Michigan Sprint Cup Series qualifying order

first_img44 READ: All news from Michigan 42 SANY Chevrolet Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # 1 Travis Kvapil 32 David Gilliland 23 Michael McDowell David Stremme Belle Tire Toyota 39 5 2 41 4 Plinker Tactical Toyota Matt Kenseth Austin Dillon(i) Kasey Kahne 1 29 83 33 5-hour Energy Toyota Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 15 No Label Ford Phil Parsons Racing Ford 35 Target Chevrolet 36 MDS Transport Ford 36 Miller Lite Ford 27 24 15 12 10 Kyle Busch 27 Scott Riggs 11 38 22 Ryan Newman GoDaddy Chevrolet 44 56 43 13 55 FedEx Express Toyota Car 14 Greg Biffle 30 6 Tony Stewart 37 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford Joe Nemechek(i) 38 34 Juan Pablo Montoya * Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series 31 AJ Allmendinger Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota Marcos Ambrose 47 17 GEICO Ford Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 19 Phoenix Construction Services Chevrolet Caterpillar Chevrolet Gordon first, Mears last in qualifying runs for the Quicken Loans 400 Widow Wax Toyota 25 Denny Hamlin 24 Taco Bell Ford 88 Jeff Burton National Guard/Man of Steel Chevrolet 20 31 Fastenal Ford Team 18 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 87 READ: Post-Pocono driver reports Brad Keselowski 40 39 Stanley Ford Farmers Insurance Chevrolet Furniture Row/Sealy Chevrolet Jimmie Johnson 19 3M/Give Kids a Smile Ford Budweiser Chevrolet READ MORE: M&M’s Toyota READ: Power Rankings Week 14 43 David Ragan 14 7 9 Carl Edwards Menards/CertainTeed Chevrolet Quicken Loans Chevrolet Danica Patrick # Jamie McMurray 8 51 Kurt Busch 16 American Ethanol Chevrolet 21 Eckrich Ford David Reutimann Chevrolet 32 Ken Schrader Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Clint Bowyer Dale Earnhardt Jr. Mark Martin 98 93 Trevor Bayne(i) 17 Mike Bliss(i) 9 35 Lowe’s Chevrolet 78 Martin Truex Jr. Driver Zest Ford NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Jeff Gordon 30 11 5 26 33 99 # Long John Silver’s Ford 16 3 13 2 7 29 JJ Yeley Joey Logano Casey Mears 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford 48 42 10 Dave Blaney Josh Wise(i) 20 34 18 McDonald’s Chevrolet Charter Toyota 21 Home Depot Husky Toyota Kevin Harvick Aric Almirola Federated Auto Parts Ford Paul Menard READ: Michigan Paint Scheme Preview Bobby Labonte 28last_img read more

Listen To The Movement’s New Jam ‘Dancehall’ Ft. Mr. Williamz – Premiere

first_imgThere’s a reason this band is called The Movement. One listen, and you’re sure to be moving and grooving along to their reggae-influenced tunes. With a new album, Golden, due out on April 8th, and a major cross-country tour in support of it, there’s just no telling how high this band can climb.Based out of Columbia, SC, The Movement’s newest album takes its inspiration for the inter-connectedness of the galaxy and human DNA. “I really started to like the idea behind the Fibonacci Code, the Golden Ratio, Golden Mean, Golden Spiral,” says guitarist/vocalist Joshua Swain. “I liked the idea of searching for order and commonality in the chaos. Add to that the idea of requiring a “heart of gold” to inject beauty and goodness into the order and using the word golden as a synonym for perfect… It just made sense to me.”We’re happy to share the very first track from this new release, a song entitled “Dancehall.” Stream the new jam, featuring Mr. Williamz, below:We asked Swain to shed some light on the track’s origins. “Dancehall started out as a slow acoustic ballad, but we felt it wasn’t really living up to its name, so we had to spice it up a little. We were fortunate enough to link up with Mr. Williamz, and with three distinct parts in both style and tempo, we created a unique tale of lost love, music, and magic in the Caribbean,” he said.Golden is not only due out on April 8th, but it will mark the first release on the Rootfire Cooperative, a not-for-profit record label that is owned and operated by artists. Rootfire founder Seth Herman passionately states, “I hope the Rootfire Cooperative can provide micro-financing with the effect of boosting the artists business; and make a positive effect on an entire genre of music.”Check out the full tracklisting for Golden, and don’t miss the band on tour. Full dates can be seen below, and more information is available via the band’s website.Golden Tracklisting 1. Blinded 2. Dancehall (feat. Mr. Williamz) 3. Golden (feat. Elliot Martin) 4. Fair Warning 5. Smoke 6. Rescue 7. On Top (feat. Leilani Wolfgramm) 8. Through the Heart 9. Home 10. Retriever  11. Habit 2016 (feat. Collie Buddz & Bobby Hustle) 12. Wild TimeGolden Hearts Tour DatesMarch 19 @ St. Pat’s in Five Points – Columbia, SC March 23 @ Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL March 24 @ Propaganda – Lake Worth, FL March 25 @ Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FL  March 26 @ Hooked On Music Festival – Fort Pierce, FL  April 09 @ California Roots: The Carolina Sessions – Myrtle Beach, SCApril 13 @ Riot Room – Kansas City, MOApril 14 @ The Waiting Room – Omaha, NEApril 15 @ Cervantes Other Side – Denver, COApril 16 @ Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, COApril 18 @ Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UTApril 20 @ The Reef – Boise, IDApril 21 @ The Goodfoot – Portland, ORApril 22 @ Wild Buffalo – Bellingham, WAApril 23 @ WOW Hall – Eugene, ORApril 24 @ Nectar Lounge – Seattle, WAApril 27 @ Humbrews – Arcata, CAApril 28 @ The Boardwalk – Sacramento, CAApril 29 @ Slims – San Francisco, CAApril 30 @ The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CAMay 03 @ Winston’s – San Diego, CAMay 04 @ Saint Rocke – Hermosa Beach, CAMay 05 @ Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CAMay 07 @ Reggae On The Block – Orlando, FLJuly 09 @ Levitate Music Festival – Marshfield, MA[Photo via Steven Vandergriff]last_img read more

John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring Announce “The Meeting Of The Spirits” Tour

first_imgWell this is huge news! Mahavishnu Orchestra’s John McLaughlin and Widespread Panic’s Jimmy Herring will team up for a major tour throughout November and December of 2017, with each musician performing solo sets before coming together for collaborative encores each night. Herring & McLaughlin are easily two of the most influential guitarists of our time, and seeing the two join forces on a nightly basis is the stuff of dreams for fans.The tour will see McLaughlin digging into his work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, playing some of the music that means the most to him. “The music of Mahavishnu is part of my personal and musical history, and as such it is inseparable from me,” McLaughlin reflects in a statement. “To return to these pieces with the experience I’ve had for the past 45 years, since the majority of those pieces were played all those years ago, is very exciting.”The tour will also mark Herring’s return to solo performing, as the WSP guitarist hasn’t released a solo album since 2012. Both artists will be touring with their full bands for this exciting tour, but it’s the extended collaborative encore jams that have us the most excited about it.“John’s influence on me is far-reaching. When first hearing him, I was struck by the raw emotion and technical prowess he has,” says Herring in a statement. “If you listen to John long enough, the layers of all the things that make him unique will reveal themselves…Inner Mounting Flame changed my life and the way I heard music. By the time I heard it in 1980, John had long since moved on and recreated himself, as he has done many times throughout his career. It is an honor and a privilege to do this tour with John and the 4th Dimension.”The shows are McLaughlin’s first extended tour dates in seven years, and are also expected to be McLaughlin’s final live shows in America. While dates have not yet been announced, we’re beyond excited for what will be a showing of enormous talent.To get in the mood, check out this video of McLaughlin sitting in with Herring and the Aquarium Rescue Unit below.Check out the artwork below.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Emma Thompson Eyes Beauty and the Beast & More

first_img Have a happy Holiday weekend! Stage Vet Sheridan Smith Tapped for The Huntsman Two-time Olivier winner Sheridan Smith is set to star in The Huntsman, reports The Daily Mail. Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron will headline the movie, which is the sequel (without Kristin Stewart) to Snow White And The Huntsman. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Emma Thompson Eyes Beauty Emma Thompson may join the previously reported Emma Watson in Disney’s live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. According to The Daily Mail, the Oscar winner is in talks to play Mrs. Potts in the Bill Condon-helmed movie musical. The role of the singing teapot was famously played by screen and stage legend Angela Lansbury in the 1991 animated incarnation. Remind yourself of Lansbury’s rendition of “Tale As Old As Time” below! Annie Potts’ Family Fortune Broadway alum Annie Potts (Pippin, God of Carnage) is in demand—as well as leading a tour of Ann next year, she has been tapped to soon appear in ABC’s comedy pilot Family Fortune. According to Deadline, the show, executive produced by Tina Fey, Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock, will follow a well-liked gym coach (Fortune Feimster), who comes out of the closet. Potts will take on the role of her Mom.center_img View Comments Theater Exhibition Set for London & New York An exhibition celebrating theater will be shown at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in February 2016 before transferring to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in September 2016. The New York Times writes that the exhibition is provisionally named Curtain Up! and will be designed by Tom Piper.last_img read more

Fighting Against the Harmful Effects of the “White Lobster” and the “Square Snapper”

first_imgBy Dialogo August 17, 2011 Much has been written about the problem of psychotropic drugs in our hemisphere. Nevertheless, there are phenomena that cause grave damage on the local and international levels. These are methods like “mules,” secret compartments in vehicles and ships, and also fishing for “white lobster” and “square snapper.” These terms, used in honor of two highly profitable products of the oceans, the lobster and the snapper, refer to drugs received as payment for logistical support for the illicit transportation of cocaine, in the first instance, and also to fishing for packages of drugs cast overboard to be retrieved later by false fishermen or low-level drug sellers. Historically known as the Switzerland of the Americas, Costa Rica today is a business destination for considerable shipments of cocaine and for crack use. This creates a serious security problem, with the potential to affect international relations and cause major losses to Costa Rica’s most important economic sector, tourism. In January 2009, Commissioner Erik Lacayo, a former director of the Costa Rican Public Force, affirmed in an interview with a Costa Rican daily that this phenomenon had influenced the development of the domestic market for drugs such as cocaine and crack. Lacayo also affirmed that this plague was reaching alarming levels. National and international reports indicate that the drug cartels continue modernizing their tactics in the search for new routes, new markets, and new methods of distribution and marketing. What is unclear is whether this phenomenon could have an effect (positive or negative) on bilateral relations, especially with the United States, Costa Rica’s largest trading partner. The 1999 Joint Patrol Act, bringing together Costa Rica and the United States, is one of the strategic alternatives being used in the fight against drug trafficking. Under this agreement, the U.S. Coast Guard, together with its Colombian counterparts, is responsible for enforcing the law, with specific missions to detect, deter, and halt this threat at sea. These challenges have grown since the arrival of the “white lobster” along the coasts and its subsequent street sale. Gerardo Lascares, deputy minister of public safety in President Arias’s administration, affirmed that crack use has become epidemic. We do not know whether this was part of an expansive marketing plan or simply a fortuitous event whose collateral consequences have resulted in new markets. What we are sure of are the palpable effects evident in the jump in crimes such as robbery, theft, and murder at the national level and of transnational crimes such as money laundering and the creation of a launching pad for other destinations. These variables may also have harmful effects on tourism, on local and international trade, and still more on the national motto, “Pure Life.” Bruce Bagley, author of the book Drug Trafficking in America, indicated in an interview in Costa Rica that this phenomenon could negatively affect tourism. He based his assertions on two sets of facts. First, police and military operations in Mexico have caused major losses that the cartels desire to recover. Second, the drug traffickers are constantly seeking new launching pads. The resulting collateral effects could lead to the transformation of a country known as a paradise for surfers into an unsafe place. For that reason, it is important to urge the reader to examine the problem in greater depth than a simple technique of payment in kind. We must remember the collateral effects and the potential to undermine the societies and economies of nations like Costa Rica. The correlation between the rate of drug use (especially cocaine and crack) and the rise in crime is evident. Faced with such a panorama, what are we doing? One defense mechanism is training that draws on resources like those of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), in Georgia, in the United States. WHINSEC is among the pillars for confronting strategic, operational, and tactical challenges. From the beginning, hundreds of Costa Rican police officers have passed through the institute’s classrooms to study anti-drug operations and intelligence and take courses designed for non-commissioned, mid-ranking, and senior officers. Professionalization is key to confronting the challenges posed by a flexible, fast-moving, and well-financed enemy. “The work is still not done,” we were told by Capt. Gerald Camacho, a tactical instructor at WHINSEC. Costa Rican Deputy Security Minister Walter Navarro commented on his last visit to the institute that the police leadership is constantly lobbying for the adoption of legislation of all kinds that has the purpose of eradicating this evil.We are talking about an illicit phenomenon in Costa Rica and its repercussions. We conclude by urgently inviting social scientists and police officers to conduct further research into this topic. About the author Lt. Col. Samuel López Santana is an instructor in the Command and General Staff Officer Course at the School of Professional Military Education, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). The correlation between the variables of drug consumption (especially cocaine and crack) I had the opportunity to meet Lieutenant Colonel Samuel López Santana, at a Conversation Roundtable and learn a bit more about the CTOC Support Program, I think it’s an innovative program which is fundamental for the Armed Forces.last_img read more

WHINSEC Installs International Command Sergeant Major

first_imgBy Lee Rials, WHINSEC Public Affairs May 18, 2017 Two “firsts” were achieved when the first Peruvian Army Senior Enlisted Advisor, William Villacorta, was installed as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation’s (WHINSEC) International Command Sergeant Major (CSM) in the first Change of Responsibility ceremony for the international CSM at the institute on May 5th. Brazilian Army CSM Lindomar Tabaczeniski passed the saber symbolizing the international CSM’s responsibilities to WHINSEC Commandant, U.S. Army Colonel Keith W. Anthony, who then put it in the hands of CSM Villacorta. CSM Tabaczeniski has completed his tour as an instructor and the international CSM and will be returning to Brazil soon to be the senior enlisted advisor to a general officer there. CSM Villacorta has served 32 years in Peru’s Army, starting as an electronic communications technician. He has been a leader in multiple units and at all levels, an instructor in multiple schools, and a UN Peacekeeper.last_img read more

NextGen Know-How: What we can learn about leadership from Ellen DeGeneres

first_img continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Ellen DeGeneres has had a tough month. Multiple news outlets have been circulating employee and celebrity stories accusing Ellen of not living up to her mantra of “be kind to one another.” I don’t know if these stories are true, but they are certainly compelling, given the various shared anecdotes of Ellen being more mean-spirited than kind-hearted.Ellen’s current predicament is a great leadership lesson for all of us. It’s not the words you say that matter; it’s the actions you take.This reminds me of an interaction I experienced several years ago at a chapter meeting for the National Speakers Association. A well-known speaker was presenting to the group on the importance of building rapport with an audience when he happened to mention the town he grew up in. Immediately, I felt a connection to this speaker; he grew up in a small town in upstate New York just ten minutes from my hometown.“What are the chances?!” I thought.last_img read more

Officials, experts discuss alternatives to keep JKN afloat amid ‘looming’ deficits

first_imgKalsum Komaryani, who heads the Health Ministry’s health insurance and financing center, said at the discussion that the decline in revenue resulted from mass layoffs of salaried employees (PPU) and a decrease in contribution payments from non-salaried employees (PBPU).She claimed, however, that BPJS Kesehatan was no longer in a deficit as of July as a result of a decline in spending due to fewer people visiting health facilities. Kalsum suggested that this was because people were afraid of contracting COVID-19 at health facilities.COVID-19 patients are excluded from the insurer’s benefits and coverage plans.“But 2020 cannot be used as our [benchmark],” Kalsum stressed. “It is possible that if COVID-19 subsides next year, [JKN claims] could increase or even rebound as the people who stayed away returned to health facilities, which in turn would [increase] spending. The BPJS would then be at risk of a deficit.”Preventing the national health scheme from falling into financial ruin is critical to guarantee the provision of universal coverage for hundreds of millions of people in Indonesia. The JKN provided coverage to around 224 million Indonesians in 2019, or 82 percent of the 270 million-strong population at the time, according to current BPJS Kesehatan data.BPJS Kesehatan research and development deputy Benyamin Saut reaffirmed some of Kalsum’s statements, including that the agency’s current revenue was “thin”.Unlike the ministry official, however, he made no mention of a looming deficit, but warned of a possible JKN claims inflation in 2021 on the potential availability of a COVID-19 vaccine and post-pandemic impacts on health rates and statistics, for example the impacts of child immunization and contraception programs – or lack thereof – on the birth rate.“We are now preparing a number of innovative solutions to anticipate a rebound [in claims], especially in the use of digital tools, restructuring the health insurance benefits and setting service classes for inpatient care,” he said.The government has been taking measures to help the insurer prevent further losses when it raised the JKN premiums for a second time in a May presidential decree that took effect in July. The move caused a backlash among critics, who accused the government of subverting the law in connection with a previous attempt to hike the healthcare premiums, which was overturned by the Supreme Court.Read also: Government accused of undermining rule of law in JKN premium hikeBut Didik Kusnaini, the Finance Ministry’s director of harmonizing budget regulations, noted in his presentation of the ministry’s projections that the social security fund for health care (DJS Kesehatan) – just one of several financing sources for the JKN – would suffer deeper deficits in the next two years if  the premium was not raised.Didik also suggested using earmarked taxes, such as income tax or consumption tax for products like tobacco or alcohol, to help finance the national healthcare scheme. A 2018 presidential regulation currently allows the use of tobacco excise to finance the JKN.Meanwhile, Health Ministry secretary-general Oscar Primadi told the discussion that the government would soon make “fundamental improvements” to the JKN by reviewing the insurance benefits according to primary health needs and by reworking the categories of inpatient coverage.Read also: Government works to redefine primary health needs, JKN servicesOscar said the ministry was also promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors through the People’s Healthy Lifestyle Movement (Germas) public campaign.“With steps like these, we certainly hope to significantly reduce the burden of the catastrophic financing of the JKN program,” he said.Promoting a healthy lifestyle among the public is part of a wider effort to unburden the national health scheme, as Indonesia has a high prevalence of non-communicable diseases. Heart disease, cancer and stroke were three of the most costly catastrophic diseases last year, according to BPJS Kesehatan’s 2019 financial statement.Public health expert Hasbullah Thabrany from the University of Indonesia suggested that incentives be given to regions that were better able to change lifestyle behaviors that contributed to increased incidences of non-communicable diseases, such as smoking.“There needs to be a shift in the people’s behavior. We need to make people aware that illness [leads to] long-term economic loss and that renders them unproductive,” he said during the discussion.Topics : In addition, she said that having centralized procurement and supply management through greater use of electronic inventory systems and implementing the Health Technology Assessments — a health technology evaluation tool to inform policy making — would help make the JKN more efficient.“[These are needed] so the JKN doesn’t end after just six or ten years, and it can continue to live on to our grandchildren’s generation,” she said during the discussion.The national insurance scheme has been operating at a loss since it was launched in 2014, with officials forecasting a deepening trend from the Rp 13 trillion (US$ 893.53 million) deficit incurred last year.The health crisis has only exacerbated the funding crisis, cutting the revenue of the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) that administers the JKN scheme. The government is facing calls from experts to facilitate more sustainable health financing to keep the National Health Insurance (JKN) afloat, with deeper funding deficits looming even as the government continues to battle the impacts of the COVID-19 health crisis.Athia Yumna, research and outreach deputy director at the SMERU Research Institute, emphasized during an online discussion July 29 that sustainable financing was the key determinant to solving the national health insurer’s long-standing deficit.She recommended, for example, that the government impose a sin tax on cigarettes, shift the JKN subsidy from full to partial coverage, and boost public-private partnerships to expand fiscal space.last_img read more

PensionDanmark sells residential portfolio to Nordic Real Estate Partners

first_imgPensionDanmark has sold a large residential portfolio in Copenhagen to Nordic Real Estate Partners (NREP).The portfolio of more than 700 apartments was bought by NREP on behalf of Danish pension funds and, IP Real Estate understands, Partners Group.The latter declined to comment.PensionDanmark, which has invested in the residential sector since 2006, sold the 73,000sqm portfolio to allow it to develop new residential projects without exceeding its allocation to the sector. The pension fund is currently committed to the development of 600 homes over the next two years at Copenhagen’s Islands Brygge.Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive at PensionDanmark, said the sale of the portfolio would generate a “healthy profit”, while allowing it to develop new residential projects.Neither NREP or PensionDanmark revealed a price for the portfolio sale, the biggest recorded in Denmark this year.The portfolio is concentrated in Copenhagen but includes properties in Aarhus Harbour, Kanalfronten in Vejle and Horisonten in Ørestad.A report by JLL’s Danish alliance partner, Sadolin & Albæk, outlined the investment case for Denmark’s residential sector, with Copenhagen leading the recovery.“The Copenhagen market for ownership housing is now recovering,” Sadolin & Albæk said in the report, released earlier this year.“The Danish economy is also firmly on the road to recovery, and in most Copenhagen districts, the prices of residential, owner-occupied flats have climbed back to pre-crisis levels.”Copenhagen is, it added, set to see a population boom of 220,000 new residents by 2040.Development of new residential property is, it added, still “far below the pre-crisis level”.last_img read more

Golar LNG’s net loss deepens in second quarter

first_imgBermuda-based Golar LNG on Wednesday reported a net loss of $73.8 million for the second quarter of this year.The company’s operating revenues, however, shown a slight increase from $25.1 million in the first quarter to $28.4 million during the quarter under review.The shipping market remained relatively flat for most of the second quarter Golar LNG said, noting a pickup in utilization toward the end of the quarter which contributed to a small rise in time charter revenues that increased from $20.1 million in the first quarter to $24.0 million in the second quarter.Subsequent to the second quarter, and as anticipated, chartering activity has improved as some projects commence and ramp up production.Owner expectations are firming in response and this is contributing to a gradual recovery in shipping rates, the re-emergence of round trip economics and a widening bid-ask spread for 2018 fixtures, the company said.Whilst approximately 55 vessels are expected to deliver in 2017, the tonnage required to meet incremental production is greater. The disconnect between vessel deliveries and increasing LNG production is expected to positively widen in 2018, Golar LNG said.Looking forward, the predicted third quarter upturn in the shipping business is now underway and appears to be on a more sustainable footing. July 2017 represented the most active month for spot voyages on record.While the short term outlook for the company has been negatively influenced by the indicated 6-week delay to Hilli Episeyo start-up and financing delays in respect of the Fortuna FLNG project, Golar LNG said its long-term outlook has improved considerably.last_img read more