Kyle Busch was in prime Bristol Motor Speedway form Saturday night, leading 159 of 500 laps in the Bass Pro Shops Night Race. But an aggravating second-place finish had him in prime post-race zinger form as his season-long winless streak in the NASCAR Cup Series continued.RELATED: Official race results | Kevin Harvick prevailsBusch was the runner-up for the fourth time this season after dicing through lapped traffic and swapping the lead in a late-race duel with eventual winner Kevin Harvick. Busch hung the tail of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota out as he chased Harvick through the final corner but came home .310 seconds short at the checkered flag.“Just didn’t have enough at the end,” Busch told NBC Sports after bidding for his series-leading ninth Bristol win. “The guys did a great job and gave me a really great piece tonight to contend and at least be up there and be close. Unfortunately, just didn’t have enough. Lapped cars were definitely a problem. It’s part of racing. You have to try to get around them where you can, and there was just no room for me to do what I needed to do with a couple of those opportunities to get past them.”Busch dropped to the rear of the field during pace laps after his No. 18 car failed pre-race inspection twice, but he quickly regained the lost ground, rising to second place after the 125-lap first stage. He remained a fixture in the top five, and his main challenge emerged from Harvick as the race entered the late going.Lap-down traffic posed an issue for both drivers, but the two were held up in particular by the No. 22 Ford of Joey Logano, who eventually finished two laps back in 11th. His post-race criticisms for his longtime foil that weren’t aired for a live television audience were slightly more harsh.“He’s nobody’s friend for a reason, so there you have it,” Busch said.The lead changed hands twice between Harvick and Busch in the last 100 laps. When asked if he would have been more aggressive while battling Harvick in the late going, Busch said traffic played too big a role — managing to sneak in a dig at two drivers who slowed him at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in last year’s postseason opener.“It actually never crossed my mind. You always try to win races clean,” Busch said of his duel with Harvick. “You always try to race hard and race clean and get the job done right. Yeah, I mean, if that lapped car wasn’t there, I would have blown it in on the outside or the inside and maybe we would have banged each other’s doors or whatever and had a greater finish to the checkered, but some of them dips — kids don’t know what the hell they’re doing or where they’re at and can’t stay out of the way. Nothing like a (Joey) Gase and a (Garrett) Smithley.”Despite his losing skid hitting 29 consecutive races, Busch advanced out of the playoffs’ first round on the basis of his place in the points standings. He enters the Round of 12 tied for 10th in the re-seeded standings, and his outlook for the Las Vegas round opener wasn’t full of optimism when pressed.“We’ll be eliminated in the next round,” Busch said, “so don’t care.”
He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Michael is preceded in death by his parents.Michael received his Mechanical Engineering degree from LeHigh University, and was a licensed Professional Engineer.He played goalie on the LeHigh University hockey team and was a ranked racquetball player in the New England states league. He was a devoted family man.Michael enjoyed coaching and supporting his children in their athletic endeavors, and attending his children’s band concerts and academic competitions.He enjoyed fishing, with a passion for off-shore fishing.He loved and supported his New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins. Michael was an avid car enthusiast. His pride and joy was his Shelby GT 500.One of his favorite experiences was attending racing school in Utah.He was a huge fan of the Rolling Stones, and had a large collection of their music.A Celebration of Life will be held for Michael on Sunday, September 1, from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Port Arthur Yacht Club at the Pleasure Island Marina on Pleasure Island.Michael was a very charitable man.In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity. Michael Edward Curewitz, 58, of Port Arthur, TX passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.Michael was born in Framingham, MA on April 28, 1961 to Kenneth Estey and Barbara Therese Curewitz.Michael is survived by his wife Laura, his children Justin of Dallas, Megan of Houston and Robert of Carrollton, and his brothers John McGuigan of Eastham, MA and Kenny Curewitz of Sacramento, CA.
Related The USA Triathlon Foundation will distribute up to US$95,000 in grant funding for individuals, clubs, teams and organizations to support and promote the sport of triathlon this year, nearly double the total amount awarded in 2015.Grants will be awarded based on applications to establish or develop programming and support related to at least one of the Foundation’s three focus areas: providing support to youth, paratriathletes and/or US Olympic hopefuls.Consideration will be given to applicants that open pathways to athletes who may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate. In 2015, the inaugural year of the program, the Foundation awarded US$52,000 in grant funding to 14 organizations.Grant applications must be submitted by Monday 29 February 2016 and funds will be distributed in March. Each grant proposal is eligible to receive up to US$5,000, and funds must be used in 2016. The application is available at usatriathlonfoundation.org (PDF).“We are excited to award grants once again in 2016 that will help promote triathlon for youth, paratriathlon and Olympic hopeful programs,” said John Cassimatis, USA Triathlon Foundation Trustee and Grant Chair. “Thanks to our generous donors and their support, we were able to almost double the total amount of grants that were awarded in 2016. We are most excited that all donations go to programming and grants.”The USA Triathlon Foundation distinguishes itself in that 100% of donations and gifts received-to-date will go directly to grants and programming. In addition to the US$52,000 awarded through the first year of the grant program in 2015, the Foundation has also contributed to the inaugural Gwen Jorgensen Scholarship in 2014 and 2015 to help support junior draft-legal triathletes and paratriathletes who value and strive for excellence within the sport.Questions on the 2016 grant program should be directed to the USA Triathlon Foundation via info[at]usatriathlonfoundation.org.The USA Triathlon Foundation was created in 2014 by the USA Triathlon Board of Directors as a separate tax-exempt 501(c)(3) entity. Under the leadership of its Trustees and Committee members, the Foundation serves as a means to create a healthier America through triathlon, and seeks to open up new pathways to the sport through the generosity of donors.USA Triathlon Foundation operates with the belief that every child should have the chance to participate, every paratriathlete should have the opportunity to compete, and every aspiring elite athlete should be able to chase his or her Olympic dream.Donations to the USA Triathlon Foundation ensure America’s youth are introduced to the benefits and fun of a multisport lifestyle, athletes with disabilities receive the training, support and gear to be able to participate and excel, and the best aspiring athletes have a pathway to the Olympic Games.www.teamusa.orgwww.usatriathlonfoundation.org
Are you connecting with your members the best ways that you can? A recent study showed that “about 60% of smartphone or tablet users who switched banks in the fourth quarter (of 2013) said mobile banking was an important factor in the decision1.” Another market study showed that the second most important banking feature among financial institution seekers is online and mobile banking2.This survey also revealed that age has a lot to do with banking preferences; 22.8 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 24 said they find online and mobile banking features most important — more than any other age group.2Mobile banking is definitely increasing in demand.But how will you be able to offer the same services via mobile technology that you do in-house? And what about insurance products that help you avoid losses due to members’ hardship and increase your fee-income opportunities?In a recent Transamerica study, 33% of respondents were not offered Credit Insurance when they took out a non-mortgage loan under $100K. Of the 33% not offered Credit Insurance:16% had never heard of Credit Insurance.75% felt it is a Good or Excellent idea.64% of respondents agreed that Credit Insurance fills a need for them.The study did not determine whether consumers completed the loan application in-house, online, or via a mobile device, but if your current online or mobile Loan Origination System (LOS) is not offering insurance at the time of sale, you are missing out on an opportunity to better protect your borrowers, your credit union, and add to your bottom line.InterLend® by Transamerica is one of the only virtual lending platforms that provides the additional benefit of offering insurance products during the online lending process. It allows you to connect with and protect your online and mobile borrowers effortlessly and efficiently. InterLend is easy, fast, and simple for borrowers to understand. It allows them to complete an entire loan application and receive an instant approval in just minutes.InterLend offers:Fast application time – the average application takes is 8 ½ minutes3 to completeMobile access technologyReal-time loan quotesValue per lead maximization with cross-selling abilitiesStreamlined approvalCustomizable solutionsTransamerica Financial Solutions Group can help you provide the personal member–centric experience previous generations of members have praised, while fusing that with the technological innovations tech-savvy members crave. Our dedicated and experienced professional team delivers optimal solutions to businesses by valuing the organization’s vision as well as their members’ needs, preferences, and buying behavior.Transamerica – Your Complete Loan Protection Product and Solutions ProviderTransamerica can help your Credit Union craft loan protection product solutions that will meet your members’ needs. Our combination of flexibility and thorough training helps provide you with a competitive advantage while helping to improve your profitability. Perhaps most importantly, Transamerica can help you give your borrowers peace of mind that their loan is protected.Transamerica’s overall approach and philosophy positively impacts and creates a successful culture with Credit Unions of all sizes. Learn more about the Transamerica Financial Solutions Group and the products and programs available to help expand your business and improve member services.1 The Wall Street Journal, “Mobility Becomes a Banking Essential,” (Apr. 2014).2 GOBankingRates, “45 Percent of Bank Customers Care More About Fees Than Rates, Convenience and Service,” (Feb. 2014).3Source: InterLend® Google Analytics 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tom Kazar Tom Kazar is the Vice President of Sales and leader of the Sales Team for Transamerica – Financial Solutions Group. Tom’s focus is on adding new insurance industry products, expanding … Web: www.transamericafinancialsolutions.com Details
In addition to extending their holiday greetings, Florida Bar leaders are urging members to monitor the COVID-19 Information and Resources webpage.From the latest Supreme Court orders related to COVID-19 operations, to the progress of vaccine trials, the webpage is updated constantly with the most recent and relevant information for Florida’s legal community, said President-elect Michael Tanner.“There is a wealth of information related to court operations, member resources, and medical information that would assist our members in coping with the challenges created by the pandemic,” he said. “We strongly urge our members to go to the website and use it.”Tanner chairs the COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Task Force, which oversaw the website redesign in August. He stressed that in addition to the latest news, the webpage also links members to Bar and other resources designed to help them cope with the health crisis and its economic impact.The website features videos and links to Bar and consumer resources, free CLEs, national, state, and local lawyer professional groups, and employment opportunities. It also provides easy access to the Florida Lawyers Helpline (1-888-FL1-WELL).Staffed by professionals 24/7, the helpline serves as a gateway to up to three free mental-health counseling visits, as well as childcare, elder care, and financial counseling services.The new design includes:• A sidebar with the latest articles related to the pandemic from The Florida Bar News. When the News posts a new pandemic-related article, it automatically appears in this area.• A revised member resources tab that prominently features free CLEs posted on LegalFuel.com, which also has embedded the Bar sections’ CLEs regarding COVID-19 on its site so that there is easy access to a complete and searchable listing.• An Opportunities for Lawyers section highlighting the Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service and other attorney employment resources, such as the position available classifieds from the News and The Florida Bar Career Center. There is also a link to the Lawyers Advising Lawyers program.• A Court Orders/Links tab with links to the Florida Supreme Court’s COVID-19 emergency webpage that serves as a clearinghouse for statewide administrative court orders, advisories, and memos. The page also includes links to Florida’s trial courts and district courts of appeal websites for additional information about local court operations and orders.• A Bar/Legal Groups tab that includes links to the ABA Coronavirus Task Force webpage for a national source of information, as well as The Florida Bar sections’ COVID-19 resources and upcoming webinars. This tab also links to pandemic information from the American Board of Trial Advocates, The Florida Bar Foundation, and the state’s various regional and voluntary bar associations.• A Medical Information tab includes links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Health, and COVID-19 statistical and vaccine-related information to keep Florida lawyers more informed. Bar’s COVID-19 Information and Resources webpage offers many resources Nov 25, 2020 By Jim Ash Senior Editor News in Photos
Los Alamos County Housing and Special Project Manager Andrew Harnden, left, speaks to KRSN Chief Operating Officer David Sutton during the Community Development Advisory Board open house Monday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com By KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Post [email protected] get a clearer picture of what the public would like to see in the Los Alamos County’s code enforcement program, the Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) hosted an open house Oct. 7.The purpose of the open house was to collect feedback on the nuisance ordinance of the County Code that addresses weeds, inoperable vehicles and outdoor storage of material.CDAB Chair Aaron Walker told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the board will “take the data to get a feel of what the community wants”.This is not the board’s first effort to collect public input. CDAB members also have canvassed neighborhoods throughout the County to gather public sentiment on the code enforcement program.So far, the response has been split 50-50 on whether to enforce the code more or less, Walker said.Walker said the effort to gather public input will continue. The board is considering hosting a discussion about the code enforcement program on the open forum page of the County’s website. Additionally, he said the goal is to collect input on the code enforcement program from 20 residents in 21 neighborhoods of Los Alamos County. Walker said the board set up the 21 areas to gather input from; it did not come from any formal County data.CDAB may be receiving some assistance in its work.During the Sept. 24 regular Los Alamos County Council meeting, County staff was directed to develop a proposal to hire a consultant who would work with the CDAB.Walker presented a report about the board’s work to the Council. During his presentation, Walker said CDAB needed some direction from Council on several items:Clarity on whether the code enforcement should be proactive- or complaint based;The type of recommendations Council wants and the form these recommendations should be made in;Direction on what is the vision and the goal for the code enforcement program. CDAB asked Council if the program’s purpose is to improve public safety, address aesthetics or increase property values; andMinor budget considerations for outreach and information gathering sessions the CDAB would hold regarding the County’s code enforcement program.Walker added that revising the entire County Code would be an enormous undertaking and the CDAB felt that three sections should be addressed: weeds, inoperable vehicles and outdoor storage.Council Chair Sara Scott suggested looking into hiring a consultant. She pointed out that Walker mentioned there is a need to do additional data collection in neighborhoods and have public engagement on a broader scale. She said Walker’s presentation highlighted the need for consistency and clarity in the code as well as its use of the vague, subjective language. The code changes and outside help might be useful to tackle the challenges the code presents, Scott said.“As I look at how to move forward … these are big challenges,” she said, “… there have been a lot of changes over the last years … that means the backdrop for code enforcement is evolving.”Hiring a consultant appealed to many on Council.Councilor Randall Ryti said, “I think getting some help would be good for the board.”Councilor Katrina Martin said she is not opposed to hiring a consultant; however, she said she wants to be sure the consultant would be focused on solutions and would be given a specific path to follow.Councilor James Robinson also voiced his support for a consultant but emphasized any recommendations presented to Council should come from the CDAB and not from the consultant.Walker said he could support partnering with a consultant as long as they work with the board and not independently of it. He said he opposed changing the board’s focus. All the work the board has done for the past year has been significant, he said. Walker further pointed out that the CDAB was formed due the public backlash regarding the code enforcement program.It would be a disservice, he said, if the board was turned into a steering committee. County Councilor Randall Ryti, second from left, meets Monday evening with the public during the CDAB open house. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
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Smith was an inspiration to many and believed, “If you have a dream, make sure you pursue it.” He is survived by his wife Irene; his children Robert, Patti, Greg and Jill; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. His spirit of adventure led him to create and conquer the longest overland 4WD journey in history — the 1978–’79 Expedición de Las Américas — a 20,000-mile, 120-day journey from the bottom of South America to the top of North America. His team was the first non-military group to achieve a vehicular crossing of the notoriously rugged Darién Gap between Panama and Colombia. Smith also headed the 1987 Camel Trophy in Madagascar. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement From SEMA eNews Mark A. Smith, 87, off-road icon and founder of Georgetown, Calif.-based Jeep Jamboree USA, passed away June 8. Smith was an early pioneer of the sport of “Jeeping” in 1953, and in an effort to boost the local economy, he helped organize the first-ever Jeep trip on the Rubicon Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In 1954, Willys Motor—the manufacturer of Jeep vehicles—began sponsoring the off-road adventure. In 1980, Smith was inducted into the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, and in 1986, the United Four Wheel Drive Association named him “Four Wheeler of the Decade.” In 1989, Smith was inducted as a member of the Explorer’s Club of New York. Smith was a Jeep brand consultant and conducted intensive training for U.S. Army Special Forces and other agencies. In 1982, he founded Jeep Jamboree USA, which offers more than 30 annual off-road excursions across the country exclusively for Jeep owners.
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CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering (CDWE) reached a final investment decision for the construction of Green Jade at the end of June 2020, as HLPFI reported here.The vessel will be used on the Hai Long and Zhong Neng offshore wind farms, for which CDWE signed contracts for in 2019. Green Jade will be delivered in 2022.The OMC will have a lifting capacity of 4,000 tonnes at 125 m above deck. Its whip hoist also allows smaller components to be lifted to a height of 185 m above deck. The winches are located at deck level, which gives the crane a lower centre of gravity compared with conventional cranes, and thus improved stability – this makes it suited to turbine foundation installation, said Huisman.Huisman will also deliver a 65-tonne knuckleboom crane for general lifting. Both cranes will be installed and commissioned at the CSBC shipyard in Taiwan.www.huismanequipment.comwww.csbcnet.com.tw