NASCAR founder’s great-grandson wins K&N East race

first_img“It’s so cool to come here to Pensacola and win. This is a track with so much prestige.”—Ben Kennedy Ben Kennedy captured his first career win in dominant fashion — leading the NAPA Auto Parts 150 wire-to-wire as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East made its inaugural visit to Five Flags Speedway on Saturday. ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned. Kennedy grabs first career K&N Pro Series East win in home state of Florida Earlier in the day, Kennedy established himself as the one to beat at the half-mile track in his home state — topping the speed chart in practice and winning the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying.The 21-year-old from Daytona Beach held off multiple challenges throughout the 150-lap event and maintained command even after his sizeable lead was erased by a late-race caution.”It’s so cool to come here to Pensacola and win,” said Kennedy. “This is a track with so much prestige, and this is phenomenal.”Fifteen-year-old series rookie Gray Gaulding had to settle for second, with John Van Doorn third. Brett Moffitt came home fourth, followed by Kenzie Ruston. Bryon Ortiz, Dylan Kwasniewski, Sergio Pena, Ryan Gifford and Brandon Gdovic completed the top 10.Kennedy, the great grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., got his first NASCAR win last year in the Euro-Racecar Series in Tours, France. This was his first win in the U.S. and came in his 30th NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start. His previous best finish was third (twice).Kennedy was one of five drivers in the field with previous experience at the Pensacola track. He has twice competed in Super Late Models at Five Flags.The NAPA Auto Parts 150 will be televised on SPEED on May 2 at 3 p.m. ET.The next event on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule is the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on April 25.For more results, audio, photos and information, go to read more

Disclosures on fracking lacking, study finds

first_imgAs the growth of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” transforms more rural landscapes across the heartland into industrial zones, companies are less willing to disclose the chemicals they inject into the ground, Harvard researchers have found.In the race to find new energy sources, fracking ― the process of extracting oil and gas from shale beds ― has emerged as a dominant, if controversial, force, bringing jobs and wealth to many communities but also spreading unease about its environmental impacts, notably water contamination. Companies drill into the Earth and inject at extreme pressure a mix of water, sand, and chemicals to fracture rock and release oil or gas.To address public health concerns, 28 states require companies to report the chemicals they use for the process. Twenty-three of those states direct companies to disclose the information to the national registry FracFocus.But the amount of information withheld has increased the past three years, according to a study by Kate Konschnik, a lecturer and director of Harvard Environmental Law Policy Initiative, and Archana Dayalu, a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.An earlier report by the federal Environmental Protection Agency found that between 2010 and 2012, 11 percent of the chemicals used in fracking were unreported. Konschnik and Dayalu’s study found that between 2012 and April 2015, that rose to 16.5 percent.The reluctance of companies to disclose the chemicals used in fracking has contributed to debate around the practice. While the public can find out what chemicals are used at other industrial sites in their communities through an EPA registry, most of the online chemical information on fracking is available only through FracFocus, a resource the study indicates is incomplete and inaccurate.In 2005, Congress exempted fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act, which requires energy companies to fully disclose the chemicals they force into the Earth. Prior to 2010, when FracFocus was launched, no states required companies to report the chemicals they used for fracking.The findings surprised the researchers because companies seemed to disclose more information when FracFocus was a voluntary initiative led by the Department of Energy.“We had expected that, because more of the disclosures were being made in response to legal requirements, they’d be more complete,” said Konschnik.The study is not an attack against fracking, the researchers said, but it should raise concerns.“Fracking has helped put the United States on the trajectory towards energy independence,” said Dayalu. “But it doesn’t give the process a free pass against regulation.”The study is the most comprehensive analysis to date of chemical disclosures registered on FracFocus. The researchers reviewed more than 96,000 disclosure forms, including nearly 2 million ingredient records. Among the cited ingredients were ammonium chloride, hydrochloric acid, and methanol, chemicals the Centers for Disease Control says can cause skin irritations, headaches, digestive disorders, lung damage and other health conditions.Konschnik said FracFocus falls short of being a regulatory tool, and called for policy-makers to do more to ensure that citizens have access to complete and accurate chemical disclosures.“We think states could signal to the oil and gas community that they take these disclosures seriously,” she said. “If companies don’t think regulators are taking this seriously, they won’t take the time and effort to make complete and correct disclosures.”The study, “Hydraulic fracturing chemicals reporting: Analysis of available data and recommendations for policy makers,” was published this month in Energy Policy, an academic journal.“A lot of oil and gas activity is happening close to cities, communities, and schools,” said Konschnik. “People are seeing this industrial activity right outside their door, they see trucks come up with chemicals, and that concerns them. They want to know what chemicals are being used in their communities. There is so much we don’t know about this activity.”last_img read more

SIBC reopens membership to all majors

first_imgAfter beginning the year under the purview of the Mendoza College of Business, and therefore being open only to Mendoza students, the Student International Business Council (SIBC) recently moved under the advisorship of the Career Center and will reopen its membership to students of all majors, senior and SIBC co-president Alisha Anderson said.Emily Danaher | The Observer “The most immediate change is, once again, we will be open to students from all majors and all college affiliations, which we saw as the most important change so far,” Anderson said. “Beyond that, we’re still working through some of the other structural changes in terms of bylaws and organizational aspects.”Career Center director Hilary Flanagan said the new partnership with SIBC, the largest student organization on campus, came about after discussions between student members of SIBC and University administrators. Student organizations exist under the direction of a department or division of the University rather than the Club Coordination Council.“After considering some recent feedback from and discussion between students involved in SIBC, deans, and the Division of Student Affairs, the decision was made to transition SIBC from a student club to a student organization,” Flanagan said in an email. “Like other student organizations on campus, SIBC already functioned with a University employee appointed to advise the group.“Being recognized as a student organization and moving forward with that recognition seems like a very positive outcome that will address important student feedback and benefit all who participate in the organization.”Senior Alessandro DiSanto, also an SIBC co-president, said the move stemmed from a mutual desire from Mendoza and SIBC to find the best home for the council.“I think because of the immediacy of the decision that was made over the summer by the College of Business [to have control over SIBC], we were not able to fully discuss how the transition would work with Mendoza,” he said. “And once those discussions started taking place, there was a feeling of maybe this should go in a different direction.“Just given the circumstances that both [Mendoza and SIBC] are in, perhaps both organizations could meet their missions better if the SIBC was located in a different home that allowed for a more expansive impact on campus.”DiSanto said he was pleased to see the University respond to the council’s needs in an effective and productive way.“It was very heartening to see the Office of Student Affairs realize the level of independence the SIBC is capable of in order to function at a healthy state,” he said. “And we’re very excited to work with the Career Center, whose mission very much aligns with ours — providing a diverse set of educational experience while maintaining an impact in both the local and global communities.”Anderson said the administration listened to student concerns regarding SIBC membership and prioritized the best interest for the council in its response.“Everyone was very impassioned about, ‘How can we best find a home for the SIBC?’” she said. “I think everyone was trying to find the best interest for us, including Mendoza and Student Affairs.”Though SIBC has essentially completed its projects for the fall semester, DiSanto said the council looks forward to reopening its membership to all students in the spring semester.“Our projects are coming to the end for this semester, so it’s kind of the end of our cycle, but starting immediately, we are open to everyone from all educational backgrounds and are excited to welcome all of our new members and old members back at the start of this coming semester,” DiSanto said.He also said the move to the Career Center will provide new and exciting opportunities for SIBC and its members, though the details of these opportunities are still in the early stages.“We’re still in preliminary discussions with the Career Center, but you can certainly see how there may potentially be some synergies on some of our international internship programs, whether that be through parallel funding sources or amplified relationships with companies,” he said.Flanagan said she and her staff at the Career Center are likewise excited about the possibilities for the new relationship with SIBC.“Time will certainly tell, but I think there are some great opportunities for our staff to provide some coaching to students within SIBC to further their aim to promote peace through commerce,” she said. “We look forward to coaching the student leadership of SIBC, as well as the general membership as they strive to gain experience in various career fields through interaction with employers.“This is a brand new transition for all of us, and I think this new collaboration will be great for student members of SIBC. Being recognized as a student organization and moving forward with that recognition seems like a very positive outcome that will address important student feedback and benefit all who participate in the organization.”Tags: Career Center, Hilary Flanagan, mendoza college of business, SIBC, Student International Business Councillast_img read more

Mr. Albert Owen “Buster” Powers, Sr.

first_imgMr. Albert Owen “Buster” Powers, Sr., age 90, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on December 21, 1928, in Rising Sun, Indiana, the loving son of the late, Carl and Beulah (Wainscott) Powers. He was raised in Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland County, Indiana and attended school in Rising Sun, Indiana. At the young age of 23, Buster was inducted into the United States Army on April 30, 1951, in Indianapolis, Indiana, serving during the Korean War. He received the Korean Service Medal with three bronze service stars, United National Service Medal for Korea and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Buster was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class on January 29, 1953, in Fort Riley, Kansas. Buster was united in marriage on February 20, 1954, in Vevay, Indiana, to the late, Jerrie A. Scranton. This happy union was blessed with a daughter, Dianna and four sons, Albert, Dennis, Mark and Michael. Buster and Jerrie shared 38 years of marriage together until she passed away on February 13, 1992. Buster was employed for General Motors in Norwood, Ohio, retiring in 1989, after 23 1/2 years of service. Buster farmed all of his life in Vevay, Indiana, where he raised tobacco and milked cows. Buster was a member of the National Farmers Organization, National Rifle Association and the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765. He was a lifetime member of the Vevay VFW Post #5396. Buster was a member of the Markland Baptist Church and later attended Long Run Baptist Church. Later on, Buster moved his membership to Riverview Baptist Church then to Switzerland Baptist Church and later back to Riverview Baptist Church. He enjoyed traveling, deer hunting, fishing, being outdoors and playing his jaw harp. Buster loved the idea of flying and took flying lessons and received his learners permit. Buster will be deeply missed by his loving family. Buster passed away at 7:54 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Albert will be remembered by his daughter, Dianna Powers of Markland, IN; his sons, Albert O. Powers, Jr. and his wife, Angela of Vevay, IN, Dennis Powers of Bloomington, IN, Mark Powers and his wife, Patty of Madison, IN and Michael Powers and his wife, Kandy of Moorefield, IN; his grandchildren, Ashley Powers, Emily Lovins and her husband, Troy, Kim Kent, Kathy Kent and her wife, Shaunte McCool-Kent, Robert Gilbert, Braxton Powers and his wife, Sammy, Coltin Powers and his wife, Katie, Amber Powers, Andrew Powers and Courtney Powers; his great-grandchildren, Harlan, Woodrow and Reba; his 5-step-great-grandchildren; his 3-step-great-great-grandchildren; his sisters, Lulu Belle Thomas and her husband, Donald of Patriot, IN and Ruby Delores Rowlett of Madison, IN and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Beulah (Wainscott) Powers; his wife, Jerrie A. (Scranton) Powers, died February 13, 1992; his granddaughter, Danielle Nicole Powers, died December 10, 2018; his brothers, Carl William and Omer Stewart Powers; his sister, Georgia Marie Powell-McDole; his daughter-in-law, Annetta “Bernice” (Kee) Powers, died January 15, 2019 and his step-grandson, Douglas Gilbert.Friends may call 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., by Pastor Joe Lamson at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, Madison, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the Hebron Baptist Church in Madison, Indiana or Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Skaneateles edges Marcellus for sectional girls tennis Class C title

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Each side had three points on the board when Rachel Hackler and Kelsey Rutledge went to a third set with Bella Clarke and Isabella Demeis. They tied 6-6, ended up in a tie-breaker and only there, by a 7-5 margin, did Hackler and Rutledge prevail 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.Prior to that, Ella Danforth and Emma Miller had handled Elaina Mahoney and Morgan Walsh 6-0, 6-3, while in singles Lily Miller won a 7-5, 7-5 battle with Colleen Marsh and Isabella Kroon got past Danielle Copp 6-4, 7-5.Marcellus countered with Kaitlyn Kemp and Megan Mitchell handling Sofia Capozza and Olivia Walker 6-3, 6-0, with Sophia Shaw and Maddie Vetsch getting a 6-2, 7-6 (7-0) win over Kate Aberi and Meg Benedict. Just the idea that the Marcellus and Skaneateles girls tennis teams could meet for the Section III Class C team championship had to stir all those familiar with the rivalry between the two schools in so many sports.That idea turned into reality Thursday at Utica’s Mott Courts when, despite the Lakers starting as a no. 3 seed and the Mustangs as a no. 5 seed, the two would gather with the sectional title on the line.And it proved a classic, with the two sides not deciding matters until the tie-breaker of the fourth doubles match, which finally pushed Skaneateles in front to claim the championship by a 4-3 margin. When, in first singles, Kathleen DeMarle outlasted Kenna Ellis 6-1, 2-6, 6-1, the Mustangs had a third point, but by the smallest of margins, the Lakers denied Marcellus that fourth point.Things began to line up after last Tuesday’s quarterfinals, partly because undefeated top seed Clinton was knocked off by no. 8 seed Cazenovia 3-2.Meanwhile, Marcellus avoided its own surprise by ending the great run of no. 13 seed Jordan-Elbridge as the Mustangs defeated the Eagles 6-1.J-E’s lone point arrived when Anisa Bort beat DeMarle 6-1, 6-3, but Marcellus countered with Copp handling Meghan Whalen 6-3, 6-1 and Marsh winning over Wendy Carter 6-4, 6-1.Kemp and Walsh were involved in the closest of the four doubles matches, still putting together a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Katelyn Precourt and Gabrielle Skotinski 6-3, 7-6.Mahoney and Mitchell won, 6-0, 6-3, over Lexi Delfavero and Delaney Dunham. Shaw and Vetsch handled Maddie Green and Maria LaFleur 6-2, 6-2 as Clarke and Demeis got past Skylar Crysler and Hayley Holland 6-1, 6-3.Now the semifinal pitted Marcellus against Cazenovia, whom it beat 6-1 late in August. Just as strong in the rematch, the Mustangs again topped that other group of Lakers 6-1.DeMarle lost in singles, but Copp survived getting shut out in the second set to beat Nova Berger 6-0, 0-6, 6-2 as Marsh earned a 7-5, 6-2 decision over Nina Royer.As part of a doubles sweep, Mahoney and Mitchell beat Clare Douglas and Baylee Pierce 6-3, 6-1, with Kemp and Walsh beating Julia Knutsen and Emma Schwartz by those same scores. Shaw and Vetsch claimed a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Regan Dauenhauer and Mae Sayre as Clarke, now paired with Casey Conklin, beat Katie Pavelchak and Emma Thornton 6-3, 6-0.Skaneateles, meanwhile, prevailed 5-2 over no. 11 seed Manlius-Pebble Hill, sweeping all four doubles matches. Only second doubles was close, but Capozza and Sophia Soderberg worked past Emma Gross and Eden Hildebrandt 7-6, 6-4.Otherwise, the teams of Danforth-Emma Miller, Benedict-Walker and Hackler- Rutledge lost just one game in six combined sets. Ellis and Kroon lost their singles matches, but Lily Miller dominated against MPH’s Ava Benedict, prevailing 6-1, 6-3.This put the Lakers up against no. 2 seed Utica-Notre Dame in the sectional semifinals, a rematch of the 2018 final won by the Jugglers. Aided by Lily Miller’s timely comeback in third singles, Skaneateles prevailed this time 4-3.Neither Ellis nor Kroon could do much in singles against UND’s star sister duo of Ellen and Emily Lyga, who both won 6-1, 6-1, but Miller, after getting shut out in the first set by Danielle Cresci, fought all the way back to win 0-6, 6-4, 6-3.That augmented the three points won in doubles. Danforth and Emma Miller beat Samantha Fulty and Caitlin Snyder 7-5, 6-0, with Benedict and Walker handling Victoria Tran and Cindy Xing 6-3, 6-1. Hackler and Rutledge won 6-0, 6-1 over Anna Curry and Jossie Zhou. Tags: girls tennisMarcellusskaneateleslast_img read more

Aircraft Carrying Cardiff’s Emiliano Sala Disappears

first_imgThere is “genuine concern” Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala was on a flight which disappeared between France and Cardiff.It is feared the Argentine striker was one of two people on board the Piper Malibu, which disappeared off Alderney on Monday night.Cardiff City, which signed the 28-year-old from French club Nantes on Saturday, said it was “seeking clarification” as to what happened. A search is under way. Cardiff Airport confirmed the aircraft was due to arrive from Nantes but a spokeswoman said there were no further details.HM Coastguard said the disappearance was not in the UK search and rescue area, but it had sent two helicopters to help.A spokeswoman said they were assisting Guernsey Coastguard with a search for a light aircraft off Alderney: “HM Coastguard helicopters from Solent and Newquay have been helping to search overnight with nothing found.”The search and rescue operation had to deal with worsening conditions as they scoured the area on Monday night.It is understood that the player returned to France after completing his move, and he was due to report for training in Cardiff ahead of next Tuesday’s Premier League game at Arsenal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more