Dover’s most recent SAFER barrier project was a nearly 500-foot addition at the exit of Turns 2 and 4. That work was completed ahead of NASCAR’s most recent trip to the Delaware venue last October. “As a driver I really appreciate the investment in safety. The initiative to add 1,800 feet of SAFER barrier to completely cover the outside walls is another great step.” Construction is slated to begin in March, with the track indicating that all work will be complete before the Monster Mile plays host to all three NASCAR national series in its June 2-4 race weekend. That visit will be capped by the first of two Dover events this season for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! “Dover has really done a great job in making the facility as safe as possible for us as drivers,” Team Penske driver Joey Logano said in a news release provided by the track. “The Monster Mile is an extremely fast track. For only being a one-mile track, the high-banked corners and concrete surface produce really high speeds and with that you increase the risk for heavier impacts. Dover International Speedway announced plans Monday to add approximately 1,800 feet of SAFER barrier, a project that will fully protect the 1-mile track’s outside retaining wall with the energy-absorbing system. The Steel And Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barrier will now cover the outermost concrete retaining wall along the frontstretch and backstretch. That addition will include the crossover gates for track entry and exit.
“But rain from March caused the ground cover to grow back and the wallabies have started breeding again, and this latest count in July we recorded 75 wallabies,” says project officer, Sarah Bell.Dr. Bell works for the Save Our Species conservation action program facilitated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which works to save endangered species the world over.“We were getting quite concerned, because 60 in one population is such a small number of animals to represent a species distribution in NSW,” noted Dr. Bell.RELATED: After 3,000 Years, Tasmanian Devils Make a Comeback on Mainland Australia“If you put the population count on top of rainfall data, it’s really quite amazing how closely it corresponds.” Leroy Johnson is a Barkindji Aboriginal man, and the Park Manager of Mutawintji. For him, the Wangarru is a special animal. The Mutawintji Aboriginal Land Council has it on their logo, and Johnson told ABC news Australia that his people “take it very seriously to look after not only those animals, but the habitat they live in.”He and his staff put out feeding and watering stations throughout the park to help the animals through the dry period.“If the numbers are good then the land and the country is healthy too… we take pride in the fact that they’re there.”CC, PeripitusHowever attached the Barkindji are with the cute rock wallaby, another bad drought could easily wipe out the remaining population, so Dr. Bell is working with the Mutawintji Land Council on relocation projects to create subpopulations elsewhere in the state.This tactic, used to help restore California condors for example, is quite common when there are few animals but ample territory where they can live.MORE: Rescue Dog Helps Save Endangered Whales By Sniffing Out Their Poop as a Conservation CanineNatural disasters, drought, or a new disease can all decimate a delicate population, and the more places in NSW that Dr. Bell and Leroy Johnson can create stable populations, the better the chance that the Mutawindji Land Council can have them on their logos for years to come.SHARE the Good News From Down Under With Pals 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 MoreAddThisMoreAfter years of decline, a critically endangered species of rock wallaby in Australia is finally growing in population following recent rainfall.The beloved Wangarru, or yellow-footed rock wallaby as it’s commonly called, is found only in Mutawintji National Park and Nature Reserve in the Far West and outback-South Australia.CC, Andrew JenssenIn New South Wales’ longest ariel population survey program, the NSW government has been keeping tabs on the Wangarru for 40 years. Recently, drought and invasive predators like foxes and cats have reduced their numbers from 150 to just 60 individuals.
Jillian Mueller View Comments The celebrated Broadway musical Pretty Woman adds a new pair of stars on July 22. Jillian Mueller, a former understudy in the show, and Brennin Hunt, who starred as Roger Davis in Fox’s Rent Live, step into the central roles of Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis, respectively, replacing original cast members Samantha Barks and 2019 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Andy Karl, who took their final bow at the Nederlander Theatre on July 21.In addition to Pretty Woman, Mueller has been seen on Broadway in Bye Bye Birdie and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and on tour in Dirty Dancing, Flashdance the Musical and American Idiot.Following his turn in Rent Live, Hunt wrapped the indie feature Walking with Herb, set to premiere in 2020; he previously guest-starred on Nashville and X Factor. Pretty Woman marks his Broadway debut.Based on the hit 1990 film, Pretty Woman features a book by Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton with music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. The production is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell with orchestrations and musical arrangements by Will Van Dyke.As previously announced, Pretty Woman will conclude its Broadway run on August 18. Related Shows Jillian Mueller & Brennin Hunt(Photos provided by Polk & Co.) Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 18, 2019 Pretty Woman: The Musical Star Files Brennin Hunt
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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Yet even though the discrepancy is now smaller, it still remains. SB 361 provides $159.4 million for funding equalization, but only 4 percent of that will go to the Los Angeles Community College District. Los Angeles serves 8 percent of the state’s community-college enrollment. So the LACCD gets stiffed again, albeit less so this time. But the good news is that future funding will be distributed evenly on a per-student basis. That means the rip-off is coming to an end, and that’s a relief for the LACCD and the thousands of students to whom it provides opportunity and hope. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE glacial pace of politics has finally injected some sanity into the way California funds its community colleges, bringing greater equity and resources to Los Angeles’ financially strapped campuses. The old formula for funding California’s community colleges was set with the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978. It funded campuses based on when they were formed and what their tax bases were at that time, as well as other factors. But the formula rapidly became obsolete as certain areas – including L.A. – developed faster than others. The result was that while some schools collected as much as $8,100 per student, others got as little as $3,500. Suffice it to say, fixing the community-college funding formula has been a long time in the waiting. But the moment arrived last week, with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signing of Senate Bill 361.