CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Circle K, an international chain of convenience stores, will serve as the primary sponsor for six races this season with driver Matt Kenseth and the No. 20 Toyota fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.The multi-year sponsorship was announced Wednesday by JGR and Circle K officials at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. RELATED: Kenseth’s career stats &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; RELATED: Tide back on Kenseth’s No. 20 car | PEAK to sponsor JGR duo”In a perfect world you’d have your car fully-funded at a high level (for) years in advance,” Kenseth said. “That would be the best case for everybody. But in today’s environment, there are very few cars that are actually like that.”Circle K has stores in 41 states and is owned by Canadian-based parent company Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. While the company has had previous NASCAR affiliations, this year’s sponsorship is a first in the role of a primary sponsor.”It’s an exciting day for us, for all of our other sponsors as well,” team owner Joe Gibbs said. “It’s also a huge benefit for Circle K to be matched with these companies.”JGR, which also fields teams for Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Daniel Suarez in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, still has open inventory on the No. 20 entry, but Kenseth said he’s been more focused on competition issues of late.”I’ve been more worried about how we get our season turned around, running up front and hopefully winning some races,” said the 2003 series champion.RELATED: Kenseth likens himself to Super Bowl-winning QBSince joining JGR in 2013, Kenseth has won 14 times. He won twice last year and finished fifth in the points standings. So far in ’17, he’s managed three top 10s, but three finishes of 36th or worse as well and sits 22nd in points as the series heads to Bristol this week for Sunday’s Food City 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).When it was suggested his season has been hit or miss, Kenseth noted that he’s “hit a lot of stuff. We haven’t missed much.””I think looking at just the (No.) 20 that we’ve been off,” he said. “… (Other than Atlanta), we just have not run very well really. … Some things are circumstances but I think if we can get running better, that solves a lot of your problems.”We’re off a little bit for sure. It seems like the window is pretty small right now; it’s easy to miss it.” “It seems like today, in general and not just in racing, there’s always more negative stories than positive so for me it’s always exciting to get a new sponsor into the sport at whatever level it’s at,” Kenseth said. “… I always feel like that’s a positive for whole industry. I’m glad they’re on my car.”The Circle K sponsorship will debut on the car at this month’s race at Richmond, and will return for races at Talladega and Charlotte in May, Kentucky in July as well as Texas and Phoenix in November.According to officials, the company will have associate branding on the car for those races in which it is not the primary sponsor.Kenseth was sponsored by Dollar General through 2016 before that company left NASCAR.The No. 20 entry has featured branding from DeWalt (Daytona, Atlanta), BlueDEF (Las Vegas), Tide Pods (Phoenix, Martinsville), PEAK (Auto Club) and Toyota “Let’s Go Places” (Texas) thus far this season.
The Port Arthur Tax Office is closed through Friday due to illness. The Port Arthur office is expected to reopen Monday (Oct. 12) with normal business hours.The Beaumont and Mid-County offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. serving the public as well as automobile dealers and financial institutions.
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Sara Bareilles to Join Gavin Creel for 92Y ConcertSara Bareilles is headed uptown to reunite with her former Waitress co-star Gavin Creel. Bareilles will make a special guest appearance during Creel’s highly anticipated 92nd Street Y concert next week. The previously announced concert will take place on June 17 at 7:30pm (Creel will also give a 2:00pm performance, at which Bareilles will not appear). The concerts will feature Creel paying homage to the American musical songbook, re-creating memorable songs from his distinguished Broadway career that includes Tony-nommed performances in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Hair, an Olivier-winning turn in The Book of Mormon and his Tony-winning turn in Hello, Dolly! Audiences can also expect songs from his celebrated appearances in La Cage Aux Folles and She Loves Me.Ethan Slater Will Sing Out on the Roof of JCC ManhattanEthan Slater, the Tony-nominated title star of Broadway’s SpongeBob SquarePants who recently appeared in a reading of Significant Other at the JCC Manhattan, will return to the Upper West Side organization this summer for a one-of-a-kind rooftop concert. Scheduled for July 11 at 8:00pm, the concert will feature Slater singing his original music alongside a band of musical collaborators. In addition to his turns in SpongeBob and Significant Other, Slater has been seen in Fosse/Verdon, Write Me In, Edge of the World and Baghdaddy.Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Family & Hispanic Federation Launch Fund for Reproductive Health in Puerto Rico Last night, Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda and the Hispanic Federation announced a $1 million fund to support the work of Profamilias, the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region’s affiliate in Puerto Rico. Dr. Towns-Miranda made the announcement at Care Beyond Borders, an event held at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. “The Miranda family’s generous initiative will enable our partners on the ground to make important gains across Puerto Rico,” said Giselle Carino, CEO and Regional Director for IPPF/WHR. “We are grateful for the critical support and are confident that the fund will help the women and girls who are the most in need.”Daniel Radcliffe Joins Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Interactive SpecialDaniel Radcliffe has landed a sweet small-screen gig. The Broadway alum will appear in an upcoming interactive special of Netflix’s hit series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The special will see Kimmy Schmidt (played by Ellie Kemper) set off on her biggest adventure yet, as the viewer gets to decide how the story goes. Radcliffe, most recently seen on Broadway in The Lifespan of a Fact, has also appeared onstage in The Cripple of Inishmaan, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Equus and Privacy. He of course rose to fame as star of the Harry Potter films.P.S. Check out a trailer for the new film Yellow Rose starring Miss Saigon’s Eva Noblezada (current star of Hadestown) and Lea Salonga. View Comments
The city of Mission is planning to add bicycle lanes on Lamar Avenue as part of a federal transportation program.The city of Mission is planning to add bike lanes and shared-lane marking for cyclists on Lamar Avenue next summer.The bike lanes and “sharrows” would be retrofitted on Lamar between Foxridge Drive and Shawnee Mission Parkway as part of the federal Surface Transportation Program.The city of Mission was granted funding for the project as part of a recommendation from a Safe Routes to Schools study completed in 2016, according to city documents. An agreement between the Kansas Department of Transportation and Mission allows the city to receive up to $68,000 in federal Surface Transportation Program funds; that amount represents 80 percent of the total estimated costs for the $85,000 project.Emily Randel, assistant to the city administrator, said city staff is finalizing design plans for the bike lanes that will be forwarded “shortly” to the Kansas Department of Transportation for review. Olsson Associates is working with the city on design.Last week in a community development committee meeting, Councilmember Hillary Parker Thomas asked if the project cost of $85,000 could be inflated next year. Randel said bike lanes have always been considered within the scope of the project, but the city has the ability to adjust certain elements of the project to assist with those costs.The installation of bike lanes will happen in coordination with surface treatment on the same stretch of road; funding for this portion of the project is not covered by federal dollars. The project had been slated for this year, but city staff shifted the timing of this project to next year to allow 50 percent of construction and inspection costs to be eligible for reimbursement, according to city documents.The project also includes spot curb/gutter and sidewalk repair and pavement markings. The project will take place in the existing right of way. Construction is planned for summer 2020.The council will formally consider accepting the agreement in a future council meeting. Although the agenda isn’t set, the council could consider formally accepting the agreement at its next council meeting Aug. 21.
67th to be closed at I-35 today. Starting today and running through Monday, 67th Street will be closed at I-35 in Merriam as crews work to replace concrete and upgrade the traffic signals at the intersection. The ramps to I-35 at 67th Street will be closed during this period, with the exception of the ramp from 67th Street onto southbound I-35. The city recommended Shawnee Mission Parkway or 75th Street as alternative routes.Westbound lanes of 95th Street from State Line to Lee Boulevard to be closed for construction. Assuming the weather allows crews to get to work, the two westbound lanes of 95th Street from Lee Boulevard to State Line Road will be closed starting Monday for road work. One of the eastbound lanes will be shifted to allow westbound traffic during the project.
During the last two years the country has experienced an upward shift in the housing market. How does this affect home owners today? For years, home owners have typically viewed real estate as one of their largest assets. However, we’ve learned during the last housing bubble, it can also be our largest liability.The housing downturn that started in 2007 got home owners to view real estate in a very different way, specifically, those who planned on using their equity to help support their retirement. When it comes to financial planning it’s important to consider all aspects of growth assets as well as liabilities. There must be a balance and the understanding that our assets can become a liability.Real estate investments are illiquid and because of this we must be more cautious when including it in our retirement plan. As a financial advisor, I typically do not consider the equity in a client’s real estate as a primary source for retirement or the possibility of selling the asset for short-term planning. As we’ve seen in the last few years those who needed the equity from their home for retirement had difficulty in getting to it due to low home values. This can put a significant strain on retirees when they fall short for their retirement goals.Real estate has certainly taken a turn and home owners are starting to feel better about their home values. Hopefully the market will continue to improve as this may give home owners more choices for life changing events such as selling for a new job opportunity, down sizing or upgrading their home, and moving for a better location, especially retirement.In short, our real estate will move upward and downward but experiences such as the recent housing bubble will change how we think about investing, selling, or buying. Remember, to look at all aspects of assets and liabilities and the possibility of change. Taking this approach will help investors to plan for a level of unexpected markets, allowing us (as investors) to be more prepared for market shifts.Michael Cochell is associate vice president for Jacob Gold & Associates Inc. Contact him at 480-998-4653 or [email protected]
The virus is so contagious that one food handler with contaminated hands can infect hundreds of people, the report says. Those who have had the virus may have little protection against future infection. The virus accounted for 822 (35%) of 2,367 US foodborne disease outbreaks in 2006-07, the report says. Because a tiny dose of the virus is enough to cause infection, one person can contaminate large amounts of food, as was illustrated by one outbreak in which about 500 cases were linked to a food handler who vomited at work. Hand hygiene is best defenseHand hygienechiefly through washingis probably the single most important tool for preventing infection, the CDC says. The evidence for the effectiveness of alcohol-based and other hand sanitizers is mixed. Excluding and isolating infected persons are usually the most effective ways to stop outbreaks and limit environmental contamination. Sick healthcare workers and food handlers should stay off the job until 48 to 72 hours after their symptoms fade, the agency recommends. For identifying noroviruses, most clinical virology labs use real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, and partial capsid sequencing can be used to identify specific strains, according to the report. It says enzyme immunoassay (EIA) kits that yield fast results offer “moderate performance” and may be useful for preliminary screening of samples in outbreaks. On the other hand, some volunteers who were exposed to the virus seemed to remain uninfected, the report relates. Thus, both innate host factors and acquired immunity are thought to influence susceptibility to infection. US and European findings show that norovirus is the cause of about 50% of all reported gastroenteritis outbreaks. Outbreaks occur year-round but are more common in winter, the report says. Norovirus symptoms typically include nonbloody diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps, and, in some cases, low-grade fever and body aches, the report notes. The illness usually sets in between 12 and 48 hours after exposure. Otherwise-healthy people usually recover after 1 to 3 days, but the symptoms can last longer in young children, elderly people, and hospital patients. About 10% of those who get sick seek medical care. As is well-known, outbreaks are common in institutions and other group settings. Of 660 outbreaks in known settings that were confirmed by the CDC from 1994 to 2006, 35.4% were in long-term care facilities, 31.1% were linked to restaurants and parties, 20.5% were in vacation settings including cruise ships, and 13% were in schools and communities. The virus spreads via food, water, and person-to-person contact. “Norovirus is extremely contagious, with an estimated infectious dose as low as 18 viral particles, suggesting that approximately 5 billion infectious doses might be contained in each gram of feces during peak shedding,” the document states. The latest data suggest that the person-to-person route is most common. For environmental disinfection, the report says the best bet is a chlorine bleach solution. Products that contain phenolic compounds, such as triclosan and quaternary ammonia, are less effective against nonenveloped viruses like norovirus. US has 21 million cases annuallyRecent improvements in diagnostic methods have clarified the role of norovirus as the leading cause of gastroenteritis in all age-groups, the report says. The CDC estimates that the virus causes about 21 million illnesses in the United States each year, about a quarter of which involve foodborne transmission. Mar 4, 2011 (CIDRAP News) A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes clear why norovirus is the world’s leading cause of gastroenteritis and the leading cause of foodborne disease outbreaks in the United States. “Furthermore, up to 30% of norovirus infections are asymptomatic, and asymptomatic persons can shed virus, albeit at lower titers than symptomatic persons,” the report adds. “The role of asymptomatic infection in transmission and outbreaks of norovirus remains unclear.” Immunity poorly understoodThe report says immunity to norovirus is still a murky area. In studies, volunteers who had had the illness remained susceptible to infection with the same strain as well as other strains, and those who had preexisting antibodies “were not protected from infection unless repeated exposure to the same strain occurred within a short period.” A decade’s worth of findings about norovirus is summarized in the CDC report, published yesterday in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. It’s the first update of the agency’s norovirus recommendations since 2001. The agency says the update reflects substantial advances in norovirus epidemiology, immunology, diagnostic methods, and infection control in recent years. To compound the problem, recovering patients continue to shed the virus in stool for weeks. People also can become infected and pass the virus to others without having any symptoms themselves. Infected persons continue shedding the virus in stool for an average of 4 weeks, the CDC reports. But because it’s not possible to grow the virus in cell cultures and there is no small-animal model for human infection, no one knows exactly how long a person remains contagious. The CDC says individual cases of norovirus are not nationally notifiable, but all outbreaks should be reported to local or state health departments. The National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) was launched in February 2009 as an integrated surveillance tool for enteric disease outbreaks. Also in 2009, the CDC launched CaliciNet as a network that labs can use to share and compare norovirus sequences in order to identify transmission vehicles and emerging strains. CDC. Updated norovirus outbreak management and disease prevention guidelines. MMWR Recommendations and Reports 2011 Mar 4;60(RR03):1-15 [Full text]
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ASD tug ST ELMO (BP75t – Built in 2011) was recently engaged in a successful operation in the East Mediterranean.The vessel was employed to provide ship-to-ship LNG towage duties and standby assistance along with tug Gariblado in IPL and OPL Limassol Bay, Cyprus. St Elmo returned to base on 13th July, 2013.For the purpose of this job tug Master Kenneth Linwood has undergone simulator training in Philadelphia – USA organised by BP.[mappress]TugMalta,August 1, 2013