A massive £30bn stimulus package to boost the UK economy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak has been unveiled by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.In his first Budget, he announced a business rates holiday for small businesses and leisure outlets that will see nearly half of all businesses not paying any rates at all over the next 12 months.The Budget included major initiatives to boost UK housebuilding. Included in the package is a £12bn, multi-year settlement to extend the Affordable Homes Scheme.There will also be an allocation of £1.1bn from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to build nearly 70,000 new homes in high demand areas across the country.In addition, a £400m fund will be made available to the eight Metro mayors to help build new homes on brownfield sites, while to help local authorities, interest rates on lending for social housing will be cut by 1%.Funding for Metro mayorsThe Metro mayors will also get new, London-style funding settlements, worth £4.2bn every year, and 22,000 civil service jobs will be moved out of central London to the regions.In a move that may dampen the prime central London real estate market, a stamp study surcharge for non-UK nationals will be introduced at 2% from 2021.There is an extra £650m to help rough sleepers into permanent accommodation and a £1bn new building safety fundto help remove dangerous cladding from buildings.The £30bn stimulus announced in the Budget is the same amount spent in 2009-10 to boost the economy after the financial crisis. According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, it is the biggest fiscal boost for 50 years.As well as tax relief for business and cash for the NHS, the Budget opens the door to a huge range of infrastructure spending, including £27bn on new roads.Spending is boosted, too, on science and research to £22bn a year – the highest percentage of GDP in nearly 40 years.Small business reliefA loan guarantee scheme is be launched for banks lending to small businesses up to £1.2m.Business rates will be scrapped for the next year for hospitality companies, venue owners, galleries and cinemas with a rateable value of up £51,000 to help cushion the blow from falling demand due to the coronavirus.The roughly 700,000 smaller businesses that already pay no business rates will instead receive a £3,000 cash grant worth £3bn.Reaction to the Budget has been largely positive.James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search said, “We welcome the steps the Chancellor has taken to improve the housing infrastructure and address the terrible homeless situation. But we would have liked to see more on housing in the Budget to help free up underused property.“We’re very pleased he hasn’t messed around with Stamp Duty; what UK buyers and sellers need is certainty. The 2% on non-resident buyers is generally digestible, it’s likely to impact London, but look at the land and property taxes that non-residents pay in other countries, and UK tax is relatively benign. We don’t believe it will have a detrimental effect on the market generally.“Improved investment in infrastructure is likely to create property hotspots as people are attracted by improved journey times and connectivity. But the benefits of these improvements are unlikely to be evident in the short term.”Lee Lucas, Principal at the Fashion Retail Academy, said, “The Chancellor’s announcement that business rates are to be abolished will be a huge shot in the arm to the British high street.“Retailers, who have been demanding cuts, will be celebrating today after the much needed announcement that the Chancellor will be slashing their bills.“It will be particularly welcome news for fashion retailers after a tricky few years battling intense pressure from online rivals and, now, the full impact of the coronavirus.”Mark Hayward, Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark, saidthe 2% stamp duty surcharge for overseas buyers would allow those in the UK to have a better chance of purchasing a home.“However, overseas buyers tend to purchase properties in prime central London which are completely unaffordable to most homebuyers anyway,” he said.“Ultimately, by energising surcharges, it is likely that purchasers will factor this additional cost into any offers they make on a property so prices may be pushed down in areas where overseas buyers are purchasing.”Business rate relief Rishi Sunak Budget 2020 housebuilding affordable homes brownfield sites stamp duty March 11, 2020Richard ReedWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Chancellor unveils £30bn Budget spending boost previous nextRegulation & LawChancellor unveils £30bn Budget spending boostSunak launches massive £30bn stimulus package to boost UK economy including major boost for UK housebuilding.Richard Reed11th March 202002,323 Views
Growing Somerset hybrid estate agency House Fox has opened up in three new territories after signing up regional representatives, including a former Purplebricks LPE.David Williams is now running its Winscombe, Banwell and Congresbury operation, Jake McCabb the area around Clevedon and James Cole its Burnham-on-Sea patch.Cole worked for Purplebricks for three years before joining House Fox.“We’ve got an edge on Purplebricks because although we have a similar model, we offer a fairer pricing structure and include photography in the price,” says founder Neil Urch.Regional partners“These three new regional partners now give us coverage from Highbridge in the south to Portishead in the north, although we’ve already bagged several listings in Bristol too.“We’ve taken on a big office after running the business initially from my house, and three admin staff to take all the phone calls.The company also has an apprentice starting next week and has just taken on board a full-time mortgage advisor as well as an existing part-time one, and a full-time photographer.“Our plan was to keep bolting on new areas and Covid delayed that – but it has helped too because it proved to agents that you can be successful without a high street branch – and also that in our area brands like Haart and Countrywide were slow to reopen,” says Urch.“Covid also made me and my business partner Stuart to realise that it was ‘now or never’ to fully commit to the business, invest in it more and really go for growth.”Visit House Fox.David Williams Jake McCabb James Cole House Fox Neil Urch purpelbricks July 29, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Expanding hybrid agency bags regional Purplebricks LPE to join team previous nextAgencies & PeopleExpanding hybrid agency bags regional Purplebricks LPE to join teamHouse Fox now covers a sizeable chunk of Somerset after co-founder decided to ‘fully commit’ to expanding the company after the housing market reopened.Nigel Lewis29th July 20200668 Views
Dawn Foods (Evesham, Worcs) has produced a range of part-finished sheet cakes that can be thawed, finished and partitioned, allowing bakers to make their own mark on the finished product. The new sheet cakes are available in two flavours – carrot cake and chocolate brownie – and can be used as celebration cakes as well as cake portions. The cakes enable bakers to produce a range of sweet bakery treats from just one product without adding to the complexity of their production schedule, as they only require finishing and decorating. The chocolate brownie sheet cake is packed with chocolate chunks, while the traditional carrot cake contains carrots, raisins and aromatic carrot cake spices and has a moist close crumb.
Tyrrell’s Potato Chips has launched a seasonal variety – Garden Herbs. The launch blends four classic herbs – basil, thyme, rosemary and oregano – to give “delicately balanced yet flavoursome” crisps.Tyrrells is also releasing regular seasonal favourite Summer Barbecue in time for the warmer weather.Tyrrells grows its own potatoes and turns them into crisps at its farm in Herefordshire. The crisps are packed in a 150g bag.[http://www.tyrrellspotatochips.co.uk]Darling Spuds has launched Sour Cream with a hint of Mexican Chilli crisps. The crisps are the fifth flavour in the range which also includes Sea Salt; Sea Salt and Modena Balsamic Vinegar; West Country Cheddar, Leek and Pink Peppercorns and Fire Roasted Jalapeño.RRP: 65p[http://www.darlingspuds.co.uk]== Cookies with a conscience ==BakeMark UK is extending its Better For You Cookie range with the introduction of two new variants. Launching this month, Strawberry & Yoghurt and Chocolate & Orange cookies have 65% less saturated fat than a standard milk chocolate cookie, have added fibre and 22% fewer calories. They are available in a bake-off format for retailers and foodservice outlets.The company has also added a range of American-style muffins to its bake-off range.RRP: n/a[http://www.bakemark.co.uk]== Pringles adds pocket pitch ==Procter & Gamble is rolling out two products this month – Pringles Pocket Pack and Pringles Rice Infusions Bite Size – to take advantage of the single-serve market. Rice Infusions Bite Size will be available in Cheese & Onion and Sweet BBQ Spare Rib flavours. The Pocket Pack will be launched in Original and Sour Cream & Onion flavours and promoted with a multimedia marketing campaign.RRP: 37p[http://www.pringles.co.uk]Paterson Arran has launched five new “dunking” bars under the Café Brontë has launched Ginger Snap, Fruit Shrewsbury, Oat & Raisin, Choc Chip & Orange and Double Choc Chip. Each 30g Dunking Bar comes individually wrapped in distinctive black packaging, with a clear window showcasing the product’s home-baked appeal.The bars are baked to a unique recipe and are GM-free. They are made from nut-free recipes and are suitable for vegetarians. They are available in mixed cases of 30 bars of each variety. The Café Brontë range is now available across the UK.RRP: n/a[http://www.paterson-arran.com]—-=== Campaigns ===== Our round-up of the latest ad campaigns, from Kit Kat to Cadbury ==== Kit Kat gets girly ==Kit Kat has hooked up with five-strong girl group Girls Aloud to promote its Senses chocolate bar. The link-up will see the band front a TV and print ad campaign for the wafer and praline chocolate bar. The campaign will include a full marketing programme including headline sponsorship of Girls Aloud’s Tangled Up tour in May and June.== Sporty move for Highland Spring ==Bottled water producer Highland Spring has teamed up with games giant Nintendo and tennis sensation Andy Murray to launch an on-pack promotion. From May 2008, consumers will have the chance to win Nintendo Wii games consoles, as well as join the tennis professional Andy Murray, for a Nintendo Wii tennis match in Roehampton.== Cadbury’s really trucking ==Cadbury has unveiled its latest ad campaign for Dairy Milk. Airport Trucks – the follow-up to the drumming gorilla – tells the story of the first-ever airport truck race in history. Queen’s anthem, Don’t Stop Me Now, accompanies the ad. Cadbury’s marketing director Phil Rumbol said: “The production is set to make unlikely stars out of the humble airport trucks.”
The ancient concept of leavened dough dates back at least to the Egyptians, writes consultant baker Wayne Caddy.Throughout the centuries, the craft of fermentation has developed into a science and ultimately into a convenience to reflect our busy lifestyles.Today, the majority of commercially produced breads are derived from straight dough, which requires considerably less fermentation. The result is less flavour.This campagne recipe is based on a long fermentation. I use the recipe for students through my training workshops. The great thing about the recipe is the simplicity and depth of flavour gained through the long fermentation.A student that had never made bread before made the Campagne baguettes in the picture.Campagne Recipe (Makes 20)French T65 flour2,400gDoves Farm rye flour300gMarriages manitoba flour300gSalt60gFresh yeast12gLight malt flour30gWater1,800gTotal4,902gMethod Weigh ingredients accurately and place into mixer. Develop dough on a spiral mixer on slow speed only for at least eight minutes. Dough temperature around 22ºC Place into a lightly oiled lidded container and refrigerate for at least 24 hours Remove the dough container and allow to recover at ambient for at least two hours Tip the dough onto a workbench and hand divide to 240g. Allow to rest for at least 10 minutes The dough is then rolled into a cylindrical shape with intensely tapered edges (350mm length) Make sure to give the proving tray a good dusting of cornmeal or rice cones before setting baguette on the tray. This will allow for easy transfer from the peel to the oven when proved Place in the prover at 22ºC, relative humidity 65% for at least 40 minutes or until fully proved Using a knife or razor cut three to four diagonal scores Transfer to a baker’s peel and place directly on the stone sole of the oven. Add a little steam. Bake temperature 230ºC for 18-20 minutes. Open the damper after 12 minutes.Useful linkswww.fwpmatthews.co.uk www.marriagesmillers.co.ukwww.dovesfarm.co.ukwww.muntons.comFor further information or bespoke training, contact Wayne Caddy, The Essential [email protected]
READ: Get more Sprint Cup headlines WATCH: Victory Lane: David Ragan 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88)Hendrick Motorsports, ChevroletWhere he stands: Earnhardt Jr. is third in the standings with 324 points. Last week: It has to be a great feeling to finish 17th behind Dave Blaney and then move up a spot to third in the standings. He’d be even closer to second-place Carl Edwards had he held on late, when he was in the top 10 on a restart with 10 to go. What he said: “We were on that inside lane and weren’t going forward. We were going backwards. Everybody was going by on the outside, and when it’s three- and four-wide, you can’t really go up. I don’t know.” This week: In 18 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Earnhardt has three top-fives and seven top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Earnhardt ranks ninth out of 49 drivers with an average place of 12.6. Last year: Earnhardt wrestled with a loose car throughout the duration of the race, and he also had to overcome a pit road speeding penalty. But he stayed out of trouble enough to be on the lead lap late — where he wasn’t early in the race — and salvaged a 17th-place finish. It was his fourth consecutive year finishing outside of the top 10 at Darlington.4. Clint Bowyer (No. 15)Michael Waltrip Racing, Toyota Where he stands: Bowyer is fourth in the standings with 316 points. Last week: At the midway point of the race, Bowyer was in sixth place, one spot ahead of Edwards. During the rain delay, was quoted on the FOX broadcast as saying. “I’m ready to go back racing or get the hell out of here.” Option two would have been better for Bowyer, who was penalized and sent to the end of the crowd on Lap 190 for missing a lugnut. Still, he managed an 18th-place finish out of it. What he said: “That was not the day we were hoping for. We had a great PEAK Motor Oil Toyota and I thought I waited it out and put myself in position for the win, but I got caught up in the final big mess. I hate that for the PEAK folks – we really wanted to give them a great finish today. I also would have loved a chance there at the end, but this is restrictor plate racing and unfortunately this happens sometimes at the end of a plate race. We’ll be better next weekend in Darlington.” This week: In seven career starts at Darlington Raceway, Bowyer has one top-10 and one pole. In the past eight years at Darlington, Bowyer ranks 21st out of 49 drivers with an average place of 19.3. Last year: Down a lap early in the 2012 Bojangles’ Southern 500, Bowyer was the beneficiary following a caution of Lap 176 (of 368) and stayed on the lead lap for the rest of the race. Bowyer, who started 26th, finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place. It was the driver’s best finish at Darlington since 2007. Bowyer acknowledged after the race that Darlington isn’t one of his best tracks, and that he was happy to leave in 11th place. 5. Brad Keselowski (No. 2)Penske Racing, Ford Where he stands: Keselowski is fifth in the standings with 314 points. Last week: Keselowski was not pleased with his 15th-place finish. That makes two consecutive finishes out of the top-10 for the reigning champion (33rd in the Toyota Owners 400). He did move up a spot to fifth in the standings because of Kasey Kahne’s wreck, but he now trails Jimmie Johnson by 69 points. This week: In four career starts at Darlington Raceway, Keselowski has one top-five and two top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Keselowski ranks 16th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 16.3. Last year: Want an example of just how resilient Keselowski and his team were during 2012’s run to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship? Take a look at the Darlington race in which Keselowski, with an ill-handling car, repeatedly brushed the wall and at one point was three laps down. But the driver kept driving, the crew team kept making changes, and eventually Keselowski steered the No. 2 to a 15th-place finish, getting back on the lead lap and gaining 10 spots over the final 100 laps. 6. Kasey Kahne (No. 5)Hendrick Motorsports, ChevroletWhere he stands: Kahne is sixth in the standings with 299 points. Last week: One day after nearly winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Kahne looked to have a car to challenge for the Sprint Cup victory. But on Lap 44, Kahne, while in second place, attempted to move down the track heading into Turn 1. Kyle Busch was attempting to move up the track, and he bumped Kahne, which triggered a massive crash. The No. 5 Chevrolet was done for the afternoon and, being one of the few crunched cars unable to get back out on the track, finished 42nd. What he said: “Felt the No. 18 pushing me and next thing I know I was spinning. You just can’t push with these cars. We learned that at Daytona, he was pushing me and spun me in the wall and then happened again, so that is what it is.” This week: In 10 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Kahne has three top-fives, four top-10s and four poles. In the past eight years at Darlington, Kahne ranks seventh out of 49 drivers with an average place of 11.1. Last year: Kahne led 33 laps and recorded his second consecutive top-10 finish at the track by placing eighth. The driver said his only minor complaint was his pit stop times, but it didn’t ruin his night — he helped celebrate team owner Rick Hendrick’s 200th career victory.7. Aric Almirola (No. 43)Richard Petty Motorsports, Ford Where he stands: Almirola is seventh in the standings with 293 points. Last week: Almirola rode to a 10th-place finish, which came as a big victory him. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver extended his current Series-best streak of top-10 finishes to four in a row and earned his highest finish ever at a superspeedway in Cup competition. Not only that, he sits in seventh place in the standings, with no reason to think he won’t stay there. What he said: “I saw a chance at the win, and I had to take it. Before the rain delay, we ran good most of the race. We were sitting 11th when the red flag came out. That was hard to swallow. If the race finished there, it would have been a good points day for us, but we were so close to another top-10 that it was hard not to want to go back racing. When we had the overheating issue, it looked like we weren’t going to make it a fourth top-10. But, Todd (Parrott) and all the guys worked hard during the caution and fixed the problem.” This week: In one career start at Darlington Raceway, Almirola finished 19th in 2012. In the past eight years at Darlington, Almirola ranks 22nd out of 49 drivers with an average place of 21.1. Last year: Almirola earned plenty of stripes in his first foray into Darlington. With his No. 43 blackened by the end of the night, Almirola vowed to learn from his 19th-place showing. 1. Jimmie Johnson (No. 48)Hendrick Motorsports, ChevroletWhere he stands: Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings with 383 points. Last week: Despite a third-place finish by Carl Edwards, Johnson only saw his points lead over the Roush Fenway driver decrease by two — thanks to a fifth-place finish of his own. It was his fifth top-five finish and seventh top-10, both of which are tops in the Series. What he said: “It was obviously a very good day for our Lowe’s Chevrolet. We had a very fast car and I felt like we were a player all day long, and that’s awesome.” This week: In 14 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Johnson has three wins, seven top-fives and 10 top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Johnson ranks fifth out of 49 drivers with an average place of 10.7. Last year: Johnson’s first win of the year was a historic one for Hendrick Motorsports. The No. 48 Chevrolet, after a handful of near-misses throughout the season, sped away from the pack over a series of late restarts to take the checkered flag and give team owner Rick Hendrick his 200th career victory. The victory added to Five-Time’s sparkling resume at “The Lady in Black.”2. Carl Edwards (No. 99)Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Where he stands: Edwards is second in the standings with 342 points. Last week: Edwards was primed to take his second victory of the season before that three-and-a-half hour delay, leading Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as cars pulled into the garage for cover. No driver was less pleased to see blue skies, but it still worked out reasonably well for Edwards. A third-place finish behind two non-Chase contenders might as well be first. What he said: “That was crazy. I blocked everybody I could. I was doing everything I could. I blocked Matt and I thought, ‘Oh, we’ve got it.’ And then I saw Jimmie coming and I blocked him and I thought, ‘Who is that back there?’.” This week: In nine career starts at Darlington Raceway, Edwards has three top-fives and six top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Edwards ranks 10th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 12.8. Last year: When a late wreck set up a green-white-checkered finish, Carl Edwards was running in the top 10 and had a decision to make. Then-crew chief Bob Osborne called the No. 99 Ford into pit road to take four tires. Edwards, who later said he agreed with the move, lost some ground, but gained back those spots over the final two laps to finish seventh. READ MORE: WATCH: Big wreck at ‘Dega Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17)Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Where he stands: Stenhouse Jr. is 16th in the standings with 256 points. Last week: Like Truex, Stenhouse was hit with a pit road penalty on a late green flag stop that proved costly. Still, the rookie driver positioned himself well towards the end of the race and ran successfully with teammate Carl Edwards for most of the race and finished 13th. This week: Stenhouse Jr. has no starts at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Jamie McMurray (No. 1)Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Where he stands: McMurray is 15th in the standings with 267 points. Last week: With 10 laps left, McMurray had the pleasure of running in the top 10 behind Michael Waltrip, Ryan Newman and Marcos Ambrose. It looked like he’d have a chance to move up, but instead finished in 23rd and lost three spots in the standings. Next week: In 12 career starts at Darlington Raceway, McMurray has three top-fives, five top-10s and one pole. In the past eight years at Darlington, McMurray ranks 13th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 14.6. Junior up to third, Kahne drops three spots to sixth after accident 8. Paul Menard (No. 27)Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Where he stands: Menard is eighth in the standings with 290 points. Last week: Menard was holding on strong in sixth place on Lap 51, but ended up in 26th, four laps down. Still, because of the even-rougher races of Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle, Menard moved up two spots in the standings to eighth and remains the highest Richard Childress Racing driver in said standings. What he said: “Our CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet was fast today at Talladega Superspeedway. We avoided trouble early on and were able to run up front. Unfortunately, we overheated and had to spend some time in the pits putting us behind. We never gave up and where able to avoid ‘The Big One’ at the end to gain some spots. It was a long day in the rain, but we were able to gain a spot in the points, so we’re happy with that.” This week: In six career starts at Darlington Raceway, Menard’s best finish is 13th in 2012. In the past eight years at Darlington, Menard ranks 32nd out of 49 drivers with an average place of 26.2. Last year: Menard led the Richard Childress Racing contingent with a 13th-place showing in the 2012 Bojangles’ Southern 500. It was Menard’s highest finish at the track in his career and his second top-15 in six starts at the track.9. Kyle Busch (No. 18)Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Where he stands: Busch is ninth in the standings with 285 points. Last week: Busch took the blame for triggering a 16-car incident on Lap 44 that sidelined several contenders in the Aaron’s 499. The No. 18 Toyota got too close to Kasey Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet, sending it spinning into the wall and collecting a wave of cars in the process. The wreck looked eerily similar to the one from the Daytona 500. What he said: “I don’t really know what happened. I know I got in the back of the 5 (Kasey Kahne) and I guess I was trying to go to the outside of him, but he just moved up in front of me and I wasn’t expecting it and I tried to go to the outside of him and before I could get to the outside of him I got in the back of him. I just hate that I caused a hell of a melee for everybody.”This week: In eight career starts at Darlington Raceway, Busch has one win, two top-fives and four top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Busch ranks fourth out of 49 drivers with an average place of 10.0.Last year: You knew it was a good race for Busch when the driver acknowledged that he didn’t get his first stripe until past the midway point. Busch earned his second-best finish in eight career starts at Darlington, finishing fourth. Only his 2008 win was better. He also helped Joe Gibbs Racing to a banner day, as all three JGR cars finished inside the top 10.10. Greg Biffle (No. 16)Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Where he stands: Biffle is 10th in the standings with 280 points. Last week: It was another difficult week for Biffle’s team. For the second consecutive race, the No. 16 team wasn’t close to finishing on the lead lap. Biffle was collected in a multicar wreck and finished 36th. What he said: “We were trying to be cautious, but that didn’t work.” This week: In 12 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Biffle has two wins, two top-fives, five top-10s and two poles. In the past eight years at Darlington, Biffle ranks third out of 49 drivers with an average place of 9.8. Last year: Biffle started on the pole but finished 12th after getting passed multiple times in the waning stages of the race.Related: More on Biffle, Coca-Cola Racing Family Jeff Gordon (No. 24)Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolett Where he stands: Gordon is 14th in the standings with 269 points. Last week: Despite being involved in a few wrecks and spending most of the day a lap down, Gordon enjoyed some beneficiary benefits to remain relevant and pull out an 11th-place finish and earn 34 points. This week: In 32 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Gordon has seven wins, 18 top-fives, 21 top-10s and three poles. In the past eight years at Darlington, Gordon ranks first out of 49 drivers with an average place of 8.3. ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned. 12. Kevin Harvick (No. 29)Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Where he stands: Harvick is 12th in the standings with 276 points. Last week: One week before Talladega, Harvick said his team was due for some good luck. And he was right — the No. 29 rolled to Victory Lane at Richmond. But bad luck returned at the 2.66-mile track Sunday when Harvick’s No. 29 Chevrolet was caught up in a mega-wreck less than 45 laps into the 188-lap race. He finished 40th. What he said: “I feel like this race was a flashback to Daytona (International Speedway). We had a great run last weekend, and I was really hoping that we could carry that momentum into this weekend, but we didn’t have a chance to make it to the end. I’ve got to thank the Budweiser team for working so hard to try and get us back on track. Wish we could have had a better result, but that’s part of superspeedway racing.”Next week: In 16 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Harvick has two top-fives, and five top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Harvick ranks 19th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 17.3.Last year: The good (Harvick’s driving performance) and the bad (his car’s handling) canceled each other out in 2012. The result was a middle-of-the-road 16th-place showing after Harvick started 23rd. He had worked his way into the top 10 late, but a spate of cautions necessitated multiple restarts, and the No. 29 was in no shape to keep up with some of the better cars in the field. According to NASCAR Loop Data, Harvick ranked first in green flag passes (109) in last year’s event.Five in the rearview mirror …Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56)Michael Waltrip Racing, Toyota Where he stands: Truex Jr. is 13th in the standings with 269 points. Last week: Truex’s seventh-place finish is just another in a string of four consecutive strong races that have vaulted the Michael Waltrip Racing driver to 13th overall and in position to compete for a Chase spot. Had he not been hit with a pit road penalty late in the race, that finish could have been even higher. This week: In seven career starts at Darlington Raceway, Truex Jr. has one top-five and three top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Truex ranks eighth out of 49 drivers with an average place of 12.5. READ: Latest on Kenseth penalties 11. Matt Kenseth (No. 20)Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Where he stands: Kenseth is 11th in the standings with 279 points. Last week: Despite his eighth-place finish, Kenseth still earned 38 points after leading a dominating 142 laps (next highest was Jimmie Johnson at 16). He had a chance for his third win, as he led the crowd to the green flag on the final restart. Still, improved to 11th in the standings, holding on strong to one of the two Wild Card spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. What he said: “It could always be worse I guess. Am I disappointed? Yeah, I’m really disappointed.” This week: In 19 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Kenseth has one top-five, eight top-10s and one pole. In the past eight years at Darlington, Kenseth ranks 15th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 15.6. Last year: Darlington isn’t one of Kenseth’s best tracks, but perhaps he made a big gain last year. Winless in 19 starts, Kenseth charged through the field late to finish sixth, his best showing since 2008 — and Kenseth’s team felt he would have finished third or fourth if not for a green-white-checkered finish. Kenseth has just one top-five at the track, but has finished sixth three times. Kurt Busch (No. 78)Furniture Row Racing, Chevrolet Where he stands: Busch is 20th in the standings with 231 points. Last week: Busch was in third place with 10 laps to go before a huge wreck that saw him roll and land on top of Ryan Newman’s car forced him to a 30th-place finish that kept him from gaining traction in the standings. This week: In 16 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Busch has two top-fives, five top-10s and one pole. In the past eight years at Darlington, Busch ranks 17th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 16.9.
Music fans have began their descent on Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD for the annual Hot August Music Festival. Today, for one day only, the festival will host performances from an awesome lineup of musicians that includes Thievery Corporation, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Revivalists, Cabinet, Samantha Fish, LITZ, and Eastman String Band.As jams will be playing all day, taper and regular L4LM contributor Will Urquhart will be on the scene providing an approved live audio stream throughout the celebration. With two stages running all day, there won’t be any shortage of music! Check out the live stream embedded here, and you can see the full schedule below.Urquwill is on MixlrHot August Music Festival Schedule11:30 AM – 12:30 PM LITZ12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EASTMAN STRING BAND1:00 PM – 2:30 PM THE REVIVALISTS2:00 PM – 3:30 PM SAMANTHA FISH3:00 PM – 4:30 PM LEFTOVER SALMON4:00 PM – 5:30 PM CABINET5:30 PM – 7:00 PM JOE RUSSO’S ALMOST DEAD6:30 PM – 8:00 PM RAILROAD EARTH8:00 PM – 10:00 PM THIEVERY CORPORATION
Once a top physics student who aspired to study black holes, Donhee Ham turned his sights from the huge to the small, from a study of the spacious skies above to tiny quantum wires, transistors, and integrated circuits.Ham, who was named Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics in July, designs silicon chips containing millions of transistors for radios and computers, but his unique skills come out in projects that blend circuit-building with physics for unconventional applications and new scientific pursuits. Ham built the world’s smallest nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) system by controlling atomic nucleic motions on a silicon chip, for example. The system, 1,200 times lighter than a commercial instrument, can be used as a handheld biomolecule sensor for disease screening, oil detection, and quantum computing.“He’s using his skill as an electrical engineer to go into other fields and really make an impact,” said Robert Westervelt, Mallinckrodt Professor of Applied Physics and of Physics.In announcing Ham’s promotion, Cherry Murray, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, said Ham’s work at Harvard has helped to boost the School’s presence in electrical engineering. She hailed his “nearly encyclopedic understanding of physics and solid-state circuits,” which, she said, has led to creative and innovative applications in diverse fields such as biotechnology and medicine.In creating the mini-NMR system, Ham and graduate student Nan Sun rethought how NMR works. A magnet is essential to NMR. Because a larger magnet yields a stronger signal, most NMR machines use bulky magnets. Sun and Ham took an opposite approach, using a magnet only the size of a Ping-Pong ball and building a high-performing radio-frequency silicon chip that can retrieve the signal weakened by a small magnet. The result is a 0.2 kilogram NMR system that can be held in the palm of the hand. It is not only 1,200 times lighter than a conventional NMR system, but also 150 times more sensitive.Another project in Ham’s lab seeks to observe and engineer a state called “plasmonic resonance” in a metal where many electrons vibrate together as a group. The state has long been observed in optics, but at a very high rate of vibration. Ham’s pursuit is observing plasmonic resonance at a slower vibration rate — hundreds of billions of cycles per second — which falls in the electronics domain. The work, conceived by doctoral student Xiaofeng Li and carried out by Li and graduate student William Andress, envisions enabling plasmonic resonance in the electronics domain by exploiting the unique properties of tiny metals called “quantum wires.”If researchers can create waves, Ham said, they will be able to learn more about electron-electron interactions in quantum wires. Practically, the study could lead to the development of new types of resonators and transistors, Ham said, which could suggest a new avenue for electronics.Ham got his start in physics in college in South Korea, winning several prizes and graduating summa cum laude from Seoul National University in 1996, where he also won the Valedictorian Prize and the Physics Gold Medal. After a year and a half of mandatory service in the Korean Army, he went to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for his graduate work.He began working in astrophysics under Barry Barish, Caltech’s Linde Professor of Physics. Though Ham loved physics, during his first year his career interest shifted to a more practical field. After considering chucking it all for law or business, he settled on electrical engineering as an area where he could put physics to use. His doctoral work examined the statistical physics of circuits and earned him the Wilts Prize, given for the best electrical engineering thesis at Caltech.After Ham earned his Ph.D. in 2002, he came to Harvard as an assistant professor. He became associate professor in 2006, and Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences in 2007.“I owe my career to my teacher [Barish] and students,” said Ham. “Barry taught me how to do and enjoy science and how to help others. When I was quitting physics and not knowing what to do next, Barry generously went out of his way to support me. He said it was an investment in young people.”Top electrical engineering students gravitated to Harvard to work with Ham.“Not only did Xiaofeng Li, International Physics Olympiad gold medalist and two-time top ranker of the U.S. Intercollegiate Physics Competition, devise the plasmonics work with his superb science,” Ham said, “but he solved in two weeks a circuit noise problem that avoided solution for 40 years, revealing a surprising, beautiful connection between classical circuits and quantum electrodynamics. Xiaofeng is an incredibly deep and clear thinker who has an inside track to truth.”Discussing another gifted contributor, Ham said that Andress, 2004 Hoopes Prize winner, “created tiny electromagnetic and plasmonic devices I could not think of.”On Nan, who is a top graduate from Tsinghua University and a two-time Harvard Teaching Award winner, Ham said: “Nan should have received all the recognition I’ve received for the NMR work, for he singlehandedly and brilliantly built a series of ever-shrinking NMR systems in just one year, with the highest intellectual and technical virtuosity and scientific breadth.”“I am blessed to work with students with the highest quality of minds,” Ham said.Ham’s physics background, Westervelt said, makes him a good collaborator with physicists. For example, Westervelt has found that when he talks with chip designers, he finds that they understand the project, but not the physics behind it. In talking with Ham, Westervelt added, it’s apparent he understands not only the engineering but its underlying science, making him a good sounding board for ideas.“He’s a very creative guy who knows his science as well as engineering. He not only understands an idea, he can deliver the goods,” Westervelt said.
Students took cover in the lowest level of buildings for about an hour and a half Tuesday morning after the University issued a campus-wide alert notifying the community of a tornado threat. The University informed students via e-mail, phone calls, text messages and overhead announcements to take cover. The messages called the threat “imminent.” No tornado occurred, but winds reached more than 70 mph, the South Bend Tribune reported. University spokesman Dennis Brown said there was no damage on campus besides “a couple branches [down] here and there.” Brown said the branches did not hit any buildings and he was not aware of any trees that came down. The University sent out the first alert around 9:10 a.m. and asked everyone on campus to go to the lowest level of a building. A second message was sent out at 10:26 a.m. reporting that the warning had been extended. The University gave the “all clear” for students to return to normal activity at 10:46 a.m., Brown said. Brown said the “redundancy” of the alerts — through text messages, phone calls, e-mail, the University website and the public address system — was effective in getting the word out to students, faculty and staff. The public address system, which was activated last spring, was a “very effective tool” for making an emergency announcement, Brown said. “I think for the most part the combination of tools that we used to alert the campus worked well,” he said. “It was a disruption this morning, but I think most people were able to cope and go to the lowest level and wait it out.”
Although the College of Cardinals used a smoke signal Wednesday to signal its election of a new pope, the rest of the world relied on social media to stay updated on the conclave. Junior Austin Lagomarsino said he first heard the news on Facebook when a friend posted “Habemus Papam” as his status. “I followed [the conclave] on Facebook, but the best one to follow was Fr. Edward Sorin on Twitter,” Lagomarsino said. The fake Fr. Edward Sorin account tweeted Wednesday at 9:02 a.m. EST, “If the tailgating in Saint Peter’s Square gets out of hand, no more night-popes for a while.” Social media outlets such as Twitter and Instagram did not exist when Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was elected in 2005. But since the conclave began Tuesday, thousands of mobile devices tweeted photos each time the smoke appeared, whether it was black or white. Senior Catherine Flatley said she found out about the new pope through social media and then turned to news media sources like the New York Times. “I didn’t realize so many of my peers followed [the conclave] closely,” she said. “I saw posts on Facebook and Tweets, but I went and actually read about it via the news.” Mobile applications created for the conclave were available within 48 hours of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s resignation, according to a report from CNN. One application, Conclave, by Logos Bible Software, provided free updates, live video from Saint Peter’s Square and historical information about the election process. PopeAlarm.com, developed by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, promised to update users whenever the smoke appeared via SMS and the website’s Twitter handle, @popealarm. FantasyConclave.com, a website based on sports brackets, allowed users to select a cardinal and enter a pool with the chance to win prizes, some valued more than $300. Some of the cardinals joined the Twitter community as they discussed the conclave, including Archbishop of Los Angeles Roger Mahoney, who tweeted at 7:07 p.m. March 11, “Last tweet before moving to Casa Santa Martha, and Mass to Elect a Pope. First Conclave meeting late Tuesday afternoon. Prayers needed.” Crews installed mobile device jammers in the Sistine Chapel and the residences at the Santa Marta hotel to prevent the news from leaking out preemptively, according to a report by NBC. Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told The Telegraph of London, “In this electronic age, I worry some cardinals may go into iPad and Twitter withdrawal.” Any cardinal or Vatican worker who breached the security code would face excommunication, according to The Telegraph. When the newly-elected Pope Francis finally stepped onto the balcony, the Twitter sphere exploded with exclamations of “Habemus Papam” and “Francisco Primo”. Twitter users started using the handle @JMBergoglio, which existed long before the new pontiff’s candidacy for the papacy, to congratulate him, according to a report from NBC. Twitter had to suspend the account when it nearly doubled in followers within a few hours of the announcement. The account was allegedly a fake account, according to Slate Magazine. Pope Francis will inherit not only Saint Peter’s throne but also @Pontifex, the pope’s official Twitter account. The account has 1,819,926 followers and counting, and has produced one tweet at 7:33 CET on March 13. The tweet reads, “HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM”.