The NASCAR Foundation wins big with poker tourney

first_imgREAD: Daytona Duel 150-mile qualifying race lineup DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2014) – The NASCAR Foundation held its third annual poker event, “High Speed Hold ’Em,” on Wednesday night, a charitable and celebratory lead-in to Sunday’s Daytona 500 (1 p.m. ET on FOX, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Championed by event co-chairs Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick, the evening featured a fun-filled poker tournament with players including NASCAR drivers Regan Smith, Alex Bowman, Dakoda Armstrong, Jamie Dick, Jimmy Weller, John Wes Townley and IMSA driver James Gue. The evening culminated with a $150,000 check presentation to the Speediatrics unit at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.”In just three years, with many in our community and industry working together, we have made the High Speed Hold ‘Em event a fun, engaging and, most importantly, charitable part of NASCAR’s season-launch celebration,” said Betty Jane France, chairwoman of The NASCAR Foundation. “This event has become very important to the Daytona Beach community, providing another round of support for The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics children’s unit at Halifax Health Medical Center.”The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics units were created based on the vision of France, whose passion for children has ensured that kids receive the medical care they need in order to live, learn and play in their communities. With locations in Daytona Beach and at Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla., Speediatrics provides medical treatment to nearly 27,000 children annually.”So many children benefit from the facilities, resources and talented medical staff at Speediatrics,” said Jeff Feasel, President/CEO Halifax Health. “High Speed Hold ’Em provides a great opportunity to catch up with some of the stars of NASCAR, along with highlighting the only pediatric program in the area. This is just another example of how The NASCAR Foundation and our community comes together to support our kids.”Fittingly, 2003 World Series of Poker celebrity player Chris Moneymaker won first place in the tournament, while attendees Michael Munier and Sherry Gailey took the second and third place spots, respectively.Photo from left to right: Jeff Feasel (President and CEO Halifax Health), Glenn Ritchey (The NASCAR Foundation board member), Harold Goodemote (The NASCAR Foundation board member), Lorene King (The NASCAR Foundation exec director), Joe Petrock (Halifax Health Foundation) and Alex Bowman (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver – made the Daytona 500 after his finish in the first Budweiser Duel on Thursdau)MORE: READ: Austin Dillon wins Daytona 500 pole READ: How to qualify for the Daytona 500center_img WATCH: Massive wreck in Sprint Unlimited $150K donation presented to Speediatrics Unitat Halifax Health Medical Centerlast_img read more

Review: Alligator Cable’s Ultra Smooth 31-Strand Stainless Steel Shift Cables

first_imgThe 31 individual strands of the Alligator cable (left) are thinner than the 19 strands from a standard cable (right). This makes the entire cable much more supple so it bends more easily in tight spaces. For frames (like the original Jet9 RDO) that have tight corners or multiple short bends in the cable runs, it helps everything run smoother. When I flexed and wiggled the 31-strand and a standard cable, the Alligator was noticeably more pliable.It’s also light at just 15g for a full length cable with both shifter nubs still intact. Notice how small the coil is and how few wraps I had to do with the end to keep it all together? It’s just one small example of how flexible the cable is.I’ve had these on the bike now for two months and ridden in rain, heavy (heavy!!!) humidity and dry dirt and had no problems. The bike’s even been on the back of a car through some highway rain, and it’s still running smooth as the day it was installed. Granted, the new Jet9 RDO’s running full length housing, but water will get anywhere and often one crud-filled ride can gunk up shifting. Also, I’ve only had to make a couple small twists to the shifter’s barrel adjuster during that time, so cable stretch has been minimal. It’s a little thing, but sometimes little things make all the difference.Check ’em out at Normally, when we’re talking about Alligator, we’re showing you some wild brake parts (here and here) or showcasing an insane project bike. Their 31-Strand Slick Stainless Steel cables are a bit more tame, but still worth a look.Aftermarket cables are a weird sort of afterthought these days, most often being a purchase of last minute need with choice being made by whatever your local bike shop has in stock. Alligator cables might not be the first name you’ll find hanging on the wall pegs, but they bring quite a few options to the table.These eschew any outer coating but use thinner cable strands to pack more into the same space, then smooth the outer edges to make them slick. Since there are no special coatings to wear off, and they’re stainless, they should maintain their luster and performance for a long time.These made their way onto my bike build for the TS Epic, connecting the XX1 group (reviewed here) along the Niner Jet9 RDO’s frame. Route past the break to see what makes them special…last_img read more

Alan Cumming & Daniel Radcliffe to Star in Samuel Beckett Double Bill at London’s Old Vic

first_img Stage veterans Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe will team up for a pair of plays by Samuel Beckett at London’s Old Vic as part of the company’s 2019-2020 season. The newly announced docket of productions will also include a mounting of Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs starring The Crown’s Claire Foy and Matt Smith.Kicking off the new slate of works is A Very Expensive Poison, a world premiere play by Lucy Prebble (Enron) based on the book by Luke Harding. Directed by John Crowley, previews will begin on August 19, 2019 ahead of a September 5 opening night. The play is described as an exposé of the events behind the notorious death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.Next up will be Macmillan’s Lungs, headlined by Emmy winner Foy and Emmy nominee Smith in their Old Vic debuts. Matthew Warchus will direct the play, which follows a couple wrestling with the planet’s biggest dilemmas. Dates for the production are to be announced.Over the holiday season, The Old Vic will present a new immersive staging of A Christmas Carol adapted by Tony winner Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). Warchus will direct the production, set to begin previews on November 23, 2019 and open on December 4.The Beckett double bill—which will include Endgame (the follow-up to Waiting for Godot) and the rarely seen Rough for Theatre II—starring Cumming and Radcliffe, will be directed by Richard Jones. Previews will kick off on January 27, 2020 in advance of a February 4 opening night.Closing out the mainstage season is the previously announced London debut of the musical Local Hero—based on the acclaimed film—featuring a book by Bill Forsyth and David Greig, music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler and direction by John Crowley. Previews will begin on June 18, 2020 ahead of a June 30 opening night.For a look at the Old Vic’s full season, click here. Alan Cumming & Daniel Radcliffe(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for View Commentslast_img read more

NAMI Report: State Medicaid expansions will strengthen mental health care

first_imgUp to 30 percent of currently insured adults who would receive health care coverage through state Medicaid expansions are individuals living with mental illness, the National Alliance on Mental Illness ( NAMI ), a national advocacy organization, reported today. Vermont is one of several states that is expanding its Medicaid program.See report: is external) .”Today more than ever before, Americans recognize that the mental health care system is in crisis,” said NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick.”Unfortunately, despite increased public concern for greater mental health care, 14 states have shut the door this year to helping this vulnerable population by rejecting Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.””Besides abandoning people in need, states that reject Medicaid expansion lose an opportunity for federal funds that would help strengthen the overall mental health care system.  States that are still considering expansion need to carefully focus on mental health implications for everyone.””When mental illness isn’t treated, major costs get shifted elsewhere — to emergency rooms, police, jails and broken families,” Fitzpatrick said.Nationwide, 2.7 million currently uninsured individuals living with mental illness would become eligible for health care under Medicaid expansion.In the report Medicaid Expansion and Mental Health Care , NAMI lists 21 states in which the proportion of uninsured persons who would benefit from Medicaid expansion and are living with mental illness totals 20 to 30 percent.Of those 21 states, seven have approved Medicaid expansion: Arkansas, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Vermont. Five have rejected it: Alabama, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin.In both Minnesota and Nebraska, 30 percent of currently uninsured persons live with mental illness and would benefit from Medicaid expansion. Minnesota has adopted expansion, but Nebraska has rejected it.Within the 20 percent range, states in which Medicaid expansion is still — at least technically — an open question:Ohio — 24 percent *Indiana — 23 percentVirginia — 22 percentWest Virginia — 22 percentMaine — 21 percentSouth Carolina — 21 percentTennessee — 20 percentUtah — 20 percentMichigan — 20 percentOf the remaining 29 states and the District of Columbia, the proportion ranges from 10 to 19 percent, with the exception of Maryland (8 percent) and Massachusetts (6 percent).  In that range, 15 states have approved Medicaid expansion.  Eight have rejected it.Five states in the lower tier have the following proportions of currently uninsured adults living with mental illness who would benefit from expansion:Montana — 17 percentNew Hampshire — 15 percentKansas — 13 percentArizona — 12 percent*Texas — 11 percentOver 10 years from 2013 through 2022, states in which Medicaid expansion is still pending stand to lose a total of $255 billion in federal funds if they reject itTexas, Ohio and Tennessee stand to lose the most.Texas —  $66 billionOhio — $53 billionTennessee — $23 billionMichigan — $18 billionIndiana — $17 billionSouth Carolina — $16 billionVirginia — $15 billionArizona — $10 billionWest Virginia — $9 billionKansas — $5 billionUtah — $5 billionMaine — $3 billionMontana — $2 billionNew Hampshire — $2 billion* As NAMI prepared to release the report on May 30, 2013, legislative votes on Medicaid expansion were considered imminent in Arizona and Ohio. Because of publication deadlines, late developments may not be reflected in the report. For example, Iowa is listed as “pending” in Appendix V of the report, but has since adopted expansionAbout NAMINAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of ARLINGTON, Va., May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — National Alliance on Mental Illnesslast_img read more

Gophers down Cardinal Stritch in exhibition

first_imgGophers down Cardinal Stritch in exhibitionMinnesota won 79-57 in its first action of the season. Jace FrederickNovember 1, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers offense was fast, fluid and efficient in the first half of their season opening 79-57 exhibition win over Cardinal Stritch. Minnesota’s defense attacked and forced numerous turnovers that led to easy buckets in head coach Richard Pitino’s unofficial debut.The second half? Eh, not so much.After dominating the first half, Minnesota was outscored 38-33 in the second half by the Wolves.“We’ve got a lot of things to work on,” senior guard Austin Hollins said. “I think we did a good job tonight, but we’re going to keep on improving.”The Gophers’ fast start was sparked by a relentless full-court press. Minnesota forced 17 turnovers on the night.“I liked our press early better than late,” head coach Richard Pitino said. “I thought we did some good things on defense — 11 steals is pretty good.”Sophomore forward Joey King was a key cog in the Gophers press, using his length to make it difficult for smaller guards to find open teammates.The defense sparked opportunities in transition for Minnesota, including a ferocious one-handed slam from Hollins early in the first half. Hollins added a second impressive flush in the half-court set later for good measure. He finished with 17 points to lead the team.“I just try to bring energy,” Hollins said. “Getting steals, forcing turnovers, that’s what we’re trying to do.”Minnesota took care of the ball on Friday night — something it struggled to do last season. Pitino said the Gophers 23-to-7 assist-to-turnover rate was a positive. DeAndre Mathieu was efficient leading the break and finished with seven points, nine assists and zero turnovers in 21 minutes.“He’s an extremely fast guard  and he fits the way that we want to play,” Pitino said. “[His assists-to-turnover ratio] is really good.”The Gophers intensity seemed to dip in the final 20 minutes, but the junior guard Andre Hollins didn’t think it stemmed from fatigue. No player played more than 24 minutes Friday.“We’ve got to keep our focus and intensity up the entire game,” Andre Hollins said. “We want to be one of the hardest working teams in America.”That drop in intensity showed in the rebounds category — where the Gophers were beat 40-34.“We’ve got to work on that,” junior center Elliott Eliason said. “We need to be a better rebounding team if we’re going to compete.”Another glaring weakness came in the free-throw department, where the Gophers shot a meager 11-for-30. But Pitino wasn’t concerned with the struggles from the charity stripe.“We’re a good free-throw shooting team. We’re a good shooting team,” he said. “That’s why you play these exhibition games — to get the nerves out. That’s probably one of the least of my concerns to be honest.”Minnesota takes on Concordia-St. Paul in its final exhibition battle Monday night. The Gophers face Lehigh in its true season opener on Friday.“It wasn’t great, but it was good,” Andre Hollins said of the win. “It wasn’t a huge leap, but we did pretty good overall.”last_img read more

Brenny suit comes to trial

first_imgBrenny suit comes to trialThe former Gophers women’s golf coach alleges she was discriminated against. Nate GotliebNovember 13, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFormer University of Minnesota women’s golf coach Katie Brenny’s lawsuit against the University of Minnesota Board of Regents came to trial last week, nearly three years after she filed the suit.Brenny sued the regents and former Director of Golf John Harris in January 2011, alleging that Harris kept her from coaching after discovering she was a lesbian.Former University General Counsel Mark Rotenberg disputed the claims after the suit was filed. Rotenberg told the Daily in December 2010 he hoped to settle the case without litigation.The trial started last Monday.Harris offered Brenny the job of associate head coach in August 2010, according to the complaint. The job description listed by the University included the responsibility to “assist in selection, supervision and coaching of the team toward a positive experience and athletic excellence,” according to the complaint.The complaint states that Harris found out about Brenny’s sexual orientation shortly after hiring her and then took away many of her coaching duties, including providing golf instruction to the women’s team. “You have nothing to talk to these girls about,” he said, according to the complaint.Brenny left the program in October 2010 after the University offered to transfer her to a sales position at TCF Bank Stadium, just days after then-athletics director Joel Maturi offered her a severance package, the complaint states.She accepted the severance package later that week, according to the complaint. Brenny rescinded the agreement during the 15-day grace period allowed by the state of Minnesota. The University then indicated it wouldn’t renew her contract and would instead assign her to the sales position.The suit hasn’t gone in Brenny’s favor thus far.The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled in May 2012 that she couldn’t sue Harris because his actions fell within his duties as a University employee.A judge threw out Brenny’s claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation in December 2012, leaving only the sexual orientation claim.last_img read more

LSH blow as new east of England chief quits

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New acquisition for Airgas

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Saudi Arabia: CHEC Inks Jeddah Flood Control Project

first_imgOn July 29, the signing ceremony for Flood Control Project of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia was held in the meeting room of Mecca Governor Office Building. The client’s representative, Prince Khalid Al Faisal, and the contractor’s representative, Dai Zhanping, the general manager of CCCC Saudi Arabia Branch, signed on the contract.The Flood Control Project of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is a large municipal people’s livelihood system engineering of Jeddah Government to thoroughly solve the flood disaster in Jeddah caused by the rainfall in every spring. The contract signed this time is the four contract sections in the Phase II of this system engineering, with a contract amount of about USD 500 million and a construction period of 432 days.This project is a large construction project undertaken by CHEC in the name of CCCC. It is not only of positive significance to improving the local people’s livelihood and infrastructure construction, but also shows that CHEC’s confidence and determination in actively giving play to the role of overseas platform of CCCC.Deputy Consul-General Wang Qimin from Charge d’Affaires ad interim of Chinese consulate-general to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and counselor Wu Yi from Chinese Economic Davison to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia were there and expressed their congratulations. In addition, the relevant department leaders of Mecca Province of Saudi Arabia, the client and relevant responsible people of CCCC Saudi Arabia Branch attended the signing ceremony.[mappress]Press Release, August 14, 2013last_img read more

PCN achieves ISO awards

first_imgPCN achieved ISO 9001 for the first time in 2011 and achieving certification renewal requires continuous development and improvement of business processes.The ISO 14001 Environmental Management certification was awarded as part of PCN’s commitment to minimising its environmental impact, explained company chairwoman Rachel Humphrey, adding that the certification was particularly important as many of the PCN members are working in the renewable energy field. www.projectcargonetwork.comlast_img read more