too early or too late to prune, fertilize, plant, aerate lawns or apply pre-emergent herbicides.Remember, the best time to plant new trees and shrubs is in the fall or early winter. If you plant trees or shrubs in the springtime, it’s generally a good idea to start with smaller plants that are quicker to establish and easier to keep watered through the first summer, especially if Georgia has another drought.As far as pruning goes, the ideal time to prune fruit trees, landscape trees and shrubs is in late winter prior to bud break. However, most trees started breaking dormancy very early this winter. It’s perfectly fine to prune plants after bud break – you won’t kill your plants. Just realize that plants that produce flowers or fruit in the springtime are likely to have more buds knocked off during the pruning process the later you wait to prune. For fruit trees, this could be an effective way to thin flowers and reduce the fruit load. For spring-flowering plants, such as camellias and azaleas, pruning is generally recommended after they flower, which could be as late as May or June.Entering springtime, plants will begin to grow very rapidly, which allows them to seal off pruning wounds more quickly. This is a good thing. They also have the ability to produce more sap in the springtime and may appear to be “bleeding” more excessively if pruned later. This sap is just water and will not compromise the plant’s health.Springtime pruning also allows you to remove any frost damage to new growth that came out too early. After a mild winter, this could be an advantage since there is sure to be another frost before spring. It’s still too early to fertilize trees, shrubs and dormant lawns, like bermudagrass. Soil temperatures affect the ability of plants to take up nutrients. Ideally, soil temperatures should be averaging around 65 degrees Fahrenheit for fertilizers to be used efficiently. Apply fertilizer too early and most of the nitrogen will be lost to leaching and runoff from rainfall before the plants can take it up – this wastes time, money and fertilizer. Too much nitrogen now could induce a more rapid break in dormancy and make plants less hardy if there is a late freeze. A great time to fertilize and to add limestone to lawns is immediately after aeration, which allows the nutrients to go down deeper into the root zone. Lawn aeration reinvigorates lawns that are recovering from drought and compacted soil. However, this practice is only recommended for actively growing lawns. For fescue and other cool-season grasses, the ideal time for aeration would be spring (March) or fall (October). For bermudagrass and other warm-season grasses that go dormant, wait until after they fully green up (usually around May) before you core aerate.Pre-emergent herbicides should be applied to lawns before annual weeds start to germinate. For crabgrass and other summer annual weeds, germination starts when soil temperatures reach 55 F.Most winter weeds will start to set flowers and go to seed very soon. Control these weeds now before they set seed or you will have even more weeds next year. Use selective herbicides labeled for your lawn type or those that are safe to use around landscape plants. Read and follow all labeled application rates and safety precautions. If you have spring fever, submit a soil sample to test your lawn or garden. If you haven’t done a soil test in a few years, this is a great time to see how much fertilizer or limestone the soil needs for a successful lawn or garden in the coming year. For more information, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publication “Care of Ornamental Plants in the Landscape” (Bulletin 1065) available at extension.uga.edu/publications. Get accurate temperatures for your area through the University of Georgia’s weather network at www.georgiaweather.net.last_img read more

Six-Pack Invitational

first_imgDid you do two trail works this year? Did you write your letter of intent? Did you pay the master of ceremonies $20? Did you bring a six-pack of good beer? Is your game tight?If you answered yes to all of the above questions then you could have taken part in the 18th year of the Six-Pack invitational. Harrisonburg, my old stomping grounds, has a rich and vibrant cycling community with events older than many of the riders that take part in them. One such event is the Six-Pack Invitational, where riders put it all on the line to be crowned the Invitational Winner.This grassroots downhill race, while a quest for glory, is also how much of the surrounding trail work gets done. And with traditions such as a letter of intent declaring your participation, your ride ante of a six-pack of beer, and the mandatory swig of Jaeger for all top 10 riders, you got yourself a rowdy good time.This year was no different, with Thursday night’s party revealing the starting list as names were pulled out of the hat. Sandy forced the committee to get creative, but smart thinking prevailed and it was decided that Boone’s Run would be the downhill of choice.Saturday came quickly and riders pedaled up the downhill, scoping lines, and discussing which were best.30 SECONDS! 15 SECONDS! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! The first rider is off, and ripping down the trail. Nervous anticipation sets in as you wait your turn.Results are kept secret until after the UNIs, and then announced at the party that night. UNIs you ask? Just the Universal Fixed Gear Championships, a 2-3 lap race on fixed gear mountain bikes after a spirited beer chug and Lemond start. Check the video below of 2011’s UNI race!2011 Fixed Gear Universe Championships from Scott Wootten on Vimeo.That night saw Collin Vento, local Harrisonburg ripper, crowned as the 2012 Invitational Winner, and Sue Haywood taking the ladies title. Jaeger was had, many many many beers were drunk, pump track laps were ridden, more beers were drunk, and all in all a great time was had. Events like this keep cycling fun and lighthearted. Think you have what it takes to be the 2013 Invitational Winner? Just get those trail works in and don’t forget your six-pack…last_img read more

American Apparel Companies Interested in Investing in Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo April 30, 2010 Prior to the January earthquake that devastated Haiti, textile manufacturing accounted for three-quarters of the country’s export earnings. The sector employed more than 25,000 people. After the quake, estimates suggest the industry is operating at about 50 percent capacity. If U.S. companies begin manufacturing in Haiti, experts say the industry there could support 100,000 jobs. John Park is manager of the Astro Embroidery company in Port au Prince. The company is based in the Caribbean. In 2008, the U.S. Congress passed a law, commonly known as Hope II, granting duty-free access for Haitian textiles. Astro Embroidery, which owns factories in Honduras, moved quickly to start operations in Haiti. “First of all, we come here to Haiti because HOPE regulation passed in Congress, USA. And we expected a lot of textile company come to Haiti,” Park said. “And then we [are] coming here to prepare service for them.” Two years later, most of his machines are silent. Only four employees are still working. “If we have 100 percent productivity, there will be 70 to 80 employees can be here,” Park said. The American apparel manufacturers have not come. He says they fear Haiti is not stable enough for business. Stephen Lamar is executive vice president of the American Apparel and Footwear Association. He says U.S. apparel firms are interested in manufacturing in Haiti but are reluctant because current legislation, including The Caribbean Basin Initiative, is short term and the volume of goods allowed into the U.S. is too low. “What you have right now is people are placing orders on the hope, no pun intended, on the hope that we are going to have the Caribbean Basin Trade Act extended,” Lamar said. “Now, it has been extended a couple of times before, but that is no guarantee that it will be extended.” But hope is on the horizon. When former President Bill Clinton visited Port au Prince in March he promised to pressure Congress to extend the trade laws and raise the ceiling on duty-free imports. “So we pledged to do what we could to get the changes adopted by Congress that will enable you to make maximum use of this law. And I think it could create a 100,000 jobs in Haiti in short order,” he stated. For John Park, the extensions will not come soon enough. He says the company had to dip into savings to stay afloat. “We need help. But so far we are okay. We can survive,” he said. “But I am really concerned now. One more year if we don’t have enough work, we could be out of business.” Some question whether textile jobs are the best option for Haitian workers. Haiti’s minimum wage is about $3 (US) a day. Astro Embroidery pays its employees a salary and bonus equal to about $6 (US) a day. But garment worker Fifi Rico told us that is not a living wage. “Because what they get is enough for them to eat. They don’t have enough to pay for housing,” he said. The American Apparel And Footwear Association told us the industry has strong interest in helping to rebuild Haiti. Lamar says work has begun on Capitol Hill to extend both trade acts.last_img read more

Understanding and preventing wire & ACH fraud

first_img continue reading » Fraudsters continue to find weaknesses in authentication processes to obtain secure information and fraudulently transfer money to themselves via a wire or ACH transaction. These attacks often originate from phishing attacks that result in fraudulent entry to a secure system with secure data.With phishing attacks becoming more sophisticated and streamlined, ACH and wire fraud attempts are almost certain to continue in the coming years.To better manage these fraud exposures, you will need to understand how these attacks typically occur, so you know where to look and what to do should you suspect an attack. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Follow the money: Trump’s refusal to concede is a scam in the purest form of the word

first_img– Advertisement – Right now, Trump’s team is 0-12 for the court cases they’ve brought in half a dozen states. Because not only do they have no evidence, they also have no particular intention of winning. It’s all for show.What it’s about is raking in millions for Trump. Not only does the money being brought in pay Rudy Giuliani to stand in front of landscaping stores and spread lies, the money is also being used to pay down debts Trump ran up during the campaign. In the case of solicitations from the “Make America Great Again Committee,” exactly none of the money goes to actual investigation of the fraud they know never happened. Instead, 40% of the money goes to the RNC while 60% flows to Trump’s campaign.  Just as he did with his inaugural fund in 2016, Trump has turned “election defense” into a way to not only take in cash, but to take in cash in quantities not limited by laws about election contributions. Donors to the MAGA committee or Save America PAC aren’t going to hit the wall of campaign contributions … even though most of the money is going to end up in Trump’s campaign, where he can turn around and pay his family, friends, and self any amount he wants. It is a cash grab, pure and simple.- Advertisement – But why would other Republicans be going along with this? Well, this maneuver from South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem provides a good clue. In an online solicitation, Noem urges voters to “help us bring it home for the president” and warns that Trump “needs our support while the far-left Dems declare a victory for Biden before all the votes are counted.” However, none of the money going into this fund is connected with funding investigations into campaign fraud. It’s not even going to Trump’s campaign. 100% of the donations instead flow into Noem’s own reelection fund.Whether Trump ever calls Biden, or whether he prefers to pretend to be the prince in exile, forever fighting against an usurper who took his rightful place will be determined by the same thing that’s driving his strategy, and the strategy of other Republicans right now: the money. There really is election fraud. And Donald Trump, along with 99% of the nation’s Republican leadership, are engaged in it at the moment. As The Washington Post reports, all but a handful of Republicans aren’t just echoing Trump’s claims about nonexistent voter fraud, they’re doing so while fully aware that their actions are both damaging faith in the democratic process and preventing President-elect Biden from having access to national security information and other classified documents that could be vital to planning his transition. Republicans obviously want to show that they’re still loyal to Trump—in the case of those like Sen. Lindsey Graham, disgustingly so. But Trump hasn’t exactly made it a secret what this is about. From the night of the election, Trump supporters have been receiving emails asking them to donate to the “Official Election Defense Fund” or the new “Save America PAC.” Some supporters report that they have received up to 18 solicitations in a single day asking for money for one or both of these projects.Trump voters are being told that these funds are going to support an “emergency recount” of votes in Wisconsin. Or that they are being used to present “proof” of voter fraud in court. Only Trump’s campaign has not actually asked for a recount in Wisconsin, much less ponied up the $3 million that’s required. And it’s certainly not what Trump’s actual attorneys are saying in actual courts.Judge: Are you claiming that there is any fraud in connection with these 592 disputed ballots?Trump attorney: To my knowledge at present, no.Judge: Are you claiming there is any undue or improper influence upon the elector with respect to these 592 ballots?Trump attorney: To my knowledge at present, no.- Advertisement – Donald Trump’s refusal to concede has absolutely nothing to do with winning the election. No matter what Trump may be tweeting from the Fortress of Poutitude, he knows he’s lost. There is no scenario in which recounts and court challenges are going to uncover anything close to enough votes to overcome the clear result of the election. The refusal to place that grudging call to Joe Biden is also not being set by Trump’s ego. Of course that ego is a factor. Since it’s the size of a small moon, Trump’s ego always generates enough gravity to distort any situation, but no matter how many pundits pearl-clutch over giving Trump time to adjust to being a big loser, or how many Republicans show that they’re so there for Trump in his hour of despair, that’s just … not it. The biggest reason that Donald Trump won’t concede is the simplest. It’s the same reason that has driven every decision of Trump’s life: money.- Advertisement –last_img read more

The handover of duties took place in the Ministry of Tourism and Sports

first_imgToday, the handover of duties took place between the new Minister Nikola Brnjac and the current Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, the Ministry of Tourism reports. “Croatian tourism is safe in the hands of the new Minister Nikola Brnjac, and now that it has been further strengthened with the sports segment, I believe that we can represent Croatia even better and more recognizably in the world. In this period of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of the Republic of Croatia, led by President Andrej Plenković, has created the preconditions thanks to which tourism is still achieving significant results, and I have no doubt that it will continue to achieve exceptional results in the years ahead.”, Pointed out the former Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli during the handover, and stressed that there will continue to be support for Croatian tourism through work in the Croatian Parliament. On that occasion Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac She thanked the current Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli for her work and emphasized the importance of tourism and sports for the Croatian economy and the recognition of Croatia in the world: “Tourism is extremely important for Croatia, it has always been the driver of the economy and I am sure it will be in the future. My first goal will be to ensure the stability of the tourism sector during this period. Tourism should be better positioned in the future financial perspective of EU funds in order to remain the flagship of the Croatian economy”.center_img Photo: Ministry of Tourism and Sportslast_img read more

Can double counting be removed in rating?

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