Stewart Withdraws After Fatal Race

first_imgWATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen on Aug. 10, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, said at a news conference that Stewart “feels strongly” about not racing following Kevin Ward Jr.’s fatal accident.The decision was an about-face for the organization, which had said when the track opened that Stewart would be behind the wheel of his No. 14 Chevrolet when the green flag waved.“We gave Tony some time to sleep on it. He feels strongly this is the right thing to do,” Zipadelli said. “All you can do is what you feel is right, and we feel this is right. We get through today and do it the best we can as a group.“He’s going through a tough time. It’s emotional for him.” Regan Smith will drive Stewart’s car instead.Ward had crashed following contact with Stewart one lap earlier and got out of his car as it was stopped along the fence. Video of the incident showed Ward walking from his crashed car onto the racing surface as cars circled by, and, as he gestured at Stewart’s passing car, he was struck.Authorities questioned Stewart but said no criminal charges were imminent. Stewart traveled to Watkins Glen International following police questioning.Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said Stewart was “visibly shaken” and had been cooperative in the investigation. Authorities were asking spectators and others to turn over any video they recorded of the crash.“This is right now being investigated as an on-track crash and I don’t want to infer that there are criminal charges pending,” Povero said.“When the investigation is completed, we will sit down with the district attorney and review it. But I want to make it very clear: there are no criminal charges pending at this time.”A witness said it appeared Ward was trying to confront Stewart, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion. The video showed Ward standing to the right of Stewart’s familiar No. 14 car, which seemed to kick out from the rear and hit him.Moments earlier, Ward and Stewart were racing side-by-side for position as they exited a turn. Ward was on the outside when Stewart, on the bottom, seemed to slide toward Ward’s car and crowd him toward the wall. The rear tire of Stewart’s car appeared to clip the front tire of Ward’s car, and Ward spun into the fence.Povero said Ward, who was wearing a black firesuit and black helmet, had walked into the racing area and one car swerved to avoid him before he was struck by Stewart.“The next thing I could see, I didn’t see (the other driver) anymore,” witness Michael Messerly said. “It just seemed like he was suddenly gone.”A spokesman for Stewart’s racing team called Ward’s death a “tragic accident.”The dirt track, about 30 miles southeast of Rochester, canceled the remainder of the race and later posted a message on its Facebook page encouraging fans to “pray for the entire racing community of fans, drivers, and families.”Ward’s website said he began racing go-karts in 1998 at age 4, but didn’t start driving sprint cars until 2010. The 20-year-old from Port Leyden, New York, was Empire Super Sprint rookie of the year in 2012 and this year was his fifth season racing the Empire Super Sprints.Stewart often competes in extracurricular events like the race on Aug. 9. The multi-millionaire is known to participate in races with purses worth less than $3,000 and drive alongside drivers of varying ages and talent levels.The crash came almost exactly a year after Stewart suffered a compound fracture to his right leg in a sprint car race in Iowa. The injury cost him the second half of the NASCAR season. Stewart only returned to sprint track racing last month, and won in his return, at Tri-City Motor Speedway in Michigan.But the broken leg cost him the entire second-half of last season and sidelined him during NASCAR’s important Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Stewart wasn’t cleared to get back in a race car until February, the day the track opened for preparations for NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500 began.“Everybody has hobbies. Everybody has stuff they like to do when they have downtime, and that’s just what it is for me,” he said last month following his return to sprint car racing. “That’s what I like to do when I have extra time. I don’t think there is anything wrong with doing it. I feel like there are a lot of other things I could be doing that are a lot more dangerous and a lot bigger waste of time with my time off do than doing that.”Among Stewart’s many business interests is his ownership of Ohio dirt track Eldora Speedway, which last month hosted the NASCAR Truck Series, and his stake in Stewart-Haas Racing, which fields cars for Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Danica Patrick.He’s struggled a bit this year since returning from his leg injury, and heads into Sunday’s race winless on the season and ranked 19th in the standings.Stewart had been scheduled to start 13th on Aug. 10 at Watkins Glen, one of just five remaining races for Stewart to either score a win or move inside the top 16 in points to grab a valuable spot in NASCAR’s Chase.The site of thes crash is the same track where Stewart was involved in a July 2013 accident that seriously injured a 19-year-old driver. He later took responsibility for his car making contact with another and triggering the 15-car accident that left Alysha Ruggles with a compression fracture in her back.By John Kekis and John Wawrow. AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer and AP writer Mike Sisak contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Better Weather today for TCI

first_img Recommended for you #MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionercenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 13, 2017 –  Small craft can venture out today but should remain close to port says the Bahamas Department of Meteorology forecast and that means weather conditions are improving.There is still caution due to high and rough seas and there are still rip current and rough surf condition warnings in effect for beach-goers, but today should be warmer and winds are considerably weaker, though still brisk, at 15 to 20 knots over open seas.There is a slight chance for passing showers in this surface high pressure which remains over The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedialast_img read more

Ivy Queen Café Tacvba King Krule To Play Tropicália Music Taco Fest

first_imgNews Facebook Email SoCal Festival To Combine Music & Tacos ivy-queen-caf%C3%A9-tacvba-king-krule-play-tropic%C3%A1lia-music-taco-fest Ivy Queen, Café Tacvba, King Krule To Play Tropicália Music & Taco Fest Twitter More than 50 acts to play Southern California festival mixing music with all-you-can-eat tacosTim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 26, 2017 – 10:56 am Killer music and an endless supply of tacos? That’s exactly the combination the Tropicália Music and Taco Festival promises to deliver on Nov. 11 at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach, Calif.More than 50 acts, including Latin GRAMMY winners Los Tigres Del Norte and Café Tacvba, will play the food-friendly event.Other acts on the eclectic multilingual bill include Puerto Rican reggaeton singer/songwriter Ivy Queen, recently reunited Brazilian psychedelic rockers Os Mutantes, R&B/soul group the Delfonics, alt-rock quartet Chicano Batman, British rapper King Krule, Mexican accordion player Celso Piña, and rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson.Tickets are on sale via the festival website, ranging from individual tickets for $85 and VIP passes for $500. Admission will include “all-you-can-eat tacos” from more than 20 different taco vendors. And for those health-conscious fans on the fence, the menu promises “tacos for every diet.”U.S. Latin Music Revenue Soars In First Half Of 2017Read morelast_img read more

Uber is elevating its UberAir pilot program to include Melbourne Australia

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: UberAir is planning on taking to the skies over Melbourne by 2020, even if that seems highly ambitious to us. Uber For some reason that we can’t fully grasp, people continue to look to flying cars as a valid means of transportation in the future. Uber has really doubled down on this idea, having already named Los Angeles and Dallas as pilot cities for its UberAir aerial rideshare program, announced on Tuesday that it is adding a third city: Melbourne, Australia.The really wild part is that Uber plans on starting test flights as early as 2020 and hopes to have the program commercially viable and available to the public by 2023 — which, if you couldn’t tell, is an incredibly short timeline.So, why Melbourne? It’s not Australia’s largest or most cosmopolitan city, though it’s reasonably close on both counts. We wouldn’t put it past Uber to just be huge Kylie Minogue or Dirty Three fans though.”Australian governments have adopted a forward-looking approach to ride-sharing and future transport technology,” Susan Anderson, regional general manager for Uber in Australia, New Zealand and North Asia, said in a statement. “This, coupled with Melbourne’s unique demographic and geospatial factors and culture of innovation and technology, makes Melbourne the perfect third launch city for Uber Air. We will see other Australian cities following soon after.”A large part of Uber’s plan to take to the skies involves the development of electric helicopterlike aircraft that will be both ecologically friendly and significantly quieter than traditional helicopters, both because of their lack of noisy turbine engines and because they will use multiple smaller rotors to provide lift, rather than a single large one.To get these craft designed, built and approved by governmental agencies within its highly truncated time frame, Uber has partnered with several established aerospace companies, including Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, EmbraerX, Pipistrel Vertical Solutions and Bell. Skai could be the first hydrogen-powered eVTOL 0center_img Post a comment Tags Roadshow Sci-Tech 8 Photos All of the electric urban aircraft unveiled at Uber Elevate 2018 2:03 Uberlast_img read more

B Chy Kamal for sending emissary to Russia China to resolve Rohingya

first_imgAQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Dr Kamal Hossain. Photo: Saiful IslamFormer president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain have asked the government to send emissary to China, Russia and India seeking their good offices to resolve Rohingya crisis.They have also emphasised that a national unity is necessary to deal with this issue and that Bangladesh needs to take a strategic stand to solve permanently the Rohingya issue.The two senior politicians came up with their recommendations while addressing a meeting at Institution of Engineers Bangladesh auditorium in the capital on Thursday.It was organised to protest the attacks on Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar authorities in Rakhine that forced more than 400,000 Rohingyas to take shelter in Bangladesh since 25 August.“Rohingya crisis is a major problem in our national life now and we can’t ignore it. It’s related with international politics,” said Badruddoza Chowdhury, also Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president.He pointed out that Myanmar buys arms mainly from four countries – India, China, Russia, and Israel. “So, they will support the Myanmar government.”The former president urged the government to send emissary to these countries, saying, “We have to go to China, Russia, and India and make them understand (the situation).”  Echoing Badruddoza Chowdhury, Kamal Hossain, an eminent jurist, called on the government to immediately assign emissaries to persuade Russia and China.“Why are you wasting time? If possible, send emissaries tomorrow. I can guarantee you we’ll be benefitted if we can persuade China,” said Kamal Hossain.Terming the atrocities on Rohingya people as violation of human rights and international law, he urged the government to formulate a national framework to deal with the issue.”The Rohingya issue involves international law, diplomacy and politics. So those who are in the government need to take advice from others in this regard,” he added.Alongside diplomatic initiatives, B Chowdhury suggested that national unity must be forged.”Involving all political parties and intellectuals we can hold public meetings in major cities to show the world that we are united on this issue,” he added.Supporting their proposal, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddiqui said Nobel peace laureate Muhammad Yunus might be used to make international lobbying in resolving the Rohingya crisis.The meeting was also addressed by Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal general secretary Khalequzzaman, former state minister for foreign affairs Abul Hassan Chowdhury, political science professor Dilara Chowdhury and former Awami League leader Sultan Muhammad Mansur Ahmed.last_img read more

Hindi has bright future in Bangladesh Shringla

first_imgIndian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Dhaka University vice-chancellor professro Md Akhtaruzzaman attend a programme at the Institute of Modern Languages marking World Hindi Day on 10 January. Photo: UNBHindi language has a bright future in Bangladesh as many people of this country regularly watch Hindi serials and movies on the television, said Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Wednesday.“These people understand Hindi language although they can’t read or write,” he said while presiding over a programme at the Institute of Modern Languages (IML) of Dhaka University, reports UNB.Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) and the IML jointly organised the programme marking the World Hindi Day.Shringla said the Hindi department of IML has created a great opportunity for those who are interested to know about the Hindi language and culture.“The relation between the people of Bangladesh and India will be more strong and deep,” he said.DU vice-chancellor professor Md Akhtaruzzaman attended the event as the chief guest.IML director professor Shishir Bhattacharya also addressed the programme.last_img read more

Hasina lies under oath says BNP

first_imgSheikh Hasina, Khaleda ZiaAccusing prime minister Sheikh Hasina of perjury for ‘false’ statement about the BNP chairperson’s assets abroad, the BNP on Thursday compared such act with ‘treason’, reports UNB.Drawing further attention to Hasina’s calling of BNP chief Khaleda Zia as mad, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir referred to the apex court’s observation earlier calling Hasina a ‘wrongheaded’ person.”There’s no existence of the assets the prime minister had talked about yesterday (Wednesday) in parliament,” Mirza Fakhrul told a press conference.He said Sheikh Hasina “tried to confuse people with her falsehood. Her effort to confuse people with false statement in parliament is some sort of treason.””We strongly condemn and protest the unguarded, imprudent, indecent and aggressive comments of the prime minister,” stated the BNP leader.The prime minister told parliament on Wednesday that international media ran news reports that Khaleda Zia is the third most corrupt person in the world.Protesting Hasina’s comments, Fakhrul said she took oath to work as responsible person and speak the truth and not to lie. “She can’t make false statement and confuse people standing in parliament.”He urged the prime minister to stop lying as she will not be able to mislead people with her false comments.The BNP leader also warned that a defamatory suit can be filed against the prime minister for her calling their chairperson a mad person.”The ruling party leaders are suffering from mental problem only because of fear of Khaleda Zia and her popularity. We usually don’t make such comments. But, a defamatory case can be filed against the prime minister for the word (insane) she uttered about our chairperson,” he observed.Fakhrul said the PM’s comments about Khaleda and her family members will create confusion in public mind about the next general election and a congenial political atmosphere.Mentioning that the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court branded Sheikh Hasina as a ‘wrongheaded’ person in the past, he said the prime minister should think what is people’s and the court’s perception about her before she calling any one ‘insane’.Fakhrul said the prime minister told parliament that Khaleda did not protest the allegations of having assets abroad. “It’s totally falsehood. We’d protested the allegation at a press conference. Not only that we’d have sent a legal notice to her and she still did not respond to it.”He said the prime minister proved her allegations against the BNP chief are false and fabricated by refraining from responding to the legal notice.last_img read more

Road crash kills one

first_imgA man was killed while another injured when a pick-up van hit a rickshaw in Dakpara, Keraniganj in Dhaka on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Shafiqul Islam, 52, son of Sohrab Hossain of West Rabishur.The accident took place around 11:45 pm when a pick-up van hit a rickshaw carrying Shafiqul and his wife Saima, leaving them injured, said Shaker Mohammad Zibaiyer, officer-in-charge of Keraniganj Model Police Station.Later, they were taken to Mitford Hospital where the doctors declared Shafiqul dead.last_img read more

The Baltimore Metro Chapter of the Bennett College Alumnae Association Annual White

first_imgThe Baltimore Metro Chapter of the Bennett College Alumnae Association will hold its Annual White Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on April 1 at the Hilton Doubletree in Pikesville, Md.  This year’s theme for the White Breakfast is “Bennett College- 90 Years of Educating Women and Fostering a Nation.”  This year the Chapter will honor U.S. Representative Dr. Alma Adams of North Carolina District.   For more information about the White Breakfast email baltimorebelles@gmail.com.last_img

Study results suggest people are less cooperative in unequal societies when wealth

first_img Explore further Journal information: Nature (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Yale University has conducted an online virtual experiment designed to better understand behavior patterns among people in a society as it relates to wealth inequality. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their study and results and offer suggestions on how it may relate to the real world. Credit: A. Reese and A. Ro © 2015 Phys.org Do people treat each other differently or cooperate differently with other people if they know that the other person is more or less well off than they are? Anecdotal evidence would suggest that this is likely the case, but proving it is difficult. To learn more, the researchers asked for help from 1,460 online participants–volunteers who agreed to take part in a virtual society game. The idea was that participants could cooperate with others by giving them virtual cash, making things better for everyone. But unbeknownst to the players, several factors were controlled by the researchers, such as how much virtual cash each player started with, allowing for unequal distribution. Also during some games, players were able to see how much cash everyone had, while in other games, they only knew how much they had, making it impossible to compare themselves with others. In any case, game players were told that at the completion of the game, they would be able to redeem their virtual cash for real world money.In studying the results, the researchers found that players that had more money than others, and knew it, tended to be less cooperative—hoarding their money for a big payoff when the game ended. Such players often also benefited from donations given by other players more willing to cooperate by giving to everyone. On the other hand, when players had more virtual money than others, but did not know it, they tended to be just as generous as those that had less money. Thus, the researchers concluded, it was the knowledge of having more wealth that caused those with more money to be more stingy.How the game relates to real life is of course, a matter of conjecture—the researchers suggest that because game players knew they were going to get real money as a payoff at that end, it meant they behaved in a real way, but at the same time acknowledge that when setting up such an experiment there is going to be trade-offs. In this case, that meant taking education level, race and other such factors out of the equation, allowing for measuring only cooperation degree when known inequality existed.center_img More information: Inequality and visibility of wealth in experimental social networks, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature15392AbstractHumans prefer relatively equal distributions of resources, yet societies have varying degrees of economic inequality6. To investigate some of the possible determinants and consequences of inequality, here we perform experiments involving a networked public goods game in which subjects interact and gain or lose wealth. Subjects (n = 1,462) were randomly assigned to have higher or lower initial endowments, and were embedded within social networks with three levels of economic inequality (Gini coefficient = 0.0, 0.2, and 0.4). In addition, we manipulated the visibility of the wealth of network neighbours. We show that wealth visibility facilitates the downstream consequences of initial inequality—in initially more unequal situations, wealth visibility leads to greater inequality than when wealth is invisible. This result reflects a heterogeneous response to visibility in richer versus poorer subjects. We also find that making wealth visible has adverse welfare consequences, yielding lower levels of overall cooperation, inter-connectedness, and wealth. High initial levels of economic inequality alone, however, have relatively few deleterious welfare effects.Press release Gamers who buy advantages are respected less by other players Citation: Study results suggest people are less cooperative in unequal societies when wealth inequality is evident (2015, September 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-results-people-cooperative-unequal-societies.html 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.last_img read more