Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. top pair of Miami practices

first_imgMORE: Practice 3 results | Best 10-lap timesMartin Truex Jr. topped the leaderboard in Saturday’s final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway at 171.195 mph in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota.Right behind him was Clint Bowyer in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford at 169.790 mph.Rounding out the top five were Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 169.774 mph, Erik Jones in the No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota at 169.721 mph and Ryan Blaney in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford at 169.550 mph.Kyle Busch joined Truex as the only other Championship 4 driver in the top 10, placing sixth at 169.492 mph. Brad Keselowski just missed, landing 11th with a best speed of 168.824 mph, while Kevin Harvick was 18th at a clip of 166.795 mph.Harvick was held on pit road for 15 minutes before the start of practice for failing pre-race inspection twice before last weekend’s race at Phoenix. Chase Elliott, David Starr and Cole Whitt were also held the same amount for the same penalty. Starr was held an additional 15 minutes for being late to qualifying inspection at Miami. Austin Dillon and Matt DiBenedetto had to serve 15-minute penalties apiece for failing qualifying inspection twice at Miami, while David Ragan, Jimmie Johnson and Michael McDowell were all held 30 minutes for failing three times.The next on-track activity for the series is Sunday’s season finale, the Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBC).PRACTICE 2 RECAP: Practice 2 results | Complete race lineupDenny Hamlin topped the leaderboard in Saturday’s first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway at 171.130 mph in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.Hamlin won the final Coors Light Pole Award of the season Friday night with a speed of 173.980 mph.Right behind him in practice was Dale Earnhardt Jr., making his final planned Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start, in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 170.681 mph.Rounding out the top five were Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota at 170.020 mph, Kurt Busch in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford at 169.545 mph and Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 168.972 mph.Truex, the only Championship 4 driver in the top five, scraped the wall late in practice, prompting his FRR and technically-affiliated Joe Gibbs Racing crew members to work on his car in the garage. The other Championship 4 drivers — Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick — were 10th, 16th and 17th, respectively.Chase Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet got into the wall early in the practice session. His team feverishly worked to fix the right rear damage his ride incurred, and he got back out on the 1.5-mile track to complete 27 laps at a best speed of 166.031 mph, good for 27th on the leaderboard.last_img read more

Ford Plugs in Electric Cars

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Check out the Ford electric plug-in that can travel 100 miles on a full charge. The EV’s, as they are called (for electric vehicles), are the future for automakers, and Detroit is planning not to finish second.Watch the Fortune video below, or with CNN player.last_img read more

Gardener Grows Britain’s Biggest Tomato… Using Pantyhose

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA green-fingered father has broken the record for growing Britain’s largest tomato… with the help of some sheer pantyhose.Credit: SWNSHertfordshire’s Douglas Smith spent around two months carefully growing the giant tomato, which is, in fact, six regular beef steak tomatoes fused into one.The huge fruit, which had to be suspended using a pair of tights so it did not fall off the stem, weighed in at a whopping 3.106kg, and measured 27.5 inches in circumference. “You’ve also got to keep the tomato shaded” explains Douglas. “Covering it with a dishcloth will do—as this keeps the skin more supple so it can grow.”Credit: SWNSDouglas will now keep the seeds from his huge tomato to continue growing more of the fruit.And how about that big tomato? Will it end up in a beautiful Greek salad, or perhaps as part of one giant bruschetta? No. It’s due to be sent to butchers’ shop Churchgate Sausages in Harlow, Essex, to be made into tomato and basil sausages.PASS On The Fun And Share With Your Gardening Friends on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore It was grown from seed from a variety known as Big Zac.Douglas’s giant fruit has edged him ahead of the previous UK record-holder, Peter Glazebrook, whose record-winning tomato last year weighed 2.9kg.RELATED: Trailblazing Gardener Discovers How to Grow Vegetables in Winter—Now He’s Helping Others Do It TooDouglas said, “Giant tomatoes have been my main focus in terms of competitive vegetable growing… my attempts have been just shy of [Glazebrook’s] each time. But this time, I’ve finally edged it.”Credit: SWNSSo how did the 42-year-old do it? Methodically. He got seeds from US tomato grower Larry Hill, from Minnesota, USA—who yielded the seeds from his own, 3.47kg tomato plant. He cut back any other flowers on the plant to maximize all the growth into the one ‘megashoot’. He watered his tomato plant at least once every day for over two months, using water with a bit of liquid seaweed mix. He also gave the plant a ‘weekly compost tea feed’.MORE: This Green-Fingered Gardener Has Grown Something Amazing – A Sunflower With 27 Headslast_img read more

BASKETBALL ROUNDUP — Lady Bulldogs deliver Jody Walker first win

first_img The Port Neches-Groves Indians overcame a 13-point third period deficit to retake the lead and win against the Silsbee Tigers 45-39 on Friday.PNG lead Silsbee 23-13 heading into the second half but the Tigers roared back, scoring 15 points against the Indians’ two in the third period to nose ahead 28-25. The Indians likewise responded, outscoring the Tigers by nine to claim their first win of the season.Senior Mollee Priddy scored 16 points for PNG along with six rebounds and three assists. Senior Savannah Royce had 10 points of her own with six rebounds and six steals, and junior Shelby Letulle also made 10 points and four rebounds.Top scorers for the Tigers were senior KaNeisha Bryson with 12 points, junior Emily Williams with 11 and Miy’Joi Hill with nine. The Indians will host Jasper today at 6:30 p.m. Jasper defeated West Sabine 80-31 on Saturday for its first win.Humble 64, Memorial 33The Memorial Lady Titans left Humble with a loss on Friday after a 64-33 defeat from the Humble Wildcats.The Lady Titans scored under 10 points for the second, third and fourth periods, while Humble racked up double digits in the first three.Junior Jordan Duncan led the Lady Titans in scoring with 9 points, while Kazarea Tapin lead the Wildcats with 21.Memorial will host Baytown Sterling at 7 tonight. The Nederland Bulldogs gave coach Jody Walker his first win Saturday when they defeated the Hamshire-Fannett Lady Horns 45-36.“It was the first game of the season and I was very pleased to get the win,” Walker said. “We still have a long way to go but I’m excited and embracing the journey ahead.”Maggie Baker and Sydney Nelson led the Bulldogs (1-0) in scoring with eight points apiece. Kailey Showalter and Alexis Bobb each made seven points.center_img “Offensively everyone contributed by scoring and defensively our girls need to tighten up on communication, physicality and overall rotations off the ball,” Walker said.The Bulldogs’ next game will be 6:30 p.m. today when they travel to play Kelly Catholic in Beaumont.PNG 45, Silsbee 39last_img read more

Watch Broadway’s Best Lend Their Voices to the Classic Call for Unity ‘We Are the World’

first_img Star Files Jarrod Spector View All (4) Orfeh Orfeh Christy Altomare Kelli Barrett Back in 1985, stars came together to record Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie’s moving song “We Are the World” in support of African famine relief. The song spoke to a generation of people seeking unity in a time of strife. Now powerful voices from across Broadway have re-recorded the iconic song in a call for healing due to current struggles at the border. Watch a starry roster of talent including Orfeh, Christy Altomare, Jarrod Spector, Kelli Barrett, Constantine Maroulis, Beth Malone, Kate Rockwell and Anthony Rapp sing out below. View Commentslast_img read more

A guide to keeping warm in Vermont this winter

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Congressional Delegation recently secured $18.9 million dollars in federal funding for the Low-Income Heating Assistance Program. These funds will help 20,000 Vermont households keep warm this winter. Low-income households across Vermont can expect to receive an average of $879 to assist with winter heating costs.On Monday, Congressman Peter Welch will participate in a ride along with a heating fuel truck and deliver fuel to the Stone Family in Rutland.  This will highlight federal funding for the Low Income Energy Home Assistance Program (LIHEAP),  the Split the Ticket Fund, and Vermont’s new Fuel Oil Tank Regulations.When:  Monday, November 20 at 1:30 pmWhere:  The Stone Family Home, 2 Nicole Place, RutlandWho:   Congressman Peter Welch, Henry Stone, Matt Cota (Vermont Fuel) and Mary-Rachel Keyser (Keyser Energy)Nearly 20,000 Vermont households will receive written notice on Monday (Nov. 20) that they have qualified for fuel assistance. There are those that don’t always qualify for assistance but still need help. This is the case with the Stone family in Rutland.Henry Stone will receive a Split the Ticket donation from Keyser Energy. Henry is in the National Guard and a bus driver for Miller River School system. His wife of 34 years is a survivor of Breast Cancer and now wheelchair bound. The donation of heating fuel is made possible thanks to Split the Ticket Fund, a non-profit 501c-3 that collects donations from the community and matches with donations of heating oil, kerosene and propane from Vermont heating fuel companies. The fund provides a safety net for those Vermonters that don’t typically fall under the Fuel Assistance safety net.  More information here: is external).This event will also highlight the new tank regulations that impact more than 120,000 Vermont families that depend on oilheat and kerosene to stay warm. New regulations (more at is external)) require tanks to be inspected and, in some cases, repaired or replaced. Details on this regulation and how homeowners and fuel suppliers are responding to these regulations this winter will be discussed in detail.As the temperatures drop, many Vermonters are filling their heating tanks. For some households, it may be the first time they have filled their tanks since the revised Act 76 aboveground storage tank (AST) rules went into effect on August 15, 2017. The revised rules require inspections of fuel tanks by August 15, 2020 and offer steps homeowners can take if their tank fails inspection.In 2016, the Vermont General Assembly adopted Act No. 76, which required the Agency of Natural Resources to adopt rules to establish a mandatory inspection program for aboveground storage tanks. This program defines the inspection criteria and requirements for tagging tanks upon inspection failure, and offers ways to address noncompliant tanks. The rules were originally adopted to prevent fuel spills like those seen during Tropical Storm Irene, when thousands of gallons of fuel from over 100 tanks spilled into Vermont’s waterways and contaminated numerous businesses and homes.While the average cost for tank repairs is $400, the average cost of clean-up for a tank spill is $16,000. With an average of 75 spills each year, Vermonters end up paying more than $1 million dollars annually in clean-up costs. The revised rules which require an inspection every three years will reduce costly clean-ups by identifying tanks that are at risk of leaking or tipping over before a spill occurs.Under the revised rules, tank inspections must be performed at the following times:(1) immediately after a new tank installation,(2) immediately after initial delivery of fuel to a new tank system,(3) prior to the initial delivery of fuel when the tank owner switches fuel carriers,(4) if not otherwise required by any of the above circumstances, the tank system shall be inspected once every three years; and(5) upon removal of a tank system.If a tank does not meet inspection requirements, indicating that the tank has failed or is likely to fail, the tank will be ‘red-tagged’. Because of the risk of a spill, the tank cannot be filled by a fuel truck until the tank is repaired or replaced. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association (VFDA) are working together to ensure every Vermonter has access to heating fuel and a safe fuel tank. DEC and VFDA are encouraging fuel dealers to conduct routine inspections during the spring and summer when there is ample time to secure financial assistance and make repairsIf dangerous tanks are encountered in the winter months and need to be ‘red-tagged’, fuel companies can work with homeowners to install a temporary tank until the tank is replaced or repaired. A red-tagged tank can also be filled by hand with small amounts of fuel until the dangerous tank can be repaired or replaced. To review DEC guidance on hand-filling to ensure this process is done safely, visit is external).DCF runs the Weatherization Program and has allocated $100,000 to respond to “heating emergency” situations that may result from red-tagged tanks this winter, and has an additional $750,000 available for other types of heating emergencies. DEC manages the Petroleum Cleanup Fund financial assistance program. This fund helps 300 Vermonters upgrade or replace their tanks every year.For homeowners seeking financial assistance to help with the cost of fixing or replacing a red-tagged tank, here are four places to start:1. The Vermont Petroleum Cleanup Fund offers financial assistance to low-income residential tank owners for the removal, replacement and upgrade of an aboveground fuel oil storage tank. Go to…(link is external) or call (802) 828-1138 for more information.2. The Emergency Furnace Repair and Replacement Program operated by the Office of Economic Opportunity can assist with financing the repair or replacement of a red tagged tank. Contact your local Community Action Agency for more information.3. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a Rural Economic Development loan and grant program for low income households. Go to is external) for more information.4. VGreen Energy Improvement Loan offered by VSECU is a low-income loan for tank replacements. Go to is external) or call 1-800-371-5162 for more informationBeyond the winter season, DEC, DCF, and VFDA will continue to work with homeowners to provide financial assistance to repair or replace unsafe fuel tanks, and to reduce the cost of avoidable fuel spills for all Vermonters.Source: Agency of Natural Resources November 16, 2017 is external)last_img read more

Jones Lang LaSalle appoints new German managing director

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WA: Bombora Wave benefits from research collaboration

first_imgThrough iPrep WA initiative Bombora Wave Power has received more than USD 75.000 worth of consulting hours.iPREP WA is an initiative to support research collaboration between the universities and industries of Western Australia (WA).The program, developed by Edith Cowan University (ECU) in collaboration with four other WA universities and the Office of Premier and Cabinet, links PhD students with businesses to work on a six-week project during their thesis examination period.Bombora Wave Power has signed up for the program to get additional expertise in order to accelerate the transition of their wave energy technology from concept to reality, ECU’s press release reads.ECU PhD candidate Gary Allwood has been working with Bombora Wave Power on a way to monitor the performance and structural health monitoring of the membrane used to transform the energy from the wave to the air circuit.Allwood said: “I am working on putting fibre optic sensors in to the membrane used in Bombora’s wave energy technology to measure the mechanical properties. This will allow them to generate real time information about how the membranes are performing. Fibre optic sensors are ideally suited to wave power because they require no electricity to run, or metal components which could rust.”Bombora Wave’s Executive Director Shawn Ryan said iPrep was a fantastic way for business to tap into the expertise available at universities.Shawn Ryan added: “Because our technology is world-first, there isn’t the data out there on failure rates and overall performance that we need. We need to look at new ways to measure and gain a greater understanding of the performance of the materials we are using in the laboratory and then real world conditions.”[mappress mapid=”313″]Image: Bombora Wave Powerlast_img read more

Total on hunt for deals after outperforming rivals

first_imgBy Bate FelixPARIS (Reuters) – French oil company Total is on the hunt to buy assets from struggling rivals, it said on Thursday, as it reported some of the biggest profits in the industry for last year and raised its dividend.Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne said Total was reaping the benefit of cutting costs more quickly than competitors following the start of an oil price rout in 2014, and of focusing on projects with lower production costs.“We have the second-best net adjusted profit in the year among oil majors although we don’t have the same size of production compared with some of them – we are fifth largest in terms of production,” he told reporters.Total said it made an adjusted net profit of $8.2 billion (7 billion pounds) in 2016 and that on a comparable basis Shell made $7.2 billion, BP $2.6 billion and Chevron $1.8 billion. Only Exxon Mobil made more, with $8.9 billion, Total said.In the fourth quarter, the French company’s net profit rose 16 percent to $2.4 billion, beating analysts’ average forecast of $2.3 billion, while the dividend was set at 0.62 euros per share, up from 0.61 euros in the previous three quarters.“Another resilient set of results from Total, with earnings robust across all segments,” Jefferies analysts said in a note.They have a “hold” rating on the stock, which was up 1.2 percent to 47.4 euros at 1430 GMT.“We reacted faster than our peers on cutting our costs and we succeeded,” Pouyanne said. “We deliberately made the choice to go for projects with very low production costs.”“We did a lot of cost savings. The most spectacular was the average cost of production in exploration and production which was reduced to $5.9 per barrel of oil equivalent (boe), compared with $9.9/boe in 2014 and was the principal reason of our resilience,” he said.Total said it made $2.8 billion of savings in 2016, beating its target of $2.4 billion. It aims to make a further $3.5 billion of savings in 2017 and cut production costs to $5.5/boe.Pouyanne said the company’s downstream business also contributed to the strong performance, with a return on capital employed of over 30 percent, which he said was ahead of the 16-17 percent at peers.NEW PROJECTS, OPPORTUNITIESTotal’s solid balance sheet meant it could look for opportunities to pick up assets, the CEO said, adding the company planned to make final investment decisions on about 10 projects within the next 18 months.“We are in a field of opportunities,” Pouyanne said. “After two years of very low prices, there are companies around the world that have good assets but are struggling.”Total expects to invest $16-$17 billion in 2017, including resource acquisitions, compared with $18.3 billion in 2016.Production is forecast to grow by more than 4 percent, supporting the company’s goal to increase output on average by 5 percent per year from 2014 to 2020.Pouyanne said the global oil market had not yet rebalanced and inventories were about 10 percent above normal. He added oil prices were likely to remain volatile.A rebalancing of supply and demand would depend on implementation of the deal to cut output agreed by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC producers, he said.Total predicted its breakeven oil price would continue to fall, reaching less than $40 per barrel before the dividend, with cash flow from operations expected to cover investments and the cash portion of the dividend at $50 per barrel.(Reporting by Bate Felix and Benjamin Mallet; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Mark Potter)last_img read more

Tanzania – Birth of a gas giant?

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