first ever public demonstration of the new Spark-Renault SRT_01E
Formula E car will take place in Las Vegas on 6th January 2014.
The fully-electric race car completed its successful test debut
earlier this year and will now be showcased to invited guests, media
and the public during a special event at the Mandalay Bay Resort and
Casino — driven by former F1 driver Lucas di Grassi.
The new Formula E car is capable of speeds in excess on 150 mph and
has been designed and built by Spark Racing Technologies, together
with a consortium of the leading names in motorsport including Dallara
(chassis), Williams (battery design), McLaren (powertrain &
electronics), Renault (system integration) and Michelin (tires).
The event will also be held in conjunction with the International CES
— a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that
takes place every January in Las Vegas.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of series promoters Formula E Holdings, said:
“It’s going to be a fantastic spectacle and a great way for us to
start the New Year in a very positive way. 2014 is, of course, a very
big year for Formula E with the championship starting in Beijing in
September. Before then we want to showcase this amazing fully-electric
car to as many people as possible so they can see, and hear, what to
look forward to.”
The display will also mark the first time the new SRT_01E has been
seen in the U.S.
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Nevada Driver Authorization Cards Could Mean Lower Insurance Rates
The cost of car insurance in Nevada may go down because of a new law
that took effect last week, according to Robert Compan, executive
board member for the nonprofit Nevada Insurance Council. He said
Driver Authorization Cards could reduce insurance rates by lowering
the number of uninsured drivers on the road.
The state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) started issuing the
driver cards last week for people who are in the country illegally.
Compan said insurance companies will likely save money by having to
pay fewer claims linked to uninsured motorists, which could mean
“If you can cut costs somewhere, and if it’s with uninsured,
under-insured motorist coverage, then you could be more competitive in
the marketplace and put out a cheaper product,” Compan explained.
There are reports that thousands of people have applied for a Driver
Authorization Card since the law took effect.
Kevin Malone with the DMV said the driver cards require the same skill
and knowledge level as a driver’s license. He added that the
applicant’s information cannot by law be shared with other government
entities for purposes of immigration enforcement.
Illegal immigrants were driving before the law went into effect,
Compan noted, and he said at least now other drivers and insurance
companies are better protected in the case of a traffic accident.
“This law just gives them an avenue to be insured, and prevents us
from having to pay erroneous claims on uninsured drivers,” Compan
The DMV has estimated that 60,000 people around the state may be
eligible for the Driver Authorization Cards. Malone said the intent of
the law is to make sure that more drivers on Nevada roads are properly
licensed and insured.
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Nevada legislator wants “animal cruelty registry”
Anyone in Nevada convicted of hurting an animal should be prevented
from ever again owning a pet. That’s the central idea of State Sen.
Mark Manendo’s possible future legislation.
Manendo said he is lobbying his fellow lawmakers to support
legislation that would create an “animal cruelty registry.” It would
be similar to a sex offender registry that lists names of people
convicted of sex crimes, he explained.
“Folks can easily look on this website that would be created, and see
that his name is on there and then hopefully they wouldn’t let that
person adopt that pet,” Manendo said.
The animal-cruelty registry would be funded privately and possibly
operated by the Humane Society and other animal advocacy groups, he
added, saying there seems to be strong support for the idea among
state politicians and the public.
History shows that people who hurt animals can graduate their violence
toward humans, he noted.
“The Jeffrey Dahmers of the world, they started out experimenting this
type of torture, abuse and killing on animals,” Manendo said.
Manendo’s possible legislation will not be considered until Nevada’s
next legislative session in 2015.
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On Stage at the CSN Performing Arts Center February & March 2014
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
February 7 & 8
The Utah Shakespeare Festival touring ensemble performs one of the
Bard’s most popular comedies. This Shakespeare-in-the Schools
production of The Taming of the Shrew features a non-stop battle of
the sexes and feverish battle of wills, presented in commedia
dell’arte style. Performances are Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 8 at 2
p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., North Las
Vegas. $12 adults, $10 students/seniors. For reservations, call
651-LIVE (5483). More information is available at www.csn.edu/pac.
STUDENT DANCE CONCERT March 7
The CSN Dance Club presents its 15th annual concert—a totally
student-generated display of kinetic creativity—with various types of
dance performed in the BackStage Theatre, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., North
Las Vegas, Mar. 7 at 7 p.m. $8 adults, $5 students/seniors. Tickets
are available at 651-LIVE (5483). More information is available at
One weekend each semester, the Department of Fine Arts provides
students the opportunity to experience the joy of acting and/or
directing. Performances of seven one-act plays are Mar. 14 and 15 at
7:30 p.m. and Mar. 16, at 2 p.m. in the BackStage Theatre, 3200 E.
Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas. $5 general admission. For
reservations, call 651-LIVE (5483). More information is available at
INFORMAL DANCE CONCERT
Experience what transpires in the wide array of the Department of Fine
Arts’ Dance classes, including ballet, ballroom, jazz, middle eastern
dance, modern dance and yoga. The performance is Mar. 26 at 1 p.m. in
the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave, North Las Vegas.
FREE admission. More information is available at www.csn.edu/pac.
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REACH Air Medical Services Adds an Airplane to Its Southern California
Medical Transport Network
REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) is pleased to announce the addition
of a King Air Beechcraft 200 airplane to provide 24/7 emergency air
medical services in Southern California and the surrounding states
from our base in Thermal, CA.
“We are excited to be increasing our medical transport services with
the addition of this airplane base of operations,” states Sean
Russell, President of REACH Air Medical Services. “REACH has utilized
medical transport planes as well as helicopters for over two and a
half decades. This is our first plane in Southern California and it
will significantly enhance the services we already provide to that
region, especially for the pediatric and neonatal specialty teams that
have additional equipment, staff and distance needs.”
Vicky Spediacci, REACH Vice President of Aviation and Director of
Operations, adds “This aircraft will allow us a broader range in the
region. The increased capabilities of this aircraft include distance,
speed, the ability to fly in adverse weather conditions and at times
also allows family members to accompany their loved one. Because of
the geographic location, it will serve as a valuable back up resource
for Northern California, Nevada and Arizona.”
This base will be at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in
Thermal, California. The crew will work alongside the current
helicopter medical staff that has been providing ICU level care to
patients since July of 2009.
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