Texas Camping World Truck pit assignments

first_imgKeystone Light Pole Award winner Johnny Sauter enjoys first pick of pit stall READ: Paint Preview Five-time Keystone Light Pole Award winner Johnny Sauter will lead the field to green in the WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night. READ MORE: ___________________________________________________________________________________________Talk about this story with fans below and start a topic of your own in our fan forum. READ: Viewers Guide for Pocono, Iowa, Texas WATCH: Preview Show: Pocono READ: All news from Pocono, Iowa, Texas He also hopes to be the first truck out of the pits, picking the second pit stall but the first with an opening at pit out heading into Turn 1. His ThorSport Racing teammate, Matt Crafton, who qualified eighth, chose the fifth stall, which has the second opening on pit road behind him.Sauter’s fellow front-row starter Ty Dillon will roll out of the seventh pit stall on the other side of that second pit opening from Crafton.last_img read more

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Trail Mix: The Nashville Cats – How Session Players Built A City

first_imgChet Atkins and Jerry Reed, two Nashville Cats, doing a little session work in the mid-1960s.You know their work — signature guitar licks, drum rolls, or bass lines on countless platinum selling records — but you might not know their names.Known collectively as The Nashville Cats, a cohort of session players — musical hired guns, if you will — appeared on virtually every great record to come out of Nashville as, by the mid-1960s, the Music City established itself as the center of the country music world. These pickers might have toiled in anonymity, their efforts and names lost to history, if Bob Dylan hadn’t come to town.Dylan, arguably the greatest folk rock musician in history, came to Nashville to record his seminal Blonde on Blonde in 1966. Why Nashville? Well, because of The Nashville Cats, of course. Dylan, to everyone’s benefit, employed these phenomenal players during the recording session for Blonde on Blonde (and, later, two more recordings) and achieved what many believe is his best work.And the rest of the music world paid attention.Soon after, other iconic musicians from outside the country music sphere came calling. Joan Baez, Paul McCartney, Leonard Cohen, and Neil Young, among others, all made trips to Nashville and the Nashville Cats made appearances on their recordings as well.At the same time, Johnny Cash began bringing these same folk rock stars onto his burgeoning television show, shot at the Ryman Auditorium, at the time the home of the Grand Ole Opry and country music’s most hallowed stage.As these musical worlds mingled, the sounds of Nashville changed and paved the way for the musical melting pot Nashville is today.Opening next week at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum in Nashville is Dylan, Cash, and The Nashville Cats, an exhibit showcasing this cadre of unsung heroes who were instrumental in creating a sound, and a scene, in Nashville through the middle of the 20th century.Featuring the artwork of artist Jon Langford and countless period artifacts, the exhibit highlights the sights and sounds of a musical era that turned Music City – and, by extension, the rest of the American music scene – on its head.Michael Gray, exhibit curator at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, and Pete Finney, guest curator, were gracious enough to spend some time discussing the new exhibit.BRO – Would Nashville be Nashville without the Nashville Cats?CMHOF – It would certainly be a very different Nashville. The city has long been defined for many but is music. The “Nashville Cats” – a catch phrase used for the city’s pool of talented sessions musicians – are most responsible for creating the sounds that define Music City. Country music is a big part of that mix, of course, but pop, rock, folk, and even jazz have long been featured in music that comes from the city.BRO – In the history of modern music, how seismic an event was Bob Dylan coming to town to record Blonde on Blonde?CMHOF – Aside from the fact that Blonde on Blonde is widely considered to be among thebest albums by one of the most important figures in the rock era, it was the “big bang” for the massive influx of Dylan’s rock and folk peers that this exhibit explores. It was the musical brilliance of the Nashville players on that album that made Dylan return to the city to record, and it was Dylan’s massive influence on his peers that made so many important artists come here in the years to follow. In turn, the music made here during that period has influenced countless other artists, up to the present day. These are all themes explored in depth in the exhibit.BRO – Other than the items on display in the exhibit, what else might museum visitors expect to see?CMHOF – The late 1960s and early 1970s are known for being a very colorful time, with an adventurousness in art and design that frequently mirrored the often uninhibited music of the era. The art work, photographs, and vintage advertisements in the exhibit capture much about the cultural elements and fashions of the decade, as well as the music. The exhibit also includes an overlay of wonderful film clips, many of which are very rare.BRO – How did you get Jon Langford involved?CMHOF – Jon Langford was one of several artists considered to do the main art work for the exhibit. He has an extremely bold and distinctive style and a long immersion in the music of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. Langford is known for his powerful portraits of country and rock icons, including Dylan, Cash, Hank Williams, and Elvis Presley. Also a founding member of the influential punk band The Melons and hard-country rockers The Waco Brothers, Jon brings a punk rock instinct and singular artistic eye to a painting style that demands engagement. Langford’s attraction to country music stems from a love of story telling, from the music’s simple roots, and from country’s parallels to the punk aesthetic – often simple in form, with content focused no working men and women living in the real world.BRO – If you opened this exhibit again in 2064, who are some of the contemporary Nashville Cats that might be showcased?CMHOF – There are so many great musicians here, and the recording scene has become more diverse than ever, so it’s hard to pick just a few. But certainly Michael Rhodes, Paul Franklin, Stuart Duncan, and John Hobbs are among those who have earned a spot, with many years of playing with a wide range of artists and an incredible diversity in styles.BRO – Is there any one particular item in the exhibit that gets your heart pumping?CMHOF – Norbert Putnam’s Fender Precision Bass has such an incredible history, and with its classic design and weathered look, it wears that history like a badge of honor. It was used on thousands of recording sessions, with everyone from Elvis Presley, The Monkees, Linda Ronstadt, Chet Atkins, and Jerry Reed.Dylan, Cash, and The Nashville Cats opens at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum in Nashville on Friday, March 27th. The exhibit, along with its accompanying activities, will run for two years. For more information about the exhibit, hours of operation, and other cool things going on at the museum, please check out the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum’s website.last_img read more

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Argentina Bolsters Radar System ahead of G20 Summit

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo June 21, 2018 Argentina is building up its radar system to guarantee adequate airspace surveillance during the G20 leaders’ summit slated for November 30 and December 1, 2018, in Buenos Aires. The country will overhaul its long-range MTPS-43 and TPS-43 radars and manufacture RAM-2, a mid-range radar. The initiative is part of a broad process to develop and install sensors under contracts between the Argentine Air Force (FAA, in Spanish) and the Institute for Applied Research (INVAP, in Spanish), a high-tech firm from Argentina. Until now, the priority for radar installation was the northern border, where drug and human trafficking rings operate. But, with the upcoming G20 summit, which will bring together the leaders of the world’s most influential countries in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Ministry of Defense decided to ramp up surveillance around the capital as well. “We already have a radar up and running in the city of Merlo [about 40 kilometers from Buenos Aires], but its range is limited. For the G20, we decided it was necessary to monitor and control the airspace of the entire province of Buenos Aires,” said Colonel Carlos Marcelo Villa, director of Radar Sensors at FAA’s General Directorate of Materiel. “With three additional mobile radars, we will have enough capacity to ensure we can fully defend our airspace,” he told Diálogo. Juan Belikow, a professor of International Relations at the University of Buenos Aires, told Diálogo that the radars will be of utmost importance for the event’s security. “Certain heads of state would not come to the country unless they were sure this requirement would be met. It’s also a mandatory precondition for any G20 summit location,” Belikow said. “This equipment will also be essential for the fight against narcotrafficking and the smuggling of other illegal goods in the region.” The three radars Developing the Argentine radars entails two processes: upgrading and modernizing. “Upgrading is when you have a component and you improve that same component,” Col. Villa explained. “Modernizing is when you swap out a component for something that serves a more modern function.” The Argentine Ministry of Defense and FAA chose to equip themselves with the following radars for the G20: • A 1978 MTPS-43 mobile radar that is 3D (azimuth, distance, and height) and long-range (200 nautical miles or 360 km). This device was already modernized and in operation in the province of Chaco in northern Argentina. INVAP will upgrade it. • A 3D, long-range TPS-43 mobile radar, also made in 1978. This radar was not in operation. “We will modernize this radar and make it into an MTPS-43, so the two radars will be identical,” Col. Villa said. • A 3D, mid-range RAM-2 radar (range of 170 nautical miles or 306 km). This is a new radar currently being developed. “As a radar specialist, I can tell you that the capabilities of these sensors are similar to international ones. Argentina achieved the ability to develop these systems autonomously,” Col. Villa said. “In addition, 70 percent of the components are manufactured in Argentina.” Situated in strategic places, the three devices will provide comprehensive coverage of the province of Buenos Aires. “It will not be possible to enter the province’s airspace without being detected by these radars,” Col. Villa added. “After the G20, the MTPS-43 radar will go back to Chaco, and the other two will most likely be used to ensure the security of northern Argentina’s airspace as well.” The modernization, upgrade, and manufacture of these radars will take between seven to 10 months from when the contracts are signed. “The goal is to have one radar in August, the other in September, and the third in October,” Col. Villa said. “We are moving very swiftly with INVAP, trying to minimize risks and meet those targets.” Coordination center FAA highlighted the interagency cooperation that will take place during the G20 summit. “Airspace surveillance and control are our most important responsibilities. We share that information with the security forces so they can perform the tasks within their mandate,” Col. Villa said. The officer emphasized that there will be an air defense coordination center working side by side with a similar center for ground defense. Both will be in constant contact with security forces. The new radars will form part of the National Airspace Control and Surveillance System (SINVICA, in Spanish), which seeks to achieve aerial and maritime coverage of all of Argentina’s territory. “SINVICA is an ambitious program with a large number of radars throughout the country,” said Col. Villa.last_img read more

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5 tips to achieve top-of-digital-wallet status

first_img 151SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With consumers naming financial institutions as their most trusted digital wallet providers, credit unions already have something working in their favor. The next step is translating that confidence into increased loyalty. A great place to start is understanding what members want.Recent research shows members want mobile payments. More than 32 percent of U.S. consumers surveyed ranked that option as the technology they would likely use for purchases in 2017.Mobile is slated to become a bigger presence in the coming years. One global report found that 70 percent of respondents believed mobile payments will surpass credit and cash by 2030. “Given these findings, credit unions should continue their focus on digital wallets,” said Brian Day, director of digital payments products at CO-OP Financial Services. “An increasing number of consumers are seeing the value of digital wallets, which opens the door to many new opportunities for credit unions.” Payment capabilities are just one of many functionalities contributing to consumers’ wallet loyalty.  “If consumers’ digital wallets are tied to their payment cards and other accounts, such as their gym memberships, those credit-union-issued cards remain front and center,” said Amy MacMullen, senior product manager at CO-OP. “Any way credit unions can add convenience to their digital wallets will win consumers.”Credit unions should consider the following tips from Day and MacMullen to ensure their digital wallets are go-to selections:Embrace all the “Pays.” Some members may have iPhones while others may opt for Android devices. “It’s important not to alienate one group of smartphone users with your digital pay options,” noted Day. “Offering a few different options like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay helps ensure every member’s needs are met.” Promote it in your mobile banking app. With 48 percent of people using mobile banking apps, there is much opportunity for credit unions to get their digital wallet offerings in front of members. “Tucking reminders to enroll in a digital wallet within the online or mobile banking app can prove successful,” said MacMullen. “Frequent app users will be exposed to the marketing message several times, thus increasing the chances they enroll.” Offer enhanced service. Including member service capabilities within a digital wallet may be key in winning loyalty. Chatbots can give members the answers they want quickly and efficiently, for instance. “This can simplify a member’s life greatly,” noted Day. “Instead of having to exit the digital wallet to find support, the assistance they need is literally right at their fingertips.”Following any one of the tips outlined above is likely to deliver positive results, but credit unions would do well to consider implementing them all. Credit unions partnering with CO-OP Financial Services receive the added benefit of industry expertise and technology dedicated to delivering a positive mobile experience. The new CO-OP, enhanced by bench strength from recently acquired TMG, gives credit unions the tools they need to make their digital wallets top of mind.center_img Let members store more than cards. To mirror a physical wallet, the digital wallet should be more than just a place to house credit, debit and prepaid cards. It should also allow members to keep track of coupons, offers and other accounts. Day noted, “This builds on the convenience of digital wallets, giving a credit union’s members another reason to go digital.” Integrate loyalty programs. A national survey of U.S. consumers revealed 70 percent had higher opinions of brands that digitized their loyalty programs. “Kohl’s has done a great job with this,” noted MacMullen. “Within the Kohl’s Wallet, consumers can see their payment cards, gift cards, Kohl’s Cash and all other promotional offerings. Plus, they are empowered to choose which discount they want to use at checkout, allowing them to save offers for future purchases.”last_img read more

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Barriers exist keeping CUs from accessing FHA lending program

first_imgThe Federal Housing Administration (FHA) plays a critical role in homeownership, yet impediments exist keeping credit unions from accessing the FHA lending program. CUNA submitted a letter Thursday to a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on the FHA.“Chief among these is the absence of a FHA regulatory environment where lenders can operate with clarity and certainty regarding the program requirements and the potential penalties for noncompliance,” the letter reads. “Recently, the Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed amendments to the FHA lender annual certification statements designed to increase lender confidence. We welcome the FHA’s commitment to provide the clarity and certainty necessary to increase lender participation in the FHA program.”CUNA made several suggestions that could go a long way toward creating a regulatory environment that boosts credit unions’ confidence in the FHA program. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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1 night in Fréthun

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Buyer demand is driving this local market with some homes selling within days of listing

first_imgHome buyers in Seventeen Mile Rocks are out in force.BUYERS looking to secure a home in Brisbane’s southwest need to move fast or risk missing out, according to Jacqui Liddelow, sales agent at Estate & Co.“There’s high demand and not a lot of stock on the market at the moment,” she said.Ms Liddelow said the sale of 72 Brookeside Crescent, Seventeen Mile Rocks for $774,000 on October 30 was a great example — with 15 groups through the home in the first seven days of the campaign and a deal done soon after.“It went under contract in the first week and we did have two offers on the property,” she said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The four-bedroom home appealed to family buyers, with the new owners set to put down roots.“It was a younger couple in their mid-20s — both professionals and looking to start a family,” Ms Liddelow said.Ms Liddelow said this particular section of the suburb appealed to buyers looking for lifestyle with easy access to major roadways as well as service and facilities.“It has a unique sense of community that’s really hard to find,” she said.Ms Liddelow said demand for quality property is set to continue and buyers can look forward to steady value gains through to next year.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

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Additional Funding to Bring New Sand to Stockton Beach

first_imgMinister for Local Government Shelley Hancock has announced an additional $175,000 of funding for the City of Newcastle Council to begin work to boost sand volumes on Stockton Beach, located north of the Hunter River in New South Wales, Australia.“The newest round of funding will enable approximately 5,500 tonnes of sand to be placed on the beach to the south of Lexie’s Café in time for the Christmas school holidays,” Mrs Hancock said.“In the past few months alone more than half a million dollars in funding has been provided by the NSW Government to support the local Council manage erosion issues at the beach.”Funding has been made available through the Government’s Coast and Estuaries Grants Program.According to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s latest news, the NSW Government continues to support the Council’s investigations into potential long-term solutions to improve the condition of the beach, including its investigation into offshore sand dredging.last_img read more

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Drug May Slow Early Prostate Cancer: Study

first_imgHealthLifestyle Drug May Slow Early Prostate Cancer: Study by: – January 24, 2012 Sharing is caring! 23 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share TUESDAY, Jan. 24 (HealthDay News) — New research suggests that Avodart, a drug used to treat an enlarged prostate gland, may help slow the progression of early stage prostate cancer, reducing the need for aggressive treatment in some men.Prostate cancer can grow and spread slowly, which is why some men are urged to engage in so-called watchful waiting when the cancer is first diagnosed. Avodart (dutasteride) may help such men feel comfortable with surveillance as opposed to radical treatment, the researchers noted.“The concept of active surveillance is gaining traction in most parts of the world,” said study author Dr. Neil E. Fleshner, head of the division of urology at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. Still, some men are uncomfortable with doing nothing in the face of a cancer diagnosis, he said. “By using this drug, we can improve the proportion of men who remain committed to the surveillance.”The findings are published online Jan. 25 in The Lancet.According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, one out of every six men in the United States will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime. But because many of those cancers are low-grade, most will die of something else.Avodart belongs to a class of drugs called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. These drugs work by interfering with the effects of certain male hormones on the prostate. In the three-year study, prostate cancer progressed in 38 percent of 144 men with early prostate cancer who were treated with Avodart and 48 percent of the 145 men who received a placebo.Men seem less anxious about the cancer diagnosis when they are doing something more proactive, Fleshner said. “The drug augments active surveillance and avoids most of the side effects associated with surgery and radiation,” he said. Prostate removal surgery and/or radiation can lead to impotence and incontinence, he said.The medication does have side effects, however, including reversible breast enlargement and tenderness and some sexual dysfunction.“We know that we are over-treating prostate cancer,” said Dr. Louis Potters, chairman of radiation medicine at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Manhasset, N.Y.“In the U.S., patients have a tendency to hear the word ‘cancer,’ and want to treat it right away,” he said. “In these men with early prostate cancer, we can now say, ‘Let’s put you on this medication, and see what happens over the next couple of months.’”However, some experts have concerns about 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a warning that men who take these drugs to treat enlarged prostate glands may be at increased risk for high-grade prostate cancer.Dr. Ryan Terlecki, an assistant professor of urology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., said this may dampen enthusiasm for use of the drug to treat cancer.“The overall role that these medications will play for urologists will decrease,” Terlecki said. Doctors will likely begin looking toward noninvasive and/or non-medical treatments such as the use of thermal heat to cope with some of the symptoms of prostate conditions, he added.By By Denise MannYAHOO Health News Sharelast_img read more

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Cayman Islands premier facing three police investigations

first_imgNewsRegional Cayman Islands premier facing three police investigations by: – April 23, 2012 Share Share 8 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva BushGEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — A spokesman for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) confirmed on Saturday that Cayman Islands premier McKeeva Bush is now the subject of three separate police investigations.According to police, one of the investigations involves allegations of financial irregularities in relation to a land deal. In addition, a further allegation of financial irregularities has been made, which is entirely separate from the first investigation.“Finally, allegations have been made in relation to the involvement of the premier in the periphery of a recent incident where a quantity of explosives were imported to the Cayman Islands without the necessary permit,” the police spokesperson said.“All three of these investigations are actively ongoing. The governor and the FCO [Foreign and Commonwealth Office] are being kept fully updated,” the spokesperson added, concluding that “It would be inappropriate for the RCIPS to make any further comment in relation to any of the allegations made, or the status of the investigations, at this time.”The first of the three investigations was confirmed by Governor Duncan Taylor in July 2011, when he acknowledged that the investigation in question centred on a letter said to be written by Bush in 2004, when he was then Leader of Government Business.The letter to developer Stan Thomas, written on Windsor Development Corporation letterhead, and apparently faxed from Bush’s ministry in October 2004, asked for a balance of $350,000 to be sent to the corporation’s account as a result of Bush having “ensured that all of the proposed re-zoning issues” had been approved by Cabinet.Windsor Development Corporation is reportedly owned by Bush’s wife, although according to the official register of interests he is a signatory on the corporation’s bank account.At the time, land purchased by Thomas was the subject of a zoning application. It was rezoned in July 2004 by the Legislative Assembly after Cabinet approved a change in the territory’s development map.However, at a press briefing on Friday, attended by Britain’s Minister for the Overseas Territories Henry Bellingham, who was on his first visit to the Cayman Islands, local media workers were taken by surprise by Governor Taylor’s admission of a second such investigation in response to questions about the first enquiry.Neither Bellingham nor Taylor would comment further and the governor said it was up to the police commissioner to take the investigation forward and that at some point it would be up to the director of public prosecutions to take the matter any further than that. He then revealed that there was another hitherto undisclosed investigation in relation to Bush.No details of this second investigation were given but Bellingham said he was confident of the independence of the police and that they were handling the investigations properly. He added that it was important to keep at arm’s length from the investigations but he was being updated on the progress. “I can say that there is a further investigation, a second investigation involving the premier but, as the minister said, it is not appropriate for me to comment on it in any detail,” Taylor stated, adding it was for the police commissioner to comment.Then on Saturday came the police announcement of a third investigation related to explosives that were apparently imported into the Cayman Islands without the necessary permit.Earlier, on Thursday in a broadcast on local radio in response to opposition calls for him to reveal the details of the police investigation against him, Bush stated that he was aware of “none”.On Saturday morning, his press secretary stated that the premier had no comment yet, as he was still trying “to determine what the governor was referring to” when he made the second disclosure at the press briefing on Friday. These revelations in the Cayman Islands come amidst ongoing investigations in another British overseas territory, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), into allegations of widespread government corruption that have resulted in a number of former cabinet ministers being charged with various offences of bribery, fraud and money laundering.Former TCI premier Michael Misick is currently a fugitive from justice following the issue of an arrest warrant and an Interpol ‘Red Notice’. By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more

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