first_imgRELATED: Busch advances in playoffs | Kenseth: ‘Really need a win bad’LOUDON, N.H. — Second verse, (much) better than the first. Joe Gibbs Racing made a pit crew swap to Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota team heading into the NASCAR Playoffs, moving the No. 19 crew of teammate Daniel Suarez over to the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion’s pit box. Last week at Chicagoland Speedway there were a few bumps in the road in the postseason opener. Busch led a race-high 85 laps in the event but came away with a 15th-place finish after an unscheduled extra pit stop that stemmed from a loose right-rear wheel. To make matters worse, the team was hit with a penalty for coming over the wall too soon. Busch needed to perform a pass-thru as penalty, and was unable to recover. Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was a completely different story for the 18 crew, as Busch won the race and there were no discernible miscues to be seen on pit road. “Pit stops are a key to the sport. They have been for as long as I’ve been involved, and they’ll continue to be I assume,” crew chief Adam Stevens said after celebrating his team’s third win of 2017. “You know, we had a couple hiccups last week, and like I said pre-race, loose wheels happen, they happen to everybody, and then we made a mistake serving our penalty.”A leader is one that has a certain degree of accountability, and Stevens showed such leadership. “I put as much of that on myself for not covering all my bases communicating with a new group of guys. I could have done a better job, and it bit us.”Stevens continued to explain that the move was a calculated decision made over the course of the season as the team assessed many aspects. With eight races remaining, the team has to be pleased with the response to last week’s misfire — after all, winning cures all. “Moving forward from that, you know, they’re trained professionals,” Stevens said. “They’re the best in the world at what they do, and we made that decision based off of months and months of data and lots of meetings and lots of heartache, and we’re not going to unmake it based off of one week’s data. “I think it showed today that that was a good call, and I think the guys did a great job and rose to the occasion, and I expect nothing less of them the rest of the year.”last_img read more

first_imgConstruction input prices remained unchanged in October and are just 0.5 percent above where they were a year ago, according to analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index released Wednesday by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).Despite the modest increase in the aggregate input price level, Wednesday’s report represents the largest year-over-year price increase since November 2014.Generally, construction input prices, particularly natural gas and crude petroleum, have headed lower since the summer of 2014. However, that pattern of falling prices no longer holds. Crude petroleum prices were up 10.5 percent on a year-over-year basis in October while natural gas prices were up 12.2 percent.“These data are part of a larger inflation story, as inflationary pressures have been largely tempered by the decline in fuel prices during the past two years,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Health care costs are spiking, wage pressures are building and fuel prices are no longer falling rapidly. Additionally, price increases are associated with the cost of housing and education.“The result is that the inflation and interest rate environment is steadily changing,” Basu said. “Promised infrastructure-led stimulus and tax cuts could create additional price pressures as workers’ compensation rises further and consumer spending helps bid up the price of goods and services more rapidly. At the same time, fewer restrictions on oil and natural gas production may limit fuel price increases.“The result is a complicated picture in which the price of certain inputs—such as iron, steel, copper, plumbing fixtures, and nonferrous wire and cable—begin to rise more rapidly during the coming months while fuel price increases remain stable,” Basu said. “Broader inflation in the United States has become more likely, an expectation that has been reflected in the form of higher interest rates since the election eight days ago. However, a still sputtering global economy will help put a lid on construction input price inflation, suggesting that contractors should not be deeply concerned by prospects for rapid input price increases, at least not yet.”last_img read more

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first_img Credit: Tall Story Pictures ITV are following the successful model they tried with Cheat by putting new drama Sticks and Stones on over three consecutive nights.The three-part series stars Ken Nwosu as Thomas Benson, a Sales Associate at Clayton Office Solutions in Reading where he lives with his wife Jess (Alexandra Roach), a nurse, and their young daughter, Millie (Daisy Boo Bradford), who was born deaf.He’s good at his job and feels respected by his colleagues Andy (Sean Sagar), Isobel (Susannah Fielding) and Becky (Ritu Arya), and his boss Chris Carter (Ben Miller).Thomas and the team give a pitch presentation to Janice Lancing (Phoebe Nicholls) and her team at Murray Technology but when the presentation goes badly wrong, Thomas panics and faints in front of everyone.The team has lost a potentially large contract and with it the lucrative bonuses that would have been coming their way.The team seem to lay the blame firmly at Thomas’s door. Is it his imagination or are his colleagues now out to get him? How will Thomas react when his work life is threatened?Stick and Stones begins on Monday 16th December 2019 at 9pm on ITV. It continues at the same time on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December. Preview the first episode with our gallery below: Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Picturescenter_img Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictureslast_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 659 Views   4 comments Tweetcenter_img EducationLocalNews MDC Celebrates Joseˊ Thomas – A 2018 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Competitiveness Scholar by: – September 20, 2018 Share Press ReleaseMarigot Development Corporation (MDC), Marigot, Dominica, (Sept 18, 2018)… Joseˊ Thomas is a 2018 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Competitiveness Scholar. The scholar’s award is part of the White House Initiative on HBCUs (WHIHBCU). Joseˊ was nominated by Dr William Harvey, the President of her school, Hampton University and the White House subsequently selected her as a scholar for the 2018/2019 academic year. As part of this initiative she is currently attending the 2018 WHIHBCU Conference in Washington DC. It is intended that the HBCU Competitiveness Scholars will help form the next generation of leaders who exhibit and champion HBCU excellence. The WHIHBCU select Scholars based on (i) Academic Achievement: established classroom performance; (ii) Civic and Campus Engagement: proven leadership to make a positive difference at their institutions and in their communities; and (iii) Entrepreneurial Ethos: demonstrated character to pursue new opportunities, despite limited resources, i.e., the “go-getter” or competitive spirit.Joseˊ is a former student of the North East Comprehensive School (NECS) in Dominica and a beneficiary of the MDC US Study Program – The Boarding School Section. She attended the St. Margaret’s School in Virginia and is now a senior at Hampton University. She has been an exemplary student leader at both schools. At Hampton University she was inducted into the prestigious academic international honor society for business, management and administration, Sigma Beta Delta and was selected to join the Teach for America corps during summer 2018.We wish Joseˊ continued success as she approaches graduation at Hampton University and in the pursuit of graduate school, the next step on her academic journey.last_img read more

first_imgJohn Muldoon will captain the team in what will be his 274th game for the Province. Guinness PRO12, Liberty Stadium, Wales 24/10/2015Ospreys vs ConnachtThe Connacht team have a team talk prior to the kick off the second halfMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ian Cook Connacht Coach Pat Lam has named his squad for tomorrow’s Guinness Pro 12 semi-Final with Glasgow Warriors at the Sportsground. There is just one change from the side that beat the same opposition two weeks ago with Eoin McKeon coming into the back row in place of Sean O’Brien who drops to the replacement bench. Andrew Browne has also been included in the replacements in place of Quin Roux.center_img Connacht team to face Glasgow Warriors15           Tiernan O’Halloran14           Niyi Adeolokun13           Robbie Henshaw12           Bundee Aki11           Matt Healy10           AJ MacGinty9             Kieran Marmion1              Ronan Loughney2              Tom McCartney3              Finlay Bealham4              Ultan Dillane5              Aly Muldowney6              Eoin McKeon7              Jake Heenan8              John Muldoon (captain)Replacements:16           Dave Heffernan17           JP Cooney18           Rodney Ah You19           Andrew Browne20           Sean O’Brien21           John Cooney22           Shane O’Leary23           Peter Robbprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

first_imgDELE ALLI and Christian Eriksen are set to sign new deals at Tottenham after Harry Kane extended his stay at the club.Both players are a key part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans as they get set to move back to their new stadium at White Hart Lane.4 Dele Alli has emerged as one of the star attacking midfielders in the Premier League over the past few seasonsCredit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh4 Christian Eriksen has been a key cog in Mauricio Pochettino’s attackCredit: PA:Press AssociationAlli, 22, has emerged as one of the Premier League’s top midfielders since signing from MK Dons in 2015.And he will go to the World Cup with big expectations on his shoulders and Spurs are ready to offer him a new bumper deal.According to the Mirror, Eriksen has been talks for the final few months of the season over a new deal.The Dane, who fired his country past Ireland in the World Cup play-offs, was in superb form for Spurs last term.And the 26-year-old fired 10 goals in last term, with 10 assists to his name as well and was a key cog in the Pochettino attack.4 Alli is hoping to star for England at the World Cup that starts next weekCredit: AFP or licensors4 Eriksen is Denmark’s star player as they head to the World CupCredit: PA:Press AssociationDaniel Levy is lining up the contracts to fend of interest from Europe’s biggest clubs, with Tottenham the only club in London with Champions League football on offer next season.After being dumped out in disappointing fashion by Juventus last term, Spurs are hoping to make a more forceful assault on Europe.MARTIN LIPTON Harry Kane’s new deal is just the start as ambitious Spurs look to silence the doubtersThey finished 23 points off Manchester City in the Premier League and were third, four points behind Manchester United.Pochettino is also hoping to sign new players, after being linked to United forward Anthony Martial and Malcom.Justin Carr, England’s unofficial barber gives fresh cuts to Dele Alli, Kyle Walker, Danny Welbeck and morelast_img read more

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD – Hunter Luepke hit a three-run home run and tossed five innings of one-hit ball to lead the Spencer baseball team to a 4-0 victory over Stratford in a nonconference matchup Saturday afternoon at Tiger Stadium.Spencer led 1-0 before Luepke’s blast broke the game open for the Rockets, who improve to 3-0.Cole Hoffmann suffered the loss for Stratford (0-2), giving up four runs and three hits in five innings.Spencer hosts Greenwood on Monday, while Stratford is off until Friday when it plays at home against Wisconsin Rapids Assumption.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 4, Tigers 0Spencer 001 030 0 – 4 3 3Stratford 000 000 0 – 0 3 4WP: Hunter Luepke. LP: Cole Hoffman.SO: Luepke (5 inn.) 7, Nate Neumann (2 inn.) 2; Hoffman 8. BB: Luepke 4; Hoffman 2.Top hitters: SP, Luepke HR, 3 RBIs.Records: Spencer 3-0; Stratford 0-2.last_img read more

first_imgJohn Goldyn has been named Loss Prevention Director – Store Operations at Ulta Beauty Stores. John was most recently the Director of Loss Prevention for Bevmo Corporation. He also served with Family Dollar stores as regional vice president after joining the company as divisional vice president of loss prevention in 2001, and as Director of Loss Prevention at Pep Boys from 1998 – 2001. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Phoenix.Congratulations John! Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

first_imgThe Senate Finance Committee (SFC) began a markup of its tax reform proposal on November 13, starting a committee debate that is expected to last most of the week. Senate Republicans released a Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) description of the Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill last week .Markup Kicks OffThe first day consisted largely of members’ opening statements on the GOP proposal. As expected, Republicans praised the measure while Democrats criticized it.“What started out as a promise of a significant middle class tax cut has become a multi-trillion dollar bait and switch. A massive handout to multinational corporations and a bonanza for tax cheats and powerful political donors,” SFC ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said. In particular, Wyden criticized the GOP proposal for increasing taxes on the middle class. Additionally, Wyden condemned the GOP’s choice to craft a partisan bill rather than work with Democrats.Bipartisan IdeasIn his opening remarks, SFC Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Tex., stated that many of the tax reform provisions in the bill were proposals that Democrats supported in the past. He also pointed to a number of areas on which Republicans and Democrats agree. These areas include keeping deductions for mortgage interest and charitable contributions, as well as popular retirement savings programs such as 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs).However, Hatch also remarked that it was “the Democrats’ own preconditions that kept them from engaging on tax reform. There was an open seat at the negotiating table; they collectively chose not to sit in it,” Hatch added. He made direct reference to an August 1 letter from 45 Senate Democrats listing “prerequisites to any bipartisan tax reform effort.”Changes to ComeHatch noted that the Chairman’s Mark, as originally introduced, would not pass Senate reconciliation requirements. Thus, the current tax reform proposals could not be permanent. “We are, of course, aware of this problem and are working to ensure that the reduce rates and additional reforms designed to bring investment back to the United States and create more American jobs remain in place past the 10-year budget window,” Hatch said.To that end, a modified Chairman’s Mark is expected to be released on November 14, according to SFC staff. Generally, modifications include amendments that were filed and other changes. As of the afternoon on November 13, 355 amendments had been filed. A full discussion of the GOP proposal is scheduled for November 14. JCT and committee staff will be present. While debate and votes on amendments could come as early as Tuesday, they are expected to begin November 15. The “goal” is to have the bill approved by the committee by the end of the week, SFC staff told reporters.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffWant to know more? Join Wolters Kluwer Principal Analyst Mark Luscombe on Nov. 29 for Tax Legislation Update: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a 2-CPE webinar from CCH® CPElink. Mark will present a complete discussion of the proposed legislation and its impact on taxpayers.Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more