Chase coverage: Profiles of 12 drivers

first_imgMORE: READ: Top 10 Chase moments Get complete coverage of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup READ: Race breakdowns: The Chase READ: Fantasy preview: The Chase READ: Driver previews: The Chase Profiles of the 12 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cuplast_img

The Future of Rail Travel is Tied to the Future of Technology

first_imgThey say there’s romance in train travel. And I’ve certainly caught some beautiful sights through the eyes of my train-traveling coworker, Susie Gidseg and her personal Long Way Home blog.But, many people ride trains simply to get from home to work and back. Their travel often looks more like this:Man talking constantly on the phone on the train: “One call after another. You know how it is.”“Yes, we all know.“— John Dickerson (@jdickerson) February 9, 2018Share “What’s worse? A loud train ride or a quiet train ride but some guy decides to eat a bag of chips.“— kiwi🥝 (@Laurenk0ala) February 9, 2018Share “Girl on this train has been makin eyes at me the whole ride“— The Corgi Corner (@TheCorgiCorner) February 9, 2018ShareOk, so maybe that last one was not your typical commuter, but their owner very well could be one of the 475,000 riders our customer Rio Grande Pacific Corporation (RGPC) supports every year. The privately-owned holding company for regional freight railroads & support services is also responsible for an average of 120,000 carloads of freight each year.And whether it’s commuters or freight, downtime is not really an option for them. Modern technology can make all the difference, but this 150-year-old industry has been traditionally slow to change.“It has been a bane of existence of railroads to be able to get the information that they need to make rapid decisions,” says Robert Bach, president and COO, RGPC. “If you’re going to adapt for the future, you have to have the data at your fingertips.”You can hear more from him and other members of the RGPC team in this video where they explain how Dell EMC is helping them take on digital transformation.In an industry where being on time isn’t actually that easy to define, success is measured in seconds. And while measuring those seconds on their own lines, RGPC’s Technology Group also is developing products for others. Dell EMC’s Unity All-Flash has put them in a position to continue such growth.Click to watch“By choosing the [Dell EMC] Unity platform we solved several needs. One is performance. The second is scalability,” said Jason Brown, chief information officer, RGPC, in this second video. “The platform has allowed our mission-critical safety signal systems to run on a robust redundant system.”That’s vital when their team is providing crucial operations and maintenance offerings, including third-party dispatching, signaling and communications, technology solutions and maintenance-of-way (MOW) services, to commuter transit agencies and short line railroads.Deploying technology has allowed them to move from being a cost center to being a revenue center, and create their railway internet of things pulling together systems that were once separate into one dashboard for all of their customers to see.We’re proud that all those systems are being developed on Dell EMC Unity All-Flash, enabling RGPC to speed deployment, streamline management and seamlessly tier storage to the cloud. Visit to learn more about what it can do for your organization.last_img read more

Employers target Facebook accounts

first_imgStudents joke about “Facebook stalking,” which involves searching through social network website Facebook to gain information on another person. But what happens when employers begin using these same techniques to find applicants online? This presence may be protected by privacy settings used to limit access to individual accounts, but even with just the name of a person and a little information on where that person is from, virtually anyone can be found online. Posts, photos, videos and comments posted on Facebook can cause problems for students as they begin to search for opportunities beyond the undergraduate level, associate director of the career center Kevin Monahan said. Monahan said the context of a post is not taken into account if an employer happens to check a profile. “This isn’t limited to Facebook. If you rant and rave, make homophobic, sexist, or racist remarks under the guise of sarcasm, we don’t have the luxury of reading body language or the circumstances surrounding the things we read or see something online,” he said. Companies such as Deloitte and Ernst & Young — two major recruiters of Notre Dame graduates — have Facebook pages, suggesting that while they may be there for people to “like” them on Facebook, they also navigate the online forum. Photos depicting parties, often including underage drinking, have brought about many issues. “I haven’t had trouble with it, but my employer back home said that any pictures posted of us doing illegal activities, while wearing any part of our uniform, would subject us to termination,” freshman Nicole McMillan said. Some students respond by putting their profiles on full lockdown, with as much privacy as possible. A few students even change the name that appears on their profile, which senior Nick Normandin did once he began applying for jobs. “I changed my name so it’s not recognizable. I don’t know what exactly they’re looking for, but whatever it is, I don’t want them to find it on my Facebook,” he said. Even while posts can be monitored to some extent, once something is placed online it is difficult to minimize its impact and impossible to remove, Monahan said. “Once it is out there, it’s like trying to put toothpaste back into a tube; it stays out,” Monahan said. However, Monahan said companies are not maliciously tracking down every candidate online. In fact, most aren’t. “Most employers have a policy telling their managers and human resources: do not look at these sites. There have been lawsuits about these from individuals who feel they have lost opportunities because of Facebook, Myspace or other social media sites. Those are still pending,” Monahan said. Sophomore Jacqueline Patz, whose sister worked in human resources, understands the basics of why this rule has been set at many companies. “Her company is specifically not allowed to go and look at people’s Facebooks. When you’re hiring, you’re not supposed to take into consideration things like race or gender, and if you look at Facebook, you can’t avoid seeing that in their pictures or on their wall,” Patz said. When this occurs, the main question returns: are employers justified in looking at Facebook profiles or are they overstepping certain boundaries? Two main theories have emerged on the topic. The first opinion is based on the Internet as a public forum. “I don’t think that employers overstep any boundaries in checking Facebook. It’s a public website and anything you post on there is something you should expect everyone to see,” McMillan said. Others, like Patz, find there is a clear division between a person’s professional and personal life. “I think that there’s a big difference between the two, and whenever that line starts to get blurred, that’s crossing the rights of your employees,” she said. Monahan said both sides have convincing arguments, but ultimately the Internet is a public forum that anyone can access. “There are valid arguments on both sides, but when you post things out there, even under the guise of a personal site, it’s been made public. If you don’t want these comments or pictures being read, you should not be putting that information out there. I guess the courts will decide what that privacy levels — or privacy expectations — should be, not just for companies, but for all individuals,” he said. With all of this discussion on how dangerous the Internet may be, some students rush to edit their profiles their profiles when applying for jobs. But students can take a step back and breathe again. There are ways job applicants can use the Internet to their advantage, and even combat negative social networking from their past, Monahan said. “Developing a strong, positive online presence is key. Writing a blog offering industry advice or recommendations can help. Another way is to create a website that details some work or class experiences you’ve had,” Monahan said. “By making these active, when an individual searches your name, your more positive aspects will show up first, and that’s what you want them to see.” As students forge their own career paths, students like Normandin have come to realize that growing up amidst a social networking boom is beginning to show its effects. “I think part of our generation, now that we’re mature, has grown up and is now realizing the consequences,” he said.last_img read more

Prayer service honors life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

first_imgOn Monday night, students were welcomed back to campus with a typical South Bend chill and a slight drizzle. However, a temporary source of light and warmth on God Quad sliced through that dreary weather: candles with “Walk the Walk Week” labels on them that sat in front of Main Building.The Main Building Rotunda was packed with students and faculty holding candles and celebrating a message of equality during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemoration. After the celebration, the candles were left by the statue of Jesus in front of Main Building.Michael Yu | The Observer Speakers for the event included University President Fr. John Jenkins, director of campus ministry Fr. Pete McCormick and associate provost for undergraduate studies Hugh Page; music was provided by Voices of Faith.Jenkins opened the event with a tribute to King’s character.“He was someone who could point out bigotry and injustice, yet do so in a way that calls us to a deeper unity,” Jenkins said. “He was someone who was truthful about the struggles we face, yet did so in a way that inspires hope. He was someone who could confront hatred but [did] not hate.” Jenkins led a prayer that emphasized the need for determination and unity in sorrow, joy and pain to continue to fight against inequality.“May our celebration tonight in the weeks ahead propel us, may it motivate us, may it energize us, may it unite us in the commitment to respect,” Jenkins said.Page reflected on the relationship between the biblical Amos and King. He cited the famous phrase, “Let justice roll down like waters” from King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” and its original conception in the Book of Amos.“Amos serves as kind of textbook for those elected to serve as agents of resistance,” Page said. “We should not be surprised therefore by the frequent reference of Amos of the various writings of Martin Luther King Jr.”Page said King often found himself in conflict with establishment forces in the political and religious spheres. He said many people do not realize that he was at times in odds with some of his church colleagues that felt he was moving too aggressively with the campaign of civil rights. Page said this should encourage people to “give up their mythical notions of when and how to act in the fact of injustice.”“So does Dr. King encourage us here and now to strive to a commonwealth where character is the … true measure of success,” Page said. “He reminds us in no uncertain terms … that the time is always right now to do right.” Page said each individual is a prophetic presence in the place they live, work and worship. He encouraged those who attended the event to take inspiration from both Amos and King.“May we work tirelessly without ceasing as members of the ND family, to promote freedom and justice not for few, but for everyone everywhere,” Page said.last_img read more

Senate discusses goals for the year

first_imgThe student senate met Monday to discuss goals and possible projects in committee groups at their weekly meeting in Duncan Student Center.The meeting opened with a prayer and welcome by Fr. Pete McCormick, director of Campus Ministry. Following the approval of the minutes from last week’s meeting, which lasted over two hours, senior and student body vice president Corey Gayheart spoke about the success of last week’s fundraiser to benefit Notre Dame Veteran’s Fund.“I want to thank everyone who helped with wristbands … at the pep rally alone we raised $2,500 for the Military Veteran’s Initiative here at Notre Dame,” Gayheart said.Gayheart also announced upcoming events, which include “ABCs of Political Engagement,” presented by First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and a dorm voter registration contest in collaboration with ND Votes. Student government is currently discussing potential hurricane relief projects with the Center for Social Concerns and Faith and Service, which may include a prayer service, fundraiser and supply drive, Gayheart said. The senators then split into four committees –  Student Wellness and Safety, Sustainability, Student Finances and Residential Life – to establish a mission statement and goals for the school year. The committee chairs were elected at last week’s meeting.The Residential Life committee hopes to engage students for “the enhancement of their residential experience,” junior committee chair Zachary Spitzer said.The committee’s goals include finding better solutions to animal infestation issues — namely bats — as well as addressing campus water quality and increasing the transparency between the administration and the student body. They hope to better inform students regarding large University projects such as dorm renovations. The Sustainability committee aims to change the culture surrounding sustainability at Notre Dame and streamline communications between all sustainability-centered groups, committee chair and sophomore Daniel Rottenborn said. The committee set goals such as reducing food waste and increasing composting practices in the dining halls and eventually the residence halls. They hope to collaborate with the city of South Bend for projects, such as community gardens. The Student Finances committee hopes to give a voice to those who struggle financially at Notre Dame, educate the entire campus about personal finance and increase transparency with the administration by holding the University accountable for its use of tuition funds, committee chair and sophomore Andrew Seketa said.The Student Wellness and Safety committee has two main purposes, sophomore and committee chair Bailey Baumbick said.“One, to increase the transparency and accountability of the administration regarding safety issues on campus, and secondly, to increase awareness regarding safety and wellness issues on campus,” Baumbick said.The committee hopes to look into the blue lights on campus and work with Notre Dame Security Police about reporting incidents that occur on campus, among other projects.Tags: committees, Student government, student senate, Veteran’s Fundlast_img read more

Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner Are Taking Your Questions!

first_img Related Shows Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner: Unattached! Show Closed This production ended its run on July 25, 2016 They said they would never leave us, right?! Before they reunite at Feinstein’s/54 Below for Unattached!, Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner are stopping by to answer your questions. The original conjoined twins of Side Show haven’t performed together in New York for nine years, but now they’re back together…and on our couch! What other sister act would they like to headline? What was the worst hip-related snafu? Submit your questions below, then tune in later as the dynamic duo interviews each other!<a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> View Commentslast_img read more

Chittenden Bank Presents Second Installment of $15,000 Pledge to the O’Brien Winooski Community Center

first_imgChittenden Bank Presents Second Installment of $15,000 Pledge to the O’Brien Winooski Community CenterWinooski, VT – In 2002, the City of Winooski established a Community Development Department to focus on the creation of a community center. The goal was to create a facility designed to address the needs of their overall residential demographics, therefore serving people of all ages, interests and income levels. Winooski lacked a public space where programs could be offered to provide the community with benefits such as after school programs, a Teen Center, a Community Kitchen and summer activities for area youth. An under-utilized shopping center, just two blocks from the heart of the city was earmarked as the location. On March 31, 2007, the O’Brien Community Center opened its doors to the city of Winooski.Chittenden Bank delivered the second installment of their 3-year pledge earlier this month.”The space in Winooski was utilized to its fullest. The O’Brien Community Center is a wonderful place for children and families to spend quality time with staff that cares about offering activities for children and families that will help them to grow and prosper. We are pleased to be a part of the development of the Center, ” said Kathy Schirling, Senior Vice President at Chittenden Bank. A check in the amount of $5,000 was presented to Community Development Department Director J. Ladd. “The folks at Chittenden have been observing the Winooski Community Center’s development over the past 4 years, offering encouragement, significant bridge financing, and now, a donation of second donation of $5,000. Gayle McKinnon Alexander has visited the Center numerous times, before and during construction and since we’ve opened,” explained Ladd. “She realized early what potential the Center had. The Chittenden Bank understands the wonderful collaborations that the Center facilitates, and the remarkable benefits that the Center brings to the community. We have appreciated the Chittenden steady encouragement and support!”Today the community center is thriving with activities, and includes a number of tenants geared towards serving the wellness, health, and family needs of Winooski. Some of those tenants include: Greater Burlington YMCA, Vermont Dental Care, Underground Teen Center, and Winooski Family Health. In addition, several programs and events were successfully launched this past year promoting community participation and involvement. During the summer over 200 children registered for a new 12-week youth enrichment program that offered summer activities from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. In September, local High School students participated in a College Preparatory course provided VSAC and the Winooski School District. An After School Care Program was established in October that picks up the kids at school and brings them to the O’Brien Center for help with their homework or to partake in supervised activities. The institutional size, energy efficient community kitchen and the dinning hall were used to accommodate the first Winooski Resource Expo held in October.To Learn MoreThe O’Brien Community Center is located at 32 Malletts Bay Avenue in Winooski, and is open to the public 7 days a week. Please call 655-1392 for activity and program schedules, or visit is external).About Chittenden BankChittenden Bank has proudly served businesses and individuals statewide for more than 100 years. With assets greater than $3.3 billion and 47 offices located throughout the state, Chittenden is dedicated to meeting the financial needs of Vermonters at every stage of life. Chittenden Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Bank headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut with assets of over $21 billion. For more information please visit is external) or call the Customer Service Center at 800-545-2236.-###-last_img read more

New weekly unemployment claims decrease

first_imgWeek Ending March 21, 2009. There were 1,070 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 298 from the week before. Altogether 18,691 new and continuing claims were filed, 69 more than a week ago and 7,861 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,968 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 30 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,088 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program which is an increase of 36 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: is external)last_img read more

North Amityville Man Charged With Knockout Game Attacks

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Darryl MitchellA North Amityville man has been accused of randomly punching in the head at least seven men, including two senior citizens, in alleged “knockout game” style attacks over the past month.Darryl Mitchell has pleaded not guilty at Suffolk County court to some assault charges and is expected to be arraigned on added counts Wednesday following a recent grand jury indictment, authorities said.Prosecutors said the 20-year-old punched each victim, usually in the face, unprovoked in broad daylight and then ran away.In the first case, Mitchell allegedly ran up to a man and punched him in the right eye, cutting his eyelid so badly the wound required seven stitches to close at while the victim was simply walking down a sidewalk at 3 p.m. Nov. 10.Then at 1 p.m. Nov. 30, authorities said Mitchell punched a 69-year-old in the head while the victim was looking for a toolbox in the trunk of his car in North Babylon.Mitchell is accused of separately attacking two other men a half hour apart on Dec. 1 in North Amityville. He first allegedly punched a 66-year-old man in the face at 7:30 a.m., breaking the victim’s glasses.Prosecutors said Mitchell then punched a second man in the face while the victim was walking to church at 8 a.m., and then kicked the victim in the head when he fell to the ground.Charges related tom the other three victims will be outlined in the indictment Wednesday.Victims of the so-called “knockout game” has been reportedly popping up in New York City and nationwide in recent weeks.last_img read more

Buttigieg once again hits it out of the park on Fox News, this time talking about Mitch McConnell

first_imgOn the subject of the Senate, Wallace asked if the majority leader is Mitch McConnell, won’t that hurt some of the “boldest” parts of Biden’s election promises? Buttigieg first stressed that Georgia’s runoff Senate races are likely to be extremely competitive, and if Democrats don’t win, McConnell’s caucus will have a decision to make. – Advertisement – “Is his purpose in Washington to defy the American people? Who, along with the president and the House of Representatives, will believe in expanding, not taking away health care, ensuring that the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes instead of slashing their taxes, no matter what, raising wages, treating climate change as real?” Basically, Buttigieg posited, does McConnell want to move forward with progress or stop progress?Perhaps the biggest takeaway? Just how very important the Georgia Senate special election really is. The double runoff will be held on Jan. 5, 2021.  The Georgia run-off is January 5th. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7. And give $3 right now to rip the Senate majority from Mitch McConnell’s cold dead hands. Here’s that clip.x As my colleague, Hunter, noted, the Trump administration is not expected to make any major moves when it comes to handling the pandemic before Donald Trump leaves office in January. On the other hand, as we count down the days until he takes office, Biden is likely to urge the American people to listen to health and science expert recommendations (what a breath of fresh air, eh?), including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing amid a literal global pandemic. Wallace opens the dialogue by saying that Biden claimed the American people gave him a “‘mandate for action.’” Wallace then referenced the House’s slimmer majority and what he describes as the “likelihood” of a Republican-controlled Senate. Wallace asked Buttigieg, “The question is: What mandate?”- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – Buttigieg’s answer is nothing short of refreshing. “Well, I think he has a mandate to deliver on the winning campaign agenda that the Biden-Harris ticket offered the country. This not only earned us the support of the majority of Americans who voted for him to be the next president, but also, we should remember that those who supported him, and a remarkable number of President Trump supporters support the agenda that Joe Biden is going to lead our country forward with.In other words, the idea of getting serious on COVID and having a science-led approach, which he’s already underway on. The idea of raising wages and protecting workers. And making sure corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes. Taking climate seriously. Doing something about racial justice. As we look forward, whether we have a divided government or not, I know this. What Joe Biden wants for the country is what most Americans believe is right for this country. And that, I think, is where the real propulsion of his administration will be. Just as it’s been the propulsion of this campaign and led to this win.”- Advertisement –last_img read more