Reggie Ruggiero’s legend lives on at Stewart-Haas Racing

first_imgRELATED: 2018 NASCAR scheduleReggie Ruggiero still answers to “Reg,” or sometimes “The Reg” in a nod to his days as a standout on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Even though the nickname is still his calling card, its origins don’t stem from a conventional shortening of Reginald.“Actually, my real name is John. Nobody knows me by that, but that’s my real name,” Ruggiero says. “When I was young, we’re an Italian family and we grew up in two- or three-family homes and there were four Johns. Little kids, my cousins, and everybody got a nickname. They just took my last name and shortened it. Well it was ‘Ruggie,’ and then when I started racing, everybody called me ‘Reggie’ and that’s stuck. That’s how I ended up with that name. I mean, nobody knows me by John.”Around Stewart-Haas Racing, his name still carries plenty of clout. After a successful driving career that spanned from 1968 to 2012, Ruggiero, 66, has found a home in the SHR chassis shop, putting his years of car-building experience to great use.“I’ve been in [racing] since I was 16, so this is a good way to stay in it,” Ruggiero says. “I mean, you meet a lot of different people every day. I have people coming into our chassis shop that I don’t know but they know me. It’s pretty interesting.”His legendary career, which began on a small quarter-mile at Plainville (Conn.) Stadium, has kept Ruggiero’s name a familiar one on the SHR shop floor. Ruggiero was a force in the Northeast Modified ranks, with feature wins by the dozens and championships at hallowed tracks such as Riverside Park near the Massachusetts-Connecticut border.After the Whelen Modified Tour was formed in 1985, Ruggiero stacked up 44 wins and was a perennial contender in the championship hunt. Despite his success, he finished as a tough-luck runner-up seven times in the national standings.“It was pretty hard to swallow, but it’s the way it was,” Ruggiero says. “I always raced to win, not to run for points. Sometimes that gets you in trouble, and things like that happen, but all in all for my career, had a ton of fun with a bunch of people.”The fun has continued with Stewart-Haas, where Ruggiero has spent the last year and a half focusing on interior sheet metal and other chassis prep. He’s added a Daytona 500 ring from Kurt Busch’s win last year to his list of memories and keepsakes in racing, and he’s hoping for more this season.Having several other SHR team members hail from the Northeast has helped Ruggiero settle in, but so has working alongside like-minded crew with rich backrounds in racing.“Everybody knows Reg,” says team co-owner Tony Stewart. “To know his history and know how many races he’s won, he was the guy that, he was a clean racer. There were guys that I met toward the end of Reg’s career is when I really met him, but the guys that I was around that knew him really appreciated him for his style of racing and how good he was.“And now we get somebody who … it just still amazes me that we have somebody the caliber of Reggie Ruggiero here that’s in our chassis shop, helping build our race cars. That’s something that I think is really cool. It really sums up what SHR is really about — it’s about racers that want to go out and win races and win championships.”last_img read more

IB15: 2016 Norco road, gravel & cyclocross bikes – more disc brakes, more adventure!

first_imgNorco’s road range gains several new disc brake variants – both the Valence and Tactic both get disc brake options for 2016, and the Search gets an alloy option.The biggest news with their skinny tires is the all new Tactic. It’s a completely new frame for 2016, coming in at just 800g for the SLR top model with rim brakes (10% lighter than last year) and 1050g for the SL. Ten percent is a common theme on that model, too – it gets 10% more aero, 10% stiffer and seatstays that are 10% more compliant.Here’s how they did it… The downtube, seat tube and seat stays are all reshaped thru CFD via a third party that’s done aerodynamics projects for other bicycle brands (they wouldn’t say who). Then, with the layup, they were able to achieve the stiffer yet more compliant frame without giving up the race oriented handling.Disc brake frame comes in at 910g and gets thru axles.The 2016 rim brake Tactic switches to direct mount calipers, which are stiffer and stay in proper alignment when the bike gets knocked around. They’re also more powerful and they look better.The Valence disc is more of their endurance road bike so they stuck with standard QR dropouts. They told us the thru axles made the bike a bit too stiff and harsh for all day riding.It’ll fit up to a 32c tire now, thanks to more open stays, but overall compliance was kept similar to the original rim brake versions.Alloy and carbon frame options across the entire spec line except the very lowest price point.Flat mount brakes on the alloy bike, too.It, along with a number of other alloy bikes in their line, use their flip-flop fender mounts. Keep them inward when not needed, flip them out when needed.The Search gets a new alloy version (bottom) that replaces the steel model for 2016.The carbon Threshold cyclocross race bike carries over unchanged save for its new Jester flip flop color scheme.The bike’s painted in two colors, with sections of it mismatched side to side, all the way down to bar tape and cable housing color.Norco.comlast_img read more

The Cher Show’s Micaela Diamond on Crying Over Lin-Manuel Miranda, Becoming ‘Buddy-Buddy’ with Cher & More

first_imgThankfully for both Diamond and the thousands of people flocking to the Neil Simon Theatre, she stayed with the production and has been performing alongside Stephanie J. Block and Teal Wicks, who complete the Cher-fecta. “I’m so glad I have Teal and Stephanie who have taken me under their wings heading into Tony season,” Diamond said. “They’ve been through this so I can just go along and see all this for this first time. I kind of have this naïveté that they’re latching onto as well. We have this balance.”Playing the living legend on Broadway means that a slew of celebrities have visited Cher-land, and some have left Diamond more starstruck than others. “Meeting Lin [-Manuel Miranda] was cool, I’m such a theater nerd,” Diamond said. “I sat front row at Hamilton in its first month, I won the lottery and sat there sobbing. He recognized me at the stage door like, ‘Oh you were in the front row crying, right?’ It was a moment.” View Comments Jarrod Spector & Micaela Diamond in The Cher Show (Photo: Joan Marcus) The Cher Show In the past five months since The Cher Show arrived on Broadway, Diamond has slowly begun to form a kinship with the woman who started it all. “In rehearsal, we would say Cher’s such a planet because she has this gravitational pull,” Diamond said. “We started being a little buddy-buddy. I got a knock on my door [at The Tonight Show] and Cher wanted to see me in her dressing room. She was like, ‘Could you help me sing this one line?’ I’m happy to be the back-up plan for Cher, but not for anyone else.”Catch Diamond in The Cher Show, now playing at the Neil Simon Theatre.Watch the full episode of #LiveatFive below! Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 18, 2019 Micaela Diamond (Photos: Caitlin McNaney for  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 27:33Loaded: 0.00%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -27:33 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Micaela Diamond There have been countless Cher impersonators, impressions and wannabees over the Oscar-winning diva’s decades-long career, but only one person can say she made her Broadway debut telling one-third of Cher’s life story with the support of the icon herself. And that person is main-stem newbie Micaela Diamond. In a recent episode of’s #LiveAtFive, 19-year-old Diamond shared that taking on the role of “Babe” Cher in The Cher Show was a gamble. “I was already going to Carnegie Mellon for musical theater and two days before I left I booked The Cher Show and didn’t go to college,” Diamond said. “It was just for the lab, too. I didn’t have a contact for Broadway so it was a bit of a risk. I could have not done anything for the rest of the year and gone back to school.” Related Shows Star Fileslast_img read more

PPP forgiveness Webinar 11:30 am today

first_imgPPP Forgiveness Webinar Tuesdays & ThursdaysThe SBA Vermont District Office hosts a free webinar from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays to discuss Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness and other changes.To streamline the PPP forgiveness process, a simpler forgiveness application for loans of $50,000 or less was recently released. More than 8,000 Vermont small businesses are eligible to use the new simpler form.To access the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S, click here(link is external). To join the webinar, visit is external).To join by phone, call (202) 765-1264 and when prompted enter the code 237511921#. Upon joining the call, mute the phone to cut down on the background noise and please do not place the call on hold as the hold music will be heard over the presenter.For more information, email [email protected](link sends e-mail).Simpler PPP Forgiveness for $50K Loans or LessThe U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars. More than 8,000 Vermont small businesses are eligible to use the new simpler form.“The PPP has provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses, providing critical economic relief and supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “Today’s action streamlines the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less and thousands of PPP lenders who worked around the clock to process loans quickly,” he continued.  “We are committed to making the PPP forgiveness process as simple as possible while also protecting against fraud and misuse of funds.  We continue to favor additional legislation to further simplify the forgiveness process.”Read more(link is external)last_img read more

US DOL to end extended unemployment benefits in Vermont

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor has been informed by the US Department of Labor that Vermont has officially ‘triggered off’ of the federally-funded unemployment insurance program known as ‘Extended Benefits’. Governor Phil Scott and Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington have been saying for months that the unemployment rate, on which this decision is based, is artificially low because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Vermont’s October unemployment rate of 3.2 percent is only one-tenth higher than the pre-pandemic rate last winter. They maintain that the actual Vermont rate is in the 5-8 percent range. They are also pleading with Congress to extend the PUA pandemic unemployment benefits to the self-employed that will end the day after Christmas.For that program, which is separate from the regular UI benefits, Congress could either enact another program or simply allow Vermont and other states to use their existing unemployment trust funds.Vermont has about $250 million in its trust fund.There are about 8,000 Vermonters in the PUA program and about 12,000 in the regular extended benefits program. As for the regular UI extended benefits, the Vermont DOL received notification on Friday evening, December 11, 2020, from the U.S. Department of Labor that, based on the household survey data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, Vermont’s official unemployed population has dropped below the threshold for the Extended Benefits program.According to the notification from the U.S. Department of Labor, the final benefit week of the program will be the week ending Saturday, December 19, 2020.Vermont becomes one of more than two dozen states that have seen Extended Benefits end in the past few months. Based on the Department’s most recent report, there were 885 individuals who filed in the Extended Benefits program for the week ending December 5, 2020.As a result of the Extended Benefits ending, the maximum number of benefit weeks available to claimants has decreased from 52 to 39 weeks, further impacting claimants moving through the system.Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor decision to end benefits to struggling Vermonters:“Last night, at 5:52 p.m., the U.S. Department of Labor notified us via email that it would be cutting unemployment benefits to Vermont families. This decision comes at the height of a global pandemic, the middle of the holiday season and at the start of what will be a long winter. “For weeks, my Administration has called on the federal government to accept the bleak reality states are facing in combating this crisis and to act in support of its citizens, who were forced into unemployment through no fault of their own. Instead, it appears it is turning its back on them and we now need Congress to step up to fix this.“While we’re thankful for the support we’ve received from Vermont’s congressional delegation, we hope they can persuade their colleagues to put people over politics and come to an agreement on relief funding that extends wage replacement programs and overturns the unwillingness of the bureaucracy to do the right thing as we work to defeat COVID-19.”“We are extremely disappointed that the federal government has refused to recognize the real and distinct humanitarian crisis that this pandemic has created and instead is choosing to use outdated methodology resulting in benefits being cut for struggling Vermonters,” said Commissioner Harrington. “Thousands of families are relying on these benefits to simply survive and the Scott Administration has been calling for the federal government and Congress to act to prevent this inevitability for weeks. We will continue to push for federal action and flexibility so states can continue providing the necessary support for families.”The Department of Labor’s Workforce Development team has local job center specialists across the State that stand ready to provide career counseling to all Vermonters. Access re-employment resources, such as work search assistance, virtual workshops, tips on resume development and interview skills, by connecting directly with a local job center specialist at is external).Source: MONTPELIER, Vt – VTDOL. Governor. 12.12.2020last_img read more

Former GSK exec on board with Provexis and SiS

first_imgProvexis plc, the life-science business and functional food and sports nutrition specialist that owns Science in Sport (SiS), has confirmed the appointment of John Clarke, the highly experienced former GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) senior executive, as a Non-Executive Director.Clarke has extensive experience of the functional food and sports nutrition sectors, having worked at GSK for more than 35 years. In 2006 he was appointed global President of GSK Consumer Healthcare, a position from which he recently stepped down. Under his leadership, GSK Consumer Healthcare was reportedly the fastest-growing business in the industry throughout the period, growing by 60% and reaching sales of £5 billion despite a recessionary backdrop in the majority of its business’ markets.The business added £2 billion in turnover from 2006. During his time at GSK, Clarke was responsible for the Lucozade brand – including strategy, innovation, portfolio and global expansion – for 15 years from 1996 to 2011. Lucozade achieved growth of 13% CAGR through the 1996-2011 period, with sales now approaching £400 million.Clarke’s appointment at Provexis is effective from 1 April 2012.Commenting on his new appointment at Provexis, John Clarke said “I am delighted to be joining the Board of Provexis. I believe the recently acquired Science in Sport brand has significant growth potential and I look forward to assisting the company in achieving its true potential. I am particularly impressed by the company’s scientific and regulatory expertise, which has underpinned the development of the Fruitflow heart-health technology, and which will assist also in driving innovation for Science in Sport.”Dawson Buck, Chairman of Provexis, added “John Clarke is recognised as an outstanding leader in the global consumer healthcare industry and I am therefore delighted that he has decided to join Provexis at this exciting stage in our development. His proven success and in-depth knowledge in the consumer healthcare and sports nutrition sectors will be an important factor as we take Provexis to its next level of development.”John Milne Clarke, aged 62, holds no shares in Provexis. He was President of GlaxoSmithKline Worldwide Consumer Healthcare, and was a member of GlaxoSmithKline plc Corporate Executive Team until March 2012. Clarke is also the non-executive Chairman of Futura Medical Relatedlast_img read more

Savant Adds Battery-Powered Shades

first_imgSavant has expanded its shade offerings to include both battery-powered motor solutions as well as new quiet, high-powered wired motors. All Savant wired or wireless solutions fit into the same low-profile tube and bracketing system, giving integrators a no-compromise window treatment for both new construction and retrofit applications.For retrofit projects, Savant’s new rechargeable battery-powered motors install into the same high quality JGeiger bracketing system as the wired solution and are available with over 400 fabric choices with sheer, translucent and blackout options. Savant Shades can be controlled within the Savant smart home ecosystem via the Pro Remote and Savant Pro App, locally or remotely.Savant’s latest shading solutions also deliver higher-power motors that support large window walls and they even claim that they are as loud as a barely audible whisper. Integrators will appreciate that the new motors connect to Savant’s low-voltage power enclosure that easily manages power supplies for both low-voltage keypads and shades.Savant offers multiple bracket styles to accommodate any installation. Design-first exposed roller brackets are available in both inside/jamb mount and floating/outside mount styles and can be ordered in different finishes — white, black, black aluminum and silver aluminum. Additionally, Savant offers basic pocket bracket kits that can be used in both a traditional hidden pocket installation or as part of Savant’s Negative Reveal Pocket Kits.Here are the details.last_img read more

Credit union saves members $1.2 million

first_imgby. Michael NeillMissional leadership is a means for an organization to keep focus on its purpose relative to those it serves. It’s more than a management theory—successful implementation can pay off in measurable business outcomes.The formula is simple:missional leadership + employee training = engagement, which leads to member savingsHere are the steps taken by $172 million Cardinal Community Credit Union, Mentor, Ohio, to save members money while increasing its own profitability through lending.Step 1: Define and communicate the mission.According to Cardinal Community CU’s CEO, CUES member Christine Blake, CPA, the institution’s mission is to “brighten our members’ financial future.” Blake, the rest of the CU’s leaders and I challenged ourselves to figure out how to make these words tangible and get employees engaged in living the mission in their member interactions.We identified refinancing members’ higher interest rate loans as having the greatest potential to save the members money.Step 2: Train staff.Cardinal Community CU ensured all communications to employees avoided hints of “another promotion.” “Every employee went through training on how to move from being transaction-oriented to proactively reviewing members’ accounts and making recommendations,” Blake explains. “They also learned how to overcome objections.” Managers were trained on coaching skills so they could effectively support their staff. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Scientists use brain stimulation to boost creativity, set stage to treat depression

first_imgShare on Facebook Share A UNC School of Medicine study has provided the first direct evidence that a low dose of electric current can enhance a specific brain pattern to boost creativity by an average of 7.4 percent in healthy adults, according to a common, well-validated test of creativity.This research, published in the journal Cortex, showed that using a 10-Hertz current run through electrodes attached to the scalp enhanced the brain’s natural alpha wave oscillations – prominent rhythmic patterns that can be seen on an electroencephalogram, or EEG.“This study is a proof-of-concept,” said senior author Flavio Frohlich, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, cell biology and physiology, biomedical engineering, and neurology. “We’ve provided the first evidence that specifically enhancing alpha oscillations is a causal trigger of a specific and complex behavior – in this case, creativity. But our goal is to use this approach to help people with neurological and psychiatric illnesses. For instance, there is strong evidence that people with depression have impaired alpha oscillations. If we could enhance these brain activity patterns, then we could potentially help many people.” Email LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter Pinterest Frohlich, who is also a member of the UNC Neuroscience Center, is now in collaboration with David Rubinow, MD, chair of the department of psychiatry, to use this particular kind of brain stimulation in two clinical trials for people with major depressive disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD – a severe form of premenstrual syndrome. Participant enrollment is now underway for both trials.“The fact that we’ve managed to enhance creativity in a frequency-specific way – in a carefully-done double-blinded placebo-controlled study – doesn’t mean that we can definitely treat people with depression,” Frohlich cautioned. “But if people with depression are stuck in a thought pattern and fail to appropriately engage with reality, then we think it’s possible that enhancing alpha oscillations could be a meaningful, noninvasive, and inexpensive treatment paradigm for them – similar to how it enhanced creativity in healthy participants”Brain RhythmsAt the center of Frohlich’s research are neural oscillations – the naturally occurring rhythmic electrical patterns that neurons generate and repeat throughout the brain. Alpha oscillations occur within the frequency range of 8 and 12 Hertz 9 (or cycles per second). They were discovered in 1929 by Hans Berger, who invented EEG. Alpha oscillations occur most prominently when we close our eyes and shut out sensory stimuli – things we see, feel, taste, smell, and hear.“For a long time, people thought alpha waves represented the brain idling,” Frohlich said. “But over the past 20 years we’ve developed much better insight. Our brains are not wasting energy, creating these patterns for nothing. When the brain is decoupled from the environment, it still does important things.”When alpha oscillations are prominent, your sensory inputs might be offline as you daydream, meditate, or conjure ideas. But when something happens that requires action, your brain immediately redirects attention to what’s going on around you. You come fully online, and the alpha oscillations disappear. Other oscillations at higher frequencies, such as gamma oscillations, take over.Knowing this, other researchers began associating alpha oscillations with creativity. Frohlich set out to find evidence. His idea was simple. If he could enhance the rhythmic patterns of alpha oscillations to improve creativity, then it might be possible to enhance alpha oscillations to help people with depression and other conditions of the central nervous system that seem to involve the same brain patterns.For three years, his lab has used computer simulations and other experiments to hone a technique to improve alpha oscillation.For the Cortex study, Frohlich’s team enrolled 20 healthy adults. Researchers placed electrodes on each side of each participant’s frontal scalp and a third electrode toward the back of the scalp. This way, the 10-Hertz alpha oscillation stimulation for each side of the cortex would be in unison. This is a key difference in Frohlich’s method as compared to other brain stimulation techniques.Each participant underwent two sessions. During one session, researchers used a 10-Hertz sham stimulation for just five minutes. Participants felt a little tingle at the start of the five minutes. For the next 25 minutes, each participant continued to take the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking, a comprehensive and commonly used test of creativity. In one task, each participant was shown a small fraction of an illustration – sometimes just a bent line on a piece of paper. Participants used the line to complete an illustration, and they wrote a title when they finished.In the other session each participant underwent the same protocol, except they were stimulated at 10 Hertz for the entire 30 minutes while doing the Torrance test. The tingling sensation only occurred at the start of the stimulation, ensuring that each participant did not know which session was the control session.Because rating creativity or scoring a test can involve subjectivity, Frohlich sent each participant’s work to the company that created the test. “We didn’t even tell the company what we were doing,” Frohlich said. “We just asked them to score the tests.”Then Frohlich’s team compared each participant’s creativity score for each session. He found that during the 30-minute stimulation sessions, participants scored an average 7.4 percentage points higher than they did during the control sessions.“That’s a pretty big difference when it comes to creativity,” Frohlich said. “Several participants showed incredible improvements in creativity. It was a very clear effect.”Pattern SpecificBut there was a question. What if the electrical stimulation merely caused a general electric effect on the brain, independent of the alpha oscillation? To find out, Frohlich’s team conducted the same experiments but used 40 Hertz of electrical current, which falls in the gamma frequency band typically associated with sensory processing – when the brain is computing what we see or touch or hear.“Using 40 Hertz, we saw no effect on creativity,” Frohlich said. “The effect we saw was specific to the 10-hertz alpha oscillations. There’s no statistical trickery. You just have to look at each participant’s test to see these effects.”Frohlich said he understood some people might want to capitalize on this sort of study to boost creativity in their everyday lives, but he cautioned against it. “We don’t know if there are long-term safety concerns,” he said. “We did a well-controlled, one-time study and found an acute effect.”“Also, I have strong ethical concerns about cognitive enhancement for healthy adults, just as sports fans might have concerns about athletic enhancement through the use of performance-enhancing drugs.”Instead, Frohlich is focused on treating people with depression and other mental conditions, such as schizophrenia, for which cognitive deficits during everyday life is a major problem.“There are people that are cognitively impaired and need help, and sometimes there are no medications that help or the drugs have serious side effects,” Frohlich said. “Helping these populations of people is why we do this kind of research.”last_img read more

Brixton on the brink

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