RELATED: Elliott, Hamlin exchange words | Elliott: ‘He’s not even worth my time’Chase Elliott appeared headed for his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory Sunday at Martinsville Speedway when the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Denny Hamlin nudged Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet from behind with three laps remaining, spinning Elliott’s car and dimming his hopes of advancing in the NASCAR Playoffs.Elliott had been battling the No. 2 Ford of Brad Keselowski for the lead for most of the final 100 laps of the First Data 500, and Elliott took the edge on Lap 497 of a scheduled 500 as Keselowski dropped in traffic.That was when a hard-charging Hamlin drove right up to the rear bumper of Elliott’s No. 24, initiating contact that caused the No. 24 to spin.Elliott’s car sustained enough damage that he was forced to drop far back in the field as the race went to overtime. He would finish 27th.RELATED: Hamlin: ‘I’m not sitting here saying I wrecked him on purpose’After the race ended, after cars spun out in a multi-car incident at the checkered flag, Elliott got out of his car and spoke angrily to Hamlin — after he drove the No. 11 up into the outside wall on the cool-down lap.“I got into the back of him and he spun out,” Hamlin told NBCSN. “Trying to get a race win. … Everybody was doing the exact same thing. I hate it for his team. I understand they’ve had a win for a long time coming, but this is for a ticket to Homestead.”Elliott, for his part, remained angry after the race.“My mom always said if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all,” Elliott told NBCSN. “He’s not even worth my time. … We had a good opportunity. I can’t control his decisions and whatever the hell that was. On to Texas.”Later, Hamlin issued an apology via Twitter.👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/tpu6JSUcBy— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) October 30, 2017The impact for Elliott was monumental. A win would have automatically advanced him to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Instead, he’s now 26 points behind the cutoff line for advancement heading into Texas.
BEDFORD, Mass. — NASCAR and iRacing will celebrate the 10th season of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series in 2019. The series, NASCAR’s only officially sanctioned esports series, is increasing its prize pool to $100,000, the highest in series history.“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to increase the prize pool to $100,000,” said Anthony Gardner, President, iRacing.com. “Working closely with NASCAR, as well as a great partner like PEAK Antifreeze, we have been able to elevate the series to a whole new level.”The eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series is the longest-running official esports racing series. The updated prize pool represents more than a 500% increase from the previous year, making it one of the richest payouts in esports racing competition.RELATED: 2018 schedule/results | Alfalla clinches 2018 titleThe 2019 season kicks off on February 12 at Daytona International Speedway and runs through October with the series champion receiving his or her championship trophy and check on stage during pre-race ceremonies at the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.“We couldn’t be more pleased to celebrate the 10th season of the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series with our partners at NASCAR and iRacing,” said Bryan Emrich, Chief Marketing Officer for Old World Industries. “We have a storied history in motorsports and over the past five years as title sponsor we have authentically engaged and connected with racing enthusiasts competing at the highest level of sim-racing. This is a great way to build upon our official global Antifreeze partnership with NASCAR and our entitlement of the PEAK Mexico NASCAR Series.”NASCAR’s commitment to the series is stronger than ever with Jusan Hamilton recently being named Series Director for the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series and the eNASCAR Ignite Series. Hamilton brings years of racing operations experience and is well placed to integrate the series even more within the NASCAR framework.“NASCAR is putting a strong emphasis on esports and the increased prize money demonstrates how committed we are to the series,” added Hamilton. “The competition has continued to improve each of the past nine seasons and we expect the incentive to win a championship will be at an all-time high. I believe this will be the most competitive season in series history.”All 18 rounds of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series will be broadcast live on the iRacing eSports Network (www.youtube.com/iracing-esports-network) as well as on www.iRacing.com and www.nascar.com.2019 SCHEDULERegular seasonFeb. 12 – Daytona International SpeedwayFeb. 26 – Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayMarch 12 – Auto Club SpeedwayMarch 26 – Texas Motor SpeedwayApril 9 – Richmond RacewayApril 23 – Talladega SuperspeedwayMay 7 – Kansas SpeedwayMay 21 – Charlotte Motor SpeedwayJune 11 – Sonoma RacewayJune 25 – Chicagoland SpeedwayJuly 9 – Kentucky SpeedwayJuly 23 – Pocono RacewayAug. 6 – Michigan International SpeedwayAug. 20 – Bristol Motor SpeedwayPlayoffsAug. 27 – Darlington RacewaySept. 10 – Indianapolis Motor SpeedwaySept. 24 –Charlotte Motor Speedway road courseOct. 8 – Homestead-Miami Speedway
Dr. Bunrith Koy has announced that InstaHealth Urgent Care is offering telemedicine for $35 per visit, a $10 decrease from the regular cost, for local residents who need to see a doctor for common ailments such as cold, flu or sinus, or for medication refills.To schedule an appointment, visit www.InstaHealthUC.com or call 713-999-0008.Special to The News A former Port Arthur doctor has announced a discounted health service for residents of Port Arthur and surrounding communities affected by Tropical Storm Imelda.
London’s Condor Cycles is celebrating their founder Monty Young’s 80th birthday with a special release.The triple butted steel World Series frames will be made in a limited edition of just 150 frames. They’ll come in a mostly white paint scheme with six five different color highlights – red, blue, black, green and yellow – to call out the World Championship rainbow hues.Based on their professional track team bikes used in the ’60s and ’70s, these modern incarnations will be available with either track or road dropouts. Each will come with a matching fork and 1″ headset, a Condor branded San Marco Concor saddle in black or white, Condor alloy seatpost and color-matched leather bar tape. Sizes available are 49, 52, 55, 58 and 61.For those less familiar with the Condor brand, they’re the frame sponsor for the Rapha Condor Sharp cycling team. Jump past the break to see more photos of the World Series bikes…
Saint Michael’s College,With the aim also to inspire generosity in Saint Michaels College graduates, Thomas F Shields, a 1952 graduate of the Catholic liberal arts college in Colchester, has made a $100,000 commitment to Saint Michaels and has issued a challenge. Shields, chairman and CEO of Shields Health Care Group in Quincy, Mass., and a resident of Boston, made his gift December 7th. He issued the challenge stating that the next 100 Saint Michael’s alumni, parents and friends who donate $1,000 or more to student scholarship aid will see their donations increased by $1,000, thanks to The Thomas F. Shields ’52 Challenge for Student Scholarships. As an alumnus of Saint Michaels, I know the good that this school does for its students, Mr. Shields said. Supporting the school is about passing the gift I was given on to the next generation. It feels good to know that I can make an impact. This generous matching challenge comes at a time when financial aid is extremely important, said Dr. John J. Neuhauser, president of Saint Michael’s College. Gifts, now multiplied by The Shields Challenge, will help us open doors to a Saint Michaels education to students who would otherwise not be able to attend, he said.Financial aid has never been more important said Jerry Flanagan, Vice President for Admission and Enrollment Management. Saint Michael’s must go the extra mile to help students get the education they desire and the scholarship aid they need. Thanks to Tom’s generous matching challenge, we can do more, student by student. Thomas Shields ’52 is a former Saint Michael’s College Trustee and enduring friend whose leadership and generosity has allowed Saint Michaels to realize significant opportunities and advances over the years. A long-time healthcare entrepreneur, Mr. Shields serves as the Chairman and CEO of Shields Health Care Group in Quincy, Mass. Founded in 1972 by Thomas and Mary Shields, Shields Health Care Group is a family owned and operated organization committed to unsurpassed patient care and clinical excellence. Since its inception, Shields Health Care Group has been a leader in medical imaging while operating more than 20 facilities throughout Massachusetts. Learn What Matters at Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external) . Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns. Identified by the Princeton Review, 2013 as one of the nations Best 377 Colleges, and included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013, Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
YLD board members participate in Jax Ask-a-Lawyer project LESLIE STEWART OF LAKE MARY, right, was one of about 20 members of the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors who participated in the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Ask-A-Lawyer Pro Bono Project when the YLD met in Ponte Vedra. The volunteer pro bono attorneys assisted with representing low income clients in their legal matters. November 15, 2009 Regular News
Share Share on Facebook A new study led by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) reports the discovery of a genetic variant that is associated with a patient’s likelihood of responding to interferon-beta, one of the medications used in treating multiple sclerosis (MS). Published in the Annals of Neurology on May 14, the study also presents evidence that the affected gene, SLC9A9, may have a broader role in regulating the development and activity of certain immune cells that play important roles in inflammatory diseases like MS.A proportion of MS patients experience disease activity despite treatment. The early identification of the most effective drug for a given individual is critical to impact long-term outcome and to move toward a personalized treatment approach.To find predictive indicators of a patient’s response to treatment, the team, which included researchers from the Ospedale San Raffaele in Milan, Italy, performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in MS patients from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, San Raffaele Hospital and seven academic MS centers in France, all of whom were being treated with the drug interferon-beta. The variant most predictive of whether or not a patient would respond to the drug was found in the gene SLC9A9. LinkedIn Email Pinterest Share on Twitter “This study highlights the fact that genetic variation has a role in the course of a patient’s disease in MS, but that this role is modest and will require much larger studies to be understood in detail,” said Philip De Jager, MD, PhD, who directs the Program in Translational NeuroPsychiatric Genomics at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at BWH. “We need to expand this type of international, collaborative science.”Discovered in Italian patients, the observation was replicated in other Italian patients as well as patients in Boston and patients in France. “Further work is now needed to validate our results in other collections of patients, particularly patients treated with other MS medications, to evaluate whether the effect of the genetic variant is limited to interferon beta treatment or is relevant to other clinical MS treatments,” said Filippo Martinelli-Boneschi, MD, PhD, of San Raffaele Scientific Institute.The variant detected has a confirmed but weak role in MS. However, laboratory work in this report shows that the loss of the SLC9A9 gene leads immune cells to become much more likely to provoke damaging immune reactions.“Manipulations of this gene in mice and in human cells will lead us to better understand mechanisms that are involved in the autoimmune response that causes MS,” said Wassim Elyaman, PhD, an investigator in the Program in Translational NeuroPsychiatric Genomics at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at BWH.
Share on Facebook The researchers formed the students into groups and had them discuss the Occupy Wall Street movement for 15 minutes. They found participants who were instructed to consume caffeinated coffee before the discussion were better at focusing on the topic at hand.“The study was conducted using people who consume coffee regularly,” Unnava explained. “For these people, it looks like coffee does make them feel more alert, focuses their thinking on the topic or task at hand, and has them participate more in group tasks. So, if you are a coffee drinker, it looks like coffee helps you do better in group tasks.”The study has some caveats.“A major caveat is that our coffee drinkers came to the study after staying away from coffee for a few hours,” Unnava told PsyPost. “So, we do not know if the coffee they consumed in the study increased their alertness or it is the decreased alertness in those who consumed decaffeinated coffee that caused the effects reported in the study.” “Second, we used a topic that the participants generally agreed on. What the results might be if there is disagreement is an interesting issue to study further. Finally, we used only one type of task – group discussion. How coffee may affect people’s performance in other kinds of tasks (e.g., group problem solving, group physical work) is not known.”The study, “Coffee with co-workers: role of caffeine on evaluations of the self and others in group settings“, was authored by Vasu Unnava, Amit Surendra Singh, and H. Rao Unnava. Pinterest Email Share LinkedIn Drinking coffee before a discussion can help people stay focused and feel better about the people in the conversation, suggests a new study that appears in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.“We see coffee being served in many meetings but found very little research on how coffee might affect group dynamics. Most research is about how coffee affects an individual. So, we decided to study the effects (if any), of consumption of coffee on performance of individuals in a group, and the collective output of the group,” explained study author Vasu Unnava of the University of California, Davis.In two experiments on a total of 134 college students, the researchers found that people who ingested caffeinated coffee felt better about themselves and their fellow participants. Share on Twitter
Jun 1, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – Hong Kong health officials raised the pandemic influenza response level from alert to serious today after one of the local hospitals confirmed an H5 infection in a boy from China’s Guandong province.In a statement, Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection (CHP) said the 2-year-old boy came down with a fever and runny nose on May 23 in Guangdong, where his parents and grandmother live. On May 26 he came to Hong Kong and was evaluated at a private clinic in Mong Kok.Guangdong province, in southern China on the South China Sea coast, is about 90 miles from Hong Kong.The boy had febrile convulsions and on May 28 was taken to the emergency department at Caritas Medical Centre, which admitted him for suspected encephalitis. A CHP spokesman said the boy’s respiratory samples tested positive for H5 influenza and that more tests are underway to further characterize the virus, according to the CHP statement.The boy is in stable condition, and investigators are exploring how he might have been exposed to the virus. The CHP said the patient’s household contacts are asymptomatic.The CHP is in close contact with mainland and hospital authorities to monitor the situation, according to the statement.Health officials have launched a phone hotline to field questions from the public and are advising the public to follow good general health habits, maintain good hygiene, and avoid direct contact with poultry and birds.In a separate statement, the CHP said that in keeping with the increased alert level, the Hospital Authority has activated its serious response level for public hospitals. The upgraded response level means stricter infection control measures will be enforced in the facilities, and no visitors will be allowed in isolation units unless on compassionate grounds.The CHP said all acute hospitals will scale back visiting limits to 2 hours a day and 2 people per visit. Convalescent facilities will limit visiting hours to 4 hours per day. At the serious alert level, volunteer services are suspended at hospitals, and hospital and clinic visitors who have respiratory symptoms are advised to wear surgical masks and observe good hand hygiene before entering patient areas.In December 2011 Hong Kong raised its avian influenza response level from alert to serious after three birds, including a dead chicken from a marketplace, tested positive for H5N1. The virus in the chicken was detected during routine surveillance; the other two findings were in wild birds.In Hong Kong, the serious response level covers two scenarios: a highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in the environment or among poultry, and a human case with no evidence of human-to-human transmission.The first known outbreak of H5N1 in humans occurred n Hong Kong in 1997, when the disease struck 18 people, killing 6 of them.Hong Kong’s last human H5N1 case was confirmed in November 2010, according to World Health Organization (WHO) records. The patient was a 59-year-old woman who got sick after traveling to the mainland. Hong Kong has recorded 21 human cases, including the 1997 ones and two that were reported in 2003.See also:Jun 1 CHP H5 infection announcementJun 1 CHP Hospital Authority statementDec 20, 2011, CIDRAP News scanNov 19, 2010, WHO statement
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