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Leffler fondly remembered by former teams

first_imgDriver remembered as great teammate, friend WATCH: Jason Leffler remembered READ MORE: Related: Complete coverage | News story | Timeline | Video tribute | Passion for dirt racing | Career statsTony Stewart knew Jason Leffler as a racer, but he also knew him as something else — a friend.“We raced together a lot, and our career paths were very similar,” the three-time champion said Thursday in a statement released by Stewart-Haas Racing. “He loved racing, especially open-wheel racing, and that’s a passion we both share. To not have him around to talk about whatever race one of us had just run, or were going to run, will be hard. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially his son, Charlie, who Jason loved more than anything.”Leffler was killed Wednesday night in a racing accident at a sprint-car race at Bridgeport Speedway, a dirt track in Swedesboro, N.J. A fixture at NASCAR’s national level since 1999, the 37-year-old native of Long Beach, Calif., raced for a number of teams over the course of his stock-car career. One of them was the organization that Stewart now co-owns, although it operated under a different name at the time.It was Haas CNC Racing for whom Leffler competed during the 2003 and 2004 seasons in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and scored the first Nationwide Series victory of his career at Nashville Superspeedway. Stewart became part owner of the organization prior to the 2009 season, by which time the Nationwide program had been dropped. He hired as a teammate Ryan Newman, another driver who like Leffler had his roots in the dirt tracks of the U.S. Auto Club.“Jason and I raced hard together,” Newman said in a statement. “We never crashed, or even rubbed wheels. We weren’t enemies, but we were never really friends, either. We were competitors. I respected him as much as he respected me. My prayers are for his family. He died doing what he loved. He was a real racer, and he will be missed.”Leffler won one other Nationwide race, in 2007 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis for Braun Racing, which gave Toyota its first national-series victory in NASCAR. “We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Jason Leffler,” the manufacturer wrote on Twitter. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”Although Leffler’s career at NASCAR’s premier level was often a struggle, the teams he worked with remember him fondly. Leffler was the first driver chosen for Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 11 team when that program debuted on a full-time basis in 2005. Although Leffler was released after just 19 races, much of that team remained together, laying the groundwork for the championship-contending program that would surface under current driver Denny Hamlin.“Everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing is saddened to learn of the passing of Jason Leffler last night,” Joe Gibbs said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and especially to his son Charlie. We feel fortunate  to have had him as part of both our Nationwide Series program and of course in the Cup Series where he helped us launch the No. 11 team with FedEx.  NASCAR is unique in that it really is one large family and Jason was well liked by all that knew him. His loss will be felt across the entire sport.”Added Laurie Tucker, senior vice president of marketing at FedEx: “Everyone associated with our Joe Gibbs Racing sponsorship team is deeply saddened about the loss of Jason Leffler. He was an integral part of the formation of the No. 11 team at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2005 and our hearts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”Leffler’s first break at NASCAR’s top level came in 2001, when he was hired to drive the No. 01 car for what is now Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. Much like his car owner Chip Ganassi, Leffler was a former open-wheeler who had competed in the Indianapolis 500. Their partnership on the race track didn’t last beyond that season, but their relationship endured.“Jason was one of the first drivers that I employed when I came over to NASCAR in 2001,” Ganassi said in a statement. “He was a tremendous guy, a great teammate, and absolutely loved racing. Our hearts go out to Jason’s family. The racing community has lost a great ambassador.” READ: Leffler killed in sprint car accidentcenter_img PHOTOS: Jason Leffler career timeline REACT: Twitter reaction to Leffler’s passing __________________________________________________________________________________________last_img read more

Justin Timberlake Confirmed As Super Bowl Halftime Performer In 2018

first_imgNo matter which teams end up playing in Super Bowl LII (that’s 52, for those not up on their Roman numerals), we now know one star that’s definitely going to be in attendance: Justin Timberlake. Last night,the pop superstar announced that he would be serving as the halftime performer at the NFL‘s championship game, set to take place on February 4th, 2018 at the state-of-the-art new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.Timberlake was announced as the halftime performer ahead of Sunday Night Football via a goofy skit featuring himself and his well-know best bud/The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallonthat rapidly made the rounds on social media. Watch the video below: This will be the first time Timberlake has played the Super Bowl Halftime Show since his infamous performance with Janet Jackson in 2004, which culminated in the most famous “wardrobe malfunction” in modern history, a mostly-exposed breast displayed on Sunday evening nationwide network TV and, subsequently the FCC implementation of a 5-second tape delay during all televised performances. In a segment announcing Timberlake’s performance, the pop singer laughed as he confirmed that there would be no surprises on the scale of “Nipplegate,” but that there would be an emotional journey featuring both time to sing along and time to get down.Timberlake is currently at work no his fifth solo studio LP, which is said to be inspired by his Memphis, TN roots. He has not released any new music since last summer’s hit single “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” although he recently hit the stage as part of Dave Matthews‘ Concert For Charlottesville along with Pharrell Williams, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande, The Roots, Brittany Howard, Cage The Elephant, and surprise special guest Stevie Wonder.last_img read more

Bring on the beef

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaWhen a single cow tested positive May 20 for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or “mad cow disease” in northern Alberta, Canada, the U.S. Department of Agriculture went on high alert. It temporarily closed U.S. borders to Canadian beef and related products, including animal feed.That’s one of the reasons BSE, a disease that causes fatal brain degeneration in cattle, has never been found in the United States, said Ronnie Silcox, an animal scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Since 1989, the U.S. has banned imports of live animals or animal products from countries that are at risk for BSE. So closing our borders to Canada beef was par for the course,” Silcox said. “We know how BSE is spread, and we’ve put a number of systems in place to keep it out of our country.”This wasn’t the case when BSE first appeared in Great Britain in 1986.”Then, it was a strange new disease, with an unknown cause or source,” Silcox said. “It took several years to see the link between using animal byproducts in animal feed and the disease.”During that time, the numbers of BSE-infected cattle in the United Kingdom skyrocketed, though not in the way contagious diseases do.Unlike other feared cattle diseases like foot-and-mouth, BSE isn’t contagious. “It’s not transmitted by contact with other infected animals,” Silcox said. “It’s not caused by a virus or bacteria. It’s spread by feeding byproducts from infected cattle to other cattle.”It can take two to eight years after a cow eats infected feeds for signs of BSE to show up, he said.Since 1997, the United States and Canada haven’t allowed protein from cattle, sheep, goats, bison, elk or deer, animals also known as ruminants, to be fed to other ruminants.”This ‘animal feed rule’ eliminates the only cause of BSE, as far as we know,” Silcox said. “Banning byproducts like meat and bone meal in cattle feed ensures that we’re not feeding products that could spread the disease even if it were discovered.”Indeed, investigators from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have found that the BSE-infected cow didn’t enter Canada’s food supply. The cow’s remains were rendered and may have been used for the manufacture of a dry dog food. Dogs aren’t at risk for BSE or any similar disease.BSE belongs to a family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, which include chronic wasting disease, transmissible mink encephalopathy and variant Cruetzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). All are fatal. And the latter, vCJD, effects humans.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site notes that as of April 2, 2002, 125 cases of vCJD had been reported in the world, most in the United Kingdom. Evidence strongly suggests that vCJD is caused by eating meat from BSE-infected cattle.”CJD is like lightning striking — it doesn’t happen often but that’s not much comfort if you’re hit,” Silcox said. “It’s fairly rare even in countries where there was a lot of BSE infection.”Of course, the question remains as to how Canada’s BSE-infected cow got it in the first place. According to the CFIA Web site, the BSE-infected cow, which died in January, was born before the 1997 animal feed rule. It could have contracted the disease before then.Several other theories are under investigation.(Cat Holmes is a science writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Hobbs joins BoG as a public member

first_img May 15, 2000 Regular News Hobbs joins BoG as a public member Gary Blankenship Associate Editor An English professor at Florida A&M University who once wanted to be a lawyer has been named as the newest public member on The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Dr. Vivian L. Hobbs, 56, of Tallahassee was selected by the Supreme Court from three finalists submitted by the Bar Board of Governors. Around 90 people filed applications for the post. The appointment, announced by the Supreme Court late last month, gives Hobbs a chance to pursue her long-time fascination with the law. “My initial interest was I wanted to become an attorney,” she said. Unfortunately for that goal, “I got married to a guy who was in the military as a career, and we moved on an average of every 18 months, and I reared four kids.” But she also had an interest in pursuing a doctorate and “I was able to juggle the rigors of a Ph.D. and raise my kids and move with my husband.” Her degrees are in English literature, and Hobbs’ special interest is the medieval and Victorian eras. “It sets the practices and standards for today’s society,” she said. “The way we interpret in Western Civilization was set in medieval England.” Her career path may have been a loss to the legal profession, but is definitely a gain for teaching. “I kind of believe that teachers are born and I love being a teacher,” Hobbs said. “It’s not enough to know stuff, you need to know how to articulate and communicate it to others. “I guess I was reared to always give something back to the community. That’s one way to do it and probably the most important way to keep our youths educated and informed, and to prepare them to become the adult citizens of the next generation.” Hobbs said she is looking forward to her board service, especially since it comes at a time of heightened concern about increasing the number of minorities in the profession and when chances are improving in the legislature that FAMU will “retrieve” its law school. (See story, page 1.) “This will give me a way to become that voice for the minority citizen in this big operation called the Florida legal system,” Hobbs said. Besides that role, she said she’s looking forward to learning more about the legal profession and the Bar, adding, “I’d like to do more to promote the Bar and all of the wonderful things you do.” Her anticipation was heightened, Hobbs said, by her interview with the Bar’s Public Member Screening Committee. “I was bowled over by the professionalism and the type of questions they asked me that led me to paint a picture of myself,” she said. “It was probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I left [not knowing she would be a finalist for the public member seat] with a warm feeling about the Bar.” Among 90 applicants, Hobbs was one of 11 the screening committee decided to interview, and then one of the five chosen for further consideration. The committee presented those five to the Board of Governors, and recommended its top three, which included Hobbs. The other two were Florida Medical Association President Dr. Mathis Becker of Plantation, a retired thoracic and vascular surgeon, and Wilfredo Gonzalez of Jacksonville, the district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration office in Jacksonville Board member Carol Brewer, who chaired the committee which screened the applicants, told the Board of Governors the panel was pleased with the quality and diversity of the applicants. The committee didn’t make any special attempt to wind up with diverse nominees, she said, but its five finalists include two African-American women, one Hispanic woman, one Hispanic male and one white male. Hobbs will replace Dr. Alvin Smith, who has served the maximum two terms for public members allowed under Bar rules. She will be sworn-in June 23 at the Bar Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, along with other new and returning board members. Hobbs joins BoG as a public memberlast_img read more

Split-Dalmatia County achieved the highest growth in 2018

first_imgThe Split-Dalmatia County, measured by the growth of tourist traffic in the off-season months, is the overall winner of this season because in its area from March to the end of December the growth of tourist arrivals was constantly the highest in the country, with Split double-digit growth. arrivals and overnight stays throughout the year. “Record investments in accommodation capacities for the 2019 season in the Split-Dalmatia County in the amount of 197 million euros, with the city of Split being the most attractive to investors will raise the quality of service and give new reasons for further extension of the season.” Stella concludes. “Numerous Advent events in the towns and cities of our county attracted a large number of visitors in December, so the Split-Dalmatia County hosted more than 33 guests that month, achieving an increase in the number of overnight stays in commercial accommodation in December and New Year’s holidays by as many as 18 percent, and arrivals by 34 percent. Thus, we ended the business year in the best way by continuing the excellent trend by which we recorded significant increases in tourism throughout the past year, and the largest in the pre-season and post-season months, which, along with increasing service quality, was our main goal. “Points out Joško Stella, director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, and adds that the goal is to position Central Dalmatia even better as a desirable and irreplaceable destination for rest, entertainment and relaxation throughout the year. In the area of ​​the Split-Dalmatia County, as much as 197 million euros will be invested in tourism next year, with the city of Split being the most attractive to investors, with as many as eight four- and five-star hotels being built. / / / NEXT YEAR IN EUR 197 MILLION INVESTMENT IN TOURISM IN SPLIT-DALMATIA COUNTY According to eVisitor data, in 2018 in the Split-Dalmatia County there were 19.110.498 overnight stays and 3.698.159 million tourist arrivals in commercial and nautical accommodation, which is an increase of 9 percent compared to last year in arrivals and 5 percent in overnight stays. In the Split-Dalmatia County, the Split Riviera had the largest share in overnight stays, followed by the Makarska Riviera. The largest increase in traffic last year was recorded in Zagora, which had 15 percent more overnight stays than last year. Thus, Central Dalmatia firmly positioned itself as the second strongest tourist region in the country, just behind Istria, and ahead of Kvarner, which for decades held the second place in terms of traffic in the country. The Split-Dalmatia County has a share of almost 20 percent in the total tourist traffic of Croatia, ie every fifth guest of Croatia spent the night in commercial accommodation in Central Dalmatia. This is also the highest growth achieved in all coastal tourist counties in 2018. In 2019, investments of 197 million euros in accommodation capacities were announced / / / SPLIT-DALMATIA COUNTY PRESENTS STUDY OF ACCEPTANCE CAPACITIES OF TOURISMlast_img read more

DTZ chief fights back

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Arsenal submit enquiry for €15m-rated Eibar playmaker Joan Jordan

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 7 Jun 2019 3:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal submit enquiry for €15m-rated Eibar playmaker Joan Jordan Arsenal are interested in Eibar playmaker Joan Jordan (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have submitted an enquiry for Eibar playmaker Joan Jordan who reportedly has a €15m release clause in his contract, according to Marca.The 24-year-old played an instrumental role in Eibar’s successful season, helping the tiny Basque club consolidate their place in La Liga for the fifth consecutive campaign by finishing 12th.Jordan, who joined Eibar from Espanyol in 2017, featured in all but two of his club’s league matches last season, contributing four goals and four assists from central midfield.Despite his importance to the side, Eibar are keen to cash in this summer as his contract is set to expire next year and a host of clubs in Spain and abroad have enquired about his availability.ADVERTISEMENT Monchi had been linked with a move to Arsenal before rejoining Sevilla as sporting director (Picture: Getty)According to Marca, Sevilla are leading the chase to sign Jordan with their recently re-appointed Sporting Director and one-time Arsenal target Monchi identifying him as a potential recruit.AdvertisementAdvertisementFellow La Liga sides Valencia and Villarreal are also being linked with Jordan as are West Ham who are already competing with Arsenal over French forward Alexis Claude-Maurice.Unai Emery is keen to strengthen his squad ahead of a top-four push next season and is in the market for a midfielder having seen Aaron Ramsey depart for Juventus on a free transfer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal’s failure to finish in the top four or win the Europa League, though, means that his budget will be restrictive, making a possible move for Jordan all the more attractive given his low fee.The Gunners are also believed to be pressing on with a move for Sampdoria pair Joachim Andersen and Dennis Praet in a combined £44m swoop.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Dennis Wise warns Chelsea about Willian signing for Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Lampard reflects on Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat to West HamTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 3:39FullscreenLampard reflects on Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat to West Hamhttps://metro.co.uk/video/lampard-reflects-chelseas-3-2-defeat-west-ham-2202792/This is a modal window.Beginning 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 CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think he’d be a good fit for anyone, Arsenal… I think he’d be a wonderful fit for them.‘That’s the sad thing about it, we’ll let him go to an opposition who wants to compete.‘We have to replace him with more, we have replaced him but we will [need] a lot more because we’ll be depending on only two when you want more.‘I think Pedro is going to go as well, so we’re going to lose two wide men. We’ll be disappointed to lose him as well. When you look at the quality that’s going, Chelsea have got to look for quality to come in.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Frank Lampard is set to lose Willian on a free transfer this summer (AFP via Getty Images)‘It’ll be disappointing because I’ve got to say he’s had some wonderful years at Chelsea and he is a quality player as you’ve seen tonight [against West Ham]. ‘He’s still got so much ability to give. It’ll be sad to see him go.‘I think that’s why Chelsea are building already to try to replace Willian with other personnel, and that’s what they are going to have to do.‘Once you take him out, with the quality he has, the assists that he gives, the goals he gives, you’re taking a big chunk of it out [of the team]. We’ll miss him when he goes, he’s been a wonderful talent for Chelsea.’Asked if Arsenal or Manchester United is best suited for Willian, Wise replied: ‘Well, I wouldn’t want him to go to any of them, I’ve got to say because it’ll be competition for Chelsea.‘Go to Italy please, Willian. Go away. Dennis Wise warns Chelsea about Willian signing for Arsenal Commentcenter_img Dennis Wise says Willian’s exit will be a huge loss for Chelsea (Getty/Stadium Astro)Dennis Wise has warned Chelsea that losing Willian to Arsenal would provide a huge boost for Mikel Arteta’s side.The Brazil international has agreed a temporary deal to remain with Chelsea until the end of the delayed Premier League campaign but he is set to leave the club on a free transfer once the season is over.Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the winger, who has already admitted that he would be open to joining the Gunners despite their rivalry with Chelsea.And Wise, who made 445 appearances for Chelsea during his time at Stamford Bridge, admits the the 31-year-old’s departure would be a major blow for Frank Lampard.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I would love Chelsea to keep him but I think Chelsea look at his age, and I think that comes into the equation,’ Wise told Stadium Astro.‘They look at his age. Yes, they probably would extend by a year but they won’t give him three, and this is why he’s got an opportunity elsewhere to take a longer contract. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 Jul 2020 3:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

LIAT is in ‘A Very Precarious Situation’ and Will Need a Bailout, Antigua PM Says

first_imgLIAT’s passenger services are currently suspended until May 15.Last month Chief Executive Officer Julie Reifer-Jones explained that the suspension was based on a review by the Board of Directors and Executive Management of the airline.“Several destinations have extended their border closures and instituted strict travel restrictions, which mean that passengers are unable to travel,” Reifer-Jones said.While the airline continues to operate with a skeletal staff, she advised that the airline was working to resume operations across the LIAT network as soon as it was feasible to do so.LIAT is majority-owned by 11 Caribbean governments, the largest shareholders being the Governments of Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Its hub is in Antigua.(Barbados Today) Sharing is caring! Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne says COVID-19 has dealt a severe blow to regional airline LIAT, and the carrier will be in need of a bailout.Browne was at the time reacting to Friday’s US FAA downgrade of the Eastern Caribbean Aviation system and its impact of the beleaguered LIAT.“Luckily for us though, they didn’t take any decision, for example, that LIAT, which is the sub-regional airline and regional airline for that matter, that LIAT cannot continue to fly within US territories to include the US Virgin Islands,” Browne said Saturday.“We’ll be able to continue to conduct business as usual but if we had planned, and we’ve had discussions along those lines, because LIAT had route rights going into the United States. So, if we wanted to expand the service of LIAT then clearly no new schedules could be introduced.”But the Prime Minister added that LIAT would be in a position anytime soon to expand its market into the United States.“In fact, LIAT’s first situation now is to stabilize it’s situation,” he said. Share LifestyleLocalNewsRegional LIAT is in ‘A Very Precarious Situation’ and Will Need a Bailout, Antigua PM Says by: – May 13, 2020 Sharecenter_img Share 985 Views   no discussions “LIAT was already in a very precarious situation and COVID would have worsened the situation. So right now LIAT, just like any other airline globally, will be in need of a bailout.” Tweetlast_img read more

‘Child abuser’ falls in Silay City

first_imgBACOLOD City – Charged with child abuse, a man was arrested in Barangay Lantad, Silay City, Negros Occidental. The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the Silay City police station. Police officers served Moletin the warrant the court issued in relation to a case he faces for violation of Republic Act 7610, or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act. The court recommended an P80,000 bail bond for the his temporary liberty./PN Resident Armelo Moletin was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 1 p.m. on May 20, police said.last_img read more