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Hemric: Confidence, team bonding allowing No. 8 team to ‘hit the ground running’

first_imgMonster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie Daniel Hemric had an impressive run going at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but he just didn’t have the finish to show for it.The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate was running fifth in the closing laps when a tire issue forced him to pit for service on the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. That led to a 20th-place result — but that was in no way a reflection of what Hemric and his new team have been able to build in a short amount of time.RELATED: Promising run ends for Hemric, Preece“Every new opportunity and every new situation you find yourself in, you hope to have that moment sooner than later,” Hemric told NASCAR.com on Wednesday. “Not only personally for myself, to give myself the confidence that I can run with those guys and race with those guys and do it at that level, but also for our team. I feel like every new team needs that spark and that little bit of that drive to know that you’re building toward something that can be extremely good. That’s what a moment like what we had Sunday at Atlanta will do to this 8 team”While much of the No. 8 squad (formally the No. 31) led by crew chief Luke Lambert stayed intact over the offseason, it was Hemric and spotter Brandon Lyons who became new additions to the RCR Cup Series entry. The 27-year-old driver credits the extensive time they all spent team bonding to their jumpstart on the year — the team went over in detail every member’s duties from early Monday morning through late Sunday night.“We spent a lot of time in the offseason going through communication stuff, did a week-long drill of just getting to know each other from a personal side, as well as a professional side,” Hemric said. “Really going into detail on what everybody’s jobs were and really understanding everything through and through. I feel that really cut our learning curve down substantially. I’m proud that we took that time because as we’ve started the season off here, I feel like we’ve hit the ground running and don’t have that lapse of really getting to know each other. I feel like it’s paying off and it’s showing on the race track.”RELATED: Las Vegas entry list | Full Las Vegas scheduleHeading into this Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), Hemric feels that the new fully implemented rules package gives his team even more opportunity to pounce on the competition.“The cool part about this package that we have in the Cup Series this year is every week tends to feel like a new opportunity, especially since it’s so new to everybody,” Hemric said. “It’s a new opportunity and a chance for us to do something really incredible. I’m just happy to be a part of it and know we’ve got a shot at it week in and week out.”RELATED: Las Vegas 101: New rules packageIt’s been no secret that Richard Childress Racing as a whole has struggled over the past few years, but Hemric shed light on how the rules package allows the organization to improve its program without having to play a ton of catchup compared to seasons past.“At RCR, we’re not in denial,” Hemric said. “We know the Cup Series program hasn’t been where we want it to be over the past couple seasons. This is the time where we’ve really been given a mulligan here to re-group and really kickstart 2019 off on par with everyone else. It’s our opportunity to get caught up and do it in a way-quicker manner than what you would in seasons past.”Although Hemric stopped short of agreeing that a new rules package is a huge advantage for rookies like he, Ryan Preece and Matt Tifft, he noted that it’s “not a hindering element by any means.”“Having that big of a rule package change and probably the biggest rules change-up in the history of the sport it quite some time since I can remember,” Hemric said. “Because of that, it does level the playing field. It opens up the level of opportunity up substantially for other teams. …“Being a rookie coming in to it, it does really give me that much more confidence to know that if we put the work in and have the desire to get better day in and day out, then this package could lend to helping us get over that hump,” he added. “I feel like it’s already showing that we’re more than capable of doing that; we’ve gotta go produce.”Speaking of rookies, Preece and the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing team also had a solid run going, but a crash on pit road with B.J. McLeod late in the race saw a potential top-10 finish dashed. Hemric anticipates a neck-and-neck battle with Preece for the top rookie honors throughout the season. It comes against a competitor with which he shares a similar short-track racing background.WATCH: Preece slams into McLeod in Atlanta“Oh, the Rookie of the Year battle I think is one of the most incredible ones we’ve seen in the sport in quite some time,” Hemric said.“I have a ton of respect for Ryan and his path to get to this point in the sport. Mine and his upbringings are very similar. … Hopefully both of us can do some really incredible things and shine some light on the short-track world that if you give a short track guy a shot, good things can happen.”last_img read more

Volunteer N.J. EMT Team Considers Paid Calls

first_imgAt the squad s home on North Avenue, the members maintain two ambulances for the approximately 300 calls they receive each year, Connolly said. The squad responds to emergencies every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. At the time, more people were moving from cities to suburbs like Dunellen and local residents saw the need for the squad, Andrecovich said. The squad s membership recently dwindled to 20 people — a number that Connolly said stretches its resources too thin at times. Without additional volunteers for driver and emergency medical technician, or EMT, positions, the squad may have to contract to fill times when volunteers are unavailable, said Elaine Andrecovich, the group s spokeswoman. But that tradition could be in danger after the organization experienced a sharp drop in membership and now is considering charging for calls to generate revenue for paid positions within the squad. Dunellen residents may have to pay $400 to $1,600 for each ambulance call, Connolly said. The organization operates on a shoestring budget funded by an annual donation drive and a monetary gift from the town, she said. The squad was started in April 1933 by members of the local fire department and the first meeting attracted 13 people who immediately began responding to calls, said Andrecovich. Connolly said the squad needs at least two EMTs on the ambulance rig for each call. Training to become a certified EMT takes approximately 120 hours, said Connolly, who has been an EMT for seven years and works for the squad from 12 to 20 hours a week. I don t think people know it doesn t take a lot of time to contribute, she said.center_img The squad is still looking for additional members to avoid the move to paid services, Connolly said. Candidates should be at least 14 years old and ideally live near the squad s headquarters, she said. Teens are ranked as cadets and move up in responsibility and position as they gain more experience and training. The current members hope to keep the tradition of the squad alive. NEWARK, N.J.– For decades, the volunteers at the Dunellen Rescue Squad have helped save countless lives in the small borough — all free of charge. In its first year, the fledgling group reported to 37 emergencies in Dunellen and surrounding towns. A year later, the squad was the only rescue organization that saved people from the luxury liner S.S. Morro Castle, which burst into flames and killed more than 100 passengers, Andrecovich said. Towns nearby did not have EMTs. People take for granted that the service will be provided, said Susan Connolly, the squad president. I get personal satisfaction from helping people, Connolly said. You are always helping somebody. For more information on the Dunellen Rescue Squad, visit www.dunellen.com/rescuesquad.html. Sharon Adarlo may be reached at sadarlo@starledger.com or (732) 404-8081.last_img read more

INDICTMENT: Groves man hits victim in head with concrete

first_img Montano was arrested and remains in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on a $20,000 bond, according to the jail roster.An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case. A Groves man angry that another man walked though an outdoor area struck the victim on the head with a piece of concrete, police said.The alleged altercation occurred Oct. 24 in the 5500 block of Park Street in Groves.The suspect, Antonio Tony Montano, 54, was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault by a Jefferson County grand jury this week. The victim’s girlfriend “was on scene at which time she recorded the incident on her cell phone,” the affidavit read.Authorities said Montano swung his fist at the victim and the victim pushed him away. Montano then picked up a piece of concrete approximately the size of a hand and struck the victim’s head, police said.center_img According to the affidavit for arrest warrant, Montano told police the 19-year-old victim attacked him. However, authorities noted the victim had visible injuries to his face and head and dried blood on his hands and shirt.The victim told police Montano yelled at him, advising him to stay off some disputed property, the document stated.Montano reportedly became physically aggressive and attacked the victim in the driveway.last_img read more

Mark Rylance Will Return to Broadway in Farinelli and the King

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 25, 2018 Farinelli and the King Related Shows Mark Rylance(Photo: Marc Brenner)center_img It’s confirmed! The rumors were true and as we predicted, Mark Rylance is set to return to Broadway in Farinelli and the King. Penned by his wife, Claire van Kampen, the three-time Tony and 2016 Oscar winner will reprise his role from the West End production as King Philippe V of Spain; the new play is scheduled to begin performances on December 5, 2017, with an opening night scheduled for December 17, 2017 at the Belasco Theatre. The limited run will conclude on March 25, 2018.Rylance won the Tony for Twelfth Night, Jerusalem and Boeing-Boeing and was nominated for Richard III (which played in rep with Twelfth Night); he has also appeared on the Great White Way in La Bete. He received the Oscar for Bridge of Spies and an Emmy nod for his recent work in the screen adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novel Wolf Hall.Directed by John Dove and designed by Jonathan Fensom, the play is set in eighteenth-century Spain and show tells the true story of Farinelli, once the world’s most famous castrato and one of the greatest celebrities of his time, and his decision to trade fame and fortune in the opera-houses of Europe for a life of servitude at the court of King Philippe V. The show explores the dynamics between Farinelli and the royal couple, featuring many of the exquisite arias first sung by Farinelli in the 1730’s.The London company included Sam Crane playing the acting role of Farinelli and the singing role shared by Iestyn Davies and Rupert Enticknap, Huss Garbiya as Doctor Jose Cervi, Melody Grove as Isabella Farnese, Colin Hurley as Metastasio and Edward Peel as De la Cuadra. View Commentslast_img read more

Let’s Do This! See the 2019 Tony Nominees Meet the Press

first_imgJeff Daniels(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) The Cher Show star Stephanie J. Block earned a nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Judith Light will receive the Tonys’ 2019 Isabelle Stevenson Award. Ali Stroker Star Files Ain’t Too Proud Tony nominees Jeremy Pope, Derrick Baskin and Ephraim Sykes celebrate. Burn This star Adam Driver earned a nom for Best Leading Actor in a Play. Benjamin Walker Gideon Glick Jeff Daniels The race to Broadway’s biggest night has begun! On April 30, the 2019 Tony nominations were revealed. On May 1, this year’s nominees woke up bright and early (again) to get ready for their close-up. Stars like Jeff Daniels, Laurie Metcalf and many more stepped out. Click through our fantastic gallery to see all of this year’s talented Tony nominees! Lilli Cooper Santino Fontana André De Shields Celia Keenan-Bolger Derrick Baskin View All (28) Beth Leavel Mary Testa View Comments Andy Grotelueschen Brandon Uranowitz Jeremy Pope Patrick Page Laura Donnelly Annette Bening Kelli O’Hara Sarah Stiles Rosemary Harris Eva Noblezada Robin De Jesus Laurie Metcalf Heidi Schreck View the Full Gallery Here Ruth Wilson Ephraim Sykes Bertie Carvel The Ferryman’s playwright Jez Butterworth and original star Laura Donnelly are both nominated. Stephanie J. Blocklast_img read more

Leahy praises EPA announcement of new limits on pollution from future power plants

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Friday praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of new, separate limits on the amount of pollution that new natural gas and coal power plants can release into the air.  The announcement is one of the first steps under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, which are the nation’s largest stationary sources of carbon pollution.  Leahy has long championed clean air and water policies and has been the Senate’s leader in pressing for curbs on the mercury pollution that has threatened the nation’s waterways and fisheries, and particularly the health of young children.  Following is Leahy’s statement on the EPA announcement: ‘The time for allowing power plants to be built that will dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air must end.  We have an obligation to future generations to curb carbon pollution and address the causes and impacts of climate change.  These proposed standards will minimize carbon pollution by taking advantage of modern, cleaner energy technologies that power companies already are using, to build the next generation of power plants.  If left unchecked, carbon pollution threatens our health and intensifies climate change, leading to more violent and more extreme weather that costs communities and the federal government billions in economic losses and disaster recovery costs, as we have seen in Vermont over the last decade. ‘This is a significant first step to address a public health challenge from future carbon-polluting power plants and in protecting downwind burdens on states like Vermont.  New standards for carbon pollution will have direct health benefits in Vermont by addressing climate change and the injury and death caused by extreme weather events and natural disasters, climate-sensitive infectious diseases, and air pollution-related illness including asthma.  ‘We now have curbs in place that help protect the American people from mercury, soot, arsenic and other air pollution from power plants.  But until now there have been no federal limits on carbon pollution.  This new step forward is exactly what the Clean Air Act requires and what the Supreme Court has upheld.  These new carbon pollution standards are a commonsense solution and a crucial step that I hope will lead to new discussions with the industry and other stakeholders for developing carbon pollution guidelines for existing power plants as well.’WASHINGTON (FRIDAY, Sept. 20, 2013) — Senator Patrick Leahylast_img read more

Smith: Censoriously asserting one’s moral superiority

first_imgby Mike Smith The newest columnist for The New York Times, Bret Stephens, caused quite a kerfuffle among climate change advocates when he recently wrote: “Claiming total certainty about the science [of climate change] traduces the spirit of science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves wrong.”Stephens went on to write, “Censoriously asserting one’s moral superiority and treating skeptics as imbeciles and deplorables wins few converts.”He asserts that none of this is to deny the severity of climate change but he concludes his column this way: “Perhaps if there were less certitude about our climate future, more Americans would be interested in having a reasoned conversation about it.”After his column ran many took to social media to express outrage. They labeled Stephens a climate change denier. There were calls for him to be fired. Some ended their subscriptions to the Times.Other columnists and media outlets, especially Erik Wemple of The Washington Post, eviscerated Stephens by describing his column as, “a dreadfully argued piece contending that … well, the point is buried in false starts, bogus reasoning and imprecise writing.” A reporter from Gizmodo — a science and entertainment news website — tweeted to Stephens, “You’re a s-thead. a crybaby lil f-kin weenie. a massive twat too.”By the way, Bret Stephens won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2013 when he worked for the Wall Street Journal.Despite where you may stand politically on the issue of climate change — and I am much more sympathetic to those advocating for action in the this area than I suspect Stephens is — there is a larger point that doesn’t center on climate change, and, in fact, nowadays, seems to apply to most major public policy debates.It’s a disturbing trend in which both the political left and right are more interested in demonizing those they disagree with rather than trying to persuade opponents with the merits of their cause.In essence, we have weaponized our retorts to inflict the most damage to those with whom we disagree. We don’t seek converts — heck, we don’t even look for compromise — instead, we seek casualties.Opponents and their opinions must be eliminated rather than be reckoned with. If there happens to be collateral damage to free speech, then unfortunately that’s the price that must be paid for a victory.This certainly seems to have been the thinking of some at Middlebury College when they prevented controversial author Charles Murray from speaking on that college’s campus.But stifling speech is dangerous stuff, especially in a democracy, because ultimately the goal is to ban opposing thought. Unfortunately, if you are on the losing end of what is deemed acceptable speech then what will probably follow is some form of persecution for your beliefs.All of this is not an argument against vigorous political and public policy debate. In fact, there’s much intellectual rigor in strongly held positions being passionately debated.As a society we benefit immensely from this type of speech. But a line is crossed when free speech is denied — as was the case at Middlebury College — and when your argument is reduced to calling an opponent, a “twat.” In too many instances intellectual conversations are being replaced with thuggish and boorish behavior.With today’s technology we have the ability to seek out all sorts of information. No longer are we tethered to news that is filtered through the lens of three television networks, or through the opinions of a few national newspapers and one wire service.But with this modern day ability to search for all sorts of diverse and contrary information comes the prospect that we will gravitate solely to — and be reinforced by — those of like minds.Through technology we can form exclusive clubs where information and relationships are sought out that are in line with our own perspectives. There is no diverse or contrary opinion because none is allowed.There is certitude in our beliefs because they go unchallenged. In essence, we have the potential of self-radicalizing ourselves.Is this the society that we seek: close-minded and polarized, perhaps even radicalized?The words of “The Captain” [the prison warden] in the 1967 movie “Cool Hand Luke,” aptly apply to the dilemma we find ourselves in these days: “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”Mike Smith is the host of the radio program, “Open Mike with Mike Smith,” on WDEV 550 AM and 96.1, 96.5, 98.3 and 101.9 FM. He is a regular columnist for Vermont Business Magazine and VTDigger and also a political analyst for WCAX-TV and WVMT radio. He was the secretary of administration and secretary of human services under former Gov. Jim Douglas.last_img read more

New poll: Should the smaller NEJC cities consolidate police services?

first_imgAfter six NEJC cities got together to talk about police services, collaboration and consolidation, some city officials have asked the question: “What next?”Comments from city councils and police agencies have run the gamut from “let’s keep talking” to “this is a waste of time.” Nobody has come out as a champion of consolidating police departments in the cities ­– Mission, Roeland Park, Fairway, Westwood, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods ­– but there are advocates to continue to explore collaboration for cost savings and efficiencies.What do you think?[poll id=”86″]last_img read more

Roeland Park hires new city administration staffer

first_imgJennifer Jones-Lacy will begin her new job with the city of Roeland Park Oct. 6.Roeland Park administrators on Monday announced they had hired a replacement for departed City Clerk and Director of Finance Debbie Mootz, who left the city in August after 17 years of service.Jennifer Jones-Lacy will be assuming the vacancy left by Mootz in early October, though she’ll have a different title and a slightly different slate of duties. As assistant city administrator, Jones-Lacy will oversee the city’s financial and economic development operations.City Administrator Aaron Otto said Jones-Lacy’s breadth of experiences in roles with Kansas City, Mo., and Tonganoxie, where she is currently Assistant City Administrator, made her an excellent fit for Roeland Park’s needs.“We had three finalists who were all excellent in their own ways,” Otto said. “But [Jones-Lacy’s] experience — being a jack-of-all-trades — and the recommendation of her current employer which was impeccable made this an easy choice.”Jones-Lacy is a graduate of the University of Missouri.last_img read more

Two cases of neuroinvasive West Nile virus confirmed in Johnson County residents, says KDHE

first_imgMosquitos in the Culex family are known vectors of West Nile virus. Photo credit Andy Murray. Used under a Creative Commons license.The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced on Tuesday that it had confirmed cases of neuroinvasive West Nile virus in two individuals who reside in Johnson County.They are the first confirmed cases of human West Nile virus in the state this year. Much of Kansas remains under a high-risk warning for West Nile virus. Northeast Kansas, which includes Johnson County, and southeast Kansas are under a moderate warning.Neuroinvasive West Nile virus is the most severe form of the infection, and leads to swelling of the brain. In the most serious cases, it can cause death. According to KDHE, about one in 150 people infected with West Nile Virus develop a neuroinvasive infection.“Although for most people West Nile virus may not cause a great deal of concern, we encourage residents, especially our vulnerable populations, to take steps to prevent infection because of the potential for complications,” said Dr. Greg Lakin, KDHE Chief Medical Officer.The virus, which is spread by mosquito bites, leads to a symptomatic infection, which usually manifests with a fever, headache or rash, among other symptoms, in about one in five people. Late summer and early fall are the most likely times for West Nile virus infections. KDHE offered the following tips on preventing infection:When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient on skin and clothing, including DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Follow the directions on the package.Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants at these times or consider staying indoors during these hours.The elderly or those with a weakened immune system should consider limiting their exposure outside during dusk and dawn when the Culex species mosquitos are most active.Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly.Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used.Since 1999, there have been 30 deaths in Kansas attributed to West Nile virus.“Symptoms of WNV disease include fever, headache, weakness, muscle pain, arthritis-like pain, gastrointestinal symptoms, and rash typically developing two to 14 days after a bite from an infected mosquito,” said KDHE in the announcement. “People who are concerned about symptoms should speak with their physicians.”last_img read more