American Ethanol powers NASCAR Green, innovation

first_imgIt now boasts the largest recycling program in sports, the largest solar-powered sports facility (Pocono Raceway) and a massive tree-planting program to off-set carbon emissions from its Sprint Cup Series races.But fuel is fundamental in racing, and making the decision to switch to a drastically different formula was not only a matter of science but of overall vision.“There was a significant degree of caution from the start and we had to be absolutely certain,’’ said Dr. Mike Lynch, managing director of NASCAR Green Innovation. “We had to take all the risk out through hard work, time and careful analysis. We needed performance without compromise and we’ve ended up with all the good things and no negative trade-offs.’’The 15-percent ethanol blend has transitioned from carburetors to fuel injection engines and from the Car of Tomorrow to the 2013 debut of the Generation-6 cars, thanks to a concerted and diverse effort from NASCAR, its teams, manufacturers and a nearly three-year old partnership with the American Ethanol industry.Hundreds of man-hours and even more manpower went into developing this project through track tests, engineering trials and engine dynos. That effort resulted in an E15 blend that produces 20 percent less emissions from the race cars, and just as importantly, a 9 to 12 horsepower increase.“We’ve come a long way and I really give NASCAR credit for their green initiative,’’ said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, an American Ethanol advocacy group. “This wasn’t something the government made them do or they were forced to do.“I think you have to give NASCAR a lot of credit for being bold enough to undertake the initiative. Not only has (NASCAR Chairman) Brian France talked the talk, but he’s walked the walk. They’ve put over 3 million miles on these cars in practice, qualifying and race conditions without any problems and for us, that’s a real validator of our product.“You couldn’t ask for a tougher testing ground.’’In May, NASCAR will have accumulated four million miles fueled by E15 among NASCAR’s three series without so much as a hiccup or disparaging word. And NASCAR fans, long known for their extreme loyalty, have taken note.According to a study conducted in 2012, NASCAR fans are now 50 percent more likely than non-fans to support the use of ethanol blended gasoline in their own cars. The study also found they are now 100 percent more likely than non-fans to indicate their households are “very green” — all encouraging statistics that show NASCAR it is proceeding in the right direction.”The Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, says, ‘Look, if it’s good enough for Jimmie Johnson, it’s good enough for my car,’” Buis said. “And that’s exactly the connection I think we’re making with this partnership.”“I think what’s really impressive about NASCAR is the fans are very well educated,’’ Buis continued. “They follow the sport closely, they listen to people and that was one of the reasons we were attracted to work with NASCAR. We know we have a good product, but it doesn’t matter if you have a good product if you don’t get the message out there.“I like to tell people, there’s no sport more American than NASCAR and no fuel more American than ethanol. It’s a natural fit.’’For more information on NASCAR Green initiatives, visit the official NASCAR Green website here.READ MORE: FULL SERIES COVERAGE• View all articles  • View all videos  • View all photos WATCH: Edwards returns to Victory Lane WATCH: Bowyer hits pit crew member READ: Carl Edwards ends losing streak ___________________________________________________________________________________________We apologize. We are having technical issues with our comment sections and fan community and it is temporarily unavailable. We are actively working on these issues and hope to have it up and running soon. We are also working on enhancements to provide a better forum for our fans. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience. READ: Phoenix a different story for Danica One bold initiative and almost four million miles later, NASCAR’s switch to American Ethanol-infused fuel for its race cars has gone so smoothly it’s difficult to imagine a time when the sport wasn’t using it.Not only has the move to Sunoco Green E15 gasoline proven to be an environmentally beneficial decision, it’s actually boosted the performance of the race cars in all three of NASCAR’s marquee series — lowering emissions and increasing horsepower.The ultimate endorsement came when the sport’s favorite son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., declared “a seamless transition” to Green E15 fuel upon winning the 2011 Daytona 500 pole position — the first time out with the American Ethanol blend. And just like that, any doubts or fears that fans or competitors had about such a radical change in fuel were quickly dispelled.“Without fuel, we’re not able to race so there was a lot of pressure on making sure we got it right,’’ said NASCAR Vice President for Competition Robin Pemberton. “We were proud to be able to do that. It wasn’t that long ago we were using leaded fuel, then moved on to unleaded and that was a big change, and then the move to ethanol came just a couple short years after that.“Because it goes under the radar when things are successful, they probably don’t receive the hype they deserve.’’In terms of significance, this ranks right up there. When NASCAR went green five years ago, it went big. Move to American Ethanol ‘a seamless transition’last_img read more

Dodgers avoid salary arbitration with catcher A.J. Ellis

first_imgThe Dodgers and catcher A.J. Ellis avoided salary arbitration Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year contract. Ellis will make $4.25 million, according to multiple reports, a significant raise from the $3.55 million he made in his second year of arbitration eligibility.Ellis, 33, batted just .191 with three home runs and 25 RBIs last year, as two extended trips to the disabled list limited him to 93 games. In four playoff games, Ellis went 7 for 13 with one home run.The new contract would make Ellis the 12th highest-paid catcher in baseball, according to Spotrac.com.The Dodgers traded for switch-hitting catcher Yasmani Grandal from the San Diego Padres in December with the intention of dividing playing time between Grandal and Ellis. A lightened workload might make Ellis’ salary more difficult to justify, but it might also make him stronger when he is on the field. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ellis missed 38 days in April and May last season following surgery on his left meniscus. He sprained his right ankle shortly after returning and missed another 18 games.In parts of seven major-league seasons, Ellis has a .242 batting average, 28 home runs and 157 RBIs. He is highly regarded for his preparation and his ability to communicate with pitchers. The Dodgers have ranked third, second and sixth in Major League Baseball in three seasons since Ellis became the team’s primary catcher.Five Dodgers were among the 175 players who filed for arbitration prior to Tuesday’s deadline: pitchers Kenley Jansen and Juan Nicasio, infielder Justin Turner and outfielder Chris Heisey. They will exchange salary proposals with the Dodgers on Friday unless they can agree on a salary.If the two sides still cannot reach agreement on a salary, an arbitrator will decide the player’s salary at hearing at a date to be determined.The Dodgers avoided arbitration with infielder Darwin Barney in December by agreeing to a $2.5 million contract.last_img read more

Donegal knitwear designer to feature on Nationwide business special

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known figures in knitting will be featured on RTE’s Nationwide tonight in celebration of National Women in Enterprise Day.Knitwear Designer Edel MacBride, who is based in Stranorlar, will be stitching together the story of her business for tonight’s show.Over the past 30 years, Edel has brought a love of textile, craft and cultural tradition to her fashion collections. She is passionate about wool, especially local and Irish spun products but her pieces have a modern appeal and are collected internationally.Tonight’s Nationwide will look at some of Edel’s creations, which are crafted to the highest quality, as well as looking at her business story, which will no doubt be full of interesting yarns and twists.Tune into Nationwide on RTE One at 7pm to see the programme.Donegal knitwear designer to feature on Nationwide business special was last modified: October 16th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Edel MacBrideNational Women in Enterprise DayNationwidelast_img read more

16 Years Later

first_imgOn March 24, 2009, Jon Stanley (username: Moun10Bike) stood on 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle, WA. He snapped a selfie before walking into the nondescript office across the street. It was Jon’s first day at a new job.Jon’s first day at Geocaching HQ.“I took a selfie — perhaps my first-ever — of me arriving at Groundspeak on my first day working here,” said Jon. “I was told I was employee #28.”Jon had a long history with the game before joining the company behind Geocaching.com, now known as Geocaching HQ. He first met Founder Jeremy Irish in 2000. Over lunch, the two discussed software that Jon had provided for an early version of the website. “The community was small then and I was in the same geographic area,” Jon said. “So it was natural that we would end up getting together.”Jeremy realized that Geocaching.com’s traffic would quickly outgrow the website he’d started as a hobby site. In 2000, he partnered with two co-workers, Elias Alvord and Bryan Roth, to start a new company. With the proceeds from selling 144 geocaching t-shirts, they began to scale the website to keep up with its growing audience. The three founders continued working at their day jobs while managing the website on the side.Cathy Hornback (username: Prying Pandora) first met the founders when they spontaneously showed up at her Cache In, Trash Out® Event. “I almost peed my pants when they just showed up. No warning.” Cathy with Geocaching.com Founder Jeremy Irish in 2006.Today, Cathy wears multiple hats: player (she’s going on 15,000 finds), volunteer reviewer, and Community Volunteer Support Coordinator at Geocaching HQ. “We exist because one guy had a crazy idea to hide a bucket of trinkets for other people to find with their newly accurate GPS receivers. Then another guy (Jeremy) had the gumption to build a website to list them all,” said Cathy. Cathy first met Jon in 2005 while looking for the same geocache. Five years later, she joined him as an employee at Geocaching HQ. “We exist because of our community’s engagement,” Cathy said. “Without them, there would be nothing.”Jon and Cathy were welcomed on their first days at Geocaching HQ by another long-time geocacher, Annie Love (username: Love). “I still pinch myself daily that I get to work here,” Annie said. “Geocaching was my hobby before I started working here and it’s a dream to get to do something I love for work. Sure, I sit at a desk most of the time, but getting to help people with this game for work is pretty awesome.”Annie joined Geocaching HQ on January 29, 2007. “My first job was to work as the receptionist at the front desk, answer phone calls and emails about the game of geocaching.”When Annie started, there were a dozen or so employees and 353,685 active geocaches. Today, Geocaching HQ has 74 employees and the website lists nearly 3 million geocaches hidden all over the world.Annie, now Partner Programs Manager, said, “We really listen to our community. We might not be able to make everything to perfection overnight, but we definitely hear the wants and needs of the community and apply that directly to what we work on.”A company photo taken in June 2007, shortly after Annie and Jenn started.A few months later, Jenn Seva (username: MissJenn) joined Geocaching HQ as employee #17, having previously served as a Community Volunteer Reviewer. “I started as a player of the game in 2001. I’m lucky enough to have combined my hobby and my livelihood without ruining either one of them.” Now Senior Manager of Tourism and Travel, Jenn said, “Geocaching HQ is different than most other companies because we are made up of employees who want to be here. We want to delight our community and encourage people to go play outside. I don’t feel like just an insignificant cog in a giant wheel.”Jon, Cathy and Annie feel similarly. “You only need to talk to the founders or any employee to see that we are passionate about the game and keeping people engaged with a fun and rewarding pastime for years to come,” said Jon. “While we may seem to move slow, it is not because of a lack of desire to improve things, only that we are a lot smaller than people know. I see our purpose to be good custodians of the game and provide the tools and means for people to have and share these experiences and adventures.”A company photo taken last summer.Sixteen years later, Geocaching HQ remains a strong, independent organization on a mission to enable adventure, exploration, and discovery. We are led by our original founders and we have no outside investors or influences who would maximize profits at the expense of the game. Annie said, “The community creates the game. We want to create the best tools to play it.”  Geocaching.com on November 9, 2000. Geocaching.com on January 29, 2007. There were 353,685 active geocaches then. Geocaching.com on April 30, 2007. There were 391,592 geocaches at the time. Geocaching.com on March 26, 2009. There were 755,856 geocaches listed at the time. Geocaching.com on August 13, 2010. There were 1,154,177 geocaches in the world. Geocaching.com on June 20, 2012. There were 1,798,456 geocaches then. Geocaching.com today. There are 2,921,888 active geocaches in the world.Have questions about Geocaching HQ? Post them in the comments below. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedWhat 2 Million Active Geocaches Means to MeMarch 4, 2013In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 2): Souvenirs, APE cache rediscoveryMay 10, 2018In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 18): Geocaching Map/Search, Adventure Lab app, plus nostalgia!December 20, 2018In “Community”last_img read more

Apple’s iPhone 5S Camera Shoots To Kill: Big Aperture, Burst Mode And More

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Apple#iPhone#mobile photography#photography taylor hatmaker 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… On the heels of the debut of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, Apple has just announced a cadre of new camera features that should keep the iPhone 5S as king of the hill for months to come. The new iPhone 5S camera packs a five-element custom Apple lens with an aperture of f/2.2—an improvement over the iPhone 5’s already impressive f/2.4 glass. The camera will feature a sensor that is 15% larger than that of its predecessor. When it comes to cameras, Apple gets image quality: improving sensor size and aperture is the real way to evolve a camera—not megapixels. Apple will also introduce auto image stabilization, which is a boon for those of us with not quite steady hands. And Apple claims that the speedy new A7 chip will yields autofocus that’s twice as fast.On the video side, the iPhone 5S can capture 720p HD at 120 frames per second. The new “slo-mo” feature can slow that footage down to a 120 frames-per-second crawl. While it’s no Phantom—the ultra high end video cameras famous for their slow motion skills—it’s a fun addition for anyone who shoots and shares video.The new iPhone camera features span both the hardware and software side of things, but the hardware is the real prize here, since we had a preview of the new photography software when iOS 7 was announced earlier this year. In iOS 7, mobile photogs can put the iPhone 5S’s hardware specs through their paces with some nifty new features. Beyond a flatter visual redesign to match the overall Ive-vibe, iOS 7 features an Instagram-inspired photo filters and even a mode to shoot square shots from the get-go. The totally overhauled iOS 7 camera app offers 15-zone autofocus matrix metering, “True Tone” flash for color correcting blown-out flash shots and a 10 frames-per-second burst mode, activated by holding down the shutter button. The iOS 7 camera can also take multiple images and choose the best of them or combine them for a better-balanced shot, similar to the idea of HDR or image bracketing. With the multiple image burst mode, the device actually decides which image it thinks is best—not unlike the “Highlights” feature in Google+, which picks your best image for you (and is often right).Won’t be gunning for the iPhone 5S in that delightful champagne gold? Don’t worry—the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S will all share in the photography software upgrades baked into iOS 7.last_img read more

3 Predictions for Corporate Innovation in 2019

first_imgFollow the Puck AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Renee Johnson Never have enterprise firms had such a short shelf life. Innosight’s 2018 Corporate Longevity Forecast found that, if the current churn rate holds, fully half of S&P 500 companies will be replaced in the coming decade. Could half of the S&P 500 companies be replaced in the coming 10 years?While 80 percent of executives surveyed by Innosight said they “strongly” or “somewhat” agree that they need to transform, 55 percent of those same executives said they expect their competition to come from existing industry players rather than new competitors.Corporate leaders may be right on the first point, but they’re likely wrong on the second. One of the most significant threats to corporations is disruption from agile startups with a culture of experimentation and risk-taking. For example, Petsmart was forced to make the largest e-commerce acquisition to date in late 2017 when it was blindsided not by industry peer Petco, but by Chewy.com. Similarly, the entire ground transportation industry was turned upside down by ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft, which have captured more than 70 percent of the U.S. business traveler market, according to a report by Certify.Petsmart and dozens of other enterprises learned the truth of corporate innovation the hard way: Companies that don’t look to the future will soon become part of the past.What’s Coming in Corporate InnovationThe news isn’t all bad for enterprise leaders, though. Three trends show corporate innovation is alive and well in 2019:Corporations will look beyond traditional R&D and toward partnerships.Over the past three decades, return on R&D spending has declined by two-thirds. As corporations see diminishing returns on internally focused innovation, they’re increasingly looking to external partners for innovation. Fortunately, one-on-one startup-corporate partnerships are no longer their only option. Although they take more effort, accelerators and semi-internal incubators are two emerging solutions. Mastercard’s Start Path program accepted 11 new startups last year, for instance, most of which were directly relevant to Mastercard’s own financial services. Others, like Google parent company Alphabet, are spinning off startups built by internal team members.The quickest, newest way to get an external perspective, however, is through corporate innovation consultants like Cie Digital. Chief operating officer Alvin Fong argues that it’s Cie’s experience with companies of multiple sizes spanning across different industries that sets it apart. “Startups and corporations come at innovation from two totally different perspectives,” explains Fong. “The best solution is often to find a partner who’s seen the subject from both sides of the fence.”Artificial intelligence will be a primary source of innovation.Although barely one-third of enterprises have adopted AI to date, according to Gartner’s 2019 CIO Survey, that’s changing rapidly. The research giant also found that the number of companies implementing one or more AI technologies has grown by 270 percent in the past four years. Chris Howard, distinguished research vice president at Gartner, suggested in a press release that corporate innovation around AI can’t wait for the right talent. “In order to stay ahead, CIOs need to be creative,” Howard explained. “If there is no AI talent available, another possibility is to invest in training programs for employees with backgrounds in statistics and data management.” What subfields of AI are the best bets for corporate innovation? Machine learning pilot programs doubled last year compared to the prior one, Deloitte data showed, and are expected to increase again by 2020. Particularly in the healthcare industry, natural language processing is a hotspot, growing to nearly $8 billion by 2022 from $667 million in 2016.Improving the customer experience will be a top priority. Even as brands invest more in technologies like AI, consumers are clamoring for more human customer experiences. A PwC report released last March showed that 75 percent of consumers want more social interaction in the future, while 64 percent think companies have lost touch with the human side of CX. What’s more, consumers say they’re willing to open their wallets for a better CX. “CMOs take note: Our research revealed that 65 percent of U.S. consumers find a positive brand experience to be more influential than great advertising,” David Clarke, PwC principle and experience consulting leader, said in a press release. “Our findings quantify the potential ROI on experience investments, upwards of 16%.”While AI has a role to play in all types of corporate innovation, many of the best CX changes brands can make are low-tech. Respondents to the PwC survey said fast and efficient service, knowledgeable and helpful employees, and convenience is their top three CX priorities. For today’s companies, corporate innovation is literally a life-or-death choice. This past decade is proof that their scale, history, and expertise aren’t enough to keep smaller peers from surpassing them. Without an eye on the customer experience, investments in AI technologies, and the right partnerships, 2019 might be a brutal year. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#agile corporations#AI#artificial intelligence#corporate innovation#Partnerships I’m a freelance writer and mother living in the Bay Area. I write about parenting, tech, gadgets, and am absolutely thrilled that my work allows me to be there raising my children. last_img read more

Raj Kapoor’s memorial to get world’s largest peace hall in Pune

first_imgLate actor Raj Kapoor’s memorial in Loni Khabhor, Pune, will soon contain the world’s largest peace hall designed by architect and educationist Dr. Viswanath Karad, founder-chairman, MIT University.The hall will be inaugurated on October 2 this year with a World Peace Conference. The hall will be larger than the St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and house statues of various philosophers, saints as well as scientists. Construction of the monument began in 2005 with no blueprint, sketches or a professional architect, but only with help from local labourers. The structure will stand for world peace and will have bronze structures weighing around 2,000 kilos each. “I had wanted to create a peace monument and started my work 13 years ago on the structure. It was a tribute to Mother India who has withstood the onslaught of time and amalgamated the cultures that came in as her own. It developed with time into a magnificent dome and will now house the world’s largest peace library besides being the world’s largest peace prayer hall,” Dr. Karad said. The memorial, which stands on the same land as the late actor’s farmhouse, was purchased by Dr. Karad from Kapoor’s family 13 years ago, and he began working on the hall shortly thereafter. Kapoor, in his will, had stated that his farmhouse, if ever sold, should go to an educational institution. Kapoor’s bungalow, which still exists on the land, will stand along with statues of him from his best films, a seven-pagoda tribute and the peace hall. “Something more had to be done here. The dome was destined to be on this land,” Dr. Karad said.On being asked about his hidden narrative in his new architectural project Dr. Karad said “Philosophy, spiritualism and science coexist and when they come together, the world becomes a better place to live in. Whether it be my speech in the UN or here, through the statues of the saints, philosophers or scientists who bless us, the mission is world peace and coexistence. The dome was destined to be on this land. I am merely an instrument.”last_img read more

10 months ago’Amazing, powerful’ – David Luiz talks up Chelsea target Wilson

first_img‘Amazing, powerful’ – David Luiz talks up Chelsea target Wilsonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Luiz has talked up Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson amid interest from Chelsea.The Brazilian will have the task of marking Wilson when the Cherries take on Chelsea in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.Blues assistant Gianfranco Zola yesterday confirmed the club’s interest in the 26-year-old. And Luiz certainly rates his abilities.”I think he is amazing, a great player,” said Luiz. “He is doing really well. He is a top number nine with power and great movement. “He is scoring a lot of goals, he did well in his first game for England. If he continues in this way, he is a player to play in the best teams in the world.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoWolves captain Coady: We must learn from Liverpool defeat

first_imgWolves captain Coady: We must learn from Liverpool defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady says they must learn from defeat to Liverpool.Coady, facing his former club, believes that the clinical manner of the two goals underlines the quality of the Premier League.He said, “They’re top drawer, with their movement and the way that they drag people out of position, so fair play to them, but from our point of view we have to look at the goals and improve, and make sure we’re focusing for the full game.”The first goal is a great finish but we could have stopped that happening by stopping the quick free-kick being taken. However, we’ve switched off there and we’ve switched off when the cross comes in for the second one.”You can’t afford to do that against any team in this league, but they’re at the top of the league and they’re really going to punish you.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more