Dale Jr. documents fatherhood, shares stories of Isla Rose’s first week

first_imgIsla Rose already has the ‘Earnhardt smirk’ down. At least according to her dad.It’s been one week since Dale Earnhardt Jr. and wife Amy welcomed home their new bundle of joy, and the first seven days of fatherhood have been a whirlwind.MORE: Junior, Amy through the years“I feel like everything that’s going to come out of my mouth is so cliche,” Earnhardt Jr. said during the most recent episode of “The Dale Jr. Download” podcast. “The love that you have is more than ever. This person … I don’t know what it is. It’s hard to explain. You feel this love for this baby that is not a love that you’ve felt for anyone else. I love my wife to death. I love my parents, my father and my sister. … It’s a 100 times more than that.”The couple, who wed on New Year’s Eve in 2016, announced the pregnancy in October 2017 and had the racing world on pins and needles as the due date got closer.The newest little Earnhardt was born April 30, just one day after what would have been Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s 67th birthday.“I was really emotional, more so than Amy” he said. “This whole week I keep telling Amy she reminds me of a pit crew. The car comes down pit row, hops in the box … it’s like clockwork. It hits this line, the crew jumps over, goes to work, does the work, crew goes over wall, car leaves and everyone is back watching the race.RELATED: Drivers offer fatherhood advice to Junior“It’s instinctual. That’s the way she’s been. Baby comes out, she knows what to do, she’s doing it. She’s not crying, not emotional. She’s just doing her mother thing. I’m just a basket of nerves and crying.”And it didn’t take long for Junior to find a little personality in his daughter either.“She smirks the ‘Earnhardt smirk’ some, where she does it off to the side,” he proudly shared. “… I like to tell Amy that’s the Earnhardt in her coming out, because that’s how Daddy always smiled.”RELATED: Dale’s sister on fatherhood: ‘He gets it, now’last_img read more

Leahy rips GOP over fast-track plan to repeal Obamacare

first_imgVermont Business Magazine On the Senate Floor this afternoon, Senator Patrick Leahy addressed the Senate on the pending Republican-authored legislation to enable and facilitate repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare.  The vehicle being used by Republican leaders for this is a budget resolution, S.Con.Res.3, “To Instruct Committees To Draft Legislation To Repeal The ACA.”Floor Remarks Of Senator Patrick LeahyOn The Budget Resolution, S. Con. Res. 3 (To Instruct Committees To Draft Legislation To Repeal The ACA)Senate FloorTuesday, January 10, 2017The 115th Congress convened just last week, and instead of beginning the year with a renewed sense of cooperation, Republicans in Congress have chosen a different path.  The very first thing on the agenda is to press forward with a sham budget – the only purpose of which is to set up a process to repeal the Affordable Care Act with a simple majority vote.Why?  Because they know such a repeal would never pass otherwise.  Instead of working to finalize appropriations bills for this year – already more than three months in – or to invest in our nation’s critical infrastructure, or to truly bolster our nation’s cybersecurity, or to improve the Affordable Care Act to ensure more people can receive affordable coverage, Republicans are recklessly rushing forward solely to fulfill an ill-considered campaign promise.  They are pushing American families over the cliff with the vague ‘promise’ that eventually they will come up with a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.  Jump first, plan later is anything but a responsible formula for sound decisions, and all the more so when the health insurance of tens of millions of American families is at stake.The Majority Leader and others have said that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act is “only the first step.”  They say that a full repeal is necessary to pave the way for a replacement.  “Let’s leave Obamacare in the past,” they argue.  When you strip away the rhetoric, the only alternative being offered to the American people by advocates of a repeal is: Don’t get sick.The American people have the right to know what a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act really means.  A repeal of this law would not just take away the rights and care of millions of patients and their families; it would eliminate insurance coverage for millions more, from the aging and elderly, to men and women with preexisting conditions, to the most vulnerable children. A repeal of the Affordable Care Act would turn back the clock to a time when, once again, women would have to pay more for health insurance than men, insurance companies could rescind a health insurance policy because someone gets sick, and coverage could forever be denied to someone born with a disease or ailment.In Vermont, the Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of Vermonters without insurance by 53 percent.  Tens of thousands have gained coverage under the expansion of Medicaid.  And because the Affordable Care Act closed the prescription drug “donut hole,” more than 10,000 Vermont seniors saved $12 million on drugs in 2015 alone.I have heard stories from many Vermonters about how vital this law is to them and their families.  I have heard from family doctors, like one in Bennington who remembers when his patients couldn’t afford treatment because of lifetime and annual limits on health care coverage.  Or a woman from Westminster whose family hit hard times and moved from job to job but could afford to keep continuous health coverage because of the plans offered through the Affordable Care Act.  Other young Vermonters are able to pursue careers in public service or the arts because they can stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26.  Countless others have underscored that because of previous health issues such as diabetes or cancer, health coverage would be unaffordable without the guarantees and subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act.Opponents of the Affordable Care Act have gone to new lengths to repeat and prolong this political battle.  And that’s all this is.  They have had six years to propose a better alternative but have failed to do that.  Instead, Congressional Republicans and the President-elect have decided to put the cart before the horse and dismantle our health care system before figuring out how to fix it.  The American people rightly expect us to work together to make progress on so many challenges that we face today.  Instead, we are engaged in dangerous political gamesmanship.   I will not support a return to less protection, less coverage, less fairness, and higher costs.  That’s what repeal means.  The Affordable Care Act extended health insurance to millions of families in Vermont and across the country.  Those who represent the American people in Congress should stand ready to get to work for their constituents.  I will not support an effort to reverse the many reforms and achievements we made through the Affordable Care Act, and instead cobble back together a broken system that for too long burdened most American households with health coverage uncertainty and crippling costs.Source: Leahy 1.10.2017last_img read more

Nailsea and Backwell RFC camp sold out!

first_imgIncluded are two of the ever-popular ‘girls only’ camps at Avonmouth Old Boys RFC and Weston-super-Mare RFC, as well as a first trip to Wellington RFC.The Foundation will also visit Dings Crusaders, Old Reds, Hornets and Old Bristolians throughout the summer holidays – and you can book your place now by clicking here.The camps consist of a games-based combination of technical input and fun and incorporate a level of contact progress through touch, grab and full contact.Away from the playing field, the camps also offer rugby lifestyle workshops, including nutritional and fitness advice.Each and every camp is evaluated and fully endorsed by coaches at the very top of the sport.  All coaches hold PRL Minimum Standards qualifications – including minimum RFU Level 1, Enhanced DBS, Safeguarding & Protecting Young People, and First Aid. Nailsea & Backwell RFC – SOLD OUTDate: July 24th-26thTime: 10am-4pmDings Crusaders RFCDate: July 29th & 30thTime: 10am-4pmEarly-bird codes: U8s-U11s: DCEB8 U12s-U16s: DCEB12 (valid until June 29th)Avonmouth Old Boys RFC (girls only)Date: August 1stTime: 10am-4pmEarly-bird codes: U8s-U11s: AVEB8 U12s-U16s: AVEB12 (valid until July 1st)Wellington RFCDate: August 5th & 6thTime: 10am-4pmEarly-bird codes: U8s-U11s: WRFCEB8211 U12s-U16s: WRFCEB12216 (valid until July 5th)Old Reds RFCDate: August 7th & 8thTime: 10am-4pmEarly-bird codes: U8s-U11s: OREB8 U12s-U16s: OREB12 (valid until July 7th)Hornets RFCDate: August 12th & 13thTime: 10am-4pmEarly-bird codes: U8s-U11s: HRFCEB8211 U12s-U16s: HRFCEB12216 (valid until July 12th)Old BristoliansDate: August 14th-16thTime: 10am-4pmEarly-bird codes: U8s-U11s: OBEB8 U12s-U16s: OBEB12 (valid until July 14th)Weston-super-Mare RFC (girls only)Date: August 19th & 20thTime: 10am-4pmEarly-bird codes: U8s-U11s: GIRLSEB8 U12s-U16s: GIRLSEB12 (valid until July 19th) The camps consist of a games-based combination of technical input and fun and incorporate a level of contact progress through touch, grab and full contact.Away from the playing field, the camps also offer rugby lifestyle workshops, including nutritional and fitness advice.Each and every camp is evaluated and fully endorsed by coaches at the very top of the sport.  All coaches hold PRL Minimum Standards qualifications – including minimum RFU Level 1, Enhanced DBS, Safeguarding & Protecting Young People, and First Aid.Click here to book.last_img read more

UK’s Asafo-Adjei is rare freshman lineman ready to play

first_imgPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-19:ebd9a192d586f0e0695b90f5 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-950642-4170324462001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Session ID: 2020-09-19:86039830deb2b2298788ee23 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-837312-4171105177001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.LEXINGTON, Ky. – Shannon Dawson hasn’t seen many 18-year-old offensive linemen who look like Kentucky’s George Asafo-Adjei.“Zero,” in fact, the Wildcats’ offensive coordinator said after his 6-foot-5, 315-pound freshman right tackle’s 14th collegiate practice on Monday. “Not one. That kid’s a special kid.”UK’s coaches have raved about Asafo-Adjei since the day he arrived in January. The former four-star recruit graduated a semester early from Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio, to get a jump on competing for playing time at a position of need for the Cats.While Kentucky prefers to redshirt offensive linemen and did so with every signee last season –it’s widely accepted as one of the toughest positions to play as a true freshman – the staff thought all along Asafo-Adjei could be an exception. Going through spring ball was a key piece to that possibility.In a little more than three months on campus, “he hasn’t done anything to discourage it at all,” line coach John Schlarman said. “He’s had a really good spring. I feel like he’s ahead of the curve in terms of his technique. He’s very conscientious about doing the little things right.”Q&A: Stoops, Dawson review scrimmage, QB raceThe big things, too, like weights. Asafo-Adjei (pronounced ah-SAH-fo ad-JAY) said he can bench press 410 pounds, clean 325 pounds three times and squat more than 600 pounds. The guy who should be preparing for his prom is already one of the strongest players on Kentucky’s team.“A true freshman technically would be getting here in June. He’s a guy that still should be in high school,” Schlarman said. “So we’re very pleased with his progress right now.”He already has moved up to the second team at right tackle and could make a push for the starting job vacated when senior Jordan Swindle switched to the left side this spring to replace Darrian Miller. Swindle has taken Asafo-Adjei under his wing.The rookie is, by all accounts, a sweet and soft-spoken kid until he straps on a helmet, which is also Swindle’s reputation.Kentucky football notes: Towles shines as QB decision looms, freshman safeties show promise“I like that about him. It’s just like me,” Asafo-Adjei said. “I’m way meaner on the field. I’m nothing like that off the field. You don’t want to have that kind of look and you don’t want to be that kind of person off the field. But on the field, that’s fine.”He’s not a trash talker.“I usually let the play do it,” he said. “I try to pancake them.”And he’s done plenty of that. In one of Asafo-Adjei’s first practices at UK, when a defensive lineman tried an inside pass-rush move on him, the new guy delivered a punch that dropped his man to a knee.“I think that was probably a sign” the Cats had something special, Schlarman said.Those defensive linemen chirped at the guy everyone calls “Big George” until he put enough of them on their backs. He has quickly earned their respect.Kentucky lands 4-star Ohio lineman George Asafo-Adjei“They didn’t expect me to come off the ball and hit them like I do,” Asafo-Adjei said.With just one practice left this spring, head coach Mark Stoops and his staff will sit down soon and discuss the depth chart and which players are in the mix to help this fall. It would be an upset at this point if Asafo-Adjei doesn’t play right away.“Absolutely,” Stoops said. “He certainly appears to be one of the top five, six, seven guys on the O-line. The first thing you look at (with freshmen) is physically whether guys can do it or not and whether they’re mature enough that they can handle it. He certainly is.“Then you’ve got to look at him mentally, whether they can handle everything you’re asking them to do. We’ve been very pleased with what we’ve seen out of him.”Dawson is as impressed with Asafo-Adjei the person as he is the player, which is another plus.“He’s talented, no doubt, but humble, wants to be great, everything you want,” the coordinator said. “So we’ve just got to keep him on track and keep feeding him – information.”He felt the need to clarify that last part, because Asafo-Adjei has clearly been fed plenty of physical sustenance. Any of his teammates unfortunate enough to have lined up across from him can attest to that.Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361. Follow him on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. 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