Daily Archives: October 9, 2017

Autosport F1 Podcast: Mercedes' Hamilton closes in on fourth title

The latest edition of The Autosport Podcast looks back at the Japanese Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton moved to the brink of a fourth Formula 1 title

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11 Makeup Brands With the Most Inclusive Foundation Ranges

Foundation is the secret to flawless-looking skin and when it comes to finding the perfect shade for your skin tone, “good enough” simply won’t do. With its telltale tint and demarcation between the neck and face, unmatched foundation is not a good look.

It’s no surprise that Rihanna’s newly launched Fenty Beauty range is flying off shelves — and it’s not just because people want to “shine bright like a diamond” with a RiRi-like glow. The line has been a hit because of its inclusive 40-shade foundation range. While Rihanna deserves praise for catering to all skin tones, Fenty Beauty isn’t the first brand to offer an extensive foundation selection. More and more makeup brands are realizing that people don’t come in just eight shades. That’s why they’re offering as many shades as possible to help us achieve that seamless, my-skin-but-better look.

Click through the gallery above to see the best foundation brands boasting an impressive range of shades to match all skin tones.

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COMMENTARY: By Any Means Necessary

Sports Business Journal reported last week that NASCAR is attempting to secure sponsorship for free-agent drivers Bubba Wallace and Danica Patrick, an effort that includes “trying to entice its own sponsors to extend relationships with the drivers.”
NASCAR has traditionally assisted teams in sponsor procurement. In the early days of the sport, founder Bill France, Sr. would often line up local sponsors and “travel money” to assist drivers down the road to the next race. He also vouched for competitors when they approached local banks for loans to finance their racing operations.
Procuring multi-million dollar sponsorships directly, however, is something entirely new, and last week’s report prompted cries of favoritism from some corners of the sport.
NASCAR’s efforts on behalf of Patrick and Wallace (an African-American graduate of the sport’s Drive for Diversity program) are probably unfair, since other drivers do not receive the same level of assistance. But in the 60-odd year history of NASCAR, “fair” has not gotten the job done.
It’s time to do more.
In the year 2017, it is unconscionable that the headline Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has just one woman and no persons of color in the starting lineup.
The Drive 4 Diversity has begun to show signs of life, with Kyle Larson and Daniel Suarez now full-time competitors in the MENCS ranks. It has been more successful in producing minority crewmembers, but it has not done nearly enough, fast enough.
The Force sisters are major stars.
Virtually every other major form of motorsport boasts women and minorities in their starting fields on a weekly basis.  Willy T. Ribbs (Sports Cars) Lewis Hamilton (Formula One) and Antron Brown (NHRA) have all won national and/or world championships. Shirley Muldowney, Angelle Sampey and Erica Enders-Stevens are former NHRA World Champions, while Shelly Anderson, Melanie Troxell, Leah Pritchett, Alexis Dejoria and the Force sisters – Ashley, Courtney and Brittany – are all winners in NHRA National event competition. Lyn St. James won twice at the 24 Hours of Daytona and again at the 12 Hours of Sebring, while Jutta Kleinschmidt won the grueling Dakar Rally in 2001.
In marked contrast, prior to Wallace’s four “fill-in” races with Richard Petty Motorsports earlier this season, NASCAR had not had a black face in the starting field since Bill Lester made two fleeting starts for Bill Davis Racing in 2006.
At a time when women and minorities play major, winning roles in virtually every other branch of motorsports, NASCAR’s optics are beyond abhorrent. Is it any wonder that outsiders view stock car racing as an exclusively white-male sport?
We can do better, and we must.
Wallace delivered for RPM
Bubba Wallace deserves a shot at the brass ring. In four 2017 starts at RPM in place of the injured Aric Almirola, the Mobile, Alabama native finished 26th at Pocono Raceway, 19th at Michigan, 15th at Daytona and 11th at Kentucky. He improved in every start, despite racing with a crew and crew chief that he had never met before. His average finish for those four races was 17.8; nearly three spots better than Almirola’s season average of 20.5.
Almirola is expected to move to the elite Stewart-Haas Racing organization next season, with full-season sponsorship from Smithfield Foods. Wallace, meanwhile, saw his Roush Fenway Racing NXS team shut down after just 12 races this season due to lack of sponsorship.
He was fourth in the championship standings at the time.
Patrick has admittedly not been as successful as most observers — and even Danica herself — would have liked. But over the last six decades, thousands of white male drivers have been given the opportunity to fail at the highest level of our sport. That opportunity has been extended to less than a half-dozen women.
Did Johanna Long get a fair shot?
When Erik Jones won the 2012 Snowball Derby, that win led directly to a handful of ARCA starts and a seat with Kyle Busch’s potent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. When Johanna Long won the same race in 2010, it earned her two part-time seasons with the chronically underfunded ML Motorsports Xfinity Series team and an unheralded exit from the sport.
If that doesn’t bother you, it should. Something, my friends, is not adding up.
Critics say it is not NASCAR’s job to help some drivers, but not others.
“Just wait,” they say. “Give it some time. The sport will integrate itself, eventually.”
Well, we’ve been waiting since 1948. The strategy of patience has failed, and it’s time to take action.
Other teams may react badly to NASCAR’s new, hands-on policy of selective sponsorship assistance, wondering why the sanctioning body never helped them the way they are reportedly helping Wallace and Patrick.
That reaction, while perhaps justified, is flawed. What team owners should be thinking is, “Maybe we should find a Danica or a Bubba of our own.”
After 68 years of exclusion, it’s time for NASCAR to tilt the scales unfairly in the other direction for a while, by any means necessary.

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Glow Worms Can Survive In The Arctic Circle?! | AZ Pest Control

Glow Worms Can Survive In The Arctic Circle?! | AZ Pest Control

The Arctic Circle is not a pleasant place for most animals. Very few organisms call the Arctic Circle home. However, the interesting glow worm has no problem withstanding the harsh Arctic climate. The glow worm is a relatively large sized invertebrate with a yellow glowing light on its tail. This light is an easy way to tell glow worms from similar looking organisms. Although glow worms can survive the harsh cold, they are most often found in dense wooded areas and caves all around the world, except for the Americas. Glow worms are nocturnal animals, and the nighttime hours are the only time that their glowing backsides become visible.

The name “glow worms” is only a nickname for a variety of different types of insect larva. Many glow worm larvae become adult larviform females which glow through bioluminescence. Glow worms all look more like worms than insects, but actually all glow worms are insects. One type of glow worm eventually becomes a fly, but most glow worm species become beetles. Not all glow worms are equipped to attract fascination with a majestic looking glow, as male glow worms are not equipped to glow like females are. During mating season the females move about for around two hours with their glowing backsides sticking out. Obviously, the female glow worms do this in order to attract mates, as male glow worms seem to be even more impressed with the glowing tales than humans. The male glow worm is attracted to glowing objects that are located within foliage, but males have been known to approach man made lights with interest as well. Glow worms are most often spotted by humans in the United Kingdom between the months of June and October. Once the sun sets, glow worm tales become clearly visible to humans, even when humans are located far away from these worms.

Have you ever spotted a glow worm? If you have, did you assume that it was a worm rather than an insect?

 

 

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British Adventurer Will Trek Home for Christmas to Raise Funds to Combat PTSD

A former British solider will embark on a very personal trek later this year as he seeks to raise funds for the Combat Stress organization, a charity dedicated to helping veterans from the U.K. deal with PTSD. The trek is called Walking Home for Christmas, and it draws some inspiration from a concept promoted by Prince Harry back in 2010.

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BTCC video: 2017 champion Ash Sutton on rollercoaster year

Recently-crowned British Touring Car champion Ash Sutton says he “doesn’t know” where his title success leaves him for 2018

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Force India won't back down on Ocon Perez F1 team orders

Force India will not consider relaxing its approach to team orders until it has secured fourth place in the Formula 1 constructors’ championship

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NASCAR Charlotte: Martin Truex Jr wins in overtime, into last eight

Martin Truex Jr booked a place in the last eight of the playoffs with his sixth victory of the season in the NASCAR Cup race at Charlotte, secured in overtime

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