The Advance Auto Parts Clash is a preseason race held at Daytona International Speedway. The race is held following the first Busch Pole Qualifying session of the season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. Here’s a look at how the field is determined, the format and much more.RELATED: Buy tickets for Daytona Speedweeks | Full Speedweeks schedule Programming info for the Advance Auto Parts Clash:When: Feb. 10, starting at 3 p.m. ETWhere: Daytona International SpeedwayTV: FS1Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioWhat is the format?The Clash is a 75-lap race with a competition caution that will come at Lap 25. In total, the race is scheduled to go 187.5 miles.How is the lineup set up for the race?A random draw to be held at 6:30 p.m. ET in the Fan Zone will determine the starting spots for each of the drivers in Sunday’s field.How are drivers eligible for The Clash?The Clash field is comprised of:1. Drivers who won a Busch Pole Award the previous season2. Drivers who are former Clash winners that competed full time the previous season3. Former Daytona 500 winners that competed full time the previous season4. Former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full time the previous season5. Drivers who qualified for last season’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series PlayoffsWho is eligible for the 2019 Clash?Twenty drivers are eligible for this year’s event. Here is the full list and how they qualified:Aric Almirola (2018 Playoff driver)Ryan Blaney (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Alex Bowman (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Clint Bowyer (2018 Playoff driver)Kurt Busch (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Kyle Busch (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Austin Dillon (Former Daytona 500 Busch Pole Award winner)Chase Elliott (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Denny Hamlin (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Kevin Harvick (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Jimmie Johnson (Former Daytona 500 Busch Pole Award winner)Erik Jones (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Brad Keselowski (2018 Playoff driver)Kyle Larson (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Joey Logano (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Jamie McMurray (Former Daytona 500 winner)Paul Menard (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Ryan Newman (Former Daytona 500 winner)Daniel Suarez (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Martin Truex Jr. (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Which drivers will be in new rides at The Clash?Kurt Busch: No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing ChevroletJamie McMurray: No. 40 Spire Motorsports ChevroletRyan Newman: No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing FordDaniel Suarez: No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing FordMartin Truex Jr.: No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing ToyotaRELATED: Drivers on the move for 2019 | See drivers in their 2019 fire suitsWho are the active winners of The Clash?Brad Keselowski is the defending race winner. Active drivers to have won this race in the past besides Keselowski are:Joey Logano (2017)Denny Hamlin (2016, 2014, 2006)Kevin Harvick (2013, 2010, 2009)Kyle Busch (2012)Kurt Busch (2011)Jimmie Johnson (2005)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA quarter of a century ago, Washington DC had a fearsome reputation for crack abuse and rampant gun violence – it was the “murder capital” of the US. But now, once-blighted neighborhoods close to the centre of the capital are thriving.After Washington had “bottomed out” in 1991, a virtuous cycle began as more affluent young professionals began to opt for the convenience and buzz of living closer to the city centre, often moving to handsome old buildings in areas that once had been considered too dangerous.Residents old and new recognize that gentrification has meant a safer and more prosperous neighborhood. Homeowners have seen the value of their property rise. New commerce in the neighborhoods with shops and restaurants means people are making money and spending it too, in a prosperity cycle.(READ the story from the BBC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Last autumn Eddy Merckx gave us a detailed first look at the complete overhaul of their all-around stage race bike, the new 525. Now together with AG2R La Mondiale the 525 gets a concrete date for its racing debut. Plus, we have a glimpse at another all-new bike, a light & stiff versatile climbing bike called the Stockeu69…Eddy Merckx Stockeu69 light, stiff carbon road race bikephotos courtesy of Belgian Bicycle FactoryNamed for the punchy Ardennes climb, almost half of which is over 10%, where Eddy Merckx made his race winning attack in the 1969 Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the new Stockeu69 is being called “the ultimate Belgian Cycling Factory stiffness-to-weight race bike”. That’s a key claim, as it puts the bike up directly against the Ridley Helium SLX also under the BCF group, an already stiff hi-mod carbon race bike with a frame weight of just 750g.And the bike doesn’t look to be only a dedicated mountain climber. The Merckx naming convention of course suggests its suitability for the hilly Ardennes Classics, with their relatively short, but steep climbs. And AG2R has riders Oliver Naesen & Silvan Dillier here have been testing the upcoming bike on the frozen cobblestone sectors like Hem, which make up the last legs of Paris-Roubaix.No official detail on the bike or its debut. The Stockeu69 does deviate from the 525 with a conventional non-integrated headset & stem, tube shaping that all appears straight with round to boxy profiles, thin but straight seatstays that hit the seat cluster where there is a conventional external seatpost clamp as well. The Stockeu69 will certainly have this single bolt rim brake version, with no mention yet of a disc option. The new bike is shown with a UCI approved stick (no surprise) but the latest approved list from December 2018 makes no mention of the Stockeu69 yet.Eddy Merckx 525 all-rounder carbon stage race bike for Le Tour 2019The 525 does get a bit more definitive timeline. Eddy Merckx is set to officially launch their new flagship 525 in Brussels on July 3 with their AG2R La Mondiale team, ahead of the start of the 2019 Tour de France in the Belgian city. And ahead of the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx’s first Tour victory.The team has been riding the bikes since early winter, and we got a good look at Oliver Naesen’s bike then. In the time since, the 525 has made it onto the UCI approved list with both this rim brake version and a 525 Disc being approved in a five size range (XS-XL.)EddyMerckx.com
Northstar Vermont Yankee,The spent fuel pool at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant holds 2,996 spent fuel assemblies, each measuring about 7 inches by 7 inches, that are awaiting a move to dry cask storage. Photo courtesy NRCby Mike Faher vtdigger.org(link is external) Entergy can eliminate a direct emergency data link between Vermont Yankee and the federal government, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided. By unanimous vote on Thursday, NRC commissioners denied Vermont’s appeal of Entergy’s deactivation of the Emergency Response Data System – also known as the ERDS – at the Vernon plant. While state officials argued that the system is important given the risk of radiological accidents from spent fuel stored at the plant, the NRC says the data system is required only at facilities with operating reactors. Vermont Yankee ceased producing power December 29.“Compared to a reactor accident, a spent-fuel pool accident is a slower-moving event with far fewer parameters…to monitor, fewer kinds of potential accidents and more time available to take mitigative and corrective actions,” the NRC decision stated, adding that there is a lower risk of accidents decommissioned plants.RELATED STORY: State slams Vermont Yankee emergency-planning changesVermont Yankee spokesman Martin Cohn said the ruling “confirms that our position on this issue is correct,” in an email statement.“We are pleased that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission rejected the filing from the state of Vermont and affirmed the earlier ruling by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board,” Cohn wrote. “We remain focused on the safety of the facility and the community.”Vermont Public Service Board Commissioner Chris Recchia said he was disappointed, adding there was a “fundamental disagreement” between the NRC and the state over the danger presented by Yankee’s spent fuel.Internal alert systems Vermont Yankee aren’t enough, he said. “The problem is that, if something happens at the site, you don’t want to have to be at the site to figure out what’s going on,” Recchia said.Thursday’s ruling does not affect the ongoing dispute over other, more dramatic emergency changes proposed at Vermont Yankee.Entergy is seeking reduction of the Emergency Planning Zone – now a wide circle touching three states – to the boundaries of the plant site itself. Along with that would come the end of mandatory funding for emergency operations in the affected towns and states.Those changes are still up in the air, as Vermont officials have appealed Entergy’s proposals.Rather, the NRC decision on Thursday is strictly limited to the emergency system in question – which is a relatively obscure mechanism at Vermont Yankee, but one the state took issue with.The origins of the Emergency Response Data System can be traced to Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979, after which the NRC “recognized a need to improve its ability to acquire accurate and timely data on reactor-plant conditions during emergencies,” according to federal documents.Hence ERDS was established by the nuclear commission in 1991 to create a “direct electronic data link” between nuclear-plant operators and the commission’s operations center for monitoring remotely. The rule, however, exempted “all nuclear power facilities that are shut down permanently or indefinitely” from participating in the emergency response system.That wording is key in the Yankee case, as Entergy maintained its was no longer needed after the Vernon plant ceased operations.The NRC’s staff has agreed with that stance, and the agency produced guidance saying administrators of a shuttered nuclear plant – after performing their own analysis of emergency systems – may retire the alert system without seeking commission approval.That’s what happened at Vermont Yankee: Entergy when it shut down the system in February.The state asked that Entergy either continue to maintain the system, or provide a similar, alternative one for as long as spent fuel remains at the site.In January, a majority of the licensing board – an arm of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission – rejected Vermont’s arguments as inadmissible. To require continued operation of the alert system at a reactor that’s been permanently shut down would be “inconsistent” with federal regulations, the majority opinion stated.Vermont officials appealed the ruling, reaching back to the NRC’s initial 1991 rule. The state argued that exemption from the alert system applied only to nuclear plants that were shuttered at the time that rule was made – not to plants that had yet to shut down in subsequent years.The NRC commissioners disagreed and, on Thursday morning, held a brief voting meeting to deny Vermont’s appeal. The commissioners’ written opinion finds that Vermont has raised issues that are beyond the scope of the current proceeding.Commissioners also say the state “misreads” regulations for shut-down nuclear plants. Given the decreased risk for serious accidents at a plant where the reactor has been de-fueled, the commissioners write, it makes sense that there would be no need for the emergency data alerts.“Without an operating reactor in the picture, the entire focus of the licensee’s staff can be on the spent fuel pool. And once a reactor has shut down, the potential for a release from a spent fuel pool will diminish with time as the decay heat of the fuel drops, given that no fresh spent fuel will be added to the pool. It is reasonable, therefore, to read the (ERDS) rule exemption as applying to facilities that have permanently shut down reactor operations and defueled their reactors.”While there was no formal dissent to Thursday’s ruling, there was a footnote: NRC Commissioner Jeff Baran said he does not necessarily agree with the government’s current ERDS regulations and urged a review as the NRC undertakes new rule-making for decommissioning nuclear plants.“I am sympathetic to the state of Vermont’s view that licensees should maintain those aspects of ERDS that transmit spent fuel pool conditions or are relevant to a potential spent fuel pool accident until the spent fuel is removed from the pool or there is no reasonable risk of a zirconium fire,” Baran wrote.
The New York Times: Is free will an illusion? Some leading scientists think so. For instance, in 2002 the psychologist Daniel Wegner wrote “It seems we are agents. It seems we cause what we do… It is sobering and ultimately accurate to call all this an illusion.” More recently, the neuroscientist Patrick Haggard declared , “We certainly don’t have free will. Not in the sense we think.” And in June, the neuroscientist Sam Harris claimed , “You seem to be an agent acting of your own free will. The problem, however, is that this point of view cannot be reconciled with what we know about the human brain.”Such proclamations make the news; after all, if free will is dead, then moral and legal responsibility may be close behind. As the legal analyst Jeffrey Rosen wrote in The New York Times Magazine, “Since all behavior is caused by our brains, wouldn’t this mean all behavior could potentially be excused? … The death of free will, or its exposure as a convenient illusion, some worry, could wreak havoc on our sense of moral and legal responsibility.”Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
US audit finds Canada’s meat inspections wantingCanada’s food inspection agency received the lowest possible passing grade—”adequate”—from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in its latest audit of practices surrounding meat, poultry, and eggs, according to a Food Safety News (FSN) story today.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) needs to improve its oversight of practices at meat facilities concerning hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) and of sanitation and humane animal handling. The CFIA said it has taken corrective action after being informed of the report, FSN report.The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) conducted the audit from Oct 22 to Nov 9, 2012, but the USDA released the report just last month.FSIS inspectors visited two red-meat slaughterhouses, four meat-processing facilities that produce ready-to-eat meat products, and an egg-processing facility. Inspectors also visited five Canadian government food safety agencies and two private laboratories.The inspectors found a lack of HACCP compliance and noted concerns over sanitation and humane handling at a beef slaughter plant that was involved in an expansive recall in 2010. They also found poor sanitation practices at a pig slaughterhouse.Because of the results of the audit, food imported to the United States from Canada will be subject to closer scrutiny than food from countries with higher-rated food safety systems, FSN reported.Jan 8 FSN story Full USDA audit report O111, O26 top list of non-O157 E coli outbreak strainsThe most common strains of non-O157 Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli (STEC) causing US outbreaks are O111 and O26, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a report yesterday in Epidemiology & Infection.The investigators studied outbreaks to 2010 and defined “outbreaks” as having two or more epidemiologically linked culture-confirmed STEC cases. They analyzed data from 46 outbreaks in 26 states that involved 1,727 illnesses and 144 hospitalizations.Of the 38 outbreaks that involved a single pathogen, 14 were caused by STEC O111 and 11 by O26, which together accounted from two thirds of the outbreaks. Eighty-four percent of the outbreaks were transmitted via either food (17 outbreaks) or person-to-person spread (15).Food vehicles included dairy products, produce, and meats, and childcare centers were the most common setting for person-to-person transmission. The incidence of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious kidney complication, was higher in single-pathogen outbreaks than multiple-pathogen outbreaks (7% vs 0.8%).Jan 7 Epidemiol Infect abstract
COLUMBUS, IN — Cummins Inc. has announced several changes of responsibility within its Engine Business. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The MidRange and Heavy Duty leadership team is being divided into two distinct organizations. Dave Crompton, currently vice president – MidRange engine sales and marketing will assume responsibilities as vice president and general manager of the MidRange engine business. Ed Pence, currently vice president – automotive business will assume responsibilities as vice president and general manager of the Heavy Duty Engine Business. Crompton has been with Cummins since 1987. Prior to his current position, he served as vice president – industrial markets in the MidRange Engine Business. He has a varied field of experience in planning, off-highway business, marine and the Chrysler business. Pence joined Cummins in 1981. He has extensive automotive and off-highway experience, has lived and worked outside the U.S. and participated as a key member of the heavy duty business team. In addition, Sean Milloy has been named chief technical officer for the engine business. In this position, he will drive Cummins approach to innovative application of technology. He will continue in his leadership role in MidRange Engineering. Milloy, who joined Cummins in 1981, has continuously expanded his responsibilities in engineering and has extensive experience with the company’s joint venture partners and global technical centers. For more information about Cummins, go to: www.cummins.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.
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On this first day of summer, officials are looking ahead a few days to the middle of the week, when Long Island is expected to move into Phase 3 of reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown.“This week we are getting closer, and closer to taking that next step forward in reopening our economy, which is a very good thing, a very important thing,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in his daily briefing Saturday. “We have to get the economy moving, we have to get more businesses open that are struggling.”In the next phase, restaurants will again be able to seat diners inside and personal care businesses that offer services such as places massage therapy, spas, nail salons, tanning, waxing, and tattoo parlors may resume. Hair salons already reopened under Phase 2.Both restaurants and personal care businesses will be limited to 50 percent occupancies and employees must wear face coverings when interacting with customers, unless a physical barrier is in place. Recommended practices include “by appointment only” policies to limit walk-in customers who may congregate.Bellone said there is nothing in the numbers that would indicate anything other than continuing to move forward with the reopening process on the island.The infection rate in Suffolk is at about one percent, he said. The state’s figures show Long Island’s infection rate at 1.10 on Friday, up a little from the .70 percent and .80 percent from Wednesday and Thursday. In Suffolk, there are a total of 40,908 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus, with an additional 44 in the last 24 hours. In Nassau County, 41,443 people have tested positive with an additional 56 in the last 24 hours.Meanwhile, New York City is on track to enter Phase 2 of the reopening on Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. A total of 212,061 people in the city have tested positive, 391 in the last 24 hours. The governor announced Saturday — in a call with the media, one day after he ended his daily televised updates — that the Yankees and Mets baseball teams will hold delayed spring training in New York this year, as long as the Major League Baseball decides to resume its delayed season. With coronavirus infections spiking in other parts of the country, including in Florida and Arizona where the spring trainings mainly take place, the MLB closed training sites. The Yankees will be at Yankee Stadium, and the Mets over at Citi Field. The teams will work with the State of New York to ensure proper health and safety protocols, the governor said.Bellone said the announcement was exciting, and that county officials are working with the Long Island Ducks on a plan for baseball to resume on the island. “We’ll be renewing our ask of the state to give approval of that plan. We want to see the Ducks out there on the field defending their Atlantic League championship.”email@example.com Share
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