CONCORD, N.C. — Twelve races into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, and Kyle Busch has already won 25 percent of the points events in NASCAR’s premier series.Compared with the success Kevin Harvick has enjoyed, however, three victories aren’t quite good enough. Harvick claimed trophies in five of the first dozen races, including the last two, and the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford shows no signs of slacking off.RELATED: Harvick tops lone All-Star Race practice | Fresh paint from every angleAs a consequence, Busch is looking for still more speed in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.“We’ve got to catch up a little bit on speed overall, I’d say,” Busch acknowledged on Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, after running the better part of one lap in opening All-Star Race practice. “I think our Toyotas are close, but it seems the Blue Ovals (Fords) have got a little bit of an advantage this year. You kind of see it weekly. You look at the rundown on the pylon, and it’s lots of Fords lined up in the top 12 spots.“So it’s pretty obvious based just off of last year and looking at the pylon and kind of seeing a little bit more spread there between Chevys, Fords and Toyotas. All in all, we’ve just got to go to work and figure out what we got to do in order to get better. I think some of the aero changes that have kind of come down this year have benefited them a little bit more so than us, and we’re trying to work through some of those things as we go right here throughout the season.”
If there’s one thing true about the users of social media, it’s that they’re always right, no matter the subject. Post an opinion about anything at all, and somebody will tell you what’s actually correct.With this foundational characteristic of Internet users in mind, I once again set out to put this rule to the test: Can people on Twitter guess the Championship 4 — the four drivers who will compete for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series title and Bill France Cup — before the 2020 season even begins? This is the third year I posed the question to the larger Twitter populace. In 2018, nobody guessed correctly. Last year, things went a little better; we had two correct predictions.For the most part, there have been plenty of predictions that are reasonable-sounding — at least right now. The Kyle Busches, the Denny Hamlins, the Joey Loganos (or is it Joeys Logano?) — the usual suspects. Basically, the drivers who NASCAR.com’s fantasy experts would pick. Based on the uniforms/heads, not the faces! pic.twitter.com/eiRjmY7V6V— E. (@liberatore_e) February 13, 2020Excellent use of Make My Driver! Or Ryan Newman soaring into the championship round. And, of course, the examples of the Internet doing Internet things and making a mockery of this VERY SERIOUS contest, for which there is no prize. It’s even possible to fan so hard for your driver you think they alone will occupy the entirety of the Championship 4. Or picks that could be interpreted in different ways.🤔🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/9IKcyxNRn7— 🏳️🌈 Tuff Titty d.b.a. Michael Romance (@joostinrextin) February 13, 2020Or picks that I suppose could end up technically accurate, though no driver names were provided. Plus, we’ve got some bold predictions, like Daytona 500 polesitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the Championship 4. Certainly don’t disagree with this one.If you want in — because if somebody else doesn’t know it all, you do — reply to the original tweet with your Championship 4 picks. Be forewarned, though: if you miss all four picks, I’ll most definitely shame you on NASCAR.com later.We’ll unearth this time capsule in November when the Championship 4 is decided the week between Martinsville and Phoenix, and see which — if any — pixel prognosticators proved prescient and picked perfectly.
Ellis Cycles built upon their Di2 road bike from last year to create an S&S coupled dirt road version. Similar to last year’s version, this one adds threaded wiring couplers inside the frame joints to make it easy to travel with.They also won “Best Touring Bike” for their Modern Classic Randonneur bike and had a bilaminate construction 29er mountain bike. See what the heck that is after the break… The Di2 battery mouns to the non-drive chainstay. The wire runs into an oversized hole in the BB shell. This is how the DRB (Dirt Road Bike starts life. $3,200 frame and fork, $700 for couplers.The “Modern Classic Randonneur” won Best Touring Bike at this year’s show. It’s a 3.5lb frame made of Reynolds thin wall 953 throughout except for the headtube, which is a True Temper 1.125″ tube. They wanted a wider headtube than the standard 1″ size found on most rando bikes to improve stiffness. This bike would be $11,000 complete. Frames start around $3,400 with fork.Ellis’ steel 29er used a bi-laminate construction, which essentially means they took half a lug and brazed it onto the other tubes.In this case they’re not just cosmetic: the lugs act like a gusset for the downtube. Except the front rack, the shiny bits on the frame are stainless steel, not chrome.Front dynamo hub powers the headlight, which is integrated into the front rack, and the taillight.
Shown in the top pic, the SWP (flat) and RSR bars extend from 740mm out to 760mm. They wanted to make them work for trail riders that wanted something wider instead of cutting down their DH bar. The concern with cutting the DH bar was that the laminates on that one were designed to proved a certain feel, and by cutting off 30-40 millimeters, the stiffer laminate lost some of its damping characteristics. The layup of the riser and flat bars isn’t as stiff, so they’ll be more comfortable on normal mountain bike rides. Weights for the new wider versions are 194g (RSR) and 178g (SWP). Graphics get a bit of a refresh, too. Both are $160. All will be available at the end of April.The direct mount stem gets a new paint scheme to match the bars, too.The road bars and stems get a new gloss black on matte graphics scheme. New GPS mount fits directly on their stems for a clean, put front placement without anything clamped to their bars. This is particularly good for their aero road bars, which don’t have enough round space next to the stem for most any normal computer mount. It’ll fit all Garmins, even the 1000. Retail is $40.ENVE.com After seeing Greg Minnaar and Syndicate riders using spacers under their direct mount stems, sometimes up to 50mm of additional stack, ENVE’s engineers started thinking. To make things safer and eliminate the use of long bolts that are seeing a lot of shear force, they thought a high rise DH bar would be a much better option. And here it is, at the top of the display. Width is 810mm, rise is 46mm, upsweep 5° and backsweep is 9°. Weight is 267g. $175, same as the DH bar.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Federation of Sportsman’s Clubs joined a group of Vermont citizens, sporting-goods stores, and shooting clubs in filing a lawsuit, today, challenging the state’s recently enacted ban on the possession of certain commonly owned firearm magazines.“Millions of law-abiding Americans—and thousands of Vermonters—own the standard-sized magazines the State now deems ‘large capacity’ and bans,” said Chris Bradley, president of the Vermont Federation of Sportsman’s Clubs. “These magazines are commonly used for competitive sport shooting throughout the State, and many citizens also rely on them for home defense.”RELATED STORY: NRA backs Challenge to Vermont Magazine Ban(link is external)Fairfax, VA – The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today announced support for a lawsuit brought by Vermont citizens, sporting-goods stores, and shooting clubs to challenge the state¹s recent ban on many of the most popular firearm magazines in America.“The magazines Vermont has now banned are owned by millions of law-abiding Americans,” said Chris Cox, Executive Director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action. “In fact, nearly half of all magazines in the nation would now be deemed ‘large capacity’ by Vermont.”At issue in the lawsuit is one of the measures signed into law by Governor Scott on April 11, which bans the possession, sale, purchase, or transfer of long-gun magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds and handgun magazines with a capacity greater than 15. “Many of the most popular rifles and pistols come standardwith magazines in excess of these new limits. The Vermont Constitution’s protection of the right to bear arms prevents the State from requiring law-abiding Vermonters to defend themselves and their families with sub-standard firearm magazines,” Bradley continued. “We are confident the courts are going to quickly strike down this obviously unconstitutional ban.”In response, Vermont Attorney General said in a statement: “Today my office received a complaint seeking declaratory and injunctive relief in connection with the ban on future purchases of high capacity magazines. Our office expected this lawsuit. We are prepared and will vigorously defend Vermont law.”RELATED STORY: Governor Scott signs gun safety billsSource: VTFSC 4.18.2018
April 15, 2011 Letters Letters Judicial Reform? Two Supreme Courts. Sixty percent retention standard. Politicization of the JNC process. Each of these has a common thread — the Legislature and governor want a lap dog judiciary.First, the Supreme Court isn’t working hard or fast enough to put people to death that deserve it, so we should create an express lane. Ignore that pesky federal Constitution and all those silly rights. Forget the facts. It’s perception that counts. The result? Three more justices, a whole new court, more clerks, more bureaucracy, more overhead costs, and the millions more spent creating and defending a plan that neither saves money nor gets the job done.Second, judges are getting retained by majority votes. We need to fix that. In Rep. Bill Hager’s, R-Boca Raton, district, for every 1,000 people who were registered in 2010, only 443 actually voted. With his plan, if 178 people vote “no,” the judge is out. This makes judges more accountable to somebody, says Hager (clearly not to the majority of voters). It shouldn’t cost much to replace judges that a vocal minority (of a minority) do not care for, should it?Finally, don’t worry about the time needed to vet and replace those judges. The governor and Senate can do it lickety-split. You certainly don’t want people who have awareness of a prospective judge’s record to slow things down. That should also de-politicize the selection process.Are these solutions in search of problems, or just naked power grabs? Not one of these bills will lower my taxes, save money, or make Florida better. Why don’t we save money by reducing the number of representatives from 120 to 60 — works in the private sector.Jeffrey L. Price Gainesville______________________If the proposed constitutional amendment is approved by the voters in 2012, the Florida judicial branch of government will be reduced to the status of a constitutional agency or commission controlled by the governor and the Legislature.Since appellate courts review trial court decisions using established rules of evidence and procedure set by appeals courts over the years, the Legislature is seeking to become the de facto judicial branch by declaring its own rules of appellate review. Since The Florida Bar, the lawyers’ regulatory agency, is supervised by the Florida Supreme Court, lawyer regulation would be in the hands of the Legislature, composed mostly of nonlawyers, if the amendment passes.I can’t believe my fellow Republicans are doing this.David P. Carter Seminole CLE I received an email the other day from an outfit offering “30 hours of Florida Bar authorized CLE courses for $99.”For a little more than half the cost of one sit-down CLE program, you can get all 30 hours in one handy package — I imagine sent to you on a DVD or Mars bar wrapper, or something else really convenient.Has the Bar just given up on CLE requirements? When I go to a “real” seminar, about 25 to 50 percent of the audience usually disappears after the lunch break — alien abductions or emergency root canals, maybe?What does the Bar imagine is going to happen with “30 hours for a C-Note?”Why not just do away with the CLE requirement altogether and instead have every member of the Bar send $100 to the Bar Foundation?Bill Manikas Boynton Beach Public Libraries and Court Access I write this letter to urge my fellow Florida Bar members to consider the implications of the elimination of state aid to public libraries from our state budget.Numerous compelling reasons for Floridians to challenge removal of this appropriation from our state’s budget may be found on the Florida Library Association’s website at www.flalib.org, and those reasons are not restated here. Instead, I write to my fellow attorneys due to an additional concern unique to The Florida Bar: Eliminating state aid to public libraries adversely impacts access to our courts.In this electronic age, local libraries provide public access to computers with high- speed Internet. For many of us, it is difficult to imagine life without high-speed Internet access at our fingertips. However, there are still areas of Florida where broadband Internet service, or even DSL, is simply unavailable. Even where this service is available, home Internet access remains cost-prohibitive for many Floridians. Citizens without personal computers with high-speed Internet access are routinely directed by state agencies to go to the library in order to meet a variety of their computing and online needs.In North Florida, elimination or reduction of this state aid appropriation equates to library branch closures, more staff losses, less new materials, and further reductions in service hours. As there are often waiting lists to use the library’s computers and online resources, closure of an entire branch will place a larger burden on those that remain open. In some instances, closure of a library branch may mean traveling long distances to find another library.As our state courts attempt to transition to electronic filing, it does not take a crystal ball to foresee pro se litigants and others will require increased public computer and Internet access in order to utilize our courts. Our local public libraries are a logical place for Floridians to go, especially outside regular courthouse hours.Access to our courts is one more excellent reason to take two minutes to visit www.flalib.org, and consider accepting their invitation to speak up on behalf of state aid to libraries. The time for action is now.Laura Ann Fouraker-Gardner Columbia County April 15, 2011 Letters
With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DEWITT, Mich. — Retired Toyo Tire USA Corp. executive Earl Knoper, 67, passed away on June 12. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Knoper served as vice president of the company before retiring in 2005 after a 21-year career with Toyo. Previously, Knoper worked for Goodyear, Firestone and Montgomery Ward over his 41-year tire industry career. After leaving Toyo, Knoper served briefly as the president of SCCA Pro Racing, and as a consultant with Toyo. He had recently moved to DeWitt, Mich., with his wife, Jan. (Courtesy of Tire Review/Akron),Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
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The Enerpac EVO system monitors and manages lifting, lowering, weighing, alignment and load transfer procedures of non-uniform distributed heavy loads.The jack-up rig cantilever and drill floor substructure weighing system comprised a 12-point synchronous EVO weighing system, two 600-tonne capacity hydraulic jacks, four 200-tonne capacity hydraulic jacks and accessories.Enerpac explained that a key benefit of the EVO weighing system is its compactness. Space restrictions under the jack-up rig prevented the use of other weighing systems without costly rework to the load structure. To make the Enerpac jack design even more compact, the weighing system used calibrates high-pressure transducers in place of load cells.During the weighing of the jack-up cantilever and drill floor substructure, the accuracy of the lifting synchronisation was such that the difference in plunger stroke of each of the cylinders was less than 1 mm, said Enerpac. www.enerpac.com
Barristers offering public access work are not planning to ‘flood the market’ – but the relationship between the two professions will become more fluid, the new chairman of the Bar Council has suggested. In an interview with the Gazette, Maura McGowan QC, the second woman to head the 15,000-strong profession, said that public access will be attractive to overseas clients, particularly law firms that just want advice. It will also make the bar more accessible and cost-effective and help the publicly funded bar by making it easier to deal with fees, she said. But she insisted that its scope is limited and barristers are not setting themselves up as ‘alternative solicitors’. Responding to the suggestion that barristers lack the ability to support clients throughout the litigation process, McGowan drew an analogy with solicitors conducting advocacy. ‘Ten years ago we might have said that solicitors can’t do advocacy – they don’t have the skill or experience to take a case from the first visit to the office all the way through to the end of a trial. Well, they obviously do.’ Similarly, she said, there are some cases where a barrister has the ability to see a case through from beginning to end. However, she added: ‘I recognise there are areas that I might not be able to do, and, where that’s the case, I’m more than happy to refer it back, just as solicitors are more than happy to say when something is beyond my experience or expertise.’ She added: ‘We’re not going to flood the market, [but] there will be much more fluidity in the strict relationship between barristers and solicitors.’ See My Legal Life