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Jimmie Johnson Wins Atlanta Sprint

first_imgHAMPTON, Ga. — The season just started. The calendar hasn’t even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title.Quickly establishing he’s one of the drivers to beat — boy, does that sound familiar — Johnson pulled away after the final restart with 13 laps remaining to win March 1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.The six-time champion picked off drivers left and right after starting near the back in the second race of the year, having failed to get in a qualifying run because of inspection issues.By the end, the No. 48 Chevrolet left no doubt it was the fastest car on the track, cruising across the finish line a comfortable 1.803 seconds ahead of one of the race favorites, defending Cup champion Kevin Harvick.“I knew through about two sections of corners that we were going to have an awesome day,” Johnson said.It was the 71st victory of his career, and his fourth at the 1.54-mile Atlanta track. That should be enough to give him a spot in the season-ending Chase, going for a title that would tie him with Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt.“I definitely think it gives you a sign of who’s going to be competitive,” said Johnson, who didn’t pick up the first of his four 2014 wins until the 12th race. “It takes the pressure off in some ways.”Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third, followed by Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano, who started from the pole, led 84 laps early in the race and, along with Harvick, was expected to be one of the drivers to beat.Of course, never count out Johnson.“When he’s on, really switched on, and the car’s in his comfort zone, it’s amazing what he can do with a race car,” said Chad Knaus, Johnson’s crew chief.After a big crash on lap 305 brought out the red flag for 9 minutes to clean up the mess, Johnson found himself at the front of the pack. When the green flag waved, he got a good jump off the line, fended off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Earnhardt going down the backstretch, and was firmly in control by the time the cars came back around in front of the stands.There was no catching him from there.“I got outside of him there on that last restart, but I knew in turns three and four I didn’t have the preferred line,” said Earnhardt, whose chances were further damaged when his car struck some debris. “He was pretty quick around the bottom.”Johnson was among four former champions, along with teammate Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth, who never got on the track during qualifying. Thirteen cars were stuck in the garage after failing to pass inspection.Harvick, who qualified on the outside of the front row, also was sent to the back after blowing an engine during Saturday’s practice. He quickly worked his way through slower cars and dominated for long stretches, leading a race-high 116 laps. He settled for the runner-up spot for the second week in a row, having finishing behind Logano at Daytona.For much of the day, it was clean race even with a new rules package for non-restrictor plate races, which reduced horsepower and drag while giving drivers a device to adjust the car’s balance at nearly 200 mph.The first big crash came on lap 257, taking out Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray. Then, on lap 305, Greg Biffle clipped Joe Nemechek going into the third turn, gobbling up four other cars and bringing out the red flag.In the four-car melee started by Hamlin, Gordon skidded off the inside of the track and smashed into an exposed inside wall on the backstretch — just beyond a SAFER barrier that would’ve eased the blow.Track officials had increased the amount of padding in Atlanta after Kyle Busch smashed headfirst into an unprotected wall during the Xfinity Series race in Daytona, leaving him with serious leg and foot injuries. Busch missed his second straight Cup race, recovering at home while substitute David Ragan finished 18th in the No. 18 car.Gordon’s crash will surely step up pressure on NASCAR to mandate extra padding on all concrete walls.“I found the one spot where there’s no SAFER barrier,” said Gordon, who wasn’t injured. “Hopefully, soon, they’ll get that fixed.”Gordon was making his final appearance at Atlanta, the track where he began his Cup career at the end of the 1992 season. The four-time champion, who plans to retire at the end of the season, is off to a rough start in his farewell tour after winning the pole for the Daytona 500. He finished 33rd in the season opener, where he was also caught up in a wreck, and ended up 41st in Atlanta.The start of the race was delayed nearly an hour to allow the track to dry after morning showers.While the rain held off the rest of the way, the temperature was only 43 degrees when the green flag waved under low, thick clouds. Not surprisingly, the stands were not even half full, another blow for one of NASCAR’s most historic tracks, which had its race shifted from Labor Day weekend to a less-desirable March this season.___(PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says he intends to run for third

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has made no secret of the fact he likes his job — and now he’s making it clear that he wants to stick around for a third term.In a year-end interview with The Canadian Press, McNeil said he believes he has work to do beyond his second term, which only began May 30 when the Liberals won their second consecutive majority government.“I have every intention to be seeking a third mandate,” said McNeil. “I’m very proud of what we have been doing.”McNeil pointed to the government’s work in putting the province’s fiscal house in order over the past four years as a primary reason for wanting to continue on in office.Two months after the Liberals took office in 2013, they forecasted a $481-million deficit, largely after deciding to book $280 million in pension obligations. By last September’s budget, the government estimated a slim $21.3-million surplus, following a surplus of nearly $150 million for fiscal 2016-17.The modest surplus was delivered to a large extent on the back of contract strife with public sector unions, including teachers and health care workers.There have also been challenges to the health care system, including persistent family doctor shortages, as the government moved to amalgamate the province’s nine health authorities into a single administrative unit.“I’m not sure people fully understand the level of resolve it took from my colleagues. No one enjoys having to go through some of the stuff that we’ve gone through as a government, but it was fundamentally in our belief the right thing for the province.”Occasionally the job has led to frustrations that boil over, McNeil admitted, including when he dressed down Auditor General Michael Pickup following a cabinet meeting last month.Pickup’s Nov. 22 report was critical of how the province communicates its health care strategy, and pointed out shortcomings in mental health and homecare. The auditor general also said public agencies had done a poor job of communicating their plan to address problems in primary care, including doctor shortages.McNeil swung back the next day, telling reporters that if Pickup wanted to comment on public policy he should run for office. He also questioned whether Pickup had strayed from his mandate — a question Pickup deftly addressed during an appearance before the legislature’s public accounts committee.The premier said he now believes his response was a personal low point in 2017.“While there are many days that are frustrating you need to be able to manage that frustration. That was not one of those days that I did manage it as well as I think someone in my position should.”The odd irritation aside, McNeil said he believes the government is now in a better position to build the province.“Not only our population, but economic opportunities in this province and I want to be part of that,” he said.McNeil said that’s the reason he has told members of his cabinet to have their future decided shortly after the budget is delivered in the second year of the current mandate.He said those who are leaving will be removed from cabinet, and it will be retooled with an eye toward a third mandate.“I don’t want all the hard work of the last four years to be for naught,” he said. “I think the province is on the cusp of doing some great things.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version wrongly said the current surplus was $1.3 million.last_img read more

84 believe summer perks increase productivity

first_imgMore than three quarters (84%) of employee respondents believe that receiving summer perks makes them more productive, according to research by Peldon Rose.Its survey of 600 UK-based office employees also found that 34% of respondents are not offered any form of seasonal benefits.The research also found:40% of respondents feel that access to summer perks would make them happy at work, and 87% believe they would help them to bond with their colleagues.59% of respondents cite summer hours, such as early finishes, as the most valued summer perk, and 37% value ice-cream deliveries.7% of respondents can take advantage of summer operating hours, and 13% are offered ice-cream over the summer months.35% of respondents can come to work in casual dress in the summer, 34% are offered team drinks as a summer perk, and 22% have the opportunity to go for team meals.66% of respondents identify their office environment as one of the factors likely to keep them happy at work, 57% value outdoor spaces and opportunities to get fresh air, 40% value natural lighting in the workplace, and 34% value showers and changing facilities.66% of respondents do not have access to outdoor spaces in the workplace, 39% do not work in an environment with natural lighting, and 65% of respondents do not have access to showers or changing facilities in their workplace.42% of respondents feel that their current office environment does not have a positive impact on their happiness.31% of respondents would be willing to sacrifice at least 1% of their salary for an office refurbishment and enhanced facilities, and 66% of respondents claim they would spend more hours in the office if extra facilities were provided.Jitesh Patel (pictured), chief executive officer at Peldon Rose, said: “We know that in the summer, employees tend to exercise more, eat healthier, and place a higher value on office facilities, such as changing areas, showers and air conditioning. They also want to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air whenever possible, making the desire to have access to outdoor spaces and natural lighting that much more important to their wellbeing.“As our survey reveals, it is clear that employees don’t feel their offices are doing enough to meet these needs or to instigate team bonding. If employees are willing to give up part of their salary and spend more time in the office due to an office refurbishment, businesses should take notice and put an emphasis on creating strategic changes to their office that benefits their workforce.BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy“The majority (59%) of UK [employees] say they work most productively in the office, yet less than half (48%) are involved in any planned changes to the office. If employees feel involved and engaged in decisions around the work environment, they are more likely to spend time in the office, form deeper relationships, and improve collaboration, staff retention and productivity.”last_img read more

Notch no more Oppo makes inscreen cameras a reality

first_img $460 The Oppo Reno 5G, which might be the last Oppo flagship without an under screen camera. Ian Knighton/CNET How do you make a phone that’s got close to a 100% screen-to-body ratio but still crams in a selfie camera? Samsung’s Galaxy S10 range has an Infinity-O notch, Asus’ ZenFone 6 has a rear camera that protrudes and rotates to become a front camera, and the OnePlus 7 simply has a popup shooter. Oppo thinks it has a better solution: a camera inside the display.The Chinese company unveiled its in-screen camera, what it’s calling USC (under screen camera), at MWC Shanghai on Wednesday. Oppo says under-screen cameras are enabled by a camera with a wider-than-average aperture and greater pixel size, as well as algorithms that reduce haze and improve both HDR and white balance.But there are some caveats. Oppo didn’t announce an actual phone in which an under screen camera would reside, and in a press release cautioned that its under screen camera would produce image quality “approaching that of mainstream smartphones.” OnePlus 7 Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above OnePlus 7 (Mirror Gray) Oppo Find X is the sexiest phone of 2018 See it Oppo How To • OnePlus 7 Pro: 10 essential tips you need to know Say goodbye to notches and hole punches Now playing: Watch this:center_img News • OnePlus 7 Pro camera upgrades reportedly coming Review • OnePlus 7 review: A brilliant alternative to the 7 Pro Phones Cameras Though the tech was only announced on Wednesday, Oppo actually showed it off early in June. “You are taking a very first look at our under-display selfie camera technology,” a tweet read, posted alongside a video of the camera in action.Echoing Oppo’s cautions, Oppo Vice President Brian Shen noted on Weibo (via Google Translate) that it’s difficult to make in-screen cameras as effective as the ones on the company’s current phones, but that this is a worthy step in the right direction.Oppo’s most recent phone, the Reno, also enjoys a notch-free screen, with its selfie lens attached to a pop-up, shark fin-style camera. It’s not 100% screen, but with a screen-to-body ratio of 93.1% is pretty close. Originally published June 26 at 1:00 a.m. PT.Updated at 8:28 a.m. PT: Added more details. 30 Photos For those seeking the perfect, notchless smartphone screen experience – prepare to be amazed. 📲You are taking a very first look at our under-display selfie camera technology. RT! 🤯 pic.twitter.com/FrqB6RiJaY— OPPO (@oppo) June 3, 2019 Tags Post a comment 5:27 0last_img read more

Japan to host 2019 G20 Saudi Arabia in 2020

first_imgJapan will host the G20 summit of leading nations in 2019, with Saudi Arabia presiding the 2020 edition, according to a statement Saturday winding up this year’s event in Hamburg.”We thank Germany for hosting a successful Hamburg summit,” it said after the summit, rocked by unprecedented violence as protestors clashed with riot police outside, “and look forward to meeting again in Argentina in 2018, in Japan in 2019 and in Saudi Arabia in 2020.”Under the terms of the revolving presidency G20 hosts can set the summit agenda and Germany this year used the opportunity to focus on development partnerships with Africa.In 2015, Turkey addressed how to tackle migration as the worst refugee crisis Europe has known since World War II threatened to overwhelm the region.last_img read more

Reaction adds chiral groups to nitrogen rings without first installing reactive groups

first_img Citation: Reaction adds chiral groups to nitrogen rings without first installing reactive groups (2018, April 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-reaction-chiral-groups-nitrogen-reactive.html More information: Rupert S. J. Proctor et al. Catalytic enantioselective Minisci-type addition to heteroarenes, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aar6376AbstractBasic heteroarenes are a ubiquitous feature of pharmaceuticals and bioactive molecules, and Minisci-type additions of radical nucleophiles are a leading method for their elaboration. Despite many Minisci-type protocols that result in the formation of stereocenters, exerting control over the absolute stereochemistry at these centers remains an unmet challenge. We report a process for addition of prochiral radicals, generated from amino acid derivatives, to pyridines and quinolines with excellent control of both enantioselectivity and regioselectivity. An enantiopure chiral Brønsted acid catalyst serves both to activate the substrate and induce asymmetry, while an iridium photocatalyst mediates the required electron transfer processes. We anticipate that this method will expedite access to enantioenriched small-molecule building blocks bearing versatile basic heterocycles. Journal information: Science Credit: CC0 Public Domain 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. As the researchers note, nitrogen rings with associated chiral groups (groups that are asymmetric in nature) are common in agricultural, pharmaceutical and bioactive products, and chemists would like to have methods of adding groups with certain kinds of chirality to nitrogen to a cyclic compound in which one of the rings is not a carbon atom. Prior efforts to do so have involved catalytic asymmetric reduction reactions, but they have suffered from the need to pre-install reactive groups and require many complicated steps. Others have tried using a Minisci-type reaction, but thus far, it has resulted in the addition of other groups to the rings. In this new effort, the researchers also employ a Minisci-type reaction, though in a different way—the result is a process that has fewer steps, does not require pre-installing reactive groups and allows for much tighter control over ring positioning.The reaction in the new method involves two catalysts that add certain radicals to a nitrogen heterocyclic compound derived from an arene (a heteroarene)—the result is a chiral core on a carbon atom that is itself attached to a ring. To get the reaction going, the researchers aimed a beam of light from a blue LED at the mixture causing an acid in the chiral catalyst to activate the heterocycle.The researchers suggest the reaction technique could prove especially useful for developing medicines because it would be very easy to scale for manufacturing purposes. They note that their work very likely has commercial applications, but have at this time chosen not to pursue such options. Instead, they hope their work will be adopted and used by other researchers working on other pressing chemistry problems, particularly those involved in developing medications.center_img Explore further © 2018 Phys.org Nitrogen-15 isotope can trigger asymmetric autocatalytic reactions toward chiral organic compounds A trio of researchers at the University of Cambridge has come up with a new way to control adding chirality to nitrogen rings without first installing reactive groups on them. In their paper published in the journal Science, Robert Phipps and grad students Rupert Proctor and Holly Davis, describe the new reaction process and possible uses for it.last_img read more

Major fire at garment store in south Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: A major blaze broke out early Sunday at a garment store in the southern part of the city’s Gariahat area, gutting goods worth lakhs and destroying multiple shops next to the building, a senior official of the fire department said. At least 19 fire tenders have been pressed into service to douse the fire that was noticed around 1am at Traders Assembly building, he told PTI. Nobody was injured in the fire, the cause of which was suspected to a transformer blast, the official said. “At the moment, the fire has been brought under control. Our men are fighting tooth and nail to douse it. We are yet to find out the exact reason behind the blaze, but preliminary findings show that transformer blast might have led to it,” the fire department official added.last_img read more

TMC councillor shot at in Burdwan BJP hand suspected

first_imgKolkata: A former Trinamool councillor was shot at on Monday night at Kalabagan area in Burdwan. It was alleged that the accused persons are supporters of the BJP.According to sources, on Monday night, former councillor Md Selim was returning home from a Trinamool party office on a motorcycle. Two BJP supporters identified as Krishna Singh and Ajay Singh were following him from the TMC office. Near Kalabagan area, when one of them was about to fire at Selim, some local residents saw them and alerted Selim. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSensing danger Selim stopped his motorcycle and got down. But till then one of the accused persons had already fired two bullets at Selim. But, as he got down from the motorcycle, both the bullets did not hit Selim. When local residents started shouting, Krishna and Ajay quickly escaped from the scene. Later, Selim along with other Trinamool leaders went to Burdwan Sadar police station and lodged a complaint against the duo. After initiating a case in this regard, the police went to the homes of the accused to arrest them but the officers found that they were absconding. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state The police have also recovered a live bullet from the spot. It is suspected that while fleeing the spot, the bullet was accidentally dropped. Selim said the BJP is well aware that they would not win the Lok Sabha Elections. Thus they are trying to create an unstable situation to scare the voters as well as the Trinamool supporters and workers. Till Tuesday night, none of the accused persons could be traced. The police have initiated an extensive search operation to nab the accused persons.last_img read more

BGBS to be held every 2 years from now announces CM

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government will now hold Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) once every two years. This was announced by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state Assembly on Wednesday.”There are various processes involved after we receive an investment proposal. We need to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR), sign MoUs and complete certain other formalities. So we have decided to give some more time before holding such business meets. This will help us make more investments fruitful in the real sense of the term, before we hold the next edition of BGBS,” Banerjee said, while deliberating upon the Governor’s speech that was delivered in the last session in February. The session could not be held after that with the announcement of the elections in March. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee said 50 percent of the investments received in the five editions of BGBS held since 2015 are already under implementation. It may be mentioned that most of the states in the country have already started holding such summits once in two years. The 2019 BGBS held in February has seen investment to the tune of Rs 2.84 lakh crore, which is expected to create 8 to 10 lakh jobs in the state. The next BGBS will be held in 2021 instead of 2020. “86 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed, while 45 business to consumer (B2C) and 1,200 business to business (B2B) meetings were held,” a senior official of the state Finance department said.last_img read more