RELATED: Driver, crew chief moves for 2018Nearly a year ago, Tony Gibson provided one of the most genuine celebration scenes of the season, with raw emotion from atop the pit box after watching Kurt Busch’s No. 41 Ford take the checkered flag in the Daytona 500.One thing about that: Amid the build-up of the final lap in his chaotic work space, the longtime Stewart-Haas Racing crew chief couldn’t actually see the exact moment. His vantage point was too crowded with animated team members, but all the noise — from the fans in front of him and ecstatic team co-owner Tony Stewart by his side — told him his dreams were coming true.“That’s why my reaction was so delayed is I never really saw us cross the start-finish line, but I knew something pretty good was going on when the crowd started screaming and Stewart started screaming and all the guys,” Gibson says. “But yeah, I missed the car crossing that line, but I got to watch it several thousand times on TV later on.”After crossing a lifelong wish off his personal bucket list last year, Gibson will have a far different view for the 2018 NASCAR season. The 53-year-old veteran is rounding into the role of SHR’s production manager, a job that will center his mechanical know-how on the shop floor, ending his near-weekly travel routine after 31 years on the road.Though his position is managerial in nature, Gibson says it hasn’t stopped him from staying involved in the Stewart-Haas trenches.“I love being hands-on, which I’ve always been,” Gibson said. “So this will allow me to spend more time bringing everyone together as a group, getting to work with some guys in the chassis shop, fab shop and body shop — all the guys down on the floor, the grunts — everybody that’s really making this thing happen. Just being involved with them and making better parts and better pieces.”Gibson made his announcement Dec. 16, a day after SHR released its driver-crew chief pairings for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign. John Klausmeier, an engineer with Stewart-Haas since its first season in 2009, replaced Gibson as crew chief for Busch and the No. 41 team.MORE: SHR reveals driver-crew chief pairings for 2018In his message shared over social media, Gibson indicated that such a change had been a long time coming. He said later that when he signed his most recent contract extension in 2014, an option clause was included for him to explore opportunities for a less travel-intensive role. His Daytona victory, combined with Klausmeier’s readiness for crew chief responsibilities, gave him the sense that the avenue was opening.“I think he was just finally ready to get off the road but even more excited that he wasn’t just coming off the road and just taking an average job,” Stewart says. “I mean, his role with these crew chiefs and working on the floor with all these guys around the shop is something he will excel at. He’s such a good people person, he’s such a good motivator and he’s very hands-on, which is why the people that work under him appreciate him so much because he’ll get in there and dig as hard as anybody else to get the job done.”Barely one month into the new gig, Gibson’s primary thrust has been to create uniformity across Stewart-Haas Racing’s four-team fleet. The twofold goal: To build identical cars with common reference points for all shop personnel and to jump-start compliance with NASCAR’s new at-track inspection system.Those objectives might sound simplistic, but they involve plenty of technical nuance and communication that spans several of SHR’s departments.“I think I’ve told Zippy (SHR competition director Greg Zipadelli) a couple times that it’s kind of like a mom,” Gibson says. “They call you a mom, but you’re actually a chauffeur, you’re a psychologist, you’re so many different things that a woman is. A banker, organizer … so it turned into being more than what I thought it was going to be, but that’s OK. Once people see your strength and see that you’re making a difference, they kind of latch onto you.“Right now, we’re digging. So I do everything it takes, I’ll get in all the engineering meetings, all the design meetings to try to help those guys connect that gap from engineering to bolting it on the car. The guy that’s building or designing this part, making sure he goes on the floor and it’ll actually work on the race car and the guys that are putting it together. I’m trying to bridge that gap and then focus on things that the crew chiefs, let’s just let them go do what they need to do and I’ll focus on the actual building of the cars, putting them together, if we’re going to make a change, those type of things. So it’s a lot of fun, but it’s a lot more work than what I thought it was going to be when I first signed up for it.”The hours might be tough, Gibson says, but proximity to his children and grandchildren has become the priority in his new schedule. Gibson said he still expects to travel “every fourth or fifth race, just to stay up on top of the things that are going on at the track.” He also said he’ll likely be a natural choice as an interim replacement should any of SHR’s four crew chiefs need to serve a suspension or miss a race for other unforeseen circumstances.So perhaps Gibson’s headset hasn’t completely been mothballed, but he still expects an adjustment period once the racing schedule begins in earnest.“It probably will be,” Gibson says. “I’m sure when they peel off for Daytona, it’ll be a little different for me.”
Load remaining images Guitarist Billy Strings and his band are in Denver, CO all weekend, where the Americana outfit is celebrating a weekend’s worth of sold-out shows at the Ogden Theatre on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.Friday night’s weekend run opener saw Strings and company treat attendees to 25 songs stretched out over two sets and an encore.Related: MerleFest 2020 Announces Lineup Additions – John Prine, Billy Strings, MoreStrings opened the show with one of his originals in “Slowtrain”, followed by a wide mix of covers played throughout the set with the band’s takes on The Dillards‘ “Ernest T. Grass”, Johnny Horton‘s “Ole Slew-Foot”, New Gras Revival‘s “This Heart of Mine”, The Stanley Brothers‘ “White Dove”, and John Phillips‘ “Me and My Uncle”.The covers-heavy show continued into the second set with Strings’ live renditions of Jeff Austin‘s “Run Down”, Jimmie Driftwood‘s “Tennessee Stud”, and J.J. Cale‘s “Ride Me High”, to name a few.Only three songs from Strings’ latest album–2019’s Home–made their way into the setlist on Friday with “Watch it Fall” in the first set, “Must Be Seven” during the second, and “Freedom” to close the show in the encore.Watch Strings’ show-opening performance of “Slow Train” from Friday below.Billy Strings – “Slow Train” – 12/13/19[Video: D Ragoose]Strings is back at the Ogden on Saturday and Sunday with two more sold-out shows.Scroll down for a full gallery of photos from Friday’s show, courtesy of photographer Elliot Siff.Setlist: Billy Strings | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 12/13/2019Set One: Slow Train, Ernest T. Grass (The Dillards cover) > Ole Slew-Foot (Johnny Horton cover), I’ll Remember You, Love, in My Prayers (William ‘Billy’ Hayes cover), Watch It Fall, This Heart of Mine (New Grass Revival cover) > Dealing Despair, White Dover (The Stanley Brothers cover), Me and My Uncle (John Phillips cover) > Living Like an Animal > Me and My Uncle (On the Line > Train 45 (The Stanley Brothers cover)Set Two: Home of the Red Fox* (Bill Emerson cover), Must Be Seven, Run Down (Jeff Austin cover), Old Train, I Only Exist (The Stanley Brothers cover) Love Like Me, Tennessee Stud (Jimmie Driftwood cover), Pretty Daughter (Danny Barnes cover), Pyramid Country > Ride Me High (J.J. Cale cover) > Train, Tain (Blackfoot cover)Encore: FreedomNotes:* “Say Tripper” teaseBilly Strings | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 12/13/2019 | Photos: Elliot Siff
The Bahamas and Jamaica recorded deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) as several other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries reported new cases of the virus over the past 24 hours. They said the death toll remains at 72. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jamaica recorded its 100th death from the virus after eight new deaths were reported over the last 24 hours. You may be interested in… More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… “The Ministry of Health regrets to inform the public that there have been two additional COVID-19 related deaths. Both persons are elderly males with comorbidities. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 74”. The authorities said that the island now has 4,441 with 1,913 being active cases. They said 105 persons have been discharged from public health facilities. The Ministry of Health said that there were 65 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths. As a result the total number of positive cases now stands at 3,903 with 1,713 of those being active. Suriname said one person in the capital, Paramaribo, tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours after 28 people had been tested. Oct 16, 2020 St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Health officials said that the death toll remains at 227 and that so far 6,588 people have been cured of the disease. Oct 15, 2020 Jamaica has also recorded 238 new cases, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 6,408 of which 4,451 are active. The death toll now stands at 101 and the Ministry of Health and Wellness said the eight deaths include an 82-year-old woman from St Ann, a 78-year-old man from Clarendon, a 28-year-old woman, a 65-year-old man, 96-year-old man, 65-year-old man, 78-year-old man and 59-year-old man, all of St Catherine addresses. Currently, 31 people with the corona virus are in hospitals and seven in intensive care units. Furthermore, there are 41 positives in isolation and 37 people who are not negative in quarantine. Of the newly confirmed cases there were 91 males and 147 females with ages ranging from 24 days old to 96 years old. The health authorities in Trinidad and Tobago are reporting 55 additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19 in addition to two more deaths. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC They said that since March 19, a total of 27,705 suspected cases have been investigated. Death toll rises in Caribbean from COVID pandemicThe death toll from the coronavirus (COVID019) pandemic in the Caribbean increased on Tuesday as three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries registered deaths from the virus that has so far killed 966,000 people and infected 31.4 million others globally since last December. The health authorities in Jamaica said that five new…September 23, 2020In “General”Three CARICOM countries record COVID deathsStory via CMC – Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas registered deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours, while the authorities in Belize warn that ongoing transmission happening within families is a key factor driving the virus in that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. The Ministry of…October 14, 2020In “General”Bahamas records more deaths as Dominica reports new positive casesThe Bahamas recorded four deaths from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and 72 new cases, as the virus continues to impact a number of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries including Dominica, which has now recorded news cases after having not done so for several months. The Ministry of Health said that the death…September 10, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp The health authorities in Trinidad and Tobago are reporting four new cases, bringing the total to 4,386 with 2,039 being active. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak In Guyana, 15 new cases of COVID-19 brought the overall confirmed cases to 2, 787. The new cases were reported in Region One with five new cases bring the total there to 413, Regions Two and Five with one new case and Region Eight with eight new cases. Oct 16, 2020 The health authorities said that all 65 new cases were recorded in New Providence, where the two deaths -a 61-year-old woman and an 86-year-old woman – were residing. Health authorities said that there are now nine patients in the COVID-19 ICU and 1, 608 have now recovered. To date 78 persons have died with 44 more persons recovering. There are now 861 patients in home isolation, 231 in institutional isolation and 83 persons are in institutional quarantine. The number of active cases nationwide has fallen to 67, while the total number of infections is 4,836. The COVID-19 death rate remained at 102. Six people have been cured in the past 24 hours, bringing that total to 4,667. Haiti is reporting 39 new cases of the virus bringing its total to 8,723 with 1, 908 being active. Their deaths bring the death toll to 91. Oct 15, 2020
Solicitors paid less to insurers for professional indemnity insurance (PII) this year than they did in the previous two years, Solicitors Regulation Authority figures revealed today. The cost of insuring the profession on the open market this year was £214m, down from £241m in 2009/10 and £226m in 2008/09. The news comes after some solicitors reported large increases in premiums and exceptionally difficult market conditions for the third renewal period in a row. The SRA figures also show a marked difference in insurers’ participation in the market, in terms of their share of the £214m premium pool. Chartis Insurance, formerly AIG, increased its share of the market, taking slightly more than 18% of premiums this year compared with 15.2% in 2009/10. It was followed as market leader by: Inter Hannover (14.4%, up from 4.5%); XL Insurance (13.3%, up from 7.1%); Zurich (12.9%, up slightly from 12.8%); and Travelers (11%, down from 13.4%). XL and Inter Hannover entered the solicitors PII market in 2009. Before 2008/09, insurance costs fell by up to 10% each year following the abolition of the solicitors’ indemnity fund (SIF). In 2000, the last year of the SIF, the cost of insuring the profession was £255m.
Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Tropical storm warning remains in effect for Dominica by: – July 9, 2013 A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Dominica as Tropical Storm Chantal is expected to pass 60 miles south of the island about midday today. The Dominica Meteorological Service, in its 6am Tuesday, 9th July advisory, indicated that at 5am, the center of tropical storm Chantal was located near latitude 13.3N, longitude 58.4W or located about 245 miles south east of the island.Citizens are advised that they should proceed with their normal routines as the system does not pose any immediate threat to the island.“At this moment there is no reason to stay home, the weather is conducive to continue to do our normal chores or go to work, but, as the day progresses if we need to advise otherwise we will do that as quickly as possible,” acting disaster management coordinator, Don Corriette said on Tuesday morning.Chantal is moving towards the west northwest near 26 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.“We expect some squally weather during the course of this morning and deteriorating as we approach midmorning towards midday,” Mr Corriette stated.Thus he again appealed to citizens to ensure that they finalize all emergency preparations, particularly those who reside in vulnerable areas. “Those of us who live in vulnerable areas, rock fall areas, landslide areas, close to ravines, waterways, rivers, especially people at Layou, Bath Estate, San Sauveur, Good Hope – the vulnerable areas to exercise extreme caution.Fishermen and Fisherfolk are also advised to remove their boats from the shorelines as well as farmers who have animals tied close to waterways to have them removed.The Office of Disaster Management along with the Dominica Meteorological Service and the National Emergency Planning Organization will be monitoring the system throughout the course of the day.Chantal is expected to produce rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with maximum amounts of 6 inches possible. Storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 1 to 3 feet above normal tide levels. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by dangerous waves.Dominica Vibes News Share 8 Views no discussions
LocalNews Historian calls for reenergizing of Community Day of Service by: – October 8, 2013 73 Views no discussions Great George Street after Hurricane David 1979Dominican historian Dr Lennox Honychurch has called for the “reinforcing and reenergising” of Community Day of Service activities which is observed annually on November 4.Dr Honychurch made that call when he presented a lecture on ‘Koudmen’, this year’s theme for History Week. ‘Koudmen’ a Creole word which originated from the French ‘a coupe de main’ means a helping hand.Informing those present that it was through a form of ‘koudmen’ Community Day of Service was formed on November 4, after National Day was first conceived, everyone would engage in a street jump up.“It was like Carnival on the fourth of November”.Community Day of Service he said is linked in some way to Hurricane David which struck the island in 1979.He said after the island was damaged by Hurricane David, he along with others on the Independence Committee in October 1979 decided to replace the street jump up that year with a day of community service.Dr Lennox Honychurch delivering lecture on ‘koudmen’The streets of Roseau and around the island were in ruins, members of the Royal Navy and other armed forces from other countries were working to clean up and repair the City.“So we said on the Committee how could we have jump up while these people are there in the hot sun trying to restore and repair our streets…and so it was decided in 1979 instead of a Carnival let us have a Community Day of Service to repair the damage in all of the communities”.When the Freedom Party was elected into government in 1980, he explained, they strengthened the Community Day of Service by linking it to local government and provided necessary materials.During the 1980s into the 1990s Community Day of Service was really a “big and vital thing”.“When you understand the root, the background you will see how important it is for the communities in helping us help themselves.”Community Day of Service is still recognized today following Independence Day on November 4 however is not practiced as it used to.He informed those present that koudmen was important for the foundation of the Dominica of today.Dominica Vibes News
Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42 INDEPENDENCE, OHIO– Considering all the offseason drama that surrounded the Cavaliers, it’s understandable that Derrick Rose joining the team has been pushed into the backs of most people’s minds.Rose has arguably been the most overlooked Cavs acquisition this offseason, especially considering that he signed a veteran-minimum contract, and was expected to come off the bench behind Isaiah Thomas.Prior to the start of Cleveland’s 2017 Media Day, the team offered an update on Isaiah Thomas’ hip. With Thomas likely out until January, head coach Tyronn Lue confirmed that Rose would be named the starting point guard.Last year, Rose had a quietly good year, averaging 18 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 64 games for the New York Knicks. But, considering those within and around the league still tend to think of Rose for his injury-riddled years following his league MVP win in 2011, and considering the fact the Knicks had a 31-win season, those individual numbers hardly got much attention.“That’s every year with me, that’s every year,” Rose said at media day when asked about if he felt like he has been overlooked. “I don’t really know why. That’s not my job to really get into it.”“I take bits and pieces of material that I do think will fuel me into the offseason that I’ll work on. But, my job is not to listen to what everybody says. I’m the player, I know how good I am. And, I’m 28. People act like I’m 38 years old. I’m 28. But my job is not to brag or boast about it. It’s to let them see me on the court and they judge and they make their opinions after that.”Derrick Rose on whether or not he feels he is overlooked, how it fuels him. pic.twitter.com/i30cP0rzA6— Ashley Bastock (@AshleyBastock42) September 25, 2017Rose clearly has the self-confidence the Cavs will need from him in the starting role, but it’s clear that his teammates and coaches also feel that way, particularly after seeing him out in pre-camp workouts in California.“I’m excited more than anybody about Derrick, D-Rose. The kid has a lot to prove,” LeBron James said.“I’ve been a fan of him for a long time, and I never thought in my wildest dreams that I’d be a teammate of his. I think he had a hell of a season last year and people don’t really see it because of the chaos that was going on in New York. … I’m excited to have him here because I want people to know that D-Rose can still play the game at a high level.”“A guy getting a second chance, so to speak,” Kevin Love said, echoing James’ sentiments. “A chance to compete for a championship. I think he’s hungry for that. He’s continued to be vocal about wanting to win, and I think he’s going to speak that into existence.”While the confidence is there, there is no doubt that a Cavs team with Rose at the primary point guard spot looks very different than a team led by Kyrie Irving. While Rose said he considers Irving to be a “hell of a player,” he recognizes they do not have the same job.“My job is to get guys open,” Rose said. “I’ve been working on my game with opening the floor. Of course, when you’re playing with LeBron you’ve gotta be ready for open shots. But, I think playing up here, playing in Calabasas they saw the way that I passed the ball and were surprised with I guess my IQ and the way that I did pass.”Derrick Rose in being the starting point guard pic.twitter.com/ZH7jsvyca4— Ashley Bastock (@AshleyBastock42) September 25, 2017Regardless of all his past injuries, the drama he is leaving behind in New York, and the drama the Cavs are leaving behind in the summer, the thing that Rose seems most appreciative of is the environment he is coming into.Even with the loss of Irving, the Cavs are still the favorites to win the East, clearly a fact that isn’t lost on Rose.“Everyday you have to bring it,” he said. “It’s very exciting. That’s one of the reasons I chose to come here.” Related TopicsCavsCavs Media DayClevelandCleveland CavaliersDerrick RoseKevin LoveLebron JamesMedia DayNBATyronn Lue Ashley Bastock
5 June 2014 The South African economy is unlikely to fall into recession, the Reserve Bank said on Tuesday, predicting that second-quarter GDP growth would show some improvement, while cautioning that the risks to growth forecasts for the year were “to the downside”. Last week, Statistics SA reported that South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) had contracted 0.6 percent quarter-on-quarter in the first three months of the year – its first contraction since the second quarter of 2009, when the world’s economy dipped as a result of a global recession. A second consecutive quarter of negative economic growth would, technically speaking, indicate that the country had entered a recession. Releasing its latest Monetary Policy Review on Tuesday, the central bank noted that a number of adverse supply shocks, particularly from strike action as well as from electricity shortages, had led to negative first-quarter growth. “Although the second quarter is expected to show some improvement, the risks to the 2014 forecast are to the downside,” the Bank said. At its monetary policy committee meeting in May, the Bank revised its growth forecasts for 2014 down from 2.6% to 2.1%. According to the Review, inflation is projected to come in above the bank’s 3% to 6% target range for an extended period of time. In April, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) came in at 6.1%. “Overall, inflation in South Africa is projected to be above target for an extended period of time, with risks tilted towards higher inflation. Over the longer term, this necessitates higher interest rates, and therefore a tightening cycle.” The bank hiked interest rates at its first meeting of the year in January. “However, with domestic economic growth weak, and world inflation and interest rates remaining low, monetary policy tightening is likely to be moderate. This will provide continued support to the economic recovery,” the Review states. The review found that household expenditure has limited prospects for improvements in 2014 due to rising inflation, weak employment growth and muted wealth effects. “Household expenditure will also be constrained by continued moderate credit growth, knock-on effects from the mining strike, and rate hikes, which raise debt service costs and disincentivise further borrowing.” The Bank expressed concern at the country’s antagonistic labour relations and persistent strikes. “In particular, changes in the structure of mining unionisation over the past few years have caused multiple, often violent disruptions to production, the most recent example being the record-length and on-going platinum-sector strike. “These events have been costly in several ways, depriving households of wage income and retailers of customers, damaging exports, and ultimately compromising investment and employment,” the Review states. The Monetary Policy Review, which reviews domestic and international developments that affect inflation and the Bank’s monetary policy stance, is published twice a year. Source: SAnews.gov.za
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Amazon reports today that the Kindle E-Book Lending Library now offers over 75,000 books, boosted by the launch of the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select program for independent publishers. The KDP Select program launched in December, and Kindle customers borrowed 295,000 KDP Select titles that month. The top authors in the program earned thousands of dollars on top of their regular monthly sales.Amazon increased its monthly funding for KDP Select from $500,000 to $700,000 this month after the strong showing. KDP authors earned $1.70 per borrow. The top 10 KDP Select authors saw a 30% increase from lending on top of the royalties they earned from sales of the same titles. Amazon’s end-run around Big Publishing shows promise for authors.Amazon says that total sales of titles in the KDP Select lending program grew faster than KDP titles that aren’t in the lending program, but they don’t say how much. But the $200,000 bonus to the KDP Select fund is a signal of optimism. The fund is divided between the authors each month depending on their percentage of total books borrowed. One author, Carolyn McCray, earned $8,250 from the fund in December.The Kindle Lending Library itself launched on November 2. It’s available to Amazon Prime members. It has tight restrictions – users can only borrow one book per month – so 295,000 titles in one month means 295,000 people. Related Posts jon mitchell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Amazon#E-Books#web For authors in the KDP Select lending program, the numbers are great, but Amazon is characteristically cagey about other specifics. It won’t share the exact size of the sales bump KDP Select authors got over non-lending KDP authors. It doesn’t disclose how many books were lent in the Lending Library program overall.The biggest bugbear of them all for Amazon reporters is the specific number of Kindles sold. Amazon will report percentage growth in Kindle sales, but they never disclose exactly how many devices are in people’s hands. Still, we know this: 295,000 or so people borrowed Kindle books from independent authors last month, and some of those authors made lots of money.Do you have an e-reader? Which one? Do you read on it often? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Hollywood beauty Selena Gomez treats her fans with her ultra-short dresses day in and day out, but this time she came clad in ‘desi look’- wearing a orange silk sari and traditional bindi on her forehead.She was spotted in Nepal as she is there on a charity mission as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.She posted a picture of herself in a sari with the caption “Sari, not sari”.This is not the first time Selena has been sported in a bindi, she was sported in the accessory in her hit song “Come and get it” and at the Coachella Festival.Recently, Selena was in news for her breakup with singer Justin Beiber and her dispute with the Jenner sisters. While Justin is partying in Cannes, Selena was in Kathmadu to do some charity work.