Jeff Gordon’s good luck … tooth?

first_imgRELATED: Marquee wins of Gordon’s career | NASCAR family cheers on Gordon Jeff Gordon may have had a little extra luck in his pocket during Sunday’s Rolex 24 victory with Wayne Taylor Racing. No, not a rabbit’s foot. Not a four-leaf clover. Not a heads-up penny. Something a little … toothier from his daughter Ella. One thing’s for sure: Gordon (and Ella) certainly gave a toothy grin after that mega win.</p>last_img

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Widespread Panic Announces Panic En La Playa Nueve Dates & Lineup

first_imgOn Tuesday, Athens, Georgia road warriors Widespread Panic officially announced the details for the 2020 edition of Panic En La Playa, their annual beachside destination event. The 9th installation of Panic En La Playa will take place January 24th through 28th, 2020, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico.As always, Panic En La Playa will feature four full Widespread Panic shows. The late-night schedule for the Cloud 9 Adventures-produced event includes sets by The Marcus King Band, BIG Something, Andy Frasco & The U.N., and Jerry Joseph in addition to performances by the Playa Allstars—this year comprised of Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville, Jennifer Hartswick, Terence Higgins, and Cheme Gastelum.The event allows fans to enjoy some of their favorite artists in a tropical setting without ever pulling out their wallets, as all drinks, food, concerts, and activities/excursions are included in the ticket price. Those who have attended Panic En La Playa in past years will get the first crack at tickets for the 2020 event when loyalty pre-sale begins on Tuesday, July 9th. Public on-sale opens at 12 p.m. (EST) the following day, Wednesday, July 10th. For more information on Panic En La Playa Nueve, head to the event website.last_img read more

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WHO Reports Largest Single-day Increase in Coronavirus Cases

first_img“You can’t cancel the sunrise,” druid Arthur Pendragon told the BBC. In Spain, officials ended a national state of emergency after three months of lockdown, allowing its 47 million residents to freely travel around the country for the first time since March 14. The country also dropped a 14-day quarantine for visitors from Britain and the 26 European countries that allow visa-free travel. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez urged people to take maximum precautions: “The virus can return and it can hit us again in a second wave, and we have to do whatever we can to avoid that at all cost.” Overall in the pandemic, WHO reported 8,708,008 cases – 183,020 in the last 24 hours – with 461,715 deaths worldwide, with a daily increase of 4,743. Brazil’s Health Ministry said the total number of cases had risen by more than 50,000 in a day. President Jair Bolsonaro has been downplaying the risks even as his country has seen nearly 50,000 fatalities, the second-highest death toll in the world. Related: Coronavirus Death Rate is Higher for Those with Chronic Illnesses In Europe, a single meatpacking plant in Germany has had over 1,000 cases, so the regional government issued a quarantine for all 6,500 workers, managers and family members. Chinese authorities recorded 25 new confirmed cases – 22 in Beijing. In the past week, Beijing tightened travel controls by requiring anyone who wants to leave the Chinese capital, a city of 20 million people, to show proof they tested negative for the virus. The U.S. has the world’s highest number of reported infections, over 2.2 million, and the highest death toll, at about 120,000, according to Johns Hopkins. Health officials say robust testing is vital for tracking outbreaks and keeping the virus in check. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on CNN that Trump was being “tongue-in-cheek” and made the comment in a “light mood.” People get tested for COVID-19 at a drive through testing site hosted by the Puente Movement migrant justice organization Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Phoenix. Latinos are especially vulnerable to infection because they tend to live in tight quarters with multiple family members and have jobs that expose them to others. They also have a greater incidence of health conditions like diabetes that put them at higher risk for contracting COVID-19. (AP Photo/Matt York) In the United States, the virus appears to be spreading across the West and South. Arizona reported over 3,100 new infections, just short of Friday’s record, and 26 deaths. Nevada also reported a new high of 445 cases. At a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trump said Saturday the U.S. has tested 25 million people, but the “bad part” is that it found more cases. In South Korea, nearly 200 infections have been traced to employees at a door-to-door sales company in Seoul, and at least 70 other infections are tied to a table tennis club there. But South Korean officials are reluctant to enforce stronger social distancing to avoid hurting the economy. More than two-thirds of those new deaths were reported in the Americas.center_img Democratic rival Joe Biden’s campaign accused Trump of “putting politics ahead of the safety and economic well-being of the American people.” GENEVA (AP) – The World Health Organization on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases by its count, at more than 183,000 new cases in the latest 24 hours. In England, lockdown restrictions prevented druids, pagans and party-goers on Sunday from watching the sun rise at the ancient circle of Stonehenge to mark the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. English Heritage, which runs the site, livestreamed it instead. A few people gathered outside the fence. Experts said rising case counts can reflect multiple factors including more widespread testing as well as broader infection. The number of confirmed virus cases is still growing rapidly not only in the U.S. but in Brazil, South Africa and other countries, especially in Latin America. The UN health agency said Brazil led the way with 54,771 cases tallied and the U.S. next at 36,617. Over 15,400 came in in India. South Africa reported a one-day high of almost 5,000 new cases on Saturday and 46 deaths. Despite the increase, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a further loosening of one of the world’s strictest lockdowns. Casinos, beauty salons and sit-down restaurant service will reopen. Related: Drug Offers Hope Amid Spikes in Coronavirus Infections “This freedom that we now have, not having to justify our journey to see our family and friends, this was something that we were really looking forward to,” Pedro Delgado, 23, said after arriving from Spain’s Canary Islands. Joe McDonald reported from Beijing and Kim Tong-hyung reported from Seoul, South Korea. AP journalists around the world contributed to this report. “When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases,” Trump said. “So I said to my people, “˜Slow the testing down, please.’”³ But there was only a trickle of travelers at Madrid-Barajas Airport, which on a normal June day would be bustling. In Asia, China and South Korea reported new coronavirus cases Sunday in outbreaks that threatened to set back their recoveries.last_img read more

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Nancy Lou Collins Jones

first_imgNancy L. Jones, 84, of Port Arthur, TX passed away on January 4, 2014 at Cypress Glen Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. A native of Beaumont, Texas, a long-time resident of Port Arthur and a member of Barnes Memorial United Methodist Church. She was a long time employee of Luby’s Cafeteria and also a retiree of Wee Care Daycare Center.    Nancy is preceded in death by her husband Alvin Jones Sr. of 68 years; father Rev. Edward Collins; mother Lillian Collins; sisters Edna Batiste, Martha Mae Horn, Ira Dell Hunter, and brother Rev. Obadiah Collins.   She is survived by children; Alvin Jones Jr., Dwight Jones, Alfreda Jefferson, Sharon DeJohn, Madeline Champ, and Chatelle Paul all of Port Arthur, TX, Jacqueline Harris and Karl Jones Sr., both of Houston, TX, and a host of grandchildren, great – grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and special cousins Bessie Robertson and other family and friends.   The family of Nancy Jones wishes to thank Cypress Glen Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for their service and all who cared for her in her time of need.   A viewing will be held Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Barnes Memorial United Methodist Church with services beginning at 11 a.m. Rev. Donald Bonnie will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.last_img read more

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FSA sets a countdown timer for WE electronic group release

first_imgWhile they’re not exactly saying WE is actually the electronic group, we’ve already been told that they’ll be announcing it at Eurobike. And we’ve seen some very finished looking parts on several teams’ Tour de France bikes. So, if our guess is correct, WE is the new FSA electronic drivetrain, and it’s coming on August 30th. We’ll be there to cover it, but in the meantime, any guesses on the acronym? Winning Essence? Wireless Electronic?last_img

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Vermont lawmakers pass marijuana legalization bill

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont House voted Wednesday to concur with the Senate’s version of S22, which would eliminate penalties for personal marijuana possession and cultivation by adults 21 and older beginning in July 2018; it would also create a study commission on regulating and taxing marijuana for adult use. The vote was 79-66 in the House(link is external), which featured some Republicans voting in favor and some Democrats voting against.The bill (see page 1423 of Senate Journal S. 22 for details)(link is external) that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont is now headed to the desk of Governor Phil Scott. If he signs it or allows it to become law without his signature, Vermont would be the first state to make marijuana legal for adults via its legislative body. Other states, such as Colorado, have used a public referendum to make pot legal. Vermont does not have binding referenda. The law, however, would not bring Vermont full commercialization of pot, as there is in Colorado.Beginning in July 2018, the law would eliminate Vermont’s civil penalty for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana and remove penalties for possession of up to two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants. It would also create a study commission to develop legislation to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use.Governor Scott has not made his definitive intentions yet known on the subject. The measure failed last year over several issues, including driver safety, child protection, enforcement, taxation, production and administration.Proponents of making pot legal have said that Vermont could see an economic benefit, while taking criminals out of the business for the widely used substance. Presently, possession of a small amount of marijuana is not a criminal offense. This bill does not decriminalize the sale of marijuana.“Vermont lawmakers made history today,” said Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “The Legislature has taken a crucial step toward ending the failed policy of marijuana prohibition. There is no rational reason to continue punishing adults for consuming a substance that is safer than alcohol.“It’s time for Vermont to move forward with a more sensible marijuana policy,” Simon said. “The voters and the Legislature are behind it, and we hope the governor will be, too.”Fifty-seven percent of Vermont voters support allowing adults 21 and older to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana, according to a statewide survey of 755 registered voters conducted in March by Public Policy Polling. Only 39 percent were opposed.S22 originally was a bill that increased penalties for possession, sale, and dispensation of fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid.The Alexandria, VA-based Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), which has lobbied against Vermont passing a marijuana legalization bill, issued the following statement from President Kevin Sabet in response to the Vermont House vote to legalize marijuana possession: “We are disappointed by today’s vote in Vermont, but our fight is far from over,” Sabet said. “This legislation isn’t about criminal justice reform. Vermont already passed decriminalization legislation in 2013 – no criminal penalties for possessing up to an ounce of marijuana were being issued. This is about opening the doors to a new addictive industry being funded by Big Tobacco that will install retail pot shops in Vermont neighborhoods and lobby politicians to suppress common-sense regulation. We will continue to give a voice to parents, and public health and safety experts to encourage Governor Scott to choose people over profit and veto this harmful legislation.” SAM maintains that evidence demonstrates that marijuana – which has skyrocketed in average potency over the past decades – is addictive and harmful to the human brain, especially when used by adolescents. Moreover, SAM said in a statement, in states that have already legalized the drug, there has been an increase in drugged driving crashes and youth marijuana use. It said states that have legalized marijuana have also failed to shore up state budget shortfalls with marijuana taxes, continue to see a thriving black market, and are experiencing a continued rise in alcohol sales.last_img read more

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May Construction Climbs 5 Percent

first_imgAt a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $495.7 billion, new construction starts in May advanced 5 percent from the previous month, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial.  Much of the upward lift came from nonresidential building, which registered moderate growth for the second month in a row after its sluggish performance at the outset of 2013.  Smaller gains in May were reported for housing and nonbuilding construction (public works and electric utilities).  During the first five months of 2013, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were reported at $187.6 billion, down 3 percent from the same period a year ago.  The 2013 year-to-date volume for total construction reflected a steep decline in the dollar amount for new electric utility projects relative to a robust first half of 2012.  If electric utilities are excluded, total construction starts would be up 10 percent year-to-date, helped in particular by the strengthened pace for housing.May’s data raised the Dodge Index to 105 (2000=100), up from the 100 that was reported for April, and slightly above the average Index reading for all of 2012 at 101.  “The construction industry has shown modest improvement over the past year, helped by some project types while restrained by others,” stated Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw Hill Construction.  “The housing sector played a leading role last year in lifting overall construction activity, and while this year’s month-to-month gains have been smaller, housing continues to lead the hesitant construction expansion.  Nonresidential building has yet to provide much of a contribution, as tenuous gains for commercial building have been offset by further weakness for institutional building.  Still, the April and May pickup for nonresidential building could be a sign of more growth to come.  As for nonbuilding construction, the negative impact from the sequester has so far turned out to be less severe on the public works categories than anticipated.  However, new electric utility starts are in the midst of sharp decline from last year’s record amount, and the extent of that decline is limiting whatever gain may be possible this year for total construction.”Nonresidential building in May grew 9 percent to $156.4 billion (annual rate), following its 6 percent rise in April.  For the commercial categories, stores and shopping centers are gathering momentum, with a 16 percent increase reported for May. Large retail projects that reached groundbreaking in May included a $60 million shopping center in Fresno, Calif. and the $52 million second phase of the City Point retail and residential complex in Brooklyn, N. York  New hotel construction starts soared 94% in May, boosted by the $415 million.Office construction in May edged up 3 percent, following a substantial 58 percent jump in April.  Large projects in May that helped to keep office construction at its improved pace were the $250 million renovation of the International Monetary Fund Headquarters in Wash. D.C., the $200 million renovation to the United Nations General Assembly Building in New York, N. York, a $120 million office building in McLean, Virg. and a $113 expansion to a data center in Dallas, Tx.  Warehouse construction was the one commercial project type to retreat in May, sliding 7 percent, despite the start of a $100 million distribution facility in Edgerton, Ka.  The nonresidential building total was helped in May by a considerable gain for manufacturing plants, which jumped 70 percent with the start of a $378 million technology development center in Malta, N. York and a $110 million expansion to a healthcare products manufacturing plant in Athens, Ga.The institutional categories in May showed a mixed pattern.  Educational facilities rebounded 10 percent after a weak April, helped by such projects as the $250 million expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, a $91 million high school in Flower Mound, Tx. and a $67 million high school addition in Alexandria, Virg.  May included groundbreaking for 16 high school projects each with a construction start cost of $10 million or more. The public buildings category in May climbed 95 percent from a very depressed April, supported by the start of a $125 million detention facility in Redwood City, Calif.  However, healthcare facilities fell back 10 percent in May, despite the start of a $175 million hospital tower in Orlando, Flor.  Other declines were reported for amusement-related projects, down 17 percent; churches, down 27 percent; transportation terminals, down 33 percent.  The decline for transportation terminals came relative to a very strong April, and occurred despite the May start of several large airport terminal projects – a $229 million renovation of Terminal Five at Los Angeles International Airport, a $90 million gate replacement project at Fort Lauderdale International Airport, and a $75 million renovation for Terminal E at Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport.The first five months of 2012 featured an exceptional amount of large electric utility projects to reach the construction start stage, led by two nuclear projects – $8.5 billion for Units Three and Four at the Vogtle nuclear power facility in Georgia and $8.5 billion for Units Two and Three at the V.C. Summer nuclear power facility in South Carolina.  Additional large electric utility projects that reached the construction start stage in the first five months of 2012 included a $1.3 billion gas-fired power plant in Florida, a $1.1 billion gas-fired power plant in Virginia, and a $1.1 billion solar energy complex in California.  So far in 2013, the largest electric utility projects to reach the construction start stage are the $2.3 billion solar power facility in California and a $1.2 billion upgrade to a coal-fired generating plant in Kentucky.Residential building in the first five months of 2013 advanced 32 percent compared to last year, reflecting similar gains for single family housing, up 32 percent; multifamily housing, up 30 percent.  Nonresidential building during this year’s first five months retreated 8 percent, due to a 13 percent drop for the institutional categories as well as a 20 percent decline for manufacturing plants.  Commercial building on a year-to-date basis registered a 2 percent gain from last year.By geography, total construction starts during the first five months of 2013 featured gains in three regions – the West, up 10 percent; the Northeast, up 7 percent; and the South Central, up 6 percent.  Year-to-date shortfalls were reported for two regions – the Midwest, down 7 percent; and the South Atlantic, down 22 percent.  If electric utilities are excluded from the construction start statistics in the South Atlantic, that region would post a 23 percent year-to-date gain.last_img read more

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LGE Design Build completes Class A Scottsdale offices

first_imgLGE Design Build completed construction of the 3-story, 40,000-square-foot Bahia 101, the first new Class A office building constructed in the Scottsdale Airpark since 2009.Bahia 101 features 360-degree McDowell Mountain views, 14-foot clear heights and sliding doors on the second and third floors to allow fresh air in the suites. The building, on 2.5 acres, is accessible to Loop 101, located at the northeast corner of Pima Road and Bahia Drive in Scottsdale.Bahia 101 Interior (Photo courtesy of LGE Design Build)SAXA, a 20-year-old Scottsdale-based developer, owns the property and has designed Bahia 101 as an office condominium. SAXA has sold an entire floor, leased an entire floor and split up another floor into three suites for sale.“This is the first speculative office space in the area since the Great Recession. Bahia 101 is 95 percent sold or leased by shell completion in early June,” said Jim Riggs, president of SAXA. “There has been significant interest, especially for our flexible office space. Bahia 101 marks the 10th completed office project for SAXA in Scottsdale.”National Horseman Magazine is Bahia 101’s first buyer. The magazine will occupy 5,000-square-feet on the first floor. Ingenu, a leading San Diego technology company, signed a long-term lease for the 2nd floor and will move its corporate headquarters to Bahia 101 later this year.Only 3,600 square feet remains available for sale on the first floor.“LGE Design Build is proud to have constructed a building that has drawn such intense interest from the market and will serve businesses in the area for years to come,” said David Sellers, president of LGE Design Build.PHArchitecture of Phoenix designed the building and Jacobi Interiors of Phoenix designed the interiors.last_img read more

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Innoguide platform for educating tour guides

first_imgWithin the European program for education, youth and sports Erasmus +, the Society of Marija Jurić Zagorka participates in the project Innoguide 2.0. Guiding as a trigger for a more sustainable, diverse and exciting Europe! Stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of guiding.The project involves the president of the Zagorka Society Dubravka Vidović and tourist guides who have experience in experiential guidance and are small entrepreneurs themselves: Iva Silla (Secret Zagreb), Doris Kunkera (Zagreb Smile), Samia Zitouni (Best of Zagreb), Iva Čaleta Pleša Culture).The Society of Marija Jurić Zagorka has been organizing a popular city tour “Walk with Zagorka” for several years in a row, and this cultural and tourist product was the reason for the invitation to participate in this interesting project.The project is coordinated by the Tourist Board of Flanders from Belgium, and in addition to the Croatian partner, several other colleges and organizations from Belgium (Via Via Tourism Academy), the Netherlands (NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences), Denmark (Dania Academy of Higher Education and Service & Co.) are participating. International Guide School) and Finland (Laurea University of Applied Sciences). The aim of the project is to raise entrepreneurial awareness among tourist guides and their organizations, as well as to upgrade the existing free one online guide teaching platforms.”“The Innoguide platform is easy to use, the information is grouped thematically into three blocks. Information and materials are easy to use, topics from individual groups can be easily processed in a reasonably short time because a very extensive material has undergone an adaptation process to be practical and usable by tourism professionals. Guide education is important because only through ongoing education can industry trends be followed. Also, by becoming aware of one’s own characteristics and the characteristics of one’s own product (one’s own culture, state of sustainability and responsible business in tourism, the level of product experience), one becomes more competitive and of better quality. It is also a way to regularly improve certain tourist products and services.” points out Samia Zitouni, Best of ZagrebDuring the project, international workshops were held where tourist guides were educated in the field of experiential and sustainable leadership, and on the topic of interculturalism in tourism leadership. The previous project showed that tourist guides lack education on these topics. In addition to guide training, the project will develop tools to serve tour guide societies, tour guide organizations and agencies to improve their work, services and market visibility.” One of the goals of the Innoguide project is to further professionalize the profession of tour guides across Europe, and lifelong learning is key here. Every good guide is constantly looking for a way to complete his knowledge, but also how to improve his skills. The latter is something that is often neglected during the compulsory training of guides. By using the material on the Innoguide project website, I became aware of some of my own shortcomings and often return to that platform in search of new inspiration. Thanks to this project, I set out in a new direction and decided to be more active in promoting responsible tourism in my work. ”Points out Iva Silla from Secret Zagreb Walks A free e-platform for education, interesting stories from the world of tourist guides and other information about the project have been posted on the project’s website. Find more information on the project website: http://www.innoguidetourism.eu/last_img read more

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UK: Rochelle Frustrates Endeavour

first_imgEndeavour International Corporation today announced the East (E2) and West (W1) development wells at Rochelle, a gas-condensate field in the U.K. North Sea, have been fully completed and tied-in to the production manifolds.During the restart of production, a valve was discovered stuck in the ‘shut’ position on the outlet side of the Rochelle production manifold. An attempt to open the valve manually was unsuccessful and the operator is in the process of securing an intervention vessel to open the valve. As part of the final installation and start-up of the E2 well, the W1 well was shut-in earlier this year. Weather in the North Sea continues to be a challenge for service vessels to perform the work necessary to get Rochelle back on production. This unanticipated downtime will negatively affect the Company’s daily production rates for the first quarter of 2014.“While the current situation regarding the Rochelle infrastructure is frustrating, operating safely within the North Sea environment is paramount. In no way does this affect the field’s long-term production capacity or reserve potential,” said William L. Transier, chairman, chief executive officer and president. “We are confident that the valve will be repaired and that the field’s production will resume. As we learn more details regarding the timing of this work, we will communicate that information to our investors.”The Rochelle field came on-line in October of 2013. Endeavour has a 44% working interest in the Rochelle field located in Blocks 15/26b, 15/26c and 15/27. [mappress]Press Release, February 07, 2014last_img read more

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