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

ITU seeking an Operations Manager

first_img Related The International Triathlon Union (ITU) Sport Department is looking to appoint an Operations Manager to fulfil the growing demands of ITU sport operations.Position: Operations ManagerSalary/contractor fee: Negotiable (to commensurate with experience)Location: SwitzerlandNationality: Swiss citizen or holder of a valid working permit in SwitzerlandReports to: Head of OperationsStatus: Permanent, part timeStart Date: January 2019Job descriptionThe successful applicant will be responsible for working closely with the Head of Operations. From bidding to technical operations, the role will involve:Technical support/ quality managementPre-event reporting coordinationPost-event reporting coordinationCo-Technical Delegate of the Multisport World ChampionshipsEOM developmentStaff liaison: ITU Multisport CommitteeRequirements:Experience in ITU multisport sports operationsKnowledge of sport and the Olympic movement is requiredProject management abilityStrong work ethic and attention to quality and detailAble to work independently and as a team memberEffective oral and written communication skills in EnglishComputer (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access)Preferred skills:A degree or equivalent experience in sports managementCertified ITU Technical OfficialEffective oral and written communication skills other than English, preferably Spanish or French or Chinese or RussianClear, logical thinker able to analyse requirements and propose pragmatic solutionsAbility to plan effectively, managing time of self and othersMakes decisions based on objective criteriaApplication procedureApplicants should be Swiss citizen or holder of a valid working permit in Switzerland. Applicants who are interested in applying for this position must respond by submitting a resume, portfolio of projects and a cover letter containing supportive information they consider relevant, including the reasons for applying for the position and why they consider themselves suitable.Candidates are also requested to state their actual salary and their salary expectations in their cover letter, and to provide examples that demonstrate skills, knowledge and experience.Apply to jobs[at]triathlon.orgAttention: Gergely Markus (attaching both cover letter and resume)Please include where the position was viewedClosing date: December 30th, 2018www.triathlon.orglast_img read more

Shawnee Mission School District recycling and compost program recognized by EPA

first_imgBelinder Principal Steve Yeoman helping students toss their food and paper into the compost bin.A recycling and composting campaign begun at Briarwood Elementary School in 2008 has sprouted throughout the Shawnee Mission School District, earning it recognition from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.The EPA Region 7 recently recognized the district through its Sustainable Food Management Recovery Challenge program. Currently, 23 schools are participating, diverting more than 70 percent of cafeteria waste from landfills.“Parents at Briarwood initiated composting at the school and it worked so well, other schools began adopting it,” said Joan Leavens, coordinator of sustainability and community engagement for the district.Composting and recycling is now occurring at 23 schools with an annual average of 89 tons of food waste and 21 tons of recycled waste. The food waste is converted to compost by Missouri Organic for use in gardens and urban farms.Each participating school has designated waste barrels in their cafeterias: green for compost, blue for recycling and gray for trash.“It’s a great success story,” Leavens said.By the end of 2018, the Shawnee Mission School District would like to have all its schools and administrative offices participating. The Johnson County Department of Health & Environment weighs the materials and helps staff to launch the program at each school.Leavens, a former Shawnee Mission school board member, said the district’s composting and recycling effort was recognized by the Mid-America Regional Council in 2011.She said the district’s presentation to the MARC board was helped by students organized by Leigh Anne Neal, assistant superintendent for communications.“Usually, MARC presentations are dry, but Leigh Anne organized young children to come in from each school,” she said. “They made their presentations one by one and at the end got a standing ovation.”last_img read more

Shawnee Mission Faces: Alli Franken, Blue Valley North grad and actress in Texas

first_imgAlli Franken had already discovered her passion for theatre, but singlehandedly choreographing a musical while an undergrad at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, helped her find her voice as an artist. The actress is back in town this summer teaching theatre camps at the Culture House in Olathe. A new graduate of the theatre program at TCU, Franken is one of the university’s senior scholars. While in school, she also performed in two mainstage productions and directed a benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. An Overland Park native and 2016 Blue Valley North grad, she moves back to Fort Worth in a few weeks to pursue a professional acting and choreography career. Her dream is to earn her master’s degree and return to academia as a professor. When she’s not on stage, Franken enjoys being outdoors, reading a good book, watching movies and spending time with other artists.“Sister Act” was the turning point for me. I came into college eager to be a part of a department that was focused on only creating excellent performers but also great human beings with good hearts.It did take me a few years to find my place and find my voice in college — as it does for everyone — but I was surrounded by such positive, encouraging people, especially in the faculty. They are so empowering and encouraging. They are the type of people who see gifts in you and call them out and pull them into fruition. That’s really who I want to become in my life.After performing a little bit, they asked me if I wanted to assist on a production, so I started with “Fiddler on the Roof” my sophomore year, and I loved assisting with the choreography. I was like this is great, I get to be a part of the storytelling, I get to be a part of the behind-the-table creation of the work of art we’re doing.I absolutely loved it, so the next opportunity I got to do, I was like yes! So then I assisted on “42nd Street,” and they trusted me with choreographing four numbers of the show. It was a really good realization, that oh I can take this into my own and I can do it. I learned to trust myself.So then, after that, I had to pick my senior thesis project for the honors college, and I knew I wanted to do it in choreography, so I asked the faculty, I said hey I would love to choreograph a mainstage show as my senior project, but to that point, they’d never had a student be the sole choreographer of a mainstage musical yet. They’d only had someone be an assistant choreographer, a co-choreographer. So I was kind of asking a big request of them.So I spent that whole summer diving into disco music and disco dance moves, and it was a blast in getting just super excited for the story of “Sister Act.” And that fall was really a turning point for me, because the story of “Sister Act” is all about finding the voice that is uniquely yours and using it to bring out the voices in others that maybe are usually unheard and then learning how to combine all those and share it with the world to tell either a beautiful story or to change a culture in a way.When working on “Sister Act,” I learned to find my voice as an artist. I learned that I needed to be unapologetic with my work and just know that the gifts I had within me were unique to me and that the best way I could serve the community I was in was by sharing those wholeheartedly, without holding back.And being in that position, I also got to empower the performers I was working with to also find that little glimmer within themselves and pull it out onto the stage and emphasize it for all it was worth.Learning to do that was a really big moment in my life as an artist, because now, after that, I have a lot more confidence in who I am. I have a lot more confidence in what I can bring to the table as an artist.And I think I have a lot more clarity on the power that we have as artists to give voice to the voiceless and built cultures of empathy, to help people see a reflection of themselves on stage and either find comfort or be challenged or laugh or just find a little escape of enjoyment. “Sister Act” is a show that was full of fun, full of charm, but also it was full of empowerment and strength.Artists have spent hundreds of hours working to create a story that doesn’t feel like a story, it just feels like life on stage. So when you allow yourself to get lost in the story you’re seeing, that is the most beautiful, honoring relationship to an actor on stage because we can sense it, we can feel it. You can see our hearts on stage that we generously are giving, and so when audience members give their hearts to us too, it becomes this beautiful collaboration of living one story all in the same place.last_img read more

Gold Canyon expands into Mexico

first_imgGold Canyon, a candle company in the direct sales industry, expanded into Mexico in early November. Gold Canyon entered Mexico—the seventh largest market in the world—to build upon its 20 years of success in North America.Mexico’s favorable direct sales market, growing demand for high-quality candles and a large base of entrepreneurs make it an ideal market for Gold Canyon. The firm began its expansion into Mexico on Nov. 2.“We’re excited to bring the Gold Canyon earning opportunity to Mexico,” states Thomas F. Kelly, CEO of Gold Canyon. “There’s incredible potential for women, men and younger generations to gain financial independence through home-based direct selling of ‘The World’s Finest’ candles. Our proven sales strategy combines relationship selling with recruiting new prospects and leading a team to provide a unique entrepreneurial opportunity for those looking to earn a full or part-time income.”The Company recruited seasoned direct sales leader, Lourdes Valerio, to oversee Consultant and leader development in Mexico. She is building a foundation with the support of an experienced group of leaders who are eager to take full advantage of the potential available in this market. This strategic move will also provide opportunities for cross-border recruitment throughout North America.With Gold Canyon, Consultants are in business for themselves, but not by themselves—no matter where they live. Mexico will have the support of their home office team in Arizona along with a dedicated website and a catalog featuring their most popular scents.Kelly adds, “We are more than optimistic about our launch into Mexico and plan to expand our product offerings in the future. We will leverage our learnings from this launch for future expansions into Central and South American countries.”last_img read more

Hansteen puts down roots in Treforest

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Insurer to bear costs of mirror wills mix-up

first_imgThe Supreme Court today ordered a solicitor’s insurer to pay the bulk of both parties’ costs over a wills dispute arising when a married couple each signed the wrong draft of a will. Judges unanimously agreed that the solicitor’s insurer in Marley v Rawlings should pay the costs of both parties for earlier hearings where they contested a £70,000 inheritance.The case started after the deaths of Alfred and Maureen Rawlings and the subsequent discovery each had signed the other’s will. Both had intended to leave their entire estate to Terry Marley, whom they treated as their son.When the mistake was found out, the couple’s two sons, Terry and Michael, contested the will, arguing that the mistake meant their father had died intestate, leaving them to inherit. Following defeat in the High Court and Court of Appeal, Marley succeeded in the Supreme Court, which concluded that each will was valid, despite the oversight.On the matter of costs, Marley contended that this was ordinary hostile litigation, and the sons should pay costs incurred in all three courts. The solicitor’s insurers made submissions in support of this case.The respondents, who instructed their legal advisers in the Supreme Court on a conditional fee agreement, said all parties’ costs should come from the estate – or failing that should be paid for by the insurers.The Supreme Court agreed the insurers should pay the appellant’s costs, the respondents’ solicitors’ disbursements, and, the respondents’ two counsels’ fees, conditional on the respondents’ counsel disclaiming any entitlement to their success fees under their CFA.The court found it would be unfair to settles parties’ costs from the estate as this would cause Marley to suffer a loss.The judgment said: ‘This is not a case where it could possibly be right to ignore the position of the solicitor. The problem in this case arose as a result of the solicitor’s negligence, and the insurers, on behalf of the solicitor, had required Mr Marley to bring proceedings to seek to have the will upheld.’The court commented that the insurer’s agreement to underwrite the appellant’s costs of the appeal placed them in the position of a third-party funder. Further, the solicitors had no defence to a claim from the appellant for damages.Commenting on the case, Alex Bagnall, head of commercial litigation costs for Law Lords, said: ‘The key aspect of this case which allowed the order to be made against the solicitors’ insurer is their role in funding the appellant’s costs.‘The insurers placed themselves in the position of third-party funders by exerting a degree of control over the litigation and by standing to gain from its outcome. Without this agreement, I think it is unlikely that the court could have made such an order.’last_img read more

USC Basketball Pays A Visit To The Veterans

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Chris Harrison says tonight’s ‘The Bachelor Presents: Listen To Your Heart’ is unlike he’s ever seen

first_imgABC/Stewart Cook(LOS ANGELES) — If you thought the drama was thick on last week’s episode of The Bachelor Presents: Listen To Your Heart, wait until you see what’s in store for tonight because it’s going to be a wild ride.“It’s unbelievable, if you aren’t watching this show, you must if you are watching. You have to see Monday night,” Host Chris Harrison dished to ABC Audio. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen on any of our franchises.”As for what makes tonight’s episode so explosive, he says it comes down to four volatile factors, “The Julia and Brandon and Sheridan and Savannah of it all.”However, Harrison did reveal that one person in the bunch left him completely slack-jawed during the episode. “Julia alone — I don’t think we’ve ever had a female character like this,” he disclosed, adding that he has a hard time describing her because “The amount of self unaware-ness is astounding to me.”Besides an extra heaping on delicious drama, Harrison adds that tonight’s celebrity guest judge will be a real treat: Toni Braxton.“Toni Braxton is awesome,” he gushed. “I mean, she’s a diva. She is a true diva.”As for whether or not she’ll go toe to toe with some competitors, Harrison remained coy.  Instead, he teased that she came to play, “When she’s moved, it’s amazing.  When she’s not, it’s just as good…if not better.”  Harrison says it’s all in how she carefully words her constructive criticism, elaborating, “If you didn’t move the needle, she’ll let you know.” While he didn’t reveal who failed to impress the “Un-Break My Heart” songstress, he simply detailed that the exchange “was pretty awesome.” The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

United make shock move on Bakayoko

first_imgImage Courtesy: PAAdvertisement yhbtNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6xWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre El4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b5tqWould you ever consider trying this?😱79iCan your students do this? 🌚68peRoller skating! Powered by Firework Manchester United have reportedly considered a direct approach with Chelsea for their midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko, who just returned to London after a loan spell at AC Milan.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PAThe 24-year-old joined the Blues for a deal worth £40 million from AS Monaco in 2017 as a replacement for Nemanja Matić, who moved to Old Trafford that summer.The Rossoneri rejected the option to make the struggling midfielder a permanent signing at San Siro for £31 million, as Bakayoko returned to Stamford Bridge last week.Advertisement According to French radio station RMC, the Red Devils are challenging Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain, who are already on the pursuit of landing the Chelsea midfielder this window.Leonardo Araújo, the sporting director of PSG, has already made a direct approach to bring the 24-year old to Parc des Princes.Advertisement However, RMC claimed that United are already showing interest in the Frenchman and have contacted Chelsea for a possible deal.Solskjær is looking for a replacement of Ander Herrera, and recently said that the club are still “working on a case or two.”In an interview with MUTV, the 46-year old Norwegian said: “I’ve been in touch with Joel [Glazer] and Ed [Woodward] and recruitment over summer.”“There will probably be some more business done, but we are happy with what we have done so far. We want players who can get us off the edge of their seats.”“They are hungry and at the start of their careers. They are here now.”“We don’t expect them to set the world alight in their first day. But they have an ‘X Factor.’“It is about them coming in, being themselves and show they want to take someone’s place.“That should spur others on.” Advertisementlast_img read more