Chip Ganassi Racing makes changes to pit-crew lineup before Richmond race

first_imgRICHMOND, Va. — Chip Ganassi Racing made changes to the pit-crew lineup for its two-car operation ahead of this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway.“In the whole offseason, we built around trying to build what we thought was our best group,” said Matt McCall, crew chief of the Ganassi No. 1 Chevrolet for Kurt Busch. “Everybody’s still new that everybody had a chance to be different players, so that’s where we’re at right now. Just moving a couple different people around and see how it works out.”Bryan Jacobsen moves to front tire-changing duties for the Ganassi No. 42 Chevrolet driven by Kyle Larson. He served last week in that role for the No. 00 Chevrolet of StarCom Racing, which has a developmental pit-crew partnership with Ganassi. Jacobsen replaces Steve Price, who takes Jacobsen’s place on the StarCom No. 00 driven by Landon Cassill.RELATED: CGR team page | Kurt Busch driver pageOn the No. 1 Ganassi Chevy driven by Kurt Busch, Daniel Kincaid replaces Ken Pozega as front tire changer. Cory Baldwin, who was with the Front Row Motorsports No. 34 pit crew last week at Bristol, will change rear tires for the No. 1 this weekend. Pozega is on this weekend’s roster for Front Row’s No. 34, listed as the rear-tire changer. He is also listed as a member for the backup pit crew for both Ganassi entries.“I don’t know for how long, if it’ll be permanent or whatever,” Larson said after qualifying 14th Friday. “I think it’s good to spice things up and try something different. I feel like our pit stops have lacked the last couple years, so just searching to try to get our stops better and hopefully it’ll help our races out a little bit.”McCall indicated that Chip Ganassi Racing was fortunate to have the luxury of a deep bench for its pit crew personnel, but that the changes put in place this weekend were by no means permanent. He also told NASCAR.com that no single issue stood out as the impetus for the pit crew shake-up.“No, and the guys we’ve changed, I would say the odds of them getting back on the team are still there,” McCall said. “I think it’s going to be a moving target for a while if we can find the right combination. Some of it is purely related to overall averages. It’s not been one thing or the other, like, ‘oh, we’ve left this lug loose five times.’ It’s none of that. It’s just more or less trying to find some consistency.”RELATED: Dive into the 2019 statsConsistency is also the quest for the No. 1 team in Busch Pole Qualifying. Busch has found solid results in his first year with the Ganassi organization, with six top-10 finishes in the first eight races this season. But he’s had to achieve those results coming from far back in the starting grid. Busch’s average finish of 8.6 is third-best in the series, but his average start of 20.1 equals the largest disparity between the two numbers among Cup Series regulars.McCall says there’s no single factor there, either.“For the most part, we’ve come off the truck close, we’ve practiced OK, but when qualifying rolls around, we’ve not been anywhere close to where anyone can drive it,” McCall said. “So it’s not been good. … It’s building a notebook, for sure. That’s the biggest thing. Then there’s things that he’s looking for that are different for qualifying than what we’re accustomed to giving him, so once we get that built up, I think it’ll be a little more straightforward hopefully.”In addition to building a wealth of notes and information, McCall has also been finding chemistry in his first season paired with Busch, whose fiery personality often comes through on the team communications.“It’s been fun, man,” McCall said. “The intensity level is high, which is good. I think that’s what it takes to have a chance to win races. His mentality is the same as mine. I like the edge side, that he gets really pissed off at me because I think there’s a little bit of drive there that makes you try to make sure you’re not missing some details.”last_img read more

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Bernie Sanders Talks Policy With Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike In New Interview [Watch]

first_imgVermont Senator Bernie Sanders continues to recruit notable pop artists in hopes of furthering his push towards becoming President in the upcoming 2020 election. After meeting with Cardi B in Detroit, MI earlier this summer to discuss issues like minimum wage in America, Sanders linked up with Run The Jewels rapper and supporter Michael “Killer Mike” Render for a new on-camera interview.Related: Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike Talks Bernie Sanders And Gang-Sponsored Merchandise During Appearance On ‘Seth Meyers’Sanders, who is no stranger to plugging himself into musical settings in hopes of getting his message across to younger voters, recently sat down with Killer Mike in the rapper’s hometown of Atlanta, GA to talk all things government policy ranging from wealth inequality to health care and the affect big pharma has on lower-income Americans.“Black people are more disproportionately affected by diabetes than any other group,” Render is heard saying in the interview in relation to how some Americans have difficulty affording the overpriced cost of insulin in America. “So when you say diabetes and are talking about free health care, I want people who look like me on the other side of the camera to recognize this is a black issue.”Watch the new 10-minute interview below.Bernie Sanders & Killer Mike Interview[Video: Bernie Sanders]Render has had plenty of free time in his schedule since Run The Jewels have not performed since this past winter. The rap duo’s next upcoming performance is set for September 7th with their appearance at Goose Island Beer Co.’s 215 Block Party in Philadelphia, PA. Click here for tickets to the end-of-summer event. [H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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Ernie Chang (Andy Frasco & The U.N.) Curates Swing Collab With Members Of Turkuaz, Wild Adriatic, More [Watch]

first_imgErnie Chang, the saxophonist for Andy Frasco & The U.N., is using his time in quarantine to explore his broader stylistic preferences. In a new video, Chang recruits members of bands like Turkuaz, Wild Adriatic, Sophistafunk, and more to play something totally different than what they play with their respective touring bands: 1940s jazz.As Chang explained to Live For Live Music, “This project was something that came to me during quarantine. [I] thought it would be a great idea to collaborate with different people from different groups creating something we don’t usually play. … This video consists of Josh Schwartz and Mikey Carubba from Turkuaz, Mike Oehmen from Wild Adriatic, Tommy Weeks from Sophistafunk/Funky Dawgz, Chris Lorentz (Darren Chris/The U.N.) and myself.”Related: Andy Frasco & The U.N. Release New LP, ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’, A Beacon Of Light In Tough Times [Review]Chang noted that the drum and bass parts were recorded first, and the four horn parts were layered over that backing track. Dressed in their finest performance tuxedos, the four horn players begin the video with a virtual toast before the bass and drums appear to kick off a performance of jazz standard, “Four Brothers”. Watch this collection of jam scene horn players show that their swing chops are still working just fine after years of funk and rock ‘n’ roll below:“Four Brothers” Quarantine Cover ft. members of The U.N., Turkuaz, & MoreErnie Chang also noted that he hopes to make this a series with various members of touring bands. For now, you can support the cause and help fund future collabs by dropping a little something in Ernie’s virtual tip jar (Venmo: @Ernest-Chang / Paypal: ernie.chang1@gmail.com / CashApp: $erniechang1).last_img read more

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Obama Girls Talk About Christmas – with First Lady and Bo (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFirst Lady Michelle Obama, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, delivered some Christmas cheer along with Bo, the family dog, to children in a local hospital. Bo barked at Santa, while the three answered questions, like “What did you get the president for Christmas?” Watch the AP video below, or at Clip Syndicate.last_img

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City of Port Arthur sandbag giveaway continues Sunday in Monday

first_imgHurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning watch area by midday Monday, with tropical storm conditions possible by early Monday. Bring your own shovel, and maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask is required.The Public Works Department for the City of Port Arthur will have sand and sandbags available to homeowners at the Downtown Pavilion, 500 Procter St., and at the Bob Bowers Civic Center, 3401 Cultural Center Drive, beginning Monday (Aug. 24) at 8 a.m.NOTE: THERE IS A 5-BAG LIMIT! A gradual turn toward the west with a decrease in forward speed is expected after Marco moves inland on Monday and on Tuesday. Residents are Required to: (1). Bring a shovel, (2). Wear a mask and (3) Maintain social distancing.A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Sabine Pass to Morgan City, Louisiana.center_img The City of Port Arthur is providing sandbags and sand Sunday (Aug. 23) at the Bob Bowers Civic Center.The Center is located at 3401 Cultural Center Drive in Port Arthur.The giveaway is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday. At 7 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Marco was located about 360 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It’s moving toward the north-northwest near 13 mph. Marco is forecast to continue moving north-northwestward across the central Gulf of Mexico today and will approach southeastern Louisiana on Monday.last_img read more

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Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgPrairie Village police release photo of robbery suspect. Prairie Village police late last week released the photo to the right of the man who entered the Hy-Vee Gas station on State Line Road and robbed it. Anyone with information about the robbery should contact the PVPD at 913-642-6868 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.Rose column argues that without tax hike, school funding in danger. Former Johnson County Sun Publisher Steve Rose used his weekend column to lay out the potential ramifications of the Senate’s vote against overriding Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of the tax reform package. He suggested that cuts to K-12 education are likely, and singled out Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning with responsibility for finding a solution. “Cuts in school spending are not what Denning’s district wants and are not what most Kansans want. The ball is now in Denning’s court,” Rose wrote. “I would be surprised if he doesn’t come through.” [Steve Rose: Without tax hikes, Kansas’ school funding is imperiled — The Kansas City Star]Shawnee Mission East graduate Thomas Frank to return to KC on latest book tour. Fairway’s Rainy Day Books announced last week that it will host author Thomas Frank, a Shawnee Mission East graduate best known for his 2005 book “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”, this April. Frank will present his latest book, “Listen Liberal: Or Whatever Happened to the Party of the People” April 6.last_img read more

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Considering teller capture? Three key features you need to address in an RFP

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andrew Tilbury Andrew Tilbury is the Chief Marketing Officer of Bluepoint and oversees Bluepoint’s integrated marketing strategy and product management including brand management, media relations, interactive marketing, and product management. Tilbury … Web: www.bluepointsolutions.com Details The majority of credit unions have fully embraced electronic cash letter processing by installing scanners in the back office of their branches and they are now beginning to look for opportunities to extract more value from their existing solutions. As a result, capturing images directly at the teller line using teller capture is a primary focus for institutions investing in new branch technology in 2014. However, not all teller capture solutions are created equal. Superficially, they provide similar features, but subtle differences in functionality can dramatically impact your total cost of ownership for these solutions, member service levels at your institution, and branch operationsBelow are three key features you should include in an RFP before investing in a teller capture solution.Feature 1:  Transaction ValidationTransaction Validation automatically compares the check amount entered by both the teller and the amount read by the check scanner. This provides a fail-safe against scanner misreads — which are common no matter what type of scanner is used — and human error.  If your institution relies solely on either the scanner or the teller for validation, you open the door for trouble: simple data entry errors cause a “domino” effect that includes posting errors and exception processing headaches that last long after the deposit has been processed. Day 2 corrections are substantially reduced when tellers manually enter the transaction amount and then the scanner validates that amount.Feature 2: Cross-Channel Duplicate DetectionAs remote capture points gain traction, duplicates will become increasingly difficult to manage, with both forward items and inclearings. Most teller capture solution providers offer duplicate detection, but only at the teller line. For instance, if a teller accidentally scans the same check twice, the software will notify the teller on the second scan that item has already been scanned. However, what happens when a member deposits a check remotely and later inadvertently brings the same check to a branch for deposit?  Only a sophisticated solution that aggregates and cross-references check images from all capture points, will notify the teller in real time that a duplicate is being deposited. Eliminating duplicates at the teller line will reduce Day 2 adjustments and improve member service.  It also enables your credit union to add mobile deposit without exacerbating problems with duplicate items, assuming that you are using a central check archive.Feature 3: System ReliabilitySystem downtime is a serious consideration for any member-facing technology. Most teller capture solutions are dependent on core processor uptime. However, what happens when your core processor experiences an outage? Unfortunately, tellers cannot scan checks and they must process deposits manually. This frequently leads to delayed transactions, missed opportunities for fraud reduction, and long waits in the branch.  Operational costs skyrocket when work has to be entered after the core is restored, and members trying to make deposits are negatively impacted. Teller capture solutions should operate independently of the core to minimize service disruptions and maintain member service levels.Not all teller capture providers are created equal. Dig into specific system functionality and fully understand the subtle differences to determine which solution offers the best match for your credit union’s needs.last_img read more

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Board modifies Bar investment policy

first_imgActing on advice of the Investment Committee, the Board of Governors has slightly modified the Bar’s investment policy to help hedge in down markets.Investment Committee Chair Ian Comisky told the board, at its recent Naples meeting, that the Bar’s investments are designed to be less volatile than in the overall market. As part of that, some investments are targeted to increase in value when the overall market declines.But during some of the market turbulence last year, Comisky said the Bar found all of its investments declining at the same time. To help prevent that decline, the Bar’s investment advisor recommended changing a commodity fund that made up about 2.5 percent of the Bar’s portfolio.That involved selling the Bar’s stake in the T. Rowe Price New Era commodity fund and splitting the money between two new funds, R.S. Global Natural Resources and Highbridge Dynamic Commodities Strategy Fund.The board approved the committee’s recommendation to make the change.Comisky also reported that the Bar’s long-term investment portfolio was near its all-time high after a 6.45 percent increase in the first quarter of 2012. Board modifies Bar investment policy June 15, 2012 Regular Newscenter_img Board modifies Bar investment policylast_img read more

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Healthy Side Effect: ACA’s impact on CRE, sustainability

first_imgMark Stapp, professor of real estate practice and executive director of Arizona State University’s Master of Real Estate Development program.There’s another trend growing out of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) emphasis on wellness. Mark Stapp, a professor of real estate practice and executive director of Arizona State University’s Master of Real Estate Development program at the W.P. Carey School of Business, says the trend can benefit Arizona’s economic development efforts.“You say sustainability, and people think about energy, green building and conservation,” he says. “In reality, sustainability also includes a healthy workforce. When the workforce is healthy, productivity increases.”Stapp says a combination of Millennials’ lifestyles combined with an aging boomer population means changes in development patterns. “Improved healthcare and an emphasis on wellness shifts where and what space is in demand. The population wants healthy places to live.”Stapp sees the trends as drivers bringing populations closer to city centers. He also believes a healthy community is a big economic development selling point.“The movement (in the Affordable Care Act) is to maintain and improve health rather than fix it,” he says. “This is crucial with the shortage in primary care physicians. It also means that healthy living is going to become integrated in other areas of the community.”Stapp sees new business models developing around the ideals of healthy living. “As (the ACA) evolves, its policies will change and encompass a broader range of health care and wellness options. Integrative healthcare will become far more important,” he says.What this means to economic development, Stapp explains, is that healthy cities are more productive.“Supporting healthy lifestyle choices becomes a competitive advantage,” he says. “This is a direct shift of a portion of healthcare responsibility from insurance companies to communities.”Changing the types of medical practices and patterns will also change building design and usability. “Real estate has value to support an activity,” he says. “If an activity goes, so does building value.”Stapp sees a gradual change in office environments. “There is a shrinking demand for space. Can medical campuses withstand the test of time?” he asks. The bigger pie, in terms of health care and wellness, he says, is to look ahead to rapidly emerging trends that may make today’s medical office infrastructure useless.“People are capital,” says Stapp. “Businesses are going to protect capital, and that is going to lead to adaptation when the demand creates new opportunities with different office uses.”last_img read more

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The One Thing You Should NEVER Say in a Thank You Email After a Job Interview

first_imgThe moments after a crucial job interview may feel like a sigh of relief or a pang of anxiety. But, no matter how you feel, there’s an important next step: writing a thank you note.Whether over email or by hand, a thank you note after a job interview is expected nowadays as a basic sign of appreciation. So how do you both stand out and effectively show your gratitude?Never — never — use your thank you note as an opportunity to ask for a favor.“It should stand on its own without asking for something. Just pure appreciation,” says Peter Bregman of Bregman Partners, a management consultancy company where he works with CEOs and business leaders. “You can ask for something later.”Adding a request of any kind could detract from a thank you note’s sincerity and make it seem less authentic. “It just paints you in a bad light if you’re putting them in an awkward position,” adds Jacqueline Whitmore, a business etiquette expert.A thank you note on its own with no requests for follow-ups or favors could go a long way. Recent research published in Psychology Science shows that people consistently underestimate the power of a thank you note for both the sender and the recipient. Read the whole story: TIMElast_img read more

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