The Front Row Motorsports No. 36 Ford failed Optical Scanning Station pre-race inspection on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, meaning driver Matt Tifft will start from the rear of the field in today’s race, instead of where he initially qualified at 22nd.The pre-race inspection was notable for not producing failures as 37 of the 38 cars passed the first time through and retained their starting positions for the Camping World 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Tifft’s car passed inspection on its second time through.RELATED: Chicago 101, TV timesAustin Dillon won the Busch Pole Award for the 17th race in the 26-event regular season. Chicagoland also marks the beginning of NBC’s portion of the television schedule. The 1.5-mile track was the site of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s “slide job” call last year when Kyle Busch outdueled Kyle Larson for the victory.Busch is starting 17th on Sunday while Larson is in the 14th position.MORE: Unofficial starting lineup
On Saturday, May 30th, over 70 artists and thousands of fans came together for Quarantine Comes Alive, a virtual music festival that raised over $150,000 for a litany of charities via the comprehensive PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund.The 15-hour live-stream marathon featured virtual performances and never-before-seen videos by an array of artists from around the world including bassist Karina Rykman, who welcomed fans to her upstate New York home along the Hudson River for a two-song performance early on in the afternoon. For her virtual QCA set, the Marco Benevento trio bassist teamed up with three musical friends for original tune “Dirty South” (featuring a sly “Shakedown Street” tease) and an appropriate cover of LCD Soundsystem‘s “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” (featuring some subtle nods to Talking Heads‘ “Crosseyed and Painless”).Rykman’s QCA performance was captured with a drone, providing sweeping views of the picturesque suburban setting in which she’s spending her time in quarantine. The setting made for a perfect location to jam out to even the highest of possible decibel levels without causing any stress or annoyance to the neighbors. The abundant greenery matched with the quartet’s energy on a sunny springtime afternoon made for a fun way to ease fans into Quarantine Comes Alive.Related: Circles Around The Sun Debut Live “Money’s No Option” Video At Quarantine Comes Alive [Watch]As Karina explained to Live For Live Music, “The band is comprised of Nathan Slone on drums (from the band Vansire), Marlo Shankweiler on guitar (from the band Melt), Isaac Slone on second guitar, and yours truly on bass and vocals. Johnny Beach, Bowery Presents‘ talent buyer, is the illustrious drone operator. We’ve all been quarantined in the Hudson Valley together for three months, and our commune band has done tons of jamming to stay sane during this time. Marlo came up with the idea to get a drone to tape our performances from above, so we split the cost and have become proud new drone parents.”Continued Rykman, “We got so excited when we got it that we ended up getting a little crazy, and crashed it twice on the first day. We then ended up duct taping the wings and hoping for the best, and it held up pretty well but then failed just as we were filming our QCA video. It at least made picking a take easy! It has since been properly repaired, and we’re now excited to ride high once again.”If you enjoyed the performance, Karina asks that you make a donation to Black Lives Matter. Watch the full Karina Rykman performance from Quarantine Comes Alive below:Karina Rykman – “Dirty South”, “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” [LCD Soundsystem] – Quarantine Comes Alive [Video: Live For Live Music]Presented by Live For Live Music in partnership with PLUS1 and Nugs.TV, Quarantine Comes Alive was conceived as a way to celebrate and support musicians, provide fans with unique musical experiences from the comfort of their couches, and raise money for comprehensive COVID-19 relief during this time of uncertainty. All funds raised from the donation-based event will be split evenly between the artists on the bill and the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund, which works directly with leading non-profit organizations like Sweet Relief, MusiCares, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, World Central Kitchen, Partners In Health, Trans Lifeline, and Backline to provide aid where it’s needed most. For more information, head here.
ELK GROVE, Ill. — A female employee at an Elk Grove Village clay manufacturing plant lost a portion of her hand Wednesday after it became stuck in an industrial mixer, authorities said.Elk Grove Village firefighters responded to the call from Polyform Products, 1901 Estes Ave., about 10 a.m. The company produces artistic and industrial clay.The injured employee worked in a laboratory environment at the factory making experimental mixtures of the clay product. She accidentally got a portion of her hand stuck in a machine that mixes clay for consistency and color, Elk Grove Village Battalion Chief Mark Sellers said.“She suffered a partial amputation,” he said.The victim was conscious and had disentangled from the machine before paramedics arrived, Sellers added.After being treated at the scene, the woman was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village. Her injuries were not lifethreatening, Sellers said.Since it was an industrial accident, officials are required to report it to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Sellers said.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor the last 3 years, this little boy named Dominic has been collecting pajamas and books to give to children who will be spending Christmas in shelters after escaping domestic violence.He started the campaign when he was just 7 years old after he realized not everyone has a great time at Christmas.Now 10 years old, the youngster from London, England has managed to donate hundreds of brand new pairs of pajamas and hundreds of books to women’s aid so that the children can have a fresh pair of PJs and a bedtime story on Christmas Eve.And, this year, he is donating even more, as you can see from the photo submitted to GNN by Dominic’s mom.RELATED: This Seventh Grader Donated All $15,000 of His County Fair Earnings to a Children’s HospitalHe never stops campaigning and trying to make others’ lives better. If he’s not collecting pajamas, he is being an activist, designing his own T-shirt to spread the word on plastic pollution, and donating the proceeds to ocean protection charities.As a real community champion, Dominic would love to show other kids that they have a voice and they can stand up for what they believe in, too.To learn more about Dominic’s mission, be sure and check out his website.Photo by Danielle OwenBe Sure And Share This Inspiring Story Of Kindness With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Netflix’s explosive documentary My Octopus Teacher chronicles a complex relationship between a man and world’s most bizarre animal – an octopus. It further testifies to our highly conflicted relationship with non-human animals.We treasure our “pets” – dogs, cats, horses. Our allegiance to them transcends that to our own species. If our dog and a Congolese child were competing for life-saving surgery, the dog would live.Yet, we torment, kill, and consume other animals who are similar in appearance, intelligence, and ability to suffer. Then, we bristle at East Asians who do the same to animals we consider pets. We pride ourselves on being intelligent, rational beings.Yet we still have not figured out our relationship with non-human animals.Some of us have. Vegans profess compassion and respect for all sentient beings. Every one of us can become one on our next trip to our supermarket.— Pedro Abogado, Port Arthur
Vermont Technical College,Vermont Tech announced Thursday that David Blittersdorf, well-known renewable energy entrepreneur and president and Chief Executive Officer of Williston-based AllEarth Renewables, has committed $120,000 to support the launch of the college’s new Renewable Energy bachelor’s degree program. The new Bachelor of Science program will prepare graduates to play a hands-on role in implementing the State of Vermont’s goal of achieving ninety-percent renewable energy by 2050. The program will launch in the fall of 2014 and is currently accepting students. “It is vital that Vermont not lose momentum in the pursuit of its energy goals. Providing access to a comprehensive, hands-on education in the renewable energy field is a vital step towards ensuring that the state achieves those goals,” said Blittersdorf. “We are proud to have many Vermont Tech alums on the team at AllEarth, and I believe strongly in the high-quality, hands-on education that the college provides. These are the jobs not of the future, but of right now.”Blittersdorf founded and is past CEO of NRG Systems, a Hinesburg-based renewable energy company. “Having created Vermont jobs in both solar and wind, I am eager to help the next generation achieve my dream of a renewable energy based future,” he noted. The Renewable Energy program at Vermont Tech will educate students in a variety of renewable technologies, including solar PV, solar heating, wind power, biomass heating and anaerobic digestion. Students will also learn important aspects of project management, including how to evaluate renewable resources, complete site assessments, design systems, model system performance, utilize data acquisition tools and integrate energy systems into landscapes, buildings and communities.“Over the past 12 years, Vermont Tech has made a commitment to building energy and sustainability into its curriculum. This generous gift from David allows us to take these efforts to a new level with a focused bachelor’s degree in Renewable Energy. The expert technical instruction and hands-on experience students will receive in this important field will allow them to play a vital role in the state’s energy future,” said President of Vermont Tech Dan Smith.AllEarth Renewables is the designer and manufacturer of the award winning AllSun Tracker, an innovative solar tracking system for small and large scale instillations. Recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the nation’s 500 fastest-growing businesses, AllEarth Renewables is a 2013 and 2014 Vermont Best Places to Work award recipient.To learn more about Vermont Tech, please visit www.vtc.edu(link is external), and to find out more about AllEarth Renewables, go to www.allearthrenewables.com(link is external).About Vermont Tech – Vermont Tech is a leading public college with the mission of applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, and at six nursing campuses located throughout the state. Vermont Tech takes an optimistic, rooted and personal approach to education to support students in gaining the confidence and practical skills necessary to not only see their potential, but to experience it. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledgeable workers needed most by employers in the state and in the region.www.vtc.edu(link is external).About AllEarth Renewables – AllEarth Renewables is the designer and manufacturer of the AllSun Tracker, a complete grid-tied, dual-axis solar electric system that uses GPS technology to follow the sun, producing up to 45% more energy than fixed rooftop systems. Made in Williston, VT, the ground-mounted solar tracker is designed for residential and commercial scale installations. Its simple, durable design and complete system pallet simplifies costly procurement and installation time, allowing for easy shipping directly to the installer or job site. The tracker has an industry-leading 10-year warranty and 120-mph wind rating and can withstand harsh winter climates with superior snow shedding. As the nation’s leading dual-axis solar tracker company, AllEarth Renewables has over 30 years of experience in the renewable energy industry and has installed over 1,800 trackers.
Share on Facebook LinkedIn Email University of Washington research shows that using a single category of learning disability to qualify students with written language challenges for special education services is not scientifically supported. Some students only have writing disabilities, but some have both reading and writing disabilities.The study, published online in NeuroImage: Clinical, is among the first to identify structural white matter and functional gray matter differences in the brain between children with dyslexia and dysgraphia, and between those children and typical language learners.The researchers say the findings underscore the need to provide instruction tailored to each of these specific learning disabilities, though that is currently not mandated under federal or state law. Share Share on Twitter Pinterest “This shows that there’s a brain basis for these different disabilities,” said co-author Virginia Berninger, a psychologist who heads the UW Learning Disabilities Center, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.“So they require different diagnoses, and different instruction. We’ve got to start acknowledging this.”The study involved 40 children in grades 4 to 9, including 17 diagnosed with dyslexia — persisting difficulty with word reading and spelling — and 14 diagnosed with dysgraphia, persisting difficulty with handwriting, along with nine typical language learners. The children were asked to write the next letter in the alphabet following a letter they were shown, to write the missing letter in a word spelling, to rest without any task, and to plan a text about astronauts.The children used a fiber-optic pen developed at the UW that allowed researchers to record their writing in real time while their active brain connections were measured with functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI.The three groups differed from each other in written language and cognitive tasks. The control group had more white matter connections, which facilitate functional connections in gray matter for language processing and cognitive thinking.By contrast, children with dyslexia and dysgraphia showed less white matter connections and more functional connections to gray matter locations — in other words, their brains had to work harder to accomplish the same tasks.“Their brains were less efficient for language processing,” said lead author Todd Richards, a UW professor of radiology.The results, Berninger said, show that the two specific learning disabilities are not the same because the white matter connections and patterns and number of gray matter functional connections were not the same in the children with dyslexia and dysgraphia — on either the writing or cognitive thinking tasks.Federal law guarantees a free and appropriate public education to children with learning disabilities, but does not require that specific types of learning disabilities are diagnosed, or that schools provide evidence-based instruction for dyslexia or dysgraphia. Consequently, the two conditions are lumped together under a general category for learning disabilities, Berninger said, and many schools do not recognize them or offer specialized instruction for either one.“There’s just this umbrella category of learning disability,” said Berninger. “That’s like saying if you’re sick you qualify to see a doctor, but without specifying what kind of illness you have, can the doctor prescribe appropriate treatment?”“Many children struggle in school because their specific learning disabilities are not identified and they are not provided appropriate instruction,” Berninger said. Recent UW research published in February in Computers & Education shows that computerized instruction has tremendous potential to help time-strapped teachers in regular classrooms provide such instruction for children with dyslexia and dysgraphia, but only if they are correctly diagnosed.“Dyslexia and dysgraphia are not the only kinds of learning disabilities. One in five students in the United States may have some kind of a specific learning disability,” Berninger said. “We just can’t afford to put 20 percent of children in special education classes. There just aren’t the dollars.”
Jeff Coggins has joined Sangsin Brake as the vice president of Sangsin Brake America.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“We welcome Jeff to the Sangsin Brake organization and are very pleased to have him on board as our vice president of Sangsin Brake America,” said H.J. Song, president of Sangsin Brake America. “His extensive experience in the braking industry, in addition to several years as a product manager and senior market manager with NAPA Brakes, means he is exceptionally well-positioned to help Sangsin Brake grow its already strong presence in the North American automotive aftermarket. We know that Jeff will be a tremendous asset to Sangsin and we look forward to a long and prosperous future together.”Coggins’ career in the automotive industry began nearly 30 years ago, when he took a job as a counterperson in a NAPA Auto Parts Store. Since then, he has served various roles within NAPA’s corporate headquarters, most notably as the product manager for NAPA Brakes and senior market manager with NAPA Brakes and NAPA Undercar.During his tenure with NAPA, he managed all aspects of many of the auto parts giant’s largest product categories, including maintaining product management staff, developing and implementing go-to-market strategies, coordinating diverse vendor/supplier relationships and more. Prior to joining Sangsin Brake, Coggins was the product manager of Engine Product Management with SATAIR Group in Atlanta.
Subsea World News Staff, April 25, 2014; Image: Heerema The installation of the HelWin beta jacket in the German Sector of North Sea is nearing completion, Heerema Fabrication Group informed.All 6 piles of the jacket have been driven into the seabed.The welding of the piles to the jacket and levelling of the piles is due to commence soon.The jacket is part of the HelWin beta HVDC platform, which is one of the main components of the TenneT DC offshore grid connection ‘HelWin2′.The connection with a capacity of 690 MW will connect a large wind farm cluster in the German sector of the North Sea.Related:Installation of HelWin Beta Jacket Set for Completion
The year ahead is likely to see a spike in mergers and team hires among the top 100 law firms, with 20% looking to expand overseas, according to research published this week. Sweet & Maxwell’s annual survey of law firm finance directors reveals that 40% of firms say they are planning to make lateral hires of senior teams from competitors in 2010, in contrast to the jobs cuts and recruitment freezes seen last year. The research suggests there could also be a flurry of merger activity, with 10% saying a merger is likely, and 20% suggesting that they are likely to expand overseas. The survey shows growth is expected in most work categories during the year, with the fastest increase expected in restructuring/insolvency, commercial litigation and fraud. However, public sector work is expected to contract substantially. Finance directors list increased cross-selling to existing clients as the principle strategy for achieving greater profitability. Tighter credit control is the second most frequently cited option. Some 43% of respondents said their firms are unlikely to increase their charge-out rates, while 20% plan to cut budgets of support functions. Only 7% said that further redundancies are likely.