Virtual ceremonies to add pre-race patriotism to Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

first_img“Taps” will be performed by United States Coast Guard Band Chief Musician Gino Villarreal. Near the mid-point of the race, NASCAR will instruct all drivers to pilot their cars down pit road and stop for a moment of remembrance in honor of all members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have sacrificed their lives to protect America’s freedom.Additionally, pre-race highlights will include a virtual performance of “Amazing Grace” by the Charlotte Fire Department Pipes and Drums Band, and Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, will offer the virtual invocation.Fans are encouraged to tune in to pre-race coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 beginning at 6 p.m. on FOX. NASCAR’s toughest test of man and machine – the only 600-mile race on the schedule – will also be broadcast on Performance Racing Network radio affiliates.NASCAR on FOX continues Monday with the Alsco 300 Xfinity Series race at 7:30 p.m. on FS1; the N.C. Education Lottery 200 Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series race Tuesday at 8 p.m. on FS1 and a NASCAR Cup Series 500-kilometer race Wednesday at 8 p.m. on FS1. CONCORD, N.C. – As has become tradition on Memorial Day Weekend, Charlotte Motor Speedway will once again pay tribute to the men of women of the U.S. Armed Forces with a rousing display of patriotism both before and during Sunday’s 61st running of the Coca-Cola 600.“While the pandemic has forced us to change a lot about what makes Memorial Day Weekend so special, one thing it cannot change is our resolve to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms as well as those who continue the fight today,” said Greg Walter, executive vice president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “This year, our celebration here at America’s Home for Racing will be both virtual and at-track, and all shared with race fans through the FOX broadcast and on social media.”MORE: Darlington, Charlotte race schedulesHighlights to salute the troops include:U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will virtually share the 2020 “State of Freedom” address as part of the FOX pre-race show. Active duty servicemen and women will offer video messages of support on behalf of each branch of service for Memorial Day Weekend. The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation will conduct a live flyover featuring two vintage P-51 Mustang war birds flying alongside modern USAF F-16 and F-22 fighter attack jets.center_img As part of the 600 Miles of Remembrance, each driver in the race will carry the name of a fallen service member across the windshield of their car. The U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg will execute a virtual 21-gun salute. Edward Schrank, a 5-time head and neck cancer survivor from chemical exposure while serving 15 years in the United States Marine Corps, will perform a virtual national anthem.last_img read more

Real Sociedad confirm they are interested in David Moyes

first_img Sam Marsden If handed the job, it wouldn’t be the first time la Real have turned to a British manager: Chris Coleman was briefly in charge at Anoeta and John Toshack had several spells in the hot seat in San Sebastian. “It is true [that we have spoke with] David Moyes,” he revealed. Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay has confirmed the club are interested in filling their managerial vacancy with David Moyes. “But we have also spoke with [former Real Betis and West Brom boss] Pepe Mel and other coaches. La Real, who last year were in the Champions League, dispensed with the services of Jagoba Arrasate on Sunday evening after a 1-0 defeat at home to Malaga. CET The loss left the Basque club second bottom of la Liga with a quarter of the season already elapsed.center_img Moyes, who was in charge of Everton for over a decade, has been out of work since leaving United earlier this season.  Moyes’ name quickly emerged as a potential successor to Arrasate and Aperribay has confirmed that the former Manchester United manager is on their radar. “We want to make sure whoever takes the job knows the procedures of the club and has knowledge of Real Sociedad. “They need to respect our philosophy and our academy.” 05/11/2014 Upd. at 23:50 last_img read more

Future looks bright for NYS boys rep program

first_imgThe future of the boys rep program for Nelson Youth Soccer should be coming up roses sooner than later.That’s all because of the focus NYS is taking with the U12 program.“The focus at this age is development,” said mentor/coach, Jamie Spendlove.“We don’t want to cut any kids and perhaps discourage them from pursuing rep soccer. “A kid that might just miss out on the team at this age, if there were cuts, might be a star player in a couple years, with the extra development.”Spendlove said NYS would enter two teams for every tournament on the schedule — the strongest players spread onto both teams.“We’re making them balanced, but not as strong as if we entered just one team,” Spendlove explained. “This weekend in Kamloops was no different where we entered two, balanced teams in the tournament.” The results were somewhat varied as a result, but overall, some strong performances were delivered from both teams and all the boys. “I was very pleased with the strong play and leadership shown by our second year players that were put on both teams,” said coach Kerry Dyck.“They lead the way.  But at the same time, several of our new players, both U12 and U11, stepped up at times with great performances as well.  I found that very encouraging. “You could see the progress even through the weekend.”The first Nelson team finished the weekend with one win and three losses. However, in two of the three losses, the team played very well, and with a bit of luck, could have come away with a tie or even a win. The second Nelson team finished the weekend with two ties and two losses. Again, they played very well in three of the games and could have won both of the games they tied and even in one of the losses.Leading the way for Nelson from both teams with goals was Ezra Foy with four, followed by Angus Paterson with two and singles by Keanu Tromans, Jesse Thurston, Jesse Harold, Dylan Luscombe, Bradey Sookero, Max Spielman, Josh Schacher, Thomas Baxter and Jaden Dyck. Jesse Thurston, Max Spielman, Sam Foy, Jaden Dyck and Bradey Sookero won game MVP honours.The U11/U12 Selects’ next action is June 2-3 in Kalispell Montana.last_img read more

Local eye doctor earns podium finish at 2016 World Kayak Marathon Championships

first_imgThe World Kayak Marathon Championships is an annual event which is organised by the International Canoe Federation (ICF).The inaugural event took place in Nottingham, England in 1988, and since then has been held in a variety of different countries.Kayak marathon racing would traditionally have seen competitors race from one point to another on a river or lake, but this format has developed to encourage a more spectator-friendly approach, with lap courses being created which include a number of portages (running while carrying the boat).The 2016 World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany, consisted of six laps, with four portages. South Africa will host this event in Pietermaritzburg in 2017. Maytom, a local eye surgeon, is an enthusiastic local promoter of the sport of Sprint and Marathon Racing Canoe and Kayak.The local doctor continues to generously donate his time and share his expertise with the developing paddlers of the the Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club. That coaching helped a young crew of padders find success at the 2016 BC Summer Games in Abbotsford.Maytom, an avid paddler, shot up the kayaking ladder when he won a boat load of medals at the Canadian Masters Championships. Neville Maytom is used to being on the podium.So it should come to no surprise that the Nelson Doctor once again early medal honours at the World Kayak Marathon Championships last month in Brandenburg, Germany. The Canadian combo of Neville and his K2 (double kayak) partner, Rob Lang from Prince Edward Island, finished third, earning a bronze medal in the Masters division.The 20 kilometer race, which took place in rough windy conditions, was won by a team from South Africa, with Germany finishing second. Most kayaking nations were represented at this event, with Spain, Hungary, Argentina and South Africa fielding particularly strong teams of paddlers.  The Canadian team consisted of five paddlers.last_img read more

Stratford boys basketball upends Loyal

first_imgFecker, Wrensch each nail three 3-pointers in victoryBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterLOYAL — Brenden Fecker had 22 points, and Stratford piled up a season-high in points as it defeated Loyal 70-66 in a nonconference boys basketball game Monday night at Loyal High School.Fecker made 6 of 9 shots overall, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range, and was 7 of 8 at the free throw line for the Tigers (8-5).Cole Hoffman added 12 points and six assists, and Okley Wrensch made three 3-pointers and added nine points for Stratford.The Tigers trailed 29-27 at halftime before pulling out the win with a 43-point second half.Stratford plays at Marathon on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 60, Greyhounds 66Stratford 27 43 – 70Loyal 29 37 – 66STRATFORD (70): Brenden Fecker 6-9 7-8 22, Cole Hoffman 4-7 4-8 12, Okley Wrensch 3-4 0-0 9, Paul Huther 3-4 1-2, Trent Heckel 0-3 2-2 2, Andrew Bargender 0-0 0-0 0, Vaughn Breit 4-7 0-0 8, Lance Heidmann 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Danen 3-5 2-5 8. FG: 23-39. FT: 16-25. 3-pointers: 6-17 (Wrensch 3-4, Fecker 3-6, Breit 0-1, Hoffmann 0-3, Heckel 0-3). Rebounds: 22 (Huther 4, Breit 4). Turnovers: 10. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: Breit. Record: 8-5.LOYAL (66): Statistics not reported. Record: 11-4.last_img read more

You’ve Got to Be Kidding: A MySpace Credit Card?

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Related Posts MySpace is announcing today that it is partnering with Citi to offer its users a co-branded credit card. We expect to start seeing cards flashed at retail outlets by 99-year olds named “bongkillah,” or what have you. MySpace is a lot of things, and despite Facebook’s formidable attack it remains wildly popular, but an institution of trust and responsibility MySpace is not!That’s exactly what the company is aiming to become, though, with this new partnership. The “Generation Forward” campaign will reward credit card users with music downloads and other tokens of thanks when they make “responsible choices” like pay their bills on time, donate to homeless shelters and promise to be nice to small animals. How much more surreal could this get?We’re all for the webification of financial data, with proper privacy and data portability steps of course. We’re big fans of some of the personal finance apps available. We really want to see innovation in this space and even some of the paternalistic shoving towards social responsibility that MySpace is engaging in seems like a good idea.This is MySpace, though. It’s got a lot going for it, but a “responsibility based” MySpace credit card sounds like an Octuplet Mom co-branded condom to us. This just seems too far afield from the brand that made MySpace what it is and we expect the credit cards to be something that more people make jokes about than use. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Are Companies Watching Your Open Source Code to Patent It?

first_imgRelated Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes klint finleycenter_img Tags:#hack#tips Would be patent-trolls searching through commit logs for ideas to patent sounds like a scare-story on a local news station, and the goods news is that there aren’t any cut-and-dry cases of this happening yet. However, Tech Dirt‘s Mike Masnick has found two suspicious instances of patents that may be “borrowing” technology from open source projects. In one case, IBM made the case that it had “improved” on prior art and was granted a patent. Is this something open source developers should be worried about?The first case involves an algorithm patented by Tandberg . Jason Garrett-Glaser, an x264 developer, initially claimed that Tandberg copied an algorithm he created step by step out of his commit code. He’s since posted an update saying Tanberg claims to have come up with the algorithm on its own. Garrett-Glaser admits that it’s believable, since the algorithm is “way too obvious to be patented” in his opinion. Tandberg also claims that the algorithm it patented isn’t exactly the same as Garrett-Glaser’s. Garrett-Glaser isn’t convinced.In the second case, IBM patented a Windows library very similar to the open source project HeapCheck. The USPTO rejected the IBM’s patent application three times because it was too similar to HeapCheck, but eventually IBM made the case that it had improved on the original project and was granted a patent.Has this sort of thing happened before? Is this something open source developers should be worried about? How can developers stop patent trolls from stealing their work? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Can a Robot Have a Soul? Tech Theorist Kevin Kelly’s First Graphic Novel

first_imgKevin Kelly, the brilliant technology theorist and author of the seminal books “What Technology Wants” and “Out of Control,” has created his first graphic novel: “The Silver Cord” – and made it available as a free download. It takes the title of Ray Kurzweil’s bestseller “The Age of Spiritual Machines” at face value and asks, what will happen when a robot reports that it has experienced an epiphany?This 210-page visual feast is a team effort, drawing on talents from Pixar, ILM, Lucas and Electronic Arts, as well as the deviantART forum. Best of all, it’s available free of charge. But there’s a catch: To read the story’s conclusion, you’ll need to wait for “The Silver Cord, Volume 2.” It’s already in development with a $20,000 Kickstarter project to back it up. So if the initial offering hooks you, you can help make sure you get your next fix. Fans have seven days to subsidize the sequel. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… ted greenwald Tags:#E-Books#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Tackling Genome Sequencing Myths to Improve Healthcare Practice

first_img“How do I get my whole genome sequenced?,” I asked.After a few moments of silence and a number of raised eyebrows following this question to my primary care physicians (PCP), the response was just as I thought: “Why?”We’ve come to a point in science and medical research where the PCP should have more than a few moments of context for common ailments, including weight gain, insomnia and other acute conditions that I, and many other patients suffer from; we expect accurate answers during our checkups.Normally, genome sequencing is ordered at a cooperative’s genomics lab, with a primary results focus on oncology. However, my PCP had no idea the intricacies of the process, or means to order such a request, outside the critical diagnosis of a condition.The excitement level of my PCPs grew quickly with continued chatter on genomics in every day diagnostics. Yet, it was somewhat frustrating to know this excitement is stifled, as this very personal, accurate tool is not in general practice. The precision of this type of medical research should be fully accessible to all PCPs, but many still don’t have access to it for general practice.This blog series will address several issues I have discovered as I dive into the complex and quickly changing world of bioinformatics and genomics research. As Intel pushes further to drive a more detailed medical experience into clinical environments, we are working to tackle industry hurdles as they appear. First, the following misconceptions/myths must be dispelled and overcome to help improve general practice medical care:Genome sequencing is only used reactively, after you have a conditionIt is a very time consuming taskThe process requires expensive high performance computing (HPC) clusters to sequence an individual’s genesA specialized research facility is necessary, as PCPs do not want to discuss genomics in the primary care environmentGenome testing is non-reimbursableThe results of a whole genome sequence (WGS) has limited utility, and are sometimes less than conclusiveWhat questions do you have? What other myths are you seeing in medical care?last_img read more

Photos/Videos: Tennessee Football Went Go Karting Last Night

first_imgTennessee Football players go Go Karting.Tennessee Football Go KartingNothing says team bonding like a little wholesome fun at the go karting track. Tennessee head coach Butch Jones had that in mind when he took his team to the Bear Country Adventure track in Gatlinburg, Tenn. last night. By the looks of all the documentation posted from the event, the Vols had a lot of fun. Quarterback Josh Dobbs really seemed to enjoy himself. Meanwhile, Jones had his son join him for the ride. Had a lot of fun with #Team119 tonight at Bear Country Adventure & Gatlinburg! TY to everyone at @Ripleys tonight! pic.twitter.com/2v8UBJ0DR4— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) December 17, 2015Here’s some video of the team on the track. Seems like it was an awesome night.last_img