Clint Bowyer welcomes the playoff challenges ahead

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It doesn’t take much to ramp Clint Bowyer up, but racing on his home track in front of a throng of friends and family takes the excitement level of the Emporia, Kansas, native to a whole other realm. Add in the fact that he’s in the midst of a career resurgence and Stewart-Haas Racing has emerged as one of the dominant teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, and Bowyer is giddy about Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Kansas Speedway.Bowyer finished second to teammate Aric Almirola last week at Talladega Superspeedway, a result that moved him 21-points above the provisional cut line entering the Round of 12 elimination race at Kansas. He is now one of eight drivers who would transfer to the semifinals.RELATED: Kansas schedule | Playoff standings | Practice results“It is so important and the stakes are high,” Bowyer said. “It is an adrenaline rush for a racecar driver. Rolling into home, a place you want to win at more than anything, and you are racing for something and in the hunt. You don’t have time for any distractions or anything else. It is go time. The money is on the line. You got to go out there and get it.”And Bowyer doesn’t mask what a win at Kansas would personally mean to him, as it is something he’s not yet accomplished in 20 career starts on the mile-and-a-half speedway.“So many emotions for so many different reasons that would be gratifying,” he said. “Being home, being with family and friends and everything that this area means to me. The fan following, the people that helped me hone my skills over there at Lakeside [Speedway] or I-70 Speedway. These are the guys I raced against to learn what it is I do and made me the racer that I am.”Not since 2012 has Bowyer come into Kansas in the position he currently finds himself, harboring both realistic hopes to win the race and as a viable championship contender. He snapped a 190-race, five-year winless streak in March at Martinsville Speedway, then followed with a win at Michigan International Speedway in June.RELATED: Bowyer: ‘Pay window’s open and I’m going racing’Bowyer’s reemergence coincides with SHR fully blossoming in its second year fielding Fords following a long association with Chevrolet. For the first time the team co-owned by Gene Haas and Tony Stewart has seen all four of its drivers, Almirola, Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick, reach Victory Lane. And as it stands, each driver would earn a spot in the Round of 8. SHR’s dominance was on full display at Talladega where its drivers ran 1-2-3-4 for the majority of the race, combining to lead 155 of a possible 193 laps.“We are the team to beat,” Bowyer said. “We are the organization that is on top right now.“Everyone works hard and are racers and were damn proud of what we accomplished last week. We all know that we have to continue to do that and continue to get better because if we are not, the next team is. There is a lot of work to be done.”Almirola is assured of advancing to the Round of 8 because of his Talladega win, while Harvick (+63 point above the cutoff) and Busch (+30) are both well positioned to join their teammate.MORE: All-SHR Championship 4 would be ‘ridiculously awesome’As for Bowyer, his chances of advancement is a little more tenuous, though completely in his control.“I am hoping it will be smooth sailing,” Bowyer said. “It never is. When the stakes are high like this and everything is on the line it is never easy. Look at the competition in the garage area. If you think it will be a cake walk, we have a 21-point lead or something and that isn’t enough.”last_img read more

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Wet Cats, Short Shorts & Star Selfies! Check Out the Best of Broadway on Instagram This Week

first_img Zachary Quinto took a photo with mama at Menagerie. Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs hid under hats at the U.S. Open. Andy Kelso (front right) and the Kinky Boots men saluted a high-flying former costar. Corey Cott spazzed out backstage at Newsies. Laura Benanti and Norm Lewis were grand onstage (in The Tempest) and goofy off. Taylor Dayne got caught out in the rain in Grizabella drag. Cheyenne Jackson got all political on us.center_img Everyone knows Broadway.com leads the pack with fabulous photo features of all the happenings on the Broadway scene, but these days, the stars themselves have become their own photogs, sharing backstage life with their fans via Instagram. In this new weekly feature, we’ll highlight the best snaps of the week. Be sure to follow all these stars yourself and check out Broadway.com on Instagram, too! This is the week that… Kinky Boots star Billy Porter took his short shorts on vacation. Cinderella’s Laura Osnes welcomed a new fairy godmother. Laura Bell Bundy almost got her infamous costar to pose for a pic. View Commentslast_img read more

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Weinberger calls for creation of Airport Strategic Planning Committee, names Gene Richards Interim Director of Aviation

first_imgBurlington International Airport (BTV),Mayor Miro Weinberger today from the mezzanine of Burlington International Airport called for the creation of an Airport Strategic Planning Committee to chart a course for the future success of the Airport.  Weinberger, who served as a member of the Burlington Airport Commission for nine years immediately prior to being elected Mayor, also appointed Gene Richards, the current Chair of the Airport Commission, as the new interim Director of Aviation.  Weinberger asked the City Council both to approve a resolution creating the Airport Strategic Planning Committee and to confirm his appointment of Richards at its July 16, 2012 meeting. ‘The airport is on the path to recovery after some difficult years,’said Weinberger. ‘It is time to create a strategic plan that will continue this improvement and allow the airport to fully realize the opportunities ahead.’ ‘Gene Richards has been a force for change, a person who has driven the improvement of the past 18 months,’said Weinberger.  ‘He is the right person to run the airport until a permanent Aviation Director is named approximately six to nine months from now.’‘I am passionate about the importance of the Burlington International Airport to this region,’said Richards.  ‘The airport has been one of northern Vermont’s economic success stories over the past two decades, and I am excited to play a significant role in keeping it that way.’ Photo: Bob McEwing, Gene Richards, Miro Weinberger, City Councilor Karen Paul, City Councilor Vince DoberMayor’s office, 7.13.2012last_img read more

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Special Olympics Vermont welcomes new staff, board members

first_imgDaniel Favand assumed the role of Operations Manager in April. Daniel graduated from Geneva College in Pennsylvania with a B.A. Prior to Special Olympics Daniel obtained a masters of social science from the University of Edinburgh in Ireland.In June, Rachel Hamm joined Special Olympics Vermont as the Data and Administration Coordinator. Rachel graduated from Grove City College in Pennsylvania with a B.S. in elementary education. Before coming to SOVT Rachel taught in the Burlington school district, Winooski, and in California.In 2015, Special Olympics Vermont also welcomed four new board members: Ken Ballard of Williston, Peter Curliss of Jericho, Virginia Merriam of Wolcott, and Bob Uerz of Jericho. Ken Ballard received his B.S. in Business Administration at the University of Southern Maine before becoming the owner of Spherion Staffing. Ken is the father to three children and enjoys hockey.Peter Curliss recently relocated to Vermont from Maine to become the General Manager of Green Mountain Harley-Davidson. Peter and his family have a long history of supporting Special Olympics and have already scheduled a few fundraising events throughout the summer.Also new to the board is Virginia Merriam.  Virginia is a detective for the state of Vermont’s Office of the Attorney General. Before working for the state, she received her M.S. in economic crime management as well as human service administration. In Virginia’s free time she enjoys running, yoga, hiking, and biking.For a decade Bob Uerz has served as a coach with Special Olympics Vermont’s Chittenden Delegation; as the head coach of the soccer program and as a track & field coach. In his professional life, Bob has served as president & CEO of the American Lung Association of Vermont, a fundraising & management consultant and is presently the Education Programs Coordinator for Tobacco Use Prevention at the Vermont Agency of Education. Bob has a BS in Health Education from SUNY Plattsburgh and a M.Ed in Administration & Supervision from Antioch University.Special Olympics Vermont is part of a global movement that works year round to foster acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities by using the power of sport to showcasing their gifts and abilities. In Vermont, 1,140 athletes train and compete in 12 Olympic type sports. Through successful experiences in sports, SOVT athletes fain confidence and build positive self-images, which follow them into their homes, classrooms, jobs, and communities.http://www.specialolympicsvermont.org/ Vermont Business Magazine Special Olympics Vermont welcomed three new staff members in 2015: Caitlin Jenkins, Daniel Favand, and Rachel Hamm, all of Burlington. In April, Caitlin Jenkins became the Community Development Manager for Special Olympics Vermont. Caitlin graduated from the University of Windsor located in Ontario, Canada with a Masters in Human Kinetics. Before joining the SOVT staff, Caitlin worked for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games, and US Lacrosse.last_img read more

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Patrons evacuated from Prairie Village Big Biscuit after fire

first_imgPhoto courtesy Jane Emley.Dozens of early afternoon diners were forced from the Big Biscuit near the intersection of 95th Street and Nall Avenue in Prairie Village on Sunday after a fire broke out by the restaurant entrance.Consolidated Fire District No. 2 Chief Tony Lopez said a small blaze started in a patch of mulch outside the main entrance, which restaurant workers were able to put out with a fire extinguisher. But the blaze put off a considerable amount of smoke, which was drawn inside the building. Lopez said smoke eventually started coming into the main dining area through the ceiling tiles, prompting the evacuation.Lopez said the cause of the external blaze had yet to be determined, but that a cigarette may have been to blame.Lopez said the blaze didn’t cause serious damage or pose a major threat. By 1:40 p.m. Sunday, just one truck remained on scene.Photo courtesy Ryan Ressler via Twitter.last_img read more

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Qualified mortgages: What credit unions have to know

first_imgby. Kim StockEffective Jan. 10, mortgage lenders were required to start implementing a complex array of underwriting standards designed to create safer mortgages by prohibiting or limiting certain high-risk products and features. These standards help to implement the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau implemented the rule, and the National Credit Union Administration will enforce the rule.The gist of one of the main rules is this: Lenders, including credit unions, are required to ensure that borrowers have the ability to repay their mortgages. When determining the borrower’s ability to repay, eight items must be considered:current or reasonably expected income or assets, other than the value of the dwelling (including any real property attached to the dwelling);current employment status;monthly payment on the transaction;monthly payment on any simultaneous loan;monthly payment for mortgage-related obligations (property taxes, insurance premiums, mortgage insurance, etc.);current debt obligations, alimony, and child support;monthly debt-to-income ratio or residual income; andcredit history.In addition, lenders will be protected from borrower lawsuits so long as they issue “safe” or “qualified” mortgages that follow guidelines.There are four types of qualified mortgages: continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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5 ways millennials can achieve financial independence

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Holly PerezFinancial independence is a rite of passage for 20-somethings. Yet, between student loans, expensive urban housing markets and pressure to start saving early for retirement, those first paychecks are in high demand and there’s little room for error. Managing your finances as an adult should be viewed as an opportunity to create financial security for your future. All you need is a little know-how to keep financial stress at bay. Here are five steps toward achieving financial independence:Remember budgeting 101. If you want to get out of mom and dad’s basement, take a piece of their advice: Create a budget. Although you may feel that it is unnecessary, budgeting is essential for long-term financial health. No matter how much money you have, you can’t make the best use of it if you’re not aware of where it goes. You can easily spend hundreds of dollars a month on nonessentials such as fast food or pricey entertainment. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t enjoy these things, but spend in moderation and make thoughtful decisions about where you want your money to go. Put your mobile device or smartphone to good use, and take advantage of free personal finance sites and apps to help you track spending, establish a budget and manage your credit at home and on the go.Ditch the debt. Many 20-somethings graduate college with a degree and debt from student loans and credit cards. While it’s advantageous to pay off all forms of debt, credit cards should be at the top of the list so you can avoid high-interest debt. Millennials should focus on clearing their credit cards first, and then use all the money they’ve freed up to ditch student loans and car payments. It’s best to avoid credit card debt altogether, but do keep the plastic in your wallet for the times you might really need it like an emergency.Make savings a priority. When you’re in your 20s, it’s hard to find the balance between living in the moment and planning for the future. However, the same rule that you were taught when you were 5 years old still applies today: save, save and save – even if it’s just a few pennies at a time. Saving can be especially difficult when you’re getting established in your career, paying down debt and planning for major purchases such as a home or car. The trick is to set aside that savings into your budget before you get accustomed to spending it every month. continue reading »last_img read more

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Kailee Sharp thrives with new-found confidence in her first season as starter

first_imgDefender Nikki Albrecht said Sharp’s technical abilities are so strong that Albrecht could trust her as a regular field player.“One of things that makes her such an amazing goalie is not only [can] she make fantastic saves, but she can distribute with her feet,” Albrecht said. “That’s one of the most important parts of a tactical and technical goalie. You want them to be part of your back line and part of the rest of the team.”Before each game, Sharp listens to energetic music and concentrates on her breathing to make sure she is focused and prepared. Sharp’s faith has played an important role for her both before and during games.“I give everything to God, and when things go wrong,” Sharp said, “I just think that I get my strength from him.”Off the field, Sharp enjoys going out to dinner with her family and watching movies. She is a native of Centennial, Colorado, and is a fan of the Denver Broncos and the Minnesota Twins. She plans to major in psychology.After the game, if Minnesota wins, Albrecht and the back line congratulate her and tell her how far she has come as a player.“When we win, we reinforce how proud we are of her,” Albrecht said. “It’s really good to know that we have an amazing, solid keeper.” Kailee Sharp thrives with new-found confidence in her first season as starterSharp has a 2-1-2 record as Minnesota’s goalkeeper. Erik NelsonSeptember 21, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintGoalkeeper Kailee Sharp’s first start of her career was against Washington State on Aug. 18 in Pullman, Washington. With the band and opposing fans at her back, Sharp couldn’t communicate with her teammates for much of the game, but the junior still managed to record a shutout.That’s when head coach Stefanie Golan knew she had a confident player in goal.“That’s one of the toughest places to play in the country,” Golan said. “For her to make a couple of good saves in a big game like that. …We’re going to be fine.”Sharp has played in five of Minnesota’s eight games and has recorded three shutouts. She has a record of 2-1-2.Golan said Sharp’s confidence increases once she touches the ball for the first time.“She has to get one good touch, and [Sharp] is on fire for the rest of the time,” Golan said. “Now that she has [played] multiple games, she doesn’t have to wait for the first touch. She goes in with that confidence, which is great.”Sharp did not play during Minnesota’s 2015 and 2016 seasons. Instead, she observed former Minnesota goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs. Sharp said Hobbs was a significant role model for her.“I learned a lot of different things from her just by asking questions and watching what she did,” Sharp said. “It was good to get some time working on getting to be the best I could be so that I felt like I had a better foundation going into this year.”last_img read more

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ICSC Member Profile: Mary Ridberg, Sperry Van Ness

first_imgMary RidbergDirector of LeasingSperry Van NessYears with company: 6Years as ICSC member: 9How have consumer attitudes affected the retail market?As consumer confidence returns, the retail market demand increases, urgency for locations increase, leasing volumes increase and vacancy decreases. The tipping point in this equation leads to the need for future development, which occurs with pre-leasing to meet the demands of lenders funding development…The consumer attitude is positive for daily needs and soft goods, technology retailers, and specialty items due to the consumers’ desire to see, feel, touch and experience the product prior to purchase.What was your most significant deal in 2013?My largest deal in 2013 was a combination of two spaces for Origami Owl at 10 Chandler. We secured 81,238 SF in its production facility and 66,248 SF for corporate offices. This was not simply a real estate “deal” but a mission critical project for my friend.last_img read more

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Study: Physically active children are less depressed

first_imgShare Email Previous studies have shown that adults and young people who are physically active have a lower risk of developing depression. But the same effect has not been studied in children – until now.Results from a new study are showing that children receive the same beneficial effect from being active. We’re talking about moderate to vigorous physical activity that leaves kids sweaty or out of breath.Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and NTNU Social Research have followed hundreds of children over four years to see if they could find a correlation between physical activity and symptoms of depression. LinkedIn Share on Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Share on Twitter Healthy to roughhouseResearchers examined just under 800 children when they were six years old, and conducted follow-up examinations with about 700 of them when they were eight and ten years old. Physical activity was measured with accelerometers, which served as a kind of advanced pedometer, and parents were interviewed about their children’s mental health.“Being active, getting sweaty and roughhousing offer more than just physical health benefits. They also protect against depression,” says Tonje Zahl, a PhD candidate at NTNU. She is first author of the article on the study findings, which was recently published in the February 2017 issue of Pediatrics.The work was conducted as part of Tidlig Trygg i Trondheim, a multi-year study of child development and mental health.Fewer symptomsPhysically active six- and eight-year-olds showed fewer symptoms of depression when they were examined two years later. Physical activity thus seems to protect against the development of depression.“This is important to know, because it may suggest that physical activity can be used to prevent and treat depression already in childhood,” says Silje Steinsbekk, associate professor in NTNU’s Department of Psychology. Steinsbekk and Professor Lars Wichstrøm are Zahl’s mentors and coauthors.Steinsbekk stresses that these results should now be tested in randomized studies where researchers increase children’s physical activity and examine whether those who participate in these measures have fewer symptoms of depression over time than those who do not participate.“We also studied whether children who have symptoms of depression are less physically active over time, but didn’t find that to be the case,” she says.Facilitate activity for childrenPrevious findings in adolescents and adults showed that sedentary lifestyles – like watching television and computer gaming – are associated with depression, but the NTNU children’s study found no correlation between depression and a sedentary lifestyle.Depressive symptoms did not lead to greater inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle did not increase the risk of depression.So the message to parents and health professionals is: Facilitate physical activity, which means that children get a little sweaty and breathless. Try a bike ride or outdoor play. Limiting children’s TV or iPad screen time is not enough. Children need actual increased physical activity.last_img read more

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