BUY TICKETS: See the Road America action RELATED: How to find CNBC on your TVThis week, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series enjoy an off week, while the XFINITY Series goes road-course racing at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Check out the full weekend schedule below.XFINITY Series events are also live streamed online on the NBC Sports App, which can be accessed here. Events that are only available on the NBC Sports App are noted below.Note: All times are ETSATURDAY, August 262-2:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Road America, NBCSN (Results)4-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice at Road America, NBCSN (Results)SUNDAY, August 2711:45 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, CNBC (Results)3 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Johnsonville 180 (45 laps, 182.16 miles), NBC (Results)
by Morgan True vtdigger.org(link is external) Members of Vermont’s Health Care Is a Human Right campaign are calling on Gov. Peter Shumlin to “equitably” finance the state’s planned universal health care program. Advocates say the Shumlin administration’s single payer program should be supported by a progressive tax structure that doesn’t shift costs from large businesses to smaller ones and individuals.“Green Mountain Care should be funded by a mix of income taxes on earned and unearned income, wealth taxes and a graduated payroll tax for businesses with exemptions for the smallest of businesses,” said James Haslam, executive director of the Vermont Workers Center, at a news conference Monday.The new program should not require cost-sharing for medical services. Haslam says copays, deductibles and coinsurance should be eliminated. There should be no out-of-pocket costs when people receive care, Haslam and others said.Administration officials have hinted that their proposal for Green Mountain Care will include some elements of cost-sharing, which is likely to meet resistance from those who want health care services to be administered as a public good.Shumlin has said he will release his financing plan before the end of the month, but Monday’s news conference was in response to aspects of that proposal reported by VTDigger(link is external).VTDigger’s report cited sources with knowledge of previous versions of the proposal. The administration is still crafting the financing plan, according to one of its principal architects, Robin Lunge, director of health care reform.“We are still modeling the impacts of financing options on Vermont individuals, families and businesses and changing things about the proposal to reflect policy changes made after seeing the impacts,” Lunge said in an email.Shumlin said last week that the proposal will be released Dec. 29 or 30.The administration has declined to comment on the details reported by VTDigger, but Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding affirmed in a recent radio interview that there will likely be an employer payroll and income tax or “public premium” as part of the plan.The idea of a flat employer payroll tax — in the range of 6 to 9 percent — has raised concerns among advocates who argue that large companies, which typically pay a higher percentage of payroll toward employee health coverage, would pay less toward health care than they do now.Small businesses, which pay a tax instead of offering coverage or offer coverage that eats up a lower percentage of payroll, would be disproportionately impacted by a flat tax.Spaulding said the payroll tax would be phased in, reducing the immediate impact on small employers, but the administration has not said whether it will be a flat or graduated tax.The lack of detail on the income tax side of the equation has created anxiety among advocates that it might not tax nonwage income, such as capital gains.Haslam said he believes the details of Shumlin’s proposal will reveal it to be in line with what many advocates for universal health care in Vermont have waited to see for years.Whatever the governor proposes will be a “starting point” for advocates, Haslam said, but he urged Shumlin to give supporters of health reform something “worth fighting for.”The Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign issued its own financing proposal for universal healthcare in 2012: http://www.workerscenter.org/sites/default/files/gmcfinancingplan-vwcproposalfinal.pdf(link is external)A summary of this proposal is available here: http://www.workerscenter.org/sites/default/files/hchr_finance_1pager.pdf(link is external)
Lauren Sandow and Dane Erickson are recipients of this year’s Dr. Art Newcomer Awards. Photo courtesy SM East.SM East seniors Lauren Sandow and Dane Erickson are the recipients of this year’s Dr. Art Newcomer Awards, the top honor given to student athletes at the school each year.Named for the longtime SM East athletic director, the awards go to one boy and one girl senior each year who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom and in athletics.Sandow has been a standout player on the Lancers soccer team, as a four year member and letter winner on the varsity squad. She’s also played tennis four years, competing on the JV team for three years and on the varsity team this season. Outside of athletics, she’s a member of SHARE, the Student Athletic Advisory Council, Pep Club and the National Honor Society, among other groups.Erickson is a four-year varsity letter winner in wrestling and a three-year varsity letter winner in football. Off the field, he’s been student council class president for four years in a row, has earned his Eagle Scout designation, and helped launch a tutoring program at Indian Hills Middle School, among other activities.
AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “This is the first year we’ve presented this award, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving than RockAuto,” said Kruss. “Their year-over-year sales of Auto 7 parts increased an impressive 55 percent.” MIRAMAR, Fla. – Steven Kruss, president of Auto 7 Inc., a supplier of Korean-made, OEM quality automotive parts to distributors across North America, announced that Madison, Wis.-based RockAuto was named the company’s 2014 Internet Retailer of the Year. The award was presented July 9 to RockAuto President Jim Taylor along with Product Manager Ben Sobczak and Supply Chain Manager David Williams. Founded in 1999, RockAuto ships thousands of auto parts from more than 200 manufacturers to customers on every continent except Antarctica. RockAuto’s Jim Taylor said the company was honored to be recognized by Auto 7, a company that he says shares their focus on offering customers the best products, prices and service. “In terms of the depth and breadth of coverage for Kia, Hyundai and Daewoo vehicles, there is no other aftermarket part provider that comes close to Auto 7,” said Taylor. “Their products fit perfectly with our goal of providing all the parts your car will ever need, and they’re constantly acting on our input to find new ways to enhance their already excellent service.” Auto 7, located in Miramar, Fla., is part of an international company that has been in business for more than 60 years. It supplies a wide array of Korean-made, OEM quality automotive parts that are ISO-14000, QS-9000 or ISO/TS-16949 certified, and many of which are not typically available in the traditional aftermarket supply chain.
The results of a survey aimed at gauging Hampton Bays residents’ opinions about the safety and quality of their drinking water are in, and they have provided more questions than clear answers.According to the 1117 residents who responded to the mail survey, 583, or 47.8 percent, said they were satisfied with the way the Hampton Bays Water District is managed, while the other half indicated they were not satisfied or not sure. Nearly 45 percent of respondents said they thought it was safe to drink the water in Hampton Bays, while 54.6 percent said they purchased bottled water, and nearly 31 percent said they have water filtration systems in their homes.“If you group the ‘no’s’ with the unsures, that’s more than half, which is an interesting number,” Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said. “More than half are buying water, choosing not to drink the water. We’re trying to see whether it rises to a public vote.”When complaints were raised about the quality of Hampton Bays’ drinking water, the town board began exploring whether residents would be better served if the district were merged with the Suffolk County Water Authority. After an online survey and public meetings to discuss the pros and cons of a merger, the town board decided to conduct a mail survey, which it believed would put a sharper point on the opinions and help it determine whether or not to hold a public vote.To the question of whether the town should have the Suffolk County Water Authority take over the management of the district, 339, or 30.4 percent of respondents answered yes; 452, or 40.6 percent, said no; and 323, or 28.9 percent, were unsure. Schneiderman said not every resident answered every question. And while it’s possible more survey results could come in, he said it was unlikely they would change the final results.When asked what their greatest concern was, those who took the survey said water quality was at the top of the list, while reliability of the Hampton Bays Water District and cost came in behind that. More than half said they were dissatisfied with the water provided, with 36.5 percent saying they were strongly and 16.2 percent saying they were somewhat dissatisfied. Another 18 percent were in the middle, 10.4 percent were somewhat, and 18.88 percent were extremely satisfied.“You might like management and feel that they’re responsive, but still not satisfied with the product, so that’s an interesting one,” Schneiderman said.In response to a question asking what they thought would happen to the cost of drinking water if the Suffolk County Water Authority assumes management, 58.71 percent of the people felt the cost would rise and a small percentage said they thought it would go down.“Here’s the one thing that we know, which is very different than what the public understands at this point, is with the water authority taking over all the capital expenses of the district, they’d be shared with their over one million customers,” Schneiderman said. “We need to resurface tanks, we need to put in iron filtration systems. There’s a bunch of things that are sort of immediate. If you want to compare apples to apples, and we don’t go with Suffolk County Water Authority and bring the infrastructure up to proper standards, the price for water in Hampton Bays would be more. That’s something we’re going to have to make sure people understand.”He said it can be argued that people may be willing to pay more to keep their water service local, but for him, what it comes down to at the end of the day is ensuring enough of the public feels safe and confident in their drinking water.“It’s getting harder and harder on a small scale to come up with the funds necessary to ensure the highest standard of drinking water,” Schneiderman said. “That’s why I think you see these consolidations happening all over the place. Suffolk County Water Authority has a higher level of expertise, has a lab, but this idea of keeping it local, it’s ‘our’ water, there’s validity to that.” Before it can go to a referendum, the town would have to determine who would be eligible to vote. In the meantime, Schneiderman said the board is concentrating on getting information about the pros and cons of a merger to [email protected] Share
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RenewableUK has welcomed two key announcements in the wave energy sector which will help to spur growth and maintain the UK’s global lead in this innovative and dynamic field.The Edinburgh-based company Aquamarine Power has secured full consent to build the largest commercial wave energy array in the world.The 40-megawatt wave farm, off the north-west coast of the Isle of Lewis and Harris in Scotland, will consist of between 40 and 50 Oyster devices, with the capacity to power nearly 30,000 homes.The announcement was made by the Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing at the All Energy conference in Aberdeen.RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Maria McCaffery, said:“This is a big step forward for the marine energy sector in the UK and especially in the Scottish Islands, which has a first-rate marine energy resource. Just last week we were told by a Government report that more needed to be done to reap the benefits that could be generated by marine energy projects in the Scottish Islands. Today’s announcement shows the interest industry has in the area, and we hope Government and industry can work together to overcome challenges and take forward renewables in the Islands”RenewableUK has also welcomed Mr Ewing’s announcement that funding from the Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund (MRCF) will now be used to provide dedicated support for the wave energy sector.RenewableUK’s Wave and Tidal Development Manager David Krohn said:“The Scottish Government’s announcement provides a substantial boost for the wave energy sector, in which the UK leads the world. This specifically-targeted funding will help to accelerate growth and generate further private investment in a technology which has enormous potential, as 50% of the total European wave energy resource is in UK and Irish waters. By kickstarting a further expansion of the wave sector, we can ensure that costs come down as quickly as possible, so that we can capitalise on our global pre-eminence. The wave energy industry is aiming to move from full-scale demonstration devices to the first arrays, so this funding will help to set us firmly on the road towards commercial viability”.[mappress]Press release, May 24, 2013; Image: Aquamarine Power
Wintershall Norge AS, operator of production licence 511, is about to complete drilling of wildcat well 6406/6-3. The well was drilled about 25 kilometres south of the Tyrihans field and about 15 kilometres northeast of the 6406/9-1 Linnorm discovery.The primary and secondary exploration targets for the well were to prove petroleum in Middle to Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Ile, Tofte and Tilje formations). It encountered the Ile, Tofte and Tilje formations with better reservoir rocks and reservoir quality than expected, but the formations are water-bearing.Gas was also encountered in a 14-metre gross column in the Garn formation in Middle Jurassic. Preliminary calculation of the size of the discovery is between 0.55 and 0.62 billion Sm3 of recoverable gas. The size of the discovery is not commercially interesting at this time.The well was not formation tested, but data acquisition and sampling were carried out.6406/6-3 is the first exploration well in production licence 511. The licence was awarded in APA 2008.The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 4395 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Åre formation in the Lower Jurassic.Water depth at the site is 243 metres. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned.6406/6-3 was drilled by the Transocean Arctic drilling facility, which will proceed to production licence 492 in the Barents Sea to drill wildcat well 7120/1-3, where Lundin Norway AS is the operator.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, June 21, 2013; Image: npd.no
The Filmmaker: Andre GoodluckHometown: Miami, FLProfession/Specialization: filmmaker, graphic designerFrom hanging out with world class athletes one day, to behind the scenes investigations next, there’s no telling what new adventures the day will bring for filmmaker and graphic artist, Andre Goodluck. As owner of media production outfit Spot on Media Miami, Goodluck has become the go-to guy for video production in Miami.A life behind the lens was a natural fit for Goodluck, who as pre-teen joined his father in filming weddings for their family and friends. His early talent led him to a scholarship at the Art Institute, and a managerial position at a local graphic design firm. But Goodluck soon got the itch to return to his first love, eventually striking out on his own.Though born in Miami, Goodluck spent his early years in Georgetown, Guyana, and attributes his drive to his family’s determination. “In America people are drunk with the idea of opportunity,” says Goodluck. “But in the Caribbean it’s sink or swim. You have to figure out a way to stay afloat. Seeing the situations my parents went through, I knew if they could do it limited resources, there’s no reason I can’t do in a country with some many opportunities.”And Goodluck has been hard at work, collecting a reputation among Miami’s production industry. So far, his most memorable project was a VICE TV investigation into the controversial staging of a boat show in Key Biscayne, which was causing severe traffic and endangering local marine life. “It was real covert ops filming,” recalls Goodluck. “The law firm manages to use the film and build their case against the city of Miami.”Personal success aside, Goodluck has his eyes set on future, hoping to create a stronger creative community in Miami by creating a collective of industry talents, challenging other in competitions.“In Miami people don’t really work together,” says Goodluck. “I want to create a network of people interested in always trying to do better.”
NOTES #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version SCOUTING AUM* Conference newcomers Auburn Montgomery have made a pretty strong first impression on the GSC, with a 5-7 league record. Those five wins include home victories over West Alabama and Alabama Huntsville, and the team battled Mississippi College to a 2-3 loss on the road.* Ruby Mendez has proven to be a major threat for the Warhawks. The sophomore from San Jose, California, has scored 12 goals in 14 games and has added 5 assists. She also enters the weekend on a bit of a hot streak, with five goals and two helpers in her last three matches, including one of each at Mississippi College last weekend.* AUM, despite being picked to finish 12th in the GSC, returns 65 percent of its shots and 75 percent of its goals scored, from a team that went 8-7-1 in 2016. The Warhawks may have been better than their record indicated, as the team was just 3-5 in one-goal games last season.* UWF and AUM faced off last year and the Argos took a 2-0 win, while taking 15 shots and allowing just 2. That is the only time that UWF and AUM have matched up in women’s soccer. PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida women’s soccer team will conclude its regular season with a Thursday match at Spring Hill and a home contest against Gulf South Conference newcomer Auburn Montgomery on Saturday. The Thursday game will begin at 3:30 at Library Field on the campus of Spring Hill College in Mobile, and West Florida will honor seniors Kaljit Atwal, Georgia Bailey, and Katelyn Burkhart with a Senior Day celebration on Saturday prior to the 3 pm kickoff. SCOUTING SPRING HILL* The Badgers enter the weekend with a 1-16 record but have been playing their best soccer in the last week. After a tough 0-4 loss against Mississippi College at home, the Badger women battled both Shorter and North Alabama through overtime on the road, ultimately falling 0-1 in each contest.* Spring Hill has struggled in finding the net, but Gabrielle Burmaster has been a threat throughout the year, with a team-high four goals. She has notably scored against Lee, which ranks second in the Gulf South Conference in goals against average, and against Florida Southern, which has the second-best GAA in the Sunshine State Conference. Saturday will also mark Argie’s Kids Club Day and the annual Fight Cancer Game for the women’s team. Saturday vs. Auburn MontgomerySTATS | VIDEO OUR SENIORS* A forward from Birmingham, England, Kaljit Atwal has totaled 25 points in her two years at West Florida. Those come from six goals and 13 assists across 39 games played with the blue and green. Atwal earned GSC Player of the Week honors just two weeks ago, after scoring twice and tallying three assists over a five-game, three-day stretch for the Argonauts against Montevallo, West Georgia and North Alabama.* Georgia Bailey has been a major contributor on UWF’s back line over the last four years, starting 48 matches and playing in 63, while scoring five goals and adding three assists as a defender. She has set career highs in goals and assists this year with two each, and she added one of both against North Alabama. Bailey is a three-time member of the GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll and has come up with game-tying and game-winning goals in the postseason in the last two seasons.* At a university that has featured some of the best goalkeepers in GSC history, Katelyn Burkhart stands out. Her 35 career wins and 16 career shutouts each rank fifth in UWF history, and her junior campaign in 2016 will go down as one of the best in GSC lore. The Pace, Florida, native earned 18 wins in goal for UWF and posted a .407 goals against average — a mark that ranks second in UWF history, while recording 8 shutouts. Thursday at Spring HillSTATS THE REGIONAL RANKINGS* UWF jumped up to No. 3 in the South Region rankings on Wednesday, after being ranked No. 5 in the initial regional rankings last week.* Nova Southeastern led the rankings for the second consecutive week and Mississippi College came in at No. 2. Lee, North Alabama, Barry, Florida Southern and Tampa each followed West Florida. The top six teams in the regional rankings at the end of the season advance to the NCAA Tournament, where the 1 and 2 seeds in each of the country’s eight regions serve as a host for the first two rounds.