Harvick vs. Hamlin: How an extra pit stop by No. 4 team led to Atlanta win

first_imgTotal178-29912232.681 253214-2533932.7932.039 213178-2133432.6442.832 PittedLapsNo. of lapsAvg. lap timeFall off 288254-2883432.7241.74 300289-2991132.5641.522 Total178-29912233.025 226178-2264733.1372.677center_img Denny Hamlin’s green flag cycles PittedLapsNo. of lapsAvg. lap timeFall off Last year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway came down to a battle between Kevin Harvick and 2019 Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin.The two swapped the lead six times over the final 110 laps, but it was Harvick who led the final 25 circuits to earn his second career race victory at the 1.54-mile oval, while Hamlin faded to finish fourthRELATED: Who’s the favorite to win? | Full schedule for AtlantaDiving into the numbers, it appears a pit-stop strategy gave Harvick’s No. 4 team the edge over Hamlin’s No. 11 squad. In a breakdown of a 122-lap run from Lap 178-299, Harvick actually pitted on four occasions, compared to Hamlin’s three trips down pit road.While Hamlin’s fall off in lap times over the course of his three green-flag cycles was less severe than Harvick’s fall off during four cycles, Harvick’s overall average lap time was 32.681 seconds, while Hamlin averaged 33.025 seconds over the 122 circuits.MORE: Most all-time laps led at trackThe difference? The .34-second advantage in average lap time for Harvick at the notoriously tire-important Atlanta track was worth over 41 seconds total, allowing him to jump ahead of Hamlin follow the final round of pit stops on Lap 300.Factoring in Atlanta’s old, abrasive track surface, Harvick ran four separate green flag cycles of 34, 39, 34 and 11 laps, respectively. Hamlin’s green-flag cycles included a pair of 47-laps runs during Lap 178-274 and a 25-lap run from Lap 275-299. While Hamlin was on track with older tires for a longer duration, Harvick was able to make up ground by taking advantage of fresh tires from pitting an extra time.Below is the full breakdown of how green-flag cycles shook out between Harvick and Hamlin:Kevin Harvick’s green flag cycles 274227-2744733.1971.547 300275-2992532.741.316 Clearly, pit strategy will be very important at Atlanta, something all teams will keep in mind ahead of Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).last_img read more

Realtor Updates Flood Maps on 14 Million Properties So US Homeowners Can Better Prepare For The Future

first_imgBut Realtor.com agrees that buyers deserve to know everything, risks included, about a home before making a purchase, and now all 110 million listed properties on their website contain either publicly or privately assembled flooding data.MORE: A Poor State in India Learned From Its Mistakes: How It Saved a Million People From the Devastating Cyclone“They can elevate their home on stilts. They can add a sump pump into the basement. They can install a rain garden outside,” Realtor.com executive Leslie Jordan told NPR. “But they must know their risk first.”HELP Your Friends Prepare And Share The News On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSince buying a home will be the most significant financial decision of most people’s lives, prospective buyers deserve to understand the full cost of their investment. That’s why a nonprofit, First Street Foundation, is compiling an updated list of the flood-insurance risks for millions more properties nationwide and publishing their findings online for all to see.Credit: TBEP/UnsplashAs changing climatic conditions have resulted in storms of greater strength and in greater numbers, the nonprofit group is filling in the massive gaps in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood zone designations.“Unfortunately, inaccurate FEMA flood maps and nonexistent or weak real estate disclosure laws make it extremely difficult for home buyers to learn of a property’s flood risk or even its flood history,” Joel Scata who studies flood risk at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told NPR. RELATED: Mangrove Trees Can Save Americans Tens of Billions in Flood Damages– So New Alliance Gets PlantingFEMA has around nine million properties in flooding zones, wherein homeowners would be required or advised to buy flood insurance, however First Street Foundation’s clever combination of data has produced a more accurate flood risk map that takes into account climate change, sea level rise, and altered rainfall patterns and storm paths, and that will continue to update faster and more efficiently than FEMA’s flooding maps.Through the unprecedented partnership of more than 80 world-renowned scientists, technologists, and analysts working together, First Street was able to identify an additional 14.5 million homes that are in potential flood areas.Their tool, Flood Factor, allows you to enter a zip code and bring up anything that’s available on homes in that area.Realtor.comHowever, the effort has been looked at glumly by major real estate companies and homeowners alike who are worried that flood risk designations would diminish the property value of their homes.last_img read more

Property may be taxed on ‘non-dom’ earnings

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Name game

first_imgSolicitors will already be familiar with the term LeO to describe the Legal Ombudsman, which opened last October. But this could so easily have been a far more amusing acronym, as the ombudsman himself reveals in his blog. Adam Sampson says the complaints body considered various options before settling on LeO, including LOO (Legal Ombudsman’s Office); LOS (Legal Ombudsman Service); and Obiter’s personal favourite, LegO, until ‘trademark issues and wiser heads intervened’. Shame. Sampson admits ‘the semiotics of LeO are not without risk’, but adds: ‘Overall, I don’t mind us being seen as slightly scary’.last_img read more

Marriott International has officially opened the d

first_imgMarriott International has officially opened the doors of its first Marriott Hotel in Rwanda, bringing the signature brand’s welcoming service and world-class amenities to sub-Saharan Africa for the first time in its nearly 90-year history.“Rwanda is going through an economic transformation and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson, who attended the Kigali Marriott’s opening ceremony with political dignitaries and executives including Alex Kyriakidis, Marriott’s President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa region. “Coupled with that transformation is a mutual promise for opportunity — both for Marriott as a hospitality company and for the associates and partners who will help us succeed in this market.”Highlighting the importance of hospitality’s role in Rwanda, the World Travel & Tourism Council says Rwanda’s travel and tourism industry generated 7.1 per cent of the country’s GDP in 2015 and predicts it to rise at 4.1 per cent annually through 2025. Known as the Land of a Thousand Hills, Rwanda is becoming a popular destination for meetings and tourism.The 254-room Marriott in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city, is creating approximately 500 jobs and will be among the country’s biggest and most luxurious properties, further enhancing Kigali’s reputation as a hub for conferences and conventions. The hotel will offer world-class meeting spaces with modern amenities to cater to the demands of this rapidly growing market.“I have the privilege of being able to open hotels in one of the most fascinating and fastest-growing parts of the world,” said Kyriakidis. “But there is something about this project that is particularly fulfilling. Every time we open a hotel, we know there is an enormous positive impact on a community. But here, in Rwanda, that impact is magnified by the sustainable approach we have taken to both staffing and supplying the hotel.”Marriott has been working with community-based organisations to help staff the hotel and supply it with locally produced goods, underscoring Rwanda’s goal of building up its core industries including tourism and agriculture. The hotel, for instance, has partnered with the Akilah Institute for Women to recruit and train Rwandan women for supervisory positions at its Kigali location. The Akilah Institute is an academy that enables young women from Rwanda and other East African countries to achieve economic independence with market-relevant education and training. Marriott International has invited nearly 40 Akilah graduates to work and train in Marriott hotels in Africa and the Middle East. After receiving on-the-job skills and leadership training, the first wave of graduates have returned to Rwanda to join the management team at the Kigali Marriott where they will help welcome guests from the around the world.“Marriott’s placement of our graduates at the managerial level and beyond exemplifies our mission to enable women not just to find jobs, but to develop their careers with a globally respected brand and community,” says Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes, Co-Founder & CEO, Akilah Institute.Marriott International has also been working with Women for Women International and the Relationship Coffee Institute, both of which are supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, one of the largest investors in the region. The local Women for Women Opportunity Center is equipping Rwandan women with the skills needed to apply for entry-level hotel positions or to supply the hotel with goods such as baskets, cheese and honey. The hotel has hired more than 25 women from the training center.The Relationship Coffee Institute provides women with a new marketplace for locally sourced premium coffee, including the hotel. The Kigali Marriott’s Question Café serves the locally sourced coffee, grown by local smallholder farmers and served by graduates of this economic development training programme.“The opening of this Marriott hotel is providing long-anticipated market activity for Rwandan women. Their café in the hotel provides the global business community with a perfect example of how business, philanthropy and government can work together to improve people’s lives,” said Patricia E. Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies.Beyond coffee, the Kigali Marriott is weaving in an array of local goods throughout the property, including in the retail store and on menus. The hotel sources locally grown products such as beef, poultry and produce, and incorporates more sustainable materials to ultimately help reduce the hotel’s overall footprint.The opening of the hotel comes a little over a week after Marriott International completed its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. The transaction created the world’s largest hotel company, with Marriott International operating or franchising more than 5700 properties and 1.1 million rooms, in over 110 countries. With the completion of the acquisition, Marriott’s distribution more than doubled in the Middle East and Africa combined.last_img read more