NBC Sports officially begins its broadcast tenure with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this week with the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona. And the broadcast team – including Leigh Diffey, Calvin Fish, Steve Letarte, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and the group’s new addition, A.J. Allmendinger – met with reporters Friday morning before final practice for the weekend’s 24-hour season launch.Earnhardt, a two-time Daytona 500 winner, competed twice in the Rolex 24, famously finishing on the podium in 2001 co-driving a Corvette with his late father, Dale Earnhardt. Although he is retired from full-time NASCAR competition, Earnhardt Jr. indicated Friday he’d still be open to competing in the Rolex 24 – under the right circumstances.RELATED: Rolex 24 schedule, tune-in infoHe spoke admiringly of his previous experience competing in the race. He finished runner-up in in the GTO class co-driving a No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette with his father, Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins. He returned in 2004 and finished third overall co-driving a Pontiac Daytona Prototype with Tony Stewart and Andy Wallace.“It’s a really incredible race and some great memories from running it two times,’’ Earnhardt said. “It’s such a different discipline and I made some great friends when I got the chance to do that. I always wanted to come back. Never thought it would be in this capacity.“This is such an amazing, amazing event. I said on the way over here, they better be careful because we may come out of retirement and run this thing one more time. I’ve always had that in the back of my mind, coming back. Even the last several years I’ve watched this race from home from start to finish because I’m such a fan of it.”Pressed to recall a favorite moment from his Rolex driving experience, Earnhardt talked about sharing the car with his father – who would pass away only weeks later after being involved in a last-lap accident in the 2001 Daytona 500.“Watching dad get in the car here, that was awesome,’’ Earnhardt recalled of his first Rolex race, his face brightening with the memory. “… You go there 30 minutes to an hour early and dad was there [in the pits] and didn’t have to be. To see him getting ready, putting his helmet on. In NASCAR you really didn’t get the opportunity to see that side of him. So, I got to see a side of him a lot of people never do.”And, Earnhardt added, “It was really cool for me and I was faster than him, even in testing. He wasn’t happy about it, but I was extremely proud.’’IMSA’s 50th anniversary kicks off: The weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona marks the 50th anniversary season and the sports-car governing body will be celebrating the occasion throughout the year.“I think it will be a fantastic year with a lot of great moments, tipping the hat back to the last 50 years of IMSA and hopefully looking forward to an exciting beginning to the next 50,’’ IMSA CEO Ed Bennett said.Judging by the positive vibes in Daytona this weekend for the annual season start, good things are indeed ahead. There are a record 19 manufacturers between the WeatherTech Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in 2019.MORE: Top NASCAR moments in the Rolex 24Track records were established in all four classes in Thursday’s qualifying – including the overall pole winner, Mazda Team Joest’s Oliver Jarvis, whose time of 1:33.65 (136.792 mph) in the No. 77 Mazda DPi broke a 26-year-old mark formally held by PJ Jones in the series’ former GTP era.Michelin is beginning the first year of a multi-year deal as the “Official Tire of IMSA,” and NBC begins its telecast partnership with the series – all significant signs the sports-car series is thriving.“It’s an exciting time, these programs, all these different specifications that are a part of the IMSA family that are being optimized further and further, but I think it’s really an opportunity, and appreciate everybody that’s helped to build ‑‑ to get things to where they are today,’’ Bennett said.The Zanardi factor: Popular driver Alex Zanardi met with reporters Friday, looking and feeling every bit ready to wheel the No. 24 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 in the GTLM class this weekend. His team will start seventh in class on Saturday.This is Zanardi’s first race in America since losing both his legs while racing at EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Germany in 2001. The two-time CART champion has been busy competing both in touring cars and winning the 2011 New York City Marathon in the hand-cycling class, while also collecting gold medals in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London and the 2016 games in Brazil.This will be the first time Zanardi has raced against some of his former IndyCar competitors since his accident, but the significance of that is not something he says he’s ever truly thought about.“If you were to ask me, ‘Alex, would you like to go back in time and fix everything,’ I’d probably say, ‘yes,’ especially if I could live again the last 17 years because it would be a lot of fun trying to do different things had that not happened,” Zanardi said.“But if you had just said, ‘Alex, would you like to change the outcome of that day and find yourself today with legs but without knowing how happy or sad you would be and live the last 17 years in a different condition in comparison to the one you have now?’ I frankly don’t know if I would take that change because I would also be taking the chance to wake up, not as happy, not as comfortable in my life as I am. I don’t know a better way to answer. I think everyone of us is different.“But I can tell you that across my rehabilitation, I’ve met a lot of great people who have had to overcome particular problems in life without the headlines I normally get in magazines but they embrace the challenge with the same tenacity with the same enthusiasm because everyone of us has something, some energy that comes out when it is needed.“The only difference is maybe, how rapidly you finally get on top of everything and gain that new mental condition where you say, ‘OK, now it’s time to do what I can, to take every day as a new opportunity, to make a small step in the right direction.’ ”Acura trailblazers: The 47-car field entered for the Rolex 24 At Daytona includes one team comprised exclusively of female drivers. Katherine Legge, Simona De Silvestro, Ana Beatriz and Christina Nielsen will co-drive the No. 57 Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3. Beatriz qualified the car 11th in the 23-car GTD class.“I think we are all here to do really well and wanting to win the race and a podium is definitely realistic,’’ De Silvestro said. “For me it’s a bit different as I’ve never done a 24-hour race, but I think we are all capable race car drivers and if everything kind of goes our way I think everything will be OK.“For me, it’s exciting. I’ve had the chance to drive in the Indy 500, and now having the Rolex is cool and I’m really looking forward to it.”The driver lineup is certainly as accomplished as it is inspiring.De Silvestro, of Switzerland, was runner-up in the 2013 Houston IndyCar race. The Brazilian Beatriz won two Indy Lights races (at Nashville in 2008 and at Iowa in 2009) and diverse British driver Legge made four NASCAR Xfinity race starts last year in addition to earning two WeatherTech Championship GTD class victories (at Detroit and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca) en route to second in the season championship. Danish driver Nielsen, who won the 2017 and 2018 WeatherTech Championship GTD titles, was part of the winning GTD class team at Road America in 2018.“A lot of fans are coming up to us and wishing us luck,’’ De Silvestro said. “It’s definitely different. I’m sure a lot of people will keep an eye on where we are during the 24 hours, so that’s exciting and I think it’s cool to have that pressure a bit. It’s fun for us and we look forward to it.”Corvettes, special edition: Chevrolet announced a one-of-a-kind honor for its four WeatherTech Championship GTLM title-winning Corvette drivers – Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia. The carmaker has issued special edition models of the sports car called the “2019 Corvette Drivers Series.”Four new Corvette Grand Sport models will have a specific design for consumers to choose from that will include an exterior color and graphics package “inspired” by one of the four Corvette IMSA racers.“All the drivers have always wanted to have some sort of driver edition,’’ Gavin said. “If any manufacturer was to come up with a car and it’s a driver’s edition, that’s just spectacular. So, when we started talking about this with (Corvette Racing Program Manager) Doug Fehan and the guys back at Corvette, the road car guys, this opportunity to have a driver edition, we were all over it.“It was a tick straight away, yes, absolutely, all in. Then they came with a number of renderings, a number of designs, a number of different options and ideas, and we went through all of that. And we’ve come up with our cars and I think we’re all exceptionally happy with them. They’ve gone very, very well. Thrilled, delighted. And I’m just wondering if I can get my hands on number one.”
The 2020 NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola is more than just a military appreciation platform – it’s a campaign that salutes all who have gone above and beyond to keep their fellow members of society safe and healthy. During a global pandemic that has impacted almost every aspect of our daily lives, they have been there for us – doctors, nurses, EMTs, first responders, etc. Now, it’s our turn to be there for them, and to give recognition where it’s deserved the most.In this edition of NASCAR Salutes Refreshing Moments, we’re highlighting the work of U.S. Army Private First Class Tristan McDermid and U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Carly Coleman.RELATED: Learn more about NASCAR SalutesDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, protective face coverings have become a necessary part of life, and Pvt. 1st Class McDermid has been instrumental in making sure he and his fellow soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina are protected. In this edition of NASCAR Salutes Refreshing Moments, we’re highlighting and sharing Pvt. 1st Class McDermid’s work.McDermid is a parachute rigger with the 647th Quarter Master Company. He has used his skills as part of the aerial equipment repair team to produce over 1,500 protective face coverings. The coverings have allowed the civilians and soldiers of Fort Bragg to continue working and maintain their readiness. Pvt. 1st Class McDermid’s efforts have helped contribute to the 20,000 face coverings that the unit has produced since April 10.Tech Sgt. Coleman is based out of North Carolina at both the Pope Army Airfield and Fort Bragg. For more than 57 days, she supported the coordination of medical care to 43 Air Mobility Operations Group (AMOG) and tenant unit personnel in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She coordinated and facilitated clinical care (ranging from face-to-face appointments, labs and medication distribution) and performed COVID-19 testing.In addition, Tech. Sgt. Coleman also coordinated and provided front door screenings of all members entering the Byars Health Clinic at Fort Bragg. She also coordinated pre-deployment care with Army leadership and screened patients for routine care and appointments. Tech Sgt. Coleman established processes to maintain deployment readiness and these processes tracked health assessments, flying waivers and immunizations to ensure the medical deployability of AMOG and tenant units.For the first time ever, NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola kicked off with the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the platform shifts to a mid-summer window due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola, which runs through July 31, will see the NASCAR industry honor United States Armed Forces and frontline healthcare heroes as part of this year’s expanded program — an industry-wide opportunity to recognize and thank those who have gone above and beyond to keep society safe and healthy.
Load remaining images For the first show as part of their two-night, holiday weekend run at Boston’s Fenway Park on Friday, Phish‘s delivered a setlist indicative of every era since the rock band’s inception. Friday night’s performance was highlighted by a 20 minute “Mercury”, a slew of teases, and an encore of “The Squirming Coil” which left fans in attendance foaming at the mouth for more heading into Saturday at the historic baseball stadium.A Fenway “Free” kicked off the night highlighted by bassist Mike Gordon leading the charge with aquatic effects. Trey Anastasio then launched into a solo climbing with inversions of the song’s main theme while teasing dance moves from “Cavern” before heading into “Blaze On”. Interplay within “Blaze On” heard Page McConnell and Gordon in similar stride underneath a fiery Anastasio solo. Batting cleanup in the first set was the always crunchy “555”, played out by Page’s Hammond and employed Trey’s tube screamer throughout a short but sweet solo.Related: Phish Delivers “Sleep” Bust Out With Velvet Underground Encore At SPAC Night Two “Tube” was next with Trey utilizing his entire fretboard from start to finish. The song grew toward full bliss in part due to Page’s coaction on his grand piano, before breaking to its final bluesy segment. After a brief song break, complete with Trey throwing his pick to a younger fan, “Brian and Robert” eased the Fenway Park crowd into twilight as a peaceful number for the first time as part of their 2019 summer run.“Halfway to the Moon” began to warm fans up towards the latter end of the set as Page described the first intergalactic encounter with the heavens upon leaving Earth’s atmosphere. Throughout the jam, Page ran over Trey’s thoughtful and precise solo before they worked together on a summit, ultimately transitioning into “Ocelot”, and did that medium-sized house cat run rampant throughout Fenway. While melodic in nature, this “Ocelot” heard Trey concentrating on pedal work before heading back to the song’s main themes.“Rift” came to the plate for the first bluegrass fused number of the night. The band’s harmonies were in sharpest form before moving toward a quick-paced “Everything’s Right”. The Tom Marshall-written song went into a dark segment led by Page on Hammond, before heading to “Runaway Jim” to close out the set.Watch the show’s opening performance of “Free” below.Phish – “Free” – 7/5/2019[Video: Phish]The second set kicked off with “Sand” as Trey worked through his observations of society before leading toward an effect heavy solo. “Axilla I” came next, followed by “Mercury”. The first half of the 20-minute “Mercury” heard Jon Fishman on marimba on top of Trey and Page’s melodic interplay before a short break back to home base. The next ten minutes witnessed watery effects across the board. Page held a top end on his organ while Trey and Gordon had brief interplay together at the front of the stage. As Page worked between organ and electric keyboard, Trey began to reach cosmic paradise through his own Leslie speaker before shooting notes between Fishman and Gordon’s tight pocket, ending with incredible synth work from the master of the boards. Speaking of McConnell, the pianist gently guided Trey back to earth with a soft landing into “Wading in the Velvet Sea”.Fans enjoyed a brief 7th inning stretch with “Wading” as the band showed off their strongest, most mature harmonies of summer 2019 thus far. A devilish “Fuego” came next thanks to Gordon’s introduction and Anastasio’s thick response with a vague “Manteca” tease amidst the chaos. The transition even heard a very spacey spot reminiscent of “Mercury”. In the ending segment, McConnell winded the jam down with his Hammond before turning into the most impressive segue of the night by Trey into “Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S.”, complete with “Martian Monster” samples. “Character Zero” threw the final pitch of the night in its always explosive fashion before heading into the encore.“Bug” was the first of the pair of encores. The Farmhouse track was taken to a state of full bliss for the Fenway faithful before “The Squirming Coil” closed out the night. With the skyline of Boston to the back of right field bleachers, fans witnessed Page see the show off with another night at the beloved stadium to go.Watch the second set opening performance of “Axilla” below.Phish – “Axilla” – 7/5/2019[Video: Phish]For a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to Phish’s website. Each show on Phish’s 2019 summer tour will be rebroadcast on SiriusXM Phish Radio (Ch. 29) at 12:00 ET the following day. Subscribe here.Scroll down for photos of Friday night’s show, courtesy of Andrew Blackstein.Setlist: Phish | Fenway Park | Boston, MA | 7/5/2019Set One: Free > Blaze On, 555, Tube, Brian and Robert, Halfway to the Moon, Ocelot > Rift > Everything’s Right, Runaway JimSet Two: Sand > Axilla, Mercury > Wading in the Velvet Sea, Fuego > Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S.* > Character ZeroEncore: Bug, The Squirming CoilNotes:“Say It To Ne S.A.N.T.O.S.” contained “Martian Monster” quotesPhish | Fenway Park | Boston, MA | 7/5/2019 | Photos: Andrew Blackstein
The financial message boards, association groups, and social media have been in a buzz as of late about this topic of ‘Branch Transformation’. This phrase refers to the idea of transforming the once dominant banking channel of choice to better compliment its increasingly preferred counterparts, online and mobile, by providing a more retail-like experience with less of a physical footprint. To summarize – do more with less.In addition, financial institutions are being forced to look not only at the banking center, but their branch philosophy as well. Historically, banking centers have focused on the transaction. Whether it’s been opening accounts, withdrawals, or deposits, the majority of the day was geared toward processing transactions. Today, we’re seeing more of those everyday transactions moving to online and mobile while bank traffic decreases. To combat this trend, financial institutions are looking for fresh, new ideas on what to do with these banking centers. Some have already found that they don’t have to look too far for the answer, they just have to look at how retail is battling a lot of the same issues.Like the financial space, retail has been contending against decreasing foot traffic since shopping online became popular. It struggled to find that “happy medium” and found itself forced to embrace the transition in consumer buyer behavior. Now, when you walk into a retail location, the brand urges you to ‘check in’ online, post and share comments about your experience, and even turn to their websites if you’re unable to locate exactly what you’re looking for. Some big box retailers such as Best Buy have found success with opening micro-sized locations in areas such as shopping malls in order to capitalize on the high foot traffic volume. Plus, retail employees are expected to be experts on all the products they offer. They’ve moved beyond just the transaction to create a more consultative, educational experience.Financial Institutions are picking up on these retail trends. They’ve begun downsizing the physical footprint of the branch and are moving towards a more sales and service branch philosophy. Employees should be expected to be knowledgeable about all products and services, or at least direct branch visitors to a specialized agent. Technology is becoming a major focus as banking centers are looking to bring the online and physical world together to provide visitors with the banking experience of their choice. Video Teller Machines are being implemented in order to keep overhead at a minimum while still providing all services expected by branch visitors. Digital signage and touch-screen kiosks are being used to help branch employees promote and sell products and services while adding an extra ‘wow’ factor. Then, to bring the technology full circle, financial institutions are encouraging their customers to turn to social media and tell people about their banking experience.As with retail, consumers are not turning away from the branch – They’re just expecting more from it. This is probably the most exciting period of transition the financial industry has seen in many years. No one ever used to think going to the branch was an “experience”—it was just something you had to do. Now, it’s going to define your institution and be what separates you from everyone else. 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Matt Deaton Matt Deaton is the Marketing Manager at Codigo, a Louisville. KY-based technology company that develops retail engagement tools such as digital signage, interactive kiosks, and on-hold messaging. Codigo has served … Web: www.gocodigo.com Details
Truax prepares for second professional bout in event dubbed ‘The Brawl in St. Paul’The University alum and Osseo native will square off against fellow Minnesotan Nick Whitling Friday at Roy Wilkins. Tyler RushmeyerJune 13, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintUniversity alum Caleb Truax wasted no time in turning his professional boxing debut into his first professional win in April at the Target Center.In dominative fashion, Truax (1-0) knocked his opponent to the mat three times before the referee called the bout in the second round.It was an impressive debut for the Osseo native, and Friday night he will look to follow it up in what promoters are billing The Brawl in St. Paul: A Father’s Day Special at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.His opponent will be Bemidji native Nick Whitling (0-4).Truax said he is better prepared both physically and mentally for Friday night’s match.“I’ve been training real hard here for the last five weeks or so,” he said. “I really took what I learned from my last fight and made some adjustments.”Truax’s training regimen has included sparring with Minneapolis native Jon Schmidt (2-0) and St. Paul native Matt “The Predator” Vanda (36-3), which he said has helped him pick up a variety of tricks and techniques.Ron Lyke, Truax’s manager and trainer, said the opportunity to work against older and more experienced fighters is valuable to Truax’s development.“He’s been holding his own against those guys,” he said. “He’s looking real good coming into this fight.”Tony Grygelko, CEO of Seconds Out Promotions, who is putting on Friday night’s matches, said Truax is one of the best athletes and hardest workers he has ever seen.“I think he can really make noise at the national level,” he said. “Everyone in Minnesota and throughout the Midwest thinks this kid can go a long way.” Truax’s opponent, Whitling, comes into the match with an unfavorable record due to his battles with some tough opponents.His last fight occurred on St. Patrick’s Day in Hinckley, where he dropped a tight decision to an undefeated Dave Peterson (8-0).Lyke said Whitling will make Truax work hard for any type of victory as he brings to the table a whole different type of fighter than Truax’s last opponent, Ray Walker.“He’s a real tough guy who’s lost to some real good fighters,” he said. “But he’ll be coming to fight Ö no ducking or hiding.”It was the ducking and hiding in Truax’s last match that frustrated him, along with Lyke.Truax said Friday night’s bout will hopefully give him a chance to display more of his skills.“I want to go out there and show some more combos, things I couldn’t show last time,” he said. “Hopefully I will get a few good rounds in.”Friday night’s match, a potential sellout that will feature some of Minnesota’s best fighters, will give Truax another opportunity to do battle in front of a hometown crowd.It’s something that he is looking forward to.“Last time the crowd response was amazing,” he said. “I’m looking to deliver the same performance to get the same response Friday.”
RELATED NEWS:DO YOU KNOW THE STORY OF MARY?VALAMAR INVESTS 11 MILLION HRK IN MODERNIZATION OF LAUNDRY IN POREČ At the third round of collective bargaining between representatives of the Croatian Trade Union of Tourism and Services (STUH) and representatives of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera dd from Poreč held on April 4, 2017, STUH managed to increase the basic salary of all employees by as much as 3.5 percent.The salary increase starts on June 1 this year in the amount of 1 1/2 percent, while the remaining 2 percent starts on December 1 this year. In addition to this increase, the tariff annex to the Collective Agreement has been changed, whereby the surplus occupations (cooks, waiters, cleaners značajno) are significantly raised coefficients, so no one will be able to have a salary less than 4 thousand kuna net, ie it is a salary increase of 2 1 / 2 percent.Thus, this year in Valamar, the total wage bill will be increased by 6 percent in gross amount.At the collective negotiations between the representatives of the trade union and the company’s management, the employees of Plava laguna dd were provided with an increase in the basic salary, which will be applied as early as 1 May. As they point out in the Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia (STUH), an increase in the basic salary by 3 percent has been negotiated, so now it will amount to HRK 3.820,00.The employer explained to the Trade Union the intention to harmonize the salaries and other material rights of the employees of Istraturist dd Umag with the contracted rights of the employees of Plava laguna dd Poreč, given that Istraturist dd Umag merges with Plava laguna. Alignment began in 2016 and is likely to end during 2018. Due to the large difference in workers’ rights, the union accepted the employer’s proposal that the application and payment of the increased basic salary start on May 1, 2017.The salary increase applies to all Blue Lagoon workers, and better material conditions are prepared for the seasonal workers (provision of three hot meals, increase in capacity as well as accommodation standards).
Anadarko, one of the largest independent leaseholders and producers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, has launched a video, or better yet, a movie, showing a long, but interesting process of bringing its Lucius development into production.The film presents the project from its early beginnings and design selection, through construction of the Lucius production platform, to its first oil in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.Final Investment Decision (FID) for the project was made in December 2011.Construction of the platform was carried out in two parts: Lower, truss spar, was made by Technip in Finland, and the topside was built in Texas.The Lucius truss spar, Anadarko’s largest, is today located in 7100 feet of water, in Keathley Canyon 875, 236 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. First oil from the platform started flowing three years after the FID, in January 2015.In its first quarter results for 2015, Anadarko said it continued to ramp up production at the Lucius spar toward its design rate of 80,000 barrels of oil per day.Offshore Energy Today Staff
The number of High Court cases involving FTSE 100 companies has risen 16% in the last year, research from legal information provider Sweet & Maxwell has revealed. In the year to 30 June 2010, the study shows there were 179 cases involving the FTSE 100, compared to 154 the previous year. Financial services companies, which account for 18% of the FTSE 100, were involved in more than half (58%) of these. Sweet & Maxwell said the rise in cases involving large companies indicated that the litigation arising from the economic downturn is yet to reach its peak. The research also found that the big four UK banks – Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC – were the most frequent visitors to the High Court, accounting for 43% of all appearances by FTSE 100 companies in 2009/10. This figure is down on the 49% in the previous year. In 2009/10, Lloyds Banking Group topped the list of FTSE 100 companies to have litigated in the High Court, with 24 High Court appearances. Over the same period the previous year, the Group had 40 High Court appearances.
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The containers arrived in Rostock after a 10,000 km journey from Xi’an – the eastern starting point of the BRI – before being transferred from ship to rail by Euroports using LHM 550 mobile harbour cranes.This operation, according to Liebherr, is indicative of Euroports’ plans to expand its Rostock terminal into an efficient multipurpose port and distribution centre of the BRI, acting as a link to Italy and Sweden.Euroports’ two Liebherr LHM 550s have a lifting capacity of 114 tonnes each. In tandem, the cranes can handle heavy-duty items with a maximum payload up to 288 tonnes.www.liebherr.comwww.euroports.com