Brad Keselowski Earns Penske Team Its 1st Sprint Cup

Brad Keselowski, sent out a Twitter messages from his car during the Daytona 500 this year. That’s how committed — or addicted — he is to social media. But he left the phone behind in Sunday’s final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Too much was on the line — the Sprint Cup championship that would bring the famed Penske team its first title in 40 years of NASCAR success. But when Jeff Gordon won the event and Keselowski crossed the finish line, it meant Keselowski had beaten Jimmie Johnson to ascend to the top of racing.And before he exited his championship car, he retrieved his phone so he could tweet.That’s how it is for Keselowski, who is as normal a guy as you will find. He just so happens to be an amazing racer.Keselowski brought Roger Penske his first Sprint Cup championship 40 years after his first stock car race, beating five-time champion Johnson of mighty Hendrick Motorsports while delivering the crown that fills a glaring hole on Penske’s otherwise sterling racing resume.Penske is considered the gold standard of open-wheel racing – he has 15 Indianapolis 500 wins – and his empire makes him one of the most successful businessmen in America. But until Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, his NASCAR program was never more than average.”Personally, I feel amazing that I’ve been able to achieve this in racing,” Penske said. ”I think it took guts for me to stay in the sport. We could have thought, ‘Well, we won the Indy 500 15 times and we’re a big deal.’ But I’ll tell you one thing … I think I just woke up here tonight, and it’s a big thrill.”As always, Penske credited the entire program.But the program really turned behind Keselowski, a blue collar, Michigan native, who chugged sponsor Miller Lite’s product, donned goggles to douse the Blue Deuce crew with champagne, and imagined how his life will change as NASCAR’s champion. At 28, he’s the eighth youngest champion in NASCAR history and proud he doesn’t have a date for the Nov. 30 champions banquet in Las Vegas.”I’ve always wanted to date a celebrity,” Keselowski said. ”I’m just throwing that out there. That would be really cool, don’t you think?”Penske could only shake his head.”Maybe I am conservative, but I like to have a little fun, too,” Penske said. ”And I think when you’ve won the NASCAR championship, the driver, you can kind of give him a little wider path, and he’s certainly taken it side to side. I think it’s all good.” read more

Illegal Migrants warned leave or face deportation stop listed says Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 28, 2017 – Providenciales – Some people are forecasting that the recent bold announcement by Border Control Minister, Deputy Premier Sean Astwood will see an exodus of hundreds of migrant workers who are in country illegally; others doubt the PDM Government will actually be able to do what it says.    Notwithstanding the latter thought, in the House of Assembly yesterday there was a firm promise by the DP that anyone without work permits, including expired ones will be deported and put on a stop list and he has given those who fall into this category, 14 days to voluntarily leave the Turks and Caicos Islands.The Deputy Premier says the cost of illegal migrants in the country is becoming too heavy a burden to bear, and the hammer will drop by August 15 for those in the Turks and Caicos without proper status.    The law will not only deal with the person who is here illegally, but will deal with those condoning it as employers were also warned by Deputy Premier Astwood.Additionally, there will be a freeze on visitor visas for people from certain countries, though those countries were not named and it was shared that Government knows they are not only looking for foreigners engaged in human smuggling, but locals as well.#MagneticMediaNews#illegalmigrantswarnedtoleaveTCI Related Items:#illegalmigrantswarnedtoleaveTCI, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Firefighter injured while battling house fire in Encanto

first_imgFirefighter injured while battling house fire in Encanto Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, April 21, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A firefighter was injured battling a house fire in Encanto early Saturday.The fire was reported around 4 a.m. in a two-story, abandoned home near the intersection of Brooklyn Avenue and Otay Street, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.Fire crews from San Diego as well as the Heartland Fire and Rescue Department were at the scene for several hours.The injured firefighter was taken to a hospital for treatment. He was not burned and is expected to recover.The home where the fire took place was evaluated and red-tagged by a city engineer, meaning no one will be allowed to enter the building due to structural problems, fire officials said.The cause of the fire remains under investigation. last_img read more

Study shows city life may cause permanent change in circadian clock for

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Study shows city life may cause permanent change in circadian clock for blackbirds (2013, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-city-life-permanent-circadian-clock.html (Phys.org) —An international team of researchers working in Germany has found that blackbirds that live in the city tend to have different circadian rhythm cycles than do blackbirds that live in a nearby forest. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the researchers describe the results of their field and lab study comparing activity times of the two groups of birds. Explore further © 2013 Phys.org More information: Clocks for the city: circadian differences between forest and city songbirds, Published 5 June 2013 doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.0593AbstractTo keep pace with progressing urbanization organisms must cope with extensive habitat change. Anthropogenic light and noise have modified differences between day and night, and may thereby interfere with circadian clocks. Urbanized species, such as birds, are known to advance their activity to early morning and night hours. We hypothesized that such modified activity patterns are reflected by properties of the endogenous circadian clock. Using automatic radio-telemetry, we tested this idea by comparing activity patterns of free-living forest and city European blackbirds (Turdus merula). We then recaptured the same individuals and recorded their activity under constant conditions. City birds started their activity earlier and had faster but less robust circadian oscillation of locomotor activity than forest conspecifics. Circadian period length predicted start of activity in the field, and this relationship was mainly explained by fast-paced and early-rising city birds. Although based on only two populations, our findings point to links between city life, chronotype and circadian phenotype in songbirds, and potentially in other organisms that colonize urban habitats, and highlight that urban environments can significantly modify biologically important rhythms in wild organisms.center_img Researchers and most people who live in cities have known for some time that birds that live in cities tend to become active earlier in the morning than do birds that live in the country—or in this case a forest. In this new effort, the researchers wanted to know if birds that live in the city had permanent changes to their circadian cycle.To find out, they captured six blackbirds that lived in Munich and another six that lived in a forest approximately 25 miles away. Each bird was outfitted with a radio transmitter that allowed the researchers to monitor their activity. Each of the birds was then released back into the environment where it was found. Birds from both groups were monitored for a week then were all recaptured and taken back to a lab. In the lab, all of the birds were put into isolation chambers where ambient light was held fixed and sound was cut off. Inside, the birds were unable to determine the time of day. Their activity was monitored for ten days, after which the birds were released back to where they had been captured.In analyzing the data obtained from their efforts, the researchers found that blackbirds native to the city became active on average 29 minutes before the sun came up in the morning. Forest birds on the other hand, rose with the sun. They also found that the city birds tended to keep busy for approximately 6 minutes longer at the end of the day than their forest dwelling city cousins.In the lab, the isolation was meant to determine if the differences in activity were specifically tied to temporal city life or whether the changes had become permanent. Watching the birds indicated the change was more likely the latter. The city birds demonstrated faster biological clocks—they went through their circadian day on average 50 minutes faster than did the birds from the forest. The researchers also found their behavior rhythms tended to weaken faster as well.The research team acknowledges that their sample size is too small to form definite conclusions, but add that their findings do suggest that city living may impact biological cycles. For that reason, they suggest more research be conducted to discern whether there is a similar difference for people and if so, what impact it might have. Blackbirds in the spotlight: City birds that experience light at night ready to breed earlier than their rural cousins Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Turdus merula. Credit: Andreas Trepte / Wikipedialast_img read more