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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

McGrath Institute for Church Life hosts creche exhibit and pilgrimage

first_imgChristmas is just around the corner in Notre Dame, and with Christmas comes buildings and residence halls decked with garland and lights. This Advent season, several buildings will be host to Nativity sets from Eastern Europe, known as “creches,” as part of McGrath Institute for Church Life’s fifth annual Creche Exhibit and Pilgrimage.The pilgrimage begins at 2 p.m. Sunday when participants will gather at the Eck Visitors Center before setting out across campus. At each of the five sites, participants will listen to a passage from Scripture, sing Christmas carols and pray a decade of the Rosary before walking to the next site. The final site is the Administration Building, where a reception with cookies and hot chocolate will be held following the end of the pilgrimage.Carolyn Pirtle, program director for the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, said the McGrath Institute has partnered with the Marian Library at the University of Dayton to display the unique creches each year.“We were fortunate to start this partnership five years ago and it’s just been really great in keeping every year different,” Pirtle said. “We bring 30 creches to campus every year and we’ve never brought the same creche because their selection is so vast. Every year has a little bit of a different theme. … This year they’re all from Eastern Europe. [It] gives a chance for people to see different artistic descriptions and experience the Nativity in a new way.”John Cavadini, director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life, said the way each culture expresses the Nativity allows them to adapt the story in a unique way while maintaining its universal message of hospitality.“The infant Jesus and his family have been welcomed in all cultures, and each culture has found a way of making the baby Jesus and his family at home in their culture,” Cavadini said. “All cultures of human beings can be and are in this instance cultures of hospitality. [The Nativity] gives you the sense that this a very universal thing. It’s so universal that it binds us all together, but it doesn’t homogenize us into only one culture. You can recognize in the hospitality of another culture the call to be hospitable yourself. So, there’s a kind of universality to it that bears witness to the unity of human culture.”The setting aside of studying and other activities and instead engaging in a pilgrimage helps participants to learn about and interact with the coming of Christ, Pirtle said.“[The pilgrimage] really provides a focus for what it is we are preparing for,” Pirtle said. “We’re preparing to celebrate the Incarnation when we celebrate Christmas, the coming of Christ as a child, the coming of Christ into our hearts and of course the coming of Christ at the end of time.“[The pilgrimage] gives you a chance to step out of your normal life, to step out of the business and to step into something else, to step into this opportunity for prayer. And it’s not just you. You’re walking as one pilgrim among many, so it’s people that you would not necessarily see. We have people from different parishes who come from all over South Bend, we have students who come. So, it’s bringing different communities together around this central image of the incarnation and it’s allowing them to walk along side and to pray alongside people that they might not normally pray alongside.”The pilgrimage allows members of the community to symbolically engage in a journey towards God, Cavadini said.“There’s something about learning about what a religious procession is, learning about what it means to embark on a procession,” Cavadini said. “The procession is sort of symbolic of life as a journey to God. … In a sense we’re on this journey which is meditating on and thinking about a beautiful mystery from the Bible. It’s kind of like a journey to God. … You understand [the journey] better if you are doing something that embodies it, if you’re actually walking somewhere, if you’re saying prayers, if you’re seeing the mystery depicted in art and if you’re having fun.”Cavadini said the creches share an element of God’s beauty with participants, and that just having them on campus is itself beautiful.“I hope that the families get a kind of vision of beauty, of these really artistically beautiful creches which are trying to express the beauty in turn of the mystery of God’s becoming little for us,” Cavadini said. “I just kind of love the event. I feel like, having the creches even apart from the pilgrimage, it makes me feel like Notre Dame and we all as a community have made a home for the Incarnate Word. It feels like the community is graced with the Incarnation and that we’ve responded in a sense by making the baby Jesus at home here. I just love that idea.”Tags: Advent, christmas, creches, John Cavadini, McGrath Institute for Church Life, Pilgrimage, The Nativitylast_img read more

Hollywell the Gold Coast’s top performing suburb

first_imgThe property at 2/256 Bayview St, Hollywell is one Harcourts Coastal Broadbeach agent Tim Zampech sold recently. The property at 14 Gladiolus Court, Hollywell is on Professionals Vertullo Real Estate agent Steve Taber sold recently. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 The property at 2/256 Bayview St, Hollywell is one Harcourts Coastal Broadbeach agent Tim Zampech sold recently.He said many people bought in the area because it was more affordable than neighbouring Runaway Bay and Paradise Point yet they still got to enjoy the popular suburbs’ benefits.“I think the reason it’s done so well is that it sits right between Runaway Bay and Paradise Point, which have both been very strong performing suburbs,” he said.“Paradise Point is red hot all the time, Hollywell is the next best thing because it’s right next door.“I remember telling people about Hollywell 10 years ago and they’d say, ‘where?’.“No one even really knows about it.”REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson backed Mr Zampech’s claims, explaining the suburbs was a “hidden gem”.“It does sit on the boundary of suburbs with some big prices,” he said.“You still get everything the other suburbs offer.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHe said high prices paid for some of the suburb’s waterfront properties could also have bumped the figure up.However, Professionals Vertullo Real Estate agent Steve Taber said the suburb offered house hunters much more affordable waterfront properties compared to its neighbours. The property at 14 Gladiolus Court, Hollywell is on Professionals Vertullo Real Estate agent Steve Taber sold recently.“The strong portion of the market is dry houses though, between $700,000 and $1 million,” he said.Hope Island, Highland Park and Ormeau Hills also made the list of top performing suburbs in Queensland coming in 21st, 60th and 68th place respectively.center_img 1. Blackwater – 151.3 per cent2. Spring Mountain – 103.6 per cent3. Collinsville – 46.2 per cent4. Minyama – 45.8 per cent5. Hamilton – 32.9 per cent6. Hollywell – 30.5%7. Miles – 23.5 per cent8. Mount Coolum – 21.9 per cent9. Dundowran Beach – 21. 5 per cent10. Boonah – 21.3 per cent(Source: REIQ QMM June 2018) Four Gold Coast suburbs recorded double digit capital growth over the past year, according to a new REIQ report.A GOLD Coast suburb has recorded a surprising surge in property value over the past year, making it one of the top performing suburbs in Queensland.Hollywell recorded 30.5 per cent capital growth in the 12 months to June, according to latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland research.The northern suburb, which now has a median price of $810,000, claimed sixth place on a list of 68 Queensland suburbs that recorded double digit capital growth during the period.Property experts were surprised by the jump, explaining it was a relatively small suburb with a low population.However, Harcourts Coastal Broadbeach agent Tim Zampech, who owned a property in the area with his family, understood the appeal. TOP PERFORMING SUBURBS IN SOUTHEAST QLDlast_img read more

FL mom ran back into burning building to save kids, No survivors

first_imgA Florida mother initially escaped a fire burning inside her apartment building but when back inside to try and rescue her two children.The Hillsborough County Sheriff says none of them made it out alive.Firefights responded to the Captiva Club Apartments in Town ‘n’ Country around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday where flames were coming from the roof, according to Hillsborough County Fire rescue.After officials arrived at the scene they noticed the apartment building was quickly becoming engulfed in flames, police say.A witness who lived with the family told officials the woman made it outside when she noticed her children, ten and five-years-old, did not.She went back into the burning apartment building to rescue them, but none of them made it out alive, police say.The identities of those who died have not yet been released at this time.The Medical Examiner’s office will determine the official cause of death.The cause remains unknown, and under investigation, but officials believe it started in a second-floor apartment, reports say.last_img read more

The Latest: Miami, Notre Dame optimistic for football

first_imgAurier posted a picture on Instagram on Tuesday appearing to show off a new haircut and sitting next to a stylist who was tagged in the post.The Premier League club says it is “investigating the circumstances and will deal with the incident appropriately.”The 27-year-old right back has been forced to apologize twice for breaking lockdown rules during the suspension of the Premier League because of the coronavirus pandemic. He posted a video of himself running with a friend and also training with Tottenham teammate Moussa Sissoko.___French rugby club Toulon plans to resume training next month in small groups of three players amid the coronavirus pandemic. Appearing on CNN, Miami’s Dr. Julio Frenk says he hopes the Hurricanes can play this fall and that safety would be the top priority.“They will probably play in empty stadiums, like so many other sports,” Frenk said. “But we hope to have a season and we hope to have a winning season.”Speaking on MSNBC, Notre Dame’s the Rev. John Jenkins says he expects to have clarity on how — or if — football season can happen in the next few weeks.“The team itself, I feel we can manage that one,” Jenkins said. “Then the question is people in the stands. We have an 85,000-person stadium. Can we get 85,000 people in there? That will be a big challenge to do that. But could we get a smaller number — 10,000, 15,000, 20,000? I don’t know. I don’t know the answer to that question. That’s something we’ll have to think through.”___ The tournament is a huge annual event in Japan and is followed much the way Americans follow the college basketball tournament.The Japanese High School Baseball Federation says the cancellation was the first since World War II.Asahi newspaper president Masataka Watanabe says “the decision is needed to protect the health of the players, officials and fans.”The high school tournament has showcased some of the biggest stars in Japanese professional baseball. They include major leaguers like Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Matsui.The summer tournament was scheduled to start in August at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya. A smaller spring tournament was canceled earlier. The Portuguese league was set to resume at the end of May but its start was delayed until June 4 so there was time to rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved in the matches.The league was stopped with Porto leading Benfica by one point with 10 rounds to go.___Soccer players in Africa and the Americas are receiving food packages from their union while the sport is shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.Players in Botswana, Egypt, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay were identified as getting food aid by world players’ union FIFPro. Watford defender Adrian Mariappa says he is one of the six people to test positive from the first round of coronavirus checks in the Premier League and is surprised that he contracted the disease.Mariappa says on the websites of British newspapers The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail he has been “scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus” because he hasn’t “really left the house apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids.”The 33-year-old Mariappa says he hasn’t had any symptoms and has felt “as fit as ever.” He says he has spent lockdown dividing his time between homeschooling and following Watford’s fitness program.Two members of Watford’s staff also tested positive for COVID-19. Burnley said assistant manager Ian Woan has also contracted the virus.Tests on 748 people were conducted from 19 of the 20 Premier League clubs on Sunday and Monday. The 20th club started testing on Tuesday. ___Rayo Vallecano players have returned to training after the Spanish soccer club accepted some of their salary demands.The players from the second-division club had not practiced this week as a protest for not being taken off furlough. They had only trained individually at home.The club says it met with players and decided to change their furlough conditions now that group sessions have begun and their workload increased.Most soccer clubs in Spain used government furloughs to reduce their labor costs during the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The Latest: Miami, Notre Dame optimistic for football The three-time European champions say their players and coaching staff will have blood and heart tests next week at their training center.The groups of three will jog, do bodybuilding and work on their fitness levels in specially marked zones to avoid contact with others.France came out of lockdown on May 11. Toulon hopes players can train in groups of 8-12 in July and return to full training in August.___Japan’s beloved high school baseball tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says some players “are being stranded in terms of income.”FIFPro represents players in 65 countries. The union says most players have contracts paying them salaries comparable to national averages.Baer-Hoffmann says the vast majority of soccer players are “under the same financial pressures as the rest of society.”___Tottenham is looking into whether defender Serge Aurier has broken social-distancing rules for the third time. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The presidents of the University of Miami and Notre Dame say in separate interviews that they expect the football season to be played, though both raised the very real possibility of crowds being much smaller than usual or eliminated entirely. ___The Portuguese soccer federation says six of the 15 stadiums seeking to host matches when the league resumes next month amid the coronavirus pandemic have failed health inspections.All stadiums must comply with a series health measures established by local authorities to be able to host matches.The federation says the stadiums for league leader Porto and second-place Benfica were among the nine stadiums that passed the inspections conducted by local health authorities.The stadiums that failed belong to smaller clubs. They will be allowed to make changes to their venues before another inspection is conducted. Players from second-division club Elche also refused to practice at the team’s training center last week and the club also eventually complied with their demands.The Spanish soccer season is expected to resume on the second weekend of June.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The head of the organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup says a global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic could affect the ability of fans to afford to travel to Qatar.The World Bank is forecasting a deep recession caused by the shutdown of economic activity around the world.Organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi says he is hopeful the tournament will be an opportunity for the world to come together again in November 2022. But he says there are “concerns about the global economy and the ability of fans to be able to afford traveling and afford coming and participating and celebrating the World Cup.”Al Thawadi says organizers want a “a price range that is affordable for fans and a price range that is workable, functionable for the industry, for service providers, for the supply chain that is responsible for delivering the World Cup.”___ May 20, 2020last_img read more

Dean Qingyun Ma to step down at end of school year

first_imgQingyun Ma will be stepping down as the dean of the USC School of Architecture following the end of his term in 2017, according to a memorandum sent out yesterday by Provost Michael Quick.Ma was known throughout the USC community for the development of the USC American Academy in China, which has promoted a cross-cultural exchange in the arts, humanities and architecture, and the joint bachelor of science in geodesign between the Spatial Science Research Institute and the Price School of Public Policy.He created his own architecture firm, Ma Designers and Architects: Strategy, Planning, Architecture and Media, in New York in 1996 and in Shanghai in 1999. Ma was recognized for his designing and building of urban spaces and buildings by being named one of Businessweek’s most influential designers in the world.Ma was born in 1965 in Xi’an China and, according to USC Cinematic Arts’ World Building Institute, Ma graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 1988 with a degree in civil engineering in architecture. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991.Ma then practiced architecture at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. After practicing there, Ma created his own firm, MADA s.p.a.m., which has designed buildings like the Longyang Residential complex and the Silk Tower in China. He collaborated with Rem Koolhaas on the book The Great Leap Forward and also worked on the Central China TV headquarters in Beijing and the Stock Exchange Building in Shenzhen.Ma has had experience as a visiting professor at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. He has also taught abroad in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and France.The memorandum ended with praise and thanks for Ma’s contributions to the USC community and stated that Ma will return as a faculty member after his term as dean.“I am delighted that Dean Ma has decided to remain a member in the School of Architecture’s faculty following his deanship,” Quick said in the memorandum. “He is a valued member of the Trojan Family.”last_img read more