NASCAR at Charlotte odds, picks: Two value bets for the Bank of America Roval 400

first_imgThe Action Network specializes in providing sports betting insights/analytics and is a content partner with NASCAR. Check out more NASCAR betting analysis here.Today’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Roval is the third of three Cup Series road-course events. Exactly one race at the Roval has ever taken place, giving us a small sample size to work with when looking at track history.So how do we gauge driver performance when track history is nearly nonexistent? The easiest thing we can do is look across a range of tracks, and across multiple road-course races.Four of the seven road-course winners during the era of stage racing in the Cup Series came from the front two rows. The other three winners all started inside the top 12.That means it’s probably going to be very hard to win if a driver doesn’t start toward the front. Last year’s winner — Ryan Blaney — benefited from plenty of randomness at the front of the field. There were two sets of crashes in which the front two cars took each other out, so it’s certainly possible for randomness to come into play. When it does, though, other top cars are likely to benefit.The recipe for success is to find drivers capable of winning by shopping around for value. Let’s apply that process to today’s race.Kevin Harvick +1350Harvick is a very good road racer, with multiple career wins at road-course races, including one in 2017 at Sonoma. Ten of his past 11 incident-free road-course races have resulted in top-10 finishes, including six of his last seven road-course races overall.Harvick was quick in final practice, posting the fifth-fastest five-lap average out of 18 drivers that made a run. He also claims the sixth starting position for today’s race. That combination of starting position and practice speed should keep him near the front for most of the race.With such limited data not only in track history, but also in practice, it behooves us to take a driver of Harvick’s overall record at a price that’s quite affordable, especially when he’s shown significant speed in the limited on-track data we do have.The +1200 number for Harvick MGM is offering is quite generous — he has odds of +900 or shorter across most other books, which is right on the cusp of value.Joey Logano +1400Knowing that more than 50% of road-course races in the stage era have been won by drivers starting inside the top three, this number being offered at PointsBet on Logano is quite generous.Logano starts third for today’s race, and with Alex Bowman moving to the rear, Joey will have to overcome only polesitter William Byron and possibly Byron’s teammate, Jimmie Johnson, who should move to the front row after Bowman heads to the rear.Logano’s road-course record in 2019 is certainly less than inspiring, but he does have some positives going for him. In the high-downforce era of the Gen-6 car, Logano has had three top-seven finishes at Watkins Glen, including one win. He also had a fifth-place finish at Sonoma.Logano is comfortably inside the playoff picture, so he’s all about the win while other contenders could be playing it safe. That increases his upside relative to other drivers, making the +1400 odds a fine price for a top-three starter with solid road-course history.If you’re in Vegas, you can get Logano at +1200 at MGM. I like betting him down to +1000.last_img read more

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Bob Ross’s Legacy is Helping Inmates Plant ‘Happy Little Trees’ Throughout State Parks

first_imgSince Bob Ross was renowned for his love of painting cheerful greenery, the DNR partnered with the artist’s estate to rename their program “Happy Little Trees”.WATCH: Art Teacher Cheers Up Stressed-Out Students By Hosting ‘Bob Ross Flash Mob’ With Wigs and Paints“We love anything that has to do with helping the environment and trees. Bob would’ve loved that,” DNR staffer Michelle Coss told Road Tripper.Every year, inmates from three of Michigan’s correctional facilities help to grow about 1,000 new trees from native seeds that have been collected by volunteers. The saplings are then used to replace any state park foliage that has been damaged.This year, Bob Ross Inc. joined in on the program by putting out a call for potential volunteers on their website, saying that all participants who helped to plant the inmates’ trees would be given a free “Happy Little Trees” tee-shirt.MORE: The Grateful Dead Helps to Save Bees and Butterflies Through Jerry Garcia’s LegacyCoss was delighted to report that more than 500 volunteers signed up for the program. Although if you’re disappointed about missing your opportunity to get the free tee-shirt, she says that the shirt is also on sale on their website—and all of its sales are invested right back into the program.The DNR says that they will be honoring the tree-planting initiative’s new name by installing “Happy Little Trees Ahead!” signs with Bob Ross’s smiling face at three of their parks: Orchard Beach, Port Crescent, and Yankee Springs.The Lovington, Sleeper, and Warren Dunes parks are all scheduled to receive signs as well.Photo by Michelle Coss / DNRPaint Up Some Positivity By Sharing The Good News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePhoto by Michelle Coss / DNRBob Ross and his soothing televised painting classes have long been a source of comfort and zen for Americans of all ages—and now, his legacy is bringing even more beauty into the world by helping inmates plant “happy little trees” in Michigan parks.In celebration of their 100th birthday, the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reached out to Bob Ross Inc. and asked if they could collaborate for the centennial.More specifically, the state’s Department of Corrections manages a “prison grow” career and education program in which inmates get the opportunity to learn horticulture practices and help raise trees for reforestation efforts—particularly at state parks.last_img read more

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Pre-Packing an Exercise Bag (Particularly With These Essentials) Could Make You More Likely to Workout

first_imgConducted by OnePoll on behalf of Gatorade, the survey examined the successes (and failures) of working out and broke down what respondents had to have to make it all the way through a sweat-session.WORKOUT ESSENTIALS1. Sneakers 83%2. Workout bottoms 70%3. Socks 69%4. Hydration 67%5. Workout top 64%6. Deodorant 62%7. Weights 60%8. Headphones 56%9. Gym bag 42%10. Music device 38%11. Hair tie 36%12. Workout/yoga mat 32%13. Cleansing wipes 26%14. Lock for locker 25%15. Phone charger 23%16. Dry shampoo 13%Sneakers topped the list (83%), closely followed by workout bottoms (70%), socks (69%), hydration (67%) and a workout top (64%). Over half (56%) admitted their headphones qualified as required workout gear and just under a third couldn’t get their heart rate up without a snack.LOOK: How a Yoga Teacher is Saving First Responders Across America From Depression—With Downward DogFurthermore, 50% of participants say they wouldn’t make it through their entire exercise routine without their favorite tunes to keep their mind occupied.When asked which songs pump respondents up while exercising, Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust,” Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” were found to be some of the go-to tunes.TOP WORKOUT SONGS• “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen• “Back in Black” by ACDC• “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor• “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen• “Dancing Queen” by ABBA• “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi• “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin• “Roar” by Katy Perry• “Truth Hurts” by LizzoSixty-two percent of respondents admitted that little tweaks to their routine can have a major impact—over half (52%) saw a change in their workout performance if they ate or drank something different before or during exercise.However, 19% say they have lied about working out—and 37% admit doing so in order to convince someone else they were busy.That was followed by hoping to impress someone (35%) and respondents being embarrassed by what they were actually doing (31%).TOP WORKOUT EXCUSES1. Too tired 58%2. Other things to do 51%3. Didn’t want to go 30%4. Made up an excuse 21%5. Spent too much time at work 21%6. Wanted to go home 19%7. Forgot something 17%8. Ate too much before 12%9. Felt dehydrated 11%10. Didn’t eat enough 9%Respondents dug deep into the excuses they use on themselves when they’re itching to ditch a workout.The top justifications were being too tired (58%), having other things to do (51%), straight up not wanting to go (30%), and too much time spent at work (21%).In spite of the flimsy excuses people came up with to stay out of the gym, three in four (76%) said they feel “accomplished” when they finish a workout.WHAT MAKES WORKOUTS BETTER1. Right hydration 46%2. Great playlist 44%3. Workout with a friend 41%4. New workout routine 34%5. New sneakers 31%6. New workout clothes 29%7. Personal trainer 21%8. Workout class 20%9. Right pre-workout snack 20%10. Right post-workout snack 18%Be Sure And Share The Intriguing Survey Results With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHaving trouble getting yourself to the gym? If so, you’re not alone—one in five people have lied about working out.That being said, a new survey of 2,000 exercising Americans says that if you make sure to pack all of your essentials prior to going to the gym, you’re far more likely to finish your workout.The survey found more than a third (37%) admitted they’re more likely to wrap a workout early because they forgot something; 3 in 10 have skipped the entire workout because they didn’t have an “essential” item.last_img read more

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See Dear Evan Hansen’s Jordan Fisher Take His First Bow as a Broadway Leading Man

first_img from $89.00 Jordan Fisher just took his first bow as Evan Hansen, joining Ben Platt, Taylor Trensch and Andrew Barth Feldman as the fourth actor to play the title role of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s Tony-winning Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen. Fisher entered the production on January 28. On February 2nd, the cast and crew of Dear Evan Hansen gathered for a party at Sardi’s, where Fisher posed for photos and cut a celebratory cake and mark his first time playing a leading role on Broadway. Jordan will be wearing Evan’s iconic polo shirt and cast for 16 weeks. See more photos from the celebration below. Jordan Fisher with Andrew Feldman, Jared Goldsmith and Jessica Phillip Jordan Fisher and fiancé Ellie Woods Jordan Fisher Star Files Related Shows Dear Evan Hansen Actor Eden Espinosa, composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Jordan Fisher, composer Bobby Lopez and actor Nick Adams View Comments Jordan Fisher takes his first bow in “Dear Evan Hansen.”(Photos: Jenny Anderson)last_img read more

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Vermont Software Developers’ Alliance changes name to Vermont Technology Alliance

first_imgVermont Technology Alliance (vtTA) to better reflect the organizationâ s expanding membership and its mission to represent and support the stateâ s growing number of technology companies that are creating high-skilled, high-paying jobs. VtTA companies represent one of the strongest sectors of the Vermont economy. They have been adding jobs ‘even during the economic downturn ‘that earn higher than average Vermont salaries. For example, vtTA members Dealer.com added 250 jobs in 2011, Technical Connection placed 200 people in tech jobs in 2011, and MyWebGrocer added 63 employees in the last six months. The Vermont Software Developers’Alliance was formed in 2004 by entrepreneurs to foster a strong and growing software industry in Vermont, with a focus on common business interests and programs where members can share ideas, expertise and strategies for success.  As the organization has grown, Vermont companies in other technology business segments have identified common needs and have joined or expressed interest in joining the Alliance. The name change reflects this expanded role and that the organization welcomes all Vermont technology companies as members.  â VtTA is dedicated to helping and promoting Vermontâ s technology industry, creating technology jobs in the state, and advocating policies that strengthen Vermont technology companies,’said John Canning, president of the board.  â Some think of Vermont only in terms of farming, skiing or maple syrup and are surprised to learn it also is home to cutting-edge software and technology companies that are creating innovative products and high-paying jobs. We want this important segment of the Vermont economy to be recognized, celebrated and supported.â  The Alliance recently published the second edition of â Tapping Tech 2.0,’which highlights the positive impact of Vermont technology companies on the stateâ s economy, including these facts:·         The average wage for a software company job in Vermont is $65,000 ‘25% higher than the Vermont median household income $51,841 (2010 U.S. Census).·         The estimated revenue generated in Vermont by vtTA members in 2011 was $280 million ‘representing an 87% increase in just two years.·         For every software developer hired, technology companies typically add an additional six non-technical support positions. To continue to deliver these results, vtTA has identified three key needs: 1) educated employees with strong foundations in science, math and technology who can fill current and future job openings; 2) continued investment in high-speed Internet broadband connectivity throughout the state as well as traditional infrastructure that enables tech companies to operate and stay in Vermont; and 3) improved access to financing to help Vermontâ s knowledge-based businesses get started and expand. In addition to promoting tech-friendly public policy initiatives, the vtTA sponsors a number of programs and offerings in support of its mission, including: Lunch and Learn ‘Monthly information sessions for Vermont technology companies and employees on a range of topics, from company profiles to public policy initiatives to business advice and education. Vermont Tech Jam ‘The Alliance is a founder of and participant in the Vermont Tech Jam ‘an annual fall conference and exhibition that showcases more than 70 Vermont technology and bioscience companies, and promotes technology careers and education. Tapping Tech ‘VtTA has produced the second edition of, â Tapping Tech’a 36-page, full color publication that highlights the positive impact of Vermontâ s growing technology businesses. Bentley Award ‘The alliance has created The Bentley Award, which offers cash, Apple iPads and technical expertise in support of specific projects focused on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) in Vermont K-12 schools. The awards honor the life of the late Bentley Seifer, who was the 12-year-old son of Julie A. Davis and Bruce Seifer, a founding member of the Alliance.  The Vermont Technology Alliance is welcoming new company and individual members to join the organization.  Details and the membership form are available at VtTA.org.About the vtTA The Vermont Technology alliance supports and promotes Vermontâ s thriving software and technical business community. VtTA helps its members share ideas, expertise, and strategies for success and works with business, government and higher education to advocate for policies and programs that strengthen Vermontâ s technology-based economy.More information about the Vermont Technology Alliance can be found at: ·         vtTA.org·         facebook.com/VermontTechAlliance·         twitter.com/VermontTechAlliance·         linkedin/VermontTechAlliance May 17, 2012 âlast_img read more

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Shumlin issues executive order allowing Vermonters to continue displaying Vermont Strong license plate

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin has issued an executive order to allow Vermonters to continue to display the Vermont Strong license plate. The exemption allowing Vermonters to display the plate on the front of their vehicle was slated to expire June 30, 2016. The executive order will remain in effect until a new governor rescinds it or the Legislature revisits the issue. “These plates remind us of how our state pulled together in the wake of Irene to rebuild stronger than the storm found us,” Shumlin said. “The plate has become a symbol of pride for many Vermonters, myself included, and I want ensure people can continue to display them.”The full text of the order is copied below.STATE OF VERMONTEXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTEXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 04-16[Vermont Strong License Plates]  WHEREAS, Vermont passed legislation creating Vermont Strong Commemorative License Plates in 2012 to “recognize all of those who have suffered losses because of the destruction brought by Tropical Storm Irene and the flooding of 2011, and to commemorate the contributions of the many who are helping to rebuild Vermont and to make it stronger”; and WHEREAS, in 2014, the General Assembly extended the display of Vermont Strong License plates to June 30, 2016; and WHEREAS, the Vermont Strong license plate continues to be an important symbol of Vermont’s resiliency and commitment to the many communities, businesses, and families impacted by Tropical Storm Irene and other major flooding events; andWHEREAS, under section 511(a) of title 23, “[a] motor vehicle operated on any highway shall have displayed in a conspicuous place either one or two number plates as the Commissioner may require.”NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT I, Peter Shumlin, by virtue of the power vested in me as Governor, do hereby order and direct that:(a) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall continue to permit Vermonters to display Vermont Strong Commemorative License Plates on the front of eligible vehicles; and (b) Vermont law enforcement officers shall refrain from ticketing or otherwise penalizing any Vermonter with a Vermont Strong Commemorative License Plate as the front plate on an eligible vehicle until the General Assembly next has the opportunity to consider and clarify the duration of Vermont Strong commemorative License Plates; and  (c) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and the Commissioner of Public Safety shall take all necessary and appropriate actions to implement this Order with state and local law enforcement.  This Executive Order shall take effect upon signing.last_img read more

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Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei toasts Dan Halksworth

first_img Related Dan Halksworth, currently one of the UK’s best long-distance triathletes, is joining Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei as a sponsored athlete – with immediate effect. He joins Lucy Gossage in promoting the refreshing, isotonic ERDINGER Alkoholfrei in the UK.Dan’s career to date is notable – with two Ironman UK victories in the last two years. Equally impressive were his second place in the prestigious Challenge Fuerteventura (2012) and third place in the Koh Samui Triathlon (2013). His first event representing Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei was Ironman 70.3 Mallorca on Saturday 10 May, where he placed 8th.“As an athlete and a person, Dan makes a great addition to our team. I’m sure he’ll make quite a splash and together with his teammates help put the spotlight on ERDINGER Alkoholfrei,” said Florian Sosna, Head of Sponsoring at ERDINGER Alkoholfrei.Waltraud Kaiser, Export Director of Privatbrauerei ERDINGER Weißbräu, is equally delighted. “ERDINGER Alkoholfrei is enjoying growing popularity among endurance athletes and consumers in the UK,” he said. “We therefore plan to intensify our marketing activities here in the coming years in order to strengthen our brand presence.”Dan Halksworth will find himself in good company at Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei. The community is the sporting home for numerous triathlon professionals, such as world record holder Andreas Raelert, two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion Michael Raelert and multiple Ironman winner Sonja Tajsich.The ERDINGER Alkoholfrei community also includes over 400 ambitious amateur athletes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the UK who enjoy the benefits of an ERDINGER Alkoholfrei sponsorship.ERDINGER Alkoholfrei is increasingly a major promoter of endurance sport and this is illustrated by its continued support for UK events in 2014. Athletes crossing the finishing line at such events as the London Triathlon, Outlaw and the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Blenheim Triathlon – to name but a few – can celebrate their victory with a refreshing glass of ERDINGER Alkoholfrei.ERDINGER Alkoholfrei has been available in the UK for a number of years, and is well known internationally as ‘a refreshing isotonic recovery drink for endurance athletes.’www.ERDINGER-alkoholfrei.co.uklast_img read more

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Scientists reduce fear of death by using virtual reality to induce an out-of-body experience

first_imgShare on Facebook Share Share on Twitter The study, published in the journal PLOS One, used an Oculus Rift virtual reality head-mounted-display to induce out-of-body experiences in 16 women.The researchers used a virtual reality simulation to induce what is known as the “full body ownership illusion.” They created the illusion that a virtual human body in the simulation was the participant’s own. After this illusion took hold, the participant’s perspective was then shifted from first-person to third-person, making it seem as if their visual perception had been lifted out of their body.Another 16 women, who were used as a control group, experienced a similar virtual reality simulation except the researchers did not induce an out-of-body experience.After the simulation, the participants who had the virtual out-of-body experience had lower levels of fear of death on average than the control group. Slater told PsyPost the findings provide “implicit evidence that it is possible to separate consciousness from the body, which may have the impact of changing attitudes towards death.”The research, however, is still in the preliminary stages.“It was a single study so it needs to be replicated,” Slater said. “The study relied only on a questionnaire, and it would be interesting to see if there were long-term effects on the relationship of people towards death.”“We have another more sophisticated study that has been completed that will hopefully be published in a few months,” he added.The study, “A Virtual Out-of-Body Experience Reduces Fear of Death“, was also co-authored by Pierre Bourdin, Itxaso Barberia, and Ramon Oliva. It was published January 9, 2017. LinkedIncenter_img Pinterest Email Virtual reality systems can create out-of-body experiences — and these experiences may be able to reduce the fear of death, according to a recently published study.“My lab has been working for many years on the influence of changing someone’s body in virtual reality on their attitudes, perceptions, behavior and cognition,” the study’s corresponding author, Mel Slater of the University of Barcelona, told PsyPost. “For example, placing White people in a Black virtual body reduces their implicit racial bias, while putting adults into a child body changes their perceptions and self-identification.”“Here we wanted to see what the effects were of establishing a strong feeling of ownership over a virtual body, and then moving people out of it, so simulating an out-of-body experience. According to the literature, out-of-body experiences are typically associated with changes of attitudes about death, so we wanted to see if this would happen with a virtual out-of-body experience.”last_img read more

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WHO confirms H5N1 deaths in Egypt and China

first_imgJan 5, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the deaths of two men from H5N1 avian influenza, one from Egypt and another from China whose death was reported earlier in the media.The patient from Egypt, a 42-year-old from Menofia governorate, got sick on Dec 16 and was admitted to a hospital in critical condition and treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) on Dec 21, the WHO said in a statement. The man died the next day, raising Egypt’s official H5N1 infection total to 157 and the number of deaths from the disease to 55.Of those, 38 cases and 15 deaths occurred in 2011.Egypt’s Central Public Health Laboratories confirmed the H5N1 virus on Dec 24. An investigation into the man’s illness revealed that he had been exposed to sick and dead poultry, according to the WHO report.The man from China, a 39-year-old from Shenzhen in Guangdong province, came down with flu symptoms on Dec 21 and was hospitalized in critical condition on Dec 25. He died on Dec 31, pushing China’s WHO-confirmed H5N1 cases to 41 and its deaths from the virus to 27. His H5N1 case and death, however, are the country’s first in 2011.Guangdong lab officials diagnosed the man’s infection on Dec 30, and the Chinese government lab confirmed it the following day, the WHO reported. Earlier media reports suggested the man had no known exposure to live poultry, and the WHO said an investigation into his exposure to the virus is ongoing. Health authorities are monitoring his close contacts, and so far all are well, according to the WHO.The two infections and deaths push the WHO global H5N1 count to 576 cases and 339 deaths. According to WHO records, the number of H5N1 cases and deaths reported in 2011 so far are modestly higher than 2010 (60 cases versus 48, and 33 deaths versus 24).In a related development, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today issued a rapid risk assessment regarding China’s H5N1 fatality, based on a request from the European Commission.The ECDC said the case is not part of a cluster and that the virus that infected the man is closely related to strains recently found in Hong Kong’s wild birds. The findings suggest the patient was infected from an avian source rather than a human one.Sporadic human infections in countries where the virus is endemic in birds aren’t unexpected, and the latest Chinese case doesn’t change the risk to human health, which for EU countries is very low, the ECDC report said.Meanwhile, South Korean officials yesterday advised people traveling to China to take precautions, based on the man’s H5N1 infection, Chosun Ilbo, a newspaper based in Seoul, reported today. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also stepped up monitoring of travelers arriving from China by checking their body temperatures and having them fill out questionnaires.See also:Jan 5 WHO statement on Egyptian caseJan 5 WHO statement on Chinese caseJan 5 ECDC risk assessmentJan 5 Chosun Ilbo storyDec 21 WHO global H5N1 case count (does not include the two recent cases and deaths)last_img read more

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