iRacing: Alfalla snaps Luza’s win streak in wild finish at Richmond

first_imgRay Alfalla scored his first win of the 2018 PEAK Antifreeze NASCAR iRacing Series season, surviving a poor qualifying effort and the chaos on the track at Richmond Raceway. Alfalla started 25th and with 15 cautions slowing the field had plenty of wrecks to dodge on his way to the victory.Polesitter Ryan Luza fell one spot short of a third straight win after leading 76 of 200 laps. Keegan Leahy was third, Matt Bussa finished fourth, and Christian Challiner came home fifth.Luza led the first 20 circuits before losing the lead to Dylan Duval, who chose to stay out under caution. Duval could not keep the lead for long as Luza motored by Duval as he made contact with Bobby Zalenski on Lap 24.RELATED: Complete iRacing schedule/resultsLuza again went unchallenged up front until Lap 42, where a pit stop cost Luza the lead. This time, Leahy won the battle off pit road and managed to stay in front of Luza for a few laps before slipping back. Problems in the pits continued for Luza on Lap 85 as he lost three spots. Reclaiming the top spot would not be so easy this time.On the Lap 88 restart, Leahy led Alfalla with Michael Conti sliding into third after contact with Nick Ottinger. The trio’s battle culminated with Conti passing Alfalla for the lead on Lap 98 and setting sail, opening up a nearly two-second margin before his lead was erased on Lap 125 when Brian Schoenburg was spun around by Chris Overland.Conti would keep the lead on that round of pit stops but another caution led to a split strategy on Lap 137 with Conti choosing to pit but 17 other lead-lap cars opting to remain on track, including Luza who inherited the lead. Conti would never recover the track position and finished 10th.Meanwhile, Luza had his hands full with Matt Bussa at the front with Bussa muscling into the lead on the restart. After a few more cautions, Alfalla joined the fray as well, as it appeared the race would come down to a battle between the new front three.Alfalla made his move on the restart with 12 laps to go, taking just one lap to move past Luza and set his sights on Bussa for the race lead. Bussa made a valiant effort but Alfalla prevailed with seven laps to go. Luza had worked his way past Bussa as well but a caution with four laps to go ended the race under the yellow flag before Luza had a chance to mount one last charge.Alfalla’s victory slightly extended his NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series championship lead. He leads Luza by six points after five races. Leahy is third, 27 points back, followed by Zalenski, who is 35 points adrift. Conti is fifth, only two points behind Zalenski.With Richmond in the rear-view, three downforce-heavy race tracks are up next on the schedule, starting with Kansas Speedway, which will wrap up the first third of the 2018 season. With Alfalla and Luza threatening to make it a two-man battle for the championship, the question is, can anyone else keep pace? Perhaps it is Leahy, who already has a win this year, or could it be 2014 champion Conti who has looked stronger of late?Whoever hopes to rise to the challenge will have their work cut out — the top two look nearly unbeatable right now. However, with 13 races still to go, anything can happen.last_img read more

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LU SOCCER FALLS IN SEASON OPENER

first_img Gries held Texas State at bay until Clarissa Leon scored from close range with 20:39 remaining in regulation. Kassi Hormuth scored an insurance goal a little more than seven minutes later as the Bobcats improved to 7-0-1 all-time against the Cardinals.Texas State outshot LU 25-6 for the evening, and held a 15-2 advantage in shots on goal. LU returns home to host Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. Sunday on Student Appreciation Night. The first 150 LU students will receive a free Lamar University soccer tank top.Tickets for Sunday’s game are available online a Angelica Hernandez had two of LU’s six shots. Cassie Marciante and Jennifer Yacuta each had a shot on goal for the Cardinals.center_img Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT — Lamar freshman goalkeeper Rachel Gries made 13 saves in her first-ever collegiate game, but it wasn’t enough for the Cardinals as Texas State spoiled Steve Holeman’s debut as coach with a 2-0 victory over the host Cardinals at the LU Soccer Complex on Friday night.last_img read more

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Co-author of NRRA affirms Dodd-Frank is not applicable to captive insurance

first_imgUS Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ), the co-author and one of the principal sponsors of the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA) of the Dodd-Frank Act addressed the Speaker of the US House of Representatives on February 6 to state unequivocally that the legislation was never intended to apply to captive insurance. Vermont is the largest domicile for captive insurance companies in the nation.If Dodd-Frank were applied to captives, it could have significant tax implications. Last July, in a REPORT called “The Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on Captive Owners,” Marsh Inc wrote: “There may be significant impact on captive owners that have historically only remitted self-procurement tax based upon the allocated premium in its home state under the captive insurance policy.”The State of Vermont and the Vermont Captive Insurance Association have opposed applying Dodd-Frank to captives. Typically captive insurers were located off-shore in places like Bermuda because of US tax policy. Because of the way states, in particular Vermont, have written its captive laws over the last 30 years, most of the off-shore companies have come back to or originated in the United States.In addressing the Speaker, Congressman Garrett said, ‘ Unfortunately, several states have indicated that they plan to interpret the NRRA to also apply to the captive insurance industry. This was not the intent of Congress.  In drafting this legislation, it was never contemplated to have the captive industry fall under the NRRA.’   He went on to state, ‘ At no time was the legislation’ s application to the captive industry addressed or suggested. Furthermore, in the bill’ s summary, the intent of this legislation was clearly stated to impact only two specific industries ‘ surplus lines and reinsurance.’Congressman Garrett, a Republican representing New Jersey’ s 5th Congressional District has served on the House Financial Services Committee since his election in 2002.  He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises for the House Financial Services Committee.  NRRA, a sub-section of the Dodd-Frank legislation, has caused confusion over whether it is applicable to captive insurance, due to the misinterpretation of the current language.  A coalition comprised of the captive insurance industry, the Coalition for Captive Insurance Clarity (CCIC) has been formed under the leadership of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) to push for clarity that may include legislative language that would reaffirm that the intent of the new federal NRRA was never intended to apply to captive insurance.‘ This should send a clear message to any domicile that any information to the contrary can only be interpreted as a self-serving tactic that is neither accurate nor in the interest of clients and the industry,’ said Daniel Towle, Vermont’ s Director of Financial Services. ‘ Congressman Garrett’ s statement is further testimony that we have understood the purpose and intent of the passage of this law,’ added Towle.In his statement, New Jersey Representative Garrett stated, ‘ At no point during the bill’ s multi-year consideration was its application to the captive insurance industry ever discussed.’   He went on to add, ‘ Should regulators implement this faulty interpretation, captive insurance companies would be subject to additional taxation and regulation ‘ the exact opposite intent of the underlying legislation.’ Richard Smith, president of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association expressed his thanks for the clarification from Representative Garrett.  ‘ We are grateful for further clarification that captive insurance is not part of the NRRA.  It is our intent to work with Congress to craft a technical amendment to eliminate the inaccurate interpretation and the turmoil it is causing in the captive industry.  We urge continued support for the Coalition and our efforts to enact clarifying language that will solidify Congressional intent once and for all.’Congressman Garrett has pledged to work with his colleagues on the Financial Services Committee to ensure that the bill is implemented as the Congress intended.This statement of record from Congressman Garrett reaffirms a recent letter from former chair of the subcommittee on insurance of the Committee on Financial Services in the House of Representatives who stated that the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA) of the Dodd-Frank Act was never intended to apply to captive insurance.  In a letter to the new Chairman and Ranking Member, former Chair of the Insurance Subcommittee Representative Judy Biggert wrote, ‘ As a supporter of NRRA and an advocate for its inclusion and passage as part of Dodd-Frank, I can tell you unequivocally that the NRRA was never intended to include the captive insurance industry.’The full text of Congressman Garrett’ s statement can be found at www.VermontCaptive.com/DoddFrank(link is external).  Captive insurance is a regulated form of self-insurance that has existed since the 1960s, and has been a part of the Vermont insurance industry since 1981 when Vermont passed the Special Insurer Act. Captive insurance companies are formed by companies or groups of companies as a form of alternative insurance to better manage their own risk. Captives are typically used for corporate lines of insurance such as property, general liability, products liability, or professional liability. Growth sectors of the captive insurance industry include professional medical malpractice coverage for doctors and hospitals, and the continued trend of small and mid-sized companies forming captive insurance companies.  VCIA is the largest trade association in the world for captive insurance.  Established in 1985, the association has grown to provide programs that support the captive insurance industry on both the state and federal levels for its 450-plus member companies.Source: State of Vermont. February 7, 2013  www.Vermontcaptive.com(link is external)last_img read more

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Powered by wind, Seger Sense socks use around 90% less manufacturing…

first_imgSwedish apparel firm Seger is ‘aiming to take passionate athletes to a new level with the launch of new Seger Sense socks, made from waste from the textile industry, which would otherwise have just been thrown away.’Seger is a Swedish brand (part of New Wave Group AB) with a history and tradition that dates back all the way to 1947. Seger Sense socks are made from recycled polyamide. The company claims to reduce resource consumption in the socks’ manufacturing process by 85-96% in comparison with traditional yarn.“We’ve been at the forefront of knitting since 1947,” said Susanne Segerqvist who manages product design at Seger. “That’s more than 65 years of creative evolution and technical progress, which further develops opportunities for improving athletes’ results.“Seger Sense has been evolving for over 20 years and is our most technically accomplished collection of socks – so far. Thanks to innovative solutions and special knits (compression lab tested; sophisticated functional design; knitted in high-tech materials), all socks in the range have features that minimise chafing and maximise comfort, and which also help your muscles recover after a hard workout.”Per Segerqvist, Seger’s CEO, continued “Our socks have always been made in Sweden. Our factory in Röshult is powered entirely by certified clean wind power. That way, we save on transport and energy.“Committed to renewable energy, Seger is the green leader in Sweden. We have over 70 years’ experience and a history and expertise that make us humble about the future. Our goal has always been to create sustainable products that can withstand years of use. Now, we’ve managed to produce socks that use almost 90% less resources in manufacturing too.”He added, “Giving the body you inhabit what it deserves is your personal responsibility. Giving the planet we live on the same care is something we must all do together. As a team. It is all about leaving the smallest possible footprint behind us. For the next generation, and the generation after that.“At Seger we make active choices to identify climate- smart options. By producing top-quality socks that last for mile after mile, we can contribute to reduced consumption. Caring about our planet – about each other and about athlete’s feet.”www.seger.se Relatedlast_img read more

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Google Fiber contractors beginning utility pole work in Prairie Village

first_imgGood news for those of you who have been waiting with bated breath for news of Google Fiber’s entry into the Prairie Village market: residents in a handful of Prairie Village neighborhoods this week began receiving notice that PAR Electrical, a contractor working on Fiber installation in northeast Johnson County, is preparing to do “make-ready” work on utility poles in the city.The “make-ready” work, which prepares utility poles for the hanging of new utility cables, can be completed without the approval of the city. Before Google begins installing actual Fiber cables in the city, it will be required to inform the Prairie Village city council. PAR crews are conducting similar work in Mission.In Merriam, Roeland Park and Westwood, Google has sent letters to the city informing them it intends to provide service to the cities on or after Feb. 21.Prairie Village City Administrator Quinn Bennion said Tuesday that the city had not yet received work permits from PAR, but that they had been “getting hints” that installation might be getting closer. PAR filed work permits with the city Wednesday morning.AT&T announced the rollout of a competing high-speed Internet service in the Kansas City area it’s calling Gigapower this week, but aside from Leawood, no northeast Johnson County municipalities will be among the first wave of recipients.last_img read more

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Marcus & Millichap sells Phoenix multifamily complex

first_imgThe Phoenix office of commercial real estate investment services firm, Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI), completed the sale of The Shorewood, a recently renovated mid-century art deco style apartment building in the Midtown Phoenix corridor.The apartments sold for $2,650,000 or $126,190 a unit, and are located at 3601 N. 5th Ave. in Phoenix.Brian Tranetzki and Rich Butler, multifamily investment specialists in Marcus & Millichap’s Phoenix office had the exclusive listing and negotiated the transaction.The apartments are located a half mile from Osborn Road and Central Avenue light rail station, and has easy access to major freeways in the area such as Interstate 10, State Route 52 and the Loop 202, Butler said.“Shorewood features well designed units, many including vaulted ceilings and in suite washer and dryers. Newly remodeled interiors include a new white appliance package, electric ovens, dishwashers, stainless steel sinks, new countertops with glass tile backsplash and wood-plank style floors. Also featured are private patios and balconies, oversized mid-century styled windows and open bar top kitchen spaces. Community amenities include a newly remodeled cabana style pool with sitting areas featuring modern style furniture, a barbeque area, urban style desert landscaping, and mature trees,” Tranetzki said.last_img read more

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BRAIN SCIENCE EXPLAINS THE MOST PRODUCTIVE WAYS TO PROCRASTINATE

first_imgFast Company:Sit down to work on a specific task and you may find your mind veering off on a different track, spiraling down into the black hole of procrastination.“We all experience motivational breakdowns, like eating ice cream in front of the television while exercise and writing were originally on the menu,” writes Piers Steel, psychologist and author of the book The Procrastination Equation in Psychology Today. “There are a couple of misfiring neural regions that are reliably responsible for your procrastination.”Read the whole story: Fast Company More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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News Scan for Dec 03, 2019

first_imgMore illness reported in blackberry-linked hepatitis A outbreakFederal health officials today said 2 more hepatitis A infections have been reported in an outbreak linked to fresh blackberries from Fresh Thymes markets, raising the total to 16. One more state—Missouri—is reporting a case, putting the number of affected states at six.So far, no deaths have been reported, and nine people have been hospitalized for their infections. The most recent illness onset is Nov 15.The epidemiological investigation shows that patients ate conventional blackberries from Fresh Thymes Farmers Market stores in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the traceback investigation suggests that the berries came from a distributor that ships fresh berries to Fresh Thymes markets in 11 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.The FDA has urged consumers in the 11 states who bought the blackberries between Sep 9 and Sep 30 to discard them and if they ate them to talk to a health provider about receiving postexposure prophylaxis for hepatitis A.Dec 3 FDA update Dec 2 CDC update Bacteria testing on Tanzanian bushmeat reveal zoonotic threats Tests on bushmeat samples in Tanzania’s Western Serengeti revealed 27 different bacteria groups, some of which included Bacillus, Brucella, Coxiella, which include species that cause anthrax, brucellosis, and Q fever. A research team from Penn State and their collaborators in Africa published their findings yesterday in Scientific Reports.For the study, they collected 56 bushmeat samples from the main large herbivores, including buffalo, zebra, and giraffe, from the Serengeti National Park and surrounding areas.With broad genetic sequencing, they characterized the microbiomes in each sample. The most common phyla (bacteria group) they found were Firmicutes, Proteobacteria, Cyanobacteria, and Bacteroidetes. Within the phyla, they found DNA signatures of bacteria within the Bacillus, Brucella, and Coxiella genera, all of which are potentially dangerous zoonotic pathogens. They also found a high prevalence of bacteria in the Clostridium genus, which causes diseases such as botulism and tetanus. The microbiomes in samples from wildebeest collected during the dry season contained more than 78% Clostridial species.They concluded that the findings provide a better understanding of microbiomes linked to major food sources in Tanzania and point to a need for more investigations on potential health risks regarding the harvest, trade, and consumption of bushmeat in sub Saharan Africa.Vivek Kapur, PhD, associate director of the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences at Penn State, said in a press release from the university that understanding which bacteria are present is needed to help plan ways to curb outbreaks, and the group’s next objective is to fine-tune the focus on specific pathogens to more accurate gauge the disease threat. “Ultimately, our goal is also to help build capabilities for rapid diagnosis and risk mitigation in the countries of origin to address these risks before they become a problem globally,” he said.Dec 2 Penn State press release Dec 2 Sci Rep abstract Nepal faces growing dengue outbreak linked to increasing temperaturesMore than 14,000 cases of dengue have been diagnosed in Nepal since May, according to an article today in The Guardian. The cases, which include six deaths, represent an unprecedented outbreak tied to warmer temperatures that have made the Himalayan country more hospitable to the mosquitoes that carry the virus.Dengue was first documented in 2004 in Nepal, but until this year only minor outbreaks in the southern part of the country had been recorded. This year, 67 of Nepal’s 77 districts, including those at higher elevation, have reported cases of the viral disease, The Guardian reports, and some officials estimate that the actual number of cases has topped 100,000.”The role of climate change in poor countries where the health system is not robust is very big,” Meghnath Dhimal, chief research officer at the Nepal Health Research Council, told the British newspaper. “There has been a rapid geographical expansion of dengue, especially from the lowland to the highland.”Experts attribute the outbreak to the climate crisis, an extended rainy season, and rapid urbanization. Dec 3 Guardian articlelast_img read more

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Pro bono saved this charity £10,000 — That’s three people it has KEPT OUT OF jail

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Harris re-joins CBRE

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