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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Ethiopia’s COVID-19 cases rise to 92

first_imgEthiopia confirms nine new COVID-19 cases Ethiopia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 92 after seven more people were confirmed, the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health said in a statement Thursday.The ministry revealed that from the total of 401 medical tests that were conducted in the last 24 hours, seven of them tested positive for COVID-19, eventually bringing the total number of cases to 92.According to figures from the ministry, all of the latest seven individuals were Ethiopian nationals – five males and two females.The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health also said that 15 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have so far recovered from the virus.The ministry has previously disclosed three patients have died due to COVID-19 related illnesses.Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation with about 107 million people, confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 13.The Ethiopian government has instituted a wide range of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives – the lower house of the Ethiopian parliament – has already announced a five-month state of emergency to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country.Related Ethiopia confirms four new COVID-19 casescenter_img Ethiopia confirms eight new COVID-19 caseslast_img read more

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Free Webinar: Universal Design with Accessibility in Mind

first_imgIt’s been a while since I’ve promoted webinars from the the User Experience Professionals Association International (UXPA). If you didn’t know, I was an officer for our local Michigan chapter of UXPA for several years. And I didn’t want to miss sharing an upcoming webinar that combines two of my interests: accessibility and user experience. UXPA will host their free one-hour webinar, Universal Design with Accessibility in Mind on August 23, 2019. Universal Design with Accessibility in MindLed by Kara Zinkle and Simon Dermer of Essential Accessibility, the webinar will focus on the importance of universal design and how it can be used to design online experiences usable by everyone. In the webinar, you will learn:Accessibility terminology: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), Section 508 (508), Americans with Disability Act (ADA)How to focus on the barrier and not the disabilityWhat is appropriate content etiquetteAbout various types of assistive technologyIn addition, Zinkle and Dermer will share info about the size of the disability market, trends, as well as the return on investment that accessible user experiences deliver. About UXPAAn international organization with over 2,400 members around the world, UXPA supports people who research, design, and evaluate the user experience of products and services.Members come from many backgrounds, sharing the same goals: creating products and services that meet the needs of the people using them. Local chapters offer invited speaker presentations, roundtables, professional development, networking, and other events focused on bringing UX professionals and students together.Registration InfoThe free webinar will be held on August 23, 2019 at noon Eastern Daylight Time using Zoom video conferencing. In a different time zone? Here’s a time zone converter to find out when the webinar will be held in your time zone.While the event is free, registration is required. I plan to attend the webinar, hope you’ll join me!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedTwo Free Web Accessibility Webinars This WeekEvery week web designers and developers ask me for ways they can learn more about web accessibility. I ask myself the same question! And that’s one of the reasons I publish my weekly roundups every Friday: to share info and resources about web accessibility. Since last week was the Thanksgiving…In “Accessibility”Free Webinar: Inclusive Design vs. Universal Design vs. AccessibilityWhat’s the difference between inclusive design, universal design, and accessibility? And what do these terms share in common? Find out at the free live webinar on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 when Deque Systems hosts a virtual panel of of experts who will discuss the similarities and differences of the three…In “Accessibility”Webinar: Digital Accessibility Support – A Guide to Trustworthy Free Online ResourcesImagine you’re a web designer, developer, digital marketer, project manager, or educator ready to learn more about web accessibility. You’ve heard of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) from the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). But you’re overwhelmed by the amount of information available:…In “Accessibility”last_img read more

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The Gift of HR Knowledge

first_imgOriginally posted on the SHRM Book Blog. In the new year, HR professionals will—as they always have—face challenges that will call upon their collective knowledge and competencies to keep their organizations thriving in a changing business landscape. Developing your skills in all of the arenas that HR touches will allow you to turn difficult situations into workable opportunities and help you move yourself, and your organization, forward.To help you do this, we’ve come up with a brief list of holiday gift ideas for the HR book lovers you know. While there are many titles to choose from that map to a variety of HR functions, responsibilities and needs, the following books afford HR professionals a chance to contemplate their own careers and re-energize for the coming year.Whether you want to expand your HR knowledge, enhance your skills or take steps to earn SHRM recertification credits, these selections will help you further your goals and increase your value. Taking the time to read them will also give you an opportunity to reflect on where you are and where you see yourself heading as you progress in your HR role. And, that’s a gift that gives back all year long!Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman (Harper Publishing, 2010). Your Leadership Story: Use Your Story to Energize, Inspire and Motivate by Timothy J. Tobin (Berrett-Koehler Publishing, 2015). Never Get Lost Again: Navigating Your HR Career by Nancy E. Glube and Phyllis G. Hartman (Society for Human Resource Management, 2009). The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make Them Happen by Andy Boynton and Bill Fischer with William Bole (Jossey-Bass, 2011). View from the Top: Leveraging Human and Organization Capital to Create Value edited by Richard L. Antoine, Elizabeth “Libby” Sartain, Dave Ulrich, Patrick M. Wright (Society for Human Resource Management, 2016). Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock (Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group, 2015).Cheers to your career success in 2017!last_img read more

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Incapsula Offers Expanded Web Applications Firewall

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting david strom Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Hosted Web application firewall vendor Incapsula announced today a new release that offers more website traffic data, better analytics and faster SSL setup. They have also made their access controls more finer-grained so you can use white and black lists and block by specific IP address ranges. On top of this they’re also introducing free accounts for smaller sites that have less than 25 GB of bandwidth per month. We last wrote about them at their launch earlier this year. The paid plans start at $50 per month which include 50 GB of bandwidth, and a single site; there are additional fees for adding sites and more bandwidth. The free account doesn’t include SSL support and some other features. Tags:#Announcements#cloud#cloud computing#security A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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India vs Sri Lanka: Suresh Raina rested for 5th ODI in Ranchi

first_imgMaharashtra batsman Kedar Jadhav is likely to make his international debut for India on SundayWith the series already in pocket, the Indian team management has decided to rest senior batsman Suresh Raina for the fifth and final ODI, on Sunday.”For tomorrow’s game, we don’t have Suresh available,” India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said on the eve of their fifth ODI at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.”He is being rested. Everybody else is available for selection from the squad we had in the last match (in Kolkata),” the assistant coach added.Raina’s unavailability would mean that India would now have a 13-member squad and it’s quite likely that attacking Maharashtra batsman Kedar Jadhav will make his international debut.”Obviously, the boys who have missed out or have not got an opportunity so far, will have a very good chance to play tomorrow. Everybody is getting opportunities more or less.”Jadhav, who came into the limelight with a 29-ball 50 for Delhi Daredevils on his IPL debut, was seen having an extended session at the nets today and paying attention to head coach Duncan Fletcher.Incidentally, the leading wicket-taker in the series, Umesh Yadav did not bowl at the three-hour net session today.Yadav was seen throwing the ‘medicine ball’ to strengthen his back muscles and it’s likely that the India’s pace spearhead may make way for Karnataka seamer R Vinay Kumar in another likely change.In another highlight of the day’s practice, Stuart Binny was seen opening the proceedings coming ahead of their regular top-order batsmen, as the India all-rounder looked quite focussed on the training session.advertisementBinny, who claimed two wickets during the Eden Gardens win, also bowled for quite a long time before being given some stretching session by the physio.In fact, stand-in skipper Virat Kohli was also absent along with Raina as Indians trained under coach Fletcher and his two assistants in Bangar and Bharati Arun in a relaxed manner.Fresh from his world record 264 at Eden Gardens, Rohit Sharma was the last to pad up as he chose only to face gentle throw-downs from the thrower equipment, something that lasted for more than an hour.Robin Uthappa, who has been in and out of the side despite his sizzling show with the Kolkata Knight Riders, was also seen going full guns at the practice session.Uthappa batted in both the pace and spin bowling nets and then took throw-ins, something that lasted for more than an hour. Powered by Rohit’s world record knock, India set Sri Lanka 404 for five and went on to register a 153-run victory to take a 4-0 lead in five-ODI series.last_img read more

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