Crew chief Cole Pearn to step away from NASCAR

first_imgChampion crew chief Cole Pearn, one of the leading figures atop NASCAR pit boxes, caused a Silly Season stir late Monday with his departure from Joe Gibbs Racing.The Canada-born Pearn cited spending more time with his family as the reason for his departure. Pearn spent five years as the crew chief for driver Martin Truex Jr., a pairing that was among the most successful in recent NASCAR history.Pearn started with Colorado-based Furniture Row Racing in 2010 as a race engineer. He was promoted to crew chief in 2015, kicking off a tenure that netted 17 wins and the 2017 Cup Series championship for Barney Visser’s No. 78 group. He added seven more wins with Truex last season, their first with JGR’s No. 19 team.RELATED: Truex Jr. reactsPearn’s dry sense of humor was one of his calling cards, as was his understated but often acerbic social-media presence. But the other trademarks were his savvy in the garage and a chemistry that clicked with Truex, who toasted his crew chief on social media Monday evening.“I cannot say enough good things about Cole and what he has meant for my career,” Truex said in a release provided by the team. “I appreciate his hard work and dedication to our race team over the past six years going back to when he was my engineer at Furniture Row. Our friendship is what matters most to me and I’m happy that he’s doing what’s best for him and his family.”MORE: Most crew chief wins since 2015The personnel move opens a high-profile vacancy with an organization that set a single-season record with 19 wins in the 2019 campaign. Pearn was the No. 19 team’s fourth crew chief in five years, following Darian Grubb, Dave Rogers and Scott Graves. The organization indicated that Pearn’s successor would be announced at a later date.Truex is the third driver of the JGR No. 19 Toyota, which began competition when Coach Joe Gibbs expanded to a four-team operation in 2015.Carl Edwards was the No. 19’s first driver, scoring five wins in 2015-16 before his surprise retirement before the 2017 season. Daniel Suarez replaced him and drove the No. 19 for two years before he was succeeded by Truex after Furniture Row disbanded.RELATED: 2020 NASCAR schedulelast_img read more

Widespread Panic’s JoJo Hermann Offers Debuts, Smiling Assassin Bust-Out On ‘Shut Up And Play’ Ep. 1 [Watch]

first_imgWhen Widespread Panic walked off the stage at the Beacon Theatre following their fifth consecutive sold-out show at the New York City venue back on March 2nd, even the most intoxicated attendee would never have thought that it would be the last live show that the band played for the rest of the year. As fate would have it (pending a drastic drop in COVID-19 cases) the last few days of Winter held their frozen grasp over the country and quite literally masked the advent of spring. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdown eclipsed the warm weather and exchanged the prospect of a summer tour with the bleak uncertainty of life in quarantine.With few updates from the band–other than the slow and steady spread of concert cancellations in Chicago, Austin, and most recently, the annual Winespread run in Napa–only the “Never Miss a Sunday Show” weekly archive streams keep the starved community together and sane. Weeks rolled by with the “Good People” celebrating each Sunday and relishing in the times when live music was able to be enjoyed on any night of the week before JoJo Hermann stepped up to break the doldrums.JoJo Hermann announced his four-part livestream video series aptly titled, Shut Up and Play, to the great relief of many earlier this week. From the stage at East Nashville’s Purple Building on Thursday, JoJo filled the void and hollow feeling in our hearts with a solo trek across his piano with a setlist comprising of Professor Longhair covers, Widespread Panic originals, and even a pair of notable debuts. Proceeds raised from Thursday’s night one webcast were donated to Panic’s longtime support group and fellow Athenian friends at Nuci’s Space.Related: SweetWater Brewing Company Releases Widespread Panic-Inspired Beer, “As Long As There’s Water”Kicking off the first show of the four-part series, JoJo honored Professor Longhair with a bawdy cover of “Tipitina” before diving into the Panic catalog for a condensed coupling of “One Arm Steve” and “Imitation Leather Shoes”. After a quick rundown in which JoJo described the awkwardness of eye contact during a virtual concert and playing without any crowd interaction and energy reciprocation, the pianist debuted a new tune inspired by his love of space, the universe, wormholes, and the physicist Sean M. Carroll. Without further adieu, JoJo then performed “Almost Infinite”, a Bach-like symphonic roller coaster that meshes carefree bliss with darker, dystopian undertones, enrapturing with its contrasting melodies and tempo changes. The top of JoJo’s piano was exposed as the tiny hammers shadowed the quick movements of his fingers, resembling the musical embodiment of Arachne at her fabled loom.Returning back to Panic’s repertoire, JoJo then dished out a prehistoric helping of “Big Wooly Mammoth” which featured uncharacteristically scrambled lyrics. Pausing to reflect after the song, JoJo mentioned, “It’s the first time doing this, and I feel like I’m in my living room. This is typically what I do when I’m down in my basement,” before flaunting his Nuci’s Space t-shirt admitting that it is by far, the most comfortable T-shirt he has ever worn.Getting back to his piano, JoJo dazzled through a nice and smooth cover of J.J. Cale’s “Ride Me High” with a majestic breakdown in the middle. JoJo broke the fourth wall once more to explain why he cannot fulfill a viewer’s request to revive the “dirty verse” as his kids are watching.After thanking Todd Snider and his Purple Building studio, JoJo introduced the second debut of the evening, which he explained was inspired by a trip to the Nashville Zoo.“I love the pink flamingos and the way they stand on one leg to look at the sky,” he told the audience in relation to the new song, which upon conclusion, JoJo declared to be “Blue Parasol”. The song’s lyrics parallel the theme of “Visiting Day” with the lyrics, “Do you ever get the feeling that we’re not alone / in the best kind of way” and “Just happy at you being alive” mirroring Visiting Day’s “Why can’t we just take a look around us/ and only see the things that make you smile?”He then introduced a Smiling Assassin song, “Lazy Bum”, dedicated to Paul “Crumpy” Edwards and prompted by “Gavin Cooper and Gavin Maloney,” (JoJo’s friend from high school). Rounding out the set, Hermann aced a stripped-down jazzy version of “Tall Boy”, the classic Panic tune with improvised psychedelic peacocks thrown into the zoological mix. JoJo came full circle to end the set the same way he started with “Red Beans”, another tribute to Professor Longhair, one of JoJo’s biggest musical influences.Watch the first episode of Hermann’s Shut Up And Play series from Thursday below. Jojo Hermann – Shut Up And Play Ep. 01 – 6/18/20[Video: Widespread Panic]Tune in next Thursday for the second session of JoJo ripping his piano solo-style. Until then, stay well, Goodpeople and look after each other; now more than ever.Setlist: JoJo Hermann | Shut Up And Play Ep. 1 | Purple Building | East Nashville, TN | 6/18/20Set: Tipitina (Professor Longhair cover) > One Arm Steve > Imitation Leather Shoes, Almost Infinite*, Big Wooly Mammoth, Ride Me High (J.J. Cale cover), Blue Parasol*, Lazy Bum (Smiling Assassin cover), Tall Boy, Red BeansNotes:*First Time Playedlast_img read more

SMSD enrollment drops 1,500 students below projections, prompting hit to state funding

first_imgShawnee Mission Schools officials say the district has about 1,500 fewer students enrolled this fall than was projected at the start of the year, according to figures presented to the board of education at this month’s regular meeting.It’s another piece of evidence suggesting the stress the COVID-19 pandemic is putting on the district, as new cases continue to rise sharply in Johnson County.SMSD’s Chief Financial Officer Russell Knapp reported to the board last week that a state audit showed the district’s headcount this year to be 26,112, which is 1,504 less than the projected headcount of 27,616, an overall drop of 5.4%.This fall’s final headcount figure is by far the lowest enrollment number for SMSD over the past five years, according to district records, which show the disrict’s final annual enrollment holding steady at slightly more than 27,500 going back to 2016-17.The drop will contribute to an overall loss of at least $3.5 million in state and other funding this academic year, Knapp said.State funding that Kansas public school districts receive is based, in part, on a weighted formula that apportions dollars per student based on a variety of factors, including whether students are eligible to receive free meals, get bilingual education services or are enrolled in career and vocational programs.Knapp said the district’s state revenue shortfall will likely grow in coming months because funding based on special education student enrollment will be calculated in the spring, which Knapp anticipates will also drop.“There’s probably a bit more bad news on the horizon,” he said.SMSD not alone in enrollment declineShawnee Mission isn’t the only district to deal with enrollment declines this fall.In fact, the Kansas Association of School Boards says, overall, there are roughly 17,000 fewer students statewide enrolled in Kansas public schools this year compared to last, a decline of 3.7%. In an online column posted earlier this month, KASB’s Associate Director Mark Tallman said the drop was “significant” but not a surprise, given that the pandemic has made many families nervous about sending their kids to school.“It is not yet clear where those [unenrolled] students are currently attending. Some may have transferred to private schools or are being schooled at home,” Tallman wrote. “Some have transferred to public school virtual programs, which did increase in enrollment. Others may return to the same district after [enrollment is calculated.]”Tallman noted that private schools in Kansas have not yet reported their enrollment, so it’s not yet possible to see if they’ve seen an accompanying rise in headcount. Non-accredited private schools and home schools do not have to report their enrollment to the state.The enrollment declines, Tallman said, are projected to cost public school districts overall about $22 million this year.Shawnee Mission’s enrollment drop appears to be the biggest — both in terms of raw numbers and as a percentage of overall enrollment — compared to its neighbors in Johnson County, though other districts are also reporting projected enrollment declines:In USD 232 in De Soto, enrollment is down 389 students, or 5.1%, from last year. The biggest decline was in younger grades, with elementary school enrollment down 243 fewer students and pre-K enrollment down 74 students.In Blue Valley, enrollment is nearly 3% below projections, at 21,608, nearly 650 students lower than last year. A district spokesperson says administrators plan to share more details about enrollment numbers at the December board of education meeting.In Olathe Schools, enrollment this fall is off 3.5%, falling to 29,244, down from last year’s enrollment of 30,299.Increasing strain on the systemThe news of enrollment loss comes as SMSD struggles to maintain full operations in the face of a worsening pandemic in the Kansas City metro.Growing shortages in certified staff and substitutes prompted Superintendent Mike Fulton last week to announce that all secondary students would return to remote learning after the Thanksgiving break on Monday, Nov. 30, and remain learning virtually through at least the end of the first semester on Jan. 22.Other Johnson County districts — including USD 232, Blue Valley and Olathe — have also announced that secondary students would return to virtual learning after Thanksgiving.“We’d been watching the numbers and it was getting decidedly worse,” Fulton told the SMSD board of education last week. “We had 50 unfilled positions [Monday], and that number is growing. That’s not sustainable.”At the same time, teachers report growing anxiety and challenges inside classrooms and school buildings. They tell the Post that students, increasingly, are missing school, some after having shown symptoms of the disease or being put in quarantine following an exposure.  That tracks with the growing roll of students reported to be in isolation or quarantine on the district’s own COVID-19 dashboard, which, as of Friday, was at more than 820 students overall.In an interview with the Post, three SMSD teachers all agreed that it’s hard to maintain social distancing in schools and keep rooms and surfaces clean consistently. But they also voiced reservations about younger students potentially returning to remote learning, if COVID-19 conditions keep getting worse in Johnson County.“Personally, I don’t want to go back to remote,” Amanda Dirks, a first-grade teacher at Crestview Elementary, said. “Remote is hard for six-year-olds. I feel like we are getting a lot of work done [in person.] When I was doing remote it was frustrating. I had to keep my kids on mute while I taught because it was so loud, them talking or moving their laptops around. So, it felt like I was talking and teaching to a brick wall.”Digging into the numbersThe loss of revenue based on SMSD’s enrollment drop is not as drastic as it could have been. That’s due to how districts’ state funding is calculated.Districts get a base amount of money per student based on overall enrollment, plus additional funding based on weighted metrics intended to account for things like free meals and special education services.To calculate their base — or unweighted — state aid, districts can use the higher of the previous two years’ enrollment. Knapp told the SMSD board last week that the district will use enrollment figures from 2018-2019 (when enrollment was 27,595) to calculate its base amount of aid this year. Therefore, he said, there is no anticipated loss of funding for that figure.But SMSD is projected to lose at least $3.5 million from other revenue sources due to the enrollment decline and other pandemic-related issues, including:$1.67 million from the state’s weighted enrollment calculation;$550,000 from the local option budget, often referred to as districts’ supplemental operating budgets, which is also based on enrollment numbers;$1.02 million from losses in facilities rentals, which have been limited because of pandemic-related restrictions and shutdowns;$224,000 in lost pre-K tuition, following a drop in pre-school enrollment of 76 students.last_img read more

Medical: Ironwood Cancer & Research Center

first_imgIronwood Cancer & Research CenterGeneral Contractor: TBDArchitect: SmithGroupJJRLocation: 3600 block of S. Rome St., GilbertSize: 25,000The $10M project is an expansion of Ironwood Cancer & Research Center’s clinical operations. The new facility will be patient-centered and will include multiple modalities, such as medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical urology and clinical trials. The facility will have state-of-the-art patient areas, exam rooms, full-service chemotherapy suite, pharmacy and radiation therapy vaults. Expected completion is 4Q 2012.AZRE Magazine May/June 2012last_img read more

Obituary: Helene Suydam 1919 – 2020

first_imgHELENE SUYDAM Aug. 3, 2020In the early morning hours of Aug. 3, 2020, Los Alamos lost a revered resident. Helen Suydam passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 100.Helene was born in 1919 to William Herzberg and Arilla Starkey in Philadelphia, PA. Her childhood was spent in Honolulu, San Diego, and the Panama Canal Zone as her father was transferred to different Navy assignments. When she reached high school age, Helene attended St. Margaret’s girl’s boarding school in Virginia, and from there she went to Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania for a degree in mathematics. A bout with scarlet fever kept her from finishing a graduate degree at Brown University, but she recovered and took a job at the Naval Proving Ground at Dahlgren, VA, in 1942. With her mathematical background she worked on projects to determine artillery trajectories and test proximity fuses. She helped develop the Norden bombsight that was used for high altitude bombing in World War II and was the principal sighting instrument used on the Enola Gay.While at Dahlgren, Helene met her future husband, Bergen (Jerry) Suydam, and the two were married in August of 1946. At the Naval Proving Grounds at the same time was Naval Reserve Officer Norris Bradbury, who recruited the young theoretical physicist and his new wife for Los Alamos. They arrived in 1947 and lived for several months in a room in the Big House, a remnant from the Los Alamos Ranch School, until they could move into a house being built in Western Area. In the late ‘50s Helene and Jerry moved into the house on Bathtub Row that had been occupied by Robert Oppenheimer during the Manhattan Project. When property was offered by the government for private ownership, the Suydams bought the Oppenheimer House. At the time of her death, Helene had lived there for 63 years.Helene hosted many visitors and dignitaries through the years—authors, Nobel laureates, celebrities, artists, and LANL directors—and she understood the sense of awe they all felt upon stepping into her famous living room. She and her husband appreciated the remarkable history of Los Alamos, and that appreciation motivated them to donate the Oppenheimer House to the Los Alamos Historical Society through a living trust agreement that allowed them to live in the house as long as they could. This donation will long be appreciated by a grateful community and visitors from all over the world.Helene enjoyed hiking, participation in the Investment Club and her Bridge Club, serving as a docent and supporter of the Los Alamos Historical Society and the Palace of Governors, as well as volunteering for tax assistance at the Senior Center. She was an avid traveler and had visited Europe, Mexico, and Greenland.Helene was predeceased by her husband, Jerry; her sister, Ruth Ashton; and nephew Daingerfield Ashton Jr. She was a beloved aunt to Sarah Hooe Ashton of Charleston, SC; great aunt to Rebekah (Bobby Moss) Ashton of Seattle, WA, and Rachel Ashton (John Watson); and great great aunt to Suzanna and Ava Moss, Johanna and Amelia Meana, and Ashton Watson.last_img read more

Bridgestone Americas Announces Retirement Of CEO, President And Executive Chairman

first_imgGary GarfieldBridgestone Americas has announced the retirement of its CEO, President and Executive Chairman Gary Garfield, effective Dec. 31. In order to effect a smooth transition to the company’s new leadership team, Bridgestone Americas has announced that Gordon Knapp, the company’s chief operating officer (COO), will become Bridgestone Americas’ president and CEO on Sept. 1, and William “Bill” Thompson, the company’s current chief financial officer (CFO), will succeed Knapp as COO on that date.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementGarfield will remain as an adviser to the company and the new leadership team until year-end. He also will retire from his position as executive vice president and executive officer of Bridgestone Americas’ parent company, Bridgestone Corp., effective Aug. 31.Masaaki Tsuya, Bridgestone Corp. CEO, representative board member and chairman of the board, expressed appreciation and gratitude to Garfield for his service and agreement to the company’s request that he serve in an advisory role through the end of the year to support Bridgestone Americas and help ensure a seamless leadership transition.Gordon Knapp“On behalf of the Bridgestone Group, including the more than 50,000 teammates in the Americas, I would like to express our sincerest thanks to Gary for his 25 years of exceptional service to the company,” said Tsuya. “Under Gary’s dedicated leadership, Bridgestone Americas achieved six straight years of record business results, and he has led positive culture changes through the organization. His commitment to the company, our people and our customers is unequaled, and I know he will be missed.”“Leading Bridgestone Americas for the past six and a half years has been the capstone of my career. I’m so proud of the company’s performance, but I believe my greatest legacy is establishing the foundation for a culture centered on true, open dialogue and innovation. We have built an incredibly strong team at Bridgestone Americas, and I am confident that the company is in extremely good hands with the high-caliber leadership that Gordon and Bill will provide. It has been my great privilege and honor to lead and work with the Bridgestone Americas team. However, there are still some avenues I’d like to explore, both personally and professionally, and leaving now gives me time to pursue those opportunities.”Bill ThompsonGarfield noted that he and his wife plan to remain in Nashville, and they look forward to the opportunity to spend more time with their two new grandchildren.Garfield initially joined Bridgestone Americas in the legal department in 1991, eventually rising to the position of vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer and secretary of Bridgestone Americas. In March 2010, he was promoted to Bridgestone Americas’ CEO and president, and in January 2016 he was named as executive chairman of Bridgestone Americas. In recent years, he also was promoted to a series of executive positions within Bridgestone Corp., ultimately culminating in the position of executive officer and executive vice president of Bridgestone Americas’ parent company, Bridgestone Corp.AdvertisementIn describing the decision to select Knapp to lead Bridgestone Americas, Tsuya said, “Gordon brings a tremendous wealth of corporate experience and demonstrated success to this new leadership role. He’s worked in consumer products his entire professional career, leading the operations of some of the world’s leading brands and has been with us for three years in roles of increasing responsibility. He is clearly ready to step into this new leadership role.”Eduardo MinardiKnapp has spent his career – both in the U.S. and internationally – in the consumer products area leading the operations of many of the world’s foremost brands. Prior to Bridgestone Americas, Knapp served as president, Family Care North Atlantic, Consumer Tissue Division for Kimberly-Clark. He also has held leadership positions in the consumer products businesses for Pfizer Inc. and for Warner-Lambert Inc.Knapp’s leadership team will include Thompson as COO. Tsuya noted Thompson’s extensive experience with the company saying, “Bill has been with Bridgestone Americas for 20 years. He has worked across the company and has a keen financial understanding of every aspect of our company. We’re fortunate to have Bill’s talent and knowledge as he undertakes the COO responsibilities.”AdvertisementThompson served as West Zone Manager for U.S. Commercial Tire Sales in 2011 and was named controller for Bridgestone Americas in 2012. Prior to being named CFO in May 2014, he served as vice president of finance for Bridgestone Americas. He has broad experience within the company, having held positions in the retail, manufacturing, sales and corporate groups. He joined the company in 1996.Tsuya also announced that Eduardo Minardi, executive chairman at Bridgestone Americas’ sister company, Bridgestone Europe, Middle East, Africa (BSEMEA), will serve concurrently as chairman of the Bridgestone Americas board of directors. He will maintain his current role in Brussels, Belgium, which he assumed approximately two and half years ago. He also currently serves as an executive officer and executive vice president of Bridgestone Corp., as well as on the Bridgestone Americas board of directors, a position he has held for more than six years. Minardi’s previous work for Bridgestone Americas has spanned 27 years and included roles with increasing responsibility across Latin America prior to appointment as Bridgestone Americas COO in 2010.Other organizational announcements are expected to be made over the next few weeks and a search will be conducted to fill the role of CFO.last_img read more

MCC and Linde announce transfer of HDA technology

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NPROXX launches new hydrogen tank

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VIDEO: TSHD “Inai Kenanga” Launching Ceremony (Malaysia)

first_imgMalaysia yesterday launched its largest and the world’s third biggest trailing suction hopper dredger, named “Inai Kenanga”.The dredger was launched by Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s wife, in Pantai Acheh, Pulau Indah.“It is absolutely unthinkable that a local company can produce a vessel that is recognised as the largest in Asia and the third biggest in the world. Today, what we never thought possible can become reality in the form of such a large vessel, a vessel that can be our pride,” the Prime Minister Najib stated.This remarkable dredger, which can achieve a speed of 17 knots and has a dredging depth of up to 45 m, was constructed at the dock of Selat Melaka Shipbuilding Corporation Sdn Bhd (SMSCSB).[mappress]Dredging Today Staff, August 23, 2013last_img read more

RenewableUK gets new CEO

first_imgRenewableUK, UK’s trade body for wind, wave and tidal energy, has appointed Hugh McNeal as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).McNeal will take up his new post in April from Maria McCaffery, who has headed the organisation since June 2006.McNeal is currently Director of Change at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.His other roles have included being CEO of the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment at DECC, and Deputy Director of Low Carbon Business at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.Hugh McNeal said: “It will be a privilege to represent an industry which is playing such a vital role in providing safe, secure power for our country’s homes and businesses, as well as tens of thousands of high quality jobs across the UK.”Maria McCaffery added: “I am delighted to be handing over the reins of Chief Executive to such a capable pair of hands. I wish Hugh every success in his new role. He has a wealth of experience on energy policy and I have no doubt that he will be a highly effective champion of wind, wave and tidal energy.”last_img read more