The Action Network specializes in providing sports betting insights/analytics and is a content partner with NASCAR. Check out more NASCAR betting analysis here.The second race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series takes place today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). Unlike last weekend’s Daytona 500, where longshots provide plenty of value, this weekend’s race is all about the favorites.Let’s take a look at the winners of the Las Vegas race since 2013, which encompasses the Gen-6 era of NASCAR (Note: since 2018 there have been two races per year at LVMS):As you can see see, it’s taken a top-five regular season driver to win at Las Vegas. It looks a bit more lenient when you move to the full-season finish, but that’s because of how NASCAR’s playoff system works. With only 10 races, and multiple playoff elimination rounds since 2014, the smaller sample size means one or two bad finishes can make a driver’s season look a lot worse than it actually was.To boil this down to a single point: it’s unlikely a driver who isn’t a top season-long performer wins.Looking to bet NASCAR? Check out BetMGM. Get up to a $500 risk-free bet at BetMGM today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks.The bad news? Most of the top season-long drivers have very short odds to win, and aren’t worth betting. So how do we find value in the face of this information? The answer lies in uncertainty. This is the second race of the 2020 season, after all.Here are two drivers whose odds are depressed relative to their championship potential.Martin Truex Jr. +1000Truex is one of the championship favorites, with odds anywhere from +400 to +600 pretty much industry-wide. Likewise, his odds to win today’s race range from as low as +560 at FanDuel to this number which you can find at Caesars properties in Las Vegas. Truex is +700 at PointsBet and DraftKings.That’s a huge discount relative to his season-long expectations. And despite Toyota’s struggles this weekend, with every single Joe Gibbs driver failing inspection prior to opening practice thus forcing them to miss 15 minutes of practice time, there are reasons to be optimistic.Truex has 11 wins in 36 races at the representative 1.5-mile tracks (that excludes Atlanta and Homestead) since he joined Toyota in 2016. That’s over a 30% win rate in a fairly large sample size! Additionally, he’s finished in the top six of the regular season point standings in each of those four years.His practice times weren’t amazing, but none of the Toyota drivers’ times were. Notably, he was equal to, or better than, teammate Kyle Busch in every long-run metric in final practice. Busch is a +450 race favorite at Caesars, and a +650 bet to win at his most generous odds at FanDuel. I’d bet Truex down to +750, so keep an eye out for the best number.Kyle Larson +1200Larson’s price to win the Pennzoil is equal to, or shorter than his championship odds across the industry. The one exception I’ve found is at William Hill, where he’s 12-1 to win the race, but 10-1 to win the title. This 12-1 race-winning line is also the most generous number I’ve found in Vegas or elsewhere.If you read my DFS piece, you’ll see why I like Larson as a potential race-dominator, and dominance translates to wins. If Larson performs at an elite level this year — which is certainly well within his range of outcomes — that means it could all start with Las Vegas. His impressive consistency in final practice is a positive sign, as well as Chevy’s overall strong showing in Happy Hour.We’re going for thin value here among one of the favorites, because betting longshots is not a very profitable venture at LVMS. Larson has value down to +1100.
The 7-year-old girl was fatally shot in the head while standing on the sidewalk at her grandmother’s house during a Fourth of July party around 7 p.m. in the Austin neighborhood, police said. Chicago police officers investigate the scene of a deadly shooting where a 7-year-old girl and a man were fatally shot in Chicago on Sunday, July 5, 2020. At least a dozen people were killed in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, police said. Scores of people were shot and wounded. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP) The mayor added: “As a city, we must wrap our arms around our youth so they understand there’s a future for them that isn’t wrapped up in gun violence.” Suspects got out of a car and began shooting, police said. No one has been arrested. CHICAGO (AP) – At least 13 people, including a 7-year-old girl at a family party and a teenage boy, were killed in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, police said. At least 59 others were shot and wounded. A 32-year-old man was injured in the shooting and was in fair condition. The Chicago Sun-Times, citing police, said that seven of those injured in shootings were minors. Four others were injured; one was in critical condition and the other three were in fair condition, Ahern said. The four attackers fled the scene. No one was arrested. “Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Twitter late Saturday. At least 59 others shot and wounded In response to violence that has occurred since Memorial Day weekend, police said they would have 1,200 extra officers on the streets for this holiday weekend. Chicago police officers investigate the scene of a deadly shooting where a 7-year-old girl and a man were fatally shot in Chicago on Sunday, July 5, 2020. At least a dozen people were killed in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, police said. Scores of people were shot and wounded. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP) The shootings this weekend that killed young people followed tragedy the weekend before when victims included a 1-year-old boy riding in a car with his mother and a 10-year-old girl who was inside her home when a bullet fired a block away pierced a window and struck her in the head as she sat on a couch. In one shooting, just before midnight Saturday, four males opened fire on a large gathering in the street in the Englewood neighborhood, police spokesman Tom Ahern said. Two males died at the scene and two more, including a 14-year-old boy, died at a hospital, Ahern said. All contents © copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo determined little girls are rallying thousands of people to sign a petition demanding that Burger King and McDonald’s stop giving away free plastic toys – and they have almost met their goal of half a million signatures.With the help of their mother, 9-year-old Ella and 7-year-old Caitlin Wood started an online Change.org petition in order to persuade the fast food giants to do away with the wasteful toys that come with Happy Meals and Junior Meals.Since launching the petition, the youngsters have garnered over 350,000 signatures of their 500,000 goal – and the call to action has already accumulated further support from adults and children alike. “We’ve been learning all about the environment at school and the problem of plastic. It made us very sad to see how plastic harms wildlife and pollutes the ocean, and we want to change this,” reads the petition. “That’s why we want Burger King and McDonald’s to think of the environment and stop giving plastic toys with their kids meals.CHECK OUT: Another Victory Against Plastic – These Water Brands Will Soon Be Packaged in Aluminum Cans“We like to go to eat at Burger King and McDonald’s, but children only play with the plastic toys they give us for a few minutes before they get thrown away and harm animals and pollute the sea. We want anything they give us to be sustainable so we can protect the planet for us and for future generations,” they continued.In addition to the girls making a compelling argument, the amount of signatures on the petition almost doubled after reporters with the BBC 1’s “War on Plastic” followed the determined young activists to the McDonald’s headquarters in order to hand-deliver the petition.Since the little girls’ story started being picked up by international news outlets, Burger King and McDonald’s have both emailed statements to CNBC detailing their plans for making their free toys more sustainable.(WATCH the powerful BBC coverage below) – Photo by BBC1Be Sure And Share The Inspiring Story With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Watch Harry Connick Jr. in First Video Footage of The StingHarry Connick Jr. is back onstage, singing and dancing up a storm in the new stage musical adaptation of the 1973 film The Sting at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse. Featuring a book by Tony winner Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and a score by Tony nominee Connick and Urinetown Tony winners Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, The Sting follows a pair of con men—small town grafter Johnny Hooker (J. Harrison Ghee) and big-time hustler Henry Gondorff (Connick)—who plot to bring down the city’s most corrupt racketeer. Paper Mill has just released footage from the new tuner, also featuring cast members Kate Shindle, Janet Dacal and Tom Hewitt. Give a watch below, and don’t miss the chance to see The Sting in person through April 29. Wesley Taylor & Alex Wyse’s Webseries Indoor Boys Wins Indie Series AwardIndoor Boys, the beloved webseries created by SpongeBob SquarePants star Wesley Taylor and Spring Awakening alum Alex Wyse, has been honored with an Indie Series Award for Wyse’s performance! Written by and starring Taylor and Wyse, Indoor Boys follows two homebody roommates in L.A. as they try to figure out the boundaries of their no-boundaries friendship. Don’t miss the chance to experience Indoor Boys for yourself here.Vanya and Sonia Star Kristine Nielsen to Lead Christopher Durang’s Newest ComedyKristine Nielsen, the Broadway veteran who earned a Tony nom for her turn in Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, is among the cast of the Durang’s world premiere work Turning Off the Morning News, slated to debut with Princeton, New Jersey’s McCarter Theatre this spring. Emily Mann will direct the play, scheduled to begin performance on May 4 with an opening set for May 12. In Turning Off the Morning News, things are good for suburbanites Cliff and Salena; their neighbors across the street, however, are peculiar at best—and at worst, stark-raving mad. Nielsen will take on the role of Polly, alongside Jenn Harris (Cruel Intentions the Musical) as Rosalind, John Pankow (Mad About You) as Jimmy, Robert Sella (Sylvia) as Cliff, Rachel Nicks (Skeleton Crew) as Salena and newcomer Nicholas Podany as Timmy. Turning Off the Morning News will play a limited engagement through June 3.Max Chernin, Dan DeLuca & More Will Sing One Direction at Feinstein’s/54 BelowA talented group of stage stars have been announced to sing the music of hit music makers One Direction in concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Max Chernin (Bright Star) and Dan DeLuca (Newsies) will lead a company of stars for 54 Sings One Direction, set to take place on May 11 at 9:30pm. The cast will also include PJ Adzima (The Book of Mormon), Joshua Burrage (Newsies), Morgan Keene (Newsies), Katie LaMark (Rent), Jillian Mueller (Pretty Woman: The Musical), Jennafer Newberry (Freaky Friday), Larry Owens (Gigantic), Alex Prakken (Newsies), Michael Ryan (Newsies) and Laurie Veldheer (Into the Woods). One Direction produced infectious hit songs including “What Makes You Beautiful,” “One Thing,” “Story of My Life,” “Drag Me Down,” “Little Things” and more. 54 Sings One Direction will be music directed by Ben Caplan and produced by Jen Sandler. J. Harrison Ghee & Harry Connick Jr. in “The Sting”(Photo: Evan Zimmerman)
Vermont Business Magazine Grants are now available to support projects through the South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. The South Lake Champlain Fund supports projects focused on education and research concerning the cultural and ecological history and heritage of Southern Lake Champlain. Projects must be located on the southern portion of Lake Champlain (the area of Lake Champlain south of Crown Point in both Vermont and New York) with a preference for projects directly on the lake or in close proximity. School-based projects are encouraged.The fund also aims to support projects that involve experts and others living in the southern Lake Champlain region. Matching funds are encouraged but not required.Grants: $1,000-$7,500 grants to organizations for research and education concerning the southern portion of Lake Champlain.Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2017, and applicants will be notified in March of 2018. Please visit www.vermontcf.org/availablegrants(link is external) for more information or to apply. Those interested may also contact Lauren Bruno at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or (802) 388-3355 ext. 222 for more information.Source: Vermont Community Foundation 10.19.2017
Related The IRONMAN Foundation will facilitate and distribute over US$27,000 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the greater Muncie, Indiana, community in conjunction with the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie triathlon taking place on Saturday 9 July 2016.The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteer grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where US IRONMAN events are held. In 2016, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than US$1.6 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities across North America.Volunteerism grantsWithin IRONMAN’s race communities, The IRONMAN Foundation provides a grant program to support organizations that have a volunteerism component. This year, The IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund will provide US$15,000 in volunteer grant donations for the IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie triathlon.“We are thrilled to continue our support of so many tremendous organizations that selflessly serve the Muncie region,” said Christine Perkins, Community Relations Manager for The IRONMAN Foundation.Last year, volunteer grant funding was distributed among 28 community groups in the region.Firehouse Subs Public Safety FoundationThe IRONMAN Foundation, in partnership with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation (FHSPSF), will provide a grant of US$14,475 to Delaware County EMS to purchase a LUCAS 2 CPR Chest Compression System that will help to improve outcomes of sudden cardiac arrest victims and improve operations for medical responders.“The willingness of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and the IRONMAN Foundation to invest in our community is a true testament to their commitment to not only our first responders, but also the community as a whole,” said Executive Director of Emergency Management Jason Rodgers.“With this grant we purchased a CPR device that has already been utilized multiple times and has made our paramedics more effective in pre-hospital care.”“Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, along with The IRONMAN Foundation, is grateful for the opportunity to give back to those who loyally serve our communities,” said Robin Peters, Executive Director of FHSPSF. “As IRONMAN athletes prove that ‘Anything is Possible’, we feel that the mantra also represents what can be done to support the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting others.”The IRONMAN Foundation will recognize this year’s grant recipients at the Athlete Briefing taking place at 13:00 local time on Friday 8 July 2016 at the IRONMAN Village at the Prairie Creek Reservoir.www.ironman.comwww.ironmanfoundation.org
By Paul KonikowskiThe last week of February 2020 could go down as the worst week in Wall Street history. The U.S. and global markets plummeted as coronavirus fears escalated. Some think it may have had something to do with Bernie Sander’s wins in the early Democratic primaries, and some think it is tied to the price of oil.I personally think it has to do with the recent mergers and acquisitions in AV land.Am I kidding? Well, yes and no.Before I explain, let me first give props to Gary Kayye for scooping the story about Whitlock and AVI-SPL’s intention to merge on Wednesday, February 5, which was by far the biggest news of the month. Just a day earlier, Diversified announced the acquisition of Sensory Technologies. In both cases, the resulting companies should report more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Some might call them “unicorns,” but in my mind, that term is reserved for startups, and all four of the companies in these two deals were far from startups.In the same week, Yorktel announced the acquisition of Video Corporation of America (VCA) and Starin announced it was being acquired by Midwich Group PLC. Midwich, based in the UK, recently acquired MobilePro (Switzerland), Prase (Italy), AV Partner (Norway) and Entertainment Equipment Supplies (Spain).So, we had regional news, national news and global news. Integrators getting together, distributors increasing their distribution. Four stories in four days. “I think it may mark a top,” I told a few AV friends. I started to write this article on February 9, and then shelved it. Who am I to be calling a top? I thought.A few weeks later, and the stock market indexes are down 11%.It is difficult, if not impossible, to accurately call a “top” in the stock markets, the point when the market pivots from bull to bear market. They are easier to see in hindsight, and recently, some tops have been marked by large mergers and acquisitions and an increased number of stock IPOs (initial public offerings).In the late 1990s, the valuations of tech companies skyrocketed along with the adoption of the internet. The Telecommunications Act combined with the Taxpayer Relief Act gave investors more opportunities to invest. Low interest rates encouraged speculation buying. Similarly, today’s economy is also booming due to deregulation, tax relief and low interest rates.The dot-com bubble burst in 2000, what many call the “dot-com bomb” or more simply “dot-bomb.” On January 10, 2000, America Online announced a merger with Time Warner, the largest merger to date. Yahoo! and Ebay were also in merger talks. In February of 2000, Alan Greenspan announced a series of fed rate hikes, and the NASDAQ topped out in March 2000 before falling for the next two years.On October 9, 2000, Dayton, Ohio-based MCSi acquired Intellisys, part of a Chapter 11 reorganization of Intellisys. For a time, MCSi one of the United States’ largest AV sales and integration companies. In 2003, MCSi itself filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The MCSi downfall caused hardships for some while opening doors for others. Many smaller companies swooped in to capture the AV systems integration business. Executives, account managers, engineers and technicians eventually found jobs at other integration companies.Fast forward a few years, 2007 had a number of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including big names like Alltel, Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclay’s, BCE, Blackstone, Cablevision and Nokia. Audio equipment manufacturer Harman International Industries was in initial talks to be acquired by Kohlburg Kravis, Roberts & Co. and Goldman Sachs, but the deal was abandoned in the second half of 2007, when money became more expensive and private equity firms put the brakes on spending. The Great Recession officially started in December 2007. AV consultants and integrators saw a huge pullback in construction and spending. Some were smart to invest and embrace the emerging UC and digital signage markets.For the next 10 years, the U.S. stock market enjoyed a healthy bull market, one of the longest in history, but bull markets can’t last forever. My prediction depends on the results of this fall’s election: if the Senate majority and the White House go back to the Democrats, the stock markets will suffer, and the recession will begin. If the Republicans can manage to hold on to the White House and Senate, then the Republican tax cuts will be safe for the next four years, and my recession prediction may need to be equally pushed out.What we can count on this year is consolidation. If you overlap the office locations of Whitlock and AVI-SPL you can see which offices are redundant (with all due respect to those offices). Ideally speaking, the amount of business in those areas should stay the same, but the overhead can be combined. There will be layoffs. Front office workers will follow the lead of engineers and technicians who have been switching companies and shifting from integrator to client-side support. Others will decide whether the change in company cultures is enough reason to retire and/or try something new.I think the best word may be “shake-up.” The AV industry got shaken up last month with the M&A news. We need to lay on the couch and talk it out with our therapists. “It all started when I was in drama club …” I think the shake-up is going to continue. Add in a little coronavirus and market turmoil and I think it’s best to get ready for a recession, a number of bankruptcies and a roller-coaster of emotions.
DSW Wilmot Plaza LP, an Arizona based investment group, acquired Wilmot Plaza shopping center.The group’s managing director Michael Sarabia along with partner James Hardman (DESCO Southwest) believe strongly in the fundamentals of the 139,000-square-foot multi-building “trophy” asset.Wilmot Plaza was purchased for $47.3 million from BP Wilmot Plaza, a Bourn Companies destination retail development. Bourn fully redeveloped the center with an all-star tenant line up including: TJ Maxx, Dicks Sporting Goods, Nordstrom Rack, Payless Shoes and AT&T.The substantial visibility from both Broadway and Wilmot Roads, access to the major arterial intersection, and close proximity to Park Mall (General Growth Properties) benefit the center. Wilmot Plaza offers a diverse shopping experience including off-price retailers, sporting goods and signature fast casual dining. The center has a long history of being a landmark retail center in the central-east corridor.Toufic Abi-Aad (CFO Bourn Companies) handled the disposition for the sellers, and Michael Sarabia and James Hardman (DESCO Southwest) represented DSW Wilmot Plaza LP. Tim Storey with Newmark Realty Capital assisted with the financing for the acquisition.The acquisition reflects DSW’s continued investment strategy in the Arizona marketplace where Michael Sarabia, managing member of DSW Wilmot Plaza LP, has been an active participant for the last 16 years. Sarabia states “when looking at submarkets we take into consideration several mitigating factors such as household income, growing population, quality of building, tenant mix, term of leases and strategic location of asset. Don Bourn and his team have been able to source high profile sites and develop signature projects in irreplaceable locations, we are pleased to be able to work with them on this acquisition.”The acquisition is part of DSW’s continued investment strategy in the Arizona region, a market where they own/manage over 600,000 square feet of retail and office.
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The ‘Imperio’ tram is the first to have been manufactured entirely in Romania and is currently one of only three in existence.It was making its world premiere at the Innotrans Fair in Berlin and such was the significance of the occasion that the manufacturer impressed upon Prangl the importance of schedule reliability – any delay would ruin the Romanian manufacturer’s plans for the premiere.The 37-tonne tram was conveyed by a four-axle lorry with an eight-axle special rail trailer, giving an overall total transport length of 39.75 m. With excellent cooperation from all the relevant authorities, the manufacturer, cargo escort companies, police, and Prangl team, the transport through four countries was incident free.However, on arrival at the exhibition hall, the track gauge available on site in Berlin was deemed to be not appropriate and Prangl suggested that the tram should stay on the its trailer for presentation at the trade fair.Prangl reports that the journey from Arad in Romania to Berlin, as well as the return was performed to the customer’s complete satisfaction.http://www.prangl.at/