Goodyear hands Earnhardt Jr. keys to Goodyear Blimp

first_img With weather less than ideal in the Daytona Beach area Wednesday, the blimp was limited in flight and only got off the ground for a few minutes. But the day was all about Paul Siverson, a Vietnam and Gulf War veteran who served in the military for 30 years. Siverson describes Earnhardt as his “first, second and third favorite NASCAR driver.” In honor of soldiers like Siverson, Goodyear donated $10,000 to NCServes with Earnhardt Jr. on hand for the check presentation. In addition to the blimp flight, Siverson will receive access at Daytona Speedweeks including tickets to the Great American Race on Sunday.Goodyear has more than 100 years of history building innovative tires and equipment to help support and protect U.S. troops and is the largest producer of military tires in the country. The tire manufacturer has helped build more than 150 blimps for the U.S. Navy and continues to recognize the skills of Veterans through a robust hiring program and was recently recognized with the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award. “This was such a cool day — being able to co-pilot the Goodyear Blimp and connect with a fan who has so honorably served our country,” said Earnhardt Jr. “I’m proud to be involved with Goodyear. Ever since we started working together, I’ve wanted to ride in the blimp, so this was a great experience I will never forget.” Earnhardt Jr., who missed 18 races last season while recovering from a concussion, will get behind the familiar wheel of his No. 88 car Sunday seeking his third Daytona  500 victory on the confidence of Goodyear tires. But it was an altogether different experience sitting at the controls of the iconic Goodyear Blimp. Coupled with his Earnhardt Jr. fandom, it was Siverson’s dedication to NCServes, a charitable organization that provides comprehensive services to veterans, service members and their families, that made Siverson the perfect candidate for the surprise ride with NASCAR’s most popular driver.center_img BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! In celebration of his return to racing at this Sunday’s Daytona  500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. donned a Goodyear Blimp pilot uniform and took a different kind of lap in the Goodyear Blimp on Wednesday, surprising a U.S. military veteran with the experience of a lifetime.  “We’re honored to celebrate the return of Dale Jr. to NASCAR and recognize an American hero like Paul,” said Seth Klugherz, Goodyear’s director of North America marketing. “Connecting American icons NASCAR and the Goodyear Blimp to provide an experience for a military veteran is a natural way to extend Goodyear’s unwavering support to the U.S. Armed Forces.” Tune-in to watch the Daytona  500 on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. ET on FOX, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and MRN.last_img read more

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Strategy play pays off for Stenhouse Jr.

first_imgThough Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn’t win Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway by staying out on old tires — as Ryan Newman did — the driver of the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford did hold onto fourth place during a two-lap overtime. That Stenhouse was able to score his eighth career top five is emblematic of improved performance at Roush Fenway Racing, but Stenhouse says there’s still work to do. “I have definitely seen a difference in the quality (of the RFR cars),” Stenhouse said. “We still have a long way to go, but we’ve made a big improvement from last year, especially the end of last year. In Atlanta, we had a really good car and got the right front fender tore off on the last restart. I thought we would finish fifth to 10th there. I thought we had a 15th place car in Vegas and had an issue with the axle at the end. “Today, I thought we had a 10th-place car on the long run and took a gamble, and were able to get a better finish there at the end. I think our cars and the attitude at the shop is really good. (Teammate) Trevor (Bayne) has some solid finishes here in the first few races, and that’s something encouraging and something to build off of. I feel like we have had speed, just haven’t gotten the finishes for the speed we have. It’s better to have speed and have to figure out how to get the finishes.” RELATED: Buy tickets for Auto ClubMORE FROM PHOENIX: Race results | Standings | Detailed breakdownlast_img read more

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Moots Adds Shimano Di2 Wiring Option on Frames

first_imgMoots is now offering a Shimano Di2 internal wiring option on all of their frames for $350. It’s not a retrofittable option, so you’ll have to order a new Moots (bummer, we know) to get it. Technically, it’s only shown as an option on their road and cyclocross bikes, but we’ve confirmed that you could get it added to any frame they make (touring/commuter/mountain bike) if you want. After all, if you’re buying a frame that’ll last a lifetime, you may as well future proof it as recent hacks start going mainstream.Pics after the break… The upgrade includes the battery mount (under the downtube near the BB), ports and holes to make it compatible with Di2 only, not the wiring.last_img

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A look at the south Overland Park Walmart Tom Valenti compared his Mission proposal to

first_imgWhen developer Tom Valenti pitched his vastly reworked proposal for the Mission Gateway project to Mission’s city council and planning commission last week, he told the group that the expanded 175,000 square foot Walmart he is now pushing “does not have to look like a big box.” He referred the city officials to a Walmart supercenter at 159th and Metcalf in south Overland Park as an example. So, we decided to take a trip down to see what he meant. Here are several shots of that building.Here’s the sign along Metcalf:Here is a shot of the main entrance, which faces east, shot from the south:Here is the north facade of the building:Here is the south facade of the building:And here’s a detail shot from the garden center entrance:last_img

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U.S. mulling big data policy

first_imgHow Privacy, Security Concerns Should Govern Useby. Eric Chabrow ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Obama administration is in the midst of a four-week effort to get the public to chime in on policies the federal government could develop regarding the privacy and security of big data.In January, while addressing new limits placed on intelligence agencies in collecting telephone metadata, President Obama tapped his counselor, John Podesta, to lead a group that would seek to forge international norms for how to manage big data and how the government could promote the free flow of information in ways that are consistent with privacy and cybersecurity (see Obama Orders Review on Use of Big Data). continue reading »last_img

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The Shops at OdySea locks down first wave of retailers

first_imgIf you drive along the 101 Freeway in Scottsdale, you cannot miss the 60-foot tall concrete tilt walls standing upright just north of Via De Ventura. Anchored by one of the largest, most technologically advanced indoor aquariums to be constructed in the United States, OdySea in the Desert has now released its first wave of retailers who are committed to the developers ultimate vision of combining retail, entertainment, music, food and drinks.Once a mix of undeveloped farmland and open desert, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has been transforming into a thriving multi-purpose entertainment district which combines shopping and entertainment opportunities suitable for a variety of different uses including OdySea Aquarium. In recent years, the stretch of land along Loop 101 between Indian Bend and Shea has become home to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball Spring Training Complex, Top Golf at Riverwalk, Talking Stick Resort and Casino, Butterfly Wonderland and now OdySea in the Desert.OdySea in the Desert is a 35-acre, multi-level, quarter billion dollar mixed use retail entertainment complex. The development features a 200,000 square foot state of the art aquarium, 77,000 square feet of retail shops and restaurants, a 40,000 square foot Butterfly Wonderland, a 180’ tall sky wheel, a 78’ indoor sky-diving facility and a 4-acre flagship water based attraction described by project officials as the Aquatic Oasis.The Shops at OdySea in the Desert offer retail and restaurant suites ranging from 1,000 to 6,500 square feet and will host innovative concepts from some of the world’s top restaurateurs and retail brands. The first floor will cater to retailers offering fun, hands-on interactive shopping, while the main level will house an array of unique, high-energy restaurants for visitors seeking an extraordinary culinary experience. Locally-based real estate company, ORION Investment Real Estate, has been working in tandem with the developer over the past several months to complete the leasing of the project.Adam Lopez, ORION’s Vice President of Leasing noted, “Opening a retail shop or restaurant at The Shops at OdySea in the Desert is a once in a life time opportunity! We are thrilled to be announcing our first wave of retailers committed to the project and equally excited to announce many more to come!” In addition to high-end Seafood, Steakhouse, and Asian concepts, the project will also house family-friendly staples like Johnny Rockets and an old fashioned Ice Cream Parlor.“We are focused on completing the developer’s vision of creating a fun and unique dining experience designed to attract everyone’s palate. We are rounding out a restaurant line-up that will have a cuisine type from everywhere in the world. A condensed EPCOT Center is the vision!,” says ORION President, Ari Spiro. The latest restaurant tenant to commit to the project is Humble Pie. “We had numerous interested pizza restaurants, but Humble Pie was a great addition as their lively, hip and high-end image, yet family-friendly is what this project embodies,” continued Spiro.ORION has been promoting the project for only the past 4 months and has attained lease commitments for over 50% of the project with an additional 32% in pre-lease negotiations. “We are really excited to see our leasing and marketing strategy take flight. In a very short time frame, we have signed interactive retail concepts, such as an Arizona General Store and Trading Post who offers products unique to Arizona, an indoor carnival carousel, a glass shop where they will be blowing glass on site, an interactive candy store, an indoor ice bar and playground featuring Rita’s Frozen Ice, a high-end jeweler and a create-your-own custom toy store. It is all about creating an experience!”The Shops at OdySea in the Desert represent the changing face of retail, blending entertainment and the shopping experience. “Top Retail brands have been evolving. They are looking for ways to create a more dynamic, entertaining atmosphere in order to get their customers interested in their product,” says Lopez. “The Shops at OdySea in the Desert is at the nucleus of this one-of-a-kind entertainment project in the heart of the Entertainment District in Arizona,” continues Spiro.Though leasing up quickly, ORION says they are particularly interested in attracting operators in the sports bar/grills, barbecue, Mexican food, vegetarian/vegan and coffee categories. Lopez concludes, “The time is now…we anticipate commitments for the final phase of leasing within the next couple of months.”last_img read more

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These Days, It’s Not About the Polar Bears

first_img“We’re trying,” Dr. van der Linden said, “to help people help themselves and navigate this post-truth environment.” Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media > The well-worn tactic of hitting people over the head with scary climate change facts has proved inadequate at changing behavior or policies in ways big enough to alter the course of global warming. — The game was designed to help its hundreds of thousands of players become better consumers of climate-related information. Dr. Cook has designed a high school curriculum as well as a popular online course that presents students first with facts and then a myth about climate change; the students are then asked to resolve the conflict. Climate science has struggled mightily with a messaging problem. In Europe, Sander van der Linden, a social psychologist at the University of Cambridge, codesigned an inoculation-based online game with doctoral researcher Jon Roozenbeek.last_img read more

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Despite the headlines, dementia epidemic may not actually be getting worse

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on Twitter The notion of a dementia epidemic has been a big concern in ageing societies across the globe for some time. With the extension of life expectancy it seems to be an inevitable disaster – one of the “greatest enemies of humanity”, according to UK prime minister David Cameron.Many shocking figures have been published pointing to dramatic increases in dementia prevalence and massive predicted costs and burdens. Yet new evidence seems to suggest otherwise. In a review of dementia occurrence in five studies in the UK, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands between 2007 and 2013 that used consistent research methods and diagnostic criteria, we found none that supported headlines about dramatic increases in dementia. They report stable or reduced prevalence at specific ages over the past few decades – despite ageing populations.How to reconcile this relatively optimistic picture with what looks like panic on the part of governments, charities and the mainstream media? One reason is that they fail to recognise the complexity of dementia diagnosis. The main criteria for diagnosing dementia hinge on cognitive decline and an associated deterioration in a person’s ability to carry out day-to-day activities. If there are variations in the recognised boundaries of these criteria either in different countries or during different time periods, this can affect occurrence estimates without changing the fundamentals of the dementia syndrome itself. Share Over the past few decades, the diagnostic criteria have indeed changed across the world in parallel with public awareness and perceptions. More people are now diagnosed with very early dementia, for example, though it may or may not progress into more severe forms. The introduction of biomarkers for diagnosis is likely to further expand prevalence by identifying large sections of populations at risk – and is already in its early stages. Such changes will affect different groups of people in different contexts in different ways, but basically we might be counting more people as having dementia due to the use of more inclusive diagnostic criteria.Solution and salvationHaving said that, there might be more than careless use of research evidence at play. The worsening epidemic message also fits well with consumer psychology and the recent history of over-medicalisation: fear, demand for a solution, and salvation. The world is looking for a silver bullet. Since the G8 summit of 2013, the hunt for “a dementia cure or disease-modifying therapy by 2025” has become a global target. We have seen major investment from public and private funding bodies alike, stimulating national and even global collaborations. Current research has focused on drug interventions and clinical trials, as well as relevant biomarkers including novel imaging for assumed brain pathology.The progress to date has not been promising, but the reality is that healthcare and pharmaceutical companies are looking at large potential profits from future dementia interventions. It makes sense for them to play up the possibility of avoiding conditions associated with ageing, both now and in future. It would be particularly lucrative for them to be able to recommend specific medications for younger people who had been found to have a higher risk of developing dementia later in life. Such treatments could enjoy far wider demand than a specific targeted cure for the smaller group who are already developing the condition.But if dementia prevalence is indeed stable or even declining, might past policies provide a better answer? Remember we are talking about a generation which experienced substantial post-war investments in education and socialised healthcare, and a partial reduction in social inequalities as a result. If it has worked thus far, the same kind of approach might be the best way forward for the future. Adopting a drug-only approach is likely to lead to widening inequalities of access and problems with affordability, as we learned with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other diseases.The current dementia prevention advice focuses on what people can do in terms of healthy behaviour and lifestyle: exercise, diet and so forth. Yet our lifestyles and health are considerably influenced by factors in our wider social environment over which we have limited control. For the sake of future populations, this is why responsibility for dementia prevention should be seen as a matter for society and the world as a whole.By Yu-Tzu Wu, University of Cambridge and Carol Brayne, University of CambridgeYu-Tzu Wu is Epidemiology at University of Cambridge and Carol Brayne is Professor of Public Health Medicine at University of CambridgeThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.center_img LinkedIn Pinterest Emaillast_img read more

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Hansteen enjoys Brexit bounce after pound falls against the euro

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