Start time for Sunday’s Monster Energy Series race moved up at Atlanta

first_imgNASCAR and track officials have moved up the start time for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway because of the threat of inclement weather.RELATED: Full weekend schedule | Complete starting lineupThe Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 was originally set for a green flag at 2:16 p.m. ET (FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). That start time — and all pre-race ceremonies — have been rescheduled for one hour, 10 minutes earlier.Officials reached that decision Saturday morning, faced with an 80 percent chance of precipitation in the race-day forecast at the 1.54-mile track, according to the National Weather Service.Driver introductions are now scheduled for 12:15 p.m. ET. The revised green flag time is 1:06 p.m. ET.last_img read more

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Martin Truex Jr. earns first pole of the season in Phoenix

first_imgAVONDALE, Ariz. – Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. finally found the extra speed he needed at ISM Raceway.Saving his best lap for the final round of knockout qualifying on Friday at the one-mile track in the Sonoran Desert, Truex sped around the circuit in 26.288 seconds (136.945 mph) to win the pole position for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 (3:30 ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Truex beat Kyle Larson (136.643 mph) by .058 seconds to earn his first pole of the season, his second at ISM Raceway and the 16th of his career. But Truex hadn’t claimed the top starting spot at ISM since he led the field to the green flag in the fall of 2009. Truex said a strong game plan and a variety of factors contributed to the pole-winning run for the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota.RELATED: Full qualifying speeds | See the full field | Practice 1 results“I think it was a little bit of everything,” Truex said. “I wouldn’t say I held back that much the first two runs. But we really worked on our car in practice to try to be best in that third run and to understand what we needed to do for balance-wise throughout those three runs. Honestly, sometimes you just hit it right, and today all the stars lined up, and here we are. “So many little things come in to play when you’re talking about how to pick up half of a tenth at the racetrack. Just a lot of little things and details that were done properly, and that’s what’s so fun about our team. We work together so well. They can tell me I’m not driving right, and I can tell them they’re not setting up the car right, and we can meet in the middle.”Chase Elliott (136.126 mph) qualified third, followed by Alex Bowman (136.080 mph) and Joey Logano (135.947 mph).Time trials took place two hours earlier than their traditional later afternoon time slot, and Larson thought he had a strong shot at his first Phoenix pole.“Our Credit One Bank Chevy has been really good here the last few years and actually, I’m a little disappointed in second, because I always qualify good here,” Larson said. “I think I’ve been like in the top eight every single time I’ve qualified at Phoenix (except for a 12th-place start in 2015) and still don’t have a pole yet. “I thought today was going to be the day. I thought my first lap was okay, but Martin, obviously, their team hit it there for that final round. Sunday’s race will be fun. Like I said, we’ve been fast here the last few years, so it would be nice to close out the weekend with a win.”Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Erik Jones and Kevin Harvick completed spots six through 10 on the grid. Harvick is a record eight-time winner at ISM and is on a two-race winning streak this season entering Sunday’s event.After laying down the fastest lap in Round 1, Jimmie Johnson failed to make it into the final 12-car round as he’ll start 17th in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet on Sunday.Brad Keselowski was the biggest shocker of the day after failing to advance to the second knockout round. He’ll start 25th in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford.The red flag was briefly displayed after Jeffrey Earnhardt hit the wall during the first round of group qualifying, locking up the brakes on his No. 00 Chevrolet going into Turn 3. He will start last in the 37-car field.last_img read more

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Brooklyn Bowl Nashville To Open With Crowdless, Live-Streamed Show By Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires

first_imgJason Isbell and Amanda Shires will be the first performers to grace the stage at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville. The concert, which comes in promotion of Isbell’s new Reunions album, will not feature an audience.The live-streamed performance via FANS will see Isbell and his wife/400 Unit bandmate share the stage for an acoustic performance at the new venue. Brooklyn Bowl Nashville was originally supposed to open with a months-long marathon of concerts that was ultimately canceled due to COVID-19.Related: ‘The New York Times’ Profile Details Jason Isbell’s Album, Marriage, MoreThe stream is set to begin on Friday, May 15th at 8 pm ET, the same day that Reunions is out via Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers. The performance is billed as “celebrating the release of Reunions.” The stream itself free, but there is a suggested donation to Isbell’s road crew as well as the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.Reunions marks Isbell’s seventh full-length studio album and his fourth alongside The 400 Unit. Isbell said of the record,There are a lot of ghosts on this album. Sometimes the songs are about the ghosts of people who aren’t around anymore, but they’re also about who I used to be, the ghost of myself. I found myself writing songs that I wanted to write fifteen years ago, but in those days, I hadn’t written enough songs to know how to do it yet. Just now have I been able to pull it off to my own satisfaction.  In that sense it’s a reunion with the me I was back then.Tune in on Friday, May 15th at 8 pm ET to see Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires celebrate the release of Reunions, hosted by FANS.last_img read more

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Report: 911 Calls, Operator Stress Up in Phoenix

first_imgIn Phoenix, calls between 2010 and 2017 have increased byfive percent, but the number of dispatchers decreased by nine percent,according to the report. A new report examines the mental anguish 911 dispatchersface on a daily basis. A new report examines 911 call center operators and their relationship with post-traumatic stress disorder. Photo: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration As the “first of the first responders” to answer calls, they are the initial point of contact for people in crisis. The work is stressful and many experience post-traumatic stress disorder. Those findings come from students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.center_img Related: Toward a Better Understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Related: One EMS System Develops a Rational 911 Response Read the full report here.last_img read more

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AMR Launches Paid EMT Training Program in Grand Rapids (MI)

first_imgLt. Gov. Gilchrist, who taped a message for the incoming class, said: “As we strengthen our national resolve in the face of continuing record COVID-19 cases, the demand for healthcare professionals remains at an all-time high. AMR’s Earn While You Learn program is an equitable, innovative solution to this problem, filling these critical positions and allowing some economic relief in the process.” This comprehensive program is an exciting opportunity for Grand Rapids residents who want to begin a rewarding career in emergency medical services and get paid as they train to become EMTs. Upon successful completion of the program and obtaining their state certification, participants are promoted to EMT-B with a commensurate pay rate increase. At a time of unprecedented public health and economic challenges during the COVID pandemic, Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Reps. David LaGrand and Rachel Hood and Mayor Rosalynn Bliss joined American Medical Response (AMR) to kick off the “Earn While You Learn” initiative, which allows trainees to be full-time employees while taking the necessary certification courses to become emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Since launching the “Earn While You Learn Program” in 2018, AMR has graduated more than 350 EMS professionals. The program has made a career in emergency medical services more accessible, ensuring that a candidate is financially stable while training.center_img Photo/American Medical Response “Earn While You Learn” received a national honor from the American Ambulance Association in the best Employee Programs Category. Similar programs have also been launched in Alabama, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee.last_img read more

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B-Tech Debuts More Mounting Interfaces for Its System X

first_imgB-Tech AV Mounts announced a series of updates to its System X VESA 400 interface arms with micro-adjustment (both the standard and pop-out variations). Designed for assembling videowalls, menu boards and other multi-screen applications, the range provides customers with a clean and uncomplicated solution for mounting any medium to large size screen (up to 50 kilograms) to B-Tech’s System X horizontal mounting rails.The additions to the line include the BT8390-VESA400MAF and pop-out BT8390-VESA400MAP interface arms.Updates to both models, which are now in stock and available, include increased height and depth adjustments using thumbwheels with directional guides to assist with the micro-adjustment, a more compact design allowing for a closer to the wall installation and improved lateral movement of the screen once mounted. Screen size compatibility has been expanded and the interface arms now feature two rows of interface holes for a more user-friendly attachment to screens.Here are all the specs.last_img read more

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New psychology research shows early life stress doesn’t have to be extreme to affect emotional processing

first_imgEmail Share LinkedIn New research provides evidence that experiences of early life stress are associated with atypical responses towards emotional facial expressions in adulthood. The findings have been published in the journal Development and Psychopathology.“One of the things that drives me as a researcher is how we can improve the experiences of people with mental illness, by developing better treatments and clearer knowledge of these health conditions,” explained Elizabeth Kirkham (@EK_Neuro), a research associate at the University of Edinburgh and the corresponding author of the study.“Early life stress and trauma are a huge factor in the development of mental illness later in life – I think society in general is still not aware of how close the relationship between early stress and later health (mental and physical) really is. If we can understand more about early life stress then we can understand more about how mental illness develops, which in turn will help us find better ways of reducing the suffering of people living with mental health conditions.” Share on Twittercenter_img In the study, 395 participants completed the Child Abuse and Trauma Scale after being shown photographs depicting angry, happy, and neutral facial expressions. The participants indicated the extent to which they would approach the person in the image and the extent to which they would avoid the person.The researchers found that participants who experienced more stressful life events in childhood and adolescence tended to be less avoidant of people with angry facial expressions.“Our results were surprising — that early life stress is associated with reduced, not increased, avoidance of anger in people with no signs of mental ill health. This is the opposite of what we expected,” Kirkham told PsyPost.But Kirkham said the findings indicate that early life stress “doesn’t have to be extreme to affect emotional processing. Very few of the people in our study had histories of extreme trauma or neglect, yet the stress that they did experience as children was linked to both their mental health and their responses to emotional information as adults.”“This is important when we think about our social environment — investing in the quality of children’s early life is likely to pay dividends later on in terms of the health of the wider society.”The relationship between early life stress and reduced avoidance of angry facial expressions was not found among participants who showed signs of depression and anxiety. More depressed participants, however, did tend to be more avoidant of happy facial expressions.“We were also surprised that that was no relationship between early life stress and avoidance of anger amongst people with evidence of mental illness, even though the expected relationship between depression and avoidance of happy facial expressions was present,” Kirkham said.“Therefore it’s important that additional work is carried out to examine what is going on here and why the effects of early life stress are different from what might have been predicted from previous research. I suspect it might be connected to the fact that previous research has focused on children with extreme early life stress, whereas we focused on adults with relatively low levels of early life stress.”“I’d be very happy to hear from researchers or students who share my interest in early life stress and its effects on the adult brain. There’s still a lot to be discovered within this field,” Kirkham added.The study, “Early life stress is associated with reduced avoidance of threatening facial expressions“, was authored by Elizabeth J. Kirkham and Liat Levita. Pinterest Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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New H7N9 cases in China include first in Jilin province

first_imgChina today reported four new H7N9 infections, one fatal, including the first case from Jilin province, which lies well north of the main outbreak area.Three of the latest illnesses are from Guangdong province, a hotspot of disease activity during the outbreak’s second wave. Patients include a 46-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man, both of whom are hospitalized, and a 64-year-old man who died from his infection, according to a provincial health ministry statement translated and posted by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board.The patient from Jilin province is a 50-year-old poultry farmer in the capital city of Changchun, according to a news report today in Chinese from Xinhua, China’s state news agency, that was translated and posted by FluTrackers. He is reportedly hospitalized in stable condition.Jilin province, located in northeastern China, borders North Korea and Russia. The area where the H7N9 case was detected is about 600 miles northeast of Beijing, the northernmost site where H7N9 cases have previously been detected. So today’s news of a case in Jilin represents an expansion of the outbreak area.The four new cases boost the outbreak total to 365, according to a case list kept by Flu Trackers. The latest death lifts the unofficial number of fatalities to 113.Over the past several days the second wave of infections has tapered off, after exceeding the last spring’s first wave. So far 229 H7N9 infections have been reported in the second wave, compared with 136 during the first.Researchers detail father-son case clusterIn other developments today, researchers from China reported on a family case cluster in Shandong province that occurred last April during the outbreak’s first wave. The team reported its findings in the latest online edition of BMC Infectious Diseases.The two sick family members were a 36-year-old father and his 4-year-old son. The man got sick first and was hospitalized with acute respiratory distress on Apr 21, followed by his son’s hospitalization a week later. Samples from both patients were positive for H7N9, and a genetic analysis found that the viruses were almost identical.An investigation into the sources of their illnesses found that the boy had significant unprotected exposure to his father while he was sick and that the two had not had contact with poultry, but had been near a poultry environment.The family lived in a rural-urban area of Zaozhaung, a city of 3.7 million in southern Shandong, near the border with Jiangsu province. Several live poultry in cages were located 10 meters (33 feet) from the family’s apartment, and two live poultry slaughtering sites were housed about a third of a mile  and about two thirds of a mile from their neighborhood.Two days before the father got sick, he had visited a village that had several large poultry farms, but he didn’t enter them. None of the family members had bought poultry at the local slaughter sites or had contact with any sick or dead poultry,Follow-up of 11 close contacts found no other H7N9 infections. Health officials collected 96 environmental samples, and only one yielded the virus: a swab taken from a chopping block at a live poultry market about 6 miles from where the family lived.Researchers concluded that the father’s infection probably resulted from contact with a contaminated environment and that the son was likely infected during prolonged unprotected exposure to his sick father, but they added that the environment or other sources can’t be excluded.The case fits with a risk assessment from the World Health Organization (WHO) that says the virus doesn’t transmit easily from human to human, but human-to-human transmission may have occurred when there was close unprotected contact with sick patients.See also:Feb 21 FluTrackers threadFluTrackers human H7N9 case countFeb 21 BMC Infect Dis abstractJan 21 WHO H7N9 risk assessmentlast_img read more

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Will valuation changes bring added value?

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Nel enters into contract for H2Station

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